..."There shall come a star out of Jacob, and a sceptre shall arise out of Israel. Out of Jacob shall come he that shall have dominion." (Numbers 24:17-19)
"The Spirit of the Lord is upon me; because the Lord has anointed me to preach good tidings to the meek; he has sent me to bind up the broken hearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; to appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give to them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord." (Isaiah 61:1)
"And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever." (Daniel 11:3)
STAR OF DAVID & THE SHEMA:
PUT GOD IS ONE ON YOUR (MAGEN) SHIELD
"For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he with hold from them that walk uprightly."(Psalm 84:11)
Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen! (I Timothy 1:17)
The combination triangles of the Star of David, (Sometimes called the "Shield of David") goes back David himself, the formation of the triangles having been taking from the ancient Hebraic signature of King David. The 3 letters of his name, Daled, Waw, Daled, by extension compose a double triangle. Thus it is representative of Messiah. In the modem Hebrew aleph-bet (alphabet), the 'd' sound is represented by the dalet, which looks like a backward ‘r'. In the ancient Hebrew alephbet, the dalet looked like a triangle [A].
The Star of David (also called the Shield of David) was made up of these two triangular dalets. The warriors of pagan nations going to war, would paint dragons, snakes, or other frightening looking creatures on their shields.
Israelites chose to use the Star of David - the two dalets which contained the first and last letters of King David's name. King David had the reputation of being "a great man of war," and this struck terror into the hearts of Israel's adversaries. It was an excellent and effective symbol for warfare, for it testified of the SHEMA: Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord." (Deut. 6:4) The significance of the Magen David on the shield's of Israel's armies as a holy emblem, is because of their tremendous faith in the promises of the covenant of God.
We tend to think of covenants as totally separate entities. Some are. But they are not always totally necessarily unrelated. One can build upon the aspects of another. The New Testament, which records the new and better covenant made through the blood of Messiah, was actually necessary to bring about the greatest fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant.
FROM ONE SEED MANY SONS & DAUGHTERS:
God pointed to the evening sky filled with stars, and promised Abraham that in Isaac, his "SEED" (singular) not SEEDS (plural) would be called, speaking of Messiah as the promised seed. (Genesis 17:21, Hebrews 11:18) This is figurative of Messiah. When God made covenant with David, the throne of David, was again to this STAR SEED, (singular) who would come through the Davidic line. Can you hear the battle cry? Put God is one on your (maghen) shield! And live like righteous, sanctified, holy men and women of the Most High G-d.
In speaking of defensive weapons, the "maghen" was a light round hand buckler. It could be borne by bowsmen, and we read of the men of Benjamin, in Asa's army, that bare shields and drew bows. (2 Chron. 14:8) Shields were made of wood, or wicker overlaid with leather. The anointing of the shield was probably to protect it in bad weather.
In scripture, the maghen (MAW-GAN, fem. plural MEGINNAH) refers to an object which provides covering and protection to the body during warfare. In light of the fact that it is G-d who always protects His people, it is not surprising that G-d Himself, is called "a maghen." (Deut. 33:29)
"There is the (maghen) shield of the mighty cast vilely away, as though it had not been anointed..." (2 Sam. 1"21)
"Arise you princes and anoint the (maghen) shield..." (Isaiah 21:5)
Scripture verses showing the use of the maghen:
THE WITNESS OF THE MAGI
"There shall come forth a star out of Jacob, and a sceptre shall arise out of Judah." Numbers 24:17)That prophecies concerning Messiah, were widely known in ancient times, is clearly seen in the biblical account of the Magi, who were devout Gentiles with an understanding of prophecy, who said: "Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the east," and are come to worship Him." (Matt. 2:2) The arrival of the Magi in the city of Jerusalem, (City of David) threw Herod the king, and all the city into a state of great excitement. A council was called of the chief priests and scribes, that Herod might better understand the prophetic significance of this.
Herod sent to Bethlehem and said:
"Go search out exactly concerning the young child; and when you have found him, bring me word that I also may come and worship him."
We are told:
"They having heard the king, went their way; and lo the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. And when they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding joy!"
This journey of theirs required great faith in God and in prophecy. Seen in their willingness to set out, is their trust in the awesome and incredible leading of God, to lead this to this "Star Child," who was "The Bright & Morning Star." There had never been the birth of so incredible a ruler, ever seen in all the earth. The very heavens testified of Him, with signs and wonders, to indicate His entrance into this earth. He is the Sun of righteousness, whom God prophesied would arise with "healing in His wings." (Malachi 4:2)
The use of the Star of David as a symbol, dates to antiquity. It is seen in the catacombs in Rome, where Jewish people are buried. The insignia is also found on the wall about the city of Jerusalem. The Star of David appears as a seal, in ancient Palestine (6th century B.C.) Eight centuries later, it occuppies a place as part of a Jewish synagogue frieze in Capernaum.
In medieval times, the six-pointed star, was a Jewish printer's mark or heraldic emblem, especially in Prague and among members of the Jewish Foa family, who lived in Italy and Holland.
The Foa‘s moved to Sabbioneta, apparently at the invitation of the ruling Prince, Vespasiano Gonzaga and in Sabbioneta Tobia Foa’ established a Hebrew Press, adopted the 6-pointed star as its logo and, in this manner; helped to establish the Shield of David as the symbol of the Jewish people (6,7). The ancestral "Palazzo Foa,‘" where the family lived until it was sold in the early 1900s. It contains a small synagogue, which is now a national monument.
In 1354, Emperor Charles IV of Prague granted the Jews of his city the privilege of displaying their own flag on state occasions. Their flag displayed a large six-pointed star in its center.
A similar flag remains to this day in the Altneuschul, the oldest synagogue in Prague. Czechoslovakian residents of Prague that call it Staronova. From Prague, the "Magen David" spread to the Jewish communities of Moravia and Bohemia, and then eventually to Eastern Europe. In 17th-century Vienna, the Jewish quarter was separated from the Christian quarter by a boundary stone inscribed with a hexagram on one side and a cross on the other, the first instance of the six-pointed star being used to represent Judaism as a whole, rather than an individual community.
With Jewish emancipation following the French Revolution, Jews began to look for a symbol to represent themselves comparable to the cross used by their Christian neighbors. They settled upon the six-pointed star, principally because of its heraldic associations
STAR OF DAVID VS OCCULT HEXAGONS:
In the book of Isaiah we read of Lucifer, the chief arch-angel, who defiled his brightness. He was the anointed cherub that covered, (Ezekiel 28:14) but he sought to exalt himself above the Most High God.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer sun of the morning. How art thou cut down to the ground, which did weaken the nations! For you said in your heart: I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the Most High. Yet you are brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit. They that see you gaze narrowly on you, saying Is this the man that made the earth to tremble? That shook kingdoms?" (Isaiah 14:12)
In modern times, occult symbols, are distinguished from the Star of David; by this: Occult symbols tend to have a circle around them. If it's a six pointed star with a circle around it, then it's a hexagram. If it's a six pointed star without a circle around it, then it's a star of David. If it's a five pointed star with a circle around it, then it's a pentagram. If it's a five pointed star without a circle, then it's just a five pointed star.
COMPROMISE: CONSTANTINE'S MAGIC AMULET:
What concord has Christ with Belial (mixture) ? Or what part has he that believes with an infidel? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? (2 Corinthians 6:15)
Constantine the Roman Emperor, was a military stradegist. He worshipped the pagan god Mithra,which was a form of "sun worship," the image of which depicts a bull holding the sun within it's two horns. For the soldier, Mithra embodied the manly characteristics of "courage, loyalty, victory and integrity. Women were excluded from worship. This deity was said to provide Roman soldiers with victory in battle. The temple of Mithras was built during the 2nd century, and contained images of Minerva, Bacchus, and Serapis, which were imported from Italy.
In his book "Astrology in Roman Law And Politics," (p. 4) Frederick Cramer writes concerning Mithraism:
"...A star-cult, sun worship became in the third century a.d. the official creed."
Constantine, worshipped Mithra, (The demon "god of forces, (a demonic principality spirit") all of his life, choosing to use the pentagram, the star with a circle around it; on his seal and amulet. The worship of Mithra had many counterfeit similatities to the Christian faith, which made it the ideal "mixture" with which the emporer could dilute the power of Judeo-Christianity. Mithra was Saviour of the world. He was born of a virgin on December 25th. Though Mithraism had struggled to exist for many years, under Emporer Constantine it rose to prominence. The sign of the cross formed by the elliptic and the celestial equator was one of the sacred symbols of Mithra. Blood sacrifice was common, with ritualized slayings of the "bull," to appease Mithra; "a mediator between God and man." Celebratory meals of with bread and wine were served, particularly during festivals to this god.
Mithra was regarded as part of a tri-unity of gods who were co-equal with the supreme deity. During his reign, the Emporer had coins minted, with the inscription: "SOL INVICTO COMITI." (COMMITTED TO THE INVINCIBLE SUN.")
Constantine supposedly converted to Christianity upon his bed, being baptized by Eusebius of Nicomedia, a heretical friend of his. From the Council of Nicea on, we see the emblems of this in "cathlocized Christianity." The heads of Saints didn't really glow as is so often portrayed in religious art. The use of the halo, or nimbus, originated with the pagan Greeks and Romans to represent their sun god, Helios. The Protestant Reformation has not rid the church of many of these pagan influences that infiltrated it in the early years. The stradegy of Satan through Constantine, uniquely fulfilled this verse, is a type of the anti-christ spirit, which even now is in this world.
He shall come in peacably and obtain the kingdom by flatteries. And with the arms of a flood shall they be overthrown from before him, and shall be broken; yes also the prince of the covenant. And after the league made with him he shall work deceitfully: for he shall come up and shall become strong with a small people. (318 bishops at the Nicean council) He shall enter peaceably even upon the fattest places of the province; and he shall do that which his fathers have not done, nor his fathers fathers; he shall scatter among them the prey, and spoil, and riches: yes, and he shall forecaast his devices against the strongholds, even for a time." (Daniel 11:21-14)There is a spiritual awakening taking place, which many call "revival." Many are obeying God's word, which, in speaking of the pagan or paganized religious system, states: "Come out of her my people." By the 5th century, the foundations laid with the Council of Nicea had created the office of "pope." Pope Leo of that era complained that worshippers turned from the altar and faced the open door so they could worship the rising sun.
Multitudes continue to believe that the paganized Roman "fabrication" is true Christianity, but it is not the Judeo-Christianity of the holy bible. The churches which sprang from the catholic church in no way resemble those planted by the apostles of the Lamb. How does one know the difference you ask? The bible warns of seducing demonic spirits, and doctrines of demons, telling us to:
"Test the spirits, and see whether they be of God."
THE OCCULT PENTEGRAM & THE SEED OF THE SERPENT:
Until medieval times, the five points of the pentagram represented the five wounds of Yeshua haMashiach/JesusChrist on the cross.
During these times the pentagram appears to have carried no evil implications, and in a lesser way than the cross, was symbolic of the Yeshua haMashiach, who is called the Bright and Morning Star. (Rev. 22:16) The use of the hexagon with a circle around it, being utilized as a "magic symbol," no doubt came into being by those who were not believers in Yeshua, but understood in some way, that there was power in His His name, and like the 7 sons of Sceva, they sought to access this power without the surrender of their lives to Him, as commanded by the apostles, and recorded in the word of God.
11) God did extraordinary miracles through Paul, 12) so that when the handkerchiefs or aprons that had touched his skin were brought to the sick, their diseases left them, and the evil spirits came out of them. 13) Then some itinerant Jewish exorcists tried to use the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, "I adjure you by the Jesus whom Paul proclaims." 14) Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. 15) But the evil spirit said to them in reply, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?" 16) Then the man with the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered them all, and so overpowered them that they fled out of the house wounded. 17) When this became known to all residents of Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks, everyone was awestruck; and the name of the Lord Jesus was praised. 18) Also many of those who became believers confessed and disclosed their practices. 19) A number of those who practiced magic collected their books and burned them publicly; when the value of these books was calculated, it was found to come to fifty thousand silver coins. 20) So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.(Acts 2:38, Acts 19:14)
There is a counterfeit star, that appears as a sign that has existed from ancient times. It speaks of Satanism, or occultism, and occult powers. It exalts the devil, as the arch-enemy of God and His people. In Genesis 3:15, God prophesies this "falling star" which will burn in unquenchable fire.
And I will put enmity between you (the serpent) and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; it shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel."This is Satan, who can appear as an angel of light.
He is personified as the King of Babylon, in Isaiah 14:4, in which God says: Take up this proverb against the King of Babylon saying:
How has the oppressor cesed! The golden city ceased! The Lord has broken the staff of the wicked, and the sceptre of rulers.
The devil manifests himself as a shield of protection to those who are deceived by him. I will discuss this further under the sub-heading of "occult symbols." The true "Magen David" was not an occult symbol. But either was the brazen serpent Moses lifted up in the wilderness. In time, if people drift from God, the very things they once cherished because these lifted their thoughts to God, can become idolatrous. We must all guard our hearts in this matter. What I am saying, is that the Magen David was not, in ancient times a "magic amulet." It had deep spiritual significance to the people of God.
THE STAR OF DAVID & END TIME PROPHECY:
In the eastern culture, the word "star" meant "a prince or ruler." It spoke of one with dignity, glorious power, and majesty. In Numbers 24:17, the fact that the word "Star" refers to a ruler is further supported by the subsequent use of the word "Scepter" immediately following.
The term "Scepter," represents a symbol of authority and dominion. In Numbers 24:14-19, the theme of Genesis 49:10, "scepter" in which "Shiloh," the Messiah is promised, continues. When Messiah comes, He will be a King." In addition to the people of "Moab" in Numbers 24:17, verse 18 also goes on to reference victory over "Edom."
King David had success against Moab and Edom. But this verse cannot refer solely to him because he did not fully defeat them in his victories. A further note in Numbers 24:14, is that Balaam says that his prophecies are to be fulfilled "in the latter days."
Jeremiah 48-49, speak prophetically of God judgement of Moab and Edom in the latter days:
The "Star out of Jacob," is spoken of in Number's 24:17 and in Revelation 22:16 Yeshua refers to Himself as "the Bright and Morning Star."
In John 8:12, we read:
"Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."
WHat Balaam saw and prophesied was the Star of Jacob, the sceptre of Israel, which has always come through the throne of David, and ultimately speaks of Messiah. Whether the Prophet Balaam looked into the night sky, and saw an actual star we are not told. But his prophecy concerning a "Star" or "ruler" who would come forth; is one of the most beautiful in all of history. It is natural that a star in the heavens, may to the quiet observer, resemble a shield. God pointed Abram to the night sky, and said: I am your (maghen) shield, and exceeding great reward.
Through Messiah's atoning sacrifice, Yeshua defeated for Israel and for all who will receive Him. He is become ruler over all who will receive Him as Lord. His presence is to us as a "shield," and buckler.
"Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us; and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; and having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it." (Colossians 2:15)
He has been exalted with glory and power to the right hand of God the Father. Yeshua haMashiach's first coming was in mercy and grace. He is coming again, the second time in judgement and dominion.
THE MOGEN DAVID & THE EVERLASTING COVENANT:
The covenant God made with David, is unconditional. It promises an unending royal lineage, a throne, and a kingdom. In the declaration of this covenant, God reserves the right to interrupt the actual reign of David's sons if chastisement is needed However, the perpetuity of the covenant cannot be broken. The Abrahamic covenant guaranteed to Israel an everlasting entity as a nation. and an everlasting possession of the land. The Davidic covenant guarantees to them an everlasting throne, an everlasting King, and an everlasting kingdom.
MESSIAH AS THE SEED OF DAVID
The Apostle James declared the rebuilding of the Tabernacle of David, which had fallen (his throne), that all the people of the earth would be drawn to He who sat on that throne, even as the Son of Man was lifted up.
Paul speaks of the fact that Jesus is the seed of David,(Romans 1.3-4) an allusion to the truth that the Davidic promises will ultimately be fulfilled in Him. Christ came in order to "rule over the Gentiles", again showing that the Davidic Reign or Throne encompasses the whole house of Israel not Israel alone. The Lord shall be King over all the earth.
Yeshua haMashiach, the seed of David, has been "raised from the ". God is faithful. He keeps His promises. God made a promise David, and cut an unconditional Covenant with him that will ultimately bless not only Israel, but all the people of the earth. This covenant will endure as the Sun and the moon endure. Though many in the line of David did not abide faithful, but turned away their hearts and walked in apostasy, God preserved the line or posterity of Messiah through David.
Yeshua haMashiach was and is the entire culmination of prophecies concerning the Davidic Throne. He will return to earth, and reign for 1000 years during the Millennium. God will then make a new heaven and a new earth. The promises that God makes in covenant relationship, He will keep.
THE ASPECT OF STAR-SEED:
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law."(1 Matt 5:19, Rom 7:7)
The Star-Seed aspect through David is seen in 1 Chronicles 17:4-15. The Davidic Covenant is a covenant of Messianic promise. (1 Chronicles 17:4-15) The kingdom covenant regulates the temporal and eternal reign of David's posterity. It secures in perpetuity a Davidic 'house' or line, a throne, and a kingdom. This covenant was confirmed by divine oath in Ps 89:30-37 and renewed to Mary in Lk 1:31-33.
It is fulfilled in the Messiah as the Saviour of the World, and Israel's soon coming King (Acts 1:6; Rev 19:16; 20:4-6). (1 Chronicles 17:4)
"Go and tell David My servant: Thus says the Lord, "You shall not build a house for Me to dwell in; 5) for I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought up Israel to this day, but I have gone from tent to tent and from one dwelling place to another. 6) "In all places where I have walked with all Israel, have I spoken a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd My people, saying, Why have you not built for Me a house of cedar?'" 7) "Now, therefore, thus shall you say to My servant David, `Thus says the Lord of hosts, "I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, that you should be leader over My people Israel. 8) "And I have been with you wherever you have gone, and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make you a name like the name of the great ones who are in the earth. 9) "And I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place and be moved no more; neither shall the wicked waste them anymore as formerly,10) even from the day that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel. And I will subdue all your enemies. Moreover, I tell you that the Lord will build a house for you. 11) "And it shall come about when your days are fulfilled that you must go to be with your fathers, that I will set up one of your descendants after you, who shall be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom. 12) "He shall build for Me a house, and I will establish his throne forever. 13) "I will be his father, and he shall be My son; and I will not take My lovingkindness away from him, as I took it from him who was before you. 14) "But I will settle him in My house and in My kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever."God will not forsake His covenant.
In Psalms 89:28, we read:
"My mercy will I keep for him for ever more, and my covenant shall stand fast with him."Jesus Christ is the very focus, fulfillment and culmination of the Davidic Covenant. In light of God's prophetic promises concerning the Davidic Covenant, the fact that this rule will be over the whole earth, the amillennialist has no justification for stating that there will be no millennium?
Read and understand these verses:
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection."
The reign of Christ on the earth is clearly established in Scripture, both in the Revelations of John and in the Davidic Covenant itself. God specifically promised David that his perpetual throne would be "established as the sun and the moon". These are two elements that have significance only in perspective to the earth. Look up at the sky! When you look into the night sky you see miriads of stars, pin-points of light so minute; yet some are hundreds of times larger than our own planet earth. Standing at just one of these points and looking toward the planet earth, the earth would only be a speck of dust. The moon would not be seen, the sun would be just a glimmer of light . From where we stand on the earth, the sun and the moon are gigantic in appearance. God used these as an illustration of the Covenant. This shows that the Throne of David was to be an earthly throne. It would be perpetuated till eternity. Though initially established during the thousand year reign of Christ which scripture calls the "Millennium".
"You that have followed me in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, you also will sit on 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel. And everyone that has forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children; or lands for My sake, shall receive 100-fold and shall inherit everlasting life." (Matt. 19:27-29)
"To him that overcomes will I grant to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame and am set down with My Father in His throne."Jesus is the "root" (RHIZA) of David. He sprang from this Davidic line. He is also the "root" of David in that it was he whom God referred to, when He prophesied of the establishing of an eternal kingdom through King David. Yeshua/Jesus BODILY resurrected from the so that He could BODILY sit on the throne of David, and earthly kingdom:
ANOINT THE MAGEN DAVID/THE SHIELD OF DAVID:
In the Old Testament, the "sons of Israel" which comprised the armies of Israel, carried shields and other weapons. The sons of Israel themselves were called "weapons of war." In the ode of David, called "the Song of the Bow," we learn that the warriors King Saul and his son Jonathan were weapons of this sort. As "the shield" was anointed, Saul was anointed with fresh oil.
There the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, as if he had not been anointed with oil. From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty. They were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions...How are the mighty fallen in the midst of battle! O Jonathan you were slain in your high places...How are the mighty fallen and the weapons of war perished! (2 Samuel 1:21-27)
In the Old Testament, the sons of King David comprised a mighty army in themselves. (2 Sam.5:14-16, 1 Chr.3:5-8, 1 Chr.14:3-7)
Prophecies of Yeshua haMashiach As Son of David:
Yeshua haMashiach As Ben Elohim, The Son of God
Yeshua, was challenged by the religious leaders as to this consept of David's throne. He answered saying:
"What do you think about the Christ? Whose Son is He?' They said to Him: The Son of David. He said to them, "How then does David in the Spirit call Him Lord, saying: "The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool"? If David then calls Him "Lord," how is He his Son?' And no one was able to answer Him a word" (Matthew 22:41-46).
BEN DAVID VS BEN ELOHIM
The two terms BEN ELOHIM, (Son of God,) and BEN DAVID, (Son of David) " hold deep significance to Jewish people. They are foundational truthes for all believers in Messiah. In the life of Yeshua haMashiach, we see these concepts harmonized in a marvellous way. His disciples wanted to "take Him by force and make Him king." (John 6:15). God has prophetic seasons. This was not to be fulfilled in precisely the way they thought.
The Apostle Peter stood on the Day of Pentecost, and preached on prophecies concerning this promised "Son of David," and "throne of David" prophecies to the waiting crowd. The Apostle Paul preached "the throne of David" concept of Yeshua as Saviour of the world, stating:
"God raised up for them David as king... From this man's seed, according to the promise, God raised up for Israel a Savior...Jesus" (Acts 13:22,23)Yeshua was/is indeed the "Son of David," as the scriptures have said. God has made Him both Lord and Christ. Are you a "son of God?" You can be, through faith in Yeshua haMashiach, as the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. John the Baptist's testimony of Him was: Behold the Lamb! (John 1:29)
But as many as received Him, to them gave He power, to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name." (John 1:12)
"Jesus Christ our Lord, who was born of the seed of David according to the flesh, and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness."
Yeshua is the Firstfruits, and the First-Born. Both of these titles, imply that there is more fruit to come...More sons and daughters to be born! And indeed there are!
"He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand." (Isaiah 53:10)
The 144,000 which are Jewish are a part of this "end-time harvest" of souls.
These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb." (Rev. 14:4)
Through the resurrection from the , Yeshua is the "first-fruits of them that slept." (I Cor. 15:20) As believers in Yeshua haMashiach, we also are a kind of firstfruits.
Of His own will He begot us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of His creation." (James 1:18)God has "shielded" us in Yeshua, that we through His power might be a shield of protection for others. First of all, the Old Testament concept of the "holy of Holies" carries over to the New Testament concept of being "In Yeshua/Christ."
GO ANOINT YOUR SHIELD WITH FRESH OIL!
It is in this position of being "in Yeshua, and watching daily in prayer, and being in the scriptures; that we are divinely protected. (Psalm 91)
My entire life as a believer in Yeshua haMashiach, has been that of being a "prayer shield."
"For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly." (Psalm 84:11)Our God is a "sun and shield." What's a sun? It's the light for the new day! Yeshua said: Abrhama saw my day and was glad! How did Abraham see "His day?" He saw it in a figure or symbol, in the offering of Isaac. This pre-figured the atonement. The sun is also a star. What's a shield? It's a protective covering. God gives "grace and glory" and no good thing will He with hold from them that walk uprightly.
If you don't have grace and glory in your life,
Yeshua is our Great High Priest, who ever lives to make intercession for the saints according to the will of God. He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. How does He "make this intercession?" He prays "through us," as believers.
Likewise the Spirit helps our infirmities: for we know not how to pray as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us for groanings that cannot be uttered. And He that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God." (Romans 8:26-27)
This "prayer shield anointing" is not our only anointing.
For through Messiah's shed blood, we are anointed with the "oil of gladness." (Hebrews 1:9)God has made us partakers in Him. No matter what tragedies you go through, God will make these your greatest triumphs. How? Because God causes "all things to work together for good for those that love God and are called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)
Does this sound strange to you? It is as we look past the momentary sorrow, to God's finished work, that we see that what happens in our lives can be used to the glory of God. For in it, we draw all that we need from God, so that we can console others. At times we feel sadness, but when you see the "far greater glory" which God is working, you will see sorrow as "the end" of all things.
You will see God's purposes in allowing us to continue to become better acquainted with Yeshua, through "the power of Yeshua's resurrection," and fellowship of His sufferings." (Phil. 3:10) At conversion, we accept the Lord. But all our lives, "knowing Him," is an on-going process. The things we go through provide afford opportunity to cleave to Him with all our might and to see Him as our ONE GOD, and to love Him; just as we are commanded in the first of the 10 commandments. There is nothing in all this world, like knowing Him! I can tell you this from experience, because I do not just know about Him, I know Him!
In all of life, but especially in the midst of my deepest trials, I have learned to pour out my soul to God, as the Psalmist David. And do you know what God does? He pours out of that anointing upon my head. Yes, he anoints my head and my shield with oil. (Psalm 23)
Only through the righteous pattern seen in the life of Yeshua, can we properly appropriate and administrate this anointing with fresh oil.
"And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any ly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover."
Believers are anointed by God, to do the works of God, in the authority of Yeshua haMashiach's name. (John 5:20) We that believe on Yeshua are "sons of God" in and through Him," for he is the son of God. He taught us through His sinless life and obedience to the Father, (the SHAMESH/SERVANT) that the kingdom is not taken with "fleshly hype."
THE SON OF DAVID & HIS SEED:
"Behold, I will bring forth My Servant the Branch." (Zechariah 3:8)
"And I YHVH will be their Almighty, and My Servant David prince among them." (Ezekiel 34:24)This passage from Ezekiel, calls Messiah My Servant David." Yeshua haMashiach has SEED, or "sons," which are born not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. In this believers, as Messiah is, are BEN DAVID, or "SONS OF DAVID." These are called "sons," but there will be daughters among them, for in Yeshua, there is neither male nor female, for all are one in Him.(Galatains 3:28) But in sharing this, will you please qualify this?
As those who through faith in Yeshua, are "overcomers," shall sit with Him in His throne, even as He also overcame and is set down with His Father in His throne. (Rev. 3:21) When Messiah came to the people of Israel nearly 2000 years ago, most had no concept of Him as "My servant the Branch." This aspect of His nature, simply did not fit their concept of a mighty conquering king.
He revealed Himself as Son of Man, (Son of David) doing His Father's works and administrating in kingly authority, speaking His Father's words. (John 14:10) He has also been revealed to us as Ben Elohim, "the Son of God." In what way are the the sons of Yeshua, who is Son of David; anointed? "But you have an unction (anointing) from the Holy One, and you know all things."(I John 2:20)
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Tom Campbell is the director of Breakthrough Intl.
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