Shadows of Messiah – Memorial Day

Shadows of Messiah - Memorial Day
Memorial Day is a holiday in which Americans remember soldiers who gave their lives to preserve the freedoms which Americans enjoy.  The sacrifice of soldiers fighting on behalf of liberty is a shadow picture of the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus who died that men might be free.

Warfare began in the beginning when Adam and Eve partook of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.  Due to the lust of the flesh of Adam and Eve (Genesis 3:6), mankind has been fighting ever since (James 4:1).  It was at this time that the prophecy of the Seed of the woman was proclaimed (Genesis 3:15) where the the Promised Seed would destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:5-8; Hebrews 9:26), setting mankind free from the slavery of sin and death caused by the lust of the flesh (James 1:15).  Through His sacrifice, Messiah set mankind free from the bondage of sin and death (Galatians 5:1; 2 Corinthians 3:17).

Ever since the beginning, mankind has been in a semi-perpetual state of war.  Throughout history, most of these wars can be attributed to the lusts of the flesh, which the Apostle James speaks of (James 4:1).  There have been times however, in which nations have fought for freedom.  The United States has been a peculiar nation in this regard, fighting numerous wars in the name of freedom.  It can be argued whether the main purpose of these wars has been of the lusts of the flesh or out of a pure desire to make men free, but the concept of fighting for freedom has been the professed reason behind all of the wars in which the U.S. has engaged in.

Deep within the heart of man is the innate desire to be free.  This desire was put there by the Lord to draw us to Him.  The beginnings of the United States are a good reference for this concept.  The Declaration of Independence proclaimed that the Creator has given men inalienable rights, one of which is liberty.  This Declaration, and the war which followed, came about (at least in part) to preserve religious liberty and continue the ability of the colonists to live in the Word.

“The measure was urged as necessary to insure permanency to the civil and religious institutions of the colonies, as essential to their material prosperity, in order to secure fair scope for the industrial energies of the land, as vital to the expansion of American ideas over the continent, and to the creation of an opening for the spread of the Gospel, as the only escape from tyranny, and the only guaranty of that government which is ‘an ordinance of Heaven to restrain the usurpation of wicked men, to secure to all the enjoyment of their natural rights, and to promote the highest political interests and happiness of society.’  It was urged that independence ‘was the path of empire, glory, liberty, and peace,’ and that labor in such a cause was labor on the side of Providence.  ‘The Almighty’, said Chief Justice Dayton, of South Carolina, from the bench, ‘created America to be independent of Great Britain: to refuse our labors in this divine work is to refuse to be a great, a free, a pious, and a happy people.’” {Rise of the Republic – Richard Frothingham}

The Founding Fathers believed they had the right to be free because Christ had made them so.  J. Wingate Thornton, in his book ‘The Pulpit of the American Revolution,’ declared that the Bible was the ‘political text-book of the patriots.’

“Whence, then, did the ideas basic to American government originally emanate, and to what source must we look for a simple clarification of its original purpose?  To ask these questions should be to answer them.  The New Testament is the wellspring from which our political thought derives and the idealistic goal of that thinking was a political and social system actively conductive to Christian practise.  As the contemporary historian of Plymouth Plantation wrote, the motive of those who sailed on the Mayflower was their ‘great hope and inward zeal…for propagating and advancing the Gospel of the Kingdom of Christ in those remote parts of the world.’”  {The Christian History of the Constitution of the United States of America – Verna M. Hall pg VIII}

Samuel Adams, the ‘Father of the Revolution’ said:
“…The right to freedom being the gift of God Almighty…’The Rights of the Colonists as Christians’…may be best understood by reading and carefully studying the institutes of the great Law Giver and Head of the Christian Church, which are to be found clearly written and promulgated in the New Testament.”

“Among the natural Rights of the Colonists are these First, a Right to Life; Secondly to Liberty; thirdly to Property; together with the Right to Support and defend them in the best manner they can…All positive and civil laws should conform, as far as possible, to the law of natural reason and equity.

“Just and true liberty, equal and impartial liberty in matters spiritual and temporal, is a thing that All Men are clearly entitled to, by the eternal and immutable laws of God and nature, as well as by the law of Nations, & all well grounded municipal laws, which must have their foundation in the former.” {Samuel Adams – Rights of the Colonists}

John Adams in a letter written to Abigail on the day the Declaration was approved by Congress said:
“The Declaration of Independence laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity.”

“The general principles upon which the Fathers achieved independence were the general principals of Christianity… I will avow that I believed and now believe that those general principles of Christianity are as eternal and immutable as the existence and attributes of God.”

Adams’ son, John Quincy Adams spoke in similar terms declaring that the most important work of the Founders was establishing a free country in which the Gospel could be propagated.

“Why is it that, next to the birthday of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and most venerated festival returns on this day [the Fourth of July]?” “Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? That it forms a leading event in the progress of the Gospel dispensation? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon earth? That it laid the cornerstone of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity?” (John Quincy Adams – Fourth of July speech at Newburyport, Massachusetts 1837}
“The highest glory of the American Revolution was this; it connected in one indissoluble bond the principles of civil government with the principles of Christianity.” {John Quincy Adams on July 4, 1821}

In 1854, Congress passed a resolution declaring that the teachings of Jesus were the most important element of our governmental system.

“Christianity must be considered as the foundation upon which the whole structure rests. Laws will not have not permanence or power without the sanction of religious sentiment, without a firm belief that there is a Power above us that will reward our virtues and punish our vices. In this age there will be no substitute for Christianity: that, in its general principles, is the great conservative element on which we must rely for the purity and permanence of free institutions. That was the religion of the founders of the Republic, and they expected it to remain the religion of their descendants. There is a great and very prevalent error on this subject in the opinion that those who organized this Government did not legislate on religion.” {House Judiciary Report quoted in William Joseph Federer’s “America God and Country: Encyclopedia of Quotations”}

In 1983, Congress declared the following:
Joint Congressional Resolutions Declaring 1983 as the Year of the Bible
Public Law 97-280
October 4, 1982

“This Nation was settled by immigrants seeking religious freedom. Our Declaration of Independence as well as the Constitution of the United States embraced concepts of civil government inspired by the Holy Scriptures. As a nation we have been led by great leaders—among them Presidents Washington, Jackson, Lincoln, and Wilson—who personally knew and paid tribute to the surpassing influence that the Bible is, in the words of the President Jackson, “the rock on which our Republic rests.”

The Declaration of Independence proclaimed to the world that the only King of America was the Lord Jesus.   The basis of freedom/liberty is walking as servant of Christ.

Joh 8:31  Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed;

Joh 8:32  And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.

“We have no King but Jesus”John Adams

“We have this day restored the Sovereign, to Whom alone men ought to be obedient.  He reigns in heaven and..from the rising to the setting sun, may His Kingdom come.” {Samuel Adams speaking to the Continental Congress 7/4/1776}

“In declaring their independence from earthly power and authority, our Founding Fathers declared their dependence upon Almighty God: ‘with firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence.”  Like the Pilgrims before them, they fully expected God to keep His side of the covenant as they obeyed His Word and followed His Spirit.” {Under God – Toby Mac and Michael Tait pg 18}

After the United States won the War for Independence, the Founding Fathers established a government based upon the principles of the Declaration of Independence.  This government was codified in the Constitution.

The Constitution is an agreement that was made by the Founders to establish a government of ‘We the people,’ based on the natural law of God. Its primary purpose is to secure the blessings of Liberty which come forth from the Creator which was proclaimed in the Declaration of Independence. The Constitution of the United States is looked upon as the ‘supreme law’ of the land but it is in reality merely a contract on how to secure the rights which are given to man by their Creator. When public officials and soldiers swear an oath to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States” they are proclaiming that their primary duty is to secure to the people of this nation the rights given to them by God Almighty. They are to be God’s ministers, administering His will (Romans 13:4).

American soldiers, who are remembered on this day, swear an oath to uphold the Constitution.  Although not overtly, American soldiers are fighting for the freedom which was brought forth by the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus.

The Messiah declared that the greatest show of love is laying down one’s life for another.
Joh 15:13  Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

One of the Hebrew words which means freedom is נקה ‘naqah.’  This word means to be drawn close, as in an infant drawn to its mother’s breast.  It suggests an innocency.  This is the freedom of those who are freed from the bondage of sin.  This is true freedom in Messiah.

The concept of an innocent baby being drawn to the bosom of their parents is the epitome of God’s love.  The Hebrew word for mother is אם ’em’ which is the source of the Latin word ‘amare,’ the French word ‘amitie’ and the English word ‘amity’ which mean love.   Another Hebrew word which means love is  דד ‘dud/dad’ which means both love and breasts/bosom.  Interestingly, the English word ‘baby’ comes from the Hebrew בבה ‘baba’ which is related to the word אבוב ‘aboob’ the root of which is אב ‘av’ which means father but also means a pipe, as in the breast of the mother whose milk flows to give sustenance to the baby.  בבה ‘baba’ in Hebrew means the pupil, the apple of one’s eyes.  As any parent has held their baby in their arms against their bosom they recognize this is the epitome of love and intimate relationship (apple of the eye/little guy in the eye).

The Hebrew word for family is משפחה ‘mispocha’ which comes from the root word שפח ‘shapach’.  שפח ‘shaphach’ is the source of the English word crucifixion, from which all the family of the earth is gathered (John 12:32).  The bosom, which represents the love of the family also links to the crucifixion.    The English word patriot comes from the Latin word ‘patriota’ which means fellow countryman and comes from the Greek word ‘patrios’ which means ‘of one’s father’ which traces back further to the Hebrew word פטר ‘pater’ speaking of giving birth.  Patriots are ‘brethren’ or ‘family’ who come forth from the same ‘father.’ The Father of the Patriots {Founding Fathers} of the United States is the LORD.

Messiah came from the bosom of the Father.

Joh 1:18  No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bosom of the Father, that One declares Him.

He gathers and then carries in His bosom His people, linking to the crucifixion.  It is through the work of Messiah on the cross that mankind is brought into His family.

Isa 40:10  Behold, the Lord Jehovah will come with strength, and His arm rules for Him. Behold, His reward is with Him, and His wage before Him.
Isa 40:11  He shall feed His flock like a shepherd; He shall gather lambs with His arm; and carry them in His bosom; those with young He will lead;
Psa 89:50  Remember, O Lord, the reproach of Your servants, my bearing in my bosom the insults of the many peoples
Psa 89:51  with which Your enemies have cursed, O Jehovah; with which they have cursed the footsteps of Your anointed.

Eph 2:8  For by grace you are saved, through faith, and this not of yourselves; it is the gift of God;
Eph 2:9  not of works, that not anyone should boast;
Eph 2:10  for we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God before prepared that we should walk in them.
Eph 2:11  Because of this, remember that you, the nations, were then in the flesh (those having been called Uncircumcision by those having been called Circumcision in the flesh made by hands)
Eph 2:12  that at that time you were without Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers of the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.
Eph 2:13  But now, in Christ Jesus you who then were afar off, came to be near by the blood of Christ.
Eph 2:14  For He is our peace, He making us both one, and breaking down the middle wall of partition,
Eph 2:15  in His flesh causing to cease the enmity, the Law of the commandments in decrees, that He might in Himself create the two into one new man, making peace,
Eph 2:16  and might reconcile both in one body to God through the cross, slaying the enmity in Himself.
Eph 2:17  And coming, He proclaimed “peace to you, the ones afar off, and to the ones near.” Isa. 57:19
Eph 2:18  For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.
Eph 2:19  So, then, you are no longer strangers and tenants, but you are fellow citizens of the saints and of the family of God,

There are multiple words in Hebrew for love, all linking back to the bosom.  The most common is אהב ‘ahav’ which has the meaning of a gift and the expressions and actions of one towards the family.  The pictograph meaning displays the gift of the Father to mankind of His only begotten Son.  Again linking the bosom, the family and the crucifixion.

Joh 3:16  For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that everyone believing into Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

Joh 15:13  Greater love than this has no one, that anyone should lay down his soul for his friends.


From the root:

The Pictograph meaning of Love

The first and last letters spell out the word for Father (אב ‘ab’) and the middle letter is a picture of a man with outstretched arms.  The Love of the Father is revealed through the Messiah on the tree, gathering all mankind back to their Creator.

For more see the studies:

Daily Tidbits 2/16 – Love

Hebrew Origins of English – Love

Love

Another aspect of Memorial Day is the future gathering of mankind to worship the King.  Scripture declares that all the ends of the world shall REMEMBER and turn to the Lord.  This is done through the sacrifice of Jesus the Messiah.

Psa 22:27  All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the LORD: and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before thee.
Psa 22:28  For the kingdom is the LORD’S: and he is the governor among the nations.

For more on this see the study:  All the Ends of the World Shall Remember

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a monument dedicated to the fallen soldiers of the United States military.

There is an interesting parable in this tomb seen by the routine in which the guards walk.

“Walking the mat”  {from wikipedia}

There is a meticulous routine which the guard follows when watching over the graves.  The Tomb Guard:

Marches 21 steps south down the black mat laid across the Tomb.
Turns and faces east, toward the Tomb, for 21 seconds.
Turns and faces north, changes weapon to outside shoulder, and waits 21 seconds.
Marches 21 steps down the mat.
Turns and faces east for 21 seconds.
Turns and faces south, changes weapon to outside shoulder, and waits 21 seconds.
Repeats the routine until the soldier is relieved of duty at the Changing of the Guard.

Twenty-one was chosen because it symbolizes the highest military honor that can be bestowed — the 21-gun salute.”

The number 21 brings forth an interesting connection to the Messiah as the term “I AM” {אהיה ‘ehyeh’} has the numerical value of 21.  Scripture associates this name of the Lord with His memorial.  The crucifixion of Messiah portrays this memorial.

In honor of Memorial Day, here is a study on warfare and how it began in the beginning and how it will be ended.

War

Here  is a study on the warfare in which followers of Messiah engage in. Infowars

Here is a study on the future 3rd World War and its connections to bringing in the antichrist.  3 World Wars

Shadows of Messiah book 3b

 

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