The Preparation of New Jerusalem

The apostle John saw a new heaven, a new earth, and the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband (Revelation 21:1-2). This post begins a series on the preparation of New Jerusalem.

Revelation 21:2 does not say who accomplished the preparation of New Jerusalem as the bride. However, through this series we will see clearly from many New Testament verses that this preparation requires both God and man.

The first step in the preparation was God’s sending of John the Baptist to “prepare the way of the Lord.” This was prophesied in Isaiah 40. Verses 3-4 say, “The voice of one who cries in the wilderness: make clear the way of Jehovah; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.  Every valley will be lifted up, and every mountain and hill will be made low, and the crooked places will become straight, and the rough places, a broad plain.”

It seems that Isaiah, and the quotations in Matthew, Mark, and Lukmarten, by Nathan Stone, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Statione, speak about changes in the physical landscape. However, these physical descriptions are portraits of people’s inner condition. Therefore, Matthew, Mark, and Luke say that John prepared the way of the Lord by proclaiming repentance for the king-dom and the people responded by being baptized while they confessed their sins.

Another indication that “the crooked places” (and valleys, hills, rough places) refer to our heart is in Acts 8. Peter said to Simon the magician, “your heart is not straight before God. Repent therefore from this wickedness of yours and beseech the Lord if perhaps the intent of your heart may be forgiven you” (8:21-22).

The real preparation of the way of the Lord is in our hearts. This preparation begins with our repentance and our confessing our sins. In this age we cannot say we have no sin and we cannot say that we have not sinned. But, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8-10). More confessing in His light brings more forgiveness and more cleansing, which means more preparation for New Jerusalem.

Photo by Nathan Stone, USFS Rocky Mountain Research Station, courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

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  1. Edgar Hovhannisyan

     /  February 12, 2015

    Amen! More confession! More cleansing! More preparation of the glorious city!

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