What to do when you get a clue

Next we do a little more research on the meaning of names. Here's what we come up with.

Debir [De'bir] means a sanctuary. Kirjath-sepher [Kir'jath-se'pher] means city of books. Smith's Bible Dictionary

A sanctuary is a holy place, church or temple. City of Books reminds one of the Christian Church and it's Holy Book of Books, the Bible. So we have Othniel smiting this town and taking it; and the town stands for the Church!

Now an allegory or parable is defined as a symbolic work in which the characters and events are to be understood as representing other things and symbolically expressing a deeper, often spiritual, moral, or political meaning. That is according to the Encarta dictionary.

So an allegory makes an analogy. But now all of a sudden instead of talking about Jesus victory over Satan our allegory is talking about the church. What's going on here? We are shifting focus, changing gears or mixing metaphors if you will.

What this part of the allegory is saying is that in order for Jesus to get his bride he has to capture, conquer, or take over the church. The church and the bride of Christ, or wife and the body are often interchangeable terms. Ephesians 5:23 links the three ideas together. [Another clue there.]

Ephesians 5:23 For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body.

But here the church and the bride are different. This reflects the idea that the church we have today is not the spotless bride that will eventually be united with the Lord. The one described in Ephesians 5:27.

Ephesians 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

So the church of today has to be transformed into this spotless bride. This is done by judgment. Because Judgment brings righteousness.

Isaiah 26:9 With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

And in the end times judgment begins with the church.

1 Peter 4:17 For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

And once the church is in a place where it does obey the gospel of God, it will be holy and without blemish. Deuteronomy 11:11-14 also mentions that the rains will come to an obedient people.

This whole program can be seen in chapter 1 of Isaiah, where the Lord spells out his end time plan. Here the church is identified as Mount Zion.

Isaiah 1:24-28

24 Therefore saith the Lord, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of mine adversaries, and avenge me of mine enemies:

25 And I will turn my hand upon thee, and purely purge away thy dross, and take away all thy tin:

26 And I will restore thy judges as at the first, and thy counsellors as at the beginning: afterward thou shalt be called, The city of righteousness, the faithful city.

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