7. THE LAMP STANDS


(I Kings 7:48, 49) – Their total number was 10 stands/msenorahs x 7 stems each = 70 lights, relating to the 70 Israelites of Exodus 1:5 (Jacob’s offspring). This is national Israel as the light to the world, and the world is the 70 nations of Genesis 10. They may also symbolize Shabbat (the Sabbath) multiplied 10 times, implying a messianic age of worldwide rest (meaning peace).

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“Behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.”


(Matt 27:51)

No mean miracle was wrought in the rending of so strong and thick a veil; but it was not intended merely as a display of power—many lessons were herein taught us. The old law of ordinances was put away, and like a worn-out vesture, rent and laid aside. When Jesus died, the sacrifices were all finished, because all fulfilled in Him, and therefore the place of their presentation was marked with an evident token of decay. That rent also revealed all the hidden things of the old dispensation: the mercy-seat could now be seen, and the glory of God gleamed forth above it. By the death of our Lord Jesus we have a clear revelation of God, for He was “not as Moses, who put a veil over his face.” Life and immortality are now brought to light, and things which have been hidden since the foundation of the world are manifest in Him. The annual ceremony of atonement was thus abolished. The atoning blood which was once every year sprinkled within the veil, was now offered once for all by the great High Priest, and therefore the place of the symbolical rite was broken up. No blood of bullocks or of lambs is needed now, for Jesus has entered within the veil with his own blood. Hence access to God is now permitted, and is the privilege of every believer in Christ Jesus. There is no small space laid open through which we may peer at the mercy-seat, but the rent reaches from the top to the bottom. We may come with boldness to the throne of the heavenly grace. Shall we err if we say that the opening of the Holy of Holies in this marvellous manner by our Lord’s expiring cry was the type of the opening of the gates of paradise to all the saints by virtue of the Passion? Our bleeding Lord hath the key of heaven; He openeth and no man shutteth; let us enter in with Him into the heavenly places, and sit with Him there till our common enemies shall be made His footstool.

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The Jewish Jesus.


Christians are so convinced that Jesus is the messiah, they are utterly astounded that the Jews, of all people, consider this claim preposterous. Christians are bewildered by this rejection because it appears so obvious to them that every aspect of Jesus’ life—from his miraculous conception to his crucifixion and resurrection—was clearly predicted in the Jewish Scriptures. They wonder why the Jews then fail to embrace Jesus as their messiah. Can’t they grasp that the prophecies in their own Bible predict that the messiah would suffer and die and then rise from the grave? How can a people who produced so many Nobel Prize winners be so dense? Are they just plain stubborn? Why then did the Jews reject the claim that the messiah would suffer and die for the sins of the world?

The answer is quite simple: Jewish messianic expectations are firmly rooted in hundreds of prophecies recorded throughout the Hebrew Bible. And Jews who are anticipating a messiah are not looking for anyone remotely like Jesus. They are awaiting the messiah who will destroy the enemies of God, usher in worldwide peace, the universal knowledge of God, the ingathering of the exiles, the resurrection of the dead, and the rebuilding of the Temple in Jerusalem. (This shall take place at his second comming)

Who then was Jesus? While it is impossible to answer this question with any certainty because no contemporaneous historian mentioned Jesus, it is possible that he was one of hundreds—perhaps thousands—of obscure, itinerant preachers during the first century who came from the backwoods of the Galilee, wound up on the wrong side of the law, and was summarily executed by the empire. He then would have been one of hundreds of thousands of Jews who were crucified by the Romans during the turbulent first century. For Jews, calling Jesus the messiah and God, Creator of the universe, is foolish and blasphemous, to the Jewish nation.

The Mosaic Law commanded ( Leviticus 24:16).

And he that blasphemeth the name of the LORD, he shall surely be put to death, [and] all the congregation shall certainly stone him: as well the stranger, as he that is born in the land, when he blasphemeth the name [of the LORD,] shall be put to death.

Leviticus{19:14} Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I [am] the LORD.

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The Ordinances of Heaven

1:23-25. Peter again reminded his readers that they had experienced the new birth (cf. v. 3): For you have been born again. This supernatural event made it possible for them to obey the truth, purify themselves, and love the brethren. This change in their lives would not die, because it took place through God’s Word, which is imperishable (
aphthartou
, the word in v. 4 that described a believer’s inheritance), living and enduring. Peter supported his exhortation (v. 22) by quoting Isa 40:6-8 (1 Peter 1:24-25). All that is born of perishable seed withers and falls, but God’s Word stands forever. This imperishable Word was the content of Peter’s preaching (cf. v. 12). His hearers must be affected by its life-changing power, as indicated in 2:1-3.

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The Ordinances of Heaven


1. The Ordinances of Heaven: Day by day, the sun rose in the east, “as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber” (Ps 19:5), and pursued unswervingly his appointed path across the sky, to his going down. Night by night, the stars, the “host of heaven,” moved in their “highways” or “courses” (mecillah), and the words of Joel (2:7) respecting the Assyrian army might be applied to them. “They march every one on his ways, and they break not their ranks. Neither doth one thrust another; they march every one in his path.” Some wheeled in northern circuits that were wholly seen; some swept in long courses from their rising in the East to their setting in the West; some scarcely lifted themselves above the southern horizon. Little wonder that this celestial army on the march, “the host of heaven,” suggested to the Hebrews a comparison with the “angels,” the unseen messengers of God who in their “thousands of thousands ministered unto him” (Dan 7:10).

THE KEY OF DAVID!


Revelations 3:7 He that has the Key of David is Jesus Christ. It is he (Jesus Christ) that openeth and no man shutteth and shutteth and no man open it. Jesus Christ shall be reigning in the tabernacle of the house of David. And only through him can you enter into the Kingdom of God, for He has the key to the tabernacle of the house of David. If he opens the Door ( I am the door) to you, you shall reign with him on the Throne of David. The Church of Philadelphia is a believe church, so Jesus Christ brings the Key of David to them.

Isaiah9:7 Of the increase of his government and of peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of Jehovah of hosts will perform this.

What is the key of David?

In Revelation 22:16, Jesus sent his angel to testify to the church that He is the root (root is the first part of a plant)and offspring of David. In Acts 13:22, we find that David was a man after God’s own heart. WHY did God call David a man after His own heart? WHY did Jesus testify to the church of Philadelphia that He has the key of David? WHY did Jesus send His angel to the churches to testify that He is the root and offspring of David? WHY does God identify Himself with David and WHY does Jesus identify Himself with David? The answer is the Key of David!!! . The key of David is found in Psalm 119. The reason why David was called a man after God’s own heart and the reason why Jesus has the key of David is David LOVED God’s Torah. The Key of David is the Torah!! ( God’s Word The BIBLE )Let us examine this truth.

In Revelation chapters 2 and 3, letters are written to seven churches in Asia Minor. Of the” “seven churches, the church with the highest praise from God is the church in Philadelphia. The church of Philadelphia can be viewed as the model church among the seven churches in the book of Revelation. Jesus tells this church that He has the key of David. In Revelation 3:7 it is written:

“And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These things saith He that is holy, He that is true, He that has the key of David, He that openeth and no man shutteth, and shutteth and no man openeth.”
A key is critical in opening and closing a door. If Jesus has a key to a door, it MUST be important. In addition, there MUST also be an importance concerning WHAT key that Jesus is holding. In Revelation 3:7, Jesus tells us that the name of this key points to David. Therefore, we must begin to question why Jesus is highlighting and emphasizing David.

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO BE ” BORN AGAIN “


John {16:21} A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. {16:22} And ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you. ( BORN AGAIN )

Isaiah {26:16} LORD, in trouble have they visited thee, they poured out a prayer [when] thy chastening [was] upon them. {26:17} Like as a woman with child, [that] draweth near the time of her delivery, is in pain, [and] crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD. {26:18} We have been with child, we have been in pain, we have as it were brought forth wind; ((John 3:8)) we have not wrought any deliverance in the earth; neither have the inhabitants of the world fallen.

Isaiah {26:19} Thy dead [men] shall live, [together with] my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew [is as] the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. {26:20} Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. {26:21} For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.

I Corinthians {15:50} Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

John {3:8} The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

( REALITY CHECK ) Are you like the wind, are you born of the Spirit, where you can be heard but not seen. Or are you Flesh and blood AND UNABLE TO INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD, UNTIL THE BEGOTTEN SPIRIT IN YOU CAUSES YOU TO BE “BORN AGAIN”, at your rebirth.
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THE TREE OF THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOOD AND EVIL

Genesis {2:16} And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: {2:17} But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

Father, before We start this study I would ask that you bless us with a heart of flesh, so we may come before your throne humbled in heart and spirit. Give those that are yours the eyes and the ears to understand your Words. Guide us in truth and understanding. I pray that this study does not do as these verses state in

Revelations 22: 18-19 {22:18} For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: {22:19} And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and [from] the things which are written in this book.

A-MEN & A-MEN
Let us look a Genesis 2:16-17 and pull out some interesting Points. The Lord God commands Adam not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and evil.

The Bible is the word of God. It is written in a manner no other book ever will be or ever was. You see only those elect of God and taught of the HOLY SPIRIT can understand its hidden knowledge and mysteries. This is why the average person reading Genesis 2:16-17 will see a fruit tree of which Adam was not to eat from. This was God’s Plan for this reason, written in Matt.13: 9-11 (Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.) Evidently, there are two kinds of people, those of the Elect, which it is given to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of Heaven, and those that shall perish to ever lasting darkness.

MATT.13: 9-11
Let Him Who hath ears to hear, let him hear. Why speakest thou unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
Matthew 13:34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them:13:35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
ONLY THE ELECT OF GOD CAN UNDERSTAND Parable: is an earthly story with a spiritual meaning.
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