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REVELATION CHAPTER 21

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1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.

 

Rev 21,1-27

(34d) Gift of God >> Believer owns everything >> New creation belongs to us – We have learned valuable lessons about evil that would have been impossible without Satan’s assistance opening Pandora’s box. Without him giving us a negative example, Jesus’ positive example would not have the meaning that it does. Now we have learned that greed, lust and pride, lead to stealing, killing and destroying. Throughout eternity we will use these lessons, so that in the future if God creates someone else with more power and authority than ourselves, we will need not be jealous of them, just as God created man above the angels.

(34h) Gift of God >> God is willing to Give >> The blessed first resurrection

(50m) Judgment >> Sequence of Revelations >> God puts away sin and glorifies the Church >> The new heaven and the new earth – God will demolish this present creation and build a new heavens and a new earth and establish the New Jerusalem upon the new earth. Essentially, there will be no nighttime in heaven, in the New Jerusalem, but there will be nighttime on the new earth. It will have a sun as it has now, and the earth will rotate on its axis giving day and night and revolve around the sun giving the seasons as it does now. Evening will fall on the holy city, but it will never see the night, because Christ will be its light, and it will shine perpetually. It is interesting the differences that will exist in the new creation, and it is just as interesting to note the many things that will remain the same. There will be sun, moon, stars and galaxies, yet they will be based on completely different principles that will not allow anything to grow old or wear-out. We will no longer need to eat to replenish the resources we have spent, though eating will remain a pastime, especially during festivals and celebrations, which will be a common practice in the Kingdom of Heaven, as it was for Old Testament Israel, used to mark certain dates as a way of remembering important events. Of course the big question is, what happens to the food after we eat it? With the resurrected body, there will be dramatic changes regarding the subject of science, biology and chemistry. For example, there won’t be any latrines in heaven, for it says, “nothing unclean… shall ever come into [the New Jerusalem]” (Rev 21-27).

(140b) Temple >> Temple made without hands >> Hiding place >> Worshipping God in His temple

(224c) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> Describing the kingdom after he makes all things new >> Description of the new creation – There are many people who are confused about this world and the curse that it suffers. Some say the earth has no curse, while others say the earth reflects the true nature of God. They observe that nature is violent, selfish and hostile; therefore, they assume God also is violent, selfish and hostile. Rather, this creation reflects the nature of Satan. Those who use the violence observed in this creation in their argument against God must concede that this creation also reflects their own nature. It is very difficult to explain to some that this present creation is at war with itself, not because it accurately reflects God, but for the opposite reason, because it accurately reflects His absence. God has removed Himself from this creation; His presence does not exist in these living things, except in His children. This will not be true with the new creation; it will accurately reflect the true nature of God even hundreds of billions of light-years into space; He will be fully vested in it. Scientists say that we are alive and the cells that constitute our bodies are also alive, but the elements that constitute our cells are not alive; they are inert. This will not true with the new creation. His presence will be found within the very substance of creation itself, and for this reason the new heavens and the new earth will be literally alive with God! It will be alive in ways that we cannot comprehend. With all our strength of heart we can scarcely grasp the life of the Holy Spirit who dwells in the believer, let alone comprehend living in a universe that is alive with God, who is pleased to dwell in it as he dwells in us.

Rev 21,1-8

(212b) Sovereignty >> God is infinite >> He is the creator >> The creation glorifies God >> God created all things through Christ – The Bible credits Jesus with working with His Father who created the current universe in which we are now living (Col 1,13-17), who is seated at the right-hand of the power of God (Eph 1,18-23; Eph 2,1-7), and since we are seated next to Him at Christ’s right-hand, we will be His witnesses when He creates the new heaven and the new earth, our eternal home. When God goes to create this final masterpiece, it stands to reason that He will ask us for some input, since we are sons and daughters of God; perhaps He will ask us how we would like our planet designed! However, before God gives us an opportunity to contribute our input in the next creation, we must overcome pride here and now, and overcome the desire to be worshipped, and overcome the temptation to seek the glory of man.

Rev 21,1-6

(244a) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> There shall be no end to his increase >> The Church shall reign with Christ forever -- These verses go with verses 26,27. There will be multiple tiers of power and authority in heaven, and these layers will never cease; nothing will ever end in heaven. It will continue getting bigger, better, more complete, more glorious and more beautiful throughout all eternity. Isaiah 9-7 says, “Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end.” His kingdom will be both infinite and eternal. Every king’s kingdom is defined by his people, so if there is no end to His increase, then there will be no end to the number of people added to His government. Although Jesus said we would not be able to reproduce, nothing would stop Him from creating another Adam and Eve, going back to His original plan, this time leaving out the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. This would mean they would not know evil by experience. We will then have to teach them about sin, though God has since done away with it. In heaven the glory that God will bestow upon His people will never cease increasing throughout eternity, until we begin to glimpse the concept of infinity.

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Rev 21,1-5

(238f) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The kingdom is transferred to the Church >> New creation >> The new creation is our spiritual composition God will create a new heavens and a new earth, and then He will bring down the holy city, New Jerusalem, from heaven and establish it on the new earth. Question: where was the New Jerusalem when God destroyed the old creation and rebuilt a new one in its place? It must have been apart from it, above the creation, existing outside its realm, suggesting there is a realm above creation, an eternal realm, the dwelling place of the Father. This is a dimension that is beyond the scope of anyone’s imagination. The fact that the New Jerusalem descended from this realm to the new earth suggests that we will inherit the attributes of the eternal city. The Bible teaches that the bride of Christ is the Church (224e, 225k), yet here it speaks about her being the holy city, the New Jerusalem, so essentially the Church and the city are one. God’s people are virtually fused into its walls and high-rises to become a single entity.

(246d) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> The true tabernacle – There are two theories regarding the New Jerusalem, one that it rests upon the earth and the other that it is suspended over the earth like the sun, both of which are convincing, but not both can be true; you be the judge. The theory presented here that it rests upon the earth, seems to dovetail with Scripture, whereas the other theory found at (Rev 21-22,23--245c), is rational but does not correspond as nicely with the Scripture. God created a new heavens and a new earth, which will most likely not have the same dimensions, but that the new earth will likely be much larger than the earth today. We know that the holy city New Jerusalem will descend from heaven upon the earth. It will be a 1500-mile cube, meaning it will be 1500 miles high. The highest mountain on earth is only 5 miles high (Mt Everest). From space the earth still appears to have a smooth surface, but something 1500 miles high would appear as a knob. The new earth that God will one day create will be much bigger than the current earth, so that even with the New Jerusalem resting on its surface, it will still look smooth from space. That would require the new earth to be approximately 300 times bigger than our current earth, making its radius over a million miles deep and having a circumference of over six million miles! The circumference of our current earth is only 21,000 miles, quite small by comparison.

Rev 21-1,2

(221i) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides his divinity from man’s corruption >> The Kingdom of God is from another realm -- These verses go with verses 7&8. Heaven is defined as the New Jerusalem. Although the New Jerusalem is a creation of God, it is separate from this present universe, residing in a higher dimension. God created the universe from the standpoint of the New Jerusalem and He will destroy it and build a new one in its place from that same vantage point. Currently Jesus is living with His Father in this realm that transcends the creation. As an analogy of God destroying this present universe and building a new one in its place, consider the process of backing up and restoring the operating system of a computer. The technician must use a different drive and operating system as a platform from which he can backup and restore the computer's software. In the same way, God cannot destroy this present universe and build a new one in its place while He and His people inhabit it. He must take a step back and dwell in a higher realm from the one He wishes to fix, using the New Jerusalem, the city of God, our hometown, and the new creation will have access to it, for it says that the New Jerusalem descends from heaven and dwells among men.

(224e) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The joyful kingdom >> The marriage supper of the lamb -- These verses go with verses 9-27

(231j) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Body of Christ is the organism of God’s kingdom >> We are the body of His kingdom -- These verses go with verses 9-27

Rev 21-1

(26c) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death is separation from God’s presence -- This verse goes with verse 4. Rev 21-1 says, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.” That phrase “passed away” is what we say when our relatives die. That is, the first heaven and the first earth died. We live in a mortal body that is part of the curse, and we know that everyone is destined to die, or pass away. This present creation has been subjected to the same curse, but why did God curse the entire universe? When Satan trespassed on God’s throne, God cursed him and everything that belonged to him, which entailed the entire universe; God had given Lucifer the creation as his inheritance. Consequently, the curse we see is not the result of man sinning; Adam was simply evicted from the Garden of Eden into the earth that was previously cursed, which was why God needed to make a garden in the first place. We have all heard it a hundred times that God cursed the earth because of Adam’s sin, but that is not true. Go back to Genesis and look at it again. It says essentially that because of Adam’s sin the earth will bear only thorns and thistles if Adam doesn’t farm the land, but it described the earth as such before God made man (Gen 2-5). What the book of Genesis doesn’t say is that between the creation of the universe and the creation of man, Satan transgressed and God cursed the universe, including the earth by removing Himself from it. Had Adam not sinned, God would have wanted Adam to extend the borders of the garden according to the needs of his growing family to eventually overtake the curse around the earth. As it is, though, when Adam sinned, He kicked man out of the garden and into Satan’s curse to eat by the sweat of his brow, suggesting that man’s transgression was the same as Lucifer’s. We are actually suffering under the result of Satan’s rebellion, which is under the same curse as man’s mortal flesh in that man’s sin is no different from Satan’s sin. Although Satan pursued God’s throne, and all Adam wanted was to eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, yet what Adam did would eventually lead to what Lucifer did, because rebellion is rebellion, and it knows no bounds. As much as we want to deny it, man is no better than demons. We relate to the devil in the most intimate of ways, by our very nature, and this is why God did not create a separate hell for man, but will one day throw rebellious along with death and Hades into the same hell with the devil, because our sin is no different from his.

(170f) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Temporary >> Whatever is temporary will perish

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2-5 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away." 5 And He who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." And He said, "Write, for these words are faithful and true."

 

Rev 21-2

(133e) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holiness >> The body of Christ is holy >> The temple of God is holy -- This verse goes with verse 10

Rev 21-3

(104h) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart shall see God >> Shall see the Father >> God is in our presence – “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men.” This has been a long time coming: God’s vision of living and dwelling among His people. Now that we will be living with God, does that mean we no longer need faith? Isn’t that what Paul said, “why does one also hope for what he sees” (Rom 8-24)? Not so fast, taking the totality of everything we know about God leads us to an observation: Faith and love are one and the same, just like the Father and the Son are one and the same. 1Jn 4-8 says “God is love,” and since faith and love are essentially the same, God the Father must also be as much faith as He is love. This suggests that God is literally composed of faith; that is, He exists because He knows He does, and if God is the essence of faith, then He will continue asking faith from His people, because we His offspring. If heaven is the central headquarters for faith, then dwelling with God, seeing Him face to face, will still require faith, for it will only be natural that we should exist with Him through faith. We know about Jesus because He came and showed us the Father through His own example, and we have the Holy Spirit dwelling in our hearts, but the Bible doesn’t say anything about the actual nature of the Father. He is still an abrupt mystery. We know about the trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, that they are three in one, meaning that they are identical, allowing Jesus to say, “he who has seen Me has seen the Father” (Jn 14-9), but look at the difference between Jesus and the Holy Spirit. In some ways they have absolutely nothing in common. They don’t look the same; in fact, the Holy Spirit for all intents and purposes is invisible. They hold separate offices and do things that the other can’t. For example, the Holy Spirit can't sacrifice Himself for the sins of mankind and Jesus can't reveal the truth to us (Mat 16-17). The only thing they have in common really is that they are both in absolute agreement about the truth; this is the essence of the trinity. When we take these things into account, we come to one stark conclusion about the essential characteristic of the Father, we have no concept of his composition. Based on the difference between Jesus and the Holy Spirit, the Father must be equally different from the other two members of the trinity. Although Jesus said in Jn 4-24 that God is Spirit, He must be more than that, because then what would we say about the Holy Spirit, and He must also have a human quality like Jesus. The Holy Spirit emanates from a sources and that source is the Father. Therefore, we can only conclude that the Father has both the qualities of the Son and the Holy Sprit, but He also possesses a third essential quality that the other two don’t have. 1Jn 1-5 says, "God is light." Light is often emitted from an energy source, so we could say that God is pure energy greater than the sum of the entire universe, but He is more than that; He is a person. Fortunately, we know who He is in that Christ is the exact representation of the Father (Heb 1-3), but what is He? We will always need faith to relate to God. Perhaps at the end of eternity we will come to fully know Him, but until then faith will remain essential for the children of God. 

Rev 21-4

(26c) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death is separation from God’s presence -- This verse goes with verse 1

(39k) Judgment >> Jesus defeated death >> Jesus defeated the law of sin

(119i) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Curse of sin is broken >> Curse of death is broken – Does that mean no one will smash his finger or fall off a ledge? Well, it just means that if they do, it won’t hurt, and if they injure themselves, their bodies will instantly heal. There will be no pain, no injury, no nothing. Possibly for some, the first day they get to heaven they will look for the nearest hammer and start hitting their hand with it in amazement that it doesn’t hurt or cause injury saying, ‘Hey everybody look at this,’ smash, smash, smash. 

(125e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Joy >> Joy is the result of partaking of the Holy Spirit >> Joy of the revelation of Jesus Christ

(170i) Works of the devil >> Manifestations of the devil >> Outward appearance >> Temporary >> All suffering is temporary – “The first things have passed away”; that is, death died. If all suffering is temporary and if heaven is forever, and if the hope of eternal life promises joy and gladness, then why are we so unwilling to suffer now for the cause of Christ? Our idea of temporary suffering is like ten seconds, making years of suffering seem like an eternity in this temporal life. We Christians suffer persecution, whether it be silent or overt, added to our lives above and beyond the normal suffering that everyone endures. How much are we willing to suffer for the cause of Christ, when we are already experiencing multiple layers of suffering? Having a change of attitude and perspective can rectify this! We need to realize that everything God says and does relates to eternity. God never thinks in temporal terms; He is an eternal being; He has lived forever in the past, and He will live forever in the future. God has eternity in mind in all His plans, and we are in His plan. He wants to use us in this world to communicate the gospel to those who are perishing that some may be saved, for He has a plan for them too. Since His plan opposes the world in every respect, it causes suffering if we integrate into His plan and purpose for our lives, but it will also bring about the salvation of human souls, along with blessing and glory and honor, to His name; also He will honor us. Since God never does anything on a temporal basis, His honor and glory that He bestows on us will be eternal, but our suffering in this life is temporary. When we compare the temporal with the eternal, there is no comparison. Our lifespan is like a drop of water in the ocean; we cannot concern ourselves with whatever suffering may be involved in doing the will of God, because God intends to reward us for the suffering we are willing to endure, and His reward will last forever.

Rev 21-5

(102g) Thy kingdom come >> Faithfulness (Loyalty) >> Trustworthy >> Faithfulness

(107l) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> hearing from God >> The Bible will lead you to truth >> Thy word is truth

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6 Then He said to me, "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.

 

Rev 21,6-8

(98h) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> (Faith à Suffering à Glory)

(207j) Salvation >> The salvation of God >> Salvation verses >> The generosity of God’s salvation >> Salvation is the gift of God

Rev 21-6,7

(30k) Gift of God >> God’s favor qualifies you for heaven

(156e) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of salvation >> You will know them by their endurance

Rev 21-6

(44a) Judgment >> Satan destroyed >> Complete >> It is finished >> Fulfill God’s will – He said “it is finished” a few important times throughout the Scriptures, once on the cross when Jesus finished paying for the sins of mankind, and once when He finished pouring His seventh bowl judgment on the world. He says “it is finished” whenever He comes to the end of something and accomplishes His objective. The fact that God has said this more than once suggests that He will say it again. He may be finished with this particular goal, but there are more coming.

(56i) Paradox >> Opposites >> Last is first and the first is last

(77a) Thy kingdom come >> Hunger for the essence of God >> Hunger for His righteousness

(103f) Thy kingdom come >> Purifying process >> Spirit like water >> Cleanses you from the desire to sin

(245b) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Literal manifestation of Jesus Christ >> Jesus is the manifestation of the Father

(248e) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Jesus is first >> Jesus has first place in everything

(254h) Trinity >> Holy Spirit’s relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Holy Spirit >> Holy Spirit is life >> Spirit of God is the life of Christ – This spring of the water of life is synonymous with the Holy Spirit, however, we should avoid the temptation of attributing symbolism to this, but to treat the river of life as a literal river, and all God’s children will be privileged to drink from it, which has its headwaters originating from God Himself. There is also a tree of life that one can take and eat from it and live forever. This tree of life was in the Garden of Eden, and after man sinned, God quickly chased them from the garden before they had a chance to eat of its fruit, so their bodies would not become immortal. He wanted Adam and Eve to die after eating from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, so their offspring would be eligible to enter a different state, one that Jesus could later die for their sins and they could live forever under different terms. There was also a river running through the Garden of Eden, though it didn’t say it was the river of life, it may have helped give the garden a resemblance of heaven, just like the old covenant temple that God commanded Moses bore a resemblance to heaven, not in regard to its glory, but to its characteristics, suggesting that this river of life is essential to heaven, having a special part in making it a heavenly place.


7&8 "He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. 8 "But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."

 

Rev 21-7,8

(221i) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Kingdom hidden behind the veil from the world >> God hides his divinity from man’s corruption >> The Kingdom of God is from another realm -- These verses go with verses 1&2

Rev 21-7

(33b) Gift of God >> God is our Father >> Believers are His sons and daughters

(35c) Gift of God >> God is willing to Give >> God’s immeasurable generosity

(98ka) Thy kingdom come >> Endurance (Thorn in the flesh) >> Endurance invites the Holy Spirit into your life >> The salvation of God >> Enduring the wicked is to overcome them – “Overcoming” is a war term, two sides fighting and one overcoming the other, but in this war we don’t have to throw a single punch. Overcoming is a matter of endurance by faith, illustrated by the parable of the Ten Virgins. It says their lamps were brightly burning among the five wise virgins, but the lamps of the five foolish virgins were dim and about to die from lack of fuel, so overcoming is a simple matter of maintaining our faith to the very end. When we talk about maintaining our faith, we are referring to solving our problems God’s way, knowing His will and doing it, not just doing whatever we want and expecting God to bless it while affirming a certain set of doctrines, but living by those doctrines. Jesus said, “Blessed be the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth” (Mat 5-5). If we maintained gentleness throughout our lives as we believed in Jesus’ blood sacrifice to forgive our sins, we wouldn’t pay evil for evil to anyone.

(206a) Salvation >> God makes promises on His terms >> Conditions to promises >> Conditions to living in the spirit >> Conditions to partaking in the spirit – Overcoming is the condition of salvation, for if we do not overcome, we will not see heaven. What does it mean to overcome? Jesus said, “In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (Jn 16-33); and 1Jn 5-4 says, “this is the victory that has overcome the world -our faith.” Therefore, the word “overcome” means to keep the faith. Everyone is tempted to give up the faith; everyone’s circumstances, toil and tribulation are different, and we get tired of them. Some of these problems have followed us our entire lives; this refers to the difficulty of ourselves, our weaknesses. Each person has his own set of strengths and weaknesses; sometimes our strengths can accentuate our weaknesses, and our weaknesses add to the difficulty of our lives so that we don’t know what our strengths are anymore. No matter what we do, all we can see is weakness and difficulty, and at times there is no reprieve, and this is one of the things God has called us to overcome by faith, and it is by these weaknesses that our faith grows, and it is by our faith that we overcome the world, the flesh and the devil. We can make our weaknesses work for us or we can let them work against us; it is all in the way that we choose to see them. If we want a better life in this life, our weaknesses work against us, but if we want more of God and a closer relationship with Him, our weaknesses help us achieve that goal. God is not interested in anointing our strengths; He anoints us to overcome our weaknesses and then uses that which He produces in us to help promote His kingdom in the world. The more He uses us for His glory, the more difficulties come our way, because we live in a world that hates God, the more our weaknesses are exposed and the more God strengthens us and uses us for His glory. Our willingness to go through this process and be used by Him is an expression of our faith.

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Rev 21-8

(21a) Sin >> Disobedience >> Demonstrating unbelief in the character of God

(23o) Sin >> Poverty (Oppression) >> Fear of death

(25f) Sin >> Poverty (Forms of fear) >> Satan and his children are murderers

(26b) Sin >> Consequences of sin >> Death is hell >> Sin has the sentence of hell

(47a) Judgment >> God Judges the world >> Hell is a place of sorrow >> It is a great fire prepared for the devil and his angels >> The lake of fire – It says, “their part is in the lake of fire that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” That sounds really bad, but it is what they chose. It is unlikely that people will suddenly wake up in hell, not realizing what they’ve done to get there. People have a lot of reasons for preferring hell over heaven, even though it doesn’t make sense to a Christian who waits his entire life for his first moment in paradise, but there are others who don’t see it that way; they would prefer to be in hell. To be in heaven is to worship God and to be among people who are perfect. They would feel completely out of place there. It might be miserable, but at least they would feel more at home in hell. It seems unimaginable to us, but to those who say they would rather die forever in hell than to live forever in heaven may be right. It could be more tormenting for the unregenerate to worship God in communion with the saints. They have rejected the indwelling leadership of the Holy Spirit, and worshipping God is something they virtually cannot do without the Holy Spirit.

(56a) Paradox >> Lose by gaining >> Gain your idea of wealth to lose God’s wealth -- This verse goes with verse 27

(84j) Thy kingdom come >> Your words can lead to your own demise >> Lying -- This verse goes with verse 27

(134k) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Sins of the body >> Immorality >> Sexual perversion >> Basic immorality

(145f) Witness >> Validity of Jesus Christ >> Jesus’ works bear witness of Himself >> Deliverance from demon possession >> Human state >> Filthiness >> Being defiled

(157f) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Being displeasing to God >> Living in unbelief – Someone might say, ‘My sins were not on the list, so I’m okay,’ but the question is not whether our sins are listed here, but whether we practice sin of any kind. If we practice sin and are not seeking freedom from it, then how is it that we are Christians? Such a lifestyle would grieve the Holy Spirit if He lived in us. Those who are born of God grieve with Him over our sin, but if we are not experiencing any kind of grief, maybe the Holy Spirit does not dwell in us, which means we are not saved or going to heaven, and we need to repent and get saved. If we will confess our sins, He will help us through them, but the person who refuses to repent but continues practicing sin without conviction, regret or remorse, the Bible teaches that heaven does not belong to him. There are a lot of people who lead a good life without committing a lot of egregious sins, yet they don’t believe in God or trust Jesus as their Savior. Their one sin is unbelief in Jesus’ blood sacrifice as the basis of God’s forgiveness and salvation, acting as the premise by which He sends the Holy Spirit into their hearts. Without the indwelling Holy Spirit nobody will see heaven. When we pass from this life, God will look for His Spirit in our heart, and if He isn’t there, He will say that we are none of His and cast us from His presence into everlasting punishment.

(181a) Works of the devil >> Practicing witchcraft >> Rebellion >> Rebelling against God >> Rebelling against the authority of God

(183a) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Spirit of Error (Anti-Christ / Anti-Semitism) >> Witchcraft >> Sin is the incubator of witchcraft >> Through rebellion

(185e) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Mystery of lawlessness >> The mystery of sin -- This verse goes with verse 27

(195i) Denying Christ >> Man exercises his will against God >> Idolatry >> Worshipping other gods >> Worshipping other gods as a god yourself

(203a) Denying Christ >> Running from God >> Wicked men cannot approach the throne of God >> God chases them away from His presence -- This verse goes with verse 27. This is a description of people who do not acknowledge God in their lives, but those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life are courageous. They believe in the face of adversity; they love what is pure; they work with the grace of God and listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit and do what He says; all else is sorcery. They worship no other god but Jesus Christ and His Father, and they are trustworthy people who tell the truth. There are essentially three kinds of people in the world: there are those who obviously love God, there are those who obviously don’t love God, and there are those who merely pretend to love God. This passage is talking about the pretenders. They know the religious rhetoric, but their actions do not correspond with the Scriptures. Those who are ungodly know they’re ungodly, and those who are holy know their Master, but those who dwell in the gray area, the pretenders, the religious folk who go to church but don’t take Jesus home with them, they don’t live by the principles they are told to believe. What did Jesus say in Mat 7-16 “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they?”

(203b) Denying Christ >> Dishonor God >> Dishonor God by your unbelief

(223i) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Miss God >> Missing the mark >> Miss heaven -- This verse goes with verse 27

(250i) Priorities >> God’s prerequisites >> Lists >> List of traits that can be found in man >> List of deeds of the body – Cowards are at the top of the list of those who don't go to heaven. They say Christians are cowards. To the unbelieving and abominable, to the murderers and immoral persons, to the sorcerers and idolaters and liars, God says they are all cowards for not believing in Jesus. It takes bravery to be a Christian in a world that diametrically opposes the character of Christ. This is why we should cringe at a popular gospel. Whenever the gospel becomes popularized, it sends up red flags. In reality, the gospel will never be popular in the world. We can hope for as many people as possible to come with us to heaven, but the Bible forewarned us that we will always be a remnant. 

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9-11 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, "Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb." 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper. 

 

Rev 21,9-27

(224e) Kingdom of God >> Illustrating the kingdom >> Description of heaven >> The joyful kingdom >> The marriage supper of the lamb -- These verses go with verses 1&2

(231j) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Body of Christ is the organism of God’s kingdom >> We are the body of His kingdom -- These verses go with verses 1&2. The Church and the city are one and the same; they represent the temple of God; she is the wife of the Christ, while Christ represents the Most Holy Place of the New Jerusalem, which is very similar in construct to the tabernacle that God commanded Moses. The old covenant temple had a simple curtain surrounding it, representing this high wall made of very costly stones. This curtain made of porpoise skin represented the perimeter of God's creation (though it is infinite). The old covenant tabernacle represents the New Jerusalem, and there was another room within the tabernacle called the Holy of Holies, which represented God Himself . Verse 22 says, “I saw no temple in it for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb are its temple.”

(249ga) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> True perception of wealth >> The infinite and eternal wealth of God >> God’s perception of wealth >> Our blessed hope of eternal life – The city had the appearance of crystal-clear jasper, being the consistency of the wall, which was adorned with twelve types of precious stones, including jasper, and the city itself was made of pure gold that reflected like glass. Jasper is naturally found in many colors, but the rarest form is transparent. There is no mention of diamonds in the description of the New Jerusalem, perhaps reserved to represent Christ, the ultimate jewel. The twelve gates were made of single pearls. Try to imagine the clam that formed pearls large enough to be made into a city gate. Those clams existed somewhere at the bottom of an ocean, which no doubt took thousands of years to form, suggesting that plans were in the making long before man hit the scene. (We don’t know what God has been doing throughout past eternity, and we probably never will know, and if He told us, we probably wouldn’t understand.) There is a light in the midst of the City of great brilliance, illuminating its translucent properties, causing the New Jerusalem and its surrounding wall to glow, casting its light for miles. As the city descends from heaven it looks like a star that continually glows brighter, but its brilliance is not overwhelming like the sun. As it continues to descend, it gets bigger until it finally makes contact with the earth, and throughout eternity the New Jerusalem will be established upon the new earth, and God will live among His people. No doubt God made the City and its wall from these costly materials just to mock people in hell, who scratched and clawed and murdered and defrauded people just for a couple pounds of it. Gold is the oldest form of money, and it is still used as money to this day, so gold is the perfect representation of money and wealth. Even if people don’t own any, all their desires for materialism represent the quest for gold. Just to show mankind how foolish they lived, God made His city from all the materials they lost their souls pursuing. Had they just pursued Him, they could have had it all.

Rev 21-9,10

(237j) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Transferring the kingdom >> The Church is transferred to the kingdom >> Citizens of heaven

(245a) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Literal manifestation of Jesus Christ >> Manifesting the body of Christ – When the angel promised to show John the wife of the Lamb, we would expect him to show John the Church; instead, he pointed out a city. This means the people of God and their city are one and the same. That is, God sees the holy city, New Jerusalem, as equivalent to its inhabitants. When we think in terms of the people being one with the City, the same can be said about Jesus and His people. All Christians compiled together from every nation and generation since Adam are dubbed the body of Christ; hence Christ, His people and the city are three in one. Not any one member but altogether the body of Christ is completely unified with the City, so that Rev 3-12 says, “He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God.” They will never leave the city in spirit; we will always be in communication with the Lord and with the inhabitants of the City. To never leave the holy City may sound claustrophobic to some, that no matter how wonderful a place, if we can't leave, makes us prisoners of it. However, there are some paradises that a man could conceive today in the flesh with the stipulation that he can never leave, like Gilligan's Island, that would not seem like prison. Some people commit crimes just to go to jail, because they are promised three square meals a day, whereas freedom does not offer them that.

Rev 21-9

(15d) Servant >> Ministering spirits >> Angels Perform certain duties

Rev 21-10,11

(234a) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> God chooses us as we seek His glory >> As we submit to Him -- These verses go with verses 24-27

Rev 21-10

(133e) Temple >> Your body is the temple of God >> Holiness >> The body of Christ is holy >> The temple of God is holy -- This verse goes with verse 2

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12-21 It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall. 16 The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. 17 And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements. 18 The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; 20 the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.

 

Rev 21,12-14

(137f) Temple >> Building the temple (with hands) >> Jesus is the foundation >> Church is the foundation of manifested truth – There are two groups honored by the wall of the Great City: the twelve tribes of Israel and the twelve apostles. Foundation stones are cornerstones that are strategically placed in reference to all other stones, suggesting that everyone who lives in heaven has received their place with respect to the twelve apostles. Note that it doesn’t honor twelve Israelites (the sons of Jacob), but twelve tribes, meaning God’s chosen nation as a whole; therefore, God honors the Church as a whole through the twelve apostles. Note too that the symbolism of the twelve apostles was permanently imbedded in the wall, whereas the names of the twelve tribes of Israel were appended to the angels, who indefinitely remain stationed at their designated gates by means of a promise. The memorial of Israel was based on a promise, whereas the memorial of the Church was embedded in the wall itself, as a reminder that as God fulfilled His promise to give Israel a Messiah, so Christ had twelve disciples, who became the twelve apostles, who became the foundation of the Church, who are the saints enrolled in heaven. Therefore, we can look toward the gates of the city and see the angels stationed there as a reminder that God fulfills His promises.

Rev 21-12

(15g) Servant >> Angels >> The presence of angels denotes authority – The names of the twelve tribes of Israel were written on the angels, not on the gates. This is significant, for if the names were written on the gates themselves, the angels could take a coffee break and the names would remain above the gates, but if the angels ever abandoned their post, the gates would have lost their names. This means the angels will be stationed there forever. We don’t know how anyone could have a sense of fulfillment staying in one place forever, but that is the case with these gatekeepers. People in hell have their place too, and they will remain forever, but they will not have a sense of fulfillment, whereas the angels of heaven are doing the will of God, and that brings fulfillment. They are not necessarily guarding the gates, for to our knowledge there won't be any threats, but then neither will anyone wander uninvited into the City of God. The angels are there for a sense of security, and we who exit and enter the holy city will stop and talk to them, and they will come to know everybody entering and leaving the premises, and they will have great joy among the people. There will be those of us who live in the city and others will come to visit as our guest.

Rev 21-15,16

(229c) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Kingdom grows by itself >> Growing In Numbers Corresponds With Spiritual Growth >> Kingdom grows in size – There is another case when an angel measured a temple and its inhabitants. Rev 11-1 says, “Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, ‘Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months.’” The angel measured the temple and its worshippers; likewise, when the angel measured the Holy City, he also measured the people in it, meaning that the city would always be big enough for the people; it would never run out of space. We know that the city has definite dimensions that will never change, a 1500-mile cube, also indicating that there are only three dimensions in the physical universe that is to come, for if there were other dimensions, he would have mentioned it here. It says in another place that God will spread His tabernacle over His people (Rev 7-15), meaning that there will be an expansion of the city, not its dimensions but its influence over the earth and eventually throughout all of God’s creation to the farthest reaches of the universe.

(243h) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> The indestructible kingdom >> The body of Christ is indestructible >> The new creation is indestructible -- These verses go with verse 25. The City is in the shape of a cube; what is the significance of a cube? Square corners do not exist in nature; therefore, the cube denotes a human design, being separate from nature, having a divine nature. They say that the strongest shape in nature is a sphere, but the City is not a sphere, suggesting that it doesn’t need to be strong, since it will not be fighting in any wars, though it will survive eternity, and so will the earth, meaning there is no erosion and no entropy; these things were part of the curse. In the creation to come there will be no negative forces against the city and its inhabitants, and so it will remain forever.

Rev 21,18-21

(249h) Priorities >> God’ s preeminence >> Wealth >> True perception of wealth >> The infinite and eternal wealth of God >> Being rich in Jesus – There is no doubt that God made the city walls from these costly stones and the city itself from pure gold just to mock people in hell, who scratched and clawed and murdered and defrauded people just for a couple pounds of it. Gold is the oldest form of money, and it is still used as money to this day, so gold is the perfect representation of money and wealth. Even if people don’t own any, all their desires for materialism represent the quest for gold. Even if one has never touched a single ounce, it still represents his deviant behavior against his fellow man for the sake of the unrighteous mammon. Just to show mankind how foolish they lived, God made His city from all the materials they lost their souls pursuing. Had they just pursued Him, they could have had it all.

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22-24 I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 

 

Rev 21,22-27

(231i) Kingdom of God >> God’s kingdom is a living organism >> Body of Christ is the organism of God’s kingdom >> Jesus is the head of His body’s kingdom >> To be in Christ is to be in the great city – We know that a city is an inanimate object and that every city has limits, an invisible line that if we cross it, we are outside the city limits, but this city, though it has dimensions doesn’t have limits. In addition, this city is also somehow alive. It is just as much alive as Jesus Christ Himself and just as alive as His people in their resurrected bodies. It says that it descends from heaven and rests upon the earth, being compatible with the new creation, suggesting that it acts as a seed and that it should grow and fill the whole earth. God will create a new heavens and a new earth where righteousness dwells, but it won’t be alive like the New Jerusalem, until the people of God stretch its limits to fill the earth. The properties of the City will be transferred to the earth and it will become alive as the City is alive, as its inhabitants are alive, and as Jesus is forevermore alive. Then, it should spill to the next planet and fill the infinite universe, and we will rule over them as benevolent stewards of God’s kingdom, and there will be no end to His increase (Isaiah 9-7). The Holy City is the new Garden of Eden. The first Garden was just a small plot of ground where God removed the curse within its perimeter, meaning that the curse already existed on the earth before God made Adam and Eve, meaning that the curse belonged to Satan, and when the man fell into sin, God chased them from the Garden into Satan’s curse, and if they continued to rebel, He would send them to Satan’s hell (Mat 25-41). The New Jerusalem is the new Garden of Eden and God will create a new people and he will place them in the midst of the garden, in the midst of the holy City, and the body of Christ will surround the new man and his wife and give them our blessing, and God will command them to be fruitful and multiply, and the people of the city will rejoice with a voice that will be heard from one end of heaven to the other.

Rev 21-22,23

(245c) Kingdom of God >> Spirit realm imposed on the natural realm >> Literal manifestations >> Literal manifestation of Jesus Christ >> Jesus is the light of the world – This is the second of two theories regarding the New Jerusalem; the first can be found at (Rev 21,1-5--246d) that pictures the New Jerusalem resting on the earth, while this theory pictures it hovering over the earth like the sun (you be the judge which is the more accurate theory). We see in revelation where it speaks about the New Jerusalem that there is no need for a light, for its lamp is the Lamb. We visualize Jesus sitting on the throne of God and shining on the new earth like the sun in the sky. Jesus descended to our level, and He will upraise us in fellowship with Him. The light of the New Jerusalem is the Lamb, and the city will shine like the sun, and we will live there with Him and fellowship in the light, which is so bright that it illumines the whole earth like the sun. It says about Jacob’s ladder, “A ladder was set on the earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it” (Genesis 28-12). This may be what occurs in the ages to come; God’s people will descend to the earth and ascend back to the New Jerusalem, which will act as the earth’s sun. Essentially, we will live in the sun; that will be the perspective of those who dwell on the earth; they may call us the sun people or children of the sun.

Rev 21,23-25

(112b) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> Light >> Jesus’ light overcomes darkness >> The light of His power

Rev 21-23

(253d) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is equal with the Father >> Jesus has all the internal qualities of the Father >> Jesus is the exact representation of the Father

(253g) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Father and Son glorify each other >> Holy Spirit honors the Son through the Father >> Father glorifies Himself as He glorifies His Son

(253k) Trinity >> Relationship between Father and Son >> Jesus is subject to the Father >> Jesus is subject to God’s ability

Rev 21,24-27

(234a) Kingdom of God >> Pursuing the kingdom >> Seeking the glory of God >> God chooses us as we seek His glory >> As we submit to Him -- These verses go with verses 10,11. Some people will live outside the city, for it was not made for the people whom God will create in the future, but He will give them the earth as their habitation. We whom God purchased with His own blood will live in the New Jerusalem; it is our hometown. It says that we will never leave from there, but what this means, being that there are gates and we are not its prisoners and people come and go, is that we will never go beyond its influence. The Holy City and its wall have certain dimensions which will not expand, but its influence on creation will reach the farthest planet of the universe, just like the Garden of Eden was meant to expand to accommodate a growing family. God will create another man and woman and command them to be fruitful and multiply, and as they do, the influence of the city will expand with them, and we will govern them and teach them how to live and conduct themselves, teaching them right from wrong and good from evil. The kings of the earth will bring their glory into the Holy City, and they will walk by its light. People will be able to see the city from a far distance, being that it is 1500 miles tall. The city is like a giant chandelier, and its lamp is the Lamb. Entire nations will see the city from a distance, and they will walk by its light. The earth will be round; not all the nations will physically see the city, but they will all walk by its light. There will be a sun in the sky, and the earth will rotate on its axis, giving day and night, but the cities and nations that are built near the city of God will never see night. Not everybody will be invited into the City of God; only the kings of the earth, for it is a city of magistrates, and they will bring back word to the people about the great City. Not every created being will enter its gates, only those who are invited among the rulers of the universe.

Rev 21,24-26 

(113d) Thy kingdom come >> Faith >> The anointing >> Heaven’s clothes >> Garments of power

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25 In the daytime (for there will be no night there ) its gates will never be closed; 

 

Rev 21-25

(119e) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Freedom >> Fences of freedom >> Freedom in Christ – The open gate represents freedom, but “Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying” (Rev 22-15). “Outside” does not refer to those who dwell just outside the wall on the new earth; rather, “outside” refers to those who dwell outside the realm of God’s new creation, referring to hell. In the next life we will be free to enter and exit the New Jerusalem whenever we want, but in this life with God’s hedge of protection surrounding us, we should remain within the walls of God’s confinement. Metaphorically, the only motive for venturing outside God’s protection is to sin. There is a wall built around the believer to protect us from sin, but the gates remain open, because God wants us free. He wants us instead to hold ourselves in bondage to His righteousness, as it says in Rom 6-19, “For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.” He doesn’t want to forces us to obey Him; He wants us to willingly obey Him. In this life we can leave God’s hedge of protection if we want, but at our own peril.

(119l) Thy kingdom come >> Manifestations of faith >> Curse of God is broken >> Curse of the law is broken – Lk 19-17 speaks of the rewards that we will receive in heaven, saying, “Well done, good slave, because you have been faithful in a very little thing, you are to be in authority over ten cities.” There are those who think this is just a metaphor to mean something else, and there are others who say this description of heaven is about members of the Church governing themselves, but that paints a picture of a lot of chiefs and no Indians in a stagnant kingdom. After God creates the new heavens and the new earth He will create a new Adam and a new Eve, and God will command them to be fruitful and multiply. This time He will leave out the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, and leave it up to us to tell the people right from wrong. There won’t be any motive to do evil, because there won’t be any curse, yet for those whom God will create after us there will be always opportunity to prove the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, just as there will also be opportunity to perform badly, unacceptable and below grade behavior, yet there won’t be any sin, because there won’t be any commandment. This applies only to the new race whom God will create for us to govern. God will call us to manage His people, because if God gave them commanded and they violated it, they would have sinned, which would lead right back to the same problem we have now. However, if we tell them right from wrong and they violate our command, they will have only sinned against us. We will govern the nations, and we will teach them the ways of the Lord and bring the glory of the nations into the holy city. Before long the earth will be populated, and some will colonize new planets sprinkled throughout the cosmos, and we will shepherd God’s people there and bring the glory of nations and of new worlds into the holy city. God is infinite and eternal; for Him to limit Himself to a finite creation goes against His nature. God is preparing us in this life to govern a people whose populations will never cease.

(216e) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> God’s will over man >> Compelled by the Spirit >> God takes advantage of your love for Him >> God’s spirit is irresistible – This topic is suggesting the idea that we will never leave the holy city New Jerusalem, even though the gates will never be closed, taking the idea from Rev 3-12, "He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore...." However, we will will in deed go to and from the city as Jesus said in Jn 10-9, 9 "I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture." Rev 3-12 said we will be made part of the temple, and we will not go out from it anymore, referring to the temple, though there is no temple in heaven (the New Jerusalem), according to Rev 21-22, "I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple." Interpreting then, we will not go out from the lord God the Almighty and the Lamb anymore. That is, we will integrate into the Godhead and become part of Him! The fact that Rev 3-12 used the word "anymore" suggests that we did previously fade in and out of Him in this life through our often bouts with waywardness and complacency.

(243h) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> The indestructible kingdom >> The body of Christ is indestructible >> The new creation is indestructible -- This verse goes with verses 15&16. The gates of the holy city will never be closed. The nations will bring their glory into it, and there will be no fear of intruders. Why have a wall around the city if there will never be an enemy to approach it, and why have gates if they will never be closed? The wall surrounding the New Jerusalem will be an eternal reminder that enemies of God’s kingdom once existed, but God has since destroyed them all in hell (though everyone there will still be so-called alive). The wall also represents the boundary of the New Jerusalem, for just outside the wall is the new earth, which God is also turning into paradise, hence the wall distinguishes the heavenly city from the paradise of earth; otherwise they would blend together. The nations will come and go, bringing their glory into the holy city, and for this reason the gates will remain open. They will come and celebrate, and then go back to their homes wherever they live, whether it be this planet or a planet billions of light years away. We will go back and forth in celebration and in constant communication with one another and with God through the Holy Spirit. In various times and celebrations we will all get together and worship God in His presence in the holy city, and then we will return to the people whom God has called us to govern. It will be a glorious life, one of great joy and power and authority.

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26&27 and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; 27 and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.

 

Rev 21-26,27

(72a) Authority >> Ordained by God >> We are ordained to walk in His authority – The level of authority that God has given us should make us wonder how the angels of God don’t become jealous. That is what happened to Lucifer, probably after learning that God intended to make man in His own image and then give him the authority of His throne, inciting Lucifer to seek God’s throne for himself. From that day Lucifer’s jealousy was against us, and his hatred for us is absolute, because we possess what He never offered any angel—His throne. The angels avoid being jealous because God has given them an example of what happens to someone who wants what he can't have. The angels are our servants, and God will give them reason not to envy us, for in heaven the greater the servant the more honor they receive. The angels will be honored and blessed more than us, because they are greater servants than us. These are the ways of heaven, ensuring equality. Otherwise, why wouldn’t the angels become jealous of us if God gave us all authority and total freedom to rule kingdoms and entire worlds, without intending to reward the angels for their service to us. Jesus said that the first are last and the last first. God created the angels first and then us, making us last and thus first in authority, but that the angels are last in authority, they have become first in honor in the eyes of God, thus ensuring equality among all his creatures.

(244a) Kingdom of God >> The eternal kingdom >> There shall be no end to his increase >> The Church shall reign with Christ forever -- These verses go with verses 1-6. It turns out that heaven is defined as the New Jerusalem. It is a place of pure joy and overwhelming favor and acceptance emanating from the throne of God, and His generosity will go far beyond any of our wildest dreams. There are two kinds of people who will enter the gates of the Holy City: those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life, and those whom we invite. We will invite kings of nations to visit the great City of God. We will come to know kings of nations better than anyone else, because they will be our business. We will spend most of our time with them, explaining the ways of God to them, what it means to be a servant of the people and to rule benevolently in a world where there is no sin and no need to be selfish. These are all the things that God is teaching us in this life, and the better we understand them, the better we can convey it to others. So it would behoove us to listen to God and follow in His ways and learn to be a servant.

Rev 21-27

(56a) Paradox >> Lose by gaining >> Gain your idea of wealth to lose God’s wealth -- This verse goes with verse 8

(64a) Paradox >> Anomalies >> Limits of God >> God cannot tolerate sin >> He cannot allow unbelief in His presence

(84j) Thy kingdom come >> Your words can lead to your own demise >> Lying -- This verse goes with verse 8

(92f) Thy kingdom come >> The narrow way >> Trail of good works >> You must be born again to walk on this trail

(105f) Thy kingdom come >> Pure in heart >> Lacking a pure heart

(156K) Witness >> Validity of the believer >> Evidence of being hell-bound >> Living an ungodly lifestyle >> Practicing sin

(185e) Works of the devil >> The origin of lawlessness >> Mystery of lawlessness >> The mystery of sin -- This verse goes with verse 8

(203a) Denying Christ >> Running from God >> Wicked men cannot approach the throne of God >> God chases them away from His presence -- This verse goes with verse 8

(219hh) Sovereignty >> God overrides the will of man >> The elect >> God chooses us as we choose ourselves >> The Lamb's book of life

(223i) Kingdom of God >> The elusive Kingdom of Heaven >> Miss God >> Missing the mark >> Miss heaven -- This verse goes with verse 8

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