Robert who was raised in Hawaii lives out in the countryside of Augsburg, Germany today. He loves sharing the Passion Paradigm.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Revelation 22:13 (KJV)
What is the most popular scene in the Bible? Adam and Eve biting the apple. It's not there. Eduardo Galeano
From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us
A watch maker made one watch. This watch was a special watch, a parthenogenesis watch. This watch would progenerate all watches. The parthenogenesis watch which through asexual reproduction births all watches. Watches giving birth to other watches is not a very good metaphor. An asexual watch giving birth to watches is a strange story. In many of today's world narratives, an asexual watch may not be strange. There are stranger things.
There was a man, this one man. This one man was First Adam. From his rib, there came an Eve, a woman. To make this more complicated, there was two first Adams, a theological First Adam and anthropological First Adam. The anthropological First Adam evolved out of the ground or water or maybe both around 4.5 billion years ago. The theological First Adam was formed in God's hands around 8 to 12 thousand years ago. The First Adams met each other before the flood. They actually came to know each other after the theological First Adam left the mythological garden. It is important to understand that their children had children with each other. In a story of a flood in Genesis 6, the daughters of men (anthropological First Adam’s daughters) got together with the sons of God (theological First Adam’s sons). The Adam’s survived the rain and flood in a boat built by Noah. Noah and his family, eight all togther, got in the boat when the rain fell. There was also a zoo in the boat. Somewhere in this knotty story, Eve popped out of a rib while the man was sleeping. First Adam in the likes of eight people survive the flood.
Getting back to the watch, each person is like a button watch. A button watch is a watch that is powered by a button battery. When the button battery dies, the watch “dies”. The watch can run again if the battery is replaced. When we die, we do not get a new battery. We are given a certain amount of time in this life. When our time runs out, we die. We could say “when we die, our time is done.”
There is one man who has beaten the button battery metaphor. His watch is still alive and well. When he died, he rose from the dead with an eternal button battery. The scripture says “he is the alpha and the omega.” He is the first and the last. He was born in a certain point of time, but after he rose from the dead, his being extended back to the very beginning and will eventually be the end of all things especially time. His watch starts all time. His watch will end all time. He is the Second Adam.
The man is Jesus, the Second Adam and is some times called Immanuel which means "God is with us". Second Adam is the main topic of this article. Second Adam begins the story and ends the story. Second Adam begins time and ends time. Second Adam is present in the whole story of the Bible or in all fifteen weeks when the Bible is broken into fifteen weeks. This is easy because the Genesis Week takes up all of time and the Bible.
Second Adam, Jesus, is present in the Genesis Week, the Passion Week and in the book of Revelations, the First Resurrection Week. These three weeks cover the beginning, the middle and the end of the Bible story to understand the concept of where this man is in the Bible story. When Jesus is born, he fulfills the end event for the Immanuel Week, Immanuel, God is with us. Immanuel Week begins with First Adam. The flood is the middle of the week. Jesus ends the week or the story.
In the Book of Revelation, Jesus says four times that he is the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. Jesus is the Alpha and Omega Man.
Eight more days and I can start telling the truth again. Christopher Dodd
I became a Christian within a fundamentalist church. I saw 'A Thief in the Night' on a 16 mm. print when I was in the eighth grade, and I got the whole scare speech from our pastors. 'Do you want to be left here, left behind, for the Tribulation? If not, then come forward.'
“Look, I come like a thief! Blessed is the one who stays awake and remains clothed, so as not to go naked and be shamefully exposed.”
Revelation 16:15 (NIV)
In the sixties, seventies and eighties, the fear of missing the thief in the night pressed many young and old to make a decision and accept Christ as their Lord and Savior. For many, this was the beginning and the end of their act of faith. Many of these people never step in a church in their whole life if they had done this act of prayer out in the street. In fact, you could possibly find at least one person who will tell you that they made a decision for Christ 30, 40 or 50 years ago to avoid the “Tribulation Week”. These same people do not have anything to do with a church people or church people.
In 30, 40 or 50 years, many of them have not done much more to express their faith in Christ than to just accept him as their "lord and savior" in a lead prayer. They might have read the Bible once or twice in 30, 40 or 50 years which is very doubtful. Most Christians have never read the Bible through at least one time. They may have memorized a few lines of scriptures and attended a church community for a period of time. They may go as far as to say that they punched their ticket into heaven to be blunt. They will tell you they have a personal Jesus.
Is Christianity about eternal life or being saved? Is Christianity about having a "personal relationship" with someone who one may or may not know? Can someone have a personal Jesus while not knowing who he is? Where is this Jesus? Is he is some cloud in the sky? Is this sky heaven? Can we find him in the Bible?
A priest once said “If you cannot find Jesus in the Old Testament, you will not find him in the New Testament.” The Bible can be read in fifteen different stories or weeks. The stories can be also understood as weeks when one can break down the events, the time line, the meaning and the purpose of the week. Each of the fifteen stories or the weeks moves the revelation, redemption, reconciliation, resurrection and kingdom story forward. Jesus is in every one of these stories or weeks from the longest, the Genesis Week, to the shortest, the Passion Week.
Where is this man, Jesus? Where are you, Lord?
“I’m breathing . . . are you breathing too? It’s nice, isn’t it?” Robert Bolt – A Man for All Seasons
There are no seventy prophetic weeks. There are seventy prophetic workers.
There are fifteen weeks.
There are seventy workers.
God has seven weeks and seven workers.
Israel has seven weeks and sixty two workers.
The Wild Branch (the Two Witnesses) has one week and one worker.
Jesus works the paradigm week.
The Passion Week is the paradigm week, the Passion Paradigm.
1. The Genesis Week - God is light. (First John 1:5)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind.
John 1:1-4 (NIV)
We will begin to look for Jesus in the Genesis Week by looking in the Gospel of John. The writer contends that Jesus was present at the beginning, the Genesis Week. We will have to believe John's word. This man writes of a man who he says existed at least 15 billion years at the beginning of the Genesis story, and Jesus was about thirty years old when John met him. Another perspective might be six twenty four hour days with a long 7000 year day is when we take the Genesis story literally. In either case to state that Jesus was there in the “beginning” whether the time was 7000 years or 15 billion years before he was “born” is still a long time assuming Jesus lived only thirty three years before his death. These time numbers does not include the resurrection of Jesus which would make Jesus 2000 years older if he is alive and well.
“Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
The same writer, John, writes in the book of Revelation which is a book about the end of the age, time, where Jesus is present in the future. Two thousand years have passed since the book of Revelation was written and “soon” has not arrived soon enough. There is no Jesus to be seen, and we cannot even google his address.
In the prior chapter, Revelation 21, John writes, “I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away”, we can assume that time in relationship to this earth and this solar system ends. The “first heaven” might be the whole universe. To believe that this earth, this solar system or this universe will disappear and a new one will stand is almost as hard to believe that Jesus was there in the beginning and in the end. One thing is possibly plausible is a “resurrected man” who flies into the clouds could be waiting in the future. Some of us might assume or even believe that Jesus is in the beginning and the end of the Genesis Week. We do believe in climate change or at least, we should.
Brain Salad Surgery. It will murder you. it murdered me. We made it for our enemy. Brain Salad Surgery. - Emerson, Lake and Palmer
2. Joseph in Egypt – The eldest dies. (Joshua 6:26) - (Reuben) "Behold a son."
In Genesis 40, there is a story about Joseph, a cupbearer and a baker. Joseph, the cupbearer and the baker are in prison. The cupbearer and the baker both have a dream. Joseph interprets the dreams and the interpretation comes to pass. The cupbearer returns to his place next to pharaoh. The baker is hanged with birds eating from his head. The cupbearer forgets about Joseph who remains in prison until Pharaoh has a dream.
Symbolically, the cupbearer represents the wine. The baker represents the bread. The broken bread is symbolized when the baker is hanged with his head opened. The cupbearer returns to his post; the wine is not spilt. The whole short story of fourteen years could be broken into parts to line up with the Passion Week in a vicarious manner line light of Christ. Joseph stay in prison would be Jesus in the tomb. Unfortunately, to find Jesus is difficult, but we can vicariously feel his presence within the nativity or delivery of the story.
Did you so happen to find Jesus?
3. Simeon and the famine – The land dies. (Genesis 41) – (Simeon) - "Hearing or There is sin."
In the same Genesis story, pharaoh has a dream of seven fat cows and seven skinny cows. Joseph is summoned to interpret the dream which he does. Joseph is appointed to the second highest position in Egypt under Pharaoh. The next story actually takes place in the period of the seven years of abundance and seven years of famine. Joseph’s brothers who sold him into slavery come to Egypt to buy food because the famine.
To find Jesus in this story is again very difficult. The brothers make two trips to Egypt could be split in two meaning the timeline of 14 years would not be the measure of the week, but rather the two trips. The first trip was sour. The second trip is sweet. Jesus before the cross is sour. Jesus on the cross and after the cross is sweet. There is a case of a stolen cup. The stolen cup in the second visit may have enormous symbolism, but it was empty. It is just stolen. The stolen cup being found in the youngest brother’s things is a set up for a future week where the youngest will have to die to fulfil Joshua 6:26 which is about the eldest and the youngest. There may be some symbolism behind that fact that Simeon has to spent time in prison. Simeon means “hearing” or “there is sin”. Jesus cleanses the temple on the second day of the Passion Week. Ironically, Jacob and the brothers worried more about losing Benjamin than retrieving Simeon out of prison.
The brothers with Benjamin returned on the second trip to Egypt and eventually, Joseph reveals who he is. Joseph is central to starting all the weeks. The fact that he is second in charge of Egypt means he has the power over the kingdom. Joseph symbolically represents the son like Jesus who is given all power over the kingdom after his resurrection. Pharaoh who gives Joseph the power over Egypt represents the Father who has given the power to Jesus over the kingdom. Unlike Jesus who is nailed to the "tree", the baker is the one who does the hanging for Joseph.
Who can see Jesus as the King of kings? Can you? Do you know why Simeon spends time in the prison? Do you think you could figure out why it is important what Simeon and Levi did in Shechem meaning murdering all the men? Why is it important to the Joseph in Egypt and Famine story? Can you see Jesus?
I said, I am that I am, I am, I am, I am, I am that I am - Peter Tosh
“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” - Exodus 3:5 (NIV)
4. Ark of the Covenant – God is holy. (Psalm 99:9)
Moses is an interesting man. He actually walks through two complete weeks or stories, the Ark of the Covenant Week and the Levi and desert Week. The Ark of the Covenant begins with the burning bush and ends with the completion of the Ark of the Covenant which is a timeline of fifty to fifty weeks. Moses also goes the whole distance and time in the desert which is the Levi in the desert week except he is not allowed to walk into Jericho to end the week. Jesus is no where to be seen in these two weeks. There is a lot of symbolism in the story that mirrors the Passion Week. First of all, the Passover lamb foretells of Jesus who is the ultimate Passover lamb, the Lamb of God. (John 1:36) Each plague of the ten plagues lines up with each hour Jesus goes through on the day of the cross, Good Friday. Jesus dies between the ninth and tenth hour. The first born is the tenth plague.
The whole story can be read completely through from the burning bush to the Passover to fifty weeks later after the Israelites leave Egypt to the completion of the Ark of the Covenant. By using God’s week format of fifty to fifty hours with an hour being a week, we can go back from the Passover fifty weeks, and there is the burning bush. The place of the burning bush is holy ground, God is holy. The Ark of the Covenant contains the holy, God is holy. From the bush to the box, God is holy.
“Give the following instructions to the entire community of Israel. You must be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.
Leviticus 19:2 (NLT)
“Go away! Why are you interfering with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God!”
Luk 4:34 (NLT)
Can a mere mortal man be holy?
5. Levi and the desert - The priests die. - (Levi) - "Joined to"
Israel spends forty years in the desert and visits forty two places. To get a understanding of time in “week count”, the forty two places should be split into two to separate the week into two halves. Each visit represents two hours. The hour count for this week is 42 hours to 42 hours. The strange thing about this week is people are being bit by poisonous snakes. A “bronze snake” is made and raised so the people who were bit by snakes only had to look up at the raised bronze snake to be healed. With today’s Corona Virus, some would argue all one has to do is get a vaccine. The reality is the vaccine does not heal; it is suppose to immunize someone against Corona Virus. Getting injected with the vaccine is a lot more painful than just looking up to a bronze snake. Looking up at the bronze snake, one would not die. Some might understand who some do not want to get a vaccine, but to refuse to look up at a bronze snake to be healed. Would you believe in a vaccine or believing looking at a bronze snake.
The bronze snake is key to finding Jesus in the desert or more specifically, gaining eternal life. Are you thirsty?
”Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
John 3:14-16 (NIV)
There is more that is at stake than just being healed from a snake bite. Eternal life is on the platter to be free received. The snake is again in the story. We ran into the snake in the garden. One could easily argue these stories are just allegories. The law was also given in the desert. A lot of law was given. These people who came out of the desert continued to “try” to practice and keep the law.
Jesus seems to again bleed out of the dry desert. Jesus came into the world to fulfil the law.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”
Matthew 5:17-18 (NIV)
The manna from heaven and the water from the rock are also examples of Christ vicariously living in the story in the desert.
What can we learn from a snake? Bread does not come from heaven, but from an oven. Water does not come out of a rock.
Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty. But as I told you, you have seen me and still you do not believe. All those the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away.
Some will come to Jesus. Some will not. What about you? To see Jesus, you have to find Jesus. This sounds about as simple as looking at a bronze snake.
So I'm at the wailing wall, standing there like a moron, with my harpoon. — Emo Philips
6. Temple – God is worshipped in Spirit and Truth. (John4:23-24)
The Temple Week is the thousand year story. It is the only thousand year story that can be found in the Bible. To understand the millennium week in the book of Revelation, the Temple Week is the key to understanding. The millenium week will be very difficult to find even after the resurrection of the dead and the living. This thousand year story starts with the building of the first temple, Solomon’s Temple, in 967 BC. For the Temple Week, an hour is ten years. A hundred hours is needed to complete the story which is a thousand years. The temple is completed in 957 BC which is still the first day. The Shekinah (glory) of the Lord entered the temple when the temple was dedicated.
When Solomon finished praying, fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices, and the glory of the Lord filled the temple. The priests could not enter the temple of the Lord because the glory of the Lord filled it. When all the Israelites saw the fire coming down and the glory of the Lord above the temple, they knelt on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave thanks to the Lord, saying,
“He is good; his love endures forever.”
2 Chronicles 7:1-3 (NIV)
Five hundred years after the First Temple is the middle of the week which is the dedication of the Second Temple. To update, the First Temple was destroyed.
Fivie hundred years later, Jesus speaking with a Samaritan woman is speaking to a woman at a well. Jesus is alive and well in the Temple Week. Jesus ends or fulfills the story. The Shekinah has found his human form.
Spirit and Truth is the key to the millennium week. If you can find Spirit and Truth, you do not have to wait or look for the millennium in the book of Revelation. There is no thousand years to be found in the book of Revelation. John is meddling with time. The apostle John always meddles with time. The only thousand years in the book of Revelation is the Genesis Week which began in the beginning and ends in the book of Revelation.
7. Judah and Babylon – The king dies. Judah – “Praise”
The unfortunate matter with Judah and the displacement in Babylon is the whole situation was anything except about praise. To be honest, finding Jesus is very difficult because the “king dies” or he sputters out of the story. When the king dies, the line of David and tribe of Judah dies. Zerubbabel was the possible candidate for king, maybe the messianic king, and was from the line of Judah. He returns to Jerusalem as a governor, but eventually disappears out of the story. No one knows what happen to him, but speculation suggests that he was executed or put in prison in Babylon. He might have just died and disappeared out of the story. In any event, the Judah Week was not going to produce a king.
The whole story or week which is 42 to 42 years or the time line from Josiah to Zerubbabel does present elements of the vicarious nature of the Biblical archetype and the substitutional images of Christ’s presence. The first temple, Solomon’ temple, is destroyed. The events leading up to the destruction of the temple has a lot to do with a stubborn king, Zedekiah. King Zedekiah is not a good example of Christ. The main reasoning that Jesus’ presence is hard to find is simply the matter that “the king dies” meaning there is no longer a king from the tribe of Judah because Zedekiah’s sons are murdered. Zedekiah has his eyes put out, is taken to Babylon, placed in prison until the day of his death.
See if you can find the king of Judah after Zerubbabel’s disappearance, where is he?
Hired men wear suits today. Jesus was almost naked when he was at work.
9. Issachar and 70 AD – The Hired man dies. Issachar – “The hired man”
Jesus starts the Issachar time line or Issachar Week in 28 AD. This is what one could call a perfect time week with fixed dates for a 42 to 42 year week with an hour being a year. 28 AD begins the Issachar Week with Jesus beginning his ministry. The Passion Week could also be called a “Issachar Week” and Jesus is the Issachar man for the Passion Week. The middle of the Issachar Week is 70 AD which is the fall of the Jerusalem. The week ends in an anticlimactic manner in 112 AD with a simple letter from Pliny to the emperor asking a question, “what about the Christians?”
Would you consider yourself a hired man? Hired men work weeks.
God getting a touch up.
10. Passion - God is touched
Then the governor’s soldiers took Jesus into the Praetorium and gathered the whole company of soldiers around him.
They stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him,
and then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on his head. They put a staff in his right hand. Then they knelt in front of him and mocked him. “Hail, king of the Jews!” they said.
They spit on him, and took the staff and struck him on the head again and again.
Matthew 27:27-30 (NIV)
Jesus is actively involved in the Passion Week. Four Gospels tell this story.The Passion Week is one of the most celebrated traditions in the world.
Do you think men touched god? Do you believe the work is done?
11. Pentecost – God is in us. – Matthew 17:1-13
Jesus meeting with Moses and Elijah on the Mount Tabor begins this week. A curtain tears when Jesus dies is the middle of the week. The week is fulfilled in a upper room. Jesus was living in during the pentecost story.
Jesus was here. Moses and Elijah was here too. If you did not catch them as two men, you can definitely see them as a one hundred twenty in the upper room.
Do you believe that you could be a Moses or Elijah? If you are not sure, take the test, 1 Corinthians 13:5. Did you pass the test?
The "Brausebad" sign means "Shower Bath".
12. Zebulun and the holocaust – Death in the dwelling place. Zebulun – “glorious dwelling place” - Isaiah 53
The story runs from 1897 to 1981. The middle of the week is the holocaust which runs for twelve years from 1933 to 1945. If you look for Jesus here, he might be taking a shower. The bigggest problem with the Holocaust is Isaiah 53. Isaiah 53 was written in the time of the Old Testament. Jesus is born in the time of the New Testament. Isaiah 53 and the Passion Week share the same cross.
Is the Holocaust the same cross?
13. First Resurrection – Rise up children of God.
The First Resurrection is a week that is seven years with a Eighth day. Jesus plays a part of this week. He is present after the Eighth Day is fulfilled. There is a resurrection of the dead and the living. Jesus will meet his people "in the heavens" at the resurrection. Before Jesus meets his people, he will also be a thief and steal his people into the resurrection.
This event has not happened because if it did, we missed the resurrection. If you should live in the time of the First Resurrection period, do you know how to navigate the seven years to the point of being a part of the resurrection? The dead will not have to figure out how to live this week because they are dead and figured it out.
Are you ready? Would you be ready if you were dead?
14. Second Pentecost – God is the kingdom.
The Second Pentecost is different from the Pentecost. The Pentecost is focused in giving the power of the Spirit to individual person, and the Spirit is still giving power to people. The Spirit will end being present in individuals because the Spirit has a job. The Second Pentecost is about the Spirit preparing the Kingdom of God and ushering the Kingdom. Where the Spirit lived in individual persons, the Spirit now unfolds and ushes in the fullness of the Kingdom. When the Kingdom of God is present, Jesus is present.
Only the resurrected will know if the Kingdom of God arrived. Only the resurrected can see the king. Only the resurrected can enter the Kingdom. How can God be a Father, a Son, a Spirit and now, God is the Kingdom?
15. Benjamin and the death of Rachel’s children – The youngest dies (Joshua 6:26). Dinah/Shechem – “vindicated/back-shoulder”
The story of the death of the children in the time of Herod is a often missed, overlooked and important story at the time of birth of Jesus, Immanuel. The children had to die or Israel would not have been on world scene in 1948.
Which is worse, children being murdered to put Israel on the map in 1948 or Jesus dying on the cross to produce a resurrection? Which is more important?
All weeks are important. All weeks mirror Jesus working the Passion Week.
"Well, that is quite a story." - Jack Nicholson – The Shining
Mama take this badge from me. I can't use it anymore. It's getting dark too dark to see. Feels like I'm knockin' on heaven's door. Knock-knock-knockin' on heaven's door.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”
Have you tried knocking?