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The gates to the new heaven are open
and will remain open
but to make sure it remains the heaven that God intended
angels are stationed at all the gates
to prevent anything evil, any sin
from entering therein
Water, that precious commodity
flows pure and freely
from the throne
Fruit will always be in season
Leaves of healing eliminate all sorrow
People from every nation will walk together in peace
And there is always more light than we will ever need
because God's glory is the light
So John paints the picture of heaven
and gives the persecuted, first century Christians
and those from centuries since
hope and courage to press on until that day.
Throughout the Bible
we heard God's invitation
to everyone on earth
The last invitation in verse 20 is turned the other way
It says, come Lord Jesus
yes come as soon as possible
and take us home to be with you
I like to think of it this way
"Even so, come, Lord Jesus"
be our guest (here and now)
until the time
when we feast with you
The ending of the Bible sounds like another new beginning.
Revelation 21 & 22
22Then I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty
and the Lamb are its temple. 23The city had no need of the sun
or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it.
The Lamb is its light.
24The nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light,
and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.
25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day. 27There 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.
1He showed me a pure river of the water of life, clear as crystal,
proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the
middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree
of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every
month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3There shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the
Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. 4They shall
see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. 5There
shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun,
for the Lord gives them light. They shall reign forever and ever.
6Then he said to me, "These words are faithful and true. And
the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His
servants the things which must shortly take place.
7"Behold, I am coming quickly! Blessed is who keeps the
words of this prophecy." 8 I, John, saw and heard these things.
12"I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give
to every one according to his work. 13 I am the Alpha and
the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last."
14Blessed are those who do His commandments, they have
the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates to
the city. 15But outside are sorcerers, the sexually immoral,
murderers, idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.
16"I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things
in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the
Bright and Morning Star."
17The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who
hears say, "Come!" Let him who thirsts come. Whoever
desires, let him take the water of life freely.
20He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming
quickly." Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!
21The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV