Revelation 3:12 (New King James Version)—And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the “Book of Life”. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books.
Friends, I pray that your name is in the “Lamb’s Book of Life” before your life ends. This Book is God’s registrar where He records all of the believers who have been justified by faith. The eternally redeemed followers will be written in the “Book of Life” so that they may live in eternity with Jesus Christ. Those left out of the “Book of Life” – the unbelievers who have denied Christ all their life on earth – will be destined for the lake of fire. Would you rather see heaven over the alternative? Me too!
Revelation 21:1-2 (NKJV)—1) Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2) Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
The Word of God talks about heaven in Revelation 21 starting at the end of verse 9 saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” Revelation 21: 10–Revelation 22:5 explains what heaven, the “New Jerusalem,” will look like.
If you do not have a Bible, I will give a short version of the new heaven. In verse 11, heaven is described having the glory of God, it is compared to a bride—Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. Verse 12 goes on to say that she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel are written on them; the gates consisted of three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west.
The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. The city is laid out as a square. (The city’s measurements are all multiples of 12, the number for God’s people; there were 12 tribes and 12 apostles who started the church). The walls are 144 (12 x 12) cubits (200 feet thick there are 12 layers in the walls, and 12 gates in the city; and the height, length, and breadth are all the same. 12,000 stadia (furlongs) which is 1,400 miles. The New Jerusalem is a perfect cube, the same shape as the Most Holy Place in the temple (1 Kings 6:20). These measurements illustrates that this new home will be perfect for us. God is so amazing and precise!
In Revelation 21:18 the description continues– the wall is made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, third chalcedony, fourth emerald, fifth sardonyx, sixth carnelian, seventh chrysolite, eighth beryl, ninth topaz, tenth chrysoprase, eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth foundation was amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass.
Verse 22 tells how the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city does not need the sun or moon to shine because the glory of God gives it light, and the Lamb is its lamp. The gates will never be shut, for there will be no night there. The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”
The Scripture in Revelation 22:1-5 talks about the river of the water of life, the tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. There will no longer be any curse because Satan and evil do not exist as a threat any longer because he will be in the lake of fire with all the evil from the world. Heaven will be called the New Jerusalem, where all of the Christians who are written in the “Lamb’s Book of Life” will live for eternity. Scripture proves that there really is a heaven and a hell. Jesus says that He is coming soon and I believe Him.
Come, Lord Jesus. Amen.
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I looked up some extra information on Google about the significance of the number 12 to God. I found some interesting details on ‘The Bible Study Site’.—Number twelve can be found in 187 places in God’s Word.
The book of Revelation has 22 occurrences of the number 12. The meaning of the number twelve is considered a perfect number, is that it symbolizes God’s power and authority, as well as serving as a perfect governmental foundation.
It can symbolize completeness or the nation of Israel as a whole. Jacob had 12 sons, each of which represented a tribe begun by a prince for 12 princes total.
Ishmael, who was born to Abraham through Hagar, also had 12 princes.
The number twelve also shows up in Leviticus 24; Matthew 28:18—God’s divine authority; Revelation 14:1-5; and Revelation 12. These are just some of the examples in the article. It is really interesting—I hope you look it up for yourself because there is a lot more neat information. It also has explanations of other numbers’ significant meanings. It is fun to study facts of the Bible! ENJOY!