Rev 21:1-27  KJV

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.
(Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination; Topographia 453; See Companion Bible and *footnote on the word “first” )

2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
(Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination)

3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God [is] with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, [and be] their God.
(Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination)

4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
(Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination)

5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.
(Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination)

6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
(Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination)

7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
(Anthropopatheia 893)

8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.
(Polysyndeton 237)

9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
(Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination)

10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
(Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination)

11 Having the glory of God: and her light [was] like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

12 And had a wall great and high, [and] had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are [the names] of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
(Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination)

13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.

14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
(Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination)

15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.
(Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination)

16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.
(Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination)

17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred [and] forty [and] four cubits, [according to] the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.
(Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination)

18 And the building of the wall of it was [of] jasper: and the city [was] pure gold, like unto clear glass.
(Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination)

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;
(Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination) 237 Asyndeton*> 148)

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<*.
(<*Asyndeton 148)

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.
(Heterosis 529; Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination 237)

22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple*? of it.
(Anthropopatheia* 897; Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination 237)

23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb [is] the light thereof.
(Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination 237)

24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.
(Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination 237; Hypallage 537)

25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
(Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination 237)

26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
(Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination 237)

27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither [whatsoever] worketh abomination, or [maketh] a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life*.
(Polysyndeton: (And‡) context coordination 237; Anthropopatheia* 893)


Italicized words in [brackets] were added by the King James Version translators.

See also The Companion Bible Appendix 3,
Genesis Finds Its Complement In The Apocalypse”, by E. W. Bullinger.

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Figures Of Speech Used In The Bible”, and thanks to you for taking the time here.
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Looking back from the vantage point of something that is second in time, the first could also be called the former.

The term “third heaven” is used in 2 Corinthians 12:2, but the term “third earth” is not used, nor can it be assumed in terms of kainos. It can be understood in terms of neos, as the Earth had become without form and void and darkness in Genesis 1:1 and 1:2. The original (new-kainos) Earth still existed in verse 2, however, it was no longer new (neos) in condition. Then begins the renewing (neos) of the Earth in chapter 1.
This would make the present situation a “second” Earth in terms of neos, nevertheless it is still the first Earth in terms of kainos. A second Heaven follows the same pattern, as we see God “setting” the heavenly bodies in their places in chapter 1 of Genesis. The Heaven we see now is still the original (kainos), but it is new (neos) in its arrangement.
When we consider the meanings of neos and kainos we can then understand how a second (kainos) Heaven and Earth can also be a third (neos) Heaven and Earth.

2Co 12:1 KJV – “It is not expedient for me doubtless to glory. I will come to visions and revelations of the Lord.

2 I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven.”
One of the visions of verse 1 is the “I knew” of verse 2. “I knew” here is the Greek word
οἶδα , which means to see or perceive.

See also: The Two Word Aspects of “New.”


kainos vs neos
Neos is subjective (new compared to itself in time. [freshhow it is])
Kainos is objective (new compared to something else [
differentwhat it is])
Example: The wine was too new [
fresh; neos],
so they brought some new [
different; kainos] wine.

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