Notes on Numbers 21-22

As they march toward Canaan, the Israelites begin defeating army after army. Since they can’t go through Edom (Num. 20:18), they go around (Num. 21:4). Once again, they murmur against God. This is the tenth time that they whined about their situation, this time focusing on the quality of the free food they have been receiving.

We do this. We are blessed with so many things that we don’t have to work for, but those blessings are not quite what we want, therefore, we complain; at least I know that I do.

As a punishment, God sends “fiery serpents among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died” (Num. 21:6). What follows is a perfect picture of Christian salvation written 1500 years before Christ died on the cross.

These serpents are killing people. Those who want to avoid death admit their sin (v. 7) and ask that the LORD take their sins away. “Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived” (v. 9).

The fiery serpents represent sin. The brass serpent represents Christ. He took the shape of the serpent, because he had to become sin in order to save us from our sins (2 Cor. 5:21). The brass serpent was placed on a pole, just as Christ was hung upon the cross. The Israelites had to look on the brass serpent to be saved, just as we gentiles need only to look upon Christ and accept his sacrifice to be saved.

Have you rested your eyes on Jesus Christ?

The Israelites who survived this encounter moved forward on their journey, continuing to conquer. They were so devastating that nation of Moab “was sore afraid of the people, because they were many” (Num. 22:3). Their king, Balak, asked his priest, Balaam, to speak to God on their behalf and get instruction.

God told Balaam three things in Numbers 22:12, 1) “thou shalt not go with them,” meaning that Balaam was not to go with the army; 2) “thou shalt not curse the people,” leave the Israelites alone; and 3) “they are blessed,” which is exactly why they should be left alone.

Balaam only relayed only one of these messages to his king; that he should not go with the army.

This is a picture of modern leaders in the Church. God gave us his Words in English in the King James Bible that we have used for 400 years. His entire message is in there. The Church has abandoned this perfect book for versions that are missing words. They contain part of the message, but not the whole thing.

Our Christian “scholars” (I use that term very loosely) and pastors are at the forefront of this abomination. “Scholars” believe that they are smart enough to correct God’s Word, and our pastors believe we are too stupid to understand it.

This concept is reiterated after Balaam’s donkey begins to literally speak to him once the “angel of the LORD” (who is Christ) confronts them on the road. “The angel of the LORD said unto Balaam, Go with the men: but only the WORD THAT I SHALL SPEAK UNTO THEE [my emphasis], that thou shalt speak” (Num. 22:35).

Our pastors who do not speak the entire perfect Word of God to their congregations are not obeying God’s command and are doing us a disservice.

This chapter ends by giving us a picture of the “Satanic Trinity” (Num. 22:41). The imitation of God the Father here is Baal (who is Nimrod and represents Satan), the fake Messiah is king Balak (Antichrist), and Balaam is an imitation of the Holy Spirit (the False Prophet).

Notice again that the false prophet, Balaam, is the one who perverts the Word of God. Thus, those “Christian” leaders who today use corrupt versions of God’s Word are false prophets. “Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves” (Matt. 7:15).


Notes on Numbers 18-20

For the ninth time in the book of Numbers, the children of Israel gathered around again and complained about their situation. This time they were so thirsty that they were wishing the God killed them like he killed the thousands of their friends and family. There are some interesting things to consider in this passage, especially the prophetic “type” of Christ’s crucifixion about 1500 years before it happened.

God instructed Moses and Aaron to “speak ye unto the rock before their eyes, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock” (Num. 20:8).

Moses did not follow these instructions, and instead spoke to the congregation rather than the rock, and “with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water came out abundantly” (Num. 20:10-11).

The rock in this passage is a “type” of Christ. When speaking of Moses and the children of Israel wandering in the wilderness, 1 Corinthians 10:4 says “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”

Furthermore, when talking to the Samaritan woman by the well, Jesus Christ told her “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” (John 4:14).

When Christ was being beaten (smote) before his crucifixion, his blood poured from his wounds. Water is a “type” of blood. Thus, when the rock (Christ) was smote (beaten and killed) by Moses, water (blood) poured out giving the congregation life (everlasting life).

Notice that Moses struck the rock not once, but twice. Jesus Christ died on the cross ONE TIME for our sins. That’s all that it took. Moses smote the rock TWO TIMES out of anger.

Not only did Moses disobey God by not speaking to the rock (Christ), he went overboard in smiting it two times. The punishment for doing so was that Moses and Aaron would never enter the Promised Land (Num. 20:12).

When the children of Israel (Jacob) arrived at the border of Edom (Esau), the Edomites refused to allow the Israelites passage through the land. Once again we see the ongoing struggle between the children of Israel (Christ) and the children of Esau (Antichrist).

Shortly after the Israelites turned away from Edom, Aaron died and his son, Eleazar, was named the new High Priest.

Like Moses, we often ignore the instruction of God (speak to the rock) and do things our own way (smote the rock). We go overboard in our rebellion (smote the rock TWICE), and take others down with us (Aaron did not smite the rock, yet he was given the same penalty as Moses). When we sin, we affect those around us.

You might enjoy having some drinks at a party, but that can lead to physical or sexual abuse of someone you truly care about. You may enjoy being a “model” and posting sexual photographs to Instagram, but non-Christians will see the behavior of a “Christian” being the same as what they do.

We ALL know someone who rejects Christ because of the actions of “Christians.” Our actions contribute to other people paying the price; in this case, the ultimate price of eternal death and suffering.

Christ wants all of us to drink the water he gives us; the “well of water springing up into everlasting life.” Have you had your thirst quenched? Have you offered Christ’s gift to others?

Notes on Numbers 16-17

One fascinating story in the book of Numbers that rarely gets discussed in church is that of Korah leading a rebellion with the sons of Levi. As usual, the children of Israel were murmuring (complaining) about wandering through the desert. They once again longed for the days of being slaves in Egypt. Despite having watched God kill their friends and family with a plague, the Levites decided to take their shot at standing against the LORD.

Moses told Korah and 250 of his followers to light incense before God. Aaron and his followers were told to do the same. Korah managed to wrangle up even more people, but God allowed Moses and Aaron to convince all those extra people to leave.

Moses told them “If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the LORD hath not sent me. But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up. . .ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD” (Num. 16:29-30).

The earth did open and swallow Korah and his family before closing in around them. He then sent a fire to burn up the other 250 men. God once again showed his favor for Moses and his intolerance for insubordination.

Immediately following this spectacular spectacle, the children of Israel complained AGAIN, this time blaming Moses and Aaron for the deaths of Korah and his followers.

This is a picture of what happens to us today. When God passes judgment, rather than acknowledge the power of God, skeptics blame human beings for what should otherwise be considered a supernatural event. When an opportunity doesn’t work out, it’s because of “karma” or having negative thoughts.

The power of “positive thinking” can only take us so far, it is GOD who gets us the rest of the way!

As punishment for this murmuring, God sent another plague that killed 14,700 more people.

In chapter 17, God shows the Israelites that Aaron would be the spiritual leader of the people. He was God’s final authority among the tribes. Now that the children of Israel were finally scared for their lives, would they actually begin to show Moses and Aaron some respect? Would they stop murmuring against God who continually judged them by sending miraculous ways of killing anyone who openly opposed him?

I suppose we will see.

Notes on Leviticus 22-23

There are seven feasts that the Israelites are supposed to have for God. There are the Passover, Feast of Unleavened Bread, Feast of Firstfruits, Feast of Pentecost, Feast of Trumpets, Day of Atonement, and Feast of Tabernacles. Each one bears special significance for the Israelites as well as Christians.

Passover is a remembrance of when the “angel of Death” passed over the homes of the children of Israel and killed the firstborn of the Egyptians leading to the Exodus, and would come to be the period that Christians know as Easter.

The Feast of Unleavened Bread begins the day after Passover that lasts for seven days and consists of eating unleavened bread for a week. During the Last Supper, Christ’s physical body was represented by a piece of unleavened bread, because leaven was a “type” of sin.

The Feast of Firstfruits was not to be celebrated until the Israelites made it to the Promised Land. The object is to offer up the first fruits of the harvest.

50 days after the firstfruits, the Israelites were to offer up the Feast of Pentecost to God. Part of this offering includes bread that does contain leaven. This represents the beginning of the Church; the “Body of Christ” that we Christians are a part of.

The firstfruits represents Christ’s resurrection. 40 days later was Pentecost. 50 days after the resurrection, Christ ascended to Heaven and the Church was born. Notice that leaven was introduced 50 days after the firstfruits, just as sin was introduced in the Body of Christ (because sinful humans are now the Church). Prior to this time, the ministry of Jesus Christ was perfect (unleavened).

The Feast of Trumpets took place in the fall, probably around September. Trumpets play a significant role throughout the Scripture. They would blow as the walls of Jericho fell and again throughout the Great Tribulation. The sound of a trumpet will fill the Earth to signify the return of Jesus Christ (second advent). The trumpet represents the end of the “church age” and the beginning of atonement for the Jews.

The Day of Atonement is a feast day that takes place 10 days after the Feast of Trumpets. I cannot separate the significance of a trumpets used to announce this feast day and the trumpets signaling the second coming of Christ. As usual, God gives us many hints throughout the Scripture that point to other significant events. The Day of Atonement is a prophetic feast dealing with cleansing and return of the House of David to prominence prior to the Millennial period on Earth after the Great Tribulation.

The Feast of Tabernacles represents the Millennial period itself. It is the seventh and final feast where the Hebrews could finally rest. The first day is a Sabbath, the feast lasts for seven days, then on the eighth day is another sabbath. Remember that eight is the number of new beginnings. In this case, this eighth day Sabbath is the New Jerusalem on the New Earth. Thus, is the fulfillment of the “Fulness of Times” found in Clarence Larkin’s “Dispensational Truth” (a book that I could not recommend highly enough).

The seven feasts represent the transition from the Church age to the end times atonement of the Jews who have historically rejected Christ. We see the death of Christ (Passover), broken body of Christ (Unleavened Bread), resurrection of Christ (Firstfruits), and the Church age (Pentecost) that point to the return of Christ (Trumpets), cleansing of Israel (Atonement), and finally the New Heaven, New Earth, and New Jerusalem (Tabernacles).

What a beautiful picture of prophecy made 1500 years before Christ came to die on the cross for our sins.

Notes on Leviticus 19-21

Leviticus 19:15 says “Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment: thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the person of the mighty; but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy neighbor.”
This verse is both an anti-Marxist and anti-Capitalist attack. We should not hold up the powerful, wealthy titans of industry as though they deserve our respect simply because of their accomplishments. We also should not concern ourselves with the plight of the poor. Income inequality is not something we should care about. The issue is not economic, but spiritual. Are they followers of God (Old Testament Hebrews or New Testament Christians)? Are they righteous, or are they unrepentant sinners?
Imagine how many conditions in our world today would be improved if we were more concerned with morality than bank accounts. I believe one of the biggest issues in our churches today is that pastors are more worried about paying the bills than making sure the congregation is following God’s Words.
This is one reason why all our churches have become so formulaic and watered down. They believe that young, successful (at least economically) Christians need fancy architecture and a rock concert-like experience. Sermons are preached toward appeasing millennial generation Christians while ignoring older, wiser ones. Those of us who have been Christians for decades need meat, but all we get is milk from a bottle.
Our pastors think the King James Version is too difficult to understand. They believe that explaining deep theology might turn people away. They fear discussing “controversial” issues like homosexuality, transgenderism, racism (at least white pastors, anyway), tattoos, posting half-naked pictures on Instagram, etc., because they do not think the congregation can handle it.
What we NEED is to be challenged, but our pastors believe their congregations are vapid, weak, or shallow. Thus, the sermons have become vapid, weak, and shallow. We are not being judged on our RIGHTEOUSNESS, but by how much money flows in through offerings. I’d rather be at a small, but strong church than a large, weak one.
Speaking of tattoos, check out Lev. 19:28, “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you.” Print any marks, hmm. Of course, this does not mean that a tattoo placed on your body before coming to Christ is now a sin, but Christians should not be getting new ones. Before any tattoo enthusiast pulls the “yeah, but this is Old Testament!” remember that 1 Cor. 6:19-20 says that your body is a temple for the Holy Spirit. If you wouldn’t spray paint graffiti on the doors of your local church, you probably shouldn’t print any marks on your body.
Chapter 20 is essentially a rehashing of chapters 16-18 (see my Notes on Leviticus…) dealing with sacrificing children to Molech and various sexual sins (incest, bestiality, STDs). One addition is the mention of “familiar spirits” and “wizards.”
We know that magic or some sort of supernatural power outside of God’s existed during this time. Pharaoh’s magicians were able to mimic several of God’s miracles and plagues. However, what is a “familiar spirit”?
Like the “devils” I wrote about in my Notes on Leviticus 16-18, familiar spirits are not entirely known to us. They appear to be a supernatural force (or being) that assists witches, necromancers, sorcerers, and wizards (Deut. 18:9-14). Whatever they are, they are not human nor appear to be angelic. It is possible that they are another type of devil, unclean spirit, or demon that has supernatural power used for wickedness. These familiar spirits are so wicked that consulting with one brings about a death sentence from God (Lev. 20:27).
Leviticus 21 gives us some requirements for what it takes to be a Levite priest. Thank the good Lord that these are not applied to Christian pastors, or we would lose anyone who has a sister who isn’t a virgin, who is bald, clean shaven, marries a woman who is sexually impure, divorced, or widowed, is mixing races with his wife (that is the Semitic, Hamitic, Japhetic lines), or have any physical infirmity (blindness, lame, flat nose, ugly, broken handed, bad back, dwarven, impotent, etc.).
We are to judge a man based on just his righteousness instead. Is that really better though? I think I’d rather be judged on my ugly mug than my actions.

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 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.