365 Prophecies: Prophecy 22
The Blood shall be the sign of God’s covenant to Pass over the sins of the believer.
Old Testament Prediction:
Exodus 12:13 “Now the blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over you; and the plague shall not be on you to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.”
New Testament Fulfillment:
Romans 5:8-9 “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”
In this 22nd prophecy, we see that the blood of the Passover lamb, placed on the door post of each household of Israel, caused the judgment of God to pass over those who believed.
When the angel who brought judgment saw the Blood of the Lamb on the door, those persons who took refuge in that house were spared. When God’s judgment arrived, as He saw the Blood of the Lamb, His wrath and judgment were precluded from hurting anyone who stood under its protection under the provisions of God’s word.
The Passover feast was a picture of the coming of Jesus as the Lamb of God who would take away the sins of the whole world by His one sacrifice. When any person places the Blood of Jesus’ sacrifice upon the doorpost of their heart today, death and judgement from God passes over them also, and they are covered by God’s Grace and Mercy.
It is the Blood of Jesus Christ, our Passover Lamb, which justifies us before God and saves us from the coming wrath of God upon all sin.
Whatever it is that you have done in your life which has caused you and others pain and suffering, all of these things are covered by the Blood of Jesus Christ. There is no sin, no terrible and vile act which we have done, that Jesus cannot remove it by His precious blood. Jesus’ blood is the ultimate stain remover. Though we may sometimes feel completely unworthy of the love that the Lord has given us, it was for this express purpose that He died—to remove our sins forever.
The blood of Jesus’ sacrifice does not simply cover up our sins: It completely removes them as if they never existed. The requirement for admission into heaven is perfection. When a person believes that Jesus died for his sins and receives the forgiveness that He offers by His sacrifice, the blood that He shed while on the cross wipes away all our sins and makes us as if we had never sinned in our entire life. From the moment of our confession to Jesus and the acceptance of His death for our sins, we are made perfect in the sight of God.
Colossians 2:13-14 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.
Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus…
The Importance of Blood
God has established the principle that blood is the element which cleanses our sins. When I first heard that blood must be shed for my sins, I was shocked and horrified. Most of us attribute blood to something awful, ugly and repulsive. This is the exact purpose that God had in mind: Our sins are awful, ugly and repulsive. Therefore, it will take something equally horrific to cleanse us. None of us will fully realize the horror that our actions have caused during our lives until we are with the Lord in heaven. The fact that our sins required the death of God’s Son should give us a moment of pause to realize the seriousness of our condition. It was not easy for the Father to allow His Son to die for us. It was not easy for Jesus to take the permanent body of a human being and allow men to torture and brutalize Him, so that all of our sins could be cleansed.
The true definition of sin
Sin is defined as moral imperfection. We all recognize that there is something terribly wrong with the world today. All around us we see and hear things that people do that shock us and cause our heart to feel a sense of sadness. We know that people should not harm each other, take advantage of one another and exhibit such self centered behavior. The world could be such a wonderful place if somehow we could all just treat each other better. What causes the selfish and immoral actions of a human being? Why do people want to hurt others? From deep within us, our heart cries out for justice, mercy, peace and love. We earnestly desire a life unencumbered by stress, anxiety and fear.
We seem to know and understand what is right, but when the time comes for us to personally do what is right, we often find it difficult if not impossible.
Everyday that we rise to greet a new day, news of pain and suffering fill the newspapers, television and our electronic devices. We ache within our soul for goodness to come upon all the people of our planet, yet in never does. The longer we live on the earth the worse things seem to get. Day after day injustice and selfishness plague us, depriving our world of the joy that could be ours if we were all better people.
One of the most profound proofs for the existence of God in my estimation, is the description by God of our human condition. Everything that the Bible says about us as human beings is absolutely true. The Bible is the only document that is completely honest with us about our genuine moral condition. All of the people who are depicted in the Bible are shown to us with their failures, weaknesses, and wrongful actions. Their lives are on public exhibition before us, not to shame these individuals, but so that we might see that even those who have committed their lives to following God’s way, are still fallible. Without the help and mercy of the Living God, none of us would have any hope of becoming the person we genuinely want to be.
Sin is the act of translating specific thoughts into actions that are morally wrong. All of us understand that certain behaviors are a violation of a moral code of decency that we have implanted in our heart. Whether a person believes that God exists or not, everyone agrees that certain behaviors and actions are morally wrong: the abuse and torture of a child or elderly person, taking something of value that belongs to other people without their permission, and the killing of those who are innocent. These types of behaviors are generally considered wrongful actions by most human beings.
What determines whether or not something is considered morally wrong depends largely on an individual person’s definition of injustice. The problem with using the individual moral judgment of someone’s own feelings is that these feelings vary from person to person. There must be a universally acceptable basis for all morality. For the majority of people who live on the earth, the law of God, as described in the Bible, is the foundation for how we treat each other.
We can trace every law that exists today in virtually every country as having their basis and origin from the Ten Commandments of the Bible. Even those societies who do not believe in the first four commandments that deal with a person’s relationship with God do agree that the last six are important and are a part of all cultures and social orders.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. (Lie)
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.
To sin is to break these moral laws, which have not only been established by God in the Bible, but have been accepted by all nations and people as a moral code.
Over the years, the word that has been used for someone who commits a wrongful moral act is to designate this person a sinner. In ancient England, those who drew the bow to strike the bullseye of a target were called a sinner if they missed the mark of perfection. This term was later used as a meaningful definition for all human behavior in relationship to God’s law. When we miss the mark of perfection in our words and actions, we are called a sinner. This term is not meant as a derogatory remark but simply as an accurate description for what immoral behavior is defined as.
Sin originates in the heart
The source of these wrongful behaviors come from the inner fiber of a person’s being. Sin comes from the heart of a person and are not simply outward and unconnected acts. What we do comes from who we are.
This is why all human beings are called sinners. At the core of our being we are flawed. Our tendency is towards wrongful words and actions, not towards those things that are right. We are capable of wonderful deeds of which we may frequently perform. We are, however, more likely to commit unjust acts in many of the situations of our life.
How many times during a day do we have a wrong thought, action or word? If we would measure these against the good things we do throughout our day, we will be shocked to discover we are most times a sinner. This came as a terrible revelation to me when I began to make a mental note throughout my day how many times I commit sin.
If you carefully study human beings, you will notice one startling fact: We are all selfish and self-centered. Now, there are many moments when we are kind, considerate, generous, and thoughtful. These moments are wonderful examples of what a human being is capable of. The problem is that these moments are infrequent in our life. We can be entirely generous and self-sacrificing in one moment; seconds later, so angry that we could inflict harm or death on a person. If we were morally perfect, we would always be kind, generous and thoughtful. The fact that we are not is an indication that something is terribly amiss with our basic nature.
When God originally designed human beings for life on earth, we were perfect in all of our thoughts, words, and deeds. It was at the moment of Adam’s disobedience and personal choice to reject God’s authority over his life that sin entered his being. Because we are descended from this one man, we have all inherited his nature towards wrongful actions; and therefore, we do not have the capacity to be morally perfect.
God describes the true nature of all human beings, in Genesis Chapter 6:
Genesis 6:5 Then the LORD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.
The difficult concept for us to grasp is that it is our heart that is the culprit behind all of our wrongful actions. We do not really have the capacity to understand the deceitfulness of our own heart, nor its tendency towards evil.
Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is deceitful above all things, And desperately wicked; Who can know it?”
The wonderful and yet difficult fact of the Bible is that although God loves us tremendously, He is also brutally honest with us. The Bible describes all human beings exactly as they are: sinners with no hope of redemption by themselves. We are all a mess and we need Help. We cannot repair ourselves; it will take God to change us and make us into new people. This was the purpose of Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross: A perfect human being, dying for the sins of all other human beings. Jesus possesses the life of the eternal God, dwelling in the body of a man. He is described as the Creator and Sustainer of all things (Colossians 1:17). When Jesus became a human being and then lived a morally perfect life, He was qualified to offer His perfect life in exchange for all of our imperfect lives.
The Bible teaches that the Blood of Jesus Christ has the capacity to cleanse us of all our sins and make us perfect in the sight of God. This qualifies us for admission into heaven. The Bible describes the fact that only the Blood of Jesus Christ can do this for us. There is no other way.
Hebrews 9:22 And according to the law almost all things are purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission (cancellation of our debt).
Sin is so much more horrible than we can really fathom. For a large part of my Christian life, I did not like to discuss or bring up the subject of sin. It was offensive to me as it is to most other people. The thought that we are known as sinners, is a grossly negative term. This is not so much a title of degradation or humiliation, as it is intended by God as a justifiable description of who and what we are.
We are not called “sinners” because we sin; we sin because we are “sinners.”
Sin is what we do because it is what we are best at. Does this offend you? It should; it certainly offends me. How can I be labeled as someone who constantly does unrighteous acts? This seems cruel and unfair. The fact is, as we look around the world (because we don’t often look at ourselves), we see that the people who live on earth are a mess. I have traveled to a number of places around the world, and I have noticed something that is true everywhere I go: People are the same. In our basic nature, people from all over the earth have one thing in common: We are all sinners.
Prophecy 22 establishes the fact that it is the Blood of God’s Lamb that causes His judgment for our sins to pass over us and declare us not guilty. The blood of the Passover Lamb of Exodus chapter 12 is fulfilled in this 22nd Old Testament Prophecy by Jesus’ death for us as the Lamb of God who has taken away all our sins and makes us perfect in the sight of God.