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Friday, September 16, 2005
In the Beginning
The Jewish mystical book the ‘Bahir’ had its genesis in the teachings of Rabbi Nehunia ben Ha Kanah’s mystical school of Emmaus. The ‘Bahir’ seeks to explain the mysteries of the Divine Presence or Shekinah. Bahir means Brilliant Light and is one of the lights of Mystical vision and prophecy. The School of Emmaus was a school of visionary mystics who delved in to the Divine Mysteries through Adoration and Meditation on the inner spiritual meaning of the Scriptures while in the Presence of the Eucharistic King. The Scriptures are seen by these mystics as a book of revelation of the Divine Presence in history. The key to Biblical understanding and knowledge is concept of the Divine Presence. The Bible’s stories are the outward veil of the deep mysteries of the Shekinah (Divine Presence).
Ray of Light
The ‘Bahir’ teaches that when God began creation he first created a space for the Creation – in some sense he restricted his Infinite Light. Then he created the Universe in this space (tzimtzum) by sending a ray of his Light into the Creation. This Ray of Light is the Divine Presence which is Beginning (Reshit in Hebrew) of all Creation. This Ray of Light is also in the ‘Bahir’ called the Filling, the Divine Glory, Divine Wisdom and Divine Blessing. This light is the light of Bahir the Isparklaria (the Shining Crystal) that reflects the Divine Light that can be perceived by the prophets and mystics. The ‘Bahir’ also speaks of the 32 paths of Divine Wisdom that created the Universe. These 32 paths are called the Divine Heart. Bahir 10 reveals that the concept of the Two Hearts – the Divine Heart and the Mother’s Heart – were the hidden (concealed) blueprint for the Creation of the World. The Mother’s Heart is the vessel that receives the Wisdom of the Divine Heart. The Universe is the Mother’s (Imma = mother) womb that the point of Wisdom (or Ray of Light) enters and begins to expand and grow into the Creation. The mystery of the Incarnation was in the mind of the Divinity from all eternity and it was the model He used for the Creation and for the Incarnation of the Son in the womb of Mary.
The Family of Love
The three persons (lights) of the Godhead are the Divine Family of Love. Love is always creative and God desired to expand his love. The Father wished to provide his Son with many brothers and sisters by adoption. So in love he began the process of Creation – to prepare a large family of love for his Son. The Son is the visible manifestation of the hidden deity. The Son is God revealed in his Divine Attributes – which is called Adam Kadmon (Primordial Man). Through the Son as Divine Word and Wisdom, God created the Universe as an emanation of his Attributes. Man (Adam) was to be the fullest expression within Creation of the Divine Attributes- he was to be made in the image and likeness of the Primordial Adam. This Primordial Adam is God himself revealed in His Attributes.
Adam and Eve in the Garden
The Divine Presence which is the Divine Heart prepared the Garden of Eden for Adam and Eve. A garden in which, according to the Jewish book ‘3 Enoch’, the Divine Presence dwelt as a small perpetually burning flame. As the burning bush was an outward manifestation of the Divine Presence on Mt Sinai, so the Tree of Life was the outward manifestation of the Divine Presence in the Garden. The fruit of this tree were the Divine Attributes of God himself. St Louis de Montfort teaches us that Mary is this Mirror of the Divine Tree of Life. This is Mary’s Heart in Eternity which is united always with the Divine Heart of her Son.
The Two Trees
In the garden hidden under the appearance of a humble small flame was this Divine Tree of Life. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was not the tree of the intellectual understanding of Good and Evil but the tree of experiencing good and evil. The ‘Bahir’ reveals that this tree is Satan (Samael) himself and the fruit he offers is sexual/sensual experience (knowledge) of himself and his kingdom of evil that masquerades as goodness and beauty. In the garden are two spiritual gates or doors. The first gate is the Divine Presence called the Tree of Life and is the door to Eternal Life. The second gate is the portal or doorway to the realm of Death and Evil which seeks to imitate and mimic in a perverted way the gate to life. Eve, and Adam with her, had the choice of Life or Death and through the deception of Satan (the Serpent) masquerading as an angel of light and beauty, they chose the fruit of experiencing death and evil. Satan offered them a beautiful illusion but the illusion turned to ashes in their mouth. Eve worshipped Satan by receiving his fruit of sexual experience. Eve committed adultery with the Serpent and then she offered Adam the same experience. The Jewish legends of Lilith reveal that Satan then appeared to Adam under his feminine aspect known as Lilith. By choosing to walk through the portal of death – Adam and Eve lost the beautiful Garden of God’s Attributes. Adam and Eve were the Lords of Creation and the whole of Creation entered through this Gate of Death.
The Exile from Eden
The Jewish traditions also teach us that the Shekinah (Divine Presence) in His mercy went with Adam and Eve into exile from the Garden. Adam and Eve repented and the Divine Presence initiated the plan of salvation (Yeshuah). The curses of God were in reality the hidden blessings of God to Adam and Eve. Adam and all men with him were required to work hard and cultivate wheat and vines. From the hard labour of man by sweat of his brow, he was to produce bread and wine. This bread and wine would in the fullness of time be transformed into the way of salvation for mankind and once more man would have the opportunity to receive and taste of the fruit of the Tree of Life. This fruit is the Divine Presence hidden under the form of bread and wine- the very symbols of man’s suffering. Eve and all women were to be given a curse that was a hidden blessing, to bear children in pain. St Paul declares that women are thus saved through their childbearing. It is the action of childbearing by the second Eve that Salvation will enter the world as God himself in the flesh. Mary is the famous Woman in travail prophesied in the Scriptures. Her pain or travail is not the physical birth of Jesus but the pain of her childbearing of her spiritual children at the foot of the Cross. God gives Adam and Eve hope and promises them this Woman and her Seed who would destroy the work that Satan had achieved through their fall (Genesis 3:15.
The Divine Presence thus sets out on his plan to redeem the world by preparing a people and culture to receive him and his vessel – the Holy Mother Mary. The Holy Scriptures reveal and contain this wonderful plan of the Divine Heart. This is why in the CCC the Church calls the Scriptures the Heart of Jesus. The Bible reveals the Divine Presence’s interaction with man through the people of Israel preparing for the fulfilment of the promise of Genesis 3:15 – all the other covenants are a further clarification and fulfilment of this original Promise. The Promise is the Divine Presence himself who will take flesh as the Redeemer Yeshuah (Jesus). The Promise given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are a further step in the revelation of the original Promise made to Adam and Eve. All the covenants must be interpreted in the light of the original promise which is fully revealed and fulfilled in the New Covenant of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, which will lead to the ultimate salvation and redemption of mankind, Israel and the Universe from the curse of Satan.
Covenant with Noah
The Divine Presence spoke with Noah and prepared for the further working out of his plan of salvation by cleansing the Earth of much of its wickedness. The Divine Presence makes a covenant with Noah - to assure him and all men that he will not totally destroy men and the earth but will fulfill his promise made in Genesis 3:15. It is through the curse of being immersed in water (by the flood ), that in the New Covenant is transformed into the immersion of water (baptism) that will cleanse from the sin caused by Satan and the fall and give entry into the new Life in the Eucharist. The Ark of the New Covenant is the refuge of the Immaculate Heart of the promised Woman of Genesis 3:15. In this new Ark dwells the Divine Heart which is the Divine Seed of the Woman. In this covenant with Noah the Divine Presence stresses the sacredness of blood, for it is to be the blood and water gushing forth from the pierced Heart of the Seed of the Woman that will bring salvation and blessing. The divine Presence of God then stresses to Noah and his sons the sacredness of man and his blood. Man is made in the image of God and to shed the blood of a man is a cursed act. Through this curse God will redeem man and the world.
The Divine Presence is the ultimate Image of God (the visible manifestation of the invisible Deity according to St Paul), who will take flesh as a man and by the shedding of his blood redeem and save man and the whole Cosmos. The sign of this Covenant is the rainbow - this is an image of the Rainbow in Heaven which is Our Lady herself. The sign or witness of the Covenant is the Heavenly Rainbow which is Mary in Eternity - the promised Woman (Isha) of Genesis 3:15. The rainbow appears in the midst of clouds. Clouds are the sign of the Divine Presence and Mary is also associated by Catholic tradition with the foot-shaped cloud that appeared to the prophet Elijah (Eliyahu) on Mt Carmel that came to water the earth. Mary in Eternity is the heavenly Rainbow and Cloud that veils the Divine Presence, just as it is the flesh and blood of Mary that Jesus assumed that veils the Divine Presence when he is on the earth as a man 2000 years ago. In the Eucharist the bread and wine veils Jesus and Mary. When one is in deep Eucharistic Adoration one enters the Divine Heart through the protecting cloud of the Mother's Heart. Mary's Heart in Eternity is also the pillar of fire and the pillar of cloud that veiled the Divine Presence in the wilderness. She is El Pilar. She is the small flame of the Divine Presence in Eden and the flame of the burning bush at Sinai. The flame is the fire of God's Love burning in her Immaculate heart, united with the fire of Love in the Divine Heart of her Son.
Covenant with Abraham
The Divine Presence, with Abraham and Isaac ushers in a further phase in the plan of salvation, promised in Genesis 3:15. As Adam and Eve sinned through the sin of inordinate sexual/sensual experience, Abraham and Isaac are circumcised to offer a sacrifice for sexual purity in the body and the heart. The sacrifice is further developed when Abraham, with the willing consent of his 37 year old son Isaac, offers his son to God. This sacrifice is a sign of the coming Sacrifice of God's own Son on Golgotha.
Abraham and Isaac experience the Divine Presence of YHVH through the Angel of YHVH, who is the Divine Presence or Word Himself. The promised Seed of Abraham and Isaac will be the Messiah Himself who will complete the Sacrifice of the Akeidah (the binding of Isaac). Through Abraham and Isaac the Divine Presence begins by preparing a holy family animated by faith and the divine promise. The Akeidah is central in the daily prayer of the Jewish people. They plead each day for mercy through the merits of the binding of the Only One (Son). The Artscroll 'Siddur' (p.38) comments: " The Sages teach that the memory of the Akeidah always remains before God as a source of merit for Isaac's offspring. Thus, the two events mentioned here - the Covenant and the Akeidah - have spiritual effects that transcend time and distance." This comment is made in regards to a prayer in the Jewish prayer Book composed by Rabbi Joseph a Jewish elder who according to Jewish tradition with two other elders Rabbi Samuel and Rabbi Benjamin were set adrift in rudderless boats by the Romans and "landed in a distant shore where they were persecuted by the local ruler". They each composed a prayer to God and they were delivered when the king died and a new one treated them with great respect. Catholic tradition also tells us that Mar Joseph of Arimathea with his companions were caste adrift in a boat without oars and they landed in Marseilles in Gaul (France). In Rabbi Joseph's prayer
in the Siddur in Hebrew he refers to YHVH as ha Yeshuah (the Jesus)- "Because for you, YHVH is the Yeshuah". He then pleads for help through God looking at the Covenant between the Parts and that the Binding of the only Son would appear before God. Here R. Joseph links the Covenant between the Parts and the Akeidah with the Sacrifice of the Eucharistic Offering in veiled form. The famous nursery rhyme about three men in a tub also recalls this event.
"Rub a dub dub ,
three men in a tub
who do you think they be
the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker,
they all set out to sea".
These three Jewish elders are in fact Jewish Christian (Hebrew Catholic) elders or Bishops. Rabbi Samuel is the butcher - referring to his power to offer the Sacrifice of the Passover Lamb of God. Rabbi Benjamin is the baker referring to the bread of the Eucharist. Rabbi Joseph is the candlestick maker, referring to his role of bearing the Light of the Eucharistic Lord to the Isles of the West. In the ancient accounts they refer to Joseph as bringing the Light of Christ to the British Isles in the reign of Tiberius.
The Covenant between the parts is the sacrifice offered by Abraham to confirm the promise made by the Divine Presence with him. The further fulfilment of this sacrifice was that of the Akeidah. One Jewish tradition proclaims that Abraham actually killed Isaac as a sacrifice and the Angel of YHVH stopped him from burning the body of Isaac. God then resurrected Isacc and restored him to his father. Thus in Jewish tradition the Akeidah of Isaac is intrinsically linked with the concept of the Resurrection. Like Isaac, Jewish tradition taught that, Messiah son of Joseph would be killed and then resurrected.
One Jewish tradition also states that when the Messiah comes there will be no more animal sacrifices for sin but only the thanksgiving (todah) and praise offerings. The Greek word Eucharistion means thanksgiving. Thus the Eucharistic Sacrifice is the Thanksgiving Offering and the sacrifice of praise of the New Covenant. This is the Lamb for sacrifice provided by God himself. In the Messianic times there is not to be bloody sacrifices only the bloodless sacrifice of the Thanksgiving Offering and the Sacrifice of praise we now call the Holy Mass or Eucharist. This is the Universal (Catholic) pure sacrifice or oblation mentioned in Malachi 1:11. Joseph of Arimathea and his descendants were to offer this Sacrifice in the Isles of the furtherest West at the setting of the Sun. The sacrifices of the Mosaic Covenant included the offering of wheaten cakes (bread) and wine. This points us to the Sacrifice of bread and wine offered by Melchizedek, King of Salem (King of Righteousmess and King of peace). The Seder of this King Tzaddik is the bloodless offering of bread and wine. Abraham received this holy communion. King David prophesied that the King Messiah would be of the priesthood of this Melchizedek.
Covenant with Jacob
The Divine Presence continued to reveal His plan of salvation in a deeper way to Jacob. He entered into this covenant with Jacob in three main encounters. At Bethel Jacob slept with his head on a stone that was to later be called Jacob's Pillow, Jacob's Pillar or Jacob's Stone. Here Jacob dreamed of the ladder to Heaven, and YHVH himself appeared in the dream and promised that His Divine Presence would always be with Jacob and his descendants. Jacob proclaimed the stone the House of God (Bethel) and the gate of Heaven - and annointed it with oil.
Jacob's third major encounter also occurred at Bethel in connection with the Stone and confirmed the Covenant with Jacob. This Stone of Jacob was the national treasure of Israel and was later placed in the Temple. The Kings of Judah were proclaimed King beside it in the Temple. It was a symbol of the coming Messiah who was the 'stone that the builders rejected that became the foundation stone'. This has a mystical connection with the Attribute of Yesod (foundation) which is also called Tzaddik. Daniel also referred to this Stone as the Kingdom (Malkut) which would crush all false kingdoms. Malkut in the Jewish mystical tradition is also called Shekinah (the Divine Presence). This Stone was also a symbol of the gateway of the Eucharistic Heart which always stood on a stone altar in all the churches of ancient time.
In Ireland this Stone of Jacob was kept as a national treasure and the Blessed Sacrament was placed upon it in the chapel of Adoration at Tara maintained by the ladies of the Stone descended from Domnu (Our Lady) Tamar Taphah I, the daughter of King Zedekiah the last King of Judah. Jacob prophesied that this Stone would be found in the last days among the descendants of Joseph. In Kabbalah Joseph is associated with the Yesod/Tzaddik Attribute of God. One tradition states that this was the Stone that traveled with the Israelites through the wilderness and from which water flowed. This can also be seen as a symbol of Eucharistic Adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament from which living streams of spiritual water would flow.
Jacob's second main encounter with the Divine Presence appearing as the Angel of YHVH, was in an encounter of wrestling or struggling with God in prayer with tears and pleading. Jacob struggled in prayer all night and was pierced by the Divine Love in his leg as a victim soul. He thereafter walked with a limp. This piercing or wounding of Jacob was a sign of the wounded Messiah who would be pierced for our sins. Like Jacob, Mary was also pierced by Divine Love when she participated as Co-Redemptrix in our salvation on the Way of the Cross and at the foot of the Cross.
The Fisher Kings who were to become the Guardians of the Holy Grail (the Cup of the Last Supper) were also victim souls who were wounded in their leg. They were known as the wounded maimed Kings. Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich reveals that the promised Great Catholic Monarch Henry will during Mass have an apparition
and be wounded in his leg and thereafter walk with a limp.
Jacob's name was changed to Israel after this spiritual battle as the one who struggles with God in prayer. The Jewish mystical work the 'Zohar' states: "The hour of prayer is the hour of battle". Israel are the people called to be prayer warriors and to do battle in the Spirit against the forces of darkness. Israel were destined to adore the Divine Presence and like Jacob spend all night battling in prayer at the Heavenly gateways we now call the Eucharistic Heart.
Israel's sin has always been to interpret this in a worldly and material way. Thus when the humble Messiah riding a donkey arrived they rejected his Messiahship as they were looking for a worldly conqueror rather than a High Priest and Warrior of Prayer who would open the Eucharistic gateways to Heaven for all believers. Jacob (Israel) earlier in his life sought to get God's blessing in a worldly way by deceiving his father and taking the Birthright from his brother. He was to experience over 20 years of exile before he was to return from exile and enter into a spiritual communion with the Divine Presence.
The nation Israel also tried to act in a worldly manner and overthrow the Romans. They were to suffer 2000 years of Exile. Now God seeks a spiritual and Eucharistic communion with Israel. Through this rediscovery of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Israel will bring spiritual riches to the Gentiles and spiritual life from the dead for the Church so wounded and crushed by apostasy.
Israel will be ingrafted and do battle at the Eucharistic gateways at a time of great peril for the World. The fruit of their Holy Hours will lead us into the Eucharistic Era of Peace when the greatest glory of the Eucharist will be manifested. At this time an annointed monarch will arise from David and Joseph of Arimathea's descendants from the Land of Joseph/Ephraim - Henry the Lion of God - who will, like a new Arthur and Charlemagne, be a leader dedicated to Our Lady and devoted to Eucharistic Adoration. The Jews of Judah will unite with him and the ten Tribes of Israel. Ephraim and Judah will be united as one stick of unity. Once more the Knights of the Holy Grail and the Ladies of the Grail Castle will florish and through their adoration restore and renew the wounded earth. Then shall the tribes of Jacob come as one before the Lord in Eucharistic Adoration and the House of God be restored and rebuilt in Eucharistic glory and splendour.
The story of Moses is packed with encounters with the Divine Presence - the burning bush, the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire and the Divine Glory descending on the Tent of Meeting. The whole Torah is a means to purify the people of Israel so that they can enter into a deep relationship with the Divine Presence. The Torah and its sacrificial system are centred and rooted in the understanding that encounter with the Divine Presence is the reason for living.
Moses in the Widerness pitched his Tent of Meeting in which he placed the holy Ark of the Covenant over which the Divine Presence dwelt. Exodus 33 reveals that Moses would commune with the Divine Glory as with a friend. Joshua ben Nun however remained in the Tent in Perpetual Adoration when Moses went back to the camp. This Tabernacle or Tent of Meeting was a chapel of Adoration of the Shekinah.
Later we see in the time of Samuel that Samuel and Eli also practiced all night adoration of the Shekinah lying prostrate before the Ark of the Covenant. The Israelite mystics, prophets and adorers lay prostrate before the Divine Presence. In the Temple there wererooms set aside near the Holy of Holies for this intense adoration of the Divine Presence manifesting above the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant. Jeremiah (see 2 Maccabees 2) later hid the Tent of Meeting and the Ark of the Covenant on the mountain where God saw God’s inheritance (Mt Sinai) in a cave. Jeremiah prophesied that in the future when the Jews would receive God's mercy then a divine manifestation would occur on this mountain and the Tent and the Ark would be rediscovered. St Thomas Aquinas along with other Catholics speak of the Catholic tradition that Elijah and Enoch will appear and take the Ark of the Covenant from its hiding place and place Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament on the Mercy Seat and proclaim to the Jews that Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the Messiah and the Divine Presence of God.
The manifestations of the Shekinah in the Old Testament times were awe inspiring events and Moses (Exodus 3:6),Elijah (1 Kings 19:13) and even the Seraphim (Isaiah 6:2) cover their faces in His Divine Presence. In the New Covenant the Shekinah takes on flesh, and at the Last Supper He humbles himself and hides both His humanity and Divinity under the form of bread and wine. In the EucharisticPresence one can gaze on the Divinity with unveiled face and approach Jesus without fear of death or disaster.
Joshua as mentioned above spent time in adoration of the Shekinah and the Torah states that he was full of the Spirit and thus selected by God to be Moses' successor. Joshua was given the name Joshua as a sign of the coming of God's salvation (Yeshuah). Joshua's original name was Hosea. Due to his many hours of adoration he is now named for God's Salvation (Yehoshuah) as a sign of the coming Messiah who is Salvation (Yeshuah) incarnate. Joshua a son (descendant) of Joseph of the tribe ofEphraim is the son of Nun - Joshua ben Nun. Nun is a fish or fishhook so Joshua is called the son of a fish or fishhook. Joshua enters the earthly Tent or Tabernacle and interceeds for Israel. The High Priest Yeshua (Jesus or Joshua) in the Book of Zechariah enters the Heavenly Tabernacle in a mystic vision. Both Joshua ben Nun and the High Priest Yeshua are signs of Yeshusah ha Mashiach (Jesus Christ) who is the great High Priest of our Faith who enters the Heavenly Tabernacle to
interceed for all mankind as recorded in the Epistle to the Hebrews.
Joshua's name of fishhook is connected with the letter 'vav' of the Hebrew Alphabet which is also called fishhook. The 'vav' in the Jewish mystical tradition is the third letter of the Divine name YHVH. The 'vav' represents the manifestation of the Divine Presence in the spiritual realm (Yetzirah) called there Ben (Son) or Zer Anpin. In this Jewish mystical tradition the name YHVH is especially associated with the Divine Presence as Ben (Son). This is the Divine Son of Man mentioned by Daniel and also found in the Books of Enoch.
The concept of the fish and fishook also leads us to Jesus' comments about His followers (talmidim) becoming fishers of men and the sign of Jesus was to be the sign of the Fish in the Early Church. In the 'Zohar' the Holy Child is associated with the sign of the Fish as a son of Joseph. The descendants (sons) of Joseph ofArimathea are also called the Fisher Kings. The concept of Fisher Kings can also be found in the writings of the Ancient Sumerians - which speak of Shepherd and Fisher Kings in the time before the Flood. The Patriarch Enoch was one of these Fisher Kings who was later deified by the Sumerians as the God Anu. Stories of magical fish are told in regards to King David's son King Solomon as well as in regards to David and Solomon's descendants the Fisher Kings of the Holy Grail.
In early Christian art fish, bread (loaves) and grapes are used as Eucharistic symbols. The multiplication miracle of the loaves and the fish are seen as a sign of the Eucharist (see John 6). Moses who is to be the Shepherd of Israel is fished out of the waters of the Nile by Pharaoh's daughter in his small reed ark. There is a deep Eucharistic connection between the three arks mentioned in the Torah. The ark of Noah, the ark of the baby Moses and the Ark of the Covenant.
In the New Covenant these three arks are all seen as signs of Mary the New Ark of the New Covenant. Mary is the Heavenly Ark of the Covenant revealed in Apocalypse 11-12 and in Luke 1 which describes the overshadowing of the Holy Spirit. Her maternal womb was the ark that contained her baby son Yeshuah (Jesus) and her Immaculate Heart is the ark of refuge in the times of peril in the New Covenant. Jewish traditions further reveal that as babies both Noah and Moses shone with a supernatural light and later the adult Moses, after his encounters with the Divine Presence, shone so brightly that he had to veil his face. This light is the light of the Messiah who is the Divine Presence that was reflected by Noah and Moses and the other Adorers of the Shekinah.
In popular imagination the knights of King Arthur and the Knights of the Grail are seen as wearing brilliant shining armour. In reality the Knights of the Grail shine with the Eucharistic Glory and their shining armour are the Divine Attributes of God that they become cloaked in as a fruit of their hours of Eucharistic Adoration.
Moses was chosen by God because he was the most humble man on the face of the earth in his day. It is only the humble (anavim) that can comprehend the hidden mysteries of the Divine Presence through lowering themselves in adoration before the Divine King. These are the Anavim of YHVH we meet in the New Testament. The Messiah Himself was to be the Aniv (humble one) riding on a donkey. The whole sacrificial system of offerings of flesh, wheaten cakes (i.e. bread), oil and wine in the connection with the shedding of blood into silver chalices, is rich in Eucharistic allusions and signs. The 12 loaves of shewbread on the Altar, the incorrupt portion of Manna preserved in the Ark of the Covenant and the Passover Seder meal with the Passover lamb are all deeply significant for an understanding of the Eucharist and Eucharistic Adoration. To fully draw out the Eucharistic significances in the Mosaic Covenant would take a library of books.
The story of David and the Davidic Covenant adds a deeper dimension to the plan of salvation. David the King is a type of the Messiah son of David (Ben David) who is to come from the Davidic lineage. David, Solomon and all the kings of Judah are types of the future ultimate Davidic King – the Messiah ben David. In Kabbalah David is seen as the archetype of the Divine Presence called Shekinah and Malkut (Kingdom). David is seen as God’s anointed One. Messiah means anointed one. Many great anointed Kings were destined to arise from the Davidic Dynasty such as Solomon, Hezekiah and Josiah as the types of the Davidic Messiah. The prophets tell us that Davidic Kings would also arise amongst the descendants of Joseph. Sons of David ruling over the Josephite tribes especially Ephraim such as Arthur, Constantine, Charlemagne, Alfred the Great and the future Great Monarch Henry who is also called Messiah son of Ephraim in the Jewish writings. Messsiah Ephraim is often confused with the suffering Messiah son of Joseph.
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