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XXI  Where the Gates Never Close
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XXI Where the Gates Never Close

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Here I start at the end of Revelation. My study of Revelation benefits from such 'backwards engineering', for in the final two chapters, I discover six entities whose fates John clearly sets forth: …

Here I start at the end of Revelation. My study of Revelation benefits from such 'backwards engineering', for in the final two chapters, I discover six entities whose fates John clearly sets forth: the Saints, Jews, Satan, AntiChrist, the Nations and the Creation. Now I feel I know what to notice as I read through earlier chapters! I shall search through Revelations 4-18 and happily discover how each of these six entities came to their eternal fates.

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    • 1. XXIII: Where The Gates Never Close Revelation 21:22 - 22:5
    • 2. d of ion with an initial focus on the en I start my study of Revelat 22. hapters 21 and the first 5 verses of Revelation: C an tention to how unique the Christi I want to draw the readers’ at aradise mparing it to Islamic visions of P view of Heaven is, briefly co seem to int out that two population groups for enhanced clarity. I po live in Heaven. Heaven er of how Revelation’s account of Finally, I remind the read werful account mirror one another in a po and Genesis’s creation symmetry.
    • 3. I’m just filler . . . you know, ‘No hyperlinks for you till Slide 4!” Contracts on the cat and the kid ran out and now Lenny’s using me. ‘Best for last’ and all that!
    • 4. Basic Information LICENSING: I grant a Creative Commons license made of the following elements: You may freely share and adapt this work provided you give me credit–(website info fine!), your efforts have no commercial application and you share extracted/ redacted work with others. God bless and have fun! IMAGES: By Subscription: http:// www.instonebrewer.com/bpg2009/ frames.htm?members/member_page.php VISIT: skOG Workshop Headquarters at www.lennyhoy.com for other items of interest. Slide Array Table of Contents TITLE PICTURE: http:// upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/ a/ab/La_nouvelle_Jérusalem.jpg By Permission: Creative Commons Licensing as noted EMAIL: leonard.hoy@gmail.com
    • 5. WE’LL BE FOCUSING ON THE ETERNAL CITY’S PART OF THE FINAL NARRATIVE Introduction Letters to the Seven Churches The Story of the Tribulation The Doom of Babylon Christ’s Return The Millennium Great White Throne Judgment The Eternal City Final Message Rev 22 Rev 19
    • 6. FOUR PARTS TO THIS PRESENTATION Basic Facts: We extract the facts about Heaven as presented in the last two chapters of Revelation. Islam Vs. Christianity: Two distinct and different visions of Heaven emerge here-and I suggest that there are reasons why each tradition depicts Heaven the way it does! The Nations vs. The Bride: Two population groups appear on the rolls of Heaven. What’s up with that? Genesis vs. Revelation: The two harmonize in the mind of God and that harmony resonates in the pages of our Bibles.
    • 7. Here’s the Basic Facts Section for Chapter 21 and the beginning of Chapter 22.
    • 8. GOD LIGHTS THE ETERNAL CITY No temple (21:22)– Almighty and the Lamb = Temple No sun/moon (21:23)– Almighty and the Lamb give light Nations: (Nations??? What nations? What’s up with that?) Walk by this light (v. 24) Have kings (v. 24) Walk through gates that never close (v. 25) Bring their glory into the city (v. 24)
    • 9. GOD HEALS THE NATIONS River of the waters of life come from God’s throne (v. 1) This river flows down the middle of the street On either side of the river: Tree of Life (v. 2) Yields 12 kinds of fruit Heals the nations (Again, what are ‘nations’ doing in Heaven?) There is no more curse
    • 10. GOD’S BONDSERVANTS God’s Bondservants serve Him (v. 3) They (we?) see His face (v. 4) His name is on their (our?) foreheads No need for natural light: the Lord God shall illumine them They (we?) shall reign forever and ever!
    • 11. GOD’S BONDSERVANTS God’s Bondservants serve Him (v. 3) They (we?) see His face (v. 4) His name is on their (our?) foreheads WHICH EYE written, "THINGS but just as it is NOT HEARD, No need for natural light:ND Lord GodS them N A the EAR HA shall illumineART NOT SEE HAS TERED THE HE NOT ich HAVEforever EN ever! AND wh They (we?) shall reign AT GOD HAS PREPARED FOR and F MAN, ALL TH O I Corinthians 2:9 WHO LOVE HIM." THOSE
    • 12. REPORTING OUT ON THE TRIBULATION SIX IN CHAPTER 22 TRIBULATION SAINTS: Assuming they belong among the ‘God’s bondservants’ group of 22:3, they reside safely in the Eternal City, New Jerusalem ANTICHRIST: No news here. SATAN: No news here, but death has been done away with which suggests his influence has finished?
    • 13. REPORTING OUT ON THE TRIBULATION SIX ISRAEL: No relevant news in this section 21:22 - 22:5 THE NATIONS: Some subset of the class “Nations” clearly has a place around the Eternal City, perhaps in the “New Earth” over which the Eternal City hovers. How did they get here? See the slide “Nations vs. Bride” below for fuller treatment. River of Life said to be for the nations’ healing (Rev 22:1+2) CREATION: No more curse!! (Rev 22:3) Everything ‘new’!
    • 14. Here’s the Islam vs. Christianity section. Compare and contrast to sharpen your understanding.
    • 15. ISLAM VS. CHRISTIANITY d rent an Diffe ns e visio v structi in n f heave o Our Heaven appears less naturally alluring than do the Muslim’s visions of Paradise Bible: Lots on geography; little on experience Qur’an: Little on geography; lots on experience Bible: Features the site– bejeweled splendor, grand architecture Qur’an: Features the experience–eternal sexual pleasures etc
    • 16. ISLAM VS. CHRISTIANITY d rent an Diffe ns e visio v structi in n f heave o God provides us a view of Heaven which stresses its corporate elements: the Bride, the nations, the Holy City, corporate experiences of Heaven’s overall beauty The Qur’an provides us a view of the individual muslim man’s elevation to limitless self indulgence: His tent, his collection of women, his wine and good times
    • 17. His fting r cra on fo has. eas y He as a r e wa od h G en th heav t of coun ac
    • 18. thing ome ave s ay h m vior beha ason at r e g the Th ivatin mot with do hful. to fait f the o
    • 19. thing ome ave s ay h m vior beha ason at r e g the Th ivatin mot with do hful. to fait f the o Qur’anic vision of Paradise motivates Muslims to behave very differently than do the Christian’s visions of Heaven
    • 20. rd in swo p the ke u ty of : Ta erni an et Islam get rry. and e me life nd b ink a t, dr ea Physical effort => Physical reward
    • 21. rd in swo the e up y of : Tak ernit n et slam I get a rry. and e me life nd b nk a t, dri ea hysical effort => P Physical reward sus in of Je ledge know nce. prese rsue a of His ty: Pu stiani i ernity Chr an et e; gain is lif th rt => al effo piritu S eward itual r Spir
    • 22. In obedience to Christ’s appeals to know Him in this life, we strive to express, in acts of grace, the experience of His Spirit’s presence within us now. Our present union with God through His Spirit serves as the primary motivation and power for our actions here on earth. Biblical depictions of Heaven serve as a secondary motivator for action on earth. Therefore: The Bible’s depiction of our personal experience of Heaven gets only a general description. In Heaven, God tells us that we experience the completion of our union with Christ which we enjoyed in life .
    • 23. In obedience to the Qur’an’s commands to pursue violent jihad, the islamic warrior strives now to earn a future entrance to a sensual Paradise later. That need to secure entrance to Paradise with physical violence motivates the many a Muslim male’s behavior. Lurid Qur’anic visions of Paradise serve as a powerful primary motivator for dangerous physical actions here on earth. Therefore: The Qur’anic portrayal of the sensual personal experience of a future Paradise gets powerfully graphic descriptions designed to stir the faithful to violent physical actions in the present.
    • 24. The Christi an secures H conversion eaven upon and begins to learn the ways of his God her e on earth. Christ gives us His prese nce, His Spi motivate us rit, to here to acts of graciousn ess.
    • 25. The Christi an secures H conversion eaven upon and begins to learn the ways of his God her e on earth. Christ gives us His prese nce, His Spi rit, to motivate us here. ticket to one sure h as b u t man f jihad. Muslim he way o The dom in t : martyr aradise Paradise tions of P descrip this life ’s lurid Qur’an esence in Th e e non-pr e Allah. e for th nstrativ mpensat co , undemo e distant of th
    • 26. Here’s the ‘Nations vs. The Bride’ Section. Wondering why the ‘nations’ are in Heaven with the Bride? Me, too.
    • 27. + more X’s Why 2 fate of info on ! ions?!? nat ? WUWT Have kings (21:26) Access to New Jerusalem (21:25) Receive healing (22:2) Relieved of curse (22:3) NATIONS VS. BRIDE Nations: At Armageddon (19:19) Slaughtered in battle (19:21) Millennial experience of Sheep Nations (20:8) Some join Satan at end (20:8) All dead resurrected (20:11) Great White Throne: If name not in Book of Life, report to Hell, If name in Book of Life, report to to Heaven (20:11) God dwells with those in Book of Life in heaven (21:3) No tears for the ‘saved’ (21:4) Relationship with New Jerusalem for the ‘saved’ (21:4) The Bride: Marriage Supper (19:7) First Resurrection (20:4+5) Reign with Christ for 1000 years (20:6) Live as Bride of Christ in New Jerusalem (21:2) Serve God (22:3) Carry God’s Name: (22:3)
    • 28. The Christi an secures H eaven upon The Bible lo conversion. cates the po int of our en (resurrectio trance n 19:7) and declares ou with our Go r presence d (22:3). G od deems th enough for is level of in the eternall fo y secure! Fate of e on the more tim me Hell) e spends eaven, so The Bibl (some H s here and surance he Nation t need reas ghteously ievers ause bel ges all ri bec God jud do so! 1) ou r a plan to ow that n God has d 2) that an
    • 29. The Christi an secures h conversion. eaven upon Bible locate s the point o entrance (re f our surrection 1 9:7) and dec our presenc laron a e with our G es od (h2:3)life deems this l t 2 is . God is. evel of ivfe in sern o enough for no” ! as We wb NOW “ TO K NEED e Fate of e on th more tim because ends Bible sp ome hell) The eaven, s that 1) some h and now ations ( the N ance here hat God ssur and 2) t need rea we hteously udges rig ur God j to do so! o s a plan ha
    • 30. The Christi an secures h conversion. eaven uSonde Set Bible locate , see p li s th entrance (re ation e point of our”. s f r rm nuroection 19:7)evd lati on our presenc ore i e with in R an e declares rm Fodee ou tlions r God (22:3). God ms teis leae hh N v of info enoug ons’? “T hf ‘natior now! e the ho ar W olved t inv f y ge e Fate orth? o theime on th w Ea sis dmore t at bapends n and e hell) because Ne wh Bible s On The eeaheeven, som ow that 1) H va ew Nons (som ce here and n The e ati assuran n t h N d re i hat God ? uehusly and 2) t nee e H w right o s judge ur God to do so! o s a plan ha
    • 31. Let’s review the connection between Genesis’ opening Chapters and Revelation’s closing Chapters.
    • 32. GENESIS <=> REVELATION
    • 33. esis! Gen ects n refl latio Reve r??? mbe eme R GENESIS <=> REVELATION
    • 34. GENESIS: THE ALPHA TOWER REVELATION: THE OMEGA TOWER G 3:8–God walks with Adam R 21:3–God dwells among men G 2:10 A river waters the Garden R 22:1–A river waters New Jerusalem G 2:9–Tree of Life in Garden’s center R 22:2–Tree of Life in the center of New Jerusalem G 2:8–God creates the Garden R 21:2–God creates New Jerusalem G 1:3–Light bathes the first creation R 21:23–Light also bathes the second creation G1:1–God creates the heavens and earth R 21:1–God creates the new heavens and earth
    • 35. GENESIS: THE ALPHA TOWER REVELATION: THE OMEGA TOWER G 3:24–Garden locked R 21:25–Gates opened G 3:24–Man banished from Garden R 21:3, 22:3–Man welcomed back to New Jerusalem G 3:17–Ground Cursed R 22:3–Curse removed G 3:16–Pain and tears R 21:4–No more pain and tears G 2:3–Death reigns R 20:14–Death abolished G 2:13–Satan deceives R 20:10–Satan punished
    • 36. GENESIS AND REVELATION Revelation pictures an Eternal State that directly reflects God’s original intentions for the Creation as pictured in the opening chapters of Genesis. Creation itself has come through a spiritual death to become all that God intended it to be from the first, before the Fall of Man. Heaven reflects God’s righteous character, not man’s carnal interests in self-indulgence, and every descriptive item in Revelation speaks to us of our God’s righteousness and strength!
    • 37. e Eternal ent of th n’s treatm evelatio tR ty to the physicali hroughou T striking e exists a er tures of State, th ith struc ven fills w hy and a ea a geograp ctions. H de p i osse sse s stance, p -minded piritually sured sub mea t are we s m. Wha sy st e heaven? political icality in this phys make of sou ls t o Search th e Table of C ontents for Other Offerings In This Serie s Next: XXIV: Physicality of Revelation 21

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