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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.

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

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

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.


City of Light

City of Light

A hidden structure in the words of the bible

Something New

City of Light in Revelations 21

I’d like to show you something new in the bible. It’s something I’ve never heard spoken of, or read about. I find it fascinating. Perhaps you will too. There appears to be a hidden structure or design in the words of the bible. A passage from Revelation 21 can help uncover it.

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This structure can be found everywhere: in the book of Revelation and the letters of Paul; in the Gospels and the Old Testament books of Prophesy, Writing and Law. In fact, it goes all the way back to Genesis. Please don’t take my word for it. Let me take you through an example: the City of Light in Revelation 21.

A Light Source

Light sourceThe beginning of this passage describes a city, illuminated by the glory of God that comes from Christ, the Lamb.

Light sourceJump down to the end. Revelation 22 describes a river, “clear” as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. The word “clear” is more literally a word that means, “shining.” Like a lamp. The passage begins and ends with a light source and a Lamb — the first hint of structure.

Main Entrance

Jump back to the center. Here there’s a door, where they, “may enter.”

Right before the door is an inner gate that’s never shut. Opposite the gate, on the other side of the door, is a place where nothing profane can enter the city. Only those whose names are written in Jesus’ book of life.

Again, jump to the bottom, and it returns to the source: the river of life, shining like crystal.

Think about the resurrection scene in Matthew. It began with a dawning, an earthquake and a door being opened as the stone was rolled away. I believe these two passages describe the same door, and the same light.

Exploration: 6 Parts of the Bible

Decide for yourself as we align and compare the City of Light in Revelation 21 with the Resurrection, the Shepherd scene in the Birth of Christ, the 10 Commandments, the 23rd Psalm, the famous prophesy in Isaiah, the people of Faith in the book of Hebrews, and the Garden of Eden.

Before we do, some may wonder why it matters. I believe you’ll see that passages written hundreds or thousands of years apart, by people who never met each other, clearly work together. They reveal a deeper story with a consistency and intricacy that is simply impossible without an Author behind it all.

Why does it matter to me? Because it’s amazing. Perhaps you’ll think so too. Perhaps it will reveal something new.

Click on the Resurrection link, or the right arrow, and let’s take a look at the Resurrection scene.

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