This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Last-edit: January 1 2018
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
Israel was Jehovah's Decoration; it beautified Him.
The Temple symbolized that beautifully.
(1 Chronicles 29:1-9) 29 David the king now said to all the congregation: “Sol´o·mon my son, the one [whom] God has chosen, is young and delicate, but the work is great; for the castle is not for man, but for Jehovah God. 2 And according to all my power I have prepared for the house of my God the gold for the goldwork, and the silver for the silverwork, and the copper for the copperwork, the iron for the ironwork, and the timbers for the timberwork; onyx stones, and stones to be set with hard mortar, and mosaic pebbles, and every precious stone, and alabaster stones in great quantity. 3 And since I am taking pleasure in the house of my God, there is yet a special property of mine, gold and silver; I do give it to the house of my God over and above all that I have prepared for the holy house: 4 three thousand talents of gold of the gold of O´phir, and seven thousand talents of refined silver, for coating the walls of the houses; 5 of the gold for the goldwork, and of the silver for the silverwork and for all the work by the hand of the craftsmen. And who is there volunteering to fill his hand today [with a gift] for Jehovah?”
6 And the princes of the paternal houses and the princes of the tribes of Israel and the chiefs of thousands and of hundreds and the chiefs of the business of the king proceeded to volunteer. 7 Accordingly they gave to the service of the house of the [true] God gold worth five thousand talents and ten thousand darics and silver worth ten thousand talents and copper worth eighteen thousand talents and iron worth a hundred thousand talents. 8 And what stones were found with any persons they gave to the treasure of the house of Jehovah under the control of Je·hi´el the Ger´shon·ite. 9 And the people gave way to rejoicing over their making voluntary offerings, for it was with a complete heart that they made voluntary offerings to Jehovah; and even David the king himself rejoiced with great joy.
(Luke 21:5-6) 5 Later, as certain ones were speaking concerning the temple, how it was adorned with fine stones and dedicated things, 6 he said: “As for these things that you are beholding, the days will come in which not a stone upon a stone will be left here and not be thrown down.”
(Matthew 24:1) Departing now, Jesus was on his way from the temple, but his disciples approached to show him the buildings of the temple.
(Mark 13:1) As he was going out of the temple one of his disciples said to him: “Teacher, see! what sort of stones and what sort of buildings!”
Yes, see how beautiful!
(Isaiah 4:2-6) 2 In that day what Jehovah makes sprout will come to be for decoration and for glory, and the fruitage of the land will be something to be proud of and something beautiful for those of Israel who have escaped. 3 And it must occur that the ones remaining in Zion and the ones left over in Jerusalem will be said to be holy to him, everyone written down for life in Jerusalem.
4 When Jehovah will have washed away the excrement of the daughters of Zion and he will rinse away even the bloodshed of Jerusalem from within her by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning down, 5 Jehovah will also certainly create over every established place of Mount Zion* and over her convention place a cloud by day and a smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; because over all the glory there will be a shelter. 6 And there will come to be a booth for a shade by day from the dry heat, and for a refuge and for a hiding place from the rainstorm and from the precipitation.
(Psalm 87:2) Jehovah is more in love with the gates of Zion than with all the tabernacles of Jacob.
(Isaiah 32:18) And my people must dwell in a peaceful abiding place and in residences of full confidence and in undisturbed resting-places.
(Isaiah 33:20) Behold Zion, the town of our festal occasions! Your own eyes will see Jerusalem an undisturbed abiding place, a tent that no one will pack up. Never will its tent pins be pulled out, and none of its ropes will be torn in two.
(Isaiah 37:35) ‘And I shall certainly defend this city to save it for my own sake and for the sake of David my servant.’”
Note that neither the tabernacle nor the temple ever rested on Mt Zion.
So all references to Tent here and Revelation are about heavenly Jerusalem and Zion.
Also note that Death no more of Rev 21:4 only applies to those few men called to be co-rulers with the Christ in the heavenly Kingdom; NOT to human beings on earth EVER!
David the Christ, long dead at the time, was a reference to an equally anointed one: Jesus the Christ who was to inherit David's, now heavenly, throne. Luke 1:32, 33
(Isaiah 27:6) In the coming [days] Jacob will take root, Israel will put forth blossoms and actually sprout; and they will simply fill the surface of the productive land with produce.
(Isaiah 60:21) And as for your people, all of them will be righteous; to time indefinite they will hold possession of the land, the sprout of my planting, the work of my hands, for [me] to be beautified.
None of the above is related to Israel's return from Babylon after their 70-year exile.
They were finished with their special marriage-like relationship with Jehovah, The divorce was final. From now on they were kept in the custody of sin until Messiah. Custody of sin? Yes, because they continued to be kept safe under the tutorage of the law which was the power for sin ‑1 Corinthians 15:56.
Now just a few more decoration/beauty verses concerning Israel from the OT:
(Isaiah 24:13-16) 13 For thus it will become in the midst of the land, in among the peoples, like the beating off of the olive tree, like the gleaning when the grape gathering has come to an end. 14 They themselves will raise their voice, they will cry out joyfully. In the superiority of Jehovah they will certainly cry out shrilly from the sea. 15 That is why in the region of light they must glorify Jehovah, in the islands of the sea the name of Jehovah, the God of Israel. 16 From the extremity of the land there are melodies that we have heard: “Decoration to the Righteous One!”. . .
(Isaiah 28:5-6) 5 In that day Jehovah of armies will become as a crown of decoration and as a garland of beauty to the ones remaining over of his people, 6 and as a spirit of justice to the one sitting in the judgment, and as mightiness [to] those turning away the battle from the gate.
(Ezekiel 20:4-8) 4 “Will you judge them? Will you judge [them], O son of man? Cause them to know the detestable things of their forefathers. 5 And you must say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord Jehovah has said: “In the day of my choosing Israel, I also proceeded to lift up my hand [in an oath] to the seed of the house of Jacob and to make myself known to them in the land of Egypt. Yes, I proceeded to lift up my hand [in an oath] to them, saying, ‘I am Jehovah your God.’ 6 In that day I lifted up my hand [in an oath] to them to bring them forth from the land of Egypt to a land that I had spied out for them, one flowing with milk and honey. It was the decoration of all the lands. 7 And I went on to say to them, ‘Throw away, each one of you, the disgusting things of his eyes, and with the dungy idols of Egypt do not defile yourselves. I am Jehovah your God.’ 8 “‘“And they began to rebel against me, and they did not consent to listen to me. The disgusting things of their eyes they did not individually throw away, and the dungy idols of Egypt they did not leave, so that I promised to pour out my rage upon them, in order to bring my anger to its finish upon them in the midst of the land of Egypt.. . .
(Daniel 8:9) 9 And out of one of them there came forth another horn, a small one, and it kept getting very much greater toward the south and toward the sunrising and toward the Decoration.
The whole of Isaiah 55
The whole of Isaiah 60
The whole of Isaiah 61
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