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PostPosted: Tue May 18, 2010 11:42 am    Post subject: Eschatological Foreshadow  Reply with quote

There are no-doubt those of you that pause in my regard, I hope what follows will not cause you to halt all together.  Also, sorry about the title, I just couldn’t resist.

The following is a foreshadow Andrea and I recognized some ten years ago, well before we knew what eschatology meant.  It is somewhat tedious, however, we believe worth reading.  We offer thoughts of this nature not to scare brothers and sisters away, but rather to invite dialogue.  

Biblical foreshadowing is when previous events cast a prophetic shadow on future happenings.  Christ gives an example when He prophesies about His own death saying, “For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”

Consider Jacob’s story as a foreshadow of Christ and his two brides; the Church and Israel.  Leah is a type of Gentile Church and Rachel is a type of Israeli Church. We see Leah as the “mystery bride” just as the raptured Church will be the “mystery bride of Christ”. The seven-year tribulation is likened to the bridal week that Jacob completed with Leah. Rachel was outside, or in the world, in the same way Israel will be during the “Great Tribulation”.

When we suggest that Christ has two brides we only reference the earthly means by which God’s children are enfolded.  We believe that there is only one eternal bride spoken of in the book of Revelation.  However, just as the twelve sons of Israel were legally born of two women, so has Judaism and the Gentile Church ushered in the children of God.  You be the judge!

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Genesis 29:1-10 says, “Then Jacob went on his journey, and came into the land of the people of the east.  And he looked, and behold a well in the field, and, lo, there [were] three flocks of sheep lying by it; for out of that well they watered the flocks: and a great stone [was] upon the well's mouth.  And thither were all the flocks gathered: and they rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the sheep, and put the stone again upon the well's mouth in his place.  And Jacob said unto them, 'My brethren, whence [be] ye?' And they said, 'Of Haran [are] we.'  And he said unto them, 'Know ye Laban the son of Nahor?' And they said, 'We know [him].'  And he said unto them, '[Is] he well?' And they said, '[He is] well: and, behold, Rachel his daughter cometh with the sheep.'  And he said, 'Lo, [it is] yet high day, neither [is it] time that the cattle should be gathered together: water ye the sheep, and go [and] feed [them].'  And they said, 'We cannot, until all the flocks be gathered together, and [till] they roll the stone from the well's mouth; then we water the sheep.'   And while he yet spake with them, Rachel came with her father's sheep: for she kept them.  And it came to pass, when Jacob saw Rachel the daughter of Laban his mother's brother, and the sheep of Laban his mother's brother, that Jacob went near, and rolled the stone from the well's mouth, and watered the flock of Laban his mother's brother.


Note:  Jesus is the stone, or Petra, that was carved out of the mountain and crushed the image in Nebuchadnezzar’s dream. He is the “stumbling stone” spoken of in 1 Peter 2:8. Here the well is the open sepulcher (risen Christ), with the stone rolled away (Christ ascended to heaven), and as a result comes forth the “water of life” which is the Holy Spirit.
Revelation 21:6 says “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”

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Genesis 29:11-15 says “And Jacob kissed Rachel, and lifted up his voice, and wept.  And Jacob told Rachel that he [was] her father's brother, and that he [was] Rebekah's son: and she ran and told her father.  And it came to pass, when Laban heard the tidings of Jacob his sister's son, that he ran to meet him, and embraced him, and kissed him, and brought him to his house. And he told Laban all these things.  And Laban said to him, 'Surely thou [art] my bone and my flesh.' And he abode with him the space of a month.  And Laban said unto Jacob, 'Because thou [art] my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what [shall] thy wages [be]?'”


Note: Leban is a type of Satan, the "father of lies" and it is out of his household that Jacob's wives are called.

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Genesis 29:16-18, “And Laban had two daughters: the name of the elder [was] Leah, and the name of the younger [was] Rachel.  Leah [was] tender eyed; but Rachel was beautiful and well favoured.  And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter.”


Note: Mathew 15:24, “But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” Israel is the beloved, just as Rachel is the beloved of Jacob.

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Genesis 29:19-27 states, “And Laban said, '[It is] better that I give her to thee, than that I should give her to another man: abide with me.'  And Jacob served seven years for Rachel; and they seemed unto him [but] a few days, for the love he had to her.  And Jacob said unto Laban, 'Give [me] my wife, for my days are fulfilled, that I may go in unto her.'  And Laban gathered together all the men of the place, and made a feast.   And it came to pass in the evening, that he took Leah his daughter, and brought her to him; and he went in unto her.  And Laban gave unto his daughter Leah Zilpah his maid [for] an handmaid.  And it came to pass, that in the morning, behold, it [was] Leah: and he said to Laban, 'What [is] this thou hast done unto me? did not I serve with thee for Rachel? wherefore then hast thou beguiled me?'  And Laban said, 'It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.  Fulfil her week, and we will give thee this also for the service which thou shalt serve with me yet seven other years.'”


Note: Leah was the mystery bride, just as the Church, which predominates of Gentiles, will make up the mystery bride that is raptured, and spends seven years (bridal week) with the Groom during the Great Tribulation. 1 Corinthians 15:51,52 “Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.”
1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 “For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive [and] remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:  Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”

Note: Rachel, the intended, is a type of the 144,000 Jews that are left behind and go through the tribulation. Rachel was joined to Jacob following his bridal week with Leah, just as Israel will be joined with Christ immediately after the seven years of Tribulation. Revelations 7:4 says, “And I heard the number of them which were sealed: [and there were] sealed an hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.”

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Genesis 29:28-35,  “And Jacob did so, and fulfilled her week and he gave him Rachel his daughter to wife also.  And Laban gave to Rachel his daughter Bilhah his handmaid to be her maid.  And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet seven other years.  And when the LORD saw that Leah [was] hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel [was] barren.  And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, 'Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.'  And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, 'Because the LORD hath heard that I [was] hated, he hath therefore given me this [son] also', and she called his name Simeon.  And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, 'Now this time will my husband be joined unto me, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.'  And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, 'Now will I praise the LORD: therefore she called his name Judah; and left bearing.'” 


Note: Leah, like the Gentile church, has been the most fruitful in bearing children for Christ. Leah was the oldest sister in the same way that the Gentile nations existed before God chose Abraham to propagate a chosen people, Israel. The first four sons represent the early Church from “Pentecost” to the beginning of the “Dark Ages”.

Note:  Israel is made jealous of the Gentile Church. See Genesis 30:1, “And when Rachel saw that she bare Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister and said unto Jacob, 'Give me children, or else I die.'”  Also in Romans 10:19, “But I say, Did not Israel know? First Moses saith, ‘I will provoke you to jealousy by [them that are] no people, [and] by a foolish nation I will anger you’…  Then in Rom 11:11, it reads “I say then, Have they (Israel) stumbled that they should fall? God forbid: but [rather] through their fall salvation [is come] unto the Gentiles, for to provoke them to jealousy.”

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Genesis 30:2-13, “And Jacob's anger was kindled against Rachel: and he said, '[Am] I in God's stead, who hath withheld from thee the fruit of the womb?'  And she said, 'Behold my maid Bilhah, go in unto her; and she shall bear upon my knees, that I may also have children by her.'  And she gave him Bilhah her handmaid to wife: and Jacob went in unto her.  And Bilhah conceived, and bare Jacob a son.  And Rachel said, 'God hath judged me, and hath also heard my voice, and hath given me a son' therefore called she his name Dan.  And Bilhah Rachel's maid conceived again, and bare Jacob a second son.  And Rachel said, 'With great wrestlings have I wrestled with my sister, and I have prevailed' and she called his name Naphtali.  When Leah saw that she had left bearing, she took Zilpah her maid, and gave her Jacob to wife.  And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a son.  And Leah said, 'A troop cometh' and she called his name Gad.  And Zilpah Leah's maid bare Jacob a second son.  And Leah said, 'Happy am I, for the daughters will call me blessed' and she called his name Asher.”
 

Note: The four middle sons of the maidservants represent the Church during the “Dark Ages”.

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Genesis 30:14,15, “And Reuben went in the days of wheat harvest, and found mandrakes in the field, and brought them unto his mother Leah. Then Rachel said to Leah, ‘Give me, I pray thee, of thy son's mandrakes.’  And she said unto her, ‘[Is it] a small matter that thou hast taken my husband and wouldest thou take away my son's mandrakes also?’ And Rachel said, ‘Therefore he shall lie with thee tonight for thy son's mandrakes.’  

Note: The bride claims no righteousness outside of Christ, and longs for nothing but His Grace. Leah had the heart of Christ’s bride. She wanted His love and never passed up an opportunity to be with Him! Rachel sold Jacob to Leah for mandrakes.  The disciple, Judas (a Jew), betrayed Christ for silver, and Israel, as a people, rejected His loving lordship.

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Genesis 30:16-20 reads, “And Jacob came out of the field in the evening, and Leah went out to meet him, and said, ‘Thou must come in unto me; for surely I have hired thee with my son's mandrakes.’ And he lay with her that night.  And God hearkened unto Leah, and she conceived, and bare Jacob the fifth son.  And Leah said, ‘God hath given me my hire, because I have given my maiden to my husband: and she called his name Issachar.’  And Leah conceived again, and bare Jacob the sixth son.  And Leah said, ‘God hath endued me [with] a good dowry; now will my husband dwell with me, because I have born him six sons: and she called his name Zebulun.’
 

Note: Leah’s last sons represent the “Reformation” Church period.

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Genesis 30:21-25, “And afterwards she bare a daughter, and called her name Dinah.  And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb.  And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, ‘God hath taken away my reproach’; and she called his name Joseph; and said, ‘The LORD shall add to me another son.’  And it came to pass, when Rachel had born Joseph that Jacob said unto Laban, ‘Send me away, that I may go unto mine own place, and to my country.’

Note: Joseph is a type of the 144,000 in the “Great Tribulation” Church period mentioned in Revelation 7:4.  It says, “And I heard the number of them which were sealed: [and there were] sealed an hundred [and] forty [and] four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.”

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Genesis 30:26,27 says, “Give [me] my wives and my children, for whom I have served thee, and let me go: for thou knowest my service, which I have done thee.  And Laban said unto him, ‘I pray thee, if I have found favour in thine eyes, [tarry: for] I have learned by experience that the LORD hath blessed me for thy sake.’ “


Note: The world is blessed for the sake of the bride and groom.

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Genesis 30:28-32 reads, “And he said, ‘Appoint me thy wages, and I will give [it].’  And he said unto him, ‘Thou knowest how I have served thee, and how thy cattle was with me.  For [it was] little which thou hadst before I [came], and it is [now] increased unto a multitude; and the LORD hath blessed thee since my coming: and now when shall I provide for mine own house also?’  And he said, ‘What shall I give thee?’ And Jacob said, ‘Thou shalt not give me any thing: if thou wilt do this thing for me, I will again feed [and] keep thy flock:  I will pass through all thy flock to day, removing from thence all the speckled and spotted cattle, and all the brown cattle among the sheep, and the spotted and speckled among the goats: and [of such] shall be my hire.’  


Note: Christ purchased (with his life) those that are spotted, speckled and brown with sin.

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Genesis 30:33, “So shall my righteousness answer for me in time to come, when it shall come for my hire before thy face: every one that [is] not speckled and spotted among the goats, and brown among the sheep, that shall be counted stolen with me.”  

Note: It is because of the righteousness of Jesus Christ that Satan’s accusations against us have no effect.

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Genesis 30:34-37, “And Laban said, ‘Behold, I would it might be according to thy word.’  And he removed that day the he goats that were ringstraked and spotted, and all the she goats that were speckled and spotted, [and] every one that had [some] white in it, and all the brown among the sheep, and gave [them] into the hand of his sons.  And he set three days' journey betwixt himself and Jacob: and Jacob fed the rest of Laban's flocks.  And Jacob took him rods of green poplar, and of the hazel and chesnut tree; and pilled white strakes in them, and made the white appear which [was] in the rods.”


Note:  The rod represents judgment.  The white rod is a judgment that is pure and just, such as is Christ, the Rod of God.  Psalm 2:9, “Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.” Also, Rev 2:27, “And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.”  Rev 12:5 says, “And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and [to] his throne.”

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Genesis 30:38-43, “And he set the rods which he had pilled before the flocks in the gutters in the watering troughs when the flocks came to drink, that they should conceive when they came to drink.  And the flocks conceived before the rods, and brought forth cattle ringstraked, speckled, and spotted.  And Jacob did separate the lambs, and set the faces of the flocks toward the ringstraked, and all the brown in the flock of Laban; and he put his own flocks by themselves, and put them not unto Laban's cattle.  And it came to pass, whensoever the stronger cattle did conceive, that Jacob laid the rods before the eyes of the cattle in the gutters, that they might conceive among the rods. But when the cattle were feeble, he put [them] not in: so the feebler were Laban's, and the stronger Jacob's.  And the man increased exceedingly, and had much cattle, and maidservants, and menservants, and camels, and asses.”


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Genesis 31:1-7,  “And he heard the words of Laban's sons, saying, ‘Jacob hath taken away all that [was] our father's; and of [that] which [was] our father's hath he gotten all this glory.’  And Jacob beheld the countenance of Laban, and, behold, it [was] not toward him as before.  And the LORD said unto Jacob, ‘Return unto the land of thy fathers, and to thy kindred; and I will be with thee.’  And Jacob sent and called Rachel and Leah to the field unto his flock, And said unto them, ‘I see your father's countenance, that it [is] not toward me as before; but the God of my father hath been with me.  And ye know that with all my power I have served your father.  And your father hath deceived me, and changed my wages ten times; but God suffered him not to hurt me.’


Note: Satan is the deceiver, just as Leban, Satan’s type, is labeled as a deceiver.

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Genesis 31:8-22, “If he said thus, ‘The speckled shall be thy wages;’ then all the cattle bare speckled: and if he said thus, ‘The ringstraked shall be thy hire;’ then bare all the cattle ringstraked.  ‘Thus God hath taken away the cattle of your father, and given [them] to me.  And it came to pass at the time that the cattle conceived, that I lifted up mine eyes, and saw in a dream, and, behold, the rams which leaped upon the cattle [were] ringstraked, speckled, and grisled.  And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, [saying], Jacob: And I said, Here [am] I.  And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle [are] ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee.  I [am] the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, [and] where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.’  And Rachel and Leah answered and said unto him, ‘[Is there] yet any portion or inheritance for us in our father's house?  Are we not counted of him strangers? for he hath sold us, and hath quite devoured also our money.  For all the riches which God hath taken from our father, that [is] ours, and our children's: now then, whatsoever God hath said unto thee, do.’  Then Jacob rose up, and set his sons and his wives upon camels; and he carried away all his cattle, and all his goods which he had gotten, the cattle of his getting, which he had gotten in Padanaram, for to go to Isaac his father in the land of Canaan.  And Laban went to shear his sheep: and Rachel had stolen the images that [were] her father's.  And Jacob stole away unawares to Laban the Syrian, in that he told him not that he fled.  So he fled with all that he had; and he rose up, and passed over the river, and set his face [toward] the mount Gilead.  And it was told Laban on the third day that Jacob was fled. 

Note: Satan received similar news on the third day of Christ’s resurrection from his captivity, or death!

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Genesis 31:23,24, “And he took his brethren with him, and pursued after him seven days' journey; and they overtook him in the mount Gilead.  And God came to Laban the Syrian in a dream by night, and said unto him, ‘Take heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.’


Note: The seven days Leban pursues Jacob is likened to Satan’s pursuit of Israel and believers during the Great Tribulation.

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Genesis 31:25-35,  “Then Laban overtook Jacob. Now Jacob had pitched his tent in the mount: and Laban with his brethren pitched in the mount of Gilead.  And Laban said to Jacob, ‘What hast thou done, that thou hast stolen away unawares to me, and carried away my daughters, as captives [taken] with the sword?  Wherefore didst thou flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and didst not tell me, that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp?  And hast not suffered me to kiss my sons and my daughters? thou hast now done foolishly in [so] doing.  It is in the power of my hand to do you hurt: but the God of your father spake unto me yesternight, saying, ‘Take thou heed that thou speak not to Jacob either good or bad.’  And now, [though] thou wouldest needs be gone, because thou sore longedst after thy father's house, [yet] wherefore hast thou stolen my gods?’  And Jacob answered and said to Laban, ‘Because I was afraid: for I said, thou wouldest take by force thy daughters from me.  With whomsoever thou findest thy gods, let him not live: before our brethren discern thou what [is] thine with me, and take [it] to thee.’ For Jacob knew not that Rachel had stolen them.  And Laban went into Jacob's tent, and into Leah's tent, and into the two maidservants' tents; but he found [them] not. Then went he out of Leah's tent, and entered into Rachel's tent.  Now Rachel had taken the images, and put them in the camel's furniture, and sat upon them. And Laban searched all the tent, but found [them] not.  And she said to her father, ‘Let it not displease my lord that I cannot rise up before thee; for the custom of women [is] upon me.’ And he searched, but found not the images.  

Note: Rachel’s sin is covered by the righteousness of the transaction between Leban and Jacob.  Israel will be saved and enter into the millennial kingdom as a result of Christ’s righteousness.

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Genesis 31:36-42, “And Jacob was wroth, and chode with Laban: and Jacob answered and said to Laban, ‘What [is] my trespass? what [is] my sin, that thou hast so hotly pursued after me?  Whereas thou hast searched all my stuff, what hast thou found of all thy household stuff? set [it] here before my brethren and thy brethren, that they may judge betwixt us both.  This twenty years [have] I [been] with thee; thy ewes and thy she goats have not cast their young, and the rams of thy flock have I not eaten.   That which was torn [of beasts] I brought not unto thee; I bare the loss of it; of my hand didst thou require it, [whether] stolen by day, or stolen by night.  [Thus] I was; in the day the drought consumed me, and the frost by night; and my sleep departed from mine eyes.  Thus have I been twenty years in thy house; I served thee fourteen years for thy two daughters, and six years for thy cattle: and thou hast changed my wages ten times.  Except the God of my father, the God of Abraham, and the fear of Isaac, had been with me, surely thou hadst sent me away now empty. God hath seen mine affliction and the labour of my hands, and rebuked [thee] yesternight.’


Note: Jacob does not make the same mistake that Cain made. Jacob recognizes all of his holdings are from God, not the result of his own doing.  As a result, his life offerings have a pleasant aroma to God.

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Genesis 31:43-55, “And Laban answered and said unto Jacob, ‘[These] daughters [are] my daughters, and [these] children [are] my children, and [these] cattle [are] my cattle, and all that thou seest [is] mine: and what can I do this day unto these my daughters, or unto their children which they have born?  Now therefore come thou, let us make a covenant, I and thou; and let it be for a witness between me and thee.’  And Jacob took a stone, and set it up [for] a pillar.  And Jacob said unto his brethren, ‘Gather stones;’ and they took stones, and made an heap: and they did eat there upon the heap.  And Laban called it Jegarsahadutha: but Jacob called it Galeed.  And Laban said, ‘This heap [is] a witness between me and thee this day.’ Therefore was the name of it called Galeed; And Mizpah; for he said, ‘The LORD watch between me and thee, when we are absent one from another.  If thou shalt afflict my daughters, or if thou shalt take [other] wives beside my daughters, no man [is] with us; see, God [is] witness betwixt me and thee.’  And Laban said to Jacob, ‘Behold this heap, and behold [this] pillar, which I have cast betwixt me and thee;  This heap [be] witness, and [this] pillar [be] witness, that I will not pass over this heap to thee, and that thou shalt not pass over this heap and this pillar unto me, for harm.  The God of Abraham, and the God of Nahor, the God of their father, judge betwixt us.’ And Jacob sware by the fear of his father Isaac.  Then Jacob offered sacrifice upon the mount, and called his brethren to eat bread: and they did eat bread, and tarried all night in the mount.  And early in the morning Laban rose up, and kissed his sons and his daughters, and blessed them: and Laban departed, and returned unto his place.
 

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Gen 32:1-25, “And Jacob went on his way, and the angels of God met him.  And when Jacob saw them, he said, ‘This [is] God's host:’ and he called the name of that place Mahanaim.  And Jacob sent messengers before him to Esau his brother unto the land of Seir, the country of Edom.  And he commanded them, saying, ‘Thus shall ye speak unto my lord Esau; Thy servant Jacob saith thus, I have sojourned with Laban, and stayed there until now:  And I have oxen, and asses, flocks, and menservants, and womenservants: and I have sent to tell my lord, that I may find grace in thy sight.’  And the messengers returned to Jacob, saying, ‘We came to thy brother Esau, and also he cometh to meet thee, and four hundred men with him.’  Then Jacob was greatly afraid and distressed: and he divided the people that [was] with him, and the flocks, and herds, and the camels, into two bands; And said, ‘If Esau come to the one company, and smite it, then the other company which is left shall escape.’  And Jacob said, ‘O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac, the LORD which saidst unto me, Return unto thy country, and to thy kindred, and I will deal well with thee:  I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant; for with my staff I passed over this Jordan; and now I am become two bands.  Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me, [and] the mother with the children.  And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude.’  And he lodged there that same night; and took of that which came to his hand a present for Esau his brother;  Two hundred she goats, and twenty he goats, two hundred ewes, and twenty rams,  thirty milch camels with their colts, forty kine, and ten bulls, twenty she asses, and ten foals.  And he delivered [them] into the hand of his servants, every drove by themselves; and said unto his servants, ‘Pass over before me, and put a space betwixt drove and drove.’  And he commanded the foremost, saying, ‘When Esau my brother meeteth thee, and asketh thee, saying, Whose [art] thou? and whither goest thou? and whose [are] these before thee?  Then thou shalt say, [They be] thy servant Jacob's; it [is] a present sent unto my lord Esau: and, behold, also he [is] behind us.’  And so commanded he the second, and the third, and all that followed the droves, saying, ‘On this manner shall ye speak unto Esau, when ye find him.  And say ye moreover, Behold, thy servant Jacob [is] behind us. For he said, I will appease him with the present that goeth before me, and afterward I will see his face; peradventure he will accept of me.’  So went the present over before him: and himself lodged that night in the company.    And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.  And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.  And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.  And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.
 

Note: Jacob’s trouble is typically viewed as the Great Tribulation.  

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Genesis 32:26-28, “And he said, ‘Let me go, for the day breaketh.’ And he said, ‘I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.’  And he said unto him, ‘What [is] thy name?’ And he said, ‘Jacob.’  And he said, ‘Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.’
 

Note: Jacob prevailed, and Christ prevails in supernatural warfare. Both are scarred permanently as a result of their battles.

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Genesis 32:29-32, “And Jacob asked [him], and said, ‘Tell [me], I pray thee, thy name.’ And he said, ‘Wherefore [is] it [that] thou dost ask after my name?’ And he blessed him there.  And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.  And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.  Therefore the children of Israel eat not [of] the sinew which shrank, which [is] upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob's thigh in the sinew that shrank.  


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Gen 33:1-4, “And Jacob lifted up his eyes, and looked, and, behold, Esau came, and with him four hundred men. And he divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids.  And he put the handmaids and their children foremost, and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph hindermost.  And he passed over before them, and bowed himself to the ground seven times, until he came near to his brother.  And Esau ran to meet him, and embraced him, and fell on his neck, and kissed him: and they wept.  


Note: Esau is a type of the First Adam as both gave up their blessing for “savory food” and were deceived in giving up their birthright. Jacob/Israel is a type of Second Adam as the ultimate recipient of the blessing and birthright. In 1Cor:15:22, it says, “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.” And in 1Cor: 15:45, it reads, “And so it is written, ‘The first man Adam was made a living soul;’ the last Adam [was made] a quickening spirit.”

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Genesis 33:5-20, “And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, ‘Who [are] those with thee?’ And he said, ‘The children which God hath graciously given thy servant.’  Then the handmaidens came near, they and their children, and they bowed themselves.  And Leah also with her children came near, and bowed themselves: and after came Joseph near and Rachel, and they bowed themselves.  And he said, ‘What [meanest] thou by all this drove which I met?’ And he said, ‘[These are] to find grace in the sight of my lord.’ And Esau said, ‘I have enough, my brother; keep that thou hast unto thyself.’  And Jacob said, ‘Nay, I pray thee, if now I have found grace in thy sight, then receive my present at my hand: for therefore I have seen thy face, as though I had seen the face of God, and thou wast pleased with me.  Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough.’ And he urged him, and he took [it].  And he said, ‘Let us take our journey, and let us go, and I will go before thee.’  And he said unto him, ‘My lord knoweth that the children [are] tender, and the flocks and herds with young [are] with me: and if men should overdrive them one day, all the flock will die.  Let my lord, I pray thee, pass over before his servant: and I will lead on softly, according as the cattle that goeth before me and the children be able to endure, until I come unto my lord unto Seir.’  And Esau said, ‘Let me now leave with thee [some] of the folk that [are] with me.’ And he said, ‘What needeth it? let me find grace in the sight of my lord.’  So Esau returned that day on his way unto Seir.  And Jacob journeyed to Succoth, and built him an house, and made booths for his cattle: therefore the name of the place is called Succoth.  And Jacob came to Shalem, a city of Shechem, which [is] in the land of Canaan, when he came from Padanaram; and pitched his tent before the city.  And he bought a parcel of a field, where he had spread his tent, at the hand of the children of Hamor, Shechem's father, for an hundred pieces of money.  And he erected there an altar, and called it Elelohe-Israel.

Note: We are skipping Chapter 34 at this time until more insight is given.

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Genesis 35:1-18, “And God said unto Jacob, ‘Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.’  Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that [were] with him, ‘Put away the strange gods that [are] among you, and be clean, and change your garments:  And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went.’  And they gave unto Jacob all the strange gods which [were] in their hand, and [all their] earrings which [were] in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the oak which [was] by Shechem.  And they journeyed: and the terror of God was upon the cities that [were] round about them, and they did not pursue after the sons of Jacob.  So Jacob came to Luz, which [is] in the land of Canaan, that [is], Bethel, he and all the people that [were] with him.  And he built there an altar, and called the place Elbethel: because there God appeared unto him, when he fled from the face of his brother.  But Deborah Rebekah's nurse died, and she was buried beneath Bethel under an oak: and the name of it was called Allonbachuth.  And God appeared unto Jacob again, when he came out of Padanaram, and blessed him.  And God said unto him, ‘Thy name [is] Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and he called his name Israel.’  And God said unto him, ‘I [am] God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins; And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee will I give the land.’ And God went up from him in the place where he talked with him.  And Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he talked with him, [even] a pillar of stone: and he poured a drink offering thereon, and he poured oil thereon.  And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel.  And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour.  And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also.  And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin.
   

Note: Benjamin is a type of the “Millennial” Church.

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Genesis 35:19, “And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which [is] Bethlehem.”


Note: After the “Millennial Reign with Christ” the one true bride will be presented.  Rev 21:9-14 says, “And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, ‘Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.’  And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light [was] like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, [and] had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are [the names] of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel:  On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates.  And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.”  

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Genesis 35:20-29, “And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that [is] the pillar of Rachel's grave unto this day.  And Israel journeyed, and spread his tent beyond the tower of Edar.  And it came to pass, when Israel dwelt in that land, that Reuben went and lay with Bilhah his father's concubine: and Israel heard [it]. Now the sons of Jacob were twelve:  The sons of Leah; Reuben, Jacob's firstborn, and Simeon, and Levi, and Judah, and Issachar, and Zebulun:  The sons of Rachel; Joseph, and Benjamin:  And the sons of Bilhah, Rachel's handmaid; Dan, and Naphtali:  And the sons of Zilpah, Leah's handmaid; Gad, and Asher: these [are] the sons of Jacob, which were born to him in Padanaram.  And Jacob came unto Isaac his father unto Mamre, unto the city of Arbah, which [is] Hebron, where Abraham and Isaac sojourned.  And the days of Isaac were an hundred and fourscore years.  And Isaac gave up the ghost, and died, and was gathered unto his people, [being] old and full of days”
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2010 12:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Notice that when Rachel died (while giving birth to Benjamin) she was buried in Bethlehem!

Rachel (representing the Jewish bride)dies and is buried in the very place that Jesus Christ is born.  Benjamin represents the Church during the millennial reign of Christ.
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