Revelation 21:1-3

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and earth had ceased to exist, and the sea existed no more.  And I saw the holy city—the new Jerusalem—descending out of heaven from God, made ready like a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying: “Look! The residence of God is among human beings. He will live among them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them.

Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.  I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.  Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared. And the sea was also gone.  And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.  I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them.

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.  And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.


New heavens, new earth, new bodies, and a New Jerusalem. In some translations there is a heading that prefaces Revelation 21, and that reads something like, "All things made new". As time goes on, the lifetime of the first heaven and earth comes to a close. In a very real way, in a supremely powerful and authoritative way, God will dwell with us and be our God. Our relationship with the Holy Spirit escorts us through this time of transition, where God's mercy is on display being offered to all. As believers in Christ, we are citizens of the New Jerusalem. Amen!