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212XLIV.—Of the First Resurrection.

From heaven will descend the city in the first resurrection; this is what we may tell of such a celestial fabric.  We shall arise again to Him, who have been devoted to Him.  And they shall be incorruptible, even already living without death.  And neither will there be any grief nor any groaning in that city.  They shall come also who overcame cruel martyrdom under Antichrist, and they themselves live for the whole time, and receive blessings because they have suffered evil things; and they themselves marrying, beget for a thousand years.  There are prepared all the revenues of the earth, because the earth renewed without end pours forth abundantly.  Therein are no rains; no cold comes into the golden camp.  No sieges as now, nor rapines, nor does that city crave the light of a lamp.  It shines from its Founder.  Moreover, Him it obeys; in breadth 12,000 furlongs and length and depth.  It levels its foundation in the earth, but it raises its head to heaven.  In the city before the doors, moreover, sun and moon shall shine; he who is evil is hedged up in torment, for the sake of the nourishment of the righteous.  But from the thousand years God will destroy all those evils.

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