When I lie down, I say, ‘When shall I arise, And the night be ended?’ For I have had my fill of tossing till dawn.
Psalm 119:146-148 (Old Testament)
I cry out to You;
Save me, and I will keep Your testimonies.
I rise before the dawning of the morning,
And cry for help;
I hope in Your word.
It is the break of dawn, awake, God is our refuge, put on the Armor of light.
Romans 13:11-12 (New Testament)
And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light.
Psalm 46:1-7 (Old Testament)
God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams shall make glad the city of God,
The holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved;
God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah
Jesus is our bright and morning star
Matthew 4:16-17 (New Testament)
The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light,
And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death
Light has dawned.”
2 Peter 1:19 (New Testament)
And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts;
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star.”
THE LAND OF THE RISING SUN
Beloved, put your trust in Him. He is our Rock and Strong tower (Psalm 61:3) and even the wind and waves obey Him. (Job 38:11 When I said, ‘This far you may come, but no farther, And here your proud waves must stop! Mark 41:4 “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”). Lord we step toward You with our prayers for the Japanese people. Heal their soul and spirit of the damages from earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdown. Comfort them with the knowledge that though "waters roar ", "the mountains shake", and "the earth melted", you have always loved them. Let the dawn of the true Bright and Morning Star forever rise in their hearts.
A perched eagle with long pinions watches over Japan
The floating torii (lit. bird perch) at Itsukushima Shrine
Japan, His desire is to cover you with His wings.
consider the generations long past.
Ask your father and he will tell you,
your elders, and they will explain to you.
When the Most High gave the nations their inheritance,
when he divided all mankind,
he set up boundaries for the peoples
according to the number of the sons of Israel.
For the LORD’s portion is his people,
Jacob his allotted inheritance.
In a desert land he found him,
in a barren and howling waste.
He shielded him and cared for him;
he guarded him as the apple of his eye,
like an eagle that stirs up its nest
and hovers over its young,
that spreads its wings to catch them
and carries them aloft.
The LORD alone led him;
no foreign god was with him.
Japan, be of good courage
Isaiah 41:5-6 (Old Testament)
The isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came.
They helped every one his neighbour; and every one said to his brother, Be of good courage.
Japan, consider your part in this riddle.
Ezekiel 17:1-10 (Old Testament)
The Eagles and the Vine
And the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Son of man, pose a riddle, and speak a parable to the house of Israel, and say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD:
“ A great eagle with large wings and long pinions,
Full of feathers of various colors,
Came to Lebanon
And took from the cedar the highest branch.
He cropped off its topmost young twig
And carried it to a land of trade;
He set it in a city of merchants.
Then he took some of the seed of the land
And planted it in a fertile field;
He placed it by abundant waters
And set it like a willow tree.
And it grew and became a spreading vine of low stature;
Its branches turned toward him,
But its roots were under it.
So it became a vine,
Brought forth branches,
And put forth shoots.
“ But there was another great eagle with large wings and many feathers;
And behold, this vine bent its roots toward him,
And stretched its branches toward him,
From the garden terrace where it had been planted,
That he might water it.
It was planted in good soil by many waters,
To bring forth branches, bear fruit,
And become a majestic vine.”’
“Say, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD:
“ Will it thrive?
Will he not pull up its roots,
Cut off its fruit,
And leave it to wither?
All of its spring leaves will wither,
And no great power or many people
Will be needed to pluck it up by its roots.
Behold, it is planted,
Will it thrive?
Will it not utterly wither when the east wind touches it?
It will wither in the garden terrace where it grew.”’”
Japan, You have been planted by the Eagle with long pinions. He planted you as seeds. You reach toward Him with branches but not root.
Likewise, the other great eagle, carried it's vine to another land by many waters.
That vine once stretched both branches and root toward Him.
The Emperor (Mikado) is the heavenly sovereign of Shinto.
The British monarch is the supreme governor of the Church of England.
These are the twigs that became vines that were carried by the two eagles.
One vine became the land of the rising sun, the other the empire where the sun never set.
Will the plantings thrive or will they wither ? Will they both consider again their Bright and Morning Star?
Be not offended, but with duration receive with joy, that you may revive again and bear fruit to Him.
Matthew 13:4-6 (New Testament)
And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:
Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:
And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
Matthew 13:20-21 (New Testament)
But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
You have been planted in a fertile field. Won't you bear fruit ?
Matthew 13:23 (New Testament)
But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Japan, come to the Lord Jesus He is your Bright and Morning Star.
Isaiah 24:14-15 (Old Testament)
They raise their voices, they shout for joy;
from the west they acclaim the LORD’s majesty.
Therefore in the east give glory to the LORD;
exalt the name of the LORD, the God of Israel,
in the islands of the sea.
Consider, the first island east "toward the sunrising" from the Jordan river... is Japan
Notes from NOVA series, on the lost tribes of Israel.
The first known king of Japan, who was named Osee, ruled around 730 BC. This king has been identified with the last king of Israel, Hoshea, who died around the same time, at the time of the Assyrian exile of the ten tribes from Israel. 'Mikado' (the Japanese) recalls the Hebrew word for 'his majesty the king,' 'Malchuto'.
Daber: in Hebrew, to speak.
Daberu: Japanese for chatting.
Goi: a non-Hebrew or foreigner.
Gai'Jeen: prefix for a foreigner, a non-Japanese.
Kor: cold in Hebrew.
Koru: to freeze in Japanese.
Knesset: Parliament in Hebrew.
Kensei: Constitutional government in Japanese.
There are thousands of words and names of places with no real etymological meaning in Japanese. And they all correspond with Hebrew words. The holy Japanese shinto temple strongly recalls the ancient holy Isrealite temple, which housed a holy of holies section and several gates (see below). Several artifacts in Japan have been traced to Assyrian and Jewish sources, among them, a well in Koryugi with the words "well of Israel" inscribed on its side.
The two and an half tribes of Japan. The Old Testament Bible reveals, that the Jewish people are Israeli (of Jacob) but not all Israeli people are Jewish (who are generally of Judah, Benjamin, Levi and only a remnant of the others).
Joshua 14:2-4 (Old Testament)
By lot was their inheritance, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses, for the nine tribes, and for the half tribe.
For Moses had given the inheritance of two tribes and an half tribe on the other side Jordan:
Numbers 34:14-16 (Old Testament)
For the tribe of the children of Reuben according to the house of their fathers, and the tribe of the children of Gad according to the house of their fathers, have received their inheritance; and half the tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance:
The two tribes and the half tribe have received their inheritance on this side Jordan near Jericho eastward, toward the sunrising.
The holy Japanese shinto temple is patterned after the alter of the Lord (as spoke of in Joshua 22) as a witness to us of who the Japanese people truely are. Listen to how the tribe of Reuben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh explain to Israel why they built another alter to the Lord. The pattern of the alter is the witness of who they are.
Joshua 22: 25-28 (Old Testament)
And if we have not rather done it for fear of this thing, saying, In time to come your children might speak unto our children, saying, What have ye to do with the LORD God of Israel?
For the LORD hath made Jordan a border between us and you, ye children of Reuben and children of Gad; ye have no part in the LORD: so shall your children make our children cease from fearing the LORD.
Therefore we said, Let us now prepare to build us an altar, not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice:
But that it may be a witness between us, and you, and our generations after us, that we might do the service of the LORD before him with our burnt offerings, and with our sacrifices, and with our peace offerings; that your children may not say to our children in time to come, Ye have no part in the LORD.
Therefore said we, that it shall be, when they should so say to us or to our generations in time to come, that we may say again, Behold the pattern of the altar of the LORD, which our fathers made, not for burnt offerings, nor for sacrifices; but it is a witness between us and you.
In the Israeli temple, there were two pillars used as a gate (1 Kings 7:21). And in the Aramaic language which the ancient Israelites used, the word for gate was "taraa." This word might have changed slightly and become the Japanese "torii". Some "torii"s, especially of old shrines, are painted red. Is this a picture of the two door posts and the lintel on which the blood of the lamb was put the night before the exodus from Egypt ?
Located near the entrance of a Japanese shrine, there is "temizuya" which is a place for worshipers to wash their hands and mouth. This is the same custom as found in Jewish synagogues, using the laver (we get the word lavatory from this). The ancient tabernacle and temple of Israel also had a laver for washing and sanctification near the entrances well.Notice what is missing from the pattern of the Shinto shrine. The sacrificial alter is missing, as you would expect reading Joshua again, read what the new alter was not to be used for... "not for burnt offering, nor for sacrifice".
The pattern of the alter was to be a witness of who they (Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh) are to future generations. We are the future generations, and as planned thousands of years ago, the pattern of the Shinto temple is telling us the story.
Among the Samurai sect, there is a tradition that their ancient ancestors came to Japan from western Asia around 660 BC.The name 'Samurai' recalls 'Samaria'. And to which tribe do the Japanese belong? There are those who claim that the Mikado, the Japanese emperor, is a descendant of the Hebrew tribe of Gad.
Hosea 14:1 (Old Testament)
O israel, return unto the LORD thy God;
Hosea 14:3 (Old Testament)
Asshur shall not save us; we will not ride upon horses: neither will we say any more to the work of our hands, Ye are our gods: for in thee the fatherless findeth mercy.
Hosea 14:5-7 (Old Testament)
I will be as the dew unto Israel: he shall grow as the lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon.
His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the olive tree, and his smell as Lebanon.
They that dwell under his shadow shall return; they shall revive as the corn, and grow as the vine: the scent thereof shall be as the wine of Lebanon.
The other half tribe of Manasseh settled in the United States. Who's emblem and seal is an eagle carrying a twig. One of the fruit of the vine of Great Britian.
The blessing given to Manasseh. Consider that Japan became the second largest economy on the planet, America became the largest. Ephraim, his brother became a company of nations (The British empire), and was once also the largest economy.
Deuteronomy 33:16-18 (Old Testament)
And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren.
His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.
Jeremiah 31:10 (Old Testament)
Hear the word of the LORD, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.