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Sunday, August 30 2015
Jeremiah 7: The Home Of The Righteous
"Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life"
In the time of the Messiah's first coming, the "gate of the LORD's House" was left wide open by those who had made and assumed the LORD's House into their house. It was under those circumstances that the Messiah's famous incident of driving out the peddlers ("those that sold oxen and sheep and doves" - along with all of the manure that a livestock sale produces) and bankers ("the changers of money") from the Temple took place. It didn't just happen; it was a prophesied (in Psalm 69:9) event i.e. "And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up."
"2:13 And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, 2:14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 2:15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise.
The Temple (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Temple Of The LORD), like the Tabernacle before it (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Tabernacle), although designated as holy in itself (see The Holy Place In History And Prophecy), was always intended to be a prophetic portrayal of the ultimate Holy Place that will be the entire Earth (see The First And Last Nation). When the Messiah proclaimed "make not my Father's house an house of merchandise" (verse 16 above), He was speaking of both of them (the reason that He also referred to the Temple as His body in the same verses; see also Why Is The Church Called The Body Of Christ? and What's The Expiration Date Of The Church?).
"14:1 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 14:2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 14:3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 14:4 And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know.
Arriving "home" with the Father is about being admitted to His House - an eternal and infinite place where unrepentant rebels are neither welcome or will be allowed to enter. Merely declaring one's self to be a Christian, while doing whatever one pleases, will result in the LORD saying "I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity" (see Iniquity In History And Prophecy and Choosing The Right Way; also Why Repent?).
"7:13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: 7:14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
The Kingdom of God, the Paradise on Earth in which everywhere will be Home, will be accomplished, after the Messiah has completed all of the Work that the Father sent Him to do, when the Father comes to Earth (see The Patriotism Prophecy and The Church: Mission Accomplished).
"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.
In the time of Jeremiah, the original Temple was still standing. Jeremiah was sent to warn the people of Judah (see Why Didn't Jeremiah Live In The Kingdom Of Israel?) to repent - or lose what had become their kingdom and their temple. They defiantly failed to heed the warning, and so they lost it all.
The Temple was rebuilt seventy years later, in the time of Zerubbabel (see Zerubbabel's Return), Ezra (see Ezra's Journey From Babylon) and Nehemiah (see The Arrival Of Nehemiah's Cavalry), and centuries later further built upon by Herod the Great (see A History Of Jerusalem: The Herodian Dynasty). That later Temple was the one in which the Messiah drove out the peddlers and false prophets - with the warning that they would lose it all again if they didn't repent and properly follow what the LORD had actually commanded them (see Why Call Me, Lord, Lord, and Do Not The Things Which I Say?). They failed to heed that warning too, so they lost it all again in 70 AD to the Romans (see A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots), exactly as their ancestors had lost it all in 586 BC to the Babylonians (see Why Did Judah Fall To Babylon?). It's no coincidence that the original Babylon was and is used as a term for the religion that Rome built upon the rubble of those destroyed Temples.
The LORD's warning was the same in the time of Jeremiah as it has always been, in ancient times and today: "Stand in the gate of the LORD'S house, and proclaim there this word, and say, Hear the word of the LORD" (see Strait And Straight)
"7:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying,
This Day In History, August 30
30 BC: Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt (see The Cleopatra Connection and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars), died. She is said to have committed suicide by having a poisonous snake to bite her.
526: King Theodoric the Great died of dysentery at Ravenna. Theodoric's daughter Amalasuntha assumed power as regent for her 10-year old son Athalaric.
1125: Lothair II, Duke of Saxony, was elected king of the Germans (see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).
1363: The forces of two Chinese leaders, Chen Youliang and Zhu Yuanzhang, met at the Battle of Lake Poyang, one of the largest naval battles in history (see also Gog and Magog).
1791: HMS Pandora sank after running aground on a reef the previous day. The Royal Navy warship was best known as the vessel sent in 1790 to search for the HMS Bounty and the sissy-boy mutineers who had hijacked it.
1799: During the Second Coalition of the French Revolutionary Wars, the entire Dutch fleet was captured by British forces under the command of Sir Ralph Abercromby and Admiral Sir Charles Mitchell.
1835: Melbourne, Australia was founded.
1873: Austrian explorers Julius von Payer and Karl Weyprecht discovered the archipelago later named Franz Joseph Land in the Arctic Sea.
1881: In Germany, Clement Ader patented the first stereophonic sound system.
1914: The Battle of Tannenberg, one of history's greatest military disasters, ended after the Russian Second Army lost 30,000 troops after being encircled by the Germans.
1940: Sir J.J. Thomson, the English physicist who discovered the electron in 1897, died at age 83. He was buried near Isaac Newton in the nave of Westminster Abbey.
1945: Hong Kong was liberated when the British Royal Navy under Rear Admiral Cecil Harcourt sailed into Victoria harbor to accept the Japanese surrender.
1973: Kenya banned the hunting of elephants and the trade in ivory.
1980: A 17 day strike at the Lenin shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, ended when union leader Lech Walesa signed an agreement with government negotiators.
1981: Iranian President Mohammad Ali Rajai and Prime Minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar were killed in a bomb blast at the Prime Minister's office in Tehran.
1982: Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat abandoned his headquarters in Beirut following an Israeli military intervention into Lebanon (see also Where Is Palestine?).
1995: NATO began military operations against Bosnian Serb forces.