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This section of Revelation introduces God in the feast of tabernacles. The righteous finally live with God in peace. The symbols used are from the sanctuary building, a marriage and the promises of blessings in the covenant (Leviticus 26).

Law The Promised Blessings
It is written, "Things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heard, and which has not entered into the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him". (1 Corinthians 2: 9)
In other words, we cannot imagine what God is going to do for us.
According to Leviticus 26, these are the legal terms of the blessings that are guaranteed to all those who keep His commandments.

Eden Returns (Revelation 21)
But according to his promise, we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which dwells righteousness. (2 Peter 3: 13)
Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (Matthew 5: 5.)
The new heaven consists of new people, a new city and the merciful God who rules over them in a recreated earth.

Our Friends and Relatives
We will recognize each other in spite of the fact that we will have new bodies. We will have superior mental capacities and new abilities.

For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. (1 Corinthians 13: 12)

The People (Verses 1-8)

The New Jerusalem (Verses 9-21).
Heaven
New Heavens and Earth
Here we see a description of the new city. It is a place where the office of king and priest can be combined. This was forbidden on the earth. The bible says that we will build houses on the new earth, but until that happens we apparently have places to live in the city built by God.
They shall build houses and inhabit them. They shall plant vineyards and eat their fruit. Isaiah 65: 21

Return To Eden (Revelation 22)
The Throne Of God
Heaven
The Throne
Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. (Revelation 22: 1-2)

The Bride
Who is the bride? Some say it is the church. Other people say we cannot be because we are the guests based on a parable in Luke 14 and Matthew. Some say that it is the New Jerusalem. Others say that it is the 144,000.

Jesus The Parables of Jesus: The Kingdom Of God Is A Wedding Feast
The kingdom of God begins with a great wedding feast that God hosts for His Son.

It may be impossible to answer this because the bride seems to be portrayed as many different things just as the Messiah (Groom) was portrayed as everything in the sanctuary. He was the High Priest, the furniture (altar of sacrifice, menorah, table of shewbread, ark of the covenant), the vail and the western wall of the sanctuary and others.

Family Life
Jesus is preparing a place for us to live in heaven. This is our home for the millennium and in the city of God on earth.

Marriage And Children
There is a tradition in Christianity that says that there will be no marriages or new children in heaven. It is based on a tricky question that was asked of Jesus.
If a woman legally marries seven brothers and all eight go to heaven, then who is her husband? Jesus says that none of them are because there are no marriages in heaven.
Jesus said to them, "Is this not the reason you are mistaken, that you do not understand the Scriptures or the power of God?" For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are like angels in heaven. (Mark 12: 24-25)

Christ Lamb of God
Law of sin and death
Earth Day, night, seed time, harvest, summer, winter, cold, heat
Adam

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Satan
Dominion
IsraelNation
DavidKing
LeviPriest
PeopleBlessings
Curses
PeopleMarriage
WickedHell Fire
Everything, Every Covenant is in Christ
(1 Corinthians 15: 28. Philippians 3: 21)
When Can God Break Covenants?.
Are there covenants that God can break? Yes. When the old heavens and earth and the old people no longer exist and all former things are gone and everything is new, the old covenant can be broken. This includes the old heaven and earth, the wicked and all agreements and covenants, including the marriage vows.

Children In Heaven.
There is evidence that there will be children in heaven (Isaiah 11). But we assume that these are children resurrected from earth or born from women who were pregnant at the Second Coming. So, eventually there will be no children. Therefore, in order to reconcile some statements, some even speculate that these children will never grow up. But this conflicts will the original plan and the promises in the blessings. Our understanding would have us believe that every blessing in Eden will be restored to us except an institution that He pronounced "very good" and one thing for which Eden was made in the first place. "Be fruitful and multiply".

Make Room For More Children Everywhere! What are the alternatives if there are no marriages in heaven? Are there pitfalls in believing that the blessings of marriage will be restored in the new earth?

Keeping Covenants And Promises
The millennium allows God to keep His covenants with the old earth. Notice that the Sabbath is a time of rest from the work and duties of the promise for both the people and the earth. Including the command to be fruitful and multiply. His covenant to be priests and kings is no longer an exclusive contract with Levi and David. It is with all tribes.
Partner Earth Property Adam Israel Levi David People
Covenant
Promise
Seed time, harvest, summer, winter, day, year Family leased Work
Rest
Many descendants Priests Kings Marriage, life, children
Rest Land Sabbath Jubilee Sabbath, rest from work and sin
Millennium 1000 year Sabbath rest for the land 1000 year Sabbath rest for the people
Death Millennium to the New earth Life
Death is the ultimate covenant breaker. At death, the priesthood and the kingdom passes to another. Marriages are broken. Only a will can change the distribution of property. At death everything goes back to God, the ultimate owner. Notice that God owns all property. Families just have the right to use it. The Sabbath was meant to restore all these to the original users who received it as their inheritance from God. Apparently, this land rest is so important, that if it was prevented, it can be given as one continuous time. The millenium is the time when God keeps His covenants with the old earth before it passes away.

The Millennium Vacation
For when they rise from the dead, they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but they are like angels in heaven. (Mark 12: 25)
So, can Mark 12: 25 be true and there are still marriages? Yes!
Notice that Jesus never said how long this situation would last. The only thing that it teaches is that all marriages are void after the resurrection. In heaven, we will all be single again, like the angels. But He never said that we would never get married again.

He only addressed the status of our former marriages and the possibility of marriage in the old heavens and earth.
Therefore, this verse may refer only to the period during the millennium while the old heavens and earth still exist.
At the resurrection all our marriages will be void and God will not immediately allow new marriages during the remainder of this time frame. The old heavens and earth still exist. But we will have new bodies and new names in this transitional time. Therefore, He can break all marriage vows made by the old body and the old person.

» The Gender of Angels. People teach that the angels have no gender or are sexless because of this verse. However, this is not what this verse or the bible teaches. The angels that visit have always been assigned the male gender (Daniel 10: 15). This verse only teaches that the angels in heaven are celibate and single. If they are created beings with a gender, there is no reason to assume that this status could not change in the future. It is possible that seeing sin in the future, God chose to deal with it while the angels had not reached puberty. For the 1000 years when we are in heaven, He treats us as if we have not reached puberty, suspending marriages for a while.

Problems After The Resurrection
So we can even make the original question even harder. If this woman had seven husbands and children with all these husbands, and her fourth husband was her favorite. How can God fix that?
In the resurrection and the millennium God can immediately fix the complicated problems created by all sin, except the problem of marriage, divorce, remarriage and children. He can give eternal life to a murder victim. He can give streets of gold to the victim of theft. He can restore everything with something better. But He cannot enforce our marriage vows.
Even on earth God has a similar problem. Adultery, polygamy, multiple marriages and illegitimate children. This is the only situation where God appeared to make an exception and allow polygamy, divorce and remarriage. What are some of the problems? While we are on earth, our hearts were too hard to accept a solution. But it will be different in heaven. There is no generic rule that is fair that will cover all situations. So He fixes the problem with abstinence and time.

A Very Wise Solution. In 1000 years all these binding issues and questions will be irrelevant, except true love.
In the "time out" period given during the millennium, God solves many of these problems. With our new bodies we will all be virgins again. During the millennium we get to grow up and understand God. We will have much work to do.

The Marriage Ceremony of Jesus Christ and His Bride
From the beginning God declared all that He had created, including marriage, to be "very good".
And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1: 31)
God does not make mistakes. Marriage is so good that the relationship of God with His people is described as a marriage. Here is an outline of the marriage customs.

The Ancient Jewish Marriage Ceremony. Here is an outline of the ancient Jewish ceremony.

The Kingdom Of God
What is this kingdom of God, this heaven? There are many views among even Christians ranging from one end of the spectrum to another.

Kingdom On Earth Captured The Kingdom Is Being Restored In Phases The Kingdom Restored
Satan Rules The King ComesThe King Restored Citizens Restored The Land Restored
Sin RebelsTransition Crucifixion Citizens (Kingdom Within) Millennium Hell The External Kingdom
Before
Jesus
Ministry Of
Jesus
Righteous
People
Wicked
People
Fallen
Angels
Second Coming Satan
Banished
Hell Fire EarthNew
Earth
Righteous
People
God's
Throne

The kingdom is whereever God reigns and rules.

The Manifest Kingdom Of God (The Visible Rule Of God).
While the kingdom of God has been spiritually and legally restored and mentally restored in the believers, yet it is not physically restored anywhere. It is first restored individually, then in groups and then globally.
Some believe that in order to see the complete rule of God on earth we must bring it in by force by making the rebellious obey God. Therefore the term "manifest kingdom of God" sometimes is associated with violence and a power struggle. However, this goes against the character of the King.

The New Earth
After the new heavens and earth, He can allow us to make new covenants with our new bodies and minds. All children would be adults at this point and time would have dissolved all custody issues. Then God can tell us to be fruitful and multiply again. And you can choose one of your seven husbands or a different husband or God will arrange all marriages. Or you can wait a million years while you pursue music instruction.

» The Old Earth Is Destroyed. Some believe that the world will never end because they point to all the passages which claim that we will live on the earth. There is no contradiction. The bible teaches that this old earth will pass away and God will make a new earth that we will inherit.

Eden Restored Through The Covenant Promises
The blessings and the kingdom lost by Adam and Eve and the promises made to them and to Abraham are all fulfilled when all traces of the curse are removed through Jesus Christ, the Prince of the covenant.
Jesus Christ. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. (Luke 1: 68-75)

A Message Of Encouragement

And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is thirsty come. And whoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (Revelation 22: 17)
Come quickly, Jesus. Amen.
Study to show yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.   2 Timothy 2: 15 Time: 80 minutes
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Copyright     Updated : August 9, 2004. March 10, 2005. September 2007. August 2010
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Author: Laverna Patterson. Editor: Patterson (January 2008, 2010)
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