A Place I Will Put My Name
Deuteronomy 12:5 “But unto the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come:” 12:11 “Then there shall be a place which the LORD your God shall choose to cause his name to dwell there; thither shall ye bring all that I command you; your burnt offerings, and your sacrifices, your tithes, and the heave offering of your hand, and all your choice vows which ye vow unto the LORD:” 12:21 “If the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to put his name there be too far from thee, then thou shalt kill of thy herd and of thy flock, which the LORD hath given thee, as I have commanded thee, and thou shalt eat in thy gates whatsoever thy soul lusteth after.” 14:23-24 “And thou shalt eat before the LORD thy God, in the place which he shall choose to place his name there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herds and of thy flocks; that thou mayest learn to fear the LORD thy God always. And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it; or if the place be too far from thee, which the LORD thy God shall choose to set his name there, when the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:” 14:26 “And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the LORD thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou, and thine household,” 16:2 “Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the passover unto the LORD thy God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which the LORD shall choose to place his name there.” 16:6 “But at the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt.”
We know that place is Jerusalem. The first time this place is mentioned is in Genesis 14:18-20. “And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.” The Hebrew word for Salem is shalem (shaw-lame’) which means peaceful and was the early name for Jerusalem. Later, in the story of Abraham offering up Isaac in Genesis 22:2-14 we see that he called the name of the place by the name for God – Jehovah-jireh in Genesis 22:14. “And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.” This is the same place that became Jerusalem. The Hebrew is Yehovah yireh (yeh-ho-vaw’ yir-eh’) and is a symbolic name for Mount Moriah, which is where God told Abraham to go make the sacrifice in verse Genesis 22:2. “And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.”
It is from the combination of the name Jehovah in chapter 22 and the name Salem from Chapter 14 that comes the final name of that place we call Jerusalem. Shalom is the Hebrew for peace. The shape of the original city of David, which included the Temple Mount area was in the shape of the first letter of the traditional name of God – Yahweh (put into English letters it is YHVH). There is no ‘J’ in the Hebrew alphabet. God said he would take them to a place that He would put His name. Then the place or hill of the skull, or what is today called Gordon’s Calvary, named after the man who found it, where Jesus died on the cross is in elevation about sea level, 777 feet, God’s complete number 7 and this number is perfection.
I wish I had copies of photographs I have seen. One large un-retouched satellite photograph from Israel showed dark shadows in the mountains that were in the exact shape of Hebrew letters. They were in three areas. On the top was the Hebrew letter meaning ‘Because’. Then under that the letters spelling ‘Luz’ which is the old name for Bethel. And then below that the letters spelling ‘Yahweh’ and ‘Fruitful.’ Put together in order the way Hebrew is read, you get the following. ‘Because (of) Luz (Bethel) Yahweh (has made) Fruitful.’
Jerusalem is in the shape of the Hebrew letter Shin (ש) the 21st letter of the Hebrew alphabet and it is the letter on all the Mazuzah’s in Israel which means doorpost. When you see that name by itself it stands for the name of God, either Shaddai, or El Shaddai. When the priests in the Old Testament would raise his hands to bless the people with the blessing of Numbers 6:24-26, he would put his thumbs together and open his hands to form the letter Shiyn twice. The blessing: “The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.”
Why did God pick Jerusalem as the place in which to put His name? First of all in a map of the earth, properly laid out flat, Jerusalem is the very center of the earth land mass or navel of the earth. There seems to be a connection to the ancient Garden of Eden and Jerusalem. If you were to ask many scholars where the Garden of Eden was, they would give you different answer like; it was located at the base of the Persian Gulf or it was located in Iran or Iraq and some even places like Ethiopia. Why do they say this? In Genesis chapter 2, it tells us that the main river parted into 4 heads. Genesis 2:10-14 “And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads. The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold; And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone. And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia. And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.”
Josephus and other historians give us additional information that give us this conclusion. The Euphrates River is still there with the same name and runs for 1800 miles. The Hebrew word in Daniel 10:4 for the great river, Hiddekel is also translated Tigris according to the Strong’s Concordance and other references they are the same river, a boundary river between Iran and Iraq. Josephus said that the Ethiopians called the Nile River the Gihon River. Genesis 2:13 tells us that it starts in Ethiopia or Cush which is the old name for Ethiopia. It doesn’t start in Egypt but in Ethiopia and runs upward into Egypt and it ends in the Mediterranean ocean there. The Pison River in Genesis 2:11 was in the area of Saudia Arabia. The boundaries of the Garden of Eden stretched all the way from the Nile River to the Tigris River. If you take a map and put Jerusalem in the middle and put the headwaters of these rivers in a diamond shape (North to South) you get a 1500-mile square diamond with Jerusalem in the center of it. Revelation 21:10, 16 “And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, … And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.” The New Jerusalem is also 1500 miles square when converted, as was the Garden of Eden. Amazing? When that city comes down from heaven we know where it will lie.
The original Garden of Eden was on a mountain. Ezekiel 28:13-14 “Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.” This prophecy of Satan tells about a holy mountain. In the heavens was a paradise. Hebrews 12:22 “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,” Revelation 14:1 “And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.” 2 Corinthians 12:4 “How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter.”
God is worshipped on a holy mountain. When Satan fell he came to another mountain on which was the Tree of Life. In the Bible the place known today as the Temple Mount is called ‘The Holy Mountain.’ Isaiah 27:13 “And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the LORD in the holy mount at Jerusalem.” 2 Peter 1:18 “And this voice which came from heaven we heard, when we were with him in the holy mount.” It’s the same terminology used to describe Jerusalem and the Holy Mountain in heaven where God is worshipped. In the time of the Garden it says it was Eastward in Eden or the East side of the Garden. Genesis 2:8-9 “And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.”
God meets with man in the cool of the evening until man sins, and then man sewed fig leaves to cover his nakedness. Genesis 3:7-10 “And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.” So we know there were fig trees in the area. Genesis 3:24 “So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” They were expelled to the East side or the East entrance to the Garden, which is where the Eastern Gate stands today. There it says the land has been cursed with thorns and thistles. Genesis 3:17-18 “And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;” Today, if you come out of the East gate in Jerusalem is nothing but the Judean Wilderness. There is nothing that grows there to speak of, it is dead ground – rock and desert – no trees – dry and desolate. Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.”
There were the two trees – the Tree of Life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we have the fig trees and man coming out of the East entrance in front of which is cursed land and the promise of redemption. When you go 2500 feet down in elevation from Jerusalem toward the Dead Sea you come to what was one of the oldest cities in the world, Jericho, which no longer exists but you can see the remains. Nearby there was also the city known as the city of Adam. There are signs pointing to it today, though it like Jericho, is no longer a city. It also is one of the oldest cities in existence going back to the time of Joshua when he crossed the Jordan River.
Genesis 4:1-8 “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.” After Adam and Eve leave the Garden, Cain and Abel are born and Cain killed his brother Abel. The name Abel appears numerous times in scripture with locations. Abel is at the slopes of Mt. Herman in 2 Samuel 20:14-15,18. “And he went through all the tribes of Israel unto Abel, and to Bethmaachah, and all the Berites: and they were gathered together, and went also after him. And they came and besieged him in Abel of Bethmaachah, and they cast up a bank against the city, and it stood in the trench: and all the people that were with Joab battered the wall, to throw it down… Then she spake, saying, They were wont to speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter.” Abel-meholah near Bethlehem in 1Kings 19:16, Abel-mizraim near Hebron in Genesis 50:11, Abel-shittim in the plains of Moab near the Dead Sea in Numbers 33:49, Abel-keramim in Judges 11:33 translated as plain of the vineyards in the KJV and there are many other such references. Cain killed Abel on a threshing floor because that is where they built their altars and offered their sacrifices. The purpose of mentioning these names of Abel and locations is because there is a purpose in the references of the Bible that show that area linked to Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel and that these things didn’t happen somewhere down in the area of Kuwait and other Muslim areas as some think. All these things happened around the area of Jerusalem, which was the area of the Garden of Eden, where Adam and Eve lived.
On one side of Jerusalem, in a rock quarry, they have found the oldest known fossil of a snake that had legs. Yes, a snake and not a lizard. And doesn’t that follow and make sense? God’s curse against the snake was that it would crawl on its belly. Genesis 3:14 “And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:”
Why did God call Abraham back to a mountain where Jerusalem stands? Genesis 22:2 “And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.” Moriah is one of the three mountains where Jerusalem stands. Moriah is the same mountain as Golgatha. Adam built the first altar there, which was destroyed by the flood. When Solomon rebuilt the temple on the temple mount, he built an Eastern gate. When a person walked into that Eastern Gate, he was looking right at the front of the temple, which had a veil with a Cherub on it. So let us assume that is where the Garden of Eden was and it was there that the tree of Life stood. Then when God sent them away from the Garden he put two cherubs with flaming swords to block the East entrance to the Garden. Could it be that is why Solomon put the Holy of Holies with the Ark of the Covenant on that particular spot on that particular mountain and that as God came down to talk with man in the Garden, there he came down to talk with man once a year on the Day of Atonement when the blood was sprinkled on the Mercy Seat for the sins of the people? Notice all the parallels.
Then Jesus comes there. Matthew 21:1, 19 “And when they drew nigh unto Jerusalem, and were come to Bethphage, unto the mount of Olives, then sent Jesus two disciples,… And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.” When Jesus is coming to enter Jerusalem, he comes to Bethphage, a place just behind the Mount of Olives and he curses a fig tree. Now in the Garden of Eden were two special trees and nearby there were fig trees. Let us assume that the Tree of Life was on the Temple Mount, the sacred Mount where God came down to visit men and dwell in their midst. Before he gets to the Temple Mount he curses a fig tree, the tree Adam and Eve got leaves from to cover their nakedness and says it will have no more fruit forever. When Jesus entered the area of the Temple Mount riding on a donkey, He had to come through the Eastern Gate and cross a ramp. The children are yelling Hosanna, he come before the Temple with the veil that had Cherubs blocking the way into God’s presence as the Cherubs had blocked the way to the Tree of Life. Then during the trial Jesus was given a crown of thorns. The only area in the world that grows thorns that could have made that crown is right there in that area, where God cursed the ground and caused it to bring forth thorns and thistles.
Now there are two places that are traditional sites for the crucifixion. The Catholic site on which they built the Church of the Holy Sepulchure and the other site which is called Gordon’s Calvary, which is the traditional Protestant site. But we know He wasn’t crucified twice or in two places so obviously somebody is wrong. Constantine’s mother went to the area and tried to find all the significant sites having to do with Christ and His passion and there built churches. But we know that Christ was crucified on Golgatha, the place or hill of the skull and it is called that because according to the early church fathers in the first century, Adam’s skull was found there. Also Calvary literally means skull or cranium. The road up the Mount of Olives is called the ascent of the Adams. Why is it called that? When Jesus was on the cross, the centurion saw the veil torn and said “Truly this was the Son of God.” Matthew 27:51-54 “And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.” You could only see the veil in front of the temple from one direction and it isn’t from the direction of the Church of the Holy Sepulchure, but from the direction of the Mount of Olives. So Jesus was crucified on Calvary or Golgotha, the place of the skull. John 19:17-18 “And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha: Where they crucified him, and two others with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.” Luke 23:33 “And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left.” There he was looking at the veil in front of the Temple for a blasphemer was to be stoned in the face of God according to the law. When he cried, “It is finished”, the veil was torn in two, symbolizing that the Cherub were no longer blocking the entrance into the Holy of Holies and the presence of God, and we are no longer banned from coming to the spiritual Tree of Life, there where the physical Tree of Life might have stood.
Now we won’t know if any of these things are actually true until we stand in His presence, but the parallels sure are interesting and God does so many such parallels between the natural and the spiritual and He told us that it was first the natural and then the spiritual and everything of the spiritual real and that which is in heaven has a physical parallel in this realm and life. God put a testimony of Himself in all of creation and everything that He has done and He causes things to follow patterns as a witness and testimony of Himself as all of creation is after the pattern of God Himself, as a trinity. Man is a trinity, time is a trinity, matter is a trinity, and space is a trinity because God is a trinity.
Now, all the facts that come from scriptural and historical study seems to indicate that Jerusalem is a special place in the economy of God. It is fitting that all should end up right where it all began. God said it was a place he would put His name. If you take your right hand and split the two smallest fingers and the next two fingers and the thumb just right you will make the shape of the 21st letter of the Hebrew alphabet pronounced Shin (ש) which represents the name of God and is on all the doorposts in Jerusalem. By itself that letter can also represent Shadday (shad-dah’ee), the Almighty as used in Genesis 17:1. “And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.” Laid down flat, the letter Shiyn is the shape of the mountains of Jerusalem. On the right, the thumb would represent the Eastern Gate and the Mount of Olives. As you go down to your palm that is the area of the Kidron Valley. The Kidron Valley then comes up on the left side into the Valley of Hinnon or Gehenna, the Greek word for hell in the New Testament, the place where they burned their children to Moloch and where in the time of Christ they burned their trash in which there was a perpetual fire because it was the garbage dump and place where they threw dead animals. They call it hell. On the right side between your thumb and fingers was the Holy side of the Temple Mount. In between your two sets of fingers is where the Tyrophoen Valley is. The letter Shin is almost like the letter W but there is no separation at the bottom, it’s more like a big U with another line put in the middle. The middle valley is the Tyrophoen valley and to the right of it is the area of the Temple Mound and the City of David that is in the shape of the 1st letter of the Hebrew Alphabet. To the right of the temple mount is the Mount of Olives.
In Luke 16:22-26 the rich man died and went to hell, the beggar died and went to paradise and in between the two was a gulf that separated them. Looking again at your hand split in three parts you can make the image of the 21st letter of the Hebrew alphabet. That letter you will see all through Israel on their doorposts. They put a little box of metal or ceramic tile with that letter on it that they kiss when they enter and it is that Hebrew letter that stands for the name of God. When you lay that letter down it is the shape of the mountains of Jerusalem. When God looked down upon those mountains in the shape of that Hebrew letter in Abraham ‘s day, God told Abraham that He would take him to a place that He would put His name. God chose that city to be the place where He would take Abraham and where Isaac would be offered, on the same mountain upon which Jesus died. God chose that city where Solomon would build the Temple and where Jesus would die and be buried and raised from the dead. God choose that city to be the place from which Jesus would ascend into Heaven and to where He will return. Zechariah 14:4 “And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.” Revelation 20:4-6 “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.”
When you consider what in happening in Israel in recent times you have to consider Isaiah 11:14 “But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall spoil them of the east together: they shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab; and the children of Ammon shall obey them.” 60:8-9 “Who are these that fly as a cloud, and as the doves to their windows? Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the LORD thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee.” Notice the word ‘fly’. In 1669 Increase Mathers wrote: “When once again God shall begin this work of Israel’s salvation, it shall be carried on with swift and irresistible might… all motions when they come near center are quite swift. The Israelites at their return shall even fly…” In the return of the Jews to Israel they have returned by flying in planes. Sir Isaac Newton said that the Bible talked about the Hebrew people flying and predicted that one-day men would fly and the Jews would fly back to their own country. Numerous writing and prophecies about flight were made based upon the scriptures concerning Israel. Voltaire made fun of them and said: “didn’t they know that if you travel 50 miles per hour your heart will stop.” Today the Israeli airport is on the costs or shoulder of the area that was the land of the Philistines. So when the planes land at that airport it can be said that they have ‘flown upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west.’ That is geographically correct along with the fact that they are flying as prophesied.