The last thread in the series purports to cover chs21&22.
This is a little misleading, because I made no comments on anything beyond the second verse of ch22.
The reason was that I felt most of the rest of the chapter was just rcapitulating things which had been said earlier.
The first statement in v3 is that "There shall no more be anything accursed".
This comment is foreshadowed at several points in ch21.
In ch21 v1, John says "The sea was no more". As I observed, "the sea" in Revelation is one of the metaphors for the original source of evil. So it
follows, from the abolition of "the sea", that evil things in will disappear.
In ch21 v3, John says that "death shall be no more, nor shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain any more, for the former things have passed away".
All these things are understood to be the product of the Genesis "curse". If the source of evil has diappeared, then its consequences will also
In ch21 v27, John says that neither unclean things, nor unclean people, will be allowed to enter the new Jerusalem. This comes to much the same thing
as saying there will no longer be anything accursed.
Finally, in ch22 v2, there is the promise of unbroken access to the tree of Life.
Since part of the point of the Genesis curse was that the human race was to be denied access to the tree of Life, this promise means, in itself, that
the curse has been removed.
The category of "accursed things" has ceased to exist.
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