Revelation 21

Ezekiel 37:26-27 “I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be a perpetual covenant with them. I will establish them, increase their numbers, and place my sanctuary among them forever. My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people.”

Isaiah 25:8 “he will swallow up death permanently. The sovereign LORD will wipe away the tears from every face, and remove his people’s disgrace from all the earth. Indeed, the LORD has announced it!”

Isaiah 44:6 “This is what the LORD, Israel’s king, says, their Protector, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies: ‘I am the first and I am the last, there is no God but me.'”

Isaiah 55:1 “Hey, all who are thirsty, come to the water! You who have no money, come! Buy and eat! Come! Buy wine and milk without money and without cost.”

Isaiah 60:19 “The sun will no longer supply light for you by day, nor will the moon’s brightness shine on you; the LORD will be your permanent source of light— the splendor of your God will shine upon you.”

As we get to the culmination of all things, we see that what we have here in Revelation is the fulfillment of everything that has been prophesied. And what is most interesting is what we read about the new Jerusalem. The prophet Ezekiel foretold a new temple (Ezekiel 40) and a new Jerusalem (Ezekiel 48:30-35). But here we see that there is no temple, because the Lord God and the Lamb are the temple! And the measurements of the new Jerusalem dwarf Ezekiel’s description. That’s because Ezekiel was given a vision that he could understand and convey to the Jewish people. Here John is conveying something even more amazing and indescribable; something that’s only possible because of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. Ezekiel was given a glimpse, but John was shown a fuller picture! However, the bottom line is the same: God is with His people, in a place that is beautiful, perfect, holy, and secure. This is what we have to look forward to. Hallelujah!

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