Shadows of Messiah – Dandelion

Shadows of Messiah - Dandelion

The dandelion is one of numerous plants that declares that Spring has come.  It is a fascinating plant that has many different names in many different cultures.  These names tell an intriguing story.

The word ‘dandelion’ comes from the Middle French ‘dent de lion’ which is a translation of the Latin phrase ‘dens leonis’ which means lion‘s tooth.  It is believed this name came as a result of the leaf/blade of the plant.

There are numerous Hebrew words for lion, the most common is אריה ‘aryeh’ or ארי ‘ari’ which comes from the root word רה ‘rah’ which means flowing water.  Spring is related to the source of watersprings, or flowing water through Etymology.  This is interesting to note as dandelions are also named for their diuretic qualities.  In French they are called ‘pissenlit’ which means “pee the bed”.  In Italian they are called ‘piscialletto,’ in Catalan ‘pixallits’ and in Spanish ‘meacamas,’ all of which mean to pee.

In Hebrew, the word for piss and the word for waterspring are one and the same:

The first part of the word dandelion (‘dens’/’dent’) meaning tooth has a fascinating connection to this study as well.  The Hebrew word for teeth is שן ‘shin’ which is depicted as the letter ש ‘shin.’  ש ‘shin’ is linked to the resurrection as the letter means teeth but also refers to the function of teeth to consume (death) and the depiction of two teeth {שנה ‘shanah’} meaning to repeat (resurrection).  The Hebrew word for year (which begins in Spring) is שנה ‘shanah,’ referring to the repeating, cyclical nature of the sun moving through its courses.

There are 32 teeth in adults which corresponds to the numerical value of the Hebrew word for heart (לב ‘lev’).  This is interesting to note as another word for lion is לבא ‘leva.’  The Hebrew word for blade (as in the blade of the dandelion from whence comes it name) is להב ‘lehav’ which also comes from the word לב ‘lev.’  The Word is the ‘heart’ of God (Psalm 119:32; Isaiah 51:7; Philippians 2:8).

The word לב ‘lev’ is the source of the English words life, and liver, both of which are linked to this time of Spring and the dandelion.  Spring is all about life, of which the dandelion displays by springing from the earth at the end of Winter (picture of death).   The dandelion is also a liver cleanser, used for generations as part of Spring tonics.

Teeth are arranged in the jaw in the form of an arch.  This is an interesting fact as the Hebrew word for arch is אילם ‘aylim’ which comes from the root אל ‘el’ meaning strength or power, often translated as God.  When Israel came out of Egypt and crossed the Red Sea, a picture of life from death, they first camped at a place called Elim which means arch {אילם ‘aylim’}.  At Elim there were twelve wells of water and 70 palm trees (Exodus 15:27).  Recall that wells of water are linked to the season of Spring.  There are 12 months in the year {שנה ‘shanah’} which start over again in Spring.

A child has 20 teeth called ‘milk teeth.’  This is yet another connection to the dandelion as numerous cultures have named the dandelion after its milky white substance found in its stem.  The Polish call it ‘mlecz’ which means milk, the Danish ‘mælkebøtte’ which means milk pot, the Hungarians call the dandelion ‘kutyatej’ which means dog milk.  This is interesting to note as the Hebrew word for dog is כלב ‘kelev’ which means “all heart”.

In architecture, the arch is the called the ‘cornerstone.’  Scripture speaks of the cornerstone as Messiah (Ephesians 2:20-22; Psalm 118:20-23; Acts 4:10-11; 1 Peter 2:7-8).  The Hebrew word for cornerstone is פינה ‘piynah’ which comes from the root פנה ‘panah’ which means a face, or a turning.  There are 12 hours in the day (John 11:9) which are depicted on the face of the clock.  Dandelions are also known as Faceclocks and Clock Flowers.

The Hebrew word for hour is שעה ‘sha’ah’ which literally pictures a shepherd watching the arch of the sun to determine the day.  The root of this word is שע ‘shah’ which means the shepherd, in particular the shepherd watching over His flock.  Pictographically, this word means see {ע ‘ayin’ – eye} the tooth {ש ‘shin’ – tooth}.

The arch, אילם ‘aylim,’ comes from the same root word as the Elephant which has fascinating connections to this tooth – resurrection connection.

The English word Elephant comes from the Hebrew word אלוף ‘aloof.’  אלוף ‘aloof’ has the meaning of an ox, or any large cattle and training, as in taming animals and a chief.  אלוף ‘aloof’ comes from the root אל ‘el’ which means the strong leader, often translated as ‘God.’ א ‘aleph’ is a picture of an ox head representing strength and ל ‘lamed’ is the shepherd’s staff representing the authority of the shepherd.  Combined this gives the meaning of the strong authority.

אל ‘El’ also represents an ox in a yoke.  In ancient times two oxen would be yoked together.  The older more experienced ox would be teamed up with the younger less experienced ox in order to teach or train up the younger one.  This is seen in the elephant where the young elephant takes hold of the older elephants tail by its trunk.  This is seen in believers who are to be yoked up with Messiah, walking with Him as He trains us into maturity.

Mat 11:29  Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, because I am meek and lowly in heart, “and you will find rest to your souls.” Jer. 6:16
Mat 11:30  For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.

Elephants are also known for their incredible strength.  Strength and wisdom are associated in the Scriptures.

Pro 24:5  A wise man is strong; yea, a man of knowledge increaseth strength.
Ecc 7:19  Wisdom makes the wise stronger than ten rulers who are in the city.

In Hebrew, the word for Elephant is פיל ‘peel’ which is the picture of a mouth, hand, and staff.  This describes the Elephant as their trunk (staff) is used as a ‘hand’ as well as a ‘mouth’ as they ‘speak’ through it in trumpet calls.  The trumpet call is likened unto the Voice of Messiah (Revelation 1:10)….

Interestingly, some believe the covering of the Tabernacle (תחש ‘tachash’) was made of elephant skins.  As the Tabernacle moved through the wilderness, the trumpets were sounded (Numbers 10:5-8)…

Further connecting intelligence to the Elephant is the word for ivory in Hebrew שן ‘shen.’  שן literally means a tooth, but also has the meaning of to repeat or double. Repetition is a teaching method seen in the cycles of creation which repeat year after year. This is why the word שנן ‘shanan’ means to teach and the word for year is שנה ‘shanah.’

It is interesting to note that Solomon, who was a picture of Messiah, had a throne made of ivory (1 Kings 10:18).  The Greek word for ivory is ἐλεφάντινος ‘elephantinos.’

The coming of the King is one of the main themes of Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets which is intimately linked with the shofar/trumpet.  This is also linked with the resurrection of the dead (John 5:26-29; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17).  It is fascinating that elephants are also known for their ability to remember the dead…the dry bones of the deceased. I’ve seen numerous nature programs where elephants return to the place where one of their pack has died to mourn over the bones with loud trumpet blasts…(Ezekiel 37).

1Co 15:51  Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
1Co 15:52  In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye*, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
1Co 15:53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.

What’s the word for change? שנה ‘shanah’… which also means sleep and is from the above mentioned root שן ‘shen’.

The word ‘trunk’ traces back to the Hebrew word צנור ‘tsenor’ which means a pipe or ‘waterspout.’  Recall that waterspouts are linked to the etymology of the word Spring.

This word is used in the Psalms speaking of a ‘waterspout.’

Psa 42:7  Deep calleth unto deep at the noise of thy waterspouts: all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge on Psalm 42:7

waterspouts: A water-spout is a large tube formed of clouds by means of the electric fluid, the base being uppermost, and the point let down perpendicularly form the clouds. It has a particular kind of circular motion at the point; and, being hollow within, attracts vast quantities of water, which it frequently pours down in torrents upon the earth. These spouts are frequent on the coast of Syria; and no doubt the Psalmist had often seen them, and the ravages which they made.

As mentioned previously, the trumpet blasts of the elephant are associated with the resurrection of the dead and the voice of Messiah.

Scripture also links to meeting of the Lord in the air when He returns with a whirlwind or ‘water-spout.’

2Ki 2:1  And it happened, when Jehovah was to cause Elijah to go up to Heaven in a tempest, Elijah and Elisha went from Gilgal.

The Hebrew word here for whirlwind/tempest is סערה ‘se’arah’ speaking of a storm.

Psalm 42:7 is linked to the resurrection on a deeper level through its imagery.  The word for deep is תהום ‘tehom’ also means an abyss which is linked to the grave (Revelation 20:13).  The word ‘wave’ is משבר ‘mishbar’ which is speaking of the breaking waves, going back to the root שבר ‘shabar’ which means to break, literally the crushing of a seed hull on the threshing floor (1 Corinthians 15:36–53).  The word ‘billows’ is from גל ‘gal’ which means to roll, or repeat something a second time.  This word is also speaking of a heap of stones placed over a dead body (Joshua 7:26), again linking to death and resurrection.

צנור ‘tsenor’ comes from the root צן ‘tsen’ which is the Hebrew word for a flock of cattle, specifically sheep.

Mat 25:31  But when the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory.
Mat 25:32  And before Him shall be gathered all the nations; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
Mat 25:33  And indeed He will set the sheep off His right, but the goats off the left hand.
Mat 25:34  Then the King will say to those on His right, Come, the blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

As seen above, the younger elephant taking hold of the more mature elephant is a picture of the Teacher – disciple relationship believers have with Messiah.

The English word tail comes from תלל ‘talal’ which is linked to the tassels on the corners of the garments of believers.  תל ‘tal’ means to hang down and related to the word טלל ‘talal’ which means to cover a large area.

The four corners of the heavens from which God will gather all Israel (Isaiah 11:12; Jeremiah 49:36; Matthew 24:31) are pictured by the corners of the טלית ‘tallit.’  The word Tallit is not used in the Scriptures but traces back to the word טל ‘tal’ which means a covering.

Mal 4:2  But to you who fear My name, the Sun of Righteousness shall rise up, and healing will be on His wings. And you shall go out and frisk like calves of the stall.

Zec 8:23  So says Jehovah of Hosts: In those days ten men out of all languages of the nations shall take hold, and will seize the skirt of a man, a Jew, saying, Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.

Another word for lamb in Hebrew is טלה ‘taleh’ which means to be covered in spots, again linking elephants and sheep.

Yet another word in Hebrew for a sheep or lamb is כר ‘kar’ which is speaking of the ‘hollow hump’ of a camel or a sheep in a pasture in a hollow.  Interestingly, this word כר ‘kar’ is the source of the English word ‘car’ speaking of transportation.  This is also the word for a riding compartment on elephants used by the ancients.

Isa 66:20  And they shall bring all your brothers out of all nations, an offering to Jehovah, on horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and on mules, and on camels (כרכרה ‘karkarah’ from the root כר ‘kar’) , to My holy mountain Jerusalem, says Jehovah; as the sons of Israel bring the offering in a clean vessel to the house of Jehovah.

One of the most unique features of the elephant is their ability to “sense” when one of their loved ones has died and their mourning over that family member.  An amazing example is seen in the story of Lawrence Anthony’s death in March of 2012.  Anthony was known as the “Elephant Whisperer” who was made famous for saving the lives of numerous elephants throughout his life.

The word צנור ‘tsenor’{waterspout} connects back to the teeth. The word צנור ‘tsenor’ comes from the root צן ‘tsen’ which is the source of the English word ‘teeth‘ and ‘dentist.’  The Latin word for teeth is ‘den’ which would be rendered in Hebrew דן ‘den’ or ‘dan.’  This is interesting to note as this Hebrew word is the source of the star named ‘Denebola.’  Denebola means the ‘Judge who comes with haste.’  It is tail of the Lion in the constellation Leo.  When does the Judge come?  At the Resurrection.

Denebola is a part of the “Spring Triangle” in the stars which heralds in the Spring each year.  The Spring Triangle consists of Denebola, Arcturus and Spica.  Arcturus is a picture of the Shepherd, in the constellation of Bootes which speaks of the one who cometh with a sickle and sword.  Spica is the BRANCH in the constellation of Virgo the virgin.  Denebola means the judge/deliverer or tail of the lion in the constellation of Leo, the wrath of the King.

The Triangle is in the Fibonacci pattern:

The Dandelion is yet another example of the Fibonacci pattern.

Dandelions are known are also as White endives or wild endives.  Endives and dandelions are part of the chicory family of plants with bitter leaves.  This connects to the feast of Passover in which bitter herbs were to be consumed (Exodus 12:8).

In Dutch, the dandelion is called the ‘paardenbloem’ which means the “horse-flower.”  This is interesting to note as the Hebrew word for horse is סוס ‘sus’ literally means to rejoice as in a horse which turns around in play.  The Spring season is a time of rejoicing.  This will be spoken of in more detail below.

We shall rejoice in the salvation of the Most High (Isaiah 12:3) when He returns with a shout (צהל ‘tsahal’) – (literally the shouting of joy or the neighing of a horse) on a white horse (Revelation 19:11).
This is when we are made free, which is another connection to the horse as חופש ‘chophesh’ is translated as horse but also means free, as in a horse running free.

The English word ‘horse’ comes from the Hebrew word חרש ‘choresh’ which means to plow (done in the Spring).  Being yoked with Messiah, is where true freedom lies.

Mat 11:28  Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Mat 11:30  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Being yoked in Hebrew is אלף ‘aleph’ which which also means to be discipled or to learn, mentioned above in connection with the elephant.

In Persian, the dandelion is called the قاصدک ‘qasedak’ which means “small postman” as it is believed to bring good news.  Here we see yet another connection to the resurrection which is the culimination of the Good news/Gospel of Messiah.

In Greek, the dandelion is called the κλέφτης ‘kleftis’ which means “thief” in reference to the difficulty to catch the seeds.  Scripture likens the return of the Messiah as a thief in the night (Matthew 24:42-51; 1 Thessalonians 5:1-10; Revelation 3:3; 16:15).

Bitter Herb

The Dandelion is considered a bitter herb.  The springing forth of dandelions during Spring is further displayed in the command to eat bitter herbs during Passover which also occurs during the Spring season.

Exo 12:8  And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs {על־מררים ‘al merorim’} they shall eat it.
The word מררים ‘merorim’ means bitterness and points to the crucifixion of Messiah.

Zec 12:10  And I will pour on the house of David, and on those living in Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of prayers. And they shall look on Me whom they have pierced; and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they shall be bitter {מרר ‘marar’} over Him, like the bitterness {מרר ‘marar’} over the first-born.
Joh 19:37  And again, a different Scripture says, “They shall look at Him whom they have pierced.” Zech. 12:10

It is interesting to note that the Aramaic word for lamb, אימר ‘iymar’ comes from the root מרר ‘marar.’  Another interesting connection between מרר ‘marar’ and the crucifixion is the Hebrew word תמורה ‘temorah’ which means to exchange, or restitution.  Messiah Jesus took our sins upon Himself on the cross, exchanging our wickedness for His righteousness, restoring mankind back to the Father…

The number 2869 links the body of Messiah, the Lamb of God, to Zechariah 12:10.

During Spring, which pictures the resurrection, bitter herbs such as endives, wild onions and dandelions spring forth from the earth.  These bitter herbs remind us the body of Messiah, in particular His return to the earth where every eye shall see Him.  Zechariah prophesied of this event (Zechariah 12:10) and the book of Revelation also speaks of His ‘second coming’ in the book of Revelation.

Rev 1:5  And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
Rev 1:6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
Rev 1:7  Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Notice that John links the return of the Messiah is Him making us kings and priests.  This is interesting to note as the dandelion is also called the ‘priest’s crown’ because of the plant’s resemblance to a priest of the middle ages when it has gone to seed and all the seeds have been blown away.  The haircut of a Medieval priest was known as a tonsure, and as seen in the following picture does indeed resemble a ‘bald dandelion.’

Dandelions remind us of the short time we have here on earth as it is considered to have a short life span in relation to other plants.  Its ‘crown’ blows away with the wind.

Isa_40:7  The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: because the spirit of the LORD bloweth upon it: surely the people is grass.
Isa_40:8  The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever.
1Pe_1:24  For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away:

But when Messiah returns, we shall receive a crown that does not fade away…

1Pe_5:4  And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

2Ti_4:8  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

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