John's Vision of the Holy City
"In the spirit, he (one of the seven angels) took me to the top of an enormous high mountain, and showed me Jerusalem, the holy city, coming down from God out of heaven."
"It had all the radiant glory of God and glittered like some precious jewel of crystal-clear diamond. The walls of it were of a great height, and had twelve gates; at each of the twelve gates there was an angel, and over the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel; on the east there were three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates."
"The city walls stood on twelve foundation stones, each one of which bore the name of the one of the twelve apostles of the Lamb."
"The angel that was speaking to me was carrying a gold measuring rod to measure the city and its gates and wall. The plan of the city is perfectly square, its length the same as its breadth. He measured the city with his rod and it was twelve thousand furlongs in length and in breadth, and equal in height. "He measured the city's wall, and this was a hundred and forty-four cubits high."
A City of Crystal and Precious Stones
"The wall was built of diamond, and the city of pure gold, like polished glass. The foundations of the city wall were faced with all kinds of precious stone: the first with diamond, the second lapis lazuli, the third turquoise, the fourth crystal, the fifth agate, the sixth ruby, the seventh sapphire and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate being made of a single pearl, and the main street of the city was pure gold, transparent as glass."
I saw that there was no temple in the city since the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb were themselves the temple, and the city did not need the sun or the moon for light, since it was lit by the radiant glory of God -- and the Lamb was a lighted torch for it." See Rev. 21:22
"The pagan nations will live by its light and the kings of the earth will bring it their treasures. The gates of it will never be shut by day -- and there will be no night there -- and the nations will come, bringing their treasure and their wealth. Nothing unclean may come into it: no one who does what is loathsme or false, but only those who are listed in the Lamb's book of life." See Rev.21:27.
"Then the angel showed me the river of life, rising from the throne of God and of the Lamb and flowing crystal-clear down the middle of the city street. On either side of the river were the trees of life, which bear twelve crops of fruit in a year, one in each month, and the leaves of which are the cure for the pagans." (Rev. 22:1-2)
Death Itself will be Destroyed
"The ban will be lifted. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in its place in the city. His servants will worship him. They will see him face to face, and his name will be written on their foreheads. It will never be night again and they will not need lamplight or sunlight, because the Lord God will be shining on them. They will reign forever and ever."
"The angel said to me, 'All that you have written is sure and will come true: The Lord God who gives the spirit to the prophets has sent his angel to reveal to his servants what is soon to take place. Very soon now, I shall be with you again."
"Happy are those who treasure the prophetic message of this book."
"I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. When I had heard them all and had seen them all, I turned to the angel who had shown them to me, and knelt at his feet to worship him; but he said, 'Don't do that: I am a servant just like you and like your brothers the prophets and like those who treasure what you have written in this book. It is God that you must worship." See Rev. 22:9
For More on the Book of Revelation, See: "The Book of Revelation, Part 3"
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