Saints: entering the Holy City

The LORD recently led me to a very well-known scripture, where I read something that I had never read before: And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, (52) and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; (53) and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many (Matt 27:50-53 NKJV).

In verse 52 it is evident that the saints had been raised the moment Jesus Christ died, but only left their tombs or graves two days later, on the resurrection day (verse 53). They were “alive” for two days unbeknownst to anyone else, almost as if they were alive but ‘covered by death’. To put it in other words – they appeared to be dead when already alive. One can only imagine what went through their minds; while everyone thought they were dead they probably could not wait to meet their loved ones again.

 

This is the only other place in the New Testament, apart from the book of Revelation, where Scripture refers to Jerusalem as the “Holy City” – and this is by no means a coincidence. Here Matthew was not referring to the city of Jerusalem, but to a type of the Heavenly Jerusalem, or Holy Mountain of GOD. It is all one and the same thing.

 

The word saint is the Greek word “hagios” which means: holy, most holy thing. So, when Hebrews 2 states that GOD wants to bring many Sons to glory, HE is also referring to them as saints. For, to be a Son is to be holy or set apart.

 

Note the following very important statement Jesus Christ makes: Now as they came down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them, saying, "Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man is risen from the dead" (Matt 17:9). Peter, James and John were only allowed to testify about the glorification of Jesus Christ after the resurrection. Who left the graves and went to the Holy City so that the other people could see them? The saints! It was also their resurrection that testified that Jesus Christ had risen.

 

Jesus was referring to the Day 7 resurrection; the glorification only took place “after six days”. Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves (Matt 17:1).

It was not only about Jesus Christ’s physical resurrection, but the spiritual resurrection in Day 7, or the Third Day. Only then will the Church – who was alive but “dead” for two days (or 2000 years) – be able to present themselves as glorified Sons and truly testify that Jesus Christ had risen.

 

We are the testimony that Jesus Christ truly rose form the dead, because he died so that many Sons could one day be raised with him on Day 3 and show themselves to the people.

"Thus says the Lord of hosts: 'Peoples shall yet come, Inhabitants of many cities; The inhabitants of one city shall go to another, saying, "Let us continue to go and pray before the Lord, And seek the Lord of hosts. I myself will go also." Yes, many peoples and strong nations Shall come to seek the Lord of hosts in Jerusalem, And to pray before the Lord.' "Thus says the Lord of hosts: 'In those days ten men from every language of the nations shall grasp the sleeve of a Jewish man, saying, "Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you" ' " (Zec 8:20-23).

 

Today is truly a day when the LORD GOD will raise many Sons to glory, for one purpose only: to testify that Jesus Christ was raised from the dead. Because if one has risen, then many will be raised with him.