For the Assembly of Philadelphia– the sixth Ekklesia of brotherly love– we covered how it correlates to the sixth millennial day in God’s panoramic plan of redemption for the Jewish nation and the elect of all nations, particularly at the end of this millennium as we enter the global tribulations of the Apocalypse.
In the third chapter of Revelation, we considered how the Messiah introduced Himself as the One with the “Key of David,” meaning that He provides an entrance for all the tribes into the coming Kingdom, including those who have lost their tribal identities over the ages and those who will be grafted- like the wild olive tree of Romans 11- into the commonwealth of the Kingdom, via their faith and adoption through Christ.
To the Philadelphian Assembly the Lord promises an “open door” and a means of escape from the trials of the Year of Recompense, when the world is tested and tempted to receive the Mark of the Beast. For those who hold true to the Word and overcome, God promises to make them a “pillar” in His everlasting Temple, even Gentile believers, which means that they will not be removed or cast out of the Holy Land. Instead, they will reign with the “Great King” during the millennium (and thereafter)- i.e., the last and seventh pillar in building the Temple of Wisdom.
In the previous article, I, the scribe, explained how the Firstfruits consist of Israelites of the early apostolic harvest in the Ekklesia, but in this article we will contemplate the future of the innumerable multitude from all nations, ever since the days of Adam, will be grafted into the Kingdom, as the Ingathered fruits of the latter harvest of souls.
“For the arms of the wicked shall be broken, but the LORD upholds the righteous. The LORD knows the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be forever. They shall not be ashamed in the evil time [Apocalypse], and in the days of famine they shall be satisfied. But the wicked shall perish; and the enemies of the LORD, like the splendor of the meadows [like grass], shall vanish. Into smoke they shall vanish away. The wicked borrows and does not repay, but the righteous shows mercy and gives. For those blessed by Him shall inherit the earth, but those cursed by Him shall be cut off.” (Ps. 37:17-22) NKJV; emp. mine
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man can number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms [palm branches] in their hands; and cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb. (Rev. 7:9-10). KJV
Sadly, rapture-believing Christians will be left behind as they stubbornly cling to the world and deny the wedding invitation- like the five virgins who did not have enough anointing oil of the Spirit and went out to meet Him too late. Those who are faithful will be sealed and hidden in the final year, which is the first year of the Great Sabbath, and Christ warns how horrible it will be for those who take flight after the sealing: “But pray you that your flight is not in the winter nor on the Sabbath Day, for then shall be Great Tribulations such has not been since the Genesis of the world to this time [Great Sabbath], no, nor ever shall be. And unless those days are curtailed, no flesh would be saved, but for the elects’ sake those days shall be curtailed” (tran. & intrpl. mine).
For some readers, this gathering that I assert seems like a very long time away from today, especially with hundreds of thousands of Christians already suffering beheadings, enslavement, and various tribulations in Iraq, Syria, and other parts of Asia and Africa, and even globally; but the years pass quickly, and the worst will soon be upon us all.
Much of the world forbids Christian teachings, especially within communist nations of Asia, and Western leaders have grown secular with minds set on a new, progressive world order of elitist utopia; they have already begun silencing Christianity, scheming, and pushing their socially progressive agenda to diminish our traditional places in society.
When Saudi Arabia recently made bringing a Bible into their country punishable by the death penalty (i.e., by their government sanctioned beheadings of Christians), the U.S. and Western governments said practically nothing to offend their oil allies and Islamic masters. Ancient churches, museums, and memorials that have survived centuries are now burned and destroyed with little more than verbal acknowledgement by Western leaders.
Just as God’s youth with be the most enlightened people of biblical faith in these final days, as their knowledge is increased, the generation of Satan is watching this hate and indifference to Christian troubles, and they are taking their place as the most dark and evil, selfish and corrupt people that the world has ever produced. Already evil abounds and the love of many grows cold, as Christ said would occur.
Surely he will never be shaken; the righteous will be in everlasting remembrance. He will not be afraid of evil tidings; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the LORD. His heart is established [Samek]; he will not be afraid, until he sees his desires upon his enemies. (Ps. 112:6-8) NKJV; intrpl. mine
Be courageous for the truth, or be condemned with the falling world. For every one of the Lord’s own is tempered as a veteran warrior, accustomed to fighting as a soldier in small bands for His truths, boldly planted against the advancing hordes of demons and dark spiritual entities. They stand firm in The Way, but when they advance, the gates of hell cannot prevail against them; for indeed they are a fearsome power to behold on their march, breaking-down the defenses and prison gates, the strongholds of slavery and any fortitude of lies with the sword of the Word. They release the prisoners of fear, bursting through walls with great shields of faith, showing the love and the salvation of God for His humble ones.
And if the midnight of doom break upon them in the winter of this cursed world, they have a Commander of the hosts who will surely arise and crush all devices that have assembled against them. These are those who dare to stand in the spotlight of the world, to becoming spectacles for the ancient Word and the righteousness decreed by a faultless faith. And there, where they are appointed to make their stance, comes the true and Primal Light of Creation with grace, unseen carnal eyes, sent down from Heaven to strengthen them in The Way. Concerning these things, they will sing in the flowering spring of the new age of holiness, understanding, wisdom, trust in God, and the everlasting mercy in which the Most High has bestowed upon them.
Thus, no matter what evils may press forward at the threshold of the Great Sabbath Kingdom, and no matter what forces are constructed to deride the Assembly, having done all to stand, as the apostle has said, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD our God.
For, as Scripture has proclaimed, they will surely gather against you, and the raging spirit of their father will indwell them; but you are not of the fearful and unbelieving who will by no means enter the Kingdom; you are the called, the faithful, the sought-out, the bold, the chosen, and the selected elect. All things holy in the spiritual world are lightly esteemed by them, the children of the wicked age, and their faiths are only in the powers of evil and deception to destroy, but you have been conditioned to comprehend the glorious mysteries of our God; you have received the blessings to understand the millennial works of salvation in the making, by the will and wisdom of God.
Thus, if you are called, and you are faithful to go, stand and witness to the appointed times and the power of the Lord, disregarding all obstacles and snares of the adversary, believing the promises given unto you. Do not forsake your brothers and sisters who are true among the Jews, and stand for righteousness when evil approaches on the outskirts of doom. Death and Hell come down to Earth, but you will prove true to God as those who have faithfully fallen in centuries of sorrows before you. As written, believers beheaded by the children of the False Prophet Mohammad will reign with the Messiah during the Great Sabbath.
For faith without works is dead, and there is no great victory without great trials of your faiths. Before the true Sun rises to chase away the dark shadows of the night, first comes the plight of the just which is established by the Spirit and might of your Father who is in heaven.
With victory- forever triumphant- good and truth will prevail. Pay no heed to the preachers of the damned who oppose the glorious works that God does through His people; they will fall as you surely stand. Give no ear to the haughtiness of oppositional naysayers who boast in the world, for at their demise is your righteousness and glory established. And they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet.
I send these words of encouragement to you, the Ingathered harvest, by the Spirit, knowing that you will be burdened with a darkness greater than has been known to the world. The whole world will vehemently rage against you. Yet, as Scripture decrees, greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world. Let His holiness be your light in the pitch-black nights of the apocalyptic world. Let His love for you become your confidence in knowing that you are always abiding in His sight. And if you are destined to take-up your cross, trust that a new life of joy and honor will be your crowning achievement in but the twinkling of an eye; for the Light of our God shall flash across the Apple of His Eye. He will be seen in the skies over Israel and raise His people. All these things are temporary and soon to pass, but the everlasting dominion of glory is at the doors.
This you have not stumbled upon, but it has been brought to you, which is called the “Day of the LORD”- a day of sorrow for those who reject His witnesses and many signs of the times, but a day of passing trials to celebration and serenity for you- life beyond death, light beyond darkness, joy beyond sorrows.
To discern how these seven last plagues on the rebelling nations fit within the formerly described plagues of the trumpets, we must understand how the reporter or watcher is explaining them. Suppose a meteorite struck the earth. A reporter could explain how the devastating occurrence killed the wildlife in the region. Then, giving a later report, the reporter could mention further devastation, explaining how the trees were burned-down in the area. Or, the reporter could show footage of animal carnage to one group, then footage of charred trees for the interest of another group. Even though the two catastrophes occurred from the same meteorite, they may be explained as two unique visions. It would be left for the reader or news watcher to discern by the corresponding details that both stories were in fact the taken from the same event.
And I saw something like a sea of glass mingled with fire, and those who have the victory over the beast, over his image and over his mark and over the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, having harps of God. They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: “Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, for your judgments have been manifest. (Rev. 15:2-4) NKJV
Again, the song that the great multitude will sing is about being pursued by a world empire and miraculously saved in the wilderness. It is about being redeemed and saved in life. It is about being brought to the Promised Land.
During the Year of Recompense, the sealed and Ingathered harvest of God will celebrate in salvation. They will praise the Lord for standing against a world which will pursue them to destroy them. Their spirits are before the spiritual throne of God after being sealed for the final year and marriage, but their bodies are alive on Earth for the coming throne at Jerusalem. And, not to be discounted, even those who were martyred will be raised by Christ when He comes.
The Lord cursed the earth with lice because of the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart. The Lord cursed all Egypt’s waters with blood because they would not let the elect go to the place of the Lord. The Lord brought darkness on them for three days for their rebellion. The Lord brought plaque upon plague on them, devastating their nation with fire and hail, and cursing them with frogs and locusts. He cursed their flesh with boils and sores from the dust. The livestock were killed and the harvest of the field was destroyed. Yet still they would not believe and let the elect nation escape into the wilderness to be before the Lord. All these things He did because Egypt rebelled against the Lord and His will for His people; and these things are for a witness written in the shadows to the leaders of the world during the days of the Apocalypse: Do not harden yours hearts against the will of God. As for the meaning of the Egyptian plagues, I will cover each in another article, God willing.
Knowing these things, how many spiritual virgins in the churches of Replacement Theology- many of whom are able to learn- will not be prepared for the wedding of the Great King? These virgins are too fair and too far away, wandering curiously through deep and foreign forests; dancing in soft meadows to bitter-sweet melodies of religious love; musing and laughing at their latest sitcoms and social media, already adorned in flimsy white silk, playing love songs and hide-and-seek behind the oak trees; indifferent and melancholy, reading my words as a peculiar song that teases the mind and tingles the ears, but in no way taking the words of the Kingdom and warning to heart.
In the abundance of their lives, they consider my love song properly forgotten in a passing moment of intrigue, just another futile writing for passing time. Their veils are too many, and they can hardly see; their ears are too heavy, for far, far too many words have already been written and heard! The call of Zion comes from too far away, like a faint whisper on sweet, soft winds, whistling through their forest trees, hardly stirring their leaves and not much louder than the past of their haunting thoughts.
Beautiful and stunning are the words of biblical prophecy, and they repeats the lyrics thoughtlessly, but in no way will they allow any heaviness to weigh them down and grieve their hearts. They must dance for joy and avoid any burden too heavy for fair virgins to carry. The limited sunlight of their lives is too soft upon their dear, tender skin, and the twilight too romantic and dim to be distressing…so the wedding must go on without them.
They have lost track of time with concerns of the world. Their Gospels of God lack His judgments and instructions, so their joy turns to bitter sorrow, for they are foolish virgins who deceive themselves into thinking that the Gospel is centered solely upon them and their personal, spiritual journey through life. Insomuch, they deserve to stay behind in their fantasy land and sweet daydreams, which is something that they have chosen over the full Word, even until they awaken too late and know that they have been left without at the walls of glory.
They, the foolish virgins, are Christianity today; many are called, but few are chosen. They hear the call of Noah, but in no way will they enter the ark; they place the blood over the doorposts of their hearts, but they will in no way leave Egypt for the wilderness; they dance as David before the LORD, but in no way will they battle for the Kingdom as he did; they love the cross of Christ, but in no way will they take-up their own; they celebrate the glory of the Kingdom of Heaven, but in no way will they seek it or enter it; they love many select passages from the Scriptures, and they highlight all the sweet promises, but in no way will they learn or honor the whole Word of God. It is not that important if it does not immediately relate to them, to their prosperity and blessings, until it relates to them a little too late and it becomes most important.
So dance fair virgins, who call yourselves the “Bride of Christ,” and, by all means, sing aloud! Fantasize about your rapture to the heaven of the dead; but on this restored Earth will be the everlasting dominion of our coming King of Glory. On this Earth the Lord will gather His people with the voice of an archangel and His messengers of truth, and they will answer His call to tabernacle before the throne of His glory.