Behold I Will Make All Things New

Revelation 21:1-7

Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea.  Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.  And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God.  And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”  Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”  And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts.  He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

When we go to be with the Lord on that great day of His return, what a difference for us!!!

  • We have had trials – God will give us victory
  • We have had sickness – God will give us health
  • We have had sorrow – God will give us joy
  • We have had torment – God will give us peace
  • We have had lack – God will give us plenty
  • We have had hate – God will give us love
  • We have had bondage – God will give us liberty

In Christ, on that day – no more death, sorrow, crying, pain.  These are the “former things.”  They are gone, gone, forever gone, forever passed away. God will dwell with us.  What a thought! 

  • God dwelt with the Israelites in the Holy of Holies
  • God came to dwell with us in bodily form through Jesus
  • Now, God will be with us – and we with Him throughout eternity.  Forever and ever.

It is done! 

The Alpha and Omega – the Beginning and the End – He has accomplished all this for us

  • The fountain of the water of life will be given freely.  I will never thirst again.  My desire will be satisfied.
  • He who overcomes shall inherit all things
  • Nothing will be lacking
  • I will have all things – nothing incomplete
  • It’s mine – The King of Kings calls me His son
  • I will be a joint heir with Jesus Christ

What an incentive to overcome the world!!!!

Who is God?

Revelation 1:8

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.

  • The word used for “God” in chapter 1 of Genesis is “Elohim.” 

            “This verse is His signature, as if to suggest that the book holy men would write under His

            inspiration would be His book.  Just as the author’s name is stamped on the cover of the

            book that he has written, so God’s name is stamped at the beginning declaring Him to be

            the author…….Lockyer         

Elohim appears in Old Testament about 3,000 times.

  • Jehovah – “the self-existing One,” “I AM.” – LORD

Jehovah appears in Old Testament over 7,000 times.

This name was so sacred, the Jews would not say it.  This name was only whispered by the High Priest in the Holy of Holies once a year – on the Day of the Atonement.

  • When Jesus tells John He is “the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End, who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”  He is trying to tell us He alone is
  • God
  • Savior
  • Preserver, Healer
  • Provider
  • Peace
  • Comforter
  • Rock, Fortress
  • All-sufficient one
  • Lord of Lords and King of Kings

No wonder Isaiah wrote:

Isaiah 6:3 – Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of Hosts.  The whole earth is full of His glory.

  • God’s Word tells us to

Jeremiah 33:3 – Call to Me and I will show you great and mighty things which you do not know.

Isaiah 41:4 – Who has performed and done it, calling the generations from the beginning?  ‘I, the Lord, am the first; and with the last I am He.’”

Jeremiah 32:27 – Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?

Deuteronomy 32:39 – Now see that I, even I, am He, and there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive;

I wound and I heal; nor is there any who can deliver from My hand.

Isaiah 45:5 – I am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me.

Isaiah 43:11 – I, even I, am the Lord, and besides Me there is no savior.