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New Jerusalem will be the home of both Jewish and Gentile believers in the future. Many people falsely claim that God has cast all present day Jews aside because of their disobedience to God. Certainly, those Jews who die rejecting Jesus as their Saviour will be cast into Hell for everlasting torment. Likewise, Gentiles who die rejecting Jesus as their Saviour will be cast into everlasting Hell fire. But, in the future, there will continue to be a remnant of Jewish people who repent and believe on Jesus as their Saviour. This Jewish remnant will not be cast aside by God.

Many people also falsely claim that the church has replaced Israel forever, and that the church will get all of the promises that the Jews have lost. This is another false doctrine! The church has not replaced Israel. But, the church has benefited from the promises and blessings that God has given to the Jews. A Jewish remnant will enjoy Jerusalem during the thousand-year reign of Jesus. Also a Jewish remnant will enjoy New Jerusalem after God makes a new Heaven and a new Earth.

New Jerusalem is proof that the Jews will continue to hold a special place in God’s heart throughout eternity.  Jesus gives John a description of New Jerusalem in the book of Revelation. It is apparent that Jews will have a place in New Jerusalem:

 Revelation 21:1-4 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

The human writer of the inspired book of Revelation is John. John was given a view of a new Heaven and a new Earth in the future. The present Earth and Heaven will be destroyed by fire in the future. God will use fire to cleanse everywhere that sin has tainted.

2 Peter 3:7 “But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”

2 Peter 3:12 “Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?”

Our present Earth has seas of water covering much of it. But, the new Earth will not have any Sea, Revelation 21:1.

John saw New Jerusalem coming down from God out of Heaven in the future. New Jerusalem will be a holy city. No sin will be allowed in the future heavenly city of New Jerusalem. New Jerusalem will be beautiful like a bride is when she prepares for her husband, Revelation 21:2.

A great voice out of Heaven will make an announcement about the tabernacle of God. This voice may be the voice of one of God’s holy angels. The tabernacle that the voice will speak about is New Jerusalem. God will dwell in New Jerusalem among the Jewish and Gentile believers. Both Jewish and Gentile believers will continue to be God’s people in the New Jerusalem. The very God who created us will be with the believers in New Jerusalem. In the past, many Jews have forsaken God, and they worshiped false gods. But, in New Jerusalem, there will only be the God of the Bible, Revelation 21:3.

The Jews have shed many tears in the past because of persecution, but there will be no tears of sadness in New Jerusalem. Jewish people will no longer be murdered by those they try to help. There will be no death. There will be no disease or injuries to cause pain. Hospitals will cease to exist. All of the things as a result of sin will be gone forever, Revelation 21:4.

Revelation 21:9-14 “And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,  11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.”

God’s holy angels will carry out judgment against those who reject Jesus during the prophesied seven-year Tribulation. One of the angels who will pour out a vial judgment talked with John. The angel told John that he would show John the bride, the Lamb’s wife. The church is the future bride of the Lamb, Jesus. The church will be the wife of Jesus, Revelation 21:9.

In order to show John the future wife of Jesus, the Lamb, the angel had to take John to New Jerusalem, Revelation 21:10.

New Jerusalem will be filled with the glory of God. God will provide the light for New Jerusalem. New Jerusalem will have the appearance of precious jewels, Revelation 21:11.

New Jerusalem will have a great high wall. There will be twelve gates in New Jerusalem with an angel at each gate. The twelve tribes of the children of Israel will be written on the gates. This is certainly evidence that the Jews will continue to have a special place with God in the future. You do not put someone’s name on a building if they do not live there. If you live at a house, you may put your name on your mail box. Your name will also appear in the city records. The twelve tribes of Israel on the twelve gates most likely represent all of the Jewish remnant who will live in New Jerusalem. If God has cast Israel aside, the names of the twelve tribes of Israel would not be on the gates of New Jerusalem. God is not going to put the names of Gentile church leaders on New Jerusalem. He is going to put Jewish names on New Jerusalem, Revelation 21:12.

Jewish names will be all around New Jerusalem. Does this sound like the Jews have lost the promises and blessings of God forever? Absolutely not! God will continue to fulfill the promises made to Israel, and He will continue to bless the Jews, Revelation 21:13.

The wall of New Jerusalem will have twelve foundations. The names of the twelve Jewish apostles of the Lamb, Jesus, will be in the foundations of New Jerusalem. One apostle’s name will be in each of the twelve foundations. Why do you think that the apostle’s names are in the foundation of New Jerusalem? As we already said, someone’s name is usually there because they are a part of it. The twelve tribes of Israel opened the gates for the world to repent and believe on Jesus. In the Old Testament Scriptures, the Jewish prophets gave Scripture after Scripture about Jesus coming to save us from our sins.

Then Jesus used the apostles to lay the foundation for the church. In fact, the Jewish apostles were among the first believers in the new born church. Without Jesus and the Jewish apostles, the twelve tribes of Israel would not have been perfected. The Jewish believers before Jesus’ resurrection had to wait in Paradise in the Earth. But, when Jesus finished the work on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, Jesus carried those Old Testament saints from Paradise to Heaven. When Jesus ascended to Heaven after the resurrection, He sent back the Holy Ghost to permanently indwell all believers starting at Pentecost, Revelation 21:14.

Jewish names are written all over New Jerusalem. And, do not forget that Jesus is Jewish according to the flesh. Jews continue to have a definite part in God’s plans for the future. If you want to see New Jerusalem, you must repent of your sins and believe on Jesus as your Saviour before you die. Call on Jesus in prayer and ask Him to save your from the penalty of sin before it is too late!

HIBM Editorial by Avi Goldstein * New Jerusalem From Heaven! – Dr. K. Daniel Fried, Editor in Chief – copyright © 2016

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