Thursday, 9 January 2014


God said that He would put His Name on Solomon's Temple and on the city of Jerusalem forever.

Solomon's Temple was destroyed. 

Years later another Temple was built, but it also got destroyed.

As for Jerusalem, it went into captivity for 70 years.

Years later it again went into captivity, and still it is not free. 

God's statement was made under the Old Covenant, which had conditions and consequences.

We have seen those conditions and consequences played-out in history, both in the Temple and in the city.

The New Covenant is based on better promises - but also on severer punishment.

Potentially Jerusalem could therefore experience greater blessings under the New Covenant than was ever possible under the Old Covenant.

But so far we have seen Jerusalem by-and-large missing out on the New Covenant blessings.

The New Covenant is one that makes no distinction between Jew and Gentile.

It focuses on the heavenly Jerusalem, not the earthly Jerusalem.

It shall culminate in the heavenly Jerusalem coming to earth already prepared, not in the earthly Jerusalem becoming prepared to go to heaven. 

It focuses on the house of God in heaven, not a non-existent Temple in Jerusalem.

It focuses on the holy mountain in heaven, not the mountain in Jerusalem.

It focuses on the blood-bought people of God, not on ethnic Israelis.

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