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The Free State of Glory (Part 18)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Revelation 21:23-27

23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.

25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.

26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it.

27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

— PRAYER —

The Free State of Glory (Part 18)

John says that the “nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light” of the New Jerusalem. We know that God Himself and the Lamb Jesus Christ are the light of this city. Here we learn more, not about the conditions of the city, but about the citizens of the city.

In this part of the Revelation, we learn that there will be diversity in the New Jerusalem. The word translated as “the nations” is “ethnos.” In Scripture, it is used to describe a tribe, a nation, or a people group. Collectively, it is also used to denote the whole human family. People from every nation and tongue will be gathered around the throne of the Lamb in the New Jerusalem. Here on earth, we often find the ways in which we are different from one another nearly insurmountable, even as Christians. Despite our best efforts, most of our churches are still segregated, and people from different regions of the world often find it difficult to see eye-to-eye. But, in the New Jerusalem, all of these differences will fade away in the radiance of the Lamb.

Although we will be united under the banner of Christ, it appears as though our unique ethnic and racial background will remain. When John looked at the multitude gathered before Jesus’ throne, he was able to distinguish “nations, kindreds, and languages.” Dr. Thomas Constable said, “The most probable explanation seems to be that the nations are groups of believers viewed according to their old creation nationalities, which they will retain in the new creation.“ In light of that, the one quality that binds the people from the nations together in the New Jerusalem is that they are “saved.” No matter what ethnicity or culture they come from, the citizens of the heavenly city are all united by the blood of the Lamb. They are saved from sin, saved from the punishment of sin, and saved from this sin-cursed world. In their glorified state, they “walk in the light” of the New Jerusalem.

The term translated as “walk” refers to one’s conduct or the regulation of one’s behavior; it has to do with how we live. Here on earth, it is a struggle to walk in the light. Temptation besets us on every side. The attraction of the world constantly threatens to draw us astray. We need the constant admonition of one of John’s other writings: “walk in the light as Christ is in the light.” But when we get to Heaven, when we live in the New Jerusalem, our struggle against darkness will be over. We will “walk in the light” of that glorious land, untouched by temptation, sin, and evil for the rest of eternity. We may often feel as though the battles of this earth are too much for us. But if we keep our eyes on what is to come, we can press on, walking in the light now, so that we may do so then.

Laurene Highfield encourages us to do so in her hymn, “Walk in the Light of God”:

Like a lamp unto your feet,
a light from heaven glows,
From the land which needs no sun or moon,
nor ever darkness knows,
And radiant with a living splendor
it makes the way so bright;
You can walk, safely walk
on the upward path of right.

Like a lamp unto your feet,
the holy light-beams shine,
With the brightness of a cloudless sun,
a glory all divine:
Though you must go among briars and brambles,
nothing shall you fear;
Ever walk, safely walk
in the light so white and clear.

Like a lamp unto your feet,
the light makes plain the way,
Turn not aside where shadows linger,
lest afar you stray,
Keep in the path, though it is stony,
never need you fall;
Ever walk, safely walk,
in the light that shines for all.

If you want to join Jesus Christ and the multitude of people who will walk in the light of the beautiful 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.

Even Though This Place Has A Great Wall, the Gates Are Always Open, and You Are Always Welcome Here (Gospel Light Minute X #272)


One of the biggest debates taking place in our world today surrounds the issue of immigration and refugees who leave their own conflict-ridden lands to find a better life elsewhere. Over the past two years, 1.3 million refugees from the Middle East and North Africa have entered Europe. In the same time period, over 150,000 refugees entered the United States. These people are running from war, persecution, violence, and lack of economic opportunity.

However, many people are not willing to welcome these refugees and immigrants with open arms. Some see them as a threat to security, as a drain on resources, or as a diluting influence on the country’s culture. Growing support for nationalism around the globe has put a spotlight on the beliefs of those who feel that a country ought to take care of its own before trying to help others. Nationalist candidates in European countries are pushing for stronger barriers to entrance. And, in the U.S., the president has issued a travel ban halting immigration from certain countries and strengthening vetting of refugees and migrants overall.

The desire to go to a better land that is felt by thousands of people today has been a mark of the human race almost since the beginning of history. We are always seeking out greener pastures, better opportunities, that special place where all our dreams will come true. While in this world, we will never find that place; any place we settle will fall short of our dreams. But there is a place beyond this world that we cannot begin to even imagine. In this place, the hopes and dreams of all people will reach their highest realization. And, best of all, the doors of this place are always open and everyone is welcome there. Continue reading

The Free State of Glory (Part 16)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Revelation 21:22-23

22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

— PRAYER —

The Free State of Glory (Part 16)

In our last message, we began looking at some things that will not be found in the New Jerusalem. The first thing John names is the Temple, a central symbol of God’s presence for the Jews since the birth of their nation. He tells us, “I saw no temple therein.” The reason why the Temple is absent from the New Jerusalem is because the entire city will be a Temple for God. His presence will permeate the heavenly city, even the entire universe, the New Heavens and the New Earth.

Here on Earth, we often speak of feeling God’s presence in special places. Some people feel God’s presence more in a physical church building. Some feel God’s presence more when they are out in nature among trees and wildlife. Some say they feel God’s presence most in their prayer closet or in a quiet booth at Starbucks. But, in the New Jerusalem, such places will not exist. God’s presence will be everywhere and we will feel Him everywhere. Henry Alford said, “The inhabitants of the New Jerusalem need no place of worship or sacrifice, the object of all worship being present, and the great sacrifice Himself being there.”

The Bible says that God is “a spirit.” As such, we cannot see Him or perceive Him perfectly with our natural senses. That is why He chose to reveal Himself to humanity in different ways throughout history. To the Jews, He was a cloud and a pillar of fire. The Bible is a revelation of God that we can understand. The God-Man, Jesus Christ, was sent to walk in human form so that we could know who God is and what He is like. The solemness and grandeur of the Temple also served as a revelation of God. But, in the New Jerusalem, we will experience God without any filters or symbols. We will finally see Him face to face. Robert Van Kampen said, “This is evidence that God has indeed created ‘all things new.’ Shadows have been replaced with reality. Instead of God being housed in a building, the building is housed in God.”

Knowing this ought to help us keep in mind that God is everywhere on this Earth — even when we can’t feel Him. He is everywhere we are because, if we are saved, Jesus lives inside of us. This knowledge ought to inspire us to live holy and to do what is right, not just because He is watching us, but because He helps and empowers us to do the right thing. On this Earth, we are His Temple. Let’s act like it as we wait for that day when Temples are no longer needed and Jesus reigns in earth and in heaven.

Fulbert of Chartres, wrote the following hymn:

Triumphant in His glory now
to Christ all power is given;
to Him in one communion bow
all saints in earth and heaven.

While we, His soldiers, praise our King,
His mercy we implore,
within His palace bright to bring
and keep us evermore.

All glory to the Father be,
all glory to the Son,
all glory, Holy Ghost, to thee,
while endless ages run.

If you want to join Jesus Christ in the beautiful 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.

The Free State of Glory (Part 15)

TEXT: Revelation 21:22-23

22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.

23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof.

The Free State of Glory (Part 15)

So far, in John’s tour of the New Jerusalem, we have seen the people who will be in this city, the people who will not be in this city, the structure of this city, as well as some of the materials that the city will be made out of. Now, John tells us some things that are NOT in this city, the New Jerusalem.

He tells us, “I saw no temple therein.” This was very significant to John as a Jewish believer. Ever since the deliverance of the Jews from Egypt, the Children of Israel had associated God’s presence with the Temple (first known as the Tabernacle). The Tabernacle always sat in the center of the camp when the Israelites were in the wilderness. It was set up in Jerusalem when David established his rule. Later, Solomon’s Temple became the center of Jewish worship during the years of the kingdom. When the Jews were carried away into exile, they would always pray facing toward Jerusalem and the Temple where God’s special presence resided. When they returned to their land, the main thing they concerned themselves with, under the leadership of Nehemiah, was rebuilding the Temple. During Jesus’ day, the Temple was being renovated and added to with the support of Herod. And, we all know that when Jesus died on the cross, the veil, which represented the separation of God and man, was torn in half. This tearing of the veil marked the beginning of the new way in which God would deal with man — not through animal sacrifices at a physical building, but through the once-and-for-all sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ — The Lamb of God who took away the sins of the world.

Approximately forty years later, the Temple was destroyed by the Romans and it has never been rebuilt. John notes that it is not even present in the new Jerusalem. Perhaps, at first, he was surprised to see that it was not a part of the “New Jerusalem.” The reason why the Temple is absent is not because God’s presence is not there, but because God’s presence is there in the New Jerusalem. John says, “The Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.” In the New Jerusalem, we will not need to go to a certain building in order to meet with God — neither literally nor symbolically. God’s very presence will permeate the entire city, even the entire universe, the New Heavens and the New Earth. The entire universe will be God’s Temple.

Isaac Watts wrote:

Lo! what a glorious sight appears
To our believing eyes!
The earth and sea are passed away,
And the old rolling skies.

From the third heav’n, where God resides,
That holy, happy place,
The new Jerusalem comes down,
Adorned with shining grace.

Attending angels shout for joy,
And the bright armies sing-
“Mortals, behold the sacred seat
Of your descending King.

If you want to join Jesus Christ in the beautiful 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.

The Free State of Glory (Part 14)


Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

TEXT: Revelation 21:15-21

15 And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof, and the wall thereof.

16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.

17 And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.

18 And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear glass.

19 And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony (kalsedony); the fourth, an emerald;

20 The fifth, sardonyx (sardaniks); the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolyte (krisolyte); the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus (krisoprasus); the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.

21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

— PRAYER —

The Free State of Glory (Part 14)

Al Martin said, “Think of it: this very earth that has soaked up the blood of multitudes upon battlefields; this very earth where the sod is stained with innocent blood; this very earth that supports the footsteps of the tyrant, the murderer, and the thief; this very earth that supports the rebel activity of the multitudes of the unconverted; this very earth that gives men air to breathe into their bodies which they use to speak words of blasphemy and denial against God; yes, this very world and its total life-support system will be renovated by the fire of judgment at the return of Christ. And when He’s through, every particle, every atom of this earth and its support system will be permeated with nothing but righteousness. It will be the new heaven and the new earth wherein righteousness and righteousness alone has its home.”

In this passage, the angel continues to show John the structure of the New Jerusalem. After showing him the twelve gates of the city, which are engraven with the names of the tribes of Israel, and the twelve foundations of the city, which are engraven with the names of the twelve apostles, the angel describes the dimensions of the city. It is a city that “lieth foursquare”; its height, length, and breadth are the same, making it a perfect cube.

Then the angel describes the construction materials that are used in the building of the New Jerusalem. Now, there are many beautiful cities in our world; some might name Los Angeles or Rome or Paris or Venice. But no city we can imagine can compare to the beauty of the New Jerusalem, if only for the fact that the materials used to build the New Jerusalem are not extensively used in any of the building projects of our world. The beautiful gems and precious stones that the New Jerusalem is made of are scarce, and men have to painstakingly dig into the earth in order to find them. But, with God, such beautiful, valuable things are plenteous and overflowing in abundance.

Some dispute the meanings of the names John gives to the precious materials used to build the New Jerusalem. But we must understand that John is trying to describe unearthly beauty with earthly language. He names twelve precious stones used in the foundations of the city.

First, is jasper, which comes in various colors including blue, green, brass, or white like crystal. Second, is sapphire, a rich, royal blue. Third, is chal-ce-do-ny, a misty or cloudy stone that comes in blue, yellow, and purple. Fourth, is emerald, a pale green, transparent stone. Fifth, is sar-do-nyx, a red and white stone. Sixth, is sar-di-us, a red or “blood-colored” stone. Seventh, is chry-so-lite, a golden or yellow stone. Eighth, is beryl, a pale green stone. Ninth, is topaz, a greenish-yellow stone. Tenth, is chry-so-pra-sus, a gold-tinted or green stone. Eleventh, is jacinth, a dark-blue, near black stone. And twelfth, is a-me-thyst, a violet or purple stone. Not only are the foundations of the New Jerusalem made of precious stones, but the twelve gates of the city are each carved from a single slab of pearl. And on top of that, the streets of the city are paved with gold so pure and thin it is like “transparent glass.” Who wouldn’t want to live in a beautiful place such as this?

In light of the staggering beauty of the New Jerusalem, we are reminded of the stark ugliness of our world. The physical properties of our great cities and magnificent buildings are nothing compared to the Heavenly city. But what really makes our world ugly is the people who have marred God’s creation, and that includes you and me. Unfortunately, due to the devil’s rebellion and man’s sin, this world will never be restored to its original beauty. It is the beauty of the new world that should inspire us to live righteously in this one. John Bunyan, in his classic allegory, Pilgrim’s Progress, wrote about two characters on their way to the Celestial City. In the midst of their journey, one character says to the other, “When do you find yourself in your most wholesome and vigorous spiritual state?” The other pilgrim answers, “When I think of the place to which I am going.”

Likewise, we will find ourselves with the right mentality when we think of what awaits us at the end of our days on this earth. Yes, we ought to live with death in mind. But, more importantly, we ought to live with Heaven in mind.

Margaret Cagle wrote:

Someday, I’ll shed this mortal flesh
And fly away to my Heavenly home,
Leaving behind this old world,
In sin, no more to roam.

The closer I get to that goal,
I think of Heaven more and more.
How will it be when I arrive
Upon that celestial, golden shore?

Yes, the gates are made of pearl,
And the streets are made of gold,
But God’s Word also tells us
That the half has never been told.

If you want to join Jesus Christ in the beautiful 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.

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.

The Free State of Glory (Part 12)



Daniel Whyte III

Daniel Whyte III

The Free State of Glory (Part 12)

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 12)

An angel shows John the New Jerusalem “coming down from God out of Heaven.” This glorious city is described as “the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” It is the people, the bride, who make the city what it is. But it is God who makes the people what they are.

The new Jerusalem descends out of Heaven “having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.” No city on earth will be able to compare to the new Jerusalem. Everyone who trusts Christ as Savior will take part in the riches of this city. Dr. John Walvoord and Dr. Roy Zuck write: “The overall impression of the city as a gigantic brilliant jewel compared to jasper, clear as crystal, indicates its great beauty. John was trying to relate it to what might be familiar to his readers. However, it is evident that his revelation transcends anything that can be experienced.”

In light of what is in store for us, we ought to cease trying to build our little Jerusalems here on earth, always striving for temporary ease and material possessions. We ought to leave such things for those who don’t know Jesus because this world is all they get. Rick Warren said, “Realizing that life on earth is just a temporary assignment should radically alter your values. Eternal values, not temporal ones, should become the deciding factors for your decisions. It is a fatal mistake to assume that God’s goal for your life is material prosperity or popular poppularity, as the world defines it. The abundant life has nothing to do with material abundance, and faithfulness to God does not guarantee success in a career or even in ministry. Never focus on temporary crowns.”

More important than the physical properties of the city, which John describes in terms of jewels and precious stones, is the fact that the “glory of God” will abide in the New Jerusalem. In the Old Testament, the glory of God was symbolic of God’s presence. On Mt. Sinai, God’s glory was displayed by dark clouds, thunder, and lightning. On their journeyings through the wilderness, the children of Israel were accompanied by God’s presence in the form of a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. At the dedication of Solomon’s Temple, God showed His approval by filling the structure with His glory. At Pentecost, God’s glory was seen in the tongues of fire that sat on the Apostles and the first disciples.

These glimpses of God’s glory in the earth are, in the words of one hymnwriter, just a “foretaste of glory divine.” In the New Jerusalem, we will be in the presence of God’s glory 24/7. We will never be separated from God nor He from us. Everything we do in Heaven will be done in His presence. We will be in constant fellowship with the Almighty. All of His goodness and grace and glory will surround us and fill us at all times, for this is the essence of Heaven: mankind restored to the permanent presence of God.

One hymnist wrote:

God in heaven hath a treasure,
Riches none may count or tell;
Hath a deep eternal pleasure,
Christ the Son, He loveth well.

God in tongues of fire descending,
Chosen vessels thus to fill
With the treasure never ending,
Ever spent—unfailing still.

Naught of earth to cloud the glory,
Naught of self the light to dim,
Telling forth His wondrous story,
Emptied to be filled with Him.

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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