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“Heavenly Jerusalem” Now!

Heavenly Jerusalem Now! From Galations 4

In Galations 4, Paul draws from the Old Testament story of Hagar and Sarah, allegorically, to describe NEW Covenantal Realities to his first century audience while the Temple was still standing. Here we see an explicit example of Paul teaching on a covenantal level. Remember the covenantal level is one of the three ways that Jews read and taught the Torah (literal, moral and spiritual or covenantal). Paul was trying to help the Galations understand the Kingdom of God that was breaking into the world during the Transition Period between the Old and New Covenants (~30AD-70AD).

Here is the how Paul describes it.
Galations 4: 21 ” Tell me, you who desire to be under the law, do you not listen to the law? 22For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by a free woman. 23But the son of the slave was born according to the flesh, while the son of the free woman was born through promise.

24Now this may be INTERPRETED ALLEGORICALLY: these women are  TWO COVENANTS. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar.

25Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia; she corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26But the JERUSALEM ABOVE is FREE, and she is our MOTHER. 27For it is written,

“Rejoice, O barren one who does not bear; break forth and cry aloud, you who are not in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than those of the one who has a husband.”

28Now YOU, brothers, like Isaac, are CHILDREN OF PROMISE. 29But just as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so also it is NOW (60’S AD). 30But what does the Scripture say? “Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the slave woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman.” 31So, brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman.”

“Old Covenant” Ishmael overlapped in the house with “New Covenant” Isaac for the Transition Period (30-70AD). The Old Covenant was dissolving and the New Covenant was becoming manifest. Then “Ishmael” (Old Covenant) was “cast out” in 70AD. The Transition Period from 30 AD -70 AD marked the Last Days of the Old Covenant Jerusalem and the Temple system in 70AD.

The Take Away:


                OLD COVENANT

is represented by

            NEW COVENANT

is represented by

       City of Old Jerusalem (Temple)

     “Jerusalem Above” (Promise)

             Old Israel’s Mother

                 Our Mother



This “Jerusalem above” that Paul speaks of here is the same heavenly Jerusalem image that John uses to describe the New Covenant coming and becoming fully manifest among us.

Rev 21:2-3 “And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”

And what other image does John use to describe the New Covenant? In the very next verse, John describes this New Jerusalem as a dwelling place. It is also the “place” where God dwells with us. The New Jerusalem is not a material city, complete with plumbing, or wireless internet. It is the New Covenant Kingdom life that we share with God and one another on earth NOW.

Rev 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.”

We live in God’s Kingdom as he dwells with us and makes us his new creation people. And that is the Good News that Jesus came to preach, the Kingdom of God with us and among us now. When Jesus predicted the fall of the Old Covenant Temple in Jerusalem, he said, in Luke 21:31,”Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. ” This happened in 70 AD, and now we live after the slave woman’s son, “Ishmael”, or the Old Covenant, has been cast out. We live in the ever-expanding Kingdom, where God dwells and reigns among us now!


2 Responses to “Heavenly Jerusalem” Now!

  1. Donald Keyes says:

    Came accross your site. Very much agree. Are you aware that max king is beginning audio messages at the Presence.tv website. There are four so far and I encourage you to listen to them.

    • Riley says:

      Thanks for commenting, Donald. I do get messages from Presence announcing new messages from MK from time to time. I appreciate the recommendation, I’ll have to stop by and listen. Are they dealing with Resurrection as well? Because its on my short-list to better understand his final take on the issue. Such brilliance there! thanks again!

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