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John sees the new Jerusalem
Excerpt from the Lexham Bible Dictionary, the most advanced Bible dictionary.
The holy city that descends from God in Rev 21:2. A garden-temple where God dwells with His people and the glory of heaven fills the earth. Although the phrase “New Jerusalem” occurs in the Bible only at Rev 3:12 and 21:2, the concept it expresses—a restored world in which God’s chosen people will be secure—is the fulfillment of the message of the Old Testament prophets and other early Jewish writings.
Dictionaries
The Lexham Bible Dictionary
New Jerusalem
New Jerusalem (Ἰερουσαλὴμ καινὴν, Ierousalēm kainēn). The holy city that descends from God in Rev 21:2. A garden-temple where God dwells with His people and the glory of heaven fills the earth. Although the phrase “New Jerusalem” occurs in the Bible only at Rev 3:12 and 21:2, the concept it expresses
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
New Jerusalem
NEW JERUSALEM [Gk Ierousalēm kainē (Ἰερουσαλημ καινη)]. This expression is found in the Bible only in Rev 3:12 and 21:2 The vision of the New Jerusalem begins in 21:2 with the announcement that it is coming down from heaven to unite the new heaven and the new earth. The New Jerusalem refers to the
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Jerusalem, New
Jerusalem, New. Phrase appearing only twice in the Bible, once near the beginning and once near the end of the Book of Revelation (3:12; 21:2). In the first of the great visions of that book, the risen Christ speaks to his people in the midst of their conflict in this world. Among his promises to those
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Jerusalem, New
JERUSALEM, NEW Phrase appearing only twice in the Bible, once near the beginning and once near the end of the book of Revelation (Rv 3:12; 21:2). In the first of the great visions of that book, the risen Christ speaks to his people in the midst of their conflict in this world. Among his promises to those
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
City of God
CITY OF GOD1. A term used to describe Jerusalem (Ps 46:4; 48:1, 8). It was the city which God chose to be His habitation among the tribes of Israel (Deut 12:5). See Jerusalem.2. This term is used also to describe heaven, or the New Jerusalem (Heb 11:10; 12:21; Rev 3:12; 21; 22). See Jerusalem, New.
Jerusalem, New
JERUSALEM, NEW. The New Jerusalem (Rev 3:12; 21:2, 10) was looked for by Abraham (Heb 11:10, 16), promised by Christ (Jn 14:2–3), referred to as Zion the mountain and city of the living God (Heb 12:22), alluded to by Paul (Gal 4:26), employed as an incentive (Rev 3:12), and described in (Rev 21:1–22:5).
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Jerusalem, New
JERU´SALEM, NEW. This is the city of God that comes down out of heaven, as described in Rev. 21:2, 10. This city is the one “which has foundations” and that Abraham saw by faith (cf. Heb. 11:8–10). It is described in Heb. 12:22–24. Christ makes mention of it in His message to the church in Philadelphia
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Jerusalem, New
JERUSALEM, NEW — the holy city described by John in Revelation 21–22; God’s perfect and eternal order of the future. This New Jerusalem is not built by human hands; it is a heavenly city—one built and provided by God Himself (Rev. 21:2).The New Jerusalem and the new Garden of Eden (symbols of righteousness,
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
JERUSALEM, NEW
JERUSALEM, NEW([ Ἰερουσαλὴμ καινή, Hierousalem kaine]): This name occurs in Rev 21:2 (21:10, “holy city”). The conception is based on prophecies which predict a glorious future to Jerusalem after the judgment (Isa 52:1). In Revelation, however, it is not descriptive of any actual locality
Holman Treasury of Key Bible Words: 200 Greek and 200 Hebrew Words Defined and Explained
New Jerusalem
New JerusalemGreek expression: kainos Hierousalem (and lerosoluma)Pronunciation: kigh NAWSS; hyehr oo sah LAYM (hyehr aw SAW loo mah)Strong’s Numbers: 2537, 2414, 2419Key VersesGalatians 4:25–26; Hebrews 12:22; Revelation 3:12; 21:2Of all the places on earth, Jerusalem is the most sacred to Jews
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 4, M–P
New Jerusalem
new Jerusalem. The ultimate center, where the glorified redeemed of all ages dwell eternally with God and his holy angels in perfect bliss, after all aspects of resurrection and judgment and the creation of a new heaven and earth.It is called “the new Jerusalem” (Rev. 3:12; 21:2), “Holy City” (21:2),
Key passages
Re 21:9–22:5

And one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and lofty mountain, and showed me the holy …