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Apocalypse Revealed #71

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71. That it is the Lord alone who will bestow the felicities of eternal life is apparent from the following passages. The Lord said to the church of Ephesus:

To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God. (Revelation 2:7)

To the church of the people of Smyrna:

...I will give you the crown of life... He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death. (Revelation 2:10-11)

To the church in Pergamum:

To him who overcomes I will give to eat of the hidden manna. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written, which no one knows except him who receives it. (Revelation 2:17)

To the church in Thyatira: him I will give power over the nations... and I will give him the morning star. (Revelation 2:26, 28)

To the church in Philadelphia:

He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God... And I will write on him the name of My God..., the name of... the New Jerusalem..., and My new name. (Revelation 3:12)

To the church in Laodicea:

To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne... (Revelation 3:21)

From these passages it is apparent, too, that the Lord alone is acknowledged in the New Church. That is why that church is called the Lamb's wife (Revelation 19:7, 9; 21:9-10).

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Thanks to the General Church of the New Jerusalem for the permission to use this translation.

The Bible


Revelation 3:12



12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.