“For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.”
1 Thessalonians 4: 16-17 NKJV
During our last session we found out about the basic principle of the coming of Christ and it’s prophetic pattern laid down in the beginning. The Book of Genesis revealed unto us the basic intent presented for pattern of the coming of Christ for his bride; whereby he leaves His abode and Father to join with his bride here in her abode (earth).
Moses wrote the first five books of the Old Testament (Pentateuch) and Jesus made a profound statement concerning those books in the Gospel of John.
If you believed in Moses, you would believe in me; for he wrote about me.
John 5:46 NKJV
The Pentateuch were all about Christ. They presented several prophetic patterns about his comings and the work he came to fulfill.
The book of Genesis gave us the basic pattern of his coming for the church; as we studied in the previous session.
Let’s us take a look at the pattern of Christ coming, further
revealed in the Book of Exodus.
The name Jesus refers to salvation. Jesus is an English version of his Greek name. He wasn’t called “Jesus”. His name as called by the
Greeks was “Iesous” but the name actually given was in Hebrew.
Jesus was neither an English man nor Greek; he was Hebrew. His real name was “YESHUA“or “YEHOSHUA” which means “salvation ” or more accurately, Yahweh saves.”
His name had been prophesied from the very beginning. His name
was and is his mandate – to save. We see this the very first time the Angel Gabriel proclaimed his birth and mandate to Joseph.
“She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will SAVE His people from their sins.”
We also see this again on the day of his presentation to the Lord
in the temple as a firstborn son.
When Simon met baby Jesus; this is what he had to say:
“For my eyes have seen Your SALVATION, Which You have prepared in
the presence of all peoples,”
What he literally told God in prayer was “my eyes have seen Your Yeshua (Jesus) which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples.
Moses wrote about Him (John 5:46). Let’s study the prophecy concerning his name in the Pentateuch.
“The LORD (Yahweh) is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation(Yeshua). This is my God, and I will praise Him; My father’s God, and I will exalt Him.”
Exodus 15:3 NKJV
Now taking the first phrase; this is what Moses said :
YAHWEH is my strength and song, He has become my YESHUA….
Jesus has always been present as the manifestation (image) of the invisible Yahweh (God – the Father) unto all of Yahweh’s creation (Colossians 1:15).
Remember when he told the Pharisees that “before Abraham was I AM” ( John 8:58). Meditate on this!!
With this exposition as our backdrop, let us quickly look at the
prophetic pattern of Jesus’ second coming in the Book of Exodus. Keep the opening passage
in mind (1 Thessalonians 4:16-17) and we will see how Paul drew the
“Now Mount Sinai was all in smoke because THE LORD DESCENDED upon it in fire; and its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace, and the whole mountain quaked violently.
When the SOUND OF THE TRUMPET grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered him with thunder.
The LORD (Yahweh who became Yeshua) CAME DOWN TO MOUNT SINAI, to the top of the mountain; and the LORD CALLED MOSES to the top of the mountain, and MOSES WENT UP.”
This represented the visitation of the Lord (Yahweh who has become
Yeshua) on mount Sinai. Let us look at the pattern using these
Compare this passage with Paul’s statement in the New Testament.
In Exodus 19:18, “the Lord descended.” In 1 Thessalonians 4:16 we read that “the Lord Himself will descend from heaven.” In both cases the Lord descended from His abide in Heaven.
In Exodus 19:19, “the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder.”
In 1 Thessalonians 4:16 we read of “the voice of the archangel and
the trumpet of God.” There was the sound of the trumpet of God in both cases.
In Exodus 19:20, “Moses went up…” to meet the Lord. The top of mountains are usually covered in clouds because of its altitude. In 1 Thessalonians 4:17 the saints are “caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air.”
A comparison of Paul’s statements with the book of Exodus shows
clearly that Paul had studied Moses and by divine revelation, knew that the pattern of Christ’s second coming was laid down many years earlier when the Lord came to earth upon Mount Sinai.
Later, Moses came down to the earth and spoke to his people. He went and met the Lord in the clouds but came down to the people later on. We see that in the last verse of the chapter.
“So Moses WENT DOWN to the people and told them.”
What can this tell us concerning Christ second coming and specially, about our meeting Hin and returning back to the earth?
The pattern depicts that just like Moses, the saints will go up to meet the Lord but return to the earth to continue the Kingdom assignment.
This is the answer to the prophecy God revealed to Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel. The stone that represented the kingdom of God crushed the statue (kingdoms of men/ world) and grew to be a huge mountain filling the entire earth (Daniel 2:35, 44). The kingdom once set up (on the day of Pentecost) will continue to spread (multiply in population, influence and dominance) till it fills the whole earth, consuming all other kingdoms on its path. There will be no end to the increase of this Kingdom(Isaiah 9:7). This what the Word of God says. If the saints(citizens and ambassadors) of the kingdom are be taken away from earth, how can that be fulfilled ?
This is the pattern of Christ’s second coming, laid down in the beginning. Certainly the writings of Moses were about Him and we have to
believe them. Do you believe his writings ?
In our next session, we will delve deeper into another pattern in
the writings (Pentateuch) of Moses.