“Base Metals In Scripture – Copper (The Best Flesh Has To Offer – The Judgment Of The Flesh) – Part 2

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Copper’s Negative Application – The Best Flesh Has To Offer – The Judgment of The Flesh – B

The very best that the flesh or the carnal mind has to offer is death.

Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin [ is] death; but the gift of God [ is] eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

All the tools of service to the court of the tabernacle were made of brass.

Exo 38:3 And he made all the vessels of the altar, the pots, and the shovels, and the basons, [ and] the fleshhooks, and the firepans: all the vessels thereof made he [ of] brass.
Exo 39:39  The brasen altar, and his grate of brass, his staves, and all his vessels, the laver and his foot,

Only the five sockets in the threshold of the five pillars of the door of the tabernacle were made of copper. Every thing else concerned with the tabernacle proper was of silver and gold.

Brass typifies judgment of the flesh

The ‘earth’ is called brass:

Lev 26:14 But if ye will not hearken unto me, and will not do all these commandments;
Lev 26:15 And if ye shall despise my statutes, or if your soul abhor my judgments, so that ye will not do all my commandments, but that ye break my covenant:
Lev 26:16 I also will do this unto you; I will even appoint over you terror, consumption, and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sorrow of heart: and ye shall sow your seed in vain, for your enemies shall eat it.
Lev 26:17 And I will set my face against you, and ye shall be slain before your enemies: they that hate you shall reign over you; and ye shall flee when none pursueth you.
Lev 26:18 And if ye will not yet for all this hearken unto me, then I will punish you seven times more for your sins.
Lev 26:19 And I will break the pride of your power; and I will make your heaven as iron, and your earth as brass:

A serpent of brass brings healing to Israel when Israel’s judgment is to be bitten by fiery serpents???

Num 21:4 And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.
Num 21:5 And the people spake against God, and against Moses, Wherefore have ye brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? for there is no bread, neither is there any water; and our soul loatheth this light bread.
Num 21:6 And the LORD sent fiery [8134 – saraph] serpents [5175 – nachash] among the people, and they bit the people; and much people of Israel died.
Num 21:7 Therefore the people came to Moses, and said, We have sinned, for we have spoken against the LORD, and against thee; pray unto the LORD, that he take away the serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.
Num 21:8 And the LORD said unto Moses, Make thee a fiery serpent [ seraph – 8314], and set it upon a pole: and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten, when he looketh upon it, shall live.
Num 21:9 And Moses made a serpent [5175 – nachash] of brass, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if a serpent had bitten any man, when he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.

Moses is told to make a “seraph,” so he makes a “nachash,” a serpent, of copper.
What do you suppose this whole story about Israels lack of faith, Christ’s sending fiery serpents among them, and a brazen serpent being looked upon to heal them is all about? At the risk of being accused of blaspheming the name of Christ, I am going to quote Christ:

Joh 3:14 And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
Joh 3:15 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Joh 3:17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

“When he beheld the serpent of brass, he lived.” Why did not Christ tell Moses to make a brazen lamb? Why a serpent? Those who were bitten by the fiery serpent and never saw the serpent of brass died, and any who do not see Christ in a body of sinful flesh do not know Him.

Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

“Believeth on” who? Believeth on a ‘silver lamb’ to give him life after the bite of the serpent? Or believe on a copper serpent? Which is it?

Joh 3:18 He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

As long as you do not see any difference between a sin and a trespass offering, you do not know the Christ who came in a body of “sinful flesh.” His flesh was “the same… flesh and blood as the children, the seed of Abraham… not the nature of angels.” It was “sinful flesh.” That is the significance of the copper serpent as opposed to the innocent, vulnerable and helpless lamb.
If ‘being sin without sinning’ is laughable and ridiculous to you, then you do not believe that Christ was “the same… sinful flesh and blood” as are we. Your Christ is “another Jesus,” who could never under any circumstance be typified by a copper serpent:

Heb 2:14 Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
Heb 2:15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
Heb 2:16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on [ him] the seed of Abraham.
Heb 2:17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto [ his] brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [ pertaining] to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
Heb 2:18  For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.

What is “flesh?

Jer 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it. 
Psa 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Mar 10:18 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? there is none good but one, that is, God.
Rom 7:17 Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
Rom 7:18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.
Rom 8:3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:

Why would Christ refer Nicodemus to the raising up of a serpent of brass as a type of His crucifixion? Why did not God have Moses to make a brazen lamb instead of a brazen serpent? Here is why:

Isa 6:1 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.
Isa 6:2 Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.
Isa 6:3 And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the LORD of hosts: the whole earth [ is] full of his glory.
Isa 6:4 And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.
Isa 6:5 Then said I, Woe [ is] me! for I am undone; because I [ am] a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.
Isa 6:6 Then flew one of the seraphims unto me, having a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with the tongs from off the altar:
Isa 6:7 And he [ the firey serpent] laid it upon my mouth, and said, Lo, this hath touched thy lips; and thine iniquity is taken away, and thy sin purged.
Isa 6:8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
Isa 6:9 And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
Rev 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

Are these “fiery serpents” with “six wings crying Holy, Holy, Holy, about the Lord sitting upon a throne,” something different from the four beasts around the throne of God in Rev 4:8? If you believe that the lion of the tribe of Judah is something different from the “lamb slain from the foundation of the world,” then these seraphims are different from the four beasts. But if the Lion of The Tribe of Judah is the same as the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world, then these are but two symbols for the same thing. What is that thing which is so closely associated with the serpent and the beast and with the number six?

Gen 1:26 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.
Gen 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Gen 1:28 And 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.
Gen 1:29 And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which [ is] upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which [ is] the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
Gen 1:30 And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein [ there is] life, [ I have given] every green herb for meat: and it was so.
Gen 1:31 And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, [ it was] very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.

So the number six, has by God’s decree, forever been associated with man, the crowning achievement of God’s sixth day of creation.

Rev 13:18 Here is wisdom. Let him who has a mind calculate the number of the wild beast, for it is the number of mankind, and its number is six hundred sixty- six.” (CLV)
(EMTV) Here is wisdom. Let him that has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of man— his number Isa 666.

God want us to forever remember that our origins are from the dust of this earth, from brazen sinful flesh. But He also wants us to know that the same is true for the Captain of our salvation:

Gal 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed [ is] every one that hangeth on a tree:
Rev 5:8 And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.
Rev 5:9 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;
Rev 5:10 And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

Who “reigns on earth?”

Rev 2:26 And he that overcometh, and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations:
Rev 2:27 And he shall rule them with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father.

The seraphim, the four beasts and the four and twenty elders, are all one and the same thing. They are all the “overcomers” who will be “given power over the nations, and rule them with a rod of iron.”

Isa 14:29 Rejoice not thou, whole Palestina, because the rod of him that smote thee is broken: for out of the serpent’s root shall come forth a cockatrice, and his fruit shall be a fiery [ seraph] flying serpent [ seraph].
Isa 30:6 The burden of the beasts of the south: into the land of trouble and anguish, from whence come the young and old lion, the viper and fiery flying serpent, they will carry their riches upon the shoulders of young asses, and their treasures upon the bunches of camels, to a people that shall not profit them

. [ The words ‘fiery’ and ‘serpent’ are both ‘saraph’] What are “the beasts of the south?”

Deu 8:9 A land wherein thou shalt eat bread without scarceness, thou shalt not lack any thing in it; a land whose stones are iron, and out of whose hills thou mayest dig brass.
Deu 8:10 When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless the LORD thy God for the good land which he hath given thee.
Deu 8:11 Beware that thou forget not the LORD thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day:
Deu 8:12 Lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein;
Deu 8:13 And when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied;
Deu 8:14 Then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the LORD thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage;
Deu 8:15 Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery [ saraphs] serpents [ nachash], and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint;
Deu 8:16 Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end;
Deu 8:17 And thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.
Deu 8:18 But thou shalt remember the LORD thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.
Deu 8:19 And it shall be, if thou do at all forget the LORD thy God, and walk after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, I testify against you this day that ye shall surely perish.

The “beasts of the south” have to do with our time in “that great and terrible wilderness  wherein were fiery serpents and scorpions and drought…”

The kingdoms of the flesh are kingdoms of brass

‘Mountains,’ in scripture, are kingdoms that rule over our flesh:

Zec 6:1 And I turned, and lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and, behold, there came four chariots out from between two mountains; and the mountains were mountains of brass.

These four chariots are pulled by four strong differently colored horses. They are the first four seals opened up to us as we are looking behind us and seeing how Christ has been judging us: The four horses “come out from between two mountains of brass.” These judgments are upon the kingdoms and rulers (mountains), and the power, and strength (horses) of our flesh.

Conclusion

It should be clear that the copper, so common to the court of the tabernacle, and all of the implements and tools needed for those who cannot enter the tabernacle, is a type of our flesh when we are at this stage of our walk. All flesh is to be judged and found unworthy to stand before God.
But it should also be clear, in light of the copper serpent, that this copper serpent typifies “the same flesh and blood of the seed of Abraham… the same flesh and blood as the children… the same flesh and blood” in which Christ came to this earth. Look on that brazen serpent after being bitten by the poisonous doctrines of the serpent and you will live. If you look on any thing other than what is symbolized by that brazen serpent and you will die. If your savior has “the nature of angels,” he is not a “serpent of brass” and is not he Christ of the Bible.
Even the flesh of Christ, the very best that flesh has to offer, is still only the best of the base metals which cannot enter into the tabernacle or into the kingdom of God:

1Co 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood [ typified by copper] cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.

What this all tells us is the the revelation of Jesus Christ begins in Gen 1:1 and ends at Rev 22:21. It all reveals Christ, even the serpent is part of that revelation.

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