A central thread that runs through the whole of Scripture that both Christendom and Judaism try to hide, minimize, or ignore is polygyny. So, to expose that thread and demonstrate how very central the subject is, let’s take a gander at it by considering various angles.
Hebrews 11 names many of the following as ‘men approved by God’…
Abraham had at least two concubines besides Sarah. (Genesis 25:6)
Jacob had four wives, therefore, all who are descended from or grafted into Israel have a father who is polygynous.
Moses married the Zipporah and the Cushite woman. The latter incurred Miriam’s displeasure and we see God’s response…. (Numbers 12)
Caleb, Joshua’s righteous companion who entered the land, had …wives.
Gideon had 70 sons, plus. (Judges 8:30-31)
Elkanah, father of Samuel, had two wives.
David, man after God’s own heart, had eight wives and ten concubines (1 Chronicles 3:1-9).
Solomon, greatest king of Israel.
Joash was given two wives by the High Priest and ‘did what was right in the sight of the Lord…’ (2 Chronicles 24:2-3, 15-16)
Oh, God, by His own Word testifies to (allegorically) having two brides. (Ezekiel 23:2, 4; Jeremiah 3:8; 31:32)
Kelly and I are back in the Land, aka
Israel, for the next three glorious weeks. We are blessed to have
the opportunity to lead the Ani Yosef Sukkot trip and to attend a
couple small conferences concerning the restoration of Israel.
After a late start this morning due to
little sleep while traveling we headed out for a several hour hike
out of the moshav and through a part of the Hakedoshim Forest. The
‘Forest of the Holy Ones.’
We walked and talked. Stopped a couple
places to pray and simply drink in the beauty.
As we talked, she mentioned, “I look
forward to the day when everything is green again.”
I said, “It is green! Everywhere.”
“I’m not color-blind,” she
“I understand what you are saying,
dear, but I already see it as
green.” Then it hit me. I pondered and as we kept walking, I said,
“I think often we are prophecy-blind like being color-blind. We
don’t see things by
faith as if they already are!”
This year has been a string of prophetic pearls being revealed, one after another. Yesterday proved another gem in the string as President Donald Trump officially recognized Zion, the Eternal City, as the capital of Israel. Much, much has been running through my head ever since, but the very first thought that hit me was,
1 In the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, in order to fulfill the word of the Lord spoken by Jeremiah, the Lord moved the heart of Cyrus king of Persia to make a proclamation throughout his realm and also to put it in writing:
2 “This is what Cyrus king of Persia says:
“‘The Lord, the God of heaven, has given me all the kingdoms of the earth and he has appointed me to build a temple for him at Jerusalem in Judah.3 Any of his people among you may go up to Jerusalem in Judah and build the temple of the Lord, the God of Israel, the God who is in Jerusalem, and may their God be with them.4 And in any locality where survivors may now be living, the people are to provide them with silver and gold, with goods and livestock, and with freewill offerings for the temple of God in Jerusalem.’”
5 Then the family heads of Judah and Benjamin, and the priests and Levites—everyone whose heart God had moved—prepared to go up and build the house of the Lord in Jerusalem
The earth is also polluted by its inhabitants, for they transgressed laws, violated statutes, broke the everlasting covenant. Therefore, a curse devours the earth, and those who live in it are held guilty. Therefore, the inhabitants of the earth are burned, and few men are left.
Isaiah 24:5-6 NASB
We are hosting Al and Char McCarn this weekend as well as their two daughters, son-in-law and Akpene Torku. Earlier this week, Al and Char celebrated their 30th anniversary, so the girls surprised them with a very nice brunch this morning. As we were finishing the mimosas and tasty quiche, the conversation turned to the eclipse.
We read Revelation 12:1-2 together and discussed the coming signs in the heavens when I had an epiphany!! Here we go: Three “wandering stars” join the nine in Leo to become twelve and the woman conceives!! Selah!
Maybe, just maybe, what this sign portents is a major shift in the relationship between the House of Judah and the House of Israel and their respective connections with the King. The House of Israel (the nine stars in Leo*) has been with Yeshua for 2000 years. Maybe, just maybe, this is the turning point in His revealing of Himself to the three tribes (Judah, Benjamin and Levi) in the House of Judah making the 12 star garland signifying the coming together and the birth of renewed/restored Israel!! If this is the proper interpretation, watch for a MAJOR acceleration of restoration as the House of Israel begins to really awaken to Torah and come together while the House of Judah will begin a radical shift in perspective on Yeshua!
*Note: For those doing the math, there are actually 13 tribes named, though only 12 ever listed…. Joseph = Ephraim and Manashe…
Yesterday evening, my youngest son was frustrated, so he went out on the tractor after sundown and began turning the compost pile. We left him alone until well after dark when he, by headlights, was still moving compost. I decided to walk out to talk to him.
On my way out, I saw a bright star just above the very dark horizon and curiosity got to me. After speaking with him, I opened the Google Sky app on my phone and held it up to see what the bright object was, and realized, we can see most of the Revelation 12:1-2 sign at or right after sundown right now.
Here are two screen shots of the Google Sky app on my phone to show you what I am talking about.
Currently, I am conducting some market research to better understand Christian and Messianic attitudes toward Israeli products. Specifically, this research is to help guide a team of Messianic believers who feel led to help Israeli agriculture producers to be more profitable and extend the reach of their businesses.
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I love Malachi 4 and have written multiple times about this highly significant and prophetic chapter that is only now being fulfilled. One phrase I have written about before is “…he shall turn the heart … of the children to their fathers…”
Here is a terrific and peaceful explanation that will totally bless any who take the time to listen and ponder. I recommend finding a quiet place and hearing this message.
12 A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars;2 and she was with child; and she *cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth.
Revelation 12 relates a sign that will appear in the heavens. Significantly, it is a sign that is associated with the Geulah, Redemption! It is a sign that has only happened once in the history of the world, September 11, 3 BC and it will happen only again once in the foreseeable future/next couple thousand years. The picture below is from free astronomy software, Stellarium, seen from Jerusalem at sunset on September 23, 2017. Interestingly, this is on Yom Teruah, the Day of Trumpets. Take a look at the picture below and tell me what you see…. Continue reading “There shall be signs in the heavens….”
It is hard to understate the enormity of recent happenings regarding the fate of Jerusalem. I am still trying to process it all, but I do think it safe to say that we, mankind, have crossed a threshold into prophetically uncharted waters.
If you have not heard, on Kislev 23, 5777, the United Nations Security Council passed Resolution 2334 that condemns any Israeli activity beyond its 1967 borders. Further, the Resolution gives teeth to the international body to begin using lawsuits and eventually military action against not only Israel, but any who would side with her. According to the enforceable text of the Resolution, the Old City, the Western Wall as well as multiple Jewish suburbs around Jerusalem now belong to a non-existent people group commonly called ‘Palestinians.’