The Northern Kingdom, Ephraim, the house of Joseph, under the leadership of Jeroboam instituted a “golden calf” system of worship of the God of Israel. In I Kings 12:28-30 it is written:
“Whereupon the king took counsel, and made two calves of gold and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem: behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And he set the one in Bethel, and the other put he in Dan. And this thing became a sin: for the people went to worship before the one, even unto Dan.”
Bethel in Hebrew means, “House of God.” Dan comes from the Hebrew word, Din, which means, “Judgment.” Spiritually, this is prophtic that the people called the system of worship “The House of God” but the God of Israel viewed the system of worship as “Judgment.”
As we continue studying the similitudes of the old testament and make the connections to the modern day Christian establishment, Bethel is clearly a significant sign God is giving those with eyes to see and ears to hear. The biggest religious movement on the globe today is the all encompassing “Bethel Movement” Truly the manifestation of antichrist at the top level as man continues to “build and climb” into heaven another way.
Isa 9:9 And all the people shall know, even Ephraim and the inhabitant of Samaria, that say in the pride and stoutness of heart,
Isa 9:10 The bricks are fallen down, but we will build with hewn stones: the sycomores are cut down, but we will change them into cedars.