A Visit to Millennial Headquarters

An article about when Christ rules from Jerusalem after His return.
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  A Visit to Millennial Headquarters October 5, 2009 | From Stretch your imagination to see what the Holy City of Jerusalem is going to look like in just a very few years! BY JOEL HILLIKER  I n the days of King David, the headquarters of God’s chosen nation was in Jerusalem. Davidwanted to build God a house there that would be “exceeding magnifical”—so magnificent that itssplendor would actually bring people to God.He instructed his son Solomon in that stirring headquarters vision, and Solomon built the temple.When the queen of Sheba visited, she was so impressed that she uttered, “Blessed be the Lord thyGod”! (1 Kings 10:9). God’s earthly headquarters pointed this queen to God, just as King David andGod intended. She was moved to contribute wealth to this glorious project (verse 10). She left God’searthly headquarters inspired and filled with vision!This same scene played out over and over. People came from all over to witness the magnificence of God’s headquarters with their own eyes. Kings gave of their treasure, adding to the treasure theIsraelites gave. Verse 14 shows that, in a single year, well over half a billion dollars’ worth of gold (intoday’s value) came in.That feeling of awe, respect, joy and peace is exactly the feeling that people the world over will haveabout God’s headquarters on Earth in the World Tomorrow. And, once again, that headquarters willbe  Jerusalem . Can you imagine what that will be like? Repentance in Jerusalem When He returns, Jesus Christ will rule the world from David’s throne where it belongs: Jerusalem.Before He can establish His government, however, He must issue some harsh correction. He will havea sharp two-edged sword and a rod of iron. All people who came against Jerusalem to conquer it mustanswer to Christ (Zechariah 12:3, 9).Once their rebellion is put down and their blinders are removed, people will recognize just whom theyhave been fighting. “And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem,the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, andthey shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as onethat is in bitterness for his firstborn. In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as themourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon” (verses 10-11).  What a beautiful prophecy! Imagine eyes being opened. Imagine people coming to recognize God—and repenting for having had any part of fighting against and killing His very Son! They will blush forshame over what they have done to God the Father. They will see that even though they hated Him,He only loves them. “T HE   WHOLE   WORLD   WILL   LOOK   UPON   THE   CRUCIFIED C HRIST   AND   MOURN   AS   IF   THEY   HAD   LOST   A   FIRSTBORN   SON !”, editor inchief   Gerald Flurry wrote in  Jerusalem in Prophecy . “God will correct all of humanity by getting themfocused on God and Jerusalem!” Once people have been humbled, they will begin to build a habit of focusing on God— and on God’sheadquarters. “God will reach into the lives of every repentant person on Earth—from Jerusalem” (ibid.). Lifted Up! The whole world will smolder in desolation after the Tribulation. Reconstruction will begin inJerusalem.Psalm 48:2 calls Jerusalem “the city of the great King.” Christ Himself called it that (Matthew 5:35).He will be right there, surely personally directing the reconstruction and rebuilding of the capital city. “All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be liftedup, and inhabited in her place …. And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utterdestruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited” (Zechariah 14:10-11). The earth in that wholearea will be raised! “The whole land is to be leveled to a plain in order that Jerusalem may beelevated, and then the holy city is to be restored to its former grandeur,”  Lange’sCommentary  explains. “The capital seated on her hills shines conspicuous as the only elevation in avery wide region.” Jerusalem is geographically at the center of the map. It is about to be the most prominent real estateon Earth.And the most prominent structure within Jerusalem will be the headquarters temple. The mountain of God’s house will be established as the highest of the mountains, and exalted above the hills (Isaiah2:2; Micah 4:1; Zechariah 8:3). The temple will dominate the landscape at the headquarters city,helping people look to where Christ is. The Millennial Temple The Prophet Ezekiel describes that temple in wonderful detail. It will be patterned after God’s heavenlytemple, the seat of His throne today. It will have a footprint of half a million square feet, occupyingabout 13 acres.The outer precinct around the temple, described in the last nine chapters of Ezekiel, will occupy about1 square mile of land. The headquarters city itself will only be about 7½ miles square. Consideringthat it will be the command center for the whole world’s system of governing, that is quite an efficientheadquarters facility.  God’s law will begin flowing from that city to the wide world. News of its construction projects andactivities, of classes being taught there, will supply headlines around the globe. “And the Lord shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one Lord, and his name one” (verse 9). All peoples will have one supreme King—one world government—one religion. They willbegin to see the benefits of righteous leadership. They’ll experience the joy of living under God’sgovernment.Jerusalem will become “the joy of the whole earth” (Psalm 48:2). God’s earthly headquarters will setthe standard for the world! Where People Will Get Nourishment Over time, everyone will be rejoicing over Jerusalem. “Rejoice with Jerusalem … that you may suckand be satisfied with her consoling breasts; that you may drink deeply with delight from theabundance of her glory” (Isaiah 66:10-11; Revised Standard Version). What beautiful imagery.Jerusalem is likened to the mother, from where people receive their nourishment. That is really talkingabout Christ’s helpmeet— the Lamb’s wife (Revelation 21:9) .  “For thus says the L ORD : ‘Behold … you shall suck, you shall be carried upon her hip, and dandled uponher knees. As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; you shall be comforted inJerusalem’” (Isaiah 66:12-13; RSV ). As the King’s helpmeet, Christ’s bride will care for His wholeFamily. That marriage is intended to “bring forth fruit unto God” (Romans 7:4)—sons into the Family! “In this present evil world, there has been unparalleled suffering in that city. S HORTLY , THE   WHOLE   WORLD   WILL   LOOK   TO J ERUSALEM   FOR   COMFORT . W HAT   A   CHANGE !”, Mr. Flurry wrote (  Jerusalem in Prophecy  ). “And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb …” (Isaiah66:14). How awesome life will be at that temple, filled with God’s Spirit-born Family! You can be sureit will hum with excitement and dynamic energy. The Choicest Real Estate on Earth Alongside this thriving God-Family workforce in the temple will be a robust community of physicalhuman beings, growing up, living and working in the foothills of the headquarters facility—the “suburbs” of Jerusalem.What will life be like for them? “In that day shall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and hethat is feeble among them at that day shall be as David …” (Zechariah 12:8). The weakest  among thehuman beings in that area will be as strong as David! There will be widespread vibrant health, as wellas spiritual courage and boldness! “The Lord will exalt his people to a degree of strength and glory far transcending anything in their past experience,” explains Lange’s . “[O]ne who can scarce hold himself up, much less attack a foe, shall become a hero like David.” Zechariah gives us a wonderful, specific picture of life for human beings there: “Thus saith the Lord of hosts; There shall yet old men and old women dwell in the streets of Jerusalem, and every man withhis staff in his hand for very age. And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing inthe streets thereof” (Zechariah 8:4-5). There, in the foothills of the temple, a blessed, active, social  life will thrive. City streets will be closed to traffic, and people of all generations will enjoy themselvestogether there.Surely many people will want to live close to headquarters. Jeremiah 32:43-44 show that there will bean active real-estate industry in the areas around Jerusalem—the buying and selling of property. Itwill be the choicest place to live on Earth. An Awesome Security System Note the physical and agricultural wealth in that area: “For the seed shall be prosperous; the vineshall give her fruit, and the ground shall give her increase, and the heavens shall give their dew; and Iwill cause the remnant of this people to possess all these things. … So again have I thought in thesedays to do well unto Jerusalem and to the house of Judah: fear ye not” (Zechariah 8:12, 15). Joel3:16-20 say that the mountains around Jerusalem will drop new wine, the hills will flow with milk, andthe rivers will flow with waters. That whole area will be a paradise! “Jerusalem shall be inhabited as towns without walls for the multitude of men and cattle therein” (Zechariah 2:4). Today, that city is a maze of tiny, narrow streets, hemmed in by walls andsurrounded by protective, defensive fortifications. Tomorrow, it will be spread out like open country—yet flourishing with a multitude of people and even animal husbandry (see also Jeremiah 33:12-13).Why won’t Jerusalem need protective gates? “For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire roundabout, and will be the glory in the midst of her” (Zechariah 2:5). Jesus Christ will reside there in allHis glory, protecting as a fiery wall from invaders from outside, and glowing with glory on the inside!Crime and wrongdoing will not exist. The fiery God of the Old Testament will safeguard the whole city.As in ancient Israel, He will show His presence in a cloud by day and a flaming fire by night, defendingthe people, sheltering them from heat, and providing refuge from storm and rain. That cloud willappear over every dwelling, and everywhere people are assembling  , across Mount Zion (Isaiah 4:5-6). Global Reputation As the reputation of God’s capital city spreads, it will attract international attention on a scale fargreater than Solomon’s temple did. People will begin to flow to Jerusalem. Like the queen of Shebaanciently, many nations will come and say, Let’s go up to the mountain of God and see His house!  “Thus saith the Lord of hosts; It shall yet come to pass, that there shall come people, and theinhabitants of many cities: And the inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, Let us gospeedily to pray before the Lord, and to seek the Lord of hosts: I will go also. Yea, many people andstrong nations shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, and to pray before the Lord” (Zechariah 8:20-22). Countless prophecies show how people the world over will eagerly travel toJerusalem to visit the temple and worship Christ.Imagine a world where people are eager and excited to learn God’s truth. When they see someoneassociated with headquarters, they will clamor to go with him! (verse 23).Perhaps films or broadcasts will circulate around the world showing the latest developments in thebuilding project. Publications might display beautiful photos of the temple and surrounding structures,
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