In order for the path to salvation that is taught by christianity to be true, both the Red Sea and Mount Sinai would have to be in Egypt, and when the Israelites applied the blood of the Passover lambs to their houses, they would have had to have been at the mountain at that moment also.
When christianity was invented by stripping away all of the Father’s traditions and replacing them with pagan rituals and traditions of men, it lost all of the representations the Father provided that detail for us the true path to salvation.
No, the Red Sea was not crossed until after the Israelites left Egypt. And, Mount Sinai is not in Egypt. But, the blood of the Passover lambs WAS applied on their houses while they were still in Egypt. Egypt symbolically denotes the world, and the physical Israelites symbolically represent Messiah’s bride (the spiritual real substance of Y’isra-el).
Once the Israelites applied the blood of the Passover lambs to their homes, they were led by the Holy Spirit OUT of Egypt (out of the world), but they were not yet at the mountain, which is where they received the covenant (eternal salvation of the bride).
They left Egypt and crossed through the Red Sea, which represents the baptism of cleansing (not a profession of receiving the covenant, but an invitation to the Holy Spirit for cleansing), and followed the leading of the Holy Spirit. Their journey to Mount Sinai was not an easy one, and along the way, they encountered hardships. But, the Holy Spirit continued to lead them—identified by the pillar of cloud by day and fire by night.
As they journeyed, the Holy Spirit nourished them with bread from heaven—manna, and once they made it to the mountain, they had to wait. While waiting, with their leader away from them and up on the mountain, they started feeling like the leading of the Holy Spirit was no longer there—like they had been left on their own to determine, according to their own understandings, how they were to worship Yah. So, they fashioned for themselves a golden calf and an altar, and believed they were worshiping Yah with it (Exodus 32:5).
Their impatience angered Yah, who told Moses that He should wipe them all out. But, Moses asked for an opportunity to call them to repentance for their idolatry, and Yah acquiesced. Moses went down and rebuked the Israelites for their idolatry, and gave them an opportunity to turn from their idolatry and back to Yah. Those who repented of their idolatry were spared, but those who didn’t were put to death.
Those who repented of their idolatry were not only spared death, but they received the physical covenant between Yah and them—the Ten Commandments. This is the path to salvation. The Israelites identified themselves with the blood of the Passover lamb, and went through the water of baptismal cleansing (an invitation to receive the promise—the covenant). They were led and nourished by the Holy Spirit to the mountain, and then waited to receive the covenant.
Yah then memorialized this path to salvation in the way of the tabernacle—the progression the high priest made from the gate of the tabernacle (outer courtyard—with the brazen altar of sacrifice and the laver of baptism) through the Holy Place (with the “cloud” of the altar of incense and the fire of the menorah, and the bread of presence), and finally, into the Holy of Holies, wherein is the Ark (bride) indwelt by the covenant (Holy Spirit).
From the time the Israelites identified themselves with the Passover sacrifice to the point where they received the covenant, there was a journey—a difficult one. They had to endure to reach the mountain, and then continue patiently awaiting the covenant. Some fell away while they were waiting (Luke 8:13), but those who endured ultimately received the covenant.
Most christian teachers falsely tell people that at the moment of their identification with Messiah’s sacrifice, they are at the mountain and immediately receive the covenant. If that were true, then the Father would have a lot of explaining to do to the Israelites for making them endure through hardship—their belief (faith) being tested—before they received the covenant (James 1:2-4).
Oh, and He would also have to rebuke those who wrote from the inspiration of the Holy Spirit that those who believe must endure all the way to the saving of their souls (Hebrews 10:36-39). And, He would have to admit that the counting of the omer (promise) from the Feast of Firstfruits to the Feast of Weeks, which was fulfilled by the giving of the spiritual Covenant (Acts 2), who was symbolized by the physical covenant (Ten Commandments), has no spiritual meaning, and is, thus, nothing but folly.
But, those who know Him know that there is no folly in His plans—there is nothing He does that is without spiritual significance. No, these are the physical representations of His spiritual real substances, but the invention of christianity threw them all onto the trash heap of their false traditions and pagan rituals—the false salvation of man’s own declaration.
Belief is not salvation, but the first prerequisite of it. Identifying with the Passover Lamb is not salvation, but the beginning of belief. Salvation is not the beginning of belief, but the end of it—the final destination of the bride’s belief is the receiving of the covenant (1 Peter 1:9).
Any preacher/teacher who has told you that all you have to do is make a decision, pray a prayer, “accept Christ,” repent of your sins, or “turn your life over to Christ,” has misled you with a falsehood. He may not have knowingly lied to you, since, embracing the false teachings of christianity has deceived him as well, but he has not told you truth about salvation, or how it is actually received.
Believe in Messiah Yahoshua, endure in that belief (taking a stand for Messiah Yahoshua before those who are in your life), and then, at the Father’s behest, and in His timing, receive the covenant, who is the Holy Spirit—the eternal seal of redemption upon Messiah’s bride.
For more information: Between Belief and Salvation