Revelation 21–22 (The New Heavens and New Earth) with Jonathan Moo

Dr. Jonathan Moo (Whitworth University) guides us through Revelation 21–22 (the New Heavens and New Earth). We discuss:

  • The importance of judgment preceding the new heavens and earth (20:10–15)
  • The continuity and the discontinuity between first earth and the new heavens and earth (21:5)
  • Why there is no sea in the new heavens and earth (21:1)
  • John’s repeated identification of things that in the new heavens and new earth are, “no more.”
  • The first and second death, why some people are excluded from the new heavens and earth, and the contrasting life to which John calls his audience (21:7–8, 27; 22:14–15)
  • The architecture of the new Jerusalem (22:9–22)
  • The lamb’s book of life and how one finds their name written in there (21:27)
  • The river of the water of life, and the tree of life (22:1–2)
  • The name on the foreheads (22:4)
  • The repeated emphasis on Jesus coming (22:7, 12, 16–17, 20)
  • Why not seal up the prophecy? (22:10)
  • Why should evil doer still do evil? (22:11)
  • What it means to neither add to nor subtract from the words of the prophecy? (22:18–19)

Relevant Works by Jonathan Moo

  • “Fourth Ezra and Revelation 21:1-22:5: Paradise City.” In Reading Revelation in Context: John’s Apocalypse and Second Temple Judaism. Edited by B. C. Blackwell et al. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2019
  • Creation, Nature, and Hope in 4 Ezra. Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2011.

Jonathan Moo Recommends

  • Roderick Beaton, The Greeks: A Global History. Basic Books, 2021
  • Practicing not being on media first thing in the morning, but rather in Scripture and prayer

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This episode is co-sponsored by Samford University and the Alabama Humanities Alliance, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this episode do not necessarily represent those of the Alabama Humanities Alliance, the National Endowment for the Humanities or Samford University.