The Bible begins with a perfect world. Before sin entered in Genesis 1 and 2 our first parents, Adam and Eve, enjoyed direct communion with God. After sin their fellowship with God was broken. Sickness, suffering, heartache, and death entered our world. In Revelation 21 and 22 the Bible ends where it began. One day as the result of Jesus’ victory over Satan in His life, death, and resurrection, the domain of sin will be broken. Sin and death will be no more. This month’s lesson will review “Revelation’s Eternal Reward.”
1. What did John see in prophetic vision?
“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” (Rev. 21:1).
John saw a new ____________________________and a new _____________________________.
God gave Bible prophets glimpses of eternity. Along with John, both Isaiah and Peter had visions of new heavens and a new earth (see 2 Peter 3:13; Isa. 65:17).
2. As John saw the holy city descending from heaven to the earth made new, what three things did a loud voice from heaven say?
“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’” (Rev. 21:3).
a. Behold the ________________________________of _________________________is with men.
b. He will _______________________________________________________________with them.
c. God Himself will be____________________them and be _____________________________God.
What does Revelation 21:3 mean to you? What will it be like to see Jesus? Write your thoughts on the lines below.
3. As a result of sin, our world is filled with sorrow, pain, and death. What promise does God give regarding the new heavens and the new earth?
“And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away” (Rev. 21:4).
God will wipe _________________from their eyes. There shall be no more _____________________,
for the _______________________things have passed ____________________________________.
Think what it will be like to live in the earth made new! All fear will be gone. Suffering will be a thing of the past. Death will be banished forever.
4. Will we be subject to painful memories in the earth made new?
“Then He who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new’” (Rev. 21:5).
“‘For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; and the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create’” (Isa. 65:17, 18).
God will make all things ______________________________________________________________.
The ___________________________________________shall not be remembered or come to mind.
5. What two qualifications does Revelation 21 list to enter the new heavens and new earth?
“He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son” (Rev. 21:7).
“But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life” (Rev. 21:27).
The essentials for eternity listed here are:
He who ____________________________________________________ shall inherit all things.
Only those who are written in the __________________________________Book of _______________ .
To overcome is to allow Jesus to live in our lives and daily commune with Him. To have our names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life is to accept Jesus Christ as both Lord and Savior. When we come to Jesus and abide in Him, we will one day be with Him eternally.
6. Of all heaven’s joys, which one is the greatest?
“And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads” (Rev. 22:3, 4).
They shall see His ______________________, and His name shall be on their___________________.
7. What eternal promise does God give to each of His faithful believers?
“There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever” (Rev. 22:5).
God’s followers will __________________________________________________with Him forever.
Heaven will be a wonderful place. The greatest of all our joys will be to live with Jesus and spend eternity in His presence. Nothing is more rewarding than to meet Jesus, who redeemed us, and praise Him forever. Why not renew your commitment to Him, thank Him for His promise to eliminate sin and sorrow, and announce your intention to live with Him forever?
Next month will begin a new series of Bible studies with “A Journey Through Genesis.”
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