Daily Tidbits 1/23 – Alligator/Crocodile

Today (1/23/12) begins the Chinese New Year, this year being the year of the dragon.  The alligator/crocodile is a dragon, a walking war machine which brings death.  The alligator has a powerful jaw full of sharp teeth to tear flesh, covered in armor with a powerful tail used in death rolls to drown its victims.  The whipping and lashing of the crocodile when in a death roll would be defined in Hebrew by the word שט ‘sat’ which is the root of the word שטן ‘satan.’  In Aramaic the word for satan is אכלקצא ‘akelqartsoa’ which comes from the root אכל ‘akel’ which means one who consumes.

Crocodiles portray the Gospel through Messiah who became a ‘dragon’ on the cross, taking upon Himself sin and death that mankind might be redeemed from the war started in the beginning at the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

The Hebrew word for alligator/crocodile is תנין ‘taniyn’ which was created on the 5th day of creation (Genesis 1:21).  This word is translated as serpent, whale, monster & dragon in English versions of the Scripture.  The meaning is that of a powerful animal who lives in the water.

The theme of the 5th day of creation is life & war (death).

The rib of Adam, from whence his bride came forth, is linked to the number 5 which connects to the 5th day of creation and life.

חמש ‘chamesh’ is used to translate multiple terms in Hebrew.  It is used for the number five/fifty, the hand, to be armed and the side of the body (fifth rib).

The ‘fifth rib’
This word is used in the following verses:
fifth, 4
2Sa_2:23, 2Sa_3:27, 2Sa_4:6, 2Sa_20:10

Messiah was wounded in the side (‘the fifth rib’).
Joh 19:34  But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a lance, and at once blood and water came out.

Adam’s bride came forth from his rib/side (Genesis 2:22) which is a picture of Messiah’s bride ‘coming forth’ when He offered Himself as an atonement to bring us back to God.  Interestingly, the year of Jubilee, which occurs every 50 (חמשים ‘chamashim’) years (Leviticus 25:10-13) began on the Day of Atonement.  The great trumpet (Isaiah 27:13) will be blown and those resurrected in the 1st resurrection will receive their inheritance in the land.
The number 5 is linked to warfare.  The word for five in Hebrew is חמש ‘chamesh’ which means the hand, or arming for battle.

The word for army, commonly translated as hosts, in Hebrew is צבא ‘tseva’ which connects to stars.  The stars are described as hosts and are a picture of Israel, the LORD’s army/host.  The adversary seeks to counterfeit this with his own army and his own star which is pictured by the hexagram and pentagram.

Further displaying this concept of war and the truth of Messiah versus the counterfeit of satan is seen in that the word Christ which is used 555 times in the King James Bible.  Satan is used 55 times and devils 55 times.

The beast is equivalent to the dragon Leviathan (Genesis 1:21 – תנין ‘tanniyn’).

Eze 29:3 Speak, and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, Pharaoh king of Egypt, the great dragon (תנין ‘tanniyn’) that lieth in the midst of his rivers, which hath said, My river is mine own, and I have made it for myself.
Eze 32:2 Son of man, lift up a lament over Pharaoh, king of Egypt, and say to him, You were like a young lion of the nations, and you were like the monster (תנין ‘tanniyn’) in the seas. And you burst forth in your rivers and stirred up the waters with your feet and fouled their rivers.

Messiah comes to destroy this beast
Isa 27:1 In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.

Our war is against this beast kingdom

Eph 6:10 For the rest, my brothers, be made powerful in the Lord and in the might of His strength.
Eph 6:11 Put on all the armor of God, for you to be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil,
Eph 6:12 because wrestling against flesh and blood is not to us, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world’s rulers, of the darkness of this age, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenlies.
Eph 6:13 Because of this, take up all of the armor of God that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having worked out all things, to stand.
Eph 6:14 Then stand firm, “having girded your loins about with truth” and having put “on the breastplate of righteousness,” Isa. 11:5; 59:17
Eph 6:15 and having shod the feet with the preparation of the “gospel of peace.” Isa. 52:7
Eph 6:16 Above all, taking up the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the darts of the evil one being kindled.
Eph 6:17 Also, take “the helmet of salvation,” and the sword of the Spirit which is the Word of God; Isa. 59:17 LXX-Isa. 11:4; MT-Isa. 49:2; LXX and MT-Hos. 6:5
Eph 6:18 through all prayer and petition, praying at all times in the Spirit, and watching to this same thing with all perseverance and petition concerning all the saints.

2Co 10:4 for the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but powerful to God to the demolishion of strongholds,
2Co 10:5 the demolishing of arguments and every high thing lifting up itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought into the obedience of Christ,
2Co 10:6 and having readiness to avenge all disobedience, whenever your obedience is fulfilled.

The War is over through the resurrection in Christ.  His people overcome through Him.

1Jn 5:4  Because everything having been born of God overcomes the world, and this is the victory overcoming the world, our faith.
1Jn 5:5  Who is the one overcoming the world except the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

Warfare & bread

Gen 3:19 By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until your return to the ground. For you have been taken out of it; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.

Bread is linked to warfare

War is over through the resurrection in Messiah
Job 14:14 If a man dies, will he revive? All the days of my warfare I will wait, until my change comes.

Isa 40:2 Speak lovingly to the heart of Jerusalem; yea, cry to her that her warfare is done, that her iniquity is pardoned; for she has taken from the hand of Jehovah double for all her sins.

He gives us the bread that comes without toil
Rev 2:17 The one who has an ear, hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. To the one overcoming, I will give him to eat from the hidden manna. And I will give to him a white stone, and on the stone a new name having been written, which no one knows except the one receiving it.
Joh 6:48 I am the Bread of life.
Joh 6:49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness and died.
Joh 6:50 This is the Bread coming down out of Heaven, that anyone may eat of it and not die.
Joh 6:51 I am the Living Bread that came down from Heaven. If anyone eats of this Bread, he will live forever. And indeed the bread which I will give is My flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

Messiah & the Cross

Salvation is associated with the defeat of the dragon.
Psa 74:12  For God is my King of old, who works salvation {ישועה ‘yeshuah’ – source of the name Jesus} in the midst of the land.
Psa 74:13  You broke the sea by Your strength; You burst the heads of sea-monsters in the waters.
Psa 74:14  You cracked open the heads of leviathan; You gave him to be food for the people of the wilderness.
Psa 74:15  You divided the fountain and the torrent; You dried up mighty rivers.

Psa 91:13  You shall tread on the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent You shall trample under foot.
Psa 91:14  Because He has set His love on Me, therefore I will deliver Him; I will set Him on high because He has known My name.
Psa 91:15  He shall call on Me and I will answer Him; I will be with Him in distress; I will rescue Him and honor Him.
Psa 91:16  I will satisfy him with length of days, and will make Him see My salvation.

Isa 27:1  In that day Jehovah shall visit the sea monster, the darting serpent, with His great and fierce and strong sword; even on the sea monster, the twisting serpent; and He shall slay the monster that is in the sea.

The word for crocodile is a compound of krokè (“pebbles”), and drilos/dreilos (“worm”) tracing back to the Hebrew word גרל ‘garal’ which means a rough stone.  גרל ‘garal’ comes from the parent root גר ‘gar’ which is associated with the neck and the fear and growling that comes forth from the neck.  Crocodiles, along with many predators who bring death, are known for their ‘growls’ that come from their necks.

The adversary held over mankind the fear of death until Messiah came.

Heb 2:14  Since, then, the children have partaken of flesh and blood, in like manner He Himself also shared the same things, that through death He might cause to cease the one having the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15  and might set these free, as many as by fear of death were subject to slavery through all the lifetime to live.

Death is overcome by Messiah who became the serpent on the tree.  The last enemy is death of which we are not to fear for Christ has overcome the world.

Isa 12:2  Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the Jah Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.
Mat 10:28  And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
Mat 10:29  Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
Mat 10:30  But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
Mat 10:31  Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.

Joh 16:33  I have spoken these things to you that you may have peace in Me. You have distress in the world; but be encouraged, I have overcome the world.

Col 2:15  having stripped the rulers and the authorities, He made a show of them in public, triumphing over them in it.

2Co 5:21  For He made the One who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

The crucifixion of the Messiah is likened unto the brazen serpent in the wilderness.

Joh 3:14 And even as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up,

Num 21:7 And the people came in to Moses and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against Jehovah, and against you. Pray to Jehovah, and He shall turn the serpent away from us. And Moses prayed on behalf of the people.
Num 21:8 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, Make yourself a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that when anyone is bitten, when he sees it, he shall live.
Num 21:9 And Moses made a serpent of bronze and put it on a pole; and it happened, if a serpent had bitten any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.
2Ki 18:4 he took away the high places, and broke in pieces the pillars, and cut down the Asherah, and beat to bits the bronze serpent that Moses made (for in those days it was that the sons of Israel burned sacrifices to it) and called it Nehushtan. (נחש ‘nachash’= divine תן ‘tan’=dragon, serpent) They called it the divine dragon…the same thing has happened to the image of the cross.  The Messiah being crucified which brought forgiveness, and life has been changed into an image to be worshiped just as the brazen serpent was.

The Cross & 666

Strong’s Concordance #5516 “Chi Xi Stigma [khee xee stig-ma]; 22nd, 14th and obsolete letter (4742 as a cross) of the Greek alphabet (intermediate between the 5th and 6th letters) used as numbers; denoting respectively 600, 60 and 6; 666 as a numeral: -Six hundred three score and six.” [Interestingly, the 22nd, 14th and 6th letters of the Hebrew Alphabet (Tau, Nun, Waw) spell tanu, “his dragon”].

Col 2:15  having stripped the rulers and the authorities, He made a show of them in public, triumphing over them in it (The cross).

Christ became sin/the curse in order to deliver mankind (Galatians 3:13; 2 Corinthians 5:21).

The Greek alphabet comes from the Phoenician alphabet which, in essence, is the same as Paleo Hebrew.  χξς (666) would be rendered in Phoenician as:

χ = which is a picture of crossed sticks

ξ= which is a picture of a thorn or branch

ς= Stigma means a mark and like the letter ξ was used to represent a coiled serpent.

Hence, the pictograph meaning of the χξς (666) is a serpent on the branch of a tree.  It is the equivalent of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Christ Jesus took upon Himself the punishment of sin which began at the tree of knowledge of good and evil so that mankind might live.  He overcame the beast that dwells in the waters.  He leads His flock to the still waters where there is no worries of an ambush attack by a crocodile.

Psa 23:1  A Psalm of David. Jehovah is my shepherd; I shall not lack.
Psa 23:2  He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me to waters of rest;

Psa 42:1  To the chief musician. A Contemplation for the sons of Korah. As the deer pants after the channels of water, so my soul pants after You, O God.

The word for deer is איל  ‘ayal’ which is from the same root אל ‘el’ which is the Hebrew word for God.

This display of a deer or flock of sheep drinking water safely at the waters is seen in Psalm 110. Psalm 110 is a war psalm speaking of the victory of Messiah over His enemies.  Verse 7 has a peculiar verse which is a bit enigmatic but when looked at with the concept of Messiah overcome the dragon in the waters it makes more sense as it speaks of Him drinking waters at the river with confidence and no fear of the enemy (lifting up the head).

Psa 110:5  The Lord at Your right hand shatters kings in the day of His anger.
Psa 110:6  He shall judge among the nations; He shall fill with dead bodies; He shall shatter heads over much land.
Psa 110:7  He shall drink out of the torrent on the way; therefore, He shall lift up the head.

Shadows of Messiah – Alligator/Crocodile




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