1 KINGS 10
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22 For the king [HaMelech] had at sea a navy [fleet of oniyyot] of Tharshish with the navy [fleet of oniyyot] of Hiram [Chiram]: once in three years [shalosh shanim] came the navy of Tharshish [oniyyot Tarshish], bringing gold, and silver [zahav, and kesef], ivory, and apes [monkeys], and peacocks.
Eastern Tharshish - India
Peacocks - intelligent design
The three-things about a peacock's tail which show unerring design and advanced biotechnological, optical innovation are 1. Its intrinsic beauty, 2. Its flawless mathematical design and programming 3. Its advanced optical engineering since there are no colour pigments on the peacock's tail feathers. It is all "light-interference".
The eye feathers are precise digital patterns structured into complex concentric cardoid and ellipsoid designs to produce the eye effect of perfect mathematical symmetry. The colour of the individual eye structures go from a purple centre to a blue iris to a bronze surround to a green outer finish.
The entire colour scheme has no pigment but is caused by different micro thickness of 3 layered keratin on the barbules. The barbules in turn are segmented with any individual segment being a given interference pattern, but coordinated precisely with adjacent barbules, to form the whole mathematically integrated pattern and the astounding fan display of the male peacock.
A main peacock tail feather has in a given eye pattern, about 100 barbs arising from the central feather stem, and up to 100,000 barbules for a given eye structure. Since each barbule is divided into about 20 segments with their own individual interference pattern, produced by precise variations in keratin thickness, and corresponding optical effects along the barbule, this means there are about 2 million segments involved in a single eye pattern.
The genetic code of a peacock must contain all the information to produce the eye patterns, not just one but the several hundred in the fan, including the keratin thickness of each of the 20 segments along a single barbule, and to co-ordinate these precisely with the adjacent barbules. This could involve thousands of DNA chemical units.
How could all this happen by chance? It defies all logic, but testifies to phenomenal precision design. Mating yes, but to give glory to Yahweh "for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. But proud as a peacock struts man in his arrogance, without the beauty.
The true garments of glory and beauty are seen in Christ, the Perfect man, whose character was the exact likeness of the Father (Ex.2 Eph.4.13, Hb.I.3).
Bro Richard Lister -
The Apocalyptic Messenger,
21 And all king Solomon's drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; none were of silver: it was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon.
Gold was very abundant in the days of Solomon.
We are also informed of the source of the supply of the precious metal (1 Chron. 18:11; 1 Kings 9:28; 10:14).
Concerning the days of Christ, the antitypical Solomon, it is written,
"For brass I will bring gold, and for iron silver, and for wood brass, and for stones iron" (Isa. 60:17).
The day for this age of splendour in all things, as well as righteousness, is at the door: and there are many providential preparations visible in the field of human action. For fifty years there has been an enormous increase in the output of gold. New auriferous regions have been found-in California, in Australia, in Africa, in Russia, and now in Canada: and these have been worked with great industry.
The quantities of the precious metal got out of the mines have been, and are, year by year enormous. Where does it all go? Not much into circulation or into industry. It is bought up as fast as it comes into the market, by the various European governments, who imitate the example of the first Frederick William of Prussia and pile barrels of the precious metal in vaults under banks and palaces, as a war-fund against contingencies.
The gold of the world is all piled away in rat holes, as it were, because of the mutual fears and jealousies of mankind. This is one source of the abundant supply that is to characterise the coming age. When the Lord has overthrown all the governments, he will lay his hand on those useless hoards and bring them out to the light of day, and transform them from the mere solace of kings' fear into a sparkling joy for the whole earth.
"When King David told his son Solomon, about his preparations to build the Holy Temple, he said, "Behold, I have taken much trouble to prepare for the House of the Lord, one hundred thousand talents of gold [about 3,500 tons worth about $1.63Trillion] and one million talents of silver [about 35,000 tons worth about $19.58Billion], and bronze and iron beyond measure, for it is so abundant. I have prepared timber and stone also, and you may add to them" (1 Chronicles 22:14).
King David throughout his rule, stockpiled in his treasury, precious metals, and other resources, for the building of the Beit HaMikdash, the Holy Temple, and the utensils used in it. This preparation, also bolstered the kingdom's economic clout.
King Solomon ruled from about 970 BCE to 931 BCE, and during this time he is said to have received 25 tons of gold for each of the 39 years of his reign, which would be worth about $48Billion in 2019. Along with the other riches he amassed from taxation and trade, King Solomon's personal fortune has been estimated to be over $2.2Trillion in today's money.
King Solomon inherited peace on his borders and a thriving economy from his father. The kingdom was an economic superpower. When the time came for King Solomon to start the construction of the Beit HaMikdash, he had all the resources needed.
Israel should learn from King David and do the same today!
Besides strengthening the Shekel, as the world slides into economic chaos and possibly a global depression, it's important to have the precious metals, and other resources ready and available, when the time comes to build the Third Temple.
The Bank of Israel should start purchasing gold now!
Ariel Natan Pasko - Arutz Sheva