And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall
be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more
pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the
throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for
these words are true and faithful."
statements made in this passage are probably the reason that many believe this
to be talking about eternal glory rather than God's church kingdom here in time.
The reasoning is that there will be no death, sorrow, crying or pain in the
glory world and of course, that is true. One might ask, "How can this possibly
have a timely application?" This is a valid question and I hope to be able to
show by the scriptures how this can be so.
following two passages from the book of Isaiah have some very similar wording to
that in Rev. 21:4:
65:17 "For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former
shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. 18 But be ye glad and
rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a
rejoicing, and her people a joy. 19 And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and
joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor
the voice of crying. 20 There shall be no more thence an infant of days,
nor an old man that hath not filled his days: for the child shall die an hundred
years old; but the sinner being an hundred years old shall be accursed. 21
And they shall build houses, and inhabit them; and they shall plant
vineyards, and eat the fruit of them. 22 They shall not build, and
another inhabit; they shall not plant, and another eat: for as the days of a
tree are the days of my people, and mine elect shall long enjoy the work of
their hands. 23 They shall not labour in vain, nor bring forth for
trouble; for they are the seed of the blessed of the LORD, and their offspring
24 And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while
they are yet speaking, I will hear. 25 The wolf and the lamb shall feed
together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the
serpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith
66:22 "For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall
remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain. 23 And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one
sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
24 And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have
transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire
be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh."
chapter 65 says that the new heavens and the new earth that God creates will not
have the voice of weeping or the voice of crying. However, we find the people
building houses and dwelling in the houses they build, we see them planting
vineyards and eating the fruit of those vineyards, and we see them having
offspring. In addition, we see in these new heavens and new earth, the wolf and
the lamb feeding together. We see the lion eating straw like the bullock and the
dust being the serpent's meat. Furthermore, those who possess the new heavens
and the new earth look upon the carcasses of the transgressors. These are hardly
things that we would expect in the Glory World.
A key to
our understanding of Rev. 21, verses 4 and 5, are found in the following
1. "For the former things are passed away."
2. "Behold, I make all things new."
several old things and several new things that are mentioned in the scriptures.
Some old things mentioned in the New Testament include: old wine, old bottles,
old garment, old man, old leaven, old testament, old things, old sins, and old
serpent. Some new things mentioned in the New Testament include: new wine, new
bottles, new cloth, new testament, new lump, new creature, new things, new man,
new way, new covenant, new heavens, new earth, new name, new Jerusalem, and new
song. Please note that the former things are passed away and are replaced by the
old covenant passed away (Heb. 8:13 "In that he saith, A new covenant, he hath
made the first old. Now that which decayeth and waxeth old is ready to vanish
away) passing away with it were all the ordinances and sacrifices and curses
under it. These were replaced with something new and better in the new covenant.
"God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." According to Matt. 5:4
"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted." When we mourn
over our sins and see ourselves as poor, ruined, hell deserving sinners unworthy
of the least of God's mercy then God blesses us to see that Christ hath redeemed
us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us and so comforts us,
wiping away our tears of sorrow because of our sins.
there shall be no more death." According to Eph. 2:1 "And you hath he
quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins." In addition, we read in
Rom. 6:2 "How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?"
These two verses teach us that we are dead to the condemning effects of sin and
we are alive from a state of being dead in trespasses and sin. To the elect
there can be no more death to the condemning effects of sin and to those born of
the Spirit, they can no longer be dead in trespasses and sin.
"Neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain." The
Lord told the disciples in John 16:20 "Verily, verily, I say unto you, That
ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be
sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. 21 A woman when she
is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is
delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man
is born into the world. 22 And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will
see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from
you." Thus, the Lord told the disciples that they would sorrow, and cry and
be pained at his death, but that sorrow would turn unto joy. The disciples never
sorrowed for lack of a Saviour again. Thus when we sorrow feeling that we have
no saviour and are blessed to hear the truth that Jesus saved us from our sins,
then we, also, no longer sorrow, cry and pain over an unredeemed state for Jesus
has given us joy that shall not be taken away.