Angels are servants and messengers of the Most Holy God.
Angels visited Planet Earth three times before the birth of Lord Jesus and three times after HIS birth.
They appeared to Zechariah in the temple; Gabriel appeared to Mary; he also appeared to Joseph, Mary's betrothed;
They appeared to Shepherds in the field; last but one to Joseph to warn him about the impending danger from King Herod; and lastly to Joseph asking him to go back from Egypt.
We should not worship angels because they are created beings to serve the Lord God.
These verses show us glimpses of the inside perspective of the New Jerusalem city.
Apostle John describes the stark differences between heaven and earth.
He explains to us in our human terms the blessedness of eternity by peeling off layer after layer.
1st verse clearly tells that there is water in heaven just not an ordinary stream/river but water of life.
Its source is the throne of God/Lamb.
God took the tree of life from Garden of Eden because of the first couple.
God restores the tree of life in New Jerusalem city which bears fruit every month and its leaves have healing effect.
The question is why we need the leaves for our healing in eternity.
I presume that only Christ has the pure glorified body unlike ours – HE was God, HE is God and HE will remain God – Christ does not eat fruit from the tree of life – HE is the life.
Those who joined HIM in the glorified bodies will still need nourishment to sustain them as immortal.
1. WE WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE CURSE
In Genesis 3rd chapter we come across the word curse.
Since then the entire humanity was under the curse that resulted in death.
The scripture says that wages of sin is death and it separated the human from God.
In eternity God removes the curse as there will be no sin and nor its consequences.
2. WE WILL SEE CHRIST FACE TO FACE
Since there is no curse there is no separation from God’s physical presence in Christ.
The true ultimate joy of being in heaven is to see God face to face.
People in eternity will have the privilege of seeing God/Christ’s face whenever they wish.
Not only that we will serve HIM as HIS servants – as HIS priests –worship HIM
It can be that we return to the original intent of God to take care of HIS creation.
That was meant to be in the Garden of Eden but Adam/Eve messed it up.
We will serve HIM by taking care of HIS creation whatever it is in eternity.
3. WE WILL BASK IN GOD’S GLORY
5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light. And they will reign for ever and ever.
This verse once again confirms that there is nothing like a sun to give sunshine.
Since there is no sun there is no night also in eternity.
Those who will be in eternity enjoy the natural light that emanates from God’s glory.
God’s glory shines every corner of 7800 layers and 1500 square miles each.
We all will bask in glory of God in timeless existence.
God Himself guarantees that we can believe the words of the book of Revelation.
God’s Word depends on God’s character. God never goes back on His Word.
7th verse re-affirms HIS coming back soon – John wrote these words some 2000 years ago.
The beginning of the Revelation John clearly starts with a powerful statement. (Ch 1:3)
“Behold’ or ‘Look’ is to grab our attention to these words. “I am coming soon”
Here the angel instructs John to keep the scroll open for everyone to read.
In the book of Daniel, he was asked to seal up the prophecy as the time has not come yet.
11th verse comes as a warning to those who continue to reject the Gospel message and do not respond to the book of this prophecy.
Apostle John was writing this book to 1st century hearers and the message is same after 20 centuries.
It is a warning and a challenge to us who live in 21st century.
The words of the book are trustworthy and true.
Lord Jesus is coming soon even to the people of our time.
The message is very clear for everybody – which side of the fence are we today – doing wrong and continue to be wicked or doing right and obeying the Lord.