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THE NEW JERUSALEM
[developmental construction over history]
“Let me show you, says the Lord, that which is to come on the earth as the Kingdom which has been prepared begins to function in full power, and causes the earth to be drawn into a new orbit of rectification and restitution. For all things that the prophets have spoken must be fulfilled (Acts 3:21), and the knowledge of the glory of the Lord shall fill the earth as the waters cover the sea (Habakkuk 2:14). Now the glory of the Lord shall be centered in the New Jerusalem, which shall come down out of heaven even to the earth (Rev. 21:2, 10). Herein is a mystery which must be explained, and even now do I reveal it to you. The New Jerusalem has been in preparation for many years. Its inception was even before the beginning of the Christian era. Its foundations were being laid at the same time that the city of Jerusalem in the land of Palestine was becoming the center of the Kingdom of Israel; during the days that David caused the city to be fully taken and began to build it as the city of the kings and the governmental center of the chosen nation. Even so, during those same days did the Jerusalem which is above begin to come into being, and to exert its influence upon the affairs of the earth. For as in heaven, so must it be on the earth. For all that is earthly is patterned after the heavenly; and the earthly Jerusalem is a reflection of the Jerusalem which is in the heavenlies.
Since the beginning of the Christian era, when paradise above was opened to the redeemed saints, much work on the New Jerusalem has been carried on by those whose affinity to its realm was sufficient for attunement with its vibratory pitch, and whose power-projection had reached the necessary output to enable them to handle and channel the pulsating substance-material out of which the New Jerusalem is being formed. For only those attuned to the beauty of its realm, and highly skilled in thought and emotion projection, can be used to help build that celestial city. Think not that those who are functioning in their soul-bodies in paradise are idle. For after earthly garments are laid aside in death, the redeemed saints begin to fulfill the purposes or their God in the realms above. After a period of rest and reflection on the lessons of their earth life, they begin to be used in various ways in accordance with their understanding and spiritual development. Although there are cycles of repose and waiting, and though complete fulfillment will not come until their lost physical bodies are restored, the saints in paradise are busily engaged in assigned tasks.
The foundations of the Jerusalem which is above were laid by your God. Only divine wisdom and power can lay that which is foundational, whether that be in the heavens or on the earth (I Cor. 3:11). Following the laying of the foundations, the wall and basic superstructure of the city were formed by the more advanced of the angelic beings under divine guidance and direction. At that time there were no redeemed humans in the upper realms of paradise where the New Jerusalem was being fashioned. All who had lived on the earth were confined to the realms of Sheol inside the earth. Even those whose souls had been redeemed through the animal sacrifices, had to remain in the nether realms until sin's ransom price was paid in full by the sacrifice of the Son of God. Only then could they be liberated into the realms of paradise above.
[redemption overview and introduction to levels of heaven]
This is portrayed in scripture by the cities of refuge which were designated on both sides of the Jordan. They provided protection for those who sought refuge in them until justice could be meted out. Those found worthy of continued protection remained in the city of refuge until the death of the High Priest who was in office at the time; then they were free to return to their homes. (Num. 35:25-28). This is a type, says the Lord, of that which was provided in the unseen realms before the cross of Calvary. There were 'cities of refuge" in the nether realms for those whose sins had been remitted through the blood sacrifices. There they were protected from hateful and savage attacks from both the evil spirits and unredeemed humans. They had to remain in these 'cities of refuge' until the death of Jesus Christ, the anti-typical High Priest. Then they were ‘freed’ to be taken to that 'home' which had been prepared in paradise above. This is why Jesus Christ descended first into the lower parts of the earth. 'He led captivity captive and gave gifts to men.’ (Ephes. 4:8). In other words, He led from captivity the captives. He led from Sheol inside the earth those who (even though saved) were still kept 'captive' within the environs of the earth, because the full liberating price had not been paid. But after His death and resurrection, He personally led the saints of the pre-Christian eras to their new home in paradise. Thus He 'gave gifts to men.' Although including much more, the 'gifts' provided the giving of a new home to those He led forth from Sheol. After leaving the saints in paradise, Jesus ascended 'far above all heavens' (Ephes. 4:10). The inspired statement presents the truth that there are several heavens, (see also II Cor. 12:1-4). These 'heavens' are not far off beyond some distant star, but are invisible realms or 'strata' surrounding and superimposed on the earth, one above the other progressing out (or away) from the earth, and also progressing 'up' to higher vibrational pitches until the highest heaven is reached. The first heaven, or paradise, is beyond the earth's atmospheric envelope, and beyond the reach of Satanic spirits who occupy the area immediately surrounding the earth and within the earth. Satan is referred to in the inspired record as the 'prince of the power of the air' (Ephes. 2:2), showing that his dominion closely approximates the area of the earth's atmosphere.
[paradise: garden estate for the city builders]
Since the death and resurrection of Christ, the saved who die go directly to paradise, which was referred to by Jesus as 'Abraham's bosom' (Luke 16:22). This conveys the idea of comfort and rest. Since paradise is only the 'first heaven' from the perspective of those who leave the earth sphere, it is not the inner realm of the Most High God; neither the surrounding realms which are reserved for those who have never been tainted by sin. Paradise corresponds to the 'garden realm' outside the estate of the King and the realms of those who are in His full service. It is a realm of great beauty and peace. The scenery is quite similar to that of earth, yet more pulsating and 'alive,' yielding more to the creative powers of thought and the inner dynamic of beautiful character externalized. It corresponds on the plane of soul to the 'paradise' or garden of Eden which was lost by men of flesh. Thus, in a measure, those whose souls are redeemed are permitted a re-entry into a sinless paradise. But the full entrance to the lost estate does not come until the redemption of the physical body and the entrance into the Kingdom prepared for those who love the Lord. The inner realms of the heavens cannot be opened, except to those who enter into the ultimate of the redemption of the physical, even the glorification of the body of flesh until it is fashioned like to Christ's glorious body (Phil. 3:21). Those who are yet functioning in that secondary vehicle called the soul, are confined to the realm of paradise. While waiting for their completed redemption, the redeemed ones in paradise are engaged in many useful pursuits that are related to the coming of the Kingdom of the Heavens to the earth. One of the most important is the work being done on the New Jerusalem by many saints in the upper realms of paradise.
[orbital influence on earth over history]
The New Jerusalem above began to exercise a more pronounced influence on the course of earth events in the days of the birth of the Messiah. Although then in its beginning stages, with foundation and rudimentary structure only, it was lowered into the earth's atmosphere and became the guiding star which led the wise men from the east to the place where Jesus was born. The New Jerusalem is a celestial city, and cannot be seen by those in the physical except under certain conditions. When coming into contact with the earth's atmosphere, it emits a glory which impinges into the vibratory range of physical sight. It then appears in the heaven as a light or star. The New Jerusalem is now being prepared for its second descent into the earth's atmosphere. It will then be ready for occupancy by those who are destined to be in the heavenly Kingdom, ruling and reigning with Christ. It will become the home and headquarters of the heavenly government which will rule over the inhabitants of the earth. It will be established in a special polarity with the Jerusalem on the earth, and the two Jerusalems, one in the heavenlies and one on the earth, will provide the means for the bringing of the entire earth realm into the fulness of the purpose of your God.
At the beginning of the millennium, the New Jerusalem will have descended to the upper stratosphere and will remain there until the close of the millennium, it will then be withdrawn from the vicinity of the earth as Satan is again loosed from the bottomless pit to deceive certain nations. (Rev. 20:7-9). After the final rebellion, when the earth receives its baptism of fire, the New Jerusalem will once again descend to earth. This will follow the 'new heaven and new earth' as described by the apostle John (Rev. 21:1-2). At that time the New Jerusalem will not remain in the upper stratosphere as during the millennium, but it will descend to the very environs of the earth, making possible the fulfillment of the inspired record of the apostle John: 'Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat on the throne said, Behold, I make all things new.' (Rev. 21:3-5).
[the bridal city: union with earth]
You will notice, says the Lord, that this final descent of the New Jerusalem is pictured by John as 'the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband' (Rev. 21:2). This is that ultimate union of heaven and earth which is the object of the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, where man is fully reunited with His creator and heavenly father, and where the effects of sin on the earth and earth-man are completely undone. The beginning of this union is portrayed through the prophet Isaiah as the marriage of the land and earthly Israel with redeemed and glorified sons. 'You shall no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall your land any more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beliah: for the Lord delights in you, and your land shall be married. For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you: and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you (Isa. 62:4-5). The 'sons' here are the glorified humans who have been joined to the Lord in the New Jerusalem, and such union in the heavenly Kingdom is likened in the book of Revelation to that of a Bride and a Bridegroom. But there is to be a further joining together when the heavenly city comes down to be united with the earth. Then shall the glorified sons in the heavenly Jerusalem be joined in the likeness of marriage to the virgin daughter of the earthly Jerusalem: the cleansed and restored remnant of Israel dwelling in the land of Palestine. Also the Lord will be united to His earthly people as Bridegroom and Bride, for as in heaven so must it be on earth. Even as the Lord has a heavenly Bride in the Jerusalem above, so will He have an earthly Bride in the Jerusalem below.
In its initial stages this uniting of heaven and earth takes place at the beginning of the Millennium, but its complete fulfillment awaits the new heaven and new earth. You will notice that twice in the book of Revelation the New Jerusalem is seen by John as descending out of heaven (Rev. 21:2, 21:9-10). The first mentioned is that which follows the new heaven and new earth, for John is recording a panoramic view of the sweep of history to the ultimate of the Lord's plan for the earth. Immediately following this projection into the distant future, there comes to John one of the seven angels who had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, showing him another view of the holy Jerusalem descending, and also giving him a detailed view of its construction (Rev. 21:9, 22:7). The fact that it was one of the angels of the last plagues who opened up this vision to John, shows that the scene described is one that will take place at the close of the present age in preparation for the millennial reign; whereas the previous over-all vision will not take place for many ages yet. This is further shown by the fact that this detailed picture of the New Jerusalem, and the influence it is to have upon the earth, are portrayed to John as ‘things which must shortly be done' (Rev. 22:6), and immediately the added injunction is given by the Lord Jesus, 'Behold I come quickly’ (Rev. 22:7). These statements are definitely related to the present age and its consummation. Furthermore, the New Jerusalem descending after the new heaven and new earth, is seen as ‘a bride adorned for her husband' (Rev. 21:2); whereas in the scene relating to the inception of the millennial age now drawing near, the city is seen as 'the bride, the Lamb's wife' (Rev. 21:9). This is because Jesus is no longer seen as 'a lamb' after the millennial Kingdom is fully inaugurated, and in the ages to come.
The New Jerusalem is first and primarily the city of the Bride. Although not all who will dwell therein fulfill the role of the Bride, they will be closely related to the Bride company. The Bride will remain close to her Lord, taking charge of the affairs of the holy city; for that is her domain. Others, who are not a part of the Bride, will be engaged in direct overseeing of the affairs of the earth; for they will be sent on missions to the earth to carry out their responsibilities and then return. Besides many duties relating to the Holy City itself, the Bride will be used in a particular way that relates to the eternal life begetting of those who are inhabiting the earth after the millennial Kingdom has been established. Because of this she will be periodically engaged in 'mothering' many who will grow up on the earth and enter into maturity and manifest sonship without ever entering into sin. From time to time members of the Bride company will descend to the earth for this 'mothering' purpose. No further insight into this function will be revealed at the present time. Except for these periodic visits to the earth, the Bride's sphere of service will be within her own celestial city.
[the glory light]
Now let me show you more about the city itself. Since the city is made of glorified substances that are related more to the invisible and heavenly, than to the visible and earth, it is not dependent on physical light from the sun. Thus is it written that 'the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did illumine it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.' (Rev. 21:23). This light which floods the celestial city emanates from the very being of the Lord Himself, who is seen by John as 'the Lamb,' for the New Jerusalem Bride and her retinue are the direct fruit of His sacrifice on the behalf of sinful humanity. But you will notice that it is the 'glory of God' which illumines the city. As 'God', the Lord is the keeper of the city and its inhabitants; therefore He provides His Glory for its light. The 'glory' is that light-projection or vibrational substance which carries the power-essence of Deity to accomplish many things that are related to the fulfillment of His will. Since the vibrational pitch of this glory-substance can vary greatly, it can be unseen as far as earthlings are concerned, or it can be projected into the realm of physical sight. It can be increased or decreased in size or extent of penetration, or it can be segmented so that portions can be in different places for different purposes, it was this glory that descended on Mt. Sinai and was seen by the people of Israel as a cloud and at times as fire (Ex. 19;9, 16, 24:15-18). It was a portion of this glory-substance that led the children of Israel through the wilderness, and which abode within and upon the tabernacle (Numb. 9:15-23). It was seen by the prophet Ezekiel in connection with the appearance of the cherubim (Ezek. 1:4-5). It filled the temple of Solomon on the day of its dedication (1 Kings 8:10-11). It was seen by Ezekiel leaving the temple in the days of Israel's apostasy (Ezek. 10:18; 11:23). It descended on Jesus as He was transfigured before Peter, James and John (Matt. 17:5). It will make a visible appearance to the surviving inhabitants of the earth as the SIGN of the Son of man shortly before He is seen in person (Matt. 24:30). A portion of this glory-substance is imparted to every Christian who is sanctified by the fiery Spirit baptism, pictured in the descent of the glory-cloud on the tabernacle (Ex, 29:43, 40:34).
This glory-light will not only permeate and radiate from the New Jerusalem, but it will also penetrate into the realm of physical perception to the degree that it will be seen by the earth inhabitants as a light in the sky at night. Since John indicates that 'the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it' (Rev. 21:24), it is given to you to understand that the nations which are united together in the Kingdom confederacy with the Jerusalem government at the head, will not only see its light emanation, but will 'walk' in harmony with the spiritual oversight and 'light,' or understanding, which will be provided by the glorified humans who will descend from that celestial city to shepherd the earth inhabitants. Only the nations in the Kingdom confederacy will receive the full benefit of this spiritual illumination and oversight. Other nations will be ruled as with a 'rod of iron' (Rev. 2:27). In other words, since they will not submit completely and willingly to all that is required for full Kingdom participation, they will be kept under constant surveillance and regulation by the Jerusalem above. The 'rod of iron' will be the ability of the glorified ones to appear in the flesh and give needed directives; possessing also the power to back them up if necessary.
John further states that the kings of the earth will bring their glory and honor into the New Jerusalem (Rev. 21:24). The 'kings' mentioned are not earthbound flesh and blood humans, but rather the glorified saints who are to be kings and priests reigning over the earth (Rev. 5:10). Only they will have access to the New Jerusalem above, and therefore only they could bring their glory into it. Since many of the glorified saints will be engaged in going and coming, to carry out their duties on the earth, the gates of the city will never be shut; for there will be no such a thing as night in a realm that is not dependent on the light of the sun, neither affected by earth conditions. (Rev. 21:23, 25).
[the river and tree of life]
Inside the holy city, John was shown a river of pure water proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb (Rev, 22:1). Yes, there is what might be termed 'glorified water' in the celestial city. There are also trees, flowers, and other types of growth that correspond on the celestial plane to the natural phenomena on the earth. Such objects of beauty, however, do not grow from seeds as on the earth. They are formed by the molding of glorified substance-material through thought and emotion projection, and are placed where the master designer has determined. Each individual saint in the New Jerusalem will have his or her own suite or 'mansion' to fashion and mold according to personal desire. Places of abode, gardens, streams, trees, and all the 'natural scenery' that a person may want can be fashioned: a sort of externalization of inner beauty and character traits. Thus there will be infinite variety, as different as each person is different, with no limit to creative thought and inner soul dynamic. Such 'creative ability' will increase with time as skill is achieved, and as the inner qualities within each saint become increasingly conformed to that perfection which intensifies that output of developing power-tubes.
On either side of the river of life, John saw the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, and yielding a fresh crop once every month (Rev. 22:2). This tree is the celestial counterpart to the 'tree of life' which is provided through Christ to sinful humans that they might pass from death to life. Its fruit and leaves do not grow as on an earthly tree, but they gradually form through energy processes that are built into the tree. Such fruit is utilized by the inhabitants of the city for stepping up their own energy output in the functioning of their glorified bodies. John saw that the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations' (Rev. 22:2). This definitely projects the use of this tree into the realm of the earth and the physical. Just as medicinal value is found in the trees and plants of the earth, so in the heavenly archetype. For as in heaven, so is it on earth. For that which is earthly is patterned after that which is first in the heavenlies. Since the leaves in a celestial city are not directly available to earth men, that 'healing power' which is available through them must be channeled through glorified saints ministering on the earth. As natural healing comes through the natural means of earth-produced remedies, so does supernatural healing come from that which is supernatural. A glorified saint will have the power to minister healing to an earthling through the supernatural life-substance that is contained in a leaf from the tree of life.
You will notice that the tree of life is energized by the river of water of life, and the water proceeds out of the throne of God which is established within the New Jerusalem. The 'throne of God' is also the throne of the Lamb, (Rev. 22:1, 3). Here we have presented the divine-human nature of the Lord Jesus Christ. Before He was incarnated in human flesh, as the mighty YAHWEH, He was the God or ‘keeper’ of all earth creation. When He emptied Himself and took upon the form of a man, being incarnated in human flesh (Phil. 2:6-8), the mighty FATHER GOD took over and became the active keeper of all earth creation. Since the FATHER GOD gave HIS SON for humanity’s redemption, it was incumbent on Him to actively oversee and keep the creation which HIS SON was in the process of redeeming. But when the redemption was completed, then THE SON resumed His GOD-role over the creation which He had first brought into being, and for which He gave Himself in totality as humanity’s redeemer. In His role as redeemer He is pictured as the 'Lamb of God,' (John 1:29, 36, Rev. 5:12), and until the primary redemptive cycle is complete, and the Kingdom fully established in the earth. He will still be seen as the Lamb. This is why His throne, the focal point New Jerusalem, is called 'the throne of God and of the Lamb.’ (Rev. 22:1, 3). He is both the GOD (or keeper) and the LAMB (or redeemer) of earth creation. And thus He rules the inhabitants of the earth both as the Creator-God, who brought all things into being (Heb. 1:2, John 1:3, 8, Col. 1:16), and as the Messiah-King, a glorified human of the house of David (Luke 1:32-33).
The throne which the great Yahweh-Jesus will occupy when the New Jerusalem becomes the headquarters for earth rule, is not the same as that which He is now seated on. The throne which He now shares with His Father is in the highest heaven, and is the focal point, not only of the government and oversight of the earth, but of a vast universe. The New Jerusalem throne is that which He will occupy when that city descends into the earth's upper stratosphere as He returns in power and great glory, and which He has promised to share with the overcomers (Rev. 3:21). As the acting GOD (or keeper) of earth life, Yahweh-Jesus is now pictured as being on the 'right hand' of the Father (Acts 2:34, 7:55, Rom. 8:34, Ephes. 1:20, Col. 3:1, Heb. 1:3). But the mighty Father, referred to as 'the Majesty on high' (Heb. 1:3), although not actively engaged in the oversight of earth affairs, is THE GOD over all, even the KEEPER of a vast universe and of billions of spirit children in various stages of developing maturity. But to earthlings, Yahweh-Jesus is the only Creator, God and Redeemer. Besides Him there is NONE OTHER (who is the 'God' or keeper of all the earth). What has been brought into being by and through Him (I Cor. 8:6), He is responsible for (Isa. 44:6, 43:11).
Let me now speak to you of the composition of the holy city. The inspired apostle was given to see the city as 'pure gold, like to clear glass' (Rev. 21:18), and it appeared to him as 'a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal' (Rev. 21:11). The city is constructed of what might be called 'glorified substances.' They are composed of elements which have gone through a transformation process until they are no longer gross and dense as are earth substances. They are finely attenuated and 'refined' to the ultimate until they transcend the limits of the purely physical and earthly. Yet they are very real substances; but having taken up their existence on a higher plane of being. Therefore when the inspired apostle speaks of the street of the city of pure gold (Rev.21:21) he is not just using a figurative expression. But the appearance to him was not as the solid of earth gold, but rather translucent, like to certain types of glass. Thus the entire city, a perfect cube of 1500 miles [2400 km], in its exterior periphery, is made of pure gold (Rev. 21:16, 18).
[the wall and gates]
Surrounding the city, John saw a wall 216 feet [65.8 m] high (Rev. 21:17), and composed of precious stones. The wall had twelve foundation stones, each precious and different, and ornamented in construction as to appear garnished (Rev. 21:14, 19-20). In the wall were twelve gates; each gate made of one pearl, and at each gate an angel of the Lord (Rev. 21:12, 21). On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel, and on the foundation stones were written the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. (Rev. 21:12, 14). The names are thus symbolic of the truth that only through the 'gate' of that spiritual birth which makes a person an Israelite indeed according to 'the spirit' (Rom. 2:28-29), is there a promise of entrance into the celestial city, and only those whose lives are ordered and founded in the truth of the doctrine of the apostles (Acts 2:42) will actually be chosen to enter that city when it first comes to take its place in the atmosphere of the earth. There are many other truths relating to the wall, its gates and its foundations, which will not be revealed to you at this time.
As John surveyed the inside of the city he said: ‘And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.' (Rev. 21:22). A temple is not needed in a city where that which a temple represents is present IN PERSON. A 'temple' is an outward representation or manifestation of the presence of the Lord among those who are not ready to dwell with Him in person. Or, in its New Testament meaning, the 'living temple' of the Lord is made up of all those who are indwelt by the Spirit, and who are being made ready to dwell with the Lord in person. Thus, they manifest His invisible presence in the earth. But when the Lord has made ready a people to dwell with Him in person, then there is no further need for Him to be represented by a temple or to spiritually indwell a living temple. He will dwell personally, and not representatively or spiritually, among His glorified saints; they shall see His face and His name shall be in their foreheads (Rev. 22:4). His name being 'in their foreheads' is symbolic of their complete identification with Him in His Kingly reign, and the impartation to them of that power-vibration necessary for their role of reigning with Him.
[more to come]
There are yet many things that I would reveal to you concerning the New Jerusalem and the coming ages of Kingdom manifestation on the earth. In time they shall be made known to you. The New Jerusalem is to be the first of many cities which will be formed in the heavenlies and eventually placed in the environs of the earth. This is pictured in the Old Testament scriptures by the Levitical cities which were located throughout the tribal territories of the Israel nation. There were forty-eight of such cities. (Num. 35:7). These cities were given to the Levites because they were set apart for the ministry of the Lord, and they had no inheritance in the land along with their brethren (Deut. 10:8-9). Even so do these Levitical cities portray the specially prepared cities for those who will no longer have a part in the land or earth-based Kingdom, but will have been glorified and will be fully ministering to the Lord in the celestial cities surrounding the earth. It will take many ages of progression in the plan of your God before all of these cities are formed and ready for earthlings who will be 'graduating' from the earthly realm and translated into the celestial realm, functioning in the glory of maturing sons of God.
Therefore hasten [ ], says your God, that you might be among those who will be first partakers in the cities celestial, being received of the Lord into the New Jerusalem when He comes to be 'glorified in his saints' (II Thess. 1:10). For even now is that city being readied for its descent to the earth's upper stratosphere, and even now are suites being furnished for those who are making themselves ready whether that be of the BRIDE, who will be received first, at the beginning of the tribulation period, or those ‘called to the marriage supper' (Rev. 19:9), becoming a part of the Bridal company to dwell within the holy city for the ages to come. Hasten to hear the voice of your God calling you to prepare, for surely the time is hastening when that which I have given you to know shall begin to come to pass. Time quivers in the balance. Tremors of heaven's alighting are increasing their tempo. Hearken [ ] now and believe, says the Lord."
(End of prophecy).
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