This will be a sign for you …

The ‘I AM’  uses many signs in the Scriptures to reveal Himself, to direct people where they should go, to be a testimony in a person’s life and to establish covenants.  Signs set people, covenants and events apart as “Holy to Yahweh” because they are established by Him.  The response to the sign establishes an individual’s relationship to ‘I AM’ and His relationship with us.

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).

This ‘sign’ was given to shepherd.  They were in their fields near the Midgal Eder known as the ‘watchtower of the flock’ just outside of Bethlehem.  More than anyone, they would understand the significance of the baby’s birth because they tended the sheep used in the sacrifices in the Temple.   Through angelic messengers, these shepherds were given a ‘sign’ for finding the ‘lamb of God’.  As they met Immanu’el, God in the flesh, they knew their sheep-herding days were nearing an end.

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

This prophetic sign directed Isra’el.  This was the sign many young women in Isra’el hoped for in their own lives – to be the vessel of God for bringing their nation’s deliverance through Messiah.  They placed their faith and hope in this ‘sign’ that would bring forth the promised ‘Seed’.

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 is tied to the ‘appointed times’ or ‘appointed seasons’ of God.  There are six days with the seventh being the Sabbath.  New moons were celebrated and the days of the months were counted for establishing holy days like Passover, Unleavened Bread, Firstfruits and Feast of Weeks.  Yom Teruah was the first day of the seventh month and a new moon festival that established the dates for the fall ‘appointed times’ of Atonement and Feast of Tabernacles.  The constellations determined the seasons for each of the Feasts of the LORD.

Noah

“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).

HaShem gave Noah a ‘sign’ for the covenant He was making with mankind.   He promised never to destroy the earth by water again.  The ‘sign’ of the rainbow appearing in the clouds would be a reminder to Him of His covenant with mankind.  Rainbows continue to appear in the clouds after a storm, a ‘sign’ that remains from the days of Noah and a memorial to a covenant made by the Creator.

Abraham

“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).

El Shaddai promises that He will increase Abraham’s descendants.  He makes a covenant with Abraham and gives him the ‘sign’ of circumcision that many nations would come from his loins.  All of his offspring and even those servants he had purchased were to keep the ‘sign’ of the covenant.

“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 Hebrew; he was not a Jew.  At this time there were no Jews as there was no Isaac or Jacob or Judah.  This ‘sign’ of the covenant was an outward expression of Abraham’s faith in the promises of El Shaddai, the condition of his heart, not an action to convert to Judaism.  Circumcision was not the way of faith in the God of Isra’el, but a ‘sign’ of faith.  Yeshua was an offspring of Abraham through Isaac, Jacob, Judah and King David.  He was circumcised eight days after he was born according to the command given Abraham.  We keep the covenant of circumcision through the Spirit of God who circumcises our hearts (Romans 2:26-27).

Passover

“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).

‘I AM’ was going to deliver the Hebrews from their enslaved lives in Egypt.  He sent 10 plagues of judgment on the Egyptians with the last plague bringing death on the firstborn.   Sacrificing a lamb and placing it’s blood on the doorposts and lintel of a Hebrews’ home would be a ‘sign’  for the Destroyer to ‘pass over’ that home.  Those families without the ‘sign’ of blood would experience the death of their firstborn from their children to their livestock.

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).

Adonai gave Isra’el a ‘sign’ that would set them apart from all other nations in the world.  Observing this ‘sign’ would show the world the relationship that Elohim has with His people and those who join themselves to Him through Yeshua.   Keeping and guarding the Sabbath day is a ‘sign’ that shows us that Yahweh, the Creator, the Restorer of all things,  is our God.

Believer’s Testimony

“And these sign 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 Spirit’s power in a believer’s life.  ‘Signs’ will accompany those who believe.  Healing, driving out demons, being able to drink deadly poisona and picking up snakes are some of the signs.

Languages

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

Sha’ul 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 in their own language.  Because they were going to return to their respective nations, they needed to hear the message in their native ‘tongue’ so they could share the message they heard and understood with the nations.

“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).

Woman’s Head Covering

The woman’s head covering or veil is another ‘sign’ in the Scriptures.  The reason for wearing it is ‘because of the angels’ for a ‘sign’ of authority and power when a woman prays or prophesies.  Though few women wear them in western cultures, the ‘sign’ of the head covering is completely spiritual. By not teaching and encouraging women to honor the ‘sign,’ they lose the blessing of ‘authority’ in the spiritual realm given to them by God.

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 end days when the Jewish people would be regathered back to the Land.   Seeing men, women and children making aliyah is a ‘sign’ that Yahweh still dwells on Mount Tzion.

There are many more ‘signs’ in Scripture that connect us with our Biblical heritage and the faith that we walk.  The rainbow becomes our ‘sign’ tie with Noah and the realization that there was a flood and an ‘old’ earth.  Circumcision is the ‘sign’ binds us to Abraham and his faith in the coming ‘Seed,’ a sign of our own hearts.   The sun, moon, and stars are ‘signs’ of our Creator and His ‘set apart’ times.  Sabbath is a ‘sign’ that unites us with Elohim as His treasured people.   Head coverings are a ‘sign’ that reveal that there is a spiritual realm with angels.  The ‘signs’  of the virgin and the baby wrapped in cloths proves that our God became flesh and lived among His people.

© November 2002 Tent Stake Ministries

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