New Jerusalem Series, #7 [final]: Light
"God Himself will be with them as their God.He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the former things have passed away.” And the One seated on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” Then He said, “Write this down, for these words are faithful and true.” And He told me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give freely from the spring of the water of life. The one who is victorious will inherit all things, and I will be his God, and he will be My son." Revelation 21:3-7
John said, "I saw no temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need for sun or moon to shine on it, because the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its lamp. By its light the nations will walk, and into it the kings of the earth will bring their glory.
Its gates will never be shut at the end of the day, because there will be no night there. And into the city will be brought the glory and honor of the nations.
But nothing unclean will ever enter it, nor anyone who practices an abomination or a lie, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life." Revelation 21:23-26
New Jerusalem Series, #6: Inhabitants
The occupants and residents of the New Jerusalem are the Father, King Jesus Christ and there'll be angels at the gates (Revelation 21:12, 22).
The population of the city will be the Lord Jesus' redeemed and born again children. Jesus said: "Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again." John 3:7
If you believe that Jesus, was born of the Virgin Mary, is the Son of God, died, rose again and have asked God to forgive your sins saving you by His grace, then you are a citizen of the New Jerusalem.
“God has raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:" Ephesians 2:6-8
The Spirit and the bride say, ‘Come!’ And let the one who hears say, ‘Come!’ Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life” (Revelation 22:17).
New Jerusalem Series, #5: Location
We learn in Isaiah and Revelation that almighty God does a complete make-over of heaven and earth. Apparently, the 'location' is separate from the old earth.
"Behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: the former shall not be remembered" Isaiah 65:17
In his vision the apostle John sees a glimpse of the new city:
“I John saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, 'Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, they shall be His people, God Himself shall be with them and be their God." Revelation 21:1-3
New Jerusalem Series, #4: River & Tree
John's memory of his vision of the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. John said,
" The angel shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and His servants shall serve Him: And they shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads." Revelation 22:1-2
Those people whose names are recorded in the Lamb’s book of life are free to enter the Holy City; they possess life eternal and belong to their faithful Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He is The Lamb, who bought them with His blood (Rev. 5:9), will never blot out their names from His book (Revelation 3:5) and will grant them the right to the tree of life and entrance into the city:
"Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city." Revelation 22:14
New Jerusalem Series, #3: Gates of Pearl
The City Gates Will Be Open
Historically nations have always practiced wise security for their people. Walls and gates; but in the New Jerusalem the gates will be open.
For security purposes people usually lock the doors to their homes; and cities with walls and gates normally shut them at night. However, since there will be no night in the New Jerusalem and all evil will have been eradicated, these gates will always stay open.
"And the gates of it shall not be shut at all
by day: for there shall be no night there."
The unredeemed are a long way outside the city’s walls and never come into the holy city:
"And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire." Revelation 20:14-15
New Jerusalem Series, #2: No Temple, Foundation, Walls, Gates, Street
"I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it." Revelation 21:22
Gates: Names of Israeli Tribes
Foundation: Names of Jesus' Apostles
The foundation, walls and streets:
"wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: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 in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb."
"The twelve gates were each one pearl and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass."
The twelve apostles and twelve tribes of Israel are represented in the gates and foundations.
This should settle beyond any question the matter of the inclusion of Old Testament saints. Clearly believers of the present age, Israel and the saints of other ages, all make up the Church of Jesus Christ
who are the TWO WITNESSES.
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New Jerusalem Series, #1, Size
2-11-17 Update: HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL IT HOLD?
One estimate has it at ONE Quintillion
2-11-17, The city of God called THE NEW JERUSALEM is a place where born again believers in Christ are promised eternal life with Him. The Apostle John in exile on the isle of Patmos had many visions - scripture describes his vision about the magnificence of this city in great sweeping detail. The size, foundation, gates, water, food and source of light are beyond our wildest imagination.
1.9 million sq miles
[USA 3.7 mill miles with a
population of 320 million]
The apostle John was carried away to a high mountain and met an angel who showed him a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven. v16 "The city lieth foursquare; the length is as large as the breadth: he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. 17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel." Revelation 21:1-2; 21:16-17
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