| | Understanding the Book of Revelation:God's New Heaven Chapter
Unless you have a strong aversion to news reports,this thought must have crossed your mind recently:OH NO! THESE MUST BE THE BIBLE PREDICTED "LAST DAYS"!! Hey you sure are perceptive !!! With the firm belief that we have now entered into the Tribulation time,I am publishing a series of studies of the Book of Revelation,that difficult to understand road map that shows exactly where we are headed,using the easy to understand Contemporary English Version (CEV) Bible that has been created by the American Bible Society.I will then add insights in capitol letters which will provide explanations and historical background information for the words you have just read, which will be in agreement with leading biblical commentaries,in order to at long last make the startling predictions made in this important and fascinating book comprehensible. I will occasionally make changes in the CEV words if I detect variance from the meaning found in the King James Bible.
1I saw a new heaven and a new earth.(THIS NEW NEW CREATION OF GOD WILL BE TOTALLY FREE OF SIN) The first heaven and the first earth had passed away,and so had the sea. (THIS NEW CREATION WILL NOT HAVE ANY OCEANS) 2Then I saw New Jerusalem, that holy city, coming down from God in heaven.(THIS WILL BE AN ASTONISHING EVENT AS GOD MOVES HIS KINGDOM FROM HEAVEN TO A NEWLY CREATED EARTH!) It was like a bride dressed in her wedding gown (BEAUTIFUL) and ready to meet her husband. 3I heard a loud voice shout from the throne: God's home is now with his people. He will live with them, and they will be His own. Yes, God will make His home among His people. 4He will wipe all tears from their eyes, and there will be no more death, suffering, crying, or pain. (ALL SACRIFICES, DEFEATS AND LOSSES DURING OUR LIFETIME WILL BE WORTH IT TO OBTAIN THIS INCREDIBLE NEW LIFE WITH GOD) These things of the past are gone forever. 5Then the One sitting on the throne said (THIS IS ONLY THE SECOND TIME IN THIS BOOK THAT GOD'S WORDS ARE REPORTED) I am making everything new. Write down what I have said. My words are true and can be trusted. 6Everything is finished! (THIS IS THE WORD THAT WAS USED WHEN GOD COMPLETED HIS FIRST CREATION OF THE EARTH,WHEN JESUS' TORTURE ON THE CROSS ENDED AND NOW FOR THE LAST TIME IT WILL BE USED WHEN GOD COMPLETES HIS CREATION OF THE NEW HEAVEN AND EARTH) I am Alpha and Omega,(WHICH MEANS) the beginning and the end. I will freely give water from the life-giving fountain (THE HOLY SPIRIT) to everyone who is thirsty. (IN NEED OF A SPIRITUAL RE-CHARGE) He who overcomes (SIN) will inherit all things.(GIFTS AND BLESSINGS FROM GOD) I will be their God, and they will be my people.(WELCOMED INTO THE FAMILY OF GOD) 8But I will tell you what will happen to cowards and to everyone who is unfaithful (TO GOD) or who has a filthy mind or is sexually perverted (YES THIS DOES DESCRIBE HOMOSEXUALITY) or who murders or uses witchcraft or worships idols or tells lies. They will be thrown into that lake of fire and burning sulfur.This is (WHAT THE BIBLE CALLS) the second death.(THE "FIRST DEATH" OCCURS ON EARTH)9 I saw one of the seven angels who had the bowls filled with the seven plagues. The angel came to me and said, "Come on! I will show you the one who will be the bride and wife of the Lamb." (JESUS)10Then with the help of the (HOLY) Spirit, he took me to the top of a very high mountain. There he showed me the holy city of Jerusalem coming down from God in heaven. 11The glory of God made the city bright. It was dazzling and crystal clear like a precious jasper stone. 12The city had a high and thick wall with twelve gates, and each one of them was guarded by an angel. On each of the gates was written the name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. (GOD WILL NEVER END HIS EMOTIONAL AND SPIRITUAL CONNECTION TO THE JEWS)13Three of these gates were on the east, three were on the north, three more were on the south, and the other three were on the west.(IT IS THOUGHT THAT THE GATES WILL BE 375 MILES APART FROM EACH OTHER)14The city was built on twelve foundation stones. On each of the stones was written the name of the Lamb's (JESUS') twelve apostles.15The prophet who spoke to me had a gold measuring stick to measure the city and its gates and its walls. 16The city was shaped like a cube, because it was just as high as it was wide. When the angel measured the city, it was about 1,500 miles long and 1,500 miles wide. 17Then the prophet measured the wall, and by our measurements it was about two hundred and sixteen feet high. 18The wall was built of jasper, and the (BUILDINGS IN THE) city was made of pure gold, clear as crystal. (HEAVEN'S GOLD IS DIFFERENT!) 19Each of the twelve foundations was made from a precious (AND BRILLIANTLY COLORED) stone.( HEADS UP, YOU ARE ABOUT TO DISCOVER GOD'S FAVORITE COLOR HERE) The first was jasper,(LIGHT GREEN) the second was sapphire,(BLUE ) the third was agate,( BROWN AND WHITE) the fourth was emerald,( DARK GREEN) 20the fifth was onyx,(MULTI-COLORED BANDS OF COLOR) the sixth was carnelian, (RED) the seventh was chrysolite,(OLIVE GREEN) the eighth was beryl,(BLUISH GREEN) the ninth was topaz,(YELLOW) the tenth was chrysoprase, (THE COLOR OF GREEN) APPLES) the eleventh was jacinth,(REDDISH ORANGE) and the twelfth was amethyst. (DEEP PURPLE)21Each of the twelve gates were (MADE FROM ) pearls and every several gates was made from just one pearl.The streets of the city were made of (THE SAME MATERIAL AS THE BUILDINGS,SPECIFICALLY) pure gold, clear as crystal. 22I did not see a (JEWISH) temple there. The Lord God All-Powerful and the Lamb (JESUS) were its temple.(IN THIS NEW HEAVEN THE INHABITANTS WILL WORSHIP WITH GOD AND JESUS PERSONALLY) 23And the city did not need the sun or the moon. The glory of God was shining on it, and the Lamb was its light. 24Nations will walk by means of the Light of that city, and kings will bring (SHOW) glory and honor there. (TO GOD AND JESUS) 25Its gates are always open during the day, and night never comes. 26The glorious treasures (GIFTS OF ART WORK AND MUSEUM ARTIFACTS ) of nations will be brought into the city. (TO SHOW HONOR AND APPRECIATION TOWARD GOD AND JESUS)27But nothing unworthy will be allowed to enter. No one who is filthy-minded (THIS WILL INCLUDE ALL PORNOGRAPHY CONSUMERS) or who tells lies (THE BIBLE REPEATEDLY TEACHES THAT THOSE WHO REPEATEDLY LIE WILL BE SENT TO HELL) will be there. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb's (JESUS') book of life (RECORD OF THOSE GRANTED SALVATION) will be in the city. (THUS FULFILLING THE PROPHECY OF JESUS,"MANY WILL BE CALLED BUT FEW CHOSEN")
The Christian faith has not been designed to create success or find pleasure in or even tolerate this world but rather to OVERCOME it!