About Heaven on Earth
In the Book of Revelation, the Apostle John envisioned The New Jerusalem, also called Zion, the House of Yahweh or simply Heaven, coming down to Earth (Revelation 21:10-16). Its measurements are given as 1500 miles in all three dimensions. Isaiah (760 BC) and Micah (735 BC) prophesied, "the mountain of the House of Yahweh" would be on Earth in the latter days.
The mode of Christian thought about Heaven on Earth was set by Augustine (430 AD) in De Civitate Dei. Augustine did not believe in the possibility of a
Isaiah describes it as a tent with stakes and cords. Some say it is pyramidal, others assume it is cubical - a Shepard's tent is pyramidal and is supported with stakes at its corners and along its perimeter. It has a "great and high wall" with twelve foundations on an inner perimeter and another wall along the outer perimeter suggesting a court in between the two walls as mentioned in Revelation 11.
Cotton Mather, Theopolis Americana
Law Of Heaven
'The Revolutionary War won, George and Martha Washington hoped, as he often said, "to sit under our own vine and fig tree."' http://gwpapers.virginia.edu/articles/conroy_3.html
Among the ancient Hebrews, a primary symbol of peace and prosperity was for every family to have its own grapevine and sit in the shade of its own fig tree.
During Solomon's time, 1 Kings 5:5 tells us, "
When the prophet Micah proclaimed a future era of peace for God's people, he said they would not only hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks, but also they would "all sit under their own vines and under their own fig trees, and no one shall make them afraid" (Mic. 4:4).
Likewise, the prophet Zechariah spoke of a great day of redemption for
The ability to have one's own vine and fig tree implied a time of peace and stability, for neither vines nor fig trees can be expected to produce useful fruit in a single season. It suggested that one had access to enough land for raising crops and grazing cattle, with a spot left over to plant grape vines and fig trees as a source of sweetness and shade, a place of hospitality where neighbors could share their blessings and themselves with one another.
The beauty of the vine and the fig tree was such that the prophets also used them as a metaphor for
Haggai spoke of a time when the vine and fig tree had not born fruit, but saw hope in the laying of a foundation for the temple, promising in God's behalf that "From this day on I will bless you" (Hag. 2:19).