Robertson's Word Pictures of the New TestamentRevelation 21:1
- A new heaven and a new earth (ouranon kainon kai ghn kainhn).
- This new vision (eidon) is the picture of the bliss of the saints.
- The first heaven and the first earth (o prwtov ouranov kai h prwth gh)
- are passed away (aphltan, went away, second aorist active indicative of aperxomai).
- "Fled away" (epugen) in 20:11.
- And the sea is no more (kai h talassa ouk estin eti).
- The sea had given up its dead (20:13). There were great risks on the sea (18:17). The old physical world is gone in this vision. It is not a picture of renovation of this earth, but of the disappearance of this earth and sky (not heaven where God dwells). It is a glorious picture here in 21:1-8 in sharp contrast to the lake of fire in 20:11-15. The symbolism in neither case is to be pressed too literally, but a stern and a glorious reality exists behind it all.