The book of the Revelation is a book that paints a wonderful picture of heaven and what is to come on the earth. The passage that begins with chapter 21 in the book starts by talking about the New Jerusalem or the New Earth. The earth as we know it will not last forever, but after Godâ€™s great judgment, he will create a new earth. God has also promised Isaiah that he would create a new and eternal earth. The New Jerusalem is where God lives among his people. Instead of our going up to meet him, he comes down to be with us, just as God became man in Jesus Christ and lived among us. Wherever God reigns, there is peace, security, and love. The book of Revelation is based on the vision of John, the revelator. Hearing or reading an eyewitness account is the next best thing to seeing the event yourself. John witnessed the events reported in Revelation and wrote them down so we could see and believe as he did.
The New Jerusalem is described as the place where God will â€œwipe every tear from their eyes.â€ Forevermore, there will be no death, pain, sorrow, or crying. No matter what you are going through, it is not the last word â€" God has written the final chapter, and it is about the true fulfillment and eternal joy for those who love him. The New Jerusalem is a picture o Godâ€™s future home for his people. It will be a place of purity and durability â€" it will last forever. We do not know as much as we would like, but it is enough to know that eternity with God will be more wonderful than we could ever imagine. The Bible begins with the majestic story of Godâ€™s creation of the universe, and it concludes with his creation of a new heaven and a new earth. This is a tremendous hope and encouragement for the believer. When we are with God, with our sins forgiven and our future secure, we will be like Christ. We will be made perfect like him.
The remainder of the 21st chapter is a stunning description of the new city of God. The vision is symbolic and shows us that our new home with God will defy description. We will not be disappointed by it in any way.
Chapter 22 begins with a discussion of the River of Life. The water of life is a symbol of eternal life. Jesus used this same image with the Samaritan woman. It pictures the fullness of life with God and the eternal blessings that come when we believe in him and allow him to satisfy our spiritual thirst. The chapter continues with a description of the tree of life. The tree of life is like the tree of life in the Garden of Eden. After Adam and Eve sinned, they were forbidden to eat from the tree of life because they could not have eternal life as long as they were under sinâ€™s control. But because of the forgiveness of sin through the blood of Jesus, there will be no evil or sin in this city. We will be able to eat freely from the tree of life when sinâ€™s control over us is destroyed and our eternity with God is secure.
After Johnâ€™s vision is over, the angel tells him instead of sealing up what he has written, as Daniel was commanded to do, the book is to be left open so that all can read and understand. Danielâ€™s message was sealed because it was not a message or Danielâ€™s time. But the book of Revelation was a message for Johnâ€™s time, and it is relevant today. As Christâ€™s return gets closer, there is a greater polarization between Godâ€™s followers and Satanâ€™s followers. We must read the book of Revelation, hear its message, and be prepared for Christâ€™s imminent return.
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