Saturday, July 31 2010
All Things New
The Kingdom of God is going to transform the earth into a place of peace and joy in which all of the evil that causes pain and sorrow will be gone. Those who choose to accept God's offer of salvation, by repenting and obeying Him (see The Process Of Conversion), truly are going to live happily ever after. The last to die will be death itself (see Death's Obituary).
"And He that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new"
Salvation is a matter of choice, to live, by obeying God, or to die, by refusing to repent.
"21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God [see The Throne Of God, From Heaven To Earth]. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely [see Living Waters]. 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son [see Spiritual Conception and Children Of God]. 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars [see Grace Into Licentiousness], shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb's wife [listen to the Sermon The Divorce and Remarriage of Jesus Christ from our Sermons page]. 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 21:11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 21:12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 21:13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates [see Physical and Spiritual Gates]. 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb [see Who Did Peter Have Authority Over?].
21:15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. 21:16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. 21:17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four Cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. 21:18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. 21:19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of Precious Stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
21:20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.
21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 21:24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 21:25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 21:26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life [see Precious Stones]." (Revelation 21:1-27 KJV)
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This Day In History, July 31
904: Arabs captured Thessalonica from the Byzantine Empire.
1498: Christopher Columbus, on his third voyage to the New World, discovered an island which he named Trinidad.
1687: Fort Niagara was built by Jacques Rene de Brisay de Denonville, the Governor-General of "New France," at the mouth of the Niagara River.
1763: The British garrison at Detroit attempted to break a siege by the Ottawa Indians under chief Pontiac by launching a night attack on the Ottawa camp at Bloody Run. The attack was repulsed with heavy losses. The Ottawa siege on Detroit was also indecisive, although a general uprising led by Pontiac was successful in taking 8 British forts.
1812: A year after declaring independence, Venezuela fell to the Spanish.
1817: Benjamin Disraeli, age 12, was baptized into the Anglican Church. Without that event, Disraeli would not have later become prime minister of Britain, because Jews were not admitted to parliament until 1858.
1919: The Weimar Constitution was adopted in post-war Germany, establishing a republic. Parliament, which kept the old name of Reichstag, moved to Weimar to avoid association with the Kaiser (Kaiser is the German form of Caesar).
1941: Nazi war criminal Hermann Goering gave a written directive to police chief Reinhard Heydrich to draft a plan for the murder of the Jewish people, the "Final Solution."
1957: The Distant Early Warning (DEW) Line of radar stations was put into operation as a joint United States-Canada defence project against nuclear attack from the Soviet Union.
1969: Pope Paul VI visited Uganda, the first time a pope of the church of Rome had visited Africa.
1970: The complete New American Standard Version of the Bible (NASB) was first published.
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