The Stones Express God

God & New Jerusalem are Jasper“Immediately I was in spirit; and behold, there was a throne set in heaven, and upon the throne there was One sitting; and He who was sitting was like a jasper stone and a sardius in appearance.” (Revelation 4:2-3a)
“And he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, as clear as crystal.” (Revelation 21:10-11)
And the building work of its wall was jasper.” (Revelation 21:18a)
The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every precious stone: the first foundation was jasper…the sixth, sardius (Revelation 21:19-20)

The first paragraph of note 2* on “jasper” in verse 21:19 says,

The first layer of the wall’s foundation, as well as the entire wall of New Jerusalem, is built with jasper (v. 18). This indicates that the main material in the building of the holy city is jasper. Since jasper signifies God expressed in His transmittable glory (4:3), the main function of the holy city is to express God in bearing His glory (v. 11).

Note 2* on “sardius” in verse 4:3 says,

The sardius too is a most precious stone, and its red color signifies redemption. While jasper signifies God as the God of glory in His rich life, sardius signifies God as the God of redemption. On the breastplate of the high priest in the Old Testament, the first stone was a sardius and the last a jasper (Exo. 28:17, 20). This signifies that God’s redeemed people have their beginning in God’s redemption and their consummation in God’s glory of life.

* in The NT Recovery Version Online, © 1997-2012 by LSM

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  1. Dear Don, I very much appreciate your site and look forward to exploring more of its treasures. Have you ever heard of a “tesseract”? The best description I’ve found is this: As the cube is to a square, the tesseract is to a cube.” A cube in “the fourth dimension,” which is time. The New Jerusalem is also the time we spend with God, and therefore, eternal Sabbath. Please write to me if you are interested in further explorations


  2. John, thank you for the comment. I am familiar with the geometrical idea of a tesseract. And I have been considering a post or two on New Jerusalem as the eternal Sabbath rest (but don’t hold your breath waiting).


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