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The Joshua Tree in Scripture
Did you know that there is a Joshua Tree referred to in the Scriptures? It's in the book of Exodus as the children of Israel leave Egypt in their desert migration! After the crossing of the Red Sea the children of Israel (Yacob) went three days journey in the wilderness, and found no water. Then they came to a place called Marah which had water, but "they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah, that is Bitterness." Exodus 15:23 margin. "The people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? And he cried unto YAHUWAH; and YAHUWAH shewed him a TREE, which when he had cast into the waters were made sweet." Ex. 15:25. In short the waters were healed. Thus he proved them, and said, "If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of YAHUWAH thy Elohim, and wilt do that which is right in His sight, and wilt give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am YAHUWAH that healeth thee." Ex 15:26
"With His stripes we are healed." Isaiah 53:5
At this point you should know that the Messiah had the same name as Joshua the successor of Moses. Joshua is called Jesus in the Greek New Testament of Acts 7:45 and Hebrews 4:8. Which shows that our Saviour's name was closer to Joshua than Jesus since He was not just a Jew, but "King of the Jews" Mt. 2:2 & Jn. 19:19, thus we understand that Gabriel never delivered a Greek name to a Hebrew or Jewish baby! However Joshua is also called Jehoshua in Num. 13:16 & I Chr. 7:27
In the name Jehoshua we can see the concept of the sacred name involved which most folks know as Jehovah. But in I Kings 17:1 margin Elijah's name is Elijahu, the first part "Eli" according to the translators means "my God" (see Matt. 27:46) and the last part "jahu" is short for Jahuvah (originally Yahuwah). Joshua's original name was Yahushua, which was also our Saviour's original name, meaning YAHUWAH's Saviour. (see Matthew 1:21 margin).
YAHUSHUA's delight was in the law of YAHUWAH; and in His Torah did He meditate day and night. "And He shall be like a tree." see Psalm 1:2, 3. This TREE that healed the waters is a fit emblem of YAHUSHUA who was cut down like this tree and cast into the waters, which represents "multitudes, nations, and people" (Revelation 17:15). Which need healing!
All have sinned in breaking the law (commandments & statutes in the Torah). Sin is a disease that people need to be healed of! "With His stripes we are healed." Isa. 53:5
"And if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto Me." John 12:32
The opposite seems to happen in the book of Revelation, the good man made the waters sweet, but the bad man makes them bitter. A fallen star represents Satan "how art thou fallen from heaven." (Isa 14:13) "There fell a great star (symbolic of an angel, see Rev. 1:20) [Lucifer], burning as it were a lamp (compare Ezek 1:13 & Rev 4:5), and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; and the name of the star is called Wormwood: and the third became wormwood; and many died of the waters, because they were made bitter." Rev 8:10, 11
When this fallen angel pretends to be the Messiah, the waters will not be made sweet as a result, but made bitter, where the people are intent to put seventh day Sabbath observers to death. "By their fruits ye shall know them!"
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