August 12, 2022 Activity

Bible Study for August 12, 2022

Rev. José Benjamín Pérez
Friday, August 12, 2022
Cayey, Puerto Rico

BIBLE STUDY #228 – FRIDAY, AUGUST 12, 2022

TITLE: THE HEAVENLY JERUSALEM AND THE EARTHLY JERUSALEM
Dr. William Soto Santiago
Thursday, September 18, 1997
Managua, Nicaragua

Scripture: Hebrews 12:18-24

[Rev. Jose B. Perez] We look in the book of Isaiah, in chapter 60, verse 11 and on. It says:

11 Therefore thy gates shall be open continually; they shall not be shut day nor night; that men may bring unto thee the forces of the Gentiles, and that their kings may be brought.

12 For the nation and kingdom that will not serve thee shall perish; yea, those nations shall be utterly wasted.

13 The glory of Lebanon shall come unto thee, the fir tree, the pine tree, and the box together, to beautify the place of my sanctuary; and I will make the place of my feet glorious.

14 The sons also of them that afflicted thee shall come bending unto thee; and all they that despised thee shall bow themselves down at the soles of thy feet; and they shall call thee; The city of the Lord, The Zion of the Holy One of Israel.

15 Whereas thou has been forsaken and hated, so that no man went through thee, I will make thee an eternal excellency, a joy of many generations.

16 Thou shalt also suck the milk of the Gentiles, and shalt suck the breast of kings: and thou shalt know that I the Lord am thy Saviour and thy Redeemer, the mighty One of Jacob.

17 For brass I will bring gold, and for iron I will bring silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron: I will also make thy officers peace, and thine exactors righteousness.

18 Violence shall no more be heard in thy land, wasting nor destruction within thy borders; but thou shalt call thy walls Salvation, and thy gates Praise.

19 The sun shall be no more thy light by day; neither for brightness shall the moon give light unto thee: but the Lord shall be unto thee an everlasting light, and thy God thy glory.

20 Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself: for the Lord shall be thine everlasting light, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.

21 Thy people also shall be all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.

22 A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time.

[JBP] And where it says there… on verse 13, there he writes: [WSS] «Israel will rule upon all nations».

[JBP] And where it says, “Thy sun shall no more go down; neither shall thy moon withdraw itself,” he draws a pyramid and an arrow towards the Cornerstone.

May God allow us to grow more and more in the knowledge of His Program on this occasion.

It tells us in the book of Quotations, on page 165, paragraph 1474, it says… An excerpt taken from the message “TRYING TO DO GOD A SERVICE WITHOUT IT BEING GOD’S WILL,”1 in this book of Quotations, excerpts taken from the messages preached by the forerunner of the Second Coming of Christ, Reverend William Marrion Branham. It says in paragraph 1474:

1474 – “[226] You know, he was looking for it because he was going to live here someday, Abraham is, in that City. And he went around looking for it. And right on the same grounds where he looked, it was just above him then, and will return in the Millennium and he’ll live in that City.”

[JBP] And he writes: [WSS] «Abraham is in that City that he looked for, which was upon the Earth or on top of it».

[JBP] And also on page 46, paragraph 393, it tells us [Quotations]:2

393 – “[259] The Church itself is the New Jerusalem. […]

[260] ‘And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.’”

[JBP] And he writes: [WSS] «The N. Jerusalem = is the Bride».

 

THE THRONE OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST3
Dr. William Soto Santiago
Sunday, January 31, 1988
Bogota, Colombia

And the New Jerusalem (or city) will be the one that rises from the heart of the Earth due to the volcanoes; and all the elect will be placed upon that mountain, on that mount, to carry out the eternal Kingdom.

The elect that belong to the Age of the Throne of the Lord Jesus Christ will be on the top, the highest part of that mountain, of that mount; because on the top of that mount will be the Throne of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Throne of the Father.

The businesses of the Lord Jesus Christ will be conducted from there; and it will be in Jerusalem (the literal one) where the New Jerusalem will be; a new city: the City of God.

This planet Earth places (puts) the material part: the mountain. And Heaven —God— places the chosen ones on this mountain.

[Rev. Jose B. Perez] And also on page 56 of the book of Quotations, paragraph 486, it says:4

486 – “[125] So, to anoint, not ‘thy holy’ place, but to anoint ‘the most Holy’ place. And we notice, that, New Jerusalem is ‘the most Holy’ place. And the anointing will be upon the New Jerusalem that descends from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. The anointing will be upon them. / [126] But when God sets up the Millennium Tabernacle, He will anoint the most Holy; not ‘thy holy,’ but ‘the most Holy.’ 127 But when the King takes His Throne for one thousand years, (Glory!) she’s over now. The anointing of the most Holy will be the last thing take place.”

[JBP] There he writes: [WSS] «The anointing of the Most Holy Place . The anointing upon the N. Jerusalem».

[JBP] And also on page 129, paragraph 1152, it says [Quotations]:5

1152 – “283 Now, remember, and I told you I’d bring back this, ‘Great Trumpet.’ He said, what would He do, over here in Isaiah? He said, at… ‘The Great Trumpet would sound. The Great Trumpet!’ Not Trumpets now, feast of trumpets; there is two of them, Moses and Elias, to call the Trumpet. But, under ‘the Great Trumpet,’ the Coming of the Lord, to announce Joseph returning, see, that all nations would assemble at Jerusalem ([JBP] he writes): [WSS] «The Great Trumpet = the Coming of the Lord». Amen. You find that in the Book of Isaiah. I just give it to you, a while ago, one of those chapters we read; that’s in Isaiah 18:1 and 3. And in Isaiah 27:12 and 13, is where He sounds that ‘Trumpet,’ and all of the nations will recognize Israel in her homeland, God with her.

284 Then the Bride will come to be with the Bridegroom, and the Bridegroom with the Bride; and then the great Millennium, after the whole world is destroyed by atomic power. And there will be ‘a new heavens and new earth,’ shall live forever.”

[JBP] He writes: [WSS] «by atomic power = the destruction».

[JBP] And he also writes: [WSS] «All nations will gather in Jerusalem under the Great Trumpet».

[JBP] There he writes “in Jerusalem,” but it is cut off there: [WSS] «in Jer».

[Rev. Jose B. Perez] And in the message “THE FEAST OF THE TRUMPETS,”6 on page 24, it says:

142 Now notice, the trumpet is to call together the people, assemble themselves together for something. Sometime it announced a important person.

143 Like in Joseph, they sounded the trumpet, and Joseph was appearing; which is a—a symbol of “the Great Trumpet” that we speak of, and get to after a while, in Isaiah. That says, “When the Great Trumpet sounds, when that ensign will be lifted up, up there; and then there’ll come a time when the Great Trumpet will be sounded, and all the nations will gather to Jerusalem.” That’s when the Millennium starts; the Great Trumpet.

[JBP] And there he writes: [WSS] «The Great Trumpet. All will gather in Jerusalem». [WSS] «The standard».

[JBP] “Standard,” in some places he writes: [WSS] «the standard is a prophet».

[Rev. Jose B. Perez] He goes on to say in this excerpt [Bible study]:

 

THE NEW JERUSALEM
Dr. William Soto Santiago
Sunday, October 30, 1994
(Second activity)
Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Bolivia

And the Scripture says that all nations will walk in the light of that City, in the light of God and of the Lamb; because in that City there will be no electricity, it will not have the services that we currently have in the cities; because there will be no night there, because the brightness of God illuminates it.

Let’s read it here… (it says…); and there will be no temples or religious sects or anything like that either; we are going to see it in a moment.

[Rev. Jose B. Perez] And let’s look for the place where (I think we had talked about it by memory), where he said that the gifts will be taken away; it is on page 16 of the book of Quotations. Let’s see where they are taken away, the gifts to the Church. Paragraph 122, it says:7

122 – “[13] I was just inspired to speak them words and say, that, some glorious day that all of the gifts that’s in the church will just be set aside, on the mantel, as it was. And the Holy Spirit, Himself, will just take the Church in such a control, of Divine love, until the sick will be healed, the blind will see, the lame will walk, without being hands laid on them ([JBP] and that will happen in the full fulfillment of the Tent Vision). It’ll just be one great unity.”

[JBP] And he writes: [WSS] «In the Tent Vision. Divine Love».

[JBP] That was on the side, and there he draws the Star of David.

[JBP] And above he writes: [WSS] «The Tent Vision on the 8th Day. The gifts will be taken away. Divine Love will take the Church. The sick healed».

[Rev. Jose B. Perez] He goes on to say on page 2 halfway [Bible study]:

It says:

[Revelation 21:21] “The twelve gates were twelve pearls, each gate made of a single pearl. The great street of the city was of gold, as pure as transparent glass.

I did not see a temple in the city, because the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.”

[Rev. Jose B. Perez] On page 83, paragraph 708 (at the bottom) says, of the book of Quotations:8

708 – “77 But when the real Seed of David come, the Son of David [WSS] «Son of David», He told them there would come a time that there wouldn’t be one stone left upon the other, of that temple. But He tried to point them to another temple.”

[JBP] And he draws an arrow there; he writes: [WSS] «the New Temple, the Lord will come to His Temple».

[WSS] «The New Jerusalem = the Bride».

708 – “78 John, the revelator, over in the Book of Revelation, he saw this Tabernacle. Revelation 21, he saw, “The new Temple coming, descending down from Heaven, adorned as a bride was adorned for her husband. […]

79 Then the true Son of David [WSS] «Son of David», as we’re going to see in this lessons coming on in this week, will then come to His Temple, the Temple of God, the real Tabernacle which He has gone away to construct now ([JBP] and he draws a Star of David). […]

[80] …we are not prepared to build the true Tabernacle of God. There’s only One can do that, and It’s being in Its construction now.

81 But this little tabernacle, along with the temple that Solomon built Him, and along with the others, are only temporary places of worship until the time comes when the real Tabernacle will be set up upon the earth. ‘And righteousness shall reign from sky to sky. And there will be no more sorrow.’ There’ll be no funerals preached in that Tabernacle. There’ll be no more weddings, for the Wedding will be one great Wedding for Eternity.” [JBP] He writes: [WSS] «the Wedding».

[Rev. Jose B. Perez] It goes on to say [Bible study]:

Did you see? No more religions and religious sects, and differences between the children of God and between the religions of this Earth.

“The city does not need the sun or the moon to shine on it…” ([JBP] It is the continuation of the Scripture).

[Rev. Jose B. Perez] In the book “QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS,”9 preached on August 23, 1964 (that was at night), it tells us on page 46, it says:

233 The church, the lukewarm, the anything outside of the elected Bride will go through the Tribulation Period ([JBP] that is, that group that is outside of the Bride, which are the foolish, the fatuous virgins). They will not raise in the first resurrection ([JBP] it will be after the Millennium that they resurrect): “The rest of the dead lived not for a thousand years,” just the foreordained, predestinated, elected Bride, God’s Own elections. “Who is it, Brother Branham?” I don’t know. I can’t tell you who it is, but I know it’s going to be there, ’cause the Lord said they would. See? They are the ones that’ll go up from the Tribulation, but the rest of them will go through the Tribulation, go down, and everything will be killed before the Millennium. Then the—the righteous shall come out in the Millennium and live a thousand year ([JBP] and he writes): [WSS] «all will die before the Millennium».

234 And after the thousand years, then the great White Throne Judgment comes, and then the dead, both right and wrong is raised. And the books are opened, and the Book of Life was open; and the saints, the Wife and the Husband, set and judge the world. And there it comes to pass the saying: “And He’ll judge all nations with a rod of iron.” All nations shall stand before Him there, and He’ll judge them with the rod of iron. He’ll separate the sheep from the goats and say to the goats, “Depart,” and the sheeps, “Come, ye blessed of My Father.”

235 Now then, there will be a camp meeting of the saints upon the breadth of the earth. And Satan is loosed out of his prison and goes to make war again with the saints, just exactly what he done in Glory to begin with. And then God rains fire and brimstone out of the heavens, and the whole earth is removed like…It just burn up and destroyed. And there’s no more sea, no more water ([JBP] See? The sea will cease to exist), no more nothing left on the earth. Volcanic will spray and burst and blow, and the whole thing…

[Rev. Jose B. Perez] In the book of The Seals, on page 361 [page 427 in Eng.], at the bottom, it says:

289 Look at Moses. Let’s see what come from his mouth. They, Israel, got to, way they were doing there, the—the…I mean, Egypt, they were mistreating these Jews. Moses…Well, they wouldn’t let them go. Pharaoh wouldn’t. God put the Words in Moses’ mouth, see, it’s God’s thoughts going into Moses’ heart, he goes over now to express it, then it becomes the Word. Stretched his hand forth, said, “Let there be flies,” and here come flies. Look here.

“And if any man hurts them, fire proceedeth out of their mouth, and devoureth their enemy:…”

290 See? There it is. They can speak what they want to, and there it happens. Amen!

“…and if any man…hurt them, they must in this manner be killed.”

[WSS] «The mouth of God, the mouth of Moses», [JBP] he writes.

[JBP] And he also writes: [WSS] «Elijah and Moses have the spoken Word».

291 Brother, God rides on the scene here!

They have power to—power to shut the heavens, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy:…

292 Elijah, he knows how to do it; he’s done it before. Amen! Moses knows how to do it; he’s done it before. That’s the reason they was kept back. Now…Amen!

([JBP] And there where he says):

I could say something awful good right here, but I better—better hold it until tomorrow night ([JBP] and he is referring that the next day he preached “THE SEVENTH SEAL.”)

[Rev. Jose B. Perez] He goes on to say, where I am reading, in “QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS”; says:

236 “And I saw a New Heavens and a New Earth: for the first heavens and the first earth was passed away; and there was no more sea. I, John, saw the Holy City descending from God out of Heaven as a Bride adorned for her husband.” Remember it? And in this Bride… ([JBP] Remember that the City, that City, emerges after the Millennium) “Behold the Tabernacle of God is with men,” and God shall dwell with them upon this pyramid-shaped City fifteen hundred square miles ([JBP] that is, 1,500 miles x 1,500 miles: square; and also 1,500 miles high). And in the top of the City there’ll be a Light. Amen!

[JBP] And he also writes there: [WSS] «the New Jerusalem = the Bride».

[Rev. Jose B. Perez] And he makes a comparison (to give you an idea of the size), and in the book of Quotations, on page 133, paragraph 1182, he says:10

1182 – “[367] Well, you turn over into the Book of Revelation, you can see how he measured it by the cubits and by the furlongs. Twenty-three hundred… So now we find out that the—the City is measured, ‘fifteen hundred miles’ square.

368 You know how far that would reach? I measured it off, this week. It would reach from Maine to Florida, and from the eastern seaboard to six hundred miles apast, west of the Mississippi. In other words, half of the United States, just for the City.

[JBP] And he writes: [WSS] «the New Jerusalem about half of U.S.A.» [JBP] United States.

[JBP] I mean, look at how big. There are other places where he says it’s going to look like… the Earth like a spinning top, it’s going to look like a spinning top.11

[JBP] And he writes: [WSS] «1500 mi x 1500 mi» (he writes “mí”: miles).

[Rev. Jose B. Perez] And he goes on to say [Bible study]:

In other words, the City; not the rest of the nations; because the sun will continue to come out and the moon will continue to come out, but that City will not depend on the light of the sun or the light of the moon.

(…) The question: “Where are they going to accommodate so many people?” Don’t worry: God will dry up the seas ([JBP] and we just read that, where it says that the seas will cease to exist with all those explosions), and then there will be enough land.

Now, “new Earth and new Heavens.” An Earth that God will prepare. A transformation will happen to this planet Earth; just as God will bring a transformation to our bodies, and make our bodies a new body, an eternal body. He will do the same thing with this planet Earth. It is the same process, it is the same blueprint, being applied to planet Earth.

[Rev. Jose B. Perez] In the message that he also continued in those days, that series of “QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS,”12 but this one was of August 30, 1964, also in the afternoon, it says on page 15 of this version (there he is asked question 121); it says):

380. Brother Branham, who will populate the earth outside the Heavenly City ([JBP] that is, on the outside of the City)?

381. Explain about each person’s angel who abides with them from birth unto death. Very good question.

[JBP] He says:

48 I hate to pass these by; they’re good questions. And I want my—my children to know these things. See? “Now, who will populate the earth outside of the City?” Outside, it will be the redeemed that will populate the earth, outside the City, but they will not be the elected and called Bride. The Bride will live inside the Kingdom with the King. On the outside will be the kings of the earth that labor and bring their toils, bring their…not toil, but bring their fruits into the City. And the doors will not be closed by night.

49 Now, on… Now, this Light [WSS] «the Pillar of Fire» on top of the mountain will not lighten the whole world, It’ll only lighten the City. But It can be seen in the distance of thousands of miles maybe; but It won’t lighten the earth, because the Bible said, in the New World, that from one Sabbath to another and from one—from one new moon to the other (you see?) will the people come up before the Lord unto Zion, up to the City to worship.

50 And now, they will be outside the City, not the Bride, but the people that come up in the second resurrection that will be tillers of the soil, just like Adam was ([JBP] there is a part that we read that it was a…, he put him as a farmer (Adam), later we verify it; but there is a place where he speaks that he put him —something like that— later, to… as a farmer; because there he makes the reference, but it is not placed here)…, and so forth, and carers of the garden. But the King and Queen will remain in the City.

[JBP] Let’s see if it’s this quote… No, it’s not this quote. But let’s read this Quote. On page 131, look what it says there; paragraph 1169, it says:13

1169 – “123 Now, perfectly, Noah was a type of those carried over ([JBP] and he writes): [WSS] «Noah = 144,000 Hebrews». Remember, when Noah come out, Ham was with him ([JBP] and he writes): [WSS] «Ham = unbelief». Sin was still in there. Sin went right on over, through the ark. Unbelief, doubt, went over in the ark, carried above the judgment. But Enoch went higher than the ark ([JBP] and he writes): [WSS] «Enoch = the gentile elect», he went on into the Presence of God. But Noah went through and come out, and there was still sin; type of the Millennium, of the world’s condition.

124 The Millennium is not the end of it. There will still be time after the Millennium. The Millennium is a space of time; but, not the New Earth…”

[JBP] And he also there, in this message on this page 15 and 16, he writes above (it is stained there with ink: “…ría,” but I managed to look at it and it says there):

[WSS] «There are two categories of people [in] the Millennium and eternity and even more. The Bride with glorified bodies like Jesus and…» ([JBP] and he writes three ellipses).

[Rev. Jose B. Perez] It goes on to say (we continue here on page 3), it says [Bible study]:

(…) We can see our place in the New Jerusalem; what all of us have always liked.

Whenever one travels and sees a hill, a mountain, and looks at the top, in his soul he says: “I would like to have a little house there! That is where I would like to have my little house.” It’s because the position that God has for us has already been ordained, been predestined, since before the foundation of the world, it is sealed in our soul, and that is why it also influences our daily life.

We can always see that from the top of a mountain you can see everything down below. That is why from the top of the mountain of the Kingdom of God, of the Mystical Body of Christ, from the Age of the Cornerstone, you can look down, and you can see and understand what the gentile Church ages were: you can see everything that happened there in the past, you can see how God worked, and how the enemy of God rose up against God and His Program in the past ages; and you can see where you are; and you can see that after there (upwards) there is nothing else.

(…) Our age is the most important age of all ages: it is the Age of the Throne of our Lord Jesus Christ in His spiritual Temple, where everything that will be in the Throne of God and of the Lamb in the New Jerusalem materializes in human flesh.

[Rev. Jose B. Perez] And he writes it in one of his notebooks, and says: «Everything that the New Jerusalem will have in eternity, the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ also has in materialized people».

It goes on to say at the end of page 3 [Bible study]:

And everything will be reflected and materialized in us; just as the walls or the wall of the City materialized in the apostles of the Lord.

Now, it doesn’t mean, at any time, that what will be in that City by materializing in human beings, it doesn’t mean that it will not have those things; but the wall, because it represents the twelve apostles who will also be there, but there will be a wall with twelve foundations.

The gates represent the twelve patriarchs. It doesn’t mean that (in the wall), it doesn’t mean that there will not be twelve gates; but there will be twelve gates, and when the person sees each one of those gates, he will be seeing that each gate represents one of the patriarchs and one of the tribes of Israel.

In other words, there, in that City, everything that will be seen is representing human beings, sons and daughters of God written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.

Just as in the cities, for example: they place an image, a statue, a monument (whether in the form of a man or an animal or a bird); and that monument is representing something, it is representing someone or it is representing some event.

[Rev. Jose B. Perez] And notice, here in one of the Bible studies that were prepared…; and this Bible study is of the message “THE MYSTERY OF GOD AND HIS ARCHANGELS” it doesn’t say the year; it says Thursday, November 3 [2004-11-04), he wrote below:

[WSS] «In the first tabernacle of Moses there were two golden cherubim14 on the mercy seat and a golden candlestick15 in the most holy place. In the second temple, the temple of Solomon, there were two cherubim of olive wood overlaid with gold16 and 10 golden candlesticks,17 which were not in the tabernacle of Moses».

[Rev. Jose B. Perez] In other words, there, in the tabernacle of Moses, there were two cherubim of gold, which are the ones that were above the mercy seat; but besides those two cherubim, in the temple of Solomon, there were two cherubim of olive wood covered with gold, with their wings extended touching one end a part of the most holy place, one wing touching the other wing of the other cherub, and that other cherub touching the other end of the most holy place.

And that is something that is representing…, as he says there: [WSS] “all of that represents something or someone, or is representing some event.”

We picked that example of that, but what an example! There is something there with those two cherubim that weren’t in the tabernacle of Moses. In other words, in addition to the ones that were already there, there were those two, but they were made of olive wood: and that represents humanity; lined with gold: represents Divinity.

[Continues reading of the Bible study]:

And everything that will be in the New Jerusalem will be representing the elect of God written in the Lamb’s Book of Life; and everything that was lived on Earth in the different stages of the Divine Program will be represented there; everything that Christ did during the seven ages of the gentile Church and what He does in the Age of the Cornerstone will be represented there.


1 65-1127B – “Trying to do God a Service without it being God’s Will,” p. 31, para. 226

2 60-1210 – “The Philadelphian Church Age,” p. 45, para. 260

3 Audio not available at the time of this publication –Editor.

4 61-0730E – “The Sixfold Purpose of Gabriel’s Visit to Daniel,” p. 61, paras. 125-127

5 64-0719M – “The Feast of the Trumpets,” p. 37, paras. 283-284

6 64-0719M – “The Feast of The Trumpets,” p. 19, para. 142-143

7 57-0407E – “Then Jesus Came,” p. 2, para. 13

8 63-0317M – “God Hiding Himself in Simplicity, then Revealing Himself in the Same,” p. 13, paras. 77-81

9 64-0823E – “Questions and Answers #2,” p. 48, paras. 233-235

10 64-0802 – “The Future Home of the Heavenly Bridegroom and the Earthly Bride,” p. 43, paras. 367-368

11 2000-02-06-1 “The materialization of Heaven on Earth”: [WSS] The radiance of that City will be seen at great distances. The Earth, then it will have a change of form; and since the City is in the form of a pyramid, then the Earth will be in the form of a spinning top; and it will be spinning, it will be spinning in the way a spinning top spins —but a well composed— spinning top. So that City will be seen from very far away. Fifteen hundred miles high, that means that City will pass through the clouds.

12 64-0830E – “Questions and Answers #4,”p. 11

13 64-0802 – “The Future Home of the Heavenly Bridegroom and the Earthly Bride,” p. 17, paras. 123-124

14 Exodus 24:18-22

15 Exodus 37:17-24

16 1 Kings 6:23-28, 2 Chronicles 3:10-13

17 1 Kings 7:49, 2 Chronicles 4:7

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