Yehovah has made bare His Holy arm in the eyes of all nations and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.”
The salvation of Yehovah God is not a theology to be dissected and analyzed by man for his amusement, consideration and understanding. It is neither a work in progress nor a potential in the life of whosoever wills; it is not motivated nor activated by the desires of man, enhanced nor limited by his actions for it is certainly not of this world nor of the works, intentions or contrivances of Adam or his seed. The salvation of Yehovah God is His work which He completed before the foundation of the world because of His eternal love for His Beloved whom He had purposed and decreed should be made partaker of flesh and blood and be made subject to the vanity of that existence by reason of the expectation of the deliverance from the habitation of this dwelling and the manifestation of the sons of God. It is the irrefutable proof to all who are born of the Spirit “that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth, and length, depth and height and to know the love of the Anointed, which passed knowledge, that you might be filled with the fullness of God” (Eph. 3:18f). The salvation of Yehovah God is the magnificent culmination of all that He has done for His bride for “I am My Beloveds and His desire is toward me” (Song 7:10)
God has not set forth a series of clues in His creation with the intent to activate the curiosity of the creature in seeking out truth. He has filled the hearts and minds of His creature called Adam with the curiosities of this existence and given him a seemingly insatiable desire to unlock the mysteries of the universe through endless research and explorations. He has been granted many postulations and theories which tantalize his limited cognitive abilities and bring him to a boastfully pontifications upon his speculations which he affirms as proofs to the axioms of life. This God has given to each son of the dust that he may not find out the work which Yehovah God has done from the beginning to the end (Ecc. 3:11).
God has openly revealed His power and the fullness of power of the Godhead in all that He created, of which nothing is excluded for “by Him were all things created that are in heaven and that are in the earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, dominions, principalities or powers; all things were created by Him and for Him: and He is before all things and by Him all things consist” (Col. 1:16). This He did as a manifold testimony to His sovereignty over all flesh and to the praise and honour of His glory because the Lord God Almighty reigns supreme,. This sovereign reign is without exception, objection or contention. He has made this declaration openly and in plain view of all the people, kindred, tribes and tongues of His creation, from generation to generation, so that no man is without excuse (Rms. 2:1). God is not dependent upon the missionary delusions of man, his ignorant understanding of language, geography or semantics nor is His hand restricted or enabled by the pusillanimous and impotent endeavours of Adam as he earnestly defends what he comprehends as truth.
And Yehovah spoke unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, this month unto you the beginning of months it shall be the first month of the year to you” (Ex. 12:2).
When God delivered His people from the ‘great house’ (Pharaoh) He gave them a point of reference; He told them how to ‘measure and divide time by the new or primary moon’. He did not give them license to begin worshiping the stars of the heavens as was the custom of the people of the land wherein they were in bondage, but rather He said that the new moon was to be the start of the cycle of time that was needed in the demonstration of years and the proper execution of the types and foreshadows of His law given in the mount. The significance of every day was measured from this point of reference as the lives of all of Israel revolved around the manifestations of the Law of God through the types given to Moses.
The Passover ceremony was the beginning declaration of the salvation of Yehovah God to His people Israel. He established this demonstration, at the same time every year, as a reminder to Israel that they were in bondage in Egypt but God delivered them. There was no liberty granted to Aaron, his sons or any of the house of Levi to alter or augment, reduce or enlarge this celebration in any manner. There were strict instructions left of God for both the manner and time that it should be enacted. Whenever that new moon came to pass as the people of Israel looked up into the sky while still in Egypt, it was the first day of the first month of the first year of their history. There is no indication of what day of the week it was (which days would correspond to the names that the Egyptian people had ascribed to them) yet for certain from that first day on, each year, the day of the week changed because of the way God had set the “lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night for signs and for seasons and for days and years” (Gen. 1:14). The Passover was observed on the 14thday of the first month every year which day came to pass when the new moon was observed.
This new moon could be considered a random moon, since there are at least 12 new moons every year, were it not for the time management set forth in the ceremonies of the handwriting of ordinances. On the day after the Sabbath of the feast of unleavened bread, which was to be observed on the 15thday of the first month (one day after the Passover Lamb was to have been sacrificed and eaten) the feast of the first fruits was to be waved before the Lord. This restricted the first new moon of the first month to the beginning of the planting season which would be in the spring of the year and so this open manifestation of the salvation of Yehovah was to be in the springtime of the year, the first new moon after the time when the Sun was directly over the Equator and the time of the day was equal to the time of the night.
When this new moon was detected and the reckoning began for the first month of the year, God commanded Moses that for six days work was to be performed but on the seventh day was “the Sabbath of rest, an holy convocation, you shall do no work it is the Sabbath of Yehovah in your dwellings” (Lev. 23:2). Each and every seventh day thereafter was the Sabbath of rest of Yehovah and whosoever violated that rest was to be put to death, without exception. So, as the numbering of days would be, the 7th, the 14th, the 21st and the 28th days of the month were set apart as a day in which man should do not work for it was holy unto God.
On the 10th day of this first month, God commanded the nation of Israel to “take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of your fathers, a lamb for an house” (Ex. 12:3). This lamb was to be kept for three days and before the evening of the 14th day, it was to be sacrificed and the blood struck upon the door posts of each house wherein the children of Israel dwelt. The night (the evening of the fourteenth day) was then spent eating the lamb, fully clothed, in preparation for their departure, that morning, out of Egypt. The death Angel of the Lord came, that night, and slew the first born of the land of the great house but the first born of Israel was spared because of the blood; “and this day shall be unto you for a memorial and you shall keep it a feast unto Yehovah throughout your generations; you shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever” (2:14).
God showed His salvation in open view of all the land and established a yearly reminder of His great power and love. This is the type of the Anointed Lamb of God who is slain for the sin of His people in Adam. His blood is struck upon the earthen vessels in which His people dwell as the testimony of identification of that which was finished before the foundation of the world. The servants of God are sealed with the blood in their foreheads not because of what they have done but because of who they were and what the Lamb of God has done for His people. His blood cleanses them from all the unrighteousness in Adam, covers and protects the children within the clay pots and identifies them as the redeemed of Yehovah; “And I beheld, and lo, in the midst of the throne and of the four beasts and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as it has been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent forth into all the earth” (Rev. 5:6).
And on the fifteenth say of the same month the feast of unleavened bread unto Yehovah seven days must you eat unleavened bread” (Lev. 23:6)
The day after this wondrous feast of the Passover was the first day of the feast of unleavened bread. This was a Sabbath unto Yehovah in which no work was to be performed for of the blood of the sacrifice for sin was unto the purging the house and the land of all leaven, which is sin. These types, the house and the land wherein leaven dwelt, are the tabernacle of this dwelling which is of the dust of the earth. The inability of Adam and his seed to measure up to the perfection of the holiness of God (which is sin) is removed as far as the east is from the west as the inside of the house is swept and cleansed. This sin is never to be brought into account again by God because of the blood of the Lamb (Ps. 103:12). Not that He has perfected the earthen vessel and made him righteous but rather because of the righteousness of His elect servant the leaven is purged so His seed within cannot be polluted nor made unholy (Hag. 2:12).
Though man is indeed a servant of time and cannot see time as a singularity and even though these feasts were celebrated in the progress of time yet they represent the singularity of the salvation of Yehovah. These two days, the fourteenth and the fifteenth were to be observed as Holy Sabbaths unto God. As the years advanced the position of the days in the week changed but the fact of His salvation did not. When the kingdoms of this world came into power and were subsequently destroyed by the next, the names and designations for the days of the weeks changed and even the rendering of the months were altered but the observance of these feasts in the first month of the year remained unchanged; the month began at the new moon, the tenth day was for the taking of the lamb which was to be killed and eaten between the evenings of the fourteenth day, the acknowledgement of the absence of leaven was for the fifteenth day and the waving of the first fruits was for the morrow after the Sabbath of the feast of unleavened bread (Lev. 23).
Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered saying, Master, we would see a sign from you” (Matt. 12:38).
The eternal decree of God caused these men to seek after a sign in order to prove to them that Jesus was the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. This is the earnest desire of the nature of man to recognize things after his tangible abilities and then to be enabled to evaluated and conclude as to their authenticity and value enticed these men to say, ‘we have no need for faith, we demand proof by sight’. Jesus did not dismiss them as being infidels but rather gave them exactly that for which they asked. He acknowledged their identity as an evil and adulterous generation because they desired a sign and accommodated them by giving them one that was already given; the sign of Jonas; “For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly, so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (12:40).
Jesus called upon the testimony of the scriptures which bore witness of Him as an open and evident manifestation that he is the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. This was not something hidden and concealed for only a few to see but was indeed something that all the world would see. This event was to come to pass at the time of the celebration of the feast of the Passover in Jerusalem when many devout men would come to see and participate in the festivities of the time. It would also have the testimony of those who witnessed His crucifixion, burial and the tangible events which transpired as He rose from the tomb (Matt. 28:11ff).
This resurrection was upon the first day of the week at the end of the Sabbath. It was not at sunrise as some would suppose for the women, who came to anoint the body, came “as it began to dawn” (Matt. 28:1), “very early in the morning” (Luke 24:1), “when it was yet dark” (John 20:1). This reference to the first of the week is according to the reckoning of the days not of the dividing of time as appointed unto Moses but it does set things as they came to pass “in the fullness of time”.
The first day of the week, at the end of the Sabbath indicates that the resurrection came to pass after the evening of the beginning of the first day, thus the earth quake, the rolling away of the stone, the scattering of the Roman guards and the resurrection of Jesus from the dead was accomplished before the morning sun was upon the earth. This would give the point of reference to the end of the third day of the sign of Jonas, which the men who desired the sign could not see.
Now in the consideration of the days as they are mentioned in the testimony of the scriptures it is surmised that Jesus, presented Himself as the Lamb of God, upon the 10th day of the month as He entered into Jerusalem according to the law. He was slain between the evenings of the 14th day. The next day, being the fourteenth day of the month was a Sabbath which would explain why Joseph of Arimathaea was so intent on removing the body in preparation for the Sabbath (Luke 23:54). The following day, being the seventh day of the week was also a Sabbath. And thus the three days of the sign of Jonas were three consecutive Sabbaths (14th day of the month, feast of unleavened bread and the seventh day of the week) in which, like Jonah was alone in the ‘gapping expanse’ (whale) without any help from the arm of the flesh, so The Son of man was in the heart of the earth was an Holy convocation in which no man did nay work for; “salvation is of Yehovah” (Jonah 2:9).
And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not of Himself: “And He shall confirm the covenant with many for one week and in the midst of the week He shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease and for the overspreading of abomination, even until the consummation and that determined, shall be poured upon the desolate” (Dan. 9:27).
The testimony of the Word of God set forth the time determined as to when he would, once again, show forth His salvation in the fulfillment of His purpose. He came forth in the fullness of time, born of a woman and made under the law that he might fulfill the Law in all righteousness. He came not to do His own will but as a dutiful Son, He came to do the will of the Father. He made Himself of no reputation and, as the Elect Servant of God, He was fashioned after the likeness of sinful flesh that He might destroy the power of sin in the flesh. He came as that prophet who should come, being raised up from among His brethren, as he spoke only the true Word, which was in the beginning with God and is God. He was begotten of the Father, born of the Spirit; “as a tender plant and as a root out of dry ground; He has no form nor comeliness and when we shall see Him there is no beauty that we should desire Him” (Is. 53:2).
No man took the life of the Anointed One, for He laid down His life for the flock, yet, according to the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, wicked hands were prepared and raised up to slay this perfect sacrifice. They did not deprive Him of His life for He gave up the ghost at the appointed hour when the sin of the Amorites was full (Gen. 15:16). There upon the stake He who knew no sin became the gross inability of His people as He confirmed the covenant of Yehovah with them; “for the transgression of My people was He stricken” (Is. 53:8). This oath of the covenant was not like unto the first, which was given in the mount wherein no flesh was justified; it is the promise of God, through faith unto deliverance. It is not dependent upon the obedience of Adam for the Spirit of Yehovah God dwells in His people unto whom was imputed the righteousness of the Anointed whereby they have been made ready: “and unto her it was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white; for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints” (Rev. 19:8).
Messiah became the sin of His bride in Adam just as Adam became the sin of Eve in the flesh. Adam could not stop Eve from hearing the discourse of the serpent or desiring the fruit and he certainly could not prevent himself from being identified with her; and so he took and did eat. So the bride became partakers of flesh and blood in a body afore prepared unto glory by the shed blood of the Lamb of God. She has no sin in and of herself for; “whosoever is born of God does not commit sin for His seed remains in him and he cannot sin because he is born of God” (I John 3:9). The inabilities of man were first revealed in the garden and by them sin entered into the world and death by sin. “But God commended (united the parts) His love toward us (who are born not of men nor of the will of men but of God) in that while we were yet sinners (incapable of hitting the mark) Christ died for us” (Rms. 5:8).
As the seed of Adam was in him from the beginning so the seed of God was in Him. As all were made dead through sin in Adam so all the seed was made alive in Christ with the eternal life. The offense brought the judgment of God and the sacrifice satisfied that righteousness: “for as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of One shall many be made righteous” (5:19).
And so, being crucified upon the stake and giving His life for the sin of His people, whereby He cried, “My God, My God why have you forsaken Me?” His seed was protected in the tabernacle of His dwelling, just as Israel was protected in the shanties of Goshen. And being crucified with Him they were also buried with Him and after the sign of Jonas was manifested in plain view for all the world to see, “You dead shall live together with My dead body shall they arise” (Is. 26:19). His children are one in Him in His death, burial and resurrection and when He was “declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead” (Rms. 1:4) so His people were “raised up together and made to sit together in heavenlies in Christ Jesus: that I the age to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in kindness toward us through Christ Jesus” (Eph. 2:6). Therefore in the same manner as His resurrection, so “the graves were opened and many bodies of the saints which slept arose and came forth out of the graves after His resurrection and went into the Holy city and appeared unto many” (Matt. 27:52). (This Holy city is not the Jerusalem which is here for therein are the types and shadows but rather it is the Jerusalem which is from above the mother of the redeemed.)
Sing heavens and be joyful earth and break forth into singing, mountains: for Yehovah has comforted His people and will have mercy upon His afflicted” (Is. 49:13).
The testimony of the sign of Jonah is still with us today for all to see. Man has distorted and polluted it to become a wonderful holiday unto his own lasciviousness but Yehovah God has shown forth his salvation and all the world has seen the testimony; yet only the redeemed of the Lord are given comfort. Messiah rose as the High Priest of our profession and declared His generation as He and His people, having entered into their inheritance. There He ascended unto the Father to declare, Behold I and the children which You have given Me are for signs and wonders in the Israel of our God. The atonement is finished, the ingathering is accomplished and His people dwell in booths until this tabernacle is dissolved. Then shall be the manifestation of the sons of God.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
March 20, 2016