Individual Preparation For His Coming Kingdom
by Sang Chul (David) Kim
Chapter Eleven - The Restoration Providence [Part 1]
(Abraham to Jesus- - -2,000 years) - The Bible Historical Synchronization Chart and Explanation
I. Dispensation Centering in Moses
1. Moses is Chosen
a. Four conditions
b. Through signs to prove his call
c. Four-position foundation
d. Indemnity condition
2. National Restoration Providence
a. Foundation of faith
b. Breaking tablets of stone
c. Spying out Canaan
d. Striking the rock twice
e. Foundation of faith lost
3. Jesus Follows Moses' Course
4. Lessons to Be Learned
a. Although Moses was chosen:
b. God could not interfere:
c. Belief in good would have:
d. Because of disbelief:
e. For every hardship:
II. Historical Synchronization in Preparation for the Messiah
1. 400 Years of Slavery in Egypt
2. Judges in the Next 400 Years
3. The 120 Year Period of the United Kingdom
4. The Kingdom Was Divided 400 Years
5. The Jewish Exile of 70 Years
6. The Returning Period of 140 Years
7. The Period of Preparation for the Messiah's Coming (400 Years)
III. Dispensation Centering in Jesus Christ
1. Foundation for Jesus' Mission
a. The four conditions
1) the "4" number
2) the "10" number
3) the faith
4) the Adam-type person
b. Foundation of faith through John the Baptist
c. Jesus' three kinds of temptations by Satan
1) to recover 3 conditions
2) why were the three kinds of temptation necessary
3) the significance of the temptations by Satan
4) foundation of faith accomplished and destroyed
d. The significance of the Cross
1) Satan's victory is defeat
2) God's defeat is victory
2. Spiritual Foundation of Faith
a. The 40-day resurrection period before His ascension
b. Spiritual foundation accomplished
c. The necessity of the Prolongation of the Restoration Providence
In the Old Testament Age, God was responsible and worked through the prophets who directly received instructions from Him. The first period, the Foundation for the Restoration Providence, is divided into seven stages representing the period of God's creation of Heaven and Earth.
The seven periods of the Restoration Providence (2000 years from Abraham to Jesus), originated symbolically from the seven periods in the 2000 years from Adam to Jacob, which was the period of the Foundation. Upon the Foundation, restoration is possible. Let us look at the Bible Synchronization Chart explained as follows:
According to Bible chronology, there is a 6,000-year period from Adam to the present day. In our lecture series we explain God's providence for the restoration of man and all things in this 6,000 year period.
God began with Adam but Adam and his family failed. God did not give up His plan to restore mankind. God has continued the Restoration Providence up to the present day.
There are 3 periods of 2,000 years. The first 2,000 year period, from Adam to Abraham, is the preparation or Foundation for the Restoration Providence. The second 2,000 year period, from Abraham to Jesus, is the period of the Restoration Providence. Third, is the Prolongation of the Restoration Providence from Jesus, crucifixion to the present day. Because of the crucifixion, the Second Coming is necessary and the restoration has been extended another 2,000 years.
We can see that God followed the number "4" in all His Restoration work. God uses the number "4" and the multiples of 4 to restore man. (4 x 4; 40; 40 x 10 = 400; 40 x 40 1600 etc.) The Restoration Providence is centered in the number four.
Each 2,000 year course is divided into seven corresponding periods. This number "7" represents the seven periods of God's creation of the heavens and earth.
I. Foundation for the Restoration Providence:
In the first 2,000 years from Adam to Abraham, the symbolic course was set up which the second and third courses must also follow. Let us consider the first providential course. Because Adam fell, God began the restoration through Cain gad Abel; they failed. God's plan did not change. The Restoration Providence continued. Sixteen hundred years later, God chose Noah. Noah also failed to fulfill God's plan, but God's plan continued through Abraham, and 400 years later was fulfilled, individually, in his family. This ends this 2,000 year period.
When Abraham failed, three attempts had passed; none fulfilling God's Will. At any cost God's providence must be fulfilled in this third attempt in Abraham's course. Therefore, God extended Abraham's course through Isaac, the son, and to Jacob, the third generation. Thus Jacob, the third generation of Abraham's family, fulfilled the individual restoration. Since Isaac's and Jacob's course was a continuation of Abraham's course, to God's eye, it is one course. Therefore the 120 years of the third period was the extended period; the time which passed from Abraham, through Isaac, to Jacob's course.
4th period was the 40 years before Jacob went to Haran to escape Esau.
5th period was the seven years he worked to gain his first wife, Leah.
6th period was the 14 years he worked to gain his second wife, Rachel, and all his wealth and herds of sheep etc.
7th period Jacob left Haran and returned home to Canaan and united with Esau. For the first time, God's plan was fulfilled. It was 40 years until Jacob entered Egypt. Jacob, modern scholars say, was a symbol of Jesus in every way. So Jacob is a symbol of Adam's capacity. Jacob must pay indemnity before receiving the blessing, the name of Israel. His seed was blessed, according to Gen. 39:11 and Gen. 12:2, and from this seed came David and Jesus. Jacob's course affects Bible history because it is the model course for Moses and Jesus to follow.
II. The Restoration Providence:
The Restoration Providence was possible only upon the foundation of 2,000 years. Even though man failed, God continued His plan for the restoration. From Abraham to Jesus, God was responsible and worked through the prophets, who directly received instructions from God. This is the Old Testament Age. This is the period of the Substantial Synchronization in order to make indemnity and restore the 2,000 year symbolic course, the foundation from Adam through Jacob. Then began the preparation for the Messiah. The second period was the period of restoration to be fulfilled at the coming of the Christ. Man failed from Jacob to the time of the Messiah. Every attempt made by God to prepare the Jewish people for the coming Christ was rejected by them. Because of their disbelief and rejection, Christ was killed, and an indemnity condition of an additional 2,000 years was necessary. The details on each period will be followed in later sections.
III. Prolongation of the Restoration Providence:
In this period, Jesus and the Holy Spirit are responsible to subjugate Satan; this is the New Testament Age. Because of the crucifixion, Jesus said, "I will come again." The 2,000 year prolongation period is an indemnity condition to restore the 2,000 years of the Restoration Providence ending with Jesus, death.
In these seven periods we see the synchronization of each period. We are now living in the period of the Second Coming. The details of each period will be followed in later sections.
Other Bible Scholars have only explained the results of these incidents. We will give the background and explain the symbolic activities of the Old and Now Testaments in the following lecture series.
I. Dispensation Centering in Moses
1. Moses Is Chosen
Joseph, Jacob's son, who was sold to an Egyptian merchant by his brothers, became prime minister of Egypt. Because of his position, he was allowed to bring Jacob, his father, and family, into Egypt to sojourn there. Jacob's family lived in Egypt 400 years. His twelve sons became twelve tribes. The 70 persons Jacob took with him into Egypt increased to a gathering of 600,000 men, plus their wives and children. This great increase in Hebrews frightened the Pharaoh, for Pharaoh of Egypt oppressed the Jewish people through hard labor and commanded the slaughter of all new-born male Hebrew children.
a. Four Conditions.
As previously explained, four conditions must be set up before God's work begins. The "4" number (400 years) and the "10" number were set up as indemnity conditions to begin God's dispensation centering in Moses. (The ten number is represented by the twelve tribes of Israel. Ten generations from Noah to Abraham plus two. God's conception of time is not the same as man's.
When Abraham failed, the 10 generations were extended to Isaac and Jacob, making a total of 12 generations for Abraham's mission. In relation to fulfillment of His Restoration Providence, 12 now is the same as the "10" number. Jacob had 12 sons; the 12 sons became 12 tribes of Israel. In other words, the 400 years suffering which had been caused by Abraham's failure was now made indemnity by his descendants. The new dispensation of the restoration was to be built on the foundation that Jacob had laid.
The next two conditions necessary to continue the dispensation are Faith and an Adam-type person to set up the faith. God chose Moses to deliver the descendants of Jacob out of Egypt. When Moses was a full 40 years old, God moved his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel. His fervent love for his brethren, the chosen people, was shown when he protected a Hebrew who had been beaten by an Egyptian. He was so angered, he killed the Egyptian. Moses' course should have begun at this time but was delayed 40 years because he killed the Egyptian, and had to flee to save his life. Moses left the splendor of the Egyptian palace for Midian. When he was 80 years old, he was called by God out of Midian.
b. Three Signs to Prove His Call.
Moses asked for signs to convince the Egyptians, as well as the Hebrews, that he was sent by God. God gave him the power to perform three signs:
1) The first sign is the Rod in Moses' hand. Moses, rod became a serpent and his serpent swallowed the serpents of the Egyptian magicians. What is the significance of the rod? a "rod" is
a support to lean upon ... or
a weapon to protect one from danger or
a baton to strike injustice ...
a pointer to lead one to the right way.
Moses' rod is the symbol of Jesus. Jesus came to earth as the rod of iron in the hand of God. Psalm 2:9 states, "You shall break them with a rod of iron". Jesus, the rod, became, symbolically, a serpent, a heavenly serpent. A serpent tempted Adam and Eve to fall, so the descendants must be restored by a heavenly serpent, Jesus. Jesus spoke of himself as the symbol of the heavenly serpent in
John 3:14 "And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:"
The Bible says Moses' serpent swallowed the Egyptian's serpents. What does that mean? It means the heavenly serpent shall destroy the Satanic serpent.
This first sign (Moses' rod becoming a serpent and swallowing Satanic serpents) symbolized Jesus' victory on earth and signified the restoration of Adam. Jesus, the Second Adam, would restore fallen Adam.
2) The second sign: When Moses put his hand into his bosom and took it out, it became leprous. He put it back into his bosom, took it out, and the hand was restored. This sign given to Moses by God seems foolish to man but has deep significance in God's Restoration Providence. In the beginning, Lucifer took Eve unto his bosom and made her depraved, or leprous in the sight of God. Eve's descendants could be restored through the love of Jesus who would put them into His bosom of Love. (Matt. 23-37) The second sign symbolizes Jesus' coming as a bridegroom and restoring all mankind as His bride.
II Cor. 11:2 "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste Virgin to Christ."
Therefore, the second sign symbolizes the restoration of Eve.
3) The third sign was the miracle of changing the water of the Nile into blood. Now what does this mean? The waters signify the lifeless people in the world according to
Rev. 17:15: "The waters which thou seen, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues."
Jesus comes to restore the children of death (lifeless people) to children of life. Therefore, this sign symbolizes the restoration of God's children.
c. Four-Position Foundation.
In this way, Moses symbolically restored mankind to God.
1) Moses (representing God)
2) First sign (representing restored Adam)
3) Second sign (representing restored Eye)
4) Third sign (representing restored children)
Thus Moses has formed the symbolic four-position foundation so that he can be the leader of the Israel people as a nation in the Land of Canaan - God's promised land.
d. Indemnity Condition.
Moses is the symbol of the restored Adam; Adam betrayed God. Therefore, Moses in the capacity of Adam, should make indemnity and restore the first Adam's betrayal against God. Thus, as an indemnity condition, God wanted to kill Moses before he started to lead the Israel people. Exodus 4:24-26 states:
"And it came to pass by the way in the inns that the Lord met him and sought to kill him. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, and cut off the foreskin of her son, and cast it at his feet, and said, Surely a bloody husband art thou to so. So he let him go: ..."
When Zipporah, his wife, performed circumcision upon their son, she set up an indemnity condition and Moses was saved.
2. National Restoration Providence
a. Foundation of Faith.
Next, the foundation of faith to receive the Messiah must be set up. What is the position of Moses in relation to the Israel people? Moses is in the position of Abel and the Israel people are in the position of Cain. Unless the Israel people obey and surrender to Moses, their leader, they will not accomplish the restoration of Canaan which is God's promise, and they could not form the foundation of faith to receive the coming Messiah.
Moses should follow the dispensational course of Jacob which was the precedented course, the heavenly model given by God for Moses to take. Jacob had returned to Canaan after 21 years in Haran which represents Satan's world. Moses and the Israel people following Jacob's course should have returned to Canaan in 21 days. However, because of the disbelief of the Israel people, God guided them into the wilderness through the Red Sea and prevented their going directly through the Land of the Philistines.
Exodus 13:17 "And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt:"
b. Breaking tablets of stone.
Moses performed another strange and symbolic act when he received the Ten Commandments on tablets of stone. Moses fasted and prayed 40 days before receiving the tablets. Forty days of fasting and prayer was necessary in order to separate Satan and before the New Word (the re-creation by the Word of God) could be received. Because of the disbelief of Adam and Eve, the Word of God was lost. God, through Moses, gave fallen man the creative word of the Ten Commandments so that man's re-creation and restoration could be accomplished (Exodus 24:18, 31:18). God created all things by the Word. Adam and Eve are the substantial beings of God's Word. The two tablets of stone containing the visible Word of God symbolize Restored Adam and Restored Eve or the capacity of Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit.
While Moses spent the 40-day period of fasting and prayer for the separation of Satan, the Israel people turned to disbelief, worshiping idols and uniting with Satan.
Exodus 32:4: "And he received them at their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool, after he had made it a molten calf: and they said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt."
When Moses came near the camp and saw the idol, the golden calf, and the dancing, he became so angry he threw the tablets out of his hands and broke them.
Exodus 32:20, 21: And he took the calf which they had made, and burnt it in the fire, and ground it to powder, and strawed it upon the water, and made the children of Israel drink of it. And Moses said unto Aaron, What did this people unto thee, that thou hast brought so great a sin upon them?"
But the damage was done. Moses' act of breaking the tablets gave a condition to Satan that if the Israel people did not believe in Jesus, He could be crucified on the cross.
After another 40 days fasting and prayer, Moses received the Word of God for the second time on tablets of stone. This symbolizes that even after His crucifixion, Jesus must form a 40-day period of separation from Satan (the 40-day period before His ascension) to make His Second Coming possible.
c. Spying out Canaan.
The 40-day spying upon the Canaanites was another expression of Israel's disbelief. Twelve spies representing the 12 tribes were sent out for 40 days (Numbers 13:2,25). Upon returning, the reports of ten spies were based on disbelief. Only the report of Joshua and Caleb was based on belief in God who had led them and liberated them from slavery in Egypt. Because of this atrocious lack of faith of the Israel people, God punished them by sentencing them to 40 years of wandering in the wilderness and the death of every man over 20 years.
Numbers 14:33,34: "And your children shall wander in the wilderness forty years, and bear your whoredoms, until your carcasses be wasted in the wilderness. After the number of the days in which ye searched the land, even forty days, each day for a year, shall ye bear your iniquities, even forty years, and ye shall know my breach of promise."
If the people had passed the 40-day spying out period with faith, they would have returned to Canaan safely in 21 months. This plainly shows God's judgment for the sin of lack of faith. Disbelief is a great sin to God.
d. Striking the rock twice.
After leaving Egypt Moses led the people into the wilderness of Sin; but they found fault with Moses and said:
"... Give us water that we may drink" (Exodus 17:2).
Exodus 17:5, 6 states: "And the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the Bight of the elders of Israel."
In this way God symbolically restored fallen Adam by letting Moses strike once and have water. After 40 years wandering in the wilderness, Moses, Aaron the people were again at the borders of Canaan in the wilderness of Sin. Again the people were without water and complained. This time God told Moses in Numbers 20:8:
"Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink."
Numbers 20:3.1 states: "And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice; and the water came out abundantly, and the congregation drank and their beasts also."
God told Moses to Command, the rock; instead, Moses struck the rock twice. By this act of striking the rock the second time, Moses rebelled against God's command and made a great mistake. Mosee was unable to enter the land of Canaan, which God promised, because of this act:
Numbers 27:12-14: "... Moses ... see the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. And when thou hast seen it, thou also shalt be gathered unto thy people. For ye rebelled against my commandment in the desert Sin, in the strife of the congregation, to sanctify the waters before their eyes ..."
Moses sinned against' God when he struck the rock the second time. We must learn why, Moses' act of striking the rock became sin in the sight of God. Every act of Moses was related to the course of Jesus and must be followed in God's Restoration Providence which follows the law of indemnity. According to I. Cor. 10:4, "... that rock was Christ." And in I Cor. 15-45, Christ is the Second Adam.
The first Adam was struck by Satan and fell, so God had a condition to strike the fallen Adam in order to restore him. For this reason God commanded Moses to strike the Rock once with the rod. By striking once, (Exodus l7:5, 6) the fallen Adam, namely Christ was symbolically restored.
God wanted Moses to strike the Rock one time only. When Moses struck the Rock the second tine (Num. 20:11) symbolically, Moses struck Christ, the restored Adam, and Satan was allowed to invade Jesus at His coming, in the eventof the disbelief of the Israel people. Thus, Moses' act became rebellion against God.
e. Foundation of faith lost.
Thus, the disbelief of the Israel people, together with Moses' disobedience have resulted in destruction of the foundation of faith to receive the coming Messiah. What has been lost in the course of God's dispensation centering in Moses?
1) 400 years slavery in Egypt ("4" number) was lost;
2) 10 number, represented by the 12 tribes, was lost;
3) faith; and
4) the Adam-type person, Moses, was lost.
This is the fourth time in God's Restoration Providence that God's work has failed because a man has been unable to accomplish his responsible part.
3. Jesus Follows Moses' Course.
As stated in the introduction of God's Restoration Providence, the ultimate goal of the Restoration Providence is to let man subjugate Satan and then restore the original world of Creation. Man, himself, is responsible for the fall at the beginning. God, as the creator of man, took the primary responsibility (after the fall) to subjugate Satan, in order to fulfill His responsibility according to the Divine Principle.
Jesus Christ came as the second ancestor of humankind: but God, knowing that Satan would not surrender to God, knew Satan would not surrender to Jesus Christ. Therefore, God set a pattern course for the subjugation of Satan which Moses followed. God showed in this model course how Jesus and His followers could conquer Satan. Therefore, Jesus should follow Moses, course to subjugate Satan, and mankind should follow Jesus' course in order to subjugate Satan. We have listed 19 of the many instances in which Moses' and Jesus' courses correspond.
Hid 3 months from Pharaoh.
Hid 3 years from Herod in Egypt.
Moses' 3 signs to liberate Israel:
(1st sign symbolically restores Adam the rod in Moses hand)
Rod became serpent
(2nd sign symbolically restores Eve --leprous hand in bosom)
Moses put hand in bosom; it became leprous Moses put hand in 2nd time; it came out restored, healed.
(3rd sign symbolically restores children -- water to blood)
Moses rod turned water to blood --
Jesus came to liberate mankind
Aaron and Miriam: (symbolic representation of Word)
Jesus and the Holy Spirit: (substantial representation of Word)
(Israel's indemnity condition to become God's children)
Significance of circumcision:
Jesus originated baptism of Holy Spirit
(an indemnity condition to restore newness of life)
Jesus spoke of:
While sinful Egypt walked in darkness 3 days, there was light in Israel (Ex. 8:27)
Non-believers walk in darkness; Believers in Jesus walk in light.
God destroyed firstborn Egyptians while Israel was delivered and returned to God (Ex. 11:5)
Through Jesus, destruction comes to Satan's side while redemption comes through Jesus and return to God
Moses symbolically restored all things to God by taking them from Egyptians
Jesus' mission was to restore all things to God by taking from Satan(Acts 3:21, Rom. 18:33)
3-days exodus from Egypt to separate Satan. (Ex. 8:27)
3-days in tomb separated Satan spiritually. (Luke 18:33)
Israel led by:
cloud-pillar during the day
Believers are led by:
Divided the Red Sea with his rod
With Rod of Iron Jesus divides the "world" (evil from good) Ps. 2:9.)
Israelites fed by:
Believers fed by:
Jesus' flesh (Matt. 26:26)
Moses -- Aaron -- Hur when Amalekites defeated by raising of' Moses right or left hand by Joshua and Caleb
Like God -- Jesus - Holy Spirit when Satan is defeated by raising of believers hands who follow after Jesus
After Moses fasted & prayed 40 days, received 2 tablets of stone, containing Word of God.
Moses breaking 2 tablets symbolized
After another 40-day fast and prayer, received tablets 2nd time. Re-indemnity period needed.
After Jesus fasted & prayed 40 days, Jesus became substantial representation of Word of God.
Jesus' broken body (crucified) on Cross
After 40-day fast and prayer before ascension. Jesus accomplished spiritual salvation. Re-indemnity period needed-12000 years.
Tabernacle is the symbolic representation of Jesus.
Holy of Holies -- Presence of God
Most Holy Place--Heaven (once a year high priest enters)
Holy Place -- Earth (every day high priest enters)
Jesus is a Living Temple of God.
Jesus' Spirit in Most High place
Disobedience in striking rock meant Moses could enter Canaan spiritually but not physically.
Satan invaded and Jesus was crucified. Spiritual salvation but not physical salvation was accomplished.
Disobedience caused fiery serpents which killed Israel people. When looked to God's bronze serpent, one became alive.
Satan leads mankind to death. Through faith in God's heavenly serpent, Jesus, one can be saved and alive to God.
Entered Canaan in spirit and restored spiritual Canaan.
Completed spiritual restoration of world-wide Canaan by death on cross.
Joshua and Caleb entered Canaan in spirit and body.
Second Coming and Brides shall Complete world Canaan restoration in both spirit and body.
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4. Lessons to be Learned
a. Although Moses was chosen by God's 95% predestination, when he failed to fulfill his mission, Joshua and Caleb were chosen.
b. God could not interfere:
with Moses' act of breaking the two tablets of stone or smiting the rock.
with the Israel people worshipping idols.
because that is man's responsible part.
c. Belief in God would have:
made possible the return of the Israel people to Canaan in 21 days after a 3-day separation period.
given them another chance to return to Canaan in 21 months after the 40-day spying out period.
d. Because of disbelief:
the Israel people were sent into the wilderness instead of going directly to Canaan after crossing the Red Sea.
they wandered 40 years in the wilderness paying indemnity for their disbelief and lack of faith which is rebellion against God.
when Moses struck the rock all the people aver 20 years were prevented from entering Canaan at all.
e. For every hardship Moses and the people underwent, God poured out a blessing on His people. Before receiving the Grace of God, we too, must overcome hardships or tests.
Endurance of 400 years hardships in Egypt
God through Moses performed ten miracles.
Three days of flight and separation
God provided cloud by day and fire by night to lead them.
Crossing the Red Sea by faith
God provided manna quails and water from the rock.
Fought the Amalekites
God gave the Ten Commandments; the Word of God written on stone.
Forty days spying upon Canaan
God produced water at Kadesh.
Attacks of the fiery serpents
God made the bronze serpent to heal.
Crossed Jordan by faith
God gave Canaan into their hands
We should never be discouraged by hardships and trials, for always following hardships, the Heavenly Father gives blessing by His Grace. In this way, we shall conquer the evil forces in the world and by God's Grace we shall return to the Heavenly Father.
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