Revelation: New Creation in Jesus (05) - Cosmos-Garden-City-Bride (Rev. 21)

Date: 5/5/2013
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Revelation: New Creation in Jesus (05) - Cosmos-Garden-City-Bride
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[  ] THE BIBLE READING - Rev 21 “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.” 5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” 6 Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. 7 “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. 8 “But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” 9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper. 12 It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.”

   [  ] Literal vs a Literary Reading
   [  ] Outline: Vision, 7 Letters, Throne, Judgments, Beast(s) & Harlot, Kingdom, New Creation
[  ] COSMOS: THE NEW HEAVENS AND EARTH (vv 21:1, 4b, 5)
   [  ] New Creation in Prophecy (Is. 65:17, 66:22)
   [  ] New Creation in Person (Gal. 6:15, 2Cor. 5:17)

   [  ] The Identity of the New Jerusalem (Rev. 3:12, Gal. 4:25-26, Eph. 2:20, Heb. 12:22)
   [  ] The Description of the New Jerusalem (v11ff)

[  ] BRIDE: THE NEW WIFE OF THE LAMB (vv 21:2, 9-10)
   [  ] The Identity of the Bride (vv Rev. 19:7, 9, 21:2, 9, 17, Eph. 5:24)
   [  ] The Description of the Bride (Rev. 19:8, Eph. 5:27)

Gregg Strawbridge Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more