It is vital for any student of the Bible to understand the “hidden” things—the types and shadows that point to our Lord Jesus Christ. Pastor Benny says:
“Though I have taught the Old Testament for over three and a half decades, I am often amazed at how much God’s Word continues to be revealed as I study deeper and deeper, as if seeing with new eyes. It is my prayer that The Hiding God will change your life forever!”
The New Testament in the Old is concealed, and the Old Testament in the New is revealed! When the early church read the Old Testament, Christ was hidden from them. The Holy Spirit had to reveal Him to them. Still, the Lord often appeared in the Old Testament.
In this series, Pastor Benny goes through the seven dispensations (eras) of the Bible, as well as crucial issues relevant to believers today.
Discover secrets of these biblical truths:
Isaiah 45:15 tells us:
“Verily thou art a God that hidest thyself, O God of Israel, the Saviour.”
What does this mean? The New Testament in the Old is concealed, and the Old Testament in the New is revealed! When the early church read the Old Testament, Christ was hidden from them. The Holy Spirit had to reveal Him to them. Still, the Lord appeared often in the Old Testament from the first sentence of Genesis—
“In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth” (1:1).
The Hebrew word for God in this verse is Elohim, the Creator—a plural noun. There is one God, yet throughout the Bible we learn that He is God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost. Moving deeper into an understanding of the hiding God means seeking to understand His nature and names, beginning with the three main names of the Godhead: Elohim, Adonai, and Yahweh.
Christ was not called Jesus until He became flesh, yet He often appeared in the Old Testament as the Angel of the Lord. The Hebrew name for this is Thophem (Theo for God and Phania—to shine, to reveal). A Theophinia is a revelation of God, the shining forth of God.
Theophonies came in three forms in the Old Testament: God appeared as a man to people such as Abraham and Moses, as Malach of Yahweh—the Angel of the Lord, and the Shekinah Glory—the Glory of God.
This lesson focuses on angels and the Angel of the Lord. Appearances of the Angel of the Lord, such as in Genesis 16:7, Exodus 3:2, and Judges 6:11 open our eyes to the name and nature of the hidden Christ in the Old Testament.
What would your life be like if you didn’t have the New Testament?
The early church didn’t have the New Testament, yet the Holy Spirit revealed Christ to believers because the hidden Lord appeared throughout the Old Testament. Angels are mentioned throughout the Bible, but when the definite article “the” is used, it is specifying a unique being, separate from the other angels.
The angel of the Lord, referred to 56 times in 51 verses in the Hebrew Scriptures, speaks as God, identifies Himself with God, and fulfills the responsibilities of God—all manifestations of Jesus Himself before the incarnation. Discover during this lesson why Pastor Benny Hinn teaches:
“The New Testament in the Old is concealed, and the Old Testament in the New is revealed!”
In this concluding lesson of the course, The Hiding God, Pastor Benny begins by sharing this word spoken by Jesus Christ:
“And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was” (John 17:5).
Jesus was, is, and will always be the expressed image of the glory of God, yet He surrendered His pre-incarnate glory when He came to earth as baby Jesus. What is that glory of God? What does it mean to believers today? In the Old Testament, the word “glory” refers to what is ahead which was fulfilled in Jesus fulfilled. We are told in the New Testament:
“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high” (Hebrews 1:3).
Jesus Christ is the glory of God, and one day soon we will see Him in all of His glory!