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1. And I [the John Class] saw a new heaven [spiritual ruling authority] and a new earth [social order]: for the first heaven [former spiritual ruling authority] and the first earth [former social order] were passed away; and there was no more sea [restless masses].

2. And I [the John Class] saw the holy city [government of Christ], new Jerusalem [government of peace], coming down from God out of heaven [the divine authority from God], prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

3. And I [the John Class] heard a great voice [proclamation from Christ] out of heaven ["the throne," Sinaitic, Alexandrine, from Christ’s authority] saying, Behold, the tabernacle [temporary dwelling place] of God [God will not literally dwell on earth, but only through his representative Christ] is with men, and he will dwell [associate] with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

4. And God [through Christ] 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.

5. And he00GoldSquare.jpg (705 bytes)  [Jesus] that sat upon the throne [occupied the ruling authority] said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me [the John Class], Write [publish]: for these words are true and faithful

6. And he said unto me [the John Class], It is done [has come to pass]. I am the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst [desiring truth] of the fountain [from The Christ] of the water [life- giving truth] of life freely.

7. He that overcometh shall inherit all things: and I will be his God [Mighty One], and he shall be my son [Isaiah 9:6, "the everlasting Father"].

8. But the fearful [those lacking courage], and unbelieving [those lacking real and sincere faith], and the abominable [those inclined toward detestable and hateful acts], and murderers [those who are brother-haters], and whoremongers [those who harbor desires for either natural or spiritual illicit indulgence], and sorcerers [those who have tendencies toward occultism], and idolaters [those who give to self or others love, service, and honor which belong to God], and all liars [those who are negligent or careless with truth], shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

9. And there came unto me [the John Class] one of the seven angels [messengers] which had the seven vials [bowls or vehicles of divine provision for broadcasting] full of the seven last plagues [afflicting messages and apparently is one of the seven which makes clear this vision], and talked [communicated] with me [the John Class], saying, Come hither [be transported in mind], I will show thee the bride [the church], the Lamb’s wife [meek humble One’s partner].

10. And he [the messenger] carried me away [transported the John Class] in the spirit [spiritual mind] to a great and high mountain [kingdom], and showed me [the John Class] that great city [government], the holy Jerusalem [government of peace], descending out of heaven [the divine authority] from God,

11. Having the glory of God: and her light [luminaryJesus] was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone [glorious, enduring and immortal], clear as crystal.

12. And had a wall [complete protection of the church] great and high, and had twelve gates [entrancesthe Ancient Worthies representing the twelve tribes of natural Israel], and at the gates twelve angels [probably Ancient Worthies who are representatives of the twelve apostles], and names written thereon [probably above the gates], which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

13. On the east [quarter of society] three gates [one-quarter of the Ancient Worthies]; on the north [quarter of the society] three gates [one-quarter of the Ancient Worthies]; on the south [quarter of the society] three gates [one-quarter of the Ancient Worthies]; and on the west [quarter of the society] three gates [one-quarter of the Ancient Worthies].00GoldSquare.jpg (705 bytes)

14. And the wall of the city [the church, the protectors of the government] had twelve foundations [underlying supports], and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb [the meek and humble One].

15. And he [the messenger making clear this vision] that talked with me [communicated with the John Class] had a golden reed [divine standard] to measure [appraise] the city [government], and the gates [the Ancient Worthies] thereof, and the wall [church] thereof.

16. And the city [government] lieth foursquare [is harmoniously proportionate], and the length is as large as the breadth [extensiveness is as vast as the comprehensiveness]: and he [the messenger making clear this vision] measured [appraised] the city [government] with the reed [divine standard], twelve thousand furlongs [members to a tribe and as there are twelve edges or lines to a cube so there are 12 tribes to circumscribe this city, hence the total membership of those who circumscribe the city would be 12 times 12,000 which would be 144,000 members]. The length [extensiveness] and the breadth [comprehensiveness] and the height [attainment] are equal [proportionate].

17. And he [the messenger] measured [appraised] the wall thereof [thickness of the protection provided by the church], an hundred and forty-four cubits [each cubit representing a thousand], according to the measure of a man [Christian], that is, of the angel [messenger].

18. And the building [implanted as its protection] of the wall [the church] of it was of jasper [diamond, picturing immortality]: and the city [government] was pure gold [wholly divine], like unto clear glass [eternal fixity and purity].

19. And the foundations [the apostles] of the wall of the city [divine government] were garnished with all manner of precious stones [graced with all manner of virtues]. The first foundation [apostle] was jasper [Matthewharmonious, popular, friendly, understanding, and adaptable type of character]; the second, sapphire [James, the son of Zebedeedetermined, combative, reverential, and benevolent]; the third, a chalcedony [Johnexpressive, emotional, idealistic, sympathetic and spiritually minded]; the fourth, an emerald [Thomasdevoted, reverential, secretive, comparative and constructive];

20. The fifth, sardonyx [Peterharmonious, enduring, genius and with executive ability]; the sixth, sardius [Bartholomewcheerful and brilliant]; the seventh, chrysolyte [Andrewmild and placid]; the eighth, beryl [James, the son of Alphaeuspractical, poised, cautious and conscientious]; the ninth, a topaz [Philipsociable, peaceable and spiritually-minded]; the tenth, a chrysoprasus [Laebbus or Judevisionary, studious and instructive]; the eleventh, a jacinth [Simon the Canaanite (Zelotes)strong willed, intense and extreme]; the twelfth, an amethyst [Pauloptimistic, intense, promotional and talented].

21. And the twelve gates [means of access] were twelve pearls [twelve tribes of earthly Israel, particularly represented in the Ancient Worthies with whom the New Covenant will at first be inaugurated]; every several gate was of one pearl [means of access was composed of those who had been ennobled through trial and suffering]: and the street [way of sustained life] of the city [spiritual government] was of pure gold [complete divine provision], and as it were transparent glass [revealing the divine character].

22. And I [the John Class] saw no temple therein [literal meeting place with God]: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb [the meek and humble One] are the temple [actual meeting place] of it.

23. And the city [government] had no need of the sun [Gospel], neither of the moon [Mosaic Law], to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [meek and humble One] is the light thereof.

24. And the nations [of them which are savedspurious] shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth [all men will be kings] do bring their glory [and honorspurious]00GoldSquare.jpg (705 bytes) into it.

25. And the gates [means of access] of it shall not be shut at all by day [during time of enlightenment]: for there shall be no night there [time of deception for those within or co-operating with this government].

26. And they shall bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.

27. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written [recorded] in the Lamb’s [the meek and humble One’s heavenly] book of life [everlasting life].


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