Matthew (Program #65) – Prophecy of the Kingdom (4)
Of all the parables in the final chapters of Matthew, none is more striking and sobering than the parable of the ten virgins in chapter 25. Coupled with the other parables around it, we can clearly see that at His Coming, the Lord will judge and examine His people, the believing and saved ones. This judgment will not be concerning sin or our eternal salvation, of that we have been assured. But in the matters of watchfulness and faithfulness we will be examined. Not at the risk of our salvation, but at the potential risk of the reward of the enjoyment of the kingdom.
Revelation (Program #68) – Experiencing the Seven Lamps, the Seven Eyes, and the Seven Spirits
The portrait of the New Jerusalem in the final pages of Revelation is a sign, showing us God, mingled and built together with His redeemed people as His enlargement, a living composition of God and man, a building; the ultimate consummation of the Bible of God’s purpose, and our destiny. This is the portrait painted by the divine Word of God. And it’s the portrait that we have been delighted to bring to you for these past three months…
In the last chapter of Revelation, the apostle John reports the Lord’s final words to him and to us. Chapter 22 verse 6 to 7 says, “And he said to me, These words are faithful and true; the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent His angel to show to His slaves the things which must quickly take place. And behold, I come quickly. Blessed is he who keeps the words of the prophecy of this scroll.”
Twice more in this chapter, the Lord repeats the warning that He is coming quickly. Like John, we all need to be those who heed these words and this warning…
Revelation (Program #66) - The Enjoyment and the Blessing of God’s Redeemed In Eternity
If heaven is not the Christians’ eternal destiny, then what do believers have to look forward to in the future? Well today on the life study of the Bible from the book of Revelation, we wanted to discuss the enjoyment and the blessing of God’s redeemed in eternity.
The universe, at its centre, is being administered by God. And God’s desire in this universe is to be expressed. These two items – His administration and His expression – are not only important to Him now, but they will remain together for eternity.
The final two chapters of the Bible reveal the final destination for both God and man. Not heavenly mansions, but the living, built up city composed of God and His redeemed people. Rev 21:22 says “And I saw no temple in it, for its temple is the Lord God, the Almighty and the Lamb.” This city of course is the New Jerusalem, the focus and subject of the final pages of the Bible. As such we do well to focus on it ourselves…
The New Jerusalem is the consummation of the divine revelation in the Bible. But how practical is it to you? If it’s something that is far away from your daily experience, then you’ll especially want to stay with us today for this life study of Revelation.
We are talking today about the New Jerusalem in particularly two aspects; the gates and the street – one street in the city but many gates…
What is the appearance of God? According to Revelation chapter 4 verse 3, it’s jasper – the same substance as the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21 verse 11. On today’s life study of the Bible from Revelation, we are going to talk about this unified or unique appearance of God and His people.
Revelation, the final book of the Bible, opens many things to us in its 22 chapters. But the key to unlocking these revelations is to realize that primarily, this is a book of signs and symbols. The final sign, that of a city called New Jerusalem reveals God’s ultimate intention and our ultimate destiny. To see this, however, requires not just our natural understanding. Rev 21:10 says, “And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” If we can be in spirit as John was, and in a sense, be carried away to a high mountain by the Lord’s mercy, we can see this city as well.
Of all the revelations in the book of Revelation, the most profound is the final one. Seen in chapters 21 and 22,
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and the sea is no more. And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice out of the throne, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His peoples, and God Himself will be with them and be their God. ” – Rev 21:1-3
What these verses, in fact, what these chapters reveal, is not heaven with streets of gold and mansions, but rather a spiritual building, a composition of God with His redeemed people that comes out of heaven to the new earth.