So, again, we have to return to the very beginning. An animal sacrificed by Yahweh Himself was the first creature to die. The death of the animal was symbolic of the physical death, Adam and Eve deserved to die, but the death of the animal served as substitute. It demonstrated a great principle of Scripture that it requires Blood to cover sins. We overcome by the Blood of the Lamb because it is the Blood that loosens us; it frees us from the condemnation of sin, the control of sin, the slavery of sin. When we look at the Blood of the Lamb, this takes us back to the Sanctuary services. For the Passover feast, the body and the blood - of an innocent, unblemished lamb was needed. Most Christians don't know that in this Jewish Temple, the sacrificial lamb was first 'crucified' (hung on wood stakes) in the Jerusalem Temple before having its neck cut and then having its blood poured out only on the Jerusalem Temple altar. In Order for the Hebrews to receive remission of sin in type, we understand that every sin offering, every burnt offering, meat offering, every drink-offering, every sacrifice pointed to Jesus Christ. All of these were types, they were as shadows of good things to come, but the Body is of Christ. The Bible refers to death as a worldliness of mind, or a separation from God or separated from a prior state.
And almost all things are by the Law purged with Blood; and without shedding of Blood is no remission. It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the Heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these.
With this, the concept of a substitutionary atoning Blood sacrifice was introduced. Before man had this gift from Yahweh, they were in a state of being Spiritually dead, cut away from Him. But when they received it and wore it, they were in effect confessing their sin and their inability to solve the problem for themselves. The end of that first beast on their behalf became a "covering" for their wickedness (Genesis 3:21). Sin causes man to lose his own righteousness as the Prophets tell us,
But we have all become as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
A substitutionary atoning Blood sacrifice would later become the principle on which the system of animal sacrifices would serve as a substitutionary sacrifice. Blood Sacrifices would teach us about assigned righteousness that essential characteristic goodness of Yahweh with which we are covered by the New Covenant at a later stage. The Aztecs firmly believed that the whole world would come to a complete standstill without Blood sacrifice serving as restoration. So too, was the Covenant made with the nation Israel at Sinai (Exod. 19:5; 24:7-8; 34:10, 27-28, etc.), approved by a Covenant sacrifice and sprinkling of Blood (Exod. 24:4-8).
A key concept to understand here is that Scripture teaches us of a mirror effect that seems ever-present in the texts. Carefully study the extreme complexity of this mystical parallelism, and the strong analogies between the visible and invisible worlds. The concepts captured in the Old Testament Covenants have significant reflective properties of the Future. Abrahams practice of circumcision is a physical cut to the Body to remove a small piece of the foreskin of a male. The physical cut produce Blood that seals the Covenant, a continued concept of Blood sacrifice that render an agreement valid. This served as a reflection of the coming progressive Covenant that would follow when Yeshua entered this world as a physical being and here we find a switch rather than a change in the Covenant. Yeshua the Spiritual being became man and the circumcision was converted into a Spiritual baptism.
Abraham is later called to sacrifice his only, long-awaited son, and he walks 3 days with him to the place where God had prepared a meeting with them. On the way there, his mind must have been very troubled. Isaac was promised to him as a means of increasing his ancestry. Isaac was then going to be the father of many? How would God fulfill the promises made to him? But in faith, Abraham trusted God unconditionally.
Although Abraham could not have known, this foreshadowed the true intent of Yahweh’s will for mankind: To trust Him and wait for Him to lead the course of history. God provided a sacrifice, just like with Isaac, in the appointed time. In this scene, Isaac seems to represent a shadow of Yeshua and Abraham is put in God’s proverbial shoes. When Yeshua entered the world, our faith, became a physical manifestation of the One True God that came down to Earth and again we see a switch, between the upper realism and the Reality we are used to. Abraham, a father that is on the way to sacrifice His Son for a God becomes a powerful analogy for God, sacrificing His Son for a man(men). Again, a reflection of the future presented of the Undifferentiated Reality. It seems evident that God, even at this early stage was preparing us for the planned execution of the future redemption of mankind.
The Scriptures confirm in Exodus 24 that in the time after Abraham, the practice of circumcision and in fact the sacrifice of people in general of their prized possessions served as a sign of commitment, of true repentance from sin. It was a way to give up a prized possession, a lamb, calf etc. in a physical sense, to follow through with it and in that way show God that He was more important than earthly possessions. That sacrifice, however big or small, had to be recognized as a prophecy of the future event. Yet, Israel started offering less than perfect animals, showing their true hearts, their love for fleshly desires and earthly possessions over their Love for Yahweh and in doing so, displayed their utter disrespect for Him. Every time a sacrifice was made, that person had to show faith like Abraham, with the same level of integrity and dedication that Abraham selflessly, blindly followed Yahweh’s instructions.
The intent of the person making the sacrifice was far more important than the actual offering. Confirmation of this is found in the opening chapter of Isaiah. The message is clear, Yahweh does not reckon an offering worthy if not made with proper intend. He actually despises the notion of false offerings, which is not accompanied by honest and true repentance and the will to attain righteousness. This chapter is very clear about this. The solitary act of sacrifice was therefore just a presentation, a mirror, of the person’s heart’s intend. Do we offer our most valued possessions to prove to God we really and truly trust in Him? Because if we do not do it with the right attitude, it is completely useless. Likewise, if we do, like Abraham, trust completely in Yahweh, He will not take the offering lightly and He will reward us with a reward, far greater than we can imagine.
Redemption is what follows when we made an offering. But, does not bring anything new to us; it only restores to us what is already ours. Yahweh, through redemption, achieves His purpose in Creation. As seen, the animal sacrifices merely pointed to that future, final sacrifice by the Messiah.
How much more shall the Blood of the Messiah, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to Elohim, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living Elohim? And for this cause he is the mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the Promise of eternal inheritance. For where a testament is, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator. For a testament is of force after men are dead: otherwise it is of no strength at all while the testator liveth. Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without Blood.
The conflict between religions and especially between Judaism, Christianity (and Gnosticism) is certainly centered around the doctrine of Creation and the doctrine of Yeshua, whereas the Gnostics saw Yahweh opposed to Creation, orthodoxy viewed God's Creation as good. Gnosticism was a second-century heresy claiming that salvation could be gained through secret knowledge. Gnosticism is derived from the Greek word gnosis, meaning "to know" or "knowledge." In the new world, Gnostic view, Yeshua was a cosmic being, in orthodox perspective Yeshua "the Christ" and Redeemer was fully God and, fully man. Contrary to the scripturally biblical approach is the modern theology's tendency to see the Creation as inferior and material and the new. Creation, the redemptive Creation, as superior and immaterial. The vital issues which are said to rest on the Truth of the birth, crucifixion, death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. If we accept Yeshua with a Gnostic perspective, it will separate the material and immaterial worlds while God who became truly human, physically died on the cross and physically rose from the grave, brings these worlds to the necessary equilibrium. The power of appearing to the apostles in triumphant glory after his death was due to the purity and innate force of his soul, increased a hundredfold by the grandeur of the effort and of the accomplished work.
The restoration of the natural world from evil and decay is the consequence of the redemption of the Body. Creation is never viewed as something evil that must be escaped. Man, as Body is a creature of God. Humankind, is not sinful because he is a creature, but because he has risen up against God. All major Scriptures like The Torah and the Christian Bible provide hope for a future redemption of this world. A promised Redeemer to mankind, but only when we place our faith in Him.
Islam, though they revere Christ, yearn for another coming Messiah. Islam is the fastest-growing major religious population and is expected to increase from 1.6 billion or 23% of the world’s population. The Quran, Islam’s holiest text, stresses that Christ was born from virgin birth to Mary, and performed miracles, but also that Christ was not crucified. Instead, Islam teaches Christ’s likeness was switched with that of another human being who was really crucified by the Romans. Christ, then ascended directly to Heaven. In an unbelievable turn of events, the ‘Christian nation: the USA has in 2016 made the list of the Twelve worst Christian Persecution Nations. Nigeria, Iraq and Syria were listed among “the worst of the worst” countries for Christians, due largely, to the rise of Islamic extremism and the ongoing terror attacks throughout these nations. Inside the Dome of the Rock in classical Arabic is inscribed:
“O you People of the Book, overstep not bounds in your religion, and of God speak only the Truth. The Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, is only an apostle of God, and His Word which he conveyed unto Mary, and a Spirit proceeding from him. Believe therefore in God and his Apostles, and say not Three. It will be better for you. God is only one God. Far be it from his Glory that he should have a son.”
The Dome of the Rock is situated in the center of the Temple Mount. This is the most sensitive spot in the world. The Temple mount is the focal point of many prophecies in Jewish, Christian and Islamic religions. It is also the location of utmost importance in all three these religions as can be seen in the turmoil surrounding this geographical site spurring up again in these last days.
We should defend against the doctrine that the Bible speaks of nothing, but the salvation of the individual. In concurrence to this redemption, there is likewise the material Body and Creation collectively. We need to note the relationship between redemption of both the soul and Creation. We must examine the world, not as inferior and material as opposed to the new institution, the redemptive Creation is not superior and disconnected from the fabric. Hence, the redemption cycle that begins with a realization that redemption is necessary, followed by a Blood sacrifice. The commencement of a process during which redemption is brought about does not only relate to the human person and life, but to the Body or Creation in its entirety. Thus, material and immaterial worlds.
The same Word of Yahweh that was active in the Creation had now been at work in and through Yeshua. Thus, the new Creation is not entirely detached from the old. It is a restoration of the old to its original destiny by the creative Word of Yahweh. Creation is thus seen in a New Testament context as a new Creation, both because Yeshua is the personified Logos in New Testament theology, and more importantly, because He is the example for the restored humanity. What Yeshua and the Apostles accomplished by living their Wisdom, compassion, trust, and love, these visionaries of our past changed the essence of our belief systems that was speaking to the sinful nature of man or the sinful nature of our consciousness/soul.
In the final consummation, the whole man and the world of which he is a part will be delivered from the curse of evil. The final restoration therefore must include the very material world. There are many concepts of what the future millennial era will be like. Some millennial concepts are otherworldly new earths, where we will hold the exclusive right to pass over the worlds in our glorified new bodies like Yeshua’s post-resurrection Body. There are other millennial visual concepts that depict a this-worldly Earth where the Jews, with the return of their Lost Tribal brothers of the House of Israel called Ephraim or Joseph, will re-unite and a Torah Renaissance will radiate over this planet Earth. Many Jews also do not believe, unlike Christians, that Jesus was the Messiah sent by God to redeem the Universe, only some do indeed think that.
This, in brief, is what the story of Creation means to you when you believe it. If you once look lightly at Creation, the power of the Gospel is weakened for you. New Testament references confirm this understanding when describing the creative work of our Creator, Yahweh. For example, John 1:3 says that all things came into being (ἐγένετο, egeneto) by the Son of Yahweh, who is Yeshua. Satan is even content that you should call redemption a larger study than that of Creation, for by doing so you are not in the least exalting the work of salvation, but depreciating it. The force of redemption is the power of Creation, for salvation is taking us back to the original foundation. Which is our destiny
Destiny means that everything that exists, from subatomic particles to Creation as a whole, is known by God Almighty beforehand. His Knowledge includes all space and time, while He Himself is absolutely free of both of them. Everything exists in His Knowledge, and He assigns to each a certain shape, lifespan, function or mission, and certain characteristics. Therefore, he could know, in the very beginning that mankind would need a Redeemer, to help them achieve Righteousness.