Barry Amundsen (4
"Nicole, Israel's 40
year wilderness to teach tribulation saints, I agree, and
Moses "described" it"
Romans 10:5. For Moses describeth
the righteousness which is of the law, That the man which doeth
those things shall live by them.
When and how did Moses describe the righteousness that is of the
law? This says that somewhere Moses told us that the man who
does those things – righteousness which is of the law, will only
live by how much he can keep the law. We know that Paul would
teach extensively on that subject in his epistles, but Moses?
Well, he described it but not in words. He role-played it.
I believe it was when Moses struck the rock the second time
rather than speak to it as instructed. This described or
demonstrated the righteousness of the law or works rather than
the word of faith that is already nigh even in our mouth
according to Romans 10.
The book of Hebrews starts out with a comparison between Jesus
and Moses and gives them both “A” scores on their report cards.
They both were faithful in the job that they were given to
perform while they were here. However, many preachers give Moses
an “F” instead of an “A.” Most say that Moses wrecked the type
of the rock being Christ when he struck it the second time
(since Christ was to be crucified only once) and therefore God
had to punish him – and his punishment was that he could not
enter the promised land alive. If this is an accurate assessment
of this event then Moses was not faithful. You cannot have it
both ways. If Moses disobeyed God in that act, then he was not
as faithful to God as Jesus was.
I believe Moses was meant to do what he did in order to teach us
about our rapture. Just as Jesus was faithful in taking our sins
on himself and receiving God's just punishment for them though
he himself was not guilty, so likewise Moses was faithful to
take on the guilt of the Israelites and be punished by God for
their offense. It was all for our benefit. According to Hebrews
Jesus Christ has been crucified the second time every time
someone who had believed on him, returns to the works of the
law, this book says they crucify to themselves the Son Of God
afresh. Moses was “describing” that.
The only way to have Moses striking that rock the second time
and still receive an A from God, is that God wanted him to
strike that rock the second time. He was doing it in fulfillment
of a type that God wanted him to role-play. He did it as a
servant, for a testimony of things that would be spoken about
later by Paul. He was describing the righteousness which is of
the law, (which is filthy rags as opposed to faith). I believe
that God allowed him to do it and God was the one handing out
his penalty for having done it also. It was all designed to get
a point across to this generation that we are now living in.
Hebrews 3:5. And Moses verily was faithful in all his
house, as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were
to be spoken after
Just as Jesus was a servant who obeyed God in taking our sins on
himself, so also Moses, was a servant in taking the sins of the
Israelites (called unbelief) on himself and striking that rock
the second time so that God could give him the appropriate
punishment, designed to represent our generation and the
“rapture” or the missing of it. Moses saw the promised land with
his eyes but he did not enter it alive. That was not just some
arbitrary punishment that God cooked up on the spot as though
God was just looking for something, anything, to punish Moses
with. Moses was role-playing, (describing) what will happen to
this generation that commits the same offense today.
Remember that man in the Old Testament that mocked at the
prophecy of food becoming plentiful by this time tomorrow? What
was his punishment? And what was it that he said that brought
condemnation on himself?
2 Kings 7:
1. Then Elisha said, Hear ye the word of the Lord;
Thus saith the Lord, To morrow about this time shall a measure
of fine flour be sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley
for a shekel, in the gate of Samaria.
2. Then a lord on whose hand the king leaned answered the man of
God, and said, Behold, if the Lord would make windows in heaven,
might this thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with
thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.
19. And that lord answered the man of God, and said, Now,
behold, if the Lord should make windows in heaven, might such a
thing be? And he said, Behold, thou shalt see it with thine
eyes, but shalt not eat thereof.
And so it fell out unto him: for the people trode upon him in
the gate, and he died.
Matthew 5:13. Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the
salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is
thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be
trodden under foot of men.
This is exactly what will befall many during the tribulation.
After having seen the windows and THE DOOR open in heaven, but
they will not enter therein, they will be trodden under foot of
The whole book of Hebrews is a warning from God himself, to this
generation, to not do what that earlier generation did when they
were brought out of Egypt, this world, but failed to enter the
promised land alive, which for us is heaven. They didn't enter
because of their fear and unbelief or love of Egypt and not
trusting God to provide. Those same things are what will keep
people of this generation now, from entering at the open door to
heaven when Jesus appears.
Moses demonstrated the penalty as that you will see the promised
land (rapture) but you will not enter it alive. That is, you
will see the rapture, and those who go in but you will die in
this wilderness to get to heaven. Moses still made it in, of
course, but he died first.
Moses is the only man in scripture that I know of, besides
Jesus, that God punished for something that someone else did,
but that he himself was not guilty of but it was necessary to
"describe" the point God wants us in this generation to see.
Deuteronomy 1: 37. Also the Lord was angry with me for
your sakes, saying, Thou also shalt not go in thither.
Deuteronomy 3: 25. I pray thee, let me go over, and see
the good land that is beyond Jordan, that goodly mountain, and
26. But the Lord was wroth with me for your sakes, and would not
hear me: and the Lord said unto me, Let it suffice thee; speak
no more unto me of this matter.
This pleading of Moses with God to let him in, is perhaps a
picture of what those left behind will be doing through the shut
door, while they weep, wail, and gnash their teeth. But they
will hear Jesus say, depart from me, ye that work iniquity, I
never knew you. Jesus was crucified (the first time) by men who
did not believe his claims about himself. To crucify him afresh
is to also not believe his claims for us today. He claims that
he wants to save us and take us to heaven that where he is we
may be also.