Genesis 49:1 – “Then Jacob summoned his sons and said, “Assemble yourselves that I may tell you what will befall you in the days to come.” NASU
I do not know if I whetted your appetite, stirred up your anger, or completely lost you in my last post about the Last Days but let’s continue and hopefully you will hear the conclusion of the whole matter before you render a decision. I can ask nothing more and suggest that you take what I am saying to the Word of God and either confirm it or refute it by using the whole of scripture not isolated passages.
Isaiah 2:2-4 – “Now it will come about that in the last days the mountain of the house of the LORD will be established as the chief of the mountains, and will be raised above the hills; and all the nations will stream to it. 3 And many peoples will come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the LORD, to the house of the God of Jacob; That He may teach us concerning His ways and that we may walk in His paths.” For the law will go forth from Zion and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. 4 And He will judge between the nations, and will render decisions for many peoples; and they will hammer their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not lift up sword against nation, And never again will they learn war.”
Micah 4:1-2 – “And it will come about in the last days that the mountain of the house of the LORD will be established as the chief of the mountains. It will be raised above the hills, and the peoples will stream to it. 2 Many nations will come and say, “Come and let us go up to the mountain of the LORD and to the house of the God of Jacob, that He may teach us about His ways and that we may walk in His paths.” For from Zion will go forth the law, even the word of the LORD from Jerusalem.”
Amos 9:11 – “In that day I will raise up the fallen booth of David, and wall up its breaches; I will also raise up its ruins and rebuild it as in the days of old…”
In Acts the apostle James quotes Amos in Acts 15:6 and then in the next verse declares that it was “…in order that the rest of mankind may seek the Lord, and all the Gentiles who are called by My Name…”
FIRST THE NATURAL, THEN….
The Spiritual… That is a principle we learn from studying God’s word, pattern, plan, and purposes. If we use that principle in looking at THE LAST DAYS it well may give us a more clear picture and understanding of what is happening. God’s plan and desire is that HIS HOUSE become so glorious it would be a showplace on earth. Isaiah 40:5 – “And the Glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see it together: for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.”
Out of all the nations of the earth God choose one nation and commissioned them to become a ‘Kingdom of Priests’ to show forth His Glory. They became a House of the Lord that was glorious! In Deuteronomy 12:5 we find that God chose Zion in Jerusalem as a ‘habitation’. Clearly God cannot be contained in a physical building but He filled the ‘Tabernacle of David’ and later the ‘Temple of Solomon’ with His Glory and it was so awesome the priests could not stand to minister. The glory of that house was known throughout the land and world.
THE PROBLEM – Israel began to take for granted the Glory, Blessings, and Visitation of the Lord resulting in their becoming disobedient and negligent so the Powerful Presence departed and Ichabod was written on the doors! Read Isaiah 64:11, Jeremiah 13:11, Haggai 1:9, and Matthew 23:37-38. The Natural House failed but God had in mind a Spiritual House that will not fail. He allowed them and us to get a ‘glimpse of His glory’ and see its beauty as well as the ugliness outside total dependence and unity with Him.
If you will remember when Israel returned from Babylon they attempted to rebuild the House of the Lord and when it was completed they ‘wept sorely’ because it did not compare in Glory with the previous temple. HOLD IT!!! That was in the natural, but the prophets declared that God’s House would take on a new dimension in the future and “…the Glory of the latter house would be greater than the former…” (Haggai 2:9)
Therefore, either we are talking about a SPIRITUAL HOUSE or they were wrong! BUT the New Testament writers (infallible interpreters of the Old Testament), tell us that this LATTER HOUSE will be SPIRITUAL not NATURAL! They use the same words to describe the building materials, but identify them as LIVING rather than inanimate objects. This HOUSE would not be fashioned out of physical stones but would be patterned after the TABERNACLE OF DAVID (Acts 15:16). It would be PEOPLE (Ekklesia) who would show forth His Glory!
1 Peter 2:5 – “You also, as living stones (living Zoe), are built up a SPIRITUAL HOUSE…” Hebrews 3:6 tells us that Jesus became a Son over His own house; whose house YOU are…
I want to say more but will pause there having gone longer than I probably should. So until next time may the Lord be gracious unto you and enable you to be molded as a LIVING STONE for His building. Blessings!