Our Coming King

December 15th

Solomon and the Eternal Place of the King’s NAME

And it came to pass, when Solomon had finished the building of the house of the LORD, and the king’s house, and all Solomon’s desire which he was pleased to do, That the LORD appeared to Solomon the second time, as he had appeared unto him at Gibeon. And the LORD said unto him, I have heard thy prayer and thy supplication, that thou hast made before me: I have hallowed this house, which thou hast built, to put my name there for ever; and mine eyes and mine heart shall be there perpetually.

I Kings 9:1-3

Daily Devotional

December 15th

One of the reasons that history should be studied is to avoid making the same mistakes of the past. After the fracturing of the Kingdom of Israel, God sent revival at intervals over centuries. When there was revival, there was deliverance. Without the consuming fire of revival, the destroying fire of judgment fell. This message is timeless.

King Solomon’s prayer at the dedication of the temple at Jerusalem (1 Kings 8 and 2 Chronicles 6) was marked by seven conditional structures that contain both protasis and apodosis (If… then hear from heaven)

In immediate response to this prayer, the fire of God fell from heaven (see 2 Chronicles 7:1 and Leviticus 9:23-24), receiving the sacrifices and starting the fire for Temple worship (used for the sacrifices, burning incense, and lighting the lamps). As the cloud of glory moved past the Holy of Holies, past the veil, it was visible at the door of the holy place, thus providing an excellent example of the filling of the Holy Spirit.

It is the private response that God gave to Solomon that provides the prescription for revival. The LORD appeared to Solomon by night (1 Kings 9:1-9 and 2 Chronicles 7:12-22) and answered Solomon’s earlier prayer with the words so familiar to believers who study revival (2 Chronicles 7:12-14):


The LORD’s response was a call to turn from the sins of pride, prayerlessness, self-sufficiency, apathy, idolatry, and the toleration of every other “wicked way.” Without such genuine humility and repentance there would be no revival—and no deliverance.

Dr. K. Kilpatrick

Kingdom of God in Focus (Copyright: EngraftedBranches Press, 2021)

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