The Tale of Two Pillars
Do you believe that the Bible is the inerrant word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and we can trust in it entirely? If so, then hold on, for He has to be speaking to us in a parable, just as Yahshua did when He walked this earth. What you are going to learn here proves once again that Bride truth is indeed an inner seamless garment of truth, and is entirely consistent with the whole of the Scriptures.
Did you know that at the front entrance of Solomon’s temple were located two bronze pillars? Yes, and the image you see here is an artist’s general rendition of them. I say general, for its true appearance depends on which account you read in the Bible, if it is accurately followed, and if you take each description to be accurate.
If you read in 1 Kings 7:15 and 2 Kings 25:17, then the height of each bronze pillar was eighteen cubits. But, according to 1 Kings 7:16 the capital on top of each pillar was five cubits in height, and 2 Kings 25:17 states that the height of the capital was three cubits. So let us see what Chronicles tells us. In 2 Chronicles 3:15, we read that the pillars were not eighteen cubits high, but now thirty-five cubits high; and the capitals on top of them were five cubits in height. And adding to the drama, in 2 Chronicles 3:4 the height of the porch was an astounding 120 cubits! That is quite a porch for a temple that is only thirty cubits in height—four times taller! Thus with that porch, the temple would look something like this:
In order that we can better understand the differences in these pillars and their capitals, let us graphically lay out each of the stated measurements in the three distinctly different accounts, and stay with the 120 cubits porch. First, here is the description in 1 Kings 7:15-16. With a stated pillar height of eighteen cubits, and a capital of five cubits, there is a total height of twenty-three cubits.
Next, in 2 Kings 25:17 the stated pillar height was again eighteen cubits; but the height of the capital was not five cubits but three cubits, now for a total height of twenty-one cubits.
And thirdly, in 2 Chronicles 3:15 the height of the pillar was not eighteen cubits, but now thirty-five cubits, and the capital was five cubits, for a total of forty cubits.
With these clear differences, we can conclude that either Yahweh God is saying something to us in a parable, or His word is flawed and He cannot preserve it undefiled. The latter makes the entire Bible suspect and thus cannot be called or trusted as the inerrant word of God. As addressed in The Key To Their Understanding and proven in many revealing, confirming, and consistent testimonies addressed here, the profound truth that Yahweh God speaks to us in intentional contradiction parables is without question—and the wise and discerning will be as inquiring about them as were the disciples. Remember as well, the Scriptures are a trinity, a trinity in purpose. The first and foremost purpose of the Scriptures is to prophesy. The second purpose is to present Yahweh God’s government. And the third purpose is to present the practical, whether it be history or moral values or the like. Thus we see prophecy, government, and practical; and there is no question that these Bible contradictions are intentional parables that prophesy and set forth God’s government, His ways.
Now, in order to understand the truth that Yahweh is speaking here regarding the differing heights of these pillars and capitals, we have to note the key that is necessary to discern what He is saying. First, as addressed in The Key To Their Understanding, the two books of Samuel and the two books of Kings speak to and prophesy concerning Christianity. In clear and consistent contrast, the two books of Chronicles speak to and prophecy concerning the Remnant. It is in comparing these two sets of books that we find truth that is otherwise missed or even becomes an irreconcilable enigma. And we might add here, these numerous contradictions are ample fodder for the unbeliever to foment effective ridicule and scorn towards proving that the Bible is not the inerrant word of God. And frankly, from their standpoint, they are right. At least they are honest that there are indeed Bible contradictions. On the other hand, Christians are left with ignoring and denying them or presenting lame excuses and justifications that simply erode their position that the Bible is inerrant.
Thus, in summary: in Christianity 1 Kings and 2 Kings, the height of the bronze pillars bears the testimony of the number eighteen. But, in 1 Kings 7:16 the capital is five cubits, for a total height of twenty-three cubits; whereas in 2 Kings 25:17 the capital is three cubits, for a total height of twenty-one cubits. In contrast, in Remnant 2 Chronicles 3:15, the pillars were thirty-five cubits high with a capital of five cubits, for a total height of forty cubits. So what is Yahweh telling us here? First, let us consider the number eighteen, the height of the pillars in Christianity 1 and 2 Kings.
Fitting to Christianity, the number eighteen represents bondage. In Judges 3:14, the sons of Israel were in bondage to the Moabites for eighteen years. In Judges 10:8, they were in bondage to the Philistines equally for eighteen years. In Luke 13:11, “there was a woman who for eighteen years had had a sickness caused by a spirit; and she was bent double, and could not straighten up at all.” She too was in bondage, and Yahshua healed her on the sabbath, the seventh day. And a testimony we will give special attention to, in Luke 13:4-5 we read the words of Yahshua: “Or do you suppose that those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them were worse culprits than all the men who live in Jerusalem? I tell you, no; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” What can all of this mean, in particular the last testimony?
In Shelah and Clay of Spittle, we see that “Siloam,” the pool where the blind man’s eyes were opened (John 9:1-7), is the same as the Hebrew word “Shelah,” the third son of Judah (Genesis 38). We also, very importantly, learn that these look to the third part of the church, the third one-thousand-year period, the Millennial Reign. So we see two uniquely different testimonies occurring in that period. While the blind man is healed at the pool of Siloam, the tower of Siloam falls and kills those attested to be in bondage. What then are we seeing? Clearly, the eyes of the Remnant are opened in the Millennial Reign; but also, the Babylonian tower of Christianity that has been in bondage for two-thousand years falls. And by way of a timely testimony, I recently heard an interview with Billy Graham, and he noted that he responded to the call to preach while lying down on the eighteenth green of a golf course. So according to the words of Yahshua, are Christians worse culprits than the aspiring Bride? No. But unless we repent, we will likewise perish.
At this point, we need to add another revealing and vital testimony concerning these two bronze pillars. We learned in the Remnant Bride Blog posting, “Averting Yahweh’s Wrath,” that the two bronze mountains between which the temple of Yahweh is built by Immanuel as addressed in Zechariah 6, are the two two-thousand-year periods of Christianity. Just as the Bride must be split in order to be made clean (Leviticus 11:3), so the Body of Christ must be split for the same reason. And just as a covenant is made by the Body of Christ passing between and splitting the Bride (Zechariah 4), so a covenant is made by the Millennial Reign splitting the Body of Christ (Genesis 15), the two bronze mountains. And remember, bronze always speaks of Christianity (the bronze snake on the pole [Numbers 21:9], the belly of bronze [Daniel 2:32], Goliath’s armor [1 Samuel 17:5-6], etc.), while the Bride is always represented by silver (the breasts of silver [Daniel 2:32], silver and gold [Haggai 2:8, etc.], the purchase price of a bride [Deuteronomy 22:28-29], etc.).
And may we add here as well that in like seamless fashion, both the silver breast and the bronze belly in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream themselves attest to being split works. In Daniel 2:32 we read: “its breast and its arms of silver, its belly and its thighs of bronze.” Thus we see one (breast and belly), split into two (arms and thighs). Again, these works MUST be split in order to make them clean and to effect covenants.
Adding to this growing testimony, in Resurrection and Judgment, page 6, we learned—and it is most obvious to see—that the two bronze mountains between which the temple is built, is the same testimony as the two bronze pillars between which one passes in order to enter into the temple.
Now that we understand all of this, what then is Yahweh telling us prophetically through the testimonies of the differing heights of these two bronze pillars? We will begin with 1 Kings 7:15-16 and 2 Kings 25:17. First, of course, since the height of these pillars in Christianity Kings is eighteen cubits, the number of bondage, it tells us that Christianity is the period of bondage. This is most fitting since even as Christ was bound by the Romans, so the Body of Christ is bound (see The Issue, page 3). Particularly this first period of Christianity is marked by bondage; and as the tower of Siloam fell and killed eighteen, that work has to fall.
One of the problems with this period of the church is that the kingdom of heaven was given to man early. Like Saul, who also received the rights to the kingdom too early and is a clear type of Christianity, this period of the church must fall. Thus we see that Saul fell on his own sword (1 Samuel 31:4), even as Christianity falls on the word of God (Hebrews 4:11-12).
One of the reasons for this failure is because they labor in their own strength, according to their own flesh, as did Saul. This labor is confirmed in the names of these two bronze pillars. In 1 Kings 7:21 and 2 Chronicles 3:17, we read that the right pillar was named Jachin, and the left pillar was named Boaz. This is equally a pattern that is associated with any covenant—one on the right and one on the left. Also, the one on the right is the one who is favored, and the one on the left is the lesser. In fact, you will never find in the Scriptures any mention of the left arm or hand of God. Every work He performs is by the strength of His right arm/hand, and Yahshua is seated at the right hand of God.
Therefore, when we read that the pillar on the right is Jachin, and the pillar on the left is Boaz, then one can be most certain that the first two-thousand-year period of Christianity is Boaz, and the second two-thousand-year period on the other side of the Millennial Reign is Jachin. So, what then are the meanings of these two names? Here again we see the inner seamless garment of truth.
An excellent and thorough source on the internet for the meaning of names is Abarim Publications’ “Meaning and Etymology of Bible Names.” Here we find that Jachin means, “He will establish” or “He will give certainty.” This is most important for the meaning of the second period, the second bronze pillar of Christianity. After being buffeted by Satan for the first two thousand years, it will be wonderful for Yahweh to establish them following the Millennial Reign. So then what is the meaning of this bronze pillar on the left, the first two thousand years of Christianity? Abarim states: “The name Boaz literally means ‘by strength,’ and it seems to celebrate man's personal vigor. Personal strength may truly be a gift, but it, like anything else, should not be revered too much and certainly not held responsible for anything that was achieved by God.” The fact is, this is the clear contrast we see in the second pillar—He (God) will establish. What the body of Christ fails to accomplish in their own strength in the Boaz period, Yahweh God will establish in the Jachin period! Referring in seamless confirming manner to the like testimony regarding Ben-oni/Benjamin—the son of My sorrow becomes the son of My right hand (Genesis 35:18).
Are there other testimonies that confirm the evident truth we are seeing here regarding Christianity? Indeed so. Let us now consider the testimony of the sum height of these pillars, including the capitals.
We noted that in 1 Kings 7:15-16 the sum height of the eighteen-cubit pillar and the five-cubit capital was twenty-three cubits. But in contradiction to this, in 2 Kings 25:17 the sum height of the pillar and capital was twenty-one cubits. What was the difference? Here in 2 Kings it is stated that the capital was three cubits, not five. Again one has the choice to either accept that this is the inerrant word of God and He is telling us something, or quite simply, it is corrupted. So let us ask the question: What are the circumstances of the accounts in 1 Kings 7 and 2 Kings 25? The first account is when the temple was being built; and very importantly and revealing, the second is when the temple was being dismantled and taken to Babylon. What then can this tell us?
While eighteen is the number of bondage, what is the significance of twenty-one? Many sources state that it is the number of exceeding sinfulness. That may well be true, but the two occasions in which twenty-one is actually used in the Bible are most interesting and point to something else.
First, in the chapter immediately before this account in 2 Kings 25 where the pillars are being taken to Babylon, 2 Kings 24:18 (along with 2 Chronicles 36:11 and Jeremiah 52:1) speaks of Zedekiah, the last king of Judah who provoked Babylon’s conquest of Jerusalem. Here we read that he “was twenty-one years old when he became king, and he reigned eleven years in Jerusalem.” Of course eleven is a shortfall number—the number of the apostles after Judas killed himself, which led to the abomination of desolation. But let us now look at the other occasion where twenty-one is used.
In Daniel 10:13, twenty-one evidences the meaning of delay. Here we read: “But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was withstanding me for twenty-one days; then behold, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.”
You may recognize this from the account in Daniel when the man dressed in linen was delayed twenty-one days in getting to Daniel. Clearly, the man speaking here was Yahshua, for His description in verses 5-6 is essentially the same as His description in Revelation 1:12-16 and 2:18. What are we seeing here? This delay period of twenty-one days which was caused by the resisting prince, speaks of the delay period of Christianity when the prince of the power of the air, Satan, has ruled over the church. Furthermore, Yahshua told Daniel: "Do not be afraid, Daniel, for from the first day that you set your heart on understanding this and on humbling yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to your words.” This would be the promise given to the first Remnant, which was then delayed by the prince of the power of the air during Christianity, and is finally fulfilled in the second Remnant.
Therefore, is it not obvious that when the bronze pillars were being taken to Babylon, Yahweh changed their reported height to eighteen plus three, or twenty-one cubits, in order to prophesy concerning the bondage period of the church in which the promise is delayed? And yes, it has been a period of exceeding sinfulness in the kingdom, and is even a shortfall, the abomination of desolation. This is Mystery Babylon Christianity that is ruled over by the prince of the power of the air. But gratefully, we are also told that this period comes to an end; and it is our hope and anticipation that that end is now at hand. Yahshua told Daniel at the end of the twenty-one days: “Now I have come to give you an understanding of what will happen to your people in the latter days, for the vision pertains to the days yet future” (vs. 14). This is the understanding given to the Bride today, for Daniel is the book that speaks of the latter days.
Seeing these wonderful and revealing Bible-contradiction truths regarding eighteen and twenty-one, let us now examine why in Remnant 2 Chronicles 3:15 Yahweh would there change the height of the pillar to a clearly different thirty-five cubits, leave the capital at five cubits, providing a total height of a very predominant number—forty cubits.
We will not elaborate on all the testimonies regarding the number forty, but examine its application here relative to the church and its split into two parts; and what we find once again is this inner seamless garment of truth. Even as there were two bronze pillars that attest to the two parts of Christianity, so Yahweh provides two testimonies of two forties that equally attest to Christianity, or for that matter any like split work (e.g., the Remnant). The first pair of forties we will examine is found in Moses’ trips up Mount Sinai.
In Exodus 24:18, we read that after delivering the sons of Israel from Egypt and coming to Mount Sinai, on Moses’ sixth trip up the mountain he remained there for forty days and forty nights. What was the outcome? At the completion he came down the mountain, broke the tablets of the law, destroyed the golden calf, and killed three thousand men (Exodus 32:19-28). This first forty was clearly a test for the sons of Israel with a decidedly fateful outcome. So, what then was the second attesting forty?
The second forty was distinctly different. In Exodus 34:28 we read that on Moses’ eighth trip up Sinai, once again he was up there for forty days and forth nights. What then was the outcome of this second attesting forty? Again he came down with the law; but instead of breaking it, it was later placed in the ark of the covenant that was built immediately following this eighth trip. So was Moses’ countenance evil? No. Verses 29 and 30 tell us that his face shone with the radiance of God, to the extent that the people feared him. Immediately thereafter they began to build the tabernacle of Yahweh.
Thus we see two distinctly different forties: the first was a time of testing, judgment, and even death, while the second was glory and a new beginning. So what is the second attesting pair of forties?
In Matthew 4:2, Mark 1:13, and Luke 4:2, we read that after Yahshua’s baptism by John, the Holy Spirit led Him into the wilderness for an equal forty days and forty nights where He was tempted by Satan and was with the wild beasts. While this did not have the fateful outcome that Moses’ first forty had, it was most certainly a time of testing and exposure to evil.
So what was Yahshua’s second forty? In Acts 1:3 we find that after He resurrected from the dead, for forty days He presented Himself to the people, performing many convincing proofs and spoke of the things concerning the kingdom of God. Obviously, this second forty was much like the second forty related to Moses. Once again in stark contrast to the former, it was a time of fulfillment and hope.
Thus we see in both of these attesting patterns that the first forty is marked by testing and even loss, while the second forty is marked by blessing, hope, and even fulfillment. So, how does this relate to the two bronze pillars, the Jachin and the Boaz? Just like Moses’ first forty-day trip up Sinai, the outcome for the church for the first two thousand years has been and is failure and corruption. When Moses came down, three thousand men were killed. This is precisely the number that were added to the church on the same day, the day of Pentecost, almost 1,500 years later (Acts 2:41). You might think that this latter testimony was good. On one hand it was; but what does it attest to in light of Sinai?
Where are those three thousand converts today? Are they still alive, or were those kingdom-recipients eventually slain by the enemy, death? In the FAQ account, “The 3,000-Year Church Period,” the church was supposed to receive 3,000 years. But if they receive the entire period, it will be “My God, my God, why have You forsaken us?” As Yahshua stated, no flesh would be saved if He did not cut those days short from three thousand years to two thousand years (Matthew 24:22, Mark 13:20). The death attested to at Sinai would only continue for the next one thousand years.
Furthermore, this first forty is equally attested to in the forty years of wandering in the wilderness. This too was the outcome of a failed forty days in which the spies came back with a faithless report (Numbers 14:34). Stephen identified this period specifically as “the church in the wilderness” (lit. of Acts 7:38). It is the wilderness period of Christianity, spoken of in Deuteronomy 8:15 and 2: “He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water. … that He might humble you, testing you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.” Is this not precisely what Yahweh did regarding His Son in the like first wilderness? And as went Christ, so has gone the Body of Christ. The only difference for the Body is that they have not been victorious, but have followed in the ways of the sons of Israel.
Therefore, seeing and understanding the application of these two pairs of forties, we can understand why in Remnant 2 Chronicles 3:15 the two bronze pillars are now forty cubits in height. These are the two works of bronze Christianity, split by the Millennial Reign. First is the Boaz, the wilderness period in which Christians have been tested and have failed. Second is the Jachin, the period when God will establish and fulfill this work according to His word.
Of course these two works are split by the Millennial Reign. Thus in further seamless-garment testimony, you will notice that the two forty-day-and-forty-night trips up Sinai were the sixth and eighth trips, separated by the seventh. And, the two forties regarding Yahshua were at the very beginning and the very end of His ministry period on this earth, separated by His teaching and miracle period as a mere man. It is truly incredible how Yahweh performs so many intact and consistent testimonies as we see evidenced here in this most remarkable, revealing, and confirming way! Again, this is an inner seamless garment of truth!
And might we say here, in Acts 3:22 we read that Yahweh will raise up a prophet like Moses: “The Lord God will raise up for you a prophet like me from your brethren; to him you shall give heed to everything He says to you.” As addressed in When Elijah Comes, we see that that prophet is the Elijah. There is no need to repeat here what is in that writing, but once again we see testimony to this truth. We see that Moses walked out both of the forties; and, it was Elijah who was the only man who ever identified with an equal forty days and forty nights as he too ascended Mount Sinai. Today, we need that prophet like Moses.
These contrasting periods of forty evidence the two bronze mountains, even the two bronze pillars, Jachin and Boaz. One pillar has already taken place according to the testimony of Christianity 2 Kings 25. It has been the period of Christianity that, as evidenced in so many ways, is the wilderness period, even the delay period and abomination of desolation. As with both the sons of Israel and Yahshua, it has been a time and place of being tempted and tested. Related to Moses, it is the period where that Passover Pentecost beginning will bring the death of, not 3,000 men, but 3,000 years of the church. Of course this has to be cut short to 2,000 years; and with this cutting short we then see evidenced in Remnant 2 Chronicles 3 this curse being reversed. Regarding Christianity, this will be the second bronze pillar, Jachin, that comes after the Millennial Reign. This is the period likened to Moses’ second period of forty days and nights on Sinai when he came down in glory; it is the second period of forty days when Yahshua remained following His resurrection.
We indeed find here once again the repeat of this familiar pattern of death to the first, and life to the second that is addressed throughout Remnant Bride writings and the Scriptures. It is the same as that which is evidenced in the two birds of Leviticus 14:1-7, and of course the two Remnant. And most importantly, it is the same as the two sons of Bathsheba (“the daughter of seven” or “the daughter of oath”). The first son had to die, thereby paying the price so that Solomon could become king. Of course this was the very pattern for Yahshua, who first came to die, so that He could then come as the ruling Solomon and build the temple of Yahweh on this earth. This is all marvelous to behold! And, it is all a part of this seamless inner garment of truth—the ways and works of Yahweh God.
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