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LEGO New Jerusalem

Friday, November 6th, 2015

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When studying the book of Revelation with your kids, you can have them build a LEGO New Jerusalem. This will help them to visualize what it will be like. It is a city with square walls. So you will build a wall around the city, with three gates on each of the four sides.

A river runs through the city. The river flows from the throne of God. The Tree of Life is also along this river, and its leaves give healing to the nations. All of our tears will be wiped away, and there will be no more crying or pain.

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If you look at the bottom LEGO base, you can picture each of the bumps as buildings in the city of God. These would be the mansions that Jesus mentions to His disciples:

Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. -John 14:1-3 NASB

You can also choose to make larger buildings with individual LEGOs, making streets and neighborhoods. You have now completed your LEGO New Jerusalem.

If you would like to make drawings or crafts of the New Jerusalem, here are a few more activities you might enjoy:

New Jerusalem Drawing

Friday, December 5th, 2014

new-jerusalem-drawingMy children did a New Jerusalem drawing after reading the last two chapters of Revelation. The city was built as a cube, and it was lowered from the sky. Each of the sides of the city had three doors, for a total of twelve doors, representing the tribes of Israel. Each gate was made with a single pearl. And there was no need for any sun, because the glory of the Lord filled the city!

new-jerusalem-drawing-2The New Jerusalem is a proper city with buildings and mansions because Jesus said that He was going to prepare a place for us to live with Him. “In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.” John 14:4 KJV

new-jerusalem-drawing-3God will sit on a throne, and the River of Life would flow through the city. The Tree of Life will be in the middle of the river and on both sides, with the leaves bringing healing to the nations.

new-jerusalem-drawing-4If you want to make a 3-dimensional model of the New Jerusalem, you can get the instructions here:

New-Jerusalem-modelIf you are looking for more crafts for the book of Revelation, I also have a Tree of Life craft:

The most delightful part of being in the New Jerusalem is being in the presence of God and the absence of sin. There will be no more crying and no more pain. To be in the presence of Jesus will be such exquisite joy!

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To see all the other posts from this series, see 31 Days of Drawing through the Bible.

New Jerusalem Model

Thursday, October 31st, 2013

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When you teach your children about heaven, why not build a beautiful New Jerusalem model? Read the book of Revelation, chapters 21 and 22. (These are great chapters to read to believers who are about to die. I’ve seen these words help them to endure the passing over from death to life.)

The first item you will need is a square mirror. You can buy it at a craft supply store. This will be your base. Cut corrugated cardboard for the 4 walls, and spray paint them gold. (The walls are actually jasper, which can be a variety of colors, including a golden yellow.)

You can buy scrapbooking paper that shimmers like a pearl. Cut 12 gates out of this white pearl paper. (You can also use regular white paper.) There are 3 doors on each side of the city, and since each door is a pearl, they need to be slightly rounded at the edges.

For the throne, you can form a chair out of white self-hardening clay. Let it dry overnight. Then spray paint it gold.

For the city buildings, I used small wooden blocks from a craft store. I used wood glue to connect two blocks together for the taller buildings. I spray painted those gold.

For the river, I cut shimmering blue scrapbooking paper in a wavy line, the width of the throne. I lay that on top of the mirror. The streets of the city are pure gold–transparent–which is why I used a mirror.

I bought toy railroad trees, which I interspersed around the city, with the most important tree coming out of the river. This is the Tree of Life, whose leaves bring healing to the nations.

The video tutorial for this New Jerusalem model will be in the Unit Study Treasure Vault, where I have a gigantic Bible section. God has given me limitless creative ideas for how to teach the Word of God to children, and He prompted me to start the Unit Study Treasure Vault for homeschoolers. But anybody can join. It contains thousands of hands-on learning activities, and I add new exclusive videos every month!

Tree of Life Craft

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

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If you are teaching the book of Genesis or Revelation to your children, you can make a beautiful Tree of Life craft. The Tree of Life is mentioned in Genesis as having fruit that allowed a person to eat of it and live forever. This is why God placed angels guarding the way to the Garden of Eden, so that Adam and Eve would not have eternal death, since they had already chosen to eat from the Tree of Death, or the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (Genesis 3:22-24). Eating from the Tree of Life at that point would have caused eternal separation from God, not allowing them to be redeemed.

In Revelation, this tree appears again in the New Jerusalem, and its leaves bring healing to the nations (Revelation 22:2). This is truly a remarkable tree.

For this Tree of Life craft, you will need the following items:

  • wooden base
  • gnarly tree branch
  • brown clay
  • brown ribbon
  • silk leaves (from yard sales or craft store)
  • red pompoms

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Attach the branch to the base with the clay. Use the clay to cover the entire base. I got this square base at Hobby Lobby for $2, but you can use any scrap of wood from your garage.

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Hot glue brown ribbon around the base, to give the base a finished look. I used thick sparkly ribbon left over from a turkey candle we made last year for Thanksgiving. You could also paint it with gold paint instead, if you have that on hand.

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Hot glue silk leaves all over the branches, bringing the tree to life. The leaves need to be green because it is the Tree of Life. It does not die during the winter. It’s not a conifer, though, because the “leaves” bring healing, not the “needles.”

Finally, you will want to hot glue some fruit to the tree. If you can find some apples just the right size, you could hang these on the tree. I couldn’t find any, so I used red pompoms. Your Tree of Life craft is now complete.

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