Jebel Al-Lawz means “almond mountain” and that is very significant. Aaron’s rod was almond, and the almond is called the first fruits of spring, or the “awakening fruit.” Jebel Al-Lawz fits the biblical description for Mount Sinai in several ways. It is east of the Gulf of Aqaba and south of Edom. It is about 15 miles east from the town of Jethro called Al-Bad, It is in Midian and the tallest peak in the area. Now, the evidence presented in books for this mountain being Sinai is not evidence. You can’t prove it because get in there with archaeologists to check things out, but it is possible.
Sinai is called the “mountain of God” and Israel was taken out of Egypt so that they could come to this mountain to worship God (Exo 3.12). We know that the rod of Moses becomes a serpent in Exo 4.1-3. This rod was used in miracles. In Num 17.1-6 we have the story of Aaron’s rod. This rod comes back to like and sprouts almonds. Messiah was a dead branch that came back to like. Aaron’s rod was an almond branch. Was it taken from this mountain? The almond is called the “resurrection tree” in Israel. As seen in Jer 1.12-13, it is the first tree to bring forth fruit in the spring
Israel will stay at Sinai for 11 months, to the 20th of Iyar. It is calculated that Moses went up the mountain the second time on Elul 1 and came back down after 40 days and nights on Tishri 10, later to be the day for Yom Kippur. The Mishkan will be built at Sinai. There are verses that we will establish later that says Messiah will return to Mount Sinai first and then march to Jerusalem to stand on the Mount of Olives on Yom Kippur.
From Sinai they were to go north to Canaan, but they disobeyed the Lord and caused a 38 year stay at a place called Kadesh Barnea. When they leave Kadesh Barnea after 38 years they will travel north to Mount Hor, where Aaron dies. Then they will trek through the Zered Valley and the Arnon Valley to Heshbon, then to Mount Nebo, down the Heshbon Valley and cross the Jordan to Jericho.
The word Sinai is taken from the Babylonian moon god “Sin” and Horeb is thought to mean “glowing heat” which is a reference to the sun. Sinai and Horeb would be the mountain of the moon and the sun. Now, the sun is a picture of the Messiah in Mal 4.2, Gen 32.24-31 and Psa 19.4-6. The “light” of the sun gives “life.” The moon is a lesser light and speaks of the believer. It has no light of its own but reflects the light of the sun to be seen. The New Moon Festival (Rosh Chodesh) is a festival that relates to women. The name is feminine and it is called the “Festival of the Born Again.”
Now, if Sinai is called the “Mountain of the Moon” and Horeb is the “Mountain of the Sun” then this speaks of the Messiah and his bride. We know that they went on to Kadesh Barnea, which means “holy desert of wandering.” If Kadesh Barnea is where the historians say it is, where are all the bodies of that generation that died off there? We will have 600,000 at least and probably more. None have ever been found and that is because they are looking in the wrong place. We believe Kadesh Barnea is a place called “Wadi Rum.” Many Hollywood movies have been filmed there, like “Lawrence of Arabia” for instance. Wadi Rum means “Valley of the Moon” and if Mount Sinai means “Mountain of the Moon” and they stayed at Kadesh Barnea (“Holy Desert of Wandering”), and that is a place called Wadi Rum (“Valley of the Moon”) today, we have a picture.
We have all sorts of concepts speaking of marriage, covenant and wedding all through this. God gives the commandments at Sinai and the instruction for the Mishkan. Moses went into a supernatural environment for 40 days and nights with no food or water. He comes back down with the tablets, and breaks them because of the Golden Calf. He goes back up the mountain on Elul 1 and comes back down the second time on Tishri 10, 40 days and nights later. We have a blueprint of what Yeshua will do.
They build a Mishkan and ceremonies are given. The Kivod, Shekinah and the Ruach Ha Kodesh come. Priests are set apart and festivals are given. A government is set up with a court system. The fullness of the Torah is given and it applies to everyone if they were going to serve this God.
The Lord said to come to this mountain to worship. We know that God created time, the environment we live in. It has a beginning and an end (Gen 1). We have a 6000 year period called the “Olam Ha Zeh” and it means “This Present Age.” Then there will be a 1000 year period called the “Atid Lavo” which means “Future or Coming Age.” After that we enter into the “Olam Haba” or the “World to Come.” In reality, the Olam Haba preexisted time and everything will be going back to that state after the 7000 year plan of God is over. Time in Hebrew thought is understood as circular, a cycle, not linear. In reality, it not “back to the future” but we are going “forward to the past.”
Why did the Lord put such emphasis on coming to Mount Sinai in the wilderness? Why didn’t he just bring them into the land and go to Mount Zion or Mount Moriah? What difference does it make of Israel was afraid of the Philistines (Exo 13.17-18)? The Lord just defeated the Egyptians. The reason is, they had to go to Sinai because that is where they were going to receive the Torah and instructions for the Mishkan before they went into the land. Does the Lord do anything without a plan?
We have said before that there are three mountains of God. We have Mount Sinai/Horeb in Exo 3, we have Mount Moriah in Isa 2 and we have Mount Zion in Jer 31. We must come to Sinai after we are delivered because there is a process. The Torah at Sinai was not for salvation because they were already delivered. It was for their instruction after they have been delivered by the blood of the lamb. Spiritually, it should be the same for us.
We are going to see that Messiah will come to Mount Sinai first when he comes at the end of the Birth-pains, then he will go to Petra, then the Zered and Arnon Valley, and then cross the Jordan around Jericho and arrive in Jerusalem. These are the very footsteps of Moses, the shaliach of the Egyptian (or first) Redemption. Yeshua is the shaliach of the Messianic (or second) Redemption and will follow in the footsteps of Moses as he takes the land. All of this will be pointed out without a reasonable doubt later. This will not be a case of Jewish tradition or midrashim, but Scripture upon Scripture.
So, why Mount Sinai? False teaching has robbed us of all the things God gave for our instruction. Everything that happened before will happen again, there is nothing new under the sun and that goes for prophecy as well (Ecc 1.8-9, 3.15). So, let’s take a look at Wadi Rum.
Deut 1.1-46 tells us that they came to Kadesh Barnea (holy desert of wandering) and scouts were sent out. They brought back a bad report and because of their unbelief, they would not be going into Canaan just yet. In Deut 2.1-5 it says they circled Mount Seir “for many days” which was for 38 years (Deut 2.14). They moved often because they needed firewood and there were sanitary needs for millions, and other reasons. Then he says in Deut 2.3 that they have “circled this mountain long enough.” He tells them to “turn north.” So, we know Kadesh Barnea is south of Edom and Canaan.
In Num 20.1, we have the death of Miriam at Kadesh Barnea. In Num 20.8-13, Moses strikes the rock when he was only to speak to it to get water. In Num 20.14, Moses sends a message to the king of Edom from Kadesh Barnea. In Num 20.16 to says that Kadesh Barnea is a “town on the edge of your border.” So, Kadesh Barnea is south of Edom. Why is there another site that is not anywhere near this seen as Kadesh Barnea? They found a piece of pottery with “Kadesh” on it! They excavated the site, but it was only a small city, not one with millions of people. No graves before the time of Solomon were found there. Where are all the bodies?
In Part 73 we will pick up here.