THE ETERNITY OF GOD:

THE NEW HEAVENS AND EARTH AND THE NEW JERUSALEM

Revelation 21:1 – 22:5

Key Word – Sorcerers

Revelation 21:1-8 – Today we continue with those who are rejected by Christ from entering heaven – Idolaters and liars.  Please review previous study for title and description of those we looked at before who will be rejected.  They are also described in Revelation 21:8.

The description of the next group of unsaved people that will be rejected from heaven by Christ.  They are:

  • The idolaters:  These are those who worship idols.
  • Those who made idols with one’s hands or just conceived idols in one’s mind.  They will be rejected.
  • Those who worship and follow an image made of what God is like in their mind.  They will be rejected.
  • Those who worship and follow an image made with their hands or conceived God in their mind instead of following the God revealed by the Scriptures.  They will be rejected.
  • Those who put the things of the earth before God.  They will be rejected.
  • Those who give their primary attention and devotion to someone or something other than God.  They will be rejected.

“Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.”  (I Corinthians 10:14)

“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry… they which do such things shall NOT inherit the kingdom of God.”  (Galatians 5:19-21)

“For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”  (Ephesians 5:5)

“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleannes, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:  for which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience.”  (Colossians 3:5-6)

“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.”  (Revelation 21:8)

“For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”  (Revelation 22:15)

ANOTHER GROUP TO BE REJECTED ARE:

  • The group called liars:
  • Those who tell falsehoods and do not tell the truth.
  • Those who deceive and mislead others.
  • Those who are gossipers.
  • Those who are talebearers.
  • Those who pass rumor along.

“But the king shall rejoice in God; everyone that sweareth by him shall glory:  but the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.”  (Psalm 63:11)

“A false witness shall not be unpunished, and he that speaketh lies shall not escape.”  (Proverbs 19:5)

“[The LORD] frustrateth the tokens of the LIARS, and maketh diviners mad;  that turned wise men backward, and maketh their knowledge foolish.”  (Isaiah 44:25)

“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.”  (Revelation 21:8)

Fact:  Any person who does not repent and turn away from the, things outlined in our previous study as well as this one, will be rejected—any person who does not turn to God for forgiveness of these things will be rejected—any person who does not forsake these things, will be rejected and that person will not enter into the new heavens and earth.  He or she will not be a citizen of the new heavens and earth.  Where does he or she go?  Scripture is clear:

…[They] shall have part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone:  which is the second death.”  Revelation 21:8)

Now we will consider the New Jerusalem, The City of God (Part 1):  Its Description is in Revelaiton 21:9-23.

INTRODUCTION:  The new heavens and earth will have a capital city, a specific place where the presence of God will be centered and where the Lord Jesus Christ will live and rule the universe.  Scripture gives us the city’s name:  it is the NEW JERUSALEM.  Actually, Scripture gives several names by which the capital city will be known:

  • The New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:2; 3:12).
  • The heavenly Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22).
  • The Holy City (Revelation 21:10).
  • The City of My God (Revelation 3:12).
  • The Great City (Revelation 21:10)

Good Question:  “What will the city be like?”

  • It will be indescribable.  How could anyone possibly, describe the city of God and of Christ?
  • Think of all the stars in the sky, the billions of galaxies scattered through the universe.
  • Now picture them for just a monent:  the vastness, the enormity, the endlessness of the universe and try to imagine how awesome God must be.
  • Now remember that God is the Creator and Force of the universe, the Sustainer of all things.
  • God is the intelligence and power that made all things and He keeps all things operating just like they should.
  • Think about it, how could human language describe God?
  • Remember, we are called to worship Him in spirit and truth.  (John 4:24)
  • How could human language describe the city where God’s presence is centered and where Jesus Christ dwells?
  • This is the problem that John had in trying to describe the new Jerusalem.  The city and the presence of God within the city are so glorious that they are just indescribable.
  • Think about it, there are no earthly things beautiful enough nor valuable enough to be a part of God’s city.
  • Therefore, John did all he could:  He used the most beautiful things that he could think of that exist on earth to describe the city.

NOW CONSIDER:

Revelation 21:9-23 – This passage tells us about the city of God.

  •  It tells us what God showed John, what God wants us to know about the New Jerusalem, the city of God, the city where Christ will live and where the presence of God will be centered in the new heavens and earth.
  • Note:  How it stirs our hearts when we study this passage knowing that we shall be a part of so glorious a future.
  • God has given us the wonderful privilege of being a citizen of God’s great city, the wonderful city of Jesus Christ…if we want to be there!
  • This is the DESCRIPTION OF THE NEW JERUSALEM, THE CITY OF GOD.  (Revelation 21:9-24)
      1. The last vision given to John (v. 9-10).
      2. The glory of the city (v. 11).
      3. The city’s walls:  perfect security (v. 12) [i.e. Trump’s wall] {did you know WALLS are in the Bible?}
      4. The city’s twelve gates (v. 12-13).
      5. The city’s twelve foundations:  the names of the Apostles are inscribed in them (v. 14).
      6. The city’s shape and size (v. 15-17).
      7. The city’s materials:  are precious and priceless (v. 18-21).
      8. The city’s worship:  is focused upon God Himself and the Lamb (v. 22).
      9. The city’s light:  is provided by God’s glory and the Lamb (v. 23).

Now move to Revelation 21: 9-10, Visions of Revelation.

This is the last vision that God gives John, (so, pay attention) and it is the most glorious of visions.  God shows John the New Jerusalem, the great city of God that will be the capital city of the new heavens and earth in the recreated universe.  If saved, this is what we are looking forward to.

Note:  Who is it that God sends to take John to the city:  one of the seven angels who had cast one of the bowl judgments upon the earth.

There is symbolism in this:  God has a message of warning for the earth—judgment is coming.  But God also has a message of hope and glory for the earth:  The New Jerusalem, the city of God’s very own presence, is also coming to earth; and every person can live with God in the glory of that city.  If they are saved (Revelation 21:24)

NOTE:  Citizenship is available to all if they will believe in the Son of God, the Lord Jesus Christ, (John 3:16; Romans 10:9-13) and seek to live in the city with God and His Son.

The angel carries John away in the spirit to a high mountain and shows him the glorious city of God.

Revelation 21:11, New Jerusalem:

There is the glory of the city (v. 11).  The glory is the very glory of God Himself.  The city was clothed in God’s glory—in all of its splendor and radiance.  The luster of it resembled a rare and most precious jewel, like jasper, shining clear as crystal (the Amplified New Testament).

The glory of God gives light to the whole city.  God’s glory is full of so much light and shines so brightly there is no need for the sun nor for any other heavenly body to give the city light.

NOTE:  Just image the power and radiance of God’s glory—so bright that it is more forceful than the laser beams of light flowing from the sun!

It is the glory of God that gives light to the city.

  • The glory of God shines all throughout the city, the city actually shines and has a sparkling sheen to it.
  • The city shines like the green of a Jasper, but it is as clear as crystal.
  • The glory of God glitters off the city as though the buildings are crystal clear—everything glitters in the most beautiful green of the jasper.

Note:  If you have ever walked in a mountain forest when everything is covered with ice from an ice storm, you have walked in the midst of a crystal ice palace.  Everything sparkles and glitters—the green needles of the pines, the bare branches of the trees, the small branches and trunks of the saplings, the bushes close to the ground, the leaves lying on the ground.

As the glory of the sun strikes the mountain forest, the ice crystals that cover everything in the forest sparkle and glitter just like a crystal ice palace.  This is one of the most beautiful sights on earth, a crystal ice forest.  We had one at Summit University.  I used to walk there and be inspired.

Can you imagine how beautiful the green jasper glistening off the ice crystals would be?  This is a very faint idea of the sparkle and glitter of the glory of God throughout the crystal-clear city of God.

“And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them:  and they were sore afraid.”  (Luke 2:9)

“But he, being full of the Holy Ghost, looked up stedfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing on the right hand of God.”  (Acts 7:55)

“But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as the Spirit of the Lord.”  (2 Corinthians 3:18)

“The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament showeth his handywork.”  (Psalm 19:1)

MANY WONDER, HOW TO GO TO HEAVEN?  Well the good news is that God has explained how to spend eternity with Him in Heaven…but it is a choice that must be made by the person who desires to see God’s glory.

Now understand that what I will say next, some people do not want or like it…they reject the Lord Jesus Christ out of hand.  Same might say something to the effect of “Now I don’t want you to take this personally” when they rejected God’s wonderful message of salvation.  But friend, I do want you to take this personally—in the right sense.  Where will you be when Christ reigns on this earth during the millennium kingdom?  When He rules in perfect righteousness and with justice for all.

John said:  “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection:  on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”  (Revelation 20:6)

Friend, please note that those who have a part in the first resurrection will reign with Christ for a 1,000 years.

Fact:  Only those who have received Him as Savior will be in that blessed number, are you going to be there?  You can be if you want.  Please think about the following Scriptures:

John 3:16 – “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

“Romans 10: 9-13 -“That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.  For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvaiton.  For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.  For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:  for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

Hebrews 11:6 – “But without faith it is impossible to please him:  for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Acts 2:41 – “Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:  and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.”

Ephesians 2:8-9 – “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves:  it is a gift of God:  not of works, lest any man should boast.”