A Lamb, A Shofar, A Lion in God’s Timeline

There was, a long time ago, a garden where its flowers, fruit trees, and all herbage spread a beautiful aroma, a perfect smell throughout their small world, lifting up the wisdom, the goodness and mercy of our God, in the beginning of time. A small world, then, composed of only two persons, and all animals in a perfect world. Innocence shone everywhere a brilliant shine of harmonious beauty. God and man communed daily in the cool of a day, without interruption. It was like heaven on earth. A world we all long for. One day, however, this harmonious peace was interrupted by the serpent, a creature of more subtle and crafty personality than any living creature God had made (Gen. 3:1). In agreement with the devil, who in the past, a beautiful archangel, was thrown out of heaven for sinning against God. By nature, being crafty, the devil used it to tempt Eve. No longer a place where God came to commune with his creation, the garden became more like a court, where Adam, Eve and the serpent or the devil heard their verdicts. A curse fell on all, including the earth, and all other of God’s creation.

Doomed with guilt, Adam and Eve needed help. First, they needed physical covering, for they had lost their innocence in the process of falling into temptation. Second, and most important of all, they needed forgiveness, a covering for their soul. God then provided for them long coats of skins and clothed them (Gen. 3: 21). If these coats were derived from animals, here we have a complete covering- for the body and for the soul, in that required life- the blood for their forgiveness. The Bible does not say if these coats were made from sacrificed animals or not, but we understand that the sacrifice that mattered to God, was the sacrifice of a living animal. Without the shedding of blood, there can be no forgiveness of sins (Heb. 9:22). God rejected the sacrifice of Cain, for this reason- his was from the ground. Contrary to Cain’s, God received Abel’s, for he offered of the firstborn of his flock. He offered a pleasing sacrifice to God, which pointed to His redemptive plan to be executed many years later, when YAHSHUA, the Lamb of God would empty Himself of life through the shedding of His blood for the salvation of the world, confirmed by John the Baptist, when he uttered the words, “Behold, the Lamb of God, Who takes away the sins of the world.”

The shofar or the ram’s horn, has a very significant meaning embedded in the Jewish tradition. It not only signals and alerts the army, but it is used in the coronation of a king. To the bride of Christ, the shofar is a trumpet. The trumpet that will be used to summon her to meet her bridegroom, YAHSHUA, in the air. Paul defines it as the trumpet of God. It is the only place where a trumpet is defined as the trumpet of God. Other places as in Exodus 19:19, it is said that the voice of the trumpet was coming not from man: And when the voice of the trumpet sounded long, and waxed louder and louder, Moses spoke and God answered by a voice; in Zechariah 9:14, which is the last reference found in the Old Testament, it says, The Lord God shall blow the trumpet.  In Revelation 4:1 John writes, after this I looked and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice which I had heard addressing me like a war trumpet said, come up here, and I will show you what must take place in the future. In all three passages, the trumpet is defined as the voice of God or as God Himself blowing the trumpets. in I Thessalonians 4:16 however, Paul says, For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud cry of summons, with the shout of an archangel and with the blast of the trumpet of God. When Paul defined the trumpet as the “trumpet of God,” this possibly implies He is sounding the trumpet, to summon us to Himself. It will be a blast, with power and might for all His people to hear, including those who were dead.

YAHSHUA was a lamb in the significance of His sacrificial atonement for humanity. He came from a humble, deprived of the world’s goods family, with the profession of carpentry. He humbled Himself at the hands of men, just as a lamb is humbled on the altar of its sacrifice. But as a lion, the lion of Judah, He will come a second time, not as a suffering Savior, or a Lamb ready for the sacrifice, but as a powerful, majestic King. Every knee will bow before Him; every tongue from all tribes and nations will acknowledge Him as Lord of all lords and King of all kings. Of the increase of His government and of peace there shall be no end upon the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth, even forevermore… (Isaiah 9:7). In God’s time-line the Lamb of God shed His blood for humankind, once and for all, sealing God’s redemption for all who will receive His Son. As a Lion, YAHSHUA will roar over the nations, bringing judgment to evil people. In God’s time-line He will sound His trumpet to summon all believers home, to live with Him forever and ever amen! A time-line that only He knows the time in which He will execute His future plans. Meanwhile, we groan, we pray, we sigh with expectation crying, “Even so come Lord YAHSHUA!” Here stand the Lamb, the shofar and the Lion connecting the dots to God’s final purpose for all of us in His time-line. A beautiful, perfect plan will happen in His perfect time for those who love Him. In relationship with Him, His bride will rejoice at His presence, completed and filled with joy, unspeakable joy, never before experienced in His perfect time-line

THINK ABOUT IT!

Author: Jacinta da Cruz Rodgers

I have been committed to teaching the truth of the Word of God beginning with Trans World Radio on Bonaire, N.A and Swaziland, Africa (1969-1980), then through churches in the United States in both English and Portuguese and then through ministry in Israel (2005-2006). This ministry continues through local Bible studies and outreach to the world via the internet. I have written a book about my life from that of an orphan in Brazil to missionary in 5 countries. You can find out more on the "Book" page of our blog site.

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