~ The New Jerusalem ~
Gates Of Pearl
Psalms 48:11-14 KJV
11) Let mount
13) Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.
As your faith increases
during your testings dear Overcomer, know that the end is sure if you hold fast
to the Lord alone, keeping your gaze fixed upon only Him. The end result of the
storms of life, of the tribulation you endure will be peace in the fullness of
When you enter by the Gates of Pearl, you are entering into the grace of
God, for the Gates of Pearl represent the eternal state of grace. That state
which will never be removed from you. Nor for anyone upon this earth. The Gates
stand open to permit access into the fullness of the life of Christ’s Church
that is built into this City.
8) The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.
9) He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever.
10) He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities.
11) For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.
12) As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.
13) Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.
14) For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust. Psalms 103:8-14 KJV
12) “Walk about
13) “Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.” Walk about in the Kingdom of His anointing, experiencing all that God offers unto us in the realm of a sinless existence. Towers and bulwarks, also known as ramparts, were built into the ancient city of the Old Jerusalem for protection. The towers formed a dual purpose in that they allowed the watchman on the wall to see further off into the distance in case of an approaching enemy or scout. The bulwarks were the embanked sharp upward slopes of earth just before the walls which would cause any approaching army to find it harder to scale the walls to enter in to capture a city. The towers were also set to guard the crops and vineyards from any intrusion. Towers were set
where a vineyard would be built to keep it in view at all times. The
main purpose for towers and bulwarks was to ward off enemy attack and to defend
the city. But this is not the case for the City of
“consider her palaces”. Within the walls of this City are many palaces, many are the places for Royalty and for the governing work of our Glorious Risen Lord to exist. Not just Jesus as King of Kings and Lord of Lords, but all those who have overcome as He overcame and are part of His Royal Government, even the 144000 who are spotless and pure and who follow the Lamb whithersoever He goes. Of special note also is the fact that the Palaces represent to us the wealth of this City in its ownership by the Lord and by His Overcomers. The various realms within these Gates come to us in myriads of revelation that I believe the Apostle Paul referred to when he wrote: “That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” Eph 2:7. These palaces are the exceeding riches of His grace, the wealth of His kindness toward us. Once, some time ago a friend of mine asked me if we can remember the tribulation of our lives and what we went through in this world. He endured many wrong things in his life that happened to him and he wanted to remember this and not forget it. For some reason he wanted to remember the trials of life. I told him that part of the promise of God is to “Forget” the trials of life. One of Joseph’s 2 Sons, Manasseh, represented FORGETTING. These palaces within the walls of the New Jerusalem are “rewards” for the areas of trials and testings in our lives that we have endured. If we are to “remember” anything, remember that God always gives the reward of righteousness to those who are exercised through testings. Each palace represents a realm of victory to us. Each place of Royalty was formerly a place of tribulation. God will exchange one for the other.
“that ye may tell it to the generation following.” This is of special note, for it gives HOPE to those of us who love the other members of our families. Generation after generation will enter into the promises of God, each man in his own order. God is faithful through all generations to bring into His realm all they who were born of the 1st Adam. Such is the great grace of God. We “tell it” to the generation following, we share with our family members, our children, our offspring this fact that God will work into good all things that touch our lives including our painful experiences. For the work of the Lord is such as to complete for each successive generation His grace that brings each one through to perfection. This is God’s work, not man’s. For God will do this, will eliminate the fallen nature in each one, and will perfect Christ’s atonement in each one. I do not believe at all that anyone will fall short of this grace in the ages that are coming. Each will in turn come into this City of God in perfection there to view the palaces of Royalty that belong solely to King Jesus and they who overcame with Him by being identified with Him. The towers and the bulwarks were there TO BRING IN each one in their own due order when they are seen. For God seeks out each soul in its time to come into His wonderful fullness. There is a realm enjoyed now by those who are overcoming all things, but the salvation of Christ wrought by His death and resurrection will touch all humanity, no one will be left out. I fail to find in scripture any mention of a Christless eternity. I fail to find in scripture any created person living in eternal rebellion against the Lord or His finished work. And I fail to find in scripture any intimation of anyone falling short of this completed salvation. Not all will be counted as ‘Overcomers’, but all will enjoy His saving grace.
“For this God is
our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.” Psalms 48:14 KJV
The wonderment of God being forever! What a mystery! What a joy! God will NEVER come to an end! Our trials will come to an end! Our fallen flesh nature will come to an end! Our failed attempts at holiness through religious effort will all end in nothing! But God WILL NEVER END. He is always there to REDEEM all they who are estranged from His Love and Grace. Nothing will ever be out of reach to Father. He will restore all things back unto Himself. And should we grow old and die in this world having not seen the fullness of His coming, then know we will simply watch God from the vantage point of Heaven itself to see Him work out His purposes in the earth below and in the Heavens above. Nothing shall be completed outside of God doing the completing! What a precious hope. And what a hope for us who are still subject to death, that we will see the purposes of God fulfilled according to all His plan for creation. All consummated into God once again!
Thus ends the study of this Psalm. Now we return to Revelation 21 to see
the rest of this City of
To be continued……… Kenneth B Visscher