In Song of Moses 7, we saw how there would be no more delay, and judgement was now going to fall on the final generation of the Old Covenant age. The salvation/deliverance Paul wrote about in Hebrews would be fulfilled at this time too.
‘So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time, not to deal with sin but to save those who are eagerly waiting for him.’ ~ Hebrews 9:28
‘For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope’ –Romans 15:4.
Those who had chosen life were awaiting their blessed hope. They would be delivered i.e saved, from the hands of their enemies and rewarded with eternal life. They would join their bridegroom at the marriage supper of the Lamb and enter into the Heavenly New Jerusalem.
The People Got What They Desired
- But first, let’s go back into the gospels. Do you remember what the people said at Jesus’ trial in Matthew 27:24-25?
‘… and all the people said ‘May His blood be upon us and on our children’. The people got what they desired.
The Song of Moses continues with the theme of judgment and blood…
42 ‘I will make my arrows drunk with blood,
and my sword shall devour flesh—
with the blood of the slain and the captives,
from the long-haired heads of the enemy.’
In Revelation 8 Trumpet 1 was fire mixed with blood and in trumpet 2 a third of the sea became blood. But the trumpets were mixed with mercy as Yahweh was still reaching out for His people to repent.
However, it was now the time of the end and Israel was going to be punished with the bowl judgments on the reprobates that refused to repent.
‘The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea, and it became blood like that of a dead man, and every living thing in the sea died.’
The blood of the martyrs was avenged in bowl 3.
‘Then the third angel poured out his bowl into the rivers and the springs of waters; and they became blood. And I heard the angel of the waters saying, “Righteous are You, who are and who were, O Holy One, because You judged these things; for they poured out the blood of saints and prophets, and You have given them blood to drink. They deserve it.” And I heard the altar saying, “Yes, O Lord God, the Almighty, true and righteous are Your judgments.”~ Revelation 16:3-7
‘Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves and small and great.” ~ Rev 19:17-18
Enemies Are Defeated
Finally, at the end of the Song of Moses, another command is given:
The Song of Moses continues…
43 ‘Rejoice, ye heavens, with him,
and let all the angels of God worship him;
rejoice ye Gentiles, with his people,
and let all the sons of God strengthen themselves in him;
for he will avenge the blood of his sons,
and he will render vengeance
and recompense justice to his enemies,
and will reward them that hate him;’ [LXX and Dead Sea Scrolls]
I’m quoting verse 43 of the Song of Moses from the LXX and the Dead Sea Scrolls as the Masoretic Text deliberately leaves out very important sentences. You can read why the Jewish scribes did that on this blog post: How to steal the Kingdom of God.
- The heavens are to rejoice i.e the gods (lesser elohim) of the nations.
- The angels are told to worship Him.
- The Gentiles are told to rejoice with His people.
- The sons of God are told to strengthen themselves in Him.
- He is going to avenge the blood of His sons.
- He will render vengeance and justice
- And He will reward those that hate Him, i.e gives them what they want.
We see the Saints rejoicing over their enemy, Babylon in Revelation 18:20: ‘Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets, for God has given judgment for you against her!”
And in Revelation 19:2 we see that He has avenged the blood of the saints: ‘for his judgments are true and just; for he has judged the great prostitute who corrupted the earth with her immorality, and has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”
Atone For The Land
Firstly it needs to be pointed out that atonement and forgiveness for us happened at the Cross. However, atonement for the land in the Song of Moses is something different. [Likewise, salvation at The Cross and salvation in 70 AD were also different from each other]
The Song of Moses continues…
‘And will atone for His land and His people’.
So Jesus will atone for the land using the blood of His enemies as it says:
You shall not pollute the land in which you live, for blood pollutes the land, and no atonement can be made for the land for the blood that is shed in it, except by the blood of the one who shed it.
In other words, you must not pollute the land where you live. Murder is what pollutes the land. The land where a murder was committed can never make peace with the LORD except through the death of the murderer.
The blood of the innocent martyrs had polluted Yahweh’s land. Therefore Yahweh was going to use the blood of His enemies who killed the martyrs to purge/atone His land.
This is exactly what is meant in Revelation 13:10: ‘If anyone is to be taken captive, to captivity he goes; if anyone is to be slain with the sword, with the sword must he be slain. Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.’
We see that the blood of their enemies coming out from the winepress stretches the whole length of the land of Israel in Revelation 14.
‘So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles.’ ~ Revelation 14:19-20
The New Jerusalem Is Now Open To Believers!
The Kingdom of God had come in power and glory. The resurrection of the dead from out of Abraham’s bosom (Paradise) and the gathering of those who remained alive on earth had now happened in the air. Jesus was now going to bring His Saints back to The New Jerusalem, to the place He had gone to prepare for them. There the Saints would live for eternity face to face with God.
‘In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.’ ~ John 14:2-3
‘until the Ancient of days came, and he gave judgement to the saints of the Most High; and the time came on, and the saints possessed the kingdom.’ ~ Daniel 7:22 LXX
‘And the kingdom and the power and the greatness of the kings that are under the whole heaven were given to the saints of the Most High; and his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all powers shall serve and obey him.’ ~ Daniel 7:27 LXX
The 144,00 Are In Heaven
If you have followed all of this series you will now understand why the 144,000 sing the Song of Moses in Revelation.
It’s A Song Of Triumph Over Babylon
The first fruit Saints are now in heaven after the 7th trumpet resurrection/parousia and the Kingdom of God has now come in power. They are singing the Song of Moses, the song which they had learned from their elders, and recited so often in their own lifetimes at the Feast of Tabernacles.
They were singing in victory over their enemy, Babylon (crooked, twisted apostate Israel), and rather than standing on the banks of the Red Sea, they were standing on a heavenly sea before the throne.
‘And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of God. And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying,
“Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty;
Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations! “Who will not fear, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy; For all the nations will come and worship before You, For Your righteous acts have been revealed.”
Raptured Believers Don’t Write Letters!
There is silence from the faithful Christian communities that lived in the Roman Empire during the War of the Jews as those that remained were raptured.
However, the Jewish Historian Josephus could see that Deuteronomy 32 was prophetic and acknowledged in his writings that what Moses had foretold had actually happened in his very own lifetime and that all that Moses had foretold had come true.
‘But now on the following days (for he called them to assemble continually), he delivered blessings to them and curses upon those that should not live according to the laws but should transgress the duties that were determined for them to observe. After this, he read to them a poetic song, which was composed in hexameter verse, and left it to them in the holy book: it contained a prediction of what was to come to pass afterward; agreeably whereto all things have happened all along, and do still happen to us, and wherein he has not at all deviated from the truth.’ ~ Flavius Josephus, Antiquities of the Jews 4.302
In Deuteronomy 29:23 it was prophesied that Israel would become a wasteland. This prophecy certainly was fulfilled each time Israel went into exile in the Old Testament. But even as recently as the late 1800’s and early 1900’s the land was described many times as having been a sparsely populated wasteland.
In 1867 American writer, Mark Twain wrote in his book Throughout Innocents Abroad about the land of Israel, which at the time was called Palestine: “Palestine is desolate and unlovely… It is a hopeless, dreary, heartbroken land.”, “There is not a solitary village throughout its whole extent – not for 30 miles in either direction. There are two or three small clusters of Bedouin tents, but not a single permanent habitation. One may ride 10 miles, hereabouts, and not see 10 human beings.” “Of all the lands there are for dismal scenery, I think Palestine must be the prince… Can the curse of the Deity beautify a land?”, “Palestine sits in sackcloth and ashes. Over it broods the spell of a curse that has withered its fields and fettered its energies.”
Six hundred years earlier another visitor to the land, Rabbi Moses ben Nachman, known as Nachmanides (1194-1270) wrote:
“Many are Israel’s forsaken places, and great is the desecration. The more sacred the place, the greater the devastation it has suffered. Jerusalem is the most desolate place of all.” Rabbi Moses ben Nachman 1267
The shadow doesn’t need to come back!
- The land of Israel, Jerusalem, and its temple and covenant were merely shadows or copies of the true one.
- Those shadows and copies find their reality and fulfilment in Jesus.
Paul wrote in Hebrews 11:16: But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
Jesus kept His word as He had promised His disciples …
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. ~ John 14: 3
And in Revelation, we see that the New Jerusalem, the heavenly country was now ‘prepared’ and ‘ready‘ for the Saints to live in for eternity.
And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. ~ Revelation 21:2
- The Song of Moses just like the Book of Revelation foretold the promises and rewards that were to come on Israel in the last days of the Mosaic Covenant Age.
- Despite Yahweh’s love for His people, they abandoned him to worship other gods, broke their covenant, hardened their hearts, killed their own prophets, their Messiah and the saints, and became the Whore of Babylon in Revelation.
- The Kingdom of God would come in power and the believers who chose to live would receive the covenant blessings, i.e eternal life.
- Yahweh’s enemies would be rewarded with a fiery vengeance.
- The blood of all the martyrs would be avenged, including those from Abel to Zechariah.
Throughout this series, I have shown how The song of Moses is THE key to all prophecy in the bible. After all, Moses was a prophet and he had declared the end from the beginning!