Revelation 21:15–21 (ESV)
The New Jerusalem (Part 2)
15 And the one who spoke with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city and its gates and walls. 16 The city lies foursquare, its length the same
as its width. And he measured the city with his rod, 12,000 stadia. Its length and width and height are equal. 17 He also measured its wall, 144 cubits by human measurement, which is also an angel’s
measurement. 18 The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with
every kind of jewel. The first 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
chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. 21And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
In today’s reading, we get a picture of the size of the New Jerusalem. It’s BIG! The city is cube
shaped, and 1,200 miles across, 1,200 miles wide, and 1,200 miles tall. We also get from today’s reading that human and angel measurements are about the same. We either use a similar scale or they are about the same size as us. There
is one misconception, and that is the false notion that we will be angels in heaven. The bible does say we will be like angels, but we will not be angels. Angels were created by God, as well as humans. We are a separate creation and are not
the same. We were born human and will remain a human in heaven. We have also heard that you enter heaven through the pearly gates. Well, there may be some truth to that and that is found in verse 21: “21And
the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.” Notice that there are 12 gates with each gate made of a single pearl. We also see that the streets
are made of gold.
I pray: O Lord, your city sounds beautiful and I look forward to living with you forever in you Holy City, in the Kingdom of God.
Thank you for the faith you have given me. Amen.