Daily Tidbits 4/8 – Shadows of Messiah: Easter

FULL VERSION:  Shadows of Messiah – Easter

Shadows of Messiah are seen in all creation which includes man and his holidays.  Man was created in the image of Elohim (Genesis 1:26-27).  Hence, more than any other part of creation, shadow pictures of Messiah are seen in relation to mankind.  One aspect of man is his religions and religious ceremonies and holidays.  As I’ve studied ancient history and religions, a repeating theme is seen.  Truth mixed with error.  All religions of the world have some truth which traces back to the Holy Scriptures and ultimately the Tree of Life.  However, they are mixed with lies that reveals that they are producing fruit from the tree of knowledge which is a counterfeit of the Tree of Life.  No matter how far removed from the truth a particular religion is, there is still some truth within.  A glimmer of light which calls man to His Creator, through Messiah.
All religions have some truth which is a gift of grace to all of mankind to draw us back to the Most High (2 Peter 3:9; 1 Timothy 2:4; 4:10).

There is a Biblical principle of YHWH sifting believers to draw them closer to Himself (Psalm 139:3).  Many times He allows the adversary to do this, such as in the case of Peter (Luke 22:31-32) and Job  (Job 1:12; 2:6).  In the end this sifting was done for the betterment of both Peter and Job (Luke 22:32; Job 42:12).  Other times the customs of the heathen are allowed to remain in our midst in order to test believers (Judges 2:2-3, 20-23), but at the same time there are traces of truth that are within them in order to draw man unto their Savior (Psalm 138:6-8; 34:17-19).

Just as Christmas and New Years and the rest of the holidays of the world, Easter is full of customs of the heathen which we are not to partake of (Jeremiah 10:2).  However, tracing these customs back to their source reveals they are founded upon the Truth of the Word, in a corrupted form.

In Catholic tradition, the mass originates from the Last Supper held between Messiah and His disciples which is said to have occurred on Good Friday.  In reality, this was a Passover meal but it is interesting to note that the word ‘mass’ traces back to the Hebrew word מצה ‘matsa’ which means unleavened bread.

The mass is called the Eucharist which comes from the Greek word εὐχαριστία ‘eucharistia’ which means to give thanks.  This is linked to the Lamb.  The eucharist is also known as ‘communion.’  The word communion in Greek is κοινωνία ‘koinōnia’ which means fellowship or union.  True unity will come when Messiah returns and regathers us (Isaiah 52:8; Jeremiah 3:17-18; 31:8-13; 50:3-7; Micah 2:12)  where we will be resurrected into His Image (1 Corinthians 15:49; 2 Corinthians 3:18; Psalm 17:15; Romans 8:28-30; Galatians 3:26-29; Hebrews 13:21).

The primary theme of Easter is resurrection and life which point to Messiah.  This is seen in the Etymology of the word Easter, easter eggs and rabbits.

The East

Easter comes from the word ‘Eostre’ which is the name of the goddess of the rising sun in the Spring.

The English word ‘east’ traces back to the Hebrew word אש ‘esh’ which means fire or a strong pressing.  It is in the East that the sun (fire) rises each day which is a picture of the resurrection.

Ishtar/Easter comes from the Hebrew word עשתרת ‘ashtaroth’ which means a star from the word עשתרה ‘ashterah’ which means a flock.

Lamb – star connection
Psa 8:1  To the chief musician, on the harp. A Psalm of David. O YHWH, our Lord, how majestic is Your name in all the earth; You have set Your glory above (על – above/on/upon) the heavens!
His Glory is seen in the heavens…What is the Glory of YHWH?  The Lamb of Elohim (Revelation 21:23).  The Hebrew word for Glory is כבוד ‘kavod’ which comes from the root כב ‘kab’ which means a star:

עשתרה traces back to the root אש which means fire as mentioned above and is the source of the English word East.

April
The entire month of April was “easter-monadh.”  The English word ‘April’ comes from the Latin ‘mensis Aprilis’ which means month of Venus.  In Old English the month was called ‘Eastermonao’ which means Easter month.  From the Old French avril which traces back to the Latin ‘Aprilis’ which means Venus.

The Hebrew word for Venus is נגה ‘nagah ‘which means to shine and is the source of the Latin word ‘ignis’ which means to ignite or fire, which connects to the East אש (fire) links seen above.

Venus is the bright and morning star.
Isaac Mozeson traces the Etymolog of Venus back to the Hebrew word לבן ‘lavan’ which means white or shining.  White is associated with beauty and pureness as well as the resurrection of the righteous.  לבן ‘lavan’  is also the Hebrew word for the moon.  It is no surprise then that Venus/Ishtar is pictured with moon iconography.

Who is the true bright and morning star?  Messiah Yahshua.
Rev 22:16  I, Jesus, sent My angel to testify these things to you over the assemblies. I am the Root and Offspring of David, the bright and morning Star.
The Greek word for morning is ὀρθρινός ‘orthrinos’ which is used in the Septuagin to translate the Hebrew word שכם ‘shakam’ which means the shoulder, but also to arise early (Genesis 22:3).
Isa 22:22  And the key of the house of David I will lay on his shoulder, so that he opens, and no one shuts; and he shuts, and no one opens.
Rev 3:7  And to the angel of the assembly in Philadelphia, write: These things says the Holy One, the True One, the One having “the key of David,” “the One opening, and no one shuts; and shuts, and no one opens:” Isa. 22:22
Luk 1:78  Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring from on high hath visited us,
Luk 1:79  To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Luk 1:80  And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.

In Luke 1:78 the dayspring/daystar is translated from the Greek word ἀνατολή ‘anatolē’which also is translated as East (Matthew 2:1-2,9; 8:11; 24:24; Luke 13:29; Revelation 7:2; 21:12-13)

ἀνατολή ‘anatolē’ is also used in the Septuagint to translate the Hebrew words מזרח ‘mizrach’ and קדם ‘qedem’ which mean the rising sun in the East as well as נגה ‘nogah’ which means shining and also is the Hebrew word for Venus.  Interestingly, ἀνατολή  is also used to translate the Hebrew word צמח ‘tsemach’ which means a branch, used specifically in reference to Messiah.

It is interesting to note that the BRANCH is used 5 times in Scripture {Isaiah 4:2; Jeremiah 23:5-6; 33:15-16; Zechariah 3:8-10; 6:12-13}.  Venus is linked to the number five as its rotation through the skies makes a pentagon shape.  From a fixed location over an eight year period (8 is the number of resurrection), the planet Venus travels a unique celestial pathway that exactly portrays a pentagram.

Carl Ljungman- Dictionary of Symbols

“As the orbi of Venus is closer to the sun than the earth’s position, she is never seen more than 48 degrees from the sun.  During a period of 247 days, Venus is visible as the Evening star that is, withing 48 degrees or less of the sun after the sun has set.  Then Venus comes too close to the sun for us to see her.  She remains invisible for 14 days, then reappears as the Morning star (or Eastern star) immediately before the sun rises in the east….Only Venus possesses the five-pointed star sign.”

The Gospel is connected w/flesh. Where is the first reference to flesh? The union of Adam and Eve…a picture of Yahshua and His Bride becoming one is  the fulfillment of the Good News.
EGen 2:21  And YHWH God caused a deep sleep to fall on the man, and he slept. And He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh underneath.
Gen 2:22  And YHWH God formed the rib which He had taken from the man into a woman, and brought her to the man.
Gen 2:23  And the man said, This now at last is bone from my bones, and flesh from my flesh. For this shall be called Woman, because this has been taken out of man.
Gen 2:24  Therefore, a man shall leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife and they shall become one flesh

Eph 5:30  For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones.
Eph 5:31  “For this, a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall be one flesh.” Gen. 2:24
Eph 5:32  The mystery is great, but I speak as to Christ and as to the assembly.

The rib of Adam from whence his bride came out is linked to the number 5 which connects to the 5th day of creation and life.

‘Chamesh’ is used to translate multiple terms in Hebrew.  It is used for the number five/fifty, the hand, to be armed and the side of the body (fifth rib).

The ‘fifth rib’
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חמשׁ
chômesh
This word is used in the following verses: 2Samuel 2:23; 3:27; 4:6; 20:10

Messiah was wounded in the side (‘the fifth rib’).
Joh 19:34  But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a lance, and at once blood and water came out.

Adam’s bride came forth from his rib/side (Genesis 2:22) which is a picture of Messiah’s bride ‘coming forth’ when He offered Himself as an atonement to bring us back to Elohim.  Interestingly, the year of Jubilee, which occurs every 50 (chamashim) years (Leviticus 25:10-13) began on the Day of Atonementclick here.  The great trumpet (Isaiah 27:13) will be blown and those resurrected in the 1st resurrection will receive their inheritance in the land.  This is interesting because the shofar is in the Fibonacci sequence which the pattern the Most High uses in His creation of life.  The Fibonacci sequence is encoded with the number 5.

The Egg

The Hebrew word for egg is ביצה ‘beytsah’ which comes from the root בץ meaning mud.
Mud is mixture of water and earth, pointing back to Genesis 1:9-13click here and the earth ‘rising’ out of the waters which is a picture of the resurrection.

The dividing of water and dirt and it’s connection to the resurrection is also seen in mud.

Deliverance is linked to being pulled up out of the mire.

Psa 40:2  And He drew me up from the pit of tumult, out of the miry clay; He lifted my feet on a rock; He directed my steps.

Interestingly, one of the Hebrew words for fine linen (Revelation 19:8, 14) comes from this root.

White/resurrection connection
Job 6:6  Can that which is unsavoury be eaten without salt? or is there any taste in the white of an egg?

The word here for white is ריר ‘riyr’ which means the flowing of a liquid as in the yolk of an egg.

The word for egg  in Job 6:6 is חלמות ‘chalamut’ which comes from the root חלם ‘chalam’ which means to dream from the parent root חל which means to pass through or change.  This is what the purpose of the egg is, a transitional home for the chick.

White is the color of resurrection
The garments designed for the priests were a shadow picture of the resurrected believers who are clothed in white, likened unto snow.  Being clothed with His righteousness is linked with the earth springing forth plants.

Isa 61:10  Rejoicing I will rejoice in YHWH. My soul shall be joyful in my God. For He clothed me with garments of salvation; He put on me the robe of righteousness, even as a bridegroom dons as a priest his head-dress, and as a bride wears her ornaments.
Isa 61:11  For as the earth comes out with her buds, and as a garden causes that which is sown to grow, so the Lord YHWH will make righteousness and praise to grow before all the nations.

Psa 132:9  Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let Your saints shout for joy.
Psa 132:16  And I will clothe her priests with salvation; and her saints shall surely shout.

The fine linen that the priests wore (Exodus 28:5, 8, 15 etc.) is from the following Hebrew word which means white & the number 6:

It is interesting to note that the Hebrew word for winter, חרף ‘charaph,’ comes from this same root חל.   Here the egg is linked to Spring, which is a picture of passing from death to life.  Winter is a picture of death, Spring a picture of life.

The fine linen that the priests wore (Exodus 28:5, 8, 15 etc.) is from the following Hebrew word which means white & the number 6:

The garments of the priest were worn to display that iniquity was not upon them (Exodus 28:43).  The white linen is the righteousness of the saints (Revelation 19:7-9).  What is Righteousnessclick here?  It is the Word/Messiah.

Coloring an egg is a picture of resurrection.

Baptism is a picture of a woman taking linen and dipping it into a colored dye where the linen or cloth becomes that color after being dipped into the water.  The act of dipping something into water so that it becomes new.

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ṭâbal
BDB Definition:
1) to dip, dip into, plunge
1a) (Qal)
1a1) to dip in or into
1a2) to dip oneself
1b) (Niphal) to be dipped
Part of Speech: verb
A Related Word by BDB/Strong’s Number: a primitive root טבל

Interestingly, the word for color in Hebrew is צבע, which has a similar meaning as טבל, seen above.  To dip the finger (especially in blood) to color something.

Two Babylon’s – Alexander Hislop

“The Hebrew name for an egg is Baitz, or in the feminine (for there are both genders), Baitza. This, in Chaldee and Phoenician, becomes Baith or Baitha, which in these languages is also the usual way in which the name of a house is pronounced. *
* The common word “Beth,” “house,” in the Bible without the points, is “Baith,” as may be seen in the name of Bethel, as given in Genesis 35:1, of the Greek Septuagint, where it is “Baith-el.”

“Besides the mystic egg, there was also another emblem of Easter, the goddess queen of Babylon, and that was the Rimmon or “pomegranate.”

Pomegranates and lilies, another symbol of Easter, were carved on the pillars of the Temple which faced East.  The name ‘Ishtar’ comes from אשרה ‘asherah’ which means upright as a pillar.
1Ki 7:15  And he formed the two pillars of bronze; eighteen cubits was the height of the one pillar, and a line of twelve cubits went around the second pillar.
1Ki 7:16  And he made two capitals to put on the tops of the pillars, cast in bronze; five cubits was the height of the one capital, and five cubits the height of the second capital.
1Ki 7:17  He made gratings of network with twisted threads of chain-work, for the capitals on the top of the pillars; seven for the one capital, and seven for the other capital.
1Ki 7:18  And he made the pillars. And two rows were all around on the one grating, to cover the capitals on the top with the pomegranates. And so he did for the other capital.
1Ki 7:19  And the capitals on the top of the pillars in the porch were lily-work, four cubits.
1Ki 7:20  And the capitals were on the two pillars, also above, over against the belly which was by the grating; and the pomegranates were two hundred in rows all around on the other capital.
1Ki 7:21  And he set up the pillars in the porch of the temple. And he set up the right pillar and called its name Jachin. And he set up the left pillar, and called its name of Boaz.
1Ki 7:22  And on the top of the pillars was lily-work. So the work of the pillars was finished.

The Hebrew word for lily is שושן ‘shoshan’ which is referring to its white color, as well as 6 petals.  As seen above, this word is linked to the resurrection.

The lily is a picture of Messiah & His body/house
Son 2:1  I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys.
Hos 14:4  I will heal their backslidings; I will love them freely; for My anger has turned away from him.
Hos 14:5  I will be as the dew to Israel; he shall blossom as the lily and cast out his roots like Lebanon.
Hos 14:6  His branches shall go out, and his beauty shall be like the olive tree, and his scent as Lebanon to him.
Hos 14:7  They who live under his shadow shall return; they shall live like the grain, and blossom like the vine; their memorial shall be as the wine of Lebanon.

The tree-trunk or cone of stone which symbolized Asherah was regarded as a Beth-el or “house of the deity*,” wherein the goddess was immanent, the word Asirtu, Asherah, came to denote the symbol of the goddess. The trunk of the tree was often provided with branches, and assumed the form of the tree of life*.

Exo 23:24  You shall not bow down to their gods, and you shall not serve them. And you shall not do according to their works. But tearing you shall tear them down, and smashing you shall smash their pillars.

The word for pillar in Exodus 23:24 is מצבה ‘matsevah’ which can mean a pillar, monument or stock/stump of a tree.  This is the word used in Genesis referring to the stone that Jacob anointed and proclaimed as Bethel.

Gen 28:18  And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar{H4678 matstsebeth}, and poured oil upon the top of it.
Gen 28:19  And he called the name of that place Bethel {H1008 house of God}:: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.
Gen 35:14  And Jacob set up a pillar (H4678 matstsebeth) in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon {This is a strong reference to the Messiah, which means anointed one.}.
Gen 35:15  And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel {H1008 בּית־אלbeytḣ’el house of God}

Messiah is the image of Elohim
2Co 4:4  in whom the god of this age has blinded the thoughts of the unbelieving, so that the brightness of the gospel of the glory of Christ who is the image of God, should not dawn on them.

The congregation of believers are to be the “image” of Messiah
Rom 8:29  because whom He foreknew, He also predestinated to be conformed to the image of His Son, for Him to be the First-born among many brothers.
2Co 3:18  But we all with our face having been unveiled, having beheld the glory of the Lord in a mirror, are being changed into the same image from glory to glory, as from the Lord Spirit.

His body = the Temple

Joh 2:19  Jesus said to them, Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.
Joh 2:20  Then the Jews said, This sanctuary was forty six years being built, and do You raise it up in three days?
Joh 2:21  But He spoke about the sanctuary of His body.

The Temple/Tabernacle = the Body

Exo 25:8  And let them make a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell in their midst.
2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

The Holy of Holies contained the ark of the covenant which had the Word within.  Our cells contain our DNA which is a physical picture of that Word.

The Olive tree = His Body = the Pillar/Bethel

Romans 11:16 the Root of the Olive Tree = Messiah

Rom 11:16  Now if the firstfruit is holy, so also the lump. And if the root is holy, so also the branches.

Isa 6:13  But yet in it shall be a tenth, and it shall return, and shall be eaten: as a teil tree, and as an oak, whose substance{H4678matstsebeth a monumental stone; also the stock of a tree: – pillar, substance.} is in them, when they cast their leaves: so the holy seed(Gal 3:16) shall be the substance(H4678 ROOT) thereof.

ROOT=MATSTSEBETH = PILLAR
Gen 28:10  And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
Gen 28:11  And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep.
Gen 28:12  And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.
Gen 28:16  And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.
Gen 28:17  And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.
Gen 28:18  And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar{H4678 matstsebeth}, and poured oil upon the top of it.
Gen 28:19  And he called the name of that place Bethel {H1008 house of God}:: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first.
Gen 28:20  And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on,
Gen 28:21  So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God:
Gen 28:22  And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth {Isaiah 6:13} unto thee.

Gen 35:14  And Jacob set up a pillar(H4678 matstsebeth) in the place where he talked with him, even a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon.
Gen 35:15  And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel{H1008 בּית־אלbeytḣ’el house of God}

Mat 16:18  And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
1Ti 3:15  But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

Eph 2:19  Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellowcitizens with the saints, and of the household of God;
Eph 2:20  And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
Eph 2:21  In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:
Eph 2:22  In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit.

This is interesting to note.  Jacob’s pillar is connected with the ladder to Heaven.  Messiah applies this to Himself.  The ladder also points to DNAclick here within our bodies which is the ‘word’ that creates our bodies.  Messiah is the Word made flesh who is the olive tree/tree of life which we can be grafted into through faith.  He is the body, we are members of that body through faith.  He is the Temple, we are the stones of the building by faith.  Satan seeks to be like the Most High {Isaiah 14} and is the great counterfeiter.  Hence, he wants a false Olive tree/tree of knowledge of good and evil.  He wants a false temple.  A ‘false’ body.  A corrupted body.  A false Israel. A corruption of DNA/the word.

Here we see that the pillar that Jacob anointed is to be the house of Elohim.  His house are His people (Hebrews 3:6).  His body.  Pictured by the menorah, the tree of Life.  The counterfeit is a pillar/Asherah which is called Bethel.  The antichrist’s house are his people.  His body.  Pictured by the Asherah, the tree of knowledge.

Egg – tree connection
The Scandinavian world-tree, Yggdrasil, supports on its branches nine spheres or worlds – which the Egyptians symbolized by the nine stamens of the persea or avocado. All of these are enclosed within the mysterious tenth sphere or cosmic egg – the definitionless Cipher of the Mysteries. The Qabbalistic tree of the Jews also consists of nine branches, or worlds, emanating from the First Cause or Crown, which surrounds its emanations as the shell surrounds the egg – Manly Palmer Hall

The Hebrew word for rabbit is ארנבת ‘arnevet’ which comes from a combination of ארן ‘aron’ which means ark or box (from the root אר meaning light/order) and the word ניב ‘niyv’ meaning fruit which comes from the root נב which means the ‘seed inside.’  Here is a picture of the Tabernacle where the seed/Word dwelt inside the ark.

Ark of the Covenant – DNA – Jacob’s Pillar

On a deeper level, there are connections between the ark of the covenant and Jacob’s pillar & DNAclick here .

The ladder

Gen 28:11  And he came on a place and stayed the night there, for the sun had gone. And he took stones of the place and placed them at his head; and he lay down in that place.
Gen 28:12  And he dreamed. And, behold, a ladder was placed on the earth, its top reaching to the heavens. And, behold, the angels of God were going up and going down on it!

Gen 28:17  And he was afraid, and said, How fearful is this place! This is nothing except the house of God, and this is the door to Heaven.
Gen 28:18  And Jacob started up early in the morning and took the stone which he had placed at his head, and he placed it as a pillar; and he poured oil on the top of it.
Gen 28:19  And he called the name of that place, The House of God
{Bethel}. And yet the name of the city was at first Luz.

The ladder = Messiah

Joh 1:51  And He says to him, Truly, truly, I say to you, From now on you will see Heaven opened, and “the angels of God ascending and descending” on the Son of Man.

Messiah Yahshua = the Word

Joh 1:1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

DNA – Ladder


DNA & Languageclick here

Nucleotide    Character (Letter)
Codon        Letter
Gene        Word
Operon        Sentence
Regulon    Paragraph
DNA        Book

Simplified it could be said
Nucleotide bases    Letters
Codons            Words
Genes            Sentences
Book            DNA

DNA is a message from Elohim.  The DNA molecule is just the carrier.  Similar to the Torah.  The Torah is YHWH…the scrolls and books on which it is written is the carrier.
As George Williams puts it: “The gene is a package of information, not an object. The pattern of base pairs in a DNA molecule specifies the gene. But the DNA molecule is the medium, it’s not the message”

The DNA molecule is the instruction manual for the forming of amino acids which are made are the structural elements of proteins that turn into the biochemical units that drive all biological processes.  There are only 22 amino acids found in proteins.  Certain proteins are called enzymes.  They are catalysts (agents that are necessary for a reaction to occur but are not themselves changed in the process); others are called structural proteins which help to build cells and tissues.

If DNA can be thought of as the language of life, then the four bases can be seen as letters and the codons as arrangements of letters, or words. But like English, DNA’s language is more than words. Some codons function as punctuation marks, containing instructions to stop or start manufacturing a protein. This chemically simple yet stunningly complex DNA molecule dictates not only what proteins the organism will be made of, but how these proteins are to be arranged.

We have seen that one codon contains the instructions for one amino acid, and that sequences of codons specify the production of proteins. Groups of codons that have been arranged in “grammatically” correct sentences to form specific proteins are called “genes”.

DNA contains all the information needed to perpetuate life. This information builds in complexity from nucleotides to codons to genes, ultimately giving the complete text to form the body.

His body = the Temple

Joh 2:19  Jesus said to them, Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.
Joh 2:20  Then the Jews said, This sanctuary was forty six years being built, and do You raise it up in three days?
Joh 2:21  But He spoke about the sanctuary of His body.

The Temple/Tabernacle = the Body

Exo 25:8  And let them make a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell in their midst.
2Co 6:16  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?

Rising of the Sun

The rising of the sun each day at dawn is a picture of the resurrection of Messiah.  There are multiple Hebrew words speaking of dawn.  The first is זרח ‘zarach’ which comes from the root רח which means breath or Spirit.  The word מזרח ‘mizrach’ which means East also comes from this root רח.

1Pe 3:18  Because even Christ once suffered concerning sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God; indeed being put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the Spirit;
Rom 8:11  But if the Spirit of the One having raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, the One having raised the Christ from the dead will also make your mortal bodies live through the indwelling of His Spirit in you.

The next word for dawn is שחר ‘shachar’ which comes from the root שח which means a dark place or the pit.  Th is is speaking of the sun rising from the ‘pit’ which again is a picture of Messiah rising from the dead.

It is interesting to note that the English word ‘spring’ also traces back to the Hebrew word שפר ‘shofar’ as the word shofar literally means a bright sound, related to spring as the time when the sun begins to brighten the earth after the darkness of winter.

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