Seeing Nothing, Seeing New Jerusalem

New JerusalemMoses was on a mountain, in a cloud, to see the tabernacle. Three disciples were on a mountain, overshadowed by a cloud, to see Jesus in glory. We need an equiva-lent experience to see New Jerusalem with the glory of God (Rev. 21:9-11).

The cloud cuts us off from everything, it blinds us to everything, apart from the Lord and His eternal tabernacle, New Jerusalem.

Besides the three disciples in Matthew 17, Saul had a comparable experience recorded in Acts 9. At that time (on the road to Damascus) he became blind. He heard and spoke to the Lord yet physically he “could see nothing” and was “three days without seeing, and he neither ate nor drank.”

He saw something of the Lord on the road. During the following three days he was praying; he must have seen more during this time, undisturbed by the physical realm.

Beyond those days of prayer, in Galatians 1:15-17 Paul tells us, “But when it pleased God…to reveal His Son in me…immediately I did not confer with flesh and blood, neither did I go up to Jerusalem…but I went away to Arabia.”

We do not know where in Arabia he went nor what he did nor how long he stayed. The Bible’s silence about these matters, and the fact that he “did not confer with men,” implies to me that Saul was “in a cloud with the Lord” and not involved in human activity. This would allow him opportunity to receive more revelation from the Lord.

Saul’s experiences and Moses’ multiple times on the mountain show that we need repeated times with the Lord to have a full revelation of New Jerusalem. Although we might think that John suddenly saw New Jerusalem (Rev. 21–22), we should remember that he had much interaction with the Lord before that time. Lord, give us the experiences we need for the vision of New Jerusalem.

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