It’s been a ride. From glory seen . . . to glory departed . . . to glory returned. From exile due to judgment, to return due to grace. From hard to visualize visions of whirling creatures, to easy to understand object lessons acted out by a faithful prophet. And when it all comes to an end . . . when the prophecy is done . . . when the curtain falls . . . there is a city encompassed by a people who have been brought into a land. They are the people of God . . . it is the land of promise. And the name of that city is Jehovah Shammah.
The circumference of the city shall be 18,000 cubits. And the name of the city from that time on shall be, The LORD is There. (Ezekiel 48:35 ESV)
When all is said and done . . . when all is done and said . . . The LORD is There . . . Jehovah Shammah.
It is the culmination of reconciliation . . . it is the end state of regeneration . . . it is the God desired outcome of redemption. The people of God are in the land and their God is in their midst. And so, we look for a city . . . and it will be called Jehovah Shammah . . . because The LORD is There.
I believe there will be a literal fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophecy. A day when Christ will reign on earth in a city surrounded by those of the twelve tribes. And it will be called Jehovah Shammah, For the LORD is There. Jesus the Christ is Jehovah . . . the always existing I AM . . . the Incarnate God . . . the defining radiance of God’s glory . . . the exact imprint of His being. And He will be on the throne. He will be the glory that fills the temple. The King of kings and Lord of lords will reign. Jehovah Shammah.
And, I believe, there will be a greater fulfillment of Ezekiel’s prophetic conclusion. A celestial city . . . a place that’s out of this world . . . literally.
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I 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 the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God.” (Revelation 21:1-4 ESV)
A city with no temple, “for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb.” A city with no need of natural light provided by the sun or moon, “for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb.” A city with the river of life flowing through the middle of it. A city centered by a throne . . . a city inhabited by the Lamb. The LORD is There. Jehovah Shammah.
And while I wait for Ezekiel’s future forecast to play out, I’m reminded that there is another temple in existence today. A temple defined by a spiritual dynamic whereby sinners saved by grace are joined together in and through the Spirit of God to be a dwelling place of God (Eph. 2:21-22). That where two or three are gathered in His name, He is in the midst of the them (Matt. 18:20). That even now, the mysterious working of the kingdom of God is active in the hearts of all who believe . . . for The LORD is There . . . Jehovah Shammah.
By His grace . . . for His glory.