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Tuesday, January 24 2012
A History Of Jerusalem: The City Of David
When Jesus Christ (see also The Rock Of The Church) returns to Earth (see also The True Gospel Of Christ), specifically to Jerusalem (as will be covered in a subsequent study in this series; see also When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin), it will be as a conquering King.
"19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.
With His Eternal New World Order (unlike the real or imagined human "new world order" that one rising and then falling empire after another has produced throughout human history) by Christ's overwhelming power (see The Coming World Dictator), the King of (human) kings and LORD of (human) lords will deliver His religious Truth to all the world from Jerusalem. His Truth will be the Law everywhere.
"4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
King David's military capture of Jerusalem, and then his preparations for the building of the Temple in Zion, were prophetic object lessons of the Messianic verses quoted above.
First, David's taking of Jerusalem from the Jebusites (see A History Of Jerusalem: Jebus Of Canaan) after the civil war against Saul (see The Civil War Kings). These verses also help to explain the original meanings of "Zion" and the "city of David" within Jerusalem, which in David's time extended only over the central ridge area, with the valleys encompassing it (see the illustration and map below) i.e. "David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David" and "David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David."
"5:1 Then came all the tribes of Israel [see Are Levites 'Jews'?] to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. 5:2 Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel.
When David's hold on the city became consolidated, he built a "house" and greatly increased his family (see also The Wives Of King David).
"5:10 And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him.
Ironically, David's greatest military and political threats came from within his own family, including when his son Absalom staged a coup against his father and temporarily drove David out of the city. It was a fatal mistake for Absalom.
"15:13 And there came a messenger to David, saying, The hearts of the men of Israel are after Absalom.
David also brought the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem "and pitched for it a tent" - keeping in mind that it had always been in a tent, or tabernacle, right from the time of the Exodus. The verse "None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the LORD chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever" also explains why no one could have taken the Ark away from Jerusalem (see Raiders Of The Lost Ark).
"15:1 And David made him houses in the city of David, and prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent. 15:2 Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the LORD chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever.
David fully realized that his role as the "King of Jerusalem" also enabled Zion to be the place where the Law would "go forth" unto all the world (as we read in the verses above). David laid the foundation for the basis of that being done when he brought the Ark home forever i.e. "For David said, The LORD God of Israel hath given rest unto his people, that they may dwell in Jerusalem for ever: And also unto the Levites; they shall no more carry the tabernacle, nor any vessels of it for the service thereof."
"23:25 For David said, The LORD God of Israel hath given rest unto his people, that they may dwell in Jerusalem for ever: 23:26 And also unto the Levites; they shall no more carry the tabernacle, nor any vessels of it [see also The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today]for the service thereof. 23:27 For by the last words of David the Levites were numbered from twenty years old and above:
David also knew that he had set the stage for the building of the Temple (the spiritual purpose of which will be covered in a subsequent study in this series), that would be completed by his son Solomon.
"28:1 And David assembled all the princes of Israel, the princes of the tribes, and the captains of the companies that ministered to the king by course, and the captains over the thousands, and captains over the hundreds, and the stewards over all the substance and possession of the king, and of his sons, with the officers, and with the mighty men, and with all the valiant men, unto Jerusalem.
With his royal prophetic task completed, "David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David" where he awaits his resurrection on the day of Christ's return (see the Fact Finder question below).
"2:10 So David slept with his fathers [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?], and was buried in the city of David.
Fact Finder: What will King David be doing when the Messiah returns and establishes the Kingdom of God?
This Day In History, January 24
41: Roman emperor Caligula was assassinated by his own bodyguards, the Praetorian Guards. Caligula had succeeded Tiberius, who ruled the Roman Empire at the time of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ (see also New Testament Roman Emperors). The assassins then proclaimed Caligula's uncle Claudius as Emperor (see also The Politics Of Rome and Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire; also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).
1076: German bishops renounced their subjection to Pope Gregory at the Synod of Worms (Vorms, rendered in English as "Worms," is a city in Germany).
1458: Matthias Corvinus was elected the king of Hungary. He was the son of the popular Hungarian nationalist leader John Hunyadi.
1568: The Spanish imperial governor, the Duke of Alva, declared William I ("William of Orange") of the Netherlands an outlaw. William was a leading founder of Dutch independence.
1742: Charles Albert of Bavaria was proclaimed Holy Roman Emperor as Charles VII. Charles opposed the Hapsburg, Francis, husband of Maria Theresa (see Emperors and Popes).
1800: The Convention of al-Arish. An abortive Anglo-French agreement for the French evacuation of Egypt.
1915: During that First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), the British fleet under the command of Admiral Beatty defeated the German navy under Von Hipper at the Battle of Dogger Bank. The German cruiser Blucher was sunk, killing 870.
1931: The League of Nations rebuked Poland for the mistreatment of a German minority in Upper Silesia.
1961: A U.S. B-52 bomber, with two 24-megaton nuclear bombs aboard, crashed near Goldsboro, North Carolina. While neither of the weapons of mass destruction detonated from the impact, the explosive uranium core of one of them was never recovered.
1965: Winston Churchill died at age 90. He served as the Prime Minister of Britain during the Second World War.
1966: Indira Gandhi, the daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru (India's first prime minister), became Prime Minister of India after the death of Sri Shastri.
1972: On Guam, a Japanese soldier from World War Two was discovered. Shoichi Yokoi had spent 28 years in the jungle with the belief that the war that ended in 1945 was still ongoing.
1978: A Soviet Union satellite, powered by a nuclear reactor, re-entered the earth's atmosphere and disintegrated over northern Canada.
1981: Millions of workers in Poland boycotted their jobs to support the Solidarity trade union's demand for a 5 day work week. The communist government eventually relented.
1986: Voyager 2 made a fly-by of the planet "Uranus" (a pagan name given to the planet by man) at 81,593 km. It found new moons.
1989: Mass murderer Ted Bundy, 42, was executed in the Florida electric chair; he killed up to 100 women.