The Invitation to eternity
the last chapter of the Bible, the Holy Spirit along with His
work, the church, make an invitation to all of humanity to
partake of eternity. Revelation 21 and 22 present the eternal condition
of those redeemed by the Blood of Christ, and the work of the
Spirit. God gives us a glimpse of eternity, and extends the
hand of invitation to all who choose.
17 And the Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who
hears say, "Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever
desires, let him take the water of life freely.
We have the
opportunity to carry the message of salvation and redemption to
the lost world, to be used by the Spirit to bring people to
We are the
Bride of Christ
When the Lord
made humanity, he had our final redemption in mind. He knew we
would fall, and that man would need redemption. Therefore, the
marriage of a man and a wife, is a type of the union, between
Christ and His Church.
died on the cross He reassured the disciples of their eternity,
they would have a home in Heaven with Jesus. This promise was
not only to the disciples but to all of the redeemed in Christ.
The relationship with Christ is eternal; earth is only the
1 "Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe
also in Me. 2 "In My Father's house are many mansions; if it
were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for
you. 3 "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come
again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may
be also. John 14:1-3
understand how close and intimate this relationship would be,
between Christ and Church, the picture of marriage illustrates
the dynamic. As husband is supposed to be to his bride, Christ
is to the church. The church is the redeemed, we have all of
eternity to look forward to a relationship with the Lord and His
25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the
church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and
cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He
might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot
or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and
without blemish. Ephesians 5:25-27
before Christ returns in Glory and power, John witnessed the
marriage of the Lamb (Jesus) and His bride the Church (the
Saints). This scene in Revelation 19,
includes you if you are saved, you are there!
1 After these things I heard a loud voice of a great
multitude in heaven, saying, "Alleluia! Salvation and glory and
honor and power belong to the Lord our God! 2 "For true and
righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great
harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has
avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her." 3 Again
they said, "Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!" 4
And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell
down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, "Amen!
Alleluia!" 5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying, "Praise
our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small
and great!" 6 And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great
multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of
mighty thunderings, saying, "Alleluia! For the Lord God
Omnipotent reigns! 7 "Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him
glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has
made herself ready." 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed
in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the
righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he said to me, "Write:
'Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the
Lamb!' " And he said to me, "These are the true sayings of God."
In the book of
Revelation, the saints are in heaven, rejoicing and celebrating
with the angels. Satan is at war to prevent, people from
entering this eternal relationship. Following, this we read in
Revelation, that one day, God is will make a new Heaven and a
new Earth. So even this earth, which the flesh so much focus on
will pass away. Therefore we need to live for our eternal
dwelling place in mind, not this temporary one.
Revelation 211 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first
heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no
more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned
for her husband.3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying,
"Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell
with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be
with them and be their God. 4 "And God will wipe away every tear
from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor
crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have
passed away." 5 Then He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I
make all things new." And He said to me, "Write, for these words
are true and faithful." 6 And He said to me, "It is done! I am
the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give
of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.
7 "He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his
God and he shall be My son.
book of Revelation, even describes our eternal dwelling place,
as the New Jerusalem, where we will have a home in the presence
of God. God and the saved will dwell in the same place that is
amazing! This is what Satan is trying to prevent.
Revelation describes the New Jerusalem as cube shaped, 1363
miles wide, 1363 miles long and 1363 miles high. Here the
saints, the saved, will dwell with Christ for eternity. Revelation 21 and 22 present for us a picture of
eternity. God just gives a glimpse so we can have a picture of
where we are going.
To give us an understanding, we
have these physical dimensions because wants to understand, the
future is not metaphor but real. There is an actual place,
where will dwell, which will be as real as the world we live in
today. We even have dimensions, so we relate the future to
the present. So if we took these physical dimensions of
the new city, we can see it would stretch from New York state to
the Florida Keys, to the Gulf of Mexico and back up to the state
of Montana and back to New York. This is only the New Jerusalem.
New Jerusalem, is only the home of the saints, this does not
include the new heavens and the new earth, which is also there.
Remember, we are only given a glimpse of what is to come, the
whole glorious picture will not be clear until that day is
realized. That day we do not want to miss, the Holy Spirit will
guide us and be with us until that day. Praise the Lord!
The Holy Spirit invites you to
come, do not miss the eternity prepared for you.
17 And the
Spirit and the bride say, "Come!" And let him who hears say,
"Come!" And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him
take the water of life freely. Revelation 22:17