The “Forbidden” City

FC 1In our travels to China, Bernardine and I visited “The Forbidden City.” This is one of the most famous attractions in the world. We shared this renowned experience with nearly 80,000 visitors—TODAY!

Permit me to share several pictures and excerpts from the experts of this famous locale:

The Forbidden City is a renowned attraction in China and is basically the Chinese imperial palace that was ruled during the Ming Dynasty till the end of the Qing Dynasty. It was since then became a small city where many people come and go just to explore the ancient attraction still surviving with pride. The palace complex was constructed in Beijing where the Chinese emperors ruled for centuries. The name Forbidden City came as the palace was forbidden for common people and was even uninvited for the nobility to enter the sacred precincts of this palace.

FC 2The Forbidden City since then has become the largest royal complex found in the world and its construction took more than 14 years of time, from 1407 to 1420 (Ming Dynasty). The palace was once the home and center of government where 24 emperors of China ruled through both the eras until conquer of Forbidden CityImperial Rule during the early part of 20th century.

 The palace is surrounded by a 30 feet high wall and a 20 feet deep moat, encompassing around 8 million square feet of area that is the size of a 140 football fields. The complex of Forbidden City accommodates total 9,999 rooms, where the number ‘9’ is considered to be a propitious number in Chinese numerology.

Considering the appearance of these buildings, the walls are colored in Red and roofs are colored in Yellow. There is a meaning behind using such colors – Yellow is used to as an Imperial color and was forbidden to people who were not from Imperial family. Therefore, everything available in the personal rooms of the Emperor was only in Yellow color including his bedding and clothing.

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Learn more here: The Forbidden City

Devotional Thought

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

“Mary gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no place for them in the inn.”
(Luke 2:7)

Because of Jesus, the City of God is no longer Forbidden—but Forgiving. Through the gift of God Himself, Jesus is our resurrected invitation to enter the City of God with confidence. The Emperor of the Universe wore clothes of flesh so that right here, right now, we are a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God. (see 1 Peter 2:9)

And I saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21:2)

The Good News is that we have “THE” Eternal Emperor who uses his royalty not to keep commoners out but rather to invite the world in!

But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; for He has prepared a city for them. (Hebrews 11:16)

For here we do not have a lasting city, but we are seeking the city which is to come. (Hebrews 13:14)

One thought on “The “Forbidden” City

  1. Pastor Michael, I am loving reading all your blog posts! Continuing to pray for you and Bernardine. Giving thanks to God for His provision in the sacrifice of His Son, giving me full access to His kingdom. Amazing. Humbling. Overwhelming.

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