June 16th, 2007
For many years I drove an old car which had seen better days. It suited me just fine, but it had some idiosyncrasies. The gears used to stick, it had mould and cobwebs, the speedo wasn’t accurate, the seats were worn out, the key didn’t work, and the panels were rusty. In fact, thinking back on the experience, there were quite a few things wrong with the old car that I never really noticed until I got a newer one. My newer car was less than ten years old and everything in it worked in the advertised manner. When I was still living with the old car, I had never imagined how much smoother life would be with a car that actually worked like its maker intended…
The Revelation to John — Chapter 21
21:1 I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and so had the sea. 21:2 I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, like a bride dressed ready to meet her husband. 21:3 I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, â€œGodâ€™s home is with people, and he will live with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them. 21:4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, sorrow, crying, or pain. The old things have passed away.â€
21:5 The one sitting on the throne said, â€œI am making everything new.â€ He added, â€œWrite this, because these words of God are reliable and true.â€ 21:6 He said to me, â€œItâ€™s over! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will freely give water from the fountain of life to anyone who is thirsty. 21:7 I will give these things to anyone who prevails. I will be their God, and they will be my children. 21:8 But as for cowards, unbelievers, wrongdoers, murderers, immoral people, witches, idol worshippers, and liars, they belong in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur, which is the second death.â€
21:9 One of the seven angels who had held the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came and said to me, â€œCome, I will show you the bride, the Lambâ€™s wife.â€ 21:10 He carried me away in the Spirit to a very high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 21:11 reflecting the glory of God. Its light was like a very precious jewel, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. 21:12 It had a high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates. The names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel were written on the gates. 21:13 Three gates were on the east, three on the north, three on the south, and three on the west. 21:14 The city wall had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve Apostles of the Lamb. 21:15 The angel who spoke to me had a golden measuring rod, to measure the city and its gates and walls. 21:16 The city was square, with its length the same as its width. He measured the city with the rod. Its length, width, and height were all equal, measuring 2,200 kilometres. 21:17 The wall measured 65 metres in human terms, which is what the angel was measuring. 21:18 The wall was built of jasper. The city was pure gold, clean as glass. 21:19 The foundations of the cityâ€™s wall were decorated with all kinds of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper, the second, sapphire, the third, chalcedony, the fourth, emerald, 21:20 the fifth, sardonyx, the sixth, sardius, the seventh, chrysolite, the eighth, beryl, the ninth, topaz, the tenth, chrysoprase, the eleventh, jacinth, and the twelfth, amethyst. 21:21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls. Each of the gates was made of one pearl. The street of the city was pure gold, transparent as glass. 21:22 I saw no temple in it, because the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its temple. 21:23 The city has no need for the sun or the moon to shine, because the glory of God illuminates it, and its lamp is the Lamb. 21:24 The nations will walk in its light. The kings of the earth bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 21:25 Its gates will never be shut by day, and there will be no night there. 21:26 The glory and honour of the nations will be brought into it. 21:27 Nothing unholy will ever enter it. No one who acts disgracefully or dishonestly will be there. Only those people whose names are written in the Lambâ€™s book of life will be allowed to enter.
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