No Night in New Jerusalem

Christ is the LightRevelation 22:2a says, “And on this side and on that side of the river was the tree of life, producing twelve fruits, yielding its fruit each month.” Eternity in New Jerusalem includes months portraying Christ as our continual new beginning. Besides months, the new creation will have days and nights. Revelation 20:10 tells us that the devil was cast into the lake of fire to be “tormented day and night forever and ever.”

These days and nights will be a characteristic of the new creation. However, within New Jerusalem, Revelation 21:25 says “there will be no night there.” Verse 22:5 says “And night will be no more; and they have no need of the light of a lamp and of the light of the sun, for the Lord God will shine upon them…” Because the Lord God Himself will shine upon His redeemed, regenerated, and glorified people they have no need of a man-made lamp nor of the God-created sun. And, because God’s shining is unvarying, there will be no night.

The path to “no night” for men began with the incarnation. John 1:1, 14 says that the eternal Word, who is God, became flesh. John 1:4-5 says, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.” This path continues with Christ’s redemption on the cross, qualifying us to receive the light. Then there is the preaching of the gospel, as exemplified by Jesus’ charge to Paul, “To open their eyes, to turn them from darkness to light and from the authority of Satan to God” (Acts 26). Eventually New Jerusalem is our ultimate realization and appreciation of 1 John 1:5, “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.”

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  1. To the readers: several hours after posting this I added the sentence about Christ’s redemption in the last paragraph. I apologize to you all for skipping over this important step, and I have asked the Lord to forgive me.

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  2. crownade

     /  November 14, 2012

    O Lord, keep shining on us unto eternity!

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