Israel 1 – A Pagan Breeds A Nation

“Abraham served other gods” (Joshua 24:2)

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Consider some of the most commonly used names of God, as they are seen in this study.

“Elohim,” God (Gen 1:1). “Yahweh” (YHWH), Lord: “Lord God,” (Gen 2:4). “Lord,” (Gen 4:1). “El Shaddai,” God Almighty (Gen 35:11). “El,” God, mighty one, hero (Gen 46:3). There is no such name as Jehovah that is used for the Name of God. Whenever other Names of God that appear in our study, they will be explained.

God was looking for Abraham; Abraham was not looking for God. God had a specific purpose for His call on Abraham’s life.

1 Peter 1:2 Names of God Bible (NOG)

2 God the Father knew you long ago and chose you to live holy lives with the Spirit’s help so that you are obedient to Yeshua Christ and are sprinkled with his blood.

Genesis 12:1-3 Names of God Bible (NOG) The Lord’s First Promise to Abram.

1 Yahweh said to Abram, “Leave your land, your relatives, and your father’s home. Go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation, I will bless you. I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you, I will curse. Through you every family on earth will be blessed.”

Abraham, an idol worshiper, breeds a holy people (Exodus 22:31), God’s chosen people (Deuteronomy 14:2), a people chosen to bring the Messiah into the world, a Messiah through whose bodily sacrifice will bring salvation to the world (Isaiah 53:5).

Joshua 24:1-4 Names of God Bible (NOG)

1 Joshua gathered all the tribes of Israel together at Shechem. He called together Israel’s leaders, chiefs, judges, and officers, and they presented themselves to Elohim. 2 Joshua said to all the people, “This is what Yahweh Elohim of Israel says: Long ago your ancestors, Terah and his sons Abraham and Nahor, lived on the other side of the Euphrates River and served other gods. 3 But I took your ancestor Abraham from the other side of the Euphrates River. I led him through all of Canaan and gave him many descendants. I also gave him Isaac. 4 To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. I gave Esau the mountains in Seir as his own. However, Jacob and his sons went to Egypt.

The nation that Abraham bred is Israel. Abraham was the father of Isaac. Isaac was the father of Jacob. Jacob was named Israel by God, and would become the father of the nation of Israel that we know today.

God’s Promises to Abraham were a people and a land. God made two specific promises to the physical descendants of Abraham in Genesis Chapter 12:1-3. God promised Abraham that He will make Abraham’s descendants into a great nation and that He will give this great nation a specific the land (verses 5-7)

Genesis 12:1-3 Names of God Bible (NOG) The Lord’s First Promise to Abram

1 Yahweh said to Abram, “Leave your land, your relatives, and your father’s home. Go to the land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation, I will bless you. I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you, I will curse.Through you every family on earth will be blessed.”

Genesis 12:4-7 Names of God Bible (NOG) The Lord’s Second Promise to Abram

4 So Abram left, as Yahweh had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was 75 years old when he left Haran. 5 Abram set out for Canaan. He took along his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, and all the possessions they had accumulated and the servants they had acquired in Haran. 6 They arrived in Canaan, and Abram traveled through the land to the oak tree belonging to Moreh at Shechem. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. 7 Then Yahweh appeared to Abram and said, “I’m going to give this land to your descendants.” So he built an altar there to Yahweh, who had appeared to him.

Abraham Through Isaac – Not Ishmael

God tells Abraham that his wife Sarai, whose name He will change to Sarah, will bear a son and that nations will come through her.

Genesis 17:19-21 Names of God Bible (NOG)

19 Elohim replied, “No! Your wife Sarah will give you a son, and you will name him Isaac [He Laughs]. I will make an everlasting promise to him and his descendants. 20 I have heard your request about Ishmael. Yes, I will bless him, make him fertile, and increase the number of his descendants. He will be the father of 12 princes, and I will make him a great nation. 21 But I will make my promise to Isaac. Sarah will give birth to him at this time next year.”

Abraham through Jacob – Not Esau

Genesis 25:19-26 Names of God Bible (NOG) Esau and Jacob

19 This is the account of Abraham’s son Isaac and his descendants. Abraham was the father of Isaac. 20 Isaac was 40 years old when he married Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean. 21 Isaac prayed to Yahweh for his wife because she was childless. Yahweh answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 When the children inside her were struggling with each other, she said, “If it’s like this now, what will become of me?” So she went to ask Yahweh. 23 Yahweh said to her, “Two countries are in your womb. Two nations will go their separate ways from birth. One nation will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.” 24 When the time came for her to give birth, she had twins. 25 The first one born was red. His whole body was covered with hair, so they named him Esau [Hairy]. 26 Afterwards, his brother was born with his hand holding on to Esau’s heel, and so he was named Jacob [Heel]. Isaac was 60 years old when they were born.

Genesis 35:10-12 Names of God Bible (NOG) Jacob named Israel. Gods promises Jacob the land of Israel.

10 Elohim said to him, “Your name is Jacob. You will no longer be called Jacob, but your name will be Israel.” So he named him Israel. 11 Elohim also said to him, “I am El Shadday. Be fertile, and increase in number. A nation and a community of nations will come from you, and kings will come from you. 12 I will give you the land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac. I will also give this land to your descendants.”

Genesis 46:1-6 Names of God Bible (NOG) Jacob told by God to move his family to Egypt, and that God will bring Israel back out of Egypt to its promised land.

1 Israel moved with all he had. When he came to Beersheba, he offered sacrifices to the Elohim of his father Isaac. 2 Elohim spoke to Israel in a vision that night and said, “Jacob, Jacob!” “Here I am,” he answered. 3 “I am El, the Elohim of your father,” he said. “Don’t be afraid to go to Egypt, because I will make you a great nation there. 4 I will go with you to Egypt, and I will make sure you come back again. Joseph will close your eyes when you die.” 5 So Jacob left Beersheba. Israel’s sons put their father Jacob, their children, and their wives in the wagons Pharaoh had sent to bring him back. 6 They also took their livestock and the possessions they had accumulated in Canaan. Jacob and all his family arrived in Egypt.

We will show the exodus of Israel from Egypt in the next article of Israel, Israel 2.

Consider God’s reason for the Jews of the exodus to live holy lives.

Leviticus 11:43-45 Names of God Bible (NOG)

43 Don’t become disgusting by eating anything that swarms on the ground. Never allow yourselves to become unclean because of them. 44 “Here is the reason: I am Yahweh your Elohim. You must live holy lives. Be holy because I am holy. Never become unclean by touching anything that swarms or crawls on the ground. 45 Here is the reason again: I am Yahweh. I brought you out of Egypt to be your Elohim. Be holy because I am holy.

Let’s consider a Holy Ground experience that comes from the book of Exodus.

God Speaks to Moses from the Burning Bush (Exodus 3:1-10).

A study about the Jews and Israel is often thought of as being “religious.” But, the truth of such a study is a about a relationship. I encourage you to read the “About Equipping” page of this blog for a more complete understanding of what “religion” is, and is not. https://equippingblog.wordpress.com/about/

Book Overview – Exodus (Scofield Reference Note).

In the book of Exodus we come to know a redeemed people of God. The origin and redemption of God’s earthly people Israel is described. Israel is delivered from the slavery in Egypt and is led on to the way into the promised land of Canaan. Therefore Exodus is the book of redemption. Its landmarks are the Passover and the passage through the Red Sea.(see explanation in 1 Corinthians 5:7; 1 Corinthians 10:1-2).

1 Corinthians 5:7 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

7 Clean out the old leaven so that you may be a new lump, just as you are in fact unleavened. For Christ our Passover also has been sacrificed.

1 Corinthians 10:1-2 New International Version (NIV) Warnings From Israel’s History

1 For I do not want you to be ignorant of the fact, brothers and sisters, that our ancestors were all under the cloud and that they all passed through the sea. 2 They were all baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed.

After the exodus out of Egypt, the people of Israel received the law of God and erected the tabernacle of congregation according to His command. As a result the new relationship between the people and God was fixed:(1) God was now dwelling amidst His people. (2) Israel was able to approach God and to worship Him (by means of the offerings). (3) the Glory of the Lord was typically revealed.

As we study “Israel In The Wilderness” we will identify key events that relate to the purposes of God for His Chosen People, Israel (Deuteronomy 7:6). We will also see that God travels with the Israelites, as opposed to any other group of people throughout the whole world. Israel was chosen to be a holy and righteous people, to bring a Holy and Righteous Messiah into the world, and to have a place of special prominence in the yet future Kingdom Age/Millennium/thousand reign of Messiah/Christ.

Deuteronomy 14:2 New International Version (NIV)

2 for you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be his treasured possession.

The date of the exodus of Israel from Egypt is stated as being 1445 B.C. by Drs. Charles Ryrie and John MacArthur. The date that Israel ended its wilderness wanderings is shown as being 1405 B.C. by Ryrie and MacArthur. Moses was age eighty when the exodus began.The wilderness journey lasted forty years. Moses was in the court of Pharoah in 1525 B.C. until 1485 B.C. Moses was in exile in Midian from 1485 B.C. until 1445 B.C. Israel was delivered from Egyptian bondage and slavery in 1445 B.C. Israel began a wilderness journey that lasted until 1405 B.C. Moses died at age 120 (Deuteronomy 34:7).

It was through Moses on Mount Sinai, that God gave the Law to the Israelites, and solely to the Jews. Moses actually went up on Mount Sinai several times to meet God. https://www.gotquestions.org/Moses-on-Mount-Sinai.html The Law consists of more than the ten commandments. Mitzvah: A Commandment – There are 613, not just 10, commandments, or mitzvot. There are 613 Torah laws, of which the ten commandments are a part, and can be found written in the books of Exodus through Deuteronomy. http://www.jewfaq.org/613.htm Mitzvot are commandments, traditionally understood to come from God and to be intended for the Jewish people to observe. https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/mitzvot-a-mitzvah-is-a-commandment/

The Book of Leviticus has a nicely laid out list of much of the law. See Leviticus 1:1-2 and 27:34 to see that the Law was given only to the Jews, and that they were given to Moses by God on Mount Sinai. Keeping the law is much more than Sabbath worship (James 2:10). It important to know that Christ came to fulfill every aspect of the law (Matthew 5:17-18), and that was fulfilled when He died on the cross at Calvary (John 19:30).

As we go through this wilderness study of Israel, we will use a video tape series of discussions that show the terrain, and other natural land marks, that affected the travel of the children of Israel (Israel=Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham). The six part study is called, “The Real Mount Sinai.”

Dr Bryant G. Wood, B.S., M.S., M.A., Ph.D. is the leader of the series of videos. I think that you will come away from this study, especially from the video series, having gained a lot of good food for thought.
Also, I think that a lot of information will be gathered that will show Israel as being the legitimate deed holder of its sovereign land. You will notice that this video series does not necessarily align up with each article, but will add content that will be valuable to this overall series of articles that we are studying on. https://creation.com/dr-bryant-g-wood

Exodus of Moses at Red Sea – The Real Mount Sinai :: Part 1 of 6

Acts 7:36-38 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

36 This man led them out, performing wonders and signs in the land of Egypt and in the Red Sea and in the wilderness for forty years. 37 This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, ‘God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren.’ 38 This is the one who was in the congregation in the wilderness together with the angel who was speaking to him on Mount Sinai, and who was with our fathers; and he received living oracles to pass on to you.

MacArthur Study Note. 7:37 Prophet like me. Quoted from Deut. 18:15, this refers to the Messiah (cf. John 1:21, 25; 6:14; 7:40).

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Hanukkah 2018

Jews around the world began celebrating Hanukkah on the evening of Sunday, December 2, 2018. Consider the warmth and love that is present in a Jewish family celebrating Hanukkah.

Chanukah Candle Blessings • First Night

Consider the uplifting discussion on Hanukkah.

Hanukkah || Mayim Bialik

Consider the discussion on lighting Hanukkah Candles. Notice the difference between the Shamash candle, in relation to the eight Hanukkah candles.

How to Light Chanukah Candles

The following kids video provides a good explanation on Hanukkah. The subject of Hanukkah is one that is all too often neglected in Christian churches. But, as the following information will attest, there is a great deal of information that relates to Hanukkah that also relates to Christ, our Lord and Savior.

The Story of Hanukkah

The Jewish observance of Hanukkah began on sunset of Sunday, December 2, 2018 and will end on the nightfall of Monday, December 10, 2018. Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after a group of Jewish warriors defeated the occupying mighty Greek armies. Consider the following links.
https://www.chabad.org/holidays/default_cdo/jewish/holidays.htm
https://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/article_cdo/aid/102911/jewish/What-Is-Hanukkah.htm

Consider the significance of the “shamash, or servant candle.” As is shown in the video, the servant candle “gives light” to the other candles “one by one.” Consider also, the significance of the servant candle to the following verse of scripture:

John 1:9 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man.

Christ is the light which brings spiritual light to a world of spiritual darkness. He gives light to all coming into the world, “one by one.” The shamash candle is prophetic of Christ, our Lord and Savior. In my home a hanukkiyah (hon ooo kee ah) has a permanent place in the living room. Notice that the shamash candle stands above all of the other candles, which shows the deity of Christ. In the kids video the example of the oil that was supposed to last for only one day, continued to burn for eight days. As in Christ, the oil of the Holy Spirit burns in the lives of believers in Christ, “forever .”

The Holy Spirit Described As Oil

Isaiah 61:1-4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Exaltation of the Afflicted

1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me,
Because the Lord has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And freedom to prisoners;
2 To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord
And the day of vengeance of our God;
To comfort all who mourn,
3 To grant those who mourn in Zion,
Giving them a garland instead of ashes,
The oil of gladness instead of mourning,
The mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting.
So they will be called oaks of righteousness,
The planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.

Acts 10:38 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

38 You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

Consider the truth of the Messiah/Christ/Yeshua in the following song.

Chanukah – Marty Goetz

There is no Old Testament discussion on the celebration of Hanukkah. However, in the New Testament, there is an account of the Feast of Dedication, which is also known as the Feast Of Hanukkah and the Feast Of Lights. The passage shows that Christ was present for Hanukkah. Below the following verse, there is a comment on Hanukkah that is provided by Dr. John MacArthur.

John 10:22-23 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

22 At that time the Feast of the Dedication took place at Jerusalem; 23 it was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple in the portico of Solomon.

10:22 Feast of Dedication. The Jewish celebration of Hanukkah, which celebrates the Israelite victory over the Syrian leader Antiochus Epiphanes, who persecuted Israel. In ca. 170 B.C. he conquered Jerusalem and desecrated the Jewish temple by setting up a pagan altar to displace the altar of God. Under the leadership of an old priest named Mattathias (his family name was called the Hasmoneans), the Jews fought guerrilla warfare (known as the Maccabean Revolt—166–142 B.C.) against Syria and freed the temple and the land from Syrian dominance until 63 B.C. when Rome (Pompey) took control of Palestine. It was in 164 B.C. on 25 Chislev (Dec. approximately), that the Jews liberated the temple and rededicated it. The celebration is also known as the “Feast of Lights” because of the lighting of lamps and candles in Jewish homes to commemorate the event. it was winter. John indicated by this phrase that the cold weather drove Jesus to walk on the eastern side of the temple in the sheltered area of Solomon’s porch, which after the resurrection became the regular gathering place of Christians where they would proclaim the gospel (see Acts 3:11; 5:12).

Consider Christ, “the Light of the world.”

John 1:1-13 New American Standard Bible (NASB) The Deity of Jesus Christ
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. 4 In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men. 5 The Light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.

The Witness John

6 There came a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to testify about the Light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the Light, but he came to testify about the Light.

9 There was the true Light which, coming into the world, enlightens every man. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

John 8:12 New American Standard Bible (NASB) Jesus Is the Light of the World

12 Then Jesus again spoke to them, saying, “I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the Light of life.”

Those of us, of whom know Christ as our Lord and Savior, will be caught up to be with Christ, the Eternal Light, and spend eternity with Him. Consider the verses; consider the song by Sandi Patty.

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.

Sandi Patty – We Shall Behold Him [Live]

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God’s Presence

Hezekiah Walker New Video “Every Praise”

Why do we worship and praise God? Because He is worthy of our worship and praise.

Psalm 19 New International Version (NIV)

For the director of music. A psalm of David.

1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Consider “the Glory of God,” as we continue with this article.

The Glory of God will be shown in each of the following: The Tent Of Meeting, The Tabernacle In The Desert, and The Temple.

Haggai 2:7: “I will fill this temple with glory.” (520 B.C.)

When we consider “the temple,” we must go back to a point in time when there was no Jewish temple; such a time is described in Exodus 33:7 (1491 B.C.). From there, we turn around and go forward as far as we possibly can go. So, hop on board! You’ll enjoy the ride!

Let’s say that you’re a Jew among the Israelites in 1491 B.C. You have been traveling with the other Jews as you have fled the oppressive Egyptians, and have made a tent encampment in an area that has only dirt, sand and dust on the ground. You don’t know it yet, but your travel will last forty years. Your mind and eyes are focused on “the walk of Moses” this day as you have become accustomed. Let’s say that it is late in the afternoon, just prior to dusk. The sun is going down, nearing the horizon. Suddenly you, and the other Israelites, go to the door of each of your tents! Why! Moses! Moses is walking in between your row of tents on his way to the tent of meeting. All of you and your neighbors are aware that a time of Holiness is in the making. Moses is no longer a young man; eighty years of age at this time in his life. He doesn’t move with the quickness or agility that he did as a young man; still, he makes this regular stroll; he may even walk with the aid of a cane or staff. As Moses walks away from you in the direction of the “Tent,” where he will experience the holiness and glory of God, the sun is staring him in the face. With each step that Moses takes, dust is kicked up behind him and finds a resting place on the lower edge of his robe. You see the evening haze. You see Moses arriving at the door of the tent; you see him entering the tent, and you know that waiting for him is “God!” You know that God and Moses are about to enter into a serious conversation. You have never had such an experience of Holiness. You, and all others in your encampment, stand at the doors of your tents, and “worship”!

The following video will help you to understand that which I have written in the above paragraph. The scriptures are Exodus 33:7-14.

Moses and the Tent of Meeting

Exodus 33:7-14 New International Version (NIV) (1491 B.C.)

The Tent of Meeting 7-11 Moses and the Glory of the Lord 12-14

7 Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the “tent of meeting.” Anyone inquiring of the Lord would go to the tent of meeting outside the camp. 8 And whenever Moses went out to the tent, all the people rose and stood at the entrances to their tents, watching Moses until he entered the tent. 9 As Moses went into the tent, the pillar of cloud would come down and stay at the entrance, while the Lord spoke with Moses. 10 Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entrance to the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to their tent. 11 The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent. 12 Moses said to the Lord, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me. You have said, ‘I know you by name and you have found favor with me.’ 13 If you are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know you and continue to find favor with you. Remember that this nation is your people.” 14 The Lord replied, “My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest.”

God’s Order To Build

God commissioned the construction of the tabernacle/sanctuary (Exodus 25:8-9, 1491 B.C.).
The tabernacle in the desert was completed (Exodus 40:33, 1490 B.C.).
God commissioned King Solomon to build the first temple in Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 28:6, 1015 B.C.).
Solomon finished the construction of the temple in Jerusalem (2 Chronicles 5:1, 1004 B.C.)

Notice that the Jews got the tabernacle completed in one year from the date that God told them to build it.

The Order Of Completion

While the tent of Moses was being used as a tent of meeting, the Israelites were constructing a tabernacle, or a sanctuary, which has been called “the tabernacle in the desert.” At times, the terms, “tent of meeting,” and “tabernacle,” are used interchangeably. The tabernacle in the desert was followed in construction by the temple that Solomon built.

The Tabernacle In The Desert: Exodus 39:42-38 (1491 B.C.)

Solomon’s Temple: 1 Kings 7:55-8:66; 2 Chronicles 5:1:7:11 (1004 B.C.)

The Presence Of God Made Manifest

The Presence of God in the tent of Moses, where He met with God is shown above in Exodus 33:7-14. (1491 B.C.)

The Presence of God in the Tabernacle In The Desert (1490 B.C.)

Exodus 40:34-38 New International Version (NIV) The Glory of the Lord

34 Then the cloud covered the tent of meeting, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 35 Moses could not enter the tent of meeting because the cloud had settled on it, and the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. 36 In all the travels of the Israelites, whenever the cloud lifted from above the tabernacle, they would set out; 37 but if the cloud did not lift, they did not set out—until the day it lifted. 38 So the cloud of the Lord was over the tabernacle by day, and fire was in the cloud by night, in the sight of all the Israelites during all their travels.

The Presence of God in Solomon’s Temple. (1004 B.C.)

2 Chronicles 5:13-14 New International Version (NIV) (Also 1 Kings 8:10-11)

13 The trumpeters and musicians joined in unison to give praise and thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, the singers raised their voices in praise to the Lord and sang:
“He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the Lord was filled with the cloud, 14 and the priests could not perform their service because of the cloud, for the glory of the Lord filled the temple of God.

Solomon’s Prayer For Israel (1004 B.C.)

2 Chronicles 6:24-25 New International Version (NIV)

24 “When your people Israel have been defeated by an enemy because they have sinned against you and when they turn back and give praise to your name, praying and making supplication before you in this temple, 25 then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your people Israel and bring them back to the land you gave to them and their ancestors.

God’s Promise To Solomon For The Restoration Of Israel (1004 B.C.)

2 Chronicles 7:12-14 New International Version (NIV)

12 the Lord appeared to him at night and said: “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for myself as a temple for sacrifices. 13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Note: 2 Chronicles 7:14. The context of this verse is that of God’s provisions for Israel, “they and their land.” Many people relate this verse to the church. However, the church does not have a land. The church is the born again body of believers in Christ that is scattered throughout all four corners of the world; it is not a people that is domiciled in any particular area of the world. There is a song that is often sung in Christian churches, “If My People,” that is often tied to God’s provisions for the church; that song is often taken out of context. As believers in Christ, we should not have an ax to grind, other than the ax of truth.

The Departure Of The Glory Of God From The Temple – The Return

There will be a Temple that will be placed by God in Jerusalem during the Millennium (Ezekiel 37:26), following the Tribulation. The Glory of the Lord had previously been seen by the Jewish Prophet Ezekiel departing the temple in 594 B.C. (Ezekiel 9:3; 10:4; 10:18-19, 11:22-23). The Glory will not return until the future kingdom of Messiah, in the Millennial Temple (Ezekiel 43:2–7; 44:4), as was seen by Ezekiel in 574 B.C. At the time that Ezekiel saw the Glory of God leaving the Jerusalem Temple, the city was under siege by the Babylonians. There is no scriptural proof of the Glory of God returning to the rebuilt or remodeled temples of Zerubbabel or Herod. There is presently no temple in Jerusalem. The tribulation temple will not be one of Godly legitimacy. It will only be when Christ sets up His Millennial Kingdom that there will be a Godly Temple in Jerusalem. During the time that Christ was in Jerusalem, He never entered into the temple’s “Holy of Holies;” the reason is that He “is” the “Holy of Holies!”

It is important to understand that regarding the law, including Temple worship, Christ has fulfilled all of the requirements of the Law, with that fulfillment being finished on the cross at Calvary. It is only through the finished work of Christ on the cross that we can have salvation (Matthew 5:17; John 1:29; John 4:19-24; John 19:30).

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