Sunday, September 30, 2012

Zion The City Of God

     Saints, today Brother Bob begins by giving you the many scriptures that speak about the soon coming City of God called Zion and Jerusalem. Saint reading this anywhere look closely at the picture above of where someday soon we all will live forever in peace. After reading a book by John Bunyan titled the City of God, Brother Bob will now describe to you all how the prophets Isaiah, Ezekial, Micah, Zechariah, Haggai, and Zephaniah described the beauty and the splendor of our soon coming home called Zion and the new Jerusalem.

     First, let me state to all my friends in the many nations, currently we are strangers and pilgrims on this earth desiring a better country called Zion stated at Hebrews 11:13. Hebrews 11:14 says For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But, now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly; wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He hath prepared for them a city. According to the above scripture be mindful of Zion and Jerusalem and receive the opportunity to return to this glorious city and home called Zion. Colossians 3:1 tells us If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

     In hebrew Zion is defined as a Sunny Place or Sunny Mountain and is the highest hill on which our new home Jerusalem will be built. It's also interesting to note that the hebrew definition of Jerusalem is teaching of peace and when we all live forevermore in Jerusalem we will eternally learn peace. Now look carefully at the picture above and notice that there is only one street of pure gold that is transparent glass in the city of God. Revelation 21:21 describes this street and says And the twelve gates were twelve pearls. Every several gate was of one pearl. And the street (note one street and not many streets) of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass. You might ask why is there only one street in Zion and Brother Bob believes the reason for this is because Jesus is that one street (The Way, the Truth, and the Life) with no confusing extra by lanes, crossings, or odd nooks to cause a saint to lose his way. Jesus is our true shepherd and will not let any one of his saints be lost. Luke 15:3 says What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it? And when He hath found it, He layeth it on His shoulders, rejoicing.

     OK, you might ask why the pictures above of a treasure chest and Jesus. Brother Bob tells all my friends everywhere when we get to Zion and right now, Jesus is our treasure and reward and Jesus is greater than all the gold and silver that this world has to offer. Revelation 22:12 proves that Jesus is the true reward and says And, behold, I come quickly, and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. The prophet Isaiah described Jesus as the reward and stated at Isaiah 62:10 Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones, lift up a standard for the people. Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, His reward is with Him, and His work before Him and they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord; and thou shalt be called, Sought out, a City not forsaken.

     The prophet Haggai whose name is defined as festive also stated that at Zion and right now, Jesus our reward is better than silver and gold. Haggai proclaimed at Haggai 2:7 And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of hosts. The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts. the glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts; and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.

     King Solomon also described the beautiful city of Zion and at Song of Solomon 2:10 stated My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree putteth forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good smell. Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away. Jesus showed Brother Bob that the pureness and beauty of Zion is beyond words. The colors of the sky, flowers, and grass are so bright and the water is crystal clear beyond any of our purest thoughts. When Paul was caught up to the third heaven at 2 Corinthians 12:2-4, Paul stated that the splendor of Zion was so incredible that it was unspeakable and beyond words. Saint reading this remember the Spirit can reveal to you the beauty of Zion. 1 Corinthians 2:9 tells us But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. Now notice the next verse 1 Corinthians 2:10 proving we can learn by the Spirit the beautiful secrets of the glorious city of Zion as it says But God hath revealed them unto us by His Spirit; for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.

     Saint reading this meditate on this revelation from the prophet Isaiah about the city of Zion and rejoice. Isaiah 25:6 says And in this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees; of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. Isaiah 25:8 says He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall He take away from off all the earth for the Lord hath spoken it. And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God, we have waited for Him, and He will save us. this is the Lord; we have waited for Him, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation. Brother Bob loves how King David described the City of Zion at Psalm 48:1 that says Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of His holiness. Beautiful for situation(defined as beautiful in the heights), the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north(defined to the coasts of Zion beauty exists), the city of the great King.

     Just the thought of Jesus as our reward in the City of Zion gives us peace and joy now and forevermore. The prophet Isaiah further described the glory of Jesus at Jerusalem at Isaiah 60:14 that says The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee, The city of the Lord, the Zion of the Holy One of Israel, whereas thou has been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations. Isaiah 60:17 says For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron. I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness. 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.

     OK, the prophet Isaiah has asked us all to learn a new song about the glorious city of Zion. Saint reading this anywhere start to sing this bible verse and I proclaim in Jesus name great strength and peace to bless every area of your life. OK saints lets all sing Isaiah 26:1 that says In that day, shall this song be sung in the land of Judah. We have a strong city, salvation will God appoint for walls and bulwarks.Open ye the gates, that the righteous nation which keepeth the truth may enter in. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee; because He trusteth in thee. Trust ye in the Lord forever; for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength.

     Wow, as you all look at the above picture of Jesus and the eternal light shining from Jesus, Brother Bob will proceed to show you how the prophet Isaiah told us how Jesus is the brilliant light in the City of Zion where there is no more sun or moon. Isaiah 24:23 says Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the Lord of hosts shall reign in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before His ancients gloriously. Isaiah 30:26 tells us that the light of Jesus in the city of Zion will shine as the light of seven days. Isaiah 30:26 says Moreover, the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the Lord bindeth up the breach of His people, and healeth the stroke of their wound.

     Isaiah goes on to further describe Jesus as the light of the city of Zion and states at Isaiah 60:18 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. The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory. The sun shall no more go down, neither shall thy moon withdraw itself. for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended. Thy people also shall be all righteous, they shall inherit the land forever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified. A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation; I the Lord will hasten it in his time.

     Jesus showed Brother Bob that there will be no darkness anytime in the City of Zion. This was proven by the prophet Zechariah at Zechariah 14:7 that says But it shall be one day which shall be known to the Lord, not day, nor night, but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light. The apostle John also spoke of Jesus as the eternal light of the city of Zion where there was no night or darkness forevermore. First John spoke at Revelation 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it; for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. Then John spoke at Revelation 22:5 and said And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light; and they shall reign for ever and ever. But, wow, the devil and his fallen stars or demons will be just the opposite and live in blackness and darkness in hell and the lake of fire for ever. This is proven by Jude 13 that says raging waves of the sea, foaming our their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

     OK, look closely now at the above picture of a galley or gallant ship with oars out the sides where slaves rowed the ship to go to war and fight battles. Hallelujah, in the city of Zion no galley or warship will be found because there will be everlasting peace with Jesus in the city of Zion. Also, there will be no slavery or slaves to have to row galley warships in the city of Zion because Jesus calls all his believers friends. John 15:15 says Henceforth I call you not servants, for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth; but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father, I have made known unto you.

     The prophet Isaiah told us that no galley or gallant warships will be in the city of Zion and says at Isaiah 33:20 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. 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. For the Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our King. He will save us.

     The prophet Micah also spoke of no wars in the city of Zion and stated at Micah 4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow into it. And many nations shall come and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths. for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. And He shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. The prophet Zephaniah told us that there would be no wars in the city of Zion because all people would have one consent and live together peaceably by stating at Zephaniah 3:9 For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one consent.

     The prophet Zechariah told us that Jesus would defend Zion and Jerusalem as the angel of the Lord and wars would forevermore cease in Sion. Zechariah 12:8 says In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and he that is feeble among them at the at day shall be as David, and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them. And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. Wow, in Jerusalem even a feeble person will have the power of the angel of the Lord. Do you realize that only one angel of the Lord can stop an army of 185000 soldiers. This is proven by 2 Kings 19:35 that says And it came to pass that night, that the angel of the Lord went out, and smote in the camp of the Assyrians 185000. And when they arose early in the morning, behold they were all dead corpses. Remember saint and rejoice Psalm 34:7 says The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them.

     What a great day when John's revelation occurs soon. Rejoice saint as you read Revelation 21 that says And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain; for the former things are passed away. All saints will do what King David said at Psalm 100:4 and enter into His gates with thanksgiving and into His courts with praise; be thankful unto Him and bless His name. For the Lord is good, His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endureth to all generations. What a glorious day when the seventh trumpet shall sound and fulfill what is written in Revelation 11:15 that says And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ; and He shall reign for ever and ever.

     Truly saints the City of Zion is spectacular where even all the greatest kings will bow and worship Jesus as Lord forevermore. Pictured above even when Jesus was a baby, the Magi or kings brought gifts to baby Jesus and worshipped Jesus as the King of kings. Psalm 68:29 says Because of thy temple at Jerusalem shall kings bring presents unto thee. Psalm 72:10 says The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents; the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. Yea, all kings shall fall down before Him, all nations shall serve Him. Psalm 138:4 says All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord, when they hear the words of thy mouth. Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the Lord; for great is the glory of the Lord.

     Truly, saints everywhere reading this bible study, we can all agree with Psalm 87:3 that says Glorious things are spoken of thee, O City of God. Selah. Just the thought of Jesus as Jehovah Shammah or the Lord is there is a blessing to know that Jesus as God will be with us always forevermore. The prophet Ezekial proclaimed that Jesus would forevermore be with us all in the city of Zion giving us all everlasting peace. Ezekial 48:35 says It was round about 18000 measures; and the name of the city from that day shall be, The Lord is there. (Jehovah Shammah).

     The prophet Zechariah proclaimed that Jesus as the Bread of Life will make us all cheerful now and forevermore in the city of Zion. Zechariah 9:17 says For how great is His goodness and how great is His beauty! Corn (defined as Bread of Life that is Jesus stated at John 6:35) shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids. The prophet Ezekial proclaimed that Jesus would care for his saints in the city of Zion as a shepherd cares for his flock of sheep. Ezekial 34:13 says And I will bring them out from the people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own land, and feed them upon the mountains of Israel by the rivers, and in all the inhabited places of the country. I will feed them in a good pasture, and upon the high mountains of Israel shall their fold be; there shall they lie in a good fold, and in a fat pasture shall they feed upon the mountains of Israel. I will feed my flock, and I will cause them to lie down, saith the Lord. Saint reading this anywhere in say the USA, Phillipines, India, Brazil, Great Britain, Canada, or literally anywhere read again Ezekial 34:13 and rejoice and know that soon Jesus will gather all His believers of Him as Lord to dwell and live forevermore in Israel at the city of Zion and the new Jerusalem. The prophet Isaiah also proclaimed that all the true believers in Jesus as Lord who were persecuted and outcasts in this world will be gathered soon to dwell in everlasting peace at the city of Zion. Isaiah 27:13 says And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria and the outcasts in the land of Egypt and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

     Isaiah 12 also speaks about the city of Zion and proclaims how great Jesus the Holy One of Israel is in the midst of the new Jerusalem. Isaiah 12 says And in that day thou shalt say, O Lord, I will praise thee. though thou wast angry with me, thine anger is turned away, and thou comfortedst me. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid, for the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; He also is become my salvation. Therefore, with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. And in that day, shall ye say, Praise the Lord, call upon His name, declare His doings among the people, make mention that His name is exalted. Sing unto the Lord, for He hath done excellent things; this is known in all the earth. Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion; for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst of thee. Saint anywhere reading this rejoice and say aloud Isaiah 35:10 that says And the ransomed of the Lord shall return and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

     To end up today's bible study Brother Bob gives you all the picture above of a name of Jesus as God called Jehovah Nissi. For thirty years Brother Bob wanted to know the definition of Jehovah Nissi. And hallelujah the other day Jesus fully explained to Brother Bob the power of the name Jehovah Nissi. In hebrew Jehovah Nissi is defined as Jehovah Is My Banner or Standard that makes the devil disappear and flee quickly. Jehovah Nissi appears at Exodus 17:15 that says And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-nissi. Isaiah 59:19 also spoke about Jehovah Nissi and said So shall they fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. Brother Bob prays in Jesus name for all saints forevermore reading this bible study that Jesus will be your Jehovah Nissi and lift up a standard against the devil for you, making the devil disappear immediately and flee quickly from your presence.

     To finally close today's bible study, Brother Bob gives you two more bible verses where Jehovah Nissi appears as your banner and standard to defend you in the bible. Song of Solomon 6:10 says Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners? Psalm 20:5 says We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners; the Lord fulfill all thy petitions.

     As always, Brother Bob has enjoyed sending this words of peace to all my friends in the many nations that regularly read Brother Bob's book for Jesus. Feel free to contact Brother Bob anytime at his email or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon to lift up the name of Jesus as God, have a blessed day in Jesus name.

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