Some Selah Points to Ponder
Even as Korah rebelled against divinely installed lawful civil and spiritual authority, while at the same time attempting to raise himself up to replace that, similar trends have been occurring in the formerly Christian western nations of the world. Secular humanistic philosophies in their various permutations (evolution, Marxism, socialism,dialectical materialism, leftism, atheism, moral relativism and various other attacks on the Judeo-Christian values that have formed the bedrock of western culture) now dominate all aspects of western society and culture and are in an all out war against biblical values, morals and ethics. When we study the life and tactics of Korah and his band of malcontents, we see similarities between the forces of darkness and rebellion then and now.
- Num 15:30 — Wilful sin defined. Penalty for wilful sin is being cut off from Israel (i.e. a death penalty).
- Num 15:32–35 — Example of wilful sin given; i.e., a man wilfully violating the Sabbath.
- Num 15:37–41 — Wearing tzitzit is an outward visible reminder to help keep one from sinning (violating YHVH’s commands).
- Num 16:1 — The rebellion of Korah and company is an example of what wilful sin looks like on a societal level.
- Num 16:2 — Korah et al rose up in pride like the Lucifer—the spirit of pride (of sin) and rebellion against YHVH’s commandments (Isa 14:12–17).
- Num 16:7 — Pride of those who rise up against YHVH and divinely appointed leadership. In this case, it was pride and rebellion against Moses, who is a prophetic picture of Yeshua, godly leadership, the biblical leadership and the word and commandments of Elohim.
- Num 16:10 — This is the cry of the new agers, political leftists, some atheists, Satanists, God-haters and those who are under the control of the spirit of Antichrist. They ardently and petulantly declare that “we’re all the children of God. We’re all holy. We all have the divine within us. We are all gods and goddesses. Follow the cosmic Christ consciousness in you. Each of us can choose to follow our own will, the god within us, and do our own thing. Do what thou wilt is the whole law. If it feels good, do it.”
- Num 16:10 — This is the cry of those in our time who are rebellious and antagonistic against YHVH, his word and Messiah and don’t want Elohim to rule over them.
- Num 16:19 — Like Korah did, Satan in the end times will gather his rebellious Antichrist forces to oppose forcefully YHVH and Yeshua the Messiah in a final and epic showdown encounter called the battle of Armageddon.
- Num 16:20, 24–25 — This verse is analogous to YHVH’s statement in Revelation 18:4 calling for his saints to come out of Babylon the Great in order to escape his judgment against her.
- Num 16:25 — As Moses called for the Israelites to separate themselves from rebellious Korah, YHVH is calling his people to do the same now. Similarly, Yeshua called his disciples to the same to follow him (Matt 10:16, 26–39).
- Num 16:30 — Those who rejected Moses’ authority including the Torah have really rejected YHVH. Similarly, those who rejected the saints who have, in obedience, placed themselves under Elohim’s authority have not only rejected the saints, but Elohim as well.
- Num 16:31–34 — When YHVH returns to judge the earth, he will first judge Satan by casting him into the bottomless pit.
- Num 16:35 — After Satan is judged at the end of the last days, then those who rebelled against YHVH, His Torah–word and the Messiah will be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 20:11–15). These spiritual rejects are the wilful sinners who refuse to repent and to submit.
- Num 16:41–43 — These Israelites weren’t rebellious per se. They were merely examples of typical, complaining, spiritually lukewarm people. If these lukewarm Laodiceans refuse to repent (Rev 3:14–21), YHVH will consume some of them as he did the Israelites in this story.
- Num 16:46–48 — Prayerful intercession saves people. Aaron is a prophetic symbol of Yeshua, or Great High Priest, who is presently at the right hand of Elohim interceding for the saints against Satan, who is the accuser of the brethren. As Aaron risked his life by placing himself between Elohim’s judgment and the people, Yeshua did the same when his gave his life over to death on the cross as he suspended between heaven and earth between humanity and Elohim our Divine Judge.
- Num 17 — Aaron’s rod is a picture of the cross. As life came from Aaron’s staff—a piece of dead wood, the same came from the cross and the dead body of Yeshua. Moreover, the almond is the first tree to sprout forth in the land of Israel in the early spring, and is therefore a prophetic picture of life from the dead and fruitfulness. Interestingly, the Jewish sages have a tradition that both the tree of life and the menorah were an almond tree. Both are a picture of spiritual life in Messiah Yeshua.
Just a thought-if the almond tree is the first to sprout forth in the early spring and the dove brought back an olive branch to Noah, then Messiah first!