23 The New Jerusalem
We have recently witnessed some horrific things:
- Seven plagues wreaking havoc on the earth leading up to the battle of Armageddon.
- The destruction of the wicked forces aligned with Babylon.
- After the 1000 years, when the earth has lain desolate, we have seen the resurrection of the wicked.
They have gathered around the city to take it in battle. But in reality, they have come before the great white throne for judgment and final destruction. The wicked are destroyed and death, pain and suffering have all gone into the lake of fire. This is the second-and final-death.
Moving into the two final chapters is like moving from the 1812 Overture to the peaceful serenity of Swan Lake.
Here we learn more about the destiny of those faithful to the Lamb as the promises originally made to the seven churches are fulfilled.