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Friday, November 7 2014
Job 28: The City Of Pure Gold
"The city was pure gold, like unto clear glass ... 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"
When the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) has completed all that the Father has sent Him to do (see What's The Expiration Date Of The Church?, The Kingdom Of The LORD God and The Church: Mission Accomplished), the Father is coming to Earth - after which "God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away" (see below). The Earth and the New Jerusalem will thereafter be the Place of God's Throne - making the Earth the Capital of the Universe.
Notice that only place where the famous "pearly gates" are actually described is on Earth, in the New Jerusalem: "And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; every several gate was of one pearl" (verse 21 below). The street of the city will be paved with gold ("the street of the city was pure gold" verse 21 below), but moreover the city itself will be made of gold ("the city was pure gold" verse 18 below).
"21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 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. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Job's righteousness (see What Was In The Heart Of Job's Tabernacle?) was based upon the Godly wisdom that enabled him to see the fulfillment of salvation (see Job's Prophecy Of The Resurrection and the Fact Finder question below). Job understood that the physical life is merely a temporary time of refinement (i.e. repentance and overcoming) until such time, spiritually speaking, "I shall come forth as gold."
"23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. 23:11 My foot hath held his steps, his way have I kept, and not declined." (Job 23:10 KJV)
Notice how Job used the search for and refinement of gold as a direct analogy of the search for, and righteous refinement of, wisdom and the Way of the LORD. The point of his teaching is the physical and spiritual place that is described in the verses quoted above from the Book of Revelation.
"28:1 Surely there is a vein for the silver, and a place for gold where they fine it.
Fact Finder: How is salvation like a series of harvests?
This Day In History, November 7
680: The Sixth Ecumenical Council began in Constantinople. The city was named after the Roman Emperor Constantine, who created the antichrist Church of Rome and many of its anti-Biblical doctrines (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1492: The Ensisheim meteorite, the oldest meteorite with a known date of impact, struck the Earth in a wheat field outside the village of Ensisheim, Alsace, France.
1619: Elizabeth of Scotland and England was crowned Queen of Bohemia.
1659: The Treaty of the Pyrenees was signed, ending the Franco-Spanish War of 1648-1689.
1665: The London Gazette, the oldest surviving journal, was first published.
1775: John Murray, the Royal Governor of the Colony of Virginia, started the first emancipation of slaves in North America by issuing Lord Dunmore's Offer of Emancipation. The program was stopped by the leaders of the New England revolution, most of whom were and remained slave owners through their entire lives (e.g. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson were lifetime slave holders), including after proclaiming "freedom" and "all men are created equal" for themselves.
1783: The last person was publicly burned by Spanish Inquisition.
1804: Napoleon Bonaparte declared himself emperor, thus ending the First Republic of France ("emperor" is an ancient Roman term that merely means that the leader of one country declares himself the leader of other people's countries, usually by invasion; see Emperor).
1837: Elijah Lovejoy, a prominent U.S. anti-slavery publisher, was killed by a mob while attempting to defend his newspaper's press.
1867: The first Parliament of Canada opened in Ottawa. The introductory throne speech was delivered by Governor General Lord Monck to Canada's first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald, and his newly-elected cabinet.
1885: The "Last Spike" of the Canadian Pacific Railway completed Canada's first transcontinental national railway.
1917: British forces under Edmund Allenby defeated the Ottomans during the Third Battle of Gaza. With Beersheba already under their control, the way was then open for the British advance for the liberation of Jerusalem (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1917: The Bolshevik Revolution began; communists under Vladimir Lenin overthrew the provisional government of Alexander Kerensky in Petrograd.
1921: Benito Mussolini became the leader of the Italian Fascist Party.
1938: Ernst von Rath, the third secretary of the German Embassy in Paris, was murdered by 17 year-old German-Jewish refugee, Herschel Grynszpan, whose father had been among 10,000 Jews deported to Poland in boxcars shortly before; the retaliatory killing was used as an excuse by Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) to trigger the anti-Jewish "Kristallnacht" in Germany 2 days later.
1956: The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution calling upon Britain, France and Israel to withdraw their troops from Egypt.
1973: The U.S. and Egypt announced restoration of full diplomatic links for the first time since the 1967 Six Day War (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).
2000: The Presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore, one of the most contested and controversial elections in the history of the U.S.; Gore won the popular vote of millions of U.S. voters, while Bush won a U.S. Supreme Court decision of 9 judges that in effect declared Bush the winner (for which many critics claimed that the "Republicans on the Supreme Court decided the election").