Summary: This sermon deals with our eternal home called New Jerusalem.
1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
2Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
3And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.
4And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."
5Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words are true and faithful."
6And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.
7He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.
8But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death."
Our look at the book of Revelation continues this morning.
Most people believe that when we die,
our souls go to heaven where we spend eternity.
Well, chapter 19 showed us that we come back to earth
with Jesus leading the way as He defeats all evil forces.
Then Jesus sets up His kingdom here on earth
which lasts for 1,000 years.
It’s a period of time of peace and contentment.
People who enter that 1,000 year period in human bodies
give birth to children and those children have children.
This leads to a tremendous population growth.
Following those 1,000 years, Satan is released from the abyss.
He deceives billions of people living in human bodies
and leads them into a rebellion against Jesus.
They attack Jerusalem and Jesus quickly destroys them all.
The unsaved dead are resurrected
and brought before Jesus at the Great White Throne Judgment.
Satan and the unsaved are sent to the Lake of Fire for eternity.
Now we come to Revelation chapters 21.
We begin to get a description of the eternal state
following the Millennium and the final judgment.
We are told about a place called New Jerusalem.
It becomes the eternal habitation of the saved.
The New Jerusalem is fully described in chapter 21
starting with verse 10 and going to chapter 22 verse 5.
It is a holy city, totally separate from sin.
It is being prepared as the habitation of the bride of Christ.
VERSE 1: Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
The first heaven and the first earth are destroyed
and replaced by a new heaven and a new earth.
The prophet Isaiah spoke of all that.
"For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth;
And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind.
"For as the new heavens and the new earth
Which I will make shall remain before Me," says the LORD,
"So shall your descendants and your name remain.
We also read about all this in 2 Peter 3:10:
But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
The present universe will be cleansed from all effect of sin.
The "new heaven" is the space around and above the earth.
This area has been the domain of Satan.
It must be purified before the heaven of God
can come down to the new earth.
A unique distinction of this new earth
will be that the oceans that now cover about 75% of the world
will not be included.
VERSE 2: Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Now John sees the new holy city which is not heaven.
Unlike the Jerusalem of today,
New Jerusalem is called a “holy city”.
That’s because it comes down out of the new heaven.
The city is described by John as a bride
because it contains the bride and takes on her character.
John saw the bride adorned for her husband