Now that we have introduced this account regarding David eating the showbread, let us take a closer look at the days and events leading up to that highly prophetic and wonderfully revealing event.
In 1 Samuel 20:18 and following, we find David and Jonathan setting forth what is, without exaggeration, a highly unusual and clearly prophetic plan on how to indicate Saul’s intentions regarding David. Here we read that David was to go hide in a field for three days. Jonathan points out that “the new moon” was at hand, and that there was a feast at that time and that he would be missed.
First, what feast was it? Also, what was meant by the new moon? And finally, what was growing in the field? As you will see, undoubtedly, the feast was Passover. And, we are told in Psalm 81:1 that the “new moon” is the “full moon,” and here we see the full moon setting up or determining the timing of this feast. Remember, the calendar had been flipped; and in doing so, they were under the darkness-first reckoning, beginning the month with a crescent moon. And quite appropriately, this was taking place at the time of Saul, who himself was a testimony of this darkness-first time – he was the darkness before the light of the throne of David.
With these two questions answered, we now know what was growing in the field that David was hiding in. It was barley, the harvest at the time of Passover. Thus, this entire event was taking place at the precise time when Yahshua and His disciples were walking in the barley field and He referred to David in defense of the actions of His disciples. Let us continue with the account.
On the first “new moon,” the fourteenth, Saul noticed that David was not there, but he said nothing. On “the second new moon,” the fifteenth, he asked about David and became very angry and threw his spear at Jonathan. That next morning, the sixteenth, Jonathan went to David on this third day and performed a display with an arrow that is undoubtedly prophetic, but will not be addressed. Jonathan then told David that Saul wanted to kill him and he needed to flee. Jonathan then returned back to the city, and we read that David went to Nob, where he received the showbread.
At this point, the exact timing of the days cease. We know that there were three specific days followed here, the first two being the Passover new moon feasts, and the third beginning with this exchange between Jonathan and David. But from their conversation on there is no specific timing given. We are told that David “rose and departed, while Jonathan went into the city.” It can be assumed that on that same day David went to Nob, for it was about a mile away. But all we know is that it is said – “Then David came to Nob …..” David could have gone the next day. Why is this question brought up? Because this entire event was undoubtedly highly prophetic of Yahshua’s crucifixion and resurrection!
We have already seen that in order to satisfy prophecy, timing, and the accounts regarding the events of Yahshua’s death and resurrection, He had to be in the grave three days and three nights. He had to be crucified on the fourteenth, and rise from the grave on the morning of the seventeenth. But when you have to deal with the reality that Yahshua has to cut short the days in which the body of Christ is to be in the grave for three days and three nights, and reduce it to two and come early so as to stop that death process, prophecy has to do some things that get quite confusing.
Even as Yahshua was in the grave for three days and three nights, so the body of Christ is to be in the grave for three days and three nights, or 3,000 years. Therefore, it is legally required that they cannot resurrect for another 1,000 years. However, we are told in Matthew 24:22 and Mark 13:20 (the two books that speak to the 2,000 year cut-short period of the church) that if those days were not cut short (to two), that “no flesh would be saved.” So, although Yahshua was in the grave for three days and three nights; of necessity, He must cut short the days of the body of Christ to two, lest no flesh would be saved. (This is identical with the three sons of Judah – Tamar being cut short to two sons, lest no flesh, even the third son, would be saved [Genesis 38].)
What does this mean? It means that Yahshua must come early and perform for the church what they have totally failed to do. (Even as Judah performed what his sons failed to do.) Therefore, we see this confusion as to how long Yahshua was in the grave – the promised three days and three nights, or the confusing and conflicting two? The answer is that He Himself was in the grave for the required full duration, even as He hung on the cross for three full hours of darkness – from the sixth to the ninth hour (Mark 15:33). But for the sake of the elect, He has to cut that time short and come early. Thus you see this prophesied, not only here but elsewhere, so that there is confusion even in the days of Yahshua’s own period in the grave. Both resurrection scenarios cannot be true; but prophetically, both have to be evidenced. These contradictions are thus, once again, prophetic riddles concealed in Bible contradictions. For example, here is the riddle:
How can Yahshua’s body be in the grave three days and three nights, but also be in the grave for only two days and two nights?
This seems impossible, doesn’t it? But the way it becomes possible is to take the matter to a higher dimension, to the fifth dimension of Christianity (Two Trees In the Garden, page 4). By doing this, and cutting the time short for the higher dimension fulfillment from three days to two days, both are true. So, the answer to the riddle is:
By Yahshua’s literal body fulfilling the three days and three nights, and His spiritual body having its days cut short to two days and two nights.
Christians believe that Sunday is their sabbath, the eighth day, thereby requiring them to spend three days and three nights in the grave – their three hours of darkness. But they also believe that Yahshua was in the grave two days and two nights. And gratefully this will be fulfilled for them, cutting their days short.
We see then in this account that David was a type of Yahshua’s Passover death and resurrection, but with the days cut short. Like Yahshua, he was to have been hidden in the field for three days; but in fact, he was hidden for two. The telling reason for this is where he was hidden – in the barley, the elect. This is the same field Yahshua and His disciples were in when He spoke of David on the second chief sabbath, the very day on which He would later resurrect. And it is for the sake of this elect that those days are cut short to two, even as was the case with David.
So what then does this tell us regarding when David ate the consecrated bread? Here, once again, we see the mystery, the riddle, and yet the marvelous wonder of not only what Yahweh is doing, but the equal marvel of His word. Keep in mind, Yahweh’s word must prophesy both of these – the full period, as well as the cut-short period. And unfortunate for the carnal mind, which is essentially all the church has had to work with for 2,000 years, particularly concerning the Millennium, this riddle is unanswerable.
If David was to have testified to Yahshua’s resurrection after three days and three nights, he would have stayed in the field the full three days and gone to Nob on the next day. But the only problem with that is that if he had delayed once Jonathan came, he undoubtedly would have been killed by Saul. And this is precisely what would happen if Christianity was not cut short and Yahshua delayed another 1,000 years – the Saul period would kill the body of Christ, which it has done for 2,000 years, and “no flesh would be saved.” It would be the entire three hours of darkness, at the end of which the body of Christ would cry out, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken us?” It would be the death of Shelah, Judah’s third and final son. It would be Balaam’s fate the third time had the donkey not delivered him.
But, since David was hiding in second Remnant barley (again, the same field Yahshua was standing in), his days were cut short, and not only could he eat the showbread on the third day, but he received Goliath’s sword. And keep in mind here as well that showbread is also called “the bread of His presence”! The bread Yahshua spoke of on the second chief sabbath was His presence, His “second chief sabbath” resurrection. And let it be added here that the bread of truth you are eating now is that very bread of His presence – His presence first being through a man who is present in His office.
Yahshua has indeed already come, but first in a man, the “spirit of truth” whom Yahshua said He would send in the Millennial age (John 14:16-17, 15:26, and 16:7). This is not the Holy Spirit whom He said the Father would send (John 14:26), who was indeed sent on the day of Pentecost. Yahshua said He Himself would send the spirit of truth to be among men in the Millennial age. Concerning this one, He said that he would not “speak on his own initiative, but whatever he hears, he will speak; and he will disclose to you what is to come.” Yahshua added, “He will glorify Me, for he will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.” “I have many more things to say to you,” Yahshua told them, “but you cannot bear them now.” Only today, in the Millennium, is Yahshua disclosing these things; and He is using a man, the Elijah, who by virtue of being in His office, discloses never-before-seen truth and prepares the way for Yahshua’s literal coming.
Therefore, in like manner, when David went to Ahimelech the priest, he said to David, “Why are you alone and no one with you?” When David asked for five loaves (just like he had five smooth stones), Ahimelech replied:
“There is no ordinary bread on hand, but there is consecrated bread; if only the young men have kept themselves from women.” David answered the priest and said to him, "Surely women have been kept from us as previously when I set out and the vessels of the young men were holy, though it was an ordinary journey; how much more then today will their vessels be holy?" [1 Samuel 21:4-5]
Is this not the same testimony of the 144,000 in Revelation 14:4 who prophetically represent the Remnant?
These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb.
Even as one man alone standing in testimony of Yahshua received the bread of the presence for the whole to enjoy, so Yahshua has given one man to be the spirit of truth – “Why are you alone and no one with you?” – so that the whole Remnant can enjoy His truth. These who eat this bread are the ones who have not been defiled by the weak and easily deceived teachings of Christianity.
David also received Goliath’s sword, which speaks of this truth as well. What did David call Goliath? He called him an “uncircumcised Philistine” (1 Samuel 17:26, 36). Briefly, what other revealing period took place where people were uncircumcised? During the sons of Israel’s wandering in the wilderness (Joshua 5:5). (Significantly, neither would they have had Passover – Exodus 12:48.) What did this mean. As addressed in the book, Coverings, Chapter 9, uncircumcision is operating out of one’s own flesh with cursed results, even as Abraham evidenced when he brought forth Ishmael while uncircumcised. Only after Abraham’s circumcision was the son of promise brought forth, when Yahweh thereby took full responsibility for Abraham’s fruit, his offspring.
We already know that the wilderness wanderings are Christianity, so what is meant by the fact that Christianity is uncircumcised? In equal regard, the only offspring Christianity has been able to bring forth are Ishmaels – cursed sons of flesh efforts. And as with Abraham’s Ishmael, Yahweh did not take full responsibility for bringing forth the true promised offspring. Even as Abraham pled that Ishmael would “live before” Yahweh and it was denied (Genesis 17:18), so Christians have not lived before Yahweh, but have been cut off in death. Therefore, the wilderness period of Christianity is uncircumcised.
So what can we understand about giant uncircumcised Goliath? In equal regard, he was a type of giant uncircumcised Christianity. And to be further noted, as a type of Christianity, the Philistines had the ark of the covenant for seven months, the mark of the beast, keeping it in the fish god’s temple (1 Samuel 5).
So why did David have to kill giant Goliath? For the sake of the elect! David cast one small stone to Goliath’s head and the giant fell. He then took Goliath’s sword and cut off his head. This was the very sword that David received from Ahimelech and took with him, along with the bread of the presence. Why? Christians have the word of God, the sword of the Spirit. And who is their head? Satan has been the head of Christianity for 2,000 years. Even as the two-part Remnant-representing Medo-Persians dried up the Euphrates and went in and killed the head, Belteshazzar, thereby sparing all Babylon; so the Remnant David must take the word of God, the sword of the Spirit, and use it to cut off Satan’s headship over Christianity. And this is the authority spoken of regarding this highly significant legal second chief sabbath day when Yahshua spoke of David. This is the Millennial sabbath rest when the Bride receives the bread of the presence and the sword – the spirit of truth and the authority to remove Satan from his headship over Christianity.
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