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Sunday, January 13 2013

Who Built The House Of David?

The LORD will build thee an house ... I will raise up thy seed after thee ... He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever"

David was chosen by the LORD to be the king of Israel. The LORD founded the royal house of David. After David had been established in his palace, he became mindful that the Ark of the Covenant was still in a tent, as it had been right from the time that the LORD commanded Moses to make it so.

"17:1 Now it came to pass, as David [see Israel In History and Prophecy: King David] sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD remaineth under curtains.

17:2 Then Nathan [see The Prophets: Nathan] said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is with thee." (1 Chronicles 17:1-2 KJV)

The LORD's answer was that David would not be permitted to build a Temple, "For I have not dwelt in an house since the day that I brought up Israel unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another."

"17:3 And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God [see What Does Word of God Mean To You?] came to Nathan, saying,

17:4 Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in: 17:5 For I have not dwelt in an house since the day that I brought up Israel unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another [see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Tabernacle]. 17:6 Wheresoever I have walked with all Israel, spake I a word to any of the judges of Israel [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Moses, Israel In History and Prophecy: Joshua, Israel In History and Prophecy: The Judges and Israel In History and Prophecy: Samuel], whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why have ye not built me an house of cedars?" (1 Chronicles 17:3-6 KJV)

The LORD further proclaimed however that David's royal seed would build a Temple. It was a prophecy that would be ultimately fulfilled by the Messiah, Who would be of the house of David. "I will stablish his throne for ever" was not referring to Solomon or any other human king. The LORD established the house of David, and it will be the LORD Who builds the ultimate Temple of God (see the Fact Finder question below).

Jerusalem In The Time Of Solomon

"17:7 Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote [see Jesse The Bethlehemite], even from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be ruler over my people Israel: 17:8 And I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast walked, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee, and have made thee a name like the name of the great men that are in the earth. 17:9 Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning, 17:10 And since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. Moreover I will subdue all thine enemies. Furthermore I tell thee that the LORD will build thee an house.

17:11 And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom. 17:12 He shall build me an house [see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Temple], and I will stablish his throne for ever. 17:13 I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee: 17:14 But I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his throne shall be established for evermore. 17:15 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David." (1 Chronicles 17:7-15 KJV)

David remained humble throughout his life because he never forgot "Who am I, O LORD God, and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?"

"17:16 And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and said,

Who am I, O LORD God, and what is mine house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? 17:17 And yet this was a small thing in thine eyes, O God; for thou hast also spoken of thy servant's house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the estate of a man of high degree, O LORD God [see The Kingdom Of The LORD God].

17:18 What can David speak more to thee for the honour of thy servant? for thou knowest thy servant. 17:19 O LORD, for thy servant's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all this greatness, in making known all these great things." (1 Chronicles 17:16-18 KJV)

David came at last to realize that the LORD was choosing and establishing His human ancestors through the house of David. The Messiah being born of the house of David happened because the LORD established the house of David for that purpose, and for the purpose of thereafter building a House of God (the Messiah being a "carpenter" was symbolic, not mere happenstance; see the Fact Finder question below).

"17:20 O LORD, there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 17:21 And what one nation in the earth is like thy people Israel, whom God went to redeem to be his own people, to make thee a name of greatness and terribleness, by driving out nations from before thy people, whom thou hast redeemed out of Egypt? 17:22 For thy people Israel didst thou make thine own people for ever; and thou, LORD, becamest their God.

17:23 Therefore now, LORD, let the thing that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and concerning his house be established for ever, and do as thou hast said. 17:24 Let it even be established, that thy name may be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel: and let the house of David thy servant be established before thee.

17:25 For thou, O my God, hast told thy servant that thou wilt build him an house: therefore thy servant hath found in his heart to pray before thee. 17:26 And now, LORD, thou art God, and hast promised this goodness unto thy servant: 17:27 Now therefore let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may be before thee for ever: for thou blessest, O LORD, and it shall be blessed for ever." (1 Chronicles 17:20-27 KJV)

"So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day"

The united kingdom of Israel was divided into "Israel" and "Judah" because of King Solomon's idolatry (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Solomon). The division came in the time of Rehoboam, the son and successor of Solomon, when "Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day."

The Division of The Kingdom under Rehoboam

"12:16 So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse: to your tents, O Israel: now see to thine own house, David. So Israel departed unto their tents [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah].

12:17 But as for the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them [see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah].

12:18 Then king Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was over the tribute; and all Israel stoned him with stones, that he died. Therefore king Rehoboam made speed to get him up to his chariot, to flee to Jerusalem. 12:19 So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day. 12:20 And it came to pass, when all Israel heard that Jeroboam was come again, that they sent and called him unto the congregation, and made him king over all Israel: there was none that followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only." (1 Kings 12:16-20 KJV)

The northern kingdom, known as Israel (the southern kingdom was known as Judah; see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah and Kings of Israel and Judah) were grossly corrupt with idolatry right from their beginning. The first king of the northern kingdom, Jeroboam, used idolatry to keep the people of Israel from going down to Judah to worship at the Temple in Jerusalem. The LORD eventually had Israel removed, whereby they have since been known as "the lost ten tribes" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Lost Ten Tribes and No Levites In The Lost Ten Tribes?; also Israel Never Knew Purim, Hanukkah Or Judaism).

"12:26 And Jeroboam [see Jeroboam Of Israel] said in his heart, Now shall the kingdom return to the house of David: 12:27 If this people go up to do sacrifice in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then shall the heart of this people turn again unto their lord, even unto Rehoboam king of Judah, and they shall kill me, and go again to Rehoboam king of Judah.

12:28 Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold, and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. 12:29 And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan. 12:30 And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.

12:31 And he made an house of high places, and made priests of the lowest of the people, which were not of the sons of Levi. 12:32 And Jeroboam ordained a feast in the eighth month, on the fifteenth day of the month, like unto the feast that is in Judah, and he offered upon the altar. So did he in Bethel, sacrificing unto the calves that he had made: and he placed in Bethel the priests of the high places which he had made. 12:33 So he offered upon the altar which he had made in Bethel the fifteenth day of the eighth month, even in the month which he had devised of his own heart; and ordained a feast unto the children of Israel: and he offered upon the altar, and burnt incense." (1 Kings 12:26-33 KJV)

The kingdom of Judah eventually became just as corrupt as Israel had done, "Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David." Their antics and idolatry notwithstanding, the house of David survived the Babylonian exile for the sole purpose of the coming of the Messiah.

"21:1 Now Jehoshaphat [see Jehoshaphat Of Judah] slept with his fathers, and was buried with his fathers in the city of David. And Jehoram his son [see Jehoram Of Judah] reigned in his stead. 21:2 And he had brethren the sons of Jehoshaphat, Azariah, and Jehiel, and Zechariah, and Azariah, and Michael, and Shephatiah: all these were the sons of Jehoshaphat king of Israel. 21:3 And their father gave them great gifts of silver, and of gold, and of precious things, with fenced cities in Judah: but the kingdom gave he to Jehoram; because he was the firstborn.

21:4 Now when Jehoram was risen up to the kingdom of his father, he strengthened himself, and slew all his brethren with the sword, and divers also of the princes of Israel.

21:5 Jehoram was thirty and two years old when he began to reign, and he reigned eight years in Jerusalem [see our History of Jerusalem study series, beginning with A History Of Jerusalem: In The Beginning]. 21:6 And he walked in the way of the kings of Israel, like as did the house of Ahab: for he had the daughter of Ahab to wife: and he wrought that which was evil in the eyes of the LORD. 21:7 Howbeit the LORD would not destroy the house of David, because of the covenant that he had made with David, and as he promised to give a light to him and to his sons for ever." (2 Chronicles 21:1-7 KJV)

"They shall look upon Me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son"

Exactly as prophesied, the Messiah was born of the house of David. It was for that very reason that Joseph and Mary were required to register in "the city of David."

Israel From Space

"2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus [see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars], that all the world should be taxed. 2:2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth [see Joseph Of Nazareth], into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 2:5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. 2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn." (Luke 2:1-7 KJV)

Also exactly as prophesied, the Lamb of God, "the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David" came and fulfilled that prophecy. With the Sacrifice, the LORD God was given, by God, the royal authority to rule (see What Happened When The Messiah Arrived In Heaven?).

"5:1 And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals [see also Is God Using Electronic Books Now?]. 5:2 And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, Who is worthy to open the book, and to loose the seals thereof? 5:3 And no man in heaven, nor in earth, neither under the earth, was able to open the book, neither to look thereon. 5:4 And I wept much, because no man was found worthy to open and to read the book, neither to look thereon. 5:5 And one of the elders saith unto me, Weep not: behold, the Lion of the tribe of Juda, the Root of David, hath prevailed to open the book, and to loose the seven seals thereof.

5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth. 5:7 And he came and took the book out of the right hand of him that sat upon the throne. 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints. 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying,

Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth." (Revelation 5:1-10 KJV)

The world is not going to welcome the Messiah at His return (i.e. "These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings" Revelation 17:14 KJV). The Messiah's return will be to Jerusalem ("And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east" Zechariah 14:4 KJV). As such, the people of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah) will be the first to have direct contact with the Messiah (and those of the first resurrection; see When And Where Your Eternal Life Will Begin). On that day, the people of the religion of Judaism are going to be awakened from their Scriptural shortcomings.

"12:3 And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it. 12:4 In that day, saith the LORD, I will smite every horse with astonishment, and his rider with madness: and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will smite every horse of the people with blindness. 12:5 And the governors of Judah shall say in their heart, The inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be my strength in the LORD of hosts their God [see What Is The Day Of The LORD?].

12:6 In that day will I make the governors of Judah like an hearth of fire among the wood, and like a torch of fire in a sheaf; and they shall devour all the people round about, on the right hand and on the left: and Jerusalem shall be inhabited again in her own place, even in Jerusalem. 12:7 The LORD also shall save the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem do not magnify themselves against Judah. 12:8 In that day shall the LORD defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and he that is feeble among them at that day shall be as David; and the house of David shall be as God, as the angel of the LORD before them." (Zechariah 12:3-8 KJV)

It will be a day of both shock and joy for the "house of David": "I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn."

"12:9 And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem [see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad; also Gog and Magog]. 12:10 And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. 12:11 In that day shall there be a great mourning in Jerusalem, as the mourning of Hadadrimmon in the valley of Megiddon. 12:12 And the land shall mourn, every family apart; the family of the house of David apart, and their wives apart; the family of the house of Nathan apart, and their wives apart; 12:13 The family of the house of Levi apart, and their wives apart; the family of Shimei apart, and their wives apart; 12:14 All the families that remain, every family apart, and their wives apart." (Zechariah 12:9-13 KJV)

All of the idolatry, the man-made religions of Judah, will give way to the Truth (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Judaism and Israel In History and Prophecy: The New Covenant). It will be a time of spiritual healing: "In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness."

"13:1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness.

13:2 And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land. 13:3 And it shall come to pass, that when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother that begat him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the LORD: and his father and his mother that begat him shall thrust him through when he prophesieth.

13:4 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the prophets shall be ashamed every one of his vision, when he hath prophesied; neither shall they wear a rough garment to deceive: 13:5 But he shall say, I am no prophet, I am an husbandman; for man taught me to keep cattle from my youth. 13:6 And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends." (Zechariah 13:1-6 KJV)

Fact Finder: What and where is the House that the Messiah, the son of David, is building - for all of humanity?
See Where Is The House Of God?


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This Day In History, January 13

888: Odo, Count of Paris became King of the Franks.

1559: Elizabeth I was crowned Queen of England in Westminster Abbey.

1610: Galileo Galilei discovered Calisto, the 4th moon of Jupiter (see also Parabolic Prophecies).

1691: George Fox, English founder of the Society of Friends, or Quakers, died at age 66. He left the Church of England (the "Anglican" Church) at age 23 and founded the Quaker movement in 1660 at age 36.

1733: James Oglethorpe, a Member of the British Parliament, and 130 others, arrived in North America to found a new colony. In honor of King George II, he named it Georgia.

1785: John Walter published the first issue of The London Times.

1842: During the Afghan Wars (in which history is being repeated again today), about 16,000 British and Indian troops were massacred in the Khyber Pass during an attempted retreat from Kabul.

1849: Vancouver Island was granted to the Hudson's Bay Company.

1849: British forces under Lord Gough defeated the Sikhs at the Battle of Chillianwallah, India.

1898: French author Emile Zola published his "J'Accuse" letter, accusing the French government of a cover-up in the Alfred Dreyfus treason case.

1900: To combat Czech nationalism, Emperor Franz Joseph of Austria-Hungary decreed that German would be the language of the imperial army.

1915: A massive earthquake killed over 30,000 people in Italy.

1915: South African troops under Louis Botha occupied Swakopmund in German South West Africa.

1923: Adolf Hitler denounced the Weimar Republic as 5,000 of his "storm troopers" strutted in the streets. Hitler subscribed to the self-destructive fantasy that "the more strong I am, the more right I am" (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).

1935: In a plebiscite, the Saar region voted for incorporation into Germany.

1942: Henry Ford patented a plastic automobile. It was 30% lighter than a regular car (used less fuel) and didn't corrode like steel cars. The steel industry convinced Ford to abandon the idea and continue producing gas-guzzling, corroding cars.

1942: During the Second World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars), Nazi U-boats began attacking ships off the coast of North America.

1942: During the Second World War, the first use of an aircraft ejection seat was done, by a German test pilot in a Heinkel He 280 jet fighter.

1945: At the end of the Second World War, Raoul Wallenberg was taken into custody by Soviet forces when they took Budapest. The 34 year old Swedish diplomat saved about 100,000 Hungarian Jews from the Nazi Holocaust before his arrest. He was never heard from again, despite diplomatic efforts by numerous nations for over 40 years after his arrest.

1976: Britain applied for credit of almost 1 billion Pounds from the International Monetary Fund.

1982: In Washington, D.C., Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into the Potomac River 73 seconds after takeoff. Of the 5 crew members and 74 passengers, only 6 people, 3 men and 3 women, survived the crash. The survivors waited in the frigid water for 22 minutes before a Park Service helicopter arrived to remove them from the river. A 46 year old bank executive was the first survivor to have a lifeline dropped to him from the helicopter, but he passed it to another survivor, as he repeatedly did for all of the other 5 people. When the helicopter returned the sixth time to finally rescue him, he was gone.

1993: Former East German leader Erich Honecker, under whom the Berlin Wall was built, left a Berlin prison for exile in Chile; a court freed him because he was dying.





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