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:
New Jerusalem is probably shaped like an octahedron = a double pyramid. The bottom half is the foundation made with 12 stones and the top half is a mountain as tall as the city is square, which is 12,000 furlongs. A furlong is 1/8th of a mile (8 = number of new beginnings), so that 1500 miles.
The 1500 mile high mountain requires a massive base but there is only 1500 square miles to fit in, meaning the shape must resemble a pyramid.
On the four sides of that pyramid will be where we live in mansions of glory, under the throne of God at the top of the mountain. The total surface area of the 4 sides of New Jerusalem totals over 7.2 million square miles, which is more surface area than any nation on earth.
There are 640 acres per square mile so the total acreage is about 4.6 billion acres.
“25 And Judah and Israel dwelt safely, every man under his vine and under his fig tree, from Dan even to Beer–sheba, all the days of Solomon.” 1 Kings 4:25
“19 He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me, because he delighted in me.” Psalms 18:19
“5 I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.” Psalms 118:5
“16 And I have put my words in thy mouth, and I have covered thee in the shadow of mine hand, that I may plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, and say unto Zion, Thou art my people.” Isaiah 51:16
“13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” 2 Peter 3:13
“1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD. 2 Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. 3 Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together: 4 Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD. 5 For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. 7 Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. 8 For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. 9 Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.” Psalms 122:1-9
“25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.” Galatians 4:25-26
“8 And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.” Revelation 11:8
“8 When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; 9 And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. 10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. 11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.” Luke 14:8-11
“12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.” Revelation 22:12
“24 Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.” Colossians 3:24
“12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.” Matthew 5:12
“19 ¶ Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matthew 6:19-21