Restoring and Rebuilding Jerusalem
The whole world is going to Jerusalem, Catholics, Protestants, Assemblies of Yahweh, Jehovah Witnesses teach it, Shepherds Rod & Branch Davidians etc.
We must ask ourselves, What is Yerushalem?, who is Yerushalem?, where is Yerushalem? It's a city!, It' a strong city!
"By faith Abraham, . . .looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is Elohim." Hebrews 11:8, 10.
"Except YAHUWAH build the house, they labor in vain that build it." Ps 127:1
In order to have a strong city you must have a firm foundation! "Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of Elohim; and are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, YAHUSHUA the Messiah Himself being the chief corner stone; in whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in YAHUWAH: in whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of Elohim through the Spirit." Ephesians 2:19-22
"And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb." Revelation 21:14.
So what ever the apostles believed should be a foundation for our beliefs!
This city also has four walls great and high, with "twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel." Revelation 21:12. Notice they have not the names of the popes on them.
Now we've got the whole building! Wait, don't leave out the name of YAHUSHUA which is the chief corner stone (see Acts 4:10-12).
YAHUSHUA said, "whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them, I will liken Him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the winds (of doctrine) blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these sayings of Mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand (peoples opinions -Gen.22:17, Rev. 20:8): and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it." Matthew 7:24-27. "Babylon is fallen." Rev. 14:8
Concerning Martin Luther it is written that Elohim "purposed to make him a builder in the great temple that was rising slowly through the centuries." Great Controversy p. 120
Thus during the Reformation a great building has been in the making, but the founders have been confounded by the graven image, the name of "Jesus" is falsehood, it is the work of errors: in the time of visitation it shall perish (Jer 10:15).
"Did you never read in the Scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is YAHUWAH's doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes." Matthew 21:42
Like with the temple which Solomon built, and the glory of YAHUWAH filled
Yes, we are to restore and rebuild Yerushalem the place, and later was destroyed and the vessels were taken captive to Babylon, then later came the decree to restore and rebuild Yerushalem. (see Ezra 1:2; 6:8; 9:9)
And this latter house was called greater than the former because it was the temple which received the actual presence of YAHUSHUA (see Haggai 2:7-9), "The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be." Ecclesiastes 1:9
"And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in." Isaiah 58:12.
Yes, we are to restore and rebuild Yerushalem, "Who art thou, O great mountain? before Zerubbabal thou shalt become a plain: and he shall bring forth the headstone thereof with shoutings, crying, Grace, grace unto it." Zechariah 4:7. There is grace in the name of YAHUSHUA!
"Grace- Favorable influences of (Elohim); divine influences or the influence of the spirit, in renewing the heart and restraining from sin." Noah Webster's 1828 American Dictionary
"The name of YAHUWAH is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe." Proverbs 18:10
"Even the devils are subject to us through Thy name." Luke 10:17
"Yerushalem shall be called a city of truth." Zechariah 8:3. You have to admit that the name of the Father and Son are truths, but truth means nothing to the unrenewed heart.
There is still time to know what truth is, but the door of probation is closing fast!
So where do we fit into this building? "Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to Elohim by YAHUSHUA the Messiah." I Peter 2:5
The time prophecies in the book of Daniel will prophecy again! "In Scripture are presented truths that relate especially to our own time. To the period just prior to the appearing of the Son of man, the prophecies of Scripture point, and here their warnings and threatenings pre-eminently apply. The prophetic periods of Daniel, extending to the very eve of the great consummation, throw a flood of light upon events then to transpire." Review & Herald 9/25/1883
The book of Revelation says the same thing concerning the book of Daniel, "Thou must prophecy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings." Revelation 10:11.
Therefore the 70 week prophecy would have a pre-eminent application to "the consummation." Daniel 9:27, which is 490 literal days. Consider this statement from Ellen G. White.
"In the night season I was in my dreams in a large meeting, with ministers, their wives, and their children. I wondered that the company present was mostly made up of ministers and their families. The prophecy of Malachi was brought before them in connection with Daniel, Zephaniah, Haggai and Zechariah . . .
"The building of the temple service were considered. There was close searching of the Scriptures in regard to the sacred character of all that appertained to the temple service. Through the prophets, (Elohim) has given a delineation of what will come to pass in the last days of earth's history; and the Jewish economy is full of instruction for us."
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