Heavenly Jeru-shalom is The City of Peace and the Fulfillment of all things.
Christ came forth with an invitation saying “The Kingdom of God is at hand”. If you remember the Jews chided Him about Him being a King with a Kingdom. Christ’s reply? You have rightly said I am King, however My Kingdom is not from here” thereby distancing Himself from them and that blasphemous city. So what about His Kingdom? Where is it and who lives there?
1 Peter 2.6 states that; Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A Chief Cornerstone, elect and precious, And whoever believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” And subsequently, whoever believes in Him shall be set in stone, in a proverbial sense because those who are truly “in Christ” are in the immovable unshakeable and eternal composition of Spirit and Truth.
We learn here from 1 Corinthians “Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received, NOT the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, for us to know the things that have been freely (already) given to us.” Meaning, we have His things with Him From before the creation, being the Eternal. And “the Holy Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man DOES NOT receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to them because they must be spiritually discerned” and carnal senses do not pick up on things that are invisible. And just as someone can try to explain the flavor of something they have already eaten, so too we give you these accounts. That the things of God are at hand even now.
It is NOT then that we are literally stone, but we have the parallel in the spirit of something rock solid hard and immutable. Peter also says of us that, “you (meaning you who have this faith) also, as living stones, are built up (and assembled together) a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual (not carnal) sacrifices acceptable to God through Christ. And this being “built up a habitation of God in the spirit”, is with spiritual members and not physical because all creation and the heavens cannot contain God, but because we’ve been grafted in, like stones set with mortar with Gods Holy Word and Holy Spirit. So we can interact perfectly with the Godhead because He has given us the infrastructure to do so for “in us dwells the fullness of the godhead body and we are completely in Him who is Head over all principalities and powers”. Having accepted this Heavenly station, we need no other surrogates or instructors to secure this. Us being “seated far above all principalities and powers”, prophets priests and kings. We have cast off all mimickers, wanna be’s detainers and anchors of the soul. We’ve learned to use what we’ve been given.
This is what it means to “abide in Christ”. It is to be with Him where He is with what He’s had before time began. And who He was before and after He put on the flesh and dwelled among us. And upon the completion of creation in the beginning and on the 7th day when God rested from all His works, He has asked us to join Him there. Meaning for you to profess the promises NOT from the stand point of being a beggar to a master, but a co-equal, co-owner. That’s what it means to be an heir, to sit side by side and see eye to eye with the Father This is the gift of God.
So you need to learn to regard the promises in His word, as greater value and strength than all the visuals and mental constructs that try to distract you from aquiring your inheritance in this Rest. This is our abiding in our sanctified safe zone. This is being saved and anything short of this, is not very safe.
And again “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of (the natural) man
the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.“10 But God has (already) revealed His things to us by His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep (and hard to understand) things of God. 11 For what man knows the things (of hidden thoughts and preferences) of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the (hidden) things of God except the Spirit of God (and whom He reveals them to). 12 Now we have NOT received the spirit of the world, but (we have received) the Spirit who is (eternal) from God, for us to know the things that have (already) been freely given to us”.
These are laid out cryptically in scripture for our discovery of knowing our new home and who our new self is that lives there. The one imaged, wired and formatted like the Only Begotten that we are to emulate and pattern ourselves after, as “we work out (the details) our own salvation”.
Paul goes on to give a parable of his purpose saying “as a wise master builder, I have (proverbially) laid the foundation, and another (proverbially) builds upon it“. This is speaking of laying down Gods Word as a sure foundation and as the invisible brick and mortar suitable for this building project we are living stones assembled to.
Understanding this just obliterates the whole idea that we have to wait for God at some illusive second coming, to bring His realities into view in a way to appease your carnal senses. That this would be something to become true, real and reliable later? Those things are not eternal but in the making. And the only making taking place now is in your realization. That’s where it doesn’t exist yet and needs to be made because you haven’t recognized it. For this we have each other and scripture being the blue print. Hopefully you are getting this because it is more sure and endiring than the ground you walk on.
So you think then, okay so I kinda get that, but how is this all put together? Well the scripture says that “we are a habitation of God in the spirit” showing us that His building blocks are us, because if He used elements of creation including human flesh to make us new, He would violate His own law of “kind begets according to kind”. And because Christ said “My Kingdom is not from here”, meaning of the 6 days of creation, we should never expect it to be from composition down here on earth. For “as the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways” says the Father. And His things are different then the earthen composition we are carnally familiar with.
Paul spoke of the building and the body of Christ as one as seen here “For we, t many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.
Also from Paul in Corinthians 15 “flesh and blood does not inherit the Kingdom”, but the re-newed and re-spirited mind of faith does and it does it NOW! And not at an elusive 2nd coming. And as Christ said to Nicodemus, that which is flesh is flesh, and that which is spirit is spirit, you must be born again and those of us who believe? We have. Yes we possess the things of which we speak of which we heard from the Father.
These concepts (invisible reality) are our eternal building blocks we get to keep and use even today and every day, for “today is the day of salvation” and the application thereof. This is our saving and being safe. None of the several powers on Earth, even collectively all working together can do this.
Didn’t God say of humanity after He had defined them that “God had looked upon all that He made and said NOT only was it good, but it was very very good. No modifications deletions or addendums. Meaning, there is nothing wrong with the human body other than the mind that uses it. That’s because it’s void of Gods Holy Spirit. If the flesh was bad, the only Begotten could not have used a human body to reverse the Adamic infection that was only associated only with the spirit of the mind. For this we have scripture for the scribing of the mind. The mind is the place of both the fall and the resurrection happen as well as the ascention. As we’ve frequently said. There were no broken bones, contusions, concussions or wounds at the fall, just an inversion Into fearful and selfish thinking. That’s where the fall took place and those are to two main mindsets that fuels all other barriers to the Spirit.
That is the purpose of being born again and our do over of being born of the spirit. This is where the reversal takes place outside of human perseptions.
(Please read John chapter 3. 1-10 if you don’t understand this for this is also where you get your new citezineship before your expiration and duty on Earth)
So we can see the inverted thinking like this when it comes to Jerusalem. The Jews had their solid stone physical temple. What they had was NOT so much Gods temple but a copy and a similtude of His Eternal temple in the Heavens awaiting our occupation. And that copy was for instructive purposes only to help you gain access. For even in the law they were told, “when you build a temple for Me you shall NOT build it with chiseled stones. For in the day that you use any tools upon them, you have defiled them. DO NOT ASSOCIATE ME WITH SUCH! God doesn’t like your brick and mortar cathedrals. The adoration you appropriate there belongs to the invisible.
So you pretty much have to put off the idea that Gods building is a physical church as many erroneously assume. For even the Greek word translated church is “ek-klesia” and means “the called out ones” and not a physical building, which confirms what we say. The church is the people, that “wherever two or more are gathered (assembled) together in My name, there am I in their midst”. That’s because He is our focal point and plumb line for building purposes.
For this you still have time to make the exchange old thinking for new. A physical for an invisible. This should be your posture and crossover point for every new revelation you see and comprehend, which also means unveiling. That is how we see and understand our Heavenly Jeru-shalom meaning our city of peace, in contrast with that monstrous-city from earth like compositions.
Heavenly? Get it? Come down of God from Heaven? And NOT of human effort or composition on earth!
This they forgot and the teaching tool became mistaken as the real deal by the Jews of old and the entrance to the real deal was closed to them because “they sought it NOT by faith”, but as it were to be fact, and were condemned and expired. Which is a word that means exhaled and breathless, referring to the Holy Spirit leaving that place to become that God forsaken place that was overthrown “till not one stone was left upon another” because that was the day God without remorse forsook it.
That was displayed after the last Pentecost and in the upper room. Then everyone from all nations spoke of the glories of God, of something the Jews thought they had the corner on the market. In order for the promise given to Abraham, that “in you all nations of the earth shall be blessed” as being the primary source of His offspring for “God shows partiality to no one for a select carnal DNA . That earthen made Jerusalem no longer had a purpose but to show us how NOT to do it. That temple became adulterous.
That is why Christ told those leaders, “not only are you NOT entering My Kingdom, but you are also diverting those who are trying to do so”. Ever since then, the gospel is preached and all are entering” regardless of those buildings and the Jewish leaders interference.
Meaning, any such gospel message that does NOT teach that the Kingdom of God is at hand even now, is likely as blasphemous as those of old and may be listed for judgment in a similar fashion. So, repent for the Kingdom of God IS emphatically at hand, and it is NOT over there.
If you remember what God spoke to Moses about using earthen stones and buildings to put His name on. He said “whenever you use any stone to build a temple for me, if you use any tools or tooling on them, you have defiled them, you have made them unholy, DO NOT ASSOCIATE ME WITH SUCH”.
As you see we are NOT suppose to associate God and His things with modern masonry. It is encumbant upon us to build His things with His stones, living stones we know to be the hearts and minds of His people. Didn’t He say “wherever two or more are assembled in My name, there am I”? What do you need brick and mortar for?
For this reason “we are His living stones assembled together a habitation of God in the spirit. This is His composition assembled and joined to The Chief Cornerstone.
If you understand that fish live in water, creatures on earth and flying things in the air. The same way spirit lives in Spirit and as Christ said to the women at the well “the time is already here when you neither worship the Father in Sameria or Jerusalem, for God is Spirit and God is truth and seeketh such to worship Him”. So you can see that physical places can’t get you there, but the re-newed spirit of the mind can (Romans 12.1)
With that corner stone called Christ being set in eternity, that is the first likeness of the adjacent bricks. So we too take on that composition and His features to do what He does. That “when we see Him as He is, we shall be like Him because we shall see Him as He is”. And because “it is with the heart that one must see and hear to receive the things of God”. With this key you can understand that the sender and receiver components are Gods Word and Spirit.
For this reason we see Christ the Chief Cornerstone, then the apostles are the foundation and the prophets are the gateways because they are the open doors. to access.
It was Paul who put it like this ”
For we are God’s fellow workers; you are Gods building. 10 According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise master builder I have laid (explained) the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. 11 For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is (visible or invisible). 14 If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures (is eternal), he will receive a reward. 15 If anyone’s work is (of earthen composition it will be) burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.
16 Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 17 If anyone [b]defiles the temple of God, God will destroy them. For the temple of God is holy, which temple you are. (At least that part that doesn’t wear out.)
So be like the wise Stewards whom when the Master found them watching, He made them rulers over all that He has. Have you been found watching, listening, learning, taking notes and putting these things together in your mind? Because that is where they belong. Even as Christ said “for the time that is coming is already here when you will NOT worship the Father in Jerusalem, but in spirit and truth. For the Father is Spirit and Truth, and searches out those who seek Him in Spirit and Truth.
So in this way we are Begotten into and are participants as part of the structure of Heavenly Jerusalem associated with Gods Holy Spirit. This is why Paul called “Heavenly Jerusalem the of Mother of us all”. In this way we are adopted into the family of God because we took Him at His Word.
So we will direct this discourse with the dream Danial warned Nebuchadnezzar with saying “44 And in the days of these kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall [n]break in pieces and [o]consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. 45 Inasmuch as you saw that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands (or human equipment), and that it broke in pieces the (the one that was with) iron, the bronze, the clay, the silver, and the gold—the great God has made known to the king (and us as well) what will come to pass after this. The dream is certain, and its interpretation is sure.” And because it crushes and consumed all others, that it is the last and the only one that makes it through the fire and the consumation. And you know what? We are that culmination and that consumation revealed by fire because there was nothing left standing.
And now from the Angel in The Revelation who told John;
9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came [f]to me and talked with me, saying,“Come, I will show you the [g]bride, the Lamb’s wife.” 10 And he carried me away into the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the [h]great city, the [i]holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God. Her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.
14 Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the [j]names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 And he who talked with me had a gold reed to measure the city, its gates, and its wall. 16 The city is laid out as a square; its length is as great as its breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand [k]furlongs. Its length, breadth, and height are equal. 17 Then he measured its wall: one hundred and forty-four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of an angel. 18 The construction of its wall was of jasper; and the city was pure gold, like clear glass. 19 The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with all kinds of precious stones: the first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth sardius, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. 21 The twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.
The Glory of the New Jerusalem
22 But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine [l]in it, for the [m]glory of God illuminated it. The Lamb is its light. 24 And the nations [n]of those who are saved shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring their glory and honor [o]into it. 25 Its gates shall not be shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). 26 And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into [p]it. 27 But there shall by no means enter it anything [q]that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”
As you can tell there are no physical stones here but like stones but each one of them clear stone, invisible stone
Having made clear these specific truths, you might like to know that the Angel that showed John these visions and Heavenly Jerushalom, is the same “Angel who had the seven bowls filled with the last seven plagues. But the most interesting thing about this Angel is that after he revealed all these things he said to John as if He was Christ “Behold, I am coming quickly and my reward is with me to give to each one according to their work. And upon the Angel saying this, John fell down to worship him as if he was Christ and the Angel said “see that you do not do that, for I am a fellow servant and one of thy brethren of those who keep the words of this book. Worship God.
What John just witnessed was a Glorified Saint, a fellow citezine and member (or structural beam) of the household of God” who was fully employed. Wasn’t one of the promises in this book that “To those who overcome, that Christ would make them “a pillar in the house of my God”? And what would a pillar do? Uphold the Testimony.
The Kingdom of God is at Hand as seen by the events that happened in John’s day. Amen and Amen!