The New Heaven and the New Earth
I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth had disappeared, and so had the sea.
21.1 Is 65.17; 66.22; 2P 3.13.
Then I saw New Jerusalem, that holy city, coming down from God in heaven. It was like a bride dressed in her wedding gown and ready to meet her husband.
I heard a loud voice shout from the throne:
God's home is now with his people. He will live with them, and they will be his own. Yes, God will make his home among his people.
He will wipe all tears from their eyes, and there will be no more death, suffering, crying, or pain. These things of the past are gone forever.
5 Then the one sitting on the throne said:
I am making everything new. Write down what I have said. My words are true and can be trusted.
Everything is finished! I am Alpha and Omega,
h 21.6 Alpha and Omega: See the note at 1.8.
the beginning and the end. I will freely give water from the life-giving fountain to everyone who is thirsty.
All who win the victory will be given these blessings. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
But I will tell you what will happen to cowards and to everyone who is unfaithful or dirty-minded or who murders or is sexually immoral or uses witchcraft or worships idols or tells lies. They will be thrown into that lake of fire and burning sulfur. This is the second death.
i 21.8 second death: See the note at 2.11.
The New Jerusalem
I saw one of the seven angels who had the bowls filled with the seven last terrible troubles. The angel came to me and said, “Come on! I will show you the one who will be the bride and wife of the Lamb.”
Then with the help of the Spirit, he took me to the top of a very high mountain. There he showed me the holy city of Jerusalem coming down from God in heaven.
The glory of God made the city bright. It was dazzling and crystal clear like a precious jasper stone.
The city had a high and thick wall with twelve gates, and each one of them was guarded by an angel. On each of the gates was written the name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel.
Three of these gates were on the east, three were on the north, three more were on the south, and the other three were on the west.
The city was built on twelve foundation stones. On each of the stones was written the name of one of the Lamb's twelve apostles.
The angel who spoke to me had a gold measuring stick to measure the city and its gates and its walls.
The city was shaped like a cube, because it was just as high as it was wide. When the angel measured the city, it was about fifteen hundred miles high and fifteen hundred miles wide.
Then the angel measured the wall, and by our measurements it was about two hundred sixteen feet high.
The wall was built of jasper, and the city was made of pure gold, clear as crystal.
Each of the twelve foundations was a precious stone. The first was jasper,
j 21.19 jasper: The precious and semi-precious stones mentioned in verses 19,20 are of different colors. Jasper is usually green or clear; sapphire is blue; agate has circles of brown and white; emerald is green; onyx has different bands of color; carnelian is deep-red or reddish-white; chrysolite is olive-green; beryl is green or bluish-green; topaz is yellow; chrysoprase is apple-green; jacinth is reddish-orange; and amethyst is deep purple.
the second was sapphire, the third was agate, the fourth was emerald,
the fifth was onyx, the sixth was carnelian, the seventh was chrysolite, the eighth was beryl, the ninth was topaz, the tenth was chrysoprase, the eleventh was jacinth, and the twelfth was amethyst.
Each of the twelve gates was a solid pearl. The streets of the city were made of pure gold, clear as crystal.
I did not see a temple there. The Lord God All-Powerful and the Lamb were its temple.
And the city did not need the sun or the moon. The glory of God was shining on it, and the Lamb was its light.
Nations will walk by the light of that city, and kings will bring their riches there.
Its gates are always open during the day, and night never comes.
The glorious treasures of nations will be brought into the city.
But nothing unworthy will be allowed to enter. No one who is dirty-minded or who tells lies will be there. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life
k 21.27 book of life: See the note at 3.5.
will be in the city.
The angel showed me a river that was crystal clear, and its waters gave life. The river came from the throne where God and the Lamb were seated.
Then it flowed down the middle of the city's main street. On each side of the river are trees
l 22.2 trees: The Greek has “tree,” which is used in a collective sense of trees on both sides of the heavenly river.
that grow a different kind of fruit each month of the year. The fruit gives life, and the leaves are used as medicine to heal the nations.
God's curse will no longer be on the people of that city. He and the Lamb will be seated there on their thrones, and its people will worship God
and will see him face to face. God's name will be written on the foreheads of the people.
Never again will night appear, and no one who lives there will ever need a lamp or the sun. The Lord God will be their light, and they will rule forever.
The Coming of Christ
6 Then I was told:
These words are true and can be trusted. The Lord God controls the spirits of his prophets, and he is the one who sent his angel to show his servants what must happen right away.
7 Remember, I am coming soon! God will bless everyone who pays attention to the message of this book.
8 My name is John, and I am the one who heard and saw these things. Then after I had heard and seen all this, I knelt down and began to worship at the feet of the angel who had shown it to me.
9 But the angel said,
Don't do that! I am a servant, just like you. I am the same as a follower or a prophet or anyone else who obeys what is written in this book. God is the one you should worship.
10 Don't keep the prophecies in this book a secret. These things will happen soon.
Evil people will keep on being evil, and everyone who is dirty-minded will still be dirty-minded. But good people will keep on doing right, and God's people will always be holy.
Then I was told:
I am coming soon! And when I come, I will reward everyone for what they have done.
I am Alpha and Omega,
m 22.13 Alpha and Omega: See the note at 1.8.
the first and the last, the beginning and the end.
God will bless all who have washed their robes. They will each have the right to eat fruit from the tree that gives life, and they can enter the gates of the city.
But outside the city will be dogs, witches, immoral people, murderers, idol worshipers, and everyone who loves to tell lies and do wrong.
I am Jesus! And I am the one who sent my angel to tell all of you these things for the churches. I am David's Great Descendant,
n 22.16 David's Great Descendant: See the note at 5.5.
and I am also the bright morning star.
o 22.16 the bright morning star: Probably thought of as the brightest star (see 2.27,28).
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!”
Everyone who hears this
p 22.17 who hears this: The reading of the book of Revelation in a service of worship.
should say, “Come!”
If you are thirsty, come! If you want life-giving water, come and take it. It's free!
Here is my warning for everyone who hears the prophecies in this book:
If you add anything to them, God will make you suffer all the terrible troubles written in this book.
19 If you take anything away from these prophecies, God will not let you have part in the life-giving tree and in the holy city described in this book.
20 The one who has spoken these things says, “I am coming soon!”
So, Lord Jesus, please come soon!
21 I pray that the Lord Jesus will be kind to all of you.