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Two yerûshâlayim (Jerusalem) Part 2
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Isaiah 62:1-2 NASB

1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
And for Jerusalem’s sake I will not keep quiet,
Until her righteousness goes forth like brightness,
And her salvation like a torch that is burning.
2 The nations will see your righteousness,
And all kings your glory;
And you will be called by a new name
Which the mouth of the Lord will designate.

Revelation 3:12 NASB

12 He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he will not go out from it anymore; and I will write on him the name of My God, and the name of the city of My God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God, and My new name.

According to Dr. Stephen Jones (God's Kingdom Ministries) writing about the two Jerusalem's, "one cannot understand the fulfillment of prophecy without seeing there are two Jerusalem's:  the old Jerusalem and the New Jerusalem. The distinctions makes it possible to understand the seeming contradiction between biblical statements of blessings and curses upon Jerusalem".

Isaiah understood there would be another Jerusalem to replace the old one, which the above Scripture clearly attest - "You (Jerusalem) will be called by a new name".

The Apostle John also understood this who wrote the Book of Revelation in approximately 96 A.D. almost thirty years after the temple in Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. for he referred to it as the "NEW JERUSALEM which comes down out of heaven from my God".

Isaiah 62:4-5 NASB

4 It will no longer be said to you, “Forsaken,”
Nor to your land will it any longer be said, “Desolate”;
But you will be called, “My delight is in her,”
And your land, “Married”;
For the Lord delights in you,
And to Him your land will be married.
5 For as a young man marries a virgin,
So your sons will marry you;
And as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride,
So your God will rejoice over you.

Compare the above text with Revelation 11:8:

8 And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt where also their Lord was crucified. 

In this passage, John calls old Jerusalem, Sodom and Egypt for it will become a city of perversion (there is already a growing contingent of homosexuals in Jerusalem that now have their annual Gay Pride Day Parade) and the apostate Jews will again worship idols (the Antichrist). However, in Isaiah 62:4, the prophet says a future Jerusalem will be called a delight - the Lord will delight in her and be married to her. 

Revelation 21:2 NASB

2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.

In both the Isaiah 62 and Revelation 21 passages, the New Jerusalem is referred to as the Bride of the Lord,not that the Lord will be spiritually married to a literal city, but it is a spiritual union between the saints that live in the New Jerusalem and the Lord. The Bible never says the Lord will be married to the Old Jerusalem. 

Revelation 21:9-10 supports the New Jerusalem as the wife of the Lord:

9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, “Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,

Obviously, the holy city, Jerusalem in Verse 10 in the context is the New Jerusalem, not the old one.

We know from Revelation 21:10-27, the New Jerusalem will be much different than the old city in both physical and spiritual terms (I recommend you read this passage now to understand the dichotomy).

Comparing Revelation 21 with Isaiah 60:18-21 it is clear the New Jerusalem is not the old one restored and made a delight unto the Lord. No, as in the previous article (Part 1) the old Jerusalem will be destroyed and become un-repairable. 

Isaiah 60:18-21 NASB

18 “Violence will not be heard again in your land,
Nor devastation or destruction within your borders;
But you will call your walls salvation, and your gates praise.
19 “No longer will you have the sun for light by day,
Nor for brightness will the moon give you light;
But you will have the Lord for an everlasting light,
And your God for your glory.
20 “Your sun will no longer set,
Nor will your moon wane;
For you will have the Lord for an everlasting light,
And the days of your mourning will be over.
21 “Then all your people will be righteous;
They will possess the land forever,
The branch of My planting,
The work of My hands,
That I may be glorified.
  
Revelation 21:22-27 NASB

22 I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. 23 And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb. 24 The nations will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their glory into it. 25 In the daytime (for there will be no night there) its gates will never be closed; 26 and they will bring the glory and the honor of the nations into it; 27 and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

Isaiah and John both say the same things - there will be no natural light in the New Jerusalem (no need of the sun and the moon for the Lord will be its light). Notice also in Isaiah and Revelation the New Jerusalem has both walls and gates, but more a spiritual connotation than a literal application.

When John says he saw the New Jerusalem coming down out of heaven upon the earth (Revelation 21:10), he was not implying the New Jerusalem will descend upon the newly renovated earth like an outer space planet and overlay the old city. No, the meaning is the origin of the New Jerusalem is divine beginning with the new birth of the Holy Spirit, which all who enter it must possess for no sinners are allowed there.  

Dr. Jones says, "Christians need to learn the New Jerusalem is a spiritual city that will cover the whole earth in the restoration of all things. The purpose of the physical creation was to manifest the glory of God and this purpose will finally be fulfilled in the New Jerusalem". When Adam and Eve sinned, the glory of God was removed from the original creation, but in the last Adam (Christ Jesus) the glory of God will be restored to the earth.

Now what does all this mean in today's traditional religious world?  The Jews do not believe in the New Testament (the higher revelation of holy writ) and dispute the Book of Revelation's account of a New Jerusalem, not the old one they are mislead about its future. That would also include many Evangelical Christians that are all hung-up over a third temple in the old city and a so-called restoration of Zion's monarchy. 

There is also a misunderstanding of Zion much like that of old Jerusalem. "The Bible often uses another term, Zion and the daughter of Zion (See Isaiah 62:11). Zion was the place where King David ruled Jerusalem and all Israel, thus is was a symbol of ruler-ship. Since the Bible speaks of both Zion and Jerusalem in the Old Testament prophets, some have assumed the Zion of Bible prophecy is the physical location within the old Jerusalem".  Therefore, what has unfortunately transpired is that Christian Zionists have placed their faith in the old Jerusalem thinking it fulfills the promises of God to Abraham, but we must look at the Book of Hebrews for clarity (Note: I have often stated in articles on this site the two books Christians need to be studying in the end-time is Hebrews and Revelation):

Hebrews 12:22-24 NASB

22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to myriads of angels. 23 to the general assembly and Church of the first-born who are enrolled in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of righteous men made perfect and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant. 

This verse is pregnant with a ton of revelation and a book could be written upon its precepts that debunk traditional dispensationalism with its corrupted Zionism doctrine that places national Israel as the chosen "only" people and superior to the Church. 

Look closely at this verse and understand the Book of Hebrews was written to Jews who had converted to Christianity, but were sliding back into Judaism and a worship of the Torah (Law). Who does the writer tell them they have come to as Christian Jews - to Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly or New Jerusalem and notice this - TO THE CHURCH OF THE FIRST-BORN WHO ARE ENROLLED IN HEAVEN.  He did not say they had come to a restored Davidic or Israelite monarchy. 

"The book of Hebrews teaches us that our hope (both saved Jews and Gentiles) is in our greater high priest, Christ Jesus, who ministers in a greater temple (our hearts) and in a heavenly Jerusalem and its greater Mount Zion.  The New Zion has all the characteristics of the New Jerusalem but it symbolizes the place of where Jesus rules for He is the Son of David".  Only Christ Jesus will rule in the millennial kingdom, not a restored Davidic or Israeli kingdom. 

Dr. Jones further points out in his excellent article on the New Jerusalem that "Paul wrote Hebrews (I agree with him that Paul more than likely wrote the Book of Hebrews) sometime close to his death in 64 A.D. to explain why God would allow the old city and its temple to be destroyed".  The Jews living at that time, primarily the Orthodox Jews, were astonished at the devastation they witnessed for they did not believe it was possible (they learned nothing from the Babylonian captivity when the old city and temple were ransacked and greatly damaged). They thought they could worship idols, live in sin and yet run to the temple, offer a slain bullock or lamb, and continue living as apostates and God would overlook it. HE DID NOT!

"Many Christian Evangelicals still do not understand that God has cast out the bondwoman with her son (the Levitical priesthood and Judaism itself)". Therefore, they are confused at what is going on in the Middle East and particularly the State of Israel and the land of Israel. 

I will say it again, there is nothing anymore holy about the land of Israel and the city of Jerusalem today than any other place on earth. What glory of God today resides on this earth it is in the hearts and spirits of Holy Spirit reborn saints - THE CHURCH OF THE FIRST-BORN as Hebrews 12:23 says above.

It was my privilege to visit Israel back in May - June, 1982 and while the historical - biblical sites were fascinating to see, I also observed a lot of sin and disbelief among the people of Israel and I surely did not feel I was in a more holy place than by hometown back in Texas. The Book of Ezekiel clearly reveals when and how the glory of God departed the old city and temple, then to the Mount of Olives and finally to exit even there. It returned in the body and life of Jesus in His First Advent, then went back to heaven at his ascension and today abides in the SAVED - born-again saints of God, but even among them, more flesh than the glory of God is seen.

I will have more to say in Part 3. 

Contributor to article, Dr. Stephen Jones on the New Jerusalem