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Revelation 21:-22: Summary

SIH STSTA ICON

 

SUMMARY OF THE CHAPTER: 

In the remaining portion of Revelation, we will be looking at the contents of the sealed book.  This book will reveal what the saints have awaiting them in eternity with Christ.  The contents of the sealed book will be revealed to us in chapters 19-22.  This will bring to completion our study of the Revelation.

 

A very basic outline of the remaining chapters of Revelation includes:

  1. Rev 19 – What immediately precedes eternity with the Lord? (background to eternity with the Lord)
  2. Rev 20 – The opening stage of eternity with the Lord (1000 year reign – a time of judgment)
  3. Rev 21 – The subsequent stage of eternity with the Lord pictured as a great city
  4. Rev 22 – The subsequent stage of eternity with the Lord pictured as Eden restored

 

 

SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER:

 

I.  New Jerusalem On The New Earth (Rev 21:1-11)

John now turns our attention to a description of the renovated heavens and earth.  John tells us this heaven and earth is “new” which tells us that it is different, changed from the heaven and earth with which we are familiar.  This new world no longer has “seas”.  The sea in the Bible represents unrest and chaos of lost mankind.  This new world will no longer feel the presence of the lost, nor will it experience the unrest and upheaval of sin upon it.

John sees a heavenly city descend to this New Earth.  This city is the dwelling place of God come down to the earth.  It symbolizes God’s presence being given to the saints to enjoy Him eternally.   This city is said to be very beautiful, like a bride that is prepared for marriage.

John describes God’s relationship with His people in this wondrous city.   God will be with them, they will learn of Him, worship Him, and serve Him.  John also tells us that the results of sin will be done away.  There will be no more crying, sorrow, or pain.

God promises to make an entirely new type of existence for His people.  It will be like nothing we have experienced on earth.  This is a promise that we can rely upon.  We can know with certainty that this wonderful eternal existence awaits the people of God.

The Lord then extends an invitation for all of mankind to come to Him and enjoy these blessings that await His people.  Those who come to Him will be victorious overcomers in this sinful world, they will inherit these eternal blessings and will enter into a family relationship with Him as the children of God.  However, those who reject this invitation and choose to remain in their sinfulness will face a horrible eternity of separation from God and torment in the Lake of Fire.

John is invited to come and see the bride that has prepared to join her husband in marriage and live eternally with Him.  This bride is the wondrous city that now awaits His presence and the presence of His people.   John is taken to a high mountain that overlooks this glorious city.   He sees God’s glory enlightening the city as a clear Jasper stone which is symbolic of the Lord holiness and sinlessness.

This entire vision emphasizes the changed eternal world and the many eternal joys that await the people of God as they dwell in this city.

 

 II.  The Walls And Gates Of New Jerusalem (Rev 21:12-21)

After John’s look at the basics appearance of New Jerusalem, he then turns our attention to the city’s gates and walls.  John sees the believer’s security and deliverance from sin symbolized by high walls that surround the city.  There walls are used to keep out sin, its effects, and those who commit them.

John sees 12 gates, the entryways to the city, which are equally divided on the four sides of the walls (N,S,E,W) showing us that the redeemed will come from all corners of the globe (every nation, language, family).     They will included believers from both the OT and NT (12 Tribes of Israel, 12 Apostles).  The 12 angels standing at the gates, symbolize the messengers of God who proclaim the gospel message, the key to finding entrance into the gates.  Each gate was made of a pearl which is representative of God’s wisdom, the truths of His Word, the good news of Christ.

John sees the 12 foundations of the walls having the names of the 12 apostles, whose proclamation of the truths about the Christ laid the foundation for this place of security and peace for God’s people.  These foundations are decorated with many precious stones which give forth light similar to that of a rainbow.  This speaks of the Lord’s faithfulness to his promises in making and giving access to this city for His people.

An angel sent from the Lord is seen measuring the city, which symbolizes the Lord’s ownership and control over this eternal city.   The city is a 12,000 furlong cube showing us it is perfect, separated for the use of God and His people, and sinless.

The wall itself is made of jasper which is symbolic of preciousness and purity, while the city is of gold which speaks of God’s kingly rule.  The gold was of transparent, pure gold symbolic of holiness.

 

III.  New Jerusalem: The Presence Of God and The Glory of Eden Restored (Rev 21:22-22:5) 

John’s vision of the city continues with John centering on the presence of God Himself within the city.  He could not see a temple because none was needed.  Christ’s presence will be the center of worship as well as a living display of His person and works.   Christ’s glory, which exists due to His presence, lightens the entire city which eliminates the need for the sun and moon.  The Lord will be present with His people.

The inhabitants of the city, those who are saved by God’s grace, will be given 24 / 7 access to the city.  There is no need for the gates to be shut because the lost will not be found on the New Earth, they will be consigned to the Lake of Fire for an eternity.  Sin, and the doers of it, will be totally excluded from the city.

John attention is then drawn to “the river of water of life” that he sees flowing from the throne of God.  This speaks of the work of Christ which gives to men eternal life.   This river finds it origin IN the counsels and workings of the Lord and brings men TO eternal life and an intimate relationship with the Lord.

John sees the tree of life in the midst of the city, reminding us of a restored, sinless, Garden of Eden.  God’s people are given eternal access to this tree, symbolizing the eternal life that is possessed by the saints.  It bears 12 types of fruit which symbolize the completeness of eternal life that God has brought to man.  Nothing more is needed for the saints to dwell eternally with their Lord.  The leaves of the tree supply that which is needed to “heal” the nations.  This speaks of the total eradication of sin and its effects upon mankind.  Once again this symbolizes a Garden of Eden type of existence that has been restored to mankind.  Instead of a curse and separation from God (the condition of mankind in the old garden), the saints in this New Garden will be blessed with no curse, and enjoy the presence of God eternally.

The glory of God will enlighten this new Garden and the saints of God will exercise perfect dominion over it, just as in the old garden before the fall of mankind.
 IV.  Conclusion to The Book Of Revelation (Rev 22:6-21)

The conclusion to the book of Revelation is also the conclusion to the entire Bible.  Please keep in mind, it is believed by most that the book of Revelation is the last book inspired by God and is also placed as the last book in the Biblical text.  Because of this, the conclusion found in the book of Revelation concludes not only the book itself, but also the entire body of inspired writings that God gave to mankind.

A part of God’s conclusion is to remind John of the faithfulness and truthfulness of His inspired writings.  He also reminds John of His soon coming and the need to keep the cling to and protect His Word, following its dictates.   This is the basic way in which we are to prepare for His soon coming.  Christ is the beginning and ending of all things.  We should not be surprised He is the One that will bring an end to this sinful world and create a New World in which we will live.

John, being overwhelmed by this experience, begins to worship the angel that has delivered this message to him.  The angel responds by reminding him that worship belongs to God alone.  The angel is simply a servant of God doing His will, much like John and other saints who have come before him.  The angel then emphasizes John’s need to share this message with others.  It was not meant to be kept private, but was to be distributed to all who are willing to hear these words.

The Angel delivers sobering words to John.  Those who choose to ignore these words, and continue to live a life of sin, let them be.  John has done all he can for their welfare, they now are responsible to choose to follow Christ.

Likewise with those who are saved, if he chooses righteousness based upon the completed Word, let him continue on in righteousness with righteous living.  Why?  Nothing new will be revealed from God.  He can fully commit to Christ’s righteousness and righteous living because he now knows that Revelation brings all of God’s Word to completion nothing more will be said that would change his mind or reveal he has made a mistake in choosing Christ.

John is told of the distinct difference between the end of the lost and the saved.  The lost will be kept from the glories of the city and the presence of God.  The saved will enjoy eternal bliss in the presence of God,  Jesus, Himself, has said these things, He will bring them to pass.

Christ then offers and invitation for men to come to Him.  It is an invitation that is to be delivered by the saints and applied to the heart by the Holy Spirit of God.  It is an invitation that is issued to anyone who hears the invitation and is willing to follow it.  they are to freely partake of the work of Christ which will bring to them salvation from sins and a wonderful, eternal inheritance from Him.

In closing, the Lord issues a warning to all who would change the inspired Word of God.  If they add or take from it, they have proven they are lost and destined to face God’s plagues.    By willfully changing God’s Word, they are clearly shown as being lost, in a state of rebellion against Christ, and under the bondage of sin.   No one who is truly saved would ever willfully choose to change the Word of God that has wrought salvation in his soul.

 

The final two verses of the book of Revelation (and the Bible) are a fitting conclusion to our study of the book of Revelation….

“He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”

“The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”

 

 

Nothing more needs to be said.

 

WHAT’S COMING NEXT IN THIS SERIES?:

 

This concludes our study of the book of Revelation.  May we all apply the message of this book to our minds, heart and lives.

 

Thank you for joining with me in this study.

 

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple”

SIH TOTT ICON

 

Revelation 21:22 KJV

And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

 

The Old Testament temple, just like the tabernacle, played a very important role in the lives of the Israelites.  The building, and its furnishings, revealed to them the coming Messiah, Jesus, and His work that would be performed for His people.    It was one of the greatest sources of knowledge of the Messiah that the physical Jews were given.

John, in his vision of the New Jerusalem, says that there was no temple building in the city.  Why was this?  It is because the Lord God Almighty, in the person of the Lamb, will be physically present with His people.  This truth is presented in both testaments, by a variety of authors…

 

Both Job and David in the Old Testament:

Job 19:26 KJV – And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God:

Psalms 16:11 KJV – Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

 

Paul and John reaffirmed this truth in the New Testament:

2 Corinthians 5:8 KJV – We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

1 John 3:2 KJV – Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Revelation 22:4 KJV – And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

 

Christ, Himself, clearly presented this truth to His followers:

John 17:24 KJV – Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

 

Why will there be no temple in the New Jerusalem?  Because there will be no need for it.   God, in the person of Christ, will be physically present with His people throughout eternity.  He will teach us about Himself.  We will be able to see Him with our own eyes.   He will reveal Himself to us in all His glory.   What a wonderful experience that will be, to  come to know our Lord as clearly as He knows us…

1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV – For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

 

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Revelation 21:22-22:5 “New Jerusalem, the Presence Of God and The Glory Of Eden Restored To Man”

SIH STSTA ICON

 

THE TEXT:

Revelation 21:22-22:5 KJV 

(22)  And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
(23)  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
(24)  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
(25)  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
(26)  And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
(27)  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
(1)  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
(2)  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
(3)  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
(4)  And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
(5)  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

In Revelation 20: John’s attention was placed upon the first phase of the Christian’s eternity with Christ on the New Earth… the period of one thousand years, which has been set aside by the Lord for the judgment and reward of His people.  This was then followed by the event that closes the 1000 year time period, the judgment of Satan and his kingdom (including lost mankind) for their sins and their consignment to the Lake of Fire.

Now, in Revelation 21:-22:, John begins to share with us a wonderful description of new Jerusalem, the eternal dwelling place of the people of God….

  1. Rev 21:1-11 – New Jerusalem on the New Heavens and Earth
  2. Rev 21:12-21 – The Walls and Gates of New Jerusalem
  3. Rev 21:22-22:5 – New Jerusalem, the Glory of Eden restored
  4. Rev 22:6-20 – The Conclusion to the Book of Revelation

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

 

Revelation 21:22-22:5 KJV 

Previously, John received a vision of New Jerusalem (the eternal dwelling place of the Lord and His people), being symbolized as a beautiful, glorious city of God.  Now as John continues to view New Jerusalem, the symbolism as the city is brought to a close emphasizing the very presence of God among His people (21:22-27).

And then, New Jerusalem as the center of God’s eternal presence,  is presented it to John in a different light.  New Jerusalem is now symbolized as the Garden of Eden restored to mankind (22:1-5)….

 

(22)  And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.   (23)  And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 

John now sees God’s presence presented in two different ways:

 

  1. The lack of a temple for worship

Keep in mind the OT tabernacle / temple was used by the Israelites as the center for the worship of Jehovah.  Their construction and their furnishings all symbolized the person and work of Christ on behalf of His people.   John sees there is no temple.  Why is there no need for a place of worship that reveals Christ to His people?  It is because, in New Jerusalem, He is physically present with them.  He will be the center of their worship.  They will have no need of human symbolism nor a place of worship to communion with Christ.  He will be physically present communing with His people and revealing Himself to them through His presence, workings, and teachings.

 

  1. The lack of the sun and moon

John also sees there will be no need of external light to enlighten our eternal dwelling.   Again, because Christ, who is God, will be physically present with His people, His glory will enlighten our eternity….

Isaiah 60:19-20 KJV – “The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.   Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.” 

Zec  14:6-7 – “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the light shall not be clear, nor dark:  But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.”

1 John 1:5-7 KJV – “This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.   If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:   But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” 

 

In this passage we also see light symbolizing both holiness and the truths of God’s word.   These both apply to this verse:

  1. light symbolizing holiness

Christ is the true source of holiness, His own, the holiness of His people, and the holiness of the new creation.  There will be no need for any other source of holiness in our new world…. He, alone, is the true origin of all the holiness we will experience.

  1. light symbolizing the truths of His Word that are to be applied to our lives

There will be no need for any other source of truth in eternity.  No need for preachers, no need for missionaries, etc.  He will be the supreme, and only, source of all truth that will be presented to us throughout eternity.  (This is the same reason why there will be no need of a tabernacle or temple.) 

Please note: When this verse speaks of “the Lord God Almighty and The Lamb” it is saying that this is the God that is worshipped in the Old Testament (Lord God Almighty) and the New Testament (The Lamb).  There will not be two different Lords present in eternity.  There will just be one Lord present with us in eternity…  Jehovah, who is the Lamb.

John 10:30 KJV – “I and my Father are one.”

1 Corinthians 15:28 KJV – “And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.” 

Colossians 1:19 KJV – “For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell”

Colossians 2:9 KJV – “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.”

 

(24)  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.   (25)  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.  (26)  And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

Those who enter the presence of God’s glory are those who have been delivered from their sins.  Even the kings who are used to the honor and adoration of their citizens will enter New Jerusalem humbly seeking to glorify the Lord alone.   No longer will their positions of authority be recognized, nor selfishly desired, they all will gladly submit and worship the Lord alone.

Continual, eternal access to God’s presence will be possessed by the saved.  His glory will be present eternally, as will the opportunity for us to enter into His presence as we worship and honor Him.    This will be true of all who are saved, which will come from every nation on earth.  You will have the Lord being praised with representatives of every nation on earth being present.

In this context there is no need for the gates to be shut.  The lost will be consigned to the Lake of Fire, the only ones who are present to enter this place will be those who are saved…

Isaiah 60:11-12 KJV – “Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.  For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.” 

 

(27)  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

The opposite principle holds true for the lost.  NONE will be given any access to this eternal dwelling place.  Nothing that will touch this holy place with sin, none that do works that are hated by God, none that deceive and mislead others into error.  No one who is lost will be in this city, only those whose names are found written in God’s listing of those He has chosen to save from eternity past.  This is pictured by the OT lepers who were not given entrance into the camp…

Leviticus 13:46 KJV – “All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.”  (Nums 5:3, Num 12:15) 

Please note: In the last verse we see other proofs of the symbolic nature of the walls, gates, those who enter and those who are kept outside the city.  In this verse, we see the gates not giving access to the lost (symbolic of the lost’s presence in the Lake of Fire and inability to enter the city).   However in the previous verse, we see the gates are pictured as being opened giving access to God’s people at all times.  This seeming contradiction is easily understood when we accept the symbolic nature of the teachings. 

 

John now sees this same eternal dwelling place symbolized as a Garden of eden that has been restored for all mankind to enjoy and thrive throughout eternity… 

(1)  And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.   

This vision begins by John seeing “a pure river of water of life” flowing from the throne of God.   Prior to this in Rev 21:6, the Lord Himself uses the title “the fountain of the water of life” to describe the source of spiritual life that He offers to any who would partake of it.   He does this same thing later in Rev 22:17, when He tells us “whosoever desires, let him take of the water of life freely”.

These references help us to understand that “the water of life” is a picture of the work of Christ which, when partaken by lost mankind, will secure eternal life and communion with God on the New Earth…

“Jesus answered and said unto her, If thou knewest the gift of God, and who it is that saith to thee, Give me to drink; thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water.  The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence then hast thou that living water?  Art thou greater than our father Jacob, which gave us the well, and drank thereof himself, and his children, and his cattle?  Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”  (John 4:10-14 KJV)

The origin of this water is found in God, His counsels and workings (“proceeding out of the throne”) and is holy and sinless (“pure river of water of life”).  The Garden of Eden had a rivers (Gen 2:10) that gave life to everything in the garden.  This river in the restored Eden is the source of eternal life for all who live in it.

 

(2)  In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

Just like the Garden of Eden which had a tree of life (Gen 2:9), so too, the restored Eden is symbolized as having a tree of life within it as well.   This symbolically teaches us that those who live in this Eden possess eternal life and will always dwell within it.  Just as Adam and Eve would live forever in the presence of the tree of life (Gen 3:22-24), so too in the eternal Eden access to this tree symbolizes the eternal life possessed by the saints of God.

This tree finds its life in the river of life (Christ’s work that brings salvation to mankind).  In other words, the eternal life that we possess throughout eternity flows through the work of Christ… the same work of Christ that secured salvation from sin is the same work of Christ that secures eternal life to His people.

This tree is said to bear 12 types (manner) of fruits which symbolizes complete supplies for eternal life.  When God works in the heart of His people granting them spiritual life, there is nothing else needed by man.  Not their good works, not church membership nor baptism.   Eternal life is entirely a gift of grace.  Everything necessary is supplied by this tree apart from Man.

Also it is said to yield her fruit every month… eternal life is just that ETERNAL, there are no “breaks” in it, no loosing and regaining it, no weakening and strengthening of it.  There is fruit on the tree to eat every month so that the eternal life is consistently sustained  throughout one’ s life on earth and throughout eternity.

 

The leaves are said to be “for the healing of the nations”.  These leaves supply the complete healing for sin and its results in our lives.  In eternity, all sin will be undone, sin will be totally eradicated from the New Earth and its results totally undone.  This salvation is made available to all races (nations – Greek; ethnos) of mankind.

Isaiah 53:4-6 KJV – “Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.  But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.  All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

 

(3)  And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:   (4) And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.  

In this restored Eden, the curse that was felt in the earthly Eden (Gen 3:14-19) will be undone.  A part of this curse was removal from the Garden which restrains man’s personal, intimate fellowship with God.  In the new Garden, we have God, the Lamb, physically present, personally served by His people.  No longer will there be a hindrance in our fellowship with Him.  Because of this renewed intimacy we are told that “they shall see His face”…

Job 33:26 KJV – “He shall pray unto God, and he will be favourable unto him: and he shall see his face with joy: for he will render unto man his righteousness.”

1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV – “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

Psalms 16:9-11 KJV – “Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.  For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.   Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”

The Lord will not leave our bodies in the grave but resurrect and glorify them so that we might be able to enjoy His presence and the pleasures of eternity forevermore!

We are also told that “His name shall be on our foreheads” symbolic of His ownership of us and our position as His servants and worshippers!

 

(5)  And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

Because the Lord will be personally present in the renewed Garden of Eden (just as He was prior to the casting out of mankind – Gen 3:8), the glory of the Lord will enlighten the entire garden.  Just as the Lord will give His people much greater enlightened spiritual understanding, He will also enlighten His people with the light of His glory both day and night.

Throughout eternity, man will rule over this new creation.  One aspect of the fall of man, was man losing perfect dominion over God’s creation (Gen 1:26-31, 2:19-20, 3:17-19).  In this restored garden, the saints will once again enjoy a complete dominion over creation .  Every creature will perfectly obey him, there will be no weeds, nor the need to labor in this renewed creation of God.

This renewed Garden of Eden is all a part of the undoing of sin and its results upon mankind.  This will all be one of the aspects of our eternity with the Lord…. Truly, all the results of sin will be undone as the Lord graciously remakes this sinful world into a world that is untouched by sin, just like the original Garden of Eden before the fall.

 

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this section of Scripture, we come face to face with the undoing of sin through the work of Christ.

1 John 2:16-17 KJV – “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever.”

Through Christ and his gracious work on our behalf we can know that, although this world (that is filled with sin and its results) will pass away, we are assured of an wonderful eternity with Him.  How wonderful it is to know that our Lord is so great He was able to defeat sin and all of the results that sin has brought into our world (Col 2:13-15).

 

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

What was once a world filled with sins and reeling from the results of sin, will someday be renovated and made perfect once again…

Romans 8:21-25 KJV – “Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.  For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?   But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.”

2 Peter 3:10-13 KJV – “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.   Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,  Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?   Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

 

May we all use these truths to encourage our hearts and seek to remain faithful to Him as we eagerly await our eternal abode with Him…

Hebrews 11:13-16 KJV – “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.   But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”

 

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “pure gold, as it were transparent glass”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 21:21

And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

 

The street of this symbolic New Jerusalem is said to be made of “pure gold, as it were transparent glass”.  There is no earthly gold that can be purified to the point of becoming as clear as transparent glass, however, symbolically, this holds for us some great truths…

 

  1. The one “street” found in this glorious city pictures for us the way that leads to eternal communion with Christ. in other words, this street is the way to salvation, forgiveness and eternal life.

There is only ONE way to eternal life (the gospel message), and that way leads to Christ.  That is why this city is said to have only one street in it.

 

  1. This street is said to be of ‘pure gold”. The gospel message is a divine message which is precious.  It originates with God and leads us to Him.  This is why it is said to be of gold.

The gospel message is free from deceit, error or sin.  This is why it is described as being pure.

 

  1. The purity of this street’s gold is emphasized as “it were transparent glass.” It is said to be without any dirt or contamination, it is like glass that is absolutely clear.  It has no dirt, chips, cracks, waves or any other defect which would obstruct our view of Christ and His work.

Folks, when we see others who do not see the value of the gospel, when they misunderstand its intent, or ridicule its priceless message, it is not the fault of the gospel.  The reason why the gospel is misunderstood and rejected by men is because of man’s sinfulness and spiritual blindness.

The gospel does nothing to hinder our view of Christ and His work on our behalf, however, man’s sin hardened heart rejects the truth and mocks Christ and all He has done on behalf of His people.

 

Folks, we need to always remember that, apart from the Lord’s gracious intervention, sharing the gospel with the lost is much like ‘talking to a brick wall”.  Without Christ’s working, one hundred percent of the time, the gospel message will be rejected by the lost.

So as we minster to them don’t’ be surprised if they reject our message and misinterpret our motives.  They are blinded by sin and truly unable to see the truth….

John 5:39-40 KJV – “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.   And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.”

 

However, through Christ’s intervention in the life of a lost person, the spiritually blind can receive sight, and those who were running from Christ can be drawn to Him…

John 6:44-45 KJV – No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.   It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

 

So, as Christians, who love the lost and seek to see them saved, what are we to do?  Share the gospel message with them and PRAY FOR THEM… before, during, and after our witness to them.   We should never rely upon our own abilities to bring them to Christ, because we all have NO ABILITY to bring them to our Savior.   The only One who can bring the lost to Christ is the Lord Himself, as He intervenes in their lives through His ministry as the Holy Spirit.

He alone can bring them to salvation…. this is why we are to look to Him in faith, seek His face through prayer, and give Him all the praise and honor when we see a lost person come to faith.

It is truly a miracle of God when He softens the sin hardened heart of lost mankind and opens their eyes to the need of salvation and the wondrous work He has done on their behalf.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the twelve gates were twelve pearls”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 21:21

And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

 

In the city of New Jerusalem, the wall has twelve gates which control access to this glorious city.  In Revelation, this city is symbolic of the place where God’s people can live eternally in the very presence of God.  The gates, therefore, represent the way to gain access to this wonderful eternity with God.

We are told that each gate is made of one pearl.  Christ used the picture of pearls to represent the precious truths of God’s Word:

 

  1. The truths of God should not be waste upon those who willfully, consistently mock, ridicule and scorn the God’s Word and people of God….

Matthew 7:6 – “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.”

 

  1. The truths of God’s Word are of greater value than anything this world has to offer. We are to sacrifice anything of this world to come to an understanding and application of these truths into his life…

Matthew 13:45-46 – “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:  Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.”

 

Why would each gate to the city be made of a pearl?  It is through the Word of God (the gospel message of Christ and His work) that we can gain access to the glorious eternity with God.

Romans 10:12-18 – “For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.    How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?    And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!    But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?    So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.    But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.”

 

It is only fitting that the gates to this city be symbolized by a precious, beautiful pearl that is greatly sought by men and held in high esteem by those who understand its great value.

May we all take the message of God’s Word, seriously by applying it to our lives and sharing this precious gift with others around us!

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “garnished with all manner of precious stones.”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 21:19

“And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;”

 

John now describes the foundations of the walls of New Jerusalem as being “garnished with all manner of precious stones.”    He then gives a listing of all the differing stones that decorate the foundation.

When we study the stones in detail we see two main teachings:

  1. The faithfulness of the Lord to keep His promises to His people…

The colors of the stones vary greatly reminding us of a rainbow.  The rainbow, was God’s gift to Noah and all mankind as a type of assurance that He would keep His promise to never destroy the world by water again.

Genesis 9:13-16 – “I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.  And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow shall be seen in the cloud: And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh.  And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.”

 

 

  1. This glorious city has its foundations in the intercessory work of Christ and is the place of communion and fellowship with Him…

These stones are the same as found in the breastplate worn by the OT priests.  The role of the OT priesthood was intercessory in nature, standing between God and sinful man offering sacrifices that typified the sacrifice of Christ for the sins of His people.    The typical result of the ministry of the priesthood was to bring peace and communion between God and His people.

Hebrews 7:24-27 – “But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.  For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.” 

Hebrews 9:24 – “For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:”

 

As John describes the beautiful symbolism of the precious stones that decorate the foundation of the eternal city of God, may we all understand a far beautiful truth… our eternal dwelling place is given to His people based upon Christ’s faithfulness to His promises and His never-ending intercession for His people.

May we all praise and honor Christ with our lives as we remember his faithfulness to us and the wonderful eternity that awaits us.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “pure gold, like unto clear glass.”

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Revelation 21:18 – “And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

 

 

John describes the New Jerusalem as “pure gold, like unto clear glass”.

The symbolism that lies behind the gold is very apparent.  Biblically, gold is a symbol of:

  1. greatly valued or desired (Psa 19:1)
  2. a kingly authority (2 Sam 12:30)
  3. the true God, and false deities (Exo 20:23, 37:2, Isa 60:6-9)
  4. indestructibility (Zech 13:9)

Knowing this, it is very easy to see why John saw this eternal city of God symbolized by “pure gold’… It is greatly desired by God’s people; It is ruled over by the Lord, the King of Kings; It is the city of the True God; It will not be destroyed but will exist throughout eternity.

 

Why would this gold be described as “like unto pure glass”?  Pure glass pictures something that can be easily seen through, without cracks, dirt, smoke, or any other material that could obstruct our view.  It presents to us the truth that this eternal city is sinless, not touched by the filth of sin, nor will our eyes be spiritually blinded due to sinful flesh.

1 Corinthians 13:12 – “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

 

May we all praise and honor our Lord the wonderful future that awaits us… we will be able to see Him as He is, because we will no longer be touched by sin.  This will all take place in His dwelling place that He reigns over, that will never fade away!

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates”

SIH HALTAL ICONRevelation 21:12
“And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:”

John, in his vision of the New Jerusalem, sees the dwelling place of God on the New Earth, has a wall with gates in it. Why would this wondrous city have a wall? We are told that it is used to keep out sin (21:27), its effects (21:4), and those who are enslaved by it (21:8).

Why does this city have gates? To give entrance to those whose names are written in the Book of Life (21:27).

Folks, stop and think about the amazing symbolism that is set before us… in these symbols of the wall with gates we find the truth that those who are the People of God will gain entrance to a sinless, eternal existence in the very presence of God Himself. The sinless eternity awaiting the people of God is promised throughout the Holy Word…

Isaiah 35:8 – “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.”

Joel 3:17 – “So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.”

Zechariah 14:20-21 – “In that day shall there be upon the bells of the horses, HOLINESS UNTO THE LORD; and the pots in the LORD’S house shall be like the bowls before the altar. Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.”

2 Peter 3:13 – “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

What a blessing that will be! To no longer have bodies touched by sin, no longer feel any effects of sin in our lives, no longer be tempted nor be struggling with our sinful desires, no longer being mistreated by those who hate our Lord and all He stands for!

May we all keep our eyes on this glorious future that is awaiting the people of God and know that no matter what we may face in this life, and no matter what effects of sin we might feel, there is coming a day when we all truly be liberated from sin and its effects and jejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Romans 8:28 – “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Romans 5:1-2 – “Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.”

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Revelation 21:12-21 “The Walls And Gates Of New Jerusalem”

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THE TEXT:

 

 

Revelation 21:12-21

 

(12)  And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
(13)  On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on 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 that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
(16)  And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
(17)  And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
(18)  And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
(19)  And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
(20)  The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
(21)  And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

 

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

In Revelation 20: John’s attention was placed upon the first phase of the Christian’s eternity with Christ on the New Earth… the period of one thousand years, which has been set aside by the Lord for the judgment and reward of His people.  This was then followed by the event that closes the 1000 year time period, the judgment of Satan and his kingdom (including lost mankind) for their sins and their consignment to the Lake of Fire.

Now, in Revelation 21:-22:, John begins to share with us a wonderful description of new Jerusalem, the eternal dwelling place of the people of God….

  1. Rev 21:1-11 – New Jerusalem on the New Heavens and Earth
  2. Rev 21:12-21 – The Walls and Gates of New Jerusalem
  3. Rev 21:22-22:5 – New Jerusalem, the Glory of Eden restored
  4. Rev 22:6-20 – The Conclusion to the Book of Revelation

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

 

Revelation 21:12-21 

John now begins to share with us a description of the gates and the walls of New Jerusalem… 

(12)  And had a wall great and high, 

John sees a wall large, strong and tall.  They are not used to keep men inside but they are used to control who is given access to the city (Rev 21:27).   These walls separate God’s people from those who are yet in their sins and condemned for an eternity.   They symbolize the security, and sanctity that the Lord’s people will enjoy throughout eternity.

These walls are taken from several passages in the OT, one of which is Isaiah 60:18-21…

Isaiah 60:18-20 – “Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.  The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the LORD shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.  Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the LORD shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.” 

In this passage, we see the walls given the name of “salvation” (or deliverance) and their gates given the name “praise” (or to give tribute, to honor).  Why is this?

For the Christian these walls represent the ultimate deliverance that the Lord will grant His people throughout eternity.  it will be not only deliverance from the penalty of sin, but also deliverance from the results and presence of sin.  This wonderful eternal dwelling for God’s people is the place of ultimate security, peace and holiness for the people of God prepared and kept by the power of God.

For the Christian the gates represent the Christian’s praise and tribute of the Lord.  The Christians understand that by His workings and grace alone they are given entrance to their wonderful, eternal home, He is the One that receives all the credit for their entrance into this city…. He alone deserves all their praise.

 

 

and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 

John now begins to describe these gates named “praise”.  In this section of John’s description the number twelve is very prevalent.  The number 12 is the number of eternal perfection. And is representative of God’s people set apart for His use and will share eternity with Him (12 tribes of Israel, 12 apostles).   In this vision, 12 helps us to understand that these gates are reserved for the use of the people of God, the complete number of them, that will make up the citizenship of this eternal city (John 6:39):

  1. There are 12 gates which give God’s people access to the city. These gates give access to all of the people of God.
  1. At each gate an angel is present, guarding the door from intruders… much like the cherubim placed at the entrance to Eden to keep it (Gen 3:24).
  1. Each of the 12 gates had one of the names of the 12 tribes of Israel. God’s spiritual nation of Israel, the Israel of God, (those who have believed in Christ) is represented in its entirety by these twelve names…. This shows us that the citizenship of spiritual Israel is given access to this city.  No one who is a spiritual descendant of Abraham (Gals 3:29) will be left out, nor excluded from entrance into these gates.

 

(13)  On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. 

The twelve gates are evenly distributed… 3 gates on each of the 4 sides of the walls (N,S,E,W).   This helps us to understand that the Lord saves and gives access to this eternal city to people from all parts of the globe.  No nation, race, language or family is excluded.   There can be found saved individuals from every division of mankind.

Keep in mind, Revelation 5:9-10 described the redeemed as being “out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”

 

(14)  And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 

The wall had 12 foundations, each one having the names of one the twelve apostles.  The complete number of New Testament saints is represented by the names of the twelve apostles.

Remember each gate had the name of one of the 12 tribes.  When we see this together, we can see that the inhabitants of this city will include all the saints from both the times of the Old Testament and the times of the New Testament.  Also we can see that the ministry of the OT prophets and NT apostles formed the foundation of the gospel message and opened salvation to all of God’s people…

Through the teachings of the apostles, we find the foundation of the new covenant and the gospel message through which all of God’s people gain access to this city.   Through the ministry of the OT saints, we have the many promises of Christ, the OT symbols of Christ recorded and handed down through the generations.  They both worked in harmony to bring God’s people into His spiritual nation of Israel.

This same principle is brought out in Ephesians 2:19-22…

“Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.” 

 

(15)  And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

The angel possesses a “golden reed”.  The gold is symbolic of divinity and royalty.  This reed is owned by, and proceeds from our Lord, the King of Kings.

In Rev 11:1, we saw that measuring things represents ownership and control.  As the angel measures this city with the reed of God, he is symbolizing that this great heavenly city is owned by God and controlled by God.  All those who are citizens are a part of His spiritual nation, purchased by His blood and under the control of the King of Kings.

 

(16)  And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.

John now tells us the measurements of this city.  It is a perfect cube with its length, width and height all the same length, twelve thousand furlongs (which equals 1380 miles).

The measurement of 12,000 (12 x1000) show us that this city is perfect, holy, sinless (12), and complete (1000). It will be sinless, the perfect size for its inhabitants, needing nothing, going far beyond all of our expectations in every direction, in every nook and cranny of it.

 

(17)  And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. 

The walls of the city were 144 (12 x 12) cubits thick.  Although these walls were measured by the angel, the measurement was performed using the measuring system of man (cubits, furlongs etc.).

 

(18)  And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. 

The wall was made of “jasper” (symbolic of preciousness and purity).  The city was made of “pure gold” (symbolizing that it was the city of our God and our King).   The gold was so “pure” it was clear like glass emphasizing its sinlessness and holiness)

The walls existed to keep, unite  and protect the saved (21:24-26) while it kept out the lost and sin (21:27). 

 

(19)  And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;

(20)  The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

 

The foundations of the wall were decorated with various precious stones, all of which are found on the breastplate of the priests:

 

Stone Color Symbolism References
Jasper Clear, Brown, Red Purity, Communion Ex 28:20
Sapphire Blue StrengthPurity, Communion Song Of Sol  5:14Ex 28 :18
Chalcedony Green, Red, Blue Purity, Communion Ex 28:17
Emerald Light Green Purity, CommunionValue Ex 28:18Ezek 27:16
Sardonyx White, Blue, Red, Brown Purity, CommunionIsraelWorship Ex 28:26Ex 28:91 Chron 29:2
Sardius Yellow, Brown, Red Purity, CommunionGod’s Glory Ex 28:17Rev 4:3
Chrysolite Gold, Copper Purity, CommunionValue Ex 28:19Job 28:19
Beryl Sea Green Purity, CommunionWork of ChristBody of God Ex 28:20Song of Sol 5:14Dan 10:6
Topaz Yellow Purity, CommunionValue Exo 28:17Job 28:19
Chrysoprasus Light Gold, Light Green Purity, CommunionEternal, Permanence Exo 28:18Jer 17:1
Jacinth Blue, Yellow, Red Purity, Communion Exo 28:19
Amethyst Dark Red, Purple Purity, Communion Exo 28:19

 

This helps us to see many different attributes to this Godly city.  Especially, when we realize all of these stones were found on the breastplate of the OT priest (Exo 28: – mostly listed in reverse order?), we can see this great city of God will provide a place of communion, worship, and purity.    It also helps us to see that the intercessory work of Christ is the foundation of our eternity with Him.  Apart from His constant intervention for us, we would be forever condemned.

Also note the variety of colors.  Almost every major color is represented in this combination of stones.  This reminds us of the rainbow which signifies the Lord’s faithfulness to His promises (Gen 9:10-20).  Our hope of dwelling in this wonderful city, and our entire experience of eternity with Christ, is founded upon His promises to us.  His faithfulness to those promises will be declared as we experience our eternal abode with Him.   

 

(21)  And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. 

Each of the twelve gates were made of one pearl.

A pearl is representative of:

  1. wisdom – Job 28:18
  2. Truth of Word – Mat 7:6
  3. Good News of Christ – Matt 13:45-46

The way of access to Christ and this eternal abode is found through the gospel of Christ, the truth of the Word, the wisdom of God.

The street of the city (the path of salvation) is made up of pure gold.  Again, we can see the way of salvation is found in the truths of God, His gospel message.  It is sinless, without deception, without corruption and never changes.  This is why the gospel message is perfectly reliable,  pure, and of immense value to mankind.

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this section of John’s vision we come face to face with the absolute need of Christ for our future security and peace.  The walls, gates, and foundation of this wonderful dwelling place for the people of God pointed our attention solely to Christ, His work, His truth and His faithfulness.    Because of Christ’s work and His continuing intercession on behalf of His people, He will keep us secure to, and throughout, eternity….

Hebrews 7:24-25 – “But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.  Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.”

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

This vision not only gives us many principles concerning the wondrous eternity we possess through His work and faithfulness to us.  It also gives us many foundational truths about salvation from sins and the way to that leads to salvation.

Please note a quick basic summary of these teachings:

  1. The City pictures our salvation and the resultant eternal security
  2. The Gates picture the gospel message which gives access to that salvation
  3. The Angels guarding the gates are God’s messengers that possess and proclaim gospel
  4. The Foundation represent the Apostles, OT Prophets and Christ, their teachings which make up God’s Word

Folks, as we are reminded of the wonderful eternity that awaits the people of God, let us also be reminded of the importance of the gospel message and its role in securing the salvation of God’s people.  It is only through this salvation that the eternal blessings of the Lord can be received.

May we all seek to live in such a way that Christ, and His glorious gospel message be revealed in each of our lives.  In doing so, we will be sharing with others around us the only way of salvation and entrance into this wonderful eternity!

1 Timothy 6:11-12 – “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.  Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.”

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “Having The Glory Of God”

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And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,  Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

 

The glory of God.  We read about it, we talk about it, we hear preaching on it, but what does the Bible mean when it talks about God’s glory?

The glory of God describes different, but related ideas in the Bible:

  1. A literal illumination that radiates from the very presence of God (Revelation 21:23)
  2. Honoring God in our lives through our words, deeds, and thought life (John 11:4)
  3. The perfection of God’s person, attributes, and works (Romans 3:23)

 

Why are these three distinct ideas described as “the glory of God”?

They share one principle in common… each one of the three draw men’s attention to God.  Each one of these is like a spotlight that shines upon an object, bringing it to men’s awareness and concentration…

  1. In the Old Testament and New Testament, when the illuminating glory of the Lord was shown to men, they were in awe as their attention was riveted to the greatness of the Lord being on display in His radiant glory.
  1. When our lives honor the Lord and tell others about Him, it attracts men’s attention to Him. They think about Him, see Him illustrated in our lives, and recognize His presence in our life.
  1. The perfect character and workings of the Lord set the ultimate standard for which mankind is to strive. When we recognize the greatness in His perfection, not only is our attention driven to Him but also to our weaknesses and our great need of Him.

 

Folks, this is one of the key ideas behind God’s glory that is carried throughout the Scriptures.  However the glory of the Lord is manifested, whether by illumination, the testimony of His people, or a recognition of His greatness… our attention is drawn to Him.  This then, leads us to see His greatness more clearly and have a better understanding of our weaknesses and our need of Him.

May we all seek to get a glimpse of His glory, and then seek to share it with others, as we strive to be shining lights pointed at Christ, in the midst of a sin darkened world!

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

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Our Eternal Lord… the beginning and ending of all things!

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Revelation 21:6 – “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.”

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Revelation 21:6 – “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”

 

Here, we see the Lord giving Himself the titles “Alpha and Omega” and “the Beginning and the End”.   These titles reveal the Lord as:

 

  1. The One who has existed from the beginning and will continue to exist through the end of time…

Psalms 90:2 – “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”

 

 

  1. The One who has begun all things and the One that will bring this world to an end…

Psalms 102:24-27 – “I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations.   Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands.   They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed:  But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.”

 

 

Folks, this knowledge is a wonderful blessing for each one of us….

Just stop and think the same Lord that brought the world into existence is the same Lord that we now serve.  The same Lord that existed in the Old Testament times, constantly working on behalf of His people, is the same Lord that is now working on our behalf.

Psalms 111:2-4 – “The works of the LORD are great, sought out of all them that have pleasure therein.   His work is honourable and glorious: and his righteousness endureth for ever.   He hath made his wonderful works to be remembered: the LORD is gracious and full of compassion.”

 

Moreover, the same Lord that gives us promises of eternity with Him will never be defeated, nor go out of existence, He will live eternally.   He will not leave us nor forsake us, as time continues forward, He will forever be by our side protecting us, enabling us, and keeping His promises to us.

Psalms 103:17-18 – “But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him, and his righteousness unto children’s children;  To such as keep his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.”

 

Folks may we honor our Lord with our lives today knowing that He is always existent and forever caring for us…. even throughout eternity!

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “I make all things new.”

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Revelation 21:5

“And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”

 

Following John’s glimpse of the new life that Christians will enjoy in eternity, the Lord tells John “Behold, I make all things new”.  This is in direct relation to the new life that Christians will experience throughout eternity.   However, the great change that takes place in the life of a Christian is not limited to our eternal experience.

There is another verse that gives us insight into a new type of life received by the Christian as one of the blessings of Christ’s work on the cross…

2 Corinthians 5:17 says … ““Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”   This verse tells us that we are changed in all aspects of our life (“all things”).

 

There are many, many ways in which our life is changed “in Christ”, actually too many to cover in this devotion.  But there is one outstanding change that touches every area of our life that cannot be overlooked or overemphasized.  It is a change made in our desires.

When we experience a genuine salvation experience, turning from our sins to Christ and accepting Him as our Savior, He becomes the Lord of our lives.  He becomes number one above all else.  Our greatest desire is then pointed to pleasing Him.  Much like the Psalmist that said in Psalm 40:8…“I delight to do thy will, O my God:…” 

This burning desire touches us in every area of our life, as we become “living sacrifices” for Christ which results in no longer being “conformed to this world” but now are“transformed by the renewing of our minds” (Romans 12:1-2).   Put very simply this means our lives are radically changed, our desires, goals and purpose for living is now to honor and glorify Christ in all we do…

Our actions, reactions, and times of inaction all take place in an effort to show Christ to those who are around us; our words, both public and private, are now spoken with an intent to encourage, strengthen and help others, which reveals Christ’s love; and our dreams and hopes are no longer centered on the things of this world but are now centered upon things above, the eternity that awaits us in Christ.

 

Truly, when Christ becomes our Lord and our desires become pointed towards Him, every aspect of our lives will be radically made “new”.

Are we living a “new” life in Him?   If so, we can be confident we have been saved by His grace and have become a new creature in Christ!

 

For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the tabernacle of God is with men”

SIH TOTT ICONRevelation 21:3 – “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”

Ezekiel 37:27 – “My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.”

As you can see, the event described in Revelation 21:3 is a fulfillment of the promise that God gave to His people in Ezekiel 37:27.

There are several different aspects to this promise of God.   When He promises that “the tabernacle of God is with men”, He is promising His people that they will possess His eternal presence in their midst.

 

 

Keep in mind, one of the greatest aspects of the OT tabernacle was God’s presence abiding within it….

Exodus 25:8 – “And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.”

Exodus 40:34-35 – “Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.  And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.”

Nowhere in the Bible does the Lord promise a literal tabernacle, or temple, will be present throughout eternity.  There will be no need for them to symbolically reveal Christ to us, because He will be present and revealed clearly to us in His person.

 

 

They simply were a shadow and example of what we will experience now throughout eternity…. the very ministry and presence of Christ Himself…

Hebrews 8:5-6 – “Who serve unto the example and shadow of heavenly things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the tabernacle: for, See, saith he, that thou make all things according to the pattern shewed to thee in the mount.  But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises.”

 

 

 

God’s presence among them gives His people access to Himself…

Once a year, on the Day of Atonement, the High Priest could enter into the tabernacle’s holy of holies, entering into God’s presence to make intercession for His people.  In the OT Jewish mind, the tabernacle was where they went to meet with God and obtain forgiveness for their families and nation.

Leviticus 16:2-3,16 – “And the LORD said unto Moses, Speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the holy place within the vail before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.   Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: with a young bullock for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering…. And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in all their sins: and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness.”

 

 

Also, God’s presence among them gave them a much greater understanding of His person and attributes…

Remember the materials and colors that made up the tent of the tabernacle, along with all the furniture within the tabernacle, clearly declared Christ, His work and His attributes to His people.

 

 

Below is a very basic look at how Christ is revealed in the OT Tabernacle.  (Christ is revealed in many more ways than is listed below.  This is simply a quick glimpse at how we can see Christ in the Tabernacle for those who are unfamiliar with this teaching.)

Tabernacle Materials / Furnishings Symbolism
Coverings Deity, Royalty, Humanity and Purity of Christ
Altar of Burnt offerings The death / shed blood of Christ on the cross
Laver Confession / repentance of sin and purification
Table of Shewbread Partaking of Christ’s work, Becoming one with Christ, Christ’s enablement of His people
Golden Altar Of Incense Prayer / Communion / Fellowship with God
Golden Lampstand Christ the light of the world / Christ revealing His truths to His people.
Ark Of Covenant The Deity/Humanity of Christ. Christ as Lawgiver, Christ as Bread of Life, Christ as Enabler of His People.
…. And many, many more

 

This is why Christ’s eternal presence with His people is pictured as the tabernacle in the midst of His people.

To quote the hymn of old….

“What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see.  And I will look upon His face, the One who saved me by His grace…  And forever I will be with the One who died for me… what a day glorious day that will be!”

(Partial lyrics to “What A Day That Will Be” written by Jim Hill.)

 

 

AMEN!  Truly the tabernacle of God will be with men and we will enjoy His presence for an eternity!

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “The holy city, New Jerusalem”

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Revelation 21:2 – “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

 

 

John sees the eternal abode of the Lord and His people presented symbolically as a city that he describes as “holy” and gives to it the title “New Jerusalem”.  These descriptions by John teach us several truths about our dwelling place throughout eternity.

When John describes the city as “holy”, he is saying that this city is separated from sin and dedicated to the use of Christ and His people.   When he calls the city “New Jerusalem” he is telling us that this city, although different from the earthly city of Jerusalem, shares many similarities with it.

Some of those similarities include:

  1. the worship of the Lord takes place within it.
  2. the presence and dwelling place of the Lord is found in it.
  3. the gathering of God’s people are centered in it.
  4. the glory of God will be found in it.

 

Please keep in mind, the Jerusalem of the OT times was the home of the tabernacle where God could be found, worshipped and served.  This makes a perfect picture of our abode in the future.  Although we are clearly told by John that no literal temple will be found in this eternal Jerusalem, God’s fullness could be found there….

Revelation 21:22 – “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.”

 

This helps us to see why there is such a close connection between the two cities.  In this eternal abode, God’s people will have the privilege of experiencing the closest possible relationship with their Lord.  We will live with Him, commune with Him, serve Him, and worship Him in absolute truth…

1 John 3:1-3 – “Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.    Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.”

Hebrews 13:14-16 – “For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.  By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.  But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.”

 

Please note in both of these verses, where our eternal dwelling place is mentioned, it is linked to our faithful service NOW.

In the 1 John passage, we see that because we have the confident assurance that we will be personally in His presence (“see Him as He is”), we are to live Godly lives for his glory (“purifieth himself, even as He is pure” ).

In the Hebrews passage we see that, because we have no eternal dwelling on this earth but look forward to the one that is to come (“here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.”), we are to glorify God in our lives continually, verbally tell others of our thankfulness to the Lord, serve the Lord, and sacrifice ourselves to meet the needs of others (“offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.  But to do good and to communicate forget not“)

 

May we all remember the wonderful eternity that awaits us in the very presence of our Lord in New Jerusalem.  Because of this wonderful blessing may we seek to serve Him and meet the needs of others around us.

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Revelation 21:1-11 “New Jerusalem On The New Earth”

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THE TEXT:

 

Revelation 21:1-11

(1)  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
(2)  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
(3)  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
(4)  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
(5)  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
(6)  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
(7)  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
(8)  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
(9)  And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
(10)  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
(11)  Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

In Revelation 20: John’s attention was placed upon the first phase of the Christian’s eternity with Christ on the New Earth… the period of one thousand years, which has been set aside by the Lord for the judgment and reward of His people.  This was then followed by the event that closes the 1000 year time period, the judgment of Satan and his kingdom (including lost mankind) for their sins and their consignment to the Lake of Fire.

Now, in Revelation 21:-22:, John begins to share with us a wonderful description of new Jerusalem, the eternal dwelling place of the people of God….

  1. Rev 21:1-11 – New Jerusalem on the New Heavens and Earth
  2. Rev 21:12-21 – The Walls and Gates of New Jerusalem
  3. Rev 21:22-22:5 – New Jerusalem, the Glory of Eden restored
  4. Rev 22:6-20 – The Conclusion to the Book of Revelation

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Revelation 21:1-11

 

 (1)  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

John now turns our attention towards the New Heavens and New Earth.

There are two Greek words that is translated “new” in the Bible:

  1. kainos – to be “new” in the sense of nature – different or changed from what previously existed, to supercede the first
  2. neos – to be “new” in the sense of time – existing only short period of time, recent or young

 

The word translated “new” in the terms “New Heavens” and  “New Earth” is the word kainos.  The term new is simply saying that these heavens and earth are changed from the fallen heavens and earth.  They are different, they are the replacement for the fallen heavens and earth.  It in no way implies a new creation of God, neos would have been used to imply this.  They are simply a renovated version of the Old.

John also emphasizes a very obvious change between the old and the new… no sea existed on the new heavens and earth.  Keep in mind the “sea” is symbolic of unrest and wicked mankind (Isaiah 57:20-21, Rev 20:13).  Also, it was the source of the religious kingdoms of Satan (Rev 13:1).   John is not, necessarily, saying that there will be no bodies of water on the New Heavens and Earth, he is saying that no longer will there be unrest, confusion, wickedness, nor any result of sin on this renovated earth. (Rev 21:4-8).

Compared to the previous heavens and earth, the New (“kainos’) Heavens and Earth will be a radically changed. See Isaiah 65:-66: for another look at this radically changed New Earth.

 

Remember, this New Heavens and New Earth had been renovated from the old heavens and earth at the second coming of Christ…

2 Peter 3:10-13 –

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.    Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,   Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?   Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

In verses 10 & 12, we can see that at the second coming of Christ (“the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night” and “The coming of the day of God”) the heavens and earth will go away (“pass away”)  and be dissolved (“melt” and “dissolved”).

In verse 13 we are told that, although we are told the old heavens and old earth will go away, according to His promises to us, we look for a renovated, changed, replacement (“new”)  heavens and earth.

In other words, the actual renovation of the heavens and earth into the New Heavens and new Earth took place as the wrath of God was falling upon mankind (see Rev 19:).   The same Lord that came with His saints, sending wrath against the lost, and renovating the earth, is the same Lord that sat judging lost mankind for their sins (Revelation 20:11).

 

Beginning in Revelation 21:, John now gives us a detailed description of this New Heavens and Earth, that came into existence previously (at His second coming in Rev 19:).

(2)  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 

 

John now sees the dwelling place of God descend from heaven to the New Earth.  This heavenly city will become the dwelling place of Christ and His saints on the renovated earth.

This is the ‘better country” and the “heavenly city” spoken of in Hebs 11:13-16…  “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.  But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”

 

This is the ‘Heavenly Jerusalem” spoken of in Hebrews 12:22-24…“But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,  And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.”

 

This is the continuing city spoken of in Hebrews 13:14…“For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.”

 

And the place prepared for us by Christ in John 14:1-3 … “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

 

John describes this city as being “prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”    In other words, she is prepared and made very beautiful for her husband, Christ (Rev 21:9). They will be joined together and share each other’s presence throughout eternity.  The city is prepared for Christ and His people with the beauty of Christ’s righteousness (Isa 61:10-11).

 

The relationship between the bride and groom is the most intimate of all earthly relationships… this is a wonderful picture of the Lord’s intimate relationship with His people…

(3)  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

 

John then hears a voice speaking to him saying… 

  1. “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men” – New Jerusalem, the dwelling and worship place of God will be accessible to His people.  He will live in NJ and will be worshipped in NJ.
  1. “he will dwell with them” – The God will permanently inhabit this place with His people
  1. “they shall be his people” – God has purchased His people with His blood. He owns them, they joyfully follow Him, worship Him, and obey Him.
  1. “God himself shall be with them, and be their God.” – God will personally be with His people and be worshipped by them.

 Please note: Ezekiel 40:-on – The temple (dwelling and worship place of God) is a picture of our glorious eternity with God.

 

(4)  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

In the New Jerusalem, on the New Earth, there will be no effects of sin’s curse:

  1. “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes” – No more crying due to pain, sorrow, frustrations or loss. All exist because of sin.
  1. “and there shall be no more death” – There will be no physical or spiritual death. God’s people will eternally possess glorified bodies in the presence of Christ.
  1. “neither sorrow, nor crying” – No more mourning due to loss, or outward displays of grief
  1. “neither shall there be any more pain” – No more physical, mental, emotional pain will be felt.

“for the former things are passed away.”  – None of these will exist because the previous effects of sin and the curse upon mankind has been sent away and replaced with a sinless existence in the presence of God Himself.

 

 (5)  And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

Following the description of some of the great changes that will take place in New Jerusalem on the New Earth, God, in the person of Christ, speaks from His throne.  He reminds John how these changes have taken place.  It is through His renovation of the old earth. “I make all things new” ie “I change all of these things”.

Then He reemphasizes the truthfulness of this  great change that will take place by telling John to be sure to write these things down to share them with others.   God emphasizes that these things are “true” (actual to fact) and “faithful” (trustworthy, can be relied upon). 

 

(6)  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

The Lord continues to speak to John:

  1. “It is done” – These things are certain to take place in the future. They have been made a part of God’s sovereign plans for his people. They are as good as done.  (Dan 4:35, Job 25:13, Psa 33:9-11, 115:3)
  1. “I am the Alpha and Omega” – This is the title given to Jesus (Rev 1:8, 22:13).   The beginning and the ending letters of the Greek alphabet, in other words….
  1. “I am … the beginning and the end” – The One who existed in eternity past, beginning cause and Creator of all. the One who will bring all these to a close and exist throughout eternity future.
  1. “I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” – Christ is offering salvation and spiritual life as a free gift to sinners. (Isa 55:1-4, John 4:10-14, 7:37-38)    The fountain of the water of life is a symbolic representation of the source of spiritual, eternal life.  In comparison, drinking of the wine of fornication results in the receipt of God’s wrath upon mankind (Rev 17:2)

 

(7)  He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Those who are victors in Christ, through the indwelling spirit: (John 16:33, 1 John 2:13-14, 4:4, 5:4-5)

  1. shall be heirs with Christ of all these shared future blessings. – (Roms 8:17,32, Prov 3:35)
  2. will have Christ as their God. – We will worship and serve Him (1 Cor 3:21-23)
  3. will be an adopted member of God’s family – We will have a close, personal relationship based upon love and appreciation. (Roms 8:14-18)

Remember, being victors over sin, death, and this world is a mark of a true believer.  If we are true believers then we will also be heirs with Christ as our God and ourselves as His son (or daughter).

 

(8)  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Just as being victorious over sin, death, the powers of darkness and the fallen world is a mark of a true believer, John is now given a list of marks of those who are unbelievers and will partake of the second death… banished from Christ’s presence throughout eternity in the Lake of Fire.

A lost person lives a lifestyle practicing these sins, without regret nor desire to change (1 John 3:9-10) :

  1. fearful – timid, no confidence, full of dread
  2. unbelieving – faithless,
  3. abominable – to be disgusting, abhorred by God
  4. murderers – to take life intentionally, unlawfully
  5. whoremongers – sexually or morally unrestrained
  6. sorcerers – to make drugs, poisons
  7. idolaters – serve & worship images, serve and worship false gods
  8. liars – untruthful, deceptive, concealing

 

Proverbs 6:16-19 gives us another listing of marks of the lost which encompass all other Biblical references on this subject…

PRIDE DECEPTION MURDER WICKED THOUGHTS EVIL MISCHIEF FALSE WITNESSES DISCORD
Proverbs 6:16-19 Proud Look Lying Tongue Hands shed innocent blood Heart deviseth wicked imaginations Feet that be swift in running to mischief False witness that speaketh lies Soweth discord among brethren
1 Corinthians  6:9-10 Idolaters, Covetous, Fornicators,Adulterers,Effeminate,Abusers of Self With Mankind,Drunkards, Thieves, Revilers,Extortioners
Galatians 5:19-21 Murderers, LasciviousnessIdolaters,Hatred,Emulations,Wrath,Envyings,

 

Adulterers,Fornication,Uncleaness,Witchcraft,Drunkeness, Heresies, Variance,Strife,Seditions,Revelings.
Ephesians 5:5 Covetous, Idolaters Whoremonger,Unclean Persons,
Revelation 21:8 Unbelieving Liars, Murders Fearful,Idolaters, Abominable, Whoremongers,Sorcerers,

 

Proverbs 6:16-19 – “These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:  A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood,  An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief,  A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.”

 

1 Corinthians 6:9-10 – “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,  Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

 

Galatians 5:19-21 – “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,  Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,  Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”

 

Ephesians 5:5 – “For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”

 

Revelation 21:8 – “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

 

(9)  And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

One of the angels which delivered the seven vials of wrath (Rev 16:), now offers to show to John the details of the city of New Jerusalem, referred here as the Bride of the Lamb.

Why would one of these angels be given the responsibility and privilege to deliver this vision to John?  Perhaps it is because it was through their work (the purifying of the world during the last portions of God’s wrath) that this New Jerusalem on this sinless world was brought into existence.

This refers back to verse 2 where we are told that the city is adorned like a bride for her wedding.

  

(10)  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, John then is taken away “in the spirit” in other words, he was physically unmoved while being overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit and given the ability to see this great vision “in his mind’s eye”.  John sees himself taking a place on a great, high mountain.

Keep in mind, many times God revealed Himself, and His truths to man (Exo 19:20, Neh 9:13).   Also, based on Isa 2:2 and Ezek 40:1-2, it is possible that this city will be literally located upon a mountain.

 

And shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,   (11)  Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

New Jerusalem, heaven come down to earth, is now described as:

  1. that great city – big, large, exceeding
  2. holy Jerusalem – sacred, blameless, separated for God’s use… Jerusalem means “founded in peace” or “city of peace”
  3. descending out of heaven (the third heaven) from God. – God’s dwelling place come down to earth.
  4. having the glory of God – the very presence of God dwells there, just like the OT tabernacle and temple (Ex 40:34, 2 Chr 5:13-14, 1 King 8:11)
  5. her light was like a jasper stone, clear as crystal – His glory shown within the city like light reflecting from a precious clear gemstone.  Jasper is symbolic of holiness (Ex 28:20, 39:13).  Also Jasper is a stone of great value (Job 28:17), its clarity represents sinlessness.

The Lord is symbolized by the Jasper stone… He is holy, of overwhelming value, and sinless and transparent. 

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

As we see the great symbolic beauty of the bride of Christ, the heavenly city of New Jerusalem, we are reminded of Christ’s prominence and grace that he has shown to His people.

Stop and think about it… the reason why New Jerusalem is such a beautiful city is because it was prepared by Christ Himself.  This city is a direct reflection of the beauty, greatness and wisdom of its Creator, Jesus Christ.

John 14:2-3 – “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.”

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

As we consider the wonders of the eternity that awaits us, may we all with grateful hearts honor and glorify our Lord.  He is the One that saved us, He is the One that has given us a share of His inheritance, He is the One that created this wonderful abode for us.

Oh what worship and dedication we owe Him.  He truly is our all… throughout eternity.

 

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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “…measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: …”

SIH TOTT ICONRev 11:1-2 KJV

And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.  But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

In our previous devotional, we saw some of the immediate blessings that are given to those upon whom Christ’s blood has been applied.   But now, in today’s devotional, we will be looking at some of the future blessings that are awaiting Christians in the life to come…

Paul wrote about those results in Ephesians 2:4-7…

“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”

 

With the receipt of eternal life, comes the receipt of a wonderful eternity with Christ.  Note what our verses say….

  1. We were given spiritual life based upon God’s great love, mercy, grace.
  2. We have been given a seat with Christ to be with Him, now and throughout eternity.
  3. We are promised His gracious kindness to be shown to us throughout the ages, including eternity.

 

Folks, not only are we brought into communion with God and saved from His wrath, but we are also promised many future blessings both here and throughout eternity in heaven on the New Earth (Rev 21:1-2).  Some of these many eternal blessings include deliverance from the presence of sin and its results (Rev 21:4-5, 8), receipt of glorified bodies (1 Cor 15:52-54), dwelling in His presence (Rev 21:3), rewards for obedience (1 Corinthians 3:10-17) etc etc etc.

What a blessing it is to know that we have been made right with Christ and no can claim many present and future blessings as our very own.

This is all a part of the wonder of being a “spiritual Israelite”, one that is accepted in God’s sight and able to worship Him in spirit and in truth.

May NONE of us remain a spiritual Gentile, rejecting the worship of the Lord, through rebellion, enmity and disobedience to Him.    For it is these who trample the worship of God underfoot and, therefore, have the judgment of God awaiting them.

 

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A New Year… A New Beginning

SIH STSTA ICON“The Former Things Are Passed Away… I Make All Things New”

 

 

 

A new beginning.  For many of us, this is one of the greatest desires in our lives.  We look back and see mistakes that were made; sins that were committed; and hurt, pain, and loss that cannot be undone. Our only hope is for a new beginning.

But for many of us, apart from Christ, there is no real hope for a new beginning.  We understand that the effects things we have done, and things that were done to us, will continue to affect us as long as we are alive. And then, once our life comes to an end, there is absolutely no reason to believe that our condition will improve in anyway.

If we believe the record of the Bible, those without Christ can only expect a much worse experience after death than what was experienced here on earth.   Ephesians 2:12 summarizes their condition in a very concise way when it says that a person without Christ is “having no hope, and without God in the world”.

But the story does not end there, all who have Christ, have the hope of a new beginning.  A new beginning while yet on the earth, and a new beginning that will begin, and last, throughout eternity. What a wonderful blessing that the Lord has given to each one of us… the ability to have a totally new beginning that will remake us, lead us from the error of our ways, and erase all our regrets and sufferings for an eternity!

 

THE SCRIPTURES:

2 Corinthians 5:17 & Revelation 21:3-5

 

THE STUDY:

In the following texts, we can see the promise of a new beginning given to us by the Lord Jesus Christ.  Our first text addresses a new beginning that can be had while yet on the earth.  In our second text, we can see a new beginning that will be received, and will last, throughout eternity.  In both of these texts one principle is constant, the presence of Christ in the life of the recipient… 

 

 

2Co 5:17 KJV

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. 

In 2 Corinthians 5:17, we are told that “if any man be IN CHRIST”…. he has a new beginning: he HAS BECOME A NEW CREATURE while yet on earth…. 

In other words, a man has Christ is given a new existence while yet on earth.  He is given spiritual life and renewal, a new source of strength, a new set of desires, and a new heart of love for His Lord and others around him.

Although he will still feel the past effects of sin in his life, now he has One upon which he can lean, One upon which he can receive guidance, and One by which he can be comforted.  He truly has become a new creature in Christ, eternally loved by his Heavenly Father, forgiven through the shed blood of Christ, possessing a life revolutionized by the power and leadership of the Holy Spirit.

 

 

Rev 21:3-5 KJV

And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 
And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

In Revelation 21:3-5, we are told that the people of God… they have a new beginning: they WILL POSSESS A NEW EXISTENCE throughout eternity. 

In other words, those who have Christ experience a new type of existence that far surpasses anything they have experienced on this sinful world.  They will enjoy the physical presence of their Lord, they will have all causes of sorrow, pain, suffering, and death taken away, they will enjoy a new heavens and new earth that has not been touched by sin, nor corrupted by the workings of Satan.

 

 

THE SUMMARY: 

As the Old Year passes away and the New Year begins, may it be a reminder of the new beginning that is promised to those who are in Christ.  Just as the Old Year is gone, never to be revisited… so too, the portion of our life that has been lived never to be changed.  Just as the New Year has arrived, awaiting us with open arms … so too, we have received an invitation to begin a new life in Christ.

By forsaking our past sins, failures, and rebellion and turning to Christ accepting Him as Lord and Savior by faith, accepting Him as our Lord and Savior, any one of us can receive a new beginning now, and throughout eternity.  This is the key to living a life that is filled with joy and glory now, and throughout eternity!

 

1Pe 1:3-8 KJV –
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 
To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.
Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:”

 

 

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

 

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The Book Of Life: Can Our Name Be Removed?

SIH STSTA ICONTHE SCRIPTURES:

 

To the best of my knowledge, below is a listing of every verse in the Bible that addresses the subject of  the Book of Life and other related teachings…

 

 

Exo 32:32-33 KJV – Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.   And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

Psa 69:26-28 KJV – For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded.   Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.  Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

Isa 4:3-4 KJV – And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:   When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.

Eze 13:9 KJV – And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.

Dan 12:1 KJV – And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

Luk 10:20 KJV – Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

Php 4:3 KJV – And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

Heb 12:23 KJV – To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

Rev 3:5 KJV – He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Rev 13:8 KJV – And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Rev 17:8 KJV – The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

Rev 20:12-15 KJV – And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

Rev 21:27 KJV – And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Rev 22:18-19 KJV – For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

 

 

THE STUDY:

In our study for today, we will be looking at “the Book of Life” that is written by God.  Before we look at our names being removed  from this book, we need to come to a basic understanding of this books contents…

  1. It is a book that contains the names of all the redeemed (those who will live with Christ eternally.)

Heb 12:23 KJV – To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

Rev 3:5 KJV – He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Php 4:3 KJV – And I intreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life.

 

  1. Those who are written in this book will come to a saving knowledge of Christ.

Dan 12:1 KJV – And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.

[Please note: this prophecy is speaking of the times of the Gentiles (the times we are living in now).  It clearly tells us that those whose names are found written in the book of life will be saved (delivered) from their sins.  None will be lost, none will forgotten.  Everyone written in the book will receive deliverance from their sins.  This time of deliverance will end with Christ’s second coming]

 

  1. Wicked mankind (those who do not repent of their sins nor submit to Christ as Lord) are not included in this book.

Eze 13:9 KJV – And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD.

[Please note: “the writing of the house of Israel” refers to a listing of all the redeemed of God.  It is referred to as “the writing of the house of Israel” because the redeemed make up the citizens of the “Israel of God” (God’s spiritual nation – Rom 2:28-29, Gals 6:16 etc) and will dwell in the New Jerusalem with Him.]

 

  1. Absence from this book results in being condemned to eternal judgment

Rev 20:12-15 KJV – And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

  1. It is a book that is owned (controlled) by Christ and based upon His work on the cross.

Rev 13:8 KJV – And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Rev 21:27 KJV – And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

 

  1. It is a book that was written in eternity past.

Rev 17:8 KJV – The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is.

 

  1. Gives great joy to those who are included in the book.

Luk 10:20 KJV – Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.

 

After looking at these basic principles concerning the book of life, we can see that having our names in this book is the greatest blessing we can receive from the Lord.  If we know our names are written in this book it means that we are counted as a citizen of God’s nation, we have been delivered from our sins through Christ’s work on the cross, we are now safe in Christ as our eternal intercessor, and our eternity is secure.

 

But now to the question at hand…. can our names be removed from this book?  The answer SEEMS to be “yes” based upon three passages…

Exo 32:32-33 KJV – Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.  And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

Psa 69:26-28 KJV – For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded.  Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.  Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

Rev 22:18-19 KJV – For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:  And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

 

Can we take these verses at face value, or is there more teaching that dwells beneath the surface of all of these?  I think it is very important that we take these verses in the context of the entire Word of God and its teachings on this subject.  Before we draw conclusions about the above verses, we need to look at another verse from Revelation that addresses the subject of name removal from the Book of Life…

Rev 3:5 KJV – He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Please notice this book is addressed to “overcomers”.  The Apostle John, the author of Revelation, clearly defines the meaning of this term in another letter that he wrote, the book of 1 John.  He clearly explains that an overcomer is one who has overcome this sinful world through faith in Christ:

1Jn 5:4-5 KJV – “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.  Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?”

 

So in Revelation 3:5, Christ is speaking to those who believe in Him as their Lord and Savior.  He promises to them that:

  1. “the same shall be clothed in white raiment” – they will be given clothed in Christ’s righteousness
  2. “and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life,” – their name will not be blotted from the book of life. This insures them that they will not lose their salvation, but are safe in the hands of the Lord eternally.
  3. “but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.” – They will be recognized by Christ as their Redeemer, Intercessor, Mediator and Lord. He will act as their “defense attorney” before the Father, proclaiming that His work on the cross covers their sin and paid the sin debt that was due.

 

There are many other verses in the Bible that profess the same basic truth.  Those who have come to a saving knowledge of Christ are eternally secure in Him (John 6:39-40, John 10:27-30, Romans 8:29-37 etc etc)…

1Pe 1:3-5 KJV – Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,  Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

These verses are, in effect, saying that their names will not be removed from “the book of life”.

 

Based upon the context of the entire Bible, we can see that the verses that appear to speak of being blotted out of the book needs to be studied with great care and understanding.  The Bible does not contradict itself.  If the redeemed of God are secure in Him, then their names cannot be removed from the Book of Life.  Therefore, the three texts in question before us must hold another meaning for us.

 

The key to understanding two of these three texts is for us to understand a principle that is presented to us in Isaiah 4:3-4…

And it shall come to pass, that he that is left in Zion, and he that remaineth in Jerusalem, shall be called holy, even every one that is written among the living in Jerusalem:  When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.”

[Please note: In those days, a record was kept that listed all living citizens of a city. At their birth they would be added to this list, at their death they would be removed.

In this case, the Lord is telling Isaiah that He would purge out the sinfulness from Jerusalem by allowing great judgments to fall upon them (Isaiah 3:).  These judgments would result in most of the lost being killed and those who were followers of Jehovah being preserved.  At that point in time, the city’s registry of living citizens would be made up of a few lost men and Jehovah’s followers that were yet alive.]

So we can see that another type of book that the OT Jews were very familiar with was this type of registry of those who were physically alive within any given city.

 

In our Psalm 69:26-28 passage we can see that the Lord keeps a similar record of those who are physically alive on the earth.  It is called “the Book of the Living” not the “Book of Life”…

Psa 69:26-28 KJV – For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; and they talk to the grief of those whom thou hast wounded.  Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.  Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.

Here, David asks the Lord to judge the wicked in two ways…

  1. “Add iniquity unto their iniquity: and let them not come into thy righteousness.”

In other words, let their sins multiply upon them and all them to face the wrath of God that is due them.  This speaks of judgment in ETERNAL PUNISHMENT FOR SINS.

  1. “Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, and not be written with the righteous.”

In other words, bring physical death upon them so they can no longer harm the people of God.  As you punish the wicked of Israel, protect the righteous and allow them to continue to live.  This is the exact same principle that was spoken of in Isaiah 4:3-4.  This speaks of judgment meted out in the PHYSICAL DEATH OF THE WICKED, removing their name from the “book of the living”.

 

This book of the living is also referred to in our Exodus 32:32-33 passage…

Exo 32:32-33 KJV – Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.  And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.

Here, Moses shows to us his great love for the people of Israel.  He asks the Lord to take his name out of the book of the living if Israel will not be forgiven.  In other words, Moses is saying that the pain of seeing the nation of Israel face the wrath of God will be too great for Moses to bear.  He would rather physically die than to see the judgment of God take place against his nation.

The Lord assures him that He will send wrath against the lost members of Israel bringing upon them physical death, but He will spare the righteous men in the nation (including Moses) and allow them to continue to live.

Again we see the same basis theme, the lost of the nation being sentenced to physical death due to their sins while the righteous would survive in their midst (Psa 69:26-28, Isa 4:34 above)

 

The final text that seems to teach that names will be removed from “the book of life” is…

Rev 22:18-19 KJV – For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:

And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Please notice that “the book of life” is specifically mentioned.  This does refer to the eternal listing of the chosen, redeemed saints of God that are secure in Him.  The important point to notice is that this verse says “God shall take away his PART out of the book of life…”.  The word for “part” means “allocation” or “share”.

In other words, God removes the portion of the book that could contain his name if only he was one of God’s people.   Likewise, his portion of the eternal inheritance and blessings of God described in this book he will miss out on, they will be given to those who are in the book.

 

This verse is not saying his name is there and then taken out… it is saying the place where his name could be is removed and therefore, there is no chance of it being written in the book…

For example, let’s assume that there in one page in the “Book of Life” for each person’s name to be written.  It is as if the Lord is saying, “the page that would have contained your name has been removed. There is no place in the book for your name to appear.”  Their “share” of the book does not exist.

 

It is much like the Lord’s teachings in Luke 8:17-18.  Although these men claim to be Christians and claim to share in the blessings of God’s people, they really have taken from them their “part” in God’s book that they really never possessed (their name not written in it):

Luk 8:17-18 KJV  – For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.   Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.

 

By saying this, the Lord is making it plain that those who “take away from the words of the book of this prophecy” have no chance of having their names entered into the book of life nor receipt of eternal salvation… they are eternally condemned just as is spoken of in Rev 21:23-27…

And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.  And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.  And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

 

So what we have spoken of in Rev 22:18-19 is the clear condemnation of anyone who does not hold fast to the teachings found in God’s Word.  If they add to these teachings, the plagues of this book are placed upon them…. If they take away from these teachings, they are removed from all the eternal blessings of God found in this book.   Unless Godly repentance takes place, there is absolutely no hope for these wicked men to share in deliverance from God’s wrath and receipt of the great blessings that God gives to His people.

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

May we all praise the Lord for the security that is found in Him.  If our names are in the Book of Life we can rest assured we will spend eternity with Him.  May we all be diligent to make our calling and election sure, by doing so we will be making certain that our names are in His book, and we are safe in the hands of our Lord.

 

2Pe 1:10-11 KJV – Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:  For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

 

 

May the Lord bless you as you seek His truth.

 

 

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Spiritual Gifts: When Did The Accrediting Gifts Go Out Of Existence? (Part 4)

SIH TOA ICONIntroduction:

“Charity never faileth: but whether [there be] prophecies, they shall fail; whether [there be] tongues, they shall cease; whether [there be] knowledge, it shall vanish away.” (1 Corinthians 13:8)

 In our previous studies we have seen that there are three basic types of Accrediting Gifts which include several gifts under each type. In the above passage, we find each type of Accrediting Gift is represented by one gift from each type …

 

Type Of Accrediting Gift Gifts Included In This Type Representative Gift Mentioned In1 Cor 13:8
Supernatural Revelation Of The Truth The Word Of Wisdom, The Word of Knowledge Word of Knowledge (or Knowledge)
Supernatural Indicators Of The Truth Faith, Gifts Of Healing, Working Of Miracles, Prophecy, Discerning Of Spirits Prophecy (or Prophecies)
Supernatural Proclamation Of The Truth Divers Kinds Of Tongues, Interpretation Of Tongues Diverse Types Of Tongues (or Tongues)

 

Please note the above verse (1 Cor 13:8), which includes one representative gift from each group, makes it plain that each type of Accrediting Gift will come to an end at some point in time. We now will turn our attention to the question at what point in time will these gifts go out of existence?

In this study, we will see that this question is answered by the Word of God using several different lines of teaching which all present the same answer for us. This will be the lines of teaching that we will be studying:

I.        The Coming Of “That Which Is Perfect”

II.        The 70 Year Accreditation Time Span

III.        The Death Of The Apostles

IV.        The Supernatural Beginning / Natural Perpetuation Of God’s Workings

V.        The Prophecies of False Miracles In The “Last Days”

Lesson:


The Supernatural Beginning and Natural Perpetuation Of God’s Workings:

There is a principle that seems to be repeated throughout both the Old and New Testament Scriptures… it is the principle described as of “Supernatural Beginning and Natural Perpetuation”.   This principle says that in many, if not all cases, a Godly feat of creation relies upon miraculous divine intervention for its existence and the uses a series of natural acts for its continuation.

Here are a few examples of this principle….

 

God’s Creative Work Miraculous Beginning Natural Perpetuity/Maintenance
The Universe Spoken Into ExistenceHebrews 11:3, Psalm 33:6-9, Genesis 1:1-2:7 Gradually Decaying Waiting For DeliveranceRomans 8:19-24
The Tabernacle Divinely Inspired Plans Given To ManExodus 35:30-35Miraculous AccreditingMoses – Book of Exodus Joshua – Book of Joshua Levites To Care For TabernacleNumbers 4:16, Exodus 40:33-38
The Temple Divinely Inspired Plans1 Chronicles 28:11-21Miraculous AccreditingElijah -1 Kings 17:-18: Elisha-1 King 19:-2 King 13: Levites To Care For Temple1 Chronicles 9:26-34
The Bible Inspired Men Handed Down Scriptures2 Peter 1:19-21, 2 Timothy 3:16-19 Human Beings Translate and Copy ScripturesDeuteronomy 17:18-20
The Local Church God Comes To Earth/ Forms AssemblyRomans 9:5, Matthew 10:1-2Miraculous Empowering and AccreditingHebrews 2:3-4, Acts 2:1-13, Acts 19:1-7 Church To Send Out Other Men To Form Other Assemblies Throughout The World.Matthew 28:18-20
Eternity Divine Visitation and Recreation of World1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, 2 Peter 3:6-8 The Constant Continuation of EternityDaniel 12:1-3, Revelation 21:-22:

 

If you notice, based upon the above chart, the Local Assembly follows in this same pattern. The Lord miraculously came to the earth and, while He was present, He founded the local church (Matthew 10). Also, through miraculous means, following His ascension, He empowered His assembly to do His work in Acts 2:, and then He accredited His assembly through the miraculous works of the Apostles and other members of His churches throughout its beginning years.

However, also in alignment with His other acts of creation, His miraculous intervention stopped during New Testament times and from then forward the perpetuity of the local assembly is brought about through the fulfilling of the Great Commission by members of His assemblies.

Once, again, this falls into perfect alignment with the concept that the age of the accrediting miracles came to an end during the later years of the Apostles’ existence on the earth (approx. 100 AD).

We will finish this section of our study next time with a look at the prophecies given by God of the existence of false miracles workers in the last days.

 

Additional Information:

The Supernatural Beginning and Natural Perpetuation Of God’s Workings:

1) In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2) And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness [was] upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3) And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4) And God saw the light, that [it was] good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5) And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
6) And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7) And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which [were] under the firmament from the waters which [were] above the firmament: and it was so.
8) And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
9) And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry [land] appear: and it was so.
10) And God called the dry [land] Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that [it was] good.
11) And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, [and] the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed [is] in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12) And the earth brought forth grass, [and] herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed [was] in itself, after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good.
13) And the evening and the morning were the third day.
14) And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15) And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16) And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: [he made] the stars also.
17) And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18) And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that [it was] good.
19) And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
20) And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl [that] may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
21) And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good.
22) And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
23) And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
24) And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25) And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that [it was] good.
26) And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27) So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28) And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29) And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30) And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein [there is] life, [I have given] every green herb for meat: and it was so.
31) And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, [it was] very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

1) Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2) And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3) And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
4) These [are] the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
5) And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and [there was] not a man to till the ground.
6) But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
7) And the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
(Genesis 1:1-2:7)

 

30) And Moses said unto the children of Israel, See, the LORD hath called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah;
31) And he hath filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship;
32) And to devise curious works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,
33) And in the cutting of stones, to set [them], and in carving of wood, to make any manner of cunning work.
34) And he hath put in his heart that he may teach, [both] he, and Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.
35) Them hath he filled with wisdom of heart, to work all manner of work, of the engraver, and of the cunning workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, and in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, [even] of them that do any work, and of those that devise cunning work.
(Exodus 35:30-35)

 

33) And he reared up the court round about the tabernacle and the altar, and set up the hanging of the court gate. So Moses finished the work.
34) Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
35) And Moses was not able to enter into the tent of the congregation, because the cloud abode thereon, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
36) And when the cloud was taken up from over the tabernacle, the children of Israel went onward in all their journeys:
37) But if the cloud were not taken up, then they journeyed not till the day that it was taken up.
38) For the cloud of the LORD [was] upon the tabernacle by day, and fire was on it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.
(Exodus 40:33-38)

 

16) And to the office of Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest [pertaineth] the oil for the light, and the sweet incense, and the daily meat offering, and the anointing oil, [and] the oversight of all the tabernacle, and of all that therein [is], in the sanctuary, and in the vessels thereof.
(Numbers 4:16)

 

18) And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of [that which is] before the priests the Levites:
19) And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:
20) That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, [to] the right hand, or [to] the left: to the end that he may prolong [his] days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.
(Deuteronomy 17:18-20)

(refer to the Bible for 1Ki 17:1-18:1)

(refer to the Bible for 1Ki 19:1- 2 Ki 13:1)

 

 

26) For these Levites, the four chief porters, were in [their] set office, and were over the chambers and treasuries of the house of God.
27) And they lodged round about the house of God, because the charge [was] upon them, and the opening thereof every morning [pertained] to them.
28) And [certain] of them had the charge of the ministering vessels, that they should bring them in and out by tale.
29) [Some] of them also [were] appointed to oversee the vessels, and all the instruments of the sanctuary, and the fine flour, and the wine, and the oil, and the frankincense, and the spices.
30) And [some] of the sons of the priests made the ointment of the spices.
31) And Mattithiah, [one] of the Levites, who [was] the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite, had the set office over the things that were made in the pans.
32) And [other] of their brethren, of the sons of the Kohathites, [were] over the shewbread, to prepare [it] every sabbath.
33) And these [are] the singers, chief of the fathers of the Levites, [who remaining] in the chambers [were] free: for they were employed in [that] work day and night.
34) These chief fathers of the Levites [were] chief throughout their generations; these dwelt at Jerusalem.
(1 Chronicles 9:26-34)

 

11) Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch, and of the houses thereof, and of the treasuries thereof, and of the upper chambers thereof, and of the inner parlours thereof, and of the place of the mercy seat,
12) And the pattern of all that he had by the spirit, of the courts of the house of the LORD, and of all the chambers round about, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries of the dedicated things:
13) Also for the courses of the priests and the Levites, and for all the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and for all the vessels of service in the house of the LORD.
14) [He gave] of gold by weight for [things] of gold, for all instruments of all manner of service; [silver also] for all instruments of silver by weight, for all instruments of every kind of service:
15) Even the weight for the candlesticks of gold, and for their lamps of gold, by weight for every candlestick, and for the lamps thereof: and for the candlesticks of silver by weight, [both] for the candlestick, and [also] for the lamps thereof, according to the use of every candlestick.
16) And by weight [he gave] gold for the tables of shewbread, for every table; and [likewise] silver for the tables of silver:
17) Also pure gold for the fleshhooks, and the bowls, and the cups: and for the golden basons [he gave gold] by weight for every bason; and [likewise silver] by weight for every bason of silver:
18) And for the altar of incense refined gold by weight; and gold for the pattern of the chariot of the cherubims, that spread out [their wings], and covered the ark of the covenant of the LORD.
19) All [this, said David], the LORD made me understand in writing by [his] hand upon me, [even] all the works of this pattern.
20) And David said to Solomon his son, Be strong and of good courage, and do [it]: fear not, nor be dismayed: for the LORD God, [even] my God, [will be] with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee, until thou hast finished all the work for the service of the house of the LORD.
21) And, behold, the courses of the priests and the Levites, [even they shall be with thee] for all the service of the house of God: and [there shall be] with thee for all manner of workmanship every willing skilful man, for any manner of service: also the princes and all the people [will be] wholly at thy commandment.
(1 Chronicles 28:11-21)

 

6) By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.
7) He gathereth the waters of the sea together as an heap: he layeth up the depth in storehouses.
8) Let all the earth fear the LORD: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him.
9) For he spake, and it was [done]; he commanded, and it stood fast.
(Psalms 33:6-9)

 

1) And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
2) And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame [and] everlasting contempt.
3) And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.
(Daniel 12:1-3)

 

(1) And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.
(2) Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother;
(Matthew 10:1-2)

 

18) And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19) Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20) Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen.
(Matthew 28:18-20)

 

1) And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.
3) And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.
4) And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
5) And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven.
6) Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language.
7) And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galilaeans?
8) And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?
9) Parthians, and Medes, and Elamites, and the dwellers in Mesopotamia, and in Judaea, and Cappadocia, in Pontus, and Asia,
10) Phrygia, and Pamphylia, in Egypt, and in the parts of Libya about Cyrene, and strangers of Rome, Jews and proselytes,
11) Cretes and Arabians, we do hear them speak in our tongues the wonderful works of God.
12) And they were all amazed, and were in doubt, saying one to another, What meaneth this?
13) Others mocking said, These men are full of new wine.
(Acts 2:1-13)

 

1) And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,
2) He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.
3) And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism.
4) Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.
5) When they heard [this], they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
6) And when Paul had laid [his] hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.
7) And all the men were about twelve.
(Acts 19:1-7)

 

19) For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.
20) For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected [the same] in hope,
21) Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
22) For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.
23) And not only [they], but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, [to wit], the redemption of our body.
24) For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?
(Romans 8:19-24)

 

(5) Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.
(Romans 9:5)

 

13) But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
14) For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
15) For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17) Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18) Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
(1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

 

16) All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
17) That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17)

 

3) How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard [him];
4) God also bearing [them] witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?
(Hebrews 2:3-4)

 

 

3) Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
(Hebrews 11:3)

 

19) We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:
20) Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.
21) For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost.
(2 Peter 1:19-21)

 

(refer to the Bible for Revelation 21:1-22:21)