The City of God

Read This Week: Revelation 21

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth.” And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell 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 or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” – Revelation 21:1-5 NIV

The entire book of Revelation has been building to this point. Building to the forever reign of the Great I Am. The One who is was and is and is to come. All the death, darkness, destruction, good versus evil, grace versus judgment, chaos, confusion, and pain will now fall away in the face of Almighty God and eternal glory and majesty. What was lost in Eden ages ago will be reclaimed and ultimately set right in the end for God’s people. Verses 5 and 6 sums this up when the Lord triumphantly says I am making everything new. It is done.

He will indeed make everything new. When we consider the creation and the fall and juxtapose it with Revelation 21, it is apparent that God intends to holistically correct, repair, and restore the natural order of His original design for creation and people. He will administer and enact a new thing that was planned for the old. 

Here are a few examples of the new heaven and earth (v.1) and how they contrast with the world’s current reality. There will be no more curse from sin; therefore, there will be no more pain and tears (v.4) and no more death (v.4). Because the curse is gone, there will be no more need for the elements to balance the ecosystem and environment. The glory of God will sustain it, so we will not need the sun (v.23), the seas (v.21), or the moon, as there will be no more night. It will be a new experience for the inhabitants of this unbelievable city. 

Imagine what this will be like for the family of God. It is nearly too wonderful to grasp that Christians will live in a place where the great street of the city is of gold, as pure as transparent glass (v.21), and its foundations are made of twelve layers of the most precious jewels and priceless metals (v.19-20). The light of God will shine continuously, and there will be no churches, denominations, theological infighting, divisive debates, or separation. There will be no more crime, strife, injury, and abuse of others or relational discord, for in this city, nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful (v.27).

This encompassing newness of life and worship is what the believer in Jesus Christ has to look forward to. We are expectant citizens of a new city. One where God has restored, renewed, and cleansed His people and where He has lavished his untold beauty and poured out His amazing grace for all time. Living there will be worth everything we have and will endure in this old world. May we go about our lives now as hopeful and eager citizens of the future city of God, loving others, serving our neighbors, being kind, and joyfully singing as those who have gone before us the lyrics of the Isaac Watts’ hymn:

We’re marching to Zion, beautiful, beautiful Zion. We’re marching upward to Zion, the beautiful city of God.


  1. Heidi on July 8, 2023 at 8:54 am

    6-8 Then he said, “It’s happened. I’m A to Z. I’m the Beginning, I’m the Conclusion. From Water-of-Life Well I give freely to the thirsty. Conquerors inherit all this. I’ll be God to them, they’ll be sons and daughters to me.
    God was showing me and saying that He is always looking at the heart, he allows things in our life so we can see what’s in our heart ❤️
    He knows the ending so we need to be listening to Him and doing what a child of God needs to be doing to be the light, encouraging others, speaking good about people, speaking the truth to others to help them, to believe that God is working in our hearts so we can be good servants, don’t complain about people don’t complain about helping others, thank God that He chose you to be His helper that’s who gets blessed
    Those who keep looking for good moments and talk about that
    You over come evil by doing good!
    You bring others to God by letting your light shine because God lives in your heart and He is Good!
    He is our shepherd Jesus to those who are thirsty for good, kindness, self control, those who have compassion and so on go look up the fruit of the Spirit, we are growing every day because we are thirsty for living in God’s ways which are always going to be good!
    We are children of the Lord so let’s go out and overcome what’s tries to get us down!
    Let us go out and love on others for the family of God
    For our Father
    Thank you Father for today is a new day help us to be good servant’s today and always
    I hope people see you in my ❤️
    Love you Father God, Jesus and Your Holy Spirt ✝️

  2. Trina on July 8, 2023 at 9:01 am

    Revelation chapter 21, Verse 22
    I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Omnipotent [Himself] and the Lamb [Himself] are it’s temple.

    ~Eternal Temple~

    God Is Saying To Me:
    The eternal dwelling place is truly a beautiful, ever lasting home filled with worship, immense love, pure and Holy! All things have passed away and have been made whole and new through Me and my Son. There is a New Heaven and a New Earth so splendid and magnificent that all will reign with Me in harmony, beauty, joy and never ending light and life!

    What This Means To Me:
    When I go home to be with Jesus, there will be nothing of old that I will see, experience or need. God and Jesus will be manifested in pure magnificent, splendor and light. Light. They together are the New World, the New Heaven, the infinite source of worship, love everlasting, the light of the world producing joy, peace, beauty, and complete fullness in Him that only He and Christ can give. However, we can have this now! Our temporary dwelling place is through direct access to God through the Holy Spirit! We can have peace, joy, fullness of life, forgiveness and walk by the light of Christ. We can have a total transformation of mind, spirit and soul if we surrender everything to Him! We may need a temple or church building now, but when we get to Heaven, the temple is God and Jesus Christ. We can rest in peace living in God’s temple now! Thank you Father God for your Eternal Temple, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  3. Alma on July 8, 2023 at 4:07 pm

    This week in revelation 21 I got a song

    Come together
    Let’s come together to worship our Lord let’s come together to worship our Lord singing hallelujah. Hallelujah we believe in you our Lord thanking you for your promises for all cause one day Coming we will have no more troubles no more pain no more fear we will be with Jesus worshiping all day long just like we can have heaven on earth singing and worshipping and breathing Jesus yes we believe we believe , so let’s come together to worship our Lord Let’s come together, to worship our Lord , Amen.

    Thank you and you God for your love ,believing in me and giving me strength every day. And thank you for a new beginning each day showing others your love.

  4. Kathy on July 8, 2023 at 8:48 pm

    This is what I got from Revelation 21. This chapter is about the new heaven and better earth replacing the old. This is what you should think of as “heaven and eternity.” The holy city, New Jerusalem, is the Jerusalem of hope. It is holy and new. It will be a perfect community of My people. I desire to live in close fellowship with you, and your purpose is to be a people unto Me. This community does not have any tears, sorrow, death or pain. The significance of this is on My comfort for you. “I am making everything new.” is the completion of My work of renewal and redemption. “All things new” is a brief glance of the thinking behind My eternal plan. I allowed sin and destruction in order to do a greater work of “making all things new.” My plan is completed here. My eternal purpose in Jesus is now accomplished. Drinking and thirst are pictures of My supply and man’s spiritual need. Those who overcome through faith in Jesus, enjoy a special relationship with Me. This city is called “the bride, the Lamb’s wife,” because it is a place where all My people are gathered. Heaven will be a place of pure worship. Distractions will no longer be an issue. The only way to participate in the future city is to turn all your loyalties to the Lamb now.

    What this said to me is I need to not miss any opportunities to bring others to Him. I need to be willing to step out and share my faith. I need to stay in His presence. I need to continue worshiping, staying in His word, and obeying what He wants me to do. It is such an honor and privilege to be one of His people. I need to not take that for granted.

  5. reachchurch on July 9, 2023 at 12:39 pm

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  6. Javaid on July 12, 2023 at 12:10 pm

    God gave me verses 22 and 23 in Revelation 21

    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.

    What God said to me on this:
    “When you think of being with Me it is easy to think of worldly constructs but there is much more than what ever meets the eye. Because a stone exists on earth does not mean that Heaven needs a stone.”

    What I feel God is saying to me on this is that there is so much we don’t know. There is so much we struggle to comprehend because we can only relate what God gives us and compare it to what we know. It’s like imagining if the number 7 didn’t exist and being shown it. How would one describe it? I feel the same goes for the visions here. They are the best descriptor based on seeing something that transcends human understanding and knowing that there doesn’t need to be a worldly temple in Gods presence because He IS the temple. We are the church.

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