The Peoples on the New Earth

“I heard a loud voice out of the throne, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He shall tabernacle with them, and they shall be His peoples, and God Himself shall be with them. And He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more; nor sorrow, nor crying, nor pain—they shall be no more; for the former things have passed away.” (Rev. 21:3-4)

Revelation 21:3 and 4 speak not of the New Jerusalem but of the peoples on the new earth….The [plural] word peoples in verse 3 indicates that these verses apply not to the saints but to the restored nations on the new earth. As God’s redeemed, we are His unique [singular] people (1 Pet. 2:9; Titus 2:14), whereas the restored nations are His peoples, those for whom the kingdom was prepared from the foundation of the world (Matt. 25:34) but not before the foundation of the world (Eph. 1:4)….Therefore, we should not misapply these verses in Revelation 21 by applying them to the saints in the New Jerusalem. Verse 4 refers not to the blessings we will enjoy in the New Jerusalem but to the blessings to be enjoyed by the restored nations on the new earth.*

New JerusalemAll Scripture is God-breathed. Even small differences, such as people or peoples, are significant. Likewise, the time difference between Matthew 25 and Ephesians 1 is significant.

New Jerusalem is composed of God and His redeemed, regenerated, and glorified people. These nations are composed of unregenerated people who cared for the Lord’s believers during the tribulation (Matt. 25:31-40) and did not follow Satan in the last rebellion (Rev. 20:8-9). These peoples will dwell around but are separate from New Jerusalem.

* The Conclusion of the New Testament, vol. 16, chapter 11, by Witness Lee, © LSM

More about the peoples: Built Into or Living Around New Jerusalem

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