OneThousandYears: Genesage (Chapter 1:8) “"Devotion"

 

One Thousand Years

 

Genesage

"Devotion"

(chp1:8)

Jesus and Eben had spent some time by the lake praying.

 

As the light was rising behind the cloud cover, it was time for both men to go. Before they did Messiah produced some “bread.” Eben was never watching at the right time to see where Jesus got the bread from. But whatever Jesus needed, it was always there. It wasn’t a magic trick, it was just as there was a need, Jesus seemed to fulfill it.

 

If the bread had floated down from heaven like manna, he would not have been surprised. Or if angels hand delivered it like some ‘angel bread cake’ it would have been no shock.

Yet God was like that, full of surprises.

 

Eben meanwhile took a cup he always brought to the lake for such an occasion.

 

It was a gourd formed from the shell into a goblet. It appeared “grown” for just such a use. No tool marks or carving was upon it. It was “perfect” for this time. Matching need with production the gourd fit the occasion well. Eben always used it only for this time with Jesus storing it nearby; which with little to disrupt, seemed appropriate.

 

Taking the cup, he filled it with water from the lake. Standing both men raised their offering upward to the sky. Jesus the bread, Eben the Wine. Pausing,  there was a moment of silent awe and wonder. Both men standing there, arms outstretched high, waiting. A hesitation of stillness in the air, as if heaven waited to see what would happen. Maybe it did.

 

After a moment or two, each prayed according to a very familiar pattern from the Days of Oldbefore the Tribulation Period.  The stillness dissipated with a Blessing they shared. It was hard to say which was the more effective. The silent stillness or the Traditional Blessing.

 

To Eben they both had meaning.

 

Each gave one to the other as Jesus shared bread from the earth and Eben shared the wine. Passing the bread and the wine each day reminded Eben daily of His purpose in the Kingdom of God. It “set his day” in the right remembrance and recognition of why He was there.

 

In drinking the wine and sharing the cup Jesus said,               

 

“You’re getting good at water into wine, now if you could just walk on it”

 

Eben laughed,

 

The water or the wine,

 

he was about to say, but instead he said,      

 

“I had a good teacher.”

 

The day was set for good as Jesus made ready to leave.

 

Before Jesus left, Eben kissed the Son of God on his scarred cheek. He was always amazed that his lips felt those coarse scars so horrendous to see. It was a constant reminder to Eben of just what the Son had done for him in dying and rising again.

 

It was also true the proverb that said, Kiss the Son lest he be angry.  Seeing the face so scarred and marred, that was hard enough to do. It would be harder still to see that face angry when it had suffered so much for him.

 

Bread, wine, friendship, conversation, recognition and remembrance, the day was a good day when Eben started it with Jesus.

 

The Promise of the Kingdom had come.

 

The promised one was there, the Son of God,

The Son of Man.


 


 

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The Tabloids heralded him as "Millennium Man." Newspapers wrote Him off as a cook. I had read all the background material on him and had my questions all lined up. This would be a "quick" human interest story. I had no dount He was crazy but that was normal for my interview show "Midnight Madness." No one sane ever stayed up to listen to a  "Call In " show on Serious Radio on Satellite. Why they named this station to sound like the more famous Sirius Radio Scott could only guess, but none of them were positive. 

"I can only hope he doesn't show.....Oh Sorry, didn't see you." 

"Pleased to meet you Scott, I'm Eben Abram, some call me Eben."

OneThousandYears: Genesage (Chapter 1:7) “"Meetings"

 

One Thousand Years

Genesage

"Meetings"

(chp1:9)

Meetings were crucial for learning about the Kingdom. It was the only source of information distribution available. Survivors once they started to recover, they needed to be educated in the Ways of the Kingdom. After all so much had changed. They neede help to deal with grief and what Eben called PTTSD. Post Tribulation Traumatic Stress Disorder.

It was a fearful thing to fall inot the hands of a living God

 

The ‘meetings’ helped recovery. They also became a gathering time to eat a "community meal".  In these "meeting and meals" everyone could talk as well as learn.  

Each day one or more persons from each of the twelve houses that made up Bethleben came to the meetings. There they would listen or participate, passing on information to their homes. Some would have said gossip, but world of mouth was the common way to pass on news so going to the daily meeting was one of the best ways to keep informed. 

It became an "oral tradition" to send from each house the person who not only could remember best what was taught, but also could keep it short. Everyone knew Eben could get long winded when he started talking about Jesus and the Kingdom so not everyone in the Houses wanted to go after awhile. Being the "witness" or representative from the house meant not only did you have to listen, you still had to go home and repeat it.

The twelve separate households or "Houses"  collectively made up the community of Beth Eben; House of Eben or Bethleben (bethleben).  These houses served as homes for the refugees who lived there. Each house or home, seemed to represent different personalities and affiliations as people initially gathered together with those they were most familiar with.

Cheaper by the Dozen,

quipped Eben Abram.             

He was thinking about how he once had lived in a city of millions. Everyone packed in on top of each other. Human sardines compared to life now.  Many people in the old world didn’t have homes, so in apartments you literally lived on top of each other. It was "accepted" as nornal at that time.

Having come from America he knew what a rat race was. Or he thought he did till he found out Rats in the kingdom resented having their lifestyle compared to that of Humanity claiming rats were never that disorganized. After watching them for awhile Eben realized they had a point.

Mankind in the old days was a messy kind.

At any rate Eben cringed at the memory of no space and no place to call your own. It was so much better now. Everyone had a home. Each home had fruit trees and vines as well as a small garden growing vegetables. Even animals came to calling if you knew enough to wait and watch for them. Eben did. Trees were often planted and like a movie he once saw, Eben would indeed talk to the trees.

The Community was small. Each community was always started with twelve establishing houses. There could be a family or an individual or a group of people per house. It had varied initially on the Survivors condition when found. Sometimes in the beginning it was by groups of people, but by the time sixty-nine years had passed it was by choice. People picked who they wanted to live with.

Once they began to recover, everyone moved into different homes if they wanted to; but at first, no one did. As though God knew personally were and how to prepare a place for them to recover in. A place of refuge; A peaceful house they could remain if they chose to.

The original twelve houses per Refuge City had given way to the houses that now made up each refugee city. The Kingdom had designated Refuge Cities for refugees from the World War’s aftermath. Those Refuge Cities each started with only twelve houses that eventually grew.

The twelve houses were expected to grow. It had been planned to. So Bethleben had grown with children being born till everyone felt certain it was getting close to time to move out of the city. There was a certain expectancy of doing and even going in to something more.

With the children growing up, and with almost no death at all, it wasn’t long till Bethleben had grown a lot larger than the initial twelve houses that had formed the backbone of the Refuge City of refugees. The Community had grown. With recovery and now children, it was hard to think of it a refuge city or the residents as "refugees of Humanity."

Since the End of the World as most knew it, the “family” had been obliterated. Loved ones were lost, very few couples survived the Tribulation, and the last thing on anyone’s mind in the beginning was family. This made for challenges in the early days of the Kingdom, though often many were too shocked to care. A lot of houses formed on social, ethnic or religious affiliations as refugees looked for some semblance of familiarity in their lives.

America House was one of those early “home houses” that formed. Like home church’s and home schools, it was a halfway house in many ways. Since so much in the New World was foreign to them, they held to many ‘old traditional ways and names.' For lack of any real continuity the occupants wanted to preserve the “Idea” of America.

There was a rumor a few ex-presidents wound up there. The unofficial rumor was it was a "dead presidents” club, but that would have been stretching it.

It was said those "in house" voted when it had grown. Of course, instead of a "presidency" now they had residency. As time had progressed it would have taken an act of congress for any of those of the House of America to give up their name. If there was a congress…

Many had seen their spouses or children die in the World Wide Holocaust. It took time to heal. Took time to adapt to life again. It took years to develop relationships as well as time to forge stronger ties. As families began to form, children were born to the households. As the children grew becoming part of the community it was obvious a great hurdle had been achieved. One Generation was giving was to another generation.

Without the Refuge Cities there would not have been time or a place for the Survivors to recover. Eben thought often of the Children of Israel in the First Generation after slavery in Egypt as he helped his community to heal, learn and develop. He had no idea what Moses must have felt, but the next time he saw him, when he wasn’t busy, he was going to ask him. 

Of course he would have to take a number and get in line.

He knew one day the community would move out of the “Land that was Promised” to the Children of Israel. Move out into the rest of the One Land Mass, out into the world once called "terra firma" now simply called; Eretz. Land.

In this the “first stage” of adapting to the new surroundings, Eben felt like a Father. Father to those who were learning that the world that existed before was gone. The world as it was now they needed to learn about. They needed to adapt to it, or it was doubtful they would survive.

As they embraced the new life, Eben Abram who had no children, felt as though he birthed many.  Like Abraham his namesake he saw his Community one day being the birthplace of future nations. He being like a Father to them while they were here. He took his charge quite serious, and were he able to die, he would have laid down his life for them. As it was now, he laid down his freedom for them and served as leader of Bethleben.

Preparing them to fulfill their destiny in the New World.And it was good.


 

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Prophecy Article Today: "The Gate to Prophecy" -David R. Reagan

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The Gate to Prophecy

Why is the Eastern Gate to the Old City of Jerusalem closed,
and what does it have to do with Bible prophecy?

by Dr. David R. Reagan

Eastern Gate

The Eastern Gate in the old walled city of Jerusalem has a very special place in my heart, for it was that gate which God used to open my eyes to His Prophetic Word.

The year was 1967. The occasion was the Six Day War. As the fate of the new state of Israel hung in the balance, I searched the newspapers daily for any information I could find about the war. The turning point came on June 7 when the Israeli army broke through the Lion's Gate and returned control of the ancient city of Jerusalem to the Jewish people for the first time in 1,897 years.

A Mysterious Remark

The next day I read a fascinating news account about one of the Jewish commando groups that had been involved in the assault on the city. The article stated that some members of the group had suggested catching the Jordanian defenders of the city off guard by blowing open the sealed Eastern Gate. But the leader of the group, an Orthodox Jew, had vehemently protested the idea, stating that "the Eastern Gate can be opened only when the Messiah comes."

That statement caught my eye. I wondered what the fellow was talking about. I knew nothing about the Eastern Gate except that it was the only gate of the city that led directly onto the Temple Mount. I was not aware that it was sealed, nor did I know that its opening was in any way Biblically linked to the return of the Messiah.

A Remarkable Prophecy

I decided to do some research on the matter, and that decision initiated my study of Bible prophecy. I had been attending church for 30 years, but like most Christians, I knew nothing about Bible prophecy. The topic was generally ignored by the preachers in the church I grew up in.

My concordance quickly directed me to the passage that the Orthodox Jew had alluded to. I found it in Ezekiel 44. The context is a supernatural tour the Lord is giving Ezekiel of the future Millennial Temple (40:1-3).

In chapter 43 the Lord gives Ezekiel a vision of God's glory entering the Millennial Temple from the east, through the Eastern Gate. The Lord then says to Ezekiel: "Son of Man, this is the place of My throne and the place of the soles of my feet where I will dwell among the sons of Israel forever"(43:7).

The Lord then reveals to Ezekiel that the Eastern Gate will be closed for public use and will be available only to a person who is described as "the prince" (44:3).

The identity of this prince is one of the mysteries of Bible prophecy. He certainly is not the Messiah, for he offers a sin offering for himself (45:22), and he has sons (46:16). Some have speculated he might be King David, but David will have a glorified, sinless body during the Millennium and thus would not need a sin offering. Most likely, he is a regent of King David, a prince in the flesh who is a descendant of David.

A Pre-fillment in Type

Bible prophecies often have a pre-fillment in symbolic type before their actual fulfillment in history. A good example is Antiochus Epiphanes who was a symbolic type of the Antichrist. Another example would be the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD, which was a symbolic type of the destruction Jerusalem will experience during the Great Tribulation.

In like manner, I believe the prophecy of Ezekiel 44:1 was pre-filled symbolically almost 500 years ago in 1517 when the Turks conquered Jerusalem under the leadership of Suleiman the Magnificent. He commanded that the city's ancient walls be rebuilt, and in the midst of this rebuilding project, for some unknown reason, he ordered that the Eastern Gate be sealed up with stones.

Legends abound as to why Suleiman closed the Gate. The most believable one is that while the walls were being rebuilt, a rumor swept Jerusalem that the Messiah was coming. Suleiman called together some Jewish rabbis and asked them to tell him about the Messiah. They described the Messiah as a great military leader who would be sent by God from the east. He would enter the Eastern Gate and liberate the city from foreign control.

Suleiman then decided to put an end to Jewish hopes by ordering the Eastern Gate sealed. He also put a Muslim cemetery in front of the Gate, believing that no Jewish holy man would defile himself by walking through a Muslim cemetery.

Another Prophecy

The Jews believe the Eastern Gate will remain shut until the Messiah returns. I think they are correct.

Psalm 24:7-10 contains a prophecy about the Lord's return. It reads as follows:

"Lift up your heads, O gates,
And be lifted up, O ancient doors,
That the King of glory may come in!
Who is the King of glory?
The Lord strong and mighty,
The Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O gates,
And lift them up, O ancient doors,
That the King of glory may come in!
Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts,
He is the King of glory."

This is clearly Second Coming imagery. The Lord is returning as a King ready for battle. And when He returns, the doors of one of the gates of the Old City of Jerusalem will open to receive Him. I believe this is speaking of the Eastern Gate which is now closed, for the Messiah is always pictured in Second Coming prophecies as returning from the east. For example, in the Second Coming passage in Isaiah 63:1-6 the Messiah is portrayed as coming to Jerusalem from the direction of Edom and Bozrah — areas to the east.

A Prophetic Symbol

The Eastern Gate has remained sealed now for almost 500 years, and the Muslim cemetery still blocks the entrance. The old walled city has eight gates, and the Eastern Gate, and it alone, is sealed — just as prophesied in Ezekiel 44. The world would call that an "amazing coincidence." I call it a "God-incidence."

I believe the Eastern Gate is proof positive that the Bible is the Word of God. Its sealing is clear evidence that we are living in the end times. The Gate awaits the return of the Messiah. Then and only then, will it be opened.

An Exciting Vision

I have a vision of what that glorious day will be like. It is related to the Lord's First Coming. I believe Jesus is going to replay His triumphal entry into Jerusalem when He returns.

When He came the first time, Jesus rode a donkey from the Mount of Olives down into the Kidron Valley and up to the Eastern Gate where He entered the Temple Mount for His last days of teaching. As He made that ride, the Valley of Kidron was filled with thousands of admirers who had heard about the resurrection of Lazarus. They waved palm branches and chanted, "Hosanna to the Son of David!" Within a few days that same fickle crowd was shouting, "Crucify Him!"

We are told in Revelation 19 that when Jesus returns He will come as a victorious military conqueror, riding through the air on a supernatural white horse. In Isaiah 61 we are told that He will come from the east, and in Zechariah 14 we are told that he will touch ground on the Mount of Olives.

Revelation 19:14 says that all the Redeemed will come with the Lord. Think of it! You and I will be there to witness the Lord's return. Zechariah 14 says He will speak a word that will supernaturally destroy the Anti-Christ and his forces.

Then, I believe we will witness a replay of the Lord's triumphant entry into Jerusalem. With angels hovering above and millions of the Redeemed filling the Kidron Valley, Jesus will ride up to the Eastern Gate on His white horse, and as He approaches the Gate, it will blow open. He will then enter the City of David, and to the triumphant shouts of "Hosanna to the Son of David," He will be crowned the Kings of kings and the Lord of lords.

The Gate in Waiting

by Terry Gibson

Note: In 1987 Terry Gibson and his wife, Virginia accompanied Dr. Reagan on a pilgrimage to Israel to attend the International Christian Embassy's celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles. On the last day of the celebration, 4,000 pilgrims from all over the world paraded around the city of Jerusalem and then marched to the top of the Mount of Olives where they sang hymns as the sun set behind the city. This poem was written out of that experience. Terry Gibson pastors a church today in Santa Fe, Texas.

There is a gate in waiting
In the City of the King
It waits above the valley
And adorns a tranquil scene

Jerusalem is churning
On the north, south and west
Yet the Eastern Gate waits quietly
Above multitudes at rest

On Olive Mount, I stood one day
And viewed this Golden Gate
Amid singing saints and setting sun
In the spirit was my state

Looking o'er this glorious Gate
From atop that blessed mount
Two scenes of great events
I saw, and now recount

One scene took place in ages past
The other is soon to be
In both there was the Son of God
And this Gate of Destiny

The First Coming

The first scene was triumphant
They hailed Him as a King
There were thousands in the valley
And "Hosannas" loud did ring

Many miracles of greatness
Had He done before their eyes
Giving sight to the blind
Calling forth the dead to rise

His disciples were elated
As they joined this happy throng
But little did they know
That their hopes would soon be gone

So long ago the prophet told
That lowly, He would come
Riding on a donkey's colt
Unbefitting the Righteous One

Yet thousands upon thousands
Stood in the valley on that day
And up the path to the eastern Gate
With palm branches did array

"Save us Son of David"
The multitude did cry
When suddenly, the crowd did change —
They shouted "Crucify!"

Oh! What price our God did pay
While sinners yet were we
The mocking ones — The crown of thorns
Pierced hands — what agony!

And so the only Son of God
Was hung upon a cross
He'd come to earth in Godly love
To save those that were lost

The Second Coming

Then the scene did fade away
And another took its place
For Jesus had said He would return
To redeem mankind's disgrace

On Olive Mount I stood again
And viewed the Eastern Gate
Yet it was closed, sealed with stone
Awaiting a King to coronate

Ezekiel long ago had said
The Gate would thus be so
Until the Prince returned to earth
Then all the world would know

Around the city armies stood
From nations of the world
As smoke and fire were everywhere
The armaments were hurled!

Yet the Golden Gate still quietly stood
While looking upward it seemed
Suddenly the trump did sound
It was the coming of the King!

And then I saw the Lord of Lords
Descending from on high
With multitudes of Heavenly Hosts
Behind Him in the sky

He came and stood on Olive Mount
And then the earth did shake
He spoke and all the armies fell
And the evil power did break

Upon a white and valiant steed
Down Olive Mount did ride
Through Kidron Valley up to the Gate
While the Jewish remnant cried

They looked on Him
whom they had pierced
And grieved as for a son
So bitterly they wept in shame
Yet with grace He did respond

And all the while the numbers grew
Of Angels and the Saints
Millions upon millions
Joined Him in the ranks

They sang "Hosanna to the Son of David"
"Hosanna to the King"
Throughout all heaven and the earth
The loud Hosannas ring

The Gate in waiting trembled
And the stones then blew apart
As the Holy One did enter
His eternal reign to start

Oh! What sweetness in that Day
The redeemed of God shall know
From Mount Zion in Jerusalem
The living waters flow

Are you yearning for that day
When the Lord of Hosts shall come?
Or do you flee in fear
Before the Holy One?

Call upon His name!
Before that coming day
Flee into His loving arms
He will wipe all tears away.

 

Prophecy Article Today: "Types of Prophecy and Prophecy in Types" -David R. Reagan

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Types of Prophecy and Prophecy in Types

Have you ever stopped to think about the
marvelous variety of Bible prophecy?

by Dr. David R. Reagan

Prophet Praying

Hebrews 1:1 says that God spoke through the prophets "in many portions and in many ways." Have you ever stopped to think about the variety of people and ways which God used?

Writing Prophets

Of course, the method that immediately comes to mind is the written form. The prophets who wrote their messages are the ones we know best — people like Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, and the so-called "Minor Prophets" like Habakkuk and Zephaniah. In theNew Testament the writing prophets include Paul, Peter, and John.

But to lump all these writing prophets together into one broad category is misleading, for there is a great variety of people and styles among them.

As to people, the variety is astounding. The prophets range from uneducated farmers like Amos to sophisticated poets like Isaiah, from cowards like Jonah to men of great courage like Daniel, from the little known like Joel to the famous like King David.

There is an equal variety in the styles of writing. Some, like Ezekiel, Daniel, Haggai, and the New Testament prophets, primarily used a prose style. Others, like David, Isaiah, Joel, and Micah, expressed their ideas in poetic form. And then there are the preachers whose books are mainly collections of sermons — prophets like Jeremiah, Amos, and Zechariah.

Most were given direct revelations — "Thus says the Lord." Others received their insight through dreams and visions. Some, like Hosea and Jonah, mainly recorded their experiences.

Amos Cartoon

Speaking Prophets

Some of the most important prophets wrote nothing at all, at least nothing that has been preserved. We know about them because others wrote about their revelations, pronouncements, and exploits. Elijah and his successor, Elisha, fall into this category, as does Samuel.

So does the greatest prophet who ever lived — the Prophet foretold by Moses (Deuteronomy 18:15-18). I'm speaking, of course, of Jesus Christ (Matthew 21:11). The only writings of Jesus that we have are His seven letters to the seven churches of Asia, recorded by John in Revelation 2 & 3. The bulk of Jesus' prophecies, like His Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24, Mark 13, and Luke 21), were written by His disciples. Jesus was an oral prophet.

Most of the oral prophets are not well known. Only a few are mentioned in the New Testament like the four daughters of Philip (Acts 21:9) and Agabus, the prophet who counseled Paul (Acts 21:10).

But the Old Testament is full of oral prophets. There is Nathan, who confronted David (2 Samuel 12); Micaiah, who saw the Lord sitting on His throne (1 Kings 22); Ahijah, who condemned Jeroboam (1Kings 14); Hananiah, the false prophet who spoke against Jeremiah (Jeremiah 28); and there are many nameless prophets like the "man of God from Judah" who prophesied the birth of Josiah (1 Kings 13).

Haggai Cartoon

Acting Prophets

My favorites are the prophets who were called upon by God to act out prophecies. Some were writing prophets; some were oral. The point is that God would tell them from time to time to stop writing or speaking and start acting.

God often used drama to get people's attention. For example, He told Isaiah to go barefoot and naked for three years (Isaiah 20:2). Yes, Isaiah was the original streaker! He used an unconventional method to get people's attention. The message was graphic and clear: repent or be stripped naked like Isaiah.

Jeremiah was told to wear a yoke on his neck to emphasize God's message that King Zedekiah should submit to Nebuchadnezzar (Jeremiah 27).

Ezekiel was called on to act many times. On one occasion the Lord told him to pack all his bags and carry them around Jerusalem in the sight of the people as a sign that if they did not repent, God would send them into exile (Ezekiel 12).

Another time God told Ezekiel to lie down on the ground on his left side for 390 days, one day for each year of the iniquity of Israel. When he finished that ordeal, God told him to turn over and lie on his right side for 40 days, for the 40 years of Judah's iniquity (Ezekiel 4:4-8).

The Lord even ordered Ezekiel to play in a sand pile! God told him to label a brick, "Jerusalem," and to build dirt ramps around the brick to illustrate the coming siege of the city, if the people did not repent (Ezekiel 4:1-3).

Ezekiel's hardest acting assignment came when the Lord revealed that his wife would soon die. The Lord ordered him not to mourn or weep for her. He was to continue with his activities as if nothing had happened. When the people came to him and asked why he was not mourning, the Lord told him to say that if they did not repent, they would be overcome by a conqueror so rapidly that they would not have time to mourn or weep.

The Prophetic Oscar

The greatest actor of all, the one who will undoubtedly win the prophetic oscar for best performance, was the prophet Hosea.

God told him to find a prostitute and marry her. It must have been one of the hardest things God ever asked a righteous man to do. Hosea obeyed, and God told him to preach the message of his action.

The message was that Israel was like that prostitute when God selected them as His Chosen People. They were not selected for their beauty or wisdom or righteousness. They had no merit. They were selected by grace.

This was an insulting message for the Jews. They did not understand what being "Chosen" meant. They thought they were better than other peoples, and in their spiritual arrogance, they refuse to listen to God's prophets who were calling for repentance.

When Hosea returned home from his preaching tour, he discovered that his wife had succumbed to her old passions. She had left the dignity and honor of his home and had returned to the streets, selling herself to the highest bidder. Hosea's heart was broken. God told him to preach the message of her action. The message was, that like Hosea's wife, Israel had been unfaithful to God, chasing after foreign gods. And like Hosea, God's heart was broken.

When Hosea returned home, God spoke to him again and asked him to do something incredible. God told him to swallow all his pride and go to the city square and bid for his wife when she offered herself for sale. He was instructed to pay all he had, if necessary, to redeem her from harlotry.

She didn't deserve it. She had not repented. But Hosea obeyed. He paid the price, and she was redeemed.

Thus, God used an acting prophet to act out the story of what He would do for us at the Cross when He paid the price of His Son to redeem us from our unfaithfulness.

Symbolic Prophecy

A fourth type of prophecy is symbolic prophecy, or what is often referred to as "prophecy in type."

An understanding of prophetic types is essential to an understanding of the Old Testament. Jesus can be found on almost every page of the Old Testament, if you know how to look for Him. He is there symbolically in types.

Looking for Jesus and finding Him in these types causes the Old Testament to come alive. I'm convinced that this the kind of special teaching that Jesus gave His disciples during the 40 days between His resurrection and His ascension (Luke 24:45).

There are three kinds of prophetic types:

  1. individual lives
  2. historical events
  3. inanimate objects

Persons

Almost every major person in the Old Testament is a type of Christ in the sense that some events in their lives were prophetic of things that would happen to Jesus.

Take Joseph for example. He was rejected by his brethren. He was left for dead but was "resurrected" from the pit into which he had been cast. He took a Gentile bride and then redeemed his brethren from their famine.

Likewise, Jesus was rejected by his brethren (the Jews), experienced death and resurrection, is now taking a Gentile Bride (the Church), and will soon return to save a remnant of His brethren from their spiritual famine.

Events

Prophecies about Jesus are also symbolized in major historical events.

Take the seven feasts of Israel for an example. Jesus was crucified on the feast of Passover. He became our "unleavened bread" as His body rested in the ground on that feast day. He arose from the dead on the feast of First Fruits. And the Church was established on the feast of Pentecost.

The three unfulfilled feasts (Trumpets, Atonement, and Tabernacles) must, in like manner, point to events that are yet to occur most likely, the Rapture, the Second Coming, and the Millennial Reign of Jesus.

The history of the Jewish nation is the story of Jesus in prophetic type. The Children of Israel were born in Canaan, descended into Egypt, came through the Red Sea (the Baptism of Moses), endured testing in the wilderness, and then entered the Promised Land.

Likewise, Jesus was born in Canaan, descended in to Egypt, emerged publicly at His< baptism, endured the wilderness temptations, and led the way to Heaven.

Things

Even inanimate objects like the Tabernacle and the robe of the High Priest are prophetic types pointing to Jesus.

Consider the Ark of the Covenant. Everything about it was symbolic of the Messiah. It was made of wood, indicating the Messiah would be human. It was overlaid with gold, signifying the Messiah would be divine. It contained three objects — the tablets of stone, a pot of manna, and Aaron's rod that budded. The tablets signified that the Messiah would have the law of God in His heart. The manna meant the Messiah would be the Bread of Life. The rod with blooms was a prophecy that the Messiah would arise from the dead.

The lid of the Ark was called the Mercy Seat. It had a golden angel at each end. The angels faced each other and their wings hovered over the lid. Once a year the High Priest sprinkled blood on the Mercy Seat and communed with the Shekinah glory of God which hovered above the angels.

The Mercy Seat pointed to the fact that through the work of the Messiah the mercy of God would cover the Law. The blood foreshadowed the fact that the Messiah would have to shed His own blood to atone for our sins.

Jesus fulfilled every prophetic type of the Ark. He was God in the flesh (John 10:30). He had the Law in His heart (Matthew 5:17). He declared Himself to be the "Bread of Life" (John 6). He shed His blood on the Cross and was resurrected in power, atoning for our sins and covering the Law with Grace (Romans 3:21-26).

Mary saw the fulfillment of the Ark when she went to the tomb and discovered the body of Jesus missing. In John 20:11-12 its says she looked into the tomb and "beheld two angels in white sitting, one at the head, and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying." Do you understand what she saw? She saw the "mercy seat" where the blood had been spilled, with an angel at each end exactly like the Mercy Seat that covered the Ark!

As you can see, prophetic types bring the Old Testament alive and give us deep insights into New Testament events.

 

 

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