The Book of Jashar (Jasher)
We find his mention twice in the Old Testament and both times we are asked to read there. But where do we find this book? Now I recently heard that a Jew claimed that the book had been found and that there was also a genealogical register in it. I suppose they will try to install another Messiah by means of a forgery.
Where to look for the Book of Jashar ? (Jasher)
If God refers to a book or a letter in His Word, we do not need to search anywhere out there in the world. We have to find the answer in the Word of God itself. What a poor argument this is, when the entire scholarly community is almost unanimous in its monotonous refrain: "The book is lost. The book cannot be found" and thus give away their scholarly wisdom.
As if God refers to books and letters, only to leave us standing in the rain and serve us as an excuse, as it were, because they were not available to us and in the same breath cast doubt on God's reliability. If we were really to believe that God would conjure these books out of the hat at the end of the days and thus bring them back to light and then push them on: Oh, sorry! I had forgotten to forward the writings in time to the inclined readership?
How poor is our knowledge of God, how poor is our knowledge of the artist who painted his Word before our eyes. I marvel every day anew. Not only about what is new but also about what is old and don't get out of amazement at all. By the way: I am already beginning to count. And what do I count? How often would my master have earned the Nobel Prize for Literature?
Not at all, lost literature of God
If that were the case, how could a man examine things in depth? How could he learn from it? Very few of us are specialists, such as archaeologists, so there are no arguments from archaeology. There are also few language experts among us, and yet, armed with good encyclopedias and guided by the Spirit of God, they can very well bring things together. They can take a close look at every detail and then connect it with its counterpart. We call this process puzzling. This is what the Bible calls riddles and puzzles. And so we puzzle now together after the book Jaschar and solve the riddle.
By the way: The Lord thanks and prays:
In the same hour he rejoiced (jumping about with joy) in spirit and spoke: I praise thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden this from wise men and men of understanding, and hast revealed it to minors. Yes, Father, for so it was pleasing before thee.
Imagine the Lord jumping about with joy, because minors reveal his secrets. A beautiful thought!
Minors present their researches on the Book of Jashar
Where is the book actually located? Let's look at the secret. Its first mention is in the book of Joshua, chapter 10. There is talk of a war that Adoni-Zedek started after he heard of Joshua's victories and how he took Jericho and Ai and as a result the Gibeonites allied themselves with Israel. Adoni-Zedek sees himself in a position to do this, but not alone. He does not dare to fight the war exclusively by himself and therefore he gets reinforcements. In the end he and four other kings fight with their armies against the Gibeonites. What they didn't expect, however, is that the friend of their enemy is not their friend, but their enemy. Adoni-Zedek did not really have that on his bill: war against Israel.
God promises Joshua: "Do not be afraid of them, for I have given them into your hand.
Then Joshua says in verse 12, "Sun stand still to Gibeon; and you moon, in the valley of Ajjalon! And the sun stood still, and the moon stood still until the nation had avenged its enemies. (Is this not written in the book of Jashar?)
Has the story been written down or not? Yes, it was written down by God. And where? Where is the Book of Jashar? To this day there are many open questions. Let us first look at the second scriptural passage in which the Book of Jashar is mentioned. 2 Samuel 1:18: And David began this lament concerning Saul and Jonathan his son; and he commanded that the children of Judah should be taught the song of the bow; behold, it is written in the book of Jashar.
Saul and Jonathan fell in battle. Now David gives the following order: The song of the bow shall be taught to the children of Judah. What is this song that the Jews are to be taught? And, how is it to be taught when the book is considered lost? What sense does it make to speak of a teaching if one cannot access the written records at all? Lost and thus not to be found? Nonsense!
Now we believe, the authors, that all Scripture is entered by God, that is, no word in the Scriptures of both the Old and New Testaments is in vain. And very importantly: God certainly does not refer us to the contents of letters or books that no longer exist today. Completely absurd.
We hope the readers have understood our urgent demands. God is reliable and faithful, also with regard to the book of Jaschar. So where is the book?
A solution must be found. There must be a plausible answer in the Bible, an answer in both the Old and New Testaments; both parts are so interwoven that one half cannot do without the other. In other words, root and trunk belong together. Now let us take a look at one of the small and rather inconspicuous prophets and read the following text:
Behold, puffed up, his soul is not sincere in him.But the righteous one will live by faith.
The righteous one in this text is, Hebrew zadik, - therefore righteous -. The inflated one is Lo-Jaschar (explanations below). The second sentence of the fourth verse is quoted three times in the New Testament, namely in :
Romans 1:17;Galatians 3:11:Hebrews 10:38.
- The Letter to the Romans emphasizes the necessity of faith.
All have sinned and do not attain the required righteousness of God. Both Jew and Greek must approach God because of the righteousness of the Messiah.
- The Epistle to Galatians emphasizes the exclusivity of faith
The apostle warns of the other gospel, which is no other. It is not! Whoever believes in this other gospel will be condemned just as those who seek the good pleasure of God through their own works.
- And the Epistle to the Hebrews emphasizes the superiority of faith.
The righteous one, he is already righteous, and will live by faith.
The New Testament Canon
The arrangement of the letters, as they are done in most translations, is not by chance. It is confirmed by the order of the seven letters, but later. At this point only briefly:
If we take the order of the teaching letters as a basis, e.g. in the Elberfelder (German), this is the most common and recognized canon worldwide, then the Epistle to the Romans is the first teaching letter of the New Testament. It was written by Paul. According to this canon, the Epistle to the Hebrews is Paul's last letter. The Epistle to the Galatians is the fourth of the first seven Epistles to Paul. (Also on this later). Here our attention is to be directed to the position, i.e. the order of the three Pauline Epistles, i.e. the Epistle to the Romans, the Epistle to Galatians and the Epistle to the Hebrews. (see script: Structure of The Bible)
Three times Habakkuk 2:4 b in the New Testament
A triple testimony is valid before the law of Moses, isn't it? The three-fold repetition of the verse by the apostle Paul would thus be a first and weighty argument for the book to which the statements from Joshua and Samuel could point. Who is just, that is, jaschar? Jashar is the righteous one, the one who lives by faith, and this is comprehensively described in the three letters of the apostle Paul. () The three-fold quotation of the verse from Hab. 2,4 thus points to Paul's letters as the book that God calls "the book of Jaschar" in the Old Testament.
It might also be interesting to note that the sentence in Habakkuk 2:4 , but the righteous will live by faith, in Hebrew consists of three words:
וצדיק באמונתו יחיה
we-zadik bä-ä-mu-na-toh yich-jäih
- The Epistle to the Romans emphasizes the first word: we-zadik, but the righteous.
- The Epistle to the Galatians emphasizes: by faith
- and the Epistle to the Hebrews emphasizes: live.
But wait! The letters of the apostle Paul do not form a book of their own. Right?! Therefore we will have to look for further clues.
The book Jaschar is formed from the three aforementioned letters, but not only from the three. Joshua 10 and 2 Sam. 1 refer to one book, so we must assume that the entire New Testament as a whole forms the "Book of Jashar". We look at more details from Joshua 10 and 2 Sam 2 that give us more clues. But before we go again to the verse from Habakkuk 2 verse 4.
Details about Habakkuk 2:4
God plays with words, but not senselessly, but in an ingenious way. While here in Habakkuk 2 verse 4 the righteous is called Zadik, the word Lo-Jaschar is used for the lawless. (Lo forms the negation of the following word in the sense of not, here therefore not just. By playing the words Zadik and Jaschar the reference to the mysterious book Jaschar is obscured. But even more. The veiling also points to the man of sin, the son of destruction, the false Messiah. The veiled verse gives information about his origin.
At least two things are expressed here:
- The righteous man, that is a Zadik, belongs to one of the priest classes of Zadok. (see script to 1.Chr. 24. The prophetic understanding of the 24 priest classes).
- The outlaw, the Lo-Jashar, pretends to be a righteous man of the Zadok priesthood, i.e. a Christian. But he is not. Why? The text explains it: While his soul is not sincere. Lo-Jashar is a liar.
While the Epistle to the Romans presents the only possible justice from God, the Epistle to Galatians warns against the liar who introduces another justice. In the Epistle to Galatians, Paul warns sharply and clearly that anyone who brings another gospel should be cursed. The apostle repeats the keeping: "As we said before, so I say again now: If anyone proclaims something to you as a gospel except what you have received, let him be cursed! The curse is on the Antichrist. The Epistle to the Hebrews urges us to hold fast to the faith that has once been handed down. But three religions, in the form of a world unit religion, will present and associate another Jesus, another gospel. Both the other Jesus and the other gospel will be mediated by another Spirit. Where does the Anti-Christ come from? The Epistle to Galatians already hints at it. At the time of writing the letter, the antichristian spirit was already doing its mischief.
(The curse pronounced by Paul is found in the Old Testament. It is the curse over Achan, which is of the same hardness as the curse of Elisha in 2. Kings 2:24.)
The text from Hab.2:4 points out that Lo-Jashar is a zadokide. On the one hand he claims the position of high priest in the temple (or only altar) at Jerusalem, on the other hand he pretends to be a Christian and also spiritually claims leadership, because he is, now spiritually seen, also from the line of Zadok (the line of the righteous). He thus asserts a double claim. His camouflage and the accompanying deception can only be uncovered by sound Bible knowledge, which is why Habakkuk 2:4 tells us even more.
Advised Cutting Technique of Apostle Paul - 2. Timothy 2:15
As we have seen, Paul quotes only the second part of the verse, he does not even go into the first one. Paul explains his approach in his letter to Timothy as follows: "Prove yourself to be a proven worker, who has nothing to be ashamed of, who rightly shares the word of truth." What does it mean to "rightly share" the Word of Truth? Timothy is to cut the texts of the Bible into pieces and explain them in the proclamation. To cut correctly means to separate the part of the text that is decisive for the sermon in the place intended by God and to make it the subject of the speech. Our Lord does exactly the same. Let us first look at how Jesus quotes a verse, then take a look at the original, and then compare.
"I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered."
"Sword, wake up against my shepherd and against the man who is my comrade! Speaks Yahweh of the hosts; strike the shepherd, and the flock shall disperse."
- The Lord quotes the first part of the verse: "The sword shall awaken against the shepherd."
- He omits the second part: and against the man who is my comrade!
- The third part of the verse he quotes again: and the flock will disperse.
Jesus himself cuts the word in a place that is unusual for us. Why does he leave out the middle part? The answer is: because the second part of the verse tells something different. The sword should awaken not only against the shepherd who is our Lord, but also against the man who is his comrade. The middle part of the verse is cut out, because historically it is not yet there. And who is this comrade? Only the Hebrew text makes it clear. The Hebrew term comrade, as it is used here in Zechariah, is: Amit. Only here and in the 3rd book of Moses is the word Amit used.
Here is a brief explanation: The third book of Moses is also called Leviticus and expresses that it is a part of the Bible that was written especially for the Levites. The third book of Moses regulates the internal relationship between the Levites. Therefore, it can only be applied to Levites. The word Amit is found eleven times in Leviticus. The twelfth time in Zechariah 13. This means that the prophecy from Zechariah 13:7 turns against the man who is comrade of the Lord. The sword shall awaken both against the Messiah and against the Levite who is his comrade. Let us be clear that the term comrade cannot refer to the Lord, because Jesus did not come from the tribe of Levi, but from the tribe of Judah. The comrade - Amit - must be another, namely a man from the tribe of Levi.
The Evil Servant from Matthew 24:48
Let's read the text first:
But when that evil servant in his heart says, My lord forgives to come, and begins to beat his fellow servants, and eats and drinks with the drunken, the lord of that servant shall come on a day when he shall not expect it, and in an hour which he knoweth not, and shall cut him in two, and set his part with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
In Matthew 24:48 the Lord gives us an insight into the attitude of Lo-Jasar :
1. he is called "that" servant;2. he is evil and beats his fellow servants;3. eats and drinks with the drunken;4. The LORD shall cut him up, because he is a hypocrite.
The judgment of the Lord on that wicked servant, see point 4, is already established. The meaning of cutting, severing and cutting is literally fulfilled here.
Who is the man who is called Amit?The dissolution is the following: The comrade is the same man as the one from Habakkuk 2:4 and Matthew 24, 48. It is the unrighteous one - the Lo-Jaschar-. We commonly call him the Antichrist.
Paul, like the Lord Jesus himself, both cut away the Antichrist. Why? We have already mentioned the main reason: The time was not yet ripe! Only when disaster becomes apparent on the horizon will God begin to reveal the mystery of wickedness. It would not have made sense before. How can I see and recognize something when it is not there? Only when something comes within sight can concrete statements be made about it. Moreover, most Jews did not live in the country, but lived in the worldwide diaspora. Only with the forced immigration could the national sovereignty of the state of Israel be restored. And now God can slowly reveal the hidden.
Text Mirroring in the Bible
In both scriptural passages, Zechariah 13 and Habakkuk 2, the Messiah and the Anti-Messiah are juxtaposed. I call this kind of narrative reflection. Jesus is the Lamb of God, the other Jesus just looks like a Lamb. The Antichrist is mirrored in Christ. Only with the discovery of mirrored texts, even in one and the same verse, is it possible for us to find the hidden. What is the most striking feature of such a reflection? The most typical feature of a mirrored image is the swapping of pages. In the original, the right side is on the right and the left side on the left. In the mirror image, the sides are rotated. What is on the right in the original is shown on the left in the game image and what is on the left is shown on the right in the game image. Put it to the test. Stand in front of a mirror, if you haven't done it before. Now move your right arm. You will see that the mirror image raises your left arm, won't you?
With this kind of reflection, God has hidden many secrets in the Word of God.
Who is the man who is called Amit?
The dissolution is the following: The comrade is the same man as the one from Habakkuk 2:4 and Matthew 24:48. It is the unrighteous one - the Lo-Jaschar-. We commonly call him the Antichrist. The cutting of texts and the mirroring of things, people and much more serve the purpose of concealment. God also veiled the Antichrist in order to unmask him one day.
Excursus 1: the priest classes
The 24 classes of priests were appointed by David. But after the Babylonian captivity, only four classes of priests returned. What to do? Quite simple! The heads from the existing four priest classes were assigned to the 24 priest classes.
The sons of Zadok are from the Eleaser line and represent 16 heads. The sons of Ithamar represent only half, that is eight heads. 16 Zadokid heads and 8 Ithamar heads make 24 heads. These 24 heads are now assigned to the priest classes, which David had determined about 500 years before. So the 24 heads represent the 24 priest classes. And now we experience a surprise. The 24 heads of the 24 classes of priests prophetically point to the 24 elders from Revelation 1 and 4. Why is that so?
The meanings of the names from the 24th chapter are a first indication, i.e. the 16 heads from the line of Eleaser form the priests from the nations and refer to Ephraim. His name means "double fruit", double of what? Here of 8. And 2 times 8 are known to be 16.
The eight heads from the line of Ithamar represent Jewish Christians, Manasseh. His name provides the deeper reason for forgetting. Joseph explains the reason for the name: because God made me forget all my hardships and the whole house of my father. The hardship speaks of Joseph's unjust treatment by his brethren and his father's house speaks of the earthly temple. Prophetically, the name Manasseh refers to the third temple, which is a spiritual house in which Manasseh is a priest, as is Ephraim. And so it is easy for Joseph to forget the earthly sanctuary and enjoy the heavenly. A Jew must have the same feelings when he accepts the Messiah Yeshua HaMashiach in faith, for the loss of the earthly house is far outweighed by the gain of the heavenly.
The other priests in 1 Chr. 24 are also provided by the Jews, but they are those who come to faith after the Rapture to the Messiah Jesus of Nazareth.
Video about Ephraim (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBuQKWj4UOQ)
Reason for forgetting: Manasseh, the firstborn, gave Joseph a reason to forget: as Messiah Ben-Joseph he says: "For God has made me forget all my troubles and the whole house of my father." His father's house must be interpreted as the second temple, for the Messiah has become the cornerstone of a new temple that will grow into a spiritual house and be completed in a short time. Manasseh, who was born in Egypt, points to the Jews who found their Messiah in the Diaspora, which is the dispersion among the nations, especially since the Reformation.
Excursus 2: How to reliably handle biblical prophecy
Before we look at the details of Joshua 10 and 2. Samaul 1, we find it useful to briefly explain how we can deal solidly with prophecy.
Prophecy in general tells us something about past, present and future things. At the same time, it provides a pattern by which we can apply the narrative to the present time, once we have examined the abstract pattern and recognized its essential elements. Abstract because a reduction takes place in an abstraction; here is an example:
We draw a square with four lines. We place a right-angled leg above it. We get the basic pattern of a house. If we draw a small square in the large one and a rectangle next to it, then even a child would recognize that the small square represents a window and the rectangle a door. This is an abstract pattern. Our pattern depicts a house with walls, a roof, a window and a door. Almost every house in the world is built according to this simple pattern, isn't it?
It is similar with prophecy. To Habakkuk God says: ... the face ... God is trying to say that the vision can be applied in different epochs because it is a pattern, but not yet the final fulfillment. If at the time of the prophecy things were still far away and thus unclear or not visible at all, the face has been striving ever closer in the last centuries and has thus become clearer. Prophecy strives towards the end. When we stand near the end of a stretch of way then we could see more and more objects and persons that approach us from a certain distance and increasingly recognize details, the closer the clearer. The outlaw is seen more and more clearly. From a temporal point of view, the arrival of evil is not far away. In the history of salvation the antichristian spirit, we can also say anti-messianic spirit, is becoming more and more influential.
Now we know: Evil has always been there. It is already told to us in Genesis 3. Satan has not stopped lying to people, deceiving them and seducing them to idolatry since that time. How he did this is told in many different ways in the scriptures. But always according to one and the same pattern: the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life.
The false Messiah comes, says John, adding: "Many Antichrists have now become like this." The pattern of the Antichrist could already be recognized in the times of the apostles, but only after 2000 years its appearance is completely seen, i.e. revealed.
Once we have recognized a pattern, we have to take a closer look at the details that go beyond the pattern. They provide us with more detailed information. They help us to make a precise chronological classification.
In addition to pattern recognition, however, more is needed. Here are our tips:
1. a sound understanding of imagery such as metaphors, symbols, riddles, parables, reflections and much more.2. never look outside the Bible for an explanation for any facts, but, now follows a small limitation,3. seek in creation to understand God's language and wisdom.
Prophetic Classification - Missing puzzle pieces can only be found in the Book of Jashar-
We have already assigned the three letters of Paul, the Epistles to Romans, Galatians and Hebrews, to the book of Jaschar. Now we examine the contents that Joshua and Samuel are mentioned; and again we have to puzzle. The individual parts must now be assigned to the texts in the Book of Jaschar.
The Amorites, those from the mountains, want to attack Gibeon. Adoni-Zedeck does not dare to take action alone against the Gibeonites and so he persuades his neighboring kings to go to war. But the five kings are defeated because God drops stones from the sky. People die because of the stones. The story describes the final war at the end of the days. A marker is set by the word "hail stones", because the word hail is a Hapax Legomenon. It is a word that occurs only once in the Bible. Hapax Legomenon means: once said. Whenever we come across a Hapax Legomenon, we get a hint to the end time. - Our research has shown this again and again.- During this time, things happen that have not happened in the entire history of mankind. They are unique. God uses the Hapax Legomena to indicate the prophetic aspect in the narratives. We have already discovered the following properties for the Hapax Legomena:
- they are prophetic;- have an apocalyptic character;- are related to the redemption and recovery of Israel; veiled is also spoken by the heavenly people.
The Hapax Legomena occur differently frequently in the books of the Bible. In places where the plaintext already indicates that the description refers to the Last Days, we find few and where the plaintext does not clearly indicate this, we find many.
Example: In the 1st and 2nd Epistles of Peter we find about 100 Hapax Legomena, but in the three Epistles of John only four.
The Hapax Legomena in the Bible
A Hapax Legomenon is a word that occurs only once in the Bible and, according to our interpretation, points to the Last Days. They all point to the great finale, as it is told in the last book. In Revelation 12 we find a woman who is clothed with the sun and the moon is under her feet, this woman is the sun that stands still at Gibeon and represents the Christian testimony, for it says in Judges 5:31: "So may all your enemies perish, Yahweh! But those who love him, be as the sun rises in its power!"
God works a work that is only hinted at in Revelation. There is an innumerable multitude of souls under the altar, those who are slaughtered for their faith. The 144,000 diligently proclaim the saving message: Convert to God. But many Christians die as martyrs. They believe in Jesus, hold fast to it and are therefore killed. These are those who are seen under old age. Their murderers continue to blaspheme the God of heaven. (Revelation 16:21).
Malachi illustrates the difference that will come to light again at the end of the years, because it says: "And you will again see the difference between the righteous and the lawless, between the one who serves God and the one who does not serve him." The righteous man believes in the gospel of God as it is unfolded in the Epistle to the Romans. The lawless man turns to the other gospel, which is not one at all, of which Paul so urgently warns in the Epistle to the Galatians.
How can a righteous man follow the path of righteousness to the end? If he saves himself from the other gospel and remains in the message preached to him before, Paul reminds the Hebrews of this.
The Book of Jaschar: Self Testimony in the Gospel of Matthew
What happens to the outlaws? The Lord tells it himself: So just as the tares are gathered together and burned in the fire, so it will be in the end of the (present) age. The Son of Man will send forth his angels, and they will gather from his kingdom all the offenses that do the lawless, and will throw them into the furnace of fire: there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then will the righteous shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear!"
Here the Lord alludes to the event in the Book of Daniel. Daniel's friends will be dragged before the king Nebuchadnezzar by the accusation of the satraps, governors and proconsuls, because they will not prostrate themselves before the idol. The king throws them into the furnace of fire. But the fire cannot harm Daniel's three friends. This is a parable-like reference to the murder of many just friends of Daniel during the Great Tribulation. Death, including death by fire, cannot really kill them. God is their lawyer and as Messiah he is with them in the fire. The outlaws want to burn the righteous, but it comes the other way around. The Lord will have them thrown into the furnace of fire; the lawless one burns with indelible fire.
The symbols used: Sun, moon and more
The woman from Revelation 12 is not the Jewish people, as we have already explained. We need to take a closer look at the details to see who this woman is. We have spoken before of the righteous who love God and then rise like the sun. In Joshua the sun stands still over Gibeon. Heaven, as it were, holds its breath. Is it the half hour in which the great silence is in heaven?
Sun to Gibeon? Gibeon means hill and is an allusion to the hill Golgotha. All those who believe in Jesus as Savior today represent the sun, or part of the sun. It was used to rule during the day. For the night another great light was made.
He stands still in the valley Ajjalon. The valley stands for the earth and the valley Ajjalon stands for a special part of the earth, namely a deer field. What is this field and who are the deer? Will the word root for deer field help us? The word goes back to the term deer. Well, we have the deer, the deer and the field. What should the valley of Ajjalon tell us now?
Deer are exceptionally lovable animals, but shy. Let us look for the deer, not outside in the grove, but in the Word of God. In the 42nd Psalm we find one. The Psalm is a Maskil. A maskil deals with the basic teaching of the Holy Scriptures. What is described in such a psalm is of great importance in both the Old and New Testament. What is described here? It is the need during the Great Tribulation. The Messiah makes himself one with his people and says: Like - be careful - like a deer loves streams of water, so my soul loves you, O God! The deer does not find water streams and yet his soul thirsts for God.
In other places of the Scriptures the stag is always mentioned together with the gazelle. The gazelle and the stag stand for the Messiah, as can be seen in the Song of Songs. But why are they always mentioned together, with the exception of Psalm 42?
In Psalm 42 there is an ice age, because winter has come. The streams are frozen and the way to the Temple Mount is impassable. This is how the psalmist poetically describes the great tribulation.
Never before have people become as lonely as they will be at that time, no water, no congregation and Jerusalem far away. Because the word soul is conspicuously frequent, it may also indicate physical death and is underlined by the place of residence, the land of Jordan and Hermon. One of the three mountain tops of Hermon is named here by name, the Mizhar - another Hapax Legomenon. The winter weather on Hermon can be compared to the winter weather of the Alps: Rough, stormy, cold and desolate ice desert and no hut to warm up. The psalmist wishes to return to the valley, yearns to where the green meadows sprout and the streams flow abundantly. The next spring will surely come, says a proverb and announces the Mizhar. The Jews may also hope for this, the Mizhar points to the tiny little time in which winter reigns.
Mizhar: small, insignificant in number or size; adverbial: a short time;
The stag stands for the Messiah who suffers with his people. The Messiah always makes himself one with his people because he loves them. They cuss him, curse him, reject him, yet the Lord loves them. By force he will snatch them from Lo-Jaschar. The sword of Yahweh will awaken against this vain shepherd who leaves the flock when the wolves come.
The two halves of the sun
As we have already noticed, the sun is connected to the Golgatha hill. Now we have to take a closer look at the sun and reveal another secret. First we look at Joshua 24, where it says: "And he (Joshua) was buried in the region of his inheritance at Timnath-Serah on the mountain Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash.
What has this place to do with the sun? Let us look at the word Timnath-Serach. In Hebrew the word looks like this:
תמנת סרח and means part of the sun.
A second scriptural passage from Judges 2:9: "And he was buried in the region of his inheritance, at Timnath-Heres on the mountain Ephraim, north of Mount Gaash." Now we take a closer look at the word Timnath-Heres. It looks like this in Hebrew:
תמנת חרס and means part of the sun.
The two words Heres and Serach are mirrored to each other. (see video https://youtu.be/LBuQKWj4UOQ They express the same facts. Both represent a part of the sun. But why the reflection? We go to the 1st book of Moses, chapter 38.
There a miraculous story is told. After Gher had grown up, Judah, his father, took a woman named Tamar for him, the firstborn. But in Yahweh's eyes Gher was evil and so God killed him. Now the second son had to enter into the brother-in-law duty, but Onan, the second born, drops the seed to the earth. The seed spoils. God also killed him because Onan did not fulfil his brother-in-law duty, i.e. he was to give Tamar a descendant and heir for his brother.
The years went by and Judah failed to bring his daughter-in-law the third born. Tamar helped the failure a bit and disguised himself. When Judah passed Enaim, he said there was a whore, but she was not. He lies with her. After a certain time, it could not remain hidden, Tamar was pregnant of it. When Judah, her father-in-law, heard about her pregnancy, he accused her of fornication and then immediately passed sentence on her. Tamar could, of course, justify herself by keeping three things in front of her father-in-law that belonged to him, the pledge for the apartment. It consisted of:
1. the signet ring,2. the string,3. and the staff.
Soon came the time of bearing. Tamar says at birth, Twins are in my body, and so she calls one Perez and the other Serah. The two boys depict the sun that is spoken of in many passages of Scripture, but especially in Joshua 24 and Judge 2. And whenever we read the corresponding passages in the prophets, it seems that one is interchangeable with the other, like twins. They are similar to each other. Their similarity confuses even the scholars. This is also the reason why so many Bible interpreters, Jewish or Christian, can never agree. Only the sign of the crimson thread distinguishes the two. (The crimson thread: A new and exciting topic, but so much in advance: The Jews demand signs, therefore the red crimson thread serves the Jews as a sign).
Tamar, which stands for a palm tree, symbolizes peace as it were. It is the peace that the Messiah made between Jews and Greeks. The partition wall is torn down, Edom and Jacob are reconciled. Their reconciliation is fulfilled in succot. It is the seventh and last feast of the LORD, the feast of tabernacles.
The moon in the valley Ajjalon
Now who or what symbolizes the moon? As we have known since the time of the Reformation, the moon is not a star in the narrow sense of the word. It does not provide the Earth with its own light, but reflects the light of our central star. If the sun represents the Messiah and the righteous, then the moon must represent the people of God who come to believe in the Messiah Jesus of Nazareth before the Second Coming. Both groups, so the text from Joshua 10 lets us know, stand still when the Lord judges the enemies of the people of God. But His people do not remain inactive in the long run. The time is coming when Joshua and his army will rush to the aid of the Gibeonites and take up the sword and destroy the enemies. Here an important fact becomes clear: Without God it does not work, but without us he does not want.
The Woman from Revelation 12
Now that we have assigned the sun and the moon, we can give a conclusive answer to the question: Who is the woman in Revelation 12? Let us take a close look at the details first. The woman as a symbol for the people of God clothed with the sun. This is the heavenly people, for the sun is still in the sky. John also sees the woman in heaven and not on earth. The woman is clothed in the sun that her husband gave her.
When in Malachi God says to the remnant of the Jews: "You who fear my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings," and in Matthew the Lord says: "Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father," then the righteous of heaven are always meant, they are the sun. In Malachi the sun rises for the remnant and in Matthew it shines for them in the kingdom of the Father.
On her head the woman carries 12 stars, that is her crown. Paul writes to Timothy: "But if any man also fights, he is not crowned, for he fought according to the law." Now no one is crowned with himself, therefore the woman from Revelation 12 cannot be Israel after the flesh. Another aspect that suggests that the woman is not the earthly Israel. To be crowned is a passive process that is carried out on the person to be crowned. And then a third argument: The number 12 represents the number of the administration entrusted to God. From God's point of view, because the Lord helped to do this, the administration was duly completed. Or to put it another way: The heavenly Jerusalem, that is the bride of the Lamb, is perfect. Her perfection is seen by John in Revelation 21 and presented in chapter 12 with the 12 stars. What crowns a man if not his work? That is why the 12 stars stand for Israel of 12 tribes, for which the woman has rendered a great service.
An angel shows the apostle the bride of the Lamb and what does John see? He sees a city. It consists of 7 times 12 parts. (Rev 21:12-16). Here the number of God, that is 7, meets the number 12, that is the number of human responsibility.
By whom was the city, the New Jerusalem, created? It is the Holy Spirit who does this. Paul says: "The heavenly Jerusalem is our Mother." If the Master Builder is God the Holy Spirit, is he also the one who gave birth to the child of Revelation 12 or not?
The book of Jaschar is not limited to Paul's teaching letters, nor to Revelation. It also includes the other parts of the New Testament. The text from Joshua 10 forms the piece of the puzzle that led us to the New Testament. But we find in the Old Testament the book Jaschar mentioned once again, in 2 Samuel 1
The song of the bow - 2 Samuel 1
If we have identified the book of Jaschar with the New Testament, then it should now also be easier to understand the song of the bow. Let us take a closer look at the bow. What is this device and what does it stand for? The bow is a weapon, a launcher for arrows and served as a hunting weapon. But it was also used for war; not for close combat, but for fighting at distances. What does a bow consist of? The actual bow consists of a bent wooden stick. A string, the bowstring, is attached to its ends. What does the bow stand for? The bow is an image for a person, what we see of him, his body. The bowstring, stretched from one end to the other, forms the soul. And now we come to the arrow. The projectile consists of two parts, the wooden stick and the metal tip. The metal indicates the spirit. With all that we are we should fight, with the body, that is the bow, with the soul, that is the bowstring and with the spirit, that is the arrow.
And what is this fight? To win people for Jesus. We do not fight against people, but against the forces of darkness that oppose us in evangelization. We must fight their arguments, wisdoms of thought and life with the Word of God. His Word is sharper than any two-edged sword. The sword also stands for the Spirit, the Word of God, breathed into the writers of the biblical books by the Holy Spirit. The lawful use of sword and bow, as used by the Lord, will give us victories. That the bow stands for a man we find in Genesis 48, 21 and 49: Jacob says to Joseph: "And I give you a land beyond your brethren, which I have taken from the hand of the Amorites with the sword and with my bow." And in 49, from verse 22, Jacob says of Joseph, among other things: "But his bow is firm - his body-, and the arms of his hands are limber, through the hands of the mighty Jacob." When Jacob speaks of Joseph's bow, it is the body that remains firm, and the arms that are limber, so that he can tighten the bowstring with the arrow on it and bring the arrow safely to the target.
It is the Torah of the Messiah, the Law of Christ, the teaching of the New Testament. This law is based on a single basic law, the love of God - called agape. This love, which was poured out into our hearts, is to become visible here and today in our actions. For this reason Paul writes to the Galatians, who were in danger of believing the other gospel:
Let one bear the other's burdens,
and so fulfill the law of Christ,
for the righteous shall live by faith.
Before I forget: Why two weapons, why bow and sword? With the sword the close combat is described, a duel between two. They are battles that we fight out in everyday life. Such fights can last. Arrow and bow form the final fighting action in the language of the Bible. Either our heart is pierced or the word goes through our heart. The difference is seen in our reactions. Either we give ourselves beaten to the love of God and surrender ourselves to him or we resist him and fight against him until death, until eternal death. We cannot win the battle against God. The underdog turns with his anger against God's people. He takes revenge on the seemingly weaker, but this is expensive for them.
The New Testament Canon
We have promised to go into the canon of the New Testament, especially the teaching letters. In the book Jaschar we have 14 teaching letters from Paul and 7 teaching letters written by James, Peter, John and Judas, which together make 21 letters. They are divided into three groups. See -> Structure of the Bible.