The old hymn goes: “When we all get to heaven, what a day of rejoicing that will be. When we all see Jesus, we’ll sing and shout the victory.”
[The song comes to a screeching stop. And this newsflash cuts through the ether of our minds: Heaven is coming to earth. The capital of the Kingdom of Heaven, the New Jerusalem, the city built by God and not man, is coming to earth, along with its King.]
And this spectacular city will come down out of heaven and land right over the current geographical location called the Holy Land. This is what makes that piece of real estate “holy” in the pure sense of the word. It has been set apart for the landing zone when the heavenly Jerusalem comes down from above.
So we should be singing about this city. We should be singing about how the New Jerusalem will get to us here on earth, not us getting to heaven.
Yes, I know that when we die, our spirits return unto God who gave it to us. Our present earthly vessels will wither and turn to dust as we await His glorious appearing and return to earth. For when He returns, He has promised that His faithful will receive a new incorruptible spiritual body (I Cor. 15: 42-45, 52).
The Unseen City
The Spirit admonishes us to look “at the things which are not seen.” Why? Because the material physical world is temporary. Sensory gratification lasts but a moment. So we should seek for the invisible eternal things (II Cor. 4: 18). We should seek those things that only faith-filled eyes can see.
New Jerusalem fulfills this. It is invisible and eternal and holy and righteous. It is “the city of the great King.” It is the city that Abraham sought. “For he looked for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Heb. 11: 9-10). God called and chose him out to start a new nation of human beings that would be His spiritual offspring. These faithful few God protects, “for He has prepared for them a city” (11: 16).
And God gave this real estate, this holy piece of ground, to Abraham and to his seed after him. “I will give unto thee…the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God” (Gen. (17: 8). There. Abraham knew that the Holy Land was special to God, and he knew that God had given it to him and his children. But all he saw were hostile people and barren rocky land.
We talk of the faith of Abraham. Well, this is it. This is where it started. He looked for the New Jerusalem, and he knew that the land God promised to him was the landing zone! This is why wars rage on and on over Jerusalem. This is where the New Jerusalem will set down.
The True Bride of Christ
New Jerusalem is “the bride, the Lamb’s wife” (Rev. 21: 9). Let’s stop and meditate on this simple statement. This heavenly city is Christ’s bride, the Lamb’s wife. There is only one Lamb, and that is Christ. I think we all can agree on that. New Jerusalem is His bride or wife.
I know. We were taught that the church is the “bride of Christ.” The above refutes that very plainly. This false doctrine clouds the meaning of this passage about New Jerusalem: “But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all” (Gal. 4: 26).
Now, to be a mother, one must give birth to sons and/or daughters. The heavenly city New Jerusalem is our mother. We are her children. The “Jerusalem which is above” gave birth to us. We are not the “bride.” We are children of the Father and New Jerusalem. This is why Christ said, “Except a man be born again [born from above in the Greek], he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3: 3). We are born out of the matrix of the Father’s Spirit working through New Jerusalem. This is why we should be seeking our spiritual mother New Jerusalem. That is our roots. That is our home. And that heavenly city, prepared for His faithful followers, will be our eternal home after it touches down right over the Holy Land.
Now these passages make more sense: “Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col. 3: 2). And, “Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” Which “land”? Revelation time: The Holy Land, the land that God has given us, the land that is the “landing zone” for the New Jerusalem coming down from above. Thank you, Father. You are wonderful.
Kenneth Wayne Hancock