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Discovery of The Ark of the Covenant – The Throne of God on Earth

March 27, 2020

What is the Significance for Mankind?

* The Discovery of the Ark of the Covenantpdf
* Are the 10 Commandments of the Old Testament found in the New Testament? 

 

The Blood and Water of Jesus on the Mercy Seat

 

By Aaron Sen, www.arkofthecovenant.co.uk

When Christ sprinkled His blood and water above the law of the Ten Commandments, He was fulfilling a certain ceremony that Moses had already carried out. What ceremony was carried out in the Old Testament, which the blood and water of Christ on the Mercy Seat fulfilled? Well, when Moses confirmed the Old Covenant, he sprinkled blood and water above the law, and this was a type of what Christ was to do. So when Christ confirmed the New Covenant (which He did on the cross), He too had to sprinkle His blood and water above the law … just as Ron Wyatt found!

When Moses confirmed the Old Covenant, everything God told him to do was a type of what Christ was to do. So every ceremony Moses carried out represented what Christ was to do. Everything Moses did was a “type” or “symbol” of what Christ did, when He confirmed the New Covenant. We call everything that Christ did the “antitype”, or in other words, “the real thing”. For example, the sacrificial lamb represented Christ. So the lamb was the type, and Christ was the antitype.

Let’s now take a look at the ceremony where Moses sprinkled blood and water above the law, and see how Christ fulfilled each and every thing Moses did. The ceremony was carried out in order to confirm the Old Covenant, and is described in Exodus 24:3-8 and Hebrews 9:19.
Exodus 24:3-8, “And Moses came and told the people all the words of the LORD, and all the judgments: and all the people answered with one voice, and said, “All the words which the LORD had said we will do.
And Moses wrote all the words of the LORD, and rose up early in the morning, and builded an altar under the hill, and twelve pillars, according to the twelve tribes of Israel.
And he sent young men of the children of Israel, which offered burnt offerings, and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the LORD.
And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basins; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar.
And he took the book of the covenant and read it in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD has said we will do, and be obedient.
And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.”
Hebrews 9:18-20 relays more information about the same ceremony,

“Whereupon neither the first testament was dedicated without blood. For when Moses had spoken every precept to all the people according to the law, he took the blood of calves and of goats, with water and scarlet wool, and hyssop, and sprinkled both the book, and all the people, Saying, This is the blood of the testament which God hath enjoined unto you.”

So we can see how Christ’s blood and water fell on the Mercy Seat, in order to confirm the New Covenant.

The confirmation of the Old Covenant by Moses was a type of the confirmation of the New Covenant by Christ. Moses sprinkled blood and water above the law in order to confirm the Old Covenant, so Christ had to sprinkle His blood and water above the law in order to confirm the New Covenant. We know that the New Covenant was confirmed at the cross because on the cross Christ “confirmed” that He kept His agreement, or covenant, to offer mankind His blood. So it was on the cross that Christ had to fulfill Hebrews 9:19, and sprinkle His blood and water above the law.

Can we prove it from the Bible?

Exodus 24:3-8 and Hebrews 9:19 records Moses’ confirmation of the Old Covenant, and this is a type of Jesus’ confirmation of the New Covenant. So when the New Covenant was confirmed at the cross, Christ had to confirm it in the same way as Moses did. So in order to understand how the New Covenant was confirmed, we must look at how the Old Covenant was confirmed. Now we will take a look at each ceremony Moses carried out and see how Christ fulfilled each one.

  1. Firstly, Moses told the congregation everything that God had said. God began speaking in Exodus 20:22 and did not stop speaking until Exodus 23:33. So the people heard the Ten Commandments for themselves, then Moses relayed all the various statutes and judgments to them.In the confirmation of the Old Covenant, Moses was the mediator who relayed the law to the people (Exodus 24:3) and in the confirmation of the New Covenant, Jesus was the Mediator, (Hebrews 8:6, 9:15, 12:24) who spent His whole life relaying the law to the people (John 14:15, 21 and Matthew 5:17,18 and Luke 16:17).
  2. Next, Moses wrote the law in a book (Exodus 24:4). The only other place the law was written down was by Christ on the Tables of Stone.
  3. Then Moses built an altar under a hill. The Ark of the Covenant is by definition an altar as it was designed to receive atoning blood, and this is the definition of an altar. And Ron Wyatt discovered that it was hidden under Skull Hill when Christ was confirming the covenant on the cross. So perhaps the Ark of the Covenant under Skull Hill is the antitype to Moses building an altar under a hill?
  4. Then Moses built twelve pillars representing the twelve tribes of Israel, or God’s church (Exodus 24:4), and Jesus chose twelve disciples who were the beginnings of the New Covenant church (Matthew 28:16-20 and Revelation 21:14). At the confirmation of both covenants, the twelve tribes, or twelve disciples were already established.
  5. Animal sacrifices were subsequently made (Exodus 24:5) which were a type of Christ sacrificing His life on the cross (John 1:29).
  6. Moses then applied the blood to the altar (Exodus 24:6). Could this represent the anointing of the Ark of the Covenant with Christ’s blood? As we said, the Ark is an altar, it was under a hill (Skull Hill), and was anointed with Christ’s blood when He was confirming the New Covenant.
  7. Exodus 24:7 tells us that next, the people promised to obey, and keep the law, and under the New Covenant, Jesus promised to help the people keep the law (Hebrews 8:6 and II Peter 1:4). There was never anything wrong with the law, so it never changed from the Old Covenant to the New Covenant (Psalm 89:34), but there was something wrong with the promise. Under the Old Covenant the people promised to obey and keep the law, but as you and I know, people break their promises all the time, just as the Israelites did several times when they broke the law. So that covenant was broken, therefore under the New Covenant, Christ has promised to give us the power to keep the law. Christ cannot break a promise, so we know for sure that under the New Covenant we have the ability to keep the law (Hebrews 8:7-10 & 13).
  8. Moses then sprinkled the blood on the people (Exodus 24:8). Jesus fulfilled this as described in Isaiah 52:15, “So shall he sprinkle many nations.” So now everyone in the world can have the blood of Christ applied to his or her life and be forgiven of their sins and undergo rehabilitation, so they can live forever with God.
  9. Then the mediator (Moses) verbally confirmed the covenant with God’s people, “Behold, the blood of the covenant.” Jesus fulfilled this in Matthew 26:28 when He said, “… this is the blood of the new testament.”
  10. Then Hebrews 9:19 mentions the key to understanding this discovery. Moses took blood and water, and with scarlet wool and hyssop sprinkled them on the law. The discovery of the Ark of the Covenant, with the blood and water of Christ, sprinkled above the law, is the fulfillment of this part of the confirmation. In the type, Moses sprinkled animal blood and water above the book of the law. In the antitype, Christ sprinkled His blood and water above the tables of the law. Everything in the Old Covenant was symbolic, except for the law, as this is eternal.

The fact is that Jesus did fulfill this ceremony at the cross. If we do not believe that this discovery is biblical, then how was the sprinkling of the law by Moses in Hebrews 9:19 fulfilled? Can it be biblical that Jesus fulfilled all the other things that Moses did, but not this one? When the nature of Jesus’ first coming did not fit with the understanding of the religious leaders of His day, it was their understanding that was wrong. And I submit that if our religious leaders do not understand this today, it can only be their understanding that is at fault, for the above evidence is concrete and indisputable.

Type and Anti Type

Some claim that the blood of Christ (the antitypical) should not be sprinkled on the earthly Mercy Seat (a type of the true, in heaven). However, this cannot be a true understanding of type and antitype, as we find other places in the Bible where an antitype is found together with a type.

The Ark of the Covenant was the throne of God on earth. The Ark of the Covenant in heaven is the antitypical throne of God, and the Ark of the earthly sanctuary was the pattern of that true Ark in heaven. It is above this heavenly Ark that the Father Himself physically resides.

If God resides above the original Ark of the Covenant in heaven, then on the earthly type, one would think that only a type of God should reside. But it is the Shekinah Glory, the LITERAL presence of God that resided above the earthly copy. So if the antitypical Shekinah resided upon the typical Ark, it is biblical that the antitypical blood of Christ resides upon the typical Ark.

In regard to the Mercy Seat being God’s throne, it is interesting to note that Ron Wyatt discovered that Christ’s blood fell on the right hand side of the Mercy Seat. Hebrews 10:12 tells us, that after Christ ascended, He took His seat “on the right hand of God” on the heavenly throne.

Can we find an alternative fulfillment to Hebrews 9:19 anywhere else in the Bible?

We need blood AND WATER in order to fulfill Hebrews 9:19, and the ONLY time blood and water are mentioned together in the New Testament is on the cross. So the only place in the whole Bible that we could possibly find the antitype to Hebrews 9:19 is on the cross. This fits perfectly, as it was on the cross that Christ confirmed the covenant. So it was on the cross that He “needed” that blood and water to confirm the covenant in the same way as Moses did … by sprinkling blood and water above the law.

Actually, Jesus had to sprinkle His blood and water above the law in order to confirm the New Covenant. The New Covenant could not have been confirmed unless Christ’s blood and water were sprinkled above the law, at Calvary.

Some may claim that Hebrews 9:19 was fulfilled in heaven upon the heavenly Ark, but that is impossible. You need blood AND WATER in order to fulfill Hebrews 9:19, and blood and water was never offered upon the heavenly Ark. Also, Hebrews 9:19 was the confirmation of the Old Covenant, so we can only find its fulfillment in the confirmation of the New Covenant, and we all know that the covenant was confirmed on the cross, and not in heaven. There was never any ceremony carried out in heaven that confirmed the New Covenant. The New Covenant was only confirmed on the cross. Thus, the blood AND WATER of Christ HAD to be sprinkled above the law, on the cross, and so the antitype cannot be found in any heavenly ceremony.

The only time anything was offered on the heavenly Ark was at the Dedication of the Heavenly Sanctuary, and the antitypical Day of Atonement. Neither of these is the antitype to the Confirmation of the Covenant, and neither of these ceremonies included the sprinkling of blood AND WATER.

Scarlet wool: The ONLY time that scarlet wool was ever used in the Old Testament was here at the confirmation. Scarlet symbolizes sin (Isaiah 1:18, Revelation 17:3). Wool symbolizes purity and righteousness (Isaiah 1:18). This can only be the righteousness of Christ (Exodus 12:5, Isaiah 64:6, Hebrews 9:14). Only once was the combination of these two, scarlet and wool, ever used in the Old Testament, and they were sprinkled with blood and water on the book of the law. And only on the cross did a righteous Christ put on our sins, and sprinkle the law with His blood and water. There is no other possible fulfillment of this type in Scripture.

Hyssop: Webster’s Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary defines hyssop as, “a plant used in purificatory sprinkling rites by the ancient Hebrews.” In Psalm 51:7, hyssop represents cleansing. The hyssop used in sprinkling the blood was the symbol of purification. So hyssop and scarlet wool represents Christ cleansing us from our sins. I John 1:7, “…and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.”

Only in the “new light” of this discovery, can we find the antitype of the confirmation of the Old Covenant. It can only be when Jesus (scarlet wool and hyssop) sprinkled blood and water above the law at Calvary.

 

Christ’s blood on the Mercy Seat –
What does it mean?

By Bill Fry – USA, www.anchorstone.com

In the book of 1 Timothy 2:5, 6 we read the following:

“For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.”

It is important to notice the tense of the words of verse 6, “to be testified in due time”. This indicates that there was a “testimony” about some thing relating to Christ’s sacrifice that had not taken place at the time this was written. Historically we know that the first letter to Timothy was written many years after the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. In fact, the Greek word that is translated “due time” in this verse means literally, “at the appropriate occasion”. This means that there was something about Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross for sinful man (the ransom) that at a later, more appropriate time, was going to be used as a testimony to the world. I believe that this testimony is the revealing of one of the many biblical archaeology discoveries of Ron Wyatt; specifically the Ark of the Covenant.

The blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, has been found on the Mercy Seat (the solid gold lid) of the Ark of the Covenant that once sat in the Most Holy Place of the Jewish temple in Jerusalem. That Ark still contained the tables of stone on which God Himself inscribed the Ten Commandments (1 Kings 8:9). It was hidden in a cave chamber underneath the Calvary escarpment on or about 586 BC, just prior to the destruction of the old city of Jerusalem and the temple by the Babylonian army. That chamber was located directly under the spot where, approximately 615 years later, Jesus was crucified.

We read that when Jesus died there was a great earthquake, and that the “rocks were rent” (Matthew 27:50,51). The rending of that rock created a fissure that communicated between the top of the cross-hole that held the cross of Jesus and the top of the cave chamber where the Ark of the Covenant was hidden. Shortly after His death (and the rending of the rock) a soldier stuck a spear into Jesus’ side to determine whether He was dead. When that happened the apostle John records that blood and water flowed from His side.

“But one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. And he that saw it bare record, and his record is true: and he knoweth that he saith true, that ye might believe.” John 19:34,35. John was specifically impressed to “record” this event and to draw attention to it, to declare that it was true … that it really happened just as he wrote it. Moreover, it was recorded to assist our belief, i.e. faith.

We now know that the blood and water traveled down through the crack in the rock and was deposited on the top of the Ark, onto the Mercy Seat. Later in his first epistle, John recalls this incident with the water and the blood and talks of its significance to the believer.

“This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree in one. If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater: for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son. He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son. And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.” 1 John 5:6-11

Notice that John tells us that the witness (record) of the water and the blood are God’s “witness” of His Son to men… that this “witness” is greater than the “witness of men”. The witness of the blood and the water, through the Holy Spirit, testifies “that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son.”

The key to understanding the purpose and significance of this Divine object lesson, that God set up over 2600 years ago, is found in understanding what the Ark of the Covenant is and how God has used it in the past.

According to Exodus 25, the Ark of the Covenant was manufactured by workmen commissioned by Moses, according to a vision that he was shown on one of his visits with God on Mt. Sinai. In this vision he was shown a “pattern” which he was to use to design all of the furnishings for the wilderness tabernacle (Exodus 25:9,10 & Hebrews 8:5).

The Ark of the Covenant was specifically made to house the tables of testimony, i.e. the tables of stone on which God with His own finger wrote the Ten Commandments. It was also used to house the “law of Moses”, which was placed in the “side of the Ark” (Deuteronomy 31:26). The Shekinah glory, i.e. the Presence of God, also rested on the Mercy Seat of the Ark between the cherubim after it was installed in the wilderness sanctuary.

The Ark was dedicated for use in the wilderness tabernacle as were the rest of the furnishings. Then it became a part of the sanctuary service that God gave to Israel. However, its only function in that service was on one day of the year, the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), when the high priest of Israel sprinkled the blood of a bull and a goat on the Mercy Seat in order to make final atonement for the high priest and for Israel; to cleanse the sanctuary of the accumulated sins of the nation over that past year (Leviticus 16). In doing this the high priest was bringing “before the Lord” the evidence that an atoning sacrifice had been made… that the price for sin (“the wages of sin is death” Romans 6:23) had been paid. On the strength of the acceptance of this sacrifice, Israel and the sanctuary were cleansed of sin.

Because the Ark was fabricated at the same time as the other furnishings of the tabernacle and because it was a part of the sanctuary service of the Levitical priesthood, many have assumed that it lost its significance at the same time that the Levitical priesthood passed away in favour of the priesthood of Melchisedec (Hebrews 7:11,12). However this is not the case. The proof of this is seen in the very nature of the object that the Ark was made to preserve; the eternal, immutable Law of God.

The only other use that we see God making of the Ark is demonstrated in two separate incidents. In the wilderness, shortly after their deliverance from Egypt, God told Moses to place a pot of manna in the Ark to be “kept for your generations”. It was placed there to be preserved for a later time when it would be used as a testimony of how God provided for them in the wilderness (Exodus 16:32-34).

The other occasion was when there was a dispute in Israel as to who was to be designated to take care of the sanctuary and its service. God caused a rod from a prince of each of the other eleven tribes to be placed before the Lord along with Aaron’s rod. The next day Aaron’s rod was found to have budded, blossomed and bore almonds. This was God’s sign to Israel that the tribe of Levi was to be the keeper of the sanctuary. God then instructed Moses to place Aaron’s rod in the Ark to be preserved as evidence “against the rebels” i.e. as a “token” or sign that illustrated who it was that were priests in Israel (Numbers 17:1-11).

The pattern that emerges from God’s use of the Ark in these two instances, along with the stated purpose for which it was originally made, illustrates that the Ark was a place for the safekeeping of evidence, i.e. a testimony or witness to be used by God at a later time. In fact the original name given to the Ark of the Covenant, the “Ark of the Testimony”, means in the literal Hebrew, “the gathering place of evidence”.

This being the case, it was most appropriate that God would place the Ark underneath the crucifixion site and cause Christ’s blood to be sprinkled on the Mercy Seat. In doing so God was “recording” the only physical evidence that exists today that His Son gave His life; that He paid the price for sin.

Christ’s blood was not sprinkled on the Mercy Seat as a specific fulfillment of the anti-typical Day of Atonement. That “type” was to be fulfilled at a different place and time (Daniel 8:13,14). However, in its role as a “recorder” of evidence, it was perfectly appropriate for the blood of the final atonement sacrifice to be placed on the Mercy Seat of the Ark. When Christ as our High Priest (Hebrews 9:11) began to plead his blood before the Father in the Heavenly temple (Hebrews 8:1,2; 9:11), He would point to Calvary where the evidence of His sacrifice still remained. Eighteen hundred and thirteen years later, when Christ’s ministry shifted to the Most Holy Place, he would do the same.

For those that have not thought it through, it may be assumed that on the anti-typical Day of Atonement Christ entered into the Most Holy Place in the Heavenly Sanctuary with a bowl of His own blood to sprinkle on the Heavenly Mercy Seat. However, this is not the case. I can find no where in the words of inspiration where Christ is portrayed as literally sprinkling His own physical blood in heaven. Inspiration indicates that His work in the sanctuary is done by virtue of the blood that He shed at Calvary in 31AD… that He “pleads His blood” before the Lord.

One thing that stands out clearly in the typical Jewish service of blood sacrifice is that the sacrifice was of no value unless the blood was brought before the Lord in some manner. It was sprinkled and/or applied to various pieces of the sanctuary furniture depending on the specific requirements of the ceremony being performed. However, it was always displayed in some manner “before the Lord” as evidence that a sacrifice had been made. Therefore when Christ pleads His blood on our behalf, He does so by pointing to the places where the evidence of His sacrifice is still displayed … His hands, His feet, His side and the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant located at Calvary.

This brings us to the subject of the bringing out of the Ark of the Covenant so that it can be displayed to the world. There is no doubt in my mind that the Ark will be revealed to the world, yet I am confident that it will not be removed from its current location. I also know that the tables of stone will be brought out of the cave chamber and displayed to the world. However, the Ark will not be moved.

The reason for this is found in the very manner that God has used it at Calvary. The Ark of the Covenant has “recorded” on it the physical evidence that God will use to witness to the world that His Son died to give us eternal life (1 John 5:6-11). To move the Ark from its present location would invalidate the testimony of that evidence.

It is much like what we know of modern crime scene techniques. When an event takes place that the authorities want to document, the first thing they do is rope off the area, restricting access to it. No one is allowed to move or disturb the evidence because to do so would contaminate it. The same is true with the evidence on the Ark. Christ’s blood on the Ark in that location establishes the fact that a sacrifice took place at this location and who it was that was sacrificed. To move the Ark would invalidate that evidence. Therefore while video of the Ark will one day be shown to the world, I don’t believe that the Ark will ever be brought out of that chamber.

 

The Tables of Stone (10 Commandments) and their Message from God

By Aaron Sen, www.arkofthecovenant.co.uk

As we have seen, this discovery proves that Jesus confirmed the New Covenant with His own blood and water, in the same way as Moses confirmed the Old Covenant with the blood and water of animals. But what does it mean, that the covenant was confirmed?

Millions of Christians today are taught that the law was done away with at the cross, but this discovery is scientific and physical evidence that the law was in fact confirmed a the cross as a part of the covenant. We saw in Chapter 4 how Christ confirmed that the disciples were a part of the covenant. How the sacrifice was a part of the New Covenant, and how the blood was a part of the New Covenant, and now we see how the law was also confirmed as a part of the New Covenant. When Moses sprinkled the blood and water above the law, he was signifying that the law now had to be kept, and was a part of the Old Covenant. Thus, when Christ sprinkled His blood and water above the law, He too was signifying that the law now had to be kept, and is apart of the New Covenant.

There is a law that the Bible says was done away with at the cross, but what some Christians do not realise is that the Bible speaks of at least two different laws. One is the law of the Ten Commandments, and the other is the sacrificial, ceremonial laws. It is only the sacrificial, ceremonial laws that were done away with at the cross. We do not need to conduct sacrificial ceremonies anymore, as they symbolised Christ, and He has already been sacrificed, “Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances” Ephesians 2:15. But the law of the Ten Commandments were confirmed by the blood and waterof Christ, and Galatians 3:17 says that once a law is confirmed, it cannot be changed and it cannot be done away with, “Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.” Furthermore, Galatians 3:15 says that it was indeed the law that was confirmed as a part of the New Covenant, and this law cannot be done away with, “And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law … cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.”

Every word that was confirmed by the blood and water of Christ, was written on two tables of stone by the finger of God. And every word of that law was recorded in Exodus 20. So every word of Exodus 20 cannot be changed and cannot be done away with. Millions of Christians are taught that the second commandment has been done away with. The second commandment says, “Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image … Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them …” and this commandment cannot be changed or done away with. It doesn’t matter if it is a statue or icon or picture of Buddha, Krishna, or even Mary or Jesus. We must not make them and we must not bow down to them, or pray to them.

Millions more Christians are taught that the fourth commandment has been changed. The fourth commandment says, “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy, six days shalt thou labour and do all thy work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath to the LORD thy God, in it thou shalt not do any work …” and that commandment cannot be changed and cannot be done away with. The seventh day is Friday evening to Saturday evening, but millions of Christians are falsely taught that it has been changed to Sunday.

Let me use two illustrations:

The wedding ring

When Christ sprinkled His blood and water above the law, He was confirming a covenant between God and man. A wedding is also the confirmation of a covenant between God and man. So the blood and water sprinkled above the law is exactly like when a man puts a wedding ring on his bride’s finger. Both acts symbolise the confirmation of a covenant between God and man. Now when the wedding ring goes on that bride’s finger, are the couple saying they will now keep the wedding vows … or break them? Of course they are saying they will keep those wedding laws. And so when Christ sprinkled blood and water above the law, He too was saying that we should now keep those laws.

The King’s seal

One day soon, the Tables of Stone will be put on public display, but how will this prove that these laws must be kept? We have all known for centuries what the Tables of Stone say. We have all had our Bible’s for centuries and they record those very words, but still Christians do not understand that they still have to keep the law. Well, the Tables of Stone are to all intents and purposes a “document”.

If I was to one day knock on your door totally unexpected and produce a piece of paper that said,

“………………. (your name) owes Aaron Sen $10,000 U.S.”; would you pay it to me? No! Of course not. Anyone could have written that. It is a document being displayed, but the document is not endorsed and has therefore not been validated, or confirmed. But if I knocked on your door and produced the same document with the King’s seal confirming it… then would you pay me? Yes of course! You would have to! It is now a legally binding document.

The only difference is that one is just a document, (as are the Tables of Stone), and the other is a document endorsed by the signature of the King, (as are the Tables of Stone confirmed by the blood and water of Christ). Christ, the “King of kings”, has validated His Ten Commandments with His signature, by sprinkling His blood and water above them, and this is what the world will one day see.

The law in our hearts

The Bible says that under the New Covenant, Christ has written His law in our hearts (Hebrews 8:10). If you have the law written in your heart, do you break it, or keep it? Is Christ promising us that we can keep the law, when He promises to write it in our hearts, or is He promising us the ability to break it, and to steal, lie and kill, etc?

The discovery of the blood and water of Christ on the Mercy Seat tells us that Christ confirmed the fact that the law is an important part of the New Covenant- for He confirmed it with His own precious blood.

This discovery is God’s final “show and tell” message to the world before He brings it to an end. In this discovery, God has a message for us. He is telling us what the plan of salvation involves – it is not only the blood of Christ that will be put on public display, but the law too. Thus it is not only the blood of Christ that makes up the New Covenant, but the keeping of the law too.

To the law and to the testimony

We said that we would see if this discovery matches up to the standard of the law, and we see now how it teaches us, with scientific and physical evidence, that the law still has to be kept in order to enter heaven. We also saw how it matches up to the testimony of the prophets, because it fulfils Hebrews 9:19 of which there is no other possible fulfillment in all of Scripture.

So let us now take a brief look at the rest of the Bible and be sure that it is “to the law and to the testimony”, and in agreement with what the Bible teaches.

Psalms 89:34 says, “My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing which has gone out of my lips.” Well, the Ten Commandments have gone out of God’s lips, when He spoke them from Mount Sinai, “And God spake all these words, saying …” (Exodus 20:1). So the Ten Commandments cannot be altered, and must not be broken.

Under inspiration, David and Solomon told us that the law stands forever, and that God will not answer your prayers if you know this but still deny it, Psalm 111:7,8 “All His Commandments are sure they stand fast for ever and ever.” Proverbs 28:9, “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.”

Many claim that it is impossible for human beings to keep the 10 Commandments, but if that is so, why did God order the death of thousands of men, women and children when they did not keep the 10 Commandments, in the Old Testament? The Old Testament is full of God’s instruction to keep the 10 Commandments, but …

… does the Bible say we have to keep the law, even after Jesus died on the cross? The whole of the New Testament was written after the cross, so every verse you read from the New Testament, telling us to keep the law, specifically refers to now, after the cross. There are several verses so far in this chapter which have been taken from the New Testament, but here are a few more.

James
1:25, “But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.”
2:8 “If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well.”
2:10 “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

1 John 3:22, “And whatsoever we ask, we receive of Him because we keep His Commandments …”

We are told to be at one with God, and daily we pray that the Holy Spirit will dwell within us, but there are certain conditions to the Holy Spirit dwelling within us.
1 John 2:24, “And he that keepeth His commandments dwelleth in Him, and He in him.”

The second commandment forbids idol worship, and indeed in the New Testament we are reminded we must still keep this commandment now.
1 John 5:21, “Little children, keep yourselves from idols.”

Revelation gives us the description of the last day church. It is the last days now, so if you are a Christian, it should be a description of you.
Revelation 12:17, “And the dragon was wroth with the woman and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.”
Revelation 14:12, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” We must be Christians who, “keep the commandments of God”.

Revelation also tells us that those who break the Ten Commandments will not go to heaven, but suffer hell fire.
Revelation 21:8, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone.”
Revelation 21:27, “And there shall in no wise enter into it (heaven) any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”
Revelation 22:14,15, “Blessed are they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”

Some Christians are taught that we don’t have to keep the Ten Commandments anymore, but that we just have to believe in Jesus?


But Matthew 7:21-23 tells us that it is not just those that believe, but that our works have to match up to God’s will too, “Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven.”
James 2:14 tells us that belief is not enough, but it is by our behaviour that our faith will be known, “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him?”

In fact the whole of James 2 tells us that our works, and behaviour will be essential in our salvation. James 2:19 “… the devils also believe, and tremble” but we know they will not be in heaven! James 2:20 & 24 also says, “But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? … Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”

Other Christians are taught we don’t have to keep the commandments, we just have to love God. But again the Bible tells us we must do both.

John
14:15 “If ye love Me, keep my commandments.”
14:21 “He that hath My commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth Me.”
15:10 “If ye keep My commandments, ye shall abide in My love.”
Romans 13:9, “For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is *briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” *NB. The Ten Commandments were never replaced by the command to love God, and love one another. They were only summarised by the command to love God and your neighbour. That would be ridiculous to assume anyway, because if you love your neighbour, you would not kill him, steal from him, lie to him, and sleep with his wife. If you love your parents you will honour them. If you love God you will not take His name in vain, or worship other God’s or idols etc. So if you love God and your neighbour, you would have to keep the Ten Commandments anyway. That is exactly what Paul meant in the above verse, and in Romans 13:10, “Love is the fulfilling of the law.”

John, like Jesus and Paul, also tells us that if we love God, then we will keep His commandments.
1 John 2:3,4 “Hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.”
1 John 5:2,3, “…When we love God, and keep His commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments: and His commandments are not grievous.”
2 John 6, “And this is love, that we walk after His commandments.”

Didn’t Jesus do away with the law?

Isaiah 42:21 tells us Jesus would not do away with the law, but actually just the opposite, “He will magnify the law, and make it honourable.” Matthew 4:10 tells us that the first commandment still stands, “Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve”, and just like Isaiah, Jesus told us that He would not do away with the law, Matthew 5:17,18 “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” Heaven and earth have not passed, so the law still stands, and not a single dot or stroke of those words have been changed.

Again, in Matthew 5:21,22, Jesus tells us that the law has not been done away with, but in fact magnified, “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, thou shalt not kill: and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: but I say unto you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment”. We read the same teaching in Matthew 5:27,28 about the seventh commandment, “Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery: But I say unto you, that whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart”. Matthew 19:17 makes it pretty clear, “If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.”

In Mark 10:17,19, a man asks Jesus how does he get to heaven, and inherit eternal life, “GoodMaster, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?” Jesus told him to keep the Ten Commandments, “ Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.” Luke 16:17 repeats that the law is certainly not done away with, because heaven and earth is still here, “And it is easier for heaven and earth to pass, than one tittle of the law to fail.”

But we can’t be like Jesus and keep the 10 Commandments, can we?

Of course we can, the Bible tells us we can.
Matthew
5:48 “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
Philippians
2:5 “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.”
4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
2 Timothy
3:17 “That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”
1 Peter
1:16 “Be ye holy for I am holy.”
2:21, 22 “Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow in His steps: Who did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth.”
2 Peter
1:4 “… that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature…”
1 John
3:2 “When He shall appear, we shall be like Him.”
3:3 “And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as He is pure.”
Revelation
3:21 “To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.”

Does keeping the commandments mean giving up every sin?

Well, the definition of sin is breaking the Ten Commandments (1 John 3:4), “Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” So when the Bible tells us not to sin, it is actually telling us not to break any of the Ten Commandments.
John
5:14 “… sin no more.”
8:11 “Neither do I condemn thee, go and sin no more.”
Romans
6:6 “… we should not serve sin.”
6:12 “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body.”
1 Corinthians
15:34 “… sin not”
Ephesians
4:26 “… sin not”
Hebrews
10:26 “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins.”
James

1:15,16 “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err my beloved brethren.”
1 John

2:1 “… ye sin not.”
3:4 “Whosoever commiteth sin transgresseth the law, for sin is the transgression of the law”
3:6 “Whosoever abideth in Him sinneth not.”
3:8 “He that committeth sin is of the devil;”
3:15 “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer; and you know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”

Didn’t Paul say we don’t have to keep the law?

Paul did say that a law was done away with at the cross, but what some Christians don’t understand is that there are at least two laws in the Bible. One is the law of the Ten Commandments, which was never done away with, and the other is the sacrificial and ceremonial laws. These were the laws that were done away with at the cross. They taught man how to sacrifice animals, what to sacrifice, when to sacrifice, why to sacrifice and how to conduct the ceremonies involved. Since Christ died on the cross, we no longer need to sacrifice animals, as they were only a lesson to teach people what was soon to happen. They taught people what was going to happen to Christ when He came to earth. So now that He has already come, and died for us, we do not need to carry out sacrifices anymore.

Paul actually kept the law and taught all them to do so too. He kept the 4th Commandment, the Sabbath, and generally taught all to keep the law.
Acts
17:2 “And Paul, as his manner was, went in unto them, and three Sabbath days reasoned withthem out of the scriptures.”
21:24 “…but that thou thyself also walkest orderly, and keepest the law.”
Romans

2:12 “… and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law.”
2:13 “For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.”
3:31 “Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.”
6:1, 2 “Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? God forbid.”
6:15 “What then shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.”
7:12 “Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.”
Galatians

5:19 “Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred … envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Ephesians

4:25 “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour.”
5:3 “But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints;”
5:5 “For this ye know that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.”
6:2 “Honour thy father and thy mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)”
1 Timothy

6:1 “… that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.”

The Sabbath was one of the commandments, so do we still have to keep Saturday Sabbath?

Christ’s blood was sprinkled above the two tables of stone, thus confirming that we must keep that law. This act confirmed that we must keep the law that is written on the tables of stone, and what day do those tables say is the Sabbath?

Exodus 20:8, “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work; but the seventh day is the Sabbath to the LORD thy God …”

So yes, according to the discovery, and the Bible, we must still keep the seventh day Sabbath. That is from Friday evening to Saturday evening, but definitely not Sunday. There is no mention of a Sunday Sabbath on those tables of stone, nor anywhere in the entire Bible. Christ warned the Christians that the Sabbath would still be relevant to them even approximately 30 years after the cross, at the destruction of Jerusalem.
Matthew 24:20
“But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the Sabbath day.”

The seventh day Sabbath is reconfirmed as binding in Hebrews 4:9,“There remaineth therefore a rest (SABBATIMOS) to the people of God.”

Many people say that the Sabbath is only for the Jews, and was only instituted at Mount Sinai in Exodus 20. But the Bible tells us that it has existed and been binding since creation. When God is speaking the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20, He says this referring to the Sabbath commandment, verse 11, “Wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it”. Well, when did God do that? When did God institute the Sabbath? At creation! Genesis 2:3, “And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it.” And there was not a single Jew for about another 2000 years after God instituted the Sabbath. The Sabbath was instituted long before Mount Sinai, and long before any Jew ever existed. In fact, Exodus 16:26 tells us that the Children of Israel had to observe the Sabbath before they ever reached Mount Sinai and heard the Ten Commandments, “Six days shall ye gather (manna); but on the seventh day, which is the Sabbath, in it there shall be none.” Even Jesus told us the Sabbath was not just for the Jews, “The Sabbath was made for man …” (Mark 2:27).

Did the Christian Apostles keep the Sabbath?

Yes, Acts 13:14 says they, “… went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and sat down.” And they didn’t keep the Sabbath just because they wanted to worship with the Jews. They also worshiped on Sabbath with the Gentiles.
Acts 13:42, “… the Gentiles besought (Paul) that these words might be preached to them the next Sabbath.”
Acts 16:13, “And on the Sabbath we went out of the city by a riverside.” (Not the synagogue).

Acts 18:4, “And he reasoned in the synagogue every Sabbath, and persuaded the Jews and the Greeks.”

Didn’t the Apostles change Sabbath to Sunday?

Sunday is the first day, and there is not a single text in the whole Bible that says the Sabbath was changed to the first day. Let’s read the texts that some Christians are taught tell us the Sabbath was changed to the first day. John 20:19 says that the Christians met on the first day, “for fear of the Jews” but a change of the Sabbath is not mentioned at all, “Then the same day at evening, being the first day of the week… the disciples were assembled for fear of the Jews.”
Acts 20:7-11 says, “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread”. Some Christians are told that this breaking of bread was the Lord’s Supper that is performed on Sabbath. So as they did it on the first day, the Sabbath must have been changed to the first day. But that is not what the Bible says at all. Acts 2:46 tells us they broke bread “daily” and not just as a Sabbath ceremony. Finally, some try to use 1 Corinthians 16:1&2 to say that the offering taken on Sabbath was on the first day, thus Sabbath was on the first day. But it is not talking about the Sabbath at all, “Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so do ye. Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” It is simply saying to set aside some money on the first day of every week for convenience, but there is no mention of worship, Sabbath or any meetings at all.

The Ten Commandments cannot be changed and cannot be done away with and that is the message of the Bible, and of the blood and water on the Ark of the Covenant. It is God’s final warning before we will be forced to break one of the Ten Commandments by state law, and this is why this discovery has surfaced only now, just before the Mark of the Beast law is forced upon, “all both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond” (Revelation 13:16).

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