MAKING THE ARK MODEL
This is the introduction, how all the following came to pass
“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was the life; and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in the darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.” John 1:1-5
As I grew up from my youth there grew a keen awareness that there was more to all this, that there was another deeper layer of meaning in the Word of God (Bible) if I could only find that light in my darkness to shine upon my understanding so that I could comprehend the larger picture of “42” (from the Hitch Hikers guide to the Galaxy) the question of Life the Universe and everything, which is Seven multiplied by Six, Ying and Yang Good versus Evil. There grew a desire to look at this from a Jewish perspective, but God in his infinite wisdom banned me from talking to the local Rabbi’s etc so it was up to me to follow Gods providential leadings. What arose from all this was that what I had suspected was correct, the New Testament was built on the Old Testament so when the Disciples and Paul wrote, they were talking to people that already know the Hebrew/Jewish ceremonies and base principles so they never talked about basic principles but built on them. I did not have the base principles so it did not make sense, “Forest Tree Syndrome”, it was there but I could not see it in overview.
So started my search of what rules God’s run by, and so facet by facet was revealed as to what I latter called “GOD’s IMMUTABLE PRINCIPALS” so now I understood God better and so then the Plan of Salvation came into view but I could not see it from God’s side so I went backwards to the basics as I always do when stumped to build it up from the bottom, so there I was back at the start and here is what I discovered.
GOD’s IMMUTABLE PRINCIPALS
1/ I change not, I am the same yesterday today and forever
Heb 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today and forever”
Mal 3:6 “For I am the Lord, I change not”
2/ You sin you Die
Eze 18:4 “Behold, all souls are mine, as the souls of the father, so are the soul of the son mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.”
Eze 18:20 “The soul that sinneth, it shall die: the son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son; the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him”
Rom 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of GOD is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord”
3/ No Blood, Sin Remains
Heb 9:22 “and almost all things are by the LAW purged with blood: and without shedding of blood is no remission”
Matt 26:28 “for this is my blood of the new testament (covenant), which is shed for many for the remission of sins”
Rom 3:25 “Whom GOD hath set forth to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins, that are past, through the forbearance of God”
4/ You reap what you sow
Galatians 6:7 “be not deceived, God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that also shall he reap”
Job 4:8 “Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity and sow wickedness, reap the same”
Psa 126:5 “They that sow in tears: shall reap in joy”
Hosea 10:12 “Sow to yourself in righteousness, reap in mercy: break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you.”
Hosea 8:7 “For they have sown the wind, and reap the whirlwind:”
Galatians 6:8 “For he that soweth to his flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption: but he that soweth to the spirit, shall of the spirit reap life everlasting”
Proverbs 22:8 “He that soweth iniquity, shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail”
Proverbs 28:13 “He that covereth his sins, shall not prosper: but who so confesseth and forsaketh them, shall have mercy.”
Luke 6:38 “Give, and it shall be given unto you, good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give unto your bosom: for with the same measure that ye mete withall, it shall be measured to you again.”
Rev 22:12 “And behold I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his works shall be”
5/ Don’t work Don’t eat
Gen 3:19 “In the sweat of thy face shalt though eat bread, till though return unto the ground; for out of it wast though taken: for dust though art, and unto dust though shalt return”
Proverbs 6:6-11 “Go to the ant, though sluggard; consider her ways and be wise: which having no guide, overseer or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt though sleep, O sluggard? When wilt thou arise out of thy sleep? Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.”
6/ GOD won’t share
Exodus 20:5 “Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them (Idols), nor serve them: for I the LORD thy GOD am a jealous GOD, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me”
Matt 6:24 “No man can serve two masters: for either he shall hate one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.”
Matt 12:30 “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad”
7/ God’s great anomalies
- Be Great, be a servant Matt 20:27 “and whosoever will be a chief among you, let him be your servant:” Matt 11:11 “Verily I say unto you, among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: not withstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.”
- Be whole, be broken Matt 21:44 “and whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder”
- Be rich, be poor Matt 19:21 “Jesus said unto him, if thou wilt be perfect, go sell that thou hast and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me”
Matt 19:24 “and again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven”
Matt 6:21 “For where thy treasure is, there will be your heart also”
- Live, then die Mark 8:35 “for whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s the same shall save it”
Gal 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me”
- Be filled, then hunger (for eternity) Matt 5:6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled”
- Be quenched, then thirst Matt 5:6 “Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled” John 4:14 “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
- Be old, then be a child Matt 19:14 “Jesus said, suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for such is the kingdom of heaven”
The Ark of the Covenant
For nearly 20 years I sat on a set of audio cassettes on the sanctuary but with the Doctor Ford debacle I was not comfortable with his thesis so would not be drawn into discussions because I did not understand the original so whenever I tried to research the tapes I failed so put them away again for another day. Well out they came and I could at last understand what was being said as it made sense. Add to this I had access to Ron Wyatt and Jonathan Gray’s research and watched their videos and read their text and then did a search on the Internet and found a lot of conflicting information but some made sense and some challenged me to go on checking it out and I have accepted that which complies with God’s Principles.
About this time Nov/Dec 1998 I felt a very strong urge to build a model of the sanctuary so that I could follow through the systems and thus more fully understand so when all else fails, go back to the beginning and start with the basics and build it up from there. Well the start is Exodus 25:8 “And let them make me a sanctuary that I may dwell with them.” so therefore the sanctuary is the fullest revelation of what God has done and what God is up to. Cute to notice that the first thing that God asks Moses and later Bezaleel ben Uri (whose name appropriately means, “In the shadow of El (GOD), the son of my light) was the Ark of the Covenant, if that’s where they started, then so should I.
Exodus 25:10-15 and Exodus 37:1-9 are the steps taken but this left me a little in the dark until I understood that the Jews/Hebrews left out details that you already knew so there were details that had to be gleaned from other texts to complete the drawings for its construction details. Well that’s easy, just take the biblical dimensions, multiply by the conversion factor and hey presto we have it in Metric Millimetres. Well that’s easy so I bought some timber to run up a model but as I was getting serious about starting to cut God gave me a hard time and I could not start work on it as I was blocked. Much thinking, Is this an acceptable thing to do?? YES. Is this the correct time to make this?? YES, well what’s wrong God?? Dimensions wrong.
Dimensions wrong, not possible, but we shall check again. Read the bible, yes I had written down the dimensions correctly. Conversion factor Hebrew Cubit =500mm, yes?? Check multiplication yes correct, ok let’s go, NO. Why not God?? Dimensions wrong. Get real, I have checked them out and they are accurate to the millimetre so where am I wrong?? They used Egyptian cubits. Quick check showed that for many years after the Exodus, the Hebrews stuck with the Egyptian Cubit (cubit=524mm) until they corrected the exaggeration of the Egyptians and adopted the Hebrew cubit (cubit=500mm). God can I start now?? YES.
Well the easiest place to start is the Ark itself and then pick up the Mercy Seat later (Note there are SEVEN pieces of furniture in the sanctuary= perfection/completion). The Ark has a secondary meaning in Hebrew, Coffin. Brain does a flip, but wait, if you are not covered by the Yom Kippur blood then the lack of mercy means the Law kills you with the second death and you are dead in your trespasses and sins, removed from Israel forever. (Isra = son of, El = God or combined we have Son of God). Matthew 12:30 “He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad” warns us that there are only TWO camps and fence sitters are against God.
Making the box was simply two pairs of flat panels with a crown on top. What is a crown?? Well Hebrew has lots of cute plays on words to simplify and to clarify. Crown and frog/frog hop are synonymous so off to the Zoo and the reptilian amphibian section for the parabolic curve for a frog hop. This was then translated to the correct dimension and set so that there is a continual ring of hops about the top of the ark. LESSON: As far as the east is from the west so are my sins removed from me. What you sow so shall you also reap means that the consequences of what I do, or do not do, will ripple on forever because we cannot go back and correct them. Hence the frogs of unconfessed sin and consequences of sin hop on forever as there is no end either way to stop the hoping frog. The sanctuary shows you how to kill the frog of sin, Psa 103:12 “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us” but the consequences of what we do and do not do form our character and appear to go on forever throughout eternity. In human terms, let’s say you were not at the birth of your child, can you ever do anything to turn back the clock so that you can experience it again for yourself, NO. You can only comprehend it from the witness’s verbal reports, maybe film footage, and from other experiences you may have had; i.e. it was like the birth of our other child but quicker, longer, harder and easier etc. The real experience is lost to you forever.
Crown fitted, so now down to the carry poles. Well this ark is being made so that it can be collapsed down into panels for storage/transport so had better make them in two pieces so that we can keep the length down, so the carry poles were made of exhaust tubing for light weight construction. During this time whenever I tried to phone people or visit them God jammed things so that there was no way I could get ideas other than what God revealed to me thus reinforcing that this was something for me to do. I kept bugging God about how to make the “Mercy Seat”, make the angels and especially the angel wings but every time I ganged up on God to push an issue for more information, the word came back down that there would be no more instalments until I had completed the task at hand given to me. My brother was roped into machining and welding into the handles the adaptors to make the carry poles and thus they were completed. On the way home with the poles in the boot, I was about to barrage God for the next instalment like I had been doing for many days but the reply had always been the same, “You finish the poles first then I will tell you about wings”, well I had hardly started the journey when God in a micro second gave me the answer as a bible verse Isa 40:31 “but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint”; “GOD, you’ve got me again I burst out,” and then start laughing, and GOD joins in laughing as well for in that bolt of inspiration I had all my answers as to the type and form of angel wings.
How the wings are placed is simply to slowly read the bible verses looking at them as a Hebrew and Exodus 25:19 “and the cherubim’s shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings….” Here we have a double plural where Cherubim’s are plural i.e. TWO and THEIR wings is plural so we have four wings making an umbrella roof type form of cover over the mercy seat, or an umbrella. Well that is not rocket science now, is it??
Where do the angels stand on the mercy seat, that’s easy, dead centre at each end so let’s get on with it, “Wrong,” God shouts back to me. Back to the bible for clarification, nothing in Exodus chapter 25. Let’s try Bezaleel’s account of what he did in Exodus Chapter 37 and there it was in verse 8 “one cherub on the end on this side, and another cherub on the other end on that side: out of the mercy seat made he the Cherubim’s on the two ends thereof.” Think Think. !!!!Yes, that fits the rules, High Priest ONLY stands on the North side so all measurements and distances are measured from that side. This makes the angel on the High Priests left hand side to be the closest to him in the front corner (God’s right hand) and the other to be in the back corner (God’s left hand), ok cool with that concept. Now that means the angel on God’s right will be Jesus Acts 7:55 “and he, (Stephen) being full of the Holy Ghost looked up steadfastly into heaven, and saw the glory of God, (shekinah) and Jesus standing on the right hand of God,” so Stephen was looking into the Most Holy place and looking from the North side in the position of high priest
Now who is the angel at the back?? Now we find in Ezekiel 28:16 “By the multitude of thy merchandise they have filled the midst of thee with violence, and thou hast sinned: therefore I will cast thee as profane out of the mountain of God: and I will destroy thee, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.” Well surprise surprise it was the post held by Satan, the devil, Lucifer, who was at the highest possible angelic (created being) post cause next up the pecking order is Jesus (God’s son) and top post is God (shekinah) himself so as Satan wanted to move one square to his right and bump God off his role and thus jump two posts higher and thus ascend above God, he has and will crash and burn. Well who took Satan post and got that impossible big promotion, no name is given but in the garden of Gethsemane (Hebrew for Olive Press; Christ had to suffer the biggest squeeze of all time when our sins squeezed him to taste marrah or death for us, or Hebrew for drinking the cup right down to the bitter dregs or marrah and Marrah in Hebrew=Death) we have all the players from the mercy seat scrapping it out. God is there, Christ who is the angel in ascendancy, Satan the old second in command and the new second in command are here in the conflict of all ages and thus God won, we obtained a Yom Kippur goat that will remove all the sins off the “Ark of the Covenant” and Christ our Melchisedec high priest/king will place these onto Satan, the looser goat (Azazel)and he shall bear them (all forgiven sins of the redeemed) away from us and we shall see him and our sins no more. Look at it from another Hebrew prospective we have God, the highest Angel and two goats, one Azazel and the other the Yom Kippur goat in conflict in Gethsemane, spot on as both goats must be there present together before God the Father at the same time and place before the sacrifice Jesus was crucified just a few hours later.
Proof time about the angel on the back of the mercy seat. “This day with God” page 49 EG White shares this insight with us and I quote “When in the garden of Gethsemane, the cup of suffering was placed in the Saviour’s hand, the thought came to him, Should he drink it or should he leave the world to perish in sin? His suffering was too great for human comprehension. As the agony of soul came upon him, “His sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22:44). The mysterious cup trembled in his hand. In this awful crisis, when everything was at stake, the mighty angel who stands in God’s presence, came to the side of Christ, not to take the cup from his hand, but to strengthen him to drink it, with the assurance of the Father’s love.” This mighty Angel is now named in the book of Luke1:19 “And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to show thee these glad tidings.” So we have the two covering angels from the lid of the Ark named as Christ/Messiah and Gabriel.
Note: With the Messiah missing from off the lid of the ark then God had only the Angel to his left to lead out in any high powered delegation assignments as there is nobody else available.
So you picture Satan pressing his demonic evil onto Christ to break or cause him to sin John10:30 “I and my Father are one” so God is there in Christ, and Satan’s replacement, being the Angel in the highest possible position next to God the father, is there to make sure fair play goes on so you can imagine the shear wrath and vengeance spewing forth from the devil being heaped on Christ to get at the three that have the posts on the Mercy Seat and he wants to kick them all off and replace them with himself and his team and at the same time to rip out the contents of the ark and trash them. This is an “All bets are off” war and grand finale.
Now let’s go back to the North side of the ark. For those that know the sanctuary well will know that the priests walked in and out on the north side only past the “table of shew bread” so traveling into the sanctuary (westward) the only piece of furniture on the centre line are the Brazen altar in the courtyard, the Laver in the courtyard and then in the Holy Place we have the Altar of Incense, the Ark of the covenant being end on so you have to go around the side to get to it. Let me prove my case now. From the Internet there is an article on the “500 Cubit Square Temple Mount” sorry I do not have the address as I would like to visit the site again but cannot find it, all I have is “temple_ark.html”. Anyway the author states that from the receptacle ground into the top of the dome of the rock for the ark of the covenant puts it narrow end to the curtain and as the poles are 10 cubits long in a 10×10 cubit square room you have no room but to carry it straight in and put it down on the floor. Guess what, I had great difficulties with this as it is wrong way round from ALL the pictures that I have ever seen in my life.
Test by the rules: Yom Kippur is the only list we have to test the ark orientation from so let us look at it by using this as our measure, firstly as in the pictures wide side to the curtain but first let’s line out the rules that we shall measure this all by and the Bible supplies it all.
A/ Leviticus 16:2 “and the Lord said unto Moses, speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the Holy Place within the veil (Most Holy Place) before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat.”
B/ Leviticus 16:12, 13 “and he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the altar before the Lord (altar of incense), and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the veil: and he shall put the incense upon the fire before the lord, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony, that he die not:”
C/ Leviticus 16:14 “and he will take the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastwards; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle the of the blood with his finger seven times.” NOTE: Nobody to ever touch the Ark.
OK now let’s walk the rules through the sanctuary to see if they fit certain styles and we will start with wide side to the curtain as per most pictures. Rule (a) “says enter wrong, or with sins unconfessed and you are dead”, so no problem here as have confessed sins and sacrificed to cover them. Rule (b) Oops we just killed the High Priest as he is looking directly at the Shekinah the moment he steps through the veil as requested, without a chance to comply by making a cloud of incense in the most holy place. Rule (c) says sprinkle blood eastwards, that’s easy as he is facing westwards so that makes it in the front. Second place for blood is in the front, but wait a minute we have already done that so why bother doing it again in the same place. God could have said to sprinkle the blood 14 times in the front instead of seven times and another seven times. I see we have a few problems here so let us try the other way around and see if we can remove some or these problems.
Narrow side to the curtain now. OK now let’s walk the rules through the sanctuary to see if they fit. Rule (a) “says enter wrong and you are dead”, so no problem here same as before. Rule (b) No problem as the High Priest is shielded from looking directly at the Shekinah by the wings of the angel standing on the end of the ark in front of him facing God with his back to the High Priest, thus the High Priest has a chance to comply by making a cloud of incense in the most holy place before stepping around the angel in ascendancy to look at the incense shielded shekinah. Rule (c) says sprinkle blood eastwards, that’s easy as he is facing southwards so that makes it to his left and towards the way he came into the most holy place and the veil. Second place for blood is in the front, so that is easy the front is right in front of him in front of the mercy seat. Hey no problems here we comply so this is correct the narrow end of the ark must be towards the veil and the altar of incense.
Why did God ask for the blood to be in two places on the mercy seat?? Let’s look at where the blood is placed. First place is “Eastward” which makes it at the feet of the Angel in ascendancy or at Gods right hand or at Jesus’s feet who is the provider of the most crucial ingredient, which is the Yom Kippur blood that removes the sins of Israel and makes them finally pure forever. Now that is not rocket science is it, the priest is just acknowledging the giver of the gift firstly, and that is polite and politically correct manners. Second place is “Front” dead centre where our sin sits, in front of God (Shekinah) and over the Law/Covenant that sinners break thus the blood acknowledges the “Being redeemed” sinners guilt and pleads the mercy of God to forgive. Hey, why blood?? Well Hebrews 9:22 “and almost all things are by the LAW purged with blood: and without shedding of blood is no remission” gives the answer of NO BLOOD, SIN REMAINS, Leviticus 17:11 “For the life of the flesh [is] in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it [is] the blood [that] maketh an atonement for the soul.” and Romans 6:23 “for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of GOD is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” so we need a perfect sacrifice to remove our sin and we cannot provide it for we are all sinners planet earth and all therein is stained by sin, so God provides a perfect solution by giving us the Messiah.
Now let’s move on to the Yom Kippur to fill in what is happening in the cycle of things in the Jewish/Hebrew year. Let’s turn to Leviticus Chapter 16 for the method and procedures, so to make it easy here it is in entirety. King James edition used.
(1) And the Lord spake unto Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron when they offered before the Lord and died; (2) and the Lord said unto Moses, speak unto Aaron thy brother, that he come not at all times into the Holy Place within the veil before the mercy seat, which is upon the ark; that he die not: for I will appear in the cloud upon the mercy seat. (3) Thus shall Aaron come into the holy place: with a young bullock for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. (4) He shall put on the holy linen coat, and he shall have the linen breeches upon his flesh, and shall be girded with a linen girdle, and with the linen mitre shall he be attired: these are holy garments; therefore shall he wash his flesh in water, and so put them on. (5) And he shall take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for a burnt offering. (6) And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an atonement for himself, and for his house. (7) And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the Lord at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. (8) And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one lot for the Lord and the other lot for Azazel. (9) And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the Lord’s lot fell and offer him for a sin offering. (10) But the goat on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat (Azazel or Satan/the devil), shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into the wilderness. (11) And Aaron shall bring the bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and shall make an atonement for himself, and for his house, and shall kill the bullock of the sin offering which is for himself: (12) And he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the altar before the Lord, and his hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the Vail: (13) And he shall put the incense upon the fire before the Lord, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat that is upon the testimony, that he die not: (14) And he shall take the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger upon the mercy seat eastward; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger seven times. (15) Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood within the Vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the mercy seat, and before the mercy seat: (16) And he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the uncleanness of the children of Israel and because of their transgressions in all their sins: and so shall he do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth upon them in the midst of their uncleanness. (17) And there shall be no man in the tabernacle of the congregation when he goeth in to make an atonement in the holy place, until he come out, and have made an atonement for himself, and for his household, and for all the congregation of Israel (18) And he shall go out unto the altar that is before the Lord (altar of Incense), and make an atonement for it; and shall take of the blood of the bullock, and of the blood of the goat, and put it upon the horns of the altar round about. (19) And he shall sprinkle of the blood upon it seven times, and cleanse it, and hallow it from the uncleanness of the children of Israel. (20) And when he hath made an end of reconciling the holy place, and the tabernacle of the congregation, and the altar, he shall bring the live goat (Azazel): (21) And Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat, and confess over him all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions in all their sins, putting them upon the head of the goat, (22) and shall send him away by the hand of a fit man into the wilderness: and the goat shall bear upon him all their iniquities unto a land not inhabited: and he shall let go the goat in the wilderness. (23) And Aaron shall come into the tabernacle of the congregation, and shall put off the linen garments, which he put on when he went into the holy place, and shall leave them there: (24) And he shall wash his flesh with water in the holy place, and shall put on his garments, and come forth, and offer his burnt offering, and the burnt offering of the people, and make an atonement for himself, and for the people. (25) And the fat of the sin offering shall he burn upon the altar. (26) And he that let go the goat for the scapegoat (Azazel) shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterward come into the camp. (27) And the bullock for the sin offering, and the goat for the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, shall one carry forth without the camp; and they shall burn in the fire their skins, and their flesh and their dung (internal organs). (28) And he that burneth them shall wash his clothes, and bathe his flesh in water, and afterwards he shall come into the camp. (29) and this shall be a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that sojourneth among you: (30) For on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye may be clean from all your sins before the Lord. (31) It shall be a Sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict your souls, by a statute forever. (32) And the priest, whom he shall anoint, and whom he shall consecrate to minister in the Priest’s office in his father’s stead, shall make an atonement, and shall put on the linen clothes, even the holy garments: (33) And he shall make an atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make an atonement for the tabernacle of the congregation, and for the altar, and he shall make an atonement for the priests, and for all the people of the congregation. (34) And this shall be an everlasting statute unto you, to make an atonement for the children of Israel for all their sins once a year. And he did as the Lord commanded Moses.
Now let’s put this into sequence. Seventh Month, Tenth day is Yom Kippur (Great day of Atonement); remember 7 = God and 10 = Perfection and Order so we have a very solemn Sabbath and this is the last activity in the Hebrew calendar so this is the great mop up of the years past sins/mistakes/blemishes and the end of planet earth as we know it, as it needs destroying to create a wilderness for Azazel.
Let me quote the rules from Leviticus 23:26-32
“26 And the Lord spake unto Moses saying, 27 Also on the tenth day of this seventh month there shall be a day of atonement: it shall be a holy convocation unto you; and ye shall afflict your souls, and offer an offering made by fire unto the Lord. 28 And ye shall do no work in that same day: for it is a day of atonement, to make an atonement for you before the Lord Your God. 29 For whatsoever soul it be that shall not be afflicted in that same day, he shall be cut off from among his people. 30 And whatsoever soul it be that doeth any work in that same day, the same soul will I destroy from among his people. 31 Ye shall do no manner of work: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your dwellings. 32 It shall be unto you a Sabbath of rest, and ye shall afflict your souls: in the ninth day of the month at even, from even unto even, shall ye celebrate your Sabbath.
Leviticus Chapter 4 tells us where the blood from sacrifices goes. Priest & All Israel blood on Altar of incense, All other persons the sin goes on the Bronze Altar of burnt offering in the courtyard of the congregation.
Sorry about the detour but we need to cover these points so that we can start.
1/ High Priest washes himself with water at the Laver in the courtyard
2/ High Priest dresses himself in his robe of office
3/ Brings His Bullock for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering
4/ Israel to provide and two goats for a sin offering
5/ Israel to provide 3pm afternoon burnt offering
6/ Casts lots on the goats to sort out which is the Messiah and which is Azazel
7/ Brings his bullock for His sin offering, confess his and his households sin on it, slay it and collect blood in a bowl.
8/ Take Messiah Goat and slay it and collect blood in a bowl
9/ Take both bowls of blood as well as the Yom Kippur censer to Altar of incense
10/ Place coals into censer from off the altar and hook on his arm, scoop up both hands full of “A” grade fine Incense and step through the Vail. Stand still and place the incense into censer to make a cloud of smoke to protect him from the Shekinah protected by the upstretched pair of wings on the end of the ark in front of him and leaves the censer on the floor inside the Vail until atonement has been completed.
11/ Now get the bowl of Bullock blood, step around to the north side of the ark and face the shekinah, covered by smoke and sprinkle it seven times eastwards on the messiah’s feet and then seven times on the front of the mercy seat for his and his households sins. Done properly and the High Priest is still alive and sinless and able to move on to atone for Israel
12/ Now blood of goat can be applied in the same manner to the lid of the ark which is the mercy seat and if the High Priest is still alive then the sacrifice is acceptable and he is able to cleanse the altar of incense and place the sins on Azazel.
13/ Psa 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” so now it is a time commune with God and God to talk audibly to the High Priest, should he choose to do so at this time. This portion could take some time as God tutors the High Priest. As there is NOBODY in the sanctuary, the bells on the fringe of the bottom of his robe tinkling is all that there is to confirm life and it was not unheard of, so tradition says for there to be a rope tied to his leg so that they can retrieve his corpse by the rope should anything go wrong.
14/ Exit most holy place till next year. Cleanse the altar of incense with Bullock blood seven times on the horns on each corner. Cleanse the altar of incense with goat’s blood seven times on the horns on each corner. Remember this is sprinkling and he NEVER touches either of the three pieces of furniture here (Altar of incense, Ark= box, Mercy seat = lid)
15/ Exit to courtyard to place BOTH hands on Azazel (Note: this is a weight bearing lean/push down on the head of the animal not a light touch) and place all the sins harvested from the sanctuary onto Azazel and the fit man takes Azazel into an uninhabited wilderness and lets him go. This action removes all the sins forever from Israel and are never to be seen again forever. Any person in Israel that still has sin remaining unconfessed is also removed from Israel forever, never to be seen again and God destroys them just like Azazel.
16/ High Priest blesses a sinless Israel
17/ High Priest then re-enters Holy Place, washes himself again with water, removes his robes leaving them there in the Holy Place and dresses in other robes
18/ Offers his ram burnt offering for himself and his Household (Thank offering for God’s protection in sparing his life and redeeming him)
19/ Offers Afternoon (3pm) burnt offering at the same time for ALL Israel
20/ Priests swing into action and clean up the dead bodies of the Goat and the Bullock as per the rules laid out in Leviticus 16:25-28.
OK you say but that was for the Jews and does not apply now. Well let’s look at Hebrews 13:8 and Malachi 3:6 where we find that God and Jesus (Messiah) refuse to change anything for anybody so systems continue always so we live in the period of Yom Kippur “Spiritual” because type met antitype at Calvary where the blood was shed that closed down everything and Yom Kippur shows us the mechanism and or activity that is happening in the Heavenly Sanctuary of which the earth once had a copy. Referring to Daniel 8:14 “and he said unto me, unto 2300 days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed” or as Israelites would comprehend it “unto 2300 days; then shall Yom Kippur” which from Ezra chapter 7 we get the time line that finishes on October 22 1844 and most likely 3pm in the afternoon if you want the most accurate time. Thus God has given us a picture before it happens, John 14:29 “and now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe” so we are forewarned as to what is happening in heaven now because Yom Kippur is going on and when it is complete then Revelations 22:11 is fulfilled “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he that is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still” or the parable of the Sheep and the Goats is fulfilled as ALL mankind that ever drew breath has been sorted for life eternal or death eternal and paid for their Evil deeds done in the flesh by their death (shed blood sort of atones for their sins) but they are still Eternally dead. Note: 2300 day prophecy to come in a latter chapter
Now God has only one son and he is to be sacrificed once only so at the end of this spiritual Yom Kippur sinners are removed from existence or they die the second death which is eternally dead and those whose sins are covered/removed by the blood because they have confessed their sins and have forsaken evil, made restitution to those offended are the redeemed of all ages and leave planet earth for the “Jubilee” in Heaven while Satan ( Azazel) is banished to this earth as a wilderness without living soul for 1000 years (millennium) which is his punishment for getting the redeemed saints into sin or for the redeemed we have the year of Jubilee which we shall cover next.
NOTE: God gives us a freewill choice, either we pay the debt ourselves individually and die eternally or get a “Kinsman Redeemer” to pay the debt for us and Live Eternally. The “Kinsman Redeemer” is the Messiah, Jesus Christ. If you are sinless at the end of Yom Kippur then you have life eternal and are sinless forever as the Devil is thrown into the lake of fire along with death and hell, the beast and the false prophet and all those who failed to measure up, so that is the end of them. PS Hell does not exist forever burning in front of the redeemed for the Bible tells us in Revelation 21:1 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” shows that the new earth is built on the old one, i.e. we are back to Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” so here we are back at the beginning again. Let’s move on to what happens to the redeemed by looking at the Jubilee.
For Jubilee we need to quote the rules Leviticus 25:8-17; “8 And thou shalt number seven Sabbaths of years unto thee, seven times seven years; and the space of the seven Sabbaths of years shall be unto thee forty and nine years. 9 Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month, in the Day of Atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound throughout all your land. 10 And ye shall hallow the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you; and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family. 11 A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed. 12 For it is the jubilee; it shall be holy unto you: ye shall eat the increase thereof out of the field. 13 In the year of this jubilee ye shall return every man unto his possession. 14 And if thou sell ought unto thy neighbour, or buyest ought of thy neighbour’s hand, ye shall not oppress one another: 15 According to the number of years after the jubilee thou shalt buy of thy neighbour, and according unto the number of years of the fruits he shall sell unto thee: 16 According to the multitude of years thou shalt increase the price thereof, and according to the fewness of years thou shalt diminish the price of it: for according to the number of the years of the fruits doth he sell unto thee. 17 Ye shall not therefore oppress one another; but thou shalt fear thy God: for I am the LORD your God.”
Now you ask, What on earth are you talking about?? How come you are way off here on a tangent?? Stay with me and all shall come very clear.
Now Jubilee as we have seen is a period when you can buy and trade, but at the end of 49 Years the slave is freed, the land purchased is returned to its rightful owner and all is returned back the way it was. The rich loose access to fields, vineyards and olive groves etc that were purchased over and above their inheritance as a Tribe/Family but they have had time to improve the asset and to make profits from it. The poor who were forced to sell out due to whatever circumstances has another chance to run the family business so they get the family home and lands back ready for a fresh new start at life.
Now comes the good part, for one year, Jubilee, there is only one thing you are permitted to do and that is to “PARTY, PARTY, PARTY”. This is a year of fellowship, getting to know the family again, to catch up on old times and for those born elsewhere other than in the family home to get to know their relatives and to enjoy living in the old homestead and to soak up the atmosphere, stories and to really get to know the Uncles, Aunts, Cousins etc. The rule is very clear and verse eleven states “A jubilee shall that fiftieth year be unto you: ye shall not sow, neither reap that which groweth of itself in it, nor gather the grapes in it of thy vine undressed” so this is a Sabbath and there will be NO Work of any kind for this year as God will provide for this year and the next year after Jubilee and then you are on your own to grow, plant, Harvest etc to feed yourselves. Now Israel is back at the start point again ready to move forward.
Hey, that was for them, what relevance is there today?? Well probably not much for us westerners of free enterprise as we buy, trade, sell, move etc anywhere but for subsistence farmers etc the family land is critical for without it you die so these principals are still applicable today. There is a spiritual application that I believe God is trying to teach us and that is that Spiritual Israel (the redeemed remnant from all ages from Planet Earth) have actually lost their inheritance to Satan “The Prince of this World”, through Sin, the “Kinsman Redeemer” (The Messiah) has bought back everything through his precious blood and will give it all back to us as an eternal inheritance and to open the new era gives us Jubilee to fellowship and get to know the members of our tribe (remember that from Revelations there are still 12 tribes that enter their own twelve gates into New Jerusalem) and to form a bond and support group for each other. Boy there are sure going to be some great pow wow sessions as we each share what God has done for us. Now because the earth is the ONLY place where it is safe to keep the Devil for his Yom Kippur Desert experience this means that the redeemed have to ALL vacate the premises to make planet Earth a desert.
1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18 states and I quote “13 But I would have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep (dead) that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. 14 for if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus (Grave yards) will God bring with him. 15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. 16 For the Lord himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.”
Now from the above we know that at death NOBODY leave planet earth but stays here in quarantine until sin can be dealt with and then the dead in Christ rise first with their new bodies and then those alive are translated up behind the dead and receive their new bodies at that same time so God in his infinite wisdom moves Israel en mass from Egypt (Sin) to Israel/Canaan (Promised Land) Heaven/New Jerusalem which is our inheritance lost to Satan and sin and now returned to us: JUBILEE. The earth is desolate and destroyed by the brightness of Christs coming and all un dead sinners die and I quote 2. Thessalonians 2:8 “And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:” and from Revelation 19:21 “And the remnant were slain with the sword of him that sat upon the horse, which [sword] proceeded out of his mouth: and all the fowls were filled with their flesh.”
That means that the redeemed from all ages live in the New Jerusalem in heaven for the Millennium or 1000 year Sabbath rest as life on this earth has been here approx. 6000 years so it needs a complete rest (Shabbat), Satan needs his “Wilderness experience” to contemplate the mayhem that he has created and we need a Jubilee so God in his infinite wisdom has it all harmoniously working. The end of Revelations gives us that after sin and sinners, Satan and his angels have been burned up root and branch then God makes Isaiah 66:22 “For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith the LORD, so shall your seed and your name remain.”
And 2. Peter 3:13 “Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” so there can never be an eternally burning hell over all the earth as the redeemed are living here on the earth made new. Revelation 21:4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.” so this proves that in eternity you can never go over to a place and watch the lost bouncing about in the flames, and I do not think that would be pleasurable, let alone having to live next to it for eternity. That is certainly not what I could call paradise and a compassionate God if there is the lost bouncing about eternally screaming while the redeemed are trying to get on with life. So you see it is a ploy of Satan to heap his profile onto God and to take God’s profile for himself to make Sin look great and righteousness look bad and evil and restrictive from a vengeful God, so do not be deceived, God is absolutely fair, honest and way beyond reproach.
In Conclusion: The lost are punished and despatched never to be seen again (eternally dead, non-existent), the earth is purified by fire which removes sin and Satan and the stain of sin is gone; so God starts again with a New Heaven and a new Earth wherein dwelleth righteousness, the home base for the redeemed and heavens government which is the New Jerusalem. In the book of Hebrews 3:13 “But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” we are encouraged to be aware of Yom Kippur so that we can have Jubilee and then Eternity. Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.” promises us eternal youth, that is the Fountain of youth is the “Tree of Life”
CONTENTS of the ARK
Now that we have developed the theme of the ark and its functions we shall back track to look at the contents of the ark and to ascertain its relevance to the situation and then to time line it with the 2300 day prophecy, so let’s look at the contents.
Hebrews 9:4 “Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein [was] the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron’s rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant;”
Exodus 34:28 “And he was there with the LORD forty days and forty nights; he did neither eat bread, nor drink water. And he (God) wrote upon the tables the words of the covenant, the Ten Commandments.”
Exodus 16:33 “And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a pot, and put an omer full of manna therein, and lay it up before the LORD, to be kept for your generations.”
Numbers 17:10 “And the LORD said unto Moses, Bring Aaron’s rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not.”
So we have three items inside the Ark of the Covenant
1/ Ten Commandments (Guide to Life, Happiness and Contentment)
2/ Aaron’s Rod that budded (Levitical Priest line is God approved, Rod = God Led)
3/ Pot of Manna (Angel food, Manna = God fed) Note: Manna in Hebrew = “What is it???” or in English = “??????????????”, (I Don’t know what it is)
So we get in analogy, 1/ The goal of life, 2/ The way to get there, 3/ Sustenance for the trip or in New Testament we have John 14:4,6 “And whither I (Jesus) go ye know, and the way ye know 5 Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
Luke 20:21 “And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person [of any], but teachest the way of God truly:”
John 6:51 “I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.” Note: Manna was eaten twice daily, so we should be eating Christ (Gods Word, The Bible) at least twice daily.
On the Outside of the Ark were pockets in which the Laws of Moses were placed
Deuteronomy 31:24-27 “24 And it came to pass, when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, until they were finished, 25 That Moses commanded the Levites, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, saying, 26 Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, that it may be there for a witness against thee. 27 For I know thy rebellion, and thy stiff neck: behold, while I am yet alive with you this day, ye have been rebellious against the LORD; and how much more after my death?”
Deuteronomy 31:9-13 “ And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests the sons of Levi, which bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and unto all the elders of Israel. 10 And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of [every] seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles, 11 When all Israel is come to appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing. 12 Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that [is] within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law: 13 And [that] their children, which have not known [any thing], may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over Jordan to possess it.” Note: In this Spiritual/Antitypical time period the Jordan River = Clouds/sky as the Redeemed leave Earth (Sin/Egypt) and cross to the Promised land and this time when we get to the city (Jerusalem not Jericho) God once more opens the way in by opening the gates and not knocking the walls over this time.
Remember slavery in Israel is for six years ONLY unless you have a pierced ear in which you are a slave for life.
Exodus 21:6 “Then his master shall bring him unto the judges; he shall also bring him to the door, or unto the door post; and his master shall bore his ear through with an awl; and he shall serve him for ever.” (Pierced Ear)
Jeremiah 34:14 At the end of seven years let ye go every man his brother an Hebrew, which hath been sold unto thee; and when he hath served thee six years, thou shalt let him go free from thee: but your fathers hearkened not unto me, neither inclined their ear.”
Deuteronomy 31:10-12 “And Moses commanded them, saying, At the end of [every] seven years, in the solemnity of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles, 11 When all Israel is come to appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing. 12 Gather the people together, men, and women, and children, and thy stranger that [is] within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law:”
God does not approve of Tattoos, Body Piercing or vanity plastic surgery (Implants and tucks)
Leviticus 19:28 “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I [am] the LORD.”
- Corinthians 6:19 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”
- Corinthians 3:17 “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are.”
Romans 12:1 “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.”
Deuteronomy 17:1 “Thou shalt not sacrifice unto the LORD thy God [any] bullock, or sheep, wherein is blemish, [or] any evilfavouredness: for that [is] an abomination unto the LORD thy God.”
The word is clear to me that the redeemed of the earth are living lives that reflect Gods Nature. They have a good nature and have not blemished their bodies with Tattoo’s, studs, body piercings and other embellishments for we are to be as God made us. I do not think this refers to modern surgery to fix hair lips and the likes which is a consequence of living under Sin nor does it cover surgery to save life like Caesars, abdominal etc. It does appear to impact on Anorexia and severe obesity as these both destroy the body. Revelation 11:18 “And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.”
So we see that God will destroy those that ruin their bodies and or the Earth because we find in the Psalms 24:1 “The earth [is] the LORD’S, and the fullness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.” 2. Peter 3:11 “[Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness,” Matthew 12:36 “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” So you see we are accountable for every deed, thought and action as well as our treatment of our bodies and the earth/environment we live in. It also appears that God is going to ask us about all those things we failed to do or omitted to do while we lived here on earth because God owns us and everything in and on the earth. Living to self, sin and Satan is robbery from God and God does not look kindly at thieves or any other people who misappropriate time, talents and assets for in Revelation 21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.” and as Moses pointed out to us all years ago and it is recorded in Deuteronomy 30:19 “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:”
Please respect God and be a bit more careful of how you treat your body and others as God is a very protective God who really cares for us so much that he gave; John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” so please chooses Life, God gave so you need to accept for there to be a contract/commitment.
WHY HAVE A SANCTUARY??
Sorry about the detour from the 2300 Day prophecy but this is the best place to put this section in and as I have just discovered it I shall with permission copy out the section for you. The Author is Glenn Townend and his article was entitled “What Indiana Jones was looking for” published in the “Signs of the Times” December 1999 and the section of interest is headed up Ancient Covenants.
Covenants in the Ancient Near East (ANE) were treaties or agreements made between people or nations. Usually one of the parties was a superior power which initiated the agreement with a lesser power. These ANE covenants had four major characteristics:
- There was always the preamble to the covenant, which highlighted the reason for the agreement.
- There were responsibilities of the covenant, in which, for example, the weaker power agreed to send taxes or a certain amount of tribute. In return, the superior power promised protection and further benefits in the alliance
- The covenant contained the signatures of both parties. In the ANE this was done with a seal, which would contain the name, title and dominion of the ruler. The ancient Egyptians used the sacred scarab beetle. This elliptical beetle seal would be pressed into some clay and attached to the papyrus document with string. The Mesopotamians rolled a cylinder in gypsum. The Ancient Persians were the first to use the stamp or the signet ring as the seal that signed and authorised the document or covenant.
- The covenant would be placed in the temples of the two agreeing parties. They would each have a copy. The covenants were placed in the temples before the gods so that if one of the parties did not fulfil the obligations of the treaty, the gods would bring judgement upon them. There are Egyptian records, for example, that tell how a pact between the famous Ramses II and Hattusilis III were placed at the feet of the Egyptian sun-god Ra, and the Hittite king’s god Teshup. In a similar fashion, the Ten Commandments are a covenant between God and humankind. When the Almighty wanted to communicate to humankind His character and ways, He used a covenant form common to the times. The Ten Commandments contain all the characteristics of common ANE covenants.
The Commandments as a Covenant
First, the reason the Ten Commandments are given is stated. In the Exodus version, it says they came into being because God had rescued Israel from slavery in Egypt (Exodus 20:2). The covenant is initiated by a merciful Superior Power. The responsibilities of the covenant are clear enough; God was revealing his ways and, in doing so, was saying that mortality was important to him. The people could expect He would live up to these ideals. The importance of the Ten Commandments is underscored by the fact that they are the words God spoke and wrote in the entire Bible (see Exodus 20:1; 32:16) God is certainly revealing Himself in the Ten Commandments. The required human response as the recipient was to live by those commands.
** The Ten Commandments also had a seal– it’s found in the fourth of the commandments. There God gives His name, title and region of authority. He says He is Lord, the Creator of heaven and earth. Our Human seal was to “remember” or observe one day of the week–specifically the seventh– by keeping it “holy”–reserving it for worship of God as Creator.
For each generation since, the keeping of the Sabbath in effect ratifies the agreement, completing the covenant (Exodus 20:8-11).
**Finally the copies of the covenant were placed in the Tabernacle or temple. The fact that this was an agreement between God and humanity made this unique among the ancients. In those times it was assumed the gods simply dictated their needs and demands. Because this covenant was between God and humanity, it was kept in the temple of that God–Yahweh. So the covenant or ten Commandments were placed in the “ark of the covenant” right below what is called the “mercy seat”, or top of the ark. This box-like furnishing was situated in the middle of the Most Holy Place of the temple. Above the mercy seat, and between two decorative angels situated on the top of the box, God’s presence was visible as a cloudy aura, called the “Shekinah glory” (see Exodus 25:16-22; 40:20-35 for a full description). In this way, the Ten Commandments were kept before God as a reminder of His mercy and that he would administer justice and mercy to sinners. Whether or not we ever find those original, succinct Ten Commandments, there’s little doubt they exist. They’re preserved in the Bible (Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5), giving a clear statement of God’s ongoing agreement with humanity. More significant, though, is the fact that the Supreme Being of the universe took an interest in rebellious humanity. That He did, speaks volumes about him.” END
I trust you found that as informative as I did. Now to develop on that theme. I love the point made in point (4) the covenant would be placed in the temples of the two agreeing parties. They would each have a copy. The covenants were placed in the temples before the gods so that if one of the parties did not fulfil the obligations of the treaty, the gods would bring judgement upon them. Well the Tablets of stone (carved by Moses as he broke the first set) written on both sides by the finger of God, were placed in the Ark of the Covenant, under the Mercy Seat (at Gods Feet). Great isn’t it. Well with the happenings of the 2300 day prophecy this temple in Jerusalem was going to be overshadowed by a living temple. Paul tells us in
- Corinthians 6:19 “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?” Here we have the true temple and each of us have the covenant in our hearts Proverbs 3:3 “Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart:”
Jeremiah 31:33 “But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.”
So we get Heavenly ownership happening when an individual chooses to remove Sin and to install God in his rightful place in the Temple of the heart with the Covenant (Ten Commandments) installed, honoured and adhered to; Revelation 21:22 “And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it.” Revelation 3:12 “Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, [which is] new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and [I will write upon him] my new name.”
Here we get a preview of what Eternity is about for Mankind appears to be the first to get “Heavenly Temple Inside each Redeemed person” and then with sin gone forever we appear to keep that internal temple but Father and Son become a living Temple built out of the redeemed so they sort of have a Temple within them as well just like us, which is sort of no surprise cause we are children of the Most High God. Thus the Heavenly sanctuary, which the earth had a copy of, is No more, because Sin has been dealt with.
I guess that here is as good a place as any to go on a tangent and talk about protection from sin in eternity now that there is no sanctuary any more. Let us look at the High Priests robes of office for the answer. The High Priests robes of office are in fact the whole sanctuary building complete in all facets, plus one facet. On the front of the garments, on the chest, over the top of everything was the Breastplate, Leviticus 8:8 “And he put the breastplate upon him: also he put in the breastplate the Urim and the Thummim.”
Now a breastplate is a garment of war and it was usually leather or heavy cloth to which pieces of metal and other hard objects were attached so that when another soldier slashed at him with his sword, the breastplate would protect. Now the High Priest wore one of heavy cloth covered with twelve hard precious stones upon which was inscribed the name of one of the twelve tribes of Israel as well as the Urim and the Thummim which were two large stones. If the High Priest had a tough question to answer then he would stand in front of the altar of Incense and ask God. Light on the “Right” meant yes, shadow on the left meant “No”. The same rules applied to the two angels on the lid of the ark (Mercy Seat). Now let’s get back to the point; “Why does God need a warriors garment ?????”
Well from my perspective, God has now got backed into a corner as it were.
Question: “How many Son’s has God??” Answer “ONE and Only One”
John 1:18 “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared [him].”
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Question: “How many times can God Sacrifice the Messiah to cover Sin??”
Answer “Once ONLY, and ONLY Once”
Hebrews 9:26 “For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.”
Hebrews 7:27 “Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once, when he offered up himself.”
NOTE: Here in this text we have a reminder that Christ was SINLESS, he is the Yom Kippur lamb and not any other. Christ was sacrificed ONCE. Now as a High Priest he would have to offer First a sacrifice for his sin and his father’s sin (But there is and never will be sin in the Godhead) and then offer up the Yom Kippur blood, if he were sinless and still alive. This then proves as to which and how many sacrifices Christ/Messiah was, ONE and only ONE.
Now back to the subject of the breast plate now that we have covered the scope of things.
Question: “Why does God Need a breastplate???”
Answer: The redeemed children of the twelve tribes of Israel are God’s breastplate and protection that ensures that sin will NEVER rise again. When we experience eternity and discover what was LOST by sin we will wonder why we spent so long in sin and did not turn from it sooner and more completely. I know that if I see any being needing a lift as to how great God is I will certainly tell them of my life and how stink sin is, and if that is not enough I can keep them sitting there for centuries while the redeemed file past and tell their stories until the being cries enough and praises and worships God for his greatness and mercy and that there is only one way to worship and one being worthy of all praise and adoration, and that is our great God and Father.
It is not rocket science now, is it??
2300 Day Prophecy
Well here we are at long last, sorry about the detours but I felt that you needed that information understood before you dive into this complex little fellow otherwise you will miss so many of the subtle points that God is trying to teach us all at this late stage of earth’s history.
Daniel 8:14 “And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.”
Now all deep Bible researchers will tell you that this text has been slightly translated incorrectly due to the fact that English does not translate too well from Hebrew but it is pretty close. Please let me try do it with a Hebrew style using English and see if you spot the subtle difference.
Daniel 8:14 “And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall Yom Kippur”. Please note how the Sanctuary portion has been made super specific as to what part of the sanctuary we are dealing with, What time of year we are in, what is going on in there, and its consequences to Israel.
Now some may dispute this translation but I am comfortable with this in light of many many researches in the years past will say that I am within the spirit and intent of the original.
Right, moving right along as we have a bit to cover and Yom Kippur is due to close some micro-second soon and you need to ensure that your salvation is built on the sure word of prophecy. Now Daniel is getting older and it dawned upon him that the Babylonian captivity was drawing to a close and that the prophecies of Jeremiah we coming to a close, and I quote Jeremiah 29:10 “For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place.” Daniel was asking God as to when and how long, when he got a bit more than he bargained for.
We have the back drop of Daniel 2 where the metal man tells how many Kingdoms there will be on planet earth and we have run out of them and we are about to be overrun by the most high. Daniel 2:34,35 “Thou sawest till that a stone was cut out without hands, which smote the image upon his feet [that were] of iron and clay, and brake them to pieces. 35 Then was the iron, the clay, the brass, the silver, and the gold, broken to pieces together, and became like the chaff of the summer threshingfloors; and the wind carried them away, that no place was found for them: and the stone that smote the image became a great mountain, and filled the whole earth.”
This was reinforced by the visions of Daniel 4 where Nebuchadnezzar discovered he was like a great tree and learned not to mess with God. Daniel 5 where Belshazzar learned too late the same thing and died the night he learned his lesson with the finger writing on the wall his epitaph. Daniel 6 was Daniel in the lion’s den to teach the Medes and Persians how great God was. Daniel 7 God in vision reiterates Daniel 2 by showing the Kingdoms of earth as a beast. Daniel 8 covers the same ground as Daniel 7 and the last verse of Daniel 7 and Daniel 8 give the same reply, Daniel was very troubled and ill from the huge concept and was worried as to if ever Israel would be able to return to Jerusalem and rebuild and now looking at 2300 days (one day = one Year ) Numbers 14:34 “After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, [even] forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, [even] forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.” Ezekiel 4:6 “And when thou hast accomplished them, lie again on thy right side, and thou shalt bear the iniquity of the house of Judah forty days: I have appointed thee each day for a year.” So it was no wonder Daniel did not feel too grand Two Thousand Three Hundred Years still to go WOW!! So here we have Daniel showing his concern in Daniel 9:2,3 “In the first year of his reign, I, Daniel understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem.3 And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes:” and this confession of sin and plea for God to “Turn again the captivity of Israel, please send us home again to Jerusalem Jehovah” goes on up to verse 20 when Gabriel interrupts his prayer with some answers. And I shall quote Gabriel’s words Daniel 9:23-27 “23 At the beginning of thy supplications the commandment came forth, and I am come to show [thee]; for thou [art] greatly beloved: therefore understand the matter, and consider the vision. 24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.” 25 Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. 26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof [shall be] with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. 27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice
and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.”
Hey, wait on, you said we were going to get into 2300 years span of prophecy and now you have switched to talking about seventy weeks (70×7=490 days or 490 years). Well you see Daniel was also concerned about this long period so God splits it up into chewable chunks and the original language also agrees with this, and I quote from an old text.
The Great Controversy [1888 edition] ‑Page 326 “The angel had been sent to Daniel for the express purpose of explaining to him the point which he had failed to understand in the vision of the eighth chapter, the statement relative to time,‑‑”Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.” After bidding Daniel “understand the matter, and consider the vision,” the very first words of the angel are, “Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city.” The word here translated “determined,” literally signifies “cut off.” Seventy weeks, representing 490 years, are declared by the angel to be cut off, as specially pertaining to the Jews. But from what were they cut off? As the 2300 days was the only period of time mentioned in chapter eight, it must be the period from which the seventy weeks were cut off; the seventy weeks must therefore be a part of the 2300 days, and the two periods must begin together. The seventy weeks were declared by the angel to date from the going forth of the commandment to restore and build Jerusalem. If the date of this commandment could be found, then the starting‑point for the great period of the 2300 days would be ascertained.”
Thus we get the huge 2300 years and 490 years starting at the same time and verse 25 gives us the starting point for both and that is the decree to restore and build Jerusalem starts it all. Now if you are really smart and can chip your way through Ezra 7 you will get to the same point. But you say, wait a cotton picking minute there are three decrees by three different characters and quite a few years apart, so let’s get some facts straight here. True there are three decrees and if you study deeply and slowly in Hebrew you find that the LAST one is the only one that complies fully as the previous two are only partial, cool with that one?? Well lets quote again from this old text The Great Controversy [1888 edition] Page‑ 326 “In the seventh chapter of Ezra the decree is found. [1EZRA 7:12‑26.] In its completest form it was issued by Artaxerxes, king of Persia, B. C. 457. But in Ezra 6:14 the house of the Lord at Jerusalem is said to have been built “according to the commandment [margin, decree] of Cyrus, and Darius, and Artaxerxes king of Persia.” These three kings, in originating, re‑affirming, and completing the decree, brought it to the perfection required by the prophecy to mark the beginning of the 2300 years. Taking B. C. 457, the time when the decree was completed, as the date of the commandment, every specification of the prophecy concerning the seventy weeks was seen to have been fulfilled.
“From the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks,”‑‑namely, sixty‑nine weeks, or 483 years. The decree of Artaxerxes went into effect in the autumn of B. C. 457. From this date, 483 years extend to the autumn of A. D. 27. [1 SEE APPENDIX, NOTE
3; ALSO DIAGRAM OPPOSITE P. 328.] At that time this prophecy was fulfilled. The word “Messiah” signifies “the Anointed One.” In the autumn of A. D. 27, Christ was baptized by John, and received the anointing of the Spirit. The apostle Peter testifies that “God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power.”[2 ACTS 10:38.] And the Saviour himself declared, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor.”[3 LUKE 4:18.] After his baptism he came into Galilee, “preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “ The time is fulfilled.”[4 MARK 1:14, 15.]
NOTE: According to Jewish reckoning the fifth month (Ab) of the seventh year of Artaxerxes’ reign was from July 23 to August 21, 457 B.C. After Ezra’s arrival in Jerusalem in the autumn of the year the decree of the king went into effect. For certainty of the dates 457 B.C. being the seventh year of Artaxerxes, see S.H. Horn and L.H. Wood, The Chronology of Ezra 7.
You will find the chart very helpful now.
The decree of Artaxerxes king of Persia (Ezra 7:12-26, Ezra 6:14) starts us in 457 BC, exact times etc to follow. Seven weeks (49 years) takes us to 408 BC when the rebuilding of Jerusalem was completed. Another 62 weeks (434 years) marches us to AD 27 and the Baptism/Anointing of Jesus as the Messiah and the start of his ministry. 3 ½ Years later in the middle of the last week we get AD 31 and the Death of Jesus followed 3 ½ years later still in AD 34 with Stephen stoned, Christians scattered and Jewish Probation ends forever as a Nation (Israel is now made up of individuals who choose moment by moment to be Spiritual Israel and to live the life of an Israelite) and so we come to the end of the first slice.
Wait on, wait on, where is all the rest of the time gone to. Well we have now left a period of 1810 years to complete which takes us all the way down to October 22 1844. This is when the Spiritual or anti-type kicks in and here is Yom Kippur for real. All the others were to prove to mankind what was going to happen, what their obligations were and the consequences of their actions. This is the great Judgement as found in Revelation
Revelation 20:11-15 “And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is [the book] of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”
Remember the Yom Kippur chapter where ALL not covered by the blood and are sinless was to be removed forever from Israel by God, (Israel is now Spiritual Israel i.e. redeemed of the Earth) so here we have the actual point that Yom Kippur was pointing us towards. Heaven is for the redeemed of ALL ages and ALL who fail to measure up to Gods standard born on planet Earth just cease to exist along with the Devil, His Angels, the Beast and the False Prophets who are thrown into the Lake of Fire (Planet Earth melts down) and only those dwelling in the New Jerusalem which floats on this molten magma survive to rebuild earth, populate it, maintain and beautify it as Stewards and to spread the “Garden of Eden” over the face of the sea-less New Earth that God creates right before our very eyes.
There are some extra notes in the book “Great Controversy” by a writer called EG White Chapter 18 “An American Reformer” actually the last 12-14 chapters are well worth reading if you can get your hands upon a copy as it was written one hundred and plenty years ago but it is well worth looking for in Christian/Church bookshops.
Jeremiah 27:22 “They shall be carried to Babylon, and there shall they be until the day that I visit them, saith the LORD; then will I bring them up, and RESTORE them to this place.”
Daniel 9:25 “Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to RESTORE and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.”
Matthew 17:11 “And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and RESTORE all things.”
Acts 1:6 “When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time RESTORE again the kingdom to Israel?”
Notice the double play on RESTORE which was started by Jeremiah, Daniel plead and thought he was looking at 2300 years for the captivity to cease, and in spiritual terms he was, the New Testament carries it along and we in Spiritual Babylon still cry out and long for this captivity to cease and to be sent back to Jerusalem wherein dwelleth Righteousness. Revelation 18:4 “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.”
Isaiah 21:9 “And, behold, here cometh a chariot of men, [with] a couple of horsemen. And he answered and said, Babylon is fallen, is fallen; and all the graven images of her gods he hath broken unto the ground.”
Revelation 14:8 “And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”
Let us forsake sin and plead once more for “Spiritual Israel” to be restored once more to “The New Jerusalem”
SOME THINGS ABOUT SATAN
Well we have covered a lot of ground so far so we shall just add a few more interesting things that I have discovered that will help you on your daily walk.
It is interesting to note that when a servant of Satan comes over from the “Dark Side” to the “Light”, there is often great losses. Businesses, Cars, Homes, Fortunes and Wealth and a lot of other things just melt away. Everything just turns to mush and the poor new believers faith is sorely tested to the limits, even to breaking point. Let’s look behind the scenes and look at what is happening.
We are in a War Zone where 1. Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:” warns us of this warfare. Well it appears that The Devil does not like his gifts and assets given to one of his followers going across to the “Other Side” so he takes them back or destroys them by accident, fire, flood or some other disaster. Remember at the Creation of this world Satan’s sphere of control given to him to sustain for God is our atmosphere/environment. Ephesians 2:2 “Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” So do not go throwing rocks at God for all the disastrous floods, fires, famines, storms etc because these are well within Satan’s control and God only overrides if Satan oversteps the mark, the same with us, as he gives us enough rope but we are well able to choose to hang ourselves by going too far.
So you see the opposite happens also that when a Christian leaves the “Light” and goes over to the “Dark Side” God invariably gathers up some or all of his benefits and takes them back, though in a lot of cases God is banking on the sinner coming to their senses and to turn again quickly, to confess their sins, to forsake the paths of wickedness and to come home to forgiveness. It is cute to note that both sides in the struggle use the same basic rules of combat.
Here is another one. Exodus 22:1-9 “If a man shall steal an ox, or a sheep, and kill it, or sell it; he shall restore five oxen for an ox, and four sheep for a sheep. 2 If a thief be found breaking up, and be smitten that he die, [there shall] no blood [be shed] for him. 3 If the sun be risen upon him, [there shall be] blood [shed] for him; [for] he should make full restitution; if he have nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft. 4 If the theft be certainly found in his hand alive, whether it be ox, or ass, or sheep; he shall restore double. 5 If a man shall cause a field or vineyard to be eaten, and shall put in his beast, and shall feed in another man’s field; of the best of his own field, and of the best of his own vineyard, shall he make restitution. 6 If fire break out, and catch in thorns, so that the stacks of corn, or the standing corn, or the field, be consumed [therewith]; he that kindled the fire shall surely make restitution. 7 If a man shall deliver unto his neighbour money or stuff to keep, and it be stolen out of the man’s house; if the thief be found, let him pay double. 8 If the thief be not found, then the master of the house shall be brought unto the judges, [to see] whether he have put his hand unto his neighbour’s goods. 9 For all manner of trespass, [whether it be] for ox, for ass, for sheep, for raiment, [or] for any manner of lost thing, which [another] challengeth to be his, the cause of both parties shall come before the judges; [and] whom the judges shall condemn, he shall pay double unto his neighbour.”
Leviticus 6:4, 5 “Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found, 5 Or all that about which he hath sworn falsely; he shall even restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto, [and] give it unto him to whom it appertaineth, in the day of his trespass offering.
- Kings 8:6 “And when the king asked the woman, she told him. So the king appointed unto her a certain officer, saying, Restore all that [was] hers, and all the fruits of the field since the day that she left the land, even until now.”
So do you see the Eternal Principal now? A Thief MUST return what was stolen and I have read some fantastic accounts of thieves rushing back with the stolen cash and also Satan himself having to give back a stolen powerline, pole and switch box so that a little group could go and complete a pre-arranged lecture circuit. The person just went out into the snow and told Satan that he was a thief and that he was duty bound to return that which was stolen and a string miracles happened and within hours all power was restored and at no charge to the property owner.
THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE UNIVERSE
Another principal that I have found is that you can appeal to the Highest Court in the Universe should you believe that you are totally in the clear and yet you are oppressed still. Now be sure you are sinless first and that you have forgiven all others you have wronged or have wronged you and forsaken all sin and that you have NO belonging/Asset that Satan has a hold over or owns. Write out clearly what it is you are going to appeal, specifically. Kneel before God and like Hezekiah spread it out before the Lord (at Home, Church or where you are) and appeal to the “Most High God” to be the Judge and to pass Judgment. Now you have to wait and that is scary, because if you are out of bounds you have asked God to sort you out. In the case I took to the “Most High God” Judgement was granted two weeks later and the verdict was that I was to keep doing what he had allotted me to do and God was to deal with the other party. The outcome from their side I do not know but Judgment has been passed and I am at peace now.
In other cases I have read, Judgement has been from a couple of hours to like mine a couple of weeks. The mop up has sometimes taken months in complex cases but the impossible has happened. Remember Mark 10:27 “And Jesus looking upon them saith, with men [it is] impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.” so why not trust him more?? Pray tell me, how many people you can quote have received a rough and unfair treatment from God?? NONE. So let us have more faith in a Merciful God and from 2. Peter 3:18 “But grow in grace, and [in] the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him [be] glory both now and for ever. Amen.”
Here is Hezekiah’s story from II Kings 19:14-19 “14 And Hezekiah received the letter of the hand of the messengers, and read it: and Hezekiah went up into the house of the Lord, and spread it before the Lord. 15 And Hezekiah prayed before the Lord, and said, O Lord God of Israel, which dwelleth between the Cherubim’s, thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth. 16 Lord, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, Lord, thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God. 17 Of a truth, Lord, the king of Assyria have destroyed the nations and their lands, 18 and have cast their gods into the fire: for they were no gods, but the work of men’s hands, wood and stone: therefore they have destroyed them. 19 Now therefore, O Lord our God, I beseech thee, save thou us out of his hand, that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that thou art the Lord God, even thou only.” Isaiah came immediately with the answer and the bottom line is in verse 32-34; “32 therefore thus saith the Lord concerning the king of Assyria, He shall not come into this city, nor shoot an arrow there, nor come before it with shields, nor cast a bank against it. 33 By the way that he came, by the same shall he return, and shall not come into this city, saith the Lord. 34 For I will defend this city, to save it, for mine own sake, and for my servant David’s sake.”
THE ACCURSED THING
There is another thing that needs covering is cursed objects and things that belong to the “Dark Side” and these have NO Place in the possessions of the redeemed.
Let me quote from a familiar story summed up here in Joshua 7:1 “But the children of Israel committed a trespass in the accursed thing: for Achan, the son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took of the accursed thing: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against the children of Israel.”
So we get ALL Israel being effected by the evil of one person, and so it is today that the sinner can slow up a family or a church, community or nation. Achan had time to own up and to set things right but the casting of lots cast him into the ring and so he perished, himself and his whole family as laid out at the end of Joshua chapter 7.
I can personally vouch for this as life was always tough and I could never fly and succeed until a friend asked me one day straight out if I had anything of the devils, as God was telling him to ask this weird question. To which I said yes, I do but I believed God over ruled that curse by Calvary. Silly boy, God cannot bless that which is cursed, like eating pork/pig etc. Well I went straight home and gave the matter to God and said in prayer that I would need his help to find this little object for it was somewhere in two large tea chests of our stuff. Well I pulled down the first one and got a NO. Down came the second one and YES so off came the lid. In plunged the arm into the many fragile objects, my hand immediately closed on a small wrapped object and came sailing out again. All powered from the most high. Well I unwrapped it and there it was so with prayer to re-hitch the demons back onto it and to break the curse by the Messiah’s spilt blood I put it into the rubbish sack and put it out at the road for the rubbish man and could hear the demons kicking up a great fuss all night. Well the next night when I got home from work the atmosphere on our section was WOW!!!!! And a slight residual evil where the rubbish sack had been which faded quickly. Well from that day on we have romped from height to height, everything took off like a rocket ship and under God’s complete blessing.
NOTE: have “Nothing whatever to do with Evil.” If you are sincere about this then consecrate your home, cars, boats, caravans etc to God, Pray over them and dedicate them to God, you can even anoint them with pure Olive oil. Houses are easy, just follow “The Passover” and anoint sides and top of all windows and doors then go inside to dedicate the home to God ****WARNING **** Please ensure that ALL demons and their possessions are cast out and destroyed/burnt before you start and Satan does not like getting kicked out so expect a screaming match but God is bigger so hang on as peace comes quickly. Just ask God if there are any objects and if there are he will show you them or explode them if they are sculptures, figurines or such. Satan has pictures, paintings, ear rings, anklets, chains, pendants, carvings, sculptures, figurines, bead strings and all kinds of things so be obedient and find freedom and real life.
Old Masonic Halls and such that have been dedicated to other powers will NEVER ever make a growing church building, you will fly with clipped wings so if you have one then get rid of it and use anything else that God can bless. If in doubt, then ask God for his guidance and council if your group is not growing. Just stand square on God’s word and do a Martin Luther “Here I stand, I can do no more, so help me God.” Stand for truth, stand in the breach and remember this little excerpt from EG White The Great Controversy [1888 edition] PG‑ 530 “Satan is well aware that the weakest soul who abides in Christ is more than a match for the hosts of darkness, and that, should he reveal himself openly, he would be met and resisted. Therefore he seeks to draw away the soldiers of the cross from their strong fortification, while he lies in ambush with his forces, ready to destroy all who venture upon his ground. Only in humble reliance upon God, and obedience to all his commandments, can we be secure. No man is safe for a day or an hour without prayer. Especially should be entreat the Lord for wisdom to understand his Word. Here are revealed the wiles of the tempter, and the means by which he may be successfully resisted. Satan is an expert in quoting Scripture, placing his own interpretation upon passages by which he hopes to cause us to stumble. We should study the Bible with humility of heart, never losing sight of our dependence upon God. While we must constantly guard against the devices of Satan, we should pray in faith continually, “Lead us not
Here are some notes as to what is possibly controversial as to the great Babylon of the Bible and to what it is and what is to happen to it.
Now I am sure that we all agree that the Historical Babylon is well and truly gone gone gone. But we have it still alive in Revelation as something alive as in Revelation 14:8 “And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” and later on we have a more graphic representation in Revelation Chapter 18 which I shall quote now.
Revelation 18:2-20 “And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies. 4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities. 6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her
Double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double. 7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. 8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong [is] the Lord God who judgeth her. 9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning, 10 standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! For in one hour is thy judgment come. 11 And the merchants of the earth shall weep and mourn over her; for no man buyeth their merchandise any more: 12 The merchandise of gold, and silver, and precious stones, and of pearls, and fine linen, and purple, and silk, and scarlet, and all thyine wood, and all manner vessels of ivory, and all manner vessels of most precious wood, and of brass, and iron, and marble, 13 And cinnamon, and odours, and ointments, and frankincense, and wine, and oil, and fine flour, and wheat, and beasts, and sheep, and horses, and chariots, and slaves, and souls of men. 14 And the fruits that thy soul lusted after are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more at all. 15 The merchants of these things, which were made rich by her, shall stand afar off for the fear of her torment, weeping and wailing, 16 and saying, Alas, alas, that great city, that was clothed in fine linen, and purple, and scarlet, and decked with gold, and precious stones, and pearls! 17 For in one hour so great riches is come to nought. And every shipmaster, and all the company in ships, and sailors, and as many as trade by sea, stood afar off, 19 And they cast dust on their heads, and cried, weeping and wailing, saying, Alas, alas, that great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! For in one hour is she made desolate. 20 Rejoice over her, [thou] heaven, and [ye] holy apostles and prophets; for God hath avenged you on her.”
Here we have a great Nation that is a huge importer of goods disappearing in an instant that causes a lot of duress amongst the exporters who discover their lucrative market has simply vanished and do not know where on earth they will ever find another market like Babylon to make them super wealthy. This then means that there is a second “Spiritual Babylon” and there is only one place on the globe that matches the criteria and that is the good ole USA or America. If you can get a copy of the book “America the daughter of Babylon” you can get all the proof you require. Now let us look at the prophecies regarding Babylon.
Jeremiah 50:1-3 “The word that the LORD Spake against Babylon [and] against the land of the Chaldeans by Jeremiah the prophet. 2 Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, [and] conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces. 3 For out of the north there cometh up a nation against her, which shall make her land desolate, and none shall dwell therein: they shall remove, they shall depart, both man and beast.”
Well we still have people living in the land that once was Babylon but people certainly do not dwell in the ancient city of Babylon, so we get here a partial fulfilment of the prophecy with a completion at the destruction of “Spiritual Babylon” or the USA. When the Messiah comes the second time to claim his flock of sheep (the sorting of the sheep and goats) to take them to the green pastures of eternity the goats and sin is dealt with and removed and so is the USA and everything else. Revelation 21:1 “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.” so there can never be another inhabitant in Babylon as it has been removed from the face of the earth so no surprises that God in his care for his flock advise them that there is coming a day soon when they will have to flee from the USA or be killed, just like the warning when Jerusalem fell, a warning to flee quickly meant that ALL the disciples all got out of Ancient Jerusalem in AD 70 when the Romans besiege and trashed the city safe and alive.
Revelation 18:4 “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” Here we have the reason to flee Babylon so that we do not get destroyed in the “Seven Last Plagues”. Just as Egypt (Remember Egypt in the Bible has a secondary meaning of SIN) ancient was plagued because of their ill treatment of the saints of the most high God so the whole world that is in bed with Babylon in sin will be plagued as laid out by Daniel 12:1 “And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation [even] to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.”
Now if you look at and compare the seven trumpets of Revelation Chapter 8 and the seven last plagues of Revelation Chapter 16 you will find a wonderful similarity. If you have read the Readers Digest article called “Fire from the Sky”, watched the movie “Deep Impact” or all the stuff in various other publications you get the point that God is trying to tell us something about the future events because God is polite and ALWAYS sends a warning to those who will listen so that they can change their ways and be saved. Now look more slowly at the warnings about TWO Asteroids that are to wreak havoc on planet earth. Revelation 8:8 “And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea: and the third part of the sea became blood;” Revelation 8:10 “And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters;”.
Let’s change tack for a minute Revelation 13:11 “And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.” Now you Bible students know that the key subtly given here is that “LAND” is the area of earth undiscovered or minimally populated and the opposite “WATER” is peoples and multitudes. So we have a new beast coming up in the new world and once more there is only ONE nation that is great that came up from the “New World” and that is the USA. Based on this it is quite logical from this and the flee Babylon or perish warning that this is a warning of the destruction of Babylon and the Revelation quote Revelation 18:9 “And the kings of the earth, who have committed
fornication and lived deliciously with her(Babylon), shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her(Babylon) burning,” that God is VERY serious about the corruption of USA and what it has done for his people in betraying them and handing them over to the Beast, Revelation 13:15 “And he had power to give life unto the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of the beast should be killed.”
Here we have religious persecution and death being dished out to anyone who will not give up religious liberty (USA founding principle) and worship the false system of pseudo religion and not Creator Worship. Again from EG Whites book Great Controversy Page 445 we get the following warning:
“When the leading churches of the United States, uniting upon such points of doctrine as are held in common, shall influence the state to enforce their decrees and to sustain their institutions, then protestant America will have formed an image to the Roman hierarchy, and the infliction of civil penalties upon dissenter will inevitably result.” If you are starting to think about revelation and beast and marks then how about this from the same book but page 448 “As the sign of the authority of the Catholic Church, papist writers cite, “the very act of changing the Sabbath into Sunday, which Protestants allow of . . . because by keeping Sunday strictly they acknowledge the church’s power to ordain feasts, and to command them under sin.”
[1 “ABRIDGMENT OF CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE.”] What then is the change of the Sabbath, but the sign or mark of the authority of the Romish Church‑‑”the mark of the beast”?
What then is the change of the Sabbath, but the sign, or mark, of the authority of the Roman Church – “the mark of the beast”? There we have it pretty plainly that Sunday sacredness is the mark of the beast/Satan/evil where God’s day is Sabbath, the Seventh day (Creation Memorial) and it will exist throughout all eternity Exodus 31:16 “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, [for] a perpetual covenant.” Isaiah 66:23 “And it shall come to pass, [that] from one new moon to another, and from one Sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith the LORD.” Remember that God does not change and what he required in the past is a permanent requirement in the future.
Here we have America acting like the beast in direct opposition to GOD and at war with him so God sends down the cavalry to straighten things out and to bring them the consequences (Wages) for their sin and waywardness. Peter warns us and advises us that we should be careful about our speech and the way we live in 2. Peter 3:11 “[Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness, or more scary we have Matthew 12:3 “But I (Jesus/Messiah)
Say unto you, that every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment.” We are here to form characters for Eternity and what we do, or fail to do is to be accounted for. While you are reeling from shock let me quote one more factor I came to understand about building a life and Character here on earth and I quote 1. Corinthians 3:9-14, “9 for we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, [ye are] God’s building. 10 According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another
Buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. 11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; 13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.”
This also brings to mind the warning to the last church of the seven last churches which is us Laodiceans in Revelation 3:17,18 “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.”
Did you see the wee point about the Gold, it has already been through the fires of trial and test so if you build with this stuff then when the fires come on it at the end of your life and what you have built into your life is burnt then you have a building material that will not fail you for it has already stood the test so it can do it again and you will be rewarded much greater because this gold will stand the test of the Almighty.
Here again for you is the admonition in 2. Peter 3:11 “[Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness,” Let each of us review our lives, repent and forsake sin and model our lives after our Father in Heaven, which has a hallowed name. Remember Exodus 20:7 “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” So do not mess with God and fake that you are a Christian, a follower of Christ cause you are then a Goat and the parable/warning in Matthew 25:31-46 Here is the end result of being a goat Matthew 25:46 “And these (Goats) shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.” Please be a Joshua and make his commitment right now to serve the Most High God with all your heart mind and soul Matthew 22:37 “ Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy
mind.” and Joshua 24:15 “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
So choose life and live. Make a stand. Dead fish float downstream, be alive in Christ and swim against the world and go upstream to the pure waters of eternity. If you always do what you have always done you will always get what you have always got. How about a radical transformation and get a real life by doing things God’s way and give over your human free will and rights to God (God cannot over ride your free will) cause your free will will chooses sin and that is a waste as it will kill you, and claim the heavenly set of free will and rights and live.
THIRD ANGELS MESSAGE
This is found in Revelation 14:9-14 and I quote “9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive [his] mark in his forehead, or in his hand, 10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: 11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. 12 Here is the patience of the saints: here [are] they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. 13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed [are] the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. 14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud [one] sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”
Here we have a very stern warning from GOD that time has run out for planet earth and its inhabitants and that if we have anything to do with the theology of the beast or his image then we have the rewards of that action which is the second death and are destroyed at the cleansing of the earth from all sin and impurity just prior to Jesus the Messiah who will recreate earth for the redeemed as found in Revelation Chapter 21 which occurs at the end of the millennium (1000 years Jubilee for ALL the redeemed of earth in heaven while the earth uninhabited by man, being the desolate home or wilderness for Azazel the scape goat). Now each successive angel builds on the one before so to get this full impact one needs to re-look at the previous two angels. Angel (2) says Babylon has fallen, which is the same old “weighed in the balances and found wanting” from ancient Babylon so we have the sentencing of Babylon with its punishment coming quickly. Revelation Chapter 18 covers this in detail but verse 4 “And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” certainly makes things very plain that anybody connected to Babylon in any way is courting eternal death so they had better run to Jerusalem and forever abide there with truth and Christ to live eternally. Now Angel (1) is the starter of this sequence and warns the wise of all nations and people that the BIG judgement has started. Now in Hebrew the Judgement is Yom Kippur and we have covered that in detail which started October 22 1844 right on time for Daniel 8:14 “ and he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall Yom Kippur.” Now Yom Kippur is played out in the Most Holy Place of the sanctuary and the main piece of furniture is the pair of items that make up the “Ark of the Covenant” and its only function is to hold the 10 Commandments and to make a way of escape for the wise sinner who has broken the Law, who has set things right, and are now covered by the living sacrifice and are living sinlessly in accordance to the Law (Living righteous, guided by the Holy Spirit and the Bible).
Hold on you say, does not the Bible say in 1 John 1:8 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” Yes that is true but what sin is it talking about and where is this sin. The place of the sin makes all the difference, if it is forgiven, forsaken and covered by blood and placed on the lid of the Ark (Mercy Seat) above the Law that the sinner broke then that is fine, remember until the scape goat (Azazel) receives this sin, it is yours individually until fully removed from the Heavenly Sanctuary at the end of time. But live sin in the life means eternal death and you are Babylonian.
Hey, this sounds like “Righteousness by Faith” and you are dead right first time. We are expected to be as Matthew 5:48 “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfect.” is expounding of Exodus 20:7 “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.” which is the third commandment. Beware if you claim to serve GOD and do not then you have taken his name in vain and you know what the sentence is, as it always been, Eternal Death, or as Yom Kippur puts it, GOD will track you down and destroy you out of Israel so you will be never found ever again.
At the centre of the LAW is the seal of the Most High God and I shall quote from Exodus 20:8-11 “8 Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. 9 Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: 10 But the seventh day [is] the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates: 11 For [in] six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them [is], and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it. Or as Deuteronomy 5:12-15 “12 Keep the Sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee. 13 Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: 14 But the seventh day [is] the Sabbath of the LORD thy God: [in it] thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that [is] within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou. 15 And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and [that] the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the Sabbath day.”
In the two recorded listings of the Decalogue we have them identical except for the Sabbath reason which is the last part of the commandment. In Exodus Sabbath is creator worship and Deuteronomy is Egypt Exodus or keep Sabbath as a sign that you have exited from Sin. Remember Egypt in Hebrew is equal to sin. Conclusion, Sabbath is Creator/Redeemer worship or as Ezekiel 20:12 “Moreover also I gave them my Sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I [am] the LORD that sanctify them.” This then links God to Man and covers Yom Kippur as well as Righteousness by faith and Sabbath harmonious with them all which is a perpetual sign of GOD allegiance.
Well you say, if the Sabbath is God’s day then what is there on planet earth that could be the mark of the beast and the sign of his power. Sunday worship when traced back will stop with the Church of Rome and a decree from the Pope that he changed it and it is a sign of his power the evidence is that he was able to change it. If you read the records of “Sunday Keeping” churches they all agree that there is no Biblical evidence for Sunday and that they follow a Tradition which when followed back is Papal and Man based. As Christ put it in Matthew 6:24 “24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” We must serve GOD fully and totally and have no man made doctrines or we are fighting against GOD and will lose, because you are Babylonian. Matthew 12:30 “He that is not for me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.” The council of scripture is found in 2 Timothy 2:15 “Study to show yourself approved of GOD, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
Now let’s look at FAITH. The Bible gives us a definition from Paul in Romans 10:17 “So then faith [commeth] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” So then one gets faith from reading the Bible, Studying it, Hearing it read and contemplating it so that it moulds our character so that we become perfect and sinless (no live sin as all sin is dead). Paul puts it this way in Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” 1 Corinthians 6:19 “What? Know ye not that your body is the Temple of the Holy Ghost [which is] in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”
So we have a death to sin and the Holy Ghost resided within us John 14:16 “And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;” shows us part of the role, the other part is John 16:13 “Howbeit when he, the spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, [that] shall he speak: and he will show you things to come.” Now we have the role expounded out that we have Heavenly Peace and comfort and an active teacher to guide us in our study of scripture to find all the truth, and it will be found by the humble researcher. Beware, for Scripture can be twisted badly to make it say almost anything but a true researcher will be lead into full truth and the closer one gets to GOD the more unworthy they feel, the more careful they are of sinning or appearing to condone sinfulness.
Here is a new concept for some and it is found in 1 Corinthians 3:17 “If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which [temple] ye are.” and if you think GOD is joking then look at how serious he is from a historical evidence. Numbers 3:4 “And Nadab and Abihu died before the LORD, when they offered strange fire before the LORD, in the wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children: and Eleazar and Ithamar ministered in the priest’s office in the sight of Aaron their father.” Their story is there as a warning and admonition.
The defile part has a lot to do with who we are patterning ourselves after and mixing with both physically and spiritually. Sexual sins, eating unclean meats like Pork, Shellfish, Crabs, Crayfish, defiling liquor, defiling drugs, defiling tobacco, defiling doctrines of devils by believing things that are not found in God’s word and such. Did you know that the fastest way to get demon possession is through sex with someone other than lawful spouse? Lesbianism and Homosexuality are almost guaranteed to let Satan into the life. Or as expounded in 2 Peter 3:11 “[Seeing] then [that] all these things shall be dissolved, what manner [of persons] ought ye to be in [all] holy conversation and godliness.” for this covers employment vocation as well as speech for the master tells us in Matthew 12:36 “ But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” and he should know best cause that is the Judge, Jury and Executioner giving us wise council and advice so we should take heed.
Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers P31 the author says this and I quote “In reviewing our past history, having travelled over every step of advance to our present standing, I can say, Praise God! As I see what God has wrought, I am filled with astonishment, and with confidence in Christ as leader. We have nothing to fear for the future except as we shall forget the way the Lord has led us.” Peter puts it this way in 2 Peter 1:19 “We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the daystar arise in your hearts:’ or as Paul puts it in 2 Thessalonians 2:3 “Let no man deceive you by any means: for [that day shall not come], except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;”
Let us trust in the word of truth as found in scripture and live sinless lives (Righteousness) by aligning ourselves with God’s word (Faith). How is this possible, well the sanctuary tells us about the process of removal of sin and the Law teaches us what sin is. Romans 7:7 “What shall we say then? [is] the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but for the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.” Here we have the guide to life in its fullest sense and the Spirit of Truth within confirms Truth, forgiveness to remove the guilt and daily study to strengthen us and Christ to encourage us with this recorded in John 8:10-11 “10 When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee? 11 She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her, neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.” So here we have a command to cease sinning and to be more like our Heavenly Father.
Here is an interesting quote that you will enjoy like I do and it is from an ancient periodical, published in the Advent Review and Sabbath Herald in March 1895 and I quote: “The kingdom of heaven is of a higher order than any earthly kingdom. Whether we shall have a higher position or a lower position, will not be determined by our rank, wealth, or education, but by the character of the obedience rendered to the word of God. Those who have been actuated by selfishness and human ambition, who have been striving to be greatest, who have been self‑important, who have felt above confessing mistakes and errors, will have no place in the kingdom of God. Whether men will be honoured as members of the royal family of God, will be determined by the manner in which they bear the test and proving of God that is brought to bear upon them in this life. Those who have not been self‑denying, who have not manifested sympathy for the woes of others, who have not cultivated the precious attributes of love, who have not manifested forbearance and meekness in this life, will not be changed when Christ comes. The laws of Christ’s kingdom are unalterable; for they have their foundation in his own unchangeable righteous character. Not one of his precepts will be weakened or altered in the slightest degree. Heaven and earth will pass away rather than one tittle of his law shall fail. There can be no amendment made to the law of God; for “the law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul.” Should the voice of the highest human authority announce an amendment or an addition to the law of God in any human legislature, such an announcement would be registered on the books of heaven as treason. It would be placed on the same list as the presumptuous claims of the first great rebel who was cast out from heaven.”
Education P18 the author writes “Higher than the highest human thought can reach is God’s ideal for His children. Godliness‑‑godlikeness‑‑is the goal to be reached. Before the student there is opened a path of continual progress. He has an object to achieve, a standard to attain, that includes everything good, and pure, and noble. He will advance as fast and as far as possible in every branch of true knowledge. But his efforts will be directed to objects as much higher than mere selfish and temporal interests as the heavens are higher than the earth.”
CONCLUSION: Let us sum this up from a Hebrew/Jewish perspective. The Law shows up a sin. Person agrees and gets forgiveness from affected parties first. Sacrifice is selected from the list by wealth of person and type of sin. Person goes to Temple, priest checks that the sacrifice is correct one and free from blemishes (Perfect as it represents the Messiah). Person leans on sacrifice, confesses sin, slaughters it and Priest collects blood. This and the sacrifice are processed as per the specifications listed in Leviticus, the person walks out sinless and perfect before GOD. Or as John puts in 1 John 2:1 “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the Righteous.” which is our New Testament Priest who operates on the same old basis as in ancient times. That covers the RIGHTEOUSNESS part. The Faith part is the same as it has always been, the Bible gives us a definition from Paul in Romans 10:17 “So then faith [cometh] by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” So then one gets faith from reading the Bible, Studying it, Hearing it read and contemplating it so that it moulds our character so that we become perfect and sinless (no live sin as all sin is dead). Paul puts it this way in Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.” The daily living victoriously over sin strengthens us to continue to conquer. Bible stories and victories buoy us up, friends, family and church assist and we grow in grace and in knowledge of GOD. This is not a flash in the pan, hello-goodbye, but an ongoing process that may in fact last all eternity as we continue to learn more and more about the universe and spend time with the vast array of unfallen beings from planets scattered across the vast arena of God’s WOW expansive universe. Righteousness by faith is a deep subject and I am finding more and more about it and more and more excerpts from books expounding its wide expanses so you can study to greater depths for years and you will not plumb its depths so keep your body clean by healthful temperance, keep your mind clean by dwelling on heavenly things, walk uprightly before your GOD with clean hands and a pure heart and may the great God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob rest and abide with you forever so that your feet may stand on the sea of glass when all the redeemed of all ages assemble before the throne of grace at the end of this age. Amen
Jude 1:24 -25“Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present [you] faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, 25 To the only wise God our Saviour, [be] glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and for ever. Amen.”