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The Revelation (Prophecies of the Revelation Part 13)
The Revelation (Prophecies of the Revelation)
Part 13 - The New Jerusalem
Soon after the Millennium and Judgment Day have passed, God will create a new heaven and a new earth. The former heaven and earth will have passed away. Death, pain, and suffering will be things of the past.
God will cause the holy city, New Jerusalem, to come down from Heaven to the new earth. This will be the eternal home for Christians, and God will reside with them. Those who are found unsaved, however, will have been destroyed in the Lake of Fire, which is the second death.
Revelation, Chapter 21, Verses 1 through 8:
I, John, saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no more sea. And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride who is beautifully dressed for her husband.
Then I heard a loud voice from Heaven saying, "Behold, the sanctuary of God is with men and He will live with them. They will be His people and God Himself will be with them, and be their God. And He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death, or sorrow, or crying; and there will be no more pain because the former things have passed away."
He who sat on the throne said, "Behold, I make all things new." Then He said, "Write this down, for these words are true and trustworthy. " And He said to me, "It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. To him who is thirsty I will give without cost of the fountain of the water of life.
He who overcomes will inherit all things and I will be his God, and he will be my son. But the fearful, the unbelieving, the repulsive, the murderers, the sexually immoral, the sorcerers, those who worship idols, and all liars, will have their part in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur. This is the second death."
John, a disciple of Jesus Christ, saw in a vision the city of New Jerusalem coming down from Heaven. The city was as radiant as a precious stone; it will be the home of Christians who will be united with Jesus. New Jerusalem will have a large wall around it with twelve gates, and an angel at each gate.
The names of the twelve tribes of Israel will be written on the gates. Three gates will be on each side of the city wall: three on the north side, three on the east side, three on the south side, and three on the west side. The wall will have twelve foundations and on these will be the names of the twelve apostles of Jesus.
New Jerusalem will be square-shaped; it will be about 1,379 miles long on each side. The city wall will be 216 feet thick and made of jasper. The foundations of the wall will be decorated with various types of precious stones. Each of the twelve gates of the wall will be made of one pearl. The city and the city street will be made of pure gold, as pure as clear glass.
The city will not have a temple, because God and Jesus will be its temple. The people there will not be sinners, and will no longer be separated from God. Therefore, they will not need a temple.
The city will not need the sun or the moon to give it light, because the presence of God and Jesus will give it light. Christians will walk in the light of the city, and world leaders and people of all nations will bring glory and honor into it.
The city gates will always be open, and the city will never be dark. Anyone who would corrupt, or cause disgrace, or be deceitful will not enter New Jerusalem. Only those who have their names written in the Book of Life will enter it.
We can read about New Jerusalem in the book of Revelation as written in the following:
Revelation, Chapter 21, Verses 9 through 27:
One of the seven angels who had the seven cups full of the seven last plagues came to me and said, "Come here, I will show you the bride, the Lamb's wife." Then he carried me away in the spirit to a great, high mountain; and he showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of Heaven from God. It had the glory of God, and its light was like that of a precious stone, like a jasper, as clear as crystal.
The city had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
He who spoke with me had a golden measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and wall. The city was laid out in a square shape, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod, and it was 12,000 furlongs in length, and the same in width and height.
Then he measured its wall, and it was 144 cubits thick according to man's measurement that the angel used. The wall was made of jasper and the city was made of pure gold, as pure as clear glass.
The foundations of the city walls were decorated with all types of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper, the second was sapphire, the third was a chalcedony, the fourth was an emerald, the fifth was sardonyx, the sixth was sardius, the seventh was chrysolyte, the eighth was beryl, the ninth was a topaz, the tenth was a chrysoprasus, the eleventh was a jacinth, and the twelfth was an amethyst.
The twelve gates were twelve pearls; each gate was made of one pearl. The city street was made of pure gold, as pure as transparent glass.
I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city did not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, because the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its light. The nations of those who are saved will walk in its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory and honor into it.
The gates of the city will never be shut by day, because there will be no night there. People will bring the glory and honor of the nations into it. And in no way will anything enter it that corrupts, causes disgrace, or is deceitful; only those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life will enter it.
Imagine a new world without pain, or suffering, or death. That is exactly what Christians will experience someday. Jesus suffered and died for our sins, and if you believe in Him as your savior, then you will live eternally in the new world. You will live in peace and happiness in the City of God called New Jerusalem.
From the Bible:
There will not be any night there; they will not need a candle or the light of the sun. The Lord God will give them light, and they will rule forever.
(Revelation, Chapter 22, Verse 5)
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