For all parts go to the article titled 'The Raising of Lazarus HaCohen'.
'Gaash', Earthquakes, Levitical Cohanim raised
- as the moon turns to blood
Levitical Priesthood Raised during a period of judgement
The main text will be Joshua 24 (especially the latter part), see if you can guess what is coming?
29 And it came to pass after these things, that Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the LORD, died, being an hundred and ten years old.
30 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathserah, which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash.
31 And Israel served the LORD all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders that overlived Joshua, and which had known all the works of the LORD, that he had done for Israel.
32 And the bones of Joseph, which the children of Israel brought up out of Egypt, buried they in Shechem, in a parcel of ground which Jacob bought of the sons of Hamor the father of Shechem for an hundred pieces of silver: and it became the inheritance of the children of Joseph.
33 And Eleazar the son of Aaron died; and they buried him in a hill that pertained to Phinehas his son, which was given him in mount Ephraim.
Lets look at this account in greater detail;
Eleazar's Burial place in Mt Ephraim
You will notice that later in last few verses of Joshua 24 that Eleazar was burried very close nearby. The implication is that when it is time to raise up the sons of Joseph/Joshua, the Sons of Eleazar will also rise because in someway they are joined.
How are they joined? Joseph got the birthright of firstborn. The birthright means that Joseph's descendants would be numerous and blessed above the other tribes. But Levi got the earthly Priesthood of Firstborn. In Numbers chapter 3 we see how the Levites are taken from amongst the children of Israel to replace the firstborn of each family and thus becoming the Lord's firstborn tribe in terms of spritual service in the earthly tabernacle and sacrificial system. So there is a definate link between Joseph and Levi in terms of First born, they each have a different aspect and portion of it. And Judah gets something too.
1 Chronicles 5:2 For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph's.
כִּי יְהוּדָה גָּבַר בְּאֶחָיו וּלְנָגִיד מִמֶּנּוּ וְהַבְּכֹרָה לְיֹוסֵף׃
Judah is linked also because he got the chief ruler, that is the Davidic line that brought forth Messiah. But Judah's burial place is not in the same area. Thus there is a stronger link between Joseph, Joshua and Eleazar in terms of where they were buried.
In a sense there are actually 3 houses
- House of Israel (Birthright)
- House of Levi (Priesthood)
- House of Judah (Chief Ruler)
So again to repeat the basic idea, the raising up of the lost tribes headed by Joseph is going to be associated with the raising of Eleazar (Lazarus) and will be accompanied with Earthquakes. These Earthquakes will happen during a period of World War according to Matthew 24. The Priestly descendants of Eleazar (Lazarus) will be spiritually awoken (raised) and sent to Judah to bring reform to the 'House of Judah' in preperation for the return of the Sons of Joseph and the rest of the ten lost tribes of the 'House of Israel'.
'Gaash', Earthquakes, Levitical Cohanim raised
- as the moon turns to blood
The word translated nations is actually the Greek word ethnos, from which we get the word ethnic from. That is, there will be ethnic violence. This is coupled with war between Kingdoms. Together this phrase paints a picture of War on a global scale, that is, World War.
We have had two World Wars already and both were instrumental in returning Israel to the land. Now we are about due for another one that will see the return of the lost tribes. I have written about this extensively in other articles.
We are also told that there will be earthquakes in diverse places. This is already beginning to happen on a large scale.
Let's now look at the account of the burial of Joseph with earthquakes in mind.
Joshua 24:30 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathserah, which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash.
From H1607; a quaking; Gaash, a hill in Palestine: - Gaash.
H1607 גּעשׁ gâ‛ash gaw-ash'
A primitive root to agitate violently: - move, shake, toss, trouble.
Total KJV Occurrences: 9
'moved', 3 - Jer 25:16 (2), Jer 46:7-8 (2)
'shook', 3 - 2Sa 22:8 (2), Psa 18:7
'shaken', 1 - Psa 18:7 (2)
'toss', 1 - Jer 5:22
'troubled', 1 - Job 34:20
Let's see where the Word Gaash appears in scripture when used as a verb;
Psalms 18:7(8) Then the earth shook and trembled; the foundations also of the hills moved and were shaken, because he was wroth.
וַתִּגְעַשׁ וַתִּרְעַשׁ הָאָרֶץ וּמֹוסְדֵי הָרִים יִרְגָּזוּ וַ֝יִּתְגָּעֲשׁוּ כִּי־חָרָה לֹו׃
So we can see that the name Gaash where Joseph was buried was related to the word for the shaking of an Earthquake. You will remember that when Yeshua died there was an earthquake and many of the dead believers from the past rose from their graves.
Matthew 27:50-53 Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. 51 And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; 52 And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, 53 And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.
Our redemption cost our Lord all that he had. It cost him his reputation, honour, His body, His Soul, His life. His death brought immediate life even before Yeshua rose again on the third day. Yeshua is the Ressurection and the Life and this is signified immediately at his death by earthquakes and resurrection!
Moon turns to blood
Matthew 24:6-9 And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet. 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 9 Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.
We are not yet in this scenario (as of November 2012). We have a rising number of earthquakes but we don't have civil breakdown through ethnic unrest or world war just yet. But that is surely not far away now.
All of this commotion caused by physical earthquakes will be happening during a period of judgement when sins have reached a tipping point. We are already in that time, but it is still not obvious to most. Soon we shall have even greater Earthquakes. Then the awakening will begin for the male descendants of Eleazar (Lazarus). The awakening of the Cohanim led by the descendants of Eleazar (Lazarus) will lead to the awakening of Levi as a whole and to the awakening of a remnant of Judah. The awakening of Eleazar is the beginning of the awakening of Israel. Once Eleazar is awoken then the entire two houses of Israel will be awoken as per John 11 as discussed in Part 3.
There is a vital difference in the time period that Yeshua describes in Matthew 24 and ours, and that is the presence of a temple in Jerusalem. Yeshua of course was speaking directly to the time period of his disciples when He mentioned the stones of the temple being pulled down. But the discourse moves onto the desecration of the temple as prophesied by Daniel which has not yet been fulfilled. It was partly fulfilled by the Greek invasion in the time of Antiochus Epiphanes when the Maccabees rededicated the temple. This is commemorated in the Jewish holiday called Chanuka or 'Dedication', a feast which is not commanded in Torah but one that marks a historical event where God helped the Jewish people to overcome their enemies. Yeshua attended the feast of Dedication with his parents.
So it appears that we are in a time very similar to the final birth pangs of the Messiah, the time of sorrows that Yeshua is pointing to. The difference is that at that time there will be a rebuilt temple functioning, and it will be desecrated. Then the woman which is the bride (believing Israel) will be scattered to the Judean Hills and the remnant of her seed (spiritual seed) shall be killed, Rev 12:17. This 'remnant of her seed' are the non Israelite believers amongst the nations. They may not be Israel according to the flesh but they are born from above and pay for their faith with their blood at the hands of the wicked.
We are at a period of time that will see the dissolution of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand as we know it. We too will see the same sort of events in Matthew 24 including war, famines, earthquakes, persecution etc. But this will herald the return of the lost tribes and the building of the temple.
This temple shall be established in righteousness by a reformed Israel comprising of the two houses of Israel in an enlarged promised land after world war 3. The temples are always established in righteousness and destroyed through apostasy.
There are other reasons why there is going to be a return of the lost tribes after world war 3 which is before the tribulation. These reasons are related to the land of Israel having already been restored to an Edenic state before the Amos 9 invasion. Also the Gog Magog invasion occurs after the regathering of both Houses of Israel to greater Israel. This invasion is after WW3 but before the tribulation. Also the scriptures state that Israel is to possess the remnant of Edom. This has not yet happened. For the details why please read the Article titled 'The Rapture'.
Palm trees of smoke
The Raising of Lazarus is part of the process of raising Israel and elevating humanity to a higher spiritual level. See the Article;
But of course that doesn't mean everyone will repent. At the same time as Israel comes together so does last days Babylon. See Articles;
And there are even some who pray for the restoration of the Cohenim, the sons of Eleazar and Itamar, the sons of Aaron.
It is very significant what happens on the ground. The fact that the tombs of the Cohenim are being visited is sign of the earthquake to come when Eleazar (Lazarus) is raised.
And when He is raised, so too will the house of David.
The general antagonism towards Yeshua amongst the rabbinic religious leaders will be met head on by the descendants of Eleazar when godlessness is driven from Jacob and the 10 lost tribes of the House of Israel are restored.
Therefore watch with special interest what happens in the Arab/Philistine town of Awarta where Eleazar and Itamar are buried. It was from this village that terrorist murderers attacked the Fogel family in the small adjacent Jewish town of Itamar. In affect the Arabs were unwittingly awakening the Cohenim.
For all the other parts of the series go to the article titled;
'The Raising of Lazarus HaCohen'.