AGE OF CLEANSING
When we look at the meaning of unleavened bread in the scriptures, we discover that "unleavened" means without yeast and that yeast often pictures sin. "Therefore, let us keep the Festival, not with the old bread leavened with malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth" (1 Corinthians 5:8). Like yeast, sin puffs up and makes one proud. The apostle Paul tells us of this principle in Galatians 5:9, "A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough." So, unleavened bread is bread made without yeast. It is the removal of yeast. So, unleavened bread pictures, the removal of sin. How does this correlate to the 2nd day of Man's Work Week? In the 2nd millennium of mankind, we discover that "The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time" (Genesis 6:5). And so God chose to remove them from the face of the earth by flooding it. The Lord essentially washed the entire earth clean of the sin that corrupted it. He cleansed it. We are beginning to see a pattern that God's Holidays are also connected with the major events that take place in Man's Work Week. Let's see if the pattern continues.
The next item is called the Brazen Laver. Here we find the High Priest washing his hands and cleansing himself before entering the outer room called the Holy Place. God's 2nd Holiday is Unleavened Bread, which also represents cleansing. We once again discover that there is a pattern that God has established between his holidays and the items he prescribed for his house. Let's move forward and see if the pattern continues.
AGE OF CLEANSING
The Age of Cleansing is the second in the week of seven ages and correlates to the second day of creation week. In the second day, God created the firmament, a medium consisting of the sky and space, which separated the heavenly realm from the earthly realm. Waters above the firmament were separated from the waters below it. In the same way, we see in the second day (2000 years) of history, that man had become exceedingly wicked and violence was throughout the whole earth. In other words, the disparity between God and Man had become like the degree of separation between the heavenly realm and the earthly realm. It became so severe that God flooded the earth. He cleansed the earth from all wickedness and violence by washing it clean with the flood.
In the wheel above, you'll notice in the day portion a figure that represents the second article within the Tabernacle called the Brazen Laver. This large basin of water was used by the priests performing the sacrifice to wash and cleans themselves before going into the Holy Place of the Tabernacle. This correlates to the loaf of bread figure located in the night portion of the wheel. This figure represents the Feast of Unleavened Bread. This is the second feast of seven that God told his people to observe. We understand that "unleavened" bread is bread made without yeast. In scripture, yeast represents sin. Therefore, unleavened bread represents the removal of sin. Both the Brazen Laver and the Feast of Unleavened Bread represent the removal of sin (or sanctification).
Here, we are beginning to see a pattern develop. Each of the seven articles found within the Tabernacle correlate to the seven Feast Days of the Lord as outlined in Leviticus 23. At this point, we must ask the question does each set of seven found in scripture layer upon all the others? If that is true, could we obtain an even greater understanding of each of their meanings by their correlations? We are excited to see the possibilities.