Have you ever wondered about the significance of the 12 foundation stones in New Jerusalem? In Revelation chapter 21, John describes seeing the new Jerusalem (heaven), and he goes into detail about the 12 foundation stones, the streets of pure gold and the pearl gates. If you have read my other articles, you know that each crystal and stone has its own unique vibration and healing properties. In this first installment of my “Crystals and The Bible” series, we are going to be taking a closer look into the meanings and properties of these 12 stones mentioned in the Bible.
Revelation 21: 18-21
In Revelation chapter 21, God shows John the new Jerusalem. After describing the measurements of the holy city, John tells us about the precious stones garnishing the foundation of the wall.
18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.
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.
21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. (KJV)
When John speaks of Jasper, he is speaking of the same stone mentioned in Revelation 21:11, which he describes as clear as crystal. Many say that the Jasper he speaks of is actually Diamond. Imagine massive walls made entirely of diamond!
Have you ever seen gold so pure, it was like clear glass? No, of course you haven’t! This purest gold we will walk on in heaven is nothing like the gold we have here on earth. It is so pure that it is clear.
The 12 Foundation Stones in New Jerusalem
Let’s look into the the stones used to build the foundations of the walls that we will see when we get to heaven. Here on earth, each one of these stones has very beneficial healing powers by just being near us, and knowing their meanings may give us some insight into why God would choose these stones for us in heaven. Instead of using pharmaceutical drugs that are man made, we can use crystals and stones that God made, for physical and emotional healing here on earth.
As stated before, John may have been speaking of Diamond when he said Jasper. He could have also been speaking of a Jasper so pure, it was crystal clear, so we will take a closer look at Jasper and Diamond.
Jasper is mostly known for its ability to bring comfort and security. It makes sense that God would use Jasper in the very first foundation, He is the ultimate comforter, and we can feel secure in the fact that one day we will live for eternity in this glorious place he prepared for us. Jasper can also provide perseverance and determination to get through any difficult task.
Diamonds are a symbol of purity. In the New Jerusalem, sin will be completely non-existent, and we will all be completely pure. Diamond is excellent for bringing love and clarity to our relationships on earth. This stone is a powerful healer of emotional pain, and can also help to bring you more spiritual enlightenment. Diamonds have also been effectively used to treat dizziness, vertigo and many types of allergies.
King Solomon and Abraham both wore talismans of Sapphire, and some say that the laws given to Moses were engraved on tablets of Sapphire. This stone is sometimes called the “stone of wisdom” and is said to bring insight, protection and wisdom. It has been worn for thousands of years by many religious people to help keep them on their spiritual path. They also wore Sapphires as symbols of celestial hope and faith and to bring good fortune. For physical healing, these stones can be used to heal insomnia, eye infections, depression, fever, and headaches. Also, Sapphire is excellent for improving your communication skills.
Chalcedony is a nurturing crystal that absorbs negative energy and dissipates it. Wearing it helps instill feelings of benevolence and generosity. Our God is a benevolent God, and He wants us to treat others with the generosity He treats us with. If you sometimes feel like you are having a difficult time communicating with God, holding Chalcedony will help you to open up more and freely communicate with Him. For those who speak before they think and tend to hurt others, this stone can be worn to help hold back some of those words that shouldn’t be said. For physical healing, Chalcedony can be used to alleviate throat inflammations, glaucoma and depression.
The Emerald is a symbol of rebirth, which makes it a perfect stone to be in a foundation in the new Jerusalem. When you give your life to Yeshua and decide to follow Him, it is said that you have been reborn. You are no longer the same sinful person. When you wear this stone, you may notice your love and emotions beginning to resonate with God’s divine love. He wants us to love others like He loves us. Feeling this love and compassion for all other living things is essential for being the people that we should be. Wearing an emerald will also help bring prosperity and good health to your life.
Sardonyx is a highly protective stone and is known for bringing more self control. If you need more mental discipline and motivation, this is the stone for you. Sardonyx is actually a mix of Carnelian and Onyx, therefore it contains the healing properties of both. In ancient Egypt, people wore Sardonyx to protect them from evil and bring courage. For physical healing, this stone has been used to alleviate allergy symptoms and back pain. We should all be honest people with strong moral principles, which can be hard when we live in the world that we do. Carry or wear Sardonyx to help keep you on track and maintain your integrity.
The stone that we call Carnelian today was called Sardius in the KJV of the Bible. Carnelian was worn by ancient warriors for courage and power. This is also an excellent stone for overcoming your fear of speaking in front of a crowd. Carnelian is also a great stone for enhancing your creativity and motivation. Physically, this stone has been used to treat arthritis, depression, back problems and kidney issues. Carnelian, being a symbol of passion and love, is a perfect stone to be used in the foundation in new Jerusalem.
Since there is not a gemstone actually called Chrysolite, many scholars believe John was speaking of the stone Peridot. It is best known for increasing self-esteem. Using Peridot will also help you to let go of guilt you may feel from past mistakes. Remember that Yeshua has forgiven you, and you should forgive yourself. Peridot will also help you to appreciate this beautiful planet that God made for us. For physical healing, this stone is said to heal ulcers and help with heart and lung problems. If you would like to gain more confidence and bring more joy in your life, Peridot is the stone for you.
Beryl actually represents a group of stones including aquamarine, emerald, heliodor and morganite. I am not sure which one of these stones John was speaking of, but I believe it was aquamarine. The beryl of choice during that time was aquamarine, so he could have been speaking of that particular stone. Seamen carried aquamarine in ancient times to protect them from drowning and promote safe travel. This stone is said to enhance spiritual communication, which would make it a great stone for the foundation.
Aquamarine is also an excellent stone for helping you overcome being judgmental. We should look at all people with love and understanding, and get to know them, instead of passing judgement at first sight. Everyone sins, and we should not be judging others for their sins before looking into ourselves. Aquamarine is great for helping you realize your inner-most truths. For physical healing, this stone has been used for respiratory illnesses, skin conditions and eye problems.
Topaz is a stone of truth and forgiveness. The Lord said that vengeance is His, and if we have trouble remembering that, Topaz is the perfect stone to wear to promote forgiveness instead of vengeance. This stone can be found in many different colors including blue, golden, champagne, red, pink, yellow, brown, green and clear. Topaz is said to be a stone of good fortune, and diplomats used to wear them, because they said it helped them discover their opponents secret plans and make an informed decision. Topaz has been known to bring wisdom and protect the wearer from lies. Physically, this stone can help with insomnia, high blood pressure and asthma.
Today we call this stone Chrysoprase and is commonly found in apple green. Back in the time that Revelation was written, the golden and yellowish-green stones were more common. This stone is said to bring love and prosperity. You should use Chrysoprase if you wish to better accept yourself and others. I believe this stone is included in the foundation, because Chrysoprase is said to help us understand the Divine Truth. We may already know the truth of Yeshua, but we could definitely use some help in finding all the truths that we should know. For physical healing, this stone can help with high blood pressure, eye problems, depression, and insomnia.
Jacinth can be blue, reddish-orange or violet, and today we call it zircon. The Jacinth referred to in Revelation was most likely a blue-violet stone, since the word Jacinth is derived from the Latin word, hyacinthus. In the 11th century, this stone was used to protect the wearer from injury. During the Middle Ages, people believed these stones brought wealth, honor and wisdom. It has been said that Jacinth fosters spirituality and aids you during prayer. Violet Jacinth is best known for its power to bring money, while blue Jacinth is an emotional healer. It is said to heal many physical ailments including asthma, allergies, respiratory problems and liver issues.
Known to the ancients as the “gem of fire”, Amethyst is the most powerful spiritual healer. Many use this crystal to tap into higher levels of consciousness. Amethyst is also a very protective stone and will protect the wearer from evil and physical harm. This stone is also known for its emotional healing powers and ability to boost creativity. Besides being a powerful spiritual healer, I believe Amethyst was mentioned for use in the foundation, because it’s a stone of wisdom that can bring greater understanding. It is excellent to use during prayer to still your thoughts to better receive guidance from God. Amethyst is said to be an excellent immune system booster, and using it can help heal arthritis, skin conditions, headaches, digestive issues, insomnia, and depression.
What about the Pearl Gates?
Also mentioned in Revelation are 12 massive gates, with each being made of a single pearl. Imagine the size of the mollusks that created those! Pearls are said to nurture your integrity, faith, purity and loyalty. They are also said to attract prosperity and wealth. I believe the gates are made from pearl mainly because pearls symbolize purity, and we are all made pure by Yeshua. All we have to do is talk to Him, believe in Him, commit to Him, turn from our sins, and we are given eternal life.
Will I get to see this New Jerusalem?
Yes! This glorious place is for ALL of us, and it’s really not difficult to get there. Some of you reading this may not have accepted Yeshua yet (Many call Him “Jesus,” but His name is truly Yeshua, and if there is power in the name, then we best be saying the right one). He really is the key to eternal life. Accept Him by telling Him, then begin the healing process by repenting (turning away) of the bad things you do, and that’s it…you cannot, and do not have to, work your way into heaven. Imagine how it feels to know, that when you die, there is an awesome place like this waiting for you! We can be close-minded and believe that when we die, we just go into the ground….and that’s it. Why would anyone want to live like that? There is hope. This life is NOT meaningless. No matter what you’ve done (nothing you’ve done is so bad that it cannot be forgiven), this place is promised to you.
Some may believe it is extremely hard to receive this forgiveness and become pure…but it’s actually very simple. Do you feel that in your heart? God is trying to reach out to you. Simply say, I’m listening. Call on Yeshua and tell him that you accept Him. Ask for forgiveness from those sins, and you will be forgiven. Just like that! Commit your life to Him.
You may have heard it a million times, but read these verses and let them soak in, “That if you confess with your mouth, ‘Yeshua is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.” (Romans 10:9-10)
Also, check these verses out.
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the gift of God:
9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
10 For we are his workmanship, created in Yeshua unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10)
And one you may have heard a thousand times, but never really let soak in
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16)
Yes, it is that easy. Accept the gift of eternal life. I will see you on the streets of gold.
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