The angel measures the city with a golden reed or measuring rod.
Since the streets are composed of gold and the city is pure gold as well (Revelation 21:18), a gold yardstick is appropriate. (It's a good thing that thieves are excluded - 1 Corinthians 6: 10 - otherwise the Holy City's freeways would disappear!)
Verse 16 informs us that the New Jerusalem is tetragonal, or foursquare in shape.
The city is a perfect cube because its width, length, and height are equal. In fact, the angel discovers its dimensions to be 12,000 furlongs wide, long, and high. Most scholars believe this to be a distance of 1,500 miles.
- Dr. A. C. Gaebelein says, "Twelve thousand furlongs constitutes fifteen hundred miles."
- Seiss states: "The golden city is 1,500 miles square; for 12,000 stadia make 1,500 miles."
Placed over the United States of America, the heavenly city would extend from the northernmost point of Maine to the southernmost point of Florida and from the eastern seaboard to Colorado. In fact, the major cities of the world are mere villages in comparison with the New Jerusalem.
Because it also extends 1,500 miles upward into space, it could literally contain every person who has ever been born, plus additional billions as well.
The wall extends around the city and is approximately 216 feet in height, for a cubit is the distance from the elbow to the end of the middle finger (approximately eighteen inches).
Now let's look into the magnificent beauty of God's Holy City.
Notice first that the wall of jasper represents Christ, in His radiant glory, surrounding His saints. Next the pure gold city typifies the righteousness of God's holy nature, and then the precious colorful stones-startlingly brilliant-picture the Lord's attributes as well as various aspects of His redemptive work.
Imagine the scene when the light of the city-the Lord Jesus Christ (Revelation 21:23) - shines through the brilliancy of these stones! When John's vision becomes a reality-then and
only then-we will begin to understand the term the glory of God!
The beautiful city also pictures the saints of all ages joined together in love, for the names of the twelve tribes of Israel are coupled with the names of the apostles. This means that all of God's people from all dispensations have finally been joined together in one truly ecumenical brotherhood. No longer will we be Baptists, Lutherans, Methodists, Nazarenes, or Presbyterians. Instead, we will be united brethren! What a glorious day when we lay aside eternally the tags that so often divide us.
On earth, God always had a dwelling place-a temple or tabernacle-where men could come to worship and commune with Him. Such a place is no longer needed, for the tabernacle of God is now with men. He has chosen to dwell with them (Revelation 21:3).
While on earth, Jesus said, I am the light of the world (John 8:12). Now, in the eternal city, Christ, in all His radiant splendor and glory, shines forth so magnificently that darkness becomes an impossibility. No wonder there shall be no night there!
These verses undoubtedly picture the multitudes who came through the Millennium as born-again, regenerated believers. They did not follow Satan in the final rebellion upon his release from the bottomless pit. Therefore, they entered the eternal state in bodies of flesh. Their rulers, kings, and presidents-also born again and still living in earthly bodies-now bring their glory and honour into the New Jerusalem as well.
They come to praise Him who is all in all.
As they arrive, there is no fear of assassination, recrimination, terrorism, or robbery. Such events are no longer possible.
• God is present.
• Satan is destroyed.
• Temptation is forever past.
Thus, the gates of the city are never locked. Security is needless in the land of eternal day where there is no night. At this point, however, the warning flag is again lifted.
A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM DR. JACK VAN IMPE
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