Chapter 4

Jerusalem and the Temple—Capital City of the World, Headquarters Church of the World

 

1.  The Jerusalem of the Millennium: A New Home and a New Job for the Saints, the Resurrected Immortal Christians, Ruling with Jesus Christ:  Let us paint a Scriptural picture of the Jerusalem that will be built just after the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ.  Revelation 3:11-12, “Behold I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.  Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall no more go out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.”

At the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ, Jesus will cause a massive earthquake.  Let’s look at the magnitude of that earthquake, so we can properly understand what work it will perform in and around Jerusalem.  Revelation 16:17-21, “And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done.  And there were voices, and thunders, and lightning’s; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.  And the great city was divided into three parts, and the cities of the nations fell:  and great Babylon came into remembrance before God, to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath.  And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found.  And there fell upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great.”

The Mount of Olives is not in Jerusalem proper, it is in East Jerusalem, across the Kidron Valley from Jerusalem, facing the Temple Mount and what is now the Dome of the Rock.  This would have been just northeast of the Old City of Jerusalem in Christ’s day.  Let us see what happens to the Mount of Olives at Jesus Christ’s 2nd coming.  Zechariah 14:1-4, “Behold, the day of the Lord cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.  For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken [militarily], and the houses rifled and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.  Then shall the Lord go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.  And his feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west [i.e. cleavage line running east and west], and there shall be a very great valley; and half the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.”

Next let us analyze the effect this massive earthquake has on Jerusalem and its’ surrounding countryside.  Advance to verses 9-10 of Zechariah 14.  It says that Jerusalem is turned into a plain from Geba to Rimmon.  Where is Geba?  Answer: Geba is six miles north of Jerusalem.  Geba is modern Al Geba.  Next question.  Where is Rimmon?  Answer: Rimmon is about thirty-five miles south of Jerusalem!  Let’s add the Scriptures together.  The great earthquake divides the Mount of Olives in half, with half of the mountain removing to the north, half to the south…creating a vast level plain, verse 10, from Geba to Rimmon.  Let’s get the picture.  Jerusalem is sitting on top of a mountain chain that stretches north for about forty miles and south forty miles.  This new Jerusalem of the Millennium will set up on a vast forty-mile-long plain created by this massive earthquake.  This plain will stretch from six miles north of present day Jerusalem (Al Geba) to about thirty-five miles south of present-day Jerusalem (Rimmon).  It will be about ten miles wide.  Zechariah 14:9-10, “And the Lord will be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one.   All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin’s gate unto the place of the First gate, unto the Corner gate, and from the Tower of Hananeel unto the king’s winepresses.”  [Living Bible: “All the land from Geba (northern border of Judah) to Rimmon (the southern border) will become one vast plain…” King James Version: “…And it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place…]  So the foundation for the future city of Jerusalem will be on a forty-mile-long by ten-mile-wide plain which sits on top of a mountain range.  As Jerusalem is rebuilt, it will take up the entire area of this plain.  What kind of city can we expect to see rebuilt?

Most of the streets and roads in Jerusalem are crooked, many of them dating back thousands of years to the time of Abraham and Melchizedek.  Isaiah 40:4-5 states, “Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low: and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord hath spoken it.”  The statement “and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed” could very well be referring to people being able to see Jesus Christ in some of his brilliance, at a safe distance of course.  The following Scriptures prove this may be so.  Isaiah 2:2-4, “And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.  And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.  And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.”  The resurrected immortal saints will be glowing, lighting up Jerusalem by night.  Isaiah 4:4-6, “When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst thereof by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of burning.  And the Lord will create upon every dwelling place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defense [defense: “a covering”].”  Zechariah 14:7-8, “But is shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.  And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea [eastern, or Dead Sea], and half of them toward the hinter sea [i.e. the Mediterranean Sea]:  in summer and in winter shall it be.”  Why will it be light at evening time and all through the night?  Because we will be glowing!  [cf. Daniel 12:1-3.]  Jerusalem from a distance will be seen as a massive glowing light in the evening and all through the night.  Picture it, a city built upon a forty-mile-long plain which has been supernaturally smoothed out on top of a mountain chain, glowing in the dark, and covered by a smoking cloud in the daytime, much as the tabernacle was in Moses day. 

What about these “living waters” that verse 8 of Zechariah 14 describes?  The living waters (verse 8) will become two great rivers, one flowing east into the Dead Sea, transforming it into a great inland sea from south of Petra and the Negev to just north of what used to be Lake Hula, north of Lake Galilee.  All the land in the Jordan River valley that is below sea level will be flooded and turned into part of this inland sea as this massive new influx of fresh pure water adds its volume to that of the Jordan River [which is over a million gallons a day itself].  The other river flowing out from under the Temple of God will flow east into the Mediterranean Sea, healing those waters.  Let’s read about it.  Ezekiel 47:1-12, “Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar.  Then he brought me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and behold, there ran out waters on the right side.  And then the man that had the line in his hand went forth eastward, he measured a thousand cubits [about 1500 feet], and he brought me through the waters; the waters were to the ancles [KJV spelling for “ankles”].  Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through the waters; the waters were to the knees.  Again he measured a thousand, and brought me through; and the waters were to the loins.  Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.  And he said unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen this?  Then he brought me, and caused me to return to the brink of the river.  Now when I had returned, behold, at the bank of the river were very many trees on the one side and on the other.  Then he said unto me, These waters issue out toward the east country, and go down into the desert, and go into the sea [, the Dead Sea, and then ultimately the Red Sea]: which being brought forth into the sea, the waters shall be healed.  And it shall come to pass, that every thing that liveth, which moveth, withersoever the rivers [margin, Hebrew: “two rivers”] shall come, shall live; and there shall be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters shall come thither: for they shall be healed; and every thing shall live whither the river cometh.  And it shall come to pass, that the fishers shall stand upon it from Engedi, even unto Eneglaim; they shall be a place to spread forth nets; their fish shall be according to their kinds, as the fish of the great sea [the Mediterranean Sea], exceeding many.  But the miry places thereof and the marishes thereof shall not be healed; they shall be given to salt.  And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and that side, shall grow trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed [probably means, ‘used up’]: it shall bring forth new [principal] fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat [consumption, eating], and the leaf for medicine.”  Isaiah 35:1-2, “The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.  It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon they shall see the glory of the Lord, and the excellency of our God.”  Isaiah 33:20, “Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.”  Zechariah 14:14, “And Judah also shall fight at Jerusalem and the wealth of all the heathen round about shall be gathered together, gold, silver, and apparel, in great abundance.”  

The Wealth of the Nations Flows into Jerusalem

 

Isaiah 60:9-14, 17-22, “Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from afar, their silver and gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.  And the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls, and their kings shall minister unto thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee.  Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day or night that men may bring unto thee the wealth of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.  For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.  The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.   The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and they shall call thee, The city of the Lord, Zion of the Holy One of Israel…For brass will I bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones, iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.  Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call they walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.  The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.  The sun shall no more go down; neither shall the moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.  Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.  A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time.”  That was a prophecy about Jerusalem after the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ, Yeshua haMeshiach.  It gives an indication of why it will glow at night.  Immortal beings tend to do that, as the Bible indicates.

Psalm 24:3-6, “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord?  Or who shall stand in his holy place?  He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.  He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.  This is a generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O God of Jacob.”  Here’s a description for  you out of Isaiah.  Isaiah 33:14-15, 17, “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?  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…Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.”  Everlasting burnings?  Devouring fire?  Looks like another reference to the glorified Jesus Christ, and perhaps the glorified saints as well.  Look at what God prophecied through Daniel about us, as glorified, resurrected immortal beings.  Daniel 12:1-3, “And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  And they that be wise [margin: teachers] shall shine as the brightness of the firmament [heavens]; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.”  Revelation 1:13-18, “And in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the pap’s with a golden girdle.  His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; and his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.  And he had in his hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shineth.  And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead.  And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive evermore…”  That’s Jesus Christ, and probably how he and we will look at the time of his 2nd coming. 

Isaiah 52:7-12, “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings, that publisheth peace; that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth salvation [that’s us folks, whether we evangelize directly or support major evangelistic organizations with portions of our tithes and our offerings—that’s us!]; that saith unto Zion, Thy God reigneth!  Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the Lord shall bring again Zion.  Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem.  The Lord hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.  Depart ye, depart ye, go ye out from hence, touch no unclean thing; go ye out of the midst of her; be ye clean, [ye] that bear the vessels of the Lord.  For ye shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight: for the Lord will go before you; and the God of Israel will be your reward.”

This will be OUR new home!  No wonder Abraham kept this picture, this goal ahead of him, in his mind’s eye, instead of being mindful of what he might have been able to have then and there.  Hebrews 11:8-10, “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.  By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country: FOR HE LOOKED FOR A CITY WHICH HATH FOUNDATIONS WHOSE BUILDER AND MAKER IS GOD.”

Ezekiel 40-48 gives a description of the Temple measurements, gates, tables, chambers, chambers for the priests etc.—borders of the land, portions of the tribes.  Also read Exodus 25-30 for a description of the original tabernacle and its furnishings.  These things are a shadow picture of our new place of employment as we reign with Jesus Christ over the whole world—bringing Salvation to the entire world!

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