Can the New Jerusalem fit everyone?


By BibleAsk Team

The New Jerusalem, as described in the book of Revelation, is a symbol of the ultimate fulfillment of God’s promises and the culmination of His redemptive plan for humanity. Its description in Revelation 21 offers a glimpse into the glorious city prepared by God for His people. One of the intriguing aspects of this city is its immense size and capacity to accommodate believers from all ages. Through a careful examination of the biblical text and an exploration of theological concepts, we can discern that the city indeed has more than enough room to accommodate people from all ages.

The New Jerusalem

To begin our exploration, let us turn to Revelation 21:15-17 (NKJV), which provides key details about the dimensions of the New Jerusalem:

“And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal. Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel.”

These verses offer precise measurements of the heavenly city: 12,000 furlongs in length, breadth, and height. The mention of a “gold reed” used to measure the city emphasizes the meticulousness and divine precision of its dimensions. The city is perfectly square. Its perimeter is 12,000 furlongs, or 1,500 miles (a furlong is 1/8 mile). It is 375 miles long on each side. So, the city’s dimensions are immense by earthly standards. Moreover, the height of the city—also equal to its length and breadth—underscores its grandeur and majesty. Such proportions convey the transcendent nature of the city, far surpassing any earthly city in splendor and magnificence.

Can the City Fit People From All Ages?

If the the heavenly city were to be crowded and each saved person given only 100 square feet of ground space, there would be room for 39 billion people in the city, which is many times the present population of the world. Many statisticians believe that if all the people who have ever lived were saved, there would be plenty of room for them in the city. However,  Scriptures make it clear that only a few will be saved (Matthew 7:14). So, there will be more than enough room in the great city.

But the scriptures also teach that the believers will also have homes out side the city and populate the whole earth. There will be more space in our new planet since there will be no oceans (Revelation 21:1) only small bodies of water (lakes). “They shall build houses, and inhabit them” (Isaiah 65:21, 22). The righteous will build their own homes in the new earth in addition to the mansions that Christ prepared for them in the city (John 14:1-3).

Whatever uncertainty there may be as to the exact proportion or size of the city, it is certain that the glories of that celestial city will far exceed the fondest imagination. None need be concerned, for there will be room enough for all who desire residence there. Jesus promised, in the Father’s house there are “many mansions” (John 14:2).

The eternal nature of God’s dwelling place transcends earthly limitations, and the glorified bodies of believers will experience unhindered communion with God for all eternity. As we await the fulfillment of God’s promises, we anticipate the day when we will dwell in the New Jerusalem, united in worship and adoration of our Creator and Redeemer.

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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