Revelation Explained

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Saturday, May 02, 2009

MEGA-City: New Jerusalem

"And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal. Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel." (Revelation 21:15-17 - New King James Version)

The angel that brought John to see the city had a golden reed in this hand. A reed is an ancient unit of measure equal to about 11 feet or about 3.4 meters. The city is either a perfect cube or a perfect pyramid. It's width, length and height are equal. The angel measures the city and it is 12 000 furlongs wide, long and high.

A Greek furlong is about 607 feet or almost 187 meters. Twelve thousand furlongs would be about 1500 miles or 2400 kilometers. This is about the distance from Toronto to St. John's, Newfoundland or to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The earth's atmosphere is about 18,000 miles high. The New Jerusalem will extend upwards almost this entire distance.

One hundred km or sixty miles is usually considered the boundary between the earth's atmosphere and outer space. Ninety-nine percent of the gases that make up our atmosphere are concentrated in this distance. This city will extend far beyond that. Satellites orbit within the outer part of our atmosphere. The orbit of the International Space Station is at about 350 km (210 miles) above the earth.

The wall of the city is 144 cubits. It is not clear if John is referring to the height or width of the wall. A cubit is about 18 inches, a little less than half a meter. The wall is about 216 feet or 66 .5 meters high or wide. This is about the height of a 22 story building. If it is height, this huge wall will be dwarfed by the city itself. The walls purpose is not defense but decoration anyway.


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