Shadows of Messiah – Autumn

Shadows of Messiah - Autumn

The word Autumn comes from the Latin word ‘autumnus’ which traces back further to the Hebrew word אדם ‘adam’ which means red, or man.  This word is displayed in the Autumn season in the change of colors of the leaves on trees as well as connecting to the Autumnal equinox/tequfah.

The movement of the sun throughout the year is a ‘macrocosm’ of the daily movement of the sun.  In the morning, which corresponds to Spring, the sun rises from the Eastern horizon in which the sky produces a reddish color.  The sun is at its greatest strength during “midday” which corresponds with Summer and then descends into the West in which the sky again turns red, corresponding with Autumn.  At night, the sun is hidden bringing forth darkness which corresponds with the Winter season.

This daily and yearly movement of the sun portrays the “Word of the Cross” (1 Corinthians 1:18).  The morning rising of the sun which corresponds with Spring portrays the birth and re-birth of the Messiah from the dead.  The mid-day sun which corresponds with Summer portrays the lifting up of the Messiah on the cross (John 3:14; 12:32) and later His exaltation (Philippians 2:7-9).  The setting of the sun corresponds with Autumn in which the light of the world (John 9:4-5; 11:9) fades away into darkness which is displayed by nighttime and Winter portraying the Savior’s death.

אדם ‘adam’ comes from the root word דם ‘dam’ which means blood.

There is an interesting parable of the sun moving through the sky (seasonally and daily) in correlation to the movement of blood through the human body.

 

דם ‘dam’ literally means “waters from the door” as in the living waters that come forth from the Temple (Ezekiel 47:1), or the living waters of blood that come forth from the heart.  The sun moving through the zodiac is also a picture of this.  Psalm 19 speaks of the sun following the path of the zodiac and coming forth from ‘his canopy’ representing the Temple.  A healthy heart pumps on average 72 times a minute, the sun moves a degree through the ecliptic every 72 years.  It seems that the beating of the human heart corresponds with the movement of the sun through the ecliptic.

“The ‘circle’ traced by the earth’s axis around the north ecliptic pole is not smooth but wavy, as the moon’s gravitational pull causes the earth to ‘nod’ about once every 18 years (currently 18.6 years), a movement known as nutation. The circle therefore contains about 1440 waves, since 18 x 1440 = 25,920. Note that the average human heartbeat is equal to 72 beats a minute, and on average we breathe about 18 times a minute. 72 years (= 6+60+6 or 6×12) is said to be the ‘ideal’ lifespan of a human being, during which time the sun moves through one degree of the zodiac in the precessional cycle. A human breathes 72 times in 4 minutes, the time required for the earth to turn 1 degree on its axis. In 24 hours (86,400 seconds) we breathe 18 x 1440 = 25,920 times, equal to the number of years in the precessional cycle.”  {Patterns in Nature – David Pratt}

According to the National Geographic’s ‘Incredible Human Machine’ it takes 72 muscles for man to speak.  The Hebrew word for time, עת ‘et,’ means to see the mark.  What is the mark?  It is when the sun rises directly east (קדם qedem ‘sun of blood’) at the time of the tequphah/equinox which literally means the ‘sun speaks.’

According to Ecclesiastes 1:5-6, the sun moves upon the wind again linking to the blood which flows through the human body and the living waters which flow forth from the throne of God.

Blood/DNA is further linked to the sun through the equinoxes (tequphot).  The word for ‘equinox’ in Hebrew is תקופה ‘tequphah.’  It literally means the mark/cross of the sun.  At the Spring תקופה ‘tequfah’ the sun is at 23 degrees in the Tropic of Cancer.  At the Autumn תקופה ‘tequfah’ the sun is at 23 degrees in the Tropic of Capricorn.  23 +23 = 46.  46 is the number of chromosomes in the human body that stores our DNA.  The chromosome is also in the shape of a cross/tav.

As mentioned before, the word for ‘equinox’ in Hebrew is תקופה ‘tequfah’ which has the following pictograph meaning.  The cross (ת) reveals (ה) the sun on the horizon (קוף).  The letter ק ‘qof’ spelled קוף in Hebrew is pictographically displayed as the sun rising on the horizon.  So then the word תקופה ‘tequfah’ has embedded within itself the point of the equinox.  It is at the cross of the horizon which is exactly East.  As the sun moves through its course in the sky it will rise directly East at the spring and fall equinoxes, making a cross in the sky each year.

The Hebrew word for time further displays this “cross” imagery as the Hebrew word for time which is עת ‘et.’ Pictographically עת ‘et’ means to see ע the cross ת.

As mentioned before, the movement of the sun throughout the year is a ‘macrocosm’ of the daily movement of the sun.  This daily and yearly movement of the sun portrays the “Word of the Cross” (1 Corinthians 1:18).  The morning rising of the sun which corresponds with Spring portrays the birth and re-birth of the Messiah from the dead.  The mid-day sun which corresponds with Summer portrays the lifting up of the Messiah on the cross (John 3:14; 12:32) and later His exaltation (Philippians 2:7-9).  The setting of the sun corresponds with Autumn in which the light of the world (John 9:4-5; 11:9) fades away into darkness which is displayed by nighttime and Winter portraying the Savior’s death.

Another witness to Autumn portraying the sun-setting and the “harbinger” of darkness/death is the word ‘Fall.’  Autumn is commonly known as Fall from the falling of the leaves during this time.  The English word ‘Fall’ comes from the Hebrew word אפל ‘aphal’ which means darkness, in particular the darkness which “falls” during setting of the sun in the evening.

Harvest

Until the 16th Century, the season of Autumn was simply known as “harvest” as this is the time of year in which the harvest is brought in.  Scripture also speaks of this time as the time of harvest or “ingathering” (Exodus 23:16; 34:22).

The English word ‘harvest’ traces back to the Hebrew word חרב ‘charav’ which literally means a cutting instrument as the harvest is done through “cutting” down of plants to gather their fruits.   חרב ‘charav’ is most commonly translated as sword but is also translated as mattock as well (2 Chronicles 34:6).  At the end of the age, at “harvest” time (Matthew 13:39-43), Messiah returns with sword in Hand (Isaiah 66:16; Revelation 1:16; 2:16; 19:15, 21) to judge the earth, dividing the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:32).

Interestingly, the Hebrew word אפל ‘aphal’ from whence comes “Fall” is associated with judgment as well.  אפל ‘aphal’ comes from the root word פל which means judgment as darkness is a place of judgment (Jeremiah 23:12; Matthew 8:12; 22:13; 25:30).

Messiah Jesus suffered the punishment of darkness/death that He might bring many sons to glory (Hebrews 2:9).  This bringing of these sons to glory is called the “harvest” (John 4:34-38; Luke 10:2; Mark 4:26-29; Matthew 13:39-43).

The weapon/harvest connection is further seen in the Hebrew letter ז ‘zayin’ which is a picture of a mattock/pickaxe used to cut the stalks of plants in order to harvest them.  ז ‘zayin’ has the numerical equivalent of 7, which is significant as the harvest season occurs in the seventh month of the Biblical Calendar.  This tool can be also used as a weapon and also as a digging tool.  All of these concepts point to Messiah Jesus.

The mattock/pickaxe is used to plow hard, rocky soil that seed might be sown. Scripture speaks of Messiah, as a planter (Matthew 13:37-43) and farmer (Genesis 2:8, 15; Isaiah 28:23-29).  The mattock being used as a plowing instrument is seen in the Hebrew word מחרשה ‘machareshah’ which literally means to scratch or plow the soil.  A related word is חריש ‘chariysh’ which means to plow (Genesis 45:6; Exodus 34:21) as well as harvest (1 Samuel 8:12) the field.

It is Messiah who reaps the harvest at the end of the age (Revelation 14:15; Mark 4:26-29; Matthew 13:36-43; Joel 3:13).  He discerns and divides the good from the bad at this time (Matthew 13:41-43, 47-49).  One of the Hebrew words for ‘discern’ is שמע ‘shema’ which means to hear (2 Samuel 14:17; 1 Kings 3:11).  The Hebrew word for ear is אזן ‘ozen’ which comes from the root זן ‘zan’ which means the mattock/harvest.  The ear comes from this root because the ear is the part of the body which “harvests” sounds and is used to discern these sounds for understanding.  The Hebrew word for balance is מואזן ‘mo’ezan’ which is a cognate of אזן ‘ozen’ as the ears are the place from which man gets his balance.  Balances are also used in the harvest (Amos 8:5) as well as in judgment (Daniel 5:27).

The mattock can also be used a weapon and is related to the sword in the Hebrew language as both are used for the purpose of cutting.  As mentioned before, the Hebrew word חרב ‘charav’ is most commonly translated as sword but is also translated as mattock as well (2 Chronicles 34:6).  At the end of the age, at “harvest” time (Matthew 13:39-43), Messiah returns with sword in Hand (Isaiah 66:16; Revelation 1:16; 2:16; 19:15, 21) to judge the earth, dividing the sheep from the goats (Matthew 25:32).  It is interesting to note that the Hebrew word מעדר ‘ma’der’ is translated as mattock in Scripture (Isaiah 7:25).  This word literally means to dig a field, clearing debris such as rocks and thorns creating order.  מעדר ‘ma’der’ is a cognate of the word עדר ‘adar’ which has the meaning of a shepherd ordering his flock.

Harvest of Mankind

As mentioned before, the word ‘Autumn’ comes from the Hebrew word אדם ‘adam’ which means mankind and red, as in the color of blood and the earth אדמה ‘adamah’ from whence man came (Genesis 2:7).

From one blood all mankind comes forth.  In Adam, all the colors of the dust dwelt.

Act 17:26  And He made every nation of men of one blood, to live on all the face of the earth, ordaining fore-appointed seasons and boundaries of their dwelling,
Act 17:27  to seek the Lord, if perhaps they might feel after Him and might find Him, though indeed He not being far from each one of us.
Act 17:28  For in Him we live and move and exist, as also some of the poets among you have said, For we are also His offspring.

In the Last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:47), there is no difference in color, race, etc.

Col 3:10  and having put on the new, having been renewed in full knowledge according to the image of the One creating him,
Col 3:11  where there is no Greek and Jew, circumcision and uncircumcision, foreigner, Scythian, slave or freeman, but Christ is all things and in all.
Col 3:12  Therefore, as elect ones of God, holy and beloved, put on a heart of compassions, kindness, humility, meekness, long-suffering,

Rom 10:12  For there is no difference both of Jew and of Greek, for the same Lord of all is rich toward all the ones calling on Him.

Gal 3:26  for you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:27  For as many as were baptized into Christ, you put on Christ.
Gal 3:28  There cannot be Jew nor Greek, there is no slave nor freeman, there is no male and female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Gal 3:29  And if you are of Christ, then you are a seed of Abraham, even heirs according to promise.

4 Skin colors – 4 Soil Colors

The four skin tones, pink, yellow, olive and brown, correspond to the 4 colors found in soil.  Soil is found in white, red, yellow and brown colors.

Adam, who came from the ground (אדמה ‘adamah’) was the father of all mankind.  Later this was replayed in Noah.

Gen 9:18  And the sons of Noah that went out of the ark were Shem, Ham, and Japheth. And Ham is the father of Canaan.
Gen 9:19  These are the three sons of Noah, and the whole earth was overspread from them.
Gen 9:20  And Noah, a man of the ground
(אדמה ‘adamah’), began and planted a vineyard.

From Shem, Ham and Japheth the world was overspread/scattered into 70 nations (Genesis 10).  These 70 nations were divided according to the children of Israel (Deuteronomy 32:8).

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) is celebrated during this time of year at the time of the harvest (Exodus 34:22).  70 bulls were sacrificed during the feast of Tabernacles (Numbers 29)…for the 70 nations of the world (Genesis 10).  The nations are divided up according to the number of the sons of Israel (Exodus 1:5).

Deu 32:8  when the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance; when He separated the sons of Adam, He set up the bounds of the peoples, according to the number of the sons of Israel.

All nations will keep Sukkot

Zec 14:16  And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
Zec 14:17  And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.

At Sukkot, the ground is our floor which is also a reminder of that all nations come forth from the same place.

Amazingly, the taxonomy of soil divides the types of dirt into twelve.

Alfisols, Andisols, Aridsols, Entisols, Gelisols, Histosols, Inceptisols, Mollisols, Oxisols, Spodosols, Ultisols, Vertisols.

Interestingly, color further connects to Israel in the numbers of 7 and 12.  There are 7 colors in the color spectrum which corresponds to the 7 branches of the Menorah.  The Menorah is a picture of the body of Messiah (Revelation 1:20; John 15:5).  The 7 colors then expand into 12 color hues of the color wheel corresponding with the 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 Apostles.  This has a fascinating connection to the seasons as each season has a corresponding color seen through etymology.  Spring is green, Summer is yellow and turns into orange (a mixture of yellow and red).  Autumn is red and turns into violet and indigo.  Winter is blue.  Furthermore, the movement of the sun through the seasons can be plotted out in the divisions of the menorah which connects 7 & 12 together yet again.   More on this in a future article, Lord willing.

Going back to the mankind – Adam connection….

There is no White race, Black race, Hispanic race, Jewish race, etc.  There is only the human race.  The only division in mankind is that of salvation.

Biblically, race is not defined by color.  Race is defined by what nature you are.  You are either in Messiah or you are not.  You are either for Him or against Him.  You are either the seed of the woman or the seed of the serpent.  You are either sprinkled by the blood of Messiah (Isaiah 52:15; Hebrew 10:22) or you are still covered in the garments of sinful flesh.  The coloring of the leaves and their subsequent death is a reminder of these filthy rags each year.

Isa_64:6  But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

In Hebrew the word for race is גזע ‘geza,’ which means the stock/root of a tree.  Trees are strongly associated with the Autumn season as mentioned before through the falling of the leaves which gives this season the moniker of “Fall”.

The colors of the fall leaves are very similar in nature to the colors of soil. As a matter of fact, scientists now believe that the color of leaves that trees produce in the Autumn is greatly dependent upon the type of soil in which the tree resides. All mankind comes from one man, who came forth from the soil which consists of various colors.  All mankind are one race, of which leaves of varying colors come forth during the Autumn season.

Each year the leaves remind us of death which shall surely come but there is hope in Messiah that through faith in His work on the cross we might be resurrected and delivered from death.  The green leaves that “resurrect” during Spring are a foreshadowing of this resurrection and reminds us that trusting in God and His Word is our only hope.

Jer 17:7  Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
Jer 17:8  For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green; and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.

The Hebrew word for leaf is עלה ‘aleh’ which literally means the lifting up of the yoke to place it on the shoulder.  Leaves are related to this “lifting up” as they are lifted high up in a tree.  The root of עלה ‘aleh’ is על ‘al’ which is the Hebrew word for yoke, in particular the yoke being lifted up and placed on the shoulder for work.  We can take upon us the yoke of Messiah and trust in His work (Matthew 11:28-30) or we can try to obtain salvation by our own works in which we will fade away and die in our sins (John 8:24; Acts 15:10; Romans 2:12).

Shadows of Messiah book 3

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Links:

Astronomy

Geology

Feast of Tabernacles/Sukkot

Musings –  Sukkot – Unity in the Love of Messiah

Daily Tidbits 3/21 – Spring

Daily Tidbits 3/19 – Tequfah/Equinox

Daily Tidbits 3/22 – Tequfah & the Mark

Shadows of Messiah – Summer

Daily Tidbits 12/22/11 – Winter

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