Everything in the bible is written to lead men to salvation. Jesus said, “Search the scriptures they speak about me (John 5:39).” Paul says law was our tutor leading us to Christ (Gal 3:24). So the bible is all Gospel-centric. Everything in the bible is Christ-centred. Consider for example, incidents in life of Moses. Moses was a precursor to Christ Jesus. His life, his biography, points to one who was greater than him.
|Rescued Israel from the slavery of Egypt||Redeemed people from the slavery of sin|
|Moses forsook riches of Egypt, to suffer along with the people of God (Heb 11:24)||Jesus forsook heavenly riches to suffer for people (Philip 2:7).|
|Moses did miracles||Jesus did miracles|
|Mediator of Old Covenant||Mediator of New Covenant|
|Moses was meekest on earth (Num 12:3)||Jesus is meek & lowly (Mat 11:29)|
|Faithful in Israel (Num 12:7)||Jesus is faithful (Heb 3:2, Rev 19:11)|
We should therefore not commit the blunder of making bible passages man-centric or any human organization-centric. For example, we should never use the goodness of Moses to exalt ourselves. We must not say like Moses we are meek people, or like Moses, we are faithful in the household of God, or like Moses, we are leaders of Israelites! However, the spirit in TPM utilizes every such opportunity to glorify themselves. They hardly leave a stone unturned to honor their own ministry. For example, if Moses is a pointer to Jesus, then TPM will use this opportunity to show to people that they are Moses of the 21st century (see here). This is an obnoxious spirit in TPM from which we ask our readers to stay away. I have heard of TPM Pastors telling us that God made a High and exalted place(ZION) equal to him of which Satan Coveted. They say God had kept it for the special people of Zion and Satan wanted to take that place. Notice how subtly they are bringing in the devious doctrine of self-exaltation. Keep away from this kind of perversion. If you do not have discernment, you will get trapped in such a dangerous doctrine.
Understanding Levitical Priesthood through Jesus’ Eyes
When we start reading the bible we see that from starting itself, God’s message is crystal clear that man committed a sin and fell short of the glory of God. There is a gap between Man and God. But God had not cast off man completely. He had a plan to remove this breach. Jesus would come when the fullness of time would arrive and reconcile sinner man to God (Eph 2:16). But until then, men stood apart and alienated from God. God in the meantime introduced the Levitical system on a temporary basis (Heb 9:10) as a pointer to his great plan (Gal 3:24). This temporary system had an arrangement of priests and the role of a high priest. The High Priest’s role was to take the blood of goats and bulls towards God to bear the iniquity of men.
We can think of this temporary system as a model or a replica. Like we have toy cars that are made of plastic but incapable to take us to our destination, similarly the Old Testament system had a replica sacrifice system and a replica high priest, who were incapable to bear sins of men and remove the iniquity (Heb 10:1,4), nevertheless they were a copy of the original.
Now isn’t it foolishness to interpret this replica toy model to point at ourselves. God had always from the beginning kept Jesus at the centre of what he did. Jesus was slain even before the world was made. He was at the centre of Levitical ministry too. All the sacrifices pointed to him. However, TPM says that they were in God’s plan and mind while starting this Levitical ministry. TPM teaches that high priest of Old Testament was toy replica pointing to TPM ministry (Click here to see their claim). They teach that TPM ministers bear the iniquity of men. This is obnoxious horrendous treachery. Isn’t it? Where God had Jesus in his mind and his plan, from the beginning and in all his activities in the Old Testament, there TPM says they are the fulfillment of that High priesthood ministerial plan of God. How blasphemous! When will the spirit within them cease from self-exaltation?
Dathan, Korah and Abiram
Aaron was the first high priest among Old Testament Israelites. After his death, Eleazar his firstborn took the office of the High Priest (Num 20:25-29, Ex 29:29)! While Aaron was appointed as the High priest who was a replica pointing to Jesus, some people came in between and tried to usurp the position of Aaron. This was as if they were also in God’s plan, to foretell the world, what would happen to them who would try to take the honour meant for Jesus to themselves. Behold we have the thing happening before our very eyes.
Let us look at the incident of Dathan, Korah and Abiram who were appointed to minister in tabernacle services arose and demanded the position and priesthood of Aaron. They began murmuring against Aaron the High priest. Moses said unto them, “Is it small thing that God has separated you from congregation …. to do service of tabernacle …..seek ye priesthood also …WHAT IS AARON THAT YE MURMUR AGAINST HIM (Num 16:9-11).” So it seems they were murmuring for the priesthood of Aaron. God then asked each of the leaders to bring a rod and whosoever’s rod would bud, he would be God’s chosen one. For the dead rod to bud meant that it would become alive. It was as if God was saying “he who would come to life from dead will stand before me as representative of the congregation of people.” And on the morrow, Aaron’s rod arose from dead and budded and showed sign of being alive. This budding of the dead rod was a shadow of Jesus overcoming death and becoming alive again to be appointed as the ONLY High Priest mediating for men.
|Aaron’s rod||Pointer to Jesus|
|Bud coming from the dead staff or staff cut from the plant||Pointed to arising of life from death, coming to the resurrection from the dead|
How else can we interpret this passage? Shouldn’t we use every opportunity to exalt and glorify Jesus? John said to let him increase and let me decrease. Jesus is the high priest forever (Heb 4:14). This is how the bible also interprets high priesthood office of the Old Testament. There is no other explanation in the bible to the high priest office. However, TPM like Dathan Korah and Abiram seek high priesthood of Jesus. They say we are high priest of God (Check this). We will burn incense. We will bear the iniquity of men (Check this). We are also holy (Num 16:3) and we can go near God (Num 16:5). What happened? God’s anger burned all sinner men. He buried Dathan Korah and Abiram alive in the earth. In the end, men had to accept that they are sinners and are unworthy to go to the tabernacle or stand in the gap between man and God (Num 17:12).
None of the 12 disciples ever called himself high priest. We see that the writer of Hebrews had an opportunity like TPM to exalt ministry of 12 apostles in the Epistle to Hebrews! But he used that opportunity to show forth Jesus to his readers. His whole letter is filled with glorifying Jesus everywhere. Like TPM he did not glorify ministry of 12 apostles. He did not say new testament ministry points to the apostolic ministry of 12 disciples of Jesus. It is only the spirit of Dathan, Korah and Abiram which dares to seek the High Priesthood of Aaron. That spirit is in TPM. TPM preachers have no fear of God in saying that they stand in the gap between God and man and bear iniquity of others.
See the table below to understand that Aaron was pointing to Jesus, not to TPM
|Chosen by God||Chosen by God, did not take honour unto himself (Heb 5:4-5)|
|Was High priest until his death||Is High priest FOREVER (Heb 7:23-24)|
|Bore symbolically iniquity of people||Actually bore our sins and iniquity (Isaiah 53)|
|Went inside the holiest place with the blood of lamb every year||Has entered heavenly tabernacle with his own blood (Heb 9:12 ).|
Note also that Dathan Korah and Abiram were a pointer to those men who would dare to take priesthood of Jesus. TPM is a group of one of such men on earth who disregards the High Priest Jesus and puts themselves in that pedestal.
|Dathan, Korah and Abiram||TPM|
|Claimed “we are holy”||Claim “We are holy”|
|Desired priesthood against Aaron||Desire high priesthood after the order of Melchizedek(Who does not have any descendant).|
|Their tribe’s rod didn’t bud||There is no fruit seen in them. They are resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.|
|Went alive into the earth||Unless they repent of seeking priesthood of Jesus, they will also go beneath the earth.|
|Sons of Korah later ministered in the temple||People may come out of TPM & other such churches to truly serve God|
Dear Dathan Korah and Abiram of TPM(TPM Ministers),
Kindly put off your TPM goggles which, shows you to yourself everywhere in bible. Put on Jesus lens, to behold Jesus in every page of scriptures. Jesus is at the center of God’s plan, not TPM! Cease from glorifying yourselves, your consecration, you not marrying, you forsaking your family, your ministry, your holiness etc, etc… Time is inching towards judgment day, repent unless like Dathan, Korah and Abiram, ye be taken alive in earth, instead of being alive taken up in his second coming. You have this opportunity to get off the rebellion bandwagon like the Sons of Korah. May the Lord enlighten you and give you repentance.