We’ve been hearing a lot about walls lately. In-fact, they seem to be all over the news. The American President Donald Trump has even shut down parts of the American Government in order to convince Congress to fund the building of a wall on the Southern Border. If we only obtain wisdom and understanding from the news, we would think this act of trying to build a wall is the most evil, horrendous, racist, “immoral” act ever! Why do “they” say it’s immoral? Because there is currently a very large group of immigrants from various countries who have made an arduous and dangerous journey to cross over the border into American territory. The News is quick to point out the women and the children, suffering in large make-shift camps in Mexico, waiting to cross into America. This is indeed a tragedy, as is the fact that their own countries have become so impoverished by rich, greedy, power-hungry bureaucracy that do not concern themselves with the welfare of their own people. For this reason, it is natural for these people to seek a better life for themselves and their families. However, hidden among these people, tares among the wheat, are hordes of drug dealers, terrorists, human-traffickers, criminals, etc. Currently, the United States is suffering from one of the worst opiod (Heroin) epidemics ever, with citizens dying daily from overdoses, and Fentanyl laced Heroin. Where are the drugs coming from? The southern border!!! The President of the United States took an oath to protect and to serve the citizens of this country. Is he acting immorally?
Can we speak of the hypocrisy of those advocating no border security and open borders? Can we speak of the hypocrisy of those who call walls immoral while surrounding their own properties and homes with very large walls? Is it okay to call this out? If not, why?
What does the Bible REALLY have to say about walls? The book of Nehemiah has a lot to say about walls. At this time in Israel’s History, they had been exiled into Babylon for 70 years. At the time of the exile, Babylon attacked Jerusalem (the city where YHWH placed His Holy Name) and burned down the city and the Temple. This happened because of Israel and Judah’s constant disobedience and disregard for YHWH, their husband. In-fact, the Babylonian exile was fulfillment of the terms of the Mosaic Covenant, Blessings and Curses (Deuteronomy 28: 64-65). (We haven’t yet reached this point as we share HIS STORY on this Blog; however, we soon will.)
In the days of Nehemiah, Persia had defeated Babylon and replaced them as the dominant global empire. At this time, Israel had completed her 70 year exile in Babylon as prophesied by the Prophet Jeremiah. King Cyrus of Persia gained control of Babylon and allowed the Jewish people to go back to Jerusalem and rebuild their city and their Temple. But as it is today, the people that surrounded Jerusalem DID NOT like Israel and did not take kindly to her return. They caused a lot of trouble for Israel, as she attempted to rebuild the city and the Temple. The Bible says that in the 20th year of the reign of King Artaxerxes (King of Persia), Nehemiah was cup-bearer to the King (Nehemiah tasted the king’s drinks to make sure they weren’t poisoned). Nehemiah recognized that the only way that Jerusalem would truly be SAFE from the outside hatred of the inhabitants of the land was to REBUILD not only the Temple, but also the WALLS around Jerusalem (Nehemiah 2: 1-5)
According to the report Nehemiah received, the remnant in Jerusalem was shamed. A city with broken walls revealed a defeated people. The Jews who had returned to their homeland were both in unsafe conditions and humiliated at living in a destroyed city. In Nehemiah 2:17, Nehemiah told the Jewish leaders, “You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace.”
Also, the rebuilding of Jerusalem’s walls would show God’s blessing upon His people again. Nehemiah quoted God’s words to Moses in his prayer, saying, “If you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name” (Nehemiah 1:9).
Rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem was an important sign to the enemies of Israel. Nehemiah told their enemies, “The God of heaven will give us success. We his servants will start rebuilding, but as for you, you have no share in Jerusalem or any claim or historic right to it” (Nehemiah 2:20).
And rebuilding the walls showed that God was with His people. Upon the completion of the walls, Nehemiah wrote, “When all our enemies heard about this, all the surrounding nations were afraid and lost their self-confidence, because they realized that this work had been done with the help of our God” (Nehemiah 6:16).
The destruction of Jerusalem’s walls left its people exposed to great trouble and shame. Rebuilding the walls of Jerusalem was important because it revealed God’s blessing, served as a sign to Israel’s enemies, and showed God was with His people. The walls provided protection and dignity to a people who had suffered the judgment of God but had later been restored and returned to the Promised Land.
Now let’s fast forward to the “New Jerusalem”, the Pinnacle of God’s plan for mankind. Are there walls in the New Jerusalem?
In Revelation 21: 10-27, John records his final vision picturing the city of God, the New Jerusalem where believers in Christ will spend their eternal lives. The New Jerusalem is the ultimate fulfillment of all of God’s promises. It exemplifies the total goodness of God, its infinite brilliance “like that of a very precious jewel, like as jasper, clear as crystal” (Revelation 21:11). It is here that Scripture gives us a description so magnificent that we are able to get a glimpse of the glories of eternal heaven. In this passage, an angel of God has taken John to the top of a great and high mountain. From there John looks down upon this Holy City and tries to describe the indescribable. The city is like a massive, crystal-clear diamond with the glory of God shining from its center over all the new heavens and the new earth. All of eternity is bathed in its splendor.
The walls of the city, described as “great and high,” are an obvious symbol of exclusion of all that are unworthy to enter the city. Though innumerable believers will enjoy its glory, there is the chilling reminder that only the redeemed may enter (those who have received the blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ for the payment of their sins). In the wall itself are twelve gates guarded by twelve angels and inscribed with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel.
The purpose of the walls in the New Jerusalem:
and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s book of life. (Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world).
In other words, only citizens of the Kingdom will be allowed access to the city, and they must come through one of the gates, where they are vetted by the twelve angels guarding the gates. The walls were not meant to keep people out of the city but to channel them through one of the twelve gates. In other words, God wants them to enter the city, but only after they have come to Christ, who is the Door.
The Kingdom standard is not based upon race, nationality, or gender. It is based on one’s allegiance to King Jesus. The reference to those who practice “abomination and lying” is primarily a reference to idolatry and following the laws of false gods. In Hebrew thinking, an “abomination” was a euphemism for an idol.
You be the judge. Are walls REALLY immoral? The Bible seems to depict walls in a very positive light. The walls of the New Jerusalem are meant to bring people to the gates, which represent Jesus Christ, the only DOOR through which we can enter the New Jerusalem. The wall on the Southern Border of the US being proposed by President Donald Trump will protect the country from the illegal flow of drugs, terrorists, and criminals while directing the peaceful asylum seeking immigrants to the door, the legal way to enter the United States.
Why is it then, that the powerful and elite leaders of this world, who are themselves hiding behind walls surrounding their own properties, so quick to condemn President Trump and his supporters for desiring a wall to protect the United States? Why do “they” get so angry? Why the hateful and vitriolic speech literally PLASTERED all over the media? Well, we need to look no further than the Bible for answers. The spirit that is in the world hasn’t changed. Go back to the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11: 1-9), where the demonic entities (Nephilim) were encouraging the people of the world to “join together” as one (WITHOUT ELOHIM (God) to “make a name for themselves”. Are the elite (leaders of kingdoms) today working in conjunction with the Mainstream Media towards a “New World Order”? Do they advocate “open borders” while calling those who believe the Bible hateful, or “closed-minded”, racist, misogynistic? Do they practice what they preach, or do they have one set of standards for the “little people” and another for themselves?? Has President Donald Trump and other “Nationalists” around the world created a roadblock on their path to a New World Order? Could this be the real reason why they are so angry? Will they get their “New World Order”, their global government? Stay tuned! The Bible has a lot to say about this subject!!!
Conspiracy theory…or Biblical prophecy?
Ecclesiastes 1:9: That which has been is that which will be, And that which has been done is that which will be done. So there is nothing new under the sun.
What Genesis 11: 1-9: Now the whole earth used the same language and the same words. 2 It came about as they journeyed east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 They said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they used brick for stone, and they used tar for mortar. 4 They said, “Come, let us build for ourselves a city, and a tower whose top will reach into heaven, and let us make for ourselves a name, otherwise we will be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” 5 The Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. 6 The Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of the whole earth; and they stopped building the city. 9 Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth.