THE KINGDOM OF GOD COMES TO EARTH
When the Kingdom of God has fully come down from Heaven to the earth, every aspect and characteristic of the Lord God omnipotent will have come to the earth as well. Regardless of the condition of the world, although it is filled with darkness and overwhelmed with sin, God’s plan will always be fulfilled! And His plan includes the restoration of all things! That is our Father’s purpose for this world! And He restores all things by manifesting the Light and the Glory of His presence, replacing all the darkness that is in the world. By the revelation of His anointed Word and the glory of His Person, the Lord begins the process of the total and complete restoration of all things. Therefore, to hear the anointed and living Word of the Lord and be prepared to “see” Him when He appears are vitally important aspects of our present lives.
Jesus said, “Man shall not live and be upheld and sustained by bread alone, but by every word that comes forth from the mouth of God. [Deut. 8:3.]” (Mt. 4:4, Amplified). The anointed and living Word of God is proceeding or coming forth from the mouth of the Lord. He is calling us higher in the Spirit! Natural bread and food are not enough to keep us and sustain us during our spiritual journey throughout this “life.” We must hear Him speak, for His Word is our life! We are blessed indeed if we have ears to hear Him speak! True, spiritual maturity and life come from hearing His Word, whether He reveals something good or something evil (see Heb. 5:14). The life referred to by Jesus includes this present life as well as the greater Life to come. The Word that is coming forth out of the “mouth” of the Lord is a Word that we must hear if we are to make any spiritual progress. His anointed and living Word is that mighty power of God that created all things in the beginning, and by His Word our Father shall also restore all things! The word of the Lord, telling us of the coming of the Kingdom of God to the earth, is also a mighty and powerful Word, which shall begin the restoration of things!
All that Christ is, including love, righteousness, justice, joy and peace, is coming to the earth along with the Kingdom of our Father! As Christ is Peace, so shall He remove all wars and rumors of war by revealing Himself as The Prince of Peace. He who is The Prince of Peace will then be thoroughly and completely enthroned on the royal throne of Christ in the hearts of all, to rule every bit of this earth, which we are, in peace, and in righteousness, justice and the love of God! He Who is the Prince of Peace will reign until His Peace has permeated the spiritually darkened souls of every person in all the earth. Then the Peace of Christ and His Kingdom shall cover the earth as the waters cover the sea!
Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (Jo. 14:27). When the Lord imparts His peace to us, we will have a peace this world knows nothing about! We will not fear, neither will our hearts be troubled. The peace of Christ transcends all fear and brings us into closer union with Him, who is our rest and comfort in perplexing times of trouble and spiritual darkness. The word “peace” comes from the Greek word “eirene,” meaning to join, implying prosperity. Therefore, the Peace of Christ is that spiritual attribute that joins us to Christ in closer and more complete, spiritual union. This was first revealed in type when the Lord instructed Israel to offer “peace offerings” unto the Lord (Ex. 20:24). The peace offering was purposed of God to eliminate any and all obstacles to their communion and fellowship with the Lord, and to join them to Him as a result of that peace offering. The Hebrew word for “peace offering,” is “shelem,” or “shalam.” Its purpose was to make amends for the people and bring them into a more friendly relationship with the Lord.
Jesus told His disciples they would be scattered, leaving Him alone. But He assured them He would never be alone, for His Father is always with Him. So is Father always with us also. Like Jesus, we can never be alone! Then Jesus said, “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world” (Jo. 16:33). How true the prophetic words of Jesus are! In this world we shall have tribulation! If Christ is within us, it is an established and confirmed truth of the Spirit that we shall surely have tribulation in this world. The Christ within makes us aliens, strangers and foreigners to the customs and practices of this corrupt world of sin and shame. Israel of old traveled through the wilderness as strangers in a strange land. David said of Israel, “For we are strangers before You, and sojourners, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope or expectation of remaining” (1 Chron. 29:15, AMP). In that day, the covenant people had no hope of living the endless and deathless Life of Christ. But we have hope and expectation today, for this is a new Day in God. It is the Day when the sons of God shall be transformed, to live forever with Him! We are strangers and pilgrims here, but we have hope of becoming something much better and more glorious!
In the world we will have tribulation, but Jesus gave this encouraging word of promise: “be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” As long as this present world exists as it does now, we are assured that He who overcame the world and its corruption is with us to take us through this darkness and confusion. When it is time for the promises of God to be completely fulfilled, He who overcame the world shall lead us victoriously out of it! And His sovereign plan is even now working within us to take us to that glorious end, which is to give us His Life in fullness and make us kings and priests in the Kingdom of our Father!
The Universal Peace of Christ Provided for All
Beyond the individual peace that Jesus promised, there is a real, genuine, God-given Peace that must come to the whole world of mankind in the fullness of time! God must so saturate this world with His Peace that men and nations everywhere will get the message and will live the life of true and lasting peace, which is the Peace of the Kingdom of our Father! It is our Father’s stated purpose to cut off the chariots and horses of war, including the “battle bow” and other weapons of war and destruction, thus eliminating every tool that man might use to wage warfare in this world. Then God has said, “he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion shall be from sea even to sea, and from (the) river even to the ends of the earth” (see Zech. 9:10). According to Zechariah’s prophecy, the Lord’s plan of establishing peace in this world begins by the Lord first eliminating all the weapons of man’s warfare. Anything man might use to wage war in this world shall first be repudiated, nullified or eliminated. Then the Lord will speak peace to the multiplied billions of people in this world, who live in darkness and the shadow of death. And then His dominion and reign shall extend from sea to sea and to the ends of the earth!
Psalm seventy-two is a psalm for King Solomon. It is a prophetic, Messianic Psalm that corroborates Zechariah’s prophecy. But that psalm was written with Christ in view, as He shall be in the fullness of time, when He is, in truth and in fact, the King of kings and the Lord of lords in all the earth. This will become abundantly clear when we read the entire chapter. There, we read, “May he [Solomon as a type of King David's greater Son] be like rain that comes down upon the mown grass, like showers that water the earth. In His [Christ's] days shall the [uncompromisingly] righteous flourish and peace abound till there is a moon no longer. [Isa 11:3-9.] He [Christ] shall have dominion also from sea to sea and from the River [Euphrates] to the ends of the earth. [Zech. 14:9.]” (Ps. 72:6-8, AMP).
The holy, heavenly Tabernacle of the Lord is nearing completion. Of that Tabernacle of the Lord, or His holy House, the prophet said, “The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts” (Hag. 2:9). The peace of Christ must come first to the House of the Lord - to His holy Tabernacle, or to His elect saints - then the true and lasting Peace of the Kingdom of God can come to all the rest of mankind. The House of the Lord must be completed first and furnished with all the glory, the blessings and the Life of God. That is Father’s revealed plan and purpose (Acts 15:16-17). Then that fully endowed House of the Lord will come down from Heaven to the earth, prepared to receive the waiting and groaning multitudes into its spiritual gates, rejoicing with joy as all the people of the world enter in, to receive the abundant and full salvation of the Lord.
We are Strangers and Pilgrims Here
The writer to the Hebrews mentioned the saints of God who lived centuries ago, before Israel became a nation. He wrote to say of them, “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country” (Heb. 11:13-14). If we are called to become a son of God, who is in the process of being transformed, then we are, because of our high calling in God, strangers and pilgrims on this earth. You will know you are a stranger and a pilgrim, for the world will treat you as such. You and I are not “one of them.” We are God-people, the saints of the most High God! And this makes us strangers and pilgrims on this earth!
But the question now is, what are the promises that those choice saints did not receive? Was it deathless Life? No, it was not the deathless Life of Christ! The promises of God include the fullness of His Life, which is deathless Life, but that is only one part of the promises of God. What most do not realize is that if we were transformed tomorrow that is not really the fullness of the promises we are looking for. It is Father’s plan for us, not only to be gloriously transformed, but also to make that same Life available to the creation and to all the rest of the people of this world! We have found something wonderful, powerful and life-changing, and our goal is to share it with the rest of the world. But it is not enough for you and me to be transformed! Enoch was transformed, but he was alone in his experience! Let all the sons of God know that our goal is not for our own transformation alone! Our spiritual goal, the one thing that is uppermost in our lives, is to bring forth that Life of Christ, which will also transform many others, and set the whole creation free of the bondages of sin and death! I believe that is part of what those saints, mentioned in chapter eleven of Hebrews, saw and desired. Their transformation and the deliverance of the creation are some of the promises they did not receive, for the simple reason that it was not yet Father’s time to release the whole creation from its bondage to sin and death! But the sum total of all the promises of God consists of much more than our transformation and creation’s deliverance.
The key to understanding the promises that were not given to those saints of old is found in verse fourteen. There, it is written, “For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.” It was not enough for those saints of old to receive their full salvation! If they had been blessed with the Life of Christ, which most of them did not receive, they would still have desired more. The Life of Christ was a part of the promises they hoped for, but it was not all they saw and desired. The transformation of all mankind also is only a part of those promises. Our transformation and the transformation of all mankind are not all the promises we cherish and hope for. To be transformed was not enough then, and it is not enough today! These things are only a part of the promises of God, but that is not all they expected to receive. Like all the heroes of faith mentioned in that “faith chapter,” we too are seeking a country! When we have been transformed, providing the way for many others also to be transformed, we will still be seeking that “country!”
The Greek word translated “country” in this verse means a fatherland, a native town, a heavenly home. And O how I long for that fatherland! That fatherland, that native town, and that heavenly home is not a home for us in the heavenlies with God. That would be good, but it is also only a small part of the promises of God. It is not the fullness of the hope and the expectation of our lives! We are all looking for a heavenly “city” or a spiritual “country” to come to the earth and be established right here on earth! I am looking for my “Fatherland” to come down from Heaven to the earth, to be established here among the needy of earth’s teeming billions. And I am also looking for that “native town,” that “city” populated by true Israelites, who are believers in the Lord Jesus Christ, and who obediently follow Christ and do all His holy will. And I am also looking for my “heavenly home” to come down from Heaven to the earth, providing a Home for the multitudes of this world, who are also groaning and travailing for full and complete deliverance.
What is that “Country” or that “City”
we all Desire?
The blessed “country” we are seeking and looking for is THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON EARTH! The Kingdom of God is the “country” of our hopes and dreams! The Kingdom of God is the one, main objective of all our hopes and dreams and visions! And now, we are filled with wonder as we behold the glory of this new Day, in which THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS COMING TO THE EARTH! We are much like Abraham! We have the same hopes and dreams, the same faith and the same expectations! It is written of Abraham, “By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: FOR HE LOOKED FOR A CITY WHICH HATH FOUNDATIONS, WHOSE BUILDER AND MAKER IS GOD” (Heb. 11:9-10).
Whether it is a city, a country, or a kingdom we are looking for, it must be the one the Lord alone is building! We are not looking for a city, a country or a kingdom built and established by man. We have had enough of man’s works! The city or country we are looking for is the one that is built by God! We will have no other country! And that “country,” which is being built by the Lord, can only be THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON EARTH! It is the ultimate promise those heroes of faith patiently looked for and earnestly desired but did not receive. It could not have been written any clearer than this: “But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city” (Heb. 11:16).
The same verses in Hebrews are given this way in the Phillips Translation: “All these whom we have mentioned maintained their faith but died without actually receiving God’s promises, though they had seen them in the distance, had hailed them as true and were quite convinced of their reality.” Those heroes of faith saw and believed the promises of God, which included the transformation of the sons of God, along with that of the whole world of mankind, as well as the coming of the Kingdom of God to the earth. They expected to see those promises fulfilled before they died. This tells us they were looking for that heavenly land to come to earth. It was a “land” to be realized on earth, on this side of the grave; it was not something to experience in the heavens of God’s Spirit. They saw these promises from a distance, as something that could only be fulfilled in the distant future; they believed them, earnestly desired them and knew them to be the real, living truth of God. “They freely admitted that they lived on this earth as exiles and foreigners. Men who say that mean, of course, that their eyes are fixed upon their true homeland. If they had meant the particular country they left behind, they had ample opportunity to return. No, the fact is that they longed for a better country altogether, nothing less than a heavenly one. And because of this faith of theirs, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for in sober truth he has prepared for them a city” (Heb. 11:13-16, Phillips).
May our spiritual eyes be fixed on our true homeland, which is the Kingdom of God on this earth! Those heroes of faith saw it, yet they lived a greater distance away from the fulfillment of those promises than we do. The hopes, dreams and expectations we all have are much nearer for us. This is the Day when we shall be transformed, releasing the creation from its many bondages. This is also the Day when the Kingdom of God is coming to the earth. Do you fully understand and appreciate how blessed we are to be living in this great Day of the coming of the Kingdom of God to the earth? Those saints of old believed the promises and embraced them, yet they knew they would never see those promises fulfilled in their lifetime. The vision of the promises of God is now becoming reality! The Day is upon us! The Kingdom of God has come and will continue to come to the earth, until the knowledge of the glory of the Lord covers the earth, as the waters cover the sea! Our vision, like that of the heroes of faith at that time, is nothing less than a heavenly one, for our eyes are also fixed on our true homeland, or our Father’s land, which is the Kingdom of God on this earth! And that Kingdom, which is the “country” or the “city” of our hopes and dreams, is already prepared for us by our loving and merciful Father!
Let us consider the list of illustrious and faithful saints of God of whom it is written, “And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect” (Heb. 11:39-40). What was the promise they did not receive? It was the blessed and glorious “city” or “country”: THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON EARTH! The list of the heroes of faith, given in Hebrews eleven, begins with Abel and continues with Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, and a few others. The word of God declares that none of those faithful believers received the promises! They were looking for a heavenly land! The record states, “If they had meant the particular country they left behind, they had ample opportunity to return.” If the “land” of their faith was an earthly land, one they left behind, they could have returned to it. But the promise they did not receive, was the blessed “country,” or the heavenly “city,” the one that is being built by God and that has foundations, which is THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON THIS EARTH!
Among the men of faith mentioned in Hebrews eleven is Enoch. And Enoch was translated! He lived for three hundred years on this earth, all the while pleasing God! He continued to live until he was not, for God took him. We know Enoch was transformed or translated without going through death, for that is the record given in scripture. Thus, it is written, “By faith Enoch was TRANSLATED that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had TRANSLATED him: for before his TRANSLATION he had this testimony, that he pleased God” (Heb. 11:5). Three times in this one verse we are told that Enoch was translated or transferred to the heavenly realm, to be with God, without going through the process of death! There certainly may be various qualities of the Life of Christ, but Enoch received the best and highest quality of Life that was available at that time. Without a doubt, the quality of Life we will receive when we are transformed will be much greater and higher than the Life Enoch received then, for like the Kingdom of God and all things spiritual, the quality of the Life of Christ is increasing and will continue to increase with the increase of God until every person has received of that Life (Is. 9:7). Enoch was taken to Heaven to be with the Lord without dying; that was undoubtedly the best quality of Life that was available at that time.
There were other characteristics or qualities that Abraham looked for in the “city” of his dreams, “FOR HE LOOKED FOR A CITY WHICH HATH FOUNDATIONS, WHOSE BUILDER AND MAKER IS GOD.” Like Abraham, we too are looking for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. And I will not be satisfied until I see that “city” here on earth, to find myself and all mankind at home with the Lord for ever! Long centuries ago, the Lord said, “Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste” (Is. 28:16). And Paul said of that foundation, “For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 3:11). The original Stone in that foundation is Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory! Since then, the Lord has been adding members to His house and also to the foundation of that house. We are truly His, and as such we “are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone” (Eph. 2:20). And we also know, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity” (2 Tim. 2:19).
Obviously the Lord has been building His house and the foundation of that house from the beginning of time. Abel, Enoch and Noah were the first to be mentioned in Hebrews eleven. Therefore, they shall be part of the foundation of that great City of God! The foundation of God includes all the patriarchs of faith along with the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner Stone. That is the “city” we are looking for, the one with the foundation that is described in the word of God and which includes the saints of Israel’s history. Jesus said of that city, of its foundations and of the kingdom, “many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven” (Mt. 8:11). Therefore, the “city,” the “country” or the kingdom we are looking for has a foundation that is made up of the saints of previous ages, including Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. And that “city” is being built by our sovereign Lord. We will know that “city” or that “country” when we recognize some of those heroes of the faith by the glory of the Lord that will be upon them!
This also has been written of our beloved “country” or “city,” including all twelve of its foundations: “He has set his foundation on the holy mountain; the LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob. Glorious things are said of you, O city of God: Selah `I will record Rahab and Babylon among those who acknowledge me– Philistia too, and Tyre, along with Cush– and will say, 'This one was born in Zion.' Indeed, of Zion it will be said, `This one and that one were born in her, and the Most High himself will establish her.’ The LORD will write in the register of the peoples: `This one was born in Zion.’ Selah As they make music they will sing, `All my fountains are in you’" (Ps. 87, NIV).
Where are the “foundations” of our beloved “city” of God, the “city” of our hopes and dreams? God has set her foundations in the holy mountain of the Lord, which is Mt. Zion, the dwelling place of God in the Spirit. “The LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.” Why does the Lord love the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob? Because God is Spirit, and He is identified only with that which is Spirit! The dwellings of Jacob are in the earth and of the earth, including the old “promised land” of Canaan, also called, “the holy land” by some. But Zion is the pure, heavenly realm of the fullness of the Spirit of the Lord. If we are truly spiritual and have any identification with the things of the Spirit, we will also desire to dwell in Mt. Zion, the heavenly city of God, forever and ever! And the Kingdom of God along with the new Jerusalem city of God, including Mt. Zion, are all coming down from God out of Heaven to this earth!
We are not really citizens of this world any longer, for our
true citizenship is in the heavenlies with God. Paul wrote to say, “Therefore
you are no longer outsiders (exiles, migrants, and aliens, excluded from the
rights of citizens), but you now share citizenship with the saints (God's own
people, consecrated and set apart for Himself); and you belong to God's [own]
household. You are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with
Christ Jesus Himself the chief Cornerstone. In Him the whole structure is joined
(bound, welded) together harmoniously, and it continues to rise (grow, increase)
into a holy temple in the Lord [a sanctuary dedicated, consecrated, and sacred
to the presence of the Lord]. In Him [and in fellowship with one another] you
yourselves also are being built up [into this structure] with the rest, to form
a fixed abode (dwelling place) of God in (by, through) the Spirit” (Eph.
All the Lord’s faithful elect, those who “see” the Kingdom of God along with our transformation and the deliverance of the creation, and who desire it, have a very special relationship with God. It is written of those patriarchs of faith, and also of us, “And because of this faith of theirs, God is not ashamed to be called their God, for in sober truth he has prepared for them a city.” It is a high and holy privilege just to be called the sons of God! Because of our faith in God and in His holy purposes, which includes the heavenly “land” of the Kingdom of God on earth, God is not ashamed to be called and known as OUR GOD! The prophet Ezekiel described the work the Lord would do to bring His people into full harmony with Him and His purposes. He said, “A new heart will I give you and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you shall heed My ordinances and do them. And you shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and you shall be My people, and I will be your God” (Eze. 36:26-28, AMP).
Contrary to most carnal, religious thought and teaching today, the “land” referred to in the above scripture, the “land” that God gave to our forefathers, is not the so-called “holy land,” the land now occupied by so-called “Israel.” Nor is that “land” any where else on this earth! The land of promise, the “land” that God promised our forefathers and us as well, is none other than the grand and glorious heavenly “land,” which is THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON THIS EARTH! The scripture declares plainly that if the “country” of their hopes and dreams was an earthly land, one they had already visited, then they could have returned to it. The Kingdom of God on earth is the only “land” that any spiritual person would ever desire! It is the “land” that all those heroes of faith saw and desired; it is the blessed promised land of all our hopes and dreams; it is the “land” of THE KINGDOM OF GOD ON EARTH! That is the heavenly land where we shall dwell eternally with God, with all those patriarchs of faith who went before us! In that blessed and glorious promised land of the Kingdom of God on this earth, we shall be known as the people of God. We will be and are in a covenant relationship with Him as our Savior, our Redeemer and our King, and God Himself shall be known and referred to as our God and our Father!
The promised land of the Kingdom of God is described this way in the great Book of the unveiling of our Lord Jesus Christ: “One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, `Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.’ And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb” (Rev. 21:9-14, NIV).
The foundations of that heavenly Jerusalem, the city of God, which is all part of the Kingdom of God, had twelve gates. You will notice that God’s word often refers to the number twelve! The number TWELVE signifies perfection of government! Thus, the “twelve gates” and the “twelve foundations” represent God’s perfect government as the foundation and the walls of the Kingdom of God on earth! To show that the number twelve represents the perfect government of God coming to the earth, we see that TWELVE is the product of THREE, the perfectly Divine and heavenly number, and FOUR, the earthly number, the number of what is material and organic. Thus, it is 3x4=12. The use of these numbers tells us that the perfect government of God, as signified by the number 3, is coming down to the earth, as signified by the number 4, bringing the Kingdom of God from Heaven to the Earth, thus fulfilling the purpose of the number 12, the perfect government on earth.
And those gates ARE the twelve tribes of Israel. They are not
literal gates, nor is that heavenly city a literal city of this earth. It is
a spiritual “city” made up of saints from the twelve tribes of Israel
(God’s perfect government), who have become a completely spiritual people
by the Lord’s process of salvation and redemption. Every one of those
“gates,” or tribes of Israel, have been transformed by the Spirit,
to become spirit in all three areas of their beings. That heavenly, spiritual
“city” also had a wall with twelve foundations supporting that spiritual
“wall.” And those twelve foundations ARE the twelve apostles of
the Lamb, or the twelve disciples of Jesus. They have been transformed to become
spirit, just as the saints of God, called “gates,” were also transformed.
The spiritual description of that heavenly Jerusalem, the “city” of God, continues with this anointed word of the Lord: “The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of pure gold, like transparent glass” (Rev. 21:18-21, NIV). This is the glory and beauty we shall display when we are transformed!
Here again the heavenly, spiritual “city” of God is described with glory, beauty and perfection that goes far beyond what mere, mortal man could possibly describe. And we all know by now that those earthly, literal jewels only begin to describe the heavenly, spiritual glory of God that adorns those transformed saints of the most High God, who make up the resplendent and radiantly beautiful, majestic “city” of God. If everything in the heavenlies with God were to be adorned in an earthly, worldly, carnal and literal fashion, what would be the good of struggling and striving through this “life” to become manifest sons of God? The whole ridiculous idea, born in the carnal minds of unregenerate religionists, who see this as a literal “city” having literal streets of gold and literal gates of pearl, that required our striving to attain to that prize, would not be worth the effort. But, thank God, that heavenly “city” of God is a spiritual “city,” with spiritual people, who are appointed as “gates” and “foundations” by our Father, as a result of their walk in faith, which brings about their literal, bodily transformation, by the Spirit!
All the spiritual adornments of the saints of God, whether described as gold, or silver, or pearl, or sapphire, or jasper, or emerald, or topaz, or even fine linen, are given to describe the spiritual qualities and characteristics of the saints. Thus, we read, “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints” (Rev. 19:7-8). If the fine linen, with which the Bride of Christ is adorned, is the righteousness of the saints, then the many jewels of our spiritual appearance also represent many other spiritual characteristics of the saints, such as the Life of Christ, and His love, His grace, His mercy, and all His other attributes, which makes us spiritually beautiful and complete in the sight of the Lord. When we have been transformed into the image and likeness of the glorious Christ of God, we shall then be wondrously arrayed and adorned in the full glory of Christ! And if anyone else should see us as John saw the completed Christ of God, they could only describe us/Him as John did, in the beauty and likeness of pure gold, adorned with the finest pearls and the most highly polished gems that might be found any where in this world.
And finally, John said this in his prophetic description of our promised land of the Kingdom of God on earth: “I saw no temple in the city, for the Lord God omnipotent [Himself] and the Lamb [Himself] are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun nor of the moon to give light to it, for the splendor and radiance (glory) of God illuminate it, and the Lamb is its lamp. [Isa 24:23; 60:1,19.] The nations shall walk by its light and the rulers and leaders of the earth shall bring into it their glory. And its gates shall never be closed by day, and there shall be no night there. [Isa 60:11.] They shall bring the glory (the splendor and majesty) and the honor of the nations into it. But nothing that defiles or profanes or is unwashed shall ever enter it, nor anyone who commits abominations (unclean, detestable, morally repugnant things) or practices falsehood, but only those whose names are recorded in the Lamb's Book of Life” (Rev. 21:22-27, Amplified).
In that heavenly “city” of God, which is a vital part of the Kingdom of God, there is no temple, tabernacle or church. In that holy “city” there is no distinction between the true Church, or the body of Christ, and the rest of mankind, for ALL MANKIND will then have been brought into the fullness of God, by the same Spirit, to live the Life of Christ. In previous ages, it has been Father’s will and purpose to establish the Church, also called “the tabernacle of David,” and make it strong and able to fulfill all His will in the earth. Now, the church age is over and the true Church is finding its fulfillment in Christ, thus opening those “gates” so all mankind can come in, to be fully saved and joined to Christ and the Father, by the Spirit. The Church is being more fully merged into God and Christ to become ONE, and both God and the Lamb (Christ) will be the temple in that heavenly “city” of God. That “city” had no need of any other light, for Christ is the Light of it! And by His Light, the multitudes of the nations shall come into that “city,” bringing their glory and honor into it, making it much more beautiful and attractive, by the Spirit. Also, the gates of that “city” are open all day, and there is no night there! Only the redeemed, or only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life, shall come into that holy “city,” for all that is defiled and corrupted is not allowed to enter there. If we have matured to have greater, spiritual understanding, we will readily see that it was never Father’s purpose to have a permanent house, tabernacle, temple or church on earth. When David expressed his desire to build a house for the Lord, God said to Nathan the prophet, “Go and tell My servant David, Thus says the Lord: Shall you build Me a house in which to dwell? For I have not dwelt in a house since I brought the Israelites out of Egypt to this day, but have moved about with a tent for My dwelling. In all the places where I have moved with all the Israelites, did I speak a word to any from the tribes of Israel whom I commanded to be shepherd of My people Israel, asking, Why do you not build Me a house of cedar?” (2 Sam. 7:5-7, AMP).
The Lord never asked anyone to build Him a house for His dwelling place. God has dwelt in temporary tents since the day He brought Israel out of Egyptian bondage. The house of the Lord, His tabernacle, or His temple, has been and should be only a temporary tent. In more recent times, God’s house, or His temple, was only a temporary place of worship and spiritual growth for the sons of God. This shows that the Church is a temporary, spiritual structure, purposed of God to become a living part of the Christ of God. The Lord said again, “I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought Israel up out of Egypt to this day. I have moved from one tent site to another, from one dwelling place to another” (1 Chron. 17:5-6, NIV). The House of the Lord, or the Church, is purposed of God to be only a temporary dwelling place in the Spirit. This tells us that the sons of God must always be moving upward and forward, progressing spiritually from glory to glory.
This also illustrates the truth that if we are growing spiritually, our spiritual lives will be blown and moved about by the winds of the Spirit, from the primary realms in God to the spiritual realm of the fullness of the Spirit and our greater maturity in Christ (Jo. 3:8). For a person to remain in the same church or fellowship throughout their lifetime may indicate a stagnated spiritual life. When we are growing spiritually, the wind of the Spirit will move us from one church or fellowship to another, more mature church or fellowship, until we have fully grown in the Spirit to be totally free of any involvement with churches and fellowships. Just as the true Church ends to be merged into God and Christ, so do we come to the end of our involvement with the church, to find ourselves merged into God and into Christ, by the Spirit! This is a mystery revealed to the elect of the Lord, who are becoming manifest sons of God, by the Spirit! How blessed we are to have a permanent abiding place in the living Christ of God, where He broods over us, and protects and covers us with His shielding, sheltering wings.
The psalmist said, “HEAR MY cry, O God; listen to my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed and fainting; lead me to the rock that is higher than I [yes, a rock that is too high for me]. For You have been a shelter and a refuge for me, a strong tower against the adversary. I will dwell in Your tabernacle forever; let me find refuge and trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!” (Ps. 61:1-4, AMP). We will indeed dwell in the tabernacle of the Lord forever, for there we shall find refuge and trust in the shelter of His wings. And when we remain in the tabernacle of the Lord forever, we will grow, by the Spirit, from glory to glory, until we stand complete and in the full likeness of our glorious elder Brother!
Wonderful things originate and are created in the house of the Lord. The Lord is always working toward His goal and His purposes, fulfilling His plans in the Spirit, even at times when we may think He is doing nothing. Thus the psalmist sang, “IN JUDAH God is known and renowned; His name is highly praised and is great in Israel. In [Jeru]Salem also is His tabernacle, and His dwelling place is in Zion. There He broke the bow's flashing arrows, the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah [pause, and calmly think of that]!” (Ps. 76:1-3, AMP). Let us indeed pause and think calmly about this great truth! At this very moment, when ungodly men may be waging war in this world, the Lord is working and moving by His Spirit, in His tabernacle, breaking the weapons of warfare, to eliminate war from the face of the earth! God is Spirit and all His works are done in the Spirit, where it is unseen by man! The wise man said, “The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the tabernacle of the upright shall flourish” (Pro. 14:11).
There shall be a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth will have passed away. The heavenly Bride, the new Jerusalem, which is also the Holy City, shall descend from Heaven to the earth, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. Then the record given by John states: “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, `Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.’" (Rev. 21:3-4, NIV). This verse describes the fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles! Lord Tennyson, wrote this inspiring truth: “The old order changeth, yielding place to the new and God fulfills Himself in many ways!” Thank God! The old order shall pass away, until it is seen and known no more. The truth is, the old order is already passing away, for the Kingdom of God is coming down from God out of Heaven to the earth! And as the Kingdom, power and glory of Christ comes to the earth, the old order of the past is being replaced with something much more glorious, with a greater and higher purpose, in the Spirit. God is fulfilling Himself in many ways! And we are highly privileged and blessed of the Lord to be living and serving Him in this great Day of the fulfillment of our Father’s prophetic Word of truth!
On page seven, we quoted Hebrews chapter eleven, verses thirty-nine to forty. Now, we will quote it again from the Amplified Translation. “And all of these, though they won divine approval by [means of] their faith, did not receive the fulfillment of what was promised, Because God had us in mind and had something better and greater in view for us, so that they [these heroes and heroines of faith] should not come to perfection apart from us [before we could join them].” I trust you appreciate, as I do, how thoughtful our blessed Lord was to remember us as He did! Those heroes and heroines of faith were not allowed to come to perfection apart from us, before we could join them! Our loving and merciful Father had us in mind, so He provided something that was much better and greater for us! It is His sovereign plan now, and was His plan from the beginning, to bring all His chosen ones to perfection at the same time! And we are living in the great Day when we shall be transformed together with all those who have gone on before us! What a tremendous, awesome and illustrious Day this is!
All the heroes and heroines of faith died without receiving
the fulfillment of the promises of God. What was it they were looking for? They
were looking for a “country,” or a “city,” or a kingdom,
which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God! They were looking, expecting
and believing that they would inherit that heavenly country right here on this
earth, before they died. But they did not receive the promise while they lived
on the earth and before they died, so they remain in what I would call a dormant
state, waiting along with us for the fulfillment of the promises of God. They
are not waiting in vain and neither are we!
We are living in the Day and at the time, when God’s promises to us and for us shall be fully and completely fulfilled. When God’s wonderful and awesome promises are entirely fulfilled, not only in our individual lives, but in all the earth, so that God is all and in all, we will know it, for “there will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."
Old order Christians, who may be observing our lives, might accuse us of “doing nothing.” But the truth is, we are doing more than anyone in their realm of religious works, for we are progressing in the Spirit, and are bringing the promises of God to glorious and complete fulfillment. And as we grow spiritually unto the appointed goal in Christ, we are also making it possible for all those saints of former ages to see the fulfillment of all their hopes and dreams and visions. Those saints of old could not receive the promises of God, for the simple reason that Father had planned it that they without us cannot attain to perfection. God had us in mind when He set forth that principle! How blessed we are to be living and serving the Lord at the beginning of this new Day, when the Kingdom of God is coming down from Heaven to the Earth! The saints of old saw this Day and earnestly desired to live to see all that would take place throughout this Day. And the wonder of it all is that this new, Kingdom Day has just begun and we are a part of it!
With the coming forth of this new Day, restoration has begun;
it is also “the restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the
mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began” (Acts 3:21). Wondrous
things are now taking place in the Spirit! The Lord sends forth His creative
Word from Heaven to the Earth, declaring His purposes for this world. Then those
purposes are fulfilled by the Spirit. Those whose minds are centered on things
of earth and on worldly things will not see it, while those who mind spiritual
things will definitely see it, by the Spirit! In the fullness of time, that
which is taking place now in the Spirit will surely have its fulfillment in
all the earth. Then everything in this world will change for the better! That
is the power and the glory of the Kingdom of God on earth! Then the prayer Jesus
told us to pray will be marvelously fulfilled, which says, “Our Father
which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done
in earth, as it is (being done) in heaven” (Mt. 6:9-10). Amen and amen!
Paul and Emily Mueller
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