The New Heavens And Earth: Literal or Figurative?

 In Revelation 21, the apostle John gives us a beautiful picture of a “new heaven and new earth,” upon which a new metropolis and center of divine worship, the New Jerusalem, descends.  For many centuries the church has interpreted John’s vision as relating to a future reality.  Most Christians today would agree.  They do not believe…

Studies In The Apocalypse (Part 16- Rev. 4: 1- 4: 11)

(4: 1) “After this I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was at it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter.”  After John received the messages to the assemblies, he was…

Studies In The Apocalypse (Part 14– Rev. 3: 7- 3: 13)

(3: 7) “And unto the angel of the church in Philadelphia, write; These things saith He that is holy, He that is true, He that hath the key of David, He that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth;”  Jesus Christ is called the “faithful witness” and the “first-begotten of the…

The Descent of The New Jerusalem

(from The Quarterly Journal of Prophecy, Vol. 2, 1850)    During the “age to come,” the New Jerusalem will not actually descend upon the earth, but will rest above it. It will be, if we may so speak, the Court of Heaven, the gathering place of the glorified saints, when taken up “to meet the…

The Coming Zadokian Priesthood

  Those who keep a lookout for last-day events are aware of a coming change in the Divine administration of the world.  Jesus Christ, the risen Messiah, who was crucified on Calvary’s cross for the sins of the world, will return to rule and reign over a renewed earth.  Laying aside His priestly garments & leaving…

Reformed Chiliasm (Part 18)

   Now that we’ve given some account, however cursorily, of what the world will be like during the Millennium, many of us will naturally ask, what life will be like within Jerusalem itself, the blessed city?  In ancient times, Zechariah prophesied, saying: “Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men…

Reformed Chiliasm (Part 17)

   Having cleared up those more abstruse issues concerning the First Resurrection, let us discuss what the world will be like during the times of the Millennium.  What will be the conditions of living?  We’ve already spoken of the glorious, personal return of Jesus Christ, at which time He shall punish the “host of the…