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Summary: Here, in the New Jerusalem, we have something totally unique: a sinless, pure, community of righteousness, a holy city. Problems arise when believers expect this kind of community now, or fail to realize that it only comes down out of heaven. T

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Rev. #76~21:1-8 ACCORDING TO THE 7 DISPENSATIONS, WE’RE CLOSE 10-23-19

Listen as I read our text for today; Rev..21:1-8

1And 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.

2And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3And 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.

4And 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.

5And 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.

6And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.** (1st and last letters of the Greek alphabet, He is the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Final Judge of all things.) I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.**( John 4:)

7He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

8But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers,**(drugs as well as witchcraft) and idolaters,** (people that worship objects and fictitious gods) and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

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Here, in the New Jerusalem, we have something totally unique: a sinless, pure, community of righteousness, a holy city.

Problems arise when believers expect this kind of community now, or fail to realize that it only comes down out of heaven. This city is not, and never can be, the achievement of man, but only a gift from God.

The beauty of the city that John describes is more than a mere object of affection, but is in fact the abode of Jesus Christ and His wife, the True Church, all that are saved.

The holy city, New Jerusalem:-- it is different from any earthly city, It is significant that this glorious dwelling place of God and His people is described as the holy city. Cities are places where there are many people, and people interact with each other. This isn’t isolation, but a perfect community of the people of God.

To us Christians we think of this heavenly city as a place of life, activity, interesting things, and people –

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4And 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.

Ø and there shall be no more death

In just these past few minutes that you and I have been reading and studying together there have been thousands of people to die the world over, there’s many that are crying right now because of broken hearts that their loved one is gone, there’ll be many funerals to take place today across our land.

The hospitals are full of sick people and many of them are in great pain and agony. Many of our cemeteries are just about filled to capacity and I suppose some are.

But in that wonderful place that we’re talking about, the undertaker will be out of business, the only doctors and undertakers that will be there will be the saved ones

I tell you dear heart there is a great day on the way for you and I who are saved, these troubles and trials we all face from day to day is soon to be a thing of the past, listen brothers and sisters in Christ, never lose hope and let us stop our fretting because Jesus could call us away at any moment of any day now, this thing is just about over with, the best is just ahead for all that are saved.

Ø Listen I want to tell you why that I think the rapture of the Church could take place just any time now, I talk about this from time to time because it needs to be heard.

Some of you know what I’m about to say but I’m sure some do not; because hopefully we get new Christians all the time that are listening.

Listen==7 is God’s number for perfection & completion, there are 7 dispensations of time.

A great number of people really don’t know very much about the 7 dispensations of God, I want to take time to point these out as their very important, and this will help us to understand how close the rapture must surely be.

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