In My Father's House Are Many Mansions

THE PROPHETIC PROMISE

Jesus promised us in John 14:2 In My Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”

I would first like to study the actual translation of this verse to give us a foundation upon which to build our understanding.

  • House is the Greek word oikia, meaning a house, dwelling.
  • Mansions is the Greek word moné, meaning lodging, dwelling place, room, abode, mansion.
  • Prepare is the Greek word hetoimazó, meaning prepare, provide, make ready.
  • Place is the Greek word topos, meaning a place, region, seat; an opportunity.

What is this 'place' Jesus is preparing, providing or making ready? Will we have beautiful housing in heaven and the New Earth? Those who have gone beyond and back certainly testify to this. It may be we too, will not know these things until that glorious day arrives. This hub will give you a twist, for we tend to focus on the predicate of this verse (as Jesus preparing a mansion for us in the kingdom of God*); yet, shouldn't we focus on the subject of this verse (My Father's house)?

Have we ever considered the interpretation of this verse could also apply to the preparation of our hearts by the provision of the Lamb who died for our sins, thus making us ready (holy) to become the dwelling place of God? Let’s delve into the scriptures and see what the Bible has to say. As we continue on with this study, I would like to ask you to pay attention to the word(s)/phrase “dwelling”, “dwelling place”, “among men”, “among them” and “among us”.

IN THE BEGINNING

In order have a foundational focus of the dwelling place of God and man, we should first look at the creation of the heavens and the earth. The angels had an ‘estate’ and left their ‘habitation’ as shown in Jude 1:6 "And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, He hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day."

  • estate is the Greek word arché, meaning beginning, origin - (a) rule (kingly or magisterial), (b) plur: in a quasi-personal sense, almost: rulers, magistrates, (c) beginning
  • habitation is the Greek word oikétérion, meaning a dwelling-place, habitation, abode. This appears to have the root word of oikia, which was translated as the Father's 'house' in John 14:2.

Adam and Eve dwelt in the Garden of Eden, completely bare-skinned and eating of the fruit and vegetation of the trees and plants provided for them. While in the garden, it appears they did not live in a literal 'house'. The Word tells us they talked with God and “heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day” (Gen 3:8). We can then agree that God dwelt among them. When they fell, they hid from God and covered themselves with fig leaves. Surely, God covered them even more with ‘garments or coats of skin’ (vs. 20), which is a picture of the covering of our sin and shame by the blood of the Lamb, praise God! In fact, believers are said to wear ‘white robes’ in heaven (Rev 3:4, 17; 6:11; 7:9-14; 22:14).

THE OLD TESTAMENT TEMPLE

After the great exodus from Egypt, God’s meeting place with those He chose was on Mt. Sainai (Ex 24:9-11). “The pattern” for the mobile ‘Tent of Meeting’ was given In Exodus 25:8-9: “Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among [tavek – midst] them. According to all that I am going to show you, as the pattern of the tabernacle and the pattern of all its furniture, just so you shall construct it.”

  • sanctuary is the Hebrew word miqdash or miqqedash - from qadash; a consecrated thing or place, especially, a palace, sanctuary (whether of Jehovah or of idols) or asylum -- chapel, hallowed part, holy place, sanctuary.
  • dwell is the Hebrew word shakan or shaken -abide, continue, cause to, make to dweller, have habitation, inhabit, lay, place.
  • tabernacle is the Hebrew word mishkan - dwelling place, habitation, tabernacle, tent.

The word tabernacle is simply awesome because in John 1:14 we are told that “The Word became flesh and dwelt [tabernacled] among us.”

Now, let’s go forward a bit to 1 Chron 28:12 regarding the first official immobile TEMPLE built by King Solomon in approximately 954 BC:

"[David gave to his son, Solomon] the pattern of all that he had by the Spirit, of the courts of the house of the LORD, and of all the chambers round about, of the treasuries of the house of God, and of the treasuries of the dedicated things: Also for the courses of the priests and the Levites, and for all the work of the service of the house of the LORD, and for all the vessels of service in the house of the LORD." Are WE not a kingdom* of priests (Rev 1:6; 5:10) and vessels of service (Rom 9:21)? Are WE not the house of the LORD (1 Cor 6:19)?

Solomon’s temple was destroyed by the Babylonians in approximately 586 BC. The next temple was built under the leadership of Joshua and Zerubbabel in approximately 512 BC and rebuilt by Herod in approximately 20-19 BC. This is the temple Jesus prophesied would be destroyed and indeed, it was toppled by the Roman General Titus in 70 AD.1

Though Israel is yet prevented from building the third earthly temple, we can see throughout Old Testament history that God desired to have a dwelling place, though each material temple was built and destroyed by human hands. This brings us to the next phase in our understanding of God’s mansions or dwelling places spoken of by Jesus in John 14:2.

Acts 7:47-49 state, "But it was Solomon who built a house [oikia] for Him. However, the Most High does not dwell in houses [oikia] made by human hands; as the prophet says: 'Heaven is My throne, and earth is the footstool of My feet; What kind of house [oikia] will you build for Me?' says the Lord, 'or what place [topos] is there for My repose' [rest]?"

1 http://www.spiritualfoundations.com/Vol2OldTestament/Chapter14VolII.htm

THE NEW TESTAMENT TEMPLE

In Mark 14:58, the Jews were astonished at the words of Jesus when He said, “I will destroy this temple made with hands, and in three days I will build another made without hands." How long had it taken the Jews to build the temple standing at that time? 46 years! John 2:21 clearly tells us that Jesus was NOT speaking of the rebuilding of a physical temple, but the temple of His body. Is Jesus yet building this temple? YES and AMEN!

1 Cor 12:27 states, "Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it."

Eph 2:19-20 state, “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the cornerstone.”

1 Tim 3:15 confirms, "I write so that you will know how one ought to conduct himself in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and support of the truth."

How do we become a part of the temple of Christ, which is the household of God? In John chapter 3 we read Jesus’ command in regard to salvation. He said in vs. 3, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.”* The following verses tell us the context of what this means:

Vs. 4-7 “Nicodemus said to Him, 'How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?' Jesus answered, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water [mother’s womb] and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God*. That which is born of the flesh [mother’s womb] is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Do not be amazed that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’"

*What did Jesus say regarding the kingdom of God? Luke 17:20-21 "Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or, 'There it is!' For behold, the kingdom of God is among [entos - midst] you."

Since the fall of Adam and Eve and the exodus of Israel from Egypt, God dwelt in a ‘sanctuary’ made by human hands. The definition of ‘sanctuary’ is similar to that of ‘sanctified’ (hagiazó - I make holy, treat as holy, set apart as holy, sanctify, hallow, purify). Did you know we are sanctified by faith in Christ? Acts 26:18 tells us, “To open their eyes, [and] to turn [them] from darkness to light, and [from] the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in Me.”

YOU ARE THE TEMPLE

Have you ever wondered WHY Jesus told His disciples, just before His ascension, to WAIT in Jerusalem until they receive the power from heaven? (Luke 24:49). Remember how He told Mary not to touch Him until He ascended to the Father (John 20:17); We know that He went to prepare a place for us ~ that being our hearts ~ to receive the indwelling Holy Spirit (God). When God indwells us, we become His dwelling place!

Think about it; if the Lord could create all that He did in just six, 24-hour days, why would He need thousands of years to prepare a mansion in heaven for us? Rather, we are being transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom 12:2) and God is conforming us into the image of His Son [huios] (Rom 8:29). In Rev 21:7 Jesus said, "He who overcomes will inherit these things [the New Jerusalem/New Earth], and I will be his God and he will be My son [huios]" (as is was in the beginning - Luke 3:38: "...son of Adam, son of God").

The indwelling Holy Spirit of God was made manifest on the Day of Pentecost, just days after the ascension of Christ. The Holy Spirit came as a whirlwind, baptizing all believers by filling them from within to overflow! The Apostles were given the anointing ~ the power to preach the Word boldly to all present. Acts 2:41 tells us, “Then they that gladly received his word [God’s Word through Peter] were baptized: and the same day there were added [unto them] about three thousand [souls].” The dwelling places of our God are ever increasing!

When we get born again, WE become the temple or dwelling place of God! 1 Cor 3:16 tells us, "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and [that] the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?"

And again in 6:19 "What? know ye not that YOUR BODY is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] IN YOU, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?"


THE HEAVENLY TEMPLE

In the book of Revelation, Chapter 21 we read about the New Jerusalem, which John sees coming DOWN from God out of HEAVEN to the New Earth.

Rev 21:2-3 "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her Husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle [Greek word skene - a tent, booth, tabernacle, abode, dwelling, mansion, habitation] of God is with [among] men, and He will dwell with [among] them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself shall be with [among] them, and be their God."

Who is the Bride and who is the Husband spoken of in the above passage? 2 Cor 11:2 tells us, “For I am jealous for you with the jealousy of God Himself. I promised you as a pure Bride to one Husband--Christ.”

Rev 21:9-14 go on to tell us, "...'Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.' And he carried me [John] away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb." IMAGINE! JOHN FORESAW HIS NAME IN ONE OF THE FOUNDATION STONES!

To gain even more revelation, let’s compare the passage above to the following:

1 Peter 2:5 "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ."

Isaiah prophesied in 28:16, “So this is what the Sovereign LORD says: ‘See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious corner stone for a sure foundation; the one who trusts will never be dismayed.” Compare this again to Eph 2:19-20, which states “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God's household, having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone.”

Finally, in Rev 21:22 we read more about the New Jerusalem: "And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and [kai = even, also, namely] the Lamb are [consist] the temple of it." Truly, we dwell in Christ and He in us (John 14:20).

THE TREE OF LIFE

Based on the above study, we can see that the New Jerusalem is the dwelling place of God and the saints; but, is it in existence NOW? Where is it? Don't we first go to Paradise when we die? While Rev 21:1-6 make it appear that the New Jerusalem isn't made manifest until after the two resurrections and the judgment seat of Christ, remember Rev 21:7? "He who overcomes will inherit all this, and I will be his God and he will be my son." To inherit something means it exists prior to obtaining the inheritance. This indicates the New Jerusalem existed then, and even NOW.

Rev 2:7 tells us, "To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God.'" Did you KNOW that Paradise and the New Jerusalem are connected? Truly, the clue is found in the tree of life!

Consider Jesus told the thief on the cross in Luke 23:43, "I tell you the truth, today you will be with Me in Paradise."

The Greek word for Paradise is paradeisos - a park, a garden, a paradise. Were Adam and Eve originally in the garden of God? Ezekiel 28:13 and 31:9 call it such. The garden of Eden contained the tree of life, and guess what? So does the New Jerusalem! Based on the biblical description of its location, the Garden of Eden is currently under water, also known as the Persian Gulf. Is Paradise then actually HERE on earth?

Well, if we look at Paul’s words in 2 Cor 12:2-4, we get a clue of where Paradise is: "I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago-- whether in the body I do not know, or out of the body I do not know, God knows-- such a man was caught up to the third heaven. And I know how such a man-- whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, God knows-- was caught up into Paradise and heard inexpressible words, which a man is not permitted to speak."

Jesus not only told the thief on the cross that he would be with Him in Paradise that very day, but He told Martha in John 11:26, “Everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?"

Now, let's read Rev 22 (speaking of the New Jerusalem), in vs. 1-2 and 14: "Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne [singular] of God and [kai = even, also, namely] of the Lamb, in the middle of its street. On either side of the river was the tree of life, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations." Vs. 14 states, "Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city."

Whose names are on the gates again? There are twelve gates, three on each of the four sides, each gate bearing 12,000 names of the twelve tribes of Israel (This totals 144,000 - any connection to Rev 7:4-8? - Also, consider in Rev 21:16 the length, width and height of the City totals 144,000 stadia/furlongs/miles). If we go on to verse 9, the inhabitants would include the 144,000, the Prophets, the New Testament Apostles (their names in the foundation stones of the wall) and we (the 'lively stones') who are in Christ Jesus - the corner stone (He is also the GATE, as written in John 10:7-9).

The Lord has taken me to Rev 2:17 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it."

HIS DWELLING PLACE

Has Jesus prepared that place in YOUR HEART for Him to dwell? Have you been born again? He paid for your sin IN FULL by His death on that cursed tree, and because He lives, He will gladly give you the gift of His Holy Spirit when you believe and ask this of Him (Luke 11:13).

Jesus said in Rev 3:20, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him, and he with Me.”

Rom 10:9 states, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”

1 John 5:13 “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.”

Rom 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

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skye2day 5 years ago from Rocky Mountains

JD Beautiful sister!! I sat on the edge of my seat in understanding. The Spirit has moved on your heart to share this beautiful treasure. I am Blessed to have been led here. There are no mistakes in Gods world. Thank You for another hub of love written in truth. I just love ya. Now you keep on OK sista Keep on preacin it!!

U will Phil 4:13. Jesus come soon. Sending a hug precious Child. You shine in HIM.


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Becky Puetz 5 years ago from Oklahoma

Wonderful Hub. I agree and believe what Romans 10:9 states, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” I have bookmarked this hub to read and study again later as time does not allow right now. Thanks and God bless.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Oh sister skye2day! I was JUST working on a shorter version of this hub, as I thought it too long ~~~~ the Lord gave me so much!! To read that you sat on the edge of your seat in understanding was a JOY! I pray the same for those who come to read it tip to toe! This concept was given me probably two years ago (I wrote to sister drpastorcarlotta about this insight)...it's only NOW the Lord birthed it to be written, then confirmed it through Synclesian's hub (I googled this concept after I finished the hub and found him!). We have two witnesses, now three. I pray this ministers deeply to the body of Christ.

I got so excited to realize the New Jerusalem is currently in the third heaven, containing the tree of life, which is IN the Paradise of God! We do dwell in the New Jerusalem immediately after physical death and will return in Her when She comes down from God out of heaven as a Bride adorned for Her Husband to inhabit the New Earth for all eternity! I may have to just do a hub on this alone! How exciting!!!

I love you so much and yes, I will continue to have the courage to write and teach as the Lord leads. I just keep falling more in love with My LORD. Hallelujah!


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Praise God, Becky Puetz ~ thank you! Yes, this is not something taught by many churches (I think)...of course, many many years ago my pastor at that time was sort of on the right track, except he taught we would be a doorknob or toenail of Christ in the New Jerusalem (lol)...not quite right.

I guess the Lord's time is NOW for me to teach on this, as He's fed my spirit (though I didn't know how thoroughly) for a couple of years ~ so, HERE IT IS! I pray all glory to the Lord to the effective ministry to the saints. God bless you!


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Ms Dee 5 years ago from Texas, USA

What wonderful connections in God's Word you have brought out in this hub! The kingdom of heaven is within us--so amazing! Mind boggling!


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Ms Dee 5 years ago from Texas, USA

Oops! Meant also to say I'd not drawn the connection until seeing yours here between Jesus going to prepare a place for us and the provision/coming of the Spirit. But, of course, that makes sense now! So glad you wrote this and for God's guiding you.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Thank you, sister Dee! So glad you got to come and read this!! Yes, the kingdom of heaven is within us, even NOW and will forever be ~ we are in the kingdom of God and the kingdom of God is within us! This lines up with the preparation of our dwelling place in God and He in us. What a miraculous gift! The Bible doesn't tell us about 'heavenly housing' in the literal usage ~ so, I suppose we won't know until we get there!

Now, I want to ask God to give me more revelation on the New Jerusalem ~ it's 144,000 names on the gates and its total area description being a 144,000-mile square. If indeed, the saints are dwelling in the New Jerusalem even now, where the tree of life is ~ the Paradise of God ~ is that the 'New Heaven'? Is the 'New Earth' then, in existence there as well?

Rev 21:24 state, "The nations will walk by its [the City's] light [which is the glory of God], and the kings of the earth will bring their glory [light] into it." This current heaven and earth is going to be burned up, as is foretold in 2 Peter 3:10.

My mind is surely full this day!! 'Thank You, Lord, for your goodness and mercy, which endures forever'. Love you, sister Dee!


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Ms Dee 5 years ago from Texas, USA

How interesting it will be to see what you learn from God about the New Jerusalem. I'm thinking the answer to the question is 'yes.'

How glorious it will be to see Him face to face! :)


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Wow. Yes, typically the Lord gives me the answer, then I test away!! lol

I see in Rev 21:1 John writes the following: "Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away." He sees them together. This cannot mean that they didn't exist yet, because look at verse 7, when Jesus says, “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son."

John did see the New Jerusalem coming down from God out of the New Heaven (to the New Earth), which is fascinating. I believe it is already in existance (based on verse 7), and the saints who have gone before us are dwelling there even now.

Does the 144,000 sealed during the Great Tribulation line up with the names of the 144,000 on the gates? It certainly could be, for God prophesied of them when the book of Revelation was written. He's known their names since the beginning of creation. Does this mean only 144,000 inherit the dwelling place of the New Jerusalem? Surely, the foundation stones of the WALL are the 12 Apostles. We, are the 'living stones'. Rev 2:7 states, "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, I will grant to eat of the tree of life which is in the Paradise of God." We may be the nations that bring our glory into the City ~ it's gates will NEVER be closed ~ Hallelujah!!


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Ms Dee 5 years ago from Texas, USA

Oh, yes! That's what I think the Scriptures are saying--that the saints gone before us are dwelling there now. How wonderful! I'm sure it must be that the 144,000 of the Great Trib are the same as the names on the gates. Those are the ones whose 'number are to be completed' and that the martyrs are waiting for in Rev. 6:9, right? How neat to think we are the nations who bring glory to the City :).


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Come to think of it, the Lord took me back to two things:

1) the City is as the Bride adorned for Her Husband (Rev 21:2-3)

2) We, the City, are built upon the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, with Jesus being the corner stone! (Eph 2:19-20)

The 144,000 names are written on the gates. The Apostles names are written on the foundation stones of the wall. Perhaps our names are written on the 'living stones'. The Lord has taken me to Rev 2:17 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it." I can't wait to find out my new name!!

The 144,000, the Prophets, Apostles and we who are in Christ are the inhabitants of the New Jerusalem. We will be coming in and out of it, for the saints inherit the New Earth ~ all of it! Hallelujah!!


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Loves To Read 5 years ago

JD all i can say is WOW. You touch on a lot of good points here.It is always amazing when God reveals His word to us in a different light. I will go back and read and study this some more, as i have the time. It certainly makes good sense to me. Thank you for sharing and may God bless you always.

Love and Hugs


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Bless your heart, Loves To Read! It is so amazing when God reveals His Word to us, and even more amazing when we can put it onto words for others! I pray I have done due dilligence (lol). It's so good you came to read and leave a comment. God bless you always, too, dear. Love and Hugs to you, too!


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jamescalculus 5 years ago from ukraine

thanks for this wonderful hub....it's an eye opener,stay blessed


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Hi brother jamescalculus! I am thankful and blessed that this was an 'eye opener', for the Lord opens our eyes that we may 'see the kingdom of God'; amen!

He just gave me more this morning, which I have added to this hub ~ as follows: "Think about it; if the Lord could create the heavens and the earth, even all that dwelt therin in just six, 24-hour days, why would He need our lifetime to prepare a mansion in heaven for us? Rather, we are being transformed by the renewing of our minds (Rom 12:2) and God is conforming us into the image of His Son [huios] (Rom 8:29). In Rev 21:7 Jesus said, "He who overcomes will inherit these things [the New Jerusalem/New Earth], and I will be his God and he will be My son [huios]" (as is was in the beginning - Luke 3:38: "...son of Adam, son of God")." Praise His Name! God bless you!!


VOICE CIW 5 years ago

Awesome Judah's Daughter, you truly study the Word Of God. Hallelujah, Sister this hub made me shout. God is blessing you, when? Right Now! This hub will touch and encourage so many souls, I believe it has already for those who have read it. I pray to God (I am serious)that one day me and you will set down and share our beliefs in the Word of God with each other. Stay blessed, I love you in the Lord.


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fred allen 5 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

You did a fantastic job on this! It is so uplifting to hear these truths! That which He promised, He is well able to accomplish! You have me very excited as I think on this! VERY EXCITED!


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Tamarajo 5 years ago from Southern Minnesota

I really loved this revelation of God dwelling in us. I like how you brought the concept from Genesis to revelation and everything in between is about God wanting to be with us.


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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

Judah's Daughter: Thank you so very much for opening our minds. I know that I am as God a spirit for to be created in His image one has to be spirit and love. I have always wondered about the Mansion, and pictured a place like Buckingham palace only on a larger scale, which is totally wrong. Each one of us is a temple unto the Holy Spirit of God so now it makes sense that The New Temple of Jerusalem is comprised of all of God's children and not some gigantic tabernacle in the sky. Seems like my earthly mind still has plenty of humanness to shed before my spirit realizes in total what's what.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

WOW, brothers and sisters! God KEEPS on OPENING my understanding/vision more and more! I just re-wrote THE TREE OF LIFE section to be more in line with this understanding, AND...He showed me that when John saw the names of the twelve Apostles written IN the foundation stones of the wall...John saw his own name! Hallelujah to the LORD!


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Brother VOICE CIW! I just FEEL the Holy anointing (Christ) whenever we fellowship in the Lord! We fellowship RIGHT HERE on HubPages and it's just so beautiful! I do feel blessed, a bit overwhelmed in blessing (lol) ~ oh, our minds are so small in comparison to the mind of Christ. I believe in Luke 24:45 "Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures" ~ Praise God Almighty, the Lord Jesus Christ! Thank you so much, and God bless you abundantly as well!!


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Brother fred allen ~ I am just as EXCITED as you are! Can we all shout "HALLELUJAH"!!!! I am thrilled to KNOW where we ARE and where we are yet to BE and that is IN THE HOUSE OF THE LORD, HIS HOUSE [ABODE] IN US AND WE ABIDING IN HIM ~ Oh, glorious day!!


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Sister Tamarajo ~ Thank you ~ it was truly God bringing this whole concept from beginning (Alpha) to end (Omega). He knows the end from the beginning ~ The Lord has drawn me just now to Luke 10:20, His words to the 70 disciples: "Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because YOUR NAMES ARE WRITTEN IN HEAVEN."

John, who envisioned the twelve foundation stones in which the names of the twelve Apostles were written ~ SAW HIS OWN NAME! Hallelujah! Our names are already written in heaven!

Heb 12:23 confirms: "To the general assembly and CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN, which are WRITTEN IN HEAVEN, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect..."

Rejoice and be glad! Love you in the Lord, sister!!


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Brother Dave Mathews ~ I rejoice to call you brother! When we are truly born again, we are as newborn babes that cannot absorb everything we see all at once. The Lord is our awesome "Abba" (Daddy) and He desires that we come to know Him ~ it's such an exciting road to follow our Shepherd (Ps 23:1/John 10:11) and learn from Him (John 14:26). I am rejoicing for you and with you!!


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heart4theword 5 years ago from hub

This chapter is so encouraging..it offers such hope to all of us. It is so awesome He went to prepare a place for us, that where He is...we will be there also:) A life finally, happily ever after:) Not as the world offers, but what our God offers to us! Great Study:)


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Hi heart4theword! Yes and amen! He prepared us to be where He is and He where we are. He is with us and in us now (those who believe by faith) and He will be with us and in us for all eternity. If the New Jerusalem and New Earth is the place beyond, prepared for us, it had already been prepared even before the prophets of old passed on, for it [we, the Bride] is built upon the foundation of the prophets and apostles, Jesus Christ being its corner stone. Jesus said in John 14:18, "I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you". He came to us in Spirit on the Day of Pentecost, praise God! As that great hymn says, "I serve a risen Savior; He's in the world today...He lives within my heart!" Hallelujah! God bless you!


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lambservant 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Praise God JD. You have allowed me to see that passage in a whole new way. God's Spirit live in my heart today. This piece has given me a lot to mediate on. It's not too long. It's perfect. You have a gift! Thank you for sharing it with us today.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Yes indeed, lambservant, Praise God!! I thank Him that He is giving the saints a new way to look at this passage ~ how special we are to be chosen to become the temple of our God and Savior! How much more intimate a relationship can the Bride have with Her Husband? What is of the Spirit of Truth will stay with us as we grow more and more into the image of the One who created us; amen!!

I'm so glad you did not feel this hub was too long. It was a challenge to try to shorten it, for I would have to leave out so much of what the Lord was feeding me to write!! Every good and perfect gift is from above and I give my Lord the praise and glory for giving this insight to me to share in writing with all who will receive. Thank you so much for your kind and loving encouragement in the Lord. So glad we've connected ~ now and throughout eternity!!


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lambservant 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

I just noticed you are from Roseville California. My son and his family live there and I will be flying in for a visit on the 22nd of this month. What church do you go to? They attend metro calvary. I really love it. So have a great day lovely lady. And thanks for your ministry on hubpages. God bless.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Well, it turns out Metro Calvary is very close to me! I'll plan on attending and we can meet there (perhaps we can carry a flower or something to find each other :-) My daughter's getting married on the 21st and I'm pretty sure we'll be returning home that evening. Let's keep in touch via email! Thank you for YOUR awesome ministry, too! I just read your beautiful hub, "My Will or Thine?" I encourage everyone to read it!! God bless you, as well!!


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lambservant 5 years ago from Pacific Northwest

Oh how wonderful if we could meet. I won't be attending on the 22nd because I am flying in in the afternoon. But the following Sunday, the 29th I will definitely be there. God bless.


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

That will work out even better! Let's stay in touch...


Undeserving Sinner 5 years ago

There is nothing more beautiful and encouraging than God's Word. Good hub. I have a question tho. When God says He will make a new heaven does this mean that both the sky (1st heaven) and outer space (2nd heaven) will be destroyed by fire?


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Judah's Daughter 5 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Hi Undeserving Sinner, I agree ~ There is nothing more beautiful than God's Word! Thank you for your compliment. The only answer I can give you regarding your question is an inductive look at 2 Peter 3:10, which states, “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens [the sky, atmosphere] shall pass away [parerchomai - pass away, pass out of sight; rendered void, become vain, neglect, disregard] with a great noise [rhoizédon - a rushing sound], and the elements [stoicheion - a heavenly body, an element (of knowledge)] shall melt with fervent heat [kausoo – to burn with great heat], the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up [luó - to loose, to release, to dissolve, destroy].”

I'm not sure that the second heaven will be destroyed...


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PapawStan 3 years ago

Enjoyed the Article! It happens every time I read and then re-read something. Every time I go through the Bible, I read something I've already read and it jumps out at me. I think it's God's way of telling me, He's ready for me to get the message this time! It is why I also read the Bible daily; every day, every week, every month... always in his Word! Keep up the great work, Sister. I making my way through all you pages!


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Judah's Daughter 3 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

I know this was a LONG one, brother PapawStan ~ sometimes, I really don't want to split up the flow ~ God's Spirit flows and flows!! Isn't this beautiful to see more deeply into these 'mansions' than what traditional teaching has perpetuated throughout the centuries? Sure, it may not be as appealing to those who desire material 'wealth' and such 'comfort' as a bigger mansion than the Jones', but is there any treasure greater than the beautiful presence and love of God?

We don't know what we'll be 'doing' throughout all eternity ~ that will be a new experience for all of us, for sure. I can only imagine, if we've ever felt the joy of going home on earth, we will feel fully whole and complete when we finally make it 'home'! Back to our Creator in absolute perfection and love ~ no family drama!! lol WOW. 1 Cor 2:9 "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him." Amen! Hope we're neighbors!


Daniel Chama 2 years ago

Am blessed by your teachings and revelation. I'm new to your hubs but God's word is fresh all times and seasons. I'm in Africa, may God bless you dear.


Shandre' 2 years ago

I just happened on your site by chance and am speaking this weekend on these very things. This was divine confirmation!


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Judah's Daughter 2 years ago from Roseville, CA Author

Praise God, Shandre! Thus, confirmation to me, as well, sister. God bless you as you press on in sharing the Truth. HalleluYah!

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