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City of Light

23 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.

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

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

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

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

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

1 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

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City of Light

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A design structure in the words of the bible

Something New

City of Light in Revelations 21

I’d like to show you something I’ve seen 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 an underlying structure or design behind the words. A passage from Revelation 21 – the City of Light – is a great example.

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Please don’t take my word for it. Let’s look at the City of Light passage.

Beginning: A Light Source + Lamb

Revelation 21:23 describes a city, illuminated by the glory of God whose lamp is Christ, the Lamb. Notice that this passage begins with a light source, and a Lamb.

Ending: A Light Source + Lamb

This passage ends at Revelation 22:1. It describes a river, “clear” as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. The original Greek word for “clear” is “lamprós,” a word that means something like, “radiance” or “shining.” Like a lamp.

This passage begins and ends with a lamp and a Lamb – the first hint of structure.

Main Entrance

If you jump back to the center, here it says they, “may enter,” like a doorway.

In the City of Light, 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.

Parallels

The question is, what is this city? What are these entrances? How does the book of Revelation work, and is there an indisputable way to find out? This, I hope to show you, using the City of Light in parallel with other passages.

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 spiritual story with a consistency and intricacy that’s simply impossible without an Author behind it all, weaving his design into every word.

Exploration: 7 Examples

Decide for yourself as we explore the City of Light in Revelation 21 side by side with other passages: 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.

Why does it matter to me? Because it’s amazing. Perhaps you’ll think so too. Perhaps it will reveal something you’ve never seen before.

Click on the Resurrection link, or the right arrow, and let’s compare this famous scene.

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