I’d like to apologize for misinterpreting several scriptures, Mathew 24:1-34 and Daniel 12:1, from the “The Time Has Come” posts. Although most of this blog is true, I missed on the timing of the rapture.

Since posting “The Time Has Come,” I have spoken with a theologian from the national radio show “The Narrow Path.” He pointed out two mistakes in my theory. After reviewing the above scriptures in context and cross referencing these scriptures, the great distress refers to the fall of Israel and the fall of the Jewish Temple. Mathew 24:1-34 refers to 70 AD and the fall of Israel and the Jewish Temple at the hands of the Roman army. The “end of the age” refers to the end of the Jewish age and not the end of time. After 70 AD, the Jews were spread all over the world and didn’t have another state until 1948 after World War II. To this day, the Jewish Temple of animal sacrifices has not returned. At Mathew 24:35, Jesus changes direction and speaks about the end of time, the return of Jesus and the rapture of believers.

Another mistake was my interpretation of Daniel 12:1. After reading Daniel 11 (entire chapter), this prophecy is taking place during the time of King Antiochus III. He conquers Israel and the temple in 167 BC. The worship of Yahweh was forbidden by penalty of death. The daily sacrifice at the temple was outlawed by penalty of death. In the temple was placed an altar to Zeus. Every city and village had to sacrifice swines to fake gods like Jupiter and Mars. Antiochus exalted himself above all Gods and spoke against the only true God of gods. Thousands of Jews were killed. This is the distress spoken of in Daniel 12:1.

Again, I apologize for misinterpreting these scriptures. I will be deleting “The Time has Come” blog in the following weeks. Also, I will be making adjustments to the “Revelation” blog. There is no scriptures that determines the great distress starting with the Covid 19 Pandemic. The rapture can still take place in 2023 or it might take place next week or in one hundred years from now. No one knows when.

God bless, Jeff

Again, I’d like to thank all of you for joining me in studying the book of Revelation. It is a book of history.

At the end of Revelation, this earth will be destroyed and a new earth will be created. As we have studied, the description of new Jerusalem is symbolic. I’d like to restate that no one knows if the new Jerusalem is a city on the new earth or it’s referring to the entire new earth. No one knows what the new earth will be like. Will it be like the original Garden of Eden or something we have never seen or imagined?

Without a doubt, there will be no more war, no more natural disasters, no more pain, and no more suffering. There will be complete security, complete love, joy, and peace.

Next, where are we today in the history of Revelation?

Thank you so much for studying. God bless.

Jeff

Thank you to the readers who have joined me in this Revelation study. Let’s complete our study by reading part of Revelation 22:2.

Revelation 22:1-2 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb, down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life.

In our previous blog, we learned that the river of the water of life is the Holy Spirit. Let’s read the following scripture to discover the tree of life.

Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and the one who is wise saves lives.

When a Christian witnesses, the souls that are saved will witness to others, creating a tree of life. When the saved souls witness to new people, even more souls are saved and the tree of life expands and grows many branches. Therefore, the tree of life are all of the souls that have received the Holy Spirit and live in the new Jerusalem and new earth.

Revelation 22:2 also says that there is a tree of life on each side of the river / Holy Spirit. This probably represents the Jews (God’s original chosen people) who received the Holy Spirit and the gentiles (non Jews) who received the Holy Spirit and were grafted into the family of God. Both of these groups or trees of life will live in the new Jerusalem and new earth.

Thank you so much for studying. God bless.

Jeff

In the last two blogs of Revelation, I would like to study the following scripture.

Revelation 22:1-2 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb, down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life.

This scripture is similar to the following scripture.

John 4:13-14 Jesus replied, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give you will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

The river of the water of life is referring to the Holy Spirit. The river of water of life / Holy Spirit will fill you so full of his presence that your cup will overflow with peace, joy and love.

Revelation 22:1 also states the river of the water of life is flowing. The Holy Spirit is flowing, moving, refreshing, giving life and love even in the new Jerusalem and new earth.

Next week, what is the Tree of Life mentioned in the second part of Revelation 22:2.

Thank you so much for studying. God bless.

Jeff

Let’s continue our study of the new Jerusalem.

Revelation 21:21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.

This scripture says that each gate was made of a single pearl. That is bigger than any pearl found in present day nature. Again, this scripture is probably symbolic.

A pearl is a hard, glistening object that comes in many shapes and colors. It is the only precious stone that cannot be improved by man. It probably symbolizes the perfection and purity of this kingdom. Mathew 13:45 compares the kingdom of heaven to a pearl of great price. So great is this kingdom or pearl that you would be wise to sell everything you have to enter it.

The above scripture also says that the great street of the new Jerusalem was pure gold, like transparent glass. The brilliancy is so far beyond ordinary gold that it appears as transparent. This part of the scripture also symbolizes the absolute perfection and purity of the new Jerusalem and new earth.

The next scripture says the new Jerusalem and the new earth is so pure that nothing impure will enter it.

Revelations 21:27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose name is written in the Lamb’s book of life.

In other words, you must believe in Jesus Christ and receive the holiness of the Holy Spirit, who dwells within you. Only then can you enter the new Jerusalem and new earth.

Thank you so much for studying. God bless.

Jeff

Recently, we learned that the new Jerusalem was 12000 stadia in length, width and height. It represents 12000 Jews from each of the original 12 tribes of Israel that accepted Christ as savior. Most Jews did not. Also, the gentiles (non Jews) that accepted Christ throughout the history of the world will live here.

Now let’s study the size of 12000 stadia. Converting to miles, 12000 stadia is about 1380 miles. That is 1380 miles in length, 1380 miles in width, and 1380 miles in height. This is equivalent to half way across America, from Canada to Mexico, and 1380 miles into the atmosphere. That is 7,286,400 feet upward. If a single story is 12 feet high, it would be 607,200 stories. It is possible that gravity doesn’t exist and we can travel up and down as well as sideways? To be sure, the new Jerusalem is enormous with enough room for all believers.

Another possibility, 12000 stadia or 1380 miles is about the size of the middle east. This is the area Apostle John was aware of and it represented the entire world. Therefore, the new Jerusalem could represent the entire new earth. If it’s not the entire new earth, who’s to say we can’t travel outside the new Jerusalem to the rest of the new earth?

Thank you so much for studying. God bless.

Jeff

Let’s review. The rapture occurs and all believers are in heaven. God releases the seven bowl judgements that destroy the earth. Nonbelievers who didn’t receive the Holy Spirit are condemned to the eternal lake of fire. Believers who received the Holy Spirit are transferred to a new earth and new heaven. Here they will live forever. God’s holiness will provide light to the new earth. There will be no sun.

God describes the believers on the new earth as the new Jerusalem. On the old earth, the church is referred to as the believers and not the building. Similarly, on the new earth, the new Jerusalem is referred to as the believers and not the physical structures. We don’t know how the new earth appears. Because there will be no earthquakes, hurricanes, natural disasters, or temperature swings, it may appear as the original Garden of Eden; no buildings at all. Also, it may appear as something we’ve never imagined.

Let’s read more about the new Jerusalem.

Revelation 21:16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it was long.

This scripture says that the city is 12,000 stadia in length, width and height. It is a perfect square. We will study the size of the new Jerusalem in our next blog, but now I’d like to discuss the meaning of 12,000 stadia. It represents the 12,000 Jews from each of the 12 tribes of Israel that accepted Christ as savior. Most Jews throughout history did not. Therefore, the new Jerusalem is the 144,000 Jews (12,000 X 12 tribes) that accepted Christ, as well as the gentiles (non Jews) that accepted Christ throughout the history of the world.

Jerusalem was the original capital city of Israel under King David and King Solomon and contained the Temple of God. The new Jerusalem will be like a new and final city or destination for the Jews who accepted Christ, as well as the gentiles who accepted Christ throughout history. We do not know how the city or new earth will appear.

Thank you so much for studying. God bless.

Jeff

Last week we studied that the wall, surrounding the new Jerusalem, is symbolic. It symbolizes security to all believers in the new Jerusalem.

Let’s study the next scripture.

Revelation 21:14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb (Jesus).

We know the apostles are Simon the Zealot, Peter, Thomas, Bartholomew, John, Andrew, Peter, James the Greater and James the Lesser, Phillip, Mathew, and Mathias.

Again, this imagery is symbolic. It is not describing a physical foundation that physical structures rest upon. It is describing all believers that make up the new Jerusalem. The foundation of their faith is in the original twelve apostles.

Jesus and the Holy Spirit are the key to salvation, but the ministerial foundation or the teaching about Jesus and the Holy Spirit were continued by the twelve apostles. They are the foundation or the building blocks.

Those that take the apostles testimony and teachings to heart will be protected in the new Jerusalem forever, no matter what happens to them on the original earth.

Thank you so much for studying. God bless.

Jeff

Let’s continue our study of the new Jerusalem on the new earth.

Revelation 21:12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.

In his vision, Apostle John saw a high wall around the new Jerusalem. A wall has always been to protect individuals on the inside. The new Jerusalem is the final home of believers and there is no more war, no more pain and no more suffering. There is no need for protection. There is no need for a wall. The wall is SYMBOLIC of security. Believers in Christ will never again be attacked. Also, the image of twelve angels at the twelve gates represents absolute security.

In addition, on the twelve gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. This is also symbolic. The foundation of our faith began with these twelve tribes. There is not twelve gates to enter the new Jerusalem. In reality, there is one way and one gate to heaven and to the new Jerusalem. It is to believe in Jesus Christ and receive the Holy Spirit.

Revelation 21:13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west.

Also symbolic. This scripture denotes the collection of believers from all parts of the world. Believers shall come from the east, north, south and west. Believers will come from every nation and every land to live in the new Jerusalem forever and ever.

Thank you so much for studying. God bless.

Jeff

Let’s continue our study of the new Jerusalem on the new earth. In my opinion, God is not describing a physical structure. Believers won’t be living in a city that is physically made of jasper, pearl, granite, and gold. These descriptions are symbolic. They describe the glorious presence of God and the state of living with him forever and ever.

Revelation 21:11 I (Apostle John) shone with the GLORY OF GOD, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.

The glorious presence of God will dwell with Apostle John and all believers, casting a luster on them. Gods glory is compared to a jasper stone, clear and pure.

Next week, we will study the high walls and twelve gates of the new Jerusalem.

Thank you so much for studying. God bless.

Jeff