Bible Believers' Newsletter #159
"We focus on the PRESENT Truth -- what Jesus is doing NOW . . ." ISSN 1442-8660
We greet you in the wonderful Name of our Lord Jesus Christ and appreciate your fellowship. This Newsletter serves those of like precious faith and whosoever will receive the truth is welcome to feed their soul from the waters of the River of Life. Everything presented should be confirmed personally in your own Bible.
No Reason To Celebrate Sharon's Victory
The Israeli political leadership has been corrupted from abroad and no one running for Prime Minister is exempt. And that includes Ariel Sharon above all . . . (Comment: the Empire of the City of London). Unfortunately too many people think Sharon's victory means the war has been won and they are about to be very disappointed because Sharon will betray them just as much as Barak did. Only the style will change.
Here's how we got the elections . . . Binyamin Netanyahu was in the middle of a lucrative American speaking tour. There, he met two members of the Council On Foreign Relations (CFR), George Shultz and Henry Kissinger . . . (by Barry Chamish, Israeli correspondent).
Full story: http://e-venthorizon.net/ggr/middleast/noreason.html
Shadows and Types in the Holy of Holies
Hebrews 8:7-9:5, "If Israel's first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no necessity for the second. For not finding Israel blameless (and thus demonstrating the inadequacy of the first covenant to renew the soul -- Hebrews 10:1-2), God said, 'The day will come when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: not like the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not keep their part in My covenant, and I disregarded them. But this is the new covenant I will make with the house of Israel after those days: I will put My laws into their minds, and inscribe them on their hearts so they will know My will without My having to tell them: and I will be their God, and they shall be My people: and they will not need to teach their kinsmen, saying, "You too should know the Lord": for from the least to the greatest My elect will have the revelation. For I will be merciful to them in their wrongdoings, and will remember their sins and iniquities no more' (Jeremiah 31:31-34; Ezekiel 36:26-27; Isaiah 11:9; 54:13; Daniel 9:24).
In that He said, "A new covenant", God has made the first even in its very origin to be set aside as antiquated and without hope of rejuvenation. And that which decays and grows old is ready to be consigned to the past.
There belonged even to the first covenant (which was a type of and parallel to the new covenant) ordinances of divine service, but its sanctuary belonged to this world. For there was a tabernacle constructed and fitted out; the foremost, wherein was the candlestick, and the table, and the showbread; which is called the sanctuary. And behind the second veil, the tabernacle which is called the Holy of Holies; which had a golden altar of incense, and the ark of the covenant overlaid with gold, wherein was the golden pot that had manna, and Aaron's rod that budded, and the tables of the covenant; And over it the cherubim of glory shadowing the mercy seat".
Paul's purpose in writing is to describe the symbolic and typical character of the sanctuary Moses modeled after the vision of the heavenly temple which Christ has entered, now to appear in the Presence of God for us (Hebrews 8:8:1-6; 9:11-24). He was instructing Hebrew Christians into the present reality that cast these traditional shadows and types with which they were all familiar.
For centuries the Church comprised mainly Hebrew converts. Paul observed, "They are not all Israel who are of Israel" (Romans 9:6), as there was always an election within the nation and the true Spiritual Israelites were they who received the revelation and lived it, watching for further Light to unfold (I John 1:7). These received Messiah because they recognized THEIR day and ITS Message.
Israel who were to be a Light to guide we Gentiles to God, were DARKNESS, even to themselves, so Messiah was the Light of the world. We Gentiles received It gladly, and overcoming the world by our baptism into Him became the "Israel of God", comprising both Hebrews and Gentiles (Galatians 6:14-16; Ephesians 2) -- not Catholics, Baptists, Methodists, Anglicans or even Pentecostals who follow Brother Branham; certainly not "Jews", or even Hebrews of the Twelve Tribes of Israel -- only the elect who are genuinely born-again is the "Israel of God".
"We are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of us as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Judean nor Gentile, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ's, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Galatians 3:26-29).
Abraham's seed is the baptism with the Holy Ghost or new birth that makes one a child of God through Christ and a joint-heir with Him in the promises of God. As the born-again Church is the Israel of God, God will bless them who bless us, and curse those who curse us, and in us shall all families of the earth be blessed (Genesis 12:3). Ask yourself, have all the families of the earth been blessed through natural Israel? Certainly not! Through the non-Semitic, anti-Semitic self-styled "Jews" perhaps? Only if you regard usury, slavery, the China opium trade, today's narcotics industry, Communism, Nazism, two World Wars, scores of other wars and revolutions God's blessings.
"The blessing of Abraham has come upon the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith" (Galatians 3:14). "Who shall accuse us whom God has chosen for His Own? It is God who has declared us righteous" (Romans 8:33). Know who you are, that you are the children of God, a chosen generation, a royal priesthood from Shem Ham and Japheth who will soon manifest the Sons of God and be translated to the Wedding Supper in the air.
Jesus promised that although they may never have heard of the Savior, those who are good and kind to His Bride shall be blessed and 'saved' because we Bride are Abraham's seed (Matthew 25:34-46; Genesis 12:3).
As the children of Light, the Israel of God shone that Light to the Gentiles. But darkness is blinding this wicked and adulterous generation at the second or 'parousia' Coming of the Son of man as it blinded Israel's wicked and adulterous generation in the days of His first Coming.
Soon the Light will shine in the Promised Land for 144,000 elect natural Israelites to fulfill Daniel's Seventieth Week. Hebrews 8:10 said they will receive the new covenant when the Northern and Southern kingdoms are reunited. That reunion has taken place in my lifetime so we are at the end-time (Matthew 24:32-34).
Throughout the Book of Revelation John represents the end-time Bride of Christ; physically on earth but Spiritually caught up to see the things that take place after the close of the Laodicean Church Age (Revelation 4:1-2). As John recorded the visions he witnessed on the isle of Patmos under the Mosaic symbols employed by Paul, they hold further truths for us. I wish to speak on some of these symbols.
The ark and the sanctuary were "the beauty of Israel" (Lamentations 2:1). The mercy seat was regarded not merely as the lid of the ark but the most important feature of the Holy of Holies (which represented heaven), and the only meeting place between God and man. Thus the Holy of Holies was called "the place of the mercy seat" (Exodus 25:17-22; 26:34; Leviticus 16:2; I Chronicles 28:11).
The mercy seat was the 'kapporeth' or covering, not merely of the ark, but when sprinkled with the sacrificial blood of Israel's offering for sins against the Law contained within it (and which works the wrath of God), it became a propitiatory covering and expiation of sins (Leviticus 16:15-34). The propitiation or atonement was for breach of the covenant so it was fitting that the mercy seat covered that covenant written on the two tables of stone inside the ark. When reconciled through the blood sprinkled on the mercy seat, God could speak with His people and His communications to Moses are represented as made "from off the mercy seat that was upon the ark of the testimony" (Numbers 7:89; Psalm 80:1). The atonements ('kippurim') on the day of atonement ('yom kippur') are inseparably connected with the 'kapporeth' which was sprinkled with blood (Leviticus 16:13-15).
The mercy seat constructed by Moses typed Christ "Who is the propitiation ('mercy seat', covering, satisfaction or atonement) for our sins; and not for our's only, but also for the whole of Adam's race" (I John 2:2; Psalm 85:10). Christ is the place of meeting between sinful man and a holy God Who cannot see your sins through the blood (Romans 3:25).
That word mercy seat does not mean 'seat' in the English sense of the word so much as 'place'. Jehovah is certainly spoken of as 'dwelling' and even 'sitting' between the cherubim (Psalm 80:1; 99:1) but His enthronement is in the Shekinah glory that appeared above the mercy seat and between the cherubim for "heaven is My throne and earth is My footstool" (Isaiah 66:1). The "place of God's rest" was once seen in the Shekinah or glory between the cherubim above the mercy seat. Following Jesus' baptism by John in the river Jordan, the place of God's rest was in Christ Who is the glory of God (Matthew 3:17). And from the day of Pentecost, all Christ was He poured into His Church (John 17:21-22).
The ark was a type of God veiled in His redeemed creation. Built of shittim wood signifying humanity, it was overlaid with gold, emblematic of diety. Under the new covenant God writes His Word in the secret place of the heart as He inscribed It upon the stone tablets concealed within the ark. No man could see the ark but the high priest through the cloud of incense in the darkness of the Holy of Holies on the day of atonement. God's likeness is seen only in Jesus Christ for "No man has seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, Who is in the heart of the Father has declared the fullness of His nature and character" (John 1:18; Hebrews 1:3; 10:20). "And no man can 'see' that Jesus is the Lord, but by the revelation of the Holy Ghost" (I Corinthians 12:3). God is still veiled in Christ.
When the Tabernacle was dedicated and the ark placed into the Holy of Holies, Moses heard the Voice of God. And when the last member of the Bride is placed into Christ beyond the vail, God's true tabernacle is complete and God will speak through her in the manifestation of the Sons of God.
On its journey, the ark was wrapped in the vail, in badgers' skins and blue cloth. It's title, "the ark of the testimony" signifies its purpose was to keep intact God's covenant written by Him on the two stone tablets. And the purpose of God in redemption was to gather glory to Himself firstly by manifesting the fullness of the godhead bodily in one Man. Secondly by gaining pre-eminence in His Body of believers that He might live in people. And thirdly to restore the kingdom to the proper relationship it had with Him before the Fall. See 'Christ In the Mystery of God Revealed'. So long as those who will be redeemed are on their journey, they are, like the ark wrapped or vailed behind skin and cloth.
Paul prophesied, "In the dispensation of the fullness of times God will gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him" (Ephesians 1:10). The seven times (or forty-nine days) of the Pentecostal feast (which typed the Gentile dispensation) ended in 1963. The revelation of the Seven Seals Christ opened following the close of the Laodicean Church Age is now gathering the wise and foolish virgin out from denominational thorns and briars which will be cast into the lake of Fire and burned (Matthew 3:12; 25:6; Revelation 18:4; 19:20). At the end of this present holy convocation of the fiftieth day, "the dead in Christ will rise first, and we who are alive will be changed in the atoms and caught up with them to meet the Lord in the air" (I Thessalonians 4:16). Next God gathers the 144,000 elect Israelites, and the saints of all ages will return with them to step out on the ashes of the wicked for a millennium of peace after the destruction of all life on earth (Malachi 4:1-3). Finally the judgment will gather the 'saved' non-elect from among the sinners who will be cast into the lake of Fire and anihilated.
All who are redeemed into the glorified Word represented by the gold-clad ark enclosing the tables of stone will dwell through eternity in the new heavens and new earth under Christ and his Bride -- the new Jerusalem -- symbolized by the mercy seat overshadowed by the Shekinah above the ark between the cherubim.
"Jesus Christ is the shining forth of God's glory, reproducing His nature and character, and upholding all things by the Word of His power. When He by Himself purged our sins, He sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high" (Hebrews 1:3).
God separated His people into His service that they may be His sanctified ones, His saints (Leviticus 20:7-8; Numbers 16:5). The expression "purged our sins" is drawn from the purity of Levitical worship wherein only ceremonially pure Israelites were permitted into the assembly. Christ's atonement not only cleansed the heavenly temple of the sins of the Old Testament saints, it removed the hindrances created by sin and the limitation of the Law to union with God (Hebrews 8:7-13; 10:10). His saints are to be not just outwardly holy but inwardly pure, Levitically pure since this is the business of those whom God has separated from the nations as His possession, to observe the distinctions between 'clean' and 'unclean', which He Himself has established (Matthew 23:28). The Levites type the Bride. We are to be a royal priesthood, a kingdom of priests separated from the nations (I Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:6). I speak of Spiritual Israel, His elect Church who kept on walking in the Light of Moses and the prophets after that nation renounced the Logos for the "commandments of men", the Talmud.
To the outwardly defiled, equally as to the sinner, participation in the service was allowed only through priestly mediation on the ground of sacrifice; thus alone access to God and appearance in His Presence were made possible. This pointed to the purification from all sins which, for Israel, was made on the great day of Atonement, the mourning of which foreshadowed their rejection of the true atonement and high priest, our Lord Jesus Christ, Who accomplished purification for all in His Body (Hebrews 7:27; 10:10).
The two cherubim wrought massively out of fine gold occupied the extremities of the cover of the ark of the covenant within a crown or raised border. Facing towards each other, they looked down upon the mercy seat, and in reverence covered their faces with their outspread wings.
This massive golden cover of the ark, itself overlaid with plates of gold, had the significance of a mediator between the ark of the covenant and the God Who was enthroned above it so long as the blood was present. However, once the blood was removed, it became His judgment seat.
The ark was primarily the footstool of God's heavenly throne above between the cherubim which are its bearers and the guards of His throne typing the leading Tribes of Israel encamped around the ark and whose tribal emblems bore their likeness (I Chronicles 28:2; Numbers 2). In the New Testament they type the four gospels through which one must pass by faith receive the Holy Spirit Who lived in the redeemed as recorded by the Book of Acts of the Holy Spirit in the apostles.
Disciples listening to their teacher's instruction are said to sit 'at his feet', and in old times one put his foot on the neck of his conquered enemies signifying they were under his power and subject to his judgment (Psalm 44:5; Malachi 4:3; Luke 10:19). This Earth is God's footstool and His defeated enemy because of sin and Calvary. Only the blood of His Son on the mercy seat stays His judgment.
But according to Revelation 4 the blood left the mercy seat in 1963. How is grace abiding still? Where are the plagues of God's judgment?
So long as Christ's Bride is upon Earth, the Earth is a mercy seat and God must withhold His wrath, for "the life is in the blood" and the Bride is the blood of Christ by the baptism of the Holy Ghost because His Life is in us (Leviticus 17:11). The Holy Spirit Who hinders Satan from taking absolute power through the Roman Catholic church will restrain until He leaves Earth in the translation of the Bride (II Thessalonians 2:7).
Picture in your mind the ark of the covenant and you will see how it signifies God's throne of mercy and judgment where He is seated in the heavens and revealed as the Shekinah above and between the cherubim. Beneath Him, integral with the cherubim, and also made of gold (representing deity and Jesus Christ), is the place of mercy and mediation -- so long as it is covered with the blood of the sin offering. Beneath this is the ark itself made of shittim (or accacia) wood overlaid with gold, signifying the union of heaven and earth in redeemed creation -- the renewed heavens and renewed earth.
After the Seventh Trumpet sounds, "The Gentiles, being apostate and angry with God, come to a place of no more repentance. Their dispensation ends and the great day of God's wrath begins. This is the time of the first resurrection, the manifestation of the Sons of God; the time when God should destroy those who destroy the Earth. And the temple of God in heaven was opened, and there was seen in His temple the ark of His testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail" (Revelation 11:18-19).
Here the ark is a symbol of God's Presence with and favor toward Israel.
Revelation 7 is in parenthesis, a soliloquy summarizing redemption of the Church under the first four Seals (Revelation 7:9-17), and Israel's redemption under the Sixth Seal (Revelation 7:4-8). Let's look quickly at the first three verses
Revelation 7:1-3, "And after the revelation of the Seven Seals in chapter 6, I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. (Satan is the prince of the power of the atmosphere we breathe. His United Nations may be taxing rainfall but they have not placed a tax upon the air. . . Yet. These four messengers are the spirits behind the fourth Gentile world empire, the four house riders of Revelation 6 who control Papal Rome which will rule the New World Order under Satan incarnate in the Pope. 'Wind' signifies war and strife. As this wind blows from the four cardinal points it speaks of world wars. So this Satanic power must be the Empire of the City of London. They plan and control wars. Through their international banks they finance both sides, having ensured that under international law national debt can not be repudiated). And I saw another Angel ascending from the East. (This is Christ, the Angel of the Covenant Who placed judgment on the beast from the Earth (the USA and the Protestants) and the beast from the sea (Rome), preventing their union until the last member is in the Bride (Revelation 10:1-4). Here He is seen departing in the resurrection and translation of the Church prior to revealing Himself to Israel in the midst of Daniel's Seventieth Week (II Thessalonians 2:7). As the glory that spoke from above between the Cherubim He departed from the Temple in the days of the Captivity. He returned in the flesh as Israel's Kinsman Redeemer but was again rejected. Now He returns after 2,000 years with the Seal of the living God in Israel's second or 'parousia' Coming (Ezekiel 10:18-19; 43:1-2). And He cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea. Saying, Hurt not the (beast from the) earth, neither the (beast from the) sea, nor the trees (nations), till we have sealed the 144,000 servants of our God in their foreheads." (Or revealed the PRESENT Truth through two prophets, sealing them into the Kingdom. Then you may destroy the last the Gentile world empire, her (once) Protestant image, and all life on earth in the atomic holocaust of Armageddon).
When Jesus Christ had purged our sins He was raised up to sit at God's right hand in His throne, which is heaven, whence He shall rule until He has put all of his enemies under His feet (I Corinthians 15:19-28; Psalm 110:1; Revelation 10:2; 7:4). He shall smite the nations and rule them with a rod of iron at the white throne judgment (Revelation 19:16). All whose names are not found in the Book of Life will be cast into the lake of Fire, then "all things will be subdued unto Him. He shall then be subject to God" and together with the overcomers or elect, return to this renewed earth which is our joint inheritance where we will rule and reign with Him from New Jerusalem over the nations of the 'saved' (Revelation 3:21; Matthew 19:28-30).
Isaiah 66:1, "Thus saith the LORD, heaven is My throne, and Earth is My footstool: where is the house that you build unto Me? and where is the place of My rest?"
Earth is God's footstool and a mercy seat until the translation of the living Bride. Thereafter it is God's judgment seat. Following the millennium and the general resurrection, the judgment will be upon Earth which is also the place of the lake of Fire (Revelation 20:7-15). David built the ark a house and place of 'rest' in Jerusalem (I Chronicles 6:31). God's house and place of rest is in David's greater Son where the Bride and all the elect are and Who has gone away to prepare a place for the antitype of the ark. We are New Jerusalem, the city of gold over the ark. The mercy seat is now in the Bride.
The ark sat in the Holy of Holies, its content restricted to the Ten Commandments. In the first instance this types Christ in in the Presence of God. In Him dwells the fullness of the Word bodily. In Him alone, "the Lord our righteousness" (Jehovah-Tsidkenu), Who magnified the Law, do the Commandments find their perfect realization, and prove that the only thing God can redeem is His Word.
In the second instance it types the redeemed in Christ: Romans 8:33b, "God says I am righteous" (Way Translation).
Romans 9:30-10:5, "What shall we say then? That the Gentiles, who followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel, who followed after the Law of righteousness, hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the Law. For they stumbled at that stumblingstone; as it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumblingstone and rock of offense: and whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.
Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be saved. For I bear them record that they have a zeal of God, but not according to knowledge. For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the Law for righteousness to every one that believes (Jehovah-Tsidkenu). For Moses describeth the righteousness which is of the Law, That the man who doeth those things shall live by them."
When Israel trusted in the material ark for deliverance rather than faith and obedience to the Covenant God delivered them into Captivity (Psalm 78:52-64; I Samuel 4:10-11). In the days of the Captivity, Jeremiah (23:1-8) condemned Judah's denominational ministry for scattering His people and foretold the days of Christ's 'parousia' Coming to Israel declaring His name will be called THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS (Jehovah-Tsidkenu).
It came to pass in Jeremiah's day that the ark was lost in the destruction of Solomon's temple. Its place was indicated in the temple of Herod only by an unshapen stone, foreshadowing the Logos Who will destroy and replace all kingdoms of earth when that stone has been shaped without hands into the capstone incarnate into the end-time Bride from whom the whole Body is fitly joined together (Psalm 118:22; Daniel 2:45; Zechariah 4:7; Matthew 21:42-44; Ephesians 4:15-16; I Peter 2:3-8).
The Holy Ghost used the ministries of seven shepherds to baptize the saints into the PART-Word divisions of the Body of Christ -- typed by the Great pyramid. But like Enoch these seven could not finish the Building and God used eight principal men. After the Church Ages, "another mighty Angel came down from heaven clothed with a cloud and the rainbow was upon His head". This eighth is the Son of Man crafting the Capstone Bride without hands (Micah 5; Zechariah 4:7; Revelation 10:1-8). "For He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth" (Romans 9:28).
The second temple had in its Holy of Holies neither ark nor golden pot of manna, nor Aaron's rod. The golden pot of manna typed the PART-Word revealed to each of the seven Church Age Messengers in the days of Christ's mediation. Its loss signifying "when that which is perfect is come, that which was in part shall be done away" (I Corinthians 13:10).
Like the revelation of the Seven Seals and the Messages to each Church Age, God gave His people fresh manna on each of six days. On the seventh no manna came from heaven and the pilgrims partook of the double portion gathered on the sixth day, which was miraculously preserved. Likewise "when Christ opened the Seventh Seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour", (Revelation 8:1). And Brother Branham said, "the seventh angel has no certain Message -- there was no fresh manna for Laodicea whose Message was simply Hebrews 13:8 and the restoration of the Gifts of the Spirit -- he just gathers up the loose ends left over from the previous six Church Ages".
God told Moses, "take a golden pot and put an omer full of manner therein, and lay it up before the Lord, to be kept for your generations" (Exodus 16:32-36). This was a memorial to Israel of the Lord's provision of natural food during their journey through the natural wilderness to their Promised Land; an evidence that He will provide Spiritual food in due season for the Church on its journey through the spiritual desert to the eternal Land of the Millennium. Of course, the millennium is only a space of time but one must possess eternal Life to be there, and the source of that Life is that Bread from heaven (John 6:47-51).
Manna spoiled after one day, yet when Moses laid it behind the vail in the Holy of Holies, it was in the Presence of God and eternity. It could not spoil and it could never run out. When a man became high priest and passed beyond the veil into the Holy of Holies, he ate of the original manna that fell in the wilderness. And the same Holy Ghost that fell on the day of Pentecost fed each of the seven Church Age messengers with the portion of "hidden manna" for THEIR day to feed the elect in THAT Age (Revelation 2:17).
Like the omer of manna allowed to each Israelite daily, God imparted Spiritual Life through a different Message in each Church Age. That's why denominations shout and speak with other tongues but can never be born-again. Their ministers have never gone beyond the vail to receive the "hidden manna" which is fresh every Age, and never runs out. As Peter said, "The promise is unto you Israelites and your children, and to all the Gentiles in Adam's race that are far off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call" -- both Hebrews and Gentiles (Acts 2:38-39).
Once we are born-again we are behind the vail in the Presence of God with eternal Life, feeding on manna day and night. Those in the Holy Place under sanctification or in the outer court under justification are eating the 'letter' of the same Spoken Word but without the 'Spirit', and It will not give them Life because they are not in the Presence. Anything dead that lays in the Presence of God's Shekinah glory will live again, and Christ will raise it up at the last day. Job knew this. Anyone dead in sin and trespasses who lays in the Presence will blossom into a new creature in Christ Jesus. When Aaron left his dead, dried rod in the Holy of Holies it was restored to life, blossomed and grew almonds overnight. Oh, sit under the anointing of the PRESENT Truth and you'll blossom with the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace long-suffering, goodness, gentleness, faith, meekness and temperence.
Aaron's rod typed the priesthood of Christ which would be rejected by Israel (Numbers 17:3-10). The almond is the first or 'wakeful' tree to bloom in Springtime as Christ was the firstfruit to awaken among the Old Testament saints who slept. This denotes the vigilance and fruitfulness which His ministers should exhibit for we are brothers to those who will constitute the first awakening or resurrection from the dead. It also types the rod of Christ's strength which will finally destroy every adversary (Psalm 110:2, 5-6).
These relics that sat in the presence of the ark in the Holy of Holies were lost when the ark was in the hands of the Philistines, showing that the Word for the hour (omer of manna) and the lawful priesthood (Aarons rod) under the angels to each Age would pass into the hands of the Gentiles when Israel rejected Messiah.
Jeremiah prophesied, that when the 144,000 are born-again they will no longer yearn for 'the good old days' when Israel possessed the ark of the testimony. Those days will not even come to mind, and the ark will not be reconstructed, for in the new heavens and new earth Jerusalem will be known as the throne of the Lord, and all nations of the redeemed shall be gathered unto it in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ (Jeremiah 3:15-17; Revelation 21:24). And the name of the city shall be Jehovah-Shammah. "The Lord is there". nl159.htm
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Brother Anthony Grigor-Scott is a non-denominational minister. He has ministered full-time since 1981, primarily to other ministers and their congregations in various countries. He pastors Bible Believers' tiny congregation, and is available to minister in your church.
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