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Saturday, April 26 2014
2 Samuel 7: David's Temple Prophecy
"For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to Thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house"
The Ark of the Covenant (see Exodus 25: The Ark, The Table and The Lampstand) that housed the tables of stone upon which the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) wrote The Ten Commandments had by the time of David existed for over two centuries - through the after-the-Exodus time of Moses (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Moses), Joshua (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Joshua), the Judges (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Judges), Samuel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Samuel) and through the civil war between David and Saul (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Civil War).
During that earlier time, The Ark was kept in the Most Holy Place of the Tabernacle (see also The Holy Place In History And Prophecy). After it was lost in battle by Eli's corrupt sons (they lawlessly and arrogantly took the Written Law away from its Commanded Place; see The Parting of The Ark and The Tabernacle), it was returned by the Philistines (see 1 Samuel 5: Why Did The Philistines Want To Return The Ark?) whereby it was kept for a number of years in the house of a righteous man, while tended to by the proper Levites (see Numbers 4: The Levite Clans).
After King David had emerged victorious from the civil war (see 2 Samuel 3: The War Between The Houses of David and Saul), the LORD had David move his capital from Hebron, in Judah, to Jerusalem, also in Judah (although bordered on the north of the city by Benjamin), whereby Jerusalem became the national capital of the united kingdom of Israel (see 2 Samuel 5: How Long Was Jerusalem The Capital Of Israel?). David then brought The Ark to Jerusalem (see 2 Samuel 6: The Ark Of The LORD In The City Of David) where it was housed in a tent - just as it had always been in the Tabernacle (which means a temporary structure i.e. a tent; see also Exodus 40: The Glory Of The LORD In His Tabernacle).
One day, David decided that he wanted to build a "house" for The Ark because "I dwell in an house of cedar, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains." The king's inquiry was given to Nathan, a prophet of the LORD (see The Prophets: Nathan).
"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, but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains.
David's request was answered by the LORD by means of a dream to Nathan. The response included a history lesson ("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") and a prophecy about David's son who would be the one to build a "house" for The Ark: "And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for My Name."
"7:4 And it came to pass that night, that the word of the LORD came unto Nathan, saying,
The Word of the LORD was then delivered to David by Nathan. David's idea to house The Ark in a Temple, rather than a Tabernacle, was accepted.
"7:18 Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said,
Fact Finder: What was the history of the original Temple? (b) Who rebuilt the Temple? (c) What Temple existed in the time of the coming of the Messiah?
This Day In History, April 26
1514: Copernicus made his first observations of "Saturn" (a pagan name that scientists gave to the planet).
1607: English pioneers established a colony at Cape Henry, Virginia.
1654: Jews were expelled from Brazil.
1721: A massive earthquake destroyed Tabriz, Iran.
1802: Napoleon Bonaparte signed a general amnesty to allow most of the members of the French Revolution to return to France.
1803: Thousands of meteor fragments fell over France. The event advanced the study of meteors in European science.
1807: Russia and Prussia signed the Convention at Bartenstein, forming an alliance to force France out of the German states.
1828: Russia declared war on Turkey (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire) to support Greece's battle for independence.
1865: John Wilkes Booth, 27, the accused assassin of Abraham Lincoln, died in a shootout with Federal authorities 11 days after Lincoln died.
1923: Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI, father of Queen Elizabeth II) married Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon ("The Queen Mother") in Westminster Abbey.
1933: The Gestapo (a German abbreviation of "The State Police" - ge-sta-po), the official secret police force of Nazi Germany, was established.
1937: German fighters sent by Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) to help fascist General Francisco Franco overthrow the communist Popular Front destroyed the undefended Basque town of Guernica, killing 1,000 and injuring 900.
1942: An explosion in a coal mine killed 1,549 in Manchuria.
1944: During the Second World War, Georgios Papandreou became the leader of the Greek government-in-exile based in Egypt.
1945: Marshal Henri Philippe Petain, leader of France's Vichy regime that collaborated with the Nazi invaders during the Second World War, was arrested on treason charges.
1954: The Geneva Conference, an effort to restore peace in Indochina (Vietnam) and Korea, began. The people of Vietnam and Korea were nevertheless each divided into North and South by meddling foreigners.
1964: Tanganyika and Zanzibar merged to form Tanzania.
1971: 15" of rain fell in 24 hours in the Bahia district of Brazil.
1982: The Falklands War between Britain and Argentina ended.
1986: The worst nuclear accident in history (up to that time; the 2011 earthquake-caused nuclear power plants disaster in Japan exceeded it) occurred at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in Ukraine, just north of Kiev. A fire caused by an explosion in one of the plant's 4 reactors released a cloud of radioactivity that was blown over Europe by shifting winds. Within 2 weeks, winds in the upper atmosphere had carried dust from the explosion completely around the world. At least 31 people died as a direct result of the accident.
1989: The deadliest tornado on record struck Bangladesh. Over 1,300 people were killed, over 12,000 were injured and 80,000 were left homeless.
2005: Syria withdrew the last of its 14,000 troops from Lebanon, ending a 29-year military occupation.