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The eternal state begins after Satan leads a final unsuccessful rebellion at the end of Jesus’ thousand-year reign. In eternity, God brings His heavenly home to a recreated earth to live among His people. God will make everything new, and there will be no more sorrow but eternal blessedness.
The last two chapters of Revelation show great contrasts. Our destiny is one:
Refuse the water of life
Share in the river of life
Home: lake of fire
Place: live with God
Forever cleansed and purified
Fate is with Babylon
Share in New Jerusalem
Suffering the Second death
Share in the tree of life
Wore the sign of the beast
Wear God’s name on their forehead
Eternity begins after the Great White Throne Judgment. After that, God shows us a new heaven and earth. Our outcome as believers will have been changed: from the unbelievers’ destiny in the lake of fire to eternal blessing (Revelation 20:15-21:1). Quite a contrast! God has patiently tolerated evil since Adam sinned in the garden. But, great news: sin won’t exist in eternity! So God’s creative beauty will shine.
Most people think believers will spend eternity in heaven. But the Bible says we won’t. God brings His heavenly home to earth, dwells with His people, and wipes away every tear.
“I, John, saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God” (Revelation 21:2).
“Look! The tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them. They shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God” (Revelation 21:3).
Even common tools are made of gold (Revelation 11:1; 21:15; Ezekiel 42:16-18;):
God is the beginning and the end, and as someone said, “history is His story.”
What is The Great Tribulation in the Bible? | Revelation 12-16. What a great question. Let’s see what the Bible has to say. In these