July 12, 2017 ©Matt Hebert
The Bond that Holds
“As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, 5 you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.” (1 Peter 2:4-5)
Same scriptural quote from part II, with emphasis on “to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ”. The first question that comes to mind is “why even continue making sacrifices if Christ Jesus paid for our sins at Calvary”? Why burnt offerings in the first place…does God love the smell of bar-b-que, as Homer once asked? What separates sacrifices and offerings performed by the priest in the temple that are acceptable to God, from the Passover which is performed by the people (not priests) for sins outside of the temple and the gates of Jerusalem as in Deuteronomy 16:5?
For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. (Hebrews 13:11-12)
How are the priests and Israel different? How is the indwelling of Christ different from your physical body? How is the spirit different from the soul? These are important questions that should come about when rebellion is to be exposed, brought out to light, for what it (rebellion) truly is so that it can be removed and discarded. The ultimate form of rebellion is a head trying to rule over an unwilling body in a single person, which in fractal form is an element or part of a collection of a whole, of something larger like a business or government. At the helm of every collection of people or body of people who are under some form of a leader or head is a single person with a head attached to his body, which runs the show. A body (collection of people) of a corporation will have above it a CEO, or some form of a head of operations…same as for a government, whether it’s a small city government or a collection of states which has a leader which serves as a head. Someone has to be making decisions from the head position. The head is responsible for what the body does; it is the foundation from which governing entities, no matter what the form, are established…it is the first rule in leadership –he, the head- bears the responsibility of the actions of his body – those who are below him…those who are in subjection to him.
It is a sad state of affairs to watch someone struggle with addictions in any form that these addictions present themselves to the one who struggles. Someone addicted to cocaine finds himself in a helpless battle to overcome the addiction each time the body determines that it’s once again time for a quick fix of the numbing of the consciousness (operations of the head)…for an exit or quick escape from reality. His head can want to quit all it wants, but the body wants the effects of the drugs and his mind is held captive by the desires of the flesh…and both head and body suffers from withdrawals. The addiction doesn’t have to be illegal drugs, it can be cigarettes or any other form of tobacco, or simply whatever the flesh desires to do to put the person’s entire body at harm while the head knows better, and combats the flesh in a battle powered by the human will. This is an internal struggle. Often, in coping with the stress of hardships of reality, people desire to escape death by believing that they go to heaven or hell when they physically die…that they simply don’t just die but go somewhere for eternity, but this belief only happens in the mind. From where and how did this come about? It truly is something not known. Just because a person believes something to be true doesn’t make it the truth. A person who suffers with a bipolar disorder that believes that she’s John Wayne’s daughter, though she truly isn’t, could pass a lie detector test if she was asked to honestly answer the question if she was really the Duke’s daughter. She’s just deceived by her own belief that’s not true in reality, but is only true to her. Understand now why God would not come back and correct error while Satan is the ruler (head) of this world? This is the reality of the Azazel goat which has the sins of a people pronounced over his head. Believing a lie doesn’t make the matter true. When the head doesn’t rule over a body, there’s rebellion between head and body within that one entity…but there is a catch to this addictive behavior and how it can be dealt with, and the remedy lays in the giving of permission; the handing over of oneself to his own lusts. Physically, the results could be to turn from his compulsions from being saturated with the vices by hitting the bottom and being tired of the consequences…take a turn upwards and make a change. Or, the vice could continue to enslave the person, which could lead to his death, and death itself would be a tragic means which ends the enslavement, not really a remedy but a selfish act which brings greater suffering to those who loved the person. Spiritually, handing oneself over to their own lusts ends in a second death.
When you corrupt your judgement, you can make yourself believe a host of ideas that equate to chasing the wind, and the corruption of judgment occurs when a person places himself before others, whether in accepting bribes or in putting emphasis on the outside things instead of looking at the insides of things, such as by judging by appearances, the outer man. Rebellion doesn’t even have to be in the form of substance abuse. It can be in the form of being un-loyal to a spouse, and even a marriage can be dissected into a fractal form, with a man (head) being the head of his wife (body), for either are incomplete without the other when it comes to producing another like themselves, a fractal of the two who came together to make this single person in the form of an infant which grows into an adult barring any illnesses or accidents. Man and woman individually by themselves are made incomplete, for neither can bring another like themselves into being without the help of the other. A man needs the body of a woman to carry his seed. A woman needs the seed of a man to conceive; in themselves, they are incomplete in procreating another such as themselves, the result of reproduction will again be a single entity unable to reproduce itself without the form of the opposite sex…all over again until that single one finds another of the opposite sex to reproduce themselves.
Reproduction does not and cannot come from a single human. It can come to a sexual union of a man and a woman, but what constitutes a holy union for this act of reproduction? What does a marriage have to do with human reproduction? What makes a marriage holy? Seriously, why should people get married, and how is a marriage defined? Why are religious marriages held within a temple of some sort? Marriages and temples need to be the topics of discussion and what does it take to make a bond that lasts through its consummation procedure. No “one” person can force another into a marriage that is deemed holy; you cannot beat your wife into submission just as Christ will not beat this new creature into submission. He won’t argue with you but will simply honor the decision that you make if you chose to refuse the words of life…the commandments, and will simply hand you over to what it is that you place before Him, even if this saddens Him, He will honor your decision by handing you over to your own lusts. He won’t beat His wife into submission; He is not an advocate of domestic violence. You decide just as Eve had to decide of whom she’ll believe. You who try to evangelize, do you inform the possible candidate that they are to be sacrificed once they come into being the body of Christ? Can you persuade them to freely offer themselves as a sacrifice or will you have to beat them into submission, or convert by the sword? A student is not above his master (Matt 10:24; John 15:20), and the master was slain.
A person forced to comply with a given set of rules will still harbor feelings of rebellion within his heart. This is a decision that must come from within the person, to lay down their lives for others in the greatest display of love that can be expressed, and so it has been determined for those who were predestined from the foundations of the world to only those who will be numbered among the Elect; they judge themselves and it is this that has been known about them from the beginning. Christ Jesus has never come back down to correct anything…any error in any form from within religious groups who spar over the details of what He truly meant in His words, which are discussed between many different religious denominations. He lets people do what they believe is right. He is simply not in the business of creating additional adversaries, an adversary being one who was created and had taken it upon himself to decide what’s best for himself by believing his own ideas about how things should be done, not what God had said how things were to operate. Was he given a choice to obey at this point? Simply doing what you’re told to do does not bring concealed rebellion out to light, so in the two Adams (first and last) is seen the contrast of the results of their decisions that each of them made as to who they have chosen to believe through their words and decisions, and how they’ll love the women who came from them. Adam in the Garden blamed his wife for his un-belief, the last Adam covered His wife by dying for her un-belief.
As in part II of this paper, where we saw in 2 Chronicles 2:7 that Solomon was requesting a man skilled in working with dissimilar metals and with wood to construct a temple for the Lord:
So now send me a man skilled to work in gold, silver, bronze, and iron, and in purple, crimson, and blue fabrics, trained also in engraving, to be with the skilled workers who are with me in Judah and Jerusalem, whom David my father provided. (2 Chron. 2:7)
Nearly five centuries before this decree, and before there was a David, a Solomon and a physical temple, we hear YHWH tell Moses that He has prepared a man skilled in the same fashion to work with the gold, silver, bronze etc. in constructing the tent of the meeting, again, way before Solomon had constructed a house for the Lord, a temple:
“The LORD said to Moses, “See, I have called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, and I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with ability and intelligence, with knowledge and all craftsmanship, to devise artistic designs, to work in gold, silver, and bronze, in cutting stones for setting, and in carvind wood, to work in every craft” (Exodus 35:30-33)
Each time there was to be a sanctuary built for YHWH (the tabernacle in the wilderness being the left hand of the Christ dwelling “inside” the man Jesus’ physical body; Solomon’s temple being the left hand of the Son of Man following the resurrection from death),there was a man used who was familiar with certain building materials which was common in each structure. So many do-gooders desire to take part in constructing the spiritual temple for God today, and in times past since the glory had left the temple during the days of the deportation of Israel, without even understanding the temple with its inner courts for services, those who would be joined closest to the Mercy Seat (the priests) separated by a veil, the altar of bronze with its basins (bowls), extending out of the Holy Place to the outer perimeter constructed by the priests. Physically speaking, this holy sanctuary was built by skilled craftsmen, people who had construction knowledge, but the orders and the details were given to them from Moses directly from God.
"Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you." (Exodus 25:9, 40)
Even David shared this same desire to build a house for God, yet like many others who have this desire to build something for Him, he, the person, is often told “no”, just as YAH told David, the reason for him being because of the amount of blood he had spilled.
"Thou shalt not build me a house to dwell in." 1 Chronicles 17:4
David would want Solomon to build a temple, but David knew that Solomon was young and unskilled to handle such a job (1 Chron. 29:1). However, the exact pattern given to Moses for construction was also given to David for this temple to be constructed (1 Chron. 28:19) by skilled craftsmen, men familiar with materials to be used to serve its purpose. David had desired so strongly to build a house for God, and his desire displayed what seemed to be a worthy notion but despite that great desire to serve God in this way, God simply wouldn’t allow David to build His temple, and the hundreds of thousands who followed after with this same desire. Thousands of temples exist today as stone buildings, the presence of God is not in any of them as Ezekiel records. No smoke or cloud of His presence fills them. The heavenly temple has been under construction for nearly two millennia, and the care going into this one is to ensure that there will never again be an adversary who has another idea of how to govern. All foreign ideas of governing and creating life will occur inside of the physical creation, the representation of being inside spiritual Babylon, with foreign ideas such as about life being created from a union of a man and a man, or a woman and a woman who cannot bring forth another of their kind from the other to which they’re enjoined in a contract of marriage, and no order of headship established in a union of this form and shape.
So David would accumulate building materials for the temple until the time when it was appointed to be constructed when his son Solomon was positioned to build it. Solomon knew that even with the most extravagant materials that were being gathered and supplied to construct the temple, he knew that God would not long dwell there:
“But will God in very deed dwell with men on the earth? Behold, heaven and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this house which I have built!” (2 Chron. 6:18)
Solomon would say that the house which he built could not contain the LORD, but that His name would rest there, as He remained in the heavens, this heaven being created on the second day of the spiritual “P” creation account, a day which is not declared to be “good”.
And listen to the pleas of your servant and of your people Israel, when they pray toward this place. And listen from heaven your dwelling place, and when you hear, forgive. (2Chron. 6:21)
This formation of the dwelling place known as “Heaven” from which He listens is the location to where entities in the heavenly realm cast shadows which appear on earth and in the physical realm, such as the first and last Adam, the creation of one man, the first physical the second spiritual, but it is still the recording of one, single man. Paul laid the foundation for using typology to study the temple of God. "If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. Thus it is written, ‘The first man Adam became a living being’; the last man Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven.…Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven" (1 Cor 15:44-47, 49). In this heaven which was created on the second day are entities that from the backside half of the 1260 days of the tribulation or the endurance, will have these heavenly entities cast a shadow into this world that has both a physical and spiritual reflection. Pharaoh had to have his heart supernaturally hardened to serve as the shadow of Satan, the king of spiritual Babylon in this expanse known as heaven which blocks the light of God, casting his shadow back into the timeline of Israel where this firstborn son was enslaved in Egypt (sin) under Pharaoh and to fit the reality of the true antichrist, the man of perdition in the first 1260 days whose body is occupied by this demon, who will not let this firstborn son serve God. The liberation done in this heaven created on the second day casts a shadow which will have liberations fulfilled when Israel was freed from Pharaoh in the days of the exodus and when Spiritual Israel is freed from Sin, the king of the South, at the Second Passover. But this liberation is about those who are freed from this location known as heaven, the expanse which separates waters from water, Adam from Adam, the Passover from the Passover.
“And God said, “let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters”. And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. (Genesis 1:6-8)
“Before developing how you, as a teacher of Israel, condemn yourself, let us examine what typology reveals about the present state of spiritual Israel by looking at the earthly shadow of the supernatural reality of Israel in the heavenly realm: the harvest of humanity [i.e., the birth and glorification of disciples] casts a double shadow through history, just as sunlight through rain casts double rainbows (time is a fluid as water is). The first shadow is physical, the second spiritual. The end of the age when Christ Jesus returns as the Messiah is, itself, the shadow of the coming of the new heaven and new earth, with the Second Advent being physical and spiritual just as the sons of Zadok (David’s high priest), who shall minister to the Lord in the sanctuary during the Millennium, shall be circumcised both physically and spiritually (Ezek 44:7, 9). Thus, the return of the Son of God foreshadows, and is the type and copy of the coming of the Father when all that is now physical ceases to exist.”
Nothing was declared “good” about this day, the formation of heaven which Solomon said that God would hear Israel through its priests. These double shadows of a heavenly reality on the second 1260 days (the endurance) was referred to by Homer as something of like how a double rainbow is seen. A single rain drop has a backside which reflects the bending of light on its other side, causing the appearance of a double rainbow. A single rain drop has two sides and the measure from one side to the other is by the length of the arc, one side to the other, of this single droplet…a curve which bends the reflection of light. And this is why there are two harvests of humanity seen in the Holy Days of God, the fall feasts are a mirror image of the spring feasts. Christ Jesus said if you’ve seen Him you’ve seen the Father, and if you’ve seen the Bride (New Jerusalem) you’ve seen Jerusalem above who is free, the mother of the Christ child and the Elect. But all these occurrences are hinged on a single day which separates reality from their shadows which keeps and separates disciples from those not genuine. In the last 1260 days, all of humankind which remains upon the earth will be “Israel”, and what it took to free them from this location in heaven is seen both in the prior 1260 days which started at the Second Passover, and the physical type seen with Israel under Pharaoh in Egypt. The single day which divides is key in understanding how the little horn is a half scale version of Satan, the king of Babylon, the firstborn of Satan… and Christ Jesus, who can only do what He, as a firstborn (lower than the Father), has seen the Father do. Any access to the Father has been forever blocked by Christ just as the temple while it stood blocked humanity from coming to God. Israel could not come to God except through the high priest on one day a year. When the temple wasn’t standing, humanity could come to God. It is only through Christ that there is access to the Father.
God would know beforehand what would happen when He would enter into a covenant with Israel to display to both humans and angels the contrast of decisions made by the two Adams, so in knowing this physical world serves as a demonstration to watching eyes…in knowing that He was holy and He was to marry a fleshly nation He would prepare a people (priests) to offer sin, grain and guilt offerings for this nation to come close to Him. For God to dwell with Israel (in joining something holy with something common), it was given to Moses in great detail how this holy place was to be constructed to perform cleansing rituals. The tabernacle in the wilderness was described in several different terms each with their own significance. That was miqdāsh, which is a holy place or sanctuary, tabernacle…which is tent or place of dwelling, and the tent of meeting…which is where God would meet with Moses and the priests who performed services on Israel’s behalf. The tabernacle itself was a portable structure which could be picked up and carried about by the priests, and was done as such as a chore appointed to the priests. Measured in feet, it would be 45 x 15 x 15 (Exodus 26:15-30) and was divided into two rooms, the Holy of Holies shaped as a perfect cube in shape where the ark was kept and the side that contained the showbread, altar of incense and the lampstand, and on the other side was the Holy Place. The Holy of Holies within the tabernacle was a place that no ordinary man could enter…this is where God would dwell within the midst of His people, and there was a veil which separated this Holy of Holies from the Holy Place, essentially shielding God from defiled humans; He cannot look at sin (Hab. 1:13). Anyone other than the High Priest that would enter into this area would die, it was the place where God would dwell, and the High Priest could only enter on one day throughout the year, Yom Kipporim (plural, two offerings). God cannot look at and onto sin, so this veil separated God from a human, separated YAH from Israel and in hearing and understanding this, cleanliness and purity is of utmost importance to priests…not in evangelizing those from the common pool of humanity to bring them in to perform the roles of priests, the priests functioning as arbiters between a holy God and a common people. Israel was to be a holy nation but quickly had defiled itself, and it was in making themselves common (something known beforehand) that would bring about the need for sacrifices to be offered on their behalf, but performed by the priests. And in regards to the spiritual temple, the priests are to be perfect as their Father is perfect (Matt. 5-48), with Peter saying about these priests that they are to be holy as God is holy (1 Pet 1:14–19), an order given to the Levitical priests (Lev 11:44–45) to which Peter was citing as a reference. A priest of Israel today is separated from the world, from worldly possessions, and if one truly desires to be perfect, he’s to sell all that he has to follow Christ. Being a priest today is no easy task, and the responsibility of the Elect today requires one who has been called to wage a war (judge himself) against his own flesh, with his flesh being a slave, a bondservant to his inner self which is free, is from Jerusalem above, so “brothers, we are not children of the slave but of the free woman” (Gal. 4:31). This is talking about “one” single person, with two breaths of life, on physical one spiritual. John at Patmos, his inner man, was a free man… was from Jerusalem above, yet his body was enslaved, was in physical form that would “house” an inner life that was purchased from spiritual Babylon at Christ’s crucifixion. Spiritually, a new life or second breath cannot be given unless a life was given in exchange for it. It was John’s flesh that was a slave and remained enslaved while confined to the physical creation, the last living stone who had received the breath of Christ from the breath of the Father on the day of the Wave Sheaf before Christ’s ascension into the heavens, before the body of Christ would die. There was no spiritual Body of Christ in existence until after the resurrection, when He breathed on the 10 disciples present…and in speaking words of life saying “receive the spirit holy” (John 20:22), and with that it brought to life the last Eve in the same manner as to which Eve in the Garden received her breath of life from her husband – Adam -who received his breath from his Father.
Typology reveals that the body of the man Jesus (His fleshly body) was the shadow and type of the Body of Christ (spiritual reality), and because His body had to die and was resurrected after three days, so to would the Christian Church (His spiritual Body) have to die from want of spirit, and be resurrected after the third day of the creation “P” account, which isn’t about a physical creation but is about the spiritual creation of Sons of God…Sons of the Father (life did not come to a union of Adam and Eve inside the Garden). Paul had assumed that all of the early Church converts were born of Spirit, but if that was so they wouldn’t have continued living as Pagan’s. When the law is on your heart, you don’t continue living like a Pagan, but have fought a war against your former ways. When the law is written on your heart, you don’t need physical objects to be reminders of the law…such as a cross or a picture of the 10 commandments. As living epistles, you are the law. Had Paul known this beforehand he wouldn’t have been so eager to attempt in bringing many into the spiritual Body, something that was out of his power to do, even though he had good intentions and it was him that was sent to the Pagan’s (uncircumcised) and Peter’s commission was to the circumcised. Homer explained about the creation “P” account:
“The “P” creation account isn’t about a physical creation, but about the spiritual creation of sons of God; about divine procreation that falls under the rubric of the geometry of marriage. And when it is understood—and it certainly should be for Paul made the case that Christ was the light of day one (see 2 Cor 4:6)—that in the “P” creation account, day is when the Creator is in His creation and night is when the Creator is not, with Day one ending at Calvary and with the day portion of the third day beginning when Christ stands on the cleaved Mount of Olives (Zech 14:4) and the 144,000 follow Him wherever He goes here on earth (Rev 14:1–5) … the night portion of the third day began when the glorified Christ ascended into heaven and did not return; thus, we presently remain in the night portion of this third day.”
There was a transition in the spectrum of metals used as you got closer to the ark seated within the Holy of Holies, with bronze used in the courtyard, silver in the bases of the tabernacle frames with gold overlaying the ark itself. There was also a gradation of the people within the courtyard stretching towards the Mercy Seat. Common people in the courtyard, priests in the Holy Place and the High Priest (only) could enter the Holy of Holies. From the gate at the courtyard leading up to the ark was arrayed in this order, altar for burn offerings, the bronze basin, the table of showbread, the lampstand, altar of incense and the ark of the covenant. Moses would go over all these in detail as they were being constructed before he’d sign off on his approval by blessing the work performed by the craftsmen (Ex. 39:43).
A temple’s construction is the splendor of the builder; it is a tribute to the man’s skills in creativity through his knowledge of working with such components. Lucifer was constructed by God, created perfect in outward beauty and appearance giving him the appearance of light, yet inwardly he was corrupt…those inward attributes giving life to demons. When he lifted up his heart (because of his vanity - Ezekiel 28:17-18) it corrupted his judgment disqualifying himself to serve in God’s kingdom among the other angels. What God took His time in creating something, so perfect in outward appearance, the signet of perfection, was the very thing which caused this one perfectly constructed externally to rebel against his Creator. This very occurrence would be the moment which would lead to the creation of a physical world, where another creature in the form of slaves…humans, would be created flawed from itheir inception to serve as his (the fallen cherub) subjects as a demonstration for a host of ideas that he possesses, yet this flawed creature sown in corruption (the flesh) would be a house to where a new creature (2 Cor. 5:17) could be formed from within, once the forming of the new creature being completed the outward body is no longer needed, being discarded as a banana peel is done once it’s fruit is reached. The outward body is designed to be discarded just as Jesus’ body was killed once it served its purpose as protecting that which is contained within itself…its fruit.
Why didn’t God just tell Lucifer that he was wrong? Has Christ ever come down and told the Christian Church that they have it wrong, or to bridge divisions within the Christian Church? He will as He scolds 5 of the 7 Churches during the tribulation but not before, since before it was only the Elect who have spiritual life. He must let each decide to believe who they are hearing with their ears while the Adversary is the ruler of this world. Until Christ becomes the head of this world, He won’t correct you, He’ll let you believe what you want, He has to let those who won’t believe Him to not believe Him because snuffing out rebellion and ridding it out is something that the person must choose to do himself once they realize that they were in error about a matter, and that they are a letter written to Christ. It is what judging yourself is for the Elect. One cannot root out rebellion if that one has to compel good behavior from another. It’s the one who has it wrong, and realizes the error, that has to change and that change comes internally. He could’ve stopped Adam from eating the forbidden fruit, but in killing an idea it is paramount to let someone choose to either be obedient or to rebel against authority; you have to want to obey Him even when you don’t have to. Only in allowing His Sons to choose to obey Him can the rebellion which occurred in the Garden be erased by the second or Last Adam. If Lucifer would have simply remained obedient to YHWH, did he choose to be obedient? Apparently it was in not being given a choice which resulted in rebellion even though it was not something planned. Now the choice remains for all sons to choose who to have as their head; one who has the words of life or that which leads to death. Satan as the head of Babylon, is responsible for the actions of his subjects…and they were created as a rebellious creature. The One who created them (humankind) this way is responsible for their creation in this manner, and in doing so, has realized that He must die for creating them to rebel when they do. So in essence, He chose to come down and die for their sinful nature of how He created them, first by making it necessary for sacrifices to function as cleansing rituals to remove “sin” from a house or sanctuary, then by becoming that sacrifice…becoming sin to remove sin (Himself) from what is to be a Holy place by taking it upon Himself that which made humans defiled.
The tabernacle –mishkan- or “dwelling place” that God had instructed Moses to construct was plain in outward appearance…not a beautiful castle outwardly… was plain like a rectangle box resembling a casket…very common in its semblance and Israel had not seen the insides, and only became familiar with the presence of God in the tabernacle once He filled it as a cloud (darkness) by day and a pillar of fire (light) by night (Numbers 9:15-16). One way to know that God would dwell with a nation within a holy sanctuary and would let His name rest there would be in having the sanctuary filled with smoke or a cloud. Anyone can build a beautiful building and call it God’s temple or dwelling place, but unless God fills it with smoke or His “presence” it doesn’t have His approval. The “smoke of God’s glory” became a witness to both Moses/Levites and to Israel of His presence and approval of this sanctuary once it filled the mishkan, and no one could enter afterwards once He filled it with His presence, as seen in the left hand of Solomon’s temple (2 Chron. 5:14; 7:1) and seen in the right hand of this temple (Rev. 15:8). A most important fact about this tabernacle in the wilderness (before there was a temple); the addendum for the second Passover would come on the same day that He would enter into the Holy Sanctuary in the wilderness, this declaration coming just before He entered or filled it appearing as a cloud or smoke. It was made for those who would touch a dead body, and today the Christian Church is the dead body of Christ…it is today separate from Him which is why priests are needed to serve between Him (who has life) and His body (which is today a dead body):
“Speak to the people of Israel, saying, If any one of you or your descendants is unclean through touching a dead body, or is on a long journey, he shall still keep the Passover to the LORD. In the second month on the fourteenth day at twilight they shall keep it. They shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs. They shall leave none of it until the morning, nor break any of its bones; according to all the statute for the Passover they shall keep it. But if anyone who is clean and is not on a journey would fail keep the Passover, that person shall be cut off from his people because he didn’t not bring the LORD’s offering at its appointed time; that man shall bear his sin.” (Numbers 9:10-13)
“On the day that the tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the testimony. And at evening it was over the tabernacle like the appearance of fire until the morning. So it was always: the cloud covered it by day and the appearance of fire by night. And whenever the cloud lifted from over the tent, after that the people of Israel set out, and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the people of Israel camped”. (Numbers 9:15-17)
The sacrifices and offerings inside the tabernacle are listed as such: the burnt offerings, the grain offerings, the peace offerings stemming down to a thank offering, votive sacrifice and a freewill sacrifice… a sin purification sacrifice and a guilt offering, and all of these must be accompanied by repentance. An important aspect highlighted here needs to be in the burnt offerings. First, the animal to be sacrificed has to be without blemish, so it can’t simply be a calf with 3 legs that you’re looking to pawn off…God wants your best, not what’s left. The one performing the sacrifice is to lay his hands on the head of the animal and confessing the transgression to impart the sins of the offer onto the animal, and in these burnt offerings, the priests don’t kill the animal, the transgressor does, it’s on the hands of the sinner to remind him of his rebellion against God, with the spilled blood of the animal representing it’s life, for life is in the blood. Israel as a physical nation eventually slew itself when the people shouted out to Pilate, “His blood be upon us and our children” (Matt. 27:25), and Pilate would wash his hands ensuring that this time what Israel had claimed was the truth. Back to physically circumcised Israel, the priests would take the blood from the slain animal and would splash it onto the altar, the sinner cuts the animal into pieces and trims the fat…is all placed on the altar and is consumed by God in fire (Lev. 1:1-5). It should be noted here that Amram (father of Moses) and Izhar (father of Korah) were brothers, sons of Kohath, a son of Levi, which would make Moses and Korah first cousins. Before the rebellion of Korah comes to light in scripture, the office of priests with a certain sacrificial function would be given only to the sons of Aaron, the brother of Moses…with Moses being God to Aaron (Ex. 4:16) and with this single verse tying up the loose ends in a part V of this series since Moses functioned as a high priest before Aaron got his right as a priest restricted to his descendants. The Levitical priests can be traced back to the three sons of Levi giving to Israel three lines of priests but a special role was applied to the sons of Aaron in that they only could perform the animal sacrifices and the burning of incense in the tabernacle of the wilderness, not so for another Israelite or for the other two lines of priests, and this showed up in scripture under Korah’s rebellion believing that they (the other two priestly lines) too could serve the LORD in the way that Aaron/Moses could, or in how they wanted to serve Him. In time, Israel, through its journeys, would lose the specialness that they once had when entering foreign lands and would adapt to the customs of the inhabitants of the land that they had wondered through.
Israel would eventually make itself common as the other nations when they chose for themselves to have a king appointed over them. Israel, which had made itself common as the other nations, could not come close to God. They needed the priests to act between themselves and God in their dealings. The priests simply performed a transition role allowing the interaction between what was Holy and what was not, an un-holy alliance between One who speaks truth and a one who speaks without keeping their words; a liar, when Israel had told the Lord that right before they were given the commandments “all that you say we will do”, and did not do them.
For humans, to understand the spiritual temple it is paramount to understand how the physical temple was constructed. Faith, in itself, is simply just a belief in something which there is no proof. Faith in itself is incomplete unless that faith is tested, and tested it will be in this physical world meaning that you have to live out what it is that you believe; you can’t just simply say one thing and do another. You have to mean what you say and do what you say…you have to keep your word, for your words are spoken by your breath. When someone asks “let me smell your breath” you don’t just open your mouth, you have to exhale or “breathe” on them. You can actually hold your breath and not be breathing…try it, it will not last longer than a couple of minutes, you must begin to breathe again if you want to have life or continue living. You would not be alive without breathing, you would simply be a corpse. A body dead for 5 minutes looks just like it did 5 minutes before it had died, but it lays dead because there is no more “life” within it, no breath…no more breathing from moving air. Your words are spoken by exhaling your breath as it passes from your mouth, air motion directed by your tongue, lips and teeth. Your words derive from your breath…your life forced from your lungs and shaped by your tongue, so in essence, you are your words. Faith (believing what God had spoken to be true) is not complete by merely seeing God, for Satan walked with God as the earth was being formed (Ezekiel 28:13-16). He saw God, just didn’t believe that what He was saying was all possibly true.
It’s not in believing that God exists, it’s believing what He says to be true and that type of faith will be tested inside this physical world of spiritual slavery. We need to understand the physical because it is through it that spiritual slavery is known; the free man lives within the flesh with its limits placed upon it. Paul said we need to understand the physical because it is through it which we in slave form can comprehend the spiritual in that the physical precedes the spiritual, and for humans to understand the spiritual Adam you have to understand what quietly happened to the physical Adam.
“There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. Thus it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. (1 Cor 15:40–49 emphasis added)
Homer said “In the natural, the human male is unable to produce offspring by himself. The human male can deposit his seed on plants or in beasts, but no offspring will come from such deposits. The human male needs a human female to produce offspring for the male. Likewise, God the Father needs Christ Jesus, a life-giving spirit (1 Cor 15:45), to produce sons for the Father.”
For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity dwells in bodily form. And you have been made complete in Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. (Col. 2:9)
There is one body, but it has many parts. But all its many parts make up one body. It is the same with Christ. We were all baptized by one Holy Spirit. And so we are formed into one body. It didn’t matter whether we were Jews or Gentiles, slaves or free people. We were all given the same Spirit to drink. So the body is not made up of just one part. It has many parts. (1 Cor.12:12-14)
“For as in one body we have many members and the members do not all have the same function,so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another”. (Romans 12:4-5)
In Christ is the fullness of deity, with one body having many members, with the biggest contrast in parts that function differently being between the Head and the Body. Most of humanity has a left hand and a right hand. They have a left leg with a foot attached and a mirror image of this left leg is the right leg with a foot on the opposite side. But they are all attached to “one” body…limbs are attached to the body and serve in different functions of the body to have movement. Outwardly or externally, the body parts are in chiral form, but inwardly they are not. There’s one heart on the left side, the appendix usually being on the right side. Christ Jesus said that His Body is the temple in John 2:19-21, said this before He was crucified, His body being the Temple to which the Christ is the Head. The LORD would dwell with Israel under Moses in the tabernacle in the wilderness, but take heed of this important point: Aaron’s budded staff (promise of resurrection) and the jar of Manna (indwelling of Christ) were missing from the ark that was placed inside Solomon’s temple.
There was nothing in the ark save the two tables of stone which Moses put there at Horeb, when Jehovah made a covenant with the children of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt. (1 Kings 8:9)
Israel was not equal to the priest of Israel, specifically the sons of Aaron who functioned as the mouthpiece for God with Moses telling him what to speak; the priests were/are not to be common as Israel had made itself but were to be separate from Israel…were to be holy, and in moving up one dimension from the physical, the Elect are separate from Israel performing sacrifices in the spiritual Temple which is today under construction. Aaron’s staff would spring forth buds, flower then bear almonds disclosing that the priests in the reality casting its physical shadow as Solomon’s temple, showing that the Elect have life inside a dead (fleshly body) temple such as Solomon’s temple of dead stones. It was Korah’s claim that Israel was equal to Moses and his brother Aaron (priests) –Ex. 4:16, akin to making a claim that today’s dead Body of Christ (spiritual Israel) is equal to the Elect (priests, the nation of Moses), who perform spiritual sacrifices for this dead body, down one level being Israel in the wilderness with only one breath.
Each of the three sons of Levi would have a coordinated function in the moving of the tabernacle through the wilderness, with David gathering the sons of Kohath, Merari and Gershon (the three sons of Levi) and telling these sons that God would get angry if they would not follow the ordinance in how things were to be handled, which had previously resulted in an outburst from God because they went according to how they wanted to serve instead of following the legislation given them to God at Sinai. See 1 Chronicles 15:1-15. Israel collectively, the sons of Jacob, are counted as Israel when the census was taken and numbered under their father’s tribe. However, the Levites (priests) were not numbered in the census…they were not counted as being “Israel”.
"The Levites, however, were not numbered among them by their fathers' tribe. For the LORD had spoken to Moses, saying, "Only the tribe of Levi you shall not number, nor shall you take their census among the sons of Israel. But you shall appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of the testimony, and over all its furnishings and over all that belongs to it. They shall carry the tabernacle and all its furnishings, and they shall take care of it; they shall also camp around the tabernacle.” (Numbers 1:47-50 emphasis added)
We cannot worship God the way that we want to. We cannot serve God the way that we want to. We cannot, at this time, bring those of the common pool of humanity into the spiritual Body of Christ preceding the Second Passover no matter how badly we want to. That is given for Christ to do. The roles of the Levites and of Israel have cast their shadows into the physical realm which showed up in recorded scripture listed in the Chronicles of Israel in Egypt, the wilderness and the promise land. When things can be changed for Israel is during the 1260 days following the Second Passover when the spiritual Body lives again, and then, not before, can the heavenly things be re-written. Aaron’s role must be re-written just as Christ has re-written what it means to be a man/woman.
This was Korah’s error, claiming that Israel was equal to Moses/Aaron as the left hand enantiomer of the Elect being equal to the body of Christ (second Israel) as the right hand enantiomer of reality casting its shadow backwards, away from the light. Moses was called a priest in Psalm 99:6 and Aaron was his mouthpiece, and their descendants (Aaronites) were camped on the East side of the tabernacle, where the entrance was located, which would denote that as long as there are priests around, the entrance to God is blocked; only a priest can enter the sanctuary and serve on Israel’s behalf. Any common layman of Israel who would come near the holy place “was put to death” (Numbers 3:38). They, Moses/Aaron had special eminence over the others. The New Covenant is made only with Israel, this “Israel” being all of humanity following the double 1260 days of the Endurance, not any time preceding the Second Passover. God would utterly reject this claim of spiritual Israel being equal to the Elect, this reality of the relationship between the Elect and spiritual Israel (greater Christianity) who reject those who today keep the Sabbaths and Holy Days casting its shadow back to Moses who had Israel grumble against him, Aaron and the priests. To put away Israel’s complaints about the role of the priesthood, Aaron’s staff budded (produced fruit) and was placed alongside the Ark, spiritual disciples being the reality of the Ark, the mercy seat covering the Ark being the reality of grace and the Book of Deuteronomy placed alongside the Ark with the promise of resurrection not in the Ark when Solomon had placed it within the temple. The resurrection of the two witnesses would have already occurred 1260 days earlier when the spiritual temple is dedicated. The promise of resurrection from death was not promised to all of Israel despite how much the nation grumbled against Moses; it is in Moses that the covenant continued with which will bring forth Abraham’s promised seed.
“There was nothing in the ark except for the two tablets of stone that Moses put there at Horeb, where the Lord made a covenant with the people of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt” (1 Kings 8:9).
Today, the spiritual Temple is carried on through the nation of Moses, the Elect, which collectively represent the temple under construction but is today an undedicated temple; “one” temple which has the shape of a man, having a head and a body. Their number (Elect) is known, and they await the 144,000 natural Israelites (body of Israel just as the 12 tribes made up the nation of Israel and the camp which surrounded the tabernacle in the wilderness) to join them in the tribulation. The time will come when glorified disciples marry the Bridegroom at the wedding feast, and as Homer explained further “Therefore, when the Ark of the Covenant was placed in Solomon’s completed temple as the shadow and copy [the left hand enantiomer] of the Wedding Supper, the reality that cast this shadow [the right hand enantiomer] would have the promise of resurrection from death already fulfilled in the Bride, with Jesus no longer being in glorified disciples who were marrying Jesus again be One with Jesus. Thus, there would also be no jar of manna in the Ark of the Covenant. When Solomon brought the Ark of the Covenant to the newly constructed temple in Jerusalem, there was nothing in the Ark except the two tablets of stone (2 Chron. 5:10).” This happens on the fourth day of the spiritual creation week, not at the end of the seventh day following the fulfillment and completion of the holy days leading up to an eighth day. To say they marriage comes after the completion of the Holy Days would be likened to a Greek novel having hero and heroine sailing off into the sunset ending in marriage, something a Sophist novelist would believe. The “two great lights” on the fourth day of the spiritual creation week represent Groom and Bride who will rule over the heavens (great light) and rule over the physical world (dim light), the fifth day of this spiritual week being the Millennium and the sixth day being the Great White Throne Judgement. And no one enters into the presence of God on the eighth day (the first day of the natural week), the day following the Sabbath, except for the Son who was God and came from God. The wedding is not on the eighth day, the day following the Sabbath. The two great lights occur on the fourth day in Genesis 1:16, just a few sentences away from when the expanse which separated water from water is created as heaven on the second day (Genesis 1:8).
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