“New Jerusalem” is a title used by many people and always implies a “new” of the “best” (Jerusalem represents the “best” and stands for “peace”). In Geneva, Switzerland, after the citizens kicked out the oppressive religion of the day, they referred to their “new” city as a “New Jerusalem.” Many of the first arrivals to the New World of what became Colonial America referred to their “new” land as a “New Jerusalem.”
The Bible speaks of a coming New Jerusalem:
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. (Revelation 21)
Each of those “new” Jerusalems are referring to the Jerusalem of old in Israel. It was for a time the most peaceful place in recorded history. And why was that? Because God was there AND the people were walking in obedience to His laws:
humans + who obey God = peace
The significance in all previous attempts was they knew this formula and wanted to do it. Today, the desire of many has shifted to that New Jerusalem that will come from above, the belief being, when it arrives, Jesus will take over leadership of the earth as “King of Kings”:
14 …for he is Lord of lords, and KING OF KINGS: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. (Revelation 17)
By His presence there will be strict obedience such as this:
10 That at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE SHOULD BOW, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
11 And that EVERY TONGUE SHOULD CONFESS THAT JESUS CHRIST IS LORD, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2)
Not by a forced cooperation as we see some nations doing with their populace, but because our soul which knows its source will gladly bow and obey no matter what the “rational” mind thinks. That’s right; the so-called “rational” mind of God-haters, atheists, and the like will watch as their own bodies “bow the knee” and their own tongues “confess” the Lordship of Jesus Christ.
God is Tolerant
God has tolerated disobedience until now (soon to be), and spiritual historians will record that He extended His long-suffering as long as possible—at the expense of the righteous. Scientists exclaim: “California is long overdue for a big earthquake…it could happen at any time,” yet what truly is overdue is an intervention by God which could “come at any time.”
The world wants to know “how” God will come, and Christians believe they have it figured out based on the above verse, and others like it. They say, “It’s simple, the prophesied New Jerusalem will descend on earth, and Jesus will reign.” While conceptually, according to prophecy, that’s true in a nutshell, God is more connected with things than we know.
What will all the doubters, backsliders, and hypocrites be doing when this New Jerusalem comes? Repenting, of course. How much will day-to-day operations of life as we now know it to be affected? Prophecy gives us the high points, but it leaves the everyday finer points for us to ponder, and to be ready for (a potential rapture is not an excuse not to ponder it).
Life will continue clear through the Millennium of Peace (i.e., 1000 years), and we must prepare for an uninterrupted flow of life that will enter a transitory period until everyone is functioning with the glory and will of God.
Heaven and earth will merge; this fact was prophesied:
15 …The kingdoms of this world ARE BECOME the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 11)
This scripture is talking about a real-life dynamic: our world merging with another world and its societies. Has anyone pondered this reality? Some concepts have not been addressed because Bible prophecy writers push a false prophetic narrative. These concepts include: a) a temple must be built in Jerusalem, b) an antichrist must emerge and reign from it, c) all the horrors described by John the Revelator must happen.
Wrong. None of those points need to happen. God plans on “cutting His work short in righteousness” (Romans 9:28) and that potential outcome has been overlooked (see my title Cut Short In Righteousness).
How God will “cut His work short in righteousness” has been utterly ignored for the evil one has everyone’s eyes focused on him and they are giving it power—a very unfortunate fact.