Revelation 21:1-4 NLTse (1) Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone. (2) And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. (3) I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. (4) He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.”
People like to speculate on what New Jerusalem will look like. Some think the city is one building. Other people think the city consists of many buildings. No one knows what the buildings or city will look like. Some artists have drawn up pictures showing a tall, pyramid shaped building with pointed tops. Others show tall, straight skyscraper type buildings. And there is the old favorite, a kingdom looking much like the legendary city, Camelot. What is probably more accurate is, God has designed a city like no other known to this planet.
When we look back at the previous chapter, we see how Satan and his forces surrounded God’s city, and tried to over throw it. That attempt was made after the rest of the dead were raised to face judgment. When we consider the fact the world laid desolate for a thousand years, we should be able to see, there weren’t a lot of modern weapons left in this world. Ancient armies wouldn’t have been raised with their weapons, so what did Satan’s last army have for weapons?
John didn’t give us a time line. We have no idea how much time elapsed between when the dead were raised, and when Satan gathered his army. It’s doubtful they had enough time to develop and build the modern weapons we see today. They may not have enough time to manufacture ancient weapons. They may have to settle for primitive weapons. In either case, it doesn’t matter if they are armed, they are no match for Jesus.
John recorded a rather strange order. Satan and his forces surrounded the city. The entire army is destroyed in the lake of fire. Then John saw New Jerusalem coming down from Heaven to this world. It seems correct to think, the new city will not sit on the earth until all evil is purged. On the other hand, it seems rather strange for Satan to attempt to attack a city hovering in the sky.
Everything in this world had to be made new before the New Jerusalem set down on this earth. All the sky, seas, and land was washed from sin just like the Sanctuary was cleansed in Heaven. It seems rather strange to think, out of all the places in the Universe, God chose earth to live. Will God really live and rule from this world, or will this world be Jesus’ home because of His close connection with its people?
No other planet in the Universe went through what this world went through, the sin, Jesus being born, taking the life and form of a human, and dying on this planet. It was something no one ever saw before. Not in this world, or the universe. This world will exist as a sort of memorial to the Universe for an eternity.
It seems rather strange to see the United States undergoing a sort of change or transformation at this time. Some groups are demanding certain memorials be taken down, claiming they are offensive to their way of life. It is as if the devil is trying to prepare this world to think they can determine what is important to remember, and what can be purged from history. Does Satan know how close he is to the end?