Revelation 21:1-8

The new heaven and the new earth

1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth. The first heaven and the first earth had gone away. The sea also was not there any more. 2 I saw God's own special city. It was coming down out of heaven from God. That is the new city which is called Jerusalem. It was very beautiful, like a woman who is wearing beautiful clothes for her marriage. She is ready to meet the man that she is going to marry.

3 Then I heard a voice that spoke loudly from the throne. It said, ‘God's home is now among people! God will live together with them. They will be his people. God himself will be with them and he will be their God. 4 God will take away all the tears from their eyes. Nobody will ever die again. Nobody will be sad again. Nobody will ever cry. Nobody will have pain again. Everything that made people sad has now gone. That old world has completely gone away.’

5 God, who was sitting on the throne, said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, because these words are true. Everyone should believe them.’

6 He also said to me, ‘Everything is now done! I caused all things to begin and I will cause all things to end. I am the first at the beginning and I am the last at the end. If anyone is thirsty, I will give them water to drink. Nobody will have to pay anything for it. That water comes up from a spring and it causes people to have true life. 7 Everyone who wins against Satan will receive all these things from me. I will be their God and they will be my children.

8 But I will punish all the other people. They include:

  • People who are afraid of trouble;
  • People who do not believe in Jesus;
  • People who do dirty things;
  • People who murder other people;
  • People who have sex in a wrong way;
  • People who do magic;
  • People who worship idols;
  • People who tell lies.
  • All these people will go into the lake of fire that burns with sulphur. That is the second death for people.’