Revelation Chapter 3:12
Revelation 3:12 – He who overcomes, I will make him a pillar in the temple of My God, and he shall go out no more.
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Pillars are the supporting beams, or poles that help support a structure, such as a temple (Judges 16:26). It is interesting to note, the two pillars in the temple of God in the Old Testament were given names that fit their purpose. “Jachin” means “he establishes” and “Boaz” means “strength” (source):
2 Chronicles 3:1, 17 – Now Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem on Mount…. Then he set up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand and the other on the left; he called the name of the one on the right hand Jachin, and the name of the one on the left Boaz.
While the two pillars in the temple of God were bronze, as shown in a parallel passage (1 Kings 7:16), some pillars in the Old Testament were also made of stone (Genesis 28:18-22, 31:45, 35:14, Leviticus 26:1). Peter depicts believers as “living stones” that make up the spiritual house, or temple of God:
1 Peter 2:4-5 – Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
Similarly, Hannah’s prayer likens the saints as “pillars of the earth,” who will inherit the heavenly throne. This prophetic prayer will find fulfillment during the Millennium:
1 Samuel 2:7-9 – The LORD makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up. He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the beggar from the ash heap, to set them among princes and make them inherit the throne of glory. For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and He has set the world upon them. He will guard the feet of His saints, but the wicked shall be silent in darkness. For by strength no man shall prevail.
While there will still be a temple during the Millennium (Ezekiel 40-48), there will be no physical temple in eternity:
Revelation 21:22 – But I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.
However, the spiritual temple made up of believers will continue into eternity. Unlike the departing of the Lord from the physical temple in Jerusalem (Ezekiel 10:18), the Lord “shall go out no more” from the spiritual temple:
Revelation 21:3 – 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. God Himself will be with them and be their God.”
From the last section, we saw that believers will be “pillars” that make up the spiritual temple of God. Since God put His name on the earthly temple (1 Kings 9:3), it makes sense that He will put His name on the spiritual temple, made of believers. The following passage shows, that in eternity, all the Lord’s servants will have His name on them:
Revelation 22:3-4 – And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.
Putting or writing a name on someone, or something, denotes ownership. God blesses those He has chosen to put His name on:
Numbers 6:23-27 – “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Say to them: “The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”‘” “So they shall put My name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”
During the Tribulation, the 144,000 servants will have the Father’s name written on their foreheads:
Revelation 14:1 – Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads.
Revelation 7:3-4 – “…Do not harm the earth, the sea, or the trees till we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads.” And I heard the number of those who were sealed. One hundred and forty-four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel were sealed.
A man dressed in linen put a similar mark on the foreheads of men who grieved the abominations against the Lord in Jerusalem, though we are not told that the mark was God’s name:
Ezekiel 9:4-6 – …And He called to the man clothed with linen, who had the writer’s inkhorn at his side; and the LORD said to him, “Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.” To the others He said in my hearing, “Go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity. Utterly slay old and young men, maidens and little children and women; but do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin at My sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were before the temple.
The context in the passages above shows that protection is part of this “seal,” or “mark” of the Lord. Someday all of God’s people will be eternally secure from any and all harm:
Revelation 21:3-4 – 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. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”
Revelation 3:12 – …and [write on him] the name of the city of My God, the New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from My God.
God will also write the name of the heavenly city, the New Jerusalem, on believers. The following passages show examples where Jerusalem (earthly and heavenly), and its inhabitants are one entity bearing one name:
Daniel 9:19 – “O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”
Isaiah 62:12 – And they shall call them the Holy People, the Redeemed of the LORD; and you shall be called Sought Out, a City Not Forsaken.
Revelation 21:2 – Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Just as overcomers will receive a “new name” (Revelation 2:17), the Lord will also have a “new name.” Many believe the Lord’s “new name” is the one that will still be concealed when He returns:
Revelation 19:11-12 – Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself.
It is interesting to note, both Jacob (Genesis 32) and Samson’s parent’s (Judges 13) asked for the name of the “Angel of the Lord,” which many believe was the pre-incarnate Christ. Curiously, the name was not revealed to them but both parties recognized that they had seen God. Perhaps this hidden name is the “new name” that God will reveal someday and write on the overcomers.
Again we see here that there is something that we must overcome. A person many times is spoken of as a pillar of the community, or a pillar of the church, which just means, that they are strong and are holding up the church. These people would be like founding fathers, high in principles. They would be the ones who would see to it that the church stays on solid ground.
This writing of the name of God just means that we are sealed into His kingdom.
If we were to read very much about this city, we would find that sometimes it is spoken of as a bride. The believers in Jesus are the bride of Christ. This name of the city being on the believers just indicates that we are the bride of Christ.
This new name of Jesus that is written upon us is showing that we are Jesus’ possession. We are His; we have been bought and paid for with His blood.
When it says we shall no more go out, it means that our eternal home is here with Jesus.
(Verse 12), is saying that we, the believers, have put our trust and faith in Jesus and endured hardship. We then have an eternity of nothing but pure joy in this New Jerusalem with Jesus. Once we have passed from death into life through accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are sealed by Jesus Himself. We belong to Him. No one can snatch us back away from Him. Jesus has the keys. Look to Him and no other. He is salvation.
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