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Revelation 21 Commentary, Part 2 (verses 9-20)  
By Brother Mike (2-19-14, 55 minutes)  


Verse 9:  

9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife

In this verse, we are first told that there came unto [John] one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues. The seven angels refer to all of the elect who had been pouring out the seven vials full of the seven last spiritual plagues ever since May 21, 2011 (see Revelation 16 verse 1), so in that one of these angels came unto John means that one of these elect came unto John. 

Now we are told that this elect person who played a part in the pouring out of the seven last plagues ever since May 21, 2011 not only came unto the Apostle John, but he talked with [John], saying, come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. This is a picture of one of the elect in our day who has been involved in bringing judgment upon the world, such as myself, revealing unto the elect of whom the apostle John represents, the bride, the Lamb's wife. In other words, this is a picture of what I am doing right now: I, one of the elect, am going to reveal unto you, the elect, through the scriptures, the bride, the Lamb's wife. Isn't it quite amazing to contemplate that we as God's elect are actually, through this study, fulfilling what the Lord intended to take place at this time when He first wrote down these words almost 2,000 years ago? 

Now, just who is the bride, the Lamb's wife? Most of us already know the answer to this. In fact, in our previous study of Revelation 21 Part 1 in verse 2, we learned that the bride is the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, which we learned, in turn, is the very elect themselves. They are the bride of Christ; they are the Lamb's wife. If you will remember, when we had studied Revelation 18, we read of the bride in verse 23: 

Re 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived

Here also we found that the bride represented the elect, and in that the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee meant that ever since May 21, 2011, the voice of Christ, the Word of God (the bridegroom) and the voice of the bride (the elect) would be heard no more at all in the world because no one any longer is being given ears to hear the gospel unto salvation ever since May 21, 2011. Salvation has come to an end. And, although the bridegroom and the bride are still in the world, their words fall on death ears, for the Holy Spirit is no longer opening the ears of the unsaved. Judgment Day is here! The world has been given over to their lusts, and there is no longer any eternal hope for anyone, except, of course, for all those who were saved before May 21, 2011. 


Verse 10: 

10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God . . . 

In this verse, we read that the elect person carried [John] away in the spirit to a great and high mountain. The idea of being carried away in the spirit is that he was brought into a place or a condition wherein he would be able to perceive the things that God was showing him. To be in the spirit, first of all, means that John was saved as we read in Romans 8: 

Ro 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his .

But to be carried away in the spirit means something more than just being saved: it means that John was taken to a special place or put into a special condition to be able to receive and perceive the things of God. This is why we read of John in Revelation 1, 

Re 1:10 I [john] was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet . . . 

You see, John was in the spirit on the Lord's Day, which means he was in that special condition to be able to receive and perceive the revelation of God. It is not a condition which is afforded to just any man, but it is that which is only afforded to the elect. Only they can be in the spirit, and so only they can be in that very special place to be able to receive and perceive the things of God. For what does the scripture say? It says in 1Cor. 2, 

1Cor. 2:12 Now we [the elect] 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 .

But John was not only in the spirit, but we are told that he was carried away in the spirit to a great and high mountain. The word mountain can be symbolic of a kingdom. So in that John was carried away to a great and high mountain means that he was carried away to a great and high kingdom. And, just what kingdom was he carried away to? We are told in the latter half of the verse: and [he] shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God. So the kingdom which John was carried away to is that great city, the holy Jerusalem. It is a great and high kingdom because it is representative of the very elect, the body of Christ, as we had learned in verse 2 of Revelation 21 Part 1 . Yes, what John saw descending out of heaven are the very elect of God. They came out of every nation in the world; they were bought by the blood of Christ; and, as a result, they were lifted up into the high heavens, and, now, they are descending out of heaven from God in order to inhabit the new heaven and the new earth which will be created for them after this world's end.  


Verse 11:

11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal . . .  

Here we begin a further description of that great city, the holy Jerusalem, which is the elect of God. First, we are told that she is the one having the glory of God. In other words, after this world, the elect will be in a most exalted and blessed state. In fact, we read in 1John 3, 

1Jo 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is

So when Christ appears, we shall be like Him. This is a remarkable statement; it means that as Christ is in His glorified state in heaven, so will we be like Him. Therefore, we can get a sense for just how glorious we will be by obtaining a sense for just how glorious Christ appears in His glorified state such as we see on the mount of transfiguration. We read in Mark 9, 

Mark 9:2 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them .
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And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them

And in the parallel account, we read in Matthew 17, 

Mt 17:2 And [Jesus] was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light

We also get a sense for the glory of God and so what will be the glory of the elect who will appear like Him when Christ appeared to the apostle Paul. It states in Acts 26, 

Ac 26:13 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, shining round about me and them which journeyed with me

So, in that the elect, the holy Jerusalem, that great city will be the ones having the glory of God at the end of this world, it means that they will be shining brighter than the sun, and will appear in brightness whiter than snow. 

Next, we are told that her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. Since her light is referring to the glory of God shining through the elect, this verse is revealing that the light which will come from the glory of God through the elect will be like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. But what does it mean, then, that the light of the elect will be like a stone most precious? Well, there can be no question that a stone most precious refers to Christ. We read of this in 1 Peter 2, 

1Pe 2:4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone [Christ], disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious . . . 

And, again, in 1Peter 2, 

1Pe 2:6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone [Christ], elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded .  

In these verses, we see that the stone is Christ, and He is precious. Therefore, when our scripture says that the light of the elect will be like unto a stone most precious, it is saying that the light of the elect will be like unto Christ Himself. This once again reveals just how glorious the elect will appear in the new heaven and earth: they will shine as the sun because Christ shines as the sun; they will appear whiter than snow because Christ appears whiter than snow; and they will be most precious because Christ is most precious. What can be said of Christ, can be said of the elect, for they are His body, and in some incomprehensible and mysterious way, you cannot separate the elect from Christ Himself. As He said in Matthew 25, 

Mt 25:40 . . . Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me

But now we are told that the light of the elect in the next life will not only be like unto a stone [Christ] most precious, but it will even be like unto a jasper stone, clear as crystal. Why a jasper stone? In answer to this question, we recognize that a jasper stone is associated with Christ as we see in Revelation 4: 

Re 4:3 And he that sat [Christ] was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald

Here Christ is said to look upon as a jasper stone, but also as a sardine stone. I do believe that the sardine stone is the same as the sardius stone of the Old Testament. This is important because the sardius stone was the first stone that began four rows of three precious stones each, which were placed upon the high priest's breast plate, and each stone represented one of the twelve tribes of Israel. We read of this Exodus 39: 

9 It was foursquare; they made the breastplate double: a span was the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof, being doubled .
10 And they set in it four rows of stones: the first row was a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this was the first row .
11 And the second row, an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond .
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And the third row, a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst
13 And the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper: they were inclosed in ouches of gold in their inclosings .
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And the stones were according to the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet, every one with his name, according to the twelve tribes

Notice that both the jasper stone and the sardine (sardius) stone are both included on the breast plate of the high priest. In fact, the sardius is the first stone, and the jasper stone is the last stone. From this breast plate of twelve stones, we see clearly how all twelve precious stones are identified with the high priest as well as the children of Israel. And, since the high priest was a type of our true high priest, Jesus Christ, and the children of Israel were a type of the elect, we can see how all twelve precious stones can represent Christ, or the elect. So there really is no wonder as to why the elect in glory as well as Christ can be likened to the shining of a jasper stone. But why does Revelation 4:3 that we previously read identify Christ with just the sardine (sardius) stone and the jasper stone. Remember how Revelation 4:3 reads: 

Re 4:3 And he that sat [Christ] was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald

Since the sardine (sardius) stone was the first stone listed on the breast plate of the high priest, and the jasper stone was the last stone listed, this is just another way to teach that our high priest, Jesus Christ, is the first and the last. He is the beginning and the end. He is the first and the beginning because He is before all things, and never had a beginning, but He is the beginning of all things such as the elect. And, He is the last and the end because He will never have an end, for He is eternal. So we see in the symbolism of the jasper stone, that last stone, the idea of eternality, and, since the light of the elect is likened unto a jasper stone, we see in this that the light of the elect is eternal. 

Finally, we are told that the light of the elect is not only like a jasper stone, but clear as crystal. The word for clear as crystal is a word found only here in the Bible, so we don't get much help in translation, except that the word originates from the word crystal. It means to be of crystalline brightness and transparency, or to shine like a crystal. Now when we look up just the word crystal, we find the following verse: 

Re 22:1 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

Obviously, clear as crystal in this verse has to do with the purity of the river of water of life. Therefore, we see that the phrase clear as crystal has to do with the purity of whatever is in view. Something is clear as crystal because the impurities have been forged out of it. This means that when our scripture says, and her light was like unto a stone most precious [Christ], even like a jasper stone [eternal], clear as crystal, we know that the clear as crystal gives reference to the purity of the light of the elect, which is Christ because He went through the fire on behalf of His elect in order to purge out all their impurities of sin so that in their glorified states, the light of the elect will be absolutely pure, clear as crystal. There will be no more impurities; there will be no more sin.


Verse 12:
 

12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel . . . 

In this verse, we are first told that that great city, the holy Jerusalem, which we have learned is the elect being pictured in their glorified states after this world, has a wall great and high. The great and high wall of the city in biblical times was what brought protection and salvation to the people. It brought this protection and salvation to the people since the enemy would not be able to get through the wall to conquer the people. So in that the elect, the holy Jerusalem, are said to have a great and high wall means that their protection and salvation is great and high. And, who is their protection and salvation? It is Christ, of course. He is the wall of their protection and salvation. He is the wall who saved the elect through His sacrifice on their behalf, which has resulted in their enemies being destroyed, and he is the one who after this world will create a new heaven and earth in which the elect will dwell with a high and great wall that can never be broken through to harm in any way. Indeed, life could not be better in the new heaven and earth with such a wall great and high, the Lord Jesus Christ. There will be safety in salvation forevermore.

Now we are told that the holy Jerusalem, the elect, had twelve gates. The 12 gates are symbolic of the fullness of the gates (see Meaning of Bible Number 12 ), whereby the elect enter into heaven. This fullness of the gates is actually the one gate or door - the Lord Jesus Christ - through which the elect enter into to go into the holy Jerusalem or heaven. We read of Christ being the door in John 10: 

Joh 10:7 Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep

And, again, 

Joh 10:9 I [Christ] am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture

So the 12 gates represent Christ who is the door into heaven.

But now we are told, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel. The 12 angels here are not celestial angels, but they are 12 messengers identified with the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel, which are clearly symbolic of all the elect, spiritual Israel. The 12 angels, then, are symbolic of the fullness of messengers (see Meaning of Bible Number 12 ), which in this context refers to the fullness of the elect. Of course, the fullness of the elect could also refer to Christ Himself, and so we see a very close relationship to Christ, who is the gate to heaven, and the elect of God who are at the gate, which has written on it the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel, which refers to the fullness of the children of spiritual Israel, which are all the elect of God who were saved throughout history. We shall see this remarkably close relationship between Christ and the elect even more as we proceed through the verses of Revelation 21. What can be said of Christ, can also be said of the elect. The elect are His body, and so they are a very integral part of Christ Himself. What an incredible mystery! 


Verse 13:

13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates

Here in this verse, we see the number 3 emphasized 4 times: On the east three gates [1 time]; on the north three gates [2 times]; on the south three gates [3 times]; and on the west three gates [4 times]. The number 3 symbolizes the purpose of God (see Meaning of Bible Number 3 ). It is the purpose of God to have made a way into heaven for the elect of God through these 12 gates, which we had previously discovered, represent Christ, the doorway to heaven. In addition, the 3 gates each are listed 4 times: on the east, north, south, and on the west. This brings remembrance to the following verse: 

Lu 13:29 And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God

This is just another way of saying that the elect came into the kingdom of God from all over the world, and this is exactly what the number 4 symbolizes, namely that the elect were saved worldwide (see Meaning of Bible Number 4 ). So putting the meanings of the numbers 3 and 4 together in the context of this verse, we are being told that it is the purpose of God to have made a way into heaven for the elect of God through Christ (the gate) from all over the world. 


Verse 14:

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

Now we are told that the wall of the city, which we concluded back in verse 12 represented the salvation of the elect who is Christ, has twelve foundations. The number 12 symbolizes the fullness of foundations (see Meaning of Bible Number 12 ), and the fullness of foundations is Christ. As we read in 1Corinthians 3, 

1Co 3:11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ

So this tells us that the foundation of the wall of salvation is Christ Himself. This makes perfect sense since it was the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ which laid the foundation for the salvation of all the elect. But, also parts of that foundation were the apostles, for they were the first to have declared Christ, the foundation, to the world. Hence, we are told that in them; that is, in the foundation of Christ, [were] the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. And taking this even further, we can say that the 12 apostles are symbolic of all of the elect who are also a part of the wall of salvation because they also were instrumental in bringing the foundation of Christ (salvation) to the world. So once again what we see is that very intimate relationship between Christ who is the foundation, and the elect. The wall of the city not only represents Christ, but because the elect including the apostles are the body of Christ, the wall also represents the elect who are a part of the wall of salvation as they revealed salvation to the world. Indeed, you cannot separate Christ from His elect. They are all together the wall of salvation, but Christ is the foundation. 


Verse 15:
 

15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof

First of all, in this verse, we are told that he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city . . . Just who it is here that is talking with the apostle John we had learned back in verse 9 was one of the elect, so we will not spend any more time on this issue. But, now, we are told that this elect person had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. The golden reed represents Christ, the Word of God, as seen in the following verses: 

Mt 12:20 A bruised reed shall he [Christ] not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory

And, its Old Testament equivalent verse in Isaiah 42, 

Isa 42:3 A bruised reed shall he [Christ] not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth

Now in that this reed, Christ, is said to be a golden reed means that He, Christ, is pure and holy. This is a well known meaning behind the color gold in the Bible; I won't go into detail about this at this time. 

But then we are told that the elect person had this golden reed; that is, the Word of God to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. What can this mean? Normally, to measure something is to determine the size or amount of something. So to measure the city, the gates, and the wall of the holy Jerusalem is to determine the size or amount of those things. And, since the city, the gates and the wall can each be shown to represent the same thing, namely the sum total of the elect of God in Christ, to measure those things; that is, the elect of God with the Word of God is simply to determine the exact amount of the elect of God. To put it in another way, it is the Word of God which determines the exact amount of the elect in the holy Jerusalem. This should not surprise us because it is the Word of God which reveals that each of the elect are specially predestinated as we read in Ephesians 1: 

Eph 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will . . . 

And, again, in verse 11, 

Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will

This means that each of the elect had to be specially chosen or determined (i.e. measured) by the Word of God. 

Now before leaving this verse, we should consider that there are three things measured in the holy Jerusalem: the city, the gates, and the wall. The number 3 symbolizes the purpose of God (see Meaning to Bible Number 3 ). So in listing 3 things to measure, the Lord is saying that it is His purpose that the Word of God measure or determine the exact amount of the elect of God in the Holy Jerusalem. 


Verse 16:
 

16 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 .  

In this verse, we first read, And the city lieth foursquare. The word foursquare actually means four cornered. Taking the entire verse into account, what is being pictured here is a cube that is the same length, width, and height. In fact, we are told that each of the cities three dimensions is 12,000 furlongs. Since one furlong is a little short of a mile, we get the sense that this city, which represents the elect, is very large. This reveals that there will be a great amount of elect people in the holy Jerusalem. Compared to the world of over 7 billion people, the elect is but a remnant, but, nevertheless, they are a great amount of people. According to Revelation 9 verse 16, they could be two hundred million people if we are to take this number literally. But, since we cannot say for sure, it is best to simply say that there will be a lot of people in the New Jerusalem. This is the message that God is certainly getting across by giving such large dimensions to the city. 

Now we are told that the elect person measured the city with the reed. We had learned previously in verse 15 that the reed is the Word of God. So to measure the city with the reed is to measure the city with the Word of God. This is simply saying that it is the Word of God that determines (measures) the amount of the elect who are in the city. Another way of putting this is to say that the Word of God has specifically elected a predetermined amount of people for the holy Jerusalem. 

But now we ask, why does God reveal the holy Jerusalem in three dimensions which are each 12,000 furlongs? We know that the number 12,000 is equivalent to 12 x 1000. The number 12 symbolizes the fullness of whatever is in view, and the number 1000 symbolizes the completeness of whatever is in view (see Meaning of Bible Numbers 12 and 10 ). Then there is the number 3 because there are 3 dimensions of 12,000 furlongs each being revealed, and the number 3 is symbolic of the purpose of God (see Meaning of Bible Number 3 ). So now let's attempt to put all this symbolism together to see what message the Lord might be revealing here: since the 12,000 furlongs represents all three dimensions of the city, and we know that the city represents all of the elect, we are being told in all of this that it is God's purpose (in the 3 dimensions) to have predetermined (measured out) by the Word of God the exact amount or the complete fullness of the elect for the holy Jerusalem. In other words, this is just another way of saying that it is the purpose of God for the Word of God to choose or elect a certain amount of particular people for heaven. As we read in Ephesians 1, 

Eph 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will


Verse 17:
 

17 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 .

Now we are told that the elect person measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. Obviously, this wall cannot be a literal wall since there is no mention of the length, width, and height which would be needed for it to be an actual wall. We are simply told that the wall measures 144 cubits. This number 144 breaks down to 12 x 12. The number 12 is symbolic of the fullness of whatever is in view (see Meaning of Bible Number 12 ), and this number 12 is revealed 2 times. The number 2 is symbolic of those who are entrusted with the Word of God (see Meaning of Bible Number 2 ), which in this context must be the very elect. So what the wall represents is the complete fullness of the elect of God. This conclusion is strengthened by fact that the 144 cubits is - literally - of the measure of man, that is, of messenger. In other words, the 144 cubits is of mankind, that is, of messenger, which fits perfectly when we see the wall of 144 cubits being the elect of God since they are of mankind, and they are of messenger because they are all messengers (angels) of God. 


Verse 18:
     

18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass .

Here we are told that the building of the wall of it was jasper. If you will remember, jasper was the last stone mentioned on the breastplate of the high priest as we read in Exodus 39: 

9 It was foursquare; they made the breastplate double: a span was the length thereof, and a span the breadth thereof, being doubled .
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And they set in it four rows of stones: the first row was a sardius, a topaz, and a carbuncle: this was the first row
11 And the second row, an emerald, a sapphire, and a diamond .
12 And the third row, a ligure, an agate, and an amethyst
13 And the fourth row, a beryl, an onyx, and a jasper: they were inclosed in ouches of gold in their inclosings .
14 And the stones were according to the names of the children of Israel, twelve, according to their names, like the engravings of a signet, every one with his name, according to the twelve tribes

Jasper is also used along with sardine (sardius) to describe Christ in Revelation 4: 

Re 4:3 And he [Christ] that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine [sardius] stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald

Now since sardius is the first stone mentioned on the breastplate of the high priest, and jasper is the last stone mentioned on the breastplate of the high priest, they are being used here to describe Christ as the first and the last. He is the first in the sense that He is before all things because He has always been and has never had a beginning, and He is last because He always will be, for He will never have an end; that is, He is eternal. So in that jasper is the last stone, it represents eternality. This means that when our verse says, And the building of the wall of it was jasper, we are being told that that building of the wall is eternal. And, since we have already learned that the wall represents the complete fullness of the elect in Christ, we are being told that the elect in heaven will be eternal. 

But, next, we read, and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. We have already learned that the city is the elect, and that the city was pure gold is teaching the same thing. Like precious stones, gold can be representative of the elect. For instance, we read in 1Corinthians 3, 

11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ .
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble ;
13 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

The gold, silver, and precious stones are symbolic of the elect who are built upon the one foundation of Jesus Christ. In the Day of Judgment, which we are now in ever since May 21, 2011, it is being revealed just who the elect are, and just who the false believers are, namely the wood, hay, and stubble. It is being revealed by the spiritual fire, which first began with the churches on May 21, 1988 and has now expanded to the entire world ever since May 21, 2011. Those who have not come out of the churches in obedience to the Lord's command are being burnt up (see Why Leave All Churches ), and those who have rejected the teaching of Judgment Day beginning on May 21, 2011 are being burnt up. They have all been snared and bundled for the final fire that will literally burn up this earth and every unsaved person on the Last Day of this world, which could possibly be on October 6-7, 2015 .  

Now the elect (also known as the third part) are also symbolized by gold in Zechariah 13. There we read, 

Zec 13:9 And I will bring the third part [the elect] through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God

This is a passage being fulfilled in our day. The elect are currently being extremely tried in this day of spiritual fiery judgment on the world, and notice that they are typified by gold. So we can conclude that gold is used to represent the elect. 

But we are told in our passage that the city - the elect - is pure gold like unto clear glass. The words pure and clear are actually the same word, which is literally translated as clean. So the elect are being said to be clean gold like unto clean glass. This simply reveals that the elect will have no sin in heaven, but they will be completely clean. Once we shed these sinful bodies on the Last Day, and receive our new spiritual sinless bodies, we will have no more sin. We will be likened unto clean glass and pure gold. 


Verses 19-20: 

19 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 ;
20 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

We had learned back in verse 14 that there are 12 foundations of the wall of the city, and these 12 foundations were symbolic of the fullness of the foundations, who is Christ, the one and only true foundation. So although we read, And the foundations of the wall of the city . . ., we are really dealing with the one foundation, Jesus Christ.

Next, these 12 precious stones remind us of the 12 stones which were in the breastplate of the high priest (Ex. 39:9-14), but they are listed here in a different order. The stones represent the 12 tribes of Israel, which, in turn, typify the very elect of God. So, in that the foundations of the wall of the city, namely Christ, are garnished with all manner of precious stones reveals the intimate relationship that Christ has with the elect who are represented by these 12 stones. The number 12 symbolizes the fullness of the stones, and the stones symbolize the elect. This means that the 12 stones are the fullness of the elect. We see, then, that Christ is the foundation of the wall of the city, and He is garnished with the elect. We can now only begin to understand this close relationship between Christ and His elect, but then we shall see clearly: 

1Co 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known .

 

Now may the LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. 

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