Revelation 21:9-27 HIS City

The City of God. His own making and MAGNIFICENT

“City of David” no more. Now the City of God. The New Jerusalem is awe inspiring and is the new home of God. Here He will rule the earth.

This new city is placed on the new earth. EVERYTHING within and without will glorify God. NOTHING is spoiled by sin or will ever be touched by it. But there are reminders of the past incorporated into the very structure of the New Jerusalem.

The reminders I speak of are the names inscribed on the gates and possibly the foundations. When thinking of Israel’s sons, Joseph is the only one who stayed faithful to God his whole life. Yet the other names are as important as his and are included in the construction of His holy city. This is because they were part of the bloodlines establishing the nation itself. It would be a nation of complete inbreeding if only those who were faithful to God were included through the centuries. God chose Jacob over Esau. God chose Isaac over Ishmael. And God chose Abraham over all the other people on the earth. Even Abraham wasn’t perfect. Read more »

Revelation 21:1-8 Unspoiled

Our quiet place will be even more beautiful in a world untouched by sin.

God created the heavens and the earth in the beginning. Satan spoiled it, so He made a new one. One that will be untouched by sin FOREVER.

Have you ever made something that you really liked, then it gets messed up somehow and you have to start again? Sometimes you long for the original because the replacement isn’t nearly as good. Other times you are GLAD you had to start over because the new one is SO much better than the first. A poem I wrote a while back comes to mind regarding this concept. I’m firmly in the former camp when it comes to that poem. I still wish I could retrieve the original one. Read more »

Revelation 20:11-15 Judgement Day

On which side will you have chosen to stand? NO MORE CHANCES to make the choice at that point.

It is time for the dead to be judged according to their deeds. This is the second resurrection. This is the end of death.

I am going to state again that I am NOT an expert in this area and only God knows the exact meaning here. I’m looking to others who are more “learned” than I am and PRAYING that God has spoken to them in their studies of what we are reading today.

While looking at the Great White Throne Judgement it was pointed out that there are three judgements spoken of in the bible. I’m pulling my information from one of my favorite sources GotQuestions.org. I found several pages I want to share with you on the subject of judgment day. It is easiest to list their titles and place them a links. You are free to make your interpretation of what is contained in them, as I am too. Feel free to disagree with what I take from this study, as NONE of us are God and therefore only have His words to garner our meaning. Read more »

Revelation 20:7-10 Last Hurrah

I’m on HIS team, no matter what! I wonder what the “uniforms” will look like. I like blue, in case You’re undecided.

When the devil tries to remind you of your past, remind him of his future! We see the final culmination of that future today. He loses! God WINS!

A thousand years have passed with Jesus on the throne ruling on earth. The earth has enjoyed peace because Jesus is ruling “with a rod of iron” (Revelation 19:15b). He is not going to let them get out of hand anymore. I don’t see everything as being “rainbows and sunshine” all the time though. We are still dealing with fallen man.

The people alive and being ruled by Jesus are those who came through the great tribulation alive. I can imagine their hesitancy to go against Jesus as He has the power to discipline them with those same kinds of acts of God. I would expect there to be a fair amount of awe and wariness abounding towards Him during His unchallenged reign. Read more »

Revelation 20:1-6 Satan Bound

These chains already have Satan’s name written all over them!

The battle is over. Satan has lost! It is time for him to leave the scene for 1,000 years.

I was thinking about the similarities and differences between Jesus’ grave and the bottomless pit Satan will occupy. I found more differences than similarities, which is probably no surprise.

In regard to similarities I found two distinct ones. Both were bound before being placed in their respective “holding cells.” Jesus was anointed and wrapped in linen strips for His burial. Satan is wrapped in Heavenly chains brought down and applied by an angel. Also, the entrances to both “receptacles” were sealed. Jesus tomb was sealed by Roman soldiers in an effort to make sure His followers didn’t sneak in and steal His body away. The stone and seal were to keep men out but it didn’t seal Him in. The bottomless pit was “shut” and “sealed” over Satan by an angel. This was to keep him inside.   Read more »