The more I study (Revelation 21), the more I love this chapter!
Today’s verse is amazing. “And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”
I do realize that the “new heavens” have been (recently) created. (John the Apostle is experiencing these events “in the future,” as it were. Via the miracle of “Bible Prophecy!”) I refer you to verse 1 of our chapter: “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.”
Think of it!
A new “Heaven” (but do note the word is “singular” now) … but without any need for a massive star 93,000,000 miles away called the “sun!” The Text further says no moonlight was required either! Because the City John saw, the “New Jerusalem,” needs no such created light!
“For the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”
The word “glory” is “doxa,” no doubt here referring to the “Brilliance” of God’s Presence! The “Aura” He emanates. The “Reflection” of His Essence!
But even the “Lamb” Himself is Source to this light. The noun “Lamb” is still “arnion,” a diminutive form of “aren,” actually meaning a “Little Lamb!” God’s Little Lamb, Jesus!
Our Lord’s prayer was answered! “And now, O Father, GLORIFT THOU ME with thine own self with the GLORY which I had with thee before the world was.” John 17:5
Then further in His prayer, this petition will be answered as well. “Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me (born again Believers), be with me where I am; that they may behold my GLORY, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” John 17:24
I am telling you, HIS GLORY GLOWS!
A Lamb lightened City!
No sunspots then!
No cancer threats from radiation either!
Perfect Light forever!
And those who rejected Jesus?
In “outer darkness,” also eternally “apart” from God!
What a City!
Now under construction, as of February, 2016 anyway.
I close today with the prayer of Revelation 22:20. “He which testifieth these things (Jesus) saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen.” (Then John immediately prays) “Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”
— Dr. Mike Bagwell