-- God orchestrated the biblical events in history to foretell his salvation plan that would come through Christ. These are known as prophetic parallels. --
Take your time with this study dear friends. The study of prophetic parallels is solid food, not milk.
In referring to the story of Moses, Paul writes:
“Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.--These things happened to them as examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the fulfillment of the ages has come (1 Corinthians 10:1-11)."
Firstly, in the Old and New Testament, the Hebrew and Greek root words denote that salvation means to ‘save’, ‘rescue’, or ‘redeem’. Israel experienced salvation by being ‘saved’ or ‘rescued’ from captivity in Egypt. The prophetic parallel is this: Jesus also brings about salvation by ‘saving’ us! We are saved/rescued from captivity to the Kingdom of darkness and are saved from our sins. Thus, we are now citizens of the Kingdom of God, and are righteous in his eyes (Romans 3:22). In the Kingdom of God, there is freedom from sin and the influence of evil.
Therefore, it's important to recognize that the phrase "salvation in Christ" is not only about being “saved” from going to hell. It is also about being saved from the oppression of the Kingdom of darkness--this world of sin (Colossians 1:13). It’s about being redeemed or ‘brought back’ into what God originally created with Adam before mankind sinned.
Just as the Israelites were saved by being freed from Egyptian slavery, we have been saved by being set free from sin and the satanic kingdom of darkness that rules this world!
Consequently, Paul mentions that even now, we are within the Kingdom of God (Colossians 1:13). And as Christ taught, the Kingdom is also within us through God's Spirit (Luke 17:21) (Romans 14:17). Therefore family, since we are already free from the enemy’s domain of sin, let us live as free people. Let us cast off all that entices our former selves and fully step into the reality of being a born again citizen of God’s Kingdom!
Regarding prophetic parallels, there is much more to be said. Remember, just like how the Israelites sought and waited for the promised land of Canaan after being freed from slavery….now that we have been freed from slavery to sin and the kingdom of darkness, we too seek and wait for an ultimate promised land… The Millennial Kingdom Rest at Christ's return (see Hebrews 4:1-16, Hebrews 6:12)!
Therefore, let us keep watch, and remain faithful so that we do not fall. May we continue to march forward in Christ, with unwavering faith, as we trek towards the great promised land. Paul draws upon this ‘wilderness journey parallel’ when he says: “We should not test Christ, as some of them did—and were killed by snakes” (1 Corinthians 10:9).
Moreover, now that we are saved, let us never entertain the idea of willfully living in sin with an expectation of still attaining the promised land! Now…one may say, but aren’t we saved through faith alone? By all means, was it your works that saved you? Certainly not! It was your Faith in Christ that allowed you to attain such salvation. By holding on to your faith, you will continue to remain in this salvation. However, abandoning your faith, and willfully living in sin, is akin to what some Israelites did when they abandoned Moses and chose to worship idols! Did those who left their ‘faith’ attain the promise? By no means. We now see why Paul and the writer of Hebrews drew upon this parallel as well. It is so pivotal.
Again, the Israelites were saved and delivered from bondage in Egypt, yet some were still destroyed if they didn't follow God's commands and didn't love him. Many of them fell dead and were destroyed when Moses came from the Mount Sinai. So when Jesus comes from Mount Zion, be sure to be ready…do not be found asleep and living a life of sin.
“The servant who knows the master's will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows (Luke 12:47). –Hear his Voice.
Regarding this 'wilderness prophetic parallel', notice how Paul warns us against sinning like the Israelites did:
1 Corinthians 10:5:
“Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. Now these things occurred as examples to keep us from setting our hearts on evil things as they did.”
Here is what Hebrews says regarding how we MUST NOT fall into a sinful lifestyle:
“If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people (Hebrews 10:26-30).”
Even Jesus said, many will say “Lord, Lord” when he returns, but only the one who does the will of the father will receive the Kingdom (Matthew 7:21-22)!
So, even though we have been saved and are citizens of Christ’s Kingdom, we have a calling to remain faithful. We must remember that at this point, we are all saved from “Egypt” and are now on the road to the "promise land of Canaan" (When Christ, our King returns).
Also, what was it that took place right prior to the Israelite’s salvation from Egypt? ...Their application of the blood of the lambs! When they applied the blood to their doors, they were saved from death and were set free from the oppression of Egypt. In a similar way, our application of the blood of the lamb (Jesus) through faith has saved us and allows us to be free from the oppression of Satan’s Kingdom.
Moreover, the Israelites didn't have to do "works" to become saved and delivered from Egypt, they had to have faith that applying the lambs blood would save them!
It is the same with us! We were not saved by our works or how good we were, rather, our faith in the Lamb of God brought about our salvation. Nevertheless, now that we are saved, let us continue in our faith during this journey towards the ultimate "promised land" (the Kingdom at Christ's return).
Another interesting point:
Israel had to TAKE the promised land by force once they arrived. Amazingly, this also illustrates what happens when Christ returns. We will rise to meet him in the sky (1 Thessalonians 4:17) and will take possession of the earth by force (Revelation 19:13-21). In that day, the Kingdom will physically cover the Earth…The throne of Christ will be visibly present to all (Zechariah 14:9).
Additional Parallel notes:
--The Israelites were saved from Egypt because of their hope in the promised land of Canaan. We were saved from kingdom of darkness because of our hope in the "promised land" of the kingdom when Christ returns (Romans 8:25)!
- Deut. 9:6-- God didn't bless the Israelites because of their righteousness, but because of the righteousness of their fathers. Likewise, we haven't been delivered because of our righteousness, but because of the righteousness of Christ. Again, our personal works had nothing to do with us having the opportunity to become saved.
Your brother in Christ, Jerren
AoC Network Narrator
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