v9: Prophetic truth is a call to repentance and holiness. This angel, who partook in the delivery of the wrath of G-d, teaches us about the relationship between the wrath of the G-d and the establishment of the Kingdom of G-d. There is a connection between the people of the Kingdom (bride) and the Kingdom itself (New Jerusalem).
v11: The chief characteristics of the Kingdom of G-d is the manifestation of the glory of G-d. We (believers) are called to manifest His glory. If we aren’t then we are not living in His will.
v12:Walls speak of security. In this city there is no reason for fear. There will be perfect security.
- Twelve is a number that speaks of the people of G-d (the twelve tribes of Israel -wall, the twelve disciples – foundation).
v14: The foundation of Israel is the apostle’s teachings. Until Israel accepts the teachings of the apostles there will be no security for Israel. Security can only come through Messiah Yeshua – who the apostles taught about.
- Lamb is synonymous with redemption (The definition of redemption: we will be His people and He will be our G-d).
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v17: One interpretation of this is that, in the Kingdom of G-d, humans and angels are going to have the same perspective.
v18-20: These stones are not new (We don’t know with certainty what kind they were), but were all on the breastplate of the high priest (Ex 28v15-21) Each stone was connected to one of the twelve tribes of Israel. Israel is at the foundation of the plans, will and purpose of G-d. The foundations of the walls are the teachings of the apostles. The foundations (believers) support Israel (Like the centurion in Luke 7v4-5, we need to be concerned about the spiritual condition of Israel).
v22: One of the key elements of the temple is the altar. There will be no sin, so there is no longer any need for sacrifice. Yeshua paid in full the price for all sin. In the New Jerusalem there is a state of eternal perfection and therefore no need for a temple.
v24: Everything that had made them great had nothing to do with this world. Real greatness and glory led to the Kingdom of G-d. They wanted to use their lives for the exaltation of the character/likeness of the Kingdom of G-d.
v25: The gates are open at all times, perfect security.
v27: The only way that we can enter into the New Jerusalem is if our names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Unless we have accepted the blood of the Lamb for our redemption we are not going to be in that glorious Kingdom.