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Wednesday, September 6 2017

Biblical Eras: The City Of David - When Jerusalem Became An Israelite City

"David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus; where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land ... Nevertheless David took the castle of Zion ... And David dwelt in the castle; therefore they called it the city of David"

The end of the era of the Israelite civil war (see Biblical Eras: The First Kings and The Civil War) brought about the beginning of the long reign of King David. It also marked the beginning of Jerusalem as an Israelite city (see When Did Jerusalem Become An Israelite City? and How Long Was Jerusalem The Capital Of Israel?).

Ancient Jerusalem

"11:4 And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus; where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land. 11:5 And the inhabitants of Jebus said to David, Thou shalt not come hither. Nevertheless David took the castle of Zion, which is the city of David.

11:6 And David said, Whosoever smiteth the Jebusites first shall be chief and captain. So Joab the son of Zeruiah went first up, and was chief.

11:7 And David dwelt in the castle; therefore they called it the city of David. 11:8 And he built the city round about, even from Millo round about: and Joab repaired the rest of the city. 11:9 So David waxed greater and greater: for the LORD of hosts was with him." (1 Chronicles 11:4-9 KJV)

The Temple of the LORD in Jerusalem did not yet exist. That function had been served for centuries by the Tabernacle that was constructed in the time of Moses (see The Building Of The Tabernacle and The Glory Of The LORD In His Tabernacle) - and then other LORD-approved places after the parting of the Ark of the Covenant and the Tabernacle (see The Capture Of The Ark and Why Did The Philistines Want To Return The Ark? and The Return Of The Ark).

It was King David's idea to build a Temple of wood and stone in the new Israelite capital city. His request to the LORD that a Temple be built was granted - with the condition that it would be constructed in the time of David's son and successor whose hands had never been bloodied by war.

"17:1 Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but the ark of the covenant of the LORD remaineth under curtains.

17:2 Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine heart; for God is with thee.

17:3 And it came to pass the same night, that the word of God came to Nathan, saying,

17:4 Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the LORD, Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in: 17:5 For I have not dwelt in an house since the day that I brought up Israel unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and from one tabernacle to another. 17:6 Wheresoever I have walked with all Israel, spake I a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why have ye not built me an house of cedars?

17:7 Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote, even from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be ruler over my people Israel: 17:8 And I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast walked, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee, and have made thee a name like the name of the great men that are in the earth. 17:9 Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more, as at the beginning, 17:10 And since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. Moreover I will subdue all thine enemies. Furthermore I tell thee that the LORD will build thee an house. 17:11 And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom. 17:12 He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his throne for ever. 17:13 I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was before thee: 17:14 But I will settle him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever: and his throne shall be established for evermore.

17:15 According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David." (1 Chronicles 17:1-15 KJV)

King David

The Ark was however brought (see Don't Touch The Ark and The Ark's Arrival In Zion) and kept in Jerusalem, in a tabernacle (i.e. a tent) during the reign of King David (see King David's Psalm Of The Ark).

"15:25 So David, and the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the house of Obededom with joy. 15:26 And it came to pass, when God helped the Levites that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, that they offered seven bullocks and seven rams. 15:27 And David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites that bare the ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah the master of the song with the singers: David also had upon him an ephod of linen. 15:28 Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps." (1 Chronicles 15:25-28 KJV)

The 40 year reign of David saw many good things and many bad and tragic things, but through it all David remained a humble, repentant true servant of the LORD. King David was far from perfect, but the King and Messiah that David prophesied was and is perfect. David knew Who he represented because David was also a prophet (see The Prophecy Of King David's Messianic Throne and the Fact Finder question below).

Fact Finder: What are some of the greatest Messianic prophecies of the Holy Bible - as seen and recorded by King David?
See David's View From The Cross and What Did King David Prophesy About Judas Iscariot?; also King David's Zion Prophecy and David's Resurrection Prophecy

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This Day In History, September 6

394: Theodosius became the sole ruler of the East and West Roman empires after defeating Eugenius at the Battle of the River Frigidus. After he died however, the Roman empire again divided - as illustrated in the two legs of the great prophetic statue seen in Nebuchadnezzar's dream in Daniel 2:31-25 (see The Prophet Daniel: Nebuchadnezzar's Image; also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

The Roman Empire

1492: Christopher Columbus sailed from La Gomera in the Canary Islands, his last stop before crossing the Atlantic for the first time. All of the voyages of Columbus to "America" were actually to the islands of the Caribbean Sea and what is today Mexico and South America (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).

Voyages of Christopher Columbus

1522: One of the five ships that set out in Ferdinand Magellan's voyage around the world returned to Spain. Only 15 of the original 265 men that set out survived. Magellan was killed by natives in the Philippines.

1620: The "Pilgrims" left Plymouth, England, bound for the New World (see also The Pilgrims).

The Mayflower

1898: Queen Wilhelmina of The Netherlands was coronated.

1901: U.S. President William McKinley was shot at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York. He died a week later.

1914: During the First World War (1914-1918), the first Battle of the Marne began along a 500 kilometer (300 mile) front when the French launched a counter-offensive against the German advance (see also The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars).

1941: The liberal-socialist Nazi government of Adolf Hitler (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative? and Why Does Satan Love Liars?) issued an order that all Jews in Germany were to wear a yellow Star of David at all times in public.

1945: Amidst surrendered Japanese forces, Russian forces brought about the proclamation of The Korean People's Republic (North Korea). To avoid a power vacuum in the south, the U.S. ordered the surrendered Japanese military command to maintain authority until U.S. forces arrived, which they did 2 days later. To understand North Korea's present defensive attitude toward those who threaten to invade them today, just as Japan repeatedly did since ancient times (the map below shows conquered Korea as part of the Empire of Japan), see Why Was Korea Divided Into North And South?.


1948: Princess Juliana became Queen of The Netherlands following her mother's (Queen Wilhelmina) abdication.

1949: Howard Unruh, a former U.S. Army sharpshooter during the Second World War (1939-1945, the U.S. entered in December 1941 when Pearl Harbor was attacked), killed 13 people in Camden, New Jersey. He is regarded as the first U.S. single-episode mass murderer.

1970: "Palestinian" (see Where Is Palestine?) terrorists hijacked four airliners traveling to New York from Europe. One Pan Am Jumbo was blown up the next day in Cairo, and two Boeing 707s which landed at Dawson's field in Jordan were blown up on September 12. The fourth plane landed in London.

1977: Leslie MacFarlane died at age 74. The Canadian author from Whitby, Ontario (near Toronto) wrote the first 20 books of the popular "Hardy Boys" series under the pen name "Franklin W. Dickson."

1977: Highway signs across Canada were converted to metric. As of 2014, the U.S. is the only country that still uses the old system of pounds, miles and fractions (e.g. writing 9/10 instead of .9). While many regard the "miles and Fahrenheit" system to be an entirely-English creation, miles were actually invented by the ancient Romans and the Fahrenheit temperature scale was invented in 1724 by a German physicist, Daniel Fahrenheit. "Miles and Fahrenheit" are just as European in origin as the Metric System. Even the word "mile" uses the same prefix, "mill," meaning thousand, as the Metric System.

1991: After 67 years as Leningrad, the name St. Petersburg was restored to the Russian city.

1997: The funeral of Princess Diana. Great numbers of people lined the streets of London to view the procession, and hundreds of millions of people around the world watched on television. One of the biggest funerals in human history. She was later that day buried on the Spencer family property in the Northamptonshire countryside.


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