Q. The Bible says God is going to restore the earth to its original, fresh-out-of-the-box state. That’s a major overhaul. I know He can and He will. But, while He’s lowering mountains and raising valleys, what’s going to happen to all the people? Does scripture suggest any kind of a “work around” plan?
A. I believe one effect of the end times judgments will be to complete the demolition phase of the Earth’s restoration.
For example Revelation 16:16-21 speaks of the worst earthquake the world has ever experienced causing every mountain to fall down, islands to disappear, and the cities of the nations to be destroyed, while 100 lb. hailstones bombard the Earth. Much of the world’s remaining population will die during this time.
According to Matt. 19:28, the actual restoration will take place after He returns, and could happen very quickly. Remember He created everything from scratch in only six days.
The Lord will surely comfort Zion and will look with compassion on all her ruins; he will make her deserts like Eden, her wastelands like the garden of the Lord. Joy and gladness will be found in her, thanksgiving and the sound of singing. (Isaiah 51:3)