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New Jerusalem: The Mother of Us All

 

 

NEW JERUSALEM:

The Mother of Us All 

 by: Ted Roberts

(Originally written in January, A.D. 2005;

Updated both in A.D. 2007, and A.D. 2015)

 

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NOTE: All Scriptural quotes are from The King James Version, unless otherwise noted. The passages or words are sometimes in CAPITALS or BOLDING for emphasis. Words in italics, however, within quoted scriptures, are not for emphasis, but were placed within by the King James editors, who 'added' these words for sentence flow, which were not in the original autographs. Text [within brackets] are the authors own thoughts inserted into the biblical text for teaching purposes.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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Chapter 1: Jerusalem Above

Chapter 2: In Like Manner 

MORE CHAPTERS TO COME... 

Chapter 1: Jerusalem Above

 

 

 

Chapter 1

Jerusalem Above

 

Galatians 4:26 (Our main Scripture)

But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.

 

What did the Apostle Paul mean with this scripture? Is he insinuating that Jerusalem is our mother? Even now? Or is it a future reference? And which Jerusalem is he speaking of? Old Jerusalem, from which we have histories of King David, Solomon, and even the historical Jesus? Or is it deeper than that? Is this mother referring to a new Jerusalem? One which cannot be seen with the natural eye? One which cannot be lived in with a natural body? In this writing, I hope to answer all such questions....

 

Galatians 1:15

But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace.

 

Paul here is speaking about being separated from his mother's womb. What is he talking about? Is he referring to the same mother that he was speaking of in Chapter 4, verse 26? If we analyze that scripture, we see that directly after mentioning having this separation, he is speaking about being called by His grace. That was a new birth that Paul was speaking of. And we shall see how and when this birth takes place in the upcoming pages. But first, let us learn of the marriage itself....

 

Revelation 21:2

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 21:9-10

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. 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.

 

When does this great marriage take place? Has it already happened? Or is it still yet to come? Before answering these, we must first ask ourselves some other questions: are we the children of God? And if children, when were we born? And who were our parents? Were we born again? And the final questions are: if we were born again, was our mother New Jerusalem? And if New Jerusalem is our mother, how can we be born from her unless her and the Lamb had already been married? If they were not married yet, then we may be illegitimate children, and we might have been born out of wedlock! Why? Because, as we shall see, that particular marriage does produce children, and those children are the children of God.

           

Think about this, if we are children of God, being born of God, then we must have spiritual parents; and if Paul said that Jerusalem is our mother (not going to be, but is), that means that the Lamb is her husband, and we are their born children. So, that certainly has to mean that they must have already been married - but when, if that is the case? And if the marriage did occur, was there an eyewitness to this blessed event? Why, yes! I just quoted you a scripture from an eyewitness; and I will quote it again....

 

Revelation 21:2

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

 

What usually happens when two people get married? Well, in the old testament, the first thing that new couples did to confirm they were married was the practice of having children. And that is exactly what the Lamb and the bride did - on the self same day! They produced children the same day that John witnessed the event .... Let us see how that was possible....

 

 

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Chapter 2: In Like Manner

 

 

 

Chapter 2

In Like Manner

 

Isaiah 66:7-8

Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child. Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion [New Jerusalem] travailed, she brought forth her children.

 

Now it seems that I may have stretched it a bit far in my bracket quotation when I called Zion New Jerusalem. However, we must remember that Zion is the holy hill in Jerusalem, so New Jerusalem can also be called New Zion. Besides, as we read further in these same set of scriptures, Isaiah himself calls this Zion Jerusalem. Let us see:

 

Isaiah 66:9-13

Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God. Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her: That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations; that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory. For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river [flowing of the Holy Ghost], and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream [The Holy Ghost experience in Acts 2 was delivered to the Gentiles also]: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees. As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you [I will send the Comforter]; and ye shall be comforted [with the Comforter] in [new] Jerusalem.

 

God said that just like one whom their mother will comfort, that He will comfort you; and that you will be comforted in New Jerusalem ... And how does God comfort us? Of course, He comforts us with the Comforter...

 

St. John 14:16, 18

And I [Jesus] will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he [the Father] may abide with you for ever; [18] I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

 

We know that the Comforter fell on the Day of Pentecost − as we will soon see − and, here, Jesus said that He Himself would come unto the people through the deliverance of the Holy Ghost − but, is that even significant?

 

Most of us were taught that Jesus was not supposed to come back again until several thousand years later − even past our own day! And, yet, here (in St. John 14:16), He says plainly that through the Comforter that He himself will come ... Now, let's see whom this Comforter is ...

 

St. John 14:26a

But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name [baring Jesus' second coming, for above he said "I will come to you."]...

 

Now, concerning when the Comforter came, we know that, from the writings of Isaiah (as we just seen in Isaiah 66:7-13), that with the coming of the Comforter, The New Bride would come also, delivering in that self same day new children of God, being born of Him ... Let's see the prophesy being fulfilled:

 

Acts 2:1-4 (in about A.D. 30)

And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.

 

Now, at first glance, this may not seem to be the same day that I am alluding to as being the same day that Jesus came back − the day that the Lamb [being Jesus] got married to New Jerusalem, and that it was the day that the children of God were being born for the first time (that is, a born-again experience) ... But we, certainly, shall see more evidences that there were new births that day as we get into greater detail within this subject...

 

We have already learned (again, in St. John 14:16) that Jesus told the disciples that He was going to come back when the Comforter was to come to them, and we know (from St. John 14:26) that the Comforter was the Holy Ghost. Therefore, with these thoughts in mind, we can perhaps conclude that when the Holy Ghost came on the Day of Pentecost, that Jesus' second coming was at the same time! Yet, it was going to be through the Comforter, and not Jesus in fleshly form. It was to be in their hearts, and, again, not in fleshly form ... it was to be in Spirit ... We could almost say, just like the man in white told the disciples, in Acts 1:11, that Jesus' coming back was to be in "like manner" to his departure. They certainly didn't say that it was to be in the "same manner." In other words, He left in the flesh, but was to return in Spirit!

 

In fact, it wouldn't really be too strange of a thing if His coming were to be within the same contemporaneous generation as when He was on earth in flesh − especially since Jesus Himself so amply stated:

 

Matthew 16:28

Verily I say unto you, There be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.

 

 

And this couldn't be just a coincidence, since this same thought is repeated in Mark 9:1, and Luke 9:27! Let's not ignore such passages, but study them further to see what direction they lead us into... But, too, I even go as far as to suggest that this second coming of Jesus is two-fold − both in the natural, and in the spiritual! As I cover the natural aspect of that event in my writing End Time Prophesy (and in other writings, as well), I will simply trace the line of the Spiritual fulfillment in the course of this writing...

 

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