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A NEW HOME
August 7, 2022

SCRIPTURE: Revelation 21:1-9

KEY VERSE: 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)

INTRODUCTION: Human history begins in a Garden and ends in a City that is like a garden paradise. In the Apostle John’s day, Rome was the admired city; yet God compared it to a harlot. “That which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God” (Luke 16:15). The eternal city of God is compared to a beautiful bride (Revelation 21:9), because it is the eternal home for God’s beloved people.

God’s statements recorded in Revelation 21:5-6 aptly summarize the final two chapters of the Bible: Behold, I make all things new. . . . It is done!” What began in Genesis is brought to completion in Revelation, as the following summary shows:

In The Book Of Genesis

1. Heavens and earth created (Genesis 1:1)

2. Sun created (Genesis 1:16)

3. The night established (Genesis 1:5)

4. The seas created (Genesis 1:10)

5. The curse announced (Genesis 3:14-17)

6. Death enters history (Genesis 3:19)

7. Man driven from the tree (Genesis 3:24)

8.Sorrow and pain begin (Genesis 3:17)

In The Book Of Revelation

1. New heavens and earth (Revelation 21:1)

2. No need of the sun (Revelation 21:23)

3. No night there (Revelation 22:5)

4. No more seas (Revelation 21:1)

5. No more curse (Revelation 22:3)

6. No more death (Revelation 21:4)

7. Man restored to paradise (Revelation 22:14)

8. No more tears or pain (Revelation 21:4)

I. ALL THINGS NEW. (Revelation 21:1-2)

A. New Heaven and New Earth.

(Revelation 21:1) 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.

The Bible clearly teaches that this present order of creation is to pass away in order to make room for a new heaven and a new earth. The Lord Jesus Christ Himself said, “Heaven and earth shall pass away …” (Matthew 24:35). The old creation was made for the first Adam.

Jesus Christ, the Second Adam, has a new creation for His new creatures. “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind” (Isaiah 65:17). “For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the Lord, so shall your seed and your name remain” (Isaiah 66:22).

B. New Earth.

(Revelation 21:1) 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.

The chief characteristic of the new earth is the absence of the sea. This would automatically change the climate, the atmosphere, and the living conditions. It is impossible for the human mind to comprehend the great transformations which will take place in a new creation.

The sea in the past has been a barrier and also a border for mankind, which in some cases has been good and in others bad. Also, the sea was an instrument of judgment at the time of the Flood. However, by the disappearance of the sea, the population on the earth can be doubled again and again because of the increase of the land surface.

C. New Jerusalem.

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

1. This is the part which should interest us.

I believe that the New Jerusalem is where those of us who are truly children of God are going to live. When you talk about going to heaven, what do you think about it? To most people it is just “a beautiful isle of somewhere.” However, it is a definite place. It is a city called the New Jerusalem. It is a planet within itself. Very truthfully, very little is said in the Bible about heaven -- but here it is, and that is the reason this ought to be important to us.

2. The New Jerusalem is the building, the eternal home that is prepared for all true believers (i.e., “the true church”) regardless of their church affiliation on earth.

The Lord Jesus Christ said: “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 14:2–3). You could not have a prettier or more appropriate picture given.

II. NO MORE SUFFERING. (Revelation 21:3-5)

A. God Is There.

(Revelation 21:3) 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.

“Behold the tabernacle (i.e., “the tent”) of God is with men.” What is the tent? We are told by John in John 1:14, “And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt (i.e., “pitched His tent”) among us…” That flesh was crucified on the cross, and He was raised in a glorified body. We, too, are going to have glorified bodies, and we are going to live with Him in the New Jerusalem.

The golden street is not really important. What difference does it make what kind of asphalt you walk on? It is important to know the psychological and spiritual values that will be there.

B. God’s People Are There.

(Revelation 21:3) 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.

“They shall be His peoples, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God.” Certain things that definitely are prominent today are going to be removed: “God shall wipe away every tear from their eyes.”

INSIGHT: A columnist years ago wrote: “For every light that burns on Broadway, there is a broken heart.” There is many a sad and lonely people in this world, but in the New Jerusalem there are not going to be any more tears.

C. God’s Promises Are There.

(Revelation 21:4) 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.

“And death shall be no more” -- that is going to be a very spectacular improvement. Since we began reading this chapter, a number of funeral processions have taken place. People are dying all the time. There is a continual march to the cemetery. This earth is nothing in the world but a cemetery.

This earth is an enormous “cemetery” today, but all of that is going to end. There will be no burying ground in the New Jerusalem. The funeral director will be out of business. Even the doctors and nurses are going to be out of business, because there is not going to be any crying, “neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

D. God’s Power Is There.

(Revelation 21:5) 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.

We can start over, and there will never be an end to our growth. Remember that of Jesus Christ it is said, “Of the increase of His government and peace there shall be no end” (see Isaiah 9:7). There is constant growth and development. Just think of the prospect of that for the future. Someday I am going to know something; today I do not, but I will then.

III. JESUS IS THERE. (Revelation 21:6-8)

A. God’s Speaker Will Be Revealed.

(Revelation 21:6) 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.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.” This identifies the speaker as the Lord Jesus Christ, as He was identified like this in the first chapter of this book.

B. God’s Supply Will Be Given.

(Revelation 21:6) 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.

Believers in their new bodies will thirst after God and the things of God, and they will be satisfied: “I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.” In Matthew 5:6 the Lord Jesus said: “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.”

C. God’s Requirements Will Be Disclosed.

(Revelation 21:7) He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

1. “He that overcometh shall inherit these things.”

All true believers are overcomers because of faith in God. “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4).

2. “And I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”

All of God’s children (both male and female) became heirs through faith in Jesus Christ: “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name” (John 1:12).

D. God’s Children Will Be Rewarded.

(Revelation 21:7) He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

1. We “inherit all things” because this was promised to the children of God.

“The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together” (Romans 8:16–17).

2. God is the One who says “my son” to the believers in Christ.

“Beloved, now are we the sons (“children”) 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” (1 John 3:2).

E. God’s Enemies Will Be Missing.

(Revelation 21:8-9) 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. 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.

1. There are several significant features about these verses:

Above all, the creation of the new heavens and a new earth will not affect the status of the lake of fire and of the Christ rejectors; they are going into eternity just that way.

There is NO POSSIBILITY of sin, which made man become fearful, unbelieving, liars, murderers, and all the rest, ever breaking over the barriers into the new heavens and the new earth. (Sin and its potential are forever shut out of the new creation.)

The lake of fire is eternal, for it is the second death, and there is no third resurrection. (It is eternal separation from God, and there is nothing as fearful and frightful as that.)

2. This is why Christians should have an urgency to see others accept Christ as their Savior.

Some years ago Evangelist John R. Rice wrote a wonderful hymn: “O Bring Your Loved Ones.” Here is the chorus to this hymn:

“O bring your loved ones, Bring them to Jesus!

Bring every brother And sister to Him!

When comes the reapers, Home with the harvest,

May all our dear ones be safe gathered in!”

By John R. Rice

CONCLUSION: In heaven “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)

The eternal city of God (heaven) is compared to a beautiful bride (Revelation 21:9), because it is the eternal home for God’s beloved people. God’s statements recorded in Revelation 21:5-6 aptly summarize the final two chapters of the Bible: Behold, I make all things new. . . . It is done!” We call this “heaven.”

First, there will be a new heaven. (Revelation 21:1)

Second, there will be a new earth. (Revelation 21:1)

Third, there will be a new Jerusalem. (Revelation 21:2)

Fourth, God will be there. (Revelation 21:3)

Fifth, God’s people will be there. (Revelation 21:3)

Sixth, God’s promises will be there. (Revelation 21:4)

Seventh, God’s power will be there. (Revelation 21:5)

Eighth, God’s speaker will be revealed. (Revelation 21:6)

Ninth, God’s supply will be given. (Revelation 21:6)

Tenth, God’s requirements will be disclosed. (Revelation 21:7)

Eleventh, God’s children will be rewarded. (Revelation 21:7)

Twelfth, God’s enemies will be missing. (Revelation 21:8-9)

What Will Heaven Be Like?

An unknown author once said, As a boy, I thought of heaven as a city with domes, spires, and beautiful streets, inhabited by angels. By and by my little brother died, and I thought of heaven much as before, but with one inhabitant that I knew.

Then another died, and then some of my acquaintances, so in time I began to think of heaven as containing several people that I knew. But it was not until one of my own little children died that I began to think I had treasure in heaven myself.

Afterward another went, and yet another. By that time I had so many acquaintances and children in heaven that I no more thought of it as a city merely with streets of gold but as a place full of inhabitants.

Now there are so many loved ones there I sometimes think I know more people in heaven than I do on earth.

For those who believe in Jesus Christ, the future means “all things new” (Revelation 21:5); but for those who reject Him, it means the same old sins for all eternity (Revelation 21:8, 27; 22:11, 15).

The Apostle John envisioned a new heaven in which the Lord will wipe away every tear of those who have put their faith in Jesus Christ. Their new home will be His heavenly kingdom.

As God’s faithful children, we will enjoy all the blessings of heaven – an inheritance the Lord has promised to everyone who has placed their faith in His Son, Jesus Christ.

Have you made your peace with God? Today is the day of salvation. Accept Jesus Christ now as your Lord and Savior. You might not have a “tomorrow.”

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: “The hope of heaven under troubles is like the wind and sails to the soul.” -- Samuel Rutherford

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REFERENCES: References used in these Bible studies are the Moody Bible Commentary, J. Vernon McGee’s Thru the Bible Commentary: (www.ttb.org), the Scofield Study Bible, the Believer’s Bible Commentary, Dr. Charles J. Woodbridge Bible Outlines, Dr. Lee Roberson’s Sermons, Dr. Charles Stanley: (http://www.intouch.org/), Don Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Women’s Study Bible, The Bible Reader’s Companion Ed. 3, The Nelson Study Bible: New King James Version, Dr. Tony Evans (https://tonyevans.org/), KJV Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the New Testament ed. 4, Dr. David Jeremiah: (http://www.davidjeremiah.org/site/), Dr. Cliff Robinson’s Bible Outlines, Dr. Robert Jeffress’ Pathway to Victory (https://ptv.org/), Wiersbe’s Expository Outlines of the Old Testament, Dr. Alan Carr’s The Sermon Notebook (www.sermonnotebook.org), With the Word Bible Commentary, Wiersbe’s “Be” Series: Old & New Testaments, Radio Bible Class Ministries (http://rbc.org/), selected illustrations and other references.

 

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