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Revelation 21 : New Jerusalem city

v9 Then one of the 7 *angels with the 7 cups that were full of the 7 last troubles came to me. And he said: ‘Come with me! I will show you the woman who will be the *Lamb’s wife.’

v10 Then, while God’s Spirit was causing me to dream, the *angel carried me away. He took me to a very big, high mountain and he showed me God’s city, Jerusalem. The city was coming down out of *heaven from God. v11 It was shining with the very bright light that comes from God. The city shone like a very valuable stone. It shone with bright light, like a mirror. v12 It had a very big, high wall round it, with 12 gates. 12 *angels stood at the gates, one *angel at each gate. And someone had written a different name on each gate. They had written the names of the 12 family groups of Israel’s people. v13 There were three gates on each side of the city:

·  Three gates were on the east side

·  Three gates were on the north side

·  Three gates were on the south side, and

·  Three gates were on the west side.

v14 They had built the city’s wall on top of 12 very big stones. They had written the name of one of the *Lamb’s 12 special workers on each big stone.

Verse 14 When Jesus was alive on this earth, he chose 12 men to work with him. These special workers were called ‘apostles’. He sent them to teach other people about him. (See Matthew 10:1-5 and 28:18.) One of these men (Judas Iscariot) did not go on believing Jesus. But later, other men were also called Christ’s special workers (apostles).

v15 The *angel who talked to me had a long gold stick. He used it to measure things. So he could measure the city and its gates and its wall. v16 The city was square. It was as long as it was wide. The *angel measured the city with his stick. It was 12 000 furlongs (2400 kilometres) long. And it was as wide and as high as it was long. v17 He also measured its wall. The wall was 144 cubits (66 metres) high (or thick). People use numbers like these to measure things. And the *angel used the same numbers to measure with.

Verses 16-17 People do not often measure things in ‘furlongs’ or ‘cubits’ now. But these numbers (that is, 12 000 and 144) may mean something special themselves.

v18 The wall was stone that shone with light, like a mirror. And the city was gold, of the very best kind. The light shone through it, as light shines through glass. v19 The big stones that were holding up the city’s wall were very valuable stones. These valuable stones were different colours, so they were very beautiful. They were 12 different valuable stones:

·  Yellow, brown and green jasper

·  Blue sapphire

·  Green agate

·  Dark green emerald

v20 Red onyx

·  Dark red carnelian

·  Yellow quartz

·  Green beryl

·  Yellow topaz

·  Yellow-green chrysoprase

·  Dark blue jacinth

·  Blue-red amethyst

v21 The 12 gates were 12 *pearls. Each gate was from one separate *pearl. The city’s biggest street was gold, of the very best kind. The light shone through it, as light shines through glass.

v22 The *Lord God, who has all authority, and the *Lamb, are there in the city. Nobody needs to go to a special house to *worship them. So I saw no special house for people to *worship God in the city. v23 Also, the city does not need either the sun or the moon to shine on it. The very bright light that comes from God gives it light. The *Lamb is its light.

v24 The people in all the world’s countries will live in the city’s light. And the earth’s rulers will bring all their valuable things into the city. v25 Nobody will ever shut the city’s gates because it will always be day. There will be no night there. v26 They will bring beautiful and valuable things into the city from every country. v27 But nothing that is bad or dirty can ever go into the city. Nobody who does what makes people ashamed can go in there. Nobody who says what is not true can go in. Only those people with their names in the *Lamb’s book can go in there. They will live with God always.

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