1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. This is a new age of time, not a literal new earth. Human flesh is no more and everyone is in their new body. Ephesians 3:21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen. and 2 Peter 3:13-14 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. 14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. 2 Peter shows us the three world ages.
2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. It's for all those that chose to be part of it. It is and has been up to each of us ever since we were born. It's your choice! Stay a virgin or go whoring after satan. Spiritually speaking!
3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
"Behold the tabernacle of God" Hebrews 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; At this time of God being here, things have been completed to His perfection.
4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
This is why I always say that those that don't make it into heaven won't even be in your memory. "no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain" There will be no more sickness, anger or envy. No more wars or wants. No more hate nor religions.
5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
Our Father is telling John to write these things down about His Son Christ Jesus = "true and faithful". Jeremiah 42:5
Then they said to Jeremiah, The Lord be a true and faithful witness between us, if we do not even according to all things for the which the Lord thy God shall send thee to us.
6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. "Alpha and Omega" = "the beginning and the end".
7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. Condition! Them "that overcome" and they "shall be my son". The Way has been prepared. Do you follow God or satan? Those that follow satan, there has been a place prepared for you, so don't feel left out.
8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
Attention! Condition again! Fit in one of these and you will receive. "Second death" = soul. Who wants evil around in heaven.
9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
John is taken in the spirit by this angel of the seven viles to visit the Lords day. To see those that overcome.
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
Our eternal home "descending out of heaven from God".
11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
This Holy City glows with The Glory of God, because our Father is there.
12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
These 12 gates are the 12 tribes. John and Ezekiel see these 12 gates. Ezekiel 48:31-34 31 And the gates of the city shall be after the names of the tribes of Israel: three gates northward; one gate of Reuben, one gate of Judah, one gate of Levi. 32 And at the east side four thousand and five hundred: and three gates; and one gate of Joseph, one gate of Benjamin, one gate of Dan. 33 And at the south side four thousand and five hundred measures: and three gates; one gate of Simeon, one gate of Issachar, one gate of Zebulun. 34 At the west side four thousand and five hundred, with their three gates; one gate of Gad, one gate of Asher, one gate of Naphtali.
13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
3 = Resurrection and 4 = Earth, 12 = Governmental Perfection and are the tribes. Here we have the new earth age, resurrected and Governed by God.
14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
The unit of measure for the length, width and height is a stadion (or furlong), which is 1/8th of a Roman mile: A "reed" is about 3-1/2 of our yards. A "furlong" is approximately 220 yards, and a "cubit" is the length of an arm from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger, about 21-25 inches in length. The length of the city was 12,000 stadion (furlongs)* (verse 16).
The width of the city was 12,000 stadion (furlongs)* (verse 16).
The height of the city was 12,000 stadion (furlongs)* (verse 16).
The wall of the city was 144 cubits** high (verse 17).
A furlong or stadia was 1/8 of a Roman mile (approximately 200 yards). 12,000 furlongs would be approximately 7.2 million feet or 1364 miles.
16 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.
12,000 furlongs long, deep and high. 220 yards (201 meters) or ⅛ mile times -x 12,000 up, out and across. That 220 yards is 1 furlong. The area of one wall of New Jerusalem is 12,000 by 12,000 furlongs or 144 million square furlongs. 144,000 multiplied by 1,000 years is 144 million, a picture of how the Church of 144,000 will be a wall of protection for the thousand years of the Millennial kingdom. The new Jerusalem is a new earth age. New Jerusalem’s measurements also correlate with the size of the earth. New Jerusalem is a cube 12,000 furlongs on an edge. Smith’s Bible Dictionary says one furlong is 220 yards (660 feet). Thus 12,000 furlongs ´ 660 feet = 7,920,000 feet. 12,000 furlongs directly into 1,500 miles (1,500 miles by 5,280 feet to a mile = 7,920,000 feet). The diameter of earth is 7,920 miles and New Jerusalem is 7,920,000 feet on each side.
17 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.
A "cubit" is on average the length of an arm, From the elbow to the tip of the middle finger, about 21-25 inches in length and here we see again 144.
18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
The jasper stone is the most precious of the gem stones used in the representation of the twelve tribes of Israel. It was the stone on the high priest's breastplate and symbolic of purity, like "a crystal". The jasper "of the wall" is showing the importance The Lord had for His disciples, those at His side as He walked, healed and gave us His Words and life that we may live.
19 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;
Not your typical concrete, but "garnished" of the finest elements God has created from this planet, perhaps others.
20 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.
More of the elements garnished around the foundation of the new world age.
21 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.
Remember John is describing these things he sees with nothing to go by but what he has seen as a human being. With our understanding of what things are as we perceive things to be. Know this! It's beauty will be beyond what he is able to describe to us.
22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
There is no building as He is the physical temple. Similarities applies today as you don't need to go to a building to worship God spiritually. He hears you now.
23 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.
When your awake to what is, things seem to be much brighter. Wait until we are with our Father. He is our light now and to come.
Isaiah 60:19-20 19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee and everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. 20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.
24 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.
Every ethos = genetic blood line of the human races that overcomes and found worthy will be in new bodies living with The LORD forever.
25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. Anywhere our Father is has no darkness. The age to come will be so bright with no aspect of time.
26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
The city will have the over comers and the over comers the city. Our Father will be proud of the ones He created and all will be blessed like before.
27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life. Heaven is called such because NO evil will be in it, nor will we remember it or them that where of it. Follow The Word and have life. No murders, homos, robbers or lairs. Get with it Christians! Don't fall for the deceptions of satan and the world. Get into The Word and stand apart from them that say they are and are not.