silhouette of the Blue Ridge mountain range? How do you describe that? Are there adjectives to accurately express those emotions?
Years ago I was enjoying dinner with family at a restaurant on a pier on the San Francisco Bay in Sausalito, California. We watched as the setting sun reflected off the San Francisco skyline across the Bay and literally illuminated it with a golden glow! For the space of maybe ten minutes I got a glimpse of the sort of brilliance John attempts to describe in this passage.
That must be what John was struggling with as he tried to write down what the angel was revealing to him during his vision of Heaven.
This city gleamed with the brilliance of the beauty of the holiness and the glory of God! It was a the purest whitest light that he had ever seen! If you were able to stack up the purest pile of precious gems to be found on earth and they were to catch the glare of a noonday sun, you may be able to relate to what John saw that day!
John must have been a little frustrated as he searched in vain to conjure words descriptive enough to express what he saw and what he felt in those glorious moments of the Revelation! And while he did the best he could under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit I believe his ultimate goal is to awaken a longing within us to want to see it for ourselves!
I want to see it some day!
I have made myself ready through the grace of God in Christ Jesus to someday see that city with my own eyes!