Many at times when we read this verse:
The Mountain of Fear and the Mountain of Joy
You have not come to a mountain that can be touched and that is burning with fire; to darkness, gloom and storm;
We think that this is Mount Sinai per se.
So when we read the following verses:
But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly,
We think it’s heaven.
So when we read these verses we think it’s about the planets and the constellations.
At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, “Once more I will shake not only the earth but also the heavens.”
Worse still when we read these verses we think it’s in the distant future.
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
Read this again.
But you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem. You have come to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful celebration.
Notice it says “you HAVE come to the heavenly Jerusalem”. Does this not mean the New Jerusalem is already in existence?
Does this not mean we are already there?
The problem with us is that we think that Mount Sinai is Arabia. It is not, it is the pre AD70 Jerusalem.
Hence when the Bible speaks about the heavens being shaken the writer was referring to the Temple and this city.
I have mentioned to you all many times Mount Sinai actually speaks about pre AD70 Jerusalem and that was the mountain that was full of smoke and fire. The old Jerusalem was the embodiment of the Law.
Some of you taught I was mad. Here’s a verse to proof it.
Now Hagar stands for Mount Sinai in Arabia and corresponds to the present city of Jerusalem.
It was the Jerusalem at the time of the writing of Galatians. Pre AD70.
The “heavens” was shaken when the old Jerusalem was destroyed. It was literally in smoke and fire.
Simultaneously, please note when the old Jerusalem was destroyed Sinai was destroyed. At the same the New Jerusalem came down.
It’s not in the future. It was in the future when Paul wrote Galatians. However it was in our past.
But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.
But what does Scripture say? “Get rid of the slave woman and her son, for the slave woman’s son will never share in the inheritance with the free woman’s son.”
Therefore, brothers and sisters, we are not children of the slave woman, but of the free woman.
In AD70 God got it rid of the slave woman, and ushered the new bride from heaven.
One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless.
My point is this the New Jerusalem is not something that we are looking forward to. It is something that has happen and still happening today.
We are the church. We are the bride. We are of Sarah. We are the New Jerusalem. We are Zion.
It’s already here.