Eighth day typifying the eighth millenium
1 And it came to pass on the eighth day, that Moses called Aaron and his sons, and the elders of Israel;
All in Adam will be unclean until the 8th/ 8th millenium (Lev 12: 2-3). On the eighth day purification - sin's flesh is cut off, perfection and immortality fill the earth (Num 14: 21).
7 And Moses said unto Aaron, Go unto the altar, and offer thy sin offering, and thy burnt offering, and make an atonement for thyself, and for the people: and offer the offering of the people, and make an atonement for them; as Yahweh commanded.
...it is a delightful exercise to be also able to trace analogies and foreshadowings of the ultimate purpose of God with man on the earth, in the midst of ordinances and appointments for which no higher reason was given to Israel by Moses, than "so hath the Lord commanded".
This ultimate purpose is neither more nor less than the gradual metamorphosis of the race by a complete assimilation of the will of man to the will of God, and the complete extinction of human antagonisms to God in the abolition of human nature by voluntary sacrifice, required by God, and Divinely accepted, and ratified in a transformation which will change it from a mortal thing to a state of equality with the angels.
The whole process is exemplified in Christ the firstborn, and foreshadowed in these diversified ordinances of the law. It is only partially experienced by his brethren in the present state but they became related to the whole process by association with him in whom it has been wholly accomplished, and in the end they will become the subjects of its entire operation.
They become identified with the sin-offering stage in being baptized into the death of Christ. Christ "suffered without the gate", as the bullock was burnt outside the camp' and they "go forth to him without the camp bearing his reproach".
Any man in a hearty manner identifying himself with the death of Christ in the way provided in the gospel, and rejoicing in it as acceptable to God, and certain to lead to unutterable good in the end, will certainly find himself "without the camp", even in Gentile society --both as regards his acceptability with Gentile friends, and as regards their suitability for his society.
But he can bear it, if he remembers it is of Divine appointment. It helps him to remember this when he thinks of the body of the sin offering carried outside the camp under Moses, and when he thinks of the antitype in Christ, who was "rejected of men", and conveyed out of Jerusalem to be crucified, that sin might be condemned in the flesh.
He becomes identified with the burnt offering "sweet savour" stage when he arises from baptism to "present his body a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God", through Christ, who has become" the Lord, the Spirit", by transformation; and he becomes identified with the ram of consecration, with all its adjuncts in the wave offering, when he goes forth in the diversified activity of a life consecrated to God.
This is the measure of his experience of the Mosaic significance for the time being. It is no small measure when realized in the full intelligent joy of the truth--in faith and hope. Still, it is nothing by comparison with Christ's actual experience in the Spirit-state--which every true worshipper in the sanctuary will be permitted to share, in the change from this burdened mortal state to the glory of the incorruptible at the coming of Christ.
Law of Moses Ch 19
23 And Moses and Aaron went into the tabernacle of the congregation, and came out, and blessed the people: and the glory of Yahweh appeared unto all the people.
24 And there came a fire out from before Yahweh, and consumed upon the altar the burnt offering and the fat: which when all the people saw, they shouted, and fell on their faces.
We know little practically of the state of things that will prevail on the earth in the eighth millennium from Adam's expulsion from Eden and onwards. But we know this, that "there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying" (Rev. 21:4). We know that" the throne of God and the Lamb" will be established; and" His servants shall serve him: and they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads. And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever" (Rev. 22:3-5).
What more fit illustration of such a state than the spectacle of Israel on their faces in the presence of the manifested glory of the Lord on the eighth day after the commencement of the consecration work?
The nature of the preparations made on the eighth day for this manifestation may appear to interfere with such an application. It was a re-offering of the dedicatory sacrifices; for Aaron, a calf and ram, for sin offering and burnt offering respectively: for the people, a kid of the goats for sin offering, and a calf and a lamb for burnt offering, and a bullock and a lamb for peace offerings, with their appropriate meal offerings. It may be asked what parallel could there be in the deathless state reached after the thousand years, to the offering of "Lambs and bullocks slain"?
The answer does not seem difficult. There will always be the antitype to these things. It will never drop out of truth or memory that the salvation attained through Christ is a salvation achieved by sacrifice. It will always be a theme of joyful celebration among the glorified righteous that they owe their position "to him that loved them and washed them from their sins in his own blood". Would it not, then, be in perfect keeping with the attainment and the nature of the perfect ages that will succeed the kingdom of the thousand years that they should be inaugurated by some special recognition of the sacrificial foundation upon which the glory stands?
Every form of God's work hitherto and what has been revealed concerning the constitution of the age to come, supplies an affirmative answer to this question. First, the individual privileges of faith in this present state have always been associated with sacrifice, from the very gate of Eden to the divine condemnation of sin in the flesh on Calvary.
Second, wherever the gospel savingly comes, it brings the broken body and shed blood of the Lord in the memorial supper to be partaken of by the most enlightened believers.
Third, in the midst of all the glories of the restored kingdom of David under Christ in the age to come, the Lord's death is memorialized in the restoration of sacrifice on the most elaborate scale, in the offering of which the Lord himself takes prominent part, "for himself", too, as expressly declared (Ezek. 45:22).
What the form of the inaugural ceremony of the perfect age in this respect will be, we may not know exactly: but in view of the type before us, and the considerations just referred to, we shall not wander far from very strong probability if we suppose--(when the post-millennial Gog and Magog have been destroyed, and the mighty congregation of the responsible dead have been dealt with before the Great White Throne)--that there will be some great ceremonial reassertion of the righteousness of God as sacrificially accomplished in Christ and ratified by every living soul present, preliminary to that wondrous transfer of the visible headship from the Son to the Father, that "God may be all in all" (1 Cor. 15:24-28).
Law of Moses Ch 19
'And the elders' - all the representatives of Israel therefore...There will be a grand assembly of representatives of the mortals at the commencement of the 8th millenium.
It was customary with the Lord to answer men by fire when any great principle, or new institution was to be established. Thus, the covenant with Abraham was confirmed by fire (Gen. 15:17); there also came out a fire from before the Lord and consumed the offering on Aaron's induction as high priest
Elpis Israel 1.5.