A New Heaven and a New Earth
(1) Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth! For the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and there was no longer any sea.
(2) I saw a vision of the holy city—New Jerusalem—coming down out of heaven from God, and prepared as a beautiful bride dressed for her husband. (3) I heard a loud voice from heaven, declaring, “Behold! God’s dwelling place is now with humanity. He will live with them! They will be his people, and God will be with them and will be their God. (4) He will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will no longer exist, nor will sorrow or crying or pain—for the old age has passed away.” (5) The One sitting on the heavenly throne shouted, “Behold! I am making all things new!” Then he said, “Write: These words are faithful and true.” (6) Next he said to me, “The old things are finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. The thirsty can now freely drink from the spring of living water. (7) The victorious believers will receive these things, and I will be their God, and they will be my children.
(8) “But the cowards, unbelievers, evildoers, murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and liars will be sent to the lake of fire (hell) with burning sulfur—which is the second death (see Revelation 20:14).”
The New Jerusalem
(9) Then one of the seven angels holding the seven bowls came and said to me, “Come! I will show you the bride—the wife of the Lamb.”
(10) He carried me away in the Holy Spirit to a great, high mountain. Then he showed me a vision of the holy city—New Jerusalem—coming down out of heaven from God. (11) It glowed with God’s glory, and its brilliance of light was like that of a precious jewel such as jasper shining like crystal. (12) It had great, high walls with 12 gates, with 12 angels guarding each gate. On the gates were written the names of the 12 tribes, the sons of Israel. (13) There were three gates on the east, three gates on the north, three gates on the south, and three gates on the west. (14) The city’s wall had 12 foundation stones, and on them were written the names of the 12 apostles of the Lamb.
(15) The angel speaking with me had a gold measuring rod to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. (16) The city was designed like a square: its length was the same as its width. Then he measured the city with the rod. It was 1,400 miles long: its length and width were the same. (17) Next the angel measured its wall, which was 144 cubits by the human measurement that the angel was using: 216 feet thick. (18) The inner wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, as clear as crystal (19) The foundation stones of the city walls were decorated with precious stones. The first foundation stone was jasper, the second was sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, (20) the fifth onyx, the sixth ruby, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. (21) The 12 gates were 12 pearls, with each of the gates made of a single pearl. The main street of the city was made of pure gold, as transparent as crystal.
(22) I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. (23) New Jerusalem does not need the sun or moon to shine in it, because God’s glory gives it light and its light is the Lamb. (24) The nations will walk by its light, and the earth’s kings will bring their splendor into it. (25) The gates will never be closed by day because night will not exist there. (26) The glory and honor of the nations will be brought into it. (27) Those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life will be allowed to enter New Jerusalem, but nothing impure, shameful, or deceitful will be able to enter.