Hanging out of a helicopter

It has been almost four years since I regularly posted here on Already Answered, but, despite that, God has blessed this site and the articles I have written still gets thousands of views a month! This is very humbling and I am blessed to have had an opportunity to spread God’s truth to the world.

It is hard to believe it has been four years. Life has been crazy. Crazy awesome but crazy none the less. The above picture is of me hanging out of a helicopter from just last week. My video production company (Filmko Studios) has also been blessed by God and we are filming every week from Christian music videos like the one below, to helicopters pulling out ski lifts, which is when I got the above picture.

When I was up in the sky in that helicopter for six hours filming, I got to see how amazing God’s creation is! And not just the incredible landscape I got to see but also the feats man has accomplished because of the wonderful gifts God has given us. We have come so far in our “advancement” but at the same time something still bugs me.

We have progressed significantly in recent times when it comes to technology and the such, but where have we progressed in the only important way? Adrian Rogers used to often say, “if you want to see how rich you are, count up the things in your life money can’t buy and death cannot take away from you.” That is very true. In the end, God is the only One that matters.

I really got to see this recently when I was hired for a filming job in Los Angeles, California. We arrived in LAX Airport at 10pm, so I got to see the city at night from several thousand feet in the air. It was incredible. I looked out both airplane windows and could only see LA. It was huge. The biggest city that I remember being in was less than 25% the size of LA!

But, something I realized was, that this huge city was still nothing compared to the size of the earth, the sun, or even the solar system, much less the universe! And Who created all that? Who created we minuscule humans to enjoy His masterpiece?

Most importantly, what do we do with that knowledge?

Have a great day!

Jacob Howard

P.S. Here is our latest Christian music video as promised!

 

The Heart of This Site

Nearly 2,000 years ago a young man, Nathanael, asked a question. “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” This question was posed by a young man from Cana of Galilee (John 21:2). Cana was a decent place with the strangest bride and groom who gave the best wine last at their wedding (John 2:9). Compared to Nazareth, Cana was an angelic place.

Mark Twain–yes, the famous writer–visited Nazareth and remarked that it was a horrible town that was located on the top of some sort of hill. The road up to Nazareth was hot and unbearably hard. One, especially Nathanael, would have expected better of the Messiah.

However, Nathanael got it wrong. Jesus Christ was not from Nazareth; He was from Bethlehem. And that one, little fact was set in motion hundreds of years before Jesus Christ was even born.

Micah 5:2:

But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall He come forth unto Me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

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The Tabernacle and Christ – The Page

424px-Menorah_0307Finally, the conglomeration of the entire series on one page!

Introduction

There are so many people in the Bible who are “shadows of Christ”. In fact, there are so many that I have started an entire section on the subject and within a year or two, I’d like to move that all to its own website. However, for now, I will stick with writing about it here.

There are many people that represent Christ, but, there are also many, many objects in the Bible that represent Him. One of these images comes from the Tabernacle, which is home to one of the most holy objects in the Old Testament: the Ark of the Covenant.

Although we won’t talk about the ark today, I would like to talk about the Tabernacle and how it shows us an image of Christ.

First of all, to start the process of the making of the Tabernacle, God commanded the people to give “an offering of the LORD; gold, and silver, and brass . . .” (Exodus 35:5)

Gold was a future sign of Christ’s royalty. He would be as pure gold, and would rule forevermore as King of kings. Nothing quite says “royalty” as gold does.

Silver represents the price Christ would be paid for. He would be betrayed to satisfy man’s lust of money and evil. From the same silver that Joseph was sold into slavery, to the silver that made the Tabernacle, to the silver that Christ was betrayed for . . . it all represented a sacrifice that had been taken.

Now, the brass was a sign of Christ’s taking our iniquities on Him. The Hebrew word for brass can also mean filthiness. In the same way that the Israelites sacrificed their brass (filthiness) to God, so did Christ sacrifice His life with that brass (filthiness/sin) from the people of the world.

Next, the people were to offer, “blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine linen, and goats’ hair . . .” (Exodus 35:6)

Blue, at least in the Hebrew word used here, was a color taken from a certain type of mussel. As we all know, mussels are nasty things that literally destroy the livelihood of many. So, the blue represented another destructive force thrown on Christ: suffering.

Purple, again, represented His royalty. Remember that the people mocking Christ threw a purple robe on Him, hailing Him as a King. However, they didn’t really believe He was King. So, although purple represents royalty, it also tells a sad fact of Christ’s life.

Now, when we reach scarlet, we find something I found extraordinary. In this verse there are two words for the word “scarlet”, the only time (except for Exodus 25:4 where it is saying the same thing) this ever occurs in Scripture. One word means scarlet and the other means a worm or maggot.

Remember the verse in Isaiah 1:18:

“Come now, and let us reason together,” saith the LORD: “though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.”

The red, scarlet appearance of our sin eats away what is good like a maggot or worm would. We are full of red sin and maggots. It is no wonder God used those words. And, you want to know something else extraordinary? The word “crimson” in the Isaiah verse is the same as the maggot word!

What are the chances that two different words appear in the same verses that talk about the tabernacle, a shadow of Christ, and redemption, a shadow of Christ? I wouldn’t call that a chance!

Menorah

Easily one of the most recognizable symbols of Israel, is the menorah. The Hebrew word for menorah throughout the Bible basically means a candlestick. It was a light. The menorah became one of the easily recognizable symbols related to Israel because Israel was going to give the world the Light of the world: Jesus Christ.

In Exodus 37:17 God tells us how the menorah was made:

And he made the candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work made he the candlestick; his shaft, and his branch, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, were of the same:

Here we see that the menorah is made of pure gold. Once again we see that this represents the royalty of Jesus Christ. And we also see that Christ will be “pure”. The word for pure here can mean either morally pure or physically pure (like no dirt in the gold). Christ was morally perfect, never sinning, never making a mistake!

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