President Trump has talked about building a wall on the Mexican border in order to secure our country.
This idea is not new because the problem is old. On October 26, 2006, Congress passed the Fence Act, which authorized the building of a 700-mile fence. Dianne Fienstein said, “Democrats are solidly behind controlling the border, and we support the border fence.” The border is 1,989 miles and 651 miles of this fence already have been completed. There are also certain areas of undetermined length where no barrier is needed because the terrain obstructs entrance to the United States.
The purpose of the law is to protect our country from people who desire to enter illegally. Congress has passed immigration laws and our government is expected to enforce these laws.
Barriers to keep people out are not unusual. The White House is surrounded by a fence, many factories have fences, wealthy private homes have fences or walls. Certain areas are restricted to certain people and the wall is to keep others out.
The Bible tells about a tremendous wall. God gave the apostle John a vision of heaven under the symbol of “the new Jerusalem” (Revelation 21:9-27).
This new Jerusalem is a walled city coming down to earth. The wall around this city is 5,518 miles long and 1,380 miles high. The height is a distance equal to the miles between Chicago and Miami.
Why the wall? Because everyone is not admitted. The Scripture plainly says, “Outside are the dogs and sorcerers and the sexually immoral and murderers and idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.” (Revelation 22:15). Only those “in the Lamb’s book of life” (Romans 21:27) are admitted.
Christianity is all about getting sinners saved so they can enter into Heaven that has been prepared by Jesus. Since we could not save ourselves, Jesus came, died on the cross, bearing our guilt, so that through faith in Him, we can receive full forgiveness and the right to enter the Heaven He has prepared. The Scripture plainly says that Jesus “bore our sins in His body on the tree” (I Peter 2:24).
There are not many ways to Heaven. Jesus said plainly, “I am the Way” (John 14:6).
Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you” (John 14:2). This is “the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God” (Hebrews 11:10). But remember, this is a walled city and only those who accept Jesus Christ and are redeemed by Him are allowed to enter.