A Wall Great and High

 Part 1

A Wall Great & High

We all have our own thoughts about what heaven will be like. Do you dream of spending an eternity fellowshipping with family and friends? Or do you imagine endless days enjoying your favorite sport, hobby, or pastime? Do images of the perfect paradise come to mind: a place to experience pleasures untold? We talk about the streets of gold, the gates of pearl, and the mansions bright! But the truth is our finite human minds can’t even imagine just how glorious heaven will be.

 

In Revelation 21, John was taken away in the spirit and shown the holy Jerusalem.

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,

Revelation 21:10

Around that holy city there was a feature so prominent that John had to describe it—a wall great and high.

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.

Revelation 21:11-14

 

A structure that extraordinary was not put there by accident. Nothing God does is by accident! Why would God put a wall around His Holy City? What’s so significant about this wall? There are four things I believe this wall tells us.

1) The wall creates a boundary.

The wall John saw declares there is an inside and an outside to God’s Kingdom. You are either inside or outside; there’s no in between. There is a stark contrast between what is on the inside and what is on the outside. This boundary creates a property line. Those inside belong in the Kingdom and have rightfully taken their place as heirs to all its riches.

7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Revelation 21:7

Sadly, those that don’t make it into the Kingdom will be outside, eternally separated from God, and will take their place in the lake of fire and brimstone.

 

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.

Revelation 21:8

 

2) The wall is a shield from evil.

We have walls around our homes to protect us from the elements and from anything that will harm us. This wall great and high will shield the children of God from all evil!

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. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new…

Revelation 21:4-5

There will be no more sorrow, no more pain, and no more death because there will be no more curse (Revelation 22:3).

Our enemy, Satan, will be destroyed, and will never threaten the Christian ever again. Hallelujah! And the greatest enemy, man’s own flesh, will be defeated as well! The flesh man will no longer wage war against the spirit man because there won’t be any flesh in that heavenly Kingdom.

50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

Corinthians 15:50

 

3) The wall denotes exclusiveness.

Nobody likes to be excluded from anything, but not just anybody can enter into the presence of a King. You have to be invited in. The good news is God’s love and mercy is so great that He doesn’t want to exclude anyone from His Kingdom. In fact, “…whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Romans 10:13). We all have sinned! And it doesn’t matter if you’re rich or poor, God has made a way for you. Regardless of your race or ethnicity, He wants to adopt you into His family. Despite whatever crimes you have committed, God wants to be your Father. He wants you to inherit His Kingdom more than you do. All you have to do is accept the precious gift of salvation God has provided through His Son Jesus Christ!

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.

 Romans 10:9  

When you make Jesus Lord of your life, He washes your sins away and you become a child of the Most High God! Purchased by the blood Jesus shed on the cross.

16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Romans 8:16-17

By making Christ our Lord, we become joint-heirs with Him. And if we continue steadfast in the faith and don’t quit then we will live forevermore in the wonderful presence of God!

7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

Revelation 21:7

 

However, if you’re not in Christ and not an heir, then you don’t belong in the kingdom. Just know that your exclusion is by your own choice and not because God didn’t invite you in and make provision for you.

 

4) The wall has certain foundations.

Great massive structures are built on deep, solid foundations that don’t shift or give way. Likewise, this great and high wall is not built on just any foundation, but one that is anchored and unfailing. It’s not built on celebrities or personalities! The wall is not built on selfish ambitions or pleasures. It’s not even built on noble causes or good works, for all these will eventually fail.

 

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

Revelation 21:14

The wall is built on the twelve apostles of the lamb. The foundation is the life that is sold out to the Lamb of God: not perfect people, but those that have been washed in the blood of the Lamb and have dedicated every fiber of their being to Christ. Have you dedicated your life to the Lamb of God?

 

Who is this Lamb of God?

He was the sacrifice for my sin and yours: the one that washes our sins away by the blood He shed on the cross.

 …Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

John 1:29

 

The church is betrothed to this Lamb. And one day the bride will join the groom in a perfect union for all eternity to experience pleasures forever more. Heaven is more than just a geographical location. It is the fulfillment of every promise God has made to His Bride—the Church!

 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

Revelation 19:7-8

 

What foundation are you building your life on? Are you washed in the blood? When Jesus washes your sins away, then you become a part of the Church. You become the Bride of Christ!

As the Bride of Christ, is your life sold out to the Lamb of God? A love sick bride longs for the day when she finally unites with the groom in holy matrimony. Her wedding day is all she can think about. It consumes her thoughts and energies in planning and making preparations for the big day. Is Jesus your everything? Do you dream of the day when you will see Jesus face to face? Is your life devoted to pleasing Jesus?

You see Heaven doesn’t exist for our pleasure! The sole purpose of Heaven is for the pleasure of Jesus Christ, the Lamb of God! It is God’s Heaven and He decides who gets in.

When you come to God through the blood of Jesus, your name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

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.

Revelation 21:27

Until we actually enter that holy city, there is a wall great and high between us and the Kingdom. If your mind is made up to live for Jesus, then you are going to inherit and inhabit this heaven. God wants you to go to heaven more than you do! However, it’s God’s wall, His Holy City, and His kingdom. God makes up the rules. We either get in His way or not at all. So until you’re ready to exchange your will, your passions, and your preferences for His divine purposes, you won’t get in. You have to surrender everything to Jesus Christ!

 

 

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