The Red Thread

by Leonard Yonkman

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Preface

Even in the Old Testament Jesus Christ is the underlying theme of the Bible, and this book discusses the prophesies of Jesus Christ throughout the Old Testament. In defining this study of the red thread it would be remiss of me not to share with you a little background on how the red thread came to be. From my understanding, Oral Roberts could have been the first one to coin the phrase “the red thread.” He wanted to point out that Jesus Christ was found in every book of the Bible. It is Christ who holds the Word of God together similar to a thread woven throughout the scriptures. It is the blood of Christ which makes the thread red. The blood of Christ was shed to purge us of sin, and by his blood we are made white as snow. Oral Roberts is not the only one to have pointed out this wonderful truth. Others have also noted that Christ is inherent within the scriptures. E. W. Bullinger writes in his book How to Enjoy the Bible that the Word has one great subject. He goes on

Apart from Him, the natural eye of man sees only outward historical details and circumstances; some in themselves appearing to him trifling, others offensive, and pursued at a length which seems disproportionate to the whole; while things which “angels desire to look into” are passed over in a few words, or in silence. But once let “the spiritual mind” see Christ testified of “in Moses and the prophets,” then all assumes a new aspect: trifles that seem hardly worth recording fill the whole vision and light up the written Word and make it to shine with the glory of the Divine presence.

I also was put on the trail of the red thread under the teaching of Dr. Victor Paul Wierwille, and I began to see Jesus Christ in my own study of the Old Testament records. The fruit of my labor is the joy of setting before you the one who has become affectionately known to me as “the red thread.” Christ has always been God’s plan for man’s redemption. It is no wonder that you find him revealed in the Word even before he was born. The Old Testament holds a wealth of information regarding redemption and t he redeemer. Jesus Christ himself testified to the truth of the red thread in his earthly ministry.

John 5:39
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.

In each book of the Bible there is one predominate theme, one thing which stands out above all the others, marking it as the red thread in that particular book of the Bible. It is not only the attributes and characteristics found exemplified in Christ which make up the red thread, because those things can show up in others also. The study of the red thread contains those things that are peculiar to Christ, things that could only be fulfilled in him.

Luke 24:27 and 44- 47
And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning himself.
And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled, which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the psalms, concerning me.

Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures,
And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day:
And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

To have the understanding opened that we might understand the scriptures is a great thrill. To be able to look into the Word of God and see the red thread has been a tremendous blessing for me. I am thankful to have been put on the track of the red thread, and I trust it will hold the same blessing for you.

All scripture in this book is from the King James Version of the Bible. I have worked with the King James Version for many years and still prefer it today over other versions for many reasons. Perhaps two of the most notable would be the italicized words which the King James Version employs, and the fact that the King James interacts with the research materials I have. The italics found in the King James’ authorized Version show words which were added by the translators which were not in the Stephens Greek text or the Septuagint from which the Bible was translated. I have also grown accustom to the old English and find it more exact than many of today’s words and meanings. Language changes; words and their meanings are always under a constant state of change in use and definition. Therefore, any translation will never be quite current. Typically the meanings of words seem to degrade with change, making it even more difficult to communicate a thought or idea accurately. For example, the word ‘create’ has been degraded from its biblical usage. It has taken on a meaning in today’s vernacular whereas anyone can create something. In the Bible, only God is ascribed to have the ability to start out with nothing and come up with something. In dealing with God’s Word, I am concerned with communicating accurately the things which God had recorded for all of us to understand. Feel free to reference any version with which you are comfortable. However, you must remember that every version has to be looked at closely, and the Word has to be rightly divided in order to hold the true meaning.

 

 

Copyright 2006 by Aardvark Publishers

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