The City of David in Exile

Ancient Jerusalem was not a single city. We find there a second city, the City of David. It sits just south of the Temple at the foot of Mount Moriah. The city of David is a city within a city. We can see this same relationship in the two cities which divide Rome­the pagan city of Rome and the Christian city inside it called Vatican City. The two sets of cities are closely related.

Vatican City is the spiritual City of David exiled to Babylon. It derives its name from its Davidic (or Messianic) nature, honoring Christ the King. It is the spriitual City of David held captive within the city of Babylon.

God does nothing by chance. The Holy Spirit has put a Christian city in the heart of Rome­in the heart of Babylon and at the center stage of Christianity­for a purpose. Vatican City divides Rome into two parts­into two cities­with one dedicated to Christ living inside another dedicated to the secular world. These are images in metaphore and they point to Jesus.

Jerusalem and its City of David are united in the physical land of Palestine, but they are not yet united spiritually. One is being rebuilt in Palestine and the other still lives in exile.

Headquartered in Rome­the symbol city of its exile­Christianity in all its forms and facets is still bound by Christ's treaty to the directives of scripture:

"To Babylon you must go and there you will be rescued; there the Lord will ransom you out of the power of your enemies." (Micah 4:10).

Symbolically, The City of David and the city of Jerusalem represent the two Houses of Israel, Christianity and Judaism. Scripture points to a coming unity between them­a day when Jews and Christians will stand as one people under God. That unity will occur the day the two are reunited in the name of the Lord.

The people of God have been called out of Babylon, but physically they must live within its cities and nations until the day the Prince of Persia decrees their separation. It is that decree which will cancel the treaty between Christ and Babylon. Until then, we must remain physically in the world.

"...I am not asking you to remove them from the world but to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world." (John 17:15-16).

This foreign incarceration is not only an image of our dwelling place on earth, but of our own body as well. We have been freed from our secular (worldy) nature by baptism, and now live an entirely new nature in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Even though we currently carry within us, invisibly, a perfect spiritual body in the nature of God's new kingdom, we must still dwell in our imperfect human body until God has deemed our stay on earth complete. So, in the same way, the nations of God must live among the nations of this world until the last day.

What we can see in Rome, then, is simply the nucleus of an image that has been repeated spiritually in every city and country throughout the world­an image which involves every church on earth which proclaims the faith of Jesus Christ to the world­an image that incorporates even our own body in its symbolism.

The day it is legally freed from it's exile to Babylon, the City of David, led by Michael the Archangel, will leave Rome and travel back to Jerusalem. The journey will be long and hard, but when they arrive, the people of Jerusalem will understand who and what is approaching them from the east, from the Mount of Olives.

The two cities will reunite the moment a proclamation issued by the Jewish leaders: "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." Once that proclamation has been read, the horn will sound and Jesus will return on the clouds of heaven with all the angels in great glory and majesty, bringing with Him the magnifient new spiritual city of Jerusalem from heaven..

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