No More Tears in Heaven – Reflection on Revelation 21:4

Reflection on Revelation 21-4

Today’s Gospel

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. - Revelation 21:4


Each of us longs for a life without tears or sadness. At the beginning when God created Adam and Eve, He placed them inside the beautiful Garden of Eden. At that time there was no birth, ageing, illness or death, and no worries or annoyances. They led a happy life with God. Later, they didn’t listen to God’s words but ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, so they began a painful life. But God wants to save mankind. He not only issued the laws and guided the life of mankind on earth, but personally became flesh to do the work of redemption, so man’s sins were forgiven. Even so, they haven’t gotten rid of their corrupt dispositions and still live in the state of sinning during the day and confessing their sin at night. The Bible says, “Holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” From this verse, we can see that God is holy. If we still commit sins, we cannot be praised by God and enter into His promised land. Nevertheless, we know that God’s substance is love. Since God saves man, He will save him completely. It is recorded in Hebrews 9:28, “So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and to them that look for Him shall He appear the second time without sin to salvation.” The Lord Jesus was once offered to redeem us, and He will appear the second time to deliver us. If we accept His second salvation and are made clean, then we will be worthy of entering into God’s kingdom. At that time, we can enjoy the life of the new heaven and earth without tears, death, sadness, crying or pain.

Two passages in a book occurred to me, “The life in rest is one without war, without filth, without persisting unrighteousness. This is to say that it lacks Satan’s harassment (here ‘Satan’ refers to hostile forces), Satan’s corruption, as well as the invasion of any force opposed to God. Everything follows its own kind and worships the Lord of creation. Heaven and earth are entirely tranquil. This is humanity’s restful life” (“God and Man Will Enter Into Rest Together”). “As My words are consummated, the kingdom is gradually formed on earth and man is gradually returned to normality, and thus there is established on earth the kingdom in My heart. In the kingdom, all the people of God recover the life of normal man. Gone is the frosty winter, replaced by a world of cities of spring, where it is spring all year round. No longer are people faced with the gloomy, miserable world of man, no longer do they endure the cold chill of the world of man. People do not fight with each other, countries do not go to war against each other, no longer is there carnage and the blood that flows from carnage; all lands are filled with happiness, and everywhere teems with warmth between men” (“Chapter 20” of God’s Words to the Entire Universe). The restful life is beautiful without wars or pains. God leads the survivors of mankind to live on earth. Human beings have regained the sanctity they once possessed and live in the light and enjoy a happy life of being with God. Thank God.

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