SYNOPSIS – 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 earlier promises to “overcoming saints” and reiterates warnings against faithlessness. It, again, summons the followers of the “slain Lamb” 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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SYNOPSIS – New Jerusalem is populated fully in fulfillment of the covenant promises to Abraham – Revelation 21:24-22:5.
In the preceding section, the city of New Jerusalem was unveiled with its massive dimensions – It will take more than a tiny remnant of “saints” to populate it – Next, John sees the “city” populated with an innumerable multitude of redeemed men and women from every nation, including from among the “kings of the earth.”
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SYNOPSIS – The physical dimensions and shape of “New Jerusalem” are presented in preparation for its inhabitants – Revelation 21:9-23.
John has seen a glimpse of “New Jerusalem” descending from heaven. Now, the time has arrived for the city to be unveiled in all its glory. The next section concentrates on its physical dimensions. What is presented is a vision, a reality communicated in symbolic language. In the present age, a city measuring twenty-four hundred square kilometers is a physical improbability. The enormous size of the city staggers the imagination, but sufficient room is necessary to contain the promised innumerable multitude of inhabitants.
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SYNOPSIS – Following the final judgment, John sees the “holy city, New Jerusalem” descending 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 – (Revelation 17:1–21:8). Having witnessed the destruction of “Babylon,” the “False Prophet,” the “Beast from the Sea,” and the “Dragon” – As well as the final judgment – John receives a vision of what awaits the faithful at the end of the age – “New Jerusalem descending from heaven to the earth.”
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SYNOPSIS – Revelation looks forward to the reign of Jesus in the New Creation, a reality inaugurated by his Death and Resurrection – Revelation 3:14.
In Revelation, Jesus is declared the “beginning of the creation of God” in the letter to the church at Laodicea. In this context, the point is that in his Death and Resurrection he became the inaugurator of the New Creation. In the same sentence, and in the present tense, he is called the “Amen, the faithful and true witness” – Designations applied already to Christ in the prologue to the book.
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SYNOPSIS: The original and limited land promise to Abraham now encompasses the entire Cosmos and all nations in his true “seed,” Jesus Christ.
Basic to biblical ideas of redemption is the promise of Yahweh to Abraham of a land inheritance for his offspring. Though originally confined to the small land of Canaan assigned to the biological descendants of Abraham, implicit in that first covenant promise was a future fulfillment that will encompass all nations and the entire earth, if not the whole Cosmos (“So shall be blessed in thee all the families of the earth”). Continue reading The Land Promise to Abraham