Day and Night on Earth; No Night in New Jerusalem

New JerusalemThe nations living around New Jerusalem “will walk by its light” (Rev. 21:24a). These are the nations of people who lived during the millennium and were not deceived by Satan (20:7-9).

The fact that the nations will “walk” by the light of the city means that the nations on earth will come to the New Jerusalem, and their walk to the New Jerusalem will be guided by the light of the city.*

Also, “the kings of the earth bring their glory into it” (Rev. 21:24b). These are the kings of the nations around New Jerusalem. They will not be constituents built into New Jerusalem but they will be able to enter into it.

The “glory” which the kings shall bring refers to that glory which belongs to the kings of the earth. They will give the city the glory of their domain. “Glory” here has the same meaning as “glory” in Genesis 31:1. It means the best produce of the land.*

Revelation 21:25 continues, “And its gates shall by no means be shut by day, for there will be no night there.” This verse indicates that day and night will still exist in the new heaven and new earth. However, in New Jerusalem “night will be no more” (22:5).

The nations can come to the city in their day time. But “there will be no night there”—in the city there will be no night. Since all those who dwell in the city will have resurrected bodies, they will never feel tired; they can serve God constantly day and night.*

Ephesians 1:4-5 tells us that “the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…chose us in Him before the foundation of the world …predestinating us unto sonship through Jesus Christ to Himself.” Our sonship. our rebirth with the divine life, was determined in eternity past.

In contrast, Revelation 17:8 speaks of names in the book of life “from the foundation of the world,” not from eternity. This time difference is a distinction between New Jerusalem and the nations. May many more people believe into the Lord Jesus, live and grow in Him now, and advance unto New Jerusalem!

From chapter 5 of The Glorious Church by Watchman Nee, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, available at and

The Light on the Nations around New Jerusalem

God in the Lamb is the light of New Jerusalem; “the glory of God illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb” (Rev. 21:23b). And, around New Jerusalem “the nations will walk by its light” (v. 24a).

New JerusalemAll the people whom God has obtained from the dispensation of the patriarchs, the dispensation of the law, and the dispensation of grace will become a bride to be presented to Christ in that day. All the people who are still living at the end of the age of the kingdom and who have not been deceived by Satan will be transferred to become the people on the new earth. These people are the nations mentioned in verse 24. All those who are living in the city will have resurrected bodies; they are the sons and the kings. However, those who are on the new earth will still have a body of flesh and blood; they are the people and the nations of the earth.*

God’s people and the nations are two distinct groups living on the new earth. God’s people are one in Him, “one Body,” “one new man.” In contrast, those living around New Jerusalem are multiple “nations” (v. 21:24, 26); a little more about them is in the posts named below.

Revelation 21–22 has very little description about these nations because they are not the focus of God’s eternal purpose. God’s purpose is to gain a corporate expression of Himself in humanity and a bride for Christ. This is New Jerusalem. We should respond to the gospel today, receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and life, and let Him grow in us to reach God’s goal.

The Nations around New Jerusalem (1) to (7)
New Jerusalem is Light to the Nations
Nations Walk by the Light of New Jerusalem

From chapter 5 of The Glorious Church by Watchman Nee, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, available at and

The Glory of God Illuminates New Jerusalem

Revelation 21:22 tells us that in New Jerusalem “the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.” Verse 23 goes on, “And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon that they should shine in it, for the glory of God illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.”

New JerusalemThe glory of God lights the city. Therefore, there is no need for the sun or the moon to shine. We know that in the temple of the Old Testament the outer court was lighted by the sun and the moon, and the Holy Place by the light of the lamp. But in the Holy of Holies there was no window; the light of the sun and the moon could not shine in. Neither was there a lamp as in the Holy Place. The glory of God provided the light. Even so, the New Jerusalem is not lighted by the sun or the moon, but by the glory of God.

New Jerusalem is shown to be the holy of holies both by being a cube and by being illuminated by the glory of God. When we have this glory there is no need of the natural light (sun or moon) nor of man-made light (lamps). This is repeated in Revelation 22:5, “they have no need of the light of a lamp and of the light of the sun, for the Lord God will shine upon them.”

Today in our physical life we have need of natural and man-made lights, but in New Jerusalem we will be entirely in resurrection and have only the light of resurrection—the Lord God.

From chapter 5 of The Glorious Church by Watchman Nee, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, available at and

We See God in the Lamb, Christ Jesus

Revelation 21:23 says, “And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon that they should shine in it, for the glory of God illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.” Jesus Christ is the Lamb, as first announced by John the Baptist in John 1:29, “he saw Jesus coming to him and said, Behold, the Lamb of God.”

New JerusalemThe Lamb came to bring God to us. In John 14:8 the disciple Philip asked “Lord, show us the Father.” Part of Jesus answer was, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father; how is it that you say, Show us the Father? Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father is in Me?” (v. 9-10).

The mutual indwelling of God and Jesus was revealed here and continues into New Jerusalem. The indwelling is seen in in Revelation 21:23—God the light is in Christ the Lamp. It is also seen in 22:1, 3 where the two share one throne.

God as the light will shine through the Lamb as the lamp. This is not a reference to redemption but an indication to us that no one can know God directly. If anyone wants to know God, he must know Him through the Lamb—this remains true, even in eternity. Only through Christ can man know God. Apart from the lamp we cannot see the light; likewise, without Christ we cannot see God. Regardless of the environment, God still dwells in unapproachable light. Only when we are in Christ can we see Him.*

How blessed we are to have Jesus Christ the Lamb as the one who brings God to us and us to God both now and in New Jerusalem.

From chapter 5 of The Glorious Church by Watchman Nee, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, available at and

Bible verses quoted in these posts are from The Holy Bible, Recovery Version, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003. The New Testament of this Bible, with its outlines, is at; this too is © by LSM.

Learn to Live in the Holy of Holies Today

The first part of Hebrews 9 is about the Old Testament temple. It had a veil separating the holy place and the holy of holies; only the high priest could go past that veil and only once a year, on the day of atonement (or expiation).

But, at the time Jesus died (Mark 15:37), “the veil of the temple was split in two from top to bottom” (v. 38). This is a monumental change from the Old Testament time.

New JerusalemThe veil has been split. Now we all can enter into God’s presence to worship Him in spirit and in truthfulness. But in that day God and the Lamb will be the temple of the city. We will not have to go to God; He will be right where we are. Today we go to God, but in that day we will live in His presence. God and the Lamb are the temple of the city. Therefore, if we do not learn to live in the Holy of Holies today, we are the most foolish people. Today the veil has been split, and we can enter into the Holy of Holies with boldness. We must not stay outside.

An invitation, even an exhortation, to come to the holy of holies is in Hebrews 4:16. Because we have such a wonderful High Priest, Jesus (v. 14-15), “Let us therefore come forward with boldness to the throne of grace that we may receive mercy and find grace for timely help.”

Let us come forward today to receive mercy and find grace and to experience the foretaste of New Jerusalem as the holy of holies.

Enter the Veil, Come Forward to the Throne
Enter the Veil and Go Without the Camp

From chapter 5 of The Glorious Church by Watchman Nee, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, available at and

The Lord God and the Lamb are the Temple

John the apostle, in describing New Jerusalem, tells us, “I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple” (Rev. 21:22). New Jerusalem does not have a physical temple; God and the Lamb Jesus Christ are the living temple.

In the Jerusalem of the Old Testament there was the temple. Whenever man wanted to have fellowship with God at that time, he had to go to the temple. The temple was the place set aside for God, and it was to that place that man had to go for fellowship with God. In the New Jerusalem, however, there will be no temple, because God and the Lamb are the temple of the city. This means that the fellowship between God and man in that day will be intimate and direct; it will be face to face.*

New JerusalemIn the New Testament we have progressed part way from the Old Testament to New Jerusalem. The Lord speaks of this in John 4:21-24: today we worship God not in any set physical location but “in spirit and truthfulness” (v. 23, 24).

Today the Lord is not far from us. On one hand, He is at the throne in the heavens. But on the other hand, “The Lord be with your spirit” (2 Tim. 4:22) and “Christ is in you” (Rom. 8:10; Col. 1:27). Therefore, “the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace” (Rom. 8:6).

The death in Romans 8:6 is a practical separation from God, no fellowship. The life and peace is present in fellowship with Him, a present experience closely related to New Jerusalem.

From chapter 5 of The Glorious Church by Watchman Nee, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, available at and

The Transparency of New Jerusalem

Revelation 21:12-21 is a portion describing New Jerusalem, including the wall, the foundations of the wall, the gates, the street, and the city as a whole. This portion ends, “the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.”

New JerusalemHow much of our situation today is not transparent! But in the future, in God’s presence, we will all be transparent. Even so, today we should not have many hiding places and many veils. We should not pretend to be godly before men in order to win their praise…. When our actual condition is not so good and we pretend to be good, we are not transparent. Many times our words and our actions are quite unnatural….This is not being transparent. All artificiality and imitation are not transparent.

New Jerusalem’s street is “pure gold, like transparent glass.” The pure gold symbolizes the divine nature. Only this nature is transparent. In our natural being we are cloudy, vague, obscure. We should take two actions. First:

We need to confess many things. Among the brothers and sisters we need to learn to confess to each other and not to cover our sin. Whenever we have sinned against others, we should not try to rationalize it away, but confess it.*

To confess our sins is to “walk in the light.” In God’s light (not our own “light”) the blood of Jesus cleanses us and we have fellowship with one another (1 John 1:7). Second, we need the divine life supply to transform us, to renew us from our old cloudy nature to God’s transparent nature. We need the renewing of the Spirit to transform us with the nature of New Jerusalem.

From chapter 5 of The Glorious Church by Watchman Nee, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, available at and

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The Street of New Jerusalem for Eternal Fellowship

Revelation 21:21 speaks of the pearl gates of New Jerusalem and then continues, “And the street of the city was pure gold.” Many phrases in Revelation 21 begin and because all the characteristics of New Jerusalem are intertwined.

New JerusalemA street is a place for communication, and since the street of this city is of pure gold, the people who walk upon it will never be dirty. Today those who have bathed still need to have their feet washed (John 13:10) in order to maintain their fellowship with God. When we walk on the street of this world, we cannot avoid gathering some dust, and our fellowship with God is thus frustrated. But in that day nothing can dirty us; nothing can frustrate our fellowship with God. In eternity there will be nothing which can defile us; all our life and living will be holy.¹

Fellowship with God is a spiritual matter, involving our spirit. Descriptions include “the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord” (1 Cor. 1:9), “fellowship of spirit (Phil. 2:1), and “the fellowship of your faith” (Phm. 6). For such fellowship, a physical foot washing is of no avail.

For us to maintain pleasant fellowship with the Lord and with one another, we need spiritual foot-washing — with the washing Holy Spirit, the washing word, and the washing life — carried out both by the Lord in His love and by one another in love.²

God has called us into this fellowship (1 Cor. 1:9), which is “with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ” and “with one another” (1 John 1:3, 7). This fellowship is the flow of the eternal life, the life which came to us in Jesus Christ as the “Word of life” (1 John 1:1-3).

The flow of this life was portrayed by the water which flowed out of the Lord’s side on the cross (John 19:34) and by the river of water of life which flows from the throne of New Jerusalem in the middle of its street.

¹ From chapter 5 of The Glorious Church by Watchman Nee, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, available at and

² A portion of footnote 3 on John 13:5 in the Recovery Version Bible, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim CA, 2003.

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Silver Today, Pearl in New Jerusalem

God sent His Son to live among us and then to die on the cross to redeem us. Thank Him for this. Through the death of Christ we have forgiveness of sins. But this is not God’s goal; rather, forgiveness and cleansing are the basis for us to receive and grow in eternal life.

New JerusalemGalatians 3:13-14 declares, “Christ has redeemed us out of the curse of the law, having become a curse on our behalf;…that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.” The goal of this redemption is receiving the Spirit who is the life for God’s purpose, all the way to New Jerusalem.

Likewise 4:4b-6 says, “God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under law, that He might redeem those under law that we might receive the sonship. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father!” Sonship and crying Father are of life. Today we must pay attention to both forgiveness and life.

In God’s work there is redemption, but in His eternal purpose there is no redemption….Today, however, we cannot disregard or lightly esteem the silver….In the New Jerusalem man will no longer need redemption, because they will sin no more….There is a life within us which has nothing to do with sin and which requires no redemption. That life in us is from Christ and it is Christ Himself. As Christ Himself needs no redemption, we who have a portion of His life will no longer need redemption. Thus, in eternity there is no need of silver.*

Praise the Lord that we have been redeemed, delivered fro the curse. And praise Him that we have received His sinless life which grows in us unto New Jerusalem.

From chapter 5 of The Glorious Church by Watchman Nee, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, available at and

Three Materials in God’s Eternal Purpose

Revelation 21:18, “And the building work of its wall was jasper; and the city was pure gold…”
Revelation 21:21a, “And the twelve gates were twelve pearls.”
Revelation only mentions three materials in the composition of New Jerusalem: gold, pearl, and precious stones. These signify God’s nature, Christ’s life, and the Spirit’s transformation. The Triune God is the constitution of the entire city of New Jerusalem.

New JerusalemFirst Corinthians 3:12 says that spiritual building should have materials of gold, silver, and precious stones…but in Genesis 2, in the garden of Eden, there were gold, precious stones, and pearl—there was no silver. In Revelation 21, in the New Jerusalem, there are once again gold, precious stones, and pearl; there is no silver. What is the significance of this? Gold, precious stones, and pearl—these three items—are found both in the garden of Eden and in the New Jerusalem. This means that gold, precious stones, and pearl are from eternity to eternity.*

Silver represents redemption. In Genesis 1–2 there was no sin and in Revelation 21–22 there is no sin. Hence there is no need of redemption and no silver is present. In contrast, from Genesis 3 through Revelation 20 there is sin causing the need of redemption.

Thank God that although we have sinned, the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from every sin. However, God has shared the life of His Son with us, a life which forever needs no redemption. One day we will live completely by this life and the history of sin will pass away.*

How wonderful that Jesus died so that God could forgive our sins. As Christians we need to confess our sins and receive forgiveness (1 John 1:7). But even more we need to hold onto Christ to grow in His life in everything so that He can flow through us for the growth and building of His Body (Eph. 4:15-16) unto New Jerusalem.

From chapter 5 of The Glorious Church by Watchman Nee, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, available at and

The Pearl Gates of New Jerusalem

Revelation 21:21 says about New Jerusalem, “the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was, respectively, of one pearl.”

New JerusalemThe New Jerusalem consists not only of pure gold and precious stones, but also of pearls. Pearls are…the result of a gradual formation within a sea creature after it has been wounded. Therefore, the meaning of pearl is life which issues from death. Pearl signifies the life released by the Lord Jesus in the non-redemptive aspect of His death.

Pearls function as the gates of the city. This means that everything of God starts from here. In other words, in order for man to obtain life before God, the life must not be something of man, but of the death of Christ, of the non-redemptive aspect of Christ’s death.*

The Lord Jesus spoke of the non-redemptive, life releasing aspect of His death in John 12:24. “Truly, truly, I say to you, Unless the grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it abides alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” A seed contains life, but that life is only released when the seed dies, when it falls into the ground and is buried there.

The release of the Lord’s life is also in John 19:34, “one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately there came out blood and water.” Blood is for redemption and water signifies life. This is the life which we receive from Christ and which brings forth New Jerusalem.

Pearl Gates: Our Beginning for New Jerusalem
Pearl Gates Signify Regeneration for New Jerusalem
Jesus Opened the Pearl Gates, Let’s Enter!

From chapter 5 of The Glorious Church by Watchman Nee, published and © by Living Stream Ministry, available at and

Endurance and Long-Suffering with Joy

New JerusalemDuring my Bible reading shortly after preparing these posts on suffering, I came to these two verses:
Colossians 1:11 “Being empowered with all power, according to the might of His glory, unto all endurance and long-suffering with joy.”
1 Thessalonians 1:6 “And you became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction with joy of the Holy Spirit.”

These are experiences, not of mature Christians like Paul, but of typical Christian believers. The Thessalonians in particular were all relatively new believers, probably saved less than two years. 

They were not humans gritting their teeth to survive. No. They were empowered by the Lord in their sufferings and had “joy of the Holy Spirit.” May we be encouraged by their examples and receive the same empowering they received.

Their experiences could be common for Christians today and we have the same supply that they had. Before I wrote this, I read testimonies forwarded from the Ukraine which match this pattern. When New Jerusalem blossoms in fullness there will not be any more suffering but there will be today’s joy greatly multiplied.

Photo courtesy of Burning Well.

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