What is the New Jerusalem?

New Jerusalem Is the New Jerusalem found on earth, and will we see the Father there? Beginning in Revelation 21, this scene takes place after the end of the 1,000-year Kingdom on earth. We see John describe it as the old heavens and Earth have been destroyed.

Revelation 21:1-4 (NKJV)

All Things Made New

21 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also, there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God, Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”

This scene from Revelation 21 takes place after the end of the 1,000-year Kingdom on earth. At the end of chapter 20, we’re told that our present creation will be completely destroyed and will be found no more. Continue reading

Rapture During Tribulation – The Final Trumpet- Part 2

final trumpetThe Final Trumpet – Rapture or Judgment During Tribulation?

In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul is explaining the manner of our resurrection, sometimes called the “rapture:”

1 Corinthians 15:51-52 (NKJV)

51 Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Paul says the moment of our transformation into our new physical bodies will happen instantaneously at “the last trumpet.” Since Paul calls this trumpet the “last” trumpet, there must have been earlier trumpet sound that preceded the last trumpet. Continue reading