The New Jerusalem
ABSTRACT: Proposes that the New Jerusalem rather than being a city that come out of heaven to earth rather is a city that orbits the earth. This city provides light to the earth much as the sun provides light to the earth today.
Copyright Ó 2004 Bruce Alan Killian updated 31 August 2004 email bakillian at earthlink.net
Scriptures there are a number of clues as to where the New Jerusalem will be
located and what it will be like. Those clues do not lead to the current
The statement that the sun will be darkened and the moon no longer give it light (Mark 13:24) before the coming of the Lord may imply that the sun continues as a large mass to keep our solar system together but not as the primary source of light.
It makes it easier to understand how the gates
can be always opened (Rev 21:25) but no ungodly person ever succeeds in
entering (Rev 21:25,27). Is there air inside the heavenly
Since the gates and the foundations are mentioned it could be that New Jerusalem acts like some giant timepiece in the sky with a particular gate or foundation color marking a particular hour, or month or season.
The righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Matthew 12:43
Matthew 17:3 His face shown as bright as the sun.
Do the sun and moon cease to exist? Psalm 89:36-37 That his [David’s] line will continue forever and his throne endure before me like the sun; 37 It will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky." <Selah> So the throne of David endures like the sun and will be established forever like the moon the faithful witness in the sky. His throne is in the New Jerusalem and it is established like the moon may indicate that it is set in the sky like the moon. It is interesting that it is not established like the sun but like the moon.
Numbers 24:17 A star will come
out of Jacob and a scepter will rise out of
In one place God refers to the earth as his footstool. From the vantage point of the New Jerusalem, the earth may very much appear as a footstool.
The nations will walk by its light. Rev 21:24
Now if after the sun and the moon are darkened that the New Jerusalem (with Jesus Christ as it internal light) becomes the light to the world as the sun is the light to the world today. Then can we assume that the City would be approximately the same size in the sky as the current sun or moon? If so they it would have to be closer to the earth than the moon currently is because it is somewhat smaller than the moon is. Secondly, can we assume that its mass is low enough that it orbits the earth rather than vice versa. If so then, the New Jerusalem would become like a moon with the Earth continuing to circle the darkened sun and the City orbiting the earth.
Now if the earth is rotating 1/3 faster than it currently is and the City is orbiting the earth so that the length of the day is approximately equal to what it currently is then the City would orbit the earth every three days.
If the New Jerusalem is shining like the sun, then the inhabitants thereof must have bodies that can stand up to intense heat. Hananiah, Mishael, Azariah, (Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego) bodies were able to stand up to intense heat (Daniel 3:19-21) without damage. To me this means that all the inhabitants will have their resurrection bodies. A how do the inhabitants get to the holy city—A possible explanation is that they fly there much as Jesus did when he ascended from the earth. This would indicate that the resurrection bodies can handle the vacuum of space along with its esteemed hot and cold.
was an article that talks about a giant diamond being formed inside star. The
diamond is approximately 2500 miles in diameter some what bigger than the size
of the New Jerusalem.
Might God be using a star to form the structure of the
Another link between the new Jerusalem and mountains. Jesus in Mat 5:14 refers to a city on a hill has light that cannot be hidden. There is also a reference to what appears to be a mountain cast into the sea (Revelation 8:8) this sounds like an asteroid or mountain in the sky. So a massive object in the sky is referred to as a mountain by John. When John is carried away to see the New Jerusalem he is carried away to a high mountain could this be a mountain like city that is high in the sky and he is carried away not to a place where he can see the city in the distance but right up to the city of New Jerusalem which appears to be as mountain.
What does our solar system end up looking like? In Revelation 8:12 we speculate that the rate of rotation of the earth is increased by 33% so the day is one third shorter and the night is one third shorter. This may be setting up for the eventual orbit of the earth by the New Jerusalem. If the day remains approximately the same as it is today then the New Jerusalem will rotate around the earth about once per 3 days.
There is a new (kainos in Greek) heaven and a new (kainos) earth. Kainos is new is character not new in time. When it says that the old heaven has passed away it does not mean that the sky has ceased to exist rather it means that the heavens are different. So think no more sun giving light, but a new source of light the Heavenly City of Jerusalem orbiting the earth and the Lamb as the light of the whole world.
The New Jerusalem is described as the naos the Greek word for the temple proper or the most holy place. So all those who dwell in heaven are saints and must be holy they dwell forever in the holy of holies with the Lord. This would also make the earth the court yard of the temple. The ancients linked events that happened to the temple as happening to the whole earth. This view allows the evens of Revelation to have a dual meaning. The preterist view in which the events of Revelations in which events are recounted as happening to the world happen to the temple and the futurist view where the earth will be laid waste by the events listed in Revelation.
This study is very incomplete because the New Jerusalem is not only described as a place, but as a person the Bride of Christ. It is described as a place because the bride dwells there but as a person because the bride is more important than the place. The Bride is another name for the Church so the City is also the location of the Church.
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