Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Rev. 21-22


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Revelation Chapter Twenty-One

  1. Chapters 21&22 describe the conditions of the new heavens and new earth.
    1. This is a new stewardship, distinct from the Millennial dispensation (Eph. 1:10).
    2. This Dispensation of the Fullness of the Times will end with Jesus Christ delivering up the Kingdom to the Father and our entrance into eternity future (1st Cor. 15:24-28).
    3. This dispensation is the only setting in which the Lord will keep His covenant and His lovingkindness to a thousand generations (Dt. 7:9).
  2. The holy city, new Jerusalem, comes down out of heaven—but does not necessarily settle upon the earth (Rev. 21:2,10).  It might possibly revolve around/above the new earth at the altitude indicated in Rev. 21:16.
  3. Did the new Jerusalem perform a Noah’s Ark like task for the living mortal believers at the end of the Millennium? Is this how they survived the destruction of the heavens and the earth? 
    1. When God wipes away every tear, He concludes the entire potential for death, mourning, crying, or pain (Rev. 21:4). This is a great sinectomy restoring every living mortal believer to Adamic sinlessness.
    2. This event is not a resurrection or a rapture-like transformation. The resurrected state is non-procreative (Mt. 22:30), but it is the will of God for sinless mortality to be fruitful and multiply (Gen. 1:28).
    3. Sinless mortality will allow the last generation of Millennial saints to become the first generation out of a thousand generations procreating on the new earth (Ex. 20:6; 34:7; Dt. 5:10; 7:9; 1st Chr. 16:15; Ps. 105:8; Jer. 32:18).
  4. In the Dispensation of the Fullness of the Times, Jesus Christ will fulfill His prophesied role of Eternal Father (Rev. 21:7; Isa. 9:6).
  5. Just as Ezekiel received a detailed view of the Millennial temple & holy city, John is given a detailed view of the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:9-27).
    1. The measurements are most often read as 1500 miles on each side, thus a perimeter of 6000 miles, and either a cube or a pyramid in shape with a height of 1500 miles.
    2. Alternatively, the 1500 mile measurement could very well be a perimeter measurement, thus 375 miles for each side as well as the height (or the altitude of revolution).

      Curiously: the thermopause happens to be 375 miles above the earth. weather.gov/jetstream/layers 

Revelation Chapter Twenty-Two

  1. The center of the new Jerusalem is the throne of God and of the Lamb (Rev. 22:1-5).
    1. A river of the water of life proceeds from this throne (v.1).
    2. The tree of life is replanted for the ongoing health of the nations (v.2).
    3. These gracious provisions allow for the procreating generations of sinless mortality to live forever (cf. Gen. 3:22).
  2. John’s visionary experience comes to a close, and final messages of urgency are communicated (Rev. 22:6-21).
    1. These events are described as coming “soon” (v.6).  Heeding the message of urgency is a temporal-life blessing (v.7).
    2. The message of urgency is to be publicly communicated—illustrating the contrast of right and wrong (vv.10-11).
    3. The message of urgency is the promise of coming reward for personal holiness (vv.12-15).
    4. The message of urgency is the coming union of Christ and the Bride (vv.16-17,20).
    5. The message of urgency contains severe warnings against adding to it, or taking away from it (vv.18-19).
    6. The Book, and indeed the Bible, end with grace (v.21).