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Thursday, February 5 2015
Psalm 76: Salem In History And Prophecy
"In Salem also is His Tabernacle, and His Dwelling Place in Zion"
The English-language rendering of "Salem" is based upon the Hebrew word, pronounced shaw-lame, which meant peaceful. It was the name given to the place upon which a city was later built - that included "Salem" in its name. Jerusalem (in Hebrew pronounced yair-oo-shaw-lay-im), means established in peace, or a foundation of peace.
Many have rightfully wondered how Jerusalem could merely mean the commonly-believed "city of peace" when its history has been filled with war and bloodshed from all of the conflicts that humans caused in and for it in the name of their man-made religions (see A Biography Of Abraham: Abrahamic Religions and the Fact Finder question below), but, as we will read, the name was about the prophetic purpose for which it was founded - that will be fulfilled in due time.
The first Biblical mention of Salem is recorded in the Book of Genesis, in the time of Abraham (see the complete study series for Abraham, beginning with A Biography Of Abraham: The Genealogy Of Abram). Note carefully that "the priest of the most high God" met Abraham with "bread and wine" near the place where Abraham was later commanded to sacrifice his son - and where God did sacrifice His Son at Passover after it formally came into existence (see Isaac's Burnt Offering).
"14:18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God.
Who was Melchizedek? He was no mere human because he was "without [human] father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually." Only the LORD God, Who was born as the man Jesus of Nazareth (see By Him Were All Things Created), qualifies for that description. No other human ever did, or ever will.
"7:1 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who met Abraham returning from the slaughter of the kings, and blessed him; 7:2 To whom also Abraham gave a tenth part of all; first being by interpretation King of righteousness, and after that also King of Salem, which is, King of peace; 7:3 Without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life; but made like unto the Son of God; abideth a priest continually.
The Scriptures then identify the connection between "Melchisedec, king of Salem" and the Messiah. It also explains why the Messiah was not born of the tribe of Levi (see also The Blood Of Bulls And Goats), but of the royal line of Judah (see The Prophecy Of King David's Messianic Throne) - both of whom didn't even exist yet. There were no Israelites in the time of Abraham - they began with one line of Abraham's great-grandchildren (see The Origin Of Israelites And Jews).
"7:11 If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? 7:12 For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law. 7:13 For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. 7:14 For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. 7:15 And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, 7:16 Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. 7:17 For he testifieth,
The return of Jesus Christ to the place that He prophetically established as "Salem" will then see its fulfillment - whereby all of the world will then be "founded on peace," from the place that was made to make it happen. The time of man's self-serving toy kingdoms and self-worshipping toy religions will then be gone forever.
"4:1 But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the LORD shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.
While the famous "swords into plowshares" of Micah 4:1-4 and Isaiah 2:1-4 (both prophets independently stated it) is the most familiar to most people, it's also declared by others throughout the Holy Scriptures, including here by Asaph in the Psalms (see The Songs Of Asaph) i.e. "In Salem also is his tabernacle, and his dwelling place in Zion. There brake he the arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the battle."
"76:1 To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm or Song of Asaph.
Fact Finder: For a detailed Biblical history of Jerusalem, see the 20-study series (the links to all of the studies in the series are listed in each study) beginning with the first study in the series below.
This Day In History, February 5
62: "The 62 Earthquake" occurred in Pompeii, Italy. The city was completely destroyed in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.
1428: King Alfonso V ordered Sicily's Jews to attend "Christian" (i.e. Church of Rome) sermons so that they would become "converted" (see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1555: The Diet (from the Latin word dieta meaning a day; the word diary has the same origin) of The Holy Roman Empire opened at Augsburg. Proclaimed by Charles V, it dealt with numerous religious matters. Among the decisions reached: that no member of the empire would go to war with another on religious grounds, and both Roman Catholicism and Lutheranism were to be allowed (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1556: Henry II of France and Philip of Spain signed the truce of Vaucelles.
1631: Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, arrived from England in the English-created colony of Boston (prior to the coming of the English, the site of Boston was nothing more than swamp and wilderness).
1679: The Treaty of Nijmegen was signed by Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I and King Louis XIV of France.
1810: The Siege of Cadiz began during the Peninsular War between France and the allied powers of Spain, the United Kingdom and Portugal for control of the Iberian Peninsula.
1811: After King George III became incapacitated by old age and illness, the Prince of Wales became Prince Regent of England, later to be George IV.
1818: Jean-Baptiste Bernadotte ascended to the thrones of Sweden and Norway.
1841: The union of Upper and Lower Canada became effective. "Upper" and "Lower" Canada were terms based simply on the flow of the Great Lakes and the Saint Lawrence River toward the Atlantic Ocean; "Upper Canada" was present-day southern Ontario, "Lower Canada" was southern Quebec.
1881: Thomas Carlyle, English author and historian, died at age 85.
1909: Belgian chemist Leo Baekeland announced the creation of Bakelite, the world's first synthetic plastic.
1924: The Royal Greenwich Observatory began broadcasting the hourly time signals known as the Greenwich Time Signal.
1941: Andrew Barton Paterson, Australian poet, died. He is widely credited as the author of Waltzing Matilda.
1954: The most northerly group of islands in Canada was named the Queen Elizabeth Islands. William Baffin was credited with the 1616 discovery of the islands.
1958: A hydrogen bomb was lost by the US Air Force off the coast of Savannah, Georgia, It was never recovered.
1973: Construction began on the CN Tower in Toronto.
1983: Klaus Barbie, wanted Nazi war criminal, was imprisoned in Lyons, France, after extradition from Bolivia.
1997: Switzerland's three largest banks, facing international pressure, announced that they had created a 100 million Swiss franc Holocaust memorial fund as a gesture of good will toward their critics.
1997: Fire swept through the library of Pulkovo Observatory, Russia's most famous astronomical institution. The fire and the water used to fight it destroyed or damaged nearly 5,000 rare old books. Arson was the suspected cause - the "Russian Mafia" was believed to be responsible because they wanted the observatory's extensive grounds, near St. Petersburg (formerly Leningrad), made available for hotel construction.