- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence. The
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Revelation 21
The New Jerusalem.
The seventh vision, the final one, is about New Jerusalem, the Holy City. Highly detailed and dramatic description in its image in 21:1-22:5, is followed by “I saw,” “I heard,” statements.
“the new heaven and new earth,” was predicted by prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 65:17, 66:22). It is not an otherworldly place. Rather it is a new, transformed heaven and earth, renewed, freed from imperfections, and transformed by the glory of God. “the sea” is a symbol of turbulence, chaos, and unrest.
“The Holy City, new Jerusalem,” is a symbol of church where God dwells, in relationship with God like that of bride and bridegroom. The faithful will dwell in the New Jerusalem. John tells that God will also dwell with the faithful in the New Jerusalem. God’s presence is what makes the New Jerusalem a heavenly place.
“I am making everything new,” is the voice of God who speaks Himself. God is making all things new presently to establish new world order to be completed.
The measurement of the city (12-21) is made with symbolical numbers, all of which are multiplies of twelve. John used number twelve as another way to symbolize its perfection.
“no temple in the New Jerusalem,” means that the city is filled with the presence of God, there is no need for priests or temple to mediate between God and the people.
Listen to music, “The Holy City,”
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer.
- Reflect on this question, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.