A Part of Division II, The Underlying Conflict, The Deeper Spiritual Background (continued).

Section 7, Chapters 20 - 22, The Judgement Upon the Dragon followed by the New Jerusalem.

A. Chapter 20, Verses 1-3, The Binding of Satan for a Thousand Years.

B. Chapter 20, Verses 4-5, Christian Souls Reign with Christ for a Thousand Years.

    Souls of Christians who had been beheaded came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

    The coming to life of these Christians called the first resurrection.

    The second death has no power over those who take part in the first resurrection.

C. Chapter 20, Verses 7-10, Satan Released and Thrown into the Lake of Fire.

D. Chapter 20, Verses 11-15, The Second Death of Those Who Are Judged According to Their Deeds.

    John saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it.

    John saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne.

    Books were opened and the dead were judged from things written in the books, according to their deeds.

    Death and Hades gave up their dead, and they were judged according to their deeds.

    And death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire

    Anyone whose name was not written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.

E. Chapter 21, Verses 1-8, Vision of the Holy City, New Jerusalem, Where God Dwells Among Men.

    John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.

    John heard a voice from the throne saying that God Himself shall dwell among His people in the holy city.

    John heard the voice say, "He who overcomes shall inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.

F. Chapter 21, Verses 9-15, Vision of the Holy City Coming Down Out of Heaven from God.

    An angel refers to the holy city as the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.

    The city described:

      Brilliance of crystal clear jasper.

      A great and high wall.

      Twelve gates.

      Angel guards at the gates with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel written on them.

      Wall foundation of twelve stones inscribed with the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

    The angel had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, its gate and its wall.

G. Chapter 21, Verses 16-17, The Dimensions of the Holy City.

    Fifteen hundred miles (12,000 furlongs) square, a perfect cube.

    Seventy two yards (144 cubits) width of wall.

H. Chapter 21, Verses 18-21, Vision of the Precious Materials of Which the Holy City is Composed.

    The wall was jasper.

    The city was of pure gold like clear glass.

    The foundation stones were adorned with every kind of precious stone.

    Each of the twelve gates was a pearl.

    The street was pure gold, like transparent glass.

I. Chapter 21, Verses 21-27, The Glory of God Illumines the Holy City and Its Lamp is the Lamb.

    The Lord God and the Lamb are the temple of the city;.

    The Lord God and the Lamb illuminate the city.

    There shall be no night there.

    The city gates shall never be closed.

    The glory and honor of the nations shall be brought into the city.

    The city will be inhabited by those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.

J. Chapter 22, Verses 1-5, The Vision of the River of Life and the Tree of Life.

    The river of life flows from the throne of God and the Lamb.

    The tree of life lines both sides of the river and twelve kinds of fruit.

    The Lamb's bond-servants will serve Him and reign with Him forever and ever.

K. Chapter 22, Verses 6-7, The Lord Reaffirms the Truthfulness of the Things Shown in the Visions and Promises to Come Quickly.

L. Chapter 22, Verses 8-9, John Admonished Not to Worship Angels But to Worship God.

M. Chapter 22, Verses 10-15, Final Warnings to Readers of the Revelation.

N. Chapter 22, Verses 16-19, Final Testimony and Invitation.

    The Lord affirms to John that He is Jesus, the root and offspring of David, the bright morning star.

    The Spirit and the Bride say, "Come."

    The Lord says, "Let the one who is thirsty, come."

    Jesus warns not to add to or take from the word of God.

O. Chapter 22, Verses 20-21, The Grace of the Lord Jesus Promised.

    Jesus promises to come quickly.

    The grace of the Lord Jesus promised.