“He also says to the Son, “In the beginning, Lord, you laid the foundation of the earth and made the heavens with your hands. They will perish, but you remain forever. They will wear out like old clothing. You will fold them up like a cloak and discard them like old clothing. But you are always the same; you will live forever.” Hebrews 1:10-12
The angels did not create the earth, for they too are part of creation. Jesus Christ is the Creator, and one day He will do away with the old creation and bring in the new creation. Everything around us changes but Jesus Christ will never change.
This earthly world is the staging area for what is to come; eternity. It is hard to imagine that one day the world as we know it will come to end. It won’t happen by global warming or nuclear holocaust as the media has suggested. It will happen by fire as fulfillment of the scriptures. This world and all material elements of the universe will be dissolved and done away with, melting in the intense heat. What will remain are the things that cannot be burned up.
The reason this earth will one day be destroyed is that it too was corrupted with the fall of mankind. Sin destroyed creation as God intended it to be. What we see has been ruined by the decay of sin. “For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time.” (Romans 8:19-22)
Jesus dealt permanently with the issue of sin, forgiving it and conquering it on the cross. And yet we are still waiting to see the physical reconciliation of the earth back to God; just as we are waiting for our physical bodies to be redeemed. In the same way, creation is waiting expectantly to be restored to its rightful place; a paradise created by Jesus. For this to happen, all traces of sin must be gone, which is why the earth will be destroyed and a new one created in its place.