[QUOTE=whirlwind;27701]All Jerusalem and by that I mean all of those making up His holy city...all of us. We are His city, we are Jerusalem...[quote]
I take back that progress statement. In order for you to believe that, you would have to agree that when "Jesus drew nigh to Jerusalem" that He was actually approaching the holy people.
But I must admit, you are somewhat close in what you said. You just picked the wrong Jerusalem. Paul puts it this way:
Galatians 4:25-26 - For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children.
26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all.
It is the NEW JERUSALEM which represents the people of God. The old Jerusalem (first century) was representative of the old covenant which was in bondage...
It is the New Jerusalem which is the city that even the OT faithful were looking forward to (Hebrews 11:10, 16, and especially Hebrews 12:22)
Written to Hebrew BELIEVERS:
Hebrews 12:22 - But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels
The bride of Christ, the church is representative of the NEW JERUSALEM:
Revelation 21:2 - And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Revelation 21:9-10 - And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.
10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
What you have done is to give old Jerusalem the status of the New Jerusalem.