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Friday, January 18 2013
Leviticus: The Prophecies Of Christianity
"That Rock was Christ"
The Hebrew names for the Book of Genesis and the Book of Exodus are based on the first word of each Book (see Genesis: In The Beginning and Exodus: The Way Home). So too the Hebrew name for the Book of Leviticus, which means He called - from the first word (translated as "And the LORD called") of the Book.
"1:1 And the LORD called unto Moses, and spake unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation" (Leviticus 1:1 KJV)
The English word "Leviticus" is derived from a Greek word that meant pertaining to the Levites. The Levites were one of the tribes of Israel (see Are Levites 'Jews'?), who were chosen, after the Exodus, to serve as the ministry (see The Origin Of The Levite Priesthood) of the LORD's nation of Israel (see A Biography Of Jacob: When Jacob Became Israel).
It was "the LORD God" (see The Kingdom Of The LORD God) Who delivered the Israelites in the Exodus (see Israel In History and Prophecy: The Exodus). The LORD God was later born as Jesus Christ (see also What Does Word of God Mean To You?). Notice carefully, as the apostle Paul stated in the New Testament, that everything that the LORD did in that earlier time were examples to Christians: "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come."
"10:1 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; 10:2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea [see Why Through The Sea?]; 10:3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
The Levites were given to portray the Messiah and the salvation of repentant sinners. Most people realize and accept that the sacrifice of the Passover lamb was about Jesus Christ and Christianity. So too are all of the other Holy Days (the Days of Passover/Unleavened Bread, Pentecost, the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, the Feast of Tabernacles and the Eighth Day - see the Christian Holy Day Calendar with Sermons and Studies for Sermons and detailed studies for each of them) that Jesus Christ gave the Levites to serve as living prophecies of the fulfillments that the Messiah would accomplish.
"9:1 Then verily the first covenant had also ordinances of divine service, and a worldly sanctuary. 9:2 For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary. 9:3 And after the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holiest of all; 9:4 Which had the golden censer, and the ark of the covenant overlaid round about with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; 9:5 And over it the cherubims of glory shadowing the mercyseat [see Christ's Mercy Seat]; of which we cannot now speak particularly.
The Chapters Of The Book Of Leviticus
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This Day In History, January 18
350: Generallus Magnentius deposed Roman Emperor Constans and proclaimed himself Emperor (see The Politics Of Rome, Pax Romana: The Birth Of The Roman Empire and Constantine's Crusades In History And Prophecy).
1486: Henry VII of England married Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV, uniting the houses of Lancaster and York.
1535: Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro founded Lima, the present-day capital of Peru.
1701: Frederick III, the elector of Brandenburg, became the king of Prussia.
1778: Captain James Cook discovered the Hawaiian Islands. They were initially called the Sandwich Islands, after the First Lord of the Admiralty, Lord Sandwich (ironically, Captain Cook was killed and eaten by the natives of the Sandwich Islands, as was his girlfriend, Ann Butchers).
1871: The proclamation of the Second German Reich (empire). Otto von Bismarck named King Wilhelm I of Prussia as German emperor ("Deutscher Kaiser") in The Hall of Mirrors at Versailles, near Paris. North and south Germany were united. Bismarck consolidated Germany under the (Protestant) Prussian Hohenzollerns, assumed the office of Reich Chancellor and was made a prince. The Second Reich lasted for 47 years, until the end of the First World War in 1918 (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars). Adolf Hitler called his regime the Third Reich (see Ein Volk! Ein Reich! Ein Euro! and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1919: Two months after the First World War ended, the Versailles Peace Conference opened in Paris with Prime Minister David Lloyd-George of Britain, President Woodrow Wilson of the U.S. (the U.S. entered the 1914-1918 war only during the last 18 months from April 1917, after the greatest battles had been fought) and Prime Minister George Clemencea of France. Kaiser Wilhelm had abdicated and departed for exile in Netherlands where the Dutch refused to extradite him for trial as a promoter of the war. The Weimar Republic was established.
1944: During the Second World War, Soviet forces liberated Leningrad, thereby ending a three-year Nazi "Siege of Leningrad."
1967: Albert DeSalvo, the "Boston Strangler," was convicted of numerous crimes and is sentenced to life imprisonment.
1974: Israel and Egypt signed peace agreements to officially end the Yom Kippur War which had began on the previous October 6.
1995: The European Parliament endorsed the new 20-strong European Commission, marking the Strasbourg-based assembly's political birth.
2000: The Tagish Lake meteorite impacted the Earth in northern Canada. It was estimated to have been 4 meters in diameter and weighed 56 tons when it entered the atmosphere and exploded. Over 500 fragments have been found.
2005: The Airbus A380, the world's largest commercial airliner, was unveiled at a ceremony in Toulouse, France.