A few years back, the question was asked on the allexperts site, under the topic Jehovah’s Witnesses/Pastor Russell: “You mentioned “paradise earth”, where does that phrase appear in the Bible? (Any translation)”
We posted a response to allexperts site, but it appears that it was never accepted. We had saved the response and present an edited version of it below:
Although one will not find the expression, “paradise earth”, as such, in the Bible, the Bible never speaks of paradise at all except that it is related to the earth. Except for being used of various specific gardens (Deuteronomy 11:10; 1 Kings 21:2; etc.), the word paradise is used in the Bible to refer to: (a) the garden of Eden, “the garden of God” (Genesis 2:8-15; Ezekiel 28:13), i.e., the perfect abode of Adam and Eve while sinless; (b) the symbolic paradise of God from which the overcomers of this age are symbolically given fruit from the tree of life (Revelation 2:7 — compare Ezekiel 28:13; 31:8,9); (c) the earth after the kingdom is set up on it, as and after its curse of sin and death is increasingly removed (Revelation 22:1-3, compare Genesis 2:9, 10; 1 Corinthians 15:26), and it becomes increasingly (Daniel 2:35) “like the garden of Eden” (Ezekiel 36:35), i.e., Paradise Lost becomes Paradise Regained, which new earth was seen in vision and prophecy together with the third, the new heaven-the spiritual control of Christ (2 Corinthians 12:1-4; 2 Peter 3:6, 7, 12, 13; Revelation 21:1-3)-that will eventually supplant the spiritual control of Satan, “the god of this world.” — 2 Corinthians 4:4; Galatians 1:4; Ephesians 2:2.
Regarding “paradise” in Luke 23:24:
“Paradise”, in the Bible never refers to heaven, and most definitely, “paradise” — in the Bible — is never depicted as being a realm of sheol/hades. Obviously, Jesus was not saying that the criminal who died beside him would be with him in paradise on that day, but rather Jesus was emphasizing his promise being made on that dark day in which they were dying that, when he — Jesus — came into his kingdom, that criminal would be with him in the promised paradise to be restored on earth.
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