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I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth had disappeared, and so had the sea. Then I saw New Jerusalem, that holy city, coming down from God in heaven. It was like a bride dressed in her wedding gown and ready to meet her husband.
I heard a loud voice shout from the throne:
God’s home is now with his people. He will live with them, and they will be his own. Yes, God will make his home among his people. He will wipe all tears from their eyes, and there will be no more death, suffering, crying, or pain. These things of the past are gone forever.
Then the one sitting on the throne said:
I am making everything new. Write down what I have said. My words are true and can be trusted. Everything is finished! I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will freely give water from the life-giving fountain to everyone who is thirsty. All who win the victory will be given these blessings. I will be their God, and they will be my people.
I need to be reminded every day about the truth of these verses in Revelation. After all the trouble, suffering, pain and even death itself, for those who are "God's people" there will be an Eternity without any of these "things of the past." They will be gone forever!
And that Eternity will be one of continual fellowship with Jesus and unspeakable and unimaginable joys! The greatest pleasures of earth will seem small compared to the smallest joy of Heaven!
So as you see the signs that the time of the End is indeed upon us, let your heart begin to rejoice. There is Eternal Peace at the end of the final storm. Don't be shaken by the birth pains, but be lifted up by the hope that Jesus will soon be here!
"Lord Jesus, do come quickly and take us to be with You forever. Let all the signs of Your coming bring peace to my heart and mind. And may You be praised forever. Amen."