Shepherds Bible Rev CHAPTER 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.

# The word ‘new’ is the Greek word kinnos”, which means, “freshness or renew”. It is not a completely new operation, but a renewing of the old. The word rejuvenation would be more fitting. The fact that there will be no more sea can mean two things. We know that if all the people who had ever lived were to return, there would not be adequate living space. However, if the seas disappeared and we had terra firma around the whole globe, there would be. The earth would be watered with a mist that covered the whole earth. It would be watered each night, evenly, in such a way that we would not have rain or storms. We could also interpret this sea to mean that masses of confused people would be “no more”.

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.

# This is post millennium. Note, this is not old Jerusalem as we know it, but the heavenly Jerusalem, for He brings it with Him. Isaiah 52:1 is very good reading together with this verse.

3. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the taberna-cle 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.

#Tabernacle means “dwelling place”. So we see He is dwelling with men.

4. And God s hall wipe away all tears from their eyes: and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there he any more pain for the former things are passed away.

# What a Great and wonderful time this is to anticipate. We are not sure what kind o f bod ies we will be in at that time, but evidently be incapable of pain. We will be in that perfect state of the spiritual body. (I John 3:2).

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.

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.

# Isaiah 12 :2 talks abo ut the wells of salvation. O ur Father loves us and He gives of the water freely.

7. He that overcometh shall inherit all things: and I will be his God, a nd he shall be My son.

# The reason the overcomer is referred to as a male is that after the millennium there will be no difference in sex. Luke 20:34—36. I John 3:2.

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 br imstone: which is the second de ath.

# The word “abominable” here means idol worshipper. The word “sorcerers” means commerce with evil spirits. The word “liars” used here goes much deeper than just telling little fibs. This is a falseness of teaching, teach- ing something other than the truth. This would be a false prophet. These will all “have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death”. Those who after being taught for 1000 years still cling to Lucifer, will be de-stroyed actually and completely.

9. A nd 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 hith-er, I will show thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

#The brick refers to the overcomers mentioned in Revelation 15 :1. S he represents those who were victorious over the beast. She is the very elect of Israel.

10. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, de scending out of heav-en from God,

#What is this city? We will find out what the exact name of this holy new Jerusalem is. The name actually describes the city better than all the measurements or credentials that could be given it. Ezekiel 48:35 tells us that the name of the city of Jerusa- lem is “The Lord is there”.

11. Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

# “Clear as crystal” signifies complete freedom from impurities, it is beauti- ful and sparkling because Christ is there, and His light reflects from it and puts it aglow and gives it an atmosphere of perfection. It will be just as the Bible says it was around His throne. It was like a rainbow with the colors of a prism. It will be a beautiful sight.

12. And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written there-on, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

13. O n the east three gates; on the nor th three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.

14. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

# In Acts 1:26 the lot falls upon Matthias. He takes the place of Judas to complete the twelve.

15. A nd he that talked with me had a golde n reed to measure the city, a nd the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

# Compare this verse to Ezekiel 40.

16. A nd the city lieth foursquare, and the lengt h is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand fur longs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.

#Twelve thousand furlongs is 1500 miles. The holy city is presented to us as a perfect cube of 1500 miles.

17. And he measured the wall thereof, a hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of man, that is, o f the angel.

18. A nd the building o f the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

#C lear glass has no impurities, just as pure gold has no impurities.

19. A nd the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manne r of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald:

20. The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topa z; the tenth, a chrysop rasus; the elev-enth, a jacinth; the twelfth, a n ame-thyst.

#Exodus 28:17-21 s hows us that these stones are the twelve stones of Israel. Each one represents one of the twelve tribes.

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.

22. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

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.

# Isaiah 60:19-20 gives a good rendering of this. The children of the night or darkness, have been done away with.

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.

# The kings referred to in this verse are just that, the kings of the earth. This is not talking about our King. Remember, the word “nations” means “ethnos”, which is various ethnic groups. There will be kingdoms of them outside the 1500 miles and they will live in the light of it. Those that come by salvation, that are saved out of the races after the second death, will live under their own kings. This is wonderful. They will live under their own perfect kings, and in their own realms. Yet, they will draw from the same God, Yahveh.

25. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

26. A nd they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

27. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, nei- ther whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

# This world of false politics and false religious systems is past his-tory. The “gates” may be left open because there is no longer a thief. The nations (ethnos) shall glor y and honor it because the ruler is fair, just, and worthy. Nothing shall enter that defileth, for everything that defileth has been consumed by the cleansing fire. Only those that love and serve Yahveh may enter. See that you do this, and become a citizen of the city named, “The Yahveh is There”.

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