When the apostle John described the new Jerusalem in the passage below, he said it will be radiant (having God’s glory). Like a rare jewel, her beauty will shine. With high walls and twelve gates there will be gems adorning the 12 layers of foundation, every type of jewel.
The twelve apostles will make up the foundation, the twelve tribes of Israel are the 12 gates and there will be pure gold throughout the city (could this be the works that are done for the Lord that did not burn up in judgment- reaching others with God’s love)?
All the beauty, radiance and rare gemstones portrayed here could be representing people-the church, herself. Translating into millions of people who put their faith in God. They are the ones who have trusted His son, Jesus Christ the LORD (who is head of the body- the church) in order to save them from sin’s curse, (aka separation from God, or spiritual death).
I believe heaven will be all of us believers together, glorified by His perfection. Our Savior has completed the Father’s will and made all things new. Let us be courageous to conquer the world’s fiery trials and temptations. Trusting His word, the Bible, let us stand true with unwavering devotion to our Lord.
The first and best New Year’s resolution for me is to nurture my relationship with God. This may be in Bible reading, prayer, worship, meditation, journaling, memorization or fellowshipping with others who are encouragers of the faith.
Rare beauty can be found in one place alone, His radiance shining through a redeemed life. – Teresa #HappyNewYear
Revelation 21:1-27 (ESV) emphasis added
The New Heaven and the New Earth
21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place[a] of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,[b] and God himself will be with them as their God.[c] 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”
5 And he was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.”
The New Jerusalem
9 Then came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues and spoke to me, saying, “Come, I will show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a great, high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel were inscribed— 13 on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls. 16 The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width. And he measured the city with his rod, 12,000 stadia.[d] Its length and width and height are equal. 17 He also measured its wall, 144 cubits[e] by human measurement, which is also an angel’s measurement. 18 The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, like clear glass.19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
22 And I saw temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. 23 And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it, 25 and its gates will never be shut by day—and there will be no night there. 26 They will bring into it the glory and the honor of the nations. 27 But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who does what is detestable or false, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.Read full chapter
- Revelation 21:3 Or tabernacle
- Revelation 21:3 Some manuscripts peoples
- Revelation 21:3 Some manuscripts omit as their God
- Revelation 21:16 About 1,380 miles; a stadionwas about 607 feet or 185 meters
- Revelation 21:17 A cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
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It will be beyond our imaginations. Too wonderful for words. Yes, nurturing ones relationship with God gives everything else we do proper context to live out our everyday lives
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That is so true. I’m learning a new job and some days are very exhausting. Prayer in the night (vs. worry) really helps. 🙏
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