TEXT: Revelation 21:22-23
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.
The Free State of Glory (Part 15)
So far, in John’s tour of the New Jerusalem, we have seen the people who will be in this city, the people who will not be in this city, the structure of this city, as well as some of the materials that the city will be made out of. Now, John tells us some things that are NOT in this city, the New Jerusalem.
He tells us, “I saw no temple therein.” This was very significant to John as a Jewish believer. Ever since the deliverance of the Jews from Egypt, the Children of Israel had associated God’s presence with the Temple (first known as the Tabernacle). The Tabernacle always sat in the center of the camp when the Israelites were in the wilderness. It was set up in Jerusalem when David established his rule. Later, Solomon’s Temple became the center of Jewish worship during the years of the kingdom. When the Jews were carried away into exile, they would always pray facing toward Jerusalem and the Temple where God’s special presence resided. When they returned to their land, the main thing they concerned themselves with, under the leadership of Nehemiah, was rebuilding the Temple. During Jesus’ day, the Temple was being renovated and added to with the support of Herod. And, we all know that when Jesus died on the cross, the veil, which represented the separation of God and man, was torn in half. This tearing of the veil marked the beginning of the new way in which God would deal with man — not through animal sacrifices at a physical building, but through the once-and-for-all sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ — The Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world.
Approximately forty years later, the Temple was destroyed by the Romans and it has never been rebuilt. John notes that it is not even present in the new Jerusalem. Perhaps, at first, he was surprised to see that it was not a part of the “New Jerusalem.” The reason why the Temple is absent is not because God’s presence is not there, but because God’s presence is there in the New Jerusalem. John says, “The Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.” In the New Jerusalem, we will not need to go to a certain building in order to meet with God — neither literally nor symbolically. God’s very presence will permeate the entire city, even the entire universe, the New Heavens and the New Earth. The entire universe will be God’s Temple.
Isaac Watts wrote:
Lo! what a glorious sight appears
To our believing eyes!
The earth and sea are passed away,
And the old rolling skies.
From the third heav’n, where God resides,
That holy, happy place,
The new Jerusalem comes down,
Adorned with shining grace.
Attending angels shout for joy,
And the bright armies sing-
“Mortals, behold the sacred seat
Of your descending King.
If you want to join Jesus Christ in the beautiful New Jerusalem, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin:
First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”
Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”
Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.
Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.
If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”
God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.
Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.
He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.
He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.