The Measure of the Wall

The Wall of New Jerusalem is SpiritualRevelation 21:15 and 17 say, “And he who spoke with me had a golden reed as a measure that he might measure the city and its gates and its wall….And he measured its wall, a hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.”

Revelation contains many spiritual signs. Gold signifies the divine nature and a golden reed signifies that divinity is the standard for measuring the city. Anything without the divine nature has no place in the city.

The angel measured the wall. Some who consider this verse are bothered that we are not told whether the height or the thickness was measured. Others are concerned about the great difference between the heights of the wall and of the city. These concerns are in the physical realm but the measurement of the wall is in the spiritual realm. New Jerusalem is not a physical city but rather a spiritual composition in life of the Triune God and His people. The measurement of the wall is spiritual and also in resurrection because only in resurrection is “the measure of a man” equal to the measure “of an angel” (Luke 20:35-36).

The measure of the wall in verse 21:17 is “a hundred and forty-four cubits.” Twelve indicates eternal fullness and perfection; one hundred forty-four (twelve times twelve) speaks of an extreme degree of eternal fullness and perfection. In this numerical sense the wall of New Jerusalem is appraised above every other aspect of the city. Verse 21:18 goes on to speak of “the building work of its wall.” This is the building of the Triune God into the tripartite man. Lord, You are the eternally perfect One. Build Yourself into us and build us into You day by day. Lord, gain the building that You desire !

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  1. I’m glad that the truth concerning the New Jerusalem is being made available to the Lord’s seekers on the internet. It is precious to see that God’s eternal consummation–the New Jerusalem is a spiritual reality that we can experience today. How wonderful that we can experience the building of the Triune God into our tripartite being day by day. This daily experience is bringing forth the new creation out of the old creation. Lord, build Yourself more into our being every day!

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  2. Marc

     /  November 25, 2012

    Don,
    New Jerusalem is both a spiritual and material reality. It is the interface between the material and spiritual Creation.

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  3. Marc, thank you for your comment. I have been considering it on and off since the day you wrote. I have said multiple times that New Jerusalem is spiritual, meaning that the river of life, tree of life, golden street, pearl gates, precious stones, and other aspects of the city are not physical/material but spiritual. For example, the golden street is not material gold but is Christ as the embodiment of God, who said “I am the way…”
    On the other hand, New Jerusalem is a city in resurrection, and since your comment I have thought about the Lord’s appearance after His resurrection. In Luke 24 the Lord walked with two disciples (v. 15-28); broke physical bread at a table with them (v. 29-30); showed His hands and feet, said “touch Me,” and said He has flesh and bones (v. 39-40); and asked for and ate a piece of cooked fish (v. 41-43). There are similar words in other gospels and in Acts.
    These verses make it clear that the Lord Jesus, after His resurrection, was a person in both the physical and the spiritual realms. He could appear and disappear (Luke 24:31, 36) and enter a closed room (John 20:19). His being had both physical and spiritual aspects. Perhaps His being at that time is a model for New Jerusalem. Perhaps in the same way the people of New Jerusalem will be in both physical and spiritual realms.
    I welcome further input.

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  4. Marc

     /  December 7, 2012

    Don,
    Sometimes in our search for greater understanding of God’s revelations, the answer is not “either or,” but rather “yes and.” I really appreciate your efforts in creating and maintaining this site. Your references from the Gospels regarding our Lord’s actions after His Resurrection is a reminder of our own wonderful potential to become children of God and be mediators between His material and spiritual Creations. After the fall, sin has caused us to become spiritually dormant (dead) before we become physically dead. When the dormant spirit and soul left the physical body they entered Hades, the realm of the dead. There was an existential awareness in this state as confirmed by our Lord’s parable of Lazarus and the rich man. There was also a seperation between the righteous and the wicked in Hades. This all changed when Jesus entered the realm of the dead after His Crucifixion and preached the Gospel there to all including the disobedient (1 Peter 3:18-20).
    The effect of this is what has been called “The Harrowing of Hades.” Most of the early Church fathers believed that most, if not all, of humanity all the way back to Adam and Eve answered the call of the Gospel and ascended with our Lord Jesus to the New Jerusalem. This is the first resurrection spoken of in Revelation 20:4-6 providing a spiritual body that enables full function in the spiritual realm. Ever since Resurrection Sunday in AD 33, everyone who dies undergoes a particular judgement that is a continuation of The Harrowing of Hades. Some may be so wicked that they remain with the demons in Tartarus awaiting the Last Judgment, but most will probably make their way to New Jerusalem. When the resurrection harvest of the Day of the Lord begins, those alive in New Jerusalem will have their resurrection completed, along with the living faithful; to enable them all to function fully in the spiritual and material Creations of the New Jerusalem, Heaven, and Earth.

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  5. Marc,
    Thank you for the reply. Concerning 1 Peter 3:18-20 I know that there are various interpretations. Concerning ascending with the Lord Jesus, I am hesitant because after the Lord’s ascension Peter said that David had not ascended (Acts 2:34) and because when the Lord returns, the dead in Christ will rise rather than descend (1 Thes 4:16).
    In any case, we who are living need to be faithful so that we may enter the joy of our Master at His return and participate in the fullness to come.

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  6. Marc

     /  December 9, 2012

    Don,
    Both Acts 2:34 and 1 Thes. 4:16 are focused on the physical resurrection where the material constituents of the resurrection bodies do indeed rise. Just as our death has a spiritual and physical phase, so does our resurrection. Those who are baptized into Christ are also dead and raised with Christ. They have died to this world and are experiencing the spiritual reality of the First Resurrection already. The struggle to stay dead to this world before our physical death can pay big dividends when we do finally die and experience the particular judgment.

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  7. David Kan

     /  December 11, 2012

    Just a short peripheral comment: We addressed the subject of the subjective experience of Christ’s death earlier this week at a church gathering. Based on Matthew 16:24-25, the positive motivator is the wonderful “Me”. “If anyone wants to come after Me…” With this as the initiation, the “anyone” is able to deny the self, take up the cross and follow Him, apparently losing his soul-life, but actually saving it. Romans 6:6 further emphasizes that it is His accomplished death, rather than our effort, that produces this emancipation. Hallelujah for Christ and hallelujah for His death!

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  8. Marc

     /  December 11, 2012

    David,
    We all suffer and die. Whether this becomes our cross in following Jesus Christ, depends on us. God wants to heal us and welcome us into His Family. The juridical constructs that were formulated during the scholastic period have turned the good news of the Gospel into the bad news of an angry and vengeful god.

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