This article is the third on the series which explains the Picture puzzle of the first. But before we reach that part, an important Highlight follows.
Today(9th June 2019), we remember the day of Pentecost. This is a day which marks a great sign of God’s interaction with mankind. We usually associate this day with the coming of the Holy Spirit among the Disciples of Jesus. Did you know that the first recorded day of Pentecost was in the Mount of Sinai when God descended on the mountain? Since that first occurrence, the children of Israel remembered the day of Pentecost. They used to call this day also as hag matan torateinu, the day when they received the Torah.
Mt Sinai Pentecost Vs Upper Room Pentecost
- For the First Pentecost, God’s presence was accompanied by fire, smoke, and the sound of thunder in Mount Sinai (Exodus 19:16-19). God’s presence during Pentecost after Jesus’ resurrection was accompanied by the sound of the wind, tongues of fire, and the gift of different languages (Acts 2:1-3).
- When God gave the Torah to Moses on Mount Sinai, the people were worshipping the golden calf. About 3,000 people died as punishment for their sins. When the Holy Spirit was given during Pentecost, the people repented, and about 3,000 people believed and found spiritual life.
- God’s presence was symbolized by a cloud and fire, which led the Israelites out of Egypt. Later, God moved his presence into the temple (2 Chron. 5:7-8, 13-14). During Pentecost, God’s presence moved from the temple into a “new temple,” the followers of Jesus (Rom. 8:9).
- Finally, The Torah provided God’s teachings for the Old Testament community of people. At Pentecost, the Holy Spirit became the Teacher of believers (John 14:26). The law was written in the hearts.
If TPM is having any connection to any of the above Pentecost(I know it doesn’t), it is closer to the Mt Sinai Pentecost. It’s very far from the Pentecost followed by the Disciples of Jesus. ……for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 2 Cor 3:6
Babel Reversed, Barriers Removed
Babel reminds us of division among people because of Languages. Even today we see people divided based on languages. Conflicts arise because of that. But in the upper room, that division was done away with. People misunderstood others because of language barriers. On the day of Pentecost in the upper room, everybody understood what was spoken (Acts 2:8). Now a natural question should pop up for every TPM Believer, who have not sold out their brains to the clergy. If in the day of Pentecost, all language barriers were removed and one could understand what the other person was saying, why don’t I understand what my neighbour supposedly speak in so-called tongues when in TPM? This is an answer which you should get for yourself.
- The Day of Pentecost also is a day of remembrance of the Birth and Death of King David, as per Jewish Traditions. He had the same day as his Birthday and Death Day, the day of Pentecost.
- The Gentile Ruth was married to the Jew Boas, during the days of the Feast of Pentecost. This is significant because starting with Pentecost in the Upper Room, the entry of Gentiles was opened to the Church of God.
- The Day of Pentecost always falls on a Sunday.
- This is the only Jewish festival in which the Leavened bread is roasted.
- It is very much possible that the Apostles remembered the day of Pentecost and put that into their calendars.( Acts 2:1 , 1 Cor 16:8). Do you think the White clads of TPM who proclaim themselves as “Pentecostals”, even remember this day?
Answering the Painting Puzzle
This is an artwork of Hans Holbein younger. Painting is known as “Allegory of Old and New Testament.” Painting is divided into two parts with a giant tree in between. Tree refers to Israel (Luke 13:6-9). The tree on left is dried, and it says that without Christ there is no life in people of God (or Israel). Similarly, the blooming tree on the right side is God’s chosen people or children of Abraham by faith or new Israel.
The left side of the tree is the Old Testament. The right side of the tree is the New Testament. Old Testaments events were pointers to events related to Jesus in the New Testament.
On the left-hand side, the painter shows us Adam and his wife (label 1). Then exactly on the same level on the right-hand side, he paints the picture of Jesus and his followers (label 8). By this, the painter says that followers of Jesus (his disciples) are EVE or church – the bride of Last Adam Jesus. He has drawn Jesus and his church (New EVE) on higher plane compared to Adam and Eve.
We see a skeleton in label 4. Adam’s sin and Law in the Old Testament brought death. On right, in the exact opposite side, we see the victory of Jesus over death (label 11).
We see Moses lifting up a serpent in the wilderness (label 2). Likewise, on an exactly parallel level on the right-hand side, we see Jesus lifted up on the cross (see label 9). The message is from John 3:14, where Jesus himself drew comparison saying as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness so must the son of man be raised so that he who believes in him will not die.
Then we see Moses receiving law on Mount Sinai after the First Pentecost (label 3). Exactly on a parallel level, on right-hand side top, we see Jesus on the mount of transfiguration, as the mediator of New Covenant (label 10).
Finally coming to the center part, we see prophet Isaiah (label 5) pointing to Jesus on the cross (Isaiah 53). On his right side, we have John the Baptist (label 6), pointing to Jesus the Lamb of God (label 9), to be sacrificed as a fulfillment of Isaiah (John 1:36). We see John saying, “Behold the lamb of God prophesied in Isaiah (Old Testament scriptures).”
Between Isaiah in the Old Testament and John the Baptist in the New Testament (label 7), we have “Homo” means man. Both Old Testament prophets (represented by Isaiah) and New Testament prophets (represented by John the Baptist) points to Jesus. This Interpretation is what I see.
When we remove the lens of TPM, we will understand the scripture better. TPM was never in the plan of God for his Church, as many TPM fanatics would imply. It is Satan’s plan to plant tares into the kingdom of God. We should be wiser to know that TPM is a complete package of Tare which looks like the wheat. The Lord knows that and has opened our eyes to this reality. The focus of the scripture should be on the wheat grain(Jesus) that fell on the ground and died(John 12:24) and not on tares camouflaging as wheat(TPM White Clads)