Rev 22 – Life In The New Jerusalem

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I. Video Details.

Matt Redman – One Day (When We All Get To Heaven) (Acoustic). Oct 6, 2017. Matt Redman.
Matt Redman – Official Acoustic Video for “One Day (When We All Get To Heaven)” from Matt’s new album GLORY SONG, out now!
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II. Key Verses regarding the New Jerusalem and the Eternal State.

Revelation 21:1 New King James Version (NKJV)
1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.

Revelation 21:2 New King James Version (NKJV)
2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Revelation 22:3 (NKJV)
3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.

Revelation 22:4 (NKJV)
4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.

III. Introduction.

A. Overview of Rev 22.

In this area of scripture we see creation as God always intended it to be (before sin entered the picture) in the new heaven and new earth. We also see the city in the eternal state, the new Jerusalem, which is the city of our citizenship (Phil 3:20), which we will inhabit one day. It is important for believers in Christ to know that our destination is not the Garden of Eden, but a city. The story of the Bible is “a garden to a city, with a cross in between.” Of significance is that in the city, there is no tree of knowledge. There is no opportunity for us to sin; we have already been put to the test, and have passed that test by coming to saving faith in Christ. We are in our permanent environment, in our eternal and perfect resurrection body (1 Cor 15:50-54). The throne of God has become the throne of the lamb; there has been a merger of the two thrones (Rev 22:1). Rev 3:21 identifies the throne of the Lamb, and the throne of “God the Father.” Rev 22:2 says that the leaves of the tree of life were for the healing of the nations; “God is bringing them (nations) back to His original design for them.” It is important to remember that anyone in the eternal state, of the Kingdom Of God, has been born again (John 3:3). Rev 22:3 states that there will no longer be a curse (Rom 8:19-22, Gen 3:14-19). The Godly throne will be present. We, who have been born again (bond servants), will serve God. Restated in this verse, are that the throne of God, and the Lamb, will be present in New Jerusalem of the eternal state. Rev 22:4 tells us that we will see the face of God, and that God’s Name will be placed on our foreheads; which will be “a new name” (Rev 2:17); and, “the Name of My God, and My New Name” Rev 3:12. Rev 19:12, “He has a Name written on “Him” which no one knows except Himself”; this is perhaps the same name which He will write on the overcomer (Ryrie, 2:17, 3:12). Rev 19:16: He has a name written, “KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.” Rev 22:5, God will be the sole provider of all light. Believers will reign with Christ forever.

B. Comparison Of Eden (Gen 1-2) and Eternal State (Rev 21-22).

Division: light/darkness. E 1:4. No night. ES 21:25.
Division: land/sea E 1:10. No sea ES 21:1.
Sun and Moon: E 1:16. No sun and moon ES 21:23.
Garden: E 2:8-9. City ES 21:1.
River flowing out of Eden E 2:10. River flowing from throne ES 22:1.
Gold in the land: E 2:12. Gold in the city ES 21:21.
Tree of life in the middle of garden E 2:9. Tree of life throughout city ES 22:2.
Bdellium and onyx stone. E 2:12. All manner of stones ES 21:19.
God walking in the garden. E 3:8. God dwelling with His people ES 21:3.

C. Comparison of Millennium (Rev 20) and Eternal State (Rev 21-22).

Sin restrained M. Sin removed ES.
Curse restrained M. Curse removed ES.
Death M. No Death ES.
Mortals and those resurrected M. Only those resurrected ES.
Mortals destinies undecided M. All destinies sealed ES.
Temporary M. Eternal ES.
Transitional M. Non-transitional ES.

D. Comparison of Millennium (Rev 20:1-10) and Eternal State (Rev 21-22).

Time M Rev 20:4. ES Rev 22:5.
Luminaries M Isa 30:26. ES Rev 21:23; 22:5.
Temple M Ezek 40-48. ES Rev 21:22.
Death M Isa 65:20. ES Rev 21:4.
Satanic activity M 20:7. ES Rev 20:10.
Rebellion M 20:8-9. ES Rev 21:27.

E. Life In The Eternal City.

1. Scripture does not give details of life in the eternal Kingdom of God. However, there are glimpses in the Bible of what eternal life will be like in the Presence of God, and the Lamb (Rev 21:22), where “They share the same throne,” (Rev 22:1).

a. We are told that there will be a life of fellowship with Christ (John 14:3).
b. There will be a life of rest (Rev 14:13).
c. We will have a life of full knowledge (1 Cor 13:12).
d. There will be a life of holiness (Rev 21:27).
e. We will experience a life of joy (Rev 21:4).
f. Our eternal lives will be lives of service (Rev 22:3).
g. We will have lives of abundance (Rev 21:6).
h. Each of us will have lives of glory (Col 3:4).
i. We will have a life of worship (Rev 7:9-12).

2. Details of III., A-D, were taken from a video discussion of Dr. Andy Woods, Revelation 72. Identification Through Omission. Rev. 22:1-5 (youtube.com), and https://slbc.org/media/sermon-archives/ The credentials of Dr. Woods can be found in my About Sources Page.

3. Details on, III., E., 1.a.-i., “Life In The Eternal City,” come from a larger discussion that is provided by Dr. J.Dwight Pentecost, “Things To Come,” pages 580-583. The credentials of Dr. Pentecost (deceased) can be found in my About Sources Page.

IV. Scripture Study Details.

A. Translation considerations. Revelation 22 (NASB) Text and Comments. The NASB translation was chosen for the following scriptures of this article because of two main reasons. First, the NASB capitalizes the first letter of pronouns that address God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit); not all Bible translations show that same respect for God. Second, the NASB has a history of correctness in translation. Scripture notes come from the Ryrie Study Bible, due to the demonstrated knowledge of scripture of Dr. Charles Ryrie (Deceased), and because of the concise way that he makes his thoughts known. The credentials of Dr. Ryrie can be found in the About Sources Page of this site. Everybody should have a Ryrie Study Bible.

B. Text. Rev 22. New American Standard Bible.

The River and the Tree of Life

1. Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, 2 in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him; 4 they will see His face, and His name will be on their foreheads. 5 And there will no longer be any night; and they will not have need of the light of a lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God will illumine them; and they will reign forever and ever.

6 And he said to me, “These words are faithful and true”; and the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, sent His angel to show to His bond-servants the things which must soon take place.

7 “And behold, I am coming quickly. Blessed is he who heeds the words of the prophecy of this book.”

8 I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. And when I heard and saw, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who showed me these things. 9 But he *said to me, “Do not do that. I am a fellow servant of yours and of your brethren the prophets and of those who heed the words of this book. Worship God.”

The Final Message

10 And he *said to me, “Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, for the time is near. 11 Let the one who does wrong, still do wrong; and the one who is filthy, still be filthy; and let the one who is righteous, still practice righteousness; and the one who is holy, still keep himself holy.”

12 “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end.”

14 Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.

16 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things for the churches. I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wishes take the water of life without cost.

18 I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues which are written in this book; 19 and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life and from the holy city, which are written in this book.

20 He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming quickly.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.

New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation

C. Comments. Revelation 22. Ryrie Study Bible.

22:1-2. These descriptive phrases indicate fullness of life and continuous blessing in the New Jerusalem.
22:3-5. The “curse” and all darkness will be excluded; and service, communion, and reigning will be the believers; privileges.
22:8-9. Again John is commanded not to worship angels (see 19:10).
22:11. When Christ comes, there will be no more opportunity for a man to change his destiny. What he is then will be forever.
22:12. Salvation is not of works, but rewards are.
22:14. “Blessed are those who wash their robes.” I.e., believers.
22:15. “dogs.” Not animals, but people of low character (cf. Phil. 3:2).
22:16-17. Jesus is gracious because (1) He gave the book of Revelation to the churches, (2) as the son of “David” He will fulfill Israel’s promises, (3) He is the “morning star,” the precursor of the new day, and (4) He offers the “water of life” freely.”

V. Summary.

A. Having completed this last book of God’s Holy Word, we have seen the fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant (Gen 12:3). There are highly regarded theologians who see the fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant as being in the Millennium (Rev 20). There are other highly regarded theologians who see the fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant as being in the Eternal State (Rev 21-22). My belief is that the Abrahamic Covenant will be fulfilled in the Millennium, per Gen 15:18, where two major rivers are described. In Rev 21:1 there is no sea.

B. The MacArthur Study Bible says that there will be no water in the Eternal State; The New American Commentary on Revelation agrees. The Walvoord Commentary on Revelation on 21:1 states that “the new earth apparently will have no bodies of water.” Walvoord states in 22:1, “this river corresponds to the present believer’s experience of the outflow of the Holy Spirit.” Walvoord, also states in 22:2, “the river is not a broad body of water, but a clear stream sufficiently narrow for all, for this arrangement (of this verse). Gen 15 cites two major rivers; Rev 22 identifies “sorts of water” but no rivers. The sources, that I have cited, confirm that the Abrahamic Covenant will be fulfilled in the Millennium, where there will be two major rivers in the promised land.

VI. Looking Ahead.

In our next series of studies, we will go back into the Old Testament. We will look at Israel, as “God’s chosen people” (Deu 14:2) continue their travel toward the promised land of the Abrahamic Covenant. We will discuss key events that take place from 1 Samuel, through the time of the fall of Jerusalem at the hands of Nebuchadnezzar and his Babylonian troops. The timeline for this next study will be from 1171 B.C., (Scofield Study Bible, Copyright 1909), until 586 B.C., (Ryrie Study Bible, Copyright 1986).

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