The streets of Jerusalem are given a specific mention in scripture. It is predicted that the streets of Jerusalem will contain a whole gamut of ages of people dwelling in her: “Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain. Thus saith the LORD of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man with his staff in his hand for very age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in the streets thereof” Zech 8:3-5.

The streets of cities are an indication of their influence. So Christ would be killed in the streets of the great city, which was a “spiritual” space, characterised by events and morality seen in Egypt and Sodom, Rev 11:8.

Jerusalem likewise is the place of the spiritual influence of the “God of Jerusalem” 2 Chron 32:19 the city of a living El Heb 12:22 and thus styled a “heavenly Jerusalem” because the origin of the spirit of those living there originates from the residing place of deity.  The sphere of influence of such a deity is not restricted to just the boundaries of the material city. So men were “counted” by deity as being born there, even though the land of their nativity like Abraham was in some cases vastly removed geographically.  Abraham was “counted” for the country when God accepted the nature of his faith Gen 15:5,6 and all men can share in the same benefits by having the same faith as Abraham: “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham” Gal 3:7 and counted as children of the living God of Jerusalem by that faith Gal 3:28,29. Jerusalem then is used in scripture as the family origin of faith and spiritual development of all who would accept God. Gal 4:26,27; Isa 66:13 and so sharing in the faith of the patriarchs is to share also in the city that they sought Heb 11:6,.7 Sarah would say when comprehending the vast privilege of sharing in the family of God, and the origins of those built in the city they looked for: “God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me” Gen 21:6. Our responsibility is to take time to hear the mouth of deity who is calling for all men to dwell in His city.

This call will be heard throughout all the earth, and men shall flow up to Jerusalem, Isa 2:2. “Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country; And I will bring them, and they shall dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and they shall be my people, and I will be their God, in truth and in righteousness” Zech 8:7. This will be a confirmation of the covenant terms seen in Genesis 17 where God promised to be intimately related to Abraham: “You and Me”. This is the terms of the covenant expressed throughout the scriptures of truth, that deity will be to them for Elohim, and they to Him for a people, Ex 6 et al. The glad tidings are that God can dwell with us, (Emmanuel) in such a way to form a relationship that cannot be broken, because the origins of the relationship reside both in heaven and the city to which Abraham looked for, Rev 3:12.

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