Monday, October 6, 2014
Construction of the City
“And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. 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. 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 21:18-21)
The wall of the city was of polished jasper stone. The city itself was constructed of gold so pure it is like looking at fine glass. The twelve foundations of the wall were each overlaid with precious or semi-precious stone. Each of the twelve gates will be made of a single huge pearl.
“And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.” (Revelation 21:22-23)
There is no need for a temple or priests to pray to God because he and his son are right there all the time. In fact they provide the light so the sun never needs to shine.
“And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.” (Revelation 21:24-27)
All those who have been saved before the Lord throughout the ages, including the Millennium will live in the light of that great city, treating it as their capitol. The gates never close because there will be no night there and people come to the city freely. No diseases or people who do things against god aor deceives people will ever be allowed into the city, but only those whose names have been written in the book of life.
“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. 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.” (Revelation 22:1-2)
Out of the throne of God and of Christ flows a river of the water of life. On each side of the river, along the streets are rows of the tree of life. These trees produce twelve different kinds of fruit and every month some of the fruit ripens so that there is never a time of food shortage. The leaves of the trees cure any health problems the different peoples may have.
“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: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 22:3-5)
The curses that resulted from Adam and Eve’s sin will be removed from the earth, so that sin will no longer separate between man and God. They can see God’s face and live, and he provides the light they need. They will live with him forever, as kings and priests.