King Saul - The First 2,000 Years of the Church
Very clearly, Saul is a prophetic picture of the first 2,000 years of the church. A multitude of evidence confirms this, a portion of which will be presented here.
First, like the church, Saul came to power during Pentecost - which was at the time of the wheat harvest (1 Samuel 12:17). His initial affirmation as king, as spoken by the prophet Samuel, was that three men would meet him and give him "two loaves of bread" (1 Samuel 10:4); and that he would meet a group of prophets, the Spirit of Yahweh would come upon him mightily, and he would prophecy "and be changed into another man" (1 Samuel 10:5-6). The "two loaves of bread," the prophesying, and being "changed into another man," and all of this during the time of Pentecost, are matters clearly associated with the church's first Pentecost. Two loaves of bread were the wave offering on Pentecost (Leviticus 23:17), all the people prophesied as the Spirit came upon them (Acts 2:1-21), and they became a "new man," even as we read promised in 2 Corinthians 5:17. As we see here, this entire beginning for the church was foreshadowed by the one who would represent this 2,000 year period that began so wonderfully - Saul.
Additionally, one finds very consistently throughout the Scriptures that the donkey prophetically represents Pentecost. Thus, when Saul first came to Samuel, for what was he looking? Appropriately, he was searching for his father's donkeys - Pentecost (1 Samuel 9:1-10).
Furthermore, Saul received his kingdom prematurely (1 Samuel 8:4-9), even as the church received the kingdom prematurely - while still in earthly flesh, and even timewise 2,000 years too early. This is why the demons asked Yahshua - "Have you come here to torment us before the time?" (Matthew 8:29). This early coming was also seen in Yahshua cursing the fig tree for not bearing fruit, even when "it was not the season for figs" (Mark 11:13). (For more on this, read The Issue - II.)
On the negative side, Saul equally represents the first 2,000 years of the church by his failures, including his disobedience and thus his loss of the kingdom rights (1 Samuel 15:22-23). Christianity has likewise lost the rights to the kingdom, and those rights are given to the Remnant, where they legally belong.
And even as we see that an evil spirit had been sent by Yahweh on Saul (1 Samuel 16:14, 23; 18:10; and 19:9), so He has sent an evil spirit on the church - Satan and his legion of demonic host!
In the end, Saul's head was chopped off by the Philistines and placed in Dagon's temple (1 Chronicles 10:10), their fish god. This is the "fishers of men" Dagon church in which Saul is the head, while within its "temple" (both personal and corporate) is the mixture of the holy and the profane, the ark of the covenant presence of Yahweh and the foreign idol (see 1 Samuel 5).
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