Verse By Verse Through Revelation (21:14-18)

the new city Jerusalem

14 The city wall had twelve foundations, and the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb were on the foundations.

Why were the apostles’ names on the foundations of the new city, Jerusalem? They were the ones that the Lord sent out into the whole world to preach Jesus Christ, death and resurrection, that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but pass from death to life.

The Gospel [the good news] holds the rest of the Scriptures up because Jesus was the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies.  

All of the Scripture hinges on the coming Messiah and His atoning sacrifice. Everything in the Word of God is about Jesus Christ.

Luke 24:26-27

26 Wasn’t it necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted for them the things concerning himself in all the Scriptures.


15 The one who spoke with me had a golden measuring rod to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.

The angel who was showing John the visions was now going to unveil the size of this massive city. 


16 The city is laid out in a square; its length and width are the same. He measured the city with the rod at 12,000 stadia. Its length, width, and height are equal.

There are 600 ft per 1 stadia so the length would be 1,379 miles in either direction [north or south], and the same miles across [west and east]. The wall’s hight will be 1,379 miles up as it includes hight being the same measurement. 

To put it into perspective, from Miami Florida to New York City is about 1,278 miles. Using that length and putting it into a square and then straight up is how this massive city will be like. 


17 Then he measured its wall, 144 cubits according to human measurement, which the angel used.

One cubit is 1.5 ft. so 144 cubits will be 216 ft. The walls are going to be 216 ft thick. Not only is the new city massive but it will be impenetrable. The huge city and its thickness reveal that it is impossible for sin and anything unclean to ever enter there. It also shows the strength of the city [security]. 


18 The building material of its wall was jasper, and the city was pure gold clear as glass.

Gold and precious stones in Scripture represents kingship, sovereignty, majesty, power, and wealth. It also represents righteousness [good works]

1 Corinthians 3:12-13

12 If anyone builds on the foundation with gold, silver, costly stones, wood, hay, or straw, 13 each one’s work will become obvious. For the day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire; the fire will test the quality of each one’s work.

the city was pure gold clear as glass. It will reflect the glory of God who will be our light source. 

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Could Jesus Have Sinned While He Was In The Body Here On Earth?

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Jesus in the wilderness, fasting and waiting to be tempted by the devil

Matthew 4:1

Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.

The simple answer to the question “could Jesus have sinned” is NO. Why?

Colossians 2:9

For the entire fullness of God’s nature dwells bodily in Christ

Just like water that fills the vessel [jar] so likewise, God filled the flesh by putting it on like clothing. Jesus not only couldn’t have sinned, But He also did not desire it. 

Psalm 5:4 

For you are not a God who delights in wickedness;
evil cannot dwell with you.

Sin or evil CANNOT be found in God period. God Himself filled Jesus Christ like one who puts on a garment. Who is the real person, the garment or the one it is on? Jesus’ flesh was that garment which was on the Living God who is pure righteous and who hates sin. 

Proverbs 6:16-19

16 The Lord hates six things;
in fact, seven are detestable to him:
17 arrogant eyes, a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood,
18 a heart that plots wicked schemes,
feet eager to run to evil,
19 a lying witness who gives false testimony,
and one who stirs up trouble among brothers.

When the Bible says that the Word [Jesus who is God John 1:1] became flesh, it does not mean that the flesh that was on Him gave lustful and sinful cravings to the Son of God. It just means that Jesus in the body needed to eat, sleep, rest, and eventually, the body that God put on was to die for our sins or else He couldn’t have. 

Hebrews 10:4-5

4 For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins. 5 Therefore, as he was coming into the world, he said:

You did not desire sacrifice and offering,
but you prepared a body for me.

In Jesus’ temptation, He did not have a desire to sin [to rebel against the Father] like people do who are born in sin. Satan tried to make Jesus sin through his temptations, but Jesus wasn’t persuaded to take his offers. His passion was to please God and since He came from the Father, whatever the Father detested so did He.

Jesus was put to the test and He came out victoriously.

They are two different types of temptations

1. A person is tempted when he or she comes across a strong desire or a craving from the flesh to sin.

2. The one who is doing the tempting will try to get the person to take his bait however, it does not mean that the one being tempted will desire what the tempter is offering.

Jesus falls in the number 2 category because He did not desire to sin of any kind.

The devil will always tempt you to sin through the lust of the flesh, but God, on the other hand, will test you through tribulations so you can see where your faith in Him is at.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (21:9-13)

Gate

9 Then one of the seven angels, who had held the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues, came and spoke with me: “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

The angel who was in charge of bringing one of the worst plagues on the earth [see Revelation 16:17-21] came to John to reveal the bride.

The Bride refers to the saints [Matthew 22:1-14] and the Lamb is Jesus Christ [John 1:29].

The imagery between the saints and Jesus Christ as a husband and wife shows that we are one with Christ [the Spirit of God living in us], we will be with Him for all eternity, and see Him as He is. Like a wife who leaves her old life behind to start a new one with her husband, so we are leaving this sinful world to start a new life in the new earth with Jesus Christ.


10 He then carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God

He then carried me away in the Spirit refers to the vision that the LORD showed him of the holy city made from the hands of God coming down to the new earth.


11 arrayed with God’s glory. Her radiance was like a precious jewel, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.

The holy city, the new Jerusalem will contain the glory of the LORD. God’s light and power will illuminate the whole city. The city will shine like precious jewels.


12 The city had a massive high wall, with twelve gates. Twelve angels were at the gates; the names of the twelve tribes of Israel’s sons were inscribed on the gates.

The huge wall and the twelve gates bring to reality that not everyone can just walk in and enter it. To have access through the gates is by being born again through faith in Jesus Christ.

the names of the twelve tribes of Israel’s sons were inscribed on the gates. The gates have the names of Jacob’s sons because through them [the 12 sons of Jacob] the children of Israel [the Jewish people] came into being.  God changed Jacob’s name to Israel.


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

For the names corresponding to every three gates on all four sides read Ezekiel 48:30-34.

The new city will have access on all four sides for the saints who will come in to bring glory to the Lord.