Insight To His Sight: Recognizing God’s Purpose For You
Chapter: The Vision (Pages 75-78)
When we consider visions, we should think about what the picture was that John had of the new Jerusalem descending out of heaven. It must have been super challenging for him to describe what he saw in words, having seen so much magnificence and sheer beauty of the glory of God. If we try to imagine the vision, it must have been easier to draw it than to describe it in a way that man could truly comprehend…
When we read about it, we get many clues as to what it is, and every person has their own idea of what it must have been. I believe that John must have drawn it out somewhere and put it somewhere in which he would never lose it—you could say a place of safe keeping, a place in which it could never be stolen. How interesting that drawing must have been.
When we consider the new Jerusalem, it is important to remember the number twelve and its significance in many different regards—the twelve gates, the twelve angels, and the twelve apostles of the lamb.
It is of the utmost importance that when we look back into history, we consider the symbolism in the book of Revelation. What is the bright morning star? If we look into the Bible and research it, we are able to understand that the sun of righteousness mentioned in the last book of the Old Testament, specifically the last chapter of Malachi, is in direct relationship to the last chapter of the book of Revelation, in which Jesus Himself is the bright morning star. When I consider the brightest star in the universe, it is obviously the sun, which is the source of all light. We cannot compare the radiance of the sun to any other star in the entire universe. However, the light of the Lamb is brighter than any light that we can comprehend or compare to…It is on a deeper level…When we look back into the book of Zechariah we see that Jerusalem is surrounded by a wall of fire that I understand to be a fortress or shield of protection. Having the city surrounded by the fire was a substitute for the walls that would normally surround a city. By looking at all the clues that the Bible gives us as a guide we are able to better understand the true meaning of it all. All it takes is a little study
“Then I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a man with a measuring line in his hand. So I said, “Where are you going?” And he said to me, “To measure Jerusalem, to see how wide it is and how long it is.” And behold, the angel who was speaking with me was going out, and another angel was coming out to meet him, and said to him, “Run, speak to that young man, saying, Jerusalem will be inhabited without walls, because of the multitude of men and cattle within it. ‘For I declares the Lord, will build a wall of f ire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.’ “Ho there! Flee from the land of the north,” declares the Lord, “for I have dispersed you as the four winds of the heavens,” declares the Lord. “Ho, Zion! Escape, you who are living with the daughter of Babylon.” For thus says the Lord of hosts, “After glory He has sent me against the nations which plunder you, for he who touches you, touches the apple of His eye.”
“He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write upon him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name.”
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.”
“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, having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal clear jasper. It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; the names were written on them, which are those of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. 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. And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.”