Anti-Typical Jacob’s Return Home (Part 1 of 3)

Note: This study is for advanced present truth believers. It may not be clear if advanced studies have not been taken. Nevertheless you are ,as always, welcomed to read and enjoy this study.

The Lord has given us clear end time enlightened Truth as we read —

“That which happened to Jacob is sure to happen to us, and how comforting to know all this ahead of time. Now, if never before we should see that where there is a type there is also an antitype, and that where there is no type, there is no Truth.” (1 TG, no. 47, p.15)

The subject of when this anti-typical returning home, and trouble begins, is one of the biggest issues today among present truth believers. There are bascially two camps in the timeline of when it is to happen.

Camp one says — It is after the Ezek. 9 church judgment.

Camp two says — It is before the Ezek. 9 church judgment.

Obviously only one timeline will be correct, either before or after. As ALL present truth believers believe in the prophesised Ezek. 9 church judgment to the SDA church, this issue therefore has become a hot bed issue, causing division among us. Either we are teaching a right end time event timeline or a false one. We should strive to be on the side of Truth of course.

But how can we do a SERIOUS study on this? Well we think it will be a study of type and anti-type.

The very first point we need to clear is that Jacob is a type of the 144,000.

“Jacob, at the advice of his parents, left home and went to Padan-Aram, and on his way, the very first night, God appeared unto him in a dream, “And behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: And behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it.” Gen. 28:12. The ladder represents Christ; God, the Father stood above it; Jacob at the foot of it. (Gen. 28:13). This dream gave Jacob great courage, and he made a vow to God.

Jacob was now to become the father of Israel (12 tribes) through whom many nations shall be blessed; a type of Israel by the promise, the 12 tribes, the 144,000.” (SRod, vol. 1, p.61)

Our Biblical type of Jacob’s return and trouble on the way to his homeland, is described in the following account —

“The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, Thus speaketh the Lord God of Israel, saying, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book. For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again the captivity of My people Israel and Judah, saith the Lord: and I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.

And these are the words that the Lord spake concerning Israel and concerning Judah. For thus saith the Lord; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble, but he shall be saved out of it.” (Jer. 30: 1-7)

Ok, this is our study verses. We will look to INSPIRATION for interpretations and not to our own ideas. The first comment that the message makes on these verses is —

“Note that both Judah and Israel together have the promise of returning to their homeland. As this has never yet been realized, the prophecy is yet to be fulfilled.” (1 TG, no. 47, p.13-14)

Thus we see that the first promise is that of God’s people “returning to their homeland.” A promise that gives us proof in anti-type that the fulfillment of JTT (Jacob’s Time of Trouble) occurs WHILE returning to the homeland. Note it doesn’t say while Jacob was still in his adopted homeland but “returning”, on his physical way.

The next comment —

“The cause of the fear here forecast is fundamentally needless and unnecessary, declares the Lord.” (1 TG, no.47, p. 14)

Ah, a powerful clue, this fear of seemingly “real trouble” is needless and unnecessary. Jacob was worried for something he should not have been and so the anti-type experience will be the same -bascially needless. Also note no physical harm or laying of hands upon Jacob during this trouble.

Let us now examine the physical travel in Jacob’s returning home. First the map of Haran, which was in the area known as Padanaram, which is the old Biblical city where Jacob lived and served Laban for 20 years, to the city known as Mahanaim (near Peniel) where Jacob struggled all night with the Angel. The journey from Haran to Mahanaim is over 300 miles.

Map of The Journeys of Abraham (Bible History Online)

The message states the fear is apparently frightening.

“The people that have come to this antitypical time of trouble are returning to the homeland, are comforted. Apparently it is bad enough to frighten all, but God’s encouraging counsel is, “Fear not.” (1 TG, no. 47, p.14)

Again we see that the point is underlined “returning to the homeland”. This fear is going to seem real but God will comfort, amen.

“Plainly, the burden of this chapter is concerning the antitypical returning to the homeland. Though terrible the trouble may seem, yet the outcome of it is to be the same as in the type. Right now we may not appreciate this study as we ought to, but the time is soon coming in which we will dig as fast and as hard for it as we would to get out from under an avalanche. Those who have but little faith in the Word of God though, the study will not do them much good. Now is the time to start cultivating the faith we need to have then.” (1 TG, no. 47, p.14)

Now we see the whole reason for this Word of God is the promise that God’s people will be partaking in an anti-typical physical travel to the kingdom land– a returning! The reason why we are emphasising this “returning to the homeland” is because it plays a key role in our understanding of type and anti-type as we’ll see in part 2.

“Jacob, our type, well knew that God had directed his return from Padanaram to the homeland, yet he trembled when he heard that Esau, with four hundred men were on the way to meet him. Besides, he was led to wrestle with the angel all night long. He prevailed only because he would not let the Angel go until He blest him. The final result was that on the morrow, Esau, rather than destroying the whole company, very kindly greeted Jacob with a kiss, and cordially invited him to return home! So when it all worked itself out, Jacob plainly saw that there was no need at all to have ever feared. How encouraging that “all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.” 1 Cor. 10:11. ( 1 TG, no.47, p. 15)

Summary —

Type Truths —

1) Jacob was well on his way home physically when he experienced his time of trouble.

2) The trouble came by what he heard which frightened him

3) His trouble was mental anquish, not any threats or physical laying of hands upon him.

4) His victory was only because he wholeheartedly pleaded with God.

5) The trouble was found out to be unnecessary. His object of fear became welcoming.

In part 2 we will exmaine the position of camp two. Does their ideas align with the type — anti type truth?

Video of part 1 —

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