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A Walk Down the Streets of Gold

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The restoration of Eden

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Introduction:
Growing up in the neighborhood
Running with Dr. Sack
Everyone knew everyone and cared about each other.

1. Stop for a Drink at the River of Life (vv. 1-2a)

The River Comes from the throne of God ()
John 4:10–14 ESV
Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
The River is present in the Milennial Kingdom and is promised in
The River is Life Giving
In Ezekiel it flows out of the temple and gives life to the deadest region on earth (Dead Sea)
It
The River is a physical attribute of heaven with an eternally symbolic meaning
The River is a symbol of the eternal blessings of God
It is a symbolic fulfillment of
Romans 8:18–19 ESV
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.
The River points to the Holy Spirit ()
John 7:38–39 ESV
Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’ ” Now this he said about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were to receive, for as yet the Spirit had not been given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

2. Take a Bite from the Tree of Life (v.2b)

The River is a symbol of the eternal blessings of God
Not an apple tree (12 different fruits)
banned from eating from it in
The River is Life Giving
Welcome to eat from it in
In Ezekiel it flows out of the temple and gives life to the deadest region on earth (Dead Sea)
The River is a physical attribute of heaven with an eternally symbolic meaning
The River is a symbol of the eternal blessings of God

3. Worship for the Curse is Removed (vv.3-5)

Romans 8:18–19 ESV
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.
No one could look at God and live
- Moses requested to see God’s glory
Exodus 33:20–22 ESV
But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” And the Lord said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by.
1 Corinthians 13:12 ESV
For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.
God Lights up the city with His glofy
1 Timothy 6:16 ESV
who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.
Fulfillment of the Messianic promise in
Zechariah 14:11 ESV
And it shall be inhabited, for there shall never again be a decree of utter destruction. Jerusalem shall dwell in security.
Conclusion:
When we finally get to heaven, we are going to see the most beautiful sights one could ever imagine. We are going to experience the greatest love we have every felt. We are going to have the greatest worship service we have ever attended. We are not going to have the veil over our faces any longer, but will see God face to face.
Handel’s Messiah and the standing at the Chorus
No one knows for sure why people stand. The story is told that King George II was present and when the king stood up everyone else did to. No one can verify that the King was actually present. Perhaps the reason is because they are looking for the wrong king. King Jesus is the one who was present. The Hallelujah chorus says,
For the Lord God the Omnipotent Reigneth
Hallelujah, Hallelujah
The kingdom of this world Is become the kingdom of our Lord, And of His Christ, and of His Christ; And He shall reign for ever and ever,
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