24 Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.
John 17:24 NASB
Additionally He also stated to His disciples that a place was being prepared for us so that we might be with Him where He is.
2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also.
John 14:2-3 NASB
It seems that our being with Him is of uppermost importance to Him.
We know that the place that He is preparing is called the New Jerusalem in Revelation.
But there are truths revealed in these passages of scripture that it may be helpful to explore, due to the confusion created by the various teachings concerning them.
In John 14 we hear about the place that is being prepared but we are not told until Revelation 21 that this place is the New Jerusalem. We are also not told until then that this place is a Jewish city. When it is revealed it has foundation stones and gates all representing Israel and the Jews as well as carrying the name of their capital city.
So in John 14 and 17 we hear that Jesus wants us with Him where He is, and we are told that when that happens that we will forever be with the Lord.
Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:17 NASB
So there is an obvious delay in the fulfillment from the time that Jesus prayed for and promised our being with Him until He makes it happen.
Jesus wants us with Him when He comes into His glory. When is that. Actually He has already received Glory from and with the Father, but the Glory of which He speaks will not begin until His Coming.
There is something glorious about His coming. Some teachers even separate His coming and call a part of it the glorious appearing. Paul refers to His glorious appearing, probably because both Daniel and the New Testament accounts of His coming tell us that it is then at His appearing that He begins to reign. A King will then be present with His bride. We are shown in the book of Revelation that those who partake in the first resurrection will accompany this Glorious appearing. They will in addition be Priests of God and will reign with Christ.
Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.
Revelation 20:6 NASB
Daniel’s prophecy when it speaks of this particular moment in time gives a totally different perspective. Listen:
“I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him. “And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed.
Daniel 7:13-14 NASB
Here we see the Son of Man coming to rule the nations. But nothing is told of how that will occur or even of our ruling with Him when this occurs. In the same vein nothing is told us by Jesus concerning when we might expect to occupy the New Jerusalem that He is preparing for us until much later in scripture. And so we have much speculation because men have much difficulty putting it all together.
In the last post I explained how the resurrection actually controls the timing of the Rapture. But it is Jesus coming in His glory for all of His own which actually controls the timing of the first Resurrection.
There are some who teach two second comings, two resurrections, some even teach two Raptures or more, but unless there can be shown Scriptural reason for dividing the bride of Christ, there then is no reason for this division.
Israel and the church are always the main reason given. Yet the one new man (no more Jew or Gentile) is just too big of a hurdle for the pre-Trib Dispensationalist to jump. Especially when Paul clarified the Gentiles position as he does as being no longer outside looking in separated from Israel, but now being recipients of Israel’s promises:
remember that you were at that time separate from Christ, excluded from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Ephesians 2:12 NASB
He makes clear that at a time just before we were this one new man, with Israel’s saints that we then at that time shared nothing with them. But now we share their Messiah. Their savior. We share their husband, as we reign together with them, as part of the first resurrection saints. And our forever place the New Jerusalem awaits the placing of all things under His feet, including even death itself.
then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be abolished is death. When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.
1 Corinthians 15:24-26,28 NASB
And so it is that at this time the New Jerusalem will arrive from Heaven as our eternal dwelling place. This being the place prepared for us, His bride.