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1. After hearing these things, I went to the people and said: Assemble before me, and bring your elders, and I will speak to them.
2. They assembled in the valley of Cedron.
3. And I said: Hear, O Israel, and I will speak to you, and give ear, O seed of Jacob, and I will teach you.
4. Forget not Zion, but remember the anguish of Jerusalem.
5. For lo! the days will come when all that exists will become victims of corruption, and cease to exist.
1. But you, if you prepare your minds, by sowing into them the fruits of the law, it will safeguard you in the time when the earth shakes with the by judgment from the Mighty One.
2. Soon Zion will be shaken and destroyed, and later rebuilt.
3. That rebuilt Zion will not continue forever, but will be destroyed, and remain desolate for much time.
4. After that it will be renewed in glory, and will be perfected for ever.
Baruch, as a good prophet should, passes on the messages from the Lord to the people.  He tells them that the Temple and city that they are so concerned about is only temporary, and that though this current one will be destroyed, and later rebuilt, there will be another, one built in heaven, one that will be eternal.

This New Jerusalem is the pyramid shaped city, known in the Old Testament as Zion, for it started out as a mountain on the planet we know as heaven.  Jesus went away to finish preparing that place as a city, with our mansions within.

The Bible tells us that this city is 1500 miles wide, 1500 miles long, and 1500 miles high. It has twelve gates, each made of one pearl. It has twelve foundations. Its wall about it is 216 feet high. Along the twelve streets which lead upward to the throne, there flows 12 branches of the river of life. These rivers have the trees of life growing beside them. The streets are of gold, and the mansions are "many".

At its top is the throne of God:
Revelation 22:1-3 (KJV)
1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.
2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.
3 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:

This city, the New Jerusalem is called the "tabernacle of God":
Revelation 13:6 (KJV)
 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
Revelation 15:5 (KJV)
 And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:
Revelation 21:3 (KJV)
 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

It is called the "holy city": 
Revelation 21:2 (KJV)
 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

It is called "the great city": 
Revelation 21:10 (KJV)
 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
It has been called the "wife of the Lamb."
Revelation 21:2 (KJV)
 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

It has been called the "city of the Living God:"
Hebrews 12:22-23 (KJV)
 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,  To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect,

Jesus called it "My Father's house": 
John 14:1-3 (KJV)
 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also.
It has been looked for since Abel:
Hebrews 11:4-16 (KJV)
By faith Abel...  By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.  By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:  For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God...  These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.  But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

Hebrews 13:14
"For here, we have no continuing city, but we seek one to come."

Its light is from the glorious presence of the Trinity. The pure, translucent walls of gold of the city allow the light of the Trinity to shine into every part of the city. There are no shadows within this city. (Rev. 21:23-25, 22:5, I Timothy 6:16)
Revelation 21:23-25 (KJV)
 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.  And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there.
Revelation 22:5 (KJV)
 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.
1 Timothy 6:16 (KJV)
 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

The Bible tells us of food within this city, trees of life, with edible leaves and fruit, hidden manna, fruit of the vine, and lamb.  It is within this city we will have the "marriage supper of the Lamb..."

Galatians 4:26
"But Jerusalem, which is above is free, which is the mother of us all."
Hebrews 11:10
"For he looked for a city, which hath foundations, Whose Builder and Maker is God."

The devil tries to counterfeit every thing God has or does. There are "New Age" people who believe in using man-made pyramids to get healing, to get pre-cognitive powers, to sharpen razor blades, to sweeten water, to maintain fragrances of flowers, to prevent food from spoiling, etc.
This power of the devil's copycat pyramids is bogus, but even if it worked. I would rather have the pyramid shaped city in heaven as my eternal home, not the hopeless garbage offered by the devil for a substitute for his followers.

5. Therefore, the present distress should not be the only concern we have.
6. For there will be greater judgment than these two, when the Mighty One renews His creation in the last days.
7. Do no draw near to me, nor seek me till I come to you.
8. After I said this, I, Baruch, went my way, and when the people saw me, they cried and lamented:
9. Where are you going, Baruch, are you forsaking us as a father who forsakes his children as though they were orphans?
1. Are these the commands which your friend, Jeremiah, the prophet, gave you, when he said:
2. Help this people, while I go and visit the others that are captive in Babylon.
3. If you forsake us, it would have been better if we should have died earlier, than for you to desert us now.
1. I answered: Far be it from me to forsake you, or withdraw from you, but I will go into the Holy of Holies and ask the Mighty One concerning you, and concerning Zion.  If the Lord reveals more to me, I will return and disclose such to you.

People have "concerns", but often, are distracted from what should concern them, to other matters.  Even in Christian circles, there are doctrines that are meant by the devil to distract us from what should "concern" us.

Revelation 2:24
"...as many as have not this doctrine, and which have not known the depths of satan..."

The "depths of satan" were "doctrine" being taught in the church of Thyatira. In this case, the doctrine was of mixing Judaism and idolatry, teaching they could commit fornication, and could eat things offered to idols.  Likewise, today, in congregations, the devil seeks to get doctrines and teachings that distract the people from what God wants them to know, to study, and to believe. The devil uses human agents to attack the church, and the church that is in revival will still find human agents of the devil in the midst working to destroy God's plan.

One of the last day schemes of the devil is the destruction of many saints, and of many prophets of God. The devil planned the crucifixion, thinking it would give him the victory, and we are "not ignorant of that device of the devil."

II Corinthians 2:11
"Lest satan should get advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices."

We are seeing a culmination of the devil's plan, for he has been inspiring many with -- removal of the Bible from schools, removal of prayer from learning institutions,  demonic movies, cartoons teaching witchcraft, games of murder and mayhem, as "dungeons and dragons", songs by satanically inspired groups advocating murder, drug use, and hatred of Christians.  To show that God declares homosexuality to be errant from His plan is declared illegal. Christianity is the most persecuted of all religions, and yet, they want Christians to give up their rights, for they declare we are ‘privioeged”.  Persecution is on the rise against us, for the devil realizes he has but a short time left.

With that type of inspiration of the devil coming toward our youth for years, now we are seeing the harvest of what the devil was sowing amidst our nation. In Jonesboro, Arkansas youngsters kill youngsters. In Littleton, Colorado, two boys, in "Gothic" attire (black trench coats), admitted homosexuals, satanists, an hating Christians, took guns and bombs into Columbine High School. These and many other such plans of the devil, are aimed at killing as many Christians as he can before the return of Jesus.

The devil looks for emotionally unstable youth, who can be manipulated by the evil culture of the day, and uses them to kill. The devil has not changed his "devices", for he had Cain kill Abel, had the Pharaoh trying to kill the male babies of the Israeli people, though Moses survived in his own home. Herod tried to kill all the male children around Bethlehem who were two years or younger. The high priests of Jesus' first coming planned a crucifixion for our Lord with the devil's help and encouragement.

Finally, now in the last days, we are already seeing the devil plan a time of killing of Christians in our own country.  We should have had this awareness sooner. Thousands of Christians are being killed in China each week, but our leaders give the nation "favored nation" status.

In Kosovo, our nation helped the invaders of a Christian nation that had burnt down 1100 churches. We fought against the side of Christians. In Sudan, our nation helps the un-Christian side, who are purposely starving the Christian population of the nation. So, the devil has so perverted the minds of our leaders, that they can participate in the murder of Christians around the world.

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