Types, Shadows, and Allegories
There are tremendous responsibilities and burdens being placed upon Yahweh’s ministers because of the confusion and division within the Body of Christ. Much of this confusion disappears when the veil of the fleshly mind is rent and one catches a glimpse of the reality of that which is hidden in the Old Testament types and shadows, which reveal unto us the Shekinah of Yahweh’s glory. These things are seen in the call and separation of the firstborn. Herein lies the truth that will destroy all misconceptions of the character, will, and sovereign power of Yahweh and his eternal purpose in the sacrifice and blessing of the firstborn.
If Yahweh’s people can hear the testimony and revelation shown in the law of the firstfruits and the firstborn (which only cast a shadow of that which became a reality in the life and death of Yasha), it will serve to clarify much of the mystery which is yet to have a greater fulfillment in the perfected Body of Christ when it becomes perfectly united as one in him (the Seed). It will also remove the veil that cloaks the truth concerning the purpose of this present dispensation and shed much light on the thousand-year reign of Christ and the impending judgment of the ungodly.
If one will prayerfully study Hebrews 10:1; Colossians 2:16, 17; Ephesians 4:12, 13; and Galatians 3:16, 26, 29, and seek the spiritual understanding, it will help to clarify much of the mysteries that are considered forbidden by the denominations and will destroy every shadow of doubt concerning Yahweh’s character and concern for those that have never heard the Gospel truth. It will also vindicate his name by removing all things that appear to be inconsistent with the nature of eternal Love. It reveals Yahweh’s method of dealing with the rebellion and blindness of his children as a loving and caring Father. It shows us that he is merciful, even though some of his creatures are confused, possessed, stubborn, fearful, ignorant, bound, and bewildered. As long as we are ignorant to the purpose of the firstfruit sacrifice and redemption of the firstborn, the churches will remain in their present state of confusion and division.
Yahweh is Spirit; therefore, he cannot have a double standard of good and evil. He cannot be the source of eternal (unlimited) love, and yet be capable of torturing his rebellious children eternally even though they blindly and ignorantly reject his mercy and grace. He cannot be the Almighty Creator, and yet possess such limited power that the destroyer can tear almost all of his beloved progeny from his omnipotent bosom against his sovereign will.
Yahweh is the omniscient Father, who sees the end even before the beginning, so why should he expose his innocent children to the demonic force, which (supposedly) disrupted heaven’s order and tranquility?
Remember, it is said that this evil came against Yahweh’s divine knowledge and will. Then they go further to accuse Yahweh of eternally damning earth’s limited creatures when they fail and fall victim to the same deceptive force.
We who know Yahweh by the Spirit can testify that he is kind, loving, patient, merciful, and always shows compassion for all his creation. He seeks every avenue to soften the heart of the transgressor so as to redeem this transgressor to himself. Shouldn’t we question a theory that depicts Yahweh as having a complete change of character in dealing with the unenlightened dead?
How could Yahweh torture or destroy those whom he had once loved, even though he knew every sin in the hearts of the rebels and knew they would reject him? Is not this bringing the image of the characteristics of Yahweh down to the base nature and limitations of the nature of the lower creation, where disappointments and rejection of love is dealt with through hate and revenge?
If we have had a spiritual relationship with Yahweh, it is difficult to visualize him as anything but merciful and kind, yet he is often associated with expressions which portray hate, wrath, vengeance, and jealousy. This is the results of a carnal understanding of love and the inadequate translation of languages.
Our personal concept and view of Yahweh’s actions and reactions govern our own concept of right and wrong feelings and actions, so that when we yield our spirit and will to the obedience of the very highest form of goodness that we know Yahweh to be, we are somehow changed into the image and likeness of the concept we hold.
If we feel that an individual has provoked Yahweh’s wrath, though it be through ignorance and rebellion, we feel justified to feel anger and resentment also. For who are we that we should question Yahweh’s judgment or that we should take sides against him to love and defend his enemies and to plead with him on their behalf?
If we believe the supreme God, who is the highest form of wisdom, mercy, and goodness that mankind could possibly know, is also hard, cynical and unyielding, we would then reason that those things are a part of him, or his nature; therefore, it must somehow be accepted as a manifestation of love and goodness. But we are told that we must abandon common sense and accept both opposite natures as love by blind faith.
If Yahweh is love, and we surely know that he is, all that he is or does is expressed by his actions, and by this, man is to understand the meaning of love and righteousness. Everything Yahweh does must be considered as an example of perfect love, wisdom, and righteousness. If we associate eternal torture with “Love” and “Wisdom,” somehow we lose all meaning of the words so that any act, whether good or evil, can come under the heading of love.
If eternally tormenting people is not a manifestation of Love, and it cannot be, then we need to teach there are two gods—one a Spirit of love and the other a spirit of wrath—in order to explain the change in attitude of spirit. A spirit, unlike a human creature that can be controlled by various spirits, is one single force; therefore, a spirit must be judged to be either good or evil. “Does a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig tree, my brethren, bear olive berries? either a vine, figs? so can ‘no fountain’ both yield salt water and fresh,” James 3:11, 12.
It is said that Yahweh loves, but in reality, he is the only source of love, “Yahweh is love,” 1 John 4:16. We know he is the manifestation of pure and unadulterated love. Are we to believe his Spirit is inconsistent with itself? That is, can he be an eternal blesser to some, while at the same time a merciless, sadistic tormentor to others? Must we believe that he will forever exist as both good and evil? Who, in their right mind, could deny that eternal torment is an evil, for its only purpose would be revenge? If the most extreme goodness imaginable can, under certain circumstances, become a source of endless misery to some; it would appear that the most perfect attributes would leave much to be desired.
How could Yahweh, perfect wisdom and love, bring billions of creatures into existence knowing before hand that they would suffer eternal torment or be destroyed? Why did he not show mercy by preventing their birth? Or if his power to save them is limited, why does he not annihilate them? Why must he torment his subjects? We affirm Yahweh is holy, just, good, wise, and almighty.
The Holy Scriptures are not the origin of eternal torment and annihilation theories, even though the faulty translations appear to equally support both. Both theories present Yahweh limited. This conceals the revelation of his purpose in creation and distorts his image.
The truth, when comprehended by revelation, reveals a much higher being, both by Word and by Spirit, especially in the Old Testament types and shadows. But it is written, “…The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of Yahweh for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned,” I Corinthians 2:14.
There is a natural interpretation of the Word, which we receive from the carnal mind, and a spiritual interpretation, which we receive from the Spirit. Paul prayed for the Holy Spirit-filled Christians at Ephesus to receive the Spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Yahweh (Ephesians 1:17).
Without the Spirit of revelation (many Christians do not have it, or even know that it exists) we will continue in our own or in someone else’s preconceived carnal understanding of the natural realm. If the doctrine we teach and the principles we use, are understood and used by unconverted minds, it is because our doctrine and principles are of that same realm. When unconverted people listen to our revelations and say, “I don’t understand a thing you’re saying,” that’s a good sign we are speaking of the things of the Spirit of Yahweh.
In Galatians 3:24, Paul said the law as a schoolmaster would lead us to Christ, and in Hebrews 1:10, he calls the law a shadow of good things to come.
The Holy Spirit reveals a much higher realm of truth by the use of types and shadows. These shadows are cast in various forms and are beautifully illustrated. This is especially true in the allegory of Abraham and his family.
We can eliminate all doubt as to whether or not an allegory is intended in the story of Abraham by reading from the word in Galatians 4:21-31: “Tell me, you that desire to be under the law, do you not hear the law? For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the free-woman was by promise. Which things are an allegory; for these are the two covenants: the one from Mount Sinai (law), which genders (procreate) to bondage, which is Hagar. For this Hagar is (symbolic of) Mount Sinai in Arabia, and answers (i.e. corresponds, or ranks with) to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children (natural Israel). But Jerusalem which is above is free (the heavenly, or Spirit-born), which is the mother of us all. For it is written, rejoice, thou barren that barest not: break forth and cry, thou that travails not: for the desolate (Hagar, or natural Israel) has many more children than she (Sarah, or the Spirit-born) which has an husband.
“Now we, brethren, as Isaac was, are the children of promise (Paul was identifying with the Spirit-born here and not with natural Israel). But as then, he that was born after the flesh persecuted him that was born after the Spirit even so it is now. Nevertheless what says the scripture? Cast out the bondwoman (the natural, or Jerusalem, which then was), and her son (natural works of the flesh); for the son of the bondwoman shall not be heir with the son of the freewoman. So then, brethren, we (the Spirit filled believers at Galatia) are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free.”
In this allegory, Ishmael represents the natural, or first nature, which natural Israel also depicts as the firstborn son of law. For Yahweh said, “Israel is my son, even my firstborn” (Ex. 4:22). Isaac was the second son of Abraham, but was the firstborn of the woman and was said to be the seed, or son of promise. This will only blur our vision if we do not comprehend the meaning of the allegory. Ishmael was the firstborn of the father, being the son of bondage, or of a bondwoman, and speaks of our first nature; therefore, he could not become the heir.
Isaac, the firstborn son of the free woman, speaks of Christ and his Body, the first Spirit-born out of the dead and barren womb of flesh. Adam is the head of the natural creation, but Christ is the head of the new creation. As in every proper birth, the head must appear before the body. “…He says not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to your seed (singular), which is Christ,” Galatians 3:16.
Paul continues his thought in the fourth chapter of Galatians and tells us the inheritance will not come from a natural source. And what says the Scripture, cast out the bondwoman and her child—cast out the carnal flesh, cast out the seed of sinful flesh, cast out that first nature.
Is the nation of Israel lost forever? No, the first nature is lost (crucified in Christ). But the same Israelite who were cut off when the first covenant was abolished, was restored and reconciled to Yahweh in Christ, not after the power of the flesh nor in their first progenitor but in the resurrected life of the son of Yahweh.
For again the scriptures are clear: “To wit (that is), Yahweh was in Christ reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them,” II Corinthians 5:19. Please note, when Paul spoke of not imputing sins, he did not limit the blessings to Israel only or even to a selected, or elected, few. His statement is so broad that it encircles the world. Paul stated, “Has Yahweh cast away his people? Yahweh forbid, Yahweh has not cast away his people which he foreknew,” Romans 11:1-2.
Those who were of Yahweh’s Spirit knew and accepted him, “My sheep know my voice.” Yahweh did not cut off or harden one believing Israelite. He led his people from the shadow to the reality, and those who chose to remain in the shadows were blinded by the glory of the reality and turned away backward “…and loved darkness more than light, because their deeds were evil,” John 3:19.
The children of faith, the true seed of Abraham, were never rejected. Yahweh said for us to cast out the old nature, the slave to sin, the lawless son of perdition, the nature that we all share by reason of our first birth. Cast out the deceitful works of the flesh and open up to Yahweh’s abiding Spirit, which has the power to cause the weak to say, “I am strong.” It has the love to make the unlovely to become lovely, the wisdom to cause the ignorant to become wise, the arrogant to become humble, the aggressive to become meek, and the unrighteous to become righteous.
As long as the lawless nature is in control, there is no room for the rightful heir to rule and reign over his possessions; the law rules over the first son (first nature) because it is under it (of a lower nature). The law has no power over the son of promise, because he is not of that lawless nature. We have not received the promised Spirit if we have to continue to be restrained by the law.
When Adam was created, he was a living soul. The second Adam, the son of promise, was made a quickening, or life giving, Spirit. All selfishness, lawlessness, unbelief, etc. produces death and comes from our first nature. But Yahweh will cast out the son of the slave girl and allow the son of promise (the quickening power of truth and light) to rule over his temple (the body). This is a glorious thought, and yet, there is a greater glory to come; for Christ (the Seed) in his Body, as Isaac symbolizes, is the blesser of all the families of the earth. “And in thy seed shall all of the nations of the earth be blessed; because you have obeyed my voice,” Genesis 22:18. “…For when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness,” Isaiah 26:9.
Speaking to natural Jerusalem, Yasha said, “Behold your house is left unto you desolate,” Matthew 23:38. Jerusalem was the headquarters of Israel’s religious government and the center of their worship. If the law could ever produce life, it would have to do it in this place. In Bible terminology, the phrase “left unto you desolate” is used to indicate that a man or tribe is to have no offspring to carry on the family name and preserve the family inheritance. The house of Israel was left desolate. Israel produced the son of promise, but the law crucified him because he came in the flesh, under the law. However, Yasha had no natural offspring to carry on the natural bloodline; he was the last in the reckoning of the genealogy (Lu. 3 and Matt. 1).
The new covenant is not reckoned according to the natural bloodline, and we are forbidden to contend about genealogies (I Tim.1:4 and Titus 3:9).
Yasha was not without seed to carry on his name in the spiritual creation; for we read in Psalms 22:30-31: “A seed shall serve him: it shall be accounted to Yahweh for a generation, they shall come and declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he has done this.”
Again, in Isaiah 53:8-10, “He (Yasha) was taken from prison and from judgment; and who shall declare his generation? For he was cut off out of the land of the living; for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased Yahweh to bruise him; he has put him to grief; when you shall make his soul an offering for sin he shall see his seed. He shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of Yahweh shall prosper in his hand.”
In the above text, Isaiah noted that Yasha would die without leaving seed to carry on his name among the living. Then in verse ten, he stated He (Yahweh) shall see (recognize) his (Yasha’s) seed; he (the Spirit-begotten seed) shall prolong his days (or extend his Father’s genes).”
When our nature is truly crucified and the Spirit of Yahweh is living in us controlling our emotions, then carnality is swallowed up by the Spirit of Life. Then will come to pass the saying, death is swallowed up in life; the old nature will be gone forever, bearing the image and likeness of Christ, the new creation. Abraham’s promised seed receives the power to rule over the forces of death, and through the power of Life, the nations will be blessed.
Yahweh’s seed (Christ in flesh) is heir of all and is predestined to rule the world; it is Christ “in man” the hope of glory. Accept this by faith—it is supported by the Word. But, do not expect the carnal mind to accept it or even understand it. Our carnal mind is an enemy of Christ and the Word (Rom. 8:7), not because it chooses to be, but because it replaces the living Word with the dead letter. The only way the spirit of the Word is understood is when the Holy Spirit reveals it. The Spirit is love, so we would be justified in saying, “When Love reveals it.”
Spiritual revelation is known only in our spirit; our natural understanding remains unfruitful, but we look forward by faith to that day when our minds will have become renewed in Christ.
“If so be that you have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Yasha; that you put off concerning the former conversation (behavior) the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; and that you put on the new man, which after Yahweh is created in righteousness and true holiness,” Ephesians 4:21-24.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of Yahweh,” Romans 12:2.
The dead letter has not produced the glorious promise of Life. Multitudes after multitudes have gone forth declaring the wrath of Yahweh under the delusion they were announcing the Kingdom of Yahweh. The church is still weakened by confusion and division. Let us acknowledge the lack.
This generation is demanding answers. We must come boldly before the throne, ask Yahweh for the revealed Word, and then be obedient to the great commission found in Second Corinthians 5:16-21: “Wherefore hence- forth know we no man after the flesh: yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new. And all things are of Yahweh, who has reconciled us to himself by Yasha the Messiah, and has given to us the ministry of reconciliation: to wit, that Yahweh was in Messiah reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them: and has committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Yasha Christ, as though Yahweh did beseech you by us, we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to Yahweh. For he has made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of Yahweh in him.”
If I believed the eternal torment theory, I would certainly wonder why we (the Spirit-filled Church) have been given the task of reconciling a world to Yahweh when all effort to do so is predestined to failure. We would be prone to classify it with Yasha’s promise quoted in the book of John: “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. This he said, signifying what death he should die,” John 12:32-33. I would then hope that I could some day come across a genius that could reconcile it with my theory.
We know Christ removed the “if” when he breathed his last breath on the cross. We know Yasha is the Anointed that rules over the nations; so let us talk about salvation, deliverance, and the promises; let us talk about Love, for Yahweh is Love.
ALLEGORY (from Nelson’s Illustrated Bible Dictionary): A symbolic representation of a truth about human conduct or experience.
The word allegory is found only once in the King James Version. In <Galatians 4:24> it translates the Greek verb allegoreo, which means to say something different from what the words normally imply. The NKJV translates it by the word symbolic.
As a literary device, an allegory may consist of only a few lines or it may be sustained through an entire book. According to traditional Jewish and Christian interpretation, the entire book of the Song of Solomon is an allegory: of Yahweh and his wife, Israel (Jewish) or of Christ and his bride, the church (Christian). Other examples of allegory in the Old Testament are <Psalm 80:8-19> and <Ecclesiastes 12:3-7>. In <Psalm 80> the pronouns we and us identify the vine as Israel <vv. 18-19>.
In the New Testament, Yasha’s parable of the wheat and the tares <Matt. 13:24-30,36-43> is a good example of allegory. The apostle Paul also used allegories when writing. In <Ephesians 6:11-17> he urges his readers to “put on the whole armor of God” and then gives the symbolic spiritual designation for each article worn by the Christian soldier. And in <1 Corinthians 10:1-4>, Paul gives an allegory which compares the experience of Moses and the Israelites to Christian baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
Perhaps the most memorable of Paul’s allegories, however, is found in <Galatians 4:21-31>: Hagar and Sarah, Ishmael and Isaac. One of them (Ishmael) was born to the bondwoman Hagar; the other (Isaac) was born to a freewoman, Sarah. Hagar and Ishmael are symbolic of the Old Covenant: the law from Mount Sinai that brings all flesh into bondage. Sarah and Isaac are symbolic of the New Covenant: the gospel of grace from Mount Calvary that gives spiritual freedom. When Paul concluded by saying, “So then, brethren, we are not children of the bondwoman but of the free (woman),” he was urging his readers to reject the bondage of legalism – salvation by keeping the law – and to live by faith in Christ.