Category Archives: Hebrew Wilderness Wanderings

The Disapointments Along the Way

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It is the duty of every gospel preacher to point out the way to heaven. Not to just point out the way, but to point out the turns and bends and everything that will be met along the way. The king of preachers Jesus Christ through his life and in his three years of ministry was pointing out the way to heaven. It is our duty to share what the Christian will experience along the way so there are no surprises. The Christian before he becomes released from bondage is born into this bondage and grows into the bondage. It doesn’t seem to be all of a sudden apparent. Israel grew and they multiplied and they had task masters put over them and it increased and when Moses came it got harder. The way of the Christian is that there is an awakening to a sense of bondage. Have I awoken to the bondage in my life? Have I awoken to the things that are giving me a hard time or haven’t I got to that stage yet? If we have not yet perhaps we can ask the Lord to come to Pharaoh and then things will get worse for us. When we feel these lashes upon our shoulders we will desire to be free. Read the rest of this entry

Crossing the Anti-Typical Jordan


By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

As we were travelling with the children of Israel in this series we were most startled when we realised what it really meant to cross the river Jordan and who was it that crosses the river Jordan in reality. Who makes it thorough the terrible surging floods of the destructive forces about us?  When we went into the type there were a few questions. What we are studying in the story of the Hebrews is not just for the sake of a story it is specifically identified.

1 Corinthians 10:6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. 11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

As you go through the story of the children of Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land it was written for a specific reason. We tell our children the bible stories and the children grow up and it has been reported by those who have had children’s bible stories all the way along that they are just stories and the people haven’t learnt that they are actually moral issues revealed in a story.  These things really did happen but God conducted them for the purpose of the church upon whom the ends of the world have come. If we are going to take that seriously we will therefore do what we have done during this series and go carefully into every little lesson that can be learnt so that we may be aware. It’s exactly as the Hebrew temple and the Hebrew story gives us the complete description of the gospel and the gospel church. Read the rest of this entry

The Serpent on the Pole

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John 12:32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all [men] unto me.

There is a principle of teaching and it is repeat and enlarge. As we have been through the studies so far, it is really saying the same thing in a different way. If you think about the first study the Passover lamb, the introduction was the whole salvation plan. It is an example of a type to Canaan. If you look at the lamb and the Passover, that in itself is a type of salvation. Read the rest of this entry

On the Borders, But Still Unready

By John Thiel Audio: mp3

Are you a weary pilgrim? Have you been harassed by severe negativities in your life?  Are you weary?  You want Jesus to come and you are trudging along, how far is it yet to go?  This is something to cheer us along the way.

How sweet are the tidings that greet the pilgrim’s ear, As he wanders in exile from home! Soon, soon will the Savior in glory appear, And soon will the kingdom come.

We are on the borders already.  It must have been what the Hebrews felt as they travelled and when they stayed for a year at Mount Sinai.  They got close to the border.  The Lord was intending that they should go in. It was not God’s idea that they should send ten spies in there, it was their idea. They thought they had better go and check the land out. The twelve spies came back and gave a report. We are to take an account on the Hebrew wilderness wanderings and reflect on these experiences that have affected our lives. Think back on the previous studies.

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True Sabbath Keeping

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

Exodus 31:13 Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it [is] a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that [ye] may know that I [am] the LORD that doth sanctify you. 14 Ye shall keep the sabbath therefore; for it [is] holy unto you: every one that defileth it shall surely be put to death: for whosoever doeth [any] work therein, that soul shall be cut off from among his people. 

The children of Israel left Egypt a place where they were captives. It says they were there for 430 odd years. How many years were they in captivity? It wasn’t 400 years of captivity, it was when the next Pharoah came along and inflicted them. Maybe 350 years? Before that time where were the Israelites living? In Egypt. They were free but they were living in Egypt. What was the consequence of Abraham’s seed? The man of Gods offspring living in Egypt. What happened to the children of Israel while they were there in Egypt? Ezekiel was to speak to the Hebrews;

Ezekiel 20:5 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; In the day when I chose Israel, and lifted up mine hand unto the seed of the house of Jacob, and made myself known unto them in the land of Egypt, when I lifted up mine hand unto them, saying, I [am] the LORD your God; 6 In the day [that] I lifted up mine hand unto them, to bring them forth of the land of Egypt into a land that I had espied for them, flowing with milk and honey, which [is] the glory of all lands: 7 Then said I unto them, Cast ye away every man the abominations of his eyes, and defile not yourselves with the idols of Egypt: I [am] the LORD your God. Read the rest of this entry

The Rock That Followed Them

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

1 Corinthians 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.

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Apostasy on the Borders

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

We have travelled with the children of Israel from Egypt in this series ‘Hebrew Wilderness Wanderings,. We have learnt many lessons as they came through the Red Sea to Mount Sinai and then through to the borders of the Promised Land and while God wanted them to move straight in there, their unbelief prevented them.  So they had to return to the wilderness for forty years wandering back and forth aimlessly. Now at last after the forty years and all those who came out of Egypt except for Joshua and Caleb, they were at least commanded to go forwarded.

They travelled on the east side of the Jordan and there was a beautiful green valley there but before they even got there, they had to travel through country which was inhabited. In Numbers 21:21-35 there is a record of how God had directed them to send a message to the king of the Amorites – ‘Let us come through your country but we will not touch your property, we will only stay on the king’s highway.’ The king came back with an army to destroy them.  As they came the Israelites smote them with the edge of the sword and slaughtered the whole army of the Amorites.  They killed the king and gained all of the cities of the Amorites.  Many of the Israelites conquered these places and found homes and cities of the Amorites. Then they continued and another king, the king of Bashan came against them. Again the Lord said to them don’t be afraid of him, you will conquer him.  Again victory, powerful victory. They were slaughtered and were completely annihilated and again another territory for the Israelites to dwell in. There they were flushed with victories and were confident, hooray we are coming into the Promised Land.  They were so encouraged by this victorious experience. Read the rest of this entry

The Rebellion of Korah

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It is my prayer that we will identify ourselves on our way to heaven. We saw that Israel is a life size allegory of what we will go through. It is a type. Everything that the Israelites went through is a mirror of what we will go through in reality. We see the bondage they got into from a yielding to sin. Some of us can identify if we are still in bondage.  If we have felt how bad sin is God can bring us out and we can partake of the lamb. The physician comes to heal those that are sick and the bondage release comes to those who know they are in bondage. We identified the manna and the murmuring of the children of Israel in a previous study. When we are coming out of Egypt it seems that Egypt pursues us. We come to a point in our Christian walk where the first joy of the Christian work seems to run off. The past crowds us in but the Lord will deliver us from that. All along we can identify we are travelling along this path. Where are we? Along this path to heaven there is a rebellion. We will spend this time looking at rebellion rather than looking at Korah himself. When we read this text we will realise what this rebellion was all about that happened with Korah, Dathan and Abiram. Read the rest of this entry

Crossing the Jordan

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

We in the Laodicean period are to suffer as Jesus suffered and to follow through what he followed through. We wish to explore something that is ahead which we see in this time.

Amos 5:18 Woe unto you that desire the day of the LORD! to what end [is] it for you? the day of the LORD [is] darkness, and not light. 19 As if a man did flee from a lion, and a bear met him; or went into the house, and leaned his hand on the wall, and a serpent bit him. 20 [Shall] not the day of the LORD [be] darkness, and not light? even very dark, and no brightness in it?

We want to learn something that is ahead which we see in the type. We have followed the Hebrew wilderness wanderings from Egypt right through to the borders. Many of the types, figures and analogies that we have gained have thrilled our mind as we have covered multitudes of these figures, symbols and types. As we take these for our journey to the Promised Land, we have not mentioned and explored all the lessons yet but our mind has been triggered to go home and appreciate that this needs to be our study and to learn every lesson to be gained from the Hebrew wilderness wanderings. It is fitting to conclude with the very last item of their journey. They were at the borders.

Some already had found their homes in the homes of the Amorites which they had conquered but the last leg of their journey was still there at the river Jordan. This is a type for us that is yet in the future. As we launch out from this conference into the New Year 2010. What do we expect in the future? The heavenly type, crossing into the heavenly Canaan. Read the rest of this entry

Come Out of Egypt

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The Passover lamb gave Israel the ability to leave.  One Passover can bring out at least 2.4million people from Egypt. There were 600,000 men and Israel was a growing nation.  The smallest calculations would have been 2.4 to 2.5 million people.  They didn’t need two Passovers as it would have been hectic.  Only one Passover.  The scripture says we have one baptism, one faith, one Passover and one Lord.  There is only one Jesus, one Passover, one Holy Spirit, one cross of Calvary and yet it can save millions. It can save to the uttermost he that comes to God by Jesus Christ. What a Passover.  We are looking at 2.4 million on the smallest calculation.

If we were more generous and if they had 4 to 6 children per family, there could even be 5 million people.  5 million people and one Passover.  What a strong deliverer. If you had a city and everyone was in their cars and leaving it would take more than a night to deliver.  But the deliverer, the Passover can bring salvation to millions.  The scripture declares that none were left.  They even took Josephs bones with them.  That is how good Jesus is at delivering.  He can deliver those after the cross and those before.  The cross can bring those that have died and bring them out of Egypt. The Passover is such a powerful representation of what Christ is promising to do.  This study is about coming out of Egypt.  We want to understand exactly what Egypt is.  Why do we want to understand what Egypt was?  Our Lord was spiritually crucified in Egypt as the world hated and persecuted him.

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The Passover

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When we study the scriptures we find a principle of teaching and its teaching through metaphor or similitude’s through types and lessons. The Israel of old is the biggest play of redemption. How many years has it taken for God to show us these things? Even when Jesus spoke he spoke in parables and allegories and these ways of teaching so we could take it up not through long big words but through simple lessons. It didn’t matter what country you came from, these parables everyone could relate to. This is how the bible teaches. Through metaphor, symbolism and through parables. This is exactly what the Israel of old has been. That which has been shall be, and that which has been shall be done. There is no new thing under the sun. It’s already been done and thought of, you are not original. The history of Israel can be applied in different ways. You can apply it from the time that sin entered the world or from the time that Jesus set free the people of the physical bondage of this earth. We can also draw parallel with the Christian era also as being this type.

We can also draw the parallel of your personal life from when you are born to when you are glorified and sanctified that Israel journeyed the path of a Christian life.  As we go through these you can apply these directly to your personal life.  Jesus was wondering, how I shall compare this generation? He said it is like in the market place when the pipers piped but they did not dance and when the mourners mourn but they did not lament. This is what people are like today where you can bring out God’s word and the joys of God’s word and still people don’t respond. You can also bring out the woes of sin and people still don’t respond.  The challenge is that when we go through this on a personal basis when we pipe the pipe of glories of what Jesus and when we have mourned the woes of sin that you will both pipe and lament. Read the rest of this entry

The Ends of the World

By John Thiel, Audio: mp3

1 Corinthians 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; 2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; 3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat; 4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. 5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. 6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.  11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Welcome ye upon whom the end of the world has come. Is this the end of the world? Today the church is crying as it has cried for centuries. The cry of Gods church for centuries has been the words of John.

Revelation 22:20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Read the rest of this entry