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Myrbdl Myrpomh

Ha’Misparim La’Debarim

The Numbers of the Words

by Craig Wm. Peters

Psalm 110 and the Melchizedek Priesthood

hwhy has sworn, and will not repent:

“You are a Priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek.”

Tehillim/Psalm 110:4

a The Book of Hebrews (originally written as a letter) is an inspired document of highly relevant spiritual content. If we might use the word “themes” for a moment, the main themes of this book (all connected and interrelated in many ways) would likely be these five:

1. Rest/resting in hwhy Tzebaot (hwhy of Hosts 1 ), the Sovereign Creator.

2. Drawing near to hwhy through the blood of eswhy.

3. The Melchizedek Priesthood and the Levitical Priesthood.

4. Yom Ha’ Kippurim (typically referred to as Yom Kippur/Day of Atonement).

5. Perfection/completion: Increasingly being/becoming doers of the Word as His Spirit

writes the Torah of hwhy upon the hearts and minds of those who are continually seeking the Face of Elohim, His Kingdom, and His righteousness.

We read in the Book of Hebrews that the Mashiach (Messiah) is now set forth/exalted as the High Priest of Yisrael after the order of Melchizedek and that He continually ministers before hwhy in the Most Set Apart Place, even as the Levitical high priest did but once a year on Yom Ha’Kippurim across those many centuries in the various earthly Tabernacles of ancient Yisrael.

New Covenant believers now draw near to Elohim through the blood of the Lamb, and continually find love, rest, peace, and joy in the Presence of hwhy. In the light of His Presence, we are transformed 2 and Ruach ha’Qodesh 3 writes the Torah upon our hearts and minds. 4 In the days of old, there were outstanding individuals who did many great things for the Name and Kingdom of the Most High, but through the current administration of the Melchizedek Priesthood, hwhy intends to make all of His people

1 hwhy of Hosts is the Commander of all the hosts of heaven (Sun, Moon, stars, messengers/angels) and earth (wind, waves/sea, the elements, demons, locusts, flies, frogs, lice, and even human kings and their armies). Those who are priests of hwhy of Hosts share with Him in His control over such forces in accordance with His will.

2 2Corinthians 3:16-19, Hebrews 7:25, 10:1, 14-22 (transformation is only for those who draw near)

3 The Set Apart Spirit

4 2Corinthians 3:16-19, Hebrews 8:8-12

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doers of the Word 5 —much more so than the spotty performance of the relatively few overcoming believers witnessed within the administration of the Levitical Priesthood. When we understand the spiritual power within the Melchizedek Priesthood, it also becomes evident that hwhy now expects to see widespread obedience to His Word/Torah as contrasted with the almost continual degeneration, apostasy, and punishment/captivity that were upon His people in the days of old. In pondering the Melchizedek Priesthood we are quickly and inevitably brought to Tehillim/Psalms 110. Not only is this psalm a song directly related to that preeminent Priesthood, but its lines are much-quoted in the Book of Hebrews.

Tehillim 110 provides us with a prophetic revelation into the Melchizedek Priesthood. 6 Having lived a life on this earth without sin, eswhy of Nazareth is now actively fulfilling the prophecies spoken forth in Psalm 110.

And not only did the Messiah qualify to become a “priest forever after the order of Melchitzedek,” 7 He actually became “Ha’Coheyn ha’Gadol”—the Preeminent 8 and Greatest Priest of the Melchitzedek Order. “Ha’Coheyn ha’Gadol” 9 is the ultimate position of leadership and preeminence over Yisrael and many translations render this phrase as “the High Priest.” However, we believe this title is more accurately translated as “the Great Priest,” or “the Greatest Priest.” Since the Messiah was the Unblemished Lamb, since He was without sin, death had no power over Him. And because the Savior of the world was without sin, death ultimately had no legal, spiritual claim upon the Son of Elohim. 10 Thus, He was raised on the third day 11 and ascended that morning to the Father to be accepted as the Wave Sheaf. 12 Descending back to earth later on the very same day, eSwhy was seen that evening by the emissaries. 13 And so it came to pass that, across the space of forty days, He would appear time and again to His talmudim (taught ones) speaking to them concerning the things of the Kingdom. 14 On the fortieth day, He ascended, once more, and sat down at the Right Hand of hwhy. This was the day of His coronation as ha’Cohen ha’Gadol, the Great Priest. eSwhy was made “a priest forever after the order of Melchitzedek.We read of this in Tehillim 110:

5 Matthew 7:24-27, Romans 2:13, James 1:22-25, 4:13

6 Hebrews 7:1-2. Hereafter, we will render “Melchizedek” as “Melchitzedek”—a Hebrew name meaning, “King of (Melchi-) Righteousness (tzedek).”

7 Psalm 110:4, Hebrews 7:14-22

8 Colossians 1:18-19

9 Literally, “the Priest, the Great.” Thus, we prefer the translation “the Great Priest” over the more common rendering “the High Priest.”

10 Acts 2:22-24

11 Following death, human flesh begins corrupting after three days. So the prophecy in Tehillim/Psalm 16:10 (that the Mashiach would not see corruption) was prophetic of His resurrection before that time.

12 John 20:17

13 John 20:19-22

14 Acts 1:3

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1 hwhy said unto my Sovereign, You sit at My right hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool … 4 hwhy has sworn, and will not repent:

You are a priest for ever after the order of Melchitzedek. Psalm 110:1, 4

And this text is cited by the writer to the Hebrews:

5 So also, the Messiah exalted not Himself to be made a High Priest; but He that said to Him, “You are My Son, this day I have begotten You.” 15 6 As He also says in another place, “You are a Priest for ever after the order of Melchitzedek.” 16 Hebrews 5:5-6

As ha’Cohen ha’Gadol, the Great Priest, eSwhy now blesses the people of Elohim and places the Name of hwhy upon them, 17 just as indicated/prophesied in the Levitical Blessing—called by some the Aaronic Blessing or the Birkat Kohanim. 18 So not only did the Messiah come the first time in His Father’s Name, He now intercedes on behalf of His people, imparting the favor of Elohim by continuing to place the Name/Spirit of hwhy upon those who draw near to hwhy through Him. This is how the Messiah eSwhy is now fulfilling His prayer-promise to continually make known the Name of hwhy to His followers:

And I made known to them Your Name, and will make it known; that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them. John 17:26

And this is in keeping with the Messiah’s teachings that we are to uphold the Shema during our times of prayer, even as He taught in His words about praying in the Spirit:

Our Father, who dwells in the heavens, Your Name be set apart: Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, in heaven and upon the earth. Matthew 6:9

Making known the Name of hwhy and His splendor is an important part of the Melchitzedek Priesthood. Thus, the present study is important as we expressly seek to better understand this Heavenly Priesthood—the priesthood now being filled by those who faithfully answer “the high call of hwhy in eswhy the Messiah.” 19 And the Spirit of hwhy is giving His people special light on this topic to heighten our understanding:

15 Psalm 2:7

16 Psalm 110:4

17 John 17:6, 11-12, 26

18 Numbers 6:22-27

19 Philippians 3:7-14

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Part of our meditation will involve contemplations surrounding the lives of two men who the Spirit revealsto have been prophetic types of the Mashiach in His service as the Melchitzedek Priest:

Yoseph (Joseph) and Yehoshua (Joshua).

Those who answer the high call of the Messiah, and who remain faithful to hwhy by enduring to the end, 20 will qualify to be placed in the category of “called, and chosen, and faithful.” 21 These are the Messianic believers who will qualify to reign with the Messiah as king-priests within His Melchitzedek Priesthood across the fast- approaching, 1000-Year Era known as “the Millennium.” 22

We now continue this study by reading about the Messiah’s exaltation within the Melchitzedek Priesthood, even as it is recorded in Tehillim 110. Afterwards, we will proceed to study a number of topics related to this great and prophetic psalm. Readers are asked to take note of the great number of times and ways the Book of Hebrews makes the connection between the Mashiach and the many important topics/concepts that surround His Melchitzedek Priesthood. In relation to this Priesthood, the present manuscript will also ponder a significant number of Hebrew words and phrases that, not coincidentally, add to 110. Across a period of several years, the Spirit gradually revealed these profound number connections. More recently, though, it seemed as if a significant avalanche of these things were revealed. And since all of this occurred completely apart from any direct intention on the writer’s part to find such revelations, when they reached the point of being overwhelming, it became evident that now was the time we should go forward on finally finishing the present work. Before this study ends, we will see and be amazed over the many Hebrew words and phrases which add to 110 and, thus, which help us to better understand the Melchitzedek Priesthood ordained by hwhy. And through these Hebrew misparim/numbers we will better understand more of what hwhy intends through the administration of said Priesthood. What great proof the Most High is giving to the world that His Word is certain and true, 23 further strengthening those who already have ears to hear and assuring them that they have everything to gain by staking their all upon the surety of His age-abiding Word. hwhy is the Elohim who counts, numbers, names, weighs, and measures. And He does this on every page of His inspired Word. We give praise and honor to the Most High for revealing His awesome Word to all those who seek Him. 24

Finally, although many teach the Feasts of the Seventh month have had no fulfillment, the Book of Hebrews makes it clear we are now living in a protracted, ongoing Yom Ha’Kippurim/Day of Covering (called by many “Yom Kippur,” or “the Day of Atonement”). For even as the High Priest entered the Most Set Apart Place once a

20 Matthew 10:21-22, Revelation 2:10

21 Revelation 17:14

22 Revelation 20:4-6

23 Psalm 12:6, Proverbs 22:20-21

24 Psalm 9:10

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year on Yom Ha’Kippurim, so the High Priest after the order of Melchitzedek has entered the Most Set Apart Place in the Heavens. 25 And just as ancient Yisrael awaited the priest’s emergence on the Day of Covering, so we, too, now await the emergence of eSwhy, the Great Priest. This is the time that the Savior said His followers would fast 26 (even as was done on Yom Ha’Kippurim 27 ). And when the Messiah comes forth from His time of atoning intercession in the Presence of hwhy, His wrath will be fully vented on all those who have still not repented. Thus, many weighty matters are before us. Even so, our ultimate intent in this work is to bring love, joy, peace, and strong encouragement to those who desire to seek hwhy with all their heart (and to those who may already be doing so). Now is given the reading of Tehillim/Psalms

110.

Tehillim 110

A Psalm of David.

1 hwhy said to my Sovereign, “You sit at My Right Hand, until I put Your

enemies a stool for Your feet.”

2 hwhy will send forth the rod of Your strength out of Tziyon: Rule in the midst of Your enemies.

3 Your people offer themselves willingly in the day of Your power, in qadosh 28 array. From the womb of the morning, You have the dew of Your youth.

4 hwhy has sworn, and will not repent: “You are a Priest for ever after the order of Melchitzedek.”

5 hwhy 29 at Your right hand will strike through kings in the day of His wrath.

6 He will judge among the nations, He will fill the places with dead

bodies; He will strike through the head in many countries.

7 He will drink of the brook in the way, therefore He will lift up the head.

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A Tale of Two Prophets To better understand the Melchitzedek Priesthood, the first matter to be pondered relates to two men who number among the prophets. We will contemplate the lives of two men who were prophetic types of eswhy the Messiah: Yoseph ben Ya’acov 30 (the man known in English as “Joseph” 31 ) and Yehoshua ben Nun (the one most often referred to as “Joshua” 32 ). The Spirit gives us initial indications that both men were

25 Hebrews 9:11-12, 24-28

26 Matthew 9:14-15

27 Leviticus 23:26-32, Acts 27:9

28 “qadosh” = set apart; the word usually translated as “holy”

29 Bullinger notes this is one of the 134 places where the sopherim (scribes) admit to replacing the Name of hwhy with “Adonai.”

30 (Joseph, the son of Ya’acov)

31 The one referred to as “Joseph” in the book of Genesis. Genesis 30:22-25

32 The one referred to as “Joshua.” Exodus 33:11, Numbers 32:12

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prophetic types of the Messiah—and that they reveal more to us concerning the Melchitzedek Priesthood—since both men lived to the age of 110:

22 And Yoseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father’s house:

and Yoseph lived a hundred and ten years … 26 So Yoseph died, being a hundred and ten years old: and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt. Genesis 50:22,26

28 So Yehoshua (Joshua) sent the people away, every man to his inheritance. 29 And it came to pass after these things, that Yehoshua, the son of Nun, the servant of hwhy died, being a hundred and ten years old. Joshua 24:29-30 That both of these men died at the age of 110 is not coincidental by any means. And through these related events, we are provided with an example of numerology—an Inspired occurrence of a specific number 33 which provides us with clearly inspired results. In this case, numerology yields a revelation of inspired knowledge from the Scriptures. That both of these men lived to be 110 years of age—and all of this occurring many long centuries before Tehillim/Psalms 110 was ever written—calls our attention to the fact that their lives were/are prophetic pictures of the Ultimate Melchitzedek Priest, the Messiah. All the days of every servant of hwhy are numbered, even as King David wrote in Psalm 139:

15 My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes did see my unformed substance; and in Your book they were all written, even the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was none of them. Psalm 139:15-16

Likewise, the prophet Iyob (Job) indicated the Sovereign hwhy has numbered all our days:

1 Man, that is born of a woman, is of few days, and full of trouble … 5 seeing his days are determined, the number of his months is with You, and You have appointed his bounds that he cannot pass. Iyob (Job) 14:1,5

Hence, we believe the Scriptures reveal the following things regarding Yoseph (Joseph) and Yehoshua (Joshua):

Since both men died at the age of 110—many long centuries before Tehillim 110 was ever written pertaining to the order of Melchitzedek—the Spirit is calling our attention to the fact their lives reveal important aspects of the Mashiach and His exaltation within the Melchitzedek Priesthood.

33 In this case, the number is “110.”

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We will compare the lives of Yoseph and Yehoshua with that of eswhy the Messiah, and we will not only be further instructed regarding the Life and Ministry of the Savior, but we will also be further edified in our meditation surrounding the importance of the Melchitzedek Priesthood and many of its particulars. Those who believe in the Messiah are ever seeking to better understand and walk in “the ancient paths” 34 —those ageless paths which define “the obedience of faith.” 35 And if we are operating under the Headship of the Messiah, then the spiritual principles we learn about the Melchitzedek Priesthood will further define our earthly sojourn through this present life, teaching us still more about the faith-walk which is most pleasing in the sight of hwhy. Sha’ul wrote something very important about those who wish to be justified so as to partake in the First Resurrection: the emissary indicated they must be doers of the Torah.

For not hearers of the Torah will be justified before Elohim, but doers of the Torah will be justified. Romans 2:13 36

The Messiah spoke likewise, indicating only those who keep and teach the Torah commandments would be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven. 37 Since all of the Law and the Prophets still apply in the New Covenant, our earthly sojourn with hwhy should be one in which we progressively learn how the age-abiding Torah applies to believers operating under the authority of the Melchitzedek Priesthood as we grow in our ability to follow the lead of its Ha’Cohen Ha’Gadol, eSwhy ha’Mashiach. 38

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Yoseph ben Ya’acov:

The Prophet, the Suffering Servant, the Priest, the Exalted King, and the Shepherd of the Sheep When reading the life of Yoseph, one cannot help but be overwhelmed at the great suffering which he encountered. He was hated by his brothers who sold him into Egyptian slavery; 39 he was falsely accused of adultery although quite faithful to his master; 40 he was forgotten in prison by one to whom he had brought truth and encouragement via a correctly interpreted dream; 41 and through all these sufferings, losing day after day, week after week, month after month, and year after year— precious moments which could have been spent with his father, Ya’acov, and his brother, Binyamin (Benjamin). This immense loss was, perhaps, the greatest incurred throughout all of his sufferings; it was lost time which Yoseph would never regain

34 Jeremiah 6:16

35 Romans 1:5, 16:26

36 Acts 24:14, Romans 3:31, James 4:11, 1John 5:2-3, Revelation 12:14, 14:12, 22:14 (KJV)

37 Matthew 5:17-20

38 eSwhy the Messiah.

39 Genesis 37:23-36

40 Genesis 39:1-20

41 Genesis 40:1-23

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within his mortal lifetime; it was invaluable time which he would never recover on this side of the Resurrection. Yet Yoseph was a king and ruler in the making, and it was needful for him to endure these hardships and sufferings that he might acquire the wisdom needed to rule in righteousness. 42 It was needful for him to share in the sufferings of the Messiah. It was needful for Yoseph to suffer affliction and persecution before he could enter into the realization of his dreams—heavenly dreams which foretold of a great future having been inspired by the sovereign Mind of the Most High. And these were dreams which could only be fulfilled by Yoseph’s eventual greatness and exaltation. Perhaps the greatest lesson of all was that Yoseph came out on the other side of pain a victorious man; he was made more than conqueror. He had became something he would have never been otherwise. And we believe Yoseph emerged in triumph because he had trusted in the Sovereign Hand of a faithful loving Creator 43 who was also the loving Potter 44 —the One forming the patriarch, through suffering, into the Image of the Invisible Elohim. 45

Yoseph’s Dreams We begin this section by reading and pondering the account of Yoseph’s first dream. The name of Yoseph means “hwhy adds/increases” 46 and we note this name has the same root word as the word translated “more” in the following text:

5 And Yoseph (Powy) dreamed a dream, and told it to his brothers, and they hated him yet the more (wpowyw). 47 6 And he said to them, Hear now this dream, which I have dreamed. 7 Behold, we were binding sheaves in the fields, and behold, my sheaf rose up, and stood upright. 48 And behold, your sheaves came round about and bowed down to my sheaf. 8 And his brothers said to him, Will you indeed be a king over us? Will you indeed rule over us? And they hated him yet the more (wpowyw) 49 for his dreams and for his words. Genesis 37:5-8

Those who live and speak the Word of hwhy will be hated by those in rebellion. But as Elohim did with the brothers of Yoseph, the sovereignty of the Most High will oversee all the affects of the resulting persecution. And while it has already been indicated in a footnote, it is of great importance to note the sheaf of Yoseph arose and stood upright.

42 2Samuel 23:3-4

43 1Peter 4:19

44 Isaiah 64:8

45 Hebrews 1127

46 And in Psalm 81, the name of Yoseph actually appears in Hebrew with the three-letter, short-form of the Name of hwhy. The three-letter, short-form of the Name is “ why/Yahu- ”. In Psalm 81:3 we read, not Yo-seph (Powy), but (Powhy), Yahu-seph.

47 This word for “more” has the same Hebrew root as the name of Yoseph (Powy).

upright = yashar = rSy. It was because Yoseph walked uprightly, even in the midst of immense trials and persecution, that he would eventually be exalted above his brothers.

49 This word for “more” has the same Hebrew root word as the name of Yoseph (Powy).

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The Hebrew word for upright is yashar ( rSy ). And it is more than interesting to note the total sum of this word. The misparim value of yashar is 510:

← ← ←

(mv) 510 = (200) r + (300) S + (10) y = rSy = yashar/upright

And the place value of “yashar” is 51:

(pv)

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51 = (20) r + (21) S + (10) y = rSy = yashar/upright

This makes the total sum of this word (adding place value plus misparim value) to be

561:

51 + 510 = 561

But 561 is a permutation (a different ordering) of the same three digits which compose the misparim of Yoseph’s name:

(mv) 156 = (80) P + (60) o + (6) w + (10) y = Powy = Yoseph = Joseph

The Spirit revealing that because Yoseph walked in uprightness (rSy/yashar)— because he stood uprightly through faith in hwhy, even in the midst of immense trials and persecution—he was eventually (though not immediately) exalted to stand as a sovereign ruler in the courts of Egypt:

The sheaf representing Yoseph was said to rise and to stand/remain standing upright. 50

And Yoseph was subsequently exalted (rising up) to not only rule over the heathen, but to rule over his brothers in precise fulfillment of his first dream! But we must take special note that it was through his uprightness that hwhy continually exalted Yoseph to rule on a greater and greater level. Both Yoseph and Daniel are examples of how a throne is established by righteousness; 51 both men walked in uprightness before being exalted by Elohim to rule in righteousness over others. 52

When the severe, Middle East famine later compelled Ya’acov to send the ten brothers of Yoseph to buy food in Egypt, 53 and when those ten bowed before him, 54 his first dream had still not been completely fulfilled; for this dream required all of his brothers to bow before him. 55 As difficult as it may have been for Yoseph to contain himself, he allowed the Word of hwhy to be his guide. So Yoseph orchestrated the retrieval of Binyamin, the youngest. And in the process, he worked to bring his brothers to repentance:

50 Genesis 37:7

51 Proverbs 16:12, 25:5, 29:14, Isaiah 16:5

52 Psalm 75:6-7, Daniel 4:17, 24-25, 32

53 Genesis 42:1-3

54 Genesis 42:6

55 Genesis 37:5-8

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Even as he had been sold by his brothers for twenty pieces of silver, Yoseph used silver (in various forms) to call to account those who had betrayed him. 56

When Benjamin finally came to Egypt, all eleven sheaves would bow before Yoseph. 57 His first dream had been fulfilled and Yoseph could then reveal himself to his brothers. What a moving occasion this became as the true identity of the ruler of Egypt was revealed! Yoseph was alive! He had been promoted to rule over Egypt by the Sovereign Hand of the Most High Elohim! 58 His first dream had been fulfilled! The Word of hwhy had come to pass! Yoseph had risen and stood upright! And hwhy would use this faithful man to preserve alive the seed of Ya’acov (and Abraham) in the midst of a terrible famine as they found refuge in the supply of grain (overseen by none other than Yoseph) in that foreign land. 59

Yoseph’s Second Dream At some later point (while still a youth in his father’s house), Yoseph was given a second dream, and he also relayed this revelation to his brothers and his father.

9 And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brothers, and said, Behold, I have dreamed yet a dream: and, behold, the sun and the moon and eleven stars bowed down to me. 10 And he told it to his father, and to his brothers; and his father rebuked him, and said to him, What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I, and your mother, and your brothers indeed come to bow down ourselves to you to the earth? 11 And his brothers envied him; but his father kept the word. B’reshit/Genesis 37:9-11

For some years now, the Spirit has continued to confirm that since Yoseph’s mother, Rachel, was already dead when this vision was given, 60 the patriarch’s second dream can only be a reference to his greatness and reward in the First Resurrection. For it was not possible that Rachel, who had long since died, could bow down to her son on this side of eternity. This being the case, the above Scripture becomes one of the strongest texts in the Torah and Prophets that prove the reality of the resurrection from the dead. Because others have wondered if the mother here mentioned could have been referring to Leah, the other wife of Ya’acov, it seems necessary to further explain why this second dream must refer to Yoseph’s reward and greatness (as an exalted, Melchitzedek Priest) in the Resurrection.

56 Genesis 42:25-35 (money = silver), 43:11-15, 17-22, 44:1-31

57 Genesis 43:25-28, 44:12-14,

58 Daniel 4:17, 25, 32

59 Genesis 45:4-13, 50:19-21

60 Genesis 35:16-19

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1. The Splendor of the Sun, Moon, and Stars The language and concepts used as Yoseph describes his second dream are used elsewhere to describe post-resurrection events:

• The use of the sun, moon and stars, to describe Ya'acov, Rachel, and the eleven brothers. Sha’ul, the emissary, would later write of how a mortal body sown in corruption (buried in the earth 61 ) would later be raised to incorruption in the resurrection, and he there indicated that it will shine with the splendor of a heavenly body (one like the sun, another like the moon, and still others like the stars):

36 You simple one, that which you sow is not made alive, unless it dies: 37 And that which you sow, you sow not that body that shall be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat, or of some other grain: 62 38 But Elohim gives it a body as it has pleased Him, and to every seed its own body. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fish, and another of birds. 40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the splendor of the celestial is one, and of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one splendor of the sun, and another splendor of the moon, and another splendor of the

stars: for one star differs from another star in splendor. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in splendor: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 1Corinthians 15:36-

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Still referring to the resurrection, recall how Yochanan (John) wrote of having seen the resurrected Messiah and His face was “like the Sun shining in its strength:”

And He had in His right hand seven stars: and out of His mouth proceeded a sharp two-edged sword: and His countenance was as the sun shining in his strength. Revelation 1:16

And eSwhy promised those who overcome would shine like the sun in their Father’s Kingdom:

Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. He that has ears, let him hear. Matthew 13:43

61 John 12:24

62 The use of grain conveys an earthly setting, as do the sheaves of grain in Yoseph’s first dream.

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They Will Bow Down Before You According to his dream, the sun, moon, and eleven stars will bow down before Yoseph. Once more, referring to the greatness/reward of overcoming believers in the First Resurrection, the Messiah promises the following:

9 Behold, I give of the synagogue of Satan, of those that say they are Yahudim (Jews), and they are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and bow down before your feet, and to know that I have loved you. Revelation 3:9

While no one should think Ya’acov, Rachel, and Yoseph’s eleven brothers were of the synagogue of Satan, we still see from this text how those believers who overcome through suffering will be greatly honored with the Messiah in the Resurrection. They will have attained to positions of rule, greatness, and widespread, public prominence. In his second dream, Yoseph was promised to be among this exalted group of priestly, Melchitzedek rulers; he will be a king-priest after the order of Melchitzedek. The Scriptures indicate Yoseph clung to that Word and promise of hwhy throughout his saga of severe and extended suffering which began at the time he was betrayed and sold as a slave by his brothers:

17 He sent a man before them: Yoseph was sold for a servant:

18 whose feet they hurt with fetters: he was laid in iron: 19 until the time that His word came: the Word of hwhy tried him. 20 The king sent and loosed him; the ruler of the people, and let him go free. 21 He made him sovereign of his house, and ruler of all his substance: 63 22 to bind his

princes at his pleasure; and teach his senators wisdom. Psalm 105:16-22

It is interesting to note that Yoseph was not only made ruler over Egypt, but he was also given rule over the house of Pharaoh.

2. The Sufferings of the Messiah The Messiah was required to suffer before He could enter into His splendor as the High Priest after the order Melchitzedek. 64 Due to the many reasons seen within this present article, we assert that Yoseph was a prophetic type of the Messiah. The Word of hwhy states that, if we suffer with Him, we shall also reign with Him:

11 Steadfast is the word: For if we died together—we will also

live together; 12 if we endure together 65 —we shall also reign together

2Timothy 2:11-12

63 Genesis 41:40

64 Luke 24:25-27, Isaiah 53:3-12, Hebrews 2:9-10, 17-18

65 (i.e., endure through suffering)

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And in advance of his being exalted to reign over Egypt, Yoseph did endure the sufferings of the Messiah:

• Yahudah/Judah 66 was the one who suggested Yoseph should be sold to the caravan

and eight of the brothers would eventually conspire to sell him for 20 pieces of silver. 67

Yet it was Yahudah/Judah (Judas) 68 who betrayed the Messiah for 30 pieces of silver. Not coincidentally, Yahudah/Judas adds to exactly thirty in Hebrew:

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30 = (5) h + (4) d + (6) w + (5) h+ (10) y = hdwhy = Yahudah

• Yoseph suffered physically and emotionally at the hands of his brothers and he

suffered physically and emotionally when they betrayed him into the hands of Gentiles. 69 The Messiah suffered physically and emotionally at the hands of the Yahudim and He suffered physically and emotionally after they betrayed Him into the hands of the Gentiles. 70

• Both were stripped of their garment(s). 71

• In Egypt, Yoseph suffered false witness 72 and ingratitude 73 although he had done no wrong to those who had wronged him. The Messiah suffered likewise:

21 For even to this you were called: because the Messiah also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: 22 Who committed no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth:

23 Who, when He was reviled, reviled not again; when He suffered, He threatened not; but committed Himself to Him that judges righteously. 1Peter 2:21-23

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67 Genesis 37:26-27

68 (the same Hebrew name as Judah)

69 Psalm 105:17-18, Genesis 42:21

70 Matthew 20:19. Mark 10:33

71 Genesis 37:23, Matthew 27:28

72 Genesis 39:2-20

73 Genesis 40:1-23

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Some of the Ways Yoseph Fulfilled the Role of a Melchitzedek Priest

The Prophet We have seen how Yoseph was blessed with the gift of prophecy. Whether it was his own earthly exaltation to rule in Egypt, 74 or whether it was his eventual exaltation to rule in the First Resurrection, 75 the Spirit of hwhy revealed to Yoseph great things that would come to pass in the future. Yoseph’s prophetic understanding of events to come was also seen in the lives of the cup bearer and the baker: Each man had a verdict rendered over his life in accordance with the interpretation given by Yoseph. 76 Three days after the dreams occurred, the cup bearer was restored to his position before Pharaoh while the baker was executed. Of course, this was also the case regarding those momentous seven years of plenty/abundance which were to be followed by seven years of a famine of the worst magnitude: Yoseph correctly interpreted the prophetic dreams of Pharaoh and so the patriarch was exalted to rule over Egypt. 77 In this position of rule, Yoseph was used by hwhy to prepare for a devastating famine and to bless all the surrounding countries 78 with life-giving sustenance: Egypt stored much grain in advance of the seven years of famine and many nations and peoples were preserved alive across the harsh and extensive dearth.

The Suffering Servant We have seen how Yoseph suffered for bearing witness to the truth; his prophetic dreams were a significant part of the reason he suffered persecution at the hands of his brothers. 79 But Yoseph also suffered persecution at the hands of his brothers because of the favor which his father had bestowed upon him. 80 This is not unlike the Messiah, who was the object of the most immense outpouring of favor from His Father; 81 yet it was this very favor which allowed eSwhy to do such great things—for which He was persecuted by the Yahudim/Jews 82 and their leaders. 83 And on many occasions, they sought to slay Him in a jealous hatred filled with false, unfounded, and misaligned religious zeal. 84

74 Genesis 41:1-44

75 Genesis 37:9-11

76 Genesis 40:1-23

77 Genesis 41:1-44

78 Genesis 22:18, 26:4

79 Genesis 37:5-11

80 Genesis 37:1-4

81 Matthew 3:17, 17:5, Mark 9:7, Luke 9:35, John 1:14, 2Peter 1:17

82 John 5:18, 7:1

83 Mark 11:18, Luke 19:47

84 Matthew 27:17-18

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The Messenger, the Shepherd of the Sheep, and the Ruling Priest We see Yoseph acted as the messenger for Ya’acov; he brought reports of his brothers to their father. 85 He was sent to inquire after the well-being of the older ten as well as their flock 86 (which was really the father’s flock). This is much like the Messiah, who was/is the Messenger of the Covenant. 87 The Messiah was sent by the Father to inquire after the well-being of the flock, 88 to shepherd the people, 89 and to gather the outcasts of Yisrael 90 (even as hwhy gathered Jephthah of old 91 ). For this, eSwhy was persecuted. 92 Yet the messenger and the shepherd acted as the go-between and expressed great care for the flock. It became evident that, like the Messiah who would come after Him, Yoseph loved and cared for all his brothers and he sought to bring them back to Elohim and to unify them with one another. 93 And this brings us to another aspect of the many amazing things about the misparim of Yoseph’s name; as we have already seen, the number of his name is 156:

156 = (80) P + (60) o + (6) w + (10) y = Powy = Yoseph/Joseph

Yet is it not true that Yoseph unified (dxa/echad/unity/one) his brothers in Egypt? 94 Acting in a priestly role, Yoseph was a peacemaker; and he reconciled his brothers back to Elohim and to one another. Yet the misparim for echad/unity/one is 13:

13 = (4) d + (8) x + (1) a = dxa = echad = unity/one

The Messiah spoke of the love and unity that would be known under His Priesthood, 95 and the word hbha/ahava/love also adds to 13 in Hebrew: 96

13 = (5) h + (2) b + (5) h + (1) a = hbha/ahava/love

Thus, thirteen is the number of unity/unification (and love). 97 And is it not true that, through the patriarch Yoseph, the 12 tribes became 13 and the 13 became 12? And what did Ya’acov say of Ephrayim and Menashsheh?

13 And Yoseph took them both, Ephrayim in his right hand toward Yisrael’s left hand, and Menashsheh in his left hand toward Yisrael’s right hand, and brought them near to him. 14

85 Genesis 37:2

86 Genesis 37:13-14

87 Malachi 3:1

88 Matthew 9:36

89 John 10:1-15

90 Psalm 147:2, Isaiah 56:8, John 10:16, Matthew 18:12 > Luke 15:4, Matthew 9:11, 11:19, 21:31 > Luke 7:34, 15:2, 19:7, Ephesians 2:11-19

91 Judges 11:1-11

92 See the previous footnote where eSwhy was called a friend of tax collectors, harlots, and sinners.

93 Genesis 45:1-15

94 Genesis 25:24

95 John 17:17-26

96 In another form, bha/love adds to 8:

97 And 13 is also the number of rebellion since such rebellion opposes love (13) and unity (13).

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And Yisrael stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephrayim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Menashsheh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Menashsheh was the firstborn. 15 And he blessed Yoseph, and said, Elohim, before whom my fathers Abraham and Yitschak did walk, the Elohim which fed me all my life long unto this day, 16 the Messenger which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Yitschak; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth … 20 And he blessed them that day, saying, In you shall Yisrael bless, saying, Elohim make you as Ephrayim and as Menashsheh: and he set Ephrayim before Menashsheh. Genesis 48:14-16, 20

Because Yoseph unified (13) Yisrael in Egypt and because his two sons became part of the tribes of Yisrael (wherein 12 became 13 and 13 became 12), we believe it is not a coincidence that Yoseph (156) is a multiple of 12 with 13:

12 x 13 = 156.

This is an inspired result that displays the great sovereignty and foreknowledge of hwhy El Shaddai and His choice of Yoseph and his descendants!

Rule in the Midst of Your Enemies! The nature of a Melchitzedek Priest is that such a person learns to rule in the midst of the enemies by which he/she is surrounded. When Abram returned from his slaughter of those kings who had kidnapped Lot, we read what Melchitzedek (King of Salem 98 ) said as he blessed the patriarch:

18 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was priest of El Elyon. 19 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of El Elyon, Possessor of heaven and earth: 20 and blessed be El Elyon, who has delivered your enemies into your hand Genesis 14:18-20

Tehillim 110 continues this same thought and it speaks of ruling over one’s enemies in a very similar fashion:

hwhy will send forth the rod of your strength out of Tziyon; rule in the midst of your enemies. Psalm 110:2

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Only by Heavenly-ordained favor and Elohim-given strength can we prevail and rule in the midst of our enemies in a way that magnifies the Most High. This is strength to endure (and even to thrive) that can only come from the Presence of hwhy. And do we see Yoseph ruling in the midst of his enemies? We do. Though hated and wrongfully condemned and/or persecuted, Yoseph was exalted time after time:

• He was exalted in the house of his father Ya’acov, even though hated by his brothers.

• He was exalted in the house of his master, Potiphar, and set in charge over all.

• He was exalted in the prison-house, and set in charge over all.

• He was exalted in the house of Pharaoh, being set in charge over all his house and over all the land of Egypt.

And that hwhy strengthened Yoseph through his times of extended suffering was something expressly known and stated by his father, Ya’acov:

22 Yoseph is a fruitful bough, a fruitful bough by a fountain; his branches run over the wall. 23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and persecuted him: 24 But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong, by the hands of the Mighty One of Ya’acov, (from thence is the Shepherd, the Stone of Yisrael), 25 even by the Elohim of your father, who shall help you, and by Shaddai, who shall bless you Genesis 49:22-25

That hwhy strengthened Yoseph out of Tziyon 99 becomes apparent when we compare the misparim of Yoseph’s name with that of “Tziyon.” As we have already seen, the name of Yoseph adds to 156:

(mv) 156 = (80) P + (60) o + (6) w + (10) y = Powy

Yet we are amazed to see the misparim of Yoseph is identical to the misparim for Tziyon—the mountain upon which Yerushalayim is established:

(mv) 156 = (50) N + (6) w + (10) y + (90) u = Nwyu = Tziyon (Zion)

And that Yoseph ruled in the midst of his enemies is also abundantly evident from the record!

1 And Yoseph was brought down to Egypt; and Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh, captain of the guard, an Egyptian, bought him of the hands of the Ishmaelites, who had brought him down there. 2 And hwhy was with Yoseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. 3 And his master saw that hwhy was with him, and that hwhy made all that he did to prosper in his hand. 4 And Yoseph found favor in

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his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer 100 over his house, and all that he had, he put into his hand. 5 And it came to pass from the time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that hwhy blessed the Egyptian’s house for Yoseph’s sake; and the blessing of hwhy was on all that he had in the house, and in the field. 6 And he left all that he had in Yoseph’s hand; and he did not concern himself with any thing he had, except the bread which he ate. And Yoseph was of a fair form and of a fair appearance. Genesis 39:1-6

Through his humility and faithful service, Yoseph became the ruler over Potiphar’s house. Yoseph was ruling in the midst of his Gentile enemies; his character and integrity led to the patriarch being given the rule over people who are generally hostile towards Elohim and His Torah. And yet, even after Yoseph was falsely accused and imprisoned, the very same power to rule was given to him in his incarceration:

20 And Yoseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in the prison. 21 But hwhy was with Yoseph, and showed kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the keeper of the prison. 22 And the keeper of the prison committed to Yoseph’s hand all the prisoners that were in the prison; and whatsoever they did there, he was the doer of it. 23 The keeper of the prison looked not to anything that was under his hand, because hwhy was with him; and that which he did, hwhy made it to prosper. Genesis 39:20-23

Of course, as Yoseph remained faithful and upright in what he had already been given, an even greater exaltation would soon come upon him, and this son of Abraham would eventually be exalted to rule in the midst of a very great throng of his enemies. Yoseph would soon be ruling over all Egypt and over all the peoples of many other nations; for the surrounding countries would soon come to him for food in the midst of a terrible, land-ravaging famine. But we should not get too far too fast. By comparing the wording of the above texts with that of Tehillim/Psalms 1, we believe the Word shows us Yoseph was exalted to prosper because of his day and night meditations on the ways of hwhy:

Blessed is the man that does not walk in the counsel of the lawless, and in the way of sinners does not stand, and in the seat of scoffers does not sit. 2 But in the Torah of hwhy is his delight, and in His Torah he meditates by day and night. 3 And he shall become like a tree planted by the streams of

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water, that its fruits gives in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he does, He prospers. 101 Tehillim/Psalms 1:1-3

Our prayers should be of a meditative quality as we bow before the Most High. Since hwhy is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, 102 the Word indicates we should be doing much more prayer-related thinking in His Presence than most people might realize:

We should think about how His Word and His promises relate to our petitions; we should think about how His powerful sovereignty is well able to answer our prayers in an infinite number of ways; and we should certainly think about how His responses to our petitions will eventually be revealed to be far, far beyond anything we could have ever imagined as we witness the answers to our prayers unfolding, not only in this life, but across the ages to come. 103

And all of this asking and thinking should occur in His Presence as we bow in prayer before the Throne of Favor.

The Messiah calls us to reign in this life in the midst of our enemies. 104 And this Yoseph did in an exemplary fashion by being a vessel of kindness/mercy and forgiveness as he walked in emunah—that unwavering belief and expectation in the greatness and all-powerful, overriding will of a Sovereign Elohim and All-Loving, Faithful Creator. And we may be confident Yoseph will appear before Elohim in Tziyon as one who overcame. 105 Through prayer, faith, and continual meditation, Yoseph bore up under unjust suffering. The Messiah suffered in like manner, and we are called to follow in His footsteps. 106 Like the Messiah—who made intercession for the transgressors—Yoseph acted as an intercessor for his brothers and led them to repentance, bringing them back to Elohim. And Yoseph lived out his days by feeding the sheep and nourishing all Yisrael in the land of Egypt:

19 And Yoseph said to them, Fear not: for am I in the place of Elohim? 20 But as for you, you thought evil against me; Elohim meant it for good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save alive many people. 21 Now therefore do not fear: I will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spoke kindly to them. 22 And Yoseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father’s house:

and Yoseph lived a hundred and ten years. Genesis 50:19-22

101 Because the wording is so similar to that of the Genesis account and the prosperity of Yoseph, we believe this “He” refers to hwhy.

102 Ephesians 3:20

103 Ephesians 2:7

104 Matthew 5:43-48, Romans 5:17, 6:12-14, 8:35-39, 12:14-21, 1John 5:1-5

105 Psalm 84:5-7

106 1Peter 2:24-25, Matthew 5:12-13

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While Yoseph prophetically fulfilled the Messianic/Melchitzedek role of the Lambpicturing the Messiah as the Meek and Suffering Servant—another man would follow, and he would fulfill the Messianic/Melchitzedek role of the Lion—picturing the Messiah as the Invincible and Conquering King of Righteousness, 107 subduing kingdoms and establishing Yisrael in the Land of Promise. This man was Yehoshua ben Nun, of the tribe of Ephrayim—making him a direct descendant of Yoseph!

Yehoshua ben Nun (Joshua):

The Lion: The Conquering Prophet and King Some of the Ways Yehoshua Fulfilled the Role of a Melchitzedek Priest

The Successor of Mosheh The successor of Mosheh was not a Levite; he was Yehoshua ben Nun, of the tribe of Ephrayim. This made him a descendant of Yoseph! We know Yehoshua (Yahoshua/Joshua) was of this tribe because of the list of men chosen to spy out the Land of Promise:

3 And Mosheh sent them from the wilderness of Paran according to the commandment of hwhy: all of them men who were heads of the children of Yisrael. 4 And these were their names … 8 Of the tribe of Ephrayim, Hoshea the son of Nun … 16 And Mosheh called Hoshea, the son of Nun, Yehoshua. Numbers 13:4-6,8,16

And beside the fact that Yehoshua lived to be 110 years of age, 108 we have still other indicators his life was a prophetic picture of the Messiah—who will someday rule the nations with a rod of iron as a Melchitzedek King-Priest. Yehoshua ben Num was the immediate successor of Mosheh while eswhy the Messiah—bearing the very same Hebrew Name as Yehoshua—was the Ultimate Successor of Mosheh. Of that Prophet who would succeed him, the Spirit of hwhy spoke this prophecy through Mosheh:

15 hwhy your Elohim will raise up for you a Prophet from the midst of you, of your brothers, like unto me; unto Him you shall hearken; 16 according to all that you desired of hwhy your Elohim in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of hwhy my Elohim, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. 17 And hwhy said to me, They have well said that which they have spoken. 18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brothers, like unto you, and will put My words in His mouth; and He shall speak to them all that I shall command Him. 19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto My words which He shall speak in My Name, I will require it of him. Deuteronomy 18:15-18

107 Revelation 5:5, 19:11. While reading Revelation 19:11, note the following: In Hebrew, “Melchitzedek” means “King of Righteousness.”

108 Joshua 24:29, Judges 2:8

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Although this Scripture ultimately speaks of the Messiah, we must also realize the prophet Yehoshua was Mosheh’s immediate successor and hwhy did require it of all those who failed to give heed to the new commander of the armies of Yisrael. We see this through the prophetic Word spoken more than once by this ancient leader of our nation.

The Prophet and the Conquering King Giving Prophetic Warnings and Working Signs in the Sun and Moon

The Conquest of Yericho/Jericho Just prior to the conquest of Yericho, Yehoshua had strictly warned the people to hoard nothing for themselves which had been devoted to destruction. 109 Achan disobeyed and hwhy required it of him. Achan and family were stoned for their sin. 110 And after the conquest of Yericho/Jericho, we read the warning which Yehoshua spoke over anyone who would attempt to rebuild that city:

24 And they burned the city with fire, and all that was therein:

only the silver, and the gold, and the vessels of brass and of iron, they put into the treasury of the House of hwhy. 25 And Yehoshua saved Rahab the harlot alive, and her father’s household, and all that she had; and she dwells in Yisrael even to this day, because she hid the messengers, which Yehoshua sent to spy out Yericho. 26 And Yehoshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before hwhy, that rises up and builds this city Yericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it. Joshua 6:24-26

A man named Hiel, a Bethelite, failed to give heed to this warning and he suffered exactly what Yehoshua ben Nun had prophesied:

In his days 111 did Hiel, the Bethelite, build Yericho (Jericho):

he laid the foundation thereof in Abiram, his firstborn, and set up the gates thereof in his youngest, Segub, according to the Word of hwhy, which He spoke by Yehoshua, the son of Nun. 1Kings 16:34

Here we see hwhy certainly required it of those who did not give heed to the words of Yehoshua, the prophet who succeeded Mosheh. hwhy punished the house of Hiel according to His prophetic Word spoken through Yisrael’s commander.

109 Joshua 6:16-18

110 Joshua 7:1-26

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Yehoshua and Yisrael Defend Gibeon Very early in the conquest of Canaan, the inhabitants of Gibeon had made peace with Yisrael. When Adoni–zedek, the king of Yerushalayim, heard this it brought about great fear since the men of Gibeon were mighty in battle. So Adoni–zedek sent messengers to Hoham, the king of Hebron, Piram, the king of Jarmuth, Japhia, the king of Lachish, and Debir, the king of Eglon; and they all gathered in battle intending to destroy Gibeon. Gibeon appealed to Yehoshua for deliverance and hwhy delivered the five confederate kings into the hand of Yisrael. And what prophet is there who, when he speaks, is heeded by the sun, moon, and stars? During the battle to defend Gibeon, Yehoshua ben Nun spoke by faith and became just such a man:

12 Then Yehoshua spoke to hwhy in the day when hwhy delivered up the Amorites before the children of Yisrael, and he said in the sight of Yisrael, “Sun, you stand still upon Gibeon; and you, Moon, in the valley of Ajalon.” 13 And the sun stood still, and the moon stayed, until the people had avenged themselves upon their enemies. Is this not written in the book of Yashar? So the sun stood still in the midst of heaven, and hasted not to go down about a whole day. 14 And there was no day like that before it or after it, that hwhy hearkened to the voice of a man: for hwhy fought for Yisrael. Joshua 10:12-14

This battle is so significant because a major part of the victory had to do with signs in the Sun and the Moon. In the Last Days, just in advance of the Messianic Age being ushered in, the Melchitzedek Priest, the Messiah eSwhy, will speak from the heavens and command signs in the Sun, the Moon, and the stars to destroy the enemies of hwhy and to bring down the cities of the nations. 112 As these great judgments fall, hwhy will be exalted in the midst of Yisrael and in all the earth. 113 And from these widespread and destructive judgments, eSwhy will bring forth peace into all the earth.

Conquering the Land of Inheritance Striking Through Kings in the Day of His Wrath

hwhy 114 at Your right hand will strike through kings in the day of His wrath. Psalm 110:5

We now consider the numerous kings which were judged and executed by hwhy at the hand of Yehoshua. And this was not mere carnage for the sake of carnage: this was nothing less than judgment from on High. The wrath of hwhy would now punish the

112 Matthew 24:29, Luke 21:25-26, Haggai 2:6-7 > Hebrews 12:26-29, Revelation 6:12-17, 16:9 > Isaiah 2:10-17 >Amos

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113 Isaiah 26:9, 2:11,17

114 Bullinger notes this is one of the 134 places where the sopherim (scribes) admit to replacing the Name of hwhy with “Adonai.”

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kings of Canaan for their gross immorality and that of the people over whom they ruled. 115

The kings of Yericho and Ai 116 were the first to fall before Yehoshua. 117 Then, at the battle to defend Gibeon, Yehoshua led Yisrael in battle and struck through five kings in the day of the wrath of hwhy: Adoni–zedek (king of Yerushalayim), Hoham (king of Hebron), Piram (king of Jarmuth), Japhia (king of Lachish), and Debir (king of Eglon). But there were far more than five kings smitten before Yehoshua. We should ponder a lengthy text and count the number of kings which were smitten by Yehoshua as he conquered the Land of Promise in the day of wrath:

16 And these five kings fled, and hid themselves in the cave at Makkedah.

17 And it was told Yehoshua, saying, The five kings are found, hidden in

the cave at Makkedah. 18 And Yehoshua said, Roll great stones unto the mouth of the cave, and set men by it to keep them: 19 but you stay not; pursue after your enemies, and smite the hindmost of them; do not let them enter into their cities: for hwhy your Elohim has delivered them into your hand. 20 And it came to pass, when Yehoshua and the children of Yisrael had made an end of slaying them with a very great slaughter, till they were consumed, and the remnant which remained of them had entered into the fortified cities, 21 that all the people returned to the camp to Yehoshua at Makkedah in peace: none moved his tongue against any of the children of Yisrael. 22 Then said Yehoshua, Open the mouth of the cave, and bring forth those five kings to me out of the cave. 23 And they did so, and brought forth those five kings unto him out of the cave, the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon. 24 And it came to pass, when they brought

forth those kings unto Yehoshua, that Yehoshua called for all the men of Yisrael, and said to the chiefs of the men of war that went with him, Come near, put your feet upon the necks of these kings. And they came near, and put their feet upon the necks of them. 25 And Yehoshua said to them, Fear not, nor be dismayed; be strong and of good courage: for thus shall hwhy do to all your enemies against whom you fight. 26 And afterward Yehoshua smote them, and put them to death, 118 and hung them on five trees: and they were hanging upon the trees until the evening. 27 And it came to pass at the time of the going down of the sun, that Yehoshua commanded, and they took them down off the trees, and cast them into the

115 Genesis 15:16, Leviticus 18:1-30

116 Joshua 8:25-29

117 We will keep a running total. For now, we start with one king, the king of Ai. The king of Yericho will be counted in just a moment.

118 5 kings: the king of Jerusalem, the king of Hebron, the king of Jarmuth, the king of Lachish, the king of Eglon. We now have 1 + 5 = 6 kings, total.

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cave wherein they had hidden themselves, and laid great stones on the mouth of the cave to this very day. 28 And Yehoshua took Makkedah on that day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof: he utterly destroyed them and all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining; and he did to the king of Makkedah as he had done to the king of Yericho/Jericho. 119 29 And Yehoshua passed from Makkedah, and all Yisrael with him, unto Libnah, and fought against Libnah: 30 and hwhy delivered it also, and the king thereof, into the hand of Yisrael; and he smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining in it; and he did to the king thereof as he had done unto the king of Yericho. 120 31 And Yehoshua passed from Libnah, and all Yisrael with him, unto Lachish, and encamped against it, and fought against it: 32 and hwhy delivered Lachish into the hand of Yisrael; and he took it on the second day, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and all the souls that were therein, according to all that he had done to Libnah. 121 33 Then Horam, king of Gezer, came up to help Lachish; and Yehoshua smote him 122 and his people, until he had left him none remaining. 34 And Yehoshua passed from Lachish, and all Yisrael with him, unto Eglon; 123 and they encamped against it, and fought against it; 35 and they took it on that day, and smote it with the edge of the sword; and all the souls that were therein he utterly destroyed that day, according to all that he had done to Lachish. 36 And Yehoshua went up from Eglon, and all Yisrael with him, to Hebron; and they fought against it: 37 and they took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword, and the king thereof, 124 and all the cities thereof, and all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining, according to all that he had done to Eglon; but he utterly destroyed it, and all the souls that were therein. 38 And Yehoshua returned, and all Yisrael with him, to Debir, and fought against it: 39 and he took it, and the king thereof, and all the cities thereof; and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed all the souls that were therein; he left none remaining: as he had done to Hebron, so he did to Debir, and to the king thereof; 125 as he had done also to Libnah, and to the king thereof. 40 So Yehoshua smote all the land, the hill country, and the South, and the lowland, and the slopes, and all their kings: he left none remaining, but he utterly

119 2 more kings: the king of Makkedah and the king of Yericho (the latter being the first king to be smitten in the Land); we now have 6 + 2 = 8 kings, total.

120 1 king of Libnah. Added to the 8 kings gives: 8 + 1 = 9 kings, total.

121 The king of Lachish was smitten earlier since he was one of the 5 who sought to destroy Gibeon.

122 1 king of Gezer. Added to the 9 kings gives: 9 + 1 = 10 kings, total.

123 The king of Eglon was smitten earlier since he was one of the 5 who sought to destroy Gibeon.

124 1 king of Hebron. Added to the 10 kings gives: 10 + 1 = 11 kings, total.

125 1 king of Debir. Added to the 11 kings gives: 11 + 1 = 12 kings, total.

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destroyed all that breathed, as hwhy, the Elohim of Yisrael, commanded.

41 And Yehoshua smote them from Kadesh–barnea even unto Gaza, and

all the country of Goshen, even to Gibeon. 42 And all these kings and their land did Yehoshua take at one time, 126 because hwhy, the Elohim of Yisrael, fought for Yisrael. 43 And Yehoshua returned, and all Yisrael with him, unto the camp to Gilgal. 1 And it came to pass, when Jabin, king of Hazor heard thereof, that he sent to Jobab, king of Madon, and to the king of Shimron, and to the king of Achshaph, 2 and to the kings 127 that were on the north, in the hill country, and in the Arabah south of Chinneroth, and in the lowland, and in the heights of Dor on the west, 3 to the Canaanite on the east and on the west, and the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Jebusite in the hill country, and the Hivite under Hermon in the land of Mizpah. 4 And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is upon the seashore in multitude, with horses and chariots very many. 5 And all these kings met together; and they came and encamped together at the waters of Merom, to fight with Yisrael. 6 And hwhy said to Yehoshua, Be not afraid because of them; for tomorrow at this time will I deliver them up all slain before Yisrael: thou shall hock their horses, and burn their chariots with fire. 7 So Yehoshua came against them, and all the people of war with him, by the waters of Merom suddenly, and fell upon them. 8 And hwhy delivered them into the hand of Yisrael, and they smote them, and chased them unto great Sidon, and unto Misrephoth–maim, and unto the valley of Mizpeh eastward; and they smote them, until they left them none remaining. 9 And Yehoshua did to them as spoken to him of hwhy:

he hocked their horses, and burned their chariots with fire. 10 And Yehoshua turned back at that time, and took Hazor, and smote the king thereof with the sword: for Hazor beforetime was the head of all those kingdoms. 11 And they smote all the souls that were therein with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying them; there was none left that breathed:

and he burnt Hazor with fire. 12 And all the cities of those kings, and all the kings of them, did Yehoshua take, and he smote them with the edge of the sword, and utterly destroyed them; as Mosheh, the servant of hwhy, commanded. 13 But as for the cities that stood on their mounds, Yisrael

burned none of them, save Hazor only; that did Yehoshua burn. 14 And all the spoil of these cities, and the cattle, the children of Yisrael took for a prey unto themselves; but every man they smote with the edge of the sword, until they had destroyed them, neither left they any that breathed.

15 As hwhy commanded Mosheh, His servant, so did Mosheh command

Yehoshua: and so did Yehoshua; he left nothing undone of all that hwhy

126 Here we have an unmentioned number of kings.

127 The following list of countries and kings numbers at least 9 or 10!

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commanded Mosheh. 16 So Yehoshua took all that land, the hill country, and all the South, and all the land of Goshen, and the lowland, and the Arabah, and the hill country of Yisrael, and the lowland of the same; 17 from mount Halak, that goes up to Seir, even unto Baal–gad in the valley of Lebanon under Mount Hermon: and all their kings he took, and smote them, and put them to death. 18 Yehoshua made war a long time with all those kings. 19 There was not a city that made peace with the children of Yisrael, except the Hivites, the inhabitants of Gibeon: they took all in battle. 20 For it was of hwhy to harden their hearts, to come against Yisrael in battle, that He might utterly destroy them, that they might have no favor, but that He might destroy them, as hwhy commanded Mosheh. 21 And Yehoshua came at that time, and cut off the Anakim from the hill country, from Hebron, from Debir, from Anab, and from all the hill country of Yahudah, and from all the hill country of Yisrael: Yehoshua utterly destroyed them with their cities. 22 There was none of the Anakim left in the land of the children of Yisrael: only in Gaza, in Gath, and in Ashdod, did some remain. 23 So Yehoshua took the whole land, according to all that hwhy spoke to Mosheh; and Yehoshua gave it for an inheritance to Yisrael according to their divisions, by their tribes. And the land had rest from war. Yehoshua 10:16-11:23

So approximately 22 kings—along with an unnamed list of other kings numbering 9 or more—would give anywhere from about 30 to 40 kings who were smitten by Yehoshua as he fulfilled the role of a Melchitzedek/King-Priest. Yehoshua smote many kings in the day of wrath as hwhy punished the inhabitants of the Land for their rampant and heinous sins against the Most High. 128 But we really do not have to estimate the number of kings slain since the Word of hwhy gives a detailed account of all the rulers who were slain by Yehoshua. And the number of kings is recorded to be exactly thirty-one. 129 Thirty-one kings is an interesting number since, in Scripture, the title “El” is particularly associated with the vengeance of hwhy. 130 Not coincidentally, “El” adds to 31 in Hebrew:

128 Genesis 15:16, Leviticus 18:1-30

129 Joshua 12:7-24

130 Per the Hebrew of Psalm 97:4, we read:

El of vengeance! hwhy, El of vengeance, shine forth. Psalm 94:1

And speaking of the vengeance hwhy takes in His zeal/jealously, this title is seen once more:

4 You shall not make for yourself a graven image, nor any likeness that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. 5 You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them. For I, hwhy your Elohim am a jealous El, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, upon the third and upon the fourth generation of those that hate Me … Exodus 20:4-5

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(mv) 31 = (30) l + (1) a = la = El (short form of Elohim) 131

Because of the Sovereign hwhy who was sitting at the Right Hand of hwhy on high, Yehoshua prevailed over all his enemies—who were also the enemies of Elohim because they had become carnal reprobates who had sunken into the deepest mire of abject depravity:

hwhy 132 at Your right hand will strike through kings in the day of His wrath. Psalm 110:5

While Yehoshua struck through many kings in the day of wrath, we believe this Scripture ultimately speaks of the Messiah, who is the Son of hwhy and who is hwhy at the Right Hand of the Father in the heavenly Mount Tziyon that is over and above all things. Like the Yehoshua in the days of old, the Mashiach—the Ruling Melchitzedek (King of Righteousness) and the Great Priest over all Yisrael—will show Himself to be terrible/awesome to the kings of the earth 133 as He arises to punish the world for its sins and as He holds world leaders most accountable for their failure to justly and righteously shepherd those sheep over whom they have been set:

9 Behold, the Day of hwhy comes: cruel, with wrath and fierce anger; to make the land a desolation, and to destroy the sinners thereof out of it. 10 For the stars of heaven and the constellations thereof shall not give their light; the sun shall be darkened in its going forth, and the moon shall not cause its light to shine. 11 And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity: and I will cause the arrogance of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible. 12 I will make a man more rare than fine gold, even a man than the pure gold of Ophir. 13 Therefore, I will make the heavens to tremble, and the earth shall be shaken out of its place, in the wrath of hwhy of Hosts, and in the day of His fierce anger. Isaiah 13:9-13

Much like Yehoshua ben Nun of old, eSwhy will come forth from the Heavens and slay the unrepentant with the Sword of His mouth:

15 And out of His mouth proceeds a sharp sword, that with it He should smite the nations: and He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treads the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of El Shaddai. 19 And the rest were killed with the sword of Him that sat upon the horse, which came forth out of His mouth: and all the birds were filled with their flesh. Revelation 19:15, 21

131 If this word, El, seems strange to our readers, many well-known names today are composed, in part, of this very word:

Gabri-El (Gabriel), Nathani-El (Gabriel), Dani-El (Daniel), Micha-El (Michael), Ari-El (Ariel), Jo-El (Joel), etc.

132 Bullinger notes this is one of the 134 places where the sopherim (scribes) admit to replacing the Name of hwhy with “Adonai.”

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In the Day of His wrath, the Messiah will smite through the lawless kings of the earth along with all others who have refused to repent of lawlessness. In the days of old, Yehoshua was the leader of Yisrael who smote through kings in the day of wrath as hwhy punished the inhabitants of Canaan for their rampant sins against His Kingdom. Even so, Yehoshua ben Nun was only a forerunner of the Messiah-Melchitzedek Priest who will soon cause Yisrael to once again inherit the Land of Promise (in an uncontested fashion) and exalt His people to bear rule over all the earth.

The Shepherd of the Sheep Yehoshua was the shepherd of the sheep of Yisrael; he not only led them in battle against the enemy, but the successor of Mosheh 134 fulfilled the role of a Melchi- tzedek/king-priest by being the spiritual leader and directing the hearts of the people into the True Worship of hwhy via the Torah of Elohim and His righteousness therein revealed.

• Yehoshua continually pondered the prophetic Torah of hwhy. 135

• Yehoshua prophesied of the parting of the waters of the Yarden/Jordan as Yisrael

passed over into the Land to conquer Yericho. And it came to pass just as he said. 136

• As they entered the Land, Yehoshua circumcised Yisrael the second time and led them in keeping Pesach on the fourteenth day of the first month. 137

• At the conquest of Yericho, Yehoshua warned the people to hoard nothing that had

been devoted to destruction. 138 Achan disobeyed and hwhy required it of him. In the matter of Achan, Yehoshua sought hwhy and was then the instrument of justice as he proclaimed capital punishment over those who were worthy of death. 139

• Yehoshua built an altar to hwhy at Mount Ebal and wrote out a copy of the Law of

Mosheh there. The Torah had already decreed kings should write out a copy of the Torah. 140 Then Yehoshua fulfilled the Word of hwhy through Mosheh and caused the blessing and cursing to be pronounced from Mount Ebal as the people stood between Mount Ebal and Mount Gerizim. And finally, Yehoshua read all the words of Mosheh to all Yisrael at that place. 141

• Yehoshua apportioned to all Yisrael their inheritance in the Land of Promise. 142

134 And, thus, even Mosheh, although a Levite, was likely a King-Priest after the order of Melchi-tzedek. For we see him doing many of the very same things as Yehoshua.

135 Joshua 1:8. Compare Psalm 1:1-3 and Deuteronomy 17:14-20.

136 Joshua 3:7 - 4:24

137 Joshua 5:1-12

138 Joshua 6:16-18

139 Joshua 7:1-26

140 Deuteronomy 17:14-20

141 Joshua 8:30-35

142 Joshua 13:1-19:51

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• And even on the day of his death, Yehoshua spoke words which showed his complete trust in hwhy and His resurrection power—the power of an endless life ever associated with the Melchitzedek Priesthood: 143

And if it seems evil to you to serve hwhy, choose you this day whom you will serve; whether the elohim which your fathers served that were beyond the river, or the elohim of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve hwhy. Joshua 24:15

While one would certainly expect to hear such words coming from the mouth of a person just being commissioned as a leader and anticipating service to hwhy across an entire lifetime, these were the words of Yehoshua spoken on the day of his imminent death; as such, they show us this man’s unwavering belief in the resurrection. Death itself would not hinder this servant of hwhy from serving the Most High and feeding His sheep. And this Scripture text provides us with one of the strongest statements of faith in the resurrection seen anywhere in the Torah or Prophets.

Ruling in the Midst of His Enemies

hwhy will send forth the rod of Your strength out of Tziyon:

Rule in the midst of Your enemies. Psalm 110:2

Like Yoseph, Yehoshua ruled in the midst of his enemies. Yehoshua defeated the nations who had etched in the annals a very long history of gross rebellion against the Torah of hwhy, and as the military and spiritual leader of Yisrael, he was used of the Most High to expunge those multitudes who were, thus, worthy of death. 144 That this rod of strength came forth from the Heavenly Mount Tziyon is evident as Yehoshua encountered the Commander of the Hosts of hwhy just before Yisrael went forth to defeat Yericho. 145 And like our Messiah, Yehoshua even ruled over death as he entered into that realm with faith in hwhy and with the expectation of a resurrection that would see his service to the Most High continue with the power of an endless life. 146

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Yoseph fulfilled the Messianic Role of the Lamb while Yehoshua fulfilled the Messianic Role of the Lion.

143 Hebrews 7:16-17

144 Genesis 15:16, Leviticus 18:1-30

145 Joshua 5:13-15

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Yet there is far more in the prophetic Word of hwhy regarding this most instructive and all-important matter:

Not only does Tehillim/Psalms 110 speak exclusively of the Melchitzedek Priesthood, but the Hebrew misparim/numbers reveal time and time again that the number 110 bears incredible significance regarding the Messiah and His exaltation to rule as Ha’Cohen Ha’Gadol— the Great Priest in this Heavenly-Ordained Priesthood.

As those who seek to qualify for rule within this heavenly Priesthood, New Covenant believers must understand and follow the Life, Example, and Teachings of our Mashiach. And the Hebrew misparim/numbers are also very instructive over this all- important matter. We will see the change in the priesthood was never intended to bring a change in the moral codes of the Torah. 147 For the Torah shall remain the Constitution of the Kingdom of hwhy across the immense time span of 1000 generations 148 —the majority of which are yet to be seen in the great history of the world still to come as the Messianic Age unfolds beginning with the Millennium.

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We will now proceed to ponder the Life of our Messiah and the importance of the Melchitzedek Priesthood over which He now resides as the Ruling Priest. In the process, we will encounter a significant number of Hebrew words and phrases that, not coincidentally, add to 110. The Pirke Avot is a collection of Rabbinic ethical sayings from the first and second centuries. And within the pages of these works, one ancient Jewish sage wrote this:

“Turn the Torah, turn it again and again, for everything you want to know is found within it.” Pirke Avot 2:25

Scores of evidence that this is the case have now been seen and proven by many students of the Scriptures: the Hebrew words for fruit trees have been found to be encoded 149 in the Creation account of B’reshit/Genesis Chapter 1; the Hebrew words for the elements are encoded 150 in a portion of the text in Isaiah that speaks of hwhy creating all things. And if the text of the Torah is set forth as a two- or three- dimensional matrix (with more than hundreds of trillions of possibilities for rows and columns) then an inestimable wealth of hidden knowledge would be revealed which would show us the Prophetic and Infinite Mind of hwhy is simply beyond description. But we do well to remain in the tangible realm for the time being.

147 Hebrews 8:8-12, Matthew 5:17-20

148 Deuteronomy 7:9. Since we are only some 120 generations for the Creation, there is still a very lengthy epoch required to fulfill these 1000 generations.

149 (via ELS, Equidistant Letter Sequences)

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And in the category of tangible, one of the main things which can be found in the Torah and Prophets—and something in which His people should have immense joy and exultation—is a built-in Commentary Inspired by the Mighty Hand and Sovereign Design of the Infinite Mind of the Most High.

Because the Hebrew letters have number values, 151 by adding up the individual values of letters, each Hebrew word would then have a total value. We have seen the Spirit has inspired many instructive connections over various Hebrew words and phrases which add to the equivalent sum. Across a period of several years, the Spirit revealed many of these profound number connections over Psalm 110 and the Melchitzedek Priesthood. Since all of this occurred completely apart from any direct intention on the writer’s part to find such revelations, when they reached the point of being simply overwhelming, it became evident that now was the time we should go forward on finally finishing the present work. In the forthcoming sections, we will share these amazing words and phrases which add to 110 and which, thus, help us to better understand the Melchitzedek Priesthood ordained by hwhy. And through these Hebrew misparim/numbers we will better understand more of what hwhy intends for His people through the administration of said Priesthood—now overseen by the resurrected and exalted Messiah—the One who is “a priest age-abidingly after the order of Melchitzedek.” 152

The Messiah: “The Son of the Right Hand” The tribe and the name of Binyamin (Benjamin) 153 foretold the Mashiach (Messiah) would be the Son of the Right Hand. When eSwhy ascended into the Heavens and sat down at the Right Hand of the Majesty on High, 154 He also fulfilled the Word of hwhy in Tehillim 110:

hwhy said to my Sovereign, “You sit at My Right Hand, until I put Your enemies a stool for Your feet.” Tehillim 110:1

Amazingly, by the Design and Providence of hwhy, the Hebrew word which we translate as “right hand,” adds up to be exactly 110:

(mv) 110 = ( 50 ) N + ( 10 ) y + ( 40 ) m + ( 10 ) y = Nymy = yamin = right hand

Not only so, it was prophesied that blood was to be placed on the tip of the right ear, the right thumb, and the right great toe to prepare the Levitical priests to act on behalf of hwhy:

151 See the misparim and place value chart at the end of this study.

152 Psalm 110:4, Hebrews 5:6, 6:20, 7:17,21

153 Binyamin means, “Son of the right hand.”

154 Psalm 110:1, Acts 2:30-36, Ephesians 1:19-23, Hebrew 1:1-3

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19 And you shall take the second ram, and Aharon and his sons

shall lay their hands upon the head of the ram; 20 and you shall slaughter the ram, and take of its blood, and put it on the tip of the ear of Aharon, and on the tip of the right ear of his sons, and

on the thumb of their right hand, and on the great toe of their right foot; and you shall sprinkle the blood upon the altar round about. Exodus 29:19-20

22 And he presented the second ram, the ram of consecration;

and Aharon and his sons laid their hands on the head of the ram;

23 and one slaughtered it; and Mosheh took of its blood, and put

on the tip of Aharon’s right ear, and on the thumb of his right hand, and on the great toe of his right foot; 24 and he brought Aharon’s sons near, and Mosheh put of the blood on the tip of their right ear, and on the thumb of their right hand, and on the great toe of their right foot; and Mosheh sprinkled the blood upon the altar round about. Leviticus 8:22-24

In turn, the priests would do likewise with Yisraelites who needed cleansing:

And the priest shall take of the blood of the trespass offering, and the priest shall put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot. Leviticus 14:14,25

And the priests would do likewise with Yisraelites who needing anointing:

And of the rest of the oil that is in his hand shall the priest put upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the blood of the trespass offering:

Leviticus 14:17, 28

In Hebrew, the particular word used for “right” in the above texts is not yamin ( Nymy ), but ye-mani ( ynmy ). Comparing ye-mani ( ynmy /right ) with yamin ( Nymy / right hand), we see these two words are composed of the very same Hebrew letters: YOD (y), MEM (m), and NUN (N or n). However, the letters are in a different order. Even so, being composed of the same four letters, this word also has a misparim value precisely equal to 110:

110 = ( 10 ) y + ( 50 ) n + ( 40 ) m + ( 10 ) y = ynmy = yemani = right

While we might derive many meanings from the blood/oil being placed on the tip of the right ear, the right thumb, and the right great toe, it is manifest that hwhy desires

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His priests to exemplify the uprightness which He desires to see in all of His people. 155 Thus, we ponder the implications of all three placements of blood, 156 or oil, 157 in respect to love-derived, 158 Torah-based obedience to the Word of hwhy.

The Right Ear One of the most obvious implications in blood being placed on the tip of the right ear relates to the need for an authentic priest to have ears that are cleansed to hear the Voice of the Most High. Abiding under the Melchitzedek Priesthood, 159 Abraham was our forefather in hearing the Voice of hwhy, in walking before hwhy in faith and love, and in subsequently upholding the edicts of the Torah; the patriarch’s ear was open to hear and obey:

4 And I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and will give to your seed all these lands. And in your seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, 5 because that Abraham heard My Voice, and kept My charge: My commandments, My statutes, and My laws. Genesis 26:4-5

Abraham was a living fulfillment of the Shema even before that commandment was codified for all Yisrael. We are told all those who are of the faith of Abraham are heirs according to the promise 160 and we see Abraham’s faith led to his upholding the Torah of hwhy. Yet all those men of old who walked in a way that was pleasing to hwhy heard His voice; they all fulfilled the Shema. 161 Isaiah spoke of having his ear opened by hwhy and the words we read are ultimately prophetic of the Messiah:

4 The Sovereign hwhy has given Me the tongue of the learned, to know to help the weary with a word: He awakens Me morning by morning; He awakens My ear to hear as the learned. 5 The Sovereign hwhy has opened My ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back. 6 I gave My back to the smiters, and My cheeks to those that plucked off the hair:

I hid not My face from shame and spitting. 7 For the Sovereign hwhy will help Me; therefore, I will not be confounded: therefore, I have set My face like a flint, and I know that I will not be ashamed. Isaiah 50:4-7

In having ears to hear beyond any who have ever lived, the Messiah is shown forth as the fulfillment of this matter; of course, having ears that hear, eSwhy was also the most

155 Malachi 2:4-7

156 (for cleansing and impartation of the Ruach/Spirit)

157 (for anointing and a still greater impartation of the Ruach/Spirit for service to hwhy)

158 Exodus 20:6, Deuteronomy 6:4-5, 7:9, 10:12, 11:1, Daniel 9:4, John 14:15, 15:10, 1John 5:2-3, Jude 1:21

159 Genesis 14:18-20, Hebrews 7:1-10

160 Romans 4:13-18, Galatians 3:7-9, 14

161 Deuteronomy 6:4-5. In Hebrew, “Shema” means to hear.

“Hear” is the first word of the greatest commandment.

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qualified to teach the Shema 162 as He declared it to be the greatest commandment in all of the Torah:

And eswhy answered him, “The first of all the commandments is, ‘Shema (Hear) Yisrael, hwhy is our Elohim, hwhy is one: And you shall love hwhy your Elohim with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength: this is the first commandment.’ ” Mark 12:29-30

eSwhy the Messiah came to bring life and immortality to light through the Good News, 163 and it is His very words which reveal to us the preeminent love for hwhy which the Most High desires to see burning in the hearts of all of His people. Love for hwhy opens our hearts and opens our ears to hear more of what He would teach us. As the prophets of old, if we have the Spirit of the Mashiach, 164 then we, too, will hear His Voice, uphold His Torah, 165 and gain the understanding of His ways 166 that hwhy wishes to see in all of His people. 167

The Right Thumb The author was in the process doing work on this article 168 when the exact tip of his right thumb was inadvertently cut (deeply cut) on some scissors. How incapacitating was that whole ordeal: it made many normal activities extremely difficult, tedious, and time-consuming. In general, many tasks that required the use of the hands became very difficult. Without the thumb, one is crippled from accomplishing, from being a doer. So the right thumb relates to being a doer of the Word. And it is only through the doing of His Word that we gain the fullest understanding because hwhy will subsequently bless us with a greater impartation of His Spirit, 169 blessing us with more wisdom and insight when He sees our hearts are truly inclined to hear and obey. eSwhy 170 and His emissaries 171 emphasized being doers of the Word, 172 doers of the Law of Liberty, 173 doers of His commandments. 174 Armchair theologians may have a mental ascent to the goodness of hwhy and His Word, but it is only those who actively do His will who shall gain an understanding that will lead to life and reward in the First Resurrection.

162 In Hebrew, “Shema” means to hear.

“Hear” is the first word of the greatest commandment. See the article “The

Messiah Teaches the Shema,” at this link:

http://www.scribd.com/doc/117823543/The-Messiah-Teaches-the-Shema

163 1Timothy 1:10

164 1Peter 1:10-11

165 Romans 3:31, Matthew 5:17-20

166 Psalm 119:98-100, 111:10

167 Deuteronomy 5:29

168 (in early February of 2011)

169 John 14:21,23, Acts 5:32

170 Matthew 5:17-20, 7:12 and 24-27

171 Romans 2:13, 3:31, Acts 24:14

172 James 1:22-25, 4:11

173 Psalm 119:45, John 8:31-36

174 1 John 2:4-6, 5:2-3, Revelation 12:17, 14:12, 22:14 (KJV)

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The Right Great Toe In Abram’s first call to the priesthood, hwhy directed him to separate from his father’s house and other relatives:

1 Now hwhy said to Abram, Get you out of your country, and

from your kindred, and from your father’s house, to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great; and you will be a blessing: 3 and I will bless those that bless you, and him that curses you will I curse: and in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 4 So Abram went, as hwhy had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him. And Abram was a son of five years and a seventieth year when he departed out of Haran. Genesis 12:1-4

Priests are called to serve hwhy above all else, and that service may require separation from the family, as difficult as such separation may be. 175 It is also noteworthy to show that the call of Abram not only came when he was 75, but that this very number is the misparim value for the Hebrew word Nhk/cohen, meaning “priest:”

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(mv) 75 = (50) N + (5) h + (20) k = Nhk/cohen = priest

In Abram’s second call to the Priesthood, hwhy stated that he should walk before the Most High and be/become perfect:

And when Abram was a son of the ninetieth year and nine years, hwhy appeared to Abram, and said to him, I am El Shaddai; walk before Me, and come to be perfect. Genesis 17:1

The Messiah stated the same expectation over all those who would be of the faith of Abraham: they must walk before hwhy in uprightness, upholding His precepts and showing love and wisdom toward those who do not know Him:

38 “You heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth,’ 39 but I say to you, do not resist the wicked. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 And he who wishes to sue you and take away your inner garment, let him have your outer garment as well. 41 And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him who asks of you, and from him who wishes to borrow from you, do not turn away. 43 You heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those cursing you, do good to those hating you, and pray for those insulting you and persecuting you, 45 so that you become sons of your Father in the heavens. Because He makes His sun rise on the

175 Deuteronomy 33:8-9, 1Samuel 1:10-11 > 2:1-11, Matthew 19:29, Mark 10:29

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