The new Heavenly Jerusalem, the new Zion

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Now the old, earthly Zion or the earthly Jerusalem temple,  was overthrown by the Romans in 70 A.D. So the new Zion is the Heavenly kingdom of God that Jesus is yet bringing forth. Clearly all of the   Old Testament references to Zion are now meant to be referred to the new Heavenly Jerusalem, the new Zion. For example-
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Ps 9.11 :’Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion.’
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Under the new covenant,  God — the Spirit of God — dwells in the mind of the believer, making the believer’s body, ‘the temple of the Holy Spirit’ [1 Cor 6.19]. So then, God  would not go back to the old covenant in order to take up residence in a  stone temple..
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Ps. 14.7 ‘O that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion, when the Lord restores his captive people, Jacob will rejoice, Israel will be glad.’
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Jesus with his Free Salvation had rose out of Jerusalem, for both the the Jews   and Gentiles — who can now be set free from the bondage to the law an to the consequences of sin. . ‘Whom the son sets free is free in deed'[John 8.36]. .
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Ps. 78.67,68,70  ‘He also rejected the tent of Joseph, and did not choose the tribe of Ephraim, but chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion which he loved.’… ‘He also chose David his servant and took him from the sheepfolds.’
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Though this referred to the preservation of David’s tribe, Judah, after the destruction of the other 11 tribes, these words are fulfilled by Jesus, the good shepherd descendant of David, who established the new heavenly   Zion for all  by his conquest of death and sin  at the cross.
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Ps. 84.5,7 ‘How blessed is the man whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways (to Zion)… every one of them appears before God in Zion.’
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Ps. 87.2 ‘The Lord loves the gates of Zion more than all the  dwelling places of Jacob.’
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English-language translations of the Bible customarily italicize words not found in the Hebrew or Greek scriptures such as other. we all should know by now that Jesus is the only gate,door  to heaven,  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.
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Ps. 87.6 ‘The Lord will count when he registers the peoples, “This one was born there [in Zion].”
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John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. As Jesus said, the new birth that counts is the spiritual rebirth. Those written in the Lamb’s Book of Life [Rev 20.12] have been born of the Spirit, not of flesh and blood  So there is no use having been born in  the old Jerusalem if one hasn’t been born again, saved by the intervention of Jesus Christ. 
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Ps. 99.2  ‘The Lord is great in Zion’
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Ps. 102.21 :’that men may tell the name of the Lord in Zion’
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All Christians and God himself will dwell in the new Jersualem that comes down form heaven   Revelation 3:12 Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.  Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
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The name of the Lord, under the old covenant, was  not,fully revealed under the new covenant, the name of ‘Jesus Christ’ surfaces as the name of the Lord. It has become possible to tell the name of the Lord   Jesus.. the name above all names Ephesians 1: 21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: 
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‘Jesus’ or in Hebrew ‘Yah shua’ means ‘Yaweh saves.’ Knowing now this name suffices for all just as seeing Jesus sufficed for seeing the Father [Jn 14.8].
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Ps 110.1,2 ‘The LORD says to my Lord: sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet. The LORD will stretch forth your strong scepter from Zion…’
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Hebrews 1:  1    God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.5 For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?6 And again, when he bringeth in the firstbegotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.8 But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.9 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.10 And, Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands:11 They shall perish; but thou remainest; and they all shall wax old as doth a garment;12 And as a vesture shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.13 But to which of the angels said he at any times, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?14 Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?
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The fourth verse of this psalm 110 says that God has determined that this savior is ‘a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek,’ a passage that Heb. 7.  says refers to Jesus, the consummate priest. 
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Hebrews 7: 1    For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him;2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace;3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.4 Now consider how great this man was, unto whom even the patriarch Abraham gave the tenth of the spoils.5 And verily they that are of the sons of Levi, who receive the office of the priesthood, have a commandment to take tithes of the people according to the law, that is, of their brethren, though they come out of the loins of Abraham:6 But he whose descent is not counted from them received tithes of Abraham, and blessed him that had the promises.7 And without all contradiction the less is blessed of the better.8 And here men that die receive tithes; but there he receiveth them, of whom it is witnessed that he liveth.9 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham.10 For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him.11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron?12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar.14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood.15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest,16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life.17 For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.18 For there is verily a disannulling of the commandment going before for the weakness and unprofitableness thereof.19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.20 And inasmuch as not without an oath he was made priest: 21 (For those priests were made without an oath; but this with an oath by him that said unto him, The Lord sware and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec:)22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better testament.23 And they truly were many priests, because they were not suffered to continue by reason of death:24 But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.25 Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens;27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated for evermore.
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Is 28.16,18 ‘Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed [moved].’ and ‘Your pact with Sheol will not stand.’
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Paul in Rom 9.33 and Peter in 1 Pet 2.6 say Is 28.16 refers to Jesus.  Ro 9: 7 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved:28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth.29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.30 What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith.31 But Israel, which followed after the law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness.32 Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone;33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
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1 Peter 2: 1    Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings,2 As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby:3 If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious.4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.6 Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded.7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed.9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
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Ps. 129.5 ‘May all who hate Zion be put to shame and turned backward.’
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Luke 20  9 Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time.10 And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty.11 And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty.12 And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out.13 Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him.14 But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.15 So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?16 He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.17 And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?18 Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.
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Is 8.18 ‘Behold, I and the children whom the Lord has given me are for signs and wonders from the LORD of hosts, who dwells on Mount Zion.’
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Heb 2.13 takes this passage to refer to Jesus.  Hebrews 2: 1    Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip.2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will? 5    For unto the angels hath he not put in subjection the world to come, whereof we speak.6 But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him?7 Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands:8 Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him.9 But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.10 For it became him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.11 For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren,12 Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee.13 And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold I and the children which God hath given me.14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.
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Is 24.23  ‘The LORD of hosts will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem.’
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We know that Mount Zion is now a heavenly place and the Book of Revelation tells us to expect a new, heavenly Jerusalem  Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
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Is 30.19-21  ‘O people in Zion, inhabitant in Jerusalem, you will weep no longer. He will surely be gracious to you at the sound of your cry; when he hears it, he will answer you. Although the Lord has given you bread of privation and water of oppression, your Teacher will no longer hide himself, but your eyes will behold your Teacher. Your ears will hear a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or the left.’
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Jesus answered them, I told you, and ye believed not: the works that I do in my Father’s name, they bear witness of me.26 But ye believe not, because ye are not of my sheep, as I said unto you.27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.30 I and my Father are one.   John 1613 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.
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Is 33.5 ‘He has filled Zion with justice and righteousness.’
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Not much justice and righteousness in earthly  Jerusalem. However, John 16:8 And when he is come, 9 (The Holy Spirit) he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment:
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Is 35.5,6,10 ‘Then the eyes of the blind will be opened and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. Then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the mute will shout for joy.’  ‘And the ransomed of the LORD will return and come with joyful shouting to Zion, with everlasting joy upon their heads.’
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When John the Baptist queried Jesus as to whether he was the Messiah, Jesus replied: ‘Go and report to John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have the good news preached to them.’
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  From Jesus’ own deeds , past and present too, we can see that he was a sign of the true Zion. And a person who has truly received Jesus as Lord has entered that Zion, the land of eternal bliss, and, despite hardships, will shout for joy at the wonder of this event.
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Is 37.32 ‘For out of Jerusalem will go forth a remnant and out of Mount Zion, survivors.’
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Romans 11 5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.
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Revelation 11 13 And the same hour was there a great earthquake, and the tenth part of the city fell, and in the earthquake were slain of men seven thousand: and the remnant were affrighted, and gave glory to the God of heaven. 
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Revelation 12 17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.
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Is 40.9 ‘Get yourself up on a high mountain, O Zion, bearer of good news … say to the cities of Judah “Here is your God.”‘
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Jesus was lifted up on Mount Calvary with the inscription: ‘King of the Jews.’ and he is God too.
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Is 49.14 ‘But Zion said, the LORD has forsaken me…’
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Jesus cried out on the cross: ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’ [Mk 15.34]
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Is 51.3  ‘Indeed, the LORD will comfort Zion…and her wilderness he will make like Eden.’
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John 14” 16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
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18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
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26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
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John 15:26 But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me:
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John 16 7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.
Is 51.11 ‘So the ransomed of the LORD will return and come with joyful shouting to Zion.’
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Is 52.7 ‘How lovely on the mountains are the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace and brings good news of happiness, who announces salvation, and says to Zion, “Your God reigns!”‘
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Is 52.8 ‘For they will see with their own eyes when the LORD restores Zion.’
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Is 61.2,3 ‘…to comfort all who mourn, to grant all those who mourn in Zion…’
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Is 52.3 Zion ‘will be redeemed without money.’
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Jesus said Luke 4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
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Matthew 10:8 Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.
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Jesus told his hearers that Is 61.1,2 had been fulfilled in their hearing.
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Is 62.1,2 ‘For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake, I will not rest’ until the ‘nations [Gentiles] will see your righteousness… and you will be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD will designate.’
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The name of Jesus is lifted up among the Gentiles.
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Is 66.8 ‘Can a land be born in one day? Can a nation be brought forth all at once? As soon as Zion travailed, she also brought forth her sons.’
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The new Zion was brought forth by the sacrifice of Jesus and began in power on the day of the feast of Pentecost, when immediately thousands turned to Jesus for salvation [Acts 2.41].
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Jer 3.14 ‘…return O faithless sons…and I will take you one from a city, and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion.’
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Joel 2.32 ‘And it will come about that whoever calls upon the name of the LORD will be delivered; for on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem there will be those who escape.’
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Paul in Rom 10.13 applies this scripture to anyone who calls on Jesus, who will then escape hellfire. Joel 2.28 — ‘I will pour out my spirit on all mankind’ — is cited by Peter during the Pentecost speech. The full  salvation provided by Jesus more than fulfills scripture.
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Obadiah 17 ‘…on Mount Zion will be those who escape…’
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Those who escape the wrath to come [Mt 3.7] are those who put their trust in Jesus.
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Mic 4.2 ‘Many nations will come and say, Come let us go up to the mountain of the LORD and to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us about his ways and that we may walk in his paths. For from Zion will go forth the law, even the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.’
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The full  salvation, deliverance, redemption, healing. empowerment, equipping   provided by Jesus in Jerusalem more than fulfills scripture.
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Zeph 3.12-15 ‘But I will leave among you a humble and lowly people, and they will take refuge in the name of the LORD. The remnant of Israel will do no wrong and tell no lies, nor will a deceitful tongue be found in their mouths; for they will feed and lie down with no one to make them tremble.
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‘Shout for joy, O daughter of Zion! Shout in triumph, O Israel!…The LORD has taken away his judgments against you, he has cleared away your enemies.’
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Jesus told us to learn of him, who is humble and lowly [Mt 11.29]. Those who trust in Jesus, who paid for all crimes against God, no longer need fear anything at all, and as they are perfected, they become less and less prone to wrongdoing. And God does not look upon sin because the believer has been pardoned by Jesus. So those put right with God through Jesus have every reason to shout for joy.
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Zec 9.9 ‘Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion…Behold your king is coming to you; he is just and endowed with salvation, humble and mounted on a donkey…’
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Fulfilled by Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, where he was greeted as the son of David — the Messiah.
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Zec 9.10 ‘I will cut off the [war] chariot from Ephraim and the [war] horse from Jerusalem; and the war bow will be cut off. And he will speak peace to the nations; and his dominion will be from sea to sea, and from the River to the ends of the earth.’
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Jesus, who has been granted all power in heaven and earth, gives his followers the ‘peace of God, that passes understanding’ [Phlp 4.7].  eben under any conditions.
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John 14 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
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John 20:21 Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
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1 Timothy 1:2 Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.
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2 Timothy 1:2 To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
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Matthew 21:9 And the multitudes that went before, and that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
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Mark 11:9 And they that went before, and they that followed, cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord:
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10 Blessed be the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord: Hosanna in the highest.
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Luke 19:38 Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.
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John 12:13 Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
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And as far as the Jews Jesus has said Matthew 23:39 For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Luke 13:35 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
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(Psa 122:6 KJV)  Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. 7  Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. 8)  For my brethren and companions’ sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee. 9  Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.

These verses today really apply to the New Jerusalem that Jesus Christ Himself is building, , the Spiritual Jerusalem of the body of Christ and yes still prayer needs to be made for peace in the Houses of God amongst the brethren now as well..

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About thenonconformer
I am a Canadian, retired and I do have an Engineering degree, from Concordia University , Montreal 1968, plus I had also now worked as a Re/Max Realtor in Calgary too.

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