Lesson 30 - Revelation’s Glorious Climax

God’s plans for us are more amazing than we can possibly imagine. His ultimate goal for this planet in rebellion is beyond our comprehension. His dream for us is far beyond our wildest imagination. Whatever you imagine heaven to be like, it is more magnificent, more beautiful, more glorious.

In this lesson we will discover the destiny of the redeemed in the earth made new. In 2 Peter 3:13 we read, “We, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (NKJV).* Jesus said, “The meek . . . shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5, NKJV).

When the earth came forth from the hand of the Creator it was beautiful beyond description. God will eventually destroy sin and sinners and restore earth to its Edenic splendor.

In His Word God has given us a preview of the glories of the new earth as an appetizer to create within us the desire to be there, but He has not answered every question we might have on the subject. We do well to remember Paul’s words: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him” (1 Corinthians 2:9, NKJV).

Although we cannot understand everything about heaven, we can find answers to some of our most fundamental questions directly from the Bible.

  1. Whose control will all earthly kingdoms pass into? Revelation 11:15
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  2. What title does the Bible give Jesus—the ruler of this new heaven and earth? Revelation 17:14
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  3. When Jesus reigns as the king of Planet Earth, where will His capital city, New Jerusalem, be located? Where will the seat of His government be? Revelation 21:2, 3
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  4. How does the Bible describe this city? Revelation 21:16-21
    a. The city is laid out as a square that measured:
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    b. The wall measured:
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    c. The foundations of the wall were:
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    d. The twelve gates were:
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    e. The street of the city was:
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  5. Since the New Jerusalem is a real city, upon a real planet, will the redeemed have real, immortal bodies? Philippians 3:21; 1 Corinthians 15:51-54
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  6. Will these glorious new bodies be subject to sickness, pain, or death? Revelation 21:4; Isaiah 35:5, 6
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  7. Will we ever experience sorrow again? Revelation 21:4, 5
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  8. What practical activities will the redeemed pursue in the new earth? Isaiah 65:21, 22
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  9. How does the Bible describe our closeness to Jesus in eternity? Revelation 14:4; Revelation 21:2
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  10. Will we actually see God in the new earth? Revelation 22:3, 4
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  11. How does the Bible describe the rich fellowship with the redeemed of all ages we shall enjoy in heaven? Matthew 8:11
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  12. How open will our fellowship with Jesus be throughout eternity? Revelation 21:3, 7; Revelation 22:3, 4
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  13. Will the redeemed continue to worship and praise God throughout all eternity? Isaiah 66:22, 23
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  14. What are the citizenship requirements for this new world? Mark 16:16; Revelation 22:14
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* Texts credited to NKJV are from the New King James Version. Copyright ©1979, 1980, 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.