The Road to Zion: Petra

“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and will write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

And they shall no more teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the Lord: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sins no more.” (Jeremiah 31:33, 34)

“And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The Way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.

No lion shall be there, nor any ravenous beast shall go up thereon, it shall not be found there; BUT THE REDEEEMED SHALL WALK THERE:

And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.” (Isaiah 35:8-10)

“Jesus saith unto him, I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6)

“For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.” (Revelation 7:17)

Jesus Christ is the Way to Zion. Is he in your heart? Zion is no earthly mountain, it is the eternal dwellingplace of Messiah; Jesus Christ is the Way. The road to Zion is in your heart.

“The Lord loveth the gates of Zion [that’s you, if so be that Christ is in you] more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

The Lord shall count when He writeth up all the people, that this man was born there. Selah.” (Psalm 87:2 & 6)

Would you be counted as one born in Zion? At the end of the age, when God settles accounts with man, only those whose names are found in the Lamb’s book of life will be allowed into New Jerusalem (Rev 21:27). Would you be counted as one born there – one born from above (John 3:3)?

Only those who find Christ in their hearts are citizens of Zion.

“Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

And think no to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” (Matt 3:8-10)

Don’t think you are entitled to citizenship in Zion – many today will say: ‘We are all God’s children.’ Only each individual who repents and believes on Jesus Christ will be counted citizens… will enter into parardise.

No one is entitled; not though you have good intentions; not though your parents were righteous; not even if you are the offspring of the man with whom God cut covenant (Abraham): you MUST be born again – born from above (John 3:7). You must cut covenant with God yourself through faith in Jesus; only then are you entitled to any inheritance, and citizenship; only then are you the true offspring of Abraham – for only then have you personally cut covenant with God, as Abraham did.

“And when he was demanded of some of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation:

Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, Lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” (Luke 17:20, 21)

Some have speculated that because Jesus was speaking to the Pharisees, who rejected Him, that this verse should be translated ‘the kingdom of God is among you.’ However, that interpretation misses the point of Jesus statement; the Pharisees had asked when the kingdom should come, He answered that it was not observable in the external sense; to then declare God’s Kingdom is among the orthodox Jews would be a misleading contradiction – if it is not to be found ‘here,’ or ‘there’ (places), can it at least be found ‘among’ some group of people who may have their dwelling, ‘here,’ or ‘there’? No, rather, Jesus tells the Pharisees where God’s kingdom dwells: in people.

“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.” (Rev 21:3)

“But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if an yman have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.” (Rom 8:9)

“Even the mystery which hath been hid froom ages, and from generations, but now is made manifest to the saints:

To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY.” (Col 1:26, 27)

Truth be told, Jesus had already told the Pharisees that His kingdom would be within a man through the prophet Jeremiah:

“But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and will write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.” (Jer. 31:33)

‘There is a road inside of you, inside of me there is one, too.’

And, “God loveth the gates of Zion [YOU] more than all the dwellings of Jacob.” (Ps 87:2)

“For he is not a Jew [a citizen of Zion], which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision [religion] which is outward in the flesh:

But he is a Jew [citizen of Zion], which is one inwardly; and circumcision [True ‘Religion’] is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.” (Rom 2:28, 29)

Repent, and believe on Jesus, and the gate to Zion will be opened within you.