Story Thirty-Two

NEW BEGINNINGS

NEW BEGINNINGS


ALL THINGS NEW

Many years later, John, one of the apostles, was in exile for his faith. One day, as he was praying, Jesus appeared to him in a dream. He said, “Do not be afraid. I was dead, but look. I am alive. And I have power over death.”

And then John saw into heaven. God was sitting in the highest place there. Millions of people sang praises to him. All of the angels sang as well.

Then John saw many things that will happen at the end of time. He saw Satan gather an army to fight against God. There will be a great battle. But God will defeat Satan. Then God will throw him into the fire that never goes out.

And then God will judge everyone who has ever lived. There will be some whose names are not written in the Book of Life. They are the ones who did not believe in God. The angels will throw them into the fire that never goes out.

And then John saw a new Heaven and a new earth. God will live with his people there. They will see his face and worship him. They will live with him for ever. And God will wipe away every tear. There will be no more pain and no more death.  No one will be sad there. And nothing evil will ever be allowed to enter.

There will be a river of life that flows from the place where God sits. And anyone can come and drink from it. On each side of this river, there will be a tree of life. And God’s people may eat the fruit and live for ever.

Then Jesus said, “I am the first and the last. I am the beginning and the end. Look! I am coming soon.”