Saturday, September 26, 2009
At this point, I feel that I need to add a warning. Types, shadows, and symbolism appear throughout the Bible, However, they are not evidence that the narratives are allegorical stories. These are the real life events of real life people. Also, these glimpses of Christ never ever establish doctrine, but they enhance clear, plain, upfront teachings in scripture. You will get yourself in trouble looking for some new thing in scripture. These are simply story pictures of what is clear to our understanding. However, they do give us a consistent message! God sent His Son into the world to save sinners, Of whom I'm the chief.
The type found in David and Solomon is exciting. David battles and fights but is forbidden from building the temple. Jesus won the victory over sin at His 1st coming, but He did not come to build a temple or establish a government. He is coming back to do both and reign as the King of Kings. His reign will be a reign of peace like Solomon's was. It will also be the reign of the wisest King of all, the most glorious King of all, and the King to whom all the people of the world come to learn from.
When He returns, he will have to deal first with a usurper that has tried to take His throne. This points to the destruction of the anti-christ. He will also deal with an errant priesthood. "So Solomon thrust out Abiathar from being priest unto the LORD; that he might fulfil the word of the LORD, which he spake concerning the house of Eli in Shiloh." 1 Kings 2:27 He will remove the priests that have denied His name and replace it as predicted. He will be the ultimate Prophet, Priest, and King all in one. A Priest/King after Melchisidec's order.
There is more, but I'll let you have the joy of seeing Jesus in the narrative of David and Solomon. As with any type, of course, the sinful actions of men have nothing to do with Jesus. That is the Holy Spirit using the author to give us an accurate historical narrative and not an embellished fairy tale.
Friday, September 25, 2009
New Jersey School District Is No Stranger to National Spotlight Make sure you read the last paragraph!
I will not have the space to do this type justice, but I'll do my best.
"Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up unto mount Hor:" Numbers 20:25 Moses took two men with him up the mountain. Aaron had offered thousands of sacrifices for the people. Jesus offered one sacrifice that was greater than all sacrifices together. Eleazar had been serving as the chief over all of the priestly ministries, and this shadows the direction of the Holy Spirit over the church age. Things change when they go up mount Hor. Both are wearing their priestly robes, but Aaron is wearing the ephod and garments of the high priest. Jesus also climbed the mount of God wearing the vestments of the High Priest. John saw Jesus among the candlesticks wearing the garments of a priest in Revelation 1. Aaron dies on the mount, but his grave is never disclosed. Jesus appears to be dead to the world, but he is at the right hand of the father as our mediator, advocate, and intercessor. Eleazar comes back down the mountain as the anointed priest over Israel. Jesus will return as Lord over all and Earth's only Great High Priest forever because, "For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec." Hebrews 7:17
Like Elijah and Elisha being a shadow of the prophet, Aaron and Eleazar give us a shadow of the glory of Jesus Christ, God's anointed priest.
***Unbelievable! Brzezinski suggests Obama shoot down Israeli jets
Dollar under scrutiny at G20 summit This article suggests how the "embattled" dollar needs to be replaced by a one world currency.
The chip will be sold as a means to track kidnapped children and crime control. However, it will soon be compulsory in order to buy food, get healthcare, and use for money transactions. It will also some day be an identifier that men trust anti-christ for their protection and prosperity. What a covenant with hell.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Elementary School Students Taught to Sing Praises of President Obama This reminds me of the children shown in German public schools singing to Hitler. I am sure men will sing to the anti-christ too! As for me and mine, we will worship the Lord!
Critics Assail Obama's 'Safe Schools' Czar, Say He's Wrong Man for the Job There has been no safety in schools since God was denied access. Show me a mass school shooting before 1962!
In the story of the two great prophets,Elijah and Elisha, we get a shadow of the return of Jesus. The mantle, a symbol of authority, was given by Elijah to Elisha. This mantle was used to cross the Jordan. And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground. 2 Kings 2:8 On the other side of the river, which happens to be a symbol of death, Elisha watches Elijah get carried away by a chariot of fire.
It is now interesting to note that upon his return, the other prophets bow to Elisha. And when the sons of the prophets which were to view at Jericho saw him, they said, The spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha. And they came to meet him, and bowed themselves to the ground before him. 2 Kings 2:15. This is the only place where any man in scripture was allowed to receive worship. This one point should immediately capture our attention. Only God is allowed to be worshipped, so the Holy Spirit is giving us a type of Christ.
Next, Elisha heals a barren land. When Jesus returns, He will heal the world that has just been ravaged by the tribulation. The prophets then go and search for Elisha. The Jews who live through the tribulation will search the New Testament diligently to learn of the Savior that they have not known for the last two thousand years. They will bow as they see their nail scarred Lord.
Also, all that mock Elisha are destroyed. Jesus is not coming back again as the suffering servant, but as the voice of God. There will be no one who mocks the eternal God. When He returns on that great white steed, all will bow. "That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." Phillipians 2:10-11
We all know that Elisha's ministry was double that of Elijah's. If you thought Jesus was great on the first time around, just wait until Heaven's Holy Prophet returns in the Power of God without measure for He is God.
Also, it is interesting to note that Elijah will reappear in the tribulation. When this prophet rises back into heaven, watch out earth! The greatest of all, Jesus the Messiah, is just about to return.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
The entire text of this book revolves around a central message. Before this section the people are under severe judgement. Then comes Joel 2:12-17. Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil. Who knoweth if he will return and repent, and leave a blessing behind him; even a meat offering and a drink offering unto the LORD your God? Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly: Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet. Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and let them say, Spare thy people, O LORD, and give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them: wherefore should they say among the people, Where is their God?
The centerpiece of Joel is repentance. After this statement, the theme moves to restoration, renewal of spiritual blessings, and the promise to overcome all enemies.
I am sure that if we do not heed the message of repentance. We will not stand as a nation much longer. We cannot expect the immutable, holy God to pardon us for flaunting such sin and rebellion in His face. How shall we escape if we neglect His Son? Jesus paid an awesome price for our salvation. He did not die to make us comfortable in this world. It is time that we judge ourselves before God has to judge us! Are you not broken hearted at the sin and violence in America? Think back to when things were much simpler in America. Look at the darkness and rebellion that swallows our land now. We are sowing to the wind and we will surely reap the whirlwind without a broken and contrite spirit. Please pray! Please repent! Please humble yourself before Heaven's Majesty.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
U.S. to push for new economic world order at G20 This is another serious sign of the closeness of the coming of Christ. The Bible is clear that there will be a one world government and a one world economy. This "New World Order" is an old satanic lie. It was tried in Genesis 11. It failed then when God came down. It will fail now when God in Christ comes down!
ANALYSIS / This is no George Bush summit *This article says that Obama scolded Netenyahu, a leader of a sovereign nation, and Abbas like schoolchildren.
Clinton Sees Need For 'Global Architecture Of Cooperation' Global Architecture means yielding our sovereign rights as a nation to a one world leader. Next stop--anti-Christ!
Clinton Sees Need For 'Global Architecture Of Cooperation' Global Architecture means yielding our sovereign rights as a nation to a one world leader. Next stop--anti-Christ!
Thematic shadows of Christ run throughout the entire text of the Bible. How did they get there? This is a book that was written over an 1800 year span by 40 plus authors, yet there is consistency in its message. This is nothing more than the fingerprints, per se, of the true Author, God.
In Matthew 2:11 we read of three unusual gifts that were given Jesus at His birth. "And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh."
Myrrh was used often as a spice for embalming a body in order to cover the smell of decay. Imagine a Friend giving your child embalming fluid at birth! Have you ever been around certain flowers that remind you of a funeral home. I am sure that is how Mary and Joseph may have felt. Here again, we find another allusion to Jesus and the ministry He provided us through His vicarious sacrifice. He was born to die on a cross because God so loved you.
Frankincense was also a very fragrant compound. It was a primary ingredient in the incense that was used by the priests. It symbolizes prayer. Jesus is praying for you as the Great High Priest of humanity. Notice that this ministry again occurs after His atoning death? " Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us." Romans 8:34 The frankincense points to this priestly intercession.
Gold symbolizes Deity or divine rule in scripture. Gold was a gift given to the child because He was of the tribe and lineage of King David as a man and the Son of the King of the Universe. Jesus will return soon and take His throne as the scripture says, "Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee." Psalm 2:6-7.
So what can you do? Follow verse 12 of Psalm 2, "Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him." He is not coming back soon to be abused, but He is coming in power and glory to execute judgement on the ungodly and establish God's righteous rule in Jerusalem. Get ready now. He is coming sooner than you think!
Monday, September 21, 2009
The Bible has many thematic pictures of Jesus that run consistently throughout the entire text. None of these seems to be more visible than the three-fold ministry of Jesus. Jesus would serve as a prophet, or God's voice in His first appearance. After His death and resurrection He would serve as our intercessor or priest. Soon, very soon, He will return in power and glory to serve as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
Over the next few weeks I will share some insights from the Old Testament that shadow these ministries. However, I'll share one or two in the next couple of posts from the New Testament that coincide with this three-fold ministry concept.
Jesus said in John 10:11, "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep." One of the facets of His priestly ministry that we will see is that it involved His sacrificial death. Notice as the good shepherd emphasis was placed on His atoning death. To make this emphasis sure, He restated that His first ministry involved His death. John 10:14-15 says, "I am the good shepherd, and know my [sheep], and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep." That precious death was the climax of His earthly mission as a prophet.
In Hebrews, the book that outlines His priesthood as no other, we read, Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen." The emphasis of the great shepherd is His ministry through His blood that perfects and sanctifies the saints. This is due primarily because of His priestly mediation. Notice that it takes place after the Resurrection? He is at the right hand of the father still to this day. It is humbling to think that Jesus is on duty for us, and that He is not currently laid back enjoying the praises of Heaven.
Finally we come to 1 Peter 5:4, "And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away." Here we see clearly the return of the Great King.
To sum it up, as the Good Shepherd He died for you. As the Great Shepherd He lives to make intercession for you. As the Chief Shepherd He is coming for you.
Jesus paid an awesome price for you! Is He your Savior? If not, it is as simple as asking Him to forgive your every transgression and asking for those sins to be washed eternally by the precious blood of the eternal one. Sin against God has eternal consequences; therefore, it takes an eternal sacrifice to wash it away. Jesus is that one and only acceptable sacrifice to God.
Sunday, September 20, 2009
Obama Faces Week of High Political Stakes Pray that he does not call on Jerusalem to be split for the "sake" of peace. We seem to have forgotten that Jerusalem is God's city. We also seem to have forgotten the Word of God which says, "For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape." 1 Thessalonians 5:3
'US knows Iran isn't seeking nukes' Is this like, "The devil knows that he is not trying to steal, kill and destroy"?Obama promised Jewish homes to Palestinians?
Official says American president 'fed up' with Israel
Samson was the last Judge of Israel. His Judgeship is marred by an inconsistent life of of compromise. The story of Samson breaks a pattern that ran throughout the book of Judges. Israel had been going through this pattern of apostasy since chapter 3 of the book. The four steps are as follows.
1. Israel does evil in God's sight. Judges 3:7
2. God allows them to be oppressed. Judges 3:8
3. Israel sees their error and cries for deliverance. Judges 3:9a
4. God sends them a deliverer. Judges 3:9
By Judges 3:12 the pattern begins to repeat. However, notice Judges 13:1-2, "And the children of Israel did evil again in the sight of the LORD; and the LORD delivered them into the hand of the Philistines forty years. And there was a certain man of Zorah, of the family of the Danites, whose name was Manoah; and his wife was barren, and bare not." Can you see what is missing? Where is step three of the pattern above? Where does it say that the children of Israel cried unto the Lord for deliverance? IT DOES NOT! Israel has become complacent and comfortable living in bondage. As a result, they are given a flawed Judge who compromises his vows as a Nazarite. He never delivers Israel. The Lord said of him, "and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines." Samson's story ends in chapter 16. In chapter 17 and 18 the Danites break away never to recover spiritually. In Chapter 19 the tribe of Benjamin becomes infected with sinfulness and homosexuality. In chapter 20 the other tribes attack Benjamin and nearly destroy it. In chapter 21 we read one of the saddest verses in the Bible! Verse 25 says, "In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes."
How much do we parallel this today? Who is burdened by a spirit of repentance for our nation? What has happened to weeping souls calling on Christ for salvation in America's churches? Why are many pulpits filled with compromising ministers preaching a compromised lie to a compromising people? It is time to quit playing games and call on Christ! He is the one and only hope and salvation for our nation and the world.