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Has God prepared a
dwelling place for His people?
"But now they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly;
wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He hath
prepared for them a city." Heb. 11:16.
Where is this city?
And what is it called?
"But Jerusalem which is above is
free, which is the mother of us all." Gal. 4:26.
After sojourning in
the land of promise as a stranger and a pilgrim, to what did Abraham look
"For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder
and maker is God." Heb. 11:10.
When we embrace
Christ, unto what do we come by faith?
"But ye are come unto Mount Sion, and unto
the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and
to an innumerable company of angels." Heb. 12:22.
What did John see
concerning this city?
"And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from
God, out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband."
Is this the city
for which Abraham looked?
"And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the
names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb." Rev. 21:14. Compare with
What is the
measurement of the city?
"And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the
breadth; and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand
furlongs." Rev. 21:16.
NOTE. - The measure around it, as the words length and breadth imply, and
as was the early custom of measuring cities, was 12,000 furlongs, equal to
1,500 miles [2,410.8 kilometers] , or 375 miles [602.7 kilometers] on each
side, making a perfect square.
What was the height
of the wall?NOTE. - 144
cubits =216 feet [66 meters].
"And he measured the wall thereof, a hundred and forty and
fourcubits." Rev. 21:17.
Of what material is
the wall constructed?
"And the building of the wall of it was of jasper; and the city
was pure gold, like unto clear glass." Rev. 21:18.
With what are the
twelve foundations (or as some suppose, ornamental bases) of the wall
adorned?NOTE. - Prof.
Stuart says of these stones that, in order and arrangement, they are like
the colors of the rainbow, only more complex and much more brilliant.
There can be no question as to their extreme brilliancy; but with
reference to their arrangement, it has been suggested on good authority,
that whereas the high priest of the Israelites wore these twelve stones in
his breastplate, to represent the twelve tribes of Israel; and whereas the
New Jerusalem itself has twelve gates, each bearing the name of one of the
twelve tribes, designating the particular place each tribe occupies in the
city, that these ornamental stones will be only on that part of the
foundation where the tribe is located, which the stone itself has ever
represented. Another suggestion is that these foundations are super
imposed horizontally one upon another in the form of terraces, each color
extending continuously around the city, the whole being arranged in steps
from the ground to the wall.
"And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with
all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the
second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The
fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth,
beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a
jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst." Revelation 21:19, 20.
Of what are the
twelve gates composed?
"And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was
of one pearl; and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were
transparent glass." Rev. 21:21.
What will be
excluded from that city?
"And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that
defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie."
Who will be
"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." Rev. 22:14.
In what condition
will those be who are permitted to dwell in the holy city?
"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there
shall be no more death, neither sorrow nor crying, neither shall there be
any more pain; for the former things are passed away." Rev. 21:4.
What is to be a
prominent object in the city?
"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."
What will flow from
under the throne of God?
"And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as
crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb." Rev.
What stands on
either side of that river?NOTE. -
"The tree of life." That which Adam lost through transgression
is to be restored by Christ, and will be enjoyed by the redeemed
throughout the never ending cycles of eternity. Those who really keep
God's commandments, have the promise of a right to that life giving tree.
"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." Rev. 22:2.