|Genesis ||Exodus ||Leviticus ||Numbers||Deuteronomy ||Joshua |
|B'reishis ||Shemot (Names) ||Vayikra (He Called) ||Bamidbar||Devarim (Words) ||Yehoshua (Savior) |
|Terms of Slavery ||First Generation ||Intercessor
||In the Wilderness
||Promised Land |
|Slavery to Sin ||Slavery in Egypt ||Runaway ||Ransom Paid ||Freedom ||Home |
|The Broken Covenant ||Gethsemane ||Trials and Crucifixion ||The New Covenant |
Sin set up a great wall as a barrier between us and God.
Satan was the wall between us and God, not to protect us from wrath, but to keep God away from us.
As the representative on earth, He was working as our accuser, not our intercessor. He was trying to widen the chasm between us and God and build a higher wall and a more fortified fortress.
The intercessor is the deliverer who came to break down the separating barrier by smashing the dividing walls, and removing the stones and by cutting Himself in two as the offering.
Then He became the representative who defends us before God.
The holy intercessor came to give His life as an offering for the people to bring reconciliation between God and man so that we could draw near to God and God could draw near to us.
Outline: From Gethsemane To Calvary
Leviticus shows the order in which the offering was processed and the oath was kept.
|Leviticus ||Covenant || Comment |
||The voluntary offering ||Jesus became the offering ||Animals can never volunteer, but for the first time the offering volunteered Himself |
|6-9||In the custody of the priests ||The priests kill the offering || Jesus handed Himsef to the priests by not resisting arrest|
|10||Strange fire ||The fire is kindled || The fiery trial. The strange fire that did not burn|
|11-15||Unclean and Untouchable ||Cleansed from sin || The sinners who need cleansing|
|16||The sin offering ||Atonement || Jesus paid the price of sin|
|17||The goat demon ||Giving the offering to Azazel ||The offering was given away |
|18-20||Abominations of the wicked ||Those who reject the offering || The sins of Herod, Judas, Pilate and Rome|
|21-22||Priest without defect || He remained pure under the worst conditions || The efforts to defile the Priest as He gives the offering|
|23||Feast ||He kept the feasts ||He is the covenant meal|
|24||The Bread of Life at the table ||The broken bread ||The man who cursed God and broke the bread|
|25||Sabbaths and Jubilees ||Rest and freedom ||Rest from sin and freedom from the debt of sin|
|26||Blessings and curses ||Jesus suffered the curses || On the cross He suffered the seven last plagues|
|27||Keeping a difficult vow ||Kept the covenant by Himself || He vowed to be our substitute and it cost His life|
The Burnt Offering (Chapter 1).
This appears to be the most important offering because it was the first offering mentioned in the Bible before the instructions given on Sinai.
It expresses God's intent to provide a substitute for sin.
This offering is different from the other offerings in several ways.
The rule is very specific about the places the offering can be presented depending on the type of animal offered and the disposition of the waste is different.
- Doorway of The Tent of Meeting (Herd).
If the offering is an ox it must be brought to the "tent of meeting". So the priests took Jesus from the garden and brought Him to the Sanhedrin for trial.
(Leviticus 17: 3-9)
- Voluntarily. It must be given voluntarily. Jesus Christ came voluntarily as the ox from the herd in heaven to be among the flock on earth.
None of the other offerings were described as having this requirement of free will.
The only place where Jesus gave an offering of blood of His own free will was in the Garden of Gethsemane.
So the birds and offerings from the flock and those that are not burnt offerings could be made in Gethsemane or after His arrest.
If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish; he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the Lord.
(Leviticus 1: 3 KJV)
Slave At Forced Labor.
Although the argument can be made that He submitted for all offerings because He did not resist, the circumstances show that there is nothing voluntary about being arrested, tied up and then nailed by both hands and feet until you are dead.
Therefore, Gethsemane is the only place where it can be legally argued that His contribution was totally voluntary.
- Sprinkle Blood. He gave His blood in Gethsemane when His sweat became blood and poured out on the earth.
So, bleeding with the blood of the offering, it was sprinkled from Gethsemane all the way to the Sanhedrin and all over the various places that they took Him on the way to the cross.
He shall slay the young bull before the Lord; and Aaron's sons and the priest shall offer up the blood and sprinkle the blood around the altar that is at the doorway of the tent of meeting.
(Leviticus 1: 5)
- Skin. He was skinned when they took Him to the Romans to be beaten with the flagellum that is designed to cut and tear into flesh.
He shall then skin the burnt offering and cut up its pieces.
(Leviticus 1: 6)
- Fire and Wood. The priests put fire on the altar when they grilled Him all night in a fiery trial.
Fire and Wood.
The sons of Aaron the priest shall put fire in the altar and arrange wood on the fire.
Then Aaron's sons the priests shall arrange the pieces, the head and the suet over the wood which is on the fire that is on the altar.
(Leviticus 1: 7-8)
They arranged the wood on the altar by arranging for the soldiers to crucify Him. The wooden cross was placed on His back to be carried to the place of death, then He was placed on the wood of the cross.
All of these activities broke Him into pieces emotionally and He died of a broken heart.
- Entrails. This was handled differently from the sin offering. By the time the priests were done with Him, He had been completely consumed physically and emotionally. So what was given to the Romans was the carcass for the other offerings.
Its entrails, however, and its legs he shall wash with water. And the priest shall offer up in smoke all of it on the altar for a burnt offering, an offering by fire of a soothing aroma to the Lord.
(Leviticus 1: 9)
- North Altar (Flock: Sheep and Goats). Many offerings used these animals, but they must be killed in the north.
Sanhedrin in the North.
He shall slay it on the side of the altar northward before the Lord, and Aaron's sons the priests shall sprinkle its blood around the altar
(Leviticus 1: 11)
In Gethsemane He was virtually alone, because the three disciples who were with Him were sleeping while He prayed some distance away.
Now, He was one of the flock because the people were following the spectacle by this time.
Jesus was in the north of the city on two occasions.
The Sanhedrin is in the north wall of the temple and the place of the crucifixion was outside the gates of the north wall of the city.
- Sprinkle Blood.
His blood, shed in Gethsemane, was being sprinkled by the priests because they were accompanying Him to all the other places.
He was condemned to death by the Sanhedrin, so they were also guilty of shedding His blood in this instance also.
- East Altar (Birds).
The bird is only offered by the poor. The garden of Gethsemane was in the east and it was the offering made by Jesus in Gethsemane.
What happened to Him in Gethsemane?
Torn Head and Neck.
The priest shall bring it to the altar, and wring off its head and offer it up in smoke on the altar; and its blood is to be drained out on the side of the altar.
(Leviticus 1: 15)
Crop and Feathers.
He shall also take away its crop with its feathers and cast it beside the altar eastward, to the place of the ashes.
(Leviticus 1: 16)
Then he shall tear it by its wings, but shall not sever it. And the priest shall offer it up in smoke on the altar on the wood which is on the fire; it is a burnt offering, an offering by fire of a soothing aroma to the Lord.
(Leviticus 1: 17)
- Wring off Neck and Tear Head.
Since the bones were not to be broken, the offering must have been symbolically decapitated at the first or second vertebra.
This must refer to the gut-wrenching emotional decision that He faced in Gethsemane. He even asked the Father if it was possible to avoid the coming ordeal.
- Blood Drained. His pores opened and drained blood on the ground of Gethsemane.
- Crop and Feathers. The crop is a pouch along the aesophagus that stores food in many birds and it holds crop milk in adult doves and pigeons to feed their young.
Other prophecies refer to the fact that the young must be separated and weaned from the mother before it is offered.
Removing the crop is a symbol of this weaning.
Removing the feathers is a symbol of giving up the freedom to move.
He was being weaned from His Father from this point.
- Tear Wings. When He was arrested, they might have roughly grabbed His arms to bind His wrist. This is the tearing of the wings without cutting them off.
- Offered Up in Smoke. All the prayers and testimony made in Gethsemane and during His trial.
- The Grain Offering (Chapter 2).
This offering is interesting because of what happened to Cain and Abel.
Abel offered a burnt lamb which was accepted and Cain offered plants and was rejected.
Now when you bring an offering of a grain offering baked in an oven, it shall be unleavened cakes of fine flour mixed with oil or unleavened wafers spread with oil.
(Leviticus 2: 4)
The priest then shall take up from the grain offering its memorial portion, and shall offer it up in smoke on the altar as an offering by fire of a soothing aroma to the Lord.
(Leviticus 2: 9)
No grain offering, which you bring to the Lord, shall be made with leaven, for you shall not offer up in smoke any leaven or honey as an offering by fire to the Lord.
An offering of first fruits you shall bring them to the Lord, but they shall not ascend for a soothing aroma on the altar.
(Leviticus 2: 11-12)
Every grain offering of your, moreover, you shall season with salt, so that the salt of the covenant of your God shall not be lacking from your grain offering, with all your offerings you shall offer salt.
(Leviticus 2: 13)
Also if you bring a grain offering of early ripened things [firstfruits], you shall bring fresh heads of grain [green ears of corn] roasted in the fire, grits [beaten corn] of new growth for the grain offering of your early ripened things.
You shall then put oil on it and lay incense on it; it is a grain offering.
Memorial Portion. The priest shall offer up in smoke its memorial portion, part of its grits and its oil with all its incense as an offering by fire to the Lord.
(Leviticus 2: 14-16)
Now we know why Cain's offering was rejected.
The grain represents the people that must be saved and the first fruit represents their character shaped by the Holy Spirit.
God promises to help this harvest by raising it from the dead and giving it the Holy Spirit so that it can produce fruit.
So plants are not an offering for sin, it is a promise for those who are in sin who will be righteous.
- Oil. This is a symbol of the Holy Spirit, given to preserve the living from sin and to pray for us.
- Salt. Salt is a preservative that gives flavor. This is a symbol of God's ability and promise to preserve the dead. In the case of Jesus Christ, it was the additional promise that His body would not decay.
- Memorial Portion. This is the portion given up to God and represents Christ's offering.
In the New Testament, Jesus instituted a memorial offering in the broken bread (grits) and wine.
These are the only symbols remaining that represent the offering.
The Memorial Bread.
And when He had taken some bread and given thanks, He broke it and gave it to them, saying, "This is My body which is given for you; do this in rememberance of Me."
The Blood of The Covenant.
And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the New Covenant in My blood."
(Luke 22: 19)
- Unleavened. Leaven is a symbol of sin and Jesus was without sin when He made the offering.
- First Fruits. They are a result of the work of the Holy Spirit. They cannot be burned because this is not a soothing aroma.
When Cain burned the fruits, He was destroying the work of the Holy Spirit and ignoring the cost of the price of sin.
His offering was premature.
- The Peace Offering (Chapter 3).
A male or a female could be offered.
Since all offerings represent the sacrifice of Christ it must be noted that He was a "female" when the offering required total submission.
This offering was officially made while He was submitting to a severe beating without retaliating.
It was not different from the other offerings except from the way the fat was treated.
All the fat was offered with some internal organs.
From the sacrifice of peace offerings he shall bring as an offering by fire to the Lord, its fat, the entire fat tail which he shall remove close to the backbone, and the fat that covers the entrails and all the fat that is on the entrails.
and the two kidneys with the fat that is on them, which is on the loins, and the lobe of the liver which he shall remove with the kidneys.
(Leviticus 3: 9-10)
Fat is a symbol of our memories and emotions. It must have taken a great amount of love to submit to this painful beating while still maintaining love.
- The Guilt and Sin Offering (Chapter 4).
As the official guilt offering, Jesus must be separated from His mother before He suffered in the darkness.
- Sprinkled Seven Times.
He gave His blood one time, voluntarily in Gethsemane, but it was taken from Him in seven places.
He was beaten, then nailed in His two hands and two feet. Then the crown on His head caused bleeding, and the hole in His side was the final breech in His body that bled.
Then the anointed priest is to take some of the blood of the bull and bring it to the tent of meeting,
ad the priest shall dip his finger in the blood and sprinkle some of the blood seven times before the Lord, in front of the veil of the sanctuary.
(Leviticus 4: 5-6)
- Remove Fat. All fat is burned, symbolizing that all our memories and emotions are involved in the determination of guilt.
- Skin and Refuse. His body was taken outside the gates of the city to be crucified.
But the hide of the bull and all its flesh with its head and its legs and its entrails and its refuse, that is, all the rest of the bull, he is to bring out to a clean place outside the camp where the ashes are poured out, and burn it on wood with fire, where the ashes are poured out it shall be burned.
(Leviticus 4: 11-12)
- Mother Israel. Israel was the woman who had given birth to one special Son. All Israel, not just the priests, had turned against Jesus by the time He was arrested. An illegal trial was held by the Sanhedrin during the night. There He was found guilty of blasphemy.
- Mother Mary. Before darkness came over the land while Jesus was on the cross, He separated Himself from Mary and gave her to John.
- The Unintentional Guilt Offering (Chapter 5).
This chapter addresses the sins of the disciples at the Last Supper.
- Reluctant Witness. Peter and the other disciples did not acknowledge that they knew Jesus.
Now if a person sins after he hears a public adjuration to testify when he is a witness, whether he has seen or otherwise known, if he does not tell it, then he will bear his guilt.
(Leviticus 5: 1)
- Touches the Unclean. Jesus washed the disciple's feet as a step in anointing His priests.
- Human Uncleanness. He officially knew that Judas was the betrayer when Judas dipped in the bowl with Him.
Or if he touches human uncleanness, of whatever sort his uncleanness may be with which he becomes unclean, and it is hidden from him, and then he comes to know of it, he will be guilty.
(Leviticus 5: 3)
It is very interesting to see how heaven viewed the actions of Judas. He was not just unclean, he was human dung because he united with unclean spirits.
- Unfulfilled Oaths. Peter swore that he would not deny Jesus, but he did.
Or if a person swears thoughtlessly with his lips to do evil or to do good, in whatever matter a man may speak thoughtlessly with an oath, and it is hidden from him, and then he come to know it, he will be guilty of one of these.
(Leviticus 5: 4)
- The Priests Handle The Offering (Chapter 6).
This chapter chronicles the events from the time of His arrest.
- Deception. Judas deceived Jesus with a kiss. Peter swore falsely that he would not deny Jesus.
When a person sins and acts unfaithfully against the Lord, and deceives his companion in regard to a deposit or a security entrusted to him, or through robbery, or if he has extorted from his companion
or anything about which he swore falsely, he shall make restitution for it in full and add to it one-fifth more. He shall give it to the one to whom it belongs on the day he presents his guilt offering.
(Leviticus 6: 2, 5)
- Fiery Trials All Night. He was on trial all night and sent to the Romans in the morning to be tried.
Burning All Night.
Command Aaron and his sons saying, "This is the law for the burnt offering; the burnt offering itself shall remain on the hearth on the altar all night until the morning, and the fire on the altar is to be kept burning on it."
(Leviticus 6: 9)
- Priests Put on Garments. He was wearing a seamless white garment and another garment that they tore.
The priest is to put on his linen robe, and he shall put on undergarments next to his flesh; and he shall take up the ashes to which the fire reduces the burnt offering on the altar and place them beside the altar.
(Leviticus 6: 10)
- Change Garments. They took off His clothes and dressed Him as a king to mock Him, before sending His ashes with the wood to be crucified.
Then he shall take off the garments and put on other garments, and carry the ashes outside the camp to a clean place.
(Leviticus 6: 11)
South of the city was the garbage dump, but Jesus was crucified in the north, in a clean place.
- Burn Wood in the Morning. He was on the cross and the abuse continued from His arrest that night until His death the following evening.
The fire on the altar shall be kept burning on it. It shall not go out, but the priest shall burn wood on it; and he shall lay out the burnt offering on it, and offer up in smoke the fat portions of the peace offering on it.
Fire shall be kept burning continually on the altar; it is not to go out.
(Leviticus 6: 12-13)
- Grain. He was the grain offering that would be the Seed of a whole new race of people, filled with the Holy Spirit.
Then one of them shall lift up a handful of the fine flour of the grain offering, with its oil and all the incense that is on the grain offering, and he shall offer it up in smoke on the altar, a soothing aroma, as its memorial offering to the Lord.
(Leviticus 6: 15)
- Priest Anointed. Jesus was anointed to be priest.
This is the offering which Aaron and his sons are to present to the Lord on the day when he is anointed, the tenth of an ephah of fine flour as a regular grain offering, half of it in the morning and half of it in the evening.
(Leviticus 6: 20)
- Broken Vessel. Jesus, in the body of a human made of clay was the broken earthenware vessel. His divinity might have been the bronze metal.
Vessel of Earth.
Also the earthenware vessel in which it was boiled shall be broken; and if it was boiled in a bronze vessel, then it shall be scoured and rinsed in water.
(Leviticus 6: 28)
- The Property of The Priests (Chapter 7).
There were two classes of priests there that night. Caiaphas and the priests of Levi were priests under the old covenant.
Jesus had already washed and anointed the twelve disciples that night, appointing them as priests of the order of Melchizedek.
Judas was now a priest.
Judas was cut off that night for eating fat and blood.
- In the Same Place (Jerusalem). The burnt offering was made in Gethsemane, so this is where the guilt offering was killed.
When they arrested Him and carried Him from place to place they were sprinkling the blood around the altar.
Gethsemane and Calvary.
In the place where they slay the burnt offering they are to slay the guilt offering, and he shall sprinkle its blood around the altar.
(Leviticus 7: 2)
- Skin of the Burnt Offering. The offering and the skin of the burnt offering belongs to the priest.
Also the priest who presents any man's burnt offering that priest can have for himself the skin of the burnt offering which he has presented.
(Leviticus 7: 8)
Joseph of Aramathea took His body to be buried. He was a member of the Sanhedrin, probably a priest.
- Peace Offering. He was eaten and buried that day so none was left over until the morning.
Eaten by the People.
Now as for the flesh of the sacrifice of his thanksgiving peace offering, it shall be eaten on the day of its offering; he shall not leave any of it over until morning.
(Leviticus 7: 15)
- Third Day. On the third day He ascended to heaven in the presence of God the Father, who lives in the eternal fires.
But if the sacrifice of his offering is a votive or freewill offering, it shall be eaten on the day that he offers his sacrifice, and on the next day what is left of it may be eaten;
But what is left over from the flesh of the sacrifice on the third day shall be burned with fire.
(Leviticus 7: 16-17)
So if any of the flesh of the sacrifice of his peace offering shall ever be eaten on the third day, he who offers it will not be accepted, and it will not be reckoned to his benefit. It shall be an offensive thing, and the person who eats it will bear his own iniquity.
(Leviticus 7: 18)
- Fat. Judas wanted the bounty and the good things. He was remorseful when He saw that the suffering Jesus did not retaliate and that hopes of forcing Jesus to take the kingdom with power was fading.
For whoever eats the fat of the animal from which an offering by fire is offered to the Lord, even the person who eats shall be cut off from his people.
(Leviticus 7: 25)
- Blood. When Judas kissed Him after He shed blood through His pores, Judas may have inadvertently placed blood on His lips and became guilty of eating blood.
Any person who eats any blood, even that person will be cut off from his people.
(Leviticus 7: 27)
The High Priest
The holy intercessor is our High Priest who is preparing us to come closer to God.
For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
(Isaiah 9: 6)
- Anointing the Priest (Chapter 8-9). The High Priest prepares a nation of priests to go up to Mount Zion to meet God.
He is removing our filthy garments and washing our filthy minds and bodies.
We must also come near to the High Priest so that He can clean us up physically and spiritually.
- Washed Disciples. Sin has made us unclean. Jesus washed the feet of the disciples before the seder. He was anointing them as His priests and removing their uncleanness.
Then Moses had Aaron and his sons come near and washed them with water.
(Leviticus 8: 6)
Chapter 8 records the strange ritual to anoint a priest which looks exactly like the ritual to cleanse a leper. We will discuss the meaning of both in the cleansing of the leper.
- Dressed Priests. Sin brought nakedness in the garden of Eden. All of us are either naked or wearing filthy garments. God has brought a new set of clothes. He will remove our sinful garments and cover our nakedness by giving His righteousness as our covering.
- Strange Fire (Chapter 10). Annanias and Caiaphas committed the same sin.
They took their firepans and made the offering that they wanted, ignoring all the laws to do so.
How could Jesus be the burnt offering when He was not burned alive?
He was standing in a strange fire. It was a fire that did not burn physically but caused severe emotional distress.
The Fire That Did Not Burn.
Now Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took their respective firepans, and after putting fire in them, placed incense on it and offered strange fire before the Lord, which He had not commanded them.
And fire came out from the presence of the Lord and consumed them, and they died before the Lord.
Then Moses said to Aaron, "It is what the Lord spoke, saying, By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, and before all the people I will be honored."
(Leviticus 10: 1-3)
What high priests, Annanias and Caiaphas, did was to dishonor Jesus like Nadab and Abihu. They treated Him as a leper, a criminal and a sinner.
Then they subjected Him to a fiery trial where He was forced to confront lies and hatred and live under the bitterness of dishonor.
» Signs of the Deliverer.
When Moses first Met God on Mount Sinai and he was called to deliver the people, God gave him certain signs so that the people would recognize that he was their deliverer.
I have been teaching that the events after Jesus was in Roman custody did not qualify as the offering for atonement for sin, but it was the ransom required by Satan.
Now I am also saying that these are signs to Israel that Jesus is the deliverer.
All these signs are an exercise in drawing near or running away. The intercessor will never run away.
The intercessor will draw near to the eternal fires of God on our behalf.
Then He will draw near to us when we are unclean lepers. He will draw near and pick up the venomous snake for us.
He gave blood and water to wash us clean so that we could be cured of leprosy and draw near to God.
- The Burning Bush. God appeared as a bush on fire in a strange fire that did not burn.
- The Snake on the Rod. He became a snake on the cross so that He could swallow the nest of snakes.
- The Leper. He became a leper because He was living in a colony of lepers.
- The Blood and Water. Blood and water poured from His side.
The Untouchables: An Unclean and Defective People
The perfect intercessor is the Son of Man who came to live as one of the defective people.
The intercessor drew near to a quarantined planet filled with a colony of lepers and became one of them.
- Clean and Unclean Flesh (Chapter 11).
Sin came as a feast from the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil.
Salvation is presented as a feast called by God where we must eat from the Tree of Life to be saved.
At this important feast of God was all sorts of clean and unclean people and creatures.
The Jews and the Gentiles and the devils were there.
» His Righteousness Made Us Clean.
- Land. Those with split hooves that chew the cud.
God submit Himself to the nails in His hands and feet to deliver us from the bowels of death.
Split Hooves. Jesus' hands and feet were split by nails. His divinity and humanity were separated.
Chews The Cud. He was dead for about one day and He can make the land of the dead spew us out.
- Water. Those with fins and scales are clean. No water creatures are suitable for an offering, so Jesus did not symbolize them at this time. It was the righteous in the sea that will symbolize the clean fish.
The wicked world is symbolized as a turbulent sea, full of all kinds of creatures that are ruled by a dragon who has been confined to the sea.
God gave us an armor and a rudder so that we could swiftly navigate through the turbulent waters of sin.
Fins. The Holy Spirit will repair our moral guidance systems, so that we will obey God.
Scales. He gave us the Holy Spirit, the water, who will give us an armor of protection.
- Air. The dove and the pigeon symbolize the offerings made by the poor. Scavenger birds are unclean.
The Dove of Heaven. The Holy Spirit is symbolized as a dove who was given to the human race as a part of the Plan of Salvation.
Jesus symbolized a bird when He was lifted up high with His wings stretched out and nailed on the cross. However, submitting to the ordeal and fixed in one position, He could never be a scavenger.
- Winged Insects. Those with jointed four legs that can jump are clean. No insects represent the sacrifice on Calvary, but there are at least two aspects in which Jesus symbolized their movements
The Jointed Legs.
The process of crucifixion is an exercise in breathing. The victim used His feet to force air in an out of his lungs by standing or sitting. Jointed hands and feet allow this action.
Jump Off The Earth. He fell to the ground with the cross and was able to get up.
When He moved up and down to breathe He was mimicking the motion of jumping.
- Swarming Things. None. No creeping or crawling things are clean.
Only humans naturally walk on two legs. God has broken the yoke of sin to make us walk erect like men, not animals.
Animals walk on all fours and the most despicable of creatures slither through the dirt on the surface of the ground, or live under the ground like the dead.
The Great Dragon. He will put enmity between us and the serpent, the largest crawling creature.
» Our Sins Made Him Unclean.
This marvelous set of laws shows how we made Him unclean and how He still managed to protect and provide the resources to make us clean.
Jesus became a swarming thing when He took on the appearance of a serpent and He fell down, crawling on the ground, walking on all fours, under the weight of the cross.
- Unclean Creatures: Do Not Eat.
In the death struggle with Satan, Jesus touches the snake and becomes unclean.
In this state He takes the form of several unclean creatures in the roles which He plays in destroying evil.
- Land. Our sins killed Him and cut Him in two, splitting His divinity from His humanity.
He needs to have the ability to join His separated halves to conquer death and free Himself from Hades.
Then He will have the key or the method to conquer death. Until then, He is one of the unclean in the Land of the dead.
Pig. Whoever claims to sacrifice for us but cannot raise us from the dead is a pig.
Dog. Whatever cannot free the dead or take away sins is useless to us.
Rabbit. Whatever can go underground but cannot free the dead is useless.
Satan is pictured as ruling the dead. He sends many to death but he cannot free them from death and hell.
He is the lion of Judah because He is taking over the house of Satan.
When a lion takes over a pride, he kills all the offspring of the male that he conquered and then starts his own family with the lioness.
Christ is eliminating the wicked seed of Satan and He is giving birth to a whole new generation of the righteous.
- Water. Those without fins or scales are without guidance or protection.
Our sins left Jesus without clothes and without any support and only one way to go. He was forced to go one way through the mob while the angry sea lashed at Him on the cross.
Air: Eagle. He was officially an eagle, which devours the carcasses of the dead.
- Winged Insects. Those with many legs or with four legs that cannot jump.
Jesus was the four limbed creature that fell to the ground, under the weight of the cross. He was too exhausted to continue without help.
- Swarming Things: Do Not Eat or Touch.
We become unclean from the swarming creatures only if we touch them when they are dead.
These are to you the unclean among all the swarming things; whoever touches them when they are dead becomes unclean until evening.
(Leviticus 11: 31)
Jesus was not dead when He symbolized all these unclean creatures. So nobody became unclean because they touched Him.
After His death, Joseph, Mary and a few others quickly embalmed His body for death before the Sabbath came at sunset.
They were clean by sunset.
- Crawls on Its Belly. He became the snake.
- Walks on All Fours. He is symbolized as both clean and unclean animals. He was a donkey.
- Has Many Feet. He had at least three legs, the cross and His two legs.
- Useful Articles. Anything touched after His death which can be washed was unclean until sunset.
Articles Defiled By The Dead.
Also anything on which one of them may fall when they are dead becomes unclean, including any wooden article, or clothing, or a skin, or a sack - any article of which use is made - it shall be put in the water and be unclean until evening, then it becomes clean.
(Leviticus 11: 32)
- Wooden Article. The cross became unclean.
- Clothing. He was naked, so His clothing never became unclean. This is symbolically important because it means that His garment of righteousness never became unclean.
- Skin. His body became unclean and it was symbolically torn at His death when the veil of the temple was torn from top to bottom.
- Bag. The crop and the chest cavity are symbolized as useful bags in His chest.
- The Broken Bread. Articles that cannot be washed were broken.
Earthenware vessels are made of dirt just like Adam and all humanity are made of dirt.
Jesus became a vessel made of earth when He became a human. His body was shattered and broken when death made Him unclean.
The Broken Vessel.
As for any earthenware vessel into which one of them may fall, whatever is in it becomes unclean and you shall break the vessel.
(Leviticus 11: 33)
- A Spring of Blood And Water. At His death a spring of blood and water poured out of His side.
The Clean Spring.
Nevertheless, a spring or a cistern collecting water shall be clean, though the one who touches their carcass shall be unclean.
(Leviticus 11: 36)
This vital stream was the purpose for which He came. It is amazing to see how the rules protected it during all the attempts to destroy Him with the curses.
- Cistern. His chest cavity became a cistern, collecting and storing two Springs of Life.
» The Cup Of The Covenant. This cistern is also the cup of the New Covenant which collected the blood that was poured out for us.
A Cup of Blood.
And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.
(Luke 22: 20)
- Spring. When the nails pierced His hands and feet and the sword pierced His side it released a clean spring, giving the power to wash away both sin and impurity.
- The Seed of God. This is another reason for which He came. He must start a new race of people. His seed must be clean. It remained clean even in His death.
The Clean Seed.
If a part of their carcass falls on any seed for sowing, which is to be sown, it is clean.
(Leviticus 11: 37)
This seed is about to be placed in the ground because it is now being sowed.
- Watering the Seed.
Water put on the seed becomes standing water that is cut off from the spring. So this is why it can become unclean.
Water is a symbol of the Holy Spirit and the Spirit left when He died and before the spring of blood and water poured out of His side.
The seed was not in standing water and was never unclean.
Though if water is put on the seed and a part of their carcass falls on it, it is unclean to you.
(Leviticus 11: 38)
The water will be poured out on the seed after sunset, when He is under the earth.
- Swarming Things. Satan and his little helpers are consistently symbolized as one of these creatures that are called unclean spirits.
They are dragons, snakes, rats and frogs.
The Creepy Crawly Critters.
Now every swarming thing that swarms on the earth is detestable, not to be eaten.
Whatever crawls on its belly, and whatever walks on all fours, whatever has many feet, in respect to every swarming thing that swarms on the earth, you shall not eat them, for they are detestable.
(Leviticus 11: 41-42)
» Detestable Behavior. Any similar behavior among humans can be seen as acting out like a swarm of creatures, gathered in a group and crawling over each other.
- Crawls on Its Belly. This is the snake and those destined to go back to the dust of the ground.
- Walks on All Fours. The phenomenon of sexual sado-masochism, wearing dog collars and acting like an animal is detestable.
- Many Feet. The sexual act makes two become one. An orgy looks like a creature with many legs.
- Swarm. A mob, acting as one with a collective brain is a potential for great mischief.
The Cleansing Of The Woman
- The Unclean Woman (Chapter 12).
Israel was the unclean woman, covered in sin, who was about to give birth.
These rules specify how long a woman remains unclean after the birth of a child and how she will be clean.
The symbol is of the woman who is Israel or the church and the male child as Jesus Christ, her one and only son who will make her clean.
... when a woman gives birth and bears a male child then she shall be unclean for seven days, as in the days of her menstruation she shall be unclean.
On the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.
Then she shall remain in the blood of her purification for thirty three days.
She shall not touch any consecrated thing nor enter the sanctuary until the days of her purification are completed.
But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her separation: and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six days.
And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest:
(Leviticus 12: 2-6)
The laws in Leviticus seem very hard on the self-esteem of women but, as you will see,
the rules for cleansing after a male child is born actually prophesied something about Christ
and the rules for a female child prophesy about the church.
|The Sacrificial Lamb|
The same rules that applied to a son of the covenant, applied to the animal that is eligible for sacrifice.
It must not be sacrificed until it is eight days old.
When an ox or a sheep or a goat is born, it shall remain seven days with its mother, and from the eighth day on it shall be
accepted as a sacrifice of an offering by fire to the Lord.
(Leviticus 22: 27)
In Leviticus 12 we read the following procedure for the birth of a male child:
The ritual suggests that the woman would be clean after seven days, yet it appeared to add another thirty three days.
If God does not lie then the two moments of cleansing must be the same event and seven days must be the same period of time as thirty three days.
- The mother is unclean for seven days.
- On the eighth day the child was to be circumcised
- For thirty three days she was to remain unclean. She could not enter the sanctuary or touch anything that was holy.
To understand this, remember two prophetic symbols.
In the prophecies of Revelation and in the old testament, a woman represented the church (Israel).
And a day is equal to a year of real time.
It also seems that every time a feast or law declares a period of seven days, it signifies a covenant period or an appointed period of time.
This strange ritual actually outlined two prophecies. One about the male child and the other about the woman
who gives birth to Him.
To be unclean means that one is in a state that will not exist in heaven.
It does not necessarily indicate filth or deliberate sin. Sin caused the planet to be in a state of uncleanliness, sometimes out of necessity.
A woman is clean during the greatest period of fertility and she is unclean when she is not fertile.
In heaven we will be fruitful so that we can multiply at will.
- The Child. Circumcision was the outward sign of participation in the covenant.
It represented the death of the male seed. This was Jesus Christ, the seed that was cut off for sin so that God could keep
His agreement to save us from sin.
- The Woman. She was unclean until the seed was circumcised.
But she was to remain unclean without access to the sanctuary for thirty three days.
Christ was baptized when He was about thirty (Luke 3: 23), then He lived for another three and a half years.
Therefore, He was thirty three when He died.
It was only after this point in History that the church (the woman) was truly clean
and could boldly gain access to the real sanctuary in heaven.
For all the preceding four thousand years, this access was only a promise.
But thirty three years after the male child who was the seed of the promise was born she had true access to heaven.
The Child had made her clean before God.
||Seven Days (The Perfect Time)
||Day 8 (Justify) ||Day 66 (Sanctify)
|7 Days Before Circumcision.
The unclean woman remains in the blood of her purification. She cannot enter the sanctuary or touch the holy things
||Circumcised ||Christ Joins In The covenant
|Clean||The woman is clean. |
She can enter the sancutary
| Thirty Three "Days/Years" In The Blood||Blood||Water
||The Sanctuary Is Cleansed
|Christ Lived For Thirty Three Years || ||Crucified ||The church is clean. It can enter heaven (come boldly to the throne) |
|Animal Stays With Its Mother For Seven Days ||Sacrificed ||Atonement is made |
|Nisan 1||(14 Days - Passover) (66 Days - Pentecost) ||Pentecost || ||Law written in the heart |
Israel was the church who was not clean, who could not enter the heavenly sanctuary until the Seed was circumcised, thirty three years after He was born.
We were not made right with God because of the birth. We were reconciled because of His death 33 years later.
- Child. The Plan of Salvation involves cleansing two children who are born out of Israel.
- Birth Of A Male Child (Justification). Israel has been waiting for the birth of one special Son promised to Eve.
» Unclean (7 Days). Israel was unclean for the maximum length of time. Then Jesus Christ came and was cut off in 31 AD after one week which involved cleansing the temple.
» Circumcised (Day 8). Crucifixion is the picture of circumcision. Jesus was "cut off" for sins.
Even an animal to be sacrificed must remain with the mother for seven days.
When a bullock, or a sheep, or a goat, is brought forth, then it shall be seven days under the dam; and from the eighth day and thenceforth it shall be accepted for an offering made by fire unto the Lord.
(Leviticus 22: 27)
- Birth Of A Female Child (Sanctification). This is the birth of the church. Israel is born again as a child.
» Unclean (14 Days). This teaches that the woman will be clean after the Son is clean. This second cleansing will take twice as long.
It takes seven days after the offering is made to be ordained as the High Priest.
After another seven days in heaven Jesus had secured the freedom for the children of God because He had completed all the rituals in heaven.
» Nisan 1 (14 Days And 66 Days).
The counting for the girl also seems to be related to Nisan 1. This was the day the first sanctuary was erected and consecrated by Moses (Exodus 40).
Nisan 14 is the Passover. This is the day of the blood cleansing.
Pentecost is 66 days after Nisan 1.
The cleansing ritual allows her to enter the newly erected sanctuary.
- In The Blood Of Her Purification.
The blood of purification is the blood of Jesus Christ packaged in His body from birth to death.
The real flesh and blood child who would purify her 33 years later was actually alive.
Jesus joined the covenant people eight days after His birth, so the church can now anticipate the full cleansing.
Until the Second Coming, the Lamb of God is still symbolized as bleeding while the High Priest is ministering this blood in the Most Holy Place (Revelation 5: 6).
The Jews refer to Jesus as a niddah and a bastard.
A niddah is one who is conceived in the filth of menstruation when the woman is unclean.
In a strange way this symbol of Israel being in the blood of purification, or unclean because of blood is a prophecy about how they would perceive him.
He was a child who was living during the blood purification period of his mother.
He was a niddah because Israel made Him unclean with her sins and He was conceived while the world was in sin. Even this insult is a prophecy, just as much as Caiaphas' statement in John 11: 50 (one dies for all).
» Bastard. In Jewish thinking a bastard is not necessarily a child born out of wedlock, but a child who is born because of a prohibited relationship.
Jesus became a bastard because His mother, Israel, was unfaithful to His Father so the question of His true father was in doubt because they had been unfaithful.
» Son Of The Best Man. The claim also states that the man who fathered this bastard and niddah was the best man.
Even in this they are not wrong. It was the Holy Spirit Who came to Mary and conceived Jesus Christ.
The Holy Spirit is pictured as His brother and His best friend in another prophecy law.
As the brother, the law states that He should establish His dead brother's house by bearing him a son and heir.
The Holy Spirit did this by staying after Pentecost to establish the church.
Now we can see that He also did this by planting the Seed of the male heir in Mary, because Christ was essentially dead when He submitted to being born and fell into the earth into the womb of Mary.
- Offerings After Days Of Purification. Lamb (burnt offering) and dove (sin offering).
» Lamb (Burnt Offering). Jesus Christ was the Lamb of God who died for our sins at Passover.
» Dove (Sin Offering). The Holy Spirit, symbolized as a dove came to remove our sins at Pentecost.
- Touching Holy Things.
Now we can understand what Paul means about handling the holy things, not as a prohibition against clean and unclean meats but in relation to the food and objects in the sanctuary.
Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,
(Touch not; taste not; handle not;
Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
(Colossians 2: 20-22)
We can eat from the table of shewbread as often as possible, not just the bread and wine at Passover.
All ages, races and genders can enter into the sanctuary because we are all priests, not just the 30-50 year old males from the tribe of Levi from the house of Aaron.
We can all light the menorah and spread the word of the gospel. We do not have to wait for permission from the priest because the High Priest has torn open the door of separation so that we can come boldly to the throne of grace (Hebrews 4: 16).
» The Cleansing Schedule
The schedule uses real and prophetic time which even overlapped each other.
- Seven Days (Symbolic Time).
Seven represents the complete amount of time. After the passage of the perfect time or designated amount of time or "in the fullness of time".
» Seven Years (Real Time). It took seven years to fulfill the covenant with Israel from the time the Son started working at age 30 until the stoning of Stephen (27-34 AD).
» Mother Clean in Seven Days (Real Time). When the time came for the official sacrifice to be made, the great events took place over a period of seven days on earth, then seven days in heaven.
At the end of the first seven days, the cleansing blood of the Lamb of God had been shed.
The rest was simply a formality.
- Blood of Purification For A Male (33 Days).
This was the actual amount of time for the male to cleanse the mother.
Israel was in the presence of the blood that would purify her for 33 years.
» Thirty Three Years (Real Time). Jesus Christ died at the age of 33, releasing the fountain of blood.
» 7 Days and 33 Days (40 Days). Jesus was seen on earth for forty days after His resurrection. This was seven days in heaven and 33 days on earth.
- Blood of Purification For A Female (66 Days).
The Holy Spirit came 66 days after the beginning of the year to be the constant companion of the woman as He removes all traces of sin from her.
From Nisan 1 (the day the sanctuary was erected and consecrated (Exodus 40)) to the day after Pentecost was 66 days. This was the first day in the life of the new church. So with the giving of the Holy Spirit in the new year of our salvation, the woman (church) is born and can begin another cleansing when the law is written in her heart.
» Mother Clean in Fourteen Days (Real Time). Christ spent two sets of seven days to be inaugurated.
The first seven days on earth and the next seven in heaven. Then He came back to see the disciples after He was officially the High Priest in all realms.
He was universally recognized as the one to whom the woman could go for cleansing.
» The Girl Child.
We also find an eerie similarity between the purification of the woman after the birth of a girl and the events of Revelation 13.
In the ritual of the sanctuary, the priest could only serve until he was fifty. Sixty six was too old.
Revelation 13 and 17 talk about a woman who tries to replace the role of the Son. Her number was six hundred and sixty six.
The girl was too old and she was not circumcised. She could not be an effective substitute for this special cleansing.
All people are unclean until they join the covenant.
When a birth does not occur, then there are no people to purify except the woman (church).
And only those who were part of the covenant could enter
into the period of purification and be made eligible to approach the house of God (the sanctuary).
|The Potential Messiah ||Days of Separation ||Unclean ||Purification Days ||Total |
|Unfertilized Egg ||Start ||5 Days of Menstruation ||End ||7 Days ||- ||12 Days |
|Fertilized Egg (Female Child) ||40 Weeks in the Womb ||14 Days ||Joins the Covenant||66 Days ||360 Days |
|Fertilized Egg (Male Child) ||40 Weeks in the Womb ||7 Days ||33 Days ||320 Days |
| 4000 Years waiting for the Messiah Seed of the Woman ||Birth ||He Lives on the Earth 33 Years|
- Normal Gestation. The perfect time in the womb is 40 weeks, but the fetus can stay as long as 42 weeks. At 42 weeks the placenta begins to break down. So birth must occur at 40 to 42 weeks.
- Normal Menstruation. The total time is twelve days. It may be symbolic of twelve months or one prophetic year. This has the same seven and five split of time. In a period of twelve months, seven are dedicated to the feast schedule and there are five other months that are not dedicated to God.
- Birth of a Boy. The total time is forty weeks and forty days. Forty is the time of trial for the righteous.
- Birth of a Girl. The total time is forty weeks and eighty days. This is one prophetic year. Same as the woman.
The schedule seems to indicate that no matter what, God has fixed a maximum period of one year to complete all cleansing for the woman (church).
But with the birth of the Messiah, He will reduce that time for the church because of the Son. The rest of His creation probably waits for the end of the year.
We know that Satan, death and the wicked will be destroyed over one thousand years after the righteous are rescued.
» The Cleansing of The Sanctuary
Let us look at this time table on an even larger scale.
Christ was carried in the womb for forty weeks, then He lived thirty three years before His death opened up the sanctuary to the woman.
Israel wandered in the desert for forty years, then they entered the Promised Land. 3300 years later, the sanctuary in heaven was cleansed and the woman entered the time of her final judgment or vindication.
In the first case the church is cleansed of her sins at Passover by the death of Christ.
In the second case, the sins of the church are cleansed from the sanctuary at the feast of Tabernacles.
|Christ ||40 weeks in the Womb ||4BC ||Enters Land of Israel||Lived 33 years || ||31AD ||The church is clean. |
|Israel ||40 Years in the Desert||1460BC ||3300 Years || ||1844 ||The sanctuary in heaven is clean |
» The Cleansing of The People
The process of the cleansing of the sinner is symbolized in various rituals that indicate the role of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit in our cleansing and the scope of objects to be cleansed.
We must cleanse the sinner from the record of the past and from future sins. We must cleanse the heart and the planet.
|- ||Evening ||Day 3||Day 7 || Eighth Day ||Day 14 ||Day 33||- ||Day 66 ||Clean |
|Touch Unclean, Semen ||Dead||Boy, Leper, Dead ||Circumcised ||Girl ||Boy ||Girl || |
- Touching The Unclean Animal (Evening). Jesus will be clean after His interaction with the unclean.
- Man With A Discharge (Evening). Jesus will be clean after His interaction with the dead.
- Touching The Dead Person (Day 3 and 7). Two cleansings on the third and seventh day indicate the resurrection of Christ and the general resurrection of the dead.
- Leper (7 Days). The sinners on the planet of lepers will be reconciled to heaven.
- Woman Pregnant With A Male (7 Days and 33 Days). Jesus Christ becomes the High Priest and the source of blood to be our eternal intercessor.
- Woman Pregnant With A Female (14 Days and 66 Days). The Holy Spirit cleanses the church from sins in the future by changing our desires.
- A Colony of Lepers on Planet Earth (Chapter 13-14).
The earth is a planet under quarantine and Jesus was treated like the chief leper among the people.
- The Leper People.
In the Garden of Gethsemane, His body became porous as the sweat glands opened and the blood vessels near them burst open, releasing blood through His sweat glands.
This must have created reddish bright spots all over His skin.
Jesus was "shown to the priest", Caiaphas, after He had signs of leprosy on His body in Gethsemane.
The Leper Appears Before the Priest.
When a man has on the skin of his body a swelling or a scab or a bright spot, then he shall be brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests.
(Leviticus 13: 2)
- Spots and Marks on the Skin. The priest examines the leper to determine whether he was clean or unclean or if he should be sent into quarantine.
Similarly, the priests examined Jesus to determine if He was guilty or innocent or if He should be sent to be examined by others.
When the body has a boil on its skin and it is healed,
and in the case of the boil there is a white swelling or a reddish-white, bright spot, then it shall be shown to the priest.
(Leviticus 13: 18-19)
Jesus had these marks on the body.
- Red Spots. Red spots from his pores letting blood seep through.
- No White Hair. So the hair in his pores was not white.
- Bright Spots. Black and blue and purple marks from the punches.
- White Skin. White lines from the whip gouging through the layers of the skin.
- Boils. Swelling from His bruises.
- Unclean. It is leprosy if the hair has turned white or the exposed flesh is raw or red.
The priest shall look at the mark on the skin of the body, and if the hair in the infection has turned white and the infection appears to be deeper than the skin of his body, it is an infection of leprosy; when the priest has looked at him, he shall pronounce him unclean.
(Leviticus 13: 3)
But whenever raw flesh appears on him, he shall be unclean.
The priest shall look at the raw flesh, and he shall pronounce him unclean; the raw flesh is unclean, it is leprosy.
(Leviticus 13: 14-15
There was no evidence of white hair, but there was raw flesh.
- Seven Days In Heaven. He was isolated for seven days after the crucifixion when he went to heaven.
Seven Days of Isolation.
But if the bright spot is white on the skin of his body, and it does not appear to be deeper than the skin, and the hair on it has not turned white, then the priest shall isolate him who has the infection for seven days.
(Leviticus 13: 4)
- Burn by Fire. His trial was the burning by fire, then the beating afterward exposed His raw flesh.
Burn Scar or Swelling.
Or if the body sustains in its skin a burn by fire, and the raw flesh of the burn becomes a bright spot, reddish-white, or white,
But if the bright spot remains in its place and has not spread in the skin, but is dim, it is the swelling from the burn; and the priest shall pronounce him clean, for it is only the scar of the burn.
(Leviticus 13: 24, 28)
His body was white all over when Mary saw Him. Since she anointed Him with expensive perfumed oil seven days before, she was also a priest for Him.
White All Over.
If the leprosy breaks out further on the skin, and the leprosy covers all the skin of him who has the infection from his head even to his feet, as far as the priest can see,
then the priest shall look, and behold, if the leprosy has covered all his body, he shall pronounce clean him who has the infection; it has turned white and he is clean.
(Leviticus 13: 12-13)
- The Leper Clothes. His clothes were torn when He was found unclean because He was covered with our sin.
As for the leper who has the infection, his clothes shall be torn, and the hair of his head shall be uncovered, and he shall cover his mustache and cry, 'Unclean! Unclean!'
He shall remain unclean all the days during which he has the infection; he is unclean. He shall live alone; his dwelling shall be outside the camp.
(Leviticus 13: 45-46)
Jesus was found unclean and guilty by the Sanhedrin.
- Torn Clothes. Symbolically, His divinity could never be tarnished but His humanity was torn and He was quarantined for seven days in heaven.
Outer Garment Torn in Four. Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic, now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece.
Seamless Inner Garment Preserved. So they said to one another, "Let us not tear it, but cast lots for it to decide whose it shall be" ...
(John 19: 23-24)
- Hair Uncovered. His hair covering was removed and a crown of thorns with a bald spot was placed on His head.
- Live Alone. He was abandoned and left alone.
- Unclean! Unclean! Guilty! Guilty!
- The Leper House and Leper Planet.
This is fulfilled on two levels.
Jesus was cleansing the leper house of Israel in the weeks after His death.
Then, at the end of time, He will be cleansing the leper planet.
- The Mark of God. God makes a judgment and places a mark on the house He wants to be destroyed.
God also places a mark on the people that He wants to be saved at the end of time.
The Mark of Judgment.
When you enter the land of Canaan, which I give you for a possession, and I put a mark of leprosy on the house in the land of your possession,
then the one who owns the house shall come and tell the priest, saying, "Something like a mark of leprosy has become visible to me in the house."
(Leviticus 14: 34-35)
- Empty House (Desolate). The disciples fled and Israel rejected Him. Israel was the house left desolate and the Gentiles moved in.
The priest shall then command that they empty the house before the priest goes in to look at the mark, so that everything in the house need not become unclean; and afterward the priest shall go in to look at the house.
(Leviticus 14: 36)
- Quarantine. Israel has been quarantined for a while and kept separate from the Christian church.
So he shall look at the mark, and if the mark on the walls of the house has greenish or reddish depressions and appears deeper than the surface,
then the priest shall come out of the house, to the doorway, and quarantine the house for seven days.
(Leviticus 14: 37-38)
The planet will be quarantined for 1000 years after the Second Coming.
- Inspecting the House. Jesus spent seven days in heaven then came to earth to see the disciples and they actually inspected Him because Thomas doubted.
The priest shall return on the seventh day and make an inspection. If the mark has indeed spread in the walls of the house,
(Leviticus 14: 39)
At the Third Coming, the whole planted will be inspected at the formal judgment.
- Partial Destruction. Forty years after the crucifixion, the Sanctuary was torn down and one hundred years later the city was ploughed and the people exiled.
then the priest shall order them to tear out the stones with the mark in them and throw them away at an unclean place outside the city.
(Leviticus 14: 40)
- Replacement. The Christians became the replacement stones. A new disciple replaced Judas who was dumped in the garbage.
He shall have the house scraped all around inside, and they shall dump the plaster that they scrape off at an unclean place outside the city.
Then they shall take other stones and replace those stones, and he shall take other plaster and replaster the house.
(Leviticus 14: 41-42)
While we are living in a leper planet, we will have to wash our clothes. This is a symbol of allowing the Holy Spirit to make us righteous.
So those who lie down (the dead) and those who are eating (the living) must be washed by the Spirit.
Living With Imperfection.
Moreover, whoever goes into the house during the time that he has quarantined it, becomes unclean until evening.
Likewise, whoever lies down in the house shall wash his clothes, and whoever eats in the house shall wash his clothes.
(Leviticus 14: 46-47)
The righteous will not enter the planet while it is quarantined. They will be in heaven.
» The Unwashed.
Satan will live here and he will be unclean because he is sleeping with the millions of unburied corpses.
He will never be clean because he can never be washed.
- Total Destruction. The planet and all the wicked will be burned and destroyed. Then the planed will be recreated.
He shall therefore tear down the house, its stones, and its timbers, and all the plaster of the house, and he shall take them outside the city to an unclean place.
(Leviticus 14: 45)
- Cleansing The Leper House. The cleansing has all the symbols of the Day of Atonement and the cleansing with the red heifer.
To cleanse the house then, he shall take two birds and cedar wood and a scarlet string and hyssop,
(Leviticus 14: 49)
- Two Birds. Two inhabitants from heaven would cleanse the planet.
- Cedar Wood. Jesus Christ was crucified on a cross.
- Scarlet String. The stream of blood.
- Hyssop. Jesus is the tree that purges our sins and was beaten with a rod.
- Earthenware Vessel. Jesus, in a human body, was the earthenware vessel.
- Running Water. The Holy Spirit is the spring of water.
- Slain Bird. Jesus Christ is the slain bird.
- Live Bird. The Holy Spirit was set free on earth to purify us by writing the law of God on our heart.
Free to Live!
However, he shall let the live bird go free outside the city into the open field. So he shall make atonement for the house, and it will be clean.
(Leviticus 14: 53)
» Anointing The Priest And Cleansing The Leper.
These rituals involve applying blood and oil on the right ear, thumb and big toe of the priest or the leper who has been washed.
Why does the ceremony point to these body parts and why the right side only?
And the priest shall take some of the blood of the trespass offering, and the priest shall put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot:
And the priest shall put of the oil that is in his hand upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the place of the blood of the trespass offering:
(Leviticus 14: 14, 28)
- Salvation For All. At first this seems to point to the pierced head, hands and feet of Jesus. However, both sides were pierced.
The lesson is that even though God has made cleansing and restoration for all, only those on the right side will take advantage of it.
- Washed (Justification). As far as God is concerned, all have been washed and cleansed.
- Blood of The Sacrifice (Jesus Christ). This blood justifies us and was poured out on both sides, but we must accept it when we hear about Him.
- Oil (Anointing Of The Holy Spirit). We must obey the Holy Spirit who will cleanse us.
- Right Ear (Hear). The righteous follow the SHEMA and hear the word of God.
- Right Thumb (Do). The righteous do the will of God.
- Right Big Toe (Go). The righteous follow the paths of God.
- The Group On The Right Hand. Only those on the right will take advantage of the cleansing blood and the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
They are eligible to be priests and they are cleansed from leprosy and are taken out of isolation into the congregation of the spotless righteous people of the universe.
- The Group On The Left Hand. Those on the left hand will reject Jesus Christ when they hear about Him and will spurn the advances of the Holy Spirit and grieve Him.
They are not cleansed from their leprosy and are left in isolation.
- The Unclean Man. (Chapter 15).
Jesus was made unclean while in Roman custody and He would be clean by evening to offer the sacrifice before God.
The rules about offering show that the priest had to make an offering for himself first before he makes the offerings for the people. He must be clean and holy.
However, like the woman, the law also shows that the male can be made unclean through his reproductive system.
If there is among you any man who is unclean because of a nocturnal emission, then he must go outside the camp; he may not reenter the camp.
But it shall be when evening approaches, he shall bathe himself with water; and at sundown he may enter the camp.
(Deuteronomy 23: 10-11).
Nocturnal emission or a wet dream is an ejaculation of semen during sleep.
This is a prophecy about what happens between the death (sleep) of Jesus and His rapture into heaven (the camp).
- Sleep. Jesus was in the sleep of death during the Sabbath after the crucifixion.
- Discharge. Any unexpected discharge makes either a man or a woman unclean.
Although the set of rules seem to concentrated on natural or unnatural discharges from the genital organs, yet it could possibly apply to several discharges that might have happened to Jesus.
His wounds could have been seeping fluid in addition to blood.
Several well placed punches to the belly or hard beating could have made Him urinate on Himself.
Any one of these would have made Him unclean until sundown when He was buried.
Speak to the sons of Israel, and say to them, 'When any man has a discharge from his body, his discharge is unclean.
(Leviticus 15: 2)
- Broken Body. Jesus was the earthenware vessel made unclean by an entire race of dead people. He would be broken and rinsed in the Holy Spirit.
However, an earthenware vessel which the person with the discharge touches shall be broken, and every wooden vessel shall be rinsed in water.
(Leviticus 15: 12)
- Seminal Emission (The Seed of Life).
While He was asleep in the grave, He symbolically had a nocturnal emission (He spilled His seed).
This is similar to regurgitating the seed from the bowels of the earth.
The penis is a sign of the covenant and circumcision is a sign of being cut off at the crucifixion. The testicles hold the seed of life.
Although He was cut off, He still had life or seed within Him, so that even in death, while He was asleep He was able to show proof that He could give birth to the church.
Now if a man has a seminal emission, he shall bathe all his body in water and be unclean until evening.
(Leviticus 15: 16)
» The Resurrection of the First Fruits. The spilled Seed of Life caused the resurrection of the dead who became the first fruits with Him (Matthew 27: 52-53).
» Out of the Bowels. Ejaculation is seed coming out of the bowels, just like vomiting in one who chews the cud.
» Water for Impurity ("Holy Spirit"). He also has the water to cleanse those who had touched the dead.
- Bathe in Water. Jesus received the Holy Spirit which brought Him back to life. His atonement brought cleansing.
- The Camp. Like the leper, the camp is the place of the righteous. This is heaven. Christ went back to heaven at sunset on resurrection Sunday.
Every law that says "unclean until the evening" is referring to this fact.
- Menstrual Discharge. Israel was the bleeding woman. She has been oozing out life for centuries until a Son is born.
She continues to ooze life until the daughter who replaces her is born. That son and daughter would be clean.
- The Day of Atonement (Chapter 16).
On the day of Atonement (Yom Kippur) a special set of procedures were done for the sin offering.
Two high priests were performing their duties on that day.
Caiaphas was the temporary high priest of Israel selected by bribery and Roman interference.
Jesus Christ is the permanent High Priest of the universe selected by God who became the Lord's Goat.
|Tent of |
|Upper Room||Feet||Yes||Dip in Bowl||Jesus||Judas ||Roman Army|
|Sanhedrin||Spit ||Caiaphas||Jesus||Many Trials|
|Pilate's Palace||Hands||Purple||People||Jesus||Barabbas||Simon of Cyrene||Road to Calvary|
|Golgotha||Blood||Naked||Universe||Jesus||Satan||Land of The Dead|
|Earth||Holy Spirit||Righteous||Universe||Jesus||Satan||Angel of the Abyss||Millennium Earth|
|Temple||Guilt: Innocent Blood ||Money||Jesus||Judas||Hung Himself||Field of Blood|
Jesus was also the scapegoat selected by the people. In several overlapping events we can see how each group of people gathered in a "tent of meeting", and reenacted the procedures of this ritual.
|Lord's Goat Crushed
||Scapegoat Led By Strongman (Army)
||Scapegoat Crushed By Satan |
| Lord's Goat Selected By Priests
|| Scapegoat Led Away
|| Goat Lifted Up
|| Goat Killed
God separates us from our uncleanness on the Day of Atonement.
This day was merged into the Passover.
- Tent of Meeting. The upper Room where the Passover meal was eaten, the Sanhedrin where the trial took place and all the palaces where He was tried all served as tents of meeting.
Everyone literally and figuratively washed their hands as they passed the innocent man from one group to another.
Finally, Pilate washed his hands after passing the decision to the people.
- Household of Priests (Sanhedrin). They took Jesus from Gethsemane to the household of priests and leaders in the Sanhedrin and his personal home.
Then Aaron shall offer the bull for the sin offering, which is for himself, that he may make atonement for himself and for his household.
(Leviticus 16: 6)
They took Jesus so that one man would die instead of the whole nation of Israel.
They were trying to prevent the Romans from punishing Israel for the activities of one man.
The knowledge of who He might be or what He might symbolically or actually represent was frightening.
Real or fake, He could stir up insurrection.
So, like their ancestors on the exodus, they chose to return to captivity and slavery rather than face the future with God, no matter how powerful God proved to be.
- The Lord Appears. Caiaphas was the high priest doing the work of Aaron. The Lord Jesus appeared before him in the cloud of witnesses at his house.
At The Seat of Judgment.
The Lord said to Moses, "Tell your brother Aaron that he shall not enter at anytime into the holy place inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, or he will die; for I will appear in the cloud over the mercy seat."
(Leviticus 16: 2)
- High Priest Washed And Dressed.
Jesus is the eternal High Priest who was first washed at His baptism with water and the Holy Spirit. Now He washes Himself before fulfilling His mission to enter the temple of heaven and remove our sins forever.
- Jesus. Jesus inaugurated the priests of the New Covenant as He washed and dressed Himself and His disciples before the Seder.
That night he was dressed for Passover. As he fulfilled his duties in regards to the Passover Lamb of God, his sins and treachery caused him to reenact the Day of Atonement.
The Sanhedrin washed Jesus in spit and Pilate and the Romans beat Him and washed Him in His own blood.
» Remove Clothes. They removed His clothes so that they could dress Him up and mock Him as priest.
Then Aaron shall come into the tent of meeting and take off the linen garments which he put on when he went into the holy place, and leave them there.
(Leviticus 16: 23)
They took His clothes and He had to leave them with the soldiers who later gambled for them.
Then they dressed Him in purple as He carried the ashes to Calvary where they stripped Him naked and crucified Him.
- Standing Before God. Jesus and Judas were at the trial.
He shall take the two goats and present them before the Lord at the doorway of the tent of meeting.
(Leviticus 16: 7)
- Lots. They gambled on a strategy. They chose Judas to betray Jesus.
Aaron cast lots for the two goats, one lot for the Lord and the other for the scapegoat.
(Leviticus 16: 8)
» Two Hands in The Bowl.
We can show that when Jesus and Judas dipped their hands in the same bowl, that it was a reenactment of the selection of the two goats.
Dirty Hands... He who dipped his hand with Me in the bowl is the one who will betray Me.
So, having identified the betrayer, Jesus sent Judas out of the Passover Seder into the night to sell Him to the priests.
- Two Male Goats Chosen. Caiaphas, Satan and God chose their two goats and their strong men.
Two Male Israelites Chosen.
He shall take from the congregation of the sons of Israel two male goats for a sin offering and one ram for a burnt offering.
(Leviticus 16: 5)
The Lord's Goat. In all repetitions of the pattern, only Jesus was the Lord's Goat. The high priest Caiaphas, the Sanhedrin and the people chose Him to be killed.
They gave 30 pieces of silver to buy Him. Then they led Him to be crucified in a clean place.
After God selected Him and He was crushed by our sins in Gethsemane, the priests selected Him to be killed.
Jesus Offered by Caiaphas.
Then Aaron shall offer the goat on which the lot for the Lord fell, and make it a sin offering.
(Leviticus 16: 9)
It was the guilty one who was set free.
But the goat on which the lot for the scapegoat fell shall be presented alive before the Lord, to make atonement upon it, to send it into the wilderness as the scapegoat.
(Leviticus 16: 10)
Just as it took several animals to represent the many dimensions of the one sacrifice of Jesus, it took many characters to adequately demonstrate the whole concept of the scapegoat.
It demonstrates what Satan is as he tried to take the throne of God.
- Jesus Christ (Innocent). He was the innocent one on whom our reproach was heaped. We all selected Jesus as the Lord's Goat but He was also treated as the scapegoat. In this form He carried away our sins as He suffered the penalty and was ransomed for sin.
- Judas (Close Friend). He betrayed the innocent for fame and fortune like Lucifer, the covering cherub.
They bought a burial ground with the 30 pieces of silver that Judas threw on the temple ground.
Judas fell on the ground in the garbage dump outside the city on that field of blood and died that night.
- Barabbas (Criminal). The people chose a criminal insurrectionist like Eve chose the serpent.
- Satan (Guilty Source Of Evil). God chose Satan as the real scapegoat who was thrown off his high place in heaven to earth. Here he was imprisoned and will be in solitary confinement during the millennium before he is executed as the real source of sin.
- Firepan. He left the rigged trial in the Sanhedrin into the fires of the Roman army. Among them He suffered the curses and all the wrath that Satan could fling at Him.
Hot Button Issues.
He shall take a firepan full of coals of fire from upon the altar before the Lord and two handfuls of finely ground sweet incense, and bring it inside the veil.
(Leviticus 16: 12)
- Sprinkling Blood Seven Times. He had seven sets of bleeding wounds from the hand of man.
Bloody Hands and Fingers.
Moreover he shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat on the east side; also in front of the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times.
(Leviticus 16: 14)
- Alone. Jesus made the offering by Himself while the disciples were asleep.
The Lonely High Priest.
When he goes in to make atonement in the holy place, no one shall be in the tent of meeting until he comes out, that he may make atonement for himself and for his household and for the assembly of Israel.
(Leviticus 16: 17)
Three times Jesus came out to the disciples and found them sleeping.
Three times the high priest went into the veil to make an offering.
The fourth time he went in to retrieve the firepan and all the vessels used.
Jesus will appear the fourth time to retrieve the firepan and pour out the ashes and coals of fire at the plagues and the Second Coming.
- The Solitary Wilderness.
Jesus went to the field of Gethsemane. Then He was taken by a strong man (soldiers) from that field to another solitary place in time where everyone abandoned Him.
Judas went out to the field of blood where he became his own strongman.
Satan will be banished to the solitary earth for 1000 years and he will not be able to find death on his own. He must face the misery that he caused and take them on himself, not for our atonement, but in recognition of his guilt.
The Lonely Place.
The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to a solitary place; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness.
(Leviticus 16: 22)
- Cliff or High Place. Jesus was led to a hill named Calvary (Golgotha) where He was lifted up on a cross.
Judas lifted himself up on a gallows, where he bound his neck with a rope and hung himself.
- Fat. The experience was an emotional ordeal.
No Joy Remains.
Then he shall offer up in smoke the fat of the sin offering on the altar.
(Leviticus 16: 25)
- Water for Washing. The Holy Spirit is the water that washes away this guilt.
The one who released the goat as the scapegoat shall wash his clothes and bathe his body with water, then afterward he shall come into the camp.
Then the one who burns them shall wash his clothes and bathe his body with water, then afterward he shall come into the camp.
(Leviticus 16: 26, 28)
Having offered Himself, Jesus went outside the camp of earth to heaven for seven days.
There He was washed clean of all traces of our sin and guilt as He stood before the eternal burning fires at the throne of God.
- The Ox of Heaven. The Ox from heaven went back to heaven as the offering for humanity.
The Ox Returns.
But the bull of the sin offering and the goat of the sin offering, whose blood was brought in to make atonement in the holy place, shall be taken outside the camp, and they shall burn their hides, their flesh and their refuse in the fire.
(Leviticus 16: 27)
» Banishing The Scapegoat.
A sequence of three atonement events must occur before the live goat is offered and the scapegoat is banished.
When he finishes atoning for the holy place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall offer the live goat.
(Leviticus 16: 20)
Let us look at Jesus and Satan as the scapegoat and see how they progressively fulfilled the prophecy.
This is an example of a prophecy that is a wheel within a wheel.
The great fulfillment is preceeded by cycles of events that mimic the fulfillment more and more.
The Last Passover Seder.
- Blood Of The Slaughtered Sin Offering. His blood had only been promised. So only the Passover animal was slaughtered.
- Holy Place. He met the disciples in the upper room for the last Passover meal.
- Tent Of Meeting. However, in Gethsemane He was alone as they slept.
- Altar. He was in Gethsemane, offering Himself.
- Live Goat. He was taken alive in Gethsemane by an angry mob.
Gethsemane to Calvary.
- Blood Of The Slaughtered Sin Offering. Although Jesus had not been physically slaughtered, He did have blood for the atonment which was given voluntarily in Gethsemane.
- Holy Place. Jesus made atonement in Gethsemane before God with His own blood.
- Tent Of Meeting. Jesus was taken to the Sanhedrin.
- Altar. Jesus was taken to the cross on Calvary in the north.
- Live Goat.
Since Jesus was resurrected, He could be symbolically seen as the live goat who was banished to the wilderness where he was thrown from a cliff, but the opposite happened.
He was banished to heaven where He was crowned as the King of kings and he was exalted on Mount Zion while Satan was thrown out.
So at this point Jesus was dead then exalted. So the real scapegoat now takes his rightful place.
The Global Day Of Atomement.
This is the real fulfillment.
- Blood Of The Slaughtered Sin Offering. Jesus now had both blood from Gethsemane and Calvary and He had been slaughtered on the cross.
- Holy Place (Heaven). While in heaven, He made atonement for heaven for Himself, the church (His Household) and Israel.
Satan was cast out, so heaven was officially and permanently cleansed of sin.
He shall make atonement for the holy place, because of the impurities of the sons of Israel and because of their transgressions in regard to all their sins; and thus he shall do for the tent of meeting which abides with them in the midst of their impurities.
(Leviticus 16: 16)
- Tent Of Meeting (Church). For almost 2000 years He has been making atonement for the church as our High Priest. While He is making atonement no one can enter.
Notice that the tent is empty while atonement is being made. So we do not go to heaven until the process is over.
While Jesus is in the heavenly sanctuary, we, his priests are on earth waiting, and being washed so that we can enter the temple.
When he goes in to make atonement in the holy place, no one shall be in the tent of meeting until he comes out, that he may make atonement for himself and for his household and for all the assembly of Israel.
(Leviticus 16: 17)
- Altar (Earth). The earth is the altar that will be cleansed of human sin at the Second Coming because the scapegoat is banished after this event and all the wicked will be dead.
Cleansing The Earth Of Sin.
Then he shall go out to the altar that is before the LORD and make atonement for it, and shall take some of the blood of the bull and of the blood of the goat and put it on the horns of the altar on all sides.
(Leviticus 16: 18)
The earth will be cleansed of sinners at the Third Coming.
- Live Goat. Satan is the live goat that physically appears on the earth at the end of time, who will be banished to the earth for the millennium before he is destroyed.
- Banished In The Wilderness. Notice that the scapegoat is banished only after these three steps are fulfilled.
Satan is banished at the Second Coming.
The Scapegoat Is Offered.
When he finishes atoning for the holy place and the tent of meeting and the altar, he shall offer the live goat.
Then Aaron shall lay both of his hands on the head of the live goat, and confess over it all the iniquities of the sons of Israel and all their transgressions in regard to all their sins; and he shall lay them on the head of the goat and send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a man who stands in readiness.
(Leviticus 16: 20-21)
Satan does not pay for our sins. However, as a part of righteous justice, Satan must be held responsible for all the sins an mysery by formally reading all the charges and laying it on his conscience where he has to think about his actions for a thousand years amidst all the evidence of ruin and destruction.
» The Lord's Goat In The Wilderness.
When Jesus went into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan it was a picture of the scapegoat trying to corrupt the Lord's goat so that He would not fulfill His mission.
Notice how the temptation seemed to mimic his fate.
- Stones To Bread Of Life. Satan will be stoned to death. However, Jesus is the Stone which will build the new Mount Zion (Daniel 2: 44-45). He will become this Rock if He obeys God. So He cannot be tempted with food like Eve, or He will lose the kingdom to Satan.
- Throw Yourself From The Pinnacle Of The Temple. The scapegoat will be thrown off the cliff.
In this case the high cliff is the heights of the temple. This is doubly prophetic because Mount Zion is the high and holy mountain where God dwells and Satan was thrown off God's temple on Mount Zion because he wanted to be worshipped as God.
- Worship Me On This High Mountain. The scapegoat wants to be worshipped on Mount Zion.
- The Place Of The Offering (Chapter 17).
Gethsemane was the field where the legitimate offering was made and it must be brought to the doorway of the tent.
- The Offering At The Doorway. He was brought to the doorway by the priests when they arrested Him and brought Him to the Sanhedrin.
Death Sentence: .
Any man from the house of Israel who slaughters an ox or a lamb or a goat in the camp, or who slaughters it outside the camp,
and has not brought it to the doorway of the tent of meeting to present it as an offering to the Lord before the tabernacle of the Lord, bloodguiltiness is to be reckoned to that man. He has shed blood and that man shall be cut off from among his people.
(Leviticus 17: 3-4)
- The Offering in The Open Field. Gethsemane was the open field where the pure offering was made.
The People Slay the Offering.
The reason is so that the sons of Israel may bring their sacrifices which they were sacrificing in the open field, that they may bring them in to the Lord, at the doorway of the tent of meeting to the priest and sacrifice them as sacrifices to the Lord.
(Leviticus 17: 5)
- Arrested by the Priests. Bleeding from Gethsemane, He was taken by the priests to be tried.
Blood and Fat.
The priest shall sprinkle the blood on the altar of the Lord at the doorway of the tent of meeting, and offer up the fat in smoke as a soothing aroma to the Lord.
(Leviticus 17: 6)
- Sacrificing to The Goat Demons. They were making a sacrifice to Azazel by making the scapegoat kill the innocent ram.
However, when the priests took possession and offered Him at the sanctuary, they took the offering from the field out of the potential jurisdiction of Azazel and gave it to God in the one place on earth where God accepted sacrifices.
They shall no longer sacrifice their sacrifices to the goat demons with which they play the harlot. This shall be a permanent statute to them throughout their generations.
(Leviticus 17: 7)
When we compare this chapter to the previous we get a picture of the Lord's goat being sent out to the wilderness to be given to Azazel.
The prophecies of Daniel describe this day as a struggle between a ram and a goat on the day of atonement.
- Eating Blood. Judas possibly ate blood when He kissed Jesus. Satan ate blood when He stirred up the mob to kill an innocent man.
Death Sentence: Blood.
Any man from the house of Israel, or from the aliens who sojourn among them, who eats any blood, I will set My face against that person who eats blood and will cut him off from among his people.
(Leviticus 17: 10)
Flesh and Blood Meal.
If we will be cut off from God and it is illegal to drink blood, and to eat the flesh of an unclean animal, then why does the plan of salvation require that we eat the flesh and drink the blood of Jesus Christ to live? We will reveal the answer later.
- The Gift of Life. Gethsemane was the altar of earth where the gift was poured out with earnest prayer.
The Blood Makes Atonement.
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make an atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes the atonement.
(Leviticus 17: 11)
- Hunting. The sons pf Israel and the foreign Romans went hunting at night in the field of Gethsemane and caught the Lamb of God and the Dove of heaven and they poured out His blood and buried Him that day.
So when any man from the sons of Israel, or from the aliens who sojourns among them, in hunting catches a beast or a bird which may be eaten, he shall pour out its blood and cover it with earth.
(Leviticus 17: 13)
- Unclean by Eating. Jesus was torn by the terrible wild beast named Rome. Then He was eaten by both Rome and Israel.
The Meat Sacrifice.
When any person eats an animal which dies or is torn by beasts, whether he is a native or an alien, he shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and remain unclean until evening; then he will become clean.
(Leviticus 17: 15)
- In the Custody of Herod Antipas and His Abominable Customs (Chapter 18).
When the priests handed over Jesus to the Roman authorities to be tried and executed, they were participating in the abominable customs of the region.
While he was in their custody they defiled Him.
But as for you, you are to keep My statutes and My judgments and shall not do any of these abominations, neither the native, nor the alien who sojourns among you.
So the land should not spew you out, should you defile it, as it spewed out the nation which has been before you.
For whoever does any of these abominations, those persons who do so shall be cut off from among their people.
(Leviticus 18: 26, 28-29)
The laws in this chapter are repeated in chapter 20 so we will discuss the meanings there in more detail.
However, we must address the reason why there is a repetition.
In this chapter, the warnings are addressed to those who sent Jesus to be tried by Rome.
In chapter 20, the warnings are addressed to those who sent Him to be crucified.
Following The Heathens.
You shall not do what is done in the land of Egypt where you lived, nor are you to do what is done in the land of Canaan where I am bringing you; you shall not walk in their statutes.
(Leviticus 18: 3)
God warned them not to follow the customs of the heathen nations, but the house of Herod followed the customs of the Greeks and Romans.
- Uncovering Nakedness. They took Jesus' clothes and beat Him and crucified Him naked. He was their Son.
However, the law is addressed to the ruling class who sinned by uncovering the nakedness of their blood relatives.
- Incest and Fornication. All these laws are aimed at the sins of Herod Antipas and his wife Herodias.
- Blood Relatives. The law forbids sexual contact with a variety of close blood relatives and in-laws.
Herod and Herodias were guilty of nearly all of them.
None of you shall approach any blood relative of his to uncover nakedness, I am the Lord.
(Leviticus 18: 6)
» Herodias. She was a cousin who married and divorced an uncle living in Rome.
She married her step-brother, then her uncle Philip, and then divorced Philip to live openly in adultery with his brother, Herod Antipas.
Herod then tried to sleep with his step-daughter, Salome who was also his niece. She and her mother conspired to have John-the Baptist beheaded because he accused them of adultery.
- Brother's Wife.
He lived in adultery with his brother's wife until he divorced his own wife and married her.
This sent his ex-wife's father to war and Herod's army was destroyed by the king of Arabia Petraea in 39 AD.
Sister-in-Law. You shall not uncover the nakedness of your brother's wife. (Leviticus 18: 16)
- Wife's Daughter. Herod desired Salome, the daughter of his wife.
Step-Daughter. You shall not uncover the nakedness of a woman and her daughter ... (Leviticus 18: 17)
- Sister-in-Law. Herod took his brother Philip's wife. Philip was also her uncle.
You shall not marry a woman in addition to her sister as a rival while she is alive, to uncover her nakedness.
(Leviticus 18: 18)
- Adultery (Neighbor's Wife). At the least, he took his neighbor's wife.
Herod's father had been married ten times and had killed some of his wives.
- Homosexuality. The Roman society, heavily influenced by the Greek culture was filled with homosexuality and pedophilia. So one or more of those involved in His conviction was a homosexual. Emperor Tiberias was both a sadistic pedophile and a homosexual.
- Bestiality. Israel united with Rome, characterized as a wild beast by prophecy, so they committed spiritual bestiality.
However, since all the other sexual sins were real crimes committed by those who ruled the Jews and who crucified Christ, one or more of the principals involved in His crucifixion must have also been guilty of this abomination.
» The First Roman Adulterers.
Interestingly, the same set of sins plagued another monarchy that fulfilled prophecy in Israel.
Herod was actually following the customs of Greece and Rome when they had incestuous marriages in his family.
Cleopatra, the last Pharaoh of Egypt, married her 11 year old brother, and had him killed and then married another 11 year old brother.
She had an affair with Julius Caesar and had his son. He made a statue of her as the goddess Isis.
Then she had an adulterous affair with Mark Anthony and had three children for him.
They tried to go to war with his former brother-in-law, Augustus Caesar.
They lost a war with Augustus Caesar and she Killed herself with an asp.
The Egyptians believed that death by a snake brought immortality.
This is an echo of the lies told to Eve which brought us death by a snake instead of deity and immortality.
» The Final Roman Adulterers.
This leads me to believe that adultery, pedophilia, bestiality, homosexuality and incest must be part of the ruling class of the dominant empires at the end of time.
- Molech. He is the Pagan god who required child sacrifice.
You shall not give any of your offspring to offer them to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God; I am the Lord.
(Leviticus 18: 21)
Israel sacrificed her Child to Satan, also known as Molech.
Since human sacrifice is forbidden, Jesus cannot atone for our sins on the cross.
For the land has become defiled, therefore I have brought its punishment upon it, so the land has vomited out its inhabitants.
For whoever does any of these abominations, those persons who do so shall be cut off from among their people.
(Leviticus 18: 25, 29)
They were eventually expelled from the land.
- The Good Son (Chapter 19).
These were the laws in effect at the time Mary was given to John.
- Reverence Parents. Jesus made arrangements for John to take care of His mother. Like Isaac, He submitted to His Father when He was being offered up.
Everyone of you shall reverence his mother and his father ...
(Leviticus 19: 3)
- Keep Sabbath. Jesus was quickly embalmed before sunset at the beginning of the Sabbath and rested in the grave during the Sabbath.
... and you shall keep My Sabbaths, I am the Lord your God.
(Leviticus 19: 3)
- Idolatry. In a way the Jews created a melted God when they put Jesus in a fiery trial. He was a real God in human form.
However, real or a dumb idol, mortals should never put God in the fire or on trial.
Do not turn to idols or make for yourselves molten gods, I am the Lord your God.
(Leviticus 19: 4)
- Peace Offering. A acceptable peace offering was made because Jesus was chewed and eaten on the first day. He was swallowed in the grave on the second day. Then He appeared before the fires of heaven on the third day.
Now when you offer a sacrifice of peace offering to the Lord, you shall offer it so that you may be accepted.
It shall be eaten the same day you offer it, and the next day, but what remains on the third day shall be burned with fire.
(Leviticus 19: 5-6)
- Reaping the Harvest. Israel did not reap the harvest, they left the gleanings and the fallen grapes for the Gentiles. Jesus was the portion of the harvest that they left behind for the strangers and foreigners.
The Gentile Harvest.
Now when you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest.
Nor shall you glean your vineyard, nor shall you gather the fallen fruit of your vineyard, you shall leave them for the needy and for the stranger; I am the Lord your God.
(Leviticus 19: 9-10)
» The Bad Son.
- Steal. Judas was a thief according to John. Now he was guilty of man stealing.
- Swear Falsely. The priests hired liars.
- Wages of A Hired Man. They oppressed Jesus, using Him as a slave to carry wood.
Wages Not Withheld.
You shall not oppress your neighbor, nor rob him. The wages of a hired man are not to remain with you all night until morning.
(Leviticus 19: 13)
The priests hired Judas with a bribe. He was paid that same day, but he gave it back.
- Curse the Deaf or Rob the Blind. They blindfolded, slapped and cursed Jesus. They did not revere their God.
Mistreating The Disabled.
You shall not curse a deaf man, nor place a stumbling block before the blind, but you shall revere your God; I am the Lord.
(Leviticus 19: 14)
- Injustice in Judgment. The priests perverted justice by hiring false witnesses and lying.
- Slander. They accused Him of blasphemy, insurrection and threatening to destroy the sanctuary.
To the Roman governor, Pilate, they accused him of perverting the nation, forbidding to pay taxes and claiming to be king.
A List of Charges.
And they began to accuse Him, saying, "We found this man misleading our nation, and forbidding to pay taxes to Caesar, and saying that He Himself is Christ, a king."
(Luke 23: 2)
- Blasphemy. Then the high priest tore his clothes and said, "He has blasphemed! What further need do we have of witnesses? Behold, you have now heard the blasphemy." (Matthew 26: 65)
- Evil. They answered and said to him, "If this man were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him to you." (John 19: 30)
- Insurrrection. ... He is perverting the nation ... (Luke 23: 2)
... You brought this man to me as one who incites the people to rebellion ... (Luke 23: 14)
- Tax Evasion. ... He is forbidding people to pay their taxes ... (Luke 23: 2)
- Treason. He Claims To Be A King. ... If you release this man, you are no friend of Caesar; everyone who makes himself out to be a king opposes Caesar. (John 19: 12)
- Terrorist. Galilee was the local terrorist hotbed, spawning sedetion and insurrection.
He is a Galilean.
But they kept on insisting, saying, "He stirs up the people, teaching all over Judea, starting from Galilee even as far as this place." (Luke 23: 5)
- Terrorist Threats. .... This man stated, "I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days". (Matthew 26: 61)
- Hate. The priests hated Him and in the end all the people did.
. And the chief priests and scribes were standing there accusing Him vehemently. (Luke 23: 10)
- Vengeance and Grudge. The priests had a grudge against Him for throwing out the money changers and they had their revenge.
- Mixing Opposites. This generally refers to the separation of the two branches of the church until both are mature.
Here it mostly refers to the cooperation of the Jews and Romans, a mixed multitude.
You are to keep my statutes. You shall not breed together two kinds of your cattle; you shall not sow your field with two kinds of seed, nor wear a garment upon you of two kinds of material mixed together.
(Leviticus 19: 19)
While there is practical wisdom in keeping these laws, there are also spiritual reasons that cause the laws to be still in play.
Jesus came to remove the barrier that separates the Jews and Gentiles, but these and other laws show that this union must be carefully orchestrated.
These laws are also still revelant for separating the righteous from the wicked.
» Spiritual Reasons (Jews and Gentiles).
In setting up His kingdom, Jesus was not supposed to mix the Jews and the Gentiles at this time.
Paul said that they were separated so that the Gentiles could be saved.
This incompatible union would tear the chuch apart because of old wounds and old prejudices and an enemy devoted to making the union impossible.
God chooses to wait until the Gentiles are mature in the faith before He will combine the two groups.
He has given each an item of responsibility that guarantees that neither group will want to display superiority over another because both have an incredible contribution to make and both should equally be ashamed of the role they have played in resisting God's will.
- Mixing Cattle. The Jews and Gentiles may want to do things differently.
- Mixing Seeds. In a parable of the wheat and tares, Jesus showed that an enemy sowed a field with different seeds, making it impossible to tell the difference between the true crop and the weeds.
His solution was to leave the field until the harvest when it will be easier for the reapers to tell the difference.
- Mixing Fabrics. They have different customs that might cause friction.
» Spiritual Reasons (Righteous and Wicked).
The rules tell us that we should not be unequally yoked with unbelievers.
Although we should minister to the wicked, the laws are very clear that we should not allow association with the wicked to weaken our testimony and destroy our gift from God.
The strong-willed wicked will lead us away from God, contaminate our ministry and stain our garments of righteousness.
» During The Crucifixion.
At the time of the crucifixion Israel violated this law and Jesus discovered that an enemy had infiltrated His camp.
- Mixing Cattle. Judas was the goat among the sheep. Israel mixed with the unclean Romans.
- Mixing Seeds. Judas was the bad seed among the disciples. The ruling class intermarried with the Romans.
- Mixing Fabrics. On the cross He had one garment that was torn and another that could not be torn.
He wore the skin of humanity over this righteous divinity.
The priests and the Sanhedrin used the secular Romans to subvert righteousness.
» Practical Reasons.
Since the spiritual reason are still wise and practical, I would not abandon the physical reason as being unscientific and old fashioned.
- Mixing Cattle. The word "cattle" seems to be a general term for domestic animals, not just cows.
We might lose useful characteristics which are unique to a certain breed if we interbreed. The laws of genetics show that only under certain characteristics can a dominant or recessive gene be expressed.
Although intercourse can occur between any species, we know that successful breeding can only occur between members of the same species.
However, many species produce sterile offspring or giants and dwarfs.
The prohibition against mixing cattle also applied to yoking different animals together to make a team for ploughing or transportation.
The result would be impractical for many reasons.
- Mixing Seeds. This practice makes its difficult to manage a field because each seed might have a different canopy, different parasites, incompatible competition for soil nutrients and different harvest requirements.
Mixing seeds is an inefficient and impractical method of farming.
- Mixing Fabrics. Other texts specifically mentioned mixing wool and linen. These two materials have opposite electrostatic charges and constant rubbing will produce static electricity which periodically deliver a shock.
We do not know if at even lower levels this interaction will build magnetic or electrical fields that may be harmful to the body.
He showed that mixing different cloths may increase the probability that a tear will result or the match will be incompatible.
The parable of mixing new and old wine in new or old wineskins is another practical example of how mixing at the wrong time might produce irreparable damage.
- Fornication. They had an illicit union with Rome.
- Forbidden Fruit. For three years Jesus ministered to the Jews, then they offered Him to God in the fourth year. After that the disciples worked to get a harvest of Jews and the Holy Spirit gave them 3000 souls fifty days after the resurrection at Pentecost (Shavu'ot).
The Tree of Israel.
When you enter the land and plant all kinds of trees for food, then you shall count their fruit as forbidden. Three years it shall be forbidden to you, it shall not be eaten.
But in the fourth year all its fruit shall be holy, and offering of praise to the Lord.
In the fifth year you are to eat of its fruit, that its yield may increase for you, I am the Lord your God.
(Leviticus 19: 23-25)
They did not offer its fruit with praise in the fourth year. In the middle of the year they chopped down the Tree of Life!
- Eating Blood. Only Judas may have had blood on his lips when he kissed Jesus.
Worshipping the Dead (Cuts and Tattoos).
As part of His death sentence, he was beaten. The severe beating with the Roman whip caused deep cuts and gouges from the sharp ends.
The slaps and punches caused marks that were discolored like tattos.
So when the people mocked Him as king and bowed before Him, they were worshipping the dead.
- Honor the Elderly (Grey Haired). Jesus Christ was their elderly God because He existed before them.
The Elderly God.
You shall rise up before the grayheaded and honor the aged, and you shall revere your God; I am the Lord.
(Leviticus 19: 32)
- Prostituting Your Daughters. The priests prostituted the nation when they involved them in this crime involving the Herodians and Rome.
- Caring For The Stranger. They did not care for the stranger from the very far place called heaven.
- Just Measurements. They used injustice to arrest Him and to kill Him and then to slander His disciples after the resurrection.
- In the Custody of Pontius Pilate and Rome (Chapter 20).
This chapter adds one more warning that is not present in chapter 18.
It addresses the occult influence that was present at the crucifixion.
So, at some point during the crucifixion, Satan took possession of certain key figures and orchestrated the cruelty that is written in the curses. This is the ransom payment that he requested for the slaves of sin.
- Molech. We teach that the curses, written in the Law, were part of the requirements of Satan.
Since we are all connected to Adam and Eve and Noah, we all possess some information about the terms of this agreement.
All cultures are familiar with the sacrificial system.
Ancient heathen gods went further and idolized child sacrifice. Molech was an Ammonite sun god who required child sacrifice.
Any man from the sons of Israel or from the aliens sojourning in Israel who gives any of his offspring to Molech, shall surely be put to death. The people of the land shall stone him with stones.
(Leviticus 20: 2)
Satan knew that the Son of God would give His blood for sin. Satan wanted it to go further than bleeding in Gethsemane, which met all the requirements of God.
He wanted the Son of God to be cruelly sacrificed and tortured as a burnt offering.
So we have this prohibition thrown into this set of laws.
God sent His Son and Israel gave birth to a special Son.
God was warning the Jews and Gentiles not to sacrifice the holy child as Satan has desired for centuries.
- Using The Occult. Judas' ambition, anger and jealousy gave a way for Satan to possess him.
Satan Possessed Judas At the Anointing by Mary.
And Satan entered into Judas who was called Iscariot, belonging to the number of the twelve.
And he went away and discussed with the chief priests and officers how he might betray Jesus.
(Luke 22: 3-4)
Judas was killed that same day because he broke the law.
Mediums and Spiritists.
As for the person who turns to medium and spiritists to play the harlot after them, I will set My face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.
(Leviticus 20: 6)
- Curses Father. The people were cursing God, their Father and Mother, when they cursed Jesus at the cross. He is our creator.
Satan enjoyed hearing this and probably instigated this.
If there is anyone who curses his father or his mother, he shall surely be put to death; he has cursed his father or his mother, his bloodguiltiness is upon him.
(Leviticus 20: 9)
- Adultery (Uncovering The Nakedness of Others). Satan humiliated Christ by having Him publicaly exposed naked, just as he had exposed the nakedness of Adam and Eve.
Remembering that clothes are a symbol of righteousness and unfaithfulness to God is adultery, let us look at this set of laws.
Clothes are a symbol of our righteousness. So uncovering nakedness is uncovering sins.
God is in the business of covering sins, it is only Satan that exposes and accuses us.
- The Naked Man. When they stripped Christ naked, they were uncovering the nakedness of their Creator Father and their Son. The Gentiles were charged with uncovering the nakedness of their father and their neighbour's wife.
- The Naked Woman. Israel was charged with committing adultery with the Gentiles that day because they "joined themselves" to the Gentiles in committing this act.
- The Menstrous Woman. On the day of the crucifixion, Israel was both the menstrous woman and the woman who had just given birth.
If there is a man who lies with a menstrous woman and uncovers her nakedness, he has laid bare her flow, and she has exposed the flow of her blood, thus both of them shall be cut off from among their people.
(Leviticus 20: 18)
The unclean flowing of the blood of Jesus occurred when they handled the offering in a way that made it unclean.
They beat and tortured Him, dragging His bleeding body from one part of the city to another and prolonged His death.
This is the blood that forgave sin in Gethsemane, now it is being treated in an unclean manner.
This image is the "flow of blood" of Israel which was exposed.
- Incest. To the extent that the leaders got together secretly and conspired behind closed doors they were committing incest when they tried to have Him killed on false charges.
- Homosexuality. The priests were in bed with Judas and Rome.
- Bestiality. Israel and their priests committed this act when they went in bed with Rome, symbolized as a dragon.
They also committed this crime when they took Barabbas, a man who acted like a wild animal.
- Spewed Out by the Land. The final curse addresses the exile of the people. Emperor Hadrian expelled them from Jerusalem in 136 AD for over 200 years.
Exiled and Scattered.
You are therefore to keep all My statutes and all My ordinances and do them, so that the land to which I am bringing you to live will not spew you out.
(Leviticus 20: 22)
- Customs of the Nations. They took advantage of the abhorrent custom of crucifixion.
Moreover, you shall not follow the customs of the nation which I will drive out before you, for they did all these things, and therefore I have abhorred them.
(Leviticus 20: 23)
- Clean and Unclean. Israel did not make a distinction between the clean and the unclean that day.
- Set Apart and Holy. Jesus was to possess the land and He was being set apart as holy.
The Holy Man.
Hence I have said to you, "You are to possess their land, and I Myself will give it to you to possess it, a land flowing with milk and honey." I am the Lord your God, who has separated you from the peoples.
Thus you are to be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy; and I have set you apart from the people to be Mine.
(Leviticus 20: 24, 26)
The Plan of Salvation
The holy intercessor is the perfect gift from God.
- Purity of The Priests (Chapter 21).
When Jesus gave the perfect offering in Gethsemane, none of the following disqualifying conditions applied to Him.
However, after His arrest, His treatment brought all these conditions.
So God cannot accept the offering on the cross as forgiveness or atonement for sin.
The events between the arrest and His death were the ransom that Satan required.
- Defiled by the Dead. Two thieves were crucified beside Him.
- Cutting Flesh. The Roman whip cut through His flesh.
- Baldness. They removed his normal head covering to put a crown of thorns on His head. This created a bald spot on top of His head.
- Wife. The priest shall not marry a widow, divorced woman or a prostitute. Israel was the prostitute He married.
- The High Priest's Clothes. Caiaphas tore his clothes and broke this law. The soldiers tore Jesus' clothes.
The priest who is highest among his brothers, on whose head the anointing oil has been poured and who has been consecrated to wear the garments, shall not uncover his head nor tear his clothes.
(Leviticus 21: 10)
Caiaphas' Torn Garments.
Tearing his clothes, the high priest said, "what further need do we have of witnesses?"
(Mark 14: 63) Matthew 26: 65
Physical Defects. This law made the atrocities done after His arrest and crucifixion a disqualification of the offering presented to God.
It is a relief to know that God did not make an atonement for our sins by using the services of sin and sinners to accomplish the task.
Jesus gave the offering accepted by God voluntarily in the Garden of Gethsemane.
Speak to Aaron, saying, "No man of your offspring throughout their generations who has a defect shall approach to offer the food of his God.
For no one who has a defect shall approach: a blind man, or a lame man, or he who has a disfigured face, or any deformed limb,
or a man who has a broken foot or broken hand,
or a hunchback or a dwarf, or one who has a defect in his eye or eczema or scabs or crushed testicles."
(Leviticus 21: 17-20)
The offering must be perfect so any illness or physical disease or external signs of imperfection would disqualify the offering.
However, God chose these particular examples because they all pointed to the atrocities He would bear on the way to the cross.
He did not say "no deaf or dumb, no giant, no broken teeth, no broken neck or obscurity on the nose". He chose descriptions that pointed to the crucifixion.
- Blind. He was blindfolded and tormented and afterwards there was darkness for three hours..
- Lame. He could not walk because His feet were nailed.
- Disfigured Face. His face and body were disfigured as Isaiah testified.
Marred Face and Body.
Just as many were astonished at you, So His appearance was marred more than any man and His form more than the sons of men.
(Isaiah 52: 14)
If you reject those points that are symbolic, then you cannot ignore the fact that this real condition disqualified this phase of the offerings. Calvary did not atone for our sins with God.
- Deformed Limb. His legs were twisted so that they could be nailed together.
- Broken Foot or Broken Hand. His hands and feet were nailed, breaking His skin and flesh.
- Hunchback. His stooped posture made Him look like a hunchback while carrying the cross.
- Dwarf. His stature made Him look like a dwarf while carrying the cross.
- Obscurity in His Eye. The blood and salty sweat running down His face obscured His sight.
- Eczema or Scabs. The beatings, whippings and punches caused wounds that oozed blood and looked discolored.
- Crushed Testicles. The testicles hold the seed. In Him are two branches of the church both rejected Him, crushing Him. The disciples ran away. They would found the new branch from the Gentiles.
The Jewish branch rejected Him. So both testicles were crushed.
He would signify through the law that human sacrifice was an unacceptable atonement and this journey to the cross and vile treatment on the cross did not make the atonement with Him, it accomplished something else for the Plan of Salvation.
It bought our freedom from the terrible monster who had kidnapped us and had some legal authority to hold us for ransom.
- Tradition. They broke with tradition about maintaining purity.
- In The Gentiles' House. They brought Him to Pilate but stayed outside because they could not enter the home of a Gentile during Passover.
- The Food of God. They actually ate God as their food!
The Manna From Heaven.
He may eat the food of his God, both of the most holy and of the holy.
(Leviticus 21: 22)
- Handling the Holy Gifts (Chapter 22).
At the Passover, Christ said that He would not eat the rest of the Seder until the Second Coming.
This declaration allowed Him to keep these laws because He did not eat any of the holy gifts while he was unclean.
- Unclean. No unclean person can participate and Jesus was made unclean at a certain point.
- Leper. He had the signs of leprosy over His body and was treated as a leper.
- Unclean. Jesus did not eat any more after Judas dipped his hand in the bowl with Him.
Touching the Unclean.
A person who touches any such shall be unclean until evening, and shall not eat of the holy gifts unless he has bathed his body in water.
But when the sun sets, he shall be clean, and afterward he shall eat of the holy gift, for it is his food.
(Leviticus 22: 6-7)
By the evening He was dead.
Wild Beasts. He was severely beaten by the Romans, a nation symbolized as a dragon, a serpent and a demon goat.
Torn Up By The Roman Dragon.
He shall not eat an animal which dies or is torn by beasts, becoming unclean by it; I am the Lord.
(Leviticus 22: 8)
- The Slave of the High Priest. Jesus was sold as a slave to the high priest for thirty pieces of silver.
The Special Slave.
But if a priest buys a slave as his property with his money, that one may eat of it, and those who are born in his house may eat of his food.
(Leviticus 22: 11)
Ironically, because Jesus was a slave of Caiaphas, He and His offspring are eligible to eat the gifts given to the Levites.
So this act provided a legal succession between the priestly order of Levi and Melchizedek.
It also gave Jesus certain rights to the offerings of the Levitical priesthood.
- The Appointed Feasts (Chapter 23).
Since He was offered one time, He made all the offerings for all the feasts.
- Sabbath. He rested on the Sabbath and gave us rest from sin.
- Passover. He was killed at the same time as the Passover lamb.
- Unleavened Bread. He kept this feast, presenting Himself without sin to God for a week.
- First Fruits. He was resurrected with a few people and He was the firstfruits of the dead.
- Wavesheaf. He presented Himself and those resurrected to God.
- Feast of Weeks. He was seen on earth during the next forty days.
- New Grain Offering (Shavu'ot). The Holy Spirit came in fire.
- Reaping the Harvest. 3000 Jews were converted on Shavu'ot.
- Feast of Trumpets. Satan's kingdom was being judged and freedom has been declared.
- Day of Atonement. He covered our sins and purchased our freedom.
- Feast of Booths. The Holy Spirit came to live with us and Jesus was now one of us.
- Judas Leaves The Last Supper (Chapter 24).
These are the events of the last Passover seder.
The narrative goes back to this event to explain the punishment of Judas.
Revenge was meted out on Judas immediately.
- The Continual Light (Menorah). The events written in the Gospel of John best show how Jesus was a light on the night of the Passover before His death.
Jesus spoke about the love of the Father and Himself for the church.
He expressed the anticipation with which the universe is waiting to see the unity in the church that reflects the love and unity of God.
- The Twelve Cakes. These are the twelve disciples sitting around the table for the meal with Jesus.
Table of Shewbread.
Then you shall take the fine flour and bake twelve cakes with it; two-tenths of an ephah shall be in each cake.
You shall set them in two rows, six to a row, on the pure gold table before the Lord.
(Leviticus 24: 5-6)
- Frankincense. Jesus is the incense in the center of the table, that permeated the room. He would be the offering by fire in a few hours.
Prayer (Altar of Incense).
You shall put pure frankincense on each row that it may be a memorial portion for the bread, even an offering by fire to the Lord.
(Leviticus 24: 7)
- The Struggle. This unrelated information that interrupted the narrative is interesting.
The struggle between Jesus and Judas began when Jesus said that someone at the table would betray Him.
Jesus was the "man of Israel" and Judas is the "son of the Israelite woman" from the tribe of Dan.
If you have studied the prophecy of the twelve tribes, you will know that the actions of Judas are represented by Dan, the one who is a serpent.
Now the son of an Israelite woman, whose father was an Egyptian, went out among the sons of Israel; and the Israelite woman's son and the man of Israel struggled with each other in the camp.
The son of the Israelite woman blasphemed the Name and cursed. So they brought him to Moses. (Now his mother's name was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan.)
(Leviticus 24: 10-11)
This law possibly gives us the tribal identity of Judas.
He was from the tribe of Dan and he was half Egyptian.
He was from the nation that wants to keep us as slaves, so He sold Jesus to the priests.
- The Man Who Cursed God. Judas brought the curses on Jesus by his betrayal.
The Cursed God.
You shall speak to the sons of Israel, saying, "If anyone curses his God, then he shall bear his sin."
(Leviticus 24: 15)
- Revenge ("Eye for Eye"). The remaining verses are about revenge and restitution.
Judas went outside the camp, in the south where the garbage dump was located and hung himself.
Before this, he seemed to have fallen and been disemboweled.
All of these things happened to Jesus Christ. He was hung on a tree and the extreme emotional suffering was symbolized as being disemboweled.
- The God Who Died by Stoning. They took Him outside the city and hurled abuses at Him as He was dying.
They had accused Him of blasphemy and this was the punishment (John 19: 7).
The Stoned God.
Then Moses spoke to the sons of Israel, and they brought the one who had cursed outside the camp and stoned him with stones. Thus the sons of Israel did, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.
(Leviticus 24: 23)
- Sabbaths and Jubilee (Chapter 25).
The earth goes back to the original owners after it was sold by Adam.
- Land Sabbath. The earth will have a one thousand year rest after the Second Coming but Jesus gave the earth and heaven rest from sin. He became the new representative of earth and heaven no longer had to tolerate the accusations of Satan against us.
- Seven Yearly Sabbaths. This prophecy of seven sabbaths of weeks prophesied by Daniel was fulfilled in year 487 in the final week of Jesus.
- The Year of Release (Jubilee). The earth is the property of God and it went back to Jesus. In addition, the human race was released from slavery to sin.
However, like the Jews on the exodus and the wife of Lot, we keep turning back to the land of our oppressors, longing to be held captive by our favorite sins.
On this year of jubilee each of you shall return to his own property.
(Leviticus 25: 13)
Jesus went back to Heaven.
- Blessings and Curses (Chapter 26).
Jesus suffered the curses for us so that the blessings could be restored to us.
Years earlier He had pronounced the Blessings on a mountain at the beginning of His ministry (Matthew 5: 1-12) and completes them on the Mount of Olives the night of His crucifixion.
Then He went north to become the curse on Mount Calvary.
Israel also suffered this same fate within the next forty years.
- Sudden Terror. Sudden terror, fever, disease, land ruled by enemies. Rome ruled Israel and they arrested Him at the gates of Gethsemane.
- Barren. No rain, no crops, no fruit. Jesus cursed the fig tree to symbolize the failure of the crop. Israel rejected Him and the disciples ran away. The fruit was scattered, or dried up.
- Numbers Reduced (Children Taken). Beast takes away children and cattle. Fear caused the disciples to run away. Israel turned against Him.
- War. Captured, sword, war, pestilence. He was arrested by Roman soldiers under the testimony of the priests. A soldier pierced Him in His side with a sword.
- Sanctuary Desolated. Cannibalism, sanctuary destroyed, exiled, prayers not heard. He was the sanctuary that was destroyed and whom God abandoned.
The Curses As Blessing.
God was not handicapped when He agreed to submit to these curses.
In His righteousness He let the wicked determine their own punishment.
Gone and Forgotten
You have rebuked the nations, You have destroyed the wicked, You have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
The enemy has come to an end in perpetual ruins, and you have uprooted the cities. The very memory of them is perished.
Trapped In Their Own Web!.
The nations have sunk down into the pit which they have made; In the net which they hid their own foot will be caught.
The Lord has made Himself known; He has executed judgment. In the work of his own hand the wicked is snared.
The wicked will return to Sheol, even all the nations who forget God.
(Psalm 9: 5-6, 15-17)
Since the righteous also suffer the curses, let us look at the positive way in which the curse acts to destroy evil.
- Great Pressure (Persecution). The curses begin with attacks by the enemy.
- Famine (No Fruit).
Everything that gives life will be withheld.
God applies His own pressure by withholding rain or light, causing crops to fail.
He may even cause the fruit of the womb to fail.
If we have abandoned Him there may even be famine for the word and for the wicked there is only a reprobate mind with no wisdom.
- Lost Children (Kidnapped, Mutiny and Defection).
The wicked go to God and leave the household of Satan.
- War and Vengeance For The Covenant (Enmity).
God's original promise is to put enmity between us and Satan (Genesis 3: 15).
Since Jesus was the seed of the woman, Israel, God put enmity between Him and Satan.
- Corrupt Sanctuary Destroyed (Cleansing).
We get rid of evil by cleansing the body of the righteous.
- Division (Groups Separated).
The initial steps are outlined in the condemnation of Babylon, "Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin" which means "Counted and counted, weighed and divided".
The purpose of this is to first separate the righteous from the wicked and place the wicked on the left and the righteous on the right (counted and counted).
Then both groups are judged separately (weighed) before punishment is executed.
God separated the church into Jews and Gentiles for 2000 years.
The purpose was to preserve truth for the end of time and to use His divided army to besiege Satan at the end when they reunite.
- Shattering (Evil Punished and Broken).
Then the waters are dried up to easily facilitate a splitting, division, splintering and shattering.
Shattering is not always a catastrophic event. God shattered Israel and scattered them all over the world.
They were one of the first few people who came to the new world not as colonists or slaves, but as people seeking refuge from the Spanish Inquisition in th 1650's.
They have been places in almost every country as seed for the end of time when they will be called to be a beacon.
- Desolation (Land Emptied). The evil system is abandoned and broken, losing the power they had through organization and support.
The actions of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in 136AD caused the land of Israel to be emptied.
Now it is a cause of contention and war in the last days. Many people mourn over the sin of Abraham and the actions of the Romans as huge historical mistakes that they wish they could reverse.
However, I am not so sure it was a mistake.
I have seen several cases where God either ceated or allowed a crisis so that He could have a legal cause for military action.
So it is possible that God will use this crisis to show the world that He has chosen a land and a people and that there is a God and that the stories in the Jewish book of religion are to be taken as accurate and true statements from the creator of the universe.
He does all of this not simply to magnify the Jewish nation, but to magnify His word - the Torah.
- Samson. God actively sought a reason to begin to conquer the Philistines.
However, his father and mother did not know that it was of the Lord, for He was seeking an occasion against the Philistines. Now at that time the Philistines were ruling over Israel.
(Judges 14: 4)
- Pharoah. God used the pride of Pharoah to show His greatness to all the people.
And the Lord hardened Pharoah's heart, and he did not listen to them, just as the Lord had spoken to Moses.
For if by now I had put forth My hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, you would have been cut off from the earth.
But, indeed, for this reason I have allowed you to remain, in order to show you My power and in order to proclaim My name through all the earth.
(Exodus 9: 12, 15-16)
The Great Torah.
... For You have magnified Your word above all Your Name.
(Psalm 138: 2)
Once the word had been magnified, His name will be magnified.
But first He must cause attention to be focused on a people.
So far, the attention that has emerged has been anger.
- Death (Sabbath Kept). Either in sleep or in death, we are at rest and sin has no more dominion.
» Designed For Victory (Handling Pressure).
The design of our body shows the benefits of the principles of the curse in critical organs need to digest nutrients or eliminate waste.
First, excess pressure forces fluid in one direction.
The processing organ is divided into two.
One side generally handles the most toxic substances and the other handles the most beneficial.
The vessels are shattered internally to increase surface area which speeds up assimilation or waste removal
Then the vessels are emptied of their products.
- Heart. The heart is a pressurized pump with two chambers that forces blood to the vessels.
Blood deficient in oxygen and loaded with carbon dioxide comes through the right side and goes to the lungs.
Blood with oxygen comes through the left to the body.
- Lungs. This organ under air pressure is shattered into many small pieces which allow it to increase the surface area and abosrb more oxygen and expel more carbon dioxide faster.
- Kidney. The blood pressure rises significantly to force the blood through tiny blood vessels which allow more toxins and water to be filtered through.
By the time the vessels rejoin the pressure has returned to normal.
- Brain. The two hemispheres of the brain handle two separate types of reasoning, but they handle opposite sides of the body.
The mathematical, predictable and logical side handles the right hand.
- Emotions. Adults with a split or shattered personality are usually children who are very emotionally abused, usually by rape.
This shattering of the psyche must be a coping mechanism to deal with the extreme emotional pressure.
» Restoration (Reunion).
Once sin and uncleanliness has been removed and law and order is restored, we will see a clean and reunified nation of Israel, full of Jews and Gentiles.
- Vows and Substitutes (Chapter 27).
In these complex set of laws, Jesus was able to legally redeem the land, the property and the people sold by Adam.
- The Difficult Vow. Jesus made the vow and the oath to give His life and to die for our sins.
Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, "When a man makes a difficult vow, he shall be valued according to your valuation of persons belonging to the Lord."
(Leviticus 27: 2)
A value is placed on the vow because it measures your personal ability to keep the vow.
- Person. People are valued based on their age first and then on their financial ability.
The Poor Man.
If your valuation is of the male from twenty years even to sixty years old, then your valuation shall be fifty shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary.
But if he is poorer than your valuation, then he shall be placed before the priest and the priest shall value him; according to the means of the one who vowed, the priest shall value him.
(Leviticus 27: 3, 8)
The priests valued Jesus at thirty pieces of silver, the price of a female. Jesus was 33 and should have been valued at 50 shekels.
- Clean Animal (Sacrifice). Jesus is typified as several clean sacrificial animals. So He is holy.
The Holy Offering.
Now if it is an animal of the kind which men can present as an offering to the Lord, and such that one gives to the Lord shall be holy.
He shall not replace it or exchange it, a good for a bad, or a bad for a good; or if he does exchange animal for animal, then both it and the substitute shall become holy.
(Leviticus 27: 9-10)
- Unequal Exchanges. According to this law only equal exchanges can be made. A good animal for a good and a bad one for another bad animal.
Therefore a perfect Jesus could not be exchanged for sinners. Yet Peter said that He was.
For Christ also died for sins, once for all the just for the unjust so that He might bring us to God ...
(1 Peter 3: 18)
If the translation was that Jesus died "because" of our sins, not "for" our sins, then it would make sense with the ransom exchange orchestrated at Calvary by Satan.
- Equal Exchanges. Since this is the law then Jesus made us equal before the exchange.
» Gethsemane. Jesus must have made us right before God in Gethsemane before He poured out blood. This equalization through forgiveness is the atonement.
» Calvary. Jesus made the atonement in Gethsemane before He exchanged Himself on Calvary.
- Acquiring Holiness. This exchange automatically made us holy if we are willing to be given to God. Since Jesus exchanged Himself for us both Jesus and we are holy. It does not matter if we are "bad".
- Holy House. The priest can assess a value. It can be redeemed at 120% of that value.
- Field. The priest assesses the value based on the cost of the seed needed to sow the land and then the proportion of the number of years left for the jubilee.
So the proportion can range from 100% in the year of the Jubilee to 2% in the last year.
The field can be redeemed at 120% of this original value determined.
» The Holy Land.
In most cases the land goes back to the original owners at the Jubilee. In one special case, the land goes back to God.
At the jubilee, the land goes to God if it was given as a vow, but was sold before it was redeemed.
A Holy Field.
Yet if he will not redeem the field, but has sold the field to another man, it may no longer be redeemed;
and when it reverts in the jubilee, the field shall be holy to the Lord, like a field set apart; it shall be for the priest as his property.
(Leviticus 27: 20-21)
Adam made a covenant with God and he became the land owner. He sold the land to Satan when it was vowed to God and had not been redeemed.
So the earth is the Lord's in more ways than one.
- Holy Men. Jesus Christ could not be bought back, so He had to die.
Nevertheless, anything which a man sets apart to the Lord out of all that he has, of man or animal or of the fields of his own property, shall not be sold or redeemed.
Anything devoted to destruction is most holy to the Lord.
No one who may have been set apart among men shall be ransomed; he shall surely be put to death.
(Leviticus 27: 28-29)
Holy Tithe (Seed).
Thus all the tithe of the land, of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the Lord's, it is holy to the Lord.
(Leviticus 27: 30)
Holy Tithe (Animal).
For every tenth part of herd or flock, whatever passes under the rod, the tenth one shall be holy to the Lord.
(Leviticus 27: 32)
» Redemption. This process gives objects back to original owners.
However, certain things that are holy or set apart for God cannot be redeemed.
So everything goes back to God, but Jesus dies.
However, He made a will leaving everything to God, even Himself.
I Give My Life. Father, into your hands I commend my spirit. (Luke 23: 46)
Summary: The Legal Offering Of God In The Plan Of Salvation
All events were part of the Plan of Salvation. Some were required by God and others were demanded by Satan.
|Salvation By Faith (Grace) ||Salvation By The Works Of God (Redeemed From The Curse) |
|God's Gift and Blessings ||Satan's Ransom and Curses |
|The Continual Survives The Fires ||The Continual Is Burnt Up |
|Clean and Undefiled Inside Out ||Outwardly Defiled and Unclean ||Undefiled Inside |
|| High Priest Custody || Roman Custody |
|Gethsemane ||Tent of Meeting Doorway (Sanhedrin) ||Calvary (Golgotha) |
|Grain Harvested ||Matzah Kneaded ||Matzah Perforated With Holes ||Matzah Baked |
|Crushed Grapes ||Blood of Grapes ||Vinegar || Wine |
|Crushed By Our Sins || Satan Crushed Jesus |
|Lord's Goat Crushed||Scapegoat Led By Strongman (Army) ||Scapegoat Crushed By Satan |
| Lord's Goat Selected By Priests
||Scapegoat led away
|| Goat Lifted Up
|| Goat Killed
|Blood On The Altar of Incense ||Blood And Death On The Altar of Sacrifice |
|Prayer||Blood Drops || ||Trial|| Beaten ||Carry Cross ||Nailed ||Darkness ||Death ||Hole in side ||Bury|
|Signs ||Burning Bush||Rod on the Ground || Snake on the Cross ||Leper ||Swallow Snakes|
|The Fire That Does Not Burn ||Captured Fiery Snake||Cure ||A Spring ||Seed|
|Blood,sweat,tears || Blood and Tears || Blood, Sweat and Tears || Blood, Water |
|Body Blood ||New Covenant Blood Sprinkled on the People || Cup of Blood |
|Veil of His Flesh Opened Naturally||Veil of His Flesh Torn by Roman Whips ||Sanctuary Veil Torn |
|Clean Porous Vessel||Swarming and Crawling ||Broken Vessel ||Clean Vessel |
|Bore Sins||Poured Out Himself ||Poured Out Himself Unto Death ||Drained Of Water|
|Sins Laid On Him ||Blood Poured Out ||Cross Laid on Him ||Blood Poured Out |
| Bird Ox Lamb Memorial
|| Goat Lamb || Grain|
|Burnt and Peace ||Guilt ||Burnt Offering||Guilt and Sin ||Grain (Memorial) |
|Resisting Sin ||Old Self||Slaves of Sin and Man of Sin Crucified ||Heal ||Blood of Peace |
|Blood for Atonement||Fat || Ransom Required by Satan (Life) || Ransom Paid |
| The Gift of God
|| The Wages of Sin
|| The Gift of God
|(God Has No Pleasure in Sacrifices) Curses (Suffering Outside The Gate) |
|No Harvest ||Robbed||Siege Mocked Cannibalism |
|Children Taken ||Serve Enemies ||Hanging in Doubt Despair No Assurance|
|Flee 7 Ways ||Slavery and No Rest ||Terror ||Destroyed|
|Sheep given to enemies Donkey Torn Away || Ox Slaughtered |
|The Lord's Portion||Priests Eat ||The People Eat Their Portion (Chew, Spit, Swallow) |
|Life For Life||Burn for Burn ||Bruise for Bruise ||Hand for Hand ||Eye for Eye ||Wound for Wound |
|Yoke Placed on Him (Carried the Cross) (Wore/Naied To the Cross) |
|Altar of Earth||Strange Fire ||Cut rock||Wood, Fire || Naked || Human Sacrifice |
|Pores Opened ||Tied and Bound ||Skinned||Carcass, Entrails, Dung |
|Blood of The Living ||Sprinkled With The Living Blood || Blood of the Dead |
|Wicked Man Bribed
||False Witnesses+Charges ||Burden || Mob Justice || Innocent Killed |
| Judas Possessed || False Witnesses || An Angry Mob May Have Been Possessed |
|Manna ||Meat (Quails Sent On The Same Day as Manna) |
|Voluntary || Involuntary (Arrested) || Involuntary (Forced Labor, Bound, Nailed) |
|Praying High Priest ||Silent ||Mute Abomination || Sacred Pillar Asherah |
|Offering in the Field ||Eaten ||Torn to Pieces ||Offering Thrown to the Dogs |
| Spring of Blood, Sweat And Tears Not Disqualified ||Torn by Wild Animals ||Broken Hands and Feet|| Spring of Blood and |
Spring of Water
|Disfigured face ||Dwarf||Lame || Blind|
|Cuts, Tattoos ||Hunchback||Deformed Limbs |
|Raw Flesh||Yoke||Tortured to Death |
| These actual or symbolic events disqualify the offering
|| Demonic activities
|| Illegal activities
Jesus paid the debt on the cross. God paid the debt we owed.
It was not to God the Father that this debt was paid, nor to God that Jesus owed. They BOTH paid a sin debt, a terrible ransom, an excahnge to us.
We were set free, running back across that ransom bridge. Some even refusing to leave. Others standing there perplexed.
Jesus walked alone into his nightmare, back into the custody of Satan.
The exchange was complete.
- The Continual (Daily).
The lamb sacrificed as the "daily" or "continual" burnt offering combines both the events that occurred in Gethsemane and on Calvary
In this manner the continual survives the eternal flames of God by justice and the ineffective flames of Satan by His own power.
- The Continual Survives The Eternal Flames (Gethsemane). God accepted the offering without torture or murder. He gave His life by giving His blood voluntarily, but He did not die because He became the only substitute for sin that could stand before the eternal flames of God.
Sinners Die But The Righteous Survive.
Sinners in Zion are terrified; Trembling has seized the godless. "Who among us can live with the consuming fire? Who among us can live with continual burning?"
The Righteous. He who walks righteously and speaks with sincerity, he who rejects unjust gain and shakes his hands so that they hold no bribe; he who stops his ears from hearing about bloodshed and shuts his eyes from looking upon evil;
He will dwell on the heights, his refuge will be the impregnable rock; his bread will be given him, his water will be sure.
(Isaiah 33: 14-16)
- The Continual Is Burnt Up (Calvary). In the custody of the wicked, the continual was killed.
- The Continual Emerges From The Ashes (Resurrection). The continual survives the first death.
In the symbol of the burning lamb, the continual had to be represented by two lambs every day, one in the morning and the other in the evening.
The "daily" became a sacrifice which was killed. While Gethsemane did not kill the "daily", Calvary did.
How did the continual survive both these flames?
- Dead Body. Like the Hebrews in Nebuchadnezzar's fiery furnace, Jesus survived the death meted out by Satan.
Only God can deliver a death that will last.
Death Of The Soul.
Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.
(Matthew 10: 28)
- Indestructible. It was impossible for the first death to hold Him.
First, because justice required that He be raised to life.
Justice Ended The Agony Of The First Death.
But God raised Him up again, putting an end to the agony of death, since it was impossible for Him to be held in its power.
(Acts 2: 24)
Second, Satan could not hold Him in death because He has life within Him as God.
who has become such not on the basis of a law of physical requirement, but according to the power of an indestructible life.
The former priests, on the one hand, existed in greater numbers because they were prevented by death from continuing,
but Jesus, on the other hand, because He continues forever, holds His priesthood permanently.
Therefore He is able also to save forever those who draw near to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
(Hebrews 7: 16, 23-25)
For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens;
who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.
For the Law appoints men as high priests who are weak, but the word of the oath, which came after the Law, appoints a Son, made perfect forever.
(Hebrews 7: 26-28)
- Custody Of God (Acceptable).
In the garden of Gethsemane, He was in the custody of God.
- Crushed. He was crushed like a grape and His pores opened and blood oozed out for atonement.
But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities ...
Crushed By God.
But the Lord was pleased to crush Him, putting Him to grief; if He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand.
(Isaiah 53: 5,10)
- Sweat Blood. The offering must be washed and salted and blood must be sprinkled and Jesus sweat blood through His garment of skin although Ezekiel appears to disallow this.
They shall have linen bonnets upon their heads, and shall have linen breeches upon their loins; they shall not gird themselves with any thing that causes sweat.
(Ezekiel 44: 18)
How can we reconcile this?
The truth is that when Jesus girded Himself with the flesh and sins of humanity it caused Him to sweat.
This was the only way He could fulfill the requirements for the atonement and the ransom without violence or mutilation.
Satan took his blood money by tearing into Jesus' body and also taking his pound of flesh, disregarding the lawfully obtained ransom poured out in Gethsemane.
- The High Priest's Apron. The High Priest was the only one who was allowed to wear a garment with wool and linen mixed together (Jewish Tradition).
In Exodus 28 linen and gold can be mixed together. The High Priest must have a righteous character interwoven with perfection that shines out. These are the works of righteousness.
- Righteousness By The Works Of God. Sweat is a symbol of works (Genesis 3: 19) and only the works of God Himself can be seen in the sanctuary. No human can symbolize the works of atonement, not even priests.
Even in the creation of the sanctuary, no human tool can be seen or heard cutting the rocks, only natural stone can be used because only the works of God can be seen in the sanctuary.
Although the Levites symbolized His works, He even distanced Himself from the works of the tribe of Levi by choosing the order of Melchizedek because Levi also symbolized the works of the curse by symbolizing both the works of Gethsemane and the sin they committed for the works of Calvary.
- Crushed By Sins. He kept the law of Ezekiel because His righteous garments did not make Him sweat. It was the crushing burden of the heavy load of our sins that squeezed the life out of Him.
- Handed Over To The Priests.
Jesus submitted willingly in Gethsemane so that He could be brought to the doorway of the "Tent of Meeting" as required by law to present the Lamb of God as the sacrifice.
Taken to Judgment.
By oppression and judgment He was taken away ...
(Isaiah 53: 8)
- The Place Of The Offering. Jesus was not killed in the outercourt of the temple and His blood brought inside, so why was Gethsemane a suitable place to make the atonement?
Originally, the holy site was simply on the mountain where Abraham offered Isaac. It is the same mountain on which the temple stood. So the entire mountain and Jerusalem is the sacred temple.
The Most Holy Place.
And they shall bring all your brethren for an offering unto the LORD out of all nations upon horses, and in chariots, and in litters, and upon mules, and upon swift beasts, to my holy mountain Jerusalem, saith the LORD, as the children of Israel bring an offering in a clean vessel into the house of the LORD.
(Isaiah 66: 8)
At His resurrection, Jesus as the High Priest and the offering, took Himself into the real temple in heaven, not the copy.
- Custody Of The Priests (Barely Acceptable).
Jesus was in the legal custody of the high priest when He was bought as the slave of Caiaphas with the bribe paid to Judas.
God's righteous offering was done at the Garden of Gethsemane.
Then Jesus completed His legal duties by submitting Himself to the priests who took Him to the door of the tent of meeting.
Jesus presented Himself and was taken into the physical custody of the priests to be examined by them at the Sanhedrin.
They selected Him as the Lord's goat, bound Him with ropes, and sent Him to be killed while they released the scapegoats.
In all of this the priests obeyed the law.
In the handling of the offering they also obeyed the law without sinning.
These acts were barely acceptable because of the rules about torture and prolonged death.
He could be beaten but not with implements that would mutilate Him.
They could eat meat, but not unclean meat. By definition, humans were unclean for food because they do not chew the cud or have cleft hooves.
- Beating And Piercing. They pounded the dough and poked holes into the bread.
» Beating. You were allowed to beat a person with no more than 39 lashes. While in the custody of the priests He was also punched and slapped.
» Piercing. A slave can submit to being pierced on the doorpost if he wanted to stay with His master. Jesus submitted to the priests at the gates of Gethsemane and willingly submitted to crucifixion.
- Trial and Death Penalty. They slaughtered and cooked the meat and baked the bread quickly.
» Death. Deatly penalty was allowed and the entire congregation was supposed to stone the guilty. All Israel was present to stone the Man that the priests declared was guilty.
According to the law, the people were not supposed to substitute their own judgment for the decision of the priest.
As a member of the Sanhedrin, Nicodemus ensured that this process was done quickly when he arranged to get the body before sunset and arranged for a clean place in the north for burial.
- Eating Without Cannibalism. They ate the meat and in the process they spit on it and chewed Him between their teeth.
Physically, He was a Lamb with split hooves who could "chew the cud" or bring back the dead from the bowels of the earth.
Eating clean meat was allowed.
Jesus was also spiritually clean and they avoided physical cannibalism by symbolically going through the motions and responses of eating Him on the Passover.
» Custody Of The Priests (Unacceptable). After this point the priests broke the law.
Transfer of The Criminal.
The second crowing of the rooster was the trumpet call to begin the war with Satan.
Jesus was handed over to the Roman civil authorities after this.
Another prophecy symbolized this transfer as being "thrown to the dogs".
While the trial was illegal and the priests were not clean, it did not disqualify the offering.
- Trial. There were false witnesses and a night time trial and a trial before a major feast.
All of this was either illegal or against tradition.
Jews read Exodus 22: 24 to Exodus 23: 19 during Passover. It is ironic that as Judas and the priests were reading these verses, they were committing the act!
God distanced Himself from this travesty and tried to warn the people for 1500 years not to behave in this way, especially during Passover.
Therefore, although Jesus must suffer the curses for us, God did not approve of acts of sin and injustice to administer this punishment.
- Possession By Evil Spirits. Satan had to possess Judas and probably many other influential people in order to submit Jesus to the curse.
If the people had been faithful and followed the law, then Satan would have been forced to get his filthy hands dirtier by possessing the people who would kill Jesus.
- Priest Sinned. The high priest was disqualified because he was full of sin and was spiritually unclean.
He lied, arranged for purjury and tore his priestly garments.
In addition, he broke tradition and mingled with the Gentiles and risked becoming physically unclean.
- Child Sacrifice. Although they never technically killed Jesus, they caused His death by sending Him to the Romans to be killed.
So if the death on the cross was a sacrifice for sin then it was never a point of law and it violated God's character.
God even said that child sacrifice never entered His mind and He never asked them to do such an abominable thing and never taught it to them or spoke it so that they could learn this.
They have built also the high places of Baal, to burn their sons with fire for burnt offerings unto Baal, which I commanded not, nor spake it, neither came it into my mind:
(Jeremiah 19: 5)
And they built the high places of Baal, which are in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to cause their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire unto Molech; which I commanded them not, neither came it into my mind, that they should do this abomination, to cause Judah to sin.
(Jeremiah 32: 35)
Jesus was on a high place, lifted up on the cross to be sacrificed to an evil one like Baal or Molech.
- Custody Of The Romans (Unacceptable).
Satan acted like a criminal in order to gain possession of Jesus.
He came into the custody of Rome by force and through illegal means and through the possession of humans by demons.
The things done to Him by the Romans disqualified the offerings.
So the events on Mount Calvary were not designed by God and are seen as being torn by wild beasts.
As the sanctuary, it was legal for only the Levites to have custody of Jesus or to tear Him down and carry Him or to surround Him as they did in the Sanhedrin (Numbers 1: 50-51 and 3: 18).
It was even unlawful for a layman to approach (Numbers 16: 39-40).
So it was worse for a Gentile to approach or take custody.
In this lesson, this symbol shows the events that disqualified the offering or the priest.
In other books of the Torah and Jewish tradition, other events disqualified the offering as one that would be acceptable to God.
- Naked (Exodus 20: 26). He was crucified naked and a priest cannot ascend any altar of God and have any nakedness exposed.
So the cross was not an altar sanctioned by God.
- Torn Clothes. The high priest's clothes should not be torn, but His outer garments were torn after the trial and after the anointing oil was on His head in Gethsemane (The Oil Press).
- Torn Outer Garment (Sacrifice). He was first the sacrifice which must be torn to pieces.
- Perfect Inner Garment (High Priest). After the resurrection He became the High Priest whose garment must not be torn.
- No Defects. There should be no physical defects, but the cut flesh and the marks from the bruises caused by punching, kicking and slapping left bruises and swellings.
Then they spat in His face and beat Him with their fists and others slapped Him.
(Matthew 26: 67)
- Cut Stone (Exodus 20: 25). No human tools shall cut the stone that makes the altar.
Jesus is the Rock who makes the altar. When they pierced Him with a sword and tore His flesh with a flagellum they were using the tools of men to cut the sacred Rock.
- No Yoke (Deuteronomy 15: 19). The firstborn should not be yoked or worked or sheared.
When the oxen were chosen to carry the Ark of the Covenant from the Gentile Philistines to Israel, they chose oxen who never had a yoke.
The cross was placed on His shoulders like the yoke on an ox. He was the Ark who was carrying the new covenant while in Gentile custody.
- No Hard Work. He collapsed while walking to the cross with His burden and the effort to breathe on the cross by alternatively sitting and standing was extremely hard and painful labor.
- Idols. Lifted up, He was an Asherah and a sacred pillar. The adoration of the crucifix continues to make this a sacred pillar.
In ancient warfare, a captured king or member of a royal family was a special trophy that was usually singled out for special treatment.
Even the cruel Jezebel was honored with a burial because she was "a king's daughter".
By killing Christ in this manner and displaying Him as a common god and as a living Asherah, Satan was both putting Jesus on his level among the false gods and raising himself up to the level of real deity.
Even in death, the Antichrist was making himself equal to the Christ.
- The Mute Abomination On Soaring Heights (Daniel 9: 27). Silent on the cross, His defect was being dumb and He was an abomination which could not enter the sanctuary.
- Torture and Slow Death. According to the Jews, an animal is disqualified as an acceptable offering if the death was not quick and painless.
The knife must be so sharp and clean that any jagged or dull edge or hesitation in the cutting that caused any possibility of pain was unacceptable.
Jesus was slowly tortured.
» Kindness. According to the Jews, you must be kind to the animal. Jesus was mocked and treated cruelly.
- Torn Flesh (Leviticus 17: 15). Eating the meat of an animal torn by wild beasts makes us unclean. So if we symbilically eat the flesh of Jesus after He was handed over to the Romans and torn up, then the events of the cross will make is unclean.
His flesh was torn in Gethsemane when His sweat glands burst and blood poured out. However, he was not torn by wild beasts.
So when we symbolically "eat His flesh and drink His blood" we must think about the events of Gethsemane, not Calvary.
- Eating Blood (Leviticus 17: 10). We will be cut off for eating blood.
» Eating Blood of The Dead. Since we cannot touch the dead, eating the blood of the dead must be worse than eating the blood of the living.
This act condemns Satan in two ways. He can now be legally cut off because He took the blood of a dead man and he incurs the wrath of the plagues because of the blood of the dead (Revelation 16: 3).
» Eating Blood of Jesus Christ.
Therefore, the clean blood that poured out of the side of Jesus after He died could not possibly be the blood that we drink for atonement and life.
We drink the blood from Gethsemane. We pay for the ransom with the blood from Calvary.
However, we are still left with the question. How could we eat the blood of Christ without breaking this law?
And, how can we have life if we do not drink His blood?
A Meal For Life.
So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.
(John 6: 53)
- A Spiritual Meal. By spiritually eating His flesh and drinking His blood through the symbols of the bread and wine we fulfill the requirement without breaking the law.
Doing this properly means that we must understand what we are doing and what happened on that day.
- A Physical Meal. By understanding the modern procedure of blood transfusion, we can finally understand how Jesus wants to give us His physical blood internally to save our lives.
When we have a blood transfusion we are actually eating blood, through bypassing the digestive system.
So we were dead and dying and He gave us a blood transfusion. Then He resuscitated us with air by breathing in us the breath of life.
Then He gave us food, bread and water, to sustain us.
- Gentiles. The Jews, especially the priests, avoided contact with the Gentiles on these holy days so that they do not become unclean. They handed Jesus over to the Gentiles.
- Human Sacrifice (Leviticus 18: 21). It is illegal. So He could not have sent His Son to die and atone for our sins.
Deuteronomy 24: 16 also says that everyone will be put to death for their own sins.
So, although Numbers shows that one part of the atonement by the priest is substitution, this and other laws show that one should not die for another and the imperfect cannot be exchanged for the perfect (Leviticus 27: 9-10)!
Yet, 1 Peter 3:18 says that the just did die for the unjust. How do we reconcile this?
On Calvary, He was operating under Satan's domain where the just was taken as a ransom for the unjust.
» Salvation By Faith (Gift Of Grace).
However, in Gethsemane, He set us right before God then He took our place to pay the ransom.
So in Gethsemane an even exchange was made. According to the law, when an even substitution was made both animals became holy.
So the church is now holy before God.
» Salvation By Works.
We can never work for our salvation because we could never satisfy Satan's wrath.
- The Second Death.
Death is administered as three different experiences. Sleep is a form of death. We know that there is a first and a second death.
Everyone can wake up from sleep by themselves and God will wake up everyone from the first death to face either judgment or eternal life.
However, God will not wake us up from the second death. It is separation from God.
One the cross Jesus experienced the separation of the second death when God turned away from Him and it broke His heart.
A Gift of Life.
For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
(Romans 6: 23)
It is true that we must all die to sin and separate ourselves from sin.
However, it is not true that we had to die because we sinned, otherwise God would have to kill all the righteous living at the Second Coming and then resurrect us.
The scriptures showed that although we deserved the death penalty God instantly gave us a gift which commuted our sentence and stayed the execution.
The gift of God is not resurrection from death although the gift will resurrect the dead.
The gift was life. So the gift is an abolishment of the death sentence.
A man may bring his field sacrifice to God's house (Leviticus 17: 3-9).
- Field Sacrifices. All these must be brought to the house of God.
- Jesus Brought To The Sanhedrin. He was examined before the priests and found worthy of death.
- Final Delivery. In all this He kept the covenant, delivering Himself to the Sanhedrin to be slain in a house that was now desolate.
Since the house was now empty, sacrifices could once again be given in the field.
Sacrificed and grain offerings ceased. (Daniel 9: 27)
- A Desolate House.
Their house was no longer functional and they did not know it.
Behold, your house is left unto you desolate:
and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.
(Luke 13: 35)
(Matthew 23: 31-33, 36-39)
The Glory had departed. God had given Himself over the the hands of the wicked.
He will return when they recognize Him.
The Purpose Of Calvary And The Cross.
I have always learned and believed that Jesus "died on the cross for our sins".
After learning the truth about the unacceptability of what happened on the cross I searched for the Bible texts which said that the cross atoned for our sins or paid for our sins and I could not find any.
We have been placing the emphasis on the wrong event!
The terrible suffering on the cross did not justify us with the Father, the events were even more disgusting to Him than it is to us.
So the truth is that Jesus "died on the cross BECAUSE of our sins" not "FOR our sins".
So why should we cherish the old rugged cross?
- A Murderer Unmasked And Exposed.
God was vindicated in heaven. For the first time the inhabitants of heaven have definitive proof that Satan is a liar and a murderer and he lost whatever remaining access he had to heaven at that time.
The cross showed that Satan would lie, steal, cheat, bribe, possess and coerce others to murder an innocent person, even God.
So the reproach cast on the name of God was removed and judgment fell on the great liar who hated God because of jealousy which was aimed at destroying the Son of God.
And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ; for the accuser of our brethren is cast down which accused them before our God day and night.
(Revelation 12: 7-10)
- Plan Of Salvation.
The cross is necessary for our salvation, without it we would still be the property of Satan.
God Knew And Allowed The Cross.
this Man, delivered over by the predetermined plan and foreknowledge of God, you nailed to a cross by the hands of godless men and put Him to death.
(Acts 2: 23)
The cross is such a precious, unifying symbol that I know that I am in danger of being misunderstood.
However, if there is one perception that I want to be changed is that God did not require the cross to atone for sin with Him or His government.
The second perception that I would like to change is the greater importance of Gethsemane which has been virtually ignored.
In another lesson on the curses I compare Satan's plans for us to God's plans.
Sin is like an infection from a pathological virus, intent on rewriting and damaging the genetic code.
God quarantined the planet and then sent in a skilled Physician. On the cross Jesus took care of the cause and effects of sin.
Jesus did not die for our sins on the cross, He exterminated them there and healed us.
Our Sins Were On The Cross.
and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.
(1 Peter 2: 24)
- Exterminating The Virus (Antivenum). He became like a vaccine, a weakened form of the virus by taking the form of the weakened human race.
Weakened and bruised on the cross, He was even seen in the form of the virus as a snake that healed.
As a weakened snake He crushed the serpent Satan and took away the patients languishing in a hospital or horrors.
- Healing The Sick Man (Repairing The Genes). He began to repair the genes of the former slaves by writing the laws of God in them.
- Killing The Man Of Sin. He carried our sins to the cross by becoming the sin bearer or the Man of sin.
This carcass of sin was exterminated on the cross.
When our old physical self died, our spiritual self was able to live free of sin.
We Must Also Be Crucified.
knowing this, that our old self was crucified with Him, in order that our body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be slaves to sin.
(Romans 6: 6)
- Take Up Your Cross. In order to crucify our bodies of sin, we must take up the cross with Him and bear the shame with Him when Satan comes to test us.
The Cost Of Discipleship.
Then Jesus said to His disciples, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me.
(Matthew 16: 24)
My Own Cross.
Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.
(Luke 14: 27)
Taking up your cross means patiently enduring whatever it takes to free the world from slavery to sin and all the strongholds of Satan.
- Reconciliation (Death To The Enmity).
Blood was first spilled in Gethsemane, then at the end blood poured out of His dead body on the cross.
The blood poured out in Gethsemane secured our forgiveness and reconciliation with God, but it did not stop us from being sinners. We were still enslaved by sin.
Peace To All.
by abolishing in His flesh the enmity, which is the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so that in Himself He might make the two into one new man, thus establishing peace.
and might reconcile them both in one body to God through the cross, by it having put to death the enmity.
and He came and preached peace to you who were far away, and peace to those who were near.
(Ephesians 2: 15-17)
He abolished the laws that required us to bring an animal to Jerusalem for sacrifice. Jerusalem was the only place authorized for these offerings.
He made it possible for the Gentiles and all people to offer an acceptable sacrifice anywhere because sacrifices no longer have to be brought to Jerusalem only.
We can speak to God and obtain forgiveness from anywhere in the world by pointing to the perfect Lamb of God that was brought to Jerusalem 2000 years ago.
Peace Through The Blood.
and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
(Colossians 1: 20)
» The Slaves Of Sin Are Freed.
Two important streams poured out of His side to take us out of slavery to sin.
With the release of the slaves of sin comes reconciliation with the people of heaven and with each other.
Escaped From Prison.
For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son.
in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sin.
(Colossians 1: 13-14)
- Water (Cleansing). The Holy Spirit helps us to stay away from slavery by removing the desire to return to slavery by the washing and renewing of our minds.
His release is symbolized by the water that poured out of His side.
- Blood (Ransom). The blood poured out at His death paid Satan the ransom for our release.
- A Certificate Of Debt. The cross paid for a debt but what debt?
The testimony of God was that He had no pleasure in it. The rules of an acceptable sacrifice said that this was abhorrent to God.
The problem of sin reveals that we are being held captive as slaves, but not by God. God sent Jesus Christ to redeem us or purchase us back from slavery at the hands of someone else.
A Debt Paid.
having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
(Colossians 2: 14)
Paid By His Blood.
In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace.
(Ephesians 1: 7)
- A Demonstration Of Love. Gethsemane demonstrated the mercy of God which was inspired by love.
However, while the cross was Satan's plan, submitting to the cross demonstrated the love of God towards sinners more than Gethsemane did.
But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Much more then, having been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
(Romans 5: 8-9)
We were justified by Gethsemane and saved from the wrath He endured at Calvary.
For while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.
(Romans 5: 10)
The justification in Gethsemane made it possible for us to be legally reconciled.
However, until He paid the ransom to Satan at Calvary we could not be physically reconciled immediately.
- Enemies of The Cross.
How can we be enemies of the cross if it symbolizes something that God rejected?
For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ.
whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things.
(Philippians 3: 18-19)
The cross paid the debt of slavery to Satan.
Paul explains that we become enemies when we return to slavery in sin because of our appetite.
Knowing the price that was paid by the submission of Jesus on the cross we are both foolish and ungrateful when we long for our sinful past.
While they were on the exodus, under the miraculous care of God, the Hebrews were also ungrateful as they cursed God and Moses and longed to return to Egypt for the milk and cookies.
In despising the hardship of the journey (their cross) they were rejecting the promise of the future for the slavery of the past.
The rabble who were among them had greedy desires; and also the sons of Israel wept again and said, "Who will give us meat to eat?
We remember the fish which we used to eat free in Egypt, the cucumbers and the melons and the leeks and the onions and the garlic.
Greedy. but now our appetite is gone. There is nothing at all to look at except this manna."
(Numbers 11: 4-6)
- Ungrateful Slaves Continuing In Sin.
This is why we are choosing to remain in bondage to sin when we willingly continue to sin. When we lightly choose to sin or are not in agony over sin we have no appreciation of the cost.
We are returning to the furnace of hell, just like the ungrateful and rebellious Hebrews who constantly wanted to return to Egypt to eat cucumbers.
This means that we are crucifying Jesus Christ again and putting Him to shame because it is the crucifixion and shame that paid for our freedom from slavery.
and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame.
Useless Weeds or Good Fruit. For ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God.
but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it end up being burned.
(Hebrews 6: 6-8)
Once we willingly go back to slavery, Satan has the right to demand another ransom and at some point it will be impossible to get us back because we do not want to leave.
The ransom that Satan will require again is the crucifixion and shame of Jesus Christ.
» Ground Growing Thorns.
In fact, if we go back to slavery it is not Satan who will crucify Jesus Christ again, it is we who crucify Him over and over and put Him to open shame.
We will be people who drink the waters of heaven and are cultivated by the God Shepherd, yet we produce thorns and thistles instead of fruit and must be cut down.
It will be impossible to renew us again because He will only experience this ordeal once and die once. He will not be struck twice because this is the promise of God to Him.
» Strike Once and Speak Often.
When Moses struck Him twice and dishonored Him it was Moses who died and did not see the Promised Land.
The transgression of Moses shows that if we sin again we must repent and speak to the Rock in prayer and He will send the waters to cleanse us and refresh us again.
Idolizing The Cross.
This raises the emotional issue of the importance of the cross versus the importance of Gethsemane.
As a group we do not remember Gethsemane, but we adore Calvary.
The crucifixion on Calvary was important because Jesus submitted Himself to His arch enemy, a despot who hated Him and hated us.
He did this to secure our freedom before the scheduled time of release.
Eventually, the laws would return everything to God, but a Hebrew was allowed to buy back the freedom of his relatives before the year of freedom.
This is what Jesus did. God rescued us as quickly as possible.
But we are now worshipping the crucifix, kissing it, praying in front of it or wearing it like a good luck charm.
God says we should not make the likeness of anything and worship it.
So by fixating on the cross we are doing the following.
Nehushtan (The Snake That Healed).
Moses made a bronze snake and lifted it up so that Israel could see it, it seemed to heal the people when they looked up at it.
Now we know that when Jesus was lifted up on the cross as a man who we accused of being the devil, He was taking away our sins that were killing us.
He became the snake that was sent by God that healed when He was lifted up on the cross.
The Fiery Serpent That Healed.
The LORD sent fiery serpents among the people and they bit the people, so that many people of Israel died.
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a standard; and it shall come about, that everyone who is bitten, when he looks at it, he will live."
And Moses made a bronze serpent and set it on the standard; and it came about, that if a serpent bit any man, when he looked to the bronze serpent, he lived.
(Numbers 21: 6,8,9)
Eventually, Israel began worshipping the snake that healed them.
So Hezekiah had to destroy it because they were committing idolatry.
A Piece of Bronze.
He removed the high places and broke down the sacred pillars and cut down the Asherah He also broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses had made, for until those days the sons of Israel burned incense to it; and it was called Nehushtan.
(2 kings 18: 4)
So Just as God did not want them to worship the symbol of Christ on the cross which saved them from death, He would not want us to worship the modern day symbol of Christ on the cross.
- In Memory Of The Torturer.
Do not idolize the instrument of the cross. Rather, appreciate the magnitude of the love that it took to submit to it.
Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.
(Philippians 2: 8)
If we put this in perspective and Jesus was killed by a guillotine, we would be idolizing the guillotine and the severed head.
If we were honoring the tortured martyrs, we would be idolizing the gun, flagellum, the iron maiden, the rapist, a picture of the rapist, the thumb screws, the pear, the hangman's noose, chambre chaufee, the burning stake or the brazen bull.
If I were a victim of torture and you honored me in this way you would be forcing me to constantly remember my ordeal by displaying my nightmare before me.
If a woman in a war torn area surrendered herself to be viciously abused by the soldiers to protect the innocent girls in hiding, how would we honor her sacrifice?
Certainly not by ignoring the magnificent sacrifice, but also not by adoring the symbols of rape and torture. We adore the courage of the person.
Christ gave Himself to be abused by Satan. How do we honor Him? Certainly not with His implement of torture.
Think about that for a moment. Now do you understand? God did not order this, Satan did!
» The Mute Abomination.
The cross was not God's idea. It was Satan's idea. When we idolize the cross we are memorializing Satan's implement of torture. We are praising an abomination.
So we must follow the example of God and turn away in horror at the despicable butchery and mutilation that Satan orchestrated at the cross and weep in compassion and sorrow for the One who threw Himself into the clutches of Satan to spare us from this punishment that Satan has prepared for mankind because we sinned.
» A Tribute To The Old Rugged Cross.
I love that hymn. With our sins already justified, the glory of the cross is that God subjected Himself to be humiliated by His enemy in front of His friends and family in order to buy us back from the clutches of the Devil.
The cross tested His love for His enemies, while Gethsemane showed the unspeakable mercy and kindness to us in His determination to offer us peace and reconciliation.
So remember and adore the One who suffered at the hands of Satan, not the gruesome instrument of torture.
» No Greater Demonstration Of Love.
God loves me that much. This is what the cross teaches us.
Boasting In The Cross.
But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.
(Galatians 6: 14)
The Greatest Love.
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.
(John 15: 13)
- Cutting Off The Messiah.
Satan intended to cut off all the offspring of Jesus. We are His offspring if we are born again through Him.
Ancient cults worshipped and idolized symbols of fertility. So the breasts and penis were revered symbols in religion and are revered symbols of our secular society.
In using circumcision as a sign of Judaism, God was taking aim at this cult form of worship.
In cutting off the outer body of Jesus, Satan succeeded in circumcision, not in castration.
- Mutilating The Messiah.
This is why Paul was so negative about circumcision in particular (Galatians 5: 12)?
Besides the sacrificial death, circumcision is the only other law that points to this specific act on the cross.
Circumcision was a sign of the covenant. All Jewish males were potentially agreeing to submit to this terrible death if they recognized that they were the Messiah.
So as we look in wonder at the cross, let us also see circumcision in this light.
Yes, it too was Satan's cruel knife, but by submitting to it Christ made circumcision as memorable as the cross.
- Sign And Seal And Covenant.
The last letter of the ancient Hebrew Ivri script is the Tau. Its meaning reflects the finished work at the cross.
It is the sign that we have been sealed according to the legal terms of the covenant. The Jews even believe that the sign or mark on Cain was the Tau. Because of this mark, nobody was allowed to kill him. It saved his life.
In this respect, the cross is a powerful symbol for good. So why did it become this implement of torture in the hands of Satan?
Satan heaped reproach on this wonderful symbol in the same way that he heaped scorn and reproach on the innocent Jesus Christ.
In some secret wicked way, he derived pleasure from seeing both a good Man and a good symbol reviled and demonized.
Jesus Christ was lifted up from the earth on the seal of the covenant, yet He was seen as the cursed thing, a serpent dying on a cursed tree.
» The Cross: A Symbol Of Christianity.
Satan's amazing accomplishment is this he was able to spread this image as propaganda and then have us adore the cross for the wrong reasons.
So let us reclaim this symbol and restore the reputation of God and understand the true meaning of the cross.
The Purpose Of Gethsemane And The Blood.
The Blood Makes Atonement.
For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you on the altar to make an atonement for your souls; for it is the blood by reason of the life that makes the atonement.
(Leviticus 17: 11)
Repeatedly, we are told that it is the blood that atones for sin.
Jesus' body broke and blood poured out of His pores in the garden of Gethsemane. Later, after His death on Calvary more blood poured out of His side.
On the journey from Gethsemane to calvary, He sprinkled His blood all over Jerusalem and the people.
He reconciled us to God with His blood shed freely in Gethsemane.
This blood began to pool and collect in a cup in His body in His chest cavity until it was poured out clean and undefiled as the ransom to Satan on Calvary when the soldier pierced a hole into His cistern.
- The Blood of The New Covenant.
The blood ratifies the covenant and provides forgiveness of sin for the world.
for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.
(Matthew 26: 28)
And He said to them, "This is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many.
(Mark 14: 24)
- The Sanctuary.
The sanctuary and its ordinances teach us that the animal is butchered in the outer court but it is only
the blood that is taken inside the sanctuary to be sprinkled before God and applied to the horns of the altar because life is in the blood and the blood pays for the price of sin.
Jesus gave His blood in Gethsemane without being butchered.
- Sprinkled Blood.
As He walked from Gethsemane to Calvary, the blood was sprinkled on the people.
Moses Sprinkled The People.
Then he took the book of the covenant and read it in the hearing of the people; and they said, "All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient!"
So Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people and said, "Behold, the blood of the covenant, which the Lord has made with you in accordance with all these words."
(Exodus 24: 7-8)
Jesus Sprinkled The People.
and to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks better than the blood of Abel.
(Hebrews 12: 24)
When He sprinkled the blood on Israel, He was saving them from death by the destroying angel who came on the Passover.
By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that he who destroyed the firstborn would not touch them.
(Hebrews 11: 28)
Covenant Of Blood.
Therefore even the first covenant was not inaugurated without blood.
For when every commandment had been spoken by Moses to all the people according to the Law, he took the blood of the calves and the goats, with water and scarlet wool and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book itself and all the people,
saying, "THIS IS THE BLOOD OF THE COVENANT WHICH GOD COMMANDED YOU."
(Hebrews 9: 18-20)
Sin Is Cleansed With Blood.
And in the same way he sprinkled both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry with the blood.
And according to the Law, one may almost say, all things are cleansed with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no forgiveness.
Nor was it that He would offer Himself often, as the high priest enters the holy place year by year with blood that is not his own.
(Hebrews 9: 21-22, 25)
In this infamous phrase, the Jews are condemning themselves.
However, if we see it as a fulfillment of the sprinkling of the blood by Moses, then the words are accurate.
If the covenant is ratified it must be sprinkled on Israel and their children!
Sprinkled on Israel.
And all the people said, "His blood shall be on us and on our children!"
(Matthew 27: 25)
- Eternal Life.
The blood gives life because it removes the penalty of sin - death.
Jesus not only gave His life's blood to obtain forgiveness of sin and salvation from the first death, we need to drink this blood to have eternal life and cheat the second death.
Life In The Blood.
So Jesus said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in yourselves.
"He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
(John 6: 53-54)
- Blood Money (The Debt Paid).
Jesus also bought us back with His blood. We have always believed that Jesus paid God a debt and a ransom.
A ransom could be a debt but a debt is not a ransom. A ransom also suggests a hostage taker who is an enemy and it is a price that must be paid.
Since it does not make sense for the hostage taker to pay himself a ransom, then Jesus did not pay God a ransom.
If we owed God for our sins, and had to pay Him then the transaction would be classified as a debt only, but not as a ransom.
As a debt, God could forgive us and bear the personal loss.
A ransom taker is a thief who has no personal loss and no rights or interest in the object taken.
Jesus Is The Ransom.
For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus,
who gave Himself as a ransom for all ...
(1 Timothy 2: 5-6)
Satan took over the leadership of the earth and has been holding us hostage and in slavery, waiting for an opportunity to kill the Son of God.
The price of our freedom was His blood and His death. So blood was the currency of salvation, both for the atonement and for the ransom.
Be on guard for yourselves and for all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to shepherd the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.
(Acts 20: 28)
Bought Back (Redeemed).
Being justified as a gift by His grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus
whom God displayed publicly as a propitiation in His blood through faith This was to demonstrate His righteousness, because in the forbearance of God He passed over the sins previously committed;
(Romans 3: 24-25)
Purchased For God, Not By God, Not From God.
And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.
(Revelation 5: 9)
The blood saves us from our past sins and removes the curses or the wrath of God.
Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from the wrath of God through Him.
(Romans 5: 9)
In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me."
(1 Corinthians 11: 25)
- Cleanses Or Sanctifies.
It also washes away our sinful desires.
Cleansed By Blood.
but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.
(1 John 1: 7)
Cleansed By Water and Blood.
This is the One who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ; not with the water only, but with the water and with the blood. It is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth.
the Spirit and the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement.
(1 John 5: 6, 8)
How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?
(Hebrews 10: 29)
I said to him, "My lord, you know." And he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
(Revelation 7: 14)
Having been justified and sanctified we can now be reconciled with the universe.
But now in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.
(Ephesians 2: 13)
and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, I say, whether things on earth or things in heaven.
(Colossians 1: 20)
and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption.
For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh,
how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
(Hebrews 9: 12-14)
The blood gives us the right to be priests of God and we can go confidently into the sanctuary.
A New and Living Way.
Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus,
by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil that is His flesh.
(Hebrews 10: 19-20)
In Gethsemane He opened the way through the veil of His flesh by opening up the pores of His skin so that the atoning blood could be given naturally and voluntarily.
The veil was not opened up by force by God using the vicious beatings of the Romans.
- The Mighty Struggle Against Sin. You have not resisted sin until the extreme emotional effort causes you to bleed through your pores.
You have not yet resisted to the point of shedding blood in your striving against sin.
(Hebrews 12: 4)
The crushing weight of sin squeezed the life out of Him in Gethsemane and on Calvary.
We love and idolize celebraties more than we adore God.
You cannot resist sin unless you are clinging to God and letting go of the world.
God must be your idol, not your weekend charity project. You must imitate Him and wear His clothes. You must be a disciple or stalker of God, calling on His name and clinging to Him so strongly and persistently that even God has to issue a restraining order against you.
Find your identity in God.
- Crushed Grapes. In the wine press of Gethsemane He was being trampled and squished like a grape until blood oozed out of His broken pores .
- Squeezed By A Constrictor. On the cross, He was being squeezed by the great serpent who wrapped himself around the cross and suffocated Jesus.
- The Oil Press. Gethsemane means "oil press". In this garden of olive trees Jesus Christ gave more than His blood.
In Gethsemane, the symbol of the giving of the Holy Spirit was the oil.
At the cross, the symbol of the giving of the Holy Spirit was the water that poured out with the blood.
Removing The Reproach From God.
Gethsemane demonstrated the extraordinary generosity or grace of God.
Calvary shows both the cruelty of Satan and the great, courageous love of God. It is a lie that God designed and required the events on Calvary to forgive our sins.
- Torture. God did not send His Son to be tortured so that He can forgive our sins. His Son was tortured because this was the price of the ransom demanded by the kidnapper.
God was willing to pay the price.
Satan threw a grenade in a playpen full of crawling babies. Jesus volunteered to throw Himself on the grenade.
So appreciate the cross because God was willing to be abused by His enemy to free us from slavery in the furnace of Satan by throwing Himself on the grenade, not because God the Father required it to forgive us.
None of this part of the Plan of Salvation had anything to do with God forgiving our sins.
- Injustice. God did not send an innocent Man to be tortured for the sins of the guilty. This was against the law.
- Sin. God would be responsible for condoning sin in order that He could forgive sin.
God would have been guilty of condoning a lie, using the services of false witnesses and an unjust court and human sacrifice in order to satisfy His terms for forgiveness.
In Memory Of A Loving God.
God had a better way of remembering and celebrating the sacrifice of Jesus in symbols that can be understood for eternity.
When we eat the broken bread and wine we are reenacting what we did to Him and what He endured for us better than the cross does.
The eating reenacts the humiliation, cursing, gnashing, spitting and brokenness and being swallowed into the grave. The wine points us to the precious blood.
- Gethsemane Substitution. The brokenness was a broken and contrite spirit that caused His pores to open and bleed.
In Gethsemane God essentially demonstrated that the human race can be saved and restored into the family of righteous nations of the universe.
To prove His case God said that He would be the guarantor and collateral of this great experiment.
He would substitute His life for ours and also exchange our punishment for His reward and inheritance.
- Calvary Redemption. The brokenness was caused by the cruel beating and nailing and the sword which caused Him to bleed.
This blood money was the price paid for our ransom.
» I Am Responsible! Forgive Me, O God!
These are supposed to be the symbols that commemorate all of the events on that day and reminds us that we share in the responsibility of participating in the sacrifice when we reenact the events.
When you participate in this meal it reminds you that you cannibalized Jesus.
You spit on Him. You gnashed your teeth at Him and chewed Him and swallowed Him and passed Him out like dung. When you make the bread it reminds you that you pounded on His body and poked holes in Him and baked Him in the fire.
When you squeezed the grape to make the wine you are reminded that you crushed the life blood out of Him. You drank His blood.
The cross is an inadequate symbol of all these events.
You cannot stand 2000 years in the future and distance yourself from this atrocity, pretending that you would never have deserted Him or mocked Him or spit on Him or shouted for His execution at the top of your lungs. If you are a sinner, you are guilty.
If you live on earth you are guilty. If you were descended from Adam and Eve, you are guilty.
» Bearing or Wearing The Cross.
Simply wearing the cross as a necklace or an earring or on a key chain or as a good luck charm or using it as a book mark or a paper weight does not portray our participation or place a burden of shame on us.
The cross simply as a symbol that we look on and cherish and adore cannot reenact the love and generosity or demonstrate our personal responsibility in the events that occurred that day. It can only show the cruelty that God endured.
Only when we take up our cross and carry it can we even come close to understanding the cost and the shame.
Only when we eat the bread and wine can be truly understand why we are guilty of His humiliation and death.
The Memorial Bread and Wine.
For I received from the Lord that which I delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread;
Remember My Brokenness.
and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, "This is My body which is broken for you; do this in rememberance of Me."
In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in My blood, do this, as often as you drink of it in rememberance of Me."
(1 Corinthians 11: 23-25)
Jesus has told us how to remember His sacrifice in symbols that do not glorify His shame.
Show Satan that you now understand what he tried to do. He tried to make you believe that the Father was responsible for this horrible torture that occured on the cross.
So turn the other cheek and walk the second mile with pride and let us go outside the gate with Him.
"Take up your cross and follow Me", bearing My guilt and shame. Eat the bread and wine to remember My death.
Bear My Shame.
Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people through His own blood, suffered outside the gate.
So, let us go out to Him outside the camp, bearing His reproach.
(Hebrews 13: 12-13)
» An Everlasting Memorial To The Victim.
When we build war memorials it always focuses on the exploits, courage and wounds of the hero and never on the enemy.
As far as possible we even try not to mention the name of the villain through the process of Damnatio Memoriae or "damnation of memory".
All images, statues, inscriptions and name are removed from all public places and records so that even the memory of them in history is erased.
Blotting Out The Wicked.
The Lord will not spare him, but then the anger of the Lord and his jealousy shall smoke against that man, and all the curses that are written in this book shall lie upon him, and the Lord shall blot out his name from under heaven.
(Deuteronomy 29: 20)
Heaven has a permanent reminder and memorial of this sacrifice that focuses on Christ the victim, not on His implement of torture or on His executioners.
There are no crosses or nails, only Jesus Christ and His wounds.
Holes In My Hands And Side.
Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
(John 20: 27)
Even Satan is forgotten and not memorialized in this permanent monument.
The wounds were caused by His friends.
This is a reminder that sin is so ugly that it can make friends hurt each other.
His permanent scars only highlight how much we were loved. It is not a statement of guilt.
Wounded By My Friends.
And one shall say unto him, What are these wounds in thine hands? Then he shall answer, Those with which I was wounded in the house of my friends.
(Zechariah 13: 6)
This is a better memorial and deterrent than one that focuses on the sins of the evil one for eternity.
As I was writing these lessons I heard a preacher say that, "Leviticus is not as inspiring as Romans". I disagree.
The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.
(Deuteronomy 29: 29)
|| Time: 200 minutes
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First Created : September 2010. Updated:
Credits: All original material taught by the Holy Spirit.
Thanks to God who taught me to rewrite the Torah from a new perspective that it has been a priviledge to bear His shame.
Author: Laverna Patterson. Editor: Patterson (October 2010).