The gravity illusion of New JerusalemPosted: July 23, 2017
New Jerusalem will be like a “diamond in the sky” –
“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.” Revelation 21:16
The slope of the sides would be about 63.4° – which is terribly steep, much steeper than any mountain on earth. Living on such a steep angle would seem to be incredibly difficult.
Perhaps flat areas, like steps, could be made on the angled sides using terraces – a word that appears once in the King James Bible:
“11 And the king made of the algum trees terraces to the house of the LORD, and to the king’s palace, and harps and psalteries for singers: and there were none such seen before in the land of Judah.” 2 Chronicles 9:11
Mountain rice paddies create terraces:
However, at 63 degrees it is still a frightening slope – even ski slopes normally range from 25 degrees to 40 degrees.
However, it won’t actually be that bad.
Although the actual geometry will be 63 degrees, the effective angle of the slopes felt by those living in New Jerusalem will be much less steep because gravity would not pull straight down, but rather pull toward the centre of gravity of the double pyramids.
That will depend on the density of the materials. The bottom foundation has 12 varieties of precious stone – metamorphic rocks – that perhaps average 100 pounds per cubic feet, but the top is comprised of a mixture of materials. The surface will have soil and water that weighs less than precious stones, it will also have a significant amount of gold at 1200 pounds per cubic feet, and a core that probably is as dense as the foundation. The bottom is probably slightly heavier, but more or less we could predict that the two pyramid’s are roughly equal in density, and that would put the centre of gravity in about the middle of the entire object, at the centre of the base where the two pyramids meet.
The angle of gravity would be a line from the surface of the side toward that spot inside the pyramid at the middle of its base, and the angles of gravity would get steeper as one went higher up the side of the pyramid.
At the lowest spot shown on the side the gravity angle would actually create a downward slope – (making it easier to move toward the top) – of about 25 degrees:
At the second spot, much higher up along the side the gravity angle has now tilted upward, but only at about a 20 degree slope:
So as one enters the city gate and starts traversing from the base toward the top, it would seem due to gravity that you first begin by descending down into a valley, and later across a plain, and then about half-way there you begin your actual ascent as you got closer to the top.
By the time you get to the third spot on our diagram near the top, the angle of ascent has grown much steeper, but at about 45 degrees it is still less than the maximum 63.4:
The topographical map based on the city’s effective gravity might look something like this:
The distance from an entrance gate to the central mountain peak would be over 2,000 miles so the changes in gravity would be very gradual. Only the small point at the very top of the pyramid would have slope approaching 63 degrees, the great majority of the surface area in the city would be located in the middle and lower areas that have a very mild slope.
One thing off-setting the strain of approaching the very steep slopes at the top of the pyramid may be some attenuation in weight due to being further away from the centre of gravity of the city than one is near to the bottom.
Here’s another view showing the entire city: