This beautiful valley of Jezreel/Megiddo will never see an end-time battle
Last-edit: March 20 2018
In defence of the sidelined God Jehovah, Creator of the Universe and Father of Humanity
The following verses really say it all:
6 And you yourselves will become to me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. xref’ These are the words that you are to say to the sons of Israel.” (Exodus 19:6)
xref But you are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for
special possession, that you should declare abroad the excellencies” of the one that
called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
(1 Peter 2:9)
xref 9 And they sing a new song, saying: “you are worthy to take the scroll and open its seals, because you were slaughtered and with your blood you bought persons for God out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kings over the earth.” (Revelation 5:10) 10 and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kings over the earth.” (Revelation 5:9-10)
The promise of Exodus 19, confirmed by Peter to finally culminate in heaven.
What else is there to say?
Hey wait a minute, isn't Jehovah here speaking about the outcome for a new nation?:
43 This is why I say to you, The kingdom of God will be taken from you and be given to a nation producing its fruits.. . . (Matthew 21:43) (please check out Vineyard in this series of Israel sub-menus for further details)
Think about it now. Does Jesus mean that The Kingdom, which is the nation itself, will be given to another nation? Yes, that is what the words seem to be saying(?).
Then again, who was he addressing his remarks to? Let us look at the context:
23 Now after he went into the temple, the chief priests and the older men of the people came up to him while he was teaching and said:. . . (Matthew 21:23)
45 Now when the chief priests and the Pharisees had heard his illustrations, they took note that he was speaking about them.. . . (Matthew 21:45)
Ah yes, he was speaking to and about the leaders, who were supposed to look after Jehovah's people Israel destined to become the kingdom of priests and a holy nation: Israel, Jehovah's inheritance.
Now it makes sense. Jehovah was to take that kingdom nation away from its leaders and give it to others to look after. My goodness, that fits in well with all the other descriptive aliases of Israel, as we see in this note.
So the translation of the Greek word ethnos in Matthew 21:43 with nation in most bibles is certainly found to be wanting. Translators are sadly driven by doctrinal bias.
Jesus was saying to those unrighteous leaders that the kingdom, represented by Israel to whom belong the promises of becoming a Kingdom of Priests and a Holy Nation, was going to be taken away from them and given to a people ethnos who will ensure that Israel would produce righteous Kingdom fruitage ‑Romans 9:3-5.
Outstandingly in support comes Ezekiel 34 the whole chapter. Also there is this:
15 And I will give you shepherds in agreement with my heart, and they will certainly feed you with knowledge and insight. (Jeremiah 3:15) . . . also:
. . .“No more will they say, ‘The ark of the covenant of Jehovah!’ nor will it come up into the heart, nor will they remember it or miss it, and no more will it be made. 17 In that time they will call Jerusalem the throne of Jehovah; and to her all the nations must be brought together to the name of Jehovah at Jerusalem. . . (Jeremiah 3:16-17)
This could not have been said with reference to the return of the exiles from Babylonian captivity, because after the last king was removed from off Jehovah's representative throne in Jerusalem, this former royal city never had a king on that throne ever again.
Zion remained vacant.
We also see here that the literal ark of the covenant was no longer to have a role to play in their worship. Connected to Jerusalem being called the throne of Jehovah in prophecy, this ark reference is truly significant, as it is later located in heaven.
(I am aware what the ark of the covenant exclamation of the disobedient Israelites and their leaders was meant to convey. Claiming that they still had the ark made them confident of Jehovah's favour and forgiveness even while they were engaged in gross sin.)
So Israel continues even now with the Kingdom promises of Exodus 19 to Jehovah's presence in Heaven on the mountain of His inheritance.
Same Israel, same Kingdom, different leaders!
But there is more, significantly MUCH more!
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