The American Wisdom Series
Pamphlet 1918 Rev. kc 54
We, through the disciple John, are now being given a look see into eternity.
The Millennium is over.
All that which offends has been consumed away for ever and ever in the lake of fire, to be remembered no more.
And our Father has prepared a great
and beautiful city which He now brings to earth
and places squarely on the spot He picked out to be the headquarters of the universe for all eternity,
Jerusalem (read Ezek. 16).
In our last study we saw John being carried away in the
spirit by one of the seven angels
which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues to be given a grand tour of the Eternal City, New Jerusalem.
Revelation 21:10 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 forefathers did!
Yes, they were well aware of the Eternal City and the very vision of it increased their faith.
Abraham looked forward to it:
Hebrews 11:10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
Hebrews 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for He hath prepared for them a city.
Of course its number one attribute is that our Father will be there.
Rev. 21:11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
Do you remember we read of that glory and the jasper,
etc. in the 4th chapter when John described God's throne and He that sat on it?
Rev. 4:3 And He that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
Rev. 21:12 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:
Think about it!
It is so easy for us to read
parts of the Bible such as this as if it was story,
and miss the reality of what is written.
This is for real.
It shall descend from heaven and contain twelve gates, one for each of the 12 Tribes of Israel.
And the rest of the nations will be there also as we shall see in verse 24.
 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.
If we want more details all we have to do is read the rest of the Bible, it's all there.
Ezekiel, for example, tells us whose name is on which gate:
Ezekiel 48:31-35 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.  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.  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.  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.
 It was round about eighteen thousand measures: and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.
Rev. 21:14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
Note: Do you remember in chapter 7 of Revelation that two of the tribes of Israel were left out of the sealing of the 144,000? Well, if you notice carefully in Ezekiel's description of the gates of the city that all 12 original tribes are represented, or shall we say restored.
Does it not follow that the 12 Apostles written on the foundations will also be the original twelve, i.e. restored?
It is written that Judas repented for that which he had done and was then murdered by the kenites so that he wouldn't expose them. Jesus said that the Father gave all 12 disciples to Him, including the one who would fulfill the role of betraying Christ, just as it was written.
One thing is for certain, however, and that is that we are not the judge.
Rev. 21:15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
is not the same as the reed we read of in chapter 11 that was "like unto
which means it was to measure for the purpose of destruction.
 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.
The city is foursquare and about 1500 miles wide and 1500 miles high.
Of course if it were centered
in Jerusalem, 750 miles west would be in the Mediterranean Sea,
but you will recall in verse 1 of this chapter, there are no more seas at this time.
The waters have returned to the canopy in the firmament above the earth.
 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.
Since this is a perfect city, then
the cubit that this angel used would be of
He who is perfect and rules that great city, even Christ.
 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
Brilliant translucent stones
and transparent glass-like gold really only give us a glimpse,
for we see only darkly behind the veil.
 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, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
We find the breastplate stones listed in
Exodus 28:17-21 "And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four
rows of stones:
the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row.
 And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond.
 And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst.
 And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their inclosings.
 And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names,
like the engravings of a signet; every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes.
Rev. 21:21 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.
Hmmm... we read earlier whose names were on these gates and guess what?
St. Peter's name wasn't there.
Now that's funny!
 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.
Christ said He was the temple:
John 2:19-21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.  Then said the Jews, Forty and six years was this temple in building, and wilt thou rear it up in three days?  But he spake of the temple of his body.
Rev. 21:23 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.
And when the brilliant "shekinah glory" emanating from
God bounces off the water canopy 1500 miles above the earth,
the entire earth will be illuminated from within.
This thought always brings to mind the awesome experience
of the "Aurora Borealis",
the northern lights, also called the "northern dawn",
which any one traveling north in Canada may have been so privileged to witness.
As breathtakingly beautiful as they
I can only imagine that they are but a dim view of the emanations of the "shekinah glory" to come.
 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.
The Greek word translated "nations"used
here is "ethnos",
meaning the ethnic peoples of the world, who are all those races who are not of the 12 tribed House of Israel.
It is too bad that the Four Hidden
Dynasties, especially those of both religion and education,
have brought forth the humanist doctrine that there are no differences between the races.
Of course there are and there always has been, and furthermore, there always will be even throughout eternity.
But then of course the humanist also teaches that everyone is the end product of the evolution of organic slime.
They are not too bright, are they?
if the truth of God's Word were taught, that we are all equally God's children,
i.e. created by Him, and loved by Him, then the racial and cultural differences
would be looked upon as gifts from God for the purposes of His plan for His children throughout all eternity.
"Variety is the spice of life" we say, and yet God is declared a "racist" for instilling differences into His children.
So as it is written, the races shall
be present throughout the eternity
and praise God for that.
Furthermore, they shall be blessed to have their own kings
to represent them
and to bring their glory and honor into the great eternal city.
Those kings (and queens) are those
of their race
who have and even now love and follow Jesus Christ and His Word,
and who for their faithful service to Him shall lead their people into the promised land for all eternity.
And so as it is written,Rev.
nations of them which are saved, shall walk in Christ,
and share in the glory of that city to come, which is heaven on earth!
 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 any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life.
And as it is written, the rest lived happily ever after!
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to understand it, the highest of all goals.
We pray that with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, you accomplish both.
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