THE TALE OF THREE CITIES—PART TWO
The story of the Harlot, the apostate Jerusalem, reveals God’s just judgment. The story of the rebuilt Jerusalem in the Day of the Lord reveals God’s faithfulness and mercy. The story of the New Jerusalem, the Bride as the City, reveals the power of God’s love.
In the last blog we saw how modern-day Jerusalem follows the spirit of the Antichrist in that she denies Jesus, which means she also does not have the Father. Thankfully, the story doesn’t end there. God has not given up on Jerusalem. It will be destroyed in judgment, but it will be rebuilt because of God’s promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The details as to how this comes about are scattered in the prophetic books.
Rev. 16:19 explains that the great city (Jerusalem) will be divided into three parts. We know that two parts of it are destroyed. The verse also says the cities of the nations shall fall. But because of God’s great mercy and faithfulness, Jerusalem will be rebuilt. It becomes a praise in the earth (Isaiah 62:7). The Davidic kingdom is revived as Jerusalem becomes the earthly capital of the nations during the remainder of Christ’s 1,000-year reign. “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” (Lam. 3:22-23).