What does the word furlong mean?

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The word furlong is mentioned in the following passage where John the Revelator is recording the dimensions of the amazing space city of Jerusalem: “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” (Revelation 21:16).

A furlong (stadion) is about 606 ft. 6 in., or 185 m. Thus, 12,000 furlongs would be about 1,378.4 mi. (2,218 km.). The text does not state whether this is a measure of the circumference or of one side. If the former is intended, the city would measure about 344.6 mi. (551.4 km.) to a side.The city is perfectly a square. Such measurements make this city humongous beyond comprehension.

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. And none need be concerned, for there will be room enough for all who desire residence. Jesus assured His followers that in the Father’s house are “many mansions” (John 14:2).

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