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THE SYMBOLIC POWER OF GOD: The Staff and the Rod:

The Holy Scriptures mention that the staff can be a powerful tool for miraculous purposes and as evidence of the "power of the Lord". Notice Judges, 6:21: Then the angel of the LORD put forth the end of the staff that was in his hand, and touched the flesh and the unleavened cakes; and there rose up fire out of the rock, and consumed the flesh and the unleavened cakes. Then the angel of the LORD departed out of his sight. The staff is also used as a tool of assurance and comfort that God is with you as we read in Psalms, 23:4:  Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Christ instructed his disciples to carry nothing but a staff on their journey (Mark, 6:8). The rod is also a very powerful tool for creating and demonstrating signs of God, miracles and wonders, notice: Exodus 4:17:  And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs. Moses carried the "rod of God" all the time see Exodus 4:20:  And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.  And as we have seen and read many times the wonders and miracles Moses did with the "rod of God" are astonishing and paramount indeed. The rod can be used as an enlightening tool as we read in 1Samuel 14:27:  But Jonathan heard not when his father charged the people with the oath: wherefore he put forth the end of the rod that was in his hand, and dipped it in an honeycomb,  and put his hand to his mouth; and his eyes were enlightened.

  The rod is symbolically used also to measure the church and its attitude toward God: Revelation 11:1:  And there was given me a reed like unto a rod: and the angel stood, saying, Rise, and measure the temple of God, and the altar, and them that worship therein. God calls his people, the church "the rod of His inheritance"notice what we find written in the book of Psalms 74:2:  Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt. God has set the rod to be of utmost importance as a symbol of His power thru the priesthood that he even commanded Moses to set it up through Aaron, the first priest of God and the founder and father of the Levitical priesthood by writing his name on it: And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers. Numbers 17:3. This is why Christ our "High Priest" shall also bear the rod and rule the nations with it, let's notice this in Psalms, 110:2-4:  The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou has the dew of thy youth. The Lord has sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

Restoring the truth of the "priesthood"

The Levitical priest is ordained by God And NOT by men. He is a servant of the Lord who has been predestined, called and chosen by the Almighty God himself to serve in this capacity after the order of Melchizedek, which happens to be the order of our “High Priest” Yezzuah (the Messiah). He is built upon the foundation of Aaron and his seed, the Prophets and Yezzuah (Jesus) being him the “chief corner stone”, therefore the Levite or Priest of God has the anointing, the power if you will to execute and proclaim God’s message and service and to speak the “oracles of God”.

 

I, Jesus, have been given such a task and glorious commission, hence you see me here wearing full regalia and attire of the Biblical priest of the Most High God as well as the “Ephod”, the breastplate with the twelve stones signifying the twelve tribes of Israel. It is an honor and a privilege to have such a calling and I pray God will grant me always the patience, the kindness and willingness to submit to his will at all times.

What the Encyclopedia says:

In the culture of the Israelites, the rod would be a natural symbol of authority, as the tool used by the shepherd to correct and guide his flock (Psalm 23:4). Moses' rod is, in fact, cited in Exodus 4:2 as carried by him while he tended his sheep; and later (Exodus 4:20) becomes his symbol of authority over the Israelites (Psalm 2:9, Psalm 89:32, Isaiah 10:24 and 11:4, Ezekiel 20:37). The rods of both Moses and Aaron were endowed with miraculous power during the Plagues of Egypt (Exodus 7:17, 8:5, 8:16-17, 9:23, and 10:13); God commanded Moses to raise his rod over the Red Sea when it was to be parted (Exodus 14:16) and in prayer over Israel in battle (Exodus 17:9); Moses brings forth water from a stone using his rod (Exodus 17, Numbers 20:11).Aaron's rod, however, is cited twice as exhibiting miraculous power on its own, when not physically in the grasp of its owner. In Exodus 7 (Parshat Va'eira in the Torah), God sends Moses and Aaron to Pharaoh once more, instructing Aaron that when Pharaoh demands to see a miracle, he is to "cast down his rod" and it will become a serpent. When he does so, Pharaoh's sorcerers counter by similarly casting down their own rods which also become serpents, but Aaron's rod/serpent swallows them all. "Pharaoh's heart is stubborn" and he chooses to ignore this bit of symbolic warning, and so the Plagues of Egypt ensue. Notably, this chapter begins with God telling Moses, "Behold, I have made you as God to Pharaoh".In Numbers 17, Korah's rebellion against Moses' proclamation of the tribe of Levi as the priesthood has been quashed and the entire congregation's ensuing rebellion has resulted in a plague, ended only by the intercession of Moses and Aaron. In order to "stop the complaints" of the Israelites, God commands that each of the Twelve Tribes provide a rod; and only that of the tribe chosen to become priests will miraculously sprout overnight. Aaron provides his rod to represent the tribe of Levi, and "it put forth buds, produced blossoms, and bore ripe almonds" (Numbers 17:8), as an evidence of the exclusive right to the priesthood of the tribe of Levi. In commemoration of this decision it was commanded that the rod be put again "before the testimony" (Numbers 17:10). According to tradition, the rod of Aaron bore sweet almonds on one side and bitter on the other; if the Israelites followed the Lord, the sweet almonds would be ripe and edible, but if they were to forsake the path of the Lord, the bitter almonds would predominate. A later tradition asserts (Hebrews 9:4) that the rod was kept in the Ark of the Covenant. The main fact, however, is thus confirmed, that a rod was preserved in the Tabernacle as a relic of the institution of the Aaronic priesthood.

Legend has still more to say concerning this rod. God created it in the twilight of the sixth day of Creation (Pirkei Avoth 5:9, and Mekhilta, Beshalla, ed. Weiss, iv. 60), and delivered it to Adam when the latter was driven from paradise. After it had passed through the hands of Shem, Enoch, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob successively, it came into the possession of Joseph. On Joseph's death the Egyptian nobles stole some of his belongings, and, among them, Jethro appropriated the staff. Jethro planted the staff in his garden, when its marvelous virtue was revealed by the fact that nobody could withdraw it from the ground; even to touch it was fraught with danger to life. This was because the Ineffable Name of God was engraved upon it. When Moses entered Jethro's household he read the Name, and by means of it was able to draw up the rod, for which service Zipporah, Jethro's daughter, was given to him in marriage. Her father had sworn that she should become the wife of the man who should be able to master the miraculous rod and of no other (Pire R. El. 40; Sefer ha-Yashar; Yal. Exodus 168, end). It must, however, be remarked that the Mishnah (Pirkei Avoth v. 9) as yet knew nothing of the miraculous creation of Aaron's Rod, which is first mentioned by the Mekilta (l.c.) and Sifre on Deuteronomy (Berakhot xxxiii. 21; ed. Friedmann, p. 355). This supposed fact of the supernatural origin of the rod explains the statement in the New Testament (Hebrews 9:4) and Tosefta, Yoma, iii. 7 (it is to be interpreted thus according to Bava Batra 14a), that Aaron's Rod, together with its blossoms and fruit, was preserved in the Ark. King Josiah, who foresaw the impending national catastrophe, concealed the Ark and its contents (Tosefta, Sotah, 13a); and their whereabouts will remain unknown until, in the Messianic age, the prophet Elijah shall reveal them (Mekhilta).

A New Heavens and A New Earth!

The book of Revelation reveals to us that God will indeed create "a new heavens and a new earth", He also promises to make his abode with men by even bringing down the "New Jerusalem" from Heaven. The Scriptures mention that He will make His Tabernacle among men. So for those of you out there that still believe we are all going ot Heaven, I got news for you it's actually the other way around God is coming down from Heaven to this earth and will make it NEW! And as we read in the book of Daniel:12:7 "His Kingdom is an everlasting kingdom and there shall be no end" YES my friends God, the GREAT "El Shaddai" will have His glorious son Yezzuah set up a kingdom right on this EARTH! This is the GOOD NEWS that He commissioned to be preached in Mathew 24, and HE also said: "Behold I make ALL THINGS NEW!"