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In perfect harmony with the symbolism of this prophecy, the Holy Spirit appeared on earth at Pentecost, exactly 52 days after Jesus was crucified. Remember, Jesus, just before He went to the cross for our sins, told his disciples that they had to wait until the Spirit came down to them from heaven before they could begin to work on His behalf. By sending us the Holy Spirit on that particular day, 52 days after the crucifixion, God proved that He had built our wall of grace -- the wall of heavenly Jerusalem -- in exactly the same number of days that it took Ezra and his Israelites to reconstruct the wall around earthly Jerusalem when they returned from the first 'Babylon'.
Uniting the two Babylon's of scripture, a period of 52 days of 'wall-building' encompassed both our own spiritual captivity and the ancient physical incarceration of Judaism, showing that each was a part of the other.
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Blinded by God, the Jewish leaders considered all the prophecies which heralded their return as applying to Jews alone and to their escape from the clutches of Nebuchaddnezzar and his heirs. They saw no future reference in scripture to a spiritual Babylon, or to a more dynamic captivity than their first brief stay at the banks of the Euphrates river.
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Interestingly, a year diaspora has not altered that perception. But the Holy Spirit's sudden appearance at Pentecost, reproducing in precise terms the 52 days of Jerusalem's wall construction, proved that the ultimate return from Babylon was to be centered in Christ, not Ezra.
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God had emplaced a spiritual wall to replace the fallen ruins of the first return. And He had constructed it in the same time-frame as a biblical proof of the transformation. With the appearance on earth of the Holy Spirit, the rebuilding heralded by the prophets could truly begin because the impenetrable wall protecting the reconstruction of the spiritual ruins of Jerusalem was at that moment perfectly in place.
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Jerusalem's ruins were synonymous with a humanity that had fallen into the clutches of wickedness. The collapsed walls around it represented a structure without any external defense against sin. Therefore, reconstruction of the wall -- the defense of Jerusalem -- was the first and most crucial element in its restoration: "Sacrifice gives you no pleasure The wall surrounding the Jerusalem of heaven is the Holy Spirit -- because the Holy Spirit is all the defense that God's city needs.
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But I -- it is God who speaks -- I will be a wall of fire for her all round her, and I will be her glory in the midst of her. That heavenly wall of God's defense extends to us in the form of His grace and is represented by the presence of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us -- forming a wall of grace which surrounds us and protects us from Satan's power. New Heart English Bible They rush on the city.
They run on the wall. They climb up into the houses. They enter in at the windows like thieves. They run along the wall. They climb into houses.
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They enter through windows like thieves. JPS Tanakh They leap upon the city, They run upon the wall, They climb up into the houses; They enter in at the windows like a thief.
New American Standard They rush on the city, They run on the wall; They climb into the houses, They enter through the windows like a thief. Jubilee Bible They shall go through the city; they shall run upon the wall; they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. American King James Version They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run on the wall, they shall climb up on the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief.
American Standard Version They leap upon the city; they run upon the wall; they climb up into the houses; they enter in at the windows like a thief. Brenton Septuagint Translation They shall seize upon the city, and run upon the walls, and go up upon the houses, and enter in through the windows as thieves.
Douay-Rheims Bible They shall enter into the city: they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up the houses, they shall come in at the windows as a thief. Darby Bible Translation They spread themselves over the city; they run upon the wall; they climb up into the houses; they enter in by the windows like a thief.
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English Revised Version They leap upon the city; they run upon the wall; they climb up into the houses; they enter in at the windows like a thief. Webster's Bible Translation They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief. World English Bible They rush on the city.
Young's Literal Translation In the city they run to and fro, On the wall they run, Into houses they go up by the windows, They go in as a thief. John "Truly, truly, I tell you, whoever does not enter the sheepfold by the gate, but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. Exodus They will fill your houses and the houses of all your officials and every Egyptian--something neither your fathers nor your grandfathers have seen since the day they came into this land. Jeremiah For death has climbed in through our windows; it has entered our fortresses, to cut off the children from the streets, the young men from the town squares.
Joel They do not jostle one another; each man proceeds in his column, as they burst through the defenses, never breaking ranks.