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What does Rev 21:3,4 mean for mankind on the earth?

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  • 1 month ago

    It says, "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 Jerusa-lem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband..." then come the verses you ask about. But if you don't accept the previous 2 verses, you won't even begin to understand the next 2! They describe what life will be like once 2 Peter 3:10-13 has happened - The Day of the Lord - after all the dead have been resurrected and judged and heaven and earth have been rolled up like a scroll, to be replaced with this gloriously restored, re-created, righteous Heaven and Earth, where no sin will taint anything ever again.

    Mankind will no longer be on the Earth as Rev. ch. 20 has just said that Christian martyrs are now in Heaven, taking part in the heavenly judgment of all resurrected dead, before the great white throne. Those whose names are not found written in the Lamb's Book of Life join Satan and his demonic beast and false prophet in the eternally burning sulfuric lake of fire, tormented day and night forever and ever. Then the emptied hell, and death, are cast in too. Thus, there can be no more dying. Eternity obtains.

    So, Rev 21:3-4 only has meaning for those humans who were not adversely judged on the Day of Resurrection and Judgment. I suppose that it's really a waste of time for anyone to ponder those verses unless they are first sure that their names are already written in the Lamb's Book of Life. That's where the much earlier books of the Bible come in - explaining who the Lamb is, what He did, and how to be redeemed by Him. Only when we bow our knee to Him who shares Heaven's throne with God (22:1-3) putting faith in Him alone for salvation can we be comforted with the vision of ch. 21.

  • 1 month ago

    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.

    The above is a totally stupid statement.  Especially "and be their god"!  That says there are other gods. Again, the moronic tales in the bible were invented for the believers of superstition and or just babble.

  • ?
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Don't forget 21:1 "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea."  The earth will be destroyed first.  So much for living perpetually on Paradise earth

    Pick and choose.  Pick and choose.  Here's a verse that no Jehovah's Witness ever will cite to support their theology.  Earth passed away, no longer any sea.  Seems pretty clear to me!

  • ?
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    yes and how about the rest of Rev , one line out of whole chapter is ridiculous .

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  • 1 month ago

    It refers to the millennial reign of Christ on Earth, calling him God.  Of course he is not God, but he claims to be Jehovah incarnate, the God of Israel, the creation and begotten son of God.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    It means that God will wipe out and remove all eyeballs so nobody will ever shed a tear again. 

  • BJ
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    “God will wipe out every tear from their eyes.” Rev 21:4 What kind of tears will he wipe out? Neither tears of joy nor the tears that protect our eyes. God’s promise refers to tears caused by suffering and sorrow. 

    “Death will be no more.”  Jehovah will lift obedient humans to perfection on the basis of Jesus’ ransom sacrifice. Then the last enemy, death, will be brought to nothing. 1 Cor 15:26 Faithful humans will be able to live as God purposed for them to live forever in perfect health.

    “Neither will pain be anymore.”  What kind of pain will be no more? All the mental, emotional, and physical pain that has resulted from sin and imperfection and made life miserable for countless millions will be no more.

    A life without tears, death, and pain will soon be a reality. ‘But where?’ you may ask. ‘Is God’s promise perhaps about life in heaven?’ No.

     Consider why not. First, the promise is introduced with the words “the tent of God is with mankind,” and mankind lives on earth. Rev 21:3 

    Second, the promise describes a world where death will be no more a world where death once existed but will cease to exist.

     Death has never existed in heaven, but it has had a long existence here on earth. Clearly, then, God’s promise of a better life will be fulfilled right here on earth.

  • TeeM
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    The expression, "the tent of God is with mankind" is a poetic description of God's Kingdom.

    So when God's Kingdom comes or when the tent of God is with mankind, the earth is as it is in heaven.

    No more sickness, pain, suffering or death will again plague mankind.

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    For mankind, it means the end of all tears, grief, and pain and the situations that cause them in the first place.  This is not talking about heaven since such things are earthly and not heavenly.  There are no tears, grief or pain in heaven.  Verse 4 contains a lovely word picture of how God feels about his obedient children:  indeed, imagine a little boy - a toddler - who has skinned his knee and is crying his eyes out, toddling over to his father who leans down with a tissue and softly, gently, and lovingly wipes away the tears of his little boy.  

     It also means that God will reside with mankind.  This does not mean that God will literally live on earth with man.  God told the nation of Israel the same thing in Ezekiel, and so long as they were faithful and obedient, he did reside with them.  But he never literally lived on earth in Judah with them.

    For mankind, Revelation 21:3, 4 means life on earth the way God purposed it to be.

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