talked yesterday a little bit more about ‘the stadium’. We also looked
briefly at the wall – the double witness of Divine Government 12 x 12 (
Israel and Apostles) that is our Defence and our protection.
said I’m not sure if this city is physical. But I know that God can do
anything; that includes a city the size of present day USA (if its
dimensions are naturalised) in a cube shape. But may we not miss out on
its spiritual realities. For we are ‘that city’ which God is building.
Today we’ll look briefly at one of the tribes on one side of the wall. (Remember there are 3 tribes
imprinted on each side)
of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of
the times to know what Israel ought to do; the heads of them were two
hundred; and all their brethren were at their commandment.’
This chapter is very exciting; it shows us some of the characteristics of each tribe.
These are the meaning of their names (From Strong’s and Brown-Driver-Briggs’ Hebrew dictionaries):
Reuben: behold a son, see ye a son
Simeon: heard, hearing
Levi: joined to,
Judah : praised, celebrated
Zebulun: exalted, habitation
Issachar: he will bring a reward, there is a recompense
Naphtali: my wrestling
Joseph: Jehovah has added, let Him add
(Manasseh: causing to forget)
(Ephraim: I shall be doubly fruitful, double fruit)
Benjamin: son of the right hand
a Son. We have heard Him. We have joined unto Him and praise Him. He is
exalted. He will bring reward, He will judge the people. The troops of
the Lord shall be happy. For by us wrestling with the beasts of the
earth: He has added to Himself, causing us to forget and making us
doubly fruitful – by the power of the Son at the Lord’s right hand has
this been accomplished.’
This is the message of the Tribes of Israel . Blessed be God!
tribe of Issachar is the ‘Eagle tribe’. They are perched upon the wall
of the heavenly Jerusalem . Watchmen they are; signalling to the rest
of the camp the approach of the enemy and how they need to prepare.
There are many saints of God who are watchmen today. These men and
women are directing our focus unto Him who has called us.
Let it be known that a measure of every tribe is found in each saint. He measures out gifts as He wills to His Body.
is said that an Eagle is a ‘blood-seeker’. They do not like dead or
decaying meat. They seek the living meat; for the life of the flesh is
in the blood. Lev 17:14
It is said in Leviticus that they who eat this blood-meat shall be cut off.
it is for those who would seek the living spiritual meat – Jesus Christ
Himself. They will be cut-off from the bondage of the earth man, but
receive the life of the Spirit Man.
Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the
flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.’
I will divert to another type of ‘eagle’.
‘For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together.’
‘And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.’
Carcass: ptoma – corpse, carrion, lifeless body, ruin.
But then Luke only mentions body – soma – a whole body. This is a corporate ruin.
But eagles don’t like carcass. What type of eagles are these? These are none else but the most desperate of
them all, the lowest of the low –the vultures.
Lev 11:13 tells us what an eagle is – Hebrew ‘nesher’- to ‘lacerate’.
Lev 11:14 tells us what a vulture is – Hebrew ‘da’ah’- ‘a fast flying bird of prey’.
In Jesus day, the Roman soldiers were known as ‘eagles’. They were ‘vultures’ that preyed on the lifeless dead.
Jerusalem was destroyed in AD 70 – the Romans laid siege to it, they
‘gathered’ around it. The residents were helpless. Josephus (a Jewish
historian) tells us that the Christians escaped – for they had
remembered Jesus’ words in Matt 24:
‘Flee to the mountains…let him who is on the housetop not come down…which is in the field…them that are with child…not in the
winter, neither on the sabaath day’.
who took heed were kept safe. Those residents that did not were
‘taken’: some in the field, some at the mill, and some in their beds.
‘Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.’
Left: apheimi – to send forth
Taken: paralambano – to receive near, to learn
who did not take heed ‘learnt’ that the decision was a bad one – for
they perished. Those who did were ‘sent forth’ (left) out of danger. So
it was in the days of Noah, so it was in the days of Lot , and so shall
it also be in our day.
There is a present word in this as we await the Lord’s return.
(But it is not a ‘rapture’ word. That’s a teaching that’s less than 200 (two hundred) years old.)
The word is: Heed the voice of the master. Attend unto His call.
it be known that hell’s gates are trembling. Let it be known that the
dragon is being cast down and we are being raised up. Let it be known
that he (the serpent) knows that his time is short and will seek to
devastate the earth shortly.
thou: our Lord is the King of Ages – He holds all things in His mighty
hand. He will ‘send us forth’ and we shall defeat the enemy. Amen.
Stay blessed in Him,