His FAMILY and HIS NATION are those that DO THE WILL
OF THE FATHER...Or LISTEN TO HIM.
He testified to that FACT when He was told..your Mother and
brothers are outside looking for you. Mark 3;31
This is true, and the above scripture can support identifying the mother of the man child (who is Jesus), in Revelation 12:5, with the church.
Paul referred to the church as "the mother of us all," in Galatians 4:26.
Paul's identification of the church with a "mother" and with "Jerusalem" was evidently based on a prophecy in the Old Testament, in Isaiah 66:10-29. Below is a brief commentary on these verses.
Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: rejoice for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:
The New Testament shows that the "Jerusalem" of prophecy is not the earthly city, but the church, which is the bride of Christ, the heavenly Jerusalem, and the "mother of us all." [Galatians 4:26] The earthly city of Jerusalem was a shadow or type of the church of Christ, and a "bondwoman," or a handmaid to the church, who was eventually cast out. [Galatians 4:25, 30-31]
That ye may suck, and be satisfied with the breasts of her consolations;
that ye may milk out, and be delighted with the abundance of her glory.
The "milk" that Isaiah refers to is not literal milk, but the "milk of the word." [1 Peter 2:2]
For thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river, and the glory of the Gentiles like a flowing stream: then shall ye suck, ye shall be borne upon her sides, and be dandled upon her knees.
The earthly Jerusalem has no peace. But peace is upon those who are new creations in Christ. This is the Israel of God.
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy, and upon the Israel of God.
The "river" Isaiah spoke of is the Spirit of God that Jesus promised to send to the church.
In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
(But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given; because that Jesus was not yet glorified.)
The river of living water flowing from Jerusalem is also described in Zechariah's prophecy:
And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be.
And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one.
Christ is the future "glory of the Gentiles," and their saviour. Jesus said, "And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me." [John 12:32]
Simeon said, when he saw the infant Jesus,
Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:
For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,
Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;
A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
As one whom his mother comforteth, so will I comfort you; and ye shall be comforted in Jerusalem.
The church is our "mother." [Galatians 4:26] Those who believe this are comforted.
And when ye see this, your heart shall rejoice, and your bones shall flourish like an herb: and the hand of the LORD shall be known toward his servants, and his indignation toward his enemies.
Those who seduce Christians, are among his enemies!
For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.
All false teachings will be consumed by fire, which is the truth of God's word.
For by fire and by his sword will the LORD plead with all flesh: and the slain of the LORD shall be many.
The fire and sword are both metaphors for God's word.
They that sanctify themselves, and purify themselves in the gardens behind one tree in the midst, eating swine's flesh, and the abomination, and the mouse, shall be consumed together, saith the LORD.
This refers to religious people who rely on their own righteousness. Their attitude is shown in Isaiah 65:3-5: "A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face; that sacrificeth in gardens, and burneth incense upon altars of brick; Which remain among the graves, and lodge in the monuments, which eat swine's flesh, and broth of abominable things is in their vessels; Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day."
Clearly it is the "holier than thou" attutude that characterized these people.
For I know their works and their thoughts: it shall come, that I will gather all nations and tongues; and they shall come, and see my glory.
God knows what the delusions of men are.
And I will set a sign among them, and I will send those that escape of them unto the nations, to Tarshish, Pul, and Lud, that draw the bow, to Tubal, and Javan, to the isles afar off, that have not heard my fame, neither have seen my glory; and they shall declare my glory among the Gentiles.
And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.
This is not referring to the return of Jews to Palestine, but the return of many to the church, which is called "Sion" (or Zion) and "the heavenly Jerusalem."
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,
And I will also take of them for priests and for Levites, saith the LORD.
The saints are called a "holy priesthood," in the New Testament.
1 Peter 2:5, 20
Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.
And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.
Christ's kingdom will encompass the earth, and he reigns over all now.
And they shall go forth, and look upon the carcases of the men that have transgressed against me: for their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched; and they shall be an abhorring unto all flesh.
Jesus referred to this as Gehenna. It represents the condition of those who are rejected from his kingdom. Gehenna was the garbage dump of the earthly Jerusalem.
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