Friday, May 01, 2009
Paradise Returned: Part 4
* Please read the Introduction through Part 3 first.
So where is the Highway of Holiness , which I have shown is intimacy with the LORD, leading the few who choose to travel down it?
New Jerusalem, Spiritual Eden if you will, is the culmination of it all. When The Christ has returned and established His Kingship, a new heaven and a new earth will be established. In Revelation chapter 21, John explains this coming occasion clearly as he said, “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them’.”
As we just read, John ”saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.” It will descend from heaven complete. It is never referred to as heaven coming down to earth, It simply says that it is a city now seated within me buying into the widely accepted teachings of “heaven”. Christianity errantly teaches some fairy tale land where we all have feathery wings and harps of gold where we all just float around singing all day long. Mankind was created to have dominion upon the earth (Genesis 1:26). Psalm 115:16 states, “The heavens are the heavens of the LORD, but the earth He has given to the sons of men.” I was made of earth, to dwell upon the earth. This will continue as I dwell forever upon the new earth, New Jerusalem!
Just for the awe of it, I’d like to mention some incredible characteristics of New Jerusalem. “And [the angel] measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs.” Revelation 21:16 According to modern day calculations, the perimeter of New Jerusalem is 1,500 miles. Since New Jerusalem is laid out as a square, this means that each side is 375 miles long. In summary, New Jerusalem has an area of 140,625 square miles, or 90 million acres! According to Revelation 21:18, New Jerusalem's walls are constructed of jasper, a variety of quartz that is translucent stone of various colors, especially that of fire. The jasper was one of the stones on the breastplate of the high priest in Exodus. The walls have twelve gates, three on each side and there are twelve angels who attend them. The names of the 12 tribes of Israel are inscribed on the gates. Each of the twelve gates are constructed of one pearl each. (Revelation 21:12-13 and 21)
“And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.” Revelation 21:23 I know that most everyone knows this but have you ever stopped and envisioned what this will be like? The LORD Himself will be the light! His glory will shine so radiantly that it alone will illuminate the entire city! Incredible!
“And [the angel] showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month.” (Rev. 21:1 and 2) Sound familiar? Again, I challenge you to see the correlations between the beginning (Eden) and the end (New Jerusalem).
Could this be the place that Jesus spoke of when He told the disciples that He was going “to prepare a place for [them]”? “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 14:3) Where will Christ the King be? In New Jerusalem! The whole point of it all is so that we might dwell with the King! It only seems fitting as the end of Revelation 21:2 states that New Jerusalem will be “made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.” How beautiful my friend!
It is the culmination of it all, for those who have travelled the highway of holiness. For those who willingly choose to take the road less travelled and seek to be found righteous and acceptable in the sight of the LORD.
There is a common issue however with the Garden of Eden, The Highway of Holiness, the Inner Court and New Jerusalem that needs addressed. We'll look at this next as it cannot be ignored.