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City Cube
(Revelation 21.15-16)
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"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." (Revelation 21.15-16)✞

Jerusalem City

Steel CubeThe Jerusalem city cube was square and had four equal sides and its height was the same as its width and breadth. It was described in Revelation 21.16 as 12,000 stadia long which was an ancient Greek measure of length that equaled about 1,200 miles or about 2,200 kilometers! This was an unimaginably huge building which would cover three quarters of North America! A stadia was about one tenth of a modern mile. The picture of the angel with the "measuring rod" was first seen in Ezekiel 40.2-3 "In visions of God he took me to the land of Israel and set me on a very high mountain, on whose south side were some buildings that looked like a city. He took me there, and I saw a man whose appearance was like bronze; he was standing in the gateway with a linen cord and a measuring rod in his hand." Being square was common enough for both Babylon which was the location of the Tower of Babel and Nineveh were built in the form of a square. But the new Jerusale city cube was not only square, it was in the form of a perfect cube which as a geometric shape was a three dimensional solid object bounded by six square faces. The length, breadth and height of the New Jerusalem were all the same. This was even more significant as the cube was a symbol of perfection.✞

Perfect Foursquare

Bust of PlatoBoth Plato, (428-348 BC) and Aristotle (384-322 BC) who were both philosophers in Classical Greece refer to the fact that in Greece the good man who was considered perfect was called foursquare. It is perhaps surprising in our modern context "foursquare" was also given to, "the location based social networking website for mobile devices such as smart phones."The New Jerusalem was also "foursquare!"✞

Cube Symbolism

CubeThe Jewish Temple altar of the burnt offering and the altar of the incense were made in the form of perfect cubes. The High Priest's breast plate or "hoshen" was made from embroidered linen and had a square two layers thick with four rows of three engraved gems each embedded into it, each jewel being framed in gold.✞

Solomon's Temple

The Prophet EzekielAgain and again the cube shape occurs in Ezekiel's visions of the new Jerusalem and the New Temple. But most important of all, in Solomon's temple the Holy of Holies was a perfect cube. John of Patmos intended us to see that the whole of the New Jerusalem's city cube was to be one great Holy of Holies, the dwelling-place of God with human beings.

"City Cube"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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