This is what God gave me today in His word:
He waited another seven days, and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark. And the dove came back to him in the evening, and behold, in her mouth was a freshly plucked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the waters had subsided from the earth. (Genesis 8:10-11)
Christ, after he had been crucified, sent forth His Spirit; the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit came back to Him in the evening, near the end of days, and behold, He was carrying good fruit.
Explanation of the transquote:
Moses, who we’ve already seen, seems to represent Christ; is now sending a dove to try to find fruit in the ground… Granted, the dove here isn’t the best picture of the Holy Spirit. As it’s become of Him (the Holy Spirit) that we actually produce fruit. He doesn’t just wonder by and say, “Oh, hey, will ya look at that? That person is doing such good works! They of course deserve to get into Heaven.” – It’s a little more like, “Will you look at that? That formerly filthy person is now so clean in Christ! I should probably enter him now so that he can start living like a Christian as well as looking like one!” Well, I don’t know, but I think it happens a little like that.
The point is that, just like when the ‘real thing’ (Christ dying for us) happened, afterwards see the sending of the dove (Holy Spirit) to find (create) fruit (Spiritual fruit). — As my brother, Daniel, puts it:
“If you have ever stood out outside in the evening, you have no doubt noticed your shadow on the ground, right? So, did your shadow look exactly like you or was it just similar? Obviously, our shadows aren’t exact and this is how it is in the Scriptures as well. When we look at the Old Testament we can see many shadows, but the New Testament tells us that they all point to Christ.”
— http://standingontheword.wordpress.com/2011/11/24/the-shadows-and-the-reality-part-one/ By: Daniel Cleveland (aka. My brother)
Here too, in Genesis, we find that above paragraph holds true: shadows that we see will never be exact replicas. — But now that we’re on the topic, how does the New Testament show us this passage really does point to Christ? — And yes, for the record, let’s once again look at context as well to prove or disprove that this is a correct transquote:
New Testament confirmation:
Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you. (John 16:7)
Jesus needed to, “go away” in order for, “the Helper” to come. In context, we find the ‘going away’ Jesus is referring to His death on the cross, where first He went to Hell, and then to ‘The Father’:
5 but now I am going to him who sent me. None of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 Rather, you are filled with grief because I have said these things. (John 16:5-6)
Then he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters had subsided from the face of the ground. But the dove found no place to set her foot, and she returned to him to the ark, for the waters were still on the face of the whole earth. So he put out his hand and took her and brought her into the ark with him. (Genesis 8:8-9)
Then he waited another seven days and sent forth the dove, and she did not return to him anymore. In the six hundred and first year, in the first month, the first day of the month, the waters were dried from off the earth. And Noah removed the covering of the ark and looked, and behold, the face of the ground was dry. (Genesis 8:12-13)
First the dove found no place, then it didn’t return… Again, supporting the fact that this is, in fact, a shadow.
You are Loved!