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by Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D., ©2004
Jerusalem - City of God
Because Jeannette represents the people of God and because the scenario of the vision takes place during the tribulation, she is inclusive of all who turn to God and Jesus His Messiah at that time. We know from Old Testament prophecy that the Jewish nation will at last look upon Jesus as their Messiah.
This will happen because of their severe persecution by the
Antichrist [Matthew 24:15-22].
One Tile For God
Jerusalem comes into focus, then, at the end when Jeannette was told
to push out two tiles so she could have a breath of fresh air.
Why only two? There
has to be some significance in just two tiles since the entire room was
made of them. The Spirit showed me that the two tiles symbolized
the two seats
of rule on earth, Jews and Gentiles. Their dislodgment from the wall
typifies that the Lord has a controversy with both seats of authority,
and is making
ready to judge them. For the record, at this point in time, Jesus has
not yet set up His kingdom because the Jerusalem perversion has
not been judged.
The crashing Jeannette heard along the sides of the tower as the tiles fell reflected judgment that will encompass the entire worldly scheme when the tower explodes. Its noise will be heard around the world. Let’s note Babylon’s first:
Now let’s see how Jerusalem participated in God’s burden of rejection of His rule:
It is a fact that Jerusalem has had a bloody past even though God has chosen her as His dwelling place on earth. Gentiles have treaded her under foot throughout the centuries. As many as thirteen times she has been razed and plundered and occupied by foreigners. Truly, she is as bloody a place as any.
Some people believe that Christians will renovate the existing cosmos by taking dominion over it, and then Jesus can come back to rule. I suggest that the Lord has a controversy with both these sister cities because they both frolicked in its worldly scheme. Unlike Babylon, however, Jerusalem will be reconciled in the Day of His vengeance when He cleanses the world of all its rebellion against His rule.
Why God has this controversy with Jerusalem and with the nations in Babylonia lies in the fact that He has a case against them both that must be brought to court. The Hebrew word for ‘controversy’ is ‘rib’ and means a quarrel, a dispute, or a case at law. God has a case against Babylon because it has been the seat of satan who has unrighteously held rule of the world. And God has a controversy with Jerusalem because she has played the harlot and has been persistently stiffnecked in spurning His covenantal love [Exodus 22:39]. How is the faithful city become an harlot! it was full of judgment; righteousness lodged in it; but now murderers [Isaiah 1:21].
Although both cities have bloody pasts, have engaged in harlotry, and are destined for destruction, their outcome is dissimilar because Jerusalem will be ultimately renewed and restored to her former glory whereas Babylon’s destruction will be as Sodom and Gomorrah – complete, total, and absolute – obliterated never to rise again.
above has never literally happened to Babylon. Her history shows
the capitol of
and the Grecian Empires even after
Babylon fell. Like the Romans, she just withered
away with a token handful of people living
in her shadows.
As the Roman
be revived, so must Babylon
be revived so that ‘wickedness’ 10 can be brought back to sit there upon her base in
land of Shinar [Zechariah 5:11] and so that God can
her rebellion against Him in the place where it began.
Is this not poetic justice?
The Bride of the Antichrist
We have noted that the two tiles in the vision represent the two cities that consume so much space on the pages of Scripture. They are not only cities, but they are also brides – a bride for Christ and a bride for the Antichrist. Let us look at how Scripture records the heritage of the bride of Antichrist first.
Babylon is a mysterious profligate woman who prates her accomplishments and flaunts her wares wherever she goes. Apostle John describes the bride: …I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet-colored beast… [Revelation 17:3]. Then he says, …she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow [18:7], but he saw …her plagues (destruction) come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine, and she shall be utterly burned with fire; for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her [18:8]. Queen Babylon thinks her god has not left her since she has come on strong during these latter days. Because of her revival through mammoth international trading ventures among the nations, she thinks she is no widow and shall not see sorrow.
Notice John’s uncanny prediction 2,000 years ago regarding her resuscitation from the doldrums of a 1,000 dark years of medieval history. She awakened to become an ostentatious shrew who … hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously [18:7]. Read that luxuriously and you can see how proud, egotistical, wasteful, indulgent, fun-loving, and idolatrous she has become. The Bible, however, notes that the plume of her pride will be cut off by her lovers when they tire of her riding their backs.
She will be stripped bare and naked because God hath put in (the ten horn oligarchy’s) hearts to fulfill his will …[17:16,17]. From this passage, we see that the woman represents the interfaith alliances of the peoples, multitudes, nations, and tongues of earth that have amalgamated into the United Religions of the world, and she rides the beastly New World Order government. The reins with which she holds the beast under control will originate from the shibboleth of peace at any cost. From verse 16, however, we know that the oligarchy tires of her exultant vanity for they eat her flesh and burn her with fire. Religious sentiments run deep and frequently erupt into a passionate display of convictions. New wine of love and peace among men cannot be put into the old wineskin of this world’s cosmic system. The whole system must be wiped out and a new kingdom ordered wherein dwells righteousness and truth. It will happen.
The Bride of Christ
When the terms ‘daughter of Zion’ or ‘daughter of Jerusalem’ are used in Scripture, it is referring to the inhabitants of the country so named. Hence, the feminine gender of daughter is used because cities are personified as women. The daughters of Babylon are the inhabitants of the Babylonian complex, which is the whole world system, and it follows that the rulership would be subscribed in the term of a Queen. In the case of Jerusalem, her inhabitants are the daughters of Jerusalem or of Zion and the location of their country is in heaven – heavenly Zion or Heavenly Jerusalem.
The Bible declares that the backsliding of Jerusalem’s inhabitants is great …O daughter of Jerusalem…O daughter of Zion, thy breach is great like the sea, who can heal it? [Lamentations 2:13]. For a history of the disgraceful escapades of God’s unfaithful wife, I refer you to the book of Hosea. Read the whole thing in one setting to get the picture of how she causes God great shame and sorrow. Her whoredoms equal those of Babylon. If it were not for the fact that she has unconditional covenants – the Abrahamic and Davidic Covenants – with a faithful God who does not change (His word is good and if He covenants to do it, He will), she would be as Sodom and as Gomorrah. Even though He ought to wipe out every last one of His people including believers in the Church Age for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God [Romans 3:23], for His Word’s sake and His name’s sake He does not utterly destroy them.
God is as exasperated with His chosen people as He is with Babylon. Nevertheless, because of His covenant with Abraham and David, He does not wipe out the inhabitants of His city completely.
There are other Scriptures that reflect the above sentiment that God does not cast away His people forever. In this regard, there is hope for Jeannette in the vision and whoever is caught in the tribulation. They may be forced to die, but they will wake up in heavenly Zion to await its transference to earth after its cleansing and renovation.
The book of Revelation is a disclosure of what would happen in the latter days of the earth. God gave it to Jesus who gave it to an angel who gave it to John [1:1]. Having revealed the outcome of the two brides, John ends the Apocalypse with a description of the new heavens and new earth that God will create. For lack of space I will not speak to that unveiling, but I refer you to the vision Divine Arm Of The Lord on this website in which the new creation is fully discussed.
Jerusalem & Babylon: A Parallelism Conclusion
Scripture tells us that Babylon is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth [Revelation 17:18]. The extent of a king’s power is a measure of his wealth, for without money, governments cannot operate and armies cannot march. The beast that ecclesiastical Babylon rides is a composite commercial and political Babylon because politicians are steered by money. Commerce is the source of money, so a city’s prosperity is dependent upon its mercantilism.
The power of the mercantile lobbies in the halls of the Capitol in Washington D.C. are illustrative of this great truth. If one wants to know where the power is, ‘follow the money, honey!’ Revelation 18 lists twenty-eight specific commodities that Babylon traffics in implying that her commerce is extensive. It cannot be an exhaustive list since that great city of Babylon is composed of all the merchants of all the earth. Along with denoting her wares, the chapter also reveals how in one hour ‘that great city’ that has choreographed the destiny of peoples ever since the flood some 4500 years ago, ‘so great riches are come to nothing’ [18:17].
The Lord told Jeannette to bust out twin tiles of the tower of blood signifying the process of cleansing has begun. Did not the destruction of the twin towers of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001 connote the beginning of the dismantling of satan’s empire? It happened on 9-1-1 the universal emergency call. Did it not awaken a sleeping world that there is danger ahead. Indeed it was the catalyst that stirred up the New World Order. Only God knows when the rescue vehicle will manifest – our invisible heavenly cloud-cover that hovers over the people of God as Jeannette saw in the vision. Are you ready to become airborne? The lion of the tribe of Judah has been aroused and is about ready to leave His lair.
Jerusalem and Babylon have too many parallelisms to be a coincidence. They appear together by their alias’ Eden and Assyria in chapter 2 of Genesis, but quite soon thereafter they openly appear together without phantom names in
repeat, Shinar is the area of Babylon, and Salem is that of Jerusalem
11. Considering the close proximity of the two cities throughout
God’s Word, we cannot escape the fact that God intends
for us to take notice of something extremely important. We have
examined Babylon’s metaphors at length. Because the vision
did not give Jerusalem the starring role in casting its players,
we must give her only a supporting role in our examination at
this time. To conserve space for the star, the Queen of Babylon,
it has been necessary to condense the prominent role Jerusalem
plays in the Bible.
Given that Jerusalem has no natural resources except soil fertility, and no rivers or harbors or easy accessibility, why is the world gone mad over her? A 200 million army from the east will camp on her doorstep in the Day of the Lord to do battle there. Why do so many come so far? The answer lies in the fact that she is the estranged wife of Jehovah who has promised in dozens of places in His Word to bring her back and restore her as His wife and to make her the seat of world governance in the Millennial Age. Moreover, she has a begotten a child who is destined to be the bride of their Son and who is promised rulership with Him throughout eternity. From these facts, she is pictured not only as the wife of Jehovah, but also as a bride with a royal heritage. She is destined to sit as a Queen in the stead of the imposter Queen Babylon.
As the Antichrist, alias satan, covets to rule and be worshipped like God, so too does the Queen of Babylon covet to rule and sit in the seat of authority with her emperor. Ironically, both the Antichrist and his bride copy the people they most hate. Considering that satan is not a god but an angel, his ability to perpetuate his coveted desires is paralyzed by truth. Mercy and truth are met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other [Psalms 85:10] at Calvary in Jerusalem.
Although she played the harlot like the Queen of Babylon, she is still the beloved wife of God who has unsuccessfully gone to great lengths to keep her pure. Even though she is severely judged because of her backsliding, she is never utterly abandoned to perdition, as is her counterfeit Queen. Indeed, she will be restored to her former glory and will even exceed it. If you read the last vision Lady Messenger, you saw how the true church of Christ divorces herself from worldliness and peals off from the apostatized mainline denominations and false cults that masquerade as Christians to become washed by the Word of God and gloriously reflect Jesus’ grace and beauty. She will show the world what love for God is all about because she is becoming a passionate bride already manifesting passionate love for her Lord and Savior.
The daughters of Zion strayed away at Ephesus [Revelation 2:4] when Gnosticism reared its ugly head, but a remnant holds on to the truth. The true church is a chaste virgin [Ephesians 5:22-23; 2 Corinthians 11:2] who waits for the return of her bridegroom [1 Peter 1:8] with whom she elopes to heaven [John 14:1-6;]. Because the bridegroom tarries a long time, some of the espoused bride breaks the covenant marriage vows [Matthew 25:1-12;] never to recover again [Hebrews 6:4-9; 10:26-31]. In mid-life, however, a huge remnant of believers renews its lost first love [Revelation 2:4] and becomes a passionate bride whom the bridegroom finds watching and eagerly awaiting His return [1 Thessalonians 4:13-18]. When things are ready, the Avenger-of-Blood Redeemer comes to snatch His bride away from the righteous indignation of God that He vents upon earth for their rejection of His right to be worshipped [Ezekiel 22:31].
To close the parallel and sum up, we know from Scripture that although Jerusalem is the place where God has chosen to place His name [1 Kings 11:16], it is a bloody city and has been crushed by Gentile conquerors numerous times. She represents God’s spiritual city of righteousness and was first mentioned in Scripture as the city of Salem, home of Melchizedek, the King of Righteousness. Salem comes from Shalom and means peace, and truly peace with God was rooted in this city for this is where our Lord offered His pure blood and was crucified in order to bring us to God. Even though Jerusalem has had a bloody history of turmoil, its beginning and final outcome as the New Jerusalem of Revelation 21 reveals His love for her and her ultimate redemption from waywardness. In the vision, Jeannette represents the populace of this city of God, for, even though they must forfeit their lives, there will be a large assemblage of believers who turn to Jesus for salvation during the tribulation when they see they missed the rapture [Revelation 7:13,14].
Twin Tiles For Twin Towers - Conclusion
was instructed to push out two tiles from the
tower’s wall. In pushing them out, she demonstrates the
beginning of God’s judgment on the global spirit-city of
Babylon. The tiles denote that this is the resurrected Babylonish
system of worship and the fact that there was a pair of them
reflects God’s permission of the destruction of the World
Trade Center twin towers in New York City, which incidentally,
was named in its formative days Babylon. Each tile stood for
one of the two spiritual cities paralleling each other down through
time and signify that there is nothing worth saving in this cosmic
system – all is tainted by satan and sin, even the habitation
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|For an in-depth look at this prophecy by Zechariah, see Addendum 1- Wickedness at the end of the vision entitled Pillars on this website. (can)|
|The name Jerusalem in Hebrew is ‘Jireh-shalom’, and means ‘to provide peace.’ This is indeed what Jesus did on Golgotha outside the city limits. Melchizedek in Hebrew is ‘Mel’ = King / ‘chizedec’ = Righteousness. Hence, righteousness came by King Jesus who made peace with God for us in Jerusalem. (Considering)|
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