Author: Ron Graham

Book of Revelation

The Light of Christ
—In the Eternal City

The Beauty of Heaven (Revelation 21-22) >Seven Final Visions >7th vision >Excursus on Light

In John's gospel, Jesus Christ is called "the Light of men" (John 1:1-5). Likewise, the last two chapters of the book of Revelation portray the Light of Christ.

A vision of heaven is presented symbolically as a jewelled city of light. "The city does not need the sun or moon to shine upon it, for the glory of God gives it light" (Revelation 21:23-25). This is repeated in chapter 22 and there also Jesus calls himself "The bright and morning star"" (Revelation 22:5,16).

1 Darkness A Symbol of Evil

When the book says that there is no night in heaven, it gives us some insight into what heaven will be like, for in the Bible the darkness of night often symbolises evil...

2 Darkness in Prophecy

The prophets of the Bible sometimes describe a coming calamity in terms of catastrophic darkness...

3 Hell’s Darkness

4 Occasions of Darkness

So when the Bible tells us of a place where light is eternal, where there is "no night", we understand that in that place the light of God and his Son will shine forever.