Shadows of Messiah – Nature

Shadows of Messiah - Nature

“All nature is a reflection of God’s grace through Jesus Christ, our Lord, herald of life eternal.”  – PC Michael

“Nature is an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we only will tune in.” – George Washington Carver

“Nature to a saint is sacramental. If we are children of God, we have a tremendous treasure in Nature. In every wind that blows, in every night and day of the year, in every sign of the sky, in every blossoming and in every withering of the earth, there is a real coming of God to us if we will simply use our starved imagination to realise it.” –Oswald Chambers, in My Utmost for His Highest

The natural world (nature/creation) points to Messiah.  The natural realm is given so that we can understand the spiritual.

1Co 15:46  But not the spiritual first, but the natural; afterward the spiritual.

 

Nature comes from the Hebrew word:


This word pictographically can represent ‘to see, good’.  The letter ע-ayin is a pictograph of the eye which means to see and the letters ט-tet ב-bet spell טב ‘tov’ which means good.

This word pictographically can represent ‘to see, good’.  The letter ע-ayin is a pictograph of the eye which means to see and the letters ט-tet ב-bet spell טב ‘tov’ which means good.

Gen 1:31  And God saw everything that He had made and behold, it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning the sixth day.

Christ Jesus equates God with ‘good’

Mat 19:17  And He said to him, Why do you call Me good? No one is good except One, God! But if you desire to enter into life, keep the commandments.

Interestingly, the numerical value of nature (הטבע ‘ha`teva’) and God (אלהים) is the same, 86.

Christ is THE Good Shepherd

Joh 10:11  I am the Good Shepherd! The Good Shepherd lays down His life on behalf of the sheep.

How can Messiah define Himself as good, and yet say only God is good?  It is because Messiah is God.  He is our Creator and our Redeemer.

The word for creation, ברא ‘bara’ points directly to Messiah


Good = something that is functional

God is seen through His creation/nature.  However, if man begins to worship and serve the creation and not the Creator, then man perverts that which is good (functioning properly) and goes against nature.

Rom 1:20  For the unseen things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things made, both His eternal power and Godhead, for them to be without excuse.
Rom 1:21  Because knowing God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful. But they became vain in their reasonings, and their undiscerning heart was darkened.
Rom 1:22  Professing to be wise, they became foolish
Rom 1:23  and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into a likeness of an image of corruptible man, and of birds, and four-footed animals, and creeping things.
Rom 1:24  Because of this, God gave them up to impurity in the lusts of their hearts, their bodies to be dishonored among themselves,
Rom 1:25  who changed the truth of God into the lie, and worshiped and served the created thing more than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.
Rom 1:26  Because of this, God gave them up to dishonorable passions, for even their females changed the natural use to that contrary to nature.

Nature is the foundation of the Mystery religions.  The adversary knows that God has embedded His Image in all of creation.  The desire of the adversary is to be like God (Isaiah 14:14) so he takes those shadow pictures and corrupts them, pointing man to him instead of to their Creator.

Albert Pike speaks of Nature being the great Bible ever open before mankind. (Morals & Dogma pg 25, 64, 75, 357-359, 374, 401 etc.)  Nature/Creation is at the core of the understanding of the mark.  The mark of God which is His Image revealed throughout creation in types and shadows or the mark of the beast which is his image, a counterfeit, corrupted version of the Image of God, hence corrupted shadow pictures in nature.

Nature

Nature is related to giving birth/begetting.  This traces back to the ‘generations/births’ of the heavens and the earth.

Gen 2:4  These are the generations {תלדות ‘toledot’} of the heavens and of the earth when they were created in the day that Jehovah God was making earth and heavens.

תלדות ‘toledot’ comes from:

This is related to the word ‘genus’

‘Genesis’ comes from this same English word

The study of nature leads us back to Genesis.  Back to the beginning.  Back to creation.  Back to the Creator.

Jas 1:23  Because if anyone is a hearer of the Word, and not a doer, this one is like a man studying his natural (γένεσις ‘genesis’) face in a mirror;

Mat 1:1  The Book of the genealogy (γένεσις ‘genesis’) of Jesus Christ the Son of David, the son of Abraham:

Jas 3:6  And the tongue is a fire, the world of iniquity. So the tongue is set among our members, spotting all the body, and inflaming the course of nature (γένεσις ‘genesis’), and being inflamed by Hell.

Gen 1:1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth

The first word of the Scriptures is בראשית ‘bereshiyt’ (In the Beginning).  It has the numerical value of 913.  God the Father in Greek has an exact numerical equivalent.  In Hebrew the first word of the language is father אב ‘av.’

Interestingly, 913 also is associated with His House.  The first letter of the Scriptures is an enlarged bet.  The bet in Hebrew means the house.  As seen above, the definition of good (טוב ‘tob’) is that which surrounds or protects the house.  Nature means to see or behold that which is good, He is surrounds/protects/cares for His house.

Messiah Jesus connects the house to His flesh.

Joh 2:19  Jesus said to them, Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up.
Joh 2:20  Then the Jews said, This sanctuary was forty six years being built, and do You raise it up in three days?
Joh 2:21  But He spoke about the sanctuary of His body.

Interestingly, another word in English traces back to Genesis:

DNA is a fascinating shadow of Messiah.  It is a picture of the book of Life which is the blueprint of the human body just as the Word of God is the ‘blueprint’ of the Messiah who is the Word made flesh.

DNA and genetics is discussed in more detail in the following study:

Shadows of Messiah – DNA

1Co 15:46  But not the spiritual first, but the natural*; afterward the spiritual.

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ψυχικός
psuchikos

ψυχικός ‘psuchikos’ means ‘of or belonging to breath.’  It is that which has been ‘animated’ by the Most High.  In the beginning, His Spirit moved upon the waters and brought forth the natural things that we see today.  In Hebrew the act of ‘moving/hovering’ over the waters is like unto a bird overshadowing her chicks.  It is at this point that God said let there be light and matter came forth into His creation.  The overshadowing of His wings and the light that came forth teaches that all of His creation/all of nature is embedded with His Image.  All of His creation was made to point to Him.

Even the fallen state of man and creation points to Him, for it is only through Messiah Jesus that all things can be restored.  When Adam fell, so did His creation (Romans 5:12; 8:19).  All of creation groans awaiting the birth of the Sons of God. This points to the new heavens and new earth.  First the natural, and then the spiritual.  The earth was good, then sin entered which corrupted and brought ‘entropy.’  It is through Messiah Jesus that creation will be renewed.  The same can be said for man.  Adam was created without sin, he partook of the tree of knowledge and brought death into the world.  It is through Messiah Jesus that man will be restored and death will be overcome.  This same pattern is seen in Messiah Jesus, Himself. Messiah was in Heaven with the Father, came to earth to take upon our sins, resurrected and will come again without sin.

Rom 8:16  The Spirit Himself witnesses with our spirit that we are children of God.
Rom 8:17  And if children, also heirs; truly heirs of God, and joint-heirs of Christ, if indeed we suffer together, that we may also be glorified together.
Rom 8:18  For I calculate that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to compare to the coming glory to be revealed in us.
Rom 8:19  For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly awaits the revelation of the sons of God.
Rom 8:20  For the creation was not willingly subjected to vanity, but through Him subjecting it, on hope;
Rom 8:21  that also the creation will be freed from the slavery of corruption to the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
Rom 8:22  For we know that all the creation groans together and travails together until now.
Rom 8:23  And not only so, but also we ourselves having the firstfruit of the Spirit, also we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly expecting adoption, the redemption of our body;

Another Greek word that is translated as ‘nature’ is φύσις ‘phusis’.

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φύσις
phusis
Thayer Definition:
1) nature
1a) the nature of things, the force, laws, order of nature
1a) as opposed to what is monstrous, abnormal, perverse
1b) as opposed what has been produced by the art of man: the natural branches, i.e. branches by the operation of nature
1b) birth, physical origin
1c) a mode of feeling and acting which by long habit has become nature
1d) the sum of innate properties and powers by which one person differs from others, distinctive native peculiarities, natural characteristics: the natural strength, ferocity, and intractability of beasts
Part of Speech: noun feminine
A Related Word by Thayer’s/Strong’s Number: from G5453

This is the word that Peter uses when speaking of redemption through Christ and partaking of His ‘divine nature’.

2Pe 1:4  by which means He has given to us the very great and precious promises, so that through these you might be partakers of the divine nature, escaping from the corruption in the world by lust.

What we see in nature today, death and pain and sin will be gone.  That which shall come is personified in the life of Christ Jesus who was sinless, who overcame sin and death.

Jesus is the Word made flesh, when we are recreated in His image we will be living epistles…walking Torah scrolls just as He was

Joh 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
1Co 15:42  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
1Co 15:43  It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
1Co 15:44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
1Co 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
1Co 15:47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
1Co 15:48  As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
1Co 15:49  And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
1Jo 3:2  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
Psa 17:15  As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

2Co 3:3  it having been made plain that you are Christ’s letter, served by us, not having been inscribed by ink, but by the Spirit of the living God, not in tablets of stone, but in fleshly tablets of the heart.

The ‘natural force’ of Moses

Deu 34:7  And Moses was a son of a hundred and twenty years at his death; his eye had not become dim, nor had his natural force abated.

The Hebrew word for ‘natural force’ is:

H3893
לח
lêach
BDB Definition:
1) moisture, freshness, vigour

This comes from the root word:

This is an interesting connection.  As seen above, the Hebrew word for natural (טבע ‘teba’) is related to the root word (טוב ‘tob’/good). Another word in Hebrew for ‘fresh’ is רטב ‘ratab’ which comes from the same root word טוב ‘tob’.

Going back to the word לח ‘lach’, another fascinating connection is seen to the current study.  Those who are reborn in Messiah will be in His image.  Walking Torah Scrolls, living Bibles.

2Co 3:3  it having been made plain that you are Christ’s letter, served by us, not having been inscribed by ink, but by the Spirit of the living God, not in tablets of stone, but in fleshly tablets of the heart.

The word in Hebrew for tablet is לוח ‘luach’ which comes from the above word לח ‘lach’.

Exo 31:18  And when He finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, He gave to Moses the two tablets (לוח ‘luach’) of the testimony, tablets of stone, written by the finger of God.

Akiva Tatz – Worldmask pg 28

The Smokescreen

Akiva Tatz – Worldmask pg 33

The word for ‘smokescreen’ in Hebrew is מסך אשן ‘masakh ashan.’

עשׁן
‛âshân
BDB Definition:
1) smoke

מסך ‘masakh’ is an interesting word that links nature to this concept of a ‘smoke screen’ mentioned above by Akiva Tatz.

מסך ‘masakh’ as a noun means:


This word comes from the root:

Rev 21:1  And I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and the sea no longer is.
Rev 21:2  And I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God, having been prepared as a bride, having been adorned for her Husband.
Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of Heaven, saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God with men! And He will tabernacle with them, and they will be His people, and God Himself will be with them as their God.

Joh 1:14  And the Word became flesh and tabernacled among us. And we beheld His glory, glory as of an only begotten from the Father, full of grace and of truth.

Exo 33:22  And as My glory is passing it will be that I will put you in a cleft of the rock; and I will cover (sakak from סך) My hand over you during My passing.

Dwelling in the cleft of the rock is associated with hiding under the shelter of His wings which is a term of intimacy.

As seen in Genesis 1:2 & mentioned above, The Spirit of God hovering over the waters is likened to a bird hovering/overshadowing her chicks.  Sukkot (from the same root סך) is a shadow of the Kingdom/recreation.  It’s themes point to the beginning.  The Tabernacle, the rains/living waters and God dwelling with man.

Psa 61:4  I will dwell in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.
Psa 63:7  For You have been a help to me, and I will rejoice under the shadow of Your wings.
Psa 63:8  My soul is cleaved (clings Deuteronomy 10:20; 11:22) after You; Your right hand (Messiah) upholds me.

Abiding in the cleft of the rock = abiding under the shelter of His wings

Psa 61:4  I will dwell in Your tabernacle forever; I will trust in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.  Abiding in the Tabernacle = abiding in the shelter of His wings

Rev 7:15  Because of this they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His sanctuary. And He sitting on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them.

Psa 27:5  For in the day of evil He shall hide me in His shelter (sukkah); in the secrecy of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me up on a rock.

As a verb, מסך ‘masakh,’ means to mix (as in water & wine).


How does מסך ‘masak’ link to a sukkah/covering & to mix water and wine?

Joh 2:6  And there were six stone waterpots standing, according to the purification of the Jews, each containing two or three measures.
Joh 2:7  Jesus said to them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them to the top.
Joh 2:8  And He said to them, Now draw out and carry to the master of the feast. And they carried it.
Joh 2:9  But when the master of the feast tasted the water that had become wine, and did not know from where it was (but the servants drawing the water knew), the master of the feast called the bridegroom,
Joh 2:10  and he said to him, Every man first sets on the good wine, and when they have drunk freely, then the worse. You have kept the good wine until now.
Joh 2:11  This beginning of the miraculous signs Jesus did in Cana of Galilee. And it revealed His glory, and His disciples believed into Him.

This miracle/sign of the water turning into the wine at the wedding feast points to Sukkot

Joh 7:37  And in the last day of the great feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.

John Gill commentary

“the pouring out of water was after this manner; a golden pot, which held three logs, was tilled out of Siloah, and when they came to the water gate, they blew (their trumpets) and shouted, and blew; (then a priest) went up by the ascent of the altar, and turned to the left hand, (where) were two silver basins–that on the west side was filled with water, and that on the east with wine; he poured the basin of water into that of wine, and that of wine into that of water.”

At which time there were great rejoicing, piping, and dancing, by the most religious and sober people among the Jews; insomuch that it is said (x), that

“he that never saw the rejoicing of the place of drawing of water, never saw any rejoicing in his life.”   (x) Misn. Succa, c. 5. sect. 1, 4.

These are all themes of the Feast of Sukkot.  The drawing of the waters, the season of our joy, the wedding of the Lamb and His bride.

Corruption of Nature

As seen above, the Word of God is the ‘Image‘ of God.  The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us (John 1:1, 14).  His ‘Image‘ is embedded in all of His creation.  So the corruption of nature corrupts His ‘Image‘.

Rev 11:18  And the nations were full of wrath; and Your wrath came, and the time of the judging of the dead, and to give the reward to Your slaves, to the prophets, and to the saints, and to the ones fearing Your name, to the small and to the great, and to destroy those destroying the earth.
Gen 6:12  And God looked upon the earth, and, behold,
it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth.

The book of Jasher defines this corruption as a perversion of nature
Jasher 4
18 And their judges and rulers went to the daughters of men and took their wives by force from their husbands according to their choice, and the sons of men in those days took from the cattle of the earth, the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air, and taught the mixture of animals of one species with the other, in order therewith to provoke the Lord; and God saw the whole earth and it was corrupt, for all flesh had corrupted its ways upon earth, all men and all animals.

The biblical definition of corruption is turning away from the Word.

Deu 31:29  For I know that after my death you shall utterly corrupt (שחת ‘shachat’ שחת ‘shachat’) yourselves, and will turn aside from the way which I have commanded you. And evil shall happen to you in the latter end of the days because you shall do evil in the eyes of Jehovah, to make Him angry with the work of your hands.

Isa 24:5  And the earth is profaned under those living in it, because they transgress laws and violate a statute, and break the everlasting covenant.
Isa 24:6  On account of this a curse has devoured the land; and they who live in it are held guilty. For this those living in the land are consumed, and few men are left.

Sin in the Garden brought pain to all creation
Rom 8:20  For the creation was not willingly subjected to vanity, but through Him subjecting it, on hope;
Rom 8:21  that also the creation will be freed from the slavery of corruption to the freedom of the glory of the children of God.
Rom 8:22  For we know that all the creation groans together and travails together until now.

We must choose that which is good (טוב ‘tob’/functional/the original nature of creation) or that which is evil (רע ‘ra’/dysfunctional/the perversions of nature we see today)

Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may
prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

1Pe 1:14  As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance:

We cannot allow mixture.  It is a perversion of nature.

Jas 3:9  By this we bless God and the Father; and by this we curse men having come into being according to the image of God. Gen. 1:26
Jas 3:10  Out of the same mouth comes forth blessing and cursing. My brothers, it is not fitting for these things to be so.
Jas 3:11  Does the fountain out of the same hole send forth the sweet and the bitter?
Jas 3:12  My brothers, a fig tree is not able to produce olives, or a vine figs. So neither can a fountain produce both salt and sweet water.

Nature (טבע ‘teba’) was made to point to Him.  It was good (טוב ‘tob’), functional.  When sin entered nature was perverted and became dysfunctional (רע ‘rah’ – wicked, evil).  The goodness of His creation, and the wickedness that we see as a result of sin both point to Christ Jesus.  When we see things in nature functioning as they should, it points to Messiah who was without sin (Hebrew 4:15) and always did that which was pleasing to the Father (John 8:29).  When we see entropy, death and sin it also points to Messiah for He is the one through which these things are overcome (John 16:33; Galatians 1:4).

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?
1Jn 5:6  This is the One coming through water and blood, Jesus Christ; not by the water only, but by the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the One witnessing, because the Spirit is the truth.


“Prior to the invention of the written word and the printing press, the way God made God’s self available was through all of the creatures, seasons, and cycles of life and death. The wondrous nature of the world itself is the universal religion that precedes all later religions. It seems we need nature to smack us upside the head to move us out of head and into experiencing reality. “ – Father Richard Rohr

“And if nature had never awakened certain longings in me, huge areas of what I can now mean by the “love” of God would never, so far as I can see, have existed.” – C.S. Lewis “The Four Loves”

 

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