As many of the regular readers here know, I did a series a while back studying Elijah and his connection with the Great Tribulation as well as his possible connection with the 144,000. The way that study started was my learning that Elijah was a Gentile grafted into Israel. See that series for details as well as an abundance of information on Elijah.
My recent discovery, likely known to most of you, but I’ll share anyway, is that Caleb was also a Gentile grafted into Israel and again, there are some really cool prophetic connections and implications.
This will be short, but rich when the depth is pondered…
So, back to Caleb, counterpart to Joshua… Moshe selected the men to go into Canaan and spy out the land in Numbers 13. The relevant verses, 6-8, are:
Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.
Of the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph.
Of the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea the son of Nun.
We know from the story, that when the 12 spies returned, “ten were bad, two were good.” Essentially, Yahweh judged the people for their rebellion and unwillingness to enter the land. Only two men from that generation, over the age of 20, were allowed to enter the Promised Land.
Joshua and Caleb.
Caleb was a Gentile. Joshua 14:14 says,
Therefore Hebron became the inheritance of Caleb the son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite unto this day; because that he wholly followed Jehovah, the God of Israel.
So, who were the Kenizzites? They were Gentiles living in the land when it was given to Avram. Genesis 15:18-21 says,
In that day Jehovah made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land, from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates: the Kenite, and the Kenizzite, and the Kadmonite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Rephaim, and the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the Girgashite, and the Jebusite.
Fascinating… But that is just the beginning of the story. Here is a teaser for you to study more deeply:
TWO men make it into the Promised Land.
One from the tribe of Judah. One from the tribe of Ephraim.
One is a native Israelite (Jew), the other is a grafted in Gentile.
Picture of the Two Sticks prophesy? Ezekiel 37. I also discuss this in connection with Elijah….
A picture of the Two Witnesses? …Leading others into the Promised Land?
Say it isn’t so… The end indeed is foretold in the beginning!!
Enjoy pondering this little treasure!
PS… a side note: A slightly different picture also arises in this same story line: Joshua/Yoshua is the same name as Yeshua… ‘Deliverer/Salvation.’ The leader, upon re-entry into the Land, will be the Warrior King, Moshiach Yeshua, foreshadowed in Yoshua!! Further, upon re-entry into the Land under His Headship, we will have our hearts circumcised! (Read the ‘new’ Covenant and see that Torah will be written on our hearts as the ‘new’ Covenant is enacted when Moshiach drinks the cup of the new Covenant.)