Definition: House of God. (The Bible Readers Encyclopedia and Concordance)
I became extremely busy with household chores, then as I walked into the back bedroom these words rang out, “Beth-el.” Immediately the Word spoke from the book of Genesis 28:10-16, (10)” Now Jacob went from Beersheba and went toward Haran.” (11)” So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set; And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep.” (12)” Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.” (13)” And behold, the LORD stood above it and said, “I am the LORD God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants.” (14)” Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (15)” Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.” (16)” Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, “surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.” The Word continued on to (17)” And he was afraid and said, “How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!” (18)” Then Jacob rose early in the morning and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it.” (19)” And he called the name of that place Bethel.
This answered my pending question for the meaning of the word Beth-el, but the Word was not yet finished speaking, (20)” Then Jacob made a vow, saying, “If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on.” (21)” So that I come back to my father’s house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God.” (22)” And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God’s house, and all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.”
On your journey with the LORD have you had a similar experience with Yahweh as Jacob? Have you made a wow to God to go to His house in peace and give Him a tenth of all your increase? The truth is God’s house is swiftly beginning to lie in waste all around the globe. Churches are closing their doors and attendance is decreasing. Question is though who or what have you allowed to come between your relationship with Abba Father? While you are pondering on those questions; I hear it resounding, return to Beth –El! Yes, you may be hurting and may have encountered much turbulence in Beth-El, but your healing, deliverance, and blessings are all tied up in your obedience to return to the house of God; return to Beth –El!