Wednesday, July 22, 2015

The Napkin

When I read the following story this morning, I was filled with such joy. It even gave me goosebumps!  
I get that same feeling of sheer excitement each time there is a blood moon or any other prophetic occurrence; they make me so delighted that I was born for such a time as this! How exciting is it to pick up your Bible and read of all of the prophecies that are coming to pass. Who needs the news, it's all right there in your Bible! 

Praise God! 

I had never put much focus on this scripture before...until now.
The Gospel of John (20:6-9) Then Simon Peter came, following him and they went into the tomb He saw the linen clothes lying there, and the face-cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen clothes, but folded up in a place by itself. 8. Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed, 9 for as yet, they did not understand the scripture, that He must rise from the dead.

~ This scripture tells us that the napkin, which had been placed over the face of Jesus, was not thrown aside like the grave clothes. The Bible takes an entire verse to tell us that the napkin was neatly folded and was placed separately from the grave clothes.~

Why did Jesus fold the linen burial cloth after His resurrection? 

Early Sunday morning, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and found that the stone had been rolled away from the entrance. She ran and found Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved. She said, "They have taken the Lord's body out of the tomb, and I don't know where they put him!" Peter and the other disciple ran to the tomb to see. The other disciple outran Peter and got there first. he stooped and looked in and saw the linen cloth lying there, but he didn't go in. 

Then Simon Peter arrived and went inside. He also noticed the linen wrappings lying there, while the cloth that had covered Jesus' head was folded up and lying to the side. 

Was that important?
Is it really significant? 

In order to understand the significance of the folded napkin, you have to understand a little bit about the Hebrew tradition of that day. The folded napkin had to do with the Master and Servant, and every Jewish boy knew this tradition. 
When the servant set the table for the master, he made sure that it was exactly the way that the master wanted it. 
The table was furnished perfectly and then the servant would wait, just out of sight, until the master had finished eating, and the servant would not dare touch the table until the master was finished. 
Now, if the master were done eating, he would rise from the table, wipe his fingers, his mouth and clean his beard, and would wad up that napkin and toss it on to the table. The servant would then know to clear the table. For in those days, the wadded napkin meant, 'I'm done.'
But if the master got up from the table, and laid it beside his plate, the servant would not dare touch the table, because....
the folded napkin meant, 'I'm coming back.'  

Author unknown

Don't be afraid...just continue to look up and watch for signs and wonders!

Luke 21:35-38 
The Return of the Son of Man 

25. "And there will be signs in the sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26. people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken. 27 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now, when these things begin to take place, straighten up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."