|Antichrist (The Rebellious Son)
||The Son of Man
||Christ (The Obedient Son)
|| Tree Cut Down
|Satan||Dragon ||Tomb ||House Falls||Unclean||Released
|On the Cross ||Death ||Falls with Cross
||Exchanged for Barabbas
||The Tree of Life Sprouts to Life
|The Son on the Left Hand (Cursed)
||The Son on the Right Hand (Blessed)
Christ In The Prophecies
In Revelation Christ is represented in several roles.
First He is the Lamb who became the shepherd Priest.
Then He became the king who revealed the law and the covenant.
Next He was the judge who administered the law.
He became a defender of the righteous and the prosecutor of the wicked.
Along with His church, He became a witness to the persecuting power of Satan and his evil empires.
Finally, in the last days He comes as the Messenger of the covenant from God to give a final warning.
Next He will become the reluctant executioner of the wicked and the willing Bridegroom of His beloved people.
The Love Of God
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.
"For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
"He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
"This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil.
"For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.
"But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."
(John 3: 16-21)
The sacrifice was made before the earth was created. How? From the moment He was promised, it became a reality for God.
The Lamb who was slain from the foundation of the world.
(Revelation 13: 8)
The Plan In Prophecy
For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
Matthew 11: 13.
The Bible teaches that the law also acted as a source of prophecy.
This is why both the law and the prophets are the true two witnesses from God.
- Feasts. They tell when Christ would perform the tasks related to the Plan of Salvation.
It is a schedule of events to be done by Christ.
- Sanctuary. Tells where the events or works of Christ will occur and what He would be doing.
- Outer Court. The earth. Christ is sacrificed on the earth (the outer court).
- Holy Place. Saints on earth with the Holy Spirit fulfilling the covenant promise in our hearts.
Christ in heaven as our High Priest.
- Most Holy Place. Christ and the saints together
- Sacrifices. How Christ would physically be treated.
- High Priest. The work of Christ.
- Covenant. The reason the sanctuary and feast system exist is because of the covenant.
As each feast or element in the sanctuary meets its fulfillment, a permanent way is provided to keep the covenant.
- Daniel. Information about the appearance of the Messiah on earth (the outer court) to fulfill the covenant.
- Revelation. Information about the Messiah in the Holy Place and the Most Holy Place.
- Old Testament. Information about the covenant promise.
- New Testament. Information about the fulfillment of the covenant promise by God.
There are several symbols that represent the death of Christ.
- Lamb of God. The sacrifice of the lamb is a prophecy about the sacrifice of Christ - the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.
- Circumcision. The act of circumcision is the process of cutting off the seed of the male child.
This is a prophecy of the death of Christ - the seed from God would be cut off.
- 33 Years for the Unclean Woman. In Leviticus 12, the woman remains unclean for 33 days after the birth of her son.
The church (woman) still remains unclean after the birth of Christ.
It is only when he was killed, 33 years after the birth, that she is cleansed and can have access to the sanctuary.
- Passover. This is a prophecy about the power of the death of Christ to save us.
The blood from the death of the lamb shields us from eternal death.
- Striking the Rock Once. When Moses struck the rock in the desert, life giving Water flowed from the Rock. When Jesus died, the Holy Spirit was sent. So the Water came after the Rock was struck.
But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away the Helper will not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you. (John 16: 7)
Later, God told Moses to speak to the Rock to receive the Water. But Moses struck the Rock twice in his anger. And he was punished severely.
This represents the fact that Christ must die, or be struck, only one time so that we can receive the stream of blood. After this we must speak to God in prayer to receive the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit did come at Pentecost after Christ died.
He is the stream of Water who washes away sin daily, by writing the law of God in our hearts.
We die daily to sin. But Christ must die only one time for our sins. So any symbolism that depicts Christ as dying over and over is offensive.
The Lamb of God is bleeding. His blood is available to everyone now, and in the future. But He is not being killed again.
Who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people.
Because He did this once for all when He offered up Himself. (Hebrews 7: 27)
- Two Streams. Blood and water came from His side. The blood for sin and the water for impurity.
Zechariah 13: 1 says
In that day there a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for impurity.
|The Wound Through the Ribs|
|The arrows on the right show the possible route of the sword that would pierce the heart and lungs between the ribs with a thrust from below.|
When was this fountain opened?
The evidence is clear, the fountain was opened before the world was created and it has been made available until the end of the world.
- At the Crucifixion. Blood and water came from His side.
But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear; and immediately blood and water came out. (John 19: 34)
Where did this come from? Since the cross was lifted up high, the soldiers must have made an upward thrust with their spear.
Therefore, it must have punctured His side between the ribs (probably between the ninth and tenth or below the tenth). Then it pierced His lungs which had filled with water and then punctured His heart and spilled His blood and stopped at his trachea.
- Blood. The sword probably pierced the chambers of His heart and the blood in them poured out.
- Water. The sword pierced His lungs and the water poured out.
This water was also called living water because it mixed with the breath of life in His lungs.
Christ has Living Water. ... if you knew the gift of God and who it is who says to you, "Give Me a drink",
you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.
but whoever drinks of the water that I will give Him shall never thirst; but the water I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.
(John 4: 10, 14)
Christ Has The Breath of Life. ... He breathed on them and said to them, "Receive the Holy Spirit".
(John 20: 22)
Other theories say that the water came from His bladder. But this is incorrect.
With the knowledge that we have about how precise God is with His symbols, He would not have used waste matter in the form of urine to represent the water of life.
But water mixed with the breath of life in His lungs adequately represents this symbol.
- Before Creation. Christ is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Revelation 13: 8.
He was promised to us, to die in the future. The promise had the force of reality the moment it was made, because God is not a liar.
- The Future. Zechariah 13 is written in the context of the last days when Israel finally recognizes the Messiah.
|The Curse From The Sanctuary|
The curse that Jesus suffered was given from all parts of the sanctuary.
He was hated by God and the high priest and He was abandoned by God and betrayed by His disciples.
He was given sour wine to drink.
After this point, His followers would symbolically cannibalize His body as they participated in the communion service.
We would participate in the events of that terrible day.
Our sins caused His death and our sins also caused His curse.
He was baptized in spit, blood and water, and he was anointed with perfume for His burial.
All the events happened at night or in the darkness.
He was cursed or denied by two. Two false witnesses, two disciples and two thieves on the cross.
Finally, according to the final stages of the last curses, His body or temple would be destroyed.
Christ Suffers The Curse For Us
At several points in His life Christ acted out the sanctuary pattern as he suffered the
death and the final curse for His people.
In the final curse God destroyed the sanctuary, and the blessings that were normally received from each part of the
sanctuary became a curse.
Since the wages of sin is death, Christ took the death penalty for sinners by dying on the cross.
In addition, He experienced the wrath of God that is poured out on all sinners for breaking the covenant.
On the cross, He suffered the same punishment as the wicked in the seven last plagues. All for us.
The Perfect One
Although Jesus suffered the penalty of the curse, within His body He did not become a curse.
He was spiritually perfect.
He never became hostile to God or His enemies.
He prayed for his persecutors. He forgave them. He was the High Priest who was on our side.
He relied on faith instead of fear.
He never sinned. The law was written in His heart.
He was physically perfect. His bones were not broken. He did not drink blood or have sores.
Those who are blind or fractured or maimed or having a running sore or eczema or scabs, you shall not offer to the Lord,
nor make of them an offering by fire on the altar to the Lord.
(Leviticus 22: 22)
Nothing that was a curse came out of Him. All the symbols of the curse came from an external source and were applied to Him.
As He was dying on the cross, even the curse of a sword was symbolized by the spear in His side.
The Final Week
During the final week, Christ experienced many overlapping cycles of the curses.
That week was punctuated with many important events that were a sign of His death.
It began when Mary washed His feet with perfume.
Jesus said that this action was symbolic of the preparation of His body for death. (Mark 14: 8; John 12: 3, 7).
During the trial He was dressed in a purple robe. This event was symbolized by the practice of covering the altar of sacrifice in purple.
The remnants of the dead sacrifice were dressed in purple.
Then they shall take away the ashes from the altar and spread a purple cloth over it.
(Numbers 4: 13).
The emotional prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane was the Altar of Incense.
This was His final prayer before He accepted His destiny.
The events ended with His crucifixion between two thieves who cursed Him.
After His resurrection two angels stood on either side of the place where His dead body was placed. (John 20: 12).
Both events are a picture of the ark of the covenant.
|Three Days and Three Nights ||Thursday ||Friday ||Saturday ||Sunday |
|Nissan 14 ||Nissan 15 (Sabbath) ||Nissan 16 |
|Night 1 ||Day 1 ||Night 2 ||Day 2 ||Night 3 ||Day 3 |
|Supper ||Garden ||Trial || ||Buried in the Grave (Tomb) ||Resurrected |
|Chewed up ||Swallowed ||Vomited |
|(Darkness) Forty Two hours » ||6 hours || 36 hours ||Light |
|(Death) Forty hours » ||-||3 hours || 36 hours + 1 ||Life |
In The Bowels
During the last three days, Jesus was in the hands of the world. He was in the bowels of the earth.
The symbols are from the digestive process of a clean animal.
- Chewed. He was spit on, insulted, maligned and taunted. The lying tongues, the abuses hurled, the gnashing teeth, and the spitting all represent the time in the mouth of the wicked.
The wicked plots against the righteous and gnashes at him with his teeth.
(Psalm 37: 12).
They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again.
(Mark 10: 34).
- Swallowed. Buried in the grave. Amazingly, from the time of darkness on the cross to the resurrection before dawn, Jesus spent a range of forty to forty two hours abandoned.
Darkness occurred at the sixth hour (noon). From that time to dawn on the first day was forty two hours.
Near the ninth hour (before 3 PM) He despaired over the abandonment by God. From that time to the resurrection was forty hours.
- Vomited (Regurgitated). In the resurrection He was ejected from death. In the ascension He was ejected from the earth.
The Pattern Of Rejection
The series of suffering that we are about to explain has a pattern that includes certain elements.
- Sanctuary Furniture. An event occurred that was related to an object in the sanctuary.
- Yom Kippur Lottery. The events showed the selection of the sacrifice.
On Yom Kippur two goats stood on either side of the priest. One would be the Lord's goat and the other was the scapegoat.
The decision was made by choosing lots. It would show that the people would be given a choice in selecting their savior.
- Selecting the Lots: Two Hands in the Bowl. The priest placed both of his hands in a box to remove two lots. On one lot was written "For the Lord" and on the other lot was "For Azazel".
The method used at the time of Christ was a black stone for Azazel and a white stone for the Lord's goat.
The names were also written on the lots.
So, when the choice was made one hand became the Lord's hand and the other was Azazel's hand.
- Labeling the Goats. The name on the lot was assigned to the goat standing by that hand.
- Strong Man Takes Away the Goat. The goat was taken away by a strong man waiting near by.
- The Strongman Leads the Goat in the Wilderness. Azazel's goat was led out to the wilderness by a strong man and thrown off a cliff.
- Killing the Goat. The Lord's goat was sacrificed as a sin offering for the people.
- In the Most Holy Place. The blood of the Lord's goat was taken into the Most Holy Place.
- Curses. An event occurred that was related to the items in the curse.
- Sword. Violence by a sword or sharp instrument.
- Lack of Things. He would be stripped of all His possessions and support.
- Naked. He would be stripped of His linen clothes.
- Hail Stones. Abuse like stones would be hurled at Him.
- Three Woes. There would be three series of negative events before the time period was over.
» Water Libation Ceremony. On tabernacles, the priest would blow the shofar three times as the "pierced one" led the procession through the Water Gate and the high priest went to the altar to pour the water and the wine.
» Illumination Ceremony. At cockcrow, the priests also blew the shofar three times as they moved from one location to another between the upper gate and the beautiful gate.
As the Light of the world, Jesus was led from one form of darkness to another, possibly beginning at the Water Gate near the Garden of Gethsemane. See map of old Jerusalem.
- Shofar. A proclamation was made with a loud noise that signaled that it was time for the next phase.
- The Feet Of The High Priest. The priests walked barefoot in the sanctuary. Follow the progress of the feet of Jesus from the time Mary anointed His feet with perfume as He followed the paths of righteousness to the cross, until His enemies were beneath His feet.
and standing behind Him at His feet, weeping, she began to wet His feet with her tears, and kept wiping them with the hair of her head, and kissing His feet and anointing them with the perfume.
You did not anoint My head with oil, but she anointed My feet with perfume.
(Luke 7: 38, 46)
As you read the events of each of these three days, notice that they progressively got worse.
Jesus was systematically abandoned and He eventually surrendered emotionally to His fate.
1. The Last Supper
This event was a mixture of positive and negative events.
Jesus started by washing the feet of His disciples. Then they ate the Passover meal.
The story goes on to record the action of two disciples.
Peter would deny Him three times before the morning arrived.
Judas would betray Him for thirty pieces of silver.
|The Full Curse |
The curse from the sanctuary was only a part of the fifth and final curse.
This is the terms of the wrath of God specified in Leviticus 26: 29-39.
» Naked. Jesus was crucified naked.
» No Prayers Heard. God abandoned Him.
» Sword. A spear in His side.
» Exiled. He was in the land of the dead.
» Cannibalism. We perform the communion to remember this day.
» Famine. The disciples (12 loaves of bread) abandoned Him.
» City Destroyed. The disciples abandoned Him. They were the foundation of the city.
» Sanctuary Destroyed. His body was killed and experienced the wrath from each part of the sanctuary.
» Land Enjoys Sabbath. He was dead during the Sabbath.
- Altar of Sacrifice. He knew that He would be the Passover Lamb.
- Laver. He introduced foot washing.
Naked. (John 13: 4). Jesus took off His clothes, wrapped Himself in a towel and washed their feet.
- Table of Shewbread. The new covenant.
- Wine. Passover wine is His blood. (Luke 22: 20)
- Bread. (Luke 22: 19). The bread is His body and the disciples. He knew that one would betray Him and one would deny Him.
All the rest were concerned about their position of power. (Luke 22: 24)
- Menorah. It was night. He spoke to them about the kingdom. (John 13-17)
- Altar of Incense. Jesus prayed for them. (Luke 22: 31-32)
- Ark of the covenant. Jesus surrounded by His disciples. Peter would deny Him, Judas was a traitor.
- Sword. (Luke 22: 36). Take a sword to go witnessing. The word of God is the sword of the Spirit.
- Yom Kippur Lottery (Two Hands in the Bowl).
Judas became the hand of the scapegoat when he dipped his hand in the bowl with Jesus, the Lord's Goat.
... He who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl is the one who will betray Me.
(Matthew 26: 23)
- The Feet of the High Priest. He washed the feet of the disciples to inaugurate them as priests.
Then He poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.
Peter said to Him, "Never shall You wash my feet!" Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me."
(John 13: 5, 8)
- Three Woes. He drank only three of the four cups (Matthew 26: 29). They signified His death.
- Shofar. The Passover service ended with the proclamation "Next year in Jerusalem!" His last stop would be Jerusalem.
The Yom Kippur service ends with one long blast of the shofar and the same proclamation.
2. The Garden Of Gethsemane
This garden served as the altar of prayer during this terrible week.
Jesus received no support from His disciples.
He was surrounded by sleeping disciples. Soon, the curse would escalate and He would be surrounded by liars, mockers and those who wanted Him dead.
In the garden, His body would be baptized in sweat and blood as He agonized over the future separation from God.
On the cross, a stream of blood and water would pour from his side.
- Altar of Sacrifice. He prayed not to be the Lamb.
- Laver. His body released blood and sweat. (Luke 22: 44)
The curse of producing sweat represents the fact that the wicked have no rest.
The priests were also not allowed to wear garments that made them sweat. This signifies that their righteousness will not be by their own works.
But our righteousness will be obtained by the works of Christ through His blood or death.
Therefore, it is very significant that the symbol of work was mixed with the symbol of atonement.
It is only through the work of Christ or the blood of Christ that we obtain righteousness.
Therefore, He was atoning for our sins even in the garden.
- Table of Shewbread.
- Wine. He wanted the cup to pass from Him. (Mark 14: 36)
- Bread. The disciples could not stay awake. (Mark 14: 41)
- Menorah. It was dark.
... But this hour and the power of darkness are yours.
(Luke 22: 53)
- Altar of Incense. God heard Him but said no.
And He was saying, "Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; Yet not what I will, but what You will".
(Mark 14: 36)
- Ark of the covenant. The support at the throne was vanishing.
» Angels. Although there were two angels at the throne, God sent one angel (Luke 22: 43). But God promised an angel to lead Israel on the Exodus at the first Passover.
So God sent that angel to guide Jesus on His exodus.
Behold, I am going to send an angel before you to guard you along the way and to bring you into the place which I have prepared.
(Exodus 23: 20)
» Worshippers. The disciples were asleep (Mark 14: 41). The three disciples who were with Him were Peter, James and John (the two sons of Zebedee).
Peter swore that He would not desert Him.
But Peter kept saying insistently, "Even if I have to die with You I will not deny You!"
And they all were saying the same thing also.
(Mark 14: 31)
The two brothers wanted to sit on His throne like the two angels, one on the right and the other on the left. They swore that they could drink His cup but they deserted Him as He was drinking His cup.
Then the mother of the sons of Zebedee came to Jesus with her sons, bowing down and making a request of Him
And He said to her, "What do you wish?" She said to Him, "Command that in Your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit one on Your right and one on Your left."
But Jesus answered, "You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?" They said to Him, "We are able."
(Matthew 20: 20-22)
- Hail Stone.
And He withdrew from them about a stone's throw, and He knelt down to pray.
(Luke 22: 41)
- Sword. (John 18: 10). Peter cut of the ear of Malchus and Jesus healed him.
- Naked. (Mark 14: 51-52). A naked man was at His arrest. His linen robe fell off.
- Yom Kippur Lottery (Labeling the Goats). Jesus was chosen by a kiss and was led away by the army.
Now he who was betraying Him had given them a signal, saying, "Whomever I kiss, He is the one; seize Him and lead Him away under guard."
After coming, Judas immediately went to Him, saying, "Rabbi!" and kissed Him.
They laid hands on Him and seized Him.
(Mark 14: 44-46)
Choosing the Goat. Jesus was exchanged for a liar and a thief.
- The Feet of the High Priest. Gethsemane means "the place of the wine press" in Aramaic, other sources say that it means "the place of the olive press" in Hebrew.
As He knelt in prayer, Jesus was treading the wine press alone because the disciples would not stay awake. (Isaiah 63: 1-6)
- Three Woes ("The Hour Has Come"). He found the disciples sleeping three times instead of keeping watch and supporting Him. (Mark 14: 41)
And He came the third time, and said to them, "Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough; the hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.
(Mark 14: 41)
- Shofar. Jesus said that it was time for His betrayal and arrest as the loud mob and army was approaching.
As Christ was condemned, the people also condemned themselves by denying justice to an innocent Man.
Sacrifice. Barabbas the criminal was substituted for Christ. (Matthew 27: 20)
Laver. Pilate tried to wash his hands of guilt even though he knew that the man was innocent. (Matthew 27: 24)
Bread. The twelve tribes of Israel and the Gentiles rejected Him.
Wine. They said, "His blood shall be on us and on our children". (Matthew 27: 25)
3. The Trial
The trial had the symbolism of the sanctuary, the curses and the day of atonement.
Jesus was made to bear the blame by the high priest Caiaphas and the thief named Barabbas was released at the end of the Judgment.
So the criminal, Barabbas, became the scapegoat and Jesus became the Lord's Goat.
Now Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was expedient for one man to die on behalf of the people. (John 18: 14).
The trial scene had all the elements of a hostile throne room.
Instead of a high priest who spoke for the people, Jesus has a high priest who tried to find false testimony.
Instead of a room of twenty four elders and two angels who worshipped Him. Jesus had a Council of priests and two false witnesses.
He drank the cup given to Him by His father. They baptized Him with their spit.
They stripped Him and beat Him on His back. They dressed Him in purple, just as the altar of sacrifice was covered in purple.
They made a crown of thorns and shoved it on His head.
They took His righteous robe and gambled for it.
- Altar of Sacrifice. He accepted His destiny as the Lamb. He was the Lamb led to slaughter who would not open His mouth.
- Laver. They spit on Him and the blood flowed from the crown of thorns. (Mark 14: 65)
Naked. (John 19: 2). They may have undressed Him to beat Him.
Jesus was dressed in purple with a crown of thorns.
He was the altar of sacrifice. (Numbers 4: 13)
The high priest tore his clothes (Mark 14: 63). This was illegal (Leviticus 21: 10).
- Table of Shewbread.
- Wine. He was beaten so that it caused open wounds.
- Bread. The disciples abandoned Him. Peter stayed until cockcrow.
He would deny Him three times before it was day light. It was symbolically important for this denial to happen while it was still night. (Mark 14: 71)
His friends must abandon Him in the darkness, just as God would later abandon Him in the darkness.
- Menorah. It was illegal to hold a trial at night. According to the Talmud, justice must be done "in the light of day".
Trials were also not to be held on the day before a feast or before the Sabbath.
The accused was not allowed to testify against Himself. (Mark 14: 60-64)
Two witnesses were required in a death penalty case and they must tell the truth. (Numbers 35: 30).
- Altar of Incense. He had one more chance that God would spare Him this ordeal.
Since God had told Him no, and His friends did not pray with Him, He had a final chance that as an advocate the high priest could represent Him.
But the high priest was against Him and had hired the false witnesses to condemn Him. So, He would have no prayers offered for Him.
- Ark of the covenant. The high priest hired two witnesses who were liars.
The entire Sanhedrin, who represented the 24 elders surrounding the throne, were trying to convict Him with false testimony. (Matthew 26: 59-61; Mark 14: 55-57). There was no support at the throne. It was now hostile.
- Hail Stone. Peter (Petros in Greek), whose name means "little stone", threw curses as he denied Christ.
Then he began to curse and swear, "I do not know the man!" And immediately a rooster crowed.
(Matthew 26: 74)
- Sword. Soldiers and guards.
- Yom Kippur Lottery (Choosing the Goat). The crowd chose Barabbas instead of Jesus. (Matthew 27: 26)
The man named Barabbas had been imprisoned with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the insurrection.
Pilate answered them, saying, "Do you want me to release for you the King of the Jews?"
But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to ask him to release Barabbas for them instead.
(Mark 15: 7, 9, 11)
Simon of Cyrene. He is the strong man was asked to lead the people's Scapegoat to His death.
They pressed into service a passer-by coming from the country, Simon of Cyrene (the father of Alexander and Rufus), to bear His cross.
» Choosing the Goat. Jesus was exchanged for a murderer.
- The Feet of the High Priest. Jesus walked from place to place as He was tried by many groups.
- Three Woes. Peter cursed three times as he denied Christ (Matthew 26: 34, 74-75)
- Shofar. The rooster crowed to signal dawn (Matthew 26: 74). Justice was not administered in the light of day by His own people.
Now they turned Him over to the justice system of the Gentiles. Even, in daylight and with evidence of His innocence the Gentiles murdered Him.
4. The Crucifixion: Jesus Suffers The Wrath Of God
On the day of His crucifixion, all the elements of the sanctuary sent a curse against Jesus. The curse of the seven last plagues.
The same final curse given in Leviticus 26: 25-38.
Finally, He was killed. Referring to His death, Jesus made a parallel between His body and the destruction of the sanctuary in the curse (Leviticus 26).
"Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up". ... But He was speaking of the temple of His body. (John 2: 19, 21 ).
- The Passover Lamb. He would have to die as the lamb of God.
Instead of sores, His body was beaten and wounded.
... after having Jesus scourged, he handed him over to be crucified.
(Matthew 27: 26)
But He was wounded for our transgression He was bruised for our iniquities,
the chastisement of our peace was on Him. And by His scourging we are healed.
(Isaiah 53: 5)
» The Leper Messiah. The rabbis referred to the Messiah as the leper scholar because of Isaiah 53: 4.
Surely he has borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him a leper [stricken], smitten of God, and afflicted.
(Babylonian Talmud, Sanhedrin 98b on Isaiah 53: 4)
He became like one who was unclean and was treated with scorn like a leper.
The Hebrew words for "stricken" and "afflicted" refer to a leperous condition.
» The Plague of Sin. Our sins were like a festering sore.
My wounds grow foul and fester because of my folly.
My loved ones and my friends stand aloof from my plague; and my kinsmen stand afar off.
(Psalm 38: 5, 11)
- The Laver. He gave us the ceremony of baptism, but he was baptized in the spit from His enemies and in the blood and water which poured out of His side. (Mark 14: 65; John 19: 34)
They spat on Him, and took the reed and beat Him on His Head.
(Matthew 27: 30)
- The Table of Shewbread. Instead of fresh wine He was given stale wine or sour vinegar to drink.
His body would be broken for us and His blood spilled for us.
Ever since this last Passover, His people would symbolically cannibalize His body every time we eat at the communion table.
Instead of bread, He was given bitter gall.
They gave me gall for my food and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. (Psalm 69: 21)
They gave Him wine to drink mixed with gall. (Matthew 27: 34)
I Am Thirsty. Just before He died, Jesus did one final thing to fulfill prophecy.
He said, "I am thirsty". When they gave Him the sour wine, it not only fulfilled Psalm 69: 21, it completed the symbolism of the curses from the sanctuary.
After this, Jesus, knowing that all things had already been accomplished, to fulfill scripture, said, "I am thirsty".
A jar full of sour wine was standing there; so they put a sponge full of the sour wine upon hyssop and brought it to His mouth.
Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, "It is finished!" And He bowed His head and gave up the Spirit.
(John 19: 28-30)
Hyssop. The wine was given to Him on a branch of Hyssop. This was the bitter herb used to apply the blood to the door of each house on the Passover.
As our Passover, this symbol would also be associated with Him as they used it to apply the stale wine. Wine was also a symbol of His blood.
At that moment He officially became the Passover Lamb. This was the moment He died.
The Bread. The twelve loaves of bread represents the foundation of the church.
The twelve sons of Jacob and later the twelve disciples.
As the curse progressed, the disciples abandon him.
|Cursed But Undefiled|
As He experienced the wrath of God for us, Jesus still remained the pure sacrifice because the
curses did not defile Him. He must still be eligible to enter Heaven as the High Priest on the resurrection.
In contrast, the first four plagues defile the wicked so that they cannot enter Heaven at the Second Coming.
- Wounded and Bruised. He did not have the sores of a disease.
- Spit. He did not bathe in the blood of the dead.
- Vinegar. He did not drink blood.
- Darkness not Heat. He did not have the fever (heat) of a disease, or the heat of famine for the Word. He was the Word and it was written on His heart. He did not sweat with the heat of works from which there is no rest. He sweat blood. The works of His sacrifice from which He was given rest that Sabbath.
- Passover. Judas betrayed Him. He knew that Peter would deny Him. (Matthew 26: 31, 34)
- Gethsemane. They could not stay awake to support Him. Only one angel was sent to comfort Him. (Luke 22: 43)
- Trial. Peter was the last to follow and see what was being done. He denied Him three times.
- Crucifixion. They all abandoned Him. (Matthew 26: 31)
- The Menorah. Instead of light, the day was covered in a supernatural darkness for three hours.
Now from the sixth hour darkness fell upon the land until the ninth hour.
(Matthew 27: 45)
» The Day of the Lord.
The darkness occurred between noon and 3:00 PM, the sixth to the ninth hour.
The wrath of God is poured out on sinners on this day.
Joel says that there will be a dark day and a blood moon at the same time on that day.
It will come about in that day, declares the Lord God, I will make the sun go down at noon and make the earth dark in broad daylight.
(Amos 8: 9)
The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD.
(Joel 2: 31)
We have always associated these events with a solar and lunar eclipse. But it is impossible for both events to occur on the same day.
And it is impossible for a solar eclipse to occur during a full moon, like the day of Passover.
» The Eclipse of the Light of the World.
Jesus was killed on the day of the full moon. The moon represents the church and, as the only faithful human, Christ was the full moon.
The full moon rises at sunset and sets as sunrise so Christ was the full moon shining on the world during the darkest hours of sin.
So with the sun shining in the day and the full moon during the whole night, it was supposed to be a time of maximum light for the world, but it became darkness when the world killed the light of the full Moon and caused a supernatural darkness.
When this happened, the sun turned away to represent God who turned away.
Christ was the full moon standing between us and God, taking the wrath of God on Himself.
It was a conspiracy of good! Christ hid our sins in the dark and God turned away so that He could not see them.
» God Turns His Back and Saves the World.
When Moses asked God to let Him see His goodness, God responded by turning His back!
This act of God, abandoning Christ, allowed the best good to shine on the world as our sins were being forgiven and covered by His merciful hand.
Then Moses said, "I pray You, show me Your glory!"
And He said, "I Myself will make all My goodness pass before you, and will proclaim the name of the LORD before you; and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show compassion on whom I will show compassion."
But He said, "You cannot see My face, for no man can see Me and live!"
Then the LORD said, "Behold, there is a place by Me, and you shall stand there on the rock;
and it will come about, while My glory is passing by, that I will put you in the cleft of the rock and cover you with My hand until I have passed by.
Then I will take My hand away and you shall see My back, but My face shall not be seen."
(Exodus 33: 18-23)
» Goodness and Mercy. He turns His back so that He can show mercy to anyone He chooses. This is goodness.
» The Cleft of The Rock. Like the Rock in the desert which gave rivers of water when it was struck and broken, Jesus is the Rock with the cleft (split) which will provide the cleansing waters of the Holy Spirit.
If we stand in His care, under the cover of His hand, then God will turn His back on our sins and we can experience the goodness of God as He passes by or "passes over" us.
Because if God turned His face so that He can see our sins, we could not live.
Scientifically, the events of a new and full moon occurred that day. Christ was the full moon.
The new moon, was the Gentile church who were about to be called.
Israel was smitten by the sun and the moon (Psalm 121: 6).
|Sun||Light||Earth ||Moon ||Eclipse||Day|
| ||Light || ||?||New||Solar||1|
| ||Light || ||Full||Both||15|
| || || || ||Full||Lunar||15|
|Israel (Noon)||North America (Night) |
At 12:00 noon, on Nisan 14, the day of the crucifixion, the full moon was directly opposite Jerusalem on the other side of the world over California.
Only a lunar eclipse (blood moon) was possible. A solar eclipse (dark day) was impossible because they can only occur during a new moon when the moon is between the sun and the earth and blocks the light. |
But a dark day occurred over Jerusalem. How?
Christ was the full moon standing between the wrath of the sun and the earth as our High Priest as He hid our sins.
God gave the covenant to the Gentile church and made them the priests while the Jews took the duties of the Levites.
This first day of the Lord was a disaster for Israel.
Woe to you who long for the day of the LORD! Why do you long for the day of the LORD? That day will be darkness, not light.
It will be as though a man fled from a lion only to meet a bear, as though he entered his house and rested his hand on the wall only to have a snake bite him.
(Amos 5: 18-19).
» The Final Day of the Lord.
These events are a type of the final Day of the Lord at the end of the world.
At that time the scapegoat will appear in Jerusalem, pretending to be the Christ.
Again, Jerusalem will experience darkness at noon.
At the opposite side of the world, over North America, the blood moon is appearing as the persecution occurs in Babylon the Great.
The full moon is covered with blood.
- The Incense Altar. He was abandoned by His disciples, the nation of Israel, the High priest, the Gentiles and God. God did not hear His prayers.
About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice saying,
"Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani?". That is, "My God, My God, Why have You forsaken Me?"
(Matthew 27: 46)
- The Ark of the Covenant. This is the throne of God.
River of Life. In the Sanctuary in Heaven, the water of life flows from the throne of God which is the Ark. (Revelation 22: 1).
Just as the night in the Garden of Gethsemane, the body of Jesus poured out water and blood at the same time.
The two streams were for cleaning us from sin.
But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.
(John 19: 34).
River Dried Up. Like the Euphrates in the sixth plague, His strength was dried up like a shattered piece of pottery.
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue cleaves to my jaws; And You lay me in the dust of death.
(Psalm 22: 15)
His shattered pieces were laid in the dust like the roots of the stump of a tree.
Tree of Life. In the Sanctuary in Heaven, there is a tree of life bearing twelve fruit.
Christ was hanging on a dead tree and the twelve fruit, his disciples, were scattered.
The nation of Israel was also a dead tree.
Your strength will be spent uselessly, for your land will not yield its produce and the trees of the land will not yield their fruit.
(Leviticus 26: 20)
Tree Cut Down.
The axe is already laid at the root of the trees; therefore every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
(Matthew 3: 10)
Crown. The border of the Ark was called a crown.
Adam was cursed with thorns and thistles growing from the earth (Genesis 3: 18). As the Son of Man made from the dust of the earth Jesus wore a crown of thorns as He suffered the curse for us.
And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head, and a reed in His right hand;
and they knelt down before Him and mocked Him saying, "Hail, King of the Jews".
(Matthew 27: 29).
Inside the Ark. There was the ten Commandments, the river, the manna and the dead wood of the rod that formed a bud.
They all symbolized Life. The words of life, the river of life, the bread of life, tree of life and a resurrection of life from the dead.
Out of His body, all these things would come because He was perfect. His body is the ark.
Two Cherubim Praise God. Instead of two people praising Him, the people and two thieves insulted Him.
At that time two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right side and one on the left. And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him, wagging their heads.
The robbers who were crucified with Him were also insulting Him with the same words.
(Matthew 27: 38-39, 44.)
- Forty Hours. The Israelites wandered in the desert for forty years because they sinned.
Israel received forty more years after the crucifixion before the final curse was applied in 70 AD.
Christ fasted for forty days to face temptation to sin.
And, from the time He was symbolically abandoned by God at the sixth hour (noon) until His resurrection before dawn on Sunday, it was forty hours of darkness for Him.
- Sword. A spear was shoved through His side. (John 19: 34).
- He Became Sin (The Abomination). Daniel 9: 27 says that Jesus would be cut off as decreed on "wings of soaring heights".
And John says that He was to be like the snake that Moses suspended.
At that moment Jesus became the abominable serpent suspended on a stick in the desert.
But, paradoxically, anyone who looked on this cursed Man would live.
As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up. so that whoever believes in Him will have eternal life.
(John 3: 14-15)
- Census and Name. Jesus was numbered with the sinners. (Mark 15:28). The number is three. Just like the trinity.
A census is taken to distribute the inheritance. He received death and dishonor. Later He would receive an eternal kingdom.
He also received a name in three languages. "King of the Jews". (John 19: 19-20)
- Naked. As was the custom, Jesus was crucified naked. He was killed by the iron kingdom of Rome. However, because He was perfect, He was not offensive to God. (Genesis 2: 25)
Therefore you shall serve your enemies whom the Lord shall send against you in hunger, in thirst, in nakedness and in the lack of things;
and He will put an iron yoke on your neck until He has destroyed you.
(Deuteronomy 28: 48).
|The Abomination Suspended on Soaring Wings that was Desolated|
The blessing promised to remove the yoke or burden from their shoulders.
I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so that you would not be their slaves, and I broke the bars of your yoke and made you walk erect.
(Leviticus 26: 13).
The Cross: The Iron Yoke on His Shoulders. This iron yoke is the cross of Rome, the iron kingdom, that He carried on His neck and shoulders to Golgotha under which He could not walk erect and on which He was destroyed.
Isaiah describes oppression as an iron yoke on the shoulders.
For You shall break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, as at the battle of Midian.
(Isaiah 9: 4)
» The Naked High Priest.
The High Priest was naked as He hung on the altar and His outer garment was torn.
Outer Garment Torn in Four. Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic, now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece.
Seamless Inner Garment Preserved. So they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to decide whose it shall be" ...
(John 19: 23-24)
Although He did not tear His own garments, this seemed to violate the law.
No Torn Clothes.
Then Moses said to Aaron and to his sons Eleazar and Ithmar saying, "Do not uncover your heads nor tear your clothes so that you will not die and that He will not become wrathful against all the congregation" ...
(Leviticus 10: 6)
No Nakedness on the Altar.
And you shall not go up by steps to My altar, so that your nakedness will not be exposed on it.
(Exodus 20: 26)
» The High Priest Dies.
His humanity was torn but not His divinity.
An unjust judge who witnessed the scene at that moment would condemn Him.
So He died when wrath was poured out on Him.
» Wrath on the Congregation.
It took 49 years for wrath to be poured out on the Romans at the eruption of Mount Vesuvius and 40 years for wrath to be poured out on Israel at the destruction of the temple in 70 AD.
- Lack of Things (The Desolation). Daniel 9: 26 says that the Messiah would lack things.
Then after the sixty two weeks the Messiah would be cut off and have nothing.
Jesus had no clothes, no family or friends. This means that John and His mother, Mary, eventually abandoned Him also because at some point He found no one to give Him sympathy.
Reproach has broken my heart and I am so sick. And I looked for sympathy and there was none, and for comforters, but I found none.
(Psalm 69: 20)
He was even abandoned by God when He became the abomination.
About the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice saying,
"Eli, Eli, Lama Sabachthani?". That is, "My God, My God, Why have You forsaken Me?"
(Matthew 27: 46)
Mortal man cannot be more just than God.
If Mary had found a way to support Christ then God would have found a way also.
So she must have left Him also.
- Hail. They mocked Him and threw insults like stones at Him.
... And those passing by were hurling abuse at Him ...
(Matthew 27: 38-39, 44)
- Yom Kippur Lottery (Killing the Goat).
Jesus, the Lord's Goat, was crucified north of the city and Judas, the scapegoat, hanged himself in the southern Hinnon Valley by the garbage dumps.
Now Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was expedient for one man to die on behalf of the people.
(John 18: 14)
» Choosing the Goat. Jesus was exchanged for two thieves on either side. One accepted Him. (Luke 23: 40)
» Gambling. They gambled for His clothes. (Matthew 27: 35)
- The Feet of the High Priest. His feet were bound and nailed then lifted up on a cross.
Although this seemed like total defeat, it still began the fulfillment of the prophecy about His rule.
As He was labeled "King of Jews" by the sign on the cross, His enemies were beneath His feet.
The LORD says to my Lord: "Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet".
(Psalm 110: 1)
- Cannibalism. The people grilled, roasted, chewed and spit on Him before He was swallowed up by death.
- Three Series of Rejections. The illumination ceremony became three hours of darkness. (Matthew 27: 45)
- Shofar (Tekia Gadola). He cried in a loud voice, and said that "It was finished" and died. (Matthew 27: 50)
- Earthquake. This is the last event of the seventh plague. It occurred at His death and resurrection (Matthew 27: 51; 28: 2).
He had conquered the land of Death and He now held the keys of death and Hell. The first and the second death.
And look, the veil of the temple was torn in two and the earth shook and the rocks were split.
The tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised.
(Matthew 27: 51-52 )
- "It is Finished". This is the same declaration that was made at the creation and at the end of the seven last plagues. God had recreated us!
Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine He said, "It is finished". And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit.
(John 19: 30)
Before He was consumed by the nations of the earth, a weary and exhausted Jesus stumbled under the weight of the cross. He had no strength. Simon of Cyrene had to carry the cross.
This also fulfilled the curse.
They will therefore stumble over each other as if running from the sword, although no one is pursuing; and you will have no strength to stand up before your enemies.
But you will perish among the nations, and your enemies' land will consume you.
(Leviticus 26: 37-38)
5. The Resurrection Victory
After the resurrection, the picture of Christ in the sanctuary is a positive one for Him and His church.
- Altar of Sacrifice. Christ broke free from the grave and the earth. We are now living sacrifices who have an indestructible High Priest and an unbreakable covenant.
This covenant will never be broken because God guarantees that we will be faithful through His Holy Spirit.
- Laver. The Holy Spirit is the laver who washes away sin by writing the law in our hearts.
Naked. The church has clothes. We will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. He not only gives us powerful gifts, He clothes us with righteousness.
And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.
(Luke 24: 49)
- Table of Shewbread. He ate and drank with them.
- Wine. He will not drink wine until He sees us in the New Jerusalem.
- Bread. Three separate events pointed to the Bread of Life. The disciples finally believed that He was alive. But more important, He was able to teach them the word of God and they were excited.
Finally, they recognized Him in the breaking of bread.
Breaking Bread: Jesus eats with them. When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them.
Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight.
They said to one another, "Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?"
They began to relate their experiences on the road and how He was recognized by them in the breaking of the bread.
Breaking Bread: Jesus in the Scriptures. Now He said to them, "These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled."
Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures,
and He said to them, "Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day,
(Luke 24: 30-32, 35, 44-46)
- Menorah. Jesus became the light that will shine on all nations. And a bright, powerful light disabled the guards when He was resurrected.
And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men.
(Matthew 28: 3-4)
- Altar of Incense. Jesus becomes our High Priest who intercedes forever.
- Inner Veil. He showed them the nail marks in His hands and feet, where His body was hung up on four hooks.
See My hands and My feet, that it is I Myself; touch Me and see, for a spirit does not have flesh and bones as you see that I have.
And when He had said this, He showed them His hands and His feet.
(Luke 24: 39-40)
- Ark of the covenant. His victory at the cross gave Him many rewards.
- Two Angels. He had two angels on either side of His grave. On the road to Emmaus, He had two disciples on either side of Him as He taught them.
And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been laying.
(John 20: 12)
And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem.
And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place.
While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them.
(Luke 24: 13-15)
- Shekinah Glory. He received the greatest honors, power and glory (Revelation 5: 12-14).
- Mercy Seat. We can now come boldly to the throne of God.
- Crown. He was crowned King of kings (Revelation 19: 14-16).
- Manna. He is the bread of life.
- Aaron's Rod. He sprang to life in the grave.
- Ten Commandments. The Holy Spirit can write the law in our hearts.
|Predictions of the Death on A Cross|
|See how the sanctuary showed how the body of Christ would be hung on four hooks and trapped on a cross.|
|See how the offering of a clean animal showed how the body of Christ would die on a cross.
He would be lifted up, arms stretched out with his hands and feet split.
Lifted Up And Stretched Out
» Breast Offering. This would be waved. This is the arms stretched out like wings.
» Thigh Offering. This would be lifted up.
The Animal Sacrifice
» Four Split Hooves. His hands and feet nailed.
» Chews Cud. Resurrected from the bowels of the earth
For dogs have surrounded me; a band of evildoers have encompassed me; they pierced my hands and my feet.
(Psalm 22: 16).
Decapitated On Golgotha.
Like the bird offering, His head was symbolically cut off in the place of the skull (Golgotha).
His wings are stretched out on the altar of incense like a bird and His body is protected in the Most Holy place on the ark of the covenant.
His body and arms have a resting place, but He has no place to lay His head.
It hangs over where the priest stands and is cut off by the priest as he applied the blood to the altar in a chopping motion downward seven times on the day of atonement.
» Name. He receives a new name in which all nations will be blessed.
and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.
(Luke 24: 47)
» Numbered. His disciples are now numbered among His witnesses who are on His side.
"You are witnesses of these things.
(Luke 24: 48)
» Hail Stones (Rock). This time the stone was removed so that He could come out of the grave.
But on the first day of the week, at early dawn, they came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared.
And they found the stone rolled away from the tomb,
but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
(Luke 24: 1-3)
» The Rock With the River.
Water poured out of the Rock like it did for Israel in the desert.
His strength had been dried up, but God was His Rock and source of strength who delivered Him.
I love You, O LORD, my strength.
The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised, and I am saved from my enemies.
(Psalm 18: 1-3)
» In the Air. They saw Him go up in the air as He ascended to heaven.
And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them.
While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven.
And they, after worshiping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy,
and were continually in the temple praising God.
(Luke 24: 50-53)
Sword. This time He will have the sword and army to conquer His enemies (Revelation 19: 14-16).
- Yom Kippur Lottery ("In the Most Holy Place"). The selection is over. The Lord's Goat has been sacrificed and Azazel has been thrown off Mount Zion. Now Jesus has legal power over His enemies.
He went to heaven, the Most Holy Place, to show Himself as the sacrifice.
And He said to them, "I was watching Satan fall from heaven like lightning.
Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing will injure you.
(Luke 10: 18-19)
Choosing the Goat. Jesus was exchanged for the sins of the world.
- The Feet of the High Priest. The angel was sitting at His feet.
- Three Acceptances. He was honored in three domains.
And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it.
And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying, "To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever."
(Revelation 5: 3, 13)
» Peter is a Rock that Feeds. Three times Jesus told Peter to feed His sheep if he loved Him (John 21: 15-17).
- Shofar. Heaven announced His victory in a loud voice.
saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing."
(Revelation 5: 12)
The Gift Of Christ
The Torn Veil. He made Heaven legally open to us.
The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And the earth shook and the rocks were split.
(Matthew 27: 51).
Technically, only the High Priest could enter the Most Holy place.
As our High Priest, He was making the Most Holy Place accessible to all priests.
Why was this important?
The seven last plagues make the wicked ineligible to enter even the outer court.
However, the righteous have become priests, and are therefore legally able to enter the Holy Place.
They can only enter the Most Holy Place as priests because of this last gift of Christ.
Christ tore the veil that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place at His death.
All priests could now enter the Most Holy Place, which is Heaven.
Symbolically, the veil was hung on four hooks and torn. This was His body dying on a cross hung by four nails.
|Wrath through Communion|
The Communion service is symbolic of the curse that we endure to remind us of the wrath that Christ suffered for us.
Jesus combines both a curse of cannibalism and a principle with this meal.
He has a meal where He chooses to establish His Name. (Deuteronomy 14: 23). This ultimate meal is Himself.
While they were eating Jesus took some bread, and after blessing, He broke it and gave it to all the disciples
and said "take, eat, this is My body".
And when He had taken a cup and given thanks , He gave it to them saying,
"Drink from it, all of you, for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sin".
(Matthew 26: 26-28).
The Torn Clothes.
He would be split in four places.
Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic;
Now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece.
So they said to one another, "Let us not tear it but cast lots for it"
(John 19: 23-24).
I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me. They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots.
(Psalm 22: 17-18).
The outer garment, like the veil, was His humanity, parted in four places. His hand and feet were split like the hooves of the clean animal.
The seamless inner garment was His divinity which could not be destroyed.
This also fulfilled another requirement.
Do not uncover your heads nor tear your clothes, so that you will not die and that He will
not become wrathful against the congregation.
(Leviticus 10: 6).
His divinity did not suffer wrath, but His humanity did because his physical and spiritual clothes (Outer garment and his body) were torn in four.
He Became The Curse For Us. He experienced the wrath of God for us. It is written in the final curse.
This curse was not initiated at Sinai with the Jews, it began with Adam and Eve.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us.
For it is written, "cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"
(Galatians 3: 13).
This duty is reflected in the Old Testament where the tribe of Levi and the high priest stood between the people and God so that
a plague does not break out on the people.
But the Levites shall camp around the tabernacle of the testimony, so that there will be no wrath on the congregation of the sons of Israel.
(Numbers 1: 53).
|Death by Baptism|
Baptism is symbolic of the death to sin that we die to remind us of the death that Christ died for us.
It is our first death. The second death has no power over us.
He [Aaron] took his stand between the dead and the living, so that the plague was checked.
(Numbers 16: 48). See also (Numbers 8: 19).
He Died For Us. Ultimately, He died as a substitute for our sins because He fulfilled every image of sin on the cross.
He made Him who knew no sin to became sin for us ...
(2 Corinthians 5: 21)
Resurrection. He proved the resurrection by allowing the first fruits to be raised from the dead. (Matthew 27: 52-53)
Remembering Through The Substitutes
Christ substituted baptism for the first death and the bread and wine of communion for the wrath of God.
This is a gift through which we remember what God has suffered in our place.
This is why baptism and communion are necessary.
They cannot save us. But they are the only memories we have of what was done to save us.
When we participate, we remember the works of God. And God can legally claim that we have satisfied the punishment of the curse of the law.
See how easy God made it for us!
Repetition and Enlargement
The Exodus of the Righteous Israel :
Christ suffered the signs of the plagues at His exodus from the world. All the righteous live through the wrath of God on the wicked before their exodus.
|# ||Israel from Egypt||Jesus||# ||Seven Last Plagues |
|1 ||Blood in the nile ||Blood and water came from His side||2-3 ||Blood to bathe in and drink |
|2 ||Frogs from the nile
||The accusations by the 3 powerful groups.
» Dragon. Satan sent Rome.
» Beast. Rome and the government.
» False Prophet. The priests lied.
|6 ||Euphrates dries up. Three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, beast and false prophet
|3 ||Flies from the dust ||The people surrounded Him like bees||6 ||Surrounded by the wicked |
|4 ||Insects destroy crops||There were no crops. The fig tree failed. The Jewish people abandoned Him. The disciples scattered and abandoned Him because they could not take the "heat" ||4 ||Heat hurts people and destroys crops and causes famine |
|5 ||Disease on animals ||The people behaved like wild animals||1 ||Disease in the people|
|6 ||Sores on the people ||Body was torn and scourged with a whip and sharp instruments||1 ||Sores on the people |
|7 ||Hail ||They spit on Him and threw insults at Him. An earthquake occurred at His death||7 ||Hail and an earthquake destroy the world |
|8 ||Locusts ||The Roman army division, a cohort (480) and the mob who arrested Him||6 ||An army gathers for the war of Armageddon |
|9 ||Darkness ||Darkness for three hours||5 ||Darkness on the throne of the beast |
|10||Death of first born. |
False Gods judged
|Jesus was the firstborn and only Son of God, condemned for claiming to be God ||7||Death for the wicked. |
False religion destroyed
Study to show yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.
2 Timothy 2: 15
||Time: 70 minutes
Print: 14 pages
Updated : December 8, 2004. June 2005. December 2007
Credits: The Bible and the Holy Spirit. God revealed this information to me between 2002 and 2003.
All of this information is as a result of the gift of knowledge.
Author: Laverna Patterson Editor: Patterson (January 2008)
All images were created by Laverna Patterson and are the property of teachinghearts.