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Friday, March 27 2015
Psalm 125: Mountains In History And Prophecy
"In the last days it shall come to pass, that the Mountain of the House of the LORD shall be established ... He will teach us of His ways, and we will walk in His paths: for the Law shall go forth of Zion, and the Word of the LORD from Jerusalem"
The English-language word "mountain" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, munt, that meant a higher place, but moreover had the meaning of being prominent (i.e. seen above others) and eminent (i.e. in a commanding position above others).
"Mountain" or "mount" are used to translate the Hebrew word of the Holy Scriptures, pronounced har, that has an identical meaning to the English word - an elevated place, but furthermore referring to being prominent (i.e. seen above others) and eminent (i.e. in a commanding position above others).
Mountains have been the sites of many of the greatest events of Bible history. Noah and his family landed, on a then-uninhabited planet, atop a mountain (see The LORD's Covenant With Noah and The First Nations Of The New World).
"8:2 The fountains also of the deep [see How Did The Flood Happen?] and the windows of heaven were stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained; 8:3 And the waters returned from off the earth continually: and after the end of the hundred and fifty days the waters were abated.
The LORD God, Who was later born as Jesus Christ (see The Identity Of The LORD God), delivered His Ten Commandments to humanity (see The Christian Ten Commandments) from atop a mountain - Mount Sinai (see also Paul's Geography Lesson).
"19:18 And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the LORD descended upon it in fire: and the smoke thereof ascended as the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mount quaked greatly. 19:19 And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spake, and God answered him by a voice." (Exodus 1918-19 KJV)
Mount Hermon, with its snow-covered peaks that are visible far south into the land of Israel, provided a year-round source of ice for the Israelite people, as well as a place where they (including the people during the human lifetime of Jesus of Nazareth) could ski and toboggan. Mount Hermon, in the Lebanon mountain range, is regarded as the most-likely "high mountain" adjacent to Galilee where the "transfiguration" happened (see The Moses And Elijah Vision).
"17:1 And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart, 17:2 And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light. 17:3 And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.
The Temple Mount in Jerusalem (a place that portrays the greater meaning of "mountain," as defined above) was purchased by King David when it was a threshing place for wheat (higher places provided more wind for "separating the wheat from the chaff"; see Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff and Stubble and Chaff). It was later the place where King Solomon built the original Temple (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Temple).
"21:20 And Ornan turned back, and saw the angel; and his four sons with him hid themselves.
The Mount of Olives at Jerusalem was the site of many of the events of the Messiah's Ministry. He often went there to pray (see When Does God Listen To Prayer?). He was seized by the mob there on the night before His Crucifixion (see The Two Sabbaths Of Passover Week). He ascended to heaven from the Mount of Olives (see The Ascent From Bethany) and His return will be to the Mount of Olives (see He Shall Stand Upon The Mount Of Olives; also Liftoff, We Have Liftoff).
"24:50 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, and blessed them. 24:51 And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven." (Luke 24:50-51 KJV)
The ultimate meaning of "mountain" (prominent i.e. seen above others and eminent i.e. in a commanding position above others) is plainly stated in many prophecies, including that recorded by the prophet Daniel (see The Prophet Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar's Image) whereby "the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth" from which "the God of heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed: and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever."
"2:31 Thou, O king, sawest, and behold a great image. This great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee; and the form thereof was terrible. 2:32 This image's head was of fine gold, his breast and his arms of silver, his belly and his thighs of brass, 2:33 His legs of iron, his feet part of iron and part of clay. 2:34 Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet that were of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 2:35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.
A mountain portrays the fulfillment of the Messiah's mission - the completion of which will see God coming to Earth (see The Church: Mission Accomplished).
"21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God," (Revelation 21:10 KJV)
King David was a king of Jerusalem who recognized and lived by the reality that the LORD shall reign from His Mountain (see the Fact Finder question below).
"125:1 A Song of degrees [see also A Song Of Degrees].
This Day In History, March 27
196 BC: Ptolemy V became king of Egypt (see A History Of Jerusalem: Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids and The Cleopatra Connection).
1512: Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon arrived at Florida (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1536: Swiss Protestants in Strassbourg and Constance signed the First Helvetic Confession.
1613: The first English child born in Canada - at Cuper's Cove, Newfoundland.
1625: King James I, the first king to rule both England and Scotland, died. The King James Bible was named after him. He was succeeded by Charles I.
1802: The Treaty of Amiens was signed in France by Britain, France, Spain and the Batavian Republic, achieving a complete peace in Europe for 14 months during the Napoleonic Wars.
1854: The United Kingdom declared war on Russia, beginning the Crimean War.
1886: In an attempt to stop the genocide of the native-American people, the Apache warrior Geronimo surrendered to the U.S. Army during the "Indian Wars."
1910: Archaeological digging near the Temple Mount by Captain Montague Parker (he was searching for items from the Second Temple; see also The Temple Vessel Prophecies Today) set off turmoil from both Muslims and Jews (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad and A History Of Jerusalem: Zionism).
1915: Mary Mallon, commonly known as "Typhoid Mary," the first healthy carrier of disease ever identified in the U.S., was forced into quarantine where she remained for the rest of her life.
1923: Scottish chemist and physicist Sir James Dewar, who invented the thermos flask and cordite (a smokeless gunpowder), died.
1945: Germany launched its last V2 rocket from the Hague in the Netherlands, crashing in Orpington, southeast of London.
1958: Nikita Khrushchev became the leader of the Soviet Union.
1964: The most powerful earthquake on record for North America occurred at Anchorage, Alaska. It measured 8.3 on the Richter Scale.
1968: Yuri Gagarin, 34, Soviet cosmonaut, the first human in space, was killed in a training flight.
1977: The worst aviation accident in history killed 582 people in the Canary Islands when two 747 airliners collided on the runway.
1980: Mount St. Helens in Washington state became active after 123 years of inactivity.
1996: Yigal Amir received a life sentence for assassinating Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in November 1995 (see also Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings).