“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
During our last session we found out more about the prophetic
patterns of Christ’s coming laid, down in the Pentateuch.
Let’s us take a look at another pattern laid down in the writings
“13 So MOSES AROSE with JOSHUA his servant, and Moses went up to the mountain of God.
14 But to the elders he said, “WAIT HERE FOR US UNTIL WE RETURN FOR YOU”. And behold, Aaron and Hur are with you; whoever has a legal matter, let him approach them.”
15 Then Moses went up to the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain.
16 The glory of the LORD rested on Mount Sinai, AND THE CLOUD COVERED IT FOR SIX DAYS; AND ON THE SEVENTH DAY, He called to Moses from the midst of the cloud.
17 And to the eyes of the sons of Israel the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the mountaintop.
18 MOSES ENTERED THE MIDST OF THE CLOUD as he went up to the mountain; and Moses was on the mountain forty days and forty nights.”
Exodus 24:13-18 NKJV
This sequence of events sets the prophetic pattern of Jesus’
resurrection, ascension, and second coming. Don’t not forget what Jesus stated in the previous session: “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me.” (John 5:46 NKJV)
Let us scrutinize this prophetic pattern of Jesus written and demonstrated by Moses. Starting with the verse 13, we see Moses with Joshua, Yashua or Yehoshua(Jesus).
For the Hebrew name for Joshua is the name as for Jesus. They both shared the same name, literally. Like I mentioned earlier in this series, Jesus is the English translation of Yashua in Greek (Iēsous). Joshua is the same English translation of the Hebrew name Yashua. This suggests the prophetic link between Moses and Jesus.
The Book of Acts affirmed to the truth that Moses is an Old Testament type or pattern of Jesus Christ. It says here:
“This is the Moses who said to the sons of Israel, ‘GOD WILL RAISE
UP FOR YOU A PROPHET LIKE ME FROM YOUR BRETHREN, Him shall you hear’”
Acts 7:47 NKJV
Jesus is the prophet referred to in the passage, as raised up like Moses. This affirms their prophetic link to each other. Both were mediators of covenants. Young children were being brutally murdered during their birth time and they both were miraculously spared. Isn’t that amazing?
Let’s go back to the passage in the Book of Exodus and see the
link between this pattern and that of Jesus Christ, and not only Him
as the head but His Body- the Church.
“Moses arose with Joshua, his servant …”
This pattern can be compared to the resurrection of Jesus from the dead. Hence, displaying in prophetic type, Moses rose
from the dead. This is also linked to the resurrection of the body of Christ – the church- from the Dead. Moses In this case, represents Jesus Christ.
This time Moses arose with another person, Joshua, His servant. This lays further and stronger emphasis about Jesus and His body, the church. Joshua also represents the body of Christ, who are both brethren and bond servants of Christ.
“…Moses went up to the mountain of God.”
This pictures Ascension.
Yet before ascending, Moses told the elders, “Wait here for us
until we return to you.” This is almost like what Jesus said to His
disciples prior to His ascension in Luke 24:49 and Acts 1:4. They
were to “wait” in Jerusalem until the Holy Spirit came upon them.
Jesus then disappeared into a cloud, as we read in Acts 1:9,
“And after He had said these things, He was lifted up while they
were looking on, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.”
Note that after this statement, Moses went up the mountain and the CLOUD covered the mountain. This is quite similar to that of Jesus in His ascension. For the clouds hid him (Moses) from the sight of the elders who like the disciples of Jesus, were onlookers.
But we see here that Moses stayed in the clouds for a limited
amount of time -forty days and nights. Jesus was hid in the clouds in his ascension for a limited time too. He is also coming back. His stay in the clouds, just like Moses, is time bound.
The same pattern goes for His Body- the Church. As we can see in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, that we shall be caught up in the clouds and meet the Lord in the air…
This is like Moses (representing the body of Christ) who met the Lord (Jesus) in the clouds high up above groundlevel. From the passage in the Book of Exodusi; the clouds covered the Mountain for six days.
MOSES ENTERED THE MIDST OF THE CLOUD as he went up to the mountain….
The cloud covered the mountain. Then the passage narrates that He entered into the clouds. How high up in the air, we cannot say, but the pattern here shows clearly that Moses stayed for an amount of time and returned.
Moses wasn’t up in the clouds forever, finding out how it manages to return rain. He returned back to the earth to continue with his mission.
The same goes for the Pattern of the believers that we seen in the passage in the fourth chapter of 1 Thessalonians.
Moses represented Jesus Christ in the first phase and now represents His body (the church), meeting the Lord (Jesus) in the midst of the clouds and returning to the rest of mankind on earth to complete the mission of increasing the kingdom and its influence until the Kingdom takes over the whole world just as God revealed to Daniel, Nebuchadnezzar, Isaiah etc.
The Lord Jesus is already on his way from his Father
to join with His bride on her abode (earth). And Just like Moses,
The believers will go to meet him in the clouds (on earth not outer
space like Mars) and return.
“For this reason a man shall LEAVE his FATHER and his mother, and
be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh.”
The Groom and the bride shall meet and they will both return to the bride’s
abode, joined in marriage.
In our next session, we will take on the next phrase “caught up” as
we glean more understanding of this glorious phenomenon.