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Heaven's Capital: The New Jerusalem (14 of 15)
Series: HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED ABOUT HEAVEN
Scripture describes Heaven as both a country and a city. (Luke 19:12; Heb. 11:14-16; Heb. 12:22; 13:14; Rev. 21:2)
Fifteen times in Revelation 21 and 22, the place God and His people will live together is called a city. The repetition of the word and the detailed description of the architecture, walls, streets, and other features of the city suggest that the term "city" isn't merely a figure of speech but a literal geographic location. After all, where do we expect physically resurrected people to live if not in a physical environment? Everyone knows what a city is – a place with buildings, streets, and residences occupied by people and subject to a common government.
Cities have inhabitants, visitors, bustling activity, cultural events, and gatherings involving music, the arts, education, religion, entertainment and athletics. We will have all of this and more in Heaven's capital city.
I. THE SCENE OF THE NEW JERUSALEM
The source of the City – it comes down out of Heaven from God. (v.10) If the city comes down out of Heaven, it means that it previously has always been in Heaven. It is the place of God's throne; where God rules upon the throne and Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father.
God will literally bring His city in which He inhabits down to a New Earth and make it His capital city where He dwells with His people. (Rev. 21:1-5) The city is arrayed with "the glory of God." (Rev. 21:11)
The safety of the city –
Revelation 21:11-12 – (11) "arrayed with God's glory. Her radiance was like a very precious stone, like a jasper stone, bright as crystal. (12) [The city] had a massive high wall, with 12 gates. Twelve angels were at
the gates; [on the gates], names were inscribed, the names of the 12 tribes of the sons of Israel."
The city is portrayed as a walled city whose security is beyond ques ...
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