C H U R C H R E F O R M S E R I E S
By Biblicism Institute
There is a fallacy being peddled by compromised preachers, such as John Hagee, that Christians ought to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, as if it were the most important city in the world – hence holy.
There is neither a “Holy” Land nor a “Holy” Jerusalem that needs to be prayed for. The New Covenant changed everything.
Holiness is twofold: the perfection of God and the sanctification of Christians.
1. God is Holy.
“You are holy.” Psalm 22:3
2. True Christians become Holy because Christ resides in them, so they may produce the fruit of the Spirit.
“It is written, ‘You shall be Holy, for I am Holy.’ ” 1 Peter 1:16
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5: 22-23
“Without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews 12: 14
THE NEW JERUSALEM
When the Old Testament admonishes us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, we must filter it through the New Covenant.
Basically, as a rule everything from the Old must be filtered through the New.
The Old Testament admonition:
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. May they prosper who love you.” Psalms 122:6
Filter it through the New Testament:
“Him that overcomes 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 comes down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name.” Revelation 3:12
Translation of the Old:
“Pray for all Christians, that by the blood of Christ’s New Covenant they may overcome their sinful nature, and be fully sanctified so they can inherit the eternal peace of the new Jerusalem from above. And that those who love and bless Christians will themselves likewise spiritually prosper.”
God is working from a new script, not the obsolete one. Here’s the Apostle Paul’s conclusion on the First (Old) Covenant.
“By calling this covenant new, he has made the first one obsolete and what is obsolete is outdated.” Hebrews 8:13
And by the way, obsolete really means obsolete. Done. Kaput. Finito.
“Jesus replied, ‘Believe me, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem… But an hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth… God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. ‘ ” John 4:21,23,24
And how is such a worship accomplished in this era of the New Covenant?
“I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind…” Romans 12:1-2
Those throughout the earth who adhere to the New Covenant of Christ form the new Israel of God. They are called by the new name Christians. Their new promised land is the heavenly paradise promised to Christ’s true followers as a reward for the completion of their sanctification.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.’ ” Matthew 25:34
Heaven’s capital city is the new Jerusalem, and Christians are the new Chosen People – chosen to love, to spread peace, to do good to all, and to inherit the kingdom of God.
Further, the Jerusalem of the Middle East today is NOT the same Jerusalem that Jesus lived and walked in. The old one was razed to the ground by the Roman army in 70 A.D. So those who go there on a pilgrimage to walk where Jesus walked are only fooling themselves.
The so-called “Christian” pastors and teachers, who impart that the Old Testament favoritism of one particular group of people still applies today, do so only to spit and trample on the work of Christ.
These wolves in sheep clothing are nothing but mammonists paid by Zionist Jews to brainwash Christians with the drivel that there are two covenants simultaneously at play. Their false teachings are meant to persuade Christians into sanctioning the theft of Palestine by a bunch of impostors who are pretending to be Hebrews. However, they are only digging themselves deep into hell’s volcanic fire.
Christians, stay away from these men!
Their sole purpose is to deny the work of Christ, which is freely available to all nations on earth without respect to color, race, geographical demarcation, or spiritual condition.
In other words, they want to destroy the New Covenant whose aim is to forge a spiritually egalitarian brotherhood of man throughout the earth, with Jesus as the loving big brother.
“For both the One who sanctifies and those who are sanctified are of the same family. That is why Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers.” Hebrews 2:11