New Heaven/New Earth. Revelation 21:1-4 Tuesday , 5 Jul 2011 • Mennonite Church Canada Assembly. Our first Bible study focuses on what is the climax of the book of Revelation! What a place to begin!
New Heaven/New Earth
Tuesday, 5 Jul 2011 • Mennonite Church Canada Assembly
Revelation is a wonderful and powerful text written …
211 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
“See, the home of God is among mortals.
He will dwell with them as their God;
they will be his peoples,
and God himself will be with them;
4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.”
17 For I am about to create new heavens
and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered
or come to mind.
18 But be glad and rejoice forever
in what I am creating;
for I am about to create Jerusalem as a joy,
and its people as a delight.
19 I will rejoice in Jerusalem,
and delight in my people;
no more shall the sound of weeping be heard in it,
or the cry of distress.
9 O Jerusalem, the holy city,
he afflicted you for the deeds of your hands,
but will again have mercy on the children of the righteous. …
15 My soul blesses the Lord, the great King!
16 For Jerusalem will be built as his house for all ages. …
The gates of Jerusalem will be built with sapphire and emerald,
and all your walls with precious stones.
The towers of Jerusalem will be built with gold,
and their battlements with pure gold.
The streets of Jerusalem will be paved
with ruby and with stones of Ophir.
17 The gates of Jerusalem will sing hymns of joy,
and all her houses will cry, ‘Hallelujah!
Blessed be the God of Israel!’
and the blessed will bless the holy name forever and ever.”
9 Therefore when you turn back to the Lord, you will receive mercy,
and he will lead you into his holy place, proclaiming peace to you. …
12And the saints shall refresh themselves in Eden;
the righteous shall rejoice in the New Jerusalem,
which shall be eternally for the glorification of God.
13 And Jerusalem shall no longer undergo desolation,
nor shall Israel be led into captivity,
because the Lord will be in her midst [living among human beings].
The Holy One of Israel will rule over them in humility and poverty,
and he who trusts in him shall reign in truth in the heavens.
Even the image of God’s people as God’s bride is not new.
6 For the Lord has called you
like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, ….
7 For a brief moment I abandoned you,
but with great compassion I will gather you.
8 In overflowing wrath for a moment
I hid my face from you,
but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,
says the Lord, your Redeemer.
10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
my whole being shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
he has covered me with the robe of
as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11 For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
to spring up before all the nations.
25 While I was talking to her, her face suddenly began to shine exceedingly; her countenance flashed like lightning …. 26 She suddenly uttered a loud and fearful cry, so that the earth shook at the sound. 27 When I looked up, the woman was no longer visible to me, but a city was being built, and a place of huge foundations showed itself. …
38 He answered me and said, “Listen to me, and I will teach you, and tell you about the things that you fear; for the Most High has revealed many secrets to you. … 40 This therefore is the meaning of the vision. 41 The woman who appeared to you a little while ago, … 42 (you do not now see the form of a woman, but there appeared to you a city being built) 43 and who told you about the misfortune of her son—this is the interpretation: 44 The woman whom you saw is Zion, which you now behold as a city being built.
Leader: God will be at home with God’s peoples.
People: Relationships will be restored.
Leader: God will be with us in person!
People: God will wipe every tear from our eyes. Hallelujah!
Leader: There will be no more death!
Leader: We will no longer see mourning, crying, or pain!
Leader: For the old struggles have come to an end!
All: Hallelujah! Come, Lord Jesus!