kjv@Revelation: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.
kjv@Revelation:21:2@ And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
kjv@Revelation:21:3@ And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle 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.
kjv@Revelation:21:4@ And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
kjv@Revelation:21:5@ 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.
kjv@Revelation:21:6@ 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.
kjv@Revelation:21:7@ He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
kjv@Revelation:21:8@ 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 brimstone: which is the second death.
kjv@Revelation:21:9@ And 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 hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
kjv@Revelation:21:10@ And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
kjv@Revelation:21:11@ Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
kjv@Revelation:21:12@ And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
kjv@Revelation:21:13@ On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
kjv@Revelation:21:14@ And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
kjv@Revelation:21:15@ And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
kjv@Revelation:21:16@ And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
kjv@Revelation:21:17@ And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
kjv@Revelation:21:18@ And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
kjv@Revelation:21:19@ And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;
kjv@Revelation:21:20@ The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
kjv@Revelation:21:21@ 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.
kjv@Revelation:21:22@ And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
kjv@Revelation:21:23@ 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.
kjv@Revelation:21:24@ 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.
kjv@Revelation:21:25@ And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
There are those that say that the Bible does not teach of Hell. Or that God's love is unconditional, that He will not allow even the more deserving souls to be lost. There is the hope amongst some that having seen all of this, having better understanding of the sin nature, having seen God face to face, having understood His will and process, that even these would have the needed change of heart and gladly accept their Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Perhaps for the intellectual atheist or agnostic. Perhaps for those deceived all this time by others. For some perhaps so, but, what about the remainder? What about those who blame God? Those who yet cling to their universalism or false god? Those who cannot forgive themselves or refuse release from their lusts and cravings?
Is Hell really that hard to understand? If your family was moving from it's remote frontier outpost to a new thriving city and you refused to go, what would you have left? If your ship was abandoned and left to sink and you refused to go, what would you have left. If your leprosy was cured by a shot and a new healthy location and you refused...you get the idea! We tend to think of God when we think of Hell in terms of "how could He" instead of "why did we not". If it is the course of creation to proceed from A (a temporal/carnal existence) to B (a transitional/spiritual existence being set apart and prepared) to C (a new and spiritual living eternal existence far removed from the corruption of sin/death) and we stick to our guns and stay at A, what happens to us when A and B are no more? Are no longer supported? Are removed from available options? What happens to the seed that refuses to sprout?
The glorious new heavens and new earth. Jesus said that He goes to prepare a new place for us. It took Him six days to prepare the place that we are at. He has been over 2000 years preparing the place upcoming. It is a place obviously much different than this place, for one thing it is a place where the internal beauty of man's cleansed and purified heart unites as one to commune with its Lord and maker. In another way, it is a place where there is no more death, no more fear of death, no more pain, no more sorrow. It is a place too good to be true from a God too good for it not to be true. Today then, it is a faith, a hope, a truth unseen that guides us through the darkness of this day, an evidence of the long time goodness and intents of our Savior.
Another peculiarity we should not let escape our attention is that while there is a division between light and dark strkjv@Genesis:1:3-5 called Night and Day, the actual objects visually determining those observances for earth were not until kjv@Genesis:1:14-19 after even vegetation. Light and darkness till then were from a different source and that source was sufficient for massive plant life. In kjv@Revelation:21:23 we see a similar occurrence in the new earth.
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