City of God

By Vince Finnegan

Israel, Jerusalem, and the temple are a central part of eschatological revelation.

The first mention of the city is recorded in Genesis 14:18 “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God Most High.” As evidenced by Psalm 76:2, Jerusalem is probably the city of Salem. “Melchizedek” means “king of righteousness” or “righteous king.” Psalm 110:1ff; Hebrew 5:6,10; 6:20 7:1 reveal that Melchizedek was a type for Jesus the Messiah. This first mention of the city is a type for Jesus in the age to come. He will be the righteous King of Jerusalem and the Priest of God Most High.

The Hebrew word for Jerusalem can literally mean “pointing the way to completeness”; however, most often it is thought to mean the “city of peace”. The Hebrew root for “Salem” is shalom that means completeness, soundness, welfare most often translated “peace”. The word shalom is similar to the word sozo in the NT. God’s intention with Jerusalem was that it would point the way to completeness.

Some of the biblical names Jerusalem has been called or will be called:

Zion - Isaiah 12:6; 52:1
The city of David - 2 Sam. 6:12
The city of the great king - Matt. 5:35
The holy city - Isa. 48:2; 52:1; Matt. 4:5
The city of God - Ps. 46:4; 48:1, 8; 87:3
The city of Yahweh - Isaiah 60:14
The city of Yahweh of hosts - Ps. 48:8
The city of righteousness - Isa. 1:26
The Holy Mountain - Psalm 2:6; 48:1; Isaiah 65:11; Zechariah 8:3
The City of Truth - Zechariah 8:3
The perfection of beauty - Lamentations 2:15
The joy of the whole earth - Lamentations 2:15
The Lord our righteousness - Jeremiah 33:16
Yahweh is there - Ezek. 48:35
The throne of Yahweh - Jeremiah 3:17
Ariel, the hearth of God - Isa. 29:1-2

Exodus 15:17-18   "You will bring them and plant them in the mountain of Your inheritance, The place, O Yahweh, which You have made for Your dwelling, the sanctuary, O Lord, which Your hands have established. "Yahweh shall reign forever and ever."

Before Israel entered the Promised Land, God told them about the place but did not identify the specific location.

Deuteronomy 12:5-11 and 26 – Yahweh chose this place to be His place.
15:19 and 20 - The firstling offering was to be eaten at this place.
16:2, 6 - The Passover was to be sacrificed in this place.
16:11 - People of Israel were to rejoice before God at this place.
16:16 - The three major feasts were to be kept in this place.
17:8 and 9 - High priest’s judgments were to be done at this place.
18:6 - The priests and Levites would minister out from this place.
31:10-12 - Every seven years, the Law was to be read to all Israel from this place. 

Joshua 10:1-26   (Adoni-Zedek means “Lord of righteousness.”)

26 - The king of Jerusalem would be hung on a tree with four others.

Joshua 15:63; Judges 1:19-21 - The Jebusites continued to inhabit Jerusalem even after the king was killed, and all the area around the city was conquered by Israel.

2 Samuel 5:6 - David finally took Jerusalem in the beginning of his reign and established the city of God.

Luke 19:41-44 - Jesus wept over Jerusalem.

2 Thessalonians 2:2-4 - The man of lawlessness (the beast) will reign over the last world empire from Jerusalem with his throne in the temple.

Zechariah 14:16; Psalm 122:1-9

Jerusalem and the Temples

1 From David to Nebuchadnezzar and Babylonian overthrow

2 From Ezra and Nehemiah to Antiochus Epiphanes IV conquest

3 From Herod to Roman/Jewish war in 70AD

4 Last seven years with the reign of the beast to the wrath of God

5 Jesus’ return and the millennial reign to the final age and the New Jerusalem

Jesus will reign in Jerusalem from the last temple for 1,000 years.

Isaiah 2:1-5   Jerusalem in the age to come when Jesus reigns

Isaiah 4:1-6   The branch of the Lord is the Messiah, Jesus Christ. In the same way God provided for Israel while in the wilderness, He will do in the New Jerusalem.

Isaiah 24:18-23   Yahweh of hosts will reign on Mount Zion through His Son, the King.

Isaiah 35:1-10   Joyful shouting in Zion

Isaiah 40:1-17   God will do what He promises.

Isaiah 52:1-10   It will be a glorious day.

Isaiah 60:1-17   The first New Jerusalem

Isaiah 60:18-22   The New Jerusalem that will come from above

Isaiah 66:10-14   Great joy in Jerusalem’s future

Revelation 21:1-22:7   After the millennial Kingdom, a New Jerusalem will come down out of heaven.

From Albany to Miami is 1,400 miles, and Albany to Oklahoma City is 1,500.

It is 1,453 ft at the very top of the Empire State Building with 102 floors.

There are 5,280 feet in a mile.

If a person were suddenly exposed to the atmosphere at 30,000 ft without a pressurized cabin or at least a pressure-demand oxygen mask that supplies oxygen to the lungs via high pressure, hypoxia would come in 45 to 75 seconds, followed by unconsciousness and eventually death. This is less than 6 miles, and we are looking at 1,500 miles.

62 miles also is often regarded as the boundary between atmosphere and outer space.

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