Revelation – Chapter 21

Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.

THE NEW HEAVEN AND NEW EARTH

Revelation Review:

Jesus is the True Vine, and our Heavenly Father, is the Husbandman.  If God had not separated the sons of Adam, when he told Eve, “I will multiply thy sorrow and thy conception”.  There would not have been a pure line for Christ to come through. That was Satan’s plan.  Jesus told us that one of his signs would be as in the days of Noah.  What happened to cause God to send the flood on the earth was that the fallen angels or “sons of God” came to earth and started taking women and having children with them.  The children became giants and each became more and more evil. 

Even Cain’s children said that because God put the mark on Cain for his murder, that they would do more murder.  This was why God made sure that the seed of Adam and the seed of Satan were separated.  Understand this, Adam and Eve were husband and wife.  God said be fruitful and multiply.  Because of Satan, Adam was not the first to touch Eve.  Because they were married, Cain would also be one of the sons of Adam even if he was not Cain’s biological father.  God said in Genesis “And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast in the field; upon thy belly shalt thy go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruse his heel.”  The seed that God is talking about here is children. In Genesis chapter 4, it says “And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel whom Cain slew.

Cain was evil because Satan was his father.  He was jealous of Abel who was Adam’s true son. God did not accept Cain’s offering because Cain’s offering once picked, would rot and die. It was already dead when he brought it to God.  Abel’s offering to God had life and would continue be fruitful and to multiply, even after Abel’s death. 

The New Heaven and The New Earth

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and the sea no longer is. 2 And I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, having been prepared as a bride, having been adorned for her Husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of Heaven, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God with men! And He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God. 4 And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes. And death shall be no longer, nor mourning, nor outcry, nor pain will be any longer; for the first things passed away.

5 And the One sitting on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And He says to me, Write, because these words are faithful and true. 6 And He said to me, It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the Ending. To the one thirsting, I will freely give of the fountain of the water of life. 7 The one overcoming will inherit all things, and I will be God to him, and he will be the son to Me. 8 But for the cowardly and unbelieving, and those having become foul, and murderers, and fornicators, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all the lying ones, their part will be in the Lake burning with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.

The New Jerusalem

9 And one of the seven angels came to me, he having the seven bowls being filled with the seven last plagues, and spoke with me, saying, Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb. 10 And he carried me in spirit on to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, holy Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. And its light was like a very precious stone, as a jasper stone, being clear as crystal, 12 and having a great and high wall, having twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates and names having been inscribed, which are of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. 13 From the east, three gates; from the north, three gates; from the south, three gates; and from the west, three gates. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15 And he speaking with me had a golden reed, that he may measure the city, and its gates, and its wall. 16 And the city lies four cornered, even its length as much as the width also. And he measured the city with the reed at twelve thousand stadia; its length and width and height are equal. 17 And he measured its wall, a hundred and forty four cubits, a measure of a man, which is of an angel. 18 And the structure of its wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like pure glass. 19 And the foundation of the wall of the city having been adorned with every precious stone: The first foundation, jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; 20 the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprasus; the eleventh, hyacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; respectively each one of the gates was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, as transparent glass.

 22 And I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty is its temple, even the Lamb. 23 And the city had no need of the sun, nor of the moon, that they might shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it, even its lamp is the Lamb. 24 And the nations of the ones saved will walk in its light; and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. 25 And its gates may not at all be shut by day, for no night will be there. 26 And they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. 27 And all profaning may not at all enter into it, or any making an abomination or a lie; but only the ones having been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb.

Lesson

This final chapter shows us what it will be like when our Heavenly Father finally comes home and dwells with us. He will be here with us!!!! We can all bask in the glory of his love.  Tears will be tears of joy.  True happiness can be found in Him, for those who truly love Him.  He will be our world, and there will be laughter, singing, praising.  He created us for His good pleasure, and he will have the wonderful glory of seeing all of his children thrive merrily and happily together as one in love in Christ.  Imagine pure gold, like unto clear glass.  Humm….Can you see it?  I can.

Chapter 21

Test

  1. What happened to the 1st Heaven, 1st Earth, and sea?
  2. Describe the Holy City John saw?
  3. Where did he say the tabernacle of God is?
  4. What will God do, and who is He?
  5. How much does the water of life cost?
  6. What will those who overcome receive?
  7. Who is the Bride?
  8. What is inscribed on the twelve gates? 
  9. Describe the temple in the city?
  10. Who will be allowed in the city?