Contents: Seven new things —Heaven, Earth, Peoples, Jerusalem, Temple, Light, Paradise (Revelation 22)
Conclusion: It will be the perfect happiness of the saints, when Messiah Jesus returns to reign, to have God’s immediate presence with them, His love fully manifested to them and His glory fully put upon them. No remembrance of former sorrows shall remain and all causes for future sorrow shall be removed. Whatever is excellent and valuable in this world will be there enjoyed to a far greater degree, and Christ will be the everlasting fountain of knowledge and joy to His people.
Key Word: New Heaven and New Earth – Revelation 21:1
Strong Verses: Revelation 21:2,4, 6-7, 23-25
Striking Facts: Revelation 21:9, 23 – The peculiar glory of the Lord Jesus to all eternity is as the “Lamb” which will ever remind of His sacrificial act upon the cross. This title is applied to Him 27 times in Revelation. In the presence of “the Lamb,” there will be no need of sun nor moon, any more than here we need to light candles at noon-day.
Excerpt from The Revelation to Remember by Pastor Steve Troxel of Shepherds’ Support, published by Disciple Daily.
Chapter 21 – The New Jerusalem, No Need of the Sun
The last two chapters of Revelation address the eternal state that follows the 1,000-year reign of Christ. Much is said about heaven in these verses before us. First, heaven is a permanent state or place (verse 1). It is a new heaven and new earth. The first heaven and earth have passed away. Perhaps there is no more sea because the sea represented separation. The seas are dangerous places, as the recent tsunamis have reminded us. There will be nothing on earth left to destroy. This present heaven and earth is destined for destruction. “By faith Abraham looked for a city which has foundations whose builder and maker is God,” Hebrews 11:10. “For here we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come.” Second, it is a prepared place. According to verse 2, “It is prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” No detail is left out. In John 14:2-3 Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you…”
I remember when I first laid eyes on my bride as she came down the aisle on the arm of her father. Wow! There will be a lot of “wowing” in heaven. It is also a perfect place (verses 3 and 4). God Himself will be there. There will be no tears, death, sorrow, or crying. Neither shall there be any pain. I cannot get out of my mind the video of the granddad in Japan wailing over the loss of his wife, his son, and all of his grandchildren following the horrific earthquake and tsunami recently. What a tragedy! But there will be none of that in heaven. No more body bags and funeral processions.
The New Jerusalem is described in Revelation 21:9-27. It descends out of heaven from God. It has His glory. It is a dwelling place fit for the Creator. It will be a reflection of God’s own glory. Glory speaks of worth and weightiness. The city has beautiful walls around it that measure some 1400 miles, the distance from the Atlantic Ocean to the Mississippi River. The shape of the city is a cube. There is plenty of room in this new city. The walls are made up of all kinds of beautiful stones that will take our breath away the moment we see them. Twice we have stood at Victoria Falls in Africa and been overwhelmed at the awesome display of power and beauty. Nothing on this side of heaven can begin to compare with the beauty that we will see in the New Jerusalem. There will be twelve gates that might well represent the twelve tribes of Israel in the Old Testament and the twelve apostles in the New Testament.
John is also intrigued by what he does not see there. There is no temple (verse 22). There is no need for it. The Old Testament temple only symbolized the dwelling place of God. Now God will be present with His people. There is no sun there, and neither the moon. In verse 23 we learn that the glory of God and of the Lamb will furnish more than enough light. There is nothing that defiles or is unholy. II Peter 3:13 remind us that, “We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” We can only imagine a world without sin. Remember!
Memory Hook: Revelation 21 – The New Jerusalem, No Need for the Sun.