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by Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D., ©2004

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Jerusalem - City of God


At the outset it was explained that the Queen reflected the spirit-city of satan and Jeannette mirrored God’s. Most of the symbolism speaks about Babylon, but there is one element on stage that belongs to Jerusalem. One of the tiles is hers. Together she and Babylon began the demise of the tower. In fact, Jeannette who represents the people of God was the catalyst that dislodged the tiles. True to God’s Word, Jerusalem will be a burdensome stone for all peoples that burden themselves with her. They shall be cut in pieces [Zechariah 12:3]. Is it because God has no more use for her? No, it is because God is jealous to rid the reproach that has been on his name since the times of the Gentiles began in 586 b.c.e.


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.

Zechariah 12:10

10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.

This will happen because of their severe persecution by the Antichrist [Matthew 24:15-22].

One Tile For God

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:

Revelation 18:9-10

9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,

10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

Now let’s see how Jerusalem participated in God’s burden of rejection of His rule:

Revelation 11:1-2

1 And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein.

2 But the court which is without the temple leave out, and measure it not; for it is given unto the Gentiles: and the holy city shall they tread under foot forty and two months.

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.

Isaiah 34:8

8 For it is the day of the LORD's vengeance, and the year of recompences for the controversy of Zion. (This is the Lord’s burden over Jerusalem.)

Jeremiah 25:31

31 A noise shall come even to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them that are wicked to the sword, saith the LORD. (This is the Lord’s burden over Babylon.)

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.

Isaiah 13:19-20

19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the beauty of the Chaldees' excellency, shall be as when God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah.

20 It shall never be inhabited, neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation: neither shall the Arabian pitch tent there; neither shall the shepherds make their fold there.

Jeremiah 50:37-42

37 A sword is upon their horses, and upon their chariots, and upon all the mingled people that are in the midst of her;…

38 …for it is the land of graven images, and they are mad (covetous) upon their idols.

39 Therefore the wild beasts of the desert with the wild beasts of the islands shall dwell there, and the owls shall dwell therein: and it shall be no more inhabited for ever; neither shall it be dwelt in from generation to generation.

40 As God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah and the neighbour cities thereof, saith the LORD; so shall no man abide there, neither shall any son of man dwell therein….

42 …O daughter of Babylon.

The above has never literally happened to Babylon. Her history shows that she continued to be the capitol of the Persian 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 Empire will be revived, so must Babylon be revived so that ‘wickedness’ 10 can be brought back to sit there upon her base in the land of Shinar [Zechariah 5:11] and so that God can judge her rebellion against Him in the place where it began. Is this not poetic justice?

Two Brides For Two Cities - Conclusion

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.

Revelation 17:15-16

15 And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues.

16 And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

17 For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled.

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.

1 Samuel 12:22
22 For the LORD will not forsake his people for his great name's sake: because it hath pleased the LORD to make you his people.

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.

Zephaniah 3:14-15

14 Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and rejoice with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.

15 The LORD hath taken away thy judgments, he hath cast out thine enemy: the king of Israel, even the LORD, is in the midst of thee: thou shalt not see evil any more.

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.

Revelation 19:7-9

7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.

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

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

Genesis 14:1

1 And it came to pass in the days of Amraphel king of Shinar, Arioch king of Ellasar, Chedorlaomer king of Elam, and Tidal king of nations;

Genesis 14:18

18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.

To 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.
Jerusalem’s waywardness has already been noted, therefore, the most striking difference between these two cities is their future destiny. We have detailed Babylon’s total demise. Let us look now at a few of the things that have been prophesied about Jerusalem. A most outstanding prophecy related to today’s world events is the fact that the entire world will go to war over her.

Zechariah 12:2-3

2 Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem.

3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.

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

Jeannette 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 of God.

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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)
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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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