City Living in New Jerusalem

A Seris of Notes and Speculations


Speculations about Heaven

People are far less interested in knowing God than we suppose!7957 million people live on our planet today. That's way too many! (See Worldometers, and Population/Memory Loss). If 10% know God through Jesus Christ, that would be a mere 790 million are destined to live in God's city, New Jerusalem.

That's very tragic, especially since God wants no one to perish, but He desires that none should be lost. Yet God can not violate our freedom to say "no." We have been made in God's own image, we are very much like God as a Person.

Only 5% of these citizens of the world are Americans. Most are Blacks, Orientals, Hispanics, etc. Some say that 20% are Christians is more “reasonable.” We know it’s not going to be 100% (Universalism).

Half of the people joining us at the rapture (believers from the past since Pentecost) will have died between 33 AD and yesterday, so they won’t all share our present cultural values, knowledge, memory base, and our tastes in art, music, clothing, friends, and so on. Heaven will not be a Democracy but a Theocracy! That's hard to envision in light of our history!

How many who make it to heaven know the Bible? How many are familiar with Human history? Not many! When we all get to Heaven —for seven years prior to the Second Coming— 95% will possibly need to go to Bible school to catch up?  The vast majority who are saved know very little about Who saved them and from What. They will at least be in a safe place. Meanwhile back down of earth millions who ma even know the Bible well will stay lost because they keep rejecting Jesus. If they change their minds after the rapture the only way to being with Jesus is via the guillotine.  At the entrance door Into heaven—the Bema Seat—everyone of us will experience full disclosure one-on-one with Jesus.  

The wedding is yet to happen. Jesus is not marrying us for our money, our good genes, or our good looks, or our head knowledge. Resurrection bodies won’t have bad breath. The Bride-to-be is a whole bunch of people headed for deep union and communion with the bachelor Groom. The Bride of Christ is not a single Jewish girl His age. She is millions of us, all ages and stages, males and females (only two genders), and all ages. 

Just thinking ahead and getting us all ready.

Introduction to City Living

Population and Memory Loss (Steve Campbell)

Revival? No.

“Human history is the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.” 

- C.S. Lewis

 


Planet Earth Today

Everyone wants to go to heaven when they die but the Place Prepared is for men, women, boys and girls who know Jesus as a living Person. The citizens of New Jerusalem have been called and chosen over the past 2000 years by God. Every citizen will know and cherish their personal relationship with Jesus Christ. He's the Lord of heaven and of earth.

Brothers,  join in following my example, and note those who so walk, as  you have us for a pattern. For many walk, of whom I have told you often, and now tell you even weeping, that they  are  the enemies of the cross of Christ: whose end is destruction,  whose god is  their belly, and  whose glory is in their shame— who set their mind on earthly things. 

For  our citizenship is in heaven,  from which we also  eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be  conformed to His glorious body, according to the working by which He is able even to  subdue all things to Himself. (Philippians 3:17-21)

The classical Hebrew view of heaven is that it has three levels. Earth was originally an unexplored pristine plant. Not so now.

If 20% of earth's present inhabitants know Jesus Christ that could mean about 150 million men, women, boys and girls
will all be caught up into heaven (New Jerusalem) at the Rapture.

Ahead of them will be an equal number of time travelers who have just "died"
from the First Century until now, including Jesus, and the Apostles of course.

The Church Jesus Has been building for 2000 years is A Glorious Church 

The completed church in heaven, perhaps 300 million people strong, will be made of perhaps 5% Americans
but will mostly be peoples of other skin color and ethnicity, as can be seen from the charts below.



God Loves us All

God who IS Love desires that none should be lost and all that all who will may come. Yet in each generation only 10 or 20% of folks down on the planet apparently become saved. This would seem to be the testimony of history. The belief that all are saved, as in Universalism, can’t be defended from the Bible. God can’t violate our freedom of choice. He has made us very much like Himself in our free will. What behooves us who know Jesus is surely to each be fully available to our Lord without strings attached, so that Jesus, not “self,” is what outsiders see in us. I often wonder how many  have turned away from Jesus because of me?

“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.” 

And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who thirsts come. Whoever desires, let him take the water of life freely.” (Revelation 22:16–17)

The Queen of Sheba was probably a black woman. Solomon of course Jewish. The Bride of Christ is a gentile. Genital sexuality will be unnecessary in New Jerusalem.

“For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels of God in heaven.” (Matthew 22:30)

There will be no lack of intimacy and love in New Jerusalem. See Intimacy with God, Jesus Hasn’t Married Yet, Commentary on Song of Solomon.

The Song of Solomon is about Love but it’s not a Sex Manual

Some men and women reading through the Song of Solomon find it erotic and sensually stimulating. It seems to me this is because of the projection of our own hearts onto the text. As we grow pure in heart in our relationship with the Lord Jesus we have less to project onto the book from our own unconscious unresolved issues. Some Jewish rabbis down through the ages have recommended that the book not be read by anyone under thirty years of age. The Song does produce highly subjective reactions in most readers. These reactions usually change over time indicating that the Song is a fully inspired part of God's Word. Like the rest of the Bible Canticles has life-transforming, redemptive power behind it. The Song mirrors back to the reader his or her own spiritual and emotional level of growth and maturity at all stages of life. No reputable scholar considers Song of Solomon to be erotic literature. It is a love story and there is a clear progression both of self-understanding of the lovers, and in their relationship as the story unfolds...

Christian commentators have long interpreted the Song of Songs as a picture of the Church as the Bride of Christ. God loves His only Son and by the Holy Spirit He has called out and prepared for Jesus a beautiful, virgin bride. In type this is illustrated in Genesis 24. Abraham's servant (type of the Holy Spirit) was sent by Abraham (type of the Father), into the far country to secure Rebekah as wife for his beloved Son, Isaac, (type of Christ). While Jewish symbolism sees Israel as the wife of God, the church is composed of Jews and Gentiles. In the present age of history the church is the special group of believers who are being called out to become the virgin Bride of Christ. This picture comes up several times in the Book of the Revelation. Similarly, the Apostle Paul writes,

"I feel a divine jealousy for you, for I betrothed you to Christ to present you as a pure bride to her one husband." (2 Corinthians 11:2)

"Be subject to one another out of reverence for Christ. Wives, be subject to your husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. As the church is subject to Christ, so let wives also be subject in everything to their husbands. Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. Even so husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. For no man ever hates his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, as Christ does the church, because we are members of his body. "For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh." This mystery is a profound one, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church; however, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband." (Ephesians 5:21-33)

The Wife of Jehovah and the Bride of Christ | The Marriage of the Lamb 

The Revirginized | Your Wedding Invitation from Jesus | Made in the Image of God

The Bride of Christ is not one woman but men, women and children from every tribe and nation. 


Abraham Looked for a City

Abraham (Four thousand years ago) looked forward to living in New Jerusalem

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible...

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker  is God. 

By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude--innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore...

These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.  And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 


But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense

...And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us. (Hebrews 11)

Resources

The Near Future of Planet Earth God Manages His House  The Excluded Ones  A Thousand Years of Peace Times and Seasons 
Seasons of Stress in the World A Gentile Bride for Jesus Time Warps An Orbiting City in Space Rapture Shock
When Heaven Comes to Earth The Seven Churches in New Jerusalem A Glorious Church You are Mostly software! Psalm 45
If the Rapture Happened Today Parishes in New Jerusalem? Your Wedding Invitation from Jesus The Complexities of Time Portals
Part 1 Ready for an Upgrade? Notes About Heaven  Jesus Hasn’t Married Yet The Quality of Time The 144 Thousand
Part 2 New Bodies for Old Intimacy with God Made in the Image of God Overview of the Rapture City Life Part 1
Time Warps in New Jerusalem Teach us to Number our Nanoseconds End Times Terminology The Revirginized The Last Judgment 
The Rapture & The Second Coming  Single in Christ by John Piper

Bema 1  Bema 2  Bema 3 

Living in New Jerusalem Is there a Hell?


Who is Jesus Pantokrator

Jesus: Lord of All

One of the names of Jesus is Pantokrator (παντός pantos), i.e. "all" and κράτος, kratos, i.e. "strength," "might," "power". 

“...that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come. And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.” (Ephesians 1:17:23)

 

However, the Most High does not dwell in temples made with hands, as the prophet says: 
‘Heaven is My throne,
And earth is My footstool.
What house will you build for Me? 

says the LORD,
Or what is the place of My rest? 

Has My hand not made all these things?’ (Acts 7;48-50)

And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”  Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”  And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son... (Revelation 21:3-7) 

But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming. Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be destroyed is death. For “He has put all things under His feet.” But when He says “all things are put under Him,” it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted. Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.“ (1 Corinthians 15:20-28)


Are you an Outsider or an Insider--(In Christ or not yet)? Christ in You  

No need to Fear of Death if you know Jesus Christ

Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. (Hebrews 2:14-15)

Death is Abolished in Christ

“...but has now been revealed by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ, who has abolished death and brought life and immortality to light through the gospel... (2 Timothy 1:10)

“...and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.“ (1 Thessalonians 1:9, 10)

Your Timeline:  You did not choose to be born nor pick your patents. Your bio dad determined your gender.  You are a created spirit created, chosen, destined to live out your life.  You were born mortal and have been appointed to die.

“...And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.“ (Hebrews 9:27, 28)

The Place Prepared

Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. “In My Father’s house (oikia) are many mansions (mone) if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. “

And 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 14:1-3)

Set Your Sights Above

If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. (Colossians 3:1-3)


Music 

You've Been a Friend | Take your Shoes off Moses | El Shaddai | Thy Word s a Lamp Unto my Feet... | Marching to Zion
On Jordan's Stormy Banks | There is Power in the Blood| | Diamonds is the Rough | Short Life of Trouble | Canaan's Land
All the Good Times are Over |m All the Good Times are Lost and Gone | Heavenly Sunshine


Little Log Cabin in the Lane

Oh I’m gettin’ old and feeble and I cannot work no more
The children no more gather ’round my door
And old masters and old mrs they are sleepin’ side by side
Near the little old log cabin in the lane.    Oh the chimney’s fallen down and the roof’s all caved in
   Lettin’ in the sunshine and the rain
   And the only friend I’ve got now is that good old dag of mine
   And the little old log cabin in the lane Oh the trees have all growed up that lead around the hill
The fences have all gone to decay
And the creeks have all dried up where we used to go to mill
And things have changed their course another way

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