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Thursday, November 24 2016
Revelation 21: The New Jerusalem
"The Holy City, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven ... Behold, the Tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them ... 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"
The Earth went from Paradise, as it was created, to a self-destructive fool's paradise of rebels. Everything that the Messiah has accomplished is for the purpose of restoring the Earth and humanity to what it was meant to be - a home of the faithful and righteous where God The Father will come to dwell with His children (see What Gospel Did Jesus Preach?).
"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. 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.
"21:6 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. 21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death." (Revelation 21:6-8 KJV)
The New Jerusalem will be a spiritual capital on a physical Earth. With God on His Throne on Earth, Earth will become the Capital of the universe - all of heaven. Notice that the only true and actual reference to the famous "pearly gates" is in the New Jerusalem on Earth: "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" (verse 21 below).
"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 shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed 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. 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
This Day In History, November 24
166 BC: The beginning of the Maccabees era of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Hasmonean Judea). The Maccabees fought the Greek-Syrian occupiers of Judah-Israel (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids) in the period prior to the rise of the Roman empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). The first "abomination of desolation" of the Temple (see A History Of Jerusalem: Abomination Of Desolation), from which Hanukkah originated (see Why Did The Messiah Observe Hanukkah?), occurred during the time of the Maccabees.
1542: English forces clashed with the Scots at the Battle of Solway Moss, in England.
1572: Scottish Protestant reformer John Knox died. He was the founder of Scottish Presbyterianism and was author of the History of the Reformation in Scotland.
1639: The first recorded transit (passing across the Sun as seen from space) of Venus was made, by English astronomer Jeremiah Horrocks (see also What Can You See In The Firmament Of The Heavens?).
1642: Dutch explorer Abel Tasman discovered Van Diemen's Land, later named after him - Tasmania.
1859: Charles Darwin published his famous On the Origin of Species. Darwin did not actually believe many of the ideas of evolution that later "scientists" claim that he did (see Rescuing Charles Darwin From The Atheists).
1971: A hijacker calling himself Dan Cooper (or D. B. Cooper) parachuted from a Northwest Orient Airlines plane with $200,000 in ransom money. He was never found.
1976: An earthquake struck Turkey, killed nearly 5,300 and injured over 5,000 others.
1977: The tomb of King Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, was found. Alexander the Great is referred-to extensively in Bible prophecy, especially in the book of Daniel (see Daniel 8: The Ram And He Goat Of Persia And Greece). Alexander's four successors were prominent in the affairs of Israel in the time between the Old and New Testaments (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids).
1979: After years of denials to medical and veteran's groups, the U.S. government admitted that thousands of U.S. troops in Vietnam (and many more thousands of civilian men, women and children in Vietnam) were exposed to the toxic chemical "Agent Orange."