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 The Gospel in the Chinese Language

  by Bill Wong

 



 Introduction


 

 In the ancient days of China, before its centuries-old history of internal strife, civil war and self-destruction,   

 China regarded itself as the Land of God.

 

 With its current beliefs in many gods, the worship of spirits and ancestors, Taoism, Buddhism, etc., which 

 singular god was it who China long ago once knew?

 

 Evidence of who this one God is can found in the Chinese written language.

 

 Most experts believe the Chinese written language originated sometime between 2000 and 1400 BCE based

 on the discovery of these words/characters written on “oracle bones”, which were dated to 1400 BCE (so its

 origin must be at least a few hundred years before this date). As its name reveals, these characters on

 animal bones/shells were used for divination. The language is written/read from top to bottom, right to left.

 

 The language is hieroglyphic in nature: Chinese words/characters look like and represent pictures of things.

 Many of these characters reveal that the ancient Chinese once knew the one true God of the Bible. He is the

 Almighty Yah (the short-form name of YHWH, the Tetragrammation (4-lettered name) often translated as

 Yahweh or Jehovah).

 

 This is ironic, because the Communist regime in the 20th century tried to stamp out all religion and even now

 barely tolerates Christianity (because it undoubted suits its purposes to become the #1 world super-power,

 but only if you follow its own state-run version). However, it is true: long ago, the Chinese knew the one true

 God of the Bible and incorporated this knowledge into their written language.

 

 In the written language of the Chinese, we find that they knew the gospel of God, from the beginning to end.



The Fall in Sin


For example, they knew the creation account of the Bible & the origin of sin. 


The character to the right is the Chinese word for ‘forbidden’.



The word for ‘FORBIDDEN’ (pronounced “gum”):


It is composed of two trees at the top and the command of God at the bottom.

 

The word ‘forbidden’ comes from Adam and Eve disobeying the command God gave to them --- that of the two trees in the midst of the Garden of Eden: the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, we must not eat of the latter – the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; because if we do, we will die:

 

Genesis 2:

7   And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life;

    and man became a living being.

8   The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.

9   And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.

    The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

 

16   And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat;

17   but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die."

18   And the LORD God said, "It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him."

 

21   And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs,

        and closed up the flesh in its place.

22   Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man.

23   And Adam said: " This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman,

         Because she was taken out of Man."

24   Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.   (NKJV)

 

 

The word ‘forbidden’ portrays exactly the account of our fall in sin, because we defied God’s command about the two trees, and we ate the fruit from the forbidden tree. It is the first time God gave a command to do or not do something where we make our own choice, for better or for worse. So it is completely understandable and not a “coincidence” that the definition or portrayal of the word ‘forbidden’ would be composed of these two trees together with God’s command which was disobeyed.

 

And did you notice, that in verses 16 & 17 --- God told Adam and Eve they can eat freely of any tree in the garden, but only do not eat from one tree: the forbidden one, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil? This means that Adam and Eve could have eaten from the tree of life if they wanted to, but instead they made the wrong choice even when eternal life was right in front of their faces and nothing held them back from partaking of it.

 

This only magnifies the reason why the Chinese word for ‘forbidden’ would direct us straight back to the origin of sin and use the two trees and God’s command --- we were given a choice: to eat of anything including the tree of life, but just do not eat from the forbidden tree, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But what happened? We bypassed life and instead chose death. The word ‘forbidden’ shows us just how gravely wrong our incorrect choice was; not only because we disobeyed God, but of what we actually let pass us by – life, and now we are burdened with sin, sorrow, pain, and death, and separated from God.

 

Also, in addition to all this, it was absolutely clear God told us we can eat of any other tree, but we would die if we ate of the forbidden tree; yet, in the end, we regarded Him as a liar, and did not believe Him and did it anyway; we believed in ourselves and not in God:

 

Genesis 3:

1    Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.

     And he said to the woman, "Indeed, has God said, 'You shall not eat from any tree of the garden'?"

2    The woman said to the serpent, "From the fruit of the trees of the garden we may eat;

3    but from the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said,

     'You shall not eat from it or touch it, or you will die.'"

4    The serpent said to the woman, "You surely will not die!

5    "For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil."

6   When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes,

      and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate;

      and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.   (NASB)

 

 


What was it that happened? What happened was that we let what was bad into our hearts and minds, and chose ourselves over God which is pride. We did not trust God and thought Him a liar, and we coveted/desired that which was wrong and forbidden.


The character to the left is the Chinese word for ‘covet’ or ‘desire’, to want something that we should not.

 


The word for ‘COVET’ (pronounced “tom”):

 

This word uses the same two trees as in the word ‘forbidden’, but this time instead of accompanying it with the ‘command of God’, the two trees are combined with a woman.



Who can this woman be?

 



Who else can this woman be?

 

It is Eve who wrongfully desired – coveted, the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, as we just read:


Genesis 3:

6    When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes,

      and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate;

      and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.   (NASB)

 

 

So it is doubly emphasized in the words ‘forbidden’ and ‘covet’ that the fall in sin in the Garden of Eden is being referred to, and the Chinese written language is without a doubt revealing that the Bible is the one and only truth. It tells us very clearly that the Chinese not only knew of the Bible account, but the Chinese written language pointed to an earlier source: this source is the Almighty God, the one true God of the Bible. The use of these Bible themes and meanings in their hieroglyphic-type language tells us that the Chinese not only knew about these things, but they once believed them as truth, and therefore used them as the basis for their words/characters.

 

Our wrong choice – our fall in sin as reflected in the Chinese words ‘forbidden’ and ‘covet’, is the ultimate manifestation of the proverb:

 

Proverbs 14:

12 There is a way that seems right to a man, But its end is the way of death.   (NKJV)

 

Indeed, this proverb is so important to identify the truth that we cannot say or do anything, including knowing or choosing what is right and wrong, without always having God in the picture directing our thoughts and steps, that this proverb is repeated in Proverbs 16:25.

 

 

The two trees is also the word for ‘forest’ now. Some say because of this, the two trees do not mean the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

 

Really?

 

A forest is many trees growing bunched together over a large area. The Bible mentions in the Garden of Eden that God created many trees to grow (“made every tree grow”) for food for Adam and Eve can eat – this would be a forest of trees. However, only two stand out in this forest of trees, which are the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil:

 

Genesis 2:

9  And out of the ground the LORD God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food.

   The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.   (NKJV)

 

 

So these two trees alone stand out from the midst of many trees – a forest of trees, in the garden. And remember, these two trees stand out amongst all the trees in the very first forest that God just created. Of all the trees they can eat, only one they cannot eat: one of these two main trees in the garden --- they were forbidden by God to not eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

 

So why would it be considered strange that these two trees are used in the definition of the word for ‘forest’ as well?

 

Let us not make the same mistake Adam and Eve made, and overlook the truth staring us right in front of our faces. The Chinese words for ‘forbidden’ and ‘covet’ reveal the truth that the Chinese knew of the one and same God as the Jews and Christians do – and He is the one true Almighty God, the God of the Bible.



The Great Flood

The fact that the writing of the Chinese supports the truth of the God of the Bible should not be surprising, because the Bible again explains why it alone is the truth.

 

Noah and his family built the ark during the days of the great flood over the entire earth. The ark was 300 cubits long by 50 cubits wide by 30 cubits high (Genesis 6:15). If the short or common cubit of 18” was used, this means the ark was 450 feet long, 75 feet wide and 45 feet high; if the long cubit of about 20” (which Solomon probably used for the Temple), then the ark was 500 feet long, 83.33 feet wide and 50 feet high.

 

Noah and his family alone were righteous and survived the flood:

 

Genesis 7:

13   On the very same day Noah and Noah's sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth,

      and Noah's wife and the three wives of his sons with them, entered the ark ---   (NKJV)

 

 

These were the only people in the ark:

 

Noah (1) and his wife (1) = 2 people


Noah’s sons (3) and their wives (3) = 6 people

 

So the total number of people in the ark was 8 people.

The character below is the Chinese word/character for ‘ship’ (large water vessel).

 

 

The word for ‘SHIP’ (pronounced “chuan”):

 

It is composed of three words. On the left side is the word representing a vessel. On the right side at the top is the character for the number ‘eight (8)’ and at the bottom, the character for ‘mouth’. In Chinese, when a number is used together with ‘mouth’, it represents a person. It is similar to how a “headcount” in English represents a number of people or “heads” (counting heads). But, in Chinese, it is the number of mouths (in place of heads) which represents the count of people (counting mouths).

 

So the Chinese word for ‘ship’ is literally “8 people in a vessel”.

 

These 8 people uncannily resemble Noah’s family of 8 people in the ark, which is a ship, a large water vessel, during the flood.

 

This fact cannot just be discarded as mere resemblance or coincidence. What are the “chances” that the ancient Chinese word for a large water vessel would consist of 8 people in a ship, which just “happens” to be exactly the count of Noah and his family members in the ark?

 

The similarity is striking and we can only conclude that this word/character represents Noah’s family of 8.

 

This is especially so when we consider that the words ‘forbidden’ and ‘covet’ refer to the account of man’s fall in sin. The two instances (‘forbidden’/‘covet’ and ‘ship’) alone by themselves point to the Bible truth, but when put together, they support one another and show clearly that the Chinese knew about the God of the Bible – so much so, in fact, that elements of the Bible are incorporated into their language.

 

And just like the Biblical account of our fall in sin with Adam and Eve shows that the Chinese pointed to an earlier source which is the God of the Bible, so does the word ‘ship’ with Noah’s ark and the flood.

 

After the flood, all the peoples of the world descended from Noah and his family. Not too long after the flood, at the Tower of Babel there came the division of languages (only 2 generations afterwards – Ham begot Cush who begot Nimrod; Genesis 10:6-12; 11:1-9).

 

Before this change in language and separation of the people, everyone easily traced back to Noah as their descendant. The accounts of all that transpired since the Creation would have passed down from Adam to Noah’s father before the flood to Noah (Noah was 9 generations from Adam; Luke 3:36-38); and then these accounts would go from Noah to his sons and all their descendants after the flood and the Tower of Babel.

 

Of Noah’s three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth, the Chinese are believed to be descended from Shem. He is also the forefather of the Hebrew people (hence the origin of the word Semite/Semitic). A subset of the descendants of Shem shared one of these languages from the Tower of Babel and migrated to the land we now call China.

 

This is why the Chinese had intimate knowledge of the Creation and the Almighty Creator. They would have known it from their forefathers Noah and Shem. They knew of the Garden of Eden, the two trees in its midst, the command of God to not eat of the forbidden fruit, that Eve coveted and ate, etc. They knew of the large ark and the eight people in it who survived the flood.

 

The ancient Chinese put down what they knew in their writing, showing that we all have a common source. This common source is Adam and Noah/Shem as the Bible says. This common source is the one source of truth and knowledge: the Holy Bible – the Almighty Yah’s one and only holy word given to man.

 

 

 

Atonement of sin


 

But it does not end there.

 

In his days, Noah was the only righteous one who walked with God and found grace in His eyes:

Genesis 6:

8    But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.

9    These are the records of the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man,

     blameless in his time; Noah walked with God.    

10   Noah became the father of three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.   (NASB)

 

 

Would Noah have known about the gospel of our salvation and passed it down to Shem, and then Shem passed it down to his other descendants such as the Chinese?

 

The Chinese undoubtedly knew the truth of our common origins, such as how mankind fell and the flood. However, this is only part of the Bible truth, God’s truth. Since the Chinese knew of the origin of sin, we must ask these questions:

 

Did the Chinese also know if one day sin might be eradicated?

 

And if they knew, did they know HOW sin might one day be destroyed? How we might be freed and spared from the ravages of sin?

 

Yes, they knew this, as well.


The Prophecy of the Seed of the Woman

Just as we saw the Chinese knew of the origin of sin since the time of Adam and Eve which was passed through Noah, they would also have known about our eventual salvation from sin, because it was also given in the garden:

 

Genesis 3:

15   And I will put enmity Between you and the woman,

     And between your seed and her Seed;

     He shall bruise your head,

     And you shall bruise His heel."   (NKJV)

 

21   The LORD God made garments from skin for Adam and his wife,

     and clothed them.     (NET)

 

 

Genesis 3:15 above is addressed to the enemy, Satan and tells of a seed of the woman who would ultimately destroy Satan and his evil work, and resolve the problem of sin.

 

In Genesis 3:21 an animal(s) died and its skin used to cover Adam and Eve after they sinned. The fall of man in sin has introduced death and the need for substitutionary atonement: death has now come to all and we can only live eternally if another dies in our place, as a covering for our sins. Note that the Hebrew word for ‘atonement’ is Strong’s #3725 ‘kippur’; derived from the word #3722 ‘kaphar’ which means “to cover, purge, make an atonement, make reconciliation, cover over with pitch”.

 

We therefore see that almost immediately after man fell in the garden, God shows us the gospel of salvation – how man would be reconciled to Him: where it was the death of an animal to quickly cover man’s sin in the garden, the atoning death/sacrifice which endures eternally will be by the seed of the woman (a man) who will provide the substitutionary atonement for all mankind to destroy the enemy, sin and death forever. This knowledge of salvation, just like knowing about the origin of sin, would have passed down to Noah and then Shem to the ancient Chinese.

 

Where through one man and his sin brought death, it will be by another man which the resurrection from the dead will come. This second man, the last Adam, is not created from dust like the first man was, but He is not created and divine, coming from heaven and will give us eternal life, molding us into His image:

 

1 Corinthians 15:

21   For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.

 

42   So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.

43   It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.

44   It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

45   And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

46   However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.

47   The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.

48   As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man,

        so also are those who are heavenly.

49   And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.   (NKJV)

 

 

Who is the Seed of the Woman?

 

The second Adam that will redeem us from sin and death and give us eternal life is the Son of God and Messiah (Christ), the Lord Jesus:

 

1 Corinthians 15:

22   For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.   (NKJV)

 

 

The word ‘Christ’ comes to us from the Greek while the word ‘Messiah’ comes to us from the Hebrew. Jesus is Hebrew descended through David of the tribe of Judah. His true and Hebrew name is Yahusha’ (or Yahushua’) which means “YHWH is salvation”, but is most often called today Yeshua’.

 

And the Bible tells us that not only did Noah know the gospel of salvation by the righteousness of the Lamb of God that covers from the Garden of Eden, but he also knew because in the days of Noah, the spirit of Christ in Noah preached the gospel of repentance and salvation to all the people. With the spirit of Christ within him, Noah surely knew of the salvation of God through the atoning sacrifice of the seed of the woman, the Lamb of God:

 

1 Peter 3:

18   For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God, having been put to death in the flesh, but made alive in the spirit;

19   in which also He went and made proclamation to the spirits now in prison,

20   who once were disobedient, when the patience of God kept waiting in the days of Noah,

        during the construction of the ark, in which a few, that is, eight persons, were brought safely through the water.   (NASB)

 

 

Yahusha (Yeshua/Jesus) is the holy and perfect, divine Lamb of God who came down from heaven to take away the sin of the world:

 

John 1

29  The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!     (NKJV)

 

1 Peter 1:

17   If you address as Father the One who impartially judges according to each one's work,

         conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your stay on earth;

18   knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,

19   but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.

20   For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you

21   who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory,

        so that your faith and hope are in God.   (NASB)

 

 

The Lamb alone is worthy and by the blood of the Lamb are we saved to become kings and priests:

 

Revelation 5:

9    And they sang a new song, saying: " You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals;

     For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,

10   And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth."

11   Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders;

     and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands,

12   saying with a loud voice: " Worthy is the Lamb who was slain To receive power and riches and wisdom,

     And strength and honor and glory and blessing!"

13   And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea,

     and all that are in them, I heard saying: " Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne,

     And to the Lamb, forever and ever!"   (NKJV)

 

 

As Abraham rightfully said, God Almighty will provide for Himself the lamb for the offering. And the Heavenly Father did: He provided for Himself the Lamb of God – His only-begotten Son, as an offering for our sins. Yahusha (Yeshua/Jesus) is the manifestation of God’s love to save us from our sins and is the fulfillment of what was foretold in the type introduced through Abraham and the near-sacrifice of Isaac:

 

Hebrews 11:

17   By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was offering up his only begotten son;

18   it was he to whom it was said, "In Isaac your descendants shall be called."

19   He considered that God is able to raise people even from the dead,

        from which he also received him back as a type.   (NASB)

 

Genesis 22:

6    Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son, and he took in his hand the fire and the knife. So the two of them walked on together.

7    Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, "My father!" And he said, "Here I am, my son." And he said, "Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?"

8    Abraham said, "God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son." So the two of them walked on together.

9    Then they came to the place of which God had told him; and Abraham built the altar there and arranged the wood, and bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood.

10   Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

11   But the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, "Abraham, Abraham!" And he said, "Here I am."

12   He said, "Do not stretch out your hand against the lad, and do nothing to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me."

13   Then Abraham raised his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns; and Abraham went and took the ram and offered him up for a burnt offering in the place of his son.

14   Abraham called the name of that place The LORD Will Provide, as it is said to this day,

        "In the mount of the LORD it will be provided."

15   Then the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven,

16   and said, "By Myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son,

        your only son,

17   indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies.

18   "In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice."   (NASB)

 

 

The seed of the woman who will destroy the works of the enemy and erase sin and death forever comes through Abraham’s seed – through his son Isaac and his son Jacob/Israel. In Yahusha (Yeshua/Jesus) the only-begotten Son of God, the Almighty Yah YHWH has provided for Himself the Lamb for an offering, showing us that YHWH is indeed our salvation.  

 

 

The righteousness of the Lamb saves us

 

It is by the gift of Yahusha’s righteousness that we are made righteous in the eyes of God; the gift of His righteousness is therefore the gift of eternal life:

 

Romans 5:

15   But the free gift is not like the transgression. For if by the transgression of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.

16   The gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned; for on the one hand the judgment arose from one transgression resulting in condemnation, but on the other hand the free gift arose from many transgressions resulting in justification.

17   For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

18   So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men.

19   For as through the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the

         One the many will be made righteous.   (NASB)

 

Romans 6

23   For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.   (NKJV)

 

 

It is not just a gift of righteousness, but Messiah’s righteousness becomes our righteousness to sanctify and redeem us. The perfect unblemished Lamb of God became sin on our behalf as the atoning sacrifice in our place, to pay the price of our sins so that we may be reconciled to His father God:

 

1 Corinthians 1:

30   But by His doing you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God,

     and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption,   (NASB)

 

2 Corinthians 5:

20   Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making an appeal through us;

      we beg you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

21   He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.   (NASB)

 


So then, what is the Chinese word/character for ‘righteousness’ ?


The character to the left is the word for ‘righteousness’.



The word for ‘righteousness’ (pronounced “yi”):

 

The word is composed of the two characters for ‘lamb’ and ‘me’ with the ‘lamb’ above ‘me’. The lamb is not on either side or below, but above. According to the Chinese, righteousness is “the lamb over me”.

 

This is because it is more than just His righteousness becoming ours, but He and His righteousness covers us. The Bible says we must put Him on. This is why the Lamb is portrayed as being above the person – above “me”:

 

Romans 13:

14   But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.   (NKJV)

 

Galatians 3:

26   For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.

27   For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

28   There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female;

         for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

29   And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.   (NKJV)

 

 

When we put on Christ, we are born of Him. We are to become like the Lamb and be righteous just as He is righteous. To practice righteousness means we must not sin. The Lamb of God came from heaven and was manifested to atone for our sins and destroy the works of the enemy. His righteousness and having no sin applies to us, and we must also practice righteousness and be without sin – to be righteous and not sin is evidence that the blood of the Lamb of God covers us and we are born of Him:

 

1 John 2

29  If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.   (NKJV)

 

1 John 3:

4    Whoever commits sin also commits lawlessness, and sin is lawlessness.

5    And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin.

6    Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.

7    Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous.

8    He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning.

     For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

9    Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

10   In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest:

     Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.   (NKJV)

 

 

However, putting on Christ is not the only reason why the Chinese character for ‘righteousness’ has a ‘lamb’ over ‘me’. The lamb being placed above a person is very literal as the Bible further explains.

 


Our Passover

 

When the Bible calls Him the Lamb of God, it is because He is our Passover. Just as the blood of the Passover lamb was put above the lintels of the homes so the death angel would see it and pass over (skip) those homes, the Lamb of God and His blood is above us to cover us, so that eternal death can pass over us and we may have eternal life:


Exodus 12:

21   Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them,

       "Pick out and take lambs for yourselves according to your families, and kill the Passover lamb.

22   And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and strike the lintel

      and the two doorposts with the blood that is in the basin. And none of you shall go out of the door of his house until morning.

23   For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts,

      the LORD will pass over the door and not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you.     (NKJV)

 

1 Corinthians 5:

6   Your glorying is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump?

7   Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened.

     For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.

8   Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness,

     but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.   (NKJV)

 

 

And yet again, the Chinese character/word for ‘righteousness’ means quite literally that the Lamb of God is above us – He was lifted up from the earth and crucified, and those who know Him and look upon Him in faith will be saved:

 

John 12:

32   And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself."

33   (Now he said this to indicate clearly what kind of death he was going to die.)   (NET)

 

 

This is because as our Passover, He died on Passover at the same time as thousands of lambs. The Lord Yahusha (Yeshua/Jesus) was hanging overhead, nailed to the cross with His life which He freely gave to us slowly ebbing away. His precious blood flowed out to cover our sins, so though our “sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool” (Isaiah 1:18).

 

So as our Passover, both the Lamb Himself and His blood are above us, over us – to cover us and save us. We see that the Chinese character for ‘righteousness’ with the ‘lamb’ being over ‘me’/’us’ is very aptly written and defined.  

 

But the Bible goes even further describing the meaning of the ‘lamb’ being over ‘me/us’.

  

 

Our Covering

 

Remember at the beginning of the article what the meaning of ‘atonement’ is: it is to cover, purge, or make an atonement or reconciliation. It is the Hebrew word ‘kippur’, derived from ‘kaphar’.

 

The Bible tells us that Yahusha (Yeshua/Jesus) is not only the Lamb of God and our Passover, but He is also our heavenly High Priest. The High Priest atones for the sins of His people once a year on Yom Kippur which is the Day of Atonement/Covering.   On the Day of Atonement, Yahusha is both High Priest and atoning sacrifice at the same time:


Hebrews 9:

11   But when Christ appeared as a high priest of the good things to come,

         He entered through the greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this creation;

12   and not through the blood of goats and calves, but through His own blood, He entered the holy place once for all,

          having obtained eternal redemption.

13   For if the blood of goats and bulls and the ashes of a heifer sprinkling those who have been defiled

           sanctify for the cleansing of the flesh,

14   how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without blemish to God,

           cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?     (NASB)

 

 

As both sacrifice and High Priest, Yahusha (Yeshua/Jesus) makes atonement and covers over our sins.

 

 

Our Head

 

Also very revealing in explaining why the Lamb is rightly placed above us to become our righteousness, is how the Bible also describes Yahusha (Yeshua/Jesus) as being the head of the body of Christ/Messiah:

 

Ephesians 4:

15   but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ,

16   from whom the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies,

           according to the proper working of each individual part,

           causes the growth of the body for the building up of itself in love.   (NASB)

 

 

He is the head of everything as the one through and for whom all things in heaven and earth were created. He is the preeminent one who is the head of the body of believers, whose righteous blood has conquered death for all:

 

Colossians 1:

13   He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,

14   in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.

15   He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.

16   For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

17   And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

18   And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead,

           that in all things He may have the preeminence.   (NKJV)

 

 

The Bible’s description of Him as being the head of body of believers is just as accurate as its telling us He is our Passover. Indeed, as we can see from Colossians 1 above, it is because He is our Passover that He has become head of everything --- as our Passover who has risen, He has conquered the wages of sin which is death and has reconciled all of creation to His father.

 

So again, the Chinese character for ‘righteousness’ consisting of a lamb over me/a person is completely justified and in line with Bible truth: the Lamb of God is the head of the body of believers and all creation as the preeminent one.


Conclusion - Above all

From the evidence recorded in the Chinese written language we can see that it aligns very much with Bible truth, indicating that China once knew the God of the Bible. Ancient China’s reference to God in “the Land of God” is the one true God of the Bible: He is Yah and His son Yahusha is the Messiah who saves.

 

In the characters ‘forbidden’, ‘covet’ and ‘ship’ there are details of the fall of man in sin and the great flood as if there was first-hand observation. This is because there was: Adam and Eve was there in the Garden of Eden and passed down this information to Noah and his sons and descendants. And, of course, Noah and his family were present during the flood and passed it down to the rest of mankind.

 

In the character for ‘righteousness’, we see how our Heavenly Father revealed to mankind His plan of salvation through the seed of the woman, His only-begotten son to have our sins atoned for and be reconciled to Him. As both sacrifice and High Priest, Yahusha (Yeshua/Jesus) is our Passover and Atonement. We also see how the Lamb of God is very literally above us in many and various ways which all point to the lordship of Messiah Yahusha and the power of redemption by His saving blood.

 

The Bible tells us a couple of more reasons why the Lamb of God is very accurately portrayed in the Chinese written language as being above every person – as being our righteousness.

 

Recall that Yahusha’s name contains the name of His father and is derived from this name and the word for salvation. Yahusha’s name means YHWH is salvation. The Messiah’s name is the name above every other name that alone is salvation and saves us:

 

Philippians 2:

5    Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus,

6    who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped,

7    but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

8    Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

9    For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name,

10  so that at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

11  and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.   (NASB)

 

Acts 4:

11   "He is the stone which was rejected by you, the builders, but which became the chief corner stone.

12   "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given

         among men by which we must be saved."   (NASB)

 

 

His name is above every other name, because it is the Lamb who is the head of all things including His body, the body of believers. Yahusha (Yeshua/Jesus) is above everything in all creation, because He is the Lamb who His father, the Almighty Yah provided for Himself so that we may be freed from bondage to the enemy, sin and death. So in His very name, the Lamb is above all.

 

He is risen, and He will return a second time, no longer to bear sin as the Lamb of God, but as the Lamb who is also the conquering king and Lion of Judah:

 

Hebrews 9:

23   So it was necessary for the sketches of the things in heaven to be purified with these sacrifices, but the heavenly things themselves required better sacrifices than these.

24   For Christ did not enter a sanctuary made with hands --- the representation of the true sanctuary --- but into heaven itself,

         and he appears now in God's presence for us.

25   And he did not enter to offer himself again and again, the way the high priest enters the sanctuary year after year with blood that is not his own,

26   for then he would have had to suffer again and again since the foundation of the world. But now he has appeared once for all at the consummation of the ages to put away sin by his sacrifice.

27   And just as people are appointed to die once, and then to face judgment,

28   so also, after Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many, to those who eagerly await him

         he will appear a second time, not to bear sin but to bring salvation.   (NET)

 

 

When He came the first time, He came from heaven as the Lamb provided by God whose righteousness covers us. And when Messiah returns – yes, in yet another way, He will be above us. He will yet again come from heaven above – above me, above you, as our Lord and Savior:

 

Revelation 1:

7   Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him;

    and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.   (NASB)

 

 

So we see at the conclusion of the gospel of God, how ALL mankind will know who the one true God is and who His son and Messiah, Yahusha is. All mankind will know what the Lamb of God has done and why there is righteousness and life in His name alone. We will all see why the character for ‘righteousness’ is truly the Lamb above me and you, and all creation.

 

Yahusha (Yeshua/Jesus) will return in great glory from heaven and be seen in the skies above, and all will bow their knee to the Lamb of God. He not only destroys our spiritual enemies: sin, death and Satan, but also our physical enemies.

 

Through the Lamb, we will finally see the Tree of Life once again – and this time, because of His righteous blood, we have eternal life and will eat of it:

 

Revelation 2:

7   "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.

     To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God."   (NKJV)

 

Revelation 22:

1   And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.

2   In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits,

    each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.   (NKJV)

 

Appendix
 

An interesting fact: Did you know that the way the Chinese pronounce the name of the Lamb of God sounds very similar to His Hebrew name Yahusha/Yeshua?

 

This is how Yahusha/Yeshua’s name is written in Chinese:

  

耶穌

 

This is how Yahusha/Yeshua’s name is pronounced in Chinese: Yesu

 

 

 

Please also see the article: ‘The Name of God and Messiah’.