The World Has Designs Upon Jerusalem…miracle nation pt 45

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King. God is known in her palaces for a refuge.  For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together. They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away.  Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.(Psalm 48:1-5)

We established in our last article that Jerusalem is the most important city on earth.  For this reason alone we could say this, it is the only city in which the God of the Bible has “Set his name” upon.God has chosen Jerusalem to set His name forever.

For the Lord hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.  This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.(Psalm 132:13-14)

Jerusalem is mentioned more than 800 times in the Bible.Jerusalem was the site of the Holy House, the place where the most High God dwelt on earth. It was the city of David, and the place where the prophets preached and were killed. Jerusalem , the “City of the great King” is the place where our Lord was crucified, and thus Satan was dealt a fatal blow.

Jerusalem was also the place where the resurrected Jesus ascended to heaven and the church was established.The Mount of Olives, outside of Jerusalem, is the place where the Messiah’s feet will touch down at his return.

But Jerusalem is also a significant place for the Muslims, all 1.7 billion of them. Islam claims that Jerusalem has always been a Muslim city.The Quran, of course never mentions Jerusalem by name, as we mentioned in the last article. Only one verse in the Quran can even be said to vaguely allude to it, the ISRA.

That is why it is significant that in Barak Obama’s speech to the Muslim world, 1.7 billion people, he only cited one passage in the Qoran, the ISRA, the only verse a Muslim will use to claim Muslim custody of Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.The “leader of the free world”validated the specious claim over Jerusalem to a savage religion of 1.7 billion adherents.

Jerusalem is of significance to the Atheistic, humanistic secular world as well. The “Kings of the earth and their rulers” have ideas about the Holy city, which they will seek to implement. Jerusalem is the only city on earth that the U.N. has split into two cities. The U.N. will not allow a united Jerusalem,  nor will they allow it to be the capitol city of the Jewish State.

The United Nations General Assembly in 1947 drafted a Partition plan for Palestine which placed Jerusalem under the status of   a corporus separatum city, under the administration of the United Nations. The eastern half of the city consisted of the Arab population and the western half was where Jews had their homes. The Temple mount remained under the administration of the Jordanian waqf, a muslim custody.

When the Six Day War occurred Israel took the entire city of Jerusalem, but Moshe Dayan turned the Temple Mount back over to the waqf, in fulfillment of the prediction of Jesus,”Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot until the times of the gentiles be fulfilled”. Israel remains in control over all of the city but the U.N. refuses to recognize Israeli sovereignty.

Jerusalem has been considered by the Israeli government, the capitol city since 1949, and all branches of government except the ministry of defense, remain in Jerusalem. But almost none of the nations of the world will put their Embassies in Jerusalem, for fear of offending the Muslims.There is a law on the books, the 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act, passed by the US house and Senate that we put our Embassy in Jerusalem, but no US administration has observed that law since it’s passing.

The US State Department was recently taken to court for refusing to mar the “Place of Birth” spot on a Passport of a young Jewish/American, “Jerusalem,Israel”.The State department position is that Jerusalem is not in Israel, therefore one can’t be born in “Jerusalem,Israel”. The State Department won in court and the young man’s passport was denied.

The status of Jerusalem, the so called “controversy of Zion” will become an increasingly divisive issue as we head towards the end of time. At first it involves the near neighbors of Israel but eventually pulls in all of the nations of the earth into the conflict.

The burden of the word of the Lord for Israel, saith the Lord, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him.  Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.(Zechariah 12:1-3)

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Jerusalem; The Center Of Everything Significant…miracle nation pt 44

Thus saith the Lord God; This is Jerusalem: I have set it in the midst of the nations and countries that are round about her.(Ezekiel 5:5)

The center of the world, is Israel, the center of Israel is Jerusalem and the center of Jerusalem is Mt Zion, the temple mount.Jerusalem also happens to be at the center of the most momentous events in History as well as in the End Times scenario.

Consider the fact that in Jerusalem, God ordained that a Holy House be erected, that He might descend and inhabit it.

When Solomon had ended his prayer, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the LORD filled the temple. And the priests could not enter the house of the LORD, because the glory of the LORD filled the LORD’s house. When all the children of Israel saw the fire come down and the glory of the LORD upon the temple, they bowed down with their faces to the earth on the pavement, and worshiped and gave thanks to the LORD, saying, “For he is good, for his steadfast love endures for ever.” (2 Chronicles 7:1-3)

Jerusalem is the only city on earth in which God has said “I will place my name there, forever…”.

But I have chosen Jerusalem, that my name might be there; and have chosen David to be over my people Israel.( 2 Chronicles 6:6,7:16)

Christians love to sing the 48th Psalm,

Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.(Psalm 48:1-2)

Jesus quoted this Psalm in the sermon on the mount, when he admonished his disciples not to swear by anything,

But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:  Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.(Matthew 5:34-35)

This city of David, was the place where our LORD Jesus was crucified, and outside of the city, the place where He was raised up from the dead. Thus to was that Jerusalem was where Satan was dealt a fatal blow.

Zechariah tells us that when the LORD returns to judge the world in Righteousness, his feet will land on the Mt of Olives,

And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.(Zechariah 4:4)

Jerusalem is where the church was born, on that first day of the week in which the tomb of Jesus was found empty, and Jesus appeared alive, offering many infallible proofs to his witnesses.

Jews and Christians alike regard Jerusalem as Holy and significant.

Of course we wouldn’t naively believe that to go to Jerusalem is to encounter personal piety and sanctity among her current residents. Isaiah lamented that “The faithful city has become a harlot…”. and in the New Testament she is called “Sodom and Egypt, the place where our LORD was crucified…”.

Jerusalem is significant to another world religion for the Muslims claim it as their third holiest site, after Mecca and Medina. The  Bible mentions Jerusalem hundreds of times, but the Koran makes no mention of Jerusalem by name. In fact, in all of the Koran there is only one passage that the confirms the claim of Jerusalem as the third holiest site, and that is the passage known as the Isra.

The Isra tells the story of Mohammed’s night journey, riding a flying horse(named Baraq) who took him to “Al Aqsa” the farthest place, where he ascended to heaven and had a Muslim prayer meeting with Moses, David, and Jesus.

Modern Islamic scholars now claim ‘Al Aqsa” to be Jerusalem, thus Jerusalem is regarded as the third holiest site within  Islam. You have heard of the Al Aqsa martyrs brigade, an Islamic terrorist militia. That is where they get the name.

Currently the Islamic waqf is the custodian of the temple mount, even though Moshe Dyan liberated the Temple mount in 1967. I have often wondered what Dayan turned the holiest Jewish site over to Muslims, who have regularly desecrated it and even used it as a platform for acts of sacrilege, assaulting Jews as they worship at the retaining wall, known as the “Wailing wall” of the second temple.

Then I remembered the words of Jesus,

…and they will fall by the edge of the sword, and will be led captive into all the nations; and Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.(Luke 21:24)

It should be of interest to us all, that the most anti-christ president in American history, Barack Hussein Obama, in an unprecedented speech to the Muslim world, in 2009, only cited one passage of the Koran. Which passage did the leader of the free world choose to reference to his audience of 1.7 billion Muslims?

The Isra was Obama’s only text. Let that fact soak in for a moment. The so called “Leader of the free world” addressed 1.7 billion people of the world and cited the only passage in their whole book which gives them tenuous claim to the city of Jerusalem, thus encouraging them in their Jihad.

A tremendous conflict is soon to erupt over Jerusalem, which will involve all nations of the world, and will lead to the earth’s last battles.

 

 

 

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Why so Many Are Blind To The Times…miracle nation pt 43

The Pharisees also with the Sadducees came, and tempting desired him that he would shew them a sign from heaven.  He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.  And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?(Matthew 16:1-3)

And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,  Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.  For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,  And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.(Luke 19:41-44)

When armies surrounded Jerusalem in the last days of Judah, during the days of Jeremiah, the people had a slogan, “The Temple of the LORD, The Temple of the LORD”. This slogan was repeated to keep alive the vain hope that there would be no judgment on Judah, because in spite of her sins, she still had in her center the Temple of the LORD. As long as the temple was still functioning, Judah though she was inviolable.

But Jeremiah gave a sermon which addressed this delusion…

Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these…Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations?  Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the Lord. But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel.(Jeremiah 7:4,9-12)

Because of faulty theology, the people were unprepared for the horrors which were coming upon them. They couldn’t see how Babylonians could conquer, loot and sack the temple of the House of God.Jeremiah said,”go to Shiloh”, where then tabernacle had been and near to Aphek where the Ark of the Covenant had been captured in Battle.The Temple of the LORD is only inviolable as long as God dwells in it.

In a similar way, many were caught unawares of the import of the times when John the Baptist and Jesus came preaching repentance. Little did they realize they were in a kind of “Last days” scenario themselves, for within forty years of the crucifixion, all of Judea would be destroyed, 1.5  Jews slain and virtually all of the rest of them hauled off to the ends of the earth into slavery, and the temple was destroyed again. There would be no Israel for centuries, until may,1948.

John and Jesus warned them that their theology was wrong, and blinding them to reality. They believed in Jewish DNA in the same way as their ancestors believed in the temple. As sons of Abraham they would be saved. There was no need for repentance, and one day Israel would prevail over all of her enemies.These people missed the significance of their times and suffered for it.

A good many  Christian people in this age are in the same boat. We are living in the last days, but false theology blinds them to it.

There is no way one can understand the Divine Eschatological program, without  factoring  in the nation of Israel. The prophecies revolve around Israel,the Messiah of Israel, the nation’s hatred of Israel, and the final conflict and deliverance of Israel.

There is a pervasive doctrine called “Replacement Theology” which has gained the upper hand among evangelicals.  Replacement Theology holds that God is through with Israel,and the only dealings he has with Jews are with those who are born again into the church of Jesus Christ. Supposedly, The Church has taken the place of Israel, and the promises to Israel are spiritualized and applied to the church.

Reformed Christians for the most part, and Calvinists, Catholics, and Greek Orthodox have long held this view. In other words, most of confessing Christianity holds this view, that there is no Divine program for the Jews as a people, and that all of the promises of God once uniquely given to Israel, now belong to the church, usually in a spiritualized form.

This erroneous teaching has blinded millions of Christians to one of the greatest, and most obvious miracles in the modern world, the resurrection of a national Israel.This miracle is a billboard sized signpost and warning to the entire world, that the Word of the LORD is true, the end times have commenced and the time for Judgment is soon.

Imagine having to tell yourself there is no significance to this miracle which has occurred so openly before the eyes of all.

The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,  Thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.  For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.(Jeremiah 30:1-3)

In so many places in prophecy there is an order to end times events…Israel comes back to the Land in unbelief…then comes the time of tribulation…(Jacob’s Trouble),

And these are the words that the Lord spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. For thus saith the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness?  Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.(Jeremiah 30:4-7)

This is followed by promises of national restoration and blessing..

 For it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:  But they shall serve the Lord their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them.(Jeremiah 30:8-9)

Finally the nations which hated and attacked Israel are judged, Israel has been chastened but is to be saved…

Therefore fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, saith the Lord; neither be dismayed, O Israel: for, lo, I will save thee from afar, and thy seed from the land of their captivity; and Jacob shall return, and shall be in rest, and be quiet, and none shall make him afraid.  For I am with thee, saith the Lord, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet I will not make a full end of thee: but I will correct thee in measure, and will not leave thee altogether unpunished.(Jeremiah 30:10-11)

We see the same in Joel 3, first the regathering at a specific time,

For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,(Joel 3:1)

Then comes the indictment of all of the nations…

I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.  And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink.(Joel 3:2-3)

Next comes a time of terrible war, with God himself making war on the nations…

Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:  Beat your plowshares into swords and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.  Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord.  Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about.  Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great.(Joel 3:9-13)

Finally Israel restored to God, and is vindicated and saved…

The Lord also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.  So shall ye know that I am the Lord your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.  And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth out of the house of the Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim.  Egypt shall be a desolation, and Edom shall be a desolate wilderness, for the violence against the children of Judah, because they have shed innocent blood in their land.  But Judah shall dwell for ever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.(Joel 3:16-20)

For I will cleanse their blood that I have not cleansed: for the Lord dwelleth in Zion.(Joel 3:21)

The last verse of Joel demands a better explanation than the KJV translation affords, for it literally says,”Then I will treat their blood(Israel’s) as innocent, whereas I have not treated as innocent, for the LORD dwells in Zion”

 

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Preconditions for Restoration…miracle nation pt 42

And the Lord said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.  Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the Lord; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the Lord, and I will not keep anger for ever.  Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the Lord thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the Lord.  Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:  And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.  And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the Lord, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the Lord: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.  At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil heart.  In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.(Jeremiah 3:11-18)

Israel is a nation in transition. She was once the center of true worship, and had the very throne of God, who was dwelling in the Holy temple, in the midst of her.

But because of her sin, Israel was judged, the temple is gone, the nation had been sent into exile, and endured a long night of wandering and exile, which featured endless pograms, persecutions, hatred and rejection of nations and constant wandering.

But the Prophets said that God will never be “Through” with Israel, He has a plan and purpose for her, which cannot be frustrated.Even in Exile for two thousand years, the Most High preserved her as a people, and wouldn’t allow anyone to wipe her out.

His plan involves bringing her back into the land. That event, the rebirth of national political Israel, is the sign of the latter days.The Prophets of God assert over and over again, that Israel shall return to the Land God gave Abraham,Isaac and Jacob, in the latter times.

For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without seraphim: Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and his goodness in the latter days.(Hosea 3:4-5)

But Israel is not yet morally or spiritually restored to the true worship of God, she is yet estranged from him, and must undergo a terrible trial, before she is restored.

The restoration of Israel, will bring about the restoration of the whole world, but what are we waiting for?

The prerequisite condition of national restoration is simple, Israel must come to the place where she confesses the national sin (Singular), i.e. the repudiation and rejection of the Messiah,Jeshua.

If they shall confess their iniquity, and the iniquity of their fathers, with their trespass which they trespassed against me, and that also they have walked contrary unto me;  And that I also have walked contrary unto them, and have brought them into the land of their enemies; if then their uncircumcised hearts be humbled, and they then accept of the punishment of their iniquity:  Then will I remember my covenant with Jacob, and also my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham will I remember; and I will remember the land.( Leviticus 26:40-42)

The Mosaic covenant anticipates Israel’s fall, scattering and exile, and predicts her restoration again, but promises that should Israel “confess her iniquity(singular) and the iniquity of her fathers”, she will be restored, as God remembers his covenant.

Had Israel accepted Jeshua, who came in the Father’s name, and was “cut off, but not for himself, but for the people”, He would have brought them out of the Bondage of the Old Covenant, which was conditional, and under which they suffer the penalty,the curses found in Deuteronomy 28. Messiah came to inaugurate the New (unconditional) Covenant, foretold by Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel.

But currently she languishes under the curse of the Law, even though God has begun the process of repatriation to the Land.

Incredibly, and in the first person through Hosea, God told her, that He was going back to the place where He came from, until they acknowledge their offense…Israel must confess the national sin, she must repent of her previous stance towards the Messiah.

I will go and return to my place, till they acknowledge their offence, and seek my face: in their affliction they will seek me early.(Hosea 5:15)

“In their affliction”… is an expression of a specific time frame, also known as “The time of Jacob’s trouble”, the Tribulation, and even the “Great tribulation”. The purpose of the tribulation is to get Israel to confess her national sin and be restored.

Jeshua also spoke of the need for confession, when in the temple, he addressed the leaders of the nation for the last time, in his capacity as Messiah of Israel, on the day appointed, as predicted in Daniel 9 and in Psalm 118.

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.  For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord ( Matthew 23:37-39)

“You will not see me again, until you say…” . He is waiting for the confession, the admittance of the national sin.

The Prophet Hosea is so tender he even gives Israel the Words to say…

O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity.  Take with you words, and turn to the Lord: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips. Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.  I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.( Hosea 14:1-4)

 

 

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This Was The Day…Miracle Nation pt 40

This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  Save now, I beseech thee, O Lord: O Lord, I beseech thee, send now prosperity.  Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.  God is the Lord, which hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, even unto the horns of the altar.  Thou art my God, and I will praise thee: thou art my God, I will exalt thee. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.(Psalm 118:24-29)

Just as Christians have certain songs which we sing at certain times of the years, associated with holidays and historic experiences, so also does Israel have certain Psalms which they sing at certain holidays. I remember how amazed I was after being born again, when I realized the true meaning of Christmas Carols I had sung all my life, without grasping the significance of them.

“Born to save the sons of earth, born to give them second birth….”, I had never realized that Christmas songs proclaimed the gospel until after I was saved.

One of the songs associated with the Jewish feast of Passover, was Psalm 118. Israel sang the Psalms 113-118 as part of the Passover celebration.

The Psalm comes from the perspective of the patient sufferer, Israel, who was delivered by the LORD out of a tight spot, because he called upon the name of the LORD. He then admonishes his hearers, “It is better to trust in the LORD, than in princes”.

O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.  Let Israel now say, that his mercy endureth for ever.  Let the house of Aaron now say, that his mercy endureth for ever. Let them now that fear the Lord say, that his mercy endureth for ever. I called upon the Lord in distress: the Lord answered me, and set me in a large place.  The Lord is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?  The Lord taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon them that hate me. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.(Psalm 118:1-9)

Next, the song celebrates the deliverance of God’s people, when they were surrounded by the nations intent on their destruction. The nations who surrounded Israel in this prophetic song  were like Bee’s(terrorism, asymmetrical warfare?), intent on overwhelming them and dealing a fatal blow.

But the Psalmist and his singers, confess the “name of the LORD” and avow that they will destroy these surrounding nations, by God’s help and in the name of the LORD.

Thou hast thrust sore at me that I might fall: but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and song, and is become my salvation. The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tabernacles of the righteous: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly. The right hand of the Lord is exalted: the right hand of the Lord doeth valiantly. I shall not die, but live, and declare the works of the Lord. The Lord hath chastened me sore: but he hath not given me over unto death.(Psalm 118:13-18)

The Psalm becomes a first person testimony, of the Messiah, “the Right Hand of the LORD…” , someone whom the enemy thought they had destroyed,but whom God would not “give over to death”.

Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord: This gate of the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter. I will praise thee: for thou hast heard me, and art become my salvation. The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvellous in our eyes. This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.(Psalm 118:19-24)

Now the Messiah is leading a procession of victory, through the gates of the city and into the temple of God. He has triumphed and would praise the LORD in the congregation of the Holy people. This part of the Palm echoes earlier Psalms 22, and 24.

The Theme of the victory of the Messiah, and the triumphal approach to the temple of God for worship and thanksgiving with the congregation is on all three of these passages.

Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.  Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.  Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.  Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. (Psalm 24:8-10)

I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee. Ye that fear the Lord, praise him; all ye the seed of Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel.  For he hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath he hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, he heard. My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation: I will pay my vows before them that fear him.(Psalm 22:22-25)

The procession has arrived at the Temple, the Messiah and the congregation are there to Praise the LORD for the victory he has won in the name of GOD. The gates open. Theoretically the Priests are supposed to say ;

Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the Lord: we have blessed you out of the house of the Lord.(Psalm 118:26)

This would be a warm , scriptural welcome by the “Builders” of the Temple/Nation, a way of saying, “We welcome you, for we see that you are the ONE the LORD appointed, you came in his name and on his terms and fulfilled His pre-requirements. You are the Messiah, welcome in….”.

But it is at this point in the song where this lyric is inserted,

The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.(Psalm 118:22)

The Builders from within the walls of the Gates of Righteousness, are in place. The crowd of worshippers has assembled,  but…Instead of acceptance by the “builders”, there is rejection of the Messiah by the “builders”.

The most important Stone in God’s building, the LORD’s Messiah, presented himself in the Temple, on the very day predicted by Daniel, 530 years earlier, but He was “Despised and rejected” instead, and eventually  led away to slaughter, in the name of God.

But this was “The LORD”S DOING, and it is right in His eyes! Remember Daniel’s prediction that the Messiah would come and be “cut off” , but not for himself , but for the people?

On that Spring day, in either 32 or 33 AD, whilst the people were making preparation for the Passover, and were singing lyrics among themselves, “Passover carols”, singling lines such as “This is the Day that the LORD has made…” or “Bind the sacrifice with Chords to the altar…” or “Blessed is HE that comes in the name of the LORD”, How many realized that in that year, they really had arrived at THE DAY, the long anticipated, prophesied day of visitation.

 

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Messiah’s timing predicted …miracle nation pt 39

Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.  As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:  So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.(Isaiah 52:13-15)

Israel has been awaiting the coming of the Messiah. Over the centuries, the Hebrew  prophets described him through the Spirit of the LORD. He would come through the line of Abraham,Isaac,Jacob ,Judah and David, He would be born in Bethlehem(Micah 5) , and arrive before the destruction of the second Temple (Daniel 9).

How did some people know enough to anticipate the coming of the Messiah, in the first century? For example the Wise men of the Christmas story, and the multitudes who went out “into the wilderness to prepare the way of the LORD in the days of John the Baptist?

They knew because they were familiar with the writings of the prophets, and particularly Daniel, as pertaining to timing.

The Prophecy of Daniel 9 is so accurate, it predicts the coming of the Messiah, to the very day.

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.  Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.  And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.(Daniel 9:24-26)

Daniel received this revelation in exile, in Babylon during the captivity. He had been confessing the sins of Israel and interceding for the restoration of Israel.

An Angelic messenger gave him the interpretation,

*Seventy weeks-  literally “Seventy sevens”…or 490 years…Picture a stop watch with 490 years…

  • Are determined upon thy people and Holy city…Israel and Jerusalem will be given 490 years …
  • Within those 490 years, The Transgression of sin must finish, sin itself must be done away with, reconciliation must be accomplished,and the Age of Righteousness must be inaugurated,all prophecy must be fulfilled, and the Holy Place reconsecrated.
  • The Stop watch will start ,”From the commandment to restore and rebuild Jerusalem…”
  • 69 weeks of years shall pass. (483 years)  “…unto the arrival of Messiah the Prince…”
  • The Messiah will then be cut off…but not for himself , but for the people…
  • At that point, the Stop watch will be turned off…leaving even years…

The command to rebuild the city is recorded in Nehemiah 2:1,5,8 and the date is given for it . Artexerxes began his reign in 464 BC, and this was the twentieth year of his resign in the month of Nisan (March/April).

And it came to pass in the month Nisan, in the twentieth year of Artaxerxes the king, that wine was before him: and I took up the wine, and gave it unto the king. Now I had not been beforetime sad in his presence…  And I said unto the king, If it please the king, and if thy servant have found favour in thy sight, that thou wouldest send me unto Judah, unto the city of my fathers’ sepulchres, that I may build it. …And a letter unto Asaph the keeper of the king’s forest, that he may give me timber to make beams for the gates of the palace which appertained to the house, and for the wall of the city, and for the house that I shall enter into. And the king granted me, according to the good hand of my God upon me.(Nehemiah 2:1,5,8)

Therefore the stop watch clicked on in March/April 444BC.

We must remember that Jews reckon time by a lunar calendar and not a Solar calendar as we do in the west. A month is 360 days. 483 years  x 360 days is 173,880 days. By calculating days starting from Nisan 1, we can come to an arrival date for the Messiah to present himself to Israel.*

Daniel said that from that decree in 444BC unto the arrival of Messiah the Prince would be 69 weeks of years(483 years or 173,880 days which would compute to March 29th 33 AD.

The Messiah presented Himself to the Jewish people in late March, 33 AD.

500 years before, the prophet Daniel predicted to the very day that the Messiah would come and “Be cut off”, but “”not for himself but for the people”.

But when the Messiah was cut off for us, the stop watch clicked off, leaving seven more years to accomplish in the people and the city those momentous things; the end of sin and iniquity, the fulfillment of prophecy, the reconciliatory sacrifice, the dawning of the Age of Righteousness, and the reconsecration of the Temple mount.

There is coming a signal from heaven which will indicate that “the age of the gentiles “is over, and the seven last years have commenced. It can’t be very long now…

  • I am greatly indebted to the wonderful book of Sir Robert Anderson,  former head inspector of the Scotland Yard, and fervent Bible scholar of the late 19th century for these calculations.

 

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A Dirge (For A Friend That Fell)

Oh Troubler, why do you trouble us?

We had just talked to you, we thought you were doing better…

Why did you take your eyes off of Him who comes to us in the midst of every storm?

What did you see, when you gazed at the Babylonian garment?

 

What misery was so great that you were willing to sell out,

just to relieve it?

Did it work? Are you better now? Now,  we who love you are miserable?

Wouldn’t it be better to suffer than to sin?

Which is worse, suffering or sin? Which is the cause and which is the effect?

 

Hider, why did you hide from us?

We would have kept the vigil with you through the long , painful night

We would have prayed with you and staved off the evil One,

One day at a time, “Each day has evil enough”

But it is not good to be alone my brother…

 

 

Achan,We don’t want to go on without you…

We are worried about you brother…

but we worry in all of our prayers for you …

Why did you let us down?

If one suffers don’t we all? If anyone of us sins, don’t we burn?

 

Now we remember

how painful it is to love someone,

to hope for something better,

We all hoped against hope for you, (We still do)

But this fall is an offense…a stumbling block and a burden…

 

Now we remember, how bitter death is

in all of it’s forms…

truly the wages of sin is death…

When you sin, we all die for we are one…if one suffers…all suffer

 

Troubler why did you trouble us?

What were you looking for when you went out from among us?

Admit it,

Did you think you could grab for yourself

some of the solace once found in the garden?

Were you going to crash by the flaming Cherubim and take for yourself?

 

I mourn for you my brother

I remember by the fire at the lake,The men of Christ gathered around you,

they prayed and sang hymns

as  you were born again

unto a living hope…

You called upon Jesus,

 

Remember that we told you once,

That the mercies of the Savior, are new every morning?

(Haven’t we sang that in song, time and again?)

That should you fall a thousand times, get back up,

Even in prison, or as they say ,(The ends of the earth)

“If you seek me, you shall find me, if you seek me with all of your heart”.

 

How could we disown you? (Never)

We are not ashamed of anyone who sins,

as long as they return…

We know, brother, none of us are far from defection,

Could it be that this trouble and pain is what it might take

to finally bring you to the One who has loved you Brother?

to Him who Has washed you of your sins in his own blood?

 

Troubler remember,

If God marked iniquities, who could stand,

but with Him there is forgiveness,

that He might be feared…

Troubler, All does not have to be a loss-

Just remember the thief on the cross!

 

 

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