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Special Prophecy Update Number 151C
December 24, 2003
God’s Greatest Gift – The Kaphar Manger Child
Two Coverings for Sin –
O.T. Temporary – N.T. Eternal
II Corinthians 9:15 – Thanks be unto God for his unspeakable gift.
The Old Testament word for atonement is the Hebrew word “kaphar,” which simply means, “to cover.” It is constantly and consistently used in reference to covering sin before God so that man may fellowship with him.
When man broke spiritual fellowship with God in Eden, his first action was to attempt to provide a “covering” to hide what he had done before God’s presence. This is the first Biblical example of man’s attempt to save himself from God’s condemnation by his own works.
Genesis 3:7 – And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons.
But only God can restore man to fellowship with him, and it must be totally by God’s grace, and not by works of man. So God instituted his plan of salvation by grace by promising a Seed, a Messiah, who would be born of a woman to save man by God’s grace.
Genesis 3:15 - And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
And then God provided man a picture of what he would provide as a temporary cover (kaphar) for the sins of those who believed his promise of a seed, until the Seed came and performed the act that would eternally provide a permanent covering (kaphar) for the sins of all those who believed in all the ages before, during, and after his coming. God’s salvation has always been by his grace to all men who would believe the Seed would come to save them by deliverance from God’s condemnation for sin.
Genesis 3:21 - Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
None of the animal blood sacrifices from the first one by Abel to the last one God accepted before Christ declared the Temple Mount to be spiritually desolate, ever took away any sins. The ones who brought them, that had faith in God to send a Savior to deliver them from condemnation for their sins, were saved by grace. Those who brought them in the belief the sacrifice in itself would save them did not have their faith in God’s promise, but in their own ability to reconcile themselves to God.
Hebrews 10:4 – For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.
The picture in Genesis of the shedding of innocent blood of animals to provide a covering (kaphar) for man’s sins, had no power of its own, but the one who was coming in a body made by his Father in Mary’s womb, did have the power to provide a permanent covering for all sin.
Hebrews 10:5-10 – Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:  In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure.  Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.  Above when he said, Sacrifice and offering and burnt offerings and offering for sin thou wouldest not, neither hadst pleasure therein; which are offered by the law;  Then said he, Lo, I come to do thy will, O God. He taketh away the first, that he may establish the second.  By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
When Messiah the Seed’s blood was offered it took away forever the sins of all believers from Genesis to the end of the Millennium. It is a once for all covering (kaphar).