Many Christians have considered The Holy City, the New Jerusalem the focal point not only of the book of Revelation, but also of the New Testament and the whole Bible. "...Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them... He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away." (Revelation 21:3 & 4).
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Prior to the twenty-first century the New Jerusalem, as a literal dwelling place in the heavens, was nearly as much a symbol of imaginative thinking as that of human beings flying through the air prior to the twentieth century. In 1903 it was demonstrated that human beings could indeed fly through the air and 66 years later (in 1969) the first human being set foot on the moon! Building a space station, as described in Revelation chapter 21, would be a tremendous challenge, but much of the technology needed has already been developed. So a literal New Jerusalem is possible some time in the future -- during the present generation. Why would God give John a figurative vision of such a grand dwelling if a literal interpretation is possible -- for people living today?
"...the mountain of the Lord's temple will be established...and all nations will stream to it...let us walk in the light of the Lord." Isaiah 2:2-5. Also note Isaiah chapters 11 &14.
The New Jerusalem: What Is It?
Does God Build The New Jerusalem?
Israel's Role in the New Jerusalem
Will there be more than one New Jerusalem?
See the September 2007 addendum on the What's Next page