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Monday, February 27 2012
Why Bethlehem, Hebron And Jerusalem?
Although King David's effect and influence upon the world, historically and prophetically, was very great, David lived nearly all of his life within a small area of Judea. David was born in or near Bethlehem, lived at Hebron during the Civil War, and then reigned from Jerusalem as the king of all of the tribes of Israel. David lived in those three cities for a purpose, not merely by chance (his birth in Bethlehem), or military strategy and necessity (his base in Hebron during the Civil War) or politics (capturing and making the Jebusite city into Jerusalem, the capital of all of Israel for the first time ever), but moreover because of the Messianic significance of those cities.
Bethlehem was chosen to be the birthplace of the Messiah, based on prophecies about Bethlehem before David was born i.e. the Messiah wasn't born in Bethlehem merely because David was born there; David was born in Bethlehem because the Messiah would be born there (see Bethlehem In History And Prophecy and The Rachel Prophecies).
"2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod the king [see A History Of Jerusalem: The Herodian Dynasty], behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem [see Why Did The Magi Come?], 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.
Hebron is the burial place of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob (who the LORD renamed as Israel) - the three men to whom the "promised land" was promised, but not delivered to them during their mortal lifetimes - their deliverance will happen when the Messiah returns and establishes the Kingdom of God on Earth (see The True Gospel Of Christ).
"50:24 And Joseph [see Joseph, Prime Minister Of Egypt and Why Did They Go To Goshen?] said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob." (Genesis 50:24 KJV)
Jerusalem is where the Throne of the Messiah will be established over all of the Earth - the true meaning of "Zionism" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).
"4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for the law shall go forth of Zion, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Micah 4:2-3 KJV)
The LORD established the placement of the Messianic line at Bethlehem, in the time of Ruth, long before David was born (see The Messianic Role Of Naomi, Ruth And Boaz). Again, the Messiah wasn't born in Bethlehem because David was; David was born in Bethlehem because the Messiah would be.
"4:13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she was his wife: and when he went in unto her, the LORD gave her conception, and she bare a son. 4:14 And the women said unto Naomi, Blessed be the LORD, which hath not left thee this day without a kinsman, that his name may be famous in Israel. 4:15 And he shall be unto thee a restorer of thy life, and a nourisher of thine old age: for thy daughter in law, which loveth thee, which is better to thee than seven sons, hath borne him.
When it came time to establish the Messianic line though Judah (as determined by the LORD even farther back, as stated by Jacob/Israel centuries before that i.e. "49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be" Genesis 49:10 KJV; see also Who Were The First Jews?), the LORD sent the prophet Samuel (see The Prophets: Samuel) to Bethlehem to anoint the shepherd as king, who would become the key ancestor of the Good Shepherd ("10:11 I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep" John 10:11 KJV) and King ("18:37 Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. To this end was I born, and for this cause came I into the world, that I should bear witness unto the truth. Every one that is of the truth heareth my voice" John 18:37 KJV) to come.
"16:11 And Samuel said unto Jesse, Are here all thy children?
During the time of the Civil War between David and Saul, and then the house of Saul (see The Civil War Kings), the LORD commanded David to establish himself at Hebron, where Abraham, Isaac and Jacob/Israel, along with their wives Sarah, Rebekah and Leah, are awaiting their resurrection in the family tomb there.
"2:1 And it came to pass after this, that David inquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up into any of the cities of Judah?
David's family also began to greatly increase while he was at Hebron (see The Wives Of King David).
"3:1 Now there was long war between the house of Saul and the house of David: but David waxed stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul waxed weaker and weaker.
When the Civil War was over, all of the tribes came from their capitals in the north (as we will read, Jerusalem was not yet an Israelite city) and made David their king while he was at Hebron. If not for the prophesied Messianic purpose of Jerusalem, David's capital of all of Israel would have remained at Hebron, and Jerusalem would have remained as a non-Israelite Jebusite city i.e. "king David made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD."
"5:1 Then came all the tribes of Israel 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.
David was however then directed, according to the Messianic purpose of the LORD, to take the Jebusite city and make it the capital of Israel.
"5:6 And the king and his men went to Jerusalem unto the Jebusites [see A History Of Jerusalem: Jebus Of Canaan], the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except thou take away the blind and the lame, thou shalt not come in hither: thinking, David cannot come in hither. 5:7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.
Jerusalem, as it was originally taken by David, was relatively modest in size, consisting of the main ridge area that had existed in the time of Abraham when the city was known as Salem (see A History Of Jerusalem: Melchizedek's Salem). David however began to expand and build Jerusalem.
"5:11 And Hiram king of Tyre [see also Into The Coasts Of Tyre And Sidon] sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and carpenters, and masons: and they built David an house. 5:12 And David perceived that the LORD had established him king over Israel, and that he had exalted his kingdom for his people Israel's sake.
At the end of his physical life's journey, David appointed his son Solomon to succeed him - with the warning to always remain faithful and obedient to the LORD. Solomon did not heed his father's warning against heathenism (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Glory Of Solomon and Can You Inherit Righteousness?).
"2:1 Now the days of David drew nigh that he should die; and he charged Solomon his son, saying,
Fact Finder: What will David be doing when the Kingdom of God is first established on Earth?
This Day In History, February 27
380: The Edict of Thessalonica. Emperor Theodosius I, with co-emperors Gratian and Valentinian II proclaimed that all Roman citizens were to convert to the Roman perversion of Christianity (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
837: The 15th recorded perihelion passage of Halley's Comet.
1189: Richard the Lion-Hearted ascended the throne.
1526: In Germany, Saxony and Hesse formed the League of Gotha, a league of Protestant princes.
1531: German Protestants established the League of Schmalkalden to resist the authority of the Emperor (although doctrinally, there is no difference between the Church of Rome and her "Protestant" daughters; see Antichristians).
1594: Henry IV was crowned King of France.
1670: Jews were expelled from Austria by order of Leopold I.
1803: The Great Fire of Bombay.
1861: The "Warsaw Massacre" occurred when Russian troops fired on a crowd demonstrating against Russian rule.
1881: The Boers defeated the British at the Battle of Majuba Hill, South Africa.
1900: Canadian forces under Lord Kitchener led the final attack of The Battle of Paardeberg, the last battle of the South African Boer War.
1933: The Reichstag Fire. The Nazis claimed the burning of the German Parliament building was a "conspiracy" by "terrorists" and used it as an opportunity to outlaw their political opponents. A Dutchman, Marius van der Lubbe, who was later executed for starting the fire, is regarded by many historians to have been either completely innocent, or a patsy of the Nazis; he was posthumously pardoned in 2008 (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1942: The Battle of the Java Sea began; a U.S., British, Dutch and Australian naval force under command of Dutch admiral Karel Doorman fought the Japanese. Doorman was killed when the Dutch cruiser De Ruyter was sunk.
1948: The Communists forcefully took over the government of Czechoslovakia from President Eduard Benes.
1949: Chaim Weizmann became the first President of Israel.
1967: CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite editorialized against the Vietnam War (which was actually a civil war between the Vietnamese people whose single country had been partitioned in 1954, by the French at the end of the First Indochina War, into North and South Vietnam), changing from his previous neutral stance.
1973: Native Americans began an occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota, a siege that lasted until May.
1974: A new constitution was approved in Sweden which reduced the status of the king to a figurehead.
1991: During the Gulf War to liberate Kuwait from an invasion by Iraq, Kuwaiti troops re-entered Kuwait city.