Why Did The Sacrificial System Require A Blood Sacrifice?

Why Did The Sacrificial System Require A Blood Sacrifice?

Bishop William B. Caractor


Why Did The Sacrificial System Require A Blood Sacrifice?

The whole of the Old Testament, every book, points toward the Great Sacrifice that was to come—that of Jesus’ sacrificial giving of His own life on our behalf. Leviticus 17:11 is the Old Testament’s central statement about the significance of blood in the sacrificial system.

God, speaking to Moses, declares: “For the life of a creature is in the blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life.”

A “sacrifice” is defined as the offering up of something precious for a cause or a reason. Making atonement is satisfying someone or something for an offense committed.

The Leviticus verse can be read more clearly now: God said, “I have given it to you (the creature’s life, which is in its blood) to make atonement for yourselves (covering the offense you have committed against Me).” In other words, those who are covered by the blood sacrifice are set free from the consequences of sin.

Of course, the Israelites did not know of Jesus per se, or how He would die on their behalf and then rise again, but they did believe God would be sending them a Savior.

All of the many, many blood sacrifices seen throughout the Old Testament were foreshadowing the true, once-for-all-time sacrifice to come so that the Israelites would never forget that, without the blood, there is no forgiveness.

Why Did The Sacrificial System Require A Blood Sacrifice? This shedding of blood is a substitutionary act. Therefore, the last clause of Leviticus 17:11 could be read either “the blood ‘makes atonement’ at the cost of the life” (i.e., the animal’s life) or “makes atonement in the place of the life” (i.e., the sinner’s life, with Jesus Christ being the One giving life through His shed blood).

Hebrews 9:11-18 confirms the symbolism of blood as life and applies Leviticus 17:11 to the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. Verse 12 states clearly that the Old Testament blood sacrifices were temporary and only atoned for sin partially and for a short time, hence the need to repeat the sacrifices yearly.

But when Christ entered the Most Holy Place, He did so to offer His own blood once for all time, making future sacrifices unnecessary. This is what Jesus meant by His dying words on the cross: “It is finished” (John 19:30).

Never again would the blood of bulls and goats cleanse men from their sin. Only by accepting Jesus’ blood, shed on the cross for the remission of sins, can we stand before God covered in the righteousness of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Why Did The Sacrificial System Require A Blood Sacrifice?

Yours in Jesus Christ.

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Is Burial The Only Option A Christian Can Consider?


By: Bishop William B. Caractor

Is Burial The Only Option A Christian Can Consider?

Most Christians through the centuries have wanted to be buried after death with a ceremony that proclaims the message of resurrection; that ceremony, containing various rites and traditions, has come to be known as “Christian burial.”

There are other options besides burial for Christians to consider; cremation, though not considered as “traditional” as burial, is becoming more popular.

Christian burial is not an explicitly biblical term. The Bible doesn’t give instructions on how a body should be handled after death. In the cultures of Bible times, burial in a tomb, cave, or in the ground was the common way to dispose of a human body (Genesis 23:19; 35:4; 2 Chronicles 16:14; Matthew 27:60–66).

The most common mode of burial in the Bible was to place the dead in above-ground tombs, for those who could afford it. For those who could not afford it, bodies were buried in the ground.

In the New Testament, above-ground tombs were still reserved as burial places for the wealthy. This is why Jesus, who had no earthly wealth at all, was buried in a borrowed tomb (Matthew 27:57–60).

Today, obeying the laws of the land regarding corpses is a significant consideration. Laws vary from country to country and, in the U.S., from state to state.

Because Christians are to obey the government authorities, laws regarding the disposing of a body must be followed. Then there is the question of Christian burial vs. cremation. Neither is commanded in the Bible, but neither is prohibited.

The fact that Jews and early Christians practiced burial exclusively is enough to persuade some people to choose burial today. And the fact that the only times the Bible mentions the dead being burned are in the context of the wicked being punished for their offenses (Leviticus 20:14; Joshua 7:25) also prompts some to reject cremation.

But, again, Christians today have no explicit biblical command for or against cremation. In the end, it is best to leave that decision to the family of the deceased.

The method used to dispose of a body is not nearly as important as the truth behind the concept of Christian burial: that the body is no longer housing the person who has died. Paul describes our bodies as “tents,” that is, temporary abodes.

“Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands” (2 Corinthians 5:1). When Jesus returns, Christians will be raised to life, and our bodies will be transformed to glorified, eternal bodies.

“So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable; it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power” (1 Corinthians 15:42–43).

I personally do not approve of cremation.

Yours in Jesus Christ,


 

THE HISTORY OF LEVI


Bishop William B. Carter 

We will be looking into a little bit of the history of each of the sons of Jacob specifically their accomplishments and/or any significant events that they are known for in the Bible and where each tribe (which were all named after the Jacob’s sons) settled.

Today, we will be focusing on Jacob’s third son Levi.

Two major events that Levi was apart of was avenging the rape of his sister Dinah along with his older brother Simeon (Genesis Chapter 34) and selling his brother Joseph into slavery along with the rest of his brothers (Genesis Chapter 37).

One major accomplishment that Levi’s tribe had as a whole (Levi being the ancestor of his tribe) was some of them would be chosen to be in priesthood, one prime example is Aaron who became a priest and was indeed a Levite (Moses’ brother).

In the Book of Numbers, the Levites were given the duty of serving the priests (Numbers Chapter 18).

In the book of Joshua Chapter 21, it states cities were appointed for the Levites. Since they did not have common land to dwell in, they were to live in the cities within the borders of the different tribes of Israel (Leviticus 25:33).

Yours in Jesus Christ,


 

ME-NE, ME-NE, TE-KEL, U-PHAR-SIN “IN REGARD OF THIS NATION, USA” 


Bishop William B. Caractor – 

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen: 

I greet you in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It is my sincere prayer that you are being Blessed even as you read this article.

In the Bible, there is a referenced scripture from Amos chapter 3 verse 7 and I quote “Surely the Lord God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secrets unto his servants, the prophets.”

As a Prophet of Almighty God, I have been given the authority by God to instruct his people as to the judgment that has been placed on the United States of America.

In the Fifth Chapter of Daniel, God makes reference to Four men that were in authority at that dispensation of time. Belshazzar, who was king of Israel at the time, he made a great feast and used the vessels that was stored in the house of God and he and his guests and concubines drank wine out of those vessels and praised the Gods of Gold, Silver, of brass, of iron, of wood and of stone.

There appeared fingers of a man’s hand and wrote over against the candlestick upon the plaster of the wall of the king’s palace. The king became troubled and began to send for his astrologers, the Chaldeans, and the soothsayers. He tried to pay them to interpret the writing which came from God out of heaven and they could not even though he offered them royal clothing, a gold chain about their neck and the position as third ruler in the kingdom.

As always, God has a witness, which in this case was the queen. And she stated “there is a man that your father brought to Babylon from Jerusalem which has the wisdom of God and an excellent spirit within him. The king sent for Daniel known to the Babylonians as Bel-te-shaz-zar. When the king approached Daniel, he stated “I have heard of thee”.

He offered him the same gifts that he had offered to the others.

Daniel refused his gifts and stated “keep your gifts to thyself, but I will interpret the writing.” Daniel also gave the king the history concerning his father, Neb-u-chad-nez-zar whom God used to chastise Israel when they disobeyed His commandments and laws. He reminded the king that he knew all of this, yet he dishonored God and polluted God’s temple and the vessels therein.

Daniel began his interpretation of the writing on the wall which stated, “This is the interpretation of the thing: ME-NE; God hath numbered thy kingdom, and finished it.

TE-KEL; Thou are weighed in the balances, and art found wanting.

PE-RES; Thy kingdom is divided, and given to the Medes and Persians.”

That very night was King Belshazzar slain and Darius the Median became King.

According to the history of this nation it was founded upon Christian beliefs. And because of the belief in God, every nation that opposed this country was defeated. The people were Blessed and the nation multiplied to become the United States of America. The economy flourished, the government was formulated as a democracy based on Freedom of Religion. This country was #1 in education, imports and exports. The soil produced the abundance of food that was required to sustain this nation. The courts were established on the premises that each citizen would get justice. The churches were established to proclaim God’s will and law for his people.

The government was also set up on checks and balances, that no one party would overrule another. This country was known as “the Land of the Free and the Home of the Brave.” However, the government began to establish laws that caused the Native Americans to be forced off of their land and put on reservations and also used these laws to create slavery. Then began the Civil War which divided this nation on issues such as, slavery and religion. Thus bringing forth segregation.

Our government has always known that this is a Christian nation. Yet, they have denied the leadership of God and his servants by formulating laws that are an abomination in the site of God. This government has upheld the rich and suppressed the poor. The Bible states, “A house divided cannot stand”. This nation is now divided and the laws that guaranteed the right to Freedom of Expression, Free Exercise Clause are being trampled upon.

The government now is trying to force God’s servants to disobey God’s commandments and statutes such as, “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother’s house and cleave to his wife and they being twain shall become one.” Programs have been set up to divide families and prison’s have been placed throughout this country that now outnumber the places of higher learning (Universities). There is no justice within the courts, housing is an issue, the economy is failing, the rate of unemployment is at an all-time high.

The servants of God are being disrespected and jailed. If they rebel against these man made laws that contradict the laws of God.

Historians have always written about the wealth and the Blessings of God upon this nation. As a Prophet of the Living God, I have been instructed to inform the citizens of this nation that God has weighed this nation and found it wanting and he is now giving this nation into the hands of foreigners. Take a look at the job market, imports, exports and the laws that are being passed and you will see that God has judged this nation. So as it was in the day of Daniel, so is it now.

Yours in Jesus Christ.


 

The Making Of A Servant Of God – Bishop William B. Caractor

Published by: Izobofolo’s Blog

Dear beloved!

Today, I am posting a writing that will be unpopular to some, shameful to others and disregarded by those who has no interest. I begin with a statement to my over all family. “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free”. If you believe in God, you must first believe that He is God and a rewarder of those who diligently search for him.

The title of this writing is, “The Making of This Servant of God”. Being brought forth from an unwanted pregnancy where attempts had been made to abort me. I was given away at the age of three weeks old. Although I was given to my grandmother, it was not my grandmother’s responsibility to rear me. Being reared in a remote community in the state of South Carolina, Edgefield County which is known as one of the racist county on the face of the earth.

I was hidden for many years from family members, I never knew who my father was and to this day I am in question as to who he is. Raised in poverty, beaten beyond recognition and raped as a young child by a family member. These things I never understood, but my feet carried me ever forward on the path that God had placed me on.

Going to segregated schools which was alienated from regents courses and being told that we would never amount to anything as a colored people. Ironically, the school that I attended was named Edgefield County Colored School which later became known as W.E. Parker High School.

As we all know, Satan knows who you are and where you are before you do. I was forced out of my grandmother’s home by two unruly and ungodly uncles and forced to live with my aunt who was an educator. To have a cousin say, “this is my mother, go home to your own mother” only to find out, that she was not my aunt’s daughter, but the daughter of my aunt’s brother, one of the unruly and ungodly ones (stumbling block number one).

I was given the nickname “Skippy”. I asked my grandmother why was I given that name? She said because I reminded her of this dog that went from house to house seeking something to eat. Believe me my sisters and brothers, that became a true part of my childhood.

After finishing High School, I received a letter that stated “Greetings, report to your local induction center, which at the time was Whitehall Street and later I was sent to Fort Hamilton for induction into the United States Army where I served in Vietnam as a Combat Infantryman. Having the MOS of 11B10-1P-1R (Airborne Ranger).

I was involved in one of the bloodiest battles to occur in South Vietnam. I remember crying to God and stating, “I am only 19 years old and I don’t want to die here” and hearing a voice saying, “You are not going to die here. I sent you here to fight a physical war and return to home to fight my spiritual war.” Believe sisters and brothers, I have been engaged in a spiritual war.

I suffered from what they called, Battle Fatigue which is now known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. No help was given to me through the Veterans Administration. I thought that I was normal and married one of my classmates from South Carolina and through my ailments and rejection I parted from my family and was divorced. I wandered for a while. My feet ever moving forward where God was taking me. I lost the respect of the community where I lived, the love of my children and resentment entered into their lives by word of mouth from their mother. Yet, I pressed ever forward.

I entered into a university unknowingly to my family, in which they tried to deny. Records cannot be refuted. I did my undergraduate and graduate at this university. I later attended a mortuary college where I received and Associate Degree in Mortuary Science and passed the national board which allowed me to practice the art of Embalming in all states (48 at that time).

I began to led to a church organization known as the African Methodist Episcopal Church where I held the position of Itinerate Elder. Many years later, God began to tug on my heart and said, you must leave this order. After many battles and misunderstandings with God I was finally kicked out of that order by God. I lived at the parsonage and was given two weeks to get out and I became homeless. When I had come to the end of what little money I had, God told me meet me at the park where you usually come to pray.

My wife and I went there hungry and broke. There were two men dress in executive suits carrying two Styrofoam containers with food in them. I heard God tell them, two give that food to us. They in turn looked at us, and set the containers in the trash can. I hurriedly went over to the trash can and lifted these containers up to God and thanked him for my daily bread.

When I took my first bite of food, I heard God say, “Because you humbled yourself before me, I will speak to you every day of your life and not one word, that you speak shall fall to the ground.” Well here comes my carnal mind. “Yes Lord, but where am I going to say tonight?” Along comes a woman who looked like a bag woman, and I said unto her “you look so tired, can I take you anywhere?” She said, “You are the preacher and I came to help you.”

The woman was a millionaire and was the owner of three luxurious apartment complexes. She told me to put her things in the trunk of my car and off we went to one of the apartments. She said, “God told me, to give this apartment to you, free of charge for two years as you establish the ministry that you have named on a small piece of paper in your wallet.”

I fell to my knees and thanked God. I started this ministry with five members. I now preside over Discovered Being Ministry, Incorporated, a not-for-profit incorporation having 28 churches under its umbrella. 9 Bishops and numbering 58,261 congregates.

This ministry now is known all over the world. I did not know that I had been given the five fold ministry within myself. But Satan did and he tried to destroy me from the beginning.

To all those that think ministries just pop up, you are sadly mistaken.

The making of an Elijah of God is not meat and drink, but through thorough physical, emotional, psychological, educational and spiritual scrutiny, although it is not limited to this, but it is from the foundation God begin to make His Elijah’s.