What does Revelation 21 mean?
Note: Today the sea covers about two thirds of the earth's surface. This is certainly the result of the flood (cf. Genesis 7), during which the whole earth was under water for about 5 months. On the new earth, the situation will certainly be different, since there will be no more curse of sin to be seen.
Note: Anyone who trusts the theory of evolution (cf. Evolution vs. Creation) will of course have great difficulties understanding this text. If our earth was created in millions of years, how long will it take for the new earth? One can understand this text only in the belief in a seven-day creation and in a Creator to whom everything is possible (cf. Jesus as Creator).
Revelation 15/16 tells how the earth was devastated by the pouring out of the seven last plagues. The sea, rivers and streams have become like the blood of a dead man, the cities are devastated, and the islands and mountains are gone. According to Revelation 20, this desolate state of the earth will last for a thousand years. At the end of these thousand years, the holy city, in which the followers of Jesus were throughout the period, will come down from heaven like an adorned bride. It is the beginning of the new creation of the earth. God will create everything anew to set up paradise on earth again.
There are many apartments in my father's house. If it were not so, would I have said to you: I am going to prepare the place for you?
According to Revelation 22: 3, both the throne of God and the throne of Jesus are on the new earth. Jesus will be the God of the redeemed, because "God with them" indicates the name Immanuel, which means "God with us". According to Isaiah 7:14, this Immanuel is none other than Jesus. Jesus will live in the midst of the redeemed in the new earth. He gave his life for each individual and by becoming man and hiding his divinity under human nature (cf. Philippians 2: 7), he was forever connected to humanity. The earth was the central battleground in the universe. Even the angels were probably more interested in our earth than in any other, because after all there was more joy in heaven over every sinner who had repented than over 99 righteous people (cf. Luke 15: 7).
Also, God will wipe away all tears by removing all causes for them. There will be no more death, suffering and pain, for the first earth that was under the curse of sin is past.
The overcomers will inherit the new earth (Galatians 3:29):
But if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's sons and heirs according to the promise.
Whoever belongs to Jesus is a child of Abraham and consequently the promise is made to him to inherit the whole earth (cf. Romans 4:13). He who overcomes should inherit everything, i.e. whoever belongs to Jesus is an overcomer.
Note: Whoever recognizes that he is justified as a sinner through Jesus (cf. Romans 1:17) and that this righteousness is a gift that is attributed to him in an undeserved way (cf. Romans 3.28), receives one whole new relationship to the law. According to Romans 3:20, knowledge of sin comes through the law and leads the sinner directly to Jesus, his Redeemer. Since one recognizes that one's own transgressions brought the Son of God to the cross, one naturally wants to keep his commandments out of love for Jesus (cf. John 14:15). Of course, one cannot keep these commandments by oneself, but Jesus sanctifies the believer through the Holy Spirit and through this one becomes a conqueror of sin (cf. Revelation 12:11).
For all other people who have not accepted Jesus as their personal savior, only the second death remains. According to Revelation 20:14, the second death means the final annihilation, which has an eternal effect.
Because we now know that the Bible predicts this, let us accept the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ today so that we can be with him on the new earth.
But the Jerusalem that is above is free; this is our mother. Because it is written (Isaiah 54: 1): "Be happy, you sterile, who you do not bear! Break out in jubilation and exult, who are not pregnant. For the lonely has many more children than the husband. "
Paul calls heavenly Jerusalem our mother. To this end, he appeals to Isaiah and thus expresses that the Old Testament Jerusalem has far fewer children than the heavenly Jerusalem. If the holy city is the mother, Jesus is our eternal father according to Isaiah 9: 5, then we are the children. If we now apply this to the wedding of the Lamb (cf. Matthew 22), then Jesus is the bridegroom, the holy city the bride and the followers of Jesus are the wedding guests. The time of the wedding is when Jesus begins his reign, when he receives the kingdom from the Father.
It is interesting that the gemstones represent the colors of the rainbow. It seems a bit irritating that the width, length and height of the city seem to be the same. Biblical interpreters see the Greek word for “equal” as meaning “proportionate”. The result would be that the height of the city is in proportion to its length and width. This also fits the description of the wall, as its height is explicitly stated, which would not make sense in a cube-shaped city.
The names of the twelve apostles indicate that it is a Christian city and the names of the twelve tribes indicate that it is not natural Israel, but spiritual Israel, which includes all of Jesus' followers.
However, it was the case that in the Old Testament the sanctuary was not only used for worship purposes, but it was also the adornment of the city. Since there will no longer be a sanctuary on the new earth, God himself will be the glory of the new city.
Neither will there be any night in the holy city when the glory of God will illuminate the city. But that is not to say that there will be no more night on the new earth. The passage only says that there will be no night in the holy city.
Note: The kings of the new earth are not the kings of our earth today. Since the peoples of the new earth will rule for all time according to Revelation 22: 5, they are the kings of the new earth.
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