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From the book ‘Jewels in Heaven’ …

The top left stone in your breastplate is a light green peridot. It is called ‘bareqeth’ in Hebrew. It is associated with the tribe of Zebulon. Zebulon means ‘dwelling’.

Zebulon has the dual meaning “dwelling place” and “exalted, honored”. In Genesis 30:20, in a word play on the name Zebulon, when Leah gives birth to her sixth son, she says, “Now my husband will be honored to dwell with me, because I have borne him six sons”.

God wants you to always remember, you will be exalted as His son or daughter for all of eternity. You will dwell with Him. You will eat at His table. You will walk the halls of His glorious palace.

The land allotted to Zebulon in Israel was a small portion of southern Galilee. Jacob declared “Zebulun shall dwell by the haven of the sea; He shall become a haven for ships, and his border shall adjoin Sidon.” It was in this area of Galilee that Jesus began His ministry.

Matthew 4:15-16:
The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan,

Galilee of the Gentiles:
The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, and upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death. Light has dawned.

To become true sons and daughters of God, our hearts must become like those of the tribe of Zebulon. The people of Zebulon were known for their undivided loyalty to King David (1 Chronicles 12:33) and for answering Hezekiah’s call for spiritual renewal (2 Chronicles 30:10). Besides Zebulon, only Asher and Manasseh also had the humility to answer Hezekiah’s call.

Their reward was living by the sea. They lived with a simple steady diet of bread and fish. These are both Christian symbols of the life and ministry of the Lord and the church. A hallmark of those becoming children of Zebulon is a constant desire to live a simple, single-purpose life, serving the Lord and others.

By living by the sea, the children of Zebulon “become a haven for ships”. When you live a single-purpose life, when the Lord becomes the sole source of your life, you will become a haven for those around you who have been tossed about by the churning sea of the world.





Naphtali – Aquamarine

From the book ‘Jewels in Heaven’ …

Let me tell you a little secret. God does not expect you to be strong. You don’t win battles by being strong. You win them by acknowledging that you are weak and only God is strong enough to win the victory.

The Apostle Paul wrote that “when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:10) King David, known for being a great warrior, when describing how God gave him victories wrote:

Psalm 18:31-34:
For who is God, except the Lord? And who is a rock, except our God? It is God who arms me with strength, and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on my high places. He teaches my hands to make war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze.

Verse 33 in the King James version reads “He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places.” A hind is a female red deer. (The male is called a stag.) God gave the red deer the ability to quickly ascend a steep rocky slope to avoid danger. When attacked, a deer will seek higher ground for protection. It has an ability that it’s enemy does not.


Therein lies the secret. As children of God, we have an ability that our enemy does not have. We can go to a place that he cannot go. We can enter the gates of the third heaven. (2 Corinthians 12:2) We can “come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:16)


From the book “Jewels in Heaven” …

The 4th row center stone in your breastplate is beryl. It is called ‘shoham’ in Hebrew. It is associated with the tribe of Joseph. Joseph means ‘he will increase’.

The clear white stone associated with Joseph signifies clarity of prophetic knowledge and wisdom and of clearly seeing heaven. Joseph was such a man. The Hebrew word ‘shoham’ means ‘to turn white’. (Hence, it’s use as the name of a clear white gem.)

The shoham gem in your breastplate represents holiness. Holiness means purity. It means allowing the Lord to remove the impurities from your life. It means being single-minded in having the Lord the center of your life. A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways. “He who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord.” (James 1:8, 6-7)

The central ministry of Jesus and the Holy Spirit is to “convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment” (John 16:8), to bring about holiness. God does not want you to be “tossed by the wind.


From the book “Jewels in Heaven” …

The 2nd row center stone in your breastplate is aquamarine. It is called ‘sappiyr’ in Hebrew. It is associated with the tribe of Naphtali. Naphtali means ‘my struggle’.

The key to overcoming struggles in your life is to rise above them to get God’s perspective. The light blue aquamarine stone at the center of your breastplate is there to remind you to rise above your struggles. Struggles should have the effect of causing you to spend more time with God. Allow Him to show you things from His point of view.

The Hebrew word ‘sappiyr’ means ‘to write with a mark, to inscribe’. It is meant to remind you that you are not alone.

Isaiah 49:14-18a:
But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me, and my Lord has forgotten me.” Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely, they may forget, yet I will not forget you. See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; your walls are continually before Me. Your sons shall make haste; your destroyers and those who laid you waste shall go away from you. Lift up your eyes, look around and see;

The Lord proclaims, I “inscribed you on the palms of My hands”. In your time of struggle, let the light blue color of aquamarine remind you that the Lord has not forsaken you. It is impossible for Him to do so. He’s tattooed you into the palm of His hands!


From the upcoming book “Jewels in Heaven” …

I’ve been studying the names of the Tribes of Israel. Today I was contemplating Issachar. Issachar means ‘reward’. Oh boy, I thought. I love getting greater revelation about my reward! I thought, Lord what will you show me today: Mansions, Cities, Fields? My mind was racing with excitement. Suddenly, the Lord replied with a single word: ‘Silence!’

The word echoed through me (and from my perspective) all of creation around me.

There’s a story of Jesus in a boat with His disciples attempting to cross the Sea of Galilee, when a raging storm came up and the boat started to flounder.  Jesus silenced the storm with a single phrase ‘peace, be still’ (Mark 4:39)

I played the violin in grade school. There’s a moment just after the final note. The song has been building to a loud crescendo. The last note sounds and everyone has silenced their instruments. At that moment, the walls, the floor, the chair you are sitting in are all still vibrating at the frequency of that last note.

That is the experience when Jesus in the back of the boat spoke ‘peace, be still’. That was my experience today when the Lord stopped my excited mental chatter with the one word: ‘Silence!”

Once there was the chatter of my own thoughts. Next, there was complete peace, tranquility, silence and presence. It is in such a moment when you can truly feel the presence of the Lord. His presence is all around you. All of creation still vibrates with the voice that spoke it into existence.

This is my shield and my exceeding great reward. (Genesis 15:1)

The Christian mystic practice begins with learning to silence all of the inward mental chatter. Through silence you begin to see and hear. You begin to re-tune yourself to the presence of God that is constantly all around you. And yet, a presence we so easily lose awareness of.