5/20/10 John saw bits and pieces of the life to follow the thousand years, but first he sees the New Jerusalem making its descent. The first heaven and the first earth are being re-created. And God’s heaven (the third heaven, 2 Cor 12:2) is being moved to earth and they are being combined. God’s capital will be on earth among his “rulers.”
No longer will there be any sea. Some say that this sea must be literal, citing that heaven and earth are literal so therefore the sea must be also. However, that doesn’t necessarily have to be. It would be a pretty obvious possibility for heaven and earth to be literal and the sea to be symbolic given the way that the sea has been used symbolically throughout the book of Revelation. Thus no longer being any sea would symbolize the absence of the negative aspects of nations, peoples, and languages (Rev 17:15). That said, however, there’s no reason that the sea couldn’t be literal as well. That would only mean that when God re-creates the earth it would be easy enough for him to change the earth’s geography to not include massive oceans. However, that detail probably isn’t the primary reason it is included.
So the city of God, the New Jerusalem, comes down as a bride “made ready.” The Greek form of the word there is the completion of a transformation begun in process before.
As the city descends a loud voice announces that God is moving in. He will be among us and live among us. We shall be his in an unfathomable way and he will be our God as he is to no one else.
All pain of the emotional sort anyway, will be over. Death is gone, finished. All that has been of evil are passed away. There is no corner of the universe where the former things still exist, even if they are screaming in pain. In other words, hell can’t be forever ongoing.