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GOD’S WORD FOR MAY 12 ~ ~ Revelation 21:5 ~ ~”Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

The book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ is the last book of the Bible. It is the book we are living in at this time. In the news we can see some of the things already happening.

Looking back over the entire Bible, this Word is true: 1Kings 8:56 “…There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses.” All of the promises He gave in the Old Testament are for us in the New, if we belong to Him. He never fails. His promises always come true.

Let’s see what He has promised us if we are in Him:

Revelation 21:1-4 ~ ~”Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.  Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

In your quiet moments, it’s good to read that again, and contemplate how that would be. No more drudgery. Our work will be joyful. No more relationship issues. We will all be perfect in Christ because we’ll be remade in His image. No more accidents, injuries, depression, cold, heat, separation. No one will die—-not even the animals, or trees, or anything living, so there will be no more sadness or crying, or loneliness. It’ll be the way the Garden of Eden was before Adam and Eve sinned. Only it’ll be the whole world……….the new earth, which will be connected to heaven, which is the Throne of God!!!

Jesus will be with us constantly, and we will each have our own home, but we will be able to travel the universe, apparently. We can talk with many people, or be alone with Jesus. Think about all that.

Revelation 21: 6-7 “ And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.  He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.”

We will have the Water of Life that Jesus told about while He was on earth:

John 7:38

He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

Here’s more about our eternal home:

Revelation 21:22-27 “ But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.  The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.  And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.  Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”

The constant presence of Jesus (the Lamb—remember He was the sacrifice) will be a beautiful, soft light that’ll be perfect. The gates of New Jerusalem will be always open, and it will be always daytime because of the Glory of the Lamb shining. Only re-created people will be there. When we are saved, our name goes into the Lamb’s Book of Life. When we die, if our name is in there, we will live in this beautiful place forever with our Savior.

Next, the angel showed John this:

Revelation 22:1-5 ~ ~  “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.” (this is again that living water that gives us eternal life and no sickness, because it comes from God Himself.

“In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month.” We will eat there, even though we will have different type of bodies. It seems like we will eat for pleasure rather than out of necessity.

We have been talking about the church being the Bride of Christ, and showing that we are in the waiting time between the betrothal ceremony and the wedding ceremony and banquet. In these verses, the bride is living with the Bridegroom in the beautiful home He has been making for her. These are the things that we, as the Bride of Christ, will have when we (she) resides forever with her Husband!!!

As we go through this life, Jesus gave us the Beatitudes. These all show the effects of salvation, when He changes our hearts to line up with His so that we will be able to share our home with Him. We can see the description of our eternal home on the New Earth and New Heavens, in the rewards of the beatitudes.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are those who mourn,
For they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
For they shall be filled.

Blessed are the merciful,
For they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,
For they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Thank You, Lord! You not only give us the reward of eternal life with You but You give us the means of obtaining that righteousness to earn it!!!! We will praise You forever both in this life and in eternity!!!

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