A GLIMPSE OF OUR NEW HOME
Revelation 21:9-22:5 (NKJV)
The New Jerusalem
9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. 12 Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 13 three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west.
14 Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. 16 The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal. 17 Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel. 18 The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
The Glory of the New Jerusalem
22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 24 And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it. 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). 26 And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it. 27 But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
The River of Life
22 And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 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. 4 They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. 5 There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.
These verses bring into view the place that Jesus referred to in John 14:2. This is the place that He has gone to prepare. The Bible gives us a description that boggles the mind and goes far beyond anything that we as humans can imagine.
In the last message, we saw the spiritual and psychological aspects of the city, now we will have an opportunity to consider the physical characteristics of our heavenly home.
Let’s look at these verses today and see if we can catch a glimpse of our new home.
I. v.9-10 THE SCENE
A. v.9 The City Identified – The city is called the Bride. It is identified with it’s inhabitants. (Ill. Heaven will be heavenly because of the occupants!)
B. v.10 The City Inspected – This city descends from Heaven from the Lord and stays above the earth. John is about to get the grand tour so he can share it with us.
II. v.11-21 THE SPLENDOR
A. v.11 It’s Shine – Ill. It shines with the very glory of God. Ill. God’s glory and man’s presence will dwell together there. (Ill. The Jasper stone – Diamond – Ill. The awesome Glory of the Lord shining throughout the city.) (Ill. New Jerusalem is a diamond set in gold for the glory of the Lord.)
B. v.12-14 It’s Standing – Ill. Walls – Separation. Walls are constructed to keep things in or to keep things out. Gates – Access. (Ill. 1 gate for each tribe in Israel!)
C. v.15-17 It’s Size – Ill. The city – 1,500 miles square. Possibly a cube, or a pyramid! Perhaps a sphere! Would have a diameter larger than the moon. If it were set along the east coast in America, it would stretch from the Atlantic to the Mississippi, and from the Canadian border to the Gulf of Mexico. Ill. The Wall stands approximately 216 feet tall. Beauty rather than protection is the basis for the design. Ill. Jasper everywhere! The glory of God will radiate and be reflected from every surface.
D. v.18-21 It’s Substance
1. v.18a The Wall – Clear Jasper.
2. v.18b The City – Pure Gold. (Ill. Pure gold is transparent!)
3. v.19-20 The Foundations.
a. Jasper – Clear – (Ill. Icicles)
b. Sapphire – Clear Blue
c. Chalcedony – Yellowish Green
d. Emerald – Deep Green
e. Sardonyx – White with layers of red.
f. Sardius – Fiery Red
g. Chrysolyte – Golden Yellow
h. Beryl – Sea Green
i. Topaz – Greenish Yellow
J. Chrysopasus – Golden Gren
k. Jacinth – Violet
l. Amethyst – Purple.
Ill. The brilliance of the glory as the light from Jesus Christ Light and Power blazes through the 12 foundations and is reflected and prismed by the Jasper of the city. (Ill. The Rainbow – The City will be a brilliant testimony to the great glory of God).
4. v.21a The Gates – Gigantic pearls.
5. v.21b The Street – Transparent gold. Ill. Only one street!
III. v.22 – 22:5 THE SUPERIORITY
A. v.22 It’s Access To God – (Ill. No temple) (Ill. The worship of that place!)
B. v.23 It’s Accents – (Ill. No sun or moon!) The light will not come from without, but from within!
C. v.24-26 It’s “Approachableness” – The gates are ever open and the peoples of the earth will bring their glory into the City. The people will come to worship, and they will come to honor God with their offerings to Him.
D. v.27 It’s Appeal – No danger or dangerous people! Ill. What an attractive place Heaven will be!
E. vrs. 1-5 It’s Appointments
1. v.1 The Crystal River – (Ill. No pollutants; No fishing either!)
2. v.2 12 Healing Trees – (Ill. No disease in eternity!) Ill. Probably for the earth dwellers. They may have to be renewed from time to time.
3. v.3a No more Curse – (Ill. All that this involves!) (Especially no more sin!)
4. v.3b The Service – Probably people from off the earth, possibly the saints.
5. v.4 The Wonder – Men will finally see the face of God! (Ill. Moses!)
6. v.5a The Lighting – God Himself will light the place.
7. v.5b The Glory – The Bride will reign with her husband the Lord Jesus Christ.
Heaven’s sounding sweeter all the time. Have you made you preparations to go there? If not, there is no better time than right now to prepare to meet God.
Christians, we need to get heavenly minded! Praise God, one day we will stand in His presence in glory! Amen!