"2 "Better it is to go to the house of mourning than to go to the banquet house, because it is the end of all mankind; and the one alive should take it to his heart. 3 Better is vexation than laughter, for by the crossness of the face the heart becomes better. 4 The heart of the wise one is in the house of mourning, but the heart of the stupid one is in the house of rejoicing. 5 Better it is to hear the rebuke of someone wise, than to be the man hearing the song of the stupid ones." (Eccl 7:2-5)
The more deeply we study, pray, and meditate on God's written word, the more we will begin to understand that there are ultimately only THREE contexts or settings that are being considered at any given time. These three settings would be that of a spiritual death of God's nation or people, their spiritual rebirth, or the situation that lies directly in between these two spiritual conditions. The scriptures refer to this interim period in which Jehovah's "rock," "crag," or "secure height of salvation" is being "struck" and "split in two" as a spiritual "BAPTISM," or even a "baptism of HOLY SPIRIT AND FIRE" due to the fact that that this phenomenon is all about a spiritual cleansing and rebirth of his "nation" or "kingdom." (Ez 22:18-22) (Mal 3:3) (Mt 3:11)
Yet another thing we will eventually come to recognize is the fact that the VAST MAJORITY of the scriptures are to be found in the context of this baptismal period, and this is because this setting is BY FAR the most critical one for Jehovah's prophets and anointed ones to grasp. The above passages here in Ecclesiastes are among MANY THOUSANDS of examples of this. However the fact is that ALL such "proverbs" or "wise sayings" ("sayings of understanding") (Pr 1:2) found in the Bible will begin to make much more sense to us when we begin to appreciate TWO ADDITIONAL things here which are ALSO rather key or critical for us to grasp. What might these be?
Not only should we begin recognizing Bible books like Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and in fact essentially the ENTIRE BIBLE as basically a large grouping of puzzle pieces to be fitted into one of these three available settings, but also that these proverbs or WISE sayings of priceless "hidden" scriptural treasure (Pr 2:4) are in fact ultimately representing the manner in which the "faithful and WISE slaves" or "DISCREET virgins" begins to distinguish themselves from the "wicked and sluggish" or "foolish virgins" IN THIS CONTEXT OF A SPIRITUAL BAPTISM! Yes, this distinction being represented here between these two entities is simply YET ANOTHER way that the Bible points prophetically and symbolically to this division that ALWAYS commences when WHAT WAS Jehovah's "rock" or "secure height of salvation" is once again in a "WILDERNESS" setting, being "struck" and "split in two" in preparation for yet another of the foretold "seven times" that his nation would need to be cleansed and reborn. (Da 4:23, 32)
Once again, this "wilderness" context is due to the fact that the moment the marriage covenant is violated with spiritual adultery, what WAS God's nation or kingdom is ALREADY off of its soil or land in a SPIRITUAL sense, or otherwise now qualifies as a spiritual FOREIGNER like a figurative "Nebuchadnezzar" or even a "Syrian army chief" who is now in line for yet another of his figurative foretold "seven plunges into the Jordan River." (2 Ki 5:14) Rest assured it is no coincidence that it is the moment in which Jehovah's prophets or "two witnesses" are represented also there in Revelation 11 as experiencing a spiritual "CONQUERING" or "KILLING" that they are now pictures as being NOT In Israel, but rather on the "broad way of the GREAT CITY which in a SPIRITUAL sense is called Sodom and Egypt, WHERE THEIR LORD WAS ALSO IMPALED." (Re 11:7, 8) Just as pointed out in MANY scriptures such as Isaiah 1:21, the moment this "apostasy" or spiritual unfaithfulness occurs on the part of Jehovah's appointed shepherding class, what WAS up until that moment "the faithful town" or Israel, "BECOMES a prostitute" or even a "great harlot." (Re 17:18)
It is absolutely IMPERATIVE we understand that just as has been demonstrated for us with THOUSANDS OF YEARS of scriptural history, there is NEVER more than ONE nation or "religion" on the earth that is recognized by Jehovah as HIS "special property" or "people." This is REGARDLESS of the fact that other nations/religions could be recognized as directly RELATED to God's people, such as was in fact represented for us with ancient nations that SURROUNDED Israel, such as Edom, Moab, and Ammon. (De 2:4, 5 18:19)
In other words, just as it is only a WIFE that is ever in a position to commit adultery, at any given time there is only ONE nation/"religion" on the earth that is even in a POSITION to break Jehovah's marital or kingdom "covenant" and consequently qualify as this "Great" spiritual "prostitute" or "harlot." When it comes time now for this "prostitute" to be "struck" and "split in two," the only question at this point is how might some of what would now qualify as spiritual "virgins" and even "widows" (due to what is now the nonexistence of marital relations with Jehovah) begin to distinguish themselves as more resembling the figurative "RAHAB the harlot" as opposed to the figurative "JEZEBEL" one? (Jos 2:1)
Yes this is YET ANOTHER way in which the scriptures have represented the divide that must now occur between the figurative NebuchadNezzar entity vs the NebuchadRezzar one. ONE of these two "prostitutes" will ultimately be hurled violently down from a figurative window in the wall of a great city and be eaten by the dogs, while the other will be lowered gently down in a basket along with her entire household and subsequently be WEDDED to a figurative JUDEAN PRINCE! (Ac 9:25 (2 Cor 11:33) (Mt 1:5) This wedding of course represents the renewal of the broken marriage covenant. (Mt 25:10)
Are we beginning to understand this symbolic spiritual language which absolutely PERMEATES the entire Bible? If so, let's now take a second look at the above cited text there in Ecclesiastes as well as some more scriptural examples of how this division between what are now TWO women here in the spiritual "wilderness" are represented symbolically in the scriptures, and see if we can begin to better understand how they can help us to begin being recognized by Jehovah as more resembling the RAHAB manifestation rather than the Jezebel one.
"2 "Better it is to go to the house of mourning than to go to the banquet house, because it is the END OF ALL MANKIND; and the one alive should take it to his heart. 3 Better is vexation than laughter, for by the crossness of the face the heart becomes better. 4 The heart of the wise one is in the house of mourning, but the heart of the stupid one is in the house of rejoicing. 5 Better it is to hear the rebuke of someone wise, than to be the man hearing the song of the stupid ones." (Eccl 7:2-5)
The reason ONE of these two figurative women is represented here as being in the "house of mourning" is because this setting is once again in the context of a broken marriage or kingdom covenant between God and mankind. ONE of these women not only RECOGNIZES or otherwise has "caught sight" (Mt 24:15, 16) of the fact that this is the reality of the situation everyone now faces, but is also humbly and repentantly owning up to it and even accepting responsibility for it.
Now that we understand the setting of this scripture, these terms such as "banquet house" or "house of rejoicing" might call to our minds scriptural passages found in this very same context such as when the ancient King Belshazzar broke the kingdom covenant with Jehovah that his father NebuchadRezzar had managed to hold in tact for several decades. (Da 5:1-4) We might notice that the prophet Daniel who had been elevated to the second in command of the entire kingdom some 70 years earlier was now suddenly represented not only as not being present at this "banquet of rejoicing," but at this point ones like Belshazzar himself didn't even remember WHO HE WAS! (Da 5:7-12)
This "writing on the wall" which nobody but Daniel is now able to interpret is essentially representing the very same thing that the "dreams and visions" of King Nebuchadnezzar were being used to symbolically picture decades earlier. (Da 2:1-3) In these settings of complete national apostasy, it is ONLY Jehovah's prophets or "two witnesses" who possess the level of holy spirit required to understand the "sacred secrets" of Jehovah's word. (1 Cor 4:1) (Col 2:3) (Re 11:3)
This "song of the stupid ones" is being used here to represent the very antithesis of the "song" mentioned in accounts like Revelation 14:3 which "…NOBODY was able to master but the 144,000 who have been bought from the earth." Yes, in a context in which ONCE AGAIN essentially EVERYONE (including the exiles of what WERE God's people) is right back in front of a figurative "great golden image on the plain of Dura" performing acts of worship, the MINISTRY of Jehovah's TRUE prophets seems VERY unfamiliar! (Da 3:1) Their words and teachings sound foreign and strange. Even in the eyes of the family that RAISED these teachers, it's as if these prophets have suddenly LOST THEIR MINDS! (Mr 3:20-22) BY NO MEANS are Jehovah's prophets prepared to deceive both themselves and others into believing that everything is okay and it is a time for rejoicing. (Jer 11:8) (1 Th 5:3) They are now prepared to GIVE UP THEIR VERY LIVES to do their part in aiding Jehovah with his purpose of re-instituting what is once again a broken kingdom covenant!
Now that we understand that this scripture here in Ecclesiastes is in the context of a broken kingdom covenant, do the words –"end of all mankind" suddenly take on more meaning for you? Once again, it is ALWAYS this covenant that ESTABLISHES Jehovah's "rock" or "horn of SALVATION" for mankind IN THE FIRST PLACE! (Ps 18:2) Well if you are acknowledging a coming BIRTH you are by extension acknowledging a preceding DEATH! (1 Cor 15:36) Just as the Apostle Paul said: "A day of Jehovah DOES NOT COME unless the "APOSTASY COMES FIRST, and the man of lawlessness is revealed." (2 Th 2:3)
Are we currently among the ones who are eagerly anticipating yet another coming of God's kingdom or not?! When Jehovah's "rock" or "mountain" is being "struck" and "split in two," it is essentially BECAUSE "NOT ONE (among mankind or "those who dwell on the earth") stands written in the scroll of life….," and that is simply NOT Jehovah's purpose! (Re 13:8) (2 Pe 3:9) Yes we understand that the sacrifice of the Christ was always foreordained to be "once for all time," but unfortunately things have deteriorated for us to the point where we no longer even understand WHAT THE CHRIST IS! It is a "body of MANY MEMBERS OF ANOINTED ONES"! (1 Cor 12:12) (Strong's #5547)
Beginning with my next post, my intention is to continue considering scriptural examples of the manner in which the NebuchadRezzar entity can continue to make itself recognizable to Jehovah as more resembling RAHAB the harlot as opposed to JEZEBEL the harlot in these "seven" foretold baptismal contexts of God's nation. Please endeavor to appreciate however that even when I have finished doing so, the scriptures I will be presenting will have barely even SCRATCHED THE SURFACE of what lay before us in God's written word to assist the anointed ones in preparing themselves as "DISCREET virgins" in these time frames as opposed to "foolish" ones. (Mt 25:1, 2)