“In the fourth year was the foundation of the house of Jehovah laid, in the month of Zif.”
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth and established time as the platform for the display of His great work. He set the creation in motion by His power and, according to His purpose, He ushers in each component with all necessary elements during the time of their habitation. Generation after generation unfolds, performs and then exit the stage, each man in his order, as the beautiful interwoven tapestry of God’s most perfect will is revealed. He has given a record of these events, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, as a testimony to His majesty and for learning and comfort for His people (Rms. 15:4). Every child of grace, while partakers of flesh and blood, are experiencing the vanities of this habitation within the frailty of the earthen vessel. They are not left to the devices and desires of the flesh, as if to be subservient to it, but the limitations of the flesh are as a burden they must bare. They walk the path set for them in time, fulfilling the work they have been assigned in the Masters wonderful plan and when the time of that habitation is completed, they are delivered from the trials and tribulations into the manifestation of the rest in the Beloved.
God appeared unto Abram and told him he was chosen as the father of many nations. God did not reward Abram for his outstanding qualities, leadership abilities or anything that was inherent in Adam. Abram was a chosen vessel in which dwelt the incorruptible seed born from above and because of this nature, faith was accounted unto him for righteousness. All that Jehovah promised Abram came to pass in it’s appointed time and the child of promise was born. But God also told Abraham, “know of a surety” (Gen. 15:13) without any possibility of alteration or failure, that his descendants would be strangers in a foreign land and that they would be afflicted and oppressed for 400 years. He was not asking for permission to perform the intents of His heart and He was not soliciting help from Abraham. He told Abraham those things which were not yet and spoke of them as they had already been. Now if one was told that his family would spend four hundred years in captivity and oppression, do you think they would think twice about having kids? but it was not up to the will of the flesh and seventy years later, Joseph was given a dream and sold into slavery. Then God brought a great drought and drove Israel into Egypt where for 30 years they walked the path and performed their assignments exactly as the will of God planned, dwelling as farmers, cattle men and sheepherders in the land of Goshen. Then God raised up a Pharaoh who knew not Joseph and for 400 years the children of Abram were oppressed and afflicted.
“And it came to pass at the end of four hundred and thirty years, even the self same day, it came to pass that all the host of Jehovah went out from the land of Egypt” (Ex. 12:41)
God had spoken His word of prophesy and promise and He fulfilled His word and delivered His people from the strong man’s house. He had made an open display of His Kingship in the plagues and destruction of Egypt and through it all He, continued to harden the heart of the strong man. He brought desolation upon the fortified city, bound the strong man and with a powerful arm, ripped His people out and set them free. He gave them the feast of the Passover as a memorial of that great day and as a demonstration of the Lamb of God whose blood appeased the righteous judgment of God. He commanded them to show forth a pattern of the heavenly truth in that all leaven had been cleansed from the house and He brought His chosen nation forth as a forgiven and cleansed people. He openly declared that these were His people as He set the cloud upon them in the day and the pillar of fire by night. He never left them, He never forsook them as He brought them to the Holy mount where He again revealed Himself and His glory. Here He gave them His law and commanded that a tabernacle be built that was an earthly representation of the heavenly reality.. He gave them the tools, gave them the enlightenment and wisdom to build, made them willing in the day of His power and at the end of 2 years the Tabernacle was completed (Ex. 40:17).
The presence of Jehovah God was ever before the nation of Israel and for forty years they stood still when the cloud rested upon the Tabernacle and they moved when He lifted His cloud from the Holy of Holies. He brought them into the land He had promised Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and gave them the victory over the people of the lands. He subdued nations and kings before them as a demonstration of His love and they received the inheritance that they were promised. His word came to pass.
He raised up a King over them who would defeat all the enemies, increase the boundaries to their appointed place and desire to build the house of God. This Beloved King separated the Ark of the Covenant from the Tabernacle. It sat on the hill of Benjamin (son of My right hand) while the Ark rested, prophetically, upon the hill of the coming of peace, Jerusalem, that same mount where Abraham told Isaac, “My son, God will provide Himself a lamb for a burnt offering” (Gen.22:8). All that He had promised had come to pass and not one word had fallen to the ground that He had promised to Abram, Moses and David (I Kings 8:56)
“And it came to pass in the four hundred and eightieth year after the children of Israel were come out of the land of Egypt, in the fourth year of Solomon’s reign over Israel, in Zif, the second month, that he began to build the house of Jehovah” (I Kings. 6:1)
The fulness of time had come when the Temple of Jehovah should be built. The people had been made to stand still and know that He is God for one thousand years since the promise to Abraham. All necessary materials had been assembled, the work force was sufficient, the hearts of the people had been made willing and their hands skillful to complete this undertaking that would last for seven years. The Tabernacle was waxing old and was ready to fade away. The Temple was built of fine white stone and brilliant gold. All of the pattern given to David would be exactly where God intended it to be as Solomon assembled the elders of Israel, the heads of the tribes and the chief of the fathers of the children. They did not assemble themselves until he drew them unto the Temple. They did not follow their own time table or agenda for when Solomon assembled them together then were they assembled unto the King.
The appointed time of this assembly was the seventh month at the beginning of the feasts of the seventh month (II Chr. 5:3). The first feast was the seven day feast of trumpets in which the type is set forth of the Messenger of Jehovah who proclaimed salvation unto His people. Then came the feast of the atonement where the sin of the people was removed, never to be called into account again, and the blood was struck upon the horns of the alter of the Mercy seat. So when the priests brought forth the Ark of the Covenant and placed it in the finished Temple, the glory of Jehovah filled the Holy of Holies and the sacrifice was accepted. This was also the time of the feast of the harvest in which all the crops were gathered into the barns and the husks were discarded (Matt. 3:12). The last feast is the feast of tabernacles where the children of Israel commemorate their captivity, promised of God, by dwelling in booths for seven days (II Chr. 7:8). So it was that the Temple was finished in this month of finished works and the feasts of the month were observed.
The other feast which was decreed by God and never observed here on earth was the feast of Jubilee. The trumpet was to sound on the first day of the feast of the Atonement, all debts forgiven, all slaves set free and a year of Sabbath was to be observed. The seventh day was a day of sabbath, the seventh year was a year of rest and the year after the seven years of rest (50 years) was a year of Sabbath. No work was to be performed and all was to be forgiven. So when Solomon, the King of Peace, built the Temple of Jehovah, the nation of Israel was at peace, enjoying great prosperity and all the kings of the world came to her to hear Solomon and his great wisdom for the Jubilee had come
“And in the eleventh year, the eighth month of Bul, was the house finished throughout all the parts thereof, according to all the fashion of it. So was he seven years in building it (I Kings 6:38).
The Temple was finished with nothing lacking, nothing wanting and no need for improvements. All the enemies of God were under His footstool and David did not want for a man to sit upon his throne for his kingdom was established forever. NO, not with Solomon the man for we know right well that he was a son of Adam and was drawn away after the lusts of the flesh (I Kings 11:1) but after the Prince of Peace who was raised up in the place of the Beloved. He had presented and completed all the sacrifices (II Chr. 7:5) and the people offered in Him. He had subdued all under His feet, all the kings of the earth seek to hear His wisdom and the Queen of the oath (Sheba) has had all the desires of her heart satisfied. He has assembled His people in the harvest (Rev. 14:15) as He added (Bul the eighth month) unto His called out assembly (church) such as should be delivered and He has given them peace (Rms. 5:1). God has set up over His people His servant David to be their One Shepherd for they are the sheep of His pasture (Ez. 37:24). He confirmed the oath of the covenant with many and since the work is completed, He is seated upon His throne and He feeds His flock (I Kings 8:62-66). This is the testimony of Jesus Christ to His sheep. He is the Good Shepherd (John 10:11) and He has finished His work, therefore John saw the Holy city, the New Jerusalem, descending as a Bride adorned in fine linen clean and white for Her husband. The type that is set forth in the Temple of Solomon is the beauty of the glory of God and the love of His Bride. He Tabernacles with Her, She is His people and He is Her God. She is that building set upon the Rock, not made with hands, eternal in the heavens which Abram sought. She keeps the commandments and statutes of Her God because He dwells in Her causing Her to walk by faith.
Brethren the Trump of God has sounded and the Jubilee is come. He has forgiven the iniquity of His chosen remnant and has returned them unto the land He promised to their fathers. The Messenger has preached the everlasting gospel and all the house of Israel has heard for by it they have been raised up unto newness of life in Him (Ez. 37:11). His Word has gone forth, accomplishing all He intended and, after His resurrection,having ears to hear, and being quickened together with Him, the graves of His people have been opened and His dead men have arisen with Him to walk about the Holy city ( Ez. 37:12 & Matt. 27:52f).
“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be like minded one toward another according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and mouth glorify God, even the Father of or Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rms. 15:4).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
December 2, 2012