The Prophecies of Balaam, Numbers chs. 22 to 24 (7 July 2017, 13 Tammuz, 5777)
Duration 16.30 minutes.
Numbers chs. 22 to 24 tells us of the Bilaam the pagan prophet who was hired to curse Israel. Every time he tried to do so a blessing came out. These blessings were prophesies that help us confirm our identification of the Lost Ten Tribes with elements among Western Nations of the present day.
The Israelites had come up out of Egypt. They had wandered in the Wilderness and finally reached the outskirts of the Promised Land. The neighboring peoples feared the presence of the Israelite Host and wished to destroy it.
Balak the son of Zippor was the King of the Moabites. he took counsel with the elders of Midian another people in the vicinity. They decided to hire the services of Bilaam a well-known international conjuror who dwelt at Pethor on the Euphrates. Emissaries were sent to Bilaam with the request that he come and curse Israel. Than night God appeared to Bilaam and warned him not to go with theim. The next morning he informed the messengers that he could not return with them to the King of Moab. Balak sent another delegation only this time it was comprised of princes and was more honorable than the first. That night God gave Bilaam for agreeing to go with the Moabites even though permission had been given. Bilaam for reasons of his own wanted to curse the Israelites and wished to be rewarded by Balak. it was as if he been pressuring God to allow him to set out with them. An angel with a drawn sword stood in the pathway before Bilaaam. His ass saw the angel and turned aside three times the last time crushing the leg of Balaam up against the wall. Balaam was striking the ass with his staff when the ass began speaking to him. The angel then revealed himself to Bilaaam and again warned him not to say anything that God had not instructed him to say. Bilaam came to Balak. they went up to a high place overlooking a portion of the Israelite camp. Seven altars were built and sacrifices offered.
Balak was angry. He took Bilaam to the Field of Zophim and the top of Mount Pisgah (23:14) and again built altars and offered up sacrifices and asked Bilaam again to curse the Hebrews.
The blessing are irreversible and must come into effect. God is not a man who can change his mind (23:19). They shall be more powerful than any other nation, like a lion and unicorn (23:22, 24) .
Bilaam prophesied great physical prosperity for Israel. He compared Israel as having the strength of a raem (unicorn) and as being like a lion. They shall destroy all their enemies and be the most powerful peoples on earth (23:24).
Balak took Bilaam to a third place, the top of Mount Peor (22:28).
Balaam sees Israel dwelling according to their Tribes (Numbers 24:2). He predicts that they shall be immensely wealthy, in many waters (oceans), and the most powerful people in history (24:7). The shall be like a lion among the beasts (24:9). Whover blesses them sahll be blessed and who ever curses them shall be cursed.
Balak complains that he had brought Bilaam to curse Israel but now he has blessed him. Balak said he had intended to greatly honor Bilaam but now he will not. He tells Bilaam to depart. Bilaam replies that he had warned Balak in advance that he could only say what the Almighty placed in his mouth.
Bilaaam then utters another prophesy concerning the End Times (24:14).
A star will arise from Jacob and a sceptre (Hebrew, "shevet" i.e. Tribe) from Israel (24:17). They shall strike Moab and destroy he children of seth (24:17).
They shall take possession of Edom and Seir (24:18).
The Messiah will come from Jacob and he will destroy the remnant of the chief city of the world (24:19).
Amalek in the beginning will become a powerful antion but ibnthe ebd will perish (24:20).
The Kenites (people of Jethro) shall dwell securely at first. After that they shall suffer disaster at the Hands of Assyria. they shall be exiled by the Ten tribes and also return with them (24:22).
[Jewish tradition was to place the Kenites and Rechabites in the west and in the British Isles and in Ireland, see Hebrew Isles.
Ships will come from Chittim and afflict Assyria perish (24:24).
Balaam returned to his place on the Euphrates. Later Bilaam came back to the same vicinity. We find the Israelites under Joshua at war with Midian, defeating them and capturing Bilaam whom they executed (Joshua 13:21-22).
BALAK, BILAAM AND THE TALKING ASS
The Talking Ass!
Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9): Weekly Portion. The Narrative Section
The Prophecies of Bilaam
Balak (Numbers 22:2-25:9): Weekly Portion. The Prophetic Section
Numbers chapters 22 to 23
THE CURSES THAT BECAME BLESSINGS
Numbers chs. 22 and 23, Curses that Became Blessings and enable the identification of Lost Israel
Bilaam predicted that Israel would be separate from the other nations [Numbers 23:9].
They would be extremely numerous (Numbers 23:10).