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Who is God? This is a question that has been plaguing mankind for eons. Who is He? How do we know Him? How do we identify Him? Is there such a thing as a God? Is it as the New Age mentions or a universal energy or a collective conscious? This is the question we’re going to be asking and answering today and we’re going to be challenging a God, the God. God, we sing, who are you? If you are there, come through, identify yourself and show us who you are. Prove to us that you are God.
You see today in the world there are many, many gods available. You’ve got the New Age Maitreya. You’ve also got the Cosmic Christ, the Christ. You’ve got – some people worship Lucifer, that’s their God. You’ve got the Universal Energy. You’ve got Buddha. You’ve got Shiva for the Hindus. You’ve got Allah for the Muslims. You’ve got Jesus Christ, who is also God supposedly. Who is God? How do we know who He is? Are they all the same thing? That’s what I used to believe. How does it work? Are Allah and Buddha and Shiva, the people that worship them worshipping the same as what we worship when we worship Jesus Christ just in a different form? Well, this is a very difficult question and we’re going to have to get to the bottom of this before we can continue with the rest of the lectures. That is the question today. Who is God?
Jesus Christ said some pretty interesting things. In fact, I call them arrogant. In Exodus 34:14 there’s a reference to the God of the Israelites or the God of the Bible;
Exodus 34:14 For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, … is a jealous God.
Deuteronomy 5:9 Thou shalt not bow thyself unto them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God.
So an identifying characteristic of the God of the Bible is what they call monotheism. Where pagan religions have polytheisms – multiple gods, the Monastic religions have one God and he claims to be the one and only true God.
Jesus Himself said in John 6:38 said;
John 6:38 For I came down from heaven.
That’s not something I could say or something you could say, so this is where Jesus starts to assert His authority.
John 18:36 My kingdom is not of this world.
Again, something that can only be claimed by somebody that is not of this world. In other words, somebody that’s got a certain element of supernaturalism to Him.
I remember reading about when speaking about Jesus, Peter and John said;
Acts 4:12 And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved. – English Standard Version
No one else? So, if I’m a Muslim can I not be saved through Allah? This is a very, very hard subject. If this is true; Acts 8:42 No other name under heaven: then what about the Hindus who worship Shiva as one of their gods? Jesus said;
John 14:6 … I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
That is a powerful statement. That is calling yourself I am it. No other way except through me. Jesus is then claiming to be the only channel. If this is a possibility, there are only two options. Either He’s being arrogant or it’s the truth. The reason why we have to look into this is we have to ask the question, Is Jesus Christ really the only savior? Why is this an important question? Think about for a moment you’re running a marathon or you are watching the Tour de France which is on … I was thinking to myself this is a perfect example. You’ve got the winner of the Tour de France claiming victory over the Tour de France, a cycle race or a marathon.
Question: If you have one winner how many other winners can there be? If there’s one winner the others are by default false winners or losers, right? So if there’s one true God, then, this is the hard part, by default all the other gods become false gods. If you were to ask Jesus Christ the question, “Excuse me, sir, are you the God or are you God? Are you Christ the God? And if you are God then prove to us that you are God because if you’re going to be able to do that that means I have to come from my other religion into serving Jesus Christ because there is no other name under heaven by which man can be saved. This is a very difficult discussion and we’re going to have to go into some pretty, pretty strong information to convince us of this subject. The Bible gives us three solutions to this problem. When I say the Bible the third solution is extra biblical, in other words, outside the Bible. So we’ll take two from the Bible and then we’ll check and compare what the Bible says versus what science says. Let’s look at the three options:
2) Time prophecy
The first solution has to do with prophecy. Now why is prophecy so important? Well, think about this concept for a moment. You and I live inside the time line. In other words we cannot see into the future from where we are at the moment but if you are God it means that you must live outside the timeline and you can see past, present and future all at the same time. Therefore you can tell someone something that will happen in future. That proves that you live outside the timeline – that automatically proves that you are God. All the other gods need to be able to do the same if they are truly gods.
Example: David who was writing psalms approximately a thousand years before Christ was born said the following;
Psalms: 22:1 …My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? …
I’d like to use the word risk because what the Psalmist is saying is; when God is on earth He will be saying the following words. Can you imagine taking the risk of trying to predict what someone will be saying? It was fulfilled a thousand years later in Matthew 27:46;
Matthew 27:46 …My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? – A thousand years later a fulfillment of those exact words
Psalms 33:20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
It was written a thousand years before Christ, fulfilled in John 19:33
John 19:33 But when they came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already, they broke not his legs:
This is interesting and we’ll be getting into that a bit later in this lecture where we’ll look at the Passover lamb. What happened here is that when people were crucified they were crucified on a Friday afternoon where from Friday evening to Saturday evening being the Sabbath they had to crucify people before the Sabbath and they weren’t allowed to work with these people on the Sabbath because the Sabbath was a day of rest. If a person was alive on the cross as they entered the Sabbath he might have 24 hours in which he could wriggle himself off the cross. So, if you were alive at the start of the Sabbath, somebody would come around with a big club and would break the knee cups of the people that had been crucified, that way causing them to suffocate as they hang on the cross, their lungs being crushed together. Obviously they wouldn’t be able to climb off the cross. This was predicted a thousand years before Jesus was crucified and at His crucifixion when they came to Him according to John 19:33. They saw that He was dead already and broke not His legs. Isn’t that amazing?
Psalm 41:9 …mine own familiar friend, …which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
People often think that it is only about Jesus Christ that certain prophecies were made. That is not the case. Even Judas had prophecies. There was a prophecy about Judas and guess what? It was fulfilled a thousand years later.
John 13:18 He that eaten bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.
This was a perfect fulfillment. Three prophecies over a thousand years apart were fulfilled. Isaiah lived approximately 700 years before the birth of Christ and he wrote;
Isaiah 7:14 Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Here the bible is describing not only will we be able to predict what he will say, we’ll also be able to predict what His name will be.
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That’s a risk if you are inside the timeline. If you’re outside the timeline it’s quite easy to see what His name will be and give that same information to somebody else along the timeline. Matthew 1:23 explains that this was fulfilled in perfect accordance to the prophecy.
Matthew 1:23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
God in the Bible has many names. He’s known as Yahweh; He’s known as Yeshua, Jesus, Emmanuel, each one identifying certain characteristics of that person. In the Bible a name is a representation of the characteristics or the character of a certain individual like Jacob. That name was changed to Israel after he wrestled with the angel and overcame he became known as The Overcomer. Micah, who also lived as a prophet 725 years before Christ wrote;
Micah 5:2 But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, … yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; . . .
This is very specific, even pinpointing which Bethlehem Jesus will be born in. This is fulfilled 700 odd years later.
Matthew 2:1 Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, …
A perfect fulfillment of prophecy. One more, let’s try one more. Zechariah, 520 years approximately before the birth of Christ, he said … listen to this, if this is not phenomenal then I don’t know what is.
Zechariah 9:9 … O daughter of Zion; … behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is … lowly and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.
So I’m going to tell you what BMW he’s going to be in. It’s not just going to be a green BMW. It’s going to have a CD or MP3 player with leather seats. That’s what Zachariah is doing here. He’s able to even predict that the means of transport for Jesus is not only going to be not only an ass but the colt, the foal of an ass. And guess what, perfect fulfillment. Isn’t that incredible?
Matthew 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy king cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
Wonderful! The place of Jesus’ birth was predicted. The manner of His birth was predicted. His betrayal was predicted. The manner of His death was predicted and, guess what, every single one was fulfilled. This is where God starts to put his foot on the accelerator and accelerate away from other gods. He starts to prove himself to be the true God.
It’s all good and well that we look into the Bible and we say, “Well, the Bible proves the Bible, but we have to look outside the Bible and take an objective perspective on this. Does the Bible stand when comparing it to history or science or archeology, et cetera? So we look into history and we say does history confirm what the Bible says about Jesus Christ? Well, Tacitus, who was a Roman historian around 115 Ana Domanais, he was speaking about Nero’s persecution. Nero was an emperor who persecuted the Christians in a terrible way and he was speaking about those persecutions of the Christian in about A.D. 46, 46 years after the birth of Christ.
This historian wrote, “Christus, from whom their name is derived, the Christians, was executed at the hands of the procurator Pontius Pilate in the reign of Tiberius,” history, pure secular history, proving that the Bible is accurate. Another one, a guy by the name of Suetonius who was a Roman historian of the same period, he speaks about a guy named Chrestus.
“Since the Jews were continually making disturbances at the instigation of Chrestus, Claudius expelled them from Rome.” Suetonius – Roman historian AD 120
Again these were – this was the Commandment Jesus says go back into the lost house of Israel. History determines and specifically acknowledges that this was the case that people were going back in and then even Claudius had to keep them out of Rome. For some people that’s not enough and it certainly wasn’t enough for me. So what? Maybe that historian had his finger in the pie as well. How do we know that this is actually true? One of the questions which is often raised is Pontius Pilate. You can prove Jesus, you can prove everything but Pontius Pilate never existed. This is a claim especially put together by atheists. And the Lord had this one covered as well because in 1961 they uncovered this block of stone and on it was an inscription which says, “Tiberius Pontius Prefective Judea”. Written in stone was the name of the Prefect of Judea. This discovery proved beyond any doubt to shut up the critics about the biblical accuracy and the historic accuracy of the whole event surrounding Jesus Christ. One time it wiped out all the discontent or maybe not the discontent but it certainly wiped out any preconceived ideas of trying to prove that Jesus wasn’t God. There it was written in stone not by the biblical scholars but by history.
2. Time Prophecy
I’m specifically focusing on time prophecy because there’s a big difference between prophecy and time prophecy. Prophecy is a vast subject in itself but it’s the ability to stand outside the timeline and be able to say, “Well, over there so and so is going to happen so I’m going to give so and so that information over here so that they can predict it.” But when you go to time prophecy the Lord changes gears and says, “Bomb!” Let’s go to the next gear and prove that I am God. Not only does he predict ahead of time that certain things are going to take place but now He tells us when they’re going to take place.
The question is raised while Daniel is in vision
Daniel 8:13 … How long shall be the vision concerning the daily sacrifice, and the transgression of desolation, to give both the sanctuary and the host to be trodden under foot?
This is the question that is raised in Daniel’s heart. The interesting thing to notice is that when you’re reading the King James Version Bible there are certain words in italic. Those words were not in the translation. So this would read, “How long the vision, the daily” meaning when they’ve added the words in to make sense for us. It now reads, “How long shall be the vision concerning the daily and what happened daily was the sacrifice and the transgression of desolation. This is the question raised.
Daniel 8:14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the Sanctuary be cleansed.
So what? I hear people tell me, so what, two thousand three hundred days. What does that mean? Well, what it means is that the Lord has given us a period of two thousand three hundred days. Bomb! Out of the timeline from start to finish two thousand three hundred days something special will happen in that period of time. We don’t know when it starts, we don’t know when it ends. We just know there is a period. Now the question is in Verse 17, he then says:
Daniel 8:17 … he said unto me, understand, O son of man: for at the time of the end shall be the vision.
So don’t worry too much about understanding this at the moment just know that right at the end of time, where I believe we are at the moment, this prophecy of the two thousand three hundred days is going to come into full, flourishing fulfillment at the end of time. So Daniel 9:24 says a wonderful thing. It says, take that two thousand three hundred days and do something with it.
Daniel 9:24 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.
Wow! Let’s stop for a second. Two thousand three hundred days has been given to the prophet. Out of that is a period of seventy weeks, right? And that seventy weeks has to do with two things, thy people and thy holy city. It then says to finish transgression make an end to sin and make conciliation for iniquity. According to Christianity today the only person who could have done that would be Jesus Christ. So this seventy week prophecy has somehow to do with Jesus Christ. Well, let’s look at it.
I just want to stop for a second and bring to mind an experience that I had when I was watching television a while ago. I was watching one of the Christian channels and on this channel was Pastor Benny Hinn and there he had an interview with some of his pastors on the Isle of Patmos. We’ll be going into Benn Hinn in a later lecture. But he had his pastors around him and they were busy reading the revelation of Jesus Christ on the Isle of Patmos which is where John wrote the revelation of Jesus Christ, he penned it down. And they awed that he was reading and he wrote about how the dragon with the tail of the dragon sweeping one-third of the stars out of heaven and his pastor said to him, “Pastor Hinn, Pastor Hinn, tell us what are those stars
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that are falling from heaven?” And Benny Hinn said, “Those stars are the nuclear bombs that are going to fall on America.” And I thought to myself, “Wow”, he obviously hasn’t read 2 Peter 1:20. Because 2 Peter 1 explicitly tells us in no uncertain terms:
2 Peter 1:20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation.
No prophecy is of any private interpretation. You can’t get around this. Don’t do it because it’s not for you to interpret. When the Bible speaks in prophetic language the Bible has to tell us how to unlock prophecy. That’s what the next lecture is about, understanding prophecy, the structure of prophecy. How do we work through it. We’ll get into that in the next lecture. But just know that what was written about a thousand years before Christ has to mean the same thing two thousand years after Christ and I don’t think that at the time of Christ or just after Christ they had nuclear bombs. So when he speaks about the stars from heaven at that time it has to mean the same as the stars from heaven in our time. That’s why it cannot be interpreted in any private interpretation. So the Bible says when you’re discussing prophecy and you’re specifically referring to time prophecy take each day that I give you and turn it into a year.
Ezekiel 4:6 I have appointed thee each day for a year. This is confirmed then in
Numbers 14:34 After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise.
So when I’m speaking prophetic language I’m going to have the same wording as years but I’m going to use the word days. So this is one of the keys to unlock prophecy – bible unlocking the bible. Now, if the prophetic scale is one prophetic day equals one real year then one prophetic week equals seven physical, literal years. So seventy weeks are determined upon two things, thy people and thy holy city. So seventy weeks times seven days comes to four hundred ninety days. You take one day for a year, one day for one year, so four hundred ninety days equals obviously four hundred ninety years. Now have I said that? No. The Bible has told us how to unlock prophecy in the Bible. Here’s a period of two thousand three hundred days which later on we’ll work in a later lecture how that’s two thousand three hundred, one day equals one year, so that’s two thousand three hundred years. Of that take four hundred ninety years for something specific to happen to thy people and thy holy city. This has got to do with the Jews, Jerusalem and Jesus Christ. A very sad truth is that the Jewish hierarchy didn’t really like the prediction of this Messiah because it blatantly shows some characteristics around who he is, where he is, when he is and when he’s going to come. So what they did in the Talmudic Law, page 978, Section 2. Line 28, go and have a look at it. There is what’s called the Rabbinic Curse. It states the following:
“May the bones of the hands and the bones of the fingers decay and decompose, of him who turns the pages of the book of Daniel, to find out the time of Daniel 9:24-27. These people don’t want you to read Daniel 9:24-27, “and may his memory rot from off the face of the earth forever.” – Rabbinic Curse
I remember reading a story about a gentleman who was lying in a hospital, a Jewish scholar, maybe not a scholar but a certain devout and he was fully aware of his blockage from reading Daniel 9:24. He had a Bible next to his bed which he opened up and he was reading through his Bible and he was getting more and more nervous the closer he got to 9:24, Daniel 9:24. And as he got there he closed the Bible and he said to himself ‘why can’t I read this?’ and he battled with it for some time and eventually thought I’m going to read this. You know what it says? Let’s have a look at it.
Daniel 9:25: 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.
This man lying in the hospital bed got such a fright that he dropped the Bible. The Old Testament, the scriptures is a holy book for the Jewish people and for him drop or throw the Bible, to drop it even is not something you want to do. He got such a fright. He said, “But this a prediction about the coming of the Messiah. And then he went further and read it and he’s writing saying his life has been changed forever.
Daniel 9:25 says, Seven weeks and threescore and two weeks. You’ve got two thousand three hundred days and out of that you’ve got seventy weeks. And out of that you’ve got seven weeks and sixty-two weeks. You see, threescore and two, all that means is sixty-two. So let’s look at it. Seven weeks equals forty-nine days. You take one day for a year in prophecy so that’s forty-nine years; sixty-two weeks is four hundred thirty-four days, if you work it out. Take one day for a year which equals four hundred thirty-four years. So here’s two periods inside that four hundred ninety year period where the Lord says take the forty-nine years for something and take about four hundred thirty-four years for something. So we still are not sure where it starts and where it ends but in Daniel 9:25 it gives you a specific command. It says, “From the decree to restore and rebuild Jerusalem and to the Messiah, the Prince. So from there to there will be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks. Now it doesn’t take rocket science to go and check up whether this is fact or not. Wikipedica which is a free encyclopedia on the internet. You can go and check it if you want to and I suggest you do. You got to have a look in the – 450 is before Christ and you’ll see:
457 BC – the Decree of Artaxerxes I to re-establish the city government of Jerusalem.
Just pure historical fact. When did the re-establishment of the city government and the restoration of Jerusalem take place? When did it start? In other words, when did the comrades or when did the comrades marathon start? When did the race start? When the trigger was pulled and that happened in 457 BC., plus forty-nine years plus 434 years. This is going to be an interesting calculation. So we’ve got the starting date of 457 BC and that is the starting gun of this race. Artaxerxes, King of Persia, issues the decreed to restore Jerusalem in 457 BC. Bam! There you go. You add it up, 457 plus 434 pus 49 years, considering that there’s no zero year because you’ve got minus 4, minus 3, minus 2, minus 1, one, two, three. You count through the date of 27 AD. When you’re looking at the word Messiah because it says it will be such a period of time until Messiah the Prince. The word Messiah means anointed one. Would you dare to ask the question in which year was Jesus anointed or baptized, it’s just another word? Would you like to guess which year He was baptized? Let’s go and have a look at which year it was.
Luke 3:1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, 21 when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized and praying, the heaven was opened, 22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
Which year did this take place? According to Luke, the fifteenth year of reign of Tiberius. And going to history to check which was the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius? 27 AD. Wow! Just the concept of this is phenomenal. God isn’t only predicting what’s going to happen, He’s going to tell us when it’s going to happen. If calculated, this prophecy would destroy Judaism. Why? Because what happens is the Jewish people are still waiting for their messiah, and if they had access to this prophecy they would realize that Jesus was the Messiah. That’s what it’s there for. That’s why Paul wrote:
Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son.
Question: What fullness of time? It’s said again in
Mark 1:15 And saying, the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Which fullness of time? Obviously the fullness of time that’s spoken about in the Old Testament here.
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In the old testament in Daniel. Paul knew it, the writers of the Gospel knew it. 7 weeks and 62 weeks, threescore and 2 weeks. Initially we said 70 weeks right? Now he’s given us 7 weeks and 62 weeks. You add those together you get 69 weeks. We’re missing 1 week. See that we’re missing a week. What about the 70th week. Well, the Lord doesn’t leave anything to chance.
Daniel 9:26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself. 27 and he shall confirm a covenant with many for one week: But in the middle of the week He shall bring an end to sacrifice and offering.
Here the Lord explains after that 69th week there’s something is that is going to happen. He’s will be cut off but it’s not for himself. He’s going to die, He’s going to be shut down not for Himself and He will confirm a covenant with many for that one week and in the middle of that week He’ll bring an end to sacrifice and offering. Obviously in the Old Testament you had to bring a sacrifice and you had to slaughter your lamb etcetera to receive forgiveness and He’s going to bring an end to that in the middle of that 70th week. How many days are there in a week? Obviously there are 7. So the half of 7 would be 3 and a half right? 3 and half years from the autumn of 27AD, you add on 3 and half years you come automatically to the spring of 31AD. What do you think happened in the spring of 31AD? What do you do you want to risk it? Well let’s have a look.
C. Mervyn Maxwell writes: [Jesus’ crucifixion] occurred three and a half years after His baptism, that is to say in the spring of AD 31.
Unbelievable to 100% perfection the fulfillment of these prophecies are taking place. The 70 week prophecy started in 457 BC. Jesus was baptized in 27 AD, He was crucified in 31 AD in the middle of the 3 and a half years. What about the end of the 3 and a half years after that? That’s approximately 34 AD what happened. You can’t leave it at 69 and a half weeks. It’s got to be at 100% fulfilled.
Matthew 10:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Jesus is telling His disciples to do what? He says I’m going to give you a commission to take this out into the world, this truth about Jesus Christ but first I want you to go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. So go back into Judaism, go back into Israel and tell them about this truth. So Act 6:8-10 tells us the following story.
Acts 6:8 And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among people. 10 And they were not able to resist the wisdom and the spirit by which he spake.
This is exactly the problem. According to the command of Jesus Christ they went back into Israel and the people were loving this truth. They were absolutely gobbling it up.
Act 7:58 And they cast him out of the city and stoned him:
They stoned Stephen for preaching the Gospel and the witnesses laid down their clothes at a young man’s feet whose name was Saul. This is where the whole story takes a fantastic turn. Stephen is preaching back in the house of Israel in the Jewish nation and according to the commandment of God. Then they kill him. The people who were throwing the stones have to take off their jackets because they don’t want to get dusty and they lie their jackets down at the feet of the guy who’s persecuting the new Christians and his name was Saul. So here you have this interesting occurrence. Saul was consenting unto his death unto the stoning of Stephen and at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem.
Acts 8:1 As for Saul, he made havoc of the church, entering into every house, and hailing men and women and committed them to prison.
The men who hated the church and persecuted them he’s holding on to the clothes of the people that are stoning Stephen.
Acts 8:3 And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined around him a light from heaven: 4 and he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecute thou me? 5 And he said who art thou Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus who thou persecutes…
This was a bit of a turnaround moment in Saul’s life. Just like I had that in my life, this was his moment. Here he is. he’s just held on to the clothes of the people that stoned Stephen and now the Lord comes and stops him and says why are you persecuting me?
Act 9:6 and he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? And the Lord said unto him, arise and go into the city and it shall be to told thee what thou must do.
One of the most important things today in Christianity is that people believed they receive commissions from God. Benny Hinn is another example. He said I saw God, that God told me what to do. Well God doesn’t work like that.
Acts 9:6 is a perfect example. Here Saul is in communication with God. God is speaking to him and he says God what do you want me to do, what do you want me to do? And God doesn’t say well I want you to go here and I want you to do that and I want you to do this. He says I tell you what go into the city and there in my church they will tell you what to do. God always works through His church. He always works through His church. Never does He work directly with an individual and when it comes to accepting a responsibility or a ministry. The submission to the church was the first thing that Saul had to do was to admit that those he had persecuted was those he had to work with. God never works outside His own structures. That is a very important point.
Acts 9:17 and Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. 18 and immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.
This is how the Lord works. He’ll stop you as He did with me but He’ll then send you to His system. He puts a system in place and He expects you to submit to the authority of that system and then accept your commission through that system. Because God is working inside that system and it felt like it had been scales from Saul’s eyes. Physical scales but also spiritual scales. He started to see things that he previously spiritually couldn’t have seen before. So mercy lingered with the Jews until they only not rejected Jesus Christ they crucified Christ AD 31 but not only did they reject Him they also rejected His followers and Stephen was stoned in AD 34. That was a perfect fulfillment of the 70 week prophecy, from 457 BC to 27 AD to 31 AD to 34 AD. 490 years have been cut off for thy people and thy city. Isn’t that incredible? Depicting the Messiah that’s going to come to save the last house of Israel 100% fulfillment according to the word of God. The sad part is that Luke 19 explains in verse 41-44;
Luke 19:41 And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it, 42 saying, … 44 thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.
It is a very sad story. Thou knewest not the time. I’ve given you everything you need to know. I’ve given you all the information you need to have. Not only must you look for signs of the end time but I’ve even given you … when I was going to be alive. The house of Israel I’ve given you prophecies to predict when I’m coming. According to the prophecies of Daniel, God’s covenant with the Jews ceased in 34 AD. This is a very difficult subject to discuss with a Jewish person because clinically this is what it says;
Matthew 23:38 Behold, your house is left to you what desolate.
Question: How much is left when something is desolate? This is a very hard message. The lost house of Israel
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of Israel where disciples had been sent back into was now left desolate as the gospel was turned to the gentiles.
Acts 13:46 … It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, … lo, we turn to the gentiles. 46 that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.
This message was rejected by Israel, will now go to the gentiles. It wasn’t for this one statement in the bible I certainly couldn’t be preaching this gospel today.
The Rite of Circumcision
Galatians 6:15-16 speaks about the rite of circumcision because up to that point in time circumcision had been the requirement to become part of the house of Israel.
Galatians 6:15 [For in Christ Jesus] Neither circumcision nor uncircumcision means anything: what counts is a new creation.
New rules apply to the situation. Everything was fulfilled to absolute perfection. Both prophecy and time prophecy have been given to us to prove to us that Jesus is God.
Is it possible that science can prove that Jesus is God? Is there a possibility? Some skeptics have suggested that the prophecies of Jesus were accepted coincidentally or were accidentally fulfilled by Jesus. [0:01:44] Evidence that demons are verdict by Josh Magdile has calculated what they call the science of probability. What is the chance of this happening? It is like working out your chances of winning a lottery. According to the science – this is a scientific mathematical calculations – the science of probability, the chance of any one human being up until the present fulfilling the selection of just eight of these prophecies. From then to today that we are on now including the one on the cross, one person to fulfill only eight prophecies is 1 x 1017. I don’t know if you know how big that is but have a look at that number; it is 1 with so many zeros behind it. They go a step further and say: What about the possibility of 48 prophecies? What would be the scientific calculations of somebody by chance fulfilling 48 of his prophecies? They work it out to 1×10157 – that is 1 with so many zeros. To put this into context the scientists calculate that if you were to take all the furniture in your living room and put it together into a big bowl, then you take your car and the rest of your house and put it into a big bowl. Then you take all the houses in your neighborhood and you squeeze it into the bowl, then you take your city and you put it into the bowl. Then you take the continent and squeeze it into the bowl as well, you take the earth and squeeze it in there. Then you take all the planets; Satan, mars, Venus etc and squeeze them into the ball. Then you take the outer planets, the galaxies and squeeze them into a big ball, and then you take the entire universe and you squeeze it into the bowl. The weight of it would be approximately 1×1080. How big is 1×10157? This is like billions and billions of universes, the chance of this happening. I decided to go and do an elementary study and a strong exhaustive concordance to try and figure out how many messianic prophecies of predictions are there, specifically the messianic prophecies revolving around Jesus Christ or referring to Jesus Christ. There you have them throughout the bible. Eight prophecies in Genesis, three in Exodus, one in Leviticus, thirty four in Isaiah etc. I calculated 115 messianic prophecies. If 48 made 1×10157 how many would 115 messianic prophecies take? Guess what! There are 115 foretold and 115 fulfilled. Incredible!
There are three solutions that are given to us about who is God. This is the question we are asking. Who is God? Prove to us that you are God. Jesus Christ in His word gives us three solutions; Prophecies, time prophecies and statistics/science. Prophecy proves that Jesus is God because He lives outside the timeline. Time prophecy double proves that because not only does He live outside the timeline He knows the dates and He tells you when certain things will happen. Time prophecy proves that Jesus is God. Science also proves that Jesus is God. There is no other God that has got prophecies like Jesus Christ.
I have been through Buddhist manuals, I have been through the ways of living and trying to get to Navanah, all the Buddhist’s manuals are ways to live. There is no prophecy in there. Go to Islamic documents. They are not prophetic. None of the other gods; Shiva, Metraiya, Sokkagala, Gainism, none of them have any prophecy. Jesus Christ gives prophecy and time prophecy.
Show me another god that can be predicted up to 100% accuracy, up to 1,000 years before He arrives. Show me another god whose time of arrival is foretold, the date of his baptism and what will happen before and after. Show me another god who can equal those statistics of probability. Which other god was baptized in 27 AD? Which other god has a timeline predicted and fulfilled. This is the question. This is when the Lord Jesus Christ comes into His home. He proves beyond any doubt that He is God. Until somebody can bring me those three challenges, show me a god that is predicted with 100% accuracy up to 1,000 years before he is borne, show me another one that is foretold about his arrival and when it will happen and the one that can fulfill just the same level of statistics I will consider changing my allegiance. Up to that point in time there is only one God and that is Jesus Christ.
I hope that you’ll join me for part two.
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In our previous section of this lecture we were discussing the idea of ‘Who Is God?’ Is it Jesus, is it Buddha, is it Brahma, Shiva, and we challenged God to tell us who He was and to prove to us that He is truly God? He gave us three solutions; Prophecy, Time Prophecy and Statistics/Science. Jesus Christ has shown through as the true God and in contrast to the other gods stands above them all and claims to be God and rightfully so because He is just proving Himself to be so.
John 3:39 Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
Jesus is referring to the scriptures in this text and He says you are search them because in them you think you have eternal life but actually what you are reading is in testifying of me.
Question: When Jesus was saying this which scriptures would you have been referring to, the New Testament or the Old Testament? As we know today it would have been the Old Testament. It would have been the books that had been assembled like the Prophet Isaiah which the [0:01:30] was studying, Daniel etc which are all books that make up the Old Testament. Interesting to realize that Jesus here is pointing at the Old Testament and saying that the Old Testament as we know today is speaking about me. How does this work? I’ve got two questions which I would like to propose.
Q1. Did the people have the gospel of Jesus Christ as we know today in the days before the cross?
Q2. Were the people in the Old Testament saved in a different way to what we are today?
This is the basis of what we are to study about God being God because in Malachi 3:6 He says;
Malachi 3:6 For I am the Lord, I change not: …
If Jesus is saying the Old Testament refer to me and then He says in Malachi ‘but I don’t change’ then in the New Testament we need to wonder about did the Old Testament people have a different gospel to what we have today?
The Earthly Tabernacle/Sanctuary
The sanctuary is a fantastic structure which was assembled upon specific instructions of God. When the bible gives us some information and gives us added information to something that is already described the information in the scripture is not just there by the by. When the bible gives us information we have to stop, pick up our ears and take notice. There are chapters upon chapters in the bible that describes how to set up the tabernacle on earth. When you look at some interesting aspects of this it is interesting to notice that in this tabernacle there was only one entrance and it was an entrance on the east side. That is in the Old Testament. Today when we look at Jesus Christ in John 14:6 Jesus says;
John 14:6 I am the way, the truth and the life; no one cometh unto the Father, but by me.
In the same way the Old Testament sanctuary had one entrance today in the New Testament sanctuary if you like Jesus Christ there is only one way towards the throne on God. As you walk through the entrance the first thing that you encountered inside the tabernacle/sanctuary was the pearl of ashes. That is very interesting. Everything in the temple had a reason of being there and the pearl of ashes were kept in view, and you’ll see on the graphics that the front of that underneath the brazen alter of burnt offering the front area was kept open. The reason for that is so that people entering the temple could recognize the end or the judgment of the wicked and it would bring them to repentance. When the Psalmist was writing Psalms 73 discussed this exact point. He says ‘I can’t understand the prosperity of the wicked.’ It is the same as today. How can the evil people or the people that do not understand and know and live according to God be so prosperous?
Psalms 73:17 … until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
When you walk into the sanctuary through one entrance the first thing you see is the end of the wicked, in other words the ashes. After that you’d come to the brazen alter of burnt offering where the innocent lamb of burying the repentance sinner’s sins would be offered. Another lovely factor [0:05:34] for intra-psychics to realize that the lamb was killed by the sinners themselves. This was to impress on that person the impact of their sin. Can you imagine taking a tiny beautiful little lamb and having to cut its throat? That would get you thinking. It would make you realize that this little thing did nothing to deserve that. He is dying on my behalf. After the brazen offer of burnt offering you come to the Levite which is right in front of the sanctuary tent. Outside the sanctuary tent there was the Levite’s dish. It was basically a dish with water in it. This was where the priest would go to wash his hands and his feet before he went in to the temple. Remember that every item in the sanctuary has a specific requirement or specific reason for being there. When you walk past the lava, you enter the sanctuary tent or what is known as the holy place. Inside the holy place was a quite place sheltered. It was a place where the priests could come in a closer personal relationship with God. Inside there were some very specific items.
- Table of show bread
- The lamp with seven lamp stands
- The alter of incense.
These items were in the holy place. Once you had gone past the holy place there would be a thick curtain. They estimate the curtain was as high as 6 meters high and as thick as a man’s hand. That is like a brick wall today. Thick as a brick wall, 6 meters high was the curtain that separated the holy place from the most holy place. If you were to go to the most holy place inside was the Ark of the Covenant. The arch of the covenant itself had some very fascinating aspects. The first thing to notice would be inside the Ark of the Covenant. If you were to open it up and look it inside, inside the arch of the covenant would be pot of manna. The port of manna represents God’s ability to provide for our every need. He says seek ye first the kingdom of God and all your worldly needs will be added to you. He has the ability to provide. This comes from Israel when He provided the manna for the Israelites in the desert. That is the first thing that we noted.
Secondly inside the arch of the covenant is Aaron’s rod. This is a dead walking stick which came to life and in one night it budded, produced leaves and brought forth omens. This dead walking stick represents God’s ability to take a sinner who is going through repentance and bring out of death a sinner back to life. Firstly He can provide for your needs and secondly He can take you from death to life.
Also inside the Ark of the Covenant in the center was the Ten Commandments.
Exodus 25:16 And thou shalt put [these] into the ark of the testimony which I shall give thee.
Exodus 31:18 And He gave unto Moses, … two tables of testimony, tables of stone, written with the finger of God.
These were items or laws, guidelines on how to live life which were placed inside the Ark of the Covenant and were written in stone signifying the eternal type of attitude that these laws would have in our lives. These Ten Commandments were written in stone and interestingly enough they are the core principles of the throne room because directly above the Ten Commandments you have the lid of the Ark of the Covenant. The lid of the Ark of the Covenant was made of solid gold and it was called the Mercy seat.
Once the Ark of the Covenant had been closed outside of the Ark of the Covenant was a little pocket with a scroll that had been written and was slid into the outside. This was called the ceremonial law.
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Deuteronomy 31:24 … when Moses had made an end of writing the words of this law in a book, 25 Moses commanded the Levites, saying 31 take this book of the law and put it in the side of the Ark of the Covenant … that it may be there for a witness against thee.
There were two laws. One written by the finger of God on stone and placed inside the ark of the covenant and another law written by Moses – by man – on a type of porchman, skin or paper rolled out and put outside of the arch of the covenant in some sort of pocket. That was called the ceremonial law. These laws governed certain things about eating, festivals, Sabbath days and various other items which were strict instructions in those days. Above the Ark of the Covenant you had the two angels. Those two angels are called covering cherubs and these two angels represent the two angels in heaven that cover the throne of God in heaven. I was one day at the idea of Lucifer/Satan being called the covering cherubs because he was one of the two angels that covered the light of God in heaven. He was known as shekinah glory. You’ve got the arch of the covenant, the mercy seat which was made of solid gold which is above the Ten Commandments and then covering that with two covering cherubs. In between is what is known as shekinah glory. In the original writings the words for the shekinah glory is a word for light. There is no light source. It is just light. That is the very presence of God. In the holy of holies would be the shekinah glory. Were the high priests to enter into the holy of holies without having his sins cleansed before that he would immediately perish through the brightness of the presence of God. That is why all items within the sanctuary and every single one had a representation or a meaning.
New Testament’s Context
Let’s put this into context. That is all in the Old Testament. How does that refer to the New Testament? Like I showed you the single entrance into the sanctuary of the tabernacle of God pointed towards Jesus Christ being the one way which we can attain salvation.
John 14:6 Jesus said unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
Not by Allah, not by Buddha, not by anybody else but by me.
The Ashes – Ashes in the Old Testament sanctuary points towards Jesus’ judgment on the wicked in the end of time.
The Sacrifice of the Lamb – The sacrifice of the lamb in the Old Testament points towards Jesus’ death on our behalf in the New Testament.
The High Priest – a high priest represents Jesus Himself
Brazen Alter of burnt offering – represents Jesus becoming the Passover lamb
Laver – the laver for washing represents baptism into Jesus Christ.
Holy place – the holy place foretold the Christian life which is centered around Jesus Christ. It is focused on Jesus Christ. There was no Christ centered focus of life in the Old Testament because Christ hadn’t come yet but in the New Testament exactly the same as in the Old Testament each item foretold of absorbing the bread, being involved in taking out the light of Jesus Christ and prayer through to the shekinah glory in heaven through the power of Jesus Christ in the most holy place. A holy place shows in the Old Testament the power and the magnitude and the truthfulness of Jesus in the throne room of God. It is incredible to see that the Old Testament sanctuary as was displayed in Moses’ time and throughout history is exactly the same as the gospel we have today. Than in itself is mind boggling. The Old Testament sanctuary represents the New Testament gospel and the same gospel we have in the Old Testament is the same gospel as we have in the New Testament except of one or two things have changed. We no longer have to kill a lamb for our sacrifice because Jesus is the fulfillment of the Passover lamb.
Question 1: If the Old Testament gospel is exactly the same as the New Testament gospel what changed when Jesus came? Something must have changed.
Remember outside of the arch of the covenant there was another law which was written by men called the ceremonial law. That law fell away.
Deuteronomy 31:24-26 speaks of Moses writing that law.
Deuteronomy 31:26 … Take this book of the law, and put it in the side of the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God that it may be there for a witness against thee.
This is when Moses had to write down these states and these laws not put them inside the ark with the Ten Commandments but put them outside the ark. All these came to an end in Colossians 2:14-17. It explains that Jesus’ crucifixion was blotting out the handwriting of the ordinances that was against us.
Colossians 2:14 Blotting out the handwriting of the ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; 15 And having spoilt principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it. 16 Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of a holyday, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days: 17 which are a shadow of things come; but the body is of Christ.
This is the most well known text used to explain that you are no longer under the law, that the law has been abolished because it has been nailed to the cross, but the question needs to be asked: Which law was referred to in Colossians 2? Which law referred to meat? Was there any law in the moral law that referred to meat or to drink, or to a holyday? There is, is except that it didn’t mention new moons or Sabbath days. Sabbath days with a small ‘s’ is if you look in the New King James version, it is not the Sabbath days with a capital ‘s’ it is Sabbath days with a small ‘s’. There was all the festivals and the wheat sheave and the Passover etc. those were called sabbath days. Which law referred to meat, drink, holyday, new moon, sabbath days etc? it was the ceremonial law.
Question 2: Colossians tells us that these are a shadow of things to come. Where does this shadow stop?
Imagine you are standing in your garden, the sun is busy going down and you have a long shadow behind you. The shadow starts at your head and other distance over there and it comes to where you are. That is where it stops. These Sabbath laws, new moon festivals, various meat laws inside the ceremonial law were a shadow of who was nailed to the cross, Jesus Christ. They stopped at the cross. That is why when you look at the Jewish feasts in type and anti-type you can see that one Jewish year represents the entire Christian era.
Let me explain this: Every Jewish year would have various feasts. You would have the Passover feast which would be on Nisan 14 and the Passover field was the type in the Old Testament of the antitype in the New Testament. The Passover on Nisan 14 was fulfilled in the crucifixion. We know that happened on Friday. There is some contention about that but we’ll get to that now.
Exodus 12:3 … in the tenth day of this month they shall take to them … a lamb …
Exodus 12:5 … without blemish, a male of the first year: 6 And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening.
Regarding the Passover lamb on the tenth day, Nisan 10 you’d take a male lamb without blemish, and you’d keep it in your home for four days.
Exodus 12:7 And they shall take of the blood and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it. 8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9 …it is the Lord’s Passover. 10 though shalt not carry forth aught of the flesh abroad out of the house; neither shall ye break a borne thereof 47 All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.
Does this sound familiar? We’ve just been through the prophecies about
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no bone shall be broken. The Passover lamb which was taken 4 days before Passover into the house will be killed on Nisan 14. It is the Lord’s Passover; you have to eat all the flesh; you have to take the blood and put over the door post and you’re not allowed to break any bones. That’s the type, the fulfillment of the antitype is incredible. Four days before His death on the cross, the son Hedron met and they decided to condemn Jesus to death. Incredible! By their evil intentions, they had set Jesus aside at the same time as the Passover lamb was being set aside. So, because the sacrificial system, had not been done away with; the priest who was fulfilling his duties took the Passover lamb and put him inside on the same day that Jesus by the son Hadron had been condemned to death. At the ninth hour according to Mark;
Mark 15:34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried … My God, my God, why thou hast forsaken me? 15 and Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the Ghost.
This is the fulfillment of the Passover lamb. Every year at Passover, the Passover lamb was offered at 3pm. This ninth hour was 3pm. While the priests were preparing the Passover lamb in the sanctuary, Christ was being put to death outside on a cross. They were putting the true lamb of God to death but they didn’t even recognize their own prophecies because they were busy with the sanctuary lamb or with the Passover lamb and type was about to meet the antitype. Just as with the Passover lamb, none of Jesus’ bones were broken and He was pierced by a spear in the side just as the Passover lamb none of its bone were broken and it was pierced with a skewer to put it on a roast. Phenomenal! The Passover type was fulfilled in the antitype. It was a complete connection between the two. There was only four days; some people say ”Well, Jesus if you go according to the studies you’ll see that He was crucified on the Wednesday”. Well, that’s if you don’t understand the idea of inclusive reckoning which is the style of writing at the time where a day mentioned in the word is actually inclusive of any part or proportion of that day and if you were crucified on the Wednesday, it wouldn’t have been a full fulfillment of the Passover lamb. Type Passover lamb had met antitype in Jesus Christ. That was the one festival that they had, the one Sabbath day with the small ‘s’.
The Unleavened Bread (Nisan 15) – This is the very next day, Nisan 15. This was fulfilled with Christ in the grave.
First Fruit (Nisan 16) – The very next day, this was fulfilled through the resurrection.
Every single one was a type meeting an antitype.
Sivan 6th which was the 4th festival, which was the feast of weeks, was fulfilled in Pentecost. This was the harvest of souls that was to take place and just as the Old Testament festivals were a shadow of things to come in the New Testament, the crucifixion Christ in the grave, the resurrection and the Pentecost were a fulfillment of that shadow which came to be nailed at the cross. The Old Testament was a shadow of things to come; the New Testament is fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
There were three other festivals which were left: trumpets, atonement and the tabernacle. We’ll be discussing those in a bit more depth in the later lecture.
Trumpets was an indication pointing towards also fulfillment in Jesus Christ but just not at that time. Trumpets points towards the second advent movement. The atonement refers to the pre advent judgment which takes place after 1844 and the Tabernacle which was Tishri 15, points towards the home going or the second advent of Christ. This is the day that we’re waiting for; this is the final fulfillment of all of these types are going to be fulfilled in the antitype and the Old Testament will then truly become the fulfillment of the New Testament. Just as in the Old Testament, things were a shadow: the information there, the tabernacle was the shadow of the things to come. In the New Testament, everything is fulfilled in Jesus Christ.
If the New Testament gospel is the same as the Old Testament gospel, then what changed? We’ve discussed it just now. We’ve talked that ceremonial law outside the Ark of the Covenant and we spoke also about the veil between the holy and the most holy. If you enter into the holy, into the most holy place you will die. The Shekinah glory would overpower you; you wouldn’t be able to stand in the brightness. What happened at Jesus’ crucifixion as a ceremonial law came to an end? As the Passover lamb was about to be crucified, it was fulfilled in Jesus Christ. That’s why the earthquake took place. The sanctuary was split in half and the veil was rent in two. It was torn. Mark 15:38 tells us that this massive curtain, 6 meters high as thick as a brick, as thick as a man’s hand, was torn half from top to bottom. Now, I’m tall, I’m almost 2 meters tall but I wouldn’t be able to tear a 6 meter curtain that is as thick as my hand. Only one person in the universe could have done that and that would be God. So the Lord is telling us that through the crucifixion of Jesus Christ with the tearing open of the curtain, we can now see straight into the holy of the holies which was never done before. Prior to that we had to sacrifice lambs, we have to go through a certain ceremonial process but from there onwards Hebrews 4:16 makes sense.
Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in the time of need.
From then onwards, you can approach the throne of grace directly – the most wonderful promise. You no longer have to fear Shekinah glory. You don’t have to worry about having to go to ceremonies. You can approach the Ark of the Covenant, the Shekinah glory, the throne of God, the mercy seat, all at the same time directly because the entire ceremonial system had come to an end.
What we know in the sanctuary in the Old Testament had been fulfilled in Jesus Christ in the New Testament.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
This is wonderful truth, wonderful. In Matthew 5:17-18, the true explanations of this comes to light in the New Testament.
Matthew 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets; I’m not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.
You have a certain ideology or certain thinking in Christianity today that says ‘no but the law has been done away with. We are no longer under the law. We are under grace.’ But the Lord says “I’ve not come to remove it. I’ve not come to destroy it. I’ve come to fulfill it. I’ve come to live it up to its fullest potential”. And the understanding of we are no longer under the law is a confusion of the moral law versus the ceremonial law.
The earthly sanctuary represented also the heavenly sanctuary. Not only that the festivals in the sanctuary have to represent certain things on earth but in Hebrews 4:14 tells us of the earthly tabernacle of sanctuary representing a similar one in heaven.
Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heaven, Jesus the Son of God.
Where the priest on earth represented the one who would carry our sins into the temple, so Jesus Christ in a temple sanctuary in heaven is the high priest that is passed into heaven, Jesus, the son of God.
Hebrews 8:1 We have such a high priest, who is set on the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens. 2 A minister of the sanctuary, and of the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched and not man.
Let’s paraphrase it a bit; let me read it again. We have such a high priest, right, like the one on earth, we have a high priest but He is now in heaven, a minister of the sanctuary the true tabernacle which the Lord pitched and not men. Which power pitched the tabernacle on earth, man or God? Well, Moses pitched it. So it would have been pitched by man. So here’s another tabernacle and it says “In heaven which has not touched by man and this has been pitched by the Lord”; so the one on earth actually represents the sanctuary in heaven. The sanctuary shows us the…
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Old Testament sanctuary shows us that the gospel we have today is the same gospel we had in the Old Testament. It was designed to help the people of the Old Testament understand God’s plan of salvation. Today, we read about Jesus Christ and understand that through Jesus Christ we can attain salvation. In the Old Testament sanctuary they had the same gospel but just laid out in a different marketing plan if you will.
So, if this is the case so what about the Ten Commandments? Are we still bound by God’s moral law? Let’s look for a moment at the character of Christ versus the character of His moral law. Let’s look into the word and bring up a list of items that identify according to the text words what are the true characters of God Himself.
|Characters of GodJUST – Romans 3:26TRUTH – John 3:33PURE – 1 John 3:3LIGHT – 1 John 1:5FAITHFUL – 1 Cor. 1:9GOOD – Mathew 1:7
SPIRITUAL – 1 Cor. 13:1-4
TRUTH – John
LIFE – 1 John
|Character of the lawJUST – Romans 7:2TRUE – Nehemiah 9:13PURE – Psalms 19:7-8LIGHT –FAITHFUL –GOOD –
So, let’s weigh that up. Those are the characteristics which make up God who what is His character. Let’s look at what the bible describes throughout as a theme study throughout the word; what is the character of the law. Incredibly enough, 100% alignment with the true word of God. The character of God is the same as the character of the law. According to Romans 7:2, the character of the law is just. According to Nehemiah 9:13, the character of the law is true. Psalms 19:7-8 says “The character of the law is pure.” Going through the rest Christ scripture it says that the character of the law is light, is faithful, is good, spiritual, holy, truth, life, righteousness, perfect and forever. Is that incredible? When it comes to the moral law, the character of God is fulfilled in the moral law or the character of the moral law is fulfilled in Christ. That’s why He says I have not come to take the law away, to destroy the law of the prophets. I’ve come to live it up to its fullest potential.
1 John 3:4 … for sin is the transgression of the law.
So, if sin is the transgression of the law, if that is the definition, Is this now the moral law or the ceremonial law? Remember in the New Testament,
1 John 3:4 for sin is the transgression of the law;
Moral law or ceremonial law? James 2:11 says something that’s quite phenomenal.
James 2:11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery …
Question, moral law or ceremonial law? As far I know the moral law speaks about do not commit adultery.
James 2:11 For he that said, Do not commit adultery said, also do not kill. …
That’s also said in the moral law.
James 2:11 … If thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou become a transgressor of the law.
Isn’t that amazing? Here in the New Testament in James, right in the end of the bible, the same thing is said. Speaking, reiterating, thou shall not kill, thou shall not commit adultery, and saying if you do this you are a transgressor of the law. If we were still under the ceremonial law, we would have to do some pretty strange things. We’d have to kill all the homosexuals because that would just be, according to Leviticus, something we have to do. We would have to slaughter a lamb for forgiveness which we also don’t do and we would have to keep the festival of the Old Testament. So, we are no longer under the ceremonial law but under the grace, the character, the true fulfillment of the law in Jesus Christ. I often get asked, ‘Are the Ten Commandments in the New Testament?’ Do yourself a study and have a look at it. I just put it up on a graphic that you can see Old Testament versus New Testament. The first commandment you can see it in Exodus 20 and Deuteronomy 5. It is repeated in the New Testament: Matthew 4 and Mark 12. Second commandment is repeated in Romans, Galatians, Ephesians and Revelations. The third commandment: Matthew 5, Matthew 15, Matthew 23 and Mark 7. What about the fourth commandment? Keep the Sabbath day. Genesis in the Old Testament: Exodus, Exodus, Exodus, Exodus, Leviticus 19, Leviticus 23, and Deuteronomy 5 again. These are repeated over and over in the New Testament: Matthew 12, Matthew 12 again, Matthew 24, Mark 1, Mark 2, Mark 3 and on and on and on. What about the fifth commandment? Well you can read it in Matthew 15:4-9, Matthew 19:18 and 19, Mark 7: 9-13, Mark 10:19, Luke 18:20. The sixth commandment is available in the New Testament: Matthew 5 and onwards. The seventh commandment is the same. The eight commandments are the same. The ninth commandment and the tenth command you can find in Matthew 15:19-20 and Mark 7:21-23. So I ask you, Is the moral law still available in the New Testament? Yes or no. Absolutely!
Romans 2:13 For the not the hearers of the law [are] just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
– those that obeys according to the requirements of God’s character which are fulfilled in the law. One of Satan’s most successful and devious deceptions is to make humanity believe that the Ten Commandments no longer exist. This is one of the most potent lies in all history. It’s a terrible thing because what it does is it allows you to forget what eternity is going to be like. Do you think there’s going to be murder in heaven? Is there going to be adultery in heaven? Am I going to worry or will I have to worry about my stuff being stolen in heaven? No. The truth is that the law will be maintained throughout eternity. It’s down here that it’s not. In heaven, there’s going to be no more murder. There’s going to be no more thieves. There’s going to be no more lying. There’s going to be no more adultery and you will be able to speak to Jesus face to face. Imagine that. Just as the commandments reflect the true character of God the commandments should reflect our character as well.
In summary, I would like to close up this lecture by beginning again. We challenge God with one of the most important question we ever can ask. Who are you? Tell us who you are? Is it Jesus? Is it Brahma? Is it Buddha? Is it Shiva? We’ve identified that God is Jesus Christ. We had 3 options given to us: prophecy, time prophecy and science. No other god in the universe is able to compete with that. By identifying Himself as God and living outside the timeline; He then says ‘I have now been able to prove who I am. I’ll show you that I institute the system in the Old Testament that allows you to understand how I’m going to save your souls. It’s called the sanctuary and that system will be a shadow of things to come that when I’m nailed to the cross they will be fulfilled in my character. Certain of the festivals will fall away but the character of the moral law, which is the character of God, one and a same thing will stand forever. The Ten Commandments, the moral law, is there for binding today as it ever was and it’s going to be binding into eternity. We won’t be able to kill each other in eternity and that’s part of the moral law. I hope that there’s something inside this discussion that we’ve had today that will lead you into an even closer relationship with our savior Lord Jesus Christ. There is only one true God, Jesus Christ. There is only one name under heaven by which man can be saved and that is the name Christ Jesus. Being God, living outside of the timeline, He gives us prophecy and He shows us what is going to happen in the future. In order to understand the end time, we need to look into the prophets and what they have written and see whether we can somehow decipher what the future is going to entail for us. I urge you to come back for the next lecture when we’ll be looking into the structure of prophecy: how to read it, how to understand it and how to figure out whether those stars coming from heaven are nuclear bombs or what are they. We’ll let the bible unlock the bible in the next lecture. Thank you.