In Jesus, the original limited land promise to Abraham encompasses the entire creation – 2 Peter 3:10-14.
Foundational to the biblical idea of redemption is the promise to Abraham of a land inheritance for his offspring. Though originally confined to the small territory of Canaan, implicit in the covenant promise was a future fulfillment that would encompass all nations and the entire earth, if not the whole Cosmos – (“So shall be blessed in you all the families of the earth”).
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If anyone fails to keep the words of the book, he will be excluded from citizenship in the city of New Jerusalem – Revelation 22:6-21.
The Book of Revelation concludes with an epilogue that recalls the earlier promises to “overcoming saints,” reiterates warnings against faithlessness, summons believers to render homage to God alone, and calls for Jesus to “come quickly.” Testimony and assurances from uncontestable sources attest to the trustworthiness of the “words of the book,” which are “prophecy” and the “testimony of Jesus.”
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New Jerusalem is populated fully in fulfillment of the covenant promise to Abraham to “bless all nations” – Revelation 21:24-22:5.
In the preceding section, “New Jerusalem” with its massive dimensions was unveiled. It will take far more than a tiny remnant of “saints” to populate it. Now, John sees the “city” populated with the “innumerable multitude” of the redeemed from every nation and ethnic group, including many from among the “kings of the earth.”
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Following the final judgment, John saw the “holy city, New Jerusalem” descending from heaven to the earth – Revelation 21:1-8.
The next paragraph presents “New Jerusalem” to the reader and concludes the third literary division of the book. Having witnessed the destruction of “Babylon,” the “False Prophet,” the “beast,” and the “Dragon,” John received the vision of what awaits the faithful at the end of the age – “New Jerusalem descending from heaven to the earth.”
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The church at Laodicea receives no commendation, only corrections, and ominous warnings – Revelation 3:14-22.
Laodicea was founded in approximately 260 B.C. on the site of an older village named Diospolis, meaning the “city of Zeus.” It was sixty-five kilometers southeast of Philadelphia and one hundred and sixty kilometers east of Ephesus. Because of its location at the confluence of three major trade routes, the city depended heavily on regional trade.
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Revelation looks forward to the undisputed reign of Jesus in the New Creation, a reality inaugurated by his Death and Resurrection.
In Revelation, Jesus is declared to be the “beginning of the creation of God.” That is, in his Death and Resurrection, he became the inaugurator of the New Creation. The same passage calls him the “Amen, the faithful and true witness,” and in the present tense; he already possesses all of these attributes – (Revelation 3:14).
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