[654] The Inauguration of Solomon's temple and its acceptance by fire and cloud

41 Now therefore arise, O LORD God, into thy resting place, thou, and the ark of thy strength: let thy priests, O LORD God, be clothed with salvation, and let thy saints rejoice in goodness. (2 Chronicles 6 KJV)
41 And now do rise up, Oh Jehovah God, into your rest, you and the Ark of your strength. Let your priests themselves, Oh Jehovah God, be clothed with salvation, and let your loyal ones themselves rejoice in goodness. (2 Chronicles 6 NWT)
41 and now, O Jehovah God, rise to Your rest; You, and the ark of Your strength; O Jehovah God, Your priests are clothed with salvation, and Your saints rejoice in goodness; (2 Chronicles 6 GLT)

So the ark was yet to rise up and enter into its resting place in the sanctuary when this prayer was made. Then we read...

1 And as Solomon finished praying, then the fire came down from Heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of Jehovah filled the house; (2 Chronicles 7 GLT)

One or both of fire coming down and glory filling the house must coincide with the end of Solomon's prayer. It cannot be the glory (cloud) filling the house because the ark was not yet in it. So fire came down from the heavens at the moment Solomon finished his prayer from 2Chronicles 6:14-42 and from 1Kings 8:23-53 asking God to accept his temple. The order of events was....

1. Sacrifices made before the ark (i.e. in front of the ark before it went into the house) - 1Kings 8:5
2. Solomon's prayer of 2Chronicles 6:14-42 and from 1Kings 8:23-53
3. Fire came down from the heavens and consumed the burnt offering (Bull) and the sacrifices.2Chronicles 7:1
4. The priests took the ark into the house 1Kings 8:6
5. The priests came out of the house and the singers and trumpeters made a great noise 2Chronicles 5:12-13
6. The cloud came down and filled the house 1Kings 8:10-11 2Chronicles 7:1-3 .

5 And king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that were assembled unto him, [were] with him before [to faces of] the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be told nor numbered for multitude. (1 Kings 8 KJV)
6 Then the priests brought in the ark of the covenant of Jehovah to its place, to the innermost room of the house, the Most Holy, to underneath the wings of the cherubs. (1 Kings 8 NWT)

12 and the Levites that were singers belonging to all of them, namely, to Asaph, to Heman, to Jeduthun and to their sons and to their brothers clothed in fine fabric with cymbals and with stringed instruments and harps, were standing to the east of the altar and along with them priests to [the number of] 120 sounding the trumpets
13 and it came about that as soon as the trumpeters and the singers were as one in causing one sound to be heard in praising and thanking Jehovah, and as soon as they lifted up the sound with the trumpets and with the cymbals and with the instruments of song and with praising Jehovah, for he is good, for to time indefinite is his loving-kindness, the house itself was filled with a cloud, the very house of Jehovah, (2 Chronicles 5 NWT)

1 Now as soon as Solomon finished praying, the fire itself came down from the heavens and proceeded to consume the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and Jehovah's glory itself filled the house.
2 And the priests were unable to enter into the house of Jehovah because Jehovah's glory had filled the house of Jehovah.
3 And all the sons of Israel were spectators when the fire came down and the glory of Jehovah was upon the house, and they immediately bowed low with their faces to the earth upon the pavement and prostrated themselves and thanked Jehovah, for he is good, for his loving-kindness is to time indefinite. (2 Chronicles 7 NWT)

A dual acceptance by God of Solomon's temple by fire and cloud. The fire preceded the cloud. Also Jesus comes with the cloud not with the fire. God would not have sent fire to consume the bull until the altar was installed. So he sent it on 1026Tishri14 and he would not have sent cloud to fill the sanctuary until the temple was inaugurated. So he sent it on 1026Tishri21. 

Removing Duplication and Piecing Together the Chronological Jigsaw of 1Kings8 and 2Chronicles5:1-2Chronicles7:10

1 And all the work that Solomon made for the house of Jehovah was finished. And Solomon brought in the dedicated things of his father David, and the silver, and the gold, and all the vessels he had put among the treasures of the house of God.
2 Then Solomon gathered the elders of Israel, and all the heads of the tribes, rulers of the fathers of the sons of Israel, to Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the covenant of Jehovah from the city of David; it [is] Zion (1 Kings 8).

2 And all the men of Israel were gathered to King Solomon, in the month of Ethanim, at the feast, which is the seventh month (2 Chronicles 5).

4 And all the elders of Israel came in, and the Levites lifted up the ark,
5 and they brought up the ark, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and all the holy utensils that [were] in the tabernacle; the Levitical priests brought them up.
6 And King Solomon and all the company of Israel who were assembled to him before [to faces of] the ark were sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be counted nor numbered for multitude (1 Kings 8).

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62 And the king and all Israel with him were offering a sacrifice before Jehovah;
63 and Solomon offered the sacrifice of peace offerings, which he had offered to Jehovah: 22,000 oxen, and a 120,000 sheep; and the king and all the sons of Israel dedicated the house of Jehovah (1 Kings 8).
64 On that day the king sanctified the middle of the court that [ was] before the house of Jehovah, for he had made the burnt offering there, and the food offering, and the fat of the peace offerings; because the bronze altar that was before Jehovah [was] too small to contain the burnt offering, and the food offering, and the fat of the peace offerings.
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22 And Solomon stood before the altar of Jehovah, across from the assembly of Israel, and spread his palms toward the heavens (1 Kings 8).

13 Solomon had made a bronze scaffold, and put it in the middle of the court, five cubits long, and five cubits broad, and three cubits high; and he stood on it, and knelt on his knees before all the congregation of Israel, and spread out his hands toward Heaven (2 Chronicles 6).

23 and said, Jehovah, God of Israel, [there is] no God like You in the heavens above or on the earth beneath; who keeps covenant and mercy with Your servants that walk before You with all their heart;
24 who have kept for Your servant David, my father, that which You spoke to him; yea, You spoke with Your mouth, and with Your hand have fulfilled [it] as [it is] this day.
25 And now, Jehovah, God of Israel, keep for Your servant David, my father, that which You spoke to him, saying, There shall not be cut off from you a man from before Me, sitting on the throne of Israel; only, if your sons watch their way, to walk before Me as you have walked before Me.
26 And now, O God of Israel, let it be established, I beseech You, Your Word which You have spoken to Your servant, my father David.
27 But will God in truth dwell on the earth? Behold, the heavens and heaven of the heavens cannot contain You; how much less this house which I have built!
28 Yet You have turned toward the prayer of Your servant, and to his supplication, O Jehovah my God, to listen to the cry and to the prayer which Your servant is praying before You today;
29 for Your eyes are open toward this house night and day, toward the place of which You have said, My name shall be there; to listen to the prayer which Your servant prays toward this place.
30 And You shall listen to the supplication of Your servant, and of Your people Israel when they shall pray toward this place; yea, You shall listen in Your dwelling-place, in Heaven; and [You shall] hear and shall forgive.
31 If any man sins against his neighbour, and an oath be exacted of him to cause him to swear, and the oath has come before Your altar in this house,
32 then [You shall] hear in Heaven, and shall act, and shall judge Your servants, to declare the wicked [to be] wicked, to put his way on his head, and to declare the righteous [to be] righteous, to give him according to his righteousness.
33 When Your people Israel are stricken before the enemy, when they sin against You, if they turn again to You, and confess Your name, and pray and make supplication to You in this house;
34 then [You shall] hear in Heaven, and shall forgive the sin of Your people Israel, and shall bring them back to the land that You gave to their fathers.
35 When the heavens are restrained, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against You, and they have prayed toward this place, and confess Your name, and have turned from their sin because You have afflicted them,
36 then [You shall] hear in Heaven, and shall forgive the sin of Your servants, and of Your people Israel, for You shall teach them the good way in which they shall go, and shall give rain on Your land which You have given to Your people for an inheritance.
37 When there is famine in the land; when there is pestilence, blasting, mildew, locusts; when there is the stripping locust; when its enemy has distressed it in the land [in] its gates; any plague, any sickness,
38 any prayer, any supplication that [shall come] from any man of all of Your people Israel, who shall each know the plague of his own heart, and shall spread his palms toward this house,
39 then [You shall] hear in Heaven Your dwelling place and shall forgive and shall act, and shall give to each according to all his ways, whose heart You know (for You have known, You alone, the heart of all the sons of Adam),
40 so that they shall fear You all the days that they are living on the face of the land that You have given to our fathers.
41 And also, to the alien who [is] not of Your people Israel, and has come from a land afar off for Your name's sake,
42 (for they shall hear of Your great name, and of Your strong hand, and of Your stretched out arm, and he shall have come in and prayed toward this house,)
43 [You shall] hear in Heaven, Your dwelling place, and shall do according to all that the stranger calls to You for, so that all the peoples of the earth may know Your name, to fear You like Your people Israel, and to know that Your name has been called on this house which I have built (1 Kings 8).

44 If Your people shall go out to battle against its enemy, in the way that You have sent them, and they have prayed to Jehovah the way of the city which You have chosen, and of the house which I have built for Your name,
45 then hear their prayer and their supplication in Heaven, and perform their cause.
46 When they sin against You (for there is not a man who does not sin) and You have been angry with them, and have given them up before an enemy, and they have been led away into captivity to the land of the enemy, far off or near;
47 and they have turned their heart back in the land where they have been taken captive, and have repented, and made supplication to You in the land of their captors, saying, We have sinned and done perversely; we have done wickedly;
48 and, they have turned back to You with all their heart, and with all the their soul, in the land of their enemies who have taken them captive, and have prayed to You the way of their land which You gave to their fathers, the city which You have chosen, and the house which I have built for Your name,
49 then [You shall] hear their prayer and their supplication in Heaven Your dwelling place, and shall perform their cause,
50 and shall forgive Your people who have sinned against You, even all their transgressions which they have transgressed against You, and shall give them mercy before their captors, and they shall have mercy [on] them.
51 For they [are] Your people and Your inheritance, whom You brought out of Egypt, out of the midst of the furnace of iron;
52 for Your eyes shall be open to the supplication of Your servant, and to the supplication of Your people Israel, to listen to them in all that they call to You for;
53 for You have separated them to Yourself for an inheritance out of all the peoples of the earth, as You spoke by the hand of Your servant Moses when You brought out our fathers from Egypt, O Lord Jehovah (1 Kings 8)..

40 Now, My God, I beseech You, let Your eyes be open and Your ears attentive to the prayer of this place;
41 and now, O Jehovah God, rise to Your rest; You, and the ark of Your strength; O Jehovah God, Your priests are clothed with salvation, and Your saints rejoice in goodness;
42 O Jehovah God, do not turn away the face of Your anointed; remember the good deeds of Your servant David. (2 Chronicles 6 GLT)

1 And when Solomon finished praying, then the fire came down from Heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices; and the glory of Jehovah filled the house;
2 and the priests were not able to go into the house of Jehovah, because the glory of Jehovah had filled the house of Jehovah.
3 And all the sons of Israel were watching, when the fire came down, and the glory of Jehovah was on the house and they bowed [their] noses to the earth, on the pavement, and worshiped, and gave thanks to Jehovah: for [He is] good, for His mercy [endures] forever. (2 Chronicles 7)

54 And it happened as Solomon finished praying to Jehovah all this prayer and supplication, he arose from before the altar of Jehovah, from bending on his knees, and his palms spread out to Heaven;
55 and he stood and blessed all the congregation of Israel with a loud voice, saying,
56 Blessed [be] Jehovah who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He has spoken; not one word of all His good Word has fallen, which He spoke by the hand of His servant Moses.
57 Jehovah our God is with us as He has been with our fathers; He shall not forsake us or leave us,
58 to incline our heart to Himself, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commands, and His statutes, and His judgments, which He commanded our fathers;
59 and these words of mine which I have prayed before Jehovah be near to Jehovah our God by day and by night, to perform the cause of His servant, and the cause of His people Israel, the matter of each day in its day;
60 for all the peoples of the earth know that Jehovah, He [is] God; there is no other;
61 let your heart therefore be perfect with Jehovah our God, to walk in His statutes, and to keep His commandments, as at this day (1 Kings 8).

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7 And the priest brought in the ark of the covenant of Jehovah to its place, to the sanctuary of the house, to the Holy of Holies, to the place of the wings of the cherubs;.
8 and the cherubs spread out wings over the [place] under the ark, and the cherubs covered the ark and its staves from above;
9 and so long were the staves, that the heads of the staves could be seen from the ark before the oracle; but they were not seen outside. And there it is to this day.
10 Nothing [was] in the ark but the two tablets that Moses gave in Horeb, where Jehovah cut a covenant with the sons of Israel when they came out from Egypt.
11 And it happened as the priests were going from the sanctuary (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves without observing divisions),
12 and the Levitical singers to all of them, to Asaph, to Heman, to Jeduthun, and to their sons and to their brothers, clothed in fine linen, with cymbals, and with harps and lyres, were standing on the east of the altar, and with them a hundred and twenty priests blowing with trumpets.
13 And [they] were as one to the trumpeters, and to the singers to cause one sound to be heard to praise and to thank Jehovah. And when they lifted up [their] voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised Jehovah, [saying], For He is good; for his mercy [endures] forever; and a cloud filled the house, the house of Jehovah;
14 so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud; for the glory of Jehovah had filled the house of God. (2 Chronicles 5 GLT)

1 Then Solomon spoke, Jehovah has said that He would dwell in the thick darkness.
2 And I have surely built an exalted house for You, and a place for You to dwell forever.
3 And the king turned his face and blessed all the congregation of Israel. And all the congregation of Israel was standing (1 Kings 8).

6 And the priests were standing over their charges, and the Levites with instruments of music to Jehovah, that David the king had made to give thanks to Jehovah (for His mercy [endures] forever) when David praised by their hand; and the priests were blowing trumpets before them, and all Israel was standing (2 Chronicles7)

4 And he said, Blessed [be] Jehovah, the God of Israel, who has spoken with his mouth to my father David, and with his hands has fulfilled it, saying,
5 From the day that I brought my people out of the land of Egypt, I have not chosen a city out of any of the tribes of Israel to build a house for my name to be there, and I have not chosen a man to be leader over my people Israel.
6 But I have chosen Jerusalem for my name to be there, and I have chosen David to be over my people Israel.
7 And it was in the heart of my father to build a house for the name of Jehovah the God of Israel.
8 And Jehovah said to my father David, Because it has been in your heart to build a house for my name, you have done well that it has been in your heart,
9 but you shall not build the house, for your son who comes forth out of your loins, he shall build the house for my name.
10 And Jehovah has lifted up his word that He spoke, for I have risen up in the place of my father David, and sit on the throne of Israel, as Jehovah spoke. And I have built the house for the name of Jehovah the God of Israel. (2 Chronicles 6),

21 and set there a place for the ark, in which [is] the covenant of Jehovah which He made with our fathers when He brought them out from the land of Egypt (1 Kings 8).
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65 And at that time Solomon made a feast, and all Israel with him, a great congregation, from the entering in of Hamath to the river of Egypt, before Jehovah our God, seven days and seven days, fourteen days.
66 On the 8th day he sent the people away, and they blessed the king, and went to their tents rejoicing and joyous of heart for all the good that Jehovah had done to His servant David, and to His people Israel. (1 Kings 8 GLT)

8 And Solomon at that time kept the feast seven days, and all Israel with him, a great company, from the entering in of Hamath to the river of Egypt.
9 And they made a solemn assembly on the eighth day, because they kept the dedication of the altar seven days, and the feast seven days.
10 And on the twenty third day of the seventh month, he sent the people to their tents, rejoicing and glad of heart, for the goodness that Jehovah had done to David, and to Solomon, and to His people Israel. (2 Chronicles 7 GLT)