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Christ In The Prophecies
In Revelation Christ is represented in several roles. First He is the Lamb who became the shepherd Priest. Then He became the king who revealed the law and the covenant. Next He was the judge who administered the law. He became a defender of the righteous and the prosecutor of the wicked. Along with His church, He became a witness to the persecuting power of Satan and his evil empires. Finally, in the last days He comes as the Messenger of the covenant from God to give a final warning. Next He will become the reluctant executioner of the wicked and the willing Bridegroom of His beloved people.

The Love Of God
"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. "For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.
"He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. "This is the judgment, that the Light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the Light, for their deeds were evil. "For everyone who does evil hates the Light, and does not come to the Light for fear that his deeds will be exposed. "But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."
(John 3: 16-21)

The sacrifice was made before the earth was created. How? From the moment He was promised, it became a reality for God.
The Lamb who was slain from the foundation of the world. (Revelation 13: 8)

The Plan In Prophecy
For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John. Matthew 11: 13.
The Bible teaches that the law also acted as a source of prophecy. This is why both the law and the prophets are the true two witnesses from God.

Crucifixion
There are several symbols that represent the death of Christ.

The Curse From The Sanctuary
The curse that Jesus suffered was given from all parts of the sanctuary. He was hated by God and the high priest and He was abandoned by God and betrayed by His disciples.

He was given sour wine to drink.

After this point, His followers would symbolically cannibalize His body as they participated in the communion service. We would participate in the events of that terrible day.
Our sins caused His death and our sins also caused His curse.

He was baptized in spit, blood and water, and he was anointed with perfume for His burial.
All the events happened at night or in the darkness.

He was cursed or denied by two. Two false witnesses, two disciples and two thieves on the cross.
Finally, according to the final stages of the last curses, His body or temple would be destroyed.

Law Christ Suffers The Curse For Us
At several points in His life Christ acted out the sanctuary pattern as he suffered the death and the final curse for His people. In the final curse God destroyed the sanctuary, and the blessings that were normally received from each part of the sanctuary became a curse.

Since the wages of sin is death, Christ took the death penalty for sinners by dying on the cross. In addition, He experienced the wrath of God that is poured out on all sinners for breaking the covenant. On the cross, He suffered the same punishment as the wicked in the seven last plagues. All for us.

The Perfect One
Although Jesus suffered the penalty of the curse, within His body He did not become a curse.
He was spiritually perfect. He never became hostile to God or His enemies. He prayed for his persecutors. He forgave them. He was the High Priest who was on our side. He relied on faith instead of fear. He never sinned. The law was written in His heart.

He was physically perfect. His bones were not broken. He did not drink blood or have sores.
Those who are blind or fractured or maimed or having a running sore or eczema or scabs, you shall not offer to the Lord, nor make of them an offering by fire on the altar to the Lord. (Leviticus 22: 22)
Nothing that was a curse came out of Him. All the symbols of the curse came from an external source and were applied to Him. As He was dying on the cross, even the curse of a sword was symbolized by the spear in His side.

The Final Week
During the final week, Christ experienced many overlapping cycles of the curses. That week was punctuated with many important events that were a sign of His death. It began when Mary washed His feet with perfume. Jesus said that this action was symbolic of the preparation of His body for death. (Mark 14: 8; John 12: 3, 7). During the trial He was dressed in a purple robe. This event was symbolized by the practice of covering the altar of sacrifice in purple. The remnants of the dead sacrifice were dressed in purple.
Then they shall take away the ashes from the altar and spread a purple cloth over it. (Numbers 4: 13).

The emotional prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane was the Altar of Incense. This was His final prayer before He accepted His destiny. The events ended with His crucifixion between two thieves who cursed Him. After His resurrection two angels stood on either side of the place where His dead body was placed. (John 20: 12). Both events are a picture of the ark of the covenant.
Three Days and Three Nights Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Nissan 14 Nissan 15 (Sabbath) Nissan 16
Night 1 Day 1 Night 2 Day 2 Night 3 Day 3
Supper Garden Trial Crucifixion Buried in the Grave (Tomb) Resurrected
Chewed up Swallowed Vomited
(Darkness) Forty Two hours » 6 hours 36 hours Light
(Death) Forty hours » -3 hours 36 hours + 1 Life

In The Bowels
During the last three days, Jesus was in the hands of the world. He was in the bowels of the earth. The symbols are from the digestive process of a clean animal.

Type The Pattern Of Rejection
The series of suffering that we are about to explain has a pattern that includes certain elements.

As you read the events of each of these three days, notice that they progressively got worse. Jesus was systematically abandoned and He eventually surrendered emotionally to His fate.

1. The Last Supper
This event was a mixture of positive and negative events. Jesus started by washing the feet of His disciples. Then they ate the Passover meal. The story goes on to record the action of two disciples. Peter would deny Him three times before the morning arrived. Judas would betray Him for thirty pieces of silver.
The Full Curse
The curse from the sanctuary was only a part of the fifth and final curse. This is the terms of the wrath of God specified in Leviticus 26: 29-39.

» Naked. Jesus was crucified naked.
» No Prayers Heard. God abandoned Him.
» Sword. A spear in His side.
» Exiled. He was in the land of the dead.
» Cannibalism. We perform the communion to remember this day.
» Famine. The disciples (12 loaves of bread) abandoned Him.
» City Destroyed. The disciples abandoned Him. They were the foundation of the city.
» Sanctuary Destroyed. His body was killed and experienced the wrath from each part of the sanctuary.
» Land Enjoys Sabbath. He was dead during the Sabbath.

2. The Garden Of Gethsemane
This garden served as the altar of prayer during this terrible week. Jesus received no support from His disciples. He was surrounded by sleeping disciples. Soon, the curse would escalate and He would be surrounded by liars, mockers and those who wanted Him dead. In the garden, His body would be baptized in sweat and blood as He agonized over the future separation from God. On the cross, a stream of blood and water would pour from his side.

Condemnation
As Christ was condemned, the people also condemned themselves by denying justice to an innocent Man.

Sacrifice. Barabbas the criminal was substituted for Christ. (Matthew 27: 20)

Laver. Pilate tried to wash his hands of guilt even though he knew that the man was innocent. (Matthew 27: 24)

Bread. The twelve tribes of Israel and the Gentiles rejected Him.

Wine. They said, "His blood shall be on us and on our children". (Matthew 27: 25)

3. The Trial
The trial had the symbolism of the sanctuary, the curses and the day of atonement. Jesus was made to bear the blame by the high priest Caiaphas and the thief named Barabbas was released at the end of the Judgment. So the criminal, Barabbas, became the scapegoat and Jesus became the Lord's Goat.
Now Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was expedient for one man to die on behalf of the people. (John 18: 14).

The trial scene had all the elements of a hostile throne room. Instead of a high priest who spoke for the people, Jesus has a high priest who tried to find false testimony. Instead of a room of twenty four elders and two angels who worshipped Him. Jesus had a Council of priests and two false witnesses.

He drank the cup given to Him by His father. They baptized Him with their spit. They stripped Him and beat Him on His back. They dressed Him in purple, just as the altar of sacrifice was covered in purple. They made a crown of thorns and shoved it on His head. They took His righteous robe and gambled for it.

4. The Crucifixion: Jesus Suffers The Wrath Of God
On the day of His crucifixion, all the elements of the sanctuary sent a curse against Jesus. The curse of the seven last plagues. The same final curse given in Leviticus 26: 25-38.
Finally, He was killed. Referring to His death, Jesus made a parallel between His body and the destruction of the sanctuary in the curse (Leviticus 26). Jesus said,
"Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up". ... But He was speaking of the temple of His body. (John 2: 19, 21 ).

Before He was consumed by the nations of the earth, a weary and exhausted Jesus stumbled under the weight of the cross. He had no strength. Simon of Cyrene had to carry the cross. This also fulfilled the curse.
They will therefore stumble over each other as if running from the sword, although no one is pursuing; and you will have no strength to stand up before your enemies. But you will perish among the nations, and your enemies' land will consume you. (Leviticus 26: 37-38)

5. The Resurrection Victory
After the resurrection, the picture of Christ in the sanctuary is a positive one for Him and His church.

The Gift Of Christ
The Torn Veil. He made Heaven legally open to us.
The veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. And the earth shook and the rocks were split. (Matthew 27: 51).
Technically, only the High Priest could enter the Most Holy place. As our High Priest, He was making the Most Holy Place accessible to all priests.
Why was this important?
The seven last plagues make the wicked ineligible to enter even the outer court. However, the righteous have become priests, and are therefore legally able to enter the Holy Place. They can only enter the Most Holy Place as priests because of this last gift of Christ. Christ tore the veil that separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place at His death. All priests could now enter the Most Holy Place, which is Heaven.

Symbolically, the veil was hung on four hooks and torn. This was His body dying on a cross hung by four nails.
Wrath through Communion
The Communion service is symbolic of the curse that we endure to remind us of the wrath that Christ suffered for us. Jesus combines both a curse of cannibalism and a principle with this meal. He has a meal where He chooses to establish His Name. (Deuteronomy 14: 23). This ultimate meal is Himself.

While they were eating Jesus took some bread, and after blessing, He broke it and gave it to all the disciples and said "take, eat, this is My body". And when He had taken a cup and given thanks , He gave it to them saying, "Drink from it, all of you, for this is My blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sin". (Matthew 26: 26-28).


The Torn Clothes. He would be split in four places.
Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took His outer garments and made four parts, a part to every soldier and also the tunic; Now the tunic was seamless, woven in one piece. So they said to one another, "Let us not tear it but cast lots for it" (John 19: 23-24).
I can count all my bones. They look, they stare at me. They divide my garments among them, and for my clothing they cast lots. (Psalm 22: 17-18).
The outer garment, like the veil, was His humanity, parted in four places. His hand and feet were split like the hooves of the clean animal. The seamless inner garment was His divinity which could not be destroyed. This also fulfilled another requirement.

Do not uncover your heads nor tear your clothes, so that you will not die and that He will not become wrathful against the congregation. (Leviticus 10: 6).
His divinity did not suffer wrath, but His humanity did because his physical and spiritual clothes (Outer garment and his body) were torn in four.

He Became The Curse For Us. He experienced the wrath of God for us. It is written in the final curse. This curse was not initiated at Sinai with the Jews, it began with Adam and Eve.
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us. For it is written, "cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree" (Galatians 3: 13).

This duty is reflected in the Old Testament where the tribe of Levi and the high priest stood between the people and God so that a plague does not break out on the people.
But the Levites shall camp around the tabernacle of the testimony, so that there will be no wrath on the congregation of the sons of Israel. (Numbers 1: 53).
Death by Baptism
Baptism is symbolic of the death to sin that we die to remind us of the death that Christ died for us. It is our first death. The second death has no power over us.


He [Aaron] took his stand between the dead and the living, so that the plague was checked. (Numbers 16: 48). See also (Numbers 8: 19).

He Died For Us. Ultimately, He died as a substitute for our sins because He fulfilled every image of sin on the cross.
He made Him who knew no sin to became sin for us ... (2 Corinthians 5: 21)
Resurrection. He proved the resurrection by allowing the first fruits to be raised from the dead. (Matthew 27: 52-53)

Remembering Through The Substitutes
Christ substituted baptism for the first death and the bread and wine of communion for the wrath of God. This is a gift through which we remember what God has suffered in our place. This is why baptism and communion are necessary. They cannot save us. But they are the only memories we have of what was done to save us. When we participate, we remember the works of God. And God can legally claim that we have satisfied the punishment of the curse of the law. See how easy God made it for us!

Repeat Repetition and Enlargement
The Exodus of the Righteous Israel : Christ suffered the signs of the plagues at His exodus from the world. All the righteous live through the wrath of God on the wicked before their exodus.
# Israel from EgyptJesus# Seven Last Plagues
1 Blood in the nile Blood and water came from His side2-3 Blood to bathe in and drink
2 Frogs from the nile The accusations by the 3 powerful groups.
» Dragon. Satan sent Rome.
» Beast. Rome and the government.
» False Prophet. The priests lied.
6 Euphrates dries up. Three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, beast and false prophet
3 Flies from the dust The people surrounded Him like bees6 Surrounded by the wicked
4 Insects destroy cropsThere were no crops. The fig tree failed. The Jewish people abandoned Him. The disciples scattered and abandoned Him because they could not take the "heat" 4 Heat hurts people and destroys crops and causes famine
5 Disease on animals The people behaved like wild animals1 Disease in the people
6 Sores on the people Body was torn and scourged with a whip and sharp instruments1 Sores on the people
7 Hail They spit on Him and threw insults at Him. An earthquake occurred at His death7 Hail and an earthquake destroy the world
8 Locusts The Roman army division, a cohort (480) and the mob who arrested Him6 An army gathers for the war of Armageddon
9 Darkness Darkness for three hours5 Darkness on the throne of the beast
10Death of first born.
False Gods judged
Jesus was the firstborn and only Son of God, condemned for claiming to be God 7Death for the wicked.
False religion destroyed

Study to show yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth.   2 Timothy 2: 15 Time: 70 minutes
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Copyright     Updated : December 8, 2004. June 2005. December 2007
Credits: The Bible and the Holy Spirit. God revealed this information to me between 2002 and 2003. All of this information is as a result of the gift of knowledge.
Author: Laverna Patterson Editor: Patterson (January 2008)
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