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The Great Decption Already Happened

Posted by adventbiblestudy on September 4, 2015


The First Passover in the Wilderness Numbers 9

One Year After Leaving Egypt

Numbers 9:1-14 NLTse A year after Israel’s departure from Egypt, the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai. In the first month of that year he said, (2) “Tell the Israelites to celebrate the Passover at the prescribed time, (3) at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month. Be sure to follow all my decrees and regulations concerning this celebration.” (4) So Moses told the people to celebrate the Passover (5) in the wilderness of Sinai as twilight fell on the fourteenth day of the month. And they celebrated the festival there, just as the LORD had commanded Moses. (6) But some of the men had been ceremonially defiled by touching a dead body, so they could not celebrate the Passover that day. They came to Moses and Aaron that day (7) and said, “We have become ceremonially unclean by touching a dead body. But why should we be prevented from presenting the LORD’s offering at the proper time with the rest of the Israelites?” (8) Moses answered, “Wait here until I have received instructions for you from the LORD.” (9) This was the LORD’s reply to Moses. (10) “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel: If any of the people now or in future generations are ceremonially unclean at Passover time because of touching a dead body, or if they are on a journey and cannot be present at the ceremony, they may still celebrate the LORD’s Passover. (11) They must offer the Passover sacrifice one month later, at twilight on the fourteenth day of the second month. They must eat the Passover lamb at that time with bitter salad greens and bread made without yeast. (12) They must not leave any of the lamb until the next morning, and they must not break any of its bones. They must follow all the normal regulations concerning the Passover. (13) “But those who neglect to celebrate the Passover at the regular time, even though they are ceremonially clean and not away on a trip, will be cut off from the community of Israel. If they fail to present the LORD’s offering at the proper time, they will suffer the consequences of their guilt. (14) And if foreigners living among you want to celebrate the Passover to the LORD, they must follow these same decrees and regulations. The same laws apply both to native-born Israelites and to the foreigners living among you.”

Isn’t this just like God? First He gives us a hint about the Passover. Turn the page, and there it is, explained in detail. And as usual, more details are added. Notice how the message is passed down from Moses to the people? Based on the previous chapter, we’ve seen how that system was done away with. It took generations, but God went back to His original plan. Too bad we don’t celebrate the Passover like they did. We don’t develop that relationship with a lamb for over a few weeks. I don’t think too many societies would look favorably on families with lambs in their yard then sacrificing them. But what about that dinner concept?

What happened to the spiritual side of the Passover when people looked forward to a Savior? Doesn’t this world think it owes Jesus a day to sit and think about what all those symbols mean? What about thinking about how much those people who sacrificed those lambs over all those years? How much did they understand? Maybe that’s the problem. Do God’s children think they are too smart for their britches? Does the concept of thinking you know the answers justify ignoring the whole process?

God must have repeated a good portion of those instructions for a reason. “They must offer the Passover sacrifice one month later, at twilight on the fourteenth day of the second month. They must eat the Passover lamb at that time with bitter salad greens and bread made without yeast. They must not leave any of the lamb until the next morning, and they must not break any of its bones. They must follow all the normal regulations concerning the Passover.”

Was God only making sure people celebrating the Passover a month late followed the same instructions? Or was there a reason? Was there something God wanted them to see and understand? There must have been if God arranged to have a second Passover for those who weren’t purified for the original date. Is there something there for us to see? If there is, I haven’t seen it. But as we’ve seen, God will teach that lesson when He knows we are ready.

I often wonder what all the details about Jesus’ sacrifice, Jerusalem’s fall, and other events have to do with the days building up to Jesus’ return. Some seem to have so many parallels to not only the prophecies about Jesus’ return, but the condition of this world today. Looking into those details would be side tracking. But looking at this one month delay, or second chance to observe the Passover may be one of the stories God will reveal details about when the time is right.

Did you notice how Moses received the answer to his question? He went right to God to get the answer. This showed the close connection Moses had with God. Their relationship was based on trust as well as respect. Moses knew better than to guess at a solution. Especially a question on something as important as the Passover.

Then why do people feel free to guess at an event as important as Jesus’ return? Why do we see all those guesses? Of course all the people doing the guessing insist they are right. No matter how many times they were wrong in the past. But what about the other factor? What about that one little detail Moses recorded? He wasn’t too proud to admit he went to God when he had a question.

This brings to mind the stories in the Gospels about the disciples arguing about who was the greatest. If you check those stories, you’ll find, Jesus tried to explain what was about to happen. But they had more important matters on their minds. They didn’t listen. They weren’t prepared to experience the greatest event the universe has seen, and knowing what was happening. Even though Jesus tried to tell them three times, they just didn’t have time to listen.

Are all those events pointing to the obvious? How come it is so difficult to find people capable of explaining how they communicate with God? If people listened to God on a regular basis, they should be able to explain the details. If God gave people visions from the future, you would think God included the ability to explain how they received the information. That is part of the law of the prophets found in Jeremiah chapter 23. All the prophets in all the books in the Bible followed that rule. This makes me see why God repeated details about the Passover. Once God lays down a process, He expects people to follow it.

Moses told the people to wait until he received an answer from God. For many people that’s the problem. The enemy has this world worked up over instant everything, fast food, and trained on instant answers too much to work with a God who tells them to wait. When your talking about God, not wanting to wait is an oxymoron. If you learn how to wait, you have eternity to look forward to. If you can’t wait, or don’t want to listen, what do you have?

God also reviewed another detail about the Passover. Everyone is welcome. It didn’t matter where they were from, or what language they spoke. They were welcome. As long as they were ceremonially clean. That also has implications to Jesus’ return.

How did God arrange for two Passovers? For that answer we have to look back at previous stories. What is the Passover? Moses made it very clear, this is the second Passover. The first Passover celebrated after leaving Egypt. Some people knew they touched dead bodies, so they asked Moses what to do. Moses followed general operating procedures and asked God. Then there was a waiting period. To understand spiritual implications, we have to look back at that first Passover.

The head of every household had to choose a perfect lamb, live with it for two weeks, slaughter that lamb, and use its blood on the doorposts of the home to protect their firstborn son. Keeping the Passover was a matter of life and death.

While the Israelites were still in the land of Egypt, the LORD gave the following instructions to Moses and Aaron: “From now on, this month will be the first month of the year for you. Announce to the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each family must choose a lamb or a young goat for a sacrifice, one animal for each household. If a family is too small to eat a whole animal, let them share with another family in the neighborhood. Divide the animal according to the size of each family and how much they can eat. The animal you select must be a one-year-old male, either a sheep or a goat, with no defects. “Take special care of this chosen animal until the evening of the fourteenth day of this first month. Then the whole assembly of the community of Israel must slaughter their lamb or young goat at twilight. (Exodus 12:1-6 NLTse).

God knew this was such an important lesson, and had so many implications on the future, He reviewed the details and gave the Passover a special designation. And you shall show your son in that day, saying, This is done because of that which the LORD did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt. And it shall be for a sign unto you upon your hand, and for a memorial before your eyes, that the LORD’s law may be in your mouth: for with a strong hand has the LORD brought you out of Egypt. You shall therefore keep this ordinance in its season from year to year. And it shall be when your son asks you in time to come, saying, What is this? that you shall say unto him, By strength of hand the LORD brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage: And it came to pass, when Pharaoh refused to let us go, that the LORD slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of beast: therefore I sacrifice to the LORD all that opens the womb, being males; but all the firstborn of my children I redeem. And it shall be for a sign upon your hand, and for frontlets between your eyes: for by strength of hand the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt. (Exodus 13: 8-10,14-16 KJ2000).

I find this rather strange based on the fact, the entire Christian world can identify the mark of the beast and show you where it is in Revelation chapter 13. But how many of them can explain the sign between God and His people? How many people know how to look back at Exodus chapter 13 to find it? John only recorded the mark of the beast once, but Moses recorded God’s sign twice. John didn’t include any obvious links to other scripture about the beast’s mark, because God didn’t want people wasting time studying that subject. On the other hand, Moses pointed to some obvious references.

“Give the following instructions to the people of Israel: Throughout the generations to come you must make tassels for the hems of your clothing and attach them with a blue cord. When you see the tassels, you will remember and obey all the commands of the LORD instead of following your own desires and defiling yourselves, as you are prone to do. The tassels will help you remember that you must obey all my commands and be holy to your God. I am the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt that I might be your God. I am the LORD your God!”

(Numbers 15:38-41 NLTse)

“Listen, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone. And you must love the LORD your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your strength. And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates. “The LORD your God will soon bring you into the land he swore to give you when he made a vow to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. It is a land with large, prosperous cities that you did not build.

(Deuteronomy 6:4-10 NLTse)

O my people, listen to my instructions. Open your ears to what I am saying, for I will speak to you in a parable. I will teach you hidden lessons from our past– stories we have heard and known, stories our ancestors handed down to us. We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the LORD, about his power and his mighty wonders. For he issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, so the next generation might know them– even the children not yet born– and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands. Then they will not be like their ancestors– stubborn, rebellious, and unfaithful, refusing to give their hearts to God.

(Psalms 78:1-8 NLTse)

The LORD of Heaven’s Armies says, “The day of judgment is coming, burning like a furnace. On that day the arrogant and the wicked will be burned up like straw. They will be consumed–roots, branches, and all. “But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture. On the day when I act, you will tread upon the wicked as if they were dust under your feet,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “Remember to obey the Law of Moses, my servant–all the decrees and regulations that I gave him on Mount Sinai for all Israel. “Look, I am sending you the prophet Elijah before the great and dreadful day of the LORD arrives. His preaching will turn the hearts of fathers to their children, and the hearts of children to their fathers. Otherwise I will come and strike the land with a curse.”

(Malachi 4:1-6 NLTse)

It’s obvious why Moses was told the Passover was to be taught from generation to generation. This collection of scripture doesn’t begin the scratch the surface of what is to be taught. That’s up to you as an individual to study and learn. Its up to you to know the subject well enough to teach it.

Let’s review some of the obvious facts on Numbers chapter 9. Those people knew they touched dead bodies. There is no question about that fact. Moses repeated that detail three times. God added another clause. If people are on a journey/ Can you see the connection between a spiritual journey and preaching the Good News to the world? What about the spiritual connection for the dead body?

Would you agree being spiritually dead is a basic description of being separated from God? We can look at this in spiritual terms by reviewing a lesson in context. And we can look at it in simple terms clearly explained in scripture.

Another of his disciples said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.” But Jesus told him, “Follow me now. Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead.” (Matthew 8:21-22 NLTse). This is a spiritual lesson teaching us the rule of context telling us to look at the introduction when we see a verse difficult to explain.

Large crowds followed Jesus as he came down the mountainside. Suddenly, a man with leprosy approached him and knelt before him. “Lord,” the man said, “if you are willing, you can heal me and make me clean.” Jesus reached out and touched him. “I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” And instantly the leprosy disappeared. (Matthew 8:1-3 NLTse). Its not by chance Jesus used the term, dead burying the dead, in a chapter that began with healing a leper. Without a doubt, that disease was know for causing separation, not to mention, leprosy pointed to being unclean. The same condition mentioned in Numbers chapter 9.

Other verses make the spiritual condition of death much easier to understand. You can read these and see how they lead to other scripture.

‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ So he is the God of the living, not the dead.”

(Matthew 22:32 NLTse)

Do not let sin control the way you live; do not give in to sinful desires. Do not let any part of your body become an instrument of evil to serve sin. Instead, give yourselves completely to God, for you were dead, but now you have new life. So use your whole body as an instrument to do what is right for the glory of God. Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.

(Romans 6:12-14 NLTse)

Once you were dead because of your disobedience and your many sins. You used to live in sin, just like the rest of the world, obeying the devil–the commander of the powers in the unseen world. He is the spirit at work in the hearts of those who refuse to obey God. All of us used to live that way, following the passionate desires and inclinations of our sinful nature. By our very nature we were subject to God’s anger, just like everyone else. But God is so rich in mercy, and he loved us so much, that even though we were dead because of our sins, he gave us life when he raised Christ from the dead. (It is only by God’s grace that you have been saved!) For he raised us from the dead along with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ Jesus. So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

(Ephesians 2:1-10 NLTse)

It’s not difficult to see, when we begin studying God’s sign, scripture leads us from one story to the next. Lessons expand on their own. And the best part is, we never have to leave God’s Word to find answers. People studying the mark of the beast can never say that. The beast’s mark is not explained in the Bible. Their studies have to go from scripture directly to the world. That is one of the great deceptions this world has fallen for. What about the other deceptions? How are people spiritually dead today?

God often speaks through events at the right time. This week a trial was on the news. One person refused to do part of her job because she believes she is being forced to sin. Some people insist following man made laws is more important than following God’s law. As a matter of fact, they insist there is no God. The actual subject and details don’t really matter. Not as much as the principle and how the court system viewed the issue. The court decided, the woman’s religious convictions have no bearing on following the court ordered law. That sort of reminds me about another trial where people faced a choice. She had the choice of following the man made law, or facing consequences. The party opposing that woman was made very rich by an earlier supreme court decision awarding millions of dollars to that particular group.

I can’t speak about that case on a personal level, but I can share details covering a contrast to that court decision. In Wisconsin we have a law saying licensed professionals cannot pay a unlicensed individual, business, or third party a fee for referrals. Professionals holding the same license can of course split fees. Doctors can refer patients to other doctors and split fees. Lawyers can do the same thing. But of course, neither of them are allowed to pay anyone in any way, shape, or form for referrals. The law makes total sense. It is designed to protect the public. But it happens all the time in Real Estate. Many Real Estate agents pay huge sums of money to Internet sites for referrals. It is clearly illegal, but the state refuses to do anything about it. I’ve filed a number of complaints that have fallen on deaf ears, because everyone does it.

There is also a problem with Internet theft. Over the past few years I’ve lost well over $100,000 of income to Real Estate agents buying information stolen from the hard drive on my computer. I begin working with customers. And suddenly out of no where, they get a call from a competitor, a high pressure sales agent who usually talks them into buying a home they didn’t want. I’ve complained about that, but once again, no one seems to care because everyone does it. What’s the point?

It seems we are given a real life contrast to learn from. One showing the condition of this world. In one case the courts tell that woman to follow the letter of the law. Her religious beliefs and God’s law have no bearing. The court refuses to recognize God or His Word. In my personal case, we have laws on the books. I’ve sent law makers copies of that law and showed them what Real Estate agents are doing to break that law. In my case, law makers say, “everyone does it.” So they allow people to knowing break laws.

From the spiritual view, courts are creating laws contrary to God’s law. With the other hand, they are allowing people to believe it is okay to break man made laws when it becomes popular to commit those crimes. That my friend is a scary situation. Think of where that is leading.

In my case, I can see how Internet theft has led to the loss of more businesses, jobs, savings, and homes than anything else in this world. Companies steal customer lists from companies then sell those lists to the highest bidder. Honest people don’t stand a chance in this computer world where thieves flourish and law enforcement on every level casts a blind eye. What this amounts to is the greatest deception the world has seen. Millions of people are walking around with countless unconfessed sins. According to this world there is nothing wrong with it, because everyone does it.

So you can see why God needed a delay or second Passover. We are all walking among the spiritually dead. We are all touching dead bodies. And many of us are defiled. Even churches buy stolen Internet leads. Where is this world headed? When will it all end?

As we’ve seen. The great deception Christians have been told has already happened. So there’s no need for all those modern day prophets to guess any longer. They need to preach the message for what it is and tell people how they’ve already been deceived.

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