Peter Speaks About City Everlasting! (City Everlasting Part 1)
By Bill Brady
When we enter New Jerusalem we also enter the Kingdom!
- There is a relationship between heavenly cities and the Kingdom.
- This statement is the key to understanding that relationship.
What happens when we enter into a heavenly city?
- We enter into a new aspect of our union with Jesus as King.
- We enter into a new aspect of Kingdom government.
There are 12 heavenly cities.
- 12 is a governmental number.
- 12 Tribes of Israel.
- 12 Apostles.
- And 12 heavenly cities.
- 12 aspects of our union with Jesus as King.
- 12 governmental aspects of the Kingdom.
When we finally enter the 12th and final city…
- We will be fully united with Jesus as King.
- We will be fully governing the Kingdom.
Let’s take the City Everlasting as an example.
- Here are all verses that have both words “everlasting” and “kingdom” in them.
- There are six verses.
- 1 from Psalms
- 4 from Daniel.
- 1 from Peter.
- Six is the number of man.
- In the positive sense in this case!
Here are those verses:
- “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.“
“How great are His signs, And how mighty His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And His dominion is from generation to generation.”
- “For His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
And His kingdom is from generation to generation.”
- “Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,
That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
Which shall not pass away,
And His kingdomthe one
Which shall not be destroyed.”
- “Then the kingdom and dominion, And the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven, Shall be given to the people, the saints of the Most High. His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, And all dominions shall serve and obey Him.”
- “…for so an entrance will be supplied to you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”
There is an aspect of the Kingdom that is called the Everlasting Kingdom.
- Peter tells us that we can enter into this aspect of the Kingdom.
- The word “enter” tells us that this is also about a heavenly city.
- We enter into this aspect of the Kingdom when we enter into City Everlasting.
Daniel tells us that Jesus was given an everlasting kingdom.
- This happened when Jesus came before the Ancient of Days.
- The everlasting throne in City Everlasting is the one that the Ancient of Days sits on.
- Jesus came before Father in the City Everlasting.
The thrones in the cities go by the same name as the city.
- We enter the City Everlasting and are coronated there.
- We sit on the everlasting throne in City Everlasting.
- We are in union with Jesus as Ancient of Days.
- We rule and reign on that throne as an ancient of days.
- We are governmentally united with Jesus as an everlasting king.
- We are an everlasting king in an everlasting kingdom.
- “Your throne is established from of old;
You are from everlasting.”
Peter says, “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence,
- add to your faith virtue,
- to virtue knowledge,
- to knowledge self-control,
- to self-control perseverance,
- to perseverance godliness,
- to godliness brotherly kindness,
- and to brotherly kindness love.”
This is a process that prepares us to enter City Everlasting.
- I am calling this process “Peter’s Progression”.
- Father transforms you to become like Jesus.
- This happens over many years.
- This is why you went through all of that tribulation for so many years.
- It prepared you to enter the Kingdom which is also entering New Jerusalem (NJ).
There was a long preparation.
- Then you entered the Kingdom / entered NJ.
- Then soon after you enter Zion.
- Then soon after you enter City Everlasting.
Peter tells us that this is by a progressive coming to the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
- Knowledge as in intimate union with Jesus as King.
- Progressive as in entering heavenly city after heavenly city.
- Now read Peter’s words with new eyes: Peter Speaks About the Kingdom and Heavenly Cities
- Notice how many times Peter speaks about knowing or knowledge of Jesus.
- This is knowing as in a husband and wife knowing one another.
- It is intimate union.
Peter speaks about becoming “partakers of the divine nature”.
- This is by union with Jesus.
- This union is increased as we enter heavenly city after heavenly city.
You went through long preparation and deep suffering.
- You made it through.
- That is behind you now.
- It prepared you for this day.
Your deep heart desire to know Jesus is being answered!
- You go deeper and deeper into union with Him.
- You enter heavenly city after heavenly city.
One day you will be just like Him!
- That day is not far away.
- It is close at hand.
Keep pressing in to Him.
- Your Father has given you this desire.
- He has placed this desire in your heart.
- Now He is giving you your desire.
- He is giving you more and more of Jesus.
The invitation and the command is, “Come up here!”
- Continue to go up higher to one heavenly city after the other!
- And into greater and greater union with Jesus!
I have been on a journey.
- I thought of it as a journey into increased responsibility.
- It has turned out to also be a journey into increased intimacy!
- The intimacy of knowing Jesus by coming into union with Him.
Sensing that this will set many of you off into divine ecstasy.
- There is a union of relationship and responsibility.
- There has been a division in the Ecclesia.
- Between those seeking intimacy and those seeking to move into the dominion.
There is no division at all.
- Both intimacy and dominion are found in union with Jesus.
- Increased union with Jesus is found in entering heavenly city after heavenly city.
- It is a union into divine ecstasy!
As I write, this I see division is no more and we are once again united in Jesus!