The chariots of God are twice ten thousand,
thousands upon thousands;
the Lord is among them; Sinai is now in the sanctuary.”
AS I write this entry, I am reading Psalm 68, which is one of the most beautifully descriptive Messianic Psalms ever written by the Holy Spirit through King David. Psalm 68 is full of imagery of The King of kings – the LORD Jesus Christ — marching through the desert in royal procession leading a host of captives who are set free. It is the processional march of the King, as He makes His way from Sinai — the mountain of God — to Zion — the Holy Mountain and eternal dwelling of our God and our King. Consider King David’s prophetic words of the Return of the King to Zion …
You ascended on high,(Psalm 68:18-19)
leading a host of captives in your train
and receiving gifts among men,
even among the rebellious, that the LORD God may dwell there.
1Blessed be the Lord,
who daily bears us up;
God is our salvation. Selah
Mt. Sinai, also known as Mt. Horeb, obviously has a unique place in Biblical history. It is where the LORD first revealed Himself to Moses – in a flame – in a burning bush, and then it would be the place where the LORD carried the children of Israel out of Egypt through the wilderness. It was at Sinai that the LORD revealed Himself to them in a Theophany of clouds, and fire, and trumpets and thunder and in great power and glory.
IT was at Sinai that God made a covenant with with the children of Israel through the mediation of Moses. It was there the LORD showed Moses his glory, as Moses talked with God faced to face. Moses received the law written in stone by the finger of God.
Sinai was the mountain where Elijah fled from the clutches of Jezebel in the days when only a remnant did not bow the knee to Ba’al. There Elijah heard the still small voice of God in the midst of the fire and the earthquake and the whirlwind (1 Kings 19:9-18). But after Elijah, Mt. Sinai sort of drifted off into the periphery of the Biblical narrative.
One of the few later references to Sinai also shows up in Galatians. Paul, in using Hagar and Sarah to represent the two nations and the two covenants that emerged from them, gives a clue about the location of Sinai.
“Now this may be interpreted allegorically: these women are two covenants. One is from Mount Sinai, bearing children for slavery; she is Hagar. Now Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia”Galatians 4:24-25a
The real location of this sacred mountain historically has been debated and disputed among academics and archaeologists alike, but today the general consensus is that the mountain is in the Sinai peninsula, or modern day Egypt. But some recent developments have come to light that may seriously challenge that consensus.
Author and Bible teacher Joel Richardson most recently has been on the forefront of the archaeological, historical, and biblical evidence that strongly suggests that the true Mt. Sinai is in modern day Saudi Arabia – at Jebel al-Lawz. He just came out with a new book and dvd bundle that goes into the implications of this discovery. You can check it out here.
Some may wonder what the implications of this discovery will be. But I believe it is part of a revelation of God in the last days to again validate His testimony to the world. Not only do I believe that Arabia is the best possible candidate for the true Mt. Sinai, I believe it provides an exciting and interesting perspective on the return of King Jesus and His literal judgment of the nations and the armies of the Beast in the valley of Decision (Joel 3). On that Day — the Day of the LORD — The LORD will march from Sinai, trample His enemies underfoot, stand on the Mt. of Olives, proceed through the eastern gate of Jerusalem, enter into His Temple and Sit down on His glorious throne, as King of kings and Lord of lords! At that moment all things will be complete – Sinai in the Sanctuary.
There is so much to develop here, so I will be sharing much more on this topic in the near future. But until next time, I leave with you with an image from the Holy Scriptures.
“O God, when you went out before your people,(Psalm 68:7-8)
when you marched through the wilderness, Selah the earth quaked, the heavens poured down rain,
before God, the One of Sinai,
before God, the God of Israel.”