How are we to think about heaven? In what way can John’s disclosure of the new heaven and earth be encouraging for believers? In what way can it warn the unbeliever? John reunites us with the promises Christ made to the overcomers in the seven churches (Rev. 2:7, 11, 17, 26; 3:5, 12, 21). The Christian life faces hardships, challenges, conflicts, and even battles against the pleasures of sin but Revelation provides encouragement and strength. The believer must never substitute a passion and pursuit of Christ in exchange for a false sense of comfort in this temporal life.
John provides 3 powerful reasons to remain strong:
- God’s faithfulness confirmed – Revelation 21:1-8
- God’s glory reflected – Revelation 21:9-27
- God’s presence unveiled – Revelation 22:1-5
The last provision of salvation still anticipated is our glorification. John closes this book by describing eternity of glory in heaven (Rev. 21:7) in contrast to eternity of suffering in hell (Rev. 21:8). Do you see your need of Christ? Come drink of the water of life freely before it is eternally too late.