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The Pure Sea

The "sea of glass" is specifically spoken of twice in the Holy Scriptures, both times in the Book of Revelation, both times referring to the area around The Throne of God, as an analogy for the absolute purity of God. That "sea" is later evident as the source of the "living waters," God's Holy Spirit, that will flow from the New Jerusalem.

"And before the Throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal"

The first reference to the "sea of glass" describes the area around The Throne of God in heaven:

The Sea of Glass

"I was in the spirit; and, behold, a Throne was set in heaven, and One sat on the Throne ... And before the Throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal" (Revelation 4:2,6 KJV)

It was before that Throne that Jesus Christ appeared after His ascension:

"And I saw in the right hand of Him that sat on The Throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? ... And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof ... And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof [see also What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?]: for Thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by Thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." (Revelation 5:1-2,5,9-10 KJV)

The second mention of the "sea of glass," described as such, is just prior to The Return Of Jesus Christ, when some of the saints (see What Is A Saint?, also When Will You Be Judged?) appear before the Throne of God (obviously at the time of the first resurrection, see Resurrections) on the "sea of glass." The two witnesses are described as being resurrected to heaven prior to the return of Christ (i.e. "they ascended up to heaven in a cloud" Revelation 11:12 KJV); unless this is describing the two witnesses alone, apparently some are going with them before they all return (see "To Meet The Lord In The Air"):

"And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name [see Who Will Be The Antichrist?], stand on the sea of glass" (Revelation 15:2 KJV)

The coming of the New Jerusalem to earth, "clear as crystal" (see also The Throne Of God, From Heaven To Earth):

"And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal" (Revelation 21:10-11 KJV)

On earth, the New Jerusalem will have streets "as it were transparent glass" (also note that the famous "pearly gates" are described as being on earth):

"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. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 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. 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. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 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." (Revelation 21~:21-27 KJV)

From "the Throne of God and of the Lamb" in the New Jerusalem will flow "a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal" (see Living Waters):

"And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the Throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." (Revelation 21:1-2 KJV)

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