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Eyewitness View Of Heaven, The Best Is Yet To Be (50 Of 52)
Book of Revelation Series
Dr. Stan Coffey
Revelation 21:9-27; 22:1-5
We have already looked at Revelation 21:1-8. John had an eyewitness view of the new heaven and the new earth: "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" (Revelation 21:9). The bride of Christ is the church (Ephesians 5:25); Jesus loved it and gave Himself for it. So husbands should love their wives as Christ also loved the church. It is as though the angel said, "John, you know what the church looks like now. You see the persecuted church in its humanity with all of its flaws and failures. Let me show you what the church will look like when she becomes the bride of Christ."
"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, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal." Revelation 22:10-11 (KJV)
John was carried away in the spirit to see this literal city. Heaven is a literal place. John saw that city. A literal city has dimensions. We know that heaven is a real place because it is made of literal materials. Notice the inhabitants of this city: "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" (Revelation 21:12). This city will have twelve angels, symbolizing the presence of the twelve tribes, the Old Testament saints. "On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb" (Revelation 21:13-14). Ther ...
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