What a story!

Ever contemplated this astounding proclamation in the book of Revelation, 

‘And he [an angel] carried me [John] away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.’  Revelation 21:10

A city will descend from heaven to earth?  How big is that city?  

‘The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide.  He [the angel] measured the city with a rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long.’  Revelation 21:16

That means it will be a cube of about 1,400 miles or 2,200 kilometres.  Imagine a city that size that descends from heaven to settle on earth (probably on a mountain).  

Amazingly its walls and streets are of pure gold and precious stones.  Its gates are pearls and a river flows from the throne of the Father and the Lamb.  On both sides of the river grows the tree of life that produces its crop every month (see Revelation 21 and 22).

Jesus says about the revelation God gave Him, 

‘I warn everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds anything to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book.  And if anyone takes words away from this book of prophecy, God will take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.’  Revelation 22:18,19

What Jesus says is, don’t mess with this revelation.  It comes from the highest authority there can be, namely the Creator God.  He is all-knowing, planned it all and He guarantees what is written in the book of Revelation.  

Our conclusion 

We will see God’s face all the time.  We will have His Name written on our foreheads.  Revelation 22:4  We will be blessed beyond all blessings.  How?  

‘Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy in this book.’  Revelation 22:7b 

True love wins.

God created man.  It is written, 

“Then God said,” ‘Let us make man in our image, in our likeness….’” Genesis 1:26

God, as the Creator, made man and loves people.  After all, they were created in His image.  God’s first acts of love was to provide a safe environment for the first couple in the Garden of Eden.  From then on the theme of the whole Bible is about God’s acts to benefit man.  

The Cross is the best evidence of God’s love for man,

‘Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the desert [Numbers 21:4-8], so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.’  John 3:15

Why did God send His Son?  It was to enable people to live eternally with Him.  That is so important to God that He suffered the painful and degrading treatment His Son received.  

As Satan did not create man, he feels absolutely nothing for people.  He hates them.  Not one place in the Bible shows that Satan loves people.  He is a murderer, liar and deceiver (John 8:44).  Satan cannot care less about the well being of people.  Actually, he does care.  He wants as many as possible to remain blindfolded by him so that they gaily walk to eternal hell.  

God plans an eternal visible Kingdom.  He wants people who live there with Him.  That is possible through Jesus.  So the book of Revelation frequently talks about Jesus as ‘The Lamb’ – He was the sacrificial lamb who suffered the agony and humiliation of the Cross to make it possible for us to be united to His Father.  

That is why the blessing attached to Revelation is so important.  The book helps us understand that God is victorious.  It means, people created in His image, who remained faithful to Him, will be with God eternally.  The devil, who hates humans, will be removed from God’s presence for ever.  So he can no longer inflict hurt and pain on people.  

Conclusion

One of the blessings when we read, hear and take to heart the book of Revelation, is to understand that in the end, true love emerges victorious.  True love wins. R

Revelation’s roots in Genesis

Some facts about the first and last books of the Bible: 

  • Genesis was written around 1400 BC by Moses, the man of God.  
  • Revelation was written before 70 AD by the beloved disciple, John.  
  • Genesis describes the creation of the universe that no person was present to witness.  
  • The events of Revelation will take place in the future.  Obviously no person has ever witnessed it.   

Normally there should be some correspondence between the first and the last chapters of books.  Despite the fact that Genesis and Revelation are separated by a long time span, there are some similarities between the two.  It is not because Moses and John could coordinate their writings.  The reason for the correspondence is that they were both inspired by the Holy Spirit to set forth the truths of God’s plan for man.  One book describes the beginning of God’s plan, the other the final accomplishment of it. 

  • Genesis reveals that God created the heavens and earth in six 24 hour days.  The book of Revelation ends with God’s creation of a new heaven and earth. 
  • Very early in history Adam and Eve live in a beautiful garden and God chats to them.  Revelation ends when God comes down from heaven and lives among His people in a beautiful city on a beautiful earth, a big ‘Garden of Eden.’  
  • The tree of life in the Garden of Eden is lost.  Yet it appears again in the New Jerusalem. 
  • Adam and his wife lived for a time in the Garden of Eden.  In the New Jerusalem Jesus, the Bridegroom, and His Bride will be together for ever and ever.   
  • In Genesis the earth was cursed.  In Revelation there is no more curse. 
  • In the first creation the sun, moon and stars give light and act as time keepers.  That will not be necessary in the new era because it will be eternal and God and Jesus will be the light source.
  • The Garden of Eden episode is marked by the entrance of the deceiver, Satan.  Revelation reveals how Satan is eventually sent to his destiny to suffer eternally in the fiery lake of burning sulphur.  

Note that there is a special blessing on some one who reads, hears and keeps the words of Revelation.  That is absent in the book of beginnings, Genesis.  Could it be that we must look to Genesis and then to Revelation to find out why God regards His revelation to Jesus so blessed? 

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