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Messiah: From Concealed to Revealed

God’s plan of redemption to provide blood atonement through the coming Messiah is woven throughout the Old Testament in not only prophecy, but also in types, shadows, and patterns.  In Genesis, the first prophecy of a coming Messiah is revealed to Adam and Eve right before God killed an animal to provide clothing to cover their nakedness, for which they had become ashamed, after having sinned by disobeying God’s command to not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. Genesis 2:17

And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Genesis 3:15

Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them. Genesis 3:21


Perhaps if Cain had reflected on the death necessary to provide coats of skins for his parent’s disobedience, then he might have realized why God was pleased by Abel offering the blood of a lamb.

And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell. Genesis 4:2-5



Through Abraham and Isaac, we’re also given a glimpse of how God would provide himself, through the Son of God, the Messiah, as an offering for sin.

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.  Genesis 22:2

And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. Genesis 22:7-8


In Exodus, a spotless lamb was to be selected on the tenth day of the month and then killed 4 days later. The lamb's blood was then to be put on the doorframes for the death angel to pass over a house.  This foreshadowed how the Messiah would be offered on the “fourth” millennial day, to deliver his people from the bondage of sin.

Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: 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. Exodus 12:5-6

For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yesterday when it is past, and as a watch in the night. Psalm 90:4

But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Peter 3:8


To the same people that experienced the Passover in Egypt, God revealed his name, which today is translated as "Jehovah" in a King James Bible.  I’ve quoted the LSV below, to show the actual name, rather than the generic “Lord" seen in the KJV.

And God Speaks to Moses and says to him, “I [am] YHWH, and I appear to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, as God Almighty; as for My Name YHWH, I have not been known to them; Exodus 6:2-3, LSV

Therefore say to the sons of Israel: I [am] YHWH, and I have brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and have delivered you from their service, and have redeemed you by an outstretched arm, and by great judgements, and have taken you to Myself for a people, and I have been to you for God, and you have known that I [am] your God YHWH, who is bringing you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians; Exodus 6:6-7, LSV


As is illustrated above, the very name of God revealed the Messiah’s love for his creation of man and woman, which he made in his own image.  The ancient pictorial symbols of YHWH correlate to the Hebrew alphabet to interpret as, “Behold the Nail, Behold the Hand.”  How breathtakingly beautiful for God to identify his love for us so intimately through his name.

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. Genesis 1:26


The coming Messiah is prophetically foreshadowed in Leviticus through the lamb without blemish symbolism, by the shedding of innocent blood being the means for the atonement of sins.

And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission. Hebrews 9:22


“Atonement” H3722: כָּפַר, kâphar, kaw-far'
1. to cover, purge, make an atonement, make reconciliation, cover over with pitch
2. figuratively to expiate or condone, to placate or cancel: appease, make (an) atonement, cleanse, disannul, forgive, be merciful, pacify, pardon, to pitch, purge (away), put off, (make) reconcile (-liation).

If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD. And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering; and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. Leviticus 1:3-4


The blood atonement sacrifices were made on the "mercy seat."  They were done right atop the Ark of the Covenant, which God instructed how to be made when giving Moses the Law.  The presence of God dwelled in the Ark of the Covenant, in which is contained Aaron’s budding rod, the law given at Mt. Sinai, and the jar containing some of the manna that God provided to the Israelites, to eat while they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years.  These 3 elements in the Ark foreshadow the Messiah, who would come as the bread of life (manna), to fulfill the law for us as our unblemished perfect atonement (law given at Mt Sinai), in order to bring life (Aaron’s rod was self-sufficient like Jesus, who is the vine that gives life to his branches).

Interestingly, like the tree Jesus was crucified on, the branches from which Moses’ ark was created, and the wood from which Noah’s Ark was built; the Ark of the Covenant was not made out of pure gold, but likewise had a core made of humble wood.

And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof. Exodus 25:10


Therefore, it’s of no surprise for God to have used an Ark made of wood to deliver Moses and Noah in a manner foreshadowing the coming Messiah’s deliverance at the crucifixion on a simple tree.  Per God’s instruction, the Ark was built with protective "pitch" covering the outside and inside to prevent leaks.  The Hebrew word “and shalt pitch” is the Hebrew word kaphar that also can be interpreted as "atonement."

And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink. Exodus 2:3

Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. Genesis 6:14


The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. Acts 5:30

I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. John 10:9

Like God, who sealed in those being delivered in the Ark, the Messiah, who is our good shepherd, also seals his sheep in for protection, by being our door, and by sending the Holy Spirit to indwell the Body of Christ.  This indwelling of the Holy Spirit will be covered in more detail, further down below.

And they that went in, went in male and female of all flesh, as God had commanded him: and the LORD shut him in. Genesis 7:16

I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. John 10:11

For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep, we should live together with him. 1 Thessalonians 5:9-10


Before the judgment of the Tribulation starts, Jesus will catch up his sheep, so that they can be protected from his wrath.

Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast. Isaiah 26:20


The book of Psalms shows God as Israel’s deliverer, their coming Messiah, who would purge their sins.
Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away. Psalm 65:3

Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name's sake. Psalm 79:9


Let’s take a quick look as the “Crown of Thorns” placed on Jesus’ head during the crucifixion.  Jesus was reversing the curse by dying as our atonement on the cross, just like the substitutionary ram caught in the thicket to replace Abraham’s only son, who likewise to Christ, came by a miracle birth promised by God.

And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life; Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field; Genesis 3:17-18

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. Genesis 22:13

How the Messiah would accomplish that deliverance is shown in great detail in Psalms.

For dogs have compassed me: the assembly of the wicked have enclosed me: they pierced my hands and my feet. Psalm 22:16


Long before Roman crucifixion ever became a form of capital punishment, prophecy had revealed that the Messiah would be forsaken, despised, scorned, and pierced in the hands and the feet; 

(To the chief Musician upon Aijeleth Shahar, A Psalm of David.) My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring? Psalm 22:1

And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Mark 15:34


While being crucified on the cross, Jesus yelled out a phrase that should have caused the people around to remember Psalm 22.  If they had but made the connection, they would have known that Psalm 22 was being fulfilled before their very eyes.  Jesus was so despised that a murderer was freed instead of him.  They scorned him by mocking him to come down from the cross.  Modern science has discovered that "takotsubo cardiomyopathy," typically induced by extreme stress, causes water to pool around the weakened heart walls, which I suspect is why blood and water poured out from Jesus' pierced side and was why the Psalmist compared his heart to wax.  One might conclude that Jesus willingly gave up his spirit, while suffering with a "broken heart."  Additionally, the hyssop used to maliciously respond to his thirst was likewise foreshadowed in Psalm 22.

But I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. Psalm 22:6

All they that see me laugh me to scorn: they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, He trusted on the LORD that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. Psalm 22:7-8

I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint: my heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of my bowels. Psalm 22:14

My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death. Psalm 22:15

In fact, hyssop is also found with the blood of the lamb being put onto the doorframes, before the Passover in Egypt.

Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth. John 19:29

And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. Exodus 12:22


This “suffering servant” prophecy is also found in the book of Isaiah, which shows specifically how the Messiah would come to suffer and die as the acceptable Lamb of God, who would make atonement for all sins.

Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. Isaiah 44:6

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Revelation 22:13

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. 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. 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. 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. Isaiah 53:5-8


Through the angel Gabriel, God even revealed to Daniel the exact timing of when the Messiah would arrive.

Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Daniel 9:24

And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. Daniel 9:26


God also provided a prophet to bear witness of the Messiah’s arrival.  That prophet was John the Baptist, who’s ministry of preparing the way of the Lord was prophesied by Isaiah.

The voice of him that crieth in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the LORD, make straight in the desert a highway for our God. Isaiah 40:3

For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight. Matthew 3:3


When John identified Jesus as the Lamb of God, he was not only revealing to the people that Jesus was the Messiah, but also was pointing them back to the words of Isaiah’s prophecy mentioned above, which revealed the Messiah would come as a suffering servant, to die as a sacrifice for their iniquity.

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

And looking upon Jesus as he walked, he saith, Behold the Lamb of God! John 1:36


While John was baptizing Jesus, the truth of John’s identification of the Messiah was confirmed by the voice of God and the descending of the Spirit of God, in the form of a dove. 

And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. Luke 3:22


For these reasons, John’s “baptism of repentance” is of the utmost importance to understand.  His baptism of repentance solidified what the whole of the Old Testament prophets and law had foreshadowed.  The promised “seed” that would come from Eve, the lamb who would die for sins, the anointed one, was at hand.

For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. Matthew 11:13


Paul and Mark show that John’s “baptism of repentance” was specifically stated to be a call to believe on the coming Messiah, for the remission of sins.  He was preparing the people of Israel to believe that the Messiah would bring about the remission of sins.

John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins. Mark 1:4

Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. Acts 19:4


Talking directly about John's ministry, Jesus also connected belief directly to repentance.

For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him. Matthew 21:32

Repentance G3341: μετάνοια, metanoia, met-an'-oy-ah
1. change of mind, repentance

Remission G859: ἄφεσις, aphesis, af'-es-is: 
1. release from bondage or imprisonment 
2. forgiveness or pardon, of sins (letting them go as if they had never been committed), remission of the penalty 

Believe G4100: πιστεύω, pisteuō, pist-yoo'-o
1. to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence
2. to entrust a thing to one, i.e. his fidelity

Having repentance “toward God” by believing on the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins, as taught by John the Baptist, was the appropriate response of faith toward God that mankind was called upon to have, prior to the crucifixion.

Repentance Toward God: 

Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. Acts 19:4

However, mankind is now also called to have faith “toward our Lord Jesus Christ.” What exactly does that mean?  Well, I believe faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ is typified in scripture as a fully persuaded belief in Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection being God's substitutionary atoning sacrifice for mankind, when Jesus, the Messiah, took upon himself the penalty of the world's sins, by the offering of his own innocent life in our place.

Faith Toward our Lord Jesus Christ: 

Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

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 Peter 1:21


Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Acts 20:21

When combined together, "repentance toward God" and "faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ" represents faith in God's now fully revealed gospel, which was typically only understood in part and by few, until preached through Holy Spirit-inspired men of God, after the crucifixion.  This once concealed, but now revealed gospel was planned before the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8), to the praise of the glory of his grace (Ephesians 1:6).  Concealing the magnitude of what would be accomplished through the cross, was used by God to cause the enemy to do what the enemy would NOT have done, if the result had been fully understood. 

Which none of the princes of this world knew: for had they known it, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. 1 Corinthians 2:8


Jesus had a better baptism to provide after his victory over death.  Beginning in the upper room on Pentecost, the Holy Spirit filled the room and sat upon each of them, appearing as "cloven togues like as of fire" (Acts 2:3).  This marked the beginning of the "Church" which is not a building, but rather is best described as the body of believers, who have believed the gospel of salvation.  This current "Church Age" is a time when the Holy Spirit has been sent to baptize those with such faith, into the "Body of Christ" and thereby into the Messiah's eternal life.  Those "in Christ" are borne again, being now fully identified with the Messiah; having been crucified with Christ in his death, burial, and resurrection.  Jesus is the head of the church and the Saints are his body.  This is an incomprehensible blessing that God made possible through his death, burial, and resurrection.  Woe, woe to those who deny Christ and the riches of his grace!

I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: Matthew 3:11

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Wherefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus, and love unto all the saints, Ephesians 1:12-15

 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Ephesians 1:22-23


Today, the Holy Spirit’s sealing baptism still remains in effect.   However, please be warned, the very soon coming redemption of the purchased (Acts 20:28) possession, for those baptized into Christ, will end this age of grace with the departure of the Saints being caught up to God.  Then the time of Jacob’s Troubles (Jeremiah 30:7), Daniel's 70th Week (Daniel 9:27), will be at hand.  

Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. 1 Thessalonians 4:17

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Corinthians 15:52


The scriptures reveal that redemption always has been, and always will be, obtainable only through "faith" (Hebrews 11:4-13) by God's grace.  However, during this coming time of Jacob's Trouble, the Holy Spirit will operate differently, such as was during the Old Testament ages; expect that additionally those taking the Mark of the Beast will be forever damned.

Current Dispensation: 

By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:10

For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Hebrews 10:14

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2

Soon Coming Dispensation: 

But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. Matthew 24:13

Many speculate that the mark will perhaps defile one's humanity, due to having one's God-given image corrupted through the acceptance of the Mark of the Beast.  This would mirror well with Satan's previous attempt to corrupt humanity (Genesis 6:2, Genesis 6:4, Genesis 6:9) "as in the Days of Noah" through the angel's taking of women to produce giant "Nephilim" offspring.  Interestingly, people are currently trying to figure out how to use nano lipids to induce a DNA change from a double helix to a triple helix chain.  Beware of those quantum dot digital tattoos likely coming in the future, as a means to connect oneself to the image of the beast.  Regardless of what form the mark of the beast takes in the future, the Bible's truth still remains that those who take the mark will eventually spend forever in the Lake of Fire.  That is surely one baptism that nobody should want as their eternal state of existence.

And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Revelation 14:11

Unfortunately, most “grace” teaching churches, in the context of salvation, confuse the meaning of repent.  Instead of teaching “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ”, what is errantly taught is “repentance from the act of sinning” + “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ,” or sometimes they even just teach repentance is turning from the act of sinning.

And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace. But if it be of works, then is it no more grace: otherwise work is no more work. Romans 11:6


The tragedy of these errors is that false gospels (2 Corinthians 4:4, Galatians 1:6-7, 2 Corinthians 11:3-4, 2 Corinthians 11:15) are being presented to those hearing such a message, which makes faith in that message unable to save the individual.  They’re being told that to be saved they must effectively change their mind about their sins, by trying their best to stop sinning, by doing a 180 degree “turn” away from their sinful nature.  This “turn” from sin is then defined as “repentance.”  Such preachers, who say salvation is a free gift, are actually teaching that salvation is not a free gift, but rather is an agreement made as one commits to obeying the law (by turning from sin) as a prerequisite for God to agree to bless that person with his “free” gift of salvation.  This is the rubbish thinking that Paul addressed extensively in the Book of Galatians, when the early Christian Jews wanted the Gentiles to be circumcised and therefore identify with them as law keepers!

For neither they themselves who are circumcised keep the law; but desire to have you circumcised, that they may glory in your flesh. Galatians 6:13


The Galatians, who could never fulfill the law, had returned to their own self-righteous attempts to fulfill the law through their own law keeping, rather than by standing in faith that the Lord Jesus Christ had fulfilled the law for them.

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. Matthew 5:17


Not only did Jesus fulfill all of the law by keeping the law throughout all of his life, but also, he permanently fulfilled the Levitical atonement requirements for us, by dying as our sacrifice.

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, when he offered up himself. Hebrews 7:27

But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God; Hebrews 10:12

For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Hebrews 10:14


My friends, “turning from sin” is not biblical repentance seen under the New Covenant. The salvation of one’s soul comes by having faith in the Messiah’s sacrificial death, burial, and resurrection, when Jesus, who is the Messiah, the Lamb of God, shed his innocent blood and died on the cross and rose again in victory over death.  Christ’s baptism by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ is the only way to be saved.  This “turning from sin” by obeying the law, is negatively described in Hebrews 6:1 as “dead works.”  We’re called to change our mind about trying to please God though the “dead works” of trying to keep the Old Covenant, the law.  

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, Hebrews 6:1

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: 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? Hebrews 9:13-14


Throughout the book of Hebrews, Paul addressed the Levitical rituals that the professing Jewish Christians had trusted in, before their faith in Christ.  He shows how Christ’s once and final sacrifice has superseded and was much better than that old Levitical system.

Stated another way, for those borne again in Christ, who were baptized into his death, burial and resurrection, the law has become dead to them and the keeping of the law has become dead works to them.  If you’re teaching people that God’s salvation is received by turning from one’s sins, please stop focusing on fulfilling the law and instead rest in faith toward Jesus Christ by believing in his finished work.  Rest in true repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ, by believing that Jesus the Christ (aka Messiah) has reconciled you to God through his death, burial, and resurrection.  Please cease calling on the unsaved to do that which you yourself did not do to be saved (assuming at one point you were saved by grace alone through faith alone); don’t be like the foolish Galatians to whom Paul was addressing, who had forgotten God’s grace.

I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Galatians 1:6

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Ephesians 2:8


Let's take a quick look at those who had not repented from their dead works, but rather were still clinging to them, even at the judgement seat.

Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity. Matthew 7:22-23


In a nutshell, “perfection” is found only by grace through Jesus' imputed righteousness.  Perfection is not found by our striving to obey the law, by our sorrow over the wicked evil we’ve done, by our hatred of sins, by our commitment to live a godly life, but yet that is what most preachers want you to believe is necessary to be saved!  They’re calling for the mixing of God’s all-encompassing “It Is Finished” sacrifice, with “dead works!”

But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away. Isaiah 64:6


So why do many well-intending preachers believe "turning from sin" is biblical repentance?  Well, the Nation of Israel was constantly turning away from God by breaking the law that he had given to them.

Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:3

But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; Deuteronomy 30:17

And a curse, if ye will not obey the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside out of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods, which ye have not known. Deuteronomy 11:28


Therefore, God called them to turn back to him, by turning from wickedness to obedience by keeping his laws, in order for the Nation of Israel to be forgiven of their sins committed by breaking God’s laws.

When the heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; yet if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou dost afflict them; Then hear thou from heaven, and forgive the sin of thy servants, and of thy people Israel, when thou hast taught them the good way, wherein they should walk; and send rain upon thy land, which thou hast given unto thy people for an inheritance. 2 Chronicles 6:26-27

If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

When heaven is shut up, and there is no rain, because they have sinned against thee; if they pray toward this place, and confess thy name, and turn from their sin, when thou afflictest them: 1 Kings 8:35

Yet the LORD testified against Israel, and against Judah, by all the prophets, and by all the seers, saying, Turn ye from your evil ways, and keep my commandments and my statutes, according to all the law which I commanded your fathers, and which I sent to you by my servants the prophets. 2 Kings 17:13

Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Ezekiel 18:30

But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find him, if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul. When thou art in tribulation, and all these things are come upon thee, even in the latter days, if thou turn to the LORD thy God, and shalt be obedient unto his voice; (For the LORD thy God is a merciful God;) he will not forsake thee, neither destroy thee, nor forget the covenant of thy fathers which he sware unto them. Deuteronomy 4:29-31

If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. Deuteronomy 30:10


Unfortunately, the old covenant, the Law, was a covenant of death and was only a shadow of good things to come. It failed to make anyone perfect because nobody could keep it.  Therefore, God’s holy covenant of the law, worked only to prove mankind’s sinfulness and inability to satisfy it. Basically, through the law the world’s need for the Messiah as our blood atonement was strongly manifest.

For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God. Hebrews 7:19

For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. Hebrews 10:1

Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. Galatians 3:24


To the praise of the glory of his grace, we can be forever thankful for God’s love towards us and willingness to replace the law with a new covenant.  A covenant cut not by the shedding of animal blood, by the shedding of the Messiah's very own blood, which was provided at just the right prophesied time, for the sins of the world, by Jesus who fulfilled the law where we could not.  There's a reason his name in Hebrew means Salvation!

And, having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight: Colossians 1:20-22


Better than any animal blood atonement, Jesus is the perfect high priest, whose once and final blood sacrifice has brought complete reconciliation!

For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Hebrews 10:14


To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; Ephesians 1:6-7

Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. Hebrews 2:17

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5:17-19


We’re not even under the law anymore.  Being washed in the precious blood of our high priest, Jesus the Christ, has made us “unblameable and unreproveable,” which means God is “not imputing” our trespasses against us!  Sharing this “ministry of reconciliation” is part of the good news that the body of Christ is responsible to share.  Jesus can in righteousness grant this reconciliation that removes us from being under the law because he fulfilled the law for us.  

But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. Galatians 4:4-5

Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. Romans 7:4

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

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth. Romans 10:4

Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of twain one new man, so making peace; Ephesians 2:15


Imputed Righteousness  

Jesus took the sins of the world upon himself, so that his righteousness could be given to all who believe.

Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: Galatians 3:13

His body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt in any wise bury him that day; (for he that is hanged is accursed of God;) that thy land be not defiled, which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance. Deuteronomy 21:23

For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. 2 Corinthians 5:21


Not Under the Law = No Imputed Sin

Can a Christian sin?  Yes, Christians can and do sin.  Can those sins be held against us by God?  No, God is not holding sins against Christians, because their life has already been fully known by God and their sins paid for by Jesus Christ the Messiah.

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Romans 6:11


To those who are redeemed, having been already baptized into Christ through faith in the gospel, consider carefully before you drop to your knees to confess your sins before God, in order to “ask for forgiveness.”  By doing so, you’re disagreeing with God that there is sin that Jesus didn’t already atone for at the cross.  Instead, through the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2), let us reckon ourselves dead to sin (Romans 6:11).  Let us stand in faith thanking God for already setting us spiritually free from the penalty and dominion (Romans 6:9) of those sins; that we may by faith walk in newness of life.

For until the law sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no law. Romans 5:13

Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile. Psalm 32:2

Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. Romans 4:8

Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. Romans 4:15

Imputed Righteousness by Faith (Not the Law!)

The gospel is the good news of Jesus' sacrifice alone being the propitiation for the sins of the world, to all who believe it.  The gospel is not a lifestyle to be followed, but rather is good news to be believed; Christ's life to be received.

Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified. Galatians 2:16

I do not frustrate the grace of God: for if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain. Galatians 2:21

This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Galatians 3:2

But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. Galatians 3:11

And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses. Acts 13:39

And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: Philippians 3:9

This once and forever eternal payment for our sins is all made possible because of the sufficiency of his blood shed for our sins and his own willingness to take the penalty of our sins upon himself.

Propitiation” G2434: ἱλασμός, hilasmos, hil-as-mos'
1. a means of appeasing 
2. a propitiation, atoning sacrifice 
3. atonement

Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 1 John 4:10

Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God; Romans 3:25

And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John 2:2

Let us stand firm on the rock of our salvation, being fully persuaded that Christ, who is faithful in all things, gives as promised a new life and identity to those that believe he is the Messiah, who died, was buried, and rose again. His blood was more than sufficient.


But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Galatians 5:18

For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. Romans 8:15

The wonderful blessing that is the New Covenant was hidden in plain sight, but yet not revealed until at the right time.  Today is our day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2).  Today the Messiah has been revealed.  Believe on him.  Believe in the shedding of his blood.  Believe in his death, burial, and resurrection.  The testimony of his word is true.  It’s life.  The cross has always been YHWH's only plan of salvation.

Just as there was only one way into the Tabernacle that God had built, there is only one way to enter into God’s presence to receive atonement: that way is by grace alone through faith alone in the blood of the Lamb.  Have faith in I AM.  Have faith in YHWH.  Have faith in Jesus the Messiah, who came and died on that cross in YOUR place.  Have faith in God’s love for YOU.  

Consider wisely he who has declared the end from the beginning.  The Aleph (Alpha/Beginning/strong bull) and Tav (Omega/End/cross) testify to the Messiah coming as a suffering servant, as is recorded throughout all of the scriptures.  It’s ALL true and the roaring lion of the tribe of Judah—the King of Kings and Lord of Lords—is coming again so very soon!  Only God declares the end from the beginning.  Only God could have orchestrated the prophetic revealing of his Word over thousands of years into one cohesive theme that not only tells in advance what has now and will still happen, but also does so in a way that shows his character, nature, and love for all of mankind.

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

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13

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. 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. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 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. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. Revelation 19:11-16


Thank you, Jesus, for offering yourself on the mercy seat for our sins.  May we be swift to share the good news of the gospel, for the ministry of reconciliation that you have so graciously called us to receive and share.  May all praise and glory and honor be yours alone forevermore.

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  1. Very nice Brandon! :)

    I pray that many will read this article and take it to heart who need to.

    🦊 Jack - The Foxman on the Wall

  2. Great article! I'm going to be leading a Bible Study on "Jesus in the Old Testament" and so am soaking up as much typology and foreshadowing as I can so I can hopefully remember to share.

  3. Have you looked at the new Revelation 12 sign for 2023? There is some amazing things about this sign right around The Feast of Trumpets. https://youtu.be/OcJu6-AUDN0?si=8vdxck1s75gKxztw

  4. Brilliantly done! Thank you! 📖🌾🙏

  5. Wow..Let's go Brandon!! Outstanding job!!

  6. What a beautiful and timely tribute to our Lord Jesus Christ, Brandon!

    Timely in that I believe the Lord has revealed we are entering a brief but intense season of being witnesses to the unbelieving stragglers. We are entering the TRANSITION phase of the BIRTH OF THE MAN CHILD--

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  7. AMAZING article, Brandon. Thank you for sharing this overview of yours that will help all to enter into this period of change that we are approaching. This insight is a miracle in itself at this time. THANK YOU, BRANDON.

  8. I'm curious what you do with Matthew 5:17-20
    17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

    1. I would challenge you to read and re-read Romans chapter 7 & 8, and then consider the following:

      How does one "through the Spirit" (specifically NOT through the flesh) mortify (aka put to death), the deeds of the body (Romans 8:13)?

      I think scripture shows the answer in that the redeemed have been "crucified with Christ". (Galatians 2:20)."

      Romans 8:3-4 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: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

      Galatians 5:22-26 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit. Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.

      By faith, one puts to death the flesh and is borne again in the Spirit, through the Holy Spirit's baptism into Christ; making us crucified with Christ. In Christ, the good that the law couldn't produce in people's lives, is exhibited through the "fruit of the Spirit" by abiding in the vine, Jesus Christ. It's not us, but him who produces such fruit.

      John 5:15 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

      Ephesians 5:9-11 (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;) Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

      The renewing of our mind is therefore the starting point of living a godly life. Dwelling on Christ's righteousness providing GRACE by his atonement as our once and final sacrifice is the key to walking in the spirit. It's Jesus who is our complete victory.

      Basically, walking in the Spirit is the byproduct of a Christian life that's resting in Christ and is NOT connected as a requirement to believe the gospel of our salvation. We should certainly strive to walk in the Spirit.

      Gary wrote a article that I think it relevant. It's called the "Lawless Law-Keepers".

      Hillary wrote an article that I also think is relevant. It' called "Fallen From Grace?"

      Well, may the Lord guide your steps (and mine) in our continual search for the truth.

  9. Brandon

    This is what Iam disagreeing with you about.

    "Therefore, consider carefully before you drop to your knees to confess your sins before God, in order to “ask for forgiveness,” for in doing so you’re disagreeing with God that there is sin that he didn’t already atone for. Instead, through the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2), let us reckon ourselves dead to sin (Romans 6:11). Let us stand in faith thanking God for already setting us spiritually free from the penalty and dominion (Romans 6:9) of those sins; that we may by faith walk in newness of life."

    I don't think Iam "disagreeing with God that there is sin that he didn’t already atone for".

    What should be done is to acknowledge them (sin), but that is a private prayer closet moment between you and the Father!

    Jesus taught us to pray about what ever is on our mind about anything. Especially about our sin Nature.

    Now Paul talks of our sin Nature extensively throughout the letters.

    I do think there is and always has been Preachers, Teachers from what ever media they are from
    who teach that way that you are referring to.

    1 John

    1:3 ... and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.

    1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

    1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

    1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

    2:1 My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

    2:2 And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for our's only, but also for the sins of the whole world.


    10:4 For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to every one that believeth.
    10:5 For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth those things shall live by them.
    10:6 But the righteousness which is of faith speaketh on this wise, Say not in thine heart, Who shall ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above:)
    10:7 Or, Who shall descend into the deep? (that is, to bring up Christ again from the dead.)
    10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
    10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
    10:10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
    10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.
    10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.
    10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
    10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
    10:15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
    10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?
    10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

    1. Gregg,

      I apologize that my time is limited and so I must be brief, but I think we both agree that Christ alone is a Christian’s righteousness. Our point of contention seems be on how we’re interpreting God’s grace, in this current dispensation. I’m convinced that a Christian’s atonement has been so completely satisfied that no sin is able to ever be imputed to the body of Christ’s account.

      Romans 4:8 “Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”

      My stance is that a Christian’s sins have already been crucified to the cross with Christ and washed from our ledger, forever.

      Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

      I am by faith resting in Christ’s perfection.

      Hebrews 10:14 “For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”

      The confidence of such faith is not based on my own righteousness, but rather on Jesus’s promises. I can trust in him to be faithful and true.

      1 Corinthians 1:8 “Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

      The atonement received by faith is a present possession.

      Romans 5:8-11 “But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.”

      In a nutshell, you’re view of grace seems to reveal a faith in a limited temporary cleansing of sins, while my view of grace is a faith in an unlimited, completely finished cleansing from all unrighteousness.

      You state the following:

    2. “What should be done is to acknowledge them (sin), but that is a private prayer closet moment between you and the Father!”

      You bring up John 1:8-10 in support of that view.

      1 John 1:8-10 “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.”

      I would argue that such a position is in error. You’re not grasping the extent of God’s grace, and in doing so are in my opinion, “disagreeing with God that there is sin that he didn’t already atone for.” How many times does the perfect high priest need to re-cleanse someone who he has already been “perfected forever” from all unrighteousness when sin is no more being imputed to their account?

      The only correct answer is ZERO.

      I strongly believe 1 John 1:8-10 is not telling those already saved to confess their sins to be temporarily cleansed again, but rather is a call to the lost, unrighteous, condemned under the law, whole of mankind, to acknowledge themselves to be sinners in need of the Messiah’s atonement.

      You bring also up 1 John 2:1.

      1 John 2:1 “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.”

      I’m not disagreeing that myself and all living, breathing Christians don’t still sin. Our best attempt at righteousness living is still like filthy (menstrual) rags, compared to the Lord. Yet despite my sin, I have imputed righteousness being baptized into Christ. Despite Satan’s condemnation, my advocate ever liveth to make intercession. You’re making an assumption that such intercession is conditionally applied, based on one’s confession of sins. Are you so sure that’s correct?

      Romans 8:26 “Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.”

      Are we who have been filled with the everlasting water of life, the Holy Spirit, supposed to be thirsty for continual forgiveness?

      John 4:14 “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”

      If by faith one rests in his complete forgiveness, I believe such a person will find peace being removed from the bondage of confession, where one thinks he or she must constantly be cleaned from new unrighteousness committed, since the last time he or she prayed for forgiveness.

      Bah… Jesus paid it all. He knew and paid for the sins of my entire life. I will stand in faith thanking God for his all-sufficient blood shed for my sins. I will not disagree with him that I have been perfected forever.

    3. Brandon

      Maybe Iam not being clear.
      I think we are talking of different aspect of "grace through faith".
      God did His part "Grace", past, present, future sins of everyone who has ever existed.
      God has the right to pickup anyone He wants and put them in Christ.

      As 2 Peter 3:15-18 puts it, you can fall from grace. Heck, all of them say the same thing especially the Parables in particular "The Sower".

      And Rev 3:21-22 To him that overcometh.

      That "Faith" and "Believe" words should be "Trust" continually in all the promises of God
      because He is trust worthy. What ever circumstance in your life that contradicts the word of God you find a promise that contradicts that circumstance and you start Faithing, Believing, Trusting in the Promise of God. Whatever it may be, Health, Finance, Provision your Hope "Faith" is in God to fulfill those promises. That becomes your Faith connection.

      My Favorite one is in Malachi 3:8-11

      3:008 Will a man rob God? Yet ye have robbed me. But ye say, Wherein have we robbed thee? In tithes and offerings.

      3:009 Ye are cursed with a curse: for ye have robbed me, even this whole nation.

      3:010 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

      3:011 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

    4. Gregg,

      You’re right. I don’t think we’re understanding each other at all.

      In your above post, I’m unable to follow your reasoning. Is your reply intended to support your belief that 1 John 1:8-10 is teaching Christians to continually confess their sins in order to be re-cleansed from all unrighteousness? If yes, then I don’t see any connection whatsoever between what you typed and the point that you were trying to convey to me.

      I’m also unable to follow your reasoning regarding your usage of your term “faith connection.” Are you arguing that a lack of continual “faithing” causes a Christian to be unrighteous, thereby requiring such a person to confess their sins, to be cleansed and to thereby have a restored fellowship with God? I’ve supported by position by a variety of scripture that (IMO) contextually applies, but I don’t’ see the same in your responses regarding the discussion we've been having about the necessity of the continual confession of sins.

      Why connect 2 Peter 3:15-18 and Rev 3:21-22 to the phrase “fallen from grace”? Galatians 5:4 uses the term “fallen from grace” but yet is in the context about the Galatian people, who were preaching another gospel, by trying to be justified by the law. In Galatians 4:8-20 Paul questions their beliefs doubting that Christ has been formed in them.

      Are you arguing against the eternal security for the body of Christ, by saying a Christian can lose God’s grace and thereby salvation by a change of their mind? I would argue that Paul’s doubts were likely right. The Galatians who were mixing the law with the gospel were never saved to begin with, and if so then term “fallen from grace” cannot be argued in this context to mean the Galatians were a bunch of Christians who had lost their salvation. The eternal security of the Saints during this dispensation is littered throughout so much of the scriptures that I feel no need to define that position on here. I fully believe in O.S.A.S., but myself like think the word’s “Once Sealed, Always Saved” are clearer. Those baptized into Christ being borne again are forever “Sealed / Saved.”

      Basically, from my standpoint, it feels like you’re bouncing around to share a lot of different viewpoints that you have, but in doing so are failing to make clear your position on any of them.

      I’m really not interested in arguing with anyone on here, but rather was trying to clarify my position regarding repentance and the gospel. If you want to discuss these topics further with me, please IM me through the Unsealed discussion board. I would be glad to chat with you over a phone call. I particularly like your insights into the Tabernacle, which you posted below.


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    6. Brandon

      Basically what I am saying is we put our trust, belief, Faith in Christ and God puts His spirit in us. He does the changing in our lives so we don't work at changing ourselves. We find ourselves connected to God by Trusting in Him.
      Nicodemus didn't understand what being born again meant at first, but that doesn't stop him. And in john 7:50-51 he is defending Jesus.
      And finally in John 19:39 he is still there, I think he got it.


    7. Oh, ok... that makes more sense now. Thanks for the clarification.

  10. Brandon

    I would like to elaborate on the The Tabernacle
    The Temple in the Wilderness.

    The Tabernacle was the shadow cast by the word of God to be fulfilled in the time of the promised Messiah. Beginning in the time of Moses, it’s rites and rituals have pointed the people of the tribes of Israel directly at the Messiah. After the rejection of Jesus, the Jews continue as they were, under the law, awaiting their Messiah right into the present day.

    It wasn’t until that time that God revealed His “fail safe” program, the Church, to whom He passed along the meaning of the rites and rituals of the Jews, as promises to a whole new breed of civilization; neither Gentile nor Jew, but new creatures in Christ, that make up His body, the Church, whom against not even the gates of hell shall prevail.

    Since those rites and rituals, better known as the feasts, were passed along to us, the Church as promises, I think that it’s an important thing for Christians to know and understand. It is the basis for our Christian beliefs on the one hand, and a trail to follow, leading from the past, directly into the future. And, since we are in the future now, because we have arrived at the time described in Daniel, as the end time, we can use hindsight to view the Christian promises, through the substance and shadow of their original Jewish meaning and see our way even more clearly than were able the Jews. But, the structure itself is a lesson in the geography of the landscape of Christianity.

    Temple in the Wilderness, The Tabernacle. It is the simplest, total expression of Christianity, to be found in the Old Testament. Let’s start with the building itself.

    If you wanted to come to God, in the Old Testament, you met him where He said you could meet him. The tabernacle is both a type of Christ and a type of the total Christian journey, which takes us from outside of God’s presence, into his presence.

    Now, Christ is that meeting point. But from the Old Testament type of Christ, the meeting point was here and here alone, in that tabernacle, hidden behind, at the outset, on the outer fringe, a white linen fence, seven and a half feet high.

    Inside that court yard, was a tent. And the tent consisted of a holy place and a holy of holy’s. Three pieces of furniture in the holy place, one in the holy of holy’s, two in the outer court, and one door.

    And the drama of what God was communicating, made clear, geographically, that every man starts outside, away from God. Separated from His presence. And the only way you could meet him was to meet him where he said he was.

    Now, you came to this place, and the first thing you were confronted with is this white linen fence, the symbol of God’s holiness, without which, scripture says, no man will see God. You can’t get to him, without holiness.

    The fence was supported by oblong blocks of brass. And, there was a brass chain from each post running to a brass peg in the ground outside.

    From youth on, every child of Israel was taught that brass symbolizes judgment. It was on the horns of the altar, where death for sins occurred. The picture was graphic. Everybody starts outside, and the brass pegs and the brass blocks taught a simple truth: remain outside, and judgment was your lot.

    Look up, the top of each post was crowned with silver, and from post top to post top, all the way around this fence, no matter which direction you went, ran a silver chain.

    In contrast to brass, which always symbolized judgment, silver, symbolizes redemption. The price being paid to redeem lost inheritance, restore freedom, and restore life was paid in silver.

  11. Follow that silver chain, either direction, it led to one door, only one, through which you could walk. The curtains of that door had four colors in it. Blue, scarlet, purple and white. Blue, for the eternal nature of Christ, as revealed and founded in the gospel of John, who began at the beginning. Purple, the kingly role of Christ. The purple, as unveiled by Matthew, who wrote to the Jews, that indeed, Jesus was the King of the Jews. White, the purity of his perfect manhood, as revealed by Luke, who as the historian, put together the perfection of our Lord. Scarlet, or red, for the suffering servant Messiah, portrayed in Isaiah, but expounded by Mark in his gospel.

    Those scriptures, written centuries before Christ came, contain all the clues. One silver chain, led to one door. Walk through that door, which is Christ, and you’re on the inside of the fence. Immediately you are confronted by an alter, which is the alter of burnt offering. At this alter, two kinds of sacrifices were offered: the sin, and the trespass.

    Trespass, is where man usually starts when he talks about sin. A trespass, by definition, is a thing you know about. I robbed, I stole, I killed, or the more spiritual derivative of that, I hated, I desired what was not mine. Sins that the church has been hung up on for years, were considered trespasses by God.

    Man has always started out on the periphery, but the closer you get to God, the more you are aware that you are not a sinner because you sin, but rather, you sin, because you are a sinner. There’s something wrong with you. You’re born out of fellowship with God.

    The sin offering was for that condition. The trespass offering was for the deed. And the sin offering even embraced the sin of ignorance. Even in the Old Testament, they had a sacrifice for the sins they didn’t know about.

    But, the message was the same in both cases. You were to bring a sacrifice, and stand it in front of that alter. It had to be a pure animal from out of the flock. Then you would lay your hands on it, because God decreed that when you did that, all of your sins and trespasses would transfer to the animal, and in so doing, you were recognizing, as close to what the New Testament calls, that recognition and request for forgiveness of sins.

    You recognized that it was your sins that was going to go onto the animal, and it will be treated as we deserved to be treated. For sin comes death. Blood contained the life, so immediately after the transfer of sins, by the laying on of the hands, the knife was drawn, the animal was slain, and in the sin and trespass offering, the blood, containing the life poured on the ground, and the carcass of the animal was taken outside of the camp.

    At that instant, even in the old testament, the believer stood justified. God looked at him as though he was just like the dead animal with the life blood poured on the ground. Payment by proxy or vicarious substitute had been made for his sins. It’s as simple as that.

    And as Romans says, in the counsels of heaven, when man was created, God had his “fail safe” plan: The lamb slain from the foundation of the earth, drawn from the bank of heavens life, one worth enough to stand in for all of us, would one day, offer himself, and buy up all this paper money, so to speak, because the surety was there and the absolute commitment in the fullness of time to pay that surety had been made.

  12. In the New Testament, it’s not the blood of animals, it the blood of one Christ, Jesus is the propitiation, the one who paid the price. In the New Testament, we don’t lay hands on the head of the sacrifice, we don’t, Romans 9 says, ascend up and get him, and bring him down, we don’t have to descend down and get him and bring him up. The words already nigh you, it’s in your mouth, speak it forth, for with the heart man believeth and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

    Now, you’re inside! Inside the fence, covered with the righteousness of Christ. The penalty is paid, and the carcass of the dead animal is taken clear outside the camp. The one that remains is now covered. The substitute paid the price!

    But, service is involved, as the priest stays in the tabernacle area. There is a Laver of cleansing there, which is the next piece of furniture. It’s a golden fount of flowing water in that outer court. You’re already covered, but as you serve God, and dust gets on the hands, and feet, you are to bring yourself to this Laver, and look at yourself in the mirror, and check out your spots.

    It was made from the melted down mirrors and jewelry of the ladies in the camp, and it was burnished and polished, and shaped in such a way that it would magnify your image when you stood in front of it. It was the duty, of all who worked in this outer court, to come to this Laver, repeatedly and consistently to examine themselves, and wash and cleanse themselves in it’s water.

    You can’t come to God, and stand here, knowing that you ought to be a dead man, and he died for you, and not want to please him, and his word clearly says, that you, are periodically to bring yourself to the Laver. The Lord is never against any individual who wants to bring himself to the Laver and deal with his spots.

    And, what is the Laver? Christ, the revelation of God’s will. The gold. Gold is the symbol of spirituality, always, as brass is the symbol of judgment and silver symbolizes redemption. You go to the Laver, and there is only one measure, God. He has revealed his word, and the culmination of that word is Christ. You bring yourself to that Laver, and standing along side Christ, you let it measure you, not a fellow Christian or priest. It, and it alone is the measurement. And when you go before the Laver, you’ll see some spots, you can’t live without them, you can’t move around without picking them up. But, there is water in the Laver. A fount of flowing water. Well, who does the cleansing? You do, by dipping your hands in the water. What’s the water? Peter, Paul, and even James says the water is the Holy Spirit.

    How do you get the Holy Spirit in you to do the washing? Faith! Simple as that! Well, I don’t know how to put my hands in the water. God gave you the formula. Faith and he puts his spirit in you, and puts you in Christ!

    Only one way you get the water to wash in regeneration. Having seen the spots in the word of truth!

    If you want the water to wash you, you no longer go to a
    place. You Faith. Paul said it to the Galatians. Receive you the spirit, by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? Effort won’t get it. As in the Old Testament, it was simple, plunge your hands into the water. In the New Testament, start Faithing! - Receive you the spirit, by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?, it was a rhetorical question, it was the hearing of Faith. Water does the cleansing. You deal with the Laver about your spots, alone.

  13. Next comes the curtain. We are in the Tent area, where God’s presence is going to dwell. It consisted of four layers of fabric and skins. On the outside, was badger skin, that ugly earthly animal. The best illustration of how Jesus clothed himself in the tent of earthly human flesh. And working through the skins, all of which teach the proof of his redeeming work, and on the inside, looking out, again you see the pure linen. The point being, once we go through this door, and the sacrifice is offered, and the body carrying your sins is outside the camp, we are encircled by the linen cloth quality of the fence, and here we are totally encased with the nature of Christ.

    God looks at you now in Christ and sees past the badger skin to the linen, as we are now totally encased in Christ. We’re now inside that area where the service of God is being performed. The dead animal carrying the sins is outside the camp where it’s never seen again, symbolizing that those forgiven sins are never see again by God.

    Enter the tent, and over on the left is the golden candlestick. It consisted of a stem and three curving branches on each side, making seven arms, and on each a cup and a knop. And they were designed as flowering branches with a cup at the top of each one of them, and a wick in each cup.

    Early in the morning, everyday, the priest would go and trim the lamps and fill them with fresh oil to overflowing which made the lamp burn brightly. And, we’re not left in doubt as to what that golden candlestick symbolizes, it’s the Church, you and me, in Christ. And, what it teaches, is that we have a light to shine. As He was the light of the world, He left the task to us. But something very interesting, and too often forgotten by those who would be a witness by standing in your face and lassoing you. It was as a natural function of the branch in the vines. It flowered a cup and knop at the top these cups were flowering with a wick.

    Once the fresh oil was in, the trimmed lamp, burned brightly, bringing light automatically. Simple truth; you don’t witness by knocking people down, you witness by the out growth of Christ’s nature in you. This implantation, to use a Biblical phrase, the gift of the Holy Spirit, which God gives us by Faith, burns the dross. But, you’re not as aware of it, you’re busy faithing. But as you begin to see desires change, the Holy Spirit, is burning, as the scripture says, the dross. In addition, that life in us maintained, which is maintained as long as we have faith, causes growth.

    Some of you have probably changed more than you ever believed you could change, and you didn’t change because you shook yourself and said, CHANGE. You started the life of faith and change outworked through you. Now why did it burn brightly? The oil of the Holy Spirit. As water typified Spirit in one context, oil typifies it here.

    Everyday, early, fresh oil in the cup. If the oil was there, the light was bright. Didn’t have to work at it. People noticed something. You talk about charisma. Do you know where the word comes from? The gift of God’s spirit. Some people can walk in the room and you feel their presence. I firmly believe that if the Holy Spirit is abiding, it creates it’s own chemistry! And that promise of God that He will abide is to a faither, There is something different about the uncommon faithing christian, placed in him by the Holy Spirit. Let it firmly be established that when you dwell in Christ, and his word abides in you, and the vine and the branch are together, and the light of the Holy Spirit is there, you are a witness. You don’t have to work at it. You will be.

  14. Well, how do I get the oil in every morning? Same formula - FAITH gets the Holy Spirit in you! God won’t give it to you for anything else! I repeat, “receive you the spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?

    Now, there is another piece of furniture. The table of show breads. It consisted of a table and twelve loaves of bread. And, they had to be replenished every week. One loaf from each tribe, with frankincense. It’s not Christ, the living bread. He was the living bread from God out of heaven. That was the manna, that came down from heaven.

    Someone once calculated that God gave them fifteen tons of manna every day. But, out of what He gave them, He expected they bring Him a loaf from each tribe every week. It was an offering from the people out of their store to Him. And, it had to be brought with frankincense. The symbol of joy, cheerfulness and sweetness. They gladly would bring it every week.

    Now to me, the mystery is, when God rained down fifteen tons of bread, what did He want with twelve loaves from them? Obviously, He didn’t need it. But, He wanted that frankincense demonstration that they recognized that He was the provider. And, they gladly built a table, and provided it for Him in His house.

    By the way, it was inside the curtain, and nobody but the priest could see it. If a government agent came in to check on the use of the bread, God killed him deader than a stone. Once when Caesar’s worm went in there to see what those priests do with those offerings, God killed him dead on the spot! If you wanted in there, you had to become a priest, and qualify according to God’s standards. And, if they were a spy, He’d kill them too.

    God’s not as openly brutal today, but spiritual death is much worse. The point I’m trying to make is that this was a secret place. So, when some bureaucrats come sniffing around, and asked, don’t you want to know what happened to your bread? That offering was given to God! That bread belonged to the priests. The point is that there are a lot of people that outline the Christian journey. You come to Jesus, and let Him bear your sins. Come to the laver and get clean. Be a witness, the golden candlestick. Go over to church and pray, but just don’t bother me with that table of show breads. But, God put in very high cotton, the table of giving.

    Seven major pieces of furniture in the Tabernacle, and one of them has to do with giving! But, I would teach it from the frame that God was able teach it. He didn’t need their bread. I repeat, He gave them fifteen tons everyday! They needed to give! It was part of His testament for sharing in His inheritance.

    Next to the curtain, that was the equivalent of a veil before the holy of holies a third piece of furniture. The alter of incense. The Psalmist said, let my prayer be said before thee as incense O Lord. Jesus said that when you pray, go to the closet and shut the door and pray to your father, who heareth in secret. Nobody outside of that holy tent saw that alter, God saw it.

    Now, the laver of cleansing had to have a fire burning on it constantly as a symbol of prayer. It was lit every morning with fresh coals. But, you could only light it with one fire. Two of the Old Testament characters were struck dead, because they brought, what the Bible calls, strange fire. You couldn’t just take a coal off someone’s campfire, and light this alter. You could only take a coal off this alter where the burnt offering, another type of sacrifice, offered at the alter in the outer court, was burnt, and the word is a liturgical word in the Old Testament, which means to ascend for God’s pleasure.

    You had to take a coal from that alter, and only that alter, where the sins were taken care of, where the substitute paid the price, and the literal life of the burnt offering was ascending to God. You took a coal from that alter and lit this fire.

  15. You don’t just charge into God’s presence and say, give me this or that. You go back and you stand for a minute in front of Calvary, to use New Testament language, and you remember the basis by which you approach God. He died for me. I’d be dead otherwise. You take that coal. That kind of hard attitude. You’ve got to know you’re a sinner to be able to understand forgiveness. Just as that woman they criticized for the ointment in the alabaster box, she said she’s been forgiven much, that’s why she loves much.

    You start your prayer life as a reminder, that my access to God is because while I was yet a sinner, God commendeth His love toward me. And, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

    He loves you and me as we are! Not our souls, you and me! He died for me. I don’t have to work too much to get to feel good toward God when I remember that. That lights the incense. You light it in the morning, and it burns all day. And that incense, which is an attitudinal frame of thanksgiving to God for what He did for us is closest to the very presence of God Himself.

    Once a year, on the day of Atonement, you could part this curtain and enter in where the Ark of the Covenant sat, in the holy of holies. The Ark of the Covenant consisted of an oblong box made of acacia wood, a root out of the dry ground, as the symbol of our humanity, covered with gold, as the symbol of divinity, and the mystery of the incarnation is portrayed in that type. The divine and the human merged into one.

    In order to make very clear that the box symbolized Jesus, inside the box were the unbroken tablets of stone. Only in Christ was the law unbroken. Also in the Ark was the high priestly rod of Aaron, which to prove his priesthood, God worked a miracle. As that rod, through the darkness of the night, from it’s deadness as a staff that had been used to walk with, budded in the morning became the symbol of death and resurrection. The rod was a symbol of the high priestly work of redemption, and the rod that budded as a symbol of Christ was also kept therein. Thirdly, there was a cup that kept the manna, the symbol of the living bread. Each of those three thing were God’s exclamation points to say once and for all, that is Christ!

    On the top of the box was a solid block of gold. Carved into it, the Cherubim. When man sinned, the Cherubim with flaming swords, were stationed at the entrance to kill all that came into the garden of Eden. Eden means heart of God. All who came into God’s presence were to be slain. These Cherubim now sit with folded wings beholding this area of the solid gold block, no longer with swords, they’re at peace. And the solid gold block is the symbol, as gold always is, of divinity. It was that work of Christ at Calvary, where He atoned. Cappereth is the name of this, called the mercy seat sometimes. It literally means covering.
    We are covered!

  16. In a terrible old picture in the Old Testament when the Ark came back from the Philistines it went to a village and they lifted the gold lid and peeked in and God instantly killed 50,000 in that city, to teach drastically the point, that any man who looks on God’s standard of unbroken law, without the covering atonement, with nothing between us, you die. But between us, and the perfect law of God, kept by Christ, is the mercy seat, the covering atonement, that which Christ did which covered us.

    Now, there is no clearer roadmap of Christianity than this. I don’t care what our background is, we start outside. There’s only one door, Christ; One Sacrifice, Christ; One Laver, Christ; One Life, anointed by the Holy Spirit, Christ. He accepts our gift and we bring the recognition of his sacrifice and from a heart of gratitude can praise him in our own private prayer life and fill the atmosphere with thanksgiving that if God never does anything else for me, He died for me. We stand in His presence on the shed blood of the outpoured life and between us and God’s standards is the covering atonement, and our faith in Christ’s shed blood covers us! What else is there? God says, that’s all we need.

    Do you have any doubt that God also built into that plan of Christ, the completion of the Age of the Church? But, just as the knowledge of the Church wasn’t divulged until it became necessary, doesn’t mean that it wasn’t there, just waiting for it’s time. Because it was. And now, in these last days, the plan for the closing of the age that became necessary by the Jews rejection of Jesus, is revealed in all it’s glory. The Rapture is written into the plan, just as surely as Christ was written into the Tabernacle in the Wilderness. God gave us His word on it.


    Please join me in prayer for the hurting and the lost. Those who suffer and need. From those stricken in historic flooding in Asia to those lives have been cast to the ground in Morocco. Those and all of those in between. From our neighbours to those living across the globe in Russia and Ukraine. Those who have lost loved ones fighting wars - wars of man as well as loved ones fighting wars against personal sickness and disease.

    Heavenly Father, we are all in your hands. Pour out your compassionate mercy and grace upon your creation. Draw near those who would say, "I do" and keep them for yourself for all eternity. Send your angels with the message and by your Spirit open the eyes of the blind; remove the scales that cause us not to see and wonder at the beauty that is Christ in You. Heal the sick and give shelter to those who have none. Empower us to be your hands and feet here on Earth and please give us hearts to pray for our neighbours in need and be stirred into action accordingly wherever we may be. Amen.

  18. TODAY IS...

    ...the Feast of New Oil per the Essene calendar. Tomorrow begins the Wood Offerings of Levi and Judah followed by Benjamin/Joseph, then Reuben/Simeon, then Issachar/Zebulon, then Gad/Asher to be finally followed by Dan/Naphtali. All according to the Essene calendar. These days all parallel the first to seventh day of Creation that ends with Yom Teruah II/Rosh Hashanna II on the Civil calendar.

    On the Civil (Pharisee) calendar, tomorrow (9/11) is the first day of Creation. Coinciding with this is the opening of the 77th General Assembly of the United Nations. How fitting that this year (2023) the first day of Creation is marked on September 11th. I am persuaded through my personal study that Jesus was born on 9/11/3 BC and was conceived of the Holy Spirit over Hanukkah in 4 BC. Thus, how fitting it would be this year that Creation Day (no matter who observes it) occurs on 9/11. Especially when it's the prevailing Jewish calendar.

    Oh, and don't forget that the UN SDG Summit (Day 1) begins on the heels of the New Year celebrations of Rosh Hashanna. (Bear in mind that the Essenes celebrated the New Year in the Spring). Just as it should be if you ask me!

    Very interesting days we're living in.


    1. I'm curious, what were the wood offerings for? Were they yo supply the Temple with firewood for the year or something else?

    2. In practical terms, that's basically what the offering was for, yes. The gift of wood was for use upon the altar and was considered a sacrificial offering. There is much deeper meaning to the offering discussed at Chabad.org as well as other online sources.

  19. Happy Birthday Jesus! (9/11/3 BC) Heavenly Father, Thank you for the Greatest gift ever given. The gift of Your Son.

    1. PR

      All the evidence from scripture points to spring time birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.

    2. All is an *all* inclusive statement. If all of the evidence pointed to Jesus being born in the Spring then I would have come to that conclusion. Would love to know what this evidence is as the timing of the birth of Christ comes down to when Zechariah served at the Temple as a Priest of the Order of Abijah. The evidence that I found led me to the summer (June) and likely June of 4BC.

      We know through Scripture that Elizabeth conceived John when Zechariah returned from Temple duty. When Elizabeth was six (6) months along we see Mary being visited by Gabriel. (Luke 2:26) This is when Jesus was conceived of the Holy Spirit - not the calendar month that the Annunciation occurred. June plus six months brings us to the season of Hanukkah; a likely time of the Annunciation. Add nine (9) months to that and we arrive at the Fall Feasts and the accompanying celestial signs.

      A triple conjunction of Regulus (king star) by Jupiter (king planet) completed on Yom Teruah, 3 BC (9/11/3 BC). "King, King, King" as Rick Larson put it. The track of Jupiter through retrograde motion drew a sceptre in the hand of Leo during that encounter. Then to top that off a very special advent of the Bethlehem Star shown the following June in 2 BC followed by the potential first Christmas when Jupiter came to rest (stopped, as in retrograde motion) over Bethlehem when viewed from Jerusalem on the early (pre-dawn) morning of December 25, 2 BC when the magoi arrived. (Nods to Rick Larson and Barry Setterfield).

    3. Correction: Mary was visited by Gabriel in (Luke 1:26). All apologies.

  20. PR

    Now in the sixth month ( Elul, Aug/Sep ) the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee, called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph.

    "And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month..

    And Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her home ( Kislev, Nov/Dec ).

    Mary has six more months to go from ( Kislev, Nov/Dec ). That would put her time to give birth at ( Sivan, May/Jun ).

    And do you know what is in the month of Sivan? Shavuot, "Pentecost"

    Its a holiday that commemorates the single most important event in Israel’s history: the giving of the Torah. The Law!

    Now is it not, that Christ is the fulfillment of the Law?

    And when eight days were completed before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.

    And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "EVERY first-born MALE THAT OPENS THE WOMB SHALL BE CALLED HOLY TO THE LORD"), and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord, "A PAIR OF TURTLEDOVES, OR TWO YOUNG PIGEONS."

    Also, who is in the Temple when Jesus was to be presented by the parents? Simeon, and it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

    And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with a husband seven years after her marriage, and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four.

    And at that very moment the prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

    And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city of Nazareth.

    God being who He is, I am willing to bet dollars to donuts He dots the i's and crosses the t's.

    Gabriel is the key, He tells Mary in the sixth month ( Elul, Aug/Sep ) your cousin Elizabeth is now in her sixth month of pregnancy.

    1. At first glance (back in the day) I too thought that the sixth month reference was pointing to the sixth month of the calendar. Today I clearly see how Luke meant that Elizabeth was in the sixth month of her pregnancy with John. It was not the sixth month of the year.

      To explore the question of that timing I built models and found that the best fit was that Elizabeth was in her sixth month. This was further supported when I found evidence that Abijah served in the Temple in June. That sealed it.

  21. At https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A_aIm-QM9Zg "This is Huge!!!- Israeli PEACE PLAN Part Of UN 7 Year Rescue Plan Summit!!!":

    "Watchman On The Wall 88

    This is Huge!!!- Israeli PEACE PLAN Part Of UN 7 Year Rescue Plan Summit!!!

    Saudi Arabia will be co-hosting an event on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly next week focused on revamping the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, three UN diplomats told The Times of Israel on Thursday.

    The event, titled “Peace Day Effort for Middle East Peace,” will take place on Monday and is being put on by Saudi Arabia along with the Arab League and the European Union in cooperation with Egypt and Jordan, one of the diplomats said. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will be the keynote speaker."

    1. He's right, that could be huge! I'm very, very interested in seeing where this takes us! Maybe this ends up being or leading to the Seal 1 judgement, in which case we're out of here so very soon!

      *rubs hands gleefully*

  22. HAPPY NEW YEAR, 5784!!!

    As I share this note it's still New Year's Eve in Israel. Yes, I know that the New Year begins in the Spring; that's what G-D commanded Moses in (Exodus 12:2). I also track the Essene calendar but today is Erev Rosh Hashanna in Israel. By definition and the Book of the Law (Torah) it Erev Yom Teruah or Eve of Feast of Trumpets.


    Sunrise (aka, the twinkling of an eye) will be at 6:27 AM in Jerusalem on September 22, 2023. Read that time from right-to-left and it may ring a bell! Strong's (G726). A few days later on the advent of the full moon on September 29, 2023, sunset (aka, the twinkling of an eye) will be at 6:27 PM in Jerusalem.

    The evening of September 22, 2023 is the sixth anniversary of the Great Sign (Revelation 12 Sign) beginning the seventh year of the sign. The 22nd ends with the beginning of Shabbat Shuba (the Sabbath of Her Return). September 29, 2023 is the 72 months, six (6) days since the Great Sign of Revelation 12 and features the first full moon of the seventh year of the Great Sign and remember, sunset on the 29th is at 6:27 PM in Jerusalem.

    A few pin-points to what are otherwise interesting times we're living in!!!

    תודה ושלום

  23. Israel and the Two-State Solution are what we need to pay attention to for sure.
    In reading the article, Saudis co-hosting UN event aimed at revamping Israeli-Palestinian peace process, it does NOT say that the Israel Peace Plan is being added to the UN SDG Summit Plan. JUST AS THEY DID LAST YEAR the Saudis are taking advantage of the Summit to have a SIDE meeting to work further on the Peace Plan.

    "Saudi leaders assured the visiting delegation last week that Riyadh “will not abandon” the Palestinian cause, even as it discusses normalizing ties with Israel, a US and an Arab official told The Times of Israel on Wednesday. . .

    There will be follow-up conversations between US, Israeli, Palestinian and Saudi officials on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next week, but Riyadh will likely need several months to study the issue further before raising specific demands in its talks with the Biden administration, according to the two officials."

    Even though they write in the article that it will take "several months to study the issue further" could this side meeting at the UN result in DECISIONS MADE forcing Netanyahu's hand BEFORE the end of 2023?

    The domino effect towards Jacob’s Trouble (and thus the Rapture) when Israel’s Prime Minister agrees to the Two-State Solution will likely be immediate!

    If the collective of prophetic dreams, visions, and rhema is accurate, THE TWO-STATE SOLUTION WILL BE SIGNED BEFORE THE RAPTURE. For details re. this, check out:
    ✡️🤷🏽‍♀️💥 5784 AND THE RAPTURE DOOR (Please read before September 23!) 💣✨👰


    Today is the first day of Tishri per the calendar of the Essenes and therefore Yom Teruah. It is not the New Year as with the civil Jewish calendar rather the time of the appointed feast per (Leviticus 23:23-25). The Essenes kept the New Year in the Spring thus today is known as the Fall Day of Remembrance.

    Today is also the day that the bright morning star (Venus) shines brightest with the king planet (Jupiter) shining brightly as well high and to the west in the morning sky. They BOTH shone brilliantly today!

    Surely we are living in the Days of Awe (Yomim Noraim) leading up to the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur); the Day when the doors of heaven will be opened and the shofar is sounded for one last long blast.

    Grace and peace to you,



    I potential Scriptural connection may have been made today that has my interest. Here are the verses of interest,

    20 Come my people, enter your
    chambers, and shut your doors
    behind you; hide yourselves *for
    a little while* until the fury has
    passed by.

    (Isaiah 26:20 ESV) [ *Emphasis mine* ]

    This "little while" resonated and brought me here,

    3 and threw him into the pit, and
    shut it and sealed it over him, so
    that he might not deceive the
    nations any longer, until the thousand
    years were ended. After that he
    must be released *for a little while.*

    (Revelation 20:3 ESV)

    I tend to take Scripture literally unless otherwise directed and thought I would share in case anyone wanted to dig on this. A deeper looking is in order and I'll be doing that soon. The question is, if there is a correlation in these two periods of time? Does one inform us on the other? If so, is "a little while" seven years being 84 months or 2520 days?

    Just one more pin-point shown me this week among many to dig on!



    1. Forgive my grammar - I am running on little sleep these days.


    Another one that just popped out via the concept of seventh (7th) year, seventh (7th) month, seventh (7th) day or 7-7-7.  Looking at the (Psalm 90:10) model and counting from Rosh Hashanna (9/16/23), the beginning of the seventh year of the Great Sign, seven days into the seventh month, we land on Saturday, September 23, 2023 (Tishri 9, 5784).

    Looking at it from an Essene perspective, the seventh year of the Great Sign begins on the evening of 9/22/23.  The month of Tishri began at sunset on (9/19/23); thus, 9/22 will be the seventh month.  Seven days from the beginning of the seventh year of the R12S lands on Friday, September 29, 2023.  The night of the full moon and Yom Kippur per the Essenes.  The civil calendar marks this day as Erev Sukkot and Sukkot beginning at sunset.


  27. Brethren, are you aware on this International Day of Peace that there is a PEACE DAY EFFORT that will seemingly coerce Israel into a Two-State Solution? Will we be TRANSITIONING TO THE RAPTURE BEGINNING SEPTEMBER 23:

    ✡️🕊️SEPTEMBER 23, 2023???💥✨

    1. Yeah, the UN is working hard against Israel, as it normally does. Maybe this time it'll succeed in its evil plans? Only God knows, but I wouldn't be disappointed if we were to be Raptured in another day or two :-)

    2. AMEN! Sherrill! It is my hope also that we be Raptured or that prophesied events begin to awaken the sleeping Church that culminate in our Going HOME very soon after SEPTEMBER 23, 2023???

    3. For those interested, I just posted to my SEPTEMBER 23, 2023??? article the link to the timesofisrael.com/liveblog which gives excerpts from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent speech at the UN General Assembly. In their article, Netanyahu tells UN that Israel is on cusp of historic peace with Saudi Arabia.

    New HOLY SPIRIT insight about year of Jubilee beginning in Sept. 2023! Highest rapture watch ever!!!

    Gary--If you have a chance, your insight regarding what Will shares regarding the Jubilee and this September 1923 date would be much appreciated💖

  29. Can it be determined when, at the latest, do Christians alive now go home to heaven? Before 2033?

    I grew up in a denominational church that didn’t spend too much time on the book of Revelation and therefore no discussion on pre-trib, mid-trib, post-trib, pre-wrath, rapture, etc…..perhaps that view is called “pan-trib” (it will all pan out in the end…). Basically, the teaching was that when Christians die, we go to heaven. I guess that eliminated a lot of prognostication about the future.

    It seems we’re close (relatively speaking) to going home (Heaven). How close are we?

    Here are just a few of the signs:

    * Revelation 12:1-2 sign on 9/23/2017. On the highway, signs are placed before the EXIT----not too close and not too far in advance which implies that based on this “sign”, our EXIT is coming up….what a gift/honor...think about that for a moment….the God of the universe cares enough to put the stars and planets in motion a long time ago to give us this sign.

    Then God inspired the apostle John to write Revelation (including chapter12) while in a jail/cave on the island of Patmos and then almost 2000 years later allowed us to use star gazing computer programs to subsequently allow people like Luis Vega to find/write about the sign so that we would not miss this. My sincerest appreciation to all who had a part in uncovering and analyzing this major sign.

    Lu, if you’re reading this---don’t let it go to your head that I included God, the Apostle John and you in the same sentence-----but honestly, you’re appreciated (God knew you would find it---part of His divine plan from eternity past). I also appreciate the authors of this site and the many other saints (including pastors and contributors/leaders of this site) that have posted. We’re all blessed….the ground is level at the foot of the cross, right….

    * Human time on earth is one “week” ….with a day as a 1000 years in God’s time.
    2000 years from Adam to Abraham
    2000 years from Abraham to Jesus Christ ministry on earth
    2000 years from Jesus Christ earthly ministry to the end of the Tribulation period
    1000 years in the millennium kingdom
    7000 years (1 week)

    We are very close to the end of the 6000 years. Noting the Revelation 12:1-2 sign just happened in 2017 and 2000 years since Christ death would put the millennium kingdom
    age starting sometime between 2029-2033 AD (leaning towards 2032 AD).

    * Eclipses across the USA in 2024 possibly showing judgment coming
    When is the latest we go home?
    2024/2026 at latest for rapture if a pre-trib timeline (my hope) (Note: 2024 is 7 yrs from Rev 12 sign)
    2028-2029 for a rapture if mid-trib (and post wrath timeline?)
    2032/2033 for post-trib or no rapture?

    * 10 years at most? I could be wrong about the above time-frames. Feel free to respond.


    1. Hi Jon, I posted this over on r12daily but will share here. I was born in 1943, turned 80 years old yesterday. Can't help but see that as the final edge of the Fig Tree Generation. Sure hope so! I know that was 5 years before 1948, but after Will at Worship and Watch noticed that Leviticus 25:2 (re God's requirement for Sabbath years) says "when you enter the land" not when it becomes a nation, and then explains the Palestine Mandate of Sept. 29, 1923, and the concurrent 40,000 Jews who made Aliyah during those early 1920's, could re-calculate our reckoning of Jubilee years, we could be closer than we think. (sorry for that long sentence!). Just feeling as if we are truly close to going home. Maranatha!

    2. Jon
      To answer your first question, Yes.

      "Can it be determined when, at the latest, do Christians alive now go home to heaven? Before 2033?"

    3. Hi Jon!

      I ask the same questions and explore those in prayer and models. One of those model is a 6,000 year model that suggests 2030 as the end of the sixth day and beginning of the seventh day. Another model looks at (Psalm 90:10) and suggests that the end of the eldest generation will be on the first full day of Spring in 2027. That studies asks if that generation is personified by the two witnesses. If it were they would begin their ministry in a couple weeks time on (or about) October 12, 2023.

      How close may we be?

      Imminent is the word but later this week is a time of interest according to my studies. I don't happen to think that the Civil or Ecclesiastic (Pharisee) calendars are the only ones to watch. Given that Jesus is King/Priest/Prophet forever in the Order of Melchizedek; I have my eyes on the Essene calendar as well. G-d can and will most likely use all of it. But the timing of the appointed feasts is a very specific thing - especially when it comes to Yom Kippur.

      Today is Yom Kippur according to the Civil (Pharisee) calendar. This Thursday at sunset begins Yom Kippur per the Essene calendar. (A topic I am still actively studying!)

      Keep looking, stay awake and Keep the Faith!


    4. Good stuff! I totally agree with you - sometime within the next couple of years (I'm personally leaning toward 2024 at the moment, but we'll have to wait and see). We do live in exciting times!


    Here's a link for those who want an introduction to the day and events that surround the 10th of Tishri.

    Monday, September 25, 2023

    Perhaps good starting points for a deeper dive and personal Bible study?

    Happy hunting!

  31. With all that is in place and is going on now, does anyone really think we have 5 or 10 years left yet?

    Even 1 or 2 or 3?


    🚫 🍇

    🦊 Foxman on the Wall

    1. Me either. The rapid/exponential advancement of technology/AI alone argues against much more time here. As JD Farag remarked, at the present rate, we'll soon outpace the tech in Rev 13 (my words, not his, but the idea).

  32. At https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/9/25/kasselakis-a-political-unknown-and-ex-banker-wins-race-to-lead-greek-left "Kasselakis, a political unknown and ex-banker, wins race to lead Greek left":

    "Openly gay, 35, and with little political experience, Stefanos Kasselakis campaigned heavily on social media for the Syriza vote."

    Could he be the future antichrist, I would pay attention to this.

    1. Is he someone the orthodox Jews would declare to be their messiah?

    2. After doing some cursory internet searches, not much is stated about him.

      Stephanos is derived from the Greek word for "crown".


    The sun has set in Israel and Erev Yom Kippur per the Essenes has come. The Essenes placed Yom Kippur on the 10th of Tishri which is always a Friday on their calendar. This is opposed to the Pharisees who disqualify Friday as the Day of Atonement which is how the day is marked today. Sadly, there are no records remaining on how the Essenes (Zadok Priests) marked Yom Kippur beyond the ritual of the scapegoat - not even in Dead Sea Scroll fragments.

    Those differences raise interesting questions. Questions that may be worthy of further study should be still be here.

    Yom Kippur is a time of affliction, prayer and repentance when the gates of heaven are opened and the long blast of the Shofar is sounded to call Messiah and receive blessing for the next year. It is a time of seeking forgiveness among the Jews. That sounding of the Shofar is indeed the "last trumpet" and the gates of heaven shut at the close of the day at sunset. We also know that as a "twinkling of an eye".

    This barely scratches the surface of the day. Not even close. All I can do is to watch and wait.

    Stay awake and keep the Faith!


    1. The sun has set in Israel - it's now Friday morning and Yom Kippur per the Essene way.

    2. Pastor Rich, when does Yom Kippur end in Israel if it started yesterday at noon. Is it also a two day feast. Why is this considered the last trumpet? I'm assuming last in terms of sequence of events rather than last in terms of time. Hoping to see everyone soon! This I have discovered is a great group of watchman. Perhaps today church!

    3. The Hebrew day begins at sunset and ends at sunset. That was true for the Essenes in the day as well as the Jews of today. So Yom Kippur by the Essene calendar began at sunset on Thursday night until Friday night at sunset. The moon was full at midday on Friday in Jerusalem. (Jerusalem is where I base all of my observations from). We have no known record of how the Essenes observed Yom Kippur. We do have the modern tradition that dates back I don't know how many centuries. Perhaps 2,000 years...but the last worship service for Yom Kippur (today) is called the Neilah and ends with the blowing of the Shofar. This long blast is the same as the 100th blast of the Shofar made at Yom Teruah. This last long blast of the Shofar at Yom Kippur is the last trumpet sounded at the closing of the doors to heaven.

      The Super Moon was striking and we were blessed to see it! Friday, September 29, 2023 was not the Day of our Blessed Hope but we are now closer to it than ever before. Perhaps today? Indeed! As long as we stay awake, gather in fellowship and encourage one another as we see the Day approaching we are doing as the LORD commanded us.

      One more day to turn eye heavenward. One more day to point lost souls toward Christ! One more opportunity to fill another seat on the Ark of Salvation!

      One more!

      Perhaps today church! Amen!!

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    5. PS, Sorry, I didn't answer your question on the length of Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur about 26 hours if I'm not mistaken. Yom Teruah is a 49 hour feast day (a two day feast).

  34. This is off current topic...but has anyone thought more about what the third seal in Revelation 6:5-6 really shows us about the timing of the rapture and appearance of the Anti-Christ, and that we may be experiencing the seals now? It seems to me that the riders have already started going out. It seems to me that the Anti-Christ is here, but not yet revealed. The white horse rider doesn't need an arrow because he has has already conquered and is conquering with deception. Look at the state of the current Body of Christ. It appears that the money system has not been converted yet to the mark of the beast based on the cost of wheat and barley in terms of daily wages. Regular money is still being used in seal three. The Mark isn't here yet, that limits our buying and selling. Money is still being used according to seal #3. It seems we are already experiencing heavily at least seals one through three on the world stage, with the violence and senseless killing all around the world. It seems to me that the seals are still a part of the birth pains up through the 6th seal. It appears the Church is not exempt from all of the seals as been taught and preached for years. When Jesus said in John 16:33, "These things I have spoken to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation..." I don't think He just meant our daily living trials and tribulations, but the tribulation that comes upon the body of Christ when you truly LIVE HIM. As time draws shorter and the rapture and his return are closer (and it is really close, I feel), those who are really LIVING CHRIST will stick out like a sore thumb...but we are meant to. Light and purity will always stand out in a dark world. He is separating us from the world. He told us to come out of Babylon. Our light, the Holy Spirit, drives us out if we are truly LIVING HIM. As seals open, we are revealed more and hated more, that's why major death and persecution come after the first three seals. The 6th seal brings the change.

    1. Hello, Carmen!

      Yes, I have come to a similar conclusion as well. The suggestion of physical cash is being used in the third seal is a important clue. Great observation! (I don't think John was talking about crypto here).

      Ken Johnson shared an observation the other week that the barley/wheat/wine/oil mentioned in that seal are very much like the feasts that fall every 50 days after First Fruits. This is a topic I'm getting ready to dig into in a new prayerful study.

      ...but to your point, I find it interesting what John shares in the opening of the Revelation,

      9 I, John, your brother and partner
      in *the tribulation* and the kingdom
      and the patient endurance that are
      in Jesus, was on the island called
      Patmos on account of the word
      of God and the testimony of

      (Revelation 1:8 ESV) [ *Emphasis* mine ]

      A separate study unto itself and worth the deep dive!

    2. Carmon, Tyler, Generation 2434 did an interesting livestream last night examining/challenging many of the assumptions we have all made over the years--using only Scripture. I think you might find it interesting regarding the chronology of events most of us have always taken for granted. Fascinating to think about. I find we are learning new things all the time these days. It's long so you may want to watch in bits and pieces.
      Blessings, Judi


  35. Thanks so much for your feedback Pastor Rich and Judi....you two are such a blessing to me as I read through all of the replies to each posting that Unsealed publishes. I always gain so much from your comments as well as many others. I really appreciate all who comment and certainly the Unsealed team that brings us all together as we eagerly and wearily journey toward our eternal destination. "Lord help us to hold out until our change comes." Maranatha!



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