“Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you shall be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. “I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will keep My judgments and do them. “Then you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; you shall be My people, and I will be your God. “I will deliver you from all your uncleannesses. I will call for the grain and multiply it, and bring no famine upon you. “And I will multiply the fruit of your trees and the increase of your fields, so that you need never again bear the reproach of famine among the nations. (Eze 36:24-31 NKJ)
The Old Testament never saw heaven as we refer to it, or the age to come, as being anywhere else other than here on the earth. In this age to come God promises to bless, to increase. Transformation takes place as God removes the heart of stone and pours out his Spirit (Joel 2) and put a new spirit in his people.
What is even more astounding is God’s apparent restoration of Sodom, “”`However, I will restore the fortunes of Sodom and her daughters and of Samaria and her daughters, and your fortunes along with them, (Eze 16:53 NIB)
If heaven was just another dimension of reality and God’s new heaven and new earth were a restored reality of here and now, would that change your daily response to God?