For such a time as this, the Master of the Wedding Banquet is revealing what the Bride of the Messiah (Christ) needs to do in order to be ready. Hidden within the bowels of Scripture are the instructions for God’s Holy Priesthood on how to make spiritual sacrifices, which will culminate in them becoming a glorious part of His Pure & Spotless Bride.
“Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stone, are being built up a spiritual house, A HOLY PRIESTHOOD, TO OFFER UP SPIRITUAL SACRIFICES ACCEPTABLE TO GOD THROUGH JESUS CHRIST” (1 Peter 2:4-5 NKJV).
Before we go into the three progressive crucifixion steps for the Bride’s Baptism of Fire, we need to understand the concept of “spiritual sacrifices” according to the Messiah’s instruction. Please be patient as we lay some foundations, so His Crucified Ones can literally see how to hit the Father’s bull’s eye of righteousness.
Some Christians believe that the instructions of Moses on the priests, the altar, and the sacrificial system are not true for us today. That’s not what Yeshua (Jesus) said: “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for he wrote about Me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?” (John 5:46-47 NKJV). Yeshua has also told us that: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill” (Matthew 5:17 NKJV). That word “fulfill” means to fill it full of meaning. Will we do things exactly as the Levitical priests did in their day? No, but God’s Holy Priesthood will apply those Biblical principles and ask the Spirit of the Living God how we can fill them full of meaning in our day. BTW – We will not be going into what Judaism or Christianity has taught. We will only stick to the things that Yeshua tells us if you believe these things, then you will believe Me.
The Levitical Sacrificial Service were actually audio-visual aids to explain certain profound, basic principles on how we relate to God, how we are to live with one another, and how to be reconciled with one another. Within the instructions of the priests, the altar, and the sacrificial system are the basic of our faith. Without these ancient foundations, the cross of Christ means nothing.
The very beginning of the Levitical Sacrificial System starts with the first word in the Book of Leviticus – “vyihkra.” The Hebrew letter “alef” in this word is made small, and if one dissects this word Hebraically, a person understands: If you are going to be called of the Lord, your strength must be made small, so His strength may be made large in your life. Any person called of the Lord will share this testimony. Recall that John the Baptist (who was a Levite) gave this exact testimony in being a forerunner of the Messiah: “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30 NKJV). In a sense, John the Baptist was saying I must go away (disappear), so He can come forward (appear).
The following are five reasons Yeshua of Nazareth gives on why we need to have sacrifices, and why we still have a priestly sacrificial system:
 TABLE FELLOWSHIP – God’s Altar was the place where sacrifices were burnt in His Temple. It was considered to be the Lord’s Table. The hospitality of the Lord is basically the hospitality of your homes. When someone is coming over, they ask their host: “What can I bring to join you at your table?” Then the host will specify what’s appropriate to bring. The Altar is the place where God said, I will meet with a man and we will do business together. Even the business world makes agreements over a good meal. God has set standards, protocols, and manners that will be done at His Table. It’s that simple. If you want to come near to God and approach His Table, simply ask because it’s open to whomsoever will. LOVE will whole-heartedly welcome you, and He will specify something you can bring to the table to join Him (Luke 22:29-30; 24:30; 1 Cor. 10:21).
 RESTORATION OF FELLOWSHIP – God’s Altar is for the restoration of fellowship, because sin separates us from God. These are instructions on how to turn your direction in order to come more near to the Lord. It is here that the Messiah instructs us: “If you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift” (Matt. 5:23-24 NKJV).
 WORSHIP OF GOD – The adoration of God Almighty is illustrated by every sacrifice, which had to be lifted up so they could be elevated unto the Altar. When we come to the Lord, we lift up our hands when we bring any gift or sacrifice to the Lord. These gifts and sacrifices don’t earn God’s love. They are simply reflections of your loving, respectful, obedient heart. What do people do at sporting events when a great play is made? They cheer. Raise their voice and their hands. They show exuberance, excitement and respect (John 4:23-24; 1 Tim. 2:8).
 REDEMPTIVE WORK OF THE MESSIAH – The whole principle of sacrifice teaches the substitution and ultimate work of the Messiah on the cross. Because of God’s Altar, we know that something of value can take the place of another and be found acceptable as a just conclusion. The entire concept of “giving” is first based on God’s sacrificial system in Scripture. Your sacrifice must come from your domestic herd. It has to cost you. It has to come from you. Remember, I mentioned that a sacrifice is really representative of you offering yourself? The first lesson on “giving” in the Word of God embodies the Father gave His only begotten Son (John 3:16).
 ESTABLISHMENT OF FEASTS – All the feasts prescribed by the Lord Himself were based on certain gifts brought to God’s Altar. If you believe in celebrating the Lord the way He originally prescribed, they started off from the instructions given to the priests. BTW – You may want to consider that Scripture says His “Word stand forever” (Isa. 40:8), and God Himself says, “these are My feasts” (Lev. 23:2). In 2 Chronicles 8:13, the primitive root for the yearly feasts that are His set appointments is the Hebrew word “ya-ad.” This primitive root implies that during God’s set appointments with His people, the Lord is summoning His people to meet Him at His Table at His stated time. It also tells us during His Biblical feasts that LOVE is directing us into a certain position, so He will be able to engage us for marriage (i.e., be betroth).
References: Lev. 1:1; 23; 2 Chron. 8:13; Psa. 119:48; Isa. 40:8; Lam. 3:40-41; Matt. 5:17,23-24; 9:10; Luke 22:29-30; 24:30; John 3:16-18; 4:23-24; 5:46-47; 1 Cor. 10:21; 1 Tim. 2:8; 1 Pet. 2:4-5.
~ Robin Main
Written November 24, 2013 – Sapphire Throne Ministries – Robin Main. Copyrighted – If you are going to copy this, please copy it right by giving attributions to this source.
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