The Final Act Rev. 21:1-7 HCSB Aug. 30, 2015
Have you ever heard people say they did not believe in heaven or hell? It is sad for many
reasons. The Christian life here on our earth is a happy life, We do not have to drink alcoholic beverages and have a terrible headache the next day to say,“oh we had a good time.” In this chapter about the final act we are told many of the facts about heaven. We are told God’s presence will be know by all of those who come to heaven because of their faith in Christ. We do not have to be afraid of The Final Act because it is a time being prepared for us by God.
1. The Final Act: God’s New . . Provision. 21:1-2
A. The New Provision . . A New Heaven and Earth. 21:1
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea existed no longer.
B. The New Provision . . A New Jerusalem the Holy City. 21:2
2 I also saw the Holy City, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared like a bride
adorned for her husband.
The final act allows us to know many of the changes God will provide for the saved in the future. God will provide a new earth and heaven. All that existed before during the sinful environment will exist no longer. There will be a new Jerusalem, “The Holy City.” It comes down from heaven prepared by God like a Bride adorned for her husband. All the born again people will be part of this bride prepared of the Lord and occupying the New Jerusalem. “The Holy City.”
2. The Final Act: God’s . . Presence Celebrated. 21:3-4
A. The Presence Celebrated; As God’s . . Presence Is with Men. 21:3
3 Then I heard a loud voice from the throne: Look! God's dwelling is with men, and He will live with them. They will be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God.
B. The Presence Celebrated . . Previous Things Passed Away. 21:4
4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will exist no longer; grief, crying, and pain will
exist no longer, because the previous things have passed away.
In the Holy City we will know the presence of God. His throne will be noticeable. All our tears will be removed as He provides for them to be wiped away. How come we have tears? I think they will come from the beauty we behold and perhaps the remembrance of our unfaithfulness and the joy of our salvation by grace and the mercy of the Lord. No doubt seeing people we expected to see in heaven and perhaps some we did not know they would be here with the redeemed. We receive the promise that death, grief, crying and pain
will exist no longer. Oh that will be Glory for me and all the saved. Amen?
3. The Final Act: God’s . . Promise Fulfilled. 21:5-7
A. The Promise Fulfilled and . . Written. 21:5-6a
5 Then the One seated on the throne said, "Look! I am making everything new." He also said, "Write, because these words are faithful and true."
6 And He said to me, "It is done!
B. The Promise Fulfilled and . . Water Given Freely. 21:-6b-7
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give to
the thirsty from the spring of living water as a gift.
7 The victor will inherit these things, and I will be his God, and he will be My son. HCSB
Who said the Bible was true? God did! That certainly is good news for the Christian. We are fortunate to know on many occasions God told His servants to write it down. Why did God want it written down? Because it is faithful and true. God also said, “It is done.” In addition there is the promise that God will give to the thirsty from the spring of living water. The fact that Jesus told us He came to seek and to save the lost helps us to believe His salvation message and to know we are going to be part of The Final Act God is preparing for all of His children. “Oh What A Day That Will Be When My Jesus I Shall See.” Amen? Amen!
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All of this is a gift and part of The Final Act. Amen? Amen!