~The New Jerusalem~
|The Twelve Gates|
“As I looked and saw the Army marching forward there was in front of this Army the fire of God from the Throne, and upon the earth the nations as the Army came forth into their midst. The faces of the peoples who saw this Army became blackened, so much so that a fierce anger was apparent to me. These faces who were blackened were this way because of conviction and because of the failure of the world to prevent this Army from marching forward. Round about this Army and round about each Soldier in the Army was the fire of God in protection, but also in judgment. At the same time that this march took place the kingdoms of the world and the nations therein were destroyed. The world held in bondage came to an abrupt end but with anger and with sorrow as the Army of the Lord marched forward in the flames of the fire of God.”
Now we come to the Gates
and the Foundations, the fields and the plains within and without the walls of
the New Jerusalem, and then finally, the
Being somewhat stretched in meaning this City is a volume of information for they who would walk according to the hope that is in them, the hope of full and final victory, the end of trials and testings and the completion of our faith. The City also becomes that standard by which all men are measured as relates to holiness and perfection.
The Gates of the City are laid out 3 to a side, which Gates are described thus:
“And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be
no night there. Rev 21:25. The City is seen
appearing after the 1st Heaven and the 1st Earth end. Those
who were tainted by the fall come to the end of their purpose and the
destruction of the fall is no more. There is at the revelation of this City a
New Heavens and a New Earth. Also, there is no more ‘sea’, or if you will, the
mass of humanity is no more a mass, but a people in whom God will now
Tabernacle. The entire purpose of the City is so that God can Tabernacle
amongst the people of the earth. That God now will live in communion with the
inhabitants of the earth who have every tear wiped from their eye and the
former things are forgotten and are no more for they are passed away forever.
This is the picture of what we are all hoping for, the full manifestation of
So then coming from the
outside to the inside of the City, we approach it knowing that this is the
invitation from Father for us to come Tabernacle with Him. There is just so
much to view and cover here from the scriptures that it is hard to begin. When
I contemplate the foundation of this City, then the Gates, then the walls, it
all ties together so beautifully in a perfect picture of God dwelling amongst
man whom He created in His image. The City is a perfect picture of God’s
wonderful love and of His tremendous saving power through the atonement The
Lord Jesus Christ made for each one upon
So with that said, I
want to for now rise above the foundation, coming back to it later, and instead
go right into the understanding I have on the Gates. For the Gates are said to
be 12 in number, and to each Gate and Angel, and on each Gate a name written of
one of the tribes of the children of
Just as you now have a heart pumping your natural blood, so shall that heart be glorified in a new body, pumping the blood of the new covenant in your very veins in this City. This former heart in your natural body will be exchanged for a new heart. Your former body for a new body. Just as sure as you are alive in this world, so much more will you live in the next. There will be NOT ONE SOUL separated from God in this City. Not one person will be left out of it when the final tally is accounted for, and nothing of defilement from the former fallen world will enter into this final and eternal Tabernacle that God Almighty and the Lamb are, even in this City which will always be. The truth of your life in this City is as real as you are living now, and it shall be as real as you will be then, for “then” the “now” will be forgotten, and then the “forgotten” shall never be “remembered” any more.
But the greatest thing I
personally look very much forward to IS a future event. It is an event that is
yet being worked out by our Savior and will be manifested in due time when its
completion has come to the full. This thing I long to see almost more than
anything in the future life of the Tabernacle of God in the earth is what Jesus
Himself is going to do. This faith of what I believe in concerning our Lord has
kept me through many trials in my life, many realms of rejection, many years of
the hard burden of my own cross. For it is a hope of something that Jesus will
bring both to mankind and to God Himself, a hope that I hold in my heart as one
of the greatest thrills of my faith. We are told in 1st Corinthians
15:24 that Christ will hand over a completed Kingdom to God. “Then cometh the end, when he shall have
delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down
all rule and all authority and power” 1
Corinthians 15:24 KJV. What I see is not written in this
portion of scripture, but it is to me a most precious revelation. Picture this
if you will. In the midst of The New Jerusalem is the
After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. Acts 15:16-18 KJV
Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ: To the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, According to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: Ephesians 3:8-11 KJV
So come with me as we enter one by one through the Gates into this City. As we behold the foundation thereof, for the foundation is the first thing this natural world will see when this City descends to settle upon the dust of the earth. Each Gate is a realm of victory for the Overcomer, each Gate a realm of Grace in our Savior’s great love.
are laid out the same way the Tribes once encamped around Moses Tabernacle, now
it has grown through the pages of scripture to become Gates in the walls of
Starting then with the east side of the walls, those three Gates are Judah, Issachar and Zebulun.
The Gate of
The Gate Of Issachar: God who is our reward. Now we see the rewards given to the righteous, those who overcame. Come with me through this Gate dear reader and inherit none other than God Himself who bears all 12 Names of His Majesty. God who in fullness is unmeasured, whom the infinite universe itself cannot contain. This very same God who was the Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ during His passion. This God is YOUR REWARD. A reward that WILL NEVER BE REMOVED FROM YOU.
The Gate of Zebulun: God our eternal dwelling – WE ARE HOME. Never more to depart out of the New
Jerusalem, not just the City itself, but ANYWHERE ON THE EARTH SHALL THIS
DOMINION BE. Oh Dear Reader, enter this Gate and be glad, for the earth will be
The next three gates on the southern wall are Reuben, Gad and Simeon.
The Gate of Reuben: Looking upon the Son – He who sees the Son. The son here being JESUS CHRIST THE ONLY BEGOTTEN SON OF THE MOST HIGH GOD. For He is the son who was begotten of God, once born of a woman under the Law, but now the fulfiller of that very same law and the maker of this eternal dominion! Come see this one for He is there, at the right hand of God who sits in the midst of this City upon the eternal Throne. See the Son and LIVE. Come through this gate to behold Him who is even to us the pattern son, the redeemer made the last Adam to consume the first Adam! Who’s right we are and who’s work we are completed in! I tell you, the first one I wish to behold in the New Jerusalem when I finally arrive IS JESUS!
The Gate of Gad: A band, a troop. Could I say AN ARMY? For this is the Gate the Army of God RETURNS TO ONCE ITS MARCH IS COMPLETED IN THE EARTH. The Army of the Lord which is composed entirely of they who overcome will march TO BRING AND END TO ALL FLESH. Any person who comes in through this Gate will see this Army glorious with banners and with The Lord Jesus Christ as the Captain and General of this mighty Host, tiny in numbers, but with the unlimited power and strength of God Almighty who did His full will of redemption through them.
The Gate of Simeon: They that hear and obey God’s Word. No one is exempted from
entering into this Gate! For all mankind WILL hear and WILL obey the Word of
the Lord. This Gate comes into effect AFTER the fall of
The next three Gates on the northern wall are Dan, Naphtali and Asher.
The Gate of Dan: Judgment, He who judges. This is the Gate of contrition and brokenness, of sorrow previous exchanged for the sentence given. It is this Gate that stands testament to the perishing of the former things that the new things might be all that is known. Anyone who comes to the New Jerusalem will be ones who endured judgment and who was made purified and white and clean. The end result of this judgment will be HOLINESS with NO DEFILEMENTS OF THE FORMER FALLEN EARTH.
The Gate of Naphtali: Wrestling is over, no more struggles or fights. The Gate most longed for by those who bore the heat of life in this world. The life in its fallen state which became great tribulation as the fall was removed from the tainted soul. When you enter by this Gate, your life of struggles have come to an end. No more will there be any tribulation, any warfare, any discouragements of not knowing the Will of God. Through this gate the processings have come to an end and perfection has come.
The Gate of Asher: Happy blessed ones. Happy and blessed because THE FORMER THINGS ARE ALL PASSED AWAY. The working of God in cursing creation has come to an end and now creation has entered this Edenic state! Happy because there is nothing but this joy of Eternity, and the view of the Lord and the overcoming ones, and of a new body and a new creation wherein dwells NO death. No trials, no testings, no wars. The former world forgotten and remembered no more. Such is the joy of they who enter this Gate, come with me and approach it, for it is A PROMISE SURE.
The last three gates are on the western wall, Ephriam, Manneseh and Benjamin.
The Gate of Manneseh: Forgetting,
he that is forgotten, forgetting the former pain. Run to this Gate dear
ones, RUN for this will be the first thing to forget, this former world and
your life within it! This is the reward for they who RUN THE RACE TO WIN THE
PRIZE. They will FORGET WHAT THEY RAN AWAY FROM. They will forget this former
world, this former life, this former tribulation and most of all – this former
death and dying. The curse will be NO MORE when you enter this Gate. Come with
me dear reader, enter in by this Gate into the causeway of that which is
forgotten, this is a
The Gate of Ephriam ( This is the Gate associated with Levi ): Increasing fruitfulness because of association with the King. The fruit of the Spirit began in this world, but it will NOT end in the next. It is my aim to show you the fruit on the Tree of Life in the midst of the paradise of God, which fruit is borne in all of its seasons. For now know that each one who enters this Gate will be fruitful with a never ending supply of the fruit of the life that now is, which life has nothing of the former world associated with it. Ah, now we see the feasts of the Kingdom, the Word of God not in meat and drink, but righteousness peace and joy. Such is the reward of all they who enter by this Gate!
The Gate of Benjamin: Son of the Father’s Right Hand. Here now is our final identity, that we would be IN Father and Father would be the only remaining Tabernacle in which the extent of this City is found. As living waters pour over the soul, so they who enter in by this Gate will enter into the Eternal life of Father who will identify with His creation by consuming it all into Himself. From this point on as you enter this Gate, your eyesight will only see God. And God, when He sees you will see only A SON.
To be continued…………….
Kenneth B Visscher