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Tuesday, October 18 2011
The Tabernacle Of God's Kingdom
Just before His ascension into heaven (see Where Did Jesus Christ Go?), the Messiah answered a question regarding the establishment of the Kingdom of God.
"1:6 When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
What "kingdom" were the apostles asking about? And why? What does on-earth "politics" have to do with the "religion" of Jesus Christ? The answer to that question is what the true Gospel is all about.
"After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down"
It was King David (see Israelite Monarchy - The United Kingdom) who brought the Ark of the Covenant to the The City of David (see also Zionism) in Jerusalem, where it was housed in a tabernacle, a tent.
"6:17 And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place [see also Raiders Of The Lost Ark to understand where The Ark's "place" is to this day], in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD." (2 Samuel 6:17 KJV)
Thereafter, David wanted, out of respect and reverence for it, to build a permanent structure to house The Ark, which had been in a tabernacle, a tent, right from the time that it was given to Moses by the LORD (see also The Trysting Tent).
"7:1 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies; 7:2 That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains." (2 Samuel 17:1-2 KJV)
The LORD answered David with a Bible History lesson - how the LORD never asked any man to build a Temple of God, but only a tent (consider the humility of the LORD in that).
"7:5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? 7:6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. 7:7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?" (2 Samuel 7:5-7 KJV)
Although the LORD nevertheless permitted David to build a Temple of cedar and stone, David was given a better understanding of why the LORD designed the Ark of the Covenant, the Law of God, to be housed in a temporary, movable tabernacle. The "tabernacle" represented humans with the Law of God in their hearts (listen to our Sermon The Feast Of Tabernacles: Our Tent In Heaven). The permanence comes from righteousness i.e. "He that doeth these things shall never be moved."
"15:1 A Psalm of David.
King David was a foreshadow of the Messiah (see Israelite Monarchy - The Messiah and Shadows Of Prophecy). The tabernacle of David will be inherited by the one for Whom it was ultimately created - Jesus Christ. The prophet Isaiah (see also The Prophets: Isaiah) plainly identified the Christ as inhabiting that "tabernacle" when He returns to rule (see also Why Two Comings Of The Christ? and The Coming World Dictator).
"16:5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness." (Isaiah 16:5 KJV)
Amos (see also The Prophets: Amos) was also given to see that the "tabernacle" of David, which fell because David's descendants did not have the faithfulness and righteousness of their father, will again be set up and inhabited by a descendant of David who did obey the LORD - because He was the LORD God (see 'The God Of The Old Testament').
"9:11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old." (Amos 9:11 KJV)
The "tabernacle" of God's Law has always been Christian because it was Christ that established it - and it is Christ who will fulfill (or fill full - with righteousness) it upon His return.
"15:16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:
Fact Finder: What will the resurrected King David be doing in the Kingdom of God after Christ's return?
This Day In History, October 18
33: Agrippina died at age 47. She was the granddaughter of Caesar Augustus (the emperor who declared the census that caused the Messiah to be born in Bethlehem, as prophesied - see Caesar Augustus), widow of Germanicus Caesar, the mother of emperor Gaius Caligula, and the grandmother of Nero through her daughter Agrippina (see also Did Nero Really Fiddle While Rome Burned?).
320: The Greek philosopher Pappus of Alexandria (i.e. the Greeks were then ruling Egypt - see The Ptolemies) recorded an eclipse of the sun and wrote a commentary on The Great Astronomer.
1009: The Church of Rome's "Church of the Holy Sepulchre" in Jerusalem was completely destroyed by the Fatimid caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah; the foundations were cut away right down to bedrock.
1210: Pope Innocent III excommunicated German leader Otto IV (see Emperors and Popes).
1356: The Basel earthquake, the greatest recorded earthquake north of the Alps, destroyed the town of Basel, Switzerland.
1469: Isabella of Castile married Ferdinand II of Aragon, thereby uniting all of the dominions of Spain under one monarchy. They would later support the discovery voyages of Christopher Columbus.
1685: King Louis XIV of France revoked the Edict of Nantes, thereby depriving the Protestant Huguenots of all religious and civil liberties that had been granted to them by Henry IV in 1598.
1748: The Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle, negotiated largely by Britain and France, with the other powers following their lead, ended the War of the Austrian Succession (1740-1748; also known as King George's War). The right of the Habsburg heiress, Maria Theresa, to the Austrian lands was guaranteed, but the Habsburgs were seriously weakened by the guarantee to Prussia, not a party to the treaty, of its conquest of Silesia.
1767: The Mason-Dixon Line, the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania was established. It had been surveyed 1763-1767, prior to the rebellion of the New England colonies, by English surveyors Charles Mason and Jeremiah Dixon to settle a boundary dispute.
1860: British troops burned the Yuanmingyuan, the imperial summer palace in Beijing, China, to the ground.
1867: The U.S. took possession of Alaska after the purchase of the territory from Russia for just over $7 million.
1871: Charles Babbage died at age 79. The British mathematician and inventor originated the principle of the modern computer; published papers on mathematics, statistics, physics and geology; assisted in the establishment of a modern postal system in England; compiled the first reliable actuarial tables; invented the speedometer and the locomotive cowcatcher; he was instrumental in the founding of the Royal Astronomical Society.
1922: The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was established.
1936: To rebuild the bankrupt German economy, Germany's new leader, Adolf Hitler, announced his "Four Year Economic Plan" that would restore prosperity through the aggressive rebuilding of the German military i.e. millions of civilian and military jobs produced by the created "need" for weapons and supplies for the endless wars that the corporate-sponsored politicians would get the country into as a matter of "national defense" - a national policy later known in the U.S. as the "military-industrial complex" i.e. a term used by President, and former Army General, Dwight Eisenhower when he warned that "freedom" must not become merely a mind-control marketing-slogan (turning "freedom" into "free dumb") for perpetual (and very profitable for weapons manufacturers) contrived wars against invented enemies.
1967: The Soviet Genera-4 spacecraft entered the atmosphere of Venus and transmitted data back to earth before losing contact 27 km. above the surface.
1975: Statements made by Pope Paul VI in Rome to a large gathering of cardinals, bishops and plates: "the Catholic faith made Europe," "No other human force in Europe can render the service that is confided to us, promoters of the faith, to reawaken Europe's Christian soul, where its unity is rooted", "the Catholic faith is the secret of Europe's identity, and in discovering that secret, Europe will go on to perform the providential service to which God is still calling it." (see Emperors and Popes and Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).
1991: Azerbaijan declared independence from the USSR.