Give us souls lest we die;
Give us souls lest we die;
Give us souls lest we die;
That the Lamb Who was slain might receive the reward of His suffering, as the Glory perfects the Unity, and the Unity proclaims the Glory!
“And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb" (Revelation 21:14). The phrase, “And the wall of the city had twelve foundations,” portrays the following facts:
The Twelve Apostles
The phrase, “and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb,” tells us two things:
The first use of the word Lamb, given to us in verse 9, has to do with redemption. The second use, found in the verse of our study, has to do with the foundation of redemption, which is The Cross. Make no mistake about it, the Holy Spirit had John to use the word Lamb for a specific reason. It was to proclaim to us that all the greatness and glory portrayed in Chapters 21 and 22, which, incidentally, will be eternal, are made possible by Jesus and what He did at The Cross. The word Lamb goes back to the proclamation of John the Baptist, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). He was to be and, in fact, is the fulfillment of the great prophecy given by Isaiah in Chapter 53 of his book.
“And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof" (Revelation 21:15). The phrase, “And he that talked with me,” proclaims one different than the angel of verse 9. The idea seems to be that one of the seven angels that have the seven vials had shown John the New Jerusalem as it regarded some of its particulars, and now, someone else began to talk with John, who, incidentally, identified himself as a prophet in Revelation 22:9. But he looked so much like an angel, or perhaps even like Our Lord, that John proceeded to worship him. He was stopped and told to worship God. This seems to be the second time that John did this (Revelation 19:10). Why would the apostle do this, and in fact, make the same mistake twice? Some have attempted to ascribe this to the incurable idolatry of the human heart. Concerning this very thing, it has been said, “That the apostle John should have twice so acted is a proof of the incurable religious blindness of the natural mind and of its idolatrous bent.” Personally, I don’t think that was John’s problem. If it is to be noticed, both times the apostle did this, and I speak of the attempt to worship the one with whom he was speaking, it was a man and not an angel. It is my thought that the redeemed in Glory look so much like Christ that it will be difficult to tell the difference. In fact, John had written a short time earlier, “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” (1 John 3:2).
The phrase, “had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof,” will be found to be in multiples of twelve. The measuring is done for a reason. It reveals perfection, fulfillment, and completion of all of God’s purposes for His redeemed people. As twelve is God’s number for government, and perfect government at that, we will find there that the government, in every capacity and in every way, is the epitome of perfection. It means that there is nothing lacking in this salvation. What Jesus did at The Cross, symbolized by the use of the word Lamb, was truly a finished work. When John closed out the book of Revelation, he said, “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Revelation 22:18-19). In effect, The Holy Spirit, through the apostle, is saying that man is not to take from The Cross or add to The Cross. We know this was a finished work, as well, from the 28 times the word Lamb is used in the Book of Revelation regarding Christ. Of course, the title or word Lamb portrays what Christ did at The Cross.
Also, Lamb is used seven times in the last two chapters, even though all things there are perfection, with sin and satan completely done away with. As we’ve already stated, this name is used with frequency in order that all know and understand that the greatness and glory described here was all brought about by what Jesus did at The Cross. As well, Lamb is mentioned seven times to show that the work of The Cross was perfect, and it, therefore, furnishes a perfect product.
“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. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal” (Revelation 21:16). The furlongs mentioned in verse 16 translate into about 1,500 miles per side. As is obvious, we have here the multiples of 12.
Length, Width, and Height
The phrase, “the length and the breadth and the height of it are equal,” presents astounding dimensions. The size of this city is, of course, unlike anything the world has previously known. If we set it down in the United States, on the western side, it would reach approximately from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to Los Angeles, California. That is the distance from north to south. Going east, it would reach Dallas, Texas on the southeastern corner and Minneapolis, Minnesota on the northeastern corner. So, we have a space here that’s a little over half of the United States. This is not to mean that this is where the city will be, but we use these numbers to give you an idea of the size of the city. Its occupants will consist not only of those who have believed in God and in Jesus Christ (John 14:1) but also all of the infants and little children who have died before they reached the age of accountability. Of course, they will not remain infants or little children, as should be obvious, because all there will be perfect, which speaks of maturity, etc. Concerning the size of this city, no wonder Jesus said, “In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also” (John 14:2-3).
If the length and the width of this city are not enough, we’re also told the height is the same as the length and the width, which means that the city is also 1,500 miles high. Some have claimed that it’s built in the shape of a pyramid, and for others, that it is a perfect cube. From the way the description is given, more than likely, the pyramid type of structure is correct. This means that it’s top stone would be some 1,500 miles above its base. This vast mountain will be made of transparent gold. It will, in a sense, be the Garden of Eden restored but on a far grander scale. The Garden of Eden was possibly a pyramid. The tower of Babel was a pyramid and was man’s effort to restore the Garden of Eden and to construct a home that would be at once a city and a temple. The pyramids of Egypt, Mexico, and other lands evidence this thirst of fallen man for a happiness that has been lost. All of this proclaims the fact of a dimension beyond anything we now presently know. This speaks of travel, living conditions, and atmospheric conditions, which will totally change, with everything, then, being different than it is now. A little bit above 10,000 feet is about the limit that people presently can live as it regards mountains, etc. To be sure, man can maybe exist a little higher than that without added oxygen. However, to live comfortably, one might say not much above 10,000 feet would be the limit. In other words, it is not much above 2 miles high. However, this city reaches 1,500 miles high, which means that the atmosphere up to the height, and perhaps even beyond, will be comfortable and livable.
We would wonder, would we not, if there will be other cities on the new earth that is to be, especially considering the size of the city. To properly understand the size of this city, if we factor in the height, we are faced with a city larger than the entirety of the surface of this earth. What exactly there will be, we are not told. However, I do not think there will be a need or even a desire for other huge cities, especially considering the glory of the New Jerusalem, but yet, there will, no doubt, be thousands of small towns and villages all over the world.
The Height of the Wall
“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 21:17). The phrase, “and he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits,” translates into about 216 feet, that is, if we are using 18 inches to the cubit. Once again, we come back to the multiples of twelve. Twelve times twelve is 144. As we shall see, the wall is built strictly for ornamentation. As well, its twelve times twelve height regarding cubits is, once again, a representation of perfect government, especially considering that it rests upon twelve foundations.
The phrase, “according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel,” refers to Revelation 22:9, presenting the fact that this is a man speaking to John, even a prophet, but who looks like an angel. Man’s measurement is now finally the same as that of God’s. We speak of righteousness. I think this is what The Holy Spirit is conveying here. Outside of Christ, it is impossible for man to measure up. Only with Christ can the measurement be that which God demands.
The Wall is of Jasper
“And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass” (Revelation 21:18). The phrase, “and the building of the wall of it was of jasper,” presents a precious stone of several colors. As the Glory of God shines upon these colors, they are constantly changing. God must love color, and to be sure, this wall, some 216 feet high and some 6,000 miles in length, is, as would be obvious, totally unlike any other wall the world has ever known. It will be so beautiful as to be beyond description. How is it possible to describe the structure with colors constantly changing? Where will The Lord get that much jasper? We must remember that this is a new earth.
The phrase, “and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass,” takes us beyond imagination and beyond comprehension. Many may ask, “Is all of this meant to be literal, or is it meant to be symbolic?” It should be obvious that it is literal. That which is merely symbolic is never described in such detail. No, this is a literal city, and its description is literal. It will be exactly as the Word of God says that it will be. Gold is the most beautiful metal there is. When we consider that it is pure gold, which means that it has no alloy, it will be beautiful beyond compare. As well, I’m told that such is slightly soft to the touch. We must also consider that it is transparent, but yet, with substance. Read this chapter and believe it literally as God expects you to. For, it is a description of your literal future home, that is, if you are saved. If we doubt the veracity of this that we are reading in Chapter 21, then we are, at the same time, doubting the ability of God. Why is it so hard for some to believe that God is able to do all things, in fact, as He is almighty? The problem of doubt and unbelief was generated by the fall. It is a part of sin nature, which is the proclivity of man to believe something that is untrue and disbelieve that which is true.
Garnished with Precious Stones
“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, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst” (Revelation 21:19-20). The phrase, “and the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones,” describes beauty upon beauty. We are told that the walls are made of jasper, but we aren’t told exactly what constitutes the substance of the foundations. Whatever it is, no doubt, it is made to cause the beauty of the precious stones to stand out. Foundations are normally underground, therefore, not seen, consequently, with no efforts made toward beauty. However, it seems that these twelve foundations are above the ground, with, perhaps, the first foundation extending partly in the ground down to bedrock. But again, quite possibly, these foundations will have no similarity whatsoever to that of which we are normally accustomed. In other words, they could very well rest on the power of God and not at all on bedrock. In the first place, there are twelve of these foundations, which seem to have a far greater spiritual value than material. As well, even as is overly obvious, the beauty is far more emphasized than anything else.
A Variety of Precious Stones
The phrase, “the first foundation was jasper,” is the same as the wall. This jasper has a greenish hue but is clear as crystal. The second is sapphire, which is blue. The third is chalcedony, which is a greenish sort of emerald. The fourth is an emerald, which is bright green. The fifth is sardonyx, which is red and white. The sixth is sardius, which is a bright red. The seventh is chrysolite, which is a golden yellow. The eighth is beryl, which is bluish green. The ninth is a topaz, which is yellowish green. The tenth is a chrysoprasus, which is apple green. The eleventh is a jacinth, which is blue. The twelfth is an amethyst, which is violet and purple. Beginning from the last color mentioned, a marked similarity can be seen with seven prismatic colors, violet, indigo, blue, green, yellow, orange, and red. As stated, the first, jasper, is identical with the color of the wall above, and there can be no doubt but that the colors blend harmoniously with the wall of jasper, the first mentioned. With this blended harmony of color, the foundation stones will encircle the heavenly city as with a rainbow belt. The light of the heavenly city will shine with hues that will betoken the advent of the morning; the varying tints will glow like pledges of a dayspring from on high.
Praise Upon Praises
O, dear saint, can you not sense the presence of God, even as we read the description of this eternal abode of the redeemed? Once again, hear the words of Christ, said so simply, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” (John 14:1-2) However, in a sense, let the reader understand that all of this, the beauty, the glory, the grandeur, even that which is indescribable, is all, and without exception, built upon the shed blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The preparing of this glorious place, this Celestial City, this New Jerusalem, holds no difficulty for God Almighty. However, that which made it possible for the redeemed to live eternally in this great and glorious city is of such price to beggar description, the precious blood of Christ. This is made obvious by the repetitive use of the word Lamb as it refers to Christ. Beyond imagination is the flooding of color in that incomparable city; all of these stones named here are exquisite in color. What beauty! What color! What loveliness! What grandeur! However, there is more to come.
“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” (Revelation 21:21). The phrase, “and the twelve gates were twelve pearls,” probably means that each gate, which is about 216 feet high, is made of untold thousands of pearls. Criswell says, “It is a sermon in the fact that the gates are pearl. Heaven is entered through suffering and travail, through redemption and blood, through the agony of The Cross. A pearl is a jewel made by a little animal that is wounded. Without the wound, the pearl is never formed. We enter heaven through gates of pearl.” As well, the pearl is the only precious stone that the art and the skill of man cannot improve. The tools of the craftsman and artificer may give fresh luster to the emerald and the sapphire, but he must lift no tool upon the pearl. So it is with the Truth which sets men free (John 8:32; 1 Corinthians 3:10). Through truth, and Him Who is truth, we enter the city.
The phrase, “every several gate was of one pearl,” seems to imply that this particular gate, which is probably every third or fourth one, is made out of one gigantic pearl. Of course, in the natural, there is no such thing as a pearl that large. However, we limit God when we place Him in a category of inability. The Lord can do whatever He so desires. He is almighty. The fact is this, whatever it is that God has said He will do, to be certain, He shall do.
The phrase, “and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass,” refers to the fact that, not only are all buildings of “pure gold” (Revelation 21:18), but, as well, even the streets are made of pure gold. The gold that was applied to the tabernacle and the temple of gold, whether in the furnishings or whatever, always symbolized the deity of Christ. With that being the case, with the entire Jerusalem being pure gold, we are made to know more than ever exactly as Who this “Lion of the tribe of Judah” this “Root of David” actually is (Revelation 5:5). The scripture emphatically states that it is pure gold. The purity of the gold typifies the purity of the place and, therefore, the purity of Christ. As well, it typifies all who have trusted in Him. In fact, it is so pure, that it is like transparent glass. Such is our salvation! It is a perfect salvation because it was instituted by the perfection of God and carried out by the perfect sacrifice of Christ on The Cross. As well, as this city is all of gold, salvation is all of God and none of man. While we are privileged to have it, it did not originate with us, in fact, because it could not originate with us. Pollution cannot bring forth purity. Perfection alone can bring forth purity. But it must be perfection that is poured out on The Cross, which it was, in the form of the perfect, unstained blood of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
As I journey through the land, singing as I go
Pointing souls to Calvary, to the crimson flow
Many arrows pierce my soul from without, within
But My Lord leads me on; through Him, I must win
When in service to My Lord, dark may be night
But I’ll cling more close to Him; He will give me light
Satan’s snares may vex my soul, turn my thoughts aside
But My Lord goes ahead, leads whatever betide
When in valleys low, I look toward the mountain height
And behold my Savior there, leading the fight
With a tender hand outstretched toward the valley low
Girding me, I can see, as I onward go
When before me billows rise from the mighty deep
Then my Lord directs my bark, He does safely keep
He then leads me gently on through this world below
He’s a real friend to me; O I love Him so
O I want to see Him, look upon His face
There to sing forever of His saving grace
On the streets of glory, let me lift my voice
Cares all past, home at last, ever to rejoice
The New Jerusalem
Chapter 2: The Lamb's Wife
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The continuation and extension of the ministry of our Lord, Jesus Christ
***Brothers and Sisters in Christ, Pastor Michael has been conducting Bible Studies with the congregation since early 2020, which we have transcribed and placed on this site. We started with End Times Prophecy with a Spirit-filled study on The Book of Revelation, moved on to The Book of Daniel, The Rapture of the Church, and returned to Ezekiel Chapters 40 to 48. We took a brief break from End Times Prophecy to study Divine Healing. Now, we're returning to End Times teaching with an in-depth study on The New Jerusalem.
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