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Tuesday, February 28 2012
The Zion Prophecy
It is extremely difficult to correctly understand Holy Bible prophecy if one is unaware of, or simply disregards and ignores, the past as it is actually recorded. Millions of people have, in that way, deliberately (i.e. defiantly) or not, interpreted their "favorite" parts of the Bible to suit themselves, as though the people or the places in the Holy Bible are "really about us, where we happen to be." They hijack the Word of God to satisfy their self-idolatry by counterfeiting themselves as the people that are actually spoken of in the Word of God.
"Zion" or "Zionism" is a prime example. It is one of the most hated (by some people, usually anti-Semitic racists and bigots) or perverted (by some people, who claim their man-made religions to be "Zion," with their fantasy "temples" built in places far from Jerusalem; see Is Your Religion Your Religion? and Toy Bibles) subjects in the Bible. Ironically, as we will read, even the people of Judah ("Jew" is merely an abbreviation of Judah, one of the Israelite tribes, named after Jacob/Israel's son Judah; see Who Were The First Jews?) have reduced the actual Scriptural meaning and purpose of "Zion" and "Zionism" to mean only themselves; they have become as self-worshiping as the Christian-professing people who ignore what Jesus Christ actually taught, because it's the same LORD.
"Zion" and "Zionism" have always been about Jesus Christ. Abraham knew it (see A History Of Jerusalem: Melchizedek's Salem) before the people of Israel even existed. Moses, who was given to fulfill the Exodus prophecy given to Abraham (see The Exodus Prophecy), knew it:
"10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ [see The Rock Of The Church]." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)
But what does the word "Zion" mean, and why was that meaning used in prophecy about the Messiah?
The English word "Zion" is a translated rendering of the Hebrew word, pronounced tsee-yone, which originally simply meant an elevated place, or height, with an applied meaning to be bright. Elevated places are naturally more exposed to sunlight and therefore are seen "shining" from lower elevations, but the meaning is also used in its ultimate purpose in such verses as "50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined" (Psalm 50:2 KJV).
In Jerusalem, "Zion" was the name given to one of the highest hills in Jerusalem. Mount Zion is slightly higher than Mount Moriah (the "Temple Mount"), while the nearby Mount of Olives is slightly higher still. It was, literally, a natural place for a ruler to be sited - just was, and is, the four-winds "threshing floor" that became the Temple Mount (which also was chosen for its Messianic prophetic significance; see Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff).
The first specific mention of "Zion" in the Holy Scriptures was when King David took the city of Jerusalem, as directed by the LORD when David was still in Hebron (see Why Bethlehem, Hebron And Jerusalem? and A History Of Jerusalem: The City Of David).
"5:1 Then came all the tribes of Israel [see The Civil War Kings] 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.
The LORD gave David a command, and a warning, about Jerusalem, and about Zion: "the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation." Notice carefully the "If" in "If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore," and that Zion was the habitation of the LORD "for ever." Zion is in Jerusalem, not anyone's imagination (i.e. image-nation - a counterfeit of God's true Promised Land that, as we will read, has yet to come).
"132:11 The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. 132:12 If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore. 132:13 For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. 132:14 This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it." (Psalm 132:11-14 KJV)
"8:1 Then Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, the chief of the fathers of the children of Israel, unto king Solomon in Jerusalem, that they might bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion.
The kings of Israel, and then Israel and Judah after the division of Israel (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Capital Of Judah), did not heed the warning that was given to King David and his successors (the "if" in "If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony" that we read above) and so they were brought down to ruin. The LORD however never surrendered His Zion to anyone. For example, when the Assyrians mocked and blasphemed the LORD of Zion, the LORD annihilated their army.
"19:20 Then Isaiah the son of Amoz sent to Hezekiah, saying, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, That which thou hast prayed to me against Sennacherib king of Assyria I have heard. 19:21 This is the word that the LORD hath spoken concerning him;
Many regard what happened to the Assyrian army to be merely a historic event, but it moreover prophesied how the LORD will rule, with a rod of iron," from Zion. Even King David knew it in his own time.
"2:4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. 2:5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure. 2:6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. 2:7 I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. 2:9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel." (Psalm 2:4-9 KJV)
"Zion" belongs to the LORD, the reason that He proclaimed "I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury." He is "jealous" of how "Zion" has been perverted and counterfeited - all of which will end when "I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth."
"8:2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury. 8:3 Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain." (Zechariah 8:2-3 KJV)
The return of the LORD to Zion will be in a day of great signs from the heavens in which His Power will be known, to those who have yet to take heed of it.
"24:23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously." (Isaiah 24:23 KJV)
It will be the day when Truth begins to reign, over all of the Earth, from Zion.
"3:15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
It will be then that "out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem," so that the famous "he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more" (as found in both Isaiah 2:4 and Micah 4:3) will be fulfilled. There won't be any make-believe "Zionists," Christian-professing or Jewish, on that day.
"2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
Notice also that the people of Israel (the "lost ten tribes") and Judah (the Jews of today) will also "seek the LORD their God" at Zion, because they have "been lost sheep: their shepherds have caused them to go astray."
"50:4 In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God. 50:5 They shall ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherward, saying, Come, and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten.
This Day In History, February 28
202 BC: Liu Bang became Emperor Gaozu of Han, beginning four centuries of the Han Dynasty of China.
1066: Westminster Abbey opened. Originally an abbey church of Benedictine monks, it became a national shrine of Britain.
1525: Aztec King Cuauhtemoc was executed by the forces of Hernan Cortes.
1638: The Scottish National Covenant was signed in Edinburgh.
1692: The Salem, Massachusetts witch hysteria began.
1759: Pope Clement XIII granted permission for the Bible to be translated into the languages of the Roman Catholic states - provided that it was read and "interpreted" only by Catholic priests.
1784: John Wesley of the Church of England established his "Methodist Church" (also known as "the Wesleyan faith" or "the Methodists").
1825: A treaty was signed between Britain and Russia settling the border between Canada and Alaska. Alaska was then a Russian province.
1843: The Great March Comet of 1843 made its closest approach to the sun, only 120,000 km., less than a tenth of the solar diameter. For a few hours that day, the comet outshone any comet seen in the previous 7 centuries. Burning in the daytime sky like a brilliant, tailed star less than 1 degree from the limb of the sun, the comet's astronomical magnitude may have reached -17, more than 60 times brighter than the full moon. The tail eventually reached a length of 68 degrees, 3 weeks after perihelion, estimated to have stretched 300,000,000 km. across the inner solar system. The last time a comet was seen that close to the sun was in 1106.
1844: On the Potomac River, the U.S. navy was demonstrating its new frigate Princeton when one of its guns exploded, killing Secretary of State Abel Upshur, Navy Secretary Thomas Gilmer and some other government officials.
1917: During the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), total ships sunk for the month by German submarines: 212.
1940: British Colonial Secretary MacDonald terminated all further land sales to Jews in "Palestine" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism). The move was officially intended to prevent arousing the Arabs, thereby destabilizing the region, which would have benefited Nazi Germany.
1940: The superliner Queen Elizabeth was launched in Britain.
1948: The last British troops left India which had then become independent.
1954: The U.S. detonated its second hydrogen bomb, at Bikini atoll. The expected yield of the weapon of mass destruction was 8 megatons; the actual yield turned out to be 15 megatons.
1969: A Los Angeles court refused Robert Kennedy's assassin Sirhan Sirhan's request to be executed.
1974: The U.S. and Egypt re-established diplomatic relations after 7 years.
1993: The siege at Waco, Texas, began after U.S. federal agents tried to serve an arrest warrant for weapons charges on Branch Davidian sect leader David Koresh.
1996: Russia entered as the 39th member of the Council of Europe.
1997: An earthquake in northern Iran killed over 3,000 people.