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The New Jerusalem

New Jerusalem

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One of the seven angels who poured out the vials of God’s judgment upon Babylon (cp. Revelation 16), came to John and told him that he would show John the Lamb’s Bride (Revelation 21:9). This may be the very same angel who showed John the judgment of the Great Whore, Mystery Babylon the Great (Revelation 17:1). If so, this same angel took John and showed him holy Jerusalem (Revelation 21:10), which indicates the new Jerusalem is the Bride of Christ. One cannot help but contrast the new Jerusalem of Revelation 21 with the ‘old’ Jerusalem of Revelation 17, which was judged by the Lord and destroyed. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 31, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Death in the New Heaven and New Earth!

New Heaven - 1

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The Lord told John to write that the overcomer would inherit all things, and the Lord, Jesus, would be his God, and the overcomer would be Jesus’ son (Revelation 21:7)! Let’s consider this for a moment. If the things in Revelation 21 take place after all things are made new (Revelation 21:5, and after the thousand year reign of Christ that was an era of peace like no other before it; and, if this chapter also occurs after the resurrection and judgment of the just and the unjust, after which all the wicked are cast into the lake of fire, **if** all these things are behind us, as we enter the New Jerusalem, what has the believer to overcome? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 28, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Alpha and the Omega

Alpha and Omega - 1

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It has been said by some that the words: “Write, for these things are true and faithful” (Revelation 21:5), were spoken, not by Christ, but by an angel. This might be true, but it seems awfully clumsy to have Christ speaking at the beginning of Revelation 21:5, but then an angel concludes the verse, but then Christ speaks again in the next verse. All this occurs without John ever mentioning an angel had spoken between Christ’s two declarations. It is easier to believe that Christ is speaking to John throughout the discourse, until John begins to describe his surroundings in Revelation 21:8. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 26, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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I Make All Things New

All Things New

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Clearly, Jesus is the speaker in Revelation 21:5, because it is he who sits upon the throne. He declares, “I make all things new,” but what does he mean by he makes all things new? Well, first of all, we may be assured that, as the Lord had done in the beginning (Genesis 1:1; John 1:1, 3), so it would do for the new creation (Revelation 21:5). In other words, God and only God could be responsible for making all things new. Just as mankind is unable to avoid death, neither could he resurrect himself. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 24, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The New Heaven and the New Earth

New Heaven

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The new heavens and the new earth take place after the millennium and after the Great White Throne Judgment. Most students of the Bible, namely the futurists in terms of the Second Coming of Christ, believe that no evil would be possible in the context of all things being made new (Revelation 21:1, 5). In this context it is believed there would be no more death, neither sorrow nor pain or anything that would cause one to shed tears (Revelation 21:4), because all those things belonged to the former age, which has now passed away. In the new age these things simply would not exist, according to futurists’ eschatology. Is this an accurate interpretation of the Apocalypse in chapter twenty-one? In a word, No! Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 21, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Bride Adorned for Her Husband

Bride of Christ

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John tells us that he saw the new heaven and the new earth, because the first heaven and the first earth had passed away (Revelation 21:1). This is covenantal language, which implies, first of all, that all things were fulfilled under the Old Covenant (Matthew 5:18), so it passed away to give place for the New Covenant. Secondly, the Old Covenant was represented in the embroidery on the veil of the Temple, symbolically picturing the heavens and the earth.[1] Therefore, when Jerusalem and the Temple were destroyed in 70 AD, “the first heavens and the first earth” were set on fire and destroyed, thus bringing the Old Covenant to an abrupt end, ushering in the new heavens and the new earth. In other words, the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple established the New Covenant. This is what John said he foresaw take place. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 19, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Death, Hell and the Book of Life

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The Great White Throne Judgment concludes with death and hell (hades, the grave) being cast into the lake of fire, which is defined for us in Revelation 20:14 as the second death. So, if death and the grave were cast into the lake of fire and destroyed, what would that look like? Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Judgment of the Just and the Unjust

Great White Throne Judgment - 2

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In Revelation 20:12-13 John tells us that he saw “the dead, small and great, stand before God” or, in other words, John saw the resurrection of the just and the unjust take place (Acts 24:15). This would be one resurrection, not two. The first group that were resurrected were the just (Revelation 20:12), meaning the righteous, and they were judged out of the books. That is, they were judged by what is written in the Scriptures. Paul claimed in Romans 2:12, “…as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law.” The saints under both covenants will be judged by what was written in the word of God, not in the letter, but in the spirit (2Corinthians 3:6), and that according to their works, meaning, how they interpreted God’s word and applied it in their lives (Matthew 22:37-40). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 14, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

He Who Sat Upon the White Throne

Great White Throne

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In Revelation 20:11 we are told that John saw a great white throne, and he mentions that he saw One sitting on that throne. It is difficult to read this and not remember the opening of the sixth seal (Revelation 6:12-17). There everyone tried to hide from him who sat upon the throne. Thus, we are faced with the problem of taking the writing of the Apocalypse in chronological order. Instead, it seems that Jesus is presented first as the High Priest (Revelation 1 through 8:5), then as Prophet (Revelation 8:6 through 14), and finally as the King of kings (Revelation 15 through 22). In each representation of Christ (High Priest, Prophet and King) he is seen as coming to judge the earth (Revelation 6:16-17; 14:1, 14-16; and 19:11). Therefore, his offices are overlaid one upon the other, showing Revelation 6:16 is the same time as Revelation 20:11. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 12, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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What is the Lake of Fire?

Lake of Fire - 6

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According to Revelation 20:10, the deceiver and slanderer was taken and cast into the lake of fire, burning with brimstone, thus, receiving the same fate as the beast and the false prophet (Revelation 19:20). In order to understand the terms used in the Apocalypse, we need to keep in mind where all the events of the Apocalypse take place. The book opened with Jesus standing in the Holy Place of the Temple among the lampstands, which we found out later were the churches of Christ in Asia. In chapter four John was taken **up** to heaven (Revelation 4:1), which turned out to be the Most Holy Place. So, in effect, John merely entered the next room; that is, he walked from the Holy Place into the Most Holy Place. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 10, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Who Is Gog of the Land of Megog?

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Gog of the land of Megog (Revelation 20:8) represents those who were deceived by the dragon, who had been released from his prison (Revelation 20:2-3, 7). So, Gog went up to the beloved city along the breadth of the land in order to surround the camp of the saints (Revelation 20:9). According to Ezekiel 38:11, at the time of the war of Revelation 20:8 the camp of the saints was unprotected.[1] In other words, their cities had no walls or gates. They dwelt safely in that their confidence lay not in the strength of man but in the Lord. It was against these people that Gog, the prince of Megog (Ezekiel 38:2-3) arose to slaughter (Revelation 20:9) in order to take a spoil (Ezekiel 38:8-12). Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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The Timeframe for Gog and Megog

Gog and Megog - 2

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At the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter what any of us believes about the war of Gog, prince of the land of Megog (Revelation 20:8). What matters is what is recorded in Revelation 20:8 and Ezekiel 38:8, 16. What the Lord says in those two texts is what matters. The spin we may put on these Scriptures and the spiritual worldview we may embrace doesn’t even come close to the weight of what the Lord claims is true. What our God tells us cannot be twisted by anyone, as a lawyer might do when twisting the words of one man for the benefit of the man the lawyer defends (John 10:35; Isaiah 8:20). Truth is what the Lord says it is, is not necessarily what man claims it is. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 5, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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Gog and Megog and Jewish Eschatology

Gog and Megog

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After the thousand years was complete, or in other words, after the millennium, the dragon was to be released (Revelation 20:5, 7). So, immediately after his release from prison or from the bottomless pit, the very first thing on his agenda was to deceive the nations (Revelation 20:8), at which time the Battle of Gog and Megog occurs. Most Bible students believe the nations refer to the gentiles—i.e. all nations except for the Jews. However, as I explained in a previous study[1] the nations in this context refers to the tribes of Israel or the lands of the Jews. So the dragon immediately began deceiving the Jews. If this is so, who is Gog and what is the land of Megog, and when does Gog arise to make war? The text clearly concludes that the battle or war occurs after the millennium, which, from a dispensational and premillennial worldview, gives rise to questions about the success of the so-called millennial reign of Christ: Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2020 in Apocalypse, Book of Revelation

 

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