Lesser Striped Swallow (Cecropis abyssinica) ©WikiC
“And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald;” (KJV)
The last few post have been introducing the foundation stones that will be in the New Jerusalem. There will twelve (12) layers or foundation that support the city. Each will be a different color. It will be beautiful. More beautiful than we have ever seen before. The Lord is preparing a place for us, and we know He is the Creator, so, it will be spectacular.
If you missed the posts so far are:
Our first colored foundation stone is Jasper. There are no Jasper named birds; first or last name. Now what? Most all the translations of Revelation 21:19 say that the first foundation was jasper or similar. There are various types of Jasper stones, so the stones pictured and matching birds, are some examples.
Tan and Cream Jasper – ©MineralNet
These Mottled Ducks look like this Tan and Cream Jasper a little bit.
Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula) Male and Female ©WikiC
Spotted Jaspers are definitely spotted. So is our Great Spotted Woodpecker.
Great Spotted Woodpecker (Dendrocopos major) ©WikiC
Looking at the Dictionaries, these clues from them:
Thayer gives this Definition:
1) jasper, a precious stone of various colours (for some are purple, others blue, others green, and others the colour of brass)
NASEC [New American Exhaustive Commentary]
Says that the iaspis; of Semitic or.; jasper (a translucent stone): – jasper (4). [translucent means “letting only some light through so that what can be seen on the other side is not clear.”]
The best clues from all of these seems to be from Thayer and NASEC. “It appears to be: a translucent stone”, and “a precious stone of various colors (for some are purple, others blue, others green, and others the colour of brass).” That could describe thousands of birds.
Below are some birds that look a bit like these Jasper stones.
“Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;” (Revelation 21:11 KJV)
Kaleidoscope Jasper from Oregon ©WikiC
Ringed Teal (Callonetta leucophrys) ©WikiC
Which birds do I show? See the Dilemma? Could use just about any multicolored bird.
Looking on the internet, I found this: “THE GEMSTONE JASPER – Jasper is an opaque variety of Chalcedony, and is usually associated with brown, yellow, or reddish colors, but may be used to describe other opaque colors of Chalcedony such as dark or mottled green, orange, and black. Jasper is almost always multicolored, with unique color patterns and habits.
Bruneau Jasper Stone ©WikiC
The appeal of Jasper is its interesting color patterns and formations. Though it can be a solid color, it is most often mottled, spotted, ringed, or striped. Each Jasper has a unique color or pattern, lending this gemstone much variety. Jasper is an ancient gemstone, and is mentioned in the bible and other classical sources. Though fairly common and affordable today, Jasper in antiquity was regarded as a valuable stone. “[Minerals Net]
The birds on this post are mottled, spotted, ringed, or striped.
That quote makes one think of how we are to the Lord. We are often “mottled, spotted, ringed, or striped.” We are in need of the Savior because we are sinners, but each of us are valuable to the Lord. He gave His life for us on the cross. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:16-19 KJV)
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