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The Crucifixion & the Passover Lamb

Jesus Christ is our Passover Lamb, and as such, the Passover lamb and the events of the Passover in Egypt should give us information about the crucifixion. To find out details about the crucifixion of Jesus, we can look at Exodus 12. By reading Exodus chapter 12, we see the life of Jesus revealed clearly in the types and shadows of the first Passover.

THE BLOOD
The blood of the Passover lamb is important. It is the blood of the lamb that is required for the first-born son to not be killed at midnight. The blood of the Passover lamb was to be placed in three places, one on each side post and one on the lintel (Exodus 12:22-23). This is symbolic of the three crosses. Two crosses on each side and one in the middle. And the one in the middle is higher than the ones on each side. Christ is our High Priest and is positionally and spiritually above all men, including the two on each side at His Crucifixion. When the death angel saw the blood, he passed over the house that had the blood in it. The judgment of death did not come into that house.

So it is with the final judgment. When God sees the blood of Jesus applied to the soul, He will pass over that person for judgment. Those who do not have the blood covering them will be subject to death – the second death, which is the Lake of fire. So the blood of the Passover lamb is symbolic of the blood of Jesus Christ, our Passover Lamb. The words to the well-known song, When I see the Blood, remind us of that. That is why it’s called the Passover, because God passed over, for judgment, those that had the blood
applied.

THE FIRE
The Passover lamb was to be roasted with fire and with bitter herbs (Exodus 12:8-9). This is symbolic of the fire that sinners will be cast into (they will be roasted). When Jesus was on the cross, he said, “I thirst” (John 19:28). When the rich man was in hell, he said, “Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.” (Luke 16:24 – emphasis mine). When a sinner goes to hell, the torment is thirsting and torment in fire. Jesus suffered the torment of sinners when He took our sins on his body. The Passover lamb of Exodus was a foreshadow of the Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ. Jesus suffered with “bitter herbs” and torment for 6 hours on the cross.

THE DEATH
Exodus 12:6 says, “the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening” (emphasis mine). Notice it says they killed it in the evening. Matthew 27:45 says, “Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.” It’s dark at evening. Notice also it says “the congregation of Israel” killed the Passover lamb. As the Passover lamb was a preview of Jesus, we can see that the congregation (the multitude of Israel and the chief priests and elders – Matthew 27:20) also killed Jesus. They replied to Pilate, “His blood be on us, and on our children” (Matthew 27:25). The Passover lamb was killed whole. Jesus, unlike the others who were crucified, did not have a bone of His broken (John 19:33). This fulfilled prophecy, but it was also revealed in the Passover lamb. So we see that the death of the Passover lamb was a foreshadow of the death of Jesus Christ.

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Who are the 144,000 mentioned in Revelation?

The answer to the question “who are the 144,000?” will depend on whether one believes the Bible, and which interpretive approach you take with the book of Revelation. With the exception of the futurist approach, all of the other approaches interpret the 144,000 symbolically.

There are many, such as Jehovah’s Witnesses, who do not believe what the Bible plainly says, but believe that these are select Christians, and that only these 144,000 Christians will make it to Heaven. That means Heaven is going to be a pretty empty space, because New Jerusalem is describe in Rev. 21:15-17 as being approximately 1,500 miles square!

The following Commentaries show what is the norm when it comes to defining who the 144,000 are:
Adam Clarke: In the number of 144,000 are included all the Jews converted to Christianity; 12,000 out of each of the twelve tribes: but this must be only a certain for an uncertain number; for it is not to be supposed that just 12,000 were converted out of each of the twelve tribes.
Jamieson, Fausset & brown: Twelve is the number of the tribes, and appropriate to the Church: three by four: three, the divine number, multiplied by four, the number for world-wide extension. Twelve by twelve implies fixity and completeness, which is taken a thousandfold in 144,000.
Geneva Study Bible: That is, of the Jews a number certain in itself before God, and such as may be numbered of us: for which cause also the same is here set down as certain. But of the elect who are Gentiles, the number indeed is in itself certain with God, but of us not possibly to be numbered, as God.
Matthew Henry Commentary: The number of those who were sealed, may be understood to stand for the remnant of people which God reserved.
Robertson’s Word Pictures: Symbolical, of course, and not meant to be a complete number of the sealed (or saved) even in that generation, let alone for all time.

As you can see, even theologians do not believe the Bible. When the Bible is spiritualized, just who decides what verses to spiritualize and what verses to take as they’re written? If the passage is to be taken spiritually, then what does Revelation 7:7 mean, which says, “Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand”?

We believe the Bible, and take it literally. The Bible interprets those things that are to be interpreted (see Revelation 7:9-10 interpreted in Revelation 7:13-14. Revelation 17:3-4 interpreted in Revelation 17:7,9,12,15,18. Matthew 13:24-30 interpreted in Matthew 13:37-42). Do not interpret what the Bible means to be taken literally! Billy Sunday said, “If scholars say one thing and my Bible says another, the scholars can go plumb to the devil.” Unfortunately, because they don’t believe the Bible, that is probably where most scholars and theologians are going.

The 144,000 are found in two places in Revelation. The first mention of them is in Rev. 7:2-8, which says
“And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, Saying, hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.”

Now notice that those who were sealed were “of all the tribes of the children of Israel.” Then it goes on to name the tribes. Twelve tribes with 12,000 from each tribe. So it is clear that these 144,000 are JEWS. Notice also that this takes place during the great tribulation, and that before the tribulation begins, God sends an angel to seal the Jews with the seal of God in their foreheads. This is to protect them from harm and from the plagues. Notice in Rev. 9:4, when it speaks of the creatures from the bottomless pit, it says that they hurt “only those men which have not the seal of God in their foreheads.” The 144,000 are not hurt by these creatures.

The other place the 144,000 is mentioned in Revelation is found in chapter 14:1-5,
“And I looked, and lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. And I hear a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with the harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.”

Here we see some more details of the 144,000. We see here that these are virgins, and they are men, because it says they were not defiled with women. Notice also that in verse 1, they still have the seal of God in their foreheads. The Bible is plain to those who want to understand it. Proverbs 14:6 says “knowledge is easy to him that understandeth.” The 144,000 are 12,000 Jewish, male virgins from each tribe of the nation of Israel.

The Sabbath

A Bible study on the observation of the Sabbath.

• There is absolutely NO reference anywhere in the New Testament for Christians to observe the Sabbath.
• The Sabbath was given to the Jews as a sign between God and Israel (Exodus 31:13), because the Jews require a sign (1 Cor. 1:22). It was not given to the Gentiles!
• The observance of the Sabbath is part of the Law, and we are NOT under the Law, but under grace (Romans 6:14).
• No one is to judge us in regards to the Sabbath (Colossians 2:16).
• Keeping the Sabbath is a work of the Law, and no one is justified by the works of the Law (Galatians 2:16).
• Christians in the Bible met on the first day of the week (Acts 20:7), took up collections on the first day of the week (1 Cor. 16:1-2), preached on the first day of the week (Acts 2:14, 20:7), received the Holy Spirit on the first day of the week (Acts 2:1-4), Jesus rose on the first day of the week (John 20:1, Luke 24:1) and Jesus appeared to His disciples on the first day of the week (John 20:19). Therefore the first day of the week is called the Lord’s day (Revelation 1:10).
• After the book of Acts, the Sabbath is only mentioned once, which speaks against anyone saying you should observe the Sabbath.
• Paul listed the commandments in Romans 13:9, and they do not include the Sabbath day. It also says if there are any other commandments than the ones he listed, they are summed up by just loving your neighbor. Romans 13:10 and Galatians 5:14 both say that love is the fulfilling of the Law. So if you love your neighbor, you have fulfilled the Law, which includes the observance of the Sabbath.
• Galatians 5:1 says Christ has made us free from the Law.
• For those who say that observing the Sabbath is required, Christ is become of no effect to them, and they are fallen from grace (Galatians 5:4).
• Galatians 5:17 says if your are led by the Holy Spirit, you are not under the law.
• Galatians 4:9,10 says that if you observe special days you are in bondage to weak things.
• In Luke 4:16, it doesn’t say that Jesus went into the Synagogue because it was the Law regarding the Sabbath. It says He went into the Synagogue because it was “His custom.” We have a custom too. It is our custom to go to church on the first day of the week – Sunday.
• If we are under the law, and must obey the Sabbath Law, then we must also put to death anyone who does not observe the Sabbath as required in Numbers 15:32-36.
• Worship on the first day of the week is supported by many early Christian writings and was observed by the church since the first century.
• There is NO mention or even a hint of the Sabbath in Revelation, and it has nothing to do with the mark of the beast.

The Trinity

Belief in the Trinity is the belief that there is one eternally existent, sovereign, holy God, Creator of heaven and earth, and Redeemer of mankind.  This God is revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and these three Persons of the triune Godhead are in a state of total unity, so as to be one Lord God Almighty.  This is the basic statement regarding the Trinity that one can find in any Christian church’s statement of faith.

The Bible is very clear on the doctrine of the Trinity.  As a result, this study will proceed with the fact that the Bible clearly shows God as a triune being.  As humans, do we really think we can comprehend the magnitude of a being that is the Creator of the entire universe, which has trillions of stars, and Who created the earth and all the creatures on the earth, from the ant to the elephant?  John Wesley said, “Bring me a worm that can comprehend a man, and then I will show you a man that can comprehend the triune God.” 

God is so far above us in our understanding as to His being and complexity.  We can know Him personally as our Saviour.  But His thoughts and His ways are impossible to fully understand this side of eternity.  The Bible says, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Neither are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

We can know God through the person of Jesus Christ.  We can know His will, His plan for us, His design for heaven and earth, the future and our eternal life.  Your eternal destiny is the most important thing in the whole world. This study is only focusing on the doctrine of the Trinity.  If you don’t know Jesus Christ as your personal Saviour, please contact me and I will clearly show you how to have eternal life.

**The Scriptures speak as if God was a three-part being, using first person plural pronouns, such as “we” and “us.”

1 John 5:7, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
2 Corinthians 13:14, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.”
Matthew 28:19, “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.”
Isaiah 6:8, “Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?”
Isaiah 41:22, “Let them bring them forth, and shew us what shall happen: let them shew the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.”
Genesis 1:26, 31, “And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness…And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.”

**The Scriptures refer to Jesus Christ as God, either directly or indirectly. 

Luke 8:39, “Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.”
Acts 20:28, “Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.”
Romans 14:10, 12, “for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ.  So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.”
1 Timothy 3:16, “And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh.”
Acts 7:59, “And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.”
Hebrews 1:8, “But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever.”
John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

*God says He is the only Saviour, yet Jesus Christ is referred to as the Saviour.

Isaiah 43:11, “I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.”
Hosea 13:4, “Yet I am the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no god but me: for there is no saviour beside me.”

1 John 4:14, “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.”
Titus 3:6, “Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour.”
2 Timothy 1:10, “But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ.”
Philippians 3:20, “For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.”
2 Peter 3:18, “But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.”
John 4:42, “for we have heard him ourselves, and know that this is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of the world.”

*Jesus said He was God.

John 8:58, “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”
John 10:30, “I and my Father are one.”
John 10:38, “But if I do, though ye believe not me, believe the works: that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.”

Revelation 22:6, “the Lord God of the holy prophets sent his angel.”
Revelation 22:16, “I Jesus have sent mine angel.”

*Prophecies that say Jesus is God

Isaiah 9:6, “For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father…”
Zechariah 12”10, “they shall look upon me whom they have pierced.”

*God created all things. Jesus created all things. Thus Jesus is God.

Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.”
Malachi 2:10, “Have we not all one father? hath not one God created us?”

Colossians 1:16, “For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.”
John 1:10, “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.”

*What was in the Old Testament a reference to God, is in the New Testament a reference to Jesus Christ.

Isaiah 44:6, “Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God.”
Revelation 1:17-18, “And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen.”

Joel 2:32, “And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered.”
Romans 10:13, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

*The Pharisees and Jewish leaders knew that by Jesus’ actions and words He was making Himself God.

Mark 2:5-7, “When Jesus saw their faith, he said unto the sick of the palsy, Son, thy sins be forgiven thee. But there were certain of the scribes sitting there, and reasoning in their hearts, Why doth this man thus speak blasphemies? who can forgive sins but God only?”
John 10:33, “The Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.”

**The Scriptures refer to the Holy Spirit as God.

Acts 5: 3-4, “Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.”
2 Corinthians 3:17, “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.”

1 Corinthians 3:16, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God?”
1 Corinthians 6:19, “know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost?”

2 Corinthians 1:21-22, “Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; Who hath also sealed us.”
Ephesians 4:30, “And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed.”

Psalm 48:14, “For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.”
John 16:13, “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth.”

I could go on and on, as there are many other Scriptures that attest to a Triune God. But my time is valuable, as is yours.  I suggest you search the Scriptures and find the ones I didn’t post here.

Also, remember that satan is the great imitator of God.  What God has satan wants, and many things that God does satan can imitate.  Satan has a trinity too.  It’s in Revelation 16:13, “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.”  This is the wicked trinity.

God bless.

All Positive?

Life, like a battery, must have both positive and negative to work properly. 

God’s word gives us many examples. 
Notice these verses from Proverbs 15:25-29

25 – “The LORD will destroy the house of the proud (negative): but he will establish the border of the widow (positive).”
26 – “The thoughts of the wicked are an abomination to the LORD (negative): but the words of the pure are pleasant words (positive).”
27 – “He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house (negative); but he that hateth gifts shall live (positive).”
28 – “The heart of the righteous studieth to answer (positive): but the mouth of the wicked poureth out evil things (negative).”
29 – “The LORD is far from the wicked (negative): but he heareth the prayer of the righteous (positive).”

To have a well-balanced life, there must be some negative and some positive.  If a person tries to have only positive in their life, they open themselves up to trouble.  Notice when the devil tempted Eve, he tempted Eve with all positive things.  Genesis 3:6, “And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food (positive), and that it was pleasant to the eyes (positive), and a tree to be desired to make one wise (positive), she took of the fruit thereof.”

If someone comes to you speaking only positive words, beware, lest you be deceived.  Romans 16:18b says “by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple.”  People aren’t deceived by negative words, or rough speeches.  People are deceived by good-sounding words and wonderful positive speeches, coming from ministers of righteousness who are actually ministers of satan (see 2 Corinthians 11:15).

(all italics added)

Easter

Acts 12:4 has “Easter” in the AV.  All other versions have “Passover.”  Which is correct?

Easter is the correct translation, because Passover had already happened.  Notice verse 3 says “(Then were the days of unleavened bread.)”.  Verse 4 says “intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people.”

Herod put Peter in prison to hold him until after Easter, which hadn’t happened yet.  But this was during the days of unleavened bread.

Notice Numbers 28:16-17 says, “And in the fourteenth day of the first month is the passover of the Lord.  And in the fifteenth day of this month is the feast: seven days shall unleavened bread be eaten.”  The seven feast days, the days of unleavened bread, come after the Passover.  See also 2 Chronicles 30:15 & 21, Ezra 6:19 & 22.

The Passover happens on the 14th day of the month, and the days of unleavened bread are from the 14th to the 21st days.  Therefore, if Acts 12 takes place during the days of unleavened bread, then the Passover had already taken place.  Herod celebrates Easter, not Passover.  He plans to keep Peter in jail until after Easter, when at least some, if not all, of the days of unleavened bread had already transpired, which means the Passover had already taken place.  Thus Easter is the correct translation.

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