|Type (Model)||Antitype (Fulfillment)|
|The Israelites were bitten by serpents resulting in death (Num. Num. 21:6).||Adam and Eve, and by extension all of mankind, were bitten by Satan resulting in the curse of death (Gen. Gen. 3:1, Gen. 3:19).|
|Moses lifted up the serpent on a pole (Num. Num. 21:9).||Jesus was lifted up on a tree (Acts Acts 5:30).|
|Moses placed a serpent on the pole (Num. Num. 21:9).||Jesus was nailed to the cross. God made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us (Isa. Isa. 53:6, Isa. 53:10; 2Cor. 2Cor. 5:21).|
|Merely looking on the serpent on the pole provided life (Num. Num. 21:9).1||Merely trusting in Jesus on the cross provides life (Isa. Isa. 45:22; John John 3:16; Rev. Rev. 2:7+).|
|The serpent was cursed (Gen. Gen. 3:14).||Christ was made a curse for us (Gal. Gal. 3:13).|
|The serpent deceived man using a tree (Gen. Gen. 3:6; Num. Num. 21:9).||Christ redeemed man using a tree (Acts Acts 10:39).|
|The serpent, representing sin, was brazena metal not consumed by fire, representing judgment (Num. Num. 21:9).||Those who trust in Christ are sinners, but their sin is judged while they themselves are not consumed.|
- Noahs flood: Enoch was raptured prior to the flood. (Noah and his family were preserved through the flood.)
- Sodom and Gomorrah: Lot and his daughters were rescued prior to judgment. The angels could not destroy Sodom until Lot had been removed (Gen. Gen. 19:22).
- After the seven letters to the seven churches of chapters 2 and 3 of Revelation, John hears a voice like a trumpet calling him up to heaven (Rev. Rev. 4:1+ cf. 1Th. 1Th. 4:16). Thereafter, the Church appears in heaven.
- The overcomer at the church of Thyatira is promised the morning star (Rev. Rev. 2:28+). The morning star is Christ (Rev. Rev. 22:16+). The morning star rises near the end of the long night, before the night has run its course and before the dawn. The night is the current age. The day is the millennial reign of Christ. The morning star will appear to those who watch for Him before the night concludes (Heb. Heb. 9:28).
Postribulationalists reject this conclusion, contending there is no reason why Christians in the last generation deserve to escape the great tribulation. The fact is, however, that Christians in every other generation have escaped the great tribulation, so there is no reason why the last should be singled out for participation in it.3
1 Looking on the serpent was an act demonstrating faith.
2 Did the saints of Moses and Abrahams day understand the details of these types? Perhaps somelike Moses and Abrahamdid, but the majority probably did not. Yet it is clear that those who maintained a close relationship with God and carefully studied His Word often understand subtleties which others were unaware of (Luke Luke 2:25-38).