Out with the old and in with the new
Revelation 21:1-8
God will take away everything that is sad.
Published October 19th, 2020
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Main point summary
Main point summary
Then I saw the new world and new Jerusalem. Explaining this scene, a voice from the throne said that God will now live with his people and take away sorrow. And God said that he is renewing everything and that judgment day has come.
Revelation 21:1-8
Then I saw y a new heaven and a new earth,
Next I saw a new sky and a new land
for z the first heaven and the first earth had passed away,
( that is , the first sky and land were gone),
and the sea was no more.
and the sea (a symbol of judgment) was gone.
And I saw a the holy city, b new Jerusalem,
And my eyes were drawn to the new holy city, Jerusalem,
c coming down out of heaven from God,
being lowered out of heaven, coming from God,
d prepared e as a bride adorned for her husband.
decorated beautifully, like a bride on her wedding day.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
Giving explanation to what I saw , I heard a loud voice from the throne of God saying,
“Behold, f the dwelling place 1 of God is with man.
“Look! God’s home is now with redeemed mankind.
He will g dwell with them,
Specifically, this is what will happen : he will live with them,
and they will be his people, 2
and furthermore they will belong to him;
and God himself will be with them as their God. 3
in other words , God will live with his people as their God.
h He will wipe away every tear from their eyes,
Moreover , God will take away everything sad,
and i death shall be no more,
and even take away death!
j neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore,
In fact , there will no longer be any sadness or pain whatsoever,
for the former things have passed away.”
because all sad things are now gone.”
And k he who was seated on the throne said,
And the one on the throne, God himself, said,
“Behold, I l am making all things new.”
“Look! I am renewing everything”
Also he said,
And then he said,
“Write this down,
“Write down what I tell you,
for m these words are trustworthy and true.”
because what I am telling you is true and you can trust it.”
And he said to me,
And what he told me to write down is
n “It is done!
“The end of time has come!
o I am the Alpha and the Omega,
I am like the first and last letter of the alphabet.
the beginning and the end.
I was before everything and nothing remains longer than me.
p To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment.
By my authority , to those who are thirsty for eternal life with God I will let them drink from the spring of the water of eternal life without having to pay.
q The one who conquers will have this heritage,
In particular , those who endure to the end, gaining victory over this sinful world that is against Christ, will receive this reward,
and r I will be his God and s he will be my son.
and I will be loyal to him as his God and I will relate to him as a son.
t But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, u their portion will be in v the lake that burns with fire and sulfur,
On the other hand , those whose lifestyle show that they are not thirsty for eternal life with me will be punished. This includes those who shrink back from opposition, those who don’t trust me, those who are vile, those who kill the saints, those who practice sexual immorality, those who practice the dark arts, those who worship and devoted to other things instead of God, and those who speak falsely. Instead of the spring of life, these people will receive the lake of fire.
which is w the second death.”
This final punishment is the second death.
I saw the new world and the new Jerusalem.
A loud voice from the throne said that God is now living with man, his people and that he will take away tears and death and mourning.
The one seated on the throne said “I am remaking everything!” and “the final judgment has come”.
To those who are thirsty for living water I will give it for free. And the one who perseveres to end will become my son and I his God. But those who embrace sin will be punished.
Because I am the everlasting God, I will reward the faithful and punish those who embrace sin.
And he said “The end has come. Everyone will now receive their just reward or punishment in accordance with how they lived their life.
Leon Morris (Revelation: an Introduction and Commentary, Tyndale NT Commentaries) says that “And he who...” is better translated as “And then he who...”.
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