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Tuesday, July 10 2012
Mountains Of The Messiah
Mount Sinai: "They drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ"
The key to understanding the Word of God (a key that in itself reveals, not only what the Word of God is, but Who the Word of God has always been; see What Does Word of God Mean To You?) is the awareness and understanding that the Messiah, the man known as Jesus of Nazareth, was "the LORD God" through Whom and by Whom all things were created (see Who Is The LORD?). At the time of the Exodus, "they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ."
"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 [see also Moses Of Midian] 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." (1 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)
The LORD led the "church in the wilderness" (see The Church In The Wilderness) to Mount Sinai.
"19:1 In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai [see Paul's Geography Lesson]. 19:2 For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount."
The LORD chose Moses, in a single man, to do all that the Kings of Israel and the High Priest of Israel were to do together later. Moses was also a one of a kind prophet of Israel: "34:10 And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face." (Deuteronomy 34:10 KJV)
"19:3 And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel [see Where Jacob Became Israel and Why Did They Go To Goshen?]; 19:4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself. 19:5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: 19:6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation [see The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God]. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel." (Exodus 19:3-6 KJV)
Prior to the origin of the Levite priesthood (see The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood), the heads of each family or clan fulfilled some of the responsibilities that were later given to the priests exclusively.
"19:7 And Moses came and called for the elders of the people [see What Did The Elders Of Israel Do?], and laid before their faces all these words which the LORD commanded him. 19:8 And all the people answered together, and said, All that the LORD hath spoken we will do. And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD." (Exodus 19:7-8 KJV)
The Exodus route was directly to Mount Sinai, where the Law would be given to the people. The Israelites were not being liberated to liberal anarchy (see The First Rock Star).
"19:9 And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD.
The significance of the sounding of trumpets ("the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud") was and is yet prophetic (see The Feast Of Trumpets Prophecy).
"19:16 And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled [see also The Camp]. 19:17 And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount. 19:18 And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. 19:19 And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice.
Moses prepared the Israelites for the delivery of the Law that would set them truly free (see The Yoke Of Freedom).
"19:23 And Moses said unto the LORD, The people cannot come up to mount Sinai [see also The Stones Of Mount Sinai]: for thou chargedst us, saying, Set bounds about the mount, and sanctify it. 19:24 And the LORD said unto him, Away, get thee down, and thou shalt come up, thou, and Aaron with thee: but let not the priests and the people break through to come up unto the LORD, lest he break forth upon them. 19:25 So Moses went down unto the people, and spake unto them." (Exodus 19:23-25 KJV)
"20:1 And God spake all these words, saying,
The Mount Of Olives: "His feet shall stand in that day upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east"
The Mount of Olives, near Jerusalem, was the place where the ascension of the resurrected Messiah occurred. The apostles who witnessed the event were also given two major prophecies at that time: the Kingdom of God would begin whenever the Father declares that it is time for the Messiah's return (see The Seals Of Prophecy and The Two Signs Of Christ's Return) and that the Messiah's return would happen at the Mount of Olives.
"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?
The first resurrection will happen on the day of Christ's return.
"4:13 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?], that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.
For most people in the first resurrection, their first view of Jerusalem will be similar to that shown in the photograph below. They will be resurrected from the dead, or changed to spirit if alive that day, meeting the LORD in the air above wherever on Earth they are, but descend together to the Mount of Olives at Jerusalem i.e. the first resurrection will do at least one orbit as the people are gathered ("24:31 And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other" Matthew 24:31 KJV).
The satellite photo shows the Mediterranean Sea in the left and the land of Israel in the central area. The Sea of Galilee is seen as the inland body of water in the top area, and the Dead / Salt Sea is shown in the bottom right. The Jordan Valley and the Jordan River can be seen connecting the Sea of Galilee and the Dead / Salt Sea. Jerusalem is located to the left of the top of the Dead / Salt Sea, about 1/4 of the distance between the Dead / Salt Sea and the Mediterranean Sea.
Unfortunately, the deceived, self-worshiping world will attempt to fight the returning Messiah (see What Is The Day Of The LORD?), while at the same time humanity will still be in its ages-old self-consuming frenzy of war lust e.g. in Jerusalem itself, before the Messiah comes to stop the atrocities, "the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city."
Note that where the KJV has "And it shall be in that day, that living waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea," the RSV correctly and more plainly renders the directions (and therefore the identity of the Mediterranean and Dead/Salt Seas) as "half of them to the eastern sea and half of them to the western sea." The reason for that is east was the direction that people looked first to determine all other directions (to "orient" one's self - "orient" means east), hence "east" is the "former" (or foremost, or first) direction, while west is to one's back when facing east, so "hinder," or behind.
"14:1 Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.
That prophecy in Zechariah was reiterated in one of the most famous Messianic prophecies in the Scriptures, "the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth," as given to Babylonian King Nebuchadnezzar (see Nebuchadnezzar's Dream Of Christ's Return) in the Book of Daniel.
"2:32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 2:33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors [see Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff]; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone [i.e. Rock; see The First Rock Star] that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth." (Daniel 2:32-35 KJV)
Mount Zion: "For the Law shall go forth of Zion, and the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem"
Zion has always been about the Messiah, when it will become "the joy of the whole earth" (something that "Zionism" certainly has never been up to now).
"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." (Psalm 2:6-7 KJV)
As the Messiah did at Mount Sinai, He will deliver the same Law of the LORD from Zion.
"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. 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 [see The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God and What Is The Day Of The LORD?]. 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 [see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace]." (Micah 4:1-3 KJV)
The Law of God will produce peace on Earth, not only because humanity will be forced, at first, to stop wars ("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") but because humanity will then learn a better way in which war will not be desired, when "they shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea."
"11:1 And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse [see Jesse The Bethlehemite], and a Branch shall grow out of his roots [see Where Is The Messiah's Royal Line?]: 11:2 And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; 11:3 And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears: 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked. 11:5 And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins.
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This Day In History, July 10
48 BC: The Battle of Dyrrhachium in Macedonia. Julius Caesar barely escaped a catastrophic defeat to Pompey.
138: Emperor Hadrian died. He was succeeded by Antonius Pius (see also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).
988: Dublin, Ireland was founded.
1212: The most extensive of the early fires of London, England destroyed most of the city.
1460: During the Wars of the Roses, Richard of York defeated King Henry VI at the battle of Northampton.
1520: The Spanish explorer Hernan Cortes (also known as Hernando Cortez) was forced from Tenochtitlan, Mexico by Aztec leader Cuauhtemoc.
1553: Lady Jane Grey was proclaimed Queen of England. Her father-in-law, Lord Northumberland persuaded Edward VI to name Lady Jane as his successor. Her reign lasted only 9 days before Queen Mary, Edward's older sister, successfully claimed the throne. Lady Jane was imprisoned for treason and then beheaded in February 1554.
1584: William I of Orange was assassinated at his home in Delft, Holland.
1609: The Catholic states in Germany set up a league under the leadership of Maximillian of Bavaria.
1778: Louis XVI of France declared war on England. While France is mistakenly regarded by some to have supported the rebellion of the New England colonies, France tolerated no such independence movements in its own colonies in Louisiana; France sought only to weaken the military ties between England and New England in order to take the territories over for itself when the opportunity presented itself. Napoleon's disastrous wars in Europe (England was fighting Napoleon's French Empire in Europe at the same time that it was fighting in the U.S. in the War of 1812-14) however prevented the French military from invading the new-independent New England colonies.
1821: The U.S. took Florida from Spain.
1925: The famous "Scopes Monkey Trial" began in Dayton, Tennessee, after high school biology teacher John T. Scopes, 24, was charged with teaching evolution to his students. Clarence Darrow worked for the defense and William Jennings Bryan for the prosecution (listen to our Sermon Darwin's Theory of Evolution).
1940: During the Second World War, the "Battle of Britain" air war began when German bombers attacked the docks in south Wales (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1943: U.S., British, and Canadian forces invaded Sicily in "Operation Husky."
1953: The Israeli freighter Haifa took aboard its first consignment of iron in Bremen. As part of the reparations agreed to be paid to Israel for Nazi war crimes, along with hard currency payments, shipments of goods would continue without interruption for 12 years.
1960: 7 year old Roger Woodward became the first human to fall accidentally over Niagara Falls and survive.
1962: Telstar, the first television telecommunications satellite, was launched. It made possible the first relaying of TV programs across the Atlantic Ocean.
1985: The Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior was sunk in the port at Auckland, New Zealand, by a bomb placed by French secret service agents; one crew member was killed.
1992: Manuel Noriega was sentenced to 40 years in prison by a Miami court for alleged drug dealing committed in Panama. According to international diplomatic and military law of sovereign nations, after he was captured and taken to Florida during the U.S. invasion of Panama, Noriega has claimed to be a prisoner of war (Noriega is a general in the Panama military), as well as being diplomatically immune from the civil laws of a foreign country.