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Conflict In The Beautiful City

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Revelation 21:2


Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.  In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told  you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.  John 14:1-3


The previous passages of scripture are written in symbolic language, and the reasoning should be obvious to even the casual reader of scripture.  Nevertheless, traditional thought makes one believe that Jesus is busy in this or some other universe in some heavenly place plying his earthly trade as a carpenter building houses for you and me.  In fact, it is taking a very long time for he has been  building on these mansions for 2000 years.  Obviously, they are going to be of only the finest quality and workmanship, for after all, only the best is required for all the dear holy saints of God.  The scripture in John 14 is used in nearly every funeral I have ever attended.  In fact, in times past, I used it quite often myself.  The reason most ministers use that passage is to bring comfort to the bereaved who have just lost their departed loved one by explaining Christ is making a comfortable abode for him or her that is far more exquisite than anything they have ever had here on planet earth.  That future life must so far exceed this present one, for how could we ever say goodbye to our loved ones if all they had to look forward to was more of the same misery that they went through here along with the cheap homes that the majority of the world  lives in today.  Heaven has got to be better than this they would reason.  Many desire to depart even now so they can escape the hardships they now endure.  After all, Paul was caught twixt two, whether to stay for our sakes or to depart which was far better.  Admittedly, death would cause one to enter into the spiritual realm unshackled by the flesh and its lusts thereof and the bondages of sin.  We would be free. Of course, that freedom would depend on whether we had become one of God’s children through his atoning work of the blood.  Uh Oh! some might say.  I knew there was a catch.  We have to be saved, go to church, do mass, live an exemplary live, have no sin, wash the saint’s feet, do good works, feed the hungry, visit those in prison, and stand in for the orphans and widows. And we must give 10% of all we make to the priest, give alms, and pay indulgences for the dead.  The list goes on and on and on, so much that it would make the casual observer ask, “Who then can go to heaven?” 


To coin an old phrase, “Everyone wants to go to heaven, but nobody wants to die to get there”,  unless they are very old, worn out, sickly, been through more than their fair share of trials and tribulations, and are just ready to give up the ghost, and get that long awaited rest.  If I told you that if you die, you would never leave this planet, would that upset you?  What if I told you that much of the scriptures in the Old and New Testament was written to prepare us for this existence here on earth?  And if it were true, would you be angry at God or me for saying such a thing?  For the earth was created to be inhabited and its inhabitants were created as a praise to him.  No one ever blames the devil for crimes against mankind, and they never hold the ministers accountable for bad doctrine that they put out over the pulpit week after week, month after month, and year after year.  Why, they have done it for so long now, that their traditions have now taken the place of the Word of God. 


When you read Revelation 21, do you see a four square city coming down, out from some faraway planet called heaven with streets of gold, pillars of pearl, and precious stones adorning its foundations?  Or can you see by the spirit, that the mystical language of John was one of allegory and symbolism?  Jesus was once asked why he spoke in parables.  His explanation to his disciples was that if he spoke of spiritual things that they had never seen, that they would not understand it.  So Jesus spoke of earthly things to explain heavenly principles. This was primarily so that those who were spiritually minded could understand, but those that were not, could not understand. John is doing just the opposite.  He is speaking of heavenly things, and it is being interpreted by carnal man in an earthly way, in which one can see with the natural eye.  The Book of Revelation is written in code so that only spiritual man can understand it.  Paul writes, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.   But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.   For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.   Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.   Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 1 Corinthians 2:9-14. In short, if what one sees in the Book of Revelation can be seen with the natural eye and natural understanding, it is not the message John was conveying, for Revelation can only be understood by a spiritual person for it is given by the spirit for the spirit.  The “deep” things of God are the “Bathos” of God or the deep sea things metaphorically speaking. I can scuba dive up to 100’, and see all the little sea creatures that abound there, but I have been over the abyss which is a deep dark blue.  This portion of the sea is only for the creatures who can survive the pressure of those depths, and those who are specially prepared to explore the unknown.  It is not for the little creatures that surf the shallow areas. 


For starters, the Holy City is by definition a most holy thing particularly the heavenly Jerusalem which is the abode of the blessed in heaven or the capital of the heavenly kingdom.  But, the definition does not do the word “Holy City” or “New Jerusalem” justice for John is not talking about a city made with hands, but he is rather talking about the inhabitants of the city which make up the city as a corporate body.  And, it has nothing to do with the city of Jerusalem in Israel.  When John speaks of his Father’s house, he is by definition speaking of the inmates or residents of a house which is metaphorically described as belonging to the Father who is the originator and transmitter of his spirit which is infused into others, and who actuates and governs their minds.  The mansions he speaks of are metaphorically speaking of God the Holy Spirit indwelling the believers.  If then, it is a spiritual house, then it can’t be a house made of wood, bricks, stone, cedar, and other building materials that one can obtain at his local building co-op. 


Whenever God commanded Moses to build an earthly tabernacle, he always told him to build it according to the pattern in heaven.  But his tabernacle was always made of earthly materials.  The same thing could be applied to David’s tabernacle and Solomon’s temple.  When God speaks to Amos about rebuilding the tabernacle of David in the last days, it was verified by James the younger in Acts chapter 15 and, it was very clear to the apostles standing by who heard James re-declare Amos’ prophecy that he was not talking about building another tent.  He was talking about building the church, and it was not going to be made of wood, bricks, stones and precious metals.  This tabernacle was going to be made of skins alright, but not of sheep, goats, badgers, bulls, or another animal skin.  This skin was in the Greek “skene” meaning  tent, tabernacle primarily. And though  originally, it was made of green boughs, or skins or other materials of that well known movable temple of God after the pattern of which the temple at Jerusalem was built, this is not what the final tabernacle was to be built of.   For we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.  According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.  For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid , which is Jesus Christ.  Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;  Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.  If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.  If any man's work shall be burned , he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 1 Corinthians 2:9-17. It is clear from this scripture that the temple of God is you.  It is not a building called the church; it is not a tabernacle of animal skins; it is not a temple with ornate materials.  No, this temple, this house, this tabernacle, this building is God’s finest work, man himself.  The general thought was that if any man defiled the temple of God which generally seemed by many to mean defile by abuse to the flesh such as drinking, smoking, drug use, or any other lust of the flesh that God would destroy the man who abused himself.  Paul is not saying this at all.  In fact, the word “building” means edifying, or the act of one who promotes another’s growth in Christian wisdom, piety, happiness, and holiness.  Paul then is talking about preaching the gospel, laying the foundation of Jesus Christ unto salvation, building up the young believer with the pure word of God, and raising him up to be a Son of God who is fully mature and able to act like and be like Christ in every way.  In the opinion of the Jews, the temple was corrupted or "destroyed" when anyone defiled or in the slightest degree damaged anything in it, or if its guardians neglected their duties.  How much more if anyone defiled God’s best in the last hour, the temple of God of which we are.  Paul was basically saying, Woe to the man who does not teach the word of God correctly.  He is the one whom God will destroy. 


The New Jerusalem which is to come down from God out of heaven is fresh, recently made, unused, and is something that is unprecedented and novel, an unheard of, and an uncommon city.  This city has never been seen before.  Anyone who thinks the description in the scriptures is the way it looks is only looking at it from a fleshly and carnal viewpoint.  This city can’t be built with human hands and earthly materials.  This one is uniquely fashioned by the Lord himself.  Oh, it will be after the pattern in heaven, but the earthly patterns of Moses, David and Solomon will pale in comparison with this city.  What they had was only a mere shadow of the most beautiful temple that could ever be seen or that man could ever behold.  Solomon’s magnicent temple will look like a hut in comparison, and the utilization of Solomon’s temple is only a small screwdriver compared to the world wide utility and effectiveness of this city.  The Jerusalem interpreted is “set ye double peace” which  denotes either the city itself or the inhabitants "the Jerusalem that now is.”  Specifically the Jerusalem that is above which is existing in heaven is the pattern from which the earthly Jerusalem was supposed to be built.  Metaphorically, it is the City of God founded by Christ which is now wearing the form of the church and of the perfected Messianic kingdom of “the heavenly Jerusalem” which is the heavenly abode of God and the future abode of the blessed.  Can we not see that this city is made up of people fitly joined together fashioned by one master builder?  For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.   For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.  For the body is not one member, but many.  If the foot shall say, Because I am not the hand, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body; is it therefore not of the body?  If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling?  But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him .  And if they were all one member, where were the body?  But now are they many members, yet but one body.  And the eye cannot say unto the hand, I have no need of thee: nor again the head to the feet, I have no need of you. Nay, much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary:  And those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need: but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.  And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.  Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.  1 Corinthians 12:12-27


Now, if we are the body of Christ fitly joined together, can you not see that we are the rocks and the building stones that Jesus is using to construct his heavenly city?  He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am ?  And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.  Then charged he his disciples that they should tell no man that he was Jesus the Christ.  Matthew 16:15-20. When Peter was asked by Christ who he was, he answered, “thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.  When he said this, it is important to note that this was a spiritual answer revealed to Peter by the Father in heaven.  This answer could not be derived from the known spirituals of that time such as the Pharisees and Saducees.  In fact, it appears that this is not a revelation that Christ himself had shared with Peter.  So, what do most see when Jesus told Peter that he would build his church on the rock of Peter?  Common thought by early religious leaders was a religious institution comprising of a universal church of many buildings throughout the world, systems of doctrines, religious rites, forms of worship, dogmas, church tenets, and religiously clad people who purported to know God and the only way to him was through them.  But, this true kingdom cannot be seen with the natural eye.  Nor is it even understood by the carnal or natural mind.  This kingdom is unseen and abides in the believers all over the world apart from the religious institutions. Each and every saint is a perfect stone chosen by the carpenter’s (step)son and fitted into this glorious building made without hands. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.  Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded .  Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,  And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed .  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.  1 Peter 2:4-9.    Peter explains clearly in this passage of scripture that Jesus is the chief corner stone on whom the church is built.  And we are lively stones like him who are built up into a spiritual house and that we are that holy nation.  It is not a nation that exists geographically for the Lord is done with that.  This is a spiritual nation, the nation of God, a holy people whom he has redeemed by his blood, a people who are precious in his sight and carefully prepared by the wise carpenter from Nazareth to fit perfectly into this place called New Jerusalem.  Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:  Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you.  1 Peter 1:18-20.  A good stone contractor will look over his inventory of stone.  Stone generally is irregular in shape, so it is necessary to find just the right one that will fit just perfectly in that one spot on the wall.  Because of each ones individual characteristics, they will not all fit just anywhere.  They have to be chosen.  Jesus chooses us and redeems us by his precious blood which is more valuable than silver and gold.  There is not another stone with the value you have that he will choose to fit in this heavenly city.  Each one of us have a unique and prime importance and we are placed so carefully in just the right place on this wall making up this building. So, now you see when Jesus said where he was going, and that there were many mansions, and that when he was going to prepare a place for us, he was speaking of building up this mansion, this place, this house, with these lively stones, all known as the tabernacle of God of which we are here in this earth.  You are the culmination of his great work, his great craftsmanship, his up-building, his edification (house building), and his word.  Everything we are is a result of his great architectural design resulting in many mansions prepared by him throughout the ages. 


And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. Revelation 21:14.


We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for?  If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.  I am a wall, and my breasts like towers: then was I in his eyes as one that found favour.  Song of Solomon 8:8-10. 


The Song of Solomon is a love story.  Many believe it is between Solomon and a Shulamite woman, but Solomon is a king while the person the Shulamite woman talks about is a shepherd.  Solomon likely represents the harlot system of religion with his 1000 wives and concubines desiring one more conquest, the Shulamite. She is in love with a shepherd boy who only is the object of her affection.  Though she is taken into Solomon’s court bodily, she does not give her soul and spirit to Solomon.  She will not be corrupted by the world systems of religion.  Her love is pure as new driven snow.  The shepherd boy and Him only will she give herself to and so completely.  This song is an allegory depicting Christ and his Church whom he loves and he, the shepherd of her soul, whom she loves.  The Shulamite has a little sister which has no breasts.  In other words, she has not fully matured, being only a young virgin maiden, and symbolically, a new convert to Christ who has not developed into an overcoming son of God.  Nevertheless, the Shulamite woman is concerned about her.  If her convictions make her a wall where no false doctrines or religion can enter, no corruption can overtake her, then upon this foundation, she can become a palace of silver.  She has a foundation that is incorruptible and can become a part of the church of God without fault or blemish.  So it is with city of God.  It has a wall with twelve foundations built upon the pure word of God emanating from the twelve apostles of the Lamb commonly called the Apostles doctrine.  Silver, of course, represents redemption, and is the redeemed house of God, or the church corporately or you individually.   If she is a door, she will have to be enclosed with cedar to keep out unwanted doctrines from her soul so that she may not be corrupted.  But the Shulamite woman was a wall, and full breasted.  In other words, she was uncorrupted and totally mature, had found the favor of her love, and was ready to become a wedded woman that would bring forth a man child. 


And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare, 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. And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.  Revelation 21:15-17.  Most would look and measure this city according to the measure of a man.  It would have dimensions of 12,000 furlongs x 12,000 furlongs x 12,000 furlongs.  A furlong is approximately 600 feet which would make this city 1363 miles x 1363 miles x 1363 miles or four square having an area of 4,293,000,000 cubic feet approximately. Now a human occupies approximately 48 cubic feet of space.  At this rate, there would only be a little over 3 billion people in this city all crammed together.  From the beginning of time, it has been estimated to have been over 107 billion people occupy earth in total.  Presently, the population of earth is over 7 billion people.  It really doesn’t say much for God’s saving power if he can only squeeze 3 billion people into this city does it?  That is a little less than 3% of the total earth’s population from the beginning of time.  The scriptures are clear that each and every person is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life though many may not acknowledge it.  God has always given mankind the benefit of  the doubt of his grace.  Where sin abounds, grace doth much more abound.  Even the most wicked and vilest person on the planet can be saved for it is written, all that call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  There is no secret formula to salvation, for Christ has paid the price for redemption, he has given us a repentant heart, he has given us grace, and he has given us faith.  Nothing else is required for us to be saved except to believe, then our name remains in the Lamb’s Book of Life from before the foundation of the World.  There is no Book of Death.  We are either in the Lamb’s Book of Life, and there we remain because we believed, or we are blotted out.  Moses was so bold to say,  Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin—; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.  Exodus 32:32.  A lot of folks feel as if they are only saved by the skin of their teeth, but Moses knew he was written in the Book.  Who could ever think to speak and have love for others so much that one would perish with them all if God could not forgive their sins.  I’m not sure I know anyone like that except Christ.  But, Moses knew also that to be blotted out of the Book of Life would require an official act of the Holy Ghost, and one that would not be done lightly.  If folks only understood how much God has loved them before the foundation of the world.  Oh, the glory of his majesty!


It is apparent that the city described is not a real physical city.  It is a spiritual allegory depicting some greater thing that God is revealing to John.  Oh, I know all the great pastors, preachers, and evangelists are want to describe this city with such eloquence that it makes the worst of sinners envious of wanting to go there.  The greater purpose of God is not to reveal a great city come down from heaven, however.  In fact, God’s great purpose is that his kingdom come and his will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Upon choosing the whole nation of Israel to become priests to the world as God’s representative, they immediately shied away from the task after they saw the thundering and lightnings of God upon his Holy mountain.  God rebuked them, and had Moses select the Levites to become priests to the nation of Israel.  How far they had fallen.  Being unfaithful with this seemingly simple task, God ultimately rejected them all together.  It is then that he goes to the gentiles to become priests unto him before the world.  Peter wrote, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5.   God is now building a new house, one which is spiritual, made up of gentiles who are to be the priests of God to the world.  For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the LORD of hosts.  MalachI 1:11. The Gentiles are to bear the burden of the priesthood.  The entire world is to know God through his high priests, not just one little nation.  From the beginning, we can see that God’s plan and his word was to all the inhabitants of his creation, not just a handful of Jews.


This priesthood is to take on a whole new look. The priesthood of old had their fair mitre, their breastplate, their linen ephod, the Urim and Thummin, and looked high and holy even as many do today.  This was only a shadow, however, of the true priesthood for the priesthood has changed.  The old is done away to make way for the new, the old covenant has been replaced by one far better, the law of God and his commandments were no longer written on tablets of stone in an outward manner, but rather written in an unseen way on the tablets of men’s hearts.  The priesthood of the Levites has been replaced by the Lion of the tribe of Judah made after the priesthood of Melchisdec of which no mention was ever made of priestly duties.  Christ now has become our high priest, and all those he has called and made into his image are of the new high priesthood made and created unto the power of an endless life.  These priests are hidden from the world for they wear blue jeans, t-shirts, and tennis shoes.  How unlikely are these to be called to such a noble task?  But, we can understand it when we realize Christ came, born to a relatively poor family, tucked away in a stable in a manger, a man with humble origins, was the stepson of a carpenter, who lived as a servant, and died as a sinner.  He had come unto his own, but his own received him not.  No wonder Israel missed him for they were looking for a king riding in on his white horse, followed by his great army, in a spirit of war to destroy the enemies of Israel.  Alas, he came unobserved by the religious leaders of that day, for they did not even see any beautiful priestly garments on him that would distinguish him from the priests in the temple.  He did not even perform any sacerdotal duties, clean the ashes from the burnt offering, replace the bread on the table of shewbread, or trim the lamps and fill the candlestick with oil, minister at the Golden Altar, or even go in unto the Holy of Holies.  It just did not add up.  Even now, men look for the coming of the Lord in a similar fashion, but it just ain’t gonna’ happen.  He is coming in a new way, raising up a priesthood of believers, doing away with the religious functions, destroying the Babylonian system of the mysterious harlot church, and ushering in an age of righteousness.  The foursquare priestly breastplate that the priesthood wore in Moses’ day was only a shadow of the foursquare city of God.  Foursquare means to stand firmly, squarely, and resolutely. It is solid, strong, firm, steady, unyielding and immovable.  It is not a foursquare city as some have depicted in their minds, but represents in symbolic language an immovable, unyielding, and strong priesthood made up of men and women throughout the earth who look like common folks.  Yet, these have been called to come behind the torn veil as high priests of God to go into his presence boldly by the blood of Jesus to make intercession for the whole world.  These are they who go in and come not back out again. They are perpetual ministers of God who stand in his presence daily.  These are the sons of God who have heard their high calling and who have refused to eat the bread of harlotry, touch the unclean things, who will not compromise though it means their life, and who are made in the image of the high priest of God, Jesus Christ.  These are the Sons of God who have overcome all things and been made worthy to be called Sons.  Blessed be his name. 


And thou shalt make the breastplate of judgment with cunning work; after the work of the ephod thou shalt make it; of gold, of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine twined linen, shalt thou make it.  Foursquare it shall be being doubled; a span shall be the length thereof, and a span shall be the breadth thereof. And thou shalt set in it settings of stones, even four rows of stones: the first row shall be a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this shall be the first row.  And the second row shall be an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond.  And the third row a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst.  And the fourth row a beryl, and an onyx, and a jasper: they shall be set in gold in their inclosings. And the stones shall be with the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet; every one with his name shall they be according to the twelve tribes.  Exodus 28:15-21.


And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.  Revelation 21:18-23.


Just like the breastplate of the priests in Moses’ Tabernacle were foursquare and resplendent with precious stones, so is the New Jerusalem come down from heaven.  In Moses’ Tabernacle, the 12 stones are set in gold and there is a temple.  In the New Jerusalem, the city is made of gold with the 12 stones as foundations, and there is no temple.  In the scriptures often there is a very strong correlation between bible colors and bible subjects. Gold is both a color and a metal and as both color and metal it is associated with Kings, things pertaining to kings, and kingdoms. Often, gold points us to King Jesus and to his bride, the church. According to Rev. 1:5, 6 Christ has made his children both kings and priests: "And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever.  We are the lively stones that make up the foundation who are carefully chosen by God.  We are the priests he has elected to rule and reign over this kingdom here on earth.  We abide in his tabernacle for it is written, the tabernacle of God is with men speaking of himself.  We are in him and he is in us.  When one sees us, they see him, and when one sees him, they see us.  In Christ, there is no distinction.  He is the head, and we are the body.  We are this mansion he has been long in building, we are his tabernacle of flesh he dwells in, we are his house he has been preparing, we are collectively the City of God, the New Jerusalem come down from heaven that John saw.  We are the spiritual high priestly calling of God who will rule and reign with him forever and forever.  We are the manifestation of God in the earth. Can you not now see it?  To Him be all Glory and Grace!