Good morning. It is Friday, October 1, 2021. Jeanette Stark here. Welcome to a new month!!
I do not like being wrong.
I was corrected earlier this week on something I have believed all my life. And it was not just one person doing the correcting. There were 3 or more. As soon as I left that appointment I headed for my Bible. I read it again and again and still was not convinced.
I then went online and found several differing views. Some supporting what I had believed. Some supporting what I was told in that group setting. Some did not believe any of it.
I then did what I always do when I have Bible questions…I called my mom 😊
I told her “Mom, I don’t like being wrong, but if I am, I want to correct my belief. I am just really confused on this matter.”
I partly expected her to reaffirm by understanding, but that is not what happened. She confirmed I was wrong.
Now, this thing I am going to share with you, really, it is splitting hairs, because either way it is going to be AWESOME, but I want to know the truth. I want to have a clear understanding of the topic. And honestly, I am still not 100% convinced, but I am working on it 😊
What am I talking about?
The size of the New Jerusalem. The city where those of us who are saved by the Grace of the blood shed by Jesus on the cross for us, will live, not only in heaven, but after the thousand years, on an earth made new.
Let’s first look at the verse.
The English Standard Version reads: “The city lies foursquare, its length the same as its width. And he measured the city with his rod, 12,000 stadia. Its length and width and height are equal. Revelation 21:16
A stadia is about 607 feet. If we multiply 12,000 stadia by 607 feet, we get 7,284,000 feet. If we divide that by 5,280 (feet per mile) we get 1,380 miles.
The King James version reads: “And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.” Rev 21:16
A furlong is about 660 feet. If we multiply 12,000 furlongs by 660 feet, we get 7,920,000 feet. If we divide that by 5,280 (feet per mile) we get 1,500 miles.
It appears even Bible translators cannot agree on the size. But let’s go with the King James Version
Now this is where it gets tricky for me.
I interpreted Revelation 21:16 to say, ‘its length, width and height are each 1,500 miles in size.’
I was told this week that the number is the TOTAL area around the city. In other words, one side is 375 miles: not 1,500 miles.
I found the follow at biblegateway.com and could not have said it better myself.
“If the New Jerusalem were to be crowded and each saved person given only 100 square feet of ground space, there would be room for 39 billion people in the city, which is many times the present population of the world. Many statisticians believe that if all the people who have ever lived were saved, there would be plenty of room for them in the city. However, Scriptures make it clear that only a few will be saved (Matthew 7:14). So, there will be more than enough room in the great city.
…But the scriptures also teach that the believers will also have homes outside the city and populate the whole earth. There will be more space in our new planet since there will be no oceans (Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.)…“They shall build houses, and inhabit them” (Isaiah 65:21, 22). The righteous will build their own homes in the new earth in addition to the mansions that Christ prepared for them in the city.
Whatever uncertainty there may be as to the exact proportion or size of the city, it is certain that the glories of that celestial city will far exceed the fondest imagination. None need be concerned, for there will be room enough for all who desire residence.”
“Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.” John 14:1-3 KJV