“Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:1, 2). At the close of the 1,000 years, the holy city, new Jerusalem, will come down from heaven to this earth. “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men” (Revelation 21:3).
The new Jerusalem will settle where the mount of Olives now stands. The redeemed of all ages (Zechariah 14:5), the angels of heaven (Matthew 25:31), plus God the Father (Revelation 21:2, 3) and God the Son (Matthew 25:31) will come to earth with the holy city for Jesus‘ special third coming. The second coming will be for His saints the third will be with His saints.
At the close of the 1,000 years, the wicked will be raised. Satan, loosed from his bonds, will then deceive the wicked “The rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.” “And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations” (Revelation 20:5, 7, 8). “Satan shall … go out to deceive the nations … of the earth, … to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city” (Revelation 20:7-9).
Then, God will send His final judgment on the wicked, “Fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into … the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 20:9, 10; 21:8). And God will recreate the earth anew “Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth” (Isaiah 65:17). Sin will be destroyed forever. God’s children will inhabit the kingdom promised to them. “They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Isaiah 35:10).
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