Mark 13:30-31 “Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.”
This was when I heard God say to me, “You are the New Jerusalem, the Holy city, the Holy temple.” And then I turned to Revelation 21.
Revelation 21:1-2 “Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”
It all clicks. I had been taught in the church that someday, the new Jerusalem would come down after the earth had been destroyed, because I would have been “caught up with Him” in heaven, just before returning to the new earth. False. I am the New Jerusalem. We are the New Jerusalem, the holy city, the holy temple. The old things have already passed, and all things have become new. We have come from above, citizens of heaven, in the world, but not of it. We took on a new form, a new identity, a new creation.
Revelation 21:3-7 “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 foundation 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 21:22-27 “But I saw no temple in [the city], for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. The city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God illuminated in it (Isaiah 60:19-20). The Lamb is its light. And the nations shall walk in its light, and the kings of the earth bring the glory and honor of the nations to Him. Its gates shall not shut at all by day (there shall be no night there). And they shall bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it that they may enter in. But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, nor one who causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.”
Jesus said, “It is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man…But those things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart…For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” (Matt.15:11,18,12:34).
“The Bride, the holy city, is filled with the glory of the Lord, the light of the Lamb. Heaven has become Her new identity, and Her gates will not shut by day or night, for Her heart will remain open, that the rivers of living water may flow out of Her freely to all who thirst. And this is you, My son. Where you go, I go, because I abide in you, and you in Me. You will live to see and witness My Bride wake up to Her true self and become of one mind. For as of right now, She is being tossed to and fro, winded with doctrine upon doctrine, and She does not know what to believe because She has allowed Her heart to be troubled. Nevertheless, I have suffered for these things, and I am willing and patient for My Bride to return. For I have loved Her before the foundation of the world, and have kept Her in mind since then, for I am a Jealous God and My love is as fierce as the grave. No one can rob Me of it, yet none can fathom the depths of it. The kings search it out, and yes, what great kings they are. I call them My true sons. For they know My heart, and they trust Me as their own. For they represent Me in action and tongue. Who can fathom the depths of My love? Or the heights of My mercy? Who knows the will of God, but My true sons? My Bride will return to Me, and that is My revealed Faithfulness. I long for Her return. It is the ones who overcome that understand to give of the water of life freely to those who thirst, for I am in him, man, that people may see Me, the Father. And this water, I say, does not run dry. It causes the hungry heart to starve for more, till the heart breathes underwater, living in the Word of truth. That is the fountain of the water of life, it is overflowing. Nothing can stop the mountains of a tsunami; so nothing can stop the living Word of truth.”