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"The Book of Revelation, An Eschatological Study of the Endtimes", by Chad J. McCoy

Chapter 12
The New World Order

Rev. 21:1-27: Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. 2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God 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. 4 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
5 He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."
6 He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. 7 He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars-their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
9 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb." 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. 11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. 14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 17 He measured its wall and it was 144 cubits thick, by man's measurement, which the angel was using. 18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.
22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.

John sees a new heaven and a new earth created, and the old are disposed of.
There is no longer any sea. Why is this? Because the New Jerusalem that comes down from heaven prepared as a bride, is not a physical city, but the body of Christ. We are His church. We become His city.
A living city, shining with the glory of God. There is no temple within it, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
It does not need the sun or the moon any longer, because the glory of God will illuminate it, and the Lamb is the lamp.
The sea is what separates the land masses. It separates the peoples of the earth. There will be no more sea. There will be no more separation. All are holy. All worship God. There is none that is unrighteous, no not one. All have become members of the body of Christ.

The dwelling of God is now with men. There is no separation from God and man. Things are as they were back in the Garden of Eden before man's fall.
God will live with them, they will be His people and God Himself will be with them and be their God.
He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, no more crying, or pain, or mourning, for those old things will have passed away with the old earth.
The Holy City will shine with the brilliance of precious jewels and will be as clear as the crystal sea that was before the Throne of God in Old Heaven.
The wall is great and high, and with twelve gates manned by twelve angels, symbolizing the protection of God.
The gates represent the twelve tribes of Israel.
The wall of the city has twelve foundations, which represent the twelve apostles that the foundation of our faith was built on.

The city, which is us, the Bride of Christ, is found to be perfect. The angel measures it and discovers that it is so. It is a perfect square, a perfect cube, and is made of the purest metals and stones.
Zechariah 2:1-5 tells us that the city will be a city without walls - God will be its walls, and its glory within: Then I looked up-and there before me was a man with a measuring line in his hand! 2 I asked, "Where are you going?"
He answered me, "To measure Jerusalem, to find out how wide and how long it is."
3 Then the angel who was speaking to me left, and another angel came to meet him 4 and said to him: "Run, tell that young man, 'Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of men and livestock in it. 5 And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,' declares the LORD, 'and I will be its glory within.'
This will not be an actual, physical city.

The chapter ends with a very curious note. It says that the nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it.
Wait a minute! We still have nations, and kings!? Nations that will exist apart from the Holy City?
The bible also says that nothing impure will ever enter the city, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful enter it. Only those whose names were found in the Book of Life will be permitted access.
I think this means that no one impure will ever enter it because there is no such person left alive. No one impure can enter it, because there are no more impure people.
Remember, if this is a spiritual city, then you can't "enter" it, you can only "become" part of it.
So this is simply a way of saying that all who are righteous will go to heaven and take part in this Holy City, and all whose names are not found in the Book of Life will have no place in it, for their place will be the one that burns with fire and brimstone, and where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth instead of the place where all tears will be wiped away.
However, the nations that walk by its light… who knows?
1st Cor. 2:9 says: However, as it is written:
"No eye has seen,
no ear has heard,
no mind has conceived
what God has prepared for those who love him"