“A prophet like unto Moses,” sounds more like a Jewish mantra than a Christian one, but I guarantee you that Moses, humility and the Torah are far more relevant for the Political Red Sea America is up against because of distribution of powers in the metaphysical realm and how they affect us here on earth.
But, first I must paint a literary picture of the Exodus for you.
The Israelites had been under bondage and slavery for quite some time because a leader rose up against them that “knew not Joseph.” Babies were being killed for population control, Pharaoh appointed taskmasters, or to make a Hebrew connection for you, sars, (etymologically related to “tsar”) (Strong’s 8269, 4522) over them. Does this sound like a familiar, anti-freedom form of government to you?
This government was demanding excruciating efficiency with very little resources to work with. There was a kingdom of evil being built on the backs of slaves and all earthly hope was lost for these people.
Something similar could be said for us.Most Americans feel like slaves in our efficiency-laden jobs, which are increasingly taking over what used to be personal time. Wages for upper-level jobs go for nothing more than maintaining a life-style equal to your professional status. Even when wages are higher, whatever extra money any would have is only money paid to keep up the appearances one was hired for. Circumstances are stacked in favor of the commencement of WWIII. We have what seems to be a king rather than a president.
Russia and America have invaded Syria. Iran (most likely) has nuclear weapons by now. China is in the Middle East and North Korea is setting off hydrogen bombs. We are just as hopeless and scared as the Israelites were before the Exodus.
Unfortunately, I can’t think of a better start to a global war and the fall of Western democracy as we know it
So what does this have to do with Moses and Jesus?
Things are unraveling so fast, we can’t help but notice the eerie parallels to hopeless tyrannical governments illustrated in the Bible and the corruption we are seeing in our government today. God gave us those stories to show us what tyranny looks like as a warning to avoid putting our trust in man and state alone and putting it back in power of humility and God.
But when earthly war is officially proclaimed and the consequent violence erupts in the physical realm, we know that the battle is raging in another dimension. But do we really understand how the other dimension works? Do we really understand the distribution of those powers?
These dimensions are imperative for us today because everything that happens in the physical is a demonstration of what is happening in the spiritual. But the physical is set in place so that we can understand the deeper spiritual meanings, which I will show you below.
In the physical, our American government is at a crossroads of unparalleled times and God doesn’t let nations sink without sending a warning or a sign through Truth. We see this from the very beginning of governments from Abraham’s times through the book of Judges, Kings and all the way through Revelation. It’s all there… Socialism, Communism, democracy and dictators for one reason–to show us what Truth looks like up against these fragmented “truths,” which ultimately create one big lie.
So, as philosophies collide and the Western American church is critically torn, how do we know the Truth from other “truths”? Could there be any wisdom from Jesus on how to decipher this web of information?
I would say yes, but we have to understand Moses and his role in all of this. You see, Jesus reasoned with tyrannical rulers through Moses and through one other Biblical rule: The power of two or three witnesses
“What does Moses have to do with this?” You may ask. Well if you believe in Jesus, I will show you where He said so.
Jesus spoke in thought-provoking parables because He knew that humans could draw more truths from stories than from being preached at blatantly. So, Jesus tells us one story that is far too relevant for America’s current political conditions to be ignored.
Jesus tells us a parable about a rich man and Lazarus. The rich man, for all intents and purposes has a strong resemblance to America and Lazarus, a poor commoner, figuratively represents salvation or a savior. God used these stories throughout the Bible so that His people would know who the Messiah was when he was born. So why do I think that Lazarus was representative of the Messiah? Because it says in Luke 16:20-21,
And a poor man named Lazarus was laid at his gate, covered with sores, and longing to be fed with the crumbs which were falling from the rich man’s table; besides, even the dogs were coming and licking his sores.
Remember Jesus was not desirable in form? (Isaiah 53:2)
So, the poor man was covered in sores placed at the rich man’s gates so that the rich man could not ignore him. However, this poor man, Lazarus, died and the angels were called to his side, just like Jesus was sent angels concerning Him as prophesied Psalm 91:11(this is our second witness paralleling Lazarus with Jesus).
Soon after Lazarus’s death, the rich man dies as well. But no angels were sent concerning him. In fact, the rich man went to Hades where he was still unrepentant and requesting that the commoner be used as a servant to bring him relief:
In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment, and saw Abraham far away and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried out and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus so that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool off my tongue, for I am in agony in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Child, remember that during your life you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus bad things; but now he is being comforted here, and you are in agony.
While the rich man was tormented in Hades, he saw Father Abraham with Lazarus in his bosom (or by his side) and begged of Abraham to have pity on him (the rich man) and to send the poor man as a servant to cool his burning tongue with a drip of water because he was in agony. It was as though the torment taught him nothing about the power of humility and was arrogant even in his begging. He actually still asked for Lazarus to serve him, instead of humbling himself and repenting.
It would seem to me that part of the reason why there was no pity on the rich man was because of his lack of humility. Even though this rich man’s spirit was starting to be awakened after all the torment-his eyes were opened enough to see salvation, or a savior so to speak, it was only after a great chasm of unchangeable will and force separated him from salvation. The torment brought about some change of heart, but not humility.
The finality of judgment is what finally drove home the change of heart, not the torment. According to this parable which serves as a warning, it would seem that America will only realize Truth after the finality of judgment is reached. Only after that judgment creates great chasms of unchangeable demise.
The rich man then pleaded with Abraham that if he couldn’t be saved, to at least take Lazarus to his family to show them the truth, through a resurrection (another messianic reference) or anything so that the rich man’s five brothers would be saved. After he realized the finality of his judgement he finally had a change of heart that made him desire nothing but the salvation of others who were not yet aware of the Truth of the situation they were facing.
Unlike the rich man did, America would be wise to see this Truth now before it’s too late to change. America is being presented with choices that play into this very parable on a daily basis, both on personal levels and nationals levels, symbolically through our upcoming elections. We always have the will to choose humility in our interactions and through our leadership.
However, it doesn’t turn out too well for this rich man. It’s almost as if the rich man recognized the Messianic foreshadow after it was too late.*
But Abraham answers the rich man with something profound, the undeniable Truth that Jesus was trying to teach us through this parable. Jesus says that Abraham answers the rich man, not once but twice. Remember we talked about the importance of two or three witnesses?**
In verse 29, Abraham responds with,
‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’
But the rich man fights back with,
‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!
And Abraham responds the second time in verse 31,
“And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.“
Abraham and Jesus, the one telling us the story, tells us to look back at Moses! And this whole “unbelief” thing is really familiar to Jesus! Jesus knows far too well what it’s like not be believed, but for some reason, Jesus found it paramount to tell this story of Lazarus and the rich man and explains why in John 5:45 which is hermeneutically connected to Luke 16. He says,
“Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope.”
Now, this is one of those times that it would seem like Jesus is contradicting himself. But actually, He is actually pointing out their disbelief in Jesus and the through their sole hope in Moses. Because Jesus goes on and calls them out on their actual disbelief in Moses.
For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?
Jesus is kind of like, hey, “If you actually believed Moses, then you would not be trying to kill me because I AM the Son of God.”
Just like today, perhaps? Maybe we are calling that which is actually from the heart of God boring and low-energy, and that which is from the deceiver, strong and decisive.
But the people didn’t believe, or rather they turned a blind eye to the fact that He was revealing who He is to them. There could be a connection to the “blind eye” and Israel that I will touch on later.
At first, it sounds like Jesus is condemning them for their hope in Moses, but we find out that He is really educating them on how things actually work in the Kingdom of Heaven and how they will occur on the great Day of Judgment! Drawing a parallel to today’s candidates, which one started educating the masses on the role of government and the media? #TheyKnow
However, Jesus doesn’t say that they were wrong to have hope in Moses, they were only wrong to not believe what Moses was actually writing about: the Messiah and salvation through Him. Jesus is basically confronting the fact that these Pharisees and Sadducees, for all their studies in the Torah and all their “knowledge” of Moses, they actually failed to see the heart of the Torah, which is Jesus, the Messiah plainly foreshadowed in the books of the Torah/Pentateuch!
So, here is where Israel’s blindness might be prophesied. Do you remember that Isaac was partially blind in his old age? Do you remember that is was Isaac’s seed in Rebekah that gave birth to Jacob who later became Israel? Jacob is from the seed of Isaac and genes have never stopped being passed down! And since the physical comes before the spiritual interpretation, as we mentioned before, let’s take note that the Bible mentions that Isaac was physically blind first. So, could it be that Israel could have the same hereditary partial blindness both physically and spiritually? Just a thought!***
Now, at this point Jesus just made the Pharisees and Sadducees livid by healing on the Sabbath and this is one of the first mentions in this Gospel that they were plotting to kill Jesus.
And Jesus knew that.
He knew that His life was now officially on the line. This is an important detail to remember, but this isn’t the point. He says something so profound, so important that we have somehow missed the heart of it, like the Sadducees missed the heart of the Torah, which is the Messiah.
Jesus looks at these people and starts speaking, well rather, pleading for Truth! He knows that they are jaded by doctrinal and cultural lies and His job is to bring, not just partial truth, but the Truth to a corrupt scene.
Sound like something we can relate to? Truth being dangerous?
I would dare say that this is how we know it’s actually the Truth. It usually makes things a little harry for the teller! Jesus starts explaining in John 5:18 the true governing roles of each key player in the heavenly realm. He starts to educate them on His oneness with the Father and the actual “administrative” powers in the Courts of Heaven! He really starts delving into how judgment works and who the accusers will actually be on the other side of heaven.
The authoritative voices at the time had the Torah but were misinterpreting it, leading the people astray just like some in America are doing in their loose interpretation of the Constitution. They have failed to see the heart of the document, which is to provide the structure of a government by and for the people. This is just like the Pharisees and Sadducees who were advocating for a “common sense faith” that wouldn’t upset their relationship with Rome. They failed to see the heart of the Torah, which is an entire descriptive foreshadow of the Messiah.
So, with all this talk about the Law of Moses in John 5, Jesus levels with them through two or three witnesses. Remember the Torah talks about the need of two or three witnesses in order for a matter to be established (Deuteronomy 17:6). Since Yeshua didn’t come to do away with the Law but to fulfill it, He starts calling His witnesses to the stand. He mentions John the Baptist, who was beheaded. He mentions the Father in Heaven and one more important one. . .
Moses! But why would He mention Moses?
Because of the power of Moses’s humility, which I will explain in a minute. But first I need to show you some parallels of two governing documents: the Torah and the Constitution. Jesus tells the ones that go around flaunting “sound”knowledge of the teachings of Moses, the Torah, that they don’t even really even believe Moses, because they failed to see Jesus through Moses.
The same goes for today’s circumstances. As people go around flaunting sound knowledge of our Constitution, we see erreanous interpretations by passing laws to change that ignore the intentions of the Constitution. Both America and the world are in desperate need for someone to interpret the Constitution with a deep understanding of the intentions of the document, which was the protection of people from tyrannical governments, through governance by and for the people. Just like the Sadducees and Pharisees failure to see Jesus in the Law of Moses basically makes it into a Law of sin and death. And as some people are failing to see the heart of democracy in the Constitution, this document is being twisted into a breach of government when it was designed to protect from such things.
It’s just interesting to note that both documents have “saving” properties and both documents are being twisted into what they weren’t intended to be through erroneous interpretations. And these interpretations have dire consequences. Both documents, or Laws so to speak, are being manipulated for sake of Babylon, the shedding of innocent blood through dictatorship rule. As the TWOT describes Babylon on page 89, “The symbol of their unity was the tower and the strength of the unity was their common language.” As America is losing their common language and identity, America is looking toward nationalism as their tower of strength. We all know what happens to the tower at this point. Germany fell for nationalism out of fear and put Hitler in power.
America, we cannot do this. This is how we fall straight into a dictator’s hands.
Therefore, Jesus came to set the record straight on interpreting these governing laws, much like we see happening on the political stage today in America. Many claim to be going back to the Constitution, but only one seems to be truly allowing his campaign to be governed by it, rather than an agenda. There is one who isn’t fear mongering and one whom many would consider, likable, but unqualified because of being too soft…
Remember how I said I would explain the power of Moses’s humility? Well here is the power of humility at work!
Jesus plainly tells them in John 5:45,
“Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope.
Wait? Moses will accuse us?
Hmmmm….Could that be any where else in the Bible? Remember, we need at least two witnesses!
Well, Jesus seems to be correct according to Deuteronomy 4:26. It says,
I (Moses) call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that you will surely perish quickly from the land where you are going over the Jordan to possess it. You shall not live long on it, but will be utterly destroyed. (Deut. 4:26)
So, Moses is going to call two witnesses against us? It seems like this two witness thing is pretty serious in the Bible! America, could that be a warning? Remember Isaiah 46:9-10,
Remember the former things long past, For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, Declaring the end from the beginning. . . [emphasis mine]
America has been a sort of Promised Land for so many, so to speak. There is literally no place like it on earth! And we know that Israel and America share a kinship that is special, which is why it is so important for America to stand with Israel. Well, our administration has turned their back on Israel, so could this be a warning to America? Remember, Moses is not only predicting that this generation entering into the Promise Land would commit all kinds of evil in the land and then be utterly destroyed, but he is prophesying for end times as well. So, maybe since we are committing all kinds of evil on this land, that we just might be ripe for some sound judgment? Also, remember Moses says this,
“You shall not live long on it. . .”
And America has a very short history. We are a very young nation, comparatively speaking.
Remember, prophecy is cyclical, not linear. It happens over and over, like the saying, “history repeats itself.” However, the purpose of prophecy is to warn us, to show us the Truth about our choices and that we will always have a choice before God.
There is one last thing I would like to point out to you. How could Moses even make these predictions? To even be able to make these prophecies concerning Israel and for Jesus to confirm these prophecies meant that Moses had the prophetic testimony of Yeshua because He knew the Father so intimately.
“How could Moses know Jesus before He was even born,” you may ask. Well, because the Father and the Son are one!
We just witnessed Moses prove Revelation 19:10,
“… For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”
And I Peter 1:20 is our second witness:
He (Jesus) was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you
So, Jesus having been slain before the foundations of the world, knew about the beginning of the earthly the plans to kill Him. We can see a sense of camaraderie between Moses and Jesus because Jesus doesn’t condemn Moses for accusing either. I am going to take a wild guess and say it’s because Moses was known for his humility before the Father. Remember it was Moses’s humility that drew Him and the Father so close to begin with!
(Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.)
And, I really love where this passage is taken from because it comes from where Miriam and Aaron were acting pretty snotty toward Moses, grumbling and murmuring about him in jealousy. They were struggling with the fact that the Lord had chosen to speak through Moses, complaining, but unlike anything us sophisticated Christians would do today! 🙂
But, God comes straight to Moses’ defense, like a parent at a playground ready to scold some bullies, YHVH comes in to defend Moses:
“Come out, you three, to the tent of meeting.” And the three of them came out. And the Lord came down in a pillar of cloud and stood at the entrance of the tent and called Aaron and Miriam, and they both came forward. And he said, “Hear my words: If there is a prophet among you, I the Lord make myself known to him in a vision; I speak with him in a dream. Not so with my servant Moses. He is faithful in all my house. With him I speak mouth to mouth, clearly, and not in riddles, and he beholds the form of the Lord. Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?” And the anger of the Lord was kindled against them, and he departed. (Numbers 12:4-9)
Did you see the scolding? 🙂
So, can you imagine the fury of the Lord kindled against our enemies right now because of electing a leader with the humility of Moses?
So let’s think about the power of humility for just a minute! Let’s remember how it was Moses’s humility that let him talk face-to-face with God unlike anyone else. It was Moses who led a great Exodus for a people under oppressive ruler-ship and slavery. It was through Moses’s humility that God’s power was manifested against Israel’s enemies! And Let’s not forget that somehow, through all this humility, Moses was exalted to the point where it will be him with the authority to accuse in eternity and not the Son or the Father.
Could it be that James 4:10 was referring back to the incredible story of Moses?
Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.
So, what powers do you think we will be given if we have a humble leader, like unto Moses?
©Olivia Reid, 2015
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* Interesting to note that the NIV translation selectively omits the second use , or witness of the phrase, “Moses and the prophets” in verse 31. The KJV is the translation in which most biblical scholars use as the most purest translation for theology formation and interpretation. The NIV is also the same Bible that has several homosexuals on their board of directors.
**This is not the Lazarus that was famously resurrected from the dead. Lazarus is a popular Hebrew name and this parable makes no mention that this was the one that was miraculously resurrected from the dead.
*** Check out Brand Scott’s teaching, “Six Things YHVH Hates, Yea Seven”