Posts Tagged ‘Revelation’

Revelation 22:6-21 Not The End

And He provided a preview of the “coming attractions.”

We have come to the end of the book. But it is not the end of our time with Jesus. He promises us “forever” with Him.

What an AMAZING promise! I don’t know exactly what that forever is going to look like or what comes next. But as long as HE is in it, I’m GOLDEN! I think that was John’s reaction too. He was so thankful to the messenger that he fell at his feet. Oops! That reaction is reserved for the author of the message.

I find it interesting that even up until the last moments, we all still have potential to miss it AND to be forgiven. I doubt this letter was written on John’s death bed but he was well versed in Jesus’ teachings by now and yet, he still stumbled. Even more amazing than that is that the Holy Spirit saw fit to include that misstep in the final draft. God is SO gracious! Read more »

Revelation 22:1-5 In AWE!

Sitting under the shade of this tree will be doubly refreshing!

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The angel highlights two important and beautiful features in God’s city for John to consider. The River of Life and the Tree of Life.

I love looking at and listening to rivers. The sounds they make as they move through the world. They are powerful yet inviting. Finding their source or sources is sometimes difficult. Are they fed by an underground spring? Do they start with a waterfall leading away from a lake? Are they the result of melting snow in the mountains and only flow for a part of the year? And how many “sources” do they have? How many different “feed” into them?

The River of Life is fed by ONE source. That source is God. I’m curious if the river only flows in God’s city or if it feeds out into streams and rivers of the new earth. Are there streams, rivers, lakes and seas in the new earth? Will these waters bring more than quenching of the physical thirst? Will we be allowed to swim in this river? This thought brings to mind the movie Cocoon. Because of the life force of the pods in the water, those who entered the water were rejuvenated. I can imagine an even BETTER result when drinking or swimming in God’s river! Read more »

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 »