Feasts of the Sanctuary!
Each feast represented something from the past, also the ceremonial year was an enacted prophecy, representing the history of tip world and the plan of salvation as carried out by Jesus, the Messiah. Each feast pointed back and forward as well.
The whole symbolism of the feasts extend from the death of Christ, His work in man’s behalf, until the Redeemed are completely restored and entering heaven forever. It is a beautiful plan, and as you study these things out, you find that every part of the prophecy has bedfo fulfilled, right up until the time in which we live where Jesus is soon to come.
God spoke to Moses to tell the children of Israel, each family, to take a lamb from the flock. It was to be make and have on blemish, and they were to bring it into live with them four days before the special night. God said He was about to strike all the first born of Egypt in one night! The Israelites were to kill the land on the evening before this terrible night, and dip hyssop in its blood, and mark their door posts and lintel with the blood of the lamb. When the angel of death went through the Land of Egypt to do his terrible work, he would see blood on the door and ‘Pass- Over’ the houses of the Israelites. While they were waiting, the Israelites were to roast the lamb and eat it with the Unleavened bread and bitter herbs. They were not to break any of its bones or leave any of the meat. Anything that was left was to be burned. When the terrible plague struck Egypt at the midnight and there was a great cry in Egypt. Orders came from Pharaoh for the Israelites to leave Egypt, which they promptly did. Just as that happened back then, it will happen that way in future. We who accept Jesus as our sacrifice, accept His blood in our behalf to redeem us from sin, and at the end of time when the 7 last plagues are being poured on the earth, God will look at the sign of redemption upon each one of His children and the scourge will pass over them and they cannot be harmed. And you’ll read about that in Revelation Chapter 9.
They determined that they would take Him and offer him up that weekend which was going to be the Passover weekend. If they were only reading their own prophecies, they would have realized that they were actually fulfilling them. By their evil intentions, they had set Jesus aside the same time the Passover lamb was to be set aside.
Jesus was crucified on the same day that the Passover Lamb was to be slain. He died at 3 PM, the exact time the Passover Lamb was about to be killed. At His feathe cry, a mighty earthquake struck the city of Jerusalem and split the rock on which the temple was built. The ” Rock of Ages’ had been ‘cleft’ for us.
Jesus was put to death in the exact moment in the time specified 1500 years before. Every year when the Passover Lamb was offered , it was always offered at exactly the same time of day, at 3:00 o’clock in the afternoon. At that moment, while the priests were reaching that knife to slice the throat of the Passover lamb in the sanctuary, they had Christ out on a cross and were putting Him to death outside the city. Here they were literally putting the true Lamb of God to david , and the didn’t realize their own prophecies, and He was fulfilling them. But as Jesus died, He lifted His head toward heaven and He cried, “Into Thy hands I commit My spirit, IT IS FINISHED!” and it was exactly 3:00 o’clock when that happened. No Bone of Him was Broken – When the Roman soldiers came to break the legs of the ones on the cross, Jesus was already dead, so they break not His bones. Instead they pierced him with a spear. The Passover Lamb was always pierced with spit to roast it. At that moment the Priests were about to put the lamb in the Sanctuary to death, and a tremendous earthquake took place, the only one that has been recorded in Palestine. There was no earthquake fault through that area until that day. It could be heard coming from a distance. It was a tremendous roar, a rumbling sound, and it ripped right through Jerusalem, it ripped through the center of the temple, and out the other side. And right through the middle of the Mountain of Olives where Jesus often spent His time in prayer with God. It cracked the rock that was underneath the Most Holy Place as it tore through the temple. The 18 foot curtain, as thick as a man’s hand was ripped from top to bottom. The priest, with upraised hand to play the Lamb, was terrified as this heavy curtain that covered the holy place from the gaze of the people, was torn from top to bottom by an unseen hand. No human power could have torn that heavy curtain! The knife dropped from his nerveless hand and the lamb sprang free and escaped in the confusion.
Type had met anti-type! The Lamb Of God had died for the sins of the world. No longer would the offering of lambs on earthly altars have any meaning.
The Wave Sheaf:
The priest was to go early on the next day and pick some early ripened heads of barley to make a sheaf. Then he took it in before the LORD in the Temple and waved it before the LORD.
And the next day Israel went out of Egypt, away from the cruel slavery, they were freed and they went out into the wilderness to offer themselves before God. That was represented by the wave sheaf.
to be cont’d.