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The Royal Canopy

In English, a pavilion, derived from the Latin word for a butterfly, is generally used to describe a large, elaborate tent raised on posts. It can take various forms, but from the perspective of Bible History, it was generally used either for an enclosed or semi-enclosed tent or tabernacle, or a canopy suspended over the throne or judgment-seat of a king. The original Hebrew words translated as such were (pronounced) soo-kaw, meaning a tent or pavilion and shaf-roor, meaning a tapestry, or royal canopy.

"he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain"

Literal pavilions:


"And say unto them, Thus saith The Lord [see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD] of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will send and take Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon, my servant, and will set his throne upon these stones that I have hid; and he shall spread his royal pavilion over them." (Jeremiah 43:10 KJV)

Figurative pavilions:

"One thing have I desired of The Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of The Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of The Lord, and to inquire in His Temple [see Physical and Spiritual Temples]. For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock" (Psalm 27:4-5 KJV)

"He made darkness His secret place; His pavilion round about Him were dark waters and thick clouds of the skies. At the brightness that was before Him His thick clouds passed, hail stones and coals of fire." (Psalm 18:11-12 KJV)

In Prophecy, the war-worshipping (as he is described below) "King of the North" (see the Fact Finder question below) who, with his vast Satan-empowered military forces, will sweep (literally drive most of his troops down from adjacent Europe) into the Middle East and who will pitch his "royal pavilion" in Israel somewhere between the Mediterranean seacoast and Jerusalem:

"And arms shall stand on his part, and they shall pollute the sanctuary of strength, and shall take away the daily sacrifice, and they shall place the abomination that maketh desolate. And such as do wickedly against the covenant shall he corrupt by flatteries: but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits."

"And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help: but many shall cleave to them with flatteries. And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed."

"And the king shall do according to his will; and he shall exalt himself, and magnify himself above every god, and shall speak marvellous things against the God of gods [see Who Is The Lawless One?], and shall prosper till the indignation be accomplished: for that that is determined shall be done. Neither shall he regard the God of his fathers, nor the desire of women, nor regard any god: for he shall magnify himself above all. But in his estate shall he honour the God of forces: and a god whom his fathers knew not shall he honour with gold, and silver, and with precious stones, and pleasant things. Thus shall he do in the most strong holds with a strange god, whom he shall acknowledge and increase with glory: and he shall cause them to rule over many, and shall divide the land for gain."

"And at the time of the end shall the king of the south push at him: and the king of the north shall come against him like a whirlwind, with chariots, and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall enter into the countries, and shall overflow and pass over. He shall enter also into the glorious land, and many countries shall be overthrown: but these shall escape out of his hand, even Edom, and Moab, and the chief of the children of Ammon. He shall stretch forth his hand also upon the countries: and the land of Egypt shall not escape. But he shall have power over the treasures of gold and of silver, and over all the precious things of Egypt: and the Libyans and the Ethiopians shall be at his steps. But tidings out of the east and out of the north shall trouble him: therefore he shall go forth with great fury to destroy, and utterly to make away many. And he shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him." (Daniel 11:31-45 KJV)

Fact Finder: Who will be the "King of the North," described in Daniel chapter 11 above, who will pitch his royal pavilions near Jerusalem?
See World War 3 In Prophecy

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