In Revelation 21, John begins to describe the new eternal kingdom. In verse one we read,
And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.
What do you suppose it means “and there is no longer any sea?” Here are three different ideas:
1. John MacArthur suggests this means that we will no longer have water, that we will no longer need water to exist, that our glorified bodies and all that grows on the earth will be based on a completely different life principle; we will live by the “water of life” (Rev. 22:1, 17), which he suggests is not H20, but is a heavenly water (Cited in the Article, Will Heaven Have Oceans?).
2. Others, like Steven Lawson, suggest that “the earth will be restored to its original splendor,” which is an earth without the oceans and seas; for Lawson says that, according to Christian scientists, the oceans and seas that we have now came as a result of the flood (Cited in the book Heaven, by Randy Alcorn).
3. Still others take “sea” not as literal water but as a biblical symbol of evil (Isa. 57:20; Ps. 74:13-14; 89:8-10), suggesting that the term “there is no longer any sea,” means that the new earth will no longer be plagued with evil.
Well, I have to reject the third view because I take Revelation 21:1 more literally. The other two views are both very interesting, and I can’t decide which I think is more correct—possibly a combination of the two. What do you think?