Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Walls of Heaven

Very early this morning I met some girlfriends at our local Starbucks to study the Bible. We spent a lot of time in Revelation discussing Heaven and sipping delicious Pike Place coffee. We even sat outside, it was splendid.

We all have an idea of what heaven will look like, right? Whether it's cherubs on the clouds or Peter standing at the pearly gates or the Ancient of Days sitting high on His throne in all His Splendor. When I say "heaven", you think _________ ? Not many people would say "I have no idea."

Well, this morning I had the privilege of reading about heaven strait from the horse's mouth. =) In particular, the "Walls of Heaven". I love me some BLING and I'm here to tell you, heaven is all about the bling!

11 It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. 12 It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. 13 There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. 14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 17 The angel measured the wall using human measurement, and it was 144 cubits thick. 18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth turquoise, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.

22 I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their splendor into it. 25 On no day will its gates ever be shut, for there will be no night there. 26 The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. 27 Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

What interested me most was verse 19 and 20 describing the walls of the city. I wanted to see what each of these gems were and because I am a visual learner, put them in order to what the Bible describes.

Here is the list of gems in order starting from the bottom:
1. Jasper
2. Sapphire
3. Agate, other translations use Chalcedony
4. Emerald
5. Onyx, other translations use Saradonyx (saradonyx is an orange-reddish stone)
6. Ruby, other translations use Saradius (both are red but the ruby is clear and the saradius is solid)
7. Chrysolite
8. Beryl
9. Topaz
10. Turquoise, other translations use Chrysoprase (chryso is more green, turq is more blue, both have the dark "veins"running through)
11. Jacinth
12. Amethyst

Obviously we can't know what color the gems are in heaven. Some of the gems listed have multiple hues. I suppose you could do a whole study just on the translations of the different gems! Even then, you couldn't know for certain what version of color is on the Walls of Heaven. The only one that is described is Jasper "clear as crystal" (Rev. 21:11) which some believe to be diamonds or similar to a diamond.

I don't know about you but I "see" God most when I focus on His creation; nature, trees, clouds, water, fresh food, rain, mountains. No man can create something as magnificent as an early morning sunrise with all the shades of yellows, oranges, reds and blues. Romans 1:20 says that people are without excuse when observing all that He has made. For me, there is no denying there is a Creator when I open my eyes and see the splendor all around me. I believe His creation, the world I live in, is perfect and marvelous and my mind reels when I think of the eternal world He has created for me with walls made of blingy-bling. Can you just imagine?     


mo.honey said...

This post affirms a few things that I've always known about you: you are an eloquent and creative writer, you are fearless, and you are a natural teacher.. helping others to learn and grow in their way. What a colorful -- both literally and figuratively -- post!

Ann Oermann said...

Thank you. I was looking for the gems and what they looked like and I found your blog.