~The New Jerusalem~
There shall no longer exist there anything that is accursed (detestable, foul, offensive, impure, hateful, or horrible). But the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall worship Him [pay divine honors to Him and do Him holy service]. [Zech. 14:21.] They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads. [Ps. 17:15.] And there shall be no more night; they have no need for lamplight or sunlight, for the Lord God will illuminate them and be their light, and they shall reign [as kings] forever and ever (through the eternities of the eternities). And he [of the seven angels further] said to me, These statements are reliable (worthy of confidence) and genuine (true). And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent His messenger (angel) to make known and exhibit to His servants what must soon come to pass. And behold, I am coming speedily. Blessed (happy and to be envied) is he who observes and lays to heart and keeps the truths of the prophecy (the predictions, consolations, and warnings) contained in this [little] book. Revelation 22:3-7 AMP
The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. For the day of the LORD of hosts shall be upon every one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low: And upon all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan, And upon all the high mountains, and upon all the hills that are lifted up, And upon every high tower, and upon every fenced wall, And upon all the ships of Tarshish, and upon all pleasant pictures. And the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the haughtiness of men shall be made low: and the LORD alone shall be exalted in that day. And the idols he shall utterly abolish. And they shall go into the holes of the rocks, and into the caves of the earth, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. In that day a man shall cast his idols of silver, and his idols of gold, which they made each one for himself to worship, to the moles and to the bats; To go into the clefts of the rocks, and into the tops of the ragged rocks, for fear of the LORD, and for the glory of his majesty, when he ariseth to shake terribly the earth. Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of? Isaiah 2:11-22 KJV
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.
And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn
from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence. For it pleased
the Father that in him should all fulness dwell; Colossians 1:17-19 KJV
During the course of our studies in the New Jerusalem we have seen the great promise of God to come. This promise being that Christ shall come again in Holy myriads of Himself and shall glorify His company of overcomers. And up to the last writing I revealed this company and the purpose they hold when it relates to the New Jerusalem.
But this does not satisfy my heart.
There is still in me a great lack for what I desire to reveal which is to be brought forth. Knowing we will be glorified, knowing we will march forward into the earth as the Army of the Lord does not fully satisfy my present need. Even though these things are indeed glorious and the hope of them encompasses our minds, my heart and my mind are still not satisfied with just that doctrine.
What I want is the very heart of God.
And right now I can see His heart only doing one thing. And that is that the entire present truth motion of God’s Spirit in the earth and in the company of those who bear His name is for one singular purpose. This purpose is what satisfies me and makes me glad. God’s entire purpose is found in Colossians 1:18 and that is that He works to make Christ have the pre-eminence in all things. What satisfies my heart is that Christ alone has eternally the first place and the highest place in all of that which is related to God. This is present truth. That God works to reveal to each one in due order the Headship of Christ who alone is the one God exalted. When I find myself exalting Jesus Christ alone, then, and only then, is my heart satisfied.
It is a great thing that we have such tremendous promises of the coming of Christ and of our future glorification in a sinless state. At that time we will surely be known even as we are known. But my heart does not relish in that future hope. My heart relishes in the fact that the time will come when God will finish making Christ the pre-eminent one in all of creation. That Christ alone will be worshipped by all that God made as the one who gave Himself for our offenses. All our tribulation and all our time of sojourn will be immediately forgotten when Christ alone is seen in that day as the one whom God has placed all His fullness in and all the life of the ages. That to me is true hope. And for now, my heart is satisfied when I view Christ alone as the one who is to be completely exalted and honored as the great King eternal. Worshipping this Lord is what satisfies. Putting our eyes on Him and what He does and how He moves satisfies. There is no greater gift for our faith than to behold Him as exalted, the one given total preeminence by God in all of His creation, both natural and spiritual.
I am not glad for anything less. He alone to be worshipped, loved, praised all the time, that is my heart. That is what I daily long to do when it comes to walking with the Lord.
Our present gifts, callings, ministries, writings, testimonies, callings and all that relates to our walk in Christ is nothing worth remembering when we gain a glimpse of this One whom God has exalted with a name above every name. Nothing else will matter, nothing else will be done or said or spoken or prophesied or preached. When Christ is revealed, that is what will change this world and will end death. Yes, there will be an Army Glorified, a people who have overcome and who have been given eternal glorified bodies. But it is JESUS who even in them will be seen! Jesus alone! And Jesus will be seen marching forward as this Army, or as this company who comes forth to bring an end to the death that envelops this fallen creation. If our faith and studies do not come centered back to Jesus alone, then we can overcome nothing. We can not have any victory, we can not have any faith that will carry us. Our lives will fall short of that which is His best, that we would lift our hands and praise and worship to the Lord of Glory, the Lord of all creation, even He who was raised from the dead. Now that dear reader is what satisfies my heart!
The New Jerusalem itself,
this phenomenal motion of God’s Spirit in making that which is spirit to
combine with that which is natural, even that City pales if the King alone is
not exalted in it! The City becomes a barren wasteland if Jesus alone is not
seen on the pinnacle of the
And to they who overcome and are said to have conquered the Laodicean mentality of their earthly needs and riches being their sufficiency, these are granted the right to sit upon the Throne of Glory with the Lord. Even that Throne does not satisfy me! What I want to do is WORSHIP HE WHO * * IS * * UPON THAT THRONE. I care not for what happens to me, but what I care for is that HE BE WORSHIPPED. HE BE PRAISED. That Christ be not known as He was but as He IS! The King who reigns over all! That in all things HE ALONE HAS THE PRE-EMINENCE. This is what God is doing, this is His handiwork at this time and this alone is what truly satisfies my heart and guarantees to me that I too will overcome all things. For I cannot overcome if I Worship not this great and mighty King!
Jesus is the most incredible Monarch that creation has ever known. He is far greater than any earthly monarch could ever hope to be. This same Jesus as the King in the center of the New Jerusalem IS THE REASON FOR ENTERING THIS CITY. But what I love about Jesus is how He still identifies with the sinner. This Lord, this one whom God has exalted above all other things, still goes to the lowest hell of man’s fall, the deepest ditch, the most ghastly of places made by the imagination of men in fear, and there He meets those who are so distanced from knowing His love and His grace. Jesus is the kind of Monarch that will go into hell, go into the ditch, go into the mind of a man gripped in fear. He delivers from death, He delivers from fear, He empties hell with His infinite love. This Jesus sits in the simplicity of song from a singer’s guitar, from the frail voice that may not know how to carry a tune. He meets with 2 or 3 who gather together just to praise and worship this great Savior. He sets His Throne and dwells in the praises of His people, people who society and the religious may cast off and may reject. He makes overcomers of those who have no hope of conquering anything at all! He takes these who have no hope and He makes them Kings! He brings unto Himself those who have no status, no opinion, no friends and He becomes all they need, He becomes their doctrine and He becomes their chief friend!
What other Monarch would take the sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie, they who burn in the fiery lake and save them? What other Monarch would make of Himself a Savior? What other Monarch would care for the bereaved, those who lose a loved one, those who have lost hope and lost their life and He comes to them and takes their burden unto Himself? There is NO OTHER MONARCH THAT CAN DO WHAT THIS WONDERFUL JESUS CAN DO.
Yes, we will overcome. But it will be because He became our friend. We will enter by the Gates into the New Jerusalem, but it will be because He alone is exalted as King there! We will overcome the tribulation of this day, because He alone will do the overcoming in us! I know of no other Lord who we would cast our lives down before in Worship and Praise and in glory of His Name alone! He alone is the Lord we would extol and emulate and hold forevermore in such high esteem.
For many years I have held the hope of overcoming victory and for an equal amount of time the testimony of Jesus Christ has been for me the spirit of prophecy. For many years I have known of the reward of righteousness, that they who overcome will be granted the right to sit upon the Throne with the Lord. For many years I have endured the fires of testing and trial as have many others. But I only wish for one thing. I just want to see JESUS. The greatest reward for me will not be for God to name me as an “overcomer”. The greatest reward will not be God naming me a prophet after the order of the Elijah company. The greatest reward for me will not be the granting to sit with Him on His Throne. The greatest reward for me will be to behold the face of Jesus Christ and to worship Him alone forevermore. I care not for a-n-y o-t-h-e-r t-h-i-n-g.
I am glad that the New Jerusalem will be the pillar of right that God descends to this earth. I am glad that the New Jerusalem will consume the natural into the spiritual. That the New Jerusalem will be as a bride adorned for her husband. I am glad that we will be given the right to enter this City to walk on the street of transparent gold, to partake of the tree of life in the midst of the City and of the waters of life that issue unending from under the threshold of the Throne. These things gladden my heart. But what satisfies me in all this is that I will be able to see JESUS. Oh, I will join the Heavenly host, hiding in the midst of that company so that I am never seen but to be part of that Host of the redeemed, and there my voice will join the voices of those who have also conquered and gone on before, and with them we will lift our song unto Him that alone is worthy, and we will worship this wonderful Savior and will bless His name forevermore! That is the totality of what I long for!
Not only so, but I also
long for the day that Christ will accomplish, that day that is yet before us.
That day when Christ will complete the
1 Corinthians 15:24-25 KJV The day is going to come, what a glad day that will be, when all will be restored, when all will be reconciled. When God becomes All in All. At this time we wait for that day, it is not yet, but for me this is a grand hope, the result of the obedience of Jesus to bear to death that which estranged us from the love of God.
If ever you listen to a prophet, discern the prophet this way. That a prophet who is truly of the Lord and who truly desires to worship Christ alone will only prophesy of one thing. And that which they will prophesy will be of the restitution of all creation. “And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.” Acts 3:20-21 KJV Every prophet that would speak in the name of the Lord must have this same end, that all things will in time be in restoration. That there will be a time TO COME where this restoration will take place. The tool God will use to do this restoration will be the Army of the Lord. The captain of this Army is The Lord Jesus Christ, our great atonement. And the time for this to happen is on the horizon! If a prophet teach otherwise, hear him not! For any prophet who does not preach the restitution of all creation is to be disregarded and cast aside and considered false. They will not know who they are to worship and they will cause your steps to fall into fearsome works of religious effort. True prophecy will offer unto you the opportunity to Worship the King of Kings and to give Him all the Glory due to His name as Savior. Even Jesus. That will be the fruit of a true prophet.
In this present time learn to co-operate with God and to do that which will show forth Christ as the only one pre-eminent! If your works in faith give Christ that lone place of exaltation you will be safe unto the coming of the Lord! I say unto you again, if you allow your life to be used of God to give pre-eminence to the living Christ, then you will be one in whom Christ shall be revealed when He comes to finish what He began. You will be found giving meat unto your house when He appears and you will be one who will have finished their course, the race’s finish line will have in that day been reached and you will be found perfect at His appearing, and YOU will appear WITH HIM IN GLORY. Don’t waste your time emulating a single prominent doctrine if that doctrine does not give glory alone to He who sits in the Throne Room upon the Throne. Don’t spend your time wondering if you will make the 1st resurrection or will be found as one who ‘overcame’, but instead spend your time worshipping Him alone! Praise His name, bless Him and behold Him in your faith alone. You do not need to see a spiritual vision of Jesus, you only need to see Him in your faith. That is what will please God. And if you do worship the Lord in total abandonment to Him, YOU WILL COME INTO HIS LIKENESS. And what is His likeness? ONE WHO OVERCAME. Get your eyes off of YOU and on to HIM. Off of what you WILL BE and on Him WHO IS. Set your gaze upon this one and then know that as you do you will be found perfect at His appearing!
My heart is enthralled only when I view Him and when I worship Him caring not for my own life. That is when I am truly free. The response of the Lord which will in time reveal His approval of our worship and praise will be when He grants us place with Him upon His victorious Throne. That will be then the highest Glory given to our great Savior.
Kenneth B Visscher