After hitting on the highlights of the Book of Revelations we can take a deep breath, settle in with the Lord and say, “And Then…” Yes, and then we will spend eternity with Christ, forever praising, worshiping, and rejoicing in Him. After our redemptions and rewards we will be directed to our new “Mansion” in the great city, “The New Jerusalem.” Check out the post on April 18th, 2020 titled “You Live Where,” for a look at what your new residence might look like. Scripture says that John saw a new heaven and a new earth. He saw that the first heaven and the first earth had, passed away. All things were new. John also said that there were no more seas. Looks like we can be in close harmony, not separated or hindered in our accessibility to each other. The word “new” in the Greek connotates that it is not a renovation but a new creation. It speaks to something recently made and unheard of, unused and uncommon.
Once we are moved in, we will be dwelling with the Lord forever, finding unlimited pleasure and joy as spoken of in Psalm 16:11. We can be reminded that this was the same arrangement God had in the Garden of Eden, holy environment with a sinless atmosphere. What a fantastic future we have ahead of us as redeemed saints. There will be no need for a Temple in this new city because we will be residing with Christ, and God the Father and the Lamb are the Temple. We need to again remind ourselves that there are certain people that will not be in this great city. They are listed in Revelation 21:6-8 as, the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars. These people have been separated and cast into the Lake of Fire. We need an ever-increasing faith in the times we live in, making our salvation sure.
One side note that I find very interesting about the “city” we will reside in. It says the twelve gates are each made of a great pearl. In Johns day a pearl had no value in the Jewish community since it was from oysters and considered unclean according to the law. They were held in high regard by the Gentiles though, and given great value. They are created in the oyster by a living impurity, but once formed that impurity can no longer be found. Just like God to let no impurities pass through the gates of pearl.
Each of us as saints will be a “gem” in God’s crown of glory. We will be gathered from all nations in peace and joy with Him. We will become the living stones, or the foundation stones mentioned in 1 Peter 2:4-5. Just as we as parents long to hold our children close to us so much more will God desire for us to cling to Him for eternity. He created us for it, He made a way of salvation through His death for it, He nurtured us through life for it, and He takes great pleasure in it.
God is calling us to make a change in our walk here on earth. It is like coming to the realization that we can’t walk both north and south at the same time. It would tear us apart. What do we need to change in our walk into eternity? Are we moving forward in Christ or are we standing still? To stand still is to be stagnant, to lose our life-giving properties that can have an impact on others. Are we firm in who Christ is or are we allowing ourselves to be influenced by the culture of our day? Culture is determined by the whim of man, becoming an ever-changing matrix of right and wrong. The steadfastness of Christ is not imbedded in our culture today. Standing for Christ and not culture in todays world is not rebellion, but righteousness. Let us always do what John did in biblical days as he declared, “Prepare ye the Way of the Lord.”
We have become timid as a “church” for the most part. Recent polls show that over 70% of churches consider themselves to be liberal, meaning they no longer adhere to the Bible as written. The enemy has been allowed to turn the clear stream of life running through God’s Word into a muddy creek. The fear of God’s will returning to the “church,” needs to change to the fear of God’s will NOT returning to the “church.”
Let us again as a “church” declare with boldness the steadfast righteousness of Christ in His Word. It is our lifeline in these times. It is not a suggestion box for us to add to and draw from. It is the divine map of our past, present, and future.
Have a great day.