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Revelation 21:1-7 – All Things Made New

Summary

After the final judgment, John sees a new heaven, a new earth, and a new Jerusalem. God dwells among God's people and gives the promise, "I am making all things new."

Analysis

The new Jerusalem marks the culmination of Revelation. Since the city descends from above, it is not a human creation. It comes down as God's gift. The city is pictured as a bride, thereby showing that it is the counterpart to Babylon the whore, the city that personifies oppression on the earth in Revelation 17:1-6. A voice from heaven indicates that in this city death and grief no longer have any place. The words echo various passages from Isaiah and other prophets, showing that the new Jerusalem is where God's promises of salvation are finally fulfilled.

Revelation 21:1-7

The New Heaven and the New Earth

21Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying,
‘See, the home* of God is among mortals.
He will dwell* with them;
they will be his peoples,*
and God himself will be with them;*
4 he will wipe every tear from their eyes.
Death will be no more;
mourning and crying and pain will be no more,
for the first things have passed away.’

5 And the one who was seated on the throne said, ‘See, I am making all things new.’ Also he said, ‘Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ 6Then he said to me, ‘It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life. 7Those who conquer will inherit these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children.

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