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God says,

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.  Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.”

Psalms 48:1.2

In the beginning, God established His kingdom in the sides of the north, in the original mount Zion.  Mount Zion was a high mountain in northern Eden.  The garden, which God planted for mankind was eastward in Eden.  The city that we see coming down out of heaven into the New Heavens and New Earth is that same city.

The city of God

“…I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.   And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”

Revelation 21:2,3

What happened is that God decided to build His Tabernacle, in His eternal city, on the sides of the north in Eden.  This was the house of God before any tabernacle in the wilderness, Solomon’s temple, or even the temple of Ezekiel.  In fact, all the temples built on earth are reflections of that original house of God.

A heavenly habitation

That city still exists, but in heaven.  When Adam sinned, God’s Spirit lifted off of him much like it returned on the day of Pentecost.  Tongues of fire appeared, and left with a mighty rushing wind. Mankind’s understanding dimmed and driven from Eden, without the in-filling of the Holy Spirit, he decended into darkness.  Subsequently, God took the tree of life and the great city of God and left the earth establishing His kingdom in heaven. YHWH and the mount of the congregation has been in the heavenly realms ever since.

God says,

By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”

Hebrews 11:9,10

Abraham searched for a city built by God

Abraham had a vision in Ur of the original city of God.  This is what promoted Him to leave the Chaldees and become a stranger in a strange land.

Moreover, what Isaiah saw in his vision is that same city.   Isaiah approached God, seeing Seraphim, which mortal men never saw before.

God says,

Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.  And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.  And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.”

Isaiah 6:2-4

The city of God in heaven

Moreover, the vision of John The Apostle takes place in that heavenly city.

“And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.”

Revelation 11:19

Jesus says to pray this way,

“Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”

Matthew 6:11

We are to pray for the restoration of God’s kingdom on earth.  The fulfillment of that prayer is when the heavenly city descends out of heaven into God’s new creation.  This is the same city that God took up from earth at the beginning of this creation, after sin entered the world.

Its all about restoration

Noah built an Ark and was lifted by the flood, remaining on the waters for a time, then came to rest on mount Ararat.  Most likely on the exact place where God’s city originally stood.  Jesus ascended up into a cloud in the sight of his disciples, remains in heaven for a season, then comes back down to earth at the second coming.  This whole saga (we are a part of) is about re-establishing the literal kingdom of God on the world to come, just as it used to be in the beginning of or this world.

Unfortunately, theologians don’t generally know about the original city of God.  This is because many theologians of our day do not allow God to take them to the conclusions He desires.  Thus, much of what God has for us remains hidden from view.

You need that no man teach you

Fortunately, we have a comforter, the Spirit of Truth, which leads and guides us into all truth.  We do not need doctors of the scriptures to show us the way, because we have a light of creation, the Holy Spirit, that guides us internally.  Knowing and hearing the voice of God is all we really need.  God himself teaches us all things we really need to know through revelation.

Finally, revelation is how men and women of God have always lived throughout the ages.  Faith in God’s Rhema is how we become pillars in the temple of our God too.

The City of God by Hilary and Kate