425. The holy city of ‘New Jerusalem’ shall rest firmly upon the foundations of the twelve Old Testament Patriarchs and the twelve New Testament Apostles of the Lamb.271 The Lamb Himself shall be the city’s Chief Corner Stone – the Temple, and the Light.272 ‘New Jerusalem’ is a place of indescribable beauty – far transcending the glory of the old Jerusalem (which John knew would soon be destroyed in 70 A.D.). ‘New Jerusalem’ reflects all of the glories of nature (such as gold and pearls and precious stones and bright light and pure water and groves of health-giving trees of life).273 It reflects too all of the “glory and honour of the nations” (such as the art and science and literature of all human cultures) which, after their final cleansing, “the kings of the Earth” will bring into it [even out of ‘Babylon’]. 274
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426. The holy city further contains “the nations of them which are saved” and even the saved “kings of the Earth”274 – in fulfilment of the Abrahamic covenant’s promises275 and as a result of the then-completed execution of the Great Commission.276 For even the nations as such, then fairly flow – like a crystal river – into the Church as the City of God.
427. But above all, ‘New Jerusalem’ contains the Lord Jesus Christ as the Light of the World. Indeed, His Name shall have been sealed into the baptized foreheads of His true people. And Him they shall gratefully serve – unto all eternity.277
428. The twenty-second or last chapter of the book of Revelation, ends with a restatement of the opening themes of the book. “Blessed is he who keeps the sayings of the prophecy of this book!”277 “And I, John, saw these things.” 278 “I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you [plural] these things in the churches [plural].”279 “I am Alpha and Omega” – the First and the Last.280
429. So John himself then exclaimed: “Blessed are they that do His Commandments, so that they may have right to the tree of life and may enter in through the gates of the city!”281 And the Spirit and the bride say: ‘Come!’ And let him who hears, say: ‘Come!’ And let him who is thirsty, come! And whosoever will, let him take the water of life – freely!”282
430. So the Old Jerusalem was doomed to be extinguished in 70 A.D. By then, the Christian Church Militant was already going forth into all the World – to disciple alias to christianize all the nations. In spite of the later romanization and papalization of much of the Church herself, the Protestant Reformation would then start liberating her from her ‘Babylonian captivity’ – and, in God’s Own good time, complete the job of evangelizing all the nations.
431. For Christ’s Church Militant is herself “Jerusalem which is above” (Galatians 4:26-31), and “the city with foundations” and the “heavenly country and city” alias “the heavenly Jerusalem” (Hebrews 11:10-16 & 12:22). And when that Church Militant becomes the Church Triumphant, she shall as “the city of my God” and the “New Jerusalem” then “come down out of Heaven from my God.” Revelation 3:12. Then she shall be “the holy city ‘New Jerusalem’ coming down from God out of Heaven” – at the time God makes “a new Heaven and a New Earth.” Revelation 21:1-2.
432. “For I testify to every man that hears the words of the prophecy of this book” of Christ’s Revelation – wrote John, around 69 A.D.,283 that “if any man shall add to these things, God shall add to him the plagues that are written in this book.”284 Indeed, those plagues285 would soon destroy the old Jerusalem in 70 A.D. (or shortly after the time we are suggesting John was writing down this book of Revelation).286 “And if anyone shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy” – declared the Spirit-inspired John (about the then-to-be-completed canon of Holy Scripture – “God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city [of ‘New Jerusalem’], and from the things which are written in this book!”287