Jerusalem – A Great Celestial City

Jerusalem – A Great Celestial City

Hundreds of years before Jerusalem was destroyed, Yahweh dealt with the people under the first covenant, warning them of the approaching judgment, but they did not take the prophecy seriously. Prophecy is so easily misunderstood that its fulfillment can go unaccepted. This is what happened in the time of Christ. To help us understand how to interpret the prophecy, we must read Isaiah chapter 61:

“The Spirit of the Lord Yahweh is upon me; because Yahweh has anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of Yahweh, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of Yahweh, that he might be glorified.

“And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.

“And strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
“But you shall be named the Priests of Yahweh: men shall call you the Ministers of our God: you shall eat the riches of the Gentiles, and in their glory shall you boast yourselves. For your shame you shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.

“For I Yahweh love judgment, I hate robbery for burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

“And their seed shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the seed which Yahweh has blessed.

“I will greatly rejoice in Yahweh, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

“For as the earth brings forth her bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord Yahweh will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.”

In Luke 4:16-19, the Lord reads this scripture and says it is being fulfilled. Though it was not altogether fulfilled in one day as we might think, the Lord designated that it would be fulfilled in the time or day they were then living in. Israel refused to believe the Lord’s declaration then and still denies it until this day.

In most Bible translations, Genesis 1:1 is translated as “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Had it been translated more correctly, it would have had a greater message for us. Transliterated in Hebrew, it reads, “be-reyshiyth bara elohim ath vahaerets.”

The word meanings to this verse are as follows:
In = be,
the beginning = reshiyth, the first in time, place, order or rank (especially a firstfruit), chief (est), principle thing.
created = bara, to create, select, choose, dispatch.
God = Eloyhim, the mighty ones (it is the plural form of Eloahh, which means deity), ath, the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet, and thau, or tau. It should read, “In the beginning, Elohim, ath (a), and tau (z), created the heaven and the earth.”
These same Hebrew words “ath” and “tau” were translated in the book of Revelation, as, I am the alpha (Greek, a) and omega (Greek, o), the first and the last.
“Ath-elohim” appears nine times in the first chapter of Genesis and is never translated “the first and the last Elohim.” It corresponds with the Greek alpha (a) and omega (o) in the New Testament. If the Savior was speaking in Hebrew, as is evident that he was when he addressed his disciple as well as John on the Isle of Patmos, he was using the same words, ath (Greek, aleph) and thau (Greek, omega), which were used in Genesis 1:1. Therefore he was identifying himself with the Creator. This statement is repeated five times in the book of Revelation:
1:8, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.”
1:11, “I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last.”
21:6, “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.”
22:13, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”
1:17-19, “And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that lives, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of Sheol and of death. Write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be “hereafter.”

Notice, this messenger identifies himself as the Savior. Please pay close attention to the time element: He instructs John to disclose the things he had previously seen, the things that were present, and the things that would happen in the near future.

We must keep in mind that these visions were given to John before A.D. 70, so we must keep it in that time frame. When we read, “Behold I come quickly,” “Things which must shortly be done,” and “for the time is at hand,” the speaker was not heralding a warning to the people that are on earth in 2006 or after, but he was heralding an urgent message to the people that would witness the fall of Jerusalem in A.D. 69-70, which ended the authority of the first covenant.

The Israelites were told early on that there would be a change in their system. This is verified when Luke in the book of Acts reminds them that Moses had originally prophesied that another prophet would arise and change the order, saying,

“This is that Moses, which said unto the children of Israel, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear,” Acts 7:37.

The angel said to John, “Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which you have, that no man take thy crown,” Revelation 3:11.

“The Revelation of Yasha Christ, which God gave unto him, to show unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: Who bare record of the word of Yahweh, and of the testimony of Yasha Christ, and of all things that he saw.

“Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand,” Revelation 1:1-3

“And he said unto me, These sayings are faithful and true: and the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel to show unto his servants the things which must shortly be done.

“Behold, I come quickly: blessed is he that keeps the sayings of the prophecy of this book).

“And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed me these things.

“Then saith he unto me, See thou do it not: for I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren the prophets, and of them which keep the sayings of this book: worship God. And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand,” Revelation 22:6-10.

Please notice that this one messenger is obviously not the Savior, and he pinpoints the time very clearly. I would also like to remind you that Jerusalem was previously called Salem. This is the same city that is spoken of in Genesis 14:18, saying, “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.” Salem means righteousness and peace.

In Hebrews 7:2, King David chose Salem as his headquarters about a thousand years before Christ, and then his son, Solomon, built the temple there and its name was changed to Jerusalem. Needless to say from then until now the Jews have considered it a very holy city, a symbol of their religious pride. However, our Lord explodes this illusion in Matthew 23:37-38, when he said, “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that kills the prophets, and stones them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.” House, in this verse, comes from #3624 in Strong’s Greek Concordance and means temple, or family. But here, it is obviously speaking of rejection of the whole Jewish system. The same thought is repeated in Matthew 21:42-43, as Christ addressed the chief priest and elders, “Yasha said unto them, Did you never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof.”

Though its name means peace and righteousness, we should not consider Jerusalem a holy city— I am sure our Lord did not. I say this to make it clear that when the Bible speaks of “The Holy City,” it is “not” referring to the original Jerusalem; it is speaking of the Church, New Jerusalem, or the Bride (the Lamb’s wife).

Paul’s allegory, in Galatians 4, explains the difference in natural and heavenly Jerusalem:

“Tell me, you that desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which genders to bondage, which is Agar. For this Agar (in Hebrew it is Hagar) is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all,” Galatians 4:21-24.

Here, Sarah represents the Church (the Body of Christ, New Jerusalem). The Church, with its higher, or heavenly principle, replaced the old religious system which had its headquarters in natural Jerusalem. The old system was more or less based on an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth principle, but when Christ was crucified he set a much higher principle in force. This principle which now governs over the Church is love, peace, and righteousness. This love was revealed when Yasha did not return evil for evil by smiting his enemy, instead he prayed for their salvation, which was granted in Acts 2:36-41.
Paul said, “But you are come unto Mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Yasha the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel,” Hebrews 12:22-24.

The angel promised, “Him that over-cometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name,” Revelation 3:12.

Do we want to see this as a natural city? If so, we must be pleased to become a natural pillar in the temple. I had much rather believe that I am destined to be a very steady and dependable pillar in the Church, or Kingdom, than to imagine myself being turned into a marble pillar in a sophisticated building, even if it was on another planet.

“And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband,” Revelation 21:2.

“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 show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

“And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,” Revelation 21:9-10.

I feel safe to say the above scripture clearly reveals the Bride, the Kingdom, and New Jerusalem to be the Church.
But before we deal with the Tree of Life and the River of Life, we must remove all doubt that the Church is the Wife of Christ.

“For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the Saviour of the body…. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh,” Ephesians 5:23 and 31.

“This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church,” Ephesians 5:32.

“Wherefore, my brethren, you also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that you should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God,” Romans 7:4.

Now I would like for you get a more complete look at that city that is called the bride. Remember she was fully adorned for her husband. This adorning was already accomplished before the bride descended to the earth. Part of this ceremony, according to the law, required that the bride experience a full year of purification before she was presented to her groom. She was required to go through six months of purification with a bitter herb and six months of purification with a highly scented concoction previous to her meeting with her groom. To me this is symbolic to the balance between crushing trials and great blessings of which we all must experience our part as we journey on into our union with Christ. This bride was obviously taken from the Old Covenant believers that were faithful. But that does not prevent any of the new covenant faithful from becoming joined to the Church, because in Christ, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Yasha.” But the Church is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets of the first covenant. See Revelation 14:1-7 at the end of this message.

“And if you be Christ’s, then are you Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise,” Galatians 3:28-29.
Please read Revelation chapters 21 and 22 before we continue.

Now, to persuade you to look at this subject with spiritual eyes, I want you to constantly remind yourself that our Father is Love (1 John 4:16), he is Spirit (John 4:24), and he is invisible.

Colossians 1:14-15, “In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature,”

1 Timothy 1:17, “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”

Hebrews 11:27, “By faith he (Moses) forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.” He is also everywhere at the same time, and he is not a man.

I used to read Ephesians 4:13 and see everyone reaching maturity at the same time. Ministers often present it that way. But we all died in adam, and it took me over six thousand years to come on the scene and make it evident that I had, but some of my forefathers had made their death in adam apparent much earlier.

I used to read the scripture “we must all stand before the judgment seat of Christ” and in my mind’s eye I saw us all lined up like people do at the grocery counter, awaiting our turn to be judged. It never occurred to me how long that line would be if everyone was there in line on the judgment day and how long it would take for us to be judged if it took each soul fifteen minuets to be judged. That would add up to about 35,000 people a year. Can you imagine how long it would take to judge just those who are alive today? There would be a long waiting line. I rejoiced to understand that daily I am standing before the judgment seat. Not to be criticized, but to be instructed into righteousness. “For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who has subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of Yahweh,” Romans 8:20-21.

But to show you how carnal a mind can be, I thought everything that was written in Revelation was natural. I never thought about how heavy or how foolish it would be for a man to have many gold crowns upon his head (Rev.19:12) or to see a person with a sword in his mouth (Rev 1:16). Then I was told about a pregnant lady that was clothed in the sun with the moon under her feet and crowned with twelve stars. I understand this now to be symbolic to the triumphant of the wisdom of the revealed Word.

In those carnal days, it troubled me that the Lord said that a River of Living Water would gush from our belly after we received his Spirit. (John 7:38). I guess I was just about as spiritually ignorant as Nicodemus when he was trying to analyze the new birth (John 3:1-4).

After I was born of the Spirit, I understood it was the Living Word that our Lord was calling the River of Living Water. Then and only then did I understand how the River of Life would flow from the Church. See Revelation 22:1: “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of Yahweh and of the Lamb.” How beautiful this was to me, because I knew the throne had to be in the Kingdom of Heaven and if the Kingdom of Heaven was now on earth and is the Church (Col. 1:13). “For the kingdom of Yahweh is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost,” Romans 14:17. It all began to take shape. But the Bible said the old heaven and earth were passed away. This presented a big question until I understood what Paul had to say in 2 Corinthians 5:16-17:

“Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more.

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (creation): old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”

Just for a moment let us pause to remember that both John the Baptist and the Savior came introducing the Kingdom of Yahweh, or Kingdom of Heaven, which was the same kingdom. Consider the power of this statement. To say there is a kingdom, we understand that there is to be a king ruling over it, also. It exterminates or rules over all other authority.
Another question arose in my mind in those days about Yahweh tabernacling us. Could that be a current event?
The Lord revealed that his manifestation would be invisible to the unconverted world in John 14:22-23, “Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?

“Yasha answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.”

It could be a current event, if we believe the words of Christ. But how about no more death in the Kingdom?

If the Church is made up of people, then who were the people that were represented by the Church at the time it came down from heaven? “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming,” 1 Corinthians 15:22-23.

“But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up,” 2 Peter 3:10.
“And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

“And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

“These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto Yahweh and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of Yahweh.

“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,

“Saying with a loud voice, Fear Yahweh, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters,” Revelation 14:1-7.

Many ministers see this as the end of the world, but in reality it is the end of the law age and the beginning of the Gospel age. Notice these words in the above scripture: “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.”

Think of when this happened. The Gospel was not preached to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people until after the birth of the Church.

Another scripture speaks to us about the anointed message in Revelation 12:10, “And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.”

This thought is expressed by Christ in the Gospel of Luke: “And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name. And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven,” Luke 10:17-18.

This is another one of those scriptures that is often thought to mean that Satan came tumbling down through the air from heaven, but of course we understand that this kind of a fall is different. Satan became a fallen monarch when his kingdom was invaded by the anointed sons of Yahweh and they reported that demons had become manageable. We know that a ruler can lose his exalted position and become a fallen monarch without leaving the city of his rulership.

But if Revelation 21:1-4 was fulfilled in the first century, how do we explain there being no more death? “I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of Yahweh is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and Yahweh himself shall be with them, and be their God. And Yahweh shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

Could it be that the Kingdom of Heaven was introduced in a stronger language than we hear now?

John 11:25-26, “Yasha said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Believest thou this?”

But Martha did not believe our Lord, and even most of organized churches proclaim that as members of the new birth the believers receive eternal life.

John 5:24, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that hears my word, and believes on him that sent me, has everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.”

Before the Savior was born, very few people believed the scriptures that said that a son of Yahweh would be born to a virgin maid. But a few did, and their faith produced a Savior. There are only a handful who believe that immortality is available to the Church today, but there are some that do believe. In the near future their faith will become so enhanced that they will experience its reality.

Romans 8:8-11, “So then they that are in the flesh cannot please Yahweh. But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of Yahweh dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

“But if the Spirit of him (Yahweh) that raised up Yasha from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken (make alive) your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwells in you.”

Let us look at the city revealed in Revelation 21:19-21:

“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; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

“And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.”

Psalms 24:7-10, “Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

“Who is this King of glory? Yahweh strong and mighty, Yahweh mighty in battle.

“Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

“Who is this King of glory? Yahweh of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah.”

By the above description of the Church, the Holy Spirit helps us to understand that we are not dealing with material wealth in heaven but dealing with faithful martyrs that sacrificed everything to give life to the spoken Word, and through their faith they were able to materialize Yahweh in man.

Revelation 21: 22-23: “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of Yahweh did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.”

Both the Lord and Paul explain in the scriptures below that the Kingdom of Heaven is on the earth at the present time:
Colossians 1:12-15, “Giving thanks unto the Father, which has made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who has delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.”

John 3:13, “And no man has ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.”

John 14:3, “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am (present tense), there you may be also.”

Revelation 21:24-27: “And the nations of them which are saved (suggesting that there were some that were not saved) shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defiles, neither whatsoever works abomination, or makes a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

1Thessilonians 5:4-8: “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober. For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night. But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation.”

Ephesians 5:5-15: “For this you know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of Yahweh.

“Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.

“Be not ye therefore partakers with them. For you were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light: (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

“Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.

“See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.”

This will not be so hard to understand if you will take it in to consideration that we are not dealing with religious opinions, we are talking about born from above children of the living God. Though we see all kinds of people in the church building, this does not mean the unbelievers are in the Church. Going to a church building does not make you a member of the true Church, only a new birth makes you a member of the family of Yahweh.

James 1:5-8: “If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of Yahweh, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.

“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

“For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.
“A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.”

Revelation 22:1-5: “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

“In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God gives them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.”

This beautiful scene is seldom thought as an earth scene, but we have read that “the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.”

Also notice that though there is a new heaven and a new earth, the nations are still in need of healing. They surely are not suffering illness in glorified bodies.

Revelation 14:1-7: “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.

“And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.

“These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto Yahweh and to the Lamb.

“And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of Yahweh.

“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, Fear Yahweh, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”