The Shadows of the Old Covenant Can’t Be Restored


A Facebook friend, Larry Siegle, posted the following book excerpt the other day, and it’s excellent. It comes from a book written in 1972 by James D. Bales titled, “Prophecy and Premillennialism” (pp. 162-163):

“If we tried to go back to the Old Testament, it would not permit it. It would send us back to the New. The substance has arrived, so the shadow tells us to abide in the substance.

First, if we go back to Moses, he sends us to Christ. (Deut. 18:15-18; Acts 3:22, 23).

Second, if we ask Moses to be our mediator, he sends us to Christ the mediator (Heb. 8:6; 12:24).

Third, if we go back to the Old Covenant, it sends us back to the New (Jer. 31:31-34; Heb. 8:5-13; 13:20).

Fourth, if we go back to the blood of animals, it sends us to the sacrifice of Christ of which its sacrifices were but a shadow (Heb. 10:1-4).

Fifth, if we go back to the blood of animals, it sends us to the sacrifice of Christ of which the animal blood typified (Heb. 9:15-27; 23-28; 13:20).

Sixth, if we go back to the Old Temple, the way to heaven is not made manifest (Heb. 9:6-12, 24, 25, 26); so it sends us to Christ who has opened and made manifest the way (Heb. 10:19-22).

Seventh, if we go to the Old Testament priests, they send us back to the priesthood of believers (I Pet. 2:5, 9).

Eighth, if we go back to the Jewish kingdom, it sends us back to the everlasting kingdom which was being received in the first century (Hag. 2:6; Heb. 12:18-28; 13:20).

Ninth, if we go back to the Old Testament kingdom, it sends us back to the everlasting kingdom (Dan. 2:44; Heb. 12:28; 13:20).

Tenth, if we go back to the Old Testament Kings and High Priests, they send us to Christ the king and priest (Psa. 110:1-4; Heb. 7:11-22, 28; 8:4).

Eleventh, if we go to Abraham, he sends us to his seed, Christ (Gen. 22:18; Gal. 3:16-29).

We must not retreat from the substance to the shadow. Any system of the interpretation of prophecy which restores the shadow contradicts the Old Testament and the New Testament.”

James Bales (1915-1995) was “an influential Bible professor and administrator at Harding University (then Harding College) for almost 40 years.” Bales was an amillennialist (Wikipedia).

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3 thoughts on “The Shadows of the Old Covenant Can’t Be Restored

  1. Your writings are so easy to understand. Perhaps you could compile what you’ve already written on Revelation and eventually have a simplified commentary on the whole book from the Preterist perspective. You make things plainer than any other writer on the topic I’ve read thus far.

    tomdurst1@msn.com

    There are two great days in a person’s life – the day we are born and the day we discover why. – William Barclay

    http://www.tomdurst.com

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    • Thank you, Tom. I appreciate your kind words, and I’m always glad when I find out that a reader has received my writings as easy to understand and clearly communicated.

      Just to let you know, I have already considered creating and publishing a simplified commentary on Revelation, using a lot of what I have here at this blog (www.kloposmasm.com/revelation). I’ve also considered publishing an e-book on the Olivet Discourse, based on the series at the top of this page: http://kloposmasm.com/olivet-discourse/. And, more recently, I’ve considered another e-book on the subjects of Israel, Christian Zionism, etc. So far it’s a lot of consideration and not much doing. 🙂

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