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Saturday, July 12, 2003

Edifier du Jour-Revelation 21:10-24
10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal-clear jasper. 12 It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east and three gates on the north and three gates on the south and three gates on the west. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 The one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, and its gates and its wall. 16 The city is laid out as a square, and its length is as great as the width; and he measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred miles; its length and width and height are equal. 17 And he measured its wall, seventy-two yards, according to human measurements, which are also angelic measurements. 18 The material of the wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundation stones of the city wall were adorned with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation stone was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, chalcedony; the fourth, emerald; 20 the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, topaz; the tenth, chrysoprase; the eleventh, jacinth; the twelfth, amethyst. 21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. 22 I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it.
We just got back home from Illinois about 6:00 yesterday, just in time to catch out home group at 7; this is one time that I really like the idea of going over in more depth the sermon topic from the previous Sunday. Revelation is more about worship and praise than it is about the end times, and this is a good case in point. It's hard to get a good mental picture of what this new heaven will look like; I wasn't the only one there last night to picture that 1500-mile 3D city as if Tiffany’s had gotten a commission from the Borg. One of the thoughts that had gone through my mind was that there's enough room for everyone. The second was wondering where the heck the oyster is that created those pearls in verse 21. Someone last night noted that the one significant square building in the Bible is the Holy of Holies. As verse 22 notes, heaven don't need no steekin' temple, for not only is God is in the house, God is in His house. It's hard to get your mind around what heaven will be like; even average folks seem to like toying with the idea if the Billboard charts are any indications. The current Billboard Adult Contemporary chart (that's the secular one, not the CCM one) has Mercy Me's I Can Only Imagine in at #18, between Hall and Oates and Kid Rock; my surprise when finding the song away from Christian stations seems to be not an isolated event for our neck of the woods. However, to appreciate heaven, you'll need to appreciate God. Hopefully, the airplay will make the listener a man on a mission to find a good church to be discipled in.

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