The Free State of Glory, Part 13


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Revelation 21:9-14

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, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.

10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,

11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal;

12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:

13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.

14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.

— PRAYER —

The Free State of Glory (Part 13)

From this passage, we have learned about the inhabitants of the New Jerusalem — the Bride, the Church, the Lamb’s wife. We have also looked at the Maker of this city — God Himself — who will send the city down from Heaven and fill it with His glory after the Old Heaven and the Old Earth have passed away. Now, we turn to the structure of the city where two significant features stand out to us.

The first major structural feature of this city is its walls and gates. The Bible says the city “had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel.” Down through the years, some have tried to teach that the Gentile Church somehow replaces Israel as God’s chosen people. However, this is not the case. Right here, at the very end of time, we see the children of Israel firmly planted in the New Jerusalem. It is the names of the Jewish tribes that are graven on the twelve gates of the New Jerusalem. This is appropriate, in a way, because the Jews are the gatekeepers of the Gospel. The Jews were the door through which Jesus came into the world. Without the Jews, we would have no Christ and no salvation. The New Jerusalem is not only the fulfillment of God’s promises to the Church, but also the fulfillment of God’s promises to Israel.

One commentator said, “The representation of the twelve tribes of Israel should settle beyond any question the matter of the inclusion of Old Testament saints in Heaven. It apparently is the divine intent to represent to the reader that the new Jerusalem will have among its citizens not only the church, or saints of the present age, but also Israel, or saints of other ages, whether in the Old Testament or in the tribulation period.”

The next major structural feature of the New Jerusalem is its foundation. The Bible says, “the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” These twelve apostles are the men whom Jesus selected and trained to continue His ministry by preaching the Gospel to all the world and ‘making disciples of all nations.’ Jesus told Peter that he would be a rock upon which He would build His church. The other apostles also served as foundational stones of the body of Christ. We who are in Christ today stand on the firm foundation of faithful preaching, teaching, prayer, and evangelism that they laid. We are the inheritors and recipients of the “faith that was delivered once for all to the saints.” And all those who embrace this faith will have a home in the New Jerusalem.

George Eldon Ladd said, “The symbolism of the twelve gates bearing the names of the twelve tribes of Israel, and the twelve foundations bearing the names of the twelve apostles, John indicates that the city encompasses both dispensations, and that both the Israel of the Old Testament and the church of the New Testament have their place in God’s final establishment.” The question is: Will you be an inhabitant of that great city, the New Jerusalem, which will come down from God out of Heaven?

C.B. Widmeyer wrote:

When the toils of life are over,
And we lay our armor down,
And we bid farewell to earth with all its cares,
We shall meet and greet our loved ones,
And our Christ we then shall crown,
In the new Jerusalem.

When the last goodbye is spoken
And the tear stains wiped away,
And our eyes shall catch a glimpse of glory fair,
Then with bounding hearts we’ll meet Him
Who hath washed our sins away,
In the new Jerusalem.

When we join the ransomed army
In the summer land above,
And the face of our dear Saviour we behold,
We will sing and shout forever,
And we’ll grow in perfect love,
In the new Jerusalem.

If you want to join Jesus Christ and His “bride” in the New Jerusalem, allow me to share with you how you can place your faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation from sin and the punishment of sin:

First, accept the fact that you are a sinner, and that you have broken God’s law. The Bible says in Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

Second, accept the fact that there is a penalty for sin. The Bible states in Romans 6:23: “For the wages of sin is death…”

Third, accept the fact that you are on the road to hell. Jesus Christ said in Matthew 10:28: “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” Also, the Bible states in Revelation 21:8: “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Now that is bad news, but here’s the good news. Jesus Christ said in John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead by the power of God for you so that you can live eternally with Him. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart today, and He will.

Romans 10:9 & 13 says, “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved… For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

If you believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross for your sins, was buried, and rose from the dead, and you want to trust Him for your salvation today, please pray with me this simple prayer: Holy Father God, I realize that I am a sinner and that I have done some bad things in my life. I am sorry for my sins, and today I choose to turn from my sins. For Jesus Christ sake, please forgive me of my sins. I believe with all of my heart that Jesus Christ died for me, was buried, and rose again. I trust Jesus Christ as my Savior and I choose to follow Him as Lord from this day forward. Lord Jesus, please come into my heart and save my soul and change my life today. Amen.

If you just trusted Jesus Christ as your Saviour, and you prayed that prayer and meant it from your heart, I declare to you that based upon the Word of God, you are now saved from Hell and you are on your way to Heaven. Welcome to the family of God! Congratulations on doing the most important thing in life and that is receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour. For more information to help you grow in your newfound faith in Christ, go to Gospel Light Society.com and read “What To Do After You Enter Through the Door.” Jesus Christ said in John 10:9, “I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.”

God loves you. We love you. And may God bless you.


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books including the Essence Magazine, Dallas Morning News, and Amazon.com national bestseller, Letters to Young Black Men. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry.

He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity (formerly Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary). He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Ministry degree.

He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica since 1987. God has blessed their union with seven children.

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