Rev. Manson B. Johnson

by Rev. Manson B. Johnson
Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times



Bible Fact: The Book of Revelation is given by Jesus and written by John to strengthen our hope of the future.

Bible Text: Revelation 1:1; Matthew 24:1-51

Aim:To help students to become aware of what to expect in time and eternality to come.

The Things Hereafter: Chapter 21 (Part 2)

I. A New Day For A New Life

A. The Holy City’s descriptions as John saw it:

  1. Has the glory of God v.11a
  2. Her light was like a jasper v.11b
  3. A high wall v.12a
  4. Twelve gates and twelve names vv.12b,13
  5. Names on the wall v.14
  6. The golden reed v.15
  7. Jerusalem – A four square city vv.16,17
  8. A city of rich and regal beauty vv.18-21
  9. No church building there v.22
  10. The Lamb is the light v.23
  11. Only holy traffic there vv.24,26
  12. No security needed v.25
  13. Righteous admissions only v.27

Let’s talk about it:

  1. In vv.11-27 how many different descriptions are given to describe the Church in the new kingdom? Discuss with others what you think these descriptions mean to the reward of the Christian Church. Google for some of your answers and let others know what you found. Things like:
  • the glory of God
  • a jasper stone
  • twelve gates
  • names written on the gates
  • twelve foundations
  • twelve apostles of the Lamb
  • golden reed to measure the city
  • foursquare
  • an hundred and forty and four cubits
  • pure gold
  • the foundations of the wall of the city
  • The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
  • gates were twelve pearls

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