The 42 Journeys of our Spiritual Growth and Prophecy
(A look at the Spiritual Interpretation of Isreal's Journeys in the Wilderness)
|Numbers 33 stops and consumes most of an entire chapter
just to record the names of the places Israel camped in its wilderness
journeys. Do these names have any spiritual significance? Yes. They
represent the stages of our spiritual growth, describing how we grow as
believers. They also record fascinating information about prophecy,
because the events in the book of Revelation parallel the 42 stage
journey, and the book of Revelation draws on the same symbolism that the
42 Journeys draws on.
Yoseph Viel's new book, The 42 Journeys... (click to order here), decodes the 42 journey wilderness pattern and provides an enormous amount of practical advice on how to live, straight from the "roadmap" of Numbers/B'Midbar 33 (among other places) on how we are to grow spiritually from what God left in his Holy Word. It also contains the secret keys to understanding the symbolism in the book of Revelation. Here's an introductory summary....
|Num 33:3-5||Leave Ramses for Sukkot||A 42 month tribulation period begins in Revelation chapter
12. Rev 11:8 says Jerusalem is "figuratively called Sodom and Egypt". The
woman in the wilderness of Revelation 12 leaves Jerusalem (or wherever
else she is) to go to the wilderness as Satan is cast out of the heavenly
While Israel was at Sukkot, Exodus 13:1-16 gives the regulation of the firstborn males. In Revelation 12, we see the woman giving birth to a male child.
|33:6, Exodus||Etham||Etham means "with them", and in Revelation 12, Satan is cast to earth where men live and is now "with them" in a very physical way, setting a Government to control the earth through the "beast." In the wilderness pattern, the stage of Etham deals with sin being with us and alsoGod being with us at the same time. Satan being physically on earth parallels the way the 42 stage pattern deals with this stage to speak to us of how sin is with us.|
|33:7, Exodus||Pi HaChiroth||Pi means "mouth". HaChiroth can mean "wrath" (among other
things), and in Rev 12:14-15, Satan unleashes his wrath (HaChiroth)
against the woman in the wilderness by casting something out of his mouth
(Pi), paralleling how Pharoah unleashed his wrath against Israel by
pursuing Israel when they camped at Pi HaChiroth. But "the earth helped
the woman" (Rev 12:16), just as the Red Sea parted for Israel. This is
history repeating itself by a God who "makes known the end from the
beginning" (Isa 46:10).
Pharoah died in the sea, but the Beast of Rev 13:1-3 is described as having a fatal wound, but rising out of the sea from the dead - as if to pick up where Pharaoh left off! Moses shouted the famous "Who is like You...?" (Exodus/Shemot 15:11 - Mi Kamochah a well sung Jewish song) when praising his Maker after Pharaoh died, but people are shouting "Who is like the beast...?" when he rises from the sea that Pharaoh drowned in! Once again, it is history repeating itself, but not in the best of ways!
|33::8||Marah||Marah means "bitterness" or "rebellion," and in Rev 13:5-6, the beast is described as rebelling against the Most High.|
|33:9||Eilim||Eilim means "their leader", and in Rev 13:7, the beast takes over the whole world and becomes "their leader" (Eilim).|
One could go on and on like this.....and Yoseph Viel does.....in his amazing book The 42 Journeys... Its a fascinating study to see how strongly the events in the final 42 months of Revelation chapters 12 through 16 parallel the Wilderness journey verse by verse, even by event, to the point that Revelation uses the same symbolism as the 42 stage journey. You will understand the symbolism in Revelation much better when you see the keys to understanding it in the way it draws on the use of the same symbols in the Wilderness story! You'll be amazed to know that the keys to understanding its symbolism was there right under your nose the whole time!
This pattern also appears in Psalms 22-24 and in the book of Romans. Everytime Paul does a topic shift in the book of Romans, the next topic he discusses is the name of the next encampment in Israel's Wilderness Journey and the way these encampments appear in these places is extremely fascinating.
And Revelation is not the only 42 Journey Pattern in Prophecy. You'll also see how the 42 journeys are fulfilled in yet another prophetic pattern that begins in the Garden of Eden and stretches forth to today and into the book of Revelation. All of God's dealing with the nations - the flood, the Tower of Babel, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, all the way up to the death of Messiah and the scattering of Israel in 70 AD are foretold in the 42 journey pattern. You'll see Messiah's return in the 42 journey pattern, and you'll see that there are still 4 stages left to be fulfilled before Messiah returns. Do these stages give us clues as to what will happen before Yeshua returns to earth? Perhaps so, but you have to study the basic pattern to learn what it has to say! And its all there, in Yoseph Viel's Book The 42 Journey of Our Spiritual Growth and Prophecy.
What did Yeshua mean when He talked about the Fig Tree? Why does Revelation talk of figs falling from the heavens? The answer to decoding this kind of symbolism is in Yoseph Viel's "The 42 Journey..."
The Book covers so many important issues...
|Our Growth||"The 42 Journeys..." is more than a book of prophecy. There's a ton of practical advice in it on how to live, how to deal with sin and temptation, how Israel's battles parallel how we deal with the spiritual battles we face every day as believers, with advice straight from the good book you may have missed before because you didn't see it in the symbolism or it got lost in the English translation, how to get the most of God's blessings, how to avoid getting spiritually fat (and what that means). This book uncovers many fabulous deep lessons from the mysteries of the type and shadows in what Moses wrote, but it does it in a way that also provides you with practical advice on how to live as it goes along.|
|Jewish Apologetics||Much like Revelation, the 42 journey pattern is hidden in
the thematic developement of Psalms 22, 23 and 24. You'll be amazed to see
how much this information adds depth your understanding of the Messiah's
suffering, and how much it brings this out as pointing to the Messiah.
But it's not just that. Have you ever had trouble telling people where IN TORAH it foretells the coming of the Messiah, His death, atonement, 3 days in the grave, and so forth? Well yes, it is in there. And you'll read in astonishment as you find out for the first time exactly how to show people where in Torah this appears. Our Savior said it was in there, for He said that Moses wrote about Him.
Luke tells us "Then He opened their minds so they could understand the Scripture.. He told them, "This is what is written: The Messiah will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day." (Luke 24:45-46) Yes, it's in there. It's in TORAH through well thought out symbols. You can find all this in only the first 5 books of Moshe'!!!!!!! This book will open you mind in exactly the same way Luke described.
|Restoring the Midrashic Understanding of Scripture||You'll see what Luke talked about, and you'll be able to
explain many mysteries that have puzzled many people in the New Testament.
For example, why did Matthew quote Hosea's "Out of Egypt I called my son",
which was talking about Israel, and say the Messiah fulfilled it? This
book explains what Matthew was talking about and more. The life of the
Messiah fullfilled the pattern of the wilderness journey, and you'll get a
glimpse into that in this book as it explains how Matthew's quote fits
into this pattern.
It's obvious the early believers had a midrashic understanding of scripture that most people today don't. For example, Paul's use of Abraham's two wives in the book of Galatians wasn't an arbitrarily chosen symbol.
|Understand the Types and Shadows of Torah like never Before!||Why did Israel only win the battle against the Amalekites
when Moses had his hands raised? What did this symbolize? You'll be amazed
to found out not only what this symbolizes, but how much practical advice
it has for you today as a modern believer. It's a deep teaching covering
several pages with tons of practical advice.
Why did Moses lift up a bronze (nechoshet in Hebrew) snake (nachash)? What did it symbolize? Why was the snake (nachash) made of bronze (nechoshet)? Was there meaning in this? Yes, and Yoseph Viel's "The 42 Journeys..." spends several pages unraveling this thrilling mystery.
Why did God chose a rod and have that blossom to tell Israel which tribe was chosen for temple service? Find out in "The 42 Journeys..."
How does this book reveal the pattern? Let's take a look at an example. One of the places Israel stayed in the wilderness was Arnon, and it is described like this....
"Arnon is on the border of Moab, between Moab and the Amorites." (Numbers/B'Midbar 21:13)
What does the border of Moab ("What is my origin?") and Amorite ("sayer") land represent? It represents the merger of these two concepts, which gives us the question "What will I originate to say?" Arnon is the answer to that question, which is, "I will shout for joy." The encampments that follow describe to us what happens when a man speaks joyful words in his life under difficult circumstances. The stage before symbolizes what should happen before he does this, and the whole journey through this Moabite region contains some wonderful lessons and practical advice on speaking joyful words in difficult circumstances.
And not only is this full of great ideas to improve your life, but it will provide you with a much deeper understanding of other seemingly disconnected stories in Torah as well. For example, Balaam met Balak in Arnon. How fitting!!! Because the question, "What will I originate to say?" was the question of the day as Balaq waited, hoping Balaam would say one thing, when he ended up saying another. And just as Arnon can mean slander or shouting for joy, Balaq asked Balaam to speak evil over Israel with a curse, but instead, he spoke a blessing. Yes, after you read about the 42 Stage Pattern, you may even find that you're seeing things in the rest of Kings, Chronicles, the Prophets, etc., that you never saw before!
There's symbolism behind the battle Israel fought later in that same chapter that describes how we are to engage in the spiritual battles we fight as believers.
The wilderness encampments form a coded message, much like the ancestry from Adam to Noah. You've probably seen how this list of names tells the Gospel....
|Cainan||Sorrow / Lamentation (from hnyq)|
|Mahalalel||The praise[d] [one] of God|
|Enoch||Dedicate or teach or train|
|Methushelah||His death shall bring|
|Lamech||Despairing, the lowly or brought low|
|Noah||Rest or comfort|
When we string these names together we getů
"Man [is] appointed mortal sorrow. The Praised One of God [shall] descend teaching. His death shall bring the despairing rest/comfort."
That is the crux of the Gospel message, hidden in the names of the patriarchs. It was neither an accident nor coincidence, but something ordained by God, who said, "ůso are my ways higher than your ways." (Isa/Yesh 55:9) So if we can see the Gospel message in the string of names from Adam to Noah, then why should we be surprised to find yet another similar message like this in Numbers/B'Midbar 33? We find similar messages when we string together the names of the places Israel camped at in the wilderness, but it is no where as easy of a message to assemble. Not only are there over 42+ names involved (actually over 50+), but many of those names can have multiple meanings. It's a complicated puzzle, but one Yoseph Viel has put together in his book "The 42 Journeys..."
There's a more detailed explanation of this book in a full audio/visual web presentation of the book at http://mywebpages.comcast.net/yoseph/ppts/s42j/sld001.htm .
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