Time, Truth, & Wisdom
Chapter 25---The New Jerusalem
Revelation 21:1 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.
This is that third heaven/earth age that Peter was talking about. This earth will be rejuvenated; it will be brought back to the condition that it was in during the first heaven/earth age.
There will be no more oceans or seas or streams. There will be no mountains or storms or tornadoes. The firmament will be put back into place just as it was when we were in those first spiritual bodies; when we walked with our Father, when all the host of heaven sang with joy.
And now we will sing with joy again.
Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Revelation 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
I don’t remember how many times that our Father told the Israelites and Gentiles alike that all He wanted from them was their love; all He wanted was to be their God and for them to be His people and here in this age He will be our God and we will be His people and that includes the Jew and the Gentile.
Revelation 21:4 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.
I feel great empathy for anyone that does not have even the slightest concept of what is entailed in this eternal age. For all of the happiness that we received from our families and friends during this lifetime, there was also sickness, heartache, disappointment and death.
And God shall wipe away all tears from our eyes; these are the former tears, the tears of the past, and the tears of not knowing the future. And now that is all behind us. There will be no more tears.
Our loved ones, those that had passed on before we did, will be with us in this eternity if they indeed overcame the temptations of the world and of Satan.
Revelation 21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Revelation 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
That spiritual water of the river that flows from under the Throne.
Revelation 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
Want to take a guess as to who will not be with us in this eternal age:
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.
When you were cheated at the grocery store because they don’t put prices on the products anymore, they scan them at the register so you can’t catch them when the price is raised a few pennies, these people won’t be with us.
When the leaders of our country tried to steal our patriotism, when they took from us and gave to those that were undeserving, when the wretched smiles on their faces belied their evil deeds that undermined this great nation, these people won’t be with us.
When you depended on your pastor to provide the spiritual food that your soul required and you ended up with false teachings of church systems, these people won’t be with us.
They will walk into that Lake of Fire, along with Satan and his seven thousand angels and they will all experience that second death; the death of the soul. And that Lake will be sealed over forever. They will be turned into ashes from within, which is a figure of speech that means it will be as though they never existed at all. There will be no memory of them whatsoever.
Revelation 21:23 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.
Revelation 21:24 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.
Do you understand what verse 24 really said? The kings of the earth are the kings and queens of the ethnos. They are your kings and queens.
Just because we are in spiritual bodies doesn’t mean that we lose our entire heritage. All the different races will have their own allotment in the eternity. God had a special purpose for creating all of the different ethnic peoples that have lived on this earth and not only should you be proud of this but you will spend eternity among your own people.
Certainly, you will be able to go to our Father, certainly, you will participate and be a part of the whole of heaven but you will also be among your own people. The Gentile has been grafted into that branch just like the Jew.
Revelation 22:1 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 is the same river with the same spiritual water that we saw during the Millennium.
Revelation 22:2 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.
Remember the Tree of Life in the Garden? The fruit from this tree changes every month.
Revelation 22:3 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:
Revelation 22:4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.
Whose face? The face of God Himself. We were not able to look into God’s face while we were in the flesh but we can at this time. It will also be at this time that the three offices of God will reunite into the Triune; the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit for the individual work of the Son and the Holy Spirit will be complete.
And there is that phrase repeated again and for the last time: and his name shall be in their foreheads. What was it that was necessary to overcome the temptations and the utter deceitfulness of the Antichrist? It was to have the seal of God in your forehead, to have that knowledge, that truth firmly entrenched in your mind.
Revelation 22:19 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.
If you were a preacher/pastor and you misled the people that looked up to you for guidance, if you fed them church doctrine, if you convinced them that the rapture theory and the any-moment doctrine were the teachings of Jesus Christ, you will not be here.
Revelation 22:5 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 forever and ever.
And the last verse of this wonderful letter that our Father has written to us:
Revelation 22:21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
A pastor that I have studied with for many years said one time that when you get through preaching and talking to just sit down and shut up.
I just sat down. Enough said.