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Exposing the Millennium Reign Doctrine – Part 1

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Exposing the Millennium Reign Doctrine – Part 1

This study is intended to expose some of the many falsehoods of a doctrine many of us previously learned that has Jesus Christ returning outwardly to physical earth and ruling and reigning with His Elect for a symbolic 1,000-year period. This doctrine, as we once learned is a lie that takes our focus away from where it should be.  An invention of the carnal mind, this teaching relates back to the lie that the Elect receives greater rewards from the Lord including ruling the outward world.  If we are chosen to be saved in this age, we will be given to see through the twisting of the Scriptures by those who perform great signs and wonders.

Mat 24:24  For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. 

Within secular Christianity, there are many versions of this one thousand [1,000] year doctrine, called “the Millennium” that have generally been classified into three main groups those being: premillennialists, post millennialists or amillennialists.  The pre and post refer to whether the group believes this outward literal event occurs before or after an outward “great tribulation”.  Of course, even this great tribulation is an inward event, signifying the coming of Christ a second time to men for salvation.

Mat 24:29  Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: 

Mat 24:30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. 

Amillennialists believe there is not an outward reign on the earth. Amillennialists are closest to the truth by rightly claiming this event is spiritual in nature and not an outward physical event.  The words of Scripture are all Spirit, profiting not the flesh [Joh 6:63] and the truth of any matter is only found following sound principles to those the Lord has given the ability.

1Co 2:10  But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. 

1Co 2:12  Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

The way of truth is foolishness to those God has blinded and who have not been given the gift of God to spiritual discern the truth.

Our old way of life [thinking and our deeds] is being destroyed in our great tribulation which is the same as our inward day of the Lord. From the perspective of the timing or sequencing, the premillennialists have it right as the time period of the 1,000 years precedes what is the day of the Lord and our being raised with Christ to eternal life.

Rev 20:5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished [AFTERWARDS]. This is the first resurrection. 

A little carnal leaven leavens the whole lump and results in all kinds of false doctrines and theories about the end times.  Only those blessed few in this age are given to see that none of the end times sequences [eschatology] in the Book of Revelation and in Scripture is outward. It is 100% speaking of what is going on in the kingdom of God within and it is always shortly to come to pass.

Rev 1:1  The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 

Rev 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand. 

Christ will rule and reign with His people, which is all men in the appointed time.  Yet that rulership is never said to be outward but always in His Kingdom.  And where is that kingdom?

Luk 17:20  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation

Luk 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

Our Lord who changes not [Heb 13:8] has no plan in ruling the carnal world outwardly through His people.  He is in the process of destroying that world one man at a time as He chooses them for salvation.

Joh 18:36 Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.

Before we go further, let’s read the key verses and the only place in the Bible where this doctrine is being interpreted from.  Here are the verses

Rev 20:4  And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years. 

Rev 20:5  But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years. 

Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 

Rev 20:8  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 

Rev 20:9  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 

Rev 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, [our day of the Lord] and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever.

The outward reign doctrine originates from false prophets the Lord created and turns over to the idols of their heart [Eze 14:9]. An idol of pride has us all puffed up and believing as God’s chosen people we are given better promises and greater rewards than other men.  Such thoughts are a hidden lust of the flesh that has snared many before we mercifully have been dragged out of that error.

The only purpose given for the outward millennium reign in our former teaching forums was so the Lord could destroy all physical flesh of men so no more babies could be born and so death could be destroyed. Here is an excerpt repeated all over those teachings that speak to the purpose of this outward Millennium.

“It is only “through death”, the death of our old man, that our new man can be born. So it is for all men of all time, and so it is with death itself. Until death itself is destroyed, there will be no victory over death. But as long as little Adams are being born, death cannot be destroyed, and that is the real reason for putting “the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan” in prison for a thousand years, just to release him again for “a little season” afterward.”

The error here is very subtle yet huge.  While death is the last enemy [1Co 15:26] to be destroyed, this outward thinking about death misses the mark entirely.  The death the Lord is reigning until He destroys it is the carnal mind which is naturally an enemy of God.

Rom 8:6  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace

Rom 8:7  Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. 

It is no big deal, requiring no process, nor a 1,000-year reign for the Lord to speak physical flesh out of existence. We have many events, stories, and parables that show us that the Lord considers physical death to just be sleep [See the story of Lazarus Joh 11:11-14].  The end of death is the end of the carnal mind. That is the Second Death that only happens in the Lake of Fire, which many deny as having any application to God’s Elect.

Unwinding these errors and removing the leaven, will help put our focus back where it needs to be which is our overcoming and the rest of the dead within us coming alive to Christ.

Rom 6:7  For he that is dead [dead to death and the carnal mind, which is the Second Death] is freed from sin. 

Rom 6:8  Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him: 

As the study on the two resurrections [Being Raised With Christ] showed, the resurrection to damnation is very much needed and must precede the coming of the Lord for salvation.

Heb 9:27  And as it is appointed unto men once to die [be found dead in sin, see ourselves as chief of sinners], but after this the judgment: 

Heb 9:28  So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time [in our day of the Lord in the Lake of Fire] without sin unto salvation. 

These events in Revelation 20 are signified words describing the transition from our abiding in the resurrection of damnation knowing the truth but without overcoming unto the day of the Lord when fire will be poured out and a new heaven and earth within us is being made.  It is answered prayer.

Rev 6:9  And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 

Rev 6:10  And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth

Are there Multiple Witnesses to the Outward Rule on the Earth?

No Scripture is to be of its own private interpretation (2Pe 1:20) and that is how Revelation 20 must also be interpreted.  It is only in two or three witnesses that every truth and matter of doctrine shall be established.

2Co 13:1  This is the third time I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established

The Millennium Reign doctrine was taught without any confirming witnesses and is now shown to be another facet of the bigger lie that the Elect are given special awards and prizes from the Lord.  The Lord never mentions an outward rule on the earth to His disciples in all His walk with them in the Gospels.  Also, none of the Apostles (Paul, Peter, John, and James) make any mention of this supposed gigantic event in any of their writings.  This alone should be a huge red flag that this doctrine is an invention of men.  Revelation 20 by itself is not the Truth unless it harmonizes with the sum.

Psa 119:160  The sum of thy word is truth; And every one of thy righteous ordinances endureth for ever. 

Christ is Lord of the heavens and the earth and He is going to reign in both places.  But those places are within you and that is where the Lord is working right now to establish dominion within those being saved.

Act 7:49  Heaven is my throne, and earth is my footstool … 

Isa 1:2  Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth: for the LORD hath spoken, I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against me. 

2Pe 3:13  Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness

A close inspection of the signified words of Rev 20 shows that nowhere does it say our reign with Christ is taking place on the outward physical earth. All those words in Revelation are signified words meaning what they mean not what they literally say [Rev 1:1, Joh 6:63].  It is only by transcribing them by the letter that such a doctrine can be twisted into existence.

2Co 3:6  Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. 

Let’s remind ourselves what the rulership of Christ is always speaking about when we see it in the Bible.  Rulership is over our own bodies and emotions, in the kingdom of God that is within us (Luk 17:21).

Rom 6:13  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. 

Rom 6:14  For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 

Rev 5:10  And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth [have dominion over sin, be dead to death]

Isa 14:2  And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the house of Israel shall possess them in the land of the LORD for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors [the Gentiles, our carnal mind, our flesh]

Nowhere are we promised ruling over other men in any way shape or form.  In fact, we have the exact opposite witness, a witness that tells us those in Christ will be doing no such thing in ruling and lording over any man.  The list of Scriptures witnessing to this has been used a lot recently, yet repetition is needed to keep out that false spirit of ruling men.

Mat 20:25  But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them. 

Mat 20:26  But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; 

1Pe 5:2  Feed the flock of God [all men in their harvests] which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, [carnal gain, exaltation among men] but of a ready mind; 

1Pe 5:3  Neither as being lords over God’s heritage, but being ensamples [ministers] to the flock.

It is the spirit of Satan who will lie to us and drive us to be made chief among the people and be given the promise to rule over men and the entire world.  It is a key temptation that only the true Christ in us can resist and overcome.

Luk 4:5  And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 

Luk 4:6  And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 

Luk 4:7  If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. 

Luk 4:8  And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 

Those seeking to rule others in Jerusalem have made a covenant with the devil who has been given the power of death by the Lord [Heb 2:14]. Thankfully all men’s covenant with their carnal mind [death] will be disannulled.  But in the meantime, it will first deceive all of us until the Lord brings mercy.

Isa 28:14  Wherefore hear the word of the LORD, ye scornful men, that rule this people which is in Jerusalem.

Isa 28:15  Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:

Some may point to the story of Joseph and his brothers to say the Elect will rule over men.  Yet an important truth is omitted to arrive at such a conclusion.

Gen 37:5  And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.

Gen 37:6  And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed:

Gen 37:7  For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf arose, and also stood upright; and, behold, your sheaves stood round about, and made obeisance to my sheaf.

Notice it was the sheaves [of grain] not the brothers that bowed down to Joseph’s sheave of grain.  This story in no way speaks of the Elect ruling over men, it shows the Word of God, which is the grain we gather ruling over the carnal words that the world, our eleven brothers walking after the flesh gather.  The obeisance was to the grain; which is symbolism for the Word of God we as the Elect in this age are gathering into the barn.  Joseph’s brothers like our carnal brothers [the rest of mankind and the world within us] will misunderstand and hate us for standing on truth and falsely accuse us of claiming dominion over them.

Gen 37:8  And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words.

The carnal mind, every man’s flesh does not want to bow to Christ who is the Word. We don’t want to be reigned over.

Luk 19:14  But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. 

The bowing down of men is always to be to the Word [Christ’s Commands] and never to the messenger who brings that word [Rev 19:10, Rev 22:8]

Joseph had a second dream about the sun, moon, and stars bowing down.    That dream like the first was about our carnal thoughts or beliefs … the sun, moon, and stars in our heavens, bowing down to the Truth.  When our day of the Lord starts and our conversion begins, the lights that guide us will all bow before the brightness of the Truth.

Act 2:19  And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke: 

Act 2:20  The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: 

The rulership of Christ is always about truth and doctrine ruling over the lies and carnal reasoning and the not the physical rulership of any man over another. Our old man [Jacob] will hate Christ in us and the world will also hate us for standing on truth and rejecting their way of thinking.  That is the real message in the story of Joseph’s dreams.  It was never about any outward rulership on a physical earth.  To be spiritually nourished, they all had to bow and come to Joseph [Christ] for the bread of life that sustains us.

Gen 41:55  And when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried to Pharaoh for [spiritual] bread: and Pharaoh said unto all the Egyptians, Go unto Joseph [a type for Christ]; what he saith to you, do. 

Those yet carnal parts within us, the rest of the dead within us will in due time bow down to the new man who is the one the Lord loves [He hates Esau].  Our sins and carnality will be exposed in our day of the Lord and those parts of us will bow to the Word of God that is the New Man, Christ in us.  Our carnal thoughts are messengers of Satan that masquerade as angels of light [spiritual Jews] which will bow down to the new man.

Rev 3:9  Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. 

Only the Lord who is the Word shall be ruling over every man.  Gideon, a type for the Elect and a judge of Israel, the very role those in the second harvest are first to serve the Lord in spreading the fire to all of mankind.

Jdg 8:22  Then the men of Israel said unto Gideon, Rule thou over us, both thou, and thy son, and thy son’s son also: for thou hast delivered us from the hand of Midian.

Jdg 8:23  And Gideon said unto them, I will not rule over you, neither shall my son rule over you: the LORD shall rule over you

Did Christ in the gospels teach of an outward rule and reigning over men before the end comes by His church?  No He did not.  His coming to every man is within, it is in the kingdom of God.

Mat 24:14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all [inward] nations; and then shall the end come [inwardly in the hearts/minds of every man in their time]

 If we need any motivation to strive to obey the gospel [be faithful], we find some in the parable of the Talents.  We are all three of these men [as we mature] given talents who first squander them in sloth and then by the grace of God begin to work in the kingdom within us and multiply those talents as we gain dominion over our sins.  This is the rulership the Lord is working in His Elect in this age and in all men in due time.

Mat 25:21  His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 

When we are given His talents, His truths, we are learning to put them to use so we can receive even more and hasten the rulership and dominion over our inward earth.

Mat 25:29  For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 

Ruling over “many things” are the things that defile and the creeping things in our earth that are contrary to faith.  Our bodies are the temple of God, His very House in which He dwells, and it is in that house where the new man is being established as the ruler.  His inward revealing, the second coming without sin[1], is when every man is judged and eventually given to rule and reign over the promised land.

Mat 24:45  Who then is a faithful and wise servant, whom his lord hath made ruler over his household, to give them meat in due season? 

Mat 24:46  Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. 

Mat 24:47  Verily I say unto you, That he shall make him ruler over all his goods. 

It is Christ in us who becomes the ruler of His House and Temple which is the Israel of God in which He dwells.

Mat 2:6  And thou Bethlehem, in the land of Juda, art not the least among the princes of Juda: for out of thee [within you] shall come a Governor, that shall rule my people Israel. 

Christ in us and also in the fellowship with the saints is the “treader of the winepress” and the one serving up the wine [cup of wrath to flesh] that is converting the inward nations when every man’s day of the Lord begins.

Rev 19:15  And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.

The ruling and reigning of Christ coincides with the ruling and reigning of chastening, scourging grace within us.  Here is Paul speaking of these 1,000 symbolic years (one day) another way.

Rom 5:21  That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom 15:12  And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles [reign over the rest of the dead, the Gentiles within us]; in him shall the Gentiles trust.

In conclusion, the outward Millennium Reign of Christ on the physical earth is an invention of the carnal mind.  It’s origins and defense all come back to the carnal lie of Satan who promises us glory in ruling and reigning the entire world in Christ’s name.  Those taken by the serpent’s subtlety have invented an entire outward age, going way beyond what is written and going outside of the three-day process by which the Lord rebuilds His temple in every man.  The truth, which is the sum of the Word, stands in strong in opposition to this false doctrine we were once taught.

In Part 2, we will look more into the ruling and reigning with Christ and how it is depicted elsewhere in the Scriptures.  The focus will be on what this reign is versus this study that focused on what it is not.  Seeing the same event in plainer language than Revelation 20 will help cement the Lord’s plan for the age and get our focus back where it needs to be.

1Co 4:6  And these things, brethren, I have in a figure transferred to myself and to Apollos for your sakes; that ye might learn in us not to think above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another. 

Part 2 of this multi-part study series can be found by CLICKING HERE

Sincere questions and comments are welcome.  You can also email me at peterjwilson56@gmail.com

[1] Hebrews 9:28

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Receiving a Full Reward

Recordings of this study can be found here on tryingthespirits.com; as they are added in this multi-part presentation

Receiving a Full Reward

by Ayo Fabiyi, Mitch Kuhn, Victor Torres, and Pete Wilson

Rth 2:11  (NKJV) And Boaz answered and said to her, “It has been fully reported to me, all that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband, and how you have left your father and your mother and the land of your birth, and have come to a people whom you did not know before.

Rth 2:12  The LORD repay your work, and a full reward be given you by the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings you have come for refuge.”

The book of Ruth is one of the most significant books in all of the Bible when it comes to the topic of receiving a full reward.  It is about a Moabite woman, a stranger unto the people of God, who has forsaken everything as the apostles of Christ did to follow the Lord.  Ruth started just gleaning in the field of Boaz.  When Boaz saw her diligence to serve Naomi who typifies the people of God, Boaz rewarded her by inviting her to eat with him and the reapers.

Rth 2:14 (MKJV) And Boaz said to her, At mealtime come here and eat of the bread and dip your bit in the vinegar. And she sat beside the reapers. And he handed her roasted grain, and she ate and was satisfied, and left.

Boaz then commanded his servants to let her glean among the sheaves and not to rebuke her.  This is a symbol of our Lord increasing our reward in this age as we follow in His footsteps.

Rth 2:15 (MKJV) And when she had risen up to glean, Boaz commanded his young men saying, Let her glean even among the sheaves, and do not rebuke her.

Rth 2:16 And also let fall of the handfuls on purpose for her, and leave them so that she may glean them, and do not rebuke her.

Ruth is being given the down payment of the full reward here as the wages of her work [faith], this reward coming from the Lord God, “under whose wings [she] has come to trust”.

Rth 2:17 (MKJV) And she gleaned in the field until the evening, and beat out what she had gleaned. And it was about an ephah of barley.

Ruth’s harvest of “about an ephah of barley” signifies the perfection of God’s people through righteous judgment or “a perfect and just measure”.

Deu 25:14 Thou shalt not have in thine house divers measures, a great and a small.

Deu 25:15 But thou shalt have a perfect and just weight, a perfect and just measure [same word translated ephah in Rth 2:17] shalt thou have: that thy days may be lengthened in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.

Ruth’s story culminated in her marriage to Boaz and giving birth to Obed who is the father of Jesse.

Ruth’s marriage to Boaz signifies the church’s marriage to its bridegroom Christ.  Marriage is a symbol of being one with someone, and that is our greatest reward, to be one with Christ and the Father.

Eph 5:30 For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

Eph 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. [=one mind]

Eph 5:32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

This reward is also known as “eternal life” which is to intimately know God and Jesus Christ and which comes to us as we are given power over our flesh which is our salvation.

Joh 17:2  As thou hast given him [Christ in us] power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life [the reward] to as many as thou hast given him.

Joh 17:3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

All mankind will receive this great reward in the end there being no difference apart from the timing as this study will prove using the Scriptures.

It is through our marriage with Christ that we come to know Him and give birth to the new man, the renewing mindset within us that will then grow into maturity.  Obed, who is the physical root of Jesse, signifies the spiritual root of Jesse who is Christ.

Isa 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

The birth of Obed is the symbol of the birth of Christ within each person who will grow into a full man in due time.

Like Ruth, we enjoy this great reward in this life by partaking of the fruit of the spirit in earnest. Our joy is fulfilled as we fellowship with likeminded believers.

Php 2:2 Fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.

3Jn 1:4 (NKJV) I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth.

As the Lord continues to give us His mind, we delight in His law more and more and nothing in the Word offends us, including verses pertaining to the lake of fire and the resurrection of damnation.  The peace He gives us also gives us boldness in the midst of persecution.

Psa 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.

Joh 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Being a part of His one body, we grow closer and closer to each other, having the same care for one another.

1Co 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

1Co 12:26 And whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it.

As we are being called to “come up hither”, to press towards the mark for the prize (the reward) of the high calling in Christ Jesus, it is beneficial for us to understand what our rewards or wages in their fullness shall be.

Rev 4:1 After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter.

“I will show you things which must be hereafter”.  What does the Scripture reveal “must be hereafter”?

We need not lean on our natural understanding, but as those being made faithful to the Truth, we must rest on all that which is written:

Rev 1:19 Write the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall be hereafter;

One of the good traditions we have learned at the feet of Christ as His disciples is the encouragement to constantly ask questions of the Lord.  A child who seeks to grow in wisdom and understanding will be seen asking questions, seeking for hidden treasures, and knocking to gain entrance into the Master’s kingdom.

Luk 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

Luk 11:10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

The Way is clear for everyone to ask questions, and in this study, we will be asking some questions such as:

Is the reward the Lord promises exclusive to a select few or for all men in their appointed time? 

How is the Lord working “all things” for the Elect and how will He work “all things” for others to attain that same reward?

Our questions are as relevant today as when Peter first asked the Lord:

Mat 19:27 Then answered Peter and said unto him, Behold, we have forsaken all, and followed thee; what shall we have therefore?

An unconverted Peter was asking out of sincerity then, just as if any one of us will ask when we are bid to come and work at the Master’s Vineyard.  We do not take a job without first considering the rewards/wages whether it’ll be sufficient to keep us.  Likewise, the good man of the house does not take on laborers, without first agreeing with them of the wage He will be paying.

It is not in our Lord to do the laborer any wrong, to deceive the workers,  changing their wages ten times during work. Neither is He an austere man, or worst of all, using the laborer’s service without wages!

Jer 22:13 Woe unto him that buildeth his house by unrighteousness, and his chambers by wrong; that useth his neighbour’s service without wages, and giveth him not for his work;  

We will be seeking to know the mind of the Lord, not only on the laborers He hires in this lifetime when He got out “early in the morning” to seek them, (after being raised from the dead) but what about the rest of men to come?

Mat 20:1 For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.

Will He be hiring others also into His vineyard, and what must they do (in the age to come) to get their rewards?

Will it be a full reward or will He be changing the agreement midway and offering only half a reward to them?

The Lord will not reproach any of us seeking to know these truths.

Jas 1:5  (NKJV) If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

Many are called, Few are chosen.

In this life, we are seeing that many are called to seek Christ after the flesh, and few are being chosen to seek, know and live the life of Christ after the Spirit.

1Co 1:26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

Mat 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Nevertheless, does the reward of those few chosen differ from those God will bring to Himself in the age to come?

We need not lean upon worldly wisdom to answer Peter’s question and those posed above.  Let us first revisit our Lord’s answer to Peter.

Mat 19:28 And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.

Mat 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting [=Aionian] life.

Mat 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.

We need to constantly remind ourselves that Christ is always focused on the inside and on the cleansing of our hearts.  The regeneration is the renewing of our mind that begins today for the Elect that comes only from the pouring out of the Spirit.

Tit 3:3  For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another.

Tit 3:4  But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared,

Tit 3:5  not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit,

Tit 3:6  whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior,

Tit 3:7 that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Judging the twelve tribes of Israel is the same as the Elect judging themselves now to be prepared to be the judges and saviors (Oba 1:21) of all men in the age to come.

The Lord told Peter and all the disciples that judgment will be committed to them through which they will inherit eonian Life. The time of judgment is the time of the harvest, where the tares and wheat are separated.

Mat 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

There are three “time of harvests” in the year, of gathering the wheat into the Lord’s barn.

We will now search the Scripture further to compare the reward given to those chosen of God while still in physical flesh (those in second harvest) with the rest of men, those in the third harvest.

The harvests and order of salvation.

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

1Co 15:23 But every man in his own order: [=this is the time of harvest] [#1] Christ the firstfruits; afterward [#2]…they that are Christ’s at his coming.

1Co 15:24 [#3] Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.

1Co 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 

This order was first typified for us in the Old Testament. A year signifies a cycle of time that includes all men.

Exo 23:14 Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.

Exo 23:15 [#1] Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)

Exo 23:16 [#2] And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: [#3] and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.

Christ was the first to enter His Father’s glory and shed sinful flesh. He was  the first one to keep God’s judgments, thus He was the first to reap 

God’s full reward.  He is the example, the forerunner of the plenteous harvests to follow, the second and third harvest.

Jesus Christ, as an example of what the Father will do with the rest of His Creation, was the first to receive a full reward of the Father’s holy spirit.

All things Christ did was done in a parable (Mar 4:11), to show us what He is going to do within the hearts and mind of each man.  All things Christ did are for our sakes (2Co 4:15).

Act 2:32 This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are  witnesses.

Act 2:33 Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

2Pe 1:17 For he received from God the Father honour and glory, when there came such a voice to him from the excellent glory, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

Then comes the time of the second harvest, whereby the laborers have to work for their wages.

Mat 9:37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;

Mat 9:38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

The laborers for the harvest (in type) are the chosen disciples:

Mat 10:1 And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to heal all manner of sickness and all manner of disease.

….and sending them forth into the field. The field is the world (Mat 13:38) and is a type of the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

Mat 10:5 These twelve Jesus sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: 

Mat 5:6 But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

The time of the harvest/Judgment comes shortly before the time of attaining a full reward.  This is the same for all three harvests. We have now established the order of judgment/salvation.   We shall now see the one event that precedes the full reward.

Mat 13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

1Pe 4:17 For the time is come that judgment [=the harvest] must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

The answer to Peter’s question is that all that do not obey the gospel, which is all men will go through the same process, the one event of judgment that will transform them into obedient sons of God and be given the same full reward which is eternal life and knowing God and Jesus Christ.  A more detailed study will be presented on Peter’s question yet the short answer is that all men will go through the same fiery event and judgment to receive their reward of knowing the Lord and His Father.

Ecc 9:2  All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath

Let’s return to focusing on the events surrounding the harvest:

Mat 13:37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man;

Mat 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;

Mat 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world [aion/age]; and the reapers are the angels.

Mat 13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world.

This is the living and active event at the end of the age [aion] of our old man, before any wage/reward is handed out.

Mat 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;

Mat 13:42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.

The event at this stage we all take part in is nothing but as a curse to our flesh. This is suffering the heat and burden of the day.

Mat 20:12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.

But after that.…

Mat 13:43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

The righteous shining forth as the sun is the end of the harvest.

We shall be rightly dividing further, in easier to be understood words the reward at the end of these harvests.

The third harvest of men—The rest of the world.

The feast of tabernacles is the same as the feast of ingathering, where the old Man must appear.

Deu 16:16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty:

Everyone, even the heathen MUST keep the feast of tabernacles, the third harvest and appear before God in their appointed time.

Zec 14:16 (KJV)And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.

Zec 14:17 And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.

Zec 14:18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the Lord will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

Zec 14:19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to keep the feast of tabernacles.

In other words, no one is exempt from appearing before God.  No one is exempt from the time of harvest.  No man is exempt from the Judgment day.

Act 17:30 And the times of this ignorance God winked [overlooked for now, reserved for judgment] at; but NOW commandeth all men every where to repent: […keeping the principle, “each man in their own order”]

Act 17:31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

No man is exempt from appearing before the judgment seat of Christ.

2Co 5:10 (KJV) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Psa 96:13 Before the LORD: for he cometh, for he cometh to judge the earth: he shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with his truth.

So to receive any kind of reward of God, one must first appear before the Judge of all, the rewarder of all.

The first harvest of the first fruit has already taken place. Christ’s flesh has been judged not to enter the kingdom of God. He has worked in the Father’s vineyard and is now seated on His right hand with the full reward.

1Co 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

Trials & Tribulations before the Prize.

Gathering the tares to be burnt in a furnace is the great tribulation upon all the sins of the old man, those that cause offense and iniquity.  This event happens within those in the second harvest, then within those in the third harvest of men.

All rewards of the good man are obtained by first going through His judgments, to the Jews first and then to the Gentiles.

Psa 19:9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether  

Psa 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 

Psa 19:11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them [=JUDGMENTS…] there is great reward.

Rev 3:18 I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire [our judgment in the lake of fire], that thou mayest be rich [receiving the great reward]; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest  see.

The Lord is now beginning to reveal to us HOW the third harvest in the age to come will also be granted the very same “great reward” the Elect receive earlier in the second harvest.

All mankind will enter the kingdom of God in the same manner, the true Jews first and then the Gentiles.

Act 15:11 (NKJV) But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved in the same manner as they.”

Gal 3:14 That the blessing of Abraham [the great reward – Gen 15:1] might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

The reward is given as we go through this wrath and the fear of God grows in us. So, it is also a living and active event building up to the full reward, day by day.   Let us search these deep living and active things of God that are making the word of God alive in our hearts.

THY WRATH IS COME.

Rev 11:18 (KJV)  And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward

The reward will eventually come to all [spiritually dead] whom the wrath of God comes upon, all whom judgment of God comes upon…beginning at:

….unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth [you are the temple of God]

1Co 3:17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.

Joh 2:19  Jesus answered and said unto them, Destroy this temple, and in three days [process of judgment via the harvests] I will raise it up.

All men will fear God in due time.  But once again, holding fast to the tradition of Christ, that is, our guiding principles, there is an order to it all.

2Th 2:15 (NKJV) Therefore, brethren, stand fast and hold the traditions which you were taught, whether by word or our epistle.

We were taught that Man shall live by all the words of God (Matt 4:4).  We are also taught this, and we must as a body hold fast to these principles:

Psa 64:9 And all men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of his doing.

Psa 67:7 God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

The rest of the dead that must die within us alongside the Babylonian world forsakes this truth and the very means all men must traverse to receive this great reward.

Men with the spirit of this world are going astray hunting for ‘godly’ rewards now, but denying and forsaking the sequence of events which are the first works that need to be accomplished before any man can receive the prize.

The first works must be fulfilled by all labourers the Lord gathers, mainly keeping all the saying of the prophecy of the Scripture. All “jots and tittles” of the word of God must be fulfilled in us.

That’s the first love, that’s the first work.

Rev 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love.

Rev 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; [..to obtain the prize/rewards…] or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.

By forsaking this first works, many goes astray in pursuit of honor, praises of men, worldly glory, falling into many foolish lusts and hurts.  They earn themselves the wages of unrighteousness, perdition/spiritual death.

2Pe 2:15  Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

Many pursue these wages using carnal devices such as overt flattery in speeches. We should overcome this attention seeking spirit within us that leads us to do our alms publicly being deceived into thinking there will be greater rewards from God.

Psa 5:9 For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their tongue.

2Pe 2:3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingereth not, and their damnation slumbereth not.

The greed for carnal reward has been the downfall of many.

Pro 28:22 He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

1Ti 6:9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

Many relish the prospect of ruling the nations of this world, but at the same time forgetting that we must first rule the nations within us.

Pro 16:32  (NKJV) He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, And he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

Pro 25:28  (NKJV) Whoever has no rule over his own spirit is like a city broken down, without walls.

These people speak evil of things they know not, including the death of our old man through the lake of fire, so they offer an offering that is not acceptable to God as Cain did.

Jud 1:11 Woe unto them! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for [fleshly] reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. [= the rebellion of Korah]

Those running greedily for rewards are also the first to point fingers at others for rebelling against Christ. They look down on the Gentiles thinking they will receive a better reward than them and the lake of fire is only for those more evil people out there.  They have the same spirit as Naomi’s kinsman who refused to marry Ruth, “lest I mar mine own inheritance”.

Rth 4:6 And the kinsman said, I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I mar mine own inheritance: redeem thou my right to thyself; for I cannot redeem it.

They forget how much mercy has been given to them so they need to be reminded to not rebuke Ruth as she gleans in the harvest.

Rth 2:2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to  the field, and glean ears of corn after him in whose sight I shall  find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.

We must not think too highly of ourselves, forgetting that we “in times past have not believed God”.  We have obtained mercy that “through [our] mercy they also may obtain mercy.

Rom 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief:

Rom 11:31 Even so have these also now not believed, that through your mercy they also may obtain mercy.

Rom 11:32  For God hath concluded them all in unbelief, that he might have mercy upon all.

God’s mercy upon all is signified by the law to leave something in the harvest for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

Deu 24:19  When thou cuttest down thine harvest in thy field, and hast forgot a sheaf in the field, thou shalt not go again to fetch it: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow: that the LORD thy God may bless thee in all the work of thine hands.

Deu 24:20  When thou beatest thine olive tree, thou shalt not go over the boughs again: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

Deu 24:21  When thou gatherest the grapes of thy vineyard, thou shalt not glean it afterward: it shall be for the stranger, for the fatherless, and for the widow.

We are all strangers, alienated from God from the start so we have nothing to boast about.

1Pe 1:1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,

1Pe 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

We are all fatherless to begin with, fornicating with the carnal desires of our flesh and that harlot Babylon.

2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

2Co 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

We are all spiritual widows at first, as we do not have Christ as our husband.

We are all slaves of Egypt to begin with, slaves of our flesh who needed deliverance from the body of this death.

Deu 24:22  And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt: therefore I command thee to do this thing.

We that are working in the Lord’s vineyard must continue to die to death, die to our flesh knowing the reward is only attained “through much tribulation” of Christ in us.

Act 14:22 Confirming the souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith, and that we must through much tribulation enter into the kingdom of God. [=“Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father”.]

Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

The reward of God and Christ is only obtained by going through the day of wrath, the day of judgment, not self-seeking of the flesh.   Rather than glorying in our spiritual riches and boasting, we are better, we are admonished to be not highminded but fear.

The reward comes only after when thy wrath is come (Rev 11:18). This is witnessed again by the self-same spirit in Apostle Paul:

Rom 2:5 But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God;

Rom 2:6 Who will render to every man according to his deeds:

[=the Reward..]

Rom 2:7 To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:

Rom 2:8 But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,    

Rom 2:9 Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;

This righteous judgment of God building up to the reward is signified as “a great white throne” judgment.  As we will see shortly, it is the only judgment that makes one “white”, that is, imputes on every man a certain reward.

Rev 20:11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

Being killed by the Sword, cast into the fire, great tribulation (burning away of the flesh) does not separate any soul of man from God.  It is rather the path to God, towards the full reward.

Rom 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?

It the same “flaming sword” all men must go thru to find life.

Gen 3:24 So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.

Comparing the two harvest groups (Of the Jew first, then the Gentiles)

Both the second harvest group and the third group all once walked according to their flesh and were all children of wrath. Knowing Christ is the first step in truly understanding that we are not better than anyone in this flesh.

Rom 3:9 What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;

Eph 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Eph 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:   

Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation (behavior) in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Rom 2:11 For there is no respect of persons with God.[…with the firstfruit, kind of first fruits and the third harvest of men.]

  1. Comparing the tribulations of the two groups:

Christ casting us into a great tribulation, and killing the children of the harlot Jezebel, (another symbol of Babylon) is the necessary destruction of death, the carnal mind, “the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:”.  This is fulfilled to the Jews first, then the Gentiles.

The casting of death and Hades, Devil, the beast, the false prophet and all the sins of whole world, some listed as below, is that great tribulation spoken of from the foundation of the world.

Mat 24:21 For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.

Mat 24:34  Truly I say to you, This generation shall not pass until all these things are fulfilled.

To the second harvest group (Jews) first:

Rev 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have [great] tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.

This is that great tribulation:

Rev 21:8 But […they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: …these are..] the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

The great tribulation is when Christ cast us into the lake of fire within, being the children of Babylon to begin with, hearkening unto false doctrines and walking after the flesh.

This all comes before the reward.

Rev 2:20 Notwithstanding I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, [=Babylon] which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols.

Rev 2:21 And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not.

Rev 2:22 Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds.

Rev 2:23 And I will kill her children with [the second] death; and all the churches shall know that I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. [=the Reward]

We are all concluded in unbelief to begin with.  It is only “liars” that will deny being first the children of “that woman Jezebel”, that is, one and the same spiritual Babylon.

Let no man seduce you in false humility and false spirituality that Jesus Christ will not kill Jezebel’s children- (our carnal old man)- with death.

It is and will be a theft of your rewards by smooth words.   It is our enemy who will lead us astray and have us believe we can enter in without dying to death which is the second death.

Joh 10:1  “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.  

This great tribulation is the same tribulation those in the third harvest will be put through by Christ’s anointed in the age to come. The great tribulation has a sole purpose: to destroy all carnal nature. This must take place the same manner as us before they partake of any promises in Christ.

In an inward application, that which shortly comes to pass within us, the great multitude signifies the rest of the dead within us.

This is the harvest of the third group in an outward fulfillment in the age to come:

Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands…

Rev 7:13 And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

Rev 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

There is the key to the secret of rewards.

It is the great tribulation that comes upon the earth that will wash away all unrighteousness within, making everyone clean and white.

The great tribulation the second and third harvest group are cast into is not without an end. (Eternal torment doctrine of Babylon, a resurrection of damnation to only the third harvest of men are a lie of the same evil spirit.)

 All will come out of the great tribulation.

It is after coming out that the rewards will be presented.  There are many more deeper events and lessons being taught during this great tribulation that will hopefully be visited in another study.

Here is their rewards after coming out of the great tribulation signified:

Rev 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

Rev 7:16 They shall hunger no more, [..after first being killed with hunger -Rev 6:8] neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. [..of Rev 16:8-9 when they were once unrepentant, as we were. Why no more..?]

Rev 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, [= the same feed as all, from the tree of life] and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

2. Comparing the garment of the groups: (A type of reward)

Those in the third harvest, (at the feast of tabernacles), will be made just as white as those overcomers in the second harvest when they come out of their great tribulation and overcome death through the second death.

They will all be made worthy wearing the same garment as the first overcomer, Christ Jesus, and the second group of overcomers [the very Elect] who went through the great tribulation in their earthen vessel.

Christ the first:

Dan 7:9  I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.

Mar 9:2 And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high mountain apart by themselves: and he was transfigured before them.

Mar 9;3 And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them.

2nd harvest group:

Rev 3:4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Rev 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold.

Third harvest group (rest of the men in Adam)

Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

All the white linen, white robes and garments is signifying:

Rev 19:8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of the saints.

It simply means the reward of coming out of the great tribulation, enduring to the end of the fiery trial to destroy all flesh, enduring the lake of fire to destroy death and Hades is the imputation of righteousness on all men that partakes of the one consuming Fire of God.

That is how one becomes a saint of Christ, an overcomer, joined to Christ. There is no other Way under heaven.

Jer 31:34  And they shall teach no more every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know the LORD: for they shall all know me, from the least of them unto the greatest of them, saith the LORD: for I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.

Rom 5:18 Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.

We must always bear in mind the principle of ‘hard work’ first in the vineyard, bearing the heat and burden of the day, then “the wages” of penny a day from the good man of the house.

The reward is also signified with the washing, which is one and the same as the baptism of fire.

The third harvests are also washed in the blood of the lamb, cleansing them of all sins even as the elects of the second harvest are washed in the same manner.

1Pe 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers;

1Pe 1:19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,

3rd harvest group:

Rev 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These [=the great multitude, the rest of the dead/men..] are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Joh 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

To be freed from sin is to be free from the wretchedness of this body of death.  Knowing the truth sets us free and all men shall come unto the knowledge of the truth.

Joh 8:32  And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.  

Joh 8:33  They answered him, We be Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, Ye shall be made free?

Joh 8:34  Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.  

Joh 8:35  And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever.

Joh 8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.  

1Ti 2:4  Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.[…and thus will be freed from sin, Joh 8:32]

  1. Comparing the CROWN of the groups: (A type of reward)

Those who look on outward things and fulfillment cannot see the Sum of the spirit behind the letters, and therefore are hardened to separate the Gentiles from partaking of the promises in Christ.

The crown, just like the white garment, is not exclusive to the elects of the second harvest.   When we understand what crown signifies, then the mystery of God will be finished, and we are given spiritual eyes to see it in the third harvest of men at the end too.

Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it […all the rewards..] by his angel unto his servant John:

Here is what the crown signifies:

Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:[=Crown of glory]

Col 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect [=with Crowns of glory/righteousness/life..] in Christ Jesus:

Putting on a crown like a King (the Lord is King of kings) is the glory of God resting on your head.

That is an exceedingly great reward!

1Pe 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: [=CROWN] on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

1Pe 5:4 (And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.

2Ti 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, [= a great reward] which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

[=will be all men in the end, Rev 1:7]

James 1:12 (Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, [..by FIRE..] he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.

Rev 4:4 And round about the throne were four and twenty seats: and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting, clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of gold. 

Christ is the crown of life.  We receive such an honour, such a reward by first partaking of his Fire.

Isa 66:15 For, behold, the Lord will come with fire, and with his chariots like a whirlwind, to render his anger with fury, and his rebuke with flames of fire.

It is the same one and only fire throughout Scripture the Lord will judge all men.  Let no man seduce you otherwise, regardless of what symbols the apostles and prophets are using, it is the same fire He will be using.

Isa 66:16 (BBE) For with fire and sword will the Lord come, judging all the earth, and his sword will be on all flesh: and great numbers will be put to death by him.

Christ heading all (the Crown) and giving Life to all takes place after His rebuke, anger and fury on all flesh.

He will be giving LIFE to all that passes through the fire, that is, the whole world.

Joh 6:33 For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth […the crown of..] Life unto the world.

Joh 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, [=the spirit of glory and of God – verse 63] which I will give for the life of the world. 

Christ repeats himself many many times not in vain, but that we may truly understand that His Father’s love to give Life, the greatest reward one can give to another, extends to all men.  It is special getting it first, and will just be as special to “these last” He will be giving it to!

Luk 3:5  Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth;

Luk 3:6  And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.

So contrary to the doctrine of men, both groups of the harvest will receive the same reward of Christ when all is said and done.  Our murmurings against the good man of the house is futile.

Mat 20:14 Take that thine is, and go thy way: I will give unto this last, even as unto thee. 

Mat 20:15 Is it not lawful for me to do what I will with mine own?

Let us quit looking at our neighbors comparing the works God is doing in them to His work in us, and some have strayed thereby greedily running after rewards.  We must continue to pluck out that evil eye and casting it into the age-lasting fire. Murmuring and filling our mouths with arguments is pointless and vain.

Is thine eye evil, because I am good?

4. Comparing the CRY OF SALVATION of the groups:(A type of rejoicing after being given the reward)

Keeping our tradition intact, that is, the principles of Christ:

To the Jews first (second harvest group)

Rev 12:10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Rom 8:15 (CLV) For you did not get slavery’s spirit to fear again, but you got the spirit of sonship, in which we are crying, “Abba, Father!”

The same spirit whereby we cry Abba, Father….will be sent to the rest of the Gentiles when they are redeemed from the Law of sin and death in their members in due time.

Gal 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we [=FIRST] might receive the adoption of sons.

This is another symbolism of the great reward the Father is bestowing and will bestow in fullness upon us.

Gal 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, CRYING, Abba, Father.

The Gentiles (the rest of men) will cry Abba, Father too in due time:

Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

Rev 7:10 And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, [=Abba, Father..] and unto the Lamb.

5. the Service to God of the groups:  (A type of honour to serve the King, a reward)

All shall serve Christ in God in His temple, even as with the elect in this age. The stumbling block for many following Christ after the flesh is they are deluded thinking this life, this age in the flesh, is all there is to serve and worship God!

Because of the symbolism of the Body of Christ and the functions of varying parts, one can then falsely conclude you can only serve God in this life. That erroneous thinking completely ignores God’s plans in the age to come.

The hope of being a servant of Christ does not end at the last pulse or heartbeat of our mortal bodies.

1Cor 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 

God’s elects are Christ’s servant now:

Rev 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John:

Rev 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. 

When the rest of men are redeemed from their earth, free from sin, they also shall become servants to God… bringing fruit of righteousness by Jesus Christ, fruit of holiness having been gathered into the Lord’s barn, the First Resurrection.

God’s elect of this age are being made free first to receive the reward.

Romans 6:18 Being then made free from sin, […through partaking of that great fiery tribulation, the lake of fire…] ye became the servants of righteousness.

Rom 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

Rom 6:22 (But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

When the third harvest group are made free from sin, when they come out of the great fiery tribulation at the great white throne judgment, then

Rev 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

Psa 72:11 (NKJV)  Yes, all kings shall fall down before Him; All nations shall serve Him.

Zep 3:9 (NKJV)  “For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, That they all may call on the name of the LORD, To serve Him with one accord.

6. Comparing the feeding/supper of the groups: (A type of honour to be fed of the Lord, a reward)

God’s elects in this life:

Rev 2:7 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God.

Pro 11:30 (NKJV)  The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, And he who wins souls is wise.

The Gentiles later:

Rev 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, [=of the tree of life] and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Rev 21:6  And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the  beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the  fountain of the water of life freely. 

 Isa 25:6 (Brenton)  And the Lord of hosts shall make a feast for all the nations: on this mount they shall drink gladness, they shall drink wine:

 7. The reward to be in the presence of the King of Kings- to be before His throne.

To the Jews first, God’s Elect in this age:

Rev 3:21 To him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame, and am set down with my Father in his throne.

Rev 4:10 (NKJV)  the twenty-four elders fall down before Him who sits on the throne and worship Him who lives forever and ever, and cast their crowns before the throne, saying:

Only the overcomer will be before the throne of God. This signifying that the third harvest group will also be granted that reward in due time.

Rev 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

Rev 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Rev 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and SERVE him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. [=a great reward to dwell with the King]   

Rev 7:16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat.

Rev 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

And collectively all men of the harvests [the Gentiles] will be before the throne:

Rev 5:11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands;

Rev 5:12  [Second Harvest] SAYING with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.

Rev 5: 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, heard I [Third Harvest] SAYING, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.

 8. The reward to be in the presence of the King of Kings- to worship day and night at His feet.

Starting with those that are “a kind of first fruits”:

Rev 4:8 And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.

Psa 5:7 (NKJV)  But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple.

And the final harvest group:

Rev 7:15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.

Psa 86:9 (NKJV)  All nations whom You have made Shall come and worship before You, O Lord, And shall glorify Your name.

Worshipping the Lord day and night is contrasted with the torment of the burning away of the unclean spirit of old man in the presence of the lamb:

Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:

Rev 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

This torment is the same as the torment in the flesh of the men of the second harvest and the third in their great tribulation:

Rev 20:10 (CLV)  And the Adversary who is deceiving them was cast into the lake of fire and sulphur, where the wild beast and where the false prophet are also. And they shall be tormented day and night for the eons of the eons.”

Our old man, the sinner and the ungodly within our hearts, are reserved under judgment / kept in store first (this is the resurrection of damnation) for a symbolic 1000yrs.

2Pe 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, […reserved for a signified thousand years before any rewards..]  reserved unto fire against the day of judgment [=Great white throne judgment..] and perdition of ungodly men.

2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

2Pe 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; [=signified 1000 years fulfilled..] in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

Our attitude in this life should is to be looking for and hasting unto the great white throne judgment within us, (Rev 20:11…) looking for that lake of fire (a few verses later Rev 20:14-15) to burn, dissolve, melt away all unrighteousness to eventually get that full reward:

2Pe 3:12 LOOKING for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

It is through that great fiery trial at the great white throne judgment we will attain unto the great gift to all, the righteousness of God:

2Pe 3:13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

We no longer look for carnal rewards as some men still do …

Isa 45:13 I have raised him up in righteousness, and I will direct all his ways: he shall build my city, and he shall let go my captives, not for price nor reward, saith the Lord of hosts.

Luk 17:10 (NKJV)  So likewise you, when you have done all those things which you are commanded, say, ‘We are unprofitable servants. We have done what was our duty to do.’

We are and will be looking for our full spiritual rewards.

Mat 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

The great celebration together:

Rev 22:3 And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:

Rev 22:4 And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads.

Rev 22:5 And there shall be no night there; and they need no candle, neither light of the sun; for the Lord God giveth them light: and they shall reign for ever and ever.

Because all will be in Christ, and Christ is in God, and therefore God will be all in all.

Col 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

Rev 21:22  And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb [..Christ is all, and in all.] are the temple of it.

Rev 21:3  And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, […second and third harvest of men] and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

Rev 21:4  And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

Rev 21:5 (NKJV)  Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.”

This is the greatest celebration at the end of the feast of tabernacles:

1Co 15:28  And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

Col 3:11 (CLV)  wherein there is no Greek and Jew, Circumcision and Uncircumcision, barbarian, Scythian, slave, freeman, but all and in all is Christ.”

Psa 66:3 (NKJV)  Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.

Psa 66:4 (NKJV)  All the earth shall worship You And sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to Your name.” Selah

The mystery of rewards revealed.

There is only one reward in Scripture for all that will partake of the consuming fire of God.

The work/labour in the vineyard will be the same work all men will be given to do at the end, the burning away of all sins and iniquity, which is “the burden and heat of the day.”

That is what will make every man equal unto the next when all is said and done.

All will go through the same great tribulation.  All will partake of the sufferings of Christ through the lake of fire, symbolically one and the same as the Cross, to destroy all flesh.

Mat 20:12 Saying, These last have wrought but one hour, and thou hast made them equal unto us, which have borne the burden and heat of the day.

Working “one hour” is a parable of the kingdom of God, therefore all to be fulfilled within us.

It is in “one hour” Judgment will also come upon “these last” as it is coming upon the elect in this age. As is our guiding principles, it is by keeping of the judgment of God we get to the great reward.

Rev 17:12 And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast.

It is in “one hour” these last will also go through their fiery trials of the lake of fire (the Cross/seven last plagues/killed by the Sword)

Rev 17:16  And the ten horns […as Kings..] which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire.

Rev 18:10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas, that great city Babylon, [..within all men..] that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.

Because in “one hour” the judgment we first went through is wrought on “these last”…. they themselves will then have the right to be equal unto us in that day.

To receive the same reward:

Rom 3:29 Is he the God of the Jews only? [=workers of the first hour..] is he not also of the Gentiles? [=workers of the last hour..]?

Yes, of the Gentiles also:

Rom 3:29 Seeing it is one God, which shall justify the circumcision by faith, and uncircumcision through faith.

Mat 20:13 (NKJV)  But he answered one of them and said, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong. Did you not agree with me for a denarius [penny]?

Mat 20:14 (NKJV)  Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.

That one penny is the gift of Life to all. The spirit of Life. The spirit of righteousness.

Gen 15:1 After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

The exceeding great reward is the imputation of righteousness unto all that will be Abraham’s seed, that is, in Christ Jesus.

Rom 4:9 (Cometh this blessedness […”blessed and holy first resurrection” to LIFE- Rev 20:6 ..] then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also?  for we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness……

Rom 4:11 And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also:

Keeping to our guiding principles, the reward is for one man within us, the New Man who runs the race, does all the work as an Ox, Jesus Christ.

Col 1:29 (Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

Heb 13:20  Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,  Heb 13:21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 

Phi2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Therefore, as He is the one working in the “kind of firstfruits of His creatures”, (James 1:18) bringing us into that higher spiritual place where the Father dwells and also the one that will be working in the last harvest of His creatures, it means that ultimate prize/reward is not received of the will of the flesh and blood, but only one will receive that prize in us:

1Co 9:17 For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me.   

1Co 9:18 What is my reward then? Verily that, when I preach the gospel, I may make the gospel of Christ without charge, that I abuse not my power in the gospel.

Our reward is not filthy lucre, as some ungodly men of the world turn the gospel of Christ into personal pursuits of financial freedom rather than freedom from sin.   The desire of the sons of Zebedee to be exalted and rule over men in any form was rebuked sharply by the Lord as that is not what serving the Lord entails.  Our reward is to rule in Spirit, principally within us.  That ruling is to be done by the ministration of the Word to those prepared to hear it.  Doctrines that have the Lord’s people getting a special reward and lording over men in the outward or physical realm originate from the carnal lusts of men

Mat 20:25  But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them, and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

Mat 20:26  But it shall not be so among you: but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

Mat 20:27  And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Mat 20:28  Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

Being given dominion over men is not and has never been the plan of God.

Gen 1:26  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

2Co 1:24  Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.

The outward Millennium Reign doctrine that many of us have learned in times past is not true as taught and it has many giant problems in harmonizing with the sum of the word.  Discussions and updates on the Millennium in the plan of God and its subtending topics will come as the Lord gives the increase to His flock.  Our focus should remain on the trials in front of us during the day in which we now abide, striving to be obedient in all of our behavior.  We will never deny the role of God’s people to bring forth judgment and thereby be used to save all men.  We ourselves were shown the revelation of Christ the same way [Rev 19:10, Rev 22:8-9] and will in due time pass it on to all the Gentiles to make them into Jews.

Isa 42:1  Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he [Christ via the Christ] shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles. 

Mat 19:28  And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel [Elect now, all men in due time as all Israel and all men shall be saved in the three harvests].

Getting blessed first does not make our reward any greater than any other man including all the Gentiles.

Holding fast to our principles, there is no spiritual rewards for the wicked workings of the flesh of the ‘old man’ in us, now or later.  His portion is in those things passing away, those things he does to be seen of men for personal glory that will ultimately be destroyed.  We must henceforth pay very close attention to that corrupt nature and cease from such ungodly acts.  The old man shall be put out at the end.

Mat 6:1 Take heed that ye do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven. 

Pro 24:20 F or there shall be no reward to the evil man; the candle of the wicked shall be put out.

By the foolishness of preaching, we are admonished to run lawfully to obtain that prize, understanding that it is the workings of the spirit of the Lord in us, labouring and dividing severally as He wills.

1Co 12:11 But all these worketh that ONE and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man severally as he will.

1Co 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but ONE receiveth the prize? [Philippians 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.] So run, that ye may obtain.

Let no man seduce or beguile us with the false doctrine of salvation by workings of the law, or doing many wonderful works of the strength of the flesh for rewards of God. We are warned there are many who will craftily beguile us of our full reward through fleshly acts:

Col 2:18 (Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up by his fleshly mind,

Christ is the one ruling/working in us..we are His handiwork unto the New Man, and He will finish the work He has begun to give to everyman their reward:

Isa 40:10 Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.

The secret of the doctrine of rewards hidden for ages and generations, even until this hour very few have fully comprehended this mystery is:

Col 1:26 Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but NOW is made manifest to his saints:
Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

The mystery is revealed, but only the true saints can comprehend the enormity of this truth.

Christ is our FULL REWARD.

That reward is not exclusive to a select group of men in Adam when all is said and done.  God will make known of this great reward set for the Gentiles too at their appointed time.  As they will also suffer greatly in that tribulation, they also will come out and partake of the consolation, the reward.

2Co 1:7 And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing, that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of the consolation.

No matter how much murmurings we hear against the good man of the house, He has declared the end purpose of His works, it is settled in heaven from the beginning.

Every man in due time (through death of “death”) will be presented before His throne PERFECT in Christ Jesus- the greatest love, reward God will give to His creation.

Col 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

To this day, this remains the greatest secret to Man.  Many can read it, but few more than we first thought can truly comprehend the greatness of Jesus Christ in God.

And when one is given the flaming eyes to read and comprehend even just some of this love, this reward, then “blessed are your eyes”..:

Mat 13:16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.

Mat 13:17 For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men […of the generation that is rewarding this..]  have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.

The second witness from the apostle inspired to write the heavily signified book of Revelation that has been a great stumbling block to many, been used to blind and made shipwreck of the faith of many reveals to us this secret:

Rev 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. [Christ working all after the counsel of His own will– Ephesians 1:11]

What is that reward again that we should be looking forward to apostle John?

2Jo 1:8 Look to yourselves, that we lose not those things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full reward.

2Jo 1:9 Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.

Conclusion

Being given the spirit of Christ, the love of God is the greatest reward any man can be granted.

We have seen that the reward is not just handed out without laboring in His vineyard, bearing the heat and burden of the day.

We have seen that the faithful elect of this age, who are first to partake of the sufferings of Christ by the death of their flesh, are the first who will partake of the consolation, that is, the reward of Christ in them.

2Co 1:5 For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.

It is through the faithful elect that others will receive this same reward they themselves first received of Christ. Let no man seduce you of your rewards and rob/defraud the rewards of your neighbours in Adam that will partake of the sufferings of Christ later. We are commanded to love our neighbours too and protect them.

Lev 19:13 Thou shalt not defraud thy neighbour, neither rob him: the wages of him that is hired shall not abide with thee all night until the morning.

Lev 19:14 Thou shalt not curse the deaf, nor put a stumblingblock before the blind, but shalt fear thy God: I am the Lord.

It is still a secret, as witnessed amongst us, that the Gentiles who will partake of the lake of fire in the age to come, will also be partakers of the promises of Christ also.

This is the gospel and the good news of Jesus Christ. We will rejoice with the Gentiles when God is all in all!

Rom 15:10 And again he saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his people.

Rom 15:11 And again, Praise the Lord, all ye Gentiles; and laud him, all ye people.

Rom 15:12 And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.

This is the good news that we preach.

Eph 3:5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;

Eph 3:6 That the Gentiles should be fellowheirs, and of the same body, and partakers of his promise in Christ by the gospel:

Fellow heirs as they also will be fellow sufferers with Christ in the great tribulation / seven last plagues / the Cross / the lake of fire, which is the second death.

As we preach the acceptable year of the Lord which is composed of the three harvests, we must expect the persecutions from those who think the full reward of God will only be bestowed upon them.

Luk 4:18  The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,

Luk 4:19  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

Luk 4:20  And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.

Luk 4:21  And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.

Luk 4:22  And all bare him witness, and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?  [Knowing Christ after the flesh]

This day is this scripture [preaching the acceptable year of the Lord] fulfilled in your ears, convicting the self-righteous Jews by preaching the healing and feeding of Gentiles!

Luk 4:23  And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.

Luk 4:24  And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.

Luk 4:25  But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land;

Luk 4:26  But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow.

Luk 4:27  And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.

How did these self-righteous Jews who expected that they only will receive God’s rewards?

Luk 4:28  And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath,

Luk 4:29  And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong.

If our Lord was persecuted for preaching the gospel of peace for all His creation, do we expect anything different from this world?

These are all central to the gospel of Christ, no jots or tittles to be omitted. It is the means of glorification for all men.

Rom 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

This is the spirit of true fellowship with Christ, and we are thankful He is opening our understanding to comprehend this mystery.

As this study has proven, all men come through the same process and get the same great reward. All men, even those in the third and final harvest group, will be joint heirs with the Elect [spiritual Jews] and partake of the same reward and same salvation.  In Christ we are all being made one, by the same process, getting the same rewards by living the one event to all (Ecc 9:2).  There is no difference beyond the order and sequence the Lord alone has established.

Gal 3:28  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

Gal 3:29  And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise. 

 Eph 3:6  that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel,

 Salvation, which is the reward, is common to all men (Jud 1:6) as they are brought through the same veil and process of judgment we have gone through and continue to endure to this day.  In the same way, those who walked before us have been used to show us truth and reveal Christ in us, so too will that spread to all men.  Those saved in this age will be used to save others and bring them into the fellowship of this great mystery with us.

Eph 3:9 And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:

 We should beware of doctrines and men who preach and teach contrary to the one process and one reward that the Scriptures reveal.  We have many such warnings of being puffed up with knowledge and thinking we are better than others not knowing what we know.  But all such thinking is of the flesh and is not of faith and will lead us to desire to lord over men rather than serve men and follow the example the Lord laid out in how we ministered.

1Co 4:7  For who makes you differ from another? And what do you have that you did not receive? Now if you did indeed receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?

  The outward application of Ephesians 2 is a powerful testimony of God’s plan for the ages through His Son Jesus Christ and His Christ.  Let’s read this again as final confirmation how all men will move from being a Gentile in the flesh to being a true Jew being circumcised by the Lord which is making them fellow heirs and citizens of the household of faith.

Eph 2:11 (NKJV)  Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh— who are called Uncircumcision by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands—

Eph 2:12 (NKJV)  that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world.

Eph 2:13 (NKJV)  But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.

Eph 2:14 (NKJV)  For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,

Eph 2:15 (NKJV)  having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace,

Eph 2:16 (NKJV)  and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.

Eph 2:17 (NKJV)  And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near.

Eph 2:18 (NKJV)  For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

Eph 2:19 (NKJV)  Now, therefore, you are no longer strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,

While our focus is to be on the household of God in this age.  We must not look down upon others that have not the gift of faith, remembering that all men and all Israel (which is all men) will come into the House via the three harvests.  We are to do good to all men not just those of the household of faith, never losing sight of the Lord’s words and the example He gave for us in living out our lives in the clay.

Mat 25:34  Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:

Mat 25:35  for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in;

Mat 25:36  I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’

Mat 25:37  “Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink?

Mat 25:38  When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You?

Mat 25:39  Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’

Mat 25:40  And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

Studies

Being Raised With Christ Part 2

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Being Raised With Christ Part 2

By Ayo Fabiyi,  Mitch Kuhn, Victor Torres, and Pete Wilson

Joh 5:26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself;   

Joh 5:27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.   

Joh 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

Joh 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. 

As has been emphasized recently, we must not think that any part of God’s word is not for us.  “In your days, will I say the word, and will perform it”, says the Lord (Eze 12:25).  The Father has given our Lord life in Himself and He is giving it to His elect in this age.  The Father has also given the Son the authority to execute judgment, and the Lord is indeed executing it in our days.  The hour has come that all in the graves within us shall come forth and they that have done good unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation [judgment].

We have seen last week how we live by the resurrection of damnation.  This is when we are raised from the sea to the earth.  The resurrection of damnation is not something to be applied to those evil people out there and is not something that will happen only in the future.  Most people who call Him Lord deny that they will live by those words. We all deny that we live by every Word of God until the Lord opens our eyes to the truth.

Let’s see how the Lord executes His judgment to those who call Him Lord.

Joh 9:39 And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind.  

The Lord is the best at doing both, giving sight to those who are blind, and blinding those who say they see.

Joh 12:40 He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.

Let’s look at Joh 5:29 again.

Joh 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.

They that have done evil shall come forth unto the resurrection of damnation!  Is there anyone exempted from that?  Is there anyone who has not done evil?

Rom 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Ecc 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Even our Lord who “knew no sin” was made sin for us, was born of a woman, born under the law, and partook of the resurrection of damnation because of His sinful flesh.  This seems so obvious to us once we are blessed with eyes to see, but that’s how strong the delusion is which God has sent to those who do not trust the Lord and lean on their own understanding. We must always remember that we too were once deceived and under strong delusion, and should not be proud but fear.

Rom 11:19 (ESV) Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”

Rom 11:20 (ESV) That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear.

All in Adam need to partake of the resurrection of damnation before they can partake of the resurrection of life in Christ.

1Co 15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.

His Resurrection, also known as the blessed and holy First Resurrection, is the end of all things when the word of God has been fulfilled in the hearts and minds of every man.  All the words of God when lived out bring us to the end and the receiving of this great reward where we are made partakers of His holiness.

Joh 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

In God’s sight, only one resurrection matters. He does not count the “shadow”. He finds fault with it and it’s beneath His glory. He only ‘sees’ one.

Eph 4:4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling;

Eph 4:5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

Eph 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

When all the spiritually dead within every man are raised to life, death is no more, and God is all in all.

1Co 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

1Co 15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.

This begins with an earnest deposit when faith is come and we grow into His fullness as more and more of the dead within us are destroyed in the lake of fire and Christ in us increases.

Rev 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

2Co 1:22 Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts.

This is the good news, the gospel that we preach to all those that are dead (carnally minded) so that judgment can work its work of righteousness.  This better resurrection is the hope and the end of all things we soberly watch and patiently wait for the Lord to perform.

1Pe 4:6 For for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.

1Pe 4:7 But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer.

The end of all things of the flesh is indeed at hand to those who are living according to God in the spirit.  The Lord sends His holy spirit to dwell in us with one purpose: to destroy our old man.

2Th 2:7  (BBE) For the secret of evil is even now at work: [within] but there is one who is keeping back the evil till he is taken out of the way.

2Th 2:8 And then will come the revelation of that evil one, whom the Lord Jesus will put to death with the breath of his mouth, and give to destruction by the revelation of his coming;

The “revelation of his coming” in our hearts simultaneously reveals our still wicked heart even after receiving the resurrection to condemnation. The process of the Lord Jesus putting to death our old man with the breath of His mouth, is the second death.

The wound of death that the Law brings to us is healed and we remain a beast as we live and abide in our resurrection of damnation.

Rev 13:11 (NKJV) Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth, and he had two horns like a lamb and spoke like a dragon.

Rev 13:12 (NKJV) And he exercises all the authority of the first beast in his presence, and causes the earth and those who dwell in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.

The first covenant and our first raising up to the earth when given the Law, was not faultless and did nothing to purge our hearts and minds of evil.

Heb 8:7 For if that first covenant [=resurrection to damnation..] had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second. [= Resurrection of Life/ A better resurrection.]

Heb 8:8 For finding fault with them, he saith, Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah:[=for the New Man resurrected to Newness of Life]

A day and hour no man knows is appointed to every man when there is no more time for the lesser resurrection of damnation.  A time comes when the Word of God will be performed and that day is the day of the Lord.

2Ti 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;   Being a partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God is none other than being a partaker of the Second Death!

2Ti 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

2Ti 1:10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished [abolishing, aorist] death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

Apostle Paul is saying the same thing he said in the 2nd Thessalonians verses we read above, our Savior Jesus Christ has appeared in our hearts to destroy the carnal mind/all the evil that naturally resides in our hearts (Mar 7:21-23).

Psa 58:2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.

Psa 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

The time for the better resurrection, to be raised to the Life of God was also shown to us by John.

Rev 10:5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and  upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

Rev 10: 6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

Rev 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound,[in us!]  the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

But the time is come in this age for the faithful Elect to partake of the better resurrection (in earnest or down payment), that is, to be perfected, raised by and into the Spirit of God.

1Co 15:42-So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:

1Co 15:43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

1Co 15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

The First Resurrection is the better resurrection that Paul and all disciples press onward and upward to obtain more fully in this age giving up all things and considering them dung.

Php 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

Php 3:11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.

“Being made conformable unto his death” is dying the Second Death, dying to our flesh and the carnal mind resident in it. Dying the Second Death is how we attain the resurrection to life, being made into His image.

On the other hand, being alive yet still being carnal does nothing to change our hearts and even those of old times pressed onward to obtain the resurrection to life that is now being made manifest in the saints.

Heb 11:35 Women received their dead raised  to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

The word raised in the first part of Heb 11:35 is translated from the same Greek word translated resurrection in the same verse, as in the phrase “a better resurrection”.  The words “raised to life again” refers to the lesser resurrection of damnation, back to the realm of the flesh that works damnation!

Hebrews 11 talks about the faith of the patriarchs which is a shadow of the faith of Jesus Christ given to the saints.  Let’s look at how this chapter ends and see how blessed we are in this age if we are given the faith of Christ to live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.

Heb 11:35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:

Heb 11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:

Heb 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;   

Heb 11:38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

Heb 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:

Heb 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

Why would the patriarchs listed in that chapter of Hebrews (Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob), even those who did not accept deliverance hoping to obtain a better resurrection, “should not be made perfect [without us]”?

Because the law given to them cannot make them perfect.

Heb 10:1 For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect.

The law of Moses or the law of the Gentiles cannot make those who live under them perfect.  It is only through the better testament, through the new covenant that one can be made perfect.

Heb 7:22 By so much was Jesus made a surety of a better  testament.

Heb 12:24 And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

The better resurrection can only be attained by living under a better covenant.  Living under this better covenant comes with better promises.

Heb 8:6 But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises

Heb 11:16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God:  for he hath prepared for them a city.

For the new covenant (testament) to take effect, there must be the death of the testator or the one making the covenant.  That maker of the covenant is Christ in us who dies to death (the second death) in order to be raised with power.

Heb 9:16 (NKJV) For where there is a testament, there must also of necessity be the death of the testator.

Heb 9:17 (NKJV) For a testament is in force after men are dead, since it has no power at all while the testator lives.

Heb 9:18 (NKJV) Therefore not even the first covenant was dedicated without blood.

These verses in Hebrews are dark sayings and parables that are simply saying that we must lose our life, the old man, in order to receive the life of Christ, the new covenant.

Joh 16:7 (NKJV) 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 depart, I will send Him to you.

Joh 16:8 (NKJV) And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.

Mat 16:24 (NKJV) Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.

Mat 16:25 (NKJV) For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.

What is the main difference between the old covenant and the new covenant?  The focus.

The old covenant is focused on outward righteousness, while the new covenant is focused on inward righteousness.

1Sa 16:7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.

Outward focus:

Mat 5:21 (ESV) “You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable to judgment.’

Inward focus:

1Jn 3:15 Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer:  and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.

Outward focus:

Mat 5:27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

Inward focus:

Mat 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

Outward focus:

Mat 5:33  (ESV) “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.

Inward focus:

Mat 5:34  (YLT) but I—I say to you, not to swear at all; neither by the heaven, because it is the throne of God,

Mat 5:37  (ERV) Say only ‘yes’ if you mean ‘yes,’ and say only ‘no’ if you mean ‘no.’ If you say more than that, it is from the Evil One.

When Christ comes to us by sending His holy spirit:

  • He will burn out the murderer within who hates his brother
  • He will burn out the whoremonger within who lusts after a woman in his heart
  • He will burn out the liar within who swears an oath but doesn’t mean it when he says yes or no.

Is there a verse that describes this burning out process of the man of sin, who is a murderer, a whoremonger and a liar, within us?

Rev 21:8 But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

We know we are being baptized with fire if our main focus has shifted from outward righteousness to inward righteousness. We have gone past the baptism of water and have progressed to the baptism of fire if we now take heed to ourselves before we take heed of others.  God’s unquenchable fire is now kindled in our hearts if we remove the plank in our eye first before we try to remove the splinter in our brother’s eye.

A dear sister asked about this unquenchable fire and the answer further demonstrates to us that the elect must be mainly concerned on cleaning the inside of the cup.

Mat 3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:

Mat 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner (barn); but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.

What chaff? We need not guess…

Mar 9:43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: …

Mar 9:44 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Mar 9:45 And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: …

Mar 9:46 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Mar 9:47 And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell [=Gk: Gehenna] fire:

Mar 9:48 Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.

Mar 9:49  For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

Some men may be ignorant and thereby falsely conclude that “if you cut off the one offending hand… cut off the one offending foot..if only we can pluck out the one offending eye…then we will enter into life, (=resurrection to life) halt and maimed and we will then avoid being cast into that Gehenna fire!

The way you avoid anything in Scripture is by going through it.  That truth remains as true as ever.

Yes… we cannot get away from any “jot or tittle” of the word of the God.

Great in the kingdom of God do we become as all is being fulfilled in us. (Mat 5:19).

You are that [living] sacrifice on the altar. It’s not just one hand that causes offense… it’s not just one foot causing offense… it’s not just one eye causing offense!

Behold… the whole body of the old man is vile, sick and defiled.

Mar 7:21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

Mar 7:22 Thefts [=hands causing offense], covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

Mar 7:23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

Hence the spirit calls it “the body of death”….”sinful flesh”… “the body of sin” that must be “salted with fire”, that is, destroyed.

Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

As we’ve learned beforehand, the ALTAR is THE CROSS.

That’s where the destruction, salting with fire is taking place. We call that place also “Golgotha” where we are crucified with him, that is, cast into that fire…smoke and brimstone. Fulfilling His word, the Second death in us.

Joh 19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:

Joh 19:18 Where they crucified him [Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live…], and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.

Our body of sin and all unrighteousness, when crucified on the cross, becomes a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God.

Rom 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

Rev 6:9 And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held:

Let us keep this in our remembrance.  The word translated “hell fire” above is Gehenna fire… typical of the Lake of fire.  In Christ, the true light now shines and is no more a figure of something coming, but behold, the time is now for this unquenchable fire to be fulfilled in us.

Greek: γέεννα

Transliteration: geenna

Pronunciation: gheh’-en-nah

Definition: Of Hebrew origin ([H1516] and [H2011]); valley of (the son of) Hinnom; gehenna (or Ge-Hinnom) a valley of Jerusalem used (figuratively) as a name for the place (or state) of everlasting punishment: – hell. KJV Usage: hell (9x), hell fire (with G4442) (3x).

That unquenchable fire is the Gehenna fire that is fulfilled in who..?

Mar 9:49 For every one shall be salted with [=Gehenna] fire,  and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.

“Every one”…. starting with….starting where?

Eze 20:47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

Eze 20:48 And all flesh shall see that I the LORD have kindled it: it shall not be quenched. 

“I will kindle a fire in you”.  “It shall devour every green tree [and every dry tree] in you”.  Where is all these taking place?

Eze 20:49 Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! they say of me, Doth he not speak parables?

The prophet is speaking in parables…How do we practically live this…? Where is all these being fulfilled?

2Th 1:10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

2Th 1:11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

“In his saints…in all them that believe…parables are about the kingdom of God…within” Brethren, this event is simply “the work of faith and power”….”the good pleasure of his goodness” being fulfilled in us.

2Th 1:12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Paul is revealing the deep things of God to us here. This event is how we begin to be raised from the dead… the Book of Revelation is simply a more comprehensive, deeper/darker parable of the same event.

It is the same spirit inspiring all who wrote the Scriptures.

1Co 12:11 But all these worketh that one and the selfsame Spirit, dividing to every man [Paul, Peter, John] severally as he will.

The one and selfsame spirit is not confused/divided.

1Co 12:25 That there should be no schism in the body; but that the members should have the same care one for another.

This is HOW we become worthy of His calling. This is how we attain the high prize of His calling…. ONLY by the Lord working His good pleasure in us, in heaven.

The unquenchable fire is simply the flaming fire of Christ and his holy angels destroying the old man in us. This is the deep things of God working within the heart of man at their appointed time.

Rom 16:25 Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began,

Rom 16:26 But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith:

As we are perfected in this better resurrection, we will be given power, dominion, and eternal life in earnest.  In due time, we will be kings and priests with Christ in the third harvest, as we perfect others and gather them into the Lord’s barn, that is, the First Resurrection for all men.

Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood, [by enduring our lake of fire and dying to death]

Rev 1:6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

All men get the same reward which is the prize of fulfilling the Word of God and living by every word. The Elect who are the chosen few, just get this reward of the better resurrection first. An earnest deposit that increases in this age and the fullness when given our spiritual bodies in the age to come.

Rev 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.

The only variation for all men partaking of Christ’s Holiness by this First Resurrection is the order/sequence ordained by God.  Contrary to the lie of Babylon, the blessing for God’s people of eternal life is also given to those who will be saved in the third harvest.  We do get it first, and that should be enough motivation for us to strive for the prize of the high calling.  The Scriptures declare this Truth to those given eyes to see and ears to hear.

Eph 3:6 that the Gentiles should be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ through the gospel,

Act 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.

Act 15:11 But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ we shall be saved, even as they.

The resurrection of life is not exclusive for the faithful elect, as much as the resurrection of damnation is not exclusive for those who are not faithful in their lifetime.  The whole world will be given eternal life which the Father has given to the Son.

Mat 20:14 Take what is yours and go your way. I wish to give to this last man the same as to you.

Joh 6:51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

God puts no difference between the spiritual Jews and the spiritual Gentiles.  The Gentiles will be fellow heirs, of the same body, and partakers of His promise in Christ.  Most Christians have been blinded to this secret or mystery and instead believe in false doctrines of special rewards and lesser punishment for God’s faithful elect.  The Elect of God are unworthy  or unprofitable servants, working not for pay but merely doing our duty which is our reasonable service.

Luk 17:10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.

We are to contend against all fleshly thoughts and beliefs that seek to exalt one group of people over another.

Jud 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.

The Elect are blessed indeed being given the rewards first yet the rewards, our salvation which is the First Resurrection, is the same for all men when they are given faith.

Gen 15:1 After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.

Gen 15:5 And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be.

Gen 15:6 And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

God is not a respecter of persons.  We all go through the same process.  We all do evil first and are raised unto the resurrection of damnation, before we do good and are raised unto the resurrection of life.  We are all fools first before we are made wise.  This is illustrated by the answer to a question asked by a dear brother regarding the parable of the ten virgins (Mat 25:1-13).

Ecc 2:14  (YLT) The wise! —his eyes are in his head, and the fool in darkness is walking, and I also knew that one event happeneth with them all;

That parable of the ten virgins concerns the kingdom of God, which again means it’s a living and active ONE EVENT within us.  We are the foolish before we become wise. That is God’s mode of operation. If we put the foolish on someone else, or postpone it to another age…then the Truth is gone.

Christ did not know us even when we did many wonderful works of the flesh, even had a lamp (Bible) but no oil, no spirit of discernment, no fruit of the spirit. It’s only by His spirit coming into us a second time without sin, (Heb 9:28) as a flaming unquenchable fire (2Th 1:7-10) that brings us to His wisdom, that is, raise us up to the third heaven where the Life of God resides.

Rom 8:9 But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ [=burning, consuming fire within], he is none of his.

To become wise, we have to go to them that sell oil. They that sell oil are the administrators of the Fire, who make up the Lake of fire. It is through the church, His Body that all men of all time will come and buy oil for their vessels/lamp.

Eph 3:10 (NKJV) to the intent that now the manifold wisdom of God might be made known by the church to the principalities and powers in the heavenly places [our heavens],

Eph 3:11 (NKJV) according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord,

The church is made up of Christ’s holy angels/ministers who are as He is, in the form of fire.

Heb 1:7 And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire.

So no man can buy or even sell any of the oil, except they first had the mark of the beast. That is, except they’ve first experienced flesh and blood, being in the first Adam.

Rev 13:17 And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

Rev 3:18 (NKJV) I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see.

Only those that acknowledge they are beasts and in need of a physician will lose their life to gain life in Christ. We ‘sell’ all of our old carnal ways to ‘buy’ of God gold tried in the fire (the truth).

As is evident in our recent trials, we live every jot and tittle of that little book. When we “eat the book”, every sentence written therein becomes ours.

We’ve all been led in the foolish wisdom of men, raised to carrying the Bible in our hands (as religious beasts), raised to damnation and reserved unto fire for judgment of that great day of the Lord.

Tit 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.

But after that, the bridegroom comes, the signified 1000 years have been fulfilled within…what happens next in less signified language:

Tit 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, And lest we boast of our Lord appearing in our hearts, we are told this in the very next verse:

Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved [=is saving, aorist] us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

As we are seeking how these are fulfilled in our lives NOW brethren, we know this is the same event in the book of Revelation. But not all are given to discern this wisdom at this time.  So in dark signified language, let’s see HOW that “kindness and love of God our Saviour toward us [= the five foolish virgins] appeared,..

Rev 14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, [=five foolish virgins who are seeking to buy oil for their lamps]

Rev 14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: [=a process of knowing the manifold wisdom of God, chastening is not joyous to our foolish flesh..]

So as we go to “buy” the Spirit of Christ – And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name….. the beast and false prophet that caused us to remain in foolishness also has to be destroyed in the presence of the Lamb and His holy [= five wise virgins] angels…

Rev 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them that worshipped his image. [=the 5 foolish..] These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.

Now here is Wisdom.

It is THROUGH the Lake of fire, that “one event unto all” in the presence of Christ and His Body/Church, that we attain the manifold wisdom of God. This is the Father’s age lasting purpose to all Men.

We cannot boast about anything!

We all have to buy oil and trim our lamps.

Once we undergo that buying process, from the sellers who once had the same mark/name/number as us, then it is FINISHED.  We have gotten victory over foolishness! (Death/Satan/Beast/Falsehood of the false prophets within us).

We become an OVERCOMER through the Lake of fire.

Then we can now say….

Rev 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, [= the once five foolish virgins] stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.

We become the New Man, the five wise with “the manifold wisdom of God” we “bought” from His holy angels (the Church), and can now say that we worship God in the spirit and truth, and have no confidence in the flesh, that is….we don’t worship the beasts..etc:

Rev 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ [=in our hearts and minds, living a life of righteousness]  a thousand years.

A thousand years signified is simply this plain saying brought out in the first part of this study:

2Co 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, [=the five foolish virgins by that Lake of fire..] yet the inward man is renewed day by day. [=1000 year reign upon the earth]

As we begin to look inward instead of outward, we are not ignorant of this one thing anymore:

2Pe 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.

Signified 1000-year reign = practical living to us enlightened saints is simply…”the inward man is renewed day by day”.

It is through the breaking of bread with the church that we know the mind of the Lord.

Luk 24:35 And they told what things were done in the way, and how he was known of them in breaking of bread.

It’s our joy and crown of life.  We desire nothing else upon this earth, only to be counted worthy to walk with Him in white raiment.

Let’s look closely at Ecc 2:14 quoted above with the surrounding verses, and see how abundantly clear that these verses are witnessing to the ten virgins within us!

Ecc 2:12 And I turned myself [within] to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly…

The elect sees both wisdom and folly when we turn to ourselves within.

Ecc 2:12…for what can the man do that cometh after the king?   even that which hath been already done.

What can we do to follow after Christ?  Answer: To do what He has already done!  “Take up your cross and follow me”.

Ecc 2:13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.

If the holy spirit dwells in us, wisdom will indeed excel folly as far as light excels darkness.

Ecc 2:14 The wise man’s eyes are in [within] his head; [=the four beasts full of eyes within] but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all [Yes, one event happens to both the 5 wise virgins and the 5 foolish virgins within us]

Ecc 2:15 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.

Amen, king Solomon, Amen!  It is vanity to think that we are more wise, we are more special than those who have not been given the holy spirit at this time.

Ecc 2:16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.

Again, how does a wise man die? As the fool.

We all die by the sword before we can kill with it.

Mat 26:52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

Rev 13:10 He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword…

What was the apostle John inspired to call this one event that happens to us all: going into captivity or being killed by the sword/the word of God?

Rev 13:10…Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

This is our patience and faith, brethren, that our old man is being killed by God’s word in this age, as our new man is given spiritual life.

Mat 16:25  For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.

The elect are given spiritual life first, so we can in turn give it to others.  That is what the priests of God are doing to bring Christ to all.

Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Col 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; [as His Priests] that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: [providing them  something better also, that is, “the Better Resurrection”] 

Col 1:29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.

The resurrection unto life is an ongoing, living and active event in the life of the saints. As we read, hear and live His Word, we are passing from death unto the newness of life. Having the mind of Christ and partaking of the fruit of the spirit is partaking of the blessed and holy First Resurrection.   We are given the victory over spiritual death (sin and carnal mind) through our dying to death with our Lord.

1Co 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.

Again, we must not put any verse we read into the future.  We are the dead in Christ who are rising first, from our earthly mindset to a spiritual mindset.  “Age lasting destruction” is the is, was and will be fulfillment of dying daily to the old man through that fiery trial.

1Pe 4:12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

1Pe 4:13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

To be partaker of Christ’s sufferings is to be a partaker of the second death.

1Pe 4:14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you: on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

1Pe 4:15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, or as a thief, or as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters.

Fiery trials are not only being “reproached for the name of Christ” as the new man.  It also includes our old man suffering as a murderer [hating a brother], a thief [who kill, steal or destroy, Joh 10:10], as an evildoer, or as a busybody in other men’s matters [seeing the fault of others but not willing to see the evil within them].

The Lake of Fire ushers in the first resurrection, being raised in the likeness of His Resurrection:

Rom 6:5-6 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

Rom 6:6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

Destruction of the old man is the only way to the resurrection of Life.

The life of Jesus manifesting in us is after being raised from our flesh, (via the destruction of death) when we no longer are walking after the flesh or under the Law.

Rom 8:10 And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin; but the Spirit is life because of righteousness.

Rom 8:11 But if the Spirit of him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you, he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that dwelleth in you.

This is an ongoing event as the unclean old man decreases and Christ in us increases (Joh 3:30). Paul talks of this event being fulfilled in our lives to the Ephesians also:

Eph 2:5 Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)

Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together,  and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: [..the First, the Resurrection]

The death of the Cross is the spiritual event that must happen before being  RAISED to Life. “It is finished” is fulfilled when we are crucified with Him.

Joh 19:30  When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

Joh 17:4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

We must endure to the end of this crucifixion to be saved.  This is why we need each other and are connected in a Body, so we can be helped in our times of need.

We must be found faithful (Rev 17:14) in addition to being called and chosen to be in the second harvest, raised in glory with Christ with the fullness of the Spirit.

2Ti 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:

2Ti 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

The Cross is one and the same as the Lake of fire, that destroys the handwriting of ordinances of the letter used by the false prophets within us.  Being raised above, to the New Jerusalem where righteousness dwells, we strive to live the Life of Christ in us.

1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

1Pe 1:16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

We are to live our life, with our affections not on the carnal flesh and attachments, but as in the first resurrection, in Christ in earnest, as already risen from the dead. Let us pay very close attention to when this blessed and holy resurrection is being fulfilled in the Saints.

Rom 5:21 That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness [=as Kings] unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Rom 6:19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members’ servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.

Yielding our members servants to righteousness is partaking of the blessed and holy resurrection, it is reigning as Kings until it is ALL fulfilled.

Rom 6:21 What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. [= LAKE OF FIRE, to destroy death.]

Rom 6:22  But now being made free from sin [resurrection to life], and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.

Those now being raised to the resurrection of life are also Priests and Kings now in down payment of the Spirit, not just in the “will be”, third harvest, outward fulfillment.

And this is how priests live when they walk in the spirit of life.

Mal 2:7 For the priest’s lips should keep knowledge, and they should seek the law at his mouth: for he is the messenger of the Lord of hosts.

We are warned and admonished not to forget the Law of Christ.

Col 3:1 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

Col 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth

Conclusion

We started by getting reminded that all Scriptures are profitable for us, so we must apply every single verse of the Bible in our life.

Then we saw how we partake of the resurrection of damnation, as we are given the law which becomes our righteousness.

Php 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:

But the righteousness through the law cannot perfect us for it is just a shadow of good things to come, the better covenant.  We are perfected through the righteousness which is of God focusing on the inside.  We are now concerned with burning the rest of the dead within us as our new man is renewed day by day.

Brethren, let us beg the Father to count us among those whom He has predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son in our lifetime.

Rom 8:29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Rom 8:30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.  

And to partake of the resurrection of life in our days in the flesh.

Rev 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.

We have received a great blessing as the Lord has chosen us and imparted faith to us in His Word.  Knowing this gospel requires us to die to death in order to be raised, we need to minister and to edify one another daily and encourage all to hold fast our new-found confidence all the way to the end.

Heb 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

Heb 3:13 But exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.

Heb 3:14 For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end

(All Scriptures in KJV except as noted)

Studies

Being Raised With Christ Part 1

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“Being Raised With Christ Part 1”

By Ayo Fabiyi,  Mitch Kuhn, Victor Torres, and Pete Wilson

Act 20:20  And how I kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have shewed you, and have taught you publickly, and from house to house, 

As overseers appointed by the holy spirit, we don’t want to keep back anything that is profitable to the Lord’s flock. What are we told is profitable for us?

2Ti 3:16  All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 

2Ti 3:17  That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. 

All scripture is profitable for the perfecting of the saints.  All verses of the Bible are essential for our growth, for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.  When we say some verses in the Bible are not applicable to us, we are blatantly contradicting those verses in 2nd Timothy.

In our last study, we saw how profitable it is to apply those verses pertaining to the lake of fire to our heavens. It is by faith that we are given to carry our cross to our death knowing we will be raised up in newness of life through the earnest deposit now, and the fullness when we are given our spiritual bodies.  By partaking of Christ’s death, dying to the carnal mind which is the second death; we are partaking of His Resurrection which is the First Resurrection.

Rom 6:4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 

Rom 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

This is the mystery of how we follow Christ to His death to partake of His resurrection which is to life eternal.

Joh 11:25  Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead , yet shall he live [eternal life, know the Lord]:

Joh 17:3  And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 

Life with Christ is the result of our being dead with Christ, dead to our flesh and carnal mind, dying daily to the very end which is the Second Death.

2Ti 2:11  It is a faithful saying: For if we be dead [through the second death],  with him we shall also live [be resurrected] with him: 

To rightly divide the Scriptures and the spiritual words such as the “first resurrection”; we must hold fast to these sound principles:

  • His words are spirit (Joh 6:63, Pro 1:23),
  • We live by every word inwardly (Mat 4:4, Luk 4:4),
  • His words are a two-edged sword actively working on both the old man and the new man within us (Heb 4:12, Isa 55:11)
  • Christ must increase and our old man must decrease (Joh 3:30, Col 3:9-10)
  • We shall all be changed (1Co 15:51). Our transformation from the old man to the new man is the one event that happens to everyone (Ecc 9:2).

Holding fast to these principles is required to rightly divide the Word regarding the spiritual meaning of the First Resurrection.  The First Resurrection entails us living out a resurrection of judgment before we live out a resurrection to life.

Joh 3:5  Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. 

Joh 3:6  That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit

We need to take heed that the eye of our understanding is according to the single mind of Christ.  If we apply every word of God either to the old man or to the new man within, then our whole body shall be full of light.

Mat 6:22  The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 

But if we say some parts of the Bible are not for us, our light has turned into darkness, and how great is that darkness!

Mat 6:23  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! 

That’s how a little leaven spreads and infects the whole body.  If we start by saying one or some Scriptures do not have an “IS” application in our life, then sooner or later, we see ourselves lining up verse after verse saying they don’t have a living and active application for us.  Here’s an excerpt from a recent article written by those whose understanding had been darkened by the Lord:

“There are but two resurrections, and you and I will be in one or the other:

Joh 5:28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,

Joh 5:29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life [First Resurrection]; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation [Lake of Fire, Second Death]

All in this age will be raised up to one of those two resurrections.  Christ and His Christ begin their judgment at the house of God in this age and are granted “the crown of life… the blessed and holy first resurrection… a better resurrection… book of life… the power of  Christ’s resurrection… the resurrection of life” as opposed to the “resurrection of judgment”. The resurrection of judgment is the second death, because all who are cast into the lake of fire were not judged in this age. Hence “the resurrection of judgment”.

That being the case, there is no way the Lord or His Christ can ever experience the second death because the second death is “the resurrection of judgment”, and Christ and His Christ were judged while in this age and while in bodies of flesh.”

So as of tonight, we seven of your elders …., have been led to put this false doctrine out of our spiritual house.”

This is patently false doctrine spoken above as these men have been blinded to see the Truth.

Eph 5:11  And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.

Eph 5:13 But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.

We are reproving these unfruitful works of darkness that are an incredible departure from the sound principles in this reasoning over the resurrection.  Seeing only the letter and not the spirit in the words of Scripture, these men who left our fellowship, now have an ever-growing list of words God spoke that are no longer applicable to themselves in this age.

Eze 12:25  For I am the LORD: I will speak, and the word that I shall speak shall come to pass; it shall be no more prolonged: for in your days, O rebellious house, will I say the word, and will perform it, saith the Lord GOD. 

Eze 12:26  Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 

Eze 12:27  Son of man, behold, they of the house of Israel say, The vision that he seeth is for many days to come, and he prophesieth of the times that are far off

Eze 12:28  Therefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; There shall none of my words be prolonged any more, but the word which I have spoken shall be done, saith the Lord GOD. 

Who are we going to believe, those people whose “vision that he sees is for many days to come” or the Lord who says “there shall none of my words be prolonged any more”?

As painful as it is, we must recognize that these men with whom we once broke bread are overcome by the spirit of Babylon where many foul spirits make their habitation.

Rev 18:1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory. 

Rev 18:2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. 

To the carnally minded, the resurrection of judgment has become another variant of the lie of eternal torment.  Such an event is only put upon those evil people over there and out in the future with no personal (IS) application to us. 

When we are given to see and understand the deep things of the spirit, the principle of “the dream is one” becomes clear.  Different events and details are speaking of the old man vs new man which is the same One Event the Lord is working in our lives and will work in all men in due time.  This principle goes back to the beginning where the Lord begins to teach His servants.

Gen 41:25  And Joseph said unto Pharaoh, The dream of Pharaoh is one: God hath shewed Pharaoh what he is about to do.

Gen 41:26  The seven good kine (cows) are seven years; and the seven good ears are seven years: the dream is one.

The Lord’s process to remake men into His image is one.

Eph 4:4  There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 

Eph 4:5  One Lord, one faith, one baptism,

All things written are lived out by all men and all are working together for the greater good (Rom 8:28) and become an integral part of raising up all men (resurrecting them) to be alive with Christ.  This is the greatest blessing and the great reward because it is what is making us holy into the very image of God.  The blessing of the First Resurrection is to live the life of Christ, reigning in righteousness within.

Rev 20:6  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.

The Second Coming of Christ Within

Our witness for the Lord comes in two halves, signifying our whole testimony and experience in Christ. Our witness for Christ is living the two distinct steps that together are the one event.  For example, we know there is only ONE BAPTISM (Eph 4:5) yet we are told the details of two baptisms.  The dream truly is one.

Heb 6:1 (NKJV)  Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, 

Heb 6:2 (NKJV)  of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 

These baptisms speak of the same mystery regarding the shadow and the truth that all men must live.  The resurrections are like the baptisms, the shadow and then the reality, the entire process of both being the one event that is saving us when we fulfill those words.

 For example, there is a baptism of water and a baptism of fire.  Our living both of them in order is the one event and living by every word of God.

Mat 3:11 (NKJV)  I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire

We first only get the baptism of John, which is our baptism of water. The baptism of John is a type of the true water and true bread which is to come later. It is in the church in the wilderness where we learn the letter of the Law. This is where we repent outwardly and focus on cleaning the outside of the cup, but our inner man (the inside) is yet to be cleansed.

Mat 23:25  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.

Mat 23:26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.

Mat 23:27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.

Mat 23:28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

This is the state we are in when our old man is raised in the resurrection to judgment (reserved for judgment).

2Pe 3:7  But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

We focus on outward righteousness only.  But the Lord sees our hearts, and says…within [you] are full of extortion and excess…within [you are] full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness…within you are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

With the planks (error in doctrine) now removed, we can preach and live the gospel which is by faith walking into the Lake of Fire (Rev 1:15), carrying our cross and dying to death.  We have been drawn out of the “shadow of death” and are now able to abide in the marvelous light which is performing the second death within us.

Psa 107:14  He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death, and brake their bands in sunder. 

Psa 107:15  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men! 

We are now rejoicing that Christ has come and shined light on our error.

Luk 1:76  And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; 

Luk 1:79  To give light [bring the true fire] to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace. 

The precious few the Lord is dragging to Himself have been appointed to live through seven plagues and have their beast, false prophet and the father of their man of sin (the Devil/Satan) cast into the Lake of Fire.  This is the gospel that we must now preach only as we live it out in our own lives, bearing the fruit of the spirit.

Rom 15:18 For I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles (our flesh) obedient, by word and deed,

To partake of Christ’s holiness, we must move beyond the shadow.

Heb 10:1  For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 

This two-step process of the shadow first then the truth (spiritual reality) is how the Lord is transforming us, destroying the old man and raising up the new man.  The truth is hidden in the Scriptures and only unlocked using the sound principles of rightly dividing the Word of Truth.  Coming to see this principle will open one’s understanding to the IS, WAS and WILL BE progression bringing us unto a mature man in Christ.

2Co 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Rom 1:17  For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.

Joh 1:16  And of his fulness have all we received, and grace… [to] grace.

Joh 1:17  For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.
2 Cor 4:16  For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

The Shadow and the True Resurrection – We Live Both

To attain to the first resurrection that is in Christ (Joh 11:25), we must live out the resurrection of damnation before we can live out the resurrection of life. Our fallen brethren have been led astray by the error of their carnal minds and seeing only the letter and totally misappropriating the following verses.

Dan 12:2  And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. 

Dan 12:3  And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever

Joh 5:28  Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 

Joh 5:29  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation

Both of these resurrections (the shadow and spiritual reality) are ours as are all things written.

1Co 3:21  Therefore let no man glory in men. For all things are yours;

1Co 3:22 Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours;

The carnal mind and lies of Babylon have men putting the resurrection of damnation or everlasting shame out on those wicked and less blessed people than ourselves.  That is, of course, nothing more than an insidious remake of the same old lie we learn in Orthodoxy regarding the false doctrine of eternal hellfire.  Denying we live the resurrection of damnation and the Second Death and Lake of Fire is the same error we previously escaped from to which our brethren have now returned.

2Pe 2:22  But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire. 

Pro 26:11  As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.

The details of the one event are hidden in dark sayings and parables.

Psa 78:2  I will open my mouth in a parable: I will utter dark sayings of old:

Let’s first define the Greek word for Resurrection:

Pronunciation: an-as’-tas-is
Definition: From G450; a standing up again that is (literally) a resurrection from death (individual general or by implication (its author)) or (figuratively) a (moral) recovery (of spiritual truth): – raised to life again resurrection rise from the dead that should rise rising again.
KJV Usage: resurrection (39x), rising again (1x), that should rise (1x), raised to life again (with G1537) (1x).

Said another way, a resurrection is simply a RAISING UP.

The next question that must always be asked is: what are we raised up to? All men, beginning with the Elect must appear for that raising up:

2Co 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

Like all the workings of God, we are first given a figure or a type and shadow of that which is to come. The true light, true resurrection is fulfilled in Christ by us first living the type and shadow which is the resurrection of damnation.

Resurrection of Damnation Comes First

At the appointed time, God begins the two-step process (the shadow then the reality) to raise us up to a better Life in the Spirit. This is the first and second coming of Christ with the water and then the fire that has us following Him to the Second Death which results in us being blessed and made holy in the First Resurrection.

An outline of the event is this:

  1. The first raising up (resurrection) is FROM the Sea to the Earth. We will take a closer look scripturally how the Lord works that resurrection.
  2. The Second raising UP is from the earth to the third Heaven, the manifest presence of God in Christ in the Paradise of God.

Let us now search diligently the Scriptures whether these things be so.

Dan 12:2  And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, [#2] some to everlasting life, and [#1] some to shame and everlasting contempt

“Some” is not dividing Mankind into different groups ‘out there’. Both awakenings are fulfilled in every man the same way there are two kinds of baptism within every man at their appointed time.

Act 24:15  And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just [#2] and unjust [#1]

In these hidden parables of the Lord, the first shall be the last and the last first.  First the natural which is the type or shadow and only then the spiritual application is fulfilled in our life.

1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 

1Co 15:47  The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. 

The last resurrection is indeed the First Resurrection in the eyes of God who has declared the end of all things from the very beginning.

“Some” #1 is the old man awakened to living by the oldness of the letter whose end is death.  This is our first baptism by water where we are given the oracles of God (the Law) but have yet to receive Christ, the fire, that then begins our overcoming process.

“Some” #2 is the New Man in the Newness of life, manifesting that life through the death of the old man. This resurrection is the second coming of Christ within us for salvation apart from sin (Heb 9:27-28).  It is the fire that brings life through dying with Christ.

When we are first raised up to the resurrection of damnation, we must first discern what realm of the spirit we are raised from. All resurrections are from the grave [hades].

Our “grave” is simply when we were in the Sea of flesh, having not the Law. When we were uncalled, that is, we have not come to know Christ after the flesh at all, death still reigns in us but sin has not yet been imputed.

Satan is still shut up in the bottomless pit.

Rom 5:13 For until the law sin was in the world: […=sin was in our lives ruling us….] but sin is not imputed when there is no law

Before we are called of God and come to know Christ after the flesh, we have not been given the ‘Bible’, the oracles of God in our hearts yet. Even the “letters” has not even come alive yet.

Rom 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, [=without the Law] who is the figure of him that was to come.

“Even over them” for example includes all outside of Christianity, not called to Christ after the flesh yet, who have not the Law of Moses.  This is our natural state “without the Law” from birth. The 1,000 year reign of Christ upon our earth has not yet begun.

Rom 2:12 For as many as have sinned without law shall also perish without law: and as many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; 

Rom 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified. 

Rom 2:14 For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, 

do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves: 

Gentiles are signified in the Book of Revelation as “the dead”…” in the Sea”. The sea will give up its dead too but there’s a process.

Rom 2:15 (NKJV)  who show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and between themselves their thoughts accusing or else excusing them)

Gentiles without Law is all of mankind who are beasts (Ecc 3:18) living in the sea of flesh and carnal mind devoid of the knowledge of God.  The only thing guiding us in this realm of death is ….”the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts accusing or else excusing them.

That is all men first being as dumb Gentiles….”without the Law”.

1Co 12:2 Ye know that ye were Gentiles, carried away unto these dumb idols, even as ye were led.

This is us as the Beast in the Sea.

Rev 13:1 And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy.

The raising up (our resurrection) from the Sea to the Earth…(think within) is our receiving of the Law. This is the resurrection of damnation which is a resurrection to judgment and which is also the beginning of our earth within to be ruled and reigned over by the Lord for 1,000 symbolic years (the millennium).

All men who are beasts will in time be raised up into this resurrection of damnation (reserved unto judgment).   But at this stage of our resurrection, we are still dead unto God being yet carnal and living under the law of sin and death.

2Ti 3:5  Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.

2Ti 3:6  For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,

2Ti 3:7 Ever learning [from the law], and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

This resurrection is done practically when the Lord gives us the Law.  This is how the Lord raises up Israel from all the nations of the earth and separates them (us) from the rest of mankind that remains dead in the sea of flesh.

Rom 3:1  What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? 

Rom 3:2  Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

As natural brute beasts, we are given “life” but this is only the shadow or type of life at first.  This “life” is not the life of the righteousness of God, but rather a “life” that manifests the righteousness of what we are given, the righteousness of the Law.


Php 3:6 (NKJV)  concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless.

Mar 10:20  And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.

Mar 10:21 Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

The Law is what causes us, imputes on us to fulfil this word of the Lord ….”and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.”

This now risen beast still has life which is why we later see this beast cast “alive” into the Lake of Fire (Rev 19:20).   At this stage we are a beast who has received the Law and entered into our symbolic 1,000 year reign of death within.

Rev 13:11 And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.

This beast has received the Wound, the oracles of God. It is a religious beast that follows the Lamb, strength like a lamb…all after the flesh.

This is our knowing Christ after the flesh which is our resurrection of damnation.  The outside of our cup is clean but we remain deceived despite the fire from heaven and the miracles we are given to perform.

Rev 13:12  And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. 

Rev 13:13  And he doeth great wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men, 

Rev 13:14  And deceiveth them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do in the sight of the beast; saying to them that dwell on the earth, that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound by a sword, and did live

This is the shadow of the true resurrection of Christ that all men live out beginning with the Elect in this age.  We think we are alive but we are still dead in our sins.

1Ti 5:6  But she that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth.

Rom 7:5 For when we were in the flesh, the motions of sins, which were by the law, did work in our members to bring forth fruit unto death.

This is how evil, transgressions, wrath are being treasured up in us, imputed by the Law.

Rom 4:15 Because the law worketh wrath:[=damnation] for where no law is, there is no transgression.

Those that have done evil are you and me, raised from the grave in the sea now on the earth and given the Law, the oldness of the letter, the baptism of John that reveals in us shame, contempt, carnality and dishonour. This resurrection to damnation is our Romans 7 experience.

Rom7:8 But sin, taking occasion by the commandment, wrought in me all manner of concupiscence. For without the law sin was dead. [=I was a Gentile beast without Law, sin was dead to me…as there is nothing to transgress.] 

Rom 7:9 For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, [= THIS IS THE Resurrection of damnation—->] and I died. 

This death is ‘the awakening’ of the depth of evil that lives in the old man and begins to shine the light onto the hidden presumptions and invisible sins we were not even aware of in our lives.

Rom 7:13 Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me [=condemnation/damnation] by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.

Psa 19:12  Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

Psa 19:13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

1Pe 4:3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, [=Peter, a physical Jew,  is speaking primarily of spiritual sins here wrought by the Law...] when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

The giving of the Law to us is what brings us under condemnation and/or contempt, that is, under the 1000 year reign upon the Earth (within).

2Co 3:7  But if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not stedfastly behold the face of Moses for the glory of his countenance; which glory was to be done away:

We must NEVER forget what God does is Good. The resurrection to the earth from the Sea in spirit has its own glory, cleaning the outside of the cup, overcoming outward/ overt sins etc. But there is a more excellent, better resurrection to come.

2Co 3:8  How shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious? 

2Co 3:9  For if the ministration of condemnation be glory, much more doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory. 

The ministration of condemnation is the same thing as the resurrection to condemnation. Both reveal our sin.   

There is something much better coming, that far exceeds the glory of the first raising up.  This is the better resurrection that is bringing forth the true fruit of righteousness and age-abiding life with the Lord.  This is the First Resurrection whereby we are given a crown of life which is having the mind of Christ.  The shadow of the resurrection of Christ is the resurrection to damnation. This is the reason and purpose the Lord gives us the Law as we live out the Millennium awaiting our day of the Lord.

Gal 3:19 Wherefore then serveth the law? It was added because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator.

We are given the law to raise us up to “the Earth”, to treasure up wrath, to bring shame and contempt and gives an occasion for the next raising up to “the third heaven”. This is part of us learning to discern good from evil through this contrast.

Gal 3:22  But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 

Gal 3:23  But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 

Gal 3:24  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 

The Book of Revelation tells of this same mystery using signified words.

Rev 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years [=concluded under sin]

Rev 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season.

 When the 1,000 years is fulfilled, we are prepared for war in heaven to bring an occasion to overcome and fully destroy the beast, false prophet and the Devil and all his evil angels within us.  Their destruction will only take place in the Lake of Fire when they are cast “alive” into lake which is the Second Death.

Rev 20:7  And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, 

Rev 20:8  And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. 

Rev 20:9  And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them. 

Rev 20:10  And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever. 

The resurrection of damnation is us being raised from Gentiles without the Law to Gentiles with the Law. We are “alive” but walking in the flesh, under tutors and governors until the 1,000 years are fulfilled/expired upon the Earth.

Gal 4:2  But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 

Gal 4:3  Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 

Gal 4:4  But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 

The resurrection unto damnation, unto the ministry of death/condemnation is/was fulfilled in our lives through our old man waxing more corrupt by the Law.

Eph 2:3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh,[=under the law of sin and death] fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Conclusion Part 1

If we are found faithful in this age, we will be moved on to the better resurrection and fulfill all the Words of God by living out the resurrection of life that follows our resurrection to damnation.  It has been demonstrated that the “Resurrection of damnation” is just the shadow of the true resurrection that comes only in our appointed day of the Lord which is after we have been ruled over by the Law for our symbolic 1,000 years within.

Gen 1:26 And God said, Let us make [is making, the process] man in our image, after our likeness: [=the shadow, first Adam is flesh. Revival of old man within us for us to comprehend him] and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

In the appointed time for each, we move from the shadow into the true and one resurrection known as the “resurrection of life”, “resurrection of the just” which is the blessed and holy First Resurrection.  This is where we become the express image of His being.

Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high;

1Co  15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy [first, the shadow], we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

Next Sunday, Lord willing, the focus will be on the resurrection to life, which is the better resurrection and which is the end of all things being the First Resurrection.