- Luke 13:10-13 Now Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. (11) And behold, there was a woman who had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. (12) When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, "Woman, you are freed from your disability." (13) And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God.
At a first glance this crippled woman's healing appears to be another miraculous account of Jesus power and authority over sickness and death.
- However when reading this story a second time in context, this woman who was bent over for 18 years and was called "a daughter of Abraham” when she was healed by Jesus on the 7th day Sabbath (Luke 13:16),
- is a hidden prophecy for a remnant of unrighteous Israel who will be forgiven of their sins and called "the promised sons and daughters of Abraham” by faith in Christ at the end of the tribulation, when they will enter the Lord's 7th millennium Sabbath rest.
2 Peter 3:8 But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one (Sabbath) day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.
The 1,000 year Sabbath rest of the Lord in the 7th millennium, is foreshadowed by the 7th day when God rested from his work of 6 days in creation; that's symbolic for 6,000 years of God's redemptive work to save sinful mankind by faith, followed by the 7th millennium when one third of Israel will call upon Jesus in the 7th year of the tribulation, so they may enter God's eternal Sabbath rest by faith, Ex 20:8-11, Heb 4:1-11.
Gen 2:3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation (for six days).
Unrighteous Israel calls on Jesus for salvation and the forgiveness of their sins in the tribulation
Isaiah 4:1-4 And seven women shall take hold of one man in that day (of the 7 year tribulation), saying, "We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name (Jesus); take away our (sin and) disgrace." (2) In that (7th millennium Sabbath) day the branch of the LORD shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and honor of the (tribulation) survivors of Israel. (3) And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for (eternal) life in Jerusalem, (4) when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning, (Zec 13:8-9).
Rev 20:6 Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years (in the 7th millennium Sabbath day of the Lord).
Col 2:16-17 Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath. (17) These are a shadow of the things to come, but the substance belongs to Christ.
The 7th day Sabbath is a shadow of God's 1,000 year Sabbath rest in the 7th millennium when the earth will be blessed with the knowledge of the Lord, while the resurrected saints will be united as one in holiness, when the nations will come to Jerusalem to worship and seek God's rest in the glorious presence of Jesus, who will rule in righteousness and truth under the authority of his heavenly Father, Mat 11:27, 28:18-20.
Isa 11:8-10 The nursing child shall play over the hole of the cobra, and the weaned child shall put his hand on the adder's den. (9) They shall not hurt or destroy in all my holy mountain; for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea. (10) In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples--of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious.
When using scripture to interpret scripture, the number 18 (or 6+6+6) that represents bondage and slavery as a result of sin (Judges 3:12-15), implies this woman who was bent over for 18 years by a disabling spirit, represents Israel who is spiritually bent over by their sins and are in bondage Satan, due to their lack of faith in Jesus, Rom 11:5-10.
- Judges 3:12, 14 And the people of Israel again did what was evil in the sight of the LORD, and the LORD strengthened Eglon the king of Moab against Israel, because they had done what was evil in the sight of the LORD....... (14) And the people of Israel served Eglon the king of Moab eighteen years.
- Rom 11:5-10 So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace. (6) But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works (of the law); otherwise grace would no longer be grace. (7) What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking (by works). The elect obtained it (by faith), but the rest (of Israel) were hardened (in unbelief, Rom 11:25), (8) as it is written, "God gave them a spirit of stupor, eyes that would not see and ears that would not hear, down to this very day." (9) And David says, "Let their table become a snare and a trap, a stumbling block and a retribution for them; (10) let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see, and their backs be bent forever."
Why is the Sabbath mentioned 5 times when this woman was healed?The Sabbath that's mentioned 5 times in this story is a number that's symbolic for grace (5). And God's 7th day Sabbath of grace when this crippled woman was healed by Jesus, speaks of the 7th year of the tribulation when a spirit of grace will be poured out on Israel who is enslaved by their sin, when they will look upon their Messiah whom they have pierced and shall mourn for him, Luke 13:10, 14, 15, 16.
- Zec 12:9-10 And on that day (of the Lord) I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem. (10) "And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and pleas for mercy, so that, when they look on me, on him whom they have pierced, they shall mourn for him, as one mourns for an only child, and weep bitterly over him, as one weeps over a firstborn.
A similar example for Israel's salvation by grace is hidden in the story of an invalid who was 38 years of age under a 5 roofed colonnade when he was healed by Jesus on the 7th day Sabbath, that's a prophecy for when spiritually crippled Israel will be raised up in righteousness by faith in the 7th year of the tribulation in 2038, John 5:1-9.
On the 7th day Sabbath
Jesus heals a crippled man who is 38 years of age
In the 7th year of the tribulation, Israel who is crippled in
sin and unrighteousness calls upon Jesus and is saved in 2038
In the scriptures there are 7 accounts of people who were healed by Jesus on the Sabbath day.
- Jesus cast an unclean spirit out of a man (Mark 1:21-28, Luke 4:31-37)
- Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law who had a fever (Mat 8:14-15, Mark 1:29-31, Luke 4:38-39)
- Jesus heals a man with a withered hand (Mat 12:9-13, Mark 3:1-6, Luke 6:6-11)
- Jesus heals a lame man by the pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-18)
- Jesus heals the bent over crippled woman (Luke 13:10-17)
- Jesus heals a man with dropsy (Luke 14:1-6)
- Jesus heals a man who was born blind (John 9:1-7,14)
As I said in context, the woman who was bent over by a disabling spirit for 18 years is a picture for Israel who is bent over by their sins and in bondage to Satan, due to their unbelief in Christ. So with this in mind lets begin to examine the events in Luke 13 that preceded this woman's healing on the 7th day Sabbath.
All have sinned and need to repentIn Luke 13:1-3, during his 3 ½ year ministry to Israel, Jesus declares the fallen nature of all mankind when he said the Galileans whose blood was shed by Pilate while they were offering their sacrifices to God (under the law), are no worse sinners than others since all need to repent (by believing in Jesus sacrifice for their sins through a New Covenant) or likewise you will perish.
- Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? (5) No, I tell you; but unless you repent (and believe in God's forgiveness of sin through faith in Christ), you will all likewise perish (under the law)." Luke 13:4-5
The fig-tree with no fruit is cut down after four years
Jesus then told this parable, "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. (7) And he said to the vinedresser, 'Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?' (8) And he answered him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. (9) Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'" Luke 13:6-9
The fig tree with no fruit after 3 years is symbolic for the nation of Israel who did not believe in Jesus as their Messiah during the first 3 years of his ministry, John 15:5-8. And after Christ's resurrection in the fourth year, the majority of Israel remained stubborn in their unbelief and as a result they were eventually cut off from their land in 135 A.D. and cast into the nations for approximately 1800 years.
After the parable of the fig tree with no fruit, Jesus is teaching on the Sabbath when he sees this woman who is bent over for 18 years.
Did you notice that 18 is mentioned a second and third time?The number 18 that's mentioned a second time when Jesus is teaching in the synagogue and sees this bent over woman, is a prophecy for the second millennium from the cross when the bent over unbelieving Jews have been restored to their God given land in 1948, when Jesus salvation is being taught to Israel by the Gentiles, Luke 13:11-13, Isa 11:11-12, 49:22-23, Hosea 6:2a.
And the third time that 18 appears when this bent over woman was set free from bondage and made straight by Jesus on the 7th day Sabbath, is a prophecy for a remnant of spiritually crippled Israel who will be raised up in righteousness by faith in Christ in the 7th year of the tribulation, so they may live before Jesus in the third millennium from the cross, Luke 13:16, Hosea 6:2b, Zec 13:8-9.
On the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him, Hosea 6:2b
- When you compare the 3 prophetic days in Hosea 6:1-2 with the number 18 that's mentioned 3 times in Luke 13 in the chart below, you will begin to see a veiled prophecy for God's judgment of all mankind when Jesus became torn on the cross for our sins so that we can be healed by faith,
- followed by the second millennium when the nation of Israel will be revived when the Jews will return to their God given land, Jer 16:14-15, Isa 11:11, 66:8.
- and the third millennium when a remnant of Israel will be raised up in righteousness by faith in Jesus at the end of the tribulation.
- Pro 18:10, The name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.
- The word Siloam means sent. Jesus was also sent to redeem Israel from their sins, Mat 15:24.
- In Mat 21:44 the scriptures say, And the one who falls on this stone (called Jesus) will be broken to pieces (in repentance); and when it falls on anyone (who does not believe), it will crush him."
- The tower of Siloam that fell on 18 people is symbolic for God's judgment of all mankind who is in bondage to sin (18), unless we repent and believe in the gospel of Jesus salvation, Luke 13:4-5.
- If we run into the strong tower called Jesus we will be forgiven of our sins. However if we do not trust in God's plan of salvation, Jesus the strong tower will fall on us and crush us for our sin and unbelief, that's represented by the 18 people who were killed by the tower of Siloam, John 16:8-9.
The First day
The First millennium
The First 18
Hosea 6:1 "Come, let us return to the LORD; for he has torn us (on the cross), that he may heal us (by faith); he has struck us down (for our sins), and he will bind us up.
|The first millennium began when Jesus died on the cross for our sins and was resurrected after 3 days, so we can be forgiven by faith and healed by the power of the Spirit so we can walk in righteousness, 2 Cor 5:21,
After the resurrection Israel still did not believe in Christ and a result they were scattered throughout the nations of the world, but God will restore the descendants of Abraham to their land for a second time, Isa 11:10-13, Luke 18:9
|Just as the tower of Siloam struck down 18 sinners, mankind who is in bondage to sin (18) was struck down by God when Jesus became sin for us on the cross, so he can bind us up by faith, Luke 13:4-5
After Christ's 3 ½ year ministry, the fruitless unbelieving fig-tree nation of Israel was cut down by God and later were driven out of their land into the nations, John 10:22-39, Luke 13:6-9
The Second dayHosea 6:2a After two days he will revive us;
The Second millenniumUnrighteous Israel who is still in bondage to Satan (18) due to their unbelief in Jesus, are revived and restored to their God given land in the second millennium in 1948
The Second 18Jesus is teaching in the synagogue when he sees this woman bent over by a disabling spirit for 18 years, who is symbolic for the revived unrighteous nation of Israel when Jesus gospel is being taught to the Jews by the Gentiles, Luke 13:10-11
The Third dayHosea 6:2b on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him.
The Third MillenniumA remnant of bent over unrighteous Israel calls upon the name of the Lord by faith at the end of the tribulation, when they are raised up in righteousness and will live before Jesus in the third millennium, Luke 13:35, Zec 13:9, Eze 36:25-28
The Third 18The woman who was bent over for 18 years and was made straight by Jesus on the 7th day Sabbath, represents Israel's salvation when they will be raised up in righteousness in the 7th year of the tribulation, Luke 13:12-16
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