Millennium of Peace. Satan’s Last Try. The Scales Are Weighed. New Heaven and New Earth. A Great City. Return to Eden. Do Not Hide These Words.
“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
Revelation 21:4 (NIV)
The Tribulation is over. Now here is the rest of the plan:
For a thousand years, the fallen believers of the last days will be resurrected. Satan and the dragon will be locked in an abyss to await judgment. Then, they will be released and will gain troops for a massive battle. He will lose of course and into the lake of sulfur he will go. Then comes the judgment of the rest of humanity. Those with their names in the Book of Life will live – the rest will be thrown into the lake of sulfur, along with death and Hades.
Then, a new Heaven. Then, a new Earth.
Jerusalem and Eden will be renewed, forming a city 1,400 miles long on each end and walls 200 feet high. 12 gates with 12 fountains will face the four cardinal points. There will be no more death and no more darkness. There will also be no more temples or churches. Just God, shining brightly forever and ever.
2,000 pages for the first 4,000 years, and then a millennium (and eternity) packed into the final pages. They really packed in the plot near the end.
Revelation really ought to be read right along Genesis as both tonally match another. Both recount a specific set of events with broad strokes of religion splashed through. They are the introduction and the conclusion – the alpha and omega, if you will – and they compliment each other with surprisingly efficacy. A perfect world is created and then corrupted; the result is destroyed and then recreated. It is quite poetic – the resurrection indeed.
I think some read about all of this destruction of the old and the coming of the new age of Christ and… feel a sense of joy and hope. That has never been my reaction to all of this, because it always felt so counter-intuitive to everything I had ever been taught. As a child, most of my vacations were to camping sites, and so I grew a deep appreciation for the world around me. As an adult, I spend my time off traveling, particularly in my car. The message that the world is destined for destruction does not make me feel good. It fills me with fear.
Heaven is better though. I imagine that is the proper Christian response.
I suppose we will see someday.