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NUMBERING THE PEOPLE
This now brings us to the fourth account which we will equally restate.
4. Despite David's order to number the people, Joab resisted and in the end defied the order and did not number Benjamin and Levi
In 1 Chronicles 21 we read that "Satan stood up against Israel and moved David to number Israel." This act performed by David toward the end of his reign cost 70,000 people their lives. Once again it was Joab who tried to keep David from performing this ill act, but David would not listen to him. "Why does my lord seek this thing? Why should he be a cause of guilt to Israel?," asked Joab. But despite his objections, Joab went ahead and carried out David's census. Why? So that prophecy that speaks to us today might be set forth. But very importantly, though Joab did in fact count the people even as David ordered, we find that "he did not number Levi and Benjamin among them, for the king's command was abhorrent to Joab." Why? Let us see.
In the writing,Coverings, Chapter 2, we find that Joab's refusal to number Benjamin and Levi in fact kept the resulting plague from killing anyone in Jerusalem. When the angel of Yahweh passed through the land destroying the men with pestilence, verse 15 tells us that God halted the plague "by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite." Who was this Ornan the Jebusite? And why did the plague stop at him? Ornan was a Benjamite (Joshua 18:16-20), and the plague ceased at this southern border of Jerusalem for one reason - the Benjamites were not counted in the census. This leads us to a most important point addressed in Coverings, which we will only briefly mention here.
In Exodus 30:11-16, we find in the law that any time the people are counted, there was to be a half shekel paid by each person as "atonement money." This "atonement money" was paid specifically so "that there may be no plague among them when you number them." Do you now see that since Joab did not number Benjamin or Levi, he kept the plague from afflicting them. They were in fact still under the covering of the census taken by Moses many years before. All the rest of Israel was uncovered because they were a part of a census that did not include the half shekel atonement. When Satan "stood up against Israel" to get Yahweh to afflict them, he knew he had to first remove their covering, which he did. But Benjamin was spared because of Joab's refusal to number them along with the rest.
Thus far we have seen that our man Yahweh Father, or Joab, is always the father person who keeps feminine mercy-man David from going into error. He killed Abner when he rebelled. He equally killed Absalom for his rebellion. Rebellion-joining Amasa, who could not remove the mark of the beast, was also killed by Joab. And in each of these cases, David planned entirely the opposite.
Now once again we find David pursuing an action that is equally destructive to the people, being deceived by Satan, and is likewise only abated to the extent that Joab delivered him in part by not counting Benjamin or Levi. Once again we ask why? We have clearly seen that Yahweh has a divine prophetic and intercessoral purpose in each of these highly revealing accounts, and obviously this one would not be an exception, and it is not.
We find that very often Christianity is identified with the number 70, or an elevated form of it such as 70,000, as we find here in the number of people who were killed in the plague. Of course even the number 70 is only an elevated form of 7, which is the mark of the beast. Regarding the application of the number 70 as the testimony to Christianity, we read - "All the persons of the house of Jacob, who came to Egypt, were seventy" (Genesis 46:27). Thus we see here that these 70 numerically represented the children of God who were being led into bondage in Egypt, which has equally taken place in Christianity. Of course this same number is expressed with another time of bondage - Judah's bondage in Babylon for 70 years. Likewise Ahab, the husband of Jezebel (prophetically evidenced in our present day Bill and Hillary Clinton, located between the two Bushes), had 70 sons, and when Jehu came to cleanse the kingdom of its corruption, he demanded the heads of those 70 sons be placed in baskets and delivered to him in Jezreel (the place of the judgment of the church, where Elijah raced Ahab when the rain came down). When this was done, Jehu declared - "Know then that there shall fall to the earth nothing of the word of Yahweh, which Yahweh spoke concerning the house of Ahab (or Christianity), for Yahweh has done what He spoke through his servant Elijah" (2 Kings 10:10). This slaughter would be the case for Christianity if Yahweh carried out His will in wrath.
And now for one final and revealing evidence that relates very clearly to this account at hand regarding David's census. While the children of Israel were in the wilderness (i.e., the wilderness period of Christianity), Moses set forth 70 men that were supposed to help him. When he set them apart and brought them before the tent of meeting, some of the Spirit that was on Moses was placed upon them, and as on the day of Pentecost, "they prophesied. But they did not do it again" (Numbers 11:24-26). This is Christianity. Truly, the first Remnant prophesied, but a breach occurred and "they did not do it again." New truth and revelation ceased with the first Remnant. The book was sealed until this present time in which the second Remnant is prophesying truth once again. This truth is the latter rain of truth, even that which you are reading right now.
But you will notice in this account that a most strange and highly prophetic occurrence took place. While it is specifically stated that all 70 of the elders in the wilderness came before Moses and prophesied, it further states that "two men had remained in the camp; the name of one was Eldad and the name of the other Medad. And the Spirit rested upon them (now they were among those who had been registered, but had not gone to the tent), and they prophesied in the camp." A young man ran and told Moses, and Joshua was going to go and stop them; but Moses declared concerning these two - "Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all Yahweh's people were prophets, that Yahweh would put His Spirit upon them." Then they all returned to the camp.
This is most interesting, unique, and revealing. Here we have the 70 elders before the tent who prophesied and stopped, but even so there were two of them in the camp who continued to prophesy. Thus, the way these numbers work out here, prophetically there were in fact 70 and 2. And this is precisely that which we have in this account regarding David and Joab. While there were 70,000 who were killed, there were two (Benjamin and Levi) who did not suffer death. Thus we see again the 70 and 2. In both cases we find evidenced the kingdom of God - Christianity, repeatedly identified by the number 70, and the Remnant, identified by the number 2.
So while David's mercy meant death once again, initiated by the deception of Satan, equally again we see Yahweh Father stepping in, this time to preserve a remnant alive. And this is precisely that which Yahweh Father will do in the church as well. Though Satan may deceive and cause the death of kingdom man for 2,000 years, and even 3,000 if he could, by removing the atonement covering from man, even so Yahweh Father will intervene and not allow a remnant to have that covering removed. Eldad and Medad will prophesy!
Thus once again we see the corruption of the kingdom by feminine weak mercy David who was deceived by the serpent all over again, even as in the garden, but Yahweh Father Joab insuring that the laws and ways of Yahweh preserved a remnant in Jerusalem.
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