Revelation 21: Sons of Christ – New Heaven and Earth
John saw a New Heaven and a New Earth come down from heaven and; “…the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” (Revelation 21:1) John explains that he saw; “…the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Revelation 21:2) The old things will be done with and a new beginning will start, those who overcame the world will be blessed; “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” (Revelation 21:4) Once the dust has settled and the wars are over, God will cause a new Heaven and Earth to be formed and there shall no longer be any pain or death. For God said; “…It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end… He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.” (Revelation 21:6-7) Here we learn that we are literally Sons and Daughters of God, but if we overcome the world we will be adopted and accepted as Sons and Daughters of Christ as well.
John explains that those who still do not believe in God and refuse to make change in their lives or have sinned beyond forgiveness will burn; “…with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” (Revelation 21:9) John then says an angel carried him away to the top of a high mountain to show him the New Jerusalem;
“Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious… And had a wall great and high… the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones, The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a tpaz; the tenth, chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.” (Revelation 21:11-12;18-20) John goes on to explain that the twelve gates of the city were; “…twelve pearls… and the street was pure gold…” (Revelation 21:21) The symbolic elements John saw that compose the city; clear glass, precious stones, pearls, and gold all share the traits of being able to reflect light. These elements symbolize purity and beauty and do not decay or tarnish with time.
John saws that throughout the entire city he did not see a temple; “…for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it; for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof…And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.” (Revelation 21:22-23; 25)