Summary: Last time I told you why that I thought that the Lord Jesus could call out His Church just any time as I talked about the 7 dispensations of time, and that we are today in the closing hours of the 6th dispensation which is the grace dispensation, and
Rev. #77~21:1-12 THE 12 GATES 10-30-10
Last time I told you why that I thought that the Lord Jesus could call out His Church just any time as I talked about the 7 dispensations of time, and that we are today in the closing hours of the 6th dispensation which is the grace dispensation, and that the 7th is next and that King Jesus would be here for the 7th one, the Kingdom dispensation.
So today I’ll read the 1st 8 verses again and then try to make a few comments, listen as I read.
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.
Ø Notice-prepared as a Bride adorned for her husband—
The meaning here is that this city that John sees coming down will be exceedingly dressed, or garnished in this case, and we’ll read about all the beautiful Jewels that this city will be garnished in.
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. God Himself will dwell among mankind when all things are made new.
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.
This is not talking about the church, verses 3 & 4 are dealing with the people that are occupying the new earth, remember, some of these dear people endured the tribulation, they had seen sorrowful and painful times, God will remove even the memory of their hardships.-(all things are made new)
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.** (this is to do with the 1st and last letters of the Greek alphabet, He is the Creator, the Redeemer, and the Final Judge of all things, the eternal purpose of God to gather a holy, devoted people for Himself has now been accomplished.
I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.**( John 4:14 He tells the woman there at the well that the water that He gives springs up into eternal life)
7He that overcometh shall inherit all things; (He that overcometh is the one who has genuine, saving, persevering faith, he will inherit all that belongs to the Lord Jesus as a son of God, we are heirs and joint heir with Christ)
Romans 8:17And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;--
--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.
Sinners, who have shown their rebellion against God by their life-style of sin, have already been
cast into the lake of fire back in chapter 20:
Heaven is a place of ceaseless activity and meaningful responsibility, without the limitations of space-time-or mortality. Christians will reign forever (22:5), and since we’re going to reign forever and ever this tells us that there will be much activity and responsibility. The New Jerusalem will be our home, and we will descend to the new earth at will as we will be reigning some where out in His Kingdom on the new earth, that is why it’s so important to be faithful to Him and His cause now.
Some seem to think that when we leave this life and go to heaven that all heaven amounts to is for us just to float around in space some where twanging on a harp, but according to the Bible we’ll always have an enjoyable and fruitful time, never a dull moment, we’ll have a body at that time like the Lord Jesus, that is, we’ll have a glorified body,
1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.