Monday, Feb 5th - The City of God

Watchman

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I . . . saw the holy city, New Jerusalem.—Rev. 21:2.

Revelation chapter 21 compares the 144,000 to an extremely beautiful city called “New Jerusalem.” This city is based on 12 foundation stones that have written on them “the 12 names of the 12 apostles of the Lamb.” (Rev. 21:10-14; Eph. 2:20) This symbolic city looks like no other. It has a main street of pure gold, 12 gates of pearl, walls and foundations adorned with precious stones—and with perfectly balanced measurements. (Rev. 21:15-21) Still, something seems to be missing! Notice what John next tells us: “I did not see a temple in it, for Jehovah God the Almighty is its temple, also the Lamb is. And the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God illuminated it, and its lamp was the Lamb.” (Rev. 21:22, 23) Those who make up the New Jerusalem will have direct access to Jehovah.—Heb. 7:27; Rev. 22:3, 4. w22.05 17-18 ¶14-15
21-NAMES-FOUNDATIONS.jpgFor a person who grew up in the country going to a modern big city for the first time and seeing massive skyscrapers and towers might seem awe-inspiring or overwhelming. Or, imagine peasants in medieval Europe traveling to a city and walking into a cavernous cathedral such as Notre Dame or any of the great Gothic cathedrals. They may have imagined they were in God's presence.

But the symbolic city of God is way more impressive. The city is as big as a country and has towering walls 200 feet high. And forget about bricks, wood, and chiseled blocks of stone, the city of God is constructed of otherworldy materials, like a jasper stone shining crystal clear. The main street of the city of God is made of pure gold. Each of the foundational stones is adorned with different gems and has the names of the 12 apostles inscribed upon them. It has 12 gates, three on each side that are gigantic pearls with 12 angels standing guard at each entrance, not unlike the Garden of Eden. Each gate has the name of one of the 12 tribes of Israel, except we should not imagine these are the literal tribes, but rather they are the symbolic 12 tribes of 12,000 spiritual Jews who stand with Christ on Mount Zion.

The throne of God and the Lamb are located in the jeweled city. Jehovah's radiance provides illumination. Those who conquer will see Jehovah's face. Here is what Revelation 22:3-5 says: "But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his slaves will offer him sacred service; and they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. Also, night will be no more, and they have no need of lamplight or sunlight, for Jehovah God will shed light upon them, and they will rule as kings forever and ever."

Having the name of God on their foreheads signifies that Jehovah bought them from the earth with the blood of his Son. Revelation 14:1 pictures the same thing, revealing 144,000 have the name of Jehovah and Christ written upon their foreheads: "Then I saw, and look! the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who have his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads."

When does this holy city come down from heaven, before or after Armageddon? The answer is before. How do we know? Because when the Kingdom is complete and extends its domain over the world the wicked ones of Satan's world will still be on earth. Again, how do we know? The Scriptures reveal that only the holy will be allowed into the city and the light from the resplendent city will only shine upon the righteous. The rest will be debarred. The last verse of the 21st chapter says: "But anything defiled and anyone who does what is disgusting and deceitful will in no way enter into it; only those written in the Lamb’s scroll of life will enter."

Revelation 22:14-15 confirms this: "Happy are those who wash their robes, so that they may have authority to go to the trees of life and that they may gain entrance into the city through its gates. Outside are the dogs and those who practice spiritism and those who are sexually immoral and the murderers and the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices lying."

Those who gain authority to go to the trees of life gain the true spiritual paradise.


On a personal note, I met the songwriter who sings Beautiful City. He was a coffee house singer in Toronto 25 years ago. His backup singer was my wife's secretary.

 
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BARNABY THE DOG.

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View attachment 5580For a person who grew up in the country, going to a modern big city for the first time, and seeing massive skyscrapers and towers, might seem awe-inspiring or overwhelming. Or, imagine peasants in medieval Europe traveling to a city and walking into a cavernous cathedral such as Notre Dame or any of the great Gothic cathedrals. They may have imagined they were in God's presence.

But the symbolic city of God is way more impressive. The city is as big as a country and has towering walls 200 feet high. And forget about bricks, wood, and chiseled blocks of stone, the city of God is constructed of otherworldy materials, like a jasper stone shining crystal clear. The main street of the city of God is made of pure gold. Each of the foundational stones is adorned with different gems and has the names of the 12 apostles inscribed upon them. It has 12 gates, three on each side that are gigantic pearls with 12 angels standing guard at each entrance, not unlike the Garden of Eden. Each gate has the name of one of the 12 tribes of Israel, except we should not imagine these are the literal tribes, but rather they are the symbolic 12 tribes of 12,000 spiritual Jews who stand with Christ on Mount Zion.

The throne of God and the Lamb are located in the jeweled city. Jehovah's radiance provides illumination. Those who conquer will see Jehovah's face. Here is what Revelation 22:3-5 says: "But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his slaves will offer him sacred service; and they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. Also, night will be no more, and they have no need of lamplight or sunlight, for Jehovah God will shed light upon them, and they will rule as kings forever and ever."

Having the name of God on their foreheads signifies that Jehovah bought them from the earth with the blood of his Son. Revelation 14:1 pictures the same thing, revealing 144,000 have the name of Jehovah and Christ written upon their foreheads: "Then I saw, and look! the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who have his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads."

When does this holy city come down from heaven, before or after Armageddon? The answer is before. How do we know? Because when the Kingdom is complete and extends its domain over the world the wicked ones of Satan's world will still be on earth. Again, how do we know? The Scriptures reveal that only the holy will be allowed into the city and the light from the resplendent city will only shine upon the righteous. The rest will be debarred. The last verse of the 21st chapter says: "But anything defiled and anyone who does what is disgusting and deceitful will in no way enter into it; only those written in the Lamb’s scroll of life will enter."

Revelation 22:14-15 confirms this: "Happy are those who wash their robes, so that they may have authority to go to the trees of life and that they may gain entrance into the city through its gates. Outside are the dogs and those who practice spiritism and those who are sexually immoral and the murderers and the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices lying."

Those who gain authority to go to the trees of life gain the true spiritual paradise.


On a personal note, I met the songwriter who sings Beautiful City. He was a coffee house singer in Toronto 25 years ago. His backup singer was my wife's secretary.

What a beautiful picture.
 

MickHewitt

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View attachment 5580For a person who grew up in the country, going to a modern big city for the first time, and seeing massive skyscrapers and towers, might seem awe-inspiring or overwhelming. Or, imagine peasants in medieval Europe traveling to a city and walking into a cavernous cathedral such as Notre Dame or any of the great Gothic cathedrals. They may have imagined they were in God's presence.

But the symbolic city of God is way more impressive. The city is as big as a country and has towering walls 200 feet high. And forget about bricks, wood, and chiseled blocks of stone, the city of God is constructed of otherworldy materials, like a jasper stone shining crystal clear. The main street of the city of God is made of pure gold. Each of the foundational stones is adorned with different gems and has the names of the 12 apostles inscribed upon them. It has 12 gates, three on each side that are gigantic pearls with 12 angels standing guard at each entrance, not unlike the Garden of Eden. Each gate has the name of one of the 12 tribes of Israel, except we should not imagine these are the literal tribes, but rather they are the symbolic 12 tribes of 12,000 spiritual Jews who stand with Christ on Mount Zion.

The throne of God and the Lamb are located in the jeweled city. Jehovah's radiance provides illumination. Those who conquer will see Jehovah's face. Here is what Revelation 22:3-5 says: "But the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his slaves will offer him sacred service; and they will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. Also, night will be no more, and they have no need of lamplight or sunlight, for Jehovah God will shed light upon them, and they will rule as kings forever and ever."

Having the name of God on their foreheads signifies that Jehovah bought them from the earth with the blood of his Son. Revelation 14:1 pictures the same thing, revealing 144,000 have the name of Jehovah and Christ written upon their foreheads: "Then I saw, and look! the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who have his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads."

When does this holy city come down from heaven, before or after Armageddon? The answer is before. How do we know? Because when the Kingdom is complete and extends its domain over the world the wicked ones of Satan's world will still be on earth. Again, how do we know? The Scriptures reveal that only the holy will be allowed into the city and the light from the resplendent city will only shine upon the righteous. The rest will be debarred. The last verse of the 21st chapter says: "But anything defiled and anyone who does what is disgusting and deceitful will in no way enter into it; only those written in the Lamb’s scroll of life will enter."

Revelation 22:14-15 confirms this: "Happy are those who wash their robes, so that they may have authority to go to the trees of life and that they may gain entrance into the city through its gates. Outside are the dogs and those who practice spiritism and those who are sexually immoral and the murderers and the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices lying."

Those who gain authority to go to the trees of life gain the true spiritual paradise.


On a personal note, I met the songwriter who sings Beautiful City. He was a coffee house singer in Toronto 25 years ago. His backup singer was my wife's secretary.

Thanks to Jehovah's Watchman for blowing the horn in Zion: How sad for those who have not listened to Jehovah's warning message! Too bad for them! Isa65:12 "So I will destine you for the sword and all of you will bow down to be slaughtered, Because I called and you did not answer. I spoke but you did not listen. You kept doing what was bad in my eyes and chose what displeases me" 66:4 "So I will choose ways to punish them because I called and no one answered. When I spoke there were none that listened"........How blessed we are listening here. How blessed we are to be as described in 65:8 "This is what Jehovah says: 'Just as when new wine is found in a cluster of grapes and someone says 'Do not destroy it for there is some good in it'" So I will do for the sake of my servants."'" .......Who else is listening in Zion?
 
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SkinnyAndShort

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Is this to be taken literal, angels guarding the entrance to the city, while the righteous walk on through, the wicked may try but angels will prevent them from entering? So the wicked will see the Holy city with their own eyes but know they can’t enter it, while seeing righteous people walk in, or is this symbolic?
 

Watchman

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Is this to be taken literal, angels guarding the entrance to the city, while the righteous walk on through, the wicked may try but angels will prevent them from entering? So the wicked will see the Holy city with their own eyes but know they can’t enter it, while seeing righteous people walk in, or is this symbolic?
The city of God portrayed in Revelation is a picture of the heavenly Kingdom as it extends its rule over the earth. It is a picture intended to enable us to imagine the invisible. Angels do not have to be visible to have power over humans, obviously. The point is, that angels will remove wicked people from among God's people and prevent them from re-entering.
 

David Peter

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Great commentary , very interesting , and it answered a question I forgot that I wondered about, because I always thought this beautiful and awesome symbolic city of God came down after Armageddon, symbolically representing God's Kingdom ruling on earth after the wicked were destroyed.

But then I wondered - How is it that outside the city, there are the dogs, those who practice spiritism, the sexual immoral, the murderers, idolaters, everyone who loves and practices lying ?

So it makes much more sense that the symbolic City comes down - before Armageddon , symbolically representing God's Kingdom coming in stealthy amidst his enemies, - the wicked ones of Satan's world while still on earth .

But now I wonder if this event is also symbolized by the Angel descending from heaven, and his face was like the Sun....he set his right foot on the sea , but his left foot on the earth. ( Revelation 10 : 1 - 3 ) Is Jesus ruling among his enemies
Laying claim to the earth & his people.
(Jesus being Visible to the Chosen ones. )
While at the same time Satan and the wicked are still wreaking havoc for God's people.
 

Ms_ladyblue

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But now I wonder if this event is also symbolized by the Angel descending from heaven, and his face was like the Sun....he set his right foot on the sea , but his left foot on the earth. ( Revelation 10 : 1 - 3 ) Is Jesus ruling among his enemies
Laying claim to the earth & his people.
(Jesus being Visible to the Chosen ones. )
While at the same time Satan and the wicked are still wreaking havoc for God's people.
This comment made me think Chapter 110 of Psalm, particularly verse 2

“Jehovah declared to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand Until I place your enemies as a stool for your feet.” 2 Jehovah will extend the scepter of your power out of Zion, saying: “GO SUBDUING IN THE MIDST OF YOUR ENEMIES.” 3 Your people will offer themselves willingly on the day of your military force. In splendid holiness, from the womb of the dawn, You have your company of young men just like dewdrops. Jehovah has sworn an oath, and he will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever In the manner of Mel·chizʹe·dek!” 5 Jehovah will be at your right hand; He will crush kings on the day of his anger. 6 He will execute judgment against the nations; He will fill the land with dead bodies. He will crush the leader of a vast land. 7 He will drink from the stream along the road. Therefore, he will hold his head high.”
 
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