THE GLORIOUS CHURCH
When you get to chapter 21 of Revelation the world of the wicked which existed in the Roman Empire has been destroyed…the world of those who have served the beast has completely been dismantled.
So, let’s look at this. Now keep in mind, this is language of blessing…it is a vision…and this is not something that is going to literally take place.
And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues, came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I shall show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God.
The angel said he was going to show John the “bride of Christ”…and now he is showing him the “holy city, Jerusalem”…they two are one and the same.
He says that the “holy city, Jerusalem” had the “glory of God.’
Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper. 12 It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are those of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel.
13 There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
In Eph. 2:19-22 we find these words: So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household, 20 having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together is growing into a holy temple in the Lord; 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
The Christians in the book of Ephesians “were built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets”…or what the apostles and prophets taught.
15 And the one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall. 16 And the city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. 17 And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements.
I want you to notice verse 16 as recorded in the KJV:
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.
Notice, the city is “foursquare.”
And notice, in the KJV it is 12 furlongs…notice the number 12 again which is the number of God’s people.
Look at verse 17: And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements.
The King James Version says: 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.
Now, I put a pencil to it…if you take 12 thousand furlongs…a furlong by today’s measure is 1/8 of a mile…that makes 12 thousand furlongs 1500 miles.
Rome just thought it was strong and powerful.
Now, as we go through the 3 verses you are going to see a staggering picture of preciousness.
The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; 20 the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
Now, look at verse 22: I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
If there had been a temple in this city that would have spoken of separation between God and His people.
But in this city there is no temple with a holy place of separation. In this city the people are always in the presence of God and He is always with His people.
23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.
The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.
And in the daytime (for there shall be no night there) its gates shall never be closed; 26 and they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; 27 and nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.
In chapter 22:14 and 15 we find a brief commentary on these verses. Notice what it says: Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city. 15 Outside are the dogs and the sorcerers and the immoral persons and the murderers and the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices lying.
Many people claim to be a member of the church.
You cannot be a member of the church…or the precious city of God if you are unclean.
And Acts 22:16 tells us when that cleansing takes place when it says: Acts 22:16
And now why do you delay? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’
Won’t you come to Christ and be cleansed by His blood…and thus become a citizen of His city…the church.