New Jerusalem is the crux of Revelation 3:12. God’s Philadelphians are infused with a strong vision of new Jerusalem. Our Father wants His vision of new Jerusalem to consume the minds of His people.
Revelation 3:12 says, “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.”
Throughout the Philadelphia Church of God’s history, we have been reading this verse and applying it to God’s Philadelphians. We may have read this verse hundreds, even thousands, of times. But how much have we thought about what God means when He says new Jerusalem? God tells us in this verse that His Philadelphians have their minds on new Jerusalem.
After Jesus Christ returns and has removed the sins from this world, the Father will come to rule His Family from new Jerusalem. “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 he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God …. 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” (Revelation 21:3, 10-11, 22-23). God the Father yearns to be with His Family. Our Father will inhabit new Jerusalem with us—after the 1,000-year Millennium has ended and there are no more physical beings on Earth.
We need this vision to endure the hardships ahead. “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, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise” (Hebrews 11:8-9). These faithful men knew that our bodies are temporary—like tabernacles. We must have a vision that reaches beyond this life and even beyond the Millennium! “For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (verse 10). Abraham saw new Jerusalem and God’s eternal Family.
Abraham is known as the father of the faithful (Galatians 3:7). He set an example in righteous obedience. He looked forward to the city built by God the Father. Think about the spiritual depth of this man!
We all need to really think about new Jerusalem and the time when the whole universe will be inhabited by the Family of God. Human beings, and all the problems we face on this Earth, will be gone. New Jerusalem will be here. So will God the Father.
The Philadelphians will be stationed in the Jerusalem headquarters forever. “[H]e [each Philadelphian] shall go no more out ….” God is making it personal for each one of us. Most of God’s own people have become lukewarm today. They have lost this part of their reward already, because they lost the new Jerusalem vision. Then Satan got to them. What an eternal price they must pay for that failure—even the 50 percent who repent in the Tribulation.
Do we see how real these promises are? And how costly it is if we fail?
We must overcome as Christ overcame (Revelation 3:21). He overcame the devil. The lukewarm Laodiceans fail to do so before the Tribulation.
This strongly indicates that anyone who loses the vision of new Jerusalem becomes far more vulnerable to Satan’s attacks.
God will go to extreme lengths to help us understand and focus on new Jerusalem. We are in the last hour, and I believe one of the most profound and spectacular ways God is getting us to focus on new Jerusalem is by building and properly using His house. Armstrong Auditorium is a $20 million facility we have built at our headquarters campus. We made it the highest quality we possibly could, because it points us to the new Jerusalem that we will inhabit in the future! The same God who shall govern new Jerusalem rules this house today—His eternal message flows from that building! We need to think deeply about this; God’s house and new Jerusalem are connected in a very special way. The new Jerusalem vision reverberates within the walls of this most royal house.
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