This post is a continuation from: The Name of God (Part 2A) The Big Picture
Part 2-B | The Big Picture: Prophecy is Pattern
This is What the Name of God is all about!
Fun Fact #2: Prophecy is Pattern. Oftentimes when looking at Pictures, we see different repeating patterns begin to emerge. When you look very closely at a flower, a feather, a pond in the rain, the rings of a cut down tree, the finger prints on your babies hands: Patterns emerge. Seeing them is one thing, knowing what they mean is another. The first thing you can put down when you see a pattern is that there was an intentional design, and a designer who invested his intelligence into making such intricate and purposeful patterns. As in nature, so it is in the Word of God. There are many patterns to be seen. Many mysteries to be uncovered. Much understanding that will be drawn from our own personal observations. Fun Fact #2: Prophecy is Pattern (and Pattern is Prophecy). When you see a pattern repeating itself in God’s Word, you may be seeing a prophetic picture unfolding before you—if you have eyes to see, and a heart to believe. One Prominent Repeating Pattern in Scripture is: the Persecution of the Righteous One. Can you guess who the very first person to be persecuted in the word of God is?
- Behind door number one: the first man, Adam.
- Behind door number two: the first woman, Eve.
- Behind door number three: Cain, the firstborn son of Adam.
- Behind door number four: Abel, the second born son of Adam and finally,
- Behind door number five: Yahweh
Who would you say was the first to be persecuted? I suppose that depends on how we define being persecuted.
- If we include being lied to … then we would choose one answer.
- If we include being lied about .. then we would choose another.
- If we said, murder and martyrdom … then we would have an entirely different choice.
After thinking and studying the data you may come up with a number of differing ideas. In fact, all of them were persecuted at different levels, and were tested on varying temptations.
I will present the pattern I see as being the first to be persecuted is Yahweh.
You may ask: How’s that? I am glad you asked.
- God was the first person to be lied about.
- God was the first person to have his character attacked.
- God was the first person to have his children deceived and turned against Him.
- God was the first person to have to confront the evil, his own children did against him.
- God was the first person to have to sacrifice an innocent animal to cover man’s sin.
- God was the first person to have to judge man’s sin and cast him out of his presence.
- God was the first person to die for the sins of others!
What we often miss when we miss the Big Picture is the Person of God. In this story, God is the First Person to be wounded. God is the first One to be attacked. God is the first person to be lied about, defamed, belittled, mocked, betrayed, forsaken. He is the first one to feel the suffering of what is going to happen to His children. He is the first to experience the greatest trial, the most excessive heart wrenching, soul searing agony of mind and spirit (what he physically went through in the Garden of Gethsemane). It is His Wrath that has to be put into check and is reserved for a future time and point of Eternal Justice. This most wicked attack is most felt, most understood, most lamented and experienced by God Himself. Make no mistake about this. When a man attacks an other man’s child, make not mistake, he is attacking the father every bit as much, and even more so than he is attacking the Son! The Father with greater awareness, and greater sensitivities, greater insight, feels the wounds of the son, and carries them sometimes deeper than even the son or child can understand. Again you might say: How is God the first person to die, or shed shed his blood? (from point #7 above) To answer that question, think about this verse:
Revelation 13:7-8 (KJV) And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations. 8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Did you catch that? When was Yeshua slain? Before man was born. Prophecy is Pattern. Think about it. Before Yahweh created man, he knew what men would do. He knew that men would turn against him. He knew that He would need to rescue them. He knew that He would have to send His Son to Show His children the Ways of Heaven. He knew Eve would listen to lies. He knew Adam would give into her fall. He knew Cain would kill Abel. He knew that He would Die for the Sins of the World. And this is just scratching the surface of what was going on. He knew all of this and way much more: Remember “Behold the Hand, Behold the Nail” YHWH, Yahweh! So here goes the prophetic sequence: the first person to be persecuted was God himself. Then Eve (the weakest link), then Adam, then Cain (the weakest link), then Abel. Now physically, Abel was the first to spill his “perfect,” innocent, righteous blood. But Yeshua, had already decided, and God knew that he would shed His blood physically for Abel, to bring Abel into His Glory, long before Abel was ever born. And yet, Abel was a pattern in a Prophetic Picture that would glorify God, foretelling what God was going to do. Patterns: We see in Abel’s Life, the first Martyr, which has been repeated throughout the ages, but Abel’s life and death are just a picture of God’s Prophetic Pattern: the Persecution of the Righteous One. When is this pattern first introduced: In the first pattern is prophesied in the Death and Resurrection of Yeshua (of Salvation!)
Genesis 3:14-15 (NIV) “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
If you look carefully, you can see this Pattern repeating itself in many different ways in the lives of God’s Prophets throughout History. We see in Abel, Enoch, Job, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, King David and in the prophets–the pattern of the Persecution of the Righteous One. Of course there are many other patterns throughout the scriptures that we should watching for, like:
Repeating Patterns the Speak Prophetically both then and now:
- Blessings for obedience, Curses for disobedience.
- The Good Seed being planted in good soil produces a good harvest: as opposed to weedy soil, shallow soil, and hard soil.
- The Passover Lamb
- The Ten Plagues
- The Temple of God
- The Blood of the Lamb
- the harvest is ripe, but the laborers are few.
- the ears of the fat are clogged, the ears of the poor are open
- those who stay connected to the vine, produce much fruit (those who don’t–wither and die)
- it is harder for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom, than it is for a camel to go through the eye of a needle
- if the eye is good the whole body will be full of light, if bad, darkness
- if they persecuted me, they will persecute you
- if I be lifted up, I will draw all men unto myself
- judge not lest you be judged
- Many will say to me, Lord, Lord, and I will say to them Depart from Me!
- Many prophets are wolves in sheep’s clothing
- Broad in the way to Destruction. Narrow the Way to Life.
- He has called us to be Fishers of Men
- A prophet is not honored in his own town
- The Man went and sold everything he had to Purpose the Field of Treasure, and the Pearl of Great Price
- There were 5 Wise and 5 Foolish Virgins (awaiting the return of their Master)
- The Five Foolish ran out of oil
- There were Good Fish and Bad Fish caught in the Net, the Good were Kept, the Bad were thrown away.
- The Wise Man Built His House on the Rock, the foolish one on the sand.
- A Good Tree Bears Good Fruit. A Bad Tree Bears Bad Fruit. (Which one are you, according to God’s Testimony?)
By just reviewing the parables of Yeshua, you will find many prophetic patterns emerge from His teachings. Many of His patterns will continue to repeat themselves in the lives of all who follow God by grace through faith and walk in obedience. When you look closely you will see many themes, many trials, many temptations, many decisions, and acts of faith constantly weaving themselves through the fabric of all these men’s lives–and your own as well. That makes them look very similar in nature and character. As such, when they are proclaiming the Way of God, and intentionally declaring the Glory of God (even through the fragile lives of imperfect men) they will emanate a similar Spirit and a Similar Personhood–the One like the LORD Yeshua, the King they are following:
Matthew 10:24-26 (NKJV) 24 “A disciple is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for a disciple that he be like his teacher, and a servant like his master. If they have called the master of the house Beelzebub, how much more will they call those of his household! 26 Therefore do not fear them. For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known.
Of course that is another pattern we should be constantly on the lookout for it.
When men are in relationship with Yahweh they share things in common, and it becomes evident by the very lives they live. Men without relationship with Yahweh also have many things in common, and they become evident by the lives they live. These things shared are patterns. The patterns themselves declare the prophetic nature of those involved in them.
For example: The Sheep versus the Goats in Matthew 25. We can clearly see specific prophetic patterns and traits involves in the two distinctly different groups of people (Sheep and Goats)–another pattern to look at that repeats itself over and over.) The more clearly you see these patterns, the closer you come to the source of the Life, the more their life can become part of Your Life—by grace through Faith in the Gospel of Messiah. All These Prophetic Men are true character witnesses and servants of YHWH, not only by Word, but also by Deed. Abraham was proven and declared faithful by what He did, and so Abraham became the Father of the Faithful.
Once we see the Big Picture behind the Name of God, all these little pictures and patterns, repeating themes, and identified behaviors become a real clear essential understanding to the Name of God, and What it means in the Life of Every believer, every follower, every witness, and every saint. When we look closely at the Saints of God who have gone before us and we see the patterns of prophetic faith, and righteous obedience, we should be always asking, seeking, and knocking on heavens Doors, inviting Yeshua to come in and dine with us and we with Him, in order to engage with Him about our own lives that are to embody and emanate the prophetic patterns and life choices of God in our own lives, in our own day, in our generation–representing, and proclaiming God’s Name to our people. And Abraham and other prophets did in His day.
This is a part of our divine calling …
Abraham was a prophet, although we have no record of any writing of Abraham, we have a testimony of his life authenticated and written down by Moses–who met face-to-face with God himself. And himself was the deliverer God chose and used to bring His people Israel out from the bondage of slavery in Egypt, and to prepare them to enter into the promised land. Through each one of these men, the testimony of God was known, experienced, revealed, and established in each generation. And that is exactly what God’s word does, it presents itself to the men in each generation and calls them into a covenant relationship of obedience for blessing, and cursing for disobedience. All those who follow in the footsteps of Abraham shall be blessed. All those who oppose him shall be under a curse.
This is What the Name of God is all about!
Remember that you are best learning the Word of God and the Name of God when you are seeing the Big Picture of God. When you are seeing the Work of God unfold on the Pages of God’s Picture Story. When His Testimony becomes an immovable, unchangeable, ever repeating, every reinforcing work of God. That is when the Word of God is Going to congeal and take up permanent and eternal and infinite residence in your mind and your life. That will become the Hope of your Salvation.
PS–Another Prophetic Pattern is the Pattern of Hell, and How People Enter it. The Prophetic Picture and Pattern is repeated and referred to regularly throughout the Scriptures.