The Scarlet Thread:
The Ultimate Valentineby Chuck Missler
This month many of us may avail ourselves of the opportunity to celebrate our loved ones with a traditional remembrance. It is also an appropriate time to remind ourselves that you and I are the recipients of the ultimate “valentine.” It was written in blood on a wooden cross that was erected in Judea almost 2,000 years ago. And yet it was interlaced throughout the history of mankind with a scarlet thread of promises.
The Scarlet Thread
It began with a declaration of war.1 A world war. A war of worlds, actually, which began when God Himself declared war on the ruler of this world: Satan. A cosmic conflict in which you and I are the prizes!
Unlike Allah the Unknowable, Allah the Capricious, this God makes and keeps His promises! He promised that man-kind would be the beneficiary of an ultimate champion... a redeemer...in fact, a Kinsman-Redeemer.2
A Detective Thriller
The appearance of this anticipated champion is the ultimate drama of all time. Where would this mysterious deliverer come from? The clues kept on coming.3
This cosmic puzzle continually gained clarity over the centu-ries. He would be a descendant of Adam. Thus, Satan’s subsequent stratagem was an attempt to contaminate the human gene pool with ineligible hybrids—the Nephilim.4
But that plan was a total wash-out. Only nine were saved from the judgment of the flood: Enoch was “raptured” out first; then Noah’s family of eight were preserved through this global ordeal.5
When God revealed that His plan would focus on a descen-dant of Abraham, Satan had 400 years to lay down a mine field.6 Again we encounter some post-flood hybrids: the Rephaim, the Anakim, the Emim, the Zamzummim, et al.7
Then we discovered that he would be a descendant of David. Ominously, a chain of attacks ensued to wipe out his family. Again and again there were attempts to eliminate his heirs—but there was always an intervention that foiled the diabolical plots.8
Perhaps one of the most provocative plot problems occurred when God pronounced a blood curse on Jeconiah and the sub-sequent royal line.9
The commitment was that the Promised One was to be of the royal house of David, and yet now there was a blood curse on that very royal line of ascension! An impossible mission, indeed!
However, when we begin to unravel the subtleties hidden behind the virgin birth, we not only find that it finesses the genealogical paradox,10 but fulfills the pronouncements of Isaiah over seven centuries earlier,11 and even echoes the strange hint in the early chapters of Genesis.12 It thus reveals that the entire program was predetermined in advance!
In accordance with his preannounced mandate in Isaiah,13 he ministered for several years only to be betrayed into the hands of his enemies.
But even here, the mystery intensifies: although the plot was to not take this popular hero on a holiday, Christ himself precipitated the timing by His announcement at, of all places, a Passover supper.14 (Who’s in charge here?) He was then subjected to six illegal trials which climax with the sentence of execution.
Then we encounter the Big Switch: “Give us Barabbas!”
This is irony at its ultimate extreme: here was one validly condemned under the law, and the other declared innocent by the personal representative of the ruler of the known world! Barabbas knew he had done nothing to merit going free while another took his place.
Barabbas and Christ changed places. Christ was for him a true substitute. The murderer’s bonds, curse, disgrace, and mortal agony were transferred to the righteous Jesus; while the liberty, innocence, safety, and well-being of the immaculate Nazarene became the lot of the murderer.
Both mutually inherit each other’s situation and possessions: the delinquent’s guilt and cross become the lot of the Just One; and the civil rights and immunities of the latter be-come the property of the delinquent. The staggering reality is that you and I are presently in Barabbas’ shoes!
And as we stare with astonishment at that cross, what held Jesus to those grim timbers? It wasn’t the nails! “He was crucified on a cross of wood; yet He made the hill on which it stood.” The Creator of the Universe could have said at any time, “Enough is enough. I’m out of here!”15 It was His love for you and me. He is, indeed, the Ultimate Valentine.
No Corpus Delicti?
Now the big one: where’s the body?16 When His enemies sought a special guard to watch over the tomb, Pilate cynically yielded, “Make it as sure as you can.” That, indeed, was the mission impossible! I believe that Pilate suspected that even the grave couldn’t hold Him!
If either the Roman or Hebrew authorities could have produced the body, their problems would have been solved. All subsequent history would be impacted by His emergence from that empty tomb.
Threshold of the Final Climax?
The most thrilling aspect to this gripping drama is that the final climax is next. He emphatically promised to return to complete His mission.17 And there now appears to be increasing evidence that the final act is about to begin. Are you ready?
The most ancient traditions—among the ancient Hebrew authorities and those of the early church—have believed that the pattern of the Sabbath was fundamental. It was not only six days followed by a seventh day that was holy, six years the land was planted, with the seventh year a “Sabbath” for the land.18
There has been a traditional belief from Augustine to Nachmonides that after six thousand years of man’s rule, there would be a climactic thousand years of God’s direct rule.
Traditional reckoning allows 2,000 years between Adam and Abraham; 2,000 years from Abraham to Christ; and we are now approaching 2,000 years since that cosmic cross. Are we soon to embark on a Seventh Millennium with the King of Kings?
As we face the challenges ahead, let us remember—and celebrate—that we are the beneficiaries of the Ultimate Valentine: A Hero of all heroes, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. And He sealed your future destiny with His own blood. Now that’s a Valentine, indeed!19
Baruch HaShem. Praise His Name.
The endnotes below will help you personally review the “Scarlet Thread” for yourself:
1. Genesis 3:15. This verse begins a chain of promises and clues that climax in the cross.
2. The Book of Ruth includes a remarkable overview of God’s program. See our briefing, The Romance of Redemption, for one of our most popular prophetic studies (see page 35).
3. The Footprints of the Messiah briefing highlights the remarkable Old Testament prophecies fulfilled in Christ’s first coming (page 35).
4. The Return of the Nephilim briefing reviews Satan’s attempt in Genesis 6 to exploit strange hybrids to thwart God’s plan for mankind. Our book Alien Encounters details this little understood background and suggests its possible prophetic relevance (see pages 35, 37).
5. The Flood of Noah briefing also summarizes this incredible event (see page 35).
6. Genesis 15:13-21.
7. Genesis 14:5; Deuteronomy 2:10, 11, 20; 3:11; Numbers 13:33; 2 Samuel 21:15-22. Alien Encounters also details these post-flood Nephilim, which were not limited to Genesis 6 (note 6:4).
8. Jehoram kills his brothers (2 Chronicles 21); Arabians slew all except Ahazariah; Athaliah kills all—except Joash (2 Chronicles 22); Hezekiah is assaulted (Isaiah 36, 38); Haman’s infamous attempts in Esther 3; etc.
9. Jeremiah 22:30.
10. Matthew gives us the legal line from Abraham through David and Solomon to Joseph, Jesus’ legal father (Matthew 1:1-17). Luke, a physician, gives us his genealogy from Adam to David—but then takes a surprising turn through the second surviving son of Bathsheba, Nathan, and brings us to Heli, the father of Mary (Luke 3:23-28; Jerusalem Talmud, Chag. 77,4). The specific exceptions noted in the Torah regarding the daughters of Zelophehad are anticipatory of this situation (Numbers 26:33; 27:1-11; 36:2-12).
11. Isaiah 7:14.
12. The “Seed of the Woman” in Genesis 3:15 is a contradiction in both grammar and biology. See The Christmas Story - What Really Happened for some surprising background (see pages 35, 38).
13. Luke 4:16-21 (reading Isaiah 61:1, 2).
14. See The Feasts of Israel briefing to unravel the astonishing prophetic aspects of these remarkable institutional celebrations (see pages 35, 38).
15. See The Agony of Love - Six Hours in Eternity briefing for an in-depth review of this cosmic confrontation (see page 35).
16. See From Here to Eternity briefing for a review of the empty tomb and a discussion of the physics of immortality (see page 35).
17. John 14:1-3ff.
18. Leviticus 25:2-5.
19. 2 Corinthians 1:22; Ephesians 1:13; 4:30.