Since I posted my thoughts on the Tribe of Benjamin and how it’s mimicked by the Bride of Christ, I have read many comments by people who have too seen the connection…they too were given Heavenly Breadcrumbs and I would just like to say, thank you! Thank you for sharing with me your find and experiences as I am always thrilled to see how the Lord works His Great Wonders!
Today, I was reading an article posted on Five Doves by Renee Moses which was posted January 29, 2013 regarding a in-depth study she had done on the Feasts, especially the Fall Feasts. As I was reading, scrolling down the page, I came to the caption and paragraph “A Bride Catching Festival”. As you read this, you will see the parallels to the “Catching Away” of the Bride of Christ but notice, it’s seen in Judges 21:19-25 referencing again, The Tribe of Benjamin. Why did we not put this together before? We did but paid no attention to Benjamin and it’s relationship to his tribe. The Lord is truly amazing me each day with this discovery as is the comments from many of you on how in these past few days, you too have been led to Scripture which ironically, talks about this tribe.
For the full article/study and thread, see this link I am posting for your convenience: 7th Day of Tabernacles = 7th Day of Passover by Renee Moses. Please know also, this study is pointing out patterns and references to the End Times and Ms. Moses states her beliefs/learning on what she believes to be true and will be coming in the near future but I MAY NOT AGREE FULLY WITH HER IN CERTAIN AREAS. For instance, she believes the Two Witnesses are Moses and Elijah and I know it is Enoch and Elijah, along with other views she may have, I have been taught otherwise but those points do not take away her in-depth detailed study she has put so much time and effort into. I can understand and do agree to many areas and conclusions she has detailed here, but again, I do not agree fully with her on everything. The patterns of the past Biblical events and their timing is eye-opening and I am glad she has put it together as it is a wonderful teaching point, easy for others to understand but please, use discernment in areas. Just because I or we agree on a particular fact/area of understanding, doesn’t mean we have to be in unison in all areas…don’t forget what you have been shown because of someone else’s point of view in various events and their timing but do take out what the Spirit of the Lord is confirming with you to be of Him and correct. Leave the other parts alone so you will not be confused…I believe she is 3/4 correct and the other remaining percentage, close but off a bit.
A Bride Catching Festival
Judges 21:19-25 deals with the time that the Tribe of Benjamin was permitted to seize wives as they are dancing at “the annual festival of the Lord in Shiloh.” (Shiloh is the place where the Tabernacle of Moses was set up in Joshua 18:1. It was still there when the narrative in Judges takes place.) The text tells us that the girls are dancing in a vineyard, so the festival is likely to be connected to the end of the grape harvest, or Feast of Tabernacles.
Furthermore, since the men of Israel were required to go to Shiloh to observe the Pilgrimage Festivals while the Tabernacle was there, it is quite possible that festival was the Feast of Tabernacles. (Later, when the Temple was built in Jerusalem, Jewish males were required to go to Jerusalem.)
There may be a hidden pattern in the narrative. According to the Bible, the Tribe of Benjamin had offended the Israelites by their unwillingness to surrender fellow Benjamites who had committed a heinous crime. A conflict ensued between the two sides resulting in the deaths of the entire Tribe of Benjamin, with the exception of 600 fighting men. According to Judges 20:47: “But six hundred men turned and fled into the desert to the rock of Rimmon, where they stayed four months.” Now, the Israelites had made an oath not to give their daughters in marriage to any Benjamite. Consequently, they realized that the tribe of all men was bound to die out. Regretting their vow, but unable to break it, they devised a plan to get wives for the remaining 600 Benjamites. First, they determined that no one from the camp of Jabesh Gilead had assisted them in the war. So they put that entire camp to death, except for 400 virgin girls. Then they took the girls to Shiloh and sent an offer of peace to the Benjamites at the rock of Rimmon, who accepted the women as wives.
Then they told the remaining 200 men to go to an annual festival of the Lord at Shiloh. “So they instructed the Benjamites, saying, ‘Go and hide in the vineyards and watch. When the girls of Shiloh come out to join in the dancing, then rush from the vineyards and each of you seize a wife from the girls of Shiloh and go to the land of Benjamin. When their fathers or brothers complain to us, we will say to them, ‘Do us a kindness by helping them, because we did not get wives for them during the war, and you are innocent, since you did not give your daughters to them.’ So that is what the Benjamites did. While the girls were dancing, each man caught one and carried her off to be his wife.” Judges 21:20-23.
Perhaps this strange story about the snatching of brides is prophetic. Perhaps its timing, during the grape harvest, gives us a clue to the timing of the Rapture. Judges 21:23 uses an interesting Hebrew word for “took” – it is “nasa.” It means “to lift up.” It is the same word used in Genesis 7:17 to describe the lifting of Noah’s Ark during the Flood.
“For forty days the flood kept coming on the earth, and as the waters increased they lifted the ark high above the earth.” Genesis 7:17.
Please notice that the 600 Benjamites obtained wives in increments of 400 and 200. First through killing, and second through a bride snatch. If you add an extra zero to 600, 400, and 200, you can see the timeline of 6000 years of human history. During the initial 4000 years, God obtained a wife through killing or the sacrificial system. After the final 2000 years, Christ will obtain His wife through a bride snatch – the Rapture.
The name Benjamin translates to “son of the right hand.” Jesus Christ is the ultimate Son of God’s right hand. “Jesus replied, ‘But I say to all of you: In the future you will see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of the Mighty One and coming on the clouds of heaven.'” Matthew 26:64. The 600 Benjamites initially fled to the “rock of Rimmon.” Rimmon is Hebrew for “pomegranates.” The fruit is connected to only the High Priest. Jesus is not only our High Priest, but He is also our Rock. The Benjamites stayed at Rimmon for four months before they seize their wives at Shiloh where the Tabernacle is located. There are four months between the Feast of Pentecost and the Feast of Tabernacles. Jesus said, “Do you not say 4 months until the Harvest? Pentecost was the beginning of the wheat harvest and the Feast of Tabernacles is the harvest at the end of the age.
Below is another much read Scripture from Jeremiah 6 which references Benjamin yet again. I just find this quite incredible as now, I am reading these verses in a whole other light!
Jeremiah 6 New International Version (NIV)
Jerusalem Under Siege
6 “Flee for safety, people of Benjamin!
Flee from Jerusalem!
Sound the trumpet in Tekoa!
Raise the signal over Beth Hakkerem!
For disaster looms out of the north,
even terrible destruction.
2 I will destroy Daughter Zion,
so beautiful and delicate.
3 Shepherds with their flocks will come against her;
they will pitch their tents around her,
each tending his own portion.”
4 “Prepare for battle against her!
Arise, let us attack at noon!
But, alas, the daylight is fading,
and the shadows of evening grow long.
5 So arise, let us attack at night
and destroy her fortresses!”
6 This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“Cut down the trees
and build siege ramps against Jerusalem.
This city must be punished;
it is filled with oppression.
7 As a well pours out its water,
so she pours out her wickedness.
Violence and destruction resound in her;
her sickness and wounds are ever before me.
8 Take warning, Jerusalem,
or I will turn away from you
and make your land desolate
so no one can live in it.”
9 This is what the Lord Almighty says:
“Let them glean the remnant of Israel
as thoroughly as a vine;
pass your hand over the branches again,
like one gathering grapes.”
10 To whom can I speak and give warning?
Who will listen to me?
Their ears are closed[a]
so they cannot hear.
The word of the Lord is offensive to them;
they find no pleasure in it.
11 But I am full of the wrath of the Lord,
and I cannot hold it in.
“Pour it out on the children in the street
and on the young men gathered together;
both husband and wife will be caught in it,
and the old, those weighed down with years.
12 Their houses will be turned over to others,
together with their fields and their wives,
when I stretch out my hand
against those who live in the land,”
declares the Lord.
13 “From the least to the greatest,
all are greedy for gain;
prophets and priests alike,
all practice deceit.
14 They dress the wound of my people
as though it were not serious.
‘Peace, peace,’ they say,
when there is no peace.
15 Are they ashamed of their detestable conduct?
No, they have no shame at all;
they do not even know how to blush.
So they will fall among the fallen;
they will be brought down when I punish them,”
says the Lord.
16 This is what the Lord says:
“Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths,
ask where the good way is, and walk in it,
and you will find rest for your souls.
But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
17 I appointed watchmen over you and said,
‘Listen to the sound of the trumpet!’
But you said, ‘We will not listen.’
18 Therefore hear, you nations;
you who are witnesses,
observe what will happen to them.
19 Hear, you earth:
I am bringing disaster on this people,
the fruit of their schemes,
because they have not listened to my words
and have rejected my law.
20 What do I care about incense from Sheba
or sweet calamus from a distant land?
Your burnt offerings are not acceptable;
your sacrifices do not please me.”
21 Therefore this is what the Lord says:
“I will put obstacles before this people.
Parents and children alike will stumble over them;
neighbors and friends will perish.”
22 This is what the Lord says:
“Look, an army is coming
from the land of the north;
a great nation is being stirred up
from the ends of the earth.
23 They are armed with bow and spear;
they are cruel and show no mercy.
They sound like the roaring sea
as they ride on their horses;
they come like men in battle formation
to attack you, Daughter Zion.”
24 We have heard reports about them,
and our hands hang limp.
Anguish has gripped us,
pain like that of a woman in labor.
25 Do not go out to the fields
or walk on the roads,
for the enemy has a sword,
and there is terror on every side.
26 Put on sackcloth, my people,
and roll in ashes;
mourn with bitter wailing
as for an only son,
for suddenly the destroyer
will come upon us.
27 “I have made you a tester of metals
and my people the ore,
that you may observe
and test their ways.
28 They are all hardened rebels,
going about to slander.
They are bronze and iron;
they all act corruptly.
29 The bellows blow fiercely
to burn away the lead with fire,
but the refining goes on in vain;
the wicked are not purged out.
30 They are called rejected silver,
because the Lord has rejected them.”