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Humanizing The New Jerusalem  


Revelation 21:2 reads:


"I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband."


Whether you view the New Jerusalem in literal or symbolic terms, note that it is divinely constructed and originates from God in heaven.  It is not of human origin and constructed from the dust of the earth. That being so, why do Christians persist in dictating their particular brand of Christianity into the national consensus?  We saw such dictatorship in Constantine's Christian Roman Empire, Catholicism's Holy Roman Empire, Calvinism's City of God, and American Puritanism's New Jerusalem.  We see it in America today with the move towards a certain brand of national Christian dictatorship.  Some Christians are even willing to take up arms in the name of Christ, as was the case in the above-mentioned so-called Christian states.  Others prophesy, as I recently heard, that God will raise the American flag to prominence, promote America as His Bride, and make Washington D. C. the desire of all nations. 


These building projects, inherent in our humanistic DNA, remind me of the apostle Peter's desire to erect three monuments in memory of Jesus talking with Moses and Elijah on the Mount of Transfiguration (Luke 9:33).  If Peter had constructed these monuments, you can be sure they would have become objects of worship, because that is what we do.  We worship the work of our hands, and that includes the worship of our nations our hands have created. 


As Christians we often interfere with Jesus' job in the implementation of God's will.  Our highly emotional, fear-filled, altar-calls, for example, often usurp the role of the Holy Spirit in the process of salvation.  Jesus, not us, saves.  We do the manual work of preaching the gospel and leading people to Christian discipleship (Matthew 28:19 - 20) while Jesus does the spiritual work that saves those to whom we preach (Mark 16:20).  When we try to do Jesus' job, we interfere with Him doing His job.  Concerning the New Jerusalem, that's Jesus' construction project, not ours.              


I recall Bruce Cockburn's song entitled "Laughter" from his Further Adventure album released in 1978.  In part, it states:      


"Let's hear a laugh for the man of the world
Who thinks he can make things work
Tried to build the New Jerusalem
And ended up with New York.

Ha ha ha."


I agree with Bruce Cockburn.  In our attempt to construct the New Jerusalem from the dust of the earth, we have ended up with New York.  Maybe you will agree with me, as important as New York is, it's not the New Jerusalem of Revelation 21:2 that is divinely constructed, originates from God in heaven, and will appear on earth only after this age ends.    


Post Script   


You can listen to Bruce Cockburn's song by clicking this link. https://www.youtube.com/


You can listen to the above-mentioned prophecy by clicking the link below.  I do not judge the lady who gave this prophecy.  I judge the prophecy, as instructed in 1 Corinthians 14:29. 

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