IN THE LIGHT OF THE CEREMONIAL LAW
The Bible's Ceremonial Law is both commemorative and prophetic. The Daily, for example, is a reminder
that we need the help of God everyday, as well as a prophecy of Christ.

"And thou shalt say unto them, This is the offering made by fire which ye shall offer unto the Lord; two
lambs of the first year without spot day by day, for a continual (daily) burnt offering. The one lamb shalt
thou offer in the morning, and the other lamb shalt thou offer at even; and a tenth part of an ephah of
flour for a meat (bread) offering, mingled with the fourth part of an hin of beaten oil. It is a continual burnt
offering, which was ordained in mount Sinai for a sweet savour, a sacrifice made by fire unto the Lord.
And the drink offering thereof shall be the fourth part of an hin for the one lamb: in the holy place shalt
thou cause the strong wine to be poured unto the Lord for a drink offering. And the other lamb shalt thou
offer at even: as the meat offering of the morning, and as the drink offering thereof, thou shalt offer it, a
sacrifice made by fire, of a sweet savour unto the Lord. And on the sabbath day two lambs of the first year
without spot, and two tenth deals of flour for a meat offering, mingled with oil, and the drink offering
thereof." (Num. 28:3-9).

The Daily is a prophecy of Christ. The Lamb is a prophecy of His role as our Passover Lamb. The flour and
oil are the ingredients of unleavened bread, which is the symbol of Christ's body, and the wine is a
symbol of Christ's blood. "And He (Christ) took (unleavened Passover) bread, and gave thanks, and brake
it, and gave unto them, saying, This is My body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of Me.
Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the New Testament in My blood, which is shed for
you." (Luke 22:19,20).

Christ began to suffer and spill His blood for us at the time of the morning sacrifice. "Then led they Jesus
from Caiaphas unto the hall of judgment: and it was early..." (John 18:28). "And so Pilate, willing to content
the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged Him, to be
crucified." (Mark 15:15). "And it was the third hour (after daybreak), and they crucified Him." (Mark 15:25).

Christ died at the hour of the evening sacrifice. "And at the ninth hour (after daybreak) Jesus cried with a
loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, My God, why hast
thou forsaken Me? And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost. And the veil of the temple
was rent in twain from the top to the bottom." (Mark 15:34,37,38).

The Daily is kept in the Kingdom of God as a reminder that we need the intervention of Christ continually
in our daily lives. Because of the sacrifice of Christ, our Perfect Lamb, there is no more need of a lamb in
the daily observances, the service is complete with the offering and partaking of the unleavened bread
and the wine at the third and the ninth hour.

The Seventh Day Sabbath is a memorial of the Creation. "Thus the heavens and the earth were finished,
and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested
on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and
sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made." (Gen. 2:1-3).

The Seventh Day Sabbath is also a prophecy of the Millennium Kingdom. "But, beloved, be not ignorant of
this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." (2
Peter 3:8). Because a day is as a thousand years, we can expect six thousand years of sin to elapse
before Christ comes to chain Satan and bring forth His thousand year reign on earth.

"And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his
hand. And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a
thousand years, and cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he
should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be
loosed a little season. And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them:
and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and
which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their
foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years." (Rev. 20:1-4). This
angel must be a member of the Godhead, because not even the archangel Michael dared to shout at
Satan. (See Jude 9.)

The Passover is a memorial of the Exodus from Egypt. "This month shall be unto you the beginning of
months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying,
In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their
fathers, a lamb for an house:
your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it
out from the sheep, or from the goats: and ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month:
and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening. And they shall take of the
blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall
eat it. And they shall eat the flesh in that night, roast with fire, and unleavened bread; and with bitter
herbs they shall eat it. And thus shall ye eat it; with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your
staff in your hand; and ye shall eat it in haste: it is the Lord’s passover. For I will pass through the land of
Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all
the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord. And the blood shall be to you for a token upon
the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon
you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.
And this day shall be unto you for a memorial; and ye
shall keep it a feast to the Lord throughout your generations; ye shall keep it a feast by an ordinance for
ever.
Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your
houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be
cut off from Israel. And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there
shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man
must eat, that only may be done of you. And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this
selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in
your generations by an ordinance for ever. In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even,
ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even. Seven days shall
there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul
shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. Ye shall eat
nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread." (Exodus 12:23,5-8,11-20).

First and foremost, this is a prophecy of Christ, who died on the cross as our Passover Lamb, our perfect
sacrifice Who ended all animal sacrifices (see Dan 9:27). It is also a prophecy of the plague angels
passing over the isolated farms of the Kingdom of God, where the record of Passovers kept can be seen
on the door frames. Finally, it is a prophecy of the great haste with which the stragglers will flee to the
Kingdom of God as the plagues start to fall. Of course, there are other prophecies of this haste.

"
Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is
the time of the Lord's vengeance; He will render unto her a recommence." (Jer. 51:6). "The voice of them
that
flee and escape out of the land of Babylon, to declare in Zion the vengeance of the Lord our God, the
vengeance of His temple." (Jer. 50:28). "
As I live, saith the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a
stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: and I will bring you out from the people,
and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a
stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and
there will I plead with you face to face.
" (Ez. 20:33-35). The Kingdom of God forms on isolated farms in the
wilderness (away from the cities).

The Wave Sheaf Offering is also both memorial and prophecy. It is a memorial of Israel's entry into the
Holy Land. "Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them,
When ye be come into the land which I
give unto you
, and shall reap the harvest thereof, then ye shall bring a sheaf of the firstfruits of your
harvest unto the priest: and he shall wave the sheaf before the Lord, to be accepted for you: on the
morrow after the (Passover Saturday) sabbath the priest shall wave it. And ye shall offer that day when ye
wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the Lord. And the
meat (bread) offering thereof shall be two tenth deals of fine flour mingled with oil, an offering made by
fire unto the Lord for a sweet savour: and the drink offering thereof shall be of wine, the fourth part of an
hin. And ye shall eat neither bread, nor parched corn, nor green ears, until the selfsame day that ye have
brought an offering unto your God: it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations in all your
dwellings." (Lev. 23:10-12).

The Wave Sheaf Offering takes place the day after the Saturday Sabbath in the Passover week. It was
prophetic of the resurrection of Christ and His ascent to heaven with the saints on that day.  "And the
graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after
His resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many." (Matt. 27:52,53). Jesus saith unto
her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto Him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. Jesus saith unto her,
Touch Me not; for I am not yet ascended to My Father: but go to My brethren, and say unto them, I ascend
unto My Father, and your Father; and to My God, and your God." (John 20:16,17). The ascent of Christ to
heaven with the saints was the wave sheaf of the dead.

Note the offerings given to the priest on that day, a perfect male lamb (a symbol of Christ), and the
ingredients for unleavened bread (olive oil and flour) and wine (symbols of those who partake in the body
and blood of Christ, His true followers). The wave sheaf offering is also a prophecy of the Rapture of the
Harpers, the wave sheaf of the living. (See No. 20, "The Rapture.")

"For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with
the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be
caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the
Lord." (1 Thess. 4:16,17).

The Feast of Weeks (the seven weeks between Passover and Pentecost) is a memorial of the great
harvest that came forth from the land of Egypt. It is a prophecy of the seven Spirits of God, who bring
forth the heavenly message of Christ, and in the process, gather the great harvest of the world into the
Kingdom of God.

The Pentecost is a memorial of the Holy Ghost, the heavenly messenger who wrote the Bible. "For the
prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the
Holy Ghost." (2 Peter 1:21). The Pentecost is also a memorial of Christ, the Word of God. "In the beginning
was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word was made flesh, and
dwelt among us, (and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace
and truth." (John 1:1,14). "Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our
fathers were under the cloud (pillar of smoke and fire - see Ex. 13:21,22), and all passed through the sea;
and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and did all eat the same spiritual meat
(manna); and did all drink the same spiritual drink (water from rocks): for they drank of that spiritual Rock
that followed them (part of the pillar of smoke and fire): and that Rock was Christ." (1 Corr. 10:1-4).

Here is the statute of the Pentecost. "And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the sabbath, from
the day that ye brought the sheaf of the wave offering; seven sabbaths shall be complete: even unto the
morrow after the seventh sabbath shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall offer a new meat (bread)
offering unto the Lord. Ye shall bring out of your habitations two wave loaves of two tenth deals: they
shall be of fine flour; they shall be baken with leaven; they are the firstfruits unto the Lord. And ye shall
offer with the bread seven lambs without blemish of the first year, and one young bullock, and two rams:
they shall be for a burnt offering unto the Lord, with their meat offering, and their drink offerings, even an
offering made by fire, of sweet savour unto the Lord. Then ye shall sacrifice one kid of the goats for a sin
offering, and two lambs of the first year for a sacrifice of peace offerings. And the priest shall wave them
with the bread of the firstfruits for a wave offering before the Lord with the two lambs: they shall be holy
to the Lord for the priest. And ye shall proclaim on the selfsame day, that it may be an holy convocation
unto you: ye shall do no servile work therein: it shall be a statute for ever in all your dwellings throughout
your generations." (Lev. 23:15-21).

The two wave loaves are a thank you offering to God for the land of milk and honey and bountiful
harvests He has given Israel. The whole service of the Pentecost has prophetic significance. The wave
loaves are a prophecy of the two groups, the 120 and the 3000 who began the Christian church. (See Acts
2.) In our time they are a prophecy of the 144,000 and the Great Multitude. (See Rev. 7.) The seven lambs
of the first year are a symbol of the seven Spirits of God, attached to Christ as the horns and eyes of the
Lamb. (See Rev. 5:6). The young bullock is an offering for the High Priest, who represents our High Priest
Christ. (See Lev. 16:6.) If I had a full understanding of the other offerings I would tell you, but I won't
guess. They do however all stand for people who have a part in delivering the Kingdom of God and
causing it to take over the whole earth. They are each an earthly representative or manifestation of some
member of the Holy Family.

The Feast of Trumpets is a memorial of the Battle of Jericho, a battle which was fought primarily by
spiritual means and which gave possession of the Holy Land to God's people. "And the Lord spake unto
Moses, saying, speak unto the children of Israel, saying, In the seventh month, in the first day of the
month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, an holy convocation." (Lev. 23:23,24).
The Feast of Trumpets is a prophecy of the battle to take over the whole earth for God's Kingdom.
Everyone marches (at least away from the cities, some go back most days to teach), the ministry blows the
trumpets, the people shout, and the Lord God of hosts does the rest.

The Day of Atonement is a memorial of God's mercy in cleansing away the sins of His people. "And this
shall be
a statute for ever unto you: that in the seventh month, on the tenth day of the month, ye shall
afflict your souls, and do no work at all, whether it be one of your own country, or a stranger that
sojourneth among you: for
on that day shall the priest make an atonement for you, to cleanse you, that ye
may be clean from all your sins before the Lord
. It shall be a sabbath of rest unto you, and ye shall afflict
your souls (remember and repent your sins), by a statute for ever. Thus shall Aaron (the High Priest) come
into the holy place: with a young bullock for a sin offering, and a ram for a burnt offering.  And he shall
take of the congregation of the children of Israel two kids of the goats for a sin offering, and one ram for
a burnt offering. And Aaron shall offer his bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and make an
atonement for himself, and for his house. And he shall take the two goats, and present them before the
Lord at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. And Aaron shall cast lots upon the two goats; one
lot for the Lord, and the other lot for the scapegoat. And Aaron shall bring the goat upon which the Lord's
lot fell, and offer him for a sin offering. But the goat, on which the lot fell to be the scapegoat, shall be
presented alive before the Lord, to make an atonement with him, and to let him go for a scapegoat into
the wilderness. And Aaron shall bring the bullock of the sin offering, which is for himself, and shall make
an atonement for himself, and for his house, and shall kill the bullock of the sin offering which is for
himself: and he shall take a censer full of burning coals of fire from off the altar before the Lord, and his
hands full of sweet incense beaten small, and bring it within the vail: and
he shall put the incense upon
the fire before the Lord, that the cloud of the incense may cover the mercy seat
that is upon the
testimony, that he die not:
and he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it with his finger
upon the mercy seat eastward
; and before the mercy seat shall he sprinkle of the blood with his finger
seven times.
Then shall he kill the goat of the sin offering, that is for the people, and bring his blood
within the vail, and do with that blood as he did with the blood of the bullock, and sprinkle it upon the
mercy seat
, and before the mercy seat: and he shall make an atonement for the holy place, because of the
uncleanness of the children of Israel, and because of their transgressions in all their sins: and so shall he
do for the tabernacle of the congregation, that remaineth among them in the midst of their uncleanness."
(Lev. 16:29-31,3,5-16).

The Day of Atonement is Christ's true day of birth. It is also a prophecy of the crucifixion of Christ, our
offering for sin, and the betrayal of Judas, the scapegoat, who left the flock of the disciples.

The Feast of Tabernacles is a memorial of dwelling in improvised structures in the wilderness of Egypt for
40 years. "Also in the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when ye have gathered in the fruit of the land,
ye shall keep a feast unto the Lord seven days: on the first day shall be a sabbath, and on the eighth day
shall be a sabbath. And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm
trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the Lord your
God seven days. And ye shall keep it a feast unto the Lord seven days in the year. It shall be a statute for
ever in your generations: ye shall celebrate it in the seventh month.
Ye shall dwell in booths seven days;
all that are Israelites born shall dwell in booths: that your generations may know that I made the children
of Israel to dwell in booths, when I brought them out of the land of Egypt
: I am the Lord your God." (Lev.
23:39-43).

The Feast of Tabernacles is also a prophecy that God's people will reside in isolated farms for many years
before they enter the Holy Land. As I live, saith the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a
stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you: and I will bring you out from the people,
and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a
stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and
there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of
Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God. And I will cause you to pass under the rod (give you His
chosen judge), and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant (teach you His Law): and I will purge out
from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against Me: I will bring them forth out of the country
where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of Israel: and ye shall know that I am the Lord."
(Ez. 20:33-38). This purging of the rebels and transgressors from the flock that Moses led from Egypt took
40 years of wandering in the wilderness. Moses took every person of Israel who was willing to leave
Egypt. When the Kingdom of God is gathered in the wilderness, it might be best to leave the unrepentant
sinners behind.

The New Moons are used to calculate the times of the Feasts of God and are a memorial of the
Ceremonial Law itself. They are a prophecy of the final kingdom on earth, the Kingdom of the saints of
God. "And it shall come to pass, that
from one new moon to another, and from one sabbath to another,
shall
all flesh come to worship before me, saith the Lord." (Is. 66:23). "And the kingdom and dominion, and
the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be given to the people of the saints of the
most High, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and
all dominions shall serve and obey Him." (Dan.
7:27).

Amo Paul Bishop Roden