Congregation or Assembly????? Assembly mainly depict the following: 1. State of gathering e.g. assemblies of persons or assembly of the Congregation of the Children of Israel. The Assembly of believers is simply the gathering of believers 2. Mass meeting 3. Gathering 4. And other times though not main meaning would be used to mean company, multitudes, people, swarm and congregation People would assemble to Elohim; see Deuteronomy 16:18 Congregation mainly meant the following: 1. People or Believers that may be assembled or not e.g. the Congregation assembled together or gathered together 2. The Ekklesia of God or the called out ones CONGREGATION OF ELOHIM Mic_2:5 Therefore thou shalt have none that shall cast a cord by lot in the congregation of the LORD. Deu_23:1 He that is wounded in the stones, or hath his privy member cut off, shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD. Deu_23:2 A bastard shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to his tenth generation shall he not enter into the congregation of the LORD. Deu_23:3 An Ammonite or Moabite shall not enter into the congregation of the LORD; even to their tenth generation shall they not enter into the congregation of the LORD for ever: Deu_23:8 The children that are begotten of them shall enter into the congregation of the LORD in their third generation. Jos_22:16 Thus saith the whole congregation of the LORD, What trespass is this that ye have committed against the God of Israel, to turn away this day from following the LORD, in that ye have builded you an altar, that ye might rebel this day against the LORD? Jos_22:17 Is the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from which we are not cleansed until this day, although there was a plague in the congregation of the LORD, 1Ch_28:8 Now therefore in the sight of all Israel the congregation of the LORD, and in the audience of our God, keep and seek for all the commandments of the LORD your God: that ye may possess this good land, and leave it for an inheritance for your children after you for ever. 2Ch_1:3 So Solomon, and all the congregation with him, went to the high place that was at Gibeon; for there was the tabernacle of the congregation of God, which Moses the servant of the LORD had made in the wilderness. From Interlinear Scripture Analyzer (ISA) we have the following: H6951 qahal kaw-hawl’ from H6950; assemblage (usually concretely).
KJV: assembly, company, congregation, multitude. Exo_38:8 And he made the laver of brass, and the foot of it of brass, of the lookingglasses of the women assembling, which assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. POINTS TO NOTE 1. Micah 2:5; Congregation of the Lord (ELOHIM); Assembly of believers (of ELOHIM) 2. Exod 12:3; Congregation of Israel (believers) CONGREGATION OF ISRAEL (BELIEVERS) Deu_31:30 And Moses spake in the ears of all the congregation of Israel the words of this song, until they were ended. Exo_12:3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: Exo_12:6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. Exo_12:19 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. Exo_12:47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it. Exo_16:1 And they took their journey from Elim, and all the congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt. Exo_16:2 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness: Jos_8:35 There was not a word of all that Moses commanded, which Joshua read not before all the congregation of Israel, with the women, and the little ones, and the strangers that were conversant among them.
Jos_18:1 And the whole congregation of the children of Israel assembled together at Shiloh, and set up the tabernacle of the congregation there. And the land was subdued before them. Jos_22:18 But that ye must turn away this day from following the LORD? and it will be, seeing ye rebel to day against the LORD, that to morrow he will be wroth with the whole congregation of Israel. Jos_22:20 Did not Achan the son of Zerah commit a trespass in the accursed thing, and wrath fell on all the congregation of Israel? and that man perished not alone in his iniquity. 1Ki_8:5 And king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that were assembled unto him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be told nor numbered for multitude. 1Ki_8:14 And the king turned his face about, and blessed all the congregation of Israel: (and all the congregation of Israel stood;) 1Ki_8:22 And Solomon stood before the altar of the LORD in the presence of all the congregation of Israel, and spread forth his hands toward heaven: 1Ki_8:55 And he stood, and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying, 2Ch_20:5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, Psa_89:5 And the heavens shall praise thy wonders, O LORD: thy faithfulness also in the congregation of the saints. Psa_107:32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders. TABERNACLE OF THE CONGREGATION Exo_27:21 In the tabernacle of the congregation without the vail, which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning before the LORD: it shall be a statute for ever unto their generations on the behalf of the children of Israel. Exo_28:43 And they shall be upon Aaron, and upon his sons, when they come in unto the tabernacle of the congregation, or when they come near unto the altar to minister in the holy place; that they bear not iniquity, and die: it shall be a statute for ever unto him and his seed after him. Exo_29:4 And Aaron and his sons thou shalt bring unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and shalt wash them with water. Exo_29:10 And thou shalt cause a bullock to be brought before the tabernacle of the congregation: and Aaron and his sons shall put their hands upon the head of the bullock. Exo_29:11 And thou shalt kill the bullock before the LORD, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. Exo_29:30 And that son that is priest in his stead shall put them on seven days, when he cometh into the tabernacle of the congregation to minister in the holy place. Exo_29:32 And Aaron and his sons shall eat the flesh of the ram, and the bread that is in the basket, by the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. Exo_29:42 This shall be a continual burnt offering throughout your generations at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD: where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee. TENT OF THE TABERNACLE OF THE CONGREGATION Exo_39:32 Thus was all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation finished: and the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did they. Exo_39:40 The hangings of the court, his pillars, and his sockets, and the hanging for the court gate, his cords, and his pins, and all the vessels of the service of the tabernacle, for the tent of the congregation, Exo_40:2 On the first day of the first month shalt thou set up the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation. Exo_40:6 And thou shalt set the altar of the burnt offering before the door of the tabernacle of the tent of the congregation. Exo_40:7 And thou shalt set the laver between the tent of the congregation and the altar, and shalt put water therein. Exo_40:22 And he put the table in the tent of the congregation, upon the side of the tabernacle northward, without the vail. Exo_40:30 And he set the laver between the tent of the congregation and the altar, and put water there, to wash withal. Exo_40:32 When they went into the tent of the congregation, and when they came near unto the altar, they washed; as the LORD commanded Moses. Exo_40:34 Then a cloud covered the tent of the congregation, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle. Num_20:22 And the children of Israel, even the whole congregation, journeyed from Kadesh, and came unto mount Hor. CONGREGATION AND ASSEMBLY Pro_5:14 I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly. Joe_2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Psa_111:1 Praise ye the LORD. I will praise the LORD with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation. Eze_13:9 And mine hand shall be upon the prophets that see vanity, and that divine lies: they shall not be in the assembly of my people, neither shall they be written in the writing of the house of Israel, neither shall they enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am the Lord GOD. Eze_23:24 And they shall come against thee with chariots, wagons, and wheels, and with an assembly of people, which shall set against thee buckler and shield and helmet round about: and I will set judgment before them, and they shall judge thee according to their judgments.
Assembly of what? Of people or of the congregation of ELOHIM. Concerning the word, Assembly, From Interlinear Scripture Analyzer (ISA) we have: H5712 `edah ay-daw’ feminine of H5707 in the original sense of fixture; a stated assemblage (specifically, a concourse, or generally, a family or crowd). Compare H5713. KJV: assembly, company, congregation, multitude, people, swarm. This describes mainly the STATE of assemblage Let us look again at the following scriptures to find out more about the word Assembly: Heb_12:23 To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, G3831 paneguris pan-ay’-goo-ris from G3956 and a derivative of G58; a mass-meeting, i.e. (figuratively) universal companionship. KJV: general assembly. Jas_2:2 For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment; Heb_10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. G4864 sunagoge soon-ag-o-gay’ from (the reduplicated form of) G4863; an assemblage of persons; specially, a Jewish “synagogue” (the meeting or the place); by analogy, a Christian church. KJV: assembly, congregation, synagogue. Gen_49:6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united: for in their anger they slew a man, and in their selfwill they digged down a wall. Exo_12:6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. Lev_4:13 And if the whole congregation of Israel sin through ignorance, and the thing be hid from the eyes of the assembly, and they have done somewhat against any of the commandments of the LORD concerning things which should not be done, and are guilty; Lev_8:4 And Moses did as the LORD commanded him; and the assembly was gathered together unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. Num_14:5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the children of Israel. Num_16:2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown: Num_20:6 And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them.
MEETING TOGETHER Deu_16:8 Six days thou shalt eat unleavened bread: and on the seventh day shall be a solemn assembly to the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work therein. Heb_10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. WHERE WAS THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE CONGREGATION OF ISRAEL? It was at JERUSALEM. The headquarters of the present congregation of believers today is the heavenly JERUSALEM and not any man- made Headquarters. Mat 5:34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne: Mat 5:35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King. Gal_4:26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all. Heb_12:22 But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, POINTS TO NOTE 1. In the Ekklesia was called the “Congregation of ELOHIM” or “Congregation of Israel” 2. Today the Ekklesia is called the “Congregation of ELOHIM” or “Congregation of Believers”. This is what we are all encouraged to follow as the pattern that ELOHIYM set up for His people. The calling of our selves various names of our denominations (Pentecostal, Catholic, Lutheran, Wesleyans, SDA, etc.) is a wastage of time and lack of understanding of the original plan of ELOHIYM. 3. The word “Assembly” was too general a term used which had several meanings but the main meaning was the act of assembling or the state of assemblage while the “Congregation of ELOHIM” was still called His congregation whether they were in state of gathering or not. The whole Congregation would assemble and this would be referred to as the “Assembly of the Congregation of Israel”

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