Now that we have brought up this matter of Jacob leaving Laban after serving him for 20 years, or in like regard that the remnant of Judah left Babylon after 70 years, or even the sons of Israel left Egypt after 430 years, let us ask a question – What is it that will cause a people today, a Remnant, to leave Christianity?
What we will do now in order to understand and answer this is to look at the words of Yahshua regarding the signs of His return as recorded in Matthew 24 and 25, Mark 13, and Luke 21. These are very popular passages with the wrath mark of the beast end time teachings. However, we will find here once again that what Yahshua said, was not always that which people thought either then or now to be the true message. Let me give a few examples of this.
To begin with, all three of these accounts begin with the same identifying statement. When His disciples pointed out the temple buildings, He replied – “Do you not see all these things? Truly I say to you, not one stone here shall be left upon another, which will not be torn down” (Matthew 24:2, Mark 13:2, and Luke 21:6). Quite truly, were it not for John 2:19-22, everyone would have concluded that the temple He was talking about here was strictly the literal temple which was before them. But pure kingdom John tells us that the real message was not regarding the literal temple at all. In fact, looking to any temple made of stones is only a distraction to the truth, including the rebuilding of a temple that Christians falsely clamor to support in that forsaken land called Israel.
But the point is, this entire message began as a parable. Even later in the passage we find added this unique message – “let the reader understand.” In other words, something else is happening here that you will most certainly miss if you take it for face value. This passage is a mystery, that, as you will see, is to be revealed in the last days.
This propensity of Yahweh to say things in a natural context and not explain their true meaning takes place throughout the Scriptures. When the remnant of Judah were rebuilding the temple, Haggai spoke by the word of Yahweh – “’The latter glory of this house will be greater than the former,’ says Yahweh of hosts, ‘and in this place I shall give peace,’ declares Yahweh of hosts” (Haggai 2:9). So let us ask, was the glory of Zerubbabel’s temple greater than that of Solomon’s, and did that place give them peace? Absolutely not! Zerubbabel’s temple was far inferior to that of Solomon’s. Zerubbabel’s house was a house of bronze and Solomon’s a house of gold. And the glory that entered the former house never appeared in the latter. And certainly that house did not give peace, for that land continued to be a place of turmoil and conflict and corruption right up to the time of Yahshua, and to this day. Thus we see once again that Yahweh often spoke something seemingly relative to specific natural circumstances, but what He was saying was relative to something else and another time entirely, something spiritual.
Yahshua did likewise when He was at specific mountains at the time and addressed those mountains as though they were what He was speaking of, but He was not at all. When He had come down from the mount of transfiguration, He said – “you shall say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible to you” (Matthew 17:20). And when He was about to enter the temple on Mount Moriah, He said once again – “but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and cast into the sea,’ it shall happen” (Matthew 21:21). As with the temple, He was not talking about literal mountains here, but neither was He speaking in vague generalities either, but addressed specific mountains relative to specific spiritual fulfillments at a latter time. We would be wise and discerning to know precisely what He was saying here, and this we have gained. To read about Yahshua’s specific messages in these two mountains, read The Love of Money, page 9.
This writer has learned the hard way this truth regarding a misapplied or misunderstood message. On November 22, 1997, Yahweh told me – “When you travel (to present the truth of the Remnant), take Rebekah with you.” My daughter Rebekah had just previously asked me that in the next thing I did, she wanted to work with me. Therefore, it was quite obvious for me to assume that when He told me to take Rebekah with me when I teach Remnant truth, that I was to take my daughter. Doesn’t that seem obvious? But the problem was that I did not, and even could not, discern that the “Rebekah” I was to take with me was not my daughter at all, but the crucified life expressed when Rebekah in the Bible declared – “Your curse be on me” (Genesis 27:13). That which Yahweh meant, while spoken in circumstances like unto the other examples we have seen, was totally different and at a level I did not understand until after the fact.
Even when He told me – “You’re going through a difficult place” – I thought that difficulty would last a few days or even weeks, but not a year! I had no idea what He was really saying until it was over.
And this is precisely what we find in these verses in these parallel accounts. People have taken these verses and come up with the same false conclusions like unto the Jews or even myself. As it is written, “knowledge is easy to him who has understanding” (Proverb 14:6). But without understanding, truth is impossible.
Let us examine some revealing points regarding these parallel passages before considering this matter of Jacob coming out of Laban, or a remnant coming out of Babylon, or the sons of Israel coming out of Egypt, or in reality the Remnant coming out of Christianity.
To begin with, let us recall a VERY important matter regarding the gospels. As has been conclusively evidenced in the opening writings of The Remnant Bride web site, Matthew reveals the first Remnant, Mark reveals Christianity, Luke reveals the second Remnant, and John the restored kingdom of heaven. Thus it is quite telling that only in Matthew and Mark do we find the terms “abomination of desolation” and “tribulation.” These terms are noticeably missing in the parallel account in Luke and are not in John as well. Why? Because the 2,000 year period of the church that includes the first Remnant and Christianity, is in fact the period of the abomination of desolation and tribulation.
Furthermore along this line, you will notice that each of these parallel accounts begin and end with the same matters. We have already seen that they each begin with the issue of tearing down the temple. Likewise, they each end with a statement regarding the coming of Passover and Unleavened Bread, but with a revealing difference. In Matthew and Mark, the 2,000 year period of the church which these comprise is foretold. These two gospels state that Passover would specifically be in “two days,” or 2,000 years (Matthew 26:2 and Mark 14:1). But Luke, which gives testimony to the second Remnant who come at the end of this period, states that Passover was specifically “at hand” (Luke 22:1). This is a remarkably revealing and confirming difference.
Keep in mind here that the promise of Passover has never been fulfilled. (Read Passover, the Promise for the First-born.) Men have continued to die, and Passover bears the message of escaping death, even as the first-born sons of Israel did so. The first-born, those in the first resurrection, will be the fulfillment of Passover, which, as we see here, is not until after two “days” when it is “at hand” for the Elijah second Remnant.
And it would be beneficial to note here, and worth elaborating on, that this “two day” period of difficulty, loss, and death that the church has gone through for 2,000 years that is concluded by the fulfillment of Passover, is precisely that which Yahweh took this man through after telling me twice on March 31, 2003 – “You’re going through a difficult place!” The church has gone through a “difficult place” for 2,000 years, and the promise is that at its end the Passover fulfillment will come. Thus on March 31, 2004, when I experienced the legal overturning of a destructive court order, we see the intercessoral testimony that at the end of the 2,000 year period a legal reversal is indeed made. Does this mean the battle is over? No more than the battle was over for me legally. It was not until nine months later that I finally got the court action totally dismissed. So it is now. Though we obtained a critical legal transfer of the seat of the twelfth apostle, this does not mean the battle is over, any more than the battle in Iraq was over when Saddam Hussein was overthrown.
In further revealing testimony, the end of the intercessoral “difficult place” when three times I feared I would have a nervous breakdown, or the three parts given to the church, was marked by the March 31 reference to the promise of repairing the breach. Legally, once again, this is exactly what has happened with the establishment of a twelfth apostle today who replaces Judas. Legally it repairs the breach between the first and second Remnants, placing one who is a part of the first Remnant with the second Remnant. (Read To Cast the Lot - Purim.)
Thus it is quite significant and confirming that at the end of the “difficult place” this man went through, immediately following was our experience of Passover. Again, the intercession that Yahweh took this man through evidences that the “difficult place” of 2,000 years of Christianity comes to a legal close with the “at hand” fulfillment of Passover, even a Passover that He provides, and one that stops the enmity with Satan and brings about the revelation of truth, both of which we experienced in this intercession.
We look to Yahweh to fulfill His word as we have entered this Shelah period. And you will also recall that when the sons of Israel crossed the Jordan after passing through an equally “difficult place,” after being circumcised they too celebrated Passover (Joshua 5:2-11). Circumcision is a testimony of Yahweh becoming our covering and no longer the flesh. Even as was the case with Abraham, it evidences Him taking responsibility for bringing forth the promised son. (Isaac was not conceived until after Abraham was circumcised.)
This is where we are today. The church having now gone through the wilderness, the “difficult place,” we have crossed the Jordan and entered into the Shelah third-part period. Yahweh has circumcised us and is taking full responsibility for bringing forth the promised offspring. And we will experience the promised Passover that comes after “two days.” Hallelu-yah! (Interestingly, when Kyle came over and brought Whale Rider, it was two days later that Peter and Brendan came in and we all shared Passover together.)
These are important testimonies that should be reread and pondered upon if you failed to understand them fully.
As we have said before in these writings that these truths are a seamless garment of truth, let us look at another confirming message here that this period of the corruption of the kingdom of heaven is identified specifically with first Remnant Matthew and Christianity Mark. Only in these two gospels do we find the conclusion that if these days of abomination, desolation, and tribulation were not cut short (from 3,000 years to 2,000 years), then no flesh would be saved (Matthew 24:22 and Mark 13:20). Praise Yahweh that as it is written here, for the sake of the elect those days have indeed been cut short. Otherwise, it would have been – “My God, My God, why have You forsaken us!” In clear contrast, this message is totally missing in Luke! Why? Because those days have been cut short and the second Remnant is being established!
And one other confirming point in these parallel accounts which has actually already been addressed at the end of page 2 of The Passing Over Principle, but will be briefly mentioned here, you will notice that there is once again a significant difference between Matthew and Mark versus Luke when it comes to knowing the time of His return. In Matthew and Mark it says that they will not know the day or the hour or when the appointed time is (read carefully Matthew 24:35-39 and Mark 13:31-33). But if you look at the parallel account in Luke 21:33-36, you will see that the issue is once again strikingly different. After repeating that “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will not pass away,” instead of saying that they will not know the day or the hour, the message is – “Be on guard” and “keep on the alert.” The second Remnant is the company who ascend alive to be with Yahshua in the air, and like Enoch and Elijah, they too will know the specific time of His return.
There is another passage repeated in all three of these accounts that is followed by a particularly different message in Luke. The common statement is found in Matthew 24:30, Mark 13:26, and Luke 21:27, which says – “And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.” In Matthew the verse following speaks of a great trumpet and the angels gathering the elect. In Mark the message is similar, except the angels gather the elect but there is no great trumpet. But in Luke the message is totally different and very encouraging. It reads – “But when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand.” This is the same Greek word used in Luke 22:1 where we read the equally unique message that Passover was “at hand.” There is no more waiting in either of these unique messages.
Finally, quite significantly per the historic tsunami testimony at the end of 2004, Luke alone states that a sign of His return will be “dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves” (Luke 21:25). But the dismay and perplexity we truly need to see among the nations at the time of this Luke period of the church is not what occurred on December 26, but the spiritual fulfillment that it portends. Yahweh, send Your Spirit!
Thus we see once again multiple testimonies that consistently attest to the critical relevance of comparing these gospels using “the key to understanding.” In fact, one cannot even understand what is actually being said here without this key. Having seen these very telling and remarkable differences, let us now see the common message per our called response to the abomination of desolation and tribulation evidenced specifically in Matthew and Mark.
And remember, what you may have expected from these passages per a man-beast and a great falling away in the end will never take place. Quite frankly, as we are exhorted to examine in Daniel, the abomination of desolation and tribulation that is spoken of here has been going on for 2,000 years. Satan entered into the church from its beginning. As equally testified in Christianity Mark, even as Legion entered into the 2,000 swine and they all went down the steep slopes into the sea of death, so a legion of demons entered the entire 2,000 year period of the church and has taken kingdom man to death.
The abomination of desolation spoken of in Daniel 9:26, 11:31, and 12:11 was pictured in the desolation of the temple by Antiochus IV. For three years to the day Antiochus desolated the temple with swine, even as the church thus far is the swine period of the kingdom. But as we have seen already, this period must be cut short from three “years” to two lest no flesh be saved.
So what is the common message of these gospels? In this one point it is the same – When you see the abomination of desolation, flee from it (Matthew 24:15-18, Mark 13:14-16, and Luke 21:20-21)! Do not be deceived though, the housetops, the mountains, and the fields are no more literal here than the stones of the temple Yahshua was speaking of were literal. The temple He spoke of was His own body (John 2:19-22). And as went the literal body of Christ, so has gone the spiritual body of Christ, or Christianity. It too is being torn down but will resurrect from the grave after the third day, the day after the Millennial reign. Thus the mountains and housetop and field are all pictures.
What then is to be our response to having our eyes opened to see the desolation that takes place in the church, or Christianity? We are to flee from it, even as we see in each of the three earlier referenced testimonies and as we so clearly read in Revelation 18:4-5 regarding mystery Babylon Christianity – “Come out of her, my people, that you may not participate in her sins and that you may not receive of her plagues; for her sins have piled up as high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.”
Thus the clear call of these parallel accounts is to flee from Christianity when our eyes are opened to see its abominable desolation that has occurred for 2,000 years. The Bride must come out of the sleeping body of Christ. This is the truth about which was written almost 2,000 years ago with these words – “let the reader understand.” We do understand now that we have the hindsight and the revelation of the Spirit in this hour when this message is so relevant.
And even as there was a preluding in-part natural testimony of the destruction of the temple, so there was an in-part natural testimony of the Remnant coming out of the corrupt body. You will recall that the stoning of Stephen marked the end of the period of the first Remnant. On this occasion the false witnesses who stoned Stephen laid their mantles at the feet of Saul, who later was called Paul. In truth, this marked the beginning of the breach and the major period of the abomination of desolation.
So what happened to the first Remnant? As testified by these three parallel passages, all but the apostles fled Jerusalem. Thus we see that at the abomination of desolation of the church, the first Remnant did exactly what we read here – they fled from the desolation. And this is precisely what we have to do today. We must flee, we must come out of Christianity, the breach period of desolation. My appreciation to Yahweh for Brendan McElroy who saw this marvelous truth that is shared here. It is one more evidence that we are not complete in ourselves, but are made whole by each other.
Even as we saw that Laban’s evil caused Jacob to leave, or the evil in Egypt caused the sons of Israel to leave, or even the evil that came on many nations caused them to leave for America, so the Bride is to leave Christianity when we see its evil as well.
In closing, let us look at two final testimonies regarding good and evil. First, it is most interesting and revealing that Laban was told on the third day that Jacob had fled and left with all his property and two wives (Genesis 31:22). It is equally in the third day that the Remnant Bride comes out of Laban Christianity. And relative to what we are learning here regarding good and evil, it is equally significant that Laban, in his role of Satan, was told by Yahweh in a dream a most fitting command – “Be careful that you do not speak to Jacob either good or evil” (vs. 24). We the Bride do not need to hear or be under this good and evil period of the church any longer.
Jacob and Laban made a covenant with each other to separate. This covenant was made at Gilead, a seven days journey from Laban (vs. 23), or at the end of the mark of the beast period. Gilead is the place where the balm that heals is obtained, where the physician is, so that the daughter of His people may be healed (Jeremiah 8:20-22, 46:11). And by the way, Brendan happens to be a physician, who has provided to us this balm of Gilead.
The second testimony we will see regarding good and evil is from 1 Samuel 25:3. Here we find a most revealing account regarding two whom we have examined on other occasions (see Carmel, page 2) – Abigail, who became the second wife of David, and Nabal, a “worthless man.” They lived in Carmel, in the “garden,” the kingdom of heaven.
Now the man’s name was Nabal, and his wife’s name was Abigail. And the woman was of good insight and beautiful in appearance, but the man was harsh and evil in his dealings, and he was a Calebite.
As we have noted in Carmel, Abigail is a clear testimony of the Remnant Bride who comes out of “worthless” Christianity. Remember, Satan is the evil one who by virtue of occupying the place of the twelfth apostle has had every right to corrupt the church, thus making it “worthless” (or as evidenced by the twenty cities in Cabul, “as good as nothing”). And even as we see in numerous testimonies that the body of Christ must die (be put to sleep) and a bride taken out, so Nabal had to die in order for Abigail to legally come out and be joined to David. But what is most interesting here is this contrast once again of good and evil. The evil in Christianity is put to sleep and the good is taken out.
Herein is the hope of the work of Yahweh in taking the Bride out of the body – that Yahweh will begin separating good and evil. We know this has been His plan from the beginning of this earth, for the very first thing Yahweh did in creation was to separate the light from the darkness – “And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness” (Genesis 1:4). It is the separation of the good Bride, the one who has “good insight,” from the darkness of Christianity, that actually begins the establishment of the kingdom of heaven on earth following the long period in which the earth has been “formless and void, and darkness (has been) over the face of the deep” (vs. 22).
“That which has been is that which will be,” and the days of creation tell us a story as to how the kingdom of heaven will be created on this earth. Yahshua said that darkness was coming when He left and no man could work (John 9:4-5). He meant what He said, and ever since He left, the kingdom has been formless and void, and darkness has been over the faces of men and His work has not taken place. Kingdom men have been hidden in the cleft of the rock with His hand over them so they cannot see. They are in hades, “to not see.”
It is this darkness, this evil, that Yahweh must separate from the light, and He does this just as we see testified here with good Abigail and evil Nabal – He puts the darkness to sleep and takes the light into His house. This is the light of “good insight” that Yahweh is giving the Bride, evidenced even by the very testimony which you are reading here. It is seeing things that have never been seen before.
And what about the first Remnant? They are preserved and enter into His promise, even as it is written:
“Moreover, your little ones who you said would become a prey, and your sons, who this day have no knowledge of good and evil, shall enter there (the promised land), and I will give it to them, and they shall possess it. But as for you (Christianity), turn around and set out for the wilderness by the way to the Sea of Reeds” (Deuteronomy 1:39-40).
And in Deuteronomy 8:15-16 we read further what the period of Christianity has really been, and once again what is our hope in its cut-short conclusion:
“He led you through the great and terrible wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock of flint. In the wilderness He fed you manna which your fathers did not know, that He might humble you and that He might test you, to do good for you in the end.”
Herein is the stated purpose of the breach wilderness period of Christianity that is evil – to humble kingdom man and to test him, and in the end to bring good. He used evil to bring good in the end. That good is what we wait for now, and are already receiving in this His marvelous truth.
And one final testimony upon closing. On three occasions one evening, which I will not go into here, Yahweh gave me the clear and critical message to not move too fast. This is the first time He had ever given me a message three specific times. At first I thought He was merely emphasizing it by doing this, but I wonder now if He did this so as to assign it to the third part of the church that we are in, the Millennial Shelah period. (He also made the good statement concerning Job three times, and three – Moses, Yahweh, and the people – told Joshua regarding entering into the Shelah land west of the Jordan to “be strong and courageous.”) Clearly He was telling me – don’t move too fast.
I am fully convinced that what He has brought us through since 1996 is precisely what we have needed as the Bride in order to gain the authority of His kingdom. That is what intercession is. And I am most confident that what we received in the promised ninth year, we have been given this from above so that we might reckon on it in faith. No, we will not move too fast. In fact we wait on Him to accomplish His word. Remember, it was the Spirit that moved on the face of the waters, and it will be the Spirit who will move and lead us as well. We watch and wait, and when He bids us, we will move. We will walk in faith, having received His promise, reckoning on that which He has done, and daily look to Him for the fulfillment.
As has been noted in past writings, “nine” is a number denoting completion. It is the final number in the single digit series. Thus, “ten” represents a new start, but at a higher level. This is precisely what I hope we will indeed experience in 2005, the tenth year in this highly significant sequence beginning in 1996 – a new and higher beginning!