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Friday, September 26 2014

Nehemiah 12: The Levite Dedication

"At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites out of all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to keep the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings, and with singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with harps"

The Levites (see When Were The Levites Set Apart?, The Levite Clans, The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood) played a major part in the return of the Jews (see Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) to Jerusalem in the time of Nehemiah and Ezra (see A History Of Jerusalem: Ezra And Nehemiah).

Rebulding The Walls Of Jerusalem

"12:1 Now these are the priests and the Levites that went up with Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, and Jeshua: Seraiah, Jeremiah, Ezra, 12:2 Amariah, Malluch, Hattush, 12:3 Shechaniah, Rehum, Meremoth, 12:4 Iddo, Ginnetho, Abijah, 12:5 Miamin, Maadiah, Bilgah, 12:6 Shemaiah, and Joiarib, Jedaiah, 12:7 Sallu, Amok, Hilkiah, Jedaiah. These were the chief of the priests and of their brethren in the days of Jeshua.

12:8 Moreover the Levites: Jeshua, Binnui, Kadmiel, Sherebiah, Judah, and Mattaniah, which was over the thanksgiving, he and his brethren. 12:9 Also Bakbukiah and Unni, their brethren, were over against them in the watches.

12:10 And Jeshua begat Joiakim, Joiakim also begat Eliashib, and Eliashib begat Joiada, 12:11 And Joiada begat Jonathan, and Jonathan begat Jaddua.

12:12 And in the days of Joiakim were priests, the chief of the fathers: of Seraiah, Meraiah; of Jeremiah, Hananiah; 12:13 Of Ezra, Meshullam; of Amariah, Jehohanan; 12:14 Of Melicu, Jonathan; of Shebaniah, Joseph; 12:15 Of Harim, Adna; of Meraioth, Helkai; 12:16 Of Iddo, Zechariah; of Ginnethon, Meshullam; 12:17 Of Abijah, Zichri; of Miniamin, of Moadiah, Piltai; 12:18 Of Bilgah, Shammua; of Shemaiah, Jehonathan; 12:19 And of Joiarib, Mattenai; of Jedaiah, Uzzi; 12:20 Of Sallai, Kallai; of Amok, Eber; 12:21 Of Hilkiah, Hashabiah; of Jedaiah, Nethaneel.

12:22 The Levites in the days of Eliashib, Joiada, and Johanan, and Jaddua, were recorded chief of the fathers: also the priests, to the reign of Darius the Persian. 12:23 The sons of Levi, the chief of the fathers, were written in the book of the chronicles, even until the days of Johanan the son of Eliashib. 12:24 And the chief of the Levites: Hashabiah, Sherebiah, and Jeshua the son of Kadmiel, with their brethren over against them, to praise and to give thanks, according to the commandment of David the man of God, ward over against ward.

12:25 Mattaniah, and Bakbukiah, Obadiah, Meshullam, Talmon, Akkub, were porters keeping the ward at the thresholds of the gates. 12:26 These were in the days of Joiakim the son of Jeshua, the son of Jozadak, and in the days of Nehemiah the governor, and of Ezra the priest, the scribe." (Nehemiah 12:1-26 KJV)

The Kingdom of Judah had fallen (see Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon? and Why Was It Desolate For Seventy Years?) because it became a liberal fantasy land of lust and curruption. Everyone claimed to be "free" to do whatever that they declared was their "right." It was a Satanic state of mind that has destroyed many nations over the span of history. The Levites, as the direct servants of the LORD, restored the true freedom of the LORD's law and order where people could live in peace and prosperity without fear of anyone (see The Kingdom Of Freedom).

"12:27 And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites out of all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to keep the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings, and with singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with harps. 12:28 And the sons of the singers gathered themselves together, both out of the plain country round about Jerusalem, and from the villages of Netophathi; 12:29 Also from the house of Gilgal, and out of the fields of Geba and Azmaveth: for the singers had builded them villages round about Jerusalem. 12:30 And the priests and the Levites purified themselves, and purified the people, and the gates, and the wall.

12:31 Then I brought up the princes of Judah upon the wall, and appointed two great companies of them that gave thanks, whereof one went on the right hand upon the wall toward the dung gate: 12:32 And after them went Hoshaiah, and half of the princes of Judah, 12:33 And Azariah, Ezra, and Meshullam, 12:34 Judah, and Benjamin, and Shemaiah, and Jeremiah, 12:35 And certain of the priests' sons with trumpets; namely, Zechariah the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Michaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph: 12:36 And his brethren, Shemaiah, and Azarael, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, and Judah, Hanani, with the musical instruments of David the man of God, and Ezra the scribe before them. 12:37 And at the fountain gate, which was over against them, they went up by the stairs of the city of David, at the going up of the wall, above the house of David, even unto the water gate eastward.

12:38 And the other company of them that gave thanks went over against them, and I after them, and the half of the people upon the wall, from beyond the tower of the furnaces even unto the broad wall; 12:39 And from above the gate of Ephraim, and above the old gate, and above the fish gate, and the tower of Hananeel, and the tower of Meah, even unto the sheep gate: and they stood still in the prison gate.

12:40 So stood the two companies of them that gave thanks in the house of God, and I, and the half of the rulers with me: 12:41 And the priests; Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Michaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah, and Hananiah, with trumpets; 12:42 And Maaseiah, and Shemaiah, and Eleazar, and Uzzi, and Jehohanan, and Malchijah, and Elam, and Ezer. And the singers sang loud, with Jezrahiah their overseer. 12:43 Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.

12:44 And at that time were some appointed over the chambers for the treasures, for the offerings, for the firstfruits, and for the tithes, to gather into them out of the fields of the cities the portions of the law for the priests and Levites: for Judah rejoiced for the priests and for the Levites that waited. 12:45 And both the singers and the porters kept the ward of their God, and the ward of the purification, according to the commandment of David, and of Solomon his son. 12:46 For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God. 12:47 And all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel, and in the days of Nehemiah, gave the portions of the singers and the porters, every day his portion: and they sanctified holy things unto the Levites; and the Levites sanctified them unto the children of Aaron." (Nehemiah 12:27-47 KJV)

Fact Finder: Why did the LORD God (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) establish His Levite priesthood?
See The Prophecy Of The Blood Upon The Anointed One and The Levites Of Christ


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This Day In History, September 26

46 BC: Julius Caesar dedicated a temple to his mythical ancestor Venus Genetrix, in keeping with a vow he made at the Battle of Pharsalus (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars; also Whatever Happened To Those Romans?).

1345: During the Friso-Hollandic Wars, the Frisians defeated Holland at the Battle of Warns.

1396: German and French "Crusaders" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy) were defeated by Ottoman forces at Nicopolis. The Ottoman Empire, centered in Turkey, was the dominant imperial force in the Middle East for centuries, including over the land of Israel, until the end of the First World War (see A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).

1580: Francis Drake returned to England after completing the first English voyage around the world.

Francis Drake 1626: Lancelot Andrewes died at age 71. The English theologian and court preacher during the reigns of James I and Charles I oversaw the translation of the King James Version of the Holy Scriptures.

1687: The city council of Amsterdam voted to support the invasion of England by William of Orange.

1687: The Parthenon (the great pagan temple that was built in 447 BC; see Paul In Athens) in Athens was severely damaged in a battle between the Ottomans and the Venetians.

1777: During the rebellion of the New England colonies that were established by the British in the wilderness over a century earlier, the British army temporarily took back control of the British-built city known as Philadelphia. The city was planned, built and named by William Penn, an English land developer sent by King James. Ironically, Pennsylvania was named after William Penn - a life-long patriot of the king (Penn was born, died and is buried in England) who was not involved in the rebellion.

1829: The British "Scotland Yard" police organization was founded.

1854: The "Charge of The Light Brigade" during the Crimean War (1853-1856). The suicidal charge of an English light-cavalry brigade during the Battle of Balaklava in the Ukraine was made famous in a poem by Alfred Tennyson.

1872: The first Shriners Temple (called "Mecca") was established in New York City.

1907: New Zealand and Newfoundland became dominions of the British Empire.

1934: The British liner Queen Mary was launched.

1937: During the British Mandate that established the present-day state of "Israel" (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Balfour Declaration and Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah) Lewis Andrews, British district commissioner of Galilee and Acre and known friend of the Jews, shot by a group of Arabs while he was walking to church in Nazareth. Also killed was a police constable who was walking with him.

1945: Lt. Col. Peter Dewey, a U.S. OSS officer (the "Office of Strategic Services," that later became the Central Intelligence Agency), was killed by Vietnamese forces after he was mistaken as a French military man and ambushed. Dewey is regarded as both the first U.S. soldier and the first CIA agent to die in the Vietnam civil war i.e. it was imperial France that divided Vietnam into North and South. France was driven out in the 1950s; the U.S. replaced the French, while taking the side of the South. When the U.S. left in the early 1970s, the North overran the South and Vietnam was restored to what it was before France and the U.S. involved themselves in the southeast Asia nation.

1950: United Nations troops recaptured the South Korean capital of Seoul from the North Koreans.

1959: Typhoon Vera, the most powerful typhoon to hit Japan in recorded history, made landfall. It killed over 4,500 people.

1967: During the Vietnam civil war, the government of North Vietnam rejected a U.S. peace proposal that would have made the French-imposed division of Vietnam permanent.

1984: Britain and China agreed that Hong Kong would revert to Chinese control in 1997 (which it did).

1990: In Russia, the Supreme Soviet ended decades of religious repression with a new law that prohibited government interference in religious activities.

1997: With Germany re-united (again), Chancellor Helmut Kohl laid the foundation stone for a new Chancellery building in Berlin (see Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro!).

2009: Typhoon Ketsana struck the Philippines, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Thailand, causing 700 fatalities.



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