It seems that there are still many people, especially rabbis who teach from the Torah (first five O.T. books of Law) who yet need a bit more light shed upon the subject of Christ and signs of the times, specifically upon the identity of our Messiah (a.k.a. Christos, the Anointed One).
Truth-seekers- be they currently atheists, agnostics, or non-Christian religionists- need to comprehend how Scriptures ripple confessions of Yeshua as the Mashiach over centuries and long millenniums of time.
Making the prophecies plain for this generation seems to be somewhat of an anomaly; an ancient language of biblical symbols has been forgotten and is not easily recovered. Today’s cultural thinking patterns amongst most Bible-believers- Jews and Christians- are the results of over two millenniums of Hellenized intellectualism, based upon linear logic- straight lines of cause and effect contemplation- with the beginnings of thought patterns leading to exclusionary conclusions. Thus, even my diverging temporarily from linear thinking must be brief because of the way that minds in the Western world have been erroneously conditioned to inadequately decipher facts from fiction.
Jewish mysticism does not solve this inadequacy, simply because it strays too far into spiritual speculation and lacks the Masterkey of all scriptural revelation: the Messiah. Understanding cyclical themes in prophecy does not help if the cause of the themes is not recognized. Thus, even the rabbis must return to their forefathers’ views of Scripture- that the world was created primarily for the Messiah and the holy Kingdom to come.
In the Greek mind-set, the things that are truest are the simplest, allowing little or no space for intellectual variations or curvature. Greek thinking is much like painting in lines and strokes, whereas ancient Hebrew contemplation, before it was drowned in gnostic mysticism and Hellenization, is like painting by many small pictures that together form a big picture (not that religious Hebrews of old literally painted images). The old Hebrew way of thinking is like putting many small, square mirrors in a larger picture-frame, which reflect the same vision when properly assembled. Because ancient Hebrew thought was centered on prophecy, and written in a pictorial language of many idioms, and Greek thought is not, during Hellenization the deep things of Scripture began to prove difficult for most people to perceive, or even trust in such an exegesis once it was expounded.
One must begin to think as the ancient prophets and sages did to fully understand biblical mysteries in light of what they wrote, and this is also true for much of Yeshua’s New Covenant. Knowing the written language or possessing a good translation of it does not ensure complete comprehension of Scriptures, even as parents often say things to each other in ways that their children may clearly hear and know the words, but not the hidden implications that other adults would easily grasp.
In ancient Hebrew thinking, as is abundantly evident via Scripture, the greatest truths are not always directly stated like straight-line winds (i.e., downbursts), but more like circular patterns of the seasons, in which every time a circling picture, somewhat like a whirlwind, comes back around to a specific theme, more detail is picked-up and added to the whole of the picture, with non-conforming writings rejected.
Thus, the understanding Bible student not only puts line upon line and precept upon precept, but considers picture and story upon picture and story, running back and forth as his or her vision and knowledge is increased. Lord YHVH did not give us a book of empty rhetoric and philosophical lines of elusive contemplation, but a Book of picture-stories in Divinely-guided lives, which hide amazing prophecies and truths by symbols and the patterns of their biblical histories.
In today’s Greek-inspired, literalist thinking, rippling symbolism is considered subjective interpretation and is usually shunned and disregarded as irrational or unclear. To ancient Hebrews this was evidence of the superior knowledge of God- the Parent. How so? If the people did not initially recognize a relevant biblical pattern, and the pattern continued to play-out unbeknownst to mortal minds through a long process of time, by various works of the people, the hand of God is later identified when the initially unknown pattern is finally perceived and extricated from false doctrines, in clarity.
Then the ancient people who actually lived-out the patterns- not knowing or confessing their full comprehension of God’s work- could not be credited with orchestrating brilliant things in which God had accomplished by His Spirit, things revealed only in a much later generation. So it eventually becomes clear that what was thought by literalists to be false, irrational, circular reasoning, or subjective is evidentiary of God, for the foreshadowing patterns were not initially perceived by those who had lived them out. Yet they become very plain when they are. By comparing biblical themes in this manner, many children of Israel followed after the superior wisdom and knowledge of the Father- some being more anointed for greater insight than others.
Further, for this reason God spiritually blinded the Jewish nation to the Messiah Yeshua and manifold biblical mysteries confessing Him, lest the rebellious nations place another national conspiracy- one millennia in the making- on Jews. But if Gentiles carried one part and Jews carried the other, with neither understanding the full mystery, only the glorious Lord YHVH can be found to be the Architect of the mystery when full confessions are restored and comprehended. So while Yeshua was Jewish, His fulfillments of messianic prophecies were hidden to the greater nation of Jews, so that all would come to know in the fullness of time that the works are of God and not of mere human contrivances.
What am I postulating? The mystery of the Kingdom has been hidden to Christians, and the mystery of the King has been hidden to Jews, but when the Scriptures are set in order, there are no mysteries that will not be fully comprehended for the union and restoration of the whole House of Israel, with faithful Gentiles grafted in. God had to blind the Jewish nation to the understandings of the ancient prophets, for had they initially, nationally accepted Yeshua as the Messiah, the rest of the world would indeed have cried foul and called it a nationally conspiracy- one to exalt the Jewish nation over the rest of the world. But if Gentiles accepted the Messiah by finding undeniable truths of Him in their ancient Scriptures, which Jews adamantly rejected, who then can be credited for causing God’s messianic prophecies to come to pass?
Hence, this is the wisdom of God, much as scientists, who are for the most part atheists and purblind to spiritual things, provide evidences that will in fact continue to verify the deeper truths of the Creator’s works. When their evidences, which they think can debunk Holy Scriptures, are revealed to confess His works, who can then call it “a conspiracy”? Because the rebellious creature within exalts its limited knowledge to spread doubts and rebellion, to teach against God with lies. The wisdom and works of God must therefore transcend mortal minds through millenniums and eons of time, to leave us witnesses that the creature, in time, cannot within its reason deny. Rare are the spiritually inclined who look to Divine works in the way the ancient fathers and mothers of Israel did, but this, too, is to the advantage of God and the faith.
But now is the time to unite all truths and to think in the way of the ancient ones- God’s luminaries of revelation. In the prophets’ minds, children were only able to think in simple terms of linear logic, whereas God proved to haughty and oppositional naysayers that the people did not intentionally cause His prophecies to come to pass, for they did not fully know nor disclose the evidences which were only later revealed to future generations. Thus the prophecies were shuffled as they were written under Divine inspiration, providing dualistic visions with hidden messages by the wisdom of God, hiding great mysteries in the likes of parables and parallels, types and shadows, similitudes, proverbs, and dark sayings of old.
It is not that His things were truly kept secret, but only that they were hidden because people chose their own way of thinking over God’s. Few would choose to think in His way, but those of the ancients who did were very versatile in their learning, flashing back and forth in Scriptures for comparisons.
So enlightenment does not come by zeal and human will alone, as hoped by those who publically point to a passage, transfixed to the letter as if their noses were pressed against the wall. Alone with God, holy ones of old earnestly sought the mysteries, running back and forth in the passages while believing that they could perceive them as they petitioned the Lord for greater insight. The prophets were not given merely to the letter but to the Spirit, and the Spirit communicates in this peculiar way of pictorial comparisons and parables. Comparing line upon line is indeed the beginning of biblical comprehension, but to delve into the infinite depths of God’s mind, the faithful Bible student must learn to compare picture and story upon picture and story. The Spirit does not but teach with cause and effect and linear history, but compels those who hear to a transcendent with comparisons unrestricted by disbelief, with Christ as Key.
Here I will give a mental illustration, which is the primary way God reveals Bible mysteries, with real parables from orchestrated human lives: A kid threw a stone in the still waters of a pond, and his father wrote it down. This one, simple sentence summarizes the entire Great Mystery that God has interwoven in the history of civilization, but how quickly and comprehensively can you, the reader, interpret it? And do you know what I mean by “interpret”?
In Greek thought the above sentence is practically meaningless compared to learned theologians’ lengthy dissertations on Scripture, and compared to the deep thoughts of philosophers’ of wisdom, with very little information offered. Nobody knows from this one sentence how far the kid threw the stone, how large the stone was, or any other detail above that which is plainly given.
The Hellenized mind does not jump to a conclusion and would simply humor any analogy being made; yet the Greek thought process is flawed and inferior because it does not consider the implications of the child’s action by the Word of God. They interpret by their limited, mortal insight, with cause and effect, not perceiving what God reveals in His pictures. If anything, perhaps their minds would find and attach a moral conclusion to the brief statement, perhaps posturing that the kid was probably mischievously impatient for some action and his father made note of it- the moral of the story.
On the other hand, with the ancient Hebrew mindset, immediate comparisons would begin registering from scriptural/Torah symbols. Hence, a kid is actually a young goat, clearly representing a sinner in the sacred sacrifices; God is called the “Rock of Israel” and rocks also typify His Messiah, as found in the prophetic Book of Daniel; God is also the Father (Abba); water, besides being synonymous with the people and nations, represents God’s refreshing Word of salvation to the nations; throwing represents violence; God wrote in His inspired Scriptures. Thus, the hidden meanings would begin to emerge in the prophet’s mind, and then he would test his interpretation(s) against the whole of Scripture, seeking to find pictures and passages that might parallel or debunk his interpretation.
Almost instantly, if he knew Scriptures well, he would conclude that most likely the sentence refers to messianic or godly sufferings because of sinners, or because of the Lord’s children, and it being recorded in the Scriptures. Scripture would be his or her authority on the symbols- not some personalized ploy of Freudian perplexing. And each symbol with dual or triple meanings would be weighed in the context of the parallelism or similitude in which it was given, in the same way that we still have phrases with multiple meanings. Thereafter, the prophet would be quite certain of the message being conveyed.
Yet the Greek mind would insist that perhaps it was simply meant to convey the idea that a kid threw a stone in a pond, simply because other sentiments and intentions were not clearly stated. How could anyone possibly prove or insist otherwise? All things are open to interpretations, and one subjective interpretation may be no truer than another. So while Greek thought helped the Western world move away from senseless mysticism for empirical truths in science, it has dimmed spiritual comprehension that parallels those corporeal findings. No longer are corporeal facts of nature discerned with spiritual counterparts.
Nonetheless, once an author clarifies his or her previous disclosures, despite all initial reluctance of readers to speculate upon the meaning of a sentence or passage that they considered subjective to personal interpretation, a sound conclusion can be formed quite confidently. As with my one example, via elaborating upon my sentence- A kid threw a stone in the still waters of a pond, and his father wrote it down– so, too, should passages of Scripture no longer be doubted for what they are truly meant to convey once God (the Spiritual Author of Scriptures) makes them clear in His latter scriptural revelations.
The Lion of Judah mentioned in Samson’s riddle became discernible after the Book of Hosea was written, which makes it very clear that God employs the same title for Himself. Some readers may not have initially discerned the implication of “What is stronger than a lion?” but even a parable hidden within a riddle cannot remain mysterious once the reader is granted a sufficient amount of new information from the writer. How can the reader then say, ‘How can we be sure you meant that?’ after the author or scribe clearly states what he or she meant further along in the same book, or the accepted collection thereof? Thus, if the Spirit of God truly guided the scribes of all the books of the Bible, how can a seam of ideas or flowing train-of-thought be denied? And if the correlation is not denied, why shouldn’t the original story of the Lion of Judah (which Samson slew) not be reconsidered with the help of new information?
Now I will take readers a little deeper into the waters of the Word, revealing things which have not been fully discerned by the theologians, showing that God does things which are not initially revealed to readers who unknowingly lack spiritual insight into biblical symbolism- things left for those who will come to understanding in these latter days of the age. Now I will bring you beyond this basic messianic picture, presented in the example sentence, into the greater depths of God’s perfect wisdom, as He increasingly reveals to us by His Holy Spirit (Ruach HaKodesh) at His appointed times.
When a stone is cast upon the still waters of a pond, the intrusion causes waves or ripples which grow greater and greater in circumference as they regress outward from the point of impact. This is comprehensible without it having to be specifically stated in the sentence, for it is elicited by natural facts which should be considered while interpreting. Cause and effect, even with ripples, should be included in interpretations of patterns. Distances between the waves increase as the larger ripples become more and more difficult to perceive, until finally all can be seen in the distance is a calm, barely disturbed surface. With that, even the child in the analogy would be able to visually attest to the origin of the waves being brought about by the stone in which he or she had cast down into the waters.
With Greek, linear thinking, shoulders would begin to shrug, dots would not be connected, and a question would arise: ‘And?’ In ancient Hebrew thought a different question would arise: ‘What measurements, which grow larger and larger, is the author suggesting witness to the Rock being cast down- recorded in the waters of the Word? And do the ripples farther from the caster, and closer to him, provide measurements in Scripture in both past and future tenses- the Lord’s timely events?’
In the Greek thinking-pattern of all but a few Bible-believers in our day, most of the ancient stories of Scripture are like separate inland islands- being solid moral truths but not necessarily prophetically connected to one another to reveal any larger, hidden Truth. In ancient Hebrew thinking all the inland islands would be discretely connected by underground passages, forming an elaborate network for spiritual explorers to search-out and map with the Light of understanding. The Word of God was their treasure to be found, worthy of deep searches.
Moreover, all the biblical stories connect, even as the islands in this analogy, and even when dark passages remain undiscovered and are yet to be lit-up in the minds of modern mankind. Thus, the fullest truths are not always surface level, which makes them no less true, and for this reason patriarchs and matriarchs of the faith meditated upon the scrolls of Scriptures, not by mere letter to search-out their own glory but as if gazing into the glorious mysteries of God, exploring the connecting subterranean passages for a closer spiritual walk. In short, many of them understood the scriptural symbolism expressed by the Holy Spirit, as did Joseph and Daniel. And by their reasoning over Divine mysteries, we are granted greater treasures of revelations to explore today.
As for the Stone I wrote about, it is now clear to most readers that I gave an example of the Suffering Messiah- the Rock of God– being cast down at the violence of the cross, and that the ripples/measurements which prove that He is the center of impact are spread across Scriptures. All things bear witness to that Stone being authentic, with the rippling truths confessing Him, even before all the timely ripples are perceived from the distant passages. God the Father had these things written by the inspiration of His Spirit.
If a foreign stone caused a new ripple that disrupted the original sequence, already evident in the water, the unwelcomed intrusion could not easily pass for the original Stone, for it would transgress the original witnessing ripples of the Word, causing alien ripples, or jumbling them all as they coalesce in chaos. The original Rock ripples the Word from the beginning- Genesis- and a fraudulent messiah could not be passed-off as the Truth as long as the child was watching the waters of the Word. If he or she turned away after casting down the Stone, then he or she may be deceived for another.
Thus, the child must watch the Water and study it for Truth, having a broad view to the Genesis of the mysteries.
Each ripple fits within the sequence and pattern of the ones which precede it. And they must be visually measured against one another to confess a pattern. A single wave cannot be a pattern in and of itself. Truth is built upon truth in Scripture, with each truth having its perfect place; no ripple is missing or out-of-place. A still gap within the aquatic pattern would easily catch the child’s eyes as something unnatural in the Divine design. The ripples I speak of are God’s works throughout biblical history, and each one is part of the messianic pattern. So this leads us to question what the main subject or theme of Scripture is; otherwise, we would not have the spiritual insight needed to perceive if any of the ripples are missing or out-of-place.
Deliverance and redemption of sinful humankind are the rippling themes spread throughout Scripture, which many Jewish and Christian theologians have thoughtfully affirmed; and there are measurements of time that attest to Christ being the original Stone of God’s deliverance. These measurements are complete and perfect, for they were planned before history. So watch the waters closely, dear rock-rearing children, and consider this pattern of redemption and deliverance, which is but one of several that must be properly clarified and set in order in our time:
The Messiah fasted for 40 days, as did His two anointed witnesses, Moses and Elijah (cf. Ex. 34:28; 1 Kin. 19:8; Matt. 4:20). These were times of temptation, testing, and trials of suffering- being elect individuals consecrated unto the Lord and living on His greater power. This period of hardship caused the elect individuals to draw nearer to the Lord YHVH in dependency before being freed of their trials. Yet this was but a token of another testing period of 40- a ripple. The elect generation suffered testing, dependent on God for 40 years in the wilderness before being released into the bountiful Promised Land.
And thou shalt remember all the way which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his commandments, or no. And he humbled thee with manna, which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know; that he might make thee know that man doth not live by bread only, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD doth man live. (Deut. 8:2-3) KJV; emp. mine (NB: Identifying the Manna entails the whole Word.)
Scripture reveals that the Exodus fathers and the older generation were slain with their carcasses cast throughout the wilderness, and that they did not enter into the Promised Land (see Deut. 1:35). Only the elect generation of the 40 years did enter with Joshua and Caleb. And the 40 years were declared by God to be a rippled-up punishment of 40 days (see Num. 14:32-34). Yet the 40 years of the elect generation was a tithe or ripple of the 400 years of all of Israel being tried, tested, and redeemed from Egypt. For 400 years the elect nation underwent hardships, servitude, and bondage which God used for humbling, refining, and testing them for His redemption and release from suffrage. The whole nation was at first elect unto God.
And God spake on this wise, that his seed should sojourn in a strange land; and that they should bring them into bondage, and entreat them evil for four hundred years. (Acts 7:6) KJV
So we now see that the 40 days of refinement and suffering in the wilderness by the elect individuals are a sign or token of the 40 years of testing of the elect generation. And the 40 years of the elect generation suffering under the elements of the wilderness were a tithe or ripple confessing to the 400 years of the suffering endured by the elect nation in Egypt. The 400 years of the chosen nation suffering under the elements of slavery were a tithe or ripple that witnessed to the greatest deliverance of all, which is that of the elect of the world who suffered for 4,000 years under bondage of judgment for disobeying the spiritual laws in the world. At 4,000 years the Messiah became a Lamb of deliverance on the cross of sacrifice, setting captives free from the bondage of spiritual sin and harsh demonic taskmasters, being subject to death. At 4,000 years from Adam, He went into Hades to set the prisoners free with the Gospel of Life, even for those under bondage before the Great Flood (cf. 1 Pet. 3:18-20).
Now I say that the heir [elect inheritor], as long as he is a child, does not differ at all from a slave, though he is master of all, but is under guardians and stewards until the time appointed by the father. Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world. But when the fullness of time [appointed time] had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, ‘Abba, Father!’ Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (Gal. 4:1-7) NKJV; emp.& intrpl. mine
A great Rock was cast into deep waters, forming a tsunami of evidences spreading into the oceans of the world, and all His evidences ripple in with Him. His evidences are observed and traced back to the point of His impact. Spiritually, the Lamb was chosen and slain before the foundation of the world-ages, and all the ripples and patterns of redemption witness to Him, even before He arrived in the flesh. And, it should be noted, this is only one of several patterns/sequences that witnesses to the original Rock of God.
The most difficult ripple to see is the one spreading farthest out over distance and time. Likewise, the years must be added properly from the beginning to see that the Lamb of God was indeed sacrificed at 4,000 years from the beginning of Adam. Then He went down into the prison of Hades (or Sheol), preached the Gospel of Life, and set the slaves free, that they might be born again. This was the final wave in which the smaller ripples of redemption and deliverance confessed.
So this can be discerned: that the times of God are not trivial and lacking greater meaning, which so many believers have thought them to be, but are all meticulously placed to form witnesses of things which are later revealed at His appointed times, revealing His chosen Messiah. Any stone that cannot meet all the requirements of time in His work cannot be the prophesied Messiah, but, as we shall continue to see, Yeshua has and does. Then the people of God will discern that His moedim are not menial, but rather given for our ultimate enlightenment.
Yet a ripple of the Word has been left-out! Have you discerned it? Have you understood the missing number in the pattern? If you have, you have been watching the waters closer than the other children. I would dare propose that much greater minds than mine could read what I have already written and not perceived it until it is pointed out, for God has hidden these things for ages, right before our eyes.
Why was the tree of sacrifice at 4,000 years? This is because one day is as a millennium to the Lord (cf. Ps. 90:4; 2 Pet. 3:8), as understood by God making the Greater Light- the Sun of Righteousness- to dawn on the world on the 4th day. And again consider how the Lord Messiah waited until Lazarus was dead for four days before redeeming him from the tomb. He showed that He resurrects from the 4th millennial day onward, not merely on the last day of the age (the Great Sabbath). So four and four thousand are special numbers in messianic prophecy when it comes to Divine healing and resurrection, just as Ezekiel found that at 4,000 cubits the healing waters from the Temple of God could not be walked in by his own might, but at the bank of the river he saw the Lord’s healing trees.
If we refine our vision a little more, we find that 4,000 years were given to trace back to the paschal lambs. 4,000 years were the last ripple in this pattern, but witness to the first wave of 4 days, being one and the same- beginning and end. Before the first Passover (Pesach), the Israelites were instructed to spend the 10th day of Aviv (also Nisan) searching for perfect, blemish-free lambs for their Seders (Passover meals).
Before the lambs were even chosen, the Hebrews were instructed to keep them in their houses until the end of the 14th day, when they would sacrifice them. So we find that the paschal lambs were preselected and kept in their houses for 4 whole days, from 11th-14th (cf. Ex. 12:3-6). At the end of the 4 whole days the lambs were not only eaten, but their blood, as per God’s instructions, was smeared over their doorways, which would then be a sign to save them from the Angel of Death. They were lambs of redemption that confess to something (or Someone) deeper than ritualistic sacrifices. They were foreshadowing similitudes of the messianic redemption. God met them where they were in their culture, of agricultural feasts and sacrifices, to lead them to the Truth.
The House for all of the families of humankind is the world, and the Lord has been in it with us from the beginning of the enlightened civilization of Adam, even from the garden. At the completion of four great days (4,000 years) from the time of Adam, the Lamb, the Sun of Righteousness, the Redeemer of the 4th day, chosen before the foundation of the Temple of Humankind, was slain for a world Passover for all the elect of God- redeeming us from diabolical bondage and enslavement to elements of death, our breaking of God’s everlasting laws.
The sun was struck and darkened like sackcloth on the 4th millennial day at the Messiah’s sacrifice,much as darkness covered Egypt when the Lord redeemed His elect nation of Israel. So if we who are Christians and Messianic Jews believe that Christ was the Lamb of God, why should we neglect these essential portents concerning the timing of the lambs?
Thus, 4 days tithe 40 days; 40 years tithe 400 years; 400 years tithe 4,000 years; and 4,000 years witness back to the original lambs being 4 whole days in the houses of the elect’, completing the circling ripples of the elects’ sufferings and redemption, with elect lambs, elect individuals, elect generation, elect nation, and elect from around the world, who are again elect individuals of an elect generation being brought into the elect nation at the arrival of the elect Lamb of God.
A kid threw a rock in the still waters of a pond, and God wrote it down. And yet the children have robbed the Father of His greatest tithe, denying what He wrote. Was the Lamb of God not slain in the 4th year of His ministry, whereby all who will look upon the cross receive an Exodus greater than that out of Egypt? And is denying this not robbing God of His greatest tithe? Did the priests not prefer their inferior sacrifices as they despised the Lamb who they led to the Pesach slaughter? Have they not despised the ordinances and precepts of Moses (see Mal. 3:7)? But even now it is not too late, for still the Lord says, “Return to Me, and I will return to you.”
Watch closely the waters of the Word, for the original Rock ripples for all who willing observe His truths. Moreover, can you who trust in your own knowledge, who have not believed in the Messiah Yeshua, now see the timely ripples in the waters of God’s Word? If so, why would you continue to rob God of His tithe and forsake the sacrifice we are given in Christ? Will you fight with God and His works which He has done throughout the millenniums of humankind? Must He wrestle with stubborn Israel until Israel recognizes the One who can bless them? Why despise the blood on the doorways of many hearts?
These ripples were measured under the sign of tithes (10s) because the Messiah came, and will come, on the 10th day from the very beginning of the mystery. Six days plus four are ten. See the Moedim Paradigm if this is unclear. He came in the flesh to the world on the 10th millennial day, and when He comes again on the 10th day it will be for Israel’s atonement (Great Yom Kippur).
The entire Word of God ripples of redemption from beginning to end, from Aleph to Tav. This is apparent in the Hebrew alphabet, which is also an alphanumerical system. Aleph is #1 with instructions to become 1,000. The alphanumerical values are: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 200, 300, and 400. Notice that the last letter (Tav) abruptly completes the alphabetical values at 400, whereas one might expect it to reach 1,000 before an end to the pattern. Israel was redeemed from Egyptian bondage after 400 years of servitude, so the implied message is that the entire Word of God is about redemption, and it is connected to time.
He fulfills all the promises of His Word from first letter to last, and it all involves appointed times. Christ, affirming that He is the First and Last (Aleph & Tav or Alpha & Omega for Greeks), lets us know that the redemption for Israel is complete in Him. But Israel was also like a tithe separated unto God out of all the nations, so we should expect this 400 to be a tenth of 4,000. Notice also the alphabet’s multiples of 100- (i.e., 100, 200, 300, 400)- total 1,000, which is the completion of Aleph’s instruction. The first part of the pattern (1-10) suggests years becoming a decade; the second part (10-100) suggests decades becoming a century; and the third part (100-400), if we follow the pattern through, suggests centuries directing us to a millennium. Yet the abrupt end at 400 suggests that all God’s works for redemption, fulfilling His Word, are complete at Pesach for redemption.
Whereas it is written in the sum of the shadows that my Elohim YHVH so loved Israel that He gave His spotless paschal lambs, at 400 years, whereby they were saved by their blood from Death and redeemed unto liberty, we say in the substantial fulfillment that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life. And this is how the Rock ripples from Israel’s redemption at 400 years to those who escape Death by the cross at 4,000.
Thus, it is entirely suspect that Yohanan (John), a Jew receiving the final revelations of a global reckoning and redemption, where Messiah is pictured as a sacrificial Lamb unsealing God’s written plan, would not have originally written that Christ said He was “Alpha and Omega.” It is more likely that Aleph and Tav were later substituted by Alpha and Omega for Greek-speaking Gentiles, where they would comprehend that He is the First and Last letter of the Word of God. This conclusion comes with the fact that time is repeatedly connected with the alphabet passage:
To the One loving us, and having bathed us from our sins by His blood, and made us kings and priests to God and His Father, to Him is the glory and the power to the ages of ages. Behold, He arrives with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, and those who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will cry due to Him. Accordingly, Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega- Beginning and End,” says the Lord, “the Being who also was and is coming- the Almighty.” (Rev. 1:5-8) PIT
Unmistakably, God was connecting the passage in the Tanakh to the Messiah who comes in His name to Jerusalem. Although it is a global event that everyone will see, the final redemption is focused upon the people who received the foreshadowing sacrifice of redemption in the Exodus. Even the plagues of the Apocalypse mirror that redemption. When it is understood that these things relate specifically to the House of David, it becomes improbable that Aleph and Tav were not the original letters given for the One who completes the ancient prophecies of God. The 22 chapters in Revelation are meant to complete the Word of God.
“In that day [the Lord’s Day] the LORD will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem; the one who is feeble among them in that day shall be like David, and the house of David [all Israel] shall be like God, like the Angel of the LORD before them. It shall be in that day that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me [YHVH] whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son. And grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn.” (Zech. 12:8-10) NKJV; intrpl. mine
If we ripple the Hebrew alphabet with each original number being a tithe unto God, we have: 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 600, 700, 800, 900, 1,000, 2,000, 3,000, and 4,000. The Old Covenant came after 400 years of enslavement, but the renewed one was cut in the blood at the cross at 4,000 years. And it may be that the Lord keeps covenant for a thousand generations- 40,000 years- blessing those who love Him and repaying those who hate Him. We can only speculate how deep the Word ripples, but we know it is important for Israel to recognize these things before the Great King Messiah comes and confronts His enemies.
Was Moses not 80 years old when the first Pesach lambs were sacrificed, confessing 80 Jubilee years for the world (4,000 years)? And, as a sign, did Moses not lead them into the wilderness for 40 more years, which in Jubilee Years is 2,000? Did he not die at 120 years old, which in 120 Jubilee years is 6,000, and then Yehoshua (shortened to Yeshua) led them in? How is it that these things are not discerned for the Great Sabbath millennium and the coming of the Moshiach?
“The LORD did not set His love on you [Israel] nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people [nation], for you were the least of all peoples; but because the LORD loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the LORD has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. Therefore know that the LORD your God, He is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who keep His commandments; and He repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slack with him who hates Him; He will repay him to his face. Therefore you shall keep the commandment, the statutes, and the judgments which I commanded you today, to observe them.” (Deut. 7:7-11) NKJV; intrpl. mine
These things have not been discerned because God shuffled their order. For the Scriptures, unlike simpler ripples in the pond, readers must venture back and forth to assemble truths, putting line upon line and precept upon precept. God’s Word is not merely ‘The past is the past and today is today,’ but rather, ‘The beginning is the end; the end is the beginning; and the story of Messiah is shuffled back and forth in-between,’
And this is so that the rebellion set in the hearts of straying mankind will discern, at the appointed time, that the wisdom of God is much higher than that which is attained by the greatest intellects among us, for even in things we count simple and foolish He has confounded our ages. This is a simple time pattern that may astonish many readers who have long-studied the Bible and not discerned it, yet many formulas are astoundingly complex and yet are known in various disciplines. God’s things are not above the comprehension of everyday believers, but they have not truly been reasoned through with the same expectations as other areas of human interests. If we erroneously believe that because God transcends time, he therefore disregards it, we fail to see how the appointed times witness to His truths.
A famous Jewish rabbi once wrote that the entire Bible is about the Messiah and the planet was created for His coming Kingdom. Truly Scripture cannot be properly understood if the Messiah is not seen at the center of all the Lord’s biblical works. So who is the Messiah that all Scripture concerns Him? He is the Arm of God extended upward, and He is also the One who did the works as the Angel of YHVH, possessed with the Spirit of the universal God. All Scriptures confess Him for His coming and provide an eternal witness that will not pass away. He is the Light coming from the Sun of Righteousness. Millenniums are but small periods of time to an eternal God and His extended Right Arm. If Christ were a mere man this would be belittling to all, for all suffer in some way, but He is the manifestation of God among us, our Emmanuel, and He confesses His own works in the creation. So if we understand Christ is central to all Scriptures, and we understand that God works orderly and methodologically to confess His works, then all patterns become perceptible.
Jewish rabbis had at one time concluded that the preordained time of Messiah had apparently passed them by with the 4th millennium, for they knew the times written of Him in Daniel, but they did not discern that God’s works through Messiah must complete the whole House of Salvation. The time has not passed us by, and all the prophecies will be fulfilled. We need only watch the waters to discern the signs of the times.
When Moses, the great Lawgiver, struck the rock for waters in the wilderness, it was indeed a sign of how salvation would come to Israel. Moses could have spoken to the rock, as commanded by God, just as the lawyers and those who sat in the seat of Moses could have reasoned with Christ about salvation, but all things had to be fulfilled. And while many rabbis have reasoned over this, and how a slight misdeed might prevent Moses from entering the land of Canaan, even thinking it was because Moses said, “Must we bring water from this stone,” rather than crediting God, other rabbis, more inclined to the Spirit, understood that the Law- Moses- cannot bring us into the higher promises of God. Yehoshua, an antitype of archetypical Yeshua, would lead the people beyond the confines of the sacrificial Law.
The Law will always be kept for it witnesses to the Substance. So it was not that God would not forgive Moses of a minor, impulsive infraction, but rather every single detail has a place because they each foreshadow and ripple. So the Rock that would grow to cover the world- who made the world by the Spirit of God- would first be struck for the peoples’ refreshing. As the enlightened believed, this was all God’s doing with purpose, and that Rock of Salvation and Stone of Jewish Stumbling was of God and not the mere works of man.
You watched while a stone was cut out [of a Mountain] without hands [works of man], which struck the image [of empires] on its feet [end-times] of iron and clay [Euro-Islamic unity], and broke them in pieces. Then the iron [Roman], the clay [Ottoman], the bronze [Grecian], silver [Median-Persian], and the gold [Babylonian] were crushed together [in one war], and became like chaff from the summer threshing floors; the wind carried them away so that no trace [culture, power] of them was found. And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth…And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people [ruled by aforementioned empires]; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. (Dan. 2:34-35, 44) NKJV; intrpl. mine; Daniel addressing King Nebuchadnezzar about empires that would rule over Israel until the Messiah King- the Rock of God- takes His inheritance
This is how the Lord gives His signs of the times, confessing things which were orchestrated by Him, which have not been fully perceived, but are now being fully restored and revealed in our age. When believers begin to understand that all these things are true and that they defy the laws of probability, they will also understand that time, which believers awaiting the Lord have been so mocked by, was saved as the last witness of God’s truths to the unbelieving world.
I believe that many people will become messengers of the signs of the times, fully discerning the alphanumerical doctrines of Scripture. With this foundation and these keys of time, the lamps of all houses in the castellated Temple of Teleology will soon be set brightly ablaze. Those who have not heard will hear the barking of the dogs in their neighborhood, and they will know what this means. The Spirit will testify to these truths, and God will come very near to each of His own.
Thus says my Elohim YHVH, the Great King:
“Bring out the blind people who have eyes, and the deaf who have ears. Let all nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled. Who among them can declare this, and show us former things? Let them bring out their witnesses, that they may be justified; or let them hear and say, ‘It is truth.’ You are My witnesses,” says the LORD, “and My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me, and understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me. I, even I, am the LORD, and besides Me there is no savior [Yeshua]. I have declared and saved, I have proclaimed, and there was no foreign god among you; therefore you are My witnesses,” says the LORD, “that I am God. Indeed before the day was, I am He; and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand; I work, and who will reverse it?”’ (Isa. 43:8-13) NKJV; intrpl. mine
Ask any rabbi, ‘Is there a before God? Is there an after God?’ If he has a true and undivided heart, he will answer, ‘No!’ Thus, what does this mean: “Before Me there was no God formed”? What does God mean by: “nor shall there be after Me”? When was God formed? (See Job 41:11.) Who is this Yeshua we know as God? Does God the Father not speak of the Son as His own Right Hand and often allude to Himself, Him being fully possessed of His Divine Spirit and will? Scripture proclaims, yes, for “They shall look upon Me whom they have pierced.” Can we not know what it means for a Rock to be cut out of the Mountain without the hands of man? And will not that Rock grow back into the Mountain in which He is? There is much that I desire to say about these passages, about the Lord taking form in Yeshua the Messiah, and Him arriving at a time when Israel had put away all other gods and idols which had for centuries plagued them, but the Spirit calls for proper placement, if perhaps another time comes.
For now it is sufficient to know that the Lord has done a great work in the Earth throughout the generations of mankind, and these patterns are revealed in our time to testify to the Rock which is of God and His Salvation going out into the world as the waters of the seas. His own Arm, Yeshua, is the work of His salvation, and the patterns being revealed to our age are tried and true, written and proclaimed, that those who know may be His end-time angels and servants of glorified Israel. His redemption was always meant to be spread worldwide out of Israel.
The blood of the foreshadowing sacrifices was smeared upon the four horns of the Altar of Sacrifice, foreshadowing that the Messiah’s redemption would sprinkle the four corners- figuratively speaking- of the world. Unto the farthest reaches of the north, of the south, of the west, of the east, the blood has been sprinkled on the eternal Altar of Sacrifice of our God, and He comes to collect on His investment in a very near time. Indeed, I have seen the last leg put in place in the shallow grave of the earth and the lights blinking on, at all four corners. I ask after a moment standing silently against the wall, “Lord, what is it?” And thus, He said, “It’s like a washing machine, and it will shake and wash the people of the world.”
This is our covering for sins; this is our atonement- our Yom Kippur. This is the One who clothes our sins with His own blood and completes the witnessing ripples of redemption. God provided His own sacrifice in covering the sins of Adam and Eve from the beginning, even before the Law of the Levites. As for us, we are the kid who cast down the Stone, and we are all the guilty Roman soldiers who must partake of His spiritual covering for our redemption; we have all sinned.
As for this water of the Word, it is like the four rivers sent out into the world from the paradise of God, calling for a return to the Lord at Gan Eden. From the humble waters of Shiloh which peacefully flowed, to raging waves cast upon the nations of the seas, the Rock of my God, my Lord Yah, ripples, and His evidences precede His arrival, rippling as an eternal witness for Him. He has clothed us with His own righteousness, and He has saved all who are willing to see the framework of His righteous Right Hand of salvation- His Yeshua.
“But Jeshurun grew fat and kicked [Israel rebelled against YHVH]; you grew fat [materialistic], you grew thick, you are obese! Then he forsook God who made him, and scornfully esteemed the Rock of his salvation [Yeshua]. They provoked Him to jealousy with foreigners [turning to foreigners]. With abominations [detestable acts] they provoked Him to anger.” (Deut. 32:15-16) NKJV; intrpl. mine
Who did Israel kick against and scorn? Why did they grow fat on the things of the world and lean on the spiritual things of our Lord? Who is this Rock of Yeshua? Who are the foreigners that they chose to cause God’s jealousy? And what has been the result after all these years? I trust that these things are not too difficult for our comprehension.
“Then the soldiers [Roman foreigners], when they had crucified Jesus [Yeshua], took His garments and made four parts, to every soldier a part…” (John 19:23) NKJV; intrpl. mine
Now God is calling for a complete restoration of all things for the coming of the Great King. Today there is an awakening among believers- an awakening between earth and spirit, patterns and history, and Jew and Christian unity. Knowledge of Scripture will increase and restoration will come. An awakening is dawning by the light of the righteous Sun. The Lord is doing something now in the world. The Sword, which has divided His people, turning in every direction with the flame of His Spirit, will no longer be inaccurately described from a distance by those who dreamily look toward paradise. It will be handled by the hilt. There will be one Jerusalem Bride brought to perfection in the form of twelve tribes, and their understanding will be great, knowing how the Temple has living stones locked into place with the Keystone of the faith, revealing the Doorway we have in the Lord. The division of darkness and light is coming in our day; there will be deep darkness, but there will also be the brightest of glorious light, for the Year of the Redeemed quickens upon us.
‘In that day the deaf shall hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity and out of darkness. The humble also shall increase their joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel. For the terrible one is brought to nothing, the scornful one is consumed, and all who watch for iniquity are cut off- who make a man an offender by a word, and lay a snare for him who reproves in the gate, and turns aside the just by empty words. Therefore thus says the LORD, who redeemed Abraham, concerning the house of Jacob: “Jacob [Israel] shall not now be ashamed, nor shall his face grow pale; but when he sees his children, the work of My hands, in his midst, they will hollow My name, and hollow the Holy One of Jacob, and fear the God of Israel. These also who erred in spirit will come to understanding, and those who complained [murmured] will learn doctrine.”’ (Is. 29:18-24) NKJV; intrpl. mine
Reprove at the gate you gatekeepers, and turn back the battle to Truth, even if being made an offender for the sake of the Truth. Raise the banner you weary watchers, and declare all the mysteries of our Lord. For the truths of God are not subject to the numbers being bound by religions, nor to the political correctness taught in the secular humanist world, but His truths are clarified and delivered despite the protesting of both the religious and the ungodly. His people will be assembled into one Truth: The Word of God. Stand up a fight, for the tongue of the wise- set ablaze by the fire of the Holy Spirit- is sharper than any sword of the wicked. You have the holy zeal and mantle of authority passed down to you, and you have the Holy Spirit of God- a double portion to fight. Take these things and rightly divide the waters of the Word. Pass over to Truth, and make the end of your long journey the glorious beginning of your eternity.
9/14/15 (Elul 29 5776 According to the sighted moon in Israel)
A friend asked today, ” I understand from Levi, that it was more than just Moses being disobedient to Yah and Yah not being forgiving, but that every detail is accounted for foreshadowing and ripple effect. But it wasn’t actually God’s doing that Moses did that, right? I didn’t quite get that. Levi gives a good explanation as how a picture (boy throwing rock…) is much more than what we see with a Greek mindset.”
Concerning the Lamb, slain before the foundation (or formation/layering) of the world (spiritually speaking, according to Revelation), I would not say that God caused Moses to strike the rock (symbolic of Christ), but rather God foreknew all things that mankind would do, and, thus, He had a plan from the beginning for turning rebellion into redemption.
The actions that Moses (the Law) took in the foreshadowing similitude had to be fulfilled in Christ being struck by those who sat in the seat of Moses. Indeed, God already had the Israelites sacrifice their lambs before the Exodus, so He already had a plan with the chosen Lamb.
The moral of the story: Zeal for God alone, accompanied by violent actions, does not bring us into the promised Kingdom. Where the Law (Moses) fell short, the faith of Yehoshua (Yeshua in short form) did bring the Children of Israel into the Promised Land.
True Jews will begin to follow Jesus at the doorway of the coming Sabbath Kingdom, for faith in God’s promises is greater. But if the conversation moves to an argument of fate vs. freewill, I will not participate in it, simply because scholars, theologians, and philosophers have discussed it for millennia without agreement.
When John the Baptist (or Yohannon the Immerser, if you prefer) was faced with baptizing Christ, he at first objected, but Christ explained that all righteousness had to be fulfilled. All prophecies had to be fulfilled. Do you really think the Son of God had to say, “Abba, Abba, why have You forsaken Me?” No, but He did have to fulfill the messianic psalm that looked to Him being crucified, to repeat those words. What I am getting at is the biblical fact that the “Testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of Prophecy.” Until a Christian learns that all things of the Law and Prophets must be fulfilled, he or she will mistakenly see Old Covenant as largely irrelevant. Yet all things do have to be fulfilled as an everlasting testimony to the truths of God.