Question: Several scriptures lead me to believe that after we are in the New Jerusalem with our Lord, there is still evil elsewhere. That Revelation:21:27 says that evil will in no way enter the New Jerusalem leads me to believe it will still exist…outside “are dogs….” Please explain.
Answer: Peter refers to the “new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness” (2 Pt 3:13). No evil can enter into God’s new creation. It cannot exist just outside the gates of the New Jerusalem. The fact that “without are dogs, and sorcerers...” (Rv 22:15) doesn’t mean just outside the gates, but outside of God’s new creation and in outer darkness (Mt 8:12; 22:13; 25:30).