Verse 1) “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.” After the battle of Gog and Magog, and the Great White Throne Judgment, God makes a new heaven and a new earth for his children to live on, and there will be no more sea, but there will be a beautiful river.
Verse 2) “And I John saw the holy city , new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” This is our perfect eternal home where we will actually live with God, and Jesus, and the Holy Spirit and all the saved people forever. Maybe the reason that the Lord makes a new earth is because the old one will be in such a mess after the battle of Gog and Magog, or maybe because he is going to need more room for the Heavenly city, or maybe he just wants to start over without the devil being able to mess things up anymore forever. He may just renew the surface of the earth after melting it down. We shall see.
Verse 3) “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.” One glimpse of his dear face, all sorrow shall erase. It will be worth it all when we see Jesus, the Holy One of Israel and his maker, and the Holy Spirit. Amen?
We will also see all the saved family of God, and the people you won or helped win to Jesus!!!
Verse 4) “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.” We will have our new bodies which never die or get old, or sick, or feel any pain.
Verse 5) “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.” God is going to make everything new and perfect. “LET NOT your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my fathers house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” (John 14:1-3). Some of the people in Heaven are working on your mansion, under the Lords supervision, and they are using the material that you send up there by your works here in this life. “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21).
Verse 6) “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.” God lives in the spirit world, another dimension that lasts forever. Where time does not exist, the eternal now. “God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:24). When we’ve been there 10,000 years bright shining as the sun, we’ve no less grace to sing God’s praise than when we first begun. The fountain of the water of life is God’s Holy Word. “Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13b,14). We will be learning from Jesus for all eternity. Are you thirsty for Jesus’s spiritual water of his Word?
Verse 7) “He that overcometh shall inherit all things: and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” How do you overcome? By having faith in the blood of Jesus Christ, and by witnessing to show that you have faith. “And they over came him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.”( Revelation 12:11).
Verse 8) “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.” This verse is talking about the people who rejected God’s Son, Jesus Christ and his salvation which he purchased for us by his death on the cross, and his shed blood to take away all of our sins. The second death takes place at the Great White Throne Judgment which we studied in Revelation Chapter 20.
Verse 9) “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 show thee the bride, the Lambs wife.” The bride is the church, the saved believers. The Lamb is Jesus Christ. “And looking unto Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God !” (John 1:36).
Verse 10) “And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.” Our new eternal heavenly home. Also symbolic of the bride, the saved Christian Believers, the True Church.
Verse 11) “Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;” A Jasper stone is one of the clearest stones of God’s creation, and it is one of the foundation stones of the Heavenly City in Revelation Chapter 22.
Verse 12) “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:” The angels are guardians of the gates that only allow the saved to go in and out of the city. You have to be a saved spiritual Jew to get in there. Galatians 3:29 states, “And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.” Maybe you will have to show the angel at the gate your white stone with your new name in it to get in? “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. “ (Revelation 2:17)
verse 13) “On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.”There are a total of twelve gates, three on each side of the city.
Verse 14) “And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” These are the twelve disciples. Paul took the place of Judas. Jesus said to his disciples; “Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.“ (Luke 10:20).
Verse 15,16) “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.” God wants you to know exactly how big your new home is. The city is either a square or a pyramid. I believe it is shaped like a pyramid. All sides are each 12,000 furlongs in length. A furlong Is a distance of 220 yards, there are 3 feet in a yard. So 220 yards X 3 feet in a yard = 660 feet in a furlong. So 12,000 furlongs X 660 feet = 7,920,000 feet. So if you take 7,920,000 feet and divide 5,280 feet into it (The amount of feet in a mile) you get 1,500 miles. So the Heavenly City is 1,500 miles long and 1,500 miles wide, and 1,500 miles high. WOW ! How about that? PRAISE THE LORD !
Verse 17) “And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.” A cubit is about 18 inches ( the distance from your elbow to the tip of your fingers), so 18 inches X 144 = 2,592 inches divided by 12 inches in a foot = 216 feet. So the wall around the city is around 216 feet high, and it is at least 1,500 miles long on each of the four sides. We don’t know how far the wall is from the actual City.The City behind the wall rises 1,500 miles high.
Verse 18) “And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.” A Jasper stone is a beautiful multi colored polished stone. It was thought in ancient times to have healing powers and used to ward off snakes and spiders. The wall is made of Jasper and the city is pure gold, and it looks like clear glass.
Verse 19,20) “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.” Remember these precious stones are found in the foundations of the wall of the city. What a beautiful and amazing place to live !!!
Verse 21) “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.” Each side of the city has three huge gates which are each one a giant pearl. You will be able to walk right through it in your new body, just like Jesus did when he walked into the room, were the doors were locked and appeared to his disciples. (John 20:19,26).
Verse 22) “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.” There won’t be any need for any church buildings because God ,and Jesus, and the Holy Spirit, will be living in the city with us. There are different levels in Heaven, God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit probably live at the top or the apex of the pyramid where their central throne is possibly located. Someday they might come and visit you at your mansion for dinner. Wouldn’t you like to have your heavenly parents over for a visit and a nice meal?“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.”(Revelation 3:20).
Verse 23) “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.” It doesn’t say that the sun won’t be shining any more, but that there is no need of it in the Heavenly City, because God’s glory lights up everything and Jesus is the spiritual light of all.
Verse 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.” There will be whole nations living out side the city. Kings will bring offerings and gifts into the city.
Verse 25) “And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.” The city is open all the time for those who are allowed to enter in.
Verse 26,27) “And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 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.” Only the saved can go into the city who’s sins are washed away by the blood of the Lamb,Jesus Christ. (I John 1:7). “And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of Hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles. And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.” ( Zechariah 14;16,17). “And in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the Lord of hosts.” (Zechariah 14:21b), Why? because all the saved will all have glorified new bodies like unto Jesus’s body. “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.” (I John 3:2).
Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.