And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. 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. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life (Revelation 21:9-27).
Today's Morsel: The Apostle John gives us a glimpse of that great city, the Holy Jerusalem, that we alllong to enter someday. The description he provides us is one of beauty and splendor. Who wouldn't want to enter those gates and be with Jesus forever? But John tells us that the only ones that can walk in the light of it are those who are saved. Are you living according to the Word of God? Are you doing everything in your power to ensure that you are not defiling yourself with this world's ways and its activities? Friend, sin cannot enter there. Therefore, we must take heed to Paul's advice and come out from among the world and be separated unto the Lord (2 Corinthians 6:14-18). Are you ready? What will Jesus say to you? Will He say well done or go away? The children of Israel could not enter the Promise Land because of unbelief. We must also take heed lest we, too, come short of the promise given to us.
Sing: I am going to a city where the streets with gold are laid, where the tree of life is blooming, and the roses never fade.
Chorus: Here they bloom but for a season, soon their beauty is decayed; I am going to a city where the roses never fade.