1 A Song of degrees. Yahweh, remember David, and all his afflictions:
2 How he sware unto Yahweh, and vowed unto the mighty Elohim of Jacob;
3 Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed;
4 I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids,
5 Until I find out a place for Yahweh, an habitation for the mighty Elohim of Jacob.
6 Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.
7 We will go into his tabernacles: we will worship at his footstool.
8 Arise, O Yahweh, into thy rest; thou, and the ark of thy strength.
9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; and let thy saints shout for joy.
10 For thy servant David's sake turn not away the face of thine anointed.
11 Yahweh hath sworn in truth unto David; he will not turn from it; Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne.
12 If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.
13 For Yahweh hath chosen Zion [Tziyon]; He hath desired it for his habitation [ her for His moshav].
14 This is my rest [My menuchah (resting place)] for ever [adei-ad (forever)]: here will I dwell; for I have desired it [her.].
We may remark here that ad is a remoter period than olahm. Ad does not arrive till olahm has passed away. It is an indefinite series of ages beyond the thousand years of Messiah's Aion. David's throne is for this period, styled in Daniel, "a season and a time."
Olahm ends where Ad begins; so that "until Ad" is to the end of Olahm. Paul refers to this when he says, in 1 Cor. 15:24:
"Then cometh the END when he, Christ, shall have delivered up the kingdom to God even the Father ... that God may be all things in all men".
This is what obtains beyond olahm, or in Ad. When the end of Olahm touches the beginning of Ad, a change in mundane affairs again ensues. It is the epoch of the crushing of the serpent's head, which occurs 1,000 years after his being bound.
"The Son of God reigns until He (the Eternal Spirit) hath put all enemies under his feet."
This is Paul's testimony; and that "until" is the "until Ad" of Psalm 132:12, 14. When "all enemies" are destroyed, there will be no occasion for any more reigning; for to continue a reign after the last enemy is destroyed, and God is "all things in all," would be for God to reign over Himself, which is absurd'.
FROM PHANEROSIS - 'The First Principle: God Is One'
This is my resting place
The Feast of Tabernacles - Lev. 23.
It was appointed to be commenced upon the fifteenth day of the seventh month, the very next day that followed the conclusion of the Feast of Trumpets. There can be little doubt that the Feast of Trumpets was intended as a prophetic type of the day of the Lord. The trumpet is a military instrument, and is always significative of war. The trumpet was to sound for fourteen days, expressing the duration and the tumult of the Day of the Lord.
Nor is it impossible, as some persons have conjectured, that the fourteen days of the Feast of Trumpets may indicate the continuance of the Day of the Lord fourteen years.
But, however this may be, the Feast of Trumpets was to be immediately succeeded by the Feast of Tabernacles. And this may be considered beyond question, as a prophetic type, representing to us the progress of those great events which are now fast approaching. Suddenly, as a thief in the night, the Day of the Lord shall break out upon the world, and shall run its disastrous course to the fall of Antichrist; every year more calamitous than before, and one judgment crowding upon another.
But when Antichrist has fallen, and the Lord has begun his reign, then the Feast of Trumpets shall conclude; the instruments of war shall be succeeded by those of peace.
The Feast of Tabernacles shall then begin, to continue year after year through the Millennial Age.
The feast, in itself, is designed for the people of Israel especially, if not solely.
"All that are Israelites born shall dwell in tents."
Yet this beautiful display of the mercies of God to Israel is not to be hidden from the Gentiles. All nations are invited, and even commanded to attend; and severe judgments are denounced against those who refuse the invitation.
After the close of the dreadful scenes of the Day of the Lord-after the restoration of Israel, the pacification of the world, and the re-peopling of Jerusalem-the Millennial Reign of the Son of Man shall begin over all the earth, having its centre on Mount Zion.
The Temple shall be rebuilt according to the magnificent designs of Ezekiel; the land of Israel divided again among the tribes by a new arrangement, quite different from the first. Universal prosperity shall spread over the whole land, until it has become the glory of all lands. Jerusalem shall be chosen as the capital of the King of Kings.
-"This shall be my rest forever; here will I dwell, for I have a delight therein."
It shall also be the centre of universal empire, and send forth its omnipotent decrees to all the nations of the globe. There the New Jerusalem Municipality shall be centred as a perpetual guard over the Holy City. In the midst of this community the Lord shall dwell; and shall make it the court of the great King, and the council chamber of the terrestrial empire. Beneath its shelter and within its light, all nations shall be blessed; but Israel, as being the nearest, shall be the most blessed of all.
From this heavenly city, messengers radiant with glory, shall go forth to transmit the decrees of the King of Kings; to enforce his commands; to distribute his mercies; and to execute his judgments-for the reign of the coming age is a reign of judgment.
At stated periods, the King of Glory shall reveal himself to his subjects at the eastern gate of the Temple-the brightness of his presence shall fill the precincts of the house, and be visible, no doubt, to all the multitudes of Jerusalem, whether Jews or Gentiles.
"And behold the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east; and his voice was like the sound of many waters; and the earth shined with his glory" Ezek. 43.
At such a time as this, multitudes from all the nations of the earth shall be found assembled at Jerusalem. They have come up to keep the Feast of Tabernacles. The people of Israel will have already made preparations for the feast. The branches of the palm trees and the willow of the brook will have been brought in. They will have been arranged with oriental taste in the form of tents, and beneath their shade, the silver and gold, the massive plate of that wealthy people, is seen in glittering profusion.
The priests and the sacrifices are ready. The clouds of incense arise within the Temple; and without, the eight tables of sacrifice are prepared. The courts of the house are filled with the Israelites, who have assembled from all quarters of their land. The streets of Jerusalem and the neighboring villages are crowded with innumerable strangers; men of every climate and complexion; of every rank of life; of every variety of temperament and manners, are gathered into one, by a common impulse which creates an unaffected brotherhood.
All the mighty rivers that flowed down from Ararat to fill the world have here their representatives; the sons of Gomer, the conquerors of the west, are here; the sons of Javan, the inventors of poetry and the arts; the terrible race of Magog, from the forests of the north, and from the awful solitudes of Central Asia-those warlike tribes who have subdued and civilized the world, shall meet in harmony with the once accursed race of Ham-the sons of Cush, Mizraim and Canaan-the most oppressed and pitiable of mankind.
The mysterious curse will have been removed-freed from the bondage of 4,000 years, and have been admitted to the glorious liberty of the Sons of God. The oppressor shall meet on equal terms with the oppressed-the warlike with the feeble-and all as brothers! The wild Sclavonian race, the sons of Tubal, shall pour forth their many-gifted tribes, uniting the deep melancholy of thought with the vehemence of passion.
Elam, and Ashur, and Aram, shall be there; and the dark-haired race of Ham from beyond the mountains of the east. Every mighty chief of the primæval world shall be represented in his posterity. All the distinctive features which have come down through ages from the original parents of the race, shall be seen in the countless multitudes, lighted up through every shade of complexion, with one common feeling; and all as friends.
There shall neither be slave nor master, conqueror nor conquered. The Prince of Peace is the King of Freedom; the city of Peace is the centre of eternal brotherhood.
...The Lord will proclaim his universal feast, and all the world shall be divided and united-divided in their respective tribes, but united in their worship. "Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity," the idle boast of revolutionists, shall then be realized-by a revolution from above.
Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come, July 1856.
15 I will abundantly bless her provision: I will satisfy her poor with bread.
16 I will also clothe her priests with salvation: and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
17 There will I make the horn of David to bud: I have ordained a lamp for mine anointed.
18 His enemies will I clothe with shame: but upon himself shall his crown flourish.