A ‘Sign’ for You

Elohim uses many different signs in the Scriptures to reveal Himself, to direct people where they should go, to be a testimony in a believer’s life and to establish covenants.  Each ‘sign’ in Scripture has a prophetic purpose and brought forth a response from the person or people to whom it was given.

Immanu’el

“This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12).

Elohim gave this ‘sign’ to shepherds at the time of Messiah’s birth. They were in the fields near the Migdal Eder known as the ‘watchtower of the flock’ just outside of Bethlehem.  Because these shepherds tended the sheep raised for the sacrifices in the Temple, they would have understood the prophetic significance of the ‘sign.’  Through angelic messengers, these shepherds were given a ‘sign’ for recognizing the ‘Lamb of God’.

“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will call him Immanu’el” (Isaiah 7:14).

The prophet Isaiah directed this prophetic ‘sign’ toward young virgin women in Isra’el.  Many virgin women in Isra’el hoped to be the vessel of Elohim for birthing the nation’s deliverance through Messiah.  They placed their hope in this ‘sign’ that would bring forth the promised ‘Seed’.

Lights in the Heavens

“God said, “Let there be lights in the dome of the sky to divide the day from the night; let them be for signs, seasons, days and years…” (Genesis 1:14).

Elohim created the sun, moon and stars as ‘signs’ for ‘seasons, days, and years.’  The sun ruled the day, sunset to sunset; the moon determined the months from one new moon to another, and the stars signaled the seasons of planting and harvest.  In Hebrew the word for ‘season’ is mo’ed and means ‘appointed times’ or ‘appointed seasons’ of God.

A week is comprised of seven days, from evening to morning, with the seventh being the Sabbath.  New moons began a new month and the days in the month, supported by the phases of the moon, established Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits and Feast of Weeks.  Yom Teruah or Feast of Trumpets occurs on the first day of the seventh month and a new moon festival that establishes the dates for the fall ‘appointed times’: Day of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles.  The constellations governed the year with the beginning of the year in the spring at Passover.

The Covenant Sign for Noach

“And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come.  I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.  Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember  my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind.  Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy life” (Genesis 9:12).

Elohim gave Noah a ‘sign’ for the covenant He made with mankind to never completely destroy the earth and its inhabitants by water again. The rainbow appearing in the clouds would remind Elohim of this covenant. Though may not have been the first-ever rainbow, however, its appearance after the flood became a ‘sign.’ Rainbows continue to appear in the clouds, a ‘sign’ that remains from the days of Noach to remind the Creator of His covenant.

Abraham and Circumcision

“I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.  This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep:  Every male among you shall be circumcised.  You are to undergo circumcision, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and you.  For the generations to come every male among you who is eight days old must be circumcised, including those born in your household or bought with money from a foreigner – those who are not your offspring” (Genesis 17:11, 10-12).

Elohim promised Abram that He would increase his descendants.  He makes a covenant with him. The ‘sign’ of circumcision became the evidence of Abram’s faith in the promise that many nations would descend from him. At this time his name was changed from Abram to Abraham meaning ‘father of many nations.’ His male children along with his servants entered the covenant through the ‘sign.’ This ‘sign’ continues today with millions as evidence to the continuous fulfillment of God’s promise to Abraham.

“And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised.   So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised (the gentiles), in order that righteousness might be credited to them.   And he is also the father of the circumcised (the Jews)  who not only are circumcised (in the flesh), but who also walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised” (Romans 4:11).

Abraham was known as a Hebrew; he was not ‘Jewish.’ When El Shaddai made His covenant with Abraham, there were no ‘Jews’ because Isaac had not been born meaning there was no Jacob or Judah. This ‘sign’ of the covenant was Abraham’s faith response to the promises of El Shaddai. It was an outward ‘sign’ of the inward condition of his heart – not an act to convert to Judaism which did not exist at this time. Because Yeshua was an offspring of Abraham through Isaac, Jacob, Judah and King David, he was circumcised eight days after he was born according God’s command to Abraham’s descendants.   We may enter the covenant with the ‘sign’ because the circumcision occurred in Abraham’s heart before it was done in his flesh (Romans 2:26-27).

Passover and the Blood

“The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt” (Exodus 12:13).

Throughplagues of judgment, Elohim began to deliver of the Hebrews from their enslaved lives in Egypt.  The final judgment was the ‘death of the firstborn.’  Each family sacrificed a lamb and placed it’s blood on the doorposts and lintel of their house. The blood would be a ‘sign’  for the Destroyer to ‘pass over’ that home.  Families without the ‘sign’ of blood would experience the death of their firstborn. To not have this ‘sign’ would result in death; to have it resulted in life.

Sabbath

“I gave them my Sabbaths as a sign between us, so that they would know that I, Adonai, made them holy.  Keep my Sabbaths holy, that they may be a sign between us.  Then you will know that I am Adonai your God” (Ezekiel 20:12-20).

Elohim gave Isra’el a ‘sign’ that would set them apart from all other nations on earth.  Observing this ‘sign’ would show the world the relationship that Elohim has with His chosen people along with those who join themselves to His people through faith in Yeshua.   Keeping and guarding the Sabbath day is a ‘sign’ that yod hey vav hey, the Creator, is our God.

Believer’s Testimony

“And these signs will accompany those who believe.  In my Name [Yeshua] they will drive out demons, they will speak in new languages; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well” (Mark 16:17,18).

Yeshua says that ‘signs’ will be a testimony of the power of Elohim’s Spirit in a believer’s life.  ‘Signs’ like laying hands on sick people making them well, driving out demons, being able to drink deadly poison, and picking up snakes are a few of the signs. Do we have these evidence ‘signs’ in our walks of faith?

Languages

“Tongues are a sign, not for believers, but for unbelievers …” (1 Corinthians 14:22).

Sha’ul (Paul) discusses tongues or speaking in other languages as a ‘sign’ for unbelievers.  The purpose of ‘tongues’ is revealed in Acts 2 when Jews from every known nation gathered in Jerusalem for Shavuot.  They heard the message of salvation (Yeshua) in their own language.  Because they were going to return to their home nations, these Jewish people needed to hear the message in their native ‘tongue’ so they could share the message they heard with their own people. In this way, Jewish people from around the known world became the first missionaries of Yeshua.

Woman’s Head Covering

“For this reason, and because of the angels, the woman ought to have a sign of power/authority on her head to pray and prophesy” (1 Corinthians 11:10).

The woman’s head covering or veil is another ‘sign’ given in the Scriptures.  The reason for a woman to wear a head covering is ‘because of the angels.’ It is a ‘sign’ of authority or power when a woman prays or prophesies in the presence of these spiritual beings.   Though few women wear them in western cultures, the ‘sign’ of the head covering has deep spiritual ramifications. Women in foreign countries who honor the ‘sign,’ receive the blessing of God’s ‘authority’ in the spiritual realm to pray or prophesy.

Making Aliyah

“Here am I, and the children Adonai has given me. We are signs and symbols in Israel from the Adonai Tzva’ot, who dwells on Mount Tzion” (Isaiah 8:18).

This verse was placed on a website of friends who live in Isra’el.   They chose this prophetic verse because of its ‘sign’ to the endtimes when the Jewish people would be regathered back to the Land.   Seeing men, women and children making aliyah (meaning ‘to go up’) is a ‘sign’ that Elohim still has his presence on Mount Tzion.

These are just a few of the ‘signs’ in Scripture that connect us with our Biblical heritage and become evidence of our walk of faith. The rainbow ties us to Noach, the worldwide flood and an ‘older earth’ that experienced judgment. Circumcision connects us to Abraham and his faith in the coming ‘Seed.’ It is a ‘sign’ of what has happened in our own hearts.  The sun, moon, and stars are ‘signs’ that our Creator gave us His ‘appointed times’ for prophetic revelation of His Son. Sabbath is a ‘sign’ that shows the world we are Elohim’s treasured people.   Head coverings are a ‘sign’ that show women (and men) understand that the physical realm affects the spiritual realm. The virgin and the baby wrapped in cloths is evidence that Elohim became flesh and lived among His people as Yeshua, the Lamb of God.

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