Part 6 of 7
A SIGN OF WINE
Before moving on with how the Great Sabbath expectation became lost on most Jews and Christians, I think the “number of glasses question” should be addressed. To do so, first we must examine Exodus 6:6-8, since a glass is drunk during Passover Seder for each of the first four things that God did for Israelites, and in some households they drink for five:
- “I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians;
- “I will rescue you from their bondage;
- “I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments;
- “I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you will know that I am the LORD your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians;
- “I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob;
“And I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the LORD.”
Perhaps Prophet Elijah will not mind if I, the humble scribe, render my service to offer an opinion for resolving this matter: Wine, according to the sacrifices, is symbolic of blood, in which is life. Thus, wine must be drunk during the Pesach meal as a sign of the blood of the lambs’ shed during Passover for Israel’s salvation. It is forbidden in the Torah to drink or eat actual blood, which purveyors of the blood libel propaganda conveniently ignored, so the sacrificial lives given for those who are saved are symbolically taken in through wine. What is perceived in the sacrificial wine is a substitution of life. The Egyptian firstborns were slain by Death, but the firstborns of Israel were saved. By the blood on their doorposts, houses of Israel would be saved from the Messenger of Death. This was a sign of the national House of Israel and House of Judah being saved by the blood of God’s Lamb, while the heart-hardened worldly people will be surrendered to Death during the coming Apocalypse. So the salvation extends beyond the Exodus of Israel to a global redemption of the elect.
Each cup enigmatically represents one millennial day of God’s works in bringing His Salvation throughout the world, for all who will hear until the end of the age- all six workdays of the week. After the crucifixion- after it the Temple of God destroyed- four millenniums had passed, and therefore it was correct for believing Jews to share four full glasses of wine, even for almost one thousand years. Since c. 1030 AD it has been correct for Jews to share five cups, with five millenniums fulfilled. As of c. 2030 AD it will be correct to share six cups, with all six millennial days fulfilled. During the Great Sabbath a sixth cup should be set for the Messiah, for His fulfilled historical works in the six millenniums since Adam. When the Kingdom of God comes, the Pesach will be kept by way of Messiah.
Then He said to them [Jewish disciples], “With fervent desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer; for I say to you, I will no longer eat of it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this and divide it among yourselves; for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And He took the bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is My body which is given for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” Likewise He also took the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood, which is shed for you.” (Luke 22:15-20) NKJV; intrpl. mine
Now here is the thing: Many Jews only drink four cups, for Salvation explained in the Word of God they did not accept beyond four days, that is, beyond the cross of God’s Lamb. So the Jewish people have waited for Elijah to proclaim the Messiah and the great redemption of Israel, leaving him a fifth cup to drink and a quest to deliver many truths, which means he comes after five complete millenniums from Adam (on the 6th day and just before the Great Sabbath). So Jews, not all, but as a people, have not ascended beyond the 4th day in the Divine plan to receive the Brit Chadasha of the Messiah, although covered by the blood according to their words and the will and wisdom of God. Thus, with the passage paralleled to the wine, we perceive key words correlating highlights of each day of biblical history since Adam and Eve, which, according to will of the Holy Spirit, looks into the future:
- The Lord will bring us to paradise, from under the burdens of the Earth, back to the garden, whereas Adam was brought in but expelled and given to harsh toil.
- The Lord will rescue us as in the day of Noah, when those who were bound in sins perished in the flesh.
- The Lord will redeem us with an outstretched arm during His world judgments, as in the day of Moses and the Exodus.
- The Lord will reveal Himself to Israel, that all may know He is the Lord, as in the fourth day of Yeshua- to break the yoke of spiritual oppression.
- The Lord will bring His people home, as during the fifth day when His people began to trickle back into the land of their ancestors’, just as Christians have been brought to the Lord since the day Kefa was commissioned to the Gentiles.
- And in this millennial day, which is the sixth, Jews have been given possession of the land for an inheritance, and others will soon be ingathered for inheritance with the restoration of all twelve tribes.
So we drink to the works of our God, and we lift five glasses to those who were given great foresight of spiritual truths and began such things, though they knew not exactly what the Spirit meant. To reiterate and make it plain: If Jews do not believe that Yeshua is their Moshiach, then let them drink only four cups and continue to await Eliyahu HaNavi, for they shall remain in the glorious past. For Jews who leave open doors to their hearts rather than merely their houses, let them openly drink of the Elijah’s cup in great celebration of Yeshua Messiah and redemption for a world which today sits on the edge of utter destruction. Either way, the Truth will be known and all the prophecies will be fulfilled. Either way, the Messiah will drink of the final cup of works when the Kingdom comes as it is in Heaven.
If Jews think it is right to exalt Prophet Elijah, and in their eschatology they allow for the Tishbite to come more than once to the world to fulfill his works, or perhaps even float about throughout the ages as some living specter of corrections, then let it be judged between them and God why they resist the second coming of Messiah to fulfill the spiritual season of harvest, as the Former and Latter Rain to the Earth. Does the Messiah not have much more to fulfill from Scriptures than His humble servant Elijah? Sadly, I wonder if God will even let this mystery register in their hearts, so much are the disappointments of religion pride.
Who is to say that Jewish leaders of today will recognize Messiah or his harbinger servant Elijah? Perhaps Elijah will be rejected, too? Perhaps Elijah will find the ageing excuse that Yeshua did not fulfill all messianic prophecies to be evidence of their hypocrisy. He may ask what right the rabbis have to make prohibitions and decide the identity of the Messiah- who is or is not the awaited King- seeing that they confess that revealing and anointing Him is Elijah’s role, and yet trivial things of traditions are left to the prophet to decide, “Until Elijah comes…” Again, Elijah will not side with any Jew who rejects Yeshua HaMashiach, for his works and allegiance belongs solely to God, to glorify the Great King in the world-not to be a national icon whose Divine metaphysical employment (or punishment) is but to watch fleshy circumcisions. Would a job of overseeing the circumcisions of Jewish hearts’ not be more appropriate? Perhaps Elijah will find many of the rabbis to be like the foolish and the simple sons, who do not respect or believe the scriptural things of God, and who do not discern what they should be asking and learning. Nevertheless, I speak in generalities, for God loves the offspring of Israel, and the Spirit teaches His elect as He pleases.
Many rabbis teach a prohibition of Moshiach arriving on a Sabbath, since the walk from Jerusalem to Jewish leaders will be too far according to religious laws. Regarding the Sabbath, they also argue over whether the Nazarene Messiah can then drink wine, since they do not accept that Yeshua of Nazareth- being called a Nazarene– fulfilled the prophecy. Yet they fail to perceive that it will be a Day known to the Lord- not humans (see Zech. 14:7). The Messiah will indeed arrive on a Sabbath, as known to God. No man or woman has lived for a millennium and thus no man or woman has known a Great Sabbath- only known about one. Thus, as written, “The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.” The Day of the Lord is the Sabbath, in which all the prophets explain His coming, and Messiah will not plead before any supreme council for their belief. He will drink His wine when He pleases. Teaching this prohibition of Messiah arriving on a Sabbath only serves to obscure the messianic theme of Scriptures, at least for those who heed such assertions.