In John’s vision, we have a contrast between the old (Roman Empire) and the new (God’s Kingdom). Notice that in the new Jerusalem, the walls that surround the community, offering a sense of security and belonging, have gates that are always open, symbolizing the openness of the community to all who would seek to enter. There are also symbols of abundance and provision. We need not read this book as a promise of death, destruction, and condemnation, but as a revelation of the God of life and love.
In prayer, thank God for the promise that, in the end, Love wins.