Bethel Apostasy and Zechariah 3

Warwick (Brooklyn), we have a problem

I am letting anointed Jehovah’s witnesses know, from Jehovah, a big shake-up will occur in the organization prior to great tribulation.

That shake-up may or may not be astounding, as in Zerubbabel’s time, this prophecy:

(Zechariah 3:1-4) And he proceeded to show me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of Jehovah, and Satan standing at his right hand in order to resist him. 2 Then the angel of Jehovah said to Satan: “Jehovah rebuke you, O Satan, yes, Jehovah rebuke you, he who is choosing Jerusalem! Is this one not a log snatched out of the fire?” 3 Now as for Joshua, he happened to be clothed in befouled garments and standing before the angel. 4 Then he answered and said to those standing before him: “Remove the befouled garments from upon him.” And he went on to say to him: “See, I have caused your error to pass away from upon you, and there is a clothing of you with robes of state.”

That Zechariah 3:1-4 prophecy had a solution:

(Zechariah 3:9) Here I am engraving its engraving,’ is the utterance of Jehovah of armies, ‘and I will take away the error of that land in one day.’

The “error of that land” at that time was the lapse in temple completion work from 536 BCE to 520 BCE. That “error” was for 16 years that they had succumbed to the fear of their enemies and stopped the Temple completion work in Jerusalem, a sluggish period that ended when Jehovah cleared the Jews “little problem” to complete the Temple:

(Zechariah 4:7) Who are you, O great mountain? [the temple completion obstacle] Before Zerubbabel you will become a level land. And he will certainly bring forth the headstone. [of the temple]

That “great mountain” were the enemies of the Jews who needed to be exterminated? No, the enemies of the Jews who needed to be neutralized so that the Jerusalem Temple completion work could recommence past the foundation work of 537-536 BCE to the completing Top Stone, Head Stone, Cap Stone being set into an incomplete Temple? No, as the Crowning Beautification to the Jerusalem Temple COMPLETION.

To “remove the error of that land in one day”, Jehovah had to first let the “land” know it had an error through his “Two Prophets” Haggai and Zechariah.

(Ezra 5:1-2) And Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the grandson of Iddo the prophet prophesied to the Jews who were in Judah and in Jerusalem, in the name of the God of Israel who was over them. 2 It was then that Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel and Jeshua the son of Jehozadak got up and started to rebuild the house of God, which was in Jerusalem; and with them there were God’s prophets giving them aid.

Then the meddling Samaritans and Israel’s enemy cabals, who were by violent threat disturbing the temple completion work, needed to be put out of the way. The “great mountain” of enemy opposition that was obstructing the Temple completion work in Jerusalem from 536 BCE to 520 BCE for16 years of complacency and fear lull, a shutdown to the work. [Similar to the lull in today’s “temple completion work” in Jehovah’s witnesses actual significant “new light” of the 14000 Temple completion GUARANTEE in the near future with a similar “error causing”, “befouled garment” producing impediment of fear and opposition into complacency.]

The way this mountain was removed in 520 BCE was as simple as turning King Darius, into King Curious:

(Ezra 5:6-10) Here is a copy of the letter that Tattenai the governor beyond the River and Shethar-bozenai and his colleagues, the lesser governors that were beyond the River, sent to Darius the king; 7 they sent the word to him, and the writing in it was in this manner: “To Darius the king: “All peace!

8 Let it become known to the king that we went to the jurisdictional district of Judah to the house of the great God, and it is being built with stones rolled into place, and timbers are being laid in the walls; and that work is being eagerly done and is making progress in their hands. 9 Then we asked these older men. This is what we said to them: ‘Who put an order through to you to build this house and to finish this beam structure?’ 10 And we also asked them their names, so as to let you know, that we might write the names of the able-bodied men that are at their head.

These Tattenai tattlers wanted to now attempt to secure armed aid from the Persian empire, by insinuating the Jews were illegally, without authorization completing Jehovah’s temple in Jerusalem. Hey, look Darius! King Darius became King Curious:

(Ezra 6:1-12) It was then that Darius the king put an order through, and they made an investigation in the house of the records of the treasures deposited there in Babylon. 2 And at Ecbatana, in the fortified place that was in the jurisdictional district of Media, there was found a scroll, and the memorandum to this effect was written within it:

3 “In the first year of Cyrus the king, Cyrus the king put an order through concerning the house of God in Jerusalem: Let the house be rebuilt…

6 “Now Tattenai the governor beyond the River… 7 Let the work on that house of God alone. The governor of the Jews and the older men of the Jews will rebuild that house of God upon its place. 8 And by me an order has been put through as to what you will do with these older men of the Jews, for rebuilding that house of God; and from the royal treasury of the tax beyond the River the expense will promptly be given to these able-bodied men without cessation…

11 And by me an order has been put through that, as for anybody that violates this decree, a timber will be pulled out of his house and he will be impaled upon it, and his house will be turned into a public privy on this account. 12 And may the God who has caused his name to reside there overthrow any king and people that thrusts his hand out to commit a violation and destroy that house of God, which is in Jerusalem. I, Darius, do put through an order. Let it be done promptly.”

Now can you imagine the look on these enemy faces when instead of armed assistance to resist the Jews, King Darius threatened them with armed extermination IF they obstructed the work any further! And, Tattenai, how much money you got on you? Yeah, give it to the Jews to secure the capital resources to aid the temple completion. Yeah that’s right, your going to help fund the project! LOL

Then, in front of their dropped jaws, literally millions of dollars worth of aid, human and animal resources, materials and perpetual supports rolled out from King Curious’ order to COMPLETE the Jerusalem temple NOW!

Had these troublemakers never uttered a peep, they would have been better off, instead they made Darius curious. The Jews had also appealed to the Cyrus decree as well. Tattenai made certain the issue would be resolved, but not for his desired results. The Samaritan meddlers were of course very disappointed. In front of their faces they saw the temple raised on schedule now, Jehovah’s schedule! LOL

In “one day”, Jehovah removed the impediment that was resisting the Jews, flattening the “great mountain” and even quarrying stones from it’s midst, to complete the temple construction. The “befouling garments” of the people’s identity and the priesthood’s standing with Jehovah which represented that spiritual condition, was made “robes of state” of approved priestly administration literally over night, but officially at that completed temple inauguration.

In one day, by a simple reference to a written official decree, the temple completion was not just guaranteed but paid for and protected by all the power of the Persian empire!

In five years that Temple “Head Stone” crowning beautification was set into place as prophesied, the rest is history. When Jehovah says He will do something you better believe he will do it. After sixteen years of snoozing, hand wringing and fear, the Jews were swept INTO the completion work with millions of dollars worth of materials and aid in that days comparative value, with guaranteed armed assistance to any armed resistance with a Kingly curse too boot!

Jehovah turned a seeming curse into a blessing.

Now Jehovah has by that typical example, assured that the 144000 New Jerusalem Temple will ALSO be Head Stone set upon a completed, not an incomplete temple 144000.

 

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