Revelation 21

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A New Heaven and a New Earth

21 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes.There will be no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!”Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all this, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

The New Jerusalem, the Bride of the Lamb

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. 14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadiain length, and as wide and high as it is long. 17 The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits thick. 18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.

22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Go Deeper

Here we are in the penultimate chapter of the entire Bible. At last, John sees the moment we all long for. There’s a new Heaven and Earth as the old pass away. The holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God prepared as a bride for her husband. The moment every groom looks forward to on his wedding day, to see his bride come down the aisle, is what John uses to describe this moment. And John hears God say that He will dwell with man, He will be their God and they will be His people. We are beginning to catch glimpses of Eden. 

He will wipe away every tear and death shall be no more, nor shall there be mourning, crying, or pain since all the former things have passed away. He is making all things new and it is done. Our Lord is the best at taking the worst moments and using them for His glory and our good. Consider “Good Friday” and the way God flips the entire world upside down through that one act. He is the Alpha and the Omega. He will give the water of life without payment. God will be their God and they will be His son. 

All who rejected Him will be thrown to the second death, the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. He goes on to make a list of sins, so is John saying if you have committed one of these sins (or others) you will go to hell? John is saying those who have committed these sins are unrepentant and have not accepted God’s gift of salvation will not spend eternity with God. Much like Paul (1 Corinthians 6), John is describing the unrepentant who rejects God.

John then describes the new Jerusalem which he’s shown by one of the seven angels. It was beautiful like nothing he’d seen before. However, in all that John saw in this city like streets of gold, he didn’t see a temple…but why? The temple is the Lord God almighty and the Lamb. There’s no need for the sun or moon because the glory of God gives light and the Lamb is its lamp. Nothing unclean nor anyone whose name is not written the Lamb’s Book of Life will ever enter.


  1. What mental picture comes to mind when you think about eternity? Jot down the first few words or phrases that come to mind. 
  2. How does God’s kindness in wiping away every tear comfort you in the seasons of difficulty?
  3. How does John’s description of eternity impact how you live here and now?

A Quote

“If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.” — CS Lewis

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5 thoughts on “Revelation 21”

  1. Cowardly.
    Oh! Lord! not me!! When push comes to shove, what will you do? Will you be willing to take a stand and not do what the “system” says you should do and stand? Or will you just bow down to what “they” say you have to in order to keep your job? Keep your house? Keep your land? Or whatever they deem they want? We have already had a taste of what this could look like. Psalm 139:1–4 Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart
    [1] O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
    [2] You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
    [3] You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
    [4] Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. (ESV)

    God Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart. O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down God You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. God thank You that even before a word is on my tongue, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me. Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Where shall I go from your Spirit. Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there!If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you. For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them. How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you. Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me. They speak against you with malicious intent, your enemies take your name in vain. Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? I hate them with complete hatred; I count them my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! (ESV) God thank You for this psalm to pray. Thank You for the minutes of this day to be brave and not cowardly, BUT YOU GOD are my God and I give You praise, honor, glory forever in Jesus name amen.

  2. Old school,but captures this chapter with “HOSANNA”

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