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The Jerusalem Unity Center

     


ARISE! SHINE! FOR THE LIGHT HAS COME! 

     THE GLORY OF THE LoRD SHINES UPON YOU

The phrase "House of Prayer for All Nations" is from Isaiah 56:7, where it is used twice: “These [foreigners] I will bring to My holy mountain and give them joy in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on My altar; for My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations.”

The heart of the house of prayer is perhaps best captured by David’s heart cry in Psalm 27:4: “One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord and to inquire in His temple.”

King David established the tabernacle of David. Referred to in many parts of the Bible, this house of prayer is best described in 1 Chronicle 16:1–37: "So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it . . . And he [David] appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, to commemorate, to thank, and to praise the LORD God of Israel . . . So he [David] left Asaph and his brothers there before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister before the ark regularly, as every day’s work required." (1 Chr. 1, 4, 37)

Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord shines upon you.

אק֥וּמִי א֖וֹרִי כִּֽי־בָ֣א אוֹרֵ֑ךְ וּכְב֥וֹד יְהֹוָ֖ה עָלַ֥יִךְ זָרָֽח:

For behold, darkness shall cover the earth,

and gross darkness the kingdoms, and the

Lord shall shine upon you, and His glory shall appear over you. 

בכִּֽי־הִנֵּ֚ה הַחֹ֙שֶׁךְ֙ יְכַסֶּה־אֶ֔רֶץ וַֽעֲרָפֶ֖ל לְאֻמִּ֑ים וְעָלַ֙יִךְ֙ יִזְרַ֣ח יְהֹוָ֔ה וּכְבוֹד֖וֹ עָלַ֥יִךְ יֵֽרָאֶֽה:

And nations shall go by your light and kings by the brilliance of your shine. 

גוְהָֽלְכ֥וּ גוֹיִ֖ם לְאוֹרֵ֑ךְ וּמְלָכִ֖ים לְנֹ֥גַהּ זַרְחֵֽךְ:

Lift up your eyes all around and see, they all have gathered,

they have come to you; your sons shall come from afar, and your daughters

shall be raised on [their] side.

 דשְׂאִי־סָבִ֚יב עֵינַ֙יִךְ֙ וּרְאִ֔י כֻּלָּ֖ם נִקְבְּצ֣וּ בָֽאוּ־לָ֑ךְ בָּנַ֙יִךְ֙ מֵרָח֣וֹק יָבֹ֔אוּ וּבְנֹתַ֖יִךְ עַל־צַ֥ד תֵּֽאָמַֽנָה:

Then you shall see and be radiant, and your heart shall be startled

and become enlarged, for the abundance of the west shall be

turned over to you, the wealth of the nations that will come to you. 

האָ֚ז תִּרְאִי֙ וְנָהַ֔רְתְּ וּפָחַ֥ד וְרָחַ֖ב לְבָבֵ֑ךְ כִּֽי־יֵֽהָפֵ֚ךְ עָלַ֙יִךְ֙ הֲמ֣וֹן יָ֔ם חֵ֥יל גּוֹיִ֖ם יָבֹ֥אוּ לָֽךְ: