Saturday, February 23, 2013

HARBINGER....Erez Tree



"So, Nouriel, if the Sycamore is the Sixth Harbinger, then the Seventh Harbinger..."
"Has to be the cedar. It's what comes next:
"The sycamores have been cut down, 'But we will plant cedars in their place."

"So the tree on the seal is a cedar." "Yes, and what does it mean?" "I have no idea."
"Their sycamores are fallen. They vow to replace them. But instead of replacing them with other sycamores, they replace them with cedars. Why do you think they would do that?" "It would have to be for the same reason they didn't replace the fallen bricks with other bricks but with quarried stone. The goal wasn't restoration but defiance. So I'd guess that the cedar was stronger than the sycamore, or as different from the sycamore..." "... as quarried stones were from clay bricks. You're right. The sycamore was a common tree. It was never seen as something of great value. Its grain was coarse, knotty, spongy, and not particularly strong. And though its wood could be used in construction, it was neither the most ideal nor most durable material to build with."
"So it was kind of the clay brick of trees."
"Exactly. And as the clay bricks were replaced by massive stones, the fallen sycamore would be replaced by the cedar."
"So the cedar was stronger than the sycamore?"
"Much stronger, and much more highly valued. The sycamore grew in the low lands; the cedar grew on mountain heights. The sycamore was common; the cedar was exotic. Unlike the twisting sycamore, the cedar was straight, majestic, and towering. Its wood was smooth, durable, and perfectly suited for construction. The sycamore could reach a height of about fifty feet; but the cedar could grow to well over a hundred. That was the point. They would plant cedars in place of the fallen sycamores. And unlike the sycamore, the cedar would stand strong against any future attack... or so they hoped. One commentary puts it this way:
"Instead of hearkening, heeding, and repenting, the nation determines to act in a spirit of defiance... it will exchange its feeble sycamores that are cut down for strong cedars which the wildest gales will spare.1
"The wildest gales would be what?" he asked.
"The nation's coming day of judgment," I replied.
"Yes. And on that day nothing would be spared—not the trees, not the stones, not the nation. And the kingdom would fall as quickly and violently as a cedar crashing down to the earth."
"So it's the same thing they did with the quarried stone...the same act in a different form. They laid the quarried stone in the place of fallen bricks. Now they plant the cedar in the place of the sycamore."


"It's the act of khalaf" he said.
"It's the Hebrew word used in the verse. It means to exchange, to replace, to plant one thing in the place of another?
"And what about the word cedar I asked. "Cedar is English. What's the original word used in the prophecy? What was the tree called in Hebrew?"
"Erez. It was called the erez. 'The sycamores have fallen, but we will plant erez trees in their place."'
(AH  YES  NOTCE  IT -  TREES  - PLURAL! Keith Hunt)

"So erez means cedar I asked.
"Yes and no," he replied. "Cedar is the word most often used to translate erez, as in the cedars of Lebanon. But erez means much more than the English cedar. Come." With that, he left the path and led me over to a tree. "How would you describe it, Nouriel?"
"It's an evergreen."
"And what else?"
"It has cones, and its leaves are needlelike."
"It's a coniferous tree, a conifer. The classic botanical work known as Hierobotanicon defines the Hebrew erez as a conifer or coniferous tree. The word erez also appears in several different ancient texts where it refers to an evergreen conifer."
"So an Erez Tree is a coniferous evergreen."
"Yes," he replied, "but not every coniferous evergreen is necessarily an Erez Tree."
"So what exactly is it?" I asked.
"Most specifically it's a particular kind of cone-bearing evergreen. One commentator more narrowly pinpoints it:
"The Hebrew erez rendered cedar in all English versions, is most likely a generic word for the pine family."2
"And that means what...exactly?"
"The Erez Tree would fall under the botanical classification of pinacea?
"Pinacea. And what," I asked, "does pinacea refer to specifically?"
"The cedar, the spruce, the pine, and the fir."
"So the most accurate identification of the Hebrew word erez would be pinacea tree."
"Yes. The most botanically precise translation of the vow would be, 'But we will plant pinacea trees in their place.'"
"And the pinacea includes the cedar, but more than the cedar."
"Correct. So they plant the stronger tree in place of the weaker, as they vow a stronger nation to replace a weaker one. The Erez Tree becomes another symbol of the nation and its defiance—a living symbol of their confidence in their national resurgence, their tree of hope."


"A tree of hope, but not a good hope."
"No," he replied, "a prideful, self-centered, and godless hope. What they saw as a tree of hope was, in reality, a harbinger of judgment."


He asked me for the seal. So, of course, I gave it to him, and, lifting it up in his right hand, as he had done with the others, he began to reveal its mystery.
"The Seventh Harbinger: The warning of the fallen sycamore goes unheeded. Its uprooted remains are removed. Another tree is brought to the place of its fall, a Hebrew erez, a conifer, an evergreen, the biblical cedar—the pinacea tree. The Erez Tree is planted in the same spot where the fallen Sycamore had once stood. 


The planting is vested with symbolic meaning. The second tree becomes a symbol of national resurgence, confidence, and hope. But like the quarried stone, in reality, it embodies the nations defiance. It will stand as a witness of a nation's false hope and a living omen of its rejection of the warning given.. .the Seventh Harbinger—the Erez Tree."


"So the sign is the appearance of the Erez Tree."
"Its planting."
"Yes, its planting, and in the place of the fallen Sycamore."
"If that happens, the Seventh Harbinger is manifested."
At that point, we resumed our walking.
"And has the Seventh Harbinger manifested?" I asked.
"It has."
"It began with the removing of the Sycamore."
"The Sycamore of Ground Zero."


"Yes. It was taken from the place of its fall and put on public display as a symbol of the calamity. Even its root system would be carefully removed and transferred to another site."
"But for the ancient mystery to play out," I said, "another tree would have to be brought to the same plot of land and planted in the same place where the Sycamore had stood."

"In late November of 2003, two years after the fall of the Sycamore, a strange sight appeared at the corner of Ground Zero-—in the sky...a tree. It was being transported by crane over a courtyard of soil and grass. Those in charge of the operation carefully guided it down to the appointed spot. The new tree was set into position to stand on the same spot where once had stood the Sycamore of Ground Zero."


"What was it? What kind of tree?"
"The most natural thing to have done would have been to replace the one Sycamore with another. But the prophecy required that the fallen Sycamore be replaced with a tree of an entirely different nature. So the tree that replaced the Sycamore of Ground Zero was likewise not a sycamore. According to the prophecy, the Sycamore must be replaced by the biblical erez. So it must be replaced by a conifer tree."
"And the tree that replaced the Sycamore of Ground Zero... ?"
"The tree that replaced the Sycamore was a conifer tree."
"An evergreen?"
"Yes... with needlelike leaves and cones.
"They replaced the fallen Sycamore with the Erez Tree!" "The sign of a nation's false hope and defiance before God."


"It's like something out of a movie... it's surreal!"
"Except that it's real."
"Who was behind the decision to do that?" I asked.
"No one," he answered. "No one in the sense of any one person making it all happen or trying to fulfill the prophecy."


"No one had any idea what they were doing?"
"No one."
"Then where did it come from?"
"The tree was a gift donated from an outside party, just as was the Gazit Stone that replaced the fallen bricks."


"But you narrowed the word erez down more specifically to one particular kind of conifer." "The pinacea tree."
"And the tree that was lowered into the ground... ?"
"Its Latin name was picea albies."
"The tree that replaced the Sycamore was a pinacea tree."
"A pinacea tree! The same tree of the ancient prophecy...the same tree that had to replace the fallen sycamore... Unbelievable!"


"And the sister tree to the Cedar of Lebanon."
"And it all took place at the corner of Ground Zero?"
"And the replacing of the bricks with the Gazit Stone happened at Ground Zero."
"So both parts of the ancient prophecy were fulfilled in the same place... at Ground Zero."
"And not only in the same place," he said, "but in the same way."


"What do you mean?"
"They didn't just place a Gazit Stone on Ground Zero. They made it into a public event, a public gathering completely centered around the Harbinger. So it was with the replacing of the Sycamore by the Erez Tree. The act became a public event, a gathering completely centered on the Harbinger."


"And who led the event?"
"A local spiritual leader.".......
This  Ground Zero  Tree of Hope will be a sign of the indomitable nature of human hope...3
"A tree of hope," said the prophet.
"And a sign."
"Yes, of the indomitable nature. Indomitable...meaning unconquerable."
"The spirit of the vow."
"And in the vow, what word was used for this act?"
"You just told me... khalaf."
"Which means?"
"To exchange, to replace, to plant something in the place of another."
"So that's exactly what has to be fulfilled. It's not just that one tree is fallen and a new one planted—but the new tree has to be planted in the same place. The Erez Tree must be planted in the same place where the fallen Sycamore had once stood. 

Keith Hunt)

Now listen to the words they proclaimed that day as they gathered around the Erez Tree:
"The Tree of Hope is planted in the very spot where a sixty-year-old sycamore stood the morning of September 11, 2001."4

"Think about it, Nouriel. Who could have put it all together? The tower fell because of the terrorists. It happened to fall exactly as it did in order to strike down that one particular tree. The tree just happened to be a sycamore, which just happened to be growing at the corner of Ground Zero. The tree that would replace it just happened to be given as a gift from outsiders who had nothing to do with anything else, but who just happened to feel led to give it. Their gift just happened to be the fulfillment of the biblical Erez Tree, which just happened to be the same tree spoken of in the ancient vow—-the tree that must replace the Sycamore. They just happened to lower it into the same soil in that the fallen Sycamore had once stood—exactly as in the Hebrew of the ancient vow. And the man who led the ceremony around the tree just happened to bring it all together without knowing that he was bringing anything together. No one knew what they were doing. It wasn't a matter of intent. It was the manifestation of the Harbingers."
"It's mind-boggling," I said, "and another replaying of the mystery. They were all stepping into the ancient footsteps—and they thought it was their own.".......

"The same message it carried to ancient Israel. The Ground Zero Tree of Hope was a sign, as it was proclaimed to be, but not of the hope they proclaimed. Instead, it was the sign of a nation's defiant / rejection of God's call to return.".......

Its true hope is found only in returning to God. Without that, its Tree of Hope is a harbinger of the day when its strong cedars come crashing down to the earth."........






Keith  Hunt

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