Be careful to take English translations of the Bible, or any another, at face value. I have seen a number of mistranslations in the KJV and others. When questions arise about a Scripture with two differing points of view, I try to go back to the original translation in Greek or Hebrew or Aramaic. You should try to dig into the original meaning of things yourself, with the Holy Spirit’s assistance, of course.
For instance, I believe that the phrase “immediately after the tribulation” in Matthew 24:29 has been mistranslated: “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” (Matthew 24:29 KJV).
The Greek word for “immediately” in Matthew 24:29 is STRONGS NT 1161: δέ, de, deh is a primary particle (adversative or continuative), which can be translated “but, and, etc.:—also, and, but, moreover, now (often unexpressed in English).”
The Greek word for “after” in Matthew 24:29 is STRONGS NT 3326 bμετά,metá, met-ah’ that properly denotes accompaniment. It primarily means “amid.” 345 times metá is translated “with” in Scripture, 88 times it is translated “after,” and 5 times translated “among.” It can also be translated together, when, since, etc.
Therefore, I believe a more proper translation for Matthew 24:29 would be something like: “And accompanying 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” (Matthew 24:29)… or “Also with the tribulation…” or “But amid the tribulation…” or “Moreover amid the tribulation…” You get the idea.
When I had an epiphaneous appearance with both Yeshua (i.e., Jesus) and Gabriel on 4 December 1999, I was told about the 144000 and their connection to the sixth seal in Revelation Chapter 6: “I looked when He opened the sixth seal, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became like blood. And the stars of heaven fell to the earth [fallen angels and meteors], as a fig tree drops its late figs when it is shaken by a mighty wind. Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed out of its place. And the kings of the earth, the great men, the rich men, the commanders, the mighty men, every slave and every free man, hid themselves in the caves and in the rocks of the mountains, and said to the mountains and rocks, ‘Fall on us and hide us from the face of Him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb! For the great day of His wrath has come, and who will be able to stand?’” (Revelation 6:12-17 NKJV).
When the earth experiences the sixth seal in its fullness, the 144000 FirstFruits Virgin Bride Company (who some people call the remnant, the elect, the barley harvest, or wise virgins) will be transformed and arise, like Enoch; and then, be sent as transfigured light beings throughout the earth to preach/demonstrate the ever-living gospel with and without words, doing His greater works: “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father” (John 14:12 NASB).
Please take everything to the Lord, including this post, for confirmation. Test everything, because you and I are each personally responsible if we allow ourselves to be deceived. That is why I often pray to be humble and teachable as well as “Lord, search me and try me to see if there is any wicked way in me.” Yeshua warns us: “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore, be wise as serpents and harmless as doves” (Matthew 10:16 NKJV). Additionally, I caution all of us that no one really knows everything that will happen in the coming days. In my 23 years of walking this out, I have sensed God drawing near to take His 144000 Bride (and then the rest of His Wise Virgins sometime afterwards) several times. I have searched the Spirit and what I have seen, sensed, and heard many times. Bottom line. Only our Heavenly Father knows the exact time and timing of it all as well as all the details. All I know is that Abba Father has extended His incredible lovingkindness and mercy several times. An Ascension in Christ group has even seen Him insert more time in our timeline. Unfortunately, I am seeing what I have seen with the SANTA-TIZING message that Messiah Yeshua gave me to give to His Christian Church. Please refer to http://wp.me/p158HG-kH. Sadly, the more mercy Father God extends, the harder the hearts seem to get. It appears as if His people think that God endorses their sin (things that don’t align with the plumb line of Scripture) due to His disciplines/judgments not being immediate.
The great earthquake that makes the earth reel like a drunkard has several other signs that accompany it: “I looked when He broke the sixth seal, and there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth made of hair; and the whole moon became like blood; and the stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind. The sky was split apart like a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island were moved out their places” (Revelation 6:12-14 NASB).
Yeshua said that there will be signs in the heavens… signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars. The earth will shake and quake. It will reel, like a drunkard, and be in perplexity while the seas will roar before His coming (Luke 21:25). All the signs accompanying the sixth seal and the 144000’s transformation and arising are connected to Planet X (i.e., Nibiru). Nibiru has many names: Planet X, Planet 7X, Nemesis, Xena, the Doomsday Planet, the Destroyer, the Ninth Planet, the Tenth Planet, Wormwood, and the Red Dragon.
The Destroyer also caused the Ten Plagues in Egypt when God’s people were held captive. The sun being darkened for three days and three nights was the ninth plague: “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Stretch out your hand toward the sky, so that darkness may come over the land of Egypt, a darkness which [is so awful that is] may be felt.’ So Moses stretched out his hand toward the sky, and for three days a thick darkness was over all the land of Egypt [no sun, no moon, no stars]. The Egyptians could not see one another, nor did anyone leave his place for three days, but all the Israelites had [supernatural] light in their dwellings” (Exodus 10:21-23 AMP). And it is not a coincidence that the tenth plague includes a direct reference to The Destroyer of Nibiru fame: “For the LORD will pass through to strike the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and not allow The Destroyer to come into your houses to strike you” (Exodus 12:23 NKJV).
Just as the sign of Jonah was a sign to those who witnessed Christ’s First Coming, so will it be a witness to His Second Coming: “Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, ‘Teacher, we want to see a sign from You.’ But He answered and said to them, ‘An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth” (Matthew 12:38-40 NKJV). Our generation will experience three days and nights of darkness, just as Jonah did, and it will be caused by what is now called Nibiru, Planet X, or The Destroyer.
The Destroyer will not only cause the sun, moon, and stars to be dark for three days and nights; but it will also cause many meteors/asteroids to hit the earth, including the infamous Wormwood: “The stars of the sky fell to the earth, as a fig tree casts its unripe figs when shaken by a great wind” (Rev. 6:13). One of the things I was shown by the Lord is that the Book of Revelation is not necessarily sequential. Many of its devastations will happen all at once. “The first sounded, and there came hail and fire, mixed with blood, and they were thrown to the earth; and a third of the earth was burned up, and a third of the trees were burned up, and all green grass was burned up. The second angel sounded, and something like a great mountain burning with fire was thrown into the sea; and a third of the sea became blood. And a third of the creatures which were in the sea and had life, died; and a third of the ships were destroyed. The third angel sounded, and a great star fell from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell on a third of the rivers and on the springs of waters. The name of the star is called Wormwood; and a third of the waters became wormwood, and many men died from the waters, because they were made bitter” (Revelation 8:7-11 NASB). Refer to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xni42Oqcf0E.
Those tight with the Lord will be protected. Remember that God does not wink at pride, or any sin. Scripture reveals that it is the wicked who are judged and the righteous who will remain to inherit the earth. “Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision! For the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. The sun and moon grow dark and the stars lose their brightness. The LORD roars from Zion and utters His voice from Jerusalem. And the heavens and the earth tremble. But the LORD is a refuge for His people and a stronghold to the sons of Israel” (Joel 3:14-16 NASB).
I do not know the timing of the arising of the 144000 FirstFruits. I have read that it will be within the first 24 hours of the three days of darkness, or right after that. I hold all that loosely. I have heard from the Lord that when the 144000 go up, the fallen ones (fallen angels) come down. Here are a couple of articles from Jeff Byerly that go into much more detail about what I have been sharing:
God’s Faithful Remnant Bride are called the Wise Virgins in Matthew 25. I can make a case that His Wise Virgins are made up of two components:  144000 FirstFruits Virgin Bride from the Twelve Tribes of Israel listed in Revelation 7.  All sold-out Bridal Hearts who have purchased their oil from the Anointed One – Messiah Yeshua. Or, I can make a case for the 144000 FirstFruits being called the Bride, and a larger Bridal Company being called Wise Virgins. Please refer to https://santatizing.wordpress.com/2017/01/01/ten-virgins-will-greet-both-the-bridegroom-the-bride/.
I personally have been led to conclude from the Scriptures and from time spent in His Presence that first the 144000 will be transformed and arise. These 144000 are the “first fruits to God and to the Lamb” (Rev. 14:4). These 144000 FirstFruits will initially help many souls out of impossible situations and help the Lord of the Harvest reap His final and great harvest of souls.
After the 144000 arise and shine, other smaller groups of Wise Virgins, who are not counted among the 144000, will be transformed and arise too (just like the 144000). My current understanding is that even though the totality of the number of the Wise Virgins will be much greater than 144000, they will NOT be transformed and arise all at once, as one group. As each person matures to become just like the Head of the Body of Christ – Messiah Yeshua – they will transform and arise (be taken by God, like Enoch) with a smaller group. God will decide who and when.
The Great Tribulation will fully test and refine all people on earth by His fire, so that those made in God’s image can come forth as gold (Job 23:10). I know many of you have been taught that Christians aren’t appointed for wrath and other doctrines of men. What we have seen when we have done Group Ascensions in Christ (where we solely ascend by the Blood of Yeshua to seek the perfect will of our Heavenly Father) is that what we have been taught about the end-times is way off!
For instance, we have been shown that we have already entered the Great Tribulation. If this is, in fact, the case, the 144000 and the Wise Virgins are still here on earth.
For instance, we have been shown that the two (twin) witnesses in Revelation 11:3 are people in heaven and people on earth, not Biblical figures like Enoch, Moses, or Elijah.
If you are like me, I don’t want to miss out however God moves. My advice is to hold tightly to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and loosely to everything else. You really don’t want to miss out because you chose your own comfort, your own understanding, or your own ways. Remember that even the elect (you and I) can be deceived so easily when we don’t trust God in all His ways. Let everything that can be shaken go, so only that which cannot be shaken will remain (Heb. 12:28-29). Let His fire consume the chaff: “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up. Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what matter of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness, looking for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved, being on fire, and the elements will melt with fervent heat? Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells” (II Peter 3:10-13 NKJV).
Know that when the Lord’s judgments are on the earth, the people will learn righteousness. God is after mature sons of God who have attained bridal oneness with Him. This is one of the problems with the rapture doctrine. Besides the rapture being escaptology (thus not Biblical), God is not going to be translating and transfiguring people full of sin. They will be like Enoch. They will walk with God, which means that they will walk in holiness, righteousness, and truth.
As I have already stated, I try to hold all things, except Him, loosely, so I don’t miss the Lord and what He is doing. Things are changing very quickly. Do not get stuck on something that will cause you to miss Him. He is our focus. He is our Savior, our Deliverer, our Friend, our Beloved, our Intercessor, etc. Focus on His beauty. Focus on His love, as you remain humble and teachable and pliable in His hands. God doesn’t want anyone to perish. Repent for His Kingdom is at hand and the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord is upon us.
QUERY: I am interested in learning more about intimacy with Father God. I am a believer in The God of the Bible; but I want to go deeper, and I am not sure how to do that.
ANSWER: I believe that most people are missing a major key to diving deeper into intimacy with Messiah Yeshua and Father God. That key has to do with choosing something by your will, which is part of your soul. At one point, Abba instructed me to set my heart, like flint (solid, immovable, determined focus), on Him and His perfect will by, choosing it through my will. Please allow me to practically lay this out.
First, by your will, choose to determine with all your heart, mind (soul) and strength that you will love Him with everything you have and are, because He first loved (loves) you unconditionally… no matter what. Choose that you will never back down from pressing into Him. Choose by your will to become just like Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ). Choose to always be humble and teachable, and continually pray for His assistance in it all.
Once you have firmly chose Him with your will, your heart and everything else will follow. That is why Yeshua told us to pray in the Lord’s Prayer: “Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come [in me]. Your will be done [in me] On earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:9-10). Even on the cross, Jesus prayed “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42). Notice that Yeshua’s focus was/is continually on His Father’s will.
Through your focus on Messiah Yeshua, your relationship with Abba Father will naturally develop, because the two are one. If you see Yeshua, you see our Heavenly Father and vice versa. Remember that Yeshua tells us that He can only say and do what He sees and hears the Father doing (John 5:19,30). The Messiah’s eyes and ears are focused on His Father. When our eyes and ears are focused on our Beloved Yeshua, we are focused on the Father too, because of Yeshua’s oneness and focus on His Heavenly Father.
At the intersection of your will and the Father’s perfect will, His Kingdom comes. I find that this is a major key to going deeper. I also say some dangerous prayers, like: “I side with You, Lord, even against myself. I choose You and Your perfect ways.” Once you have set your heart and soul to be laser focused on Him, then add biblical practices. Never forget that your primary goal is relational – to get to know the Lord of Love personally… intimately. Always… Always… always… keep this your primary focus. Then add things like prayer, fasting, spending time in His Word (Yeshua is called the Word of God in Rev. 19:13), etc. I have found that when I do these things, I help foster going deeper and deeper into the Son, which leads me into a deeper intimate relationship with Father God.
P.S. Also, try to get rid of distractions. For instance, we literally got rid of our TV. I will still watch some movie online sometimes, but remember we become what we behold. That is why beholding Him (spending time in His Presence) and spending time in His Word (Bible) are so important.
“Samantha Keely Smith’s paintings explore the dual worlds in which we exist: our inner lives and the changing world around us. The paintings represent the landscape of the psyche, the place where the conscious and unconscious meet, where outside forces and our own human nature collide as we grapple with our place in an ever-changing and reactive environment. … Brooklyn-based artist Samantha Keely Smith was born in England. After moving to the US as a child, Smith went on to study Art and Art History at the School of Visual Arts in New York, and received a BFA with Honors from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University (Painting, 1991). Samantha is represented by Momentum Gallery in Asheville, NC.”
What does it mean to be “in the midst” of God’s Kingdom?
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is a crucified Savior who has made a way for our deliverance, healing and salvation. “There they crucified Him, and with Him two other men, one on either side, and Jesus in between [in the midst KJV]” (John 19:18 NASB).
The Greek words clarifying what “crucified” means in First Corinthians 2:2 NASB – “For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified” – are found in Strong’s NT:4717, NT:4716, and NT:2476. They tell us that to be CRUCIFIED means to be impaled on the cross, to extinguish selfishness, to expose to death (self-denial) through the foundation of the atonement of Christ. These definitions come from the Greek word histemi (prolonged form of stao), which adds the concepts: to stand, to abide, to appoint, to continue, to covenant, to establish, to hold up, to present, to set, etc.
If we are living IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom, we live a crucified life similar to the One seen hanging on a tree in the midst of two robbers. “And they put up over His head the accusation written against Him: THIS IS JESUS THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then two robbers were crucified with Him, one on the right and another on the left” (Matthew 27:37-38 NKJV).
What was the mysterious message hanging above Yeshus’s head that made the chief priests, scribes, and elders mock Him? The Hebrews look at a sentence several ways to receive hidden messages from the Lord. One of the ways they do this is by looking at the first Hebrew letter in every Hebrew word in a sentence, phrase, or statement. John 19:19 says that the sign said: “Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.” The first Hebrew letter for each word in this statement spelled out the Unspeakable Name of God Y-H-V-H. YOD (Y) is a picture of a hand. HEI (H) is a picture of an open door and is commonly translated “what comes forth.” And VAV is a picture of an ancient nail. When one puts the pictures of these Hebrew letters together, we receive the awesome message that hung over Yeshua on the Cross – “Salvation and deliverance will come by the nailed hand of God.” This is why the chief priests were upset and insisted: “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, ‘I am the King of the Jews’” (John 19:21). The religious institution in Yeshua’s day were horrified when they comprehended this mysterious message that Pilate insisted would stand.
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom, the veil in God’s Temple was torn in two from heaven to earth (top down) at the moment of His crucifixion, so there is no more separation between God and man. Now, there is the potential for a glorious divine relationship. “And it was about the sixth hour, and there was a darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. And the sun was darkened and the veil of the temple was rent in the midst” (Luke 23:44-45 KJV). “And Jesus cried out with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. Then behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split” (Matthew 27:50-51 NKJV). “But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation” (Ephesians 2:13-14 NKJV).
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom, the veil is taken away, so we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of God. God’s people have the incredible promise that when we keep pressing in to become mature… to become just like Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ), we shall be completely and fully know just as we are known. “Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord” (II Corinthians 3:16-18 NKJV).“But when that which is perfect has come, then that which is in part will be done away. When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known” (I Corinthians 13:10-12 NKJV).
“Then said Jesus unto His disciples, ‘If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me’” (Matthew 16:24 KJV).
“I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me” (Galatians 2:20 KJV).
Here’s to following Him all the way to fully know Jesus Christ crucified, buried and risen!
Did you know that the pre-tribulation rapture is debunked by Scripture itself? Read Revelation Chapter 7 and focus on verse 14: “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, ‘Salvation to our God who sits on the throne and to the Lamb.’ And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures, and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying, ‘Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.’ Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, ‘These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from? I said to him, ‘My lord, you know.’ And he said to me, ‘These are the ones who come out of the Great Tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9-14 NASB).
Did you catch that? “These are the ones who come out of the Great Tribulation” (Revelation 7:14). The white robed great multitude from every nation, tribe, people, and tongue on earth come out of the Great Tribulation, which means that they go through it.
Notice that Revelation 7:9-14 follows the sealing of the 144000 Hebrew souls in Revelation 7:5-8: “After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the Living God, and he cried out with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, saying, ‘Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.’ And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel: From the Tribe of Judah twelve thousand were sealed, from the Tribe of Reuben twelve thousand, from the Tribe of Gad twelve thousand, from the Tribe of Asher twelve thousand, from the Tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand, from the Tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand, from the Tribe of Simeon twelve thousand, from the Tribe of Levi twelve thousand, from the Tribe of Issachar twelve thousand, from the Tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand, from the Tribe of Joseph twelve thousand, from the Tribe of Benjamin, twelve thousand were sealed” (Revelation 7:1-8 NASB). Please refer to the 144000 VIRGIN COMPANY article below for more information.
What if I told you that the 144000 have already been sealed and are waiting to be fully transformed and to be the first to arise, like Enoch? Revelation 14:4 is a huge key to the 144000. “These are the ones who have not been defiled with women for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb” (Revelation 14:4 NASB).
The 144000 Virgin Company are a bridal company made up of spiritually pure people in His eyes. They are 144000 people sealed from all the tribes of the children of Israel, which are listed in detail in Revelation 7:4-8. Within these tribes, the people called to be part of the 144000 cover the broadest spectrum possible: male, female, adults, children, singles, couples, families, etc. The 144000 Bride all have Jewish blood in them from one drop to being full-blooded.
Notice that Scripture proves this out. The “these” in “these are they which are not defiled with women for they are virgins” (Revelation 14:4 KJV) is the Greek word houtos [Strong’s NT:3778]. It is the most frequently used pronoun in Scripture that can mean either he, she, or it. It literally points to a person within all persons, genders, and numbers (i.e., mankind). You would be hard pressed to find a broader pronoun than houtos.
This is one of the reasons why I believe that the 144000 Virgin Bride will cover the broadest spectrum within the confines of representing all the Tribes of Israel of Revelation 7; but the real reason I looked into it was because I had an epiphaneous appearance with both Yeshua (Jesus) and Gabriel on December 4, 1999. I was literally in two places – in heaven and on earth – at the same time when Gabriel told me that the 144000 covers the broadest spectrum within the confines of being from the Twelve Tribes of Israel listed in Revelation 7… from full-blooded Jew to one drop… from adults to children… from male to female… from individuals to families… et cetera.
“These have been purchased from among men as FIRST FRUITS to God and to the Lamb” (Revelation 14:4). The 144000 Virgin Company will be transformed and arise, like Enoch, first. They are the first fruits. Some say that they are like the barley harvest of Bikkurim (The Feast of First Fruits). Then, smaller groups of His Wise Virgins will be transformed and arise too, as they reach the mark of the high calling of God in Christ – to become just like the Word of God – Messiah Yeshua. Some call this the wheat harvest of Shavuot (Pentecost). Walking with God; and then God taking you, like Enoch, to become embedded in the Oneness Metatron Matrix (i.e., the no difference from Messiah Yeshua state) is far from the escapism offered by the rapture. Technically, it is more about being enraptured than a rapture.
* “Enoch worshiped in truth before the Lord, and behold he was not with the inhabitants of the earth because he was taken away and he ascended to the firmament at the command of the Lord, and he was called Metatron, the Great Scribe.” (Genesis 5:24 Targum Pseudo-Jonathan).
* “Rabbi Ishmael said: I asked Metatron, ‘Why does your Creator call you by seventy names? You are more important than all the princes, higher than all the angels, more loved than all the servants, more honored than all the mighty, great, and splendid ones in kingly positions, so why do they call you ‘Youth’ in the high heaven?’ He answered, ‘Because I am Enoch, the son of Jared” (III Enoch 4 Translation by Dr. A. Nyland).
Enoch the son of Jared was a forerunner of the 144000 Virgin Company as well as a foreshadow of Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) who was the firstborn (i.e., first fruit) of many brethren: “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose. 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” (Romans 8:28-29 KJV).
The 144000 mentioned both in Revelation 7 and Revelation 14 are merely the first fruits of an even larger Bridal Company that will be transformed and arise, like Enoch too. The Lord Himself will determine when a particular person has met His required maturity level. In fact, this is one of the main reasons for the Great Tribulation – to perfect or mature the saints: “strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying. ‘We must through many tribulations enter the Kingdom of God’” (Acts 14:22 NKJV).
I choose to stay humble and teachable in all these matters, as I seek the perfect heart of our Heavenly Father. Why I am bringing up this sensitive “pre-trib rapture” subject is because I don’t want people to be in despair when only 144000 are taken, like Enoch, the first go around and they are still on earth. Those who remain still need to be perfected into the image of the Son, as they overcome the things of this world and assist the Lord in the Great End-Time Wheat Harvest.
Here’s to overcoming by the Blood of the Lamb, the word of your testimony, and not loving your life, even unto death!
What does it mean to be “in the midst” of God’s Kingdom?
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom stands the Sacrificial Lamb of God in the midst of the Throne, which is in the midst of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the twenty-four elders. “And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth” (Revelation 5:6 NKJV).
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is the four living creatures of the Order of Melchizedek who are also called The Living Creature and/or The Cherubim. Notice that the spirit of the Living Creature in the wheels is what unifies the four living creatures in Ezekiel 1:19-20. “And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north, a great cloud, and a fire infolding itself, and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the color of amber, out of the midst of the fire. Also, out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures. And this was their appearance; they had the likeness of a man. … And when the living creatures [plural] went, the wheels went by them: and when the living creatures [plural] were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up. Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go; and the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature [singular] was in the wheels. When those went, these went; and when those stood, these stood; and when those were lifted up from the earth, the wheels were lifted up over against them: for the spirit of the living creature [singular] was in the wheels” (Ezekiel 1:4-5,19-21 KJV). Also notice that The Living Creature of Ezekiel 1 is also called The Cherubim in Ezekiel 10: “This is the Living Creature that I saw under the God of Israel by the river of Chebar; and I knew that they were the Cherubim” (Ezekiel 10:20 KJV).
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is a Throne where the living creatures worship the LORD God Almighty. The living creatures (i.e., The Living Creature or The Cherubim) have wings full of eyes both in Revelation 4 and Ezekiel 10, even though the number of wings differ for these living creatures. “And the four living creatures, each one of them having six wings, are full of eyes around and within; and day and night they do not cease to say,‘Holy, holy, holy is theLord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.’ And when the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks to Him who sits on the throne, to Him who lives forever and ever” (Revelation 4:8-9 NASB).
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is El Shaddai – the Almighty – whom the living creatures give glory, honor, and thanks. The attributes of El Shaddai are: Almighty; All Powerful; All Sufficient One; Judge; the sweet omnipotence of love, sure and all-sufficient resource in time of need; power to fulfill every promise He has made to His people and perform every word He has spoken; bountiful; overrides nature to perform miracles and remove mountains; Giver and Pourer out of self-sacrificial love and blessing; Nurturer and Comforter that gives strength and quiets the restless. El Shaddai is called the Double-Breasted One who nourishes and strengthens. Fullness – in Him all fullness dwell and out of His constant fullness His own receives all things.
Let us all give glory, honor, and thanks to the One who was, who is and is to come – the Almighty!
What does it mean to be “in the midst” of God’s Kingdom?
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is the Lamb on a throne. Worthy is the Lamb who has purchased for His Father men of every tribe, tongue, and nation, and has made them to be a kingdom of priests to our God. These kings and priests made after the Order of Melchizedek shall reign on the earth through their oneness with Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) and the Heavenly Father. “Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying: ‘You are worthy to take the scroll,And to open its seals; For You were slain,And have redeemed us to God by Your bloodOut of every tribe and tongue and people and nation,And have made us kings and priests to our God;And we shall reign on the earth.’ Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne, the living creatures, and the elders; and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice: ‘Worthy is the Lamb who was slainTo receive power and riches and wisdom,And strength and honor and glory and blessing!’” (Revelation 5:8-12 NKJV).
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom, God’s royal priesthood are a holy people. “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, ‘Behold, I lay in ZionA chief cornerstone, elect, precious,And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame. Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, ‘The stone which the builders rejectedhas become the chief cornerstone,’ and ‘A stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.’ They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (I Peter 2:4-9 NKJV).
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is God’s royal priesthood and holy nation who endure and remain firm to the end. “Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—saying with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.’And another angel followed, saying, ‘Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, ‘If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand,he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:6-12 NKJV).
Here’s to the righteous and faithful and true royal priesthood of One Love!
What does it means to be “in the midst” of God’s Kingdom?
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is the Lamb of God, who is our caring Shepherd, that guides us to the water of life. “For the Lamb in the midst of the throne shall be their shepherd, and shall guide them to springs of the water of life” (Revelation 7:17a). “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want” (Psalms 23:1).
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is the Great Shepherd of our souls. “Now the God of Peace who brought up from the dead the Great Shepherd of the sheep through the blood of the eternal covenant, even Jesus our Lord, equip you in every good thing to do His will, working in us that which is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever, Amen” (Hebrews 13:20-21).
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is the appearance of the Chief Shepherd and crowns of glory His good shepherds. “Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly;nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock;and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away” (I Peter 5:2-4).
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom, the Good Shepherd self-sacrificially protects and provides for His people. “I am the Good Shepherd; the Good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep” (John 10:11).
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is the Lamb in the midst of the Throne of His Heavenly Father. “And I looked, and behold, in the midst of the throne and of the four living creatures, and in the midst of the elders, stood a Lamb as though it had been slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God sent out into all the earth: (Revelation 5:6). “And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard saying: ‘Blessing and honor and glory and power Be to Him who sits on the throne, And to the Lamb, forever and ever!’” (Revelation 5:13).
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is the overcoming Blood of the Lamb. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death” (Revelation 12:11). “Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” And I said to him, ‘Sir, you know.’ So he said to me, ‘These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore they are before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple. And He who sits on the throne will dwell among them. They shall neither hunger anymore nor thirst anymore; the sun shall not strike them, nor any heat; for the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes’” (Revelation 7:13-17 NKJV).
What does it mean to be in the midst of God’s Kingdom?
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is the Tree of Life guarded by the flaming sword of the Cherubim. “And out of the ground theLord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also inthemidst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil” (Genesis 2:9 KJV). “So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life” (Genesis 3:24 KJV).
IN THE MIDST OF GOD’S KINGDOM, overcomers are given the right to eat of the Tree of Life. “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the Tree of Life, which is inthemidst of the Paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7 KJV).
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is the pure river of the water of life that comes from the throne with the Tree of Life on either side. “And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 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” (Revelation 22:1-3 NKJV).
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is the leaves of the Tree of Life that heals the nations. “In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations” (Revelations 22:2 NKJV).
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is the River of Life with which the Messiah’s Bride is cleansed by the washing of water with the word: He is good… He is good… He is good… “That He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word. That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” (Ephesians 5:26-27 KJV).
Overcomers seek His love; and thus, become gloriously one with Messiah Yeshua through martial oneness. Overcomers are God’s Holy People who remain steadfast to the end. They keep the commandments of God and have the faith of Yeshua: “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandmentsofGod, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12 KJV). For it is the righteous overcomers that are trees planted by streams of living waters. “Blessed is the man who delights in the law of the Lord… He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yield its fruit in its season… whatever he does… prospers” (Psalms 1:1-3).
What does it mean to be in the midst of God’s Kingdom?
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. “The next day John sees Jesus coming unto him, and says, Behold the Lamb of God, which takes away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). “Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus inthemidst” (John 19:18).
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is the Lamb on the throne who is the Great Shepherd of our souls. “For the Lamb in the midst of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life” (Revelation 7:17).
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is the wife of the Lamb, His Bride. “Come, I shall show you the Bride, the wife of the Lamb” (Revelation 21:9b).
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is the Bride of the Messiah who is the Dwelling Place of God. His Bride is His Temple that is made up of living, breathing stones, which are being built up into a spiritual house (1 Peter 2:5). “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the Tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be His people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God” (Revelation 21:1-3).
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is the Lamb and His Bride. “The marriage of the Lamb has come and His Bride has made herself ready. And it was given her to cloth herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen, is the righteous acts of the saints” (Revelation 19:7-8).
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is a Bride who is spoken of as the holy city called the New Jerusalem. “And I saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband” (Revelation 21:2).
IN THE MIDST of God’s Kingdom is the New Jerusalem. “The New Jerusalem has great high walls with twelve angels guarding the gates. On each of the twelve gates is one of the names of the twelve tribes of the sons of Israel. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls; each on of the gates was a single pearl” (Revelation 21:22a).
So, in the midst of God’s Kingdom is a throne where there is a Righteous King and His Righteous Queen (i.e., the Bride of Christ) where they rule and reign “in Christ” through love. The Messiah’s Bride is His cozy and comfy Dwelling Place where the Messiah feels at home. She is one of His most highly valued possession. That the commitment to being married to the King of Kings is not to be taken lightly is almost an understatement. The Messiah’s True Queen of Heaven most excellently represent the King, because it is clearly seen and understood that She is gloriously one with Him through holy matrimony. They are ooooooooonnnnnnneeeeee…
May you press into the Kingdom of God in your midst! May you press into your Beautiful Beloved Author, Creator, Lord, Savior and Friend!
Give em heaven!!!
NOTE: The above comes from part of a series entitled “IN THE MIDST OF GOD’S KINGDOM” that was posted on Facebook from March 28 to July 9, 2013 (slightly modified and updated).