Below is merely a reprint of my “New Jerusalem” page from the Kingdom Watch blog site. In case you haven’t been in a while, here it is…
Bro. Wayne Rhodes and I have had many interesting discussions concerning God’s Word. Bro. Wayne has a deep love for the Word of God that all of us should have and I enjoy very much our times of talking together.
One of our favorite subjects of interest concerns New Jerusalem. I thought I’d share some of our thoughts here and give you something to chew on.
Rev. 21 describes the city as John saw it, descending out of Heaven from God. Verse 16 tells us that it lieth foursquare and the length is as large as the breadth. Obviously this gives it a square shape and I even heard a preacher recently say that it is in the shape of a cube.
Ephesians 2:19-22, Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God; And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.
Here are several references to household, foundation, and the Chief Corner Stone. He also speaks of the building fitly framed together and growing into an Holy Temple in the Lord.
In many other passages, the Lord is referred to and refers to Himself as the Head of the Corner. Today, many buildings have what we call a “corner stone”. It is not REALLY a foundational stone, in fact, it is not necessary at all. Usually what we call the corner stone is simply a dedication plaque on one of the corners of the building, it doesn’t matter which corner because, there again, it is not really a foundational stone.
There is only ONE structure known to man that actually has a “chief corner stone” that is necessary to complete the building as a whole.
Believe it or not, this stone doesn’t go on the bottom, as we think of a foundation, but on top. This chief corner stone is itself the exact shape of the entire structure that it caps. When Paul says, “…all the building fitly framed together groweth…” he means that the structure we are talking about here, takes it’s shape from the chief corner stone at the top and then can grow on forever, continually expanding from the cap.
Obviously here on earth, with the constraints of gravity, we cannot start at the top and build down, we must start at the bottom. So this ONE stone that will only fit one place, the top, would be in way throughout the entire building process until we were ready for it, right?
1 Peter 2:4-8, To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.
The stone the builders disallowed a stone of stumbling. Obviously these are references to Christ and His people rejecting Him and even today being a stumbling stone to the Jews because when Christ Jesus is presented to them through their own scriptures (Old Testament) they have no argument against it.
But, as with many things in the scriptures, there is another meaning, as well. The fact that over and over, both in the Old and New Testaments, the analogy of the building is used, we must take that analogy and apply it.
What is the ONE structure I am talking about? First, let’s look at one more passage of scripture; Isaiah 19:19-21, In that day shall there be an altar to the LORD in the midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border thereof to the LORD. And it shall be for a sign and for a witness unto the LORD of hosts in the land of Egypt: for they shall cry unto the LORD because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them. And the LORD shall be known to Egypt, and the Egyptians shall know the LORD in that day, and shall do sacrifice and oblation; yea, they shall vow a vow unto the LORD, and perform it.
Isaiah is writing about the last days and says there will be a structure “in the midst” and “at the border” of Egypt. If you read the Bible at all, you get familiar with terms very quickly and we know right off the bat that “midst” is center (smack dab in the middle, for us Tennesseans) and if you do just a little overview of Egypt, you’ll quickly learn that there is a north and south border line where Giza is. By the way, guess what the word “Giza” means…BORDER.
In this diagram, we see that in the midst (center) of Egypt and at the border of the Nile delta is a familiar structure; The Great Pyramid.
All the other Pyramids are tombs. They all have the familiar Egyptian Hieroglyphics, pottery, statues, sarcophagus, etc.
The Great Pyramid does not have any of this. There is a room with what may appear to be a coffin but there is no lid, no hieroglyphics, no name for who may have been buried there, in fact, no markings whatsoever. This is because it is not a coffin at all. It is red granite, polished inside and out. Interestingly, this room has the exact dimensions of the Holy of Holies in the Temple and the “box” dimensions are the same as the Ark of the Covenant. Cool, huh? See a pic below.
Consider the verses above wherein is mentioned the Chief Cornerstone, stumbling stone, and the stone that the builders rejected and take a look at these pictures, courtesy of Bro. Wayne Rhodes.
- Stone the Builders Rejected
- Fitly Framed Together
- Box with Dimensions of Ark
There is so much more I could tell you that is really interesting about the interior and how it relates to Biblical matters. If you want to know more, write me and I’ll post more later.
I’ll leave you with this…the Great Pyramid is at the exact center of Earth’s landmass. See map below…