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83. Jerusalem City Temple
Revelation 21.22-27

"I did not see a city temple 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 God's glory gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The nations will walk by its light, and the earth's kings will bring their splendor into it. Its gates will never close, for there will be no night there. The nations' will bring glory and honor into it. Nothing impure will ever enter, nor anyone who is shameful or deceitful, but only those names written in the Lamb's book of life." (Revelation 21.22-27)✞

Holy of Holies

Wilderness TabernacleJohn of Patmos specifies Jerusalem's unique feature as the city of God. There is no "Temple" in it! Considering how precious the temple was to the Jews, it is incredible there is no Temple building in New Jerusalem. The city is built in a perfect cubic shape, indicating that it is, in itself, another cube's replacement, the "Holy of Holies." It needs no "Jerusalem city temple" because Almighty God and the Lamb's presence are continuously there.

Three Essential Elements

Jerusalem MountAn important principle here is that buildings do not make a church or a temple anyway! Three essential elements make any place into a worship center,
1. Jesus Christ,
2. The Holy Spirit
3. Christian believers.

There can be no church, without any one of these, and without all three, no people's gathering, and no building is a genuine Christian worship place. There is no mention of brick, stone, or timber in this church or temple!

No Lighting System

Furthermore, this new city needs no lighting system! William Barclay (1907-1978), in his "Daily Study Bible," reminds us, "God's city needed no created light because God the uncreated light was in her midst. Only when we see things in God's light do we see things as they are. Some things which seem vastly important are unimportant when viewed in God's light. Some things which seem permissible enough turn out to be dangerous when seen in God's light. Some things which seem unbearable become a path to glory when viewed in God's light." "In thy light," says Psalm 36.9, "do we see the light."

Isaiah's Nation's Light

Seven Golden LampstandsIsaiah's nation's light shines in the Jerusalem City Temple. The Lord's glory is its light, and the Lamb is its lamp. God's city needs no created "light" because God is in her midst. The prophet Isaiah writes in Isaiah 60.19-21, "The sun will no more be your light by day, nor will the moon's brightness shine on you, for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun will never set again, and your moon will wane no more; the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of sorrow will end. Then all your people will be righteous, and they will possess the land forever. They are my planted shoot, my hands' work, to display my splendor." "For you are life's fountain, in your light we see the light," says King David in Psalm 36.9. Some things which seem crucial in the moment are unimportant in God's light.

Gentiles Come

Jesus Lord of GloryIsaiah has a vision in Isaiah 2.2-4, "In the last days the Lord's temple mountain will be established as the highest mountain; it will be exalted above the hills, and all nations will stream to it. Many peoples will come and say, 'Come, let us go up to the Lord's mountain, to the temple of Jacob's God. He will teach us his ways so that we may walk in his paths.'" Isaiah speaks of the day when "all nations" will go up to Mount Zion to be taught the law and learn to walk in God's ways. Isaiah 11.12 adds, "He will raise the nations' banner and gather Israel's exiles; he will assemble Judah's scattered people from the earth's four quarters." It is Israel's privilege, says Isaiah 49.6, "It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore Jacob's tribes and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you the Gentiles' light, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth." Isaiah 55.5 says that nations who don't know God will run to him, "Surely you will summon nations you know not, and nations you do not know will come running to you, because of the Lord your God, Israel's Holy One, for he has endowed you with splendor." Jeremiah 16.19-21 adds that gentiles will come from the earth's furthest parts to God. "Lord, my strength and my fortress, my refuge in distress times, to you the nations will come from the earth's ends and say, 'Our ancestors possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good. Do people make their gods? Yes, but they are not gods!' Therefore I will teach them — this time, I will teach them my power and might. Then they will know that my name is the Lord."

Nations Walking Light

CrownJesus, God's Lamb, is the "nation's walking light" in the Jerusalem City Temple. The earth's kings will bring their splendor and honor into it. All peoples, nations, and languages will serve the Lord. Daniel 7.14 informs us, "He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away. His kingdom will never be destroyed." Saint Paul writes of Christians in Philippians 2.15, "you shine as the world's lights among a crooked and perverse generation." Thousands upon thousands of God's saints will inhabit the New Jerusalem holy city. The New Jerusalem light is Christ himself. Zephaniah 3.9 adds, "Then I will purify the peoples' lips, that all of them may call on the Lord's name and serve him shoulder to shoulder." God will give all a pure language that they might, with one voice praise him. Many peoples and many city inhabitants will come to New Jerusalem. Zechariah 14.9 explains, "The Lord will be the whole earth's king. On that day, there will be one Lord, and his name the only name."

No Night There

Afraid of the Dark?Many ancient peoples, like many children, are afraid of the dark. The Lamb, however, will be the Jerusalem light and will cast out all darkness. The city gates will always be open. More than once, John of Patmos insists that there will be "no night" in the Jerusalem city temple. The frightening darkness will be no more in the new world, for God's presence will bring Jerusalem light. Even in this world of space and time, according to Psalm 139.12, "even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you."

Kings Gifts

Three Kings' GiftsAgain and again, a dark age has followed a period of brilliance. But in the new era, the darkness will be gone forever, and there will be nothing but light. Like the ancient prophets, John of Patmos repeatedly speaks of the new light in Revelation 21.24, "The nations will walk by its light, and the earth's kings will bring their splendor into it." The day will come when the Lord will be the earth's king, over all language groups and nations. All other kings will bring him their splendor and honor. Countries will present their gifts to him in the New Jerusalem.

Nothing Impure

Corridor DoorsRevelation 21 ends with a warning for those who enter the Jerusalem City temple. "Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those with names written in the Lamb's book of life." There is a sinner who has sinned against God's will and is repentant and forgiven whose name is recorded. There is another who deliberately sins but is denied. No deliberately sinful person and nothing impure will enter God's City, nor will anyone not appearing in the Lamb's Book of Life.✞

"Jerusalem City Temple"
by Ron Meacock © 2021

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