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Read the New Testament in a year, one chapter a day, five days a week

Day 259/260: Read Revelation 21

A lot of people love lists. Grocery lists, to-do lists, top ten lists. Lists are everywhere…even in the Bible.

Galatians 5 has two lists: the works of the flesh (5:19-21) and the fruit of the Spirit (5:22-23). Paul lists a number of sins that, without repentance, will prevent one from the kingdom in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. Peter lists a number of things we should be adding to our faith (2 Peter 1:5-7).

Here in Revelation, we are faced with a list of traits of those who “shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Most of the things on this particular list make sense: the unbelieving, murderers, sexual immoral, idolaters. Of course, such things will prevent the impenitent from eternal life. But look at the top of the list: “the cowardly.”

Have you ever been a coward in spiritual things? Most of us can probably think of some situations that we do not use the power God grants us to overcome cowardice (2 Timothy 1:7), but we can work on that, can’t we?

Memory (Fill in the blanks)

Revelation 22:18-19. For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone ____________ to these things, God will ____________ to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes ____________ from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take ____________ his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

Pray

Pray for the strength to access the power, love, and sound mind to overcome fear in your life.

There is a Habitation

There Is A Habitation

Revelation 21:10-12

An examination of the song by Love H. Jameson

I. First verse

    A. “There is a habitation built by the living God” (Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Timothy 3:14-15; 1 Peter 2:5)
    B. “For all of every nation” (Revelation 5:8-10; Acts 10:34-35)
    C. “Who seek that grand abode” (Hebrews 11:6,8-10)

II. Second verse

    A. “A city with foundations, firm as the eternal throne” (Revelation 21:14; 22:3)
    B. “No wars nor desolations shall ever move a stone” (Revelation 21:27; 22:4)

III. Third verse

    A. “No night is there” (Revelation 22:5; 2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:8-14; Acts 26:18)
    B. “No sorrow, no death and no decay” (Revelation 21:3-4; 1 Corinthians 15:54-57)
    C. “No yesterday, no morrow, but one eternal day” (1 John 2:25; Matthew 25:46)

IV. Fourth verse

    A. “Within its pearly portals, angelic armies sing” (Revelation 5:11-12)
    B. “With glorified immortals, the praises of its king” (Hebrews 12:22-24; Matthew 8:11)

A Study of Revelation: Revelation 20:11 – 22:21 (All Things Made New)

Revelation chapters 20:11 – 22:21 (All Things Made New)

20:11-15 – The final judgment scene
This passage can bring great joy and hope to some, while others read it with terror (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14; John 12:48; 2 Corinthians 5:10)
The Book of Life contains the names of those approved of God
Those whose names are not in the Book of Life face eternal punishment and separation from God (Exo. 32:32-33; Ps. 69:28; Rev. 3:5; 20:15)

21:1-8 – What is the new heaven and new earth? The spiritual rule of Christ and His church
The New Jerusalem is the church – both now and forevermore
The thrust of this passage is the relationship between God and “he who overcomes.” God says, “I will be his God, and he shall by My son.” There is no greater relationship than this; there is no force that can break this bond in eternity.
Sins that will prevent the impenitent from eternity (Revelation 21:8; 1 Corinthians 6:9-10; Galatians 5:19-21; 1 Peter 4:3)

21:9-21 – Description of the glorified church
Twelve = completeness
Precious stones show “the eternal beauty and value of the church of the living God” (Coffman)

21:22-27 – The old temple was a type of the new; it had passed away

22:1-5 – The tree of life (Genesis 2:8-9, 16-17; 3:23-24)
Christ removed the curse of sin (Galatians 3:13-14)

22:6-11 – Return to John’s present time
Judgment upon the harlot (Jerusalem), the end of Palestinian persecution, and then the beast (Rome) would be conquered
Jesus: “Behold, I am coming quickly” – not reference to second coming, but coming in judgment upon Jerusalem in 70 AD
John is told, “Do not seal the words” here; compare to Daniel 8:26 – in one instance the fulfillment would come soon; in the other it would not pass for “many days in the future”

22:12-17 – “Do His commandments” (KJV/NKJV) = “wash their robes” (ASV/NASB/ESV/NIV) [cf. Acts 22:16; 2:38; Rom. 6:3-6]
Contrast with those who disobey – “dogs” and “sorcerers and sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie”

22:18-21 – Warning against changing the Word (cf. 2 Peter 3:15-16; 2 Timothy 4:2-4; Galatians 1:6-9)

Review
1. In the final judgment, what will be the standard of judgment?

2. What are some of the things that will be no more, according to chapters 21 and 22?

3. What are some of the sins that will lead men to the second death in chapter 21? What will prevent men from entering the gates of the city in chapter 22?

4. Why are the warnings against tampering with the revealed Word so severe?