There is so much in the Old Testament that is prophetic of Jesus and what He would endure during His life on Earth, that it would be wise never to discount the Old Testament.. but read it prayerfully,  asking the Holy Spirit to reveal to us glimpses of Jesus.   In its chapters, we  see Jesus revealed not only through the prophets, but also the patriarchs,  and the other blessed men and woman recorded there..  Especially king David,.. whom Jesus is named after as “The Son of David”.     I can imagine to this day that king David still cannot get over how the very Son of God condescended to be called “The Son of David”  after his own name,. knowing that he is but a sinner in need of our Savior.

In 2 Samuel 17-4,  an account of Jesus’s betrayal by one of His 12 apostles is prophesied through king David’s closest men of his court.. Ahithophel.    David’s son, Absalom (who represents satan without him realizing it-  as he was very full of himself)  had plans to overthrow his father and take over his father’s kingdom.  Ahithophel, whom David had trusted, allied himself with Absalom, and was in agreement with Absalom’s agenda.. even assisting him in his plans.     In this chapter, we read the following:

 “…moreover, Ahithophel said to Absalom, “Let me choose 12,000 men and I will set out and pursue David tonight.  I will come upon him while he is weary and discouraged and throw him into a panic;  and all the people who are with him will flee.  I will strike down the king only and I will bring all the people back to you as a bride comes home to her husband.  You seek the life of only one man and all the people will be at peace.  And the advice pleased Absalom and all the elders of Israel.”

As was mentioned, Absalom represents Satan, and just as Absalom planned on overthrowing his very own father so he could take over the kingdom, eons earlier, Satan planned on also pushing God off of His Throne and taking over Heaven.   Sadly, Satan seduced many other angels to side with him, and all of them were cast out of Heaven.  Both Absalom and satan were given much by God..   charisma, physical beauty, gifts, privileges, status, but neither of them used their gifts and talents to give back to God.  They used these gifts to glorify themselves instead.

Ahitophel’s and Absalom’s plans were halted by the Lord, Himself, and Absalom lost his life in what we would consider a “freak” accident.., as his thick sexy long hair got caught in some tree branches while riding horseback,  resulting in him strangling to death.   With David’s grief over Absalom’s death, we see a glimpse of our Heavenly Father’s own   grief, over losing satan to his own pride.     “Oh Absalom, Absalom!”, David cried in tears, hearing that his son (whom he knew planned on killing him) had died.  This alone, shows how king David truly lived up to the title given him by the Lord, as “The man after God’s own heart”.

Centuries later,  we see the same plans of Ahitophel acted out again through Judas as he betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver with the Pharisee elders.  These same “elders” (scribes, Pharisees, etc)  were as the “elders” of Jerusalem that Ahitophel spoke with ..who were with Absalom. .. ( with satan in the background.)

In 2 Samuel, the incident eerily plays out again with Jesus., the Son of David, as Judas tells the Pharisees he will show them where to find Jesus.

Ahitophel to Absalom and the elders:  “I will come upon him while he is weary and throw him into a panic, and all the people with him will flee”. (2 Samuel)  

  Judas to the Jerusalem elders:    Then Satan entered Judas, called Iscariot, one of the Twelve.  And Judas went to the chief priests and the officers of the temple guard and discussed with them how he might betray Jesus.   They were delighted and agreed to give him money.  He consented, and watched for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them when no crowd was present.” (Luke 22)

With David, Ahitophel’s plans did not come into fruition, because they would occur centuries later with Jesus.    In Gethsemane, Jesus was indeed weary and under extreme stress due to an unexpected spiritual attack by satan, where He had to plead with the Father, “Father, if it is Your will, let this cup pass before Me..  “Not My will, but Thine be done”.   An angel was sent to minister to Jesus afterwards, after this extreme spiritual attack brought on by Satan., so He was truly weary..    His disciples gave into this very weariness as they kept falling asleep , after Jesus had asked them to “watch and pray with Me”.

Jesus’s disciples “(men with Him) also fled, just as Ahitophel unknowingly prophesied., leaving Jesus all alone before His captures .. Ahitophel’s “12,000 men” later represented the temple servant’s and officers who went with Judas to seize Jesus and hand Him over.

“…I will strike down the king only, and I will bring all the people back to you as a bride comes home to her husband.  You seek the life of only one man, and all the people will be at peace.”  Ahitophel said to Absalom.    Wowww, did he ever discover how prophetic his very words were and ARE!

These promises of betrayal and attack against  king David were not permitted to occur, because later, they would come to fruition against God’s own Son, Jesus Christ., who would be the Shepherd struck down , while His sheep would be scattered (Matthew 26:31).  And because of Jesus,  that “One Man”, all the people would truly find true peace.. not as the World gives, but as HE.. Jesus Christ, gives,  … because Jesus GAVE Himself as that “Grain of Wheat” that “fell to the ground”, so that it could produce fruit., so that His Bride.. can come HOME to Him!

Amen, and may our Lord Jesus be honored and glorified!♥