5 And [kai] there shall be [esomai] no [ou] night [nux] there; [ekei] and [kai] they need [chreia] no [ou] candle [luchnos], [echo] neither [kai] light [phos] of the sun; [helios] for [hoti] the Lord [kurios] God [theos] giveth [photizo] them [autos] light: [photizo] and [kai] they shall reign [basileuo]
for [eis] ever [aion] and ever. [aion] KJV-Interlinear
5 And there
shall no longer be any night; and they shall not have need of the light of a
lamp nor the light of the sun, because the Lord God shall illumine them; and
they shall reign forever and ever. NASB
In the beginning was God. Since God has never changed, His light has been with Him since the beginning as well.
Then one named Lucifer, rebelled and his name changed to Satan or the Devil, describing his attitude of deception, empty rhetoric, and argumentative nature. Darkness fell on creation and has been with us ever since.
Darkness will never leave until the Second Advent of Christ, where in the Millennium, the first signs of a never-ending daylight will begin, as the light of Christ will illuminate the planet for one-thousand years.
Then, when the new universe is created, Gods glory will illuminate not only the capital city of the New Jerusalem, but the entire universe. And we have no idea what the new universe will look like.
We will have no need for artificial lights, candles, lamps or anything that we are used to having in our lives now. This does not mean that we won't have access to light from various sources, like campfires for example. The purpose here, is to further show that the darkness of creation, Satan and evil, are permanently gone.
God has given us day and night to keep track of time, to give us periods of rest and so forth. But, one of the reasons that we have night and day now, is to teach us all that there really is a good and evil at war in this universe.
After all, the whole purpose of our very existence is to become a part of that angelic conflict solution. We are not here to conquer the stars, or to work our way through life as we look toward retirement or our next weekend adventure.
And, John reiterates our role in the new universe.
As peoples, made in union with Christ, our ultimate destiny is to rule the universe. And not for just a short time, but forever. And ruling here does not mean in the sense of kings or leaders, but as masters over our own environment as opposed to being slaves to our circumstances. We will, for the first time in history, be in full charge of our own lives and the universe (not just the world) around us.
To reign means to be in office, to be in a position of authority and power, to have control over something. And our domain is the universe.
And, since everyone is basically in the same job, then our authority is not over other people, but over the contents of the new universe.
A ruler, a king, in the truest sense, possesses the power, and authority, and has the resources to accomplish whatever he wishes. That is just the beginning of what, 'beyond ones imagination,' really means. And we, as mature believers, will have this forever and ever.
The eternal capital city of heaven, the New Jerusalem, will be a place of phenomenal indescribable beauty. From its center, the brilliant glory of God will shine through the gold and jewels to illuminate the entire new heaven and the new earth. We will enjoy unimaginable intimacy in fellowship with God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, serving Them and being served by Them, and reigning with Them forever in pure joy and never-ending happiness.
How could anyone ignore God, Christ, or doctrine in their life, and thus miss out on this phenomenal and guaranteed future?
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