posted by roshavotJuly 24, 2010

I go to prepare what place for whom?

 
The Father’s House was the Temple in Jerusalem

Joh 14:1-2a Let not your heart be troubled; ye believe in YHVH, believe also in me. In my Father's House…

The Father’s House was the Temple in Jerusalem.

Luk 2:49 And Yeshua said unto them, "How is it that ye sought me? Know ye not that I must be in the House of my Father (from the Syriac and Persic versions)”?

Joh 2:16 And said unto them that sold doves at the Temple, “Take these things hence; make not my Father's House an house of merchandise”.

Chamber of Hewn Stone

 
the Chamber of Hewn Stone

When the Temple (Beit HaMikdash) was built, a special chamber was included. It was known as the Chamber of Hewn Stone (Lish'kat HaGazit). This is where the Judges sat when they presided over capital cases.

Joh 14:2b …are many mansions (The word "many" is the Hebrew word rab; which means: abundant, great, and chief. And, the word "mansion" is the Hebrew word moshab: dwelling, assembly, and seat. The "many mansions" are the chief seats of the Judges). If it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you (for the Twelve, Joh 20:24).

Mat 19:28 And Yeshua said unto them, “Verily I say unto you who have followed me in the Day of Judgment, when the Son of Man shall sit upon the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel". (See Rev 20:4-5).

Luk 22:29-30 And I appoint unto you a Kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; that ye may eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Paradise

 
Paradise in Hebrew means an orchard

The word "paradise" in Hebrew is "pardes", and means an orchard (Song 4:13) or a forest (Neh 2:8).

Joh 14:3 And if I go and prepare a position of authority for you I will return, and receive you unto myself; that where I am when I return, there ye may be also.

Yeshua will be in his Kingdom (Israel), when he returns.

Luk 23:42-43 And the malefactor said unto Yeshua, "Adoni, remember me when you come into your Kingdom". And Yeshua said unto him, “Verily I say unto you, that Day shalt thou be with me in paradise".

The Hebrew phrase" ha yom" means “that day”, "the day” or "today".

The Day referred to in the answer of Yeshua to the malefactor was the same as that to which the malefactor directed his attention: the Day of his coming; the Day of the Kingdom, 2Tim 4:1.

Paradise was the Land of Israel. It will be restored in the Messianic Kingdom.

Isa 51:3 For YHVH shall comfort Zion; he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of YHVH; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

Eze 36:35 And they shall say, “This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited”.

Deu 26:15 Look down from thy private habitation, from heaven, and bless thy People Israel, and the Land which thou hast given us, as thou swore unto our fathers, a land that flows with milk and honey (a land of shepherds and farmers).

2Cor 12:1-5 I will move on to subjective visions and objective revelations of YHVH. I know a man of the Messiah who was caught away until the third heaven, 14 years ago (that is, he was taken into a future called the "third heaven", 2Pet 3:13. The first heaven lasted until the Flood, 2Pet 3:5-6. The second heaven is our current reality, 2Pet 3:7 -- cp. Isa 66:1 & Eze 43:6-7; Mat 5:34-35). Whether he was in a body ("in a gathering", that is, shown a subjective vision that will affect him and those with him) or outside of the body (told an objective revelation), I don't know; Elohim knows. I know that this man -- whether in a body or apart from the body I do not know (Paul does not know if this person will be a participant or a non-participant, when the prophecy is fulfilled), Elohim knows -- was carried off to paradise (to the future Messianic Kingdom in Israel).

Paradise was never located in the center of the earth, a notion derived from a misunderstanding of First Peter 3:18-20: "The Messiah of Israel also hath once suffered because of sins, the just on behalf of the unjust, that he might return you to YHVH, being put to death on one hand by flesh (Act 2:22-23), but resurrected on the other hand by an oath (Act 2:29-30; 2Cor 1:20-22; consider Gen 50:25); by an oath also He went, and made a proclamation to the imprisoned spirits (Gen 6:17-19. Noah's audiences were real people, not phantasms or ethereal beings. The allusion to "imprisoned spirits" refers to the entombed ringleaders who were made infamous by their motives and their deeds, Pro 16:2-3, NASB), who in the past were disobedient, when Elohim patiently waited in the days of Noah while an ark was being prepared; and in it, a few -- that is, eight people were saved from water.

Way, truth and life

 
The “way, truth, and life” describe the ministry of the High Priest within the veil

Joh 14:4-6 You know the way where I am going (Joh 14:28-29; Heb 6:16-20 & Lev 16:17). Thomas saith unto him, Adoneinu, we know not whither thou go; and how can we know the way? Yeshua saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life; no one cometh unto the Father, but through me.

The “way, truth, and life” describe the ministry of the High Priest within the veil, acting as mediator and judge (Isa 11:3-4).

Zec 6:12-13 Thus speaks YHVH of the Armies of Israel (1Sam 17:45), saying, "Behold, a man whose name is the Shoot, and who shall shoot up out of his place, and rebuild the Temple of YHVH; even he shall repair the Temple of YHVH; and he shall bear the glory of the Temple while he sits and rules upon his throne (indeed there shall be a priest upon his throne); and the counsel of Shalom (the counsel of the Melchisedec, Gen 14:18) shall be between them both (between the Temple and the throne)".

Heb 7:21-26a For those high priests were made without an oath; but this high priest with an oath, through this saying in Psalm 110:4 regarding him, "YHVH swore and will not repent, thou art a high priest for ever after the status of the Melchisedec". By so much was Yeshua made a pledge of a more advantageous covenant. And they truly were many high priests; because once a high priest died he was no longer high priest. But this high priest, because he continues ever, has a perpetual priesthood. Wherefore he is able also to defend them to the uttermost that come unto YHVH by him, seeing he ever lives to make intercession for them. For such an high priest fits us, who is set apart, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners.

The word sinner in Hebrew is chata. It is Strong's #2398, and means to forfeit or to bear loss, as in Gen 31:39. The "sinners" in our text are priests who forfeited their opportunity to serve in the Temple. See Num 16:36-38; Num 19:5-8; Hag 2:11-15. By illustration, Yeshua avoided contact with Mary on his way up to the Father's House to present himself to the priests (Num 6:6,13) because Mary had been among the tombs (Joh 20:11,17).

Heb 7:26b-28 That is, exalted higher than the heavens (a metaphor, exemplifying the high-priesthood after the status of the Melchisedec); who needs not daily, as those high priests (the sons of Aaron), to offer a victim, first in behalf of his own sins, and then the People's; for this he did once, when he offered himself (an act of obedience -- not substitution). For the Torah makes men high priests who are able to die; but the word of this oath (referring to the status of the Melchisedec, vs. 21), which accompanied the Torah, makes the Son, who is perfect (incorruptible and immortal) a high priest for evermore.

The Way & Life: (Heb 10:19-20) Having therefore, brethren (fellow Temple priests), boldness to enter into the holy place (the Way) by the blood (the Life) of Yeshua, by a recent and living way (which he hath rededicated for us) through the first veil (see Heb 9:1-2 in the chapter entitled "Old & New"), that is to say, his flesh.

The Truth: (Heb 10:21-23) And having an high priest over the House of Elohim (the Temple); let us (the Temple priests) approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled because of a troubled conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water (the Truth, Num 19; Joh 15:3; 17:17; Eph 5:26). Let us hold fast the acknowledgment of our faith without wavering; for he is truthful that promised.

Conclusion

 

John Chapter 14 is describing the future judicial system in the Messianic Kingdom.