Man insists on serving what he can see and is at a loss in serving the spiritual house where God is met! It is by faith in believing in the unseen does God dwell and move in our behalf(Hebrews 11:1).The promises of God are ever true and even as others before us carried the same faith, we know that God has prepared a city for His people who have faithfully relied on Him throughout their lives(Hebrews 11:13-16). 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. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 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.
John was shown the new heaven and earth coming down from God out of heaven, the holy city called “New Jerusalem” a place where only Gods truth and righteousness will dwell forevermore. A city where gold streets are as clear glass where the foundation of its walls are garnished so beautifully with all kinds of precious stones!(Revelation 21:1-2,18-21). 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. 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; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. 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.
The holy city is nothing like what man is used to here, but Jesus message told of how if they would destroy their temple which had stood for forty six years He would build His temple in three days and was speaking of the temple of His body(John 2:19-21),(2 Corinthians 5:1,2). For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed upon with our house which is from heaven:
Revelation teaches us there will be no standing temple in heaven for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple, neither will the holy city of God have need of the sun or moon for the light of the Lord will lighten it(Revelation 21:22-27). 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.
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