Revelation 21 [Clear Word]
30B. A ETERNITY OUTLOOK
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. God had recreated it, just as He had made it in the beginning. The old earth with its polluted atmosphere was gone and so were the huge oceans. 2 I, John, saw the Holy City, New Jerusalem, come down out of heaven from God, like a beautifully dressed bride ready to meet her husband. 3 I heard a loud voice coming from the throne, saying, "God will now make His home on earth. He will personally live with His people and be with them. They will be part of the royal family of heaven and God will truly be their God. 4 He will wipe away all their tears and there will be no more death, neither will there be any more sorrow, crying or pain. The old order of things is now forever gone." 5 Then the One who sat on the throne said, "Look, I have made everything new!" Then He said to me, "Write down everything you saw, because it's true." 6 He said, "It's done! Evil is gone! I am Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Those who are thirsty will drink without cost from the springs of the water of life. 7 He who overcomes will inherit all things, for I am his Father and he is my son. 8 But those who were ashamed of me, who didn't believe what I said, who continued lying, cheating, killing, committing adultery, playing with demons and worshiping idols they made for themselves have had to suffer the consequences of their sins. They were consumed by flames from the lake of fire, which was the second death." 9 Then one of the seven angels who had been given one of the seven bowls holding one of the seven last plagues said to me, "Come, let me show you the Holy City, the bride of the Lamb." 10 Then the Spirit carried me away to the top of a very high mountain and showed me the Holy City, New Jerusalem, as it descended from heaven. 11 The City shone with the glory of God and looked like a huge diamond glistening in the sun, clear as crystal. It settled where old Jerusalem had been before the earth was cleansed by fire and remade. 12 From where I was, I could look down on the City and see that it had a massive wall around it, with twelve gates and an angel at each of the gates. Above each gate was inscribed the name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel. 13 There were three gates on each side of the City, three on the east, three on the north, three on the south, and three on the west. 14 The City and its walls rested on twelve foundations, each one having the name of one of the twelve apostles of Christ inscribed on it. 15 Then my accompanying angel took a gold yardstick in his hand and measured the City, its gates and its walls. 16 The City was laid out in a square. Its length was the same as its width, and it measured fifteen hundred miles along each wall, with a height that was proportionate. 17 Then the angel measured the wall, and it was two hundred feet high. The measurement the angel used was the same kind of measurement that humans use. 18 The wall was made of jasper, while the City itself was made of pure transparent gold, clear as glass. 19 The foundations of the City and its walls were made of all kinds of precious stones of varying colors. The first foundation was deep green, made of jasper. The second was blue, made of sapphire. The third was milky white, made of chalcedony. The fourth was bright green, made of emerald. 20 The fifth was reddish pink, made of sardonyx. The sixth was reddish orange, made of carnelian. The seventh was bright yellow, made of chrysolite. The eighth was deep blue, made of beryl. The ninth was pale blue, made of topaz. The tenth was gold colored, made of chrysoprase. The eleventh was red, made of jacinth. And the twelfth foundation was purple, made of amethyst. 21 Each of the twelve gates was made of one huge pearl, and the streets of the City were made of pure gold, yet they were as transparent as glass. 22 I didn't see any temple in the New Jerusalem. Actually, there was no need of one, since God and the Lamb were personally there. The Temple I had expected to see was now located outside the City as a memorial of what God had done for His people. 23 The City was so filled with light that no one needed the sun or the moon to light it. The glory of the presence of God and the Lamb was its light. 24 The City was made for the redeemed of this world, and people from every nation walked in its light. They served God and the Lamb as kings throughout the vast spaces of the universe, each one with his own particular glory which he had brought with him into the City. 25 The gates of the City will always be open and will never have to be locked, for there will be no darkness there. 26 The honor and greatness of the City will be its people who will come from every nation on earth. 27 No one who is impure will be allowed to enter that City, nor will anyone who is wicked or dishonest, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.