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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

The Chronicles of Messiah



The Hebrew Bible does not follow the order of the modern English Bibles published today. That means we need to reorder what we think we know.

The order of the Hebrew Bible concludes with the books of Chronicles that begin with an extensive listing of the genealogies of the families of Israel and if we read the Bible in the proper order, we can easily see it leads directly to the chronicles of Messiah outlined in Matthew 1:1-17.

According to Eusebius, an early follower of Jesus named Papias was the bishop of Heirapolis, and he made the earliest attempt to give names to the authors of the writings we call the gospels. Regarding the disciple Matthew, the historian Eusebius summarizes a fragment he read from the bishop:

"So then Matthew composed the oracles in Hebrew, and every one interpreted them as he could."

The historian is telling us that Matthew first compiled his account in Hebrew, not Greek and there's good reason.

Without a doubt, Mattityahu aka Matthew was a Jew. In fact, Mattityahu is the only Jewish writer of the oracles we now call the gospels that is known by early witnesses to have recorded the gospel story in his native Hebrew tongue. Not only that, Matthew regularly references the writings of the Torah, the Prophets and the Writings in an effort to illustrate the importance of the identity of Israel’s long-awaited Messiah revealed in the Tanach aka the Hebrew Bible.

So, if we are to understand the Hebrew Bible as Mattityahu did, we have to reorder our persepctive like his to get a better understanding of Matthew's chronicle of Messiah.

He started his story of Yeshua with a genealogy list that takes off where Chronicles begins as Matthew brings focus to the order of the Hebrew Bible by saying:

"So all the generations from Abraham to David are fourteen generations; from David to the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations; and from the deportation to Babylon to the Messiah, fourteen generations."

When we consider the focal point in the books of Chronicles is king David's son Solomon and his assignment to build the Temple, the family tree that Matthew provides as the chronicle of Messiah offers a decidedly Jewish perspective on the eternal purpose of the Temple of God.

This is not a matter of faith, it's fact.

Following his introduction and arrangement of the two thousand year family tree that includes four incredible women, Matthew's account continues and includes more than 60 direct and indirect quotes from the Tanach aka the Hebrew Bible that is mislabeled as an Old Testament.

Matthew quotes the Hebrew Scriptures more than any other gospel account from Mark, Luke or John and it clearly demonstrates that Matthew knew his Bible basics. Matthew's account references point to Messiah not only from the two books of Chronicles but also Ruth, Isaiah, Micah, Hosea, Jeremiah, Deuteronomy, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Malachi, Jonah, Genesis, Zechariah, Daniel and Psalms.

Matthew used Chronicles, the book of Ruth and Genesis to compile his list and by writing in Hebrew, he definitely had the faithful Jewish people living around Jerusalem as well as Judea and Samaria front and center as the audience of his Hebrew manuscript that was almost lost in a Greek world.

Today, the Jewish people have returned to Matthew's backyard. Not only that, the language of the Bible, has been restored there, so we need to take another look at this Jewish man's Hebrew story. By the way, if you are reading this from Israel you can buy a Hebrew copy of Matthew at Amazon or get the Hebrew Matthew eBook at Google Books.

Matthew’s connections with the Hebrew Bible begin with his link to Chronicles and the listing of generations that are described in 1Chronicles 2 and on to 1Chronicles 9.

The family tree in Chronicles is not some boring old list, it was put there for good reason, a God reason. The list Matthew provides gives ample evidence for Yeshua’s connection to Abraham and a critical glimpse into how first-century Jews viewed the Hebrew Bible with a Messiah mind-set.

Whether you noticed it before now or not, Matthew starts his gospel and connects his readers directly to Chronicles, so it's important to study.

Just when you thought Matthew is the first book of a New Testament, the author does just the opposite, directing everyone to the Hebrew Scriptures and a name list you may have never studied... from the so-called Old Testament. The reason Matthew does this is likely from something Solomon wrote:

"That which is has been already and that which will be has already been, for God seeks what has passed by." Ecclesiastes 3:15

Matthew begins where the Hebrew Bible ends weaving an unbreakable Messianic connection embedded with Chronicles and Solomon's assignment from king David as Matthew writes: "The record of the genealogy of Yeshua the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham."

Basically, Matthew tears the blank page out of the King James Bible with his list of three sets of 14 generations.

The Hebrew Bible contains 24 books, they too are organized into three sections. They are called the Torah or Teaching (Genesis to Deuteronomy), the Neviʾim or Prophets (Joshua to Malachi) and Ketuvim or the Writings (Psalms to Chronicles).

Order is important to God. Think about it, Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 14:33 likely thinking of Malachi: "...For God is [a God], not of disorder, but of peace.. . ."

“For I, the LORD, do not change..." Malachi 3:6

In the end, Matthew’s gospel answers the big question that was on the minds of virtually every Jewish person including the disciples. It remains in the hearts of many today and it is hidden in the Messianic themes of Solomon's story in Chronicles.

The question is:

“If Yeshua is the Messiah, then where is the promised Kingdom of God?”

The kingdom answer can be found in the hidden story line of the chronicles of Solomon, the son of David. It is outlined at many levels, so we have to look closely at Chronicles to see it

Jewish scholars teach that the Bible should be studied and viewed on at least four different levels of critical study of God's Word. These four levels of exegesis are called PaRDeS, which is an acronym for Peshat, Remez, Derash and Sod. The first three mean literal, symbolic and seek. The fourth is Sod, it means hidden and it involves interpretation of the deep or mystery Messianic promise embedded within the Scriptures.

At the Peshat and Remez level, Matthew's account reveals that Yeshua, the son of David, like Solomon the son of David offered the kingdom to Israel. After all, Yeshua preached the gospel of the Kingdom wherever He went and that's why so many people flocked to hear Him, but it was rejected by the religious authorities (see Matthew 4:23-24; Matthew 16:13–28; Matthew 21:42–46).

Although under different circumstances, this was much like Solomon's kingdom that was rejected, torn and divided after Solomon's death by his two sons Rehoboam the faithful leader of Judah in the South and Jeroboam the rebellious leader of Ephraim in the north.

After Solomon died, his son Jeroboam led Ephraim astray in revolt against Rehoboam of Judaea, the Torah and Jerusalem. The result was devastating for the kingdom.

If you think about it, Jeroboam was like the early Greek thinking church Fathers that turned against the Jewish people as well as Jerusalem and the front of the Bible. They were like Jeroboam who was in "constant war with the house of Judah."

When you think about it you realize their early antisemitism was the same... "constant war with the house of Judah."

Judah is important. Matthew's list shows us Yeshua's lineage is of Judah. No rational person disputes this family heritage. The good news is that Chronicles tells us that David reveals something critical about God's Kingdom:

"Yet, the LORD, the God of Israel, chose me from all the house of my father to be king over Israel forever. For He has chosen Judah to be a leader; and in the house of Judah, my father’s house, and among the sons of my father He took pleasure in me to make me king over all Israel."

David knew he would not live forever, but he also knew the house of Judah was chosen and those that say God has no son need to listen to David and Almighty God, He does not change, God even declares Solomon as a chosen son, so that old argument is pretty weak:

"Of all my sons (for the LORD has given me many sons), He has chosen my son Solomon to sit on the throne of the kingdom of the LORD over Israel. He said to me, ‘Your son Solomon is the one who shall build My house and My courts; for I have chosen him to be a son to Me, and I will be a father to him." 1 Chronicles 28:4-6

David understood from what the Lord God had told him about a son that is to build God a house and forever Kingdom is the one in the line of Judah. David even tells us another mystery:

He knew another son of Judah had to build the Temple of God because of shed blood. We see this in 1 Chronicles 28.

"Then King David rose to his feet and said, “Listen to me, my brethren and my people; I had intended to build a permanent home for the ark of the covenant of the LORD and for the footstool of our God. So I had made preparations to build it. But God said to me, ‘You shall not build a house for My name because you are a man of war and have shed blood.’"

David knew he was not immortal, and he knew Solomon would be king and by God's choosing would build God a house and courts of stone, but David understood a forever"Sod" message:

"Yet, the LORD, the God of Israel, chose me from all the house of my father to be king over Israel forever."

Solomon's assignment was temporary, because it had a condition from the Lord God that he was faithful to:

"I will establish his kingdom forever if he resolutely performs My commandments and My ordinances, as is done now.’ So now, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God, observe and seek after all the commandments of the LORD your God so that you may possess the good land and bequeath it to your sons after you forever."

Solomon was not resolute. In the end, he missed The Father's assignment and Solomon missed the mark and sinned, he did not meet the standard of the king, so his kingdom was divided and fell, but David knew the forever promise to Judah, so another man of Judah had to arrive on the scene to keep the forever "Sod" promise of a house and a kingdom to be bequeathed forever after him.

Yeshua of Nazareth, born in Bethlehem the childhood home of David was resolute and 100% Torah observant to God's written commandments, statutes and judgments. Yeshua lived out the Torah and served God The Father with a whole heart and mind and kept Solomon's assignment as He served God with a whole heart and willing mind:

“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts.

If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever."

Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be courageous and act." (Summary of 2 Chronicles 28:2-10)

Yeshua was courageous and He acted unlike Solomon did in the end. Because of that He is still building a living house for The Lord. Yeshua alone meets the requirements for Messiah King. The Temple Yeshua is building is bigger than the stones Solomon used, but it is still from God's creation, living earth, alive like Adam with the breath of God and offering sacrifices of righteousness, and trust in the LORD, a broken spirit and a broken and a contrite heart that seeks God with sacrifices of thanksgiving.

The thing we have to remember about the living Temple of God is that in the beginning, Elohim made man to be in resemblance of His image:

"Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness..." Genesis 1:26

The disciple John reveals the "Sod" meaning of Messiah hidden in these words:

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 [fn]He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being. In Him was life, and the life was the Light of men." John 1:1-4

As it was meant in the beginning, the living Temple of God are to be the image of God, His children that seek Him, in the end it is not built stone by stone, but the soul by soul in life, living out God's word.

The Jewish Rabbi Paul of Tarsus explained this ongoing work of life in typical Jewish teaching by asking a "Sod" level question:

"Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man destroys the temple of God, God will destroy him, for the temple of God is holy, and that is what you are." 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

Peter confirmed the living stones as a second witness and like Matthew, he backed up what he said with Scripture:

"Therefore, putting aside all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander, like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation, if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.

And coming to Him as to a living stone which has been rejected by men, but is choice and precious in the sight of God, you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Messiah Yeshua. For this is contained in Scripture:

“BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER STONE,
AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.”

This precious value, then, is for you who believe; but for those who disbelieve,

“THE STONE WHICH THE BUILDERS REJECTED,
THIS BECAME THE VERY CORNER STONE,” and,

“A STONE OF STUMBLING AND A ROCK OF OFFENSE”;

for they stumble because they are disobedient to the word, and to this doom they were also appointed." 1Peter 2:1-8

Messiah is the person of this precious corner stone in Zion. A corner stone is set at the corner of a building, joining two exterior walls, and often inscribed with the starting and completion dates of construction, the name of the architect and owner.

The Lord God of Israel is the architect and owner.

Modern Israel is another proof of this. Israel is not great today because it is made of the bricks that men have been built or uncovered there but it is the people that make it Israel. People are Israel's past present and future.

A Temple of stone cannot contain God but it has a purpose. We know this because the wise Solomon said so:
"But who is able to build a temple for him, since the heavens, even the highest heavens, cannot contain him? Who then am I to build a temple for him, except as a place to burn sacrifices before him?" 2 Chronicles 2:6 NIV
Yeshua is the answer to Solomon's question, and the sacrifices that are required in the living temple are declared by David and Almighty God at Solomon's Temple gate:

"Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, And trust in the LORD." Psalm 4:5

"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
A broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise."  Psalm 51:17

"Let them also offer sacrifices of thanksgiving,
And tell of His works with joyful singing." Psalm 107:22

"The word that came to Jeremiah from the LORD, saying, “Stand in the gate of the LORD’S house and proclaim there this word and say, ‘Hear the word of the LORD, all you of Judah, who enter by these gates to worship the LORD!’” Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, “Amend your ways and your deeds, and I will let you dwell in this place." Jeremiah 7:1-3

"For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices. But this is what I commanded them, saying, ‘Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.’" Jeremiah 7:22-23

The prophet Micah repeats the requirements for mankind:

With what shall I come to the LORD
And bow myself before the God on high?
Shall I come to Him with burnt offerings,
With yearling calves?

Does the LORD take delight in thousands of rams,
In ten thousand rivers of oil?
Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts,
The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?

He has told you, O man, what is good;
And what does the LORD require of you
But to do justice, to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God? Micah 6:6-8

Micah's answered questions are pointing to Moses big question in Deuteronomy 10:12-13: “Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to keep the LORD’S commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good?

What does the LORD your God require of you?

The Temple in Jerusalem is missing but take note that the commandments concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices were not written on the two stones of the tablets of the covenant of the ten words written by Almighty God's hand. They were given at the mountain of God after the Ten Commandments to point toward repentance and obedience and the righteous offering of the redeemer lamb of God that Abraham told Issac God would Himself provide.

In Matthew's lineage list, Judah's scepter promise declared by David is verified in people not bricks. Judah is the fourth name noted. Judah's name is critical and it means "praised." The important thing to know about Judah is that his life is heralded not for his transgression with Tamar but his remorse and repentance and transformation as a man of God.

Judah emerged as a kinsman redeemer ready to lay down his life for his brother Benjamin proving to Joseph that he was a changed man.

Judah's change proves that God brings his blessing of a living Temple to the world through deeply flawed people that repent of the wrongs that we do and turn to God transformed from a heart of stone and a stiff neck to a humble heart living for God and a bowed head.

In the books of Chronicles, Judah first appears in 1 Chronicles 2:1, there he is listed as the fourth son of Israel. He is connected to David and Solomon and connected to God's promise about His living house and its precious corner stone in Messiah.

Yeshua is both Lion of the tribe of Judah and kinsman redeemer: “For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life in order to take it up again. No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord.” John 10:17-18.

Yeshua is the son that held firm in God's Word where Solomon failed and David shows us God knocks a hole in all the theories that want to dispute the son of God:

"He said to me, ‘Your son Solomon is the one who shall build My house and My courts; for I have chosen him to be a son to Me, and I will be a father to him."

God’s primary work in the world is now being accomplished through the building of God's living Temple through the building blocks, the repentant living stones of the multitudes of people that seek the heart of The Father.

Believe it or not, for the living stones, Yeshua the chosen son will come again to rule the Messianic Kingdom and the world from Jerusalem, the King's place. Yeshua is Messiah ben Joseph, first a humble shepherd (of people) and He will return as King Messiah ben David, the lion of the tribe of Judah.

Take note, David was first a shepherd before he was king. So is Yeshua and His desire is to bequeath God's Kingdom and living Temple as a house of prayer for you.

David prophetically said this: "In the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God, he observed and sought after all the commandments of the LORD God so that you may possess the good land and He will bequeath it to you forever if your follow the King." 1Chronicles 28:8

David set the standard first for Solomon and Messiah is building God a living house, don't willfully reject Him:

“As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a whole heart and a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts, and understands every intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will reject you forever." 1Chronicles 28:9

"If you seek Him, He will let you find Him..." These are big time "Sod" messages from Chronicles about the son that would build a house for God as the precious corner stone.

I pray you can see the account of Matthew provides the answer to the mystery and order of the bigger picture in the Chronicles storyline. That is why Matthew begins with Yeshua's genealogy and it includes David, his son Solomon and the Temple to be built by the one called and chosen to be a son of The Heavenly Father.

Messiah Yeshua is the chosen lamb of God offering for the living Temple of God, His children. God knows we are weak like Judah and Solomon, and He wants a house not for man, but for the LORD God.

"Then King David said to the entire assembly, 'My son Solomon, whom alone God has chosen... the work is great; for the temple is not for man, but for the LORD God.'" 1 Chronicles 29:1

The critical name list of Matthew with its focus on David and Solomon points directly to the day David bequeathed kingship and an assignment for a righteous one to build a Temple for the LORD God. David's words are prophetic and they point directly to Messiah Yeshua:

"Then David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished.

Now behold, there are the divisions of the priests and the Levites for all the service of the house of God, and every willing man of any skill will be with you in all the work for all kinds of service.

The officials also and all the people will be entirely at your command.”" 1 Chronicles 28:20-21

Without ever knowing it Joseph Caiaphas, the high priest of the Temple in Jerusalem at the time of Yeshua's trial as well as the Sanhedrin and Pontius Pilate the Roman governor of Judaea and even the crowd were all entirely at Yeshua's command to fulfill The Father's goal of offering redemption for sin through a repentant heart so that His chosen one in the line of Judah could build the living House of The Lord for the service of the House of God.

The amazing thing about Yeshua's command at His trial is that by courage He did not provide defense against His accusers, yet He was accused of things He never did to break the written Torah of God. They falsely accused Him of breaking the Sabbath of the Lord by healing and his only condemnation was agreeing with them about His identity as King.

In all of the Gospel accounts, Yeshua gives few direct answers to the accuser's questions, according to John 18:22 this prompted one official to slap him in the face. In Matthew 26:62-64, the lack of response from Yeshua pressed the high priest to arrogantly demand: “Do You not answer?

"The high priest stood up and said to Him, “Do You not answer? What is it that these men are testifying against You?” But Yeshua kept silent.

And the high priest said to Him, “I adjure You by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the Messiah, the Son of God.”

Yeshua said to him, “You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you will see THE SON OF MAN SITTING AT THE RIGHT HAND OF POWER, and COMING ON THE CLOUDS OF HEAVEN.”

In the Luke 22:67 account of this Passover trial, Yeshua is asked: "If thou art the Messiah, tell us. But he said unto them, If I tell you, you will not believe".

In Luke 22:70, when asked "Are you then the Son of God?" Yeshua only answered: "You say that I am."

The accusers forgot what God had told David, the forgot the words of Moses too. Yeshua was in control, at that point, they decided to condemn Yeshua to death against the Torah of God, yet the accusers were the only witness. They defied Moses saying: "What further need have we of witness? for we ourselves have heard from his own mouth."

The thing is... the religious men were ignoring Deuteronomy 19:15-17:

"A single witness shall not suffice against a person for any crime or for any wrong in connection with any offense that he has committed. Only on the evidence of two witnesses or of three witnesses shall a charge be established. If a malicious witness arises to accuse a person of wrongdoing, then both parties to the dispute shall appear before The LORD, before the priests and the judges who are in office in those days."

Convinced from a defense of silence, the accuser's religious stony hearts weres based on self serving pride and opinion, so the men took Yeshua of Nazareth over to Pontius Pilate, the governor of Judaea, and they demanded that he be tried under Roman law for claiming to be the King of the Jews because they knew their verdict did not meet true orthodox faith and its timeless truth of judgment Moses' conveyed.

They knew they did not seek to honor God rightly and appear before The LORD so their cop out was to transfer their verdict to the rule of law of the Roman and appear before him.

Do you remember the answer given to Pilate's question?

Matthew 27:11-14 provides the account. "Now Yeshua stood before the governor, and the governor questioned Him, saying, “Are You the King of the Jews?” And Yeshua said to him, “It is as you say.”

Matthew 26:57 tells us that Yeshua was taken back to the house of the high priest of Israel, where the scribes and the elders of the Sanhedrin were gathered.

Like the account of the spies Moses sent to explore the Promised Land, at Yeshua's trial, only two men dissented against the bad reports of Yeshua. According to Luke, only Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus were against the ranting Torahless decision led by Caiaphas.

Mark 14:53 states that Yeshua was taken that night "to the high priest," where all the chief priests and the elders gathered, and Mark 15:1 adds that another consultation was held among the priests the next morning. Matthew 27:1 also adds that the following morning, the priests held yet another meeting.

The record from the Jewish disciple John adds something prophetically important that occurred:

"One of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, nor do you take into account that it is expedient for you that one man die for the people, and that the whole nation not perish.” John 11:49-50

In the end, one died for the sins of mankind and Yeshua's silence controlled not only Caiaphas to declare the requirement that one man die for the people that the whole nation not perish, but Pilate to declare His innocence so that He could accomplish God's work willingly.

The trial unfolded just as David spoke to Solomon in 1 Chronicles 28:21... "The officials also and all the people will be entirely at your command.”

This included the crowd at Pilate's hearing. We see this in Matthew 27:24-26 as the death penalty was taken back from Roman rule by the crowd's declaration:

"When Pilate saw that he was accomplishing nothing, but rather that a riot was starting, he took water and washed his hands in front of the crowd, saying, “I am innocent of this Man’s blood; see to that yourselves.” And all the people said, “His blood shall be on us and on our children!” Then he released Barabbas for them; but after having Jesus scourged, he handed Him over to be crucified."

At the crucifixion, the Roman soldiers did something critical that points us back to Chronicles and king David. They hung a sign above His head saying: "This is Yeshua King of the Jews" (Matthew 27:37) and they put a crown of thrones on His head (Matthew 27:29).

As we have seen, Matthew 's account weaves the truth to Chronicles but it's much more than the list as 1 Chronicles 29:15-19 shows us the willing hope offering of Yeshua for the entire world.

Yeshua is the faithful son, the one David spoke of with a perfect heart to keep God's commandments, testimonies and statutes. He did them all to teach all believers in repentance there is hope in the living house for God's holy name.

With a "Sod" mystery prophetic voice, Chronicles tells us God's House is from His hand, not man's.

King David said:

"For we are sojourners before You, and tenants, as all our fathers were; our days on the earth are like a shadow, and there is no hope.

O LORD our God, all this abundance that we have provided to build You a house for Your holy name, it is from Your hand, and all is Yours.

Since I know, O my God, that You try the heart and delight in uprightness, I, in the integrity of my heart, have willingly offered all these things; so now with joy I have seen Your people, who are present here, make their offerings willingly to You.

O LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, our fathers, preserve this forever in the intentions of the heart of Your people, and direct their heart to You; and give to my son Solomon a perfect heart to keep Your commandments, Your testimonies and Your statutes, and to do them all, and to build the temple, for which I have made provision.” 1 Chronicles 29:15-19

After David spoke these words, "On the next day they made sacrifices to the LORD and offered burnt offerings to the LORD... in abundance for all Israel."

The day following His dark night and silence in trial, Yeshua, the one that kept God's testimonies and statutes and with a perfect heart, offered Himself as a willing sin sacrifice as a burnt offering of redemption for God's living House.

The account in 1Chronicles 29:23 also tells us what has happened since that fateful Passover day:

"Then Solomon sat on the throne of the LORD as king instead of David his father; and he prospered..." 1 Chronicles 29:23

Yeshua prospers at the right hand of God instead of Solomon, but something is missing that was granted Solomon that will come to pass with Yeshua: "and all Israel obeyed him."

Solomon was a shadow picture of Messiah Yeshua our King: "Now Solomon the son of David established himself securely over his kingdom, and the LORD his God was with him and exalted him greatly." 2 Chronicles 2:1

Jesus always quoted Scripture, so we might expect that the Messiah King may use words like these of Solomon when He returns on the cloud of glory first seen at the exodus from Egypt:

“You have dealt with my father David with great lovingkindness, and have made me king in his place. Now, O LORD God, Your promise to my father David is fulfilled, for You have made me king over a people as numerous as the dust of the earth." 2 Chronicles 1:8-9

When Yeshua ben David returns, He will show that He too will count the Gentiles for the work of God's House just like Solomon did: "Solomon numbered all the aliens who were in the land of Israel, following the census which his father David had taken; and 153,600 were found..."

Chronicles shows us that the Temple of God has always been a house for the foreigner and all peoples of the earth:

"Also concerning the foreigner who is not from Your people Israel, when he comes from a far country for Your great name’s sake and Your mighty hand and Your outstretched arm, when they come and pray toward this house, then hear from heaven, from Your dwelling place, and do according to all for which the foreigner calls to You, in order that all the peoples of the earth may know Your name, and fear You as do Your people Israel, and that they may know that this house which I have built is called by Your name." 2 Chronicles 6:32-33

Isaiah 56:5-8 confirms God's house is for all people that join themselves as servants to The Lord:

"I will give in my house and within my walls
a monument and a name
better than sons and daughters;
I will give them an everlasting name
that shall not be cut off.

And the foreigners who join themselves to the LORD,
to minister to him, to love the name of the LORD,
and to be his servants,
everyone who keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it,
and holds fast my covenant—
these I will bring to my holy mountain,
and make them joyful in my house of prayer;
their burnt offerings and their sacrifices
will be accepted on my altar;
for my house shall be called a house of prayer
for all peoples.”

The Lord GOD,
who gathers the outcasts of Israel, declares,
“I will gather yet others to him
besides those already gathered.”

In 1948, God began regathering the outcasts of Israel and remember God also promised; "I will gather yet others to him besides those already gathered."

When Yeshua returns, He will keep the seventh month agenda just like Solomon:

"Then Solomon assembled to Jerusalem the elders of Israel and all the heads of the tribes, the leaders of the fathers’ households of the sons of Israel...  All the men of Israel assembled themselves to the king at the feast, that is in the seventh month." 2Chronicles 5:2-3

The trumpets of Revelation will also be heard for the returning Messiah King:

"When the priests came forth from the holy place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without regard to divisions), and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and kinsmen, clothed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps and lyres, standing east of the altar, and with them one hundred and twenty priests blowing trumpets in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the LORD saying, “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God." 2 Chronicles 5:11-14

God's living house will be completed as it was with Solomon by the fulness of the Gentiles and The Lord's promise fulfilled.

"Now the LORD has fulfilled His word which He spoke; for I have risen in the place of my father David and sit on the throne of Israel, as the LORD promised, and have built the house for the name of the LORD, the God of Israel."" 2 Chronicles 6:10

All will respond: "We have sinned, we have committed iniquity and have acted wickedly..." 2 Chronicles 6:37

Then there will be a celebration, like a wedding festival at the final Feast of Dedication and Ingathering like Solomon's but much greater:

"So Solomon observed the feast at that time for seven days, and all Israel with him, a very great assembly who came from the entrance of Hamath to the brook of Egypt.

On the eighth day they held a solemn assembly, for the dedication of the altar they observed seven days and the feast seven days.  Then on the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their tents, rejoicing and happy of heart because of the goodness that the LORD had shown to David and to Solomon and to His people Israel." 2 Chronicles 7:7-10

Zechariah tells us more about the millennium day of the Kingdom. There's still a wise choice to make:

"And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, there will be no rain on them." Zechariah 14:17

The prophet was thinking on the mystery of Messiah and he likely got his message from Chronicles:

“When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because they have sinned against You, and they pray toward this place and confess Your name, and turn from their sin when You afflict them; then hear in heaven and forgive the sin of Your servants and Your people Israel, indeed, teach them the good way in which they should walk. And send rain on Your land which You have given to Your people for an inheritance." 2 Chronicles 6:26-27

Many will be shocked by this when Messiah Yeshua keeps David's ordinance honoring the saints described in Revelation 14:12 as He opens the gates described in Revelation 22:14 to the whole assembly of the House of The Lord:

"Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Yeshua."

"Blessed are those who wash their robes, so that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter by the gates into the city."

Yeshua will give a command like David: "Now according to the ordinance of his father David, he appointed the divisions of the priests for their service, and the Levites for their duties of praise and ministering before the priests according to the daily rule, and the gatekeepers by their divisions at every gate; for David the man of God had so commanded.

And they did not depart from the commandment of the king to the priests and Levites in any manner or concerning the storehouses.

Thus all the work of Solomon was carried out from the day of the foundation of the house of the LORD, and until it was finished.

So the house of the LORD was completed." 2Chronicles 8:14-16

It's up to us to help Yeshua finish the house on the foundation He has built. Tell others about Him, be a gatekeeper until the House is complete.

Shalom.