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Judged According to the Evidence

Revelation 20:11-12

John's descriptions of his visions are powerful reminders of the world's hatred of Jesus Christ, inspired by Satan.

The Evidence of the Book of Life

Revelation 20:13-15

These verses correct many myths and illusions about what happens after death. They also encourage the church that has suffered much to know that God will pursue justice for His people as well as honour for His own Name. As we have found previously in Revelation, the souls of God's people are safe with Him after their death (Revelation 7:9-17).

For Ever With the Lord

Revelation 21:1-3

John's style of writing noticeably relaxes as he moves from the plagues and battles and judgements, to the Lord's unopposed sovereign reign. These last two chapters of Revelation are full of joy as he sees God's people enraptured by the glory of God. After the previous prediction of so much suffering for the world and the church in earlier chapters, everything John sees and hears about believers living with their Lord excites and encourages him. Hebrew 12:22-24 is a prelude to this vision: "But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem.

Everything Made New

Revelation 21:4-5

The loud voice from the throne-room of God declares the 'new order of things'. The tragic consequences of sin have left many stains on the world and all people, but the ultimate sequel to sin is death, which is our last enemy (1 Corinthians 15:26). It is, humanly speaking, irreversible and painfully separating.

Two Totally Different Eternal Lives

Revelation 21:6-8

In this passage, the Lord Jesus Himself is speaking. Most of the announcements in Revelation are from divinely authorised angels or an unnamed voice from God's throne, but here Jesus speaks directly to John, as He did at the beginning of the book (Revelation 1:17-18).

The Bride of the Lamb

Revelation 21:9-10

Judgement and salvation are like the two sides of a coin. The same God who gives salvation to those who trust in Jesus, is also the God who judges the wicked.

God's City Walls

Revelation 21:11-14

The vision which John experienced took him, and generations of believers including ourselves, on a tour of the future. Revelation is a pictorial description of what will happen. The reality will be far more intense and rich, but we can only appreciate something new by reference to what we already know. Thus, the imagery projects what has already been experienced, either through previous Bible accounts of the Exodus, the prophecies in Daniel and from the Lord Jesus; or from observed life events.

God's Beautiful City

Revelation 21:15-21

Measuring, in the Bible, is an activity which declared ownership. When the Lord commanded a census to be taken, it was done on behalf of the Lord who was Sovereign over Israel.

The Light of God's City

Revelation 21:22-4

We are used to thinking that light only comes from the sun or moon, fire or a light bulb, LEDs, phosphorescent sea creatures, glow worms or a lightning bolt. But where did all that energy come from? Genesis 1:3-4 says that God is the source of light.

The Purity of God's City

Revelation 21:25-27

In Old Testament times, the gates of Jerusalem were closed at night to prevent a surprise night-time attack (Nehemiah 7:3), and at any time during the day when the city was threatened.