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Tuesday, February 17 2015
Psalm 87: The Holy Mountain Prophecy
"I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a City of Truth; and the Mountain of the LORD of hosts the Holy Mountain"
One of the most famous of the many Biblical prophecies of the return of the Messiah was given to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon in a dream. The LORD revealed the meaning of it through Daniel the prophet. Daniel did not "interpret" the dream - he was given to speak what the LORD, in turn, revealed to him (see the study series for the prophet Daniel at The Prophet Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar's Image).
"2:27 Daniel answered in the presence of the king, and said, The secret which the king hath demanded cannot the wise men, the astrologers, the magicians, the soothsayers, shew unto the king; 2:28 But there is a God in heaven that revealeth secrets, and maketh known to the king Nebuchadnezzar what shall be in the latter days. Thy dream, and the visions of thy head upon thy bed, are these;" (Daniel 2:27-28 KJV)
Daniel was then given to reveal to Nebuchadnezzar, and to millions of people ever since, the prophecy of the coming Kingdom of God (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God).
"2:36 This is the dream; and we will tell the interpretation thereof before the king. 2:37 Thou, O king, art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. 2:38 And wheresoever the children of men dwell, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the heaven hath he given into thine hand, and hath made thee ruler over them all. Thou art this head of gold.
The other true prophets of the LORD knew and wrote of it. The famous "swords into plowshares," that was specifically recorded by both Isaiah (see also Isaiah: Visions Of The Messiah) and Micah (see also Micah: Swords Into Plowshares), describe the "Mountain" from which the LORD will reign over all of His Creation on Earth i.e. "Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD" (see also By Him Were All Things Created).
"2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the LORD'S house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 2:4 And he shall judge among the nations, and shall rebuke many people: and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Isaiah 2:2-4 KJV)
"Zion" has always been about the place where the LORD will rule as King of the Kingdom of God (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Zion). King David was, and understood, that he was himself a prophecy of the ultimate King who would rule from "Zion" (see What Did King David Really Say About Zion? and The Prophecy Of King David's Messianic Throne). "Zionism" isn't about those who as-yet refuse to recognize Jesus Christ as the Messiah. It's always been about the one and only true Messiah's rule from "the highest place" on Earth.
"8:3 Thus saith the LORD; I am returned unto Zion, and will dwell in the midst of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth; and the mountain of the LORD of hosts the holy mountain." (Zechariah 8:3 KJV)
When the work that the Father sent the LORD God to do has been completed (see The Church: Mission Accomplished), the Father is coming to Earth - from which the ultimate meaning of Kingdom of God ("King" means father of a family) will be fulfilled.
"21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
Many of the Psalms are highly-detailed prophecies (e.g. David's View From The Cross, David's View Of Hell Fire and Paradise, When Will The LORD Let You See His Face?, David's Resurrection Prophecy and Salem In History And Prophecy). Included among them is the Mountain of the LORD, for "His foundation is in the holy mountains."
"87:1 A Psalm or Song for the sons of Korah.
Fact Finder: Are there "mountains" in heaven?
This Day In History, February 17
364: Roman Emperor Jovian died. He reigned only eight months (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1370: The Battle of Rudau during the "Crusades" (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).
1461: During the Wars of the Roses, the Yorkists were defeated by the Lancastrians at the Battle of St. Albans.
1600: Giordano Bruno, scientist and mathematician whose theories were ahead of his time, was burned as a "heretic" in Rome during the Inquisition.
1759: General Wolfe sailed from Britain to capture Quebec.
1772: The first partition of Poland, by Russia and Prussia (Prussia is in Germany), also later by Austria.
1776: The first volume of Edward Gibbon's The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (now commonly shortened to The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire) was published.
1863: A group of people in Geneva, Switzerland established the International Committee for Relief to the Wounded. It later became known as the International Committee of the Red Cross, commonly known today simply as the Red Cross.
1864: A Confederate hand-propelled submarine, armed with a ram torpedo, sunk a Union ship off the coast of Charleston, South Carolina. It is considered the first successful attack by a submarine.
1875: Friedrich Argelander died at age 76. The Prussian (Prussia is in Germany) astronomer established the study of variable stars as an independent branch of astronomy. He is renowned for his catalog which lists the positions and magnitudes of 324,188 stars - the Bonner Durchmusterung was the result of 25 years of observational work.
1909: Arizona-born Apache chief Geronimo died at age 80. "Geronimo" was the name given to him by Mexican troops during his homeland wars against Mexico and Texas.
1919: Sir Wilfred Laurier died. He was the first French-Canadian to become Prime Minister of Canada (1896-1911).
1934: Albert I died at age 59. As Belgian king from 1909 to 1934, he commanded Belgian army during the First World War. He refused the German ultimatum of August 2 1914, demanding free passage of German troops across Belgium; the German invasion followed 2 days later. Albert was the son of Philip count of Flanders and Princess Marie of Hohenzollern. He married Elisabeth, the daughter of the duke of Bavaria.
1955: Britain announced that it had hydrogen bombs.
1957: The Suez Canal reopened.
1969: Russian-born, U.S.-raised, Golda Meir was sworn in as Israel's first female Prime Minister.
1972: The British House of Commons voted to join the European Community.
1996: World champion Garry Kasparov beat the "Deep Blue" supercomputer in a chess match.
1998: Voyager 1 became the most distant human-made object in space as it passed the distance set by the previous record holder Pioneer 10. On that day it was 6.5 billion miles from earth, traveling at 39,000 mph. It had been launched just over 20 years previous, on September 5 1977.
1998: Ernst Juenger died at age 102. The German writer was involved in the July 20 1944 plot to kill Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).