The Great Golden
By Pastor F. M. Riley
July 20, 2018
"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
But made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
And being found in fashion as a man, He humbled Himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name, which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father," Philippians 2:5-11.
I recently wrote and posted a Bible Study entitled, "New Jerusalem." Ho boy! Did I get a response! I am always pleased when people respond to my studies, either pro or con, for I know then that my studies are being read, and I am not just wasting my time writing out the great truths of the Word of God.
However, I was surprised at how many of my readers have never seriously studied the subject in God's Word, or have convinced themselves that, when it comes to New Jerusalem, the Scriptures simply do not mean what they actually and literally say. Sad!
I mean no offense to any reader in making this statement. No reader has any obligation to agree with me about God's Word, but every true believer has a Scriptural obligation to agree with what God's Word actually and literally says and teaches [Romans 3:4], and to "rightly divide the Word of truth," 2 Timothy 2:15. No true believer is exempt from these inspired statements in God's Word. None!
Therefore in this study I want to deal with some of the responses I received from my New Jerusalem study, and again set forth Scriptural truth on the subject. Join me for a study which I hope will be enlightening, and a blessing to every reader.......
I sent out an apology for a glaring error in my original study, regarding the size of New Jerusalem. I will be glad to send a copy of my apology and my explanation for the error, to any reader who did not receive a copy. Just send me your request. Now let's deal with the responses I received.......
The Size of New Jerusalem
The Greek word translated as "furlongs" in Revelation 21:16, is the word, "stadion." See Strong's No. 4712. The Biblical "furlong," according to the best reference I can find, was 606 feet, Multiply this figure by 12,000 to find the amount of feet; 7,272,000. However, the Biblical "mile" [Matthew 5:41] was only 4,860 feet; not the same amount of feet in our mile today. So divide the number of feet in 12,000 furlongs by 4,860 to get the miles; 1,496.2962. Round it off and the wall of New Jerusalem is 1,500 miles in length, or 6,000 miles around the wall of the city on all four sides. Keep in mind that the inspired Word explicitly states, "The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal," Rev. 21:16. So this city also towers 1,500 miles into space. As I said in my previous study, New Jerusalem is B-I-G.
This should make the size of the city quite clear to every reader who wants to believe the truth of God's Word. But now let's go to.....
The Shape of New Jerusalem
Here is where the "rub" comes in with some of our readers. The responses I received to the original study, mentioned several different shapes for New Jerusalem. So let's study the Word again, and find out what it has to say.......
Seven times, or possibly eight times, the inspired Word repeats the statement about our Lord Jesus Christ.....
 "Therefore thus saith the Lord God, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste," Isaiah 28:16.
[?] "Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabel thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it," Zechariah 4:7.
 "Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the Scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?" Matthew 21:42.
 "And have ye not read this Scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner:" Mark 12:10.
 "And He beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?" Luke 20:17.
 "This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner." Acts 4:11.
 "And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ Himself being the chief corner stone." Ephesians 2:20.
 "Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on Him shall not be confounded.
Unto you therefore which believe He is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner," 1 Peter 2:6-7.
Here are all seven (or eight) passages in God's Word which clearly state that Christ Jesus, our Lord, is.......
The "Head" of New Jerusalem
Now if our readers will look up the meaning of this expression in your own Concordance, or Hebrew and Greek Lexicon, it will be a real eye opener to some readers. In the Hebrew Old Testament, Strong's No. is 7222. In the Greek New Testament, Strong's No. is 2776, except for the passage in Ephesians, and that number is Strong's 204. Now how could I make it any easier for our readers to study this expression for themselves?
The definition of every single one of these words in the Hebrew and Greek is similar in meaning.
They all define "head" as meaning, "the top; head; capstone; the highest stone; the stone at the topmost or elevated position." Look this up and see for yourselves.
Also every single definition for "corner" is defined as, "capstone; corner stone; stone which caps the top." Again, look it up and see this truth for yourself.
Dear readers, there is only one type of architecture known to man which has a capstone which is also a corner stone, and that is a pyramid.
And many pyramids were built with the top being exactly equal in height to the side at the bottom. Just "coincidence?" Be careful how you answer, for the Lord God is listening, Matthew 12:36-37.
Oh yes, I did receive other responses. The most popular response is that New Jerusalem has to be a "cube," because it is clearly stated to be foursquare [Rev. 21:16], and the "Most Holy Place" in the Jewish Tabernacle and later in their Temple was foursuare; a "cube."
My answer to this response is that the "Most Holy Place" in both the Tabernacle and the Temple was located inside of those structures, and the exterior of neither the Tabernacle or the Temple was a "cube."
Now there may very well be a "Most Holy Place" inside New Jerusalem. I haven't the slightest idea whether there is or not, for the Scriptures do not say, and I have no way of finding out before I get there. But tell me.......
On a normal building, which may or may not be square, or "cube" shaped, where is the corner stone located? Is it at the top of the building, or in one side of the building, usually near the bottom? Where is it? I suspect that all of our readers are aware that most corner stones in buildings are engraved with at least the year date in which the building was built, and often more information about the building. Now if the corner stone was located at the top of these buildings, whether square or otherwise, how could anyone ever read it? So what purpose would it serve?
Yet seven times the inspired Word clearly states that Christ Jesus has been made "the head [stone] of the corner [stone]." How many more times does God's Word have to repeat it before some readers take it at face value for what it literally says? Well...???
The inspired Word explicitly states that New Jerusalem is lighted by the glory of God, and of the Lamb, Rev. 21:23.
The inspired Word also explicitly states that Father God Himself has "highly exalted" the Lord Jesus Christ, and "given Him a name above every name." Now New Jerusalem is going to be occupied by millions of redeemed people, each one arriving there having their own name, 1 Corinthians 13:12.
This truth then places the residence of the Lord Jesus Christ in New Jerusalem exactly at the top, since Father God Himself has exalted the name of the Lord Jesus Christ "above every name," Philippians 2:9.
This also means that the Lord Jesus Christ will literally be the headstone and the corner stone which resides at the top of the Great Golden Pyramid, where the four corners of the pyramid come together. Now in view of what these Scriptures say about Christ being "the head of the corner," and that His name has been exalted "above every name," perhaps some reader would like to explain to the rest of us how the shape of New Jerusalem can be anything other than a pyramid?
Oh yes! I did receive one response suggesting that New Jerusalem may be a Ziggurat, because such an architectural design does come to a peak at the top. Folks, this word, Ziggurat, never even occurs in the Bible. Plus, as I studied the word in the enclopedias, it appears that Ziggurats were of Babylonian origin, with different levels being built one on top of another, each level slightly smaller than the preceding level, with staircases running up and around the sides of the building. I was immediately reminded of the Tower of Babel, built by Nimrod and those willing to follow him, Genesis 11:1-9.
I do not believe for a minute that Almighty God copied Nimrod's design. If anything, Nimrod and his crowd likely got their idea for building a tower whose top would reach into the heavens, from Satan's description of New Jerusalem. 1 Corinthians 2:14 is still in the Bible!
The Location of New Jerusalem
Where in space is New Jerusalem located in relation to the earth? Have any of our readers ever pondered over this question? Before proceeding, let me give our readers another question to ponder over.....
Natural and Supernatural
Likely most of our readers have, at one time or another, have pondered over the difference between the natural and the supernatural.
We all know that a natural thing is created matter, which is visible; which can be seen, handled, heard, smelled, and perhaps even tasted. By this we know that it is real; that it really does exist.
But when it comes to defining what is "supernatural," many today refuse to even believe in the supernatural. Many reject there being a God, angels, spirits, a Heaven and a Hell, simply because they cannot see them visibly with their eyes, or touch them with their hands, or hear them with their ears.
But even those who do claim to believe in the "supernatural," often do not acknowlege it as being "real," simply because they cannot see it. Can those readers who are true believers see the supernatural Holy Spirit of God? No! Not unless the Lord God chooses for Him to be visibly seen. But is He real? Does He really indwell the true believer? Read again John 3:3-7, 16:7-14, and Romans 8:11-14.
We know that God is what we call a "supernatural" being. No living person has seen God, yet many claim to believe in His existence; that He is a reaL living being. But, even though being "supernatural," God Himself gave to mankind visible, tangible, proof of His existence. How?
In the person of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is God incarnate in the flesh. He was born of the virgin as the "son of God," Luke 1:26-35. He lived and walked among men in a human body for 33 years. He was totally natural, except that He had no "sin nature" because He had been conceived by the Holy Spirit of God, Luke 1:26-35. He ate and drank, slept and awoke, sorrowed and felt pain, just as do all men and women living in their natural bodies. In His natural human body, He suffered and died, as He was crucified on Calvary's old rugged cross. His visible fleshly body was handled by His disciples as they prepared Him for burial. He was buried in a rich man's tomb, and then rose again three days and nights later. After His resurrection, He was touched and handled by His disciples again, even though He had experienced a "supernatural" resurrection, John 20:19-28. And He was, and is, still a real, living man, now dwelling in a "supernatural" body, 1 Timothy 2:5. Then forty days after His resurrection, He was visibly caught up into Heaven in the sight of His Apostles, Acts 1:9-11.
Yes! I am laboring this point, because there is a point, time, and place where the natural and the supernatural meet together, both of them bcoming visible to mankind, as proof that they are both real. They both exist; are in existence right now, even though we call one natural, and the other supernatural. The supernatural is just as real as the natural, and can be visibly seen when Almighty God wants it seen. Our Lord Jesus Christ was and is living proof of this truth.
Now let's go back to "the location of New Jerusalem."
I have emphasized the truth about the natural and the supernatural, in order to present a truth about New Jerusalem which most of our readers have never heard, because it has deliberately been kept from the public.
The Evidence of New Jerusalem
The inspired Word explicitly states, "The Lord hath prepared His throne in the heavens: and His kingdom ruleth over all," Psalm 103:19. See also Psalm 11:4. Believe what the inspired Word says!
Some readers will remember that back in 1994, the Hubble SpaceTelescope supposedly needed repairs made to it in order for it to keep functioning in space. This is what NASA reported to the public, but it is what they did not report that is fascinating.
As Paul Harvey used to say, "Now here is the rest of the story......."
The occasion at that time was that Hubble, having been supposedly repaired, had been sent to the very outer edge of the solar system, which is commonly referred to as "outer space." There in the far distance of outer space, Hubble detected a brilliant light, which was different from any star or planet Hubble had ever previously encountered. It was brighter than anything Hubble had ever previously detected in space. So, even though a great distance away, Hubble began photographing the object, and sending the photos back to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. The command center located there, received hundreds of photos of this glowing object in space. As they examined the photos someone asked what they were examining? And someone replied, "It looks like Heaven." And so the photos were labeled; Photos of Heaven. In carefully examining the photos, it was determined that the object was a great golden city suspended or somehow floating in space. Even from such a far distance away, the outlines of buildings could actually be detected in the photos. Hubble is equipped with high technology infrared radar and radio telescopes for it's cameras. The photos were immediately classified as "top secret," and none of them were ever released to the public.
The readers who have read this far are likely thinking that I have lost my mind, or am "high" on some drug, and am making up this wild story to entertain the readers. If you are such a reader, you couldn't possibly be more wrong. I have evidence of what I have just wrote, laying on my desk in front of me, right now as I write.
I feel certain most readers will have never previously heard this report, but I am not making it up. Of course the reader has never heard about it. NASA classified these photos as "top secret" and issued an order that no NASA employee was to even mention or discuss them with anyone. And the photos were never released to the public. All requests to release the photos Hubble was taking, were denied, even to astronomers and others who had previously been receiving Hubble photos. To this day NASA has never released any of these photos to the public. Not one!
However, God always has His man in the right place at the right time. There was at least one NASA "insider," who felt that the public had a right to know what had been discovered, and determined to let the public know. So this NASA "insider" managed to smuggle out one of the top-secret photos. The smuggled photo was turned over to an independent space researcher, who had no connection to NASA. The report is not clear whether this researcher was Dr. Masson, or whether the smuggled photo ultimately came into the hands of Dr. Masson. But the photo and an article, was then subsequently published in Weekly World News in 1994, and was reported and commented on by the editorial staff of Weekly World News at that time. The Weekly World News criticized NASA by saying that NASA has a "moral responsibility" to investigate Hubble's discovery further, and to release the photos and their findings, to the public. Sic! What has any government agency ever cared about true "moral responsibility?" 1 John 5:19 is still in the Bible. When Weekly World News published the story of the discovery, and the smuggled photo, NASA officials refused to acknowlege that the photo was even a Hubble photo. And the subject was dropped!
As I write, I have a copy of this report with the published photo, laying right in front of me on my desk. The headline on the article printed in Weekly World News was, HEAVEN PHOTOGRAPHED BY HUBBLE TELESCOPE. Now our readers can check out what I am reporting in this study for themselves.
By the way, the photo, although dim, outlines the shape of this great city floating in the darkness of "outer space," as a gigantic glowing pyramid. To God be the glory!
I am stopping this study right here. I could write another two or three pages on the subject, based on Scriptures set forth in God's Word. But I have given the reader's enough evidence, Scriptural and otherwise, that NEW JERUSALEM is a great Golden Pyramid sitting far above the known solar system, awaiting the coming of the Bride of Christ to take up residence there.......
"In My Father's house are many mansions [abiding places]: 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."
My earnest and sincere prayer for every reader, is that they know, or may come to know, Christ as their own personal Savior, and will meet me in that Great Golden Pyramid; our "Father's house." Acts 16:30-31; Romans 10:13.
"Even so, come, Lord Jesus," Revelation 22:20.
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