Types And Shadows – Blessings And Curses
|Recently, I was at a meeting where I and a few other ministers were invited to speak. While I enjoy listening to the different flavors of men and women in the kingdom of God, occasionally I will hear something that just doesn’t set right in my spirit. Many of you know what that is like.
Yet, most of the time, for me, it’s not the introduction of a new kingdom perspective that makes me feel uneasy, but the repetitive phrase of an old one, that in my view, is either misunderstood or spoken out of context. Occasionally, during those times, I want to stand up and scream, “I can’t take this anymore!”
Well, this was one of those times. I know what I am about to share is at the central nervous system of the body of Christ, so let me encourage you to read this with unbiased receptors.
Let me start by saying that Israel has obviously played an historical role on the earth and will continue to do so in the future. However, many other nations in the world have an important role to play as God’s kingdom increase on the earth.
Let me inject here, this not a sneaky attempt to promote Replacement theology in the sense of the body of Christ replacing natural Israel, even though some things are a mere type and shadow of the spiritual realm in heaven. Which means, there are some practices concerning Jewish feasts, festivals etc, in my estimation, that are hindering the spiritual advancement of the Church.
I’ve already mentioned to you in earlier writings and videos, how the pattern of the Tabernacle of Moses was modeled after the true tabernacle in heaven.
Speaking of Jesus,
“Now the main point in what has been said is this: we have such a high priest, who has taken His seat at the right hand of the throne of the Majesty in the heavens, a minister in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle, which the Lord pitched, not man.” (Hebrew 8:1-2)
Today, there are more and more people engaging with the Father and with Jesus, in the throne of the Majesty, as well as ministering in the sanctuary and in the true tabernacle in heaven.
While many might find this difficult to believe now, in the near future, the ability of the people of God to engage with heaven will continue to increase greatly.
Here is a shocker. We are living in a time when our interaction with types and shadows will greatly diminish. I believe the only reason most of the Church at large still engages in ancient feasts and festivals from earlier biblical times is because, most have not entered into or taken on its true spiritual state in the realm of the spirit.
I am not implying that their meanings are not still important, but why dance with a shadow when you can dance with the real deal.
In the book of Hebrews we read,
“Now if He (Jesus) were on earth, He would not be a priest at all, since there are those who offer the gifts according to the Law; who serve a copy and shadow of the heavenly things, just as Moses was warned by God when he was about to erect the tabernacle; for, “See,” He says, “that you make all things according to the pattern which was shown you on the mountain.” But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, by as much as He is also the mediator of a better covenant, which has been enacted on better promises.” (Hebrews 8:4-6)
In the book of Colossians we find,
“Therefore no one is to act as your judge in regard to food or drink or in respect to a festival or a new moon or a Sabbath day—things which are amere shadow of what is to come; but the substance belongs to Christ.(Colossians 2:16-17)
Yes, I know, this is sacred ground for many in the church today. However, the fact remains, we have arrived to the next expectant realm of glory that is requiring us to come out of ancient practices of types and shadows and enter into their true glorious states – which already exist in another realm called heaven.
I think for the most part, many are still uncertain of the degree that the kingdom of God can appear on earth ‘as it is in heaven.’ It’s unfortunate that many in the kingdom of God still relate more to the prototypes of heaven than heaven itself.
It seems that the body of Christ is in need of a “percentage deliverance” when it comes to the expectant revelation of heaven on earth.
I would hope that it would be clear by now that we are living in the midst of a 100-fold generation, one of which is determined to break through every realm oflimitation that is trying to dwarf the maturation of God’s people.
Blessings And Curses
I believe another issue that is limiting the spiritual advancement of the people of God in this hour, is in the area of blessings and curses, especially when it comes to the nation of Israel.
I don’t know how many times in the last number of years, even in the last months and weeks when I have heard someone say,
“Those who bless Israel will be blessed and those who curse Israel will be cursed.”
So let’s look at the primary source of this common quote. If you were to Google the most popular scriptural view that supports this particular phrase, you would find that Genesis 12:3 is at the top of the list.
Therefore, by popular vote let’s take a look at this passage of scripture.
“And I will bless those who bless you, and the one who curses you I will curse. And in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.” (Genesis 12:3)
Before we go on, I think it is only fair that we invite some of the rest of the family of Genesis 12 into this discussion. Therefore, it reads like this,
“Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go forth from your country,
I realize when it comes to blessings and curses that I am writing to a divided house. One side of the house believes that Jesus dealt with every curse on the cross and therefore has afforded the people of God the opportunity to live a curse free life, no ifs ands or buts. On the other side, many believe that while Jesus dealt with the curse on the cross (the curse of the Law) there is still a required process that one must go through before they can fully be free from previous generational curses in the realm of the soul.
Whatever your view may be on this matter, I believe the subject at hand is applicable to both sides.
If you will, notice in Genesis 12 how the Lord tells Abraham,
‘I’m going to make you a great nation with all the trimmings. Moreover, whoever treats you in the same manner I will be generous to them, but if they don’t treat you well; I will make life very miserable for them.’ (obvious paraphrase)
Let me draw your attention to the last line in verse 3, “and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
This means all the families in the entire world are blessed through Abraham. Wow! What a great Father! This of course is because of a new covenant established through Jesus Christ.
So now, we have something else to consider. This blessing and curse thing, doesn’t just apply to one nation under God, but to many nations under God, which are all from the seed of Abraham.
Nonetheless, let’s assume that even if I presented multiple scriptures to support this point of view (which for the sake of writing a book I will not do) you would still be reluctant to sway from the belief that the nation of Israel is the primary focal point of curses and blessings, at least from the standpoint of being hammered by God.
Let me share a story.
Over a month ago, I stood in a church and said to the people, “Look at the person setting next to you. Do you believe God loves that person more than you?” I could see them all shaking their heads, no. Then I said, “Do you believe God loves another nation more than you?” Some shook their heads no, while others nodded yes. I then asked, “Do you think God loves the nation of Israel more than you?” Of course, as you can imagine there were many favorable nods believing that God did indeed love the nation of Israel more.
Here is the simplicity of what I want you to see. Most have no problem accepting the fact that as individuals they are blessed by God. However, when it comes to comparing one nation to another, the majority believe that God loves the nation of Israel far more, therefore, the penalty of cursing Israel in light of any other nation, would be much more severe.
With this in mind, here are a few things to consider. Do you believe that God, apart from Israel has given you permission to curse other nations and withhold blessings from them? Do you believe that Israel is the only nation in the world that determines how other nations are blessed or cursed?
Let me put it more clearly. If you chose to curse Iran, Afghanistan, Ukraine, or even Russia, do you think the consequences for such actions would be any less severe than if it were direct toward Israel?
On the other hand, would you feel responsible to bless these same nations at the same level as Israel? Do you think God would even expect you to? After all, there are some pretty dark governments out there. What about Canada, Britain, or even the United States? Would there be any less negative or positive benefits from cursing and blessing these nations as well?
I know this might sound a bit elementary to some, even a no-brainer, but I have surveyed the land with these questions and not to my surprise, the majority believe that Israel is indeed the exception of the rule when it comes blessings and curses. Seriously? Are we really that dull?
This may come as a surprise to many reading this, but Israel is not the center of the universe. The kingdom of God does not revolve around a single nation on earth; its center is Jesus, the kingdom of heaven and the glory of the Father.
I agree, there are many nations that would like to see Israel wiped off the face of the earth. However, if you haven’t already noticed, there are other nations that would like to see the United States wiped out as well.
Are we still so blinded by the letter of the law that we cannot see that the expectant intentions of God is toward all humanity? Have we forgotten that “God so love the world that He gave…” Do we not yet realize that “the kingdom of the world will become the kingdom of God?”
We indeed are a blessed people; therefore, being a blessing to all nations is not optional. We do not have the option to bless or curse depending on whom we think is at the top of the BC (blessing/cursing) list. For those who are in the kingdom of God, it is not an option to curse any nation, whether it is Israel, Iran, Russia, Canada, United States, or any other nation in the world.
For those who are citizens of heaven, the determining factor of releasing blessings is not whether we think someone is worthy or not. The blessings of God were already determined when God sent His only Son Jesus, knowing that while we were yet sinners, Christ would die for us and redeem all of us from the curse of the Law.
Because of Jesus, we have been blessed with every spiritual blessing in heavenly places. (Eph 1:3-4) Therefore, as a blessed people in God, it is our privilege to offer the same blessing toward every nation in the world regardless of their current moral and spiritual state.
“But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” (Luke 6:27-29) Again, Paul writes, “For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body, whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free, and we were all made to drink of one Spirit. (1 Corinthians 12:13)
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Galatians 3:28)
Ultimately, in the end, we are not multiple nations or kingdoms, but one nation, one kingdom under God. (Rev 11:14)
By the way, the story I shared about the church I was in when I asked the question, “Do you believe God loves another nation more than you…?” was in Russia.