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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).

The Mountains of Ararat

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.

8:4 And the ark rested in the seventh month, on the seventeenth day of the month, upon the mountains of Ararat." (Genesis 8:2-4 KJV)

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).

Sinai Shepherds

"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)

"20:1 And God spake all these words, saying,

20:2 I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.

20:4 Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: 20:5 Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me; 20:6 And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.

20:7 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

20:8 Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. 20:9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 20:10 But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: 20:11 For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.

20:12 Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

20:13 Thou shalt not kill.

20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.

20:15 Thou shalt not steal.

20:16 Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbour.

20:17 Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.

20:18 And all the people saw the thunderings, and the lightnings, and the noise of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking: and when the people saw it, they removed, and stood afar off." (Exodus 20:1-18 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).

Mount Hermon as seen from Mt. Bental

"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.

17:4 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

17:5 While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him." (Matthew 17:1-5 KJV)

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.

Now Ornan was threshing wheat.

21:21 And as David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw David, and went out of the threshingfloor, and bowed himself to David with his face to the ground.

21:22 Then David said to Ornan, Grant me the place of this threshingfloor, that I may build an altar therein unto the LORD: thou shalt grant it me for the full price: that the plague may be stayed from the people." (1 Chronicles 21:20-22 KJV)

21:25 So David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred shekels of gold by weight.

21:26 And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called upon the LORD; and he answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt offering." (1 Chronicles 21:25-26 KJV)

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)

"1:10 And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. 1:12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey." (Acts 1:10-12 KJV)

"14:4 And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south." (Zechariah 14:4 KJV)

The Mount Of Olives

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.

Earth 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.

2:39 And after thee shall arise another kingdom inferior to thee, and another third kingdom of brass, which shall bear rule over all the earth. 2:40 And the fourth kingdom shall be strong as iron: forasmuch as iron breaketh in pieces and subdueth all things: and as iron that breaketh all these, shall it break in pieces and bruise. 2:41 And whereas thou sawest the feet and toes, part of potters' clay, and part of iron, the kingdom shall be divided; but there shall be in it of the strength of the iron, forasmuch as thou sawest the iron mixed with miry clay. 2:42 And as the toes of the feet were part of iron, and part of clay, so the kingdom shall be partly strong, and partly broken. 2:43 And whereas thou sawest iron mixed with miry clay, they shall mingle themselves with the seed of men: but they shall not cleave one to another, even as iron is not mixed with clay.

2:44 And in the days of these kings shall 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. 2:45 Forasmuch as thou sawest that the stone was cut out of the mountain without hands, and that it brake in pieces the iron, the brass, the clay, the silver, and the gold; the great God hath made known to the king what shall come to pass hereafter: and the dream is certain, and the interpretation thereof sure." (Daniel 2:31-45 KJV)

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)

"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. 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, and to the house of the God of Jacob; and 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. 4:3 And he shall judge among many people, and rebuke strong nations afar off; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up a sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more." (Micah 4:1-3 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].

They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. 125:2 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.

125:3 For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.

125:4 Do good, O LORD, unto those that be good, and to them that are upright in their hearts. 125:5 As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel." (Psalm 125:1-5 KJV)

Fact Finder: What did King David know and write about the reigning "Mountain" that is coming?
See Psalm 87: The Holy Mountain Prophecy and Psalm 29: The Patriotism Prophecy


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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).

King James 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."
When the first settlers came to North America, they referred to the native people as "the Americans." It was over a century later that they began using the term for themselves - while referring to the native Americans as "Indians" (an erroneous term originated by early explorers who mistakenly thought that they had landed in India).

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).
Many Jews and Christians believe that despite the destruction of The Temple, the Ark Of The Covenant is safely hidden in a secret tunnel somewhere under the Temple Mount (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Temple Of The LORD). In 1995, another archaeologist noted how the massive stones from the Herodian Temple had been hurled down and smashed onto the street far below, exactly as Jesus Christ said would happen (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones?).

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).



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