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© 1999 Donald P. Moss
By Donald P. Moss
Foreshadows are remarkable narrative mechanics God included in the Bible to reveal the future. Foreshadows serve as hidden manna in the same way as parables are hidden messages of God revealed by the Holy Spirit to Spirit filled believers. Foreshadows and parables are messages that are spiritually discerned and cannot be understood by non-believers. However, understanding hidden messages of foreshadows will deepen your faith in God's Word as the only source of the truth and reveal a higher level of the spiritual narrative style of scriptures. Why do foreshadows exist in the Bible?
Foreshadows Exist Because God Kept the Church a Secret While He Wrote the Bible Through the Prophets
Prior to Jesus' death on the cross, God kept the Christian a secret from the sons of men. Even the Old Testament prophets never prophesied about Christians because God never revealed the church to them. After Jesus' resurrection God revealed the church as the mystery of Christ to the apostle Paul - Ephesians 3:3-6 (KJV) - How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words, (4) Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ) (5) Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit; (6) That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel.
This was God's Old Testament secret: That by the gospel, Gentiles would be fellow heirs with Jews and partakers in the Abrahamic covenant promise that is in Christ Jesus. The redeeming sacrificial blood of Jesus opens the door to the covenant blessing of eternal life with Christ the Son and God the Father. "By the gospel" implies the church's ministry of the gospel and it is God's method for revealing He has opened the door to the kingdom of God by the atoning blood of Jesus. The church and the ministry of the gospel was God's secret, even before the foundation of the world - Ephesians 1:4 (KJV) - According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.
Understanding God's secret will reveal the heart of God throughout Old Testament times because "He has chosen us in HIm before the foundation of the world". Also, I believe God chose to secretly include the church in pre-crucifixion Old Testament scriptures because the body of Christ (us) was in the heart of God and He desired to include His family in Old Testament pictures (foreshadows) of Christ. So, In order to keep the family a secret, God included us in Old Testament scripture narratives in the form of foreshadows, symbols, people types and even historical events. We are there in the scriptures, but hidden. So, this series of studies will uncover hidden manna (foreshadows) concerning Christians and Jews.
Do we need to see foreshadows to know God and His Word? No! We can believe the Bible is the true Word of God and can accept what the Bible plainly reveals, not desiring any other proof. But, God, who created man, knew his curious and inquisitive nature would seek deeper understanding of the Bible. He knew men in Messianic days would retrospectively search the Old Testament scriptures and prophecies seeking deeper revelations of Christ, God's Messiah, because Old Testament prophecies is the convincing factor that Jesus was the One sent by God. Foreshadows provide deeper proofs that only God could have written the Bible in such a way as to hide manna from those who do not pursue deeper understanding. For many Christians, there is good merit in deeper revelation of the manifold wisdom of God and their faith is elevated through deeper understandings. So, the study of foreshadows is good for the soul because the heart of God is known concerning the birth of His family, even from day one of creation.
What is Hidden Manna?
Manna is a Hebrew word with which we are all familiar. We all associate manna with God's provision of food for the Israelites while they were in the wilderness. However, this perception of God's provision in the wilderness was also used by Jesus in reply to the Jews' request for a sign that He was the true manna sent by God (spoken the day after He fed five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish) -
John 6:26-42 (NIV) - Jesus answered, "I tell you the truth, you are looking for me, not because you saw miraculous signs but because you ate the loaves and had your fill. (27) Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. On him God the Father has placed his seal of approval." (28) Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?" (29) Jesus answered, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." (30) So they asked him, "What miraculous sign then will you give that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? (31) Our forefathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written: 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'" (32) Jesus said to them, "I tell you the truth, it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. (33) For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." (34) "Sir," they said, "from now on give us this bread." (35) Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. (36) But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. (37) All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away. (38) For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me. (39) And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of all that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day. (40) For my Father's will is that everyone who looks to the Son and believes in him shall have eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day." (41) At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven."
The Jews compared God's provision of manna through Moses to Jesus' provision of bread from the five loaves and two fish and failed to see God's miracle through Jesus, as the bread of enternal life. Jesus' miracle (feeding of the five thousand) was not enough to convince them He was sent by God. They wanted a greater miraculous sign!
Jesus' reply was, in fact, actually words from God because Jesus' only spoke what God told Him to speak. God desired the Jews to see Jesus as true manna given to them for eternal life. Therefore, when God gave the Israelites manna in the wilderness, God had Jesus and the family of God (church) on His heart at that time. It is therefore prudent to see this historical event in the wilderness as a foreshadow of Christ Jesus and the church. Validation of this foreshadow is seen in a study of the Hebrew word manna as used in the Old Testament scripture - Exodus 16:15 (KJV) - And when the children of Israel saw it, they said one to another, It is manna: for they wist not what it was. And Moses said unto them, this is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat.
Manna (Strong's Concordance / Hebrew) # 4478 - man (mawn); from #4100; literally, a whatness (so to speak), i.e. manna (so called from the question about it):
# 4100 - mah (maw); or mah (mah); or ma (maw); or ma (mah); also meh (meh); a primitive particle; properly, interrogative what? (including how? why? when?); but also exclamation, what! (including how!), or indefinitely what (including whatever, and even relatively, that which); often used with prefixes in various adverbial or conjunctive senses:
Use in KJV - how (long, oft, [-soever]), what end, what good, what purpose, what thing, whereby, wherefore, where-in, where-to, where-with, for why.
When Jesus stated He was the true bread from heaven He was using God's provision of manna in the desert as a metaphor or foreshadow of God's provision of eternal life through Him as their Messiah.
In the days of the desert, the Israelites did not appreciate God's provision of daily bread and wished it was something other than what it was. Jesus was referring to their rejection of God's provision for life. Even as the Israelites rejected God's manna from heaven, they also rejected Jesus as God's manna from heaven. Therefore, He was not God's provision of eternal life for them, as stated in verse 41 - At this the Jews began to grumble about him because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven."
Manna in the desert is also a metaphor for us today as we need God's provision for daily life. Christ Jesus who is the answer for all our needs in our time in the desert! What? Why? How? When? are questions about life and life's issues that can only be answered by God's provision through Christ Jesus! Whether our needs are, emotional, physical, spiritual or what ever the need, Christ Jesus is the answer! Luke 4:3-4 (KJV) - And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. (4) And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
Christ Jesus is the Word by which we obtain faith to access eternal life. The Word of God is our hidden manna for today! Amen!
The short study above is a good example of a foreshadow deepening our understanding of the heart of God when He was working with the Israelites' in the wilderness. I am blessed!
The following are some additional examples of foreshadows (hidden manna) -
The tabernacle was a foreshadow
The tabernacle in the wilderness, during Moses' time of leading the nation of Israel, was a foreshadow of what is in heaven. The following scripture compares Christ, High Priest of the New Blood Covenant, to the Levitical priests serving in the tabernacle.
Hebrews 8:3-6 (NIV) - Every high priest is appointed to offer both gifts and sacrifices, and so it was necessary for this one (Christ) also to have something to offer. (4) If he (Christ) were on earth, he would not be a priest, for there are already men who offer the gifts prescribed by the law. (5) They serve at a sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven. This is why Moses was warned when he was about to build the tabernacle: "See to it that you make everything according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."
"Necessary for this one (Christ) also to have something to offer" - It was necessary for Christ to have something to offer God when He entered heaven and sat down as the High Priest of the New Blood covenant. His offering to God was His blood shed for the sins of mankind.
"If he (Christ) were on earth, he would not be a priest" - If Jesus had remained on the earth after His resurrection, He could not become the High Priest for the Jews because God had already appointed the Levitical Priesthood to offer gifts to God under the Law.
"Sanctuary that is a copy and shadow of what is in heaven" - The tabernacle was a sanctuary where God resided on the mercy seat (covering of the ark in the Most Holy Place). After Jesus' resurrection, the vail that separated the Most Holy Place from the Holy Place was torn in two and the mercy seat (throne of Christ) is now in heaven. However, Christ still resides in the earth in the hearts of the Royal Priesthood of believers (church), who form the temple of God.
Ephesians 2:19-22 (KJV) - Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, (20) built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. (21) In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. (22) And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.
1 Peter 2:4-5 (NIV) - As you come to him, the living Stone - rejected by men but chosen by God and precious to him - (5) you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood..........
The shadow of the tabernacle includes the forming of the church to be the habitation of God by the Holy Spirit. Although God kept the church a secret, the church is revealed when studying the pattern of the tabernacle because the church is in Christ and Christ is in the heart of each Christian. Otherwise, the tabernacle would be an incomplete shadow of things to come. For an indepth study of the pattern of the tabernacle, see Volume 7 of this series.
The Law was a foreshadow
The Law was also a shadow of things to come. The following scripture compares the Law's requirement of blood sacrifice of animals to the final and once for all blood sacrifice of God's Sacrificial Lamb - Christ Jesus. Only through the blood of Jesus can we know we are forgiven by God!
Hebrews 10:1-4 (NIV) - The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming - not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship. (2) If it could, would they not have stopped being offered? For the worshipers would have been cleansed once for all, and would no longer have felt guilty for their sins. (3) But those sacrifices are an annual reminder of sins, (4) because it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
Religious Festivals, New Moon celebrations and Sabbath day are types of foreshadows
Colossians 2:16-18 (NIV) - Therefore do not let anyone judge you by what you eat or drink, or with regard to a religious festival, a New Moon celebration or a Sabbath day. (17) These are a shadow of the things that were to come; the reality, however, is found in Christ.
The tabernacle, the Law, religious festivals, celebrations and the Sabbath are all foreshadows of the spiritual realities found in the life, death and resurrection of Christ. Foreshadows was God's way of keeping some things secret from the principalities of darkness so the Lord of glory would be crucified for the good of mankind.
1 Corinthians 2:7-8 (NIV) - No, we speak of God's secret wisdom, a wisdom that has been hidden and that God destined for our glory before time began. (8) None of the rulers of this age understood it, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory.
Foreshadows and parables are spiritually discerned
After the death and resurrection of Jesus the Holy Spirit (given to the Christian at the time of his salvation) searches the deep things of God - 1 Corinthians 2:10 (KJV) - But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. Each Christian, who seeks to understand the deep things of God when studying the Bible, will be taught by the Holy Spirit because he is the Spirit of Truth - John 14:17 (KJV) - Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Prior to His arrest after the Last Supper was finished, Jesus stated these revelations would be made known to the church . But, those who are not believers and followers of Christ cannot receive the Holy Spirit. So, the hidden manna of God cannot be received by them.
John 14:26 (KJV) - But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Christ spoke these words prior to His crucifixion. Afterwards, the New Testament gospel and epistles were written by the inspiration of God through the Holy Spirit. Still today, the Holy Spirit teaches and inspires Christians seeking deeper revelations of His Word.
Hidden manna in the form of foreshadows, symbols, people types and historical events are a valid type of Bible code (so to speak) and cannot be discerned by literal interpretation of scriptures, else manna would not be hidden. But, they can be discerned by using figurative and implied meanings (pictures) of the Hebrew language.
The Hebrew Language is Used to Validate Scripture Interpretations Used in Foreshadowing
Through out the Bible Hebrew words are used in figurative ways to teach deeper messages of truth. Figurative meanings are legitimately used to teach metaphorical lessons of truth. For instance, water is often used to teach there is trouble in a fallen world and this trouble teaches us the way of faith.
"Water" (Brown, Driver and Briggs' - Hebrew Lexicon) #4325 mayim -- a) water, waters; b) water of the feet, that is, urine; c) figuratively used of danger, violence, transitory things, refreshment
In the Bible "mayim" (water) is used figuratively to represent things that are dangerous, violent and temporal. Therefore "mayim" is a word that can be used to teach foreshadows, metaphors, analogies or precepts concerning the trouble we all face during this diminsion of time. Troubled times are opportunites for developing and testing faith. For instance, crossing the Jordan River to take possession of the promise land can be used to teach the precept of salvation and transformation (crossing over to receive the promise of God in Christ Jesus). On the other side of trouble (waters) is the promise (God's reward for steadfast faith). At the time of one's salvation the waters (danger, violence, transitory things which lead to affliction and trouble) are parted by faith and God will make a way to the other side where there's the land of promises. This transition to the other side is made possible through the renewing of the mind by faith in God's Word, as spoken through Jesus. Overcoming or passing through the troubled issues of life is made possible through faith in God and His granting victory in due season.
John 16:33 (NIV) - "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
God makes a way through worldly circumstances (danger, violence and transitory [temporal] things) when the believer trusts Him with life's personal issues. Therefore, worldly and earthly issues of trouble present opportunities to build faith God and learn the way of overcoming.
Another instance of God parting waters occurred after He delivered His people from the darkness of Egyptian slavery by parting the Red Sea. After parting the waters He renewed the promise that they would have their own land. A promise He made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Thus, He saved them from slavery (darkness), He parted the waters and settled them in the desert until their minds were renewed and their faith was built up for taking the promised land by conquest. On the other side of the waters is the promise. A promise is possessed by faith and strength to trust God. The waters of affliction become the testing ground for faith.
For a study of crossing through the waters see Volume 4 - Crossing the Jordan River- A Foreshadow of Salvation for Jew and Gentile.
Likewise, the prophet Isaiah used water and bread for a figurative picture of God teaching through adversity and affliction -
Isaiah 30:19-21 (NIV) - O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious he will be when you cry for help! As soon as he hears, he will answer you. (20) Although the Lord gives you the bread of adversity and the water of affliction, your teachers will be hidden no more; with your own eyes you will see them. (21) Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it."
Isaiah's use of the word mayim (water) represents the water of affliction that comes upon mankind. To the fallen man, mayim is misery, destruction, death, ignorance, sorrow, wickedness. To the Christian mayim (water of affliction and the bread of adversity) are teachers to teach the way of faith. Adversity and affliction resist the believer's faith and attempt to introduce doubt into his mind and get him to focus on his issues in life, rather than God's promises. When God parts the waters for our crossing over to the other side, He is saying, "This is the way; walk in it". So, when the Christian hears the truth of God's Word He should not doubt - Isaiah 43:2-3 (NIV) - When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. (3) For I am the LORD thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour.
The word mayim (waters) also represents the bread of adversity that rises against Christian believers to turn them from their walk of faith. When Christ closes out the agenda time for the gospel in the book of Revelation, the angel with the scroll told John to eat the scroll (Word of God). That his stomach would turn sour, but it would taste as sweet as honey in his mouth - Revelation 10:7-10 (KJV) - But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. (8) And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth. (9) And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. (10) And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter. The Word always tastes sweet and we receive it with gladness, but our bellies turn sour because "persecution comes because of the Word" - Matthew 13:21. So, the Word is our bread by which we learn the way of faith and adversity is set between the things of this world and the truth of God. Why? Because the Word of God is a double edged sword and God's truth separates us from the world unto God. It truly is a "bitter / sweet" thing! So, let us consume the Word and God will strengthen us to stand by faith through adversity and affliction!
"Bread" (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #3899 lechem (lekh'-em); from #3898; food (for man or beast), especially bread, or grain (for making it).
Uses in KJV - ([shew-]) bread, X eat, food, fruit, loaf, meat, victuals.
#3898 lacham (law-kham'); a primitive root; to feed on; figuratively, to consume; by implication, to battle (as destruction).
Uses in KJV - devour, eat, X ever, fight (-ing), overcome, prevail, (make) war (-ring).
The word lechem (bread) literally means food for man or beast. Lechem comes from the root word lacham which figuratively means to consume and implies to do battle. So, the picture of "lacham" is consuming the Word of God (bread) and when trouble (persecution) comes because of the Word (Mark 4:17; Acts 8:1), we stand by faith. The word also implies to do battle against adversity when adversity comes against him as he changes the direction of his life. In other words, man consumes the Word of God by believing and acting upon its instructions. When adversity or affliction comes, he will stand firm on his faith (prevail and overcome) and trust God for the victory! Christians will respond to life's issues the same way Jesus responded to satan's tempataion - Matt 4:4 (KJV) - "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God."
"Adversity" - (Strong's Concordance - Hebrew) #6862 tsar (tsar); or tsar (tsawr); narrow; (as a noun) a tight place (usually figuratively, i.e. trouble); (transitive) an opponent (as crowding).
Uses in KJV - adversary, afflicted (-tion), anguish, close, distress, enemy, flint, foe, narrow, small, sorrow, strait, tribulation, trouble.
The Bible teaches us our adversary is the devil who uses the water of affliction (tribulation and trouble) to destroy our faith in God's promises. So, the Christian takes his stand against the devil schemes by believing in God's truth, not worldly definitions of truth (Galatians 6: 11-12). This is our work of faith (or it might be said our battle of faith) and God's Word will prevail. After all is said and done, God will get the glory and we will experience His hand at work in our lives. Then our eyes and ears will be open and we will know God's truth and just as Isaiah wrote, we will see adversity and affliction as our teachers.
Isaiah's use of the Hebrew word "mayim" to provide revelation of God working in the lives of believers by developing faith is a proper one and a good picture of God working in us - I Thessalonians 5: 23-24.
Like the word mayim (water) there are many Hebrew key words and root words that provide figurative and implied meanings which paint a foreshadow of God's redemption of mankind and man's transformation by faith, as he passes through the water of affliction, following Christ Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Note: Proper use of figurative and implied meanings of Hebrew words must reflect Christ Jesus or the interpretation will be out of sync with God's truth. Hidden manna in the Bible will always center on our faith in Christ Jesus and reveal the work of God in our lives.
Why are Foreshadows Important? Foreshadows Link All Books of the Bible Together and Form a Big Picture of God.
A continuity of biblical principals (precepts) and spiritual dynamics exists from one book of the Bible to other books of the Bible. A continuity that forms an important big picture and makes one thing certain - although the Word of God is divinely inspired and documented by many men over many years, there was only one Author.
As one reads and increases Biblical knowledge, this continuity of scripture concerning the redemptive work of God through Christ is revealed. This continuity is amplified through revelations from Old Testament foreshadows. Therefore, all of God's work recorded in the Old Testament will metaphorically reflect "us in Christ" and form scripture continuity.
For instance, when one reads the book of Isaiah, a prophet who died around 680 BC, he wrote about the Messiah in Isaiah 53:5...he was pierced for our transgressions and in verse 8...he was cut off from the land of the living. Then in the book of Daniel, which was written around 530 BC (150 years later), Daniel also saw the Messiah being cut off. Isaiah prophesied about the crucifixion event, and 150 years later Daniel added prophetic time allocated for the crucifixion.
Daniel 9:24-25 (KJV) - Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. (25) Know therefore and understand, that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times. (26) And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself..........
Daniel prophesied in verse 25 and 26 (NIV)....From the date of the issuing of the decree to rebuild Jerusalem the Anointed One (the Messiah) would come and be cut off after seven sevens (49 years) and sixty-two sevens (434 years). We know for certain that this prophecy of 483 years was fulfilled on the date Christ was crucified.
Daniel's prophecy builds on Isaiah's prophecy by providing a time when the Messiah would be crucified (cut off) - at the end of the sixty-ninth week.
In the book of John, which was written around 85 AD (765 years after the book of Isaiah), John saw the prophecy of Isaiah 53:5 fulfilled as the Messiah was pierced for our transgressions - John 19:34...one of the soldiers pierced Jesus' side with a spear, bringing a sudden flow of blood and water. Additionally, in John 19:36-37 John records the crucifixion as a fulfillment of another prophesy from the book of Zechariah...These things happen so that the scripture would be fulfilled, "They will look on the one they have pierced" - Zechariah 12:10.
The continuity of these prophesies from Isaiah to Daniel to Zechariah to John makes the continuity of scripture far more important than the identity of those who wrote the books. These scriptures reveal the hand of God at work inspiring men of God with words to record, so that in generations to come believers would know two things for certain - (1) Jesus is Israel's Messiah (2) The Bible is the Word of God, authored by God, Himself. Only God could have orchestrated these events to occur on a specific time table. Man is not capable of authoring prophecy and fulfilling prophesy when fulfillment is required many hundreds of years later.
Old Testament historical events are another way the Old Testament foreshadows events taking place in the time of the New Testament.
One of the Greatest Foreshadows in the Bible is Another Historical Event
One of the more meaningful foreshadows is seen in Exodus 12:1-14. These scriptures are concerned with God's command to prepare the sacrificial lamb to be eaten on the day of the Lord's Passover (Exodus 12:11). The Passover meal is a part of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Exodus 12:17) which is celebrated to commemorate the time God brought (saved) Israel out of bondage to slavery in Egypt. This ordinance of celebration was for the generations to come (Exodus 12:14). Is this is a foreshadow of Messiah who would come and save Israel from bondage to sin in a land of darkness ruled by the prince of darkness? The scripture does not say this is a foreshadow, but in hindsight we can see it is a shadow of Christ's death, shedding His blood for the forgiveness of sin which breaks bondage to death.
Validation of the foreshadow
The illustration at right shows the blood of the Passover lamb, being applied to the entry of the house. This blood caused the death angel to passover this man's home and his family. For this man and his family, life overcame death through faith in God's command. The blood of the lamb saved this man and his family.
This event, commemorated for the generations to come, was a foreshadow of an event to transpire in a future time. This foreshadow was fulfilled on the very same day, approximately 1475 years later (Luke 22:7). Jesus finished praying and the Passover meal was complete. Jesus left the upper room with his disciples and crossed the Kidron Valley and entered the Garden of Gethsemane to pray (John 18:1). It was on the night of the Passover meal that Jesus was arrested and He surrendered himself into the hands of darkness to be the Sacrificial Lamb of God -
Luke 22:53 (NIV) ...."But this is your hour - when darkness reigns."
Philippians 2:8 (KJV) - Christ "became obedient unto death, even death on a cross".
Isaiah 53:12 (KJV) - ........because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors.
Colossians 2:15 (NIV) - And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.
This day was commemorated for this generation so they would know, without a doubt, Jesus was Messiah and the Sacrificial Lamb of God for the forgiveness of sins, so that Israel could be saved from her bondage to mortality and death. Man was not orchestrating the arrest and death of Christ on this prophetic day - it was God.
This was the time of God fulfilling His objective of "us in Him". This was the time of the birth of His family. Although Moses never stated the sprinkling of blood was a foreshadow of a future event, He did say this event would be an ordinance of celebration for generations to come - Exodus 12:14. For the Jew it is a celebration of being set from the Egyptian bondage of slavery under the blood of a lamb. For the Gentile it is a celebration of being set from the bondage of sin under the blood of Christ. The Old Testament event foreshadows the New Testament event.
More on Colossians 2:15 -
Triumph by the Cross - Jesus gives the Christian the Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven
Matthew 16:19 (KJV) - And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven.......... Authority over the powers of darkness is given to each Christian to overcome all things that resist his transformation and resist his servanthood to the Lord.
How does the death and resurrection of Jesus give faithful followers victory in the spiritual realm? How did Jesus disarm satan and his followers?
For a quick study of victory by the cross see Triumph by the Cross
After "three days in the heart of the earth" - Matthew 12:40, Christ departed the kingdom of darkness. Those who sit in darkness realize that death has no power over any Christian covered by the blood of Christ and who willingly and faithfully trusts their lives into the hands of God. If any man accepts the blood of Christ for the remittance of his sins and accepts Christ as Lord of his life, then he is like the man in the illustration above, life overcomes death by the blood. This man can move his family and all his possessions under the blood-covering of Christ, even as the Israelites did the night prior to departing the land of darkness, Egypt.
Acts 11:14 (NIV) - He will bring you a message through which you and all your household will be saved.'
Acts 16:31 - They replied, "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved-- you and your household."
Although satan, working through the chief priests and the Romans, performed the dark deeds associated with the crucifixion of Jesus, it was the will of God that this event take place.
Isaiah 53:10 (NIV) - Yet it was the Lord's will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the Lord makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the Lord will prosper in his hand.
When God told the Israelites to commemorate the 14th day of the first month as a day for the Passover meal in 1446 BC, surely He was thinking of this same day in 30 AD because "He chose us in him before the creation of the world" (Ephesians 1:4).
God's control of this event is also realized by the fact that God kept Christ's resurrection a secret from the dominion of darkness - I Corinthians 2: 7-8 (KJV). This is an amazing thing to comprehend! If satan had known the end result for having crucified the Lord of Glory, he would have never possessed Judas (Luke 22:3) who betrayed Jesus into the hands of the chief priests when they came to arrest Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane on the night of the Passover meal. It was the crucifixion of Christ that gave birth to the new creation, which once again would rule over the powers of darkness. God did not keep Messiah a secret prior to the death of Christ, but He did keep the Christian (church) a secret. The Christian is not mentioned in Old Testament scriptures because the prophets had no knowledge of the Body of Christ. Had satan known Christ would gain victory and pass new life, power and authority to Christians through faith in Him as Lord and Savior, He would have called off the crucifixion of Jesus!!
Christians are very special to God because they are His children!! Nothing can ever again separate the children from their Heavenly Father because the children will not allow it to happen!
God was in sovereign control from the moment "He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world." This is the prophetic window one should use when studying the scriptures and seeking a deeper revelation of God's Word.
Foreshadows authenticate the divine nature of the Word of God and inspires the believer to conform to its teachings. It is to this purpose that the following work and material is presented. The Word of God is the real truth written by God Himself and reveals the heart of God.
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