In the Wilderness or on a High Mountain?

An angel took John to the wilderness to see Babylon (Rev. 17). John also says, “he carried me away in spirit onto a great and high mountain and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem” (Rev. 21:10). The strong contrast between these two location matches the strong contrast between Babylon and New Jerusalem.

When the angel showed John the wife of the Lamb, he brought him up to a great and high mountain. There he showed him the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It was from a great and high mountain that John beheld this sight. This reveals that if we desire to see the eternal vision of God, we must be brought by Him to a great and high mountain. If we are not standing spiritually on a high mountain, we will not see those who are living on the plain, we will not see the New Jerusalem, nor will we see the ultimate work of God.*

New JerusalemSimilarly to the vision of New Jerusalem, Moses received revelations from God while he stayed with God on a mountain (Exo. 24:12-13 is one example). Also, three disciples saw the glorified Jesus when they were with Him on “a high mountain” (Matt. 17:1-8).

John was “carried away in spirit” to see New Jerusalem. This is a spiritual vision, not something in the natural realm. It is very good to read Revelation 21 and 22 but this is only a starting point. Lord, carry us away to a spiritual mountain and give us a vision of New Jerusalem.

The Glorious Church, Chapter 5, by Watchman Nee

Photo courtesy of U.S. National Park Service.

Also, On a High Mountain, See New Jerusalem

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.

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