108 Justification and Reconciliation

The Lamb of God Sacrificed for Humanity

The Passover in Egypt was a graphic allegorical instruction that the very Creator God would give up his Godhood to be made flesh as Jesus Christ the Lamb of God and would die as a sacrifice to cover the sincerely repented sins of humanity. In the beginning God knew that man would sin and so provision was made from the very creation for an effectual sacrifice to cover the repented sins of all humanity.  The Passover is covered in detail in “The Biblical Spring Festivals” book.

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

 

 The Implementing Creator; The Spirit High Priest

Genesis 1:26  And God (Elohim, plural: Mighty Ones) said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:.. [From the very beginning, creation is represented as a collaborative effort of two Mighty Beings.] 

Genesis 3:22 reflects the same plurality of Beings in the same Family of Beings,  And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:..

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God [Elohim; Mighty Ones] created . . .  The term translated as “God” here  means “Mighty Ones”:   The singular of Elohim being El meaning a Lord or Mighty One, a judge or ruler.

Later, because men had made many gods [mighty ones] it was no longer adequate to simply call the true God Elohim [Mighty Ones] since one Elohim would only be one of multitudes of gods; and  the Creator Mighty One therefore identified himself to Moses as YHVH to separate YHVH from all the other mighty ones or gods of the nations, and to separate himself from the mighty ones of Egypt. 

This introduced a specific name for the True God Family to differentiate the Creator from other mighty ones [Elohim]. 

The term Elohim originally meant – until men perverted it – a family of at least two Creator beings; one the Executive Creating Authority who later became God the Father and one the Implementing Creating Authority who later gave up his God-hood to become the Son.

The term Elohim meant at least two creating Beings and the word YHVH also refers to the  same two Creator Beings as eternally existing and as separate from all other mighty ones. 

The name YHVH means simply “I AM” or “I Am self existent and eternal;” and this description fits and is applicable to BOTH God the Father and the one who became the Son. 

In the beginning there were two eternal God Beings called Elohim who characterized themselves as being the YHVH FAMILY of self existing eternal ones.  

The Being who was later called God the Father was and is the Executive Authority over the entire universe, and the One who was the actual Implementing Creator and gave up his Godhood to be made flesh and after dying for the sins of mankind was resurrected and ascended back to the Father.  

Once the man was created God, the Father left the One who later gave up his Godhood to become flesh as the Son, to  care for the man and his wife.

God the Father left because mankind sinned separating humanity from God the Father by their sin and rebellion against the Word of God to do as they would decide for themselves instead of living by every Word of God.

The moment that the woman and the man sinned by acting contrary to the Word of God [the tree in the garden was a test of obedience for them which they failed], that sin separated them from God the Father. 

 

Sin Separates Humanity From God, Requiring an Intercessor (Is 59:1)

Mankind being separated from God the Father by their sin;  humanity needed a High Priest [A Mediator between humanity and God the Father] to reconcile humanity back to God the Father!  

God, knowing that man could sin and would therefore need reconciliation, from the every beginning the two Beings who became the Father and the Son, together established the means that such a reconciliation could be effected.  

That plan of reconciliation between man and God required the sincere repentance of the sinner,  an effective sacrifice for sin, and a commitment by the repentant to stop sinning and sin no more.   The plan also called for a Mediator or High Priest to reconcile the repentant sinner to God the Father.  

When man sinned humanity was cut off and separated from God the Father by that sin (Is 59:1-2);  yet the Being who became the Son remained with humanity working to reconcile mankind to God the Father fulfilling the role of a spiritual High Priest [at that time a High Priest made of spirit].  

In that role the Implementing Creator was still spirit, yet he appeared in human form from time to time and spoke with many people over many centuries.  

The One who became Jesus Christ was the Implementing Creator and after man sinned, this Implementing Creator became the High Priest of God the Father, a Mediator [which mediation between God and man is the job of a High Priest] between God the Father and humanity.

This spiritual High Priest or Intercessor between God the Father and humanity appeared to Adam and Eve in the form of a man and spoke with Cain, Noah, Abraham and doubtless others. 

The Lamb of God 

This Spirit High Priest  who interceded for man with God the Father was the true spiritual High Priest of which the physical high priesthood of Aaron was only an instructional allegory. 

We can learn about the duties and functions of our Spirit High Priest by looking at the duties of the physical high priest.  The function of a high priest is to intercede for mankind with God the Father. 

This intercession requires that:

  1. The people be taught the righteousness of God, that
  2. The people be brought to sincere repentance for all past sins and commit themselves to STOP sinning and to go and sin no more, and that 
  3. A sacrifice be made to pay for all sincerely repented past sins and so redeem the sinner from the  blood debt which he owes for his sin; thereby reconciling the repent with God the Father  

These three things are the duty and the function of a high priest, whether the physical Aaronic high priest or the spirit High Priest of God in heaven. 

The Spirit High Priest of God the Father in heaven was the very Implementing Creator who created all things under the Executive Authority of God the Father in heaven.   

Then to fully fulfil the office of Spirit High Priest by experiencing life as a human being so that he could fully understand the pulls of the flesh, and so that he could offer himself as a perfect sinless sacrifice for his creation;  This Being resigned his God hood to become flesh as the man we call Jesus Christ.

John 1:14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

 

The Son of God

Matthew 1-2 concerns the genealogy and the events around the birth of Christ as proofs of his Messiah-ship. The genealogy shows that Christ fulfilled the prophets by having a son of David through Joseph his physical surrogate family parent.

Luke restates this genealogy right back to Adam in Luk 3:23; Luke also confirms in verses 31-32 that the Christ Family was of the line of David.

The biblical term used here “conceived” does not mean what it does in modern English, as a meeting of egg and sperm; it simply means “being with child”.

Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin [“young woman”] shall conceive [Strong’s 02030 meaning being with child, not necessarily meaning conceive], and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

This is actually a prophecy of the birth of Immanuel the son of Isaiah as a fore-type of the birth of Christ.  The Hebrew actually means a young woman [the wife of Isaiah] will be with child and the translators substituted the misleading words “virgin” for “young woman” and  “conceive” for “be with child,” not understanding the concept of surrogate motherhood [pas Mary was] at that date. 

The correct translation is: Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a young woman shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. 

Immanuel [meaning God is with us] was the prophesied son of Isaiah as a fore-type of Jesus [Hebrew:  Yeshua; Salvation, Savior].  See chapter 7 in the Isaiah study for more.

Immanuel [meaning God is with us] was the prophesied son of Isaiah as a fore-type of Jesus [Hebrew:  Yeshua; Salvation, Savior].  See chapter 7 in the Isaiah study for more.

The virgin birth of Jesus comes from the New Testament:   Luke 1:34  Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?

The concept of surrogate pregnancy that we understand today  was unknown by the translators in the days of the King James translators;  and John himself records that Mary was a virgin, not “known” by ANYONE.

It was the God personality who became God the Father, who by a miracle, reduced the actual Creator to the size of an embryo and placed him in the womb of Mary. There was NO sexual activity between God and Mary, such as placing his sperm inside Mary: which would have been adultery on the part of God.

While Jesus was born of a virgin of David and supposedly into the line of David; he himself said that he was not a son of David at all but only appeared to be so through being born into the family of David.

Jesus denied being a literal son of David. He was only a son of David by being born into the family of David and not by conception with God’s sperm and Mary’s egg which would be rape and adultery by God the Father! 

Jesus was a son of David, because he was born into the family of David.  Yes, Jesus was born to Mary; but he was not conceived as a sperm uniting with an egg of Mary.  She was his surrogate mother!  Therefore we may say that Christ was born to a woman of the line of David, but was not conceived by Mary, David’s descendant!

Jesus told the Pharisees that he was not the son of David.

While in the flesh he was NOT a God, because he had given up his Godhood to be made flesh!  Yet he was still the Creator of humanity!   This God being, the very Implementing Creator of humanity and all things, voluntarily gave up his Godhood to be made flesh like his human creation! 

Matthew 22:41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 22:42 Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David.

The Pharisees did not accept Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua] as Christ and he asked them what they thought of Christ to teach them that Christ was the son of God and not the literal son of David.

22:43 He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, 22:44 The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? 22:45 If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?

22:46 And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

Christ was the God of David, and was called Lord by David. This proves that Christ was the God of Israel who spoke to Moses and the very Creator; as well as the sacrificial Passover Lamb of God who gave himself FOR HIS creation! 

He then grew up to manhood experiencing all of the temptations and trials that Satan offered, while calling out and teaching a people to live by both the letter and the intent of every Word of God the Father.   Finally voluntarily giving up his life for his creation. 

Then after three full days and three full nights in the grave he was resurrected back to life by God the Father, but not back to physical life as a man! 

At his resurrection this God who have given up his Godhood was restored to his original place as fully spirit and fully God! 

 

Was Jesus God?

  • Before being made flesh and being placed in the womb of Mary; he was the very Implementing Creator God! 
  • After he was made flesh, he had voluntarily  given up his Godhood and he became a 100% physical human being!
  • At his resurrection, this man of flesh was restored back to his original state as a spirit God! 

All of the imaginations of men that Jesus was half man and half God or the fantastic idea that Jesus was both 100% man and 100% God are simply nonsense. 

He was ALL God until he gave up has Godhood to be made flesh, and once made flesh he was a 100% physical human being, then after he died he was resurrected back to spirit and became a God again! 

 

How was this done?

Think; vapor, liquid, solid; being different states of the same thing. 

God is spirit and spirit is pure energy, matter is made out of energy.  God the Father simply transformed the Messiah from pure energy to matter and then placed him inside the womb of Mary as the tiniest possible form of human being.  He then grew from that to birth and then to the age of 33 when he allowed himself to be sacrificed to atone for sin and redeem humanity from the wages of sin which is death. 

As the spirit High Priest of God the Father, the Implementing Creator gave up his Godhood to be made flesh so that he could experience life in the flesh and then give himself in sacrifice for his creation as the Lamb of God. 

Then after three literal days and three literal nights he was resurrected back to spirit and back to the glory which he had before being made flesh!

Jesus prayed that the Father would resurrect him back to the glory that he had given up to offer himself in sacrifice for humanity.

John 17:5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

Hebrews 5:1 For every high priest taken from among men is ordained for men in things pertaining to God, that he may offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins:

The job of a high priest is to offer sacrifices for sins, to intercede with God for the people, to bring us into harmony with God by offering atonement for our sins and to be a mediator between mankind and God the Father.

5:2 Who can have compassion, [that is a high priest should have compassion] on the ignorant, and on them that are out of the way; for that he himself also is compassed with infirmity.

Because a human high priest is subject to the same things as all people, he understands the human condition.  It was therefore necessary for our spirit High Priest to experience the trials and temptations of the flesh, in order to best understand the human condition; and it was necessary that he have an effectual sacrifice to offer God the Father to redeem humanity from sin. 

Jesus Christ being without sin, need not offer an atonement for his own sins, but offered HIMSELF as a perfect sinless offering for the people!

When Christ gave up his God-hood to be made flesh and then gave his life for the people in obedience to God the Father; it was because his life had been perfect and without sin that he was raised up by God the Father back to the glory which he had had before as a spirit with eternal life; and was called by God the Father to be a High Priest forever, of the order of Melchizedek [the name of the spirit High Priest by which this being was called before being made flesh].

5:6 As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. 5:7 Who in the days of his [Christ’s] flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications with strong crying and tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and was heard in that he feared.

The Son respected and obeyed God the Father right up to and including dying for the people according to God the Father’s will.

Jesus Christ the eternal High Priest gave up his divinity to become mortal flesh and offered up himself as the Creator of Humanity, who being worth more that all humanity and being without any sin; was a perfect sacrifice and needed be offered only once to atone for all the sincerely repented sins of all humanity. While the physical sacrifices of animals only served to keep people in the physical Mosaic Covenant and had NO spiritual promises, and animals needed to be killed on a continual basis

Hebrews 7:27 Who needeth not daily, as those high priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people’s: for this he did once [being a perfect sinless sacrifice of the Creator himself], when he offered up himself.

7:28 For the law maketh men high priests which have infirmity; but the word of the oath, which was since the law, maketh the Son, who is consecrated [an eternal spirit High Priest] for evermore.

Our High Priest, Jesus Christ will now live forever and will be able to make continual intercession for us, for all eternity.  His sacrifice being perfect, no longer has to be made again and again. He doesn’t have to be killed day after day, year after year. No!

However, every time someone repents, that perfect sacrifice needs to be REAPPLIED to the repentant sinner.

The difference is in the actual dying as opposed to the actual applying of the sacrifice. They are two different things.

Christ died, regardless of whether any man ever repents or not. He was dead and He was resurrected. That has nothing to do with whether men repent, or turn from sin or not. However, when men do sincerely repent, the sacrifice is now there and available to be applied to them.

 

The Passover Sacrifice 

The need for a Passover Sacrifice began in the Garden of Eden when sin first entered humanity, and the need for both an atoning sacrifice and a reconciling High Priest entered the picture . 

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. 1:2 And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.

In the beginning God made the universe and then God made the earth into a suitable environment for humanity.   After that God created physical man in God’s own likeness.

Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

God saw that all the things that He had created were very good including the man and the woman.  Humanity and all creatures were vegetarian and there was no sin and no death in the world, and there being no sin there was no need of any sacrifice.  

Sin entered the world cutting humanity off from God the Father and death also entered the world, bringing the need for sincere repentance and a High Priest to offer a Reconciling Sacrifice

Romans 3:10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: 3:11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. 3:12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

The Scriptures tell us that the penalty for sin is death:

Ezekiel 18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die….

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? 17:10 I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

But Elohim, which consists of God the Father and the One who would become Jesus Christ, had devised a plan from the very foundation of the world.  Knowing that sin would enter the world, planned from the very beginning that Jesus Christ would mediate between humanity and God the Father as the spirit High Priest called Melchizedek, and would also be the perfect sacrificial Lamb of God, slain from the foundation of the world (Isiah 46:10, 1 Peter 1:20, Revelation 13:8). 

It had been decided long before creation that one of them would take on the sins of the whole world and would die as a perfect sacrifice so that humans could be redeemed from the awful penalty of eternal death. 

The God being who later gave up his Godhood to become flesh as Jesus Christ was the one that chose to come down as a man and provide a way for mankind to be forgiven and reconciled to God the Father by offering himself as a perfect atoning sacrifice for all sincerely repented sin.

 

The Annual Festivals

The plan of God for the harvest of physical humanity into the spirit family of God is typified by the Annual High Days and Festivals.  When God created Lucifer that angel later rebelled leading many other angels into rebellion and causing massive damage. 

In the beginning God existed, God created the angels and then God created the present physical universe.  God is a family consisting of two Beings, one who was the Executive authority and the other who was the Implementing Creator with one submitting to the other but both working together in full unity as if they were one Being.

They worked to a detailed plan, first creating many millions of angels and then organizing those angels to help them in creating the physical universe. Then one of the three leading angels called Lucifer [Light Bringer] became filled and lifted up with pride rebelling against his Maker. 

After a war in the heavens Lucifer was cast down to the earth and declared to be the Adversary [Satan] of God. At some point God decided that he would make mankind as physical beings and give humanity an opportunity to rebel and decide his own ways for himself so as to make his own mistakes while in the flesh. In that way, with the very limited power of physical beings having no power commensurate with mighty angels, mankind could make his mistakes without endangering the universe or other beings.

It was an intrinsic part of the plan of God to make man flesh so that man could rebel against God and experience first hand the decay and death which such rebellion against the way of God which brings life brings. Since God knew that mankind would rebel and sin which would bring death, that would be the end of man; therefore God designed a way to save humanity.

First it was imperative that all humanity learn the lesson that God’s way brings life, and that going contrary to the way of God brings decay, ultimate destruction and death. Man must learn that God being truth, light and life cannot coexist with the darkness of falsehood and evil which brings death.

Therefore the beginning of man’s lesson was for humanity to be exposed to sin and being tempted to be allowed to sin.  

Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

God does not want another such situation on his hands, therefore God created mankind physical and allowed humans to sin and to experience life outside of godliness while limiting human ability to do harm. 

Mankind would be allowed to do whatever he wanted short of destroying all life on the planet, so that humans could learn through experience that humanity needs an ultimate and benevolent  universal authority.    

Sin Separates Humanity From God (Is 59:1), Requiring an Intercessor [a High Priest] and a Sacrifice to Redeem People From Repented Sin

Mankind being separated from God the Father by their sin;  humanity needed a High Priest [A Mediator between humanity and God the Father] to reconcile humanity back to God the Father!  

God, knowing that man could sin and would therefore need reconciliation, from the every beginning the two Beings who became the Father and the Son, together established the means that such a reconciliation could be effected.  

That plan of reconciliation between man and God required the sincere repentance of the sinner,  an effective sacrifice for sin, and a commitment by the repentant to stop sinning and sin no more.   The plan also called for a Mediator or High Priest to reconcile the repentant sinner to God the Father.  

When man sinned, humanity was cut off and separated from God the Father by that sin (Is 59:1-2); yet the Being who became the Son remained with humanity working to reconcile mankind to God the Father, fulfilling the role of a spiritual High Priest [at that time a High Priest made of spirit].  

In that role the Implementing Creator was still spirit, yet he appeared in human form from time to time and spoke with many people over many centuries. 

The One who became Jesus Christ was the Implementing Creator and after man sinned, this Implementing Creator became the High Priest of God the Father, a Mediator [which mediation between God and man is the job of a High Priest] between God the Father and humanity.

This spiritual High Priest Intercessor between God the Father and humanity appeared to Adam and Eve in the form of a man and spoke with Cain, Noah, Abraham and doubtless others.  

The last time we hear of him in the scriptures before he became flesh, was by he name of Melchizedek when he spoke to Abraham, and later a few times he was seen by Ezekiel and certain prophets.  Later this spirit High Priest of God was made flesh and known as Jesus Christ the Lamb of God allowed himself to be sacrificed for the sincerely repented  sins of humanity, thus opening the way for reconciliation with God the Father. 

The plan for the harvest of created humanity involves the two harvests in Judea with a smaller spring harvest and a much larger main harvest.  The Feast of Unleavened Bread pictures God calling out a small number of people for seven thousand years from righteous Abel.  This is studied in our articles on the Feast of Unleavened Bread which are found at the Spring Festivals category on the sidebar.   

The purpose of calling a few people to God and allowing them to live in a wicked world is so they can learn to love godliness and to hate and loathe evil, and to train and prepare them to be resurrected to become laborers to help bring in the main harvest.  For this reason many are called but most of them will fail and only few will be chosen to have a part in the resurrection to spirit of this early harvest of humanity. 

Once changed to spirit they will become kings and priests of God. 

The godly priesthood of the resurrected chosen is the priesthood of Jesus Christ, and works to reconcile the sinner to God the Father by teaching people to live by every Word of God.  The priests are the teachers of godliness reconciling the people to God by  calling all people to God and to the reconciling atoning sacrifice of Christ.   

Godly kings are righteous judges and administers over the needs of the people.

From righteous Able to the end of six thousand years God has been calling a people to himself and a resurrection of the chosen takes place and then over the remaining one thousand years God’s calling will expand to include all flesh then living, and those who were chosen at the end of the first six thousand years will work to bring in the millennial harvest, during which millennium every person will be changed to spirit at the age of 100 or destroyed if they will not sincerely repent. 

The word “call” or “calling” refers to opening the mind of a person to godliness.  During the first six thousand years only a very tiny number will have their minds opened to godliness while the vast majority of mankind will live out their lives with no understanding of the things of God.  Then during the millennium God will call all humanity then living by pouring out his spirit on all flesh (Joel 2:28).

After that time the main harvest of humanity who have not yet been called to God  as pictured by the High Days and Festivals of the fall main harvest, will be resurrected back to flesh and will also be called to sincere repentance and godliness in their billions.

That sin which was rebellion against God the Father the Executive Authority of the universe, also immediately resulted in mankind being cut off from God the Father and thrust out of the paradise of God, and necessitated the means for reconciliation with God, if humanity was to be saved.
To bring about a reconciliation with God the Father, an Intercessor or Mediator between the Father and mankind was needed and was established in the person of the Implementing Creator. This mediatorial office is the office of a High Priest, and this office was called the office of Melchisedec by Abraham.

No person can come to [be reconciled to] God the Father, except through the mediatorial High Priest Jesus Christ.

John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

This Implementing Creator set up various lessons to teach us about how reconciliation with God was to be achieved. First sacrifices were instituted during the life of Adam as revealed in the story of Cain and Abel, Noah’s and Abraham’s sacrifices, etc; to teach us that the penalty for sin is death and that penalty must be paid.

Ezekiel 18:4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The penalty that all humanity has earned by their sin must be paid, and God in his infinite mercy has prepared a way for the penalty of sin to be paid by another on our behalf. The system which allows another to die in our place, so redeeming us from death is the Law of sacrifice.

God had planned from the very beginning that a people would be enslaved in Egypt and would be called out of bondage in Egypt as an allegorical lesson that God is calling a people out of bondage to sin. Once called out of Egypt Israel was married to the very Implementing Creator who was the spirit High Priest Melchisedec at Mount Sinai. This Mosaic Marriage Covenant was to teach us about another New Covenant (Jer 31:31, Ezek 36:26).

The priesthood of Aaron was then instituted to teach us about a higher spirit priesthood of mediation between God the Father and humanity.

Physical sacrifices were instituted with Adam, and the law of sacrifice was further detailed for the Levitical priesthood, to teach us more about the sacrifice of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God.

Israel was also given the Biblical festivals to teaching us about God’s overall plan for salvation. The Feast of Unleavened Bread pictures God calling out a kind of early harvest of human first fruits for seven thousand years, while the rest of humanity would remain cut off from God. In the way the few early called out to God would see the sin all around them and would learn the lesson that doing things our own way brings much sorrow and death; and that God’s Word brings life.

The fall Feast of Tabernacles teaches us that a time will come when over another seven thousand years God will resurrect the main body of humanity in their courses and will also call them to God. Then with the help of the previously converted early harvest of human first fruits the main harvest of humanity will be taught to live a godly life.

 

The Allegory of Abraham and His Son Isaac

Prophetic pictures and references to the coming Lamb of God are scattered throughout the Old Testament. One reference is a dramatic portrayal that was played out by Abraham who was willing to sacrifice his son when God told him to take his beloved son Isaac up to the mountain and offer him as a sacrifice.

Abraham was to be an allegory of the fact that the heavenly Father was going to send His only begotten Son to be offered up as a sacrifice to atone for the sins of mankind. The account of Abraham being willing to obediently offer up his “son of promise” is symbolic that God would provide His own lamb (symbolic of Christ) for the burnt offering in place of Abraham’s son.

In Genesis 22 we read that God tested Abraham by commanding him to offer his beloved son Isaac as a sacrifice to Him. This was an inference depicting that the Father was going to provide an offering by sending His own beloved Son to pay the penalty for the sins of mankind. In this test Abraham showed that he was obedient to God to the point of giving up Isaac, the son that God had promised to him and for whom Abraham and Sarah had waited for many years. This was a test of faith for Abraham and he proved his obedience to his Lord but this incident also looked forward to what the Father was willing to do to save the world almost 2000 years later.

Genesis 22:1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.

22:2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.

22:3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.

As they were walking on the way to the mountain, Isaac asked his father “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?” In response, Abraham prophetically spoke these words: “My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together” (Genesis 22:7-8).

When they arrived at the mount Abraham prepared an altar and bound Isaac and laid him on the altar to offer him as a sacrifice to the Lord. But just as Abraham raised his knife to slay his beloved child, God told him not to do him any harm. At the last minute God spared Abraham’s dear son. We read:

Genesis 22:9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.

22:10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.

22:11 And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.

22:12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.

22:13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.

22:14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.

After offering up the ram in place of his son Issac, Abraham prophesied of a future event (when the Lamb of God would be sacrificed for the sincerely repentant) by calling the place Jehovahjire meaning “In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen, i.e., Jehovah will see; will provide. The name literally means ‘The Lord who sees, or The Lord who will see to it’.”  (Bible.org)

The Hebrew for Jehovah-jireh is “Yhvh Yireh” (Strong’s #3070) From Yhovah and ra’ah; Jehovah will see (to it); Jehovah-Jireh, a symbolical name for Mount Moriah. (Strong’s Concordance)

 

The Passover Lamb

The physical sacrifices were instituted at creation and later refined into various details when physical Israel was called out of Egypt.  Every one of these sacrifices reflected and typified a facet of the work and sacrifice of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God. 

These physical sacrifices were only instructional allegories of the perfect sacrifice of the Lamb of God, they could keep one in good standing in the Mosaic Covenant but they could not atone for sin on the spiritual plain.  Only the perfect sacrifice of the Creator God made flesh as the man Jesus Christ could atone for the sincerely repented sins of his creation.

The account of Abraham and Isaac was an allegory of God the Father giving up His beloved Son, the Christ, whom He would provide as the Lamb of God for humanity.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

In the book of Exodus and we read that physical Israel was called out from hard bondage in Egypt. On the night that God would send the last plague and kill the firstborn in the homes of the Egyptians, He instituted the Passover ordinance for His people.

The Passover looked forward to and is allegorical of the sacrifice of  Christ the Lamb of God, and if we sincerely repent ad commit to sin no more we will; be forgiven and reconciled to God the Father being covered by Christ’s atoning blood on the door posts of our hearts, just like the blood on the doorposts of Israel in Egypt.

The sacrifice of the Passover lamb on the Feast of Passover is a dramatic account of what happened on the night that the death angel passed through the land of Egypt in Exodus 12. 

The Passover Feast occurs each year on the 14th day of the month of Abib, also called Nisan. As long as the tabernacle/temple stood the Passover lamb was slain and eaten in remembrance of the Lord “passing over” the houses of those who had sacrificed the Passover lamb and sprinkled its blood on their wooden doorposts and mantles.

At the same time, the angel of death visited those who had not sprinkled the blood of the lamb, symbolic of the fact that it is only those who have been called out of bondage to Satan and sin, and  sincerely repented of all past sin and committed to sin no more, who will have the atoning sacrifice of Christ applied to them that will be given eternal life.  All those who refuse to repent after they have been given a chance to know God’s truth will ultimately die in the Lake of Fire. (Revelation 21:8.)

Approximately 1,500 years after the angel of death destroyed the first born in Egypt on the 14th day of Abib; the Passover Lamb of God, Jesus Christ, was sacrificed upon a wooden stake for the sins of all mankind.

The killing of the lambs on that first Passover and the pouring of their blood upon the door posts, pointed to the perfect sacrifice of Christ who shed His blood in sacrifice for the spiritually called out of bondage to sin.  Even the timing of Christ’s death was on the same Passover day.

Exodus 12:29 And it came to pass, that at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sat on his throne unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of cattle.

God had instructed Moses to tell every household of the Israelite people to select a male lamb in its first year and without any defect on the tenth day of the first month.

Exodus 12:3 Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house:

12:4 And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

12:5  Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

12:6 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.

The head of the household was to slaughter the lamb at the very beginning of the Passover at sunset on the evening part beginning the Passover day, taking care that none of its bones were broken, and to apply some of its blood to the tops and sides of the door posts of his family’s house.  The lamb was to be roasted with fire and eaten with unleavened bread and bitter herbs and if any of it remained it was to burned up before the morning.

Exodus 12:6 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.  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.

12:8 And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.  

12:9 Eat not of it raw, nor sodden at all with water, but roast with fire; his head with his legs, and with the purtenance thereof.

12:10 And ye shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; and that which remaineth of it until the morning ye shall burn with fire.

God also gave specific instructions as to how the Israelites were to eat the lamb, fully dressed with their shoes on, in other words, they had to be ready to travel when it was time to leave Egypt, as we are to be ready to journey out of our bondage to sin.

Exodus 12:11 And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s passover.

God said that when He saw the lamb’s blood on the door posts of a house, He would “pass over” that home and not permit “the destroyer” to enter and kill the firstborn children.  Any home without the blood of the lamb would have their firstborn struck down that night.

Exodus 12:12 For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.

12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

After that first Passover night, God commanded the observance of the Passover Feast as a lasting memorial throughout all generations.

Exodus 12:14 And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for ever. 

Our annual keeping of the Passover is a depiction of God’s great plan of redemption and is the first of the appointed festivals that reminds us that a sacrifice must be made to atone for our sincerely repented sins to reconcile us to God the Father and to redeem us from the death penalty that we have earned by rebelling against God. 

Just as the firstborn of Israel were spared from the death angel that night, so, too, the spiritually called out who are sincerely repentant and faithful to the end and will be saved from the sentence of eternal death by the reconciling atoning blood sacrifice of Jesus Christ the Lamb of God.

 

Behold the Lamb of God

When John Baptist saw Jesus walking toward him, John called Him “the Lamb of God” referring to Jesus as the One that God the Father had sent to be the Savior Redeemer,  the atoning reconciling sacrifice for all of the sincerely repentant called out from bondage to Satan and sin.

John recognized that this was He who was to come (the Messiah) that would give His life as the perfect and ultimate sacrifice for the sins of humanity (Genesis 3:15, Isaiah 53).

John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world. 1:30 This is he of whom I said, After me cometh a man which is preferred before me: for he was before me.

John 1:35 Again the next day after John stood, and two of his disciples; 1:36 And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God!

By calling Jesus “the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world” John’s disciples could immediately associate “the Lamb of God” with the slaying of the Passover lamb and the applying of its blood to the doorposts of the Israelites’ houses which protected the firstborn from being slain.

John the Baptist and his disciples could make the connection for they would have also been familiar with the prophets Jeremiah and Isaiah who foretold of the Coming One who would be brought “like a lamb led to the slaughter” and whose sufferings and sacrifice would provide redemption for all called out and sincerely repentant people.

Jeremiah 11:19 But I was like a lamb or an ox that is brought to the slaughter; and I knew not that they had devised devices against me, saying, Let us destroy the tree with the fruit thereof, and let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name may be no more remembered.

Isaiah 53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.  53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

The writers of Scripture were referring to the Messiah that was to come, and that person was the very Creator God who divested Himself of His glory and majesty and came down to live a perfect life in the flesh as a man and then die an agonizing death so that you and I could have the opportunity to be forgiven of our sins.

Even though we all must die a physical death, if we are one of God’s children and we remain faithful to God all of our lives, we will go on to have eternal life at the resurrection to spirit. 

Many scriptures establish a relationship between the Passover lamb that was slain and sacrificed at the Feast of Passover as commanded in Egypt, and the consummate Passover Lamb, Jesus Christ; who died and shed His blood to reconcile the sincerely repentant to God the Father.

1 Peter 2:24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed2:25 For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.

1 Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:

5:8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

The apostle Peter compares the lamb that was chosen for sacrifice, which was to have no defect (Exodus 12:5), with Christ, whom he calls “a lamb without blemish and without spot”.

1 Peter 2:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

In Revelation, John the apostle saw a vision of Christ as “a Lamb…. appearing as if it had been slain”.

Revelation 5:6 And I beheld, and, lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth.

Jesus Christ was “without blemish and without spot” because His life was completely free from all taint of sin.  This qualified Him to be a perfect sacrifice for all repented sin; and to be resurrected as our spirit High Priest who would reconcile us to God the Father by approaching unto God and offering himself as a perfect atonement and redemption for all sincerely repented sin.

Hebrews 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Just as the Passover was to be held in remembrance as an annual Feast in Mosaic Israel, in the New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31 the spiritually called out are to memorialize the Lord’s death on the yearly Passover Festival.  Today we have no tabernacle/temple and therefore  we cannot offer a physical sacrifice so we are to follow Christ’s example as closely as possible with an unleavened bread and wine service in memory of all these things on every Passover.

1 Corinthians 11:20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord’s supper. 11:21 For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken.  11:22 What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? what shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not.

11:23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread:

11:24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

11:25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, this cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

11:26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come.

Scripture says that the spiritually called out who have sincerely repented and committed themselves to follow Christ to live by every Word of God the Father and to sin no more, will be justified by the application of the sacrifice of the Lamb of God made flesh.

Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.

Hebrews 9:11 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building;

9:12 Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.  9:13 For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh:

9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

9:15 And for this cause he is the mediator of the new testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.

Just as the Egyptian Passover lamb’s applied blood applied to the doorposts caused the death angel to pass over each Israelite households, Christ’s applied blood causes God’s judgment to pass over sinners and gives life to the sincerely rep0entant.

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Because of what Christ has done for us we must no longer let sin reign over us, but we are to walk in a new lifestyle, zealously living by every Word of God.

Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 6:2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

6:3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?  6:4 Therefore we [the old sinful person] are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life [having sincerely repented, we are now committed to live by every Word of God just as Christ lived and lives].

6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also [if we are faithful we will rise in a resurrection to spirit like Christ did] in the likeness of his resurrection:

6:6 Knowing this, that our old [sinful] man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.  6:7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.

6:8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live [we are to live as Christ lived, 1 John 2:6  with him :

6:9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.  6:10 For in that he died, he died unto [for our sins] sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.

6:11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin [after repentance and baptism we must reject all sin to live by every Word of God], but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.  6:12 Let not sin [sin is not living by every Word of God, Mat 4:4] therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.  6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the [no longer facing the penalty for past sins, now being repentant and justified by Christ] law, but under grace.

As the first Passover marked the Hebrews’ release from Egyptian slavery, so the sacrifice of Christ applied to the sincerely repentant releases us from bondage to Satan and sin. 

Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.

8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

In our modern world many of us do not live on farms and are not familiar with the slaying of animals, but the concept of payment or restitution for wrong doing is one we can readily identify with.  We know that the wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23) and that our sin separates us from God.

Isaiah 59:2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.

Because of our sins, all of us have been separated from God, and we stand guilty before Him.  Therefore, the only hope we have is for God to provide a way for us to be reconciled to Himself, and that is what the Father did in sending His Son Jesus Christ to die on a stake for us.   Jesus Christ the Lamb of God died to make atonement for sin and to pay the penalty for our sins of all who sincerely repent of all past sin and follow Him to sin now more. 

In stopping the sin that separates us from God and being redeemed by the atoning sacrifice of the Lamb of God, committing to follow the example of Jesus Christ and sin no more; we will find everlasting life as the children of God!

The Mosaic Passover lamb, although a reality in the lives of the people of that time, were a mere foreshadowing of the actual Passover Lamb which is Jesus Christ who died once and for all.

Hebrews 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.

Through His sinless life and sacrificial death, Jesus became the only person qualified to give mankind a way to escape death and a sure hope of eternal life.  

1 Peter 1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently:

1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

The fact that our heavenly Father gave His only begotten Son to be the perfect sacrifice which atones for our sin is part of the glorious Good News of the Gospel that is so eloquently stated by Peter in his epistle to the brethren:

1 Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:

1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;  1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

1:20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,  1:21 Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.

After Christ’s crucifixion and death, God the Father raised him up from the grave and accepted Him and placed Him at His (the Father’s) right hand.  It is because of their incredible love for us that Elohim ordained that Jesus Christ would be the Messiah who would go through the excruciating pain of a terrible death and the agonizing separation from His Father because of the sins that He bore for us.  

Every one of us has sinned and deserve God’s judgment of the death penalty for our sins, but God the Father sent His only begotten Son to satisfy that judgment for those who sincerely repent and follow Jesus Christ to live by every Word of God just as Jesus Christ did, setting an example for us to follow.

Throughout history the world around us has been filled with sin and evil of every kind, and it has been that way since Adam and Eve rebelled against God and disobeyed His command to not to eat of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

For God to fulfil His plan of bringing  humanity to godliness and eternal life as his children, God had to implement a means by which men and women could be forgiven for their sins. Out of God’s great mercy and incredible love, He wanted to make a way to redeem humanity from the misery of sin and death, providing a way for them to go on to eternal life if they choose to sincerely repent [stop living contrary to the Word of God] and commit to go and sin no more.

Romans 5:7 For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. 

5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. 

5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

1 John 4:9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 4:10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.

For those who truly believe and sincerely repent of all their past sins and commit to go and sin no more, remaining faithful unto death; it is they who will be saved at the resurrection to spirit and they will spend eternity with God.

What a glorious future we have ahead of us; all because Jesus Christ was willing to be our Passover Lamb, the One who truly is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

What an honor it is to be given this precious knowledge of what Passover and the Passover lamb depicts.  Let us keep this solemn Feast day with gladness in our hearts and with a grateful heart for what our Lord and Savior has done for each one of us who sincerely repent and who follow Him whither-so-ever He goes.

In Conclusion

God began (way back in the Book of Genesis, the very day that Adam and Eve sinned) to implement a Wonderful Plan, a plan that included the coming and redeeming sacrifice of the Messiah which would make it possible to undo what Satan did in enticing mankind to sin against God.

All have sinned like our first parents, but for those who want to truly be like God, holy and righteous forever, a Sacrifice has been provided that atones for all of our past sins: we that we can be forgiven and fallow Christ’s lead back to the Tree of Life.

The whole chapter of Isaiah 53 explains the role of the Lamb of God and what He would do for us and how He came to set the captives free from their sins.

Isaiah 53:1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?

53:2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

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.

53:7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. 

53:He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. 

53:And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

53:10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand.

53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

The story of sinful man and the need for a Messiah began in Genesis and ends in Revelation, but that is not the end for those were passed over by the angel of eternal death, because they have chosen eternal life by choosing to live by every Word of God in this present evil world.

Revelation 21:1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

21:5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.

21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.

21:7 He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.

21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

Revelation 22:1 And he shewed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb.

22:2 In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 

22:3 And there shall be no more curse [death]but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

 

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