There is a deep reason for Vatican opposition to Israel’s possessing the Old City. The Roman Catholic Church believes Israel’s right to be the Kingdom of God ended forever with the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by the Roman Legion in 70 CE. Israel’s rebirth challenged Catholicism’s “Kingdom of God” when Jerusalem “the eternal” became the capital of Israel in 1967.
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KING DAVID prospered under the Lord’s blessing, and he established Israel’s kingdom upon a good footing, which assured peace and respect from the surrounding nations. Living now in a palace in Jerusalem, with the tabernacle of divine service near by, the king bethought him of the incongruity of his living in a grander house than that of his God, and of the fact that the heathen built temples for their idols. The Prophet Nathan was a friend and close counselor of the king, and to him David made known his thought of building a temple. Possibly he had the suspicion that such an innovation might not be proper and that he would do well to have counsel on the subject. Doubtless the lesson of Uzzah made him more careful respecting everything purposed or done in connection with the tabernacle and its services. To the prophet the suggestion seemed a good one, reverential, proper. He endorsed it, saying, “God is with thee,” therefore doubtless he will prosper you in this good thought in respect to this generous impulse of your heart.
Song of Solomon Chapter 8: The Great Multitude Renew Their Love for the Lord, The Bride’s Concern for Her SisterJan 15th, 2010 | By admin | Category: Song of Solomon, Verse by Verse --Studies led by Br. Frank Shallieu (Click on Book name)
Ostensibly the Bride seems to be speaking, but since the Church is already glorified and the Song of Solomon has been sequential for the last few chapters, the Great Company would be speaking here for several reasons. One reason is that a new chapter is properly indicated in Song 8:1 with a change of cadence. Another reason is that the glorified Church beyond the veil would not utter the words in verse 4. Chapter 8 is a sequel to the story in the Song of Solomon, in which the Bride class is now complete and attention is being focused on the Great Company class. At this point in time, the Great Company will have renewed zeal that will be just as fervent and at just as high a level as that of the true Church—but belatedly. They will get the equal portion of the Spirit and the oil and be enthusiastic. They would have made their calling and election sure if they had awakened to this fact in sufficient time.
“The man spake unto … Ithiel and Ucal.” The logical conclusion would be that Agur was talking to these two scholars, disciples, or friends, but based on the context, that is not the case. “Ithiel” means “God is with us.” “Ucal” means “I am strong.” In other words, Agur is saying, “God is with me, and I am speaking in His strength.” The superscription or heading indicates that Agur is giving an important message: a prophecy, a burden. “God is with me, and I am strong because of that. Therefore, the message is not mine but God’s.”
Before uttering the message, Agur said, “This message is not of me.” This reminds us of the Apostle Peter’s words: “Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2 Pet. 1:20,21). Agur continues, “This message is not the product of my own capability. In fact, I am not an educated person.”
The point is that three overturnings had to be fulfilled before Jesus could assume the rulership at his Second Advent. At that time God would “give it [the Kingdom to] him [Jesus].” Jesus secured the right to rule at his First Advent, but the exercising of this right pertains to the Second Advent—to sometime after the end of Gentiles Times, hence 1914 or thereafter. The long period of void from AD 135 “until he come whose right it is” is likened to Gentile Times. It is also likened to the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, in which the rich man wanted a little water to cool his tongue, and to the Parable of the Pounds, in which Jesus said a nobleman went away “into a far country [heaven] to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return” (Luke 16:19–31; 19:12–27).
Many have the wrong impression of Jesus. They do not realize that much of what he said was not gentle but strong. However, all of his words were constructive. If he punished with the tongue, the purpose was to awaken the individual to the wrong. Jesus gave logic, explaining what was wrong and what was right.
Accumulative guilt is passed down until the time comes for an explosion that cleans the slate.
When the judgment is due, it weighs heavily on those then living. However, when the responsible individuals come up in the resurrection, they will be held accountable for what they did willfully. Hence having the judgment at the end of the Gospel and Jewish ages does not mean those of other generations escape. They may escape judgment in the present life but not in the next. “Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men[‘s sins] … follow after [with judgment occurring in the Kingdom]” (1 Tim. 5:24).
Nearly all Bible scholars speak of the proverbs as being natural wisdom, but they are both natural and spiritual. The spiritual wisdom is usually overlooked. In fact, the proverbs are so meaty and pithy that the theme is often not discerned. Therefore, in approaching this subject, we must be careful of semantics. For instance, in the first seven verses, “knowledge” is described in various ways: wisdom, instruction, understanding, subtlety, counsel—many of these are synonyms of wisdom. It is helpful to know the distinctions between these words according to the dictionary and in the Hebrew. The King James Version is a good translation for these verses.
The main theme of the Book of Proverbs is wisdom. The Gospels, on the other hand, are about love and mercy. When Jesus came, he brought the gospel of love. When Moses was on the scene, he brought statutes, ie, God’s justice. The power of God is shown in the accounts of the Flood, the opening of the Red Sea, and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Judgment was rendered against evildoers in these events.
In reading the New Testament, Christians often say, “God is love.” And the Apostle John did say this, for love is the desired plateau of development for the Christian. The Apostle Paul mentioned three progressive steps: faith, hope, and love. In 2 Peter 1:5–7 the Apostle Peter listed eight steps or qualities to be added to faith, the last one being love. Although the Book of Proverbs cannot be equated with 1 Corinthians 13 or the Sermon on the Mount, it is interesting to note that in the Tabernacle, which illustrates the four attributes in the Most Holy, the Shekinah light, picturing wisdom, represents God. And light is wisdom, intelligence.
Is Proverbs 1:1–7 sequential? in ascending order of importance? in descending order? Just seven principal ingredients? It is both sequential and an ascending order of importance.
Solomon wrote 3,000 proverbs late in life (1 Kings 4:32). The book warns against the very dangers Solomon tasted: lust for women, desire for riches, etc. He had 1,000 wives, he loved horses, and he was probably the richest man in the world. He had wisdom but not along the lines that he discussed in the Book of Proverbs. Later he saw that all is vanity, that the acquisition of material things is meaningless if not predicated upon the fear (reverence) of the Lord and obedience to the knowledge acquired. God ultimately blessed Solomon in that when Solomon came to his senses, the advice he could give was a form of repentance. The same principle applies to Elihu, who wrote the Book of Job based on his contrition for his lack of wisdom in rebuking Job. In both cases the Lord blessed the writing by including it as part of Holy Writ. Hence Solomon gives sound advice in the Book of Proverbs. Some of the advice is along literal lines, and some advice is spiritual. However, most of the knowledge and understanding are pragmatic (practical).
This lesson discusses the significance of David and Solomon’s reign overlapping. Then it goes into Deuteronomy and covers the blemishes (in their symbolic meanings) that would disqualify a man from being High Priest over God’s heritage. What is the spiritual significance of having a crooktback, being brokenfooted, flat nosed, being a dwarf, broken stones and lame and so forth. These disqualifcations show character flaws that will keep us out of the Kingdom, keep us from being the Bride of Christ.