Saved City

See The City Of The Savior Which Has No Sea

“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 I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying,

“Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men,

and He shall dwell among them,

and they shall be His people,

and God Himself shall be among them,

and He shall wipe away every tear from their eyes;

and there shall no longer be any death;

there shall no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain;

the first things have passed away.”

And He who sits on the throne said,

“Behold, I am making all things new.”

And He said, “Write,

for these words are faithful and true.”

And He said to me, “It is done.

I am the Alpha and the Omega,

the beginning and the end.

I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.

“He who overcomes shall inherit these things,

and I will be his God and he will be My son.

“But for the cowardly

and unbelieving

and abominable

and murderers

and immoral persons

and sorcerers

and idolaters

and all liars,

their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone,

which is the second death.”

And one of the seven angels

who had the seven bowls

full of the seven last plagues,

came and spoke with me, saying,

“Come here, I shall show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

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;

and 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.

And the one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city,

and its gates and its wall.

And 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.

And he measured its wall,

seventy-two yards, according to human measurements,

which are also angelic measurements.

And the material of the wall was jasper;and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.

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;

the fifth, sardonyx;

the sixth, sardius;

the seventh, chrysolite;

the eighth, beryl;

the ninth, topaz;

the tenth, chrysoprase;

the eleventh, jacinth;

the twelfth, amethyst.

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.

And I saw no temple in it,

for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its temple.

And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine upon it,

for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.

And the nations shall walk by its light,

and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory into it.

And in the daytime (for there shall be no night there) its gates shall never be closed;

and they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it;

and nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it,

but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

First things first; why is there no sea in the “New Jerusalem,” which is the true Jerusalem? One reason is that it is not needed. There probably won’t be need of merchant’s ships and certainly no need of sea travel, yet this assumes something about the city, but we’ll get back to this. The primary purpose isn’t literal. In the Bible and in the first century church, while the sea was beneficial​ for trade and travel, it was also a dark and dangerous place. We also remember the beast that came out of the sea. Do we see the sea in Revelation?

This is it, only the believers are present, other than a passing pause on those who will not be in this true Jerusalem, there is but now, one city. The city of which the law and the prophets promised. The new, and true, Jerusalem. This is certainly the city of the savior. Ponder the patience of Christ for a moment. Jerusalem, where Jesus was slaughtered outside the city, is the un-aptly named, “City of Peace.” However, it has known no peace and it won’t–that is until the true one comes from heaven.

There are a thousand different verses that people have assigned to the Millennial Kingdom but the vast majority would not assign these verses to said Kingdom. One of those reasons is that the imagery paints the picture of a New Jerusalem descending down to the earth. When we consider our Old Testament tutor, no such image is painted. Nevertheless, Isaiah 65 sounds similar. “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind. “But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; For behold, I create Jerusalem for rejoicing, And her people for gladness. “I will also rejoice in Jerusalem, and be glad in My people; And there will no longer be heard in her The voice of weeping and the sound of crying. “No longer will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days, Or an old man who does not live out his days; For the youth will die at the age of one hundred And the one who does not reach the age of one hundred Shall be thought accursed. “And they shall build houses and inhabit them; They shall also plant vineyards and eat their fruit. “They shall not build, and another inhabit, They shall not plant, and another eat.”

But wait; the context seems to indicate that people do indeed die and have to work in this created Jerusalem. This can’t be the age to come for we know that when we die, we have eternal rest–except that we don’t so accept that we don’t. As always, I am getting too far ahead of myself. We also won’t die in the New Heavens and New Earth. But this text indicates that we do. This must be referring to the Millennial Kingdom. Building houses and planting vineyards, living to at least one hundred, dying at one hundred will be like dying in youth and the following: “The wolf and the lamb shall graze together, and the lion shall eat straw like the ox; and dust shall be the serpent’s food. They shall do no evil or harm in all My holy mountain,” says the LORD.” This can be nothing but the Millennial Kingdom because it sounds nothing like how heaven is heralded from our pulpits. Except that it isn’t–accept that it isn’t. After 50 some odd missives on the subject, welcome to apocalyptic language. And since context is king, don’t believe me, believe your own eyes. “For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former things shall not be remembered or come to mind.”

As I stated previously, there are a thousand verses that deal with either the New Heavens and New Earth, or, based on one’s perspective, the Millennial Kingdom. What we need is a common perspective. Fortunately, the Bible gives a thousand perspectives on the people of God. The problem is our presuppositions prevail as we ponder the passages. We take things too literally. We remember the images created in our minds by the teaching and traditions in our culture. It makes reading the Bible, especially apocalyptic literature which is foreign to us, very difficult. It is the reason the CAGED method came to my mind. I believe we’ve caged the Bible by taking verses out of context and by not understanding the author’s aspirations to his audience. In the prophecies and poems, we must understand the genre. People praise the promises in Proverbs, but Proverbs provided precepts, not promises.  In order to not take a verse here and add it to a verse there and come to a conclusion for which the Bible never intended, one must use a proper exegesis. We must consider the context as a whole and then search the scripture for expository examples. We must remember that the Bible does not contradict. After all of these things are considered, we must carefully divide the word of truth. For instance, if we found a contradiction, we must reexamine–it is not the Biblical account that is flawed.

Power to the people! If you are a serious student, we have a power supply that helps illuminate the scripture. After all, he wrote it. Honestly, I hesitate to harken the Holy Spirit because many men have massively misconstrued meaning based upon purposeful and patient prayer, faithfully fasting to hear the Holy Spirit. Then they make outrageous claims that they are apostles and prophets. We need the Holy Spirit to read Revelation but I am always apprehensive about writing how to evoke the Spirit. Like the Bible, no matter what I say or write, it will be misconstrued and taken out of context. I can’t simply say, pray and the Spirit will make it clear. I must say, pray and read it the way the Spirit wrote it and read it again and again, putting aside presuppositions, humbly and laid low. I am rewarded most when I realize and admit, that I know very little and rarely cling to or follow that which I do know. Many godly men disagree over various texts. They have the Spirit, the mark of the Lamb and they pray fervently yet disagree. This doesn’t mean one has more Spirit than another. Therefore, I use the CAGED method to remind myself how to read scripture for all it’s worth. It’s not flawless or foolproof, for I am a flawed fool, however it is a simple tool to take into the study of the word. If you find or have a better tool, by all means, use it. Yet if it doesn’t remind you to consider the genre, add the genre to it or throw it out completely.

That was an interlude that recapitulated and concluded ​with, genre. When we look at the thousand verses that resemble Revelation, we must consider the genre. When we do, paying close attention to the context, we see certain similarities–simply stated, good, bad; good, bad–or vice versa. The people do this, God does that. Israel kneels to false gods yet a remnant remains. Apostate Israel goes to destruction but God reigns over his true Israel. It’s why I say Revelation reads more like the Old Testament than the New. But it is still one Bible and the New Testament does state the same things, in a different genre–mostly epistles.

My intent is not to show everything Revelation reveals. However I do try to persuade in a proper exegesis. Admittedly, I do want to expose our hearts here in the west. It seems we’re looking, not doing. Nevertheless, I used the book of Revelation to, hopefully, demonstrate how to read the Bible for all it’s worth. I do see a millennial reign of Christ. I do see new Heavens and Earth. But more importantly (yes, I mean it), I see two cities. However, they are not cities but camps. And they’re not camps but groups. And they’re not groups but people–and there are only two.

The last two chapters of Revelation reveal hope to those persecuted for the Lamb. Paul writes, “Hope does not disappoint” and Revelation confirms. We hope for the New Jerusalem, why? Because God will truly and​ fully be in the New Jerusalem. That’s the barometer of the christian’s being. Where is one’s hope, here and now, a return to the past perhaps, or is it to endure to the end to be with God? I want us to question whether we walk in the worst of times or the best of times. The internet is a dark place, but light can shine bright in a dark place. Public schools have become hostile to Jesus. Hospitals care more about the bottom line than holistic healing. The Bible tells us to do everything for the glory of God. Do you see the two cities? There are two internets, two hospitals, two schools, two restaurants, two police stations, two universities, two Jerusalems, two governments (render to Caesar what is Caesar’s) and therefor, two types of people. The two cities are found in everything. The two types of people either work for the past, the now, the future earth, which is this Rome and Jerusalem, or for the rewards of the New Jerusalem. “This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine.”

Peter says, “But according to His promise we are looking for new heavens and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells. Therefore, beloved, since you look for these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, spotless and blameless, and regard the patience of our Lord to be salvation; just as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given him, wrote to you, as also in all his letters, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which the untaught and unstable distort, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures, to their own destruction. You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, be on your guard lest, being carried away by the error of unprincipled men, you fall from your own steadfastness, but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory, both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.” Where’s the rapture, Paul wrote about the pre-trib rapture not the New Heavens and New Earth? Except that he didn’t. Peter confirms Paul’s exhortations that have been distorted. Is there a rapture? Yes, to those alive at his coming at the final trumpet. What about the Antichrist and false prophet? John tells us they come from within the called out assembly (church), so use discernment that you will not be led astray. We’re not looking for rescue, we’re working towards the New Heavens and New Earth.

Use the CAGED method and really swim in the Bible. I have for sale a thousand page pamphlet on the power of the CAGED method to unlock the meanings of Biblical mysteries. Except that I don’t. It’s free, I want nothing in return. This is my Kingdom contribution to the two of you. These so-called christian authors profit as false prophets, who write over-imaginative insights into the meaning of blood-moons and months, days and years. Getting really rich from mis- reading and misappropriating Revelation? Let me know how that works out.

Remember the passage about the New Heavens and Earth in Isaiah? Do you know the context? In order to fully understand Revelation, Isaiah must be read. It also is a waltz, and is predominantly presented in that way. It mirrors the images and themes in Revelation. Yet now that we’ve seen Revelation, we will see Isaiah in context of the New Covenant.

I build for a living and for charity, and was asked which I prefer, frame or finish. I love the tedious task of finish work; the details, the finished product, the completed job. But the truth is I prefer framing. Without good foundation and framework the finish work is nothing but a facade. It’s the same with these missives on Revelation. I have merely called into question our previous framework. We have to demolish our presuppositions when presented with a new approach (which is 2000 years old). I presented prose to ponder and waltz to wonder. Don’t keep the Bible CAGED. We have a new frame but many details remain. But hopefully we, the three of us, are now well equipped to read Revelation rightly. If we learned anything about Revelation, and that’s a big if, we’ve learned that things are not as they seem. They are not falling into place but are moving vertically, up or down, based upon God’s sovereignty. I can’t explain it but believe it; everything has been, is, and will be exactly as the Lamb has prescribed. Think of the books John saw, think of the huge scroll, written on the front and back, think of the little scroll. Everything happens according to his purpose no matter how bad we mess it up, or how bad we think things are. The church always grows in darkness. Persecution persuades God’s people to look forward to the New Heavens and New Earth. We are the New Jerusalem, we are the holy city. Or did you miss the context?

The city is not literally a square, nor does the city have streets of gold or pearly gates. I know that you have been taught that it has all of these things. You’re probably thinking, “heretic, you wrote it and I read it.” This is why I proclaim; “unless you are learning for yourself, you only know what you have been taught.” And, “Context is figuratively King.” My exclamation is easily exposed with proper exegesis. This is the reason it is called Expository Exegesis or, Vitamin E. We’re exposing the text that is easy to gloss over. The city isn’t a city at all, but a people, the bride of Christ. Read the context again and remember the genre:

“Come here, I shall show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”

And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain,

and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, [the bride]

coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God.

Her [the bride] 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;

and 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.

And the one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city,

and its gates and its wall.

And 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.

And he measured its wall,

seventy-two yards, according to human measurements,

which are also angelic measurements.

And the material of the wall was jasper;and the city was pure gold, like clear glass.

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;

the fifth, sardonyx;

the sixth, sardius;

the seventh, chrysolite;

the eighth, beryl;

the ninth, topaz;

the tenth, chrysoprase;

the eleventh, jacinth;

the twelfth, amethyst.

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.

And I saw no temple in it,

for the Lord God, the Almighty, and the Lamb, are its temple.

And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine upon it,

for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.

And the nations shall walk by its light,

and the kings of the earth shall bring their glory into it.

And in the daytime (for there shall be no night there) its gates shall never be closed;

and they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it;

and nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it,

but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

The city has no sea because the sea is representative of the other people. This is a heavenly city.