I was sitting in my chair reading when, as a bolt of lightening, I received a clear revelation of the glory of God. It really had nothing to do with what I was reading, and it may have been that I had heard it before. But this time I saw it and felt it and it filled me with awe and joy unspeakable.

A spiritual experience is never easy to communicate on paper and I do not think I will be able to do that, but perhaps I can stir up the witness within you and you may be quickened into the same heavenly vision.

What I saw was the new creation of God in Christ. It was a people filled with His glory, on display for the whole world to see. Indeed, “WE ARE THE GLORY OF THE LORD.” God has created us for His good pleasure. We have been in the likeness of Adam but now we are being transformed into the image of His dear Son Jesus who boldly declared, “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; and from now on you know Him and have seen Him.” (John 14:7)

Jesus went about showing the glory of His Father to the world. No man can see the Father, but the Son revealed Him to the world. The Father’s glory is incredibly vast, deep and marvelous, but no man is able to behold it. “Not that anyone has seen the Father, except He who is from God; He has seen the Father.” (John 6:46)


The prophets of old spoke of the knowledge of God’s glory covering the earth even as the waters cover the seas. “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14)

How will they know His glory? They will see it in a people walking the earth. “The glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken.” (Isa. 40:5) This prophecy of Isaiah has yet to be fulfilled, but it is at the door.

Just as Jesus was the glory of His Father when He came to the earth, so all His saints, on either side of the veil, are about to show forth the magnificent glory of their Almighty Father to all creation.  All flesh shall see this new creation coming down into the visible realm of the earth!! All will stand in awe of what God has done!! All the old will have passed away, and behold all things will be new! This is the glory that will be known in all the earth, even as the waters cover the seas.

What a joyous scene this is and it is being fulfilled in our day. We are at the dawning of this new day! How can we be sure? It’s easy. The prophet Isaiah describes the events that are bringing this on: “Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill shall be made low; the crooked places shall be made straight, and the rough places smooth;” (Isa. 40: 1-4)

Isn’t this what has been happening to us as He works His glory within us? He has watered the dry places of our souls. He has brought forth His life and joy where we only had thoughts of gloom and doom. He has lifted us up out of our low valleys and taught us to meet Him in the high places of His Spirit.

He has made our crooked places straight. We had believed the lies we had been taught by man’s religious interpretations, but He has brought His light and life in our hearts and minds.

He has changed our perspectives altogether and made us to know that we are His inheritance. “The eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints..” (Eph. 1:18) We are called to be His glory in the earth and all the testing of our faith is to bring us to this place in Him.

The old prophet begins this writing with these words, “Comfort, yes, comfort My people!” In other words, “Tell them that there is an end to all their grief and sorrow. Tell them that at the end of all this suffering and pain they will be showing forth the excellent glory of their God for all the earth to see.


Abraham was looking for such a people. “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would afterward receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.” (Heb. 11:8-10)

Just as Abraham of old, we have been given a seed and a city. We have heard the call too and we have been looking everywhere for that group of folks that are of that same seed. Abraham heard the call and believed God. He followed the Spirit that led him out of his comfort zone into the unknown.  Is this what happened to us?

We were comfortable in our denominations when we were stirred by a new call. Something more was drawing us away from the routine works and fellowships that we were so accustomed to. There was another gathering somewhere, another city beckoning to us. There were those that were hearing the same voice somewhere; but where were they?

We began the journey. We found many on the way, just like us. We gathered together because we had this in common: “We had heard ‘the call’ and we were looking for another place.”  As Abraham, we were looking for the “city” whose builder and maker is God. We did not know where we were going, but we were looking for a “church” put together by God and not by man.  It has not been easy but we are beginning to see its light on the horizon.

Abraham waited for that city, and so it has taken its time but we are seeing it and we are realizing that we were entering into it and did not really know it. We have been in the company of those who are also heirs with us but we have been as strangers and sojourners in it, dwelling in tents.  When we are fully into that city, we may still be here on earth but we will no longer dwell in these mortal temporary tents; we will have entered into our new permanent dwelling places from above.


“Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from 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 will be with them and be their God.” (Rev. 21:3) “But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.” (Rev. 21:22)

This is the place where God and the Lamb dwell in man in perfect harmony. There are no places of worship in that city because those who dwell in it just dwell in Him.

This city was coming down from heaven to earth. It was prepared as a bride ready for her husband. A “city” in the language of the Spirit denotes a people. It does not represent buildings, asphalt streets and such, it denotes people. God does not deal in concrete blocks and asphalt, God deals with life and people.

This is why the ancient city Babylon symbolizes the enormous confusion of the religions of this world. Jerusalem denotes the city or the people of God. In the Old Testament, the people of God were the Israelites, but since the Gospel has been preached unto all nations, the city of God consists of all who are called by His name.

Since the beginning of our walk with the Lord, we have been looking for THE perfect place to assemble ourselves. For the most part, it has been one disappointment after another. The reason is that THE city that we are looking for is not yet visible. No one is visibly assembled as the true church of the Living God. There is no such visible group anywhere. This city is hid in the realm of Spirit and its members are dispersed everywhere.

This “city,” that is to say this people of God, has been hid in the realm of Spirit. However, there is a time when she appears in the earth. This is why John saw the city “coming down from heaven” to the visible realm of earth. We are already beginning to see the city, and we are being introduced to more and more of its members. Physically these members are scattered all over the world, but spiritually they are very much “one.” They are hearing the same voice and speaking the very same language. They are kinfolks without a doubt.  

This city lies on both sides of the veil and although we are not directly meeting those on the other side, they are very near and they move in the same direction that we do. They will appear with Him as it is written, “For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven (appear in the visible realm) with a shout, with the voice of an archangel and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord.” (I Thes. 4:16-17)

Some have interpreted this as a physical rapture in the sky, but by the Spirit we know that it means much more than a physical flight in the literal blue sky. This “catching up” is when those on both sides of the veil are caught up together into the same substance and nature as our Lord Jesus Christ.

This is when the “city” comes down to earth and those who are still on the mortal side become immortal. This is the time when God’s last warning and message to the world (last trump) is sounded.  This is what John was able to witness by the Spirit. He saw the city whose builder and maker is God, coming down out of the invisible to be manifested in the earth.


The city has been prepared and adorned as a bride to meet her Bridegroom. The preparation has been meticulous and the adornment unequaled and so it is good to keep in mind that this city is the bride of the Lamb.

When one of the seven angels came to talk with John, he bid him to Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” (Rev. 21:9b)  What John saw was not an actual woman, instead he was carried away. “He carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God.” (Rev. 21:10)

John saw that city in the Spirit. It was not a literal concrete and stone city; it was a people that the angel had identified as “The bride, the Lamb’s wife.” This is not just the “Bride of Christ” it is the Bride of the One whose nature it is to lay His life down for the sheep. She is the one who is united with that very same mind-set. She is willing to lay her life down if it be the Father’s will.

When Jesus asked Peter, “Do you love Me?” Peter truthfully answered “Yes, Lord” But then Jesus tested him and said, “Feed My lambs.” Then Jesus repeated the question and when Peter answered yes, He told him, “Feed My sheep.” (John 21:5-16)

The Greek word used for “sheep” denotes “something that moves forward,” but the word used for “lamb” speaks of a “lambkin” or little young lamb. It is the sheep’s nature to give his wool, but the lambkin is the young innocent lamb that has been designated to lay down its life and give his meat for the strength of men. When the prodigal came home, his joyous father ordered to kill a succulent calf. It was not an old tough cow that was roasted on the coals; it was a young tender calf.

When Abraham was visited by the divine messenger who brought him and Sarah the news of their future heir, “Abraham ran into the herd, took a tender and good calf, gave it to a young man, and he hastened to prepare it.” (Gen. 18: 7) 

It was always a young, sinless, innocent animal that was prepared for a festive dinner, not an old goat.  And so it is with the lamb and the sheep. The sheep gives its fleece, but it is always a little innocent lamb that is called to lay down its life and give its all.

God’s lambs have been chosen from the foundation of the world. They are foreknown, predestined, called, justified, glorified and sent with a mission according to God’s purpose.

And so this bride is united with the same nature as the One who tenderly laid His life down for the sin of the world. The One who also declared, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.” (John 6: 53)

John continues to describe this wonderful sight and wrote, “She had the glory of God. And her light was like a most precious stone, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates…” (Rev. 21: 11-12a)

This city or people were filled with the glory of God and all around them was a great and high wall.  In olden times, cities were walled in to protect them from the enemies.  Jericho was a walled city and so was Jerusalem. In the South of France there is a quaint little city which is a favorite of mine called Carcassone; it is one of the old walled cities.

In the language of the Spirit, the wall around the city speaks of God’s protection. The prophet Isaiah declared, “Violence shall no longer be heard in your land, neither wasting nor destruction within your borders; but you shall call your walls Salvation and your gates Praise.” (Isa. 60:18)

Instead of violence in the land and destruction within, there shall be salvation or deliverance and praise. The city that was being revealed to John was surrounded by this great wall of Salvation and Praise.

The Lord has taught us over the years that this is our first line of defense. The enemy cannot enter into the mind and heart of the one who is praising the Lord. The helmet of salvation and the garment of praise repel the enemy every time. Keep in mind that the battle ground of our most obstinate enemy is our carnal mind, this mind must be nailed to the cross each day.

When thoughts of self-pity or desperation try to come into my mind, I quickly move my thoughts to praising God for His wonderful goodness to me. This is the “helmet” of salvation that is available to us at all times; that head-covering is the mind of Christ.

When thoughts want to take you down the road that you know is dangerous to your spirit or body, put on the mind of Christ and resist, do not let the enemy pull you down. Turn on the faith that brought you to Jesus in the first place.


In describing the Jerusalem from above, Paul writes, “But the Jerusalem from above is free, which is the mother of us all. For it is written: Rejoice, O barren, you who do not bear! Break forth and shout, you who do not travail! For the desolate has many more children than she who has a husband.” (Gal. 4:26-27)

The Jerusalem from above has been barren! She has not brought forth children in the earth. She is not among those who are considered blessed with great gatherings and large congregations. She is barely visible, yet the prophet tells her to rejoice because she is barren!! This is the true Church, the Jerusalem from above.

The other visible church is in bondage. Paul compares the two to the sons of Abraham. With the same seed, Abraham begot two very different kinds of sons. This is very important because it lets us know that with the very same Word of Jesus (seed) two very different kinds of “Church” has been produced in the earth.

One is in bondage and the other is called “from above,” that is “after the Spirit.” This is the one who is the “mother of us all.”  And yet she is barren according to the flesh.  Her numbers are not determined by her membership on Sunday morning, her numbers are determined by who is born from above in Christ.

This is the Jerusalem that John also describes in his vision, and he sees her as she comes down from heaven to earth. He saw her at the time that she is revealed visibly to the earth. This is taking place now as we are more and more aware of where we have been and who we really are in Christ.


Someone may ask “what is the difference between the Lamb’s wife and the sons of God?” The answer that the Lord gave me is very simple. First let us be reminded that this bride or wife of the Lamb is not the visible church that we are so accustomed to see. It may be that some of her members are part of the true bride, but the true wife or bride of the Lamb is not visibly known in men’s circles.

I looked up the difference between “wife” and “bride” as they are written in the book of the Revelation. A wife is a married woman who is mature, and a bride is a young married or betrothed woman. 

The true Church is the one that has been and is still being cleansed and purified that she might be presented unto her Bridegroom without any of the spots and blemishes of the flesh. She yields herself to the Holy Spirit of her Bridegroom and willingly obeys His every desire.

She is completely in love with Him and trusts Him fully. In this way she receives His pure seed (pure Word) and brings forth the fruit of that seed (son). She brings forth the sons that are called to deliver the world from the bondage of corruption.

As we yield ourselves to His Spirit and resist our own reactions, we are able to overcome the obstacles in our lives and to stand as obedient sons of our Father. When we receive the seed or word of our husband Christ, and let it bring forth its fruit in our lives, we give birth to “sons.”  

This is on a small scale, but as each member of His bride yields to Him and receives His seed, the time will come when these “sons” will overcome death itself and the world will see the great deliverance that it has been yearning and travailing for. So we are the bride to the Son and we become the sons of our Father by the Word that works in us.

The time is upon us and the bride, the Jerusalem from above, is appearing in the earth. The world of preachers may be expecting the big revivals of the past, but they will be left in awe when they see what God has done. This true bride is indeed giving birth to the sons who will deliver creation from the death and corruption of this present age.


We read that this city, this church, is surrounded by a great and high wall of protection. It is only when we leave the place of Spirit and enter into the realm of the carnal mind that we begin to fight the enemy on his turf. This is not recommended lest we forget that the enemy is stronger than we are; it is God who is stronger than all our enemies. 

There are gates to enter this city. There are prescribed ways to enter into life in the Spirit. “And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: each individual gate was of one pearl. And the street of the city was pure gold, like transparent glass.” (Rev. 21:21)

It is good to note that there is only one street in that city and not streets of gold as the old hymns tell us. This means that there is only one way to walk there. It is in the transparent and untarnishable nature of our Father.

The only way to enter that city is through the gates, and each gate is one pearl. Jesus is the Pearl of great price. He is the only acceptable sacrifice for sin. He is the One who has willingly submitted Himself to the horrendous suffering and death of Calvary’s cross. He shed His blood and paid the ultimate price to atone for the sins of humanity. He came up triumphing over death and became the first of the new creation man of God. He is the Pearl of great price.

It is only when we choose to follow Him and forsake all others that we can enter that city. Jesus said, “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” (Matt. 13: 45-46)

It is not enough to find that Pearl, one must sell all other treasures and buy that Pearl. Our treasures are not the houses and cars and even money that we earn in this world, our treasure Jesus said is where our heart is. What is it that we value most and that occupies our thoughts the most?

I have seen earnest brethren quit their jobs and leave their families stranded so that they could go preach or do something for the Lord. They wanted to live “by faith” but their faith was misplaced. They became beggars and their families went hungry and poor.

This is not what the Lord is calling us to do. God deals with the heart. He expects us to fulfill our responsibilities and He deals with us through the circumstances that He places before us. We do not have to create the circumstances; He will do it well in His own way.

There is a prescribed way to enter the city of those who are in union with their Bridegroom and bring forth “sons” to deliver the world; it is through the gates.  There is a plan and He is faithful to show us the way. We just need to guard our hearts and follow His plan.             


As we read, Abraham was looking for a city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. He was looking for the Church, the Bride of the Lamb.

New Jerusalem must not be confused with the literal city in Israel. New Jerusalem is born from above; she is born of the Spirit. She includes all the born from above saints of all ages. She will be joined by the remaining saints on the earth who will have put on incorruptible bodies, this is the catching up that is beginning to take place now. It is not a physical catching up to join the Lord in the sky; it is a catching up in the Spirit that we may be joined to Him when He appears.

We have begun our upward move into this “rapture” for some time already; else we would not be able to see and comprehend what we see today. Every time we hear His voice and He gives us the light to understand what He is saying, we are being caught up in the Spirit.

At this time we are already feeling things changing in the Spirit. We are being fine-tuned to be more alert to what the Spirit is doing in our lives. He speaks to us in many ways. We must not limit Him to speak to us only through prophecies or dreams and visions.

Indeed we find that He makes many little seemingly unimportant moves in our every day lives just to confirm His Presence and guidance to us.  Through all these we are detecting that we are entering a higher life in the Spirit, and that the horrors that are happening in this world are no longer able to touch us. We are not frightened by the terror that lurks in darkness, nor of the arrows that fly by night. We feel protected under His wings; we are covered with His feathers. (See Psa. 91)

At the same time, the true Church is coming down and being revealed to our understanding. That which had been reserved in heaven is now appearing within our knowledge and grasp; the two realms are becoming one. Jesus, when He was here on earth, was actually in both realms at the same time“No one has ascended to heaven but He who came down from heaven, that is, the son of Man who is in heaven. (John 3:13)

We have been able to enter the invisible realm of spirit through the power of the Holy Ghost, and now these two realms are being joined.  What has been hid behind the veil will be made manifest.  This is why the city was coming down from God out of heaven.

Abraham was eagerly looking for this city whose builder and maker is God. We have been seeking this city as well. It is the place we have been yearning for as we have moved from church to church. It is where we belong. We have tried many assemblies but there was always something not quite right. This is the place into which we fit like a glove.


“Also she had a great and high wall with twelve gates, and twelve angels at the gates, and names written on them, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel…Now the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.” (Rev. 21:12, 14)

The prophet Isaiah declared, “We have a strong city; God will appoint salvation for walls and bulwarks.” (Isa. 26:1b) “Violence shall no longer be heard in your land, neither wasting nor destruction within your borders; but you shall call your walls Salvation, and your gates Praise. (Isa. 60: 18)  

It is our Salvation that is our protection and security. It is appointed for walls and bulwarks. Bulwarks speak of an army or a host. It also denotes “entrenchments” which is something fortified with trenches and established very securely. Therefore our Salvation is what keeps us very safe and secure, and we need to examine the meaning of it very closely, lest we be deceived in our “security.”

The truth is that when we come to the Lord in repentance, we are just beginning a walk toward our salvation. We are not fully “saved” the moment that we give our hearts to Jesus. We are forgiven from our sins and set on a walk with Him to change our sinful natures. It is certain that we will still sin after we have turned our lives over to Him, but each time we repent, His blood cleanses us from our sins.

“Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.” (I John 3:9) The same writer also said, “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” (I John 1:10) To the measure that our souls have entered into the sinless Christ within, we cannot sin. But until we are fully in Him, we must work out our salvation with fear and trembling, and the blood of Jesus cleanses as we go.

God works in us to bring us to complete submission to His will, but it needs to be followed by a walk of obedience as “Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Phil. 2:12-13) Our salvation is worked out through our obedience to His voice.

God is bringing us to the place where we will desire to do His will for His good pleasure.  This is the reason He demands that we obey His voice, so we will be trained to know His will and do it because we love Him. We are fully saved when we come to that place.

“Present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Rom. 12:1a-2)

Someone pointed out to me that the word “prove” in this verse is actually the word “approve.” Indeed God wants us to approve His good, acceptable and perfect will in our lives. He desires that we be in full agreement with the way that He is bringing us to our transformation. It is as we hear His voice and obey that we learn to approve of His ways.

Because His ways are not our ways, we have had a difficult time accepting the things that are happening to us and in the world. But as we present ourselves and give ourselves to Him, we come to the place where we really see His wisdom and approve of it fully. This is where He wants us.

Old Testament Israel is given to us for our example. We know that the way that God actually led Israel out of Egypt, through the Red Sea and all the way to Canaan Land is a type and shadow of our walk out of the bondage of this world and into our land of promise; and that land is Christ.

When the Lord was ready to deliver them from Egypt, He gave them strict orders to eat the Passover Lamb and to apply its blood on the lintels and doorposts of their houses. This was so the “death angels” would pass over them when he came by to kill all the firstborn of the land of Egypt.

The firstborn son is Adam. When Jesus came down from the Father and put on the nature of Adam, He took that nature to the cross; this was the end of that first creation man. From that day forward, the race of Adam has been moving toward annihilation. The firstborn son Adam is dead and as we partake of the Lamb of God in our houses (minds and hearts) and apply His blood on the doorposts of our houses (minds and hearts) we move from the death of Adam to the death of Jesus on the cross and that death brings us to eternal life.

We confirmed our moving from death unto new life by being baptized in water. “..We were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” (Rom. 6:4)

But just as that night way back in Egypt was only the beginning of their walk toward their promised land, so it is for us in the Lord. When we first accept Jesus’ atonement for our sins, we only begin the long demanding journey that takes us to our full Salvation in Him.

The reason we are still fighting so many battles in our bodies and in our lives is because the wall of Salvation is not fully built around us. The enemy is still finding ways to penetrate our minds and hearts and to pull off his dirty work on our bodies as well. But thanks be to our God who is all wisdom and uses these things to our good.

It is to the measure that the wall of Salvation is built around the Church that she is protected from her most enraged and unrelenting enemies. This is why it is so important for each individual to overcome in the area that the Lord has designed for them. Spiritually speaking, we are in the days of Nehemiah, when “Those who built on the wall, and those who carried burdens, loaded themselves so that with one hand they worked at construction, and with the other held a weapon.” (Neh. 4:17)

The wall is being built today and God is doing a fast finishing work in each of our lives. Together, as each is led by His voice, we will complete our wall of Salvation and we will be safe and secure from all our enemies.           


John saw the twelve gates of that spiritual city. On them were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel written on them.

The name of each gate reveals the prescribed way to enter into that city. We know that the names of the tribes were not given by happenstance. Each name was predetermined by God Himself with the purpose to make His plan known by revelation of the Holy Spirit.

The foundations of the wall had the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb written upon them. This denotes that God has chosen to pour out His revelation of truth by the Spirit through apostolic ministries anointed to establish the people in the truth. This is what the first twelve apostles were charged to do, and it is what every true apostle ever since has done. This revelation of truth by the Spirit is the firm foundation of our Salvation (wall).

The question has been asked of us many times, “What church do you belong to?” Some of us have been wondering what to answer, but it is obvious that we belong to “Mount Zion and the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven.” (Heb. 12:22-23a)

This is the church where we have our membership as members in particular. This is the church where we function as one by the power of His Holy Spirit. This is the church into which we have been entering ever since we committed ourselves to follow Jesus.

In our next study we will endeavor to take a walk through each gate and see what the Spirit will reveal to seal His truths to our hearts. May you be blessed. Because of His love,

HIS GLORY REVEALED, MSG 140 [Jackie Caporaso]          1


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