Christian Churches of God
The City of God
(Edition 1.2 19961004-19991018)
The Book of Revelation tells of a time when the City of God will be established. This paper discusses this New Jerusalem, its symbolisms and significance.
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The City of God
The last phase of the earth’s activities is centred on the Great White Throne Judgment of Revelation 20. This takes place at the end of the Millennium after the last war of the Rebellion (Rev. 20:7-10).
This last war involves an attack on the camp of the saints at Jerusalem. Even after the thousand years of just rule Satan is able to persuade the nations to march against Christ again. Satan is released in order to deal with the self-righteousness of mankind. Then he is removed and his spiritual power is taken away. The resurrection of the dead then takes place (Rev. 20:11-15).
The next phase is the hand-over from Christ to God (1Cor. 15:20-28). This process also involves the subjection of Jesus Christ. Christ is thus not co-equal or co-eternal but rather is part of the process of God becoming all in all. So that there is one God and Father of all over all, and in all (see also Eph. 4:6).
It involves the creation of a new heaven and a new earth where the former things are no longer remembered (Isa. 65:17). Zion is the faithful city (Zech. 8:3). New Jerusalem comes out of heaven (Rev. 3:12).
We await the new heaven and the new earth in which righteousness dwells (2Pet. 3:13). The City of God was awaited by the faithful from at least Abraham (Heb. 11:10). We are put into the City (Eph. 2:6,18-22). Psalm 48 shows that the City of God is on the mountains of His holiness.
Hebrews 8:5 shows that the earthly tabernacle was merely a model or shadow of the spiritual heavenly tabernacle of the Mountain or Garden of God.
Christ did not enter the holy places made with hands but into heaven itself, to appear in the presence of God for us (Heb. 9:24).
Satan was also a Son of God in this Mountain or Paradise of God (Job 1:6; 2:1; 38:4-7; see also the paper The Government of God (No. 174) 1:2, section Sons of God).
The Heavenly City and the Mountain of God are equated with the Mount of the Congregation. This Garden of Eden, or Paradise, which is in heaven (2Cor. 12:2-4), will descend to the earth where a place is prepared for it. This area was also the earthly Eden. We know that Zion will be like Eden (Isa. 51:3).
We know that God planted a garden (Gen. 2:8). The analogy in Genesis relates to the Church. The fall of Adam and Eve is given as a lesson relating to the Church and Christ in opposition to Satan (Gen. 3:8-19). The woman is the Church that longs for its husband (Gen. 3:15; Rev. 12; Ezek. 16). Her seed bruises Satan’s head and he bruises its heel (Gen. 3:15). The rebellion under Satan is to be crushed (cf. Rom. 16:20).
Before the fall, Adam had access to God as does the Church after the Redemption of Baptism. The trees are spiritual entities (see the paper The Fall of Egypt the Prophecy of Pharaoh’s Broken Arms (No. 36); cf. Ezek. 28). They were all food for eating but two were prominent. Satan appears to be likened to the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Ezek. 28:12-13; 31:8-9).
Mt. Zion, The Holy City, The Mountain of God and the Church of God are equivalent expressions of God’s dwelling.
God is the builder of the City (Heb. 11:9). He is also the flint of circumcision (Josh. 5:2), the rock of Israel on which the foundations and stones are laid (Deut. 32:15,18,30-31; 1Sam. 2:2; Isa. 26:4; Isa. 51:1-2) and from which Messiah is hewn (Dan. 2:34,45). The City is built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ being the Chief cornerstone as a dwelling for God (Eph. 2:19-22).
God will come to the earth and transfer the administration of the universe here. The world is then full of His glory (Isa. 6:3). God and the Lamb become the lights of this system (Rev 21:1-2).
The Holy City is also as a bride adorned for her husband. The elect have already had their marriage supper with Christ so this last union refers to the final unification of the entire celestial Host under Jesus Christ (Rev 21:3-4).
God himself shall be with men. The new system is of immortality conferred by God on His creation. The Holy Spirit is the mortar that builds and binds the City of God together as an edifice (Rev. 21:5-8).
God confers eternal life on the repentant of the second or general resurrection also. The first resurrection, by this time, is already one thousand years in the past. God the Father is Alpha and Omega. Christ is allocated the position as first and last from the Father (see Rev. 1:8,17 not KJV). Those who do not repent are simply allowed to die and burnt as refuse (Rev. 21:9-14).
The Holy City is a spiritual edifice. It is comprised of the sons of God. It is in four divisions of three, making twelve, which represents the twelve tribes of Israel. All Gentiles of every nation are allocated to these twelve groups. The twelve apostles are the judges heading the twelve tribes (Mat. 19:28); the twelve foundations of the City and the twelve stones of Israel referred to in history and prophecy (Josh. 4:5). The 144,000 are allocated 12,000 to each tribe (Rev. 7:5-8). See also Revelation 21:15-16.
The elect of the Philadelphian system are made pillars in the Temple of God (Rev. 3:12). They perform a key function for the Millennium and become thus central to the City of God.
This City has no Temple; it is the entire Tabernacle as it extends the presence of God to the individuals that comprise its walls and structure. This is a spiritual edifice of immortal beings.
There will be no sin and it will be seen by all to be clear and perfect (Rev. 21:19-21).
The gates to the City were of a single pearl which represents the calling of God (Mat. 13:46). A pearl is formed from a seed. This is the mustard seed of the calling as the Spirit of God. That is why each gate is a single pearl. Each must make his or her own pearl and enter the City of God through the narrow gate (Mat. 7:14). Thus the pearl is the calling of God, which is the means of entry to the City. No person can give this entry or product to another. This is why the virgins could not give the oil of the lamps to the foolish virgins who did not have enough.
The gate to the City is built on the law and the testimony (Isa. 8:20). It is built layer upon layer, precept upon precept, line upon line (Isa. 28:10). This forms a knowledge of the mysteries of God (Mat. 13:11-17,18-23; Rev. 21:22-26).
No Temple is needed as God and Christ dwell in the entire structure. The entire Host are converted and the entire Gentile structure becomes associated with this City. This plan of God was laid out before the foundation of the earth (Rev. 22:1-5).
The divisions of the universe take place along the lines of the twelve tribes in four quadrants. The elect were given administration over the planet for the Millennium (Lk. 19:17-19), being like angels (Mat. 22:30). They are sons of God (Mat. 5:3-11). This position is extended to all the nations (Mat. 8:11), being the pleasure of God the Father (Lk. 12:32). The divisions act as kings and priests to the creation for the next phase of the development of the universe.
These beings will judge the universe. They are all elohim (Zech. 12:8). They rule both the earth (Ps. 8:1-9; Dan. 2:44-45), and the newly ordered universe (Dan. 7:27,12:3; Deut. 4:19).
Worship is due to God, or Eloah, alone (Deut. 32:17). The duty of the elect is to obey the Bible as the command of God. Thus the restoration is an order to the elect (see Isa. 66:19-24). We have placed our hand to the plough and we must not look back (Rev. 22:10-14).
Baptism from the testimony of Messiah is the pre-requisite to salvation and the proper execution of the law. Those who could not repent were left outside the City (Rev 22:15-21).
The understanding of the Book of Revelation is revealed at the last days. The understanding of the plan of salvation is given plainly in the last days but people do not repent. God has given Satan authority to see the end results of his system. The world is destroying itself and will continue to do so, yet they still do not repent. Soon the time will be shortened in which the earth can be saved.
Christ is given the delegated authority of God. He is the beginning and the end. Christ enforces the laws of God so that we might have eternal life. We are the City of God, being built upon the foundation of the apostles in Jesus Christ.