Tuesday, December 27, 2016

The Adamic Altar

After the fall of man in the garden, God's platform of  relationship with man changed and as the precepts of God's dealings with other men in scriptures such as Noah, Abraham etc. reveals; it gives us a glue and trace to how God must have had to relate with Adam.

Gen. 3:21  Unto Adam also and to his wife did the LORD God make coats of skins, and clothed them.
Heb. 9:22  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

God's making of coats of skins for them involves killing an animal or animals; the shedding of blood, notwithstanding the fact that God could have supernaturally produced such coats for them. Later on we see Adam's first sons, Cain and Abel.

Gen 4:3-4  And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

The acceptance of Abel's offering was by the manifestation of fire upon the altar.

Lev 9:24 And there came a fire out from before the Lord, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces. KJV

Judg 6:21-22 With the tip of the staff that was in his hand, the angel of the Lord touched the meat and the unleavened bread. Fire flared from the rock, consuming the meat and the bread. And the angel of the Lord disappeared. NIV

1 Kings 18:36-39 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: "O Lord, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, O Lord, answer me, so these people will know that you, O Lord, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again."
38 Then the fire of the Lord fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.
39 When all the people saw this, they fell prostrate and cried, "The Lord-he is God! The Lord-he is God!" NIV

Father Adam must have taught them how to raise an altar of offering unto the Lord.
It was on the basis of the altar that God had taught them to build which they built that God had a relationship with them, for their initial relationship where God would usually come in the cool of the day to commune with man, take note of his state and give him some task or make more provisions for him was marred by sin.
It was with this altar which we would call the 'altar of Adam' or "the Adamic Altar" that God was unveiling His redemptive plan for man for He told the serpent

Gen 3:15  And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

This Adamic Altar was a remedial and a basis for a form of relationship to exist between God and mankind. This altar made an atonement for their sins and they were forgiven (in a sense for in Heb. 10:4, it is noted that the blood of bulls and goats cannot take away sin) but not completely unpunished for the effect of their disobedience resulted in their death and in the death of all men

Gen 5:5  And all the days that Adam lived were nine hundred and thirty years: and he died.

In Hebrews we are told how that it is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sin

Heb 10:2-4  For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.

The Adamic altar was like as the atonement done by the high priest which seems to make a grant for the Israelites for a period of one year. At the arrival of Jesus Christ comes that which takes away the sins of the whole world.

Joh 1:29  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

To understand the Adamic altar we must know how that the garden of Eden constituted a temple. Eden was the outer court for it was the place of the presence of the Lord.

Gen 4:16  And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.

The other trees of the garden constituted the inner court guarded by the cherubims

Gen 2:8  And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.

An the two trees, the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil in the midst of those other trees was the innermost court, the holies of holies where the flaming sword of the word of God turned to protect

Gen 2:9-10  And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.

Furthermore being told in Ezekiel how that the a river flows from the temple to the countries, we see how that a river comes out of the garden of Eden

Eze 47:1-2  Afterward he brought me again unto the door of the house; and, behold, waters issued out from under the threshold of the house eastward: for the forefront of the house stood toward the east, and the waters came down from under from the right side of the house, at the south side of the altar. Then brought he me out of the way of the gate northward, and led me about the way without unto the utter gate by the way that looketh eastward; and, behold, there ran out waters on the right side.

Water ran out of the right side of the house, the right side of the altar which is eastward of the temple just as a river comes out of the midst of the garden the place of the two trees.
Another place in scriptures that shows how that the garden was a temple not only that Eden itself was called the garden of God.

Eze 28:12 -14 Son of man, take up a lamentation upon the king of Tyrus, and say unto him, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom, and perfect in beauty. Thou hast been in Eden the garden of God; every precious stone was thy covering, the sardius, topaz, and the diamond, the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper, the sapphire, the emerald, and the carbuncle, and gold: the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee in the day that thou wast created. Thou art the anointed cherub that covereth; and I have set thee so: thou wast upon the holy mountain of God; thou hast walked up and down in the midst of the stones of fire.

Satan being the anointed cherub that covereth was in the garden of God, his name in this place is called "the king of Tyrus" Tyre being the hub of trade revealing how that at the fall, Adam traded all riches and wealth with the king of Tyrus. We know how that cherubs are associated with the temple of God even in that temple that we unveiled to Moses on the sacred mount. They were the Cherubims that covered the atonement cover

Ex 25:18-20 And make two cherubim out of hammered gold at the ends of the cover. 19 Make one cherub on one end and the second cherub on the other; make the cherubim of one piece with the cover, at the two ends. 20 The cherubim are to have their wings spread upward, overshadowing the cover with them. The cherubim are to face each other, looking toward the cover. NIV

Ex 26:31 Make a curtain of blue, purple and scarlet yarn and finely twisted linen, with cherubim worked into it by a skilled craftsman. NIV

Adam's altar was situated in front of the Cherubim who were at the east of the garden, for there was man to seek mercy and grace looking forward to the appearance of the seed of the woman.
An altar necessitates a priesthood, therefore there was a priesthood that was ordained after the fall with Adam being its first high priest. Men were to go to this altar regularly to strengthen and renew their relationship with their creator but unfortunately only few were faithful for then we read

Gen 6:5-7  And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And it repented the LORD that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him at his heart. And the LORD said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them

After Adam's death, Enoch and others were faithful to this altar.

Gen 5:24  And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

Heb 11:5  By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.

Father Noah continued to minister upon this Adamic altar, for he was accounted as one who was righteous. For would it not being that like as Abel whose sacrifice was accepted by God, his also was accepted for it is written that he (Noah) worked with God

Gen 6:8-9  But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.

He was a preacher of righteousness
2Pe 2:5  And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly;

He was one that feared God and had respect for His word
Heb 11:7  By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith

He also was an intercessor for the people, for we know how Daniel and Job interceded
Eze 14:14  Though these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they should deliver but their own souls by their righteousness, saith the Lord GOD.

The altar he raises after the flood unto the Lord couldn't have been his first altar, although the first temple of the garden had being lost after the flood.

Gen 8:20 -22  And Noah builded an altar unto the LORD; and took of every clean beast, and of every clean fowl, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the LORD smelled a sweet savour; and the LORD said in his heart, I will not again curse the ground any more for man's sake; for the imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done. While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.

After the flood, the whole earth was repopulated by Noah and his sons, although Noah is quite different from Adam in that Adam's wife came from him whereas Noah had wife from another person. Adam's altar was a most significant altar, for it is the altar of the first-father. When God made man, having given him dominion and authority over all, his fall being there fall and his victory being their victory, Adam's altar is or can be called "the altar of the Earth".

Gen 1:26 - 28  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Adam's sacrifice upon that altar not only manifested a remedial for him and his wife but for the whole creation under him just as Noah's altar unto the Lord being the father and leader of the new race of mankind after the flood manifested a relief and a blessing as much as his name "Noah" (Gen. 5:29) also prophesied; so did Adam's altar brought relief and a platform of relationship between mankind, creation and God.

After the fall, God's relationship with man was on the platform of a covenant. For while would Adam's son come to offer sacrifices unto the Lord in the process of time, during the harvest.

Gen 4:1-4  And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD. And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground. And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

Secondly, it was after the flood that Noah raises an altar unto the Lord just as Father Adam after the fall raises and altar to the Lord. We understand that both the fall and the flood were things that resulted as a result of man's failed relationship with God; for at the fall man was driven from the garden and at the flood the garden was destroyed as well as men. As after Noah's altar of sacrifice, God blesses Noah and his sons and enters a covenant with them and all creature so also did God blesses Adam and Eve (For He made coats of skins to cover their nakedness and this can be regarded as a blessing) and for since He yet loves them would He had entered a covenant with them. So therefore Adam and by representation all creation were in a covenant relationship with God through the platform of the Adamic Altar. Although we do not understand the details of this covenant that God had entered with Adam after the fall but for man to have lived and not being destroyed showed a kind of preservation and remedy that ensueth from that which is of a covenant.

Gen 9:1-17  And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, and upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things. But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it, and at the hand of man; at the hand of every man's brother will I require the life of man…
And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you;  And with every living creature that is with you, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth.  And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth…  And I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is upon the earth.
And God said unto Noah, This is the token of the covenant, which I have established between me and all flesh that is upon the earth.

It can be deciphered by the wisdom of the Spirit, that the King Melchizedek, the king of Salem and priest of the most High God, possessor of Heaven and the earth was a priest that knows the Lord God of Shem.

Gen 9:26  And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.

There must have been a connection and a relationship between Him, his priesthood and the priesthood of Noah. For Noah who had offered sacrifice at the altar of Adam and carried the spiritual heritage of the Adamic priesthood [Adam's God being the creator of Heaven and the Earth Gen. 1:1] over the flood. He instituted a priesthood as we seen after the flood in the passage above which enacts a covenant that affects all living things with the Most High God who owns all these things.
Also calculations of the years of life, birth and death as shown in the recorded genealogies reveals how that Father Shem lived up to the days of Abraham and even beyond. King Melchizedek's priesthood is of that which was instituted by Father Noah.
Examining Father Abraham's journey of faith we first see God calling him out of his country and native land.

Gen 12:1-3  Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

God promises Abraham a great blessing such that in him all families of the earth shall be blessed.

Gen 13:14 -17 And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

Later, after that Lot had left Abraham, the Lord God [who owns the earth and all in it] tells him to lift up his eyes and look at the four corners of the earth for all he saw would be given to him and his seed.

Gen 14:18 -20 And Melchizedek king of Salem brought forth bread and wine: and he was the priest of the most high God. And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth: And blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand. And he gave him tithes of all.

In the course of time, after a war that Abraham had with kings, he is met by king Melchizedek who blesses him in the name of the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth. At this point and in this place was the Adamic blessing which God had blessed him at the first when he was created and the priesthood which God ordained for Adam to salvage the curse and to create a channel for the manifestation of that blessing transferred to Abraham; for in him and in his seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. This seed of Abraham is the seed of the woman and therefore Abraham had to receive that spiritual mandate that had being preserved in the blessing and priesthood of the Adam transferred to Enoch to Noah and to King Melchizedek.
There is also a connection between the Melchizedek priesthood and the Levitical priesthood. Levi paid the tithes in the loins of Abraham. The priesthood of the old testament was also an extension of the Melchizedek priesthood that Adamic  priesthood of the earth. For the God of Abraham, the God of Israel and the God in whose name King Melchizedek blesses Abraham is the most high God, possessor of heaven and earth; the Lord God of Adam.

Heb 7:9-17 And as I may so say, Levi also, who receiveth tithes, payed tithes in Abraham. For he was yet in the loins of his father, when Melchisedec met him. If therefore perfection were by the Levitical priesthood, (for under it the people received the law,) what further need was there that another priest should rise after the order of Melchisedec, and not be called after the order of Aaron? For the priesthood being changed, there is made of necessity a change also of the law.  For he of whom these things are spoken pertaineth to another tribe, of which no man gave attendance at the altar. For it is evident that our Lord sprang out of Juda; of which tribe Moses spake nothing concerning priesthood. And it is yet far more evident: for that after the similitude of Melchisedec there ariseth another priest, Who is made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, but after the power of an endless life. For he testifieth, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

In examining Abraham's altars, one of them bears very great significance i.e. the altar upon mount Moriah where Isaac was to have being sacrificed which later becomes the place of the old testament temple. Some Jewish tradition has it that the place of Solomon's temple was the place of the garden of Eden. Remember, it was also the place where David's sacrifice was accepted in making an atonements for the people of Jerusalem when it was to be completely destroyed by the destroying angel.

Jesus who came to fulfil the laws and the prophets also made manifest the altar of Adam with His cross. The cross of Jesus Christ was not only a thing of the nation of Israel, it is the altar of the earth as well as it manifested the three altars of heaven (the bronze altar, the golden altar and the throne). For on the this altar of Adam, the altar of the earth was slain the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the whole world i.e. earth, not just for the nation of Israel only

Joh 1:29  The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

For while Abel's blood being a priest of this altar cried for vengeance for his blood; Jesus the high Priest of this altar cries for the forgiveness of all those that killed Him

Luk 23:34  Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. And they parted his raiment, and cast lots.

Heb 12:24  And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

Rev 5:9-14 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth. And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

Christ's death upon this altar was not just for mankind but for the whole of creation.

An Except for a book "Visions behind the veil by H. A. Baker"
When sin entered, man's enjoyment of this creation became a limited, temporal enjoyment. The first Creation of birds, and flowers, and trees, and animals, that were in the first world and its Eden in an eternal state, fell into a lower order that is not eternal.
"For the creation fell into subjection to failure and unreality." Sin lost to man his Eden "park" and his Eden God.
Restored from sin, man will be restored to his Eden God and his Eden "park." But man will be restored to more than the primal order. He will be born again into the new spiritual order.
The first order was earthly; the last is spiritual but real. It is similar to the earthly, even as Christ after his resurrection was real and similar but still spiritual and different from the earthly order. He still could eat and drink with his disciples. He still had flesh and bones that could be felt and hands that could serve fish and bread to His hungry disciples. But in the resurrected order the Lord was not subject to the limitations of the material world of time, and space, and physical bounds.
Even so the world with its natural order of animal, bird, and plant creation is to be born again into a
All creation was included in the work of the cross. When Christ died all creation died. When Christ arose all creation arose. When Christ bore the crown of thorns he bore all the curse that brought the thorn and the thistle. He is “The Firstborn of all Creation.” higher, spiritual order similar to the first creation but also different from it. It will be the real order not again subject to corruption and unreality (Rom. 8:20, Weymouth).
The natural creation is to be born again through the resurrection of Christ. Christ saves more than man. He saves the whole creation that fell into unreality in the fall of man. For "all creation, gazing eagerly as if with outstretched neck, is waiting and longing to see the manifestation of the sons of God . . . There was always the hope that, at last, the creation itself would also be set free from the thralldom of decay, so as to enjoy the liberty that will attend the glory of the children of God" (Rom. 8 :19-21 Weymouth).

Jesus CHRIST the Son of man, the second Adam in His death died for all creation for He was as Adam to whom all was made subject to. God spoke about the Son in Psalms 8

Psa 8:4 - 8  What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: All sheep and oxen, yea, and the beasts of the field; The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea, and whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas.

 And also in Psalms 2
Psa 2:7-8  I will declare the decree: the LORD hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee. of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

In Christ was manifest the new creation, which began from man's spirit as instant as new birth by being born-again. As at the creation of Genesis 1, man was the last thing that was created and that through which all fell, Christ in redemption brings about the new man, the new creation beginning from man's spirit and then upward to all creation which shall be fully manifest as the new heaven and earth shall be revealed even as it shall begin to be manifested from the millennium when Christ shall begin to establish His kingdom.
Rom 8:18 - 23  For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God. For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope, Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now. And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

The whole creature are waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God; believers in making manifest the realities of the death, burial and resurrection Jesus Christ.

When Jesus rose from the dead, He proclaimed saying All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth
Mat 28:18-20  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

Rev 1:17 -18  And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

We as priest of the most High God in the order of Jesus Christ can make atone for the earth upon the altar of the Cross which is the altar of the Earth, Adam's Altar