Heaven (Part 34) - New Jerusalem (Part D)


Heaven (Part 34) - New Jerusalem (Part D) L. There will be no sinners there (Rev 21:27). i. Nothing will enter into the new Jerusalem which defiles, works abomination, or makes a lie. a. Nowise adv. - In no way or manner; not at all. b. All sinners will be kept outside of the new Jerusalem and the new earth (Rev 22:15; Isa 35:8; Isa 52:1). c. They will be in the lake of fire (Rev 21:8). d. The absence of sin and sinners in heaven will be one of its greatest blessings. (i) There will be no evil people to deal with. (ii) There will be no need for locks on doors. (iii) We will never have to doubt whether someone is telling us the truth. (iv) We will never have to hear another filthy word come out of someone's mouth. (v) We will never again be grieved to hear of someone doing something sinful or foolish. (vi) We will never have to struggle to keep impure thoughts out of our minds. (vii) We will never again hate or envy anyone. (viii) We will never again have a lustful thought about our neighbor. (ix) There will be no false religions. (x) There will be no heresy to contend with. (xi) Every person we meet with be a Christian of like-faith. ii. Only the elect who were written in the Lamb's book of life will be granted admission into the new Jerusalem (Rev 21:27 c/w Rev 17:8 c/w Eph 1:4 c/w Heb 12:23). iii. If you want assurance that you will be granted entrance into the holy city on judgment day, then fear God and keep His commandments (Rev 22:14 c/w Ecc 12:13) which is evidence that you are a child of God (1Jo 3:24). M. There will be a river flowing through the new Jerusalem (Rev 22:1). i. The river is made of pure water of life. a. This is the living water that Jesus promised to His people (Joh 4:10-14; Joh 7:37-39). b. Jesus will lead us to the living fountains of water (Rev 7:17) which proceed from the river. c. This water of life is available to all the elect freely (Isa 55:1; Rev 21:6; Rev 22:17). d. We will drink the water of life with joy (Isa 12:3). ii. The river is clear as crystal (Rev 22:1), as is the sea in heaven (Rev 4:6). a. It will be sparkling clean. b. It will be perfectly clear the whole way to the bottom of it. iii. It proceeds out of the throne of God and of the Lamb (Rev 22:1; Eze 47:1; Zec 14:8) who is the fountain of living waters (Jer 2:13). iv. The streams of the river make glad the city of God (Psa 46:4). N. There are trees of life in the new Jerusalem (Rev 22:2). i. The tree of life was placed in the garden of Eden during the original creation (Gen 2:9). a. Immediately after the fall of man, the LORD barred man from the tree (Gen 3:24). b. At some point after the fall, it must have been transported to the present heaven in the paradise of God (Rev 2:7). c. Either the paradise of God in heaven containing the tree of life is currently in the new Jerusalem, or it will be moved into it before the city is brought down to the new earth. ii. In the midst of the street of the city there is the tree of life. a. The "it" in Rev 22:2 must refer to the city which is the subject of Rev 21&22. b. It doesn't make sense to conclude that the river has a street in it. c. There is likely a street beside the river (or on both sides of it). d. The tree of life is in the midst of the street (Rev 22:2). e. Midst n. - 1. The middle point or part; the centre, middle. 2. The position of being in the interior of, involved or enveloped in, or surrounded by (something, or a number of things or persons, specified or implied). Now almost exclusively in the phrase in the midst of. iii. There is also a tree of life on either side of the river (Rev 22:2 c/w Eze 47:12). iv. The tree of life bears 12 types of fruits, one for each month (Rev 22:2). a. The tree of life is a continual source of nutrition for God's children all year round. b. Since it bears 12 manner of fruit, it is reasonable to conclude it bears a variety of different fruits at different times of year. c. Those that come to Jesus will never hunger (Joh 6:35). v. The leaves of the tree of life are for the healing of the nations. a. The leaves have medicinal value. b. The fruit of the original tree of life in the garden of Eden had the ability to facilitate man living forever (Gen 3:22). c. The tree of life is in the midst of the street and on either side of the river which proceeds from the throne of God; therefore, the tree is found on the way to God. d. As the saints periodically come to God's throne to worship Him, they will be walking by the tree of life and will be able to partake of its leaves for healing. e. Those that come to Jesus will find healing in His wings (Mal 4:2; Mat 4:23). f. The fruit and leaves of the tree of life are apparently used by God to nourish the bodies to the saints and heal the aging process to enable them to live forever as the original tree of life was capable of doing (Gen 3:22).
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