|Revelation 11:1-2 |
1 Then I was given a reed like a measuring rod, and I was told, "Rise and measure the temple of God and the altar, and count those who worship in it.
2 But the court that is outside the temple leave out, and do not measure it; for it is given to the Gentiles; and they will trample the holy city under foot for forty two months.1
1In New Jerusalem the temple and those within were measured (measurable, countable, finite); the location of the spiritual Jews, those whose hearts had been circumcised on the earth, to become Jews (obedient) inwardly. The outer court, was not measured. In Rev 21:16 a further measure is given. George Fox significantly amplifies the dimensions, referring to another translation:
The Greek copy with Arias Montanus' interlineary translation has it, Revelation, 21:16, that is, furlongs, twelve times twelve thousand, that is, one hundred forty-four thousand, that is the length and breadth, and the height being equal, is twelve thousand, being in all, one million seven hundred twenty-eight thousand furlongs, that is, two hundred sixteen thousand miles, that is ten times the compass of the earth, as it is commonly accounted, or thereabouts.
Using the above circumference and ignoring height, New Jerusalem would cover 24 times the area of earth. If each of the 6.72 billion people on the earth today were standing in a 3 ft. x 3 ft. square, every person would fit within 1/2 the state of Connecticut. (These calculations can be reviewed on a separate page.) So, New Jerusalem's outer court of the Gentiles, (of those whose hearts were not circumcised), is capable of holding the innumerable others, not redeemed from the earth, not first fruits — but reconciled to God, having passed through the lake of fire to become fit company for heaven.
In the old testament, only the high priest could enter the Holy of Holies in the temple; those who produce fruit in this life become kings and priests, in the presence of the Lord and in the glory of his power forever, serving Him. Revelation describes heaven [the holy city] as the temple of God and an outward court. The temple of God is for the spiritual Jew, those whose hearts were circumcised while on earth; they serve and worship God as priests and kings in the temple of God, which is the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb (Christ). Stephen Crisp, an eminent early Quaker minister said:
"The outward court was for representing the church of God in general, from the particular; the outward court was not measured, that the gentiles might come in; the unbaptized [did not have the baptism of death by fire, resulting in a circumcised heart] people, who were never regenerated, they might come so far as the outward court, but this did not entitle them to the privileges of the house of God, nor to any worship or sacrifice that was accepted upon God's altar."
But those who were not purified (regenerated) on earth do not even enter the outer court until they have been purified in the lake of fire. Again, the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those that believe. 1 Tim 4:9-10. For more on this subject, see Is There Hope for All.