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Saturday, October 6 2012

David's Tabernacle

It was King David (see Israel In History and Prophecy: King David) who brought the Ark of the Covenant to the City of David (see A History Of Jerusalem: The City Of David) in Jerusalem where it was housed in a tabernacle, a tent.

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"6:17 And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD [see Who Is The LORD?]." (2 Samuel 6:17 KJV)

Thereafter, David wanted, out of respect and reverence for it, to build a permanent structure to house The Ark, which had been in a tabernacle, a tent, right from the time that it was given to Moses by the LORD (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Tabernacle).

"7:1 And it came to pass, when the king sat in his house, and the LORD had given him rest round about from all his enemies; 7:2 That the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now, I dwell in an house of cedar [see The Temple Cedar], but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains." (2 Samuel 17:1-2 KJV)

The LORD answered David with a Bible History lesson - how the LORD never asked any man to build a Temple of God, but only a tent, or "tabernacle."

"7:5 Go and tell my servant David, Thus saith the LORD, Shalt thou build me an house for me to dwell in? 7:6 Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the children of Israel out of Egypt, even to this day, but have walked in a tent and in a tabernacle. 7:7 In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Jacob's Family], whom I commanded to feed my people Israel, saying, Why build ye not me an house of cedar?" (2 Samuel 7:5-7 KJV)

"After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David"

Although the LORD permitted David to build a Temple of cedar and stone, David was given a better understanding of why the LORD designed the Ark of the Covenant, the Law of God, to be housed in a temporary, movable tabernacle. The "tabernacle" represented humans with the Law of God in their hearts (see Where Is Your Tabernacle?). The permanence comes from righteousness i.e. "He that doeth these things shall never be moved."


"15:1 A Psalm of David.

LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?

15:2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart. 15:3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. 15:4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. 15:5 He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved." (Psalm 15:1-5 KJV)

King David was a foreshadow of the Messiah (see What Happens After The Messiah Returns?). The tabernacle of David will be inherited by the one for Whom it was ultimately created - Jesus Christ. The prophet Isaiah (see also The Prophets: Isaiah) plainly identified the Christ as inhabiting that "tabernacle" when He returns to rule (see also Why Two Comings Of The Christ? and The Coming World Dictator).

"16:5 And in mercy shall the throne be established: and he shall sit upon it in truth in the tabernacle of David, judging, and seeking judgment, and hasting righteousness." (Isaiah 16:5 KJV)

Amos (see also The Prophets: Amos) was also given to see that the "tabernacle" of David, which fell because David's descendants did not have the faithfulness and righteousness of their father, will again be set up and inhabited by a descendant of David who did obey the LORD - because He was the LORD God (see Who Is The LORD?).

"9:11 In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old." (Amos 9:11 KJV)

The "tabernacle" of God's Law has always been Christian because it was Christ that established it - and it is Christ who will fulfill (or fill full - with righteousness) it upon His return.

"15:16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up:

15:17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. 15:18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world." (Acts 15:16-18 KJV)

Fact Finder: What will the resurrected King David be doing in the Kingdom of God after Christ's return?
See David, Future King Of Israel

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This Day In History, October 6

101: The Battle of Arausio. Germanic tribes (Cimbri and Teutoni) defeated a Roman army in what is today southern France.

1014: The Byzantine Emperor Basil earned the title "Slayer of Bulgers" after he ordered the blinding of 15,000 Bulgerian troops.

1520: German reformer Martin Luther published "Prelude on the Babylonian Captivity of the Church," his famous writing which attacked the entire sacramental system of the Catholic Church.

1536: William Tyndale was burned at the stake as a heretic near Brussels, Belgium. The 42 year old English Protestant reformer was a Bible translator and associate of Martin Luther.

1866: Inventor Reginald Aubrey Fessendon, sometimes described as "the genius Canada forgot," was born, near East Bolton, Quebec. His most important invention was the wireless telephone, which preceded modern radio. He also invented the first wireless compass and the fathometer.

1908: Bosnia and Herzegovina were annexed by Austria.

1928: Chiang Kai-Shek became president of the Republic of China.

1949: "Tokyo Rose," Iva Toguri D'Aquino, who broadcast Japanese propaganda to U.S. forces in the Pacific during Second World War, was sentenced in San Francisco to 10 years in prison and a $10,000. fine on treason charges.

1955: The German Democratic Republic (East Germany) became officially sovereign by agreement with the Soviet Union.

1973: Israel's Yom Kippur War began. On the Day of Atonement, Egypt (under Anwar Sadat) attacked Israeli southern positions on the east bank of the Suez while Syrian, Iraqi and Jordanian forces simultaneously attacked Israeli northern positions on the Golan heights. Although early Arab success was soon slowed by fierce resistance by Israeli troops, U.S. President Richard Nixon, concerned that Israel would use its nuclear weapons, ordered an immediate emergency airlift of U.S. weapons to Israel. Despite winning the fourth major Israeli-Arab conflict since 1948, the cost to Israel was very high - 5,500 dead or wounded, 800 tanks lost (see A History Of Jerusalem: War And Peace).

1978: Ayatollah Khomeini, a fanatical Iranian religious leader opposed to the Shah, was granted asylum in France after being expelled from Iran. Khomeini later returned to become Iran's hardline leader when the Shah was overthrown and was himself expelled from Iran. Khomeini claimed that the Shah of Iran was merely a U.S. puppet and that most U.S. diplomats in Iran were CIA agents - claims that fueled the Iranian revolution, which included the takeover of the U.S. Embassy and "the hostage crisis." Some of Khomeini's claims were however later proven true from physical evidence and documents (the Canadian Ambassador to Iran, Ken Taylor, many years later, by his own admission, was also discovered to be assisting the CIA in Iran during the hostage crisis - Taylor helped some of the U.S. "diplomats" after the Iranian takeover of the U.S. Embassy by giving them secret refuge in the Canadian Embassy and then providing them with false Canadian passports so that they could escape out of Iran, in what was later called "the Canadian Caper").
Iran's present day attitude toward Israel is far different than what it was while under the rule of its greatest king (see Iran's Greatest Leader Was Pro-Zionist).

1981: President Anwar Sadat of Egypt was assassinated at age 63 by 4 Egyptian soldiers who suddenly broke from a military parade and opened fire on the Presidential reviewing stand. Anwar Sadat had been a signer of the Camp David Peace Accord with Israel in 1978 for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize with Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin.

1986: A crippled Soviet nuclear submarine sank in the Atlantic Ocean about 2,000 km. east of New York after a fire and explosion aboard the sub 3 days earlier.

1995: Astronomers Michel Mayor and Didier Queloz of the Geneva Observatory in Switzerland announced the discovery of a planet orbiting 51 Pegasi, the first planet discovered orbiting a solar-type star.


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