Monday, April 7, 2014

Revelation 20:11-21:8 Outlining what God has to say on Jesus' Ending of the World

Revelation 20:11 Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.

Today's post aims at offering a summary outline of Revelation 20:11-21:8.  In the Apostle John's sequence of visions, Revelation 20:11-15 represents the final scene at the end of Jesus' 1,000 year reign where He will raise the unbelieving dead and judge all unbelievers on the grounds of their rejection of the redemption accomplished by Him.  Although Revelation 21:1-8 represents a new sequence featuring the beginning of the New Heavens and Earth, there are statements that tie back to the Great White Throne Judgment of Revelation 20:11-15.  For these reasons I'm referring to these two visions together as Jesus' ending of the world.

Jesus' Ending of the World
I. The Final Judgment. Revelation 20:11-15 

A. The Judge.        20:11

B. The Judged.      20:12-14; 21:8

1. Deeds are Judged       20:12-13
2. Deathless death               20:14
3. Disbelief is the basis        20:15
4. Description of the Judged 21:8

C. Judgment            20:15; 21:4,8
Based upon what the Lord will be wiping away in terms of tears, we can say the following about the Final Judgment

1. Horrific                20:15
2. Sorrowful            21:4
3. Painful                21:4 
4. Souls perishing   21:8  

II. New Heavens and New Earth
Revelation 21:1-8

The reader may find reading this text in concert with 1 Corinthians 15:24-28 to be quite helpful. As we look at this second part of how Jesus will end the world and bring us into eternity, we can note the following details revealed in Revelation 21:1-8. 

A. New order  21:1
B. New City    21:2-4
C. No more curse  21:5
D. Never ending Provision 21:6-7 
E. No more wickedness 21:8

The above outline was meant to convey the basic features of the two visions found in Revelation 20:11-21:8.  Together they comprise what this author deems: "Jesus' ending of the world". In comparing this text with other scriptures, the reader should be able to get a basic grasp of this significant portion of God's Word.  It is also hoped too that in reading such scriptures, we may gain the urgency to do missions in our community that includes warning people of escaping the wrath of God to come, as well as seeing how powerful the Lord Jesus Christ is as not only Savior and Lord, but also as having all power in Heaven and on earth.

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