Revealing Revelation – The New Jerusalem

04Jan11

This post ties directly and, in a sense, concludes the previous discussion on the New heavens and New Earth. Just as John concludes this discussion with the picture of the New Jerusalem proceeding from Heaven, so does the Church receive it’s birth as the New Heaven and New Earth Covenant is created. But note just when this takes place and what qualifications are given regarding what this means.

Rev 21:6 And 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 from the spring of the water of life without payment.

We immediately hear words that should ring familiar to the reader. “It is done!” Just like the words spoken from the cross we see the conclusion of the work of the Son as the New Heavens and Earth are formulated. At this same time He declares that He is offering the thirsty water that comes from the spring of the water of life.

If this is the Eternal State what need would there be of partaking in the water of life. This would be reserved, as the text clearly indicates, for those who are thirsty. The eternal state would not need this water to be shared as one would no longer be thirsty. So, again it appears there is evidence that John has returned to the end of Chapter 19 and the final picture of the Fall of Jerusalem as evidence that this New Heaven and earth is being fully presented and that the generation of repentance is done. The fading away (Hebrews 8) of the Old Covenant is complete as the Temple is destroyed and the New Jerusalem, the Church, is introduced fully as the dwelling place for the Lord.

In fact this verse is followed by a description of what happens to those who are sinners. This includes the “future” wrath they will experience in the Lake of Fire. Yet this is mentioned after the judgment passage in Chapter 20 again pointing to John’s retracing his steps in Chapter 21 to events and timing preceding chapter 20.

We are then given a beautiful picture of this New Jerusalem and it’s mighty expanse and glorious representation. Many have made much of it’s supposed literal expectation. Some have even gone on to argue that this 1,500 mile city must be pyramid shape for it to possibly exist on planet earth. But this literal interpretation must be avoided as the text itself already declares what this city “literally” represents.

Rev 21:9 Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God,

This is NOT some picture of a large actual brick and mortar city some 1,500 mile cubed floating to earth from the clouds above. This is the CHURCH! This is the Bride, the Wife of the Lamb. She is both beautiful and large. And she becomes the dwelling place of the Lord Almighty.

We are also told, like in Ezekiel, that the measuring is done by angels. This denotes a spiritual reality, not a physical one. This differentiates itself from John’s measuring of the physical temple previously in the book. The expanse of this city (Church) is spiritual as the spiritual Temple in Ezekiel shows the spiritual expanse of the work of God in time and eternity through the spread of the water that preceded from that Temple.

To punctuate this fact the very next passage mentions the lack of need of a temple to exist.

Rev 21:22 And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.

There is no longer a need for a Temple since the finished work of Jesus Christ makes approaching the father possible. This is what the book of Hebrews argues from verse one. This is not a future reality for the Church and it’s members, but a present one that began at the first coming of Christ.

Finally if you will note in the final verses of this passage talk about things that simply do not belong in the ETERNAL STATE.

Rev 21:24 By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, 25and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Nations existing during the eternal state? Kings of the earth? Really? Unclean things and people? If this is picturing the eternal state these things should not even be brought up let along considered possibilities. But despite the presence of unclean people in the Church physical, the Church Spiritual – which is what is represented here – will have no unclean things or people because they have been bought by and represented by the Lord Jesus Christ.

This present reality should, again, bring us so much comfort and joy! He dwells with us!!Not will dwell with us but DOES dwell with us!

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3 Responses to “Revealing Revelation – The New Jerusalem”

  1. Nicely said! I would add too that Paul contrasted the Old Covenant, “Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children,” with the New, “But the Jerusalem above is free, and she is our mother.” (Gal. 4:25-26)

    Nice Job!

  2. 2 Yeshua is the Lord of Glory

    Hi David

    Just writing to see how you are are? Are you just taking a break from writing?

    I hope that all is well with you.

    • 3 low5point

      Actually I am trying to decide if I should do one more post on the New Jerusalem. The post would be more theological and not related to eschatology per se, which would violate my initial purpose. After that I only have one more chapter which will take one post…and then I’m done!


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