TEXT: Revelation 21:1-7
1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
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.
3 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.
4 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.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
— PRAYER —
The Free State of Glory (Part 2)
In our last message, we looked at the magnificent transition that is in store for the world. This broken, sin-cursed world will give way to a new heaven and a new earth. The new creation will be populated by new men and women in Christ who are free from sin and the effects of sin. However, the greatest thing about this new glorified state is not the new heaven and the new earth, nor even the new people who live in it. The greatest thing is found in the fact that God will come down to abide with His people once and for all. This starts with the descent of the Holy City.
John writes, “And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” The Biblical writers had three different perspectives on Heaven. The first heaven refers to earth’s atmosphere where the clouds and the firmament exist. The second heaven refers to outer space where the sun, moon, stars, and distant planets reside. The third heaven refers to God’s abode. It is from this place that the heavenly city, the New Jerusalem, will come down.
Dr. John Walvoord writes, “The New Jerusalem is called ‘the Holy City’, in contrast with the earthly Jerusalem (which spiritually was compared to Sodom). The fact that the New Jerusalem comes down from heaven and that it is not said to be created at this point has raised the question as to whether it has been in existence during the Millennium.” Some scholars believe that this New Jerusalem will be suspended over the Earth during the Millennium, but “this is an inference rather than a direct revelation of the Bible.” “Here, however, the New Jerusalem is described as it will be in the eternal state… Though the city is compared to a beautifully dressed bride, it actually is a city, not a person or group of people.”
This city is God’s city. It is the “place” to which Jesus referred to when He said, “I am going to prepare a place for you.” All who have placed their faith and trust in Jesus Christ have an address waiting for them in the New Jerusalem. The Old Testament saints and the Tribulation saints also will abide in this city. However, the biggest presence in the city will be God himself. John continues, “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.”
After the Jews were delivered from Egypt, God commanded them to make a tabernacle. The tabernacle was always placed in the middle of the Hebrew camp. it was intended to symbolize God’s potent physical presence with His people. God was with them at all times and they were with God. Later on, Solomon built a Temple, and God’s presence inhabited this building, again symbolizing His presence with His people. Unfortunately, because of the people’s sin and rebellion God’s presence was removed. Presently, God regards every believer as a tabernacle, and His Holy Spirit resides in each of our hearts. In that way, He is with us at all times.
However, the tabernacle of the glorified state is different. Notice, John says this is “the tabernacle of God”; not just a tabernacle inhabited by God, but a tabernacle made by God. The entire city, the entire world even, is a tabernacle brought forth by God. His presence will permeate every aspect of it. Everyone who lives in the New Jerusalem or anywhere in the New Earth will be in constant communion with God. Even though His Spirit abides in us today, we still have to exist in the here and now, dealing with earthly concerns as fallen men and women. But we can look forward to the day when we will be with Him and love Him and enjoy Him forever.
Witness Lee wrote:
In new heaven and new earth
The New Jerusalem lies;
Out of God it has its birth,
With God’s radiance thrice.
There, life’s crystal river flows
With an abundance of supplies,
And the tree of life there grows
All I need it satisfies.
God is there, the great I AM
In that city of eternal light;
God is the light within the Lamb,
And there never again is night.
Dear friend, you can have a home in the new heaven and the new earth if you place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior from sin and the consequences of sin. Allow me to share with you how you can do that today so that you can be ready for His return.
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “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.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in 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.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “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 whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.