God has a royal wedding He has been preparing and planning for His Bride, and its invitation went out as soon as the disciples were baptized with “the Promise” on the Day of Pentecost.
In Part 1 of the Feast of Pentecost, I focused primarily on the similarities between the Old and New Pentecost Blueprint. Let’s now explore some of their differences.
The first difference is easy to identify. In the Old Covenant, the execution of God’s Covenant, and the revealing of Himself by fire had an inherent problem that kept Him separated from His “Bride;” SIN. Therefore, the people could see and hear God, but they could not get near God.
God needed a solution to cleanse and remove the sin that separated Himself from His bride. Without that solution, God’s consuming fire would destroy His bride instead of glorifying her. This is why God instructed Moses to bring himself and Aaron up the mountain to Him only so that everyone else wouldn’t die.
“Then the Lord said to him (Moses), ‘Away!’ Get down and then come up, you and Aaron with you. But do not let the priest and the people break through to come up to the Lord, lest He break out against them.” (Ex. 19:24).
Notice in this scripture that the “Lord” is referencing the “Lord.” Here we are introduced to the understanding of God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. In addition, Moses symbolized Christ, and Aaron symbolized the “firstfruits” priests who would be glorified through Christ at His second coming and able to stand in the presence of God.
“For You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to Our God; and we shall reign on the earth” (Rev. 5:9,10).
Secondly, because of the Israelites choice to reject God’s voice and go through a mediator instead, God was going to have to restore His voice through a mediator. After Moses read the “Tablets of Covenant” to the people, which was God’s marriage vows written by His finger, the Israelites responded to Him in fear:
“Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain of smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled (feared), and stood afar off. Then they said to Moses, “You speak with us, lest we die. And Moses said to the people, “Do not fear; for God has come to test you, and that His fear may be before you so that you may not sin. So THE PEOPLE STOOD AFAR OFF, but Moses drew near the thick darkness where God was” (Ex. 20:18-21).
We can now understand why the voice of God was still only heard through those selected by God in the Old Testament, even after this betrothal.
If you notice from the scriptures above, Moses was the ONLY one who drew near to the Lord, while the others withdrew away from the Lord out of fear. Moses walked into the darkness, knowing God was in it. The people saw darkness and ran for cover.
Through their rejection of God’s voice, it was then established that a mediator was to remain between God and themselves. Moses would then become a symbol and pattern of how Jesus would perfect this marriage covenant by becoming the mediator of the New Covenant and unite us with the original promise of His voice, His fire, His presence, and His desire to permanently dwell with His Covenant people.
These scriptures also then explain why the nation of Israel had to fight with their hands and not by the “sword of the Spirit, which is the word/voice of God” to gain dominion in the Promised Land (Eph. 6:17). As believers who have been baptized with the Holy Spirit, we now have access to take dominion by His Word over the enemy and not through the blood of our own hands.
Finally, we see the difference between the Old and New through God’s mercy and grace. In the New Day of Pentecost, the Lord kept His promise to the people instead of the people trying to keep their promise to God and failing to be able to do it:
“For you have not come to the mountain that may be touched and that burned with fire, and to blackness and darkness and tempest, and the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore. For they could not endure what was commanded: And if so much as a beast touches the mountain, it shall be stoned or shot with an arrow.'” and so terrifying was the sight that Moses said, “I am exceedingly afraid and trembling.”
But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and the church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, ‘Yet once more I shake; not only the earth but also heaven.’
Now this, ‘Yet once more,’ indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and Godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.” (Heb. 12:18-29).
We are now coming into a greater understanding of the “national covenant of God.” It is with an understanding of the purpose of the Feast’s blueprint, and a people abiding in His set times that we will be able to see the New Jerusalem taking shape on the earth. This New Jerusalem was conceived on the Day of Pentecost when Jesus sent us the Holy Spirit of Promise to dwell in our bodies. This national covenant began multiplying throughout the world through just 12 disciples.
Our role as His “living stones,” His royal priesthood, and His “holy nation,” who God called out of the dark, and drew into His marvelous light, is to abide in His ways and to be ready in our hearts for His return (1 Peter 2:9).
“Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.
The VOICE of the Lord is over the waters; The God of glory thunders; the Lord is over many waters. The VOICE of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty” (Psalm 29:1-4).