Passage: Revelation 21:1-4
Some people believe that they have had a wonderful time on earth, but that is really not true. This world is filled with sorrow. But a wonderful time is coming, when the old heaven and old earth have passed away.
The new heaven and new earth does not refer to the 1,000-year reign of Jesus. This is the place where we will live forever after the 1,000-year reign.
This earth is beautiful but there is something much better waiting for us. All the things you see right now will be changed into something so much more beautiful, something which will stay forever. All the things you see on this earth will go away. Then we will go to a new place where nothing will ever get old or broken down. In this world, everything gets old and dirty. Even people break down as they age; their bodies don’t work as well as they did when they were young. But we can put our hope in heaven because God will fulfill our hope and dream.
Fight the good fight everyday and run the good race everyday. Resist every evil temptation until that final day.
When we live in the new heaven and new earth, we will all have perfect bodies, with beautiful faces. You won’t have to worry about losing or gaining weight. You won’t have to worry about cooking food or choosing to eat the right foods.
1 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.
Revelation 21:1 says, “There was no more sea.” There is no ocean in heaven. This is symbolic of pain, sorrow, persecution, sickness, disease, trial, and tribulation. There is only joy and peace in the new heaven and new earth.
2 Peter 3:10
10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.
The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night so we need to be ready now. Don’t be lukewarm. Much of the church has become lukewarm; God is far way from them.
2 So He said to them, “When you pray, say:
Our Father in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
Your kingdom come.
Your will be done
On earth as it is in heaven.
3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
4 And forgive us our sins,
For we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us.
And do not lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from the evil one.”
This scripture talks about the new heaven and the new earth. When God’s kingdom comes, man’s authority, power, or position will no longer run this world. There will be no kings or dictators.
2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
John was on Patmos Island when he saw this vision. I’m sure the island was ugly and barren. Then he saw this beautiful holy city coming down from heaven. I’m sure he was amazed by he beauty and glory of New Jerusalem.
Who will live in the holy city? The church, the bride of Jesus, will live in New Jerusalem with Jesus. He is our bridegroom.
Those who come after, who are saved during the Millennium (the 1,000-year reign of Jesus) will live outside of Jerusalem. But we who believe and walk with Jesus now will live in New Jerusalem.
5 then the Lord will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering. 6 And there will be a tabernacle for shade in the daytime from the heat, for a place of refuge, and for a shelter from storm and rain.
11 “O you afflicted one,
Tossed with tempest, and not comforted,
Behold, I will lay your stones with colorful gems,
And lay your foundations with sapphires.
12 I will make your pinnacles of rubies,
Your gates of crystal,
And all your walls of precious stones.
13 All your children shall be taught by the Lord,
And great shall be the peace of your children.
14 In righteousness you shall be established;
You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear;
And from terror, for it shall not come near you.
12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more. I will write on him the name of My God and the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God. And I will write on him My new name.
When you get to heaven, you will have a new name. No one will call you by your given name, a nickname, or even “mom” or “pastor.” You will be called by the name that Jesus gives you. The name that you have right now has a history, both good and bad. It brings up memories, both bitter and sweet. Your name is connected with sorrow and pain and trial and depression, with blessing and prosperity and hope and happiness, all kinds of things. Your new name will be only good and a blessing to others. When people call your new name, they will only think of good things.
To see the New Jerusalem, you must overcome. You cannot do whatever you want to do. You cannot live however you want to live. You cannot eat whatever you want to eat. Heaven is for overcomers. You can’t just go because you want to; you have to overcome.
7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
New Jerusalem will shine more than the stars. It will be the most beautiful treasure.
God bless you,
Pastor Sun East
More in this series:
Part 2: Revelation 21, God with us