Which Jerusalem remains forever?
The third of 15 scriptures discussed in this article, apparently by George Zeller, refers to Jeremiah’s prophecy that Jerusalem would remain forever. But that was not true of the earthly city, which was destroyed completely in 70 AD.
Then shall there enter into the gates of this city kings and princes sitting upon the THRONE OF DAVID, riding in chariots and on horses, they, and their princes, the men of Judah, and the inhabitants of JERUSALEM: and this city shall remain for ever
The only way to get to David’s throne is by way of the gates of the city of Jerusalem (see also verses 19-24).
Jesus said, “I am the door of the sheep.” [John 10:7] “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.” [vs. 9]
In prophecy, the city of Jerusalem represents salvation, and the kingdom of God. Jesus said it is “the city of the great King.” [Matthew 5:35] Its gates are symbolic; Isaiah said, “We have a strong city; salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.” [Isaiah 26:1]
Isaiah’s strong city is no longer the earthly city, but is now the heavenly one. The earthly city was destroyed in a holocaust by the Romans in 70 AD. If the earthly city was meant in Isaiah’s prophecy, no doubt God could have saved it from destruction. But after Jesus ascended to heaven, the Jerusalem to which prophecy applies is the heavenly one, as Jerusalem, and mount Zion, were raised up, as foretold in Isaiah 2:2.
Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.
There was no safety in the earthly city in 70 AD, nor has there been since then. The heavenly city is defended by God, and he builds its walls.
Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
God builds Jerusalem, the heavenly one. This is not true of the earthly city.
The LORD doth build up Jerusalem: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel.
The walls of the heavenly city have 12 gates, and the angels at the gates have the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel written on them. Each one is a pearl.
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,
Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;
And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:
Access to the holy city, and God’s kingdom, is the “pearl of great price” in the parable of Jesus. Dwelling there pictures dwelling in Christ.
The Jerusalem and temple that were destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD were not the Jerusalem and temple spoken of in Isaiah’s prophecies.
Look upon Zion, the city of our solemnities: thine eyes shall see Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a tabernacle that shall not be taken down; not one of the stakes thereof shall ever be removed, neither shall any of the cords thereof be broken.
Who would claim that this prophecy applies to the earthly city? It would make nonsense of God’s word. But when applied to the heavenly city, that was raised up, when Jesus ascended to heaven, the prophecy is perfectly valid. The following verse confirms this:
But there the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams; wherein shall go no galley with oars, neither shall gallant ship pass thereby.
Isaiah clearly showed that the broad rivers around Jerusalem are metaphorical. Was the Lord around the earthly city, like broad rivers and streams, when the Romans camped against it in 70 AD? Obviously not. The prophecy applies to the heavenly city, as the Jerusalem of prophecy was raised up, and was no longer the earthly city.
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.
Neither was God around about the earthly Jerusalem, when the Romans came against it. These prophecies can only apply to the heavenly city, where Jesus reigns upon David’s throne.
The fourth of the 15 scriptures listed in Zeller’s article also comes from Jeremiah:
“And say, Hear the word of the LORD, O king of Judah, that sittest upon the THRONE OF DAVID, thou, and thy servants, and thy people that enter in by these gates: For if ye do this thing indeed, then shall there enter in by the gates of this house kings sitting upon the THRONE OF DAVID, riding in chariots and on horses, he, and his servants, and his people” (Jeremiah 22:2,4).
“Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man that shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, SITTING UPON THE THRONE OF DAVID, and ruling any more in Judah” (Jeremiah 22:30).
David’s throne is in Jerusalem of Judah, on earth, not in heaven.
The Jews who delivered up Jesus to be crucified were looking for a restoration of the temporal power of the kingdom of David, in this world. But Paul said that they had been made blind. “What then? Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.” [Romans 11:7] What were the seeking? The promised king, reigning on David’s throne. They did not recognize Jesus as their Messiah, and had him killed. But God raised him up from the grave, and he ascended to heaven. This is when the prophecy of Isaiah 2:2 was fulfilled. In Christ, the promised king of the line of David, the mountain of the Lord’s house, the true temple, mount Zion, and the holy city were established in the “tops of the mountains” and exulted “above the hills,” in heaven.
The world is blind to this, as it is spiritually discerned.
And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
Many signs accompanied the fulfillment of this prophecy. Miracles were performed by the apostles.
After Jesus ascended to heaven, the Jerusalem of prophecy is not the earthly city, but the heavenly one.