You’ve Got Mail
I bid on this envelope on E-bay and won the bid for a whopping $3.00! Amazing as I had no idea what it might be worth and was actually just trying my hand at bidding in order to see how it worked.
I was immediately intrigued when I saw it. An unaddressed envelope bearing stamps and dual post marks from May 16, 1948; the first business day following the creation of the new Jewish state of Israel. It’s interesting how on one corner it reads “last day of Postal Service under British Mandate” while the other reads “first day of Jewish Postal Service”. But what is even more amazing to me is the fact that May 16, 1948 was Pentecost on the Gentile calendar. The dual stamps a subtle nod (I believe) to the history of that day and the changing of the times.
I won the bid on this envelope in mid-December and had given up all hope of receiving it as day after day passed with nothing inn my mail box. I had just about decided that I had been snookered out of my 3 bucks … then all of the sudden just a couple of days ago … there it was! Wow, it had actually arrived and I was so excited. The reason it had taken so long – it was mailed to me from Sweden! I thought that was a little odd but the envelope is very old ….. I have no doubt its authentic. Perhaps, someone in Sweden is a collector of historical paraphernalia of all kinds. But what amazed me the most as I looked at it was the overwhelming realization that I not only held a piece of history in my hand ….. but, the fulfillment of Bible prophecy as well.
One Envelope, two peoples
I’ve thought about the date May 16, 1948 and the fact that it was Pentecost and it seems appropriate to me that the envelope bears stamps of both the former and the latter in light of that particular date ……Gentile, for the country was previously under British authority and Jewish, as a result of the newly born Jewish state. For what was Pentecost but the joining of the two (Jew and Gentile) to make one flesh, the body of Jesus, the body of Messiah. Which leads me to think that the date (May 16, 1948) could be a significant marker in determining the times in which we live ….. particularly, the end of the church age and the rapture of the church. For it was one day and one day only that the two appeared on one envelope … after which, all other postage would bear but one stamp and one postmark … the state of Israel.
Tower of David
It’s interesting also to note that the image of the tower of David is positioned between the two sets of stamps on the top of the envelope. If my typology is correct (one envelope, two peoples) why would the tower of David be the joining factor?
The tower of David, also known as the Jerusalem citadel, is an ancient citadel located near the Jaffa Gate entrance to the western edge of the old city of Jerusalem. The citadel that stands today dates to the Mamluk and Ottoman periods. It was built on an earlier ancient fortification of the Hasmonean, Herodian-era ….it includes important archaeological finds dating back over 2,000 years including a quarry dated to the First Temple period … the tower was dubbed “David’s Tower” in the 5th century by Byzantine Christians who believed the site to the be the palace of King David. They borrowed the name “tower of David” from Song of Songs 4:4 –
“Thy neck is like the tower of David built with turrets, whereon there hang a thousand shields, all the armor of the mighty men.”
And while this was not the site of David’s palace it was believed to be and the name remains to this day. By Jewish tradition, King David (a type and shadow of Messiah) was born and died on Pentecost and is also found in the imagery of Song of Songs, which also foreshadows the coming of Messiah, the beloved bridegroom for his bride, the Church.
I have to say I have not got it all figured out but it has given me a lot to think about. The Church age is set to wrap up – the signs of the times are every where and maybe, just maybe the Lord has provided us with another possible clue …. mail that came via a slow boat from Sweden ….. it would be fun to think so.
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6
Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy