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20th and Final ‘C’ [The Bible in 20 Cs]

Consummation – Heaven / The New Jerusalem

Rev. 21


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Human history began in paradise…the Garden of Eden.  And it will all end in paradise…the New Jerusalem.


v. 5  this sums up the last 2 ch’s of Revelation…all things will be new.

v. 6  “it is done” 

        What began in Genesis is brought to completion in Revelation.


GENESIS                                           REVELATION



1:1 -     heavens & earth created                   21:1 -   New heavens & earth

1:16 -   Sun created                                        21:23 - No need for the sun

1:5 -     Night established                               22:5 -   No night there

1:10 -   The seas created                                21:1 -   No more seas [exiled on Patmos!]

3:14-17 - The curse announced                     22:3 -   No more curse

            [Satan, serpent, soil]                         

3:19 -   Death enters history                          21:4 -   No more death

3:24 -   Man driven from paradise                 22:14 - Man restored to paradise

3:17 -   Sorrow & pain began             21:4 -   No more tears or pain


Don’t you look forward to going to heaven?  “What a day that will be…”


10 Facts about The New Jerusalem: [1st 5 tonite…]

1.     Heaven is a Real Place

Liberals deny its existence…say it’s a state of mind/wishful thinking…but Jesus said “I go to prepare a PLACE for you…there you shall be also” [Jn. 14]

        It’s literal, tangible, described in detail.  The emphasis is on what John SAW…w/ literal eyes.

v. 1          “saw”

v. 2          “saw”

        Heaven is as real as Decatur is…but may smell different!


And we’ll have real bodies…glorified bodies!  Jesus rose from the dead in His glorified body.  He could pass thru walls, but yet he could touch people, sit down and eat…praise God!

        It will be a different existence, but as real as it gets!


This is the capital of the eternal kingdom.  God has, by this time, destroyed our universe, our heaven and earth, and this is a new one.  And this is the capitol city!


Will there be room for everyone?  Sure!  First of all, not as many will be there as is commonly believed.  [“Narrow is the way, few there be that find it.”]  But it will be 1,500 miles squared…a perfect cube…in other words, it’s that high, that long, that wide!  There would be room for every human who has ever lived if they had all been saved.


There are windows in Heaven.  The windows are always spoken of as being open to pour out things from God.  Sometimes blessings are poured out (see Mal. 3:10; II Kings 7:2), sometimes curses (see Isa. 24:18), and sometimes the same thing that is a blessing to some is a curse to others (see Gen. 8:2).

Concerning the door in Heaven, John tells of his experience in Revelation.  “After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven:  and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter” (Rev. 4:1).

The first thing he saw was a throne.  This is God’s throne.  He was sitting on His throne.  It looked like a jasper, sardine stone, or an emerald.  It is hard for the finite mind to grasp infinite things.  We cannot imagine the beauty and radiance of God.

Consider the famous Hope Diamond at the Smithsonian.  A thick, shatterproof glass wall and an armed guard protect it.  {Kimberly has a “hope diamond” too…one she’s hoping for!}  The many people that wait in line to see the Hope Diamond express an awe, and a feeling of rapture

seems to come over those who view it.  A spirit of excitement is set off by the thought of the tremendous value.

But this is nothing, this is dirt compared to God.

The psalmist cried out, “The Lord is in his holy temple, the

Lord’s throne is in heaven...” (Ps. 11:4).  Behind the throne was a sparkling rainbow.  The twenty-four elders, clothed with glistening, white garments and pure gold crowns on their heads, were seated upon the twenty-four seats.  Thunder and lightnings were proceeding out from the throne and voices could be heard.  There were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne.

The Tree of Life was there.  This same tree was in the Garden of Eden for Adam and Eve.  After the fall of man, an angel was posted at the gate with a revolving sword, to keep them away from this tree lest they should eat of it and live forever in their fallen state.  On this tree grew twelve different kinds of fruit each month.  The leaves were for the healing of the nations.

The beautiful River of Life was flowing out from under the throne and pure water of life was freely accessible.  The streets were made of pure, transparent gold, suggesting the elimination of all impurities which cloud things on the earth.

As John continued to look, he saw twelve gates of pearl; three on the north, three on the south, three on the east and three on the west.  Twelve angels stood at these twelve gates.  But Jesus will be what makes it heaven for me!


2.     Heaven is a Remaining Place

v. 1          “passed away”

        Nothing you see on this physical earth is going to last…nothing will remain.  We like to have nice things and we should enjoy them, but don’t get too attached…they are not permanent.  In the end, all we have left is our soulAll we will have in eternity is the treasures we send ahead.

         “Only 1 life…”


Ill.—[fictitious] 2 women died.  One was stingy/miserly.  She was a Christian, but very greedy…and when she gave it was grudgingly. 

She had a maid working for her…she didn’t have much, but loved to give, and looked for opportunities to do so. 

Both women died.  An angel escorted the wealthy woman around.  He said, let me take you to your new home, and on the way we’ll pass by your maid’s house.  Down the golden street they went, and as they approached a great mansion she said wow, and that’s just for my maid?!  I can’t wait to see my place!

They moved on to a cardboard shanty.  “What is this?”

“Sorry, we did our best w/ the materials you sent ahead!”

        Jesus said we send ahead of us treasures--by how we serve, how we give now.


Every stain of sin, every evidence of evil will be vanquished as well when the old earth is destroyed!  And all that will be left is our souls and our spiritual investments, stored up for us.


One of the most precious experiences we will have in heaven is being approached by someone who says, I got saved because of your witness, your testimony, your missions giving, your prayers, etc.!


Heaven is a real place, a remaining place…


3.     Heaven is a Readied Place

v. 2          “prepared”

        I’ve done a lot of weddings…and it takes the bride a long time to get ready…hours and hours…w/ someone just for dress, hair, makeup, etc.


And the Lord has spent a lot of time, and is sparing no expense in readying heaven for us. [2,000 years compared to 6 days of creation!  And there’s some great beauty in this earth…even though it’s been cursed!]

R.G. Lee—“Heaven is the most marvelous place the wisdom of God could conceive and that the power of God could prepare.”


The butterfly, the sculpted rose, the stars and planets…all in 6 days…and by comparison to heaven, the Grand Canyon will be an infected wound!


Ill.—little girl born blind/only beauty she knew came from her mother’s descriptions/flowers in spring, trees in fall, snow in winter, ocean in summertime/girl could only imagine/at 10 years of age, had experimental surgery to help her see/bandages for several weeks/moment of truth came…bandages removed and she saw/ran to the window and stood breathless/ “mother, why didn’t you tell me it was so beautiful?”/ “I tried to, but words just wouldn’t suffice!”

        I believe that in heaven we’ll run around breathless, and when we see the apostle John we’ll say, “Why didn’t you tell me?” and he’ll say, I tried, but words wouldn’t suffice!

1 Cor. 2:9

    But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.


4.     Heaven is a Place of Relationship

v. 3          This is what makes heaven be heaven!  If the streets were not gold but gravel, if the walls were particle board and not jasper, if mud was knee deep and weeds over our heads, it would still be heaven because Jesus is there!

        If you’re lost, this thought should terrify you, not just that you would go to a fiery hell, but that you would go somewhere cut off from God!  A lost person would be terrified even in His presence at the Great White Throne, and yet being face to face w/ Him is a precious contemplation for the believer…that’s what Heaven is!


And there we’ll see the only “man made” thing in heaven.  As we study about all God is preparing for us, let’s not forget the paralyzing sight we’ll behold in the nail scarred hands and feet of Christ!  [a constant reminder of how we got there!]  We won’t say look how great I am, but “How Great Thou Art!”


Heaven is not a reward for those who are faithful…we can’t work our way to heaven.  We’ll be elated, yes, but only because we’re RELATED! 


Heaven is a place of relationship…


5.     Heaven is a Place of Relief

v. 4-5       no more crying, sighing, or dying!  No hospitals or graves!  And Satan will not be able to get a passport. He will be in the bottomless pit. All the fallen angels will be chained up. There will be no aging, wrinkles. The fountain of youth will be there. One drink and all signs of age gone. Nothing will ruin, rot, or rust. There will be no thirsting, or hungering. No itching, no blindness, no deafness, no diabetes, no cancer, or heart attacks, or scars, no witchcraft, no drugs, no alcohol, or tobacco!  No divorce, child abductions, accidents…and no more bills!


Ill.—5 year old girl had never stayed the night w/ a friend before/was nervous, but gave it a try/she did fine during the daytime, but when it got dark she got nervous in a strange place/ friend’s mother perceived this: “honey, are you getting homesick?”/with childlike innocence she replied, “no ma’am, I’m getting here sick!”


And the more you may go thru down “here”, the sweeter heaven will be for you!

Romans 8:18

    For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.


Some call it heaven/new Jerusalem/pearly white city/Glory/and some call it “home”.

“I’m kinda homesick for a country…”


6.     Heaven is a Place of Refreshing

v. 6          Ever been really thirsty? You don’t want milk.  Sometimes you want a soda or tea or lemonade, but even those won’t do when you’re REALLY thirsty…you want what?   Water!


How satisfying!  And in heaven, every righteous desire that we have will be perfectly and completely satisfied, once and for all!


Here on earth we pursue happiness, but don’t ever completely find it, but in heaven that thirst will be quenched!

Friendships/relationships/knowledge/more about God/wealth/health/answers to questions…why?




By Jack Hyles


I have heard the white-tipped tapping cane,

Which leads a blinded eye.

And then a darkened, lonely voice

Cries, “Preacher, show me why.”


I have caught a fiancée’s burning tears,

And heard her lonely cry.

She held an unused wedding gown,

And shouted, “Pastor, why?”


I have heard the cancer patient say,

“’Tis gain for me to die;”

Then look into his daughter’s face,

And mutely whisper, “Why?”


I’ve heard an orphan faintly say,

Who gazed into the sky,

“Tho Mom and Dad have gone away,

My preacher will know why.”


I have sat beside a tiny crib,

And watched a baby die,

As parents slowly turned toward me,

To ask, “Oh, Pastor, why?”


I tiptoed to my Father’s throne,

So timid and so shy,

To say, “Dear God, some of Your own

Are wanting to know why.”


I heard Him say so tenderly,

“Their eyes I’ll gladly dry,

Tho they must look through faith today,

Tomorrow they’ll know why.”


And so I’ve found it pleases Him

When I can testify,

“I’ll trust my God to do what’s best,

And wait to find out why.”


And in heaven, we’ll know as we are known…all life’s thirsts quenched!


7.     Heaven will be a Restricted Place

v. 8          Right here in the middle of this positive, beautiful description of heaven, God gives us a list of some who won’t be there.

        Why does God include this info?  Perhaps to show that the sin which has cursed and ultimately destroyed this world will NOT be allowed into the next! 


The fearful—never accepted Christ, afraid to take the stand.

The unbelieving—didn’t believe at all in Christ or the Bible.

The abominable—not just sinners…these have committed abominations.  From God’s perspective, there’s no difference between big and little sins…but this is encouragement of what WON’T be there and we need to understand from a human perspective.  What are some abominations?

Lev. 18:22 says homosexuality is.

Deut. 17:3 says astrology and horoscopes are abominations.

Deut. 18 says consulting a medium, fortuneteller, a wizard, or someone who communicates w/ the dead, they have committed an abomination.

Prov. 20 says cheating in business is an abomination. “false balance”

Prov. 12 says compulsive lying is an abomination.

Prov. 16 says a heart full of pride is an abomination.


And heaven is off limits to all of these things.  Don’t miss this truth however:  any of these people can get saved, and you don’t have to commit an abomination to be lost, just 1 sin!


…and murderers

        This would include all forms of homicide as well as infanticide.  [its being legal doesn’t make it moral]  The true Supreme Court is in heaven, and has already decided this case!

        You can be saved if you’ve had an abortion, and see that child one day!

…and whoremongers.

        Addicts of sinful sex.

Premarital sex/extra-marital sex/wrong gender/wrong species/pornography, etc.

        They can get saved, too!


These are all people who died in their sins, never repenting!


…and sorcerers.

        Could mean witchcraft, but there’s a deeper meaning.  The Greek word here is pharmacia, and I believe it’s talking about drugs and other chemical dependences.


…and idolaters.

        You have an idol if you love something more than God

Matthew 6:33

    But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.


…and all liars.

        Cat-faced liars as well as those more crafty, who lie by insinuation, and exaggeration.  Heaven is the ultimate truth and no liars will be there, praise God!


Now, most of us have fit into one or more of these categories at some point in our life.  Some might be convicted this moment that they are still living that way, though they are saved.


1 Cor. 6:11

    And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.


[read 9-14, 18-21]  If I was going to move somewhere, I’d send off for info, search the web, etc.  And we should study about Heaven, for we will spend eternity there!


8.     Heaven is a Place of Riches

·       Foundations=represent permanence

·       Walls=protection

·       Gates=provision

·       Streets=praise


Foundations—building foundations are usually underground, and cannot be clearly seen, but this one is visible, and not only visible, but 12 layers thick!  And each of the 12 foundations is garnished w/ a different jewel. 


The jasper will be clear crystal


Chalcedony-greenish blue

Emerald-deep green

Sardonyx-white w/ brown streaks

Sardius—blood red

Chrysolite-yellow quartz


Topaz-yellowish green

Chrysoprasus-apple green




Just picture this…all of these colors represent something about the character and nature of the Lord Jesus.

Blue=deity, white=purity, purple=royalty


[Just like the multi-colored veil in the holy temple]


I believe these foundations will also represent His manifold grace and His manifold wisdom.  [I Pet. 4:10, Eph. 3:10]

1 Peter 4:10

    As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

Eph. 3:10

    To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God,


Manifold=multi-faceted, multi-colored.  There are many different shades to the grace of God/wisdom of God…it’s manifold!


His ways/thoughts are high above our own.  His grace is greater than our comprehension!


I believe the primary interpretation of these foundations is permanence.  You see, you can build a dog house on dirt, a storage shed on a simple slab, but if you’re gonna build a house and you want it to be there in 100 years or more, you’d better have a good, strong foundation.


And every time we look upon those foundations we’ll be reminded of its permanence.  “10,000 years, and we’ll just be started!”



v. 12        v. 18        In Bible days, walls were all about protection…an un-walled city was vulnerable, an easy target.

        And the enemies of earth will be no more…sickness cannot scale those walls, heartache cannot tunnel under…no crime or perversion, nothing to harm, nothing to molest, nothing to injure, nothing to destroy, and so, nothing to fear!  No viruses, no disease, no pestilence, and no public enemy #1…aka death!


We’re all trying to outrun death…that’s why we go to the dr, health club, eat right, etc.  When we were kids, we thought life would never pass us by.  If life was a book then the pages turned sooooooooooo slowly, didn’t they.

“Oh, I wanna be 10 like the big kids/13 and be a teenager, 16 and be able to drive, I want to be 18 and graduate, I want to be 21 and be able to…umm, nevermind!”

        But ever since then life has flown by!  And we try to outrun death, but eventually it catches us down here, but not “up there!”  Old man death won’t be allowed in!



v. 12-13, 21     Who started the stories about St. Peter standing at the gates of heaven?  It’s not Biblical.  But each of the 12 gates is guarded by an angel.  If every gate is 1 pearl, they are gigantic…and it’s a reminder of God’s provision.


A pearl—how is it created?  There’s not much to it, really.  If you crush it, you’ll have a handful of powdery lime…the same substance as ordinary chalk.  And the value of a pearl is not about how it’s cut, like a diamond…for if you cut a pearl you ruin it.  Its value is in the way that it’s made. 

        A pearl is made in the depths of the sea in the heart of a living oyster.  Something invades that oysters shell, like a little grain of sand.  It begins to cut, irritate, and dig into that soft oyster.  The oyster begins to secrete that white, milky substance…layer after layer, it hardens, and finally you have a perfectly formed, brilliant, round, shiny pearl.


The pearl is the oyster’s answer to that which wounded it!  The pearl owes its existence to the will of the oyster to “cover” that which hurt it!


2 parts in the formation of the pearl:  the cutting and the covering…what a wonderful spiritual lesson there is there for us.  For there’s the same 2 basic parts to salvation!  Sin invaded God’s perfect world, and it cut away at the heart of God, but He was willing by His own blood to cover it!


Ours was the cutting…God’s was the covering!

“Calvary covers it all, my past with its guilt and shame,

My sin and despair, Jesus took on Him there,

And Calvary covers it all!”


Calvary was God’s answer to man’s sin…and as we walk thru those gates we’ll be reminded of this fact!  We cannot enter in and of ourselves…we won’t be there because of us, but because of Him, and He made us His pearl of great price!


Streets of gold=praise

v. 21        Gold is a symbol of the glory, honor, and majesty of God.  That’s why so much gold was used in the OT temple.  Won’t it be great to truly be able to lift up the Lord in the way He deserves w/out the restraints of this sinful human flesh?

Ill.—Uncle Bud Robinson, an old tongue-tied preacher of years ago, and he was often criticized for how much he shouted and got happy in Jesus.  Somebody asked him why he always praised the Lord so audibly and outwardly.  He said, “I just can’t hep it, when my left foot hits the floor it says hallelujah, and when my right foot hits the floor it says, praise the Lord, and so it’s hallelujah, praise the Lord, hallelujah, praise the Lord, everywhere I go!”

        And that’s how it will be for us walking down those streets of gold in heaven!


So, heaven is a place of riches…


9.     Heaven is a Place of Righteousness

v. 15-17           1,500 miles squared…that’s huge!  From the tip of Maine to the s. tip of Florida, over to Colorado…and then, it’s that high too!  I’m not even sure what that means, so, Lord, surprise me!  Either way, this will make NYC look like a little village!  A perfect cube stands for balance and order…perfect in its materials, majesty, and even its measurements!


It will be filled w/ the righteousness of God, and w/ the “righteous” of God, us!


10. Heaven is a Place of Refuge

v. 22-27   4 things that won’t be there:

A.    No Sanctuary

v. 22        Why no temple?  Because the sanctuary localizes and confines God to 1 location…but all Heaven will be filled w/ His glory!

B.    No Shadows

v. 23        The light will be everywhere, the night will be vanquished!

C.    No Secrets

v. 24        We live in a war-torn time where people meet behind closed doors and there’s top secret things going on in the government and business and even in our own homes!  But there will be no secrecy there, all will be out in the open and peaceful. 

A survey of 6th graders 50 years ago asked what they were most afraid of.  The most common answers were “the dark”, and “mean dogs.”  They repeated that survey recently, and the top 2 was “mom and dad getting a divorce” and “nuclear war” was the top one. 


Isn’t that sad, how realistic those fears are?  They can fit a nuke in a briefcase now and we are scanning now in major cities for it!

D.    No sinners

v. 27        How do you get your name written there?  By grace alone, thru faith alone, in Christ alone, plus nothing, minus nothing.  Put your faith and trust in Him alone as your only hope for heaven!


If there was a place like we’ve had described here on earth, wouldn’t you do anything you could to go there?  It’s real, it’s the New Jerusalem.  And Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life…no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.



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