I am from Atlanta, GA. I have had massive vision for Atlanta and I have wanted to get out of town. Nevertheless, I am presently still here, and over the years, I have seen into the plan of God for the city and written down words and visions of what I believe to be an unfolding call for this area. Recently at church, God added to that word and that is the part I want to share today. Perhaps one day I will share the full spectrum of what I believe God has been speaking to me, but for now, I think this is a good starter. I will first share what I saw and then give some interpretation afterwards.
Atlanta fulfilling its ancient call: I saw its skyscrapers as golden. This reminded me of the Georgia Capital building in downtown that has one of the largest gold domes. Atlanta is a Cibola, a “City of Gold;” a city in the earth decorated with heaven-this is how it will be known. They will come to see the gold that has been hidden here but now has been discovered. It will be a city of treasures of heaven, of the nature of heaven, of the realities and fire. It will be like a new Jerusalem because a people have gathered together in vision and truth. And just as museums take artifacts across the globe on display, we will take artifacts of heaven on display and we will watch as the watch becomes golden with the glory and splendor of God. It is now accident that Atlanta has the world’s busiest airport, or that UPS is headquartered here because God is building an infrastructure for an apostolic shipping and receiving center. Atlanta, the golden city.
So that is basically how I wrote it down in my journal. I want the reader to capture it in its raw form before I add more thoughts to it.
Over the last couple of years the phenomenon of the “Lost City of Gold” has captured my attention. I have seen it referenced in several films. Basically there is two legends: Cibola and El Dorado. Cibola was a legend of seven cities of gold located north across the desert of Mexico and El Dorado is the legendary lost city of gold sought after as early as the conquistadors. When I see these mentioned I feel the heart of an explorer rise up in my chest. Not of greed for gold but of discovery. “What if it is still out there somewhere just waiting to be explored?” Does it really exist, is it mere legend? Will we know in our lifetime?
I think the root of the legend, whether it was built or not, lies in the heart of men to find something in the earth that is heavenly. In the book of Revelation, we have the description of an actual city of Gold, the new Jerusalem.
And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great, high mountain, and showed me the holy city Jerusalem coming down out of heaven from God, having the glory of God, its radiance like a most rare jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal… The wall was built of jasper, while the city was pure gold, clear as glass. The foundations of the wall of the city were adorned with every kind of jewel. The first was jasper, the second sapphire, the third agate, the fourth emerald, the fifth onyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, the twelfth amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls, each of the gates made of a single pearl, and the street of the city was pure gold, transparent as glass. vv 10-11; 18-21 ESV
The amazing thing about this is that gold seems to be the least of the jewels described, designated to be walked on. But, the imagery here is amazing. Remember, John was in a heavenly vision when he saw this and what we read in Revelation is an attempt to describe what he saw in earthly language.
I am not saying that Atlanta is the fulfillment of this, however I do believe that God’s heart is to fill the earth with the glory and majesty of the heavenly, and we will, even in our life times begin to see cites that mirror or foreshadow that new Jerusalem that is to come.
Gold in this context speaks of the heavenly. Atlanta’s dome is golden and I feel this was no accident. It is the longing for the heavenly to be made manifest, to have its mark on a city. What will it look like when heaven baptizes a city in the earth with the fire and love of God. A city where healing flows freely, life is in the fruit of the trees? Imagine a city where the people of God openly rejoice in the goodness of God. Word escape me, I could go on and on.
At our church, we feel like there is the need for an Apostolic Resource Center in Atlanta. A place where people are trained and equipped in the Gospel. A place where we gather and send to advance the kingdom of God in the earth. I do believe Atlanta has this call of gathering and sending. I feel like Atlanta will be known as a place in the earth that has been touched by heaven.
If you are reading this and are from somewhere else, I urge you to capture a vision for your city. I feel whatever happens in Atlanta will spread across the earth and combine with the visions that others have for their cities.
This has been a mix of a prophetic word and an subtle teaching. Please don’t hear what I am not saying. I am using imagery to help us capture a vision of His kingdom come.
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