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Friday, January 15 2016
Amos 6: The King's Arrival In Zion Prophecy
"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"
"Zion" is an English-language rendering of the Hebrew word, pronounced tsee-yone, that meant an elevated place, as in a height. It further came to be used to mean bright because of the natural result that elevated places are more exposed to sunlight and therefore are often seen "shining" from lower elevations. The Bible itself also uses that applied Messianic meaning e.g. "50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God hath shined" (Psalm 50:2 KJV).
The designation of "Zion" was applied to one of the highest hills of Jerusalem. Mount Zion (from which the returned Messiah will rule) is slightly higher than Mount Moriah (the "Temple Mount"), while the nearby Mount of Olives (where the Messiah will first stand on the day of His return; see Zechariah: He Shall Stand Upon The Mount Of Olives) is slightly higher still. It was, literally, a natural place for a ruler to be sited - just was, and is, the nearby four-winds "threshing floor" (see Moriah: Separating The Wheat From The Chaff) that became the Temple Mount.
Jerusalem, or Salem (see Salem In History And Prophecy), had been a foreign city to the people of Israel until King David captured it after the Civil War (see When Did Jerusalem Become An Israelite City?) when the LORD (see The Identity Of The LORD God and The LORD God Our Saviour) commanded David to move his capital from Hebron to Jerusalem. At was at that time that "David took the castle of Zion."
"11:1 Then all Israel gathered themselves to David unto Hebron, saying, Behold, we are thy bone and thy flesh. 11:2 And moreover in time past, even when Saul was king, thou wast he that leddest out and broughtest in Israel: and the LORD thy God said unto thee, Thou shalt feed my people Israel, and thou shalt be ruler over my people Israel.
While "Zionism" is popularly-regarded to mean the return of the people of Judah (see Jews - Three Tribes and Three Meanings) to Jerusalem, it was never described in the Bible in such a limited way. It was always about the prophecies of the time when the Messiah will return to enlighten and rule the world - including the people of Judah who "slept" through his first coming (see When Zion Awakes). It will be a time when all of humanity will rejoice in the genuine freedom that the Truth of the LORD God will provide for those who repent and obey Him (see Where Is The Valley Of Decision?).
"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)
When the Israelites in Jerusalem became corrupt, they became a mockery of the LORD's purpose of "Israel" (see Israel's Neighborhood Roots) and of Zion. For that reason the LORD removed them from the place they they no longer lived up to.
"6:1 Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came! 6:2 Pass ye unto Calneh, and see; and from thence go ye to Hamath the great: then go down to Gath of the Philistines: be they better than these kingdoms? or their border greater than your border? 6:3 Ye that put far away the evil day, and cause the seat of violence to come near; 6:4 That lie upon beds of ivory, and stretch themselves upon their couches, and eat the lambs out of the flock, and the calves out of the midst of the stall; 6:5 That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David; 6:6 That drink wine in bowls, and anoint themselves with the chief ointments: but they are not grieved for the affliction of Joseph. 6:7 Therefore now shall they go captive with the first that go captive, and the banquet of them that stretched themselves shall be removed.
Fact Finder: When will the ancient Israelites be reunited at Zion?
This Day In History, January 15
69: Servius Sulpicius Galba, the Roman Emperor who succeeded Nero (see Nero's Torches), was assassinated by the Praetorian guard in the Roman Forum (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1077: German Emperor Henry IV stood barefoot in the snow for three days at Canossa, Italy, pleading for a reversal of excommunication by Pope Gregory VII (see Emperors and Popes and The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation; also Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1493: Christopher Columbus set sail for Spain from the island known today as Hispaniola, thereby ending his first voyage to the New World. In reality, all of the 4 voyages of Columbus were limited to the islands of the Caribbean Sea area, not the "America" of the popular propaganda myth (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1519: Spanish explorer Vasco Nunez de Balboa died at age 44. He was the head of the first stable settlement on the South American continent (1511), and the first known European to sight the Pacific Ocean (September 25 1513). His last years were troubled by conflicts with his superior, who had him seized on unfounded charges of rebellion and treason from which Balboa was condemned to death and beheaded.
1535: After his split with the Papacy, King Henry VIII became Supreme Head of the Church of England under the Act of Supremacy.
1541: King Francis I of France granted Jean-Francois Roberval a commission to settle "the province of New France" (what is today much of eastern Canada and New England) and for the spread of the "Holy Catholic faith."
1552: The Treaty of Chambord was signed by Henry II of France and several German princes including Maurice of Saxony who ceded Metz, Toul and Verdun to France.
1559: Elizabeth Tudor, daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn was crowned at Westminster Abbey as Queen Elizabeth I.
1582: The Peace of Jam-Zapolski was signed between Russia and Poland, ceding Livonia and Estonia to Poland.
1697: The citizens of Massachusetts spent a day of fasting and repentance for their roles in the 1692 Salem Witch Trial hysteria. Judge Samuel Sewall, who had presided over many of the 20 capital judgments, published a written confession acknowledging his own "blame and shame" (see also Innocent Unless Proven Guilty).
1759: The British Museum opened at Montague House in London.
1889: The Coca-Cola Company, then known as the Pemberton Medicine Company, was incorporated in Atlanta, Georgia. As its name indicates, the original formula for "Coke" used the same "natural" ingredients as that used for making various legal and illegal drugs (see What Is Sorcery?). The drug in the beverage was later replaced with sugar and caffeine to maintain its stimulant effects (see also Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?).
1906: Britain relinquished its naval bases at Halifax, Nova Scotia and Esquimault, British Columbia to Canada.
1919: Karl Liebknecht, 48, and Rosa Luxemburg, 49, founders of the Spartacus League which in 1919 became the German communist party, were killed in Berlin by soldiers who were taking them to prison.
1922: The Irish Free State was formed.
1965: Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill suffered a severe stroke.
1970: Israeli archaeologists reported uncovering additional evidence supporting the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD by military forces of the Roman empire (see What Did Jesus Christ Say About Those Stones? and Pella; also Legions Of Men And Angels).
1970: Biafran forces surrendered, thereby ending Biafra as an independent territory of Nigeria.
1971: The Aswan Dam was officially dedicated by President Sadat of Egypt and President Podgorny of the Soviet Union.
1973: Golda Meir became the first Prime Minister of Israel (see also Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah) to meet with a Pope.
2005: The European Space Agency's SMART-1 lunar orbiter discovered the "Earth" elements calcium, aluminum, silicon, iron, and others on the moon.