What is the New Jerusalem?
Question: "What is the New Jerusalem?"
Answer: The New Jerusalem, which has also been called the Tabernacle of God, the Holy City, the City of God, the Celestial City, and Heavenly Jerusalem, is literally heaven on earth. It is referred to in the Bible in several places (Isaiah 52:1, Galatians 4:26, Hebrews 11:10, 12:22-24, and 13:14), but it is most fully described in the 21st chapter of the book of Revelation.
The Bible is a unique, supernatural book and while what we see in nature and the physical universe is Godís natural revelation to man (Roman 1:19-20), the Bible is Godís special revelation to man (2 Timothy 3:16 and 2 Peter 1:20). It tells us of the creation of our universe and of the creation of man. It tells of manís falling away from God and the sin nature that we all inherit because of that fall (Romans 3:23). It also tells of Godís plan for manís redemption through the person of Jesus Christ, God incarnate (John 3:16).
However, the Bible is much, much more than that. The Bible teaches us how we should live through various examples of the recorded history of the Jewish people, Godís chosen people. This is exemplified through seven different dispensations of time. In each one of these dispensations man is given a responsibility and in each one man fails. This is Godís way of showing us just how hopelessly lost we really are.
The Bible is the manual of life for the Christian, and it is the only sacred writing of any of the worldís religions that proves itself by its predictive prophecy. But it is not a book for everyone. Admittedly, while everyone can profit from the wisdom contained in the Bible, only the Christian or rather the ďborn againĒ believer (see John 3:3) will truly profit from the Bible (see 1 Corinthians 2:14, Ephesians 1:13-14, and John 16:13).
But, by the time we reach the 21st chapter of Revelation the recorded history of man is at its end. All of the ages have come and gone. Christ has gathered His church in the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17). The Tribulation and the Great Tribulation of the book of Revelation has past. The battle of Armageddon has been fought and won by our Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 19:17-21). Satan has been chained for the thousand year reign of Christ on earth, he was released and deceived the nations once again, causing them to rise up in rebellion against God once more, but God defeats Satan again and Satan then receives is just punishment, an eternity in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:1-10.) The Great White Throne Judgment has taken place and mankind has been judged (Revelation 20:11-15).
Now in Revelation 21 the new heaven and the new earth have come, God the Father then brings Heaven to earth in the New Jerusalem where He dwells with His own for eternity. Only Godís children will be with Him in the New Jerusalem (John 1:12). Do you belong to Him? In Ecclesiastes Solomon tells us of the futility of our pursuits in this life. Verse 3:11 tells us that since we were made for eternity nothing in time will fully and permanently satisfy us. Aquinas wrote, ďyou have made us for yourself oh Lord, and we are restless until we find our rest in you.Ē
The New Jerusalem is where believers in Christ will spend eternity. The New Jerusalem is the ultimate fulfillment of all Godís promises. The New Jerusalem in Heaven, paradise, Godís goodness made fully manifest. Have you accepted Godís invitation to the New Jerusalem? If not, or if you are not sure. If you have accepted Godís invitation to the New Jerusalem, I look forward to seeing you there!
Recommended Resource: What the Bible Says about Heaven & Eternity by Ice & Demy.
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