The Crucifixion Of Jesus
A Brief Overview Of The New Covenant In The Blood Of The Messiah, And The Biblical Support For The Blood On The Mercy Seat
We believe that Jesus Christ fulfilled quite literally the Old Covenant, by anointing the Mercy Seat with his Own Blood, at the time of the Crucifixion, in full fulfilment of Daniel 9:24.
A study of Daniel 9:24 removes all doubts that the Messiah did indeed anoint the Mercy Seat with His Blood.
"Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your holy city, to finish the transgression, to make an end of sin, to make atonement for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most holy place," (New American Standard Bible).
We have broken Daniel 9:24 into six separate parts, for ease of analysis.
"Seventy weeks have been decreed for your people and your Holy City, to
- Finish the transgression,
- Make an end of sin,
- Make atonement for iniquity,
- Bring in everlasting righteousness,
- Seal up vision and prophecy,
- Anoint the Most Holy Place." (New American Standard Bible)
Daniel 9:24 therefore is a prophecy that the Messiah will anoint the "the Most Holy Place" of the Ark of the Covenant, with His Blood. The Bible is here referring to the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant.
The anointing of the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant by the Blood of Jesus Christ, is prophesied in Daniel 9:24, and was fulfilled by Jesus Christ, as we shall see.
Unfortunately, most versions of the Bible translate the Hebrew words "quaadaashiym qodesh" in Daniel 9:24 as "most holy." This has been widely interpreted as the anointing of the Person of the Messiah. This is incorrect.
Strong's Definitions of the two Hebrew words "quaadaashiym qodesh."
Strong's definition (6942) is translated "to be ceremonially or morally clean".
Strong's definition (6944) is translated "a sacred place or thing".
- The two words directly translated from the Hebrew mean "the Most Holy" and "Most Holy Place."
- The two words together mean "the Most Holy, Most Holy Place."
- The two words are used elsewhere in the Old Testament and always refer to a place, and never to a person.
- The words refer therefore to "The Most Holy, Most Holy Place", which we now refer to as "The Holy of Holies" or to "The furniture in the Most Holy Place".
- The most important piece of furniture in the Holy of Holies, and the furniture that was to be anointed by the Blood of the Messiah, was the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant.
- We have already seen in Sections 11 and 12 that the date of this anointing of the Mercy Seat was 33 AD.
- Only the Messiah could anoint the Mercy Seat with His Blood.
The Typology of the Old Covenant and the New Covenant
The Typology of the Old Covenant and the New Covenant fits perfectly with Ron Wyatt's discovery of the Blood of Jesus Christ on the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant.
We believe that Jesus Christ fulfilled quite literally the Old Covenant, by anointing the Mercy Seat with his Own Blood, at the time of the Crucifixion, in full fulfilment of Daniel 9:24 (see above).
The Old Covenant is described in Leviticus 16:1-20
The New Covenant cannot be fully understood until the Old Covenant is fully understood. In brief, in the Old Covenant the blood of a perfect goat was sprinkled onto the Mercy Seat in the Holy of Holies for the remission of sins. The scapegoat went free into the wilderness.
The following is a simplified account of what actually took place on the Day of Atonement , although the whole subject is studied in greater depth in Detailed Biblical Support For Ron Wyatt's Discovery Of The Ark Of The Covenant With The Blood Of The Messiah On The Mercy Seat
- Once a year, on the Day of Atonement, the following ceremony took place.
- Two perfect male goats were chosen by the priests.
- Both were presented to God.
- Lots were cast, and the sacrificial goat was chosen.
- The sacrificial goat was kept to be sacrificed as a blood sacrifice for sin.
- None of its bones were broken
- The other goat, the scapegoat, was sent into the wilderness, with a red cord tied around its horns.
- The throat of the sacrificial goat was cut outside the Temple, and its blood collected in a special basin.
- The high priest then entered the Holy of Holies, wearing special priestly garments, and carrying the basin of blood from the sacrificial goat.
- The high priest remained in the Holy of Holies, in pitch darkness, for a total of three hours.
- The high priest then prayed before the Ark of the Covenant, asking God to forgive the Jewish people for their sins over the previous 12 months.
- The high priest then poured the blood of the sacrificial goat onto the Eastern or right hand side of the Mercy Seat.
- God then appeared in Shekinah Glory between the two Cherubim over the Mercy Seat.
- God forgave the sin of the Jewish people.
- The high priest then stood up, and cried out, "It is finished".
- The Old Covenant was fulfilled, by the sacrifice of the sacrificial goat, the prayer of repentance by the high priest on behalf of the Jewish people, and the appearance of God in Shekinah Glory over the Mercy Seat.
The New Covenant, fulfilled by the Messiah, Jesus Christ
We have listed below the various events that took place during the Trial and Crucifixion so that the reader can compare the New Covenant with the Old Covenant.
Jesus Christ fulfilled the Old Covenant and provided a New Covenant in His Blood
The heart of the Old Covenant is the Temple Sacrifice on the Day of Atonement. Jesus did NOT abandon completely the Old Covenant, but replaced it with a New Covenant based on the same model, becoming Himself the Lamb of God. Jesus Christ did not abandon the Old Covenant, but fulfilled it.
- God had already declared in Jeremiah 31:31, "Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a New Covenant with the house of Israel".
- Early in His ministry, Jesus had already declared in Matthew 5:17, "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfil".
- At the Last Supper, Jesus Christ said these very famous words, recorded in Matthew 26:26-28, "And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, "Take, eat; this is My body". Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, "Drink from it, all of you. For this is My Blood of the New Covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins".
The whole Old Covenant is described in detail in the New Testament
The Old Covenant is described by Paul in Hebrews 9:1-15, and we would like to highlight the following:
- The fact that the whole ceremony is described in detail in the New Testament is an indication of how important understanding of this ritual is for all Christians.
- Jesus Christ is introduced as the High Priest of the New Covenant.
The book of Hebrews records that Jesus Christ poured His Blood onto
- The Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant in Heaven.
Jesus Christ poured His Own Blood onto the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant in Heaven
It is written, in Hebrews 9:11-12,
"He came as High Priest of this better system that we now have. He went into that greater, perfect tabernacle in Heaven, not made by men, nor part of this world, and once for all took blood into that inner room, the Holy of Holies, and sprinkled it on the Mercy Seat; but it was not the blood of goats and calves. No, he took his own blood, and with it he, by himself, made sure of our eternal salvation," TLB.
The above verses state that:
- There is a "greater, perfect tabernacle in Heaven."
- Jesus Christ is the High Priest of the New Covenant.
- Jesus Christ poured His Own Blood onto the Mercy Seat in Heaven.
Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God of the New Covenant
This is proved by the following:
- Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, which is only a short distance from Jerusalem.
- Gabriel appeared to the shepherds of the fields of Bethlehem to announce the Birth of Jesus.
- These shepherds were special shepherds, who were employed by the Temple authorities to rear the sacrificial lambs to be slaughtered in the Temple.
- Gabriel was, in effect, announcing to these shepherds that the Lamb of God had just been born, in the very place where all the other sacrificial lambs were born.
- John the Baptist said, in John 1:29, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!" at the start of Jesus ministry.
- Jesus Christ is described in Revelation 13:8 as the "Lamb slain from the foundation of the world".
Jesus Christ precisely fulfilled the Old Covenant with the New Covenant in His Blood
We propose that the various parts of the Old Covenant are looked at in table form, to see how Jesus Christ fulfilled the Old Covenant, and became Himself the Lamb of God of the New Covenant.
|OLD COVENANT||NEW COVENANT|
|There was a high priest every year who celebrated the Old Covenant||Jesus Christ is The High Priest of the New Covenant for Eternity|
|The priests chose two perfect adult male goats||Jesus Christ and Barabbas were chosen by Pontius Pilate|
|The two goats were presented by the priests outside the Temple||Jesus Christ and Barabbas were presented to the crowds outside the Praetorium|
|The scapegoat was chosen by lots||Barabbas was chosen by the crowds|
|The scapegoat later received the Rite of Atonement, and was set free||Barabbas was set free, which is a picture of the Gospel|
|The sacrificial goat was then sacrificed, and the High Priest then entered the Holy Place with the blood of the sacrificial lamb||Jesus Christ was the High Priest, and the Crucifixion Site became the Holy Place of the New Covenant. Jesus Christ was sacrificed by God on the Cross, as the Lamb of God.|
|The High Priest was completely alone in the Tabernacle||Jesus Himself was the only High Priest of the New Covenant once and for all in Eternity|
|The High priest spread blood on the horns of the altar in the Holy Place||The Blood of Jesus Christ was smeared all over the Cross|
|The High Priest prayed to God to forgive the sins of the people||Jesus Christ prayed for God to forgive the sins of the people|
|There was a confession of sin by the high priest over the scapegoat||Jesus Christ, the High Priest of the New Covenant, did NOT confess sin, because He was without sin. Instead, Jesus Christ became the Blood Sacrifice to take away sin.|
|The scapegoat bore all the sins of the people to an uninhabited land||In the New Covenant, "The blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin," I John 1, 7|
|The blood of the sacrificial goat was sprinkled onto the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant, in the Holy of Holies||His Blood fell onto the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant below the Cross, in Jeremiah's Grotto, which became the Holy of Holies of the New Covenant|
|The high priest then removed his ceremonial linen garments||When Jesus Christ was crucified all four of his priestly garments were removed|
|The Temple Sacrifice happened every year on the Day of Atonement||Jesus Christ was crucified on Passover, AD 33, on one occasion only|
|On the Day of Atonement the high priest made atonement for the Jewish people||On the Day of Crucifixion, Jesus Christ died for the sins of the whole world|
|By Rabbinic tradition, the high priest spent 3 hours in the Holy of Holies, in the pitch darkness||Jesus Christ spent 3 hours in total darkness on the Cross, and the darkness was world wide|
|During this 3 hour period, God appeared in Shekinah Glory between the Cherubim, over the Mercy Seat||During this 3 hour period, Jesus Christ was rejected by God the Father, and atoned for the sins of the world|
|By Rabbinic tradition, at the end of this period of 3 hours, the high priest stood up and said, "It is finished"||At 3 pm, after 3 hours of darkness all over the world, Jesus Christ stood up on the Cross to announce His 7th announcement from the Cross. He said, "It is finished".|
|The Day of Atonement was to be an everlasting annual statute||The New Covenant replaced the Old Covenant permanently|
|God destroyed the Old Covenant completely, and signified this by ripping apart the Great Curtain of the Temple.
Jesus Christ fulfilled the Old Covenant perfectly.
Jesus Christ became both the High Priest and the Lamb of God.
Jesus Christ poured His Own Blood on the Mercy Seat in Heaven, according to Hebrews 9: 11
Jesus Christ poured out His Own Blood the Mercy Seat on Earth, according to Daniel 9:24
- Jesus Christ fulfilled the Old Covenant (Matthew 5:17), and replaced the Old Covenant with a New Covenant.
- Jesus said: "This cup is the New Covenant in My Blood", 1 Corinthians 11:25.
- According to the New American Standard Bible Jesus Christ entered Jerusalem on March 29th, A.D.33 in fulfilment of Daniel 9:25,26 (see Section 12).
- Within a few days He was tried and crucified by Pontius Pilate.
- Jesus Christ was the Lamb of God (John 1:29).
- He also was the High Priest of the New Covenant (Hebrews 8:1).
- As High Priest, He entered Heaven and spilled His Blood on the Mercy Seat in Heaven (Hebrews 9:11,12).
- As High Priest He also fulfilled the Old Covenant, and spilled His Blood on the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant (Daniel 9:24).
- In Matthew 27:51 we read, "Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split".
- When Jesus Christ died on the Cross the rocks were split, and Jesus Christ fulfilled the Old Covenant completely, as His Blood anointed the Mercy Seat of the Ark of the Covenant.
- God the Father then destroyed the Old Covenant Temple system completely and permanently, by tearing the veil from top to bottom between the Most Holy Place, and the Holy of Holies.
The New Covenant can be summed up in John 1:5-10
"This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us".
This indicates that anyone may enter the true Holy of Holies in Heaven, though the Blood of the True Messiah, Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ has fulfilled the Old Covenant completely, and spilled His Blood as a perfect sacrifice on the Mercy Seat in Heaven, and on the Western Side of the Mercy Seat on Earth, at the Crucifixion in AD 33.
Note from the author of this material
This is purposely intended to be a very simple summary of a complicated subject. For a much more detailed study of this subject, please follow this link:
Detailed Biblical Support For Ron Wyatt's Discovery Of The Ark Of The Covenant With The Blood Of The Messiah On The Mercy Seat