Isaiah 65:19 – The New Jerusalem

….And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in my people: and the voice of weeping shall be no more heard in her, nor the voice of crying.
Isaiah 65:19

Dear Friends,

On May 30 of last month, astronauts Bob Behnken and Doug Hurley boarded the SpaceX Dragon shuttle and launched into orbit from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The next day they connected with the International Space Station (ISS), thus beginning a new era in manned commercial space flight. In other words, man’s desire to make a name for himself and reach for the heavens is just as it was before God destroyed the Tower of Babel.

Genesis is the book of beginnings. In Genesis 11, we see the origin of the new world order. Man refused God’s commandment to replenish the earth (Gen 9:1), but instead remained concentrated on the plains of Shinar. There, they set about building the Tower of Babel, with which they attempted to make a name and reach unto heaven (Gen 11:4). God came down to see the tower that they builded and said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. (Gen 11:6) So God confounded their language, and scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

Solomon said there is no new thing under the sun. I believe we have come full circle now, back to where we were before God destroyed the Tower of Babel. God confounded their language but now we carry pocket computers with instant translation capabilities. We can easily communicate with people all over the world in real time by satellite. Like Nimrod of old, the kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. Like Nimrod of old, man is reaching unto heaven, not only with high-rise structures that kiss the sky, but rocket ships that go beyond it.

Man’s effort to reach unto heaven did not end well the first time nor will it this time. You may believe that we will solve all our problems without God and sail around the galaxy like Captain Kirk. You may even be sincere in this belief, but you would be sincerely wrong. I have nothing against science or space exploration. I happen to like science and I find the subject of space exploration fascinating, but I am also a realist. While the Dragon shuttle was hurling through the stratosphere at supersonic speeds, down on earth America was falling into a state of turmoil not seen since the urban riots of the sixties. Police reform is long overdue but what we have been seeing is another case of the cure being worse than the ailment. Although the protests that quickly spread around the globe in over sixty countries in solidarity over the brutal and senseless killing of George Floyd were almost all peaceful, the looting and destruction in America seem to be moving us one step closer to a hot civil war. We have been in a cold civil war ever since November 8 of 2016.

The Bible says evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived. (2 Tim 3:13) The Bible says that the new world order is going to deceive all the nations with sorcery (Gk pharmakeia; Rev 18:23). Pharmakeia, the Greek word for sorcery, is where we get our word pharmacy. We are being told that soon we should all take a new and untested vaccine containing messenger RNA that will reprogram our DNA, essentially altering us as a species. Is this not pharmakeia? Is not altering a virus through gene editing and releasing on an unsuspecting public pharmakeia? So how can we keep from being deceived by such sorcery? Jesus said If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. … If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

I watched the Dragon shuttle launch and dock with the ISS with great interest, but the real ISS is going to be the New Jerusalem. It will come down from heaven and orbit the earth. (Rev 21:2) It will be a 1500-mile-wide cube having the glory of God and light like a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. The city will be pure gold, like unto clear glass. The foundations of the wall of the city will be garnished with all manner of precious stones. It will have twelve gates, each made of a solid pearl. It will have no need of a temple because Jesus will be the temple. It will have no need of the sun or the moon because Jesus will be the light of it. One day the ISS will re-enter the lower atmosphere and crash to earth. On the other hand, if you put your faith in Christ, one day you will be an astronaut. You will not need a spacesuit or a rocket ship. You will sail through the heavens to the New Jerusalem. Unlike the ISS, the New Jerusalem will never fail. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. … And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

In closing, Jesus won. The kings of the earth are going to fail. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter’s vessel. Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be instructed, ye judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

Father, I pray that you will count us worthy to stand before your Son and escape all these things that shall come to pass. I pray that you will help us to be wise, that we may shine as the brightness of the firmament in these last days, that we may turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.