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Recently, we learned that the new Jerusalem was 12000 stadia in length, width and height. It represents 12000 Jews from each of the original 12 tribes of Israel that accepted Christ as savior. Most Jews did not. Also, the gentiles (non Jews) that accepted Christ throughout the history of the world will live here.

Now let’s study the size of 12000 stadia. Converting to miles, 12000 stadia is about 1380 miles. That is 1380 miles in length, 1380 miles in width, and 1380 miles in height. This is equivalent to half way across America, from Canada to Mexico, and 1380 miles into the atmosphere. That is 7,286,400 feet upward. If a single story is 12 feet high, it would be 607,200 stories. It is possible that gravity doesn’t exist and we can travel up and down as well as sideways? To be sure, the new Jerusalem is enormous with enough room for all believers.

Another possibility, 12000 stadia or 1380 miles is about the size of the middle east. This is the area Apostle John was aware of and it represented the entire world. Therefore, the new Jerusalem could represent the entire new earth. If it’s not the entire new earth, who’s to say we can’t travel outside the new Jerusalem to the rest of the new earth?

Thank you so much for studying. God bless.

Jeff

Let’s review. The rapture occurs and all believers are in heaven. God releases the seven bowl judgements that destroy the earth. Nonbelievers who didn’t receive the Holy Spirit are condemned to the eternal lake of fire. Believers who received the Holy Spirit are transferred to a new earth and new heaven. Here they will live forever. God’s holiness will provide light to the new earth. There will be no sun.

God describes the believers on the new earth as the new Jerusalem. On the old earth, the church is referred to as the believers and not the building. Similarly, on the new earth, the new Jerusalem is referred to as the believers and not the physical structures. We don’t know how the new earth appears. Because there will be no earthquakes, hurricanes, natural disasters, or temperature swings, it may appear as the original Garden of Eden; no buildings at all. Also, it may appear as something we’ve never imagined.

Let’s read more about the new Jerusalem.

Revelation 21:16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it was long.

This scripture says that the city is 12,000 stadia in length, width and height. It is a perfect square. We will study the size of the new Jerusalem in our next blog, but now I’d like to discuss the meaning of 12,000 stadia. It represents the 12,000 Jews from each of the 12 tribes of Israel that accepted Christ as savior. Most Jews throughout history did not. Therefore, the new Jerusalem is the 144,000 Jews (12,000 X 12 tribes) that accepted Christ, as well as the gentiles (non Jews) that accepted Christ throughout the history of the world.

Jerusalem was the original capital city of Israel under King David and King Solomon and contained the Temple of God. The new Jerusalem will be like a new and final city or destination for the Jews who accepted Christ, as well as the gentiles who accepted Christ throughout history. We do not know how the city or new earth will appear.

Thank you so much for studying. God bless.

Jeff

Last week we studied that the wall, surrounding the new Jerusalem, is symbolic. It symbolizes security to all believers in the new Jerusalem.

Let’s study the next scripture.

Revelation 21:14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb (Jesus).

We know the apostles are Simon the Zealot, Peter, Thomas, Bartholomew, John, Andrew, Peter, James the Greater and James the Lesser, Phillip, Mathew, and Mathias.

Again, this imagery is symbolic. It is not describing a physical foundation that physical structures rest upon. It is describing all believers that make up the new Jerusalem. The foundation of their faith is in the original twelve apostles.

Jesus and the Holy Spirit are the key to salvation, but the ministerial foundation or the teaching about Jesus and the Holy Spirit were continued by the twelve apostles. They are the foundation or the building blocks.

Those that take the apostles testimony and teachings to heart will be protected in the new Jerusalem forever, no matter what happens to them on the original earth.

Thank you so much for studying. God bless.

Jeff

Let’s continue our study of the new Jerusalem on the new earth.

Revelation 21:12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.

In his vision, Apostle John saw a high wall around the new Jerusalem. A wall has always been to protect individuals on the inside. The new Jerusalem is the final home of believers and there is no more war, no more pain and no more suffering. There is no need for protection. There is no need for a wall. The wall is SYMBOLIC of security. Believers in Christ will never again be attacked. Also, the image of twelve angels at the twelve gates represents absolute security.

In addition, on the twelve gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. This is also symbolic. The foundation of our faith began with these twelve tribes. There is not twelve gates to enter the new Jerusalem. In reality, there is one way and one gate to heaven and to the new Jerusalem. It is to believe in Jesus Christ and receive the Holy Spirit.

Revelation 21:13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west.

Also symbolic. This scripture denotes the collection of believers from all parts of the world. Believers shall come from the east, north, south and west. Believers will come from every nation and every land to live in the new Jerusalem forever and ever.

Thank you so much for studying. God bless.

Jeff

Let’s continue our study of the new Jerusalem on the new earth. In my opinion, God is not describing a physical structure. Believers won’t be living in a city that is physically made of jasper, pearl, granite, and gold. These descriptions are symbolic. They describe the glorious presence of God and the state of living with him forever and ever.

Revelation 21:11 I (Apostle John) shone with the GLORY OF GOD, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal.

The glorious presence of God will dwell with Apostle John and all believers, casting a luster on them. Gods glory is compared to a jasper stone, clear and pure.

Next week, we will study the high walls and twelve gates of the new Jerusalem.

Thank you so much for studying. God bless.

Jeff

Recently, we studied that Jesus will return in the air with his angels and past believers. The believers on earth will be raptured to meet them in the air. This takes place in the twinkling of an eye (very, very quickly). After this, the earth will be destroyed by a series of seven bowl judgements.

Eventually, all believers will reside on a new earth. On the new earth, there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain. The glory of God will give the new earth constant light. Let’s now study the new Jerusalem on the new earth.

Revelation 21:1-2 Then I saw “a new heaven and a new earth,” for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.

Many believe the new Jerusalem is a physical city that extends down from heaven. I believe the new Jerusalem is a symbolic description of the holy believers who came out of (down from) heaven to dwell on the new earth. It may be describing the believers actually descending from heaven to the new earth.

Revelation 21:9 … “Come, I will show you (Apostle John) the bride (believers), the wife of the Lamb (Jesus).

The bride is often described as all believers married to Christ. The new Jerusalem on the new earth is the church of Christ or the believers. It is the Holy City because it is the believers, made pure by receiving the Holy Spirit. Nonbelievers can not come to the new earth and the new Jerusalem.

Next week we will continue our study of the new Jerusalem.

Thank you so much for studying. God bless.

Jeff

God has given us several clues concerning the new heaven and new earth. First, the earth will no longer receive light from the sun or the moon. There will no longer be night time and no need of lamps. The glory of God will give the new earth constant light.

Secondly, Revelation 21:1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.

This scripture says that the new earth will have no sea. By the placement of the comas, this scripture is speaking of the new earth and not the old earth. The new earth will have no sea.

This might be because believers will live in spiritual bodies, not fleshly bodies. There will be no need for water to survive. The example we have of a spiritual body is how Jesus appeared to Mary Magdalene and the apostles after his crucifixion.

Also, with no sea, there will be no separation of lands. There will be unfeathered access of people with each other.

Other scholars believe the sea is symbolic of the masses of people.

Revelation 17:15 Then the angel said to me, “The waters where the prostitute is ruling represents the masses of people of every nation and language.

When God says there was no longer any sea, he is telling us that there will be no more masses of sinful people. On the new earth, only believers reside. Only those made righteous by believing in Jesus and receiving the Holy Spirit.

Whichever way God meant, I think both points of view hold true on the new earth.

Thank you so much for studying. God bless.

Jeff

We have read that during the final judgement, Satan and the false prophet will be thrown into the eternal lake of fire. Believers go to heaven and will be rewarded according to the works they have done. Next, where do non-believing souls go?

Mathew 25:33 He will place the sheep (believers) on his right and the goats (non-believers) on his left.

Mathew 25:34 Then the King (Jesus) will say to those on his right (believers), come, you who are blessed by my Father, take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

Mathew 25:41 “Then he will say to those on his left (non-believers), “Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.

Revelation 20:14-15 Then death and hades (hell) were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyones name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

All non-believing souls, including those in hell, will be thrown into the eternal lake of fire along with Satan, the false prophet, and the angels that followed Satan. This is the second death and there is no longer an earth and no longer a hell which was located at the center of the earth (see study on hell).

Thank you so much for studying. God bless.

Jeff

Last week we read that the devil (Satan) was thrown into the lake of burning fire. This is the final place of eternal torment. What happens next?

Revelation 20:11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it.

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, the books were opened. Another book was opened which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books.

The dead (everyone at this point), great and small, means the powerful and powerless, the good and bad, the rich and poor, believers and nonbelievers will be judged. All souls are judged according to what they have done.

This may seem like an error. Aren’t believers saved by faith and not by works? Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith- and not through yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast. Why are believers judged according to what they have done?

The above is absolutely true. A soul is saved through faith and not by works, but true faith will produce good works. Faith includes works. Rarely, a person will die immediately after they receive Christ. In these cases, they will be saved by faith alone. For the majority of believers, faith is combined with the good works they are spurred to do in Christ’s name. Faith without works is dead. Good works are part of a persons faith. A real servant of Christ will do good works.

Here’s the difference between believers and nonbelievers.

From the above scripture Revelation 20:12 … Another book was opened which is the book of life. This book contains the names of all believers who are granted eternal life in heaven. Their entrance into heaven is based on faith. They have received the righteousness of the Holy Spirit. Once in heaven, their reward is determined by the good works they have done. One possible reward might be the level of heaven they reside? (See study on heaven to study three levels). There may also be rewards that we cannot imagine.

If you have no faith and have denied Christ and the Holy Spirit, your name will not be in the book of life. You are judged only by your works. Your righteousness alone can never reach God’s level and you are condemned to the eternal lake of fire (second death) with Satan.

Thank you so much for studying. God bless.

Jeff

So far, we have studied the book of Revelation from the time of Jesus and the Roman Empire until the time of the
seventh trumpet sound, the return of Jesus and the rapture.  What happens next?  The judgement!

The first time that Jesus came to earth, he transformed himself from an omnipresent spirit (that filled the entire
universe) into a human with flesh.  He came to earth to save the souls of the world.

The second time he comes to earth, he will appear in the sky (spiritual form) with his angels and the
souls/spirits of past believers.  He will not return in human form.  Jesus will rapture the believers and then
comes the wrath or judgement on the world!

Isaiah 66:15  For behold, the Lord will come with fire.  His chariots are like a whirlwind- to execute his
anger with fury and his rebuke with flames of fire.

Revelation 15:1  I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign:  seven angels with the seven last
plagues-  last, because with them God’s wrath is complete.

Revelation 15:6  Out of the temple came seven angels with seven plagues.

Revelation 15:7  Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven bowls filled with the
wrath of God, who lives forever and ever.

Revelation 16:1  …  “Go, pour out the seven bowls of God’s wrath on the earth.”

It is time for God to end the great distress.  It is time for God to destroy the man of lawlessness and his followers.
It is time for God to enact his final and divine wrath or judgement upon the earth!

Thank you so much for studying.  God bless.

Jeff