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Thursday, August 28 2014

2 Chronicles 30: When The Church Will Become The Kingdom

"Thy Kingdom Come"

Hezekiah was a righteous king of Judah (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Kingdom Of Judah) who sought to restore the basis of the nation (see The Constitution Of The Kingdom Of God) that the LORD created as an object-lesson prophecy of the coming Kingdom of God. All of the observances at the Temple (see The Prophecy Of The Blood Upon The Anointed One and Leviticus: The Prophecies Of Christianity) were political prophecies of the Messianic King to come (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God). The Holy Bible isn't about dead-end "religion" where men Satanically-lust to be the "leading minister" (see Follow Not That Which Is Evil, But That Which Is Good); it's about "Thy Kingdom come" in which all rebellious human arrogance will be incinerated forever in the lake of fire (see the Fact Finder question below).

Hezekiah had cleansed the Temple (see also Why The Other Sacrifices?) from the liberal heathenism that had turned it into a fantasy "our god loves everyone" place of perversion for idol-worshipers and Sodomites. As it happened, he completed the work at the time of Passover (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Passover; also The Passover Moon At Midnight). It was actually at the time of the second-month Passover, which was provided by the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) for those who were willing, but unable, to keep it at the specified time in the first month (Numbers 9:9-13). The later Passover was and is itself a prophecy of how those called later will then have the Messiah's Sacrifice applied to them (see Why Two Resurrections?).

Passover

"30:1 And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the passover unto the LORD God of Israel. 30:2 For the king had taken counsel, and his princes, and all the congregation in Jerusalem, to keep the passover in the second month. 30:3 For they could not keep it at that time, because the priests had not sanctified themselves sufficiently, neither had the people gathered themselves together to Jerusalem. 30:4 And the thing pleased the king and all the congregation. 30:5 So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba even to Dan, that they should come to keep the passover unto the LORD God of Israel at Jerusalem: for they had not done it of a long time in such sort as it was written." (2 Chronicles 30:1-5 KJV)

Hezekiah sent a summons "throughout all Israel and Judah." In so doing, he was even calling the separated people of the northern kingdom of Israel to repentance (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel and Judah).

"30:6 So the posts went with the letters from the king and his princes throughout all Israel and Judah, and according to the commandment of the king, saying,

Ye children of Israel, turn again unto the LORD God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and he will return to the remnant of you, that are escaped out of the hand of the kings of Assyria. 30:7 And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, which trespassed against the LORD God of their fathers, who therefore gave them up to desolation, as ye see. 30:8 Now be ye not stiffnecked, as your fathers were, but yield yourselves unto the LORD, and enter into his sanctuary, which he hath sanctified for ever: and serve the LORD your God, that the fierceness of his wrath may turn away from you. 30:9 For if ye turn again unto the LORD, your brethren and your children shall find compassion before them that lead them captive, so that they shall come again into this land: for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away his face from you, if ye return unto him.

30:10 So the posts passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh even unto Zebulun: but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them. 30:11 Nevertheless divers of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem. 30:12 Also in Judah the hand of God was to give them one heart to do the commandment of the king and of the princes, by the word of the LORD." (2 Chronicles 30:6-12 KJV)

The Passover is the beginning of the seven Days of Passover, also called the Days of Unleavened Bread. Both have always been purely Christian (see Unleavened Bread: Why Observe The True Christian Holy Days?).

"30:13 And there assembled at Jerusalem much people to keep the feast of unleavened bread in the second month, a very great congregation. 30:14 And they arose and took away the altars that were in Jerusalem, and all the altars for incense took they away, and cast them into the brook Kidron.

30:15 Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the second month: and the priests and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought in the burnt offerings into the house of the LORD. 30:16 And they stood in their place after their manner, according to the law of Moses the man of God: the priests sprinkled the blood, which they received of the hand of the Levites. 30:17 For there were many in the congregation that were not sanctified: therefore the Levites had the charge of the killing of the passovers for every one that was not clean, to sanctify them unto the LORD. 30:18 For a multitude of the people, even many of Ephraim, and Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet did they eat the passover otherwise than it was written. But Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The good LORD pardon every one 30:19 That prepareth his heart to seek God, the LORD God of his fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary. 30:20 And the LORD hearkened to Hezekiah, and healed the people." (2 Chronicles 30:13-20 KJV)

Hezekiah restored the Levites to their rightful service and responsibility (see When Were The Levites Set Apart?). "Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling place, even unto heaven."

"30:21 And the children of Israel that were present at Jerusalem kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with great gladness: and the Levites and the priests praised the LORD day by day, singing with loud instruments unto the LORD.

30:22 And Hezekiah spake comfortably unto all the Levites that taught the good knowledge of the LORD: and they did eat throughout the feast seven days, offering peace offerings, and making confession to the LORD God of their fathers.

30:23 And the whole assembly took counsel to keep other seven days: and they kept other seven days with gladness. 30:24 For Hezekiah king of Judah did give to the congregation a thousand bullocks and seven thousand sheep; and the princes gave to the congregation a thousand bullocks and ten thousand sheep: and a great number of priests sanctified themselves. 30:25 And all the congregation of Judah, with the priests and the Levites, and all the congregation that came out of Israel, and the strangers that came out of the land of Israel, and that dwelt in Judah, rejoiced. 30:26 So there was great joy in Jerusalem: for since the time of Solomon the son of David king of Israel there was not the like in Jerusalem. 30:27 Then the priests the Levites arose and blessed the people: and their voice was heard, and their prayer came up to his holy dwelling place, even unto heaven." (2 Chronicles 30:21-27 KJV)

Fact Finder: The "Church of God" ("church" means called out ones) is the means by which people may be born into the Kingdom of God. What does the Bible tell us about the time when the "church" will be fulfilled into a kingdom?
See The Kingdom Of The LORD God, The Church: Mission Accomplished (a 6 study set) and What Was The Lesson Of John 3:16?


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This Day In History, August 28

475: As the Roman Empire continued to crumble, Western Roman Emperor Julius Nepos fled Ravenna, his capital, while under attack by Roman general Orestes (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars). The original Roman Empire "fell," but was superseded by "the Holy Roman Empire" (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

489: Ostrogoth forces under King Theodoric defeated Odoacer at the Battle of Isonzo.

1189: During the Third Crusade (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy), the Church of Rome "Crusaders" began the Siege of Acre (Acre is an ancient city in the western Galilee area of northern Israel).

The Siege of Acre 1349: Thousands of Jews in Mainz, Germany were murdered by people who accused them of causing the bubonic plague. The Jews were actually healthier than their ignorant persecutors because they generally observed the Biblical laws of health that the LORD gave to everyone (see Bacteria, Sexual Abominations and What Makes Creatures Clean or Unclean?).

1413: St. Andrew's University in Scotland was chartered by a papal decree from Gregory XII.

1521: Ottoman Turks occupied Belgrade (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).

1565: Spanish admiral and explorer Pedro Menendez de Aviles sighted land near what is today St. Augustine, Florida. He founded there the oldest continuously-occupied European-established city in the continental U.S. (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

1609: Delaware Bay was explored by Henry Hudson, for the Netherlands.

1619: Ferdinand II was elected Emperor of the "Holy Roman Empire."

1789: William Herschel discovered Saturn's moon Enceladus (both "Saturn" and "Enceladus" are examples of pagan names that many scientists have foolishly applied to many things in God's Creation - they hypocritically deny the existence of God, while using the names of pagan gods for their "science").

1859: A geomagnetic storm caused the Aurora Borealis ("the Northern Lights") to shine so intensely that it was seen over central and southern Europe and Asia.

1883: The British Parliament banned slavery throughout the British Empire.

1914: Three German cruisers were sunk by ships of the Royal Navy in the Battle of Heligoland Bight, the first major naval battle of the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).

1945: Chinese communist leader Mao Tse-Tung arrived in Chunking to meet with Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-Shek in what turned out to be a fruitless attempt to avert civil war.

1957: U.S. Senator Strom Thurmond began a filibuster to stop the Senate from voting on the Civil Rights Act of 1957. It became the longest filibuster ever produced by a single U.S. Senator.

1963: Amidst a national protest march for integration, U.S. civil rights leader Martin Luther King met with President John Kennedy at the White House. Later that day, King made his famous "I have a dream" speech. Within 5 years, both Kennedy (later that same year) and King (in 1968, the same year as John Kennedy's Presidential-candidate brother Robert) were assassinated.

1988: The Ramstein airshow disaster. Three aircraft of the Frecce Tricolori team collided. The wreckage of the falling aircraft killed 75 people and injured 346.

1990: The government of Saddam Hussein declared Kuwait to be the 19th province of Iraq, in a move that foreshadowed the 1991 Persian Gulf War.

1996: A British court finalized the divorce of Prince Charles and Diana Spencer.

2005: Hurricane Katrina struck Louisiana and Mississippi, devastating New Orleans.

2011: Hurricane Irene struck the U.S. east coast, killing 47 people and causing over $15 billion in damage.


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