Last Days Prophecy
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THE NEW JERUSALEM
Gal. 4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. (KJV)
If we are Christians, it is our goal to make our eternal home in the New Jerusalem. The New Jerusalem shall be the center of government of the Kingdom of God. Any time a Christian speaks of going to Heaven, we mean going to the New Jerusalem. Paradise, the tree of life, the River of Life, the Throne of God and of the Lamb . . . all these are inside the gates of the Holy City.
The old Jerusalem is on the Earth today. But the New Jerusalem is above us, in the spirit realm, yet to come. New Jerusalem is the dream of every true child of God. All the longing for Heaven that is in the heart of those who follow Christ is a longing for the Presence of God, and the Presence of God is in the New Jerusalem. The New Jerusalem is Heaven, the external form of the Kingdom of God. The love, joy, peace and righteousness for which we so yearn are found only in the Kingdom of God, in the New Jerusalem.
All through the Bible the emphasis is on Jerusalem, the city of God. The old Jerusalem is in bondage with her people, but the New Jerusalem, the Jerusalem that is above, is free . . . free from the ordinances of the Law of Moses and free from the passions and effects of our sin and self-will.
It seems to me that New Jerusalem began with the resurrection of the LORD Jesus Christ. He is the Beginning, the Firstborn from the dead. The New Jerusalem, which is the Kingdom of God, did not exist before the LORD rose from the dead. Christ is the Cornerstone. That Holy City is built entirely on Him.
New Jerusalem is located above us somewhere, in the spirit realm. It will never be seen on this present Earth, although its citizens will return with the LORD Jesus at the beginning of the thousand-year Kingdom-age. New Jerusalem will not appear until the end of the thousand-year period the Millennium (Rev.20), at which time there will be a new earth.
Isaiah 65:17 For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. (KJV)
2 Peter 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. (KJV)
Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. (KJV)
It is only then that New Jerusalem will descend from God out of Heaven and be established forever on the new earth.
Heaven is the Throne of God. The Throne of God and of the Lamb is located eternally in the New Jerusalem. When the holy city has been established on the new earth, Heaven has become one with the Earth. The Throne of God will have been joined to the footstool.
Heaven and Earth are always made one in the LORD Jesus Christ.
Isaiah spoke of the day when the LORD God would glorify Jerusalem.
Isaiah 54:11-13O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy stones with fair colours, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. 12 And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones. 13 And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of thy children. (KJV)
Who would have thought, from reading this prophecy, that God had in mind to glorify Jerusalem by creating a perfect spiritual Jerusalem and placing it on a new earth! And that the Throne of God Himself and of the Lamb, would be in it in revealed splendor!
Again Isaiah speaks of the New Jerusalem, the Kingdom of Heaven:
Isaiah 62:1 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth. (KJV)
The problem with the old Jerusalem, as with all the cities of the Earth, is that the people are filled with sin and self-seeking. No matter how spectacularly a city has been constructed, its worth depends completely on the character of the residents. A city is the people who live there. It is the people of the city, not the streets, buildings, and parks, who make the city what it is.
God is carefully forming the inhabitants of the Holy City, the New Jerusalem. It is called the Holy city because every citizen walks in perfect righteousness, holiness and willing obedience to God.
The citizens of the New Jerusalem are not sinners who are being allowed to dwell there because of God’s mercy and grace. They are those whom God has created in Christ’s image. The belief that we enter the Kingdom of Heaven and reside in the Holy City in a forgiven but untransformed state is big mistake in Christian thinking. To become a citizen of the New Jerusalem we must be born again, transformed into new bodies, like that of Christ’s Body, bodies which shall never sin again.
Phil. 3:20 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: 21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. (KJV)
1 Cor. 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (KJV)
After we have been born anew into New Jerusalem that is above, our sins having been forgiven through the precious Blood of Jesus (1 Pet.1:19), the Holy Spirit begins to work in us the ways of the Kingdom of God. There is absolutely NO sin in New Jerusalem, this Holy City.
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. (KJV)
Revelation 21:7-8 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. 8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. (KJV)
Revelation 22:14-15 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. (KJV)
There appears to be a drastic misunderstanding in current Christian doctrine concerning the manner in which God’s grace operates. There is only one WAY to enter through the gates into the Kingdom of Heaven, and that is by keeping the commandments of God . . . the Scriptural commandments of righteousness and holiness, and the commands given to us personally by the LORD Jesus as He guides our lives.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. (KJV)
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. (KJV)
John 6:47 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. (KJV)
John 8:51 Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my saying, he shall never see death. (KJV)
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (KJV)
Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (KJV)
Revelation 22:14 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. (KJV)
If there were only one thief, one liar or one murderer in New Jerusalem, which is the Wife of the Lamb, God would not be there! God and the Lamb abide in the city in open revelation and manifestation of Their Persons. There are NO sinners of any kind in New Jerusalem.
How and when do we become acceptable to enter the New Jerusalem? How is by the LORD Jesus Christ. He deals with us continually until the sin and self-love are destroyed out of us. When may depend on us. It is God’s will that each day of our Christian life on the Earth we pay close attention to the work of the Holy Spirit as He guides us in putting to death the deeds of our body. Only the Holy Spirit can lead us into the likeness of Christ so that our sin and self-seeking may be crucified. Please do NOT quench the Spirit! (1 Thes.5:19).
There are many believers who do not follow the LORD in obedience, or they may not have time because of a deathbed conversion. What about them? When will they be made fit for residence in the Kingdom of God? Those who know the LORD’S will and do not do it in this present life will be dealt with harshly. But, I truly do believe that anyone who is truly saved, is saved forever! Dear one, God knows IF you are sincere or not! We must understand that sin, pride and self-willshall NEVER be permitted to enter New Jerusalem, for it is a most holy City. A massive wall prevents any sinner from entering it (Rev.21:12-21). There is NOTHING in this City that defiles. Without holiness, NO person ever will see the LORD. Christ Jesus has perfected forever those who are sanctified by His precious Blood and lead a holy life. After you make a commitment to Christ, you CANNOT continue to walk in the lusts of the flesh and eyes and the pride of life. 1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (KJV)
Hebrews 10:14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. (KJV)
Almost nothing is stated in the Scriptures concerning what happens to us after we die. We have many traditions but not much Scripture that pertains to life after death. The Scriptures deal with life now and also with what will take place when the LORD Jesus returns. But what happens to us after we die and before the Day of Resurrection is not clearly stated. Our death does not change our personality. I believe that there are different levels of Heaven and Hell and that the LORD places us at a level that agrees with our personality. https://www.lastdaysprophecy.org/L_D_hell_degrees_of_punishment.html
The main meaning of being saved is we shall NOT be rejected by the LORD Jesus when He appears. Being saved does not mean we shall become a spiritual giant when we die or that we shall ascend to the highest orders of the spirit realm, there to have fellowship with the saints and martyrs. The separating of our spirit from our body does not change what we are. If we do not seek a warm and intimate relationship with the LORD Jesus now, WHY would we after we die? If we do not enjoy the holiness of God now, what would we do in this City where God and the Lamb are present in revealed glory? We would be uncomfortable indeed! What we are and where we belong are clear now. A profession of doctrinal faith makes little difference. What we are, we are. If we are righteous in conduct, holy in thought and word, obedient to God, we will be taken into the midst of such persons when we die. But . . . IF we are unrighteous in thought, word and deed . . . and disobedient to God, we will be placed with people who behave in the same way. I am sure you have seen people get nervous and finally leave the room when praying becomes intense and the LORD’S Presence is there. The strong Presence of the LORD makes them uncomfortable. Some people believe there is a God but they still sin and seek their own way. It is not possible for them to enter the New Jerusalem, according to the Scriptures. Only the godly shall dwell in New Jerusalem for it is the godly city. If sinning, self-willed Christians were to enter the New Jerusalem, into the company of those who love Christ with all their heart, they would bring discord and misery with them. They would corrupt Paradise. These people would never be at ease because of the scorching, ever Presence of the LORD.
Isaiah 33:14-15 The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? 15 He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil; (KJV) . . .
The sinners in Zion . . . Not in the world but in Zion. God is God. He is still holy. He is still a devouring Fire and only those who are holy can abide in His awesome Presence.
I believe that this looks to the last days when God’s TRUE people will hate evils done by others. They will hate it in themselves and hate it in others, and turn their eyes away from seeing it. They will take NO pleasure in ANY wickedness and abominations, nor in those that do those things. All this is opposed to the hypocrisy, impiety, profaneness, rapine, bribery, murders and wickedness of the WHORE of Rome (Rev.9:21; 17:1-7).
2 Corinthians 6:16-17And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, (KJV) . . . Does the New Covenant mean evading the Kingdom laws of righteousness? It is not belief in doctrine that brings fellowship with the LORD, it is coming out from among the works of darkness that brings the desired relationship. We must come out from among them, and be ye separate, if we would walk with the LORD and be His sons and daughters. We must cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit (2 Cor.7:1). SO . . . What is the meaning of grace under the new covenant?
Under the new covenant, God is ready, willing and able to forgive the repentant sinner who comes to Him in Jesus’ Name. God washes away our sins and puts the Holy Spirit in us, encouraging us in every possible way to turn away from sin and to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.
Doctrine teaching in in today’s world does not present the grace of God as God’s way of giving us a new start, of guiding us into righteous living. Instead, it is being taught by false teachers that if we make a profession of faith in Christ, righteous living is not necessary. They teach that we shall enter New Jerusalem (Heaven) on the basis of our faith, and any attempts to live a godly life are seen as legalism. This would make the grace of God a way to live as we please and then receiving the reward of the righteous. How utterly ridiculous! That will NOT happen!
God is not mocked. Whatever a person sows . . . he shall reap. If he receives Christ, and then through the grace of Christ is enabled to cleanse himself from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, he will enter with joy into New Jerusalem. BUT . . . IF he professes faith in Christ and then continues on in life without cleansing himself through the Spirit, of the works of his flesh and the pride of his self-will, he will be judged accordingly on Judgment Day. 1 John 2:16 For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. (KJV)
Let us think about what happens to us when we die. First, our physical body is removed from us. Our body goes into the earth or sea, there to await the resurrection.
Since the lusts that guide us into sin reside in our flesh, it is possible that after death we are free from them: from drunkenness, gluttony, immorality, lies, occult practices, murder, etc. But, is this true? These sins are spiritual in nature and origin. I know of no Scripture to prove that we leave our sins in the grave with our flesh. I truly believe that for believers, the unconfessed sins stay with us until Judgment Day . . . the Judgment Seat of Christ, and for unbelievers, the Great While Throne Judgment.
1 Corinthians 3:13-15 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. 14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. (KJV)
Revelation 20:12-13 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. Revelation 20:15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. (KJV
From the Book of Genesis, all through to the last chapter of the Book of Revelation the importance is on righteousness of conduct. By no means does the grace of God that is in Christ alter in any way the fact that it is the righteous who will dwell in glory with God whereas the wicked are assigned to the eternal torment of an everlasting Hell.
The beauty of the New Covenant is not only that it forgives our sins but that it re-creates us through Christ so we choose NOT to sin. So, with this in mind, we see it is not enough for God to forgive our sins, He also must transform us so we will choose NOT to sin. Or else we might rebel against God, just as Satan and his followers, who also were in Paradise, rebelled against God in the past.
Upon death, except for the loss of our body, our personality stays the same. What we were, we are. We have not lost our will, nor have not gained faith or trust in God, or gained patience, courage, righteousness or obedience. If we were lukewarm toward Christ we are still lukewarm toward Christ after we die. If we did not trust God we still do not trust God. If we prefer the glitter and glamour of the places where sinners gather, that is still our preference . . . for it is deeply rooted in our personality. Our death has not removed it.
What will God do with us? He will evaluate us in terms of what we are, not in terms of the doctrine we profess to believe. It is appointed to men once to die, and after this the judgment (Heb.9:27). What we are, we are, and God will place us where we belong. He is NEVER wrong, so we can count on Him to be fair to all!
We shall be judged according to the manner in which we have behaved on this Earth. On Resurrection Day, we shall receive the good we have practiced or the evil we have practiced. 2 Cor. 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. (KJV)
Christ did not come to save us in our sins. Christ came to save us from our sins. There is a big difference between being saved in our sins and being saved from our sins. Scriptures do not stress the idea of going to Heaven. We may assume they do but they do not. The idea of eternal residence in Heaven is not often presented. Instead, the Scriptures, both Old and New Testament, emphasize the godliness of the saints, the rule of the Kingdom of Heaven, especially in the Earth.
Christian redemption is the transformation of people from the image of Satan to the image of Christ, not the transfer of people from the Earth to Heaven. Salvation has to do with the Kingdom of Heaven, not with our removal to the place termed Heaven, although
Transformation comes only through the LORD Jesus Christ. First of all, our sins must be forgiven through His Blood. If we truly, sincerely receive Him in the beginning of our profession and abide in Him continually, His Blood keeps on forgiving us. By His One Perfect Offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified, those who live in Him and walk in Him at all times. This is what is normal in Christian life.
Our minds are transformed as we meditate in the Scriptures and as the LORD keeps on sending us Divine guidance and help by His Holy Spirit. The Glory of the LORD is revealed to us in many different ways. The Holy Spirit reveals our sins to us and removes them from us as we confess them and forsake them.
The Holy Spirit leads us into the suffering of Christ on that cross. As we endure the humility, the thirst, the pain of the cross, our self-will is broken and the LORD Jesus ascends to the throne of our heart.
Christ has been born in us through the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit is being brought to maturity in us. Also, the Father and the Son come through the Spirit and dwell in the new inner man who is being formed in us.
We are being changed into Christ’s image. We are being changed eternally and are being brought into an eternally inseparable union with Christ Jesus and the Father. We are a new creation. God makes us new so that our entire personality is of Himself. This is how
we are made fit to enter through the gates into the New Jerusalem. There is no other way to make us fit for citizenship in the holy city . . . absolutely none!
Professing correct doctrine does NOT make us fit to enter through the gates into the New Jerusalem. Dying and passing into the domain of bodiless spirits does NOT give us the right to enter in through the gates into the New Jerusalem. Only those who willingly obey God’s commandments have a right to the tree of life and may enter the gates into the city. It is only through the LORD Jesus Christ that we can be changed from obeying sin and self to obeying God. We enter the Kingdom of God by being born again, by being transformed by the LORD Jesus Christ.
New Jerusalem Characteristics
New Jerusalem, future Home of Christians
New Jerusalem, Gates Always Open
New Jerusalem, NO Mores!
New Jerusalem, Proof of Ownership
New Jerusalem Prophetic Milestones Ahead
New Jerusalem, What Happens to Believers When they Die?
New Jerusalem, What Is Heaven Like?
New Jerusalem, What Is It Like?
New Jerusalem, Worship There
The New Jerusalem