YHWH your Elohim will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. YOU MUST *** LISTEN TO HIM *** (we are told not to listen to Moses by Moses himself. Moses pointed to the Son. The Son did not point to Moses). DEUTERONOMY 18:15
LET ME SHARE A MAJOR LIGHTBULB MOMENT OF MINE WITH YOU REGARDING THE MOMENT THIS VERSE HIT ME LIKE ‘A TON OF BRICKS’ THROUGHOUT THE PROCESS OF OUR ASSEMBLY OF THE CHRONOLOGICAL COVENANT PLAN OF YHWH (the foundation of scriptural interpretation). There is a chronological covenant plan of YHWH we have discovered the basis of interpretation of all the authors of scripture. I will be explaining a bit of our discovery in this article.
How important is this verse to you right now (Deuteronomy 18:15)? Here is Peter quoting this verse on the day of Shavuot (Pentecost):
For Moses said, ‘YHWH your Elohim will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you. Anyone who does not listen to him will be completely cut off from their people.’ ACTS 3:22-23
Without doubt this PROPHET YHWH was speaking to Moses about who would come 1500 years later named Yahushua Messiah to die and “pay for the sins committed under the first covenant” (Hebrews 9:15). What we have discovered through intense detail is that this “first covenant” is actually what scripture labels as “the Law of Moses” which made Moses “LAWGIVER” (that’s why scripture calls it the LAW of –>> MOSES). The purpose of this article is to drive you to the critical knowledge of the TIMING of this verse which places Moses being told this statement of “the Prophet to come after him” being on the 4th trip up Mt Sinai… just before the alternative covenant arrangement made with Abraham’s descendants on his 7th trip (the Law of Moses) due to their breaking of the blood covenant they had just entered with the sin of the golden calf. For more information please read on the Topic as “7 trips of Moses” and “the 7th trip up Mt Sinai” PDF (Link here.)
Right before Acts 3:22-23 Peter states that it is only by emunah/believe in His name that we can repent for our sins and be saved, which being “saved” is also coming into the New Covenant. The audience of the “first covenant” was “under the law” which was “THE LAW OF MOSES
This is a very important verse to make a connection to the “Old Testament”, but just wait as you continue to read and I place it into the timeline of our story of scripture of “WHEN” and “WHY” this was told to Moses. I hope the lightbulb will turn on brighter for you as well and you study along with us in examining the covenant puzzle pieces.
If you are like me this verse was always an important one. The moment I received complete illumination of context and placed the verse at the proper time Moses was told this on our chronological covenant storyline, the verse went from “important” to “the most amazing connection of the new testament and new covenant anybody can imagine finding”.
Placing this verse into the story at the right time shows us how the COVENANT PLAN was put on “PAUSE” @ Mt Sinai for 1500 years until the Prophet came. I will explain what I just shared with you.
THE “BIG PICTURE” ———————ADAM TO MT SINAI
The timing of when Moses was told: “YHWH will raise up a Prophet to come after Moses”
6000 years ago:
Adam breaks his covenant and is removed out of the garden (the presence of YHWH). Curses are given as result. The SEED of the Woman is promised would come (who would also be this Prophet to come after Moses). THERE IS NO COVENANT WITH MAN FOR 1692 YEARS, RESULTING IN THE FLOOD
1692 years later:
Yah enters COVENANT with Noah (The SEED of the woman and ancestor of the Prophet to come after Moses) to purge the world from wickedness and BEGIN A BRAND NEW PLAN ushering in new changes. Noah obeys his covenant by building an ark and saving his family.
367 years later:
YHWH enters COVENANT with Abram (the SEED of the woman and ancestor of the Prophet to come after Moses) to give LAND to his descendants immediately after Abram first believed in the promise that YHWH would give him descendants.’
THE TERMS OF THIS COVENANT (this becomes HUGE knowing these TERMS for this post as THE TIMING IS 400 YEARS FROM WHEN ABRAHAM HAS A SON)
1) His descendants (which he doesn’t have even a son yet) would become enslaved in a country not their own for 400 years
2) YHWH would deliver them and punish that nation (this nation would become Egypt)
3) They would come out with great possessions
4) At the time of the sin of the Amorites reaches its full measure
430 years later…
THE TERMS ABOVE ARE FULFILLED TO THE DAY AT MT SINAI AS PLANNED ~ until… something happened
24 years later:
Abraham (still with no son) is guaranteed that he would now have a son within one year and names him Isaac. YHWH promises to enter covenant with Abraham’s descendants. (THIS COVENANT IS WHY THEY GO TO MT SINAI TO GET MARRIED TO YHWH, TO ENTER COVENANT WITH HIM)
430 YEARS LATER TO THE DAY OF THE COVENANT WITH ABRAM HIS DESCENDANTS LEAVE EGYPT AND ON THEIR WAY TO ENTER COVENANT WITH YHWH.
MOSES END UP MAKING SEVEN TRIPS UP MT SINAI
(IMPORTANT NOTE: Moses was only supposed to have made THREE TRIPS to complete the COVENANT but ends up making SEVEN as they leave Mt Sinai with a drastically different covenantal arrangement as they forfeited by their actions the first “OFFER” to become a Kingdom of Priests and Kodesh Nation)
SUMMARY OF “WHY” MOSES WENT UP SEVEN TIMES
TRIP 1 ~
Moses receives the COVENANT OFFER to go back down the mountain and ask the people if they would like to say “yes”:
“I will make you:
a Kingdom of Priests, a Kodesh Nation, and My special treasured possession
“IF” The condition of them receiving the covenantal benefits of the “OFFER”
“IF” you obey My VOICE and Keep My COVENANT
TRIP 2 ~
The people said “we will do all YHWH will say”. Moses goes up trip 2 to bring the ACCEPTANCE from the people back to YHWH and told to prepare the people on the 3rd day and when they hear the trumpet blast come up the mountain:
ENTER THE STORY ~ ———————–THIS IS NOT A THEOLOGY BOOK!
THE THIRD DAY ARRIVES:
On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, with a thick cloud over the mountain, and a very loud trumpet blast. Everyone in the camp trembled. Then Moses led the people out of the camp to meet with Elohim, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. Mount Sinai was covered with smoke, because YHWH descended on it in fire. The smoke billowed up from it like smoke from a furnace, and the whole mountain trembled violently. As the sound of the trumpet grew louder and louder, Moses spoke and the voice of Elohim answered him. YHWH descended to the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. SO MOSES WENT UP (THIS IS TRIP 3) EXODUS 19:16-20
TRIP 3 ~
Moses went up after YHWH called Moses up. The people were supposed to go up with Moses but were afraid (understandably right?):
(Moses recanting the event 40 years later) YHWH spoke to you face to face out of the fire on the mountain. At that time I stood between YHWH and you to declare to you the word of YHWH, because YOU WERE AFRAID OF THE FIRE and DID NOT GO UP THE MOUNTAIN. DEUTERONOMY 5:4-5
So, the people do a “no show” on trip 3 because they were afraid and did not go up with Moses to receive THE TERMS OF THE COVENANT as first schedule. This moment right here is the moment in time when they will be given a ‘spokesperson’ to approach YHWH’s presence on their behalf. You may know this position of ‘spokesperson’ as the ‘religious’ term of HIGH PRIEST! That’s all the High Priest was ~ the people’s representative.
Aaron is nominated by YHWH as their ‘spokesperson’, and will become their HIGH PRIEST, because the people were too afraid to go up the mountain and approach closer.
YHWH replied, “Go down and bring Aaron up with you. But the priests and the people must not force their way through to come up to YHWH, or he will break out against them.” So Moses went down to the people and told them. EXODUS 19:25
AT BOTTOM OF THE MOUNTAIN
Remember the ‘OFFER’ of the COVENANT:
“IF” you OBEY My VOICE and Keep My COVENANT