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Revelation 22:10-11 “And he saith unto me, seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand. He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, behold, I come quickly; and My reward is with Me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” What a difference between this statement and one from the Book of Daniel. Daniel's vision was for a later time. Daniel 12:9 tells us "And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end." The vision of John and its prophecy are not sealed. The words are not for a later time, but for the churches. The time is at hand. It may be that the Book of Revelation is an opening of that book which Daniel was told to seal up. Daniel was indeed writing about the last days. The Lamb is worthy to open the seals. There is one last sealing to be made. Men will be sealed in whatever state they exist when they come to the final hour. Upon the return of Jesus and then His judgment, there is no changing or going back. The filthy remain filthy; the unjust remain unjust; the righteous remain righteous. These conditions become fixed for eternity. When Christ returns it will happen with speed. He brings His reward with Him. This is not a time to fear. Those who believe in Jesus can never be subjected to a punitive judgment. Their sins and the penalty for them was borne away by Jesus at the cross. Each believer is appointed certain good works in which he is to walk. How well he walks will determine his reward when the Lord returns. Romans 14:10 tells us “But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.” And 2nd Corinthians 5:10 tells us “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 1st Corinthians 3:11-15 “For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.” Note what these verses do not say. None of these passages indicate the believer himself will be judged. It is the believer's works, not the believer, that will be subjected to examination by fire. There will be no mention of sins, Hebrews 9:28 “so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.” And Romans 8:33 “Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.” All charges which could have been made against us were justified by the blood of Christ. God has forgotten the sins of those who believe in his Son. He will never make mention of them again. One can not talk about what one has forgotten.  (May 23, 2016 | post #1204)

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Revelation 22:4-9 “They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever. Then he said to me, “These words are faithful and true.” And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place. “Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” Now I, John, saw and heard these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel who showed me these things. Then he said to me, “See that you do not do that. For I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets, and of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.” How different from the coerced worship of the beast. Under penalty of death men will be ordered to receive the beast's mark. We who believe shall have the name of God in our foreheads. It will not be because of coercion. We will see the face of Him whose name we bear. It will be willing, loving worship and service for an eternity. Day and night will no longer exist. Night is the time for resting from our daily toils. Such a rest will no longer be needed. When Paul met Jesus, on the road to Damascus, the glory around him was brighter than the sun. 1st John 1:5 “This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.” The Lord God will be the light of the new earth. There will be no need for sun or moon in our new home. The light bulb making business will be an obsolete industry with no need for its products. The saints shall reign over the new earth forever and ever. We shall reign as a kingdom of priests. The new earth will be the fulfillment of God's original purpose for creating us. We were created to rule over the earth. We were given dominion over God's handiwork. We will reach our goal at last. The visions, the revelations, and the words of this book are certified by the Lord himself, as being, "faithful and true". The giving of the Book of Revelation is all God's doings. The Book of Revelation opens and closes with the same promise, Revelation 1:7 "Behold, He comes with clouds; and every eye shall see Him, and they also which pierced Him: and all kindred’s of the earth shall wail because of Him. Even so, Amen." We await the day! The words of this prophecy are to be kept. For those who keep them a blessing is promised. No other book of the Bible makes such a promise. The Book of Revelation is not a book to be feared or avoided. It is a book to be kept in our hearts and minds and our walk. It is a book of comfort. It describes the love, the glory, and the victory of the saints through Christ Jesus, our Lord. This is the second time John attempts to worship the angel. As before, it is not permitted. Even the Angel of the Lord is not to be worshipped. "You shalt worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve."  (Apr 12, 2016 | post #1195)

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Revelation 22:2-3 “In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.” The street of the city and the river of life are lined with the tree of life. That from which Adam was banned by sin is now restored to free access. The tree of life was forbidden to Adam because God did not intend that Adam should live forever in his sinful state. In order for the tree of life to restore life to the sinner, there must be a way to remove sin from the sinner. From Adam to Jesus, the human race had no access to the tree of life. The tree of life had to become a tree of death before man could enjoy its fruit. On a tree, Jesus bore our sins in His own body, and restored what was lost by Adam. The value of the cross continues throughout the coming ages of the new heaven and the new earth. The phrase is singular. We might expect the phrase, "trees" of life but such is not the case. Christ Jesus was crucified once for all time. The tree producing monthly fruit indicates the perpetual benefit of death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. The leaves of the tree are for the healing (health) of the nations. All of the misery and disease brought into the world through the sin of Adam is counteracted by the death of Jesus. There is a complete and total restoration of health and wholesomeness through the cross of Jesus. Life and health that was lost in Eden; all that Adam lost for himself and his race are restored by Jesus, the last Adam. Genesis 3:17-19 “Then to Adam He said, because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, you shall not eat of it: cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” The earth from which Adam was taken had to be adjusted to new limitations imposed by sin and death. The creation itself, having done no wrong, was no longer a suitable habitat. For the sake of mankind, God placed a curse upon the earth and limited its productivity. We take food to sustain physical life from the soil of which we are made. Farmers understand this. They also understand the curse which was placed upon the earth. Ask any farmer or gardener as they constantly struggle with thorns, thistles, weeds and other threats to their crops. The new earth will have no such curse upon it. God will be there and sin will not. The Lamb took away sin and bore its curse. Man is reconciled to God, rebellion will not exist, and His servants will serve Him.  (Mar 27, 2016 | post #1194)

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Revelation 22:2-3 “In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.” The street of the city and the river of life are lined with the tree of life. That from which Adam was barred by sin is now restored to free access. The tree of life was denied to Adam because God did not intend that Adam should live forever in a sinful state. In order for the tree to restore life to sinners there must be a way to remove sin from the sinner. From Adam to Jesus the human race had no access to the tree of life. The tree of life must become a tree of death before mankind could enjoy its fruit. On a tree, Jesus bore our sins in His own body, and restored what was lost in Adam. The benefits of the cross continue throughout the coming ages of the new heavens and earth. The phrase is singular. We might expect the phrase, "trees" of life but such is not the case. Christ was crucified once for all, for all time. The tree producing monthly fruit indicates the perpetual benefit of Jesus' death. The leaves of the tree are for the healing or the health of the nations. All the misery and disease brought into the world through the sin of Adam is counteracted by the death of Jesus. There is a complete restoration of health and wholesomeness through the cross. Life and health was lost in Eden. All that Adam lost for himself and his race are restored by Jesus, the last Adam. Genesis 3:17-19 tells us, “Then to Adam He said, because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, you shall not eat of it: cursed is the ground for your sake; in toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, and you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for dust you are, and to dust you shall return.” The earth from which Adam was taken had to be adjusted to new limitations imposed by sin and death. The creation itself, having done no wrong, was no longer a suitable abode. For the sake of mankind, God placed a curse upon the earth and limited its productivity. We take food to sustain physical life from the soil of which we are made. Farmers understand this. They also understand the curse which was placed upon the earth. They constantly contend with thorns, thistles, and other threats to their crops. The new earth will have no such curse upon it. God will be there and sin will not. The Lamb took away sin and bore its curse. Man is reconciled to God, rebellion will not exist, and His servants will serve Him.  (Feb 17, 2016 | post #1191)

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Revelation 21:27 “But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.” Revelation 22:1 “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.” All the things which have plagued the human race from the fall of Adam until the present time will have disappeared into forgotten history. Almighty God and His people will enjoy eternity together. It will be a new heaven, a new earth, a new city, and a new experience for humanity. We will have no contact with the unclean things, the idols, or the big lie. Life will be what it should have always been if Adam had not sinned. The river of water of life is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. In the new heaven and new earth the river will proceed from the throne of God. In that respect that will not differ from the present time. The Holy Spirit will be the life force of our new resurrected and glorified bodies. The Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father through the Son to the church. Acts 2:33 tells us, "Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear." The Book of Ezekiel, chapters forty through forty-eight, gives another description of the city of God. Ezekiel described the heavenly Jerusalem in earthly terms. Ezekiel's temple is symbolic of God and the Lamb. Such symbolisms are difficult for us. But they are not totally unfamiliar to us. Paul describes the church in terms of a building, a holy temple. Ephesians 2:20-22 tells us, "And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone: In whom all the building fitly framed together grown unto a holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are built together for a habitation of God through the Spirit." Ezekiel chapter forty-seven corresponds closely to chapter twenty-two of the Book of Revelation. The river of the water of life flows from the throne and "everything shall live whither the river cometh". It is a river without pollutions. We would expect this since it is a symbol of the Holy Spirit. The river is pure and clear and bright as crystal.  (Feb 17, 2016 | post #1190)

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Revelation 21:22-26 “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 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. 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 honor into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.” In almost every city, village, and small town of the world there can be seen a religious building, a church building, a temple, or a cathedral. There is no such structure in the New Jerusalem. It has no need for a temple, for the Lord, the God, the Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of New Jerusalem. He is the temple whom the Jews destroyed but whom God raised from the dead after three days. A temple is a shrine. Shrines are places of worship. Our place of worship is not actually a place but a person. Ours is not a building made with hands. God and the Lamb are present and they are receivers of our worship. Worship is in spirit and in truth. On our present planet the sun is essential to life. There are many today who fear we are altering our environment is such a manner as to deprive the human race of the benefits of the sun. But in the new earth there will be no environmental concerns. We will not be concerned about ozone depletion. The sun will not be essential to our new world because He who is the light of the world will be there. In the new earth and New Jerusalem, government will be what government should always have been. The powers that be will honor Him from whom all power flows. Kings will rule for the glory of God and the Lamb. The gates will not be barred and they will never closed. It is a city where all can live without fear. Sounds of laughter, joy, and merriment will echo throughout the city. People will have no need to put bars on their windows. Doors will need no locks. Crime in the streets will be a thing forgotten. Drug dealers will not hang out on our street comers with their deadly poison. There will never be a gang war nor will families know the sorrow of a child being slain by a drive-by shooting. Every neighborhood will be a nice place to live. Only the saints (believers) will be allowed to enter into God's city.  (Jan 15, 2016 | post #1187)

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Revelation 21:12-21 “And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written there on, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: on the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb; 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 lies 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. And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. 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. 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.” Zechariah 4:9 causes me to think that Zerubbabel is the one here with the reed to measure the city. “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this house; his hands shall also finish it; and thou shalt know that the LORD of hosts hath sent me unto you.” I believe that God has a sense of humor. Mankind has struggled to gain riches, and what does man consider to be valuable? Gold! Precious stones! I believe that the value that God places on gold is the value of building material. So He builds His city with His building material; and built of what we consider most pure, finest gold, God’s building material. And His foundation is decorated with every kind of what we would consider precious stones. God’s building material. And the streets of the city are paved with the most pure, finest gold. God’s building material. They symbolize the splendid beauty and variety of the holy city. The New Jerusalem encompasses all who have believed in God throughout all the ages. It is beautiful! Beautiful to God! Beautiful to John! Beautiful to those who read, believe, and keep the words of this prophecy.  (Dec 30, 2015 | post #1186)

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Revelation 21:10-11 “And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; “ After telling us who will not be in the new heaven and earth, John is given more details concerning the bride, the Lamb's wife. There is no distinction to be made between the words, "bride" and "wife". They are one and the same. That point would not need making except there are some who say God will have two wives. According to them the wife is Israel and the church is the bride. This verse sets that idea aside completely. Israel was divorced because of fornication with idols. Jeremiah 3:6-10 “The Lord said also to me in the days of Josiah the king: “Have you seen what backsliding Israel has done? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there played the harlot. And I said, after she had done all these things, ‘Return to Me.’ But she did not return. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also. So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense,” says the Lord.” From a vantage point on a great high mountain John views the bride, the Lamb's wife, the great city, holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. She is dressed in righteousness and radiant with the glory of God. Her light like unto a stone most precious. The glory of God, Jesus Christ, is in her. That is the preeminent thing about the holy Jerusalem. Jesus is there.  (Dec 17, 2015 | post #1185)

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Revelation 21:7-9 “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” Victory! What a sweet word it is! We make heroes of those who are victorious in life. Whether they win in sports, politics, or overcoming hardship, we give them respect and admiration. We that believe in Jesus have an enduring victory. 1st John 5:4-5 tells us "Whosoever is born of God overcomes the world: and this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Who is he that overcomes the world, but he that believes that Jesus is the Son of God." The victory Jesus Christ is our victory! It is a list that does not need an explanation. The language is plain. Many profess to believe in Christ when it is comfortable to so. There have been periods of history when joining the church took on the nature of a fad. At other times church membership became something to do because it was good for business. These attitudes are at the heart of much modem day religion. The church itself is somewhat to blame in this. It has opened its doors to those who come without repenting. We have made church membership easy and comfortable. In doing so, we have gutted the gospel of its message of renewal. We have avoided the reproach of Christ and the necessity of repentance. Church conferences are now being held to decide if the things listed above are really sinful. Sins are now called diseases. It is all an attempt to make religion comfortable for the fearful and the wicked. When we disregard what God calls right and wrong we opened the door to much misery and shame. Isaiah 5:20 tells us "Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!" That is God's word on the matter and that is how the judgment will come down as John tells us. Churches often freely receive, without insisting on repentance. But it will be different in the new heaven and earth which Christ has prepared for his people. The lake of fire is the future destination of those who refuse to repent and believe. They would not be comfortable in the new heaven and earth, anyway. We are told by the angel that he is a fellow servant, along with the prophets and all of those who actually pay attention and receive and believe the words of this book, meaning the book of the Revelation. And of course, all those who worship God.  (Dec 3, 2015 | post #1174)

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Revelation 21:5-6 “Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.” For centuries there has been a strong urge in the people of science and science-ism to discover how the universe got its start. They have offered many theories as to how it all began. On the one hand, there seems to be a tacit understanding that the universe had a beginning. On the other hand, there seems to be a determination to disprove the statements of the Book of Genesis. Their most current fad is "the big bang theory". But like all fads, given sufficient time, this too will pass. For believers there is no such effort and no such confusion. We understand the present universe started when God spoke. Psalm 148:5"Let them praise the name of the LORD: for He commanded, and they were created." The new heaven and earth will start in the same manner. The natural man resists the idea of a God big enough, wise enough, and powerful enough to create an entire universe by merely speaking. But He did it once! He will do it again! Note the order of things. In verse five, "I make all things new". In verse six, "it is done". That quickly is it spoken and that simply it is finished. It does indeed boggle the mind but these are the words of one who is a true and faithful witness. When the present universe was set in place the Alpha spoke and it was done. When the new heavens and earth are created the Omega will speak and it will be finished, He and his people will remain together in their new home. John 4:14 tells us, “but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life." Thank You Lord…  (Oct 17, 2015 | post #1173)

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Revelation 21:3-4 “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. 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.” The New Jerusalem is called the tabernacle of God. Here again there is contrast between the old and the new. The old tabernacle was a temporary tent of meeting. The new tabernacle is the permanent habitation of the saints. The language of the Old Testament is here used to describe a New Testament truth. It was at the door of the tabernacle that God met with the leader of the nation of Israel. But only the high priest could enter the presence of the glory. The tabernacle mentioned here is a tabernacle with open access to all. There is no veil to hide the glory. All may enter freely into the presence of God; under the covenant of Law that could never happen! Moses was required to move the tabernacle outside the camp because God could not dwell among them because of their sins. And only Aaron the high priest was allowed behind the veil and that for only a short time once a year. A totally new situation will come to pass. Jesus said in John 1:18 "No one has seen God at any time. The only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, He has declared Him.” For the first time the redeemed of Adam's people will meet their Creator face to face. It fulfills the beatitude of Jesus in Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” It will satisfy the hope expressed by Job in Job 19:25-26 “For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God.” All the misfortunes produced by sin upon the human experience will have passed into oblivion. Those who, ‘were stoned, sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword, wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; of whom the world was not worthy; wandered in deserts, mountains, dens and caves of the earth’, will feel pain no more. All that now trouble us will pass away. Even the memories will haunt no more. It is genesis again for the human race. It is a return to Eden with a plus. Mankind finally will step into the full realization of that for which God created him.  (Aug 11, 2015 | post #1171)

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In this passage from Hebrews, Paul contrasted Heavenly Jerusalem with Mount Sinai. It is the city of the living God surrounded by an innumerable company of angels. It is the home of a general assembly (those of faith who died under the Old Covenant) and the church (those who have gone to sleep in Christ) of the firstborn ones who are written in heaven. It is the home of God the judge of all. In it the spirits of justified men have been perfected. How different is the heavenly home from Mount Sinai! The City is not a place of fire, blackness, darkness, smoke, tempest, and trumpet. It is not a place from which audible voices are presently being heard. It is not a place of judgment, death and condemnation as was the law of Mount Sinai. It is the city of grace and acceptance. It is where Jesus of Nazareth sits as mediator of the new covenant made with His own blood which speaks better things than that of Abel. Abel's blood cried out from the ground for vengeance. The blood of Jesus speaks of cleansing from all sin. His blood eliminates the fear of death, judgment, and vengeance. This is the city to which we have come by faith. The city is the bride of Christ and includes the saints of all ages. Abraham and the other Old Testament believers saw it afar off by faith. They looked for that city. They are now there. The Patriarchs from before the flood are there. The believers from the flood to Moses are there. The believers under the Covenant of Law are there. The Holy Jerusalem is the place where the book of life is kept. What a thing! It is the long awaited city! 2nd Peter 3:13 tells us "Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.”  (Jul 12, 2015 | post #1169)

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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.” The method of revelation throughout the Book of Revelation has been to first give a view of coming things and then come back later to that same subject and fill in the details. For example, in chapter seven John briefly mentions the 144,000 and comes back later in chapter fourteen and fills in the details. In chapter eleven John refers to the beast in relation to the two witnesses. He then returned to that subject and gave many more details in chapter thirteen. It is the same with the bride of the Lamb. In chapter nineteen the bride is seen as being ready and the marriage supper prepared. Then after the thousand years he returns to the subject and gives more details. The holy city, New Jerusalem, was seen coming down from God out of heaven. The word "new" is interesting. The city has not always existed. Isaiah prophesied of its creation in Isaiah 65:18 “But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, and her people a joy.” In the upper room, the night before his death Jesus said in John 14:2-3 “In My Father’s 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 to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.” In this chapter the city is in a state of having been prepared. Galatians 4:26 tells us, "But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all." And Hebrews 11:16 “But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.” It seems certain that New Jerusalem was created and prepared for the saints when Jesus returned to heaven. The heavenly Jerusalem is described also in the Book of Hebrews 12:18-24. “For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore. (For they could not endure what was commanded: and if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow. And so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.”) But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.” **cont**  (Jul 12, 2015 | post #1168)

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