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
About Psalm 110:1-4 in Jehovah's purpose
I like to address, if not dedicate, my comments to Jehovah's Witnesses, for they need all the help they can get to understand that the New Testament is as exclusive to the Israel of God as was the former Older Testament.
Is it not amazing how matters learned in the past can influence us today? So they should, if they be true and righteous. In a perfect world guided by God and God-fearing parents, the result can only be positive. Unfortunately, many things learned from parents, elders and accepted as Gospel are not.
Only a little while ago did I learn that Jehovah God's Kingdom neither began in 1914 nor is ruling now, as claimed by my former JW associates.. What a shock.
Disfellowshipped now since January 2008 and on a much better path for understanding God's inimitable purpose, I was still beholden to what I had been taught and accepted for over 50 years. The connection between Psalms 110 and 1914 was like solid granite in my heart; absolute.
Never thought to re-examine that, even making references to that psalm on my website and perhaps even in a comment on this site, for which I humbly beg forgiveness.
The claims of Jehovah's Witnesses about their place with God and in the world are not new and have been a part of my 50-year sojourn with them. In their new book God's Kingdom Rules, the Witnesses, go all out to justify their claim of already ruling as part of that kingdom of God.
Now for a closer look at Psalm 110.
The trigger was Melchizedek in verse 4 of Psalm 110. A priestly arrangement of oversight was only instituted with the called nation of Israel in their relationship with God, the High Priest the only direct link to God to intercede in Israel's behalf, especially on Atonement Day.
Just as the Throne of David and the office of High Priest are exclusive to pre-messianic Israel under the first testamental covenant, so they are to post-messianic Israel under the New Testament.
Jesus inherited both offices through his anointing baptism, not by natural descent*.
Then upon the death of son-of-man Jesus, Jehovah's heavenly only begotten son inherited
Jesus' entire legacy including the offices of High Priest and King.
* Having a genetic link to David through his mother Mary and his stepfather Joseph.
Upon the slaughter of the Lamb Jesus by the Romans at the insistence of the Jewish leaders, the heavenly only begotten son of God, now the heavenly High Priest after having inherited all that Jesus the had been and accomplished, offered Jesus' Life/Blood, as Israel's final atonement and second Passover sacrifice, directly to Jehovah in His heavenly precinct, thus terminating his temporary single-use office of High Priest.
The resulting rebirth of Jehovah's firstborn son Israel (Ex. 4:22), as demonstrably evidenced at Pentecost 33, allowed the heavenly son, now on the inherited throne of David, to rule the little fleshly flock of believers from out of redeemed Israel, until all those called are gathered from those still alive on earth and the grave, to their heavenly thrones (Matthew 24:29-31) an event not far.
That is the kingdom of the son of God's love the Apostle Paul and other anointed (Christian) Jewish and proselyte Colossians had been transferred into by God while on earth in the flesh:
Col. 1:12-14: giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified us to share in the inheritance of the saints in light. 13 For He delivered us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. NAS
The alleged existence of an already established kingdom of God, promised in Scripture, gives the JW leadership and especially their so-called faithful and discrete slave, considerable and, may I say, unwarranted power over their 7 million+ followers / supporters / members / adherents / associates / sheep. Anyone contrariwise has to be 'put down' - echoes of John 11:47-48?
Well, contrary to the claims by my former Jehovah's Witness 'brothers'. Psalm 110:1-4 is neither connected to nor fulfilled by any 1914 events. That year simply saw the termination of the times of the Gentiles' unchallenged dominion over earth's affairs and the heavenly only begotten of God beginning the final phase of preparing the seed of Abraham (Isa. 41:8) anointed (Christian) multiethnic Israel and for future governance as God's Kingdom of a 1000 years, while continuing his rule over redeemed Israel on earth, bequeathed to him by the anointed son-of-man Jesus, including the legal, genetic right to rule** on David's throne which has no presence in heaven, where earthly legacies do not exist.
** Ezekiel 21:25-27 And thou, O deadly wounded wicked one, the prince of Israel, whose day is come, in the time of the iniquity of the end, 26 thus saith the Lord Jehovah: Remove the mitre, and take off the crown; this shall be no more the same; exalt that which is low, and abase that which is high. 27 I will overturn, overturn, overturn it: this also shall be no more, until he come whose (legal NWT) right it is; and I will give it him. ASV
The entire Bible, save for the first two chapters, is about putting a government in place for humanity, the entire process gloriously culminating triumphantly in the closing chapters of its final book Revelation in the complex amalgam of the heavenly city of virtual Jerusalem.
The claims of the Kingdom's establishment in 1914 in the Book 'God's Kingdom Rules' Paragraph 14 page 10; and Paragraphs 27-30 under the subheading: God's Kingdom Is Born!, with special reference to Rev 12, are at best, false and at worst, deceptive as is the entire publication, to give the company of leading anointed elders, and assigned others, authority to rule and dominate the flock of believers on the pretence of representing an existing kingdom with judicial powers.
Psalm 110:1-4 is about the age (Strong's 165) of Israel in the flesh destined to be destroyed, but redeemed into another age or epoch of interim rule by their heavenly King as the little flock of believers before divesting their flesh and being raised to heaven as the Kingdom of the 1000 years.
The birth of God's Kingdom is yet ahead: Matthew 24:29-31.
May humans have the humility to want to dwell under its benign rule forever.
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