New Jerusalem Series, #7 [final]: Light
"God Himself will be with them as their God.He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away.” And the One seated on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Then He said, “Write this down, for these words are faithful and true.” And He told me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give freely from the spring of the water of life. The one who is victorious will inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he will be My son." Revelation 21:3-7
John said, "I saw no temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need for sun or moon to shine on it, because the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its lamp. By its light the nations will walk, and into it the kings of the earth will bring their glory.
Its gates will never be shut at the end of the day, because there will be no night there. And into the city will be brought the glory and honor of the nations.
But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who practices an abomination or a lie, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life." Revelation 21:23-26
New Jerusalem Series, #6: Inhabitants
The occupants and residents of the New Jerusalem are the Father, King Jesus Christ and there'll be angels at the gates (Revelation 21:12, 22).
The population of the city will be the Lord Jesus' redeemed and born again children. Jesus said: "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." John 3:7
If you believe that Jesus, was born of the Virgin Mary, is the Son of God, died, rose again and have asked God to forgive your sins saving you by His grace, then you are a citizen of the New Jerusalem.
“God has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:" Ephesians 2:6-8
The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life” (Revelation 22:17).
New Jerusalem Series, #5: Location
We learn in Isaiah and Revelation that almighty God does a complete make-over of heaven and earth. Apparently, the 'location' is separate from the old earth.
"Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: the former shall not be remembered" Isaiah 65:17
In his vision the apostle John sees a glimpse of the new city:
“I John 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. 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, they shall be His people, God Himself shall be with them and be their God." Revelation 21:1-3
New Jerusalem Series, #4: River & Tree
John's memory of his vision of the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. John said,
" The angel 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." Revelation 22:1-2
Those people whose names are recorded in the Lamb’s book of life are free to enter the Holy City; they possess life eternal and belong to their faithful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is The Lamb, who bought them with His blood (Rev. 5:9), will never blot out their names from His book (Revelation 3:5) and will grant them the right to the tree of life and entrance into the city:
"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." Revelation 22:14
New Jerusalem Series, #3: Gates of Pearl
The City Gates Will Be Open
Historically nations have always practiced wise security for their people. Walls and gates; but in the New Jerusalem the gates will be open.
For security purposes people usually lock the doors to their homes; and cities with walls and gates normally shut them at night. However, since there will be no night in the New Jerusalem and all evil will have been eradicated, these gates will always stay open.
"And the gates of it shall not be shut at all
by day: for there shall be no night there."
The unredeemed are a long way outside the city’s walls and never come into the holy city:
"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." Revelation 20:14-15
New Jerusalem Series, #2: No Temple, Foundation, Walls, Gates, Street
"I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it." Revelation 21:22
Gates: Names of Israeli Tribes
Foundation: Names of Jesus' Apostles
The foundation, walls and streets:
"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: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."
"The twelve gates were each one pearl and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass."
The twelve apostles and twelve tribes of Israel are represented in the gates and foundations.
This should settle beyond any question the matter of the inclusion of Old Testament saints. Clearly believers of the present age, Israel and the saints of other ages, all make up the Church of Jesus Christ
who are the TWO WITNESSES.
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New Jerusalem Series, #1, Size
2-11-17 Update: HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL IT HOLD?
One estimate has it at ONE Quintillion
2-11-17, The city of God called THE NEW JERUSALEM is a place where born again believers in Christ are promised eternal life with Him. The Apostle John in exile on the isle of Patmos had many visions - scripture describes his vision about the magnificence of this city in great sweeping detail. The size, foundation, gates, water, food and source of light are beyond our wildest imagination.
1.9 million sq miles
[USA 3.7 mill miles with a
population of 320 million]
The apostle John was carried away to a high mountain and met an angel who showed him a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven. v16 "The city lieth foursquare; the length is as large as the breadth: 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." Revelation 21:1-2; 21:16-17
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2 Thessalonians 2:10-12
✝️ 6-27-20, The lawlessness we are now seeing on America's streets ... who are these young people? The kids raised under liberal theories forcing parents to withhold discipline from their children & taught liberal leftist dogma in the government schools & universities - now they are unruly selfish hateful barbarians. God said to train up children & they wouldn't depart from it [Proverbs 22:6] □□ ... true for evil □ as well as good □ behaviors. More here: https://bit.ly/3i55gQf
□ 8-25-20, NASA reports a small asteroid is headed to earth & will land on Nov 2, 2020 day before US presidential election. They say not to worry as it's only a seven footer. Some officials aren't so sure about not worrying after the 66 footer hit Russia in 2013. God said He'd send signs in the heavens and the earth. There are plenty of 'em too: eclipse of sun & moon, meteors, tornadoes, earthquakes, volcanoes smoke turning day to night & so much more. Joel 2:30, Revelation 13:13; Luke 21:11, 25; Acts 2:19 □□
✝️ 5-27-20, See Romans 13:11; James 5:8; 1 Peter 4:7; 1 Thessalonians 2:19; Titus 2:13; 1 Cor 15:51-52, Rev 11:15 Scripture tells us that "The coming of the Lord is at hand;" but thousands of years have passed without the Lord’s coming. We must remember that one thousand years are like one day to God (Psalm 90:4; 2 Peter 3:8). The rapture will happen without warning at any time and believers in the Lord Jesus must be ready at all time. Certain current events cause us to believe we are near the Lord’s trumpet call and that the rapture of the church is ‘at hand.
✝️ 7-11-20, The weight of the 'world's sin' ... the infinite blessings and resources of our salvation in Christ are described as providing the power of surpassing greatness, the grace of surpassing richness, the peace which surpasses all understanding. Thank YOU, Lord. John 1:29; Revelation 5:12; Philippians 4:7
✝️ 7-9-20, When the Lord Jesus was on the cross and the people scorned and scoffed; His great love for all ignorant uninformed sinners showed forth. He died for all sinners. Romans 5:8; Luke 23:34 However, after we are aware we're no longer ignorant of Who He was and 'what we do;' THEN we are all responsible if we reject Christ. John 3:17-18
6-29-20, Jesus said, 'Obey Me!' John 14:15; 1 John 2:3, 3:22 Of course we are forgiven when we sincerely pray for forgiveness turning our lives to the Lord Jesus. We must intend to sin no more ... if we do ... quickly repent as we didn't INTEND to. John 8:11 More here: https://www.gotquestions.org/go-and-sin-no-more.html
✝️ 6-12-20, The Lord □Jesus' mom, Mary's cousin Elizabeth's son John the Baptist was brutally killed because of a wicked hateful woman. Her foolish husband, King Herod - although he liked John; had him executed because of a promise - he musta been drunk - to make such a promise to his wife's daughter, Salome who's mom, Herodias wanted John dead. Matthew 14:3-11; Mark 6:14-29; Luke 9:7-9
✝️ 6-11-20, Regarding forgiveness: the Lord □ Jesus clearly taught that marriage was between a husband & wife. [Matthew 19:5; Mark 7:21] He loves all sinners both the heterosexual & homosexual. He promises forgiveness to everyone who repents coming to Him for salvation. He told the woman caught in adultery: "Go and sin no more.” Matthew 11:28
✝️ 6-9-20, The Lord □ Jesus explained to Nicodemus that he must be 'born again' [John 3.3, 7]. In Utah I've heard some LDS people scoff and ridicule believers in Christ who are 'born again.' Those who scorn are lost; Jesus clearly said to 'marvel not that you must be born again'; without Christ we are lost. John 3:17-18
✝️ 6-8-20, Jesus is God; He came to save sinners. “For He [Jesus] Whom God sent speaks the words of God: The Father loves the Son & has given all things into His hand. He that believs on the Son hath everlasting life & they that believes not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on them.” John 3:34-36
✝️ 6-7-20, The Lord □ Jesus spoke from the cross first of forgiveness, salvation then of His Mother's care into John's hands. He spoke of being forsaken & then triumph as His task as human was complete shedding His perfect blood for the forgiveness of sins to all who repent believing in Him. His body was thirsty. And last of His reunion with the Father. Matthew 27:46; Luke 23:34, 43, 46; John 19:26-28, 30; Mark 15:34
✝️ 6-3-20, Interesting the different duties of God's arch angels. Michael is a warrior who will defeat Satan and Gabriel was/is God's messenger appearing to: Prophet Daniel 8:15-17, 9:21-24 ... Zacharias, father of John the Baptist, Luke 1:11-18... Mary, Mother of Jesus, Luke 1:26-31... Joseph, Husband of Mary, Matthew 1:20-24, 2-13
✝️ 6-2-20, In appx 530 BC the Lord God of Israel chose the Persian [aka Iran] King Cyrus to protect and help the Jewish exiles in Babylon. Who would come back and rebuild Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem where now - since 688 AD - a Muslim mosque sits. Mark 13:14; Isaiah 45:4-6, 9, 12-13. World Without End. Ephesians 3:20-21
2 Thessalonians 2:10-12; Jeremiah 1:5; Galatians 6:7; 1 Thessalonians 5:4
✝️ 5-7-20, Sins □ Jesus Harshly Condemns; He said, “God knows our hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God. V9 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” [Pride] Luke 16:15, 18:9-14; Hebrews 1:8-9
✝️ 4-30-20, When the Lord □ Jesus Mother told her son that at the Cana wedding celebration there was no wine - I wonder if the Lord did little miracles around the house so Mary knew of His abilities expecting Him to quickly whip up some good wine. And He did! The Lord's first miracle on earth water into wine. John 2:1-11
✝️ 4-28-20, The Lord □ Jesus, in the book of Matthew, lists what’s called the “Beatitudes.” He lists the items in our lives in His 'Sermon on the Mount' that examine our values, vision & habits to wholehearted obedience to God. We seek His forgiveness & acceptance for eternal life with Him; this is the good news 'Gospel.' John 14:6; Matthew 5:1-48, 6:1-34, 7:1-28.
✝️ 4-14-20, Based on the behaviors of some church goers; apparently they think God is like an old lenient Grandpa winking at deliberate unrepentant sin. Even sins that are done repeatedly with no remorse. Because the Lord God loves us so much, He generously warns us ... He has a book where names of forgiven sinners are recorded. Almighty God demands us to honor and obey Him. Revelation 1:18, 3:5, 20:1; Malachi 3:16 □□
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