A vision: total renewal

In my vision I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.

Then I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Look! God’s home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them and he will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain, for all these things are gone forever.”

And the one who sat on the throne said, “Look! I am making everything new!” And then he said to me, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”

He said to me, “It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the spring of the water of life. Those who are victorious will inherit all these things, and I will be their God and they will be my children. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the corrupt, the murderers, the immoral, the deceivers, the idolaters, and all liars—they will be consigned to the fiery lake of burning sulphur. That is the second death.”

Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls containing the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come with me! I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

Then he took me in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and he showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven. The city shone with the glory of God and sparkled like a precious stone—like jasper as clear as crystal. The city wall was broad and high, with twelve gates guarded by twelve angels, and the names of the twelve tribes of Israel were written on the gates. There were three gates on each side—east, north, south, and west. The wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were written the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

The angel who talked with me had a gold measuring rod with which to survey the city, its gates and wall. When he measured it, he found it was square, as wide as it was long. In fact, its length and width and height were each 1,400 miles. Then he measured the walls and found them to be 216 feet thick (according to the human standard used by the angel).

The wall was made of jasper, and the city was pure gold, as clear as glass. The foundations  of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.

The twelve gates were made of pearls—each gate was made of a single pearl. And the main street was pure gold, as clear as glass.

I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God illuminates the city, and the Lamb is its light. The nations will walk by that light, and the kings of the earth bring their splendour into it. The city’s gates will never be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honour of the nations will be brought into the city, but nothing evil will be permitted to enter, nor anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

John

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