Friday, October 28, 2011

Moses the Christian



When I began to write these articles, my first was, "Abraham, a
Christian", because I was distressed that my church was referring
to Abraham as a Jew. And why should this upset me? We are giving
our Christian heritage over to the Jews, even though there was no
such thing as a Jew in Abraham's day. In fact, one could make a
better case for calling Abraham a Chaldean, since he was
domiciled in the city of Ur in Chaldea. So, again in my church, I
hear Moses and his forebears referred to as Jews.

So, who were the Jews? They were the exiles from the na tion of
Judah that were taken from Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar and
returned seventy years later under the decree of Cyrus to rebuild
the city and the temple. These Jews comprised a small part of the
tribes of Judah, Benjamin and some of Levi. And we know their
fate. After refusing to have Jesus reign over them, He told them
the kingdom was taken from them and given unto a nation bringing
forth the fruits. In 70 A.D., the Roman Titus came and destroyed
Jerusalem and the temple,, killing many Jews and scattering the
rest. So it should be easy to accept that Moses, his grandfather
Levi, and indeed Abraham existed long before Jews were known or
so labelled.

If the Old Testament was therefore not Jewish, what was it? It
was Christian! From the first verses of the Bible to the last
verses of Revelation, it is the story of Jesus Christ, first as
creator, then as bride of the nation Israel, formed at Mount
Sinai, and finally as Saviour, Lord of Lords and King of Kings.
Well, is this story not shared with the Jews? The returning Jews
intermarried with the local population compromising their
bloodlines but more importantly, they returned with the
Babylonian Talmud which stood/stands in contradiction to the laws
of Moses. Consider Matthew 16:6-9, "Thus have ye made the
commandment of God of NONE EFFECT by your tradition. Ye
hypocrites, well did Esaias prophecy of you, saying, This people
draw nigh unto Me with their mouth and honoureth Me with their
lips, but their heart is far from Me. But in vain do they worship
OF MEN." Consider also John 7: 19, "Did not Moses give you the
the Jews corrupted the laws of Moses, departed from the Truth delivered
by Jesus and finally executed the Word of God made flesh. This is
fascinating indeed because all of this history was forecast by the prophets.
By the way, some of the Jews did accept Christ; consider John 8:30- 2,
"As He spake these words, many believed on him; then said Jesus to those
Jews who believed on Him, If ye continue in my word, then are. ye
My disciples indeed. And ye shall know the truth and the truth
shall make you free."

Well, did Moses know Jesus? He not only spent a lot of time with
Jesus on Mount Sinai when he organized the constitution of
Israel, but he attended the marriage feast with the seventy
elders. Exodus 24:9-11, "Then went up Moses and Aaron, Nadab, and
Abihu and seventy of the elders of Israel. And they saw the God
of Israel: and there were under His feet as it were a paved work
of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in its
clearness. And upon the nobles of the children of Israel He laid
not His hand: also they saw God and did eat and drink." So, Jesus
took His bride, the nation of Israel, later to be divorced by
reason of idolatry. Again, did Moses know Jesus? Deut 34:10, "And
there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses whom
the Lord knew FACE TO FACE." When Jesus walked with the two
disciples to the town of Emmaus, Jesus referred to Moses. Luke
24:25-27, " O fools and slow of heart to believe all that the
prophets have spoken: Ought not Christ to have suffered these
things, and to enter into His glory? And beginning AT MOSES and
ALL the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scripture the
things concerning Himself." In one of His discourses with the
Jews, He mentioned that Moses wrote of Him. Deut 18:15 & 18, "The
Lord God will raise up unto thee a Prophet, from the midst of
thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto Him shall you harken; I
will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto
thee and will put My words in His mouth; and He shall speak unto
them all that I shall command Him."

Are there other Christian signs in the Old Testament? You recall
in the new church there was a great debate about circumcision,
whether or not it was required of Christians. How about this Old
Tes tament text in Deut 10:16? "Circumcise therefore the foreskin
of your HEART, and be no more stiffnecked."

I will close this discussion with two descriptions of Jesus
Christ, one from the Old Testament and one from the New. From the
Old, Daniel 10: 5 & 6, "Then I lifted up mine eves, and looked,
and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were
girded with fine gold of Uphaz; His body was also like the beryl,
and His face as the appearance of lightning, and His eyes as
lamps of fire, and His arms and His feet like in colour to
polished brass, and the voice of His words like the voice of a
multitude." And from the New Testament, Rev 1:13-18, "And in the
midst of the seven candlesticks, one like unto the Son of man,
clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps
with a golden girdle. His head and His hairs were white like
wool, as white as snow; and His eyes were as a flame of fire; and
His feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace;
and His voice as the sound of many waters. And He had in His
right hand seven stars; and out of His mouth went a sharp two
edged sword: and His countenance was as the sun shineth in his
strength And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. And He
laid His right hand upon me saying unto me, Fear not, I am the
First and the Last. I am He that liveth and was dead: and behold
I am alive for evermore, Amen."

Now, we know both these are a description of Jesus because both
Daniel and John fell to worship Him and were not rebuked. As an
example of a rebuke let us look to Revelation 19:10, "And I fell
at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, SEE THOU DO IT
NOT: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the
testimony of Jesus: Worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is
the Spirit of prophecy."

I believe that the Jews feel as I do, but it is convenient for
them to allow the term Judeo-Christian to exist since it helps
blind the Christians to their inheritance. So, I take offence at
the term Judeo-Christian. We worship Jesus; the Jews do not.
We sanctify the laws of Christ; the Jews do not. We have the
sacred Scriptures including the Torah; the Jews have the Talmud.
I fail to see anything common, so I conclude this essay by
stating again that the whole Bible is Christian, telling a
coherent story of Christ from beginning to end and that MOSES IS
From "Thy Kingdom Come" - November 2011 - a publication of the
Association of the Covenant People, Burnaby, B.C. Canada.

Indeed the plan of God, the salvation of God, the good news of the
Savior of mankind and the Kingdom of God, has been from the
beginning. It has always been the same for anyone from Adam to the
return of Jesus to this earth, and so then all that will be in the first
resurrection at the coming of Christ in glory, will have been "Christians."
Many studies on my website prove that salvation for anyone has always
been the same, and always will be the same, no matter what age you
live in.

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