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Revelation Answer to Question #30


30. Where is the "New Jerusalem"?
      (Revelation 21:1-4)

The "New Jerusalem" is represented at the same time both as a "bride adorned for her husband" and a "holy city" which will rule over the earth:

"And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. . .

"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.

"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" (Revelation 21:2-4).

Its jurisdiction comes to earth after the Battle of Armageddon is over. Its authority will branch out from literal Jerusalem as represented by the "princes in all the earth" (Psalms 45:16). They are the "fathers"—Abraham, Moses, Samuel, David, etc.—who preceded the call of the bride of Christ.

As a result of the authority of the New Jerusalem coming to earth, people will come back from the dead and will have all tears wiped from their eyes. People who had no hope and were lost will have their first real opportunity to take of the "water of life" and live forever in the Kingdom on earth:

"And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely" (Revelation 22:17).

Then the "inhabitants" of the earth shall learn righteousness. . . . (Isaiah 26:9). Then there will be no violence in the earth—"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" (Isaiah 11:9). All those left behind after the Bride of Christ is "ready" (Revelation 19:7) will have an opportunity to know the Lord.

"And they shall teach no more every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more" (Jeremiah 31:34).


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