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Revelation 21:23-22:1

City of Light

Hebrews 11:32–35


The city has no need for the sun or moon to shine, for the very glory of God illuminated it, and its lamp is the Lamb.


The nations will walk in its light. The kings of the earth bring the glory and honor of the nations into it.


Its gates will in no way be shut by day (for there will be no night there),


and they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it so that they may enter.

Samuel, and the prophets, who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked out righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword,

There will in no way enter into it anything profane, or one who causes an abomination or a lie,

from weakness were made strong, grew mighty in war, and caused foreign armies to flee.

but only those who are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Women received their dead by resurrection.

He showed me a river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb, in the middle of its street.

Hebrews 11 + City of Light


Hebrews 11 + City of Light

God Opens

Hebrews 11In the New Testament, Hebrews 11 cites the names of Old Testament people of faith, and what that faith accomplished. In verse 32, it begins to wrap-up with a concise list of names. This is the passage I want to share.

Biblical Names in Hebrews 11

Every name in the bible has a meaning. Even the names of the bible appear to have structure. In other words, the names connect to the City of Light just as clearly as the prophesy in Isaiah.

Light Source

The Hebrews 11 passage begins with the name Barak. The Enhanced Dictionary of Biblical Names defines Barak as meaning, “Lightning.” A light source. Like the city of Light.

I was given permission to use this dictionary on Every name on the site is live, and uses something called a tooltip. Tooltips allow you to point at a name and have a definition pop up so you can see its meaning.

In its Light

Next in the Hebrews 11 passage is the name Samson, which means, “little sun.” As in the “nations will walk in its light.”

Inner Gate

Then, we come to the inner gate that is never shut. Hebrews 11 writes the name Jephthah. It means, “God opens,” as in the gate of the city.

Main Entrance

They may  enter matches the Hebrews 11 name David. It means, “Beloved.” This is the same place the angel says, “For there is born to you, in the city of David, a savior who is Christ the lord.”

Outer Gate

The passage continues, nothing “profane” or who causes a “lie” will enter the city. Hebrews 11 cites the name Samuel, and the rest of the prophets who among other things worked out righteousness.

This seems to be a clear opposite to the profane who are not allowed into the city. Samuel means, “Heard of God.” Those who do not lie. Those who are prophets, and who carry the Word of God within their words.

Name Written

Such people are made strong, grow mighty, and cause foreign armies to flee. Like a great multitude of the heavenly host — the heavenly army — who suddenly appear, praising God. These, to me, are the same people of faith whose names are written in Jesus’ book of life.


The passage ends with the promise, “Women received their dead by resurrection.” It connects to the river of the water of life, shining like crystal, that flows from the throne of God and the lamb in the middle of its street.

Little sun.
God opens.
Heard of God.

Proof in Hebrews 11

The names and text of this Hebrews 11 passage match the city of light in the book of Revelation. If there was any doubt there’s structure in the words of the bible, I believe the names provide the ultimate proof.

But, there’s one last example to explore – the fall from Eden in the book of Genesis. Click the right arrow, or the Genesis link below, to take a look.

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