The lesson on November 27, 2016 was part 44 of "The Apocalypse" study. This lesson looks at Revelation chapters 21 and 22 to learn about New Jerusalem that comes down from heaven to set up God's tabernacle hear on Earth. It is amazing to read of the New Earth and how God transform the Earth to be without the sea. This New Jerusalem and New Earth is specifically in relation to His people. We take time to look at what God means by His people and ask are we included in that phrase? We look at Paul's statement in Galatians 4:25-26 when he says "Jerusalem, which is above is free, and the mother of us all." Wayne reminds us that this fits with Paul's first ministry before Acts 28 when he was ministering to Israel. After Acts 28, Paul reveals his second ministry where we learn of our unique calling that was hidden from the Old Testament prophets and was hidden in God, before the foundation of the world. Since we are a part of this calling, New Jerusalem is not the mother of us today. The scripture reading was from Revelation 21:1-8 KJV
"1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 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. 6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. 7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."