With all of the talk about the earthly Jerusalem being the eternal capital of the earthly land of Israel in our time, people always seem to forget one thing. When you look at the scriptures in the Bible we learn that the true patriarchs of the faith had their eyes lifted up toward HEAVEN, looking at the spiritual and eternal things, and not the earthly things.
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. (Hebrews 11:8-10)
Abraham and his descendants were looking for the city up above because they wanted to be where their creator and Almighty God was dwelling.
“But ye are come unto mount Sion (ZION), and unto the city of the living God, the HEAVENLY Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and CHURCH of the firstborn, which are written in HEAVEN, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to JESUS the mediator of the NEW covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel. See that ye refuse NOT him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:22-29)
Every TRUE BELIEVER in Jesus Christ has already come to Mt Zion, the city of the LIVING GOD, the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM. Their focus is ABOVE just like the true believers throughout the history of those who followed the Lord. Hebrews 11 is like a “Hall of Faith” and every one of those faithful believers followed the SAME Jesus Christ whom I serve today! Their focus was not on an EARTHLY city of Jerusalem as so many, have believed in this modern day. I do have sympathy for those who have been ensnared by that great DECEPTION because it is taught in most churches, and I was formerly among the deceived on that point until the Spirit guided me into the truth. If the “fathers of the faith” had their eyes on the heavenly country, then that is where our eyes must also be. There always has been one people of God, and that includes both Jew and Gentile. But stop there for a minute. The scriptures tell us that it is ONLY those who have FAITH who are the children of Abraham! Not only that BUT it tells us that this FAITH must be in the person of Jesus Christ! The TRUE CHILDREN of Abraham are those who have FAITH in Jesus Christ. Any person who does not believe in Jesus Christ is not part of the Kingdom of God. The Jewish apostle Paul was converted to Jesus Christ and he could not have been any clearer in what he said!
Know ye therefore that they which are of FAITH, the same are the children of ABRAHAM. (Galatians 3:7)
That includes both Jewish and Gentile people, and the common denominator is FAITH in Jesus Christ.
Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith NOT, And to seeds, as of many; but as of ONE, And to thy SEED, which is CHRIST (MESSIAH). (Galatians 3:16)
And if ye be CHRIST’S, then are ye ABRAHAM’S SEED, and heirs according to the PROMISE. (Galatians 3:29)
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The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? (Psalms 27:1)