A New Heaven and a New Earth

The Victorious Saints

In Revelation 1–3, John was in the Spirit in the Lord’s Day. John said that “after these things,” he was taken into the New Heaven, where he saw the victorious saints—the four living creatures and the 24 elders, who we assume are 12 from the apostolic Church and 12 from the end-time Church.

Jesus said, “I will build My Church; and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.”

In Revelation 7, we see the victorious saints entering the New Jerusalem. Those who came out of the Great Tribulation had palm branches in their hands. One of the 24 elders told us that these would no longer bear the heat of the day, and they would no longer thirst. Jesus gave us a parable of the Kingdom of Heaven, in which He said that those who were first bore the heat of the day, but now they would drink of the spring of the water of life—the life of the Holy Spirit that they were denied on earth—and God would wipe away every tear.

In Revelation 15, the saints appeared in the midst of the throne, standing on a sea of glass and fire, “victorious over the beast and his image and the number of his name.” In Revelation 19, we hear shouts from heaven, saying, “Hallelujah, salvation and power and God belong to our God! … Hallelujah, her smoke rises up forever and ever!”

Finally, in Revelation 21, we come to an exceedingly high mountain, where we see the Lord’s wife coming out of heaven, having the glory of God.

The apostle Paul said, “We overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loves us.” Here, Paul used the Greek word νικάω (nik-ah’-o), the word used 17 times in the Book of Revelation. It is normally translated into “overcomes” but it actually means “conquers.” In Revelation 21:7, God does not say, “He who overcomes shall inherit all these things” but “He who is victorious shall inherit all these things.”

The Holy City

In Revelation 21, the apostle John describes the Holy City coming out of heaven in God. This is the New Jerusalem that we first met in Revelation 12. She was clothed with the sun, with the stars around her head, and the moon under her feet.

“Clothed with the sun” means she was clothed with God, “having the glory of God. Her brilliance is like a costly stone … having a great and high wall.” John told us that the wall of the city was 1,500 miles in height, if one could even imagine such height.

The Holy City is much bigger than the New Jerusalem described in the book of Ezekiel. That was the New Jerusalem on this earth. The New Jerusalem in heaven holds a great multitude “that no one could count.”

In Revelation 5, the number who surrounded the throne were “myriads of myriads”—or hundreds of millions. The height and width and length of the New Jerusalem were the same. All the sides were equal. There is neither male nor female or Greek nor Jew in Christ. 

The New Jerusalem’s foundation is made of twelve precious stones, which are the good works of the saints. Her gates are all pearls for she is the pearl of great price, built on the foundation of Christ and the apostles. On the wall of the city are twelve foundation stones with the twelve names of the apostles of the Lamb.

There is no need for the sun or the moon for the glory of God and the Lamb is its light and the nations walk by this light.

Coming from the throne of God and the Lamb is “a river of water of life, as clear as a crystal, coming from the throne of God and the Lamb.” The leaves of the trees are for the healing of the nations.

We Will All Be Changed

The apostle Paul said that not all of us will die, but “we will all be changed.”

In his most famous chapter, Paul wrote, “Now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully, just I also have been fully known.” Paul also described this in his second letter to the Corinthians, saying, “But we all, with unveiled faces, looking as in a mirror at the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.”

Paul called this the ministry of the Spirit, the Spirit of Christ.

Paul told us that we were chosen from the foundation of the earth to be made in the image of God. Paul said, “For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren.” Here, he described the plan of salvation announced by God in the first chapter of the Bible: “Let us make man in our image.”

We are transformed daily into His image. In this world, however, our flesh is always at war with our spirit. Thus, Paul bemoaned, “We eagerly await our adoption as sons, and the redemption of this body.” When we see Christ face to face, we will put away this mortal body, and we will all be changed. In his Epistles, the apostle John wrote, “When He appears, we will all be like Him because we will see Him just as He is.”

In Revelation 21, John told us that the New Heaven and the New Earth will have no more sea, meaning no need of salvation. In verse 6, God said, “It is done!”—His salvation plan is complete—“He who overcomes will inherit all these things, and I will be his God, and He shall be My Son.”

Christ will Submit to God

In the Book of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar prefigured the beast. Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar that he was “the King of Kings.” The beast would be the king of ten kings, until the Spirit of Christ became “King of Kings and Lord of Lords,” as described in Revelation 17. In the Lord’s Day, however, Christ will submit to God, and God will be the Lord.

In Revelation 11, the voices in heaven say, “You have taken back Your great power and have begun to reign.”

The last chapters of the Book of Revelation also tell us that we will no longer worship Christ in the Lord’s Day.

In Revelation 19, when John tried to worship the One who spoke to him from the throne, He said to him, “Do not do that. I am your brother. Worship God!” Of course, we know that Christ was the One who “appeared” on the throne. He is always the image of the invisible God.

In Revelation 22, John heard an angel speaking as Christ, saying, “I am coming quickly.” Thus, he fell down and tried to worship the angel, but the angel again said, “Do not do that. I am your brother. Worship God!” Here, we again learn that when Christ submits to God, He will no longer be our Lord. He will be our brother.

In Revelation 19, we hear a great multitude in heaven praising the name of Yah, saying, “Hallelujah, salvation and glory and power belong to our God!” “Hallelujah” literally means “Praise Yihvah” or “Praise Yah.” In the Old Testament, the invisible God and His image shared the name Yihvah, which means “He WILL BE” in Hebrew. When God met Moses at the burning bush, He said, “This is My name forever,” for Christ became “I AM” when He became our Lord and Redeemer.

The prophet Zechariah said, “In that Day it shall be He WILL BE one, and His name one.” Of course, we know that God and Christ no longer share the name He WILL BE, as they did in the Old Testament, because Christ became I AM. So what name can they share? In the last chapter of the Book of Revelation, God spoke through the angel, saying, “I, Jesus, sent My angel.”

The Victory of Christ over the Antichrist

The battle for men’s souls began in the Garden of Eden. The Spirit of the Antichrist, Satan, the “lawless one,” deceived Eve, saying, “Did God really say that you shall not eat from any tree of the garden?” Thus, God said, “Her seed shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” Her seed was Christ.

In the Book of Isaiah, Satan was called the “star of the morning,” the brightest of the stars.

In the Old Testament, the Spirit of Christ was only one of the angels of God. The Spirit of Christ was the “Captain of the Armies” of the angels of Israel in the Old Testament. In the Old Testament, He was only “one of the chief Captains of the angels.” The opposing nations, such as Greece and Persia, also had their “Captains of Angels.” The most powerful of these opposing angels was the “Ruler of the People to Come,” who was Satan.

After Christ was crucified, God made Him the Lord of heaven and earth. The Spirit of Christ as the Archangel, the ruler of all the angels, cast Satan down from heaven, as we read in Revelation 12:7–10.

When Christ resurrected, He became the first Son of God. Paul said that He “was declared to be the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead.” This also fulfilled the writing of the Psalms: “You are My Son. Today I have begotten You.” The writer of the Letter to the Hebrews told us that when Jesus Christ became the first Son of God, He became greater than the angels.

The Book of Revelation concludes with Satan being thrown into the lake of fire. In the last chapter of the Bible, Jesus declared Himself as the victor over Satan, saying, “I am the root and the descendant of David, the bright morning star.”

My Reward Is with Me

Jesus concluded the Book of Revelation with a promise of a reward for the saints: “Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done.”

Jesus described the rewards for the victorious saints in His letters to the seven churches. They represent the churches of all ages.

Those who hold onto the faith, the name of Jesus, and their love for God and those who test the false prophets, endure tribulation, and keep their garments white will “eat from the tree of life, which is in the Paradise of God.” They will receive “the crown of life,” will be given “a white stone and a new name written on the stone, which no one knows except the one who receives it.” This is the stone spoken of by Zechariah: “Behold, I will engrave its inscription, says the Lord of hosts. I will remove the iniquity of the land in one day!”

Those who are found faithful will have “authority over the nations [as the Psalmist said]”; they will be “clothed in white garments,” will be “a pillar in the temple of My God,” and will “sit down with Me on My throne.”

The last trumpet is “the time … to reward” the bondservants of God. In Revelation 11, it was delayed by an introduction to the saints of the Great Tribulation. They “bore the heat of the day.” In their lives, they were unable to receive the Holy Spirit, but they will receive the same reward as the end-time saints. “They will hunger [for righteousness] no longer, nor thirst [for the Holy Spirit] anymore.” God will give them the spring of the water of life without cost. “He who is victorious will inherit all these things and I will be his God, and he shall be My son.”

Do Not Seal up the Words of This Book

In the last chapter of Daniel, the angel of God told Daniel that His words were “sealed up until the time of the end.” In the final chapter of the Book of Revelation, the angel of God warns us “not to seal the words of the prophecy of this book.”

Today, we are at the end time, and we understand the meaning of all His words. The meanings of all His prophesies have been revealed. His words are no longer sealed.

The Angel of God began the Book of Revelation with a promise: “Blessed is he who reads … and heeds the things that are written in it, for the time is near.”

But the same Angel of God concluded the Book of Revelation with a warning for all of us: “If anyone adds to the prophecy of this book, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book, and if anyone takes away from the words of this book of prophecy, God will take away his part from the tree of life.”

These are sobering words. All those with a pure heart will understand this prophecy, but if anyone takes away from this prophecy, he will be judged along with those who are lawless. He will receive the plagues in this book.

But Jesus said to the Philadelphians, “Behold, I have put before you an open door that no one can shut, because you have kept My Word.”

When we see the abomination of desolation spoken of by the Daniel the prophet, we need to flee to the mountain of the Lord’s house because there we will find our salvation.

Jesus said, “I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens it, I will come in and dine with him, and he with Me” … “But the way that leads to life is narrow, and only a few find it.”

“As for you [Daniel], go your way till the end, for you shall rest and will arise to your inheritance at the end of the days.”