The Journey Of The Faithful On The Paths Of Righteousness
Whenever ministers have told the story of Abraham it is always a tale of "yes he was", "but he was not" and "if only he had not ...".
They can never seem to tell the story without telling about his failure with Hagar.
But when God made a record of the faithful in Hebrews 11, Hagar is not found. God's memorial of Abraham's life did not include Hagar. The official record was of his triumphs and perfection.
God understood what it took to live 25 years of ridicule, self doubt, hopelessness, hardships and promises that appeared to be like vapor.
Abraham was the prototype of the many journeys of those who are numbered among the righteous because they endured.
- Covenant. A relationship began with an oath and a promise based on absolute trust.
- Out of Babylon. He came out of Babylon, away from idolatry, to go south to worship the true God.
In this journey their lives showed certain characteristics.
- Exodus. The righteous began an exodus away from their home to follow God by faith.
» Aliens and Exiles. They will live as strangers and exiles in a foreign land.
» Three Generations. The promise is fulfilled after the third generation. Abraham lived with Isaac and Jacob before the twelve tribes were born.
- Almost Dead and Wrath. When they were almost dead and without hope, the faithful faced their greatest test and the promise is fulfilled through a miracle.
- Affliction. They faced affliction, captivity, slavery and hardship.
- Tabernacles and the Blessings. A promised blessing was seen.
» The Promised Land. They will inherit a land built by God. This land will be taken away from people who do not deserve it.
This occurs even in heaven. God makes earth the new heaven and makes us His new priests or representatives. God basically disinherits the power structure that exists in heaven because they are the source of the rebellion.
We deserve it because we trusted God by faith even with all the limited information and hardships we have to endure.
They distrusted God and rebelled against God even with the face to face information they had.
- Egypt. He left the Promised Land and went south to Egypt to flee a famine.
There, Sarah would be held captive in the harem of the king.
Later, the 70 members of the twelve tribes would go to Egypt because of the famine. There, they would be kept as slaves for 430 years.
- Walk about Canaan. All the land that he could see and walk throughout would be his inheritance.
Satan also walks about the earth as if he owns it (Job 1: 7).
- The Twelve Tribes. His experiences were a copy of the blessings of the twelve tribes which were a type of the last week in the life of Christ. Besides the patterns which originated with the twelve tribes which we explained thoroughly in another lesson, here are a few more common elements duplicated in the experience of Christ whose symbols originated with the patriarchs.
- Wealth. God multiplied their wealth before the exodus began.
- Covenant Confirmed. God confirmed or renewed the covenant.
- A Lie. The man and woman lied because they were afraid.
- The Kiss of The Traitor. The traitor and adversary came with a kiss, flattery and a mouth full of lies.
- Price Paid. A price or gift was paid for safe passage.
- A Feast. Deliverance came during a feast.
- The Marriage. A marriage of true lovers occurs in the resurrection.
- Two Rivals. One despises the covenant and the other desires it.
- The Enticing Woman. The role of the woman who entices the man from the path of faithfulness.
- Water Dries Up. A source of water or support dries up before entering Dan.
- Witness. A witness was set up to establish the oath. Usually, this witness was a stone.
The final wrath starts from Gad to Naphtali.
But in each direction they suffered some version of the plague that began in mild form on the east side then progressively got worse on the south until they suffered the full wrath in the north. The blessings came on the west side.
The last three days of Christ are the best example of this.
For the other people, this is mainly seen in the northern experience, especially with the last three plagues.
Water Dries Up
|Judgment ||Death ||Raised|| |
||Dan ||Asher ||Naphtali |
|Seven Last Plagues|
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||Godly Affliction ||
|Gad ||Simeon ||Reuben |
|Captured by Raiders ||Hated ||Afflicted |
» The Way.
The paths of righteousness are written in the law. We start in the east, proceed south, then west. After this we are ready to confront Satan in the north. This path includes affliction and unjust suffering.
However, it was the intention of God to feed us and give us water at a great feast before He sends us out to suffer light affliction at His hand in the south. This affliction includes being hated or even imprisoned for Christ's sake. Then we proceed to the west for our blessings.
Only then can we confront the forces of evil in the north.
For to you it has been granted for Christ's sake, not only to believe in Him, but also to suffer for His sake.
(Philippians 1: 29)
» Captured. But Satan comes in like a raider and diverts us from our blessing in the west and takes us north where he introduces us to a tree of knowledge of pure evil before he afflicts and kills us. Martyrdom is Satan's terror.
But God will raise us up and bring us back to the paths of righteousness.
» South West Diversion. In the interest of justice, we are diverted back from the north east to the south west to get our stolen blessings.
Here we start as Gad who raids back, not Gad who was raided and captured.
- Sores. Pain, hatred, health-related affliction. Women are barren.
- Sea Becomes Blood. Persecution. The wicked seek to destroy us.
- Rivers and Springs Turn to Blood. There are tears and conflict over wells and fresh water.
- Heat, Prayers Not Heard. Injustice and fiery trials.
- Darkness. There is darkness, hopelessness, slavery or imprisonment.
- River Dried Up. Life or strength is dried up as we become weak with age or hard labor. There may be no hope of children as our life forces age.
- Earthquake, Meet God. Earthquake, sudden change, reversal of fortunes against our enemies and in our favor.
- War. In the resurrection a decisive war is fought.
- Bitter Waters. After the resurrection and the victory, we face one major test that lasts three days.
- Meet God. In the resurrection you might be raised up again to meet God and receive power.
- Name Change. There is a new name given at the resurrection.
- Covering. During the resurrection phase a covering is removed or given.
- Messianic Dream. They had a symbolic dream about the Messiah.
- The Source of Symbols.
The sanctuary, feasts and covenant are the source of most symbols that point to the actions of God to save the sinner.
When those symbols and terms are applied to the righteous under persecution, the incidents generate symbols that point to the defeat of the evil one.
Patterns and Types. The life of the patriarchs was a pattern of the life of the Messiah.
From His experience the Messiah would learn what it means to trust God and how this trust can be undermined.
He learned to set His face like a flint, neither turning to the right or the left no matter how the howling winds tossed Him about.
He must hold fast to the promises as He first received them and wait for God as His faithful forefathers did.
Seek The Old Paths.
I remember your ordinances from of old, O Lord, and comfort myself.
I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are righteous, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.
Of old I have known from your testimonies that you have founded them forever.
(Psalm 119: 52, 75, 152)
The Journey Of The Twelve Tribes
The order of their experiences followed the order of suffering of Christ's final week.
The faithful must live the life of Christ.
In His Footsteps.
For you have been called for this purpose, since Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example for you to follow in His steps,
who committed no sin, nor was any deceit found in his mouth.
while He was being reviled, He did not revile in return; while suffering He uttered no threats, but kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges righteously.
and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds we are healed.
For you were continually straying like sheep, but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Guardian of your soul.
(1 Peter 2: 21-25)
The Journey Of Abraham (Father Of A Multitude) [2147 BC]
The Land That You See.
The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, "Now lift up your eyes and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward;
for all the land which you see I will give it to you and to you forever.
Descendants Like Dust.
And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth, so that if anyone can number the dust of the earth then your descendants can also be numbered.
The Land Where You Walk.
Arise, walk about the land through the length and breadth, for I will give it to you."
(Genesis 13: 14-17)
Descendants Like Stars.
Then behold, the word of the Lord came to him saying, "This man shall not be your heir, but one who will come forth from your own body, he shall be your heir."
And He took him outside and said, "Now look towards the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them." And He said to him, "So shall your descendants be".
(Genesis 15: 4-5)
So Abram went up from Egypt to the Negev, he and his wife and all that belonged to him, and Lot with him.
Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver and in gold.
(Genesis 13: 2)
- Faith and Obedience. Abraham journeyed from the east and then south to go to the Promised Land.
- Judah ("Praise the Lord"). Abraham left Ur of the Chaldees, rejecting the false gods of his fathers to worship and praise the Lord God.
- Issachar ("Wages, Living in Tents").
He lived as a vagrant all his life, living in tents, wandering from place to place throughout the land of promise that was his gift or inheritance from God.
By faith he lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise.
for he was looking for the city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
(Hebrews 11: 9-10)
He went on his journeys from the Negev as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been in the beginning, between Bethel and Ai.
(Genesis 13: 3)
- Zebulun ("Gift, Going Forth on a Journey").
By faith, he left to go to a land that he did not know but was promised to him.
Now the Lord said to Abram, "Go forth from your country, and from your relatives and from your father's house, to the land which I will show you."
(Genesis 12: 1)
By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he went out not knowing where he was going.
(Hebrews 11: 8)
- Afflicted. As they wandered through the Promised Land they were tested and afflicted.
(The Lamb With Seven Eyes (Wells)). The word for "well" and "eyes" are the same.
The issue was finding someone who was worthy of opening the sealed scrolls.
Looking at the context of Abraham as Gad we get a better picture of a High Priest who raided His enemies to rescue His brothers.
The Lamb with seven wells was worthy because He raided the strongholds of Satan and was killed and then purchased our life with His blood.
- Reuben ("Afflicted, No Preeminence"). A famine drove them south to Egypt.
Reuben lost preeminence because he committed adultery with his father's concubine.
In the same way, the king of Egypt tried to take Sarai.
Now it came about that there was a famine in the land; so Abram went down to Egypt to soujourn there, for the famine was severe in the land.
(Genesis 12: 10)
He lied and said that Sarai was his sister. So she was taken and placed in Pharaoh's harem.
|Blessings Received (Pregnant)|
|Isaac in the Womb||8||Benjamin
|Christ Comes |
|Delivery||Exodus from Sodom|
- Simeon ("Hated, Scattered"). Abraham and Lot separated because they began to have friction.
Now Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents.
And the land could not sustain them while dwelling together, for their possessions were so great that they were not able to remain together.
And there was strife between the herdsmen Abram's livestock and the herdsmen of Lot's livestock ...
(Genesis 13: 5-7)
This separation is a symbol of the split between Simeon and Levi. Levi represents Abraham and the Jews who stayed in the land and Lot represents Simeon and the Gentiles.
If the types continue, the Christian church is seen as heading towards the land of Sodom where they must be rescued at the end of time.
It is Abraham, or the Jews who rescue them. Once again we have a significant role for the Jews towards the Christian church at the end of time.
The prophecies of Revelation and the Gospels point to the influence of Sodom at the end of time.
Fire from God will consume end time Sodom just at it destroyed ancient Sodom. Let us examine this symbol further.
- Promised Child. Sodom was destroyed when the Promised child was in the womb. His birth would be one year in the future.
But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this season next year.
(Genesis 17: 21)
This year represents the year of the seven last plagues. And the birth of the Promised child is symbolic of what happens with the five southern tribes
after Benjamin in Ezekiel's prophecy.
- Lot Escapes. When Lot was rescued, his two daughters were saved but his wife was lost. In a drunken state, his two daughters committed incest giving birth to Moab (of my father) and Ben-Ammi (son of my people).
As the Christian church escapes from Babylon, the people might have a spiritual experience that is similar to this family because Moses ended his exodus in the land of Moab. From there the people crossed over in the Promised Land.
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided"). Abraham had to rescue Lot from the four kings who invaded Sodom. He met Melchizedek who blessed him (Genesis 14).
When Abraham heard that his relative had been taken captive, he led out his trained men, born in his house, three hundred and eighteen, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.
(Genesis 14: 14)
This is a symbol of the cohort of soldiers who pursued Jesus until the stage of Dan on the cross.
These events give us more information about why Jesus might have been "fortunate" during His arrest. He might have officially become the High Priest at this point.
He had submitted to God in Gethsemane, officially becoming the Lamb of God. But when the real terror faced Him, He submitted peacefully to it, even reversing an act of violence.
He was now the High Priest according to the order of Melchizedek. A King of Salem (Jerusalem) and a King of Peace.
And Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; now he was a priest of God most high.
(Genesis 14: 18)
Witness. Seven lambs were given as a witness that Abraham dug the well at Beersheba.
Abraham took sheep and oxen and gave them to Abimelech and the two of them made a covenant.
The Seven Ewes. Then Abraham set seven ewe lambs of the flock by themselves.
Abimelech said to Abraham, "What do these seven ewe lambs mean, which you have set by themselves?"
He said, "You shall take these seven ewe lambs from my hand so that it may be a witness to me, that I dug this well."
The Oath. Therefore he called that place Beersheba, because there the two of them took an oath.
Tree. Abraham planted a tamarisk tree at Beersheba, and there he called on the name of the Lord, the Everlasting God.
(Genesis 21: 27-31,33)
This drama is a symbol of what Christ accomplished.
- The Well. Zechariah explains this well beautifully. It is the eternal spring of life from the Holy Spirit.
- The Oath. God has kept His promise to turn our hearts of stone to hearts of flesh from which springs of living water will flow.
- The Witness of The Seven Female Lambs. The church is represented as a woman. The seven churches of Revelation witness from the crucifixion to the Second Coming that Christ dug a well and gave the Holy Spirit.
- The Tree. In the Promised Land, the righteous are like a tree planted by the rivers of water which flow from the throne of God out of the sanctuary on Mount Zion.
You will bring them and plant them in the mountain of your inheritance, the place, O Lord, which You have made for Your dwelling,
The sanctuary, O Lord, which your hands have established.
The Lord shall reign for ever and ever.
(Exodus 15: 17-18)
And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders, a lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth.
And they sang a new song saying, "Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation".
(Revelation 5: 6, 9)
Although Christ went to be crucified after Gethsemane, we can once again prove that it was the offering in Gethsemane that God accepted as the atonement for sin.
Christ dug the seven wells and became the High Priest who was worthy at this point.
- Almost Dead. When they were both almost dead, God fulfilled the promise and then gave him the greatest test.
Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90 when Isaac was born. Both were many years beyond childbirth.
God wanted to demonstrate that this child, born by a miracle, was the promised child from God, not a child of man's effort.
By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised.
Therefore there was born even of one man, and him as good as dead at that, as many descendants as the stars of heaven in number, and innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.
(Hebrews 11: 11-12)
- Dan ("Serpent, Judged").
Dan represents the crucifixion of Christ and circumcision is a type of crucifixion because it represents the outer covering being cut off.
Now Abraham was ninety nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.
In the very same day Abraham was circumcised, and Ishmael his son.
All the men of his household, who were born in the house or bought with money from a foreigner, were circumcised with him.
(Genesis 17: 24, 26-27)
At this point God introduced circumcision.
Immediately after the covenant was made and Isaac was still in the womb, Abraham, Ishmael and all the men were circumcised as adults.
Then God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah after Abraham tried to plead for the righteous.
This is exactly what was occurring on the cross.
Christ was becoming the burnt offering because the wrath of God was pouring down on Him. But He pleaded for the life of sinners and was cut off as an adult to substitute for their sins.
All the future church who will be born out of Christ and all His former children, slaves and people that he bought from Satan were circumcised that day. The debt for sin had been paid.
At the end of time, the righteous will be circumcised or cut off and cut out of this world in the rapture as the wrath consumes the earth.
» Pleading for Sodom.
The Enticing Woman. Sarah convinced Abram to take Hagar and fulfill the covenant.
- The actions of both Abraham and Lot towards the visitors from heaven mirror what happened at the Last Supper. Christ washed their feet and fed them bread.
The Lord Visits in the Middle of the Day.
Now the Lord appeared to him by the oaks of Mamre, while he was sitting at the tent door in the heat of the day.
When he lifted up his eyes and looked, behold three men were standing opposite him; when he saw them he ran from the tent door to meet them and bowed himself to the earth,
Do Not Passover.
and said, "My Lord, if now I have found favor in your sight, please do not pass your servant by."
Wash Feet and Eat.
Please let a little water be brought and wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree
and I will bring a piece of bread, that you may refresh yourselves ...
(Genesis 18: 1-5)
During the week of His inauguration, Jesus was supposed to stay by the temple doors in Jerusalem.
When we lift up our eyes on the day of the crucifixion at the hottest moment, in the middle of the day there were three men lifted up. The Father and the Holy Spirit were on either side of the broken Christ. But the world saw a wicked Christ surrounded by two thieves.
Passover can be seen in another light. If we have found favor the Lord will stop by, but if not He will Passover us.
Because we are sinners who have no favor and want to hide our sins, the best thing that God can do at that moment is to pass over us.
We won in either case.
- Eating Under the Tree.
He took curds and milk and the calf which he had prepared and placed it before them; and he was standing by them under the tree as they ate.
(Genesis 18: 8)
Israel also stood under a tree (the cross) and had a feast. They chewed up Christ.
Pleading For Sodom.
Abraham came near and said, "Will you indeed sweep away the righteous with the wicked?"
(Genesis 18: 23)
Abraham pleaded for the wicked city based on saving the righteous. How many righteous will give salvation? Is it 50, 45, 40, 30, 20 or 10?
Abraham did not negotiate further. But the answer came at the cross, God spared the wicked because only one righteous Man remained on the earth.
Pleading For Jerusalem.
Roam to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and look now and take note. And seek in her open squares, if you can find a man, if there is one who does justice, who seeks truth, then I will pardon her.
(Jeremiah 5 : 1)
In Ezekiel, all the righteous are symbolized as the priests and the inhabitants of the city who have gathered in the city as required for the feast.
At each of these required gatherings the Lord will save His people and His priests.
- The Lord Visits at the End of the Day.
Now two angels came to Sodom in the evening as Lot was sitting in the gate at Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them and bowed down with his face to the ground.
Yet he urged them strongly, so they turned aside to him and entered his house; and he prepared a feast for them and baked unleavened bread and they ate.
(Genesis 18: 1, 3)
Unlike Abraham's earlier invitation, this time the angels did not want to wash their feet or eat.
But before they lay down they accepted the invitation.
This is like a final appeal before it is too late, before we lay down and close our eyes in the sleep of death.
Two Rivals. The two rivals were Sarah and Hagar and Abraham and Lot.
The child grew and was weaned, and Abraham made a great feast on the day Isaac was weaned.
(Genesis 21: 8)
This is the source of the symbol about Christ being weaned from His mother on the day of a great feast!
Now Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, whom she had borne to Abraham, mocking.
(Genesis 21: 9)
Ishmael was at the feast mocking Isaac and Sarah sent them away. But God made a covenant to make a great nation out of him.
He represents the Gentile nations who were mocking Jesus at the crucifixion. They would inherit blessings through Abraham and be called his children.
- Asher ("Death"). At least three incidences symbolized death.
» Kill Isaac.
God told Abraham to kill this promised child even though there were no descendants.
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son.
It was he whom it was said, "In Isaac your descendants shall be called".
(Hebrews 11: 17-18)
» One Night in Sodom.
After leaving Abraham at noon they arrived in Sodom at sunset. Night time is a picture of death and Sodom is seen as the land of the dead.
Jesus spent only one night in the land of the dead.
The story also shows that the angels will gather us at the resurrection as they did for Lot and his family.
They struck the men who were at the doorway with blindness, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves trying to find the doorway.
(Genesis 18: 11)
Just as sleep is death, blindness and the dark of night is a sign of death.
» Buried in A Cave Facing the Tree.
When Sarah died she was buried in a cave that face Mamre, the place with the famous oak trees (Genesis 23: 19).
Jesus was buried in a cave that was a stone throw away from the tree where He was crucified.
- Naphtali ("Resurrection (Going Up)"). Several events showed signs of the resurrection.
Plague. Sarah and Abraham were old and dried up, having no desire for each other and no ability to have children and no hope for the promised son.
Meet God. Three heavenly strangers came to give Abraham the good news that Sarah would give birth.
» Life To A Dead Womb.
A year before the destruction of Sodom, God opened the dead womb of Sarah, giving her the life of the promised son.
The Promised Child.
But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this season next year.
(Genesis 17: 21)
» Leaving Sodom With The Reapers.
Lot left Sodom with the angels to escape death.
The angels will gather us at the resurrection as they did for Lot and his family (Matthew 13: 41; 24: 31).
We will go up to Mount Zion in heaven.
When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, "Up, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, or you will be swept away in the punishment of the city."
(Genesis 18: 15)
At dawn Jesus was being resurrected out of Sodom. Lot and his two daughters escaped just as Christ and the two women who are his offspring (Jews and Gentiles) escaped.
- Pillar of Salt.
But his wife from behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.
(Genesis 19: 26)
Salt is a preservative. She wanted to go back to the land of death so she was preserved in death just like the people who will not come out at the first resurrection. They will be preserved for the second resurrection.
- Up To the Mountain.
Lot went up from Zoar, and stayed in the mountains ...
(Genesis 19: 30)
One year before the covenant was fulfilled, God changed the names of Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah and He told them the name of their covenant son.
No longer shall your name be called Abram [exalted father], but your name shall be Abraham [father of a multitude]; for I will make you the father of a multitude of nations.
Then God said to Abraham, "As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah [princess] shall be her name.
(Genesis 17: 5, 15)
Years later, God asked Abraham to kill this son. When he went up to a mountain to obey God, God stopped him from killing the boy. Virtually giving him back his son from the dead.
He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type.
(Hebrews 11: 19)
Covering Removed. In the end, the story of Abraham converges with the story of Lot to illustrate final events.
Abraham did not have his nakedness revealed because he was not overcome with wine. But Lot and the people at the end of time will be seduced by women with wine.
» Abraham's Covering Remained. He was not seduced by wine and did not expose his nakedness.
» Lot's Covering Removed. His daughters removed his clothes, exposed his nakedness and raped him.
Drunk and Naked.
Come, let us make our father drink wine, and let us lie with him that we may preserve our family through our father.
Thus both the daughters of Lot were with child by their father.
(Genesis 19: 32, 36)
So if you are drunk and naked you are vulnerable and you will be raped.
God told Abraham to obey Sarah and send Hagar and Ishmael away. This helped to preserve peace in the marraige.
- The Blessings. Since Isaac was alive the covenant was possible.
Now when Abram was ninety nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him,
I am God almighty; Walk before Me and be blameless.
I will establish My covenant between Me and you, and I will multiply you exceedingly.
(Genesis 17: 1-2)
Isaac. The covenant was through Isaac because Isaac would be a type of Christ, not Ishmael.
The Covenant is Through Isaac.
But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah will bear to you at this season next year.
(Genesis 17: 21)
The blessings were never fully obtained by the early fathers. Only after the exodus did they begin to receive the promises.
Even now, with a few exceptions, nobody on earth has been to the city that is made by God, because even the land of Israel is a type of the real promises.
We are still exiles waiting for a home.
- Joseph ("Reproach Removed, Fruitful"). The covenant promised many children.
» Ephraim ("Fruitful"). The covenant extended to the descendants after him.
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). The name of Isaac means laughter. When this is combined with the symbol of Manasseh, it means pure joy as we forget all the sadness.
- Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand, Ravenous Wolf Divides Plunder"). They would get the land of the Canaanites.
All these died in faith without receiving the promises, but having seen them and having welcomed them from a distance, and having confessed that they were strangers and exiles on earth.
(Hebrews 11: 13)
The Forbidden Fruit Of The Womb
In several important cases the covenant was compromised because the beloved woman brought a forbidden fruit to the man.
We will show that the Covenant is not through Ishmael because he is a type of the forbidden fruit.
- Eve and the Fruit. Eve brought a forbidden fruit to Adam from a serpent on a tree, causing death.
- Hagar and Ishmael.
Islam claims that Ishmael was the son of the promise because he is the firstborn, not Isaac.
Sarah brought Hagar to Abraham so that she might obtain a fruit of the womb in spite of the fact that adultery was wrong.
The descendants of Ishmael would become a curse to the descendants of Isaac.
- Genesis 17: 21. Although this clearly states that Isaac is the heir of the promise, the explanation is that the Jews rewrote the Bible.
- The Eastern Nations. But when Abraham lived in the land of Canaan (now the territory of Israel) God said that Ishmael would live east of all his sons. The Arab nations are east of Israel.
He will be a wild donkey of a man, his hand will be against everyone, and everyone's hand will be against him; and he will live to the east of all his brothers.
(Genesis 16: 12)
- The Other Brothers (Genesis 25). Abraham took another wife named Keturah after Sarah died. Some claim that this was Hagar although the text clearly acknowledges more than one concubine.
Nevertheless, Abraham gave them gifts and also sent them to live in the east.
Now Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac;
but to the sons of the concubines, Abraham gave gifts while he was still living, and sent them away from his son Isaac eastward, to the land of the east.
(Genesis 25: 5-6)
Notice that even in the prophecy of the twelve tribes, the sons of the hated wife in the east had the same characteristics as the sons of the concubine. This indicates that somehow they replaced them.
It was therefore fitting that the kings from the east came on donkeys with gifts for the new King of Israel.
It may be a prophecy that the sons of Abraham from the east will accept and submit to the Jewish Messiah, then gifts and praise will come from the east because Judah means "Praise the Lord".
- King (Judah). The king and heir would not arise from out of the concubines.
- Donkey (Issachar and Ishmael). The submissive donkey and the wild Anti-Donkey.
- Gift (Zebulun and The Sons of the Concubines). These received gifts and were sent east.
- Not Preeminent. This lesson and the history of these people demonstrates what appears to be a law that "the firstborn always loses preeminence" (Cain, Esau, Ishmael, Reuben, Zerah, Eliab, Amnon).
The covenant is almost always fulfilled through another son.
In the case of Jesus, He is the only begotten son of God. Therefore He is both firstborn and the only Son who can fulfill the covenant.
- Bilhah and Dan. Rachel brought Bilhah to Jacob because she was barren. Dan was the first son from the concubines and became the symbol of the son who was the serpent on the dead tree.
Jesus came as the ultimate forbidden fruit. He was a child of God and a human - a forbidden union.
Throughout His life He was accused of being a bastard and a niddah - a child who should never have been born.
This is typical of the behavior of God in conquering sin.
Somehow He becomes the sinful thing without committing sin. In that temporary form He defeats the strongholds of sin.
He became a serpent, a goat, a slave, sin, death and a man with two wives without actually being guilty of adultery.
Now He has become a human child "born in sin".
Genesis 22: The Journey To Mount Moriah [2110 BC]
The story of Abraham and his son was the best opportunity for God to demonstrate the heart wrenching decisions He would have to make with His Son.
This single story follows all the elements of the journey in order and shows that this journey is a test from God at a cruical stage of our relationship with Him.
Wealth. Besides the fact that he was wealthy, Isaac was his greatest asset.
Covenant Established. God had given them the Promised son, Isaac.
- Judah ("Praise the Lord"). Happiness existed, the promised son was born and all rivals and enemies had been remover. Isaac (laughter) came to Abraham's house.
- Issachar ("Donkey, Wages, Living in Tents"). Went the test came Abraham saddled his donkey (verse 3).
★ The Unique Son - the Only Son.
Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you. (Genesis 22: 2)
Isaac was technically not the only son of Abraham. Ishmael was his oldest son.
Now the difference was, that Ishmael was born through Abraham's own efforts, but Isaac was a miracle child.
He was born to a 90 year old woman and a 99 year old man. He was the child of the promise.
The Hebrew word translated as only could mean unique or special.
Jesus was God's only begotten Son who was born miraculously of a virgin.
- Zebulun ("Gift, Going Forth on a Journey"). He went on a journey to mount Moriah.
- Reuben ("Afflicted, No Preeminence"). Abraham was sad, afflicted in spirit. One son was gone and the promised one would die at his own hands. He could not share his plans with anyone. It would take a leap of faith to obey God.
- Simeon ("Hated, Scattered, Separated"). He separated himself from the young men who accompanied him (verse 5). He probably knew that the entire camp would hate what he was about to do and try to stop him.
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided"). Abraham carried the fire and the wood and he tied up his son and led him on the way (verse 9).
For the first time we can see the raider as a positive symbol. The fortunate nature of this act was that we can see a grieving God with us every step of the way.
Knowing that, we are fortunate because God is in control.
- Almost Dead and Wrath.
His journey also took three days from wrath to resurrection.
On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance. (Genesis 22: 4)
- Dan ("Serpent, Judged").
Isaac Carried the Wood.
Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son.
(Genesis 22: 6)
★ Jesus Carried the Cross.
Isaac carried the wood on his back up to the place of the sacrifice.
Jesus carried a wooden cross on His back on the road to Golgotha to the place of his crucifixion.
The wood that Isaac carried would have been used to sacrifice him.
The cross that Jesus carried was used to sacrifice Him.
» God Provided the Lamb.
In the end, the blood of bulls and goats could not save man from sin.
In the story of Abraham and Isaac, God provided the Lamb to replace Isaac.
We could not offer a perfect sacrifice.
God provided Himself as the sacrifice.
★ A Crown of Thorns.
Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and look, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns. (Genesis 22: 13)
God provided a lamb that was caught in a thorn thicket around his head.
It was very significant, that when Jesus was caught and under trial, he was given a crown of thorns on his head.
(Crown of Thorns).
The curse on Adam is the source of the thorns, but this event is the source of the crown of thorns on the innocent lamb.
- Asher ("Death"). Abraham prepared his son for death and the strong young man did not resist his father who must have been over 115 years old..
Then they came to the place of which God told him, and Abraham build the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and led him on the altar on top of the wood.
(Genesis 22: 9)
Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
(Genesis 22: 10)
Covering Removed. The knife in his outstretched hand was removed from over the boy.
But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am."
He said, "Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me."
(Genesis 22: 11-12)
Instead, God covered us with His own outstretched hands, nailed to the cross.
- Naphtali ("Resurrection").
He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead, from which he also received him back as a type. (Hebrews 11: 19)
He expected the boy to die. Just as Jesus was resurrected and God received Him back from the dead after three days of suffering,
Abraham also received Isaac back from the dead when the angel told him not to kill the boy.
New Name: YHWH Jireh. He actually named the mountain where God would provide His Lamb.
Abraham called the name of the place "The Lord will provide [YHWH Jireh]", as it is said to this day, "In the mount of the Lord it will be provided".
(Genesis 22: 14)
★ Golgotha - the Place of Sacrifice.
This seems to suggest that the sacrifice of Isaac happened at the same location as the crucifixion.
It was on a mountain in the land of Moriah, three days journey from where he was.
- Blessings. This journey was a test. Abraham passed the test.
- Joseph ("Reproach Removed, Fruitful"). God would bless him and multiply his seed as the stars of heaven (verse 17-18).
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). Abraham returned to the waiting men who were unaware of what had happened. These events would be remembered as the greatest test given to any man until the time Jesus was clothed in human flesh and had to survive His test.
Unlike Abraham, He would not be spared a swift, merciful cut from a knife held by a loved one. He would undergo a cruel death at the hand of his enemy.
- Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand"). He and Isaac became sons of the right hand.
The Covenant Offering.
When the covenant was made with Abraham, God passed between the pieces of the divided offering.
So He said to him, "Bring Me a three year old heifer, and a three year old female goat, and a three year old ram, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon."
Then he brought all these to Him and cut them in two, and laid each half opposite the other; but he did not cut the birds.
The birds of prey came down upon the carcasses, and Abram drove them away.
Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, terror and great darkness fell upon him.
It came about when the sun had set, that it was very dark, and behold, there appeared a smoking oven and a flaming torch which passed between these pieces.
On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram, saying, "To your descendants I have given this land, from the river of Egypt as far as the great river, the river Euphrates:
(Genesis 15: 9-12, 17-18)
The vow also symbolized that "may I be torn in pieces like this offering if I do not keep my promises".
The priests carrying the cut up pieces in both hands represents this splitting in two on the right and left.
- Cut Up and Divided.
So Christ was split by nails, beaten, chewed up and separated from His loved ones.
- Cut Up in Two. His humanity was also split from His divinity.
- Three Years Old. God kept the covenant three years after Christ began His ministry when He poured out His wrath on Jesus as He was hung up and split in the darkness. He also suffered during the last three days.
- Birds. They were not split in two. They must represent the Father and the Holy Spirit who were not split in two at the crucifixion just as the top and bottom matzah were not split. God did not break the covenant so He was never divided.
- Ram. This is Christ who was the only member of the godhead to be split in two. Although He was also faithful to the covenant, yet He offered Himself to pay for our unfaithfulness. He was broken in two for us, His divinity and humanity were separated.
- Heifer and Female Goat. This is Christ dying as the woman (the church). The goat is for the living sinners and the heifer is for the dead. Everyone was represented in the covenant.
- Birds of Prey. The angry mob around the cross.
- Sun Goes Down. The three hours of darkness on the cross.
- Terror and Great Darkness. God left and the people terrorized Him during the three hours of darkness.
- Sun Sets. He was buried in the ultimate darkness by sunset.
- The Deep Sleep. Death is referred to as "sleep" in the Bible. Christ died after it became dark.
When God put Abraham to sleep He essentially said that He alone would take the responsibility to keep the covenant.
When the event actually occurred, God also made Himself the Man Who was put to sleep. God Himself was all the pieces of the covenant, guaranteeing that it would be kept. He was the offering, the Man and God.
- Smoking Oven and Flaming Torch.
The Father is the oven and the Spirit is the torch. Christ is the roasted offering cut in pieces.
This must represent a cosmic event that occurred after Christ died. God came and accepted the burnt offering when Christ presented Himself before Him after the resurrection.
The Journey Of Isaac (Laughter) [2122 BC]
Isaac followed in the footsteps of his father, even making some of the same mistakes in the same places.
Now there was famine in the land, besides the previous famine that occurred in the days of Abraham. So Isaac went to Gerar to Abimelech king of the Philistines.
(Genesis 26: 1)
Land and Children.
Soujourn in this land and I will be with you and bless you, for to you and your descendants I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath which I swore to your father Abraham.
I will multiply your descendants as the stars of heaven, and I will give your descendants all these lands; and by your descendants all the nations of the earth shall be blessed."
(Genesis 26: 3-4)
He lied and said that Rebekah was his sister so that he would not die because of her (Genesis 26: 7, 9).
Wealth. He became rich among the Philistines.
Now Isaac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. And the Lord blessed him,
and the man became rich, and continued to grow richer until he became very wealthy;
for he had possessions of flocks and herds and a great household, so the Philistines envied him.
(Genesis 26: 12-14)
- Judah ("Praise the Lord"). God told Isaac to stay in Gerar and he would be blessed.
- Issachar ("Wages, Living in Tents"). He became rich while living among the Philistines.
- Zebulun ("Gift, Going Forth on a Journey"). Abimelech sent Isaac away.
Then Abimelech said to Isaac, "Go away from us because you are too powerful for us."
And Isaac departed from there and camped in the valley of Gerar and settled there.
(Genesis 26: 16-17)
- Affliction. The Philistines filled up the wells and began to quarrel with Isaac about water.
- Reuben ("Afflicted, No Preeminence"). The local herdsmen claimed that the water was theirs.
- Simeon ("Hated, Scattered, Separated"). As Isaac dug wells the Philistines would quarrel over them.
But when Isaac's servants dug in the valley and found there a well of flowing water,
the herdsmen of Gerar quarreled with the herdsmen of Isaac, saying, "The water is ours!" So he named the well Esek, because they contended with him.
(Genesis 26: 19-20)
» The Wells of Strife.
The wells Isaac dug symbolized the hatred and enmity of this phase of the pattern.
- Esek ("Contention"). He fought with God, until we were blessed.
- Sitnah ("Enmity or Hatred"). We were at enmity with God.
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided"). Abimelech and the leaders of his army came to Isaac to secure an oath of peace because he recognized that he was blessed by God.
Then Abimelech came to him from Gerar with his advisor Ahuzzath and Phicol the commander of his army.
Isaac said to them, "Why have you come to me, since you hate me and have sent me away from you?"
They said, "We see plainly that the Lord has been with you; so we said let there be an oath between us even between you and us, and let us make a covenant with you."
(Genesis 26: 26-28)
Then he made them a feast, and they ate and drank.
In the morning they arose early and exchanged oaths; than Isaac sent them away and they departed in peace.
(Genesis 26: 30-31)
» The Wells of Peace. These wells symbolize this phase of the pattern.
Now Christ had kept the oath to save us, made peace with God and found room for us in heaven.
- Rehoboth ("Broad Places" or "Room for us"). It represents an open field where the raiders came.
- Shibah or Beersheba ("The Well of Oath"). This was supposed to be the seventh well.
Now it came about on the same day, that Isaac's servants came in and told him about the well which they had dug, and said to him, "We have found water."
So they called it Shibah; therefore the name of the city is Beersheba to this day.
(Genesis 26: 33)
- Almost Dead and Wrath. Near the end of his life, Isaac tried to pass on the blessing.
Now it came about when Isaac was old and his eyes were too dim to see, that he called his older son Esau and said to him, "My son." and he said, "Here I am."
Isaac said, behold now I am old and I do not know the day of my death. Now then, please take your gear, your quiver and your bow, and go out to the field and hunt game for me.
and prepare a savory dish for me such as I love, and bring it to me that I may eat, so that my soul may bless you before I die.
(Genesis 27: 1, 4)
- Dan ("Serpent, Judged"). Both sons were judged as serpents, but Jacob deceived his father. This story tells us that there was a thrilling sequence of blindness, trickery, deceit, espionage and counter-espionage at the cross to guarantee that justice would prevail in a fight that involved one party who was willing to fight unfairly.
Price Paid. Esau had already sold his birthright for a pot of beans, now Jacob was about to take away his blessings with another meal.
Just like Adam and Eve, he lost all his inheritance for the price of food in two separate tests. In one instance it was taken by trickery and in the other it was given away by choice.
The Enticing Woman. Rebekah helped Jacob to deceive Isaac.
But his mother said to him, "Your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, get them for me".
(Genesis 27: 13)
Her words were echoed by the entire nation at the crucifixion.
And all the people said, "His blood be on us and on our children!"
(Matthew 27: 25)
Two Rivals. The twins Jacob and Esau struggled for both the birthright and the blessing, completing a rivalry that began in the womb.
The two symbolized the two coverings over the sanctuary.
Like Esau, Israel carelessly lost their birthright.
The story of what happened between Jacob and Esau demonstrates how the loss of the two parts of the birthright to the Gentiles could be described as a theft by Isaiah, trickery, giving away or squandering or throwing away an inheritance.
- Goat Skin Covering ("Red and Hairy Esau").
Now the first came forth red, all over like a hairy garment; and they named him Esau.
(Genesis 25: 25)
- Linen Covering ("Smooth Jacob").
Jacob answered his mother Rebekah, "Behold, Esau my brother is a hairy man and I am a smooth man.
She put the skins of the young goats on his hands and on the smooth part of his neck.
(Genesis 27: 11, 16)
Esau squandered the birthright and willingly gave it away for beans. Isaac stole the blessing by trickery.
A Feast. This is the savory dish that Isaac wanted.
Go now to the flock and bring me two choice young goats from there, that I may prepare them as a savory dish for your father, such as he loves.
(Genesis 27: 9)
» The Two Goats on The Day of Atonement. During the crucifixion, Christ fulfilled the events of Passover and the Day of Atonement.
This entire event mimicked the selection of the goats on the Day of Atonement. Abraham was blind as he selected between his two sons. He picked Jacob to give the blessing.
Abraham's blindness is symbolic of God's own deliberate blindness on that day.
God had to be blinded to pass over our sins as He used only His sense of touch, smell and taste to select the hairy goat.
This story tells us that he had to be blinded to pick the son who deserved the blessing.
Christ took on our sins and so covered Himself with goat skin so that God would pick Him and His descendants for the blessing.
But justice still prevailed, because God does not judge like man by looking only at the outward appearance. God looks at the heart.
So in the bright lights of justice God saw that an innocent man was condemned, but the blessing had already been given. It was irrevocable. We were forgiven!
Satan had long ago stolen our birth right by giving Eve the equivalent of a pot of stew. At the cross, he was too late to grab the blessing because he was too involved in making Israel into the deceitful woman.
The actions of the nation of Israel which appeared to bring Christ, his enemy, into his hands also helped to conceal Him at the time we were being judged.
Satan was tricked into giving up his stolen claim to the planet. He was even tricked by the woman whom he had made into a prostitute.
The Kiss of The Traitor. At first Isaac believes that it might not be Esau because of the voice. But Jacob assured him that he was Esau. So Isaac blessed Jacob after the kiss.
Then his father Isaac said to him, "Please come close and kiss me, my son."
(Genesis 27: 26)
- Asher ("Death"). Esau threatened to kill Isaac after his father died.
... the days of mourning for my father are near, then I will kill my brother Jacob.
(Genesis 27: 41)
- Naphtali ("Resurrection (Going Up)"). After receiving his father's blessing Jacob went up to Haran, a mountainous country to escape death. On the way he had a dream about the resurrection at Bethel.
He came upon a certain place and spent the night there, but the sun had set; and he took one of the stones of the place and put it under his head, and lay down in that place.
Oil. So Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put under his head and set it up as a pillar and poured oil on its top.
This stone which I have set up as a pillar, will be God's house, and of all that You give me I will surely give You a tenth.
(Genesis 28: 11, 18, 22)
Messianic Dream ("The Ladder to Heaven"). While he was dead, Jesus made the bridge to heaven.
He had a dream, and behold, a ladder was set on earth with its top reaching to heaven; and behold the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
And behold the Lord stood above it and said, "I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants.
Bethel. He called the name of that place Bethel; however, previously the name of the city had been Luz.
(Genesis 28: 12-13, 19)
Witness: The Stone Pillow.
Jesus also slept on a stone while He was dead and a stone was rolled away at His resurrection.
Then Jacob made a vow saying, "If God will be with me and keep me on this journey that I take, and will give me food to eat and garments to wear and I return to my father's house in safety, then the Lord will be my God.
This stone which I have set up as a pillar, will be God's house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You."
(Genesis 28: 18, 20-22)
At first this seems like a selfish, prosperity ministry request. We will only worship God if we get what we want.
But if you take another look at its deeper meaning you will discover that we can only worship God if he gives us these things that will save us.
Bethel ("House of God"). This time a place received a new name. Luz means separation or departure, while Bethel was the gateway to the house of God.
At this point, the sacrifice of Christ meant that we were no longer separated from God and denied access to heaven.
- The Journey ("Paths of Righteousness"). This lesson demonstrates that there is a certain journey for the righteous. It is called the "narrow way" in other places.
- Food to Eat ("Bread of Life"). Jesus is the food from God's Tree of Life that we must eat.
- Clothes to Wear ("Robes of Righteousness"). We must wear the Christ's robes of righteousness.
- Return To My Father In Safety ("Heaven"). A time when we are reunited with God in heaven.
- The Stone House of God ("12 Tribes"). The house of God will be made of the living stones of the twelve tribes.
- Tithe. This is what we give back in gratitude.
When he reached Haran, he found a well that was covered with a stone. When the stone was removed they watered the sheep.
This is how Jacob met the love of his life, Rachel and Isaac's servant met Rebekah.
- Tabernacles and the Blessings.
May the God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you, that you may become a company of peoples.
May He give you the blessings of Abraham, to you and to your descendants with you, that you may possess the land of your soujournings, which God gave to Abraham.
(Genesis 28: 3-4)
- Joseph ("Reproach Removed, Fruitful"). Isaac realized that Jacob deserved the blessings.
» Ephraim ("Fruitful"). Isaac would be fruitful through Jacob.
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). Rebekah helped him to forget the loss of his mother (Genesis 24: 67).
- Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand, Ravenous Wolf Divides Plunder"). Isaac inherited the Promised Land.
The Journey Of Jacob (The Supplanter) [2062 BC]
In a dream, God confirmed the covenant with him at Bethel (Genesis 28: 12-15).
The Land Where You Lie.
And behold the Lord stood above it and said, "I am the Lord, the God of your father Abraham and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie, I will give it to you and to your descendants.
The People Like Dust.
Your descendants shall also be like the dust of the earth, and you will spread out to the west and to the east and to the north and to the south; and in you and your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
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 promised you.
(Genesis 28: 13-15)
The wealth Jacob had was the blessings and the birthright.
He had taken away the birthright and Inheritance from Esau just as Jesus would take back the birthright and inheritance from Satan which had been carelessly given away by Adam for food.
Covenant Confirmed. Jacob blessed him again before he left and God confirmed it in a dream (Genesis 28: 1, 14).
A Lie. Laban and Leah lied to Jacob. She disguised herself and pretended to be Rachel so that Jacob would marry her.
This is the same type of deceitful action that Jacob did which caused him to flee to Laban.
Both liars concealed themselves to get what they wanted.
- Judah ("Praise the Lord"). After the dream he promised to serve God.
Then Jacob made a vow saying, "If God will be with me and will keep me on this journey that I take, and will give me food to eat and garments to wear,
and return to my father's house in safety, then the Lord will be my God."
(Genesis 28: 20)
- Issachar ("Wages, Living in Tents"). He received the blessings and the birthright.
- Zebulun ("Gift, Going Forth on a Journey").
He left Beersheba to go to Paddan-aram, promising to give a tenth to God.
This stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God's house, and of all that you give me I will surely give a tenth to you.
(Genesis 28: 22)
- Reuben ("Afflicted, No Preeminence"). Although he had the blessing he was now a homeless man.
- Simeon ("Hated, Scattered, Separated"). His brother hated him and he was separated from his parents.
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided"). Fortunately, he met Rachel and her sheep as they raided the well.
... and here is Rachel his daughter coming with the sheep.
(Genesis 29: 6)
Again, at this point we have another story about a well.
Watering the Sheep.
When all the flocks were gathered there, they would then roll the stone from the mouth of the well and water the sheep, and put the stone back in its place on the mouth of the well.
When Jacob saw Rachel, the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, Jacob went up and rolled the stone from the mouth of the well and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.
(Genesis 29: 3, 10)
The Kiss of The Traitor.
Then Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted his voice and wept.
So when Laban heard the news of Jacob, his sister's son, he ran to meet him, and embraced him and kissed him and brought him to his house.
(Genesis 29: 11, 13)
Jacob had just betrayed his father, now he is being kissed by a man who would betray him.
- Almost Dead and Wrath.
- Dan ("Serpent, Judged"). Laban was now the serpent who was about to take advantage of Jacob.
The Enticing Woman. Jacob fell in love with Rachel.
Two Rivals. Rachel and Leah fought for the attention of Jacob.
Price Paid. He worked seven years for Rachel.
» Seven Years and Seven Days. Christ confirmed the covenant with Israel for seven years, but suffered in the last week.
Jacob served seven years and one week for Rachel, but he had to work for another seven years before he had paid his debts.
So Jacob served seven years for Rachel and they seemed to him but a few days because of his love for her.
Jacob did so and completed her week, and he gave him his daughter Rachel as his wife.
(Genesis 29: 20, 28)
Heat and Frost.
Thus I was: by day the heat consumed me and the frost by night, and my sleep fled from my eyes.
(Genesis 31: 40)
A Wedding Feast.
Laban gathered all the men of the place and made a feast.
(Genesis 29: 22)
- Asher ("Death"). At sunset Laban brought the bride to him. Tonight was the wedding night.
Cloaked in Darkness.
Now in the evening he took his daughter Leah, and brought her to him and Jacob went in to her.
(Genesis 29: 23)
- Naphtali ("Resurrection").
New Name. All during his wedding night he called the imposter Rachel.
Covering Removed. When the veil was lifted, the morning light revealed it was Leah, not Rachel. He had been tricked because of darkness and a veiled face just as he had tricked his blind father.
The Marriage. In the light of dawn, on the resurrection from sleep he discovered the deception. Immediately, he made arrangements to marry Rachel also. But he was stuck with Leah for seven days.
As the women gave birth to their children, each mother and child was given a name that symbolized the final week of the Messiah.
In addition, one other event may be also Messianic.
Now in the days of the wheat harvest, Reuben went out and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them to his mother Leah.
Then Rachel said to Leah, "Please give me some of your son's mandrakes."
(Genesis 30: 14)
A mandrake is a root that is shaped like a human. When Reuben dug up the mandrake after the birth of Asher it could be a symbol of the Messiah being resurrected.
Asher symbolizes the death phase and the mandrake indicates man being dug up out of the ground in a resurrection.
In fact, the events and the names of the series of sons seem to demonstrate the following:
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Jesus Christ our Lord
(Romans 6: 23)
- Tabernacles and the Blessings.
As far as Jacob was concerned everything had gone wrong. The deceiver was deceived!
- Joseph ("Reproach Removed, Fruitful"). Leah's reproach was removed, but her husband hated her.
» Ephraim ("Fruitful"). His beloved Rachel was barren. But the hated wife was fruitful.
Now the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, and He opened her womb,
Womb Closed. but Rachel was barren.
(Genesis 29: 31)
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). I am sure he wanted to forget Leah.
- Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand, Ravenous Wolf Divides Plunder"). He was forced to work another thirteen years before he could escape. But through the miracle of God, he would plunder Laban's flocks when the time came to divide them.
The Journey Of Israel (The Prince Of God) [1980 BC]
Then the Lord said to Jacob, "Return to the land of your fathers and to your relatives and I will be with you".
(Genesis 31: 3)
After working for twenty years for Laban he was rich in material goods through a miracle of God.
So the man became exceedingly prosperous, and had large flocks and female and male servants and camels and donkeys.
(Genesis 30: 43)
Thus God has taken away your father's livestock and given them to me.
(Genesis 31: 9)
A Lie. Jacob deceived Laban so that he could secretly escape.
- Judah ("Praise the Lord"). Jacob wanted to return to the Promised Land to serve God.
- Issachar ("Wages, Living in Tents"). Jacob asked for his wages to begin his exodus.
Laban cheated him out of his wages ten times, but God gave them back to him just before he left.
Yet your father has cheated me and changed my wages ten times; however, God did not allow him to hurt me.
(Genesis 31: 7)
- Zebulun ("Gift, Going Forth on a Journey"). The family lived as nomads in tents.
His journey began when Joseph was born. Then he left Babylon with his wives and eleven sons.
Now it came about when Rachel had borne Joseph, that Jacob said to Laban, "Send me away, that I may go to my own place and to my own country".
Give me my wives and my children for whom I have served you, and let me depart; for you yourself know my service which I have rendered you.
Wages. He said, "name me your wages, and I will give it."
(Genesis 30: 25-26, 28)
The Kiss of The Traitor.
These were flattering words that Laban did not mean.
- Reuben ("Afflicted, No Preeminence, Turbulent Waters").
So he fled with all that he had; and he arose and crossed the Euphrates river; and set his face towards the hill country of Gilead.
(Genesis 31: 21)
- Simeon ("Hated, Scattered"). Jacob fled from his father-in-law, brothers-in-law and his twin brother who all hated him. He had to divide his family into different groups to protect them.
Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed, and he divided the people who were with him, and the flocks and the herds and the camels into two companies.
(Genesis 32: 7)
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided"). Laban came after him and searched his camp. Later, Esau also came.
Pursued by Laban and His Family.
Then Jacob became angry and contended with Laban; and Jacob said to Laban, "What is my transgression? What is my sin that you have hotly pursued me?"
(Genesis 31: 36)
Pursued by Esau With 400 Men.
The messengers returned to Jacob, saying, "We came to your brother Esau, and furthermore he is coming to meet you, and four hundred men are with him."
(Genesis 32: 6)
Angels at Mahanaim ("Two Companies").
As the two camps of humans fled they met two camps of angels. (Genesis 32: 2)
Witness: Galeed and Mizpah (Watchtower).
They set up a pillar as a witness of their oath.
So now come, let us make a covenant, you and I, and let it be a witness between you and me.
The Pillar. Then Jacob took a stone and set it up as a pillar.
The Heap. Jacob said to his kinsmen, "Gather stones." So they took stones and made a heap, and they ate there by the heap.
This heap is a witness and this pillar is a witness, that I will not pass by this heap to you for harm, and you will not pass by this heap, and this pillar to me, for harm.
A Meal on the Mountain. Then Jacob offered a sacrifice on the mountain, and called his kinsmen to the meal; and they ate the meal and spent the night on the mountain.
(Genesis 31: 52,54)
This is another view of the Pass over.
Christ is the single stone that is the pillar. The heap of stones who are the witness is the church. The kinsmen of Jacob are the disciples of Christ who helped Him to make the heap.
The cross is the pillar on the mountain that God will pass by or turn away from to avoid harm the heap of stones who belong to Christ.
Why did you flee secretly and deceive me, and did not tell me so that I might have sent you away with joy and with songs and with timbrel and with lyre
and did not allow me to kiss my sons and my daughters? Now you have done foolishly.
Early in the morning Laban arose, and kissed his sons and daughters and blessed them. Then Laban departed and returned to his place.
(Genesis 31: 27-28,55)
- Almost Dead and Wrath.
- Dan ("Serpent, Judged"). Jacob was in distress, he did not know how his enemies would respond.
The Enticing Woman. Like Sarah, both women gave their maids to their husband.
Two Rivals. The two sisters.
... for he said, "I will appease him with the present that goes before me, then afterward I will see his face; perhaps he will accept me."
So the present passed on before him, while he himself spent the night in the camp.
(Genesis 32: 20-21)
- Asher ("Death").
Then Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with Him until daybreak.
A Crippling Injury. When he saw that He had not prevailed against him, he touched the socket of his thigh; so that the socket of Jacob's thigh was dislocated while he wrestled with him.
(Genesis 32: 24-25)
- Naphtali ("Resurrection Miracle").
Like Naphtali whose name means, "I have wrestled and prevailed", Jacob wrestled and prevailed.
Dawn. Then He said, "Let Me go for the dawn is breaking".
Bless Me. But he said, "I will not let you go unless you bless me".
Israel Prevailed. He said, "Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed".
So Jacob named the place Peniel, for he said,
I Saw the Face of God! "I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been preserved".
(Genesis 32: 26, 28, 30)
Israel. His name was changed from Jacob to Israel.
Jacob means "following after", "taking by the heel", "supplanter" or "swindler". Israel means "contender with God" or "prince of God".
God said to him, "Your name is Jacob; you shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name." Thus He called him Israel.
God also said to him, "I am God Almighty; Be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come forth from you.
The land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give to you. And I will give the land to your descendants after you.
(Genesis 35: 10-12)
Bethel ("The House of God").
Jacob set up a pillar in the place where He had spoken to him, a pillar of stone, and he poured out a drink offering on it; he also poured oil on it.
(Genesis 35: 14)
Christ is the pillar who is the source of wine and oil for the house of God. The wine, or the giving of blood is poured out before the oil or the Holy Spirit.
Covering Removed. His daughter Dinah was raped and Reuben slept with his concubine Bilhah.
(Genesis 34: 2, 27 and Genesis 35: 22)
The Marriage. Rachel, the beloved wife, died in childbirth.
» The South West Diversion of Jacob.
After fleeing from his brother and winning a blessing from the Angel of the Lord, Jacob was diverted to Bethel, the house of God.
Bethel represents the Promised Land in the west where we live with God.
- Arise. Jacob was raised so that he could go up to the house of God.
Then God said to Jacob, "Arise, go up to Bethel and live there, and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from your brother Esau".
(Genesis 35: 1)
- Removed Foreign Gods. They removed the signs of idolatry and became the holy objects.
- Great Terror (Wrath of God). God terrified their enemies so that they could have safe passage.
- God Appears (El-Bethel). The God of Bethel appeared to them.
- Name Change. He received the new name of Israel again.
- Fruitful and Multiply. This is the promise of a great number.
- Bethel (House of God).
- Childbirth. The son of the right hand was born.
- The Disgrace of Reuben. This odd event probably points to the sin of the Antichrist.
Adultery with your father's wife, incest, is a sin of the whore of Babylon and the man of sin.
It suggests that Satan lost preemenince when he defiled an important woman, through spiritual adultery.
Uncontrolled as water, you shall not have preeminence, because you went up to your father's bed. Then you defiled it - he went up to my couch.
(Genesis 49: 4)
|North East||South West Diversion||West (Joseph)|
|Good News ||Raider||Sanctuary||Holy Objects Arrive||God||Son||666||Battle|
|Revival||Evangelism||Great Terror Upon the Cities||Bethel|
- Tabernacles (Succoth) and the Blessings.
Jacob journeyed to Succoth and built for himself a house and made booths for his livestock; therefore the place is named Succoth
(Genesis 33: 17)
- Joseph ("Reproach Removed, Fruitful"). When he wrestled with God to receive a blessing. He received a new name and the command to be fruitful when God renewed the covenant.
» Ephraim ("Fruitful").
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). Make me forget the sorrow of the death of my beloved Rachel.
- Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand"). He had Benjamin after this renewal of the covenant.
The Spotted And Striped Goat On The Cross (The Model Of Perfection)
then I will punish their transgression with the rod and their iniquity with stripes.
(Psalm 89: 32)
|The Spotted and Striped Goat|
|Mated to the Cross|
The Serpent Who was lifted up on the cross that healed their diseases is the same image as the goat with the spots and striped who would restore their wealth.
The process by which God paid Jacob is the same process by which He will give the wealth of the earth to Christ.
God took what Satan had stolen from Adam by having the people look at the spotted and striped Man nailed to the cross.
Exposed White Strips. Then Jacob took fresh rods of poplar and almond and plane trees, and peeled white strips in them, exposing the whites which were in the rods.
Peeled Rods. He set the rods which he had peeled in front of the flocks in the gutters, even in the watering troughs, where the flocks came to drink; and they mated [conceived] when they came to drink.
Mating By the Rods. So the flocks mated by the rods, and the flocks brought forth striped, speckled and spotted.
Striped and Spotted Male Goats. Moreover, whenever the stronger [bound ones] of the flock were mating, Jacob would place the rods in the sight of the flock in the gutters, so that they might mate by the rods.
(Genesis 30: 37-39, 41)
Messianic Dream ("Striped and Spotted Male Goats"). And it came about at the time when the flock were mating that I lifted up my eyes and saw in a dream, and behold, the male goats which were mating [leaping upon the flock] were striped, speckled and mottled.
(Genesis 31: 10)
In almost every instance when a patriarch or prophet "lifts up his eyes" it is a Messianic symbol of looking up at Christ on the cross as He repairs our genes.
- Flock of Goats. This is the people of Israel who are gathered for the feast.
- Watering Troughs. The temple is the place where they came to eat with God at the feast.
It is there that the Holy Spirit was symbolically poured out when blood and the living water came out of His side.
- Rods. The upright cross connected to the body of Christ.
» Peeled Rods. Christ beaten and torn skin. The tree that made the cross was also stripped and peeled.
» Exposed White Strips. The exposed white flesh under the skin that has been peeled away by the sharp objects on the end of the whip used to beat Him.
- Striped and Spotted Male Goats. Jesus was treated as a great sinner, which is the male goat for the sin offering.
On the cross He was naked and bruised by the punches, kicks, welts, cuts, abrasions, gouges, subdural markings showing through His skin.
With these injuries His body looked striped from the whip markings and spotted from the black and blue bruises showing through His skin all over His body.
- Mated. The concept of physical mating brings the idea of "joining to" another.
» Mating With God ("Joined themselves to their God").
The concept of spiritual "mating" or "joining to" God can be seen in this condemnation of Israel for spiritual prostitution.
While Israel remained at Shittim, the people began to play the harlot with the daughters of Moab.
For they invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.
Joined to False Gods.
So Israel joined themselves to Baal of Peor, and the Lord was angry against Israel.
(Numbers 25: 1-3)
We "join to" a god when we have a feast, make sacrifices, worship and rejoice before him.
» Feasting While Mating ("Into the Jaws of Death"). The union was also compared to cannibalism.
Like godless jesters at a feast, they gnashed at me with their teeth.
(Psalm 35: 16)
» Mating ("Leaping Upon the Flock"). When a male initiates mating his actions are described as "leaping upon" the female. Therefore he is in a raised position above the woman with his arms stretched out and bent forward.
This is the position of Christ on the cross.
There is a mating ritual in the insect world which guarnatees the male that his genes will survive.
In the mating process the smaller male spider will sacrifice himself by throwing himself on the female beneath her jaws.
But while she is taking the time to eat him, he is transferring more genetic material.
The crucifixion is symbolized as cannibalism and mating.
Given the circumstances and choices, the only way that Christ could save us was to sacrifice Himself by throwing Himself into the jaws of death of a woman named Israel.
This type of behavior will not exist in heaven.
Death, predatory animals and other behaviors that cause death point to the biological effects of sin.
» Mating By the Rods. At the crucifixion Christ was "mated to the rod" by virtue of being nailed fast to the cross.
Christ is also known as "the Branch". When Israel joined themselves to Rome by declaring their allegiance to Caesar during the crucifixion and forming an alliance to execute an injustice, they were also "mating by the rods" as they stood next to the cross.
» Bound Ones Were Mating. Jesus was bound and connected to the cross by nails.
He suffered the curse of serving gods of wood and stone by being joined to a wooden cross and being under a slab of stone in death.
» Raped in a City. If a girl is raped in a city she must cry out or she will be found guilty and stoned outside the city.
If there is a girl who is a virgin engaged to a man, and another man finds her in the city and lies with her.
Stoned Outside the City.
then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city and you shall stone them to death; the girl because she did not cry out in the city, and the man because he has violated his neighbor's wife. Thus you shall purge the evil from among you.
(Deuteronomy 22: 23-24)
The mock trials that occurred in the city while they dragged Jesus from one location to another is an example of legal and spiritual rape.
During all of this Jesus did not defend Himself but remained silent (Matthew 27: 12-14). Therefore He was stoned outside the city.
- The Laws on Marriage. Now we can tackle all the unusual laws about marriage.
The key to understanding the wisdom of God is to realize that death annuls a marriage, but resurrection creates a host of interesting complications which God has used to our advantage.
It seems that when Satan made these oppressive rules and curses that he did not consider how resurrection would change the circumstances.
Hatred makes you stupid!
If a man turns against his wife and makes accusations of adultery and the evidence says that it is false, he shall be beaten and he cannot divorce her.
|Death By Baptism|
As a symbol of death and resurrection, baptism is important because it allows God to legally break all contracts when we declare that we are dead to sin.
God used death to triumph over death!
The Evidence on the Garment.
... but this is the evidence of my daughter's virginity. And they shall spread the garment before the elders of the city.
So the elders of the city shall take the man and chastise him,
... because he publicly defamed a virgin of Israel. And she shall remain his wife, he cannot divorce her all his days.
(Deuteronomy 22: 17-19)
God was engaged to Israel and He charged the nation with infidelity. As the only faithful Israelite, He sweat blood on His garments in the Garden of Gethsemane to atone for sin and absolve Israel of guilt.
So His clothes became her clothes. She was covered in His righteousness. So when His clothes were taken and examined it contained the evidence that Israel was still a faithful virgin because there was blood on the garment.
Therefore God could not divorce Israel and He was severely beaten.
» Remarriage (Deuteronomy 24: 1-4).
Since the law does not allow you to remarry a wife you have divorced, then Christ did not divorce Israel. He did not divorce Israel because He hated her. Death annulled the marriage.
So, when the covenant was passed to the Gentiles, it indicated that God took a second wife after His death.
Death changed the validity of His marriage to Israel, allowing Him to legally marry the Gentiles in the resurrection. So, by a technicality, He did not commit adultery!
» The Man with Two Wives (Deuteronomy 21: 15-17).
According to these rules God must give the double portion of inheritance to the firstborn son of Israel, even if He hates her.
Christ is Israel's firstborn. They get a double portion of blessing because they will be called again at the end of time to be ministers of God.
Like the prodigal son, they squandered the first portion of their blessing when they rejected Christ.
After they are reunited with the Father, they will receive the second portion of the blessing and become a light at the end of time.
|Life (Old Covenant)
||Resurrection (New Covenant)
|Israel (First Born)
||Gentiles (Other Child)
» Marrying Two Sisters.
You shall not marry a woman in addition to her sister as a rival while she is alive, to uncover her nakedness.
(Leviticus 18: 18)
If we view the Jews and the Gentiles as two rival sisters, then Christ is not guilty of breaking this law either.
He married the Gentiles after He was dead. Resurrection complicated the rules because death automatically anulled the first marriage which was not anulled by choice in a divorce.
» The Marriage of God.
Therefore, when God instituted laws about multiple wives, He was building an institution to protect Himself legally. This new marriage anticipated a death and resurrection, an abnormal condition which legitimately created multiple living wives who were sisters and there are no laws to govern it.
» The Man Who Married The Beautiful Captive (Deuteronomy 21: 10-14).
After Christ battled Satan and death at the crucifixion, the beautiful captive that He found in that land was the Gentiles.
Beauty is a symbol of goodness that can be seen.
He married the Gentiles but there was a waiting period before He could take them as His wife. During that time she has a change of clothes and her hair and nails were trimmed.
At the end of time, if He is displeased with us, He cannot send us back to Satan or mistreat us. He must let us go to choose what we want.
After the resurrection, the covenant did not go immediately to the Gentiles. There was a waiting period of 3.5 years.
In that time, while He was still ministering to the Jews, He offered us His robes of righteousness and removed our filthy garments and all evidence of the fruit of our past life.
After 3.5 years, He made the marriage covenant with us.
» Choose Life! According to Revelation, we will become displeasing to Him as the church of Laodicea.
He will arrange it so that we have the resources that we need so that we will not follow Satan or fall into sin.
We will have to choose what we want to do. We must choose to be born again as children.
So when the Antichrist appears, we have all the resources to make the right decision.
Now we can see certain laws in a new light. They were God's way of making sure that we could be saved.
- Unfair Distribution of the Inheritance.
Instead of unfairness in granting a double portion to the first born, we see God reversing an unfairness to the Jews who were given the resonsibility of putting Him to death and losing the first portion of their inheritance as a result.
He gives them another inheritance, so that at the end of time all children have one portion of inheritance.
Instead of being a lecherous husband with multiple wives, God pictured His marriages, not as adultery but as a complication caused by the curse of sin.
When Satan crafted the terms of the curse, God did not enlighten them about this complication because He would use it to save the Gentiles.
- Slavery. Earth is a planet kidnapped into slavery. Most of us like it here and do not want to leave. So God's law acknowledges the conditions under which He found us and all the laws are written to deal with our circumstances.
Instead of promoting slavery, God was actually trying to abolish the practice and rescue us from slavery.
After He rescued us from slavery to sin, He married the slave girl and actually raised her status to a wife.
If he adopted us and we became heirs, we would still be under the dominion of His servants or hired workers. As a wife we have more freedom and privileges than as slaves.
If He has to reject us, He makes sure that we have the resources to escape the system of slavery.
- Kidnapped. There is a death penalty for kidnapping any person into slavery.
- Sold (Endentured Servants). A person can sell themselves into slavery to pay a debt.
» Adam and Eve. It is obvious that Adam deliberately sold himself into slavery because he knew what he was doing.
Eve may have been lured and kidnapped into slavery.
So God has to make provisions to release both types of captives.
- Enslaved Brothers. It is forbidden to put our brothers into slavery or allow him to be kept in slavery. It is our duty to buy them back from slavery immediately. God purchased us back with His blood.
- Marriage. As a free Man God can marry the slave that He rescued or purchased to change her status and keep her with Him. If He buys her back and immediately frees her, she is in danger of being kidnapped again because the land is not safe. Since He does not believe in slavery, He keeps her as His wife.
- Seven Years (Slaves Freed). Slaves must be released every seven years.
- Fifty Years (Total Freedom). A land captured into slave debt must return to its original owners.
When the earth returns to His possession, God can release those captured in the land of death.
Genesis 37-49: The Journey Of Joseph (Increase) [1950 BC]
The experience of Joseph is unique among his brothers and explains why he is the only one among the twelve who is a type of Christ.
While all the brothers had a couple of experiences that mimicked the life of Christ, Joseph experienced all twelve signs.
And, like Christ, he experienced the worst cycle several times, each time getting into a worst predicament.
God confirmed the covenant with Joseph through a series of dreams which indicated that Joseph would be a king. He would be a king like the Messiah.
King of Earth. ... my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.
(Genesis 37: 7)
King of Heaven. ... behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars were bowing down to me.
(Genesis 37: 9)
... and his father rebuked him and said to him, "What is this dream that you have had? Shall I and your mother and your brothers actually come to bow down before you on the ground?"
(Genesis 37: 10)
Israel's response was prophetic. By this time Joseph's mother was already dead. So either he was referring to a time when Rachel would be resurrected or it was also a prophecy about the nation of Israel at the time of the Messiah when only eleven disciples, the church and the Father would honor Him.
Wealth. Joseph was sold into slavery at seventeen, so he did not have time to accumulate wealth.
However, before each of his trials began, He developed a good reputation and was loved by his masters.
First his father expressed his great love by giving him a coat of many colors. Then Potiphar made him master over everything in his house. Finally, he became the trusted leader in the jail.
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his sons, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a robe of many colors.
(Genesis 38: 3)
Successful in Slavery.
The Lord was with Joseph, so he became a successful man. And he was in the house of his master, the Egyptian.
Now his master saw that the Lord was with him and how the Lord caused all that he did to prosper in his hand.
(Genesis 39: 2-5)
Successful in Prison.
The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph's charge because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did the Lord made to prosper.
(Genesis 39: 23)
Joseph would suffer like the Messiah who was the beloved son sent by the Father to see how his brothers (the priests) were tending the flock of Israel.
He would be successful as a slave on earth, doing everything that pleased His Father. He would also be successful in the prison house called death because He would earn the keys to death and hell and free its prisoners (Revelation 1: 18).
- Exodus. The jealousy of his brothers drove them to send him on a forced exodus.
- Judah ("Praise the Lord"). He was the beloved son.
- Issachar ("Wages, Living in Tents"). The family still lived in tents.
- Zebulun ("Gift, Going Forth on a Journey to Shechem"). He received a gift of a coat of many colors and he also received the gift of prophecy and the interpretation of prophecy. Then Joseph went from Hebron to Shechem.
Israel said to Joseph, "Are not your brothers pasturing the flock in Shechem? Come, and I will send you to them." And he said to him "I will go."
(Genesis 37: 13)
- Affliction. He went to Shechem to find his brothers, but they had moved to Dothan to pasture the flock. When they saw him they plotted to kill him.
Plot to Kill.
When they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they plotted against him to put him to death.
(Genesis 37: 18)
At this point his ten brothers were symbolically the ten priests who carried the offerings and also plotted to kill Jesus.
Nine priest carried the offering pieces regularly and a tenth carried water during the feast of Tabernacles.
- Reuben ("Afflicted, No Preeminence, Turbulent Waters"). He was the tenth water carrying priest who was only guilty of throwing his brother in an empty well, although it was with the intention of rescuing him.
At this phase Jesus was shedding His blood in the field named Gethsemane, becoming our substitute as He made intercession for us, fulfilling the oath of God by offering His own life.
Rescued by Reuben, The Intercessor.
But Reuben heard this and rescued him out of their hands and said, "Let us not take his life."
(Genesis 37: 21)
So they took Joseph's tunic, and slaughtered a male goat and dipped the tunic in it.
(Genesis 37: 31)
Oath of Redemption.
Then Reuben spoke to his father saying, "You may put my two sons to death if I do not bring him back to you; put him in my care and I will return him to you."
(Genesis 42: 37)
Reuben made an oath that he would redeem both Simeon and Benjamin with the life of his two sons.
Priest Tore Garments (Offered His Own Life).
Now Reuben returned to the pit, and behold, Joseph was not in the pit; so he tore his garments.
(Genesis 37: 29)
Reuben represented the actions of the high priest. This priest carried the water at the head of a processional and he also tore his garments at the trial of Jesus (Mark 14: 63).
Diverted by A Man in the Field.
A man found him and behold he was wandering in the field; and the man asked him "what are you looking for?"
(Genesis 37: 15)
Some how this represents the providence of God which diverted Him to the way while He was standing in an open field.
» From Shechem to Dothan. If the names are correct then the man diverted him from a place named "part" and "back early in the morning" to a place named "law or custom".
Jesus was taken out of Gethsemane and from the early morning trials to follow the path of the law which would lead to His death.
By law, Joseph and Christ must both be pointed towards the right way if they stray from the path.
Staying on The Path.
You shall not see your countryman's ox or his sheep straying away, and pay no attention to them; you shall certainly bring them back to your country man.
(Deuteronomy 22: 1)
Symbol (An Angel in the Field).
By law, God must send someone to guide the righteous who might go astray from the path.
So God sent an angel, who was one of His own countrymen, to assure Jesus that He had to drink the cup.
After an angel of the Lord comforted him, He was found by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane. Judas steered him to his brothers (the priests).
In the prophecy of Baalam's donkey this represents the time when the first angel of the Lord blocked his way in the field and sent him back on the road.
- Simeon ("Hated, Scattered, Separated"). His brothers hated him so much they plotted how to kill him when they saw him coming.
His brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers; and so they hated him and could not speak to him on friendly terms.
Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more.
(Genesis 37: 4-5)
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided"). Nine of his brothers captured him and threw him in a pit and then sold him to a band of Ishmaelites from Midian.
Arrested and Stripped.
So it came about, when Joseph reached his brothers, that they stripped him of his tunic, the varicolored tunic that was on him.
Water Dried Up. And they took him and threw him into a pit. Now the pit was empty, without any water in it.
(Genesis 37: 23-24)
In the same way they captured Jesus, stripped Him of His clothes and arrested Him.
The Woman. Potiphar's wife had Joseph imprisoned when he would not commit adultery with her.
Now it came about after these events, that his master's wife looked with desire at Joseph, and she said, "Lie with me."
As she spoke to Joseph day after day, he did not listen to her to lie beside her or be with her.
(Genesis 39: 7, 10)
A Naked Joseph Flees.
She caught him by the garment, saying "Lie with me!" And he left his garment in her hand and fled, and went outside.
(Genesis 39: 12)
(The Naked Innocent).
There is an obscure event recorded by Mark at the time Jesus was arrested that was a symbol of what was being done to Jesus. This is the source of that symbol.
The Naked Man Flees.
A young man was following Him, wearing nothing but a linen sheet over his naked body; and they seized him.
But he pulled free of the linen and escaped naked.
(Mark 14: 51-52)
However, the nakedness of Adam and Eve may also be seen as the source of this symbol.
Unlike Joseph and Jesus who escaped by being naked, they were guilty. They escaped an immediate sentence of death by becoming naked. Like sleep, nakedness must be equivalent to the first death.
- Almost Dead and Wrath.
Several events represent Jesus at this stage.
- Dan ("Serpent, Judged").
Pursued by The Temptress.
As she spoke to Joseph day after day, he did not listen to her to lie beside her or be with her.
(Genesis 39: 10)
The Woman (Tamar The Prostitute).
We could apply the symbol of the temptress to Mrs Potipher and her attempts to assault Joseph.
But, interrupting the narrative is the story of Judah and Tamar, his daughter-in-law. This awkward placement only makes sense because it allowed the order of the story to complete the pattern.
The line of the Messiah came through their son Perez.
She was married to his first two sons who were killed by God. The first for being evil, the second for showing that he despised his birthright when he spilled his seed.
By law she should have been given as a wife to the youngest son, but Judah delayed keeping the promise.
So Tamar dressed as a prostitute and slept with him. She had twins.
The story is a picture of the unfaithful woman who was made a promise by the Father. Eve was promised a seed, but for 4000 years sons were born and died and no promise was kept.
The daughters of Eve were not given a child from the royal family until she acted like a prostitute.
The Holy Spirit conceived a child with unfaithful Israel through Mary.
The Kiss of The Traitor. Tamar deceived Judah by acting like a prostitute.
Tamar had twin sons who fought for the place of the first born during the birth process.
Perez and Zerah.
It came about at the time she was giving birth, that behold there were twins in her womb.
Moreover it took place while she was giving birth, one put out a hand and the midwife took and tied a scarlet thread on his hand saying, "This one came out first".
But it came about as he drew back his hand, that behold his brother came out. Then she said "What a breach you have made for yourself!" So she named him Perez.
Afterward his brother came out with the scarlet thread on his hand; and he was named Zerah.
(Genesis 38: 27)
The Messiah would come from the line of Perez (the fourth son of the fourth son), but both sons represented Him because Christ would be divided into two - a human and a divine.
Price Paid ("Free Meal").
Joseph always returned the money to their sacks because we can never pay anything for our salvation. Salvation is a free meal ticket.
- Perez ("Breach, Divided"). He was the human form of God who came to be torn apart for our sins.
- Zerah ("Dawning (East), Brightness"). Before the foundation of the world, He is the one who stretched out His hand and said, "Pick Me!" Then he waited to be born after the breach (sin).
Zerah represents Christ being born again in the resurrection. He will come back at the end from the east to slay the wicked with the brightness of His coming.
Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. Thus they brought Joseph to Egypt.
(Genesis 39: 28)
Joseph had a meal with all his brothers at noon. At noon Jesus was being devoured on the cross by the twelve tribes.
Many symbols also depict this is being eaten by wild beasts.
When Joseph saw Benjamin with them, he said to his house steward, "Bring the men into the house, and slay an animal and make ready; for the men are to dine with me at noon."
(Genesis 43: 16)
Now then, come and let us kill him and throw him into one of the pits;
Eaten By Wild Beasts. we will say "A wild beast devoured Him." ...
(Genesis 37: 20)
» The Meal. After they threw him in the pit, his brothers sat down to eat a meal.
- Asher ("Death"). Death is represented by imprisonment. For Joseph, it is the time of three separate confinements between 17 and 30 years old that progressively got worse. Joseph was in the waterless pit, then about 13 years in slavery and over two years in prison.
In the Pit of Despair. And they took him and threw him in the pit. Now the pit was empty without any water in it.
(Genesis 37: 24)
Jailed: Guilty of Attempted Rape.
Now when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spoke to him saying, "This is what your slave did to me", his anger burned.
So Joseph's master took him and put him in jail, the place where the king's prisoners were confined, and he was there in the jail.
(Genesis 39: 19)
All twelve sons represented what happened to Jesus, so they also spent three days and nights in prison.
So he put them all together in prison for three days.
(Genesis 42: 17)
- Naphtali ("Resurrection Miracle"). The resurrection was being taken out of the pit and out of jail.
Spice Traders. And as they raised their eyes and looked, behold a caravan of Ishmaelites were coming from Gilead, with their camels bearing aromatic gum and balm and myrrh, on their way to bring them down to Egypt.
(Genesis 37: 25-26)
The traders are the people who came with spices to embalm his body and take him to the grave. So we have the impression that Joseph of Arimathea and others bargained for His body because the custom was to leave them rotting on the cross to be eaten by scavengers.
On Sunday morning, Mary and the women came with spices to finish embalming the body.
He was resurrected again when the riddle was solved. He interpreted Pharaoh's dream.
You shall be over my house, and according to your command all my people shall do homage; only in the throne will I be greater than you.
(Genesis 41: 40)
Bitter Waters: Revenge.
Joseph put his brothers in prison for three days to test them. But Joseph was also being tested. He did not let a sense of revenge cause him to punish his brothers as they deserved. So he passed the test. Revenge could not sweeten the bitter waters.
Now Joseph said to them on the third day, "Do this and live for I fear God."
(Genesis 42: 18)
Jesus was in the bowels of a prison for three days and he took the blame and stayed in prison so that His brothers could go free. He pardoned us instead of taking revenge.
Just as his brothers did not recognize him, Mary and the disciples did not recognize Jesus.
New Name. Pharaoh gave him a new name which possibly means "God speaks, He lives."
Then Pharaoh named Joseph Zaphenath-paneah ...
(Genesis 41: 45)
The Egyptians believed that Pharaoh was a god. So in making Joseph second to him, Pharaoh was making him like a son, just as Moses became a son of Pharaoh by decree or adoption.
So Joseph was the son of god. Jesus was the Son of Man Who was also the Son of God.
Covering Removed. His prison clothes were immediately removed and he was dressed in royal clothes.
Then Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand and put it on Joseph's hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen and put the gold necklace around his neck.
(Genesis 41: 42)
The Marriage. Joseph married the daughter of a priest.
... and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, as his wife.
(Genesis 41: 45)
Tamar saved her life by giving evidence of clothing removed.
He said, "What pledge shall I give you?" And she said, "Your seal, and your cord, and your staff that is in your hand." So he gave them to her and went in to her, and she conceived by him.
It was while she was being brought out that she sent to her father-in-law saying, "I am with child by the man to whom these things belong". And she said, "Please examine and see, whose signet ring and cords and staff are these".
(Genesis 38: 18,25)
From the darkness of the pit through the darkness of slavery until the pit and darkness of prison, Joseph's life was being dried up until God gave him the answer to Pharaoh's dream.
» The Exodus of Joseph. Even the bones of Joseph were resurrected and taken to the Promised Land.
Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for he had made the sons of Israel solemnly swear, saying, "God will surely take care of you, and you shall carry my bones from here with you".
(Exodus 13: 19)
- Tabernacles and the Blessings. Pharaoh offered them shelter from the famine and he sent many gifts.
- Joseph ("Reproach Removed, Fruitful"). Joseph became second only to Pharaoh in the land of Egypt.
His brothers also bowed down before him several times, fulfilling his dreams.
You shall be over my house, and according to your command all my people shall do homage; only in the throne I will be greater than you.
He made him ride in the second chariot; and they proclaimed before him, "Bow the knee!" And set him over all the land of Egypt.
(Genesis 41: 40,43)
» Double Inheritance.
In Genesis 48: 3-5, Israel repeated the covenant to Joseph and made Ephraim and Manasseh a part of the covenant, equal to sons.
» Ephraim ("Fruitful").
Now Israel lived in the land of Egypt, in Goshen, and they acquired property in it and were fruitful and became very numerous.
(Genesis 47: 27)
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). The birth of his two sons helped him to forget the family he lost.
» Jacob's Blessings. When Jacob blessed his grandsons, Joseph placed the older child on Jacob's right and the younger on the left (Genesis 48: 13).
But Jacob crossed his hands so that Ephraim would get the blessing of the right hand (Genesis 48: 14).
However, from the New Testament we know that Manasseh is represented in the eternal kingdom. Ephraim seems to share his father's inheritance.
- Manasseh. In heaven, he still gets the birthright because he was still the firstborn and he still stood on Israel's right side.
- Ephraim. He get's the blessing of fruitfulness, but is grafted into his father's inheritance.
- Crossed Hands. By crossing his hands Israel changed the blessing but not the birthright.
This predicted that the Gentiles, the second son, will be more fruitful, but Israel still had a right of inheritance.
Unlike Esau, they did not sell their birthright for a pot of stew, they ate the meal, but showed contempt for it!
- Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand, Ravenous Wolf Divides Plunder").
Through his management he made Pharaoh very rich and he was in charge of distributing the food to the world.
So Joseph bought all the land of Egypt for Pharaoh, for every Egyptian had sold his field, because the famine was severe upon them. Thus the land became Pharaoh's.
(Genesis 47: 20)
He treated his young brother with greater favor, giving him five times as much as the others.
He took portions to them from his own table, But Benjamin's portion was five times as much as any of theirs. So they feasted and drank freely with him.
(Genesis 43: 34)
To each he gave changes of garments but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and five changes of garments.
(Genesis 45: 22)
The story of Joseph included many dreams which were Messianic.
Joseph is the favorite son of the beloved wife who was sold into slavery to the Gentiles after his brothers plotted to kill him.
While he was in prison unjustly, he interpreted two dreams that seem to be Messianic prophecies.
- The Sun, Moon and Eleven Stars Bow Down. Heaven, the church and the tribes will acknowledge Him as King.
Only one of the twelve would be missing.
- Chief Cup Bearer ("The Messiah Lives"). He serves wine to the king. He gave His blood for our sins.
... In my dream, behold, there was a vine in front of me;
and on the vine were three branches. And as it was budding, its blossoms came out, and its clusters produced ripe grapes.
Now Pharaoh's cup was in my hand; so I took the grapes and squeezed them into Pharaoh's cup, and I put the cup into Pharaoh's hand.
Genesis 40: 9-11
- Three Branches ("Three Days"). After three days Jesus would come back to life.
- Chief Cup Bearer. He gave His life's blood, symbolized as wine, for our sins. Jesus would drink the cup of wrath. (Mark 14: 36)
- Grapes Squeezed. Jesus would shed His blood or squeeze His grapes and be alive after three days.
- The Vine, the Bud and Sprigs. Jesus said that He is the Vine and the Branch. He is the vine that was budding.
According to Isaiah, the rest of the sprigs will be cut off when the bud appeared. Israel is the sprigs that were cut off when the Gentiles were called.
For before the harvest, as soon as the bud blossoms and the flower becomes a ripening grape, then He will cut off the sprigs with pruning knives and remove and cut away the spreading branches.
(Isaiah 18: 5)
- Chief Baker ("The Messiah Dies"). He gave His body, symbolized as broken bread, for our sins.
I also saw in my dream, and behold, there were three baskets of white bread on my head;
and in the top basket there were some of all sorts of baked food for Pharaoh, and the birds were eating them out of the basket on my head.
(Genesis 40: 16-17)
- Three Branches ("Three Days"). He would be in "the belly of the beast" for three days and He would die.
Then Joseph answered and said, "This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days;
within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head from you and will hang you on a tree, and the birds will eat your flesh off you.
(Genesis 40: 18-19)
- Head Hang on a Tree ("Crucifixion"). He was crucified on a cross at Golgotha, the place of the skull
- Birds Eat Bread ("Death"). The bread, or His body, was broken and eaten by scavengers.
- Seven Years of Famine ("Israel Rejects Christ"). The seven meager cows are the seven years that Jesus and the disciples worked to convert Israel.
- Seven Years of Plenty ("Israel Accepts Christ"). The seven fat cows may be the last seven years on earth when the Jews accept the Messiah.
Other Messianic Actions And Prophecies Of Joseph
Both his dreams and his life experience were Messianic prophecies.
- The Favorite Son. Christ was the favorite and unique Son of God. This caused jealousies in heaven.
So, although Abraham may have shown favoritism with Joseph, he was still a righteous child and the experience did illustrate the problems of God.
- Coat of Many Colors. This coat was given to Joseph because His father loved him. It was torn and dipped in blood to prove that the boy was taken by wild beasts.
Jesus began the rainbow plan at His death when the people tore Him apart like wild animals. He wore humanity like a coat and came to die for us because the heavenly Father loved us.
So do not be too quick to judge Abraham for creating petty jealousy among his children by showing favoritism.
The fact is that Leah probably began the feeling of jealousy and rivalry because of her own insecurities that she helped to create.
By the time Joseph got his coat he was still a child, his father was old and his mother was dead and his brothers were grown men who were already jealous of him.
One can only speculate how his stepmothers treated him.
- Sold As a Slave. Joseph was sold as a slave. Jesus was sold for the price to redeem a slave and a woman (Exodus 21: 32 and Leviticus 27: 3-4).
If the ox gores a male or female slave, the owner shall give his or her master thirty shekels of silver, and the ox shall be stoned.
(Exodus 21: 32)
Jesus was both the slave who was gored with a sword and the ox who was stoned.
God turned a horrible situation into good. Joseph was sent ahead as a slave by his brothers and became master over his owners in order to save his family.
Our sins sold Jesus into slavery and He destroyed the system of slavery and rescued us from death by becoming Lord over the land of sin and death.
- Foot Washing.
Jesus washed the feet of the disciples before the Passover meal, just as the brothers washed their feet before the meal.
Then the man brought the men into Joseph's house and gave them water, and they washed their feet; and he gave their donkeys fodder.
(Genesis 43: 24)
- Back From The Dead.
Like Abraham received Isaac as if from the dead, Jacob also receive Joseph back from the dead.
Later we will prove that the last church is modeled after the tribe of Benjamin, the born again young tribe.
- Five Times. The last church will be blessed more than all previous churches and more than the firstborn.
(Genesis 43: 22,34)
- The Cup Of Joseph.
Jesus postponed drinking the fourth cup of the Passover. As the cup of wrath is about to fall on the wicked, God set a trap so that He could extend the cup of mercy to Israel.
Then he commanded the house steward, saying, "Fill the men's sacks with food, as much as they can carry, and put each man's money in the mouth of his sack.
Put my cup, the silver cup, in the mouth of the sack of the youngest, and his money for the grain." And he did as Joseph had told him.
The Cup of Wrath. He searched, beginning with the oldest and ending with the youngest, and the cup was found in Benjamin's sack.
(Genesis 44: 1-2, 12)
- Judah Exchanged.
It is the tribe of Judah and Benjamin which remained at the time of Christ.
Judah bargained to take the place of Benjamin. Jesus took the place of Israel.
For your servant became surety for the lad to my father, saying, if I do not bring him back to you, then let me bear the blame before my father forever.
(Genesis 44: 32)
- Simeon Exchanged.
It was Simeon who stayed in prison while they went for Benjamin.
The Christian church took over the burden until Benjamin arrives.
Simeon In Prison.
Their father Jacob said to them, "You have bereaved me of my children: Joseph is no more, and Simeon is no more, and you would take Benjamin; all these things are against me."
(Genesis 42: 36)
- Please Come Closer. The Jews must come close to Jesus Christ when He reveals Himself.
They should not feel guilt for what was done because God allowed Jesus to be sold for our sins in order to preserve the life of the world.
Then Joseph said to his brothers, "Please come close to me." And they came closer. And he said, "I am your brother Joseph whom you sold into Egypt".
Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life.
(Genesis 45: 4-5)
The Journey Of Moses (Taken Out) [1580-1500 BC]
Wealth. After 400 years of slavery, the people had no assets except God and their covenant with Him.
Covenant Established. Their cries caused God to remember the covenant, so He raised up a deliverer named Moses because he would take the people out of Egypt.
Moses lived this pattern several times before the entire nation experienced it. First as a baby, then after he fled from Pharaoh and finally as he led Israel in the exodus.
Child in Egypt. He was born to a slave who became part of the royal family for 40 years.
Egypt is a type of the world in sin, Pharaoh is Satan. This is a picture of the curse.
and he said, "When you are helping the Hebrew women to give birth and see them upon the birthstool, if it is a son, then you shall put him to death; but if it is a daughter, then she shall live".
People. Then Pharaoh commanded the people, saying, "Every son who is born you are to cast into the Nile, and every daughter you are to keep alive."
(Exodus 1: 16, 22)
- Son (Death). Jesus was the Son Who was sentenced to death by suffocation or drowning.
Death by Crucifixion.
The most likely method of death that a midwife would use would be strangulation or suffocation.
It is interesting that with death by crucifixion, water accumulated in the chest and the victim is ultimately unable to assist his breathing.
So death by crucifixion is literally suffocation by drowning.
- Daughter (Church or Israel). The daughter was sentenced to a life of slavery in sin.
Prince of Egypt. As a prince he became aware of the affliction of Israel.
Shepherd in Midian. He fled from Egypt and lived in a foreign land for 40 years.
Deliverer. He returned to free the slaves and led them on an exodus for 40 years.
- Exodus. The providence of God thought that it was wise for him to leave his people and grow up among the Egyptians.
- Judah ("Praise the Lord").
Child. Moses' mother saw that he was a good baby and tried to save his life, hiding him for 3 months.
Deliverer. He told Pharaoh that the people needed to go in the desert and worship God for 3 days.
- Issachar ("Donkey, Wages, Living in Tents").
Child. His mother made a wicker covering and placed him on the Nile. She would later receive wages to nurse him.
But when she could hide him no longer, she got him a wicker basket and covered it over with tar and pitch. Then she put the child into it and set it among the reeds by the bank of the Nile.
Wages. Then Pharaoh's daughter said to her "Take this child away and nurse him for me and I will give you your wages." So the woman took the child and nursed him.
(Exodus 2: 3, 9)
Moses returned to Egypt with a staff and his wife and two sons on a donkey (Exodus 4: 20).
- Zebulun ("Gift, Going Forth on a Journey").
Child. Moses went forth on a journey down the Nile and landed in the house of Pharaoh as a son of the princess.
The staff was the gift he received to assist in the miracles.
- Affliction. As a prince he saw the affliction of his people and responded to it.
- Reuben ("Afflicted, No Preeminence, Turbulent Waters").
Pharaoh afflicted all the baby boys of the Israelite slaves, because the boys were not important to him. So his mother placed him on the turbulent waters of the Nile in a plot to save him.
Pharaoh ignored him and his Hebrew God who were of no importance to him. Instead, he made the people work harder, so Moses turned the Nile into blood.
So the people scattered through all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw.
(Exodus 4: 12)
- Simeon ("Hated, Scattered, Separated").
Moses was separated from his mother and his people because they were a hated group.
Prince of Egypt.
He realized that he belonged to a hated group.
The people were now more hated and had their burdens multiplied.
So the people scattered through all the land of Egypt to gather stubble for straw.
Hated, Sword. They said to them, "May the Lord judge you, for you have made us odious in Pharaoh's sight and in the sight of his servants, to put a sword in their hands to kill us.
(Exodus 4: 12, 21)
(Judgment, Sword, Hated).
At this phase in Christ's experience the mob came to arrest Him in the garden to bring him to trial and Peter used his sword and the disciples scattered.
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided").
Child. Fortunately, the princess and her maids went to the river and found the baby.
Prince of Egypt.
When he was grown, he saw an Egyptian beating an Israelite. He became the raider who fought back and rescued the Israelite.
His actions, escape and return mimics Christ.
Seven Maidens At The Well.
Moses escaped from Egypt because Pharoah wanted to kill him.
- Kill the Oppressor. Moses killed the slave driver who was beating the Hebrew. Christ fought Satan who has brutally enslaved us in sin and caused an injury equivalent to the "first death".
- Thrown to Earth. Moses buried the body in the Sand. Satan was thrown down to the earth.
- Flee the Land of Sin. Moses fled alone on his personal exodus. Christ went alone to heaven.
- Long Wait. A long time passes. Forty years for Moses. Possibly 40 jubilees or 2000 years for Christ.
- Return. Moses and Christ return to lead Israel to the Promised Land.
- First Born Killed. The "first birth" of all the wicked experiences the first death.
- Succoth. Israel leaves and camps at Succos. We leave and celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles (Succos).
- Pharoah Killed. Satan and his army are killed.
- The Mountain of God. Israel goes to Sinai where God invites them to come up and meet Him. They declined and sent Moses instead.
We meet God at the base of Mount Zion where He invites us to come up and meet Him. We accept and are raptured.
The Well. When Pharaoh heard of this matter, he tried to kill Moses. But Moses fled from the presence of Pharaoh and settled in the land of Midian, and he sat down by a well.
Seven Maidens. Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters; and they came to draw water and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.
Rescued. Then the shepherds came and drove them away, but Moses stood up and helped them and watered their flock.
(Exodus 2: 15-17)
Notice the similarity of this story in this phase to many of the others who had the same journey. They met a priest who was a type of Christ.
» Melchizedek of Salem (The King of Justice). Abraham met the priest Melchizedek from Salem (peace).
» Reuel of Midian (The Shepherd or Friend of God). Midian means judgment or covering.
Moses met the priest of Midian who would later advise him on how to judge the people.
Moses met his wife at a well as she came to water the sheep.
The seven daughters, the seven lambs of Abraham that were used as a witness that Abraham dug the wells and the seven wells of Isaac all seem to point to the same symbol - the Lamb with seven wells who protects the seven churches (women).
Moses and Aaron and 37 heads of household from the tribes of Reuben, Simeon and Levi became the raiders of Gad who constantly harassed Pharaoh (Exodus 6).
(39 Men and 39 Lashes).
At this point in Jesus' affliction He was whipped. According to the law and the custom He could only be beathn 39 times.
With this symbol we can see the lashes as raiders.
- Almost Dead and Wrath. Moses fled from the wrath of Pharaoh to Midian where God completed his training in the wilderness.
- Dan ("Serpent, Judged"). His own people whom he tried to defend were now betraying him.
Prince of Egypt.
But he said, "Who made you prince or judge over us? Are you intending to kill me as you did the Egyptian?" Moses was afraid and said, "Surely the matter has become known".
(Exodus 2: 14)
Two Rivals. The Egyptian was beating the Israelite.
He turned his staff into a serpent who swallowed up the serpents conjured up by the magicians (Exodus 7: 9-12).
» Blood and Water. The first miracle was to turn the waters of the Nile into blood.
A Feast. The Feasts of Passover and Tabernacles were introduced with the last plague.
(Thrown on the Ground). This symbol appears at least twice in his life.
God's sign was the ability to survive the marks of evil. He survived the snake bite and the leprosy in His hand.
He also survived the assault on His forehead or mind.
He became a snake and He became the source of plagues that killed the kingdom of Satan with its own weapons.
- Bridegroom of Blood (Circumcision).
In Exodus 4: 24-26, God was about to kill Moses because he had disobeyed the covenant and had not circumcised his sons.
Then his wife took a flint knife and circumcised the two boys and threw the foreskins at his feet, calling him a bridegroom of blood.
Christ is the bridegroom of blood that the woman (Israel) circumcised (crucified) and threw on the ground (killed and buried).
- Snake in His Hands (Nailed). The fallen staff became a snake on the ground. This might be when Christ became the snake who would be lifted up on the cross and God fled from Him.
Then He said, "Throw it on the ground". So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent and Moses fled from it.
Outstretched Hand. But the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand and grasp it by the tail" - so he stretched out his hand and caught it and it became a staff in his hand.
(Exodus 4: 3-4)
This is a picture of Jesus being nailed on the cross while he lay prostrate on the ground.
By submitting to the nailing, Jesus had taken hold of that great serpent.
|Capturing The Serpent|
|Satan Forced Christ On The Cross|
|God lured Satan to the cross, using Christ as the bait|
» Snake Bitten. God lured Satan to the cross by offering him something irresistable. He threw Himself on the ground as a helpless baby.
But while holding the serpent in his hands, he was bitten in the heel and temporarily lost omnipresence when He was nailed in the feet.
However, still holding on to the tail of the snake, the promise is that He will cut off or trample on the head of the serpent (Genesis 3: 15).
» Death Struggle.
The time of Jacob's struggle also sheds light on this event.
Snake bitten and crippled, Christ held on to the serpent with His left hand while holding on to the horns of the bull (God) on the right hand, saying, "I will not let you go unless you bless me!" (Genesis 32: 24-25)
» Wearing Snake Skin.
Because of the supernatural struggle at the cross, Christ looked like a serpent wrapped around the cross and the people treated Him like the evil snake.
- Leprosy (Sign in the Hand).
God gave Moses two signs to show the people that God sent him.
However these signs seem so negative.
The first sign was to tame the snake, the second sign was to have power over the plagues (Genesis 4: 6-8).
God's proof of His messenger was his power to pick up the curse and survive the encounter.
This is the same sentiments that Jesus expressed when they asked for a sign.
His answer was also a negative event.
The Sign of Jonah.
But He answered and said to them, "An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet;
For just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
(Matthew 12: 39-40)
In the end, the people with the mark of the beast will be devoured by these signs.
- Asher ("Death"). When Moses left Egypt to live in the wilderness as a vagrant, it was like going to death.
Prince of Egypt.
Pharaoh tried to kill Moses (Exodus 2: 15).
Covering Removed. Moses was stripped of all the privileges of royalty and was now a common shepherd herding sheep in a foreign land.
He needed to learn to herd sheep for the next 40 years because he would spend another 40 years herding the stubborn people of Israel.
» Remove Shoes. When he had been trained, God made him remove his shoes.
The ten plagues destroyed Egypt and the last plague killed all the firstborn.
- Naphtali ("Resurrection").
Child. The child was lifted out of the water and rescued from the Nile.
Shepherd. Reuel invited him to live with the family.
The Marriage. He married Zipporah, the daughter of the priest.
He was languishing in the desert, getting old, having lost his full potential as a prince of Egypt until God called him from the middle of a burning bush.
New Name. His father-in-law had two names, Reuel and Jethro.
In the resurrection the high priest had a change of name from "shepherd" to "excellence or posterity".
Deliverer. He came out of Midian and went to bring the people out of Egypt through the Red Sea.
On his way to Egypt, God sought to kill him because he had not circumcized his children.
Bitter Waters. Moses was kept out of the Promised Land at the end of the journey. He died on the plains of Moab.
When he first went to Egypt, Pharoah ignored him and increased the burdens of Israel and the people blamed him.
Moses grew up as a prince in the royal family.
The three sons who represent this phase camp on the west side of the sanctuary where God dwells.
Moses saw the burning bush on the west side of the mountain of God.
The Burning Bush On The West Side.
Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro, his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God.
The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire form the midst of the bush, and he looked and behold the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed.
(Exodus 3: 1)
Meet God. Moses met God and received the commission to go to Egypt and deliver the people from slavery.
» Curiosity and Persistence.
The experience of Moses and Samuel points to a quality among the people whom God chooses to meet.
God set up a miraculous display to attract Moses, but He did not call out to him until Moses took the initiative and showed some curiosity.
Hide and Seek.
When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, "Moses, Moses!" And he siad, "Here I am!"
(Exodus 3: 4)
God also played hide and seek with Samuel, calling his name three times. He would not identify Himself until Samuel recognized Him, showing persistence to identify the One calling to him.
Israel was freed from slavery and began an exodus to the Promised Land.
- Joseph ("Reproach Removed, Fruitful"). Moses had to remove his shoes.
Then he said, "Do not come near here, remove your sandals from your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground".
(Exodus 3: 5)
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). God gave them His name that they should always remember.
... This is my name forever and this is my memorial name to all generations.
(Exodus 3: 15)
- Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand"). Moses became the man who would be at the right hand of God.
The Hand of God.
So I will stretch out My hand and strike Egypt with all My miracles which I will do in the midst of it; and after that he will let you go.
(Exodus 3: 20)
One Great Year.
Given the timeline and symbolism it is possible that Moses met God at the burning bush on Shavuot (Pentecost).
Then he went to Egypt to deliver Israel through the plagues then came back to Mount Sinai a year later to receive the Ten Commandments.
In the end, the plagues happen within one critical year.
Exodus: The Journey Of Moses And Israel [1500-1460 BC]
Moses establishes the pattern by writing the Torah, not only in the order of their experiences, but by choosing specific incidences in their lives to tell the story.
He wrote according to the pattern. This pattern was shown to him from heaven.
He built the pattern in the sanctuary and in the story and spoke of the pattern in the end when he blessed the sons of Israel.
With the exodus the design and pattern was complete.
The exodus provided a directionality for the way the path must be walked. We start east then go south then north and finally west.
Wealth. The people went out of Egypt with the wealth of the nation. God paid them back for 430 years of slavery.
Now the sons of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, for they requested from the Egyptians articles of silver and articles of gold and clothing;
and the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; so that they let them have their request. Thus they plundered the Egyptians.
(Exodus 12: 35-36)
Covenant Confirmed ("Before the Exodus"). Moses spoke to the slaves.
Say, therefore, to the sons of Israel I am the Lord your God, I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. And I will deliver you from their bondage. I will also redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments.
Then I will take you for My people, and I will be your God, and you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the burden of the Egyptians.
I will bring you to the Land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and I will give it to you for a possession. I am the Lord.
(Exodus 6: 6-8)
Moses on Mount Sinai ("During the Exodus"). Moses spoke to a free nation about thirty days later.
Kingdom of Priests.
Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine.
and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation." These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel.
(Exodus 19: 5-6)
His mother told a lie to save his life and told another lie so that she could be his baby sitter.
Moses lived through this pattern one more time.
He played the role of the son who would be put to death, while Israel played the role of the daughter who would live but still be saddled with the minds of slaves.
Like Christ, they would begin the journey as miracle workers who were constantly berated by the people.
Both would end up dead because of the sins of the people, but God would resurrect them to the Promised Land in heaven.
- East: (Exodus). They left the land of Goshen and went east.
- Judah ("Praise the Lord"). The ten plagues demonstrated that there is no God like the Hebrew God. They demanded to leave Egypt so that they could go and worship God.
- Issachar ("Wages, Living in Tents"). Israel was living under the burden of slavery in Egypt, carrying the heavy burdens like donkeys. They took the wealth of the Egyptians and went to live in tents.
- Zebulun ("Gift, Going Forth on a Journey"). They left Egypt to go to the Promised Land.
And on that same day the Lord brought the sons of Israel out of the land of Egypt, by their hosts.
And on this day in the month of Abib, you are about to go forth.
(Exodus 12: 51 and 13: 4)
Moses had the gift of miracles and great power during the journey.
- South: (Affliction). Pharaoh chased after them and they panicked.
And the Egyptians treated us harshly and afflicted us, and imposed hard labor on us.
(Deuteronomy 26: 6)
As Pharaoh drew near, the sons of Israel looked and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them, and they became very frightened; so the sons of Israel cried out to the Lord.
(Exodus 14: 10)
» Water Dries Up. The Red Sea dries up so that they could cross over.
- Reuben ("Afflicted, No Preeminence, Turbulent Waters").
Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong east wind all night and turned the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided.
Water as High as Walls. The sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea on dry land, and the waters were like a wall to them on their right hand and on their left.
(Exodus 14: 21-22)
Moses was constantly afflicted by the grumbling and complaints and attempts of insurrection and the power struggles of the other sons of Levi.
- Simeon ("Hated, Scattered, Separated"). During the night God separated the Egyptians from Israel.
The angel of God who had been going before the camp of Israel moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them.
So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud along with the darkness, yet it gave light at night. Thus the one did not come near the other that night.
(Exodus 14: 19-20)
The people blamed Moses because they were wandering and scattered across the harsh wilderness.
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided"). The Egyptians pursued them but God rescued them.
Then the Egyptians took up the pursuit, and all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots and his horsemen went in after them in the midst of the sea.
(Exodus 14: 23)
The Kiss of The Traitor. The meaning of this symbol goes back to Lucifer. Like Lucifer, Pharaoh lied continually to secure his own desires.
A Feast. They left Egypt on the Passover and they entered the Promised Land on the Passover.
A Meal on A Mountain.
The Pillar. Moses wrote down all the words of the Lord. Then he arose early in the morning, and built an altar at the foot of the mountain with twelve pillars for the twelve tribes of Israel.
Book of the Covenant. Then he took the book of the covenant and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, "All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient!"
Blood on the People. So Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, and said, "Behold the blood of the covenant, which the Lord had made with you in accordance with all these words."
Then Moses went up with Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel ... and they saw God and they ate and drank.
(Exodus 24: 4,7-9, 11)
The event on Mount Sinai explains all the previous symbolic actions of the forefathers.
On a mountain they made a heap of stones and a pillar and poured oil and wine on the pillar and made an oath with God.
Here, the covenant was written on stone, blood was poured on the stone and the heap of stones - the people who made the oath.
Moses fought for them and defeated many nations.
|North East||South West Diversion||South West (Joseph)|
|Good News ||Raider||Holy Objects Pass Through The Waters||God||Son||666||Battle|
|Exodus||Pharoah ||Passover ||Water ||Manna||Pillar of Fire||Pillar of Clouds ||Sinai ||Gold Calf|
- North: (Almost Dead and Wrath).
On the borders of the Promised Land, the people rebelled and God sentenced them to wander in circles in the wilderness for forty years.
At the end, when they were almost dead only two people from the original group survived, Joshua and Caleb. The rest died with Moses.
It was the second generation that entered the Promised Land.
This is an excellent picture of the children of God. After wandering for 4000 years, and now on the borders of the heavenly Promised Land, Israel rebelled and the first generation died off with Jesus.
It is the second generation of the Christian church under the leadership of the disciples that will enter the Promised Land.
So the pattern begins again as they are about to enter the Promised Land.
- Dan ("Serpent, Judged"). When sin began, Eve looked at a serpent in the tree and brought death to the world.
Now God defeats the serpent by becoming a serpent. By defeating the serpent named Satan, Christ plundered his property and took possession of the land of Sheol.
Now Christ has the keys of death and Hades. So we can look at one who was treated like a serpent and live.
It took several symbols to accomplish this victory.
Christ is The Serpent King and Serpent Holder.
... and Aaron threw his staff down before Pharaoh and his servants and it became a serpent.
For each one threw down his staff and they turned into serpents. But Aaron's staff swallowed up their staffs.
(Exodus 7: 10, 12)
The Serpent Who Took Our Sins.
Then the Lord said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard; and it shall come about that everyone who is bitten will live when he looks at it".
(Numbers 21: 8)
In a lesson on the Torah readings during the feasts, we discuss many other interesting laws that reveal the work of the Messiah.
The Serpent That Heals.
It was in the desert that Moses lifted up a serpent on a stick that would heal them of their snake bites (Numbers 21: 8).
Then the Lord said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard; and it shall come about that everyone who is bitten will live when he looks at it".
(Numbers 21: 8)
Christ was the Man lifted up as an evil man on the cross like a banner.
As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up. so that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life.
(John 3: 14-15)
The Broken Covenant.
Moses went up to the mountain two times to receive the covenant which is the ten commandments written on stone (Exodus 32).
Each time He spent forty days on top of the mountain.
The events prophecy about the 4000 years that God makes the covenant with all Israel.
They Tested God at Rephidim, Massah and Meribah.
Exodus 17 is a Messianic prophecy about the events on the cross.
- 40 Days on Sinai (Old Covenant). This represents the 40 jubilees or about 2000 years that the covenant was with the Jews.
- Broken Covenant (Crucifixion). When God came down from mount Zion, He found the people in a state of idolatry and the covenant was broken. As the people broke the covenant, God was broken.
Like Aaron, the high priest Caiaphas blamed it on the people. Caiaphas said that he gave up Christ to save the nation.
» The Golden Calf (Hathor). They were probably worshipping the Egyptian cow goddess Hathor. Around the time they built the idol it was probably the time of the feast of Raet dedicated to Hathor as Sirius, the dog star (June 16, Mesore 3).
|Hathor, The Cow Goddess
Hathor was the goddess of love and laughter and also seen as the divine mother of all reigning kings.
She is pictured with the head of a cow and wearing a sun disc on her head.
She was the most widespread and popular of the gods.
» Eating The Golden Calf. Moses ground the calf to powder, mixed it with water and made them drink it.
Remember that a calf, bull and heifer are used as offerings and to represent the cherubim.
This has to be a picture of what they did to Christ as He submitted to the cross.
There we broke Him to pieces and ate Him and drank the Holy Spirit (water).
This is not the first time Christ is pictured as an evil thing that they must worship.
As Moses lifted up the serpent on the stick so must be Son of Man be lifted up that we may live.
As Moses crushed the golden calf, so must the Son of Man be crushed and consumed to live.
» The Dung Gods. Moses was actually humiliating their gods.
Within one to three days they will eliminate their false god as dung.
In contrast, when we eat the bread and wine we assimilate the offerings of God in our body.
» God Moves His Camp Far Away (Exodus 33). Then God separated Himself from them and Moses had to visit the tent some distance away.
This predicts that Christ would go far away to heaven to minister before God on our behalf.
- 40 Days on Sinai (New Covenant).
Moses went back up to Sinai for 40 days and God wrote the covenant again.
This represents the 40 jubilees or about 2000 years that the covenant is with the Gentiles.
This time, Moses carved out the blocks of stone and God wrote on it.
This symbolized the power of the new High Priest Who was also God. Jesus Christ carved out the blank tables with His own efforts and went up to heaven to ratify it and serve as minister of the new covenant.
- New Covenant (Second Coming). This time, when God returns from Mount Zion the people will be ready to keep the covenant because they are not found in a state of idolatry.
The people grumbled and complained and quarreled and threatened to stone Moses. God worked a wonderful miracle to save them.
While the people quarreled with Christ, stoned Him with their spit and stinging words, His hands were stretched out on a cross on top of a hill as He battled Satan for their freedom.
He gave them the power to keep the Ten Commandments through the blood and water pouring from the side of His torn body.
- Bread of Life. Manna came down from heaven like dew to feed them in the wilderness (Exodus 16).
- Water of Life. Water came from a Rock to quench their thirst at Horeb and Calvary.
Christ was the Rock standing before the people, the elders and the high priest. Blood and water came out of Him when they struck Him.
Striking the Rock.
Behold I will stand there before you there on the Rock at Horeb; and You shall strike the rock, and water will come out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did do in the sight of the elders of Israel.
(Exodus 17: 6)
- Massah and Meribah.
On that occasion the people asked, "Is the Lord among us or not?" Just as they did at the crucifixion, the people did not know that He was the Lord.
They quarreled with Him and insulted Him and tested Him during many trials because He claimed to be the Lord.
He named the place Massah [test} and Meribah [quarrel] because of the quarrel of the sons of israel, and because they tested the Lord, saying, "Is the Lord among us or not?"
(Exodus 17: 7)
The priests and elders mocked Him. If You are God, then show us and we will believe You.
He saved others; He cannot save Himself. He is the king of Israel; let Him now come down from the cross, and we will believe Him.
He trusts in God, let God rescue Him now if He delights in Him; for He said "I am the Son of God".
(Matthew 27: 42-43)
- The Lord is My Banner. Moses built an altar which symbolized that Christ would be displayed as a banner when He was joined to the altar of sacrifice [cross].
As the banner of God He was lifting up His hands to make an oath that He would be at war with Satan.
Moses built an altar and named it "The Lord is my banner" [Jehovah Nissi].
He said, "For hands were lifted up to the throne of the LORD [for the Lord has sworn]. The LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation."
(Exodus 17: 15-16)
- Two Hands Lifted Up On Top of A Hill (Golgotha). Moses was the priest on top of a hill with two hands lifted up until sunset while they defeated the Amalekites (Exodus 17: 11-12).
So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed.
But Moses' hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until sunset.
(Exodus 17: 11-12)
The design of the cross held up his hands on the cross bar and allowed Him to occasionally sit on a sedulum when His feet were tired.
By subjecting Christ to the cruelty of nails that held up His hands, Satan inadvertently made sure that Jesus would prevail against him!
- Words of Life. The Ten Commandments were given to show them the way to life (Exodus 20).
They Tested God Ten Times.
On the borders of the Promised Land, after the twelve spies returned with their report, the people listened to the ten unfaithful spies and rebelled.
This was the tenth time that they had tested the Lord. They were sentenced to wander forty years. All except Joshua and Caleb were banned from the Promised Land and God led their children in.
Surely all the men who have seen My glory and My signs which I performed in Egypt and in the wilderness, yet have put Me to the test these ten times and have not listened to My voice,
shall by no means see the land which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who spurned Me see it.
(Numbers 14: 22)
On the borders of heaven, ten tribes symbolically tested Christ. That generation was banned and the covenant was wrenched from them and given to the Gentiles. Their children will enter the Promised Land over 2000 years later (about 40 jubilees). They are symbolically led by Moses and Elijah.
The Enticing Woman ("Moab"). Just before they entered the land they were lured into sin by an entire nation. God punished them and the Midianites.
While Israel remained at Shittim, the people began to play the harlot with the daughters of Moab.
Be hostile to the Midianites and strike them.
For they have been hostile to you with their tricks with which they have deceived you in the affair of Peor and in the affair of Cozbi, the daughter of the leader of Midian, their sister who was slain on the day of the plague because of Peor.
(Numbers 25: 1, 17-18)
Two Rivals. The most interesting rivalry occurred with the story of Balaam and Balaak. Balaam tried to curse Israel but all that he could pronounce were blessings. So the rivalry was between Israel and the nations.
The story of Balaam teaches a Messianic prophecy about Christ being led on the way to the cross as a submissive donkey.
Price Paid. God gave them everything they needed for free.
Witness. The law about the curses is a witness against them.
Take this book of the law and place it beside the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may remain there as a witness against you.
Assemble to me all the elders of your tribes and your officers, that I may speak these words in their hearing and call the heaven and the earth to witness against them.
(Deuteronomy 31: 26, 28)
Sanctuary. He received the instructions and pattern to build the first sanctuary.
- Asher ("Death"). While they were wandering in the wilderness, God fed them with manna and their clothes and shoes did not wear out.
This is the same promise to Jesus that His body would not rot or be consumed by worms while He was dead.
I have led you forty years in the wilderness; your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandal has not worn out on your foot.
(Deuteronomy 29: 5)
Moses was not allowed to go to the Promised Land, but God allowed him to see it before he died.
So Moses the servant of the Lord died there in the land of Moab, according to the word of the Lord.
(Deuteronomy 34: 5)
The Leaders Rebelled.
This is a fascinating story because of the many layers of prophecy and the scope of its symbolism.
The scope is first from the rebellion of Satan until the seven last plagues and the Second Coming.
However, the crucifixion reenacted this mini drama at the death of Christ.
So, to understand this we need to see the role of the players.
Jesus Christ, the High Priest, is represented by Moses and Aaron together.
In Aaron, He is seen as the human one Who is flawed. In Moses, He is seen as God or divine.
Korah and his family represents Satan and the wicked.
It took these three men to represent Satan assuming and taking over what was not his. Standing next to the throne of God as a covering cherub, Satan did not recognize that he could neither be God nor priest nor a husband to the church.
He was one of those destined to tear down the sanctuary and the veil.
So he became a son who was disgraced because he went into his father's bed, taking the woman sheltered like a concubine, offering incense when he could not and criticizing the Son Who was selected.
Then, through Adam, the real father of the 12 tribes, he convinced the tribes to rebel against the one chosen for this honor.
- Levi (Servants). Korah was from the tribe of Levi who were allowed to serve the sanctuary but not be priests but as those who were allowed to transport the furniture and the inner veil.
- Reuben (Disgraced First Born). Dathan and Abiram were from the tribe of Reuben.
- Israel. 250 leaders of the assembly from all the tribes.
Rebellion of Satan.
Then Korah assembled all the congregation against them at the doorway of the tent of meeting. And the glory of the Lord appeared to all the congregation.
(Numbers 16: 19)
Korah wanted Moses' position and he felt that he was Moses' equal.
Satan rebelled because he wanted the throne of God and the place of Christ, thinking that he was an equal.
The glory of God appeared in the garden after Adam and Eve rebelled and His glory appeared again in the garden of Gethsemane and then to the entire congregation on the cross.
But they fell down on their faces and said, "O God, God of the spirits of all flesh, when one man sins, will you be angry with the entire congregation?"
(Numbers 16: 22)
This is amazing. God, in the form of His High Priest, is asking Himself the same question about justice and fairness that we have all asked.
Will You be angry with the entire planet because of the sin of Adam?
And he spoke to the congregation, saying, "Depart now from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing that belongs to them, or you will be swept away in all their sins."
(Numbers 16: 26)
So now the message from the Lord is to repent and have no association with evil and do not touch the unclean thing because they are about to be destroyed.
Satan Banished to the Earth.
But if the Lord brings about an entirely new thing and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that is theirs, and they descend alive into Sheol, then you will understand that these men have spurned the Lord.
(Numbers 16: 30)
Satan was banished alive to earth and had no access to heaven after the crucifixion.
» Another New Thing (A Special Resurrection).
If the earth opens up and swallows people then it is a sign that they have been spurned by God.
However, if the earth open up and spews out people then that is a sign that they have been accepted by the Lord.
The people who were raised with Christ were not the first people to be raised from the dead, but all those people died again.
However it was the first time that an earthquake accompanied the resurrection.
There was another earthquake when Jesus Christ was resurrected. It was a sign that their resurrections were special and were based on a favorable judgment by God that resulted in the God tearing open the earth in a resurrection to eternal life. These people were taken immediately to heaven.
As he finished speaking all these words, the ground that was under them split open.
And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who belonged to Korah and their possessions.
So they and all that belonged to them went down alive to Sheol; and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.
(Numbers 16: 31-33)
» The Burial of Christ.
Christ was swallowed up in the earth after an earthquake.
This is why baptism for Christ's household is necessary. We must also be buried alive with Christ according to this punishment.
Was Christ buried alive? His divinity must have been because it is impossible to kill God.
However, His humanity must also suffer the punishment of sin which is real death.
» The Burial of Satan.
At the end of time, after a great earthquake, Satan will be bound in chains on earth, imprisoned in solitary confinement among the carcasses of the dead.
Fire and Brimstone.
Fire also came forth from the Lord and consumed two hundred and fifty men who were offering incense.
(Numbers 16: 35)
Cannibalization by the earth was reserved for Satan and his leaders but fire will destroy the wicked people from all tribes at the Second and third coming of God.
But the next day all the congregation of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron, saying, "You are the ones who have caused the death of the Lord's people."
(Numbers 16: 41)
Heaven viewed the events at the cross as rebellion against the Lord. They grumbled and cursed Christ, accusing Him of trying to cause the death of the people.
Get away from among this congregation, that I may consume than instantly."
Divinity Split. Then they fell on their faces. Moses said to Aaron, "Take your censer and put it in fire from the altar, and lay incense on it, then bring it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone forth from the Lord, the plague had begun!"
(Numbers 16: 45-47)
Christ was split into two at this point. Aaron, His humanity, went and took actions to stop the plague.
Then Aaron took it as Moses had spoken, and ran into the midst of the assembly, for behold, the plague had begun among the people.
So he put on incense and made atonement for the people.
(Numbers 16: 47)
The punishment of the seven last plagues began at the crucifixion when Christ suffered the same set of punishments. However, He prayed for the forgiveness of the people and halted the plague.
» Joined to Baal at Peor. Phineas, the grandson of Aaron also stopped a plague when he killed a man of Israel from the tribe of Simeon and the Midianite woman, Cozbi, the daughter of the leader of Midian whom he had taken. They had become a symbol of what Israel had done at Peor
The priests and the people invited the Romans to the Passover feast and sinned by joining themselves to Rome in a plot to kill Jesus and by inviting the uncircumcized to the feast.
The Lord said to Moses, "take all the leaders of the people and execute them in broad daylight before the Lord, so that the fierce anger of the Lord may be turned away from Israel.
Killed by the Judges. So Moses said to the judges of Israel, "Each of you slay his men who have joined themselves to Baal of Peor."
(Numbers 25: 4-5)
Jesus was the leader, King of the Jews, Who was joined to the cross and was executed in broad daylight before God by those who made themselves judges of Israel.
This was also fulfilled forty years later at the destruction of the temple when the high priest and the Sanhedrin were executed.
Speared to Death.
and he went after the man of Israel into the tent and pierced both of them through, the man of Israel and the woman, through the body. So the plague on the sons of Israel was checked.
Those who died by the plague were 24,000
(Numbers 25: 8-9)
Believe it or not, Christ suffered this death when He was speared by the Roman soldier.
The Gentiles are represented as being from Simeon.
So the church is the woman whom He brought into the camp who died with Him. The plague was also checked for the Gentiles!
This is another symbolic reason why the church must die with Christ.
He risked taking us into the camp of Israel to save us from the plague of death and we must die with Him.
Christ's death and intercession temporarily halted the plague for Jews and Gentiles. However, they will resume unchecked at the end of time.
Aaron Ends the Plague.
He took his stand between the dead and the living, so that the plague was checked.
(Numbers 16: 48)
Phineas Ends the Plague.
Phineas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, turned away My wrath from the sons of Israel in that he was jealous with My jealousy among them, so that I did not destroy the sons of Israel in My jealousy.
(Numbers 25: 11)
- Naphtali ("Resurrection Miracle").
There are many symbols of the resurrection during the exodus.
Aaron's Rod Budded.
The dead stick came to life as a sign of the resurrection that proved Who God had chosen as the High Priest (Numbers 17: 8).
» The Special Case of Aaron.
Words and concepts fail me in trying to describe what God has taught me about the scope of the Plan of Salvation.
God Himself could only define it as many different things that are all part of one big multi-sided system.
But the plan seemed to require Jesus Christ to suffer every possible evil or be unjustly accused of every possible sin so that He could represent us in all things.
If Christ did not atone for every sin, then there is no sacrifice for those sins and Christ must be crucified afresh. That did not happen.
Let us look at Aaron. He appeared to be a very weak man whom God did not punish immediately as an example. Why?
The Chosen One.
Do this, take censers for yourselves, Korah and all your company, and put fire in them, and lay incense upon them in the presence of the Lord tomorrow; and the man whom the Lord chooses shall be the one who is holy. You have gone far enough, you sons of Levi!
(Numbers 16: 6)
- Rebellion at Meribah. Numbers 20: 24 claims that Aaron also rebelled at Meribah and this sin caused him to die before crossing over into the Promised Land.
If we could even remotely assign this behavior to Christ, it was when He said, "My God, My God, why have you forsaken me?".
In Christ's sake it was true. However, at Meribah they had just experienced several spectacular deliverances by God.
- The Golden Calf. Aaron allowed them to worship a golden calf that they had to grind to dust and eat.
Christ allowed them to worship Him and we must grind Him up and eat Him if we are to be saved.
So Aaron did what Christ did, even though Aaron sinned. Christ reenacted this crime without leading the people to sin.
- Miriam's Leprosy. Miriam was punished with leprosy for criticizing Moses, yet Aaron escaped.
Although Christ would be seen as a leper priest, yet in this reenactment of future events, it was the woman (church) who deserved to be painted with leprosy and exiled for seven days.
The High Priest must be perfect to be accepted as an offering. Aaron was spared.
This is a warning that only Christ is eligible to appear before God to offer incense on behalf of the people.
Confessing sins to others who claim that they can approach God is a reenactment of this abomination.
False priests are doomed to destruction, but something survives.
The Sign of the Bronze Censers.
As for the censers of these men who have sinned at the cost of their lives, let them be made into hammered sheets for the plating of the altar, since they did present them to the Lord and they are holy; and they shall be for a sign to the sons of Israel.
Righteousness by Our Works. As a reminder to the sons of Israel that no layman who is not of the descendants of Aaron shall come near to burn incense before the Lord; so that he will not become like Korah and his company - just as the Lord had spoken to him through Moses.
(Numbers 16: 38, 40)
» The Descendants of Aaron.
Christ was from the tribe of Judah and He inaugurated a new priesthood under the name of Melchizedek.
However, He was also from the tribe of Aaron through His mother.
» Purging Our Sins.
Whatever we confess and our prayers remains holy to God because it is the property of God, even if it is hijacked by Satan and priests who do not understand their position.
The beaten and hammered censers around the altar of sacrifice remind us that we are to take these prayers to the Chosen One who was beaten for those sins on the Altar of Sacrifice in the outer court.
We are not to rely on our own righteousness or the righteousness offered by false priests, or we will be consumed by fire.
» The Death of Aaron (Humanity). He was stripped of his robes and they were given to his son Eleazar (Numbers 20: 22-29).
He was not allowed to enter the Promised Land alive because of Meribah.
Jesus was stripped of His clothes and killed. His humanity did not have the power of God.
» The Death of Moses (Divinity).
God had to punish Moses by making him die and burying him in an unmarked grave before reaching the earthly Promised Land. The people must understand that sin has consequences no matter how great you are.
Notice that Moses was not stripped naked and nobody knows his grave because God buried him (Deuteronomy 34: 5-6).
Neither was his eye dim or his strength abated, while He was trapped in human form. He must be seen as having His own righteousness, omnipotence and omniscience but not omnipresence (bruised heel) (Deuteronomy 34: 7).
However, we know that God actually rewarded him by resurrecting him and taking him to the heavenly Promised Land. God understood that the people were just as responsible for his sin.
The Journey of Israel After the Red Sea.
Coming out of the Red Sea was a symbol of baptism and rising up from the dead.
- Exodus (Nisan 14). We began the final exodus from sin at the crucifixion.
- Crossing the Red Sea (Nisan 15). Baptised in the blood of Jesus.
- Bitter Waters of Marah (Nisan 18). After only three days they complained when they found bitter waters (Exodus 15: 23).
After Jesus was in the bowels for three days, the bitterness of the unexpected crucifixion set in and His disciples complained and questioned whether or not He was the Messiah.
- Sweet Waters. A tree made the waters sweet. Jesus is the Branch with sweet living waters.
- Camping at Elim With the 12 Springs (Nisan 19-Iyar 15). The disciples rested after they knew about the resurrection and they had a picnic with Jesus around Lag b'Omer (Iyar 17).
- Manna (Iyar 16). Jesus was the Manna who came from heaven around Lag B'Omer, we will eat of this bread until the Second Coming when we cross over into the Promised Land.
- Bitten by Serpents. Jesus is the serpent lifted up on the cross as a cure for sin.
- Leaders Dig A Well. After they left the serpents, they dug a well. This action predicts the coming of the Holy Spirit after the leaders dug a hole in the side of Jesus, releasing the two springs of water.
From there they continued to Beer, that is the well where the Lord said to Moses, "Assemble the people, that I may give them water."
(Numbers 21: 16)
Seen in a positive light, the people needed life-giving water to drink and the leaders found it by digging a hole and tapping into underground springs.
The Journey of Israel After the Resurrection.
Leaving the Mountain.
Then they set out from the mount of the Lord three days' journey, with the ark of the covenant of the Lord journeying in front of them for the three days to seek a resting place for them.
(Numbers 10: 33)
- Leaving the Mount of Olives. It took three days from Gethsemane to the resurrection for Him to give us rest from sin.
- Leaving Golgotha. The place was the mountain where we continued this phase of our exodus.
On that first journey with Moses they went three day for the first leg.
Israel had only three more years to accept the Messiah before the covenant was passed to the Gentiles.
- Guided By the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit is our comforter and constant companion as we journey from the time of the crucifixion.
He is symbolized as both water and fire. He is the cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night Who guides us to the Promised Land.
Comfort from the Heat and Darkness.
The cloud of the Lord was over them by day when they set out from the camp.
(Numbers 10: 34)
- The Resurrection of Christ.
Jesus is the Ark that rose up from the earth on resurrection morning.
The Lord is Risen.
Then it came about when the ark set out that Moses said, "Rise up, O Lord! And let your enemies be scattered, and let those who hate You flee before You."
(Numbers 10: 35)
When Jesus was resurrected, the Roman guards were scattered and lay dead before Him.
Later, the eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed the Roman legion that destroyed the temple.
In 70 AD the Romans destroyed the temple and the descendants of Ananias. After that emperor Hadrian destroyed Jerusalem and exiled or scattered Israel in 135 AD.
At the end of time, the beast will be scattered and destroyed.
- The Second Coming.
When Christ returns, He and His people will be at rest.
The Lord Returns.
When it came to rest, he said, "Return, O Lord, to the myriad thousands of Israel".
(Numbers 10: 36)
Joshua: The Deliverer [1460 BC]
Joshua represents the phase when the blessings of Joseph were given.
Joseph's name indicates that Moses' reproach was removed when God gave Joshua as the son.
A Double Inheritance.
God has taken away my reproach, may He add to me another son.
(Genesis 30: 23-24)
New Name (Joshua). There was no name change for Moses but there was new leadership. Joshua completed the journey for Moses. Moses means "drawn out". Joshua means "a savior" or "a deliverer".
Moses took them out of Egypt, Joshua delivered them to the Promised Land. The two men represent Christ. Like Moses, Christ was the suffering Messiah who took us out of slavery and died because of the sins of the people. Like Joshua, Christ is the conquering Messiah who will take us to heaven.
» The Resurrection of the Nation of Israel.
Egyptian slavery was death. But the entire 40 years in the wilderness was their resurrection.
The people crossed over the Jordan river on dry land. The split earth and parting waters are all images of resurrection and new birth.
And the priests who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord stood firm on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan river while all Israel crossed on dry ground, until all the nation had finished crossing the Jordan.
(Joshua 3: 17)
Covenant Sign: Rainbow. We have no record that a rainbow appeared above. As God was fulfilling the covenant He moved above them in a pillar of cloud and fire. Light and water are the two elements needed to form a rainbow and God accompanied them in a pillar of light and water.
Bitter Waters: The Waters of Meribah.
Three days after crossing the Red Sea, the people were thirsty and the waters they found were bitter. The people grumbled and complained. Then God made the waters sweet with a tree.
Jesus is the tree that was cut down after Gethsemane to give us the Holy Spirit.
The captain of the Lord's host said to Joshua, "Remove your sandals from your feet, for the place where you are standing is holy." And Joshua did so.
(Joshua 5: 15)
» Gilgal ("Rolling"). Gilgal means rolling. It is the place where they crossed over the Jordan. It is a symbol of the stone which was rolled away from the grave at the resurrection.
After they were circumcised and the manna stopped and before they conquered Jericho, Joshua met God.
Christ also went to see God after His resurrection.
Back to Eden and the Promised Land.
Now we reverse the condemnation and eviction from Eden.
The Angel with the Sword.
So He drove the man out, and at the east of the garden of Eden He stationed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the tree of life.
(Genesis 3: 24)
Now the angel with the sword helps us to get into the Promised Land. He does not keep us out.
The Angelic Warrior with The Sword.
Now it came about when Joshua was by Jericho, that he lifted up his eyes and behold, a man was standing opposite him with his sword drawn in his hand, and Joshua went to him and said to him, "Are you for us or for our adversaries?"
(Joshua 5: 13)
The Angelic Captain With an Army.
He said, "no, rather I indeed come now as captain of the host of the Lord." And Joshua fell on his face to the earth, and bowed down, and said to him, "What has my Lord to say say to His servant?"
(Joshua 5: 14)
Jesus is the Captain of the Army from Heaven.
And I saw heaven open, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war.
And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean were following Him on white horses.
From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the winepress of the fierce wrath of God the Almighty.
(Revelation 19: 11, 14-15)
» The Walls of Jericho. After crossing the Jordan, they encircled the city of Jericho for seven days. The walls of Jericho fell down when they blew their trumpets.
The loud trumpet sound is the last trumpet sound at the resurrection. The broken clay vessels and falling stones are a picture of the earth breaking open to release the dead.
The defeat of death is represented as the release of the righteous captives and the breaking down of the strongholds of those who have been imprisoning the captives and the capture of the land where death once ruled.
War (Battle of Armageddon).
In the exodus we have two pictures of the Battle of Armageddon.
In the real battle, the wicked will ignore the judgment of God. They surround the New Jerusalem and try to take it by force. They will be destroyed by God.
- Losing Without God. Before they crossed over into the Promised Land the people rebelled and tried to take the land by force without the help of God. God allowed the Amalekites to destroy them (Numbers 14: 39-45).
- Winning With God. After they crossed over into the Promised land, God was with them in the war to possess the land. The city was surrounded and the wicked were defeated.
The Marriage. Israel was finally married to the land. They entered it and possessed it.
Messianic Dream. Everything that Moses did and every law he wrote was Messianic. But he was such a great man that these instructions were given to him face to face.
Since that time no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.
(Deuteronomy 34: 10)
- West: (Tabernacles and the Blessings). They turned west across the Jordan river to enter the Promised Land under the leadership of Joshua.
Moses in Moab ("End of the Exodus"). The promise is fulfilled.
See, I have placed the land before you; go in and possess the land which the Lord swore to give to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to them and their descendants after them."
The Lord your God has multiplied you, and behold, you are this day like the stars of heaven in number.
One Thousand Times More.
May the Lord, the God of you fathers, increase you a thousand fold more than you are and bless you, just as He has promised you.
(Deuteronomy 1: 8, 10-11)
According to Numbers 2: 32, the total number of adult males at the beginning of the exodus was 603,550, at the end it was 601,730 (Numbers 26: 51).
This number includes only adult male heads of households and not children or women.
Moses seems to promise that God will increase this number one thousand times. This is 600 million households. When could that occur?
At the end of time, all the people who will be saved at the Second Coming will be the same number who return to possess the earth at the Third Coming because no marriages or new children will be born during the millennium.
When we return to the earth, all children will be grown up so that all people are adults, ready to form their own homes and families when marriages are allowed again on the new earth.
At that time each household is now only a mother and father like Adam and Eve.
So there are about 600 million homes with a minimum of 1.2 billion people if every original house was childless. However, if each house had an average of two children, then 2.4 billion people were saved.
A household size of 14 means that 8.4 billion are saved.
Moses went to heaven and would later stand beside Christ with Elijah at the transfiguration as a symbol of the Tabernacles and the resurrection (Mark 9).
- Joseph ("Reproach Removed, Fruitful"). They were no longer homeless wanderers.
Then the Lord said to Joshua, "Today I have rolled away the reproach of Egypt from you." So the name of the place is called Gilgal to this day.
(Joshua 5: 9)
» Ephraim ("Fruitful"). When they entered Canaan they were like the stars of heaven in number.
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). They could forget Egypt with the blessings of a home land.
- Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand, Ravenous Wolf Divides Plunder"). With Joshua they fought the people of the land and took their property because it was time to dispossess them.
God waited 400 years for their iniquity to be complete.
Joshua said, "By this you will know that the living God is among you, and that he will assuredly dispossess from before you the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Hivite, the Perizzite, the Girgashite, the Amorite and the Jebusite."
(Joshua 3: 10)
God dispossed the seven nations as He disposses the beast with the seven heads.
The Journey Of Israel To The End Of Time
- East: (Exodus) [1500 BC to 722 BC]. The nation headed east from Egypt to go to the Promised Land.
- South: (Godly Afflictions) [722 BC to 135 AD]. Throughout their history, they suffered afflictions because they broke the covenant.
They were hated by the surrounding nations and raided and taken off as captives by the Assyrians, Babylonians, Medo-Persians, Greeks and Romans.
- West: (Robbed of their Blessings). By the time their Messiah came, they were the captives of Rome. The Gentiles robbed their burnt offering, the Messiah.
For I the Lord love justice, I hate robbery in the burnt offering. And I will faithfully give them their recompense and make an everlasting covenant with them.
Then their offspring will be known among the nations, and their descendants in the midst of the peoples. All who see them will recognize them because they are the offspring whom the Lord has blessed.
(Isaiah 61: 8-9)
» Water Dries Up. They were cut off from the land of Israel. The land became a desolate and dry place when all the trees were cut down after the Roman occupation in 136 AD.
- North: (Wrath of Satan) [31 AD to 1948]. For the next 2000 years they were scattered and exiled and almost killed. Then in 1948 the nation was resurrected just in time to hear the Good news.
» Diverted Back to Blessings. God will restore the lost blessings.
- West: (Second Coming). At the end of time, their reproach will be removed and they will join with the Christian Church to plunder Satan's stonghold for God in preparation for the Second Coming.
The Journey Of Samuel [1100 BC]
Wealth. Hannah was greatly loved by her husband and he gave her a double portion.
More than any other patriarch, Samuel is a type of Christ, the beloved High Priest and judge who was dedicated to God before his birth and went to serve in the temple as a baby.
This story is different because it takes the behavior of several people to create the pattern and the Messianic figure is always the conquering Messiah, it is Israel that is the suffering servant.
- Exodus. Hannah, the beloved wife, goes to the temple annually to petition the Lord for an answer to her prayer.
She wants to end her affliction, shame and disgrace and end the mocking of her rival.
- Judah ("Praise the Lord"). Hannah went to the temple to priase the Lord and to beg earnestly for a son.
- Issachar ("Wages, Living in Tents").
- Zebulun ("Gift, Going Forth on a Journey"). The family made an annual pilgrimage to Shiloh to give the offering.
After she has weaned him, she brought the very young child to the temple to live forever (1 Samuel 1: 24).
» The Baby High Priest.
As a child he was dressed in the ephod, and every year his mother made him a gift of a new linen robe (1 Samuel 2: 18-19).
- Affliction. The two sons of Eli were worthless men who afflicted the people and disgraced the priesthood (1 Samuel 2: 12, 22).
So God vowed to wrench the priesthood from them. He did it with the Philistines.
Thus the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out to meet the Philistines in battle and camped beside Ebenezer while the Philistines camped at Aphek.
(1 Samuel 4: 1)
- Reuben ("Turbulent Waters, Afflicted, No Preeminence").
The word "Aphek" means a "rapid torrent" and Ebenezer means "a stone of help". Israel was washed away and defeated by the Philistines and they decided to get the ark of the covenant to help them.
- Simeon ("Hated, Scattered, Separated").
In their first encounter the Philistines killed 4000 and Israel retreated to get help.
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided"). The Philistines were fortunate in spite of the fact that the feared Hebrew God was in the camp. They raided and defeated Israel again, killing 30,000.
- Almost Dead and Wrath. The wrath of God fell on Eli's family.
- Dan ("Serpent, Judged"). God judged Eli's sons as worthless and sentenced them to death.
» Two Sons Died.
And the Ark of the Covenant was taken; and the two sons of Eli, Hophni and Phineas, died.
(1 Samuel 4: 11)
The death of Eli also mimics the blessing of Dan. He was a serpent who caused the rider to fall backwards.
» Eli Died.
And it came about, when he mentioned the Ark of of God that Eli fell off the seat backwards beside the gate, and his neck was broken and he died, for he was old and heavy. Thus he judged Israel forty years.
(1 Samuel 4: 18)
» Daughter-in-Law Died. Phineas' wife also died in childbirth that day.
The name she gave that child was prophetic. The glory of God would depart from Israel when the Gentiles capture the Ark of the Covenant.
And she called the boy Ichabod, saying, "The glory has departed from Israel," because the ark of God was taken and because of her father-in-law and her husband.
(1 Samuel 4: 21)
The glory of the covenant departed and went to the Gentiles when Israel rejected their Messiah and listened to two worthless high priests.
Two Rivals. Hannah and Peninnah (1 Samuel 1: 6).
Samuel was also the rival to Eli's two sons.
A Feast. The family visited Shiloh every year at the annual feast.
The battle between the Jews and the Philistines was the Battle of Armageddon for Christ on Mount Calvary.
Just as the Ark was between two criminal priests (Hophni and Phineas), Jesus was between two common thieves and two powerful priests who also corrupted the office (Annanias and Caiaphas).
Then the glory of God departed from Israel when He died.
- Asher ("Death"). Death plagued Israel and the house of Eli.
Covering of Shame.
A messenger from the tribe of Benjamin who witnesses the disaster escaped from the battle lines and came to Eli, covered in dust and rags.
» The Apostle Paul. This might be a prophecy about Paul, a man from the tribe of Benjamin.
He was at the battle lines, guarding the clothes as the people stoned Stephen.
The Jews did not lose the covenant at Shiloh when Christ was killed, they lost it 3.5 years later when they stoned Stephen.
This act was the last outrage in the battle for the covenant.
» Confusion Among The Philistines. The ark only brought confusion, death and the plague to the Philistines.
If we look carefully at these symbols we realize that the time spent among the Gentiles is the death phase and their possession of the covenant is robbery.
But while in our possession, God defeats Dagon after bringing about great confusion!
» Returned by The Philistines.
The ark proved too powerful for the Philistines and they returned it to Beth-Shamesh ("The House of the Sun") where it caused a great slaughter among the people.
Witness. The large stone of Abel on which they set the ark is a witness (1 Samuel 6: 14-15, 18).
- Naphtali ("Resurrection").
New Name. The priesthood moved from the house of Eli to the house of Samuel.
Messianic Symbol. In another lesson we show how the wanderings of the ark were a prophesy of the journey of the covenant from Sinai to the New Jerusalem.
» The Oxen.
The Philistines placed the Ark of the Covenant on a wooden cart carried by two nursing cows.
When they arrived at Beth-Shamesh the oxen were slaughtered and the wood they carried was used to burn them.
This is a picture of Christ carrying the wooden cross which was used to kill Him.
The two cows must be a picture of the Human and Divine natures of God, on a mission to keep the covenant.
The female gender suggests that Christ was in a submissive role when He carried out this task.
Twenty years after the ark was moved to Kiriath-Jearim ("City of Woods") the people turned to God with the help of Samuel and they gathered at Mizpah.
The Philistines tried to attack but God rescued them with thunder and confusion.
- Blessings. Israel captured the cities and had no more trouble with the Philistines while Samuel was alive.
- Joseph ("Reproach Removed, Fruitful"). Israel inherited the land of the Philistines. Hannah had five more children.
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). Hannah forgot her afflictions as she glorified God (1 Samuel 2: 1-10).
- Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand"). Samuel became the beloved priest and judge.
Finally, we will look at two kings who were important during the life of Samuel.
The people rejected God and wanted a king like the other nations.
- Saul ("The People's Goat"). They chose Saul, a tall and handsome man. He appears to be a type of the scapegoat who appears as an angel of light and gives some insight into the fact that the scapegoat is the people's goat or the choice that the people will make. He is the son of sorrow.
» The False Second Coming. Saul was also from the tribe of Benjamin and it may be a prophecy that during this phase of the church, we will make the choice between the Lord's goat and the scapegoat.
This character will enter the temple and desecrate it by presuming to act like a high priest. He will also lead the people into witchcraft.
Then God will send the king after His own heart from the tribe of Judah.
- David ("The Lord's Goat"). David was the king after God's own heart who was chosen by God. He is the son of the right hand.
The Journey Of Elijah [880-851 BC]
Wealth. The people turned aside from their wealth, ignoring the worship of YHWH.
Covenant Established. The people had broken the covenant.
Here is a story that seems to follow the same pattern, but it is the forces of evil that are destroyed.
- Exodus. Ahab and his wife Jezebel combined forces to remove the prophets of YHWH and install the religion of the Baals.
- Judah ("Praise the Lord"). The people were not praising the Lord, instead they turned to idolatry and worshipped Baal.
- Issachar ("Wages, Living in Tents"). The prophets of God were destitute and they were living in hiding.
- Zebulun ("Gift, Going Forth on a Journey"). Elijah was also on the run. But he had the gift of miracles and prayed for the heavens to be closed so that there would be no rain for 3.5 years.
- Affliction. Jezebel was trying to kill the prophets of YHWH.
» Water Dried Up. There was a drought for 3.5 years.
- Reuben ("Afflicted, No Preeminence"). The prophets were afflicted and running in fear of their lives.
- Simeon ("Hated, Scattered, Separated"). They were scattered and in hiding. Elijah lived in a cave.
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided"). However, at this point it was the forces of good that gathered together to attack.
From this point on, the tables were turned and it would be the forces of evil that would lose.
Elijah arranged a meeting with Ahab because God was going on the offensive.
When Ahab saw Elijah, Ahab said to him, "Is this you, you troubler of Israel?"
He said, "I have not troubled Israel, but you and your father's house have because, because you have forsaken the commandments of the Lord and have followed the Baals."
(1 Kings 18: 17)
- Almost Dead and Wrath. Elijah arranged a showdown on Mount Carmel with 850 prophets.
- Dan ("Serpent, Judged"). The evil forces were judged and condemned.
Two Opinions. Who will you serve, God or Baal? (1 Kings 18: 21)
A Feast. They had a meal after they were victorious and waited for the rain (1 Kings 18: 41).
Sanctuary. He symbolically rebuilt the sanctuary and restored the people to the covenant.
» Rain from Heaven. Notice it is during this dark period that God sends rain. For Christ it was a shower of spit, but for us it is the promise of the Holy Spirit.
- Asher ("Death"). He killed all the prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18: 40).
Covering Removed. He removed his mantle and folded it then struck the waters and they parted.
At His resurrection, Jesus removed His grave clothes and folded them then came out of the grave.
- Naphtali ("Resurrection"). Elijah crossed over the Jordan on dry land (2 Kings 2: 8).
Jezebel tried to kill him and persecuted the prophets again.
But Elijah ran in fear even though he had seen the great victory of God on Mount Carmel. Eventually Jezebel was killed and eaten by dogs so that there was nothing to be buried. She became the dung of the dogs (1 Kings 21: 23 and 2 Kings 9: 37).
» Marked by the Beast in the Forehead and Hand. Like Dagon whose head and arms were chopped off, they found only the skull and the palms of her hand.
This is the fate of the wicked, to lie unburied on the face of the earth like dung!
Jezebel's Skull and Hands. And they went to bury her, but they found no more of her than the skull and the feet and the palms of her hands.
(2 Kings 9: 35)
Dagon's Head and Hands. ... and the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off on the threshold, only the trunk of Dagon was left to him.
(1 Samuel 5: 4)
Goliath's Head. And David put his hand into his bag and took from it a stone and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead, so that he fell on his face to the ground.
Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.
(1 Samuel 17: 49,51)
The implications are that if you are marked by the beast in the hands and forehead as his property, then God will cut them off in the Battle of Armageddon.
Meet God. He was taken without dying to heaven in a chariot with horses and left behind a double portion of his Spirit (2 Kings 2: 11-12).
The Marriage. Going to heaven is a symbol of the marriage.
New Name. He passed the torch to Elisha.
Messianic Symbol. Christ met Elijah and Moses on the mount of transfiguration, symbolizing those who would be resurrected without seeing death.
- Blessings. The nation turned their hearts to God.
- Joseph ("Reproach Removed, Fruitful"). The priests of God were restored.
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). The house of Baal was forgotten for a while.
- Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand"). He appointed Elisha as his replacement (1 Kings 19).
The Journey Of John The Baptist [4 BC - 29 AD?]
Wealth. The wealth of the nation was the arrival of the long-awaited Messiah, Jesus (Yeshua).
Jesus ratified the covenant with His blood and John was priviledged to introduce Him.
- Exodus. A pregnant Mary left her house to visit her pregnant cousin Elisabeth.
- Judah ("Praise the Lord").
Only six months in the womb, baby John lept with joy when the Messiah, an embryo, came to visit Him.
And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.
(Luke 1: 41-44)
Then Mary said these famous words, Praising God.
And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord,
And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.
(Luke 1: 46-47)
- Issachar ("Wages, Living in Tents"). While living in the wilderness, in caves and tents, the word of God came to John and he went out preaching.
2Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
(Luke 3: 2)
- Zebulun ("Gift, Going Forth on a Journey"). After receiving his gift, John went out preaching and baptizing.
And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins;
(Luke 3: 3)
- Affliction. Herod was committing adultery and John openly accused him of this sin.
- Reuben ("Afflicted, No Preeminence"). As the forerunner of the Messiah, he would not be preeminent. His followers were jealous for John, but John acknowledged the obvious.
He must increase, but I must decrease.
(John 3: 30)
- Simeon ("Hated, Scattered, Separated"). Herod hated him because he denounced his adulterous affair with his sister-in-law.
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided"). So Herod arrested John.
For Herod had laid hold on John, and bound him, and put him in prison for Herodias' sake, his brother Philip's wife.
(Matthew 3: 3)
- Almost Dead and Wrath.
- Dan ("Serpent, Judged").
Herod was a adulterer. He had two women, a wife and mistress.
A Feast. Herod had a birthday party where the mistress concocted a plan to kill John.
The Enticing Woman. Heroidas sent her daughter Salome to dance for Herod and entice him into an oath to kill John.
But when Herod's birthday was kept, the daughter of Herodias danced before them, and pleased Herod.
Whereupon he promised with an oath to give her whatsoever she would ask.
And she, being before instructed of her mother, said, Give me here John Baptist's head in a charger.
(Matthew 3: 6-8)
- Asher ("Death"). John was beheaded.
And the king was sorry: nevertheless for the oath's sake, and them which sat with him at meat, he commanded it to be given her.
And he sent, and beheaded John in the prison.
And his head was brought in a charger, and given to the damsel: and she brought it to her mother.
And his disciples came, and took up the body, and buried it, and went and told Jesus.
(Matthew 3: 9-12)
Covering Removed. His severed head was brought on a covered platter and shown at the party.
Herod did not want to do this but he did not want to embarass himself in front of the guests who heard him make the promise.
- Naphtali ("Resurrection").
We do not know what happened to John, but His life and work were linked with Elijah. So John's work would be finished through the prophecies about Elijah.
Remember the law of Moses My servant, even the statutes and ordinances which I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.
Elijah. Behold I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of the Lord. He will restore the hearts of the fathers to their children and the hearts of the children to their fathers, so that I will not come and smite the land with a curse.
(Malachi 4: 4-6)
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them talking to Him.
As they were coming down from the mountain, Jesus commanded them saying, "Tell the vision to no one until the Son of Man has risen from the dead." And His disciples asked Him, "Why then do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?"
Elijah is Coming In The Future. And He answered and said, "Elijah is coming and will restore all things;
Elijah Came In The Past. But I say to you that Elijah already came, and they did not recognize him, but did to him whatever they wished. So also the Son of Man is going to suffer at their hands." Then the disciples understood that He had spoken to them about John the Baptist.
(Matthew 17: 3, 9-13)
For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.
(Matthew 11: 13-14)
Meet God. According to the prophecies Elijah would once again introduce Israel to the Messiah.
New Name. John is associated with Elijah.
- Blessings. The nation will turn their hearts to God at the end of time during the Elijah message.
A message will go forth in the spirit and power of Elijah through prophets greater than John the Baptist.
And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
(Luke 1: 16-17)
- Joseph ("Reproach Removed, Fruitful"). Israel's reproach will be removed because of Elijah.
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). Hopefully, we will forget Satan and cling to God.
- Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand"). Then we will all sit on the right hand of God as children of God.
The Journey Of David [1056 BC]
Wealth. David had no wealth. What he had was faith and courage.
Samuel anointed David as the next king of Israel, wrenching the kingdom from the tribe of Benjamin and giving it to the tribe of Judah.
- Judah ("Praise the Lord"). David began his journey as the brave lad who single handedly saved Israel from the giant Philistine by invoking faith in the Lord.
And that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord's and He will give you into our hands.
(1 Samuel 18: 47)
So how did the Lord win the battle?
Jealousy caused Saul to treat David as an enemy.
- Faith. God used the faith and obedience of one brave Son.
- Rock. He used a Rock named Christ to strike the head and the feet of the enemy.
- Fear. The forces of the enemy will collapse in fear.
- Issachar ("Wages, Living in Tents"). The reward for killing Goliath was riches, the hand of the princess in marriage and no taxes or military service for his family (1 Samuel 17: 25).
- Zebulun ("Gift, Going Forth on a Journey"). David had to run to save his life, but the best gift that he had was his friend Jonathan.
As heir to the throne of Saul, Jonathan submitted to the decision of God and did not covet the throne for himself but was willing to defy his father and give up his birthright to assist the next anointed king.
- Affliction. Saul's hatred forced David to live a life on the run in the wilderness, mountains and caves.
» Absalom's Rebellion. David was afflicted by his own son Absalom who gathered an army to fight his father.
- Reuben ("Afflicted, No Preeminence"). Although he was anointed as king, David lived a very rough life.
- Simeon ("Hated, Scattered, Separated"). David and his men were scattered, homeless and hunted.
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided"). David and his men rescued the inhabitants of Keliah from the Philistines. Saul assembled a raiding party to beseige David and the ungrateful inhabitants of Keliah were willing to turn David over to Saul (1 Samuel 23). So David escaped into the wilderness of Ziph where those people were also willing to give him over to Saul.
David was surrounded at the "Rock of Escape" and escaped from Saul when the Philistines had raided.
But a messenger came to Saul, saying, "Hurry and come, for the Philistines have made a raid on the land".
(1 Samuel 23: 27)
» Jonathan and Judas. While David was in the wilderness, the actions of Jonathan can be compared to Judas. Both believed that they would be next to the king when he was on his throne.
Jonathan acted as a friend and did not betray David to Saul, instead he kissed David goodbye after he confirmed that his father plotted to kill David (1 Samuel 20: 41). But Judas came with a raiding party and a betrayer's kiss, trying to force Jesus to take the throne by a show of power.
Because of the actions of a faithful friend, the conspiracy to kill David was unsuccessful.
» Goliath. David killed Goliath and cut off his head with a sword.
- Almost Dead and Wrath. David takes refuge in a cave near the "Rocks of the Wild Goats" in Engedi.
» Absalom's Death. He is the rebellious son who died hanging from a tree between heaven and earth.
- Dan ("Serpent, Judged"). No one represents the type of the repentant Messiah burdened with the personal responsibility for sin more than David.
» Signs of Insanity. David pretended to be insane to escape from Achish, the king of Gath and a type of Pontius Pilate and Caiaphas, who thought that this insane man would be the death of tens of thousands.
So he disguised his sanity before them, and acted insanely in their hands, and scribbled on the doors of the gate, and let his saliva run down his beard.
(1 Samuel 21: 13)
- Scribbling on the Gate. The cross was the doorpost and the titulus held the scribblings.
- Drooling Saliva. They spit in His face and saliva ran down his beard (Isaiah 50: 6).
» Weaned. Like Christ, David acted to take care of his parents. He sent them to the king of Moab while he was living in the strongholds (1 Samuel 22:4).
Two Rivals. David and Saul were rivals for the throne.
A Feast. David and his men ate the consecrated bread from the sanctuary when they were hungry and they did not die (1 Samuel 21).
This shows that we can eat Christ, the Bread of Life, to obtain eternal life.
- Asher ("Death"). They were living in the darkness of the caves.
Covering Removed. David secretly cut off the edge of Saul's robe to prove that he could have killed him (1 Samuel 24: 5, 11).
- Naphtali ("Resurrection"). David actually lived 1 year and 4 months with his enemies, the Philistines. His resurrection came when his enemies turned on each other (1 Samuel 27).
Saul, the Amalekites and the Philistines were at war with each other.
Then the Amalekites burned Ziklag and captured the families of David and his 600 men.
David's men were about to stone him but they went with him and 200 stayed behind at the brook Besor while 400 crossed over and recaptured their families and possessions and all the possessions that the Amalekites had taken from the Philistines and Judah.
So we have a picture of the resurrection in the stones moved away, crossing a river and emerging with wealth.
» The Witch of Endor. During this war that is a type of Armageddon we have a picture of the king turning to witchcraft to determine what to do and they are deceived by lying spirits (1 Samuel 28).
In this case, the spirits cannot give him any good news just as Baalam could not curse Israel at the insistance of Balak.
In the Battle of Armageddon, the wicked will only receive terrible news.
The Enticing Woman. David saw and coveted Bathsheba.
The Marriage. David married a widow named Abigail.
Bitter Waters: Adultery.
David failed this test and committed adultery then murder. The child of that union died despite much fasting and prayer.
However, out of this union came Solomon, his heir who is the model of the king of peace.
Israel committed adultery by a union with Rome that resulted in the murder of Christ.
But the death of this Child brings peace to the world.
Messianic Dream. While the prophecies of Moses detail the legal facts about what would happen to the Messiah, the Psalms have most of the Messianic prophecies that express the feelings and emotions of Christ.
The life of David also prophesies about the works of the Messiah.
- Goliath. David killed the giant Goliath with a head wound and then decapitated him just as Christ will defeat Satan with a head wound (Genesis 3: 15).
- The Vagabond King. Although everyone knew that he was the king chosen by God, he had to live as a homeless vagabond wandering from place to place and living in caves as he ran from the wrath of the king chosen by the people.
Although Saul came from the tribe of Benjamin, he took on the qualities of Benjamin under the name given by his mother.
Saul was the "son of sorrow" chosen by the woman Israel.
Satan was the king chosen by the human race when Adam and Eve sinned.
Christ was the king anointed by God to inherit the throne forever.
So Christ from the tribe of Judah inherited the throne from the one who was the "son of sorrow" and was renamed the "Son of the Right Hand" by His father.
- The Kingdoms of the World.
David's battles were also a symbols of the future battles of Israel with the invading armies in the prophecies of Daniel 7.
... The Lord Who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of the Philistine. ..
(1 Samuel 17: 37)
- Lion ("Babylon"). Israel was delivered from captivity in Babylon after 70 years by Cyrus.
- Bear ("Medo-Persia"). Israel was delivered from Medo-Persia by Alexander.
- Goliath ("Greece - The Bronze Kingdom"). Goliath was dressed in bronze (helmet, armor, shin guards, javelin) (1 Samuel 17: 5-7).
He represents Alexander the Great, who was the one strong power that conquered other kingdoms for Greece.
» Goliath ("Giant Metal Man"). He also represents the giant in Nebuchadnezzar's dream.
- Saul ("Rome"). Saul was a form of the Antichrist. He was the usurper on the throne who tried to pin David to a wall with a spear.
The Romans actually succeeded in pinning Christ to a cross and puncturing His side with a spear.
Saul and all his children died after he turned to mediums and spirits when God abandoned him. This is the same sin as the last empire who will also lose all their children and have a kingdom full of unclean spirits and demons (Revelation 18: 2).
Like Satan, he is a beautiful king chosen by the people who is usurping the throne of the king chosen by God.
- The Rock. David defeats the giant with a rock. God defeats the giant image with a Rock.
- Good Shepherd. Like Christ, David was a symbol of the good shepherd who would give his life for his sheep.
- The Betrayal of Absalom. He was betrayed by his beautiful son who incited rebellion against him, just as Lucifer betrayed God and incited a cosmic rebellion (Ezekiel 28: 15-17).
When Absalom died He was hung by his long hair in a tree suspended between heaven and earth.
While we can look at this as the fall of Lucifer, yet in the sorrow of David over the death of Absalom we can see a Messianic prophecy of Christ when viewed as an evil man.
Like Absalom, Christ was hung up on a tree suspended between heaven and earth and His Father could not be consoled. In David's response we see the sorrow of God.
» Dying In Our Place (Substitutionary Image).
We have seen Christ portrayed as many sinful symbols and it appears that He was reenacting the punishment of every major sinner, but not their crimes.
So He was literally dying in our place as He became the substitute for our punishment.
- Blessings. David became the first king of Israel who was a man after God's own heart.
In David God chose the tribe of Judah over the tribe of Benjamin.
- Joseph ("Reproach Removed, Fruitful"). Twice David spared the life of Saul and refused to kill him when he had the opportunity (1 Samuel 23 and 26).
On the last occasion God caused Saul and his men to fall into a deep sleep and David took the jug of water and the sword by this head.
God took revenge on Saul and all the enemies of David, showing that He approved of him.
» Another Son.
The son with Bathsheba died but the next son was Solomon who built the house of God.
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). David eventually forgot his days of destitution as king of Israel. He even remembered his love for Jonathan and showed kindness to his son.
Later David wrote a most beautiful Psalm on forgiveness and forgetting sins after he committed adultery.
Psalm 51 has become a model for repentance.
When the child of adultery died, God gave them Solomon ("Peace") whom God also named Jedadiah ("beloved of the Lord"). His reign was peaceful and he built the first permanent sanctuary for God.
- Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand"). The throne of David became a symbol of the inheritance of the Messiah.
The Journey Of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshech And Abednago [597-539 BC]
Wealth. As members of the ruling class, these men actually lost their wealth and status when they became captives of Babylon. However, because of their status they were treated better than the rest of the exiles. God also gave them wealth by giving them the gift of knowledge and prophecy.
Covenant Established. Israel was exiled because they broke the covenant. Now the terms of the curse are being fulfilled.
- Exodus. Nebuchadnezzar exiled the Jews to Babylon in 597 BC and 586 BC.
- Judah ("Praise the Lord"). Daniel and his friends decided to be faithful to the LORD.
- Issachar ("Wages, Living in Tents"). As slaves they had no wages.
- Zebulun ("Gift, Going Forth on a Journey"). They walked from Israel to Babylon, a four month journey.
- Affliction. The people suffered in Babylon as they longed for Zion.
- Reuben ("Afflicted, No Preeminence"). As members of the ruling class they lost preeminence and became slaves.
- Simeon ("Hated, Scattered, Separated"). They were scattered and uprooted from Israel.
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided"). The Babylonians raided and captured them in two mass exiles.
- Almost Dead and Wrath. As prisoners and slaves they suffered because of the jealousy of the Babylonians.
Several great tests occurred that fulfilled this phase.
Holy Objects Arrive (Law and Vessels).
Belshazzar took the holy objects and desecrated them on the same night that Babylon fell and Israel, the holy people and their sacred objects, were delivered.
- Dan ("Serpent, Judged"). When Nebuchadnezzar had his dream none of the astrologers and advisors could interpret or reveal the contents of the dream.
Therefore the king judged them all as frauds and ordered all wise men to be killed (Daniel 2: 12-13).
In two other tests, the jealous advisors plotted to make Daniel and his friends break the law so that they could be punished as criminals (Daniel 3: 8, 12 and Daniel 6: 5-13).
The Enticing Woman. They were turned into eunuchs, so food and safety were their enticement.
Two Rivals. Daniel and the advisors.
A Feast. Babylon fell during a drunken feast by Belshazzar.
Daniel and his friends decided not to eat the food from the king's table but ate beans and vegetables instead.
- Asher ("Death"). Daniel's friends were thrown into a fiery furnace. Daniel was thrown in a deep pit full of hungry lions.
Jeremiah was thrown into a pit of mud and Joseph's brothers also threw him into a pit.
» Jesus and the Hungry Lions.
This image gives us a clue that it was while He was in the pit (dead or arrested on trial) that Satan came to retrieve His body for burning and to accuse Him of sin as confirmed by Zechariah.
Instead, the courts of heaven closed the mouths of the lions and shut the mouths of His accusers.
- Naphtali ("Resurrection Miracle"). They were saved without being burnt or eaten. Daniel and his friends were promoted from the ranks of slaves to rulers of Babylon.
Messianic Dream. Daniel had the most amazing dream about the timing of the coming of the Messiah.
New Name. All four men were given names which honored Babylonian gods, possibly when they became exiles. But after the miracle, Nebuchadnezzar called them by their Hebrew names (Daniel 3: 28).
Covering Removed. They were covered and protected because they were righteous. So their clothes were not burned up, nor their hair singed (Daniel 3: 27).
The Marriage. They were not married because they were all eunuchs. So God was their companion.
The dark customs and practices of slavery turned Daniel into a eunuch or a dry tree. His prophecies were even sealed up or dried up. He would not see life until thousands of years after his death when his prophecies would become important.
He was a type of Christ in this respect because Christ's ministry was considered a failure as far as convincing the Jews that He was their Messiah.
Isaiah 49 prophesied that this was the loss of His children.
But in the last days His children will be restored to Him just as Daniel will stand in his lot in the last days (Daniel 12: 4, 9, 13).
- Blessings. Daniel and his friends were rewarded when God acted miraculously on their behalf, proving His superiority over all false gods.
God interpreted the dreams, saved them from a fiery furnace and saved Daniel from the lion's den.
- Joseph ("Reproach Removed, Fruitful"). Daniel became ruler over Babylon and chief of the governors and wise men (Daniel 2: 48). Daniel made the other three rulers of Babylon.
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). The Jews did not want to forget Zion.
- Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand"). Daniel became the trusted advisor of the leaders of both the empires of Babylon and Medo-Persia. He also became the prophet of God for the Messiah and to the final generation.
Darius, the Persian king made him the head of the three presidents who managed the princes and was eventually set over the whole realm (Daniel 6: 1-3).
The Journey Of Esther And Mordecai [486-465BC]
Wealth. At this point in history, the wealth of the Jews was a beautiful woman who became Queen of Persia.
The marriage contract would be an important asset.
- Exodus. The Jews were exiles in Persia or ruled by them..
- Judah ("Praise the Lord"). Vashti lost her position as queen of Persia because she was rude to the king. So the king searched for a new wife and Esther gained his favor.
Then let the young lady who pleases the king be queen in place of Vashti ...
(Esther 2: 4)
- Issachar ("Wages, Living in Tents"). Esther lived temporarily in a harem until the king chose the woman who pleased him.
Haman sold the Jews to be destroyed and their possessions plundered.
If it is pleasing to the king, let it be decreed that they be destroyed, and I will pay ten thousand talents of silver into the hands of those who carry out the king's business, to put into the king's treasures.
Letters were sent by couriers to all the king's provinces to destroy, to kill and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, women and children, in one day on the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month of Adar, and to seize their possessions as plunder.
(Esther 3: 9, 13)
- Zebulun ("Gift, Going Forth on a Journey"). Esther was crowned queen and she went to live in the royal palace.
Then the king gave a great banquet, Esther's banquet, for all the princes and his servants, he also made a holiday for the provinces and gave gifts according to the king's bounty.
(Esther 2: 18)
- Affliction. Haman hated the Jews because Mordecai would not give him the respect, homage and adoration that he thought was due to a man of his stature and connections.
- Reuben ("Afflicted, No Preeminence"). The Jews were in distress because of the decree.
The Priest in Distress.
When Mordecai learned all that had been done he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and ashes, and went out into the midst of the city and wailed loudly and bitterly.
(Esther 4: 1)
» The Plot Backfires. As his schemes fell apart, Haman was shamed when he had to honor and exalt his sworn enemy with a parade that he had planned for himself.
Honoring the Enemy.
Then the king said to Haman, "take quickly the robes and the horse as you have said, and do so for Mordecai the Jew, who is sitting at the king's gate: do not fall short in anything of all that you have said".
Covered in Shame. Then Mordecai returned to the king's gate. But Haman hurried home, mourning, with his head covered.
(Esther 6: 10, 12)
» Consumed by Misery and Jealousy.
Satan is the disgraced covering cherub standing next to God who hated praising God sitting on His high throne as much as Haman hated praising his enemy and standing next to him while he sat on his high horse.
The jealousy is compounded on Sabbath when God is paraded through the streets as the universe makes an exodus to worship Him.
So Satan hates the Sabbath because it is a day dedicated to doing the thing Satan hates the most.
- Simeon ("Hated, Scattered, Separated"). The Jews were hated and the decree against them was scattered throughout the provinces to kill all of them whereever they might live from Asia to Ethiopia to India.
» The Plot to Kill.
Amazingly, they gathered on Nisan 13, the day before Passover to write the letters issuing the death decree in twelve months (Esther 3: 12).
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided"). The plan was to swoop on them in one day and kill them. But they were fortunate to have Esther as the queen. Instead of being raided and defeated, the Jews raided back and conquered.
Now in the twelfth month (that is, the month Adar), on the thirteenth day when the king's command and edict were about to be executed, on the day when the enemies of the Jews hoped to gain the mastery over them, it was turned to the contrary so that the Jews themselves gained the mastery over those who hated them.
(Esther 9: 1)
- Almost Dead and Wrath. The wrath of the king came down on Haman when he discovered the evil plot against his beloved wife and her people.
- Dan ("Serpent, Judged"). At her banquet, Esther judged Haman as a wicked man.
Esther said, "A foe and an emeny is this wicked Haman!"
Terror. Then Haman became terrified before the king and queen.
(Esther 7: 6)
Two Rivals. Mordecai and Haman.
A Feast. The holiday of Purim is celebrated to this day to acknowledge the victory (Esther 9: 20-21).
But it was at a banquet given by Esther where Haman met his doom.
Now the king and Haman came to drink wine with Esther the queen.
(Esther 7: 1)
- Asher ("Death"). Haman was hanged on the same gallows on which he plotted to kill Mordecai.
Then Zerah his wife and all his friends said to him, "Have a gallows fifty cubits high made and in the morning ask the king to have Mordecai hanged on it, then go joyfully with the king to the banquet."
And the advice pleased Haman, so he had the gallows made.
(Esther 5: 14)
Another Plot Backfires.
So they hanged Haman on the gallows which he had prepared for Mordecai, and the king's anger subsided.
(Esther 7: 10)
On the day that the Jews were to be destroyed, Haman's ten sons were also hanged (Esther 9: 13).
New Covering. They covered Haman's face before they hanged him (Esther 7: 8).
Mordecai was also clothed in the royal robes to honor him (Esther 6: 8-10).
- Naphtali ("Resurrection"). The Jews received their life back from a genocidal plot.
They gave the house of Haman to Mordecai along with the king's signet ring (Esther 8: 1-2).
Then on the 23 of Sivan, Mordecai reversed the original death decree, giving the Jews the right to defend themselves on that day.
The Marriage. Because of the successful marriage, Esther was able to appeal to the king for the life of her people.
War. Nine months after their fortunes were reversed, the Jews destroyed their enemies.
Thus the Jews struck all their enemies with the sword, killing and destroying; and they did what they pleased to those who hated them.
(Esther 9: 5)
Mordecai is a type of Christ in terms of courage and wisdom. He did not submit to idolatry. He sent Esther in like a spy to occupy a position that might help the people of God.
He wept and fasted for the plight of His people. His enemies saw Him paraded through the streets like a king.
At the Passover feast, His enemies rejoiced that they would see him hanging.
The story of Esther is a testimony to what will happen when Israel, the wife, is faithful to God.
Satan will fall victim to the same traps that he set for Christ and we will be mocking his Wiley Coyote traps, his haughtiness and his self-inflicted demise for eons.
- Blessings. The Jews were respected and feared throughout the kingdom.
- Joseph ("Reproach Removed, Fruitful"). A day of mourning and sadness was turned into a day of Joy when they sent food and gifts to each other (Esther 9: 22).
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). A new holiday was established with instructions that it should never be forgotten throughout all future generations (Esther 9: 28).
- Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand"). Mordecai became second to the king of Persia and Esther was the favorite queen.
For Mordecai the Jew was second only to King Ahasuerus, and great among the Jews and in favor with his many kinsmen, one who sought the good of his people and one who spoke for the welfare of his whole nation.
(Esther 10: 3)
The Journey Of Satan (The Adversary) [4000 BC]
Wealth. Lucifer was created with every precious stone covering his body but he became a greedy businessman.
By your wisdom and understanding you have acquired riches for yourself and have acquired gold and silver for your treasuries.
By your great wisdom, by your trade you have increased your riches and your heart is lifted up because of your riches.
(Ezekiel 28: 4-5)
Covenant Confirmed. God predicted that Satan would die at the hand of strangers.
Therefore, I will bring strangers upon you, the most ruthless of the nations. And they will draw their swords against the beauty of your wisdom and defile your splendor.
You will die the death of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers, For I have spoken! declares the Lord God!
(Ezekiel 28: 10)
» The Secret Weapon.
Who could have been strangers to Satan or to anyone in the perfect universe? It had to be a future new creation.
So at this point earth had not been created.
This is a clue that we were created or chosen to defeat Satan.
Although the angels and the animal kingdom sinned first, God chose us as the form in which He would destroy Satan.
God Himself would become a Son of man and kill him.
God created the perfect weapon against Satan - faithful humans!
We would demonstrate faith in the presence of extreme and persistent adversity while Satan was rebellious in prosperity and prestige.
Faith and trust and submission is the weapon that will undermine the renegade kingdom of Satan.
The Plan of Salvation and the terms of the covenant were even encoded in the design of the planet and in the DNA of its creatures.
The entire system was also designed to take care of us while God had to hide His power and sever direct contact with us.
- Sun and Moon ("Conquering Darkness"). Although day and night existed before sin, there will be no night in the new earth. These two objects demonstrate the role of God and the church in bringing light into the darkness.
- Carnivores ("Conquering Condemnation"). Satan's gossiping, backbiting, lying, complaining and constant accusations are symbolized as cannibalism of our loved ones.
There will be no death, so we will only eat plants for food. Carnivores demonstrate how sin devours the planet even to the point of cannibalism.
- Animal Behavior ("Sacrifice and Competition"). The behavior of the clean and unclean creatures show the effect of sin on both classes of people.
Clean animals demonstrate the sacrifice of Christ. Unclean animals represent the behavior of Satan and unclean insects demonstrate the behavior of sinners who swarm like a mob to encourage each other to sin.
- DNA Replication ("Conquering Sin"). The process demonstrates how God will conquer sin by being broken so that we can be copied, recreated and reassembled in His image.
- Vaccination ("The Weak Conquers The Strong"). The principle of innoculation shows how a weakened form of a lethal virus can help the body to build up resistance so that it can destroy the virus.
We are the creation innoculated and weakened with the sin virus.
- Gene Supression ("Conquering the Sinful Man").
The full expression of evil is controlled by God.
Many behaviors exist that will be supressed in the new earth.
God demonstrated it as a raging sea whose waves have been confined to specific borders.
Internally, the wickedness can also be controlled at the genetic level.
Scientists are now discovering other systems within the genes that control the expression of genes by forming a cover that wraps itself around certain genes.
One amazing finding is that some of these can be turned on or off depending on the amount of love, caring or deprivation received by children.
This is a biological illustration of the results of the Plan of Salvation. The love of God will heal all wounds and cover our sins and bind the powers of Satan.
» Magog. The reference to the words "most ruthless nation" might indicate that at the end the nation of wicked people who are surrounding the New Jerusalem with Satan will pounce on him and severely injure him before he is destroyed.
His kingdom ends with insurrection, a victim of his own tactics, just as he tried to usurp the kingdom of God.
A Lie. From the pattern we know that a great lie must have been told around this time. Satan is known as the father of murderers and liars.
Satan did not lie because he was afraid, he lied because he was a greedy thief.
From the evidence we conclude that he spread lies about God and he was believed because he was popular and he stood next to the throne of God.
- East: (Exodus).
- Judah ("Praise the Lord"). Lucifer was one of the covering cherubs whose duty it was to say, "Praise the Lord" continually (Ezekiel 28: 14).
- Issachar ("Donkey, Wages, Living in Tents"). As a "covering cherub" he made a tent over God and he was covered with every precious stones.
The terms of the covenant that were forged as a covering at this time are discussed in another lesson.
God paid the wages of sin by making a tent over us. He would bear the burdens of our sin by taking the uncleanness on Himself.
- Zebulun ("Good Gift, Going Forth on a Journey"). He and his worthless followers was expelled from heaven because he sinned.
At this point, when sin occurred, a good gift was given before the foundation of the world.
God has endowed me with a good gift; now my husband will dwell with me.
(Genesis 30: 20)
Zebulun's name precisely explains this gift. God, through Christ our husband would come and live with us.
So, using our limited knowledge the gift must have been the oath God made when sin began.
God pledged to give himself as a ransom. During this time the terms of the blessing and the curse and the wages of sin were forged. Satan named his price and God accepted.
Around this time until the phase described by Gad, earth was created. The darkness existed when the earth was created. So Satan had already rebelled and was expelled to this corner of the universe.
The fact that the new earth will have no darkness and that the old earth had darkness built into it before Adam sinned is both a testimony about what would occur and an indication of a reason why we were created.
- South: (Affliction). There was war in heaven and Satan came south to afflict the earth (Revelation 12: 7-9).
- Reuben ("Afflicted, No Preeminence"). He lost his place as one of the highest, most admired angels in heaven.
Although he now legally represented earth, he did not become an advocate or intercessor like Reuben, he became our accuser (Revelation 12: 10).
» My Father's Chair.
Reuben lost preeminence because he came on his father's couch and defiled it.
Satan lost preeminence because he wanted God's throne.
- Simeon ("Hated, Scattered, Separated"). He was hated and separated from God. He hated God and all that God loved and set out to implement a plan to cause division in the universe.
It must have been in this phase where he received a deadly wound with a sword and was sent to the earth.
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided"). He and his angels raided and plundered the planet, but God will come back at him with an army at the Second Coming.
The Kiss of The Traitor. This is the phase when Satan tempted Eve.
The Enticing Woman. Then Eve tempted Adam and the transfer of authority was complete.
There was no place to be found for them so a place was found on earth.
Because the pattern indicates that "a room or space" was made in this period, we will assume that this was the phase when Satan was expelled to earth. After sin he was no longer an occasional tourist who was corrupting the island, he was the slave owner and prison warden who had the right to go to heaven as our representative.
And there was war in heaven, Michael and his angels waging war with the dragon. The dragon and his angels waged war,
and they were not strong enough, and there was no longer a place found for them in heaven.
(Revelation 12: 7-8)
So, was a place found on earth because Adam and Eve sinned or was earth created under the agreements as a proving ground for this rebellion?
Were we created to test Satan's accusations on creatures who were not familiar with the issues on either side?
It was still their choice and they had every advantage. The only thing that they did not have was a prejudice for or against the rival sides.
We might have become the subjects of a reality show in heaven as all heaven studies us in amazement.
Since God knows the future and He is just, why did He create us after sin occurred knowing that we would also sin and transmit the contamination to innocent children?
We must have been created as a part of the solution to sin. For, out of the mouth of babes, God will get praise. Out of the mouth of a race of people with limited knowledge and understanding God will find a people who will praise Him through faith. This condemns those like Lucifer.
A Reality Soap Opera. For, I think, God has exhibited us apostles last of all, as men condemned to death;
because we have become a spectacle to the world, both to angels and to men.
To this present hour we are both hungry and thirsty, and are poorly clothed, and are roughly treated and are homeless. (1 Corinthians 4: 9, 11).
Witness. A pillar of stone was erected that was a witness against Satan. Oil and wine poured out of the pillar.
That event was the crucifixion. Christ was the Rock, lifted up as a memorial and sign of God's innocence and goodness.
The cross condemned Satan as a liar and murderer. After this Satan had no more access to heaven as the representative from earth. He was totally banned.
No room was found for him in any capacity in heaven, so he was permanently confined to earth.
» The Raider on the Earth. Before the Second Coming Satan tries to destroy the righteous because he controls the earth.
» The Raider on the Broad Plain. At the Third Coming Satan tries to attack the city.
And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city and fire came down from heaven and devoured them.
(Revelation 20: 9)
- West: (Tabernacles: Blessings and Curses).
Now he gets to be ruler of earth, the Promised Land. In a way he received the blessing that he did not deserve while the earth received the curse.
He has kidnapped and enslaved the beloved wife and her children. However there are no blessings - only the curse.
Reproach was heaped upon mankind and we forgot God and became children of sorrow under Satan's regime.
» Another Son (Good). In this state God added another Son to us - His son, Jesus Christ. This was the blessing of Joseph that was promised to Eve.
» Another Son (Evil). Satan also added a son - the Antichrist.
For most of the other stories in this article I have not presented the repetition of the west and north side, but in the global drama it sets the stage for Revelation 12-13.
- North: (Almost Dead and Wrath).
Revelation 12 captures this phase of the drama on earth.
The curse brought the serpent who causes us to fall then was our constant accuser. This brought death and we were never able to go beyond this state of death.
Then Jesus Christ came and suffered this wrath of the dragon also, but He was set free during the resurrection and freed the rest of the kidnapped slaves.
» Through The Waters.
Waiting for the rapture of the church it is Satan who sends the sea after us. Like Moses God opens a path through the wicked sea.
Satan Floods The Earth.
And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood.
And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
(Revelation 12: 15-16)
Now, standing on the opposite shore, the dragon is in the sea coming after us.
So, standing on the sea shore on the borders of the Promised Land, John saw the dragon coming up out of the sea ready to pursue us again. He was not drowned like Pharoah.
Satan At The Seashore.
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.
(Revelation 13: 1)
So here we are in 1798 at this moment in history.
We learned from Revelation 13 that Satan did not die when he pursued us through the waters, but he received a deadly wound which was healed.
Healed And More Popular.
And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast.
(Revelation 13: 3)
So here we are in 1929. With the theory of evolution, communism, atheism and the rise of the papacy again his wound is healed and all the world looks at his legacy and theories with wonder and awe.
The United States became a superpower after World War II, in 1945. So the lamb which came on the world stage around 1600 is now a world power.
- West: (Tabernacles).
This is where the fates of all major players converge for a final showdown.
- Composite Beast With 7 Heads ("Coming Out Of The Waters"). Satan. Through atheism and evolution he blasphemes God and speaks boastful words.
» 10 Horns ("Coming Out Of The Waters"). Europe united but not physically united. They are still separate powers united under the dragon.
» Antichrist ("Healed"). The head which received the wound is healed. The church is in power again.
- Lamb-Beast ("Speaks As A Dragon"). The United States speaks as a dragon. If you analyze our history you will find that we went through these stages and are now coming out of the waters.
From our pioneering days, to the war for independence as the elder son of England to the civil war then our role as super power and the "Promised Land' to those fleeing persecution.
Then on 11 September 2008 we changed.
- The Church ("Joseph - Reproach Removed"). Our reproach is removed because the world sees that God has loved us.
» Jews ("Reproach Removed"). Their reproach is removed and God adds another son.
» Seventh Day Adventists ("Another Son"). Our 1844 reproach is removed and we must prophecy again about restoring the sanctuary and the Second Coming.
- YHWH and Jesus Christ ("Reproach Removed").
Even God's reproach will be removed in the eyes of the whole world. The Jews recognize that God has a Son - Jesus Christ.
I honestly believe that 700+ new Messianic prophecies and the Bible science given to a Seventh Day Adventist by God will be a major tool to magnify the Torah and remove the reproach of these groups.
These revelations are a testimony about the Messiah for Jews and a testimony to scientists, atheists and agnostics and other religions about the superiority of the Torah.
3500 years ago, God placed a model of the Periodic Table of chemistry, a unified model of quantum physics, the DNA replication process and a model of creation in the Torah.
The model even explains the mysteries of quantum physics revealing dark matter, the source of gravity, the "God particle" (mass) and other forces unknown to science.
It is the only written record of modern science in any ancient document.
So here we are on 21 December 2008 with the potential for the world to stand in awe of YHWH.
Coincidentally, within 2 months of this revelation Satan began an ad campaign promoting Atheism and ridiculing YHWH (21 October 2008).
Scientist launched the Large Hadron Collider to search for the "God particle" (21 October 2008).
- Second Coming ("Gad Raids"). Jesus Christ will return as the Son of the Right Hand to rescue us.
Like Joshua taking the Promised Land, we are now armed and ready for the final showdown which will begin on earth and be completed 1000 years later as the earth itself completes these stages.
- The Earth ("The Abyss").
The earth will now go into its northern stage of death and wrath then it rests in the grave for 1000 years. It becomes a vast graveyard.
- North: (First Death (Almost Dead) and Wrath).
When everything is almost dead and Satan's experiment fails, God pours out His wrath on him.
The planet is dying and love is dying because sin is running wild.
Satan attacks the children of God in a severe persecution and God responds with the seven last plagues.
Then he attacks the New Jerusalem and God annihilates them.
- Dan ("Serpent, Judged").
The death phase includes the seven last plagues to the end of the millennium.
Satan will be captured and bound in the abyss (Revelation 20: 1-2).
The Enticing Woman. At the end an evil, harlot woman in the form of the church will rule the kings of the earth, luring them to death and destruction.
Two Rivals. The earth will be separated into two groups of people, the righteous and the wicked.
Price Paid. Christ can redeem all the righteous because He paid the ransom 2000 years ago.
A Feast. God calls the great eagles and scavengers to feast on the dead bodies of the wicked.
Feast of Birds.
Speak to every kind of bird and to every beast of the field,
"Assemble and come, gather from every side to My sacrifice which I am going to sacrifice for you,
as a great sacrifice on the mountains of Israel, that you may eat flesh and drink blood.
You may eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of the princes of the earth ..."
(Ezekiel 39: 17-18)
- Asher ("Death"). Their influence is gone during the plagues. Then the Tree of Life is cut down on earth when all the wicked are destroyed at the Second Coming. The planet is now a vast wasteland filled with the rotting corpses of the dead. Here Satan wanders for one thousand years in Sheol to gaze upon the brilliant result of his master plan.
- Naphtali ("Loose Doe, Second Resurrection"). Satan is freed at the Third Coming when the resurrection of the damned occurs.
When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison [loosed a little season].
(Revelation 20: 7)
New Name: Apollyon. Lucifer, the light bearer became Satan, the adversary, enemy and accuser and he is now Apollyon, the destroyer.
» Magog. The nation of the wicked are known as the people from the land of Magog, ruled by Gog.
The word Magog supposedly mean "roof, covering, dissolving" and Gog means "roof, covering". This indicates that they are the people who occupy the earth when its covering is dissolved.
This occurred at the Second Coming.
Covering Removed (Magog).
In the sanctuary the idea of a covering is in at least three places. First, the mercy seat is a covering that protects us from the wrath of the law.
Secondly, the roof of the tabernacle is made of loose cloth indicating that when we are resurrected we will be able to ascend easily through the loose skies.
Third, the veil between the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place was torn so that we have access to Heaven.
The covenant with Israel states that they will have an inheritance as long as "the heavens remain above the earth".
So as soon as we are resurrected the covering will be removed, leaving the wicked exposed.
Israel is Covered.
So that your days and the days of your sons may be multiplied on the land which the Lord swore to your fathers to give them as long as the heavens remain above the earth.
(Deuteronomy 11: 21)
So Israel is the people who have a covering and Magog is the people who are not covered.
The Wicked Are Not Covered.
And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations.
(Isaiah 25: 7)
Satan was married by force to the land when he became our representative. He raped us and we did not cry out, so we were forced into a brutal marriage. God pronounces us divorced because Satan was neither a good husband nor a good husbandman.
Satan and the wicked try to enter and possess the Promised Land by force. This is rape.
- North: (Second Death and Wrath).
Only the wicked make a second trip to the north and go back to this phase, where they try to cross the sea that leads from death to life, but it is a lake of fire which they cannot survive.
The Wicked Burned In The Presence Of God.
The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?
The Righteous Live In The Presence Of God. He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions, that shaketh his hands from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood, and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil.
He shall dwell on high: his place of defence shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure.
Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off.
(Isaiah 33: 14-17)
» The Earth ("Final Judgment").
A nation of strangers were chosen to be the unbiased jury and witnesses who can testify to Satan's witness tampering and about their personal experience under the lawless empire of Satan.
We may not know how it started and God did not attempt to influence us by giving us too much detail about the origin of Sin, but we definitely know the results.
A Judge And Jury Of Human Kings.
Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.
(Ezekiel 28: 17)
In the millennium we will be crowned as kings and priests and we will be his judge and jury.
To some extent, by corrupting us like himself he is being judged by a jury of his peers. We drank the kool-aid. It is bitter poison!
Satan And His False Accusations.
One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
(Deuteronomy 19: 15)
- The Impartial Judges. The best judge judges by what he or she knows.
The judges for those day will be the righteous humans who were selected.
However, the wicked will also judge Him as guilty.
The Jury Of His Peers.
If a false witness rise up against any man to testify against him that which is wrong;
Then both the men, between whom the controversy is, shall stand before the Lord, before the priests and the judges, which shall be in those days;
(Deuteronomy 19: 16-17)
Humans Judge Angels.
Dare any of you, having a matter against another, go to law before the unjust, and not before the saints?
Do ye not know that the saints shall judge the world? and if the world shall be judged by you, are ye unworthy to judge the smallest matters?
Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?
(1 Corinthians 6: 1-3)
- Vengeance And Retribution. We will decide if Satan has made false accusations against God and whether his governance of the planet was criminal.
He will be punished according to his own plans. Like Haman, he will die by a death that he designed. This proves that the curses were his own plans.
And the judges shall make diligent inquisition: and, behold, if the witness be a false witness, and hath testified falsely against his brother;
Then shall ye do unto him, as he had thought to have done unto his brother: so shalt thou put the evil away from among you.
(Deuteronomy 19: 18-19)
- The Executioners. The jury he tampered with and corrupted will execute him.
And thine eye shall not pity; but life shall go for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot.
(Deuteronomy 19: 21)
The wicked humans, the terrible of the nations, will pounce on him and vent their fury.
Executed By Humans.
Behold, therefore I will bring strangers upon thee, the terrible of the nations: and they shall draw their swords against the beauty of thy wisdom, and they shall defile thy brightness.
They shall bring thee down to the pit, and thou shalt die the deaths of them that are slain in the midst of the seas.
Thou shalt die the deaths of the uncircumcised by the hand of strangers: for I have spoken it, saith the Lord God.
(Ezekiel 28: 7-8, 10)
- Absolute Obedience To YHWH. Iniquity shall not rise up again.
No More Rebellion Tolerated.
And those which remain shall hear, and fear, and shall henceforth commit no more any such evil among you.
(Deuteronomy 19: 20)
What do ye imagine against the LORD? he will make an utter end: affliction shall not rise up the second time.
(Nahum 1: 9)
» The Earth ("The Lake Of Fire").
The earth will undergo the final phase where it becomes a sea or lake of fire in which Satan, the beast, the Antichrist and death will be destroyed.
After the second resurrection and judgment they pursue the righteous and the lake of fire opens up and drowns them.
Then the earth will emerge from the lake of fire for its western phase as the New earth where all the righteous will live forever.
Lake Of Fire
|Valley of Decision
Drowned By The Second Death.
And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.
(Revelation 20: 10)
In an ultimate act of irony, Satan is the match and kindling that starts the fire.
This shows that he is the cause and the source of ignition of hell fire.
The Angel Of Sulphur.
Thou hast defiled thy sanctuaries by the multitude of thine iniquities, by the iniquity of thy traffick; therefore will I bring forth a fire from the midst of thee, it shall devour thee, and I will bring thee to ashes upon the earth in the sight of all them that behold thee.
(Ezekiel 28: 18)
All of heaven who witnessed and allowed his rebellion will see his end and be astonished by it. The impartial jury has spoken.
All they that know thee among the people shall be astonished at thee: thou shalt be a terror, and never shalt thou be any more.
(Ezekiel 28: 19)
- West: (Tabernacles And The Blessings).
Satan was judged and found guilty. This time he gets the "blessings" he deserves. He is cursed!
In a way Satan also inherits the promises.
» "Descendants Like Dust". Satan and the wicked will be the dust under our feet.
» "Fruitful". They get to be plant food.
» "Forgotten Forever". Satan is forgotten, not even his name will be mentioned again. If we ever make reference to him it will be remembered with scorn, ridicule and mocking.
- Joseph ("Reproach Removed, Fruitful").
Reproach is heaped upon Satan and he loses all his children.
However, God's reproach is removed. The great experiment is over.
God's Reproach Removed.
... Rather let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written,
"That You may be justified in Your words and prevail when You are judged".
(Romans 3: 4)
Our Reproach Removed.
He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the reproach of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord has spoken it.
(Isaiah 25: 8)
» Ephraim ("Fruitful"). The earth will become fruitful as God receives His children back from the dead.
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). With Satan gone the universe can begin a healing process and God will forget how we treated Him and we will forget how we suffered under the thumb of the tyrant.
And their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.
(Hebrews 10: 17)
- Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand, Ravenous Wolf Divides Plunder"). The earth is distributed to the righteous and heaven is also given to us.
God removes the existing structures in heaven and removes all principalities and powers and gives us both heaven and earth. Wow! Think of the honor! Awesome!
Why? Why would God give such a reward to former liars, thieves, rapists, pedophiles and murders?
They do not deserve to represent God any longer because with all that they knew about God they should not have rebelled and should not have given Satan any reason to continue to wage war.
The loving Creator God should not have had to be judged and to prove Himself to an unfallen universe.
Through us, God demonstrated the power of faith and genuine love. We trusted God with the vaguest evidence and even when it appeared that He had afflicted us and gave us no reason to still trust Him - we clung to Him. We understood how He suffered because He makes us go through similar sufferings.
This is why we will be priests and ambassadors for God to an unfallen universe. We deserve it!
» Distributing The Spoils Of War.
After a war, the wealth of the conquered is distributed among the conquerors.
To The Victor.
But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.
(Luke 11: 22)
The Spoils For THe House Of The Lord.
Out of the spoils won in battles did they dedicate to maintain the house of the LORD.
(1 Chronicles 26: 27)
Distributing The Spoils.
Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.
(Genesis 49: 27)
We will have all the wealth of God and gifts of God at our disposal and we will have all the valuables that are worth taking from Satan.
What valuables did Satan have that are still valueable?
- Covering Cherub. It is my opinion that God Himself was His own covering in the form of Jesus Christ.
Lucifer had the honor of being the other covering cherub taken from among the created beings.
Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.
(Ezekiel 28: 14)
- Messengers. Angels were God's messengers and ambassadors. We are now His messengers who know from personal experience God's suffering and the scars of rebellion.
One third of the angels fell. We will replace them.
- Wisdom, Beauty, Riches, Honor And Glory. We will possess all that Satan had which made him full of pride but we will not be influenced by it. Like Solomon, we have learned that true wisdm is in knowing God and all else is vanity.
With thy wisdom and with thine understanding thou hast gotten thee riches, and hast gotten gold and silver into thy treasures:
(Ezekiel 28: 4)
- Eden. Eden will be restored to us.
Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering ...
(Ezekiel 28: 13)
The Covered One.
According to Ezekiel 28: 13, Lucifer was covered in nine precious stones.
They included eight of the stones on the breastplate of the high priest and lapis lazuli, the stone out of which the ten commandments were carved.
He was missing the stones of the serpent judge (Dan), death (Asher), Gad (raider, war) and Issachar (wages).
The four missing stones seem to prophecy his future. He will be judged as a serpent and placed in prison by the raider then put to death to pay the wages for his sins.
Life Is Unfair!
Now the world is in the same predicament as the Jews.
God knew that He had to die for sins so He chose His friends, the children of Abraham to kill Him.
God chose this planet to be the battleground for good and evil before we were born.
Was this fair to us or the Jews?
| Breastplate In Birth Order|
|♥ Emerald |
|♥ Topaz |
|♥ Ruby |
|♥ Diamond |
| Sapphire |
|♥ Turquoise |
| Agate |
| Jacinth |
|♥ Jasper |
| ♥ Onyx |
|♥ Beryl |
|The Jews read from right to left|
|♥ Lucifer was covered with these stones and lapis lazuli (the ten commandments stone) (Ezekiel 28: 13)|
They were punished for killing Christ. Some of us will be annhilated for not accepting God.
It was fair because when the time came, we chose to carry out the deed in an unjust manner.
Christ made the required offering in the Garden of Gethsemane without any sin by any human.
Satan would have murdered Him without the help of the people.
The people were there to ensure mercy and to appeal to the authorities they did not have to encourage the crime.
The righteous people acted to make sure that His body was buried before the Sabbath and that it was not mutilated.
We also have choices. Nobody has to die. It will be a hard life but God promises that it will be worth it in the end.
But we do not have to join forces with Satan. We have a glorious future that surpasses all the other created beings.
Revelation 12-16: A False Sanctuary For A False god.
|Satan's Grand Design|
|Most Holy Place
||The Beast From The Sea
||Image To The Beast
||Fellowship of The Spirits of Demons
I must also explain the controversy in the symbols of a false sanctuary that Satan is trying to build and incorporate that into the laws of particle physics.
Only then will some of the images used in Revelation 13 begin to make more sense.
This is Satan's grand plan to be God. He mimics God by copying what he saw as a covering cherub.
However, as his plans fall apart, he transfers authority to his two main supportors, the beast and its image.
They also must undergo these phases of life and death.
Revelation 12 is the story of the beast who receives authority from Satan.
Revelation 13 is the story of the image to the beast who receives authority from Satan.
Now separate the journey of Satan from that of the beast and the image.
- The Original Antichrist. This makes more sense if Jesus and Satan were the two covering cherubs. Jesus on the right hand and Lucifer on the left.
This does not negate the fact that Jesus was also God - a fact which Satan may not have been able to grasp because he is stupid.
Jesus has always taken on a role among all created beings where He eventually became the head of all of them.
He is the chief of all angels and the chief of all humans.
He even symbolized Himself as a lamb, a goat, bull and even a donkey.
He even became like a snake so that He could become the King of snakes and swallow up the brood of vipers in Satan's realm and take away the keys of death and hell.
Jesus must have had special privileges as the right hand of God or been his superior.
So Satan must have wanted to be more like Jesus or have His position.
Then he must have eventually learned that Jesus was also God.
So thinking that a created being could become God, he thought that the position he held was upwardly mobile. The glass ceiling could be shattered.
He was no longer satisfied with taking over the position of the right hand of God, he wanted to be God. Idiot!
Because he is an imbecile, he did not understand that the created being never became the creator but that the creator, in His infinite power and in whom nothing was impossible, could become one of His creations.
So he hated Jesus. This undeserved hatred ended up in the carnage at the crucifixion.
The opportunity to destroy Jesus was a bait that he could not resist which has caused his utter defeat.
» The Physical Laws Of The Created Universe.
This is where particle physics helps us to understand what he was trying to do was impossible.
The three sided sanctuary has two walls on the north and south that were mirror images of each other. They represent matter and antimatter which must be paired in order to create an object.
The western wall is the strong force. It can never be paired.
Life could not exist if there was a force in opposition to the strong force.
Life could not exist if there was no way for the atom to let particles in and out of the nucleus through the "Z" force.
Life could not exist if there was not a doorway to the Holy Place. There could be no Plan of Salvation.
If there was an eastern wall then there is no door and no life could exist because nothing could enter or leave the sanctuary.
No sins could be taken in and atoned. No priests could come before God.
- The Glory From The East.
So he was unable to become the copy of Jesus in the eastern wall.
So he decided to become god and build his own empire by copying God.
He instead becomes the god of the east. He became the sun god.
Throughout the whole history of humanity he established worship of the sun that rises in the east.
- Man Of Sin.
Realizing that he could never be the reflection of Christ in the true sanctuary, Satan builds his own temple where he sits as god.
However, not being God, he can create nothing. Who wants to be God when we have nobody to remind us every day how beautiful and great we are?
That was the only reason for his elevated ambition.
However, he still wants to be God sitting on his throne in a temple that he builds over the domain of God.
Being not God and realizing that he was also impotent, he decided to get worshippers by stealing the children of God.
He convinces one third of the angels and then tries to take the human race.
So he corrupts the temple on earth to take over the children of YHWH.
Sitting as a created being, a covering cherub in the real temple, he only saw the glory of the throne room from the perspective of a created being.
He saw six boards on each of the three walls of the Most Holy Place (6-6-6). So this is how he builds the copy of his temple.
He did not realize that the western wall has two boards hidden in the back corners.
These two are the source of the force that holds everything together.
Consequently, his feeble temple is in jeopardy and is nothing more than a cardboard shanty that can be blown down by any wind.
So he is impotent and living in a shaky lean-to temple. Could things get any worse? Yes.
- Beast (Matter).
Wounded, unprepared, the butt of jokes of the universe, he finds that he has to give up some of what he craves in order to have a fighting chance.
He must give authority to the human agencies who were his children.
They in turn set up their little kingdoms pretending to be god like their useless father.
As a created beast he can only create a mirrored pair in the north and south, so here he makes the beast and his image.
His sanctuary has a structure on the south wall, this is the beast which was wounded with a sword by Simeon.
Transfers Authority To The Beast.
And the beast which I saw was like a leopard, and his feet were like those of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. And the dragon gave him his power and his throne and great authority.
I saw one of his heads as if it had been slain, and his fatal wound was healed. And the whole earth was amazed and followed after the beast;
they worshiped the dragon because he gave his authority to the beast; and they worshiped the beast, saying, "Who is like the beast, and who is able to wage war with him?"
(Revelation 13: 2-4)
However, God gives this bastard child its own deadly wound. So all they have left in his make-shift shanty temple is the northern wall, the image to the beast.
Take That, You Dastardly Beast!
If anyone is destined for captivity, to captivity he goes; if anyone kills with the sword, with the sword he must be killed. Here is the perseverance and the faith of the saints.
(Revelation 13: 10)
According to the law the wounding with the sword happens on this side as a result of the blessings to Simeon.
The captivity and capture occur because of the blessings to Gad.
Forced by law to continue on this path, his only hope is with the mirror image to the beast.
- The Image Of The Beast (Antimatter).
Satan's sanctuary also has a mirror image structure like the beast on the north wall.
This region is doomed to death and wrath.
Notice that the fate of this image is not a deadly wound with a sword but a fatal blow which will never be healed.
However, before we get from the wounded beast in the south to his image in the north we must pass through the sanctuary in the west.
- Joseph: The Lamb Beast From The Earth.
Who is this beast? Is it another symbol of the "image to the beast" or is it the "false prophet" of Revelation 16: 13.
This lamb beast is not the image because it is used to give life to the image.
The twelve tribes prophecy provides the answer.
It is the "other son" promised in the Joseph phase.
It is the blessings of the earth promised to Joseph.
|Antimatter (The Image To The Beast)|
||The Unclean Spirits of Demons
|Matter (The Beast)|
It is Joseph with the two horns of the ox who will push the peoples to the end of the earth.
Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon.
He exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence.
(Revelation 13: 11-12)
It is Joseph who has the blessings and the power of heaven.
Signs From Heaven.
He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down out of heaven to the earth in the presence of men.
(Revelation 13: 13)
- Manasseh (Make Me Forget).
The phase of deception is where Satan makes us forget the truth.
And he deceives those who dwell on the earth because of the signs which it was given him to perform in the presence of the beast, telling those who dwell on the earth to make an image to the beast who *had the wound of the sword and has come to life.
(Revelation 13: 14)
It is even worse than we thought.
Satan's shaky temple is incomplete. It does not even have a complete northern wall. He has to hurry up and make this structure and he needs help from the very children of Adam whom he hates.
O the indignity of mortality!
I will be laughing all the way to the Promised Land. The bumbling idiot!
Life To The Image Is Death For The Righteous.
And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast would even speak and cause as many as do not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
(Revelation 13: 15)
- Benjamin (The Devouring Wolf).
They institute this economic system to "divide the booty" with the strong.
Mark Of The Beast.
And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead.
(Revelation 13: 16)
and he provides that no one will be able to buy or to sell, except the one who has the mark, either the name of the beast or the number of his name.
Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for the number is that of a man; and his number is six hundred and sixty-six.
(Revelation 13: 17-18)
When the structure on the northern side of the Most Holy Place is complete, then the 6-6-6 of that room will be complete.
He does not get to complete the other 14 boards of the Holy Place because God destroys his false sanctuary.
» The Image To The Beast.
So all of Revelation 13 involves activity on the western side of the evil sanctuary.
So Revelation 14 is full of warnings to the earth, because when the world enters this northern phase, "outside the city" it is the Seven Last Plagues where the dragon, the healed beast, the image and the "other son" will be destroyed.
The Beast And Image (Mirror Image)
This is the only biblical symbol that explains the relationship between the beast and its image.
The image is the exact copy and alter ego of the beast.
From the rules we know that this second personality appears sequentially in time in the final phase.
| Phase 7 (Destruction) and Phase 4 |
|Lawless||Phase 5 |
|Phase 2 (1260 Years) Papal Rome|
The sanctuary laws about the passage of time shows these judgment phases.
- Before The Last Beast (East). If we start ith the Assyrian empire, all the powers who captured Israel after the exodus until the Papacy lasted 1260 years (722 BC - 538 BC).
After Israel built their sanctuary five nations were successful in tearing them apart, but Daniel only saw four as important.
All these invadors are seen as those who breached the entrance to the house of God.
- 5 Nations. Assyria captured ten tribes but they were never able to destroy the temple.
- 4 Nations. Four nations ruled over a remnant of Israel. The first and last destroyed the temple.
Papal Rome. It is not seen as an entrance post but a wall. It became part of the structure of the temple. It was religious. The image to the beast must also be a religious power.
- Beast Rules (South). 1260 years of papal domination and persecution.
- The Unjust Reward (West). 150 years of atheism and evolution domination is the reward they stole from God who increased knowledge.
» Dragon and 6-6-6 (Most Holy Place). There are 6 boards visible from the inside on the three walls.
» The Lamb With 2 Horns (West Wall).
The dragon realizes that it needs help. It is missing the two boards that assist the strong force. So it corrupts a Christian source who has it.
The evil lamb now serves the same purpose as Christ. It is a strong force which holds the beast and its image together coming to power during the time when atheism began.
It had two horns like a Lamb. These are the two hidden boards which actually provide the power of the strong force.
So, unlike the 6-6-6 beast, it has all the boards of the west wall because it mirrored the Lamb. But it will eventually speak like the dragon. Sitting behind the dragon the pair are almost acting like a ventriloquist and its dummy.
- Image To The Beast Rules (North). Future domination of the image who will persecute like the beast.
The rule should last a short time. If it reflects the pattern of the beast the time should also be related to 1260. It is probably 1260 days (3.5 years) for the image and possibly 3.5 days for the destruction.
Since the west is not a mirror image of the east, we cannot be sure that the time is also related.
- The Waters Dry Up (Center). Persecution opens up a dry path for the righteous in the sixth plague which destroys the persecutors in the seventh plague.
Dry Places. And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
(Revelation 16: 12)
- The Just Reward (West). The righteous judgment sits and condemns them.
- Final Destruction (North). The final destruction of the wicked.
The Journey Of Adam [4000 BC]
Wealth. God created Adam and Eve and made them masters over the whole earth.
Covenant Established. God made a covenant with Adam, but Adam broke the covenant (Hosea 6: 6-7).
- Exodus. Out of the garden of Eden which was planted in the east, came Adam and Eve.
- Judah ("Praise the Lord"). Adam was created as king of planet earth as heaven sang for joy.
- Issachar ("Wages, Living in Tents"). He owned the earth.
- Zebulun ("Gift, Going Forth on a Journey"). God planted the Garden of Eden and gave it to him. After sin they were expelled from the garden.
- Reuben ("Afflicted, No Preeminence"). Adam was the son who was about to lose preeminence because he committed idolatry (spiritual adultery). He sold his birthright for a piece of fruit.
- Simeon ("Hated, Scattered, Separated"). Adam and Eve separated and she went to the tree by herself and met Satan who hated humanity and was on a mission to destroy us.
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided"). Satan saw her by the tree and pounced on this opportunity. He could defeat them while they were separated.
The Kiss of The Traitor. A talking snake! This is the image of a traitor and seducer.
He opened his mouth and enticed her with sweet words.
The Great Lie. The snake lied to the woman and the man would die because of her. It is interesting that the sign which represents this event of lying because of fear captures the fact that the man was afraid that he would die because of the woman. So it portrays the man as the one who lied and told the woman to lie.
God captured the essence of what happened in Eden. The man was just as responsible. It was Adam's lie to God and his blaming of the woman that is captured by this symbol (Genesis 3: 9-12).
He said, I heard the sound of You in the garden and I was afraid because I was naked so I hid myself.
The man said, "The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me from the tree and I ate."
(Genesis 3: 10, 13)
- Almost Dead and Wrath.
- Dan ("Serpent, Judged"). Satan was the snake who had mated himself to the forbidden tree. This is the origin of the symbol that Dan is the son who became the serpent and brought judgment at a tree.
The Enticing Woman. Eve gave the fruit to Adam.
Two Rivals. They started blaming each other and quarreling.
Price Paid. They were judged as unrighteous and lost Eden.
A Feast. Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit.
- Asher ("Death"). This disobedient act caused death to the planet.
- Naphtali ("Resurrection Miracle"). God gave them a chance to be saved. He would send His own Son who would be the Seed of the woman.
He would spring back to life.
Messianic Dream. No Messianic dreams were recorded, but the promise of the Messiah was given to them.
The Messiah would be a Man who would come through the seed of the woman. He would kill the serpent in the garden but He would be wounded in the process (Genesis 3: 15).
No New Name. A name change represented the transition to a greater reward that is possible by the new status. Adam and Eve did not have a change in their names.
The fact that Satan now had their birthright would only be temporary. Their demotion in status would also be temporary. They could keep their names because their inheritance would be restored.
The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them.
(Genesis 3: 21)
Covering Removed. Their covering of light was removed and they discovered that they were naked. Since the righteous nation must be covered, God made a covering out of the skin of a lower creature.
After sin, their marriage suffered as they began to blame each other (Genesis 3: 12).
- Gad ("South West Detour"). Naphtali returned to the south west. Here, the Garden of Gethsemane where Peter drew his sword is the Garden of Eden with the angels guarding the entrance with a sword.
They were expelled from the Garden, arrested and imprisoned on earth with Satan. Earth becomes a penal colony and rehabilitation center.
- Expulsion and the Curses. Adam received the curses and was thrown out of the Promised Land and could no longer live in the presence of God.
We have inherited his death sentence and his curses.
- Joseph ("Reproach Removed, Fruitful"). But we also inherited the promise. One day a Son would be born who would restore the blessings and remove our reproach.
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). Soon the curse made them forget God.
- Benoi ("Son of Sorrow"). This is the inheritance of the children of Adam.
- Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand"). This is the promise of God to Adam and Eve. A Son would be born.
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. He will bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.
(Genesis 3: 15)
Symbols (Serpent Destroyed) .
The serpent who attacks the children will be destroyed by one child.
The Journey Of Noah [2694 BC]
Wealth. Noah preached for 120 years and nobody listened. He must have used his wealth to build the ark because he had no supporters. Twenty years after he began he started having sons who provided physical help.
Covenant Established. God made a covenant with Noah and his sons (Genesis 6: 18).
- Judah ("Praise the Lord"). Noah was chosen because he was the only righteous man. (Genesis 6: 8-9)
- Issachar ("Wages, Living in Tents"). He had no wages.
- Zebulun ("Gift, Going Forth on a Journey"). He prepared for a perilous journey in the ark.
- Affliction. He struggled alone as he preached and used up his resources as the scoffers came by to laugh.
» Flood Waters. The waters normally dry up at this point to provide a way of escape for the righteous.
This time the waters rose up to drown the wicked and a dry spot was made for Noah in the ark.
- Reuben ("Afflicted, No Preeminence"). People thought he was surely a mentally ill fool.
- Simeon ("Hated, Scattered, Separated"). He was hated and cursed and isolated.
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided"). He finally had three sons who helped him.
» Raiders of the First Ark.
The parade of animals that streamed into the ark must have been a great sign that confirmed Noah's warning.
At this point they should have listened to Noah, but instead peer pressure must have made them continue in their mockery.
- Almost Dead and Wrath. At this point this pattern takes two divergent courses. Noah was about to receive the wrath of the people, but they would receive the wrath of God.
- Dan ("Serpent, Judged"). Noah was mocked and judged as a crazy, stupid imbecile. So God judged them for being fools.
Two Rivals. It was a match between Noah and the scientists of his day.
A Feast. The flood began around Lag Ba'Omer and ended on the feast of tabernacles.
- Asher ("Death"). Enclosed in the ark on the violent sea, they were safe as if in a womb but it must have seemed that they would perish.
For seven days after the ark was closed and nothing happened the people intensified their ridicule. Inside the ark with the animals Noah's faith was tested.
But as the waters began to fall the people banged desperately on the doors of the ark and searched for a way of escape. They all perished.
- Naphtali ("Resurrection Miracle"). They emerged from the ark after the waters were dried up.
New Name. The descendants of earth would now be from the seed of this one man.
The ark was closed by the angel of the Lord and God removed the covering and allowed the waters to burst from the land and the sky.
Noah opened a window to survey the landscape and the ark was opened by the angel of the Lord.
Covenant Sign: Rainbow. As God renewed the covenant He gave a sign.
Later, Noah became drunk and removed his clothing and his son exposed his nakedness (Genesis 9: 20-22).
Bitter Waters: Alcohol.
Noah got drunk and exposed his nakedness and shame.
The Marriage. His sons took three wives with them. They repopulated the earth.
Messianic Dream. Shem and Japheth covered the nakedness of their father after he was exposed (Genesis 9: 23).
Like God, they covered him and turned away their faces so that they would not see his shame.
- Blessings. God renewed the covenant with the whole earth, using the rainbow as a sign (Genesis 9: 11-17).
- Joseph ("Reproach Removed, Fruitful"). The sons of Noah repopulated the earth.
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). Noah forgot his earlier ridicule since he possessed the whole earth.
- Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand"). Shem and Japheth received a blessing for what they did for their father. But Shem received the highest honor.
The Journey Of Jesus [31 AD]
This pattern that was fulfilled by Jesus is explained in depth in the lesson on the twelve tribes.
Here we give a brief summary but add information that the journey of the faithful teaches us.
Wealth. He was the wealth and treasure that heaven sent to earth.
|Map of Jerusalem|
|Golgotha, Grave, Fortress Antonia, Sanhedrin|
|Caiaphas' House||Gethsemane, Kidron|
Covenant Kept. He came to Jerusalem to confirm the covenant made with Adam and Eve 4000 years before.
This same pattern could be presented as God leaving heaven to become a human and fulfill the oath He made to Eve and Abraham.
The pattern appears during major phases of His life and when He fulfilled the covenant in the last week.
The unfaithful woman named Israel lied so that Christ could be killed.
The rules about the disassembly of the sanctuary in Numbers 10 and 4 are also superimposed on the rest of the narrative.
Holy Objects Prepared for Movement.
Aaron and his sons prepared the holy objects for movement by the sons of Kohath (Numbers 4).
» Preparing the Disciples.
Several times, the disciples were told what would happen. Jesus would be given over to the priests and rulers and for three days He would be tortured, killed and resurrected on the third day. Then, on the night of the Seder, they were told that they would all desert Him and one would betray Him.
Ark of the Covenant.
He is the High Priest Who was carried on the shoulders of a donkey and came to keep the covenant.
Map of Jerusalem.
The symbolic journey around the sanctuary followed His actual movements around the city of Jerusalem.
- East: (Exodus).
On the eastern side of Jerusalem were the places that the sons on the east experienced.
East Gates. Jesus came through the eastern gates of Jerusalem on a donkey.
Mount of Olives. He and His disciples spent that week camped out on the Mount of olives (Luke 21: 37).
The Upper Room. Since all the other important places where He went were geographically consistent with the symbols, He must have eaten the Passover supper in a house somewhere on the east of Jerusalem on the Mount of Olives, probably in a tent pitched on the roof of a house.
Tradition places it in the west.
- Judah ("Praise the Lord"). Jesus went to the temple where the people praised Him as their king, waving palm branches.
First Shofar. The people shout "Hosanna!"
- Issachar ("Wages, Living in Tents"). He came riding on a donkey to pay the wages of sin.
- Zebulun ("Gift, Going Forth on a Journey"). After the Passover meal He went out to the Garden of Gethsemane to begin His journey to the cross so that we could have the gift of eternal life.
» Homeless. He had no home or place to rest because His house was being torn down and carted away.
|South West||West||North (Wrath)|
|Raided||Sanctuary||Holy Object Trampled||God||Son||666||Battle|
|Arrest and Trial||The Wrath of God (Crucifixion)||Death|
Sanctuary Torn Down. The sanctuary was torn down for transport. Judas and the priests were making arrangements to have Him arrested.
Gershon: Ceiling Moved. Heaven was withdrawing from Him.
Merari: Building Moved. Judas and the priests were betraying Him, the disciples would not stay awake and everything He had worked for was crumbling down.
- Awakening. Christ emerges from the garden of Gethsemane with the Good News of forgiveness.
- Raided. He was arrested by an army.
- Holy Object Arrived. Jesus was the Holy One who came out of Gethsemane.
- Sanctuary Destroyed. He was beaten and tortured.
- The Wrath of God (The Wrath on Christ).
He experienced the wrath of God for the righteous and He died our death as God promised in the covenant.
» Signs in Heaven. There was darkness in heaven.
- God and His Son. The Son was suspended naked with a sword in His side. This was His battle gear.
The Passover Seder symbols reveal that the Father never left His side although He felt abandoned.
- Battle. God fights for us suspended between heaven and earth and destroyed Satan.
- Man of Sin (666). He was the Man who carried our sins.
- Blessings. He received the curses because of our sins.
- South: (Affliction).
Tradition places the Garden of Gethsemane in the east, but symbolically the place where He went must have been in the south east corner of the city.
He suffered this godly affliction in the Garden of Gethsemane which was near the Kidron Valley and was probably located in the south east, in a place called the King's Garden.
The Garden of Gethsemane is the Garden of Eden which was also planted in the east.
The Man Planted in the Garden.
Then God planted a garden towards the east, in Eden, and there He placed the man whom He formed.
(Genesis 2: 8)
Read that verse again and picture God planting Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane to be the Tree of Life who will restore the banished children of Adam.
Christ comes to the garden to win the battle that Adam and Eve lost.
Holy Objects Moved. The disciples abandoned Him (Table of Shewbread with 12 loaves).
The Holy Spirit left (Laver). Sun was darkened (menorah). God did not hear His prayers (Altar of Incense).
He was bound, taken to several trials, placed on wood and killed (Altar of Sacrifice).
- Reuben ("Afflicted, No Preeminence"). This God who cloaked Himself in the form of a lower creature was despised and rejected.
» One Man Alone in the Wine Press of Gethsemane. The level of His isolation was astonishing to heaven. Because, He could not find supporters for even the smallest tasks, even among those who claimed to believe Him. They could not even pray with Him in the most distressing hour.
Pray With Me.
And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and said to Peter, "So you men could not keep watch with me for one hour?"
(Matthew 26: 40)
Even after this plea He found them sleeping two more times.
I have trodden the wine trough alone, and from the peoples there was no man with Me.
I looked and there was no one to help, and I was astonished and there was no one to uphold;
So My own arm brought salvation to Me, and My wrath upheld Me.
(Isaiah 63: 3, 5)
When Moses was sitting on top of the hill as Israel battled the Amalekites at Rephidim, Aaron found that Israel were victorious when they helped him to lift up his hands.
Hands Stretched Out Until Sunset.
So it came about when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed.
But Moses' hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one one one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until sunset.
(Exodus 17: 11-12)
Jesus found no one to hold him up. So He held up His own arm to obtain the victory.
The record is that from the time He sat on a rock in the Garden of Gethsemane until He was taken down from the cross at sunset, His hands were stretched out and held up by two nails when the battle against Satan was being fought.
Reuben, the disgraced firstborn, moved out at the sound of the second alarm.
When you blow an alarm the second time, the camps that are pitched on the south side shall set out; an alarm is to be blown for them to set out.
(Numbers 10: 6)
Cock. Simon Peter, the first disciple, denies Jesus and leaves in disgrace at the second cock crow.
Second Cock Crow.
Immediately a rooster crowed a second time. And Peter remembered how Jesus had made the remark to him,
"Before a rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times." And he began to weep.
(Mark 14: 72)
Simon Peter is the First Disciple.
As He was going by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew, the brother of Simon, casting a net in the sea, for they were fishermen.
And Jesus said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."
(Mark 1: 16)
Although this incidence happened after He was arrested, the purpose of the symbols are to identify Peter and his future actions.
This proves that Peter also followed in this pathway and he became Reuben when he denied Jesus and Gad when he drew his sword to cut off the ear of the servant.
It also appears that each disciple may have been chosen in the order of the birth of the sons of Israel and so Judas may have been the fifth disciple because He is clearly represented by Dan.
- Simeon ("Hated, Scattered, Separated"). Israel hated Him and all His disciples ran away.
» Oath Kept. Several symbols show that at this point He kept the oath by providing the perfect offering in the Outer Court (Earth).
Jesus kept the oath by submitting to the mob. There was no turning back.
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided").
The symbols show that He would have a visitor from heaven to keep Him on the path and that He will be attacked in a broad plain or roomy place by an army or a mob who have joined together for that purpose.
An angel encouraged Him to drink the cup. Then He was captured, bound and arrested by a mob led by the priests and the Roman army in the Garden of Gethsemane.
The Kiss of The Traitor. Judas identified Him as the one to arrest with a kiss.
Witness. Two false witnesses were used to condemn Him.
He was also the stone pillar that God erected. The patriarchs poured wine or oil on their pillars, but out of God's Rock pillar came a fountain.
Out of Him poured the continual flow of wine and the oil in the form of blood and water (life and the Holy Spirit).
The Garden of Eden.
Christ was taken from the garden and He is cultivating the garden until the time of the harvest at the Second Coming.
Therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden, to cultivate the ground from which he was taken.
(Genesis 3: 23)
So He drove the man out, and at the east of the Garden of Eden He placed the cherubim and the flaming sword which turned every direction to guard the way to the Tree of Life.
(Genesis 3: 24)
Peter tried to guard the Tree of Life with his sword, when the soldiers came to throw Him out of the garden and arrest Him.
- West: (Tabernacles With Kings).
Having won atonement from God in the Garden of Gethsemane, the blessings should have continued in the west, where earth should also acknowledge His innocence as He was paraded in front of kings and in the homes of many leaders for trial.
Instead, the blessings on the west were not applied.
We can illustrate that in this one direction only, the opposite of the three blessings occurred.
In the west His reproach was supposed to be removed and every blessing and refreshing and renewal for the sons of the beloved wife was supposed to be heaped upon Him as the meanings of the names and the blessings indicate.
Instead, He was treated like the Son of the hated wife.
Robbed of His Blessings. Jesus was arrested in the south in the Garden of Gethsemane and taken west for trial and condemnation to the house of Annas, Caiaphas, Herod's Temple and the Hasmonean palace.
Since the wealthy Jews lived in the south west corner, it is believed that Annas and Caiaphas lived in this location near Herod's temple.
Instead of a refreshing before He faced Satan's wrath, He was physically and emotionally drained and abused.
- Joseph ("Reproach Not Removed"). He was unjustly tried, condemned by false witnesses and spit on.
» Ephraim ("No Fruit"). His disciples deserted Him.
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). Simon Peter denied Him by claiming that he did not know Him.
- Benoi ("Son of Sorrow"). He was now the Son of sorrows instead of the Son of the right hand.
» Benjamin ("Ravenous Wolf, Devoured and Divided"). He was the prey that was devoured by the wild animals in the morning. In the evening He was divided on the cross as His body was split.
The Holy Spirit left, His divinity was split from His humanity, His loved ones stood far away, the nails divided His flesh and the spear divided His heart.
» Simon of Cyrene ("Shoulders His Burdens").
The blessings of Moses is for the Beloved Child to be secure, placed on the shoulders of the Lord.
On this day, Simon took His burdens.
- North: (Almost Dead and Wrath).
The Sanhedrin met in the Hall of Hewn Stones, located in the north wall of the temple mount.
The Fortress Antonia, where He was beaten and mocked and dressed in a purple robe and a crown of thorns were also located in the north.
Finally, the place of the crucifixion was in the north west corner and the garden tomb was near by, also in the north.
Jesus was killed after He finished testifying before many tribunals.
The sanctuary was restored before the Holy Objects arrived.
The resurrection restored His body, then Jesus went to heaven to prepare a place for us and to minister in the heavenly sanctuary.
- Dan ("Serpent, Judged"). He was judged and convicted as a serpent and an unrighteous man.
The Garden of Eden.
Now the whole universe knew that God was good and Satan was evil. The innocent Christ was planted on a dead tree while Satan spurred his hordes to torture him.
Now the universe could look at good and evil and see the results of their works.
The Tree of Knowledge.
Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil
(Genesis 2: 9)
Price Paid. He paid the price of sin.
A Feast. The events occurred during the Passover.
» Abraham ("Terror, Oven and Torch"). This is the offering that ratifies the covenant.
The Unfaithful Woman. Israel mated with Rome and abandoned Christ after using a bribe and a kiss to lure Him into a trap.
» Jacob ("Ladder"). He would connect heaven to earth while He was in the deep sleep of death.
» Israel ("Bruised Male Goat"). He would be so badly beaten and bruised that He would look spotted and striped as He hung on an upright piece of wood.
» Joseph ("Death and Resurrection"). He would die on a tree and resurrected after three days.
» Moses ("Promised Land"). He would die before seeing the Promised Land but He saw it in a vision. He was denied access to the land without seeing death because the people caused him to sin.
Jesus had to die before we could access the Promised Land because our sins caused His death.
Two Rivals. The two thieves on either side of the cross. One accepted Christ.
Sanctuary. He was the sanctuary that was destroyed. But it allowed Him to build the permanent sanctuary.
- Asher ("Death"). He was killed by crucifixion.
- Naphtali ("Resurrection (Going Up)"). In the resurrection phase we climb up to a high place.
We have an entire lesson on how Jesus suffered the seven last plagues for us. Beginning with the last supper he experienced increasingly worse cycles of the plague until darkness engulfed Him on the cross and his strength was dried up so that He was thristy. Then the sword drained His body of both blood and water and an earthquake occurred.
War (Battle of Armageddon).
The battle that Jesus engaged in at the resurrection, must have been the battle with Satan to establish the right to forgive all people and to save His own life.
Satan must have argued that if death were the price of sin, then Jesus must remain dead if He took on the responsibility of sin.
Zechariah 3 gives us a picture of what might have happened in this death struggle.
Jesus was first resurrected out of the tomb in the early morning. At the end of the day He was raised up to Mount Zion in heaven to meet God.
There He stayed for one week and was inaugurated as the permanent High Priest Who offered His own blood and the wavesheaf offering.
Unknown Name. Jesus received a name above every name and many titles (Revelation 19: 12, 16).
Covering Removed. The stone was rolled away from the grave.
When Jesus left heaven, His covering of light was replaced with the skins of a lower animal, just like Adam. Finally, He was crucified naked. This outer covering was symbolized by the foreskin of humans.
Now, Jesus could get back His coverings of righteousness. But first, the cover that was over His grave must be removed.
He also removed the veil that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place so that we can see the face of God.
It is the face of the one we desired earnestly.
Bitter Waters: .
Jesus drank the bitter cup for the entire three days between the Seder and the resurrection. He was tried and proven like the patriarchs and did not fail.
Jesus became engaged to Israel and He has returned to heaven to prepare a place for His bride. Then He will return at the Second Coming to take His bride home.
The time between the crucifixion and the Second Coming is equivalent to Jacob working for seven long years for Rachel and waiting seven days while he completed his marriage to Leah.
- Exodus ("Waters of Meribah"). Jesus is the tree of Life that was cut down to give us the sweet Water of Life.
- Abraham ("Sacrifice Isaac"). Jesus is the Lamb of God Who was substituted for Isaac.
- Joseph ("No Revenge"). He forgave us instead of seeking revenge.
- Moses ("Death"). He died before crossing over to the promised land, because the people made him sin. He was struck in the Garden of Gethsemane, but the people struck Him again at the cross instead of speaking to Him about the glorious rescue that He had completed in Gethsemane.
- Noah ("Alcohol and Shame"). He was given vinegar to drink and refused it. But he was still stripped naked and exposed to shame.
Holy Objects Arrive (Ark). Jesus is resurrected and returns to heaven with a new covenant.
Holy Objects Arrive (Furniture). The disciples come to the tomb and met Him before the ascension.
Holy Objects Arrive (Law and Vessels). He explained how the law and prophets testified about Him.
- West: (Tabernacles and the Blessings).
After the resurrection, He met two disciples on the road to Emmaus in the west.
That evening He ate with them before He ascended to heaven. This act of eating was a part of the blessing to Benjamin, "in the evening he shall divide the spoils".
The blessings also said that "in the morning He will devour the prey". He devoured death after He rose in the morning as an immortal being.
So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory?
(1 Corinthians 15: 54-55)
He left earth for the last time from the Mount of Olives in the east, after giving the great commission (Acts 1: 6-11).
This signified that the journey for the church will start out in the east as they watched their King ascend through the clouds to be praised by heaven.
Then, an angel informed them that He will return in the east.
The church is about to embark on an incredible journey, in the footsteps of their LORD as their experience begins with this ascension.
This history would be recorded in the seven seals.
- Joseph ("Reproach Removed, Fruitful"). He was innocent so He became our High Priest and king.
» Ephraim ("Fruitful"). His church can now become fruitful.
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). He forgets our sins and forgives our behavior towards Him.
- Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand, Ravenous Wolf Divides Plunder"). He now sits on the right hand of God and one day He will come back to raid the planet earth and give the spoils to the righteous as their inheritance.
- White Horse ("Eastern Tribes"). Early victory begins with Christ ascension from the Mount of Olives.
- Red Horse ("Southern Tribes"). Affliction of the righteous.
- Black Horse ("Western Tribes"). Injustice. The blessings are robbed.
- Grey Horse ("Northern Tribes"). Judgment and wrath.
- White Horse ("Western Tribes"). Our blessings will be restored when Jesus returns on a white horse (Revelation 19).
The Sufferings Of Christ [4 BC-31 AD]
The question may well be asked, how did Jesus suffer the penalty of the second death for us if He is still alive?
How did He become the burnt offering if He was not burned up?
» The First Death Of Jesus Christ (Almost Dead)
Jesus suffered the first death when He had to take the form of weakened humanity to become the Lamb who was slain from the foundations of the earth.
- East (Praise and Exodus). Heaven was once a harmonious place until sin entered and one third of the angels left and sided with Satan.
- South (Affliction): . War broke out in heaven and God was under reproach.
- West (Blessings and Honor Denied): . The throne of God was in chaos as reproach was heaped upon God.
- North (The First Death): . Jesus volunteered to restore honor to God.
He exchanged His glorious body for a much inferior one that was under the curse of death. This was His first death.
A body was made from Him to become the Lamb who would replace the failed sacrificial system with better offerings.
An Indestructible Lamb.
For it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
Therefore, when He comes into the world, He says, "SACRIFICE AND OFFERING YOU HAVE NOT DESIRED, BUT A BODY YOU HAVE PREPARED FOR ME; In whole burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You have taken no pleasure.
Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come (In the scroll of the book it is written of Me) To do Your will, O God
(Hebrews 10: 4-7)
- West (Blessings For The Earth).
He grew in the waters of the womb and travelled through the birth canal to be born to Mary.
Peace On Earth.
But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;
for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."
And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."
(Luke 2: 10-14)
» The Second Death Of Jesus Christ
On the cross, Christ suffered the second death, the wrath and curses for sin because He experienced complete separation from God. His ordeal at the crucifixion mirrored the events of the seven last plagues.
In the lesson on Christ Suffers the Wrath, we show how christ suffered the cycle of plagues three times after the Seder and each time the events were worse.
In this pattern of the siege, it appears that He suffered this cycle of twelve events several times, and they too became increasingly worse.
- East (Praise and Exodus): The Pregnancy of Mary and The Birth of Christ. He suffered this cycle beginning with the hope and expectation, the praise and honor showered on Mary when Christ began His journey to earth and when He was implanted in her womb until the death of Herod and their return from Egypt.
- Judah ("Praise The Lord"). Mary praised God and the baby John leaped for joy.
And Mary said: "My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit rejoiced in God, my savior".
(Luke 1: 46)
- Issachar ("Tent"). His human body was the tent given to Him as a covering before He came to earth.
Therefore, when He comes into the world He says, sacrifice and offering You have not desired, but a body You have prepared for Me.
(Hebrews 10: 5)
- Zebulun ("Going Forth on a Journey"). He came to earth.
- Zebulun ("Gift"). He was the gift from God. The Magi gave them gifts before they escaped to Egypt.
South (Affliction): The Birth and Flight (Age 0 to 11).
- Reuben ("Lost Preeminence"). He gave up preeminence when He left heaven and came to the desolate Garden of Eden in the Garden of Gethssemane.
- Simeon ("Sword, Hated"). Herod hated the child and sent a sword after Him.
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided"). Herod raided the villages to search for Christ. Fortunately, Jesus escaped south to Egypt because an angel warned Joseph.
- Asher ("Death"). Herod killed the young children under three. (Matthew 2)
- South (Affliction): The Adolescence of Christ (Age 12 to 30). Christ visited the temple and impressed the people there with His knowledge. Then He went home and submitted to His family, just as He would later submit Himself to the cross.
Harsh Lessons. Although He was a Son, He learned obedience from the things which He suffered.
(Hebrews 5: 8)
He was not rebellious and disobedient so that He had to learn to obey by suffering the consequences of bad behavior.
He had to learn to submit to a certain type of unfair treatment with the right attitude.
He learned the type of submissive obedience it takes to conquer at the cross by accepting unjust suffering at the hands of those who could inflict the most emotional pain - His loved ones.
» The Silent Years. The Bible leaves no record of what happened to Him, but we can guess that the treatment was so bad and dishonorable it could not be recorded. There was nothing good or redeeming to say. So nothing was said. It damaged His relationship with the other children of Mary and possibly Mary also.
I have become estranged from my brothers and an alien to my mother's sons.
(Psalm 69: 8)
Therefore His brothers said to Him, Leave here and go into Judea, so that Your disciples may also seek your works which you are doing.
For not even His brothers were believing in Him.
(John 7: 3,5)
Knowing the miraculous beginning of the story, many of you would object to the notion that the family might not have lived in joyful anticipation of what was to occur.
To which I say that you underestimate the power of years of extreme poverty, ridicule, rejection and isolation.
After years of being called a prostitute and Jesus being called a bastard, it must have taken its toll on the family. The other children may have resented Him and their shame may have caused Mary to listen to them.
... They said to Him, "We were not born of fornication. We have one father: God".
(John 8: 41)
- West (Blessings and Honor Denied): The Young Priest (Age 30 to 33.5).
The Wedding of Cana. He emerged from this affliction with a miracle at a wedding and began His public ministry.
But the record says that even while crowds gathered around Him to hear Him speak and see His miracles, that His family still did not believe Him.
They still called Him mad, even His mother appeared to go along with them. It was only His resurrection that made them repent and remorse made them play a subdued role afterwards.
They could not share fond childhood memories because they had inflicted a great deal of pain.
- Joseph ("Reproach"). Although He emerged with the miraculous gifts of the Holy Spirit, He was still treated badly by His family, the priests and His old neighborhood.
Insane. When His own people heard of this, they went out to take custody of Him; for they were saying "He has lost His senses".
Then His mother and His brothers arrived, and standing outside they sent word to Him and called Him.
A crowd was sitting around Him and they said to Him, "Look, Your mother and Your brothers are outside looking for You".
Answering them He said, "Who are My mother and My brothers ... for whoever does the will of God, He is My brother, and sister and mother".
(Mark 3: 21, 31-35)
It appears that He did not acknowledge them.
- Manasseh ("Forget"). In these years He was treated badly by His brothers (the nation of Israel). He had to forget this harsh treatment and focus on His mission to carry the burden of their sins as He bears them on His heart as their High Priest.
- Benoi ("Son of Sorrow"). His entire 3.5 year ministry was as the Son of Sorrow, struggling against hatred, hardship, disappointment, loneliness and unbelief.
He did not meet their expectations.
- Are You The One?
Languishing in prison John doubted if Jesus was the Messiah because He was not vanquishing Israel's enemies as expected.
Even His forerunner was disappointed.
When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
(Luke 7: 20)
- Friends Gone. Many disciples abandoned Him.
We Regret Following You.
Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?
When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?
From that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him.
Are You Going To Leave Me Too? Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
(John 6: 60-61, 66-67)
- No Evidence Was Enough. The priests finalized their plot to kill Him after He raised the dead.
He went beyond proving that He could handle the Romans. He could conquer death!
A Plot To Kill.
Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man doeth many miracles.
If we let him thus alone, all men will believe on him: and the Romans shall come and take away both our place and nation.
Then from that day forth they took counsel together for to put him to death.
(John 11: 47-48, 53)
- North (The Second Death And Total Wrath): The Final Week of Christ. The events we summarize here are explained in more detail in several lessons.
The Final Three Days of Christ, Christ suffers the wrath of God, the Final Hours and the twelve tribes.
Death could not hold Him because He was righteous.
He stood in the everlasting burnings of the presence of God and was not burnt up (Isaiah 33: 14-17).
God had found the Lamb that could not burn up and the righteous, kind, merciful and indestructible High Priest as our advocate who could remove our sins.
And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek,
who has become such not on the basis of a law of physical requirement, but according to the power of an indestructible life.
For it is attested of Him, "You are a priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek."
Offered Once. who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
(Hebrews 7: 15-17, 27)
» Total Separation From God.
Covered with our sins it seems that God the Father turned His back on Him - causing the separation that was the second death.
It could not be that our sins are so terrible He could not look at Him, because God already knows our sins and it was His will to send Jesus to take them away.
Neither could it be the that sight was so horrible that He could not bear to look at Him. Never!
This was when Jesus needed Him most. How could God turn His back as His beloved cried out in loneliness?
Surely God is not so squeamish that He could not do what it takes to support His innocent Son?
God had to turn His back because it was the terms of the curse. He agreed to abandon Him. Oh the grief!
I heard my Son crying out for Me and I was forced to let go of Him if I want to save you.
- West (Blessing Restored): Future. His story will be complete when He comes to take His bride home.
Israel And The Two Witnesses Of Revelation 11 [31 AD-Second Coming]
Wealth. The temple, altar, worshippers and measuring reed.
Covenant Established. These actions by the Messiah and the church complete the terms of the covenant that began with Adam and Eve and was reconfirmed with Abraham and his descendants.
Although, this shows how the Gentile church witnessed about the covenant, we will also demonstrate how the global church is represented by the twelve tribes as they experience this path.
- Exodus [31 AD-538 AD]. The command was given to go and measure the temple, or judge the people.
Israel and the Hated Wife.
The physical nation of Israel is represented by the children of the hated wife, Leah. From Judah to Simeon, the Jews went through history as a people who found favor with the Lord because they "Praised the Lord", then they went on an exodus and became the firstborn son who lost preeminence and wandered through history as the son who was hated and scattered.
» Levi (Aaron and Kohath). However, her son Levi is given to all the churches so that the law of God will not be forgotten.
The Jews have the priesthood, the ark of the covenant and the furniture.
- Judah ("Praise the Lord"). They went to the temple to measure it.
- Issachar ("Wages, Living in Tents"). From Issachar they got the responsibility of bearing the burden of the Gospel.
But they have the power to cause plagues and drought.
- Zebulun ("Gift, Going Forth on a Journey"). The outer court was given to the nations, that was their gift. The journey that they had was to trample down the city for 42 months.
Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they shall tread underfoot the city for forty two months.
(Revelation 11: 2)
The two witnesses were given a measuring reed to go on a journey to measure the temple.
- Affliction [538 AD-1798 AD]. They prophesy in sackcloths for 1260 years (verse 3).
- Reuben ("Afflicted, No Preeminence"). They were lamps and olive trees clothed in sackcloths.
- Simeon ("Hated, Scattered, Separated"). They have the violent powers of Simeon. They can cause blood, plague and drought.
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided"). The beast comes out of the abyss to make war with them.
Israel and the Concubines.
The Gentiles are represented by the children of the concubines, beginning with Gad who came in like a fortunate raider and a thief who stole the covenant that Israel carelessly squandered.
They lost it in a fight just as Israel lost the Ark of the Covenant to the Philistines.
However, the Gentile phase is a dark phase. We immediately go into idolatry and death. But at the end we will be revived with the "Good News" or "Beautiful Words" like Naphtali.
» Levi (Merari). The Gentile church has the outer shell of the sanctuary and the physical structure of the buildings and fences.
- Almost Dead and Wrath [1798-Second Coming]. When they have finished testifying they will be killed.
When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them.
(Revelation 11: 7)
- Dan ("Serpent, Judged"). The beast from the abyss makes war with them.
Two Witnesses. There is cooperation, not rivalry among the people of God.
A Feast. The people rejoice over their murder by partying and giving gifts (verse 10).
- Asher ("Death"). The beast kills them and their dead bodies lie in the street of the city called Sodom and Egypt where their Lord was crucified.
The people did not allow their dead bodies to be buried, instead they had a party and celebrated (verse 9).
» City of Destruction.
This prophecy links this phase with the other trials of the righteous in a famous city.
These places include the Garden of Eden, Babel, Sodom, Egypt, Babylon, Jerusalem, Rome and Paris during the French Revolution.
- Naphtali ("Resurrection"). They were resurrected after 3.5 days.
But after three and a half days the breath of life from God came into them and they stood up on their feet; and great fear fell on those who were watching them.
And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, "Come up here". Then they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them.
(Revelation 11: 11)
In 1798, the church is resurrected after 1260 years (3.5 prophetic days) of darkness.
Bitter Waters: Disappointment. In 1844 Millerites experienced bitter disappointment.
Bitter Waters: Fear.
In the end it is not the righteous who receive the bitter waters. They have been tried and tested and proven. The wicked are consumed by fear as they drink the dregs of the bitter cup of wrath.
The millerite movement and the Seventh Day Adventists restored the importance of the sanctuary since 1844.
Holy Objects Arrive (Ark). They also restored the importance of the covanant and the law. Sabbath observance was discovered and separating the clean and unclean foods.
Holy Objects Arrive (Furniture). They will also restore the importance of the seder, Jesus as the light, the Gospel, the Holy Spirit and prayer.
This ministry is restoring the importance of these holy objects.
Holy Objects Arrive (Vessels). The vessels that can be tried in fire arrive before the altar of sacrifice.
The arrival of the altar of sacrifice may signal the great persecution.
War (The Battle of Armageddon Begins).
The sixth plague occurs at this time. It is the preparation for the real Battle of Armageddon. The wicked attack God by attacking His people.
- Blessings [Second Coming]. The kingdom of God conquers the world.
The seventh angel sounded and there was a loud voice in heaven saying, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Messiah; and He will reign for ever and ever."
(Revelation 11: 15)
Israel and the Beloved Wife.
A reunited church is finally seen as the children of the beloved wife who are victorious. We finally behave like children of the kingdom of God.
Under the evangelistic promises of Joseph we will be fruitful throughout the ends of the earth.
» Levi (Gershon). The final church has possession of the ceilings and curtains. They preach about the heavens.
- Joseph ("Reproach Removed, Fruitful"). Their enemies became afraid because God had publicly honored them. This caused the rest of the world to glorify God.
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). It is time to reward the righteous and remove their sorrow (verse 18).
- Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand"). Christ takes His power and begins to reign.
The Journey Of The Earth [4000 BC-3000+ AD]
Wealth. The earth was created and a garden was planted, prompting the sons of God to sing for joy.
God established several covenants with the earth. First, the earth would have regular seasons and planting cycles (Genesis 8: 22). Then it was guaranteed rest every seven years and fiftieth year (Leviticus 26: 34).
Feasts. We will also examine how the feasts are related to the experience of the earth.
- Exodus. When the earth was perfect there was no rain and no sea. After sin, the world was set adrift as the rest of the universe separated from this section of the universe.
- Judah ("Praise the Lord"). Before sin Adam and Eve were faithful and the earth showed the glory of God.
- Issachar ("Wages, Living in Tents"). The wages of sin caused the planet to be isolated.
- Zebulun ("Gift, Going Forth on a Journey"). We might have been set adrift.
The journey of man after sin is the birth order of the sons. The journey of the planet on the Plan of Salvation is the order around the sanctuary.
The Plan of Salvation begins by treating us as sons of the king (Judah). While sin begins with us as Reuben, a planet in disgrace and hated by the rest of the universe until God attached Himself to us and made us sons and heirs.
|The Redemption of Humanity |
|Sons ||The Human Race|
| 1||Reuben ||Adam (Disgraced firstborn) |
| 2||Simeon ||Hated by the Universe|
| 3||Levi ||Attached to God|
| 4||Judah ||The promised Seed |
|5||Dan ||Judged evil in nature |
|6||Naphtali ||Promise of freedom |
|7||Gad ||Enslaved by Satan|
|8||Asher ||Sentenced to death|
| 9||Issachar ||Wages|
|10||Zebulun ||Gift from God, burden lifted |
|- ||Dinah ||Judged |
|11||Joseph ||Reputation restored |
|12||Benjamin ||Children on the right hand |
|The children of the concubines are humanity in their sinful state |
For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.
For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope
that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
(Romans 8: 18-22)
On the east side is pregnancy. Zebulun is the going out through the birth canal in water. In the south is the labor pains of childbirth with doctor Gad rading the womb by going in to bring the baby out. On the west is the joy of child birth, forgetting the pain with the reality of a son. In the north is the afterbirth.
- Affliction. Sin multiplied, bringing judgment.
The earth was greatly afflicted during the flood.
- Reuben ("Afflicted, No Preeminence"). The turbulent waters are the flood. It leaves the naked earth in a state of chaos with no preeminence or dignity.
- Simeon ("Hated, Scattered, Separated"). The continent was broken up and vast seas appeared. It rained water like falling tears. The inhabitants were scattered at the Tower of Babel.
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided"). Then Christ came to redeem the earth and its inhabitants.
- West: Blessings [Rest]. After the Second Coming, the righteous rest in heaven for 1000 years.
- Almost Dead and Wrath. Jeremiah 4: 23-27 says that God will destroy the earth but not totally. During the millennium the earth will be almost dead.
- Dan ("Serpent, Judged").
Notice how the earth suffers the same events as Christ when He was judged.
» The Earth is Divided.
The earth is broken apart, the earth is split through, the earth is shaken violently,
» The Sins on the Shoulders of the World.
the earth reels back and forth like a drunkard and it totters like a shack, for its transgression is heavy upon it, and it will fall never to rise again.
» Punished In Prison.
So it will happen in that day, that the Lord will punish the host of heaven on high, and the kings of the earth on earth,
They will be gathered together like prisoners in the dungeon, and will be confined in prison; and after many days they will be punished.
Then the moon will be abashed and the sun ashamed, for the Lord of Hosts will reign in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem. And His glory will be before His elders.
(Isaiah 24: 19-23)
Two Rivals. The righteous and the wicked.
A Feast. This will occur during the Feast of Tabernacles and the final phases of all other feasts.
Feast: Passover. God passed over us and declared us righteous, because Christ stood up for us in the judgment. He took our place and defended us.
- Asher ("Death"). At the Second Coming, the earth falls down and dies for one thousand years.
Covering Removed. The covering over the earth is removed (Isaiah 25: 7-8; 34: 4).
This act allows God to break the covenant with the earth so that He can remove Israel from the land.
This removal of the righteous is accompanied by a resurrection of the righteous. Then the earth can continue to get its Sabbath rest and its punishment.
Feast: Yom Kippur ("Day of the Covering").
This is the day when the righteous are covered and protected under the shield of God. The wicked have their covering removed and are exposed.
- Naphtali ("Resurrection").
At the Third Coming, the Mount of Olives splits open and is leveled like a plain (Zechariah 14: 4), just like the Red Sea was divided. Then the New Jerusalem settles on that plain (Revelation 21: 2) and God resurrects the wicked for the final judgment.
Feast: Shavout (Pentecost).
The Holy Spirit raises us up, writes the law into our hearts and makes us capable of standing in the fires of God without being burned.
War (The Battle of Armageddon Ends). Before the new earth is created, the last act is to resurrect and judge the wicked. Then God destroys the old earth and the wicked under the leadership of Satan, who have rejected the decision of the final judgment and mobilize the greatest army to attack God and the inhabitants of the Holy city.
New Name. Beulah is the new name. (Isaiah 64: 2)
The Marriage. The new Israel is now married to the land (Isaiah 64: 2) when the New Jerusalem comes down to the earth like a bride.
God creates new heavens and a new earth at the Third Coming.
Messianic Dream. This is when all dreams and all prophecies fade away.
We go to live with God forever. At first, it will be in temporary quarters in heaven. Then when the new earth is created God will move here permanently with us.
- Blessings [Good Defeats Evil]. The new earth has all its blessings restored.
- Joseph ("Reproach Removed, Fruitful"). The land and people are fruitful. The tree of life and the throne of God are placed on the earth.
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). The past will be forgotten, but the Sabbath will be remembered as a sign of the day in which we found rest.
- Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand"). God moves His headquarters here, making the earth the cultural center of His creation and the most important place in the universe.
Creation: The Mission Of Jesus.
As a model of particle physics the sanctuary sheds light on the creation of the days of the week.
| Table Of Shewbread (This Is My Body)|
|Day 6||Day 5||Day 4|
| || Creation|
|Sunset||Day 3||Day 2||Day 1|
| Menorah (I Am The Light)|
Just as He created the male, then created the female out of him, God created three masculine days, then created three feminine days out of them.
The days were filled with the products of the union of the two days.
The creation week follows this cycle. He created the foundations on the first three days and filled the foundations by creating objects out of them.
Then He rested on the Sabbath.
For the first time we find movement from the south west to the north east.
This is the natural, logical, perfect sequence.
It is the repair required for the salvation of man that made this unnatural sequence of events.
It is inside the sanctuary that this repair is possible. In here, God reverses the doom in a great act called Mercy.
- Menorah (Light Of The World).
- Day 1 (Light). Jesus begins to lay the foundations of the Plan of Salvation.
- Day 2 (Air and Water). He made and kept the covenant which saved us from destruction,
- Day 3 (Tree). Through the covenant He gave us access to the tree of life.
- Through The Waters. Jesus is given a body and He comes to Earth as a baby.
- Table Of Shewbread (Manna From Heaven).
Jesus comes to earth to fulfill the covenant.
- Day 4 (Birth). Jesus comes into the world to bring light, born under the light of a bright star.
- Day 5 (Life). He trained fishermen to be fishers of men. They snatch victims from the dragon in the sea and the birds that eat their flesh.
- Day 6 (Son Of Man). Captured by the beast (dragon) and bound to the dead tree He became the one who was promised to Eve. He is the Seed that would defeat the serpent and put enmity between the human race and the devil.
- Day 7 (Rest From Sin).
Finally rest and blessings are combined in a day that is modeled after the strong force.
The two corner boards remind us to guard the edges of the Sabbath by showing us how important these times are to the Sabbath.
Recreation: The Final Week Of Jesus.
Final Week. "And he will make a firm covenant with the many for one week, but in the middle of the week he will put a stop to sacrifice and grain offering; and on the wing of abominations will come one who makes desolate, even until a complete destruction, one that is decreed, is poured out on the one who makes desolate."
(Daniel 9: 24-27)
| Table Of Shewbread |
|Sunset||Day 7 |
|Day 6 |
|Day 5 |
|Day 4 |
|-|| (Day 5)||-|
| (Day 6)|| Recreate|
|Sunset||Day 3||Day 2||Day 1|
This verse suports these symbols and shows how Jesus brought us rest from sin in the "middle of the week".
- Making A Strong Covenant (Day 1-3).
In the Garden of Gethsemane Jesus fulfilled the covenant and became our substitute.
Notice the symbols of the covenant.
God introduces light in the form of Jesus to dispel the darkness.
Then He fulfills the covenant not to destroy mankind and He does this by giving us access to the Tree of Life.
The menorah symbolizes them all as a bush alight with fire.
- In The Middle Of The Week (Day 7 - Hard Labor).
Satan takes Jesus out of sequence from the natural order and forces Him to follow another path.
He does it by reversing the creation, but Jesus deconstructs Satan's empire at the same time.
He first tramples on the day of rest by taking it out of sequence then reversing the order of the filling of the foundations.
So, in the middle of the week Jesus was cut off. He received no rest as he worked to bear and wear the cross at hard labor.
Denied the rest and blessings He deserves He continues to deconstruct the objects that fill the foundations.
He destroys the system of sacrifices and offerings. Then He destroys death by defeating the monster in the sea, emerging with the keys to death and Hades.
The symbolism is interesting because we now see the destructive work of the abomination.
It first attacks the day of rest and attacks the symbol of the forces that keep the creation together.
Then it is able to attack man and beast causing death.
Then out of the darkness the light shines again as Jesus is resurrected.
» Changing Time.
These actions changed time by forcing on the day events for which it was not designed.
- Rest. Jesus began the process of giving us rest in the "middle of the week".
- Three Days. Forced to begin the period of rest out of sequence, the ordeal was prolonged until the real Sabbath so that He could give us rest on God's appointed Sabbath.
- Resurrection. The day of the resurrection becomes the new Sabbath day.
» Making The Containers.
In that time Jesus reflected the creation of the containers in His recreation.
- Light. He resurrected at dawn.
- Water And Air. He was engulfed by the miry waves of death. He fulfilled the covenant and we will never be destroyed by death again. Instead, we will be cleansed from death and given life.
- Trees And Earth. He was made of dirt like Adam and crucified on a Tree.
- Abomination Of Desolation.
Jesus brought down the empire of the beast while He was held captive.
- Day 6 (The Beast Rules).
The Son of man was devoured by the beast and returned to dust. Instead of having dominion He was held captive by the beast and forced to work as a slave of the lower creatures.
- Day 5 (Principalities And Powers).
Satan is depicted as a sea monster (Isaiah 27: 1, Revelation 13: 1) and birds eating bread are symbols of death (Genesis 40: 19).
In the grave the creatures from the air and sea were judged.
Principalities and powers in heaven and the dragon in the sea were judged and dethroned.
The image of death is pervasive. Using Joseph's interpretation of the baker who dreamed of birds eating his bread, we have the image of the Table of shewbread, Asher being the "fat bread" and the eagle being the north face of the cherubim.
- Day 4 (Resurrection).
Emerging with the dawn, Jesus had conquered death. He must repeat these final days and recreate the objects that should fill the foundations.
- Through The Waters (New Birth). It is through the waters that we are recreated as Christ officially reverses the works of Satan.
- Day 7 (Rest). We have real rest. There is no more sin.
The Chronology Of The Plan Of Salvation
In numbers 10, the law of Moses gives us a guide to the exact order of the exodus and the arrangement of the tribes around the sanctuary. It gives a visual picture of the chronology of the eradication of evil.
The prophecy was given in at least four stages over a period of 400 years, repeated in more detail.
- The Names of 12 Sons (2000-1915 BC). The 12 sons are born and named prophetically.
- Jacob (1915 BC). Jacob blesses his sons at the beginning of the exodus.
- Laws (1500 BC). The laws of the marching order and placement of the tribes around the sanctuary. This law places them in four sets of three, but not in birth order.
- Moses (1460 BC). Moses blesses the 12 tribes at the end of the exodus.
Like the seasons and months of the year, time is divided in four sets of three stages.
Ark of the Covenant
|| Sons of Levi
|| Holy Objects |
|Joseph ||Dan |
| Led By God || Praise ||Sanctuary Destroyed || Affliction ||Restoration || Good || Evil |
Hopefully, we begin the journey of life with the covenant to guide us and a High Priest before us.
- Knowledge of God [Tree of Knowledge of Good]. In the first period we learn about God.
- Godly Affliction [Faith Tested]. In the second period God allows us to be afflicted.
» The Test. Our sanctuary is torn down and we become homeless wanderers.
We are hated and arrested for our testimony about God. In this time we learn to develop faith and connect to God.
- Restoration [Tree of Life]. In the third period we are supposed to be refreshed and strengthened for battle by God after our reproach has been removed.
In God's wisdom, we are to be refreshed from the tree of knowledge of life after we have been afflicted by Him, so that we can face the evil as sons of the right hand.
» Restoration. Our sanctuary is restored and furnished with the holy objects.
We have died to sin on the altar. We have been washed clean at the laver. We have eaten the Bread of Life and are in the company of the Light of the world. We can come boldly to see God face to face and the covenant is written in our hearts..
» Diversion and Detour.
But Satan raided, captured and kidnapped us and diverted us from the refreshing, taking us directly from affliction to his wrath so that we are in our weakest physical and mental state when we face him.
This is what he did to Christ. This must have been what he did to Adam and Eve, introducing them to evil before they had been strengthened.
So the only strength we have is spiritual. Only in God's strength can we live. This is why faith is the only thing that will save us.
- Wrath on the Wicked [Tree of Knowledge of Evil]. In the final stage we will face evil and conquer it.
It was evil that was supposed to die. Death and hell were not prepared for humans, only for the devil and his angels.
But the sin of Adam and Eve, gave Satan the legal right to kidnap us along the way and force us into slavery, wrath and death.
» Back on the Path.
So because of the diversion we conquer evil with our lives. We do not have the physical strength to survive the battle. We have to die for the faith. We have to die because of sin.
This is why God resurrects the righteous and gives us a millennium of rest so that we can face evil after the refreshing.
So the steps that I have outlined are the paths to righteousness ordained by God. In the end, the entire world follows this path.
But as individuals, we are each forced to follow the last two steps out of sequence. The righteous must also die because of sin.
» Zoroastrian Chronology.
This ancient Persian religion appears to have knowledge about the diverted path chronology.
For Zoroaster time consisted of twelve millennium, divided into four sets of three.
Creation is quiet in the first set, then Ahuramazda (God) rules, followed by the rule of the evil Ahriman in the third phase and then in the fourth set both struggle for dominion and the forces of good win.
|Judgment ||Death ||Raised|| |
||Dan ||Asher ||Naphtali |
|(3) Evil Ahriman |
Kidnapped and Diverted
||(2) Good Ahuramazda ||
|Gad ||Simeon ||Reuben |
|  Lawful Path ||Raiders ||Hated ||Afflicted |
The Zoroastrian version is actually the sequence of events in the final struggle of the Messiah.
This might indicate that the prophecies they had were specific to the Messiah and explains why the Persian Magi came to find the baby Jesus.
We believe that they learned the details about the Messiah from Balaam and Moses (1500 BC) and Daniel (590 BC), because their eschatology seems to be limited to a subset of the Jewish story when they crossed paths with the Jews during the exodus and again after the Persian captivity.
The Battle Of Armageddon
We can use these types to understand the issues in the Battle of Armageddon.
- Naphtali (Mighty Wrestlings). The meaning comes from the name of Naphtali.
... with mighty wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have indeed prevailed".
(Genesis 30: 8)
This is the final battle in a long war. The battle begins in our death phase until we prevail in the resurrection.
"we wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers and spiritual wickedness in high places ..."
Ephesians 6:12 (KJV)
- Vengeance for the Covenant.
- Resurrection. The battle occurs in the resurrection or revival.
- Mount Zion. First, we go up to the mountain to meet God and receive strength.
- A War With the House of Satan. We will completely destroy the house of Satan.
- Two Phases. This battle is an interrupted battle that is fought in two phases.
In the first phase the righteous are attacked and appear to be defeated, but are rescued by God. In the second phase the wicked are utterly destroyed.
- God Fights For Us. It is an unusual battle. We are silent spectators while God fights.
The angel of God who was going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them.
So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud along with the darkness, yet it gave light at night. Thus the one did not come near the other all night.
(Exodus 14: 19-20)
- Jesus Ascends in a Cloud. Jesus was the Angel of the Lord Who went before us in a pillar of cloud after the resurrection.
And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
(Acts 1: 9)
- Jesus Descends in a Cloud. He comes in a pillar of clouds at the Second Coming (Mark 14: 62). He will move the pillar of cloud and fire to stand between us and the army that is pursuing us during the sixth plague.
... This Jesus Who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.
(Acts 1: 11)
This must be the time when the sign of the coming of the Son of Man will appear. The pillar of fire is a flaming sword prophesied by Balaam as a scepter. There is also a pillar of cloud.
All the tribes of the earth will mourn as they anticipate the Second Coming.
Look, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him;
and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.
(Revelation 1: 7)
- Millennium Night. So for the whole night of the Millennium, neither camp will come near each other.
- Silence. The victory is won without our help.
The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.
(Exodus 14: 14)
- Attack. After the millennium, the army of evil will attack.
Joshua also fought a great battle after they entered the Promised Land.
The king of Jerusalem convinced four other kings to form a coalition to fight Israel and attack Gibeon for making a peace treaty with Israel.
As they fled from before Israel, while they were at the descent of Beth-horon, the Lord threw large stones from heaven on them as far as Azekah, and they died. There were more who died from the hailstones than those whom the sons of Israel killed with the sword.
(Joshua 10: 11)
No Night (The Sun Stood Still).
Then Joshua spoke to the Lord in the day when the Lord delivered up the Amorites before the sons of Israel, and he said in the sight of Israel,
"O sun, stand still at Gibeon, and O moon in the valley of Aijalon."
So the sun stood still and the moon stopped, until the nation avenged themselves of their enemies.
Is it not written in the book of Jashar? And the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and did not hasten to go down for about a whole day.
(Joshua 10: 12-13)
- Lake of Fire. They will perish in a sea of fire and brimstone while we will live through it.
» The Origin of Punishment.
In several places in the Bible, the punishment of the wicked is to be trapped in their own snare and killed with their own weapons.
Jesus' statement on the judgment also implies that we will be judged by our own standards of judgment (Matthew 7: 1-2).
- Hell Fire. Although Isaiah 30: 33 says that the breath of God kindles the fire, the sequence of events is that the fire is kindled from Satan (Ezekiel 28: 18 and Isaiah 1: 28,31).
The breath of God simply stokes the fire to keep it burning.
- The Sword of the Second Coming. The wicked also unsheath the sword that kills them.
Sword Behind the Ephod.
Then the priest said, "The sword of Goliath the Philistine, whom you killed in the valley of Elah, behold, it is wrapped in a cloth behind the ephod ..."
(1 Samuel 21: 9)
When a sword was pushed up through Jesus's side into His chest, He also had a sword behind His Ephod (breastplate).
This may be the origin of the sword which He carries to kill the wicked at the Second Coming (Revelation 19: 15).
He will kill them with a sword coming out of His body.
- The Mark of the Beast. The events leading up to the battle seem to follow the pattern of the northern tribes.
- Dan (Crucifixion). The dragon and the two beasts are the evil picture of Christ and the two thieves.
- Asher (Death). The earth swallowed up our enemies in death.
But the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened its mouth and drank up the river which the dragon poured out of his mouth.
(Revelation 12: 16)
- Naphtali (Resurrection). The image of the beast was given life and in this phase they attack the righteous.
And it was given to him to give breath to the image of the beast ...
(Revelation 13: 15)
- The Experience of the Righteous.
The events can be gathered from the response of the patriarchs and prophets.
- Elijah. He fled from Jezebel and ran to a cave, believing that he was alone and the others were dead.
But he was fed and strengthened by an angel (1 Kings 19). Then for the next 40 days he went to Mount Horeb where he experienced several terrors before he met God.
The events remind us of final days of the persecution and the sixth and seventh seal.
- Comfort. The angels will feed and strengthen us as we wait for God to take revenge.
- Terror. There was a mighty wind, earthquake and fire. But God was not in them.
- Silence. He heard the quiet, small voice of God in the gentle breeze. Only in the silence will God be seen and heard.
- Joseph. God made him second ruler over Egypt where he prepared for a famine. Famine drove his brothers to Egypt, where he tested them and put Simeon in prison.
- Moses. The unfaithful Israelites will fail when they try to use force and their own efforts.
- Josiah. In 2 Kings 22-23, we have the story of the most famous boy-king of Israel.
Josiah became king at the age of eight and saved the kingdom from the wrath of God during his reign.
In his fifteenth year Jeremiah was called as a prophet. In his eighteenth year he began to reform the nation.
» The Death of the Messianic Figure.
Josiah is a type of Christ, who died during the Battle of Armageddon.
For Jesus, this final battle began at the cross and will be completed at the end of time.
- Destroyed Idolatry (23: 5-6, 10,12-15). He burned and smashed and defiled the idols and their vessels and altars after he became aware of the law in his eighteenth year.
- Removed Idolatrous Priests and Astrology (23: 5). They sacrificed to idols and constellations.
- Removed Witchcraft and Mediums (23: 24). He removed all abominations.
- Removed Immorality (23: 7). He removed the cult prostitutes.
- Turned People Back to the Law of God (23: 3). He renewed the covenant and read the law.
- Celebrated the Greatest Passover. In the final revival at the end of time, Israel will recognize their Messiah because of Passover.
Surely such a Passover had not been celebrated from the days of the Judges who judged Israel, nor in all the days of the kings of Israel and of the kings of Judah.
(2 Kings 23: 22)
- The War Between Assyria and Egypt. He entered a decisive battle between the king of the north and the king of the south.
» The Prophet of the Fall.
Jeremiah was called out of the land of Benjamin to be the prophet during the fall of Israel to Babylon.
- Deborah. Heaven entered this war because she said that even the stars of heaven fought.
- Job. God threw rocks on Sodom and Gomorrah as Lot left the evil city.
- The Experience of the Wicked. They will persecute the righteous.
- Saul. He consulted witches and evil spirits. He committed suicide and was beheaded (1 Samuel 31).
- Jezebel. She tried to murder the prophets and was eaten by dogs and became dung.
- Balaam and Baalak. They could not curse Israel no matter how hard they tried.
- Amalekites. They are the perpetual enemies of God, representing Gog and Magog, the evil empire.
- Sodomites. They tried to rape the people of God and were burned up.
- Mutiny. All the alliances, schemes, intrigues and machinations will be turned on the wicked and they will destroy themselves.
The South West Diversion
This diversion is a part of the events leading up to the Battle of Armageddon.
Hopefully, if I have explained the phenomenon correctly you will see this phenomenon as a designed phase in the Plan of Salvation.
It is a designed short cut or "worm hole" in the universe. It is like a hidden tunnel running underneath the sanctuary where God has a secret hiding place if His sanctuary is captured by the enemy.
» Parting and Crossing The Waters
It took the story of Joshua and Moses leading the people to the Promised Land and God's revelation to us about the science of modern chemistry in the sanctuary to correctly understand what this diversion really means.
This diversion represents the opening up and parting of the air and seas to deliver the people to the banks of the Promised Land.
In chemistry the "P" block is the Most Holy Place. Here, it is clearly seen as a diagonal line dividing the "P" Block which is mostly liquid and gas.
The line is a path between the gases, liquids and solids.
- Diverted to the South West.
Gad and Naphtali are two transitional points where a change in the natural order can occur.
These special rules allow the natural order to be restored so that justice can prevail.
After the resurrection at Naphtali in the north east, the path is diverted to the south west corner to claim the stolen blessings that we were denied the first time.
Go South West.
Of Naphtali he said, "O Naphtali, satisfied with favor, and full of the blessing of the LORD, take possession of the sea [west] and the south."
(Deuteronomy 33: 23)
This corner is between Gad and Joseph. It is the time when the sanctuary is restored before the sons of Kohath arrive with the holy objects.
When the holy objects arrive, it means blessings for us and plagues for our enemies.
|North East||South West Diversion||West (Joseph)|
|Good News ||Raider||Sanctuary||Holy Objects Arrive||God||Son||666||Battle|
|Revival||Evangelism||Seven Last Plagues (Wrath of God)||Second Coming|
» Gad Raids The Occupied Promised Land.
Here we begin the path, not with Joseph, but with the victorious Gad, who is no longer the one captured by a band of men, but he is the one who raids back when He crosses into the territory of Joseph on the borders of the Promised Land.
It is here that Gad fights back and the signs of battle occur.
- Evangelism. We awake and emerge with the Good News of the Plan of Salvation and raid the strongholds of Satan.
In the process we rebuild the body of Christ, which is the sanctuary.
- Seven Last Plagues. God fights for the wicked with the plagues and takes revenge.
- Second Coming. We see God comings to give us the blessings as He gives the final blow to the wicked with all signs and wonders.
There are signs in the heavens and on earth there is distress and turmoil.
This also helps us to understand the context of Matthew 24 and Luke 21.
» Signs in Heaven.
There will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the seas and the waves.
(Luke 21: 25)
If you see the entire world as crossing through the waters, then this reference to the sea and waves roaring is also meant to give us images of heaps of water on either side of the Red sea as the people were crossing over.
This pattern is repeated until the entire church is awakened, then the persecution phase of the battle begins and Jesus comes as the victorious raider on a white horse.
- Naphtali (Awakening). The world is awakened but not convinced about Jesus, even the believers.
- Signs in The South West. Signs and turmoil are pointing to the end, but the end is not yet.
Sign: The Blessings of Gad. We will launch a successful battle to destroy the arrogance of the enemies of God.
My personal experience with these steps helped me to understand the precise moment when the battle is fought.
I will use this experience to give you an idea about what God has planned for the last days.
Almost everything on this website has been taught to me by the Holy Spirit. He gave me the information in a specific order.
Sign: The Number of Man (666).
One famous sign of the end is this number. Let us look at it as a number that is related to the common experience of man.
- The Sanctuary. He made me build a model so that I could understand the dimensions.
- The Covenant (Blessings and Curses). I understood the covenant and its consequences.
- Sin. I learned an expanded definition of sin.
- The Messiah in the Torah. He taught me over 300 new Messianic prophecies that are not among the 300 already known. Some of these prophecies were clearly aimed at one audience.
I can convince the Jews that Jesus Christ was their Messiah in the Torah.
He intends to make them friends, not enemies.
» The Passover Seder. He explained the Messiah in the seder, a ritual that Christains neglected and Jews faithfully keep.
» The Twelve Tribes. He taught me the prophecy about the twelve tribes that noboby knew existed. Then He asked me to write this lesson about the faithful based on those principles.
- Science in The Sanctuary. He showed me an outline of the periodic table in the sanctuary.
He intends to attack the enemies of atheism and agnosticism which are fueling the attitude of secularism and immorality because science is clobbering faith as illogical, old-fashioned myths and foolishness.
- The South West Diversion. With the prophecy of the 12 tribes I knew about the diversion, but after my own experiences reached this point I realized that we are diverted to the end stages of Gad before we proceed to Joseph.
Through the laws I was able to understand that the Jews will be called to lead the world to their Messiah by example. They were diverted from their blessings at the crucifixion. It is time for them to emerge from the 2000 year sleep and retake the Promised Land.
Their mass reversal in attitude towards Jesus Christ will help the Christians who are struggling to convince the world to turn to Christianity.
The Christians and Jews unite to preach the gospel with convincing evidence as their strong argument.
Although this is the common experience of man, Revelation 13 gives an evil picture of people who remain in this state.
The purpose of the Plan of Salvation is to restore justice and recreate man.
- Gad (Raided and Robbed). Gad is the sixth position in this journey. In the first round we were raided, knocked down, robbed of our inheritance, arrested and evicted from the garden.
- Naphtali (Resurrected). Naphtali is the sixth position after Gad. He was awakened with "good news". Our death sentence was reversed and we were all given one chance of resurrection.
So we rose up and returned to the battle.
Delay No Longer. We can also explain this feature of prophecy (Revelation 10: 6). In the first two phases, our journey required that we go through each step that led up to the sixth position.
After Naphtali, we did not repeat the steps from Judah to Gad. Instead the diversion occurred and time was no longer delayed. We went directly to Gad. So these events probably occur in real time.
- Gad (Raider takes Revenge). We get to jump ahead another six positions to take revenge on those that led us astray. So we raided the enemy who is occupying our land.
Sadly, after their resurrection, the wicked raid God in order to capture the New Jerusalem.
The Man of Sin makes his final attack at this point and God responds with wrath.
Sign: The Holy Objects Arrive. The holy objects are restored. We should have knowledge about the sanctuary, its furniture and the covenant.
Sign: The Blessings of Joseph.
The blessings promises all authority over the natural order.
The blessings are for a double inheritance for a father and son.
- The Wrath of God (The Seven Last Plagues). They are like marching seven times around Jericho.
The sequence of events prove that we are legally in the Promised Land when the seven last plagues begin.
During this time, God protects us as promised in the covenant, but we are still in a state of emergency while God fights for us.
» Second Coming. The seventh plague is the Second Coming and the fall of the great city.
- Sacrifice. Sores.
- Laver. Blood in the sea.
- Bread and Wine. Blood in the rivers and springs. Famine.
- Menorah. Heat.
» Altar of Incense. Prayers not heard.
- Ark of the Covenant (Shekinah Glory). Darkness on the throne of the beast.
- Ark of the Covenant (Dry Rivers). The wicked prepare for the Battle of Armageddon.
» Signs in Heaven. The signs of the Second Coming appear at this time. They are taken from the blessings of Joseph. He has authority over the heavens, the earth, the seas and the animals. All nature helps us to fight the battle.
- Ark of the Covenant (God). Second Coming of the Kings from the east.
- God and His Son. The Son is sitting on the right hand of God at the Second Coming.
- Son. Just before the battle we see the Son in battle gear with an army (Joshua 5: 13-15).
- Battle. God fights for us from the heavens and destroys the wicked.
- Man of Righteousness (144,000). The number of the recreated man is 144,000 not 666.
- Blessings. We possess the Promised Land.
- Joseph (Evangelism). The saints raid the strongholds of Satan who are occupying the Promised Land.
- Daniel 12: The 1260, 1290 and 1335 Days Prophecy.
This prophecy seems to use the imagery of this secret passage way.
On The Riverbank.
Then I, Daniel, looked and behold, two others were standing, one on this bank of the river and the other on that bank of the river.
And one said to the man dressed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, "How long will it be until the end of these wonders?"
"Then I heard the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, when he held up his right hand and his left hand to heaven, and swore by Him who lives forever, that it shall be for a time, times, and half a time; and when the power of the holy people has been completely shattered, all these things shall be finished."
1290 and 1335 Years.
"... from the time that the continual burnt offering is taken away, and the abomination that makes desolate is set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days. Blessed is he who waits and comes to the thousand three hundred and thirty five days."
(Daniel 12: 5-7, 11-12)
- River Bank. Here is an image of angels ready to hold back the waters until the righteous pass through. In Revelation 7: 3, four angels hold back the winds of strife.
Winds were used to separate the waters, so releasing the winds would cause the waters to flow again and innundate those passing through the waters.
- Two Men. Angels on either side of the river.
- Third Man Dressed in Linen. This is God above the waters.
- Holy People Shattered. The holy people are crossing the river.
- Abomination of Desolation. The holy people cross the river and the opposition make their last stand.
- The King of the North In The North East.
This prophecy of Daniel finds it best meaning through this symbol.
Like Pharaoh at the Red sea, the king of the north is in pursuit of global Israel. He is perched at the mouth of this secret passage way in the north east.
Like Sennacherib following rumors to his death, the king of the north rushes to this place.
At The Mouth Of The Sea.
But rumors from the east and from the north will disturb him, and he will go forth with great wrath to destroy and annhilate many.
Unholy Tabernacle. He shall pitch the tents of his royal pavilion between the seas and the beautiful holy mountain; yet he will come to his end and no one will help him.
(Daniel 11: 45)
|NW|| North (4) ||NE|
|Wall of Waters|
|(7) ||Most Holy Place
|Manna || ||East (1) |
| || |
|Cloud || |
|Holy Place |
| || |
|Dry Path |
Pillar of Fire
| (6) || |
|SW||Wall of Waters ||SE|
| South (2) |
He will set up a base at this location. In this scenario, the seas are the walls of water that expose the secret passage over the Rock and the beautiful holy mountain is in the west.
For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle. In the secret place of His tent He will hide me. He will lift me up on a Rock.
(Psalm 27: 5)
Like Pharoah, he will rush into this place and he will come to his end when the waters engulf him.
- The Birth Canal.
If the womb is the chamber that holds the body, then this tunnel from darkness to light can be likened to being in the birth canal moments before being born.
At that moment you are immediately snatched up by the raiders (doctors) before you are taken to the Promised Land of milk and honey where we have
"the blessings of the breast and womb" (mommy) (Genesis 49: 22-26).
- The Souls Under the Altar.
As we go underneath the sanctuary, along the south west line we pass underneath the altar of incense. Here we find the prayers and life of those who were poured out at the base of the altar.
The fifth seal is the point where God takes revenge and restores the blessings.
This prophecy shows that the south west detour is because of vengeance for the covenant.
This secret pathway is symbolized as a place under the altar where God is hiding His people between the resurrection and reward.
- Seal 1: White Horse (Verse 2). The church sets out to conquer under the Great Commission.
- Seal 2: Red Horse (Verse 3-4). The church is martyred as they spread the Gospel.
- Seal 3: Grey Horse (Verse 5). The church falls into apostasy instead of taking their blessings.
» The Sanctuary. It is corrupted under this seal and it falls into darkness.
- Seal 4: Black Horse (Verse 7). The church is given over to the Antichrist.
» The Holy Objects. They have been taken away or forgotten. Only the altar and the ark remain.
When Revelation 6 is interpreted according to this pattern. See how 666 is related to the 144,000.
See also that Revelation 7 as not just an insert between the sixth and seventh seals.
It is the time when God and His Son respond to the the persecution of the Antichrist.
||South West Diversion||West (Joseph)|
|Conquer||Raided||Corrupted||Holy Objects Killed ||God||Son||Seal||Battle|
|Seal 1||Seal 2||Seal 3||Seal 4||Seal 5||Seal 6||Sealing 144,000||Seal 7|
|Commission||Persecution||Souls Under the Altar||Sealing the Righteous|
- Seal 5: The Souls Under the Altar (Verse 9). The souls come up from the ground to ask for vengeance.
- Seal 6: Signs in Heaven (Verse 12-14). Black sun, blood moon and falling stars.
» The Image (Verse 16). The beast has an image and God has a Son who is a Lamb.
» The Seal of God (Revelation 7). God marks His servants with a seal.
» The 144,000 Servants of God (Revelation 7: 4). God seals 144,000.
- Seal 7: Armageddon War (Revelation 8:1). Silence while God conducts war (Exodus 14: 14).
- The Antichrist.
The fate of the Antichrist is revealed in Revelation 13. He only operates in the north where he has authority over the people.
This story also follows the pattern.
- Dan ("Serpent"). The dragon was lifted up and worshipped.
» Arrogant Words and Blasphemies (Verse 5-6). He cursed and mocked those who were afflicted unjustly. He even insulted Christ while He was on the cross.
- Asher ("Death"). He received a deadly wound when one of its heads was killed (verse 3).
- Naphtali ("Resurrected"). The deadly wound was healed.
» War (Verse 4, 7). He persecuted the saints and defeated them.
- Gad ("Diverted South West"). Those destined for captivity will be captured and killed with the sword (verse 10).
- Joseph ("Reproach, Another Son"). Joseph's name also means that "God has added another son". This son is full of reproach that will never be removed.
The beast also adds another son at this point. This is the lamb with two horns who speaks like his father the dragon and is the image of his father.
» The Beast from the Earth (Verse 11). The son of the dragon is the Antichrist! He comes up out of the earth to terrorize the saints.
» Signs in Heaven (Verse 13). He uses signs to show that he is god.
» The Image (Verse 14). The image of the beast is probably the son. He makes himself a living god.
» The Mark of the Beast (Verse 16-17).
» The Beast Numbered 666 (Verse 17). He is a man who has not been recreated in the image of God. He has taken the image of his father and of fallen humanity.
» Armageddon War. He made his final war with God and was defeated.
|North East||South West Diversion||West (Joseph)|
|Healed||Raider||Sanctuary||Holy Objects Corrupted ||Dragon||Son||666||Battle|
|Revival||Persecution||Deceives with Signs and Terror||The Dragon and His Son|
- The Mark of the Beast. Revelation 12-13 helps us to further refine what happens at this point.
When the dragon went through this path, he was not blessed. He was cursed in the west.
Killing Christ did not turn out to be a winning move. He lost the people that he had kidnapped and enslaved and he is now angry.
But he cannot risk going north again because failure means his second death.
It is only at the Second Coming that he is arrested, imprisoned and taken to the true King of the north to face the final judgment.
So he remains a ravenous wolf standing on the sea shore and he sends the beast and his foot soldiers to the north.
Remember that everyone is entitled to one resurrection.
After the lamb-like beast is resurrected, it tries to go through the secret path that diverts to the south west in order to rob the righteous of their blessings.
|West||North (Throne of the Beast)||South West Diversion|
|Satan||Son||Wounded ||Dead||Alive (Healed) ||666||Signs||Battle|
|Dragon ||Beast ||Was ||Is Not||Yet Is
||Grandson||Fire ||Mark of the Beast
- Ten Horns. There are ten sons from Judah to Dan, but the three in the west are weaker.
- Seven Heads. Only seven of the ten horns are strong because they received their blessing.
- Beast from the Earth. He represents what comes out after the resurrection and is essentially the resurrected beast from the middle ages.
- The Image to the Beast. It is in the third to fourth generation that Satan's network is destroyed.
Satan spawns the seven headed beast, who resurrects as the lamb who sounds like his grandfather and makes an image like him.
- Born Again. The righteous church is born during this phase as a child.
The birth order of the sons of Jacob is the birth of Israel.
After we have been tested and afflicted we emerge in the phase of Naphtali, ready to go back and take our inheritance because we are destitute and still without the visible favor of God.
- Reuben (Afflicted). We emerge afflicted. As the firstborn, we are the beginning of God's strength. The baby travels for seven days down the fallopian tube searching for a place of rest.
- Simeon (Hated). We know that we are hated because we have no place to welcome us like the baby who floats in the womb for three days.
- Levi (Attached). So, we remain attached to God by burying ourselves in the womb as He builds the umbilical cord.
- Judah (Praise the Lord). Although we are destituite we praise God because we have passed our test. In the fourth to fifth week the heart beats 150 beats per minute and the eyea, ears and mouth develop.
- Dan (Judged). We have been judged by God and Satan and we prevailed. The baby is also judged and is rejected at this point when the highest risk of miscarriage occurs.
- Asher (Death). We are dead to sin and temptation. It is in the darkness of the earth that the seed grows and transforms itself.
The child grows and gains the most fat at the twenty seventh week.
- Gad (Raider). In week 31-32 the testicles descend and we develop immunity like an army puts on the armor, ready for battle.
- Naphtali (Raised). The army of God emerges with the breath of God. In week 33 the lungs can begin functioning on their own.
- Issachar (Wages). We are given the financial resources to do the will of God. The baby turns into the birth position, ready to go forth.
- Zebulun (Gift). We are given the spiritual resources of supernatural gifts to do the will of God. The baby is still in the sac like a tent, but the protective coat on the skin is dissolving and the lungs are the last organs to reach maturity.
The breath of life is the gift of God.
» Dinah (Judged). The girl Dinah is born and her name means judgment. The church might undergo a period of public judgment at this point.
- Joseph (Reproach Removed). All obstacles and objections are removed. We have the favor of God. The mucus plug is removed and birth begins.
- Benjamin (Son of the Right Hand). We are born as children of God. The child emerges.
- History of The World. This is the history of the final generation.
- East ("Evangelism"). The righteous spread the message of the kingdom of God before they flee to live in tents.
- South ("Tribulation of The Righteous"). The righteous begin to suffer under the care of God.
- West ("Great Persecution"). The righteous are living under reproach and sorrow, but the wicked live as if this is the Promised Land.
- North ("Tribulation of The Wicked"). The final tribulation comes to the world.
- Dan ("Wrath"). The wicked suffer during the Seven Last Plagues which ends with the Second Coming.
- Asher ("Death"). All the wicked living are killed and the wicked dead remain dead.
- Naphtali ("Resurrection"). The righteous are resurrected.
- Diversion ("Through The Waters"). At the Second Coming, the righteous pass through the waters and go over the Sea of Glass.
- West ("Promised Land"). The righteous go to heaven.
- North ("Great Judgment"). The Lord returns to the devastated world at the Third Coming.
- Dan ("Wrath"). The Lord returns with the saints to execute judgment.
- Asher ("Death"). All the wicked are all dead.
- Naphtali ("Resurrection"). The wicked are resurrected to face the judgment.
- Diversion ("Through The Waters"). When the wicked are judged they will behave like Pharaoh.
- After The Judgment. Like Pharaoh they will repent and submit to God.
- War On The Righteous. They will change their minds and pursue the righteous by surrounding the city.
- Drowned In The Waters. The wicked will be thrown in the Lake of Fire and will be burned up.
- West ("Promised Land"). The righteous inherit the new earth that has been sterilized by fire and recreated.
- Prophesy Again. This famous command in Revelation 10 is the point of diversion for the church after the disappointment of 1844 when the blessings were not received.
- Joseph ("Great Disappointment"). Reproach is heaped upon us when the blessings are denied and the Lord did not come.
- Dan ("Wrath"). The Millerite movement is scattered, humiliated and near death.
- Naphtali ("Prophecy Again"). As we emerged from the ordeal, a new understanding of the meaning of the sanctuary encourages us to prophesy again about the coming blessings and the destruction of the evil empire.
So we go back to the south west to begin again.
Israel: The Chosen People Of God
Benjamin: The Last Church
It is worth looking at the awesome symbolism of Benjamin. He is the last son who was born of the beloved wife who died in childbirth after His father's name was changed to Israel and after He survived a great persecution.
The story is recorded in Genesis 35.
He redeemed his brother Simeon from prison. Benjamin represents the final church during and after the persecution. Out of this church one nation of Israel is born.
The church was symbolized in these ways.
- Joseph. He symbolizes that this final church is made up of two sons (Jews and Gentiles).
- Benjamin. He symbolizes the fact that the two will become one church in the last days.
Benjamin was also the only child who was born in the Promised Land (Israel) and the permament temple was built on his land.
So Mount Zion or Mount Moriah is in the land of Benjamin.
This is symbolically meaningful because the final church in heaven will be a living temple who must be born again as little children to enter into heaven.
- Rachel. The last two sons would be the children of the beloved wife.
As a type or example of Christ, Joseph and the seed within him (Ephraim and Manasseh), were besieged and betrayed by his ten older brothers who sold him into slavery.
Benjamin, the last son, did not participate in this betrayal and so he represents the last phase of the church whose members will not betray Christ and will not be guilty of violence.
It is also another reason why all the sons on the west were not portrayed negatively. None of them was responsible for the betrayal.
In fact, the west represented a way of escape.
|Esau ||Wrestles God
||Peace ||Succoth ||No Idols ||Great Terror||Benoi ||Rachel Died||Benjamin
|Separate Groups || New Name||One Church ||Sorrow ||Triumph |
After He received the new name of Israel, God told him to be fruitful and multiply. He already had eleven sons. Only Benjamin was born after this command.
Then God appeared to Jacob again when he came from Paddan-aram, and He blessed him.
God said to him, "Your name is Jacob; You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name." Thus He called him Israel.
God also said to him, "I am God Almighty; Be fruitful and multiply; A nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall come forth from you.
"The land which I gave to Abraham and Isaac, I will give it to you, and I will give the land to your descendants after you."
(Genesis 35: 9-12)
- Leaving Babylon. Jacob was in Babylon, working like a slave for his uncle, Laban. He made preparations to leave Babylon and God multiplied his possessions just before He left. God will multiply the church when we decide to leave Babylon the Great.
- Esau. Jacob decides to make peace with his brother. We must also put away our violence and make peace.
- Two Companies. As he approached the Jordan to cross over, he was divided into two groups. (Genesis 32: 10)
Jordan is the river that Joshua would cross to reach the Promised Land.
As we approach the end of time, spiritual Israel is still divided into two groups, the Jews and Gentiles.
This was the will of God because the Christian church would be violent. Now it is time to rejoin.
Jesus says that the unity of the church will be a sign to the world.
Unity of Jews and Gentiles.
I do not ask on behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word.
That they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that you sent Me.
The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one just as We are one.
I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me.
(John 17: 20-23)
Benjamin is this perfection in unity. But, current unification efforts are based on compromising and minimizing the importance of the doctrines and the Old Testament.
However, if the vast majority of the Jews suddenly believe in Jesus Christ, the world will look at this HUGE sign.
In another lesson we show that the the Jews will accept the Messiah in significant numbers.
The church is one Just as God is One. They obey the two great commandments and the SHMA.
- One LORD, One Church. Hear, O Israel! The Lord is our God, the Lord is One!
(Deuteronomy 6: 4)
- Commandment Keepers. Do not be a harlot. Remember all the commandments. (Numbers 15: 37-41)
- Blessings or Curses. Cling to God, like Jacob, and receive the blessings. (Deuteronomy 11: 13-31)
For if you are careful to keep all this commandment which I am commanding you to do, to love the Lord your God, to walk in His ways and hold fast to Him
then the Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will dispossess nations greater and mightier than you.
(Deuteronomy 11: 22-23)
Evangelistic efforts will be very successful at this point.
After they crossed the Jordan to the west, then the blessings and curses were said. After the outpouring of the Holy Spirit the wrath of God will be sent.
» Curses. The curses were on the mountain in the north and on the people in the north (Babylon).
» Blessings. The blessings were on the mountain in the south and on the people in the south.
"It shall come about, when the LORD your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, that you shall place the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal.
"Are they not across the Jordan, west of the way toward the sunset, in the land of the Canaanites who live in the Arabah, opposite Gilgal, beside the oaks of Moreh?
"For you are about to cross the Jordan to go in to possess the land which the LORD your God is giving you, and you shall possess it and live in it.
(Deuteronomy 11: 29-31)
Possessing the land also means defeating the strongholds of Satan in evangelism.
- Jacob Makes Peace. Jacob decides to reconcile with his brother Esau.
- Jacob Wrestles with God. In his fear, Jacob wrestles with God and does not let go until he is blessed.
Then God gives him the new name of Israel. (Genesis 32: 24-32)
- Jacob Meets Esau. Jacob makes peace with Esau.
- Succoth ("Booths"). Genesis 33: 17 Jacob went to a place called "Booths" to build a house and booths.
This represents the time of the Feast of Booths. In our journey to the Promised Land, after we have left the land of slavery and hard labor, we, like Jacob and ancient Israel
will live in booths as we travel through the wilderness.
We will live as if we were living with God during the final persecution.
- The Violence of Simeon and Levi.
It is at this time that their sister Dinah was raped and treated as a harlot.
The rapist wanted to marry her, but the brothers tricked the men into circumcising themselves then killed them (Genesis 34).
The final church will not be found with deceit in their mouths or doing violence.
- One Faithful Church. Genesis 35: 1-3. After they put away their idols, and jewelry and put on clean garments they journeyed towards Bethel ("the House of God").
Again, God gave him the name Israel and told him to be fruitful and He promised him the land.
Genesis 35: 10-12
- Terror of God. Genesis 35: 5. The surrounding cities were terrified by God and they did not pursue Jacob.
This is the terror of the seven last plagues. As they cause us sorrow, God multiplies their sorrow.
- Labor Pains. Rachel started to have labor pains. Persecution will intensify.
- Birth of Benoi. He was named "son of my sorrow", because of the difficulty of birth. This is the sorrows of our persecution as we try to build a church for God.
- Death of Rachel. She died in childbirth. This signifies that the church (woman) will die giving birth to the final church. We will be martyred and we will die to sin.
- New Name of Benjamin. His father gave him a new name just as God will give us a new name.
- Jacob Meets His Father Isaac. Jacob finally meets his father again after a long time apart. We will meet God face to face at the end of this journey after a 6000 year separation. (Genesis 35: 28)
Israel: The Jews And The Gentile Christians
The relationship between these two nations is foretold in the blessings of Jacob.
The first born son normally gets the better blessing, but here we find that this blessing is given to another son.
The blessings show that the favor usually given to the first born will be taken away and given to the other son as they struggled for the spiritual birthright.
It is also the picture of Jacob and Esau. Esau carelessly gave away his birthright to satisfy his passions.
"Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people, producing the fruit of it.
(Matthew 21: 43)
- Reuben and Simeon. They represent the Jews and the Christians. Reuben is the first son who will lose preeminence and dignity.
Simeon was the second son who would be scattered.
The nation of Israel was rejected in favor of the Christian church who was given the task to tell the world about the Father.
» The Scattering of Simeon and Levi.
Simeon and Levi were joined together and received the same blessing. So, together it shows that the second son is also made a nation of priests.
Unlike Israel who was concentrated in one land, they would be scattered throughout the world.
The duty of the scattered church is to be the priests of God around the world.
- Judah and Joseph. Judah took the spiritual birthright away from Reuben, but in the end Joseph appears to take preeminence over Judah.
Judah was the chosen son under the old covenant, but he was the fourth son of the hated wife.
Joseph is the first born son of the beloved wife. So after the death of Christ another first born son was chosen from the wife that is loved.
Joseph becomes the type of Christ in the new earth.
Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, but God used him to save his brothers from death.
Jesus was sold for thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave, but God used Him to save all the world, Jews and Gentiles.
- Manasseh and Ephraim.
Joseph's children became the symbols of the two sons of the church under the new covenant.
Manasseh was the first born, yet Ephraim received the greater blessing on the right hand of his grandfather.
Ephraim would be a greater nation than His older brother.
The Christian branch has become a larger tribe than the Jews.
- The Unloved Desolate Woman and the Married Woman. Isaiah 54 predicts that the sons of the desolate and forsaken wife will be more than the sons of the married woman.
This is a picture of the Gentiles. We were abandoned in favor of Abraham when God made the covenant with Him because of His righteousness.
So God was married to Israel. Now He has taken the forsaken woman as a beloved wife. This former, barren woman will be more fruitful.
The picture of Rachel, the beloved wife is that the barren woman had always been loved.
The Success of the Gospel. There are several symbols that suggest that evangelistic efforts will be more successful in the last days.
The church has been barren and unloved for years, but at the end of time her children will come by a miracle.
- Fruit Harvest. The harvest occurs after Yom Kippur and the latter rains.
- Law of the Harvest. God promises a great harvest in the year before the land sabbath and the jubilee.
- The Matriarchs of Israel. Every birth that is from God was a result of a miracle.
In the case of Mary it was a young virgin, but in the case of all the other mothers it was birth through a woman that was too old and who had been barren all her life.
This is a picture of the church. When the beloved woman is very old and it seems that she can no longer bear children, then she will be fruitful.
Sarah was 90 and Rachel was about 60 to 70. Israel had these two boys in his old age, about 90 years old.
- Leaving Babylon. Just before Jacob left Laban, God made him become wealthy by a miracle. He multiplied his stocks at the expense of his father-in-law who had cheated him.
- Jonah. His experience was a symbol of the history of Christ. Jonah was the most successful evangelist in the Bible. Everyone was saved in Nineveh.
The Heirs Of Salvation
God uses many symbols to represent the phases of His relationship with the heirs of salvation and to show the complex nature of the Church, Israel and the Gentiles and His efforts to save them.
The covenant was essentially a marriage document. We promised to join with God in faithfulness. Yet we constantly committed adultery.
In this lesson we see a picture of an unfaithful wife, an unloved wife and her children.
When sin began, the young wife was unloved, forsaken and barren of righteous children.
As the plan transitions to the covenant with Israel, we see a picture of an unloved wife who is fruitful.
After Christ, the once hated wife is beloved and becomes fruitful in her old age.
- Wife. The church is represented as a woman engaged to Christ. The marriage ceremony occurs at the Second Coming.
The New Covenant is the marriage contract. If we will be joined to God in faithfulness, He will be a husband who provides all our needs.
The church is the barren, unfaithful, deceitful wife chosen by God who was once unloved and is now loved.
- Rejected Wife of Youth ("Eve"). She is the unfaithful wife who is the mother of all (Jews and Gentiles).
- Unloved Wife of Deceit ("Leah"). She is the woman who trapped the man into a marriage.
- Wife of Human Efforts ("Hagar, Bilhah, Zilpah"). She is the other woman asked to bear the children of promise.
- Beloved Wife of Choice ("Rachel"). She is a barren woman who becomes fruitful in her old age and gives birth to the chosen heirs.
Shout for joy, O barren one, you who have borne no child. Break forth into joyful shouting and cry aloud, you who have not travailed.
For the sons of the desolate will be more numerous than the sons of the married woman, says the Lord.
For your husband is your maker, whose name is the Lord of Hosts; and your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, who is called the God of all the earth.
For the Lord has called you, like a wife forsaken and grieved in spirit, even like a wife of one's youth when she is rejected, says your God.
For a brief moment I forsook you, but with great compassion I will gather you.
(Isaiah 54: 1, 5-7)
God did not seem to compromise on any commandment except the one on adultery.
This is a clue as to why God allowed multiple wives although it was not the ideal.
Spiritually, He had to marry two women in order to save all of them because He did not want to abandon the adulterous wife and her children.
There will only be one wife in heaven because we will not be unfaithful anymore.
|Heaven ||Jacob and Rachel||
||Jacob and Leah ||Adam and Eve
|Joseph and Benjamin
||Reuben and Simeon
||Cain and Abel (Seth)
|(Beloved Wife) The Church (Gentiles and Jews)
||Israel (Hated Wife)
||Gentiles (Wife of Youth)
» Wives and Concubines. In all these examples it was the wives who gave these concubines to their husbands.
Sarah convinced Abraham to take Hagar. Rachel and Leah brought Bilhah and Zilpah to Jacob.
The symbol is that it is the wife (the church) who brought these women in and the husband (God) must deal with the consequences.
- Son. The church is represented, through many phases, as a reckless son, born through a miracle of God.
Jesus is the beloved, firstborn Son, only Son born of God by a miracle who is now the Son of the Right Hand.
- Firstborn Son ("Reuben, Esau, Ishmael, Cain"). He is the privileged son who is the heir by custom.
» Manasseh. It seems unfair that Manasseh did not gain the privilege as the first born. Unlike the others we see no record of unfaithfulness.
However, He is the only grandson who inherits a separate portion in the New Jerusalem. So He might be a smaller nation than Ephraim, but he gains a privilege
because he is not disgraced like Cain, Esau and Reuben.
- Son of Deceit ("Jacob"). He is the son who joined by deceit and replaced the heir by birth.
- Son by Human Efforts ("Ishmael"). This is the son born through human efforts to fulfill the promises.
- Son by Promise Through a Miracle ("Isaac"). This is the promised son created by God.
- Beloved, Favorite Son ("Joseph"). This is the firstborn son of the beloved wife.
- Son of the Right Hand ("Benjamin"). This is the former son of sorrow who is the faithful, dependable son who inherits.
- Son of the King ("Israel"). The Prince.
The Distribution of the Birthright.
The first son never has the standard cultural preeminence. Cain, Esau, Reuben, Manasseh never gain their birthright.
The privilege is split up and goes to other sons.
Only in Christ, the only faithful Son, do we see the birthrights of Judah and Joseph joined again.
- Spiritual Birthright ("Judah"). This is the promise that the Messiah would come through their line.
- High Priest of God. Derived from Melchizadek, through God. Levi was rejected.
- King of the Earth. Power derived as the son of David of the tribe of Judah.
Though Judah prevailed over his brother, and from him came the leader, yet the birthright belonged to Joseph.
(1 Chronicles 5: 2)
Joseph takes this birthright away from Judah under the new covenant because all agreements under the old covenant are null and void when Israel rejected the Messiah.
- Physical Birthright ("Joseph"). The Promised Land. The property is given to Joseph under the new covenant. Reuben lost the rights to Joseph by his father's own will.
One Inheritance. ... Look, I will take the stick of Joseph which is in the hand of Ephraim ... and I will put them with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.
(Ezekiel 37: 19)
Ephraim holds the property rights of his father in trust until his father is given both the spiritual and physical birthright.
Joseph is the first born son of the beloved wife.
The Rest Of The Faithful [1432-1096 BC]
The life of the faithful pointed forward to Christ. Some exhibited the entire pattern while others showed only one. Hebrews lists many others who were faithful, but we will only discuss a few controversial examples from the period of the Judges.
Samson [1098 BC].
After 40 years in the hands of the Philistines God sent a deliverer named Samson who was famous for his great strength.
It is extremely difficult to see how his life represented the faithful. He was a foolish womanizer who loved to visit prostitutes.
Yet, his life not only represented the faithful, it represented the Messiah. How??
|Jesus||13 Years ||20 Years ||The Seven Day Feast|
|Samson||Childhood ||Judged Israel
||Hair Cut Off
Tribe of Dan. Samson was from the tribe of Dan and that gives us our first clue about why he represented the Messiah.
From the lesson on the twelve tribes we know that this phase of His seven day ordeal represents Jesus as the sinner or serpent on the cross who was being judged by God.
Samson represents this failed Messiah who was condemned in the judgment as He carried our sins. But when He died He brought down the whole house of Satan.
Nazarite Vow. Jesus appeared to take this vow at the last supper. He would no longer drink wine until we meet again in heaven.
So, all of Samson's life was a symbol of what happened to Christ after He finished the Passover meal.
The story of Samson is told as his encounter with three different women.
In these encounters, he tells the story of how God is driven by love to deal with an unfaithful planet and its treacherous people.
Samson Takes An Unsuitable Wife. From this story we learn that when deliverance is near, God will seek a cause to confront the evil.
To stir up trouble, the Spirit led Samson to take a Philistine wife of which his parents disapproved. This is an unsuitable wife because she is a Gentile.
However, his father and mother did not know that it was of the Lord, for He was seeking an occasion against the Philistines ...
(Judges 14: 4)
Jesus also invited trouble when He cleared the temple of money changers, stirring the priests to anger.
God appears to do this again at the end of time, before He delivers the world. Zechariah 12: 1-9 points to trouble stirred up in Israel that leads to the outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the final generation.
Like Samson, Moses and Elijah, God seeks a showdown with those who are leading the world astray and enslaving His people.
» The Roaring Young Lion.
... Dan is a lion's whelp, that leaps forth from Bashan.
(Deuteronomy 33: 22)
This blessing of Moses on the tribe of Dan is a type of Samson.
When the lion attacked Samson it was torn apart and a swarm of bees made honey in its carcass.
During a seven day feast, Samson posed this riddle to the people.
... out of the eater came something to eat,
» The Riddle Answered. Christ is the young lion of the tribe of Judah Who came roaring when He threw out the money changers at the temple.
And out of the strong came something sweet.
But they could not tell the riddle in three days.
(Judges 14: 14)
» The Sweet Meal. In another lesson we discussed the unusual meal at the cross.
Christ ate us, to hide us from wrath. Now we must eat Christ to drink the waters of eternal life (John 6: 53-54).
So out of the eater who hid us on the cross came the fruits of the tree of life.
Out of the strong man who battled Satan, the scapegoat, came the sweet life, eternal life, not the stench of death.
» Young Lion Killed. Christ is crucified.
|Nisan 10||11||12 ||13||14||15||16||17||18||19||20||21|
|Jesus||First 3 Days||Day 4 (Bribe)||Last 3 Days||Christ in Heaven Becomes Our Head|
|1||2 ||3||4||Seder||Seven Day Feast of Unleavened Bread|
|Preaches in the Temple||Dead Raised||Brings Down the House of Satan|
|Samson|| || ||First 3 Days||Day 4 (Bribe)||Betrayed||Day 7 ||-|
|Lion Killed ||Sweet Honey||Seven Day Wedding Feast ||-|
» Honey in the Carcass. The sweet life come out of the death of the lion. There were several prophecies that promised that Christ's body would not decay or have worms while He was dead.
His bread would be rich or fat and He would smell sweet. Here, the prophecy is that He would also taste sweet.
Honey is also antimicrobial and does not spoil, so like salt it is a promise that He would not decay.
» The Land Flowing With Milk and Honey. This is the Promised Land. Now we can more accurately see the terms of the promise.
» Seven Day Feast. Samson had a seven day feast to celebrate his wedding.
During the last seven days of His life which overlapped the seven day feast of unleavened bread after Passover, Jesus became the young lion who was torn apart. The events happened in two sets of three and half days
- Land of Milk. The promise to have many children. This is a picture of many fertile breast-feeding mothers.
- Land of Honey. This is the promise of the eternal sweet life with the sweet Christ.
» On the Fourth Day (Bribe). On the fourth day the bribe was paid to Judas and to Samson's wife.
Then it came about on the fourth day they said to Samson's wife, "Entice your husband so he will tell us the riddle, or we will burn you and your father's house with fire ...
(Judges 14: 15)
» Three Days. During the last three days of His life the people were blind to the great mystery of God that engulfed them.
They could not solve the riddle. Even His disciples did not understand until after the third day.
» The Wife. This woman seems to represent two contradicting people.
She represents Judas who took the bribe or Israel (the wife who gave the bribe) and she represents Mary Magdalene who wept before Jesus at the beginning of the seven days and washed His feet with her tears. Then He appeared to her on the last day and was the first to see the riddle solved by His resurrection.
The Riddle is A Great Mystery.
Samson's wife wept before him and said, "You only hate me, and you do not love me; you have propounded a riddle to the sons of my people, and have not told it to me." And he said to her, "Behold I have not told it to my father or mother; so shall I tell you?"
(Judges 14: 16)
The riddle was the great mystery of God which even heaven did not know.
» On the Seventh Day (Riddle Solved). The riddle was the resurrection. Seven days after He began His ordeal Jesus was resurrected.
So the men of the city went to him on the seventh day before the sun went down, "What is sweeter than honey? And what is stronger than a lion?"
And he said to them, "If you had not plowed with my heifer, you would not have found out my riddle".
(Judges 14: 18)
There are other symbols that are associated with the resurrection.
The act of plowing a field is symbolic of digging up the earth to raise the dead.
A heifer is also the sacrifice used to cleanse the dead.
So when we plow the field and cleanse the dead, we will have solved the riddle of raising the dead.
» Went to His Father. Christ went up to heaven to His Father after the resurrection when the Spirit of the Lord came and raised Him from the dead.
Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon him mightily, and he went down to Ashkelon and killed thirty men and took their spoil and gave the changes of clothes to those who told the riddle.
And his anger burned and he went up to his father's house.
(Judges 14: 19)
» Wife Given to His Companion. His wife was given to his friend.
But Samson's wife was given to his companion who had been his friend.
(Judges 14: 20)
Another prophecy also verifies that the Holy Spirit is the friend and brother of Jesus who took His wife after He died as the law required, so that He could raise up children in His name. He became our constant companion and comforter Who will make us children of God.
» The Wheat Harvest. During this harvest, Samson went to find his wife.
The church was given to the Holy Spirit at Pentecost, the time of the wheat harvest.
» Two Sisters. The first wife is the Jews, her sister is the Gentiles. The two branches of the church were split by the will of God.
In this story we find that the evil forces also wanted this split. So God was torn away from the Jews and the Holy Spirit became their companion according to this symbol.
We also know that the Holy Spirit also became the companion of the Gentiles.
He is now our constant companion because He fulfills the covenant.
» Destroyed The Grain Fields of the Philistines. In revenge, Samson tied three hundred foxes together in pairs with a burning torch in between and burned down the fields of the Philistines.
» Ramath-lehi: The High Place of the Jawbone. This is the hill of Golgotha, which means "the place of the skull".
He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, so he reached out and took it and killed a thousand men with it.
Then Samson said, "With the jawbone of a donkey, heap two heaps, with the jawbone of a donkey I have killed a thousand men."
When he had finished speaking, he threw the jawbone from his hand and he named the place Ramath-lehi.
(Judges 15: 15-17)
This is a symbol of Golgotha because the jawbone is part of the skull. Jesus is also symbolized as the donkey who carried our burden of sins.
Here we have a dead donkey who saved us. In this symbol He saved us with His mouth (jawbone). He became the High Priest who intercedes for us.
» Three Heaps.
The image of "heap, two heaps" can be seen in other similar accountings.
These phrases also included a "dividing" or cutting in half.
The heap was cut in half when the rock was split at the crucifixion.
- Heap, Two Heaps. It could be seen as Jesus surrounded by the two thieves on Golgotha - three heaps.
- Weighed, Counted, Counted. The census of sinners and righteous are counted on each side and Jesus is weighed for our sins.
- Time, Two Times. This is three days, the time of His greatest suffering.
» Thirsty. Samson became thirsty just like Jesus became thirsty just before he died.
Then He became very thirsty and, and he called to the Lord and said, "You have given this great deliverance by the hand of Your servant, now shall I die of thirst and fall into the hands of the uncircumcised?"
(Judges 15: 18)
» Split Rock. Jesus is the Rock who was split and blood and water came from His sides giving us the spring of eternal life.
But God split the hollow place that is in Lehi so water came out of it. When he drank his strength returned and he revived. Therefore he named it En-hakkore which is in Lehi to this day.
(Judges 15: 19)
» En-hakkore: The Spring of Him Who Called.
Just before He died Jesus called, "Father, into Your hands I commend My Spirit". The spring represents the Spirit Who give eternal life. Christ poured out this living water for us when He died and He also drank from the Spirit so that He could be resurrected.
» Judged Israel 20 Years. The twenty years might represent the number of years after He officially became an adult who was responsible for the Torah until His death.
The Harlot in Gaza.
The unsuitable wife is now a harlot. Israel is the harlot who God loved.
And I saw that for all the adulteries of faithless Israel, I had sent her away and given her a writ of divorce, yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear; but she went and was a harlot also.
Yet in spite of all this her treacherous sister Judah did not return to Me with all her heart, but rather in deception, declares the LORD.
(Jeremiah 3: 8, 10)
To the church living in Babylon, in the land of the north God says these same world to the harlot church, "come home so that you will not experience my wrath".
Return to Me.
Go and proclaim these words toward the north and say, Return, faithless Israel, declares the LORD; I will not look upon you in anger For I am gracious, declares the LORD.
(Jeremiah 3: 12)
» The Harlot. Judas was the harlot. He went to the Passover to lay down and have the meal.
Now Samson went to Gaza and saw a harlot there, and went in to her.
(Judges 16: 1)
» Ambush. The people waited for him to leave the harlot's house.
When it was to the Gazites saying, "Samson has come here", they surrounded the place and lay in wait for him all night at the gate of the city. And they kept silent all night saying, "Let us wait until morning light, then we will kill him".
(Judges 16: 2)
Jesus went into the upper room and celebrated the Passover until midnight. As was the custom, He was probably laying on one side to eat the meal.
After Judas sold Jesus and told them where to find Him, the priests, mob and soldiers waited for Him to ambush Him after midnight at the gates of the city near Gethsemane.
In the morning they killed Him.
» The Burden Bearer. Moses also used the image of a door and doorpost stained with blood to represent the cross.
Gates on His Shoulder.
Now Samson lay until midnight, and at midnight he arose and took hold of the doors of the city gate and the two posts and pulled them up along with the bars; then he put them on his shoulders and carried them up to the top of the mountain which is opposite Hebron.
(Judges 16: 3)
Jesus carried a wooden cross on His back and shoulders up to a hill named Golgotha.
In this symbol the cross can also be seen as God raiding the strongholds of death and ripping off its doors to set the captives free.
Delilah Sold Him for a Bribe. The unfaithful wife is also a traitor.
Judas sold Christ for a bribe to the priests.
The lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, "Entice him, and see where his great strength lies and how we may overpower him that we may bind him to afflict him. Then we will each give you eleven hundred pieces of silver".
(Judges 16: 5)
» Death of God. The death of God was represented by these signs.
- Bind with Seven Fresh Cords. This may be the trials Jesus endured for seven days.
- Bind with New Ropes. Jesus was physically bound at His arrest.
- Weave Hair and Fasten With A Pin. He was trapped and fastened to the cross with nails.
» Seven Locks of Hair. The seven locks of hair are His life. The image of strength is an image of life and posterity.
The seven locks are the last seven days of His life.
- Cut His Hair. This took away His strength and He became like any other human.
... and he woke up from his sleep and said, "I will go out as at other times and shake myself free."
The Spirit Departs.
... But He did not know that the Lord had departed from him.
(Judges 16: 20)
Before He surrendered to the mob Jesus would always escape miraculously when they tried to seize Him. Now He could not free Himself.
The Lord would no longer help Him and He was alone. Eventually at one moment on the cross, He expressed the fact that He recognized that God had left Him.
My God, My God! Why have You forsaken Me? (Matthew 27: 46)
- My Folly.
One can only think that Sampson's whole life was filled with folly. But falling for the obvious treachery of Delilah boggles the mind.
Yet, Jesus talked about the folly that destroyed Him. He loved a treacherous and unfaithful Israel.
My wounds grow foul and fester because of my folly.
My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague; and my kinsmen stand afar off.
(Psalm 38: 5, 11)
Then the Philistines seized him and gouged out his eyes; then they brought him down to Gaza and bound him with bronze chains, and he was a grinder in the prison.
(Judges 16: 21)
- Cut His Hair ("Omnipotence Gone"). The hair was the source of his strength.
- Gouged Out His Two Eyes ("Omniscience Gone"). The wheel with many eyes in all directions was blind.
- Bound with Bronze Chains in Prison ("Omnipresence Gone"). Jesus was confined to sheol.
» The Blind Man.
When Samson had his eyes he went whoring after his heart.
... get her for me, for she looks good to me.
(Judges 14: 3)
But now that he was blind he obeyed the SHEMA.
It shall be a tassel for you to look at and remember all the commandments of the Lord, so as to do them and not follow after your own heart and your own eyes, after which you played the harlot.
(Numbers 15: 39)
» Death of Man. Being a grinder is a symbol of death as the seed of life is ground to powder like ashes and dust.
The death of the human Christ was also represented by the death at the feast.
» Resurrection. The release from prison and the new growth is a sign of resurrection by the return of the Spirit.
However, the hair of his head began to grow again after it was shaved off.
(Judges 16: 22)
The darkness occurred when he was blinded and his strength dried up when his hair was cut off. Then he bent down to shoulder the burden of the two heavy support columns of the house and the earth shook when he destroyed the house of Dagon
War (Battle of Armageddon). Samson had one final war with Dagon.
» Destroyed The House of Dagon.
The rest of the story could be seen as Jesus being mocked on the cross and the rejoicing during Sabbath while He was dead. But it is best seen as a summary of what God accomplished.
With His death, Jesus brought down the house of Satan and destroyed him.
» Destroying The House of Satan.
When the people saw him they praised their god, for they said, "Our god has given Samson our enemy into our hands, even the destroyer of our country who has slain many of us."
(Judges 16: 24)
If we look at the big picture we realize that the evil spirits were celebrating the capture of Jesus with Satan because He threw them out of heaven and destroyed many of them.
It so happened that when they were in high spirits, that they said, "Call for Samson, that he may amuse us" ... and they made him stand between the pillars.
(Judges 16: 25)
Once again the cross is seen as a door between two pillars of a house full of sinners.
Two Eyes. Then Samson called to the Lord and, "O Lord God, please remember me and please strengthen me just this time, O God, that I may at once be avenged of the Philistines for my two eyes."
Two Pillars. Samson grasped the two middle pillars on which the house rested, and braced himself against them, the one with the right hand and the other with the left hand.
Bent Down. And Samson said, "Let me die with the Philistines!" And he bent with all his might so that the house fell on the lords and all the people who were in it. So the dead whom he killed at his death were more than those whom he killed in his life.
(Judges 16: 28-30)
Unable to sense the presence of the Father, standing between the two thieves, nailed to the two pillars that formed His cross, bleeding from the thorns piercing His skull, blinded by the darkness and the blood that congealed and dried on His face, Christ bent down His head and died - destroying the house of Satan.
Two Eyes. My God, My God! Why have You forsaken Me? (Matthew 27: 46)
When they came to the place called The Skull, there they crucified Him and the criminals, one on the right and the other on the left.
(Luke 23: 33)
Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up the Spirit.
(John 19: 30)
Christ bent down to bear the burden of the cross and now He bends down to release the Spirit in His last act to destroy sin in us.
Barak And Deborah [1264 BC].
Jadin, king of Canaan and Sisera the commander of his army with its 900 iron chariots were terrorizing Israel.
But the men were afraid and would not go to war unless Deborah, the prophetess accompanied them.
So credit was given to two women for the victory at Megiddo. Deborah led them into war and Jael killed Sisera with a spikes of the tent through his head.
Women of Honor.
She said, I will surely go with you; nevertheless, the honor will not be yours on the journey that you are about to take, for the Lord will sell Sisera into the hands of a woman.
Then Deborah arose and went with Barak to Kedesh.
(Judges 4: 9)
» Men from Zebulun and Naphtali ("Disciples"). Jesus was from Nazereth, Capernaum and Galilee, the region of Zebulun and Naphtali (Judges 4: 6 and Isaiah 9: 1-2).
» Honor to a Woman. Honor was given to one who submits, a woman.
- Mary ("Mother"). A woman was privileged to be the mother of the Messiah.
- Mary Magdalene ("Priest"). A woman was privileged to be the priest who anointed Him, because her actions showed that she believed Him and the actions of the disciples showed that they did not.
- Church ("Bride"). The church is symbolized as a woman who is His bride.
Deborah and the Battle at Megiddo.
Ten thousand men from the tribe of Naphtali and Zebulun went to Kedesh at Mt. Tabor (the location of the plains of Megiddo) to battle Sisera and Jabin.
The stars fought from heaven, from their courses they fought against Sisera.
(Judges 5: 20)
- Zebulun and Naphtali ("Between The Exodus and The Resurrection"). The tribes between Zebulun and Naphtali represent the affliction and battles for our salvation.
Naphtali represents the time after the resurrection and Zebulun represents the time before the exodus.
- The Iron Kingdom. The invincible army had 900 iron chariots that terrorized the region by their strength. They are a type of the Roman empire which is the last militant iron kingdom.
- Two Women ("Two Branches of Israel"). Two women symbolize the two branches of the church at the end which unites to defeat the forces of evil.
- Deborah ("Word"). She represents the church at the end who have the Word of God.
- Jael ("He that Ascends"). She represents the church raptured after the battle.
Joel says that in the last days the Spirit will be poured out on women.
This is not a change in God's policy. The male hierarchy and male priesthood was aimed at one specific male, it was not meant to teach that women could not serve God.
It was a prophecy that the promised Redeemer and High Priest would be a male, from the line of Judah, from the house of Israel.
This is why gender neutral scriptures are so damaging to the word. They obscure Messianic prophecies and may also obscure prophecies that are related to the role of women in the last days.
- Sarah ("The Promised Child") (Genesis 11:29 - 23:20). An old, barren woman who gave birth to the promised king or leader who would be born when Sodom and Gomorrah was destroyed.
- Rachel and Leah ("Exodus"). These sisters prophecy about the struggle between the two branches of the church and the role of the twelve tribes in the final exodus.
- Miriam ("Exodus") (Exodus 15: 20-21; Numbers 12: 1-15, 20:1). Her life may prophesy about the church which begins in an admirable role, but ends up in shame because they cursed or criticized the Lord's anointed leader. In the end, she is received back in the fold, but dies in the wilderness.
This could be a prophecy about the church Laodicea, the final church which is in danger of being quarantined.
Father Spits in Her Face.
But the Lord said to Moses, "if her father had but spit in her face, would she not bear her shame for seven days? Let her be shut up for seven days outside the camp, and afterwards she may be received again".
(Numbers 12: 14)
Father Spits Her Out.
So because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spit you out of my mouth.
(Revelation 3: 16)
God is the Father who punishes Laodicea by treating her like a leper.
She died in the wilderness during the final exodus. Hopefully she will be resurrected as a new woman.
Miriam probably represents the jealousy and turmoil that will occur in the final days of the church as both branches of the church are being merged into one.
The old guard will feel left out and will challenge the ones who clearly have the favor of God.
Their rebellion is manifested in complaining, criticizing and abstruction while doing nothing.
- Deborah ("Battle of Armageddon") (Judges 4:1 - 5:31). She was the courageous force behind a decisive battle.
- Hannah ("The Baby Church as Priest") (1 Samuel 1:1 - 2:21). A barren woman who gave birth to the promised high priest who would eliminate the priests who were corrupting the temple.
- Abigail ("Wrath of God") (1 Samuel 25: 1 - 42).
Nabal was a type of Pharaoh, trapping the woman in cruel submission. Abigail is the woman who must be rescued by the king from the line of Judah who went to war against the worthless, harsh and evil king.
She stopped the wrath of the king by her hospitality and her pleadings. Her efforts saved the life of the employees of Nabal.
However, a drunken Nabal died ten days later after his heart died and he became like a stone on hearing about the good news that giving away some of his possessions had saved his life.
- Huldah ("Restoring the Temple") (2 Kings 22: 14-20). She advised Josiah about the covenant and helped to clear the land of idolatry.
- Esther ("End Time Persecution") (Esther). A Jewish queen of the Persian king. She helped to save the people from an attempt to annhilate them. These events are crucial for the end-time people who will face total annhilation at the time Babylon is falling.
- Eve ("Knowledge of Good") (Genesis 3). At the end of time all groups will be able to reverse their shame. In the beginning Satan tricked a woman into tasting from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. We learned evil as a consequence.
Women will reverse their shame when they are filled with the gift of knowledge of good which will be turned against the kingdom of Satan.
In Christ, men were able to reverse their shame because Christ submmitted His passions and fear in order to obey the will of God and save the woman named Israel.
Sarah, Hannah and Eve show that the church, which is symbolized as a woman, will submit to God.
Ruth And Boaz [1200 BC]
The Jews believe that this is a Messianic prophecy.
- Exodus. Naomi and her family, from the tribe of Benjamin, were driven east to the land of Moab for ten years when famine devastated Israel. There, her two sons married Gentile wives.
- Judah ("Praise the Lord"). Naomi had a husband and two sons.
- Issachar ("Wages, Living in Tents"). However, her sons died. She was now a Jewish widow in a foreign land with no means of support.
- Zebulun ("Gift, Going Forth on a Journey"). Ruth was the gift received by Naomi as she journeyed back to Israel.
Naomi and Ruth returned to Bethlehem at the beginning of the barley harvest.
- Reuben ("Afflicted, No Preeminence"). In her loss and poverty Naomi felt abandoned by God.
So she said to them, "Do not call me Naomi, call me Mara [bitter] for the Almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.
I went out full, but the Lord has brought me back empty. Why do you call me Naomi, since the Lord has witnessed against me and the Almighty has afflicted me?
(Ruth 1: 20-21)
Name Change. Normally the pattern involves a name change at the resurrection. Here we have a name change at the height of suffering. She changed her name from "pleasant one" to "bitter".
She must have reclaimed her name in her resurrection.
- Simeon ("Hated, Scattered, Separated"). One daughter-in-law stayed in Moab, but Ruth refused to leave.
... All you have done for your mother-in-law after the death of your husband has been fully reported to me, and how you left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and came to a people that you did not previously know.
(Ruth 2: 11)
- Gad ("Fortunate, Raided"). She was fortunate, because as she raided the fields searching for left over food as a poor gleaner, Boaz took notice of her and was kind to her.
He even instructed his servants to purposely leave grain on the ground for her to find.
- Almost Dead and Wrath.
- Dan ("Serpent, Judged"). Ruth was judged to be an excellent woman and a faithful daughter-in-law by Boaz and the people in Bethlehem.
Two Rivals. Boaz and another close relative had the right to marry Ruth.
Bread and Vinegar.
At meal time Boaz said to her, "Come here, that you may eat of the bread and dip your piece of bread in the vinegar".
So she sat beside the reapers; and he served her roasted grain, and she ate and was satisfied, and had some left.
(Ruth 2: 14)
Boaz is a type of Christ. Ruth is the Gentile woman who joined Israel, the future bride. The meal is the Passover Seder. The reapers were the priests and leaders who cut down Christ.
The bread and roasted grain is Christ.
As you look at the entire story you will conclude that it continues to prophesy about the fate of Israel and the final harvest.
Gathering the Harvest.
So she gleaned in the field until evening. Then she beat out what she had gleaned, and it was about an ephah of barley.
(Ruth 2: 17)
The beating of the grain after the gleaning is a symbol of our persecution after the Gospel is finished. In particular it was the mistreatment of Christ who became a part of the barley harvest.
Barley and Wheat Harvest.
... furthermore, he said to me, "You shall stay close to my servants until they have finished the harvest".
So she stayed close by the maids of Boaz in order to glean until the end of the barley harvest and the wheat harvest.
(Ruth 2: 21, 23)
The barley harvest in Israel was reaped at the resurrection of Christ and the wheat harvest was reaped at Shavous (Pentecost) when 3000 Jews accepted Christ as the Messiah.
» Kindness to the Gentiles.
Boaz also gave instructions to his servants that they should not insult her and they should be kind to her and help her by purposely taking some of the crop they had gathered to leave it for her to find.
- Asher ("Death"). One night Ruth secretly lay down at the feet of Boaz.
This strange ritual of uncovering the feet of the man and covering the woman appears to be a courtship.
When Boaz had eaten and drunk and his heart was merry, he went to lie down at then end of a heap of grain and she came secretly and uncovered his feet and lay down.
He said, "Who are you?" And she answered, "I am Ruth your maid. So spread your covering over your maid, for you are a close relative".
(Ruth 3: 7,9)
- Naphtali ("Resurrection"). When Ruth rose up at dawn he gave her his cloak and six measures of barley.
So she lay at his feet until morning and rose before one could recognize another ...
(Ruth 3: 14)
When Jesus rose from the grave, they did not recognize Him either.
Boaz wanted to marry her.
» Redeemed in Bare Feet.
It was not his right to redeem her because she had a closer relative who had the first choice to marry her.
So he went in front of ten elders and bargained for her and the man gave up his rights. To seal the deal he gave him the money and his shoes.
Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redemption and the exchange of land to confirm any matter:
a man removed his sandal and gave it to another; and this was the manner of attestation in Israel.
(Ruth 4: 7)
Jesus redeemed us from Satan who now had the first rights to us that Adam lost to him.
Christ redeemed us and was bruised in His feet by the serpent.
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, and you shall bruise him on the heel.
(Genesis 3: 15)
This bruise was caused by the nails driven into His heel and ankles. It is also the omnipresence that He had to give up for 33 years as a human and for 33 hours nailed and as a corpse in the grave.
» Him Whose Sandal is Removed.
Christ had rejected Israel and was now building up his own house.
Trial by the Sanhedrin. Then the elders of the city shall summon him and speak to him. And if he persists and says, "I do not desire to take her",
Humiliated. Then his brother's wife shall come to him in the sight of the elders, and shall pull his sandal off his foot and spit in his face and shall declare, "Thus it is done to the man who does not build up his brother's house".
In Israel his name shall be called, "The house of him whose sandal is removed".
(Deuteronomy 25: 8-10)
When Christ built up His house and not the house of Satan, He rejected the covenant with Israel and He was summoned before the elders and they spit in His face, took his clothes and shoes and killed Him.
» The Holy Spirit Builds the Church. When Christ died, His brother built up His house in His name. His brother is the Holy Spirit who became the constant companion of the church after the resurrection. Here is the law.
The Duty of a Husband's Brother. When brothers live together and one of them dies and has no son, the wife of the deceased shall not be married outside the family to a strange man.
Her husband's brother shall go in to her and take her to himself as wife and perform the duty of a husband's brother to her.
It shall be that the firstborn whom she bears shall assume the name of the dead brother so that his name shall not be blotted out from Israel.
(Deuteronomy 25: 5-6)
» The Holy Spirit Gives A Son to Israel. In addition, the Holy Spirit came and performed the duty of a husband when Mary became pregnant with the firstborn Son of Israel, Jesus Christ.
In this case, it appears that the two brothers are still the same. Christ died before the foundation of the earth.
He also submitted to become a seed and die, so that He could fall into the earth in the body of Mary where the Holy Spirit placed Him.
The Messiah would redeem the woman and marry her after she was hidden under His cloak in the darkness.
This is a story about the redemption of the older Jewish woman and the younger Gentile woman by the man from the tribe of Judah.
Ruth and she became the great grandmother of King David, the ancestor of the Messiah.
- Joseph ("Reproach Removed, Fruitful"). Ruth had a son named Obed.
- Manasseh ("Make Me Forget"). Naomi and Ruth could forget their affliction.
- Benjamin ("Son of the Right Hand"). Boaz was from the tribe of Judah, But Ruth was linked to the tribe of Benjamin because her son had the rights of inheritance for Naomi's son.
Gideon [1217 BC].
The Midianites were now the enemies of Israel. So God took a champion from the house of Manesseh.
Manesseh is a symbol of reconcilation, because his name means that God will help me to forget past wrongs so that I can reconcile with my family.
But before reconciliation with God can occur, God must destroy the forces of idolatry that are imprisoning Israel in the tomb.
Israel was now living symbolically on the north side of the sanctuary.
There was famine, death and wrath from their enemies, as they lived in caves and dens in the mountains (Judges 6: 1-2).
They were given in the hands of the Midianites for seven years, representing the seven days of Christ's final week.
This story is a fascinating look at the dialogue that occurred between heaven, Christ and Satan.
- The Angel of the Lord. Christ was in the oil press of Gethsemane when one angel came to encourage Him. He was the only Man who could defeat the forces of evil.
» Winepress. Gideon was beating wheat in the winepress when the Angel of the Lord called him (Judges 6: 11).
One Man Defeats Evil.
But the Lord said to him, "Surely I will be with you and you shall defeat Midian as one man".
(Judges 6: 16)
- Three Signs. These are signs that the Lord God is asking him to deliver Israel.
The first sign was given by the Lord. The next two signs were chosen by Gideon and given over two mornings.
The Holy Spirit is the sign. He is the water from His side and the fire from the Rock named Jesus Christ.
- Fire from the Rock.
The fire consumed the offering and the Angel of the Lord vanished.
This sign showed that He would deliver Israel because God would accept His offering in the Garden of Gethsemane.
- Wet Fleece, Dry Ground. The next two signs showed that He would deliver Israel when He exchanged His life for theirs.
Christ was the wet fleece in Gethsemane as His own blood stained His body for people who were parched for the Holy Spirit.
- Dry Fleece, Wet Ground. Christ was also the dry fleece in the Garden tomb after He shed His blood and water for sin.
The people were wet with the cleansing water of the Holy Spirit.
Christ came as the wet fleece which was the manna and dew from heaven.
This manna was multiplied and became the dew on the ground which fed the people.
The Manna on The Ground.
... and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp.
When the layer of dew evaporated, behold, on the surface of the wilderness there was a fine flake-like thing, fine as the frost on the ground.
... It is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat.
(Exodus 16: 13-16)
» Ten Men. On the same night the first sign was given, Gideon took ten of his servants and tore down the altar of Baal (Judges 6: 27).
The lesson on the twelve tribes shows that ten of the twelve tribes were pictured as cutting up the offering and killing Christ.
It was this act of offering Christ as the perfect sacrifice that actually tore down the strongholds of Satan and defeated him during the night.
» Bring Out Your Son. In the morning, the people asked for the life of the Son who had destroyed Baal worship.
First Cup of Passover.
Then the men of the city said to Joash, "Bring out your son, that he may die, for he has torn down the altar of Baal, and indeed he has cut down the Asherah which is beside it".
(Judges 6: 30)
The sequence of event also shows, that before the people demanded the life of the Son, the altars of Baal had been destroyed during the night.
Christ won the most important battle of the war by Himself in the Garden of Gethsemane.
New Name (Jerubbaal). "Let Baal contend against him". The battle was officially between Christ and Satan.
Under the name of Jerubbaal, Satan crucified and tortured Christ on the cross.
God literally challenged Satan, "If you think that you are god come and fight me yourself, stop using humans".
... If he is god, let him contend for himself, because someone has torn down his altar.
(Judges 6: 31)
The Valley of Jezreel (Battle of Armageddon). It is at the resurrection that we defeat the forces of evil.
» Resurrection. When Christ was raised, others were raised with Him.
The Spirit of Life.
So the Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon, and he blew a trumpet, and the Abiezerites were called together to follow him.
(Judges 6: 34)
» Tested By The Waters. The waters also represent the place of resurrection. Two groups of people are tested by the waters.
» The Battle (Trumpet, Light, Broken Jar, Loud Noise). With 300 men Gideon surrounded the Midianites and won the war with some unusual items.
It is a picture of the first resurrection.
- The Dead. Those who kneeled down to the water represent those who are still dead. They have gone down into the water to be buried.
- The Living. Those who lift the waters up to their faces symbolize those who have come up out of the waters to new life.
For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air. (1 Thessalonians 4: 16,17)
Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: a fire shall devour before him, and it shall be very tempestuous. (Psalm 50: 3)
The first resurrection will be our victory over the enemy. This event will cause them to turn against each other.
- Trumpet. This is the last trumpet.
- Loud Noise. This is the loud voice of the Archangel.
- Broken Jar. This is the earth and clay graves and temporary clay bodies breaking open.
The walls of Jericho falling is also a picture of the resurrection as the prison and strongholds of death break open.
- Light. This is the glorified body of the resurrected righteous.
Messianic Dream (The Rolling Bread). A loaf of barley bread destroys the camp of Midian.
Christ was the barley grain which died and became like a stone which rolled over and demolished the house of Satan.
He is the stone cut from a mountain which rolled down to strike the feet of the image (Daniel 2: 34).
- Forty Years. Israel was undisturbed for forty years after the crucifixion before God allowed their sanctuary to be destroyed in 70 AD.
So Midian was subdued before the sons of Israel, and they did not lift up their heads anymore. And the land was undisturbed for forty years in the days of Gideon.
(Judges 8: 28)
» Idolatry. As soon as Gideon died the people went back to idolatry and forgot the Lord.
Jephthah [1129 BC]. The sons of Ammon were now the enemies of Israel.
- Son of a Prostitute. The people claimed that Mary was a prostitute and her son was a bastard.
Now Jephthah the Gileadite was a valiant warrior, but he was the son of a harlot. And Gilead was the father of Jephthah.
(Judges 11: 1)
So God is Gilead, from the land in the east. Israel is the harlot whom He loved and Jesus was their son.
- Illegitimate Son. Everyone knew that Joseph was not His father. From the record it appears that he was estranged from His brothers who did not believe in Him.
Gilead's wife bore him sons; and when his wife's sons grew up, they drove Jephthah out and said to him, "You shall not have an inheritance in our father's house, for you are the son of another woman".
(Judges 11: 2)
» Tribe of Manasseh (Make Me Forget). He was the son of Gilead who was from the tribe of Manasseh.
Manasseh represents forgetting what was done to me by my brothers.
Jephthah's brothers treated him in the same way that Joseph's brothers treated him. The conclusion is that Jesus' brothers did the same to Him.
It was only after the resurrection that they accepted Him and the record of how they treated Him before, possibly caused them to stay in the background because of their shame.
» Disinherited. At the end of His life Jesus also appeared to be disinherited because Israel rejected Him.
- Worthless Fellows. This was probably how His family saw Jesus and His band of disciples.
So Jephthah fled from his brothers and lived in the land of Tob; and worthless fellows gathered themselves about Jephthah, and they went out with him.
(Judges 11: 3)
- Judge of Israel. But when their enemies afflicted him, the elders made him a judge.
Jesus was appointed as our only judge after the crucifixion.
- The Vow. His daughter was the first to greet him so he had to give her up as the offering.
Jephthah made a vow to the Lord and said, "If you will indeed give the sons of Ammon into my hand,
then it shall be that whatever comes out of the doors of my house to meet me when I return in peace from the sons of Ammon, it shall be the Lord's, and I will offer it up as a burnt offering".
One Child. When Jephthah came to his house at Mizpah, behold his daughter came out to meet him with tambourines and dancing. Now she was his one and only child, besides her he had no son or daughter.
(Judges 11: 30-31, 34)
God had to give up His only child because of a vow just as Jephthah had to give up his only child.
When Jesus submitted on the cross, He was symbolically also female because of His act of submission. So at this time Jephthah's daughter can also represent Him.
Mary was the first to greet Him at the resurrection. However, we do not know enough about her future to say if or how she was given up as a burnt offering. We know that the women gave all they had to support the young church.
- No Posterity. He made a vow that cost him his posterity because he had no other children.
When he saw her he tore his clothes and said, "Alas my daughter! You have brought me very low, and you are among those who trouble me, for I have given my word to the Lord, and I cannot take it back".
(Judges 11: 35)
- The Burnt Offering. People claim that the bible is barbaric because God allowed human sacrifice.
At the end of two months she returned to her father, who did to her according to the vow which he had made; and she had no relations with a man. Thus it became a custom in Israel.
that the daughters of Israel went yearly to commemorate the daughter of Jephthah the Gileadite four days in the year.
(Judges 11: 39-40)
Human sacrifice did not become a custom in Israel.
The text seems to imply that she remained a virgin the rest of her life.
In the same way Jesus was the burnt offering and a human sacrifice, yet He was not burned to death.
So how was this offering fulfilled? This story gives us a clue.
He died without any posterity, a virgin.
Other prophecies associated His "burning to ashes" with the great emotional turmoil and sorrow He suffered.
The Sign Of Jonah (The Last Three Days) [794-772 BC]
Let us look at another story that was a prophecy of the final three days to see if we can gain additional information.
Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from You."
But He answered and said to them, "An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet;
for just as JONAH WAS THREE DAYS AND THREE NIGHTS IN THE BELLY OF THE SEA MONSTER, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
The men of Nineveh will stand up with this generation at the judgment, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
(Matthew 12: 38-41)
Most people understood only the fact that this reference to Jonah was that the length of His suffering would be three days.
But this additional information shows us much more.
The people were the raging sea that would not stop until Jesus was thrown overboard so that one man would die to save Israel.
|Event ||Symbol ||Son ||Verse||Jonah ||Christ |
|Called to Work ||Lion ||Judah ||1: 1-2||God called him to save Nineveh ||God called Him to save the world |
|Donkey, wages ||Issachar ||1: 3||Jonah paid the fare to run away and avoid the burden ||He decided to pay the wages of sin and take up His burden |
|Ship ||Zebulun ||1 : 3||Jonah ran away on a ship ||He chose fishermen to help Him |
|Raging Sea ||Water ||Reuben ||1: 4-5||Jonah slept during the storm ||Disciples slept during His agony |
|Scattered ||Simeon ||1: 5||The sailors became afraid and scattered the cargo on the sea ||The disciples were scattered and ran away from fear |
|Raider ||Gad ||1: 7,15||The men threw him overboard after casting lots ||The soldiers arrested Him and cast lots for His clothes |
|Eaten by the Enemy ||Sea Monster ||Dan ||1: 17||Swallowed alive by a sea monster ||Judged as the serpent for our sins and swallowed by his enemies |
|2: 5||Weeds around his head ||A crown of thorns on His head |
|Fat Bread ||Asher ||2: 2||Alive in "the depths of sheol" ||Christ buried in sheol, no decay |
|Set Free ||Naphtali ||2: 10|
|Vomited on dry land. |
Destruction in 40 days
|Christ vomited out of the earth. |
Seen alive for 40 days
|Save People || |
|Ephraim ||3: 5-7||All the people were saved ||All can be saved |
|Joseph ||4: 6||God made a tree grow quickly || Creates a new earth |
|Forget ||Manasseh ||3: 10||God forgot His anger when they repented ||God will forget our sins |
|Ravenous Wolf ||Benjamin ||4||Jonah wanted them destroyed ||Christ will destroy the wicked |
So they picked up Jonah, threw him into the sea, and the sea stopped its raging.
And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.
(Jonah 1: 15, 17)
The prayer of Jonah was the prayer of Christ after His arrest. He was swallowed up by the raging forces of evil.
Then Jonah prayed to the LORD his God from the stomach of the fish,
and he said, I called out of my distress to the LORD, and He answered me I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; You heard my voice.
For You had cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the current engulfed me all Your breakers and billows passed over me.
So I said, I have been expelled from Your sight, nevertheless I will look again toward Your holy temple.
Water encompassed me to the point of death the great deep engulfed me, weeds were wrapped around my head.
I descended to the roots of the mountains. The earth with its bars was around me forever, but You have brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God.
While I was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, and my prayer came to You, into Your holy temple.
(Jonah 2: 1-7)
The Deeds Of The Faithful
The Acts of the Faithful.
who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions,
quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weakness were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.
(Hebrews 11: 33-34)
|Act of Faith ||Person ||Event ||Christ Triumphant ||Christ Crucified |
||Conquered Kingdoms ||Moses ||Egypt, Moab, Amorite ||He defeated Satan, the principalities and powers in heaven and all the nations of the earth and Babylon the Great ||He was killed by Rome and Israel. He was conquered by Satan and the principalities and powers |
|Joshua ||Jericho, Amorite, Hivite, Perizzite, Canaan, Hittite, Girgashite, Jebusite|
||Performed Acts of Righteousness ||David ||Spared the life of his enemy Saul||He submitted and died to save sinners and will feed them with eternal life||He was treated as the worst sinner when He became sin for us (2 Corinthians 5: 21)|
|Elisha ||Fed the enemy|
|Joseph ||He submitted|
||Obtained Promises ||Abraham ||Believed the promises||In His "old age" at the end of time, He will see the promises fulfilled. He is fruitful, inherits the Promised Land, saves the prostitute||He did not see the promises fulfilled except that He would not decay in death. He was exiled from the promised land without a wife or children. Israel had rejected him|
|Sarah ||Gave birth at 90|
|Rahab ||Helped the spies|
|Samuel ||None of his words failed|
||Shut the Mouths of Lions ||Daniel ||Survived a night in the lion's den||In the grave, Christ was in the lion's den for a night. He will kill Satan who is the roaring lion||He was surrounded by lions, evil doers who mocked, cursed and spit at Him (Psalm 22: 12-13)|
|David, Samson ||Killed a lion|
||Quenched the Power of Fire ||Elijah ||Controlled fire||He has the control over the power of fire because He has the keys of death and hell. He saves the righteous from burning up||He became the burnt offering. He could not quench the fiery darts, the criticisms and stinging words but endured them until He was emotionally reduced to ashes|
|Shadrach, Meshech, Abednego ||Survived the fiery furnace|
||Escaped the Edge of the Sword ||David ||He killed the giant who had a sword||He conquers the world with the sword in His mouth||He was pierced with a sword by a soldier (John 19: 34)|
|Esther ||Stopped Haman's plot to kill the Persian Jews|
||From Weakness Were Made Strong ||Jacob ||Wrestled with God when he was crippled||Christ gave up divinity to put on humanity so that He could die and destroy Satan. He is now the King of kings ||He became weak after the beatings and loss of blood and stumbled with the cross and had to be helped. He had no strength (Mark 15:21)|
|Samson ||Destroyed the house of Dagon |
|Gideon ||Destroyed the house of Baal |
||Became Mighty in War ||David ||Defeated Goliath with a rock||Comes with an army to destroy Satan and the wicked with hail stones||He submitted to death and was broken and shattered|
|Joshua ||Stopped the sun|
||Put Foreign Armies to Flight ||Moses ||Egypt, Moab||He will defeat the armies gathered for the battle of Armageddon. They will run to hide under the rocks||He was captured by the Roman army after He surrendered willingly and peacefully (John 18: 3) |
|Gideon ||300 men defeated Midian |
On the cross Christ did not experience the triumphs of faith. He appeared to be a failure.
But because He endured, He actually became one of the faithful.
He was the Lion of Judah who opened His mouth to praise God, walked into the fiery trials to be the burnt offering at the mercy of the fire breathing dragon, was pierced by a sword, made us strong by submitting in weakness, remained righteous so that He could obtain the promise to save us and so conquered the kingdom of Satan in the great war that He won on Calvary.
The Endurance of the Faithful.
Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection;
and others experienced mockings and scourgings, yes, also chains and imprisonment.
They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were tempted, they were put to death with the sword; they went about in sheepskins, in goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, ill-treated
(men of whom the world was not worthy), wandering in deserts and mountains and caves and holes in the ground.
And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised.
because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they would not be made perfect.
(Hebrews 11: 35-40)
» The Endurance of Christ.
Mary received Jesus back from the dead by resurrection. He was tortured, not accepting release so that He might obtain a better resurrection - the resurrection of all the righteous.
He was mocked, beaten, tied up and arrested.
Insults and spit were hurled at Him like stones, He was split by nails and torn apart as the offering. He was tempted by Satan and pierced with a sword at His death.
He went about as the sheep offering and the goat offering. He was a homeless vagrant, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated, wandering around in deserts, mountains, caves and buried in a hole in the ground. He had nothing when He died.
He did not receive the promise because Israel rejected Him, but in the end He will be made perfect by the final generation when the Jews and Gentiles are united and the efforts of our forefathers of Faith are rewarded.
» A Better Resurrection. How can one receive a "better resurrection"?
Do we receive a bigger mansion, more fame and glory or more incentives for being tortured?
No. A better resurrection for Christ meant that He was able to destroy the house of Satan and free more people who were trapped in death.
He destroyed death forever.
All these stories have one thing in common. In seven days they destroyed the house of Satan, emerging victorious at the resurrection.
Belief in the resurrection is the ultimate sign of faith because it is the last major promise to be fulfilled in the old body.
» The Example of the Faithful (Living Our Righteousness by Faith).
We must look at the life of the faithful to understand and solve every problem we face today. This is how I have survived the amazing testing that I have endured.
With this I have been able to resolve contradictions and recognize the bad advice of others until I understood that the righteous do undergo unjust suffering and the only purpose is for you to know God by understanding how He feels.
For whatever was written in earlier time was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.
(Romans 15: 4)
In the Image of His Son.
And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose.
For whom the Lord did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.
(Romans 8: 28-29)
Remarkably, looking into the future to see who would choose Him no matter what, God has determined that those who choose to love Him will follow the same pattern of testing as His Son.
So God does not use His sovereignty to arbitrarily condemn some to death and some to eternal life.
He predestined a certain set of experiences in a particular order for those who want to follow Him.
This is all for the purpose of having friends with similar experiences who will understand the sorrows of God.
No unfallen being can articulate the emotional trauma of betrayal and abandonment and utter loneliness.
Neither can they understand what it means to fight for a love that they will cling to no matter what.
For those who lived before Christ, their lives became a prophecy about His life.
And God was able to make laws and choose names based on the future that He was trying to capture in the past.
The twelve sons of Israel were given particular names and blessings. The twelve tribes were camped around the sanctuary in a particular order and the lives of the faithful captured these events all for the purpose of prophesying about a future Christ.
For those who lived after Christ, their lives are a testimony about His life and about the privilege of sharing and understanding the sorrows of Christ.
The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God,
and if children, heirs also, heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.
For I consider the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us.
For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God.
(Romans 8: 16-19)
Because They Endured
Sometimes in the struggle with God it seems like God is trying His best to make you hate Him or to tell you to go away.
The truth is that God is searching for a friend who will never leave Him.
- SHEMA. It is written in the law, we must hold fast to God no matter what.
Cling to God.
For if you diligently keep all these commandments which I am commanding you to do them, to love the Lord your God, to walk in all His ways and to cleave to Him ...
And He Will Bless You.
Then the Lord will drive out all these nations from before you, and you shall possess greater nations and mightier than yourselves.
(Deuteronomy 11: 22-23)
- Jacob's Wrestling. Jacob took this literally and wrestled with God while God tried to pry his fingers loose.
Then He said, "Let Me go for the dawn is breaking". But he said, "I will not let you go unless you bless me".
(Genesis 32: 26)
- Job. Nothing that God appears to do or is accused of doing should make us forsake Him.
Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him ...
(Job 13: 15)
- Ruth. You must be a loving disciple of God.
But Ruth said, "Do not urge me to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God."
(Ruth 1: 16)
- The Righteous. Faith is how our love is expressed when the object of our affection seems to have abandoned us. We must continue to believe in the love we know exists and in the One Who declared His undying love for us.
And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.
(Hebrews 11: 6)
- Failed Promises.
I have been young and I now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or his seed begging bread.
(Psalm 37: 25)
Now you know that when God afflicts and tests a person to use in His service, to the outer world and to themselves, they may seem to be cursed and forsaken. Even Christ asked why He was forsaken. Even Christ begged bread. He ate from the gleanings left for the poor and when they were hungry they begged for food among the crowd and found a boy with loaves and fishes.
Repetition and Enlargement
The patriarchs experienced all twelve points of this journey, but the others experienced some phases.
|Event ||Symbol ||Son||Hebrews 11 ||Patriarchs ||Abraham ||Exodus |
Called to Work
|Lion. Praise God ||Judah ||Shut lion's mouth||David ||Decided to follow YHWH |
|Donkey, wages, Go forth ||Issachar ||Wander in deserts||Balaam ||Left Ur (Babylon) ||Left Egypt |
|Ship, Tents, Gifts ||Zebulun ||Destitute, homeless||Abel ||Lives in tents as exiles |
|Water ||Reuben||Afflicted||Noah ||Famine in Egypt ||Red Sea |
|Scattered ||Simeon||Escaped sword||David ||Separated from Lot ||Separated from Egypt |
|Raider ||Gad||Armies flee. Mighty in war. |
Mocked, beaten, chained, prison
|Gideon, Barak, Deborah ||Rescued Lot ||Pharaoh pursued, drowned |
|The record of the faithful was their ability to survive this next phase of their trials.
(Hebrews 11: 35-40)
Eaten by the Enemy
|Sea Monster ||Dan||Burnt, stoned, cut in two, tortured, killed by sword. |
Wore sheep skin and goat skin
|Samson, Esau, Perez||Circumcision. Sodom destroyed ||Serpent on a stick. Disobedience |
|Fat Bread ||Asher||In prison. |
|Jonah, Daniel||Kill Isaac ||Manna in the wilderness |
|Set Free ||Naphtali||Dead raised||Elijah, Zerah, Enoch ||Isaac spared ||Crossed over to Jericho after 40 years|
|Ephraim||Did not receive these promises of a better country||Joshua||Isaac inherits the Covenant Blessings seen by faith ||As numerous as the stars |
|Joseph ||- |
|Forget ||Manasseh||Jephtah ||Forget the burdens of Egypt|
|Ravenous Wolf ||Benjamin||- ||Take the land of Caanan. Distribute the inheritance|
Study to show yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2: 15
||Time: 500 minutes
Print: 88 pages
First Created : 21 November 2008. Updated: January 2010
Praise the Holy Spirit for revealing all these things to me after asking me to continue to "Tell the story" in November 2008.
★ Only some of the information in "The Journey to Mt. Moriah" was taught to me by a pastor.
Almost everything here is original. Old knowledge like Jonah has been greatly expanded and explained as a pattern in a series of events.
So no permission is given to take this information for profit or use it without credit.
Author: Laverna Patterson. Editor: Patterson (November 2008)