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Following are some of the characteristic of the eternal state, characteristics that are taken from both the Old and New Testaments; but the list is not exhaustive:

                A new heaven and a new earth (Rev. 21:1; II Pet. 3:7-13);

                The holy city, new Jerusalem (Rev. 21:2, 10);

                No more sea (Rev. 21:1; the ESV Study Bible suggest that this is not literal,
                but refers to the source of earthly rebellion, chaos, and danger);

                The presence of God and Christ (I Cor. 13:12; Rev. 21:3; 22:3-4; Isa. 66:22);

                Tears will be removed (Rev. 20:4; Isa. 65:19);

                No more death (Rev. 21:4; Lu. 20:36);

                No sorrow, mourning nor crying (Rev. 21:4; Isa. 65:19);

                No more pain (Rev. 21:4);

                All things will be new (Rev. 21:5);

                Those who overcome, namely, the saints, will inherit all things (Rev. 21:7,
                24-26; 22:14);

                No evil people with God, for they will be confined to punishment (Rev. 21:8,
                27; 22:15);

                No physical place of worship, such as the Temple (Rev. 21:22);

                No light except the glory of God and the light of the Lamb (Rev. 21:23);

                No need for sun or moon (Rev. 21:23);

                A river of the water of life (Rev. 22:1);

                The tree of life (Rev. 22:2);

                No more curse (Rom. 8:18-23; Rev. 22:3);

                Service to God (Rev. 22:3);

                No night (Rev. 22:5);

                Singing and a new song (Rev. 19:5-6; 15:3; 14:3);

                No more time (“time shall be no more” in KJV, Rev. 10:6; see: I Tim. 1:9;
                Tit. 1:1; Rom. 16:25);

                Knowledge (I Cor. 13:12);

                No marriage (Lu. 20:27-38);

                Righteousness will be the state of things (II Pet. 3:13; Rev. 21:7-8, 24, 27;
                22:14-15; Isa. 51:6);

                Former things will not be remembered (Isa. 65:17; Rev. 21:4);

                Peaceful existence (Isa. 65:24-25; 54:10);

                No decay or corruption (Rom. 8:21);

                The kindness of God (Isa. 54:10);

                Crowns (II Tim. 4:8; I Pet. 5:4; Rev. 2:10);

                Worship before God (Isa. 66:23; Rev. 15:4; 22:3);

                Eternal life (Heb. 5:9; 12:23 “made perfect”; Rom. 2:7; 5:21; 6:23).  

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