Revelation speaks about our future condition to help us in our present condition. That is one of the main reasons our Lord gave John the vision. The church was under intense persecution, and John himself was in exile when he was told to write what he saw. Like all apocalyptic literature in scripture, Revelation is designed to increase our fear of the Lord, lift our heads, and give us strength to endure to the end.
That is the same goal of the sermon you see below. It was preached at First Artesia Christian Reformed Church, and it looks at Revelation 21:1-8. It first seeks to help us understand what the text means and then uses those truths to fill our hearts with encouragement for the here and now.
Here are a few questions the sermon seeks to answer.
- What does it mean that there will be a new heaven and a new earth, and why should we be happy about that?
- Why does it say the sea will be no more, and what does that have to do with there being no pain in heaven?
- Why is the holy city Jerusalem adorned like a bride, and how does that encourage us now?
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