4.14-Looking for a City
The Bible says that in Christ we have received the promise and blessing of Abraham. For He was the seed of Abraham, who would be a blessing to all the earth. What is that promise and blessing? Some who seem to think only from a carnal, fleshly mind would emphasize the earthly wealth of Abraham as the promise to us. But is that what God had in mind? Especially after what you have been studying in this book so far. The greater promise of God to Abraham was that his seed would bless the entire earth. From what we already know, that wonīt be fulfilled until the Seed, our Lord Jesus returns from Heaven in power and great glory. It is then the promise to Abraham will see its greatest fulfillment, as Jesus sets His kingdom up on the earth.
Please read the following verses carefully. Notice the immense period of time that is revealed as Abraham looks into the future, his own. Donīt read these with the "McDonaldīs" mentality, where everything is served hot and fast.
8)"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. 9)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: 10)For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God."
13)"These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14)For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 15)And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 16)But now they desire a better country, that is an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: For he hath prepared for them a city."
Do you embrace such pure truth in your heart? Are you sold out to the heavenly city? Or are you like the harlot church, which is mindful of the cities and countries on this earth?
The city that Abraham was looking for is not found on this earth, yet! The city is called the New Jerusalem, which at the end of the 1,000 year reign of Jesus, will descend to the earth, and the nations shall walk under the light of it. Abraham saw this same city in his spirit and patiently waited for death and the Christ, to release his soul and spirit to the city. When you study Revelation 21, youīll see John describe this literal city.
Are you looking and longing, as Abraham, for that city or is your heart in the cities of this world? The harlot church is not concerned about the New Jerusalem and its Royal Prince, even though they make occasional references to it. If we are truly saved and walking in the Spirit, the same attitude of Abraham will permeate our motivations, mind and mouth.
Remember, the devilīs purpose is to make this world look so appealing that your mind and heart will be entangled in it. Then you will unite with others, who also are spiritually entrapped, when Godīs judgments begin to fall. This unity for peace and plenty seems to be a noble cause, but the very roots of it are against the will and word of God. Not because peace is wrong, but that men are striving for it apart from the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Christians need to be more sacrificial in their living and giving, then they would not be so fearful and trapped when material and financial situations change in their lives. This fear of loss and lack propels people to desire after more money. They seek a leader who will promise them all the desires of their hearts. Are you looking for the Christ or the antichrist?