Hebrew Light-line

The Biblical history of the Hebrews exhibits a Light-line.

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1. Abrahamic Covenant (Light)

In Genesis 12 we find God beginning to make a covenant with Abram. Most significant here is the promise, “in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:3) – the promise that of Abraham’s lineage would come the Messiah, the Light of the world.

2. Isaac Nearly Sacrificed (Cornea)

As Christ’s baptism (“cornea” event) was a type of His death (“deadline” event), burial, and resurrection (Romans 6:3-4), so what Abraham did upon Mount Moriah (“cornea” event) was a type of what the Father would do in offering his Son as a sacrifice for sin on Calvary (“deadline” event).

And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. Genesis 22:9-11.

In obeying God’s inexplicable command, Abraham gave ultimate proof that he feared God. The Angel of the Lord said, “now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.” Genesis 22:12.

Then the Lord (Angel) brought the light of the Hebrew Covenant into greater focus:

By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. Genesis 22:16-18.

This was the last time the Lord expressed the Covenant in the story of Abraham.

3. Tables of Stone (Lens)

The focused light of God’s Covenant was brought into perfect focus at Mount Sinai. There God wrote with his own finger the two “tables of the covenant” (Deuteronomy 9:11).

There is not a moral precept enjoined in any part of the Bible which is not engraved with the finger of God in His holy law on the two tables of stone. Sons and Daughters of God, 56.3.

4. Saul (Retina)

The “retina” event of the Final Redemption Light-line is the enactment of a national Sunday Law in the U.S. Then the Lord of the Sabbath will be effectually rejected by America, and the “man of sin” (2 Thessalonians 2:3) set up in His place. The corresponding event in both the Story of Redemption and 70th Week Light-lines is the Crucifixion of Christ, when the Jewish nation killed Jesus, choosing for themselves Barabbas – a man of sin.

The Light of the world was the only King of the Hebrews until they rejected Him, choosing a human king in His place. When the elders of Israel asked for a king, the Lord told Samuel, “they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them” (1 Samuel 8:7). The Lord gave to the Israelite people Saul as a king. Not surprisingly, he turned out to be a sinful king, a man of sin, to the end.

5. Solomon (Image)

Upon the young king Solomon was seen a spectacular outpouring of the “spirit of wisdom” (Isaiah 11:2 & Ephesians 1:17).

The wisdom that Solomon desired above riches, honor, or long life, God gave him. His petition for a quick mind, a large heart, and a tender spirit was granted. “God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the seashore. And Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men; . . . and his fame was in all nations round about.” 1 Kings 4:29-31.

“And all Israel . . . feared the king: for they saw that the wisdom of God was in him, to do judgment.” 1 Kings 3:28. The hearts of the people were turned toward Solomon, as they had been toward David, and they obeyed him in all things. “Solomon . . . was strengthened in his kingdom, and the Lord his God was with him, and magnified him exceedingly.” 2 Chronicles 1:1.

For many years Solomon’s life was marked with devotion to God, with uprightness and firm principle, and with strict obedience to God’s commands. He directed in every important enterprise and managed wisely the business matters connected with the kingdom. His wealth and wisdom, the magnificent buildings and public works that he constructed during the early years of his reign, the energy, piety, justice, and magnanimity that he revealed in word and deed, won the loyalty of his subjects and the admiration and homage of the rulers of many lands.

The name of Jehovah was greatly honored during the first part of Solomon’s reign. The wisdom and righteousness revealed by the king bore witness to all nations of the excellency of the attributes of the God whom he served. For a time Israel was as the light of the world, showing forth the greatness of Jehovah. Not in the surpassing wisdom, the fabulous riches, the far-reaching power and fame that were his, lay the real glory of Solomon’s early reign; but in the honor that he brought to the name of the God of Israel through a wise use of the gifts of Heaven.  Prophets and Kings, 31.4 – 32.3.

Solomon was clearly an imperfect type of the 144,000. Whereas the 144,000 remain “without fault before the throne of God,” Solomon was eventually led astray into idolatry by his wives. Nevertheless, in the early part of his reign, God used Solomon to give an especial display of His “image,” His character, to the world.

6. General Failure of Judiasm  (Action)

 Had Israel been true to her trust, all the nations of earth would have shared in her blessings. But the hearts of those to whom had been entrusted a knowledge of saving truth, were untouched by the needs of those around them. As God’s purpose was lost sight of, the heathen came to be looked upon as beyond the pale of His mercy. The light of truth was withheld, and darkness prevailed. The nations were overspread with a veil of ignorance; the love of God was little known; error and superstition flourished.  Prophets and Kings, 371.1.

Had Israel been true to God, He could have accomplished His purpose through their honor and exaltation. If they had walked in the ways of obedience, He would have made them “high above all nations which He hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honor.” “All people of the earth,” said Moses, “shall see that thou art called by the name of the Lord; and they shall be afraid of thee.” “The nations which shall hear all these statutes” shall say, “Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people.” Deuteronomy 26:19;  28:10; Deuteronomy 4:6. But because of their unfaithfulness, God’s purpose could be wrought out only through continued adversity and humiliation.

They were brought into subjection to Babylon, and scattered through the lands of the heathen. In affliction many renewed their faithfulness to His covenant. While they hung their harps upon the willows, and mourned for the holy temple that was laid waste, the light of truth shone out through them, and a knowledge of God was spread among the nations. The heathen systems of sacrifice were a perversion of the system that God had appointed; and many a sincere observer of heathen rites learned from the Hebrews the meaning of the service divinely ordained, and in faith grasped the promise of a Redeemer.

Many of the exiles suffered persecution. Not a few lost their lives because of their refusal to disregard the Sabbath and to observe the heathen festivals. As idolaters were roused to crush out the truth, the Lord brought His servants face to face with kings and rulers, that they and their people might receive the light. Time after time the greatest monarchs were led to proclaim the supremacy of the God whom their Hebrew captives worshiped.  The Desire of Ages, 28.2-4.

The Jews were finally delivered from Babylonian captivity having been effectively cured of idolatry. Nevertheless, they had not been permanently cured of pride, bigotry, and exclusivity. By the time of Christ’s first advent, Israel reeked of these traits.

The period of the Hebrew Light-line which was to be the part of that history most especially characterized by intensive missionary action was made a period of pride, idolatry, captivity, persecution, and spiritual exclusivity. Notwithstanding, God had His special representatives during this period. Most notably, Daniel governed as a God-fearing ruler in two heathen, world-empires. He conveyed some of the most profound and extensively applicable prophecies in the Word of God.

 7. Crucifixion of Christ (Deadline)

The “deadline” event of the 70th Week Light-line saw Jesus stand in heaven as the Jews “finally sealed their rejection of the gospel” (The Desire of Ages, 233.3). Similarly, at the end of the Hebrew Light-line, Jesus was “lifted up” (John 3:14) on Calvary once “the Jews sealed their rejection of Christ by delivering Him to death” (The Desire of Ages, 165.4).

8. Temple Destroyed (Results)

When the Jews sealed their rejection of Christ by delivering Him to death, they rejected all that gave significance to the temple and its services. Its sacredness had departed. It was doomed to destruction. From that day sacrificial offerings and the service connected with them were meaningless. Like the offering of Cain, they did not express faith in the Saviour. In putting Christ to death, the Jews virtually destroyed their temple. When Christ was crucified, the inner veil of the temple was rent in twain from top to bottom, signifying that the great final sacrifice had been made, and that the system of sacrificial offerings was forever at an end.  The Desire of Ages, 165.4.

The sacrificial service that had pointed to Christ passed away; but the eyes of men were turned to the true sacrifice for the sins of the world. The earthly priesthood ceased; but we look to Jesus, the minister of the new covenant, and “to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.” “The way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: . . . but Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, . . . by His own blood He entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.” Hebrews 12:24;  9:8-12.  Ibid, 166.1.

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