Last week, as I readied another article about the Kingdom of God and the Law of God, God spoke to me.
He asked if I loved Him. I was shocked speechless, I felt my ministry existed because I loved God. Then
He said, "Feed my Lambs."
I understood immediately, He was telling me that there was not enough Christ on my website. I had even
written about feeding Christ's lambs. Here is an excerpt from No. 46, "The Simon Peter Ministry."
"So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou Me more than
these? He saith unto Him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love Thee. He saith unto him, Feed My lambs."
(John 21:15). Lambs are fed mother's milk. And mother's milk for all new Christians is found in the
Gospels. This is the message of the blood of Christ for our reconciliation with God, the good news of His
sacrifice for us and the living water of His words. The Christian church does a magnificent job of teaching
this message." ("The Simon Peter Ministry").
I protested that most of the Christian ministry feeds the lambs, but few feed the sheep, provide a
message about the Law and the Kingdom. God did not answer me, He just left me to contemplate His
words. At first I felt that the ministers of Christ knew everything there was to know about Christ, then I
recollected that several years ago, the Holy Ghost explained to me that Christ fulfilled the signs of
Moses. Although I published a tract that included that revelation then, it has not appeared on this
website. Hence this article.
Here are the signs that God gave Moses to convince the children of Israel that God sent him. "And
Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will
say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee. And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And
he said, A rod. And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent;
and Moses fled from before it. And the Lord said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail.
And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: that they may believe that the
Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared
unto thee. And the Lord said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his
hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow. And he said, Put
thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his
bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh. And it shall come to pass, if they will not
believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter
sign. And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy
voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which
thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land." (Exodus 4:1-9).
To summarize the three signs: the shepherd rod became a serpent when it was cast down, then changed
back into a shepherd rod when it was taken up; the hand became leprous, then was healed; and the
water turned to blood.
Christ performed the signs in the reverse of the order that they were shown to Moses. He performed the
sign of the water becoming blood at the beginning of His ministry. Christ fulfilled this with the same
secrecy that caused Him to cloak His message in parables, so that the unrighteous would not
understand. "And He said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others
in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand." (Luke 8:10). Even
the disciples could not have understood that this sign was fulfilled until after the Last Supper.
"And the third day there was a marriage in Cana of Galilee; and the mother of Jesus was there: and both
Jesus was called, and His disciples, to the marriage. And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus
saith unto Him, They have no wine. Jesus saith unto her, Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour
is not yet come. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it. And there were
set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three
firkins apiece. Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
And He saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it. When
the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the
servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and saith unto
him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that
which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now. This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana
of Galilee, and manifested forth His glory; and His disciples believed on him." (John 2:1-11).
Moses was a man, he poured water on the ground and it became blood. Christ was the Son of God, He
changed water, not to blood, but to wine, the symbol of His blood. It is a measure of Christ's divinity that
He fulfilled this sign in such a spectacular way.
Although the disciples marveled, and believed Him to be the Messiah, they did not understand the
significance of the sign. They were confused about the connection of wine and Christ's blood until He
explained at the Last Supper.
"And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and
said, Take, eat; this is My body. And He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink
ye all of it; for this is My blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new
with you in My Father’s kingdom." (Matt. 26:26-29).
The second sign which Christ did was the leprous hand, the miracle of healing which Moses was given.
Christ did all manner of healing during His ministry and even raised the dead three times. He fulfilled this
sign also in a way consistent with His divinity.
The third sign which Christ was given was the shepherd rod that became a serpent. Christ said Himself
that He was a shepherd. "I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep. As
the Father knoweth Me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down My life for the sheep. And other sheep
I have (of the ten scattered tribes), which are not of this fold (Judah): them also I must bring (into the
Kingdom), and they shall hear My voice (through the mouths of the Apostles and Christ's chosen
messenger, Paul); and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd (see Ez. 37:15-28). Therefore doth My
Father love Me, because I lay down My life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from Me, but I lay it
down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I
received of My Father." (John 10:11,15-18).
When Christ lay down His life and took it up again, He did so as the shepherd rod that became a serpent.
"The Lord's voice (Christ) crieth unto the city (Jerusalem), and the man of wisdom shall see thy name
(Yeshua, Messiah): hear ye the rod (Christ), and who hath appointed it (God)." (Micah 6:9).
Christ referred to His death on the cross by likening Himself to Moses' brazen serpent. "And 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." (John 3:13,14).
Here is the story of the brazen serpent. "And the Lord sent fiery serpents among the people, and they bit
the people; and much people of Israel died. Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have
sinned, for we have spoken against the Lord, and against thee; pray unto the Lord, that he take away the
serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people. And the Lord said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery
serpent, and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh
upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if
a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived." (Numbers 21:6-9).
When Christ was lifted up on the cross to die, He became the Brazen Serpent. But even as Christ was
lifted up, He lay down His life, as the Shepherd Rod. So at Christ's death, He was the Shepherd Rod which
was laid down and became the Brazen Serpent. With Christ's resurrection, He was lifted up again as a
Shepherd Rod. He began His ministry again, teaching the disciples the scriptures concerning Himself.
When Moses raised up the brazen serpent in the wilderness it healed snake bitten sinners, and saved
their lives. When Christ was raised up as the Brazen Serpent on the cross, it healed sinners bitten by
that old serpent, Satan, and saved their souls. Once again, we see the difference between humanity and
divinity in fulfilling the signs.
When Moses cast down his shepherd rod, it became a serpent and ate up the serpents of the other wise
men. "And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the Lord had commanded: and
Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent. Then
Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like
manner with their enchantments. For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but
Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods." (Exodus 7:10-12).
When Christ laid down His life on the cross, His death rent the veil in the temple. "Jesus, when He had
cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost. And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain
from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent..." (Matt. 27:50,51).
The tearing of the veil from top to bottom was a sign of the end of the temple sacrifice and oblation.
"Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and
to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness,
and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy. Know therefore and understand,
that from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the
Prince shall be seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall,
even in troublous times. And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for
Himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the
end thereof shall be with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined. And He shall
confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week He shall cause the sacrifice
and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations He shall make it desolate, even
until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate." (Dan. 9:24-27).
When Christ's death caused the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, He ended both the purpose of the
temple (sacrifice of animals to glorify God) and the support of the priesthood, the oblation (offerings).
Christ replaced the Hebrew priesthood with the Apostles and Paul, who taught His message. At the end
of the period of this prophecy (the seventy weeks ended about 70 AD), God caused the temple itself to
be destroyed. So the true shepherd's rod ate up the false.
Finally, where Moses healed his own hand as a miracle, Christ, in His divinity, did countless miracles of
healing. (For a full discussion of the sign of the leprous hand, see No. 92, "Yeshua And The Messianic
Prophecies, Part 2, The Hidden Messiah.")
This message is of a sort that should be preached to our brothers, the known Jews. For that purpose,
here is what Moses said of Christ.
"The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me;
unto Him ye shall hearken; according to all that thou desiredst of the Lord thy God in Horeb in the day of
the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God, neither let me see this great
fire any more, that I die not. And the Lord said unto me, They have well spoken that which they have
spoken (they prefer to hear God's words through the mouth of a man). I will raise them up a Prophet from
among their brethren, like unto thee (Moses), and will put My words in his mouth; and He shall speak
unto them all that I shall command Him. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto
My words which He shall speak in My name, I will require it of him." (Deut. 18:15-19).
The Jews have been judged for refusing the message of Christ, both in the destruction of Jerusalem and
their exile, and in the Holocaust. But God still loves them. They are still His chosen people. Someday
soon, through the efforts of Christians and Messianic Jews, many will come to Christ.
Amo Paul Bishop Roden