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Old Testament Baptisms
by Wayne Blank
"Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? Therefore we are buried with Him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of His death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin." (Romans 6:3-7 RSV)
"Baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea"
Many regard the Flood in the time of Noah as a destructive event, but moreover the Bible describes it as an act of salvation - a "baptism" in which "eight souls were saved by water." Jesus Christ is described as an integral element of the event:
"For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: By which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison; Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water."
The parting of the Red Sea and the destruction of Pharaoh's army is also described as an act of salvation, a "baptism" to liberate people from their life of bondage. Nowhere does it say that the Pharaoh himself was killed, which is appropriate because that particular Pharaoh is an analogy of Satan who holds humanity captive as the slaves of his kingdom (see Who Still Rules The World Today?). Again, the Christ is described as "that spiritual Rock" that was with them:
"Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye 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 Corinthians 10:1-4 KJV)
Fact Finder: How is the entire world going to have a "baptism of fire"?