an OLD CITY!
By Ed Christiansen
"I am the LORD: that is my name: My glory will I not give to another .Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them" (Isaiah 42:8-9).
"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, (from Russia, and her bands) to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers" (Jer. 3:18).
The Temple, which was in Jerusalem, was the abode of the Lord. There is an interesting thing that happened before the TEMPLE was built. There was a TABERNACLE that had the same importance, and housed the same furniture as the Temple. Why the Tabernacle? How was the relationship between these two structures related to Israel?
Let me tell you a story as told by the sages of Israel.
A Prince arranged for his sons wedding day. The day was to be many years later, in fact 12 years later, so that the son could finish his schooling. In the meantime the father would keep the son in a good financial way until the wedding. The day came for the son to meet his betrothed and upon seeing her, he asked the father to shorten the date of the wedding to 6 years. On another occasion when he saw his betrothed for the second time, he asked the father to have the wedding now! The father, not being angry or disturbed, told the son, "You have acted just as God Himself did! For in the Word we read: "Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O Lord, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord which thy hands have established. The Lord shall reign for ever and ever." (Exodus 15:17-18)
The main objective was to build the Temple on Mount Moriah, in Jerusalem, nevertheless on account of Gods love for the Jewish people just as the anxious groom in the story wants to hurry and marry his chosen bride, so the Holy One Himself sought to bring forward the time of intimacy with His chosen people, even in the desert journey, there He was to reign over them.
The Tabernacle and Temple are not two separate entities; they are one and the same. This idea is emphasized by scholars who in comparing them, point out that the measurements of the Temple in Jerusalem reflect those of the Tabernacle, for example: just as the area of the Tabernacle was ten cubits by thirty, the Temple was twenty by sixty. The two structures follow the same pattern of design, for they follow the heavenly pattern shown to Moses by God. (Hebrews 8:5; cf Exodus 25:40 & Numbers 8:4).
The Messiah Comes
V.27 " and I will give to Jerusalem one that bringeth good tidings. ("The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down ." (Luke 4:18-20a), the book of Isaiah 61:2 goes on at this place "and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn." Luke further says, "And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and showing the glad tiding of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him." (Luke 8:1)
When the Lord asked the people to offer a sacrifice, the animal was killed and the blood was collected for the sprinkling of that blood on the horns of the alter and at the base of the altar, also out toward the people, and in the Holy of Holies on the Ark of the Covenant. That blood symbolized redemption to Israel by the death of the Lamb. Once a year on the Day of Atonement, the High Priest performed a special ceremony with the blood.
Dont get the cart before the horse, or the fulfilled prophecy before the events leading to the fulfillment. We are living in the end of the ages, for the nation of Israel is back and is prospering in the ancient place of her inheritance. If some think she is not to receive the land, then, the Scripture and the Koran are both incorrect. For the Scriptures (Read previous articles in B.L.O.N.) and the Koran (Read The Koran speaks on Israel, in the book "Why Jews Reject Jesus") both state that Israel is to inherit the land of Canaan by the mighty hand of God. God never changes his mind about a Covenant that He made with a man, and a people. The Covenant must stand and be confirmed even if the earth does shake and is moved. In believing otherwise, all we are trying to do is give ourselves an excuse or a way out, even when there is by no means any way.
Satan, the deceiver of man from the beginning, has used the most abstruse means possible to destroy the creditability of the Word of the Lord concerning Israel. He jibes, "Has He said? Look around you, is it so? Does it mean exactly that? Our could it mean this?" Dont let that sin of doubt, "the sin that doth so easily beset us" (Hebrews 12:1)
get in our way of believing
the Word. Again, "He doesnt really mean that, it should be this way," is
not the issue. The writing of the Hebrew Scriptures have been so accurate over the ages,
*that the meaning must be the same. It is only, we, who change and add to the Holy
Writ, and then say that it is gospel. What a surprise many are going to get when they
stand before Him that fateful day.
In Forty-two Movements
On the Day of Atonement, the High Priest wore the eight garments as required by the Torah:
1. Golden crown upon his forehead
2. The breastplate upon his heart
3. The outer robe decorated with bells
4. And the apron, or vest
In addition to these four garments he also wore the four "white garments" (made from white flax) normally worn by the ordinary priests throughout the year:
5. The robe
6. The belt
7. The turban
8. And the pants.
In order to accommodate various requirements of the service throughout the course of the day, the High Priest had to change back and forth several times between his "golden garments" and the "white garments."
The High Priests duties on this day
were strenuous and complicated, and it was necessary for him to perform the service
barefoot in the Court, Sanctuary and Holy of Holies. Since his actions on the Day of
Atonement have significance, literally every step he took as he performed the sacred
service is discussed at great length in the Babylonian Talmud, Tractate Yoma. In this
discussion, the amount of trips he made back and forth between the Court and Sanctuary are
carefully counted and are found to total forty-two.*
Seven is the perfect number and we have here six (6) sevens = 42. On and in the 7th seven which equals (49) we have the perfect Temple represented, under Messiah. Forty Nine (49) lamps also made up the number of seven Menorahs in the Temple at one time. This corresponds to the years of man 6,000 years and the 1,000 year of the Messiah, or 7 units of time for the world. A unit of time represents 1,000 years, or as the Scripture says, "But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day" (II Peter 3:8; cf Psalm 90:4). With then this unit, or day, we see that there were four days to the birth of Jesus, and two days from then till now, with one day left and "After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight" (Hosea 6:2).
How close are we to the fulfillment of this statement by God?
The earth has been here and man has been recording history only 6,000 years with a 1,000 year period to go in the design of history, Gods history. That 1,000 year period will see that the King that God approves will be established on the throne of David. Remember, God said that Davids throne will be established forever, and that he would not lack for one to sit upon his throne. That ruler-ship will be in Jerusalem, on the mount of God, upon Davids throne. The future looks great and the outcome of the wars of the earth will be peace by the Prince of Peace. Are you ready for this to happen? Are you looking for this to happen? Do you anticipate this happening? Whether we have WW III is not the consequential question of the year. The question is this, "Are you wanting the will of the Father to be done?"
We are admonished to be like Yahshua in our actions and will of mind. Remember, The Redeemer said "Lo, I come to do thy will O God" (Hebrews 10:9), and that only. His will was not in direct action against Gods. He said, "not my will, but thine be done" (Luke 22:42).
Man goes just so far against the will of God and then the Lord will have to take an action against man in an appalling way, a way that will show that mans will is against Gods. But will we take note of this now. We know the outcome, of all that is to come, for the Scripture tells us the end. Even now we are heading head long into the correction institute of God.
Willing to Delight
But speaking of the will of God, what does it consist of? "I delight to do thy will, O my God " (Psalm 40:8). Ratson is the Hebrew word for will. It means delight, to satisfy, to bring pleasure. I delight to do thy delight, I delight to satisfy You, O my God Also in Psalms, "Bless ye the Lord, all ye His hosts; ye ministers of His that do His (Ratson same Hebrew word) pleasure", (Psalm 103:21). Let our will conform to His will and the events of today will take care of themselves for His praise.
What is His will? His desire? His delight?
"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)
Remember God is married to Israel, they are His. He got intimate with them and even though they were His, they strayed from His keeping. Yet He said, "They are Mine."
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah." (Jeremiah 33:14) "The Lord shall go forth as a mighty man, he shall stir up jealousy like a man of war: he shall cry, yea, roar; he shall prevail against his enemies. I have long time holden my peace; I have been still, and refrained myself: now will I cry like a travailing woman; I will destroy and devour at once" (Isaiah 42:13-14). As He goes about as a man of war, at the same time he is redeeming His people. "But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel. Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name: thou art mine" (Isaiah 43:1)
In the book of ISAIAH chapters 41-44 we read of this great event which many tend to doubt that it will ever be or bring happiness and contentment, that is the Messiah King coming to the earth. This misconception has already started the world powers on an ever increasing manipulation of woes forced on us by man and his quest for ultimate power. The zenith of mans power will come tumbling down when the true King has been brought forth by God for His day. In his struggle man will have to finally leave his devises and follow that great plan that from the beginning of time was thought of and desired by God, Himself.
Chapter 41 of Isaiah
V.20. "That they may see, and know, and consider, and understand together, that the hand of the Lord hath done this, and the Holy One of Israel hath created it."
V.25. "I have raised up one from the north, and he shall come: from the rising of the sun shall he call upon my Name: and he shall come upon princes as upon mortar, and as the potter treadeth clay." ("The Lord of hosts hath sworn, saying, Surely as I have thought, so shall it come to pass; and as I have purposed, so shall it stand" Isa. 14:24.)
Israel is now promised by God, ".... I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:" "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:" " .and I (the Lord) said, Thou shalt call me, My Father; and shalt not turn away from me." (Jer. 3:14b 17a 19)
Can you not see these events occurring and the nations in a uproar saying that Ephraim and Judah, all Israel, dont deserve the leadership of Messiah? Why dont they? When the people said, "His blood be on us, and on our children" (Matthew 27:25), they meant it for his death only, but God meant it for good. There is a deeper meaning: the blood was applied on the "ark" in heaven. Remember the Temple, the Tabernacle, when the High Priest sprinkled the blood on the altar, the people and the Ark in the Holy of Holies, the forgiveness of sins was experienced. The blood was applied and they became His in the state of righteousness. Otherwise the words from the cross by Jesus were meaningless "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34). Paul speaks of this also as a mystery, "We speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory" (I Corinthians 2:7-8). They did not know in the Sovereignty of God that this was the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13:8); He died in their sight only 2,000 years ago. Had He not been slain there would not be any redemption for us of the nations.
Gods plan now is for the Israelites to come home and get the land and the people ready for the Messiah to come. This means all Israel, even the ten tribe, Ephraim the Northern Kingdoms, that were scattered all over the world. God is making a way, for its His delight.
Lets help in every way. An Aliyah from the West will give the nation a boost. Pray! Shalom! -