John 14:1-11 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many mansions: 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 unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?
Jesus saith unto him,
I AM THE WAY, THE TRUTH, AND THE LIFE, NO MAN COMETH UNTO THE FATHER, BUT BY ME,
If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and HAVE SEEN HIM. Philip saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me HATH SEEN THE FATHER; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, HE DOETH THE WORKS. Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father in me: or else believe me for the very works’ sake. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
QUESTION: What is this PLACE that our Lord is PREPARING for the born again Christian?
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 go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and
the name of the city 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.
Revelation 21:1-27 AND I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city,
NEW JERUSALEM, coming down from god out of heaven,
PREPARED as a bride adorned for her husband.
NOTE: This city is not the bride but is prepared AS A BRIDE! A woman might be prepared AS A ROSE for her wedding but she is not a rose.
The bride is engaged
II Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.
The bride will be married
Revelation 19:7 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. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God. And I fell at his feet to worship him, And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.
And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
AND GOD SHALL WIPE AWAY ALL TEARS FROM THEIR EYES;
AND THERE SHALL BE NO MORE DEATH, NEITHER SORROW, NOR CRYING, NEITHER SHALL THERE BE ANY MORE PAIN;
FOR THE FORMER THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY.
And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write:
for these WORDS ARE TRUE AND FAITHFUL.
And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life FREELY. He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.
BUT THE FEARFUL,
AND THE ABOMINABLE,
AND ALL LIARS,
SHALL HAVE THEIR PART IN THE LAKE WHICH BURNETH WITH FIRE AND BRIMSTONE: WHICH IS THE SECOND DEATH.
And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither,
I will shew thee the BRIDE, the LAMB’S WIFE.
And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and
shewed me that GREAT CITY, the HOLY JERUSALEM,
NOTE: It would be like saying the City Of Cincinnati welcomes you; when what is really being said is that the PEOPLE OF CINCINNATI welcome you.
descending out of heaven from God. Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper store, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of he twelve apostles of the Lamb. And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. And the building of the wall of it was of jasper, and the city WAS PURE GOLD, like unto clear glass.
And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones.
The first foundation was JASPER, (A transparent crystal that symbolizes Reuben)
the second, SAPPHIRE; (A blue stone that symbolizes Simeon)
the third, a CHALCEDONY; (A white translucent stone that symbolizes Levi)
the fourth, an EMERALD; (A green stone that symbolizes Judah)
The fifth, SARDONYX; (A red and white stone that symbolizes Dan)
the sixth, SARDIUS, (A brownish-red stone that symbolizes Naphtali)
the seventh, CHRYSOLYTE; (A gold stone that symbolizes Gad)
the eight, BERYL; (A stone like «frozen fire» that symbolizes Asher)
the ninth, a TOPAZ; (A light yellow-orange stone that symbolizes Issachar)
the tenth, a CHRYSOPRASUS; (A golden green stone that symbolizes Zebulun)
the eleventh, a JACINTH; (A dusty red stone that symbolizes Joseph)
the twelfth, an AMETHYST. (A light purple crystal that symbolizes Benjamin)
And the TWELVE GATES were TWELVE PEARLS; every several gate was of ONE PEARL:
and the street of the city was PURE GOLD, as it were transparent glass.
And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day:
for there shall be NO NIGHT THERE.
And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.
AND THERE SHALL IN NO WISE ENTER INTO IT ANY THING THAT DEFILETH, NEITHER WHATSOEVER WORKETH ABOMINATION, OR MAKETH A LIE:
BUT THEY WHICH ARE WRITTEN IN THE LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE.
NOTE: The bride of Christ is the Church: it is a unit; The BODY OF CHRIST. The only PEOPLE who enter into this CITY have their names WRITTEN IN THE LAMB’S BOOK OF LIFE.
1. New Jerusalem is not called a bride, but instead is «prepared» as a bride and adorned for her husband. Therefore it is the HOME John 14 of Born-again believers. We are «are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.» as his WIFE (ie, the Church).
2. The reference in Galatians 4:26 is Spiritual (ie, Jerusalem which is ABOVE) vs the physical (ie, the law) «Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.» Now as why is Jerusalem above the «mother of us all» here is the best I can do: Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
3. Because we are now espoused, or betrothed as VIRGIN that is waiting to receive the promise of the wedding. For one thing, we as the church are not ready to get married yet, their is still work to be done to INCREASE the church prior to the rapture! THEN we (ie, the Church AFTER the Judgment Seat of Christ») will be ready to «complete the vows!»
ANSWER: The Holy city New Jerusalem which will come down FROM GOD out of HEAVEN.
No more sorrow!
No more death!
No more crying!
No more pain!
No more tears of parting!
No more tears of weariness!
No more tears of poverty!
No more tears of disappointment!
Love without passion!
Service without weariness!
Joy without sorrow!
Blessings without cursing!
Life without death!
Light without darkness!
Power without suffering!
Rule without end!
Satisfaction without want!
Singing without crying!
Beauty without infirmity!
Company without absence!
«The voice of weeping shall be no more heard.» Isaiah 65:19
The glorified weep no more, for all outward causes of grief are gone. There are no broken friendships, nor blighted prospects in heaven. Poverty, famine, peril, persecution, and slander, are unknown there. No pain distresses, no thought of death or bereavement saddens. They weep no more, for they are perfectly sanctified. No «evil heart of unbelief» prompts them to depart from the living God; they are without fault before His thrown, and are fully conformed to His image. Well may they cease to mourn who have ceased to sin. They weep no more, because all fear of change is past. They know that they are eternally secure. Sin is shut out, and they are shut in. They dwell within a city which shall never be stormed; they bask in a sun which shall never set; they drink of a river which shall never dry; they pluck fruit from a tree which shall never wither.
Countless cycles may revolve, but eternity shall not be exhausted, and while eternity endures, their immortality and blessedness shall co-exist with it. They are for ever with the Lord. They weep no more, because every desire is fulfilled. They cannot wish for anything which they have not in possession. Eye and ear, heart and hand, judgment, imagination, hope, desire, will, all the faculties, are completely satisfied; and imperfect as our present ideas are of the things which God hath prepared for them that love him, yet we know enough, by the revelation of the Spirit, that the saints above are supremely blessed. The joy of Christ, which is an infinite fulness of delight, is in them. They bathe themselves in the bottomless, shoreless sea of infinite beatitude. That same joyful rest remains for us. It may not be far distant. Ere long the weeping willow shall be exchanged for the palm-branch of victory, and sorrow’s dewdrops will be transformed into the pearls of everlasting bliss. «Wherefore comfort one another with these words.»
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