We always hear people say, "we are the bride of Christ!"
But in the same breath they will claim that Revelation is future to us and that the New Jerusalem in the end of the book is a heavenly city of some sort. They claim it is a place where we believers will live one day.
When we set the scene for the book of Revelation we see that the final grand culminating event in the book is the destruction of the harlot aka mystery babylon.
Now for those of you who don't know, mystery babylon is Old Covenant Jerusalem and Gods first Covenant people, the city where the Lord was slain and the city who killed the prophets He sent to them. This doesn't take a theology degree to see. It is clear.
At the end of the bible we see John's vision of Old Jerusalem falling and being destroyed and we see the perfect harmony of New Jerusalem coming down. There was a transition that would take place when Old Jerusalem and all of the Old Covenant elements were cast down. The transition would be that there would now be a New temple of God. That temple would be men and God would dwell within them.
The angel even declares this in Rev 21:3. Remember, this declaration comes AFTER mystery babylon falls.
So when we draw this out to its logical conclusion, what does it mean? It means that if mystery babylon is FUTURE to us, then God doesn't dwell within men YET. Do you see that? I hope so.
Secondly, if the New Jerusalem is not God's new spiritual people, or His spiritual city wherein He dwells (us), and if it is indeed an actual city where believers will dwell one day in the future, then why does John say this...
"And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband" Rev 21:2
Now, is a city God's bride? Or are we God's bride? That is a very important thing to consider.
We (God's people) ARE HIS CITY. He dwells within us.
When Jesus was speaking to His disciples He said to them...
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden" Matthew 5:14
The New Jerusalem is God's New Covenant people. (See Galatians chapter 4 for more clear proof that this is true.)