A Scintillating Crystal Cube!

Ruth Siemens

READ : Revelation 21:1-22:5

I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem. (Revelation 21:2)

John sees a sparkling, jeweled crystal cube! Is it heaven? The angel says it’s the Bride, the Church descending from God. Her people are born of God. She is set down on the new earth, her eternal home. Heaven! Why is the church a cube 1400 miles in each direction? She is perfect and has room for all who believe. Why transparent gold walls? To expose God’s glory. Why are the Apostles’ names on the foundation stones? Doctrine matters. Why zillions of multicolored gems? We’ll all sparkle like stars forever (Dan. 12:3). Why three gates on each side? Converts come from east, west, south and north. Why angel guards? So nothing impure may enter. Why gates of pearl? Our entry cost Jesus all he had (Mt. 13:45, 46). Why names of the 12 patriarchs? This fulfills God’s promises to Abraham (Rom. 4:13; Heb. 11:10).

Why is there a golden avenue from each gate to the throne? Access to God is precious! Why a river from the throne along each street and a park with medicinal fruit trees? God gives life and healing to the nations through believers. Why no temple? All of life is sacred. Why no light? There is no night. The city is the ideal that the Church is becoming. The King sees her as already beautiful! On our new earth “we will see his face!”

PRAYER

Lord, I rejoice at the wonder of my future!