CHAPTER 16: TYPES AND SHADOWS

INCENTIVIZED TO OVERCOME

TYPES AND ANTI-TYPES (SHADOW AND SUBSTANCE) FOUND IN GENESIS AND REVELATION

Scriptural understanding of types and shadows is essential in unveiling the Truth of God’s Word. They are like parables when laid beside teaching of Truth to further strike the imprint of it upon our minds and hearts. For all the doctrines set forth in the New Covenant, there is a shadowing type in the Old Covenant. Historical events and disclosures recorded in the Old Covenant are used as types and symbols in order to illustrate New Covenant truths. Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” [1st Corinthians 10:11] They are building blocks, meaty feasts unto perfection.

The things of the Law, says Paul, “are a shadow of the things to come; but the body (the substance which casts the shadow) is Christ’s” [Colossians 2:17] So each type in Scripture casts a shadow, in the understanding light of which ultimately reveals the person or work of Jesus Christ, God’s beloved Son. It has our relationship to Him in view, which would have otherwise been obscure, and more easily obscured by the enemy. It is our charge and privilege to “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth” [2nd Timothy 2:15] 

Moses’ Writings (Torah or first five Books of Bible) starting with Genesis reveals God’s 2-part salvation plan in His Beloved Son. “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.” [Genesis 3:15] That verse foreshadows that 1) He would first suffer and then 2) much later fully triumph over the serpent as the seed of man. Proverbs 25:2 says, “It is the glory of God to conceal a thing; but the glory of kings is to search out a matter.” 

Exampling first a lesson of types and shadows from Genesis, or as titled in Hebrew, “Bereshit” /Beginnings…. The Book of Beginnings can be easily seen as the shadow of future realities in the last Book, that of Revelation, the Apocalypse, the endings. In Genesis 1:2a-31 we have the beginning of the RECreation of this current World, in 6 literal days. It is understood from the Apostle Peter’s Words to be: “THE HEAVENS AND EARTH WHICH ARE NOW”. (2nd Peter 3:7) The RE-Creation occurred millions of years later than that World created in eternity past (that answers to all prehistoric fossil life);  “THE WORLD THAT THEN WAS” (2nd Peter 3:6), which ended in the ruin of Genesis 1:2a.  And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.”

So it is from Genesis 1 verse 2b; “And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters” that we may pick up on God’s mysterious predetermined Plan of Restitution of all things through Jesus Christ before this RE-created World began. (Acts 3:18-23, John 17:24, 1st Peter 1:20) From the Re-Creation through the rest of the Pentateuch, Moses writes and mysteriously shadows the Lord “.…for he wrote of me.” (John 5:46) and mysteriously tells the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:9,10). 

These are some examples of “types and anti-types” and of “shadow and substance” in the Book of Genesis that manifest finally in the Book of Revelation..…

THE EARTH’S RUIN (Genesis 1:2a)  SHADOWS THE EARTH PASSING AWAY (Revelation 21:1) (Which most likely mirrors satan’s first rebellion (Ezekiel 28:12-19) and shadows his last seen. in Revelation 20:7-10)

THE EARTH’S RECREATION (Genesis 2a_) SHADOWS ITS FINAL PURIFIED RECREATION (Revelation 21:1)

THE 6 DAYS OF RE-CREATION CLIMAXING IN MAN’S CREATION WITH 1 DAY OF REST FOLLOWING (Genesis 1:2b-2:3 with 2nd Peter 3:8) SHADOWS GOD’S 6 ONE THOUSAND YEAR PERIODS CLIMAXING IN THE CREATION OF THE NEW MAN FOLLOWED BY A 1 THOUSAND YEAR PERIOD OF REST (Revelation 6:6 with 1st Corinthians 15:51,52; 1st Thessalonians 4:15-17)

SATAN’S INSTIGATION AND SUCCESS IN BRINGING ADAM’S DOWNFALL THROUGH HIS LOVE OF BRIDE (Genesis 2:20-3:6) SHADOWS HIS FAILURE TO BRING ABOUT THE 2ND ADAM’S FAILURE THROUGH HIS BELOVED BRIDE’S DOWNFALL (Revelation 12:10,11 19:7)

THE SUN TO GOVERN THE DAY (Genesis 1:16) SHADOWS NO NEED FOR THE SUN FOR THOSE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LORD (Revelation 21:23)

DARKNESS CALLED NIGHT (Genesis 1:5) SHADOWS NO NEED OF NIGHT THERE (Revelation 22:5)

WATERS ARE CALLED SEAS (Genesis 1:10) SHADOWS NO MORE NEED OF SEA (Revelation 21:1)

A RIVER OF BLESSING WENT OUT OF EDEN (Genesis 2:10-14) SHADOWS A RIVER OF LIFE PROCEEDING OUT OF THE THRONE OF A GREATER EDEN (Revelation 22:1,2)

MAN IN GOD’S IMAGE FROM THE EARTH (Genesis 1:26) SHADOWS A MAN IN THE SERPENT’S IMAGE RAISED FROM BENEATH (Revelation 13:1-8)

ENTRANCE OF SIN (Genesis chapter 3) SHADOWS SIN’S CULMINATION AND END (Revelation 21&22)

THE CURSE BEGINS (Genesis 3:14,17) SHADOWS NO MORE CURSE (Revelation 22:3)

DEATH ENTERS (Genesis 3:19) SHADOWS NO MORE DEATH (Revelation 21:4)

TO EAT OF THE TREE OF LIFE IS THEN DENIED (Genesis 3:24) SHADOWS THE RIGHT TO THE TREE OF LIFE RESTORED (Revelation 2:7,22:14)

MAN IS DRIVEN OUT OF EDEN AND ITS WAY GUARDED BY CHERUBIM (Genesis 3:24) SHADOWS MAN BEING RESTORED, AND THAT TO THE HEAVENLY EDEN AS THE CHERUBIM REJOICE (Revelation 4:8-10 and chapters 21&22)

SORROW AND SUFFERING ENTERS MANKIND (Genesis 3:17-19) SHADOWS NO MORE SORROW OR SUFFERING (Revelation 21:4)

MAN’S SCIENCE AND AMUSEMENT APART FROM GOD (Genesis 4) SHADOWS BEFORE THE FLOOD….AS NIMROD, A MIGHTY VIOLENT KING AND FOUNDER OF BABEL AND CO-CONSPIRATOR WITH SATANIC FORCES IN DEVELOPING MYSTERY BABYLON (man’s philosophy, art, science and religious government apart from God) (Genesis 10:8-10) AFTER THE FLOOD SHADOWS THE GREAT VIOLENT BEAST-KING RAISED FROM THE PIT THAT REVIVES BABYLON IN RULING GLORY. (Revelation 13 & 18)

A FLOOD OF DESTRUCTION FROM GOD (Genesis 6-9) SHADOWS THE OPENING OF THE SEALS OF THE BOOK (Revelation 5-19)

THE RAINBOW A TOKEN OF REMEMBRANCE  (Genesis 9:8-17) SHADOWS THE THRONE OF END TIME JUDGMENT (Revelation 4:3,10:1)

SODOM AND EGYPT; ANCIENT SYMBOLS OF CORRUPTION AND TEMPTATION (Genesis 13& 19) SHADOWS THE END TIMES IDOLATROUS SPIRITUAL CORRUPTION OF JERUSALEM AND ISRAEL (Revelation 11:8)

A CONFEDERATION AGAINST ABRAHAM’S PEOPLE OVERTHROWN (Genesis 13) SHADOWS THE GREATER CONFEDERATION AGAINST HIS SEED AND THEIR DELIVERANCE (Revelation 12)

MARRIAGE OF THE FIRST ADAM (Genesis 2:18-23) SHADOWS MARRIAGE OF LAST ADAM (Revelation 19:7)

TWO ANGELS ACTING ON BEHALF OF GOD’S CALLED OUT PEOPLE (Genesis 19) SHADOWS THE TWO WITNESSES ACTING ON BEHALF OF GOD’S END TIMES CALLED OUT PEOPLE (Revelation 11)

THE SEED OF BLESSING TO POSSESS THE GATE OF HIS ENEMIES (Genesis 22:17) SHADOWS THE LAST DAYS’ REALITY OF THAT HEAVENLY SEED (Revelation 11:17,18)

SATAN’S AUTHORITY BEGINS AS MAN’S DOMINION ENDS (Genesis 3:24) SHADOWS SATAN’S AUTHORITY ENDS AS GLORIFIED MAN’S DOMINION BEGINS (Revelation 20:1-6)

THE DOOM PRONOUNCED ON SATAN (Genesis 3:15) SHADOWS THE FUTURE REALITY OF ITS FULL EXECUTION (Revelation 20:10)

These do not exhaust those types and shadows of Genesis. Many allusions to Jesus Christ are found throughout the Writings of Moses. They are often overlooked or misunderstood. It is our intent to bring out those that help to validate the doctrines of Christ that have been and are now shunned by men in positions of control. These authorities in modern day Christianity reject (with wink and a nod) the greater portion of Christ’s revealed Truth, that He is not only Savior, but Judge of every Christian according to their life’s work as His Covenant servants. And that He will not only reward, but punish His people, and that most severely. Most notably, they discount the doctrine of the future Resurrection out from among the dead in Hades, in that they promote the non-Scriptural views of an imputed righteousness (besides that of Justification) to mean that every Born Again Christian that dies then goes immediately to Heaven. That, along with promoting an all-inclusive rapture which says that all living Christians will be rescued before the Tribulation Period. These, and in many other false “peace and safety” doctrines, (See Jeremiah 14:13-16; 2nd Timothy 4:3) they steal away the incentive of holiness clearly required in Scripture of His worthies, and thereby disqualify them from the promises of Christ to faithful Overcomers.