19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; 20 The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.
The foundation of the city’s walls are garnished with jewels. The precious stones represent the works and characteristics of the those that make up the walls of New Jerusalem. These characteristics will be found in those that makeup the Bride.
First stone is Jasper. When the believer starts to build the foundation of their faith they are to start with jasper. Jasper denotes a translucent stone of various colors, especially that of fire. As a believer, we are to first learn that we are to be transparent. No hidden agenda. Our yea should be yea and our nay is to be nay. We our to be committed to the fires of baptism and burn up every bit of carnality that is within us. So that we can present ourselves as a living sacrifice, Romans 12:1-2.
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
We are to be a living sacrifice devoted to serving only God’s will.
Second stone is Sapphire. As the sapphire is a shade of blue, it represent the law, Numbers 15:38-39.
38 Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue: 39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of Yehovah, and do them; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:
We are to remember and do. We are to observe at all times the righteous requirement of the law. This can only be fulfilled in the spirit, Romans 8:4.
4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Sapphire is second in hardness next to the diamond. We are to follow the law but not as a literalist that we are inflexible, but in the love of Messiah. We are always to demonstrate His love as we are righteous.
Third stone is Chalcedony. It denotes a green silicate of copper found in the mines near Chalcedon. The green signifies the earth. We are not only to be heavenly people, we are to relate to the people of the earth. It is believed that chalcedony is a nurturing stone that promotes brotherhood, good will and absorbs negative energy. This is what we are suppose to do. Believers are to promote love. We are to put an end to the negativity around us by spreading the gospel of Messiah.
Fourth stone is the Emerald. It is a transparent stone of a light green color. As believers, we have to recognize God wants the earthly life of the individual to be visible, to be known and read of all men. Our life should reflect Messiah and prove the perfect will of God. That is following His word in total in truth and in spirit. This should be visible of the people of the earth.
Fifth stone is the Sardonyx. The formation of the gem is a layer of sard and a layer of onyx. It has the red of the sard and the white of the onyx. It signifies the walk of the believer being purified by the blood of Messiah. This only happens when one walks as Messiah walked and not in the tradition of the world or the church, 1 John 1:7.
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Yeshua Messiah his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Sixth stone is Sardius. It is a deep reddish brown to almost black and is a hard stone. It was used widely during Roman times to make engraved gems for signet or seal rings for imprinting a seal with wax on correspondence or other important documents. Those who are in this category carry the seal of God. They speak the words God has sealed in the Bible.
Seventh stone is Chrysolite. It means gold stone. It signifies characteristics of wisdom and charity. It glows just like a furnace. It represents people who are wise and charitable. A believer should demonstrate what they believe to others in both word and deed. We are to be lights in the world. A fire that does the works of God, so that His light shines through our works, Matthew 5:14-16.
14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Eighth stone is Beryl. It is a precious stone of a sea-green color. It means to break, subdues, it is very hard. It speaks of those who at one time were tossed to and fro, but became very hard. It resists scratching so that its exterior can contend with other stones. This is a quality of one that rules and reigns with the Messiah.
Ninth stone is Topaz. It mainly a yellow color, although there are a variety of topazes of different colors. It is almost as hard as the diamond. It has the power of double refraction, and when heated or rubbed becomes electric. The quality of double refraction signifies that you are to be able, as a high priest in God’s kingdom, to see from the perspective of God and that of man. We need to be like Yeshua, Hebrews 4:15.
15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
The mature believer can see from two different perspectives without being drawn into carnality. We must walk as Yeshua, but have the compassion to deal with man and his frailties.
Tenth stone is Chrysoprasus. It is a precious stone like a leek in color, a translucent, golden green. As it is exposed to the light its color will start to fade. It becomes clear that Messiah shines through as the light increases.
Eleventh stone is Jacinth. It is an orange-red transparent variety of zircon used as a gemstone. It is thought to be the same as the ligure stone. The ligure is the unknown stone. It speaks of a personal relationship each of us have with God and the revelation He has for us. It is unknown, because only those who have it know what it is. One must go through the fire to have it.
Twelfth stone is Amethyst. It primarily means not drunken. Its color nearly approaches that of wine, but does not. One needs to minister to the world without becoming infected with the same drunkenness, Ephesians 5:17-18.
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. 18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
These stones signify characteristics that believers should have as they strive to be a part of the Bride of Messiah.
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