The Mountain of the House of the LORD|
An easy way to understand the
Let us begin with Isaiah 2:2-4. This passage describes “the mountain of the house of the LORD.” Students of the Bible will know that this is a reference to
However, it must be understood that the mountain here is used as a figure and does not describe the literal land in
Regarding this mountain, Isaiah revealed his vision of events that would happen in “the last days” (this establishes a timeframe that we will further consider below). These events are: 1) the mountain would be established above all other mountains; 2) all nations would come to the mountain to learn the word of God that would come forth from it; and 3) the nations would enjoy peace in the mountain. Therefore, the kingdom that would be established in the last days would be greater than all other kingdoms, the source from which the word of God would issue, and the place of peace for all nationalities of people.
Now consider Daniel 2:24-45. Daniel gave King Nebuchadnezzar of
The main event of this dream was the crushing of the statue by the stone. Daniel explained that this represented the establishment of the eternal
Finally, consider Joel 2:28-32 together with Acts 2:14-36. This passage in Acts records Peter’s gospel sermon given by inspiration of the Holy Spirit on the Day of Pentecost after Jesus ascended to heaven. In this sermon, Peter quoted the passage from Joel and said, “This is what was spoken through the prophet Joel.” Therefore, whatever Joel foretold began to occur on that day in the first century. The timeframe given by Joel was simply “after this,” but by divine inspiration, Peter gave the timeframe as “in the last days” (compare to Isa. 2:2; Dan. 2:28). Therefore, the period of the last days was in effect as Peter spoke (during Roman rule).
Peter explained that Joel’s prophecy was about the coming of the Holy Spirit and His miraculous acts that would accompany the revelation of the way of salvation. Then, he went on to explain that Jesus had ascended to the Father and had been seated on the throne of David, where He now rules as Lord and Christ. Although Peter did not quote it, Joel also mentioned the figure of the mountain. He wrote, “For on
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