False Christs Of The Old Testament
by Wayne Blank
"By His own blood He entered in once into The Holy Place"
The Levitical priesthood was not intended as an end in itself. It was actually symbolic of the coming Christ. Once per year, on the Day of Atonement, Aaron the high priest entered the Most Holy Place of The Tabernacle to offer ceremonial sacrifices for the forgiveness of the people. Aaron (see Levites) symbolized Jesus Christ, our High Priest, Who, after His Sacrifice, entered the very Throne Room of God The Father in heaven to make atonement for all humanity (see What Is Jesus Christ Doing Right Now?).
"But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation."
When Nadab and Abihu usurped the symbolism of Aaron's office, which was a foreshadow of the Christ, they made themselves foreshadows of false Christs - a common human condition. People may sincerely want to serve God, but many go too far in what they claim to be, or be doing.
Wolves In Sheep's Clothing
The history of humanity is littered with a great many false "saviors." In ancient times, the Seleucid king Antiochus I (see The Seleucids), who lived 324-262 B.C., was given the title "Soter," which means "savior," by his subjects who viewed their dictator as a god. During the time of the New Testament, and long after, many of the Roman emperors (see Ancient Empires - Rome) claimed divine status - a great many Christians and Jews were horribly martyred for refusing to worship them. In relatively modern times, Adolf Hitler was considered as a "savior" by millions of people (in one of the worst examples of the flaws of democracy, Adolf Hitler was elected by a slim majority of voters and then gained dictatorial powers from homeland security legislation that was enacted after a terrorist attack destroyed the German Parliament Building). Hitler's so-called "thousand year Reich" was a thinly-disguised mockery of Jesus Christ's coming first 1,000 years of earthly rule after His return. Even Hitler's claim that "we are answerable only to God and ourselves" (see also Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) in effect made Hitler appear as the mediator between God and man, a blasphemous contention because "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5 KJV).
Many view the Roman Catholic Popes as committing the ultimate double blasphemy. First they claim the title of "Vicar of Christ," which means in place of Christ. But no man is truly in place of Christ, "For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus" (1 Timothy 2:5 KJV). And then the ultimate blasphemy, the Popes claim the title "holy father." But only God is the Holy Father, "call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven" (Matthew 23:9 KJV).
As with Nadab and Abihu, the fire awaits all of the false christs and false prophets:
"And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone." (Revelation 19:20 KJV)
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