All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the foundation of the world. Revelation 13:8.
Today you LORD (יהוה) God (אלהים) says:
I speak the end from the beginning for I am building from a foundation and the foundation is always Christ.
For no man can lay a foundation other than the one which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 3:11.
It all centers on the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. Revelation 13:8. The word used for “foundation” in the Greek language in which the New Testament was first written is katabolé (καταβολή), it is from the word katá, meaning “exactly according to,” down from the most general to the most specific detail, “following all the way along,” and bállō, which means “to cast,” properly, a foundation cast according to a blueprint (original design); the substructure which determines the entire direction (destination) of all that follows; the foundation-plan, upon which the entire super-structure is built; the beginning (founding) that purposefully designs all that follows.
In the Book of Revelation when I give you a glimpse into the majestic throne room of Heaven in the center of the throne, in the center of all, is the Lamb. Every eye is upon Him and only He can break open the seven seals of the title deed for Me to take back the possession of the earth. And unless you are in His Book of Life you cannot even be there.
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.” Revelation 5:12.
“To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.” Revelation 5:13.
In the beginning the first sacrificial offering that found favor before Me was the unblemished lamb. That was Abel’s offering unto Me, an unblemished lamb, the firstling of his flock.
And as Abraham walked up the mountain with Isaac his beloved son of the promise, Isaac asked where the brunt offering was since they had the wood for the fire and the knife for the slaughter, and Abraham told Isaac that I Myself would supply the lamb for the burnt offering, which is the offering that takes away sin.
And to Moses I gave the way to protection from the destroyer and redemption from slavery—the Passover Lamb. And the memorial was every year with the Passover Lamb slain and the blood poured out in atonement.
And then the sacrifices in the Tabernacle and later the Temple in Jerusalem where every morning and every evening an unblemished lamb was offered as a burnt offering with unleavened bread and a hin of wine.
But it was to My prophets that I began revealing the mystery of the Lamb, the true Lamb who was coming into the world to take away all your sins.
As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look. 1 Peter 1:10-12.
And it was to My prophet Isaiah that I revealed the mission of the true Lamb.
Surely our griefs and sickness He Himself bore, and our sorrows and pains He carried; yet we ourselves esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. But He was pierced through for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the chastening for our well-being fell upon Him, and by His scourging we are healed. All of us like sheep have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; but the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all to fall on Him. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He did not open His mouth; like a lamb that is led to slaughter, and like a sheep that is silent before its shearers, so He did not open His mouth. Isaiah 53:4-7.
Meek and humble of heart, He opened not His mouth.
Then Pilate questioned Him again, saying, “Do You not answer? See how many charges they bring against You!” But Jesus made no further answer; so Pilate was amazed. Mark 15:4-5.
The Abrahamic, the Mosaic, and the New Covenant were all covenants instituted with the blood of a sacrifice. Genesis 15:8-21; Genesis 22:13-14, Exodus 24:3-8; Matthew 26:26-27.
“Gather My godly ones to Me, those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.” Psalm 50:5.
Under the Old Covenant the sinner had to bring his own lamb and at Passover each household had to procure their own lamb. And when the sinner brought his lamb to the gate of the Tabernacle and stood before the bronze altar, the priest did not inspect the person who brought the lamb to see if they were worthy to enter, no, he knew they were coming because they had sinned and wanted to be cleansed and forgiven, instead he inspected the lamb. If the lamb was perfect, unblemished, and pure of defects, the priest accepted the lamb as an acceptable sacrifice for the person’s sins to be covered. The sinner would then place his hand on the head of his lamb and all his sins would transfer to the lamb and the lambs purity would transfer to him. Full of his sin the lamb then had to die and the sinner himself took the knife given him by the priest and slit the throat of the lamb. The blood then made atonement and the body and the fat were burned upon the bronze altar, if it was a burnt offering it was burned until nothing of your sins was left but ashes which were taken outside the camp and were blown away and buried. Gone. I give you beauty for your ashes.
Do you see why the Lamb is in the center and all attention is upon Him in Heaven? Because when you sin and you come to Me with Jesus, He is your Lamb of sacrifice. I look at Him and He is worthy, unblemished, pure and spotless. Your Lamb was accepted as perfect and I showed you so by raising Him from the dead with all your sins gone. From the ashes rose up the resurrection of a new creation in Christ.
And unlike the lambs that foreshadowed the good things to come in Christ, who is the substance of all, you do not have to procure your own lamb, I give you your Lamb to bring before Me to make a covenant by sacrifice.
For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. John 3:16.
Yes, just as Abraham prophesied, I Myself have provided the Lamb for the burnt offering. And just as of old, it was the transfer of your sins into the unblemished Lamb that slaughtered Him “like a lamb that is led to slaughter.”
That night in the Garden of Gethsemane, in that hour that He asked his disciples to watch with Him, He accepted to take into His sinless and immortal flesh every sin ever committed from the beginning to the end of time by every person who had lived or would ever live and thus He became subject to death, for the wages of sin is death. And thus My Will to save all My people prospered in His hand. He became sin for you so that His righteousness, like the unblemished lamb of old, transferred to you who would lay your hand upon Him by faith. I so loved the world that I Myself gave you the perfect Lamb of sacrifice. That is covenant. For I promised you eternal life before the foundation of the world and it was in the Lamb slain since the foundation of the world.
And everything is built upon Him.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, having made peace through the blood of His cross; through Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven. Colossians 1:15-20.
Like the priests of old at the bronze altar of the Tabernacle, I am not looking at you as a sinner, I am looking at your lamb, and He is perfect. And He died once for all.
So where is My church? Wherever the Lamb is. He is the head and you are the members. He should be the center of your life. Be looking at Him and get your eyes off you. Your life is hidden now in Christ in Me. And that is Covenant. It is the secret place of the Most High.
You are in Covenant with Him and that is what it means to be IN Christ.
I am not looking at you to look for every blemish, spot, or wrinkle, I am looking at your Lamb, that is, if you have received Jesus as your Lord, for unless you come to believe in Him you are still in your sins. But for you who have received Him, He has given you authority to be My child and a joint heir with Him. Covenant has put you in the royal bloodline of My family.
The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. And everything is built on the revelation of the Lamb. And on that rock I have built My Church.
You have washed your robes and made them white in the Blood of the Lamb.
And that is why you come to Me through Jesus and pray in His Name. I am not looking at you then, so to speak, but seeing you in your perfect Lamb that you have brought to Me as holy, blameless and beyond reproach.
I love you. Covenant is all about the Lamb. And you should be too. Do not go anywhere without Him