TEKEL: Thou art weighed in the balances and art found wanting. Daniel 5:27
And the battle increased that day: and the king was stayed up in his chariot against the Syrians, and died at even: and the blood ran out of the wound into the midst of the chariot. I Kings 22:35
When I was a teenager and first introduced to the mathematics of physics, I was astonished that mathematics could represent and calculate the flight of an arrow. Indeed, vector analysis uses the image of the arrow to represent magnitude and direction. Many of the arrows in the Old Testament have their source in the LORD, as deliverance, as chastisement, as a return blow on wicked archers, who employ bitter words. When I was studying Mouni Sadhu’s teachings on the Tarot, it was notable that each card had an aspect that was represented by a different form of an arrow, all based on a false theory of the Tetragrammaton.
And so today I am going to ponder an interesting phenomenon spoken of in I Kings 22:34 which is contained in the phrase I have highlighted with bold lettering: And a certain man drew a bow at a venture, and smote the king of Israel between the joints of the harness: wherefore he said unto the driver of his chariot, Turn thine hand, and carry me out of the host; for I am wounded. One of the common synonyms for venture is “to expose to hazard, fate, or destiny”, and so the archer in this verse of scripture drew his bow, without aiming for a particular target, and let go of the arrow. How it went from his quiver to his bow and released to sail through the air, to fulfil the prophesy of Ahab’s fall at Ramoth-gilead, makes for an interesting vector analysis, so to speak.
Back in 2001, I observed how an arrow forged from words had hit its target, creating a deep spiritual wound which took some five months to recover from. Later, when I started studying the gematria of the Scriptures, I remembered the words which were the bow which sent that particular arrow in a direct hit. The words which had been used as a weapon were Wounded in Battle, and the scripture quoted had been I Kings 22:35. The interesting thing I noted about the Hebrew gematria of this verse is that it equals 3003, which is also equivalent to the Hebrew gematria of Daniel 5:27. Both scriptures are quoted at the top of this post.
The word venture in its archaic sense means “trusting to chance”. Balaam, who I consider to be the model of the leopard Meroz, displayed a loose regard for quoting the words given him by God, while at the same time proclaiming his faithful application of the words of God. As a prophet with a lying spirit, Balaam became as a “certain man who drew a bow at a venture”, speaking some of the most important prophecies in the Old Testament of Israel. And so we read one of his lies spoken in Numbers 24: 12-13, which came back to haunt him: And Balaam said unto Balak, Spake I not also to thy messengers which thou sentest unto me, saying, If Balak would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the commandment of the LORD, to do either good or bad of mine own mind; but what the LORD saith, that will I speak?
In all of this we need to recall the warning of James 3:8-10, But the tongue can no man tame, it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison. Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God. Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. How important are our words and the source of the fountain from which those words spring?
The answer is that words are very important, for we read in Luke 20:19 after Jesus spoke of the stone which the builders had rejected, the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the people: for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them. And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.
There are various methods of overturning the words of God, while appearing to have noble motives. The laying in the Balances of Judgment, false weights constructed by the deceitful use of gematria, which substitute one scripture verse with another, is a critical method of warfare through the use of guile. The source of such a technique is Satan himself, and it is the servants of Satan in the hidden realm of this world which release such arrows as noted in Psalm 64:3-4, Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, even bitter words: that they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not.
The story we are considering today however involves similar principles and begins with a visit of Jehoshaphat, the king of Judah, to Ahab, the king of Israel. I Kings 22:4 tells us that Ahab asked Jehoshaphat if he will help him take Ramoth in Gilead out of the hand of the king of Syria. Jehoshaphat agrees and asks Ahab to inquire at the word of the LORD, but Ahab instead gathers 400 false prophets who all agreed that it was the will of the LORD to go up to battle. Jehoshaphat, whose name combines Jehovah with Judged, asks, Is there not here a prophet of the LORD besides, that we might inquire of him? There was one true prophet nearby, Micaiah; but he is in prison because Ahab hates him for prophesying evil against the king.
When Micaiah is brought forth and states the same prophesy as the false prophets, Ahab becomes irritated by the sarcasm of Micaiah. After that the true prophet speaks the truth forthrightly. It is interesting that King Ahab does know that his false prophets have spoken falsely; yet he cannot seem to bring himself to hear the truth spoken, so when Micaiah speaks the true word from the LORD, and it does not agree with Ahab’s desires, he is further irritated.
Then Micaiah says (verse 19-23), Hear thou therefore the word of the LORD: I saw the LORD sitting on his throne, and all the host of heaven standing by him on his right hand and on his left. And the LORD said, Who shall persuade Ahab, that he may go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead? And one said on this manner, and another said on that manner. And there came forth a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will persuade him. And the LORD said unto him, Wherewith? And he said, I will go forth, and I will be a lying spirit in the mouth of all his prophets. And he said, Thou shalt persuade him, and prevail also: go forth, and do so. Now therefore, behold, the LORD hath put a lying spirit in the mouth of all these thy prophets, and the LORD hath spoken evil concerning thee.
So here we have an interesting scenario of a lying spirit doing the will of God. And as Daniel 5:27 represented something weighed in the balances as part of a prophesy of the imminent fall of Babylon, we also see a weighing in the balances in I Kings 22, which resulted in the imminent fall of King Ahab.
We are going to step back from this scene for a moment and consider the philosophy of Kyudo: the Way of the Arrow as related by Jeri Massi, a Christian woman who also is a martial arts master. Her words are excerpted from her book, Letters to Lynn Redgrave: Martial Enlightenment for Modern Women (and Men), published in 2014. We have just been considering how the LORD can commission lying spirits to bring about His will, in the case of a historical battle and the death of an evil king. So why not also take a short look at the battle philosophies developed by godless men, for there may be a golden nugget of truth in what they propose.
Jerri Massi, beginning on page 119, is giving advice based on The Fire Book -Hi no Maki, written by Musashi. She begins, “In Zen, the outward elements of weapon (any weapon), strategy, setting, and the self are blended. We Westerners wall out objective reality from our selves, making the thinker one entity and the object that he observes entirely separate. To the Japanese philosophers, the walls between self and the perceived object are a lot thinner, and there are many joining places.”
She continues, “To explain the ‘meaning of life and death’ in terms of fight theory, I need to explain Japanese archery (kyudo) to you, In kyudo, the bow is nearly as tall as a Japanese man, and the first several months of learning this art are spent learning to string the bow. Then the next year is spent learning to draw the bow correctly, using breath and harmony of motion rather than raw strength. Finally the student learns to shoot the arrow.”
“But to consciously release the arrow is forbidden. The arrow must release itself or the shot goes astray. And so, for the next year, the student archer learns *not* to release the arrow as he holds the drawn bow. He waits until self and arrow and breath are united, and then the arrow freely flies.…Aiming is never taught in the conventional sense. When the student has learned to consistently unite breath and self to arrow and bow, he begins shooting down the length of the long archery hall. There is no siting down the arm or arrow, no squinting, no tilting the head over.”
“Yet the masters unfailingly hit the black area of the target again and again… Eugen Herrigel, the first Westerner to become a Master of kyudo…would later demonstrate this same feat of skill in his native Germany. The archer, he explained, actually aims at himself. He is not shooting a separate entity called a target. Rather, the target (like the bow and the arrow) is an extension of himself on which he focuses his mind….What unites the archer to the target? Obviously the arrow does. He is the bow, and he is the arrow, and he is the target”.
After pondering this Oriental perspective, we return back to see how King Ahab became the bow, the arrow and the target, resulting in his death. We recall that Ahab had called in 400 false prophets, but Jehoshaphat desired the word of a true prophet, and Micaiah was brought forth to speak the word of God to Ahab. Ezekiel 14:1 tells of certain elders who made enquiry of the prophet Ezekiel but the LORD answered in verse 4, Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the LORD will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols; that I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because the are all estranged from me through their idols.
The LORD commissioned a lying spirit to persuade Ahab to go up and fall at Ramoth-gilead. To circumvent this, Ahab went into battle in disguise; whereas he instructed Jehoshaphat to wear his robes, making him identifiable as the only king at the scene of the battle. The king of Syria had commanded his 32 captains to ignore the small and the great and to target the king of Israel, exclusively. Thus Jehoshaphat almost lost his life, when the Syrians pursued him, thinking that he was in fact Ahab. When he cried out, his life was spared. It was after that, that a certain man drew a bow at a venture, smiting the king of Israel between the joints of the harness, wounding him so that his blood flowed out in the midst of his chariot.
Thus was fulfilled the spiritual principle laid out in Ezekiel 14, and signified in verse 8 which says, And I will set my face against that man, and will make him a sign and a proverb, and I will cut him off from the midst of my people: and ye shall know that I am the LORD.
Thus in our Vector Analysis of “a certain man drew a bow at a venture”, the great balances of the judgments of the Order of the Leopard have been examined, according to the principles laid out in the Scriptures.
The fatal flaw of Ahab, king of Israel was that he knew his 400 prophets prophesied falsely in order to tell him what he wanted to hear. And he knew that the true prophet Micaiah, in speaking evil against him, spoke the word of the LORD truly.
TEKEL: thou art weighed in the balances and art found wanting was forged into an arrow with the magnitude and direction of an executioner of death, and the king thus wounded, died at evening.