Isaiah 60:19-22 The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the brightness of the moon shine
on you, for the LORD will be your everlasting light,
and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set again, and your moon
will wane no more; the LORD will be your everlasting light, and
your days of sorrow will end. Then will all your people be righteous and
they will possess the land forever. They are the shoot I have planted, the work
of my hands, for the display of my splendor. The least of you will become a thousand, the
smallest a mighty nation. I am the LORD; in its time I will do this
The New Jerusalem of Revelation 21
While Isaiah himself was not given all the details of how the story ends,
what he refers to here is quite similar to the New Jerusalem of Revelation
21. Notice the similarities.
"Now the dwelling of God is with men,
and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will
be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes.
will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order
of things has passed away." Rev 21:3,4
"I did not see a temple in the city, because the
Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need
the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light,
and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the
kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its
gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory
and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will
ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful,
but only those whose names are written in the Lambís book of life."Rev
However the "New Jerusalem" is not actually a physical city. Rather it
is the Church - the Bride of Christ.
"I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully
dressed for her husband." Rev 21:1
"One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls
full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, "Come, I will show
you the bride, the wife of the Lamb." And he carried me away
in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City,
Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God." Rev 21:9
Then will all your people be righteous
Now much as it is all well and good that there's no suffering, but what
I find very significant is the fact that there will be no sin. That is,
all will behave in a righteous manner. How is that going to be accomplished?
It must be that God will sanctify us in such a way that we will be permanently
and completely purified from all innate sinfulness.
The least of you will become a thousand
Christians may often underestimate their impact upon the society. I suspect
that apostles had no idea the degree to which they would impact the world.
Billions have been influenced by the writers of the Bible. And we all become
partners with them as we communicate the Bible to the society at large
and to the coming generations. The least among those born of God will impact
at least a thousand people. If you've been born of God, do not underestimate
what God can do through you.