... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)

04
April
2013

King David's Palace, Jerusalem's Palace?!

The prophet Jeremiah tells us that Jerusalem's Palace will be restored during the time that God Almighty himself will restore his people to his land, Israel. 

18 The Lord says,
“I will restore my people to their land and have mercy on every family;
Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its palace restored. Jeremiah 30:18
(GNT)

But, which palace is Jerusalem's? And what's the point in rebuilding it, to which end?

This passage in the book of Jeremiah clearly speaks of Jerusalem's palace and not of the Temple. The prophet Ezekiel gave prophecies concerning the restoration of Israel, its capital city Jerusalem and Israel's Kingship when he brings his people back to his land.

... 21 Then tell them that I, the Sovereign Lord, am going to take all my people out of the nations where they have gone, gather them together, and bring them back to their own land. 22 I will unite them into one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. They will have one king to rule over them, and they will no longer be divided into two nations or split into two kingdoms. ... Ezekiel 37:15-16 (GNT)

Why rebuilt a palace in Jerusalem and not in another city of Israel? 
But now I have chosen J e r u s a l e m for my Name to be there, and I have chosen D a v i d to rule my people Israel.’ 2 Chronicles 6:6 (NIV)

And,

... for the Lord Almighty will reign on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, and before its elders—with great glory. Isaiah 24:23 (NIV)

Question is, which palace in Jerusalem is the Jerusalem Palace that will be rebuilt? There were several palace's built in Jerusalem in the past that were not to God's liking - Hosea 8:14 - because at that time his people were not as faithful to him as he desired them to be. Even now in modern Israel there are new palaces built for different purposes in Jerusalem, but still these could not be considered to be the Jerusalem Palace for the same reason they were not in the past. They simply are not in honor of God nor the king he would put in place.   

Would not restoring the real Jerusalem Palace now assert, beside other matters, the Israelites own faithfulness to the Almighty Father?!


King Salomon's palaces

King Salomon also built palaces and even the Temple. Surely his palace would be a strong contender to be the Jerusalem's Palace? 

Salomon built two palaces. First one for himself - 1 Kings 3:1 – which took him thirteen years to built - 1 Kings 7:1-12 - and one for his wife whom was the daughter of a Pharaoh. 
So he built first his palace and afterwards the Temple - built 480 years after exodus out of Egypt, 1 Kings 6:1 - and the wall around Jerusalem.

Salomon, he was also the king that caused the rupture of the Kingdom of Israel - 1 Kings 11 – because he didn't remain faithful to God as his father King David was. Although God did make a promise to David about his son that would succeed him, 2 Samuel 7:14-15 (GNT),

14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him as a father punishes his son. 15 But I will not withdraw my support from him as I did from Saul, whom I removed so that you could be king.

But, King Salomon's palace isn't the strongest contender.


King David's palace

It was King David that conquered Jerusalem - 2 Samuel 5:1-16 - and according to biblical scripture David built his palace there in Jerusalem. The first Israelite palace built in the city of Jerusalem of that period. Where exactly ? David's palace is believed to be located in The City of David, 2 Samuel 5:6-9 (GNT),

6 The time came when King David and his men set out to attack Jerusalem. ... 9 After capturing the fortress, David lived in it and named itDavid's City.” He built the city around it, starting at the place where land was filled in on the east side of the hill.

Several biblical passages speak of King David's palace - 1 Chronicles 17:1 – of its roof terrace - 2 Samuel 11:2 and 13:21-22 – and of the events that happened there after he fled out of Jerusalem after his son Absalom's coup d'etat, 2 Samuel 15:16, 21-22.

The true burial place of King David is also believed - 1 Kings 2:10-11 - to be in The City of David.

So which palace is the Jerusalem Palace referred to in Jeremiah 30?


The Jerusalem Palace

There are great deference between David and Salomon besides David being utterly faithful to God. That is, that he is the only Israelite king – he is from the tribe of Judah – of whom God Almighty made a good example to all those after him, including to his son Salomon 1 Kings 3:14 (GNT),
14 And if you obey me and keep my laws and commands, as your father David did, I will give you a long life.”

Also to the kings of Israel later on when the Kingdom of Israel was split by him into that of Judah and Israel of respectively two and ten tribes, 1 Kings 11:38 (GNT),
38 If you obey me completely, live by my laws, and win my approval by doing what I command, as my servant David did, I will always be with you. I will make you king of Israel and will make sure that your descendants rule after you, just as I have done for David.

God did promise he would keep the memory of King David alive, 1 Kings 11:36 (GNT),
36 but I will let Solomon's son keep one tribe, so that I will always have a descendant of my servant David ruling in Jerusalem, the city I have chosen as the place where I am worshiped.

Further more, 
16 You will a l w a y s  have descendants, and I will make your kingdom last forever. Your dynasty will never end.’”
2 Samuel 7:16 (GNT),

And, when the Almighty Father speaks of the future king of Israel - Ezekiel 37 – he speaks of a descendant of David, not of Salomon.

So, King David's Palace would be the best one to be considered as the Jerusalem Palace! The current state of affairs regarding his palace? King David's Palace has been found in the City of David, where archaeological excavations are on going to this day. But shouldn't rebuilding be the focus?  
12 Your people will rebuild what has long been in ruins, building again on the old foundations. You will be known as the people who rebuilt the walls, who restored the ruined houses.” Isaiah 58:12 (GNT) 

Concerning the Temple of Jerusalem, David did have the wish to built the Temple himself but God forbid him to do this because he was a soldier that fought many battles and while doing so shed peoples blood1 Chronicles 28:3 - and told him by the prophet Nathan that his son would do this, 1 Chronicles 17 and 2 Samuel 7. Today the Temple Institute is one of the organizations dedicated to the rebuilding of the Temple in Israel's capital city of Jerusalem, the one place where God choose to be worshiped, Nehemiah 1:9.
Could it be the past history is a blueprint for the future fulfillment of Jeremiah's prophecy? That is, that the palace will be rebuilt first and afterwards the Temple as in the days of David and Salomon.

Why is the Jerusalem Palace of importance? 


Israel's Jewish identity and future

David's palace being rebuilt, instead of leaving it in ruin, would surely assert Israel's Jewish identity and that of Jerusalem as its capital city.

1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the Lord surrounds his people both now and forevermore.
3 The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, ... Psalm 125 (NIV)

... 2 The Lord said to Satan, “The Lord rebuke you, Satan! The Lord, who has chosen J e r u s a l e m, rebuke you! ... Zechariah 3:1-10 (NIV)

Jerusalem also called the city of the Great King - Psalm 48:3, Matthew 5:35 - and the land of Jerusalem, has been allotted by God to the by him determined righteous Israelites, through Abraham and his descendants. The Israelites as God's eldest son - Exodus 4:22-23 - do have a double portion of what God has in store for humanity.

What is the importance of David's palace and the Temple to Jerusalem - the city God choose for himself to be worshiped by believers - specifically? Together they form the hart of Jerusalem the capital city of Israel. In other words, together they define the Jewishness of Jerusalem, of the State and Kingdom of Israel! The royal and religious seat of the Kingdom of Israel. And in the past also the political center of the nation of Israel.

God Almighty is in the process of establishing his Kingdom within Israel, which will be a political and religious center to stay - Daniel 2 - and which will be of importance to all nations. On mount Zion God will,
... remove the veil of grief covering all people and the mask covering all nations. He will swallow up death forever. ... Isaiah 25:6-9 (GW)

3 and their people will say, “Let us go up the hill of the Lord, to the Temple of Israel's God.
He will teach us what he wants us to do; we will walk in the paths he has chosen.
For the Lord's teaching comes from Jerusalem; from Zion he speaks to his people.” Isaiah 2:3 (GNT)

16 Then all of the survivors from the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go there each year to worship the Lord Almighty as king and to celebrate the Festival of Shelters. Zechariah 14:16 (GNT)

And,

7 “I will bring you to Zion, my sacred hill, give you joy in my house of prayer, and accept the sacrifices you offer on my altar. My Temple will be called a house of prayer for the people of all nations.” Isaiah 56:7c (GNT)

After all the king of Jerusalem and his nation will need their Palace and Temple until the dawn of the time of the ultimate Jerusalem.


The ultimate Jerusalem

Ultimately Jerusalem - the only city's name written in the palm of God's hand, Isaiah 49:16 - will be as prophesied,
5 Then over Mount Zion and over all who are gathered there, the Lord will send a cloud in the daytime and smoke and a bright flame at night. God's glory will cover and protect the whole city. 6 His glory will shade the city from the heat of the day and make it a place of safety, sheltered from the rain and storm. Isaiah 4:2-6
(GNT)

And,
22 I did not see a temple in the city, because its temple is the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb. 23 The city has no need of the sun or the moon to shine on it, because the glory of God shines on it, and the Lamb is its lamp. 24 The peoples of the world will walk by its light, and the kings of the earth will bring their wealth into it. 25 The gates of the city will stand open all day; they will never be closed, because there will be no night there. 26 The greatness and the wealth of the nations will be brought into the city. 27 But nothing that is impure will enter the city, nor anyone who does shameful things or tells lies. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of the living will enter the city. Revelations 21:22-27 (GNT)

Until that ultimate period in time, Jerusalem isn't complete without its Temple and its Palace. 
So, all this means that The City of David including David's Palace is actually a building site, which is more than an interesting archaeological site or a place for recreation and entertainment!

Does its current care takers, City of David, the Ir David Foundation and the Israel Antiquities Authority, realize this? Hopefully they are doing God's bidding in Jerusalem, Israel on the issue of rebuilding King David's, Jerusalem's Palace. But remember Psalm 127:1 (GNT),

1 If the Lord does not build the house,
the work of the builders is useless;
if the Lord does not protect the city,
it does no good for the sentries to stand guard.

God bless you,

 

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