We the New Testament people, we are the true Israel of God. That is what is showing when the name of Jacob was changed from Jacob to Israel. Jacob is showing the Old Testament, that old Israel and Israel is showing the New Testament the new Israel. Now let’s go into the book of Genesis to see this.
Genesis 28 10 And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.
11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep
Now you need to see what he Is talking about when he said the sun was set, and he took the stones and put them for his pillows, and laying down in that place to sleep.
The sun was set is showing that the sun went down on that Old Testament or that Old Israel, We not longer can serve God under that Old Testament Way, or the way that that old Israel served God.
Now let me try to show you where the sun went down on those Old Testament Prophets, Priests, and Kings. In other words the sunset, means that you cannot serve God under that Old Testament law.
Zec 11:8 – Three shepherds also I cut off in one month; and my soul lothed them, and their soul also abhorred me. ( The three shepherds that God cut off were the Old Testament Prophets, Priests, and Kings. This was old Israel. God loathed them, in other words he was never satisfied with that old Israel and they abhorred him. In other words they detested him or hated God.
Still on verse 11**** And he took of the stones of that place, ( Old Testament or old Israel) and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. ( The stones that were his pillars were those Commandments that was wrote on stone and also the law, that old Israel, or Jacob. In other words his pillars or foundation was fixing to fall or they were going to be put to sleep as it was when Sampson shook the pillars of the temple and it fell down or was put to sleep. That is what the pillars are a foundation. He( Jesus) had to put the first man Adam ( Jacob or old Israel) to sleep to become the second man Adam ( Israel).
We need to see this spiritual and not natural. Also we need to see what I am fixing to say about the ladder.
Gen. 28: 12 And he dreamed, 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. Is this not what was said in John?
Joh 1:51 – And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man.
Now to see what the ladder was. I hope you can see that this ladder was set up on the earth. This was Jesus as earthly man. In other words the footstone had become the headstone. This is the stone that the old Israel rejected.
Mr 12:10 – And have ye not read this scripture; The stone which the builders rejected is become the head of the corner
So to reach the top to heaven, we must be changed as Jesus was. We must have a name change. Jesus had to also have a name change. While here on earth he was Jesus the Son of Man( old Israel) and at the resurrection he was Jesus Christ the Son of God (new Israel). In other words he was the old Israel while on this earth and the new Israel at the resurrection. We must come into the new Israel a step at a time. That is what the ladder is showing. The ladder is Jesus Christ.
The ladder is showing that it is the only way that we can get to God. We must go by that ladder (Jesus Christ) to get to God. There is no other way. The ladder is showing the mediator between us and God.
1Ti 2:5 – For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; ( See the ladder here in this verse.
Jesus also said, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.( So I hope you can see that Jesus is the ladder. We must go by the ladder to get to God.