“Comment: I am a Seventh day Adventist studying with a Baptist preacher. Could you please tell me how you would answer his question regarding Jerusalem in Revelation 20? I told him that was the New Jerusalem that comes down at the end of the 1000 years. He points out that the New Jerusalem does not come down until Revelation 21, after the wicked have been judged. I showed examples where Revelation is not written in chronological order, but I cannot find any scriptural references that support my understanding that is the New Jerusalem instead of the old. How would you address this? I am really enjoying your sermons on going through Revelation chapter by chapter, I first learned about them through audioverse. Thank you for mentioning your website, I will investigate this site thoroughly. You speak in a way that is easy to comprehend. Thank you for your ministry. I will be anxiously waiting for your response. Thank you in advance…”
Revelation 20 plays the future three times over.
Before: 1, “Angel come down”
During: 2, “bound him”
After: 3, “after that he must be loosed”
Before: 4, “I saw thrones”
During: 4, “They lived and reigned”
After: 7, “thousand years are expired”
Before: 11, “a great white throne”
During: 12, “the books were opened”
After: 14, “the lake of fire”
In verse 9, in the context of ‘after’ the millennium, the Holy City–New Jerusalem–seems to be COMING down, though I don’t believe it is pictured there as having COME down completely. Please notice that it is possible that it is still hovering over the earth, if you will, while fire comes down. Then, after the final destruction of sin and sinners, the Holy City continues as pictured in chapter 21.
Please let me know if that makes sense to you. Thanks! Be blessed.