Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
Wednesday December 17, 2014
We will be able to see heaven from a distance.
“The city which has fixed and firm foundations, whose Architect and Builder is God” (HEB 11:10).
Architects have calculated that the enormous size of the New Jerusalem would easily provide a mansion of over a half mile in length and breadth to every believer from Adam to the present.
God doesn’t do things in a small way.
The New Jerusalem is fifteen hundred miles wide and fifteen hundred miles long, but it’s also fifteen hundred miles high.
The size of New Jerusalem is somewhere in the vicinity of seven hundred to eight hundred times as large as the United States.
“The Architect and Builder is God” (HEB 11:10).
As the angels carry us closer to the holy city, our attention might also focus on the wall surrounding the New Jerusalem.
The wall is seventy-two yards high.
In addition to being large and beautiful, it also pays tribute to the twelve original apostles of Jesus Christ.
Peter, Andrew, the two James, John, Philip, Bartholomew; Thomas, Matthew, Thaddaeus, Simon, the apostle Paul.
Each foundation stone is approximately five hundred miles long.
Imagine how large the name of each apostle must be if it’s approximately five hundred miles long.
Jasper is a translucent stone of many different colors. Sapphire is blue. Chalcedony is a bluish white. Emeralds are green.
Sardonyx is made up of alternating layers of white and orange-red. Sardius is blood red. Chrysolite is yellow or greenish yellow. Beryl is transparent bluish green.
Topaz is yellowish. Chrysoprase is greenish. Jacinth is red with a mixture of yellow. Amethysts are purple.
1CO 2:9 but just as it is written, “Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him.”
Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words says the word that’s translated “jasper” in this passage of Scripture is “a translucent stone of various colors, especially that of fire.”
Picture for a moment as the angels bring us closer to the holy city, we’ll see an immense, transparent, multi-colored wall glowing with many different colors.
There are also twelve gates in the large walls around the holy city.
East side = Judah, Issachar, Zebulun; South side = Reuben, Simeon, Gad;
West side = Ephraim, Manasseh, Benjamin; North side = Dan, Asher, Naphtali.
Some of these things are merely speculation from comparing some scriptures with others because ultimately Heaven is beyond human comprehension and human vocabulary.
When a foreign particle such as sand gets inside of an oyster, it irritates the oyster.
The pearls in the gates of heaven are as large as they are because they were formed to represent the tremendous wounds of Jesus Christ.
These gates will serve as a constant reminder of the price He paid.