Friday, September 4, 2009

The End is Declared From the Beginning - Part 7

This is the final part seven of seven parts studying the seven Hebrew words of the first verse of Genesis. Each of the seven words shows the Messiah and together are a picture of God’s redemption plan for man.

Isa 46:10 Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things that are not yet done, Saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, And I will do all My pleasure,’ (NKJV)

Everything was created through Messiah and for the sake of Messiah, as it is written in the Gospel of John:

Joh 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made. (NKJV)

Messiah is in each word of the very first verse in the Bible.

Ge 1:1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

There are seven words in Genesis 1:1 in the original Hebrew which is read right to left. Seven is the number of spiritual completion. The act of creation took six days and on the seventh day God rested.

בראשית ברא אלהים את השמים ואת הארץ
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

The Seventh Word

The seventh word ties it all together. The seventh word in Genesis is הארץ ha-eh'-rets, which is translated as “the Earth.” The root word is ארץ 'erets, or just “earth.”

#776. ארץ 'erets, eh'-rets. from an unused root probably meaning to be firm; the earth (at large, or partitively a land):--X common, country, earth, field, ground, land, way, + wilderness, world.

The waters are collected in one place and the dry land which appears is called earth.

Genesis 1:9-10 And God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together to one place, and let the dry land appear; and it was so. 10 And God called the dry land, Earth. And He called the gathering together of the waters, Seas. And God saw that it was good. (MKJV)
The word dry ground is from Strong’s #3004 יבשה yabbashah, yab-baw-shaw' from 3001; dry ground:--dry (ground, land).

The dry land appears on the third day of creation. It produces the first fruits of creation.

Ge 1:11-13 Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth"; and it was so. 12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 So the evening and the morning were the third day. (NKJV)

Yeshua rose from the dead on the third day and is the firstfruits of creation taking us back to the first word, בראשית Bresheet, the House of firstfruits and 1 Corinthians 15:20, “But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.”

The Garden of Eden was planted on the earth. Man dwelt in the garden with God.

Ge 3:8 And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden. (NKJV)

God will again dwell with man on the New Earth. The earth will continually produce fruit taking us back to the House of firstfruits once again, בראשית Bre'sheet.

Re 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. (NKJV)

The Tabernacle of God will be here on the new earth with man.

Re 22:2-3 In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. (NKJV)

The fruit will be produced every month. God collected the waters in one place and dry land appeared; this calls to mind the fifth word, שמים shamayim. God created the heavens by separating the waters and calling the expanse between the waters the heavens, שמים shamayim. As we look at places where God separated water and dry ground, יבשה appeared, we see two incidents, one in which God separated the water and one in which God gathered the water. We will see in these instances two allegories of Messiah’s coming.

The first instance is when God separated the waters of the Red Sea and dry land appeared. (The Hebrew for dry land in this verse isn’t yabbashah but #2724 חָרָבָה charabah, meaning a desert, dry.)

Exodus 14:21-22 Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea into dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 So the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on the dry ground, and the waters were a wall to them on their right hand and on their left. (NKJV)

Moses, who is a type of Messiah, stretches his hand over the water and the LORD divides the waters. The dry land appears and the Israelites cross on dry ground out of the slavery of Egypt redeemed by the blood of the Passover lamb. They are the first of the redeemed of the LORD. We also pass through the sea from slavery to sin into freedom in Yeshua.

The generation who came out of Egypt did not believe God could bring them into the Promised Land and thus He allowed them to die in the wilderness instead of entering His Land, His rest. Only two people of that generation entered into the Promised Land.

Nu 14:30 'Except for Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun, you shall by no means enter the land which I swore I would make you dwell in. (NKJV)

Heb 3:10-11 Therefore I was angry with that generation, And said, 'They always go astray in their heart, And they have not known My ways.' 11 So I swore in My wrath, 'They shall not enter My rest.'" (NKJV)

The Israelites also crossed the Jordan River on dry ground as they entered the Promised Land. The water was “gathered together in one place” allowing the Israelites to cross on dry land.

Jos 3:13 "And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests who bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of the Jordan, that the waters of the Jordan shall be cut off, the waters that come down from upstream, and they shall stand as a heap." (NKJV)

The Promised Land is symbolic of entering God’s rest; the ultimate redemption of man and the restoration of the Garden of Eden. הארץ Ha-eretz is the seventh word in Genesis 1:1 and God rested on the seventh day.

As the Israelites crossed into the Promised Land, the Ark of God carried by the priests stood firm in the middle of the river. One of the meanings of Eretz is to be firm.

Jos 3:17 Then the priests who bore the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of the Jordan; and all Israel crossed over on dry ground, until all the people had crossed completely over the Jordan. (NKJV)

Hebrews chapter 4 talks about entering God’s rest exhorting believers not to fall to unbelief and disobedience as did the generation of the Exodus.

Heb 4:11 Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. (NKJV)

Instead we are encouraged to trust in our High Priest who has passed through the heavens, השמים h’shamayim, ahead of us. This takes us back again to that fifth word!

Heb 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. (NKJV)

That Yeshua passed through the heavens takes us back to the fifth word, shamayim, the heavens or the firmament between the waters. The priests stood firm on the dry ground between the waters until everyone had passed through the waters. Yeshua is there on dry ground as we pass through the waters.

Isa 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. (NKJV)

This once again shows that Yeshua links heaven and earth, and spiritual to physical just as the New Jerusalem comes down out of heaven to the earth linking the New Heaven and the New Earth. John relates that when the new earth is created, there will be no more sea. All will be dry ground, eretz.

Re 21:1-2 Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea. 2 Then I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Finally, the word picture of he-eretz, הארץ, shows that the end is declared from the beginning. We started looking at “the earth,” h’eretz, as the firstfruits of creation. The word picture shows h’eretz as the final harvest.

Hebrew word picture. The earth: הארץ
Hey: ה = behold, window, “the” (as a prefix), lattice
Aleph: א = ox, bull, strength, leader
Resh: ר = a head, person, highest
Tsadik: ץ = fish hook, harvest, need

The earth: Behold the strong man’s harvest.

The strong man is the one within the house, the one who creates the heavens and the earth. This goes back to the second word create ברא bara : the strong man in the house.

Yeshua says the harvest is the end of the age.

Mt 13:36-43 Then Jesus sent the multitude away and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, "Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field." 37 He answered and said to them: "He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 "The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. 39 "The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels. 40 "Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of this age. 41 "The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness, 42 "and will cast them into the furnace of fire. There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 "Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears to hear, let him hear! (NKJV)

Re 14:14-16 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, "Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe." 16 So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. (NKJV)

Yeshua, who was central to creation, is now the one who reaps the earth. This takes us back once again to the first word בראשית bre’sheet, the House of Firstfruits.

1 Co 15:22-23 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive. 23 But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming. (NKJV)

And in the Revelation, Yeshua spoke to John.

Re 21:6-7 And He said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. 7 "He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son. (NKJV)

So you see, the end is declared from the beginning. The entire redemption story is contained in just the seven words of Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.”
The cycle is complete with God resting on the seventh day. But cycles in the Bible are always repeating. For instance eight is the number of new beginnings; it begins a new cycle. What is the eighth word in Genesis 1? It is V’ha’eretz והארץ which means “and the earth.” And so we continue with a new cycle of creation and a New Earth.

Isa 65:17-18 "For behold, I create new heavens and a new earth; And the former shall not be remembered or come to mind. 18 But be glad and rejoice forever in what I create; For behold, I create Jerusalem as a rejoicing, And her people a joy. (NKJV)

The End - No - Make that the beginning!

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