Chapter 21

2. The holy city. New Jerusalem. The bride displayed in glory; not her dwelling place.
11. Jasper. See chapter 4:3.
At the gates twelve angels. Providential administration.
Names of the twelve tribes. Direct earthly government, as in Israel.
14. Twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles. The church apostolically founded by the twelve. (Eph. 2:2020And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; (Ephesians 2:20).)
15. Golden reed. Measurement by the divine standard.
16. Foursquare. Completeness; the same all ways; the perfection of a city whose builder and maker is God.
18. Pure gold clear as crystal. Purity without spot or blemish.
19. Precious stones. Rays of divine glory reflected through the bride.
21. Pearl. Christ’s estimate of the beauty and comeliness of the bride; seen externally by men and angels. (Matt. 13:4546.)