... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)


The Kingdom! - The capital city


What is there to say about this Kingdom? Every kingdom has its people, land and a capital city. To God it is obvious based on biblical scripture that the Israelites - including all those part of Israel, the olive tree, Romans 11 and Zechariah 2:11a - the land of Israel, Jerusalem and the new Jerusalem are the best, no the only candidates for God's Kingdom.

Where is this capital city and where will it be? In heaven and on earth. 
In heaven:
2 But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. Hebrews 12:22a (NIV)

2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, ... Revelations 21:2 (NIV)

What will God do from Mount Zion, Isaiah 25:6-8 (NKJV),
... 7 ... He will destroy on this mountain The surface of the  c o v e r i n g  cast over all people, And the  v e i l  that is spread over all nations. 8 He will swallow up death forever, And the Lord God will wipe away tears from all faces; ...

On earth:
2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. Revelations 21:2 (NIV)

10 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. Revelations 21:10b (NIV)

Why on earth?
10 The Lord said, “Sing for joy, people of Jerusalem! I am coming to live among you!”
11 At that time many nations will come to the Lord and become his people. He will live among you, and you will know that he has sent me to you. 12 Once again Judah will be the special possession of the Lord in his sacred land, and Jerusalem will be the city he loves most of all. 13 Be silent, everyone, in the presence of the Lord, for he is coming from his holy dwelling place. Zechariah 2:10-13 (GNT)

3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[a] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelations 21:3-4 (NIV)
As he did - Genesis 3:8 - in the garden of Eden, Genesis 2:8-28.

Which city of Jerusalem? The one in the land of Israel. Why? That is Gods choice, Zechariah 1:13-17 (NIV),
... 17 “Proclaim further: This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘My towns will again overflow with prosperity, and the Lord will again comfort Zion and choose Jerusalem.’” ...
Notice!: 15 and I am very angry with the nations that feel secure. I was only a little angry, but they went too far with the punishment.’

Whom did Abraham, Israel's forefather, meet with? The king of Salem, that is Jerusalem, Genesis 14:18-20. Where was the place God showed King David to built the Temple? Mount Moriah in Jerusalem Israel, 2 Samuel 24:18-25.

This capital city had kings - King Melchizedek, Genesis 14:16-20 and King David, 2 Samuel 5:1-5 amongst others - and in the future will have a king again. With God himself ultimately being the king over all. Jerusalem, the city of the King as Yeshua/Jesus called it - Matthew 5:35 - has many names. The holy city - Revelations 21:10 - the bride - Isaiah 62: 4-5, Revelations 21:9 - the city of the living God - Hebrews 12:22 - and Jerusalem is an eternal city, Revelations 22:1-5.

What about Jerusalem's citizens? Who will live there?
22 Instead, you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, with its thousands of angels. 23 You have come to the joyful gathering of God's first-born, whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, who is the judge of all people, and to the spirits of good people made perfect. 24 You have come to Jesus, who arranged the new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that promises much better things than does the blood of Abel. Hebrews 12:22-24 (GNT)

3 No longer will there be any curse. The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will serve him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. Revelations 22:3-4 (NIV) 

Only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of the living will enter the city. Revelations 21:27b (GNT)

Whom will not live there? There will be no place for ... nothing that is impure will enter the city, nor anyone who does shameful things or tells lies. Revelations 21:27a (GNT)

15 But outside the city are the perverts and those who practice magic, the immoral and the murderers, those who worship idols and those who are liars both in words and deeds. Revelations 22:15 (GNT)

Author: © Mrs A. vd Laan-LeitoPosted in: Opinion