Extracts and comments from Revelation Chps. 21 & 22
21.1 (a)And I saw a new Heaven and a new Earth: for the former Heaven and former Earth were passed away; and there was (b)no more sea.
(a) See Chp. 20:11. The Almighty’s Face is there shown, and Earth and Heaven that is, cannot stand before His Face! It is a fact of the Scripture record that nobody at any time “has seen the face of God”. There are a number of examples given in the O.T., one notable is when Moses is shielded by God’s hand, so that he was not struck down by the sight of God’s face, (Ex. 33:20 & 33:23). Clearly in 20:11, the purpose at the end of Millennial is to remove and renew, and God’s face revealed is that beginning. In Chp. 22:4, “His servants”, “see His face” but not until after the curse imposed at Eden is removed, (22:3).
21.3 (a)And I heard a great voice out of the throne saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them and be their God.
(a) It had been impossible from the fall at Eden up to this point, for God to dwell amongst His Creation, due to the fall of Eve and Adam, of which Adam in the order of God, carried the responsibility. The resultant curse, (Gen. 3), has only just been removed, (22:3), which brings man back into fellowship, as Adam had been.
22.4 (a)And they shall see His face; (b)and His name shall be upon their foreheads.
(a) See 21:1(a) & 21:3.
(b) The importance of the name of the Almighty on the foreheads of these people is in direct anti-thesis to the marking of the beast/Satan on the foreheads or hands and their worship of him. See Ezk. 9:4, Rev. 7:3, 9:4, 14:1 & 20:4, and notes.