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Monday, June 25, 2012

Chalcedony - The Secret Stone

The third foundational stone of the New Jerusalem in Revelation 21:19 (NIV) is the Chalcedony. (See also The Minerals of Revelation). It is a variety of Silicon Quartz (SiO2) characterized by its fineness of grain and brightness of color. When Quartz forms as finely grained micro-crystals, it is known as Chalcedony. Chalcedony really is a family of gems that includes Agate, Jasper, Carnelian, and Onyx. It is translucent and has a waxy luster. It can assume a wide range of colors, but the color most likely represented in Revelation is a grayish-blue.

Blue Chalcedony
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The Greek word "chalkedon" is used in the Book of Revelation and means a precious stone of misty grey color. It comes from "chalkos" meaning brass, and "eidos" meaning the external or outward appearance, form, figure or shape. It is possible the chalcedony shined like brass. It is translated into Latin as "calcedonius," where we get the name "chalcedony," and is found only once in the Biblical text. Chalcedony is derived from Chalcedon, in Bithynia (Turkey), where the ancients obtained the stone.

Chalcedony is not found in the Breastplate of the High Priest (Exodus 28:15ff - NKJV) but is thought by some to have been the same stone as the Agate, found in the Third Row of the Breastplate. If this is correct, then the Chalcedony(Agate) would represent Jacob's eight born son Asher by birth order and Joseph's son Manasseh by the order of the camp. Chalcedony has also been said to represent the apostle Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter.


Chalcedony Represents Our Christian Living
That Which We Do in Secret
Be it Fasting, Prayer or Acts of Service


The biblical meaning behind the Chalcedony gemstone is our faithful service to the Lord, done in secret (Matthew 6:6 - NIV). When we go out into the world, our goodness is revealed and we can shine but we must resist excessive praise with great strength, lest we boast. Blue Chalcedony encourages reflection and meditation on the Divine and its light blue color represents heaven and communication with the Spirit of God.

...so that your giving may be in secret... (Matthew 6:4)
...when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray... (Matthew 6:6)
...so it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting... (Matthew 6:18)

...but only to your Father, who is unseen; then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV) - I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.

6 comments:

  1. Hello - I was researching the chemical properties for the gemstones of the New Jerusalem for my blog and stumbled across your website. You might want to take a look at my blog where I discuss another meaning for the stone of Chalcedony. Also found an interesting pattern in the order of the gemstones which corresponds with their chemical properties.

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    1. Thank you Doug. An interesting blog indeed. I will take a closer look.

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    2. Would like a direct link to your blog post about gemstones please

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    3. There is not one link to all of the posts. Start here: http://godschemistryset.blogspot.com/2012/06/the-minerals-of-revelation.html and then find each successive post in the Archives from June 2013 through August 2013.

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  2. I was given a vision of a double-edged sword that had a blue chalcedony stone in the handle of it. I am now researching this stone for additional significance. Doug Webber, I tried to find your information on your blog, but couldn't locate it. I would love to get as much information as possible. Thank you.

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  3. How lovely. I'm having a ring made for a special birthday and lately I have been learning to live with much lower earnings than before. And learning and re-learning other things about God.

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