The Passover, The Image,
Jesus apprehended and called me in the 1930's, I have never found or does it exist in Him, the capacity to hate another human being. Without question, "God is Love". He has revealed His quality of love, completely, in His Son 'Jesus'. He so loved corruptible Mankind that He gave His only begotten Son to redeem us.
I can not find any hate in Jesus who asked forgiveness for His murderers while the nails are still pinning Him to the Cross. If our goal is to love mankind any less than this, we are liars, have never known Him, and the truth is not in us. God is love and He, by nature, must love absolutely. Although true, this is sometimes hard to handle. It does not jade or eliminate the necessity for jurisprudence and the verdicts of criminal justice.
This creates the ultimate oxymoron, Jesus, full of grace and tender mercies, had a hate-love with Mankind. In that He is omnipotent and love absolutely then, His 'hatred' had to be absolute.
It is required to know Him as 'love' necessitates that I know 'what it is' that He loathes.
"what Is it?"
The Passover, etched in history, without precedent, is the classic illustration of Divine intervention on behalf of a totally helpless people. Regardless of status or birthright, slavery is a common denominator, reducing everyone to a cipher. Passover is the birthday of a Nation and Egypt is looked upon as the matrix of a hard birth.
Ex. 4:22 "You shall say to Pharaoh, 'Thus says the Lord: Israel is My son, My firstborn.'"
Ex. 12:37 Then the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about 600,000 men on foot, besides children, estimated to be about three million souls and accompanied by a mixed multitude. Words cannot describe the complications and magnitude of this event. With a Strong Hand The Lord brought them out of Egypt. Delivered by The Messiah that their offspring of a future generation would reject and crucify, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, King of Kings, Lord of lords.
1 Cor. 10:4 "For they drank of that Spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ."
John 1:11 "He came to His own and His own did not receive Him."
Exodus 12:35,36 "Now the children of Israel had done according to the word of Moses, and they asked from the Egyptians articles of silver, articles of gold and articles of clothing. And the Lord had given the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so they granted them what they requested. Thus they plundered the Egyptians."
After witnessing the mighty arm of the hand that delivered them, defeating the military might of Pharaoh in the sea, can you imagine their reaction if someone announced at their first encampment, "In the very near future, with the specter of slavery still lurking in your minds, you will mold a calf from the gold you carried out of Egypt and declare it to be the God who delivered you from slavery? Moreover, you will build an altar to the calf and declare it to be a feast to Jehovah Who spoke to Moses out of the burning bush."
They would either have slain or driven you from their camp. Yet, this is exactly what they did. In effect they attempted to reduce the Passover and everything associated with their deliverance into the image of a calf.
The Passover, observed by faith, was prefigured in the first faith sacrifice by Abel through which he obtained witness that he was righteous. The sacrificial lamb of Passover points to and is fulfilled in Jesus, the Lamb of God.
Every covenant and promise is infolded in Passover until they merge in fulfillment in Jesus, the author and finisher of faith.
1 Cor. 5:7 "For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us."
2 Cor. 1:20 "For all the promises of God in Him are Yes and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us."
Col. 2:3 "In whom are hidden all
the treasures of wisdom
and knowledge." All the answers consummate in
Who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life.
"Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 'This month shall be your beginning of months; it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Israel saying: "On the tenth day of this month every man shall take for himself a lamb, according to the house of his father, a lamb for a household. And if the household is too small for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the persons; according to each man's need you shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You shall take it from the sheep or from the goats. Now you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month. Then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it at twilight. And they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two door posts and on the lintel of the houses where they eat it. Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it. Do not eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted in fire--it's head with it's legs and entrails. You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire. And thus you shall eat it: with a belt on your waist, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. So you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord's Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike all the first born in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt. So this day shall be to you a memorial; and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations. You shall keep it as a feast by an everlasting ordinance. (fulfilled in the everlasting Christ.)"'"
SYMBOL OR IDOL
The lamb was worshipped by the Egyptians; to them the lamb was not a symbol it was an idolatrous object. They did not associate with sheep herders. To take the lamb on the tenth day and keep it for another four days before slaughtering was a test for the slaves. The slave masters were aware that the slaves intended to sacrifice one of their deities on the 14th day. In this, Jehovah, the Creator of the lamb, was making a statement against idolatry. The lamb was a symbol of Jesus, the Lamb of God, our Passover, who would deliver from the slavery of sin, bondage and death. Worshiping a symbol, designed by the Living God, does not make the worship sacrosanct; it is as idolatrous as worshiping Dagon of the Philistines. Building an altar to worship a representation of the Living God is no different than building an altar of worship to Ashtoreth the female deity embraced by Solomon and set up in his kingdom. 1 Kings 11:5
John 4:24 "God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth."
RESULT OF THE PASSOVER
They and the mixed multitude, three million people, marched to an impassable sea, overcome with doubt they desired to turn back. Finally, by command of the Lord through Moses, they stood still and saw the Salvation of the Lord. Unarmed, untrained, disciplined by slavers, servants of servants, unsubmitted to Jehovah, their Liberator, they passed through the Sea.
1 Cor. 10:1-8 "I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not well pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. Now these things became our examples, to the intent that we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted. And do not become idolaters as were some of them. As it is written, 'The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.' Nor let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day 23,000 fell."
They passed over dry-shod, not a drop touched them, their baptism was waterless; nevertheless it is called a baptism. The baptism of Moses could never take away sin.
John 1:17 "For the law was given through Moses, but Grace and truth came through Jesus Christ."
Eph.5:25 "Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word."
Gal.3:27-29 "For as many of you as were baptized into Christ, have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise."
The word "baptism" is used to describe the baptism into Moses, baptism of suffering, baptism of water, baptism of the Holy Spirit and fire, baptism into Christ. Baptism is defined by the element or identity into which one is baptized. When baptized into Christ, one loses and is separated from all the distinctions that mankind continually struggles to keep. Sin with all it's insoluble problems does not exist in Christ Jesus.
Regarding the Passover: Exodus 13:9 "It shall be a sign to you on your hand and a memorial between your eyes (forehead), that the Lord's law may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand the Lord has brought you out of Egypt."
LUCIFER'S VERSION OF THE PASSOVER
"Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, 'Come make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.' And Aaron said to them, break off the golden earrings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.' So all the people broke off the golden earrings which were in their ears, and brought them to Aaron. And he received the gold from their hand, and he fashioned it with an engraving tool, and made a golden calf. Then they said, this is your God O Israel, that brought you out of the Land of Egypt.' So when Aaron saw it he built an altar before it. And Aaron made a proclamation and said, 'Tomorrow is a feast to the Lord (Jehovah).'" (The table of the Lord.)
Hebrews 8:5 "See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."
Hebrews 12:22-25 "But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the Living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of Angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. See that you do not refuse Him who speaks."
Heb. 8:5 "See that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."
While Moses is on the Mountain receiving Divine instructions for the Tabernacle and Aaron's priestly function in it; Aaron embraces the priesthood of Egypt and Baal, fashioning golden earrings into the Godhead, builds an altar before it and proclaims a feast to Jehovah. Ex. 32:5 With the stench of the sweat of slavery still in their garments and the image of the whip indelibly etched in their minds, they declared the golden calf to be their God and prepared a feast to the Lord (Jehovah), the Name in which He reveals Himself. They testified that the transmuted gold of Egypt had now become The living God who created the heavens and the earth and created man out of the dust of the earth. Through an act of witchcraft they were having a feast to the "Great I Am," perceiving their redeeming Jehovah as transubstantiated into a calf made of elements.
Hebrews 8:5 "See that you make all
things according to
the pattern shown you on the mountain."
Exodus 32:20 "Then he took the calf which they had made, burned it in the fire, ground it to powder, and he scattered it on the water and made the children of Israel drink it." 3000 men of the people fell that day.
Rev. 14:9 If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation."
1 Cor. 11:29 "For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord's body."
THE LAST PASSOVER FEAST
Passover celebrates the birth of the Nation Israel and the Mosaic Covenant: At the last authentic Passover Feast Jesus closes the symbolic feast, prophetically illustrates His Body, the Staff of eternal Life, by blessing and breaking the bread; He blesses the symbolic fruit of the vine, announcing the BLOOD flowing through the HAND of the TRUE VINE that held the cup, the LIFE of the NEW COVENANT, as the LIFE of the NEW CREATION NATION of KINGS and PRIESTS to be born from above.
Peter in attendance at the Feast, later wrote, 1 Peter 2:9 "But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy Nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His Marvelous Light."
Matt. 26:18-28 And He (Jesus) said, "Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, 'The Teacher says, "My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples." So the disciples did as Jesus had directed them; and they prepared the Passover. Now when evening had come, He sat down with the twelve. Now as they were eating, He said, 'Assuredly, I say to you, one of you will betray Me.' And they were exceedingly sorrowful, and each of them began to say to Him, 'Lord is it I?' Then He answered and said, 'He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me. The Son of Man goes as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had not been born.'" Then Judas, who was betraying Him, answered and said, 'Rabbi, is it I?' He said to him, 'you have said it." And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed it, and gave it to the disciples and said, 'Take eat; this is My Body.' (to get bread a corn of grain has to fall into the ground and die) Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, 'Drink from it all of you. For this is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.'" (To get wine the leaven must be removed by fermentation.)
2 Cor.5:21 For He made Him who
knew no sin
to be sin (leaven) for us, that
we might become the righteousness of God in
IN RESURRECTION JESUS DINES WITH MORTALS
We have this Treasure in earthen vessels
Acts 10:40-43 "Him God raised up on the third day, and showed Him openly, not to all the people, but to witnesses chosen before by God, even to us who ATE AND DRANK WITH HIM AFTER HE AROSE FROM THE DEAD. And He commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is He who was ordained by God to be Judge of the living and the dead. To Him all the prophets witness that, through His Name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins."
The Adversary's Version of JESUS OUR PASSOVER
Let us take flour, mold it, bake it in a furnace, reincarnate the Glorified Jesus who is no longer flesh and blood, into a wafer; let us build an altar to Him. Let us make Jesus the Passover into the image of bread, put Him on public display by enshrining Him in a tabernacle. Let us transubstantiate the Fullness of the Godhead by uttering words, announce a feast, distribute Him to the devotees and proclaim, "This is the body of Christ, this is our Passover."
Let us take the fruit of vines from a variety of vineyards and turn it into the blood of the Everlasting Covenant of the True Vine. Let us fulfill the doctrine of the Nicolaitans (people conquerors) perpetuate the man made, priesthood; re-enslaving the slaves through mediatorial dependency by periodic re-creation of Jesus the Redeemer.
Let us change the doctrine of the One Mediator into the doctrine of demons (many mediators). To be a mediator one must be a priest, to produce a body one must be a father. To be the Holy Father one must be God. To be the Living God one must be the Holy Place. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God.
Rev. 18:4 "Come out of her, My people, lest you share in her sins, and unless you receive her plagues." Jesus, the One Mediator, our Passover, is seated at the Right Hand of the Majesty on high; a priest after the order of Melchizedek. He and the priesthood of believers have no earthly roots or appointments.
Heb.4:14 "Seeing then that we have a great High Priest Who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession." We are amazed at the historical record of a people, freshly delivered out of the hell of slavery, attempting to reduce their Deliverer into a molded object baked in a furnace.
We should be dumbfounded that in the church age of spiritual enlightenment, millions of people are bound in the perception that the Eternal Redeemer is reduced to a crumb, ingested by mouth and going out with the drought. This is Satan's finest work of witchcraft. Covens of witches, evil alchemists with bones, hair, bat's blood and effigies are Lucifer's red herrings to distract attention from his masterpiece of deception.
Judas the son of perdition confirmed his betrayal of Jesus at the Passover Feast, dipping the sop with Him. It was there he was exposed by the Master. Judas, unlike Nathaniel an Israelite in deed was, nevertheless, an Israelite of the same tribe as Jesus, the tribe of Judah. At the same table with Jesus, the fulfiller of Passover, sat Judas who had just been born again from beneath. Satan had entered him, he is now heir of the infamous title, "Son of Perdition".
Judas is a figure of the Man of sin, the embodiment of the fatherhood and authority of Lucifer, also called the Son of Perdition who comes out of Christendom. Jesus said, "If it were possible the very elect would be deceived." A masterpiece of deception so subtle that the called out people of the Lord would be attracted to it and tempted by it.
This deception involves the bread and the wine. Christians have always been preoccupied with the illustrated prophecy of Jesus when he broke bread and said take eat this is My Body; then took the Cup and said this is the blood of the New Covenant. In my lifetime I have seen a variety of interpretations of the communion table. For the most part they went over the edge from the symbolic to the idolatrous. The antithesis of Christ in you is to experience Him in an element which is idolatry. The hands of men cannot manipulate the Body and Blood of Jesus. Unequivocally, the only possible value to the unleavened bread and wine is in it's vitamin content which is meager. It's symbolism points to Jesus, The Fountain of Life, in Whom redemption from sin is secure and sealed in the Blood of the Everlasting Covenant. The virtue is in Him; not one iota is in anything else and there are no substitutes in the form of mystical elements. Every symbol must, eventually, vanish in fulfillment.
Within the past two years we have witnessed two prominent, gifted preachers of the Gospel, who have the ear of millions of listeners, arrange to be publicly visible and participate at a gathering where one with the title of
"holy father" supposedly performed a rite that turned the bread into the Body of Christ and the wine into the Blood of the New Covenant. Within this same time period two more
prominent, gifted Preachers, having the ear, and following of millions of listeners, made a complete
about-face, proclaiming a new revelation that the bread and the wine is literally the Body and Blood of Jesus. This is not
revelation; this is an abomination that makes desolate and qualifies to be 'the lie'.
I saw a documentary about the travels of a world evangelist who has had the ear of more politicians than any preacher on record. In a great cathedral he placed his hand on an image saying, "This icon preaches the same gospel that I preach."
Rev. 13 is very descriptive of the beast with horns and crowns and on his heads a blasphemous name.
The delivered people of Ex. 13:16
were the same people
of Ex. 32:4 who attempted to transmute Jehovah into a golden calf. Everything that applied to their
Passover was perceived to be in the golden calf.
Note the analogy, regarding the
Passover, Ex. 13:16 "It shall be a sign (mark) on your hand and
as frontlets between your eyes, (foreheads) for by
strength the hand of the Lord brought us out of
Note Ex. 13:9, regarding Passover: "It shall be as a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes (forehead), that the Lord's law may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand the Lord has brought you out of Egypt."
Note same verse, same chapter: Rev. 13:9 "If anyone has an ear, let him hear."
The mark is not some hard-to-interpret mathematical figure. The beast and his system do not deceive as a tyrannical monster. This system first appears as the solution to the problems which it created. The beast, the mark, and the image are unique in that they are counterfeits posing as the genuine.
Rev. 13:18 "Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man, his number is 666. (The triune compound of 6, the day Adam was created to be the FATHER and progenitor of Mankind.) This is the counterfeit of 888 the triune compound that numerically marks Jesus as the fullness of the Godhead Bodily.
The very next verse, Rev. 14:1, makes the computation, telling us every aspect of what the beast is counterfeiting. "Then I looked, and behold, a lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him 144,000, having His Father's name written (sealed) on their foreheads." It is all about our Holy Father's identity. The Lamb, Mount Zion, the mark (seal) and the forehead. The 'Father' 'The 'Son' (Lamb), The 'Holy Spirit' (Seal, mark). Eph.4:30 "The Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption."
As Lucifer perverted the Passover Feast into a golden calf to thwart the purpose of God in the symbolic Firstborn, earthly, shadow Nation, so will he attempt to thwart the end-time people of the Lord, who, in Him, are the Firstborn from among the dead.
Over fifty years ago I lived in a country where we had no modern bathroom facilities. Our commode was a large version of a child's potty chair. Each morning a young man would be waiting outside the door to carry the night soil outside the village and dispose of it. Needless to say, he had a slight odor associated with his profession. I daily witnessed to him about Jesus. He would listen but never come to a decision. He was of low cast, bound in the labyrinth of a religious cast system. One day I asked him a question completely outside the spiritual context. I said, "why don't you move to another part of the country, change your garment, put on a Brahman cord and become high cast, thus changing your occupation?" I shall never forget his answer, using an eastern expression, he said, "It is impossible, it is written in my forehead, it is my destiny, it is my karma." Although I knew I wouldn't find a mark, I, automatically, glanced at his forehead. There was no mark on his flesh but his accepted destiny was indelibly inscribed in his mind.
THE DOOR BECOMES A WALL
An open door is an accessible extension to a wall; when the door is sealed it becomes a wall. The Door is still open, you can change your destiny by accepting Jesus, changing garments, taking residence in "The Christ, the Messianic State." It needs no Capital City, in Him it is the Capital City. It is the New Jerusalem, prepared from the Throne, as a Bride adorned for Her Husband. Rev. 21:2
You can rid your forehead of the mark, seal, and image of the father from beneath, erasing his identity from the right hand of acceptance, exchanging it for the Destiny of the Lamb.
Rev. 14:1 "Then I looked and, behold a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty four thousand, having His Father's Name written on their foreheads."
John 10:27-30 "My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of MY HAND. MY FATHER, who has given them to Me, is greater than ALL; and no one is able to snatch them out of MY FATHER'S HAND. I and MY FATHER are ONE."
You can change your destiny from the mark of damnation in your hand to eternal security in the Hand of the Arm of The Lord. When you extend the right hand of fellowship you say, without articulating a word, "I accept you."
The betrayer ate and drank the same elements, dipping the sop, in the same bowl. The GREAT DECEPTION will involve the elements of the table. The Betrayer was of the same Tribe. The Deceiver will profess to follow this same, one and only, 'Jesus' whose Vicar is The Holy Spirit.
Rev. 22:17 "And the Spirit and the bride say, 'Come!' And let him who hears say, "Come!'" And let him who thirsts come. And whosoever desires, let him take the water of Life freely."
THE SONG OF MOSES AND THE LAMB
Rev. 15:2-4 "And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name (identity), standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, "Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your Name? For YOU ALONE ARE HOLY. For all Nations shall come and worship before You, for your judgments have been manifested."
These OVERCOMERS who have victory over the beast, his image, his mark, and over the number of his identity, sing the song of Moses and the song of the Sacrificial Lamb. What have they overcome that they can so sing?
THE THEME OF THE SONG OF MOSES
Deut.32:4 "He is the Rock (Petra, Jesus; not Petros, Peter); His work is perfect.
They have corrupted themselves. They are not His children, because of their blemish, a perverse and crooked generation. Do you thus deal with the Lord, O foolish and unwise people? IS HE NOT YOUR FATHER WHO BOUGHT YOU? HAS HE NOT ESTABLISHED YOU?
The theme of the song of Moses is about the Holy Father and Jesus, the sacrificial Lamb of God. The conflict of the ages is about the identity of the Holy Father and Jesus who is the brightness of the Father's glory and the express image of His person, upholding all things by the word of His power.
Eph. 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all and through all, and in you all.
2 John 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, has not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.
Matthew 23:9 "Do not call anyone on earth your father, for One is your Father, He who is in heaven."
Psalm 23:1 "The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want"
2 Thessalonians 2:3 "Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition."
Revelation 18:23 "For your merchants where the great men of the earth, for by your sorcery all the nations were deceived."
Isaiah 40:23 "He brings the princes to nothing; He makes the judges of the earth useless."
Matthew 24:23 "Then if anyone says to you, 'Look, here is the Christ!' or 'There!' do not believe it."
Matthew 26:23 "He who dipped his hand with Me in the dish will betray Me."
Luke 17:23 "And they will say to you, 'Look here!' or 'Look there!' Do not go after them or follow them."
Mark 4:23 "If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear."
John 5:23 "That all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. 'He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.'"
"I HAVE COME IN MY FATHER'S NAME, AND YOU DO NOT RECEIVE ME; IF ANOTHER COMES IN HIS OWN NAME, HIM YOU WILL RECEIVE."
Don Murphy ©November 1999
The Passover, The Image, The Mark