The New Jerusalem

This helpful summary of Revelation 21:9-22:5 was developed by Pastor Jason Yoder (my father) and is used by permission. 

What John saw…the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God

The city’s glory

Had the glory of God

Radiant like a jewel

Like a jasper

Clear as crystal

The city’s wall

Twelve gates

Twelve angels at the gates (one per gate)

Names of the twelve tribes of Israel inscribed on the gates (one per gate)

On the east three gates

On the north three gates

On the south three gates

On the west three gates

Twelve gates were twelve pearls (each gate made of a single pearl)

Will never be shut—always open

Twelve foundations

On them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles

Adorned with twelve jewels

Jasper – dark green

Sapphire – blue

Agate – greenish sort of emerald

Emerald – bright green

Onyx – red and white

Carnelian – bright red

Chrysolite – golden yellow

Beryl – bluish green

Topaz – yellowish green

Chrysoprase – apple green

Jacinth – blue

Amethyst – violet and purple

Built of jasper

The city’s dimensions

Lies foursquare (length equals width)

Length and width and height were the same (twelve thousand stadia)

Wall was 144 cubits thick (twelve x twelve = 144)

The city’s interior

Pure gold…like clear glass

Street was made of pure gold…like transparent glass

No temple in the city…but wait!

Throne of God and of the Lamb is in the city

River of the water of life is in the city

Bright as crystal

Flows from the throne of God and of the Lamb

Flows through the middle of the street of the city

Also present was the tree of life

Produced twelve kinds of fruit

Yielded fruit every month of the year (twelve months)

The city’s illumination

The glory of God

The Lamb lamp…so the sun and moon and night are obsolete

The city’s influence

Nations will walk by its light

Kings of the earth will bring their glory into it

Glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it

Leaves of the tree of life were for the healing of the nations

The curse of Genesis 3 is reversed

The city’s admission policy

Nothing unclean will ever enter

No one who does what is detestable or false will ever enter

Only those in the Lamb’s book of life can enter

The city’s “future”

God’s people will worship him

God’s people will see his face

His name will be on their foreheads

God’s people will reign (rule, exercise dominion)

God will be “all in all” (see 1 Corinthians 15:28)



Author: Daniel

I am a Christian who is seeking to build God's Kingdom.