The Greatest Story Ever Told About
The Greatest Man That Ever Lived
                                                                  CHAPTER 21

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and
there was no longer any sea.  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 loud voice from the throne
saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell 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.”   He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write
this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I
will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.  Those who are victorious will inherit all
this, and I will be their God and they will be my children.  But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the
murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars they will be
consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death.”

After the thousand years a new heaven and earth are created.  In 2 Peter 3:7 we read By the same
word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and
destruction of the ungodly
.  The judgment and destruction of the ungodly has now happened, so the
heavens and earth are burned up and new ones created.  God purges the heavens and earth of all
ungodliness and makes everything new and holy.  There all believers will live with God forever.  And
again he confirms that the unbelieving will be cast into the lake of fire where they will perish or “die”.

One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me,
“Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”  And he carried me away in the Spirit to a
mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven
from God.  It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a
jasper, clear as crystal.  It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates.
On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.  There were three gates on the east,
three on the north, three on the south and three on the west.  The wall of the city had twelve
foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls.  
The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found
it to be 1400 miles in length, and as wide and high as it is long.  The angel measured the wall using
human measurement, and it was 200 feet thick.  The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold,
as pure as glass.  The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of  precious stone.
The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald,  the fifth onyx,
the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh
jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.  The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each  gate made of a single
pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.  I did not see a temple in
the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.  The city does not need the sun
or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp.  The nations will
walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.  On no day will its gates ever
be shut, for there will be no night there.  The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it.  
Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only
those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

God then creates a new Holy City of Jerusalem which comes down to earth.  The twelve tribes of
Israel are honoured as well as the twelve disciples of Jesus.  It will be a very different kind of world
than what we are used to as there will be no need for a sun or moon in the New Jerusalem and there
will be no evil or corruption in it.  Just love, joy, and peace in God and Jesus.

* For a more detailed study on this see New Heaven and Earth in the main Studies Menu accessible
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