Clear as Crystal
And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
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, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.(Revelation 21:9-14) KJV
Denying the truth about God so that we may live an immoral life with no guilt has a glitch: we all still have guilt. Faith in popular science (SciPop) leads to the agony of unconfessed sin.
When the new Jerusalem comes down from God out of heaven, the Earth will be gone. What does the new Jerusalem come down to? Will it will rest directly upon the gravitational singularity created on the 2nd day?
We have a clue here that helps to answer the question we were left with at the end of the post for December 9th. This vision has elements which remind us of the great and high mountain of the Millennial Kingdom. However, it can’t be the same mountain because we have been told that the the first heaven and the first earth were passed away ( Rev 21:1 ). It would seem that there will be another Earth which is similar in general form to the first earth. It includes the new Jerusalem.
John wrote under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit but he had to put his vision in terms that people could relate to. The new Jerusalem looked like jasper. That doesn’t mean that it was jasper, it’s made of material for which we have no earthly equivalent. John is describing materials made of elements in a series which is based on ΩOxygen. They don’t contain any darkness or cause light to be impeded in any way. They are pure.
We have to know the end from the beginning, and the beginning from the end. Creation is a purification system designed to make possible the permanent physical separation of light from darkness, good from evil. The firmament formed at the edge of space in response to the creation of gravity on the 2nd day. It is composed of the same materials that are described in these passages of Revelation.
We realize that you don’t believe that there is a firmament, but consider this: before popular science became a mass-psychosis people actually thought that the firmament was reason why the universe behaves the way it does. Even Sir Isaac Newton.
We have come a long way in our exposition of the Biblical account of creation but it would be easy for anyone to say that it’s just a fantasy, it’s more like science fiction than anything else. Now we can show that our explanation of the process of creation sets up the conditions for, and lends itself perfectly to, the description of what is going to come to pass in the future. Form fits function.
The creation of gravity draws together all of the corruption in creation so that it can be disposed of, at which time God can take up residence at the center. Why was creation corrupt? So that we can have free will. Creation is God’s permanent and ongoing commitment to us, his people. The events described in Revelation validate our exposition of the process of creation.
Why we are doing this, and what is the point? The answer to both questions is the same: because we can, because we have to. Scientific advancement has reached the point where we really can know the answers to some of the questions that people have wondered about for millennia. The problem is that the narrative has been taken over by people who are seeking to validate their own existence, without God.
Denying the truth about God so that we may live an immoral life with no guilt has a glitch: we all still have guilt. Faith in the popular science narrative of godless existence (SciPop) leads to the agony of unconfessed sin.
However, we can confess our sin, accept Jesus Christ and we don’t have to deny science or take a back seat on the bus of intellectual curiosity. You can have a deeper and richer understanding of science as a Christian than you could ever have as an atheist, because you can see how the Bible accommodates the physical evidence, the historical record, and have the peace of Christ in your heart.