And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away. Revelation 21:3-4
Our last devotion was about Jesus defeating Satan in an epic battle, as described in Revelation 19 and 20. The beast and the false prophet were thrown in the lake of fire that burns with sulfur. Satan is bound in a sealed pit for a thousand years. Jesus will set up His kingdom during this time, which is the ‘kingdom of God,’ that He taught about so often in the Gospels.
At the end of the thousand years, as Revelation 20 describes, Satan will be released from his prison and there will be yet another epic battle. Satan will rally the nations, specifically naming Gog and Magog, to march against the saints and Jerusalem, the beloved city. Satan is defeated and is thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and false prophet are. Death and Hades are also thrown there.
Then there is an event called “The Great White Throne.” This is where all of the dead who did not call upon Jesus are brought back to life to stand and to be judged, “according to what they had done,” vs. 12. Those whose names are not found written in the book of life are also cast into the lake of fire.
Finally, there is once again a new heaven and new earth. Remember that 2 Peter 3:10 describes what happens to earth when Jesus returns, “the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed.” A new earth is given by God at this time for the 1000 reign of Christ.
This time, the new Jerusalem comes down from Heaven, adorned as a bride, from Rev. 21:2. This is where God will come and dwell with man. He will wipe away our tears because sin and death have been defeated. The Holy City is described in Rev. 21 as having the glory of God, radiating like a most rare jewel and filled with every jewel imaginable. There is no temple now, as 21:22 reports, “for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.”
Take to heart Revelation 22:12, “Behold, I am coming soon, bringing My recompense with Me, to repay everyone for what he has done.” You must call upon Jesus to save you from your sins and follow Him. What you do with your time and energy matters. 2 Corinthians 5:10 echos this: “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.”
For all of the pain that you have endured, rejoice because all of our tears will be wiped away and pain and death will forever be defeated. “For this light and momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison.” 2 Corinthians 4:17
What a day that will be! Will you be there?