Moses as Messiah, Bridegroom of Blood:

Moses’ Manifold Mysteries of Messiah
(Update 1/4/17, 2/12/17)
BY LEVI
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Moses was rejected as Israel’s deliverer in his first attempt at liberating them, and he escaped a murder charge in Egypt by fleeing to the Midian wilderness, which was a life-changing incident that occurred after he protected an oppressed Hebrew slave. His first rejection parallels the rejection of Messiah among many Judean Jews at His first coming. It is also reasonable to consider that Moses died figuratively, like Christ, at least as his fellow countrymen were concerned, with him out of sight and out of mind for forty years.

In the wilderness, the formerly adopted prince of Egypt sat down at a well where the seven daughters of Jethro (a.k.a. Ruel) attempted to water their father’s flocks. Moses stood up against evil shepherds who sought to deny Jethro’s daughters the water that they needed for their sheep (see Exod. 2:15-19). Thus, it is here that we will continue our correlations and parallels of Moses to the Messiah- the “Good Shepherd” of the Father’s flock, His chosen people. Moses had to learn that salvation and deliverance for Israel could not come by might and power alone; God had to humble him in natural afflictions and teach him to become a righteous shepherd who heeded His higher wisdom and instructions.
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Just as Moses stood up against evil shepherds who sought to hinder the seven women, Christ stood against wicked religious shepherds. Hence, the seven daughters of the wilderness priest (their father) symbolize the elect from seven millenniums who will not be hindered from entering the Kingdom and partaking of the Word; the sheep thirst for the waters of the Word (see Luke 11:52), and the Good Shepherd says, “Come unto Me all who thirst” (John 7:37). Those who believe on His salvation will never thirst for the living waters (see John 6:35). Even those who suffer oppression and persecution for their faith today, with trials, troubles, and sorrows, are not forsaken by God; He will grant them peace and a better place, and a better inheritance in the world of tomorrow.
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New Jerusalem, Levi
New Jerusalem, “The Bride of Messiah” IM

Moses went on to marry one of the seven shepherd girls, cutting his first covenant in love by holy matrimony (Exod. 2:20-22). Interestingly, when she had their first son, Moses named him Gershom, which means stranger or sojourner, for he was a stranger in the land of Midia, and the children of Israel were strangers, sojourning in the land of Egypt. Yet all of this served as a similitude of Christ cutting a covenant with people from all over the world, to restore the twelve tribes and usher in the greater Kingdom of God. From this covenant with “the Bride,” He brings forth children who are called “strangers” and “sojourners” in a hostile world (see 1 Pet. 2:10-11).

Nevertheless, God did not forget His people simply because his shepherd moved on with a new life among Gentiles. As Moses was sharing the priestly bread of Jethro and feeding the flocks (2:20), God was looking down on the increasing afflictions of His people in bondage. God was remembering His own covenant and promises of deliverance to their forefathers and matriarchs (2:23-25). Likewise, Christ has joined the Gentile House of faith to feed the other folds of God’s flock, but the Lord YHVH has not forgotten the promises in Scriptures for Israel; nor is He blind to injustices and waxing acts of oppression by nations that hate them. Just as Moses was sent back, the Messiah will be sent back to save His people with an outstretched arm.
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At the end of a generation of forty years (symbolic of 40 Jubilee Years, 2,000 yrs.), while Moses was still feeding his sheep on the backside of a mountain, God appeared to him to give His prophet signs and wonders, to cause Moses to comprehend his awaited fate in the Israelites’ deliverance from Egypt (3:1). Indeed, little did Moses know, but his plight for saving the Hebrew nation would someday witness to the messianic works that God had determined since the beginning of the world. He would serve as the most important shadow of Christ- the Good Shepherd who feeds His flock on the true mountain of God: in Zion of Israel.
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pdi Humble Tree of Life With Fire of the Spirit
pdi Humble Tree of Life With Fire of the Spirit

Out of all the signs that God could have utilized to catch the princely shepherd’s undivided attention, consider the peculiar event that Moses first witnessed in his awakening to God. Behold: a bush, a tree, the holy BRANCH ablaze with the all-consuming fire of the Spirit. And the humble little tree, exalted on the mountain of God, was not consumed by the flames.

If our God is “an all-consuming fire,” as Scriptures poetically teach, what was this tree of God that was not consumed by His fire? It could only represent God manifesting Himself, symbolizing the tree of salvation that we have in Christ’s sacrifice. God’s Word first came to the Hebrews- collectively as a nation- from a humble little tree, no more than a bush, and that tree is symbolic of messianic fire, as Christ is described with in Revelation. God lifts the small and humble, the meek and lightly esteemed, to the highest honors, even atop great mountains in the clouds. This was a sign for Moses, who became the meekest man in the world: that the meek shall inherit the earth while those who are prideful in their sins, exalted in arrogance and rebellion, will be brought down lower than the valleys.

The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings? He that walketh righteously, and speaketh uprightly; he that despiseth the gain of oppressions [ill-gotten gain in slavery, persecution], that shaketh his hands [gestures away] from holding of bribes, that stoppeth his ears from hearing of blood [musings of mortal violence], and shutteth his eyes from seeing evil [entertaining wickedness]; He shall dwell on high [at the heights]: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks [a high fortress]: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure [certain]. Thine eyes shall see the king [Messiah] in his beauty: they shall behold the land that is very far off [see the coming Kingdom of the Promised Land]. (Isa. 33:14-17) KJV; intrpl. mine
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It took 40 years for Moses to fully transition from an impulsive prince to a humble shepherd prepared to hear God, but his forty years in the wilderness was no punishment; it was to prepare him to care for people like sheep, for under God’s guidance, he would lead the Hebrews for 40 years in the wilderness after their tumultuous exodus. Standing before the humble tree of God, he was prepared to receive the first Gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven– one written for deliverance and salvation of the Israelites as God made their way to the Promised Land (see Exod. 3:3-8). 
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The Lord YHVH despised Egypt’s gain through slavery and oppression of His people, so He prepared and equipped Moses for the task of salvation, directing him to gather and instruct the elders under the revealed name of “YHVH.” Although the Hebrews (Habiru) already worshiped the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, even for more than four centuries, the shepherd had to reveal to the people that He was their Elohim: “I AM” YHVH, the God of their nation. A new revelation of the “Living God” was needed to instruct them. The Messiah, before the fulfillment of the exodus Passover (the “Lamb of God” for Pesach), provided such a new revelation as the Living God among them:
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“Are You [Yeshua HaMashiach] greater than our father Abraham, who is dead? And the prophets are dead. Who do You make Yourself out to be?” Jesus answered, “If I honor Myself, My honor is nothing. It is My Father who honors Me, of whom you say that He is your [our] God. Yet you have not known Him, but I know Him. And if I say, ‘I do not know Him,’ I shall be [would be] a liar like you [1st century Jewish religionists]; but I do know Him and keep His word. Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it [foresaw it] and was glad.” Then the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have you seen Abraham?” Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Before Abraham was, I AM.” (John 8:53-58) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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When we expand upon this theme of salvation, we know that God shepherded the nation of Israel for 40 Jubilee Years from the time of Abraham to the cross (2,000 years). At the end of those years, He sent the Messiah to instruct His people and preach deliverance from sin and the coming Kingdom of Heaven (see Luke 4:43). Like Moses, Christ declared God’s name and showed signs and wonders to the elect, that they might heed His instructions and escape the apocalyptic judgments coming upon the whole world (see John 17:6).
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From enslavement under demonic taskmasters of sin to the promised Kingdom, the Messiah leads His sojourners in the spiritual wilderness of the world for 40 Jubilee Years. Hence, just as Moses leading the Israelites was foreshadowed by him shepherding sheep in the wilderness for 40 years, God first shepherded Israel for 40 Jubilee Years from Abraham to Christ’s sacrifice, which has been followed by 40 more Jubilee Years that will be complete when the elect enter the Kingdom with Yeshua. The depths of God’s wisdom and parallels are mind boggling, but with the help of the Holy Spirit we can discern all things from shadows of the past to the substance in Christ.
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As Moses stood in amazement on the mountain, God provided signs that he could perform to show his people in Egypt, so that they would trust that God was with Him and prepared to lead them out of bondage. First, Lord YHVH had Moses cast down his rod, and upon doing so, it turned into a serpent (see Exod. 4:1-3). Obeying God’s command for him to grab it, Moses took up the serpent by its tail and watched it instantly become a rod/staff once again in his hand (4.4). Serpents were sacred, powerful creatures to the Egyptians, so showing God’s complete control over them would strengthen the slaves’ resolve to escape.
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Considering the panoramic perspective and prophetic implications, Moses’ rod was symbolic of the awaited Messiah and His deliverance:
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And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse [see Matt. 1:6-16], and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD [YHVH] shall rest upon him…with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked…They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea. (Isa. 11:1, 4, 9) KJV; intprl. mine
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The “Rod of God” (4:20) to deliver the oppressed in the world is Messiah, for He comes in the Spirit of God. The Law, which Moses symbolizes, both upheld the Rod of God (the Messiah) and cast down the Rod of God (at the cross)- meaning that both the suffering and glory of Christ was written in the Tanakh.
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He who knew no sin became sin- a serpent- for us, taking on our sins at the cross, to deliver us from the power of death and enslavement to transgressions and iniquities. By the Rod of God in the exodus account, the waters of the Reed Sea were divided for the deliverance of Israel, but our Reed Sea is the canon of Scripture that is rightly divided by Christ for our salvation. We became the righteousness of God (see 2 Cor. 5:21), and He was a substitute to take on our curse. By the Law, Christ was cast down, and by the Law He is lifted to glory (see John 17:4-5)- destroying the powers of Satan and darkness while drawing all people to Himself (see John 12:31-34). From a rod of glory to it being cast down as a sign, to again becoming a rod of glory, all these things witness to works of God through Christ.
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As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. (John 3:14-16) KJV
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Christ came to deliver the world (John 3:17-18), and those who believe are not condemned. Those who disbelieve after such a great cloud of witnesses and foreshadowing evidences have no deliverance from Egypt. They are stuck as slaves to the world system and will die in spiritual poverty. They are like crude beasts in bondage to carnal nature, lacking in spiritual reasoning, only those animals (designed by God to symbolize them) are more righteous and not laden with sin and rebellious transgressions. They are the goats rather than the sheep, the tares rather than the wheat, the moths of nocturnal nature rather than the butterflies who fly in the light of Christ. Yet there must be hope; otherwise, people like me would not spent so much time freely teaching parallels and correlations in types and shadows, similitudes and parables.
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The second prophetic sign given to Moses was to show the healing Hand of God. If the Israelites refused the first sign, Moses was instructed to put his hand into his bosom, behind the veil of his garment, then pull his hand out from his chest to show them that it was leprous as snow. Upon repeating it, his hand would return to its natural flesh (see Exod. 4:6-7). This witnesses to Christ as the Right Hand of God who dwells in the “bosom of the Father” (see John 1:18). He came in the flesh, but upon glorification in the “bosom of Abraham,” He was later seen in white garments with hair as white as snow (see Rev. 1:14). Now we await His coming from the bosom in the flesh once more, as He formerly was as the Son of Man. At that time, the paradise of Abraham’s bosom will come to this world.
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O Zion, that bringeth good tidings [Gospel], get thee into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, that bringeth good tidings, lift up thy voice with strength; lift it up, be not afraid; say unto the cities of Judah, Behold your God! Behold, the Lord GOD [YHVH] will come with a strong hand, and his arm [extension through Christ] shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arms, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young. (Isa. 40:9-11) KJV; intrpl. mine
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The sign of Moses’ hand becoming leprous as snow also indicates Christ’s healing ministry, showing that Yeshua was indeed the Messiah sent to liberate God’s people from the powers of darkness. Leprosy was an epidemic during the first century of the Common Era, and a large part of Christ’s ministry was dedicated to healing Jewish outcasts with leprosy in Judea, Galilee, and Samaria (cf. Matt. 8:3; 10:8; 11:5;  Mark 1:42; Luke 7:22; 17:12). While Moses could only separate those with leprosy from the tribes in the wilderness if God would not heal them, the Messiah had the power of God to heal at will on location. Yeshua is the Right Hand of God towards us- His Salvation.
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If the people of Israel continued in their disbelief, to reject the deliverance offered by Moses and the two aforementioned signs, God had a final, third sign to testify of His power to save them: Water from the Nile River would be poured out on dry land and become blood before their eyes (see Exod. 4:8-9). This meant a lot in challenging Egypt, for the river was their sacred life source, and in the Egyptian faith, even the world was created out of the Nile. Hence, having power to show a curse of blood from their waters of life implied that God has the power to destroy the lifeblood of their entire nation in but an instant.
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As a messianic sign, the waters of the Word- the River of Life– would confess the blood of Christ. The waters would be poured out on the earth (the spiritually thirsty of earthy people) until the Jewish people finally believed in the deliverance and Deliverer sent by God.
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These [Moses and Elijah] have power to shut the heaven, that it rain not in the days of their prophecy: and have power over waters to turn them to blood, and to smite the earth with all plagues, as often as they will. (Rev. 11:6) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Christ’s blood is symbolically given to us to drink for life, which we do with wine in remembrance of His Passover sacrifice. But the world will drink water mixed with blood because of their rejection of God’s works of atonement. For thousands of years the Lord has done His wondrous works and provided signs and witnesses for all people to believe, and for a moment He will take His vengeance on this rebellious and evil world before His saints inherit the coming Kingdom and reign with Messiah.
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These three signs were given for Moses to utilize, when he reasoned with God that the children of Israel would not listen to him and believe in his deliverance (6:1). Further, he persisted with his doubts by explaining that he was not a man of eloquent speech (6:10-12). God’s response was that He was the One who makes people deaf, dumb, blind or seeing; He created the mouth, and He would direct Moses’ mouth, teaching him the words to say. Apparently, God has much more faith in people than we do, and He has more power over our spirits than we probably know.
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Continuing with our correlations to Yeshua, many Jews of the first century could not comprehend much of Messiah’s speech (see John 8:43), although God had given Him the words in which He spoke (see John 17:8). As explained to Moses, God was the One who blinded the children of Israel to the truths of His messianic deliverance, and God stopped their ear from hearing (cf. Isa. 29:10-11; Rom. 11:25, 32). And like the initial rejections that Moses overcame, the Jewish people will come around to the signs of Christ. If they refuse, they will also have to refuse Moses and Elijah and more apocalyptic signs to come.
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As for Moses, he was given a helper to prepare the people to escape Egypt and its plagues; Aaron, according to Scripture, rejoiced to go before Moses. In the words of God, Aaron would be the “spokesman” and “prophet,” whereas Moses would be as “God” (navi and Elohim, see Exod. 4:15-16). Their roles as prophet and God continued as they stood before Pharaoh (see Exod. 7:1): the prophetic messenger preparing the way before God the Deliverer. For those who know Scriptures, this foreshadowed Lord YHVH’s own words concerning Christ and His messenger:
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Behold, I [YHVH] will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord [Messiah], whom you seek [expect to come], shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom you delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts. (Mal. 3:1) KJV; intrpl. mine
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A BLOODY HUSBAND AND A THREE-DAYS’ JOURNEY
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After the signs given to Moses on the mountain of God, he consulted with his father in law, the Midian priest, and set forth with his family for the land of Egypt. He had a Divine decree to deliver to Pharaoh: “Let Israel, My firstborn son, come serve me in the wilderness, on a three-days’ journey to the mountain of God.” For regular readers of these articles, the messianic implications of the three days are probably self-evident, but for those who are not, it simply means that the family of God is called to Mount Zion for the third millennial day since the cross (the Passover of Christ). The third day after the cross (after 2,000 years) is the Great Sabbath since Adam.
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God is never boring, so our story of Moses is about to get very peculiar. Imagine the unthinkable: that God would train Moses as a shepherd for 40 years, speak to him through a burning bush, grant him signs to increase his and Israel’s faith, and then try to kill him en route to Pharaoh- this after he, his wife Zipporah, and their family prepared for a rough journey to Egypt. Yes, slay Moses! Yet, when we connect the signs, we know that it points to Moses being figuratively slain as Christ the Deliverer- the Son of God- for uncircumcised people:
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“And thou [Moses] shalt say unto Pharaoh, ‘Thus saith the LORD, “Israel is my son, even my firstborn: And I say unto thee, ‘Let my son go, that he may serve me’: and if thou refuse to let him go, behold, I will slay thy son, even thy firstborn.”’ And it came to pass by the way in the inn, that the LORD met him [Moses], and sought to kill him. Then Zipporah [meaning, little birds] took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, “Surely a bloody husband art thou to me.” So he [God] let him [Moses] go [free]: then she said, “A bloody husband thou art, because of the circumcision.” (Exod. 5:22-26) KJV; quo. & intrpl. mine
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What happened was that God commanded for Moses to circumcise his son, but his wife Zipporah must have thought the idea was absolutely insane: cutting off the foreskin of her young son. What sense did it make to the daughter of a pagan priest? Moses, however, risked his life by procrastinating, disobeying. He was on the verge of being just as guilty as the Pharaoh would be- disobeying and facing death. After all, here he was about to tell Pharaoh that God would slay his firstborn son if he refused to let Israel go, and Moses had a challenge of obedience to God of his own. Thankfully, his wife begrudgingly agreed, with something to the effect of: ‘Fine! If it has to be done, I’ll do it!’ Then she threw the bloody piece of flesh at his feet.
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I imagine that Moses’ news that he had to confront the Pharaoh, and demand the release of all his slaves, probably was not good news to begin with, at least not for her. Her anger over the circumcision was probably the result of an avalanche of doubts with looming unknowns rather than the tip of the iceberg.
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Male circumcisions are an outward sign of a change of lifestyle from our carnal nature to spiritual. Cutting away the excess flesh simply means cutting excessive carnal living out of our lives. For this reason, God later instructed the children of Israel to circumcise their hearts. Of course, a man cannot literally cut away part of his heart (not and live), but we can become more humble and spiritually inclined, less prideful and excessive in carnality.  
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From a messianic perspective, Christ would have to die for the uncircumcised of the world (cf. Col. 2:11-15; John 13:33), to bring Gentiles into the spiritual covenant of God. He was cut off from the land of the living like excessive carnal flesh, and all our sins were placed upon Him. When Moses’ wife cast the flesh at his feet, she exclaimed that he was a “bridegroom of blood,” and indeed Christ is a Bridegroom of a blood covenant, fulfilling the shadows.
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The feet represent the end-times (end of this age) Body of Believers (a.k.a. the Body of Christ), and when the feet are cleansed, the whole Body will be cleansed, with all carnal behavior- all unprofitable flesh- cast away. It is also interesting that Zipporah used a sharp stone to do the bloody deed, and in Scripture stones and rocks are often synonymous with God and Christ. The message seems to be that the messianic Bride will begrudgingly cut away excessive, carnal living when the true Deliverer begins to purge the world with the plagues of the Apocalypse. Those who disobey in the Body of Believers will be slain, just as Moses faced Elohim YHVH’s wrath.
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And the LORD said to Aaron, Go into the wilderness to meet Moses. And he went, and met him in the mount of God, and kissed him. And Moses told Aaron all the words of the LORD who had sent him, and all the signs which he had commanded him. And Moses and Aaron went and gathered together all the elders of the children of Israel: And Aaron spake all the words which the LORD had spoken unto Moses, and did the signs in the sight of the people. And the people believed: and when they heard that the LORD had visited the children of Israel, and that he looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshiped. (Exod. 4:27-31) KJV; emp. mine
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There will be a Sukkot gathering for Messiah, and every knee shall bow upon His arrival, as foretold in Scripture.
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This article has covered the similitude and likenesses of Moses to the beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and signs of His second coming. John the Baptist met the Great Rabbi and Deliverer, and they shook the foundations of the world with their message of the coming Kingdom of God. One went before as the messenger, and the other was and is the Lord of all. Together, along with the apostles and those who believed among the people, signs and wonders spread throughout the land of Israel, then to every nation in the world. This is the deliverance and redemption that was written in the shadows of old with Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt.
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“Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David; As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world [world-age] began: That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us [Jews]; To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham, That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies to serve without fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways’ To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring [Sunrise] from on high [Messiah] hath visited us, To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” – Zachariah (Luke 1:68-79) KJV; quo., emp., & intrpl. mine
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