The New Jerusalem, the great love affair

The New Jerusalem, the great love affair.


Artist depiction of the New Jerusalem.
Rev 21: 2
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband
So this will be a wondrous city that will never perish or decay.
There has always been one city that seems to have captured the heart of both man and God and that city is Jerusalem.  However there is promised another city a “NEW” City called the New Jerusalem.  What was started in a garden called Eden finished in a metropolis called Jerusalem.
We are given its measurements.  I post what one web site worked it out.
The Apostle John, “carried away in the spirit” while on Patmos, witnessed “the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Revelation 21:2). He made various observations concerning this structure; for the purposes of the study in hand, one key verse emerges: 
“The city lieth four-square, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.”(Revelation 21:16)  
This, then, is the “Father’s house” which Jesus was referring to in His discourse with the disciples. The two particular features outlined here to take note of are: 
1) It is in the form of a perfect cube.
2) Its dimensions are:   12,000 furlongs by 12,000 furlongs by 12,000 furlongs.
Let us deal with the second observation first! Out with the measuring tape!
12,000 furlongs translates into 1,500 miles, and the ground-plan of the New Jerusalem accordingly works out as covering an amazing TWO AND A QUARTER MILLION SQUARE MILES!
But having said that, the city is also 1,500 miles high!
This means that its cubic capacity works out at the staggering figure of: 3.375 billion cubic miles!!!
Consider. If every single inhabitant was to be allocated half a cubic mile each (how does that compare with your current house and garden???), then the New Jerusalem would house on this basis some 27 billion persons!
Given a quarter of a cubic mile each (more than ample for a personal mansion in its own parkland, wouldn’t you say?), then the New Jerusalem would accommodate an almost unimaginable 216 billion people
No-one knows exactly how many humans have ever lived on this planet. Estimates of earth’s all-time population range from a low of around 45 billion to a high of around 125 billion, with many of the sounder estimates coming out at between 90 and 110 billion. A calculation based on 2002 figures arrived at a figure of 106 billion.
So even at a mere(!) quarter of a cubic mile each, the New Jerusalem would house every person who has ever existed twice over!
It can thus be clearly demonstrated that God has fully allowed for EVERYONE to inhabit His “house”, this quite incredible four-square city. We have the free will to decide whether or not we will live there ourselves; the tragic fact is that the many millions who reject God’s plan of redemption through the Cross of Jesus Christ will never get to see “the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.” (1 Corinthians 2:9). The Lord offers you one of His “many mansions” – no mortgage required! The decision is yours. 
Rev 7: 9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
WE CANNOT BE NUMBERED!  WHEN MANY HAVE BELIEVED THAT THEY STOOD ALONE AS ELIJAH DID, THE LAST TO STAND REMEMBER THIS WE BECOME THE MAJORITY.
THIS ALONE SHOULD BLOW YOUR MIND RIGHT OUT OF ITS SOCKET.
 Rev 21: 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God.
 Some people see this city as sitting above the planet whilst others see it a sitting on the planet.  The truth we are not told.  But we can gather a few bits of information about this city.
 In the garden God would walk with Adam in the cool of the day.  But in the New Jerusalem he will be our abiding light.  Which means his prescience will be there continually overshadowing us.  In the garden there was a sense of innocence, in the city there is a maturity.   What started in the garden becomes a cosmopolitan city giving full expression to those who inhabit that city.  This will be a busy city which will give full expression to the nature of God, a redeemed humanity. 
 This will be a holy City
This will be a city of light
This will be a city that never sleeps
This will be a city of peace and joyful expression
This will be a city of community where people will interact with each other.
This will be a city that will express the purity of God.
This city will be full of people for the redeemed shall walk its streets.
Love will be its currency
 There are many things we do today because God has placed that in our nature.  For example we seek to conform and fashion the planet to our will.  But we are as much at odds with it as it is with us.  Now instead of a world where the elements are at odds with everything and everyone, see a world that exists and everything is in harmony.  The war has ended and peace reigns across the planet, a new planet which has never been explored or abused.  This means there will be no need to dig for oil coal goal nickel or copper.  Everything we need will be ours because God will provide. When the time comes God will place something new in our hearts and minds.  We will have enjoyment in all that God shares.  There will be people there from all walks of life, from all the ages.  There is going to be a lot of testimony time.  But our interaction will never be boring but dynamic in its fellowship, Sublime in its depth, and wondrous in its anticipation.  We will be learning a new depths we could not have grasp here and now.  We will interact and fellowship with angels and mighty cherubim’s.  We will share with them the wonders of salvation. 
 Rev 21: 24, 26  And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
 THE VERY BEST WILL BE THERE.
 Now I can’t be dogmatic on this.  But I see the nations of those who are saved giving expression to their identity.  This means a Chinese believer will look Chinese.  African will look African, Asian will look Asian and so forth.  We each will contribute a sense of uniqueness and yet it will not detract from the other, but will enhance each other.  We are the Kings within that city, and  we bring that which is redeemed.  We will know each other and better still we will begin again to know each other afresh from a totally redeemed point of view.  No more misunderstandings or fight or quarrels to disturb the peace of that city.  It will be an accommodating society.  The pure will walks its streets, and holiness will be what we will seek.
 Rev 21: 5 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 
 This city has no need to rest so we will never grow tired.  So the city will be always expressing itself in its fullest and time will have no meaning.  I cant says there will be coffee shops or restaurants, but I can say we will be very active in the commerce of that city.
LIFE WILL BE THERE.
 Rev 22: 1-2 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, [was there] the tree of life, which bare twelve [manner of] fruits, [and] yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree [were] for the healing of the nations.
 At this moment there is a great divide between the spiritual dimension and the earthly.  But here that divide will be gone.  For from the throne of God come living waters, pure and crystal clear and that river proceeds all the way down to the New Jerusalem and into the midst of the street.  NO more separation or divide.  In that city there will be just one tree, the tree of life.   
 THOSE WHO WALK IN THAT CITY WILL BE CLOTHED
 It’s important that we grasp the significance of this.  WE WILL BE CLOTHED!!!! 
We will all have a new resurrected BODY.  It will be dynamic, powerful healthy, enduring and   Sustaining.  It will be unblemished by sin or sickness.  It will not have the passions which we have now , so our new bodies will not lust after that which we do now,  But will be able to give full expression in worship and in speech .  We will be able to see in a way we cannot see now.  These eyes if you look directly at the sun will be damaged, but we will be able to look at the glory of God and be able to enjoy that glorious radiance and appreciate all that it radiates.  I can’t say what the high or size of our resurrected bodies will be?  But we will have more than enough space to express and fact we will be able to give full expression in our communication in a way we have not yet being able to.  Words often fail us when we seek to express what we see and read.  Such a GLORY, it almost pales into meaningless unless we have something to compare with.  On that day we will be able to express such words with an understanding we simply can’t define right now.
 2 Cor 5: 2 For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
 NO MORE CURSE.
 Rev 22: 3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
 I think as humans who live under the curse we simply do see it as a curse, in the same way as GOD does.  Nor do we see the fullest of what that curse meant. Adam and Eve probably came to the nearest human to appreciate all that was change because of it.  The world and mankind has been shaped by its aftershocks.  Just as everything fell before the inrushing tsunami in Japan recently so the everything was affected by the curse.  The way we observed our world was forever blighted.  But not just will that curse be finally removed we will see it for what it is.
 GOD THE ARTIST, THE PHYSISIST THE POET, THE CHEMIST AND THE BIOLIGIST.
 There is nothing like the beauty of s sunset or the rising of the dawn.  Despite all that was blighted there is still this infinite beauty upon which we see.  Now if God can made this world and call it good.  Can we imagine what that same God will achieve in a world which is never destined to be blighted by sin?  The truth is we can yet.  But I hope on that day I will be standing with you looking out to a world so wondrous and beautiful that it will make this world look like a scrap yard.
SHEPHERD KING
The greatest joy has to be that we will finaly get to look upon the face off our shepherd king.  The one whose blood was shed for us.  This is the greatest love affair of the centuries.    This will be our:
 Yehovah Jireh the God who provides a lamb for the sins of the world
Yehovah Rapha – LORD Who Heals who took the curse and healed his people from their sins
Yehovah Roi – The Lord is My Shepherd king who shephered us to living waters
Jehovah Mekeddeshem – LORD Who Sanctifies and saved me when I was lost.