Q. When the New Jerusalem descends from heaven in Rev 21, I was under the impression that the city would not be on earth, but sort of a satellite, like our moon. If that is the case, then part B of Rev 21:24 intrigues me: “The peoples of the world will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their wealth into it.” If this city is a satellite, how do earthly people “bring their wealth into it?” I believe you also believe the New Jerusalem will be a satellite. I hope I interpreted that correctly. I guess there might be forms of travel. It seems odd to think that we are new creatures and will be mingling with humans, or that humans will be walking within the New Jerusalem.
A. I believe New Jerusalem will be in close proximity to Earth, but not on it. It’s simply too big to fit anywhere. I think it will be the source of light for the Earth, as the Sun is now. Rev. 16:10 says that the 5th bowl judgment will plunge the world into darkness. Matt. 24:29 says the Sun, Moon and stars will go dark at the end of the Great Tribulation. There’s no indication their light is ever restored. Quite possibly light only returns to Earth when the New Jerusalem descends to take its place near Earth. Rev. 21:23-25 says there’s no more night in New Jerusalem, but in several places Ezekiel says day and night will still be reckoned on Earth during the Millennium. To me that means New Jerusalem is the source of light for the Earth. If so, then soon we really will be the light of the world.
But only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life can enter it (Rev. 21:27). That means only the redeemed Church. No natural humans will be admitted there, although I believe we can visit Earth. And as for the Kings of the Earth bringing their wealth into the New Jerusalem, why not space shuttles, or better yet, teleportation? We are talking about the power of God after all.