Archive for March 12th, 2018

Revelation 21

Revelation 21 has John revealing all things made new – a new heaven, a new earth, and a new city.  “Then I saw  a new heaven and a new earth, for  the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared  as a bride adorned for her husband”.  Guzik breaks Revelation into three segments, and chapter 21 begins the third and final one:

  • Jesus, the Lord of the Churches (Revelation 1 through 3)
  • Jesus, the Lion over the nations (Revelation 4 through 20)
  • Jesus, the Lamb among believers (Revelation 21 through 22)

God finishes His plan.  “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God”. This states the depth of God’s desire and man’s purpose. Simply, God’s desire is to live in close fellowship with man, and man’s purpose is to be a people unto God. And it all comes together as the end times come to an eternal close.  God will remove all things that caused pain and suffering.  “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away”.  We’re going to experience His plan and perfection!

God’s changing everything. “Behold, I am making all things new”.  It’s not a minor upgrade.  The statement is in the present tense – It is already in motion and will come to completion in that day. God’s work of renewal and redemption will come to fruition and be complete that day. “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son”.  God’s eternal purpose will be complete.  We will celebrate His victory and the relationship we’ll have with our Father for eternity.

Certainly not all will experience God’s new world.  “But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death”.  Sin will separate those who reject Jesus (our only atonement for sin) from those who have received His gift of grace through Christ.  Their end will not be in God’s new places, but in the place Satan has been banished to for eternity.  Who will be there?  “Only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life”.

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