I think with discussions like this, I like to put out the caveat that whatever we may think the reward is, is ultimately irrelevant to a believer other than knowing where you feet will be when all this is over. Working out ones destination is however interesting to say the least
I did retain much in the interest of keeping it short, but am happy to expand. The question of what the new heavens and new earth meant was one of my earliest conundrums with what I was taught in my youth. Ill share some more of what drove me to where I stand on the matter now
I was wondering if 'an eternal life sentence on earth' was another possible verdict
My thoughts on this would be the role of Jesus and his peers at Armageddon; Keeping in mind that Judgment day comes after Jesus has appointed them,
Revelation 20 verse 1-15 speaks of "those to whom authority was granted to judge" being resurrected to rule over the 1000 years, and the "rest" after that period. So the final judgement is at the end of the 1000 years,
In Matthew 25, Jesus continued to speak of the final judgment. Those who are on thrones alongside him will aid him in this judgment, those who are remaining he gathers together. Some will be ruled for destruction, while the others will be granted to "inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world."
So separating the two groups, I would hazard that the majority are Earth bound, it also ties in with the way that God set up man in Eden, to fill the earth and subdue it, that they would not have died had they not rebelled.
Just a few more references
For the upright do inhabit the earth, And the perfect are left in it.
The righteous will never be shaken, But the wicked will not dwell in the land.
The heavens are the Lord's heavens, but the earth he has given to the children of man.
Your dead shall live; their bodies shall rise. You who dwell in the dust, awake and sing for joy! For your dew is a dew of light, and the earth will give birth to the dead
Just an aside, why don't you use apostrophes or, sometimes, periods or colons?
I wish I was more talented: with the written; word, this is why' I often shy away from' walls of text, I will-try to make my discussion; more grammatically.,-' appealing in future tho