The pattern that Moses was given to see, on the basis of which the Tabernacle was to be built, was nothing more than the Body of Christ. All the symbols of the Tabernacle refer to Christ, his person, his characteristics, his ministry, his splendor and his glory.
“I will meet with you from between the two cherubim”, says the Lord
The Eternal said to Moses that henceforth he will speak to him and reveal his commandments from between the cherubim.
The Ark of the Covenant was covered by the wings of two archangels. Two archangels protecting the Commandments, two pillars on the foundation of which the Lord speaks. (Ex 25:22)
The Temple of the Lord rests on the two pillars or foundation of the apostles and prophets Jesus Christ himself being the cornerstone. (Ef 2: 19-20)
When Jesus was transfigured and Moses appeared as Law – the essence of apostolic ministry – on the other side Elijah appeared as the ultimate representative of the prophetic mission, we witness the reunification of an angelic trinity that was shattered by the fall of Lucifer – bearer of the Light – that became Satan – enemy, accuser (Mt 17 – Mk 9 – Lk 9)
The Lord himself, as the Messiah (Christ) comes to take the empty place left by the fallen archangel and speaks, which means that he spreads the gleam of his glory by his own Word relying on the Law and the Prophets. Although Moses at that time as a human being was only an external witness to the building of the Tabernacle, the cherubim are none other than the representations of the Archangels Michael and Gabriel who adorn the Ark of the Covenant. There, as on the Mount of Olives during the transfiguration, He appears between and only in the presence of the two cherubim. It is by the complementary ministry of those Cherubims (Apostolic and Prophetic) that the Lord speaks. There His voice rises to tell the Word that became flesh in Yeshua, the one who as an anointed Messiah. This marks the restoration this way the perfect ministry of the Heavenly Temple.
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with Elohim’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which Elohim lives by his Spirit.. (Eph 2: 19-22)
Moses being Michael, Elijah being Gabriel
We read in Zechariah 3, the trial of Joshua the high priest. Satan accuses him and the Lord said to him, “The Lord rebuke you.” In the English translation, it is the Lord himself that is mentioned, which is correct. In Hebrew, however, it is the angel of the Lord who appears in the text.
The Angel of the Lord appears on several occasions and it is generally agreed that Christ reveals himself this way before the time of Redemption. For example, when he appears to Samson’s parents and cannot reveal his name to them, because it is wonderful.
So we see in Zechariah, that Christ is defending the High Priest Joshua who is clothed in a filthy garment and standing before the Lord. Joshua or Yeshua appears here following the Sacrifice on the cross, when he took the sins of the world upon himself. He defiled himself for others, as the high priest did earlier during the sacrifice of the red cow.
Christ – the anointed King – defends Yeshua (Jesus) – the High Priest. We see here the Messiah manifesting himself in a dualistic form. It is divided into two characters, two distinct functions before the Supreme Court: Christ (as Anointed King) and Jesus (as the Cohen HaGadol, the High Priest and Savior).
In Jude, we find the same story with different characters. In the place of Christ, we find the Archangel Michael who defends Moses against the accusations of the same Satan.
“But even the archangel Michael, when he was disputing with the devil about the body of Moses, did not himself dare to condemn him for slander but said, “The Lord rebuke you!” (Jude 1: 9)
Joshua is the human manifestation of Christ. Moses is the human manifestation of Michel.
The tow apostles escorting Jesus at the moment of His transfiguration, recognized at the first sight both Moses and Eliyah centuries after the death of these prophets. At a time when neither painting and even less photography existed and was allowed, how could they know they were seing Moses and Elijah? What they saw was the spirit of the two main Prophets and thus recognized them as such. They had the spiritual vision making them able to recognize the bodily incarnation those two Angels endorsed during their visit in our world.
When the morning star fell, a third of the stars in the sky fell with him. Satan, as an archangel, was undoubtedly followed by the army of angels who were originally under his command. Isaiah 14:12, Ezekiel 28: 11-19
Contrary to any Jewish, Christian or other fanciful idea, according to which there are four, seven, ten or even more archangels, even if it is mentioned in the book of Enoch to which the Bible itself refers, but which was never integrated into the sacred (or canonized) books, there are actually only three archangels, or rather two, because one of them lost his place. The Bible only mentions two Authorities, they are Michael and Gabriel. All other Raphael, Uriel and other fanciful names are only human inventions, or rather through man, the invention of even worse spirits. If there were other main spiritual authorities, the Scriptures would have surely mentioned them.
The story of Yeshua’s transfiguration on the Mount of Olives and where he met Moses and Elijah is testimony to this. Of the three archangels, one fell carrying his own soldiers into perdition. The other two, Moses and Elijah, remained. Elohim, in his capacity as Messiah, takes himself the place left vacant by the Light-bringer who became Satan (accuser/adversary). As Yeshua says: I am the Light of the world …
With full knowledge of these facts, we can perhaps even go as far as to find the answer the most ancestral and visceral question that humanity has ever asked: Why did Elohim create man ?
zeev shlomo 2016