“Let’s Have a ‘Presence’ Party – Parousia Day!” by Chuck Crisco

The following article was published yesterday by Dr. Chuck Crisco at his website, “A New Day Dawning (Restoring the Optimism of the Gospel)“:

I keep birthday, Christmas, Father’s Day or any cards that I receive which are special or funny to me. Since we are moving soon, I needed to clean out my card drawer yesterday and laughed, teared-up, and was thankful for what I found and the people of which it reminded me. I even found a surprise when $10 fell out of a card… a lost little treasure. 

So why do we celebrate holidays anyway? Not for earth-quaking changes in our lives, but because of the little treasures. Remembering an important truth, celebrating an idea, laughter, smiles, connection and personal growth are all little treasures we discover in the focus on a holiday.

Israel had “holy days” given to them by God which served as reminders of prophetic significance. It gave them hope. Many of our holidays now are based on looking back in thanksgiving at the fulfillment of our hopes (Christmas, Resurrection Sunday, Pentecost, etc.). 

Often traditions arise where the meaning is lost, or it is high-jacked by a secular culture… but it is still there, declaring a truth even when it gets obscured. Christmas, for instance may be commercialized and Santa-ized, but it still speaks the name of Christ every year in unavoidable ways. 

In fact, Christmas as it is celebrated today is accused of being surrounded by numerous pagan origins and there is even some certainty that December 25 is NOT the true date for the birth of Christ. Yet, because the date is not as important as the meaning, it is irrelevant to me. Christ’s birth is mentioned, celebrated, and brought to the forefront every year.

Parousia Day, too, is not about the exact date, but the meaning behind it. Adam Maarschalk said in the Introduction (see the sidebar at the top right of this site),

“Parousia / New Jerusalem Day will be celebrated for the first time on August 7, 2016 (the first Sunday in August). This is close to August 10th, the day when the Second Temple fell in Jerusalem in 70 AD. Jesus became the cornerstone of a new temple, God’s dwelling place made up of His people from all nations (Ephesians 2:19-22).”

“Parousia” (pronounced par-oo-see’-ah) means “presence” and marks the day of the fall of the natural temple/Jerusalem in AD 70 and Day that Jesus Christ taught that he was spiritually “coming”. This is NOT the celebration of the loss of life that day, but the honoring of the implications of this new kingdom era. In the same way we don’t celebrate the infanticide that happened at the hands of Herod in Bethlehem, yet we do celebrate the birth of Christ at the same time. 

This is one of the most neglected, misunderstood truths of scripture, while also is one of the most important treasure-filled pieces in our relationship with God. Adam wrote a great blog on this biblical idea: click here.

Image: Dr. Cindye Coates; Holiday-Idea: Joshua Trent

Image Credit: Dr. Cindye Coates; Holiday Idea: Joshua Trent

 

Why a new holiday? That’s a great question! I’d ask, “Why not?” This month of July celebrates National Sugar Cookie Day and National Father-and-Daughter-Take-A-Walk-Day (which I’m certain needs to coincide with the same day!). Why shouldn’t those in the Christian community who believe in a fulfilled Parousia also celebrate a special day of such massive importance? It is a day we can look back on as the fulfillment of the promises Christ gave (Mt. 16:27-28), along with the hope of his increasing kingdom in the earth (Is. 9:7). 

It reminds us that there is no lurking tribulation like a Damoclean sword over the world. It causes us to realize again that we live in the New Heavens and New Earth where God is relating to us through the righteousness of Christ. We are challenged again to see through God’s eyes how the old age of the Law system is gone and the new era of the Kingdom has arrived. 

Emphasis on the theology of Christ’s presence-coming will not only reinvigorate discussion, but also eventually spill over into seeing the nations as places to be healed, rather than waiting for an exit strategy and destruction of the earth. Christians may even be invigorated to re-engage with arts, entertainment, business and government. What a treasure THAT would be!

What Can We Do?

Sometimes the most revolutionary thing we can do to change the world is to have a party (Boston Tea PARTY anyone???!!!)! Why not a “presence” party???!!!! Think about it. Every other Christian holiday celebrates a past event. Parousia Day celebrates an event in which his presence is here NOW! Christ is at the party with us!

Of course new traditions may emerge within families and churches, but for starters I like the idea that we could go through our homes each year and take slightly used clothes, toys, electronics, and even furniture… and give them away, making room for something new. The New Covenant has come. The New Heavens and New Earth are here. We are new creations in Christ Jesus. We live in the New Jerusalem. What a beautiful way to celebrate by giving away the old and buying new for ourselves!

Of course, what is a holiday without food. What if we developed a tradition of families of churches all trying new food dishes on this special day for the same reason? Imagine the fun the cooks would have and the looks on the faces of those whose taste buds are awakening to new flavors!

Since we are the temple of the Holy Spirit instead of a building made with hands, it would be great to have a church service outside the building, or even do a day of community service so that we teach people they ARE the temple of God.

Even better, we could do a practical exercise around the table with our families and remind them of the good things that we see in them. Paul said, “That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus”(Philemon 6).

Dr Cindye Coates suggests wearing purple, the sign of royalty (not the sign of support for LSU, though… go UT! lol) as another great idea. I see a pair of purple socks in my future!

Whatever one chooses, don’t turn it into a legalistic burden. Celebrate, and there will be little hidden treasures you will find in relationship with others, and knowing God more.

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“Kingdom Now!” by Slaves Wage

Song: “Kingdom Now!”
Artist: Slaves Wage
Album: Wisdom’s Call (2015)
Genre: Metal

“Kingdom Now!” is the final track on Slaves Wage’s 2015 album, Wisdom’s Call. Slaves Wage is a Christian metal band from Arlington, Texas, and Wisdom’s Call is their third album. As vocalist Jeff Saenz explains on their website, the band’s name is based on Romans 1:1 and Titus 1:1 where the apostle Paul refers to himself as a servant of Christ. Jeff is a believer in fulfilled eschatology.

“Kingdom Now!” points out that many are looking around at negative things in this world and proclaiming that “the end times” are here, but that Jesus doesn’t agree because He promised to come back in the lifetime of His disciples. Instead, the kingdom of God is present in our midst right now. Here is the video to “Kingdom Now!” followed by the lyrics:

Lyrics

(vs. 1)
Falling stars, bloody moon
Darkened sun, burning sky
Earth quaking, mountains shaking
Blood, fire, hail and ice
                                                                                  
The language of the end times
It’s at hand; can’t you see?
If so won’t someone tell me
Why Jesus don’t agree?

(vs. 2)
Nations are fighting nations
Lawlessness everywhere
Disease, death, war and hunger
False prophets are not rare
                                                                                     
We’re living in the last days
Some would say, most vote “Aye”
If so won’t someone tell me
Why God’s word won’t comply?
 
(vs. 3)
Why do you seek the Living
Among the dead and gone?
Why do you wait for something
That has already come?
                                                                                    
We’re living in the last days
Some would say, most vote “Aye”
But Jesus said He’d come back
Sometime in their lifetime!
                                           
(Chorus)
Kingdom came!
Kingdom come!   
Kingdom now!
 
Copyright 2014 Black Sheep Music Group

“In the River” by Jesus Culture

Song: “In the River”
Artist: Jesus Culture (Kim Walker-Smith)
Album: Let it Echo (2016)
Genre: Worship

“In the River” is the fourth track on Jesus Culture’s latest album, “Let it Echo,” released in 2016. It was written by Chris Quilala, but is sung by Kim Walker-Smith. In this video Kim shares the story behind this song. The central message of this song is joy, she says in another interview, and it’s based on four Scripture passages: Nehemiah 8:10, Psalm 46:4, Galatians 5:22-23, and Revelation 22:1. 

Taking a quick look at two of the passages she mentions, Revelation 22:1-5 concludes John’s vision of New Jerusalem, the city of God, which begins in Rev. 21. It describes the water of life flowing through the city as a river, with fruit-bearing trees on either side, whose leaves are for healing the nations. In Ezekiel’s similar vision he saw the river bringing healing and life wherever it flowed (Ezekiel 47:1-12). Isaiah saw New Jerusalem being created “as a rejoicing and her people a joy” (Isaiah 65:18, 66:10). Psalm 46:4 brings all this together: “There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.”

Here is the video to “In the River” followed by the lyrics:

Lyrics

There is a river where goodness flows
There is a fountain that drowns sorrows
There is an ocean deeper than fear
The tide is rising, rising

There is a current stirring deep inside
It’s over flowing from the heart of God
The flood of heaven crashing over us
The tide is rising, rising
Bursting, bursting
Up from the ground we feel it now
Bursting, bursting
Up from the ground we feel it now

We come alive in the river
We come alive in the river
We come alive in the river
We come alive in the river

There is a current stirring deep inside
It’s over flowing from the heart of God
The flood of heaven crashing over us
The tide is rising, rising
Bursting, bursting
Up from the ground we feel it now
Bursting, bursting
Up from the ground we feel it now

We come alive in the river
We come alive in the river
We come alive in the river
We come alive in the river

Break open prison doors
Set all the captives free
Spring up a well, spring up a well
Spring up a well in me
Nothing can stop this joy
We’re dancing in the streets
Spring up a well, spring up a well
Spring up a well in me

We come alive in the river
We come alive in the river
We come alive in the river
We come alive in the river
Spring up a well, spring up a well
Spring up a well, spring up a well
Spring up a well in me

We come alive in the river
We come alive in the river
We come alive in the river
We come alive in the river

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All of our “Fulfilled Eschatology Songs” are listed here. Please let us know if you come across any broken or dead links on this or any other page.

“God’s Promises Fulfilled” by T.L. Mayle (AlphaMelee)

Song: “God’s Promises Fulfilled”
Artist: T.L. Mayle (AlphaMelee)
Genre: Rap

“God’s Promises Fulfilled” is a rap song written by T.L. Mayle (AlphaMelee). Ms. Mayle identifies as a preterist, and first wrote this as a poem before turning it into a rap song in 2011. Here’s “God’s Promises Fulfilled” on YouTube, followed by the lyrics to this song:


Lyrics

When they proposed the earth revolved around the sun,
And the earth wasn’t flat, and that Jesus had come,
It was common belief that those notions were false
And to prove them true, there is always a cost.

When I set out to prove preterism was wrong,
I came to believe it, and it didn’t take long.
I came across truth, that for years I had missed.
If you honestly want to know, don’t forget this:

If you study the culture, and history too,
If you see the Old as a shadow of the New,
When you look at the typology of the High Priest,
And the forty year Exodus, at the very least,

If you learn the figurative language they all knew,
Stop letting traditions speak louder than truth,
As you perceive passages in covenant light,
And audience relevance takes you out of the fight,

If you let the time statements speak for themselves
And remember the Bible interprets Itself,
If you take out your presuppositions of when,
All the Scriptures you thought were obscure now make sense.

Daniel was given prophecy for a time not near,
And its fulfillment took six hundred years.
When Revelation was written, Jesus stood ‘at the door.’
Can the time be ‘at hand’ two millennia or more?

The law wouldn’t pass until all was fulfilled,
And no more unblemished lambs are killed.
If He hasn’t returned, then we’re still under law
And the strength of the sting of death isn’t stalled.

The Gospel was preached to the whole world at that time,
They wouldn’t finish going through the cities in Palestine.
Jesus said John the Baptist was ‘Elijah to come’
And foretold that John would remain till it’s done

When Jesus said ‘Some standing here wouldn’t die,’
Is ‘this generation’ every one that goes by?
And ‘coming on clouds’ was a figure of speech
That meant judgment, and those who had pierced Him did see.

Do you think that the ones standing there were mistaken?
For thinking He was coming in their generation?
Or do you think we’re the ones who are misinformed?
Let me ask, do you want to know truth, or conform?

Is it not strange – most adopt the mindset
That now is the time of ‘already, but not yet’
It’s the only way that they can explain
Because they don’t understand the nature of the last things.

What’s the nature of the new heavens and new earth?
Perhaps we should see what the old ones were first.
If you understand the nature, you’ll understand the time
I know it’s a shift of the old paradigm.

It’s like telling the Jews who still await their King
That they’ve missed all the wonderful things God did bring.
Like them, we want something that we can observe,
A visible king on a throne, on the earth.

Remember His Kingdom is not seen with these eyes,
Nor is Living Water that’s been realized.
Perhaps you’ve been drinking with God, Face to face.
There’s so much more to discover, in this age of grace!

“The Light” by Illuminandi (Polish Band)

Song: “The Light
Artist: Illuminandi (Poland)
Album: The Beginning (2005)

Genre: Rock/Metal/Folk/Classical

“The Light” is a song by Illuminandi, a group from Poland, from their 2005 album “The Beginning.” Illuminandi’s style is described on their Facebook page as “Rock/Metal/Folk/Classical.” They further describe themselves as “a six-piece Polish band that performs a unique style of rock music in which heavy guitar riffs are as prominent as haunting cello and violin melodies.”  Here is “The Light” on YouTube, followed by the lyrics to this song, which are based on Isaiah 9:1-7:

Lyrics

The people walking in darkness
Have seen a great light;
On those living in the shadow
A light has dawned.

You’ve enlarged the nation
Increased their joy;
They rejoice before you
As people rejoice at the harvest
For you have shattered the yoke that burdens them,
The rod of their oppressor.

Because to us a child is born
A son is given to us.
And the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called

Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the increase of his government and peace
There will be no end
He’ll reign over his kingdom
Upholding it with justice and righteousness
From that time on and forever.

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The Meaning of Parousia – New Jerusalem Day

Two months from today, believers in different parts of the world will celebrate a new holiday known as “Parousia – New Jerusalem Day.” The idea for this holiday came from a friend of mine, Joshua John Trent, who asked me to write about the meaning of the holiday’s name. Joshua is the founder and creator of Iron Scepter Concepts (Los Angeles).

Parousia – New Jerusalem Day will be celebrated on the first Sunday of August (in 2016 that will be August 7th). This is close to August 10th, the day that the famous Second Temple was destroyed in Jerusalem in 70 AD. While the old temple and the old city of Jerusalem were desolate (Matthew 23:38) and marked for destruction (Matthew 22:7, 24:1-3; Mark 13:1-4; Luke 21:5-7), Jesus became the cornerstone of a new temple, God’s dwelling place made up of His people from all nations (Ephesians 2:19-22). New Jerusalem and the new covenant were chosen while old Jerusalem and the old covenant were cast out (Galatians 4:21-31).

Definition of the Word “Parousia”

The word “parousia” (pronounced par-oo-see’-ah) is a Greek word which means “presence.” According to Wikipedia, it also meant “arrival” or “official visit,” and “was used in the East as a technical expression to denote the arrival or visit of a king or emperor, and celebrated the glory of the sovereign publicly.” The word “parousia” appears 24 times in the New Testament. In several instances it is used to speak of the coming or presence of various individuals: Stephanas, Fortunatas, and Achaicus (I Corinthians 16:17); Titus (II Cor. 7:6-7); Paul (II Cor. 10:10; Philippians 1:26, 2:12); and the lawless one (II Thessalonians 2:9).

In the majority of instances (16 times), though, it is used in connection with the promise of Christ’s coming. The Blue Letter Bible shows that this word comes “from the present participle of G3918 [“pareimi”]; a being near, i.e. advent (often, return; specially, of Christ to punish Jerusalem, or finally the wicked); (by implication) physically, aspect:—coming, presence.”  I’ll develop this study more below.

“Parousia” Goes Hand-in-Hand with “New Jerusalem.”

Revelation 21:1 – 22:5 is the most detailed description of the New Jerusalem, and there we read that “the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be with them and be their God” (Rev. 21:3). We also see that the Lamb, Jesus, is the light of God’s city (Revelation 21:22-24; 22:5). New Jerusalem is filled with the presence (“parousia”) of Jesus; New Jerusalem is His dwelling place.

“Parousia” in the New Testament

Here are the 16 New Testament passages where Christ’s “Parousia” is promised:

  1. “Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, ‘Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?’” (Matthew 24:3).
  1. “For as the lightning comes from the east and flashes to the west, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:27).
  1. “For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be” (Matthew 24:38-39).
  1. “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming” (I Corinthians 15:22-23).
  1. “For what is our hope, or joy, or crown of rejoicing? Is it not even you in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ at His coming?” (I Thessalonians 2:19).
  1. “And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love to one another and to all, just as we do to you, so that He may establish your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all His saints” (I Thessalonians 3:12-13).
  1. “For this we say to you by the word of the Lord, that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who are asleep” (I Thessalonians 4:15).
  1. “Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ” (I Thessalonians 5:23).
  1. “Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come” (II Thessalonians 2:1-2).
  1. “And then the lawless one will be revealed, whom the Lord will consume with the breath of His mouth and destroy with the brightness of His coming” (II Thessalonians 2:8).
  1. – 12. “Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain. You also be patient. Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one another, brethren, lest you be condemned. Behold, the Judge is standing at the door!” (James 5:7-9).
  1. “For we did not follow cunningly devised fables when we made known to you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty” (II Peter 1:16).
  1. “Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle… that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandments of us the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, ‘Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation’” (II Peter 3:1-4).
  1. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (II Peter 3:10-13).
  1. “And now, little children, abide in Him, that when He appears, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming” (I John 2:28).

Professor and author N.T. Wright explains in a video and in his book, “Surprised by Hope” (2008), the typical use of the word “parousia” in the first century AD (pp. 132-133):

“When the emperor visited a colony or province, the citizens of the country would go to meet him at some distance from the city.  It would be disrespectful to have him actually arrive at the gates as though his subjects couldn’t be bothered to greet him properly.  When they met him, they wouldn’t then stay out in the open country:  they would escort him royally into the city itself.  When Paul speaks of “meeting” the Lord “in the air,” the point is precisely not – as in the popular rapture theology – that the saved believers would then stay up in the air somewhere, away from earth.  The point is that, having gone out to meet their returning Lord, they will escort him royally into his domain, that is, back to the place they have come from.  Even when we realize that this is highly charged metaphor, not literal description, the meaning is the same as in the parallel in Philippians 3:20.  Being citizens of heaven, as the Phillippians would know, doesn’t mean that one is expecting to go back to the mother city but rather means that one is expecting the emperor to come from the mother city to give the colony its full dignity, to rescue it if need be, to subdue local enemies and put everything to rights” (emphasis added).

More than 100 passages in the New Testament declared that the events of “the last days,” including the Great Tribulation and the coming of Christ, were “near” and about to take place “soon” in the first century. Jesus Himself promised to come before His disciples could go through the cities of Israel (Matthew 10:23). He promised to come [1] in the glory of His Father [2] with His angels [3] in judgment, and [4] in His kingdom while some of His disciples would still be alive (Matthew 16:27-28). He promised to come “on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory” before His generation would pass away (Matthew 24:30, 34).

Jesus told His disciples that when they would see “all these things” (earthquakes, wars, famines, etc.) promised in the Olivet Discourse, they would know that He “is near, at the very doors” (Matthew 24:33). As we saw above, James declared that Christ’s coming was at hand and that the Judge was standing “at the door” (James 5:8-9). James wrote that nearly 1,950 years ago, and it’s apparent that he saw those things come to pass in his lifetime just as Jesus promised.

John wrote in his first epistle that it was already “the last hour” in his day (I John 2:18). It was the last hour of the old covenant age. His opening words in the book of Revelation declared that the visions he saw “must shortly take place” because the time was “near” (Revelation 1:1, 3). The angel echoed these words at the end of the book (Rev. 22:6, 10) and Jesus declared three times that He was coming quickly (Rev. 22:7, 12, 20).

In summary, “parousia” is a Greek word used repeatedly in the New Testament to describe the first century arrival of Jesus’ presence in the New Jerusalem, and into the kingdom that He established, the corporate body of His followers. His “parousia” (presence) is in our midst today.

New Jerusalem

Isaiah prophesied that God would create new heavens and a new earth, and “Jerusalem as a rejoicing” (Isaiah 65:17-18). In those days there would still be childbirth, death, building, and planting (65:20-23), i.e. the realities we know and experience today. There would also be joy, peace, satisfaction, glory, and comfort like a mother’s comfort (65:19; 66:10-13).

The apostle Paul also described “the Jerusalem above” as a comforting mother (Galatians 4:26-28). The author of Hebrews told the first century saints that they had already come to “the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem… to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant…” (Hebrews 12:22-24). These two passages, along with the book of Revelation, contrast two covenants (the old and the new), two women (the harlot and the bride), and two cities (old Jerusalem and New Jerusalem):

Two Covenants

The New Jerusalem is described by John in Revelation 21:1 – 22:5. In these 32 verses, there are numerous parallel passages in the New Testament where Jesus and the apostles described the life of those who follow Christ. In other words, we are the New Jerusalem community right now. In these 32 verses there are also numerous parallel passages in the Old Testament where the prophets looked ahead to this present new covenant age. Here are some of them:

Passage Description and Parallels
Rev. 21:2 New Jerusalem is God’s holy city, pictured as a bride. Jesus said His people are a city set on a hill, the light of the world (Matthew 5:14). See also Hebrews 12:22-24, Galatians 4:26.
Rev. 21:3 God dwells with His people, He’s with them, and He’s their God. See Ezekiel 37:27, 43:7, 48:35; II Corinthians 6:16.
Rev. 21:9 John sees the New Jerusalem as a bride, the Lamb’s wife. He contrasts the bride with the harlot/”great city” of Rev. 17, old covenant Jerusalem (Rev. 11:8). Paul also contrasted two women/two covenants in Galatians 4:21-31.
Rev. 21:12-13 The new Jerusalem has a high wall with 12 gates, bearing the names of the 12 tribes of Israel; three gates each on the east, north, south, and west sides. Compare to Isaiah 60:18, Luke 13:29, and to Ezekiel 48:30-35 (“…and the name of the city from that day shall be: THE LORD IS THERE”).
Rev. 21:14 The city’s foundations bear the names of the 12 apostles. Compare to Ephesians 2:20.
Rev. 21:15-18 The new Jerusalem in John’s vision is cube-shaped, as was the holy of holies in Solomon’s temple (I Kings 6:20). The holy of holies was overlaid with pure gold, and the holy city in John’s vision is also entirely made of pure gold.
Rev. 21:19-21 The foundations of the city walls are covered in precious gems. This fulfills Isaiah 54:11-12, and Paul clearly affirms that Isaiah 54 is about the church (Galatians 4:27).
Rev. 21:22-23 Jesus is the temple and the light of this city. See Isaiah 60:19.
Rev. 21:24 The nations of those who are saved walk in the light of this city. See Isaiah 60:3, 10.
Rev. 21:25-26 The gates of the city are never shut, and the glory and honor of the nations come in to the city. See Isaiah 60:5, 11.
Rev. 21:27 Only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life enter this city. See Isaiah 60:21.
Rev. 22:1 A pure, clear river of water of life flows from the throne of God and of the Lamb. See John 4:13-14, 7:37; Zechariah 14:8; Rev. 22:17.
Rev. 22:2 On both sides of the river is the tree of life, which bears different fruit each month. The leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations. See Ezekiel 47:1-12.
Rev. 22:5 There’s no night in the city, and no need for a lamp. See Isaiah 60:1, 19-20; Daniel 12:3, Matthew 13:43, John 8:12. The citizens of New Jerusalem reign forever and ever. See Isaiah 9:6-7, Luke 1:33, Rev. 1:6.

For a more detailed study of these things, please see this article at my blog.

The New Jerusalem means “the new city of peace.” Jesus is the Prince of Peace and His presence, His parousia, is in this city. He is peace (Micah 5:5), and there will be no end to His government and peace (Isaiah 9:6-7). Let’s rejoice and celebrate, not only on August 7th, but every day that His presence is in our midst, in the city of God, the New Jerusalem.