24 Tue Aug 2010
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, â€œCome, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.â€ And in the spirit he carried me away to a great, high mountain and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God. It has the glory of God and a radiance like a very rare jewel, like jasper, clear as crystal. It has a great, high wall with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and on the gates are inscribed the names of the twelve tribes of the Israelites; on the east three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates, and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city has twelve foundations, and on them are the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
Philip found Nathanael and said to him, â€œWe have found him about whom Moses in the law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus son of Joseph from Nazareth.â€ Nathanael said to him, â€œCan anything good come out of Nazareth?â€ Philip said to him, â€œCome and see.â€ When Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him, he said of him, â€œHere is truly an Israelite in whom there is no deceit!â€ Nathanael asked him, â€œWhere did you get to know me?â€ Jesus answered, â€œI saw you under the fig tree before Philip called you.â€ Nathanael replied, â€œRabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!â€ Jesus answered, â€œDo you believe because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see greater things than these.â€ And he said to him, â€œVery truly, I tell you, you will see heaven opened and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.â€
Scripture passage from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright 1989, 1993, Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.