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Sunday, April 5 2015
Psalm 129: What Is Jesus Going To Do In Zion?
"He will teach us of His ways ... for out of Zion shall go forth the Law ... He shall judge among the nations ... they shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruninghooks ... neither shall they learn war any more"
"Zion" is the English-language rendering of the Hebrew word, pronounced tsee-yone, that means an elevated place, or height, with an applied meaning to be bright. Elevated places are usually exposed to more sunlight and therefore are seen "shining" from below, but the meaning is also used in its ultimate purpose in prophecy.
"50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined" (Psalm 50:2 KJV).
During the history of Jerusalem (see the complete series beginning with A History Of Jerusalem: In The Beginning), "Zion" was the name given to one of the most prominent hills in Jerusalem. Mount Zion is slightly higher than Mount Moriah (the "Temple Mount"), while the nearby Mount of Olives is slightly higher still (see Zechariah: He Shall Stand Upon The Mount Of Olives and Liftoff, We Have Liftoff).
Zion was a natural place, topographically, geographically and politically, for a ruler to be sited. So too was, and is, the four-winds "threshing floor" that became the Temple Mount (which also was chosen for its Messianic prophetic significance; see Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff).
The first specific mention of "Zion" in the Holy Scriptures was when King David took the city of Jerusalem, as directed by the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God) when David was still in Hebron at the end of the Civil War (see King David Of Hebron).
"5:1 Then came all the tribes of Israel [see The Civil War Kings] to David unto Hebron, and spake, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. 5:2 Also in time past, when Saul was king over us, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD said to thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be a captain over Israel.
"Zion" was chosen by the LORD for His purposes. King David was a living prophecy of the King to come and Israel was a living prophecy of the Kingdom of God to come (see The Patriotism Prophecy).
"8:2 Thus saith the LORD of hosts; I was jealous for Zion with great jealousy, and I was jealous for her with great fury. 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 8:2-3 KJV)
The return of the LORD to Zion will be in a day of great signs from the heavens in which His Power will be known, to those who have yet to take heed of it.
"24:23 Then the moon shall be confounded, and the sun ashamed, when the LORD of hosts shall reign in mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, and before his ancients gloriously." (Isaiah 24:23 KJV)
It will be the day when Truth begins to reign, over all of the Earth, from Zion.
"3:15 The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining. 3:16 The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.
It will be then that "out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem," so that the famous "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" (as found in both Isaiah 2:4 and Micah 4:3) will be fulfilled. There won't be any make-believe "Zionists," Christian-professing or Jewish, on that day.
"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.
When David prayed for justice to come upon the enemies of Zion, he was not merely praying for himself in his own days. David was also a prophet (see David's View From The Cross and David's Resurrection Prophecy).
"129:1 A Song of degrees.
This Day In History, April 5
1081: Alexios I Komnenos became the Byzantine emperor at Constantinople (the city named after the Roman Emperor Constantine; see Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1242: The Russian forces repelled an invasion by the Teutonic Knights (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1355: In Rome, Charles IV was crowned Holy Roman Emperor (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1513: Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian, King Henry VIII of England, King Ferdinand of Aragon (Catherine of Aragon, the first wife of King Henry VIII of England, was the daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain, who employed Christopher Columbus as an explorer) and Pope Leo X signed the Treaty of Mechlin, an alliance to invade France.
1621: The English ship Mayflower set sail on its return trip to England.
1710: The Statute of Anne was granted Royal Assent to establish the Copyright Law of the United Kingdom.
1795: The Treaty of Basel between France and Prussia was signed during the French Revolutionary War.
1843: Queen Victoria proclaimed Hong Kong as a British crown colony.
1879: Chile declared war on Bolivia and Peru, thereby starting the War of the Pacific.
1896: The modern-day Olympic Games began, in Athens.
1900: Archaeologists in Knossos, Crete, discovered a large cache of clay tablets with hieroglyphic writing in a script they called Linear B.
1943: During the Second World War, a U.S. warplane killed 900 civilians, including 209 children, when it bombed the Belgian town of Mortsel, rather than the intended target, a factory over a kilometer away.
1951: Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were sentenced to death for giving U.S. atomic secrets to Russia.
1955: Winston Churchill resigned as British Prime Minister. He was succeeded by Anthony Eden.
1974: The 110-story World Trade Center opened in New York.
1975: Chiang Kai-shek, Chinese military and political leader, died. He fled to Taiwan after his Nationalist forces lost the Chinese civil war against the communists under Mao Zedong in 1949.
1989: The Polish government legalized the Solidarity union, and allowed democracy in government.
2008: Charlton Heston died at age 84. The actor portrayed Moses in the classic film The Ten Commandments.