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Within Sight Of Moriah

The English rendering of Moriah is from a Hebrew word pronounced mo-ree-yaw. The Hebrew word is compounded from two Hebrew root words, both (obviously) even more ancient than the word that they were combined to create.

One of the root words is pronounced raw-aw. It literally means to see, but is used in many other ways, both literal and figurative, such as to appear, or to understand, as when someone says "I see" when they come to understand something.

The other root word is pronounced yaw. It's an abbreviated form of the Sacred Name of the LORD (see YHVH, Adonai, Jehovah, LORD; also Did Abraham, Isaac and Jacob Know 'The LORD'?) that is itself found in the symbolic names of places, such as Moriah. It's also used in the symbolic names of people who were called to serve the LORD, such as Isaiah, which is pronounced in Hebrew as yesh-aw-yaw, meaning the LORD has saved (the yesh is also found in the actual Hebrew name of "Jesus," which is pronounced Yeshua). Another well-known example is Jeremiah, which in Hebrew is pronounced yir-meh-yaw, which means the LORD will rise. Some of the other prophets also had the Name within their name e.g. Micah, Zephaniah, Zechariah and Elijah.

"The House of the LORD at Jerusalem in Mount Moriah"

Numerous events of Bible History and Prophecy took place, or will take place (see the Fact Finder question below) on Mount Moriah. "Moriah" is however found only twice in the Holy Scriptures. The first was when the LORD tested Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac on Mount Moriah - where God Himself would later go through with the Sacrifice of His Own Son.

The Holy Scriptures

"22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt [Note: the actual original Hebrew word means test, not "tempt"] Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham:

And he said, Behold, here I am.

22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of [see Burnt Offerings to understand where the word holocaust originated].

22:3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him [see What Made Abraham Righteous?; also Circumcision]. 22:4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. 22:5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.

22:6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. 22:7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father:

And he said, Here am I, my son.

And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?

22:8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.

22:9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. 22:10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

22:11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham:

And he said, Here am I.

22:12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

22:13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. 22:14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.

22:15 And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, 22:16 And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: 22:17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; 22:18 And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice.

22:19 So Abraham returned unto his young men, and they rose up and went together to Beersheba; and Abraham dwelt at Beersheba." (Genesis 22:1-19 KJV)

The city that existed in the time of Abraham (see Melchizedek: A Portrayal Of Christ) was captured by King David (see Israelite Monarchy - The United Kingdom) from the Jebusites (Jerusalem, or Salem, was then known as Jebus i.e. "Jebus, which is Jerusalem" Judges 19:10 KJV). It was at "Mount Moriah" that David purchased the property from a Jebusite named Ornan, for the people of Israel who worshiped the LORD according to the existing Holy Scriptures (not for the use and occupation of those who created their own religion, with their own "holy book," many centuries later), upon which the Temple of the LORD would later be built by David's son Solomon.

"21:25 So David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of gold by weight. 21:26 And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called upon the LORD; and he answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt offering.

21:27 And the LORD commanded the angel; and he put up his sword again into the sheath thereof. 21:28 At that time when David saw that the LORD had answered him in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he sacrificed there." (1 Chronicles 21:25-28 KJV)

"3:1 Then Solomon began to build the house of the LORD at Jerusalem in mount Moriah, where the Lord appeared unto David his father, in the place that David had prepared in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite." (2 Chronicles 3:1 KJV)

Fact Finder: What does "Zion" actually mean? Who is coming to rule the entire world from "Zion"?
See The King Of Zion and Zionism


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