We are forced to resort to symbolism because we are so dead to God and blinded.
1) What is new (vs. 1-8)
-a new heaven and new earth; newly created Jerusalem; social vision; city vision; where people come together; David’s city (Isaiah 65:17; 2 Peter 3:10; Romans 8:18-25)
-no more tears and no more death (vs. 3; Leviticus 26; Ezekiel 37; Isaiah 35; Revelation 7; Isaiah 25; 1 Corinthians 15)
-God speaks (“It is finished”-no more payment for sin needed; “It is done” – Gospel promises come to consummation)
-Forgiveness is without cost to those who receive it, but it did cost the One who provided it. (vs. 6; Isaiah 55)
-We will perfectly reflect God. In every way we ought to be like God, we will be like God. A family connotation comes with “son” (vs. 7), associating your character with your heritage.
2) Symbolic of New Jerusalem (vs. 9-21)
-The Bride is the city. (You’re not supposed to paint these things. haha!) (Ezekiel 16; 23)
-Built like a cube in 1400 square miles. There is only one cube in the Old Testament and that is the Most Holy Place, the place where God dwells. Now the entire city is the Most Holy Place!
3) What is missing from this city (vs. 22)
-The temple (all God has brought about, He’s brought about through the Gospel.)
-Sun and moon (God’s disclosed presence gives light)
-No gates are closed
-There is nothing unclean
4) What is central (vs. 1-5)
-The water of life from the throne & Lamb. Everything coming finally from the throne of God and the cross. (vs. 1-3)
-The blessed vision of the Blessed One (vs. 4-5). They will see His face and they won’t die or be consumed.
♪Face to face with Christ my Savior
Face to face—what will it be,
When with rapture I behold Him,
Jesus Christ Who died for me?
Only faintly now I see Him,
With the darkened veil between,
But a blessed day is coming,
When His glory shall be seen.♪
The culmination of everything is to SEE God! Heaven centers absolutely on the ONE.
The Bible ends with an invitation in Revelation 22:17.