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New Year Message
Seven New Things in the Book of Revelations
Rev. 21:1- 22:21
Introduction
We look forward for new things that would happen in the future. When I was living in Singapore, I observed that during New Year, the Chinese throws away old furniture, old electronic items, etc., just to get rid of the “bad luck” or “misfortunes”. For them past is past, and old things should be discarded, which is of course to the delight of the Malays and other Nationalities who loves to collect those items which can still be used and in good condition. I heard that one family were able to fill his house by just collecting those throw away items without even buying. Today we would be talking about the seven New Things that is written in the Book of Revelations. I cannot give you all the details for space and time will not allow and honestly words will not really be enough for me to describe the glory and the splendour of the new things that is to come. BY God’s grace, I will tell you more details in our Sunday School.
I. Seven New Things.
A. New Heaven – Rev. 21:1
B. New Earth – Rev. 21:1
C. New City or the New Jerusalem. Rev. 21: 2-3, 9-23
D. New Nations. Rev. 21:24-27
E. New River. Rev. 22:1
F. New Tree. Rev. 22:2
G. New Throne. Rev. 22:3-5
II. The Seven New Things are also called the Eternal State. I will try to explain it to you briefly and simply as possible. A. Future or the Eternal State is characterized by new heaven and new earth.
1. The Old heaven and New Earth will be completely renovated by fire not annihilated (2 Pet. 3:10, Rev. 20:11).
2. This renovation will include the removal of the seas and the oceans, for they will not be needed in the eternal state.
3. How this will all be done, only God knows.
4. The New heaven does not refer to God’s dwelling place which is the third heaven. The first heaven which is the earth’s atmosphere, and the second heaven which is the realm of the stars will be the one that will be renewed.
5. God will be dwelling with man. We will experience Divine presence and sorrow will be banished. God shall wipe away all our tears, no more death, no sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there any more pain, for the former things are passed away (Rev. 21:4).
6. Verse 5 tells us all things will be made new. Adam’s curse has been removed, Satan judged, all the wicked punished, and the universe sinless, except of course for the “lake of fire” (Rev. 20:15).
Illustration: Who Will Be There?
1. The abode of God (1 Kings 8:30)
2. The abode of the angels (Mark 13:32)
3. Believers will be there in due course (1 Pet. 1:4).
The New Testament uses striking imagery to bring out the wonder and loveliness of heaven (gates of pearl and a street of gold— Rev. 21:21). Heaven means eternal joy in the presence of God.
(The Shaw Pocket Bible Handbook)
C. New Jerusalem: Rev. 21: 2-3, 9-23
1. The New Jerusalem is seen coming down from heaven, a place of perfect holiness.
2. It is described as a dazzling city having the glory of God and her light was unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal (some says it is a perfectly clear diamond).
3. I don’t really know how to describe this to you brothers and sisters but the dimension is clearly stated and its 1500 miles in length, width, and height, a solid cube of golden construction.
4. The wall is made of jasper, and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass (verse 18).
5. The foundation was jasper, sapphire, chalcedony, emerald, sardonyx, sardius, chrysolyte, beryl, topaz, chrysoprasus, jacinth, and amethyst. Just by looking at them would give a rainbow or prism effect.
6. The 12 gates is a pearl (v. 21) and the street of the city is pure gold as it was transparent glass. Note that the stones mentioned are heavenly stone not the earthly one we know. God’s glory shines in the city so there is no night there. Literally, the saints will be walking in the street of gold. The gates also need never be closed for all the enemies have been destroyed.
D. New Nations. Rev. 21:24-27
1. These are the redeemed Gentile nations which will occupy the earth together with Israel for eternity.
2. They do not belong to the church for they are redeemed after the church is removed from the earth. They come as visitors to the city, and come as worshippers. (J. Vernon McGee).
3. In the eternal city, there will be no more divisions, barriers, or exclusion because of race or politics.
E. New River. Rev. 22:1
1. This river is unlike any on earth. It is crystal clear water
2. Water of life symbolizes the continual flow from the source of eternal life, God the Father, through the son (the Lamb) to the inhabitants of heaven.
F. New Tree. Rev. 22:2
1. It is a symbol of both eternal life and continuous blessings.
2. The tree bears 12 fruits, one for each month and is symbolic of the abundant variety in heaven.
3. It is obvious that the saved will continue to eat and drink throughout eternity. The question is asked, will the glorified saints will continue to eat in heaven? I can say that they can eat, although they don’t need to. We have 12 varieties of fruit to eat and the taste would be heavenly or glorious.
Illustration/Application: Eating and drinking in Eternity
The Lord Jesus Christ after His resurrection ate bread and fish with the apostles (Jn. 21:12-13). The angels ate Sarah’s cakes and Abraham’s dressed calf (Gen. 18:6-8). So, we can safely say that glorified bodies can eat the common food of the mortals. One of the most emphasized scenes of the future in the Book of Revelation is the supper on the marriage of the Lamb. Indeed there will be eating, particularly of the fruits of the tree of life.
G. New Throne. Rev. 22:3-5
1. The river of water of life flows directly from the throne of God
2. God’s glorious throne is described in some detail in Ezekiel 1:26-28 and Revelation
Chapter 4.
III. Conclusion:
The Lord said, “Behold, I make all things new”. Truly He will make all things new for He always keeps His promise. Would you like to see the new things that is beyond words to describe? Would you like to have eternal life and enjoy those new things in the future? Then come to Christ, repent from your sins and receive Him as your personal Saviour

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