The Tie That Binds
The fundamental underlying premise of The Hijacked Elephant is that the entire Biblical record is one story written to and about the same people. [See first question, Q&A: The Hijacked Elephant menu]. In it, the analogy is that Christ is the "shoelace that binds both the Old and the New Testaments together." While this may not be news for some, Yehovah elohiym, the LORD God of the Old Testament is the same person as Jesus Christ of the New Testament in the first century. It's no accident that the name Jesus means Yehovah is salvation.
And when the children of the House of Israel were divorced, taken captive by the Assyrians, it was the LORD God, Christ who did it. "I [Yehovah, see Jer. 3:6] saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding [House of] Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister [House of] Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also." [Jer 3:8; see Isa. 7].
And when it came time to redeem the divorced, or lost sheep of the House of Israel, it was Yehovah, Christ who said, "I am not sent except to the lost sheep of the House of Israel." Yehovah divorced the House of Israel and Yehovah as Christ paid the ransom, with his blood, to redeem his children. Do not confuse the current Zionist state of Israel with that of Biblical Israel. They are two wholly different entities. [See Luke 1:68].
We Christians need to fully come to the realization that the Biblical record is one story written to and for the same people. Yehovah is salvation, Jesus Christ is the one binds the entirety of the Biblical record together.
A.R. Fausset explains in the Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary, "Root of David, as being Jehovah; the offspring of David as man. David's Lord, yet David's son." In other words, as Yehovah, Christ was David's root as he established the house of David, anointed him king over all Israel. And as the person of Jesus, he was King David's descendant and king of all Israel. As we read in John's gospel, "Nathanael answered and said to him [Jesus], Master, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel." [John 1:49].
First, let's take a look at what the apostle John tells us in his gospel. "No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he has declared him." And we also know that "the head of Christ is God." [1 Cor. 11:3]. John is telling us that no man has ever seen God the Father except Christ, the only born Son who took the form of a man in the first century. As Paul explained, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross." [Php. 2:5-8].
So we know from the apostle John that no man has seen God the Father at any time. We know that God the Father is the head of Christ. We know that Christ was God, but took the form of man. And we know that God the Father sent him to redeem the lost sheep of the House of Israel in the Christian era, and to atone for the transgressions of all Israel including the House of Judah. [Mat. 15:24; Heb. 8:8; also the Feature article, The Tale Of Two Covenants].
Paul also tells us that Christ was with the children of Israel in the Old Testament or Jewish Bible. "Moreover, brethren, I would not that you should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ." [1 Cor. 10:1-4, also Heb. 11:24-26].
We know that prior to taking on the form of man, Christ was God. Remember, elohiym, the word for God in Hebrew, is a noun like the word family meaning there is more than one person in the God family as in "Let us make man in our image and likeness ...." So we know there are at least two members of the God family. God the Father, and his "firstborn" son [as a man], Jesus Christ.
And we know there are other sons of God as well as we can read in Job 38:7 when " ... all the sons of God shouted for joy." Or in the days before Noah, Gen. 6:2, "That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose." The daughters of men in Hebrew are bath adam; and ben elohiym are the sons of God.
The "sons of God" is not a reference to angels as many suppose. As we read in the Book of Hebrews, "For to which of the angels said he at any time, You are my Son, this day have I begotten you? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son?" So we see elohiym, the word for God, is similar to our word family. One family, many members. One God, many members with Christ being the firstborn of all the sons of God. [See the Sneakers article, One, Two, Three More Or Less].
The elohiym or God family also includes twenty-four elders, as we read in Revelation 4:4-5, "And round about the throne were twenty-four seats: and upon the seats I saw twenty-four elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God."
Elders here is presbyteros. It is an adjective. It is describing members of elohiym. The word seats in verse four in Greek is thronos. And as each of these elders has a crown, it describes a senior, royal position within the elohiym family. Thronos is the same word used by Christ in telling the twelve apostles with him on the last Passover night, "You shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel."
Thus, in addition to the Father, and Jesus Christ, plus the other sons of God, whose number we don't know, there are at least twenty-four elders who comprise elohiym. And this does not include those who can become the sons of God. [See John 1:12; Rom. 8:14, 19; 1 John 3:1, 2]. Overall, then, in order there are elohiym, angels [Heb. 2:5-7], mankind and creatures. Mankind's dilemma is do we seek the higher plane of God's existence available to us, or do we follow the lower crowded path seeking the riches of this reality? [See the Feature article, Brown Paint: Quantum Potentialities].
Now, if no man, or adamkind, has seen God the Father at any time, who could possibly be the LORD God of the Old Testament that appeared to Abram?
"And the LORD appeared to Abram, and said, To your seed will I give this land: and there he built an altar to the LORD, who appeared to him." The word LORD here in Hebrew is Yehovah. Who is Yehovah? Well, we know it wasn't God the Father as no man has seen him. And we know, according to the apostle Paul, that Christ was that spiritual Rock that was with the children of Israel when they came out of Egypt.
And we know that when Moses was told to bring the children of Israel out of Egypt, Moses asked, "What is the name of him who sent me? What shall I tell them? Thus shall you say to the children of Israel, The LORD [Yehovah] God [elohiym] of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me [Moses] to you [the children of Israel] ...." [see Exd. 3:13-16].
The same LORD, Yehovah that appeared to Abram told Moses that it was Yehovah that sent him to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt. And Christ was that spiritual Rock for the children of Israel when they came out of Egypt.
The personage we know as Christ in the New Testament was the Yehovah of the Old Testament. The LORD God of Israel is Jesus Christ.
So now when we read the words, LORD God, in the Old Testament we know it is a reference to Christ. And it sort of puts the Old Testament into a new light with a new relevance. It binds the old with the new.
We see that it was Yehovah, Christ who made the heavens and the earth. "These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD [Yehovah] God made the earth and the heavens ...." [Gen. 2:4].
It was Christ who made the garden of Eden. "And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed." [Gen. 2:8].
It was Christ who created woman. "And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man." [Gen. 2:22].
And it was Christ who kicked Adam and Eve out of the garden. "Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken." [Gen. 3:23].
It was Christ who instituted the three times of the year Israel was to keep a feast. They are the same three times Christ is fulfilling on behalf of the House of Israel now. [Again see Q&A: The Hijacked Elephant menu]. "Three times in the year shall all your men children appear before the LORD God, the God of Israel." [Exd. 34:23].
When the children of Israel, led by Joshua, entered into the land promised by Yehovah to Abraham, it was Christ who commanded him. "So Joshua smote all the country of the hills, and of the south, and of the vale, and of the springs, and all their kings: he left none remaining, but utterly destroyed all that breathed, as the LORD God of Israel commanded." [Jos. 10:40].
And when David was made king over Israel, it was by the hand of Christ, the LORD God of Israel. "And Nathan said to David, 'You're the man.' [That's what it says ...] Thus says the LORD God of Israel, I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul ...." [2 Sam. 12:7].
Now look at what Christ tells Christians in the New Testament Book of Revelation. "I, Jesus [Yehovah is salvation] have sent my angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star." [Rev. 22:16; see Mat. 22:42-45; Hosea 3:5]. Why is this important for Christians to know? Because Christ is the bridge between the old Israel and the new Israel. He is the tie that binds both together. [See the Feature article, And It's Still A Mystery]. This fact should be known in all the Christian churches. And it is important enough that Christ himself sent his angel to make a point of it to the churches. But where is this knowledge taught today?
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"Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross."