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IV. How the blueprint is fulfilled in the New Testament Church
Beginning with Israel's deliverance from Egypt, Israel had been in bondage for 400 years, as God had
foretold Abraham, (Gen.15:13) and now God was delivering them by the blood of the Passover Lamb.
(Exod.2:23-25; 3-11; 12:1-51)
A. Christ our Passover
The apostle Paul, the "wise master builder",(1Cor.3:10-15, Gal.1:11-12) interprets the Passover
Lamb to be foreshadowing Christ. (1Cor.5:7-8)
1. Jesus the reality of the Lamb
Forasmuch "as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold,
from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; But with the precious blood
of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot." (1 Peter 1:18-19)
2. Jesus is our Passover Lamb
Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even
Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast,not with old leaven,
neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and
B. Church in the wilderness brought out of bondage
In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same
day came they into the wilderness of Sinai. It was here that God said, "if [you, the entire Church in
the wilderness] will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then [you, the entire Church in
the wilderness] shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
And [you, the entire Church in the wilderness] shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an
holy nation." (Exod.19:1-4)
1. First Century Church came out of the bondage of Sin
The First Century Church came out of the bondage of sin as a "peculiar treasure"..."a royal
priesthood" and "a holy nation." (1Peter.2:5-9, Rev.1:6; 5:10)
Individually we must experience Christ our Passover to be free from the bondage of sin.
(John.3:5-7, 2Cor.5:17)This is the beginning of our Christian life, a "beginning of months"
(Exod.12:1-2) as a "royal priesthood."
V. Fifty (50) days after Passover they arrived at Mt. Sinai
Israel left Egypt on the 14th. day of the 1st. month and arrived at Mt. Sinai in the 3rd. month.
(Exod.12:1-2; 19:1-3,16) Moses then went up on the mount on the 3rd. day of the 3rd. month.
(30 days to a month is 50 days) This is where Moses received the Law, which included the ten
commandments, the pattern of the Tabernacle, the pattern for the Priesthood, the sacrifices, the
offerings and the laws to govern their everyday living. (Exod.1-40) Now God wanted to "dwell
among" Israel. (Exod.25:8) He had been leading, protecting, providing and now He wanted a closer
relationship with them. This required that "all things to be done decently and in order." (Exod.25-40,
Levi.1-27, Num.1:1-10, Deut.1-34, 1Cor.14:40)
A. After Jesus resurrected
"He shewed Himself alive after His passion...being seen of them forty days..." (Acts.1:3) Then He
told the disciples not to depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father. (Acts.2:1-4)
They waited until the fiftieth day had "fully come" and the promise came. It was the Baptism of the
Holy Ghost. (The Greek word for the "Pentecost" means, fiftieth, the feast fifty days after Passover.)
(Strong's N.T. #4005)
B. This is where God structured the Church by His Spirit
Just as God structured Israel at Sinai (50 days after Passover) the first century Church was
structured by writing the Law on the fleshly tables of the heart. (2Cor.3:1-18, Heb.8:10; 10:16) This
is where He placed or "set" (1Cor.12:18) the Church around the "true Tabernacle that the Lord pitched
and not man." (1Cor.12:18, Num.1-4, 1Cor.10:1-11, Rom.15:43, Heb.8:1-5; 9:1-26)
VI. Note Peter's message on the "day of Pentecost"
Now "when they heard this, (Acts.2:16-36) they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and
to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent,
and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall
receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." (Acts.2:37-38)
Accept Christ as your Passover. (1Cor.5:7-8, 1Peter.1:18-20) "For even Christ our Passover is
sacrificed for us: Therefore let us keep the feast, (Exod.12:1-14) not with old leaven, (Exod.12:15-20)
neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity
B. Be Baptized(Acts.2:38)
The apostle Paul interpreted (Gal.1:11-12, John.16:12-15) the Red Sea to be baptism. (1Cor.10:1-3)
"Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under
the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in
the sea." This was when all the old Egyptian life of bondage was buried in the Sea. (Rom.6:1-11)
C. Receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost(Acts.2:38)
Our Holy Spirit Baptism is foreshadowed by Mt. Sinai because of how it parallels the day of
Pentecost, 50 days after Passover. Moses received the Law on the tables of stone at Sinai. At
Pentecost we received the Law written on the fleshly tables of the heart. Another point is, earthly
Jerusalem, where the day of Pentecost fully came, (Acts.2:1) is compared the Mt. Sinai.
D. Peter was saying, "catch up," God is on the move!
However Sinai was not the end of Israel's journey they still had to enter the land, (Deut.6:23) and
complete Solomon's Temple. (Gen.12:1-2; 15:1-21, Deut.12:1-12, 1Chron.17:1-8; 22:15-19)
E. Individually we must experience Pentecost, but not stop there.
Being Saved, (Passover) Water Baptized (Red Sea) and Baptized in the Spirit (Sinai), is only
part of the Journey. As in the "ensample" (type) God has brought us out to bring us into His
ultimate purpose foreshadowed by Solomon's Temple.(Deut.12:1-12, 1Chron.17:9; 22:17-18,
Eph.2:1-22, Matt.16:18, John.2:18-22)
VII. Left Sinai but that generation failed to enter the land
During this time God supplied manna, drink, meat and clothing. (Num.10-14) The New Testament
writer says, our fathers "did all eat the same spiritual meat...the same spiritual drink: for they drank
of that spiritual Rock...Christ." (1Cor.10:1-3, Note; Heb.11:26) But with many of them God was not
pleased, (1Cor.10:1-5) because when it came time to enter the land, (God's Purpose) they failed
because of unbelief.
A. The 1st. Century Church was about to fail to enter
They were warned in the epistle or letter to the Hebrew Christians that they were in danger of failing.
(Heb.3:7-19; 4:1-11; 6:4-6: 12:1-2) "Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost saith, TODAY if ye will hear his
voice, harden not your hearts as in the provocation in the day of temptation in the wilderness."
(Heb.3:7-8) In other words, be warned (admonished 1Cor.10:11) by the type and don't fail as
they did. (Heb.4:1-11)
B. Note: Hebrews was written about50 years (?) after Pentecost
It is interesting that the Book of Hebrews was not written until approximately 50 years after the
day of Pentecost. ("It was in all probability written at Rome, near the close of Paul's two years of
imprisonment (Heb.13:19,24). It was certainly written before the destruction of Jerusalem. (Heb.
13:10)" - Easton Bible Dictionary)
VIII. What was in the Land?
These were "things not as seen yet."(Deut.6:10-15, Note: Heb.11:7, Luke.17:26) Joshua told
the "church in the wilderness" as they were about to possess the land, they had "not passed this
way heretofore." (Josh.3:4) Up to this point the "present truth" (i.e. the truth that was near
(1Peter.1:12) was the Tabernacle of Moses, Levitical Priesthood, the Offerings, Sacrifices, Feast Days
and laws governing their everyday lives. (Exod.25-40, Lev.1-34, Deut.1-34) What awaited them in
the land was the Tabernacle of David and Solomon's Temple (Read Joshua - 2Chron.5)
IX. What was David's Tabernacle?
The Tabernacle (tent) of David was a "cloth hut" that housed the Ark of the Covenant in Mt.
Zion. (1Chron.13:3, 7-14; 15:1-29; 16:1-43) Until this time the Ark of the Covenant belonged in the
Tabernacle of Moses.(Exod.25:8-22; 40:20-38) Only the high priest had access once a year, (Heb.9:1-7)
but now God was doing a NEW THING! Now the Ark was being made available by king David at
anytime, not just to the high priest once a year. "All this, said David, the Lord made me understand in
writing by his hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern." (1Chron.28:19) God gave David the
authority to make the Ark available! There were others that assumed to handle the Ark in their own
way without God's authority and were judged. (Num.14:44-45, 1Sam.4:1-11 [1Sam.2:11-12], 1Sam.5:1-12;
6:1-21, 2Sam.6:1-7) David was blessed because he was serving his generation by the will of God.
A. The Apostle James interprets the Tabernacle of David
The Apostle James "infallibly" interprets the Tabernacle of David to be the answer for the Jew
and Gentile being made one in Christ Jesus. (Acts.15:1-18, Eph.2:1-22; 3:1-12) From the day of
Pentecost (Acts.2:1) until Philip preached at Samaria, (Acts.8:5-17) the Church at Jerusalem had
kept the presence of God exclusively to themselves. This was not God's intention, or purpose. It
was "to as many as the Lord our God shall call." (Acts.2:39) God the Father, by-passed the Church
at Jerusalem and gave Jesus, the "Son of David" (Matt.1:1, Acts.2:30) the authority (John.16:13-15,
Acts.2:29-36, 1Chron.28:19 "pattern") to make His presence available to the Gentiles. This is seen
in the typical actions of David, when he set Asaph and his brethren around the Ark of the
Note: This is the apostle (James)  and the prophet (Amos), laying the foundation, Jesus
Christ, (Amos.9:11-12, Eph.2:20-22, 1 Peter.1:10-12, 1Cor.3:10-11, 2Peter.3:1-2) giving direction and
foundation that was needed to keep the Church on schedule and "according to the pattern."
James is reaffirming that the Church is right on course!
B. The apostle Paul interprets more of the pattern to the Hebrews
The Hebrew Christians were in danger of "slipping" (Heb.2:1) backwards in the pattern. They
were supposed to be "teachers" but they needed to be taught the "first principles of the oracles
of God." (The doctrine of Christ - Heb.6:1-3) They needed to keep pace with the leading of the
Holy Spirit. (John.16:7-15, 1Cor.2:1-14)
C. Paul uses the pattern to the Ephesians
Paul wrote that the finished Church would be "an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also
are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. For this cause...(The cause that
God wants to build the Church into a Holy Temple, God has)...made known unto me...the mystery
of Christ." (Eph.2:1-22; 3:1-4) That the Gentiles should be fellow heirs...of the same body...
partakers of his promise in Christ by the Gospel."
This is the Tabernacle of David!
The Tabernacle of David preceded Solomon's Temple. (1Chron.28:1-20) It was a time of preparation
for the place where they were to be "planted" and "move no more." (1Chron.17:1-9) Solomon's
Temple was the completion of their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land. (Gen.12:1; 15:13-14,
Exod.2:24-25; 12:1-15, Deut.12:1-12, 1Chron.17:1-9; 22:1-19)
There is NO record of the early Church reaching the fulfillment Solomon's Temple 
(Note: Solomon's Temple was the center of the earthly City of the Jerusalem, a "ensample" (type,
model, blueprint) of the heavenly City of Jerusalem. (Gal.4:21-31, Heb.12:18-22) The same City that
Abraham looked for. (Heb.11:8-10)
X. It took three times to enter the Land
Remember:This purpose is to reach David's Tabernacle and Solomon's Temple. The first time
they failed because of unbelief. (Num.13-14:1-45) The second time, the king of Edom refused "to give
them passage." (Num.20:14-21) The third time, they entered under the leadership of Joshua. (Deut.34:1-
12, [Num.20:7-12], Josh.1-6) The early, first century Church did the same thing, they failed to enter into
the purpose of God, "...that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs of the same body, and partakers of His
promise in Christ by the gospel." (Eph.2-3:6) (Remember: This is the Tabernacle of David)
A. The first time was after Pentecost (Sinai) (Acts.1:4-8; 2:1-47)
They were to take the Gospel to Judea, Samaria and the uttermost part of the earth. (The Land)
Instead they stayed at Jerusalem, therefore God spread them through persecution. (Acts.2-8:4;
11:19-21) Then we find Philip preaching to the Samaritans. (John.4:9) However, they were still
"preaching the word to none but unto the Jews only." They were failing to enter into God's Purpose
to reconcile both Jew and Gentile together, (i.e. The Tabernacle of David) yet God was remaining
faithful to His purpose! (Eph.2-3:1-12, 2 Tim.2:13, Heb.6:13-20, Num.23:19)
B. The second time / Peter sent to the house of Cornelius
Cornelius was a Gentile who was without Christ, alien "from the commonwealth of Israel...
having no hope, and without God in the world." (Acts.10:1-48, Eph.2:1-19) Cornelius and his house
did not qualify to come before God's presence, yet God in His grace and mercy set them around
the Ark of His presence, The Lord Jesus Christ. When Peter went back to Jerusalem they "contended
with him" because he went to the "uncircumcised." (They were failing to enter the land, i.e. accepting
that God had cleansed the Gentile by faith in His blood.) They wanted to justify the Gentiles in the
flesh. (Ishmael / Edom, Esau) (Gal.4:21-31, Gen.16:1-15; 21:1-10)
C. The third time wasActs.15:1-17
The early Church first realized that God had brought them into "the land" when James declared
they were at the rebuilding of the Tabernacle of David. (Acts.15:1-17) The "fellowship of the mystery,
which was [hid] from the beginning of the world," that is the Jew and Gentile made one in Christ.
(Eph.2:1-19; 3:5-6, 9)
XI. Entering the Land up until David's Tabernacle
The unbelieving generation from Mt. Sinai generation did not continue in God's Purpose.
This would compare to those that experienced Pentecost at Jerusalem / Sinai that would not move
on with God. God blessed and provided for them as He did for the Church in the wilderness, but they
eliminated themselves from God's purpose. The younger generation went in and possessed the land,
but some failed to possess their inheritance and they became "thorns" in their sides. (Josh.18:1-3,
Judges.1-21. Note; Judges.2:3; 3:1-4) This would compare to those at Antioch which became the
"launching pad" for the Gospel going to the Gentiles, the Tabernacle of David. (Acts.11:19-26)
However, corruption "crept in unawares" to the generation that moved on.
(Jude.1:4, Ruth, 1Sam.1-6)
Note: In the "ensample" (type, model, and sketchy outline) David subdued the inhabitants of the
Land, that were "thorns" in their sides and Solomon built the Temple. However, the first century
Church did not realize or arrive at the fulfillment of Solomon's Temple and "backslid" to the dark
ages, i.e. "to Egypt".
XII. Why did the first Century Church stop?
By the end of the first century, after the death of the apostle John, there was no more evidence
of the apostolic and prophetic ministries taking place in the Church. Some perceived this to be God
stopping these ministries after John. They say that today there are only evangelists, and pastor /
teachers. (Eph.4:11-16) This is a misunderstanding of God's Word, and His "blueprint" for the Church.
John was not an apostle because of who John was. (1Cor.3:5-7, Phil.3:1-8, 1Cor.27-29) John was an
apostle because of the gift that Jesus gave him. (Eph.4:8-11) John was "unlearned and ignorant."
(Acts.4:13, 1Cor.1:19-29; 2:1-14) 
Therefore, the question should be, did the gift stop?
The answer is no, because the gift of the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher are
needed "until" the Church comes to the "unity of the faith...unto a perfect man, (1Cor.13:9-12)
unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." (Eph.4:11-16) This has not happened yet!
This will be the fulfillment of Solomon's Temple. (Eph.2:20-22, 1Peter.2:5-9) Think Temple, House,
Sanctuary, Mature man, Bride) These are all speaking of the same end result, the "mark for the
prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Phil.3:1-16)
It was not God that stopped. It was the Church that stopped and forsook truth.
A. God is a finisher!
He does not start something and not finish it. (Luke.14:25-33, Phil.1:6) He has foreshadowed
(i.e. sketched out a blueprint) His purpose using the children of Israel, (1Cor.10:1-11, Rom.15:4)
and will complete His purpose. (Note: Even "If we believe not, yet He abideth faithful: He
CANNOT deny Himself." CANNOT deny His Word! (2Tim.2:13, Heb.6:16, James.1:17, Num.23:19)
B. God does not change!
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. (Heb.13:8, Mal.3:6, James.1:17) On the
day of Pentecost, Peter declared the promise of repentance, baptism and receiving the Holy
Ghost is "unto you (the people standing before him) and to your children (the next generation)
and to all that are afar off, (The Gentiles - Note: Eph.2:13) even as many as the Lord our God
shall call." (Acts.2:39) God has not stopped calling, therefore the promise is still for today's
C. Now we know in part
We prophesy in part, but when that which is perfect is come...." (context: becoming a man
1Cor.13:9-12, Note:v.11-12), then that which is in part shall be done away. (The perfect man, is
the Church coming to the "measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ." Eph.4:11-16)
Therefore the repentance from dead works, water baptism, Holy Spirit baptism, the gifts of the
Spirit, the apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor and teacher are still needed today, because the
Church has not measured up yet to the fullness of Christ.
Note: Some say that this will never happen until Jesus returns. This is a misconception because,
coming to the fullness of Christ is part of the "mystery of God" (Rom.16:25-26, 1Cor.2:7, Eph.3:3,9;
5:32) that is finished before Jesus can return. (Rev.10:7, Acts.3:20-21)That is why we are still here!
The House of God (the first century Church) fell into corruption and ruin because the
foundational ministries of the apostle and prophet were forsaken. (Eph.2:20-22, Psa.11:3)
However, because God is faithful (2Tim.2:13) to fulfill His purpose, regardless of what man does,
(Heb.6:13-19) He is restoring what "the locust hath eaten. (Joel.2:23-27 Locust is the philosophy,
vain deceit, traditions and rudiments of this world, and not after Christ.- Col.2:8)
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