Notes on Leviticus 11-13

Leviticus 11 is a list of animals that the children of Israel could and could not eat. It was actually a fairly extensive list. No camels, rabbits, shellfish, eels, snakes, insects, shrimp, ravens, owls, and many others. The one that hits home for me is no swine, because I am a filthy sausage and bacon eater. Thankfully, the Christian is told “For every creature of God is good, and nothing to be refused, if it be received with thanksgiving: for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer” (I Tim. 4:4-5).

Christians can eat bacon!

Leviticus 12 is one of the “controversial” chapters, because it deals with childbirth. After a woman gives birth to a male child, she is unclean for 40 days (7 days unclean, 33 more to be purified). After a female child, she is unclean for 80 days (14 unclean, 66 more to be purified). Therefore, God is sexist.

First of all, the issue here is with the blood. These are the days before penicillin, so blood diseases were life threatening. It was for safety reasons that someone who was bleeding (in this case, a mother) would be deemed unclean. It was literally a life or death solution, not a sexist one.

Second, anyone who has had a dealing with childbirth knows that a mother takes 4-5 weeks to heal. A 40-day minimum would be a valid timeframe for keeping someone who just lost a lot of blood away from others.

Finally, there arise some interesting issues with regard to the length of being unclean between boy and girl babies. Why would girls lead to periods of uncleanliness and purification be doubled?

I do not have a definitive answer. I have researched this, and there is a ton of speculation. However, the numerology depicted by the male child is interesting.

The number 40 should be familiar, and is typically associated with a test or trial. Noah was in the ark for 40 days and 40 nights, Moses spent 40 days and 40 nights getting the ten commandments (both times), Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness where he was tempted by Satan, the Israelites spent 40 years wandering in the wilderness before coming to the Promised Land, and there are dozens more examples

The mother is unclean for 7 days. 7 is the number of perfection.

The male child is circumcised on the 8th day. This is not only a fulfillment of the Abrahamic covenant, but 8 is the number of rebirth; a representation of Christ.

The number 33 is typically associated with a promise. The 33rd time Noah’s name was used was when God promised not to destroy the Earth by a flood. The 33rd time Abraham’s name was used was when Isaac, the promised child, was born. Abraham was 99 (33 X 3) when this happened.

David reigned over Judah for 7 years, and 33 years over a united Israel.

33 was the age of Jesus Christ when he was crucified for our sins. Is it possible that the 33 day period of purification was a prophetic statement that represents the 33 years ending with purification by Christ’s death? Maybe I am reading too much into this. Maybe God put this here for us to find.

So why were these periods doubled for a female child? It could just be a way to differentiate between the two so the association with Christ would stand out. It could be a 40 day purification for the mother and 40 days for the daughter. Perhaps it represents two 40 day trials (see above), possibly because of an additional punishment against Eve. I honestly do not have a good answer.

Chapter 13 deals with leprosy. This, once again, is an interesting study. Leprosy represents the spots of sin on all mankind. The leopard, a spotted animal, was one of the Biblical symbols representing Nimrod. Jeremiah 13:23 says “Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.”

Nimrod’s father, Cush, was Ethiopia. Nimrod, the Leopard. Fascinating stuff tucked neatly away in our King James Bibles, right?

Back to leprosy. Verse 46 says “All the days wherein the plague shall be in him he shall be defiled; he is unclean: he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his habitation be.”

The sinner, regardless of social network, is inevitably alone. This is why so many of us always seem to be searching for something more. There is an absence in all people; a hole. Jesus Christ is the answer, and any of us who are saved understand the joy that comes from having a relationship with Christ. We no longer search. We are no longer alone.

The leper is separated from the Israelites just as the unsaved man is separated from Christ, “that at that time ye were without Christ. . .having no hope, and without God in the world” (Eph. 2:12).

Jesus Christ is the one who can cleanse us of our spots, thus allowing entry into the camp. We are washed white as snow (Isaiah 1:18).

Recall the lyrics of the song:

Lord, now indeed I find thy power and thine alone
Can change the leper’s spots and melt the heart of stone

‘Cause Jesus paid it all
All to him I owe
My sin had left this crimson stain, he washed it white as snow

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Notes on Leviticus 8-10

When the blood is applied to the priests in Leviticus 8:23-26, it is placed on the right ear, right thumb, and great toe of the right foot. When reading this, I had to wonder what the significance of this was.

So far, there is much speculation. I like the idea of Philo (1st century church leader) who believes that the ear represents the instrument by which we hear God’s commands, the thumb represents the pinnacle of human action, and the foot represents the journey we take through life.

We also know that the “right” side of the body represents power and authority throughout the Bible (Ex 15:6, 1 Kings 2:19, Psalm 17:7, Ps 18:25, Ps 20:6, Ps 48:10, Ps 63:8, Ps 110:1, Ecc 10:2, Isa 41:10, Isa 41:13, Isa 48:13, Isa 62:8, Matt 26:64, Acts 2:33, Acts 7:55, 56), and the blood represents the blood of the lamb (Christ) which was shed as atonement for our sins.

If you hold up your hands and look at the compass on any map, the right hand will always be on the east. I believe it is possible that the significance of the “right” is correlated with the “east” which is the “right” direction (see my notes on Lev. 1-4) from which Jesus Christ did enter (first advent) and will again enter (second advent) Jerusalem.

The end of chapter 9 (verse 24) says that “there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.”

This was a holy fire, given by the Almighty Himself. It signified that God accepted the offerings from the children of Israel. This is similar to the acceptance of Abel’s offering (Gen. 4:4) and Elijah’s (1 Kings 18). However, Lev. 10:1 says that two sons of Aaron offered “strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not.” The penalty for falsifying fire was a fire that went out “from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.”

This is a strong message for all those who seek to pretend that they are glorifying God, but are faking it.

The Bible warns “Take heed that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many” (Matthew 24:4-5). Matt. 7:15 says “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves.”

Furthermore, these liars in the last days are antichrist (Little children, it is the last time: and as ye have heard that antichrist shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time” 1 John 2:18). This lying, manipulating spirit of antichrist has been on the earth for centuries (1 John 4:3), and it can absolutely be found in our pews and pulpits.

Some “Christian” pastors and the entire denominations they are found in are corrupt, anti-Biblical agents of Satan. They are antichrists. Others may be well meaning, but the doubts they have about sound doctrine or the lack of faith that they exhibit when they turn from the inspired Words of God to corrupt texts is the SPIRIT of antichrist.

They may deceive us, whether that is their intention or not. God will hold them accountable, as He did with the priests who were sons of Aaron, the high priest.

Notes on Leviticus 5-7

There are a variety of sins listed in Leviticus 5-7. These include touching unclean things, swearing (making a vow), consuming blood, lying to neighbors, and sinning out of ignorance of the law. Punishments range from animal sacrifice to death or exile.

Most of the time, a burnt offering was required. The significance of this should not be overlooked. The altar of the Lord was a representation of Hell, where “The fire shall ever be burning upon the altar; it shall never go out” (Lev. 6:13).

In other words, the sins of man are to be sent to the eternal fires of Hell. In the Old Testament, this was done through the death and blood of animals. In the New Testament, this is done through the death and blood of Jesus Christ.

I tend to think that part of the problem with modern Christianity is the lack of understanding of what Christ’s sacrifice means for us. When you read of the meticulous nature of the burnt offerings and the large volume of sins that required a specific offering and realize that all we have to do is ask Jesus Christ to save us from our sins, we should really appreciate the ease of our choice.

If we were still under Old Testament law, we would have to honor our vows like Jephthah in Judges 11:34-39. He swore to offer as a burnt sacrifice the next thing that walked through his door, and watched with horror as his daughter walked through. He honored his vow and killed her.

All we have to do now is ask God’s forgiveness, because Christ’s blood redeems us from our foolish vows.

If an OT sinner took something from another person by violence or lying, they would have to “restore it in the principal, and shall add the fifth part more thereto” (Lev. 6:5) and bring a “trespass offering” of a ram as an atonement.

A NT sinner need merely confess their sins to God (though the idea of returning the item plus 20% is excellent).

We have it so easy, don’t we? Yet we take our salvation for granted. I wonder how faithful we would be if we opened every Sunday morning with a burnt offering (no, not a cookout, for eating a burnt offering results in being “cut off from his people” in Lev. 7). We need constant reminders that God is working in our lives, and even then it is difficult to remain faithful.

Notes on Leviticus 1-4

Leviticus is often cited as being the most boring, difficult to sift through book in all The Bible. It is a long series of laws written for the ancient Israelites. Christians often write this book off because it doesn’t pertain to us, while anti-Christians often cite this book for its seemingly bizarre rules on menstruation and slavery. I am going to do my best to pull out things that I find interesting which are relevant to Christianity today.

The first four chapters of Leviticus are dealing with various types of offerings to God. This reaffirms that the way of salvation in the Old Testament is one of Faith AND works. This differs from Christianity, which is by Faith alone. For the Hebrews, God required sacrifices at the altar found at the tabernacle to satisfy the “works” component of salvation.

The very first offering is the burnt offering. Notice that it is to be a “male without blemish” that is offered “of his own voluntary will” (Lev. 1:3). This is not only a picture of Christ’s sacrifice, but of our own free will. This stands as the first of many Biblical challenges of the Calvinist or Reformed doctrine of predestination.

Each of the animals sacrificed in these passages are decapitated. Whether it be an ox, goat, lamb, or bird, the head must be removed. This is a vision of the “tribulation saints” of whom John wrote, “I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus” in Revelation 20:4. A martyr’s death is a sacrifice unto God. In the end times, those who CHOOSE to not accept the Mark of the Beast display their voluntary will and will have their heads separated from their bodies.

Perhaps the wave of Islamic public decapitations of Christians in the modern era is desensitizing the world in preparation for what The Bible predicts will become common practice.

The blood of each sacrificed animal is not to be consumed, but is poured out on and around the altar. Leviticus 17:5 says “the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul.”

This once again points to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, who shed his blood as an atonement for our souls. Unlike the ancient Israelites, Christians do not need to continually pay our debt for sin, because Christ’s death did that for us. Like the Levite priests poured out the blood of the lamb, the crucifixion poured out the blood of the Lamb.

Leviticus 3:17 says that we should “eat neither fat nor blood.” This is applicable to the modern age as well. Removing the blood by draining is still not as effective a method as cooking meat. There are all sorts of diseases that we may suffer when consuming raw meat. Blood in the book of Leviticus denotes being unclean. I will discuss this more as I go through the Book.

A really interesting study can be made from the instruction of Leviticus 1:16 to cast away feathers and unwanted parts of a fowl offering “beside the alter on the east.”

The “proper direction” throughout many Scriptures is from east to west, rather than west to east. The cherubim guarding the Garden of Eden was placed on the East entrance (Gen. 3:24), Cain moved from west to east (Gen 4:16), Nimrod’s Hamitic people moved from Africa (west) into the Middle East (east).

Christ, on the other hand, entered Jerusalem from the east gate. Ezekiel 1:1-3 prophesied hundreds of years before Jesus’ birth that no one would enter the east gate unless they were the LORD. No one has entered it in the 2000 years since Christ did the first time. He will be the one to enter it again during the second advent (Matthew 23:37-39).

Look at the history of this phenomenon. In 1530 AD, the Ottoman Turks (Arab Muslims) built a cemetery in front of the gate to thwart this prophecy.

In 1917, the Grand Mufti (Arab leader of Jerusalem) sealed all other gates to the city in an attempt to force British General Allenby to enter the east gate with all his military might. However, the Brits dropped pamphlets into the city and the Arabs fled without one shot being fired. Allenby never entered the east gate and it remained sealed.

In 1967, The Six Day War began. King Hussein of Jordan prepared to attack Israel, so he wanted to open the east gate to allow Muslims easier access to the Dome of the Rock. Before he could do so, the Jews recaptured Jerusalem. Again, the east gate remained sealed, and still is.

I suppose someone may view these as coincidences. However, I know a 2,000-year-old prophecy when I see one. The next time that the eastern gate is opened, will be when Christ enters it as a conqueror.

Notes on Exodus 39-40

Exodus 39-40 is the completion of the priestly garments and tabernacle itself. As I have mentioned in my previous notes, the Levite ephod is covered in the same gemstones that one would find on a cherub. Thus, the Israelite high priest was decorated in the same fashion as the highest order of angels (see my “Notes on Exodus 28-29”).

Over the last decade or so, the Jewish people began to fashion new utensils for a temple that does not yet exist. The third Temple will eventually rest on the area which houses the Muslim Dome of the Rock. Just last year, the Jewish Sanhedrin began training up new priests for the first time in close to 2,000 years. Because there has been no Temple since about 70 A.D., there has been no need for any utensils or priests. The Jewish preparation for another Temple is an interesting move toward the prophecy in Revelation 11; a prophecy that most Jews do not believe is true.

Exodus 40:34 says “the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.”

1 Corinthians 6:19 tells us “What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?”

Just as the literal glory of God filled the tabernacle, the literal Holy Ghost fills our bodies. How seriously do we take this?

Most of us have respect for a church building. When someone steals from or defaces a church, something inside us makes us uncomfortable at the mere thought. Just imagine coming to your church one day to find someone spray-painted graffiti all over it.

Yet the modern Christian has no problem with tattoos.

Imagine arriving to worship at church, and you walk in on piles of festering garbage left to rot. Yet the modern Christian eats fast food and dessert, getting fat and sick.

Would you pour gasoline on your church floor? Then why do you drink alcohol? Would you set fire to something inside your church? Then why do you smoke?

What would you do if you walked into church, and pornography was being shown on all the televisions? Yet we allow ourselves to consume such filth through our eyes.

Our bodies are supposed to be temples filled with the glory of the LORD, yet we desecrate our temples with no regard for what GOD wants us to do. We do not see our bodies as temples. When you hear someone say, “it’s MY body!” you must understand that it is not, especially if you are a Christian. We should stop filling our temples with perversions and filth. We should stop desecrating our temples with tattoos and cigarettes. If you wouldn’t do it to a temple or church, then you shouldn’t do it to your own body.

Notes on Exodus 36-38

Exodus 36-38 is the action of constructing the ark of the testimony/ark of the covenant/ark of the Lord/ ark of God/ holy ark/ art of thy strength/ ark of the Lord God (seven names; seven is the number of perfection. Hmm…), the tabernacle, and the various other tools and instruments that were laid out in Exodus 25-27, 30-31.

The skilled craftsmen of the twelve tribes followed God’s instructions perfectly. How often do we?

God has a plan for each of us. He has provided the instruction manual (King James Version) for our lives. If we were to follow it perfectly, we would be as holy as the ark of the Lord God. Unfortunately, we have either lost our Faith in the manual, or in the one who wrote it.

According to a 2014 Pew Research poll, about 70.6% of Americans profess to be Christians (an 8% decline over the past 7 years). 63% of the world’s Christians live in Europe or the Americas, but the number in those nations is declining. The English speaking Western world is seeing a spiritual decline, but it still overwhelmingly “Christian.”

Yet the citizens of these nations are the ones who are legalizing gay marriage, allowing transgender boys to compete in combat sports against girls, have some of the highest murder and incarceration rates, and are allowing their countries to be run by Godless perverts who would rather kill the unborn than pray in our schools.

Clearly Christianity is no longer following the letter of our instruction manual. All the ills of our society are the products of the Church giving its power to the State. We have replaced God with politicians. We have democratized our Faith.

Is it no wonder that the Holy Spirit seems to have left us? All human history would be different if the Israelites had ignored God’s instructions and not built the tabernacle or ark of the testimony. There would be no humanity had Noah ignored God’s instructions when building his ark.

For those of you who try to tell me that “translation doesn’t matter,” imagine if one of those steps had been translated incorrectly by Moses or Noah. Just one jot or tittle may have been the end of humanity.

Those Christians who were reading and living according to the King James Version were killed by the Catholics reading the Latin Vulgate. Now the modern Church has decided to throw out The Book that English speaking Christianity was built on in favor of these perverted translations based on corrupt manuscripts.

What are the results? In a nation where 71% of people are Christian, only 55% pray daily, 53% believe religion is very important, and only 50% attend a service at least once a month, and all these categories are in decline.

A nation of 71% Christians is 80% morally bankrupt. This is a verifiable fact. The more English translations there are, the fewer the number of Christians and the weaker their Faith. The correlation is there, and the relationship is significant.

Christians are no longer following the instructions. We’ve decided to build our house on sand, and a storm unlike any we have ever seen is coming.

Notes on Exodus 33-35

God is still quite angry at the children of Israel in the beginning of Exodus 33. Moses once again tries to stand in for his people to assuage God’s anger.

Notice that God gets angry. In our modern churches, we often hear only that “God is love,” which is true. God can also be anger, though his anger is only what we would call “righteous anger.” We get mad over trivial things a lot of times. We get angry when our pride is hurt or we feel embarrassed. God gets angry when His laws are violated. When we love someone, we get angriest when they do something that can lead to them being hurt. We get mad at our children for not listening, because we want to protect them from harm. This is the type of anger that God has.

God commands Moses to make two new stone tablets so that he can again copy the Ten Commandments (double inspiration!), only this time Moses requested to physically see God.

The LORD presents another dire warning. When the enemies of Israel are removed by God, the Israelites are to “destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:” (Ex. 34:13). God wants all traces of false religions and idols to be eradicated. Why? Because “thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:” (verse 14).

Notice again that God gets jealous. Yes, “God is love,” yet here He tells us that his name is Jealous. We find ourselves jealous of someone else’s success, beauty, possessions, and other trivial things. God gets jealous when he is not loved with all our hearts. He loves us so much that for us to love anything else makes him jealous. Like his anger, God’s jealousy is pure. Ours is not.

God half-grants Moses’ request to see him. The LORD passes by so that Moses can only see his back, yet the glory of God is so magnificent that Moses’ face glows. It glows so bright that it scared the children of Israel, so Moses had to put a vail over his face to cover it when addressing them.

This vail is represented by the vail in the Tabernacle and later the Temple that is designed to separate the common areas from the Holy of Holies, where the ark of the testimony and the Mercy Seat of God are found. The Jews were not meant to see God. However, when Christ was crucified, the vail was ripped in half (Matt. 27:51). We have access to God through Jesus Christ. Christ is our way of looking upon the face of God without a vail.

My, how we take this for granted. Because of Christ’s death, we have so many privileges that even God’s chosen people who were freed from Egyptian bondage and supernaturally conquered dozens of powerful armies to come into the land of milk and honey did not have. We have unfettered access to God. We have eternal security in our salvation. We need not be concerned with works, but merely Faith. All we must do is believe in Christ and accept his gift of eternal salvation. It is a process so simple that even a child can do it.

What do we do with this gift? Squander it without caring or horde it to ourselves. Once we become Christians, we sit on our precious gift as if no one else deserves it. Our friends, family, co-workers, and children must go elsewhere to seek salvation, when we could tell them about it ourselves.

This is an amazing phenomenon when you really think about it. It would be like your parents giving you a Porsche and offering to give everyone you know a Porsche as well, but you keep driving your Ford Focus around as to not draw attention to your gift. Meanwhile, your parents are sitting on hundreds of beautiful luxury cars desiring to give them away. All you have to do is let people know where to go, and you all could have the same awesome cars for free, but you keep that a secret.

When we sit on our Christianity, we are ensuring that everyone around us is going to Hell. We could be the seeds of their salvation, but we’d rather them spend eternity in Hell than potentially embarrass ourselves for a few minutes. I am as guilty as anyone of this.

Don’t you think it is time to change that?