Mat. 2: The Star Prophecy--Balak and Balaam (Num. 22-25) (2022)

Mat. 2: The Star Prophecy--Balak and Balaam (Num. 22-25) (1)

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5 Important issues with regard to the Exodus stage of God’s dealings with Israel.

—The Grace for Israel resident in God’s Jehovah Name.

—the Outline of Israel’s History under the Law System.

—God announces to Satan and his Gentile nations that nothing will thwart His plan and purpose for Israel, not even Israel’s own stubborness, hardness of heart and rebelliousness.

—God makes an unconditional grace covenant with Israel for the possession of the Promised Land.

—Moses’ last acts for Israel, witnessing against her rebelliousness and appealing to her to return to the grace resident in His Jehovah Name.

God is getting them ready to enter into the land. He takes a census (a “numbering”) of Israel for military service in preparation for war. The Abrahamic Covenant called for Israel to be a great nation with whom and through whom all the nations of the world would be blessed. In this Kingdom of God/Heaven on earth, Israel would be His Holy Nation, a nation of priests carrying out His will on earth—His Righteousness reigning and ruling on earth. Satan usurped this plan when He when Adam sinned in Eden and became the earth’s ruler. Through Abraham and his multiplied seed the Nation of Israel, Satan’s kingdom, reign and rule, will be destroyed and restored to man in accord with God’s Will.

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The Promised Land at this time is occupied by Satan’s nations, and he will do whatever it takes to maintain his dominion over the earth. Here Satan’s nations meet God’s one nation. God is taking the battle for the re-possession of the earth right to Satan himself in that very land. God is preparing Israel by amassing her army, which will go into the land and destroy the enemy, Satan’s nations.

And then…Israel rebelled and refused to go into the land because of unbelief so they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years because of their disobedience, destroying that generation.

—Now we are near the end of that 40 years of wandering. God begins to prepare them for the big war by giving them practice in fighting against some Gentile nations and the necessity of relying on His Jehovah Name along the way to the land: the Canaanites (); Amorites (21:21-24); Bashon (21:32-35). The battle for God’s re-possession of the earth is beginning. Then he comes to Moab.

is an interlude placed between the numbering of the Israelites for war that occurs between God and Satan. The Balak, the king of Moab, thought that he was about to be made the next in Israel’s growing list of conquests. He wants to stop Israel’s advance. So he puts together a plan to unique plan to oppose God’s use of Israel. The kings of Bashan tried but their plan didn’t work. The Amorites tried but theirs didn’t work either. Balak comes up with a plan that draws in the Satanic realm by summoning Balaam, the renowned false prophet, set up by Satan in the East—what would later be the Assyrian Kingdom. His had the capacity to get the “gods”/demons behind the gentile nations to work together. He was active in the same area as Abraham. His job is to get the evil spirits behind the physical gentile nations to work together to thwart the Abrahamic Covenant. Balak’s goal is to get Balaam to curse Israel by amassing all the gods of the nations around there into a confederacy against Israel. Amalek was the first nation to battle against Israel. Moab was the first to bring a confederacy of Gentile nations against Israel. This is the first major advancement against Satan’s Policy of Evil against Israel to prevent God from implementing His rule on earth through her. The height of this confederacy attack on Israel will occur in the Tribulation Period.

God turns Balak’s and Satan’s plan on its head. Israel is pitched on the planes of Moab on the east side of the Jordan by Jericho for the reason of rehearsing the Law with this new generation. They have paused for a second hearing of the Law, which is given in Deut. While this is going on, Balak the King of Moab is up in the hills conspiring against them by trying to bring the ruling gods of the nations in Satan’s empire in a confederacy against the Israelites. He goes to the Midianites and sends for a renowned false prophet from the area around Assyria. Balak sees that Israel will not just conquer him but all the Gentile nations will be licked up (22:4). Balaam is Satan’s chief prophet among the nations at this time. He is the one Satan is using to counterfeit what God is doing in the land with and through Abraham (22:6). Balaam comes from Pethor/Harran area counterfeiting God’s promise to Abraham.

The four prophecies of Balaam:

: Curse all of Israel: Israel is God’s unique creation, His distinct people. No curse by the nations will stand. God will never change His mind about Israel. His plan and purpose for Israel will stand. Balaam sought enchantments and divinations and familiar spirits with the spiritual realm of demons, offering idolatrous sacrifices, in idol temples on high hills—Balaam is trying to function his normal way, but it is not working. It is all for nothing. God just keeps on putting His words into his mouth—like He did Balaam’s donkey. He is God’s pawn. Will Barak respond positively and instead of cursing Israel in accord with Satan’s policy of evil bless her in accord with God’s policy with Abraham?

: If you can’t curse all of Israel, curse a part of her: God is certain to accomplish His plan and purpose for Israel. Balak responds negatively. Stand Up Balak! (v. 18). God will bless Israel, He won’t change His mind and all the Satanic enchantments in the world won’t change that situation. The LORD is her King and He shouts in the victory over His enemies through Israel and her kingdom. He even subdued the Egyptian armies. He won’t rest until this is completed. And He is even doing this in spite of Israel’s iniquity and rebellion. Even Israel’s rebellion and sin against Him won’t change this. It is through Abraham and the grace resident in the covenant He made with him that God displays His Righteousness in saving His friends by destroying His enemies by faith. This must be by faith because it is that faith that also brings them into spiritual salvation unto eternal life, which is not made known until the grace resident in the revelation God gave to Paul was revealed, through which He displays His Righteousness in saving ungodly sinners on enemy status before Him by faith. Now will Barak respond positively?

: God gives a prophetic picture of Israel in her Kingdom in the future. With this prophecy through a gentile false prophet to the gentile nations, God was inviting Balak of Moab and any other gentile nations to participate in Israel’s future kingdom and its glory. In her Kingdom, Israel’s waters will water the whole world. Israel’s King will rule over all other kings—Agags. Barak is being given the opportunity to participate in God’s provision for Israel through the Abrahamic Covenant—bless the God and His nation Israel and be blessed. Curse God and His nation Israel and be cursed. But Balak responds negatively again in anger viewing them as his enemy. He will not bless them. He wants to curse them.

: What happens when you refuse the provision for Gentiles in the Abrahamic Covenant and continue to curse Israel? A Day of Wrath involving not only Moab but all the children of Sheth—tumultuous people—those in opposition to God’s plan for Israel. ADVERTISE (v.14) this—put this up as a warning. This knowledge comes from the Most High God—possessor of the earth and heaven—in contrast with Satan’s desire to destroy them. The Lord Jesus Christ is the Most High God and when His star is seen (His first coming) and His Scepter is established (2nd coming) He will be the King of Kings and Lord of Lords on earth ruling through His nation Israel on DAvid’s throne in Jerusalem. Amalek was the first nation began to teach this through His Name—jehovah-nissi—God is Israel’s Victorious Banner. Balaam wanted to put a confederacy together against Israel made up of Ashur, the Kenites, Moabites, Edom, Amalek, Ashur (Balaam’s own people), Eber, etc. But it failed then though it will be repeated on a grander scale in the future and will just as assuredly fail then as well.

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: Before Israel enters into the 5th Course of Punishment, God is going to plead the controversy He has with her. They still have an opportunity to change their mind, return to God, be relieved from the curses of the Law and not enter into the 5th course of punishment. All of these punishments have fallen on Israel. Why? Has God done something wrong to make you respond like this? As long as they don’t acknowledge they have done something wrong, they cannot repent. If they haven’t done anything wrong, then God must be doing something wrong. Then He goes on to list all the gracious things He has done for them—Exodus, leaders, —all my acts are righteous. I have been true to My word. I have protected you from enemies and proclaimed truths about you to the world.

: Paul picks up on the Balak/Balaam prophecies.

: Israel is God’s separated people distinct unto Himself. He hasn’t cast them away permanently. This is what Balak wanted God to do. To cast Israel away and treat them like the other nations.

: God does not repent or lie with regard to Israel. God’s gifts to and calling of Israel are without repentance. This is what Balak wanted Balaam to do—get God to change His mind about Israel.

: Israel’s fullness and the fulfillment of the Abrahamic Covenant with its blessings to those who bless God and Israel are absolutely certain. Their fulness is yet to come. They have temporarily fallen and are now on the same level as the Gentiles but it is only temporary. Their blessings will be infinitely more in their fulness when God’s Righteousness and Knowledge will flow over the whole earth.

FAQs

What was God's message to Balaam? ›

But God said to Balaam, "Do not go with them. You must not put a curse on those people, because they are blessed." The next morning Balaam got up and said to Balak's princes, "Go back to your own country, for the LORD has refused to let me go with you."

What is the story of Balaam and Balak in the Bible? ›

According to the Book of Revelation (Revelation 2:14), Balaam told King Balak how to get the Israelites to commit sin by enticing them with sexual immorality and food sacrificed to idols. The Israelites fell into transgression due to these traps and God sent a deadly plague to them as a result (Numbers 31:16).

What does the story of Balaam mean? ›

His name was Balaam. He was a soothsayer (one who professes to foretell the future) who believed in, or at least knew about, the God of Israel to the degree that he could be influenced by the Spirit. The king of Moab tried to hire Balaam to curse Israel so the Moabites could defeat them in battle.

What was the blessing of Balaam? ›

Then Balaam's eyes are opened, and the angel permits him to go to Balak but commands him not to curse but to bless Israel. Despite pressure from Balak, Balaam remains faithful to Yahweh and blesses the people of Israel.

What does a donkey symbolize in the Bible? ›

In contrast to Grecian works, donkeys were portrayed in Biblical works as symbols of service, suffering, peace and humility. They are also associated with the theme of wisdom in the Old Testament story of Balaam's ass, and are seen in a positive light through the story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey.

What is the meaning of numbers 22? ›

The number 22 is also a master number, which means it carries additional spiritual power. This number is often seen as a sign of good luck or of positive things to come. If you keep seeing 22, it could be a message from your angels that they are helping you to manifest your dreams into reality.

What does Balak mean in Hebrew? ›

The name "Balak" means "devastator", "empty", or "wasting". The name apparently derives from the sparsely used Hebrew verb (balak), "waste or lay waste." There are no derivations of this verb besides this name.

Why did the donkey talk to Balaam? ›

The Lord was angry with Balaam for his disobedience. He sent an angel with a sword to stand before Balaam in the road. The donkey saw the angel and stopped, but Balaam could not see him and did not understand why the donkey had stopped. Balaam hit the donkey and urged it on.

What is the way of Balaam? ›

Now at last we are in a position to understand why Peter says the false prophets have “followed the way of Balaam.” Balaam was a man who was willing to entice the people of God to their destruction—and all for the sake of his own personal profit. This is exactly how Peter sees the false teachers.

How did Balaam know God? ›

We don't know how Balaam came to know the Lord, but he lived near Haran where Abraham grew up. It's possible that Balaam's ancestors had learned about the living God from Abraham, and had passed it onto their children. Now, 600 years later, Balaam also knew the living God.

When did Balaam bless Israel? ›

Balaam again dismisses Balak's offer of material gain, and repeats that he is but a spokesman of God (24:13). Then, in his fourth oracle, Balaam not only blesses Israel but directly curses Moab and other nations by prophesying their future destruction (24:15–24).

Why are donkeys so special? ›

Donkeys have an incredible memory – they can recognise areas and other donkeys they were with up to 25 years ago. Donkeys are not easily startled (unlike horses) and have a keen sense of curiosity. Donkeys have a reputation for stubbornness but this is due to their highly developed sense of self preservation.

What do donkeys mean spiritually? ›

Additionally, donkeys are animals that help humans and bring them hope. Among the biblical phrases, donkeys are a representation of the “authority of God's word.” Jesus is also pictured entering the Holy City on the back of a donkey. The wise animal represented here as a symbol of peace.

What lesson can we learn from the donkey? ›

We must surrender our burdens and our weights to God, much like the owner who surrendered his donkey to the two disciples. By relinquishing our own burdens, we can praise and worship God freely.

Why is 22 a master number? ›

This Master Numbers in Numerology is considered to be the most powerful number out of the rest, and thus, Master Number 22 is also called “Master Builder” or the “Master Architect”. It holds so much power that it can turn big dreams into reality if worked upon it very sincerely.

Is 22 a good number in numerology? ›

Number 22, sometimes called the "master builder", is considered to be the most powerful number of all! It brings all the intuitive and idealistic qualities of number 2, along with the strong practicality of number 4 (the sum of the two digits).

What does the number 2022 mean spiritually? ›

The number 2022 has the angel number 222 hidden inside. The number 222 is one of balance, hope, commitment, and trust. This number tells us to relax and be present in the current moment. “It's about giving and receiving in equal measure,” certified numerologist Novalee Wilder told us in a previous piece for Well+Good.

When did Balak live? ›

Balak and Balaam travel back in time

If Balak, just like Balaam, can be identified as a historical figures from the 9th-8th centuries B.C.E., how did they end both end up in a biblical story that supposedly happened centuries earlier?

What does Balak mean in Arabic? ›

Explanation: in Algeria it is : balAk. and it's used for the same meaning (watch out, look out) .

How do you pronounce Balak? ›

How To Pronounce Balak - YouTube

Which two animals spoke in the Bible? ›

The two talking animals in the Old Testament commanded the attention of several authors of New Testament books, who provide 'information' about the Serpent and Balaam's ass not present in the original Pentateuch: for instance, that the Serpent is an embodiment of Satan or the Devil (Revelation 12:9) and that Balaam's ...

What is the longest word in the Bible? ›

Maher-shalal-hash-baz.

What does the Morning Star mean? ›

Morning star, most commonly used as a name for the planet Venus when it appears in the east before sunrise. See also Venus in culture.

What is the morning star in the Bible? ›

In the Bible

The Septuagint renders הֵילֵל in Greek as Ἑωσφόρος (heōsphoros), "bringer of dawn", the Ancient Greek name for the morning star. Similarly the Vulgate renders הֵילֵל in Latin as Lucifer, the name in that language for the morning star.

What is the meaning of the white stone in Revelation 2 17? ›

So in conclusion, a white stone, particularly as described in Revelation 2:17, signifies a decisive vote in one's favour, a judgment of innocence (or new innocence), a reprieve from death, a covenant of safe passage, celebratory welcome, honour with free privileges, a new and lasting identity known only by and ...

How many times did Balaam bless? ›

Then Balak's anger burned against Balaam. He struck his hands together and said to him, "I summoned you to curse my enemies, but you have blessed them these three times.

Who is Baal in the Bible? ›

As such, Baal designated the universal god of fertility, and in that capacity his title was Prince, Lord of the Earth. He was also called the Lord of Rain and Dew, the two forms of moisture that were indispensable for fertile soil in Canaan.

What is the way of Balaam? ›

Now at last we are in a position to understand why Peter says the false prophets have “followed the way of Balaam.” Balaam was a man who was willing to entice the people of God to their destruction—and all for the sake of his own personal profit. This is exactly how Peter sees the false teachers.

What is the meaning of the white stone in Revelation 2 17? ›

So in conclusion, a white stone, particularly as described in Revelation 2:17, signifies a decisive vote in one's favour, a judgment of innocence (or new innocence), a reprieve from death, a covenant of safe passage, celebratory welcome, honour with free privileges, a new and lasting identity known only by and ...

What does the Morning Star mean? ›

Morning star, most commonly used as a name for the planet Venus when it appears in the east before sunrise. See also Venus in culture.

What was the teaching of nicolaitans? ›

As a symbolic reference (according to this view), the "teaching of the Nicolaitans" refers to dominating the people, compared to the "teaching of Balaam" which refers to seducing the people.

How did Balaam know God? ›

We don't know how Balaam came to know the Lord, but he lived near Haran where Abraham grew up. It's possible that Balaam's ancestors had learned about the living God from Abraham, and had passed it onto their children. Now, 600 years later, Balaam also knew the living God.

What does Balaam mean in Hebrew? ›

Balaam. / (ˈbeɪlæm) / noun. Old Testament a Mesopotamian diviner who, when summoned to curse the Israelites, prophesied future glories for them instead, after being reproached by his ass (Numbers 22–23)

What is the morning star in the Bible? ›

In the Bible

The Septuagint renders הֵילֵל in Greek as Ἑωσφόρος (heōsphoros), "bringer of dawn", the Ancient Greek name for the morning star. Similarly the Vulgate renders הֵילֵל in Latin as Lucifer, the name in that language for the morning star.

What does white stone symbolize? ›

The significance of a white stone during a trial in ancient Greece represented the acquittal of the one being tried. The white stone represented innocence whereas a black stone represented guilt. We will stand before God and face His righteous judgment and await sentencing.

What do stones represent in the Bible? ›

The words rock and stone, referring to the prime elements in ancient foundations, are used in the scriptures as metaphors signifying strength, steadiness, and durability.

What is the black stone in the Bible? ›

Another tradition says that the Black Stone was originally an angel that had been placed by God in the Garden of Eden to guard Adam. The angel was absent when Adam ate the forbidden fruit and was punished by being turned into a jewel – the Black Stone.

Who is the Son of the Morning Star? ›

The story of George Custer, Crazy Horse and the events prior to the battle of the Little Bighorn, told from the different perspectives of two women.

Who is the morning and evening star in the Bible? ›

Origin of title

~Jesus Christ is Refferred to at Revelation 22:16 as the Bright Morning Star. Additionally, the planet Venus is given the name "Evening Star" when it appears in the west after sunset and "Morning Star" when it appears in the east before sunrise.

Who is called the Morning Star? ›

The morning star is the planet Venus, it's a planet, but this is also called a star because Venus is far closer to the sun and due to its alignment in the sky unlike other planets. Since it is the brightest plant of all the terms morning star and evening star have been applied to Venus.

What does the Bible mean by fornication? ›

Catholicism. Catholicism equates premarital sex with fornication and ties it with breaking the sixth commandment ("Thou shalt not commit adultery") in its Catechism: Fornication is carnal union between an unmarried man and an unmarried woman.

What is the meaning of Nicolaitans? ›

Definition of Nicolaitan

1 : one of a group reproved in Revelation 2:6, 14–15 and generally associated with those who were rebuked for eating things offered to idols and for fornication. 2 : one of a group of 3d century antinomian Gnostics.

What are the seven spirits of God in Revelation? ›

Including the Spirit of the Lord, and the Spirits of wisdom, of understanding, of counsel, of might, of knowledge and of fear of the LORD, here are represented the seven Spirits, which are before the throne of God.

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