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Tuesday, January 8 2013

Where Is The House Of God?

"This is none other but the House of God, and this is the gate of heaven"

The English word "house" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, hus, which meant to cover. The English word "husband" originated from the same root word. The King James translators of 1611 were apparently aware of it with their "1:9 The LORD grant you that ye may find rest, each of you in the house of her husband [see also The Birth Of The Bride]" (Ruth 1:9 KJV).

"House" is used to translate the Hebrew word, pronounced bay-yith (usually translated into English as "beth" e.g. Bethlehem means house of bread), which can mean a simple family residence, but could also mean, as is used today in such terms as Government House, or House of Congress, a national representative capital. It could also mean (not coincidentally, since nations originate from families, with the head of the kin sometimes being designated as the King), a family of a patriarch. Consider this example of "the house of Jacob" which meant all who were descended from Jacob - at that time, Jacob had only a tent, not a "house," and those who were counted in Jacob's house (in the greater family sense) were his Egyptian-born grandchildren who Jacob had yet to meet.

Jacob's Dream

"46:26 All the souls [see What Does The Bible Really Say About Your Soul?] that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob's sons' wives, all the souls were threescore and six; 46:27 And the sons of Joseph [see A Biography Of Jacob: A Coat Of Many Colors], which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten." (Genesis 46:26-27 KJV)

Years before, Jacob had well-understood the meaning of "the house of God" at the time of his "stairway to heaven" dream. Jacob renamed the place where it happened "Bethel," which means House of God. There was no physical building there - just God in heaven and Jacob on Earth.

"28:10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.

28:11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.

28:12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth [see A Biography Of Jacob: Stairway To Heaven], and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 28:13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; 28:14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 28:15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of.

28:16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD [see The Kingdom Of The LORD God] is in this place; and I knew it not. 28:17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

28:18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. 28:19 And he called the name of that place Bethel [see The God Of Bethel]: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first." (Genesis 28:10 KJV)

"He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His Name's sake ... I will dwell in the House of the LORD for ever"

The Tabernacle, built by Moses according to the instructions given to him by the LORD, was known as "the house of God."

The Tabernacle

"6:48 Their brethren also the Levites were appointed unto all manner of service of the tabernacle of the house of God [see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Tabernacle]. 6:49 But Aaron and his sons offered upon the altar of the burnt offering, and on the altar of incense, and were appointed for all the work of the place most holy, and to make an atonement for Israel, according to all that Moses the servant of God had commanded." (1 Chronicles 6:48-49 KJV)

The Temple in Jerusalem, which replaced the portable Tabernacle, was also known as "the house of the LORD" (i.e. see The Kingdom Of The LORD God).

"5:1 Thus all the work that Solomon made for the house of the LORD was finished [see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Temple]: and Solomon brought in all the things that David his father had dedicated; and the silver, and the gold, and all the instruments, put he among the treasures of the house of God.

5:2 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 Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the city of David, which is Zion [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Zion]. 5:3 Wherefore all the men of Israel assembled themselves unto the king in the feast which was in the seventh month.

5:4 And all the elders of Israel came; and the Levites took up the ark [see The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood]. 5:5 And they brought up the ark, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy vessels [see The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today] that were in the tabernacle, these did the priests and the Levites bring up." (2 Chronicles 5:1-5 KJV)

Moses, in his time, and David and Solomon in their time centuries later, all knew that "the house of God" was more than just a tent or a stone and cedar building. The famous Twenty-third Psalm is very plain in regard to eternal life in "the house of the LORD for ever."

"23:1 A Psalm of David.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 23:2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death [see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin and The Eighth Day: Empty Cemeteries], I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever." (Psalm 23:1-6 KJV)

Although not as famous, the very next Psalm expounds how people will get to dwell in the house of the LORD for ever: "He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation."

Earth

"24:1 A Psalm of David.

The earth is the LORD, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. 24:2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods.

24:3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place?

24:4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. 24:5 He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 24:6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah.

24:7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates [see The Messiah's Teachings About Gates]; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in.

24:8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, the LORD mighty in battle.

24:9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 24:10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah." (Psalm 24:1-10 KJV)

King Solomon, even at the dedication of the Temple upon its completion, well understood "behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!" It was always about looking to where the LORD can be "found," and obeying Him.

"6:18 But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!

6:19 Have respect therefore to the prayer of thy servant, and to his supplication, O LORD my God, to hearken unto the cry and the prayer which thy servant prayeth before thee: 6:20 That thine eyes may be open upon this house day and night, upon the place whereof thou hast said that thou wouldest put thy name there; to hearken unto the prayer which thy servant prayeth toward this place. 6:21 Hearken therefore unto the supplications of thy servant, and of thy people Israel, which they shall make toward this place: hear thou from thy dwelling place, even from heaven; and when thou hearest, forgive." (2 Chronicles 6:18-21 KJV)

"Behold the wicked abominations that they do here"

What happened when the Israelites made the Temple into a Sunday-keeping ("they worshipped the sun toward the east") house of idols ("behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed upon the wall round about")?

Back To Babylon

"8:9 And he said unto me, Go in, and behold the wicked [see What Does Wicked Mean?] abominations that they do here. 8:10 So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, portrayed upon the wall round about. 8:11 And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up.

8:12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel [see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah] do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, The LORD seeth us not; the LORD hath forsaken the earth. 8:13 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do.

8:14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the LORD house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz. 8:15 Then said he unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations than these.

8:16 And he brought me into the inner court of the LORD's house, and, behold, at the door of the temple of the LORD, between the porch and the altar, were about five and twenty men, with their backs toward the temple of the LORD, and their faces toward the east; and they worshipped the sun toward the east.

8:17 Then he said unto me, Hast thou seen this, O son of man? Is it a light thing to the house of Judah that they commit the abominations which they commit here? for they have filled the land with violence, and have returned to provoke me to anger: and, lo, they put the branch to their nose." (Ezekiel 8:9-17 KJV)

The LORD had them taken away into exile. Their house of idols was destroyed.

"36:15 And the LORD God of their fathers sent to them by his messengers, rising up betimes, and sending; because he had compassion on his people, and on his dwelling place: 36:16 But they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets [see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Prophets], until the wrath of the LORD arose against his people, till there was no remedy. 36:17 Therefore he brought upon them the king of the Chaldees, who slew their young men with the sword in the house of their sanctuary, and had no compassion upon young man or maiden, old man, or him that stooped for age: he gave them all into his hand. 36:18 And all the vessels of the house of God, great and small, and the treasures of the house of the LORD, and the treasures of the king, and of his princes; all these he brought to Babylon. 36:19 And they burnt the house of God, and brake down the wall of Jerusalem, and burnt all the palaces thereof with fire, and destroyed all the goodly vessels thereof.

36:20 And them that had escaped from the sword carried he away to Babylon; where they were servants to him and his sons until the reign of the kingdom of Persia [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Babylon and Persia]: 36:21 To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: for as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years." (2 Chronicles 36:15-21 KJV)

"Thou oughtest to behave thyself in the House of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the Truth"

For the sake of the Messiah's coming, the people of Judah were permitted to return from Babylon after a seventy-year exile. They built and dedicated "this house of God."

Fallen Stones

"6:14 And the elders of the Jews builded [see A History Of Jerusalem: Ezra And Nehemiah], and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. And they builded, and finished it, according to the commandment of the God of Israel, and according to the commandment of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia. 6:15 And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king.

6:16 And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy, 6:17 And offered at the dedication of this house of God an hundred bullocks, two hundred rams [see also The Blood Of Bulls And Goats], four hundred lambs; and for a sin offering for all Israel, twelve he goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel. 6:18 And they set the priests in their divisions, and the Levites in their courses, for the service of God, which is at Jerusalem; as it is written in the book of Moses.

6:19 And the children of the captivity kept the passover upon the fourteenth day of the first month." (Ezra 6:14-19 KJV)

Herod the Great (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Herod) later greatly built upon the Temple, so that by the time of the Messiah's coming, it was one of the greatest buildings in the Roman Empire. When the religionists defiled it, the Messiah drove them out, with the proclamation "Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise." As we will read, the Messiah wasn't talking merely about a building - that He would later permit the Romans to reduce to rubble (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?), just as the Babylonians had done centuries earlier.

"2:13 And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, 2:14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise [see also Why Did The Sadducees Fear The Messiah?].

2:17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up." (John 2:13-17 KJV)

What was the Messiah talking about, if not the mere building?

Although it has come to mean a large, sometimes pretentious home, the English word mansion was derived from a Latin word, mansum, that simply means to dwell. Mansion is found once in the King James Version of the Bible to translate the original Greek word, pronounced moh-nay, which means to stay, or to reside. The Greek word is itself found only twice in the Holy Scriptures, both in the book of John; the KJV translates it once as mansions, once as abode.

As "mansions" (verse 1):

The Holy Scriptures

"14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 14:4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.

14:5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way?

14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me [see The Church: Mission Accomplished]." (John 14:1-6 KJV)

As "abode" (verse 23):

"14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments [see Christ Died For Repentant Sinners and The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God]. 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 14:17 Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 14:18 I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you. 14:19 Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also. 14:20 At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. 14:21 He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them [see Works Means Obedience], he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me shall be loved of my Father, and I will love him, and will manifest myself to him.

14:22 Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not unto the world?

14:23 Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him." (John 14:15-23 KJV)

As Moses and David saw it in their time, "the house of God, which is the church of the living God" is what the Scriptures were saying all along. If the people became corrupt, the house was no longer that of God because the people had made themselves not of God in it. The House of God, "which is the church of the living God," is built upon and stands by Truth.

Heaven

"3:14 These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly: 3:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth. 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory." (1 Timothy 3:14-16 KJV)

Where does the Truth come from? "Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?" And what happens it is defiled, physically or spiritually? "If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are."

"3:16 Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." (1 Corinthians 3:16-17 KJV)

As explained at the beginning, "house" is also used as a word for a Capital or as a word for a family. The Kingdom of God will be both, the New Jerusalem and the children of God when they are "born again" (see What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?) by the power of the Holy Spirit, in the eternal Kingdom of God.

"21:21 And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass.

21:22 And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 21:23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 21:24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 21:25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 21:26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life." (Revelation 21:21-27 KJV)

Fact Finder: What is coming for those who build their own "houses" and call them by the Name of the LORD?
See Will Jesus Christ Obey Your Christian Religion?


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This Day In History, January 8

307: Jin Huidi, Emperor of China's Jin Dynasty, was assassinated by poisoning; he was succeeded by his son Jin Huaidi.

871: Alfred the Great led a West Saxon army against an invasion of Danelaw Vikings.

1297: In Monaco, Franceschino Grimaldi, disguised as a monk, sneaked into the Genoese-controlled fortress, let in his own soldiers, and established the Grimaldi dynasty.

1499: Louis XII of France, after a papal divorce, married Anne, Duchess of Brittany, to keep the duchy for the crown.

1598: Jews were expelled from Genoa, Italy.

1642: Galileo Galilei, Italian mathematician, astronomer, physicist and developer of the astronomical telescope, died at age 78 (see also No 'Flat Earth' In The Bible and Parabolic Prophecies).

1656: The oldest surviving commercial newspaper began, in Haarlem, Netherlands.

1681: The treaty of Radzin ended 5 years of war between the Turks (i.e. the Ottoman Empire; listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) against Russia and Poland.

1745: England, Austria, Saxony and the Netherlands formed an alliance against Russia.

1780: A magnitude 7.7 earthquake killed 80,000 people and caused major damage to the city of Tabriz, Iran.

1806: Cape Colony, South Africa became a British colony.

1815: The battle of New Orleans between U.S. and British forces. It was the last battle of the War of 1812 (1812-1814), although the war was officially over when the battle was fought - a peace treaty had actually been signed in Europe 2 weeks earlier, but the news had not reached the armies of either side until up to a month later in some more remote areas.

1926: Abdul Aziz ibn Saud became the King of the Hejaz, which he announced would from then on be called Saudi Arabia (see Paul's Geography Lesson).

1941: Robert Baden-Powell died at age 84. The British army officer, hero of the South African (Boer) War of 1899-1902, was founder of the Boy Scouts.

1959: Charles de Gaulle became the first president of France's Fifth Republic. He took office for a second term on this day in 1966.

1998: A quote from a pro-cloning scientist: "You can't stop science. God made man in His own image. God intended for man to become one with God. ... Cloning and the reprogramming of DNA is the first serious step in becoming one with God."





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