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
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
Restoring the truth of the "priesthood"
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:
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, Beshallaḥ, 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 (Pirḳe R. El. 40; Sefer ha-Yashar; Yalḳ. 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!"