Shadows of Messiah – Snow

Shadows of Messiah - Snow

Snow is likened unto the Word of God.

Isa 55:10  For as the rain and the snow comes down from the heavens and do not return there, except it waters the earth and make it bring forth and bud, and give seed to the sower and bread to the eater,

Isa 55:11  so shall My Word be, which goes out of My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in what I sent it to do!

Snow is also linked to God’s Word in numerous places in Scripture.

Psa 147:15  He sends His command out on the earth; His Word runs very swiftly;

Psa 147:16  He gives snow like wool; He scatters the white frost like ashes;

Job 37:5  God thunders wondrously with His voice; He does great things, and we do not know.

Job 37:6  For He says to the snow, Fall on the earth; also to the shower of rain, and the shower of heavy rains.

Psa 148:8  fire and hail, snow and smoke, stormy wind fulfilling His Word,

Job 37:10  Ice is given by God’s breath, and the expanse of waters is frozen.

The word for white frost/hoar frost in Psalm 147:16 is כפור ‘kaphor.’

From the root:

Who is our atonement?  Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21; Leviticus 16:2; Hebrews 9:7-8, 12-14).

Yom Kippur – Ransom From Heaven

Yom Kippur – Under the Shadow of His Wings

Hoar frost is further linked to the Word through the manna given to Israel in the wilderness.

Exo 16:13  And it happened in the evening: the quail came up and covered the camp. And in the morning a layer of dew was around the camp.

Exo 16:14  And the layer of dew went up, and, behold, something small was on the face of the wilderness, scalelike, small like the hoarfrost (כפור ‘kaphor’) on the earth.

Exo 16:15  And the sons of Israel looked. And they said, each one to his brother, What is that? For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, That is the bread which Jehovah has given to you for food.

Messiah Jesus likens this manna to Himself.


Joh 6:30  Then they said to Him, Then what miraculous sign do You do that we may see and may believe You? What do You work?
Joh 6:31  Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, as it is written “He gave them bread out of Heaven to eat.”
LXX-Psa. 77:24; MT-Psa. 78:24
Joh 6:32  Then Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Moses has not given you the bread out of Heaven, but My Father gives you the true bread out of Heaven.
Joh 6:33  For the bread of God is He coming down out of Heaven and giving life to the world.
Joh 6:34  Then they said to Him, Lord, always give us this bread.
Joh 6:35  Jesus said to them, I am the Bread of life; the one coming to Me will not at all hunger, and the one believing into Me will not thirst, never!
Joh 6:36  But I said to you that you also have seen Me and did not believe.
Joh 6:37  All that the Father gives to Me shall come to Me, and the one coming to Me I will in no way cast out.
Joh 6:38  For I have come down out of Heaven, not that I should do My will, but the will of Him who sent Me.
Joh 6:39  And this is the will of the Father sending Me, that of all that He has given Me, I shall not lose any of it, but shall raise it up in the last day.
Joh 6:40  And this is the will of the One sending Me, that everyone seeing the Son and believing into Him should have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 6:41  Then the Jews murmured about Him, because He said, I am the Bread coming down out of Heaven.
Joh 6:42  And they said, Is this not Jesus the son of Joseph, of whom we know the father and the mother? How does this One now say, I have come down out of Heaven?
Joh 6:43  Then Jesus answered and said to them, Do not murmur with one another.
Joh 6:44  No one is able to come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up in the last day.
Joh 6:45  It has been written in the Prophets, They “shall” all “be taught of God.” So then everyone who hears and learns from the Father comes to Me;
Isa. 54:13
Joh 6:46  not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One being from God, He has seen the Father.
Joh 6:47  Truly, truly, I say to you, The one believing into Me has everlasting life.
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.
Joh 6:52  Then the Jews argued with one another, saying, How can this One give us his flesh to eat?
Joh 6:53  Then Jesus said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, Except you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, and drink His blood, you do not have life in yourselves.
Joh 6:54  The one partaking of My flesh and drinking of My blood has everlasting life, and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 6:55  For My flesh is truly food, and My blood is truly drink.
Joh 6:56  The one partaking of My flesh and drinking of My blood abides in Me, and I in him.
Joh 6:57  Even as the living Father sent Me, and I live through the Father; also the one partaking Me, even that one will live through Me.
Joh 6:58  This is the Bread which came down out of Heaven, not as your fathers ate the manna and died; the one partaking of this Bread will live forever.
Joh 6:59  He said these things teaching in a synagogue in Capernaum.
Joh 6:60  Then many of His disciples having heard, they said, This Word is hard; who is able to hear it?
Joh 6:61  But knowing in Himself that His disciples were murmuring about this, Jesus said to them, Does this offend you?
Joh 6:62  Then what if you see the Son of Man going up where He was at first?
Joh 6:63  It is the Spirit that gives life. The flesh does not profit, nothing! The Words which I speak to you are spirit and are life.

Exo 16:4  And Jehovah said to Moses, Behold, I AM! Bread will rain from the heavens for you. And the people shall go out and gather the matter {דבר ‘davar’ – Word} of a day in its day, so that I may test them, whether they will walk in My Law or not.

Exo 16:4  ויאמר יהוה אל־משׁה הנני ממטיר לכם לחם מן־השׁמים ויצא העם ולקטו דבר־יום ביומו למען אנסנו הילך בתורתי אם־לא׃

Further connecting manna (hoarfrost) to the Word is seen in the following two Scriptures:


Deu 8:3  And He has humbled you, and caused you to hunger, and caused you to eat the manna, which you had not known, and your fathers had not known, in order to cause you to know that man shall not live by bread alone, but man shall live by every Word that proceeds from the mouth of Jehovah.
Mat 4:2  And having fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards He hungered.
Mat 4:3  And coming near to Him, the Tempter said, If You are the Son of God, speak that these stones may become loaves.
Mat 4:4  But answering, He said, It has been written: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but on every Word going out of the mouth of God.”
Deut. 8:3


It is interesting to note that the Greek word for ‘Word’ and the Hebrew phrase ‘from snow’ has the numerical equivalent of 373.

Snow is linked to forgiveness.

Psa 51:7  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Isa 1:16  Wash yourselves, purify yourselves. Put away the evil of your doings from My sight; stop doing evil.

Isa 1:17  Learn to do good, seek justice, straighten the oppressor, judge the orphan, strive for the widow.

Isa 1:18  Come now and let us reason together, says Jehovah: Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red as the crimson, they shall be like wool.

Recall that the word for ‘hoarfrost’ is כפור ‘kaphor’ comes from the root word כפר ‘kaphar’ which means forgiveness/atonement.

Snow is also a picture of the resurrection of believers into the image of Messiah/the Word.  The Garments of Messiah are linked to snow.

Dan 7:9  I was looking until the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of Days sat, whose robe was white as snow and the hair of His head like pure wool. His throne was like flames of fire, its wheels like burning fire.

Dan 7:10  A stream of fire went out and came out from before Him. A thousand thousands served Him, and a myriad myriads stood before Him. The judgment was set and the books were opened.

Rev 1:14  And the hairs of His head were white as white wool, as snow, and His eyes as a flame of fire;

Rev 1:15  and His feet like burnished brass having been fired in a furnace; and His voice as a sound of many waters;

The transfiguration & the resurrection.

Mar 9:2  And after six days Jesus takes along Peter and James and John, and leads them into a high mount apart, alone. And He was transfigured before them.

Mar 9:3  And His garments became shining, very white like snow, such as a fuller on earth is not able to whiten.

Mar 9:4  And Elijah with Moses was seen by them, and they were speaking with Jesus.

Mar 9:5  And answering, Peter said to Jesus, Rabbi, it is good for us to be here; and, Let us make three tents, one for You, and one for Moses, and one for Elijah.

Mar 9:6  For he did not know what to say, for they were very fearful.

Mar 9:7  And a cloud was overshadowing them, and a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is My Son,” the Beloved; hear Him. Psa. 2:7; Gen. 22:2; Deut. 18:15

Mar 9:8  And suddenly, having looked around, they saw no one any longer, but Jesus alone with themselves.

Mar 9:9  And as they were coming down from the mount, He commanded them that they should tell no one what they saw, except when the Son of Man should rise from the dead.

Mar 9:10  And they held the word to themselves, debating what it is to rise from the dead.

Mat 28:2  And, behold! A great earthquake occurred! For descending from Heaven and coming near, an angel of the Lord rolled away the stone from the door and was sitting on it.

Mat 28:3  And his face was as lightning and his clothing white as snow.

Mat 28:4  And those keeping guard were shaken from the fear of him, and they became as dead.

Mat 28:5  But answering, the angel said to the women, You must not fear, for I know that you seek Jesus who has been crucified.

Mat 28:6  He is not here, for He was raised, as He said. Come, see the place where the Lord was lying.

Isa 55:10  For as the rain and the snow comes down from the heavens and do not return there, except it waters the earth and make it bring forth and bud, and give seed to the sower and bread to the eater,

The garments designed for the priests were a shadow picture of the resurrected believers who are clothed in white, likened unto snow.  Being clothed with His righteousness is linked with the earth springing forth plants.

Isa 61:10  Rejoicing I will rejoice in Jehovah. My soul shall be joyful in my God. For He clothed me with garments of salvation; He put on me the robe of righteousness, even as a bridegroom dons as a priest his head-dress, and as a bride wears her ornaments.

Isa 61:11  For as the earth comes out with her buds, and as a garden causes that which is sown to grow, so the Lord Jehovah will make righteousness and praise to grow before all the nations.

Psa 132:9  Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, and let Your saints shout for joy.

Psa 132:16  And I will clothe her priests with salvation; and her saints shall surely shout.

The fine linen that the priests wore (Exodus 28:5, 8, 15 etc.) is from the following Hebrew word which means white & the number 6:

Snow is white and in an hexagonal shape.

The garments of the priest were worn to display that iniquity was not upon them (Exodus 28:43).  The white linen is the righteousness of the saints (Revelation 19:7-9).  What is Righteousness?  It is the Word/Messiah.

Psa 119:172  My tongue shall speak of thy word: for all thy commandments are righteousness.

Isa 51:7  Hear Me, those knowing righteousness, the people of My Law in their heart; do not fear the reproach of man, and do not be bowed from their blasphemings.

2Pe 2:21  For it was better for them not to have recognized the way of righteousness than having recognized it to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them.

1Jn 2:1  My little children, I write these things to you so that you do not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

His body is clothed in garments of righteousness.

Isa 61:10  I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation (ישע ‘yesha’ – source of the name Jesus), he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

Rom 13:14  But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.

Gal 3:27  For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

Psa 71:15  My mouth shall tell of Your righteousness and Your salvation {תשועה ‘teshuah’ from ישע ‘yesha’ – source of the name Jesus} all the day; for I do not know the numbers.

Psa 71:16  I will come in the strength of the Lord Jehovah; I will speak of Your righteousness, of Yours alone.

Rom 10:4  For Christ is the end of Law for righteousness to everyone that believes.

1Jn 2:29  If you know that He is righteous, know that everyone doing righteousness has been generated from Him.

Eph 4:24  and to put on the new man, which according to God was created in righteousness and true holiness.

Eph 4:25  Therefore, putting off the false, “speak truth each with his neighbor,” because we are members of one another. Zech. 8:16

We are made righteous in Christ

2Co 5:21  For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Rev 7:13  And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

Rev 7:14  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Rev 19:7  Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

Rev 19:8  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.

How is the bride made ready?  With the washing of water by the word, just as snow that falls from heaven ‘washes’ the earth during winter.

Eph 5:26  That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,

Eph 5:27  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

Isa 1:16  Wash yourselves, purify yourselves. Put away the evil of your doings from My sight; stop doing evil.

Isa 1:17  Learn to do good, seek justice, straighten the oppressor, judge the orphan, strive for the widow.

Isa 1:18  Come now and let us reason together, says Jehovah: Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red as the crimson, they shall be like wool.

Being clean and sanctified = being made righteous.

1Co 6:11  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

Tit 2:13  Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Tit 2:14  Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

Christians are His priesthood, clothed in the garments of salvation {ישועה ‘yeshuah’ – source of the name Jesus}/His righteousness (Psalm 132:16; Isaiah 61:10; Romans 13:14; Galatians 3:27))

Isa 60:21  And your people shall all be righteous; they shall possess the earth forever, a branch of My planting, a work of My hands, to beautify Myself.

Interestingly, the Greek word for snow is χιών ‘chiōn’ which comes from a combination of two words.  χάσμα ‘chasma’ which means a gulf or gaping opening (as in the ground opening up to give up the dead Matthew 27:53-54) and χειμών ‘cheimōn’ which means winter or rainy season.

His priesthood are those who are born again, resurrected into His Image which is the Word.

1Pe 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:

Being born again=chosen/elect.  We are born again by the Word being implanted into our hearts and watered until it brings forth life, fruit.  The connection between those who are born again and those who are the chosen people is so strong that it can not be denied.  The word translated into English as elect or chosen is a Greek word ἐκλεκτός ‘eklektos’ which when broken down to its root  {ἐκ – from λέγω – the Word}  means “by or from the Word”.

The number 3 is intimately connected to the concept of resurrection in Scripture.  The numerical value of the word snow in Hebrew {שלג ‘sheleg’} is 333.

Winter

In English, the word winter traces back to the Celtic word ‘vindo’ which means white.  This is linked to the white snow on the ground as snow and winter are related terms in many languages.  It is interesting to note that the bride, the betrothed one, is dressed in white (Revelation 19:8).  The English word ‘snow’ comes from the Hebrew word צנה ‘tsinah’ which means a piercing thorn translated in Proverbs 25:13 as cold.  צנה ‘tsinah’ is also translated as buckler as seen in the following verses.

Psa 5:11  But let all who put their trust in You rejoice; let them shout for joy forever, because You cover them. And let those who love Your name be joyful in You.

Psa 5:12  For You, O Jehovah, will bless the righteous; You will surround him with favor, as with a shield.

His grace/favor is linked with His shield {צנה ‘tsinah’.  His grace is linked with salvation through Messiah (Ephesians 2:5-8).

Psa 35:2  Take hold of a shield and buckler (צנה ‘tsinah’), and arise as my help.

Psa 35:3  Draw out the spear (חנית ‘chaniyt’) and close ranks to meet my pursuers; say to my soul, I am your salvation {ישועה ‘yeshuah‘ – source of the name Jesus}.

Psa 91:4  With His feathers He will cover you, and under His wings you shall seek refuge; His truth is a shield and buckler (צנה ‘tsinah’)His truth is linked with His shield {צנה ‘tsinah’}.  His truth is His Word.

Snow occurs throughout the winter months, amazingly, the name meanings of the months (Gregorian calendar) during this time corresponds with the themes of snow.

January displays the theme of resurrection.   The month of January is named after the pagan god Janus.  In Roman mythology, Janus (or Ianus) was the god of gates, doors, doorways, beginnings and endings. He is most often depicted as having two faces or heads, facing in opposite directions.  He was described as the ‘twice born’ god  or the regenerated.  This was a heathen counterfeit of the Messiah who was promised to be slain and rise again according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4), the True One who holds the keys to hell and death (Revelation 1:18; 3:7-8).

February displays the theme of purification.

Psa 51:7  Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.

Isa 1:16  Wash yourselves, purify yourselves. Put away the evil of your doings from My sight; stop doing evil.
Isa 1:17  Learn to do good, seek justice, straighten the oppressor, judge the orphan, strive for the widow.
Isa 1:18  Come now and let us reason together, says Jehovah: Though your sins are as scarlet, they shall be white as snow; though they are red as the crimson, they shall be like wool.

February comes from the Latin ‘februarius mensis’ which means ‘month of purification.’  ‘Februa’ means ‘purification.’  Purity and purification are associated with the Word.

March displays the theme of war.  Scripture associates snow with war.

2Sa 23:20  And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada from Kabzeel, a son of a mighty man, great in deeds; he killed two lionlike men of Moab. And he went down and killed a lion in the middle of a pit in a day of snow.
1Ch 11:22  Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of great deeds, from Kabzeel, he killed the two lion-like Moabites. And he went down and killed a lion in the midst of a pit in the snowy day.

The month of March comes from the Old French word ‘marz’ which traces back to the Latin ‘Martius’ meaning the month of Mars.  Mars was the ‘god’ of war.  The verb ‘march’ means to walk in stride, as in soldiers of war, tracing back to the Latin word ‘marcus’ which means a hammer.  This is related to the Hebrew word פעם ‘paam’ speaking of repetition, as in the sound of a marching troop.

Related Studies:

Shadows of Messiah – Winter

Messiah in the Torah – Genesis 1:9-13 ‘Day 3’ “Trees, plants & seed”

Daily Tidbits 1/1/12 – January

Daily Tidbits 2/1 – February

Daily Tidbits 3/1 – March

Shadows of Messiah book 3b

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