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Exodus 19:5-6 “If you (Israel) will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation...”
Amos 9:15 “I will plant them (Israel) in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them, says the Lord God.”
Isaiah 41:11 “Behold all those who were incensed against you (Israel) shall be ashamed and disgraced; they shall be as nothing, and those who strive with you shall perish.”
Isaiah 44:18 “They do not know nor understand; for He has shut their eyes so they cannot see, and their hearts so they cannot understand.”
Shabbat (Sabbath) begins on Fridays at 6pm and ends on Saturdays at 6pm. The purpose is to help the church and Israel become reconciled in Messiah and to identify the rift, and the needed restoration. There is much in the church that needs to change before it can be fully reconciled with the Jew. Likewise, changes in Jewish thinking are also needed.
8th November 2019
Shabbat Shalom to all!
The tree-huggers delight:
The Bible uses plants, trees, colours, animals, birds, numbers and more to describe people and nations. It is the subliminal symbols that are of great significance and meaning, especially in relation to Israel.
Did you realise that the entire course of Israel’s history is plotted in the trees? There is much more to these symbols and metaphors - for another time.
Here are some amazing messages blowing in the wind, relating to Israel.
►The Olive tree: (Romans 11)
These trees have very deep, well established roots. They are sometimes called eternal trees, because they are so hardy; they live for many thousands of years. An ancient olive tree appears to die, but then miraculously, new shoots appear out of the dead wood continuing its existence.
The olive tree produces a rich olive oil which has numerous uses, but is also a type of the Holy Spirit. Olive oil is required to keep the temple menorah flames burning. This symbolises light. Olive tree leaves are symbols of peace. Remember the dove bringing back an olive branch to the ark after the flood of judgement.
The root of the olive tree is symbolic of God Himself. The root is called, “holy.”
Biblically, there are two olive trees of importance. The natural olive tree, is symbolic of Israel, and the wild olive tree, is symbolic of the church. The wild olive branch was “grafted” into the natural olive tree, thus partaking of the goodness of the root.
The national emblem of Israel includes two olive branches.
An ancient olive tree grove:
►The Fig tree:
The fig tree is symbolic of spiritual fruitfulness after severe pruning or judgement. It relates to Israel in the tribulation period, awakening to spiritual life.
The fig tree is unique in that its blossoms appear before the leaves. It should have fruit appearing before the leaves. This is why our Lord cursed the unfruitful fig tree, causing it to die. The root was not destroyed though, and a new tree full of fruit, is about to appear.
When the disciples asked out Lord what would be the sign of His coming, He listed a number of judgements to fall on the world. But one of these was the sign of the fig tree.
Matthew 24:32-34 “learn the parable of the fig tree: When is branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that the summer is near. So also you when you see all these things, know that it is near, even at the very doors. Assuredly, I say to you, ‘this generation (of Jews) will be no means pass away till all these things are fulfilled.’”
Present day Zionism and the awakening of the Jews, as well as modern anti-Semitism are signs of the fig tree putting forth leaves and about to produce much spiritual fruit.
►The Almond tree:
The almond is the first tree to flower in its season, which at the end of winter. The flower has five petals to it, five being the number of grace. The temple menorah, a symbol of light, has oil cups or containers in the shape of almond flowers.
The Hebrew word for “almond” is “shakeid” which also means to “awake” and “watch”.
The almond is symbolic of Messiah’s resurrection. It speaks of the supernatural power of God as seen in Aaron’s almond branch that budded in one day. (Numbers 17:8)
Jeremiah 1:11-14 “The word of the Lord came to me saying, ‘Jeremiah, what do you see?’ I said, ‘I see the branch of an almond tree.’ Then the Lord said, ‘you have seen well for I am about to perform My word.’ And the word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying, ‘what do you see? And I said, a boiling pot and it is facing away from the north.’ Then the Lord said to me: ‘Out of the north calamity shall break forth on all the inhabitants of the land.’”
The message here is that as the almond (Israel) flowers and buds she will be plunged into the tribulation period.
Jeremiah 31:28 “It shall come to pass that as I have watched over them to pluck up, to break down, to throw down, to destroy and to afflict them, so I will watch over them to build and plant says the Lord. In those days they shall say no more, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes...’”
Psalm 80:8-9 “You have brought a vine out of Egypt, You have cast out the nations and planted it. You prepared room for it, and caused it to take deep root and it filled the land.”
This vine, Israel, is described as “the choicest vine.” But it is a vine that also has within it a “winepress.” (Isaiah 5:1-2) The “winepress” speaks of the crushing tribulation to come!
God planted Israel as a “noble vine” of the highest quality, yet it became an alien, degenerate vine. This speaks of Israel's rebellion to Messiah. (Jeremiah 2:21)
As with the olive and the fig tree, the vine will bear its good fruit in its time, which is just around the corner!
►Other trees symbolic of Israel:
Joel 1:12 (Context: Israel is invaded in the tribulation period) “The vine has dried up and the fig tree has withered; and the pomegranate tree, the palm tree also, and the apple tree. All the trees of the field have withered. Surely joy has withered away from the sons of men.
But we know that Israel's story does not end in the tribulation. Joy will return.
The Cedar: Symbol of power, royalty and majesty. The Oak: Symbol of strength and stability. The Palm: Symbol of military victory and victory in Messiah. The Pomegranate: Symbol of abundance and joyfulness. The Acacia: Symbol of beauty. The Myrtle: Symbol of God’s favour and blessing.
The grand summary:
Israel is: Deeply rooted in God with an eternal future. Israel contains the light-producing oil of the Spirit of God and soon will be Messiah’s light of the world! Israel will be at peace soon. The church is a “wild” family member of Israel through our joint root in God. Israel will become fully fruitful after pruning. Israel’s ripening fruit is a sign of Messiah’s coming. Israel will bud and come to life supernaturally in a day and then bring the light of salvation to the Gentile world. Israel will go through the winepress of tribulation, be attacked from the north and fall under calamity, because she was the choicest, noble vine and yet gave herself to paganism. (Baal) Finally Israel will fulfil God’s call and plan in power, majesty and strength, abundance, and blessing.
All of this is revealed in the nature of this forest of trees, and the corresponding Bible verses. How can you not be a tree-hugger!
Edition 339: November 23rd 2016
The Light of Life:
The Light of Life:
Psalm 119:130 “The entrance of Your word gives light and understanding to the simple.”
Light is alive! Light emits heat! Light has molecular substance to it! Light destroys darkness! Light has more qualities than you can imagine, some of which are the subject of this edition.
Both light and darkness are rich with meaning and symbolism. Some of it is a lot more than symbolism as you will see.
There are some things in this edition that will surprise you indeed!
There is a shocking theme in the Bible, which very few are aware of. It is that both God and the devil blind people. It is God alone who causes spiritual light, sight and understanding, but only to selected people for particular reasons with conditions met.
Who can see the light?
Anyone who is genuinely searching for our Lord and has a truly open heart will see the Light!
All those who are walking in surrender to our Lord, taking up their cross daily, can see the light.
All who have their own minds made up, have hard hearts to the truth and are full of themselves, are blind to the light and truth.
Psalm 69:32 “The humble shall see and be glad.”
John 18:37 “...Everyone of the truth hears my voice.”
Job 38:15 “From the wicked their light is withheld...”
The make-up of light:
Light, which is part of the electromagnetic spectrum, is vital for sight, both in the natural world and spiritually speaking. Visible light is made up of seven colours. When they are projected together through a prism, white light is produced. That is an enduring mystery.
The Hebrew and Greek languages contain many words that have a number of different meanings. You need the context to get the right one, and you need to study it as well.
►The word “Light” in Hebrew is “Owr.” (Strong’s H216). It has a few meanings and applications, some of which are: “The light of life”, “The light of the face”, “The light of Israel”, “The light of wisdom.”
►Another Hebrew word for “Light” is the word “Ma’owr.” (Strong’s H3974). It means a luminous light coming from within. (Bear that in mind as you read on.)
►The Greek word for Light is “Phos.” (Strong’s G 5457). It means: “A light emitted from a lamp.” “It also means a heavenly, supernatural, brilliant light”. It also means: “Creating understanding and spiritual enlightenment”. It also means: “The light of a stone or rock coming from within itself”. It parallels with G5316 and G5346, meaning luminous.
So, we see that light is likened to spiritual life, purity, holiness, sight and understanding. Light equates to the life of God and a rock that emits light from within.
A powerful exposition involving our old friend Noah:
God told Noah exactly how to build the Ark.
The word “Ark” in Hebrew is “Teva”. It is the same word for “word”. This speaks of the exactness of our words. God gave Noah the exact dimensions of the Ark. In a sense we can say that our words are arks, carrying and preserving God’s will and ways, while we float over all that is under the judgement of God.
God told Noah to make a window in the Ark. (Genesis 6:16) But in Hebrew it says, “You shall make a “brightness” in the Ark. The original word used is “Tzohar”, which can be translated as “window.” It is also one of the words for “light” or “brightness.”
The Ark had three levels in it, so would have been pretty dark, which is why God said to make a window in it.
Here is an amazing thing:
The word “Tzohar” means “window”. But it is also the word for a special stone that has its own light within it. So when we see the command of God in Genesis 6:16, to “make a window in the ark”, it also means to make a “brightness from glowing, luminous stones within it.”
These stones (Tzohar) giving off light, contain phosphorescence causing the luminous, glowing from within. The light of these stones is enduring, it never goes out. In Hebrew, these stones are also called the “Gems of Noah” or the “Lights of Heaven”. They are also called “Stones of Fire.”
So, now we see that the Ark of Noah had lights on the inside! – Isn’t that a surprise?
But don’t forget what I said earlier. The Hebrew word for Ark is “Teva”, which is also one of the words for “word.”
Do you see where we are going?
This means that we are to open a window into our words, so that they shine brightly from within! When words have the light of God within them, they are powerful, glowing, and enduring.
Have you ever wondered why when some people speak, you feel as though you are hearing from God? You feel refreshed, changed, and made new. And when others speak, they may as well be reading to you from the phone book! They have no light in their words!
This also sheds light on the difference between the two Greek words for “word”, which are, “logos” and “rhema.” Logos is ordinary words. Rhema is revelation word with spiritual understanding. We could liken these to the normal spoken words and words being generated from God’s own living word in our hearts.
The Hebrew word “Tzsohar” has a very similar derivative, “Tsahar”, which suggests the “glistening shine from pure olive oil”. This is another type of God-filled, anointed, words and ways!
Words infused with God’s light are to glow and shine out and up. They make your words “brilliant” and “glistening” in the true sense!
So here we see a dramatic link-up between words, light and the Ark of preservation. The major point to be made is that ordinary light coming into your life does not get you saved. Once you are born-again, you have that real internal light being generated of God right in your heart.
The glorious Menorah:
The Temple Menorah has 72 ornaments on it. There were 72 pure gold bells on the Temple Priest’s garment. There are 72 names of God in the Bible. The Menorah is a giant symbol of the light of God.
Like the Ark, God gave specific instructions for the making of the Temple Menorah.
It was to be made of one single, unbroken, enormous piece of pure 24 karat gold, weighing 3000 shekels .
This piece of pure gold had to be hammered into shape. There is a strong type and association with our Lord, whose symbol is gold, and who is the true Light, being “hammered” to His cross.
The Menorah stood in the Holy Place of the Temple, which was next to the Holy of Holies. The light source from the seven branches was pure olive oil, which was constantly filled by Temple Priests to keep the light going all the time, illuminating the inside of the Temple. (Exodus 27:20)
The central shaft and lamp had to be raised above the other six. It was used to light the others. It was called the “servant light”. It is our Lord, the servant of God who gives light to the world. He is the “Light of life.”
The Temple Menorah is similar to the story we have just seen on the light within the Ark. The light of the Menorah, as with the Ark, was not seen from the outside, but only by those inside the holy chamber.
The symbolism here is that we are hidden in the world. They can’t see our light, only the effects of it, and only if they want to.
Colossians3:3 “For you died and your life is hidden with Messiah in God.”
The Menorah represents our Lord Himself, who, in the Revelation, is seen walking between the seven candlesticks, which are the church. The olive oil represents the Holy Spirit and our salvation and ongoing power.
The Menorah symbolises light, life, purity, exactness, holiness, wisdom and divine inspiration.
Jewish tradition today still requires a Menorah to be lit and placed in every Jewish home on Chanukah.
You can contrast this with the witchcraft, pagan, occult tradition of the church, born in Babylon and Rome of hanging lights on Christmas trees to illuminate the gold and silver balls symbolising sun and moon worship.
Today, the Temple Menorah has been rebuilt and manufactured according to the specifications of God, with pure gold. It now stands awaiting instillation in the soon to come new Temple. It is valued at over $3million.
My friends, without the light and flame of the olive oil fire, the Holy Spirit – you are dead and dark, with dead, empty, meaningless words filling your life. You are a nothing! With the light of life in your heart, even if you are a nothing in the world’s eyes, you are a glorious king or queen of God, and will be forever!
Lucifer, the light bearer:
Lucifer was an archangel of God. The name itself means “light bearer.” He was God’s messenger of light to the nations! These were the nations upon the earth in pre-Adamic times. I’m not going to get into all of that now, except to say that when he appeared in the Garden, he had already fallen, been stripped of his light and was now Satan, the prince of darkness.
Isaiah 14:12 refers to Lucifer as “Heylel,” meaning “shining one,” or the “light bearer”. In the Greek the word is “eosphoros” meaning “the bringer of the dawn” or “the morning star (Venus).
Lucifer, the light bearer, because of his pride and rebellion, became the bearer of darkness, death and destruction. (There’ll be more on this in the next edition.)
Matthew 6:23 “If the light in you is really darkness, how great is that darkness.”
Lucifer, the light bearer was now the cursed deceiver, the one who now comes to the gullible as an “angel of light”, but bringing spiritual darkness.
1 John 1:5 “God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.”
John 8:12 “I (Yeshua) am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”
Light, life and blood:
“Life is in the blood,” says the Bible, (Leviticus 17:11.) But the blood of Adam flowing in us has death and the curse of God in it too. The sins of all mankind reside in this cursed blood, which produces the sin nature.
If you are not saved, you can try to be right and good all you like – until you are blue in the face, but you can’t because of your dark blood.
Thank the Lord that His pure, shed blood, full of light, is now imputed to us and “transfused” into our hearts. Through the new-birth, we have His pure blood in us, albeit spiritually. Our Lord’s blood is filled with light, because it is sinless and pure.
It was His shed pure and holy blood that paid the price for us and gives us salvation.
Through the new-birth, His sinless blood cancels out the sin-cursed blood of Adam in people.
The blood of our Lord is now the light-producing power, giving sight, enlightenment, revelation and the wisdom of God, just like those stones in the Ark and the light of the Temple Menorah.
John 8:47 “He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear because you are not of God.”
Romans 13:12 “... Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.”
Spiritual light is “armour”. It destroys spiritual darkness and ignorance, but protects us also. It is required for our stability, strength and growth in our Lord. It is especially required now in these dangerous end-days.
Psalm 36:9 “In your light we see light.”
The light of God, or the darkness of the devil in Christians:
Do you want to know if you are in the light of God? If so, you will hate sin, love holiness and desire with all your heart to be pure, in the truth, and holy in all your ways. You may not be achieving it yet, but it will be your heart’s desire. Your words will prove it.
It is this that draws people to you and chases some away. That’s the way it must be.
If you as a Christian are in the darkness of the devil, you won’t be able to comprehend (understand) those in the light! You will be a supporter of the LGBT movement and other satanic issues designed to bring down a “nation under God.”
You will justify sin and love all sinners in their sin, with their sin and hate those of the truth. You will say that you love everyone, but you are a liar. You will love everyone but those of the truth, who speak the truth and take up their cross daily.
The temples that stood on the Temple Mount were very important in that they represented the presence of God in the Holy of Holies. It was all about holiness. The High Priest, the only one allowed in, would have been struck dead if he didn’t meet Gods holy requirements while inside.
Today we are the temple of the Holy Spirit. His holy presence is in our hearts. The light and life of God in us is holy and pure and without sin of any description. In and through the new-birth, we are 100% perfect, pure, sinless and holy.
If you are truly born of the Spirit of God, do you know why you sometimes have that ultra-exiting, strange, odd, glorious feeling that you’re not even here on this planet? Do you know why you sometimes feel like an excited, total oddball, unable to fit in with the world? Do you know why you sometimes feel like a cross between an insane weirdo and an excited madman?
Do you know why you sometimes feel like you’re standing on the very edge of the ledge on a cliff looking down to impending doom, and up to untold majesty and glory?
Do you know why some in your family hate you with a passion, especially the religious ones?
Do you know why some of your friends just can’t understand you and fit you into their box?
Do you know why some of your friends, just love you, even though they can’t box you?
Do you know why some of them secretly wish they could be like you?
Do you know why you are so important to them, even if they drive you up the wall sometimes?
It’s all because you have that perfect, pure, wonderful life and light of God in your hearts. It’s glorious, infectious, contagious, and offensive to the devil.
Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.”
The light of Israel:
As we saw earlier the word “Light” in Hebrew is “Owr” (Strong’s H216). It has as one of its applications and meanings, “The light of Israel”.
It implies that the Jewish people have available to them a special light. This light is the word of God and specifically the prophetic word, written and detailed for them alone. It is a national light available only to them! If you don’t like that – tough luck, it’s the way it is.
●●Isaiah 42:16 “I will bring the blind (Jews) by a way they did not know; I will lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light before them...”
●●Micah 7:8-9 “Do not rejoice over me (Jews), my enemy; when I fall I will arise, when I sit in darkness the Lord will be a light to me...He will bring me forth to the light, and I will see His righteousness.
●●Isaiah 29:18 “In that day the deaf (Jews) shall hear the words of the book and the eyes of the blind shall see out of the obscurity of darkness.”
The following verses show how it all ends up. They are not politically correct (that’s why I love them!) They separate and distinguish between the Jews and the other nations. They kick globalism in the head.
Isaiah 42:6 “I the Lord have called you (Jews) in righteousness, and will hold your hand; I will keep you and give you as a covenant to the people, as a light to the Gentiles.”
Acts 13:47 “I have set you to be a light to the Gentiles that you should be for salvation to the ends of the earth.”
Isaiah 60:2-3 “Behold the darkness shall cover the earth, and deep darkness the people; but the Lord will arise over you (Jews), and His glory will be seen upon you. The Gentiles shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.”
Isaiah 9:2 “The people who walked in darkness (Jews) have seen a great light; those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, upon them a light has shined.”
Bible prophecy and light:
2 Peter 1:19 “We also have the prophetic word made more sure, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star arises in your hearts.”
The previous verses in the above segment speak of the certainty of hearing things with your ears and seeing with the eyes. Here, the Bible says that we have something even more sure and important than seeing and hearing. It is the realisation that prophecy is the most sure thing in the world.
When you come to this understanding, a great light has just been switched on in your heart. The morning star is the planet Venus, which shines in the darkest part of the night, saying that full daylight is on the horizon of your heart.
Bible prophecy brings to us the light of God. “Yeshua is the spirit of prophecy.” (Revelation 19:10)
The light is soon going to become unavailable. Today we are more than privileged to have a flood of light available to us, yet a great deal of the church is asleep in the light – sang Keith Green!
John 9:4 “I must work the works of Him who sent Me while it is day; the night is coming when no one can work.”
Revelation 2:5 “Remember from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lamp stand from its place, unless you repent.”
True light shines on every aspect of your life and shows you the need to repent and make the correct adjustments. If you do not, you are in danger of having your light removed, by God.
I took this picture of a section of the beautiful Mooi River Falls in Kwa Zulu/Natal. It’s an enormous waterfall, but difficult to find and 4x4 access. (“Mooi” means beautiful.)
Shalom and grow in His Grace!