Q. My question has to do with the New Jerusalem in Rev 21. It says in v.9, Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” and what they’re talking about is the New Jerusalem. I don’t get how we are the Church, the wife of the Lamb, and the New Jerusalem is the wife of the Lamb as well. I know that you explained it being that the New Jerusalem is just like a bride is, being dressed beautifully and spared no expense but, it seems to clearly say otherwise. Please help me with that. Thanks again, and may God bless you a thousand times.
A. The New Jerusalem is the home of the Bride (Church). It’s where we’ll live after the Rapture (John 14:1-3). The phrase “prepared as a bride” means that just as no effort is spared to make a bride as beautiful as possible for her wedding day, so no effort will be spared in making the New Jerusalem as beautiful as possible for its debut in the proximity of Earth as the outset of the Millennium. The angel took John to the Bride’s home to show her to John, but John only described the home, and it’s obvious from Scripture that the Bride of Christ is not a city.