21: The Bride of the Lamb:
Let's continue to look at how the bride of Christ is
described in Chapter 21:
the one who spoke with me had a gold measuring rod
to measure the city, and its gates and its wall.
16And the city is laid out as a square,
and its length is as great as the width; and he
measured the city with the rod, fifteen hundred
miles; its length and width and height are equal.
17And he measured its wall, seventy-two
yards, according to human measurements, which are
also angelic measurements. Revelation 21:15-17 (NAS)
A look at the measurements:
An angel that was with John had a golden
rod (or reed) to measure the city, the gates and the walls.
In the Greek language in which the Revelation was
written, the unit of measure for the length, width
and height is a stadion (or furlong), which is 1/8th
of a Roman mile:
The length of the city was 12,000 stadion (furlongs)* (verse 16).
The width of the city was 12,000 stadion (furlongs)* (verse 16).
The height of the city was 12,000 stadion (furlongs)* (verse 16).
The wall of the city was 144 cubits** high (verse 17).
* Note: a furlong or stadia was 1/8 of a
Roman mile (approximately 200 yards). 12,000 furlongs would be
approximately 7.2 million feet or 1364 miles. The New American Standard version
converts it to roughly 1500 miles.
** Note: a cubit was the length of
arm from the elbow to the tip of the finger (approximately 1/2 yard or 1.5
feet). 144 cubit would equal approximately 216 feet or 72 yards.
According to Revelation 21:16 the width,
length and height of the city were what?