It had a great and high wall, with twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels; and names were written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. Rev.21:12
And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each one of the gates was a single pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass. Rev.21:21
Heb.12:22 But you “have” come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God
You are the city of God the lambs wife, there is one street of gold in you it is his nature, the lamb is your light and you have no need of sun (natural light) nor the moon (artificial light) your gates must always remain open, and your foundation cannot be broken.
There are two cities of Jerusalem one from above that is free which we have now come to in Christ, and the one from beneath which is still in bondage with her children.
“But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother”. Galatians 4:26
Each gate in the city is one pearl which is made by one grain of sand at a time (truth) in the deep darkness (hopelessness) through the secretions within the Oyster which involves pain.
The 12 Gates of the City:
There is a gate of grace its the high praise of deliverance called the pearl of Judah.
There is a gate of grace we go through called a troop it is where we experience the battle and find total victory, it is the pearl of Gad.
There is a gate of grace we go through called happiness, it is the pearl of Asher.
There is a gate of grace we go through that causes us to forget our past hurts and trauma. Called the pearl of Manassah.
There is a gate of grace called hearing this is when our ear is opened to revelation knowledge, it is the pearl of Simeon
There is a gate of grace we must go through called a habitation of rest, it is called the pearl of Zebulon.
There is a gate of grace we go through that joins us together as one it is called the pearl of Levi.
There is a gate of grace we go through called divine increase it is the pearl of Ephraim.
There is a gate of grace we go through where our focus changes from being a servant to behold a son, it is called the pearl of Reuben.
There is a gate of grace we go through the son of my right hand speaks of authority and favor it is called the pearl of Benjamin.
There is a gate of grace we go through where we find our reward is not in earthly success or perishable things but in Christ, it is called the pearl of Issachar.
There is a gate of grace we go through where we know what it is to be left alone and wrestle unto a new day, it is the pearl of Naphtali.
Each gate of the city is an experience we have in Christ that produced a pearl something that will not be taken away, the experience becomes a precious pearl.
Scott Stimson Sr.
The very word revival means to breathe life into that which is dead or that which is dying.
In modern terms it takes on many different meanings sometimes nothing more than a week of meetings at a church where a few people come to the Lord, and the church adds a couple of new families only to do the same thing again next year, also to some it is experiencing the gifts of the Holy Spirit and that would be called a revival.
Many others think that revival is happening because of the crowds of people that come to conferences or special meetings where the praise of men and money are enormous, but of course this is certainly not a real revival.
“We are to be a revival not just have one”
8 ways we will know when it is a real revival:
(1)—–When the moving of the Holy Spirit is so great and awesome it cannot be marketed or controlled when we can no longer seize the moment to feed our greed
(2)—–When political and religious leaders humble themselves under the mighty hand of God. when they consider their title, seniority, and praise from men to be worthless, when they are more focused on people than popularity.
(3)—–When we are Christ centered and Kingdom focused When the gospel of Jesus Christ is fully preached not a prophetic interpretations of the news.
(4)—–When we are truly impacting and imparting to the generations to come, as leaders, mentors, and parents.
(5)—–When signs,wonders and miracles are common place, and those who would use them for greed would face divine intervention.
(6)——When relationships in the body of Christ are in covenant love, and not political when we actually can have relationship with those that we support, and they are not just a celebrity media image.
(7)——-When the people are doing the ministry and the need for a five fold ministry is more remote, this will happen when the church has come to the knowledge of one new man, and there is no difference between the laity and the clergy.
(8)—–When the walls between the secular and the sacred are torn down,and people evangelize through relationships and the light of the glory of God shines out of darkness, and a true witness of the finished work of Jesus Christ is manifest through kingdom authority.
Scott Stimson Sr.
1. Matthew suffered martyrdom in Ethiopia, killed by a sword wound.
2. Mark died in Alexandria, Egypt, after being dragged by horses through the streets until he was dead.
3. Luke was hanged in Greece as a result of his tremendous preaching to the lost.
4. John faced martyrdom when he was boiled in huge basin of boiling oil during a wave of persecution in Rome; however, he was miraculously delivered from death.John was then sentenced to the mines on the prison Island of Patmos. He wrote the Book of Revelation on Patmos. The apostle John was later freed and returned to serve as Bishop of Edessa in modern Turkey . He died as an old man, the only apostle to die peacefully.
5. Peter he was crucified upside down on an x-shaped cross. According to church tradition it was because he told his tormentors that he felt unworthy to die in the same way that Jesus Christ had died.
6. James the leader of the church in Jerusalem , was thrown over a hundred feet down from the southeast pinnacle of the Temple when he refused to deny his faith in Christ. When they discovered that he survived the fall, his enemies beat James to death with a fuller’s club.* This was the same pinnacle where Satan had taken Jesus during the Temptation.
7. James the Great Son of Zebedee, was a fisherman by trade when Jesus called him to a lifetime of ministry. As a strong leader of the church, James was ultimately beheaded at Jerusalem. The Roman officer who guarded James watched amazed as James defended his faith at his trial. Later, the officer walked beside James to the place of execution. Overcome by conviction, he declared his new faith to the judge and knelt beside James to accept beheading as a Christian.
8. Bartholomew also known as Nathaniel, he was a missionary to Asia. He witnessed for our Lord in present day Turkey. Bartholomew was martyred for his preaching in Armenia where he was flayed to death by a whip.
9. Andrew He was crucified on an x-shaped cross in Patras, Greece. After being whipped severely by seven soldiers they tied his body to the cross with cords to prolong his agony. His followers reported that, when he was led toward the cross, Andrew saluted it in these words: ‘I have long desired and expected this happy hour. The cross has been consecrated by the body of Christ hanging on it.’ He continued to preach to his tormentors for two days until he expired.
10. Thomas was stabbed with a spear in India during one of his missionary trips to establish the church in the Sub-continent.
11. Jude was killed with arrows when he refused to deny his faith in Christ.
12. Matthias the apostle chosen to replace the traitor Judas Iscariot, was stoned and then beheaded.
13. Paul was tortured and then beheaded by the evil Emperor Nero at Rome in A.D. 67. Paul endured a lengthy imprisonment, which allowed him to write his many epistles to the churches he had formed throughout the Roman Empire. These letters, which taught many of the foundation doctrines of Christianity, form a large portion of the New Testament.
Jesus’ Death :The Death of Jesus at the age of 33, Jesus was condemned to death. at the time Crucifixion it was the”worst” kind of death criminals were condemned to be crucified. Yet it was even more dreadful for Jesus, unlike other criminals condemned to death by crucifixion Jesus was to be nailed to the Cross by His hands and feet. Each nail was 6 to 8 inches long. The nails were driven into His wrist not into His palms as is commonly portrayed. There’s a tendon in the wrist that extends to the shoulder.
The Roman guards knew that when the nails were being hammered into the Wrist that tendon would tear and break, forcing Jesus to use His back muscles to support himself so that He could breathe. Both of His feet were nailed together. Thus, He was forced to support Himself on the single nail that impaled His feet to the cross. Jesus could not support himself with His legs because of the pain so He was forced to alternate between arching His back then using his legs just to continue to breath. Imagine the struggle, the pain, the suffering, the courage.
Jesus endured this reality for over 3 hours. Yes, over 3 hours! Can you imagine this kind of suffering? A few minutes before He died, Jesus stopped bleeding. He was simply pouring water From his wounds. From common images we see wounds to His hands and feet and even the spear wound to His side… But do we realize His wounds were actually made in his body. A hammer driving large nails through the wrist, the feet overlapped and an even large nail hammered through the arches, then a Roman guard piercing His side with a spear. But before the nails and the spear Jesus was whipped and beaten. The whipping was so severe that it tore the flesh from His body. The beating so horrific that His face was torn and his beard ripped from His face. The Crown of thorns cut deeply into His scalp. Most men would not have survived this torture. ” He had no more blood to bleed out, only water poured from His wounds. The human body contains about 3.5 liters (just less than a gallon) of blood. Jesus poured all 3.5 liters of his blood; He had three nails hammered into His members; a crown of thorns on His head and, beyond that, a Roman soldier who stabbed a spear into His chest…All these without mentioning the humiliation He suffered after carrying His own cross for almost 2 kilometers, while the crowd spat in his face and threw stones (the cross was almost 30 kg of weight, only for its higher part, where His hands were nailed). Jesus had to endure this experience, to open the Gates of Heaven, So that you can have free access to God. So that your sins could be “washed” away. All of them, with no exception! Don’t ignore this situation.JESUS CHRIST DIED FOR YOU and as you.
There is in this day a people who are the feet of the body they carry the weight of the entire body of Christ every nerve ending in the body is in them they are a foundation for others to stand upon they have been tested in the furnace of affliction and washed by the master, they are beautiful unto all they are sent too they are hidden until he walks Jesus the head has need of them to subdue the earth and bear witness of his victory over every enemy.