Continued 2:

Interpretation: Eyes of the Word

By Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D.,
©
2005

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

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Ezekiel 39:6

6 And I will send a fire on Magog, and among them that dwell carelessly in the isles: and they shall know that I am the LORD.

Fall of Gog and Magog, 1916. John Singer Sargent
   
 

Careless Victims

I get the impression from the above verse that in the last days there will be apathy towards God amidst the island countries. If one looks at a map, North and South America can be construed as island continents. Scholars agree that the Ezekiel 38th and 39th chapters refer to the Gog/Magog invasion of Israel by Russia and her Arabic friends. The stage is pretty well set for this attack to occur at any time. Given this to be true, the above verse is referring to God’s promise to send a fire on the people back home who think they have escaped the conflagration going on in Israel.

Whether this invasion occurs at the beginning of the Tribulation, middle, or end is not of import for this vision. What the Holy Spirit wants me to point out in this message is that the people in the isles who dwell carelessly will not be exempt from God’s impending judgment. Not only will He halt Russia and her allies’ bold invasion of Israel [Ezekiel 39:1-5], but God will also see that people back home in Russia and the isles will be receiving great tribulation too [39:6].

Map showing 'isles' or pieces of large land
The word ‘isles’ in the above verse refers to a desirable, habitable spot for a nation, and indeed North America and South America, two extremely desirable large pieces of land, were sought after for colonization by many European nations upon discovery. The emphasis of the verse is that the people of these two huge island masses will be dwelling carelessly – without thought of being harmed – when God’s judgment erupts upon them.

Dwelling carelessly implies the people are unconcerned about what is going on in the world, about the need for interceding prayer and seeking God. This is the trouble with most of the church world, and as you read on, it will become clear that it is the underlying reason this dream vision was given.

I volunteer at the American Red Cross, and we serviced people a great way from the actual event of Katrina. Many of the displaced evacuees displayed shock at the realization that here in the United States they had been stripped of house, vehicles, jobs, and material possessions overnight. Not a few had a hard time coping with the disaster. Whether a person copes successfully or not depends upon one’s inner strength. The elderly who do not have time to recover materially from their losses and children who often do not understand the traumatic upheaval from their place of security have the hardest time. The point is that one day all is well and the next, all is lost. Are you ready for the coming worst time in all of history [Matthew 24:21]?

There is not enough space to explain the connection between major disasters in the Untied States over the last decade or so and the United State’s pressuring Israel to give up land for peace. For a detailed account of this connection, I refer you to the book entitled Eye To Eye by William Koenig. Bill Koenig has been a White House correspondent for over 20 years and now holds a prestigious seniority seat in the third row in the pressroom of the White House. He reports for the people of God what is happening around the world on his “Koenig’s International News” Internet website.

In his book, he documents how over two dozen tornado outbreaks, floods, record-setting hurricanes, fires, earthquakes, terrorist bombings, etc. have happened within 24 to 48 hours of U.S. Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush coercing Israel into giving up land for peace. Astonishingly, the book was written before Hurricanes Katrina and Rita! Did not these double blows follow on the heels of America pressuring Israel to go back to their 1949 borders? This curious connection of blessing and cursing falls under the promise of God to Abraham to bless them that bless Abraham’s descendents and to curse them that curse his seed [Genesis 12:3] through Isaac [Genesis 22:16-18].

Furthermore, even the growing mega-churches in the United States do not present a true picture of the church today. It is reported that their constituents are heavily composed of transferring church members from other denominations or smaller churches. These transferees apparently want to take advantage of the user-friendly ambiance of contemporary church services. Truly, this is the Laodicean temperament [Revelation 3:14-21]. Nonetheless, surveys sadly indicate that notwithstanding the large congregations, the number of saved individuals has not significantly increased in the overall populace even though selected church populations have enlarged.

   
The Sanhedrin

Revival Of The Sanhedrin

The Holy Spirit showed me that the two significant components of this dream message – the chapel in heaven and the boardroom on earth – together signify the imminent return of the Messiah.

 

 

As we have seen above, the signs of the times support this premise. It is impossible to look at conditions in the Middle East, indeed in the whole world, and not be aware that something big and supernatural is happening. It is not on the horizon, it is in process! Lest you think not, consider the 9.0 earthquake in Sumatra and the tsunami wave that killed 250,000 people last Christmas; a second major earthquake on Easter in the same area killing thousands more; the rape of New Orleans by hurricane Katrina killing more than 10,000 and completely wiping out a major United States city; the continued stripping of our energy resources in the Gulf of Mexico by hurricane Rita; and the horrendous earthquake in Pakistan in early October killing over 50,000 people. All of these catastrophes came in less than a year. Can anyone deny an escalation of major disasters?

Another less obvious sign that the Lord’s return is very near is the sign of the newly formed Sanhedrin in October of 2004. Orthodox Jews consider the Sanhedrin as the highest Jewish legal tribunal in the land of Israel. I have read in news reports recently that the newly formed Sanhedrin in Israel is aggressively planning to rebuild their Temple in spite of the seeming impossibility of their using the Temple mount on which to construct it. They are soliciting monetary donations so they can purchase the material for the stones in order to prefabricate the building now and make it ready for quick assembly just as soon as they are authorized to build it by their Messiah whom they expect to appear before the end of next year.

Building the Temple is exciting news for two reasons. First, premillennialist Christians who believe in a literal reading of the Bible say that it signifies the soon fulfillment of the prophecies stating that a holy place must be in position on the mount for the Antichrist to be able to set up his abomination of desolation spoken of by Jesus in Matthew 24:15, and Daniel in 11:31, and 12:11. Daniel referred to this despicable act of desecrating God’s ‘holy place’ as a perversion of the daily sacrifices. In keeping with Daniel’s account, Jesus referred to the perversion as happening in a ‘holy place’ also. Neither Daniel nor Jesus used the term temple when speaking of the abomination that makes desolate. They called it the ‘holy place.’ I will come back to that.

Secondly, the Sanhedrin was formed for the specific purpose of authenticating the Messiah when He comes. A highly respected Jewish Kabalistic Rabbi named Maimonides wrote about 600 years ago that when the Jews believe their Messiah is about to show up, they should reform the Sanhedrin because in order to be accepted as Israel’s long awaited Messiah, he must be approved by the orthodox ruling body of Israel known as the Sanhedrin. In addition, Maimonides said that the sign that the Messiah is the real one and not a fake is when he authorizes rebuilding the Temple on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Authorization implies control. Therefore, this man will be a trusted leader among nations in order to secure the confidence of the Islamic people as well as the Jews.

It is noteworthy, that the newly formed Sanhedrin convened for the first time in 1600 years in the city of Tiberias, the same city where the last Sanhedrin met before it was dissolved around 400 A.D. due to the dispersion of the Jews by the Romans.

For the purposes of this interpretation, what we need to be aware of is that the dismantled pieces of the Jewish nation are swiftly being reassembled before our eyes and those of the entire world. Israel is trying desperately to pick up where they left off in 70A.D. when Rome destroyed Jerusalem. Who would have thought a reformed Sanhedrin would be resurrected a year or so ago? Moreover, who would have thought they would aggressively pursue the rebuilding of their Temple in light of current events? Nevertheless, these things must be in place in order to fulfill Jesus’ statement that, I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive [John 5:43]. This prophecy has assured the Hebrew people over the years that there would be a national Israel in existence when the long awaited Jewish Messiah, albeit a counterfeit one is accepted as their leader.

What Jesus meant by him coming in his own name is that many orthodox Jews will not be looking for a Son of God Messiah but for a descendant of David who would be a kingly leader of the people as David was their king-leader. He will claim to be descended from David and show credentials that he is of the tribe of Judah, hence the reason for his coming in his own name and not in the name of God. The term Messiah means ‘anointed,’ a consecrated person. Thus their expected leader can be anointed and not be god. This is the thinking of some Jews.

Jesus, however, claimed to come in His Father’s name meaning that He was truly the Son of God having physical genes imparted by God’s Holy Spirit into the egg of a virgin woman. Even though the false Messiah does not claim godhood at the first, he will change his assertion in the middle of the tribulation and claim to be god. It will take a false prophet using signs and wonders to convince the Jewish people that he is god when he sets up his image in the holy place. Unfortunately, many will be deceived and receive him as a God and take his mark to their eternal damnation [Revelation 14:9-11].

   
 

The Sanhedrin’s Plan

On June 8th of this year, there was an article in the World-NetDaily 1 that presented the Sanhedrin’s plan to rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem. As stated previously, solicitation for funds to acquire materials for making prefabricated portions of the Temple has already begun. The prefabricated portions are in the words of the tribunal “to be stored and ready for rapid assembly, ‘in the manner of King David’.” Notice how the 71-member Israeli Rabbinic Council worded their method of proceeding in the endeavor to rebuild the Temple because it relates to this dream picture.

I do not think it coincidental that Jeannette’s vision subliminally links to the Sanhedrin’s plans to build ‘in the manner of King David.’ She did not even know there was a reorganized Sanhedrin much less be aware of their agenda when she was visited. The revelation that this vision was a message to the church and not a personal prophecy became clear to me a couple of months after Jeannette had the vision as I was meditating on the Tabernacle of David passages in Scripture. The curtains in David’s tent connected my thoughts like a magnet to the phrase ‘in the manner of King David’ which I had come across over the Internet a few days previously.

The Scriptures reveal that the process by which the first Jewish Temple came into being on Mount Zion was scripted and partly accomplished by King David. He obtained the mountain of Zion, which was in the land of Moriah, as the spoils of war with the Jebusites and paid a sum of money for Zion’s peak where Abraham went to sacrifice his son Isaac [Genesis 22:2]. Do you suppose that David knew through the Spirit prior to proceeding with Zion’s acquisition and subsequent establishment of a Temple for God that this was the spot God had chosen to make reconciliation with mankind and to dwell with him forever? The Bible clearly denotes Zion as the place God desires to reside and from which to rule the world one day.

  Psalms 132:11-13
  11 The LORD hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.
  12 If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.
  13 For the LORD hath chosen Zion ; he hath desired it for his habitation.   

Acquisition Of A Dwelling Place For God

 

The steps for establishment of a Temple were scripted in three significant stages.

1) After acquisition of the land through the spoils of war, David built on the lower southeastern portion of Zion known as Ophel, the City of David where his palace was situated.

  2 Samuel 5:7
 

7 Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David.


2) Now that he owned Zion, he placed his temporary Tabernacle for the Ark on the western slope of the hill at a higher level than the City of David.

Tent of Tabernacle
 

3) He purchased the peak of Zion, which is called Mt. Moriah, from Ornan, the Jebusite who for some reason still retained possession after David defeated the Jebusites. You can read about the purchase of the sacrificial site of Moriah where Abraham validated the Old Covenant in 1 Chronicles chapter twenty-one.

The kingdom being established but not yet owning the summit of Mt. Zion, David desired to build a permanent dwelling place for God. He purposed to make it so magnificent that all the nations round about would be awed and wonder about the God of Israel [1 Chronicles 22:5]. Unfortunately, God would not let him have the honor of its construction because he was a man of war with blood on his hands [22:8]. Therefore, he did the next best thing he could do. He set about to build a new temporary dwelling place for the Ark of God. After his Tabernacle was in place, the Holy Spirit gave him the architectural plans of the Temple [28:12] for which he set aside huge sums of money for its creation. Hence, all Solomon had to do was put it together.

Let us now take a closer look at what is meant by the phrase ‘in the manner of King David’ because it relates to the chapel in our heavenly vision. However, before we digress, keep in mind, first the Tabernacle, then the Temple.

   
 
King David worshiping before the Ark of God
'in the manner of King David'

   
 

The Ark Of God

The Ark of the Covenant of God was God’s means under the Old Covenant whereby He could fellowship with His people. He devised it so that His integrity could be preserved while in the presence of sinful men. Everything about it represents some aspect of His being and work of redemption.

The two tables of stone on which God wrote His moral, spiritual laws were placed inside the Ark, and this symbolized the core or heart of God’s being – the essence of His holiness. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good [Romans 7:12].

Resting on top of the box made of acacia wood overlaid with gold was the Mercy Seat where God sat. It was a separate entity constructed of pure gold and was the place where God manifested Himself. Although no one besides the High Priest could see the fiery cloud over the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies where the Ark resided, a glorious glow permeate the atmosphere surrounding the coverings of the Holy of Holies when God’s Presence was there.

The three cloths covering the Tent housing the articles of furniture were draped over posts along the sides. Scripture is unclear whether it had a flat roof or an elevated pole traversing the length of the two rooms. This tent-like arrangement shielded the residence of God from the weather and was situated in the hinder part of an outer courtyard whose exterior walls were sufficiently erected to prevent intrusion inside the Tabernacle.

Only the priests who tended the holy place and the most holy place on the inside could see the beautifully embroidered angels on the white inner cloth that covered the structure. The heavy gold brocaded curtains surrounding the chapel’s exterior walls Jeannette saw in her vision is reminiscent of the holy place’s tapestry. Note that only the priests got a glimpse of the magnificent artwork on the curtains since no one else was allowed in the holy places. In concert with that Jewish covenantal requirement, everyone in the chapel in heaven who saw the brocaded curtains was a believer priest [1 Peter 2:5].

The light emitted by the glory of God in the holy of holies was the only light in that compartment. In contrast, the candelabrum in the holy place adjacent to the holy of holies represented the Spirit of the Living God and was tended by the Priests who kept it supplied with pure beaten olive oil 2 so that it continually burned. Because it was the light of an oil lamp, its light did not penetrate the coverings. On the other hand, even though there were three cloth coverings over the tent structure, the glory of God was so intense in the holy of holies where the glory sat that it penetrated the coverings, and a glow, much like the golden glow Jeannette saw in the chapel of heaven, would be visible to people outside the Tabernacle. Thus, the congregation of people when summoned to the tent of meeting could tell whether the Presence of God was there.

While the law inside the Ark represents God’s unchangeable character and integrity, the Mercy Seat on top of the Ark depicts His grace, love, and compassion. The two parts were always transported together and were a sign of the purity of a righteous holy God. Since God is a Spirit and men are unable to see Him, the physical tablets with the Ten Commandments that represented the law, being moral, were placed inside the Ark to depict their spiritual unseen nature. The Ark, then, was a visible representation of the Presence of God, and once positioned inside the Holy of Holies, the Ark was no longer visible to outsiders. However, the glistening light glowing around the Tabernacle covering testified to God’s Presence.

The light and thin smoke Jeannette saw emanating from the sheer curtains of the tent structure on the platform in the chapel is analogous to the radiating glory that emanated from the holy of holies in Old Testament times. However, the tent in the chapel of heaven did not correspond to the tent of meeting in the wilderness. Rather, the beautiful sheer curtains that gracefully swayed with the drifting smoke and light depicts the magnificent tent that David made for the Ark of God’s Presence on Mount Zion in his Tabernacle.

The difference between the Tabernacle of David and the wilderness Tabernacle of Moses is that David’s temporary tent to house the Ark only had one compartment. The reason is because the Ark was the only piece of the original furniture David planned to bring to his Tabernacle. Until the days of Solomon, the articles of furniture remained scattered. The bronze altar stayed put at the ‘high place’ in Gibeon where the Levites continued with the sacrificial ordinances and burnt offerings [1 Chronicles 16:39]; the bread of Presence resided at Nob [1 Samuel 21:1-6]; and the Bible is vague about where the other pieces of furniture were at the time the Ark made its way to David’s tent.

   
 

Is The Presence Of God Dangerous?

Blessing and power followed the Ark. But so did calamity. It was dangerous to approach the Ark in an improper manner. David found this out when he tried to inappropriately bring the Ark to his City of Zion where he lived. A man died because of David’s wrongful handling of the Ark [2 Samuel 6:6,7], which incident greatly grieved David. God had given specific instructions as to how it was to be transported and David was presumptuous in not following those instructions. The people were warned in the ordinances that if the directions were not rigidly adhered to, misfortunes would happen. In short, blessing issued in the place where the Ark rested if sin was not present, but there was cursing if anyone presumed to approach God incorrectly.

The Bible speaks about David as a man after God’s own heart, which shall fulfill all my will [Acts 13:22]. David was indeed after God’s own heart and he demonstrated it when he zealously, yea jealously [2 Samuel 6:11,12] purposed to make a new dwelling place for God in his newly built city. He knew that the old wilderness Tabernacle of Moses was time worn and inadequately represented such an awesome God as Israel had. Thus, he proposed to construct an elegant tantalizing temporary dwelling place for God until an impeccable stately Temple of grandeur suitable for such an awesome majestic God as Israel had could be built.

 

If you read the running account of the disposition of the Ark in the Bible, you will discover that during the time of Eli, the Philistines attacked Israel and the Ark was separated from the Tabernacle of Moses never to return. The Israelites brought it to the battlefield thinking that it would turn the tide of the battle to their favor, but it did not. When the Philistines captured the Ark and took it home with them, much to their hurt, the Bible records this epithet: the glory is departed from Israel, for the Ark of God is taken [1 Samuel 4:22]. We know from this statement that the glory of God resided on the Ark.

Ark separated from the Tabernacle of Moses.
   
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  • 1
World Net Daily : New 'Sandedrins' plans rebuilding of Temple. (that)
 
  • 2
For information about pure beaten oil see the Addendum to the Interpretation: The Flow on this website. (so)
 

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