THE REVELATION OF JESUS

REVELATION 21-22: YOUR WONDERFUL FUTURE

 

"And 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. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." Revelation 21:1, 2.

In chapter 21, John is shown the most glorious sight ever seen by human eye! The Holy city, New Jerusalem, that will one day be your home if you choose to be faithful to Jesus. When you think about heaven, think about how wonderful it will be to live there!

It says in Hebrews 11:10 that Abraham looked for a city, whose builder and maker is God. There are some very nice cities on earth. Some have been carefully planned and laid out well and they are a pleasure to visit or live in, but most cities of earth are large and crowded and dirty and full of wickedness. In fact the evil in cities is growing so much that no Christian, who can possible live away from the cities, should be in them today. But a city that God builds—would be a wonderful place!

"And 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." Revelation 21:3.

The most wonderful thing about Heaven is that Jesus is there with us forever! When you were little, do you remember that the happiest times for you would be when your Mom or Daddy would come and play with you and spend time with you? You might have lots of toys and things to do, but nothing was as much fun as when Mom or Dad did it with you.

It will be like that in Heaven; everything will be so much more wonderful and fun because Jesus will be with us doing things with us. He will answer all our questions and teach us wonderful things that we can’t even imagine now.

"And 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." Revelation 21:4.

Satan, his evil angels, and sinners will then be forever gone! We may have relatives, friends, or acquaintances whom we loved dearly who will be gone forever. Of course, we will cry. How could it be otherwise?  Jesus wept over Jerusalem when they rejected Him. After the wicked are all destroyed, along with the devil and his nasty angels, all suffering and pain and death and fear will be gone from the whole universe. And it will never come back any more!

"And 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. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son." Revelation 21:5-7.

The Holy City will come down to earth and after the fires that purify the earth, Jesus, our Creator, will make it all new for us. And we will be able to watch it happen! And then, what a celebration of joy and peace will come on that first Sabbath in the new earth! What music! What beauty! What wonderful friends we will have!

You will have animals and birds to enjoy, and you will be able to run and never get tired and also to fly! You will be able to travel through space and see things we can’t even imagine. You will travel with Jesus and angels and get to meet the people in other planets, who have been watching the sad history of this sin-sick world and are so happy to see people redeemed from it. They will all be your friends.

Do you know that the people in other planets will want to hear about how Jesus saved you? Yes; this will be the wonderful story we will tell over and over again.

"But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." Revelation 21:8.

 

"And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; Revelation 21:9-11.

 

"And had a 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.

"And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

"And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. 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 21:12-17.

This is the description of the 'CITY FOUR-SQUARE'. Our minds cannot grasp the breathtaking glory of the scene, but it does us good to think on it often.

"In the Land of Fadeless Day,
Lies the City Four-square,
It shall never pass away,
And there is no night there.
God shall wipe away all tears,
there's no pain, nor Death, nor tears,
And they count not time by years,
For there is no night there!"

 

"And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;

"The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass." Revelation 21:18-21.

When you figure out the colors of the precious stones mentioned here, you see that together they will form an intricate rainbow pattern. The city will appear to float on a rainbow of color!

"And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

"And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it."  Revelation 21:22-26.

Did you know that everything that is good and wonderful on this earth will be found in heaven? Yes, indeed! All the wonderful heroes of the faith will be there, and all the kind and noble people will be there. Everything that is right and good to do will be also done in heaven.

There are many funny ideas about what heaven is like, that some children have thought they would not want to go to such a place. They have been told that all you do is sit around on a cloud and play a harp all day. Or some have thought that everybody just sits around on hard chairs and looks very solemn and you have to be quiet.

But this is not true at all; heaven will be the happiest place that you can ever imagine! But there would be people who would not want to go to heaven—because the only things they like to do are sad, bad things and things that are harmful and wicked. Unless they allow Jesus to give them a new heart that loves the kind of things God loves, they would not be happy in heaven. That is why they will not be there.

"And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." Revelation 21:27.

If a person wants to smoke dirty cigarettes or drink harmful alcohol or take drugs that hurt his body and brain; if he wants to do things that hurt or destroy other people or animals, they can never be allowed in heaven. They would be miserable there and they would also ruin the place.

Some people, if they were there, the first thing they would try to do is make rules to spoil everyone’s happiness; and then they would make a plan to keep all the gold and jewels just for themselves and not share with others. First thing you know they would make people have to pay to have fruit from the Tree of Life, and guards would be placed around the River of Life, and only certain people could go there.

This will not ever happen; heaven is a place of joy and freedom such as us poor creatures down here cannot even imagine! Never again will fear or oppression raise its ugly head.

As the years of eternity roll, we will have more and more joy and happiness and as we learn more and more about our kind Heavenly Father and our Saviour, we will have more and more LOVE. ‘Tis love that makes us happy’.

"And he 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. Revelation 22:1, 2.

"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. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever." Revelation 22:3-5.

 

"And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to shew unto his servants the things which must shortly be done." Revelation 22:6.

Here Jesus is telling us, “This is for real; it is true; and it is soon going to happen!” He then says those who ‘keep the things in the book’ are blessed. What does that mean? Well, it is telling us if we learn about the things this book tells us and we give our whole hearts to Jesus and let Him help us to live His kind of life, we will be very glad and happy. And someday, very soon, He will come and take us home.

Oh, I see some people interested in things that are only traps of Satan; they have TV programs or cartoons and videos and video or computer games and they think they are so important. Or they are all caught up with baseball, or football, or soccer, or hockey, or basketball and they think it is the most important thing in the whole world.

But it isn’t at all! The most important thing in the whole world is to live like Jesus, with Him in your heart, and be every day getting ready for heaven!

"Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book." Revelation 22:7.

"And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which shewed me these things.
Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellowservant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God." Revelation 22:8, 9.

Here John gets excited again because of the wonderful things he is seeing and forgets and tries to worship the angel again, but he patiently reminds him, “Worship God.”

This is very good advice; when we really worship God, we think about Him, we admire Him, we love to talk about Him, our whole life aims towards Him; Then we will be truly happy.

"And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand." Revelation 22:10.

We remember that the book of Daniel was sealed until the 'Time of the End', but Revelation was not to be sealed as its prophecies were unfolding even as John was writing the book. 

"He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." Revelation 22:11-13.

This is the announcement Jesus will make when human probation closes. It is a solemn time when the destinies of all have been fixed forever— not by an arbitrary decision on the part of God; but each soul, by his own daily choices, will have sealed his fate to where it can never be reversed. Oh, may we be found on Jesus' side all on that day!

"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. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie." Revelation 22:14, 15.

Who are going to be in heaven? Those who obey God. Who are going to be left out? ‘Dogs’; This isn’t bow-wow doggies, no, it means cruel and heartless, wicked people. ‘Sorcerers’ – Have you noticed a lot of people into magic and witches and wizards these days? Well, they must repent and leave those things or never see heaven!

Whoremongers and murderers – This means sexually impure people and those who kill and are cruel to others.

Idolaters – are people who love something better than they love Jesus and His ways.

Those who ‘Love and Make lies’- this is a very serious one, it includes people who like to pretend things that are not true are true, and people who like to read or see fiction stories, and it includes people who write or make fiction stories or movies. It also includes being dishonest in any way, and those who refuse to believe the Bible because they would rather have things some other way. The only safety is always love what is true!

I would invite all who read this, to look around in your life and if you find any things, (games, stories, books, TV, fantasies, Movies) that are not true, get them out of your life! Then replace them with God’s Word and true things. I can tell you from my own experience, you will be soooo happy you did! 

"I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." Revelation 22:16, 17.

 

"For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book."  Revelation 22:18, 19.

"He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly.  Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen." Revelation 22:20, 21.

Then that voice, richer than any music that ever fell on mortal ear, is heard, saying: ‘Your conflict is ended.’ ‘...Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.’ This is our hope. This is our destiny! We can live forever! If we miss eternity, we have missed everything.

If we are not prepared for Christ’s soon return, we will miss the greatest event in history. Jesus says “Come, Come to forgiveness. Come for mercy. Come for victory over besetting sin. Come to eternity. Come enter the kingdom prepared for you. If you desire to live in His kingdom forever bow before Him, surrender your life to Him,  take into your hands the Holy Bible, open in and with a prayer for guidance read it and ask Him to guide you and make this  a reality for you!