Giving birth near to the deserts

Childbearing is a common theme in the Bible. Micah wrote: “So he will give them up until the time that she who is to give birth has given birth.”  Micah 5:3

Dying in the delivery

A woman is crying out in her agony to give birth between Betel and Ephrata, a rather rocky area. Childbearing has never been an amusing moment. Rachel, Jacob’s favorite wife, had difficulty in making the delivery. (Gen. 35:16-20) She actually died in childbirth.

She was the same who earlier had said to her husband, “Give me children or I will die!” (30:1) For her, much had been difficult: to conceive as well as to deliver. Death in childbirth was unfortunately common back then. The tragic irony of her request to Jacob is that later Rachel really died in labor.  Anyway, she preferred death to not having children.

The stealing of Laban’s teraphims

The Rachel who died in making the delivery is the same who stole her father’s idols. Teraphim were reputed to have healing powers. The Hebrew Rapha means to heal, healer or physician.

Trying a non-traditional approach to the story, I would suggest that teraphim were for fertility. The only other woman in the Bible who is described as owning teraphim is Michal, David’s first wife. The two women have in common one problem: infertility. Teraphim might have been considered especially effective in bringing conception. So we could argue Rachel’s motivation in stealing teraphim was for fertility reasons.

A potential death worthy offense

Jacob, unaware that Rachel had stolen them, indignantly declared that if Laban would find his teraphim with anyone of the clan, that person would not live (31:32). In this case, therefore, Jacob deems this theft a potentially death worthy offense. Concerned to avoid being detected as the thief, Rachel seats herself on her father’s teraphim and avoids rising before her father by appealing to the “way of women” (31:35).

This undoubtedly means menstruation; given ancient Near Eastern custom, Laban would not dare to touch her in this state, nor did he realize that she would be sitting on his gods! Maybe, Rachel had taken the teraphim in an hope to become pregnant again.

Adding corrupted practices to the true worship

Teraphim were regarded by Laban as gods, and it would, therefore, appear that they were used by those who added corrupt practices to the patriarchal religion. This way Rachel would appear as being somewhat an idolater. She could be regarded as a symbolic representation of the woman arrayed with the sun and moon and stars of Revelation chapter 12. There the symbolic woman, soon after delivery, gets persecuted by the Dragon who disgorges water with the intention to cause her to drown in the river.

Eli’s daughter in law dying in giving birth as well

1 Samuel 4:19-22 relates to another fatal delivery. The woman dying is Eli’s daughter-in-law. “The wife of Phinehas was pregnant and close to giving birth. When she heard the report that the Ark of the true God had been captured and that her father-in-law and her husband had died, she doubled over and unexpectedly went into labor and gave birth.  As she was dying, the women standing by her said: “Do not be afraid, for you have given birth to a son.” She did not answer and did not pay attention to it.” She just said: “Glory has gone away from Israel into exile because the Ark of the true God has been captured.”

The ark of the true God has been captured

The ark of the true God was realized according to the special measures Moses had received on Sinai. In centimeters it measured 111×66,6×66,6. These numbers are the special measuring units of the earth. So the ark was a model and a symbol. Bringing the ark into exile can be regarded as an allegory. It represents the abandon of some fundamental knowledge in connection with the shape of the earth. The original bible teachings concerning the true shape of the universe have been for a long time neglected. This foretells a deep crisis for spiritual Israel.

God, Himself is giving birth

In Isaiah 42:13-14 God presents himself as a woman giving birth. It is just before becoming a warrior.

“Jehovah will go out like a mighty man. He will awaken his zeal like a warrior, he will shout. Yes, he will let out a war cry; he will show himself mightier than his enemies.  “I have kept quiet for a long time.e. I remained silent and restrained myself. Like a woman giving birth, I will groan, pant, and gasp all at once.”

The moment is painful for both, the people and their God. Such stories in the bible connect deeply to the developing of some bitter crises among God’s people. “Go, my people, enter your inner rooms. And shut your doors behind you. Hide for a brief moment until the wrath has passed by.  For look! Jehovah is coming from his place to call the inhabitants of the land to account for their error.” This happens at the final battle of Gog of Magog.

Isaiah 26:16-21 relates it this way: “Just as a pregnant woman about to give birth has labor pains and cries out in pain, So we have been because of you, O Jehovah.  We became pregnant, we had labor pains, But it is as if we have given birth to wind. We have not brought salvation to the land, And no one is born to inhabit the land.”

A modern remnant

Rachel striving for fertility, stealing teraphims and dying in childbearing is a dramatization of the modern Remnant’s incapacity in getting free from idolatrous pretended scientific influence and pagan cosmogonies. Accepting the biblical knowledge about the shape of the earth is not a superfluous need for the Creator. Something similar is happening to the spiritual woman of today.

Dinah violated

Among the feminine characters in the Bible, Dinah retains an important place. She was the daughter of Leah, Jacob’s first wife. The girl used to go out to visit the women of the land, where her father had made camp and pitched his tent. Shechem, the son of Hamor, the prince of the land, “took her and lay with her and humbled her. And his soul was drawn to Dinah … he loved the maiden and spoke tenderly to her”, and Shechem asked his father to obtain Dinah for him, to be his wife.

A dreadful slaughter

Shechem offered Jacob and his sons any bride-price they demanded. But “the sons of Jacob answered Shechem and his father Hamor deceitfully because he had defiled their sister Dinah”; they said they would accept the offer if the men of the city agreed to be circumcised. But “on the third day, when they were sore, two of the sons of Jacob and Leah, Simeon and Levi, Dinah’s brothers, took their swords and came upon the city unawares, and killed all the males. They slew Hamor and his son Shechem with the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem’s house, and went away.” And the sons of Jacob plundered whatever was in the city and in the field, “all their wealth, all their little ones and their wives, all that was in the houses.”

Should he treat our sister as a harlot?

“Then Jacob said to Simeon and Levi, ‘You have brought trouble on me by making me odious to the inhabitants of the land; my numbers are few, and if they gather themselves against me and attack me, I shall be destroyed, both I and my household.’ But they said, ‘Should he treat our sister as a harlot?'” (Genesis 34:31).

This is the simple story as given in Genesis. The Bible says that all things written in it are models and examples. Main characters are often archetypal images of something greater, symbolic dramas. (Galatians 4:24) Women in Genesis are models for the modern remnant of the New Jerusalem. She is the bride of Christ. (Rev. 21:2) Other apostolic writings apply the same figure to the Christian congregation of the anointed ones.

God will give them up

The rape and defiling of Dinah can cast many disturbing shadows on the modern anointed class. It represents a moment of crisis in the final part of the days, our present time. “So he will give them up Until the time that she who is to give birth has given birth. And the rest of his brothers will return to the people of Israel.” Micah 5:3 (Cf. A woman arrayed with the sun and moon and a crown of 12 stars, earthmeasured.com)

Gog as Nimrod

In conclusion, Micah chapter 5 gives another outstanding fresco of the war of Gog.  Addressing to Jerusalem, the prophet says: “Now you are slashing yourself,  you daughter under attack; A siege is laid against us. […] Should the Assyrian invade our land and tread on our fortified towers, We will raise up against him seven shepherds, yes, eight princes of mankind. They will shepherd the land of Assyria with the sword, And the land of Nimrod at its entrances.”

Gog’s first attack

At first, what does Gog really do? The Christian congregations from all over the earth surrounding spiritual Israel will attack the two witnesses of Revelation 11. The attacked witnesses and their attackers are both part of the Christian congregations and are fighting each other. Originally the congregations of all over the world still believe the earth being a globe and find it difficult to imagine a different cosmic disposition. Anyway, God is inviting them to get ready. Ezekiel 38: reads this way: “Be ready, prepare yourselves, you with all the armies that are assembled with you, and you will be their commander.”

That means to reach a deeper insight into the Scriptures.

A final counterattack

There is a first and a second attack and the second will be different. Daniel’s account for the battle between the two kings of the north and the south makes this clear. “And he will go back to his land with a great number of goods, and his heart will be against the holy covenant. He will act effectively and go back to his land.“At the time appointed he will return and come against the south. But this time will not be as it was before, for the ships of Kittim will come against him, and he will be humbled.” Daniel 11:28-30 The second attack will end with the full victory of the truth about the earth configuration.

In order to understand the character of Gog read  Peace and security, a prophecy for the last times earthmeasured.com

 

 

 

 

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