A Journey in to Exodus: Armor of the Warrior Priest, Well Equipped for Battle
–The Kohen (priest) Gadol (high) is a man prepared for battle. Physical, spiritual, elemental…this battle has raged since sin entered the world. This has been an amazing journey, over the past few weeks in pouring over the Torah portions and scriptures, there is so much to learn and I pray this will be a blessing and a rousing alarm to prepare you and encourage you to be strengthened on the battlefields of life as we await our General and Commander in Chief, Yeshua the Messiah. The one coming with a sword.
[Matthew 10;34 “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.] Yeshua is our coming King and High Priest anointed of the Father. In this exploration always bear Him in mind and remember that even as we ‘speak’ he is interceding at the Right Hand, on behalf of His people. There are many roles of the High Priest, he was foremost a servant in the charge of the Most High God. He was mediator and intercessor for the Children of Israel, God’s people, and he brought up their offerings (offerings for worship, thanksgiving, guilt and sin). The Kohanim (priests) were worship leaders and lifted songs of praise, they were the teachers of the people they were in charge of giving the Word and making sure it was understood. There is one aspect of the Priests that is often overlooked, for though they were the Chief “religious officials” they were also to be set on guard. To guard the people from ‘overstepping’ the boundaries and to guard the consecrated and sanctified vessels ‘from’ the people. There is much more to this idea, for the Priest was armed in several ways. Scripture itself explains. We’ll start from Deuteronomy 20, here we find neither acclaimed warrior nor decorated soldier addressing Israel’s troops, yes when they were faced with the battles ahead of them it was the Kohen who delivered the speech: do not fear, trust in God for with Him is victory!
Deuteronomy 20; 1“When you go out to fight your enemies and see horses, chariots and a force larger than yours, you are not to be afraid of them; because Adonai your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you. 2 When you are about to go into battle, the cohen is to come forward and address the people. 3 He should tell them, ‘Listen, Isra’el! You are about to do battle against your enemies. Don’t be fainthearted or afraid; don’t be alarmed or frightened by them; 4 because Adonai your God is going with you to fight on your behalf against your enemies and give you victory.’
–Phinehas, son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the Kohen Gadol…makes an active and acute decision as he witnesses the spoil and debasement of the Holy Sanctuary of God. The point of intersection between the expressed glory of God and man is this Tabernacle and Phinehas could not bear to see the dishonor of his brothers for the House of God [Psalm 69; 7 Dishonor has covered my face. 8 I have become estranged from my brothers and an alien to my mother’s sons.9 For zeal for Your house has consumed me, And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me.] and he takes up an offensive weapon, a spear, and stops the wickedness before it enters the inner sanctum. The Lord approves this act of ‘war’ on the snares the destroyer set (sexual sin and idolatry with the Midianite women Balaam advised Balak to send into the camp-Numbers 31;16 Behold, these caused the sons of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor, so the plague was among the congregation of the Lord.) He awards Phinehas for this zealous and violent act with a covenant of PEACE and an eternal priesthood. Astounding that in the very sections of Isaiah 9 which speak of Yeshua, the Prince of Peace, we find mention of the battle with Midian, [Numbers 31;6 Moses sent them, a thousand from each tribe, to the war, and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war with them, and the holy vessels and the trumpets for the alarm in his hand. 7 So they made war against Midian, just as the Lord had commanded Moses, and they killed every male….11 They took all the spoil and all the prey, both of man and of beast. 12 They brought the captives and the prey and the spoil to Moses, and to Eleazar the priest…] booted warrior and battle.
The peace of Yeshua of which Isaiah speaks is eternal and it is zeal (like that of Phinehas) which accomplishes it!
Numbers 25; 6 Then behold, one of the sons of Israel came and brought to his relatives a Midianite woman, in the sight of Moses and in the sight of all the congregation of the sons of Israel, while they were weeping at the doorway of the tent of meeting. 7 When Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he arose from the midst of the congregation and took a spear in his hand, 8 and he went after the man of Israel into the tent and pierced both of them through, the man of Israel and the woman, through the body. So the plague on the sons of Israel was checked. 9 Those who died by the plague were 24,000.
10 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 11 “Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned away My wrath from the sons of Israel in that he was jealous with My jealousy among them, so that I did not destroy the sons of Israel in My jealousy. 12 Therefore say, ‘Behold, I give him My covenant of peace; 13 and it shall be for him and his descendants after him, a covenant of a perpetual priesthood, because he was jealous for his God and made atonement for the sons of Israel.’”
Isaiah9;2 The people who walk in darkness Will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them.
3 You shall multiply the nation, You shall increase their gladness; They will be glad in Your presence
As with the gladness of harvest, As men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
4 For You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders, The rod of their oppressor, as at the battle of Midian.
5 For every boot of the booted warrior in the battle tumult, And cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire.
6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders;
And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore.
The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this.
–There is another account of the warrior priest protecting the sanctity of God’s Temple. This time it is Azariah and eighty Kohanim who stand up to stop a haughty king from overstepping his authority and invading the boundaries set by the Most High. Uzziah was a young king and he was a ‘man of all trades’, he achieved many things and the battles he won were because it says God helped him. With wealth, fame and honor his pride took him over and he forgot Who placed success in hands. His pride and his stubborn rage caused him to be punished to the day of his death.
II Chronicles 26; 14 Moreover, Uzziah prepared for all the army shields, spears, helmets, body armor (SHIRYOWN), bows and sling stones. 15 In Jerusalem he made engines of war invented by skillful men to be on the towers and on the corners for the purpose of shooting arrows and great stones. Hence his fame spread afar, for he was marvelously helped until he was strong. 16 But when he became strong, his heart was so proud that he acted corruptly, and he was unfaithful to the Lord his God, for he entered the temple of the Lord to burn incense on the altar of incense. 17 Then Azariah the priest entered after him and with him eighty priests of the Lord, valiant men. 18 They opposed Uzziah the king and said to him, “It is not for you, Uzziah, to burn incense to the Lord, but for the priests, the sons of Aaron who are consecrated to burn incense. Get out of the sanctuary, for you have been unfaithful and will have no honor from the Lord God.” 19 But Uzziah, with a censer in his hand for burning incense, was enraged; and while he was enraged with the priests, the leprosy broke out on his forehead before the priests in the house of the Lord, beside the altar of incense. 20 Azariah the chief priest and all the priests looked at him, and behold, he was leprous on his forehead; and they hurried him out of there, and he himself also hastened to get out because the Lord had smitten him. 21 King Uzziah was a leper to the day of his death; and he lived in a separate house, being a leper, for he was cut off from the house of the Lord. And Jotham his son was over the king’s house judging the people of the land.
–CHOSHEN (kho-shen)- from an unused root meaning to contain or sparkle; used only of the gorget of the High Priest.
TACHARA (takh-ar-aw)-a linen corslet (as white or hollow).
TSYITS (tseets)- glistening; a burnished plate; also a flower ( as bright colored); a wing (as gleaming in the air.)
NEZER (neh-zer)-something set apart; dedication (of a priest or Nazarite) thus unshorn locks; a chaplet (especially of royalty).
The Torah texts we ‘discuss’ are that of the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and the Priestly garments. The Exodus text below is a summary of the garments and all the vessels and materials brought before Moses prior to the construction of the Tabernacle. It is when Moses see’s that the people have done everything according to the pattern he was shown on the Mountain, and that they had done so according to God’s commands that he blesses them, and the work begins.
Exodus 39; 21 They bound the breastpiece (CHOSHEN) by its rings to the rings of the ephod with a blue cord, so that it would be on the woven band of the ephod, and that the breastpiece (CHOSHEN) would not come loose from the ephod, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
22 Then he made the robe of the ephod of woven work, all of blue;
23 and the opening of the robe was at the top in the center, as the opening of a coat of mail (TACHARA), with a binding all around its opening, so that it would not be torn.
24 They made pomegranates of blue and purple and scarlet material and twisted linen on the hem of the robe.
25 They also made bells of pure gold, and put the bells between the pomegranates all around on the hem of the robe,
26 alternating a bell and a pomegranate all around on the hem of the robe for the service, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
27 They made the tunics of finely woven linen for Aaron and his sons,
28 and the turban of fine linen, and the decorated caps of fine linen, and the linen breeches of fine twisted linen,
29 and the sash of fine twisted linen, and blue and purple and scarlet material, the work of the weaver, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
30 They made the plate (TSYITS) of the holy crown (NEZER)of pure gold, and inscribed it like the engravings of a signet, “Holy to the Lord.”
31 They fastened a blue cord to it, to fasten it on the turban above, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.
32 Thus all the work of the tabernacle of the tent of meeting was completed; and the sons of Israel did according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses; so they did.
33 They brought the tabernacle to Moses, the tent and all its furnishings: its clasps, its boards, its bars, and its pillars and its sockets;
34 and the covering of rams’ skins dyed red, and the covering of porpoise skins, and the screening veil;
35 the ark of the testimony and its poles and the mercy seat;
36 the table, all its utensils, and the bread of the Presence;
37 the pure gold lampstand, with its arrangement of lamps and all its utensils, and the oil for the light;
38 and the gold altar, and the anointing oil and the fragrant incense, and the veil for the doorway of the tent; 39 the bronze altar and its bronze grating, its poles and all its utensils, the laver and its stand;
40 the hangings for the court, its pillars and its sockets, and the screen for the gate of the court, its cords and its pegs and all the equipment for the service of the tabernacle, for the tent of meeting;
41 the woven garments for ministering in the holy place and the holy garments for Aaron the priest and the garments of his sons, to minister as priests.
42 So the sons of Israel did all the work according to all that the Lord had commanded Moses.
43 And Moses examined all the work and behold, they had done it; just as the Lord had commanded, this they had done. So Moses blessed them.
–The Kohen Gadol is dressed in these beautiful garments. Eight pieces speaking of the infinite. The “eighth Day” will be the Millennial reign of the Lord. The eternal Sabbath rest when our King is anointed and reigns for all to see. The ministering Kohanim have all white tunics, breeches and turbans but the High Priest is set apart even from them. His garments are for glory and honor, he carries the engraved (speaking of permanency) names of the twelve tribes in the breastplate over his heart when he comes before the Lord. He wears the crown in which is sealed “Holy to the LORD”, this he wears to take away iniquity and bring the offerings acceptable to the Lord. In the inner folds of Ephod (the apron) which hold the breastplate, the Urim (lights) and Thummim (perfections) are kept. These mysterious ‘items’ are said to have been a way of direct communication from the Divine to the Priest, it is said when there was an inquiry or a decision beyond their comprehension it would be brought to the Kohen Gadol and God would answer in illuminated letters on the Urim and Thummim. One interesting phrase to note is how the tunic is to be open at the top like a coat of mail. Armor? At this point let us consider, when we picture in our heads the “Armor of the Lord”, is it a Roman helmet with ornamental feathers and plates of bronze over the chest? Or could it possibly be these holy priestly garments?
Exodus 28; 29 Aaron shall carry the names of the sons of Israel in the breastpiece of judgment over his heart when he enters the holy place, for a memorial before the Lord continually.
30 You shall put in the breastpiece of judgment the Urim and the Thummim, and they shall be over Aaron’s heart when he goes in before the Lord; and Aaron shall carry the judgment of the sons of Israel over his heart before the Lord continually.
31 “You shall make the robe of the ephod all of blue.
32 There shall be an opening at its top in the middle of it; around its opening there shall be a binding of woven work, like the opening of a coat of mail (TACHARA), so that it will not be torn.
33 You shall make on its hem pomegranates of blue and purple and scarlet material, all around on its hem, and bells of gold between them all around:
34 a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, all around on the hem of the robe.
35 It shall be on Aaron when he ministers; and its tinkling shall be heard when he enters and leaves the holy place before the Lord, so that he will not die.
36 “You shall also make a plate of pure gold and shall engrave on it, like the engravings of a seal, ‘Holy to the Lord.’
37 You shall fasten it on a blue cord, and it shall be on the turban; it shall be at the front of the turban.
38 It shall be on Aaron’s forehead, and Aaron shall take away the iniquity of the holy things which the sons of Israel consecrate, with regard to all their holy gifts; and it shall always be on his forehead, that they may be accepted before the Lord.
–SHIRYOWN (shir-yone)-a corslet (as if twisted).
As we consider battle, war and armor in connection with the priesthood…let us look at different terms used in scripture. Although the breastplate and tunic can be metaphorically used as being a pieces of the Armor of the High Priest, the word above is one I found which is actually used to mean a coat of arms- Corslet- a piece of defensive armor covering the body. Read the passages below from I Samuel carefully. Pray first for the Holy Spirit to illuminate what the Lord wants you to see. Much of this you have, God willing, ‘heard before’. It is interesting that the text which starts out I Samuel 17 gives us the account of the fear and dread of the Israelites, much do to the armor and weapons of Goliath. They are described in detail. We read that David is not impressed and his zeal for the Name of the Lord is fanned, he is armed with the Saul’s shiryown, helmet and sword yet he chooses to take them off. Man made armor will not be his protection and the Rock grasped from living water will be his offensive weapon. Not sword or spear but the Name of the Lord of Hosts! And Goliath is defeated.
I Samuel 17; 26 Then David spoke to the men who were standing by him, saying, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and takes away the reproach from Israel? For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should taunt the armies of the living God?” 27 The people answered him in accord with this word, saying, “Thus it will be done for the man who kills him.”
28 Now Eliab his oldest brother heard when he spoke to the men; and Eliab’s anger burned against David and he said, “Why have you come down? And with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness? I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle.” 29 But David said, “What have I done now? Was it not just a question?” 30 Then he turned away from him to another and said the same thing; and the people answered the same thing as before.
31 When the words which David spoke were heard, they told them to Saul, and he sent for him. 32 David said to Saul, “Let no man’s heart fail on account of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine.” 33 Then Saul said to David, “You are not able to go against this Philistine to fight with him; for you are but a youth while he has been a warrior from his youth.” 34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant was tending his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and took a lamb from the flock, 35 I went out after him and attacked him, and rescued it from his mouth; and when he rose up against me, I seized him by his beard and struck him and killed him. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; and this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, since he has taunted the armies of the living God.” 37 And David said, “The Lord who delivered me from the paw of the lion and from the paw of the bear, He will deliver me from the hand of this Philistine.” And Saul said to David, “Go, and may the Lord be with you.” 38 Then Saul clothed David with his garments and put a bronze helmet on his head, and he clothed him with armor (SHIRYOWN). 39 David girded his sword over his armor (SHIRYOWN ) and tried to walk, for he had not tested them. So David said to Saul, “I cannot go with these, for I have not tested them.” And David took them off. 40 He took his stick in his hand and chose for himself five smooth stones (EBEN) from the brook, and put them in the shepherd’s bag which he had, even in his pouch, and his sling (QELA) was in his hand; and he approached the Philistine. 41 Then the Philistine came on and approached David, with the shield-bearer in front of him. 42 When the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, and ruddy, with a handsome appearance.
43 The Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 The Philistine also said to David, “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the sky and the beasts of the field.” 45 Then David said to the Philistine, “You come to me with a sword, a spear, and a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have taunted. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you up into my hands, and I will strike you down and remove your head from you. And I will give the dead bodies of the army of the Philistines this day to the birds of the sky and the wild beasts of the earth, that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel, 47 and that all this assembly may know that the Lord does not deliver by sword or by spear; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give you into our hands.” 48 Then it happened when the Philistine rose and came and drew near to meet David, that David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine. 49 And David put his hand into his bag and took from it a stone (EBEN) and slung it, and struck the Philistine on his forehead. And the stone (EBEN) sank into his forehead, so that he fell on his face to the ground. 50 Thus David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone, and he struck the Philistine and killed him; but there was no sword in David’s hand. 51 Then David ran and stood over the Philistine and took his sword and drew it out of its sheath and killed him, and cut off his head with it. When the Philistines saw that their champion was dead, they fled.
–EBEN (eh-ben)- (from the root meaning to build) a stone.
QELA (keh-lah)- a sling; a door screen (if swung across); the valve (of the door) itself.
These words Eben and Qela are found with Shiryown in another text, it is the vivid description of the Leviathan (which can also be translated as SERPENT) in the book of Job. The NASB translates verse 13 to read “Who can strip off his outer armor (though the Hebrew words are “faces” of his “garment”)? Who can come within his double mail (the Hebrew word meaning halter or ‘bridle’)?” The description features a creature with double armor and scales shut up so tight not even air can come between them. Most interestingly is that the Leviathan laughs at all the massed offensive weapons club,javelin and arrow…the text specifically mentions that Shiryown (armor ) is to no avail and the very items which brought David victory… Eben (stone) and Qela (sling) are like stubble. This fierce beast however is removed from its place like a writhing fish on the hook of Almighty God.
Job 41; 1 “Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook?
Or press down his tongue with a cord?
2 “Can you put a rope in his nose
Or pierce his jaw with a hook?
3 “Will he make many supplications to you,
Or will he speak to you soft words?
4 “Will he make a covenant with you?
Will you take him for a servant forever?
5 “Will you play with him as with a bird,
Or will you bind him for your maidens?
6 “Will the traders bargain over him?
Will they divide him among the merchants?
7 “Can you fill his skin with harpoons,
Or his head with fishing spears?
8 “Lay your hand on him;
Remember the battle; you will not do it again!
9 “Behold, your expectation is false;
Will you be laid low even at the sight of him?
10 “No one is so fierce that he dares to arouse him;
Who then is he that can stand before Me?
11 “Who has given to Me that I should repay him?
Whatever is under the whole heaven is Mine.
12 “I will not keep silence concerning his limbs,
Or his mighty strength, or his orderly frame.
13 “Who can strip off his outer (PANIYM-faces) armor ? [LBUWSH-garment (euph. a wife)]
Who can come within his double mail? [RECEN-halter as restraining]
14 “Who can open the doors of his face?
Around his teeth there is terror.
15 “His strong scales are his pride,
Shut up as with a tight seal.
16 “One is so near to another
That no air can come between them.
17 “They are joined one to another;
They clasp each other and cannot be separated.
18 “His sneezes flash forth light,
And his eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
19 “Out of his mouth go burning torches;
Sparks of fire leap forth.
20 “Out of his nostrils smoke goes forth
As from a boiling pot and burning rushes.
21 “His breath kindles coals,
And a flame goes forth from his mouth.
22 “In his neck lodges strength,
And dismay leaps before him.
23 “The folds of his flesh are joined together,
Firm on him and immovable.
24 “His heart is as hard as a stone,
Even as hard as a lower millstone.
25 “When he raises himself up, the mighty fear;
Because of the crashing they are bewildered.
26 “The sword that reaches him cannot avail,
Nor the spear, the dart or the javelin (SHIRYOWN).
27 “He regards iron as straw,
Bronze as rotten wood.
28 “The arrow cannot make him flee;
Slingstones (EBEN QELA) are turned into stubble for him.
29 “Clubs are regarded as stubble;
He laughs at the rattling of the javelin.
30 “His underparts are like sharp potsherds;
He spreads out like a threshing sledge on the mire.
31 “He makes the depths boil like a pot;
He makes the sea like a jar of ointment.
32 “Behind him he makes a wake to shine;
One would think the deep to be gray-haired.
33 “Nothing on earth is like him,
One made without fear.
34 “He looks on everything that is high;
He is king over all the sons of pride.”
–Read Nehemiah chapter four, try to imagine what it would be like. These images are amazing to me! The people have been given permission to rebuild the Holy Temple and they are being harassed and threatened by the neighboring Arabs.[ Does this sound familiar to the very thing we see happening in Israel today? The site which has never been ‘holy’ to the Muslim ‘religion’ but has always been Most Holy to the Jews- the Temple Mount in Jerusalem- they (the Jews) are not permitted to pray there, and if they go up…they are harassed by Arabs and kicked out.] So Nehemiah, of the tribe of Judah…overseer of the re-building of God’s House speaks up with the words echoed throughout the ages by the faithful leaders of God’s people, as well as the Priests of war “Do not be afraid! God will fight for you!” The builders are fully armed as they work, they do not even part with their weapon to get a drink of water.
Nehemiah 4; 1 Now it came about that when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became furious and very angry and mocked the Jews.
2 He spoke in the presence of his brothers and the wealthy men of Samaria and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Are they going to restore it for themselves? Can they offer sacrifices? Can they finish in a day? Can they revive the stones from the dusty rubble even the burned ones?”
3 Now Tobiah the Ammonite was near him and he said, “Even what they are building—if a fox should jump on it, he would break their stone wall down!”
4 Hear, O our God, how we are despised! Return their reproach on their own heads and give them up for plunder in a land of captivity.
5 Do not forgive their iniquity and let not their sin be blotted out before You, for they have demoralized the builders.
6 So we built the wall and the whole wall was joined together to half its height, for the people had a mind to work.
7 Now when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the Ashdodites heard that the repair of the walls of Jerusalem went on, and that the breaches began to be closed, they were very angry.
8 All of them conspired together to come and fight against Jerusalem and to cause a disturbance in it.
9 But we prayed to our God, and because of them we set up a guard against them day and night.
10 Thus in Judah it was said, “The strength of the burden bearers is failing, Yet there is much rubbish;
And we ourselves are unable To rebuild the wall.”
11 Our enemies said, “They will not know or see until we come among them, kill them and put a stop to the work.”
12 When the Jews who lived near them came and told us ten times, “They will come up against us from every place where you may turn,”
13 then I stationed men in the lowest parts of the space behind the wall, the exposed places, and I stationed the people in families with their swords, spears and bows.
14 When I saw their fear, I rose and spoke to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people: “Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons, your daughters, your wives and your houses.”
15 When our enemies heard that it was known to us, and that God had frustrated their plan, then all of us returned to the wall, each one to his work.
16 From that day on, half of my servants carried on the work while half of them held the spears, the shields, the bows and the breastplates (SHIRYOWN ); and the captains were behind the whole house of Judah.
17 Those who were rebuilding the wall and those who carried burdens took their load with one hand doing the work and the other holding a weapon.
18 As for the builders, each wore his sword girded at his side as he built, while the trumpeter stood near me.
19 I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “The work is great and extensive, and we are separated on the wall far from one another.
20 At whatever place you hear the sound of the trumpet, rally to us there. Our God will fight for us.”
21 So we carried on the work with half of them holding spears from dawn until the stars appeared.
22 At that time I also said to the people, “Let each man with his servant spend the night within Jerusalem so that they may be a guard for us by night and a laborer by day.”
23 So neither I, my brothers, my servants, nor the men of the guard who followed me, none of us removed our clothes, each took his weapon even to the water.
–Isaiah 59, the compassion of our Creator when He looked and saw no man. No one to redeem or rescue, no one to stand in the gap. He gave us a deliverer and sent us His Salvation. Loving, kind and gentle at the first and when he returns it will be in a day of darkness, a day of battle. A day near the end of an age wickedness, when the wrath of the deceiver is being unleashed…he will come and liberate His sheep, snatching them from the teeth of wolves. His righteousness will be his impenetrable armor, Yeshua…salvation, His crown and splendor…a banner of zeal flutters over his intent, fire in his breath, sharpened sword of truth drawn and upraised! [Matthew 24;35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away.]
Isaiah 59;12 For our transgressions are multiplied before You, And our sins testify against us; For our transgressions are with us, And we know our iniquities:
13 Transgressing and denying the Lord, And turning away from our God, Speaking oppression and revolt,
Conceiving in and uttering from the heart lying words.
14 Justice is turned back, And righteousness stands far away; For truth has stumbled in the street, And uprightness cannot enter.
15 Yes, truth is lacking; And he who turns aside from evil makes himself a prey. Now the Lord saw, And it was displeasing in His sight that there was no justice.
16 And He saw that there was no man, And was astonished that there was no one to intercede; Then His own arm brought salvation to Him, And His righteousness upheld Him.
17 He put on righteousness like a breastplate (SHIRYOWN), And a helmet of salvation on His head; And He put on garments of vengeance for clothing And wrapped Himself with zeal as a mantle.
18 According to their deeds, so He will repay, Wrath to His adversaries, recompense to His enemies;
To the coastlands He will make recompense.
19 So they will fear the name of the Lord from the west And His glory from the rising of the sun,
For He will come like a rushing stream Which the wind of the Lord drives.
20 “A Redeemer will come to Zion, And to those who turn from transgression in Jacob,” declares the Lord.
21 “As for Me, this is My covenant with them,” says the Lord: “My Spirit which is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your offspring, nor from the mouth of your offspring’s offspring,” says the Lord, “from now and forever.”
MAGEN (maw-gane)- a shield (fig. protector).
TISSINAH (tsin-naw)- a hook, also a large shield (as if guarding by prickliness).
Jeremiah 46; 3 “Line up the shield (MAGEN) and buckler (TISSINAH), And draw near for the battle!
4 “Harness the horses, And mount the steeds, And take your stand with helmets on! Polish the spears, Put on the scale-armor!
5 “Why have I seen it? They are terrified, They are drawing back, And their mighty men are defeated And have taken refuge in flight, Without facing back; Terror is on every side!” Declares the Lord.
6 Let not the swift man flee, Nor the mighty man escape; In the north beside the river Euphrates They have stumbled and fallen.
–Psalm 5 is armor, a petition to the King to grant protection and guidance for battle. Daily we face challenge and struggle. Do we calculate and understand that each decision we make has an effect not only in the world around us and the lives to which we are connected, but in heaven and within the heart of our King? If we are His, servants…members of His covenant…residents of His Kingdom…we are under a constant attack. The goal of the anti Christ is to keep us from progressing, from entering His house to worship and study and pray….to delude us and keep our eye off the straight path through the narrow gate. We should be asking Him every single day for shelter and refuge from these attacks (whether they are openly pronounced or inwardly writhing). The psalmist ends with the hope of exultation for the righteous one who Loves the Name of the Lord, the promise that the Lord’s favor will be his shield. The Hebrew word used for shield here is TISSINAH (a large shield) and surround is ATAR (aw-tar)-to encircle (for attack or protection); especially TO CROWN, with RATSON- delight.
Psalm 5;1 Give ear to my words, O Lord,
Consider my groaning.
2 Heed the sound of my cry for help, my King and my God,
For to You I pray.
3 In the morning, O Lord, You will hear my voice;
In the morning I will order my prayer to You and eagerly watch.
4 For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness;
No evil dwells with You.
5 The boastful shall not stand before Your eyes;
You hate all who do iniquity.
6 You destroy those who speak falsehood;
The Lord abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit.
7 But as for me, by Your abundant lovingkindness I will enter Your house,
At Your holy temple I will bow in reverence for You.
8 O Lord, lead me in Your righteousness because of my foes;
Make Your way straight before me.
9 There is nothing reliable in what they say;
Their inward part is destruction itself.
Their throat is an open grave;
They flatter with their tongue.
10 Hold them guilty, O God;
By their own devices let them fall!
In the multitude of their transgressions thrust them out,
For they are rebellious against You.
11 But let all who take refuge in You be glad,
Let them ever sing for joy;
And may You shelter them,
That those who love Your name may exult in You.
12 For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O Lord,
You surround him with favor as with a shield .
–THORAX (tho-rax)-the chest (by implication) a corslet
Perikephalaia (per-ee-keef-al-ah-yah)- encirclement of the head; i.e. helmet.
We are at war, whether we realize it or not. Intoxicating ourselves in the dissociation of complacence will leave us bewildered and dizzied when the flurries of flaming arrows sting our lax and idle carcasses. This is not the time to pull away, to stand down or become dull. It is the time to dive in even more to our service of HASHEM. This does not mean pressure or expectations that we can not possibly meet…this means a rededication and urgency to spread the Good News and teach our children at every opportunity. The body armor (in the Greek-THORAX) which is worn to guard the torso which houses the internal organs will be our faith and love. One can survive and continue to fight with out the extensions (a hand, arm or foot) but without the heart or guts (inward parts) functioning for an existence defined by our Saviors will for our lives… our endurance and durability will be nothing and naught and we will fall. So too, the helmet which guards the epicenter for all function, all activity must be our hope in Yeshua. He is returning and he will not abandon us, he has gone to prepare our eternal place with him and he will come to claim his faithful legions.
I Thessalonians 5; 1 Now as to the times and the epochs, brethren, you have no need of anything to be written to you. 2 For you yourselves know full well that the day of the Lord will come just like a thief in the night. 3 While they are saying, “Peace and safety!” then destruction will come upon them suddenly like labor pains upon a woman with child, and they will not escape. 4 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; 5 for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; 6 so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. 7 For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. 8 But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate (THORAX) of faith and love, and as a helmet (PERIKEPHALAIA), the hope of salvation. 9 For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.
-PANOPLIA (pan-o-plee-ah)- full armor.
What is the full armor of a nation of priests and kings? Roman Greco dress and uniform, mindset and theology? The war equipment described in Ephesians is a picture of the Lord’s Kohen Gadol. A leader for a set apart nation equipped for many roles. Type and shadow of the very garments Yeshua has donned in the flesh. This text encourages us that the battle WILL BE won and if we arm ourselves sufficiently we WILL BE standing!
Ephesians 6; 10 Finally, grow powerful in union with the Lord, in union with his mighty strength! 11 Use all the armor (PANOPLIA) and weaponry that God provides, so that you will be able to stand against the deceptive tactics of the Adversary. 12 For we are not struggling against human beings, but against the rulers, authorities and cosmic powers governing this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realm. 13 So take up every piece of war equipment(PANOPLIA) God provides; so that when the evil day comes, you will be able to resist; and when the battle is won, you will still be standing. 14 Therefore, stand! Have the belt of truth buckled around your waist, put on righteousness for a breastplate (THORAX),15 and wear on your feet the readiness that comes from the Good News of shalom. 16 Always carry the shield of trust, with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the Evil One. 17 And take the helmet of deliverance; along with the sword given by the Spirit, that is, the Word of God; 18 as you pray at all times, with all kinds of prayers and requests, in the Spirit, vigilantly and persistently, for all God’s people.
-KATHOPLIZO (kath-op-lid-zo)-to equip fully with armor. (Found only here in Luke)
Where is our allegiance? What are we working toward? On what are we depending? Is it our money, our knowledge, our attributes, our undertakings? Is it the government or our stockpiles of food or weapons? As we plan and prepare for the evident war and famine ahead where are our hearts invested? Where does our trust, hope and faith really lie?
Luke 11; 21 “When a strong man who is fully equipped (KATHOPLISO) for battle guards his own house, his possessions are secure. 22 But when someone stronger attacks and defeats him, he carries off all the armor and weaponry (PANOPLIA) on which the man was depending, and divides up the spoils. 23 Those who are not with me are against me, and those who do not gather with me are scattering.
-What exactly does the Lord want to be increasing not only during the time of preparation for trial but in the midst of the upheaval when it comes? Love. Love for one another, the very quality which is completely void and contrary to the anti-christ and destroyer. Love. Does is not shed light in the darkness? And light is to be our offensive weapon. [Proverbs 6;21 Bind them always on your heart, tie them around your neck.
22 When you walk, they will lead you; when you lie down, they will watch over you;
and when you wake up, they will talk with you. 23 For the mitzvah is a lamp, Torah is light,
and reproofs that discipline are the way to life.]
Romans 13; 8 Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled (PLEROMA) the law.
9 For this, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment (PLEROO) of the law.
11 Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed.
12 The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor (HOPLON) of light.
13 Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy.
14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.
HOPLON (hop-lon)-an implement or utensil or tool (lit. or fig. especially offensive for war.)
II Corinthians 10; 3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh, 4 for the weapons (HOPLON) of our warfare are not of the flesh, but divinely powerful for the destruction of fortresses.
–Read II Corinthians 6 and arm yourself, to know that there is suffering and pain we will not be delivered from ALL tribulation. Everything worthy anything requires effort and sometimes…a battle. We fight for the most precious prize, we serve with zeal for the honor and sanctity of God’s Holy House. At this time WE are this house and it is our duty to keep its sanctity, to guard it from becoming defiled by the world and its current ruler and his lies, to maintain the service therein…to keep the continual fire lit and to daily bring offerings to the Master of the House. Weapons of righteousness for the right hand and the left, fully equipped. [Hebrews 3; 4 For every house is built by someone, but the builder of all things is God. 5 Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later; 6 but Christ was faithful as a Son over His house—whose house we are, if we hold fast our confidence and the boast of our hope firm until the end.]
II Corinthians 6;1 And working together with Him,
we also urge you not to receive the grace of God in vain—
2 for He says, “At the acceptable time I listened to you, And on the day of salvation I helped you.” Behold, now is “the acceptable time,” behold, now is “the day of salvation”—
3 giving no cause for offense in anything, so that the ministry will not be discredited,
4 but in everything commending ourselves as servants of God, in much endurance, in afflictions, in hardships, in distresses,
5 in beatings, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in hunger,
6 in purity, in knowledge, in patience, in kindness, in the Holy Spirit, in genuine love,
7 in the word of truth, in the power of God; by the weapons (HOPLON) of righteousness for the right hand and the left,
8 by glory and dishonor, by evil report and good report; regarded as deceivers and yet true;
9 as unknown yet well-known, as dying yet behold, we live; as punished yet not put to death, 10 as sorrowful yet always rejoicing, as poor yet making many rich, as having nothing yet possessing all things.
–If the text of Romans 6 does not inspire all of us to feel the power the Lord has placed within each one of us to effect the world around us for good…to be mighty in battle and unafraid of challenge….I don’t know what else could be called “inspiration”. Paul tells us that WE can be a weapon for righteousness in the Hand of the Lord! How we conduct ourselves, the choices we make in our daily walk and words and thoughts and service…He will wield as a weapon of truth and light when we give the testimony of truth. God is love, His kindness endures forever and He is the unchanging sovereign Master over all creation.
Romans 6; 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body so that you obey its lusts, 13 and do not go on presenting the members of your body to sin as instruments (HOPLON) of unrighteousness; but present yourselves to God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments (HOPLON)
of righteousness to God.
14 For sin shall not be master over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? May it never be!
16 Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?
17 But thanks be to God that though you were slaves of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching to which you were committed,
18 and having been freed from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.
19 I am speaking in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves to impurity and to lawlessness, resulting in further lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves to righteousness, resulting in sanctification.
20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
21 Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death.
22 But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life.
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
–Remember the text of the Job which spoke of the Leviathan? God said: “He is king over all the sons of pride.” One of the most powerful virtues we can adorn ourselves with is humility. The person who considers himself last, least, small and the servant is far from the lawless one who will defile the Temple, sit on his self made ‘throne’ and raise himself up as though he were greater than Almighty God. [II Thessalonians 2; 3 Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, 4 who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God.]
I Peter 5; 4 And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
5 You younger men, likewise, be subject to your elders; and all of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, for God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time,
7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
8 Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.
9 But resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same experiences of suffering are being accomplished by your brethren who are in the world.
10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you.
11 To Him be dominion forever and ever. Amen.
-The beautiful colorful Holy Garments of the Kohen Gadol were worn by him on every day of service except for one. Yom Kippur. The Day of Atonement, the one day he could enter the Holy of Holies which housed the Ark of the Testimony which held the book of the Torah and the Stone Tablets engraved by the finger of God. On the Day of Atonement the Kohen Gadol would wear the humble white tunic, breeches and turban. Our Kohen and King humbled himself even to the grave and to death, he was spit on stripped and beaten. He was mocked and blasphemed and yet as he hung on the tree he prayed on our behalf, interceding even then at the time of the peak of his anguish. When he returns it will be in a garment stained with blood, with fire and with lightning, a sword and His legions in white. The living word, the word made flesh, and the eternal with which we have been left… this is our armor, this is our shield, this is our sword and He is our glory. I pray you will be well equipped, with zeal for the House of the Lord!
Proverbs 2; 1 My son, if you will receive my words and store my commands inside you,
2 paying attention to wisdom inclining your mind toward understanding —
3 yes, if you will call for insight and raise your voice for discernment,
4 if you seek it as you would silver and search for it as for hidden treasure —
5 then you will understand the fear of Adonai and find knowledge of God.
6 For Adonai gives wisdom; from his mouth comes knowledge and understanding.
7 He stores up common sense for the upright, is a shield (MAGEN) to those whose conduct is blameless,
8 in order to guard the courses of justice and preserve the way of those faithful to him.
9 Then you will understand righteousness, justice, fairness and every good path.
10 For wisdom will enter your heart, knowledge will be enjoyable for you,
11 discretion will watch over you, and discernment will guard you.
12 They will save you from the way of evil and from those who speak deceitfully,
13 who leave the paths of honesty to walk the ways of darkness,
14 who delight in doing evil and take joy in being stubbornly deceitful,
15 from those whose tracks are twisted and whose paths are perverse.
MAGEN (maw-gane)- a shield (fig. protector).
Baruch attah ADONAI Eloheinu Melech haOlam
Blessed are You LORD our God King of the universe
You alone have planted among us life eternal.
Blessed are You LORD, Gracious Giver of the Torah.
B’ shem YESHUA ha Mashiac
My King there is so much to fear yet we are not afraid. We have seen Your might and Your glory as expressed in the blessed word you have left us. You have warned us about our enemies and their ways and you have told us exactly how we are to arm and defend ourselves. You have told us that You will fight with us and for us. The hope we have is that our Salvation is returning and while we await him eagerly we ask that you prepare us for what is to come. Each day teach us how we are to maintain the sanctity in our lives, which You have greatly blessed us with . We thank you when challenges arise because we know You are training us that we might be readied for the days to come. Teach us humility clothe us with love…in the Name of Yeshua banish from our lives any snares of the father of lies and cast him far from us. Equip us with all truth and understanding from Your word by the power of the Holy Spirit, in accordance with Your will. Amein.
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