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OT Types & Shadows

IV Genesis 27 we find the story of Jacob obtaining the birthright blessing—by putting a goat kid skin on his arms and neck to trick his father Isaac into thinking that he was Esau. This represents Ephraim receiving the blessing of bringing forth the Kingdom, instead of Judah. Although, Jacob tricked Isaac to give him the blessing, Esau had already sold his right to Jacob for a bowl of pottage when he hungered (Genesis 25:31-34).

Later, Jacob gave Judah the leadership blessing for Israel, but Judah preferred his own ruler-ship over that of Yeshua, the Messiah, and killed Jesus on the cross. Therefore, as did Esau, Judah forsook their birthright to lead in bringing forth the Kingdom of God. Instead, it was given to his brother Ephraim, leader of the Northern Kingdom Israel. Although Ephraim stumbles in sin at times, as did Jacob, he will yet, through much travail, bring forth the literal Kingdom of God and gather God’s covenant people Israel. God knew what Judah’s choice would be. Thus, in IV Gen 48:11 in Joseph’s blessing it says, “For thou shalt be a light unto my people, to deliver them in the days of their captivity, from bondage; and to bring salvation unto them, when they are altogether bowed down under sin.” This will be fulfilled when Ephraim and Manasseh bring Israel out of Babylon, or the world, building up of Zion, on Joseph’s land in America.

IV Genesis 38 we read the story of Judah’s three sons and Tamar his daughter-in-law. This is a type of the tribe of Judah and their relationship with Messiah, Christ the Lord. According to Hebrew way, a wife must bring forth fruit. This is a type of Jesus’ bride must bring forth fruit meet for the Father’s Kingdom (Mt 3:35, Mk 4:17, Lk 8:15, Jn 15:16, Rm 7:4-5). So when a Hebrew husband died, his barren wife had the right of seed from his brother that she might, yet, bring forth a child.

Er, the first born of Judah, is slain because of his wickedness. This represents Judah being sent into Babylonian captivity for seventy years, because of their wickedness. Then Onan refuses to lie with Tamar when he is given her to wife, because he does not want to bring forth seed to his brother and then have to divide his inheritance with her son. Therefore, the Lord slew him. This represents Judah not accepting Jesus as the Messiah, wanting instead their own ruler-ship. In 70 AD, the Romans slew many of the Jews and destroyed their temple, where YHWH dwelt with them. Finally, Tamar obeyed and waited for Shelah to grow up to give her seed, as requested by Judah, but then she was not given to him as a wife. This represents the Jews not coming to the Church to give her seed.

Finally, Tamar takes things into her own hands and plays the harlot to raise-up fruit unto her salvation, by lying with Judah, albeit, by trickery. This represents the Church bringing forth the Kingdom with the authority granted her from  the Spiritual Father Jesus Christ, going around the lineage of Judah, who lost their opportunity for eternity to bring forth the physical Kingdom of God to earth.

Another type is seen in Jacob’s fruit from Rachel, his preferred wife. She bore him two sons–Joseph and Benjamin.  On Saturday, March 10, 2007 around 12:00 pm, I asked the Lord exactly when was His second visitation and why the tribe of Benjamin was left handed.  Here is His response:

“My daughter I will visit my people when I redeem Zion, those who know me will see me in the flesh, just as my children in Zarahemla did.  I will then endow my servants to go forth in my name, that my children Israel may be gathered.  It will be sometime after that my temple is built, and I come to dwell there in Spirit, until my final coming in judgment and glory.

 You have also asked about Benjamin and why they are left handed.  This is a type and shadow of the final two outcomes of my children.  For Jacob and Rachel are a type and shadow of me and my bride.  My children will eventually be judged to go to the right, eternal life with me and my Father, or to the left, eternal damnation with him who they chose to serve.  This is not to say that the house of Benjamin will be judged to go to the left.  It is simply a type and shadow of the outcome of the union with my bride.

  Know that I will always answer your questions, if you seek me diligently.  Thus saith your Lord God and King, even Jesus Christ, the beginning and the end.  Amen.”

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Psalm 23

Let us look at Psalm 23rd King James Version of the Bible,

1   The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2   He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.

3   He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

4   Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

5   Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.

6   Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.

Within these few verses of the 23rd Psalm is buried the complete plan of redemption.  Many times Christians do not share the entire plan and by doing so, they undermine God’s plan.

The first line sets the requirement to begin the process, acknowledging our complete dependence on the Lord.  We must become as humble as a lamb; the only thing we can offer that is acceptable to the Lord is a broken heart and contrite spirit.  By doing this we are acting out our trust in Him, acknowledging that what we need and ask for that is right in His sight will be granted.

The second line rejoices in His providence and the abundance, which He provides once our heart is right with Him.  Furthermore, the metaphor of waiting on the Lord and not pushing ahead of His timing is brought forth.

In the third line we see that by following His will we our fed spiritually and as we allow Him more place in our heart, righteousness grows in our life.

The fourth line clarifies that we are in a time of probation, a time of testing.  The earth is now the kingdom of the adversary, carnality and temptation prevail.  Yet by accepting the Lord the second death can be overcome; the second death being spiritual death.  Notice also that with the growth of our faith fear is removed.  In order to be sustained in our walk with the Lord and not stumble off the path, we must hold tight to the rod, which is the word of God or scriptures, and seek the power of God (Moses’ staff analogy) to overcome evil.  We cannot overcome evil within our own strength.

The fifth verse is an allegory to Communion.  The Lord knows our need to continually realign our self with Him and He provided an avenue for this through remembrance of our covenant by acting out our need to internalize Him in order to become the sons and daughters of God.  Since the act of Christ’s atonement has occurred we can enjoy God’s kingdom within our self, which is righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost (Romans 14:17), even though the earth is currently filled with enemies to God.  In order to be in this walk with the Lord, however, we must be given the Holy Ghost (oil) and enter in at the gate (baptism).  In doing this our joy is full and our cup over flows.

To sustain this relationship with the Lord, however, we must continue to move forward.  Standing still is the same as the man who buried his money and displeased his Lord.  Plus in the parable of the sower only the fourth level of response brought forth fruit.  Jesus is the vine and we are the branches and we are to bring forth fruit.  The unfruitful part of the vineyard will eventually be burnt to stubble.  Jesus’ calling is not only to redeem man but also to redeem and reclaim the earth.  Jesus can do this at any time, but He is waiting until man is ripe in iniquity allowing as much time as possible for us as individuals to choose.  Recall Jesus’ prayer, “… thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.”  Clearly, King Nebuchadnezzar’s dream as interpreted by Daniel, Ezekiel, and Isaiah as well as others all prophesy of God’s kingdom on earth.

The battle is won, Jesus Christ has trodden the winepress, and all power is given unto Him.  Yet, He is allowing us time to work out our salvation and choose who we will follow, Jesus Christ or the adversary.  The choice is ours.  Entering in at the gate of baptism is not enough, we must continue on to perfection.  Jesus Christ will eventually present an unblemished bride, His church, to His Father.  He commands us, “… be ye perfect,” no unclean thing can dwell in the presence of God.  Yes, it is through the grace, mercy, and atonement of Jesus Christ that we are saved, but we must not overlook the rest of the plan, which is to continue forward and become perfect eradicating all sin from our life.  For this is what it takes to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.  Praise the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!