Final Day

 

The gates to the new heaven are open

            and will remain open

but to make sure it remains the heaven that God intended

            angels are stationed at all the gates

            to prevent anything evil, any sin

            from entering therein

 

Water, that precious commodity

            flows pure and freely

            from the throne

Fruit will always be in season

Leaves of healing eliminate all sorrow

People from every nation
            will walk together in peace

And there is always more light than we will ever need

            because God's glory is the light

 

So John paints the picture of heaven

and gives the persecuted, first century Christians

            and those from centuries since

hope and courage to press on until that day.

 

 

Throughout the Bible

            we heard God's invitation

            to everyone on earth 

            "Come!"

 

The last invitation in verse 20 is turned the other way

It says, come Lord Jesus

            yes come as soon as possible

            and take us home to be with you

 

I like to think of it this way

"Even so, come, Lord Jesus" 

            be our guest (here and now)

            until the time

            when we feast with you

            in glory.

 

 

 

                                                    COME

The ending of the Bible sounds like another new beginning.

                                        Revelation 21 & 22

 

    22Then I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty

and the Lamb are its temple.  23The city had no need of the sun

or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. 

The Lamb is its light. 

    24The nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light,

and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. 

    25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day.  27There shall by no

means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or

a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.

    1He showed me a pure river of the water of life, clear as crystal,

proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.  2 In the

middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree

of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every

month.  The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 

    3There shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the

Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.  4They shall

see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.  5There

shall be no night there:  They need no lamp nor light of the sun,

for the Lord gives them light.  They shall reign forever and ever.

    6Then he said to me, "These words are faithful and true.  And

the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His

servants the things which must shortly take place.

    7"Behold, I am coming quickly!  Blessed is who keeps the

words of this prophecy."  8 I, John,  saw and heard these things. 

12"I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give

to every one according to his work.  13 I am the Alpha and

the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last."

    14Blessed are those who do His commandments, they have

the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates to

the city.  15But outside are sorcerers, the sexually immoral,

murderers, idolaters, and whoever loves and practices a lie.

    16"I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things

in the churches.  I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the

Bright and Morning Star."

    17The Spirit and the bride say, "Come!"  And let him who

hears say, "Come!"  Let him who thirsts come.  Whoever

desires, let him take the water of life freely.

    20He who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming

quickly."  Amen.  Even so, come, Lord Jesus! 

    21The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.  Amen.
             This Bible passage was condensed from the NKJV

      
                    < prev page Genesis to Revelation (Old Testament and New Testament)
in 365 daily readings plus commentary. This Bible reading plan will help you read the Bible
from beginning end, as one continuous story.