This letter contains a glimpse into the metaphoric interpretation of the Gospel found in the lyrics of my songs, and recent Revelation Improvised Talk posts. This letter will also be continually updated and re-posted.
It says in the book of Revelation there is a scroll to be unsealed (Rev Chapter 5:1-5). So that means there is something in that book – a mystery to be solved. To unseal the scroll in Revelation the person is told to measure (Rev 11:1, Eze 40:3) the temple, altar and worshipers until there is a Victory of the White Horse, Lamb and Word of God (Rev 17:14, Rev 15: 7, Rev 19:11-21) a New Heaven, New Earth, and New Jerusalem (Rev Chapters 21 and 22, 2Pe 3:13), and a New Order and a New Covenant (Heb 8: 7-13, Jer 31:31-34). I believe to measure we look at the Gospel as a metaphoric map and resource for that measurement. For what the Gospel does through metaphor is place a map upon our Spiritual connection to the world. Metaphoric descriptions contain greater insight and vision than literal descriptions, and by metaphorically mapping objects of measurement, we bring light and insight into territories that would otherwise be dark and and only partially defined. Jesus Christ himself said:
"I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world." (Mt 13:35, Ps 78:2)
Man has observed then described the world in literal descriptions that have been commonly accepted among the people. For example, who we are exists within a mind that has a conscience or super ego within it, and that who we are also exists within emotions and memories that are sometimes repressed or denied entry into the mind. We can conclude, therefore, that who we are and these objects described are unique in identity. The Gospel would describe the position of who we are as an eternal Spirit, and that eternal Spirit comes from the Kingdom and Jerusalem above, and the objects described with the words conscience, superego, emotion and memory as the position and place of the Kingdom and Jerusalem from the world below.
Where Man has observed the world and developed a unique vocabulary to describe it, the world itself exists independent of their description and was there for the scientist or psychologist to discover. I believe the Holy Spirit who created all these things in the world to be discovered, (what is seen has been created by what is unseen, (Ro 1: 20-23, Heb 11: 1-3), has left us a metaphoric map of creation in the Gospel that contains more insight than the commonly accepted literal descriptions.
Viewing the Gospel as a metaphoric resource for measurement is not in conflict with the diverse and sometimes conflicting theological opinions about its literal interpretation. You can retain an historical literal opinion about the Gospel’s interpretation and still view it as a metaphoric resource for measurement. Where psychologists and scientists are declaring what is seen in the world and re-describing it in their own vocabulary, I find Gospel measurements to be much more effective and visual, allowing us to place Biblical stories and insights upon those measurements.
Remember when the literal and historic Jesus Christ walked the earth he had only the Old Testament to read and, guided by the Holy Spirit, he created the parables, intending them to be metaphorically interpreted. I believe the Holy Spirit continues to talk to us today, and I focus upon the simple daily events we take for granted, such as birds flying in the sky and squirrels climbing up the trees, plants, trees, fruit and vegetables created and growing independent of us as creative powers, before we have come into the world and after we leave it, as evidence there is a Spiritual force on this planet that is walking upon it, and is in charge of it. While we have theological disputes about whose opinion best interprets the historical and literal Bible, the Holy Spirit, larger than all of us, is in charge of the planet. I also believe the Holy Spirit can continue to talk to us today, and is not limited to an historic voice that once spoke, and that the Holy Spirit has left us a clue the Gospel is a resource for metaphoric measurement, credibility established by applying biblical metaphoric insight to objects commonly measured.
Jerusalem Above and Below, Two Sons and Two Women:
Where psychologists would observe then describe something in the world and call it the mind, the Gospel would apply metaphoric insight and vision in describing it to be like a city, for example, as the City of Jerusalem. That there is a Jerusalem above that is free, where we dwell as Spirit, bringing our new word into the world, that is a child, heir and Son of God (Ro 8:14-17), through the doorway of Grace, and by the eternal power of our Spirit (Gal 4:21-31), and there is a Jerusalem from below, where John is measured as the Son of Man within the body, who witnesses our word in memory and represents the slave son born in the ordinary way (Gal 4:21-31, Jn 1:1-28, Jn 3:27-36). These two sons, one free and one slave, and two women, one free and one slave, are metaphorically measured in the Gospel as the relationship of Mary giving birth to Jesus, who is the Son of the Most High (Lk 1:26-35), and Elizabeth who gives birth to John, who is a prophet of the Most High (Lk 1:76). It is important to measure that Jesus is referred to as the Son of God and the Most High (Lk 1:30-35) and John is clearly identified as the son of man (Mt 17:11-13). The same relationship between the Son of God and the son of man, and the two women who give birth to them, is re-measured in unique Biblical metaphors, such as the relationship between Sara and Hagar and their two sons, one who is free, and the other slave (Gal 4:21-31).
Gal 4:21-31: “Tell me, you who want to be under the law, are you not aware of what the law says? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the slave woman and the other by the free woman. His son by the slave woman was born in the ordinary way; but his son by the free woman was born as the result of a promise.
These things may be taken figuratively, for the women represent two covenants. One covenant is from Mount Sinai and bears children who are to be slaves: This is Hagar. Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem, because she is in slavery with her children. But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother. For it is written:
"Be glad, O barren woman, who bears no children; break forth and cry aloud, you who have no labor pains; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband."
Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise. At that time the son born in the ordinary way persecuted the son born by the power of the Spirit. It is the same now. But what does the Scripture say? "Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman's son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman's son." Therefore, brothers, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.”
In the Gospel of John, Jesus is described as the Word sent by God into the world (Jn 1: 1-5), the true light and the true bridegroom (Jn 3:27-36), the woman Jerusalem being the bride in the book of Revelation (Rev Chapter 21). John, however, is described as not the word itself but the witness of that word, and therefore, not the true light and bridegroom (Jn 1:6-9, Jn 3: 27-36). John describes his relationship to Jesus in the Gospel of John in 3:27-31:
Jn 3:27-31: "A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, 'I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.' The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less. "The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all.”
When John, a metaphor for the Son of Man of our body that witnesses our word in memory, says he speaks as one from the earth he is telling us he represents when our body is communicating through images and emotions independent of our creative power. He is the reed swayed by the wind (Mt 11:7) giving breath to the image of the beast ( Rev 13:15), those least in the Kingdom of Heaven greater than John because he is forcefully advancing it (Mt 11:11-12), calling out from the desert inner rooms where the false Christs are (Lk 24:23-28), the shepherd who is really a wolf at the door attempting to enter your mind (Jn 10:1-18).
Mt 11:7-15: “As John's disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: "What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings' palaces. Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written: 'I will send my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.' I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. He who has ears, let him hear.”
It is important to measure the fact both John and Peter, metaphoric faces placed upon the son of man, confess they are not the Christ (Jn 1:20 and Mt 16:16), and to state once again that John is clearly identified as the son of man (Mt 17:11-13).
Mt 17:11-13: “Jesus replied, "To be sure, Elijah comes and will restore all things. But I tell you, Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but have done to him everything they wished. In the same way the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands." Then the disciples understood that he was talking to them about John the Baptist.”
Jn 1:19-21: “Now this was John's testimony when the Jews of Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, "I am not the Christ. They asked him, "Then who are you? Are you Elijah?" He said, "I am not." "Are you the Prophet?" He answered, "No."
Kingdom Above and below, Two Fathers, Two Sons:
Where are your memories when you are not thinking about them? They are your people in the House of Israel, that is your body. They are metaphorically measured as the faces of the son of man’s kingdom below that we dwell within as a Spirit and Son of God, from the Kingdom Above. The people are within the emotional seas we stand within, where John baptizes in water (Jn 1:26-27), the son from the father below, sent from the kingdom of heaven in the world that will pass away when a New Order and a New Covenant (Heb 8:7-13, Jer 31:31-34, Jn 8:58, Jn 1: 15-17, Rev 22:8-9) and New Kingdom is established (Rev chapters 21 and 22, 2Pe 3:13), and can enter your mind as images from the beast (Rev 13:14-15). The word that our eternal Spirit speaks comes from the Kingdom and Jerusalem Above, and enters the gates of the Kingdom of Heaven below within us (Lk 17:20-24). The Spirit is the one greater than Jonah and Solomon Mt 12:38-42), for they represent the storeroom of memories in your mind, as Jesus instructs in Mathew 13:52: "Therefore every teacher of the law who has been instructed about the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old."
It is important to remember that when we read the Gospel’s description of God and Jesus, that we do not have a distant relationship with who God and Jesus are – that we are heirs of God – coheirs with Christ – and children of God.
"God is with us" see Isa 8:10, Mt 1:23, and Zec 8:23.
See John 10:34: “Is it not written in your law “I have said you are Gods.” and Psalms 82:6.
Jn 14:12: (Jesus) “I tell the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father.”
Romans 8:15-17: “The Spirit himself testifies with our Spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs-heirs of God and co-heirs of Christ.”
Revelation 21:3: "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God."
Hebrews 8:10: "No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying 'Know the Lord', because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest."
2Co 3:17: "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom."
Gal 5:14: "The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
Therefore, we do not have a distant relationship with what God is, being both heirs of God and children of God. If you look in Jn 10:34 and you look in Ro 8:15-17 you become aware that Jesus and God are not something distance or historical from us; that they are close to who we are as eternal Spirits. I believe, however, although we are eternal Spirits, Stars and Gods, as stated in Jn 10:34, the Holy Spirit is the one that is the God of gods, and Lord of lords:
Ps 136:2-3: “Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever.” “Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever.”
Biblical measurement, however, does identify who we are Spiritually as both an heir of God, child of God, and a co-heir with Christ (Jn 10:34 and Ro 8:15-17). In a metaphoric interpretation of the Gospel Jesus represents our spoken word entering Jerusalem from our Spirit above. John represents our body, the House of Israel, that witnesses that word and becomes our people in memory. When we read about the relationship the true Father has to the anointed son sent into the world, this also describes the relationship our eternal Spirit has when sending our spoken word into the City of Jerusalem that is our mind. When we seal the faithful witness in memory by the seal of the Living God (Rev 7:1-8) whoever denies us is the antichrist (1 Jn 2:18-24).
What we experience as John baptizing in the River Jordon of emotion is the son below born in the ordinary way, and Jesus represents the son above born by the power of the Spirit (Gal 4:29-31). That is where the boundary line is measured between where you are Spiritually and where the world is, and measured in the Gospel as the relationship of the Father and Son Above, from the Kingdom Above, to the father and son below, and the kingdom below.
River Jordan and Sea of Galilee/Metaphoric Maps for Emotion:
Where psychologists would observe then describe something in the world and call it emotion, the Gospel would apply metaphoric vision and insight and say that is the River Jordan, where John, again a metaphor for our body that we dwell within as Spirit, baptizes our new word in emotional waters (Jn 1:26-27, Mt 3: 1-12, Mt 11:1-19) or the Sea of Galilee, where our people, a metaphor for where our memories live in darkness (Mt 4:15-16) are kept outside the city through repression and denial.
The Devil, Not The Lord, Is The Accuser
Many people confuse the Lord with the devil, and then dismiss the Lord because they don’t want an accusing conscience. See 2Co 3:17: "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom" and Gal 5:14: "The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." There will be as Lk 4:19 proclaims “the year of the Lord’s favor” when the Spirit reclaims the Lord from as Rev 12:10 states is “the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night” and as 2Co 11:14 says “masquerades as an angel of light.” The book of Revelation is a war to unmask the devil, and concludes with the victory of the Lamb, and we are that Lamb. In the New Covenant the simple law of Gal 5:14 will be written in our hearts and our minds (see Heb 10:16 and Heb 8:10) and everyone will know as 2Co 3:17 affirms “The Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” and as Heb 8:10 declares "No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying 'Know the Lord', because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest."
Psychologists have observed then literally described an object in the world they call the superego, that can become an accusing false conscience that uses denial, guilt and shame to repress fearful memories from entering the mind, keeping them locked up in what becomes emotional anxiety. The Gospel, however, applies unique metaphoric maps to the same object of measurement, for example, stating it is the idol in the temple, see 2Th 2:4: “He will oppose and will exalt himself over everything that is called God or is worshiped, so that he sets himself up in God's temple, proclaiming himself to be God”, that slays, sacrifices and circumcises (represses) our memories (personified as the tribes in the House of Israel), under the altar (kept locked up in the emotional Seas of Galilee in the old kingdom and old order of the world below) to be clothed in white robes with a tent spread over them to keep their shameful nakedness from entering Jerusalem, that is your mind, where there is the scorching heat of an accusing conscience idol in the temple, personified as the sun, see Rev 6:9-11, and Rev 17:13-17, to be made slaves as ransomed Lambs and held as a deposit for the bounty of gold refined by fire, to buy back your souls from the devil, who is “The beast who once was, now is not, and yet will come”, see Rev 17:8, and is the 8th king Sabbath day son of man, who “belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction”, see Rev 17:11.
Heb 4:4 states “For somewhere he has spoken about the seventh day in these words: “And on the seventh day God rested from all his work.” The seventh day represents when our people rest, through the power of grace, forgiveness and love, yet the 8th king continues on the 8th Sabbath day to as Rev 12:10 says be “the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night” and as 2Co 11:14 says “masquerades as an angel of light”, to bind and bound our people in the kingdom of this world. For Satan is the accuser, see Rev 12:7-12, not the Lord who is the Spirit, 2Co 3:17: “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom”, and the it is the Lord who rebukes Satan the accuser in Zec 3:1-10:
Zec 3:1-10: “Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the LORD, and Satan standing at his right side to accuse him. The LORD said to Satan, "The LORD rebuke you, Satan! The LORD, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebuke you! Is not this man a burning stick snatched from the fire?"
Now Joshua was dressed in filthy clothes as he stood before the angel. The angel said to those who were standing before him, "Take off his filthy clothes."
Then he said to Joshua, "See, I have taken away your sin, and I will put rich garments on you."
Then I said, "Put a clean turban on his head." So they put a clean turban on his head and clothed him, while the angel of the LORD stood by.
The angel of the LORD gave this charge to Joshua: "This is what the LORD Almighty says: 'If you will walk in my ways and keep my requirements, then you will govern my house and have charge of my courts, and I will give you a place among these standing here.
"'Listen, O high priest Joshua and your associates seated before you, who are men symbolic of things to come: I am going to bring my servant, the Branch. See, the stone I have set in front of Joshua! There are seven eyes on that one stone, and I will engrave an inscription on it,' says the LORD Almighty, 'and I will remove the sin of this land in a single day.
"'In that day each of you will invite his neighbor to sit under his vine and fig tree,' declares the LORD Almighty."
The Lamb that is the Word of God conquers the accusing devil in Rev 17:14 and Rev 19:11-21:
Rev 17:14: “They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings-and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers."
Rev 19:11-21: “I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, "Come, gather together for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great." Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.”
The entire law is summed up in the command: “Love your neighbor as yourself (Gal 5:14), and when we seal the Faithful Witness in memory by the Living God (Rev 7:1-8), whoever denies our new word coming into the world as the true anointed son from the Father above, is the antichrist (1Jn 2: 18-20), the son below born in the ordinary way who attempts to persecute the Son Above born by the power of the Spirit (Gal 4:28-31).
The House of Israel is your body, and Biblical people provide unique metaphoric maps formemories and emotions
The House of Israel is your body, and Biblical people provide unique metaphoric maps for the memories and emotions, the copies, and shadow images of your word that dwell in your House as the son of man, and through these metaphoric maps we bring light and insight into territories that would otherwise be dark and undefined.
The Biblical people that describe the son of man are interwoven and connected. For example, Simon Peter is the son of John ( Jn 21:15-17), Simon Peter is also the son of Jonah (Mt 16:17), John is the brother of James (Mt 17: 1), and Jude is the brother of James, (Jude 1:1). They are all unique metaphors for the faces of the son of man in the House of Israel that is your body. If they are not faithful by returning to the City God (Heb 11:13-16) when we seal our people in the House of Israel by the seal of the living God (Rev 7:2-8), they become images of the beast (Rev 13:14-15), and can speak independent of your spoken word as Spirit. We are the Son of God from Above, the New Creation of our spoken Word (Rev 19:11-21, Rev 17:14, Rev 21:5, Gal 6:12-16), that comes into the City of Jerusalem our mind through the doorways of Love (Gal 5:14), Grace (Ro 11:2-6, Ro 5:15-21), Mercy (Mt 23:23-24), Faith (Ro 3: 3-4, Ro 4:13-16), Hope (Heb 11:1-3 Ro 5:1-5) and a New Covenant and New Order (Heb 8:7-13, Jer 31:31-34, Jn 8:58, Jn 1:15-17, Rev 22:8-9).
Son of God and how many faces of Son of Man appear as One Man
If we compare Ezra 3:1, Neh 8:1, and Zec 8:23 we measure how all the interwoven biblical people are really all metaphors for one face of the son of man. For example, in Zechariah chapter 8: 23 it states:
Zec 8:23: “In those days ten men from all languages and nations will take firm hold of one Jew by the hem of his robe and say, ‘Let us go with you, because we have heard that God is with you.”
See also “God with Us” Mt 1:23 and Isa 8:10, and that the Son of God is from Above not “so it was thought, of Joseph” another metaphor for the son of man in Lk 3:23.
It is again important to measure here the fact John and Peter, both metaphors for the body we dwell in as Spirit, confess they are not the Christ (Jn 1:19-21 and Mt 16:16), and John is clearly identified as the son of man (Mt 17:11-13). Jesus is the Son Above and becomes John, the son below, when the body witnesses the Word sent into the world from the Father Above, context clues in the Gospels identify when he is instructing us about the Son of God, from the Father Above, and when he is instructing us about the son of man, from the father below. As the Gospel of John 3:31 states:
Jn 3:31: "The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all.”
The Spirit and Body become One when we say Jesus is Lord and Christ (Ro 10:6-13, 1Jn 2:22), the Son of God that is born from above by the power of the Spirit (Gal 4: 28-31), that the head of Christ is God (1 Cor 11:3), that we are an heir of God, child of God, and co-heir with Christ (Jn 10:34, Ro 8:15-17), and that Abraham, another metaphor for the face of the son of man, is a mediator of many seeds, yet God is One (Gal 3:16-20).
Jesus and John:
Rev 1:1-2 describes Jesus Christ as the Word sent by God to his servants, and John as the servant who testifies to everything that he saw, meaning that he witnesses our Words in memory and emotion as one of the metaphoric faces of the son of man. Revelation 1:1-2:
Rev 1:1-2: “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw-that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
In Jn 1:6-9 it is clear that John is not the Light, but a witness of the Light. John 1:6-9:
Jn 1:6-9: “There came a man who was sent from God; his name was John. He came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.”
In 1Jn 2:18-25 John instructs us that after we put the seal of the Living God upon the Faithful Witnesses in the House of Israel (Rev 7: 1-8) there can be those that go out from John who are antichrists.
1Jn 2:18-19: “Dear children, this is the last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how we know it is the last hour. They went out from us (John), but they did not really belong to us. For if they had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to us.”
1Jn 2:20-25: “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth. I do not write to you because you do not know the truth, but because you do know it and because no lie comes from the truth. Who is the liar? It is the man who denies that Jesus is the Christ. Such a man is the antichrist-he denies the Father and the Son. No one who denies the Son has the Father; whoever acknowledges the Son has the Father also. See that what you have heard from the beginning remains in you. If it does, you also will remain in the Son and in the Father. And this is what he promised us-even eternal life.”
We are the Holy One in Rev 16:5 “you who are and who were the Holy One”, the True Father who sends our anointed Son, The Word, into the world.
Jn 1:1-5 describes Jesus as the Word that is sent into the world, and in the beginning was one with God.
Jn 1:1-5 “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, but the darkness has not understood it.”
John is identified as the witness of the Word, and clearly not the Son of God Most High, but the son of man, becoming our memories and emotions in the House of Israel we dwell in as eternal Spirit. John stands before us and baptizes our Word in emotion, the River Jordan, and is from the old order. The New Order is when Jesus will come first and increase, and John baptizing in emotion will decrease (Jn 3:27-36). The relationship between Jesus, who was in the beginning one with God, and John who stands before Jesus as the son of man baptizing in emotion, is described in two passages from the 1st chapter of the Gospel of John.
John 1:26-27: "I baptize with water," John replied, "but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie."
John 1:15-17: “John testifies concerning him (Jesus). He cries out, saying, "This was he of whom I said, 'He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me. From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another. For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”
Abraham, another metaphor for the face of the son of man, is a mediator of many seeds, yet God is One.
Galatians 3:16-20: “The promises were spoken to Abraham and to his seed. The Scripture does not say "and to seeds," meaning many people, but "and to your seed," meaning one person, who is Christ. What I mean is this: The law, introduced 430 years later, does not set aside the covenant previously established by God and thus do away with the promise. For if the inheritance depends on the law, then it no longer depends on a promise; but God in his grace gave it to Abraham through a promise. What, then, was the purpose of the law? It was added because of transgressions until the Seed to whom the promise referred had come. The law was put into effect through angels by a mediator. A mediator, however, does not represent just one party; but God is one.”
Jesus is our Word sent into the world, John and Abraham are metaphors for the son of man that witnesses our word. The Son of God surpasses both John and Abraham, both sons of man because we are from God.
John 8:58: "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"
Two Kingdoms, Two Fathers, Two Sons:
Biblical measurement teaches us there are two Kingdoms, two Fathers, and two sons. There is the Kingdom, Father and Son of God Above (Gal 4:28-31, Rev Chapters 21 and 22), and there is the kingdom, father and son of man below. The son of man is can be measured as Simon son of John, the worldly shepherd at the door of of our mind Jn 10:1-18, or as Simon Peter son of Jonah in the belly of a huge fish Mt 16:15-17, Mt 12: 38-42, Rev 17: 8. Biblical measurement also teaches us there is a Victory of the Word of God (Rev 19:11-21, Rev 17:14, Rev 15: 7,) a New Heaven, New Earth, and New Jerusalem (Rev Chapters 21 and 22, Peter 3:13), and a New Order and a New Covenant (Heb 8: 7-13, Jer 31:31-34).
Since there is a New Heaven, New Earth, and New Order, there has to be a biblical description of that old kingdom and old order which will pass away. If you look at Rev Chapter 4, Mt 19:28, Lk 29: 29-30, and Rev 7:13-17 that old Kingdom is described as the son of man upon his throne (Rev 16:10 “the throne of the beast”), surrounded by 24 thrones. The 12 thrones at the son of man’s right hand represent the tribes in the House of Israel (the tabernacle, temple and House of Israel that is our Body) that are Gentiles, those that are the slain, sacrificed and circumcised under the altar in white robes Rev 6:9-11, the ransomed Lambs held as a deposit for the bounty of gold refined by fire, who are sealed by the living God in Rev 7:2-8. The 12 thrones at the son of man’s left hand represent the apostles in the House of Israel (the tabernacle, temple and House of Israel that is our Body) that are the Jews, worn as a crown of 12 stars by the woman clothed with the sun (the conscience), with the moon under her feet (emotion) Rev 12:1, who is sitting on a scarlet beast that is covered with blasphemous names (Rev 17:3). Here are important passages from the Gospel and book of Revelation, with the complete chapters of Revelation 1, 4, 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 16, 17, 19, 21 and 22:
Mt 19:28: “Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, at the renewal of all things, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”
Rev 1:1-20: “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave him to show his servants what must soon take place. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who testifies to everything he saw-that is, the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. Blessed is the one who reads the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.
John, To the seven churches in the province of Asia: Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father-to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.
Look, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him; and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him. So shall it be! Amen.
"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."
I, John, your brother and companion in the suffering and kingdom and patient endurance that are ours in Jesus, was on the island of Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. On the Lord's Day I was in the Spirit, and I heard behind me a loud voice like a trumpet, which said: "Write on a scroll what you see and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia and Laodicea."
I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone "like a son of man," dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters. In his right hand he held seven stars, and out of his mouth came a sharp double-edged sword. His face was like the sun shining in all its brilliance. When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: "Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades. "Write, therefore, what you have seen, what is now and what will take place later. The mystery of the seven stars that you saw in my right hand and of the seven golden lampstands is this: The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.
Rev 4:1-11: “After this I looked, and there before me was a door standing open in heaven. And the voice I had first heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, "Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this." At once I was in the Spirit, and there before me was a throne in heaven with someone sitting on it. And the one who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian. A rainbow, resembling an emerald, encircled the throne. Surrounding the throne were twenty-four other thrones, and seated on them were twenty-four elders. They were dressed in white and had crowns of gold on their heads. From the throne came flashes of lightning, rumblings and peals of thunder. Before the throne, seven lamps were blazing. These are the seven spirits of God. Also before the throne there was what looked like a sea of glass, clear as crystal.
In the center, around the throne, were four living creatures, and they were covered with eyes, in front and in back. The first living creature was like a lion, the second was like an ox, the third had a face like a man, the fourth was like a flying eagle. Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under his wings. Day and night they never stop saying: "Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty, who was, and is, and is to come." Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne, and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: "You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being."
Rev 5:1-14: “Then I saw in the right hand of him who sat on the throne a scroll with writing on both sides and sealed with seven seals. And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming in a loud voice, "Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?" But no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth could open the scroll or even look inside it. I wept and wept because no one was found who was worthy to open the scroll or look inside. Then one of the elders said to me, "Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed. He is able to open the scroll and its seven seals."
Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing in the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. He had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. He came and took the scroll from the right hand of him who sat on the throne. And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth."
Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!"
Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: "To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!" The four living creatures said, "Amen," and the elders fell down and worshiped.”
Rev 6:1-11-17: “I watched as the Lamb opened the first of the seven seals. Then I heard one of the four living creatures say in a voice like thunder, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a white horse! Its rider held a bow, and he was given a crown, and he rode out as a conqueror bent on conquest.
When the Lamb opened the second seal, I heard the second living creature say, "Come!" Then another horse came out, a fiery red one. Its rider was given power to take peace from the earth and to make men slay each other. To him was given a large sword.
When the Lamb opened the third seal, I heard the third living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a black horse! Its rider was holding a pair of scales in his hand. Then I heard what sounded like a voice among the four living creatures, saying, "A quart of wheat for a day's wages, and three quarts of barley for a day's wages, and do not damage the oil and the wine!"
When the Lamb opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature say, "Come!" I looked, and there before me was a pale horse! Its rider was named Death, and Hades was following close behind him. They were given power over a fourth of the earth to kill by sword, famine and plague, and by the wild beasts of the earth.
“When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10 They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.”
I watched as he opened the sixth seal. There was a great earthquake. The sun turned black like sackcloth made of goat hair, the whole moon turned blood red, and the stars in the sky fell to earth, as late figs drop from a fig tree when shaken by a strong wind. The sky receded like a scroll, rolling up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place. Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains. They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?"
Rev 7:1-17: “After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: "Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God." Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel.
From the tribe of Judah 12,000 were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben 12,000, from the tribe of Gad 12,000, from the tribe of Asher 12,000, from the tribe of Naphtali 12,000, from the tribe of Manasseh 12,000, from the tribe of Simeon 12,000, from the tribe of Levi 12,000, from the tribe of Issachar 12,000, from the tribe of Zebulun 12,000, from the tribe of Joseph 12,000, from the tribe of Benjamin 12,000.
After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: "Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!"
Then one of the elders asked me, "These in white robes-who are they, and where did they come from?" I answered, "Sir, you know." And he said, "These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore, "they are before the throne of God and serve him day and night in his temple; and he who sits on the throne will spread his tent over them. 16 Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat upon them, nor any scorching heat. 17 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; he will lead them to springs of living water. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes."
Rev 12:1-17: “A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that he might devour her child the moment it was born. She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.
And there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back. But he was not strong enough, and they lost their place in heaven. The great dragon was hurled down-that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray. He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him.
Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say: "Now have come the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God,and the authority of his Christ. For the accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down. They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. Therefore rejoice, you heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to the earth and the sea, because the devil has gone down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short."
When the dragon saw that he had been hurled to the earth, he pursued the woman who had given birth to the male child. The woman was given the two wings of a great eagle, so that she might fly to the place prepared for her in the desert, where she would be taken care of for a time, times and half a time, out of the serpent's reach. Then from his mouth the serpent spewed water like a river, to overtake the woman and sweep her away with the torrent. But the earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river that the dragon had spewed out of his mouth. Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring-those who obey God's commandments and hold to the testimony of Jesus.”
Rev 13:1-18: “And (I, [Reference John]) the dragon stood on the shore of the sea. And I saw a beast coming out of the sea. He had ten horns and seven heads, with ten crowns on his horns, and on each head a blasphemous name. The beast I saw resembled a leopard, but had feet like those of a bear and a mouth like that of a lion. The dragon gave the beast his power and his throne and great authority. One of the heads of the beast seemed to have had a fatal wound, but the fatal wound had been healed. The whole world was astonished and followed the beast. Men worshiped the dragon because he had given authority to the beast, and they also worshiped the beast and asked, "Who is like the beast? Who can make war against him?"
The beast was given a mouth to utter proud words and blasphemies and to exercise his authority for forty-two months. He opened his mouth to blaspheme God, and to slander his name and his dwelling place and those who live in heaven. He was given power to make war against the saints and to conquer them. And he was given authority over every tribe, people, language and nation. All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast-all whose names have not been written in the book of life belonging to the Lamb that was slain from the creation of the world. He who has an ear, let him hear. If anyone is to go into captivity, into captivity he will go. If anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he will be killed. This calls for patient endurance and faithfulness on the part of the saints.
Then I saw another beast, coming out of the earth. He had two horns like a lamb, but he spoke like a dragon. He exercised all the authority of the first beast on his behalf, and made the earth and its inhabitants worship the first beast, whose fatal wound had been healed. And he performed great and miraculous signs, even causing fire to come down from heaven to earth in full view of men. Because of the signs he was given power to do on behalf of the first beast, he deceived the inhabitants of the earth. He ordered them to set up an image in honor of the beast who was wounded by the sword and yet lived. He was given power to give breath to the image of the first beast, so that it could speak and cause all who refused to worship the image to be killed. He also forced everyone, small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on his right hand or on his forehead, so that no one could buy or sell unless he had the mark, which is the name of the beast or the number of his name. This calls for wisdom. If anyone has insight, let him calculate the number of the beast, for it is man's number. His number is 666.”
Rev 15:7 to Rev 16:1-21: “Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.
Then I heard a loud voice from the temple saying to the seven angels, "Go, pour out the seven bowls of God's wrath on the earth." The first angel went and poured out his bowl on the land, and ugly and painful sores broke out on the people who had the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea, and it turned into blood like that of a dead man, and every living thing in the sea died. The third angel poured out his bowl on the rivers and springs of water, and they became blood. Then I heard the angel in charge of the waters say:
"You are just in these judgments, you who are and who were, the Holy One, because you have so judged; for they have shed the blood of your saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve." And I heard the altar respond: "Yes, Lord God Almighty, true and just are your judgments."
The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and the sun was given power to scorch people with fire. They were seared by the intense heat and they cursed the name of God, who had control over these plagues, but they refused to repent and glorify him. The fifth angel poured out his bowl on the throne of the beast, and his kingdom was plunged into darkness. Men gnawed their tongues in agony and cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done. The sixth angel poured out his bowl on the great river Euphrates, and its water was dried up to prepare the way for the kings from the East.
Then I saw three evil spirits that looked like frogs; they came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. They are spirits of demons performing miraculous signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty. "Behold, I come like a thief! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed." Then they gathered the kings together to the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.
The seventh angel poured out his bowl into the air, and out of the temple came a loud voice from the throne, saying, "It is done!" Then there came flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder and a severe earthquake. No earthquake like it has ever occurred since man has been on earth, so tremendous was the quake. The great city split into three parts, and the cities of the nations collapsed. God remembered Babylon the Great and gave her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of his wrath. Every island fled away and the mountains could not be found. From the sky huge hailstones of about a hundred pounds each fell upon men. And they cursed God on account of the plague of hail, because the plague was so terrible.”
Rev 17:1-18: “One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits on many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries."
Then the angel carried me away in the Spirit into a desert. There I saw a woman sitting on a scarlet beast that was covered with blasphemous names and had seven heads and ten horns. The woman was dressed in purple and scarlet, and was glittering with gold, precious stones and pearls. She held a golden cup in her hand, filled with abominable things and the filth of her adulteries. This title was written on her forehead:
BABYLON THE GREAT
THE MOTHER OF PROSTITUTES
AND OF THE ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.
I saw that the woman was drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of those who bore testimony to Jesus.
When I saw her, I was greatly astonished. Then the angel said to me: "Why are you astonished? I will explain to you the mystery of the woman and of the beast she rides, which has the seven heads and ten horns. The beast, which you saw, once was, now is not, and will come up out of the Abyss and go to his destruction. The inhabitants of the earth whose names have not been written in the book of life from the creation of the world will be astonished when they see the beast, because he once was, now is not, and yet will come.
"This calls for a mind with wisdom. The seven heads are seven hills on which the woman sits. They are also seven kings. Five have fallen, one is, the other has not yet come; but when he does come, he must remain for a little while. The beast who once was, and now is not, is an eighth king. He belongs to the seven and is going to his destruction.
"The ten horns you saw are ten kings who have not yet received a kingdom, but who for one hour will receive authority as kings along with the beast. They have one purpose and will give their power and authority to the beast. They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings-and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers."
Then the angel said to me, "The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages. The beast and the ten horns you saw will hate the prostitute. They will bring her to ruin and leave her naked; they will eat her flesh and burn her with fire. For God has put it into their hearts to accomplish his purpose by agreeing to give the beast their power to rule, until God's words are fulfilled. The woman you saw is the great city that rules over the kings of the earth."
Rev 19:1-21: “After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: "Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants." And again they shouted: "Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever."
The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried: "Amen, Hallelujah!" Then a voice came from the throne, saying: "Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great!" Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: "Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) Then the angel said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'" And he added, "These are the true words of God." At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, "Do not do it! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
I saw heaven standing open and there before me was a white horse, whose rider is called Faithful and True. With justice he judges and makes war. His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean. Out of his mouth comes a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty. On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written:
KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.
And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried in a loud voice to all the birds flying in midair, "Come, gather together for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, small and great."
Then I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies gathered together to make war against the rider on the horse and his army. But the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who had performed the miraculous signs on his behalf. With these signs he had deluded those who had received the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. The two of them were thrown alive into the fiery lake of burning sulfur. The rest of them were killed with the sword that came out of the mouth of the rider on the horse, and all the birds gorged themselves on their flesh.”
Rev 21:1-26: “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea. I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
He who was seated on the throne said, "I am making everything new!" Then he said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true." He said to me: "It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To him who is thirsty I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of life. He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son. But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, the idolaters and all liars-their place will be in the fiery lake of burning sulfur. This is the second death."
One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb." And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long. He measured its wall and it was 144 cubits thick, by man's measurement, which the angel was using. The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.
I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.”
Rev 22:1-21: “Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, as clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city. On each side of the river stood the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve hi
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