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The Security Fence – Leading to Messiah’s Temple



December 7, 2003

God Tabernacles With Man – Number 13

The Security Fence – Leading to Messiah’s Temple

The security fence that Israel is building is boxing everyone, including Israel itself into forced negotiations that will finally yield a false peace in the Middle East.

The Palestinian cries to their Islamic brothers, Russia, China, the European Union, and the United States, are sounding out in panic, because they, and the terrorist groups among them, are becoming acutely aware that if they don’t negotiate soon, then there will be nothing to negotiate. They will simply be herded into whatever part of the West Bank has been fenced it, and that will be their new state, whether they like it or not. The terrorists don’t want to be fenced in the West Bank like they are fenced inside the Gaza Strip. They know it will hamper all their activities against Israelis, both civilian and military. Yassar Arafat knows if he doesn’t negotiate soon he will lose at least 30 percent of the West Bank inside the “green line” border, which existed between Jordan and Israel when the West Bank belonged to Jordan. The agreement, signed between the non-government recognized Israeli and Palestinian groups in Geneva this week, was largely pieced together on the part of Palestinians to stop the building of the fence before they lost everything. The security fence, which was first envisioned by Yigal Allon in 1968, but not put into place until Ariel Sharon came on the scene, has done a wonderful job of putting the heat on the Palestinians. Whether the false peace comes by it forcing the Palestinians to negotiate because of it, or by Palestinians being manually forced behind it when it is finished, it will be the fence in the end that produces the false peace. And it is this coming false peace that will be broken to produce the effects of Zechariah 13:8 on the population of the State of Israel.

Zechariah 13:8 – And it shall come to pass, that in all the land, saith the Lord, two parts therein shall be cut off and die; but the third shall be left therein.

Israel’s fence is rattling the cages of all the world leaders. The European Union delivered a stern warning to Israel on Wednesday, declaring that its fence “must not invade” Palestinian territory. The EU is striving for greater Syrian involvement in the Roadmap process started by a quartet sponsoring the Roadmap Plan, of which the EU is a member. At the end of the two-day summit, dominated by the Middle East, some were hoping that the EU would be able to soon conclude an associational agreement with Damascus. Syria is the only member of the European Union’s 12 member Mediterranean club not to have signed the agreement directed against terrorism.

The security fence is also causing the pressure on Syria, from all those who make up the quartet behind the Roadmap, to begin to negotiate for peace in exchange for a return of the Golan Heights, which was occupied by Syria prior to the 1967 war. And Syria announced this week it was willing to restart the stalled negotiations. The deadlocked peace process dominated the two days of discussions in the conference, which drew into it the 25 current, and future EU members, and the 12 states that make up the Mediterranean Partnership, which are mostly Islamic. Libya came as an observer state. This security fence is the key to a false peace in the Middle East. And I am anxious to see it come, one way or the other, for when it does come, and I expect it begin next year, then the stage is set for it being broken, and the Second Advent of Messiah will being in the final true peace at the battle of Armageddon. The Messiah, as the Lion of Judah, will tabernacle with men for a thousand years in Ezekiel’s new temple.

In Number 12, “God Tabernacles With Man,” I exposited on Psalm 102, verses 13 through 16. In verse 16 we were advised that God would one day build up Zion, the city of God we know today as earthly Jerusalem, and would appear in his glory after its building up was completed. In Ezekiel 40:2 the prophet is allowed to see the framework of this future Jerusalem from a distance. Then, from 40:2 to 43, he is given its dimensions to be used for the future construction of it. He is then allowed, in chapter 43, to see Messiah the Prince, Jesus Christ, enter the completed temple radiating the Shekinah glory of God in his bodily presence.

Psalm 102:16 – When the Lord shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.

Ezekiel 40:2 – In the visions of God brought he me into the land of Israel, and set me upon a very high mountain, by which was as the frame of a city on the south.

Ezekiel 43:1-7 – Afterward he brought me to the gate, even the gate that looketh toward the east: [2] And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. [3] And it was according to the appearance of the vision which I saw, even according to the vision that I saw when I came to destroy the city: and the visions were like the vision that I saw by the river Chebar; and I fell upon my face. [4] And the glory of the Lord came into the house by the way of the gate whose prospect is toward the east. [5] So the spirit took me up, and brought me into the inner court; and, behold, the glory of the Lord filled the house. [6] And I heard him speaking unto me out of the house; and the man stood by me. [7] And he said unto me, Son of man, the place of my throne, and the place of the soles of my feet, where I will dwell in the midst of the children of Israel for ever, and my holy name, shall the house of Israel no more defile, neither they, nor their kings, by their whoredom, nor by the carcases of their kings in their high places.

After Messiah’s Second Advent, when he returns to end the final battle of Armageddon and restore Israel to greatness, he will hear their prayer, and will again be their God. Israel and its temple were made spiritually desolate when they rejected their Messiah, but he promised restoration to fellowship with God when he came again, and that they would say blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Messiah will sit on the throne of his father David and reign over the kingdom of Israel. Psalm 102:7, when coupled with the verses before and after it, presents an Israelite nation restored from the destitution of desolation, whose prayers are then received with grace by their Messiah, Jesus Christ.

Psalm 102:17 – He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

Zechariah 13:9 – And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The Lord is my God.

Matthew 23:38,39 – Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. [39] For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Ezekiel 37:21-26 – And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: [22] And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all: [23] Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God. [24] And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them. [25] And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever. [26] Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.

Lord willing, I will continue this exposition of Psalm 102:13-23 in Update Number 150.