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The Den Of Thieves Prophecy
The only recorded incident of the Holy Scriptures in which the Messiah used force during His human lifetime (note carefully His statements "11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves"):
"11:15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; 11:16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. 11:17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.
The Words Of Christ Written In The Prophecies Of Isaiah And Jeremiah
The Messiah's (see The Messiah) driving out of the money changers from the Temple is one of the most well-known events of Christ's life. But why did He do it? What was the Biblical basis for His actions? The answer is found in the account itself, "Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? But ye have made it a den of thieves," which is actually a quotation of the writings of two prophets, Isaiah and Jeremiah - who were quoting the LORD (i.e. Christ - see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM' and 'The God Of The Old Testament'). Christ wasn't merely quoting Scripture to fulfill the prophecy; He was quoting Himself from centuries earlier.
For "mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people" from Isaiah:
"56:6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; 56:7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain [see Zionism], and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.
"But ye have made it a den of thieves" from Jeremiah:
"7:9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; 7:10 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? 7:11 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." (Jeremiah 7:9-11 KJV)
Fact Finder: How and when is the incident described in Mark 11:15-18 (quoted above) going to be repeated?