by Tammy Phillips
November 23, 2021
“In My Father’s house are many mansions; if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, [there] you may be also.”-Jesus (John 14:2-3 NKJV)
We all want to go to the newest resort or the newest place to eat. We all have our favorite places. This is not an original idea. The LORD chose “The Place” that Israel was to worship Him, and it was not under every green tree. Read Deuteronomy 12. “The Place” was mentioned over 150 times in only 32 verses. “The chosen Place” of worship was important to God. “The Place” should be important to us because it is “The Place” to be.
“But you shall seek the place where the LORD your God chooses, out of all your tribes, to put His name for His dwelling place; and there you shall go.” (Deuteronomy 12:5 NKJV)
Abraham (Gen.22:4) and Jacob (Gen.28:11, 16-17) saw “The Place.” David sought and found “The Place” (Ps. 132:5, 1 Chronicles 15, 18, 20). Solomon built and found “The Place” with David’s direction (2 Chronicles 3:1, 1 Chronicles 7:12,15). This was the earthly place Israel was to worship God. One of the names Jews have for Jerusalem is Ha MaKom, “The Place.”
Jesus told His followers, “I go to prepare a place for you, and nobody comes to the Father , but by Me.” (John 14:2, 6) Our Ha Makom, “our Place,” is the Father’s house. Our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20-21). We are raised up together and seated together in heavenly places (Eph. 2:6). We are His heavenly people; complete in Him. (Colossians 1,2) We are His chosen place, and He is our place. (John 15:4)
Let’s look at New Jerusalem, Heavenly Jerusalem, “The Place” he has prepared for us! The place to be!
“And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, “having the glory of God. Her light [was] like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.” (Revelation 21:11 NKJV)
Jasper is defined as a precious stoned of different colors. When I “googled” jasper, I saw the colors of the rainbow and more. One type of Jasper is called kaleidoscope. (See dream in yesterday’s post)
New Jerusalem has Walls And Gates
She had a great, high wall with twelve gates, three to north southeast and west. The gates were named after the twelve tribes of the children of Israel. (Rev. 21:12-13) The wall of the city had twelve foundations with names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. (Rev. 21:14) The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth.
New Jerusalem’s Size
The angel measured twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal.” (Revelation 21:16 NKJV). The Greek word for furlong is stadion and it’s the derivative of our word, stadium. (Yep, there are “stadiums” in heaven, men.) New Jerusalem is about 12,000 stadiums long, high, and wide. One furlong is about 660 feet or .125 miles, multiply by 12,000 and you get about 1500 miles. This is equivalent to 2,250, 000 square miles. The distance from Nashville, Tennessee to Las Vegas, Nevada is about 1576 miles. And the distance from the Gulf of Mexico to the Canadian border is roughly 1500 miles. This is some city. Don’t forget, it is reaches 1500 miles high, too. Denver is dethroned as the “Mile High City!”
He measured the walls and found them to be 216 feet high (according to the human standard used by the angel).(Rev. 21:17) This is near the height of 15 to 20 story building. This is the wall. The wall was made of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. (Rev.21:18)
The Foundation Walls
The foundation was adorned with all kinds of precious stones:
- the twelfth amethyst
- the eleventh jacinth
- the tenth chrysoprase
- the ninth topaz
- the eighth beryl
- the seventh chrysolite
- the sixth sardius
- the fifth sardonyx
- the fourth emerald
- the third chalcedony
- the second sapphire
- the first foundation: jasper
- (Rev. 21:19-20 )
“The twelve gates [were] twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city [was] pure gold, like transparent glass.” (Rev. 21:21 NKJV)
For fun, let’s guess and say the gate was only one fourth the height of the wall, 54 foot high or five stories high. Have you ever seen a pearl of that magnitude? …And the streets of gold.
“The Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.” (Rev. 21:22 NKJV)
The presence of the LORD!
New Jerusalem’s Light Source
The glory of God illuminated it. The city did not need the sun, nor the moon because there is no night either. The Lamb is the light. (Rev. 21:23, 25). “God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” (1 John 1:5 NKJV)
New Jerusalem’s Gates are Always Open
“Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there).” (Rev. 21:25 NKJV). Then why have gates? I do not know.
New Jerusalem’s Entrance Mandate
- R.S.V.P to Jesus
- Name written on the list: the Lamb’s Book of Life
- Followers of Jesus Only
- No walk-ups at the gate
- No unclean, evil, profane, polluted, or impure
- No one who practices shameful idolatry or dishonesty
- Nothing that causes an abomination or a lie
- Nothing detestable or deceitful
(Revelation 21: 27 NKJV)
I enCOURAGE you to follow Jesus in all your ways. He is the way to “The Place.” I promise you this is a ticket you do not want to turn down! It is a life and a hope you do not want miss. It is Glory. It is forever living in the presence of God, Light and Love. I promise you that it is everything you have ever wanted, or have been looking for. Make your reservations now! Choose Jesus!
*The blue portion of today’s post was inspired and borrowed from Billye Brim’s, The Book of Revelation Syllabus, pg.80-81