I remember the first time I went overseas I had to obtain a passport. In order to get it I had to have a picture taken by a professional photographer. When I received the photograph from the photographer I was disappointed. So I called him and told him I didn’t like the way … More
In contrast to the long history of temples in Israel, there will be no temple in the New Jerusalem. This is because there is no need for a place to worship because God and Christ are present and there will be free access to them. Jesus is the temple (v. 22) and the light (v. 23). This means the city requires no sun or moon because the glory of God and the Lamb will light the city. In the temple, as in the tabernacle, there were three ways it was lighted. In the outer court the sun provided the light by day and the moon by night. In the inner sanctuary it was lit by candles and in the Holy of Holies God’s Shekinah glory provided the light.
John also learned that the gates of the city will never be shut which means there will be no unhindered access (vv. 25-26). However, entrance into the city is restricted to those who are redeemed. The book of the Revelation makes it clear that heaven will be open only for “those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life (21:27). That’s the document in which we must be sure we have our names inscribed. If you’re traveling to a foreign country, don’t forget your passport, but most of all, don’t forget to trust in Jesus as your passport to heaven.
Why did Jesus give John this preview of eternal glory? I believe that it was to encourage people like me whenever I am called on to go through testing and persecution. It is the best medicine for a broken heart and the best foundation for wavering feet.
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Revelation 18:1-8The fall of political Babylon
Revelation 18:9-19The World Mourns Babylon’s Fall
Revelation 18:20-24Babylon will be destroyed suddenly
Revelation 19:1-9The marriage supper of the Lamb
Revelation 19:10-16Christ on a white horse
Revelation 19:17-21The Beast and His Armies Defeated
Revelation 20:1-6Life in the Millennium will be peaceful
Revelation 20:7-15The Great White Throne Judgment
Revelation 21:1-8The New Heaven and the New Earth
Revelation 21:9-21The beauty of the New Jerusalem
Revelation 21:22-27Is your name written in the Lambs Book of Life?
Revelation 22:1-7Words of Life
Revelation 22:7-16Words of Comfort
Revelation 22:17-21Words of Warning