Last Days Prophecy
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Proof of Ownership
Bearing the name of Christ Jesus, the God-Man, on our foreheads is a sign of ownership (Rev.7:3) . We are God’s servants. He owns us. He created us. He redeemed us. He glorified our bodies. He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ (Eph. 1:3).
Bearing the name of Christ Jesus symbolizes the great wealth of our inheritance (1 Pet.1:4). We are chosen in Him before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4). Through Jesus we are predestined to adoption as God’s sons (Eph. 1:5). Through Jesus we have redemption and forgiveness (Eph. 1:7). Through Christ Jesus we have obtained a glorious inheritance, as it has been predestined according to God’s all-encompassing purpose (Eph. 1:11). Through Christ Jesus we have been sealed with the Holy Spirit, who is the pledge of our inheritance, that we will be fully redeemed as God’s own personal possession (Eph. 1:13-14)! One day we will fully know the riches of the glory of God’s inheritance in us (Eph. 1:18)!
Bearing the Name of Christ Jesus identifies us as belonging to Him, NOT to Satan and his Antichrist! (Rev.13). In the Tribulation, the False Prophet who assists the world ruler (The Beast) will cause people of every political, social and economic status to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead (Rev. 13:16). This mark will consist either of the Beast’s name or his number, and will be absolutely essential for any and all commercial transactions (Rev. 13:17). The number is also part of a oppressive religion. If people do not worship the image of the Antichrist, they will be put to death (Rev. 13:15)! The number is 666 (Rev. 13:18).
The people of God, by contrast, have the privilege of bearing the Name, NOT the number, of Christ Jesus on their foreheads. This Name depicts God’s compassionate, self-sacrificial and forgiving love; His ownership, protection, provision, fellowship, and inheritance for eternity!
We are told again that there will be no night in that glorious city (Rev. 22:5). Darkness, both physical and spiritual, will have been eliminated in New Jerusalem! There will be no need of either natural or artificial light. We will need no electricity, no generators, no transformers, no electric wiring, no batteries, no wall sockets. In New Jerusalem there will be no need for the sun or the moon, because the LORD God Himself will illumine us.
John 1:8 He was not that Light, but was sent to bear witness of that Light. (KJV)
John 3:19 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. (KJV)
John 8:12 Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life. (KJV)
John 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world. (KJV)
John 12:46 I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. (KJV)
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: (KJV)
Since it is always light in New Jerusalem, it seems as though its citizens will never need to sleep to refresh their bodies. It will be wonderful never to grow exhausted or tired.
Will there be night on New Earth? The Bible does not address that question. The citizens of New Earth, having glorified bodies just as those within New Jerusalem, will have no more need of sleep than the citizens of the Holy City!
If it is always light, how will we be able to see distant galaxies and stars? I do not know the answer. Is it reasonable to assume that in our glorified bodies we will be able to take trips to far away galaxies and witness unimaginable beauty out in an almost limitless New Universe.
Too early in man’s history he was corrupted by his fall into sin (Gen. 3:1-6), and all creation has been groaning in suffering ever since (Gen. 3:7-24; Rom. 8:18-25). During Christ’s Millennial Reign, that curse will be partly removed (Isa. 11:6-10; 65:25), and man will be able to rule over the animal kingdom as God intended. Though Satan will be absent (Rev. 20:1-3), sin will still be present (Rev. 20:7-9), and so will death (Isa. 65:20)! Only after the Creation of New Heavens and Earth will we have a planet where sin and death are forever absent.
The first command of God to man was to multiply and spread over the entire globe and rule (benevolently) over the earth itself and the animal kingdom. Man has been very successful at multiplying and spreading over the globe. Because of man’s success in this, there will be no human beings added to the population of either New Jerusalem or the New Earth, for in the Resurrection there will be no marriage (Mat. 22:30; Luke 20:35-36), so there shall be no reproduction.
If it was very good to have animals and man co-exist in harmony on the same planet before sin entered (Gen. 1:24-31), why wouldn’t it be good to have that same coexistence after the very possibility of sin has been forever banished from New Jerusalem and the New Earth?
There are portions in Isaiah 65:17-25 that apply only to the Millennium. There are other portions that apply only to the Eternal State. And there are portions that apply to both. When God says that He will create new heavens and a new earth (Isa. 65:17), it is clearly a reference to New Heaven and New Earth (Rev. 21:1). When He says, But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; for behold, I create Jerusalem for rejoicing and her people for gladness (Isa. 65:18), that applies primarily to the Eternal State. But, elements of that statement would apply also to the Millennial Kingdom. When God says, I will also rejoice in Jerusalem and be glad in My people; (Isa. 65:19), that applies both to the Millennium and Eternity. When He says, And there will no longer be heard in her the voice of weeping and the sound of crying (Isa. 65:19), that applies, in its entirety, to Eternity (Rev. 21:4), even though the Millennium will be a time of great joy. When God speaks of the longevity of Israelis, that the youth will die at the age of one hundred (Isa. 65:20), He is speaking of the Millennium. When God speaks of building houses and planting vineyards (Isa. 65:21), I think He is speaking both of the Millennium and New Earth. When God compares the days of His people to the lifetime of a tree and predicts that His chosen ones will wear out the work of their hands (Isa. 65:22), He is speaking of the Millennium, for in the New Earth, people will live forever, and what they make will never wear out. There will be no decay in Eternity, because the curse will have been removed (Rev. 22:3) and there will be no death (Rev. 21:4). When God says that His people will not labor in vain (Isa. 65:23), that applies both to the Millennium and New Earth. But when He promises that they will not bear children for calamity, He is speaking only of the Millennium, for there will be no marriage (Mat. 22:30), and so no reproduction in Eternity. When God says, before they call, I will answer; and while they are still speaking, I will hear (Isa. 65:24), that will be true both in the Millennium and in Eternity. When the LORD God says that the wolf and lamb will graze together, andthat the lion will eat straw like the ox, and that they will do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain (Isa. 65:25), He is referring to conditions both in the Millennium and New Jerusalem and the New Earth.
Man’s benevolent rule over Earth will begin during the Millennium. But for those who inherit the Earth in their mortal bodies, there will still be aging, pain in child-birth, and the occasional death, accompanied by tears. Only in New Jerusalem and the New Earth will man reign over the animal kingdom and over Earth itself without death, pain or suffering, as God first intended. God’s command in the beginning will be successfully achieved throughout eternity, just as God planned! So we will reign over the Earth and we will reign over the animal kingdom. We are told that the servants of God will reign forever and ever (Rev. 22:5).
Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (KJV) . . . What we earn from our sin is death. (1). Spiritual death, separation from God. (2). Physical death, our souls or spirits separated from our bodies. (3). The second death . . . being cast into the Lake of Fire, forever separated from God and goodness. Dear one, IF spiritual death is not remedied before physical death, the unavoidable result is second death.
We must understand that God loves us so much that He sent His eternal, only begotten Son to Earth to bear OUR death penalty on our behalf. As perfect, sinless man, Jesus died a sacrificial death in OUR place (Rom. 5:8). Through His substitutionary death and resurrection (1 Cor. 15:1-8), Jesus satisfied God’s justice for the sins of the entire world, including yours and mine (1 John 2:2)!
Trust in Jesus! If you rely on Jesus, the only way to the Father (John 14:6), you will have eternal life (John 3:16). Everyone who trusts in Jesus receives forgiveness of his sins (Acts 10:43). Everyone who relies on Jesus will be resurrected from the grave (John 11:25-27).
New Jerusalem Characteristics
New Jerusalem, future Home of Christians
New Jerusalem, Gates Always Open
New Jerusalem, NO Mores!
New Jerusalem, Proof of Ownership
New Jerusalem Prophetic Milestones Ahead
New Jerusalem, What Happens to Believers When they Die?
New Jerusalem, What Is Heaven Like?
New Jerusalem, What Is It Like?
New Jerusalem, Worship There
The New Jerusalem