The Book of Jashar (Jasher)
We find his mention twice in the Old Testament and both times we are asked to read in the book of Jashar. 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 (or Jasher)?
If God refers to a book or a letter in His Word, we do not need to look anywhere out there in the world. We need 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 did not exist for 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 Yashar and solve the riddle.
Note: The Lord thanks and prays: In the same hour he rejoiced (jumping about with joy) in the 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 in joy, because minors reveal his secrets. A beautiful thought!
Minors present their researches
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 inspired by God, i.e. that no word in the Scriptures of both the Old and the 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 Jashar. 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, that is, just. The inflated one is not sincere, Lo-Jaschar. (Further explanations below.) The second sentence of the fourth verse is quoted three times in the New Testament, namely in :
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, will live by faith.
The Canon of the New Testament
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 epistles. (See: Structure of the Bible.) At this point only briefly:
If we take the order of the teaching letters as a basis, e.g. in the Elberfelder, 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 Galatians is the fourth of the first seven Epistles of Paul (see 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. (Again the reference to the script: Structure of the Bible.)
Three times Habakuk 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, which means jashar? 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 Jashar" in the Old Testament.
It might also be interesting to note that the sentence in Hab. 2,4 , but the righteous will live by faith, in Hebrew consists of three words:
וצדיק באמונתו יחיה
The Epistle to the Romans emphasizes the first word: we-zadik, but the righteous.
The Epistle to the Galatians emphasizes: by faith
and the Letter 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 of Jashar is made up of the three letters mentioned above, but not only of the three. Joshua 10 and 2 Sam. 1 refers 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 once again to the verse from Habakuk 2 verse 4.
Prophetic Details about Habakuk 2:4
God plays with words, but not senselessly, but in an ingenious way. While here in Habakuk 2 verse 4 the righteous is called Zadik, the word Lo-Jashar 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 Jashar the reference to the mysterious book Jashar 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 from Habakuk 2 verse 4 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 warning: "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. (see footnote) 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 comes from? The Epistle to Galatians already indicates this, because at the time of writing the Antichrist Spirit was already doing his mischief.
(The curse pronounced by Paul is found in the Old Testament. It is the curse on Achan, which is as severe as the curse of Elisha in 2. Kings 2, 24.)
The text from Habakuk 2, 4 indicates that Lo-Jashar is a zadokide. On the one hand he claims the position of the 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 Habakuk 2, 4 tells us more.
As we have seen, Paul quotes only the second part of the verse, he does not even go into the first part. 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 must cut the texts of the Bible into pieces and explain them in the preaching. 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.
Jesus says, "I will smite the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered".
It is written: "Sword, awaken against my shepherd and against the man who is my comrade! Sayeth Yahweh of the hosts; smite the shepherd, and the flock shall scatter."
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!
He quotes the third part of the verse again: and the flock will be scattered.
Jesus himself cuts the word in an unusual spot 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 an other man, 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 is not expecting it, and in an hour which he does not know, 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-Jashar :
he is called "that" servant;
he is evil and beats his fellow servants;
eats and drinks with the drunken;
The LORD will cut him up, because he is a hypocrite.
The judgment of the Lord on that evil servant, see point 4, is already established. The meaning of slicing, cutting and splitting finds its literal fulfilment here through the Lord Jesus himself.
Who is the man who is called Amit?
The dissolution is the following: The comrade is the same man as the one from Habakuk 2, 4 and Matthew 24, 48. It is the unrighteous - the Lo-Jashar-. 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.
In both scriptural passages, Zechariah 13 and Habakuk 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 only 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 mirror image and what is on the left is shown on the right in the mirror 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.
Lo-Jashar stands opposite Jashar. The book of Jashar is not only the book of the righteous according to its words, but also its content. It speaks about him who is the righteous one, about Jesus Christ, the man from Nazareth.
The cutting of texts and the mirroring of things, persons and much more serve to conceal things. So 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 meaning of the names from Chapter 24 is a first indication, i.e. the 16 heads from the line of Eleaser form the priests from the nations and point metaphorically to Ephraim. His name means "double fruit". Here the heads of Eleasers form 8 times 2 heads and 8 multiplied by 2 is known to be 16.
The eight heads from the line of Ithamar represent the Jewish Christians, metaphorically they point to Manasseh. Its name gives the Jews the deeper reason for forgetting. Joseph himself explains the reason for this naming: 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 is growing into a spiritual house and will be completed shortly. Manasseh, who was born in Egypt, points to the Jews who found their Messiah in the Diaspora, in the dispersion among the nations, since the Reformation.
Excursus 2: How to Reliably Handle Biblical Prophecy
Before we look at the details of Joshua 10 and 2 Sam 1, we find it useful to briefly explain how we can solidly deal with prophecy.
Prophecy in general tells us something about past, present and/or 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 Habakuk God says: ... the vision ... 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 road then we can 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 antimessianic 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 order.
In addition to pattern recognition, however, more is needed. Here are our tips:
a sound understanding of imagery such as metaphors, symbols, riddles, parables, reflections and much more.
never look outside the Bible for an explanation for any facts, but, now follows a small limitation,
seek in creation to understand God's language and wisdom.
Prophetic classification: The missing puzzle pieces can only be found in the book Jashar.
We have already assigned the three letters of Paul, the Epistles to Romans, Galatians and Hebrews, to the book Jashar. Now we examine the contents which are mentioned in the books of Joshua and Samuel. The individual parts must be assigned to the texts of the book Jashar.
Joshua 10 - Prophecy of the Last Days
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 neighbouring 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 restoration of Israel; veiled is also spoken by the heavenly people.
The Hapax Legomena occur differently frequently in the books of the Bible. In scriptural passages in which the plain text already indicates that the description refers to the Last Days, we will find only a few, and where the plain text does not clearly indicate this, we will often find many.
Example: In the 1st and 2nd Epistles to Peter we find about 100 Hapax Legomena, but in the three Epistles to John only four in all.
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 the ones who are seen under the altar. 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 Jashar (or Jasher): 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 ministers, 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 the 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 outlaw then burns with indelible fire.
The Symbols in Joshua 10: 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 half an hour in which the great silence reigns in heaven?
Sun to Gibeon? Gibeon means hill and is an allusion to the hill Golgatha. All those who believe in Jesus as Saviour 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.
It stands still in the valley of Ajalon. The valley stands for the earth and the valley of 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 stag and the field. What should the valley of Ajalon 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 fundamental doctrine of Holy Scripture. What is described in such a psalm is of great importance in both the Old and New Testaments. What is described here? It is the need during the Great Tribulation. The Messiah makes himself united to his people and says: "Like a stag 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. (The judgement of God hits especially the waters. (see Revelation)
The stag is always mentioned together with the gazelle in other passages of Scripture. 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 reigns the 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 been so lonely as they will be at that time, no water, no assembly and Jerusalem far away. Because the word "soul" is conspicuously frequent, it may also indicate physical death and is underscored by the whereabouts, 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 united with his people because he loves them. They accuse him, curse him, reject him, yet the Lord loves them. By force he will snatch them from Lo-Jashar. 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 hill of Golgatha. 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-Serach 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 It expresses 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, his father Judah took a wife named Tamar for him, the first-born. 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 an heir for his brother.
The years went by and Judah failed to bring his daughter-in-law the third born. Tamar helped the omission a little and covered herself up. When Judah passed Enaim, he thought there was a whore, but she was not. He lies with her. After a certain time, it could not remain hidden, Tamar was pregnant from it. When Judah, her father-in-law, heard of her pregnancy, he accused her of fornication and then immediately passed judgement on her. Tamar could, of course, justify herself by showing her father-in-law three things that belonged to him, the pledge for the remuneration of his flat. It consisted of:
- the signet ring,
- the string,
- and the staff.
Soon came the time of bearing. Tamar says during the birth: Twins are in my body; and so she calls one Perez and the other Serach. The two boys depict the sun which 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 of AjjalonNow 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 they will reach for their swords and smite their 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 have a close look at the details before. The woman as a symbol of the people of God clothed with the sun. This is the heavenly people, because 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: "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 him 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 crowning. 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 properly 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. Revelation 21, 12-16. Here the number of God, that is 7, meets the number of 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?
By the way:
According to the feast of the Lord, Thyatira forms the church before the Second Coming. The letter to Galatians is assigned to this church by the order of the letters. And because the Rapture has already taken place, the people in this church will not find a living faith in Jesus until after the Rapture. At last they believe what the church that has been caught up in Rapture has proclaimed. So their seed will sprout up in Thyatira. The raptured also form the mother of those who are on earth. Therefore in Revelation 22:17 the Spirit and the Bride say: "Come!"
The book of Jashar 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 Jashar mentioned once again, in 2 Samuel 1
The song of the bow - 2. Samuel 1
Let us first read again the passage: "And David put in tune this lamentation for Saul and for 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."
If we have identified the Book of Jashar with the New Testament, then it might 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 stands 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 chapter 49, from verse 22, Jacob says of Joseph, among other things: "But his bow is firm, and the arms of his hands are limber, through the hands of the mighty of 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 bullet 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:
Bear one another's burdens and in this way
fulfills (or completes) the law of Christ.
For the righteous will 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 Canon of The New Testament
We have promised to go into the canon of the New Testament, especially the teaching letters. In the book Jashar we have 14 letters from Paul and 7 letters from James, Peter, John and Judas, which together make 21 letters. They are now divided into three groups. Group:
1) Romans 2) 1 Corinthians 3) 2 Corinthians 4) Galatians 5) Ephesians 6) Philippians 7) Colossians
1) 1.Thess. 2) 2.Thess. 3) 1.Timtheus 4) 2.Tim. 5) Titus 6) Philemon 7) Hebrews
1) James 2) 1. Peter 3) 2. Peter 4) 1. John 5) 2. John 6) 3. John 7)Judas
We can assign the individual teaching letters to the seven letters. The letters assigned to the corresponding assemblies form an inner unit thematically. (This will be explained later)
Now we would like to briefly explain the structures under the aspect of the history of salvation. The three groups are three tours. They suggest the following:
Tours and some special features
From the Letter to the Romans to the Colossians, the period from Pentecost to before the Reformation. (They are described by the Lord in Matthew 13, verses 1-43.
The second group, the letters from the 1st Thessalonians to the Epistle to the Hebrews, point to the time of the Reformation until the Rapture. (Math. 13, 44 - 46)
The third group, the letters from James to Judas, are prophetically addressed primarily to the Jews. (Math. 13, 24-33 (especially verse 33) and 47-50.
Why this interpretation?
The cities of the seven churches in Asia Minor were on a circular tour. It was the postal route of that landscape. Why is this detail important? Well, we find many circular routes in the Bible, and if God makes ample use of them, then it must be essential. Here are a few examples:
The sun rises and the sun sets
A generation sets out and a (new) generation enters.
The water rains and impregnates the earth, is led over the rivers into the sea, rises again as water vapour, in order to impregnate the land again as cloud.
The wind turns to the north, turns to the south and returns at the end to its turns.
Those who have read the circular routes carefully will recognize that they describe the history of salvation.
The sun forms the righteous, it rises anew every morning;
one generation changes to another and that for many thousands of years now;
There was no shortage of water, the Word of God, despite some periods of drought (see Ps.1);
and always the Spirit of God blew; throughout all generations the Spirit of God has spoken to men, especially through His Word, for the Spirit floats above the waters.
Circuits are fine, each time something new is discovered.
The circular path in Asia Minor wants to tell us: this path will be traversed three times in this age, then the Messiah will come again.
The first hike is described by the first group (see above), from the Letter to the Romans to the Letter to the Colossians. In terms of the history of salvation, the Roman church is so soured at the end of the first tour, see Matth. 13, that God begins something new. Everything in Colosse was (and is) huge and pompous, but there is no life from God. And so the Holy Spirit reminds the Colossians (Rome) to read the letter that went to Laodicea. This letter is in Revelation 3. It becomes clear: The Lord is not in their midst, but stands outside the door.
When my friend Harald and the scholars say: "The letter to Laodicea is lost", the Holy Spirit answers them: Harald & Co., the letter to Laodicea, of which I speak in Colossians, can be found in Revelation 3.
Now in Martin Luther's day there were many who opened the door to the Lord. And so by the Spirit of God a tremendous movement was initiated. Many Catholics have left the church, which in fact is no longer a church. The congregation of Jesus makes its second round trip. But something else has happened, unnoticed. Jacob and Esau have reconciled. Many Jews have found faith in Jesus since the Reformation. But something must have initiated the downward trend, because the number declined in the first half of the twentieth century.
And it comes, as it had to come, we too have arrived back in Laodicea today. One should have taken Paul's second group of letters, see 2nd tour, to heart.
The teaching letters of the second group (see above), from the 1st Letter of Thessalonians to the Letter to the Hebrews, show us the difficulties that emerged from the time of the Reformation and can be clearly seen today.
Now the Epistle to the Hebrews in the canon of the New Testament constitutes Paul's last Epistle and thus indicates that we are in another phase of transition. As we have already established, many Jews have come to faith since the Reformation, but those who have come out of Satan's synagogue and claim to be monstrous have risen up. They demand, among other things:
The return to the law of Sinai has consequences:
a constant sacrifice of meat instead of the once valid sacrifice of Jesus (temple euphoria)
the baptism of the spirit,
Exclusion: mutual, both Jews / Jews and Jews / Nations or vice versa and above all Christians / Christians (see the letters of the 2nd tour)
Paul lovingly admonishes the Hebrews to adhere to the faith once handed down, which was passed on to them in writing in the Book of Jashar. Beyond that there is nothing, but also nothing at all.
The Third and Last Hike is Different
The first tour led from Ephesus, via Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia to Laodicea. So the church wandered in the first 1500 years. The second hike has the same course, except that this time the route runs three times as fast. But now to the third tour. It won't be any easier because it becomes a sprint. In other words: it is very special. The third time a secret will be revealed. This tour describes the seven feasts of the Lord that we find in Leviticus 23. Its course results from the details of the Epistles. If we rearrange the details which are mentioned in the Epistles and the churches afterwards, we receive a new order of the Epistles and thus a different course. After the letters are put into the new order, they give us details about the course of the return of the Jews to God that were not recognizable before. And that is quite astonishing.
The run not only becomes a sprint, it becomes a zigzag course.
The Seven Feasts of Yahweh after Exodus 23 - in a short overview-
The time of the firstborn, that is what we shall call the time of the church of Jesus, ends at Laodicea. But for the Jews it is the beginning. From now on the focus turns to the Jews.
The Lord is at the door and wants to enter. Will the people of the house who are celebrating the Passover let him in? If so, it's off to Ephesus, because God has approved it, so I will put it. Ephesus means, admitted or approved or permitted. The church represents the feast of unleavened bread. What does unleavened mean? It speaks of purity, that is, without sin. This also makes sense, because in Laodicea they had opened the door to the Lord before and celebrated the Passover with him. Are Passover celebrants who opened the door to the Lord reborn or only enlightened?
It goes on to Smyrna. The time of suffering begins. Smyrna, the bitter one, must now experience the blasphemies of those who speak against her from Satan's synagogue. From this come out the firstfruits who are offered to God. Smyrna points to the third feast. Have the believers received the Holy Spirit? Here, too, no easy answer can be found. After the feast of the firstfruits comes the feast of Pentecost, the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
This is the end of the first festival cycle. Every believer experiences the first festival cycle, whether in the four partial festivals or all festivals at once. At the latest at the "celebration" of the fourth feast a person may know that I am a child of God and have eternal life. Despite its partial celebrations, the first festival cycle forms a unity, which is why we often cannot judge whether a person has already been born again or not. Everything needs its time. The one is faster the other slower.
And so, without having walked over Pergamos, Thyatira and Sardis, we arrived in Philadelphia. The shortened circular path forms a square. The Feast of Pentecost will now trigger an enormous evangelization movement through the 144,000 sealed.
Once there and back again
The remaining three churches, now a further change of the way, which has now mutated into a race track, are in sight. This sprint must be completed in order to arrive in the Kingdom of Peace of the Messiah. The path zigzags from Sardes via Pergamus to Thyatira. Such a zigzag course is prophetically marked out by Peter. The parallel is striking.
Three and a half years with the Lord in relatively calm waters (prophetically the first half of the last week of Daniel), Simon Peter followed his Lord. But then comes the storm of persecution (beginning of the second half of the last week of Daniel). Simon looks death in the eye. To save himself, he denies his Lord. Even in that great tribulation many will deny Jesus, but the Lord never stopped praying for them, as He did for Simon. And in the end the Messiah forgives them also this sin when they see him and mourn their sorrow. They will mourn as for the only son who has been lost. But he will also tenderly ask the remains, each one personally: "Do you love me". And each of them will answer: "Lord you know everything, you also know that I love you."
The feasts in autumn: Second festival cycle
Sardis represents the Feast of the Trombone Hall. The sound of the trumpets is still in the ears of the sleeping, but it will wake them up with its persistent and ever louder sound. At last he awakens from his sleep, at last the remnant thinks, broods over the sound of the trombones and how they feared the ever louder sound. They still have time, a final deadline.
There are 10 days until the next feast. 10 days until Yom Kippur - Pergamos -, the greatest day of reconciliation in Jewish history. After 10 long days, that reconciliation takes place as described in Zechariah 12. God reconciles with his faithful remnant. After the reconciliation, the Messiah, whom they had rejected for so long and now love, can establish the long-awaited Kingdom of Peace - Thyatira. The smell of torment, here now its positive aspect, becomes for the faithful a smell of eternal life.
And so finally reconciled with their Messiah, the twins, Esau and Jakob, can approach each other and embrace each other warmly. This is the third and last tour of our age, which is depicted graphically in the illustration - click here.
May we speculate?
We believe: Yes, it may be assumed, pondered and thought. Speculation is nothing more than thinking about a certain topic and making assumptions. However, our assumptions are not based on ignorance, but on concrete clues.
First fixed cycle
After looking closely at the map printed above, we can see, with the detailed knowledge of the third tour, that the places Laodicea, Ephesus, Smyrna and Philadelphia form a quadrangle and are about the shape of a square. So much for the facts. The four corners form the four ends of the earth. We conclude this from the texts of the Bible, for the Lord says: "The gospel of the kingdom shall be preached to all nations for a testimony."
The last three churches, Sardis, Pergamos and Thyatira, represent a letter; here we suspect the following: It is the tenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the Jud. Now one could speak of coincidence, but we are of the opinion that it is not coincidence. Why? Because in the third tour the Jews proclaim the gospel of the kingdom to all nations.
In addition, the three places also depict the form of a Shofar horn, and as we know, the first feast of the second cycle is called the feast of the trumpet sound.
Between the two cycles of celebrations
Strictly speaking, the wheat harvest belongs to the first canned cycle, because only after this festival was the wheat harvest allowed to begin. The wheat harvest therefore follows the Pentecost. And yet the festive season has a special character. During this time work is done. The work consists in evangelizing the world. This is only possible because the Holy Spirit is on earth. This means that the Holy Spirit does not leave the earth at the Rapture, but blows northwards at the Rapture, which stands for heaven, to turn immediately and then again to flow south, which stands for the earth. (see also: Ekklesiastes 1)
National Rebirth of Israel
Unfortunately, however, only during the third round, in the second canned cycle, that is after the wheat harvest, the remnant is converted. With the feast (of commemoration) of the sound of the trumpet, they have only 10 days left until the Day of Atonement. After another four days the Kingdom of Peace begins, the Feast of Sukkot, also known as the Feast of Tabernacles.
By the way: Not only the map of Asia Minor tells the story of salvation, but also all the places and landscapes from the Old and New Testaments. But that would be a new book.
And what else fascinates: God says: "The heavens tell the glory of God, and the expanse proclaims his hands' work. One day tells the other, and one night tells the other." When even the sight of the starry sky amazes us human beings how much more we have understood the things we see in Scripture, and after thorough study. The revelation of the objects is therefore not enough, we must also learn to understand the unveiled.
Why did I quote the verse from Psalm 19:2? Because the map of Asia Minor, on which the cities of the seven assemblies are located, is mirrored. And where are they mirrored? Our tip: Read Psalm 19 verse 2 again. Have fun searching!
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