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The wall of the New Jerusalem

Jan 04, 2019

Pope Francis has often come out in support of unlimited immigration into Europe and North America on the grounds that Europe needs more people to have a viable economy and that “separating families is immoral.”

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/pope-francis-donald-trump-border-children-separating-families-immoral-catholic/

President Trump’s response is that the Vatican’s own 40-foot walls are higher than the one he wants to build on the border with Mexico.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6553639/Trump-says-border-wall-NOT-immoral-Vaticans-40ft-high-walls.html

Virtually no politician of any party had ever taken a stand against border walls as a moral principle prior to the election of Donald Trump. The Clintons both took a stand advocating border security to keep out illegal immigrants. Even Obama took the same stand, although it was during his administration that he began to ignore the laws that both parties had passed to provide some measure of border security. In doing so, he said one thing and did another.

Even so, it was not until the presidency of Donald Trump that unlimited immigration without vetting has been pushed as a “human right.” Yet some treat it as if this was always a right, much like they have tried to convince us that “gay rights” have always been the norm. Only the very young believe that, because such conditions are all that they remember in their brief lifetime.

Open borders is just a single step toward one world government, because with no borders, nations are changed to regions. From the standpoint of prophecy, Babylon sees that its empire is collapsing. Donald Trump has forced the Babylonians to speed up their agenda and to make a mad dash to the finish line.

The Walls of the New Jerusalem

So what exactly does God have to say about border walls? What is a Kingdom position in this latest disagreement?

Well, first of all, both the old Jerusalem and the New Jerusalem have walls. Not many years ago, our politicians financed their border wall—which, by the way, has been very effective. Its morality is another question, of course, along with its location, but no one can doubt its effectiveness.

More important for our purposes, however, is the border wall of the New Jerusalem that is described in Revelation 21. The Pope may condemn it as immoral and unchristian, but Scripture stands firmly against him. Revelation 21:12 says, “It had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels.” Further, Revelation 21:27 gives us its purpose:

27 and nothing unclean and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

In other words, only citizens of the Kingdom will be allowed access to the city, and they must come through one of the gates, where they are vetted by the twelve angels guarding the gates. The walls were not meant to keep people out of the city but to channel them through one of the twelve gates. In other words, God wants them to enter the city, but only after they have come to Christ, who is the Door. They must have biblical faith, which is expressed (James says) by conforming to the laws of God.

The Kingdom standard is not based upon race, nationality, or gender. It is based on one’s allegiance to King Jesus and his conformity to the laws of the Kingdom. The reference to those who practice “abomination and lying” is primarily a reference to idolatry and following the laws of false gods. In Hebrew thinking, an “abomination” was a euphemism for an idol.

So it is clear that the walls of the New Jerusalem were designed to keep non-Christians out of the city. To enter the city, they must go through the gates—the proper channel. The walls of a city were always designed to establish “border security.” They were designed to establish boundaries and to protect the lawful citizens from outsiders.

In a spiritual sense, walls are moral boundaries. In other words, walls symbolize the laws defining the moral principles by which the citizens live their lives. In the case of the New Jerusalem, citizens are not permitted to worship idols, for that is a violation of the second commandment. Neither are they permitted to lie, because that is a violation of the ninth commandment. By extension, the walls of the city represent the law of God as a whole.

In John 10:1-3 Jesus said,

1 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter by the door into the fold of the sheep, but climbs up some other way, he is a thief and a robber. 2 But he who enters by the door is a shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name, and leads them out.

Jesus continued, saying in John 10:7, “I am the door of the sheep.” The wall is the law of God, which keeps out those who are unwilling to enter through the gate, or Door, which is Jesus Christ. To climb over the wall is to bypass the Door. One cannot enter the Kingdom in a lawless manner. The New Jerusalem does not have “open borders” until the Kingdom fills the whole earth, as prophesied in Daniel 2:35.

The Borderless Kingdom

The expansion of the Kingdom is clearly progressive over time. In the Tabernacles Age to come, the Stone Kingdom will start out relatively small and will then grow until it fills the whole earth. In other words, the border wall of the Kingdom will move outward as other nations are won to Christ and proclaim Jesus Christ as King.

At the end of the thousand years, however, there will still be certain nations (called “Gog and Magog” in Revelation 20:8) that will be outside the borders of the Kingdom. These will be inspired to declare war on the Kingdom of God, and this will give God legal cause to conquer them and to take their land. That will complete the Kingdom’s takeover of the earth, for then all who live in Kingdom territory—that is, the entire earth—will be required to swear allegiance to King Jesus and to conform to His laws.

The Final Phase of Kingdom Expansion

That will be the point where the Kingdom enters a new phase in its march toward universal reconciliation. Once all of the living have become Kingdom citizens, the focus turns toward the dead, that is, the past generations who have died without Christ. The Great White Throne is set up at that point, and all of the dead are summoned for judgment. Then every knee will bow and every tongue will confess (profess) Christ to the glory of God, as Isaiah and Paul tell us. They will become citizens of the Kingdom, but yet they will have to learn righteousness through the judgments of the fiery law (Isaiah 26:9). They will need to grow to spiritual maturity, even as all of us have had to grow through the Holy Spirit’s baptism of fire.

So those new believers at the Great White Throne will be placed under “tutors and governors” (Galatians 4:2 KJV) who will teach them the laws of God by personal example. The “river of fire” in Daniel 7:10 is the decree of divine judgment coming from the throne of God. The “lake of fire” in Revelation 20:14, 15 is the aftermath of the “river.” That is, the lake is the state in which these former unbelievers learn to conform to the laws of God while under the authority of the sons of God. It is “the fiery law” of Deuteronomy 33:2 KJV, which is the expression of the nature of God Himself. So Deuteronomy 4:24 says,

24 For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

The Hebrew word for jealous is qanna, whose root word is qana, “to be zealous.” It is the word used in the prophecy in Psalm 69:9, “For zeal for Thy house has consumed me.” This was quoted in John 2:17 after Jesus cast the money changers from the temple. John used this incident to explain the first of eight signs in the book of John at the marriage feast of Cana (qana).

Qana pictures God being provoked to jealousy and anger, and His response is to cleanse His house (temple). That is what the fire of God does. He works to cleanse the earth until all have conformed to His image. When all have been subdued to Christ and there are no more enemies to reconcile, then God will be “all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:26, 27, 28), and the divine purpose for creation will be complete.

What Does This Teach Us?

Once we understand the divine plan and the law of God, we can begin to apply those principles to the present time. As Kingdom citizens and children of God, we work to establish the authority of Jesus Christ in the earth. The USA was founded originally under God, who is said to be the author of all natural rights, according to the Declaration of Independence. In other words, there are no rights unless one can find them in Scripture.

Further, the law itself is largely about defining the rights of God and men. As Creator, God has the ultimate right over all that He labored to create. Man has rights under God according to his level of authority. But no one has the right to sin, i.e., violate the law (1 John 3:4). Sin is a matter of violating the rights of others (God or man).

America was founded during the reign of “Saul,” and so it was too soon for it to succeed in its lofty goal of manifesting the Kingdom of God. There were certain fatal flaws inherent in the constitution, particularly in its continuance of kidnapping and human trafficking (slavery). But the most important factor was that it was too soon to see the manifestation of the sons of God through the fulfillment of the feast of Tabernacles.

Without a perfect government to teach and enforce the laws of God, and to extend natural rights to all races, the nation violated the laws of the impartial God of Scripture. God judged the nation by subjecting it to Mystery Babylon in 1913-1914, and the Babylonians then imposed their “values” upon the nation and encouraged immorality in the name of “freedom.”

Once we reached the apex of immorality through “gay rights,” we reached the bottom and became like Sodom and Gomorrah, as prophesied in Isaiah 1:9 KJV. Yet Isaiah also makes it clear that the “remnant” (KJV term), that is, the sons of God, would make a difference and prevent us from experiencing the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah.

That is where we come in, for we are called to make a difference. That is why we have conducted spiritual warfare on behalf of America and the world. We will win in the end.

But recently, we have seen a final push by the falling Babylonian empire to complete their takeover of the world and to unite the world through open borders. Their plan is also to destroy Christianity itself by importing Muslims and by then supporting Sharia law wherever possible in order to replace the remaining laws of God that are still on the books.

God is showing us plainly what our future would be without the laws of the Kingdom. God’s goal, as I have already shown, is to bring all immigrants into the Kingdom of God. However, the wall of the New Jerusalem is necessary to vet those who want to enter. This basic principle is President Trump’s stated position. He is not against immigration. He just wants to keep out the criminals among them, and the only way to do this is to build a wall and force every immigrant to come in through one of the gates, where they can be vetted.

Even this plan has its flaws, because many criminals have never been caught, so there is no record of bad behavior. Even good border guards are not as capable as the angels of God. Even so, this system as a whole is biblical. When the Pope calls the border wall “immoral” and “unchristian,” he shows his lawless nature, for the wall represents the law itself.

The Pope is either totally blind or he is working actively to destroy the Christian foundations of the Western countries and the Church itself. Has someone infiltrated the Roman Church with the purpose of destroying it? Is Pope Francis the final pope in the prophecies of St. Malachi? Is he the one who is overseeing the destruction of the Roman Church?

Time will tell.


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Blog Author: Dr. Stephen Jones