Revelation 21-22 (Part 2: Revelation 21:7-15)

Part 2 of a verse by verse commentary

Revelation 21:7 He who overcomes … overcomes what?

Overcomes sin

2 Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.

Psalms 119:172 My tongue shall speak of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness.

Revelation 21:8 But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

All will have a chance for salvation

Unpardonable Sin – any part of the law of God that we refuse to accept

This is what the plan of God has been sorting out from the beginning

Who is with Him and who is against Him

Started with Satan

So what we see is that the law of God has been intact from the very beginning until the very end (of human existence) and it will continue throughout eternity

Not as something that we have to constantly weigh our actions against

But now as our character (who and what we are and how we will live and want to live)

The law of God represents His character

We will put that on completely as spirit beings

So it stands to reason that those who don’t want to live that way God will extend His mercy

To them and to us

Not bound for eternity doing nothing as a punishment

Us not having to deal with them

But the cowardly, unbelieving…

fearful and lacking faith

Matthew 8:24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep.
Matthew 8:25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
Matthew 8:26 But He said to them, Why are you fearful [fearful,G1169 deilos di-los’], O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.

Peter walked on water – But when he saw that the wind was boisterous, he was afraid;

…sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars…


pornos – sexual sins

sorcery (false religion) – potions – still apart of satanism today

idolatry – basis for other sin; Israel went into captivity; putting anything before God and His ways

lying is common place

shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone….

Matthew 3:10 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Matthew 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
Matthew 3:12 His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

What is reserved for them:

…which is the second death.

Revelation 2:11 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.” ‘

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.

Revelation 20:14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

Hebrews 9:27 And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

[everyone at least once; some twice]

Will not be in the Kingdom of God – which makes sense

1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
1 Corinthians 6:10 nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will 
inherit the kingdom of God.

Galatians 5:21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

Ephesians 4:22 that you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts,
Ephesians 4:23 and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,
Ephesians 4:24 and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Colossians 3:5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry.
Colossians 3:6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience,
Colossians 3:7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them.
Colossians 3:8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.

It is very clear that law breakers will not be in God’s Kingdom

Not only are they not allowed into the holy city, but into the lake of fire they go

New Jerusalem

Ezekiel’s Vision is a forerunner

Obvious differences between the two:

this is how God works
often shows the spiritual by the physical

Similarities

Explainer Ezekiel 47:2-8 Revelation 21:1-2
On a mountain high
Measuring stick
Water flowing Eastward
Trees on banks
Leaves for healing
12 tribes names on 12 gates
3 gates on each N E W S side

Differences

Origin of flowing water The temple God’s throne
City dimensions 4500 measures or reeds 1500 miles3
Temple
Boundaries Sea No sea left
Nature of People Physical Spiritual no sinning
God the Father Not there With Man

Revelation 21:2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

I believe this is a literal city that is spiritual and not physical AND it is symbolic of the church as well

…coming down out of heaven from God, prepared…

He is currently constructing it in heaven – where it comes from

Hebrews 11:10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

We and Abraham have been looking forward to it

John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.
John 14:2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.
John 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

Also, we need to remember that the timing of the event is after the 1000 and GWTJ

So the firstfruits are already married to the lamb on Earth

Revelation 19:7 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.”
Revelation 19:8 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.
Revelation 19:9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”

church of god are living in the great city – the two are one

Revelation 21:9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”

This is the angel that is now talking to John

Revelation 15:6 And out of the temple came the seven angels having the seven plagues, clothed in pure bright linen, and having their chests girded with golden bands.

[Priestly functions]

Lamb mentioned 7 times (focuses on the fact He was our sacrifice)

Contrast to: (notice the similarities in verbiage)

Revelation 17:1 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and talked with me, saying to me, “Come, I will show you the judgment of the great harlot who sits on many waters,
Revelation 17:2 with whom the kings of the earth committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth were made drunk with the wine of her fornication.”
Revelation 17:3 So he carried me away in the Spirit into the wilderness. And I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast which was full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns.

Chaste bride of one husband v. great harlot; wilderness v great how mountain;

Revelation 18:9 “The kings of the earth who committed fornication and lived luxuriously with her will weep and lament for her, when they see the smoke of her burning,
Revelation 18:10 standing at a distance for fear of her torment, saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour your judgment has come.’

Revelation 18:16 and saying, ‘Alas, alas, that great city that was clothed in fine linen, purple, and scarlet, and adorned with gold and precious stones and pearls!
Revelation 18:17 For in one hour such great riches came to nothing.’ Every shipmaster, all who travel by ship, sailors, and as many as trade on the sea, stood at a distance
Revelation 18:21 Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying, “Thus with violence the great city Babylon shall be thrown down, and shall not be found anymore.

Revelation 21:10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

Ezekiel 40:2 In the visions of God He took me into the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain; on it toward the south was something like the structure of a city.

Millennial temple

Revelation 21:11 having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.

having the glory of God

Ezekiel 43:1 Afterward he brought me to the gate, the gate that faces toward the east.
Ezekiel 43:2 And behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east. His voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shone with His glory.
Ezekiel 43:3 It was like the appearance of the vision which I saw—like the vision which I saw when I came to destroy the city. The visions were like the vision which I saw by the River Chebar; and I fell on my face.
Ezekiel 43:4 And the glory of the LORD came into the temple by way of the gate which faces toward the east.
Ezekiel 43:5 The Spirit lifted me up and brought me into the inner court; and behold, the glory of the LORD filled the temple.

Ezekiel 43:7 And He said to me, “Son of man, this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of My feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel forever. No more shall the house of Israel defile My holy name, they nor their kings, by their harlotry or with the carcasses of their kings on their high places.

Ezekiel 43:9 Now let them put their harlotry and the carcasses of their kings far away from Me, and I will dwell in their midst forever.
Ezekiel 43:10 “Son of man, describe the temple to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure the pattern.

Ezekiel 43:12 This is the law of the temple: The whole area surrounding the mountaintop is most holy. Behold, this is the law of the temple.

Her light…

Millennium

Isaiah 60:1 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you.
Isaiah 60:2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.
Isaiah 60:3 The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising.
Isaiah 60:4 “Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, And your daughters shall be nursed at your side.
Isaiah 60:5 Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.

like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.

Not normally clear

Revelation 21:12 Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

The way into the Holy City, to God, is only through the gate of one of the 12 tribes

It is only through Israel

[Gentiles Message]

All become Israel

Exodus 12:47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.
Exodus 12:48 And when a stranger dwells with you and wants to keep the Passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as a native of the land. For no uncircumcised person shall eat it.

Romans 2:28 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh;
Romans 2:29 but he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the Spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not from men but from God.

Galatians 6:16 And as many as walk according to this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.

Revelation 21:13 three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west.

Tribes camped this way

Ezekiel 48:30-31 “These are the exits of the city. On the north side, measuring four thousand five hundred cubits [measures] (the gates of the city shall be named after the tribes of Israel), the three gates northward: one gate for Reuben, one gate for Judah, and one gate for Levi;
Ezekiel 48:32 on the east side, four thousand five hundred cubits, three gates: one gate for Joseph, one gate for Benjamin, and one gate for Dan;
Ezekiel 48:33 on the south side, measuring four thousand five hundred cubits, three gates: one gate for Simeon, one gate for Issachar, and one gate for Zebulun;
Ezekiel 48:34 on the west side, four thousand five hundred cubits with their three gates: one gate for Gad, one gate for Asher, and one gate for Naphtali.
Ezekiel 48:35 All the way around shall be eighteen thousand cubits; and the name of the city from that day shall be: THE LORD IS THERE.

Ezekiel

EAST Joseph, Benjamin, Dan
NORTH Reuben, Judah, Levi
SOUTH Simeon, Issachar, Zebulun
WEST Gad, Asher, Naphtali

Numbers

EAST Judah, Issachar, Zebulun
SOUTH Reuben, Simeon, Gad
WEST Ephraim, Manasseh, Benjamin
NORTH Dan, Asher, Naphtali

Revelation 7

Judah Reuben Gad
Asher Naphtali Manasseh
Simeon Levi Issachar
Zebulun Joseph Benjamin

Revelation 21:14 Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

Ephesians 2:19 Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
Ephesians 2:20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief cornerstone,

Revelation 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.

Matthew 19:27 Then Peter answered and said to Him, “See, we have left all and followed You. Therefore what shall we have?”
Matthew 19:28 So Jesus said to them, “Assuredly I say to you, that in the regeneration, when the Son of Man sits on the throne of His glory, you who have followed Me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

All the original apostles were Jews, and of course Christ came as one (no other name)

John 4:22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews.

Revelation 3:12 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.