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Isaiah’s Vision Of The New Heavens and New Earth (Part 2)

SIH STSTA ICON“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.”  (2 Peter 3:10-13)

 

 

Isaiah 65:17-25 is one of the most encouraging prophecies given to God’s people.  It is a prophecy of the eternal state of God’s people as they enjoy the eternal blessings that are promised to them by God Himself.

For us to come to a fuller and more accurate understanding of this prophecy, we need to understand its relationship to the first five verses of a vision that John received in the book of Revelation that is found in chapter 21.

 

Please notice the table that follows.  In this table, we can see that the prophecy found in Isaiah 65: and the beginning of the vision received by John in Revelation are clearly parallel prophecies.  They both speak of the same time period (eternity), the same location (the New Heavens and New Earth) and the same blessings that will be received by the people of God…

 

The Basic Contents Of Both Passages:

 

Main Themes:   Daniel 65: Revelation 21:  
 
The Setting: New Heavens/New Earth 17a 1a
The Condition: All Things Are “New” 17b 5
The Location: The New Jerusalem 18 2
No Weeping, Crying 19 4a
Longevity Of Life 20 4b
No Mistreatment, Loss 21-23,25 4c,d,e
God Will Be Present 24 3

 

Let’s take a few moments of time to come to a better understanding of the wonderful blessings that await God’s people as we enter into eternity with our Lord.

 

 

THE SCRIPTURES:

(Isaiah 65:17-25)

17) For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

18) But be ye glad and rejoice for ever [in that] which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

19) And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.

20) There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner [being] an hundred years old shall be accursed.

21) And they shall build houses, and inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.

22) They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree [are] the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

23) They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they [are] the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.

24) And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

25) The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust [shall be] the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

 

(Revelation 21:1-5)

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.

 

THE STUDY:

 

Isaiah 65:17-25…

20) There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner [being] an hundred years old shall be accursed. 

NO death, only eternal existence are in view in this entire text…

 

There shall be no more thence an infant of days,

There will be no babies or infants exiting throughout eternity.

(Please note prophecies like Isaiah 11:6-9 do not teach the literal existence of children throughout eternity.  They are prophecies which uses small, harmless children to symbolically represent the harmless, peaceful, sinless characteristics of the eternal condition of the saints…

  1. it will be like a world that would have leaders that have no guile, hatred or selfish desires… “a little child shall lead them.”
  2. and would be filled with no harm, sorrow or pain … “the sucking child shall play on the hole of the asp, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the cockatrice’ den”.)

 

nor an old man that hath not filled his days:

Nor will there be physically aged men that have not reached the time of their death.

Why is it that there will be no infants, nor aged adults throughout eternity?  The remaining portion of verse 20 answers that question for us.

  1. It addresses why infants will not exist in eternity in the phrase “for the child shall die an hundred years old”
  2. It addresses why old men will not exist in eternity in the phrase “but the sinner [being] an hundred years old shall be accursed.

 

First a look at why infants will not exist in eternity…

for the child shall die an hundred years old;

The translated used the word “for” to mean “because”.  An example of this usage of “for” is… Billy was arrested for stealing.  In other words, Billy was arrested because he was guilty of stealing.

Why does no infant exist in eternity?  “Because” the child shall die an hundred years old.  In other words, if infants exist in eternity they would eventually die of old age.  If there are infants then there is aging, if there is aging, then eventually there must be physical death.

There are at least two lines of reasoning behind this principle:

  1. Think of it this way, if there are infants (but no aging in eternity) then you would have aborted fetuses, small very young babies, and immature infants existing for an eternity, never becoming mature… how could this be?
  1. Or look at the other option we have before us. If there would be aging in eternity, then infants would age without death taking place.   You would have infants maturing into adults and those adults then continuing to physically age for an eternity…. Once again, how could this be?   

 So, the existence of infants in eternity with no aging, or the existence of infants in eternity with aging but no death without the existence of death, causes great practical and theological problems.  The only answer to these problems would be physical death existing in eternity.

However, we know there is no death in eternity.   We know this for at least two main reasons:

  1. Based upon our texts, there are no tears, sorrow, or loss (including death) felt in eternity (Rev 20:1-5, Isaiah 25:8).
  2. Also, death cannot enter into eternity is because death is the result of sin (and the possession of a fallen nature). Anyone possessing a fallen, sinful body cannot enter into eternity with God.  It is only when sin’s effects on our body (glorification of our bodies) are undone, that we can enter our eternal state (1 Corinthians 15:50-58).

This is the reasoning that explains the Lord’s statement found here (“There shall be no more thence an infant of days,…for the child shall die an hundred years old;….”

Another way to phrase this part of Scripture would be….“(Throughout eternity) No infants will any longer exist…. because if infants would exist, then they would die after they aged 100 years”

 

Before we leave our look at this phrase, let’s also remind ourselves of sin’s effect on all mankind.  When we are told that… “the child shall die an hundred years old” it is due to the sinful nature of fallen mankind.  We know that glorified bodies will not be united in marriage nor give birth in eternity (Matt 22:30, Luke 20:34-36).  Therefore, the only type of infant that is ever born (after man’s fall in the garden of Eden) are born as fallen, sinful creatures.

Because of this sinful condition that is possessed by all infants, it is very true that infants (due to their natural, sinful nature) will die an hundred years old.   What horrible sentence that is placed upon every child born into this sinful world.  Apart from Christ’s intervention at His second coming, every man, woman and child must face impending spiritual and physical death.  A constant reminder to us all of the horrific consequences we all face due to our fallen nature and acts of rebellion against the Lord. (Romans 6:23).

 

Now we will see why aged adults will not exist in heaven…

but the sinner [being] an hundred years old shall be accursed. 

An old man will not exist in eternity because the aging of human beings is a process that takes place when an individual’s body is gradually “wearing out” as he grows closer to physical death (Romans 8:19-23, Ecclesiastes 12:).  Physical death, and the entire aging process, only takes place because of the existence of sin.

All these effects of sin, including physical death of the body, will be done away with through the glorification of our bodies based upon the work of Jesus. (Hebrews 2:14-15, Revelation 22:3, 1 Corinthians 15:35-50)   If we see a fallen sinful man, whose body shows the marks of physically aging for 100 years, is proof that he is yet in his fallen, sinful body and under the physical curse of sin (ie physical death), and therefore, he cannot be in residing in eternity…

 

Heb 2:14-15 KJV

(14)  Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;

(15)  And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.

 

Isa 25:8 KJV – He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.

 

Luk 20:34-36 KJV – And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:  But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:  Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

 

 

In Revelation 21: is it described in this way…

4b) and there shall be no more death,

For God’s people throughout eternity, there will be no more physical or eternal death, only eternal glory.

(We are clearly told of the elimination of death will take place following the glorification of the saint’s body flowing into eternity in texts such as 1 Cor 15:21-26, Hosea 13:14, Hebrews 2:14-15)

 

We will complete our study by looking at vs 21-25 in our next lesson.

 

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Isaiah’s Vision Of The New Heavens and New Earth (Part 1)

SIH STSTA ICON“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.”  (2 Peter 3:10-13)

 

 

Isaiah 65:17-25 is one of the most encouraging prophecies given to God’s people.  It is a prophecy of the eternal state of God’s people as they enjoy the eternal blessings that are promised to them by God Himself.

For us to come to a fuller and more accurate understanding of this prophecy, we need to understand its relationship to the first five verses of a vision that John received in the book of Revelation that is found in chapter 21.

Please notice the table that follows.  In this table, we can see that the prophecy found in Isaiah 65: and the beginning of the vision received by John in Revelation are clearly parallel prophecies.  They both speak of the same time period (eternity), the same location (the New Heavens and New Earth) and the same blessings that will be received by the people of God…

 

The Basic Contents Of Both Passages:

 

Main Themes:   Daniel 65: Revelation 21:  
 
The Setting: New Heavens/New Earth 17a 1a
The Condition: All Things Are “New” 17b 5
The Location: The New Jerusalem 18 2
No Weeping, Crying 19 4a
Longevity Of Life 20 4b
No Mistreatment, Loss 21-23,25 4c,d,e
God Will Be Present 24 3

 

Let’s take a few moments of time to come to a better understanding of the wonderful blessings that await God’s people as we enter into eternity with our Lord.

 

THE SCRIPTURES:

(Isaiah 65:17-25)

17) For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

18) But be ye glad and rejoice for ever [in that] which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

19) And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.

20) There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner [being] an hundred years old shall be accursed.

21) And they shall build houses, and inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.

22) They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree [are] the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.

23) They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they [are] the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them.

24) And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.

25) The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust [shall be] the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.

 

(Revelation 21:1-5)

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.

 

 

THE STUDY:

 

Isaiah 65:17-25…

 

17) For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth:

As the Lord delivers this message to Isaiah, we find that He tells Isaiah that He is going to “create” a New Heavens and Earth as an eternal dwelling place for His people.

The word translated “create” involves to form, or shape, it doesn’t, necessarily, mean to create out of nothing. We see this use of bara in Genesis 5:2 where we are told that “Male and female created he them”.  However, we know from Genesis chapter 2:7 that “the LORD God formed man [of] the dust of the ground”.  This helps us to understand that bara can refer to forming from previously existing material.

This same principle applies to the creation of the New Heavens and New Earth.  God will not destroy our current heavens and earth and create the New Heavens and New Earth out of nothing.  Instead, He will purify and reform or renovate the existing heavens and earth into our sinless, eternal dwelling place (Romans 8:18-24 and 2 Peter 3:10-13).

 

(For more information on this subject please refer to our study entitled “The Deliverance Of Creation” which is an in depth study of Romans 8:18-24 and 2 Peter 3:10-13).

 

 

In Revelation 21: is it described in this way…

1) And I saw a new heaven and a new earth:

John bore witness of the future existence of this renovated earth and heaven in the vision that was given to him.  As a matter of fact from Rev 21:1 to Rev 22:5 John gives us great details about our eternal dwelling place.  Please notice a very basic outline of John’s teachings on this subject:

  1. Revelation 21:1-5 – basic background information on our eternal dwelling place (we will be looking at these verses in this study.)
  2. Revelation 21:9-27 – An in-depth look at our eternal dwelling pictured as a beautiful city (New Jerusalem)
  3. Revelation 22:1-5 – An in-depth look at our eternal dwelling pictured as the Garden of Eden restored to man.

 

and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.

The Lord explains to Isaiah that this New Heavens and New Earth would absolutely replace that which came before it.  The replacement would be so complete that no one would mention the old again, nor would they think of it ever again.

 

In Revelation 21: is it described in this way…

1b) for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

John describes them as being “passed away”, in other words it simply “went away”.

 

The Lord caused the first (the earth that cursed due to sin’s presence) to go away (using fire to purify it), He then renovated it bringing forth the new earth (sinless eternal dwelling for His people).  It is in that sense, the first simply “passed away” (2 Peter 3:10-13, Heb 1:10-12, Isa 51:6).

 

Why will there be “no more sea” on the New Earth?

  1. Literally – Water is an indispensable need for life on this earth. In a remade earth, when it is inhabited only by humans in glorified bodies, there will be no need of water to support life.
  2. Symbolically – Throughout the Bible, the sea and its waves are pictures of lost mankind and the unrest, tribulation, and disunity that accompanies them (Isaiah 57:20, Jude 1:8-13). Also in Revelation it is a symbolic picture of lost mankind as the origin of the evil political powers of this world (Rev 13:1). This could be a symbolic description that helps us to understand that this New Earth will no longer contain any of these.
  3. Symbolically – Eternal punishment and separation from God is pictured as a burning body of water (“the Lake of Fire”) only in Revelation (Rev 19:20, 20:10, 14, 15). Perhaps this is a symbolic way of showing that the New Earth holds the exact opposite conditions for saved mankind.

 

 

5a) And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.

As the renovation will be brought to completion, the New Heavens and New Earth will be radically changed.  No longer will the effects of sin be seen in it.  In a very real way, it will be as if the Garden of Eden has been restored to mankind (Rev 22:1-5).  In this case, it will be given permanently to the people of God never to be defiled by sin again.  Truly all things will be made new (Romans 8:19-25).

 

18) But be ye glad and rejoice for ever [in that] which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

Isaiah now speaks of the “New Jerusalem” that is prepared for His people to live eternally (Jeremiah 3:14-18, John 14:1-3).  It is the giving of “New Jerusalem” that is the fulfillment of the many Old Testament prophecies of Israel being restored to the land and Jerusalem being the center of the worship of Jehovah (Zechariah 8:1-8, Jeremiah 33:14-16).

Keep in mind that these wonderful promises were made to all who are a part of the spiritual nation made up of all the believers of all time, the Israel of God (Romans 2:17, 28-29; Galatians 6:15-16).

What great joy and praise will be had when God’s people will dwell with their Lord and Savior eternally within the gates of New Jerusalem on the New Earth (Isa 44:21-23, Isa 51:11).

 

In Revelation 21: is it described in this way…

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.

Following the renovation of the Heavens and Earth (Rev 21:1), John then sees “New Jerusalem” (the eternal abode of God) coming down out of heaven to be situated on the New Earth (Joel 3:16-18).

As New Jerusalem appears, she looks much like a bride being presented to her husband for their permanent relationship to begin.  Can you imagine the great joy of God’s people as they see their eternal dwelling place presented to them?

One of the reasons why the eternal abode of God is described as “New Jerusalem” is based upon the temporal city of Jerusalem, home of the Israelite’s temple in the Old Testament Scriptures (1 Chron 6:10, Psa 68:29).  The OT temple, and by implication, the city of Jerusalem was known as the dwelling place of God among men (Psa 9:11, Psa 76:1-2 etc).

 

19) And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people:

“New Jerusalem”, located on the renovated “New Earth” will not only be the home of the rejoicing OF the people of God, but it will also be the home of the rejoicing of God FOR His people (Isa 62:4-5, Zeph 3:17).

With the entrance of His people into His presence eternally, we have the culmination of all His plans and workings on behalf of His chosen people (Eph 1:4-6, John 3:16).  The full, absolute completion of His plans is one of the main sources of His great joy (John 6:35-40, John 15:3-7).

 

and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.

Not only will there be great joy and rejoicing that will be taking place at the presentation of New Jerusalem, but also there will be absolutely no weeping or crying.  Everyone will be rejoicing, as they understand that this is their permanent, eternal dwelling.  Instead of facing eternal death and the curse of sin placed upon the old fallen earth, they are looking forward to an eternity with the Lord who gave Himself for them (Isa 35:10, Isa 51:11).

 

In Revelation 21: is it described in this way…

4a) And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes;

At this point in time, God’s grace has given to His people the elimination of sin’s curse and eternal life with Him in the New Jerusalem.  It is entirely the workings of God that has brought His people into this state of everlasting joy and peace.

This is why He is said to be the One that wipes all tears from the eyes of His people throughout eternity (Isa 25:8, Isa 60:20, 1 Cor 15:24-28).

We will continue our study with verse 20 next week.

 

 

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New Testament Descriptions Of The Second Coming (2)

SIH STSTA ICON(Christ’s Coming… One Event, Many Aspects)

 

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.     (Acts 1:9-11)

 

The literal, personal second coming of Christ to the earth is a very clear doctrine presented to us in the Holy Scriptures.  In our text, we can see this truth presented in the following verse…

“…this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

 

Please note in this text, the following basic truths are very evident …

  1. “this same Jesus” – it will be Christ Himself
  2. “will so come in like manner” – Christ will physically (bodily) return
  3. “as ye have seen him go into heaven” – Christ will descend from heaven to earth

 

 

This event is of such importance to the Christian that the Word describes it as “the blessed hope” for the Christian…

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”  (Titus 2:13)

 

Because of the certainty and importance of this event, I would like to take some time to study what will be involved with this second coming of Christ to the earth.

 

This study involves the basic events surrounding the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ as revealed to us in the New Testament scriptures.  Let’s take a few moments to see the major events of the second coming of Christ….

 

THE STUDY:

 

In the New Testament Scriptures we find much teaching about the second coming that includes:

 

  • The Saint’s Preparation For His Coming Includes:
    1. Be Prepared For His Coming By Watching Diligently
      1. (Matt 24:42; Matt 25:1-13; Mark 13:24-37; Mark 13:33-37; Luke 12:35-38; Roms 13:11; Phil 3:20)
    2. Be Prepared For His Coming By Being Faithful In Our Responsibilities
      1. (Matt 25:19-31; Luke 12:39-46; Luke 19:11-27)
    3. Be Prepared For His Coming By Living Holy Lives
      1. (Luke 21:34-36; Roms 13:11-12; 1 Cor 1:4-8, Phil 1:6-10)
    4. Be Prepared For His Coming By Living Moderate Lives
      1. (Phil 4:5)
    5. Be Prepared For His Coming By Preaching, Warning and Teaching All Men
      1. (Luke 14:21-23; Col 1:27-28)
    6. Be Prepared For His Coming By Rejoicing In Hope
      1. (Roms 5:2, Col 1:27-28)
    7. Be Prepared By Patiently Waiting
      1. (1 Cor 1:7)
    8. Be Prepared By Praying
      1. (Mark 13:33)
    9. Faithfully Observe The Lord’s Supper
      1. (1 Cor 11:20-29)
    10. Be Prepared By Having Spirit Indwelling Us
      1. (Col 1:27-28)
  • The Signs Of The Second Coming Throughout The Last Days
    1. These Signs Do Not Reveal The Exact Time Of His Coming
      1. (Acts 1:7; Matt 24:36; Mark 13:22-23)
    2. False Christs
      1. (Matt 24:5,23-28; Mark 13:6,21-23; Luke 17:23; Luke 21:8)
    3. Wars, Rumours Of Wars and Commotions
      1. (Matt 24:6; Mark 13:7; Luke 21:9)
    4. Rivalry Between Nations and Kingdoms
      1. (Matt 24:7; Mark 13:8; Luke 21:10)
    5. Famines
      1. (Matt 24:7; Mark 13:8; Luke 21:11)
    6. Pestilences – Deadly Diseases
      1. (Matt 24:7; Luke 21:11)
    7. Earthquakes In Diverse Places
      1. (Matt 24:7; Mark 13:8; Luke 21:11)
    8. Fearful Sights
      1. (Luke 21:11)
    9. Great Signs
      1. (Luke 21:11
    10. Troubles
      1. (Mark 13:8)
    11. Persecution and Martyrdom and Other Abuses Upon Christians
      1. (Matt 24:9-10; Mark 13:9,11,13; Luke 17:25; Luke 21:12-15,17)
    12. False Prophets
      1. (Matt 24:11,24; Mark 13:22)
    13. Love Wax Cold
      1. (Matt 24:12)
    14. Family Members Betrayed
      1. (Mark 13:12; Luke 21:16)
    15. Children Rebel Against Parents
      1. (Mark 13:12)
    16. Gospel Into All World
      1. (Matt 24:14; Mark 13:10)
    17. Persecution Upon Physical Jews Beginning in70AD
      1. (Matt 24:15-2; Mark 13:14-20; Luke 17:28-32, Luke 21:20-24; Acts 2:19-21)
    18. False Miracles
      1. (Matt 24:24; Mark 13:22)
    19. Similar To Days Of Noah (No Expecting His Wrath To Fall)
      1. (Matt 24:38-39; Luke 17:26-28)
    20. Similar To Days Of Sodom
      1. (Luke 17:28-30, 32)
    21. Christ Ruling In World Events (Pentecost, Power Of Gospel In World , Changed Lives Etc.)
      1. (Matt 26:64; Luke 22:69)
  • Signs Immediately Proceeding The Second Coming
    1. Sun Darkened
      1. (Matt 24:29; Mark 13:24, Luke 21:25, )
    2. Moon Shall Not Give Her Light
      1. (Matt 24:29; Mark 13:24. Luke 21:25; )
    3. Stars Fall From Heaven
      1. (Matt 24:29; Mark 13:25. Luke 21:25)
    4. Distress Of Nations
      1. (Luke 21:25)
    5. Sea and Waves Roaring
      1. (Luke 21:25)
    6. Hearts Failing Due To Fear
      1. (Luke 21:26)
    7. Powers Of Heaven Shaken
      1. (Matt 24:29; Mark 13:25)
  • His Second Coming
    1. General Truths
      1. Affirmed By Christ
        • (John 21:22)
      2. Sent By The Father
        • (Acts 3:19-20)
  • Described As Christ Appearing
    • (Col 3:4)
  1. Described As Christ Revealed
    • (Luke 17:30)
  2. Unannounced
    • (Matt 24:42; Matt 25:13; Mark 13:25; Luke 12:39-40)
  3. Described As Son of Man Coming In His Kingdom
    • (Matt 16:28)
  4. His Appearance
    1. Coming In Clouds Of Heaven
      • (Matt 26:64, Mark 13:26, Mark 14:62, Luke 21:27)
    2. Christ Coming In Power and Glory Of Father and Himself
      • (Matt 16:17; Matt 24:30; Matt 25:31; Mark 8:38, Mark 13:26, Mark 14:62; Luke 9:26, Luke 21:27; Rom 5:2)
  • Coming With Holy Angels
    • (Matt 16:17; Matt 24:31; Matt 25:31; Mark 8:38; Mark 13:27; Luke 9:26)
  1. Lost On Earth Will Mourn
    • (Matt 24:30)
  2. Lord’s Coming Like Lightning
    • (Luke 17:24)
  3. In Like Manner As He Ascended
    • (Acts 1:11)
  • Sit On The Throne Of His Glory
    • (Matt 25:31)
  1. Lord Taking Saints / Leaving Lost
    1. Lord Gathering Saved / Leaving Lost On Earth
      • (Matt 24:28-31,40-41; Mark 13:27; Luke 17:33-37, Luke 21:28)
    2. Sending Angels To Gather Saints
      • (Matt 24:31; Mark 13:27)
  • Trumpet Sounding To Gather Saints
    • (Matt 24:31)
  1. Worldwide Gathering Of Saints
    • (Matt 24:31; Mark 13:27)
  2. Resurrection Of Dead Saints
    • (Mar 12:25; John 5:28-29, 6:39-40,44,54; John 11:24-25; Roms 6:5, 8:11; 1 Cor 6:14; 1 Cor 15:23; 1 Cor 15:29-32; 1Co 15:51-52; 2 Cor 4:14, Phil 3:11)
  3. Glorification Of Saints Bodies
    • (Roms 8:17-23,13; 1Co 15:51-52; 2 Cor 5:1-4; Eph 1:14; Phil 3:21)
  • Appears With The Saints
    • (Col 3:4)
  • Described s Eagle (saints) Gathered To Carcass (crucified Christ)
    • (Matt 24:28; Luke 17:37)
  1. Described As Day of Redemption
    • Eph 4:30
  2. Resurrection Of Lost
    1. (John 5:28-29, 1 Cor 15:29-32)
  3. The Final Judgment(s) Of Saved and Of Lost
    1. Jews Acceptance of His Righteous Judgment For Their Rejection Of The True Messiah
      • (Matt 23:34-39, Luke 13:35; )
    2. The Lord Will Bring Hidden Things To Light
      • (1 Cor 4:5)
  • The Lord Will Bring Counsels Of Heart To Light
    • (1 Cor 4:5)
  1. Every Man Will Receive Praise Of God
    • (1 Cor 4:5)
  2. Judgment of Lost Who Deny Christ
    • (1 Cor 16:22)
  3. Saved (All Elect) Will Be Delivered From Wrath
    • (Matt 25:19-23; Luke 12:35-44; Luke 19:11-19 Roms 10:13, 11:11-27)
  • Saved Share In Christs Rule
    • (Luke 12:44, Luke 19:17,19)
  • Saints Presented To Christ
    • (Col 1:27-28; Eph 5:27)
  1. According To Works
    • (Matt 16:27; Luke 14:13-14)
  2. Judgment Of Lost Consigned ToLOF
    • (Matt 25:24-30; Luke 12:44-46; Luke 19:23-29 )
  3. The Final State Of Blessedness For Believers (1000 Yr and Eternal Kingdom)
    1. Described As Glory
      • (Col 1:27-28)
    2. Christ On Right Hand Of God
      • (Luke 22:69)
  • No Marriage
    • (Mark 12:25; Luke 20:34-38)
  1. Genderless Beings
    • (Mark 12:25)
    • (Luke 20:36)
  2. Described As The Joy Of The Lord
    • (Matt 25:21,23,)
  3. Prepared By Lord Himself
    • (Luke 12:37)
  • Pictured As Feasting With Lord (Lord’s Supper)
    • (Matt 26:29, Mark 14:25; Luke 14:15, 21-23; Luke 22:16-18)
  • Includes Jewish Saints and Gentile Saints
    • (Matt 8:11; Luke 13:29-30; Roms 11:11-27)

 

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

 

Although this lesson helps us to see many of the details the New Testament reveals to us about the second coming of Christ, it is important for us to not lose sight of the most important principle presented in this study… the vast number of texts that clearly refer to the second coming of Christ.

 

Folks, after looking at this list of truths about the second coming, how can anyone doubt the validity of this teaching?  Christ IS coming again someday… are we ready?

 

 

Col 1:27-29 KJV

(27)  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

(28)  Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

(29)  Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

 

 

 

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New Testament Descriptions Of The Second Coming Part 1

SIH STSTA ICON

 

(Christ’s Coming… One Event, Many Aspects)

 

 

And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.     (Acts 1:9-11)

 

The literal, personal second coming of Christ to the earth is a very clear doctrine presented to us in the Holy Scriptures.  In our text, we can see this truth presented in the following verse…

“…this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

Please note in this text, the following basic truths are very evident …

  1. “this same Jesus” – it will be Christ Himself
  2. “will so come in like manner” – Christ will physically (bodily) return
  3. “as ye have seen him go into heaven” – Christ will descend from heaven to earth

This event is of such importance to the Christian that the Word describes it as “the blessed hope” for the Christian…

Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”  (Titus 2:13)

Because of the certainty and importance of this event, I would like to take some time to study what will be involved with this second coming of Christ to the earth.

One of the most significant areas of this study involves coming to an understanding of the words and phrases that the Lord used in The New Testament to describe His second coming. In doing so, we will learn much about the nature of this great event that we all eagerly await.

 

 

 

THE STUDY:

Our Lord’s second coming is described in three different ways in the New Testament:

 

  1. “His Appearing”

It is described as “His appearing” because His return will be in a bodily fashion, and therefore we will be able to see Him with our physical eyes…

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.”   (1 John 3:2)

 

  1. “His Coming” –

It is described as His “coming” because He was absent from the earth (while in heaven) and will “come” to the earth, and be present, once again…

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 14:2-3)

 

  1. “His Revelation” –

It is described as His “Revelation” because, although we can understand much about Him through His Word, because He is now in heaven, He is “hidden” from us.  However, at His second coming, His person, attributes and workings will be clearly presented…

And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,  In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;  When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.”   (2 Thessalonians 1:7-10)

 

Not only can we learn from these NT descriptions of His second coming but also we can learn much from the original languages translated by these descriptions:

 

  • “His Appearing” – is translated from the following Greek words…
    1. apokalupsis – to be revealed, to be presented, to take the cover off (1 Peter 1:7 etc)
      1. This helps us to understand that Christ’s appearing will be like the removal of a cover, presenting Him in His fullness for all to see.
    2. optanomai – to gaze at with wide opened eyes, to experience, to discern clearly (Hebrews 9:27-28)
      1. This helps us to understand that Christ’s appearing will result in mankind being able to see Him visibly and discern Him clearly
    3. phaneroo – to shine, to declare, to manifest (1 John 3:2)
      1. This helps us to understand that Christ’s appearing will be accompanied by a manifestation of His greatness and glory.
    4. epiphaneia – brightness, conspicuous   (1 Timothy 6:14-16, 2 Timothy 4:7-8, Titus 2:11-14 etc)
      1. This helps us to understand that Christ’s appearing will clearly, conspicuously, stand out from all other earthly events, much like a light that shines in the midst of total darkness. 

 

  • “His Coming” – is translated from the following Greek words…
    1. apokalupsis – to be revealed, to be presented, to take the cover off (1 Corinthians 1:7-9)
      1. This helps us to understand that Christ’s coming will be like the removal of a cover, presenting Him in His fullness for all to see.
    2. erchomai – to appear, to bring, to arrive (Matthew 24:29-31, John 14:2-3)
      1. This helps us to understand that Christ’s coming will involve Him arriving upon the earth resulting in His physical appearance to all mankind.
    3. heko – to arrive, to be present  (2 Peter 3:10-13)
      1. This helps us to understand that Christ’s coming will involve Him arriving on the earth enabling man to be in His presence.
    4. parousia – arrival resulting in presence, near, to be at hand (Matthew 24:25-28, 1 Thessalonians 3:13, 1 Thessalonians 4:14-182 Thessalonians 2:8James 5:7-8, 2 Peter 3:3-7)
      1. This helps us to understand that at Christ’s coming results in Him being brought near to mankind. He will be “within arm’s reach”, no longer living in a “country far away”. 

 

  • “His Revelation” – is translated from the following Greek words…
    1. apokalupsis – to be revealed, to be presented, to take the cover off  (2 Thessalonians 1:6-7, 1 Peter 1:13, 1 Peter 4:13 etc)
      1. This helps us to understand that Christ’s revelation will be like the removal of a cover, presenting Him in His fullness for all to see.

 

Some important points to note concerning the Greek vocabulary that is used:

Please note that the Greek word “apokalupsis” is translated by all three English descriptions of His second coming (His Coming, His Appearance, and His Revelation).  This helps us to understand that all three of these descriptions are describing the same event, not two or three separate events.

In other words, His coming IS His appearance which IS His Revelation.  All of the above Greek (and English) descriptions are referring to many aspects of one, singular event… Christ’s second coming.

 

The three main Greek words compared:

 

Main Subjects Related To His Coming Parousia (Coming) Apokalupsis (Coming, Revelation, Appearance) Epiphaneia (Appearing)
Christian’s Preparation For His Coming:
Need For Holy Living /Faithfulness 1 Th 3:13, 1 Th 5:23, 1 John 2:28 1 Pet 1:7, 1 Pet 1:13, 1 Pet 4:13, 1 Cor 1:7-8 1 Tim 6:14
Need For Patience While Waiting and Watching James 5:7-8, Titus 2:13 (looking for)
Signs Of His Coming:
Asked By Apostles Matt 24:3,
Similar To Noah Days Mat 24:37-39,
Mocked By Lost Men 2 Pet 3:4
Nature Of His Coming:
As Lightning / From Heaven Mat 24:27 2 Thess 1:7
Events Caused By Coming:
Saints Resurrection / Gathering To Christ 1 Cor 15:23, 1 Thess 4:15, 2 Thess 2:1, Roms 8:19, Titus 2:13 (blessed hope)
Judgment / Rewarding of Saints 2 Tim 4:8
Judgment / Punishment of Wicked 2 Thess 2:8,9 Roms 2:5 2 Thess 2:8,9, 2 Tim 4:1,
Manifesting God’s Eternal Plan for Mankind 2 Tim 1:10
Heavens and Earth Melted/Dissolved By Fire 2 Peter 3:12

 

As you can see from this short summary… all three of the main Greek words describing the second coming of Christ touch upon many of the same main subjects concerning His second coming.   Once again, this helps us to understand that the second coming is one event that involves several different aspects to it.

The second coming should NOT be looked upon as two or three separate events.  The parousia, the apokalupsis and the epiphaneia are all describing the same event.

 

One final point… the word “rapture” is not found in the KJV Bible.  There are some that believe it began to be used in Latin translations of 1 Thessalonians 4:17.  In that text, the word rapture may have been used to replace the phrase “caught up”…  “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.”  (1 Thessalonians 4:17)

In any case, to my knowledge, the phrase “the rapture” is not found in any Christian literature prior to the 1800s.

 

Finally, we need to look at the titles “The Day Of The Lord” and “The Day Of Christ”, and “The Day Of The Lord Jesus” which are three other titles given to the second coming of our Lord.  Once again, a comparison of all the texts that use these titles helps us to see that they all speak of the same future event… the Second Coming Of Our Lord…

 

Aspect Of The Second Coming Described In Each “The Day of Christ” “The Day Of The Lord Jesus” “The Day Of The Lord”
Nature Of Second Coming
As A Thief (Unannounced, Unexpected) 1 Thessalonians 5:2;2 Peter 3:10
Events Caused By His Second Coming:      
Saint’s Resurrection / Gathering To Christ Philippians 1:10-11;2 Thessalonians 2:1-2 1 Corinthians 5:5;2 Corinthians 1:14 1 Thessalonians 5:2-10
Judgment / Rewarding Of Saints Philippians 2:16 1 Corinthians 1:8;
Judgment / Punishment Of Wicked 1 Thessalonians 5:2-10;Acts 2:17-21 (symbolized by Titus Invasion of 70 AD)
Renovation Of Heavens/Earth 2 Peter 3:10

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

In this lesson, we have pointed our attention to the different titles (or descriptions) given to the second coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Based solely on those descriptions we have seen that:

The second coming involves:

  1. His return will be in a bodily fashion, and therefore we will be able to see Him with our physical eyes…
  2. He was absent from the earth (while in heaven) and will “come” to the earth, and be present, once again…
  3. Although we can understand much about Him through His Word, because He is now in heaven, He is “hidden” from us. However, at His second coming, His person, attributes and workings will be clearly presented…
  4. Christ’s appearing will be like the removal of a cover, presenting Him in His fullness for all to see.
  5. Christ’s appearing will be accompanied by a manifestation of His greatness and glory.
  6. Christ’s appearing will clearly, conspicuously, stand out from all other earthly events, much like a light that shines in the midst of total darkness.
  7. Christ’s coming will involve Him arriving on the earth enabling man to be in His presence.
  8. Christ’s coming results in Him being brought near to mankind. He will be “within arm’s reach”, no longer living in a “country far away”.
  9. All three English descriptions of His second coming (His Coming, His Appearance, and His Revelation). This helps us to understand that all three of these descriptions are describing the same event, not two or three separate events.  In other words, His coming IS His appearance which IS His Revelation.

May we all, with thankful hearts, be encouraged this day.  As Christians, we can know that our Lord is coming again someday to perform many marvelous works on our behalf!

 

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“The Deliverance Of Creation 2”

SIH STSTA ICON

 

One of the many wonderful truths involving the Christian’s eternity with Christ concerns the deliverance of God’s physical creation from the pain and decay of sin.   What a blessing it is to know that, not only will our bodies be completely delivered from the effects of sin, but so too, the physical creation of God… 

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.”  (Romans 8:21-23) 

Let’s take a few moments to look at what the Bible teaches concerning the future deliverance of creation from the effects and presence of sin. 

 

THE SCRIPTURES:

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.   Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

And account [that] the longsuffering of our Lord [is] salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;”  (2 Peter 3:10-15)

 

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected [the same] in hope,  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.”   (Romans 8:18-23)

 

 

 

THE STUDY: 

The main texts of our study will be Romans 8:18-23 (where we find the basic principle of creation’s deliverance from sin affirmed) and 2 Peter 3:10-15 (where we find the creation’s deliverance described in detail)…

Now let’s take a look at the PROCESS behind the renovation of this heaven and earth from 2 Peter 3:10-15.   Peter now presents to us teaching on the same event as was spoken of by the Apostle Paul, the deliverance of this heaven and earth from sin, its effects and its presence…

 

10) 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.

Once again, we see that the timeframe for the deliverance of creation is shared with that of the glorification of our bodies.  Both take place when Christ comes as a “thief” (at His second coming – 1 Thess 5:1-10, Matt 24:36-41).

 

The removal of sin’s effects and presence from this creation is described with several different terms:

  1. “pass away” – to cease to be. In other words, their sinful condition will no longer exist.  They will “cease to be” what they once were because they will be changed.  Just as the Christian’s fleshly, sinful body will no longer exist when it enters into its glorified condition.
  2. “melt” – dissolved, loosened, stripped away. Creation will be “stripped” much like damaged, worn, finish is stripped from old furniture during the renovation process.
  3. “burned up” – to be burned to the ground. Much like a forest fire burns all to the ground producing fertile soil for the regrowth to begin.

Please note that NONE of these terms dictates a new creative act must take place.  Each term can easily describe a renovation process   Keep in mind, the heavens and earth will not be totally destroyed with new ones created in their place.  Contrary to this false teaching, the Bible is plain that the appearance of the new heavens and earth is the result of the RENOVATION of the old not their total destruction.  They will be “changed” much like restoring used garments…

And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:  They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;  And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.”  (Hebrews 1:10-12)  

 

11) [Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness,

12) 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?

Because we know that the Lord will prepare for us an eternal dwelling place wholly separated from sin, should we not seek to rid ourselves of sin while yet on this earth?

Here, in these verses, we find two terms for this act of renovation…

  1. “dissolved” – this is the same term as “melt” in above verse.
  2. “melt” – this is a term that means “to liquefy”. Perhaps this is the most important term of them all.

We are told that through the use of fire and extreme heat the Lord will “melt” the components that make up His creation.  This melting will be used by the Lord to reform (reshape) the heavens and earth, while using its original components…

  1. This reminds us that the earth was covered with water as a part of the original creation process (Genesis 1:1-2)
  2. Also this reminds us of the world-wide flood that was God’s judgment of sin that resulted in a similar, yet incomplete cleansing of the earth… 

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”  (2 Peter 3:5-7) 

 

13) Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Although we are told that the heavens and earth will “pass away”, “melt”, “be burned up”, and “dissolved” we know that, based upon His promises to us, He will reform these into a “new” heavens and earth.   These will then be the containers of “righteousness” with the Lord and His people forever inhabiting them.

 

It is very important to notice the description “new”.  The Greek language has two terms that are translated “new” in the New Testament:

  1. “neos” which means “new” in relation to age and time.

This word means “young” or coming later in time.  This word carries the idea of a child compared to an adult, or a new place of employment that follows the previous place of employment.

 

  1. “kainos” which means “new” in relation to quality or condition.

It means “fresh”, “youthful” or “renewed”.  In speaks of the idea of a “fresh” coat of paint or the “restoration” of an antique car.

The word “new” in this passage is “kainos” (and every NT passage where we find new heavens and earth mentioned) clearly revealing the heavens and earth are “new” in the sense they are reinvigorated, or refreshed as the result of their renovation.   It CANNOT mean they are new in the sense they are young and come after the old heavens and earth.   Again, this helps us to see that the New Heavens and New Earth are the same Heavens and Earth which we are experiencing now, simply reformed and renovated to remove all traces of sin.

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: 

 

Now Peter gets to the practical application of all these things…

14) Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.  15) And account [that] the longsuffering of our Lord [is] salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

 

For those who have trusted in Christ.

14) Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

As believers, we all look forward to the appearance of the New Heavens and New Earth and our entrance into it.   Because of this wonderful future awaiting us, let us be certain of our standing before Him.  Let us not “miss out” on this wonderful eternity, simply because we are lax in our self-appraisal of our spiritual condition.

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.”  (2 Peter 1:10-11) 

 

For those who have never trusted in Christ. 

15) And account [that] the longsuffering of our Lord [is] salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

For those who have never trusted in Christ, please remember, the delay of His second coming (which includes the end of mankind’s opportunity for salvation and the appearance of this New Heavens and New Earth), is because He is a long-suffering Lord who is giving ample time for the lost to come to a saving knowledge of Him.  Please turn from your sins and come to Christ before it is too late…

And thinkest thou this, O man, that judgest them which do such things, and doest the same, that thou shalt escape the judgment of God?   Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?   But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;  Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

 (Romans 2:3-6)

 

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“The Deliverance Of Creation 1”

SIH STSTA ICON

 

One of the many wonderful truths involving the Christian’s eternity with Christ concerns the deliverance of God’s physical creation from the pain and decay of sin.   What a blessing it is to know that, not only will our bodies be completely delivered from the effects of sin, but so too, the physical creation of God…

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.”  (Romans 8:21-23)

Let’s take a few moments to look at what the Bible teaches concerning the future deliverance of creation from the effects and presence of sin.

 

THE SCRIPTURES:

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.   Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.

And account [that] the longsuffering of our Lord [is] salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;”  (2 Peter 3:10-15)

 

For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.  For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected [the same] in hope,  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.”   (Romans 8:18-23)

 

 

THE STUDY:

The main texts of our study will be Romans 8:18-23 (where we find the basic principle of creation’s deliverance from sin affirmed) and 2 Peter 3:10-15 (where we find the creation’s deliverance described in detail)…

Let’s begin with Romans 8:18-23 and look at the PRINCIPLE of the renovation of this heaven and earth…

 

18) For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time [are] not worthy [to be compared] with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

Paul reminds us that no matter what opposition may be faced for the cause of Christ, they cannot be compared to the eternal glory that is awaiting the people of God.  This eternal glory includes living in the very presence of Christ; the receipt of a glorified body; no longer facing pain, sorrow nor death; and removal from the very presence of sin and it’s effects; to name a few…

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

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.”  (Revelation 21:1-5)

 

For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.   But be ye glad and rejoice for ever [in that] which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.  And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying. 

There shall be no more thence an infant of days, nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred years old; but the sinner [being] an hundred years old shall be accursed.  

And they shall build houses, and inhabit [them]; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. They shall not build, and another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a tree [are] the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of their hands.  They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for trouble; for they [are] the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring with them. 

And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear.  The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust [shall be] the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the LORD.”   (Isaiah 65:17-25)

{Note: Although these verses are commonly thought of as referring to the 1000 year reign, based upon their context (vs 17), they are clearly referring to our future existence on the New Heavens and New Earth}

 

22) For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.   (Isaiah 66:22)

 

 

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.

All of God’s creation is now waiting anxiously for the glorification of the believer’s body which will usher in “glorious liberty” (deliverance from the influence, effects and presence of sin) of the children of God.

Why is all creation looking forward to the glorification of the believer’s body?  Creation’s deliverance from sin will take place in a similar fashion, during the same timeframe, as that of the believer’s glorification:

  1. Both involve a renovation or a remaking – The believer’s glorification involves the believer’s body being changed (glorified and ushered into God’s presence) at His second coming. (1 Cor 15:51-58). The deliverance of God’s physical creation will involve its renovation and entrance into God’s presence (Heb 1:10-12, Rev 21:1-5)…
  2. Both involve the same timeframe (Christ’s second coming)- The believer’s glorification will take place as Christ returns in the clouds which will be followed immediately by His wrath falling upon lost mankind culminating in the renovation of the heavens and earth (Mark 13:24-27)…

For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water:  Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished:  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. (2 Peter 3:5-7)

 

 

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.

The creation of God is now going through painful times due to sin’s effects.  She is groaning due to the pain of the effects of sin.  She “travaileth in pain” (ie suffering birth pains) as she is awaiting the “birth” of her coming reforming by God.

Paul compares this to each one of God’s people who, enduring the results of sin, are groaning in pain and eagerly awaiting the receipt of their glorified bodies and the removal of sin’s influence, effects and presence.

All of these blessings are the result of the Lord’s redemptive work on the cross where He has undone the sin and death that has entered the world through Adam (1 Corinthians 15:51-57).

 

In part two of our two-part series, we will look at the PROCESS behind the renovation of this heaven and earth from 2 Peter 3:10-15.

 

 

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The Reign Of The Saints

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In Revelation 5:8-9, we find the 4 beasts and the 24 elders (symbols of the people of God) praising the Lamb (Jesus Christ) for His great work on their behalf…

 

 

“And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;”

Then, in the very next verse, they praise Christ for the blessings they receive through His work …
“And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.”

Here, we read of the saints being given two positions of great authority (“Kings and Priests”) allowing them to “reign on the earth”. What does this promise involve? Or put another way, In what way do the saints of God reign as Kings and Priests upon the earth? This is the question we will be answering in this Bible study.

 

THE SCRIPTURES:

Daniel 7:15-22; Daniel 7:26-27; Matthew 19:27-30; Matthew 24:45-51; Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 12:42-48; Luke 19:11-27; Luke 22:24-30;  1 Corinthians 6:1-3; 2 Timothy 2:11-13; 1 John 4:4; 1 John 5:4-5; Revelation 2:26-27; Revelation 3:21; Revelation 4:4; Revelation 5:8-10; Revelation 19:11-21; Revelation 20:4-5; Revelation 22:3-5

THE STUDY:

When we speak of the saints reigning, we are describing several different types of dominion that are granted to the redeemed of God. The following is a description of these types of dominion by subject in outline, form. What follows the outline is a listing of many of the Bible texts which teach these areas of dominion with a brief summary of each event listed in chronological order (when possible).

 

Dominion Over The Nations – The Saints God-Given Authority Involves the saint exercising great authority over the powers of darkness IN THIS PRESENT WORLD and in THE WORLD TO COME:

A) Saints are given DOMINION IN THIS PRESENT WORLD (the existing heaven and earth):

(1) This dominion involves the ability to overcome the control of our sinful flesh and powers of darkness in this present world. This is why the saints are described as “Victors over the world” or “Overcomers”.

(2) This dominion is displayed by the saints’ sharing of victory at Armageddon – the saints accompanying Christ at final defeat of lost mankind in this present world at Christ’s second coming

B) Saints are promised to receive DOMINION IN THE WORLD TO COME (the New Heavens and New Earth) in which we will live eternally:

(1) This dominion will be a reward for the saint’s faithfulness – The future dominion of the saints is given as a reward for victorious living now. This dominion involves dominion over the nations, and dominion over the New Heavens and New Earth…

(a) Dominion Over The World By Judgment – this will take place as the saints share in the final judgment of the wicked men and angels, both Jew and Gentile, both OT and NT lost mankind. This will be the ultimate defeat of the powers of darkness in the world to come lasting for eternity.

1. Judging Israel – Saints will judge Israel (who rejected Messiah and crucified Him) during judgment of the lost. Israel is a representative of all lost mankind due to their rebellion and rejection of Christ.

2. Judging Angels – Saints will also judge the fallen angels (demons) including Satan, himself at this final judgment of the lost.

(b) Dominion over New Heavens and New Earth – Reign on NH & NE in Christ’s presence will stretch from the 1000 year reign into eternity. This will take place from the creation of the NH and NE throughout eternity. This includes both phases of the eternal state (the 1000 yr reign and the finalized eternal kingdom of God)…

1. 1000 Yr Reign – Beginning Of Christ’s reign on NH NE. As believers are judged they receive authority over NHNE during this time period

2.  Eternal Kingdom – This is the ultimate proof of the saint’s victory over this sinful world. Their dominion over the world symbolizing the renewal of the Garden of Eden on the New Earth.

 

Scripture References For Above Outline:

 

Dominion Over The Nations

1. The Lord blesses those who are truly saved (overcomers) with dominion over the powers of darkness of this world….

Revelation 2:26-27 KJV “And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.”

Note: “The nations” are referring to lost mankind (as part of the powers of darkness of this world). In this text, we are given representations of the two types of dominion possessed by saved mankind (dominion in this world and dominion in the world to come).
The phrase “rule with rod of iron” points us to the overcomers dominion over the powers of darkness in this world. This victory finds its completion at the Battle of Armageddon which is the last historic event that takes place on this present evil world.
The phrase “power over the nations” speaks of the dominion which the saints will possess in the future in the New world to come. This phrase speaks of the judgment of lost mankind at the final judgment and consignment to the Lake of Fire. This judgment is the ultimate, eternal defeat of the powers of darkness for eternity.

 

The Dominion Given To Saints NOW: “Overcomers”

1. The ability to escape the dominion of sin (context – false teaching) based upon power of indwelling Spirit…

1 John 4:4 KJV “Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

2. Access to Godly power overcoming the dominion of sin (Satan, antichrist spirit, powers of darkness, our flesh) which is received through saving faith (resulting in Spirit indwelling)…

1 John 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?

3. The Saints had overcome the dominion of sin (shown by thrones) and were now in Christ’s presence following their death …

Revelation 4:4 KJV “And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.”

 

Victory At Armegeddon

1. The Lord, accompanied by His saints, returns to the earth and gains the final victory over the lost kingdoms of this current world…

Revelation 19:11-21 KJV “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God; That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great. And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army. And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”

Note: The victory at Armageddon is an outward display of the authority given to the saints as Overcomers.

The Dominion Given To The Saints As A Reward For Faithfulness

1. Faithfulness of true believers will result in rewards and blessings of rulership at the believer’s judgment…

Matthew 24:45-51 KJV “Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken; The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of, And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Matthew 25:14-30 KJV “For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

2. The truly saved servant was faithful – he was rewarded with rulership. The lost servant was unfaithful and cast into hell.…

Luke 12:42-48 KJV “And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season? Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers. And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.”

Note: Of those who were lost the greater the knowledge (responsibility) the greater the punishment. (Teaches us that levels of hell exist based upon amount of knowledge and willful rejection of truth)

Luke 19:11-27 KJV “And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.
He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return. And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities. And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin: For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow. And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?
And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds. (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.) For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.
But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.”

Note: Those who are lost servants, who fear Lord as being unjust and hard will have their knowledge of God and hypocritical service made useless and they will be empty handed at day of judgment. The lost, who are outwardly rebellious and immoral, face immediate rejection by God as well.

Dominion Over New Heavens and New Earth

1. Saints, those who are redeemed through blood of Christ, are given authority to rule and enter God’s presence. Both types of dominion will be clearly seen as the saints enter eternity with the Lord, ruling over the New Creation and entering into His presence for an eternity.

Revelation 5:8-10 KJV “And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood 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.”

 

1000 Year Reign

1. This marks the first part of Christ’s eternal reign on the New Heavens and New Earth (immediately following the appearance of the NH & NE following Armageddon) At this point in time the saints are judged and they are given reign over NH and NE for eternity (restoration of Garden of Eden before fall).

Revelation 20:4-5 KJV “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.”

 

2. This time periods runs from the 1000 Year Reign throughout Eternity

2 Timothy 2:11-13 KJV “It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.”

Revelation 3:21 KJV To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Judging The World

1. Saints will judge lost world (fallen world) during final judgment of lost…

1 Corinthians 6:1-3 KJV “Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?”

2. This judgment also involves fallen angels (including Satan) as well as lost mankind…

1 Corinthians 6:1-3 KJV “Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints? Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters? Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?”

Note: saints will judge fallen angels during GWTH (Jude 1:6) (Satan included?) Saints, as Overcomers were given authority over demons during Bible days pictured saints holding authority over demons (John 12:31). Likewise, angels ministering to believers is a sign of man’s authority over angels as well.

3. A part of this judgment involves the nation of Israel (those who rejected and crucified Christ) picturing all lost mankind.

Matthew 19:27-30 KJV “Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore? And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life. But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.”

Note: “The regeneration” is speaking of the reformation of the Heavens and Earth resulting in the New Heavens and New Earth. The Lord is reigning upon the earth with His saints at this time.

Luke 22:24-30 KJV “And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. But ye shall not be so: but he that is greatest among you, let him be as the younger; and he that is chief, as he that doth serve. For whether is greater, he that sitteth at meat, or he that serveth? is not he that sitteth at meat? but I am among you as he that serveth. Ye are they which have continued with me in my temptations. And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”

 

Eternal Kingdom

1. Saints given “the kingdom” beginning with the end of Armegeddon (appearance of NH and NE) into 1000 yr to GWTH to Eternity

Daniel 7:15-22 KJV “I Daniel was grieved in my spirit in the midst of my body, and the visions of my head troubled me. I came near unto one of them that stood by, and asked him the truth of all this. So he told me, and made me know the interpretation of the things. These great beasts, which are four, are four kings, which shall arise out of the earth. But the saints of the most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever, even for ever and ever. Then I would know the truth of the fourth beast, which was diverse from all the others, exceeding dreadful, whose teeth were of iron, and his nails of brass; which devoured, brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with his feet; And of the ten horns that were in his head, and of the other which came up, and before whom three fell; even of that horn that had eyes, and a mouth that spake very great things, whose look was more stout than his fellows. I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.”

Daniel 7:26-27 KJV “But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey him.”

 

2. The eternal, perfect, dominion over the New Heavens and New Earth. This is tantamount to the blessings of the Garden of Eden restored to mankind. The curse of sin being totally undone…

Revelation 22:1-5 KJV “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. 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. 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: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. 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.”

 

 

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Revelation 21:-22: Summary

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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 Kingdom Of Christ, Of God, Of Heaven” – Displays Of His Ruling Authority Throughout Time

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To begin our study we need to understand what the Bible means when it speaks of a “kingdom”.  The word translated Kingdom in the NT is the Greek word “basileia”.  This word has two basic ideas behind it:

  1. The first idea is the AUTHORITY to rule that a King possesses (Luke 1:33, Luke 17:20-21, Matt 12:28 etc)
  2. The second idea is the REALM that is ruled over by a King. WhenBasileia is used in this way it can speak of either:
    1. the land area and physical possessions that a King rules over (Mat 4:8, Mark 6:23,  Heb 11:33 etc)
    2. the group of people over which a king rules. (Rev 1:9, Col 1:13, 2 Pet 1:11, etc)

Based upon the above Scriptures we can see that these three titles are describing the same event and will be used as such in this study.

Although we cannot visibly see His authority, we certainly can see His authority at work in the world around us.  By His grace, He has displayed for us His authority, throughout the Scriptures, in many different ways.

Let’s take a look and see the God’s authority to rule displayed for all to see throughout the Bible…  

 

THE SCRIPTURES:

The Kingdom of Christ:

Eph 5:5,

 

The Kingdom of God:

Matt 6:33, 12:28, 19:24, 21:31, 21:43;

Mark 1:14, 1:15, 4:11, 4:26, 4:30, 9:1, 9:47, 10:14, 10:15, 10:23, 10:24, 10:25, 12:34, 14:25, 15:43;

Luke 4:43, 6:20, 7:28, 8:1, 8:10, 9:2, 9:11, 9:27, 9:60, 9:62, 10:9, 10:11, 10:20, 12:31, 13:18, 13:20, 13:28, 13:29, 14:15, 16:16, 17:20, 17:21, 18:16, 18:17, 18:24, 18:25, 18:29, 19:11, 21:31, 22:16, 22:18, 23:51;

John 3:3, 3:5;

Acts 1:3, 8:12, 14:22, 19:8, 20:25, 28:23, 28:31;

Roms 14:17;

1 Cor 4:20, 6:9, 6:10, 15:50;

Gal 5:21;

Col 4:11;

2 Thess 1:5.

 

The Kingdom of Heaven:

Matt 3:2, 4:17, 5:3, 5:10, 5:19, 5:20, 7:21, 8:11, 10:7, 11:11, 11:12, 13:11, 13:24, 13:31, 13:33, 13:44, 13:45, 13:47, 13:52, 16:19, 18:1, 18:3, 18:4, 18:23, 19:12, 19:14, 19:23, 20:1, 22:2, 23:13, 25:1, 25:14

 

In the NT the Bible describes the Kingdom of the Lord using three different descriptive phrases, “The Kingdom of Christ”, “the Kingdom Of God”, and “the Kingdom of Heaven”.  All three of these titles are describing the same Kingdom.

Please note:

The Kingdom of Christ is only used in Ephesians 5:5 and is clearly speaking of the perfect reign of Christ that will take place throughout eternity.  In this text, it is equated with the Kingdom of God because both Christ and the Father will be reigning throughout eternity. (Rev 22:3-5; see also Rev 21:7-8, Rev 21:24-27)

Also “the Kingdom of God” and “the Kingdom of Heaven” are equated as well.  Please note the following references which show that, in many cases, these titles are used synonymously…

Matt 4:17 – Mark 1:15;

Matt 5:3,10- Luke 6:20-22; Matt 8:11-Luke 13:28;

Matt 10:7-Luke 9:60;

Matt 11:11-Luke 7:28;

Matt 11:12-Luke 16:16;

Matt 13:11-Mark 4:11;

Matt 13:31-Mark 4:30-31; Matt 13:33 – Luke 13:20-21; Matt 19:14-Mark 10:14;

Matt 19:23-Mark 10:23;

Matt 25:14-Luke 19:11-13.

 

THE STUDY: 

It is important for us to understand that the Lord displays His authority to rule in different ways that will vary throughout time.

In the Old Testament, some of the major ways He displayed His authority to rule was in:

  1. His sovereign rulership over creation (including mankind)…

And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion [is] an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom [is] from generation to generation:  And all the inhabitants of the earth [are] reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and [among] the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?”   (Daniel 4:34-35)

 

  1. His rulership over the fledgling nation of physical Israel during the times of the judges…

Then all the elders of Israel gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel unto Ramah, 

And said unto him, Behold, thou art old, and thy sons walk not in thy ways: now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.  But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the LORD. 

And the LORD said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.  According to all the works which they have done since the day that I brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith they have forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also unto thee.  Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.”  (1 Samuel 8:4-9)

 

  1. His rulership over the unified and divided nation of physical Israel during the times of the Kings…

Wherefore David blessed the LORD before all the congregation: and David said, Blessed [be] thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.

Thine, O LORD, [is] the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all [that is] in the heaven and in the earth [is thine]; thine [is] the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.  Both riches and honour [come] of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand [is] power and might; and in thine hand [it is] to make great, and to give strength unto all.

Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.”  (1 Chronicles 29:10-13)

 

  1. His rulership in the heart of the Old Testament saints, which included both Jews and Gentiles (the spiritual nation of Israel)…

I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law [is] within my heart.”  (Psalms 40:8)

Then Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, with all the remnant of the people, obeyed the voice of the LORD their God, and the words of Haggai the prophet, as the LORD their God had sent him, and the people did fear before the LORD.”   (Haggai 1:12)

 

 

In New Testament times, He displayed His authority to rule in very similar ways….

  1. His sovereign rulership over His creation (including mankind)…

God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands;  Neither is worshipped with men’s hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things;  And hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;

That they should seek the Lord, if haply they might feel after him, and find him, though he be not far from every one of us:  For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring.”  (Acts 17:24-28)

 

  1. His rulership in the heart of the lives of the New Testament saints, which included both Jews and Gentiles (the spiritual nation of Israel)…

For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. 

[Whereof] the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before,  This [is] the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; And their sins and iniquities will I remember no more. 

Now where remission of these [is, there is] no more offering for sin.”   (Hebrews 10:14-18)

 

  1. His rule over His local assemblies…

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated [us] into the kingdom of his dear Son:  In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sins:  Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether [they be] thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:  And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all [things] he might have the preeminence.

For it pleased [the Father] that in him should all fulness dwell;  And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, [I say], whether [they be] things in earth, or things in heaven.”   (Colossians 1:13-20)

 

Into eternity future, the Lord’s ruling authority will be shown. The following is an incomplete list of His sovereignty on display during the end-time events…

  1. His taking of His saints…

For since by man [came] death, by man [came] also the resurrection of the dead.  For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 

But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.  Then [cometh] the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.  The last enemy [that] shall be destroyed [is] death.  For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under [him, it is] manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.

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.”  (1 Corinthians 15:21-28)

 

  1. His punishment of the powers of darkness of this world…

And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;  That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all [men, both] free and bond, both small and great.

And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.  And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which [sword] proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”  (Revelation 19:17-21)

 

  1. His millennial reign (the first part of His eternal reign)…

And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and [I saw] the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received [his] mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.”  (Revelation 20:4) 

 

  1. The final judgment…

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.”  (Revelation 20:12-15)

 

 

  1. His rulership throughout eternity…

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.

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:  And they shall see his face; and his name [shall be] in their foreheads.

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.”   (Revelation 22:2-5)

 

As you can see, throughout history from eternity past and proceeding into eternity present, we find the Lord consistently revealing to mankind…

The LORD shall reign for ever and ever.”  (Exodus 15:18)

 

In the NT the Bible describes the Kingdom of the Lord using three different descriptive phrases, The Kingdom of Christ, the Kingdom Of God, and the Kingdom of Heaven.  All three of these titles are describing the same Kingdom.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: 

What a wonderful blessing it is to be able to know that our Lord truly reigns over all things.  Without His wondrous displays of sovereignty, we would live in doubt about His control over all, but because of His many displays of rulership we can say as the Psalmist…

“But our God [is] in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he hath pleased.”   (Psalms 115:3)

Because of this, there is no reason for worry or fright… no matter what may take place in this life, OUR GOD IS IN CONTROL!  And we have a consistent source of proofs that this is so!

Revelation 22:6-21 “Conclusion To Revelation”

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THE TEXT:

 

Revelation 22:6-21 KJV

(6)  And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.
(7)  Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.
(8)  And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
(9)  Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God.
(10)  And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.
(11)  He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
(12)  And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
(13)  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
(14)  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
(15)  For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.
(16)  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.
(17)  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
(18)  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:
(19)  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.
(20)  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.
(21)  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

 

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:

 

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.

 

Revelation 22:6-21 KJV

(6)  And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

To conclude His message to John, the angel reminds John of the truthfulness of this revelation:

These sayings are….

  1. faithful – trustworthy, not deceptive – These things have, are and will come to pass. John could count on it!
  2. true – actual to fact – These things are based upon facts, not speculation nor lies.

The Master and Worshipped One of the prophets sent his angel to give this message of Revelation to His servants. Although it was given to John it was meant for all of God’s servants to read this message and learn and be encouraged from it.

One aspect of this message of Revelation was to reveal to God’s people “the things which must shortly come to pass”.  This message has revealed events that would take place from John’s day into eternity.

 

In this verse we find a very quick summary of the book that we have been looking at:

 

Revelation Principle Quote From Text
The Origin Of Revelation “Lord God of the Holy Prophets”
The Authority Behind Revelation “Lord God of the Holy Prophets Sent”
The Messenger Of The Revelation “His Angel”
The Commission Of The Revelation “To Show”
The Beneficiary Of The Revelation “His Servants”
The Message Of The Revelation “The Things Which Must Shortly Come To Pass”

 

 

 

(7)  Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.

The angel now quotes Christ reminding John that His coming will be without delay.  As each of these events take place around us, they are meant to remind us that His coming draws nearer every day.  The swiftness of His coming is emphasized throughout the Bible:

  1. Mark 13:36 – “suddenly”
  2. Rom 13:12, Phil 4:5, 1 Pet 4:7 – “at hand’
  3. Matt 24:27 – “as lightning”
  4. Luke 18:8 – “speedily”
  5. Rom 16:20, 1 Cor 7:29-31 – “shortly”
  6. James 5:8 – “draweth nigh”

 

We are to look at each day as if He could come back at any moment and live our lives according to this belief…

Luke 12:42-43 KJV – “And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?  Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.”

 

By “keeping” the sayings of Revelation, we are keeping our eyes on these truths, guarding them against loss.  This will cause us to remember His coming is close at hand and our need to serve Him NOW while the opportunity remains to do His will on earth.

How can the Lord say His coming is swift when it has been more than 2000 years since John received this vision?

  1. 2 Ptr 3:8-10 – The Lord does not recognize time, nor live according to it as we do.
  2. Hebrews 1:2 – We are living in the last days (anytime following Christ’s coming is the last day). The next great event will be His second coming… in that since it is very near us and can take place at any time.  Compared to the times of the Old Testament, truly He will come quickly … this is the next event to take place.

 

(8)  And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.   (9)  Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. 

When John receives this vision, and is reminded of these truths, he is caught up in awe and reverence, and then, falls at the feet of the angel that is delivering this message to him.  The angel then replies to John “see thy do it not”.  The angel instructs John that he does not deserve John’s worship…. Why is this?

  1. I am thy fellowservant – I am nothing greater than you are, we are both simply servants of the most high God.
  1. I am of thy brethren the prophets – this angel was simply performing the same ministry as the spiritual brethren of John who had prophesied throughout the OT and NT (prior to the completion of the Bible). He was a brethren of the prophets as being another created being that had Jehovah as his Creator (Mal 2:10).  In that sense, the angel was a member of the same family as the prophets of old.
  1. I am of those which keep the sayings of the book – This angel is simply another one who serves the Lord, learns from the Lord and remembers this message that God has given to His servants.

Therefore, worship God.  He alone is worthy of your reverence, praise and worship.  One of Satan’s greatest desires is to have anyone other than Jehovah receive the praise and worship of men.  In doing so, men are in actuality worshipping false gods, and in effect Satan, himself (Matt 4:9).   Angel worship was a problem in John’s day (Col 2:8), these were all issues that necessitated the angel to emphasize the need to worship Jehovah alone.  

 

(10)  And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.

John was not to seal up the prophecies of this book and share them with no one.  Now is the time to open up these prophesies and proclaim them for they were needed in John’s day until eternity.  The time of their fulfillment was in John’s day.  The time of these things coming to pass was at hand.

The book of Daniel and Revelation go hand in hand.  Daniel was to seal up His prophecies until “the time was the end”.  that time has now come with this vision being given to John (Dan 8:26, 12:4).  This is the time to open these prophecies and reveal their contents. 

 

(11)  He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.      

The end of this revelation has come.  It is now time to either reject its message or believe it and prepare for the second coming of Christ.

The phrase “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.”  is not saying that it is too late to be saved.

(We can clearly see in verse 17 that the time of salvation was still open to any that will come to Christ).  What it is saying is make up your mind now… do not put it off.  There is nothing more that will be said (the book of Revelation was the last book of the Bible that was given to man).  Man now has all the information from God that he is going to receive.  Now is the time to choose to remain in their lost condition or choose to be saved:

  1. he that is “unjust” – wrong doers, sinful lifestyle and works
  2. he that is “filthy” – dirty, unclean, sinful condition
  3. he that is “righteous” – innocent, lawful, Godly works
  4. he that is “holy” – separated from dirt, clean, righteous condition

“still” – to continue on, hereafter – if after hearing these words and a man chooses to remain in a sinful condition… nothing more can be said, nothing more will be revealed that will change his mind.  If the completion of God’s Word, at the completion of Revelation, isn’t enough to show him his need, nothing will.

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.

Ezekiel 3:27 KJV – “But when I speak with thee, I will open thy mouth, and thou shalt say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; He that heareth, let him hear; and he that forbeareth, let him forbear: for they are a rebellious house.”

Daniel 12:10 KJV – “Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.” 

 

(12)  And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.  (13)  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

One last reminder to come to a decision quickly…. “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.”

What are lost men waiting for?  There will be no further revelation from the Lord and He will come at any time.  When He comes every man must stand before Him and answer for the decisions they have made and works that they have performed.

Christ is the “Alpha” and the “Omega”, He is the “beginning” and the “ending” of all things, He is the “first” and the “last”.  He made us all and He will exercise His authority over us to the very end.  He created all things perfectly and can renovate them making them into a sinless creation once again.

He can do what He says in His completed Word… no need to doubt these things or think they will not come to pass.  Now is the time to decide what we will do.  No need to wait and see if these things take place in the future.

 

(14)  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.  (15)  For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 

Why is it so important for mankind to come to a decision about these things?  Their eternal destiny is at stake…  For those who see their need to turn to Christ for salvation… they are blessed and made happy.

Why are they blessed and happy?

  1. They are given a right to the tree of life (they will obtain eternal life)
  2. They are given the right to enter the eternal city glorious city (they will enjoy the presence of Christ and eradication of sin and its results throughout eternity.

 

However, for those who choose to reject this message that has been given to them, they have only pain and sorrow awaiting them…

  1. They are “without” (excluded from entrance to this city)
  2. They are “without” (excluded from access to the tree of life).
  3. They are looked upon as sinners by God, those who love deceit and creators of deceitful words and actions.

 

Sinful Condition Rev 22:15 Prov 6:16-19
Morally Impure Dogs Wicked Imaginations
Spell Maker, Drugs Sorcerers Pride, Selfishness
Prostitution Whoremongers Evilness, Mischief
Murder Murderers Murderers
Worship of False Gods Idolaters False Witnesses
Lover of Untrue, Deceit Loveth A Lie Discord, Lying
Maker of Untruths and Deceptive Maketh A Lie Discord, Lying

 

(16)  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.

Jesus, Himself, now affirms the origin and authority that lies behind the Revelation and the other parts of His Word:

  1. The angel that delivered the message to John was sent by Christ – “I Jesus have sent mine angel”
  2. The message was meant to be distributed among the churches – “to testify unto you these things in the churches”
  3. The Originator of this message (Christ) is the descendent (Messiah born into the earth) and ancestor (Creator) of David. – “I am the root and the offspring of David,”
  4. The Originator of this message is the One who is coming again (as the sun rising in the east). – “the bright and morning star” 

We are to take the message of God’s Word, which was completed with the Revelation, because of its authorship, method of revelation, and the purpose of the book.

 

(17)  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

The offer of the gospel message is now given as the book of Revelation is brought to a close.  Notice these basic truths about presenting the gospel message:

  1. Who is active in offering the gospel?

The Holy Spirit of God (the Spirit) and the saved (the Bride).  The saved audibly present the gospel message while the Holy Spirit convicts of sin and softens the sin-hardened heart of the hearer, preparing it to be received.

 

  1. What is their message?

“Come” – come to Christ. Those presenting the gospel are to offer for the lost to come.  The lost are to enter into agreement and respond as they see their need to come to Christ.

 

  1. To whom is the message applicable?

Those who agree with the message – “let him that heareth say, Come.”  Their agreement is shown by them verbally consenting to the invitation to come.

Those who see their need and desire for living waters – “let him that is athirst come.”  If a person does not recognize their need of Christ or see their desperate condition cannot take advantage of this message.  Until a man sees his lost condition he will always reject this message and cannot be saved.

Those who choose to partake of the waters – “whosoever will”.  There are no good works needed to receive this great gift, the only prerequisite is to see their need and choose to receive this wondrous gift from God.

 

  1. How much does this good news and eternal life cost?

It is absolutely free – “let him take of the water of life freely”.  This great gift from God is of immeasurable value.  It cost Christ, the perfect Son of God His physical life. The recipient of this great gift cannot even begin to pay for it.  A sinful man cannot begin to pay the price that the sinless Christ paid.  He doesn’t even have to try to pay for it.  It is meant to be absolutely free of charge, no strings attached.

This is the final offer of salvation recorded in God’s Word.  It is not only given at the end of the Book of Revelation, but it is given at the end of the entire Word of God.  This emphasizes the importance of this offer and the need for mankind to act upon it.

 

(18)  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:

(19)  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.

Why is this Book of Revelation (and the entire Bible by implication) so important for all mankind to retain and keep pure from error?  It holds the key to escape from eternal separation from God and the eternal punishment of sin, while gaining eternal life in the very presence of God.

 

It is so important to keep the integrity of the Word, that we are warned of changing it in any way:

 

  1. “If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book”.

If anyone adds their own thoughts to the inspired Word, the plagues found in Revelation (which are also revealed throughout the Bible) will be placed upon him.

 

  1. “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.”

If anyone removes content from God’s Word will be consigning himself to separation from God and eternal torment.

 

This tells us that anyone who, knowingly, adds to or takes from God’s Word is a lost individual who faces the eternal wrath of God.  No one who is truly saved would ever consider changing the message that has brought eternal life to His soul.  It is not an issue of losing salvation, it is an issue of never being saved.  Their corrupt desires to change God’s Word are signs that they are yet under the bondage of sin.

What awaits those who take away from God’s Word?

“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 word “part” simply refers to “the share or allotment”.  Here, the Lord tells us that anyone who takes away from God’s Word has clearly declared themselves as lost.  Although they may have believed they were saved, and others also believe they are saved… now it has been made clear they are lost.   In all three cases, the person has not shared in the blessing…. their name was never in the book, they had never set foot in the holy city and they never had received the blessings reserved for the saints… and, if they continue on in their current rebellious condition, they never will.  In that sense, their allotment has been taken away.  They should not fool themselves into thinking that by changing God’s Word it will somehow allow them to receive a portion of that which they do not currently possess.

By removing parts of God’s Word they have shown themselves to be lost.  There is no reason for them to believe they own a future share of the book of life, the holy city, and the blessings of eternity with Christ.   They should not fool themselves into believing that they are or are or will be saved and eternally secure.  They have lost that which they never really possessed. The Lord addressed this same principle in Luke 8:18…

“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.

 

Please keep in mind:

The meaning of the word “prophecy” in this passage is not limited to revealing an event that will take place in the future.   In these verses, the word “prophecy” simply means “to speak the mind of God”.  The principle is this… anytime that God reveals His mind to man, man has no right to change what God has revealed.  In doing so, it is an act of arrogance and idolatry.  The one who changing God’s Word is revealing that he believes he is smarter than God and is replacing God with himself.

Both the book of Revelation, and the entire Bible, is made up of God’s mind revealed to mankind.    This warning is placed at the end of both the entire Bible and the book of Revelation.  It is a fitting warning summary that applies to the entire inspired Word, not simply the book of Revelation.

 

(20)  He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

Once again, as a final reminder, the Lord reminds us that He is coming quickly and we all must be prepared.  Our time to receive salvation and our opportunities for service are limited… Certainly, He is coming quickly.

John is in submission to the Lord’s timing for His soon return, “Amen”, in other words “so be it”, “may it be done”…

“Even so come Lord Jesus”. 

 

(21)  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. 

John’s final wish for his readers is for the grace of Christ to be shown to each of them.  Stop and think about it… for the Word to have its intended effect upon both lost and saved, God’s grace is an absolute necessity.

God’s grace must be active in the life of the lost bringing them to Christ… revealing God’s Word, convicting of sin, softening a sin hardened heart, and  granting repentance and faith to name a few.

In the life of the saved, God’s grace is necessary to apply God’s Word to the life of the saint, recognizing opportunities of service, equipping the saint for service, and bringing forth fruits of that service.

John 15:5 KJV – “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” 

John 9:33 KJV – If this man were not of God, he could do nothing.

 

May we all recognize our great need of God’s grace, our inability to receive it of human merit, and the wonderful blessing we have for those of us to whom it has been given.

 

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this conclusion to the book of Revelation, we see Christ presented as a compassionate, patient Savior who uses this opportunity to persuade men to come to salvation.

Think about it… Christ could have simply glorified Himself by revealing His greatness and reviewing the perfection of the Revelation that was just revealed to John.  But He doesn’t.  He could have glorified His Father in heaven by speaking of His great knowledge and wisdom in revealing these prophecies to us.  But He chooses to not do so.

He chooses to bring honor and glory to His Father and Himself by using this last communication to offer the gift of living water to any who would simply receive Him as Lord and Savior through faith.

Matthew 11:28-30 KJV – “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.   Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.   For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

May we all recognize the importance of this wondrous invitation to eternal life, apply it to our lives, and live our lives to share this message with others.  This is the greatest way we can honor our Lord and share His greatness with others.

 

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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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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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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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Revelation 20: Summary

SIH STSTA ICONSUMMARY 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

Here is a short outline of chapter 20:…

  1. The Binding of Satan 1-3
  2. The 1000 Year reign 4-6
  3. The Judgment Of The Lost Symbolized By A War 7-10
  4. The Judgment Of The Lost Symbolized By A Court Trial 11-15

 

SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER:

  1. The Binding Of Satan (Rev 20:1-3)

John sees an angel sent from God proceed from heaven.  This angel possesses control over the bottomless pit and a great chain that will be used to bind Satan and cast him into the bottomless pit (Lake of Fire).  Satan’s imprisonment would last for the length of the 1000 year time period.

Satan and his work is revealed through the use of 4 titles.  Satan’s temptations are used to fascinate and mislead mankind (Dragon), he knows mankind’s weaknesses and shortcomings (Serpent), he accuses God’s people of wrongdoing seeking to bring them under the condemnation of God (Devil), he is the enemy of God constantly opposing Him (Satan).

 

  1. The 1000 Year Reign (Rev 20:4-6)

With the imprisonment of Satan completed, John sees the saints enjoying the 1000 years with God.  During this time frame John sees the saints being judged and rewarded by the Lord for their faithfulness.

John saw the thrones that were reserved for God’s people, symbolically representing their reward of sharing authority with Him.  We see the Lord handing down His judgment and rewards to them … “judgment was given unto them”.  The saints are described in several ways, each one representing their willingness to sacrifice themselves for Christ as martyrs or as “living sacrifices” whose lives were dedicated to Christ’s use.

We are told that this period of judgment, rewards, and enjoyment of rewards would last for 1000 years.  Symbolically the number 1000 represents a complete timeframe.  This can be clearly seen in many Biblical references including Psa 90:4 and 2 Peter 3:8.

As we study the symbolism of the 1000 years, we can come to understand this time of judgment for the saints will be a set period of time set aside as part of the saint’s eternity with God.   This time period will come to an end when the judgment and rewarding of the saints comes to completion.  At that point in time, the last phase of eternity begins, and the saints will be enjoying communion with the Lord without end.

The people (saints of God) involved in this wonderful time with Christ have all experienced “the first resurrection” .  This is referring to the spiritual resurrection of all who have come to Christ, as they are “passed from death unto life” (HJon 5:24-27)

 

III.  The Judgment Of The Lost Symbolized By A War (Rev 20:7-10) 

Immediately following the time of judgment of the saved, John then sees Satan released from the bottomless pit.  Even after his imprisonment, Satan continues to have a desire to rebel and oppose the works of Christ.  In this case, he desires to lead mankind  in a worldwide war against the Lord.

Satan is given title “Gog” which means a high mountain, covering, or roof, which speaks to us of Satan’s prior position as the exalted angel that covered the throne of God prior to his fall.  Those who follow him are described as “Magog” which means the kingdom or nation of Gog, revealing their submission to Satan and his desires for their lives.

Then we see the resurrection of lost mankind from their temporary abode (their spirits from the Lake of Fire; their bodies from the grave)… “they went up on the breadth of the earth’.     They then are encircled around New Jerusalem where the saints and God dwell.  This is all in preparation of their coming time of judgment at the hands of God.

John then jumps ahead and sees the end result of their judgment… fire devours them , removing them from the New Earth, and then Satan and the lost are committed to the Lake of Fire for an eternity. 

 

  1. The Judgment Of The Lost Symbolized By A Court Trial (Rev 20:11-15)

A second set of symbols that are used to describe the final judgment of the lost is presented as a court trial where guilt and punishment are decided.  The Lord Jesus glory is shown as He sits on a shining white throne.   Jesus’ identity is confirmed when we are told the One of the throne is the same one “from whose face the earth and heaven fled away.”

Next, John sees the lost stand before the Lord awaiting judgment.  We are told that Christ will use “the books” (the 66 books of the Bible) and the book of life to complete the judgment process.  The books of the Bible will be used to judge men’s works, thereby assigning guilt to them, and the book of life will be used to see if Christ’s blood has covered those sins and paid their price.

Of course, all the works of the lost will be found sinful, which will render them guilty in God’s sight.  Then their names will be missing from the book of life, clearly revealing they owe the sin debt that they have accrued.    This will result in all of them being sent to the Lake of Fire for an eternity.

We are told that the sea will give up the lost who were lost at sea, emphasizing that, no matter what may happen to the physical body, whether lost at sea, eaten by a sea creature, or decaying in the depths, the Lord is still quite capable of resurrecting the body and reuniting it with the spirit.

We are also told that “death and hell” gave up the dead and then were ultimately cast into the Lake of Fire.  This teaches us that, following this resurrection of the lost, no longer will the bodies and spirits of the lost be separated from each other.  As complete beings, made up of both body and spirit, they will stand before the Lord in judgment and be consigned to the lake of fire for an eternity.

Finally, we are told that this represents those who have partaken of the second death, which is the eternal separation of man from God’s presence throughout eternity.

 

WHAT’S COMING NEXT IN THIS SERIES?:

In Revelation chapter 21, we will see a wonderful description of the eternal dwelling place of God’s people pictured as a glorious city.  Then in chapter 22, we will see this same dwelling place pictured as a glorious garden.

This description will be broken up into several parts:

  1. New Jerusalem descending to the New Earth (21:1-2)
  2. The blessings of citizenship in New Jerusalem (21:3-7)
  3. The immorality of those outside New Jerusalem (21:8)

4   Description of New Jersalem (21:9-27)

  1.   Outside View Of New Jerusalem (21:9-11)
  2. The Walls Of New Jerusalem (21:12-18)
  3.   The Foundation Of the Walls of New Jerusalem (21:19-20)
  4. The Gates Of New Jerusalem (21:21)
  5. The Interior Of New Jerusalem (21:22-27)

 

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

 

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Revelation 20:7-15 “The Final Judgment Of Satan and The Lost ”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:

Revelation 20:7-15

(7)  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,
(8)  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.
(9)  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.
(10)  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
(11)  And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
(12)  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.
(13)  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.
(14)  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
(15)  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

A very basic outline of the final division of Revelation includes:

  1. Rev 19 – What immediately precedes 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

In chapter 20:, we picked up with the narrative that we left in chapter 19.  Immediately following the defeat of the powers of darkness, we find the Lord disposing of Satan in the Lake of Fire just prior to the first phase of eternity, which is called the one thousand years.  Then we saw the Lord judging His people according to their works, rewarding them for their deeds.

Now in this lesson, we pick up with the events that takes place at the end of the 1000 years… the judgment of the Satan and the lost.

In the chapter before us (Revelation 20:), we use a very simple outline:

1.  Binding Of Satan (20:1-3)
2.  The Thousand Years – The first phase of eternity with Christ (20:4-6)
3.  The Final Judgment of Satan Pictured As A War (20:7-10)
4.   The Final Judgment Of Satan Pictured As A Trial (20:11-15)

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Please note that the final judgment of Satan and the lost are symbolized in two different ways.  However, there are several basic truths that are presented to us in both..

 

Basic Principle The War (20:7-10) The Trial (20:11-15)
Lost Resurrected Vs 7 – Satan LoosedVs 9- They Went Up On Breadeth Of Earth Vs 13 – Sea Gave Up DeadVs 13 – Death/Hell Delivered Up Dead
Lost Gathered Before God Vs 9 – Compassed Saints and City Vs 12 – Stand Before God
Lost Made Up Of Multitudes Vs 8 – The Nations In 4 Qrt Of EarthVs 8 – Number As Sand Of Sea Vs 12 – Dead Small and Great
Satan/Lost Disposed In Lake of Fire Vs 10 – Cast In Lake Of Fire/Brimstone Vs 14 – Cast Into Lake Of FireVs 15 –  Cast Into Lake Of Fire
Lord and Lost Shown As Adversarial Parties Vs 8 – To Battle Vs 13 – Judged Every Man

 

Revelation 20:7-15

I.     In verses 7-10, the final judgment of Satan and the Lost are pictured as a war of the Lord versus SATAN and HIS KINGDOMS. This symbol reveals the rebellious nature of Satan and the Lost and the eternal disposition of Satan and His kingdoms … 

 

(7)  And when the thousand years are expired

In other words, when the period of time set aside for God to judge His people, reward them, and to receive their honor and praise for them.  At that point in time, to bring this period to a close, God begins the judgment of the lost…

 

Satan shall be loosed out of his prison,

Satan is now released out of his “prison”.  In verse 3, this “prison” was described as “the bottomless pit” which is simply another name for the Lake of Fire:

  1. The Lake Of Fire is a title given to the place of eternal separation from God referring to it as a place of torment and wrath.
  2. The Bottomless Pit is a title given to this same place, referring to it as a “deep place” or a place that cannot be filled and its inhabitants cannot affect the events on the earth.
  3. The Prison is a title that helps us to understand that this initial confinement of Satan temporarily rendered him helpless.

 

(8)  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle:

The first act of Satan following his release is to, once again, attempt to lead men in rebellion against the Lord.  This helps us to understand that throughout this entire process, (God’s judgment being placed upon him and his permanent confinement to the Lake of Fire), he will continue to hate the Lord, oppose His workings,  and seek to receive that which only God deserves… the honor, praise and glory of the True God.

Satan’s desire is to lead all of lost mankind that have died throughout the ages, whose bodies lie in all corners of the globe (N,S,E,W),  to unite and war against Almighty God.  Just as in his days prior to his imprisonment (19:11-21) when through his worldly kingdoms led all of the living lost against the Lord at the second coming.

 

Satan and the lost dead are given the titles “Gog” and “Magog” respectively…

The word “Gog” comes from a word that means “high mountain”, “roof” or “covering”.

While the word “Magog” comes from a word that means “the land of Gog” or “the place of Gog”.

 

Why is Satan given the title “Gog”?

It is the perfect title for Satan.  Please remember in Ezekiel 28:14-16 Satan is described as “the Anointed Cherib that covereth”.  This goes hand in hand with the idea of an high roof or a covering, which speaks of Satan’s exaltation prior to his fall and his role covering the throne of God.

 

Why are the lost given the title of “Magog”?

They make up the kingdom of Satan much like the people of God make up His kingdom.  The lost are under Satan’s authority much like a piece of property is under the authority of its owner.  This is why a title such as “the land of Gog” or the “place of Gog” is so fitting for the lost.

 

It is very interesting to note the sinfulness of the land of Magog clearly shown in Scriptures…

1.  The 3 sons of Japheth are Magog, Meshech and Tubal (Genesis 10:2, 1 Chron 1:5).

2.  In Ezekiel 38:2, Gog is ruler over the kingdom of Magog which is made up of the peoples of Meshech and Tubal (along with Rosh).

3.   We read that Meshech and Tubal are described as enemies of the Lord who are destroyed by the Lord due to their sinfulness in Ezekiel 32:26-28 and Ezekiel 39:1-8, this is referring to the Kingdom of Magog which is ruled over by Gog.

Gog, the sinful ruler of the kingdom of Magog, which is made up of the nations of Meshech and Tubal, were a sinful people condemned to face the wrath of God…. the perfect picture of lost mankind under the leadership of Satan.

 

the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.

The number of lost mankind that Satan attempts to lead against the Lord is as the sands of the sea.  In other words, there are so many of them, they cannot be counted by man.  Why is this?  Remember this group of lost men includes all the lost men who have ever lived on the earth throughout all time.  This would include the lost that have existed from Adam’s day forward to the second coming of Christ.

These are the ones that are pictured as going to war against the Lord, these are the ones that make up the mighty nation of Magog, under the leadership of their King Gog (Satan). 

 

(9)  And they went up on the breadth of the earth,

The word for “breadth” means “plate”, “surface”, or “open area”.   This verse is saying that all the bodies of lost mankind will be resurrected and go up upon the surface of the earth.   This is the resurrection of the lost’s bodies.  Although they will be resurrected, they will not be glorified, this is a blessing reserved for the saints of God only.

This explains the origin of the rebellious masses, led by Satan, to do war against Christ. 

 

 and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city:

As they gather, they surround the city of New Jerusalem where the Lord lives with His saints on the New Earth.  It will be in this city where the final judgment will be rendered upon them.

Psalms 87:1-3 – “A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah. His foundation is in the holy mountains.   The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.  Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah.” 

This is a very important point to not overlook.  Fallen mankind continues in a state of rebellion against the Lord, even following them feeling the hand of God’s wrath upon them.  They had already tasted what eternal wrath feels like prior to this resurrection, and yet as soon as they are released, they angrily want to battle the Lord instead of willingly submitting to His Lordship.   Even in the midst of their judgment in the Lake of Fire men will NEVER turn to Christ in saving due to their depraved nature and the absence of God’s gracious intervention in their lives.

John 5:39-40 – “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.”

This helps us to understand one of several reasons why lost mankind will face God’s wrath eternally… it is because mankind will eternally be unsubmissive and rebellious against Christ’s Lordship for their lives, even in the midst of the Lake of Fire.

 

But what about this verse, and others like it…?

Philippians 2:10-11 – “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. “

Certainly, as totally defeated foes, the lost will acknowledge the greatness and Lordship of Christ, however, it will not be done willfully, joyfully, with an intent to serve Him and glorify Him with their lives.  That is the difference between simply ACKNOWLEDGING His Lordship and willfully, joyfully ACCEPTING His Lordship in a life changing way.

 

Just one quick note:  although lost mankind will be present on the New Earth, it will not in any way defile the new earth nor its glory.  Keep in mind, Satan, himself was present in the Garden of Eden, and yet, the integrity of the garden and mankind’s relationship with the Lord was not affected at all, until mankind partook of the fruit (Gen 3:1-5)….  The presence of a sinful being in a paradise of God does not necessarily defile the paradise.  It was God’s choice of judgment against the sin of Adam and Eve that brought the curse upon the earth and mankind.  (Gen 3:6-16).

  

and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.

 This is God rendering His final judgment unto them due to their sins and continued rebellious attitude against the Lord.  His judgment is pictured by a fire that consumed them.  This is a common picture of God’s wrath falling against lost mankind throughout the Scriptures:

  1. Sodom and Gomorrah – Gen 19:24
  2. Nadab and Abihu – Lev 10:1-3
  3. Complaining Israelites – Num 11:1-2
  4. Korah’s 250 – Num 16:35

 

Also it is a common picture of lost mankind’s eternal dwelling place known as “the Lake of Fire”.   Please keep in mind, the Lake of Fire is also described as the place of “everlasting fire” in Matt 18:8, 25:41.  Also it is described as “unquenchable fire” in Mark 9:43-44-48.

This is what lost mankind has awaiting them for an eternity… the wrath of God falling upon them due to their willful commission of sin.  This is the essence of the Lake of Fire punishment.

 

(10)  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

We are now told of the eternal end of Satan… he is also cast into “the lake of fire and brimstone”.   He will be right alongside the lost who make up his religious and political kingdom of this world.   All of them, both Satan and all the lost will be pained and agonized “ages upon ages” (with no end).

 

II.     In verses 11-15, the final judgment of Satan and the Lost are pictured as a court trial with the Lord as Judge and the LOST as defendants. This symbol reveals the individuality of the judgment, the basis of the judgment, and the eternal disposition of the LOST  …

 

 (11)  And I saw a great white throne,

John now sees another symbolic representation of the same event… the final judgment of Satan and lost mankind.   In this part of the vision John sees a massive seat of authority glowing white in color.  This is representative of the very seat of God Himself.  It is massive showing us God’s greatness, it is glowing white showing God’s purity and glory, and it is recognized as a throne, showing us God’s great ruling authority.

 

and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

John now sees a person sitting upon the throne.  This person is described as “the one from whose face the earth and heaven fled away and there was fond no place for them”.   This helps us to understand that this is God Himself sitting on the throne.  God is the ONLY ONE so great that His glory totally outshines and “puts to shame” the glory of the heavens and earth”.  It is saying this God on the throne is the same God that caused the Old Earth and Heavens to be permanently changed though a display of His wrath.

Keep in mind, at the return of Christ (Rev 19:10-21), who is God Himself, with the display of His great wrath, the heavens and earth were totally renovated.  It has already happened prior to the judgment of the lost taking place (Rev 20:7-15).

This verse is not saying that the heavens and earth fled away at the time of the Great White Throne.  It is saying that the same God who sits on the throne, ie Christ, is the same God from whom we saw heavens and earth pass away from His face, previously.  This clearly identifies the One of the throne as Christ, Who is God Himself.

 

Please especially note the past tense of “FLED away” and “there WAS FOUND no place for them”.  The New Heavens and Earth had previously fled away and permanently changed.  Now, during the Great White Throne, it still continues to remain the renovated, sinless, place of God’s abode with His saints.  It has not reverted back to the status of the Old Heavens and Earth.

 

(12)  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God;

John’s attention is now turned from the One on the throne to the ones standing before the throne.  They are all the lost mankind who has ever lived on the earth.

John describes them as:

  1. the dead – those who were physically dead and currently are spiritually dead
  2. small and great- those of every social, economic, political statuses

 

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.

Now John describes the basis of God’s judgments that are made.

The Bible does not tell us with certainty the identity of “the books”, but I believe they are possibly the 66 books of the Bible.  They would be the basis of the judgment of the lost man’s works.  They would be used to determine the level of punishment received by the guilt, based upon the sins that they committed.

The Bible clearly identifies the book described as “another book”.  This is also described as “the book of life”.  This is the basis of God’s judgment of their lost condition.  This determines whether the person will be held accountable for their sins or, if their sins have been already paid through the death of Christ on the cross.

If these are the books involved in the judgment, basically the judgment of the lost is symbolized in two steps as follows:

  1. The lost stand before the Lord, while the Lord proves their lost condition. He does this using the absence of their name from the book of life as proof of their lost state.
  1. Once they are proven to be lost, they are proven to be accountable for their sins. The Lord then examines their works, comparing their works with the 66 books of the Bible as the standard for Godly living.  Based upon the outcome of this examination, the Lord then determines the level of eternal punishment they will receive as individuals based upon the wickedness of their lifestyle.

 

(13)  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; 

John now stresses the origin of those being judged.  John is reminding us that all of lost mankind will face the judgment of God.   There will be none lost nor forgotten.  Even those who were lost at sea and those whose bodies were eaten by sea creatures or left to decay at the bottom of the ocean will be resurrected as well.

 

and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them:

The terms “death”  (thanatos) and “hell” (hades) are two sides to the same coin.  You cannot have one without the other.

Both death and hell refer to conditions of separation that takes place at physical death:

  1. thanatos (death) refers to the condition of a body after the spirit has left it. When the body no longer houses the spirit it is said to be “dead”.  “Thanatos” is a condition not a place.
  1. hades (hell) refers to the condition of a spirit after it has left a body. When a spirit is no longer encased in a body, it is now in an unseen condition and it is said to be in hades.  “Hades” is a condition not a place.

When we are told that death and hell “delivered up the dead which was in them”, the Bible is telling us that all of the lost were resurrected, their bodies no longer were without spirits and their spirits were no longer without bodies.

 

and they were judged every man according to their works.

Once they were resurrected, they stood before the Lord and were judged and found wanting. 

 

(14)  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.

When the lost are resurrected and judged, the conditions of “death” and “hell” are sent to eternal destruction.  No longer will the spirit of lost men ever enter the unseen condition without a body around it.  Likewise, no longer will the bodies of lost men be emptied of their spirit.

 

This is the second death.

Those who are resurrected, judged, and consigned to eternal punishment at this Great White Throne, are those who have partaken of the “second death”.

Lost mankind, those who have suffered spiritual death due to the fall of man (Eph 2:1-3, Col 2:13), now suffers a second type of death… eternal separation from God, being cast into the Lake of Fire (Rev 21:8).  This is what we have just seen through this symbolic representation of the final judgment of lost mankind. 

 

(15)  And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

This refers back to the basic result of this judgment of God.  Those whose names are not in the pages of “the book of life” are then thrown into the Lake of Fire, separating them from the presence of God and bringing to them the eternal judgment for their sins.

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this section of John’s vision we see Christ presented as both a Victorious Warrior and A Just, Holy Judge.  In both cases, the eternal wrath of God sent upon lost mankind is in view.   The lost’s consignment to God’s eternal wrath is a issue of both Christ’s defeat of sin (Warrior) and Christ’s justice (Judge).

One of the reasons why lost men are consigned to the Lake of Fire is because Christ has won the victory over sin on the cross (1 Cor 15:55-57).   The lost’s eternal punishment is the outward display of that which has already taken place on the cross.  Christ has won the victory over sin and we have that proved to us throughout eternity with the sinful experiencing eternal defeat in the Lake of Fire.  Sin did not ultimately win the day and this is proved by the lost’s eternal consignment to the Lake of Fire.

Another reason why lost men are consigned to the Lake of Fire is due to Christ’s Holiness and Justice.  Christ, the Holy God, cannot overlook sin nor accept it into His eternal presence.  His holiness dictates that sin must be removed from His presence and punished (2 Thess 1:7-10).    Both of these can be clearly seen in the consignment of the lost to the Lake of Fire.

Christ as Victorious Warrior and Just Judge will punish the lost for their sins.  His very work and nature obligates Him to do so.

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

When we come to understand that both the nature and work of Christ dictates that sin must be judged, we should recognize the great need that stands in the lives of those who are lost.  By remaining in their lost state, the unsaved are destined to face the Lord’s eternal wrath with absolute certainty.  Their only hope is to turn form their sin and turn to Christ in saving faith.

May we all use this knowledge to be more greatly burdened to take the gospel message to the lost around us.  In doing so, we are sharing with them the good news that can lead to their salvation and a wonderful eternity with Jesus Christ.

 

 

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Revelation 20:1-6 “The Imprisonment Of Satan and The Thousand Years”

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THE TEXT:

Revelation 20:1-6

(1)  And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.
(2)  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,
(3)  And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.
(4)  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
(5)  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.
(6)  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

A very basic outline of the final division of Revelation includes:

  1. Rev 19 – What immediately precedes 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

We have already looked at Revelation 19: where we saw the Lord being praised for defeating the powers of darkness under the control of Satan (Rev 19:1-6).  We then saw the Lord uniting eternally with the saints in preparation for living eternity with them (Rev 19:7-10).  Likewise, we saw the powers of darkness, including all of lost mankind, consigned to the Lake of Fire eternally separated from Christ following their defeat (Rev 19:11-21).

In chapter 20:, we pick up with the narrative that we left in chapter 19.  Immediately following the defeat of the powers of darkness, we find the Lord disposing of Satan in the Lake of Fire just prior to the first phase of eternity, which is called the one thousand years.

In the chapter before us (Revelation 20:), we use a very simple outline:

1.  Binding Of Satan (20:1-3)
2.  The Thousand Years – The first phase of eternity with Christ (20:4-6)
3.  Satan and the Lost Loosed For Judgement  (20:7-10)
4.  Great White Throne (20:11-15)

 

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

 

Revelation 20:1-6

Following Christ’s defeat of the kingdoms of Satan (19:11-21), we now see Christ imprisoning Satan immediately prior to the beginning of eternity…

 

(1)  And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

Following Christ’s defeat of the powers of darkness, John now sees an angel.  The several truths about this angel can be identified using his three-fold description:

  1. come down from heaven – this angel finds his origin in heaven. He is authorized by God to do God’s bidding.
  2. having the key to the bottomless pit – he possesses the control over the inhabitants of the bottomless pit (Rev 9:1)
  3. a great chain in his hand – he is capable of binding Satan rendering him impotent (2 Peter 2:4 and Jude 6)

It is interesting to notice that all three of these descriptions previously pointed to Christ and the authority He holds over the powers of darkness. (Rev 1:18, 9:11, 10:1, 18:1).  Once again, it is possible that this angel is the symbolic representation of Christ Himself imprisoning Satan for 1000 years.

The term “bottomless pit” is translated from a word that means “deep place”.  It is simply another term that is used to describe the Lake of Fire.   The Lake of Fire is given this title to emphasize the inability of its inhabitants to affect the events taking place on earth (see Luke 8:31, Jude 6, Rev 9:1,2,11, 11:7, 17:8, 20:1,3).

 

(2)  And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

John, then sees this angel seizing Satan and rendering Him helpless during the first segment of eternity (1000 yrs). In this passage, we can learn a lot about Satan based upon the titles he is given by John:

  1. dragon – from word meaning “to fascinate”. Satan’s ability to mislead and keep men’s attention from Christ
  2. old serpent – from words meaning “the ancient, sharp sighted one”. Satan discerns man’s desires and weak areas.
  3. Devil – from a word meaning “slanderer or accuser”. Satan falsely accuses the people of God in the presence of Christ
  4. Satan – from a word meaning “opponent or enemy”. Satan is the enemy of the Lord, constantly opposing Him.

Satan is rendered impotent for a period described as “1000 years”, the initial period of eternity on the New Heavens and New Earth in the presence of Christ.

 

(3)  And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

Now that Satan has been bound, John sees him being thrown into the bottomless pit and shut up so that he cannot escape.

Upon Satan is placed a “seal”, a mark, placed upon him showing everyone that he has been placed in this prison under the authority of Christ.    This seal is much like the seal placed upon the lion’s den in the days of Daniel (Dan 6:7) and the seal placed upon the tomb of Christ (Matt 27:66).  Both of these seals declare that they have been placed there under the authority of the ruling government of their day.

Satan’s imprisonment keeps him separated from the events taking place during the 1000 year reign.  He can no longer intervene among men, nor can he attempt to oppose the workings of Christ.   He will not be released from this prison until the very end of the 1000 yr reign.  At that point in time, he will be loosed to stand before God to be judged for his rebellious, wicked deeds.

 

Satan’s imprisonment is the final event that must take place prior to the saints enjoying eternity with Christ on the New Heavens and Earth.  John’s attention is now turned to the events of the first phase of eternity with Christ… the 1000 year reign.

Please keep in mind, during Christ’s second coming , not only are the lost defeated, but in the process the fiery wrath of God falling upon them also renovated the earth and heavens, making them sinless and prepared for eternity.  This great event is described in 2 Peter 3:7-13…

But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.  But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.    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.”  

The current heavens and earth are remaining to exist, awaiting the day when Christ will come and remake them as He destroys the powers of darkness and lost mankind at His second coming.  When Christ comes again, it will be unexpected by the lost.  The fire that Christ sends to destroy the powers of darkness, including lost mankind, will also renovate the sinful heavens and earth remaking and purifying them them to be inhabited for an eternity by Christ and His people.    John will symbolically describe this New Heavens and New Earth in great detail in Rev 21: and 22:.

 

It is upon this New Heavens and New Earth the 1000 years takes place…

(4)  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands;

John’s vision now progresses into eternity on the New Heavens and New Earth, specifically, THE FIRST PHASE of the Christian’s eternity in the presence of Christ.

What will take place during this time?

“Judgment was given unto them” – Judgment of the believer’s works is rendered resulting in rewards given based upon their faithfulness.   (Luke 14:13-14; Romans 14:10-12; 1 Corinthians 3:12-15; 4:4-5; 2 Corinthians 5:10; 2 Tim 4:8; 1 Ptr 5:4; 2 John 8;)   One of the types of rewards that they receive is authority to rule during this “1000 year” period.  (Matt 25:20-23, 28-29; Luke 19:16-19, 24-26,).  This is the purpose for the thrones.  They are places of authority held by believers after their works have been judged and rewarded.

John then describes those who will stand before the Lord:  “The souls of them that were”…

  1. beheaded for the witness of Jesus, – Those killed due to their testimony (in word and deed) for Christ
  2. beheaded … for the word of God, – Those killed due to proclaiming God’s Word to others
  3. which had not worshipped the beast, – Those who did not submit to the wishes of Satan’s political powers
  4. which had not worshipped… neither his image, – Those who did not submit to the wishes of Satan’s religious powers
  5. neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, – Those who did not submit to Satan in their thoughts and desires
  6. neither had received his mark upon … or in their hands; – Those who did not submit to Satan in their actions

Any one description, or a combination of descriptions, refers to all the different types of genuine believers in Christ.  Whether martyrs, teachers, those who place Christ as their first authority in life, those who guard their minds and actions.  In this vision John is seeing all Christians being judged and rewarded for their various acts of faithfulness and self-sacrifice.    These are the saints that had died on earth and were now reaping the rewards for their faithfulness to Christ.

This is the same group of “souls” are also found in Rev 6:9 where John describes them as Revelation 6:9…  “I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:”. 

 

This reminds us of the great sacrifice each and every Christian makes for the cause of Christ.  They are sacrifices given to God for His glory.  In some cases, they are physically sacrificed (martyrs) or they become living sacrifices to God dedicated to serve Him throughout their lives (Romans 12:1).  This is why John describes this group as “souls”, emphasizing the physical life within them.  They have dedicated their entire life (or “soul”) to Christ and this aspect of their earthly life is what is being judged.  These Christians, who are in their glorified bodies are standing before Christ awaiting His judgment.

 

and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.  (5)  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.

These are the ones who are now enjoying eternity with Christ.  Although they once were dead, now their bodies have been glorified and they are living with their Lord in this first stage of eternity on the New Heavens and New Earth.  The lost, who have been defeated and consigned to the Lake of Fire, are not enjoying presence with the Lord. They are spiritually dead, separated from the Lord and from this wonderful eternity.

Why is the period that God judges the saved described as “a thousand years ?”, perhaps, it is speaking of a literal 100 year time period, but keeping with the symbolic nature of the book of Revelation,  it probably is symbolic of other truths about this time period.

In the Bible, one of the most common usages of the number 1000 is to represent a complete group (“all” of something):

  1. Deut 7:9 – God merciful in all generations
  2. Job 9:3 – Man could not give God an answer in all divisions of time
  3. Job 33:23 – One among all men
  4. Psa 50:10 – God owns all the cattle on every hill
  5. Psa 84:10 – A day in God’s court better than all other days
  6. Psa 105:8 – God faithful to all generations
  7. Eccl 6:6 – If he lives throughout all the years twice over
  8. Isa 60:22 – If a little one spawns all the men in the world

Please notice especially, the Lord uses 1000 to describe ONE COMPLETE TIME PERIOD in His sight…

Psalms 90:4 – “For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night.”

2 Peter 3:8 –  “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”

 

The 1000 years symbolizes for us that this is one distinct time period recognized by God to judge and reward His saints for their faithful service to Him.  Although it is a part of a far greater eternity, it is one complete segment with a beginning and an ending.  In other words, the Lord will not be judging His people throughout all of eternity, but this segment will come to a definite end.

Also, the rewards for faithfulness will be enjoyed during this time period, not necessarily throughout all eternity.  It is very possible that when the second stage of eternity begins, all rewards will have been placed at the feet of Christ and all the saints will then be on equal footing one with another.  All of whom will be sharing dominion over the New Heavens and the New Earth much like was first given to Adam in the garden prior to the fall.

 

This is the first resurrection.   (6)  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

We are now told that participation in the 1000 years is a characteristic of “the first resurrection”.

To help us to understand the meaning of “the first resurrection”, we are then given four characteristics concerning those who take part in this first resurrection:

  1. Blessed and holy – They have received the blessings of God. They have been separated from the enslavement of sin to willing service to Christ.
  2. the second death hath no power – They will not feel the effects of the second death (eternal separation from God, facing God’s eternal against sin)
  3. they shall be priests of God and of Christ – They have direct access to God and Christ.
  4. and shall reign with him a thousand years. – They will participate in the rewards of authority and rulership during the 1000 years.

This helps us to see that clearly “the first resurrection” is speaking about an event that takes place in the lives of genuine believers only.   This makes perfect sense, because we know that these are the only ones that participate in the events of the thousand year reign are all the saints of God who are receiving the judgement of their works and the receipt of rewards based upon that judgment.

 

 

To better understand what is meant by “the first resurrection”, we need to notice the teachings found in John 5:24-27:

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.

 

but is passed from death unto life

The first resurrection of the believer is a resurrection of His soul. This resurrection gives to the one who is dead in trespasses and sins spiritual life.   Note that Christ tells us that this resurrection takes place as the result of our hearing His word and then placing our trust in the Lord.

Eph 2:1-7  “And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins;… 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:”

 

“the hour is coming and now is… and they that hear shall live”

The Lord now helps us to understand that the resurrection for the believer has a present age and future age aspect to it…

  1. In this present age (“the hour now is” ) the spiritually dead individual will hear the voice of the Son of God (His call to salvation) and shall live (receive spiritual life). (Eph 5:14, Ro 6:4, Col 2:13, Rev 20:3-6).

This is the first resurrection that the believer experiences, it is A SPIRITUAL RESURRECTION.

  1. At the very end of this age (“the hour is coming”) the dead body of the saint that is in the grave will hear the voice of the Son of God (at His second coming). At that time, the body will be resurrected from the grave, glorified, and meet the spirit of the believer which has been abiding with Christ in heaven. (1 Cor 15:42-54, 1 Thess 4:14-17, Phil 3:21).

This PHYSICAL, BODILY RESURRECTION is the second resurrection that is experienced by the saints of God.

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this set of Scriptures, we have seen Christ revealed as the Victor over Satan Himself and the gracious, kind, faithful Lord who will usher His people into eternity.

When we look at these two ideas as a whole, we can see an amazing truth about Christ.  Stop and think about it.  If we were talking about a human being who has just totally dominated and clearly defeated his lifelong foe, leaving him without opposition, we would also see a spirit of arrogance, and a tendency to begin abusing those who are beneath him, knowing that no one can stop him.  This great victory would “go to his head” and “puff up his chest”, as he began to think about the great, permanent victory he had just won.  He would forget about “the little guy” and begin to see how he could best enrich himself through them and their labors.   Not so with Christ.

Even though Christ clearly demonstrated absolute control and supremacy over all His enemies, ridding the New Heavens and Earth of them all, He still remains kind and faithful to those He loves, entering into eternity with them… just as He had promised.

He humbly worked on behalf of His people, prior to this great display of victory…

2 Corinthians 8:9 – “For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.”

 

Even after His wonderful defeat of all the powers of darkness, He continues to humbly work on behalf of His people, finishing the job by bringing them into eternity with Him.   He did not forget His own, nor did His attitude change towards them in any way.   Those upon whom He has placed His redemptive love, He will bring into eternity with Him  …

Romans 8:29-31 – “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.   Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.   What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?”

Philippians 1:6 – “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”

John 6:38-40 – “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.   And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.   And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

May we all love others as our Lord loved us… with a love that will always keep us humble and working for their good no matter what events may transpire in our lives.

Likewise, may we all follow Christ’s example in being on guard against the Satanic attacks following great victories in our lives.  Many times, immediately after a victory, we have a tendency to become self-reliant, no longer looking to Christ as the great Lord of our life.  In doing so, we become spiritually weak and susceptible to Satanic attack.

 

 

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Revelation 19: Summary

SIH STSTA ICONSUMMARY 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

 

Here is a short outline of chapter 19:…

  1. Rev 19:1-6 – The Lord praised for His great victory over the powers of darkness
  2. Rev 19:7-10 – The Lord’s relationship to His people – (The Marriage of the Lamb)
  3. Rev 19:11-21 – The Lord’s relationship to the lost – (Battle of Armageddon)

 

SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER: 

1.  The Lord praised for His great victory over the powers of darkness (Rev 19:1-6)

Immediately following the defeat of the powers of darkness, we see a heavenly scene of praise and honor being given to the Lamb for His great victory.  During this time of praise, all the saved and the angels of heaven have a part in rendering songs of praise to the victorious Lamb.   Their songs include the greatness of the Lord, the reasons for His judgments with a great emphasis on His holiness in judging those who were rebellious against Him.

 2.  The Lord’s relationship to His people – The Marriage Of The Lamb (Rev 19:7-10)

The scene next shifts to the Marriage of the Lamb, which is a symbolic representation of the Lamb and His people being prepared to spend eternity together.

We are told that the saints (the wife of the Lamb) have made themselves ready.  This is speaking of the saints continuing faithfulness to Christ during the time preceding the second coming of Christ.

Christ gives to His bride robes of white symbolizing His righteousness being placed on their account, as well as their lives of faithfulness on His behalf.  Perhaps these robes also symbolize the visible representation of His righteousness, their newly received glorified bodies which will be the visible proof Christ’s righteousness.

Much like a marriage is the beginning point of the groom’s and bride’s intimate lifelong relationship, this marriage between Christ and His bride symbolically signals the beginning of their eternity together.

 

3.  The Lord’s relationship to the lost – The Battle Of Armageddon (Rev 19:11-21)

In this section of Revelation 19:, the initiation of the Lord’s relationship to lost mankind is presented symbolically.   We see Christ at His second coming described in great detail.  The symbolism of His appearance and actions reveals that Christ is faithful, holy, ultimate authority holder, righteous, revealer of God to man.  Although all of these truths, and others, are presented in His description, we are also told that it is impossible to come to a complete understanding of His greatness which is shown by the name He possesses that no man can know.

Christ, at His second coming, is seem returning with His saints, who are described in this vision as “armies” which are in heaven.  Keep in mind, as Christ first appears in heaven, He will take His saints up to be with Him, graciously give them glorified bodies and then begin His descent with them following Him.

As Christ continues His descent the fowls of heaven are invited to prepare for a feast which will be made up of the corpses of the enemies of Christ which will be available to them following Christ’s complete victory over them.  Their death is symbolizing the completeness of their defeat, while their bodies lying unburied points to their shameful lifestyle they have lived.

Those opposing Christ are the powers of darkness made up of Satan, His kingdom (both political and religious aspects), demons, and lost mankind.  They all are found being opposed to Christ and in rebellion against Him at His coming.  As Christ simply speaks they are defeated (His words are the sword that is seen coming out of His mouth bringing them to defeat).

At their defeat, Satan’s kingdoms are cast into the Lake of Fire which will be their dwelling place throughout eternity.   The remaining lost are seen being brought to death by Christ.  Their bodies are consumed by the birds as a declaration of shame and their rebellious rejection of Christ, leading to their eternal separation from Christ.

 

WHAT’S COMING NEXT IN THIS SERIES?:

In Revelation chapter 20, we will see the events surrounding the segment of eternity known as the 1000 year reign.  In vs 1-3 we will see that Satan is defeated, rendered helpless and cast into the Lake of Fire during this initial stage.

Then, we will see the 1000 year reign and the judgment given to the saints of God.  Following the 1000 year reign, we will see Satan’s release, the resurrection of the lost and their final judgment as they stand before God Alimghty.

This is a very brief outline of Revelation 20… the initial stage of eternity on the New Heavens and New Earth

  1. The Binding of Satan 1-3
  2. The 1000 Year reign 4-6
  3. Gog and Magog 7-10
  4. Great White Throne Judgment 11-15

 

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

 

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Revelation 19:11-21 “The Great Battle Of The Lord”

SIH STSTA ICONTHE TEXT:

Revelation 19:11-21

(11)  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
(12)  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.
(13)  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.
(14)  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
(15)  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
(16)  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
(17)  And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;
(18)  That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.
(19)  And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
(20)  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.
(21)  And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

 

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

In chapters 17: and 18: we took a step back and reviewed the identity and characteristics of Satan’s kingdom, the Great Whore, along with warnings given by God to separate ourselves from her by opposing her deceptive enticements.   This two chapter look at the Whore ended with a Mighty Angel picturing her absolute defeat and abolishment from the earth, by casting a huge millstone into the sea and watching it sink into oblivion.  This brings an end to seal #7.

Immediately following seal #7 being revealed (which we have seen in great detail in previous chapters of Revelation 16-18, we are now shown the contents of this sealed book.  The contents of the sealed 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?
  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

 

In the chapter before us, we use a very simple outline:

  1. Rev 19:1-6 – The Lord praised for His great victory over the powers of darkness
  2. Rev 19:7-10 – The Lord’s relationship to His people – (The Marriage of the Lamb)
  3. Rev 19:11-21 – The Lord’s relationship to the lost – (Battle of Armegeddon)

 

In Revelation 19: – we can see the appearance of Christ in heaven as He returns with His saints.  Throughout several chapters of Revelation 7:-18: we have seen what will take place during his second coming:

  1. He will take up His people who are living on the earth and take up the bodies of the saints who have previously died. He will give them prepare them to spend any eternity with Him, including giving them glorified bodies.
  2. He will send His wrath against lost mankind, the political and religious kingdom of Satan, the fallen angels and Satan Himself. The wrath that falls will result in their utter, permanent defeat and consignment to eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire.
  3. He will renovate the existing heavens and earth, making them sin-free and equip them to exist eternally as the home of Him and His people.

 

All of these events were previously revealed in detail in Revelation.  In this chapter we can see these same events symbolized in summary fashion…

The Lord Praised for His Defeat of the Powers of Darkness Rev 19:1-6:

The Marriage Of The Lamb (Preparation of God’s People For Eternity) Rev 19:7-10:

The Symbolism Of Rev 19:7-10: – We saw preparation of God’s people initiating eternity with the Lord.   This was pictured as a marriage, the inaugural ceremony for living a life of closeness and intimacy with our spouse.

The Symbolism Of Rev 19:7-10 Interpreted – This marital symbolism taught us about the saint’s separation from the lost, their unification as one assembly and the glorification of their sinful bodies.  It is these events which then prepare the saints to spend eternity with Christ.

The Eternal Relation Of Christ With His People As Symbolized In Rev 19:7-10 – This marriage symbolism emphasizes the purity and intimacy of the eternal relationship that is had between Christ and His people.

 

The War Against The Powers Of Darkness (Preparing the Satan, Demons, and the Lost For Eternity) Rev 19:11-21:

The Symbolism Of Rev 19:11-21: – This preparation is made up of a symbolic war between Christ and the powers of darkness leading to their final absolute defeat.

The Symbolism Of Rev 19:11-21 Interpreted: – This was accomplished with the completion of the God’s wrath which fell upon mankind at His second coming… symbolized by seal #7, trumpets 1-7 and vials 1-7.

The Eternal Relation Of Christ With Lost Mankind As Symbolized In Rev 19:11-21: – This war symbolizes for us that Christ’s relation to the powers of darkness will be that of a King who has gained an absolute victory over the lost permanently reigning over them.  The lost will abide in eternal torment, never to rise again, being the vanquished foe.

 

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Revelation 19:11-21

 

(11)  And I saw heaven opened,

Following viewing the Marriage of the Lamb, John’s attention is now turned to Christ returning from heaven at His second coming.   This will help us to understand what has happened in preparation of the Lord ruling over the lost in the Lake of Fire for an eternity.

 

and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True,  and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.

(12)  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  

(13)  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 

(14)  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 

(15)  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 

(16)  And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.

In this text, Christ is given six titles which teach us about His character:

  1. vs 11 – “Faithful” at His second coming and the defeat of the powers of darkness, He is fulfilling many promises.
  2. vs 11 – “True” reveals He is not deceitful, nor secretive, He is very open and transparent. He has nothing to hide.
  3. vs 13 – “The Word Of God” – He reveals the mind of God to man.
  4. vs 16 – “King Of Kings” – He is the One with the ultimate authority over those who hold authority.
  5. vs 16 – “Lord Of Lord” – He possesses the absolute control over those that control others.
  6. vs 12 – “A Name No One Knew” – His greatness cannot be totally understood

 

Now, we see truths about Christ revealed in six actions…

  1. vs 11 – appears on a “white horse”. The color white shows us His wisdom and purity.  Riding upon a horse reveals His His power, speed and authority.
  2. vs 11 – “in righteousness he doth judge” – He judges others in a lawful, just, way that pleases God
  3. vs 11 – “in righteousness he doth… make war” – He makes war in a lawful, just, way that pleases God
  4. vs 15 – “smite the nations” – He strikes out in punishment against the nations of the world
  5. vs 15 – “rule them with a rod of iron” – He exercises unbreakable authority over the nations of the world
  6. vs 16 – “treadeth winepress of His fierceness and wrath” – He exercises His passionate vengeance by trampling down those that oppose Him.

Christ’s physical appearance is described by John:

  1. vs 12 – “His eyes were as a flame of fire” – Everything is revealed in Christ’s sight and will be brought to judgement
  2. vs 12 – “on His head were many crowns” – He holds rulership in every area of the world, praised by all mankind.
  3. vs 13 – “clothed … in blood” – His shed blood on cross and/or the blood of His enemies as He brings them to defeat.
  4. vs 15 – “out of his mouth…sword” – the Lord’s Word defeats lost and cuts into men convicting them of sin.
  5. vs 16 – “And he hath … LORD OF LORDS.” – Lord’s robe and thigh with His name, publically (robe) and secretly (thigh) the Lord’s title of King of Kings and Lord of Lords.  Now, some recognize Him as King and Lord while others do not.  But at His second coming it will clearly be revealed to all.

 

At Christ’s second coming, He will be accompanied with His saints.  They are described as:

  1. “following Him” – The Lord is their leader and the captain of their lives. They simply follow Christ as their Lord.
  2. “upon white horses” –Their power, purity and authority granted to them by Christ.
  3. “clothed in fine linen, white and clean” – The saints have received the righteousness of Christ leading to their purity Their glorified bodies could be in view here. Compare this to clothing of bride in Rev 19:8.

 

Other verses that teach at Christ’s second coming He will be accompanied by believers include – Psa 149:5-9, Jude 14-15, 1 Thess 3:13,

 

In verses 11c-16 we have seen Christ descending from heaven at His second coming.  He is described in great symbolic detail which helps us to understand the greatness of His person and His works.  Then we see following Him, His people returning with Him on that great day, prepared to spend eternity with Him.

Our attention is now turned to the Battle that is fought by Christ as He returns to the earth.  Again, this symbolizes, in summary fashion, what we have seen in seal #7… Christ’s wrath being poured out against lost mankind which was detailed in Rev 7-18…

 

(17)  And I saw an angel standing in the sun;

Here we see one of God’s angel, delivering a message from God.  The “sun” can easily symbolize God who “in Him is light… no darkness at all” (1 John 1:5, Psa 84:11, Isa 60:19, Rev 21:23).

The angel is standing in the sun which reminds us of the angel standing in front of God, standing between God and the fallen world, acting as God’s representative to them.

 

and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven,  Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;

The angel then cries out to the flying fowls of the sinful earth.  He will be inviting them to eat of the remains of the defeated lost.

This symbolism is taken from Ezekiel 39:17-20, Isa 66:24, Zeph 1:7

 

(18)  That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.

The Lord’s victory would affect all types of lost men and animals:

    1. the flesh of kings – ultimate authority holders
    2. the flesh of captains – commanders of 1000s,

the flesh of mighty men – those physically strong

      1. and the flesh of horses – animals used in war
      2. them that sit on them – soldiers
      3. the flesh of all men – all lost mankind
      4. free and bond – masters, slaves
      5. small and great – despised and respected men

 

(19)  And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.

Those fighting against the Lord include:

      1. the beast – the kingdoms of the world
      2. the kings of the earth – the leaders of those kingdoms
      3. their armies – the armies representing those kingdoms

All of these are united in goal and assembled to go to war against the Lord and His saints.  This is a very clear symbolic representation of the Lord’s enemies that are united against Him, His work and His people.  Please notice the past tense of “gathered”.  These were gathered together prior to His coming.  At the time of His coming, John sees this gathered group ripe for defeat at His hands.

Throughout history a spiritual war has been taking place and at his second coming, He will defeat them and bring an end to their opposition…

 

(20)  And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone. 

The results of Christ’s wrath falling at His coming is complete and utter destruction of His enemies, along with permanent consignment to the Lake of Fire; which sets the stage for eternity to begin.

Both the political powers of Satan (the beast) and the religious powers of Satan (the false prophet who worked deceitful miracles that misled lost mankind) are brought to absolute defeat.  What is their end?  It is “The Lake of Fire burning with brimstone”, the place of eternal torment and separation from the presence of Almighty God.

See Daniel 7:21-28, Joel 3:2,9-17

 

(21)  And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which sword proceeded out of his mouth:

Not only do Satan’s kingdoms suffer eternal defeat and punishment at the hands of Almighty God, Christ, but also those who remain (the remaining lost men on earth).

How is this defeat brought about?  Simply by the use of the words of the Lord.  The words of the Lord are very powerful.   He simply spoke the world into existence (Gen 1:3,6,9 etc) and He spoke life into the dead (John 11:43)… how easy it would be to simply speak His enemies out of existence as He calls fire from heaven to devour His enemies…

2 Peter 3:7-13 – “But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men…   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.”

 

(see also 2 Thess 1:8-9, Psa 50:3 , Hebs 12:29)

 

and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.

Keep in mind, those who die, remain unburied, and are eaten by birds is a symbol of outstanding shame and dishonor in Bible days.  (Isa 56:9-12, Jer 12:9, Isa 34:2-3).  It is a picture of those who are not loved, respected, and friendless.  In many cases, the corpse of a criminal was not buried but left for the animals to eat. ( Deut 28:26, Psa 79:2, Eccl 6:3, Isa 14:19, Jer 7:33, 9:22, 16:4, 16:6, 25:33, 34:20 etc)

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this text, Christ is revealed as the victorious, returning, King and Lord.  His great authority and strength is emphasized as He leads His people and gains victory over all the powers of darkness.

Romans 14:11-12 – “For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God.  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.“

Philippians 2:10-11 – “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

No matter how things may appear, we need to always remember our Lord is the Ultimate Authority Holder and Almighty One.  Based upon His faithful, successful, completed work on the cross, He now sits as Lord over all.  He is, and always will be in control.  May we all be like Nebuchadnezzar, who came to understand this very important and comforting truth…

Daniel 4:34-35 – “And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation:  And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?”

Revelation 19:1-10 “The Marriage Of The Lamb”

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THE TEXT:

 

 

 

 

Rev 19:1-10

(1)  And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:
(2)  For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.
(3)  And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.
(4)  And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.
(5)  And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.
(6)  And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
(7)  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
(8)  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
(9)  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
(10)  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

 

THE INTRODUCTION:

In chapters 17: and 18: we took a step back and reviewed the identity and characteristics of Satan’s religious kingdom, the Great Whore, along with warnings given by God to separate ourselves from her by opposing her deceptive enticements.   This two chapter look at the Whore ended with a Mighty Angel picturing her absolute defeat and abolishment from the earth, by casting a huge millstone into the sea and watching it sink into oblivion.  This brings an end to seal #7.

Immediately following seal #7 being revealed (which we have seen in great detail in previous chapters of Revelation 16-18, we are now shown the contents of this sealed book.  The contents of the sealed 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?
  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

 

In the chapter before us, we use a very simple outline:

  1. Rev 19:1-6 – The Lord praised for His great victory over the powers of darkness
  2. Rev 19:7-10 – The Lord’s relationship to His people – (The Marriage of the Lamb)
  3. Rev 19:11-21 – The Lord’s relationship to the lost – (Battle of Armegeddon)

 


THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

Rev 19:1-10

(1)  And after these things I heard a great voice of much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God:

Following the Lord’s defeat of the religious powers of Satan (Rev 18:21-24), His people in heaven praise Him for His great victory.  Their praise consists of:

Alleluia – Praise the Lord! (make Him shine with our lives and voices)

  1. Salvation – Praise for deliverance from the powers of Satan’s Kingdom
  2. Glory – Praise for the dignity and attention that He deserves
  3. Honour – Praise for the His great value
  4. Power – Praise Him for His strength and authority

All these areas of praise belongs to…

“Unto the Lord our God” – the One who is their Master and the One who deserves all their allegiance and worship.

 

(2)  For true and righteous are his judgments: for he hath judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication, and hath avenged the blood of his servants at her hand.

Some reasons why praise belongs to the Lord alone is given to us:

  1. The sinless nature of His judgments – His judgments are described as being “true” (honest, sincere, not deceptive) and “righteous” (perfect, sinless, aligned with God’s laws).
  2. His judgment of the false religions of this world – The Holy, Just Lord cannot allow sin to escape punishment.
  3. His retaliation of the murders of His people – The Lord is faithful to His Word and His Promises shown by His avenging of the martyrdom of His people.

 

(3)  And again they said, Alleluia. And her smoke rose up for ever and ever.

The people of God praise Him as they fully agree with the reasons for His deserving of their praise is set forth.

 

(4)  And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia.

The 24 elders and the 4 beasts (both symbolic of different aspects of heavenly saints) now are seen falling down an worshipping God for His greatness and His sovereignty that allowed Christ to reign over all.   Before John HEARD these same saints praising the Lamb with their voices…. Now John SEES them as they worship the Lord God Almighty.

They worship Him by showing their submission to His will and ways (“fell down”) and they praise Him with the voices (“worshipped… saying”).  Their message?  “So be it” (“Amen” – accepting of His plan and the glorious results of it found in the victory of Christ over the Whore) and “Alleluia” (“Praise the Lord” – praising Him for His great control over all)

 

(5)  And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God, all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.

John hears a voice from the throne of God, probably God Himself, commanding His people to praise Him.  He describes His people as “ye his servants” and “ye that fear him”, two attributes of those who are truly saved.  He continues by reminding us that His people are made up of people of all social and economic levels, “both small and great”.

 

(6)  And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

Once again John hears the people of God responding to God’s command in unison, praising God for His sovereignty.  The greatness of the combined praise is described as “the voice of a great multitude”, “the voice of many waters”, “and “the voice of mighty thunderings.”

Babylon’s defeat (17:1-19:5) and the eternal salvation of God’s people (19:7-10) are the direct result of God’s sovereignty.

 

(7)  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

Following the praise given to God for His sovereign victory over all paving the way for the saints to enjoy eternity with Him, we find the saints preparing themselves to spend eternity with God.   It is as if we are experiencing a time of espousal now… we are Christ’s and promises to enjoy perfect, everlasting, communion with Him. We still have not experienced our ultimate union with Him but, at His second coming, we will enter into this perfect type of communion with Him in His presence.

John now sees a vision that will describe how eternity will affect the people of God.  In this text, eternity with God is symbolized as a marriage which initiates the husband’s and wife’s cohabitation and life together.   Following Christ’s victory, the saints now prepare themselves for living an eternity with Christ, much like a bride prepares herself for her wedding.

Let us…

1.  “be glad and rejoice” – be cheerful and jump for joy… eternity with the Lord has come!

2.“give honor to Him” – give Him all the credit and glory for what He has done for us

3   “for the marriage of the Lamb is come” – the most personal, intimate relationship between God and His people is ready to be experienced.

4.  “his wife hath made herself ready” – the saints are now eagerly awaiting the moment they will enter eternity with the Lord.

A prophecy found in Hosea 2:14-20 shows us God entering eternity with His people as a wedding.

We are responsible to prepare ourselves for this eternal union with Christ by living chaste, faithful lives before He comes (2 Cor 11:2, 1 John 3:2-3, 1 Cor 3:12-14, 2 Cor 7:1, Eoh 5:25-27.

Note  Isa 49:18 – “Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.”

Eze 16:10-14 – “I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers’ skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk.   I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck.   And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.   Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom.  And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD.”

 

Is Bride the local assembly or all believers?

The apostle Paul in Ephesians 5:15-32 also uses the symbol of a wedding to describe Christ’s special relationship to members of His local assemblies at His second coming.  Why?  Because, church membership is a mark of those who are truly saved…

Paul gives us a further understanding of this in 1 Cor 6:16-18…. Joining to harlot is not a marriage, it is simply an outward display that some type of union has been made.  Likewise, joining to the Lord’s assemblies is not a marriage, but an outward declaration we are all in unity with the Lord.  Therefore, do not join with harlot.

Also, it is important to remember that, when we enter into eternity we will be looked upon as “one glorious assembly” prepared to be with Christ!  (Eph 5:27, Hebs 12:23).  While on earth, we are members of different distinct assemblies but at the rapture on the truly saved will become members of “the church of the firstborn (saved)” who are prepared to enter eternity with Him as His bride.

 

(8)  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

For the saints to be prepared for His coming is a matter of our responsibility and the Lord’s graciously supplies (Eph 2:8-10, Phil 2:12-13, Rom 1:17).  Here, we look at the Lord’s grace in these things by supplying wedding garments to His bride.

These include clothing:

  1. “of fine linen” – expensive, carefully made, high quality linen
  2. “clean and white” – pure, sinless, not dirtied. Bright etc.
  3. “righteousness of saints” – the righteousness of Christ placed upon the believer in conjunction with the righteous works of the saints as they serve Christ following salvation.

This includes both imputed righteousness of Christ (placed upon the account of the saint – Roms 3:22, Zech 3:4, Isa 61:10) and the experiential righteousness of the saints (gained through works of obedience to Christ – Roms 13:14, ).  These do not contradict themselves because those who have been clothed in Christ’s righteousness will experience a change of lifestyle that will include serving Him and remaining faithful to Him until death.

It could be that this wedding “clothing” is, in actuality, the righteousness of Christ displayed in believer’s as their glorified bodies 2 Cor 5:1-4,  (see Mat 17:2, Mrk 9:3 – On the mount of Transfiguration, Christ is seen in this vision in His glorified body)

 

(9)  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

We have an additional group that is being described besides the bride and groom… “they which are called unto the marriage of the Lamb”.  In other words, we are talking about invited guests (Lk 14:15-24).

If Christ is symbolically the groom and all who are saved are symbolically make up the bride, then who are these guests that are invited but are not parties in the wedding?   It is the angels of God.  They will be present to witness Christ and the saved being joined together throughout eternity.  They will enjoy seeing these blessings come to God’s people, just as they are joyful at their salvation… Luke 15:10

The angel then affirms to John that, although the wedding is such a wonderful blessing upon God’s people, that it seems as if it is unbelievable, it is true.  It is a certainty, God’s people will be blessed with clothes of righteousness (glorified bodies?) and be united with Christ for an eternity.

 

(10)  And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus:

At the affirmation of these great blessings, John bows down to this angel ready to worship him.  The angel then reminds John that he is simply another servant of the Lord, just as was John and his brothers in Christ.  They all are working towards the same goal of glorifying the Lord by keeping His commands and delivering His message to the world.

 

worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

The angel then reminds John that worship is to be reserved for God alone (in His three persons).  Also, he reminds John of the purpose behind this revelation (made up of several visions) from God.  It was not to glorify, honor, or bring worship to the angels…. it is to reveal Christ to the world.  That is the true “spirit” (goal, purpose, thrust) of the entire set of visions he has received.

 

CHRIST REVEALED:

In this text, we find Christ presented as the Divine Groom who will unite eternally with His Bride, those whom have been redeemed by His blood.  This is the Christian’s entrance into eternity being clothed with glorified bodies and accepted into His presence for an eternity.

1 Th 4:16-18 – “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:  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.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

1 Corinthians 15:51 – “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.   For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.   So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.”

 

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

 Rev 19:10 – “worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

Folks, I believe this is, perhaps, one of the most important texts found within the pages of the Revelation.  It clearly defines the purpose and goals of this book…. It is to testify of Jesus Christ.  (Just as the introductory portion of the book clearly tells us this is the “revelation of Jesus Christ” (1:1)).

Its first concern is not to show us prophecy of the coming events of this world, nor it is given to reveal who the next “anti-christ” will be, nor is it given to define “the mark of the beast” etc etc etc….

It is given to show us Christ and bring to Him all the honor and glory that He deserves.   May we all learn to properly approach Revelation looking for Christ, and truths about Him, within its pages.  When we do this, the other truths found in His Word will reveal themselves to us as added benefits.

 

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Revelation 18: Summary

SIH STSTA ICON

 

SUMMARY OF THE CHAPTER:

Beginning in chapter 17: we have seen the recipient of God’s wrath, the kingdoms of Satan presented in great detail. Both the characteristics and identity of both aspects of Satan’s kingdom are brought into view.  In the next section of our study, chapter 18, will present various warnings for mankind to separate themselves from the kingdom of Satan..

  1. The Results of Babylon’s Judgment 18:1-24
  2. Victory Announcement Declaring Babylon’s Fall 1-3
  3. Warnings for God’s People To Depart From Babylon 4-8
  4. Warnings for Kings of The World to Depart From Babylon 9-10
  5. Warnings for Merchants of the World To Depart From Babylon 11-17a
  6. Warnings for Mariners of the World To Depart From Babylon 17b-20
  7. Millstone Cast Upon Sea… the Final Destruction Of Babylon 21-24

 

SUMMARY OF EACH DIVISION OF CHAPTER:

 

I.  Victory Announcement Declaring Babylon’s Fall 1-3

John sees “another angel”, a messenger from God that has His authority and glory being shown through the angel’s ministry.

The angel declares that Babylon has fallen into total desolation.  Christ has gotten the final, total victory over the religious kingdom of Satan.  Her great fall takes place because of the horrendous sins that she has perpetuated upon lost mankind.  She has led lost men to live uncontrolled lives. forming sinful unions that brought earthly prosperity to her and those who unified with her.

 

 II.  Warnings for God’s People To Depart From Babylon 4-8

The angel now gives a warning to the people of God to not form unions with her.    She has committed many sins and led mankind to do the same.  The saved are commanded to separate themselves form her wicked influences.  God has recognized all of her sinful actions and has prepared His wrath to fall upon her and those who have joined with her.

The false religions of the world are prideful, thinking only of herself and unconcerned about the eternal welfare of her followers.  Her pride led her to believe she is indestructible.   Because of her sinful pride and selfish deception of her followers, God’s wrath will fall quickly, unexpectedly and bring upon her ruin.

 

III.  Warnings for Kings of The World to Depart From Babylon 9-10

The angel, next warns the kings of the world to not join forces with Mystery Babylon.  There would be great enticement to do so, based upon great earthly gain awaiting those who join up with her.

However, at the defeat of Babylon, the kings will stand at a great distance away from her, hoping to not be touched by God’s great wrath.  They will come to realize that she is vulnerable to God’s wrath and that the earthly gain they had received from their union with her was short lived.

 

 IV.  Warnings for Merchants of the World To Depart From Babylon 11-17a

A warning is now declared to the merchants of the world.  The merchants had benefited in worldly riches and great worldly respect from their union with Babylon.   Now, at her defeat, they are greatly sorrowing.

Many different types of merchandise were being purchased from them for Babylon’s use during worship and expansion in the lost world around them.  Therefore, many different merchants were affected by her fall.  With Babylon’s fall, came the end of the merchant’s fulfillment of their lusts for riches and fame.  This is the reason why they mourned so greatly at Babylon’s fall. 

 

V.  Warnings for Mariners of the World To Depart From Babylon 17b-20

The mariners now receive a warning from God’s messenger.   Although they did not make direct transactions with Babylon, they took part in Mystery Babylon in a second hand way.  They sold goods to the merchants, who then sold these goods to Babylon.

They also mourned at the defeat of the religions of this world because they, too, had become enriched through her purchasing of their goods.  Once again, although they had received earthly gain, it was fleeting and placed them in a position of deserving of great spiritual ruin in their future.

God’s people are told to rejoice.  The same defeat that was dreaded by lost mankind, was a source of great joy to God’s people… they were seeing those who opposed them and profited from their abuse being judged and brought to ruin. 

 

VI.  Millstone Cast Upon Sea… the Final Destruction Of Babylon 21-24

The divine messenger closes by showing John a symbolic representation of the greatness of Babylon’s fall.   The angel uses a great millstone sinking into a sea to symbolize the judgment of Mystery Babylon that results in their disappearance from the face of the earth.  It will bring Babylon to a complete end bringing all activity and sign of life to a halt.

All of this took place because she had deceived others and used worldly riches to entice them to join in her sinful affairs.  During which time she abused the people of God putting many of them to death.

 

WHAT’S COMING NEXT IN THIS SERIES?:

The contents of the sealed 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?
  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

 

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

 

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