Book Excerpt - The Hijacked Elephant
The Elephant Has Been Hijacked, The Hijacked Elephant
Every major theological event in Christianity found in the New Testament is the fulfillment of the archetypical high holy days found in the Old Testament.
This is the first statement in the beginning of the book. Now, having finished reading the book, its authenticity should ring clear and true.
The Biblical record is one book written to the same people. And Jesus Christ is the central character to both testaments. However, in the Old Testament he is referred to primarily as our LORD. This, too, should be apparent after reading about the duality of the seven high holy days.
From the Christian point of view, we’ve discovered that the high holy days are not an irrelevant collection of days delivered only to the nation of Judah, “the Jews,” by Moses, a Levite. They were ordinances, days of observance given to all the children of Israel, all twelve nations, as signs between Christ and his people. While the days were emblematic of events experienced by Israel leaving Egypt, upon which their physical observances were based, Christ has, and is spiritually fulfilling them on our behalf.
As such they lay out our LORD’s plan for his people from the time they left Egypt until there is a new heaven and a new Earth. The duality of days is central to this plan. [See the Feature article, What Days Must Christians Observe?]. And we have a duality of “elephants” too. We have the truth delivered to us by those who walked, talked and learned from Christ first hand; those men chosen by him to write down and canonize that text for us so we can rediscover the original elephant. And then we have the hijacked elephant, those “hijacked pagan holidays” espoused by most Christian religions today. [See the Sneakers article, A Life And Death Pickle Of A Predicament].
However, the words spoken by Christ, which were written down and canonized for us by his apostles and lastly the apostle John at the end of the first century, enable us to discern the truth of Christ’s teachings. “But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I [Christ] have said unto you.” This is one reason why no other books can be included in the New Testament canon. They are the record of what Christ spoke to his apostles, which in turn, are now spoken to us millennia later. [See the Feature article, The Tale Of Two Covenants].
This book is like a sign posted on a path, i.e., “Extreme Danger: Avalanche Area. Do Not Ski Beyond This Point.” You can ignore it completely or you can heed it. There is no point in arguing with it. Prove it one way or the other yourself, and then make your own personal decision. If you think the information in this book is total BS, then forget it, and go on with your life. On the other hand, if you discover it has merit, then stand up and make the necessary changes. One day everyone will know with certainty which was the correct course of action.
Let’s recap “the original elephant,” the dualities as delivered to us by those who experienced it firsthand.
Passover: A day of preparation, not a high holy day. It is the sacrifice of the LORD 's passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, and delivered their houses and their first born from death when he spared not the Egyptians. Christ was the Passover lamb, the first born of God, who became the sacrificial lamb for the sins of Israel granting us victory over death.
Days of Unleavened Bread: The children of Israel left Egypt so quickly in one day that they took only unleavened bread. Both Egypt and leavening equate with sin metaphorically. Therefore these days pictured coming out of sin.
Christ’s death ended the old covenant by which sin was imputed. The fulfilling of these days by Christ paid the penalty of sin, death, once for the sins of the children of Israel. Sin is the transgression of the law, “... but sin is not imputed when there is no law.”
Therefore, the sins of the children of Israel were covered, in one day, by Christ’s death. His day of resurrection, in between these two high holy days, marked the beginning of the new covenant.
Pentecost: This was a day of remembrance for the children of Israel when they were to offer up the first fruits of their summer harvest unto God.
Christ sent the Holy Spirit to those called and chosen, that they will be the first fruits of his harvest, the first resurrection, marked by his second coming. It was the first official day of Christianity ushering in the period of personal reconciliation.
Christ has fulfilled these three high holy days. We are now living in the time between the fulfillment of Pentecost and the return of Christ when he will fulfill the four remaining high holy days.
Day of Trumpets: The high holy day that heralds the beginning of the new civil year for the children of Israel, the first day of the seventh month, marked by the blowing of trumpets.
Christ will return on this day marked by a blowing of seven trumpets, the seventh instituting the kingdom of God on Earth preceded by the time of Jacob’s trouble, the sixth seal.
Day of Atonement: This was the most solemn high holy day for the nation of Israel. It was a day marked by fasting that pictured a forgiveness of sins of the nation and reconciliation to God.
Christ will fulfill this day when a new covenant is made with the House of Israel and the House of Judah, a national day of reconciliation. They shall be joined again as one in the hand of God. However, they will both have been greatly afflicted during the time of Jacob’s trouble leading to this day.
Feast of Tabernacles: Or the festival of booths as it was known. The people of Israel were to live in temporary dwellings made of tree branches and boughs to represent the time when, after coming out of Egypt, they lived in the wilderness. All during this time our LORD watched over them, “And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.”
Christ will fulfill this day, which will mark the beginning of the thousand years of peace, the millennium, when Israel will enjoy the spiritual blessings of the promises given to Abraham. The other nations of the world at that time will have to make an appearance each year before the LORD on this day. However, this Earth, as well as our mortal bodies are temporary dwellings.
The Last Great Day: The last high holy day of the year immediately follows the feast of temporary dwellings. It was on this eighth day, that Solomon finished the temple, the house of the LORD containing the Ark of the Covenant, which no longer had a temporary dwelling place in the physical sense.
This day will be fulfilled with the great day of judgement which is the resurrection day of all who have lived and culminates when the temporary heavens and Earth we inhabit now will pass away on this day, along with our mortal bodies, with the creation of a new heaven and new Earth which will be God’s dwelling place.
The dark and deceitful counterfeits of Christmas and Easter, among others, which lead us nowhere except to our own confusion, are derisory by comparison to the days God set aside for us that light the way along our destined path. In the darkness, we have lost sight of our identity and our direction. Christmas and Easter are nothing more than “Detour” signs that direct us down the wrong path. The result? The elephant has been hijacked.
The above is excerpted from the conclusion of The Hijacked Elephant. See our Feature articles section on the Home page menu for specific articles regarding Christmas and Easter. Sneaker article linked herein is not in the book.
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