“Pitched Among Men” ( Apocalypse 21: 2-4, KNOX ) by Carley Evans

A holy city pitched as a tent among men and women and children. In that tent – the new Jerusalem – dwells the living God. He looks like us because we look like Him. With His own hand, he wipes away all sorrow from every heart. All come to His dwelling in perfect joy, to sit at His feet and listen to His voice, the voice that changes wilderness to paradise.

And I, John, saw in my vision that holy city which is the new Jerusalem, being sent down by God from heaven, all clothed in readiness, like a bride who has adorned herself to meet her husband. I heard, too, a voice which cried aloud from the throne, Here is God’s tabernacle pitched among men; he will dwell with them, and they will be his own people, and he will be among them, their own God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death, or mourning, or cries of distress, no more sorrow; those old things have passed away. 

“I Am Making Everything New” (Revelation 21: 2 – 4, NIV) by Carley Evans

God promises: “Behold, I create a new heavens and a new earth. The former things are not remembered, nor do they come to mind. But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create, for I create Jerusalem to be a delight and its people a joy. I rejoice over Jerusalem and take delight in My people; the sound of weeping and of crying are to be heard no more in it.” (Isaiah 65: 17 – 19)

God says, “I Am making everything new.” (Revelation 21: 5)

In this new earth and new heaven, suffering and death are no more. God makes a new way through and beyond the wilderness of the old earth and old heaven. He dwells with His people, rejoicing over them with a complete joy, without hesitancy or doubt. This new city is God’s Holy Bride, “beautifully dressed for her husband.”

In this Holy City, God “wipes every tear from [every] eye.”

God promises: “Your Light breaks forth like the dawn, and your healing quickly appears; your righteousness goes before you, and the glory of the Lord is your rear guard. You call, and the Lord answers; you cry for help, and He says: ‘Here I Am.’ ” (Isaiah 58: 8 – 9)

God promises: “Before [you] call I answer; while [you] are still speaking, I hear. The wolf and the lamb feed together, and the lion eats straw like the ox… They neither harm nor destroy on all My Holy Mountain.” (Isaiah 65: 24 – 25)