Last week in part one, we discovered the “menorah design” in creation and how the golden lampstand foreshadowed or predicted the Bible that we have received today, right down to the number of books that it contains.
Further, the branches of the Golden Lampstand divide the Bible into clear separations.
I – The first nine books, Genesis through I Samuel, cover the patriarchs and the establishment of Israel as a nation through the death of King Saul.
II – The next nine books, II Samuel through Job, start with the royal kingship of David (the Messiah was not to be of the line of Saul) and finish with the story of Job. The story of Job shows someone who had it all and lost it all, only to regain all that was lost and more. The story of Job is a story of the nation of Israel, who had it all and lost it all, but will regain all that was lost and more in the coming Kingdom.
III – The next set of nine books are prophetic and include the Psalms through Daniel. The Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon are prophetic, although the prophecy is sometimes obscure.
Jesus said that David was a prophet. (Luke 24:44) Some believe the Psalms, the nineteenth book, are prophetic of the nineteen-hundreds, each Psalm representing a year in the Twentieth Century. If you read through the Psalms the change of tone is obvious. In the thirties, the Psalms are dark, possible representing what is known as the Holocaust. (Psalm 35:15 – They slandered me without ceasing. Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked, they gnashed their teeth at me. O Lord, how long will you look on? Psalm 38:19 – Many are those who are my vigorous enemies; those who hate me without reason are numerous. Psalm 41:5 – My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die and his name perish?” Psalm 44:22 – Yet for your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.) In Psalm 45 the tone changes. In 1945 World War II was ended. (45:4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously. 45:17 – I will perpetuate your memory through all generations.) Psalms 47 and 48 seem to reflect the vote of the United Nations to create Israel in 1947 and the actual act in 1948. The most remarkable Psalm may be number 96. In 1996 Israel celebrated “Jerusalem 3000”, marking the three-thousandth anniversary of King David bringing the Ark to Jerusalem. The language of Psalm 96 agrees almost word-for-word with I Chronicles 16:23-33 which records the song David sang when he brought the Ark to Jerusalem!
Proverbs is prophetic of the coming Kingdom which will be ruled with wisdom and justice. Proverbs concludes with the Wife of Noble Character (Proverbs 31:10-31). The last verse says “Give her the reward she has earned, and let her works bring her praise at the city gate”. This is a picture of Israel in the coming Kingdom. It is quite the opposite of Israel, the unfaithful wife in Ezekiel 16. Israel was to be the “spring bride”. At Pentecost (per Hebrew tradition) while Moses was on the mountain, receiving the marriage covenant, Israel was being unfaithful by worshiping the pagan calf. Israel had prostituted herself and the Lord instead made the Gentile nations the spring bride, at Pentecost (Acts 2).
Ecclesiastes and Song of Solomon also contain prophetic types although most are very obscure. In the Song of Solomon, it appears that the Lover is a type of Messiah. The Beloved is a type of Israel.