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Copr. 1997, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D.

LESSON 14 - GOD HIMSELF SHALL BE WITH THEM (REVELATION 21:1--22:21)

INTRODUCTION: THIS WEEK WE COME TO THE LAST LESSON OF THE 2 QRTR. SERIES
ON REVELATION.  IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE TEXT FOR THIS WEEK (REV. 21+22)
YOU SHOULD READ IT.  JUST READING IT IS INSPIRING.

I. NEW HEAVEN AND NEW EARTH
      A. I DO A FAIR AMOUNT OF DAYDREAMING.  ALTHOUGH I HOPE THAT I WILL
NEVER HAVE TO FULLY RETIRE, A FAIRLY COMMON DAYDREAM IS ABOUT
RETIREMENT.  I WANT TO LIVE IN A HOUSE ON A CLIFF OVERLOOKING THE OCEAN. 
SOMEPLACE WHERE IT IS WARM YEAR ROUND.
      B. SOMEONE WANT TO BRIEFLY TELL ME WHAT THEY HAVE IN MIND FOR
RETIREMENT?
      C. AS YOU LOOK FORWARD TO RETIREMENT, OR ARE RETIRED, WHAT ARE
SOME OF THE THINGS  THAT YOU ARE WORRIED ABOUT? LIST. (BEING ALIVE.
HEALTH, MONEY, STABILITY OF THE GOV'T. OR THE NEIGHBORHOOD.)
      D. WHAT DOES THE REALIZATION OF YOUR DREAMS DEPEND ON?  MAKING
THE RIGHT FINANCIAL CHOICES TODAY?  RIGHT DIET CHOICES?  THE RIGHT CHOICE
ON WHO YOUR PARENTS WERE? RIGHT EXCERCISE CHOICES?

      E. TURN WITH ME TO REV.21:1 READ.  WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM TIME THAT I
HAVE TO LIVE IN RETIREMENT? (20-30 YEARS. MORE LIKE 15)
            1. WHAT DOES THIS VERSE SAY ABOUT RETIREMENT? (THAT I AM
THINKING ABOUT THE WRONG THING.  THAT THE REAL RETIREMENT WILL BE IN
HEAVEN.)
            2. WHAT ABOUT MY HOUSE OVERLOOKING THE WATER? (NO SEA.   SEA
COVERS 75% OF THE EARTH. BUT SEE 22:1)
            3. DO YOU THINK THAT THERE WILL BE MOUNTAINS?
      F.. READ V2-4. HOW DOES THIS MATCH UP WITH YOUR WORRIES ABOUT
RETIREMENT?
      G. VERSE 3 SAYS THAT THE DWELLING PLACE OF GOD IS WITH MAN AND HE
WILL LIVE WITH THEM. WHAT DO YOU SEE AS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF THAT?
            1. THIS TIME IS HE KEEPING A LITTLE CLOSER EYE ON US?
(EVEN IN EDEN GOD DID NOT LIVE IN THE GARDEN.  THIS SHOWS THAT THE NEW
EARTH IS A CENTERPIECE FOR GOD.  IT SHOWS THAT WE WILL HAVE REMARKABLE
ACCESS TO GOD. IT AND WE ARE GOING TO BE SOMETHING SPECIAL.) (STEPHEN
HAWKIN- BRIEF HISTORY OF TIME. ARISTOTLE THOUGHT EARTH CENTER OF
UNIVERSE.  NOW KNOW THAT SUN IS THE CENTER OF OUR GALAXY.  BUT IS IT
POSSIBLE THAT OUR GALAXY IS THE CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE.  MOVING AWAY
ON ALL SIDES.  MAYBE JUST POINT OF OBSERVATION. BALOON WITH DOTS.  MAYBE
NOT.)
      H. A GREAT DEAL OF OUR LESSON IS DEVOTED TO JUST ENCOURAGING US TO
CONSIDER WHAT HEAVEN WILL BE LIKE.  WOULD YOU BE A CHRISTIAN IF THERE
WERE NO PROMISED AFTERLIFE?
            1. IS THIS LIKE THE QUESTION, WOULD YOU WORK IF THERE WERE NO
PAYCHECK? (THE "PAYCHECK" IS PARTIALLY HERE, NOW.)(YOUR LIFE IS EASIER
BECAUSE YOU OBEY.  SOMETIMES OUR LIVES ARE WORSE BECAUSE OTHER PEOPLE
DO NOT OBEY, BUT PRESUMABLY THAT WOULD HAPPEN ANYWAY.)(COL PP398,399
SUGGEST THAT I'VE GOT THE WRONG APPROACH TO THIS.  IT SAYS, "LOVE TO GOD
AND TO OUR FELLOW MEN SHOULD BE OUR MOTIVE."

II. NEW JERUSALEM
      A. READ 21:10-11.
      B. IS THIS FOR REAL?  IS THIS A REAL CITY OR JUST A SYMBOL?
            1. LOOK AT 17:1&3. IS THIS SYMBOLISM OR IS IT A REAL WOMAN?
(SYMBOL)
            2. IS BABYLON IN REV. A REAL CITY OR JUST A SYMBOL? (SYMBOL)
            3. NOW LOOK AT 21:9 THAT PRECEDES THE TEXT I JUST READ TO YOU. 
HE IS NOW INTRODUCING ANOTHER WOMAN.  IS THIS A SYMBOL LIKE THE FIRST?
            4. ARE YOU NOW CONCERNED ABOUT YOUR REWARD?
(I DON'T THINK IT IS A SYMBOL.  TOO MUCH DISCRIPTION.)
      
      C. WHY IS JOHN TAKEN TO A MOUNTAIN (V.10) TO SEE THE NEW JERUSALEM?
(THIS GIVES THE ANSWER ON MOUNTAINS. THIS CITY IS BIG! HAVE TO GET UP
THERE TO SEE)
      D. WHY DOES IT SAY THAT THE CITY SHINES? (I KNOW IT REFERS TO THE
GLORY OF GOD, BUT WHY SHINE?)
            1. YOU DON'T WANT YOUR NOSE TO SHINE, WHY YOUR CITY OR YOUR
HOUSE? (IN MY STUDY OF THE BIBLE I HAVE BECOME CONVINCED THAT CERTAIN
THINGS ARE SPECIAL.  FOR EXAMPLE IN THE OT BLOOD VERY CLEARLY HAS A
SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE. I THINK THAT THIS IS TRUE WITH LIGHT. THERE IS
EVIDENCE FOR THIS IDEA. 1) PUT MORE LIGHT ON CERTAIN THINGS AND PUT
UNDER A MICROSCOPE, BEAUTIFUL COLORS.  2)IF EINSTIEN IS CORRECT, THE SPEED
OF LIGHT SETS THE MAXIMUM SPEED AT WHICH A BODY CAN TRAVEL. 3)HAVE YOU
EVER NOTICED WHAT LIGHT DOES FOR YOUR ATTITUDE? GENERALLY WHEN I GET
OUT OF THE AIRPORT AT LAX, I NOTICE HOW STRONG THE LIGHT IS, AND IT MAKES
ME FEEL GOOD.) THERE IS A LOT OF LIGHT IN THIS CITY.

      E. HOW MANY SIDES TO THE CITY AND HOW MANY GATES? (V.12 AND 16)
      F. READ V. 14.  WHAT WOULD COME TO YOUR MIND IF YOU WERE JOHN? (HIS
NAME IS ON THE FOUNDATION!  EVER SEE A HOSPITAL OR LIBRARY WITH NAMES
ENGRAVED ON THE WALL? THIS IS THE NEW JERUSALEM, IT ONLY HAS 12
FOUNDATIONS AND JOHN IS A PRISONER.  WOULD THAT REV YOUR MOTOR FOR THE
REST OF YOUR LIFE?)(PERHAPS TELL OF TREE IN SYNAGOG)
      G. VERSE 25 SAYS THAT THE GATES WILL NEVER BE SHUT.  WHAT DOES THAT
SUGGEST ABOUT THE CITY? (1. NO FEAR OF ATTACK. 2. NO ONE WILL WANT TO
LEAVE.("VOTE WITH FEET") 3. HAVE ACCESS TO GOD.)
      H. READ V. 15. WHY DO YOU THINK THAT THE ANGEL HAS A GOLDEN
MEASURING ROD? ( THINK IT IS TO CONVINCE JOHN THAT THIS PLACE IS A BIG AS
IT LOOKS.  THIS IS A POWERFUL ARGUMENT THAT WE ARE DEALING WITH A REAL
CITY.)
      I. READ V. 27. NOT EVERYONE WILL BE THERE.

III. JESUS IS COMING.

      A. READ 22:17. WILL YOU COME?  WILL YOUR WHOLE FAMILY COME?

IV. NEXT WEEK: ED TEACH.  I PREACH. NEW QUARTER: ZECHARIAH.