120715 nt vistas 26 the new jerusalem revelation 21-22


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Lesson 26 of 26 in a series of New Testament Vistas. This sermon on Revelation 21-22 was presented July 15, 2012, at Palm Desert Church of Christ, by Dale Wells.

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120715 nt vistas 26 the new jerusalem revelation 21-22

  1. 1. Revelation 21:1-22:5NEW TESTAMENT VISTAS
  2. 2. Revelation 21:1-8PERFECT FELLOWSHIP WITH GOD
  3. 3. Revelation 21:1-3New heaven & earth Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first• “kainos” not “neos” earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out ofNo more sea heaven from God, prepared as a bride• End of evil & separation beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is withNew Jerusalem men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will• New city of God be with them and be their God.
  4. 4. Revelation 21:4-5No more tears• Old order is history He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the oldEverything new order of things has passed away.” 5 He• Words from the throne who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these wordsWrite this down are trustworthy and true.”• “Trustworthy and true”
  5. 5. Revelation 21:6-8“It is done” He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the• Alpha and Omega End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 He who overcomes willOvercomers inherit inherit all this, and I will be his God and• Promise of life he will be my son. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practiceOthers are excluded magic arts, the idolaters and all liars – their place will be in the fiery lake of• Second death burning sulfur. This is the second death.”
  6. 6. Revelation 21:9-27PERFECT PROTECTION BY GOD
  7. 7. Revelation 21:9-14One of the seven angels … came and said to me,“Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of theLamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit …and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, comingdown out of heaven from God. 11 It shone withthe glory of God, and its brilliance was like that ofa very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear ascrystal. 12 It had a great, high wall with twelvegates, and with twelve angels at the gates. Onthe gates were written the names of the twelvetribes of Israel. 13 There were three gates on theeast, three on the north, three on the south andthree on the west. 14 The wall of the city hadtwelve foundations, and on them were the namesof the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
  8. 8. Revelation 21:15-21The angel who talked with me had a measuringrod of gold to measure the city, its gates and itswalls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, aslong as it was wide. He measured the city withthe rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length,and as wide and high as it is long. 17 Hemeasured its wall and it was 144 cubits thick, byman’s measurement, which the angel was using.18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city ofpure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations ofthe city walls were decorated with every kind ofprecious stone. … 21 The twelve gates weretwelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl.The great street of the city was of pure gold, liketransparent glass.
  9. 9. Revelation 21:22-27Revelation 1:22-27 I did not see a temple in thecity, because the Lord God Almighty and theLamb are its temple. 23 The city does not needthe sun or the moon to shine on it, for the gloryof God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24The nations will walk by its light, and the kings ofthe earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 Onno day will its gates ever be shut, for there will beno night there. 26 The glory and honor of thenations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impurewill ever enter it, nor will anyone who does whatis shameful or deceitful, but only those whosenames are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
  10. 10. God’s City vs. Caesar’s Empire
  11. 11. "I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble" – Augustus God uses better building materials
  12. 12. Revelation 22:1-5PERFECT PROVISION BY GOD
  13. 13. Revelation 22:1-5Then the angel showed me the river ofthe water of life, as clear as crystal,flowing from the throne of God and ofthe Lamb 2 down the middle of thegreat street of the city. On each side ofthe river stood the tree of life, bearingtwelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruitevery month. … 3 No longer will therebe any curse. The throne of God and ofthe Lamb will be in the city, and hisservants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be ontheir foreheads. 5 There will be no more night. They will not need the lightof a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. Andthey will reign for ever and ever..”
  14. 14. This city is self-sufficient, because it is God-sufficient
  15. 15. A Kingdom that Swallowed an Empire
  16. 16. Revelation 22:13-17INVITATION TO A PERFECT FUTURE
  17. 17. Revelation 22:13-17Revelation 22:13-17 I am the Alpha and theOmega, the First and the Last, the Beginningand the End. 14 “Blessed are those who washtheir robes, that they may have the right tothe tree of life and may go through the gatesinto the city. … 17 The Spirit and the bride say,“Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!”Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoeverwishes, let him take the free gift of the waterof life.
  18. 18. Revelation 20:11-15IS YOUR NAME IN THE BOOK?
  19. 19. Revelation 20:11-15Then I saw a great white throne and himwho was seated on it. Earth and sky fledfrom his presence, and there was no placefor them. 12 And I saw the dead, great andsmall, standing before the throne, and bookswere opened. Another book was opened,which is the book of life. The dead werejudged according to what they had done asrecorded in the books. 13 The sea gave upthe dead that were in it, and death and Hadesgave up the dead that were in them, and eachperson was judged according to what he haddone. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lakeof fire is the second death. 15 If anyone’s name was not found written inthe book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
  20. 20. Two books by which every life is evaluated