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POHLMANN, Martin H.. Embracing a vision of the New Jerusalem (Rv 21:1-22:5) to impact on life and society. In Skriflig (Online) [online]. 2015, vol.49, n.2, pp.1-7. ISSN 2305-0853.

Apocalyptic biblical literature has played a significant role in motivating and mobilising Christians. As part of this genre, the Apocalypse of John has played this mobilising role within the church throughout its history. Jerusalem is often incorporated into this genre to conjure up different emotions and images to impact many different people. For example, the Jew annually recites the words to fellow Jews at every Passover meal: 'Next year in Jerusalem'. Most Christians know the hymn 'The holy city', originally penned by Frederic Weatherly in 1892. It lifts many a spirit as it conjures up the idea of a beautiful, perfect, heavenly city of God. However, there is more to this apocalyptic vision, which will be explored in this article. The city upholds the hope of decent godly living today. Whilst Jerusalem is a city with an extremely chequered history, it remains to be the launching pad of a dream that believers can embrace in order to impact society for the better. The vision in Revelation 21-22 is the launch of the 'idea' of God's intention for society today, and the 'implementation impetus' is the primary role of the church. In the greater scheme of things, the world community is the target group for a better society for everyone.

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