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Scripture reading: 2 Chronicles 7:1-3, Leviticus 9:22-24

The same manifestation described in 2 Chronicles 7 and Leviticus 9 happened at Pentecost. Every time God anointed the temple, He brought FIRE FROM HEAVEN upon the altar and the fire remained there until the use of that temple was over. That fire was of God and no man could light a fire in the temple by himself because God does not want strange fire. People say that they have the Holy Ghost but manifest strange manifestations. This is strange fire. They are walking in death.

Aaron the priest had two sons named Nadab and Abihu. These boys decided to take fire from their own home and take it into the temple. When they lighted the fire, they were slain by fire. It is a symbol for all times for all people. God does not accept strange fire in His temple. Anyone making strange manifestations, carrying on in God’s house and in God’s business, is playing with death. The result of it, the end of it, must be death according to God’s Word.

God called down fire in the time of Moses and lighted the altar (see Leviticus 9:24). That fire remained all the days of the Tabernacle, some 490 years. When Solomon dedicated the temple, fire came down again and lighted the altar (see 2 Chronicles 7:1). This is God’s way! When Pentecost was fully come, fire came down from heaven upon their heads, a symbol of God’s approval upon the third temple, which is THE LAST TEMPLE. No more shall a temple be built in Jerusalem that is of God. This third temple is THE BODY, the temple of the living God, the New Jerusalem, the people of God. Every person is a temple and many temples are coming together to make a city of temples. God calls this city Jerusalem, THE NEW JERUSALEM. This is what God is doing in our time and in our day.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 1, pg. 109-110)

Thought for today: Remember, our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, so let us walk only in the fire that comes from God.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 21:13

Revelation 21:13 says, “On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.”

Whenever we see this kind of repetition in Scripture, it is emphasis; there is something here to understand. First of all, “three” is the number of divine order: Father, Son, Holy Ghost and spirit, soul, body. “Three” is telling us that the “three gates” “on the east” are the perfect order of God to bring the sunrise, the glory of God, into the city. The “three gates” “on the east,” therefore, are those whom God has used to bring in the glory of God into the church.

The “three gates” “on the north” are representative of the ones who come in through tribulation. In the Song of Solomon 4:16, we find a verse which says, “Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits. The north wind blows through “the north…gates” because the “north wind” is going south. Actually, we are talking about those who enter the gate from the north side, those who are coming out of the cold, those who have come through tribulation and have entered through these gates. They are the people of “the north…gates.”

“Three gates” “on the south” are for those who have transgressed, have fallen away from God, have turned back and found their way into the city.

“Three gates” “on the west” speaks of the setting of the sun, those who must come in at evening time, those who have come in late, but they yet have received their place in the “city…Jerusalem.” God has honored them with providing “three gates” to “the west.”

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 130-131)

Thought for today: Let us strive to be a part of the three eastern gates: those whom God has used to bring in the glory of God into the church.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 21:10-12

Revelation 21:12 describes Jerusalem. “And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.”

This is a spiritual “wall,” and these are spiritual “gates” and “angels” (messengers). “A wall” is made to keep out intruders and to keep in those who are in; it is used as security. When the Lord speaks of “a wall” in the spiritual sense, He is talking about something that prevents intruders. Those who are not belonging cannot come in without proper entrance through the gate.

In the Song of Solomon we see a reference to “wall” in verse 9 of chapter 2. “My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice.” “Our wall” is the barrier that we construct in our lives between us and the Lord (the wrong things that make a barrier to prevent God from coming in). Our “Beloved” is the Lord Jesus. We see Him coming and standing “behind our wall,” and “look(ing) forth at the windows” and “shewing himself through the lattice.” In other words, He is trying to make communication with us even in spite of our barriers. Think of the barrier now between the world, the outsiders, and the people of the Lord. It is all spiritual. There is a spiritual fence, a spiritual wall (solid, unable to be breached by those from without) which God has put around the sons of God, around the spiritual city of Jerusalem, the bride, to protect her from the invasion of the outside world.

This “wall” has “twelve gates.” This city has “twelve gates.” A gate is a way, an entrance in. Jesus Christ said, “I am the way,” THE GREAT WAY; and because Jesus is “the way,” all of us who follow Him and walk in His path become a way for someone to come to Jesus. Jesus is “the way” into the Father. We are the different ways into Christ. Someone finds Christ because we led him/her to Christ. We become a way, a gate, a door. In the same way, God is speaking of the 12 tribes of Israel. We are talking about spiritual Israel finding “the way” into the city through the 12 different gates. The 12 apostles, representatives of the 12 gates, and the work of the apostles become a foundation through which and upon which we have built our spiritual life. They have become a permanent way to the city of God, to the New Jerusalem. They are the 12 doors, the 12 gates.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 129-130)

Thought for today: Because Jesus is “the way,” all of us who follow Him and walk in His path become a way for someone to come to Jesus.

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Scripture reading: 2 Peter 3:10-13

Many people say that God is going to burn up this earth and destroy this world and make a new world. Let us see what the Word of God is saying. First of all, is this world going to be destroyed? Psalm 104:5, “Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it SHOULD NOT BE REMOVED FOR EVER.” Psalm 78:69, “And he built his sanctuary like high palaces, like the EARTH WHICH HE HATH ESTABLISHED FOR EVER.” Isaiah 45:17, “But Israel shall be saved in the LORD with an EVERLASTING SALVATION: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded WORLD WITHOUT END.” The same phrase is in Ephesians 3:21, “Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, WORLD WITHOUT END. Amen.” Ecclesiastes 1:4, “One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but THE EARTH ABIDETH FOR EVER.” With so many scriptures saying one thing we must believe it, if we have faith and belief in the Word of God. We must believe then that the earth is abiding forever. The earth will remain forever; it will not be destroyed.

“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.” What are we talking about? The word “EARTH” has three basic meanings. The natural earth or terra firma is the ground on which we stand and is called “earth” in the Bible. Worldliness is also called “earth,” and Man is called “highest” earth. Proverbs 8:26, “While as yet he had not made the earth, nor the fields, nor the highest part of the dust of the world.” This verse means to say that the lowest earth would be the ground outside. Next would be the vegetable kingdom, and the next would be humanity which God called “the highest part of the dust.”

In the face of all this Word that the earth will not pass away, we can only think of two other earths that will pass away: worldliness (earthiness) and the man. The man will be changed, and there will be a new creation man. In that light, look again at this verse. “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.”

Let us look at another scripture. In 2 Peter 3, Peter is speaking about the fire that will dissolve the earth, and he says in verses 10-13, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

This Word means that the earth, now as it exists, and the heaven, now as it exists, are not pleasing to God. What heaven? We have to consider the word “HEAVEN” again, because there are also different realms of heaven. There is the invisible realm of heaven and the heaven within the human being wherein God dwells; for wherever God dwells, it is heaven. Now, this is the heaven that God does not like and God is not pleased with, because in this heaven does not dwell righteousness only, for both righteousness and sin seem to be dwelling in the same vessel. God said that this condition must “pass away,” and there is going to be great fire on earth, and it “shall melt with fervent heat,” and it “shall pass away with a great noise.” There will be “new heavens…wherein dwelleth righteousness” only.

For further proof of this understanding, we look at the third verse in Revelation chapter 21. “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.”

Where did I read this before? It seems to me that this is the great promise of God throughout the whole Bible. He says that at last it has come to pass – the Day of Atonement – “the tabernacle” – when God will tabernacle Himself within man. Verse 2 says that this is the great coming.

Let us go back to Revelation 21:2. “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

Here is the answer. This “new earth,” this “new Jerusalem” is the “bride” of Christ which He is talking about. This “bride” of Christ is this “new Jerusalem” and is “a new heaven and a new earth.”

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 118-120)

Thought for today: Let us strive to become this “bride” of Christ who is this “new Jerusalem” and is “a new heaven and a new earth.”

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Scripture reading: 2 Chronicles 7:1-3, Leviticus 9:22-24

The same manifestation described in 2 Chronicles 7 and Leviticus 9 happened at Pentecost. Every time God anointed the temple, He brought FIRE FROM HEAVEN upon the altar and the fire remained there until the use of that temple was over. That fire was of God and no man could light a fire in the temple by himself because God does not want strange fire. People say that they have the Holy Ghost but manifest strange manifestations. This is strange fire. They are walking in death.

Aaron the priest had two sons named Nadab and Abihu. These boys decided to take fire from their own home and take it into the temple. When they lighted the fire, they were slain by fire. It is a symbol for all times for all people. God does not accept strange fire in His temple. Anyone making strange manifestations, carrying on in God’s house and in God’s business, is playing with death. The result of it, the end of it, must be death according to God’s Word.

God called down fire in the time of Moses and lighted the altar (see Leviticus 9:24). That fire remained all the days of the Tabernacle, some 490 years. When Solomon dedicated the temple, fire came down again and lighted the altar (see 2 Chronicles 7:1). This is God’s way! When Pentecost was fully come, fire came down from heaven upon their heads, a symbol of God’s approval upon the third temple, which is THE LAST TEMPLE. No more shall a temple be built in Jerusalem that is of God. This third temple is THE BODY, the temple of the living God, the New Jerusalem, the people of God. Every person is a temple and many temples are coming together to make a city of temples. God calls this city Jerusalem, THE NEW JERUSALEM. This is what God is doing in our time and in our day.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 1, pg. 109-110)

Thought for today: Remember, our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, so let us walk only in the fire that comes from God.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 21:13

Revelation 21:13 says, “On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.”

Whenever we see this kind of repetition in Scripture, it is emphasis; there is something here to understand. First of all, “three” is the number of divine order: Father, Son, Holy Ghost and spirit, soul, body. “Three” is telling us that the “three gates” “on the east” are the perfect order of God to bring the sunrise, the glory of God, into the city. The “three gates” “on the east,” therefore, are those whom God has used to bring in the glory of God into the church.

The “three gates” “on the north” are representative of the ones who come in through tribulation. In the Song of Solomon 4:16, we find a verse which says, “Awake, O north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruits. The north wind blows through “the north…gates” because the “north wind” is going south. Actually, we are talking about those who enter the gate from the north side, those who are coming out of the cold, those who have come through tribulation and have entered through these gates. They are the people of “the north…gates.”

“Three gates” “on the south” are for those who have transgressed, have fallen away from God, have turned back and found their way into the city.

“Three gates” “on the west” speaks of the setting of the sun, those who must come in at evening time, those who have come in late, but they yet have received their place in the “city…Jerusalem.” God has honored them with providing “three gates” to “the west.”

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 130-131)

Thought for today: Let us strive to be a part of the three eastern gates: those whom God has used to bring in the glory of God into the church.

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Scripture reading: Revelation 21:10-12

Revelation 21:12 describes Jerusalem. “And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.”

This is a spiritual “wall,” and these are spiritual “gates” and “angels” (messengers). “A wall” is made to keep out intruders and to keep in those who are in; it is used as security. When the Lord speaks of “a wall” in the spiritual sense, He is talking about something that prevents intruders. Those who are not belonging cannot come in without proper entrance through the gate.

In the Song of Solomon we see a reference to “wall” in verse 9 of chapter 2. “My beloved is like a roe or a young hart: behold, he standeth behind our wall, he looketh forth at the windows, shewing himself through the lattice.” “Our wall” is the barrier that we construct in our lives between us and the Lord (the wrong things that make a barrier to prevent God from coming in). Our “Beloved” is the Lord Jesus. We see Him coming and standing “behind our wall,” and “look(ing) forth at the windows” and “shewing himself through the lattice.” In other words, He is trying to make communication with us even in spite of our barriers. Think of the barrier now between the world, the outsiders, and the people of the Lord. It is all spiritual. There is a spiritual fence, a spiritual wall (solid, unable to be breached by those from without) which God has put around the sons of God, around the spiritual city of Jerusalem, the bride, to protect her from the invasion of the outside world.

This “wall” has “twelve gates.” This city has “twelve gates.” A gate is a way, an entrance in. Jesus Christ said, “I am the way,” THE GREAT WAY; and because Jesus is “the way,” all of us who follow Him and walk in His path become a way for someone to come to Jesus. Jesus is “the way” into the Father. We are the different ways into Christ. Someone finds Christ because we led him/her to Christ. We become a way, a gate, a door. In the same way, God is speaking of the 12 tribes of Israel. We are talking about spiritual Israel finding “the way” into the city through the 12 different gates. The 12 apostles, representatives of the 12 gates, and the work of the apostles become a foundation through which and upon which we have built our spiritual life. They have become a permanent way to the city of God, to the New Jerusalem. They are the 12 doors, the 12 gates.

(Excerpt from The Book of Revelation, Volume 3, pages 129-130)

Thought for today: Because Jesus is “the way,” all of us who follow Him and walk in His path become a way for someone to come to Jesus.

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