Joe Butta and Steve Daskal
Christian Messianic Analysis and Apologetics
Even after the unexpected conquest by the Romans and their establishment of the brutal Herodian monarchy, arguably the greatest distress was yet to come. In the PAST, God warned His people through a prophet or sent a great judge or king to lead them out of the danger. We do not have a direct Biblical account of the early years of the Roman occupation. What we know about that difficult period is based upon secular histories, archaeological evidence, and parenthetical comments in the Brit Hadashah [New Testament]. However, we still need to ask if God sent a prophet, judge, or leader to the Jews to lead them out of this dangerous time between 37 B.C. [when Herod was established as a tributary king under Rome] and the destruction of the second Jewish Temple and the city of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.
For most Christians, baptism originated with John the Baptist. The question is…where did John get the idea? As it turns out its origin can be found in the Torah. In Lev. 16: 1-6, 24 we find that Aaron’s sons have died…but how and why? In Lev. 10:1-3 Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu disobeyed Yahveh while in his presence. In doing so, they were consumed with fire before the Lord. These verses indicate that God is Holy and no one can sin in His presence or appear before him in a state of sin. So in the 16th chapter of Leviticus God begins to deal with the sin problem. In verse 4 we see before the priest puts on his sacred garments before he commences with the sin and burnt offering he must bathe and then he offers the sin offering to make atonement for him and his household. Verse 24 recalls that the priest must wash again after soiling his sacred garments with the blood of atonement. As we transition to 1 Peter 2:9-10 we learn that the gentile believers in Messiah are chosen to become a royal priesthood and a holy nation. These Jews and Gentiles from many earthly nations have become a new nation, the people of God, but also a royal priesthood. Peter did this to show that the priesthood continued in the New Covenant, not as the Levitical priesthood but as a more perfect one that commenced before the time of Moses. Continue reading