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The Holy City from Heaven!

Scripture reading for December 30th:  Revelation 21:1-27

After the punishment of the wicked in the lake of fire, John watched the passing away of the first heaven and earth and a new heaven and earth appeared!  What an experience that must have been!  The view from heaven of this drama unfolding must have amazed and frightened John.

“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them.  They will be His people and God Himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” God’s desire has always been to dwell in the midst of His people.  Sin brought separation of man from God, but God’s Son overcame and holds the key of death and Hades! (Revelation 1:18)

Now John saw a new heaven and earth and a Holy City, the New Jerusalem.  This would be the dwelling place of man with God Himself.  Death, sin, crying, and pain will be gone forever!  God would wipe away all tears and fill each one with eternal joy in His presence!  “You have made know to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11)

“He said to me: “It is done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.  To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.  He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be His God and he will be My son.  But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolater, and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.  This is the second death.”” (Revelation 21:6-8)  There are two possible outcomes for any man.  Those who overcome Satan and his lies will inherit the New Jerusalem and new heaven and earth.  Those who don’t believe will get the Lake of Fire!

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I am coming soon!

Scripture reading for December 31st: Revelation 20-22

The end of the Bible tells of a new beginning!  The faithful in Christ will live in a new heaven and new earth where righteousness dwells!  John saw a Holy City, the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God.  This city was prepared like a bride for her husband.  (Revelation 21:2)  A voice from heaven announced that God would dwell among men.  There would be no more tears, crying or pain.  God would make everything new!

But some  will be left out:   The cowardly and unbelieving who have put off  following the Lord!  The murderers and sexually immoral will not be invited in either.  Those practicing the occult and living lies will  be sent to the lake of burning sulfur with all those shut out.  This lake is the second death spoken of at the Great White Throne judgment.  (Revelation 20:14-15)

The New Jerusalem contains the most precious treasures for the redeemed.  There is the River of Life that flows from  God’s throne.  Its banks will be lined with the Tree of Life, bearing fruit each month with leaves for healing.   But the best treasure of all will be God and the Lamb dwelling in their midst and all will see His face!  Living in God’s presence will bring eternal pleasures and joy to all the redeemed!  (Psalm 16:11)

“Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.  Blessed are those who wash their robes that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.” (Revelation 22:12-14)

Three times in this final chapter the Lord speaks of His soon return, and the final “blessed” concerns those who have their wedding clothes ready for His coming!  The Spirit and Bride conclude with an invitation to all to come and join the Bridal party of  those waiting for the soon return!  Just reading the invitation to this party makes me want to be ready!  May you be ready too! Amen! Come Lord Jesus!

Thank you for sharing this journey with me and please join me again next year as we focus on the New Testament in daily readings.

In His Love, Pastor John Morse

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The overcomer’s inheritance!

Scripture reading for December 30th: Revelation 21:1-27

After the punishment of the wicked in the lake of fire, John watched the passing away of the first heaven and earth and a new heaven and earth appeared!  What an experience that must have been!  The view from heaven of this drama unfolding must have amazed and frightened John.

“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them.  They will be His people and God Himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” God’s desire has always been to dwell in the midst of His people.  Sin brought separation of man from God, but God’s Son overcame and holds the key of death and Hades! (Revelation 1:18)

Now John sees a new heaven and earth and a Holy City, the new Jerusalem.  This place will be the dwelling place of man with God Himself as all he needs.  Death, sin, crying, and pain will be gone forever!  God will wipe away all tears and fill each one with eternal joy in His presence!  “You have made know to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.” (Psalm 16:11)

“He said to me: “It is done.  I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.  To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life.  He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be His God and he will be My son.  But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolater, and all liars–their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur.  This is the second death.”” (Revelation 21:6-8)  There are two possible outcomes for any man.  Those who overcome Satan and his lies will inherit the new Jerusalem and new heaven and earth.  Those who don’t believe will get the lake of fire!

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The Bride’s Eternal Home!

Scripture reading for December 31st: Revelation 20-22

During the last supper, Jesus encouraged His disciples about coming events.  He told them that He was going away and preparing a place for them so that where He was they could be with Him. He promised to come back for them to take them to this place.  (John 14:1-3)  He prayed in John 17: 24, “Father, I want those you have given Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me before the creation of the world.” These were the words of the Heavenly Bridegroom speaking to His bride!

What Jesus starts, He finishes!  He is the way, truth and life! In Revelation 20-22 we find John’s description of the crushing of the serpent’s head and of the place Jesus has prepared for us to spend eternity with Him.  Man started in a garden, walking with God.  He will end in a heavenly city prepared by God just for him!  The serpent that deceived man will be crushed for ever.  “And the devil, who deceived them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur, where the beast and the false prophet had been thrown.  They will be tormented day and night for ever and ever.” (Revelation 20:10)

Men and women who have refused salvation by faith will stand before a great white throne of judgment and receive justice for their evil deeds of breaking God’s laws of love.  No one will escape or be able to bargain for a lighter sentence.  “Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire.  The lake of fire is the second death.  If anyone’s name was not found written in the Book of Life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:14-15)  This is not God’s will for any man, but comes from his refusal to repent.

“I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a voice from the throne saying, “Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them.  The will be His people and God Himself will be with them and be their God.” (Revelation 21:3)   The new Jerusalem is a cube just like the Holy of Holies in the temple or tabernacle.  God dwelt there among His people.   Now His bride the Church will dwell in the new Jerusalem and He will be their light and life and all will see His face!  Jesus is coming soon! (Revelation 22:7, 12, 20) Are you ready!

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