«This do in remember of me»
Work by S.Y. Kharchenko
The commandment: “this do in remembrance of me” (Luke 22:19), will be set to recall the death and suffering of Jesus Christ. There is no mistake here, to put it in the prophetic language of Scripture, first death, then the committal with the rich in his death (Is. 53: 9), then the resurrection to raise up the first sheaf of the harvest and then the suffering.
“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief” (Is.53:10).
Scripture divides His death, “to bruise him” and the subsequent torment. Having foretelling the day of salvation (Is.49: 8), Prophets talked about the future Millennium. And the Spirit of Christ in them, testified beforehand of the sufferings meant for Christ and the glory that should follow.
“Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.” (1Pet.1:10,11).
Here “the sufferings of Christ” are not at all associated with His death, which means, besides the sufferings of the cross, there are other sufferings, who are incomparable in their duration with sufferings on the cross, as if to compare years and hours.
At the supper in the upper room Jesus said to his disciples: “With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer” (Luke 22:15). In this verse the Scripture prophetically speaks not of the sufferings of Jesus on the cross, but of the sufferings that will begin in the heavenly tabernacle. The glory that should follow is receiving of His great power by Him and His enthronement.
The commandment: “this do in remembrance of me” (Luke.22: 19), will be established not only for the remembrance of death and suffering Jesus Christ, but also “discerning the Lord’s body”, about the sufferings of the Church of the firstborn. See how many characters in the Word of God, pointing to the Church of the firstborn, its rapture and service in the tabernacle of heaven: the first sheaf of the harvest, the feast unleavened bread, offering bread, breaking bread. Why does Scripture denote a meal in the heavenly tabernacle with the phrase “the disciples came together to break bread”?
“And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.
And there were many lights in the upper chamber, where they were gathered together.” (Acts.20:7,8).
These verses prophetically tell us about the rapture of the Church of the firstborn and the meeting in the heavenly upper chamber. In verse seven there is a double prophetic meaning. Indeed, on the eve of the service in the tabernacle of heaven, on the first day there will be a supper, it is called breaking bread. This is its first prophetic meaning. Second, “Paul and the disciples” will gather for sacrificial service in the tabernacle of heaven, in order to destroy the barrier between God and human. Therefore, here is used the word that reflects feature this ministry, that is the word “to break”. Although, for example, it would be easier to say that they gathered for a meal. Scripture with the help of one phrase manages to mark the meal in the tabernacle, and name the ultimate goal of the ministry. Broken bread will symbolize a torn veil that currently divides God and human.
“Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,
By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh” (Heb.10:19,20).
The Church of the firstborn, by analogy with the human body, is the torso. The tabernacle in its form resembles the head and torso too. This is body, which, as yet, has no limbs. Scripture says: “which is the head, even Christ” (Eph. 4:15) from whom “the whole body” (Eph.4:16) “maketh increase” (Eph.4:16). The Church, as the Body of Christ, will begin to make increase only after the resurrection of the Church of the firstborn and beginning of its service. The order of the “increment” of the Body of the Lord is as follows: “torso”, “limbs”, “fingers”. About this is stated in detail in the work: “The Temple of His Body.”
All Christian denominations unanimously claim that the Lord’s Supper, (breaking of bread, Communion, Eucharist, Mass) is remembrance of Christ’s sufferings, considering Calvary as apogee of His ministry. But Calvary is only the first principles of the oracles of God, ahead of him waiting for the “Gethsemane”, the judgment of “Pilate” and “the pains of death”. And this means that the commandment “this do in remembrance of me”, refers to the future Millennium. It will be established by the Lord Jesus Christ at the moment the conclusion of the New Testament with Israel, when His ministry in the tabernacle of heaven is in the past. And in general, the New Covenant is an agreement the Lord Jesus Christ with the people of Israel.
“Behold, the days come (saith the Lord) when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah” (Heb.8:8)
The ceremonial law of the Old Testament did not require prophetic understanding from Israel, because the mystery of Christ “was not made known unto the sons of men” (Eph.3:4,5). But now the dispensation of the mystery “which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God” (Eph.3:9) will be proclaimed through the revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ to Israel. The people of Israel, not former Gentiles, will be taught through a revelation, because Israel, as called to be an apostle, “to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises” (Rom. 9:4) will be separated unto the Gospel of God (Rom.1:1).
Israel, as called to be an apostle, “to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises” (Rom. 9:4)
The people of Israel, by the Lord Jesus Christ, will receive “grace and apostleship for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name” (Rom.1: 5). Scripture says: WE, the people of Israel, according to the New Testament, have received grace and apostleship.
“By whom we have received grace and apostleship, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name” (Rom.1:5).
Believers from the Gentiles will be joining the New Testament throughout the Millennium. And they will not be “aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise” (Eph.2:12). This “shall be one fold”. Because the oath commitment, that Israel will give to the Lord, will be given on behalf of the former Gentiles too.
Scripture prophetically says on behalf of the Lord:
“Neither with you only do I make this covenant and this oath;
But with him that standeth here with us this day before the LORD our God, and also with him that is not here with us this day” (Deut.29:14,15).
Believers among the Gentiles, along with Israel, will be the light of the world, the salt of the earth. They, as Scripture says, will be “one fold, and one shepherd” (John.10:16)
Therefore, the Lord’s Supper, water baptism, spiritual gifts, unfamiliar tongues, the laying on of hands, tithe, the Sabbath, preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom all these relate to the future Millennium “from the beginning” (2 John 1: 6).
In the future Millennium there will not make sacrifices. And the Passover of the Lord will not be performing, because an offering for sin will be accepted by God. Passover service will be fulfilled.
“For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified” (Heb.10:14).
However, it will be necessary to have visual objects symbolizing the death and suffering of Jesus Christ, the suffering of the Church of the firstborn, as well as the subsequent Victory. And this function will be performed by the Lord’s Supper, up to His third coming. Scripture, prophetically, says with the words of Paul on behalf of Israel to former Gentiles:
“For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you” (1Cor.11:23).
‑Israel will have received of the Lord the commandment, in which the cup with grape juice, “the pure blood of the grape” (Deut.32:14), will symbolize His Blood. The phrase, “I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine” indicates concrete fruit of the grapes, which He took and “pressed them into Pharaoh’s cup” (Gen. 40: 9-11). Bread, in the new commandment, will symbolize His body, which is the Church of the firstborn.
The cup and the bread in the future commandment will point to three major events that characterize the way of Jesus Christ: His death, His ministry and His Victory. Just as three feasts of the ceremonial law characterize His way: The Lord’s Passover, the feast of unleavened bread and the feast of weeks. Therefore, the preaching of the Gospel and the Lord's Supper will complement each other in the future Millennium. The preaching of the Gospel will cover the whole way of the Lord, and the Lord's Supper will perform the same function, only visually.
For this reason, it will be necessary TO SHOW the death of the Lord (1 Corinthians 11:26), TO DISCERN the Lord’s Body (1 Corinthians 11:29), TO REMEMBER the New Testament in His Blood and TO WAIT His coming.
The Lord’s Supper will symbolize:
The rend bread, as well as a torn vail, will symbolize the removal of the obstacle between God and human. In verse (Heb.10: 20) the veil is compared to the flesh of Christ. Therefore, there will be determined the order of eating the Lord's Supper: firstly, to break and eat bread, and then to drink from the cup (1 Cor.11: 23-29).
Wine and bread are the same symbols as the objects in the first section of the tabernacle. What did the candlestick look in the tabernacle? A Lamb as it had been slain, had “seven horns and seven eyes” (Rev.5: 6). The candlestick in the tabernacle had seven horns too, six branches and stem. And seven eyes, these are seven lamps. And in form it looked like a cup, and was located opposite the table with the bread of the offer.
The candlestick points us to Christ, and the cup -- to His Blood, with which He will enter the sanctuary and acquire eternal redemption (Heb.9: 12). The twelve apostles at the supper in the upper room point out to us the Church of the firstborn in the heavenly tabernacle, and the twelve cakes of the tabernacle (Lev.24: 5) point out to their sacrificial service. So, the table with the shewbread and the candlestick which is opposite, point us to the Church of the Firstborn and Christ. Of course, the Heavenly Tabernacle will not have of these items.
In verse (Heb. 9: 2) the Scripture makes a curious enumeration of the items of the first tabernacle.
“For there was a tabernacle made; the first, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the shewbread; which is called the sanctuary” (Heb.9:2).
Scripture lists to us: the candlestick, the table, the shewbread. But prophetically, this is a picture of the Lord’s Supper in the heavenly upper room. Scripture disposes Christ and His Church of the firstborn around the meal. Verse (Luke 22:14) says the same thing prophetically.
“And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him” (Luke.22:14).
The journey of the people of Israel in the wilderness, for 40 years, prophetically shows us the future Millennium. In the following verses, the Scripture by the words of Paul speaks on behalf of Israel to the Christians of the Millennium:
“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;
And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.
But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.” (1Cor.10:1-5).
In the future Millennium, people will participate in the Lord's Supper, they will be baptized in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, “But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they”, Scripture says prophetically, will be overthrown “in the wilderness” (1Cor.10:5). So as not many of them will wait “passing through Jordan”.
“I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.” (Jude.1:5).
So, by his own blood Christ did not enter into the Holy place (Heb. 9:12); in the prophetic language of Scripture, the shedding of the Blood of Jesus Christ was not yet. The sacrifice of a propitiation is not accepted by God (Rom.3: 25), in other words, the Passover did not happen (Luke 22: 15,16).
It means the eternal redemption by Jesus Christ is not acquired yet (Heb. 9:12). This suggests that the New Testament is not could be established at all with anyone yet. To spread in our time, the Gospel of victory, which is not yet, it means to be champion of untruth.
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