By Steven Merten
All biblical quotes are from the New American Bible.
All bolding, color and underlining of scriptural quotes have been added.
Jesus' words are in red. Bible Abbreviations
It is the Ark of the Covenant that fights for God's people on their way into the Promised Land I. It is the Ark of the Covenant, which is fired back up when Jesus is enthroned on earth at Armageddon. The Ark of the Covenant will lead and fight for Zion in the Restored Kingdom Israel II.
NAB2 REV 15:11Then the seventh angel blew his trumpet. There were loud voices in heaven, saying, 'The kingdom of the world now belongs to our Lord and to his Anointed, and he will reign forever and ever.' The twenty-four elders who sat on their thrones before God prostrated themselves and worshiped God and said: 'We give thanks to you, Lord God almighty, who are and who were. For you have assumed your great power and have established your reign. The nations raged, but your wrath has come, and the time for the dead to be judged, and to recompense your servants, the prophets, and the holy ones and those who fear your name, the small and the great alike, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.' Then God's temple in heaven was opened, and the ark of his covenant could be seen in the temple. There were flashes of lightning, rumblings, and peals of thunder, an earthquake, and a violent hailstorm.
The Ark of the Covenant only has two stones in it. Upon these two stones are written the Ten Commandments. The Ten Commandments are God's covenant with Israel. If Israel obeys God then God will build a great nation of them. God will bestow upon them great gifts from heaven. God will grant them eternal life. If the Israelites fail to obey God then God will put a curse upon them. When people fail to obey God, this is when the lightning bolts fly out from the Ark of the Covenant to destroy Christ's foes.
NAB2 PSA 132:7Let us enter God's dwelling; let us worship at God's footstool. Arise, LORD, come to your resting place, you and your majestic ark. Your priests will be clothed with justice; your faithful will shout for joy. For the sake of David your servant, do not reject your anointed.
The LORD swore an oath to David, a pledge never to be broken: 'Your own offspring I will set upon your throne. If your sons observe my covenant, the laws I shall teach them, Their sons, in turn, shall sit forever on your throne.' Yes, the LORD has chosen Zion, desired it for a dwelling: 'This is my resting place forever; here I will dwell, for I desire it. I will bless Zion with meat; its poor I will fill with bread. I will clothe its priests with blessing; its faithful shall shout for joy. There I will make a horn sprout for David's line; I will set a lamp for my anointed. His foes I will clothe with shame, but on him my crown shall gleam.'
It is crucial for the Israelites to understand that it is God who is leading them. The Israelites must follow the Ten Commandments as the Ten Commandments, existing in the Ark of the Covenant, precede them into the Promised Land I. It is God's Ten Commandments, within the Ark for the Covenant that they are physically following. It is the Ten Commandments that the Israelites must follow, with all their hearts, to enter and remain in the Promised Land.
When God leads the remnant Israel into Zion, it is again the Commandments of God, which they must follow into the restored Promised Land II. If they do not, then Church anathema will cut them off and hurl them out of the Promised Land II. If they again repent and ask for absolution from Church anathema then they may return to the Promised Land II.
The Covenant with God, represented in the Ark of the Covenant, is that to be God's chosen people, we must obey God's Ten Commandments. To obey God is to love God. Loving God is man's purpose in life. To disobey God is to hate God. Loving God is greater than man's physical or spiritual life.
NAB2 1KI 8:9There was nothing in the ark but the two stone tablets which Moses had put there at Horeb, when the LORD made a covenant with the Israelites at their departure from the land of Egypt.
NAB2 1Ch 22:18'Is not the LORD your God with you? Has he not given you rest on every side? Indeed, he has delivered the occupants of the land into my power, and the land is subdued before the LORD and his people. Therefore, devote your hearts and souls to seeking the LORD your God. Proceed to build the sanctuary of the LORD God, that the ark of the covenant of the LORD and God's sacred vessels may be brought into the house built in honor of the LORD.'
NAB2 JOS 3:11The ark of the covenant of the LORD of the whole earth will precede you into the Jordan. (Now choose twelve men, one from each of the tribes of Israel.) When the soles of the feet of the priests carrying the ark of the LORD, the Lord of the whole earth, touch the water of the Jordan, it will cease to flow; for the water flowing down from upstream will halt in a solid bank. The people struck their tents to cross the Jordan, with the priests carrying the ark of the covenant ahead of them. No sooner had these priestly bearers of the ark waded into the waters at the edge of the Jordan, which overflows all its banks during the entire season of the harvest, than the waters flowing from upstream halted, backing up in a solid mass for a very great distance indeed, from Adam, a city in the direction of Zarethan; while those flowing downstream toward the Salt Sea of the Arabah disappeared entirely. Thus the people crossed over opposite Jericho. While all Israel crossed over on dry ground, the priests carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD remained motionless on dry ground in the bed of the Jordan until the whole nation had completed the passage.
The Ark of the Covenant dried up the Jordan River so the Israelites could cross over into the Promised Land I. In Isaiah 11, God smashes the fierce Euphrates (Assyrian descendant secular world power) into seven streamlets, with His Ark of the Covenant, to build a highway for the Remnant of Israel to return home. The Remnant Israel return home by abiding God's Ten Commandments.
It is God's Ten Commandments which, fight through Church anathema, which defeat, destroy and dispossess the wicked from the Promised Land II in the future era of the Apocalypse. In the days of Joshua he battled his way into the Promised Land I with God destroying his enemies through the Ark of the Covenant. In the Ark of the Covenant was God's Ten Commandments. It will be the same at the future Battle of Armageddon. It is at Armageddon that Immanuel takes over as ruler of the world. The ark of the covenant, wreaking spiritual death destruction on the wicked, through Church anathema, will enthrone Jesus as King of the world on our way into the Promised Land II of Zion.
NAB ISA 11:4 The Rule of Immanuel.But a shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him: a spirit of wisdom and of understanding, A spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD. Not by appearance shall he judge, nor by hearsay shall he decide, But he shall judge the poor with justice, and decide aright for the land's afflicted. He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked. Justice shall be the band around his waist, and faithfulness a belt upon his hips. Then the wolf shall be a guest of the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; The calf and the young lion shall browse together, with a little child to guide them. The cow and the bear shall be neighbors, together their young shall rest; the lion shall eat hay like the ox. The baby shall play by the cobra's den, and the child lay his hand on the adder's lair. There shall be no harm or ruin on all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD, as water covers the sea. On that day, The root of Jesse, set up as a signal for the nations, The Gentiles shall seek out, for his dwelling shall be glorious. On that day, The Lord shall again take it in hand to reclaim the remnant of his people that is left from Assyria and Egypt, Pathros, Ethiopia, and Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the isles of the sea. He shall raise a signal to the nations and gather the outcasts of Israel; The dispersed of Judah he shall assemble from the four corners of the earth. The envy of Ephraim shall pass away, and the rivalry of Judah be removed; Ephraim shall not be jealous of Judah, and Judah shall not be hostile to Ephraim; But they shall swoop down on the foothills of the Philistines to the west, together they shall plunder the Kedemites; Edom and Moab shall be their possessions, and the Ammonites their subjects. The LORD shall dry up the tongue of the Sea of Egypt, and wave his hand over the Euphrates in his fierce anger And shatter it into seven streamlets, so that it can be crossed in sandals. There shall be a highway for the remnant of his people that is left from Assyria, As there was for Israel when he came up from the land of Egypt.
NAB ISA 9:1The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone. You have brought them abundant joy and great rejoicing, As they rejoice before you as at the harvest, as men make merry when dividing spoils. For the yoke that burdened them, the pole on their shoulder, And the rod of their taskmaster you have smashed, as on the day of Midian. For every boot that tramped in battle, every cloak rolled in blood, will be burned as fuel for flames. For a child is born to us, a son is given us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace. His dominion is vast and forever peaceful, From David's throne, and over his kingdom, which he confirms and sustains By judgment and justice, both now and forever.The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this!