A glorious day is coming in the new heavens and the new earth when God will have made “all things new” (Rev. 21:5). Based on what other Scripture passages say, however, we know that there are five things that God will not make new:
- God will not make new the serpent, which will still eat dust (Gen. 3:14; Micah 7:17) in the Millennium (Isa. 65:25). Whether the serpent will be made new in the new heaven and the new earth is unknown because Scripture does not provide any revelation about animals in the new heaven and the new earth.
- God will not make new all the unredeemed humans of all the ages who failed to repent of their sins and believe in Him. They will all perish eternally in the lake of fire (Rev. 20:15).
- God will not make new the seas that He created as good (Gen. 1:10). In fact, there will be no sea in the new earth (Rev. 21:1), which proves that there will not be a “restitution of all things” (Acts 3:21) without any exceptions.
- God will not make new the lake of fire, which He prepared for the devil and his angels (Matt. 25:41).
- God will not make new Satan and his demons who have sinned against God. They will never be renewed to their unfallen state (cf. Ezek. 28:15). They will be punished eternally in the lake of fire (Matt. 25:41; Rev. 20:10).
Scripture, therefore, does not teach that God will make all things without any exceptions new.