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Revelation 21:9

“And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues and talked with me saying, Come hither and I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great high mountain and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, having the glory of God, and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal” (Rev. 21:9).

John was given an experience that is mostly ignored today’s eschatology because of the insatiable need to make the things of God understood by the temporal things of this world. John was in heaven, in the Spirit and he was talking with one of the angels who was holding a vial full of the wrath of God. This wrath is the judgment of God which can never be separated from the child of grace. All too often the judgment of God is spoken of in reference to the wicked of this world and rightfully so. But the justification of the child of grace is equally a part of God’s Holy judgment in that Christ endured that wrath for His people. He became the sin of His people and ‘enduring the cross and despising the shame’ satisfied the full measure of the wrath of God for the sin of all His people at once. Therefore when John is shown the bride of the Lamb the vial of judgment is acknowledged.

This angel did not take John to the ‘holy land’ and he did not instruct John to campaign the world in support of returning the Lord’s people to that part of the world so that the holy Jerusalem could be reconstituted. He carried him up, in the Spirit, to a great and high mountain. He did not take him to the fertile plains of Gomorrah where the crops would flourish. Nor did he take him to the low lands of Canaan for capitulation and compromise with the people of the land. The Holy Jerusalem is a city set upon a hill and that hill, contrary to the ideology of modern evangelicalism, is a great and high mountain. This is the mountain where no man was able to enter when God gave Moses the law. It is the great and exceedingly high mountain where no man was worthy to stand with Jesus when the Devil tempted Him and where no man was able to witness, although Peter, James and John were present, the transfiguration of our Lord. This is where the multitudes came and heard the gospel from the angel with the trumpet of the everlasting gospel, the Word Himself and received the miracles of the loaves and fishes and without fail in all instances, man was incapable of assistance, cooperation or performance of the work that was manifested there. The great mountain where man, the dragon and the image of the beast flourish and prosper is that “great mountain burning with fire {that} was cast into the sea” when the second angel sounded his trumpet of the gospel of Jesus Christ. (Rev. 8:8).

“He shewed John a great city, the holy Jerusalem.” He did not come unto the mount burning with fire and consumed with smoke which answers to Jerusalem which now is. This is Hagar and her children which are still in bondage to the weak and beggarly elements of this world; touch not taste not and are judged in the observances of days and feasts and holy days. He did not shew him that great city Nineveh or the great city Babylon, which is spiritually Sodom and Egypt wherein our Lord was crucified (11:8). These are the other river of the land of Shinar. They are the temporal counterfeit representation which the world is enamored with for they cater to the strength of the arm of the flesh and the power of the carnal mind. John was shown an holy city in which man again had no place. In this city there is nothing that defiles or works abomination or makes a lie for the inhabitants are not the inhabitants of the earth but those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. Therefore they are His bride. They were the Fathers from eternity and He gave them to the Son. He completed all that the Father gave Him to do and lost none, save the son of perdition who was a devil from the beginning. He fulfilled the law in righteousness and they are justified by His faith. He gave them the glory that He had with the Father before the world began and cleansed the earthen vessels afore prepared unto this glory. Therefore she has the glory of God. She does not have a portion or cheap imitation of that glory. She has the fullness of the Godhead in her, being born of the Spirit, having the Father, son and Spirit abiding in her and she is one with the Father as He is one. (John 17:21)

“Her light is like a stone most precious.” This stone cannot be found here on this earth because it is not of this world. It is a tried stone, a precious corner a sure foundation that is laid in Zion as the chief stone. This is the stone that the builders of this world have cast off as unsuitable for their purposes but it is the headstone which Zerubbable brought forth with “shoutings, grace, grace unto it” (Zech. 4:7). This light is like the light of the Jasper stone. The jasper stone is the 12th stone in the breastplate of the High Priest which he wore before the altar of the Lord. The twelve stones each bore the name of the twelve tribes of Israel according to the number of the tribe (Ex. 28:21). Therefore the twelfth stone would correlate with the twelfth son being, Benjamin, ‘the son of My right hand’. The son of My right hand is also the son of My sorrow in that He bore the sin of His people and became sin, but because there was no man worthy and none that sought after righteousness, he brought salvation to Himself by His right hand and by His Holy arm. He was made perfect in that He suffered for His people. The twelfth stone, Jasper, means polished and this precious stone was polished in all that He suffered so that the light of His bride would be crystal clear. The imputed righteousness of Christ unto His people is so complete and exact that he said to His Beloved, “Thou art all fair my love, there is no spot in thee” (Song 4:7).

Brethren the last days have come, the house of the Lord has been established in His Holy mountain, it is exalted above every hill and all nations flow unto it. The redeemed of the Lord have returned and do say, Come ye let us go to the mountain of the God of Jacob and He will teach us His ways and we will walk in His paths. For out of Zion shall go forth a law and the Word of Jehovah from Jerusalem” (Is. 2:2). Everyone who has the eternal love of the Father shall walk (have their life ordered for the steps of a righteous man is ordain of God) in the Jasper light of the Lord because He has removed that heart of stone and replaced it with an heart of flesh; He has written His law upon their inward man and he delights in that law; He has put His Spirit in His people and He CAUSES them to walk in the light.

Wherefore comfort ye My people.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
January 16, 2011