Revelation 21

At the end of chapter 20 we saw that those who were not found in the book of life were cast into the lake of fire (along with the devil and the beasts). With all the evil ones and the poor people who were deceived by them out of the way, the focus now turns to the saved.

John sees a new heavens and new earth (the first had passed away) and describes it in chapters 21 and 22.

These chapters have a different feel. There are warnings about disobedience to those reading, but as far as the narrative, Satan and his allies and followers have all been dealt with – they are no more threat. We enjoy the peace described in Revelation 21:27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. This is well summed up in 21:4 also: “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

Its like a bride adorned for her husband. This reminds us of the announcement in 19:7-8, “Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.”

Why is a marriage a fitting analogy for heaven?

He then sees heaven as a beautiful city (verse 9 through the end of the chapter). What about the description of the city most excites you?

2 thoughts on “Revelation 21

  1. The righteous saints of the church are the bride of Christ. Looking at Isaiah 61:10 speaks of the bridegroom clothed with garments of righteousness and the bride adorned with jewels. Rev. 21: 1-3 seems to speak to the new Jerusalem being the church, the bride from heaven. See also vs. 10 and 11. The description of the bride adorned with costly stone. In John 3:29 John speaks of Christ as the bridegroom who has the bride.

    It is a fitting description based on other references to Jesus as the bridegroom and the church his bride. A bride is traditionally adorned in beauty and purity presented to her groom.

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    1. Carol, I wonder what you mean by, “The righteous saints of the church are the bride of Christ,” ? A little lower down, you said, “…the bride from Heaven.” That would mean that the righteous saints of the church are already in heaven. I guess, that by what Revelations has been describing, now everyone in the book of life, has entered into heaven, and these are the righteous saints of the church.

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