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 Sermon on Home of the Saved

By Brian Pepper

Everyone likes new  things. You soon tire of old things. Sometimes we can make old things look like new things but they still do not look as nice as new things. God says that He will make al things new in 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.”

The curtain now rises on the closing scenes of the great prophetic drama of the apocalypse. The Book of Revelation is like a great melodrama which builds up to a grand climax. After witnessing the struggle of the Church with the powers of darkness, what a relief it is to see her finally victorious. At last the church is at peace, sin and sinners are no more. Earth will rest for 1,000 years.

Cycle of 7 Millenniums

Dr Adam Clarke, the famous Bible Commentator, gives this note, "The ancient Jews believed that God would renew the Heavens and the Earth at the end of seven thousand years." You see they believed that since the Lord divided time into cycles of sevens, there would be a cycle of 7 millenniums covering the history of reign of sin. The 7th, being the Sabbatic millennium when the Earth would lie idle and at rest for 1000 years, then the lost paradise would be restored to God's people.

Yes, the Bible begins and it ends with a vision of paradise. The first two chapters picture the paradise that was lost through Adam and Eve's disobedience. The last two chapters describe paradise restored through the obedience of the second Adam, Jesus Christ. The Bible covers the entire history of the reign of sin and reveals that all that was lost through sin will be restored through Jesus.

The New Jerusalem

Revelation 21:2,3 says, “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 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.”

The New Jerusalem descends to the Earth at the close of the Millennium just before God renews the Earth. And just as Noah's ARK was the refuse of the faithful, as it safely rode the surging waters of the might flood, so the Holy City will be the refuge of the people of God when the Earth is enveloped in a sheet of flame and becomes a vast lake of devouring fire.

The prophet Isaiah says in Isaiah 33:14, 17, “The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.”

Only those who in this life have made God their ‘place of defense’ will be able to "dwell with the devouring fire.”

All Things Made New

Man's home will be completely renovated and the “new heavens, and the new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness”, will become a reality. Then the New Jerusalem will become the capital of the restored Kingdom.

Revelation 21:5 says, “And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.”

You will notice that God does not say that He will make all new things. He says that He will "make all things new." This Earth is not to be destroyed as some people think, but rather it is to be renewed.

The prophet Isaiah describes it in Isaiah 35. Verse 1 says, “The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.”

Verse 5 & 6 say, “Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert.”

Now isn’t that wonderful! The entire Earth will be like a huge botanical garden, great forests will be the home of all kinds of interesting creatures. Fruit trees will be in abundance. Flowers will be growing everywhere.

However the best news of all is that the eyes of the blind will be opened, the deaf will be able to hear, the lame man will be able to run and jump, the dumb be able to sing  like Pavarotti.

Yes, when God makes all things new, Eden will be restored on this earth.

Revelation 22:3 says, "And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:”

Who will Be There?

Both the Father and the Son will rule from this earth. This Earth, which has been the great battlefield of the ages, is now exalted to become the headquarters of the government that rules the universe. The Holy City will be a Christian city, for in the Twelve Foundations of that city will be found “the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” Revelation 21:14

So you see, it is not a Jewish city although there will be many Jews there, but they will be there, not because they are Jews but because they have been overcomers through the grace of God.

Not only the names of the apostles but also the names of the Twelve Tribes of Israel will be upon the twelve gates.

I wonder if you get the significance of that! The saved of the New Testament times and the saved of the Old Testament times. All are saved by the precious blood of the Saviour. Both Jew and Gentle.

How to Gain Entrance

There is only one way to gain entrance into the City of God and that is through the blood and overcoming.

Revelation 21:7 says, “He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.”

Every citizen of that Kingdom will be tried and tested. There isn’t any easy way to make it to the Kingdom.

Foundation of the City

Revelation 21:14 says, "And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” 

Precious stones, wonderful gems which we rarely see today comprise the wall's foundation. Beautiful beyond description are the foundations of this wonderful city. But more important is that Jesus Himself is the very corner stone of the city.

Ephesians 2:20 says, “And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;”

The whole  Plan of Salvation is dependent upon the corner stone, the Rock of Ages, as St Paul says in 1 Corinthians 3:11, “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”

Gates of the City

And now we move on to 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:”

Verse 13 says, “On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.”

Verse 21 says, "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.”

I have often wondered why does the New Jerusalem have such great massive gates? And why guardian angels? Well, there is a reason. Walls are for safety, gates are for entrance. All who enter the celestial city will be safe and happy. For a time the great gates will be closed, that is when Satan and his evil host attack the city. Then the gates are closed and the guardian angels stand by to see that no one gains entrance into the city of God.

When Satan and sinners are no more, then the gates will be opened, never to be close again. But the gates still have a purpose. They are a constant reminder that the Lamb of God by His sacrifice has made the way open to all who have accepted His blood and overcome in His name.

Light of the City

We are told that God is the light of that city.

Revelation 21:23 says, "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.”

The light of God is quite different than the light of our present cities.

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

The oriental jasper is a beautiful sea-green colour. Green is the predominating colour in nature. It is the most restful and agreeable colour to the eyes.

The lighting system of the New Jerusalem is not the bright glaring white light that we are accustomed to today but rather a soft and mellow - green light that will harmonize with the peaceful and restful spiritual atmosphere bf the city and its inhabitants.

Size of the City

In Revelation 21:15-17 we are told the SIZE of the great city. “And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. 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. 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.”

A Furlong is about one eighth of a mile. This would make the city 1500 miles in circumference. The walls of the New Jerusalem are 144 cubits high. The cubit was the distance from the elbow to the end of the middle finger, which is about 18 inches.

The height of the walls would be about 250 feet. The distance between each gate would be 1000 furlongs or about 125 miles. A city of that size would hold a vast number of people. The area of the city is 140,625 sq miles allowing 10 sq ft to each person, or a space of 10 ft square. The city would hold approximately 40,000,000,000 persons.

Other Particulars of the City

Revelation 21:18 says, "And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.”

The jasper will be transparent, so the walls will not hide the glory of the city.

The street is of transparent gold and there is a reason for this, for under the crystal clearness of the golden streets there is the beautiful foundation stones with their many colours, and the names of the twelve apostles written on them.

The Sun and Moon

Although the light of the sun and the moon will not be needed in the city because the Glory of God illuminates it, the world in general outside the city will still need the light of the sun and the moon, for God created them to rule over the day and the night.

Isaiah 30:26 says, "Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.”

According to the Genesis record of creation the moon was made for the purpose of giving light to the earth along with the sun. “...the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun...”  Isaiah 30:26    

Just imagine that. It does not mean that the sun will be seven times hotter, but rather that the lighting system will be completely changed. In the New Earth there will be no dark and dreary nights or dull and cloudy days. It will be perpetual sunshine.

No Sickness nor Death

Revelation 21:4 says, “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.”

No hospitals or cemeteries will be needed in that fair land for no one will say “I am sick.”

No more heartaches as you see a loved one struck down, then wasting away and finally placed in the casket of death.

Animals in the New Earth

Even the animals will be different. When God created this Earth He made the animals to be the companions of men. But sin came in and the whole animal world, instead of being affectionate became antagonistic to itself. The beasts became ferocious. All this will be forever changed  in the coming Kingdom.

Isaiah 11:6,7,9 says, "The wolf also shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them. And the cow and the bear shall feed; their young ones shall lie down together: and the lion shall eat straw like the ox. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.”

A little child will lead them. Now isn’t that wonderful? Children love animals and are usually not afraid of them though they need to be with some of the animals, such as lions and tigers. In the better land these animals will be harmless, for it says that the lion will eat straw, the wolf will play with the lamb.

Those Excluded from the City

Now we come to something not so pleasant.

Revelation 21:7,8 says, "He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 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.”

The fearful, they could have been inside the city. They could have been with the Saviour for eternity but they were fearful. They were not disreputable sinners. O no! Just afraid to do what they knew was right.

There is another class who find themselves outside the city, the unbelieving. Those who thought that it was clever to doubt the Word of God, or those who though convicted by the message refused to accept it. There will be a very large number in this group.

The sorcerers, those who were deceived by spiritualism especially through the deceptions of "the spirits of devils in the last days.”

The abominable, the hateful, the foul, and the loathsome.

Those Entering into the City

But the promise is that "he that overcometh shall inherit all things…”

It is the overcomer who will inherit all things. We have touched on some of those things.

However before we close our study we will turn to Isaiah 65:17, “For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind.”

Activity in the City

Verse 21 says, “And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and eat the fruit of them.”

That is going to be real life! Doesn’t that make you impatient to be there?

But there are some people who say, “What do you mean build houses, why I thought that we would never have to work in heaven.”

Listen fellow believers that is not true. Heaven will be a place of activity. There will be so much to do, to see, to hear that we will never have a dull moment.

If only we could catch a glimpse of those all things we would become impatient with the delay that holds them back from us.

Let us pray LORD please come quickly.


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