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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).

Bethlehem, Hebron, Jerusalem

"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.

2:3 When Herod the king had heard these things, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 2:4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he demanded of them where Christ should be born.

2:5 And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judaea: for thus it is written by the prophet, 2:6 And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel."

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)

"6:8 And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD [see The Rock Of The Church]." (Exodus 6:8 KJV)

"8:11 And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven [see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin; also Can You Inherit Righteousness?]." (Matthew 8:11 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)

Bethlehem

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.

Bethlehem Shepherds

"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.

4:16 And Naomi took the child, and laid it in her bosom, and became nurse unto it. 4:17 And the women her neighbours gave it a name, saying, There is a son born to Naomi; and they called his name Obed: he is the father of Jesse, the father of David." (Ruth 4:13-17 KJV)

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?

And he said, There remaineth yet the youngest, and, behold, he keepeth the sheep.

And Samuel said unto Jesse, Send and fetch him: for we will not sit down till he come hither.

16:12 And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he.

16:13 Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward.

So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah [see Naioth In Ramah]." (1 Samuel 16:11-13 KJV)

Hebron

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.

Hebron

"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?

And the LORD said unto him, Go up.

And David said, Whither shall I go up?

And he said, Unto Hebron.

2:2 So David went up thither, and his two wives also, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail Nabal's wife the Carmelite. 2:3 And his men that were with him did David bring up, every man with his household: and they dwelt in the cities of Hebron. 2:4 And the men of Judah came, and there they anointed David king over the house of Judah. And they told David, saying, That the men of Jabeshgilead were they that buried Saul.

2:5 And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabeshgilead, and said unto them, Blessed be ye of the LORD, that ye have showed this kindness unto your lord, even unto Saul, and have buried him. 2:6 And now the LORD show kindness and truth unto you: and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing. 2:7 Therefore now let your hands be strengthened, and be ye valiant: for your master Saul is dead, and also the house of Judah have anointed me king over them.

2:8 But Abner the son of Ner, captain of Saul's host, took Ishbosheth the son of Saul, and brought him over to Mahanaim; 2:9 And made him king over Gilead, and over the Ashurites, and over Jezreel, and over Ephraim, and over Benjamin, and over all Israel.

2:10 Ishbosheth Saul's son was forty years old when he began to reign over Israel, and reigned two years. But the house of Judah followed David. 2:11 And the time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months." (2 Samuel 2:1-11 KJV)

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.

3:2 And unto David were sons born in Hebron: and his firstborn was Amnon, of Ahinoam the Jezreelitess; 3:3 And his second, Chileab, of Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite; and the third, Absalom the son of Maacah the daughter of Talmai king of Geshur; 3:4 And the fourth, Adonijah the son of Haggith; and the fifth, Shephatiah the son of Abital; 3:5 And the sixth, Ithream, by Eglah David's wife. These were born to David in Hebron.

3:6 And it came to pass, while there was war between the house of Saul and the house of David, that Abner made himself strong for the house of Saul." (2 Samuel 3:1-6 KJV)

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.

5:3 So all the elders of Israel came to the king to Hebron; and king David made a league with them in Hebron before the LORD: and they anointed David king over Israel.

5:4 David was thirty years old when he began to reign, and he reigned forty years. 5:5 In Hebron he reigned over Judah seven years and six months: and in Jerusalem he reigned thirty and three years over all Israel and Judah." (2 Samuel 5:1-5 KJV)

Jerusalem

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.

Mount Zion

"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.

5:8 And David said on that day, Whosoever getteth up to the gutter, and smiteth the Jebusites, and the lame and the blind, that are hated of David's soul, he shall be chief and captain. Wherefore they said, The blind and the lame shall not come into the house.

5:9 So David dwelt in the fort, and called it the city of David [see A History Of Jerusalem: The City Of David]. And David built round about from Millo and inward. 5:10 And David went on, and grew great, and the LORD God of hosts was with him." (2 Samuel 5:6-10 KJV)

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.

5:13 And David took him more concubines and wives out of Jerusalem, after he was come from Hebron: and there were yet sons and daughters born to David. 5:14 And these be the names of those that were born unto him in Jerusalem; Shammuah, and Shobab, and Nathan, and Solomon, 5:15 Ibhar also, and Elishua, and Nepheg, and Japhia, 5:16 And Elishama, and Eliada, and Eliphalet." (2 Samuel 5:11-16 KJV)

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,

2:2 I go the way of all the earth: be thou strong therefore, and show thyself a man; 2:3 And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself: 2:4 That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel.

2:5 Moreover thou knowest also what Joab the son of Zeruiah did to me, and what he did to the two captains of the hosts of Israel, unto Abner the son of Ner, and unto Amasa the son of Jether, whom he slew, and shed the blood of war in peace, and put the blood of war upon his girdle that was about his loins, and in his shoes that were on his feet. 2:6 Do therefore according to thy wisdom, and let not his hoar head go down to the grave in peace.

2:7 But show kindness unto the sons of Barzillai the Gileadite, and let them be of those that eat at thy table: for so they came to me when I fled because of Absalom thy brother.

2:8 And, behold, thou hast with thee Shimei the son of Gera, a Benjamite of Bahurim, which cursed me with a grievous curse in the day when I went to Mahanaim: but he came down to meet me at Jordan, and I sware to him by the LORD, saying, I will not put thee to death with the sword. 2:9 Now therefore hold him not guiltless: for thou art a wise man, and knowest what thou oughtest to do unto him; but his hoar head bring thou down to the grave with blood.

2:10 So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David. 2:11 And the days that David reigned over Israel were forty years: seven years reigned he in Hebron, and thirty and three years reigned he in Jerusalem." (1 Kings 2:1-11 KJV)

Fact Finder: What will David be doing when the Kingdom of God is first established on Earth?
See David, Future King Of Israel


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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.





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