After all these years it is still standing strong for us to see it and be amazed. Remember that it is we the body and bride of Jesus that make up the city. I was on the flood pad of a large dam enjoying my walk in ankle deep water that was coming from the dam. If you are not praying the prayers of Paul for yourself and your loved ones, please begin now, for it is never to late with God. We must thank God for our trials by fire because they are causing us to become more like Him! "And you shall take two onyx stones and engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel, six of their names on the one stone, and the names of the remaining six on the other stone, according to their birth." Huge pearls are the gateway into the city of God. “10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass. God wants us to know these truths inherently in the book of Revelation, which has been given to us so that we might receive the fullness of Jesus. Then after the church is cleansed we will cleanse the whole world from its evil ways into the liberty of Jesus Christ. Within the Holy Spirit are six attributes, which He is, and we must manifest them if we are to be built upon the twelve foundations correctly. Its length, breadth, and height are equal" Revelation 21:15-16 (NKJV). I believe the twelve foundations are to be experiential truth in our life. While those stones are associated with the twelve apostles, they are also near the twelve gates which are named for the twelve tribes of Israel. "They shall be Mine," says the Lord of hosts, "On the day that I make them My jewels" Mal 3:17 (NKJV). When this unification takes place, the body of Christ will have fulfilled the Lord's priestly prayer, "And the glory which Thou hast given Me I have given to them; that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be perfected (complete) in unity, that the world may know that Thou didst send Me, and didst love them, even as Thou didst love Me" (John 17:22-23 NAS). I have read about the twelve levels, but nothing on the foundations. Its radiance was like a most precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. Experiencing truth must be our life! I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power toward us who believe. The word "foundation" in Rev. the 12 foundations of the new Jerusalem reminds me of aaron's ephod somehow ,that the high priest wore that had the stones signifying the 12 tribes of israel...exodus 28...9 “Take two onyx stones and engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel 10 in the order of their birth—six names on one stone and the remaining six on the other. So I ask the Lord "What does the wall symbolize?" Rev 21:14 (NAS). The main street of the city was pure gold, as pure as transparent glass.snip...Ok, that's wild...the wall foundations were... 14The wall of the city had twelve foundations bearing the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.Where the stones on the high priest ephod different from the foundation stone of the New Jerusalem? Revelation 21:18 says that the wall is made of jasper stone, this is the very stone that Jesus is liken to Who is seated on the throne in chapter 4:3, the bride is liken to the same when she descends out of heaven in 21:11. I am a follower of Jesus Christ, the One who saved me, and my goal is to spread the gospel and all the evidence for Christianity! If any man's work which he has built upon it remains, he shall receive a reward. But let each man be careful how he builds upon it. Now is the time to ask and believe for them in your life! It is through the gates of suffering and tribulation that we enter into the kingdom. If we compare it to a pier and beam foundation, it would be similar to the piers sunk deep into the ground upon which the beams are laid. Either we are becoming more like Jesus or we are not. Little did I know that God would use it in my life to teach me about the city of God! Bud "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me" (John 10:27). Your thoughts? I said, "What is that?" See more ideas about gems and minerals, gemstones, rocks and gems. "I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth" (Psalms 34:1). Enter your name and email below to join the 12 Foundation Stones mailing list. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth … Awesome......post for sure and just goes to show how AMAZING GOD is!!!! But I ask you, "What are pearls in the natural?" The 12 Foundation Stones of Revelation 21 The first foundation was jasper; a precious stone of divers colors (some are purple, others blue, others green, and others of the color of brass; Pliny, h. n. 37, 37 (8)): Revelation 4:3; Revelation 21:11, 18f. His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. In Revelation, we find an interesting reference to "foundation stones," so-called because the author of Revelation lists these precious stones as decorating the foundations of the walls of the city in his vision, "that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God." When this takes place in its completeness, the body will have become one like the Godhead. Now remember that Paul prayed for us that we would, "Be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth" (Ephesians 3:18). Thank you for the great search.Jasper was last in the old testament and became first in Rev 21. When we see His glory we will be transformed into His very likeness. Sand symbolically represents earthly people, distinct from heavenly people, as comparing heaven and earth people, in the same way God spoke to Abraham. And because He now dwells in us, this means that we also have the seven spirits of God dwelling in us. These six attributes are His energy and effectiveness in the unseen world, which are the spirit of Wisdom, the spirit of Council, the spirit of Understanding, the spirit of Strength, the spirit of Knowledge, the spirit of Fear of God. I could easily expand each one of these but that is not my purpose here. John describes the city: “It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come; and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne. The Bible says that the wall of the city is clear like glass for all to behold the goodness of our God in our midst. If we are partaking of the things of God and are experiencing His presence, which is present truth, we are building correctly upon the foundation. We individually are a temple, but we are only one stone that is being put together with others by the Father to become one great temple that the world will one day see and come streaming into it to receive the life giving power and forgiveness of God. Thomas = Twin, again we are to be like Jesus. (See Rev. I wonder...each stone represents one of the 12 tribes of Israel. 2:17). In St. John the Divine's vision of the Heavenly Jerusalem, the City stood on a foundation of twelve stones, each correlating with one of the stones of the breast plate. "And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl..." (Revelation 21:21). Jewels are made through much fire and pressure and are very rare because they are not in abundance as are fieldstones. Jasper which is the first stone in this foundation, is typically a red stone but it is also seen in green and yellowish hues. "Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity" (Psalms 133:1). God instructed twelve men (one from each tribe) to take a stone from the middle of the riverbed (Joshua 4:5), from the place of death—the miry bottom of the riverbed, beneath the waters of judgment. In 1995 I also had several visions of a dam that was breaking, it was made of rock. We also must become liken unto him the foundation for us to build upward and become the wall of salvation for all nations to be received into it; this is our quest to live in the power of the overcoming church. Answer: The twelve gates in Revelation 21 belong to the New Jerusalem, which comes down from heaven to the new earth (verse 10), shining with the glory of God (verse 11). And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. The twelve tribal stones are all within the hardness limit of the quartz crystal, which in fact is sand—quartz crystals, pounded to small grains by ocean waves. They were not all pure; they were not all brilliant or good; some were steadfast, some were weak and brittle... perhaps, God in His splendid knowledge, chose stones that accurately represent each tribe's characteristics??? We the church, His body is the fullness of Him in the earth, for the fullness of Him is the seven Spirits of God. For years I have wondered why we are likened to stones, because they have been here from the beginning and will be here forever as will the temple of our God be. Eph 1:17-19 (NAS), For this reason also, since the day we heard of it, we have not ceased to pray for you and to ask that you may be filled with the knowledge of His will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so that you may walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, to please Him in all respects, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all power, according to His glorious might, for the attaining of all steadfastness and patience; joyously giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. cit.). We must have these twelve foundational stones as our attributes in our life if we want to make up the walls of the city of our God. Ephesians 2:20 says that we, "Having been built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone." 30 You will eat and drink with me in my kingdom, and you will each sit on a throne to judge the twelve tribes of Israel. What a purpose and destiny we have in God! We are to be built upon the truth that Jesus is the Christ, He is salvation, the [WALL] of deliverance, protection, and provision. The power [water of the Holy Spirit] is about to blow out the dam that man has made out of religion! And so in the future world, when the Son of Man sits on his glorious throne, I promise that you will sit on twelve thrones to judge the twelve tribes of Israel.luke 22...28 You have stayed with me in all my troubles. ....17“You shall mount on it four rows of stones; the first row shall be a row of ruby, topaz and emerald; 18and the second row a turquoise, a sapphire and a diamond; 19and the third row a jacinth, an agate and an amethyst; 20and the fourth row a beryl and an onyx and a jasper; they shall be set in gold filigree. But if we build our lives with the Spirit of truth we will be building with gold, silver, precious stones, which are only purified by fire. For these truths to be the authentic foundation in us they cannot be just dogma that we put into our heads from our much learning. I have studied a lot about the book of Revelation and had never heard of anyone giving attention to the twelve foundations of the New Jerusalem. Why does the kingdom of God need a wall to protect us when we have God and the angels? Holman Christian Standard Bible The city wall had 12 foundations, and the 12 names of the Lamb's 12 apostles were on the foundations. Notice that it says "If any man builds." These are the twelve foundations that the Lord has given me to build upward in Christ likeness in our life. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. The 12 Foundation Stones in New Jerusalem - Christian Evidence These people are the body of Christ who have grown in love and are made equal on all sides, with no one person greater than the other. As the Lord began to show me this great honor that He has bestowed upon the twelve tribes and the apostles. Alphaeus = learned, chief, we are to be kings. Notice that the world, not the church, will stand up and take notice that God did send Jesus for them. It will be compared in particular with 1QS 8:1-16; 9:3-7; 11:7-9, and 4QpIsad. For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. These building materials are not long lasting, but will burn up under the fires that life brings our way. (See Rev 12:10-14, and Acts 1:15-26) Wouldn't Matthias be considered the 13th apostle, therefore not one of the original 12? We are being made into the same precious gem as Jesus is, for the entire world to see Him through us. 1 Peter 2:4-6 (NAS). "But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets." And to ensure that forevermore there will be light! Also she had a great and high wall… Rev 21:12 (NKJV). It all has to do with the building materials we are using, such as the religious and worldly system, which are wood, hay, and straw. (See Is 11:2). And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. We also must have these twelve tribe attributes in our life if we are to enter through the gates of the city. The living stones that God is building out of, are not just some cheap field rock, but they are likened to the most precious and valuable jewels. A man's version will be produced in the near future using braided black leather with very small 4mm stones without pearls or gold, as the clasp will probably be in stainless steel! The problem with us is that we are flesh and are not consistently manifesting them, but manifest the flesh at times and not the Spirit of God. The scriptures are very clear that we are joint-heirs with Jesus. But in order for us to handle His power and authority we must have these foundational truths working in us, so that we can handle it without being washed away in the coming flood of power. There is no greater reward in life than to have the revelation of Jesus Christ within our heart and then one-day unveil Him to a hurting world. For the first foundation stone, brilliant and the strongest of stones. Machu Picchu is a city that was carved out of a mountain using each stone to build up the walls of the city and must have taken many years to construct. The New Testament writer’s words are truth from God because they are the foundation of true spiritual reality that was imprinted in them for three and a half years when they walked with Jesus. The Lord began to speak this message to me when He woke me up with this vision. Twelve is the number of government, we the church are called to carry the government (authority) of God to the nations. Now if you can imagine for a moment the city of God that John likened us to, built out of precious stones that shines with the glory of God for all eternity. Our daily tribulations (stones) that we have overcome will be the pearly gates that will lead us into the city of God! "And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and burst against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded upon the rock. Eph 3:17-19 (NAS). When I first read that [she] we the city of God had a great high wall it brought questions to my mind. And I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades shall not overpower it. Someone mentioned the stones on Aaron's breastplate. They are now a finished temple and have been perfected by Him because they have come into the full likeness of Jesus. As for the foundation-stones of the city wall, which were beautified with various kinds of precious stones, the first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx… Are very clear that we are to be like Jesus or we are the into... 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