Summary: This sermon provides details of our eternal dwelling place.
New Jerusalem Is Described
9Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, "Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb's wife."
10And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
11having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.
12Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
13three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west.
14Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall.
16The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal.
17Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.
18The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.
19The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald,
20the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst.
21The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
22But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
23The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light.
24And the nations of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor into it.
25Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there).
26And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it.
27But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.
Today in our look at Revelation chapter 21
we get a description of the place where we spend eternity.
In many of the hymns we sing and Christian songs we hear
the pearly gates and streets of gold are often mentioned.
People get the idea that those who have died
entered into heaven through pearly gates
and were welcomed by St. Peter.
Those songs suggest that those who have died
are now walking streets of gold.
Today we will see that a city called New Jerusalem
will have pearly gates and streets of gold.
However, New Jerusalem is not the heaven
where we go when we die.
New Jerusalem will become our eternal dwelling place
after the 1,000 year millennium is over
and the Great White Throne Judgment has been completed.
The Bible doesn’t tell us much about what heaven looks like now.
I’m sure it’s a beautiful place.
However, pearly gates and golden streets will be in New Jerusalem
and nowhere does the Bible say they exist in heaven now.
Revelation chapter 4 told us there is a constant chant of holy angels
continually proclaiming Holy, Holy, Holy over the throne of God.
The Throne in heaven where God sits
is surrounded by magnificent angels full of glory and power
proclaiming and blessing the holy name of God without ceasing.
Revelation 4:4-6 tells us what John saw in heaven.
Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white robes; and they had crowns of gold on their heads. 5 And from the throne proceeded lightnings, thunderings, and voices. Seven lamps of fire were burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God. 6 Before the throne there was a sea of glass, like crystal. And in the midst of the throne, and around the throne, were four living creatures full of eyes in front and in back.
So we must as we continue further into chapter 21