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Aaron in the Duties of His Office
Chapter 8 Leviticus 9
Salvation is connected with the shedding of Blood . . . The bloody rites of Greece and Rome . . . An argument for the inspiration of the Scriptures from their unity on the doctrine of Salvation by Blood . . . Aaron's sacrifice for himself . . . Memories of sin . . . Aaron's duties at the altar . . . Christ presiding at His own Immolation (His offering Himself as a sacrifice) . . . He was made Sin for us . . . Aaron's entry into the Sanctuary was the symbol of Christ's Ascension and installation in Heaven . . . His Coming again . . . Details connected with Christ’s Second Coming.
We have seen the complete arrangement of two important facts; (1). the kind of offerings to be made; and (2). the consecration of the persons who were to supervise in offering them. We have seen enough about this ceremony to now see it being put in action. Since Aaron has been ordained, and the days of his consecration have been fulfilled, he enters immediately in his priestly roles. Chapter 9 shows us the Levitical system in active exercise.
The job of a priest is summed up by the writer of Hebrews, to "offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins." (Heb.5:1). And since Aaron was just a man, he had to offer BOTH gifts and sacrifices, "for the people, so also for himself" (Heb. 5:3). So, in giving us this account of what Aaron did in his office as high-priest, God brings us again to the scenes of slaughter and blood. Redemption by blood is the great theme of the Scriptures, from beginning to end. God will not permit it to remain out of sight for a single Chapter. Redemption by blood stands out boldly at every step. God takes every possible method to write it deep in our soul, and engrave it in our conscience, filling our whole mind with it, and making it the center of all our religious thoughts and beliefs. I have said before that Redemption by blood in the Scriptures is very offensive to many people. 1 Cor. 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God. (KJV)
For the preaching of the cross . . . the preaching of the cross is the doctrine concerning the cross and it is the doctrine that proclaims salvation to a lost world through the crucifixion of Christ.
Is to them that perish foolishness . . . there are only two classes of people anywhere the Gospel is preached: the unbelievers and gainsayers who are perishing; and the obedient and willing believers. A gainsayer is one who opposes, denies, disputes or contradicts the Gospel of Jesus Christ. To unbelievers, the preaching of salvation through the merit of a crucified Saviour is foolishness, total stupidity.
But unto us which are saved it is the power of God . . . to those who believe this doctrine of Christ crucified, the power of God saves their soul! The awesome power of God is without question, effective to deliver them from all the power, guilt and pollution of sin and Satan’s power.
The preaching of the cross seems to greatly disgust and offend many, because we have so much to say about blood. Some skeptics have argued, that the Bible cannot be what it claims to be, because it represents God as appointing and taking pleasure in such bloody arrangements and services. BUT . . . the TRUTH is, that Jesus’ death on the cross is the ONLY remedy for your sins! IF you insist on denying this FACT, you will NEVER be allowed to enter the gates of Heaven! You will go to Hell with the devil because you are letting him lead you there by your disbelief.
If your name is not in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Rev.21:27), you shall be condemned to Hell on Judgment Day (John 3:18), by Judge Jesus, the same Jesus that you deny.
There is an obvious inconsistency of people who look with disgust on the bloody nature of the system which God has arranged for our salvation, while on the other hand, they relish the culture and values of the men and times of ancient Greeks and Romans, saying they should be our examples and guides . . . as if the religion of Greece and Rome had no bloody rites, or involvement in dealing with bloody sacrifices. There has never been a religious system on Earth bloodier in its observances, or more shocking in its sacrificial ritual, than the Greeks and Romans, indorsed and supported by their laws, and advocated by their greatest men. Every classical scholar knows this. I will not go in detail of their sacrifices of dogs, pigs, cats, horses and cattle, with paid officers of state, manipulating and inspecting the entrails, to read in sickening filthiness the pretended communications of their gods. They not only sacrificed animals, but also men. Their altars flowed, not only with the blood of bulls and of goats, and many unclean and disgusting creatures, but with the blood of humans, who were annually slain and offered up in religious worship to pacify their gruesome deities. In the worship of Zeus Lycæus in Arcadia, human sacrifices were regularly offered for hundreds of years, down to the time of the Roman Emperors. In Leucas, a man was every year put to death at the high festival of Apollo. When their great generals went out to war, they first offered up humans as sacrifices to gain the help of their gods.
I mention the above, not to justify the Levitical rites, of which there were immoral and wicked distortions and perversions, but to show the inconsistency of skeptics who denounce the atoning procedures of the Holy Scriptures, and say that the concepts of the Greeks and Romans are what is beautiful and refined. Dear one, if the Hebrew ritual is to be regarded as offensive to people, the rituals of the ancient Greeks and Romans is much more offensive, and hateful to the highest degree. If the atoning procedures of the Holy Scriptures cannot be received as of God because of its connection with the Passages of blood, there is NO religious system on Earth, ancient or modern, that can be so received; because ALL others have been equally and/or bloodier in their services, and theirs is without any of the deep and affecting moral meaning of atoning procedures of the Holy Scriptures.
HOW can the doctrine of Salvation by the Blood of Jesus offend anyone, when it is the TRUE revelation of Almighty God? And since God wants nothing but the best for us, and wants NO one to go to Hell, WHY do people turn their back on Him?
It scares me that God tells me that I am a sinner . . . and states that my wicked condition is far from what God's Law requires . . . assuring me I have NO power whatsoever to keep myself from the eternal fires of Hell that I deserve. But the doctrine of Salvation by the Blood of Jesus gives me hope and joy! It offers me a GIFT of eternal life (Rom.6:23; Eph.2:8), in Heaven!
The FACT is, that the Bible has just ONE great subject running through it . . . and that is Salvation by Blood of Jesus! To me, this is proof that it has come from God. Have you ever wondered how the writers of the Bible who lived hundreds of years apart; and were from all walks of life; and that they wrote in languages strange to each other . . . yet they ALL agreed? This HAD to be under Almighty God’s control! No matter who was writing . . . be it Moses in Midian, David in the mountains of Israel, Ezekiel lying on the river's bank, Daniel in Babylon’s palaces, Paul a prisoner at Rome, or John in the isolation on the drab rocks of Patmos . . . what they wrote was all basically the same, all merging together as parts of one great Truth, that being: Salvation through the precious Blood of the Lamb. All the writers displayed a oneness and unity of design, which could NEVER have been an accident, and had to have been from the Mind of God, moving and controlling them all.
The duties of the high-priest, shown in Chapter 9, divide themselves into two general classes. Some of his services related only to himself, and the rest were entirely to the people. Aaron, although a priest, was still a man, with all the wants and infirmities of men. He therefore needed atonement, just as much as those for whom he was to oversee. And before he was allowed to proceed with his duties for others, he was required to offer sacrifices for himself. On all public occasions, the high-priest was to begin his work by presenting a sin-offering and a burnt-offering for himself.
This requirement was a sort of suggestion in the performances of the ancient priesthood, which pointed to the purely temporary character of the Levitical system. It was to remind Aaron, and to remind the people, that Aaron was NOT the true and real Priest that would make effective reconciliation for the sins of the world, and that he was only a sinful man, set up to represent the High-Priest Who was yet to come . . . and that no one was to look to him as able to open the doors of Heaven. Only the One to come, Christ Jesus . . . the One who "needeth not daily to offer up sacrifice for his own sins" (Heb.7:27), would be able to open the doors of Heaven . . . Aaron could not do it! Aaron was just a figure, a type, for the time being, until the time that good things would come when the Great High-Priest would arrive.
Aaron was first to offer a calf for a sin-offering. Could it be that this was intended to refer back to his great sin in the matter of the "golden calf" (Ex.32), which he had made for the worship of the people while Moses was in the mount. It is very hard to shake off the degrading memory of any obvious sin. The filth of sin on a person’s conscience cannot be easily washed out. Even though we repent ever so deeply, and even though we have the assurance of forgiveness, that remembrance of sin is like a polluted spring in the soul, ejecting its dark waters into the stream of our joy.
Aaron had done a great evil in the sight of Almighty God, and the dark shadow of its memory followed him . . . even into the honors of his high-priesthood, and stood before him every time he came to enter into the tabernacle of the Most High God.
Let me warn you dear one, if you truly love your peace, BEWARE of sin. It may seem sweet to the taste, BUT it will end up being wormwood and gall within you. Even though you may live to have it forgiven, it will be a dark cloud on your soul to the hour of your death. It will be a source of degradation to you forever. Sin degrades your very thoughts, giving no peace when you try to draw near to God. Run from sin, as you would run from a plague and death; for it biteth like a serpent, and stingeth like an adder (Pro.23:32).
The second offering which Aaron was to make for himself was the holocaust, or whole burnt-offering. In addition to Aaron’s distinct sin, he was a common sinner with all other men. He needed justification by the Blood of Jesus, just like everyone else. There is a sense in which all are equally guilty before God, the high and the low, the rich and the poor, the young and the old, the learned and the ignorant, the priest and the people. And the only deliverance from this common guilt, as from all other guilt, is through the one great offering of "The Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). Not a single soul can ever be acceptable to the LORD, or enter Heaven, except by the Lamb of God. Only He can take away our sin!
By that whole burnt-offering alone do we become acceptable to God, and by that alone can even the holiest and highest of this world's population ever come into the Presence of our Almighty Creator and live. Even Aaron in his priesthood needed it just as much as the most wicked and vile of the human race.
After these preliminary and personal services had been attended to, Aaron proceeded, as God directed, to perform the duties of his office for the people for whom he was ordained. A sin-offering, a burnt-offering, a peace-offering, and a meat-offering had been prescribed, and his functions with reference to these he now proceeded to discharge. It was indeed a very solemn service.
Aaron's first official duties were connected with the altar at the door of the tabernacle, and were all performed in the presence of the people. Here the sacrifices were brought, and slain, and cut into their several parts, and arranged in the order prescribed. What was to be burned, he put on the altar; what was to be waved before the LORD, he waved; what was to fall to the offerors, he delivered over to them; and the blood that was to be poured and sprinkled upon and around the altar, he poured and sprinkled.
In order for us to understand the representative or symbolic meaning of all this, we must see that Christ is the Priest AND the Sacrifice. It was impossible to unite these two things in the type. Each stand in the Levitical ritual as separate, and they are not ever found together in the great mediation of Calvary. We must remember, that Christ is at the EXACT same time the Victim (Sacrifice), and also the High-Priest who presides in offering that Victim. When He was led forth to His IMMOLATION (offering Himself as a Sacrifice), He was the lamb without blemish (Ex.12:5; Lev.23:12; 1 Pet.1:19), and He was also the High Priest who was to lay its body upon the fires, and sprinkle its blood on the altar. "Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again” (John 10:17). No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again" (John 10:18). It is FAR too low and unworthy an idea of Christ's Offering, to regard Him as having been dragged forcibly to His execution, or as Him having been put to death by the mere power of men. It was His own VOLUNTARY act. What did He say when the armed crowd came out by night to take Him? "I can now pray to my Father, and he shall presently give me more than twelve legions of angels. But how then shall the Scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it must be?" (Mat.26:53). And to prove that this was not vain boasting, He willingly stepped forward in the face of His armed enemies, and said, "I am Jesus of Nazareth whom ye seek!" (John 18:8) . . . and they trembled before him, and shrank back, and fell as dead men at his feet (John 18:6). And surely, He, whose voice had withered the fig-tree, and hushed the fury of the tempest into peace, and stilled the uplifted waves of the sea, and recalled the dead from the grave, could easily have blasted all the strength of Jerusalem's officials, and could have stopped every hand that would have been raised against His life.
NO! He was NOT crucified because He was powerless. His Life was NOT squeezed from Him . . . He voluntarily and willingly consented and yielded. "He offered up himself" (Heb.7:27). He is the Great High-Priest who presided at His own IMMOLATION.
It was He Himself (Christ Jesus) that presided at the awful ceremony, in which all His joints were relaxed, and all the binding ligaments of His Being cut asunder, and all the tender parts of His most interior nature torn out for burning . . . and His Body, Soul and Spirit, laid down as a Sacrifice for the sins of the world (yours and mine). It was by His own will, that the blow was struck; that the blood flowed; that every covering and protection was torn off; and the total Blessed Christ was reduced to a mangled, lifeless mass around and upon the Altar of God.
Dear one, as you think about this situation . . . does it not ennoble, exalt and dignify Christ's Supreme Sacrifice in your mind? He willing surrendered Himself to death for US! He "gave Himself for us." He " made Himself of no reputation and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men” (Phil.4:7).“And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross" (Phil.4:8).
Lev. 9:15 And he brought the people's offering, and took the goat, which was the sin offering for the people, and slew it, and offered it for sin, as the first. (KJV)
This is remarkable. The idea is, that the sin-offering, in some way, had the people’s sin transferred to it. The animal had no sin, and was not capable of sinning; but, having been chosen as a sin-offering, and having received upon its head the burden of the guilty one who substituted its life for his own, it came to be viewed and treated as a creature which was nothing but sin. Isn’t that what Jesus did when He willingly submitted to death? It is the Sacrificial Work of Christ where many people stumble, but dear one, THAT truly deserves to be seriously considered. Jesus died, not just as a Martyr to the cause He had adopted, not only as an Offering apart from the sins of those for whom He came to atone, but as a Victim who had received all those sins upon His own Head, and so even though He was a completely innocent and Holy Person . . . when He put Himself into the place of sinners, and assumed their wickedness, He was the only guilty one that the Law could see.
JESUS was NOT a sinner . . . He was "holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners” (Heb.7:26), but . . . when He submitted to being the substitute for the guilty, and accepted to answer for the sins of the world (John 1:29; 1 John 2:2), He then was to the Law . . . just as if He was a huge mass of ungodliness, upon which the hottest wrath of God were let loose.
Even though Jesus, in His own right Self was as pure as the highest heavens, in His character of being our sin-offering, He took the responsibility upon Himself, OUR immorality, OUR iniquity, OUR wickedness and OUR sin covered Him . . . and it was so intense and so terrible because it was the combined wickedness of all men. Even though Jesus was NEVER the committer, He automatically became the Receiver of sin, and was to the Law, like a reservoir into which ALL the streams of human guilt had emptied themselves.
I don’t think that I state this too strongly because the apostle Paul, takes up the exact language of Moses in the text, he says that God "hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin (2 Cor.5:21); that we might be made the righteousness of God in him."
Just as the sins of Israel were so put upon the sin-offering, that it came to be seen and treated as nothing but sin, so too, the LORD hath made our great sin-offering to be . . . not merely a sinner, but was the very substance and essence of disobedience to God. "He made him to be sin" . . . a huge mass of guilt, laid bare to the judgments of God’s Holy wrath. Isaiah states it very well: Isa. 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. (KJV) . . . The iniquity of us all, is NO small iniquity.
Because God is so pure, and hates sin so bad, even if a tiny part of the sin that stays with even the most righteous would be enough, if it were not forgiven, to condemn us to eternal death in Hell (John 3:18,36) . . . how can we to measure the amount of corruption and disobedience that has been growing since the world began? How can we measure the ocean of guilt which has been gathering from generation to generation? There are things in the world that we cannot count or enter . . . only Almighty God can do that! Yet every one of these iniquities was laid upon Jesus as the great sin-offering of man. When the holy inquiry of Heaven was sent forth to deal out just outrage for the Earth's shocking wickedness, there was not a sin from Adam's fall to last night's theft, that was not found laid to the charge of that spotless Lamb who had undertaken to answer for all. All the monsters in crime that this world has ever seen, none ever had upon him such an intensity and vastness of guilt as that which the Holy Christ assumed and took upon Himself in that dark hour when His precious Soul was made an offering for sin.
The Law saw in Christ Jesus nothing but sin . . . a display of condensed and unspeakable guilt . . . the very purity of Heaven, the Son of God, was so masked and buried in a sea of wickedness that the Father, with all His tender love for His only begotten, for a while turned His Face away. That is what brought that awful cry of the dying Saviour: Mat. 27:46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (KJV)
Dear one, "The Lord laid on him the iniquity of us all" (Isa.53:6). "He made him, who knew no sin, to be sin for us" (2 Cor.5:21).
Having attended to what was to be done with the sacrifices at the altar, in presence of the people, the next duty of Aaron, as the high-priest, was to enter the sanctuary and the most holy place with the blood of the sin-offering, as directed in the Exodus Chapter 30.
Lev. 9:22 And Aaron lifted up his hand toward the people, and blessed them, and came down from offering of the sin offering, and the burnt offering, and peace offerings. (KJV)
Up to this time we have been dealing with priests, ceremonies and devices; but now Aaron stretches forth his hands and blesses the people, as strict Moses joins him. They enter the tent of meeting and return, and they both bless the people.
Lifted up his hand . . . in pronouncing a blessing upon an individual it was customary to lay the hands upon his head (Gen.48:14); but this being impossible in the case of a multitude, the custom was to lift the hands, as was also often done in other prayers, and this custom has been most carefully preserved in the Jewish customs to the present day. Hands rather than hand is the more probable reading, and is also agrees with the Jewish tradition. No command had been given for this, but it was a natural order of the entrance of Aaron upon his office, a part of which was to bless the people in the Name of the LORD.
This was one part of the priest's work, in which he was a type of Christ, Who came into the world to bless us, and when Christ was parted from His disciples at His Ascension (Acts 1:6-11), lifted up His Hands and blessed them, and in them, He blessed His whole church. Aaron lifted up his hands in blessing them, to show that he wanted and expected the blessing to come from Heaven, which is God's Throne. Aaron could ask a blessing, but it is God's honor to command it be done. Aaron, when he had blessed, came down . . . Christ, when He blessed, went up.
And came down from offering of the sin offering, and the burnt offering, and peace offerings . . . the blessing was pronounced while Aaron stood on the elevated slope, not steps (Ex.20:26) of the altar. A sin-offering, a burnt-offering, a meat-offering, and a peace-offerings were made to God that His glory might appear to the whole congregation. This was to make an atonement for sin, and to involve the LORD in dwelling among and influencing His worshippers.
Num. 6:22-27 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 23 Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, 24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: 25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. 27 And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them. (KJV)
This blessing was very important. It was as if Aaron were emptying over them from his hands all the effects and virtues of the blood of the sacrifices. And it pointed to the future to the gracious transactions of the LORD Jesus following His offering of Himself for us, prior to His Ascension into Heaven. It should remind us of those impressive scenes in which the risen Saviour appeared unto His disciples. John 20:19-20 Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews, came Jesus and stood in the midst, and saith unto them, Peace be unto you. 20 And when he had so said, he shewed unto them his hands and his side. Then were the disciples glad, when they saw the Lord. (KJV)
From Jesus’ open Hands, there still flows a stream of good . . . filling many a sad heart with joy, and many unhappy homes with songs of praise. Although many long years have passed since that fountain of blessing was opened upon the world, its glad waters are still as pure and plenteous as they ever were, and shall continue to flow to generations not yet born.
After Aaron had spread his hands in blessing towards the people, he "went into the tabernacle," and was hidden from the view of the solemn worshippers. There is a beautiful connection between type (Christ) and antitype (Aaron)! Of Aaron it is written, "he lifted up his hands, and blessed them.” And of Jesus it is said, And it came to pass, while he blessed them, he was parted from them, and carried up into heaven; while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight" (Acts.1:7-11).
Aaron was to enter into the tabernacle with the atoning blood of the victim slain outside. But Christ being a High-Priest of good things which were to come, entered into a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands (Heb.9:11), not by the blood of goats and calves, but with his own blood (Heb.9:12). For Christ is not entered into the Holy Place made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into Heaven itself, and now appears in the Presence of God for us" (Heb. 9:24).
Moses, as God’s representative in these transactions, attended Aaron into the Holy Places, and delivered over to his care all the vessels of the sanctuary, and put the ordering of all the sacred services into Aaron’s hands. Aaron had received honor and glory, and also Jesus has "received from God the Father, " honor and glory."
(2 Pet.1:17). "God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father" (Phil.2:9-11). "The Father judgeth no man; but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: that all men should honor the Son, even as they honor the Father" (John 5:22).
Our great High-Priest is no longer bodily with us. He has passed out of our sight within the vail of that Holy Tabernacle, which the LORD pitched, not man. Jesus has entered into Heaven, into the Presence of the eternal God. He is now there as our Advocate (1 John 2:1), with the Father, with the Blood of Sacrifice in His Hands, forever interceding for us. He is there as our representative and LORD. The names of all the TRUE believers, He wears on His Shoulders and on His Heart. He is offering our prayers perfumed by the sweet incense of His Holy mediations. He is there, ordering all things, and keeping the charge of the Holy services, that He may eventually present us as a perfect Church, without spot, or wrinkle (Eph.5:27). Even though we see Him not, WE KNOW THAT HE IS THERE. John was one day in the Spirit, and saw him in the midst of the golden candlesticks, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about with a golden girdle. In His Hand were the seven stars, and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength. And he heard him say, "I am the first and the last; I am he that liveth, and was dead; and behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. Write the things which thou hast seen."(Rev.1:7-20). Jesus is NOT dead! He lives!
Aaron did not stay in the tabernacle. He went in after the morning sacrifices were made; but before the evening sacrifices, he "came out, and blessed the people." These ancient types so beautifully portray the majestic mysteries of Redemption's progress. When I read of Aaron returning from his duties in the Holy Place, the
words of the two men in white apparel that guarded the Saviour's Ascension bring
new treasured hope. "Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven." Our LORD shall come again. When He was about to leave this world, He said: John 14:1-3 Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 2 In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (KJV)
Dear one, soon the cloud that received our precious LORD out of human sight (Acts 1:11), shall re-appear to reveal Him to all those waiting for Him (1 Thes.4:17). With things the way they are in this world today, He could come at any moment! Mat. 24:36-42 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only. 37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. 38 For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, 39 And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.40 Then shall two be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 41 Two women shall be grinding at the mill; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 42 Watch therefore: for ye know not what hour your Lord doth come. (KJV)
BUT AS THE DAYS OF NOE WERE, SO SHALL THE COMING OF THE SON OF MQAN BE . . . This is NOT speaking of Jesus’ Coming after the Great Tribulation . . . as the Rider on a White Horse! Rev 19:11-16 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. 12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (KJV) . . . Jesus’ Return as KING can be easily figured, it shall be after the 7 year Tribulation Period! Where as . . .
BUT AS THE DAYS OF NOE WERE, SO SHALL ALSO THE COMING OF THE SON OF MAN BE. . . . speaks of the Rapture, of which we are told time and again, no one knows except the Father! (Mat.24:36-37; 25:13; Mk.13:32-37,42; Lk.12:37-39; 21:36; Rev.3:3). We must WATCH! NO one knew the FLOOD was coming! It came when the time was SO corrupt that the LORD could not tolerate any more! And things are worse now than back then.
Gen. 6:11-13 The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth. 13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. (KJV)
Dear one, the RAPTURE (Jesus Coming in the Clouds for believers) is the next event on God’s time clock! We must WATCH! Watch how we live, watch what we say, watch what we do . . . for we know NOT when Jesus will come in the clouds to take His people Home! Are YOU ready?
When Aaron came out of the Holy Place, it was to bless the waiting people. And so it is with our Great High-Priest in Heaven. Heb. 9:28 So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. (KJV)
The vast majority of people (Mat.7:14), fear the Saviour's Second Coming, and do not want to think of it at all. Jesus’ Second Coming (to the Earth, Rev.19) is NOT something to curse, but to praise and look forward to. It is NOT to bring grief, but to heal and save. It is NOT a thing to dread, but to be hoped for, prayed for and most seriously desired. His Second Coming shall finish our redemption, and complete our joy. Everything now is so imperfect but our deliverance is what we hope for. Whatever the strength of our faith is, or the extent of our joy, we have not yet reached the promised end (eternal life in Heaven). In our world, we have disease, funerals, graves, vicious crimes and tears . . . but when our expected Saviour comes, Creation's groans shall end (Rom.8:22-23), and peace shall flow over us, rivers of joy shall flow through our valley of tears, and eternal celebration shall begin. For the difference between the Rapture and the Second Coming, see: https://hisservants.org/rapture,_second_coming_h_s.htm
When Aaron came out of the Holy Place, "the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the people" (Lev.9:23), and so it shall be when Christ appears. We do not know when the evening of this world's day shall come, "then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven, and they shall see him coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory" (Mat.24:30). "For the Son of Man shall come in the glory of his Father, with his angels" (Mat.16:27).
Only then shall the glory of the LORD arise upon Jerusalem and then shall the pure in heart see God (Mat.5:8), as they behold the Righteous King in His glorious beauty (Mat.17:2), and cherubim shall sing: "Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD God of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!" (Isa.6:3).
When Aaron came out of the Holy Place, "there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt-offering and the fat" (Lev.9:24). These things on the altar had been "made sin." All else was clean. The sins of all the congregation were upon the victim that lay on the altar. And as soon as Aaron came forth, the fires of God leaped forth before him, consuming that mass of sin. It was the exact picture of what is predicted concerning the re-appearance of our Great High-Priest. 2 Thes.1:7-9 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: 9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; (KJV)
"The day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, all that dc wickedly, shall be stubble; and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the Lord of hosts" (Mal.4:1). Dear one, if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins (Heb.10:26) . . . only fear remains, looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries" (Heb.10:27) . . . because our God is a consuming fire" (Heb.10:29).
The fire that rushed out in front of Aaron, and burned up what was described to be sin in that congregation, did NOT touch even one of the worshippers. They saw the fire leap out with lightning fierceness, and saw it lick up the guilty mass in but a moment, but it did not come near any of them. And dear one . . . NOT one saint of God shall be burned by the terrific fires of the Great Day. When the wicked are cut off, the righteous shall see it. "The LORD shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel" (Joel 3:16).
Luke 21:25-28 And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; 26 Men's hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken. 27 And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. (KJV) . . . He who upholds the worlds, yet knows when a sparrow falls (Mat.10:29), says to His people: "When these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads: for your redemption draweth nigh."
When the congregation of Israel saw the fires, "they shouted" and "fell on their faces" in Holy worship. They had expected much, but what they saw, far exceeded their most thrilling thoughts. And so too, in the Day of our Saviour's Coming, there shall be great joy, and glory and Holy exultation, and loving delight for the people of God . . . it shall be that which eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man conceived (Isa.64:4; 1 Cor.2:9).
Then, from those in the valleys to the people of the hills, joy shall echo in all the islands in the seas, when they shall sing the song of Christian triumph . . . Rev.1:5-6 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, 6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen. (KJV)
And the four-and-twenty elders which sit before God, shall fall down on their faces, and worship, saying: Rev.11:17-19 Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.18 And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth. 19 And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail. (KJV)
Moses clearly brings the GOSPEL in the Book of Leviticus!
He brings us a crystal-clear picture of Jesus!
The Gospel most certainly is in Leviticus.
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