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THE TWO PROMISED BLESSINGS
Because of space limitations, and since other writings by this writer have addressed this subject, we must keep our answer to this preceding question brief. The kingdom of God which Yahweh has provided to man has been defiled for 2,000 years. In order for Yahweh to solve this problem, He must have a people that will overcome the cause of the corruption of His kingdom. The only way this is possible is to get them out of this earth-born flesh. He must get them out of the realm of the earthly-born, and bring them into the realm of the heavenly-born. Even as Yahshua told an inquiring Nicodemus - "You must be born from above" (John 3:1-15), the only solution to the corruption of the kingdom by the flesh is to get out of the flesh. Sorrowfully, this has not happened to anyone yet. No one has entered into the promised land of His perfect kingdom. Everyone who has believed in Yahshua up to now has died, or faces death. Being in the flesh, yet having the presence of the Holy Spirit, the church has had nothing more than what the children of Israel figuratively had while in the wilderness - an earthly flesh existence with the presence of God in the cloud by day and fire by night. But even with His presence, their experience was certain death in the wilderness. Yahweh must bring a people into the promised land of His kingdom in which men will not die. This will undoubtedly begin to be accomplished on a Passover, hopefully in the not so distant future. What will this effect? It will get a people out of this earthly flesh realm. And, it will be the fulfillment of this promised double Passover seen in this repetitive pattern. We then see specifically what the double Passover will bring - deliverance from death. Let us now look at this pattern and its true fulfillment.
There are at least two ways to look at this pattern that we have seen in the Israelite's deliverance from Egypt, their wanderings and death in the wilderness, and their entrance into the promised land. One way is to see it from the aspect of it being a fulfillment of a promise - He brought them out to bring them in. That was the promise; albeit that promise was interrupted by a lengthy and painful delay period. Some of the pattern examples focus on this aspect. Their message is promise oriented and show us that despite a lengthy and painful delay, He will fulfill what He initially began.
The other way of looking at this pattern is to perceive who or what these parts specifically represent in His higher and true fulfillment in the kingdom/the church. While this pattern must be worked out in men, there must be specific men in which it is fulfilled. It was a mixed multitude that came out of Egypt. They all wandered around in the wilderness, and everyone twenty years and older died in the wilderness. The only ones who entered were Joshua and Caleb and those nineteen years of age and younger at the time of their first opportunity to enter the promised land. Now, that is getting more specific. But, who specifically fulfills this pattern in the kingdom of God? Let us consider this.
The two blessings, both the former single as well as the latter double we reviewed in the last section, are the products of the former rain and the latter rain. The former rain was experienced specifically by those under the first Pentecost (and shortly thereafter). They had a most unique blessing, as we have discussed already in this writing. That blessing came for a year and a half, and as with "the church in the wilderness" ended with the stoning of the good witness, Stephen. At that stoning, the church shifted from a Jerusalem-based work to an Antioch-based work, and entered into their extended wilderness period. The church has been in the wilderness ever since; and like the 2,000 swine that ran down the steep bank to die in the sea, so Christians have died for 2,000 years despite their possessing the kingdom of God. What must take place to end this? The latter rain!
The latter rain will be that work of Yahweh that will take a people up to heaven to be born from above, to receive imperishable incorruptible bodies. In truth, the promise of overcoming death made in the beginning by Yahshua (Matthew 16:27-28, John 8:51) will then be fulfilled - "He brought us out from there in order to bring us in." Thus we see, the two blessings or outpourings will fall on two Remnant - the former Remnant as well as a latter Remnant. These two Remnants and the breach period between them are most graphically seen in Zechariah 4. While the church frequently cites the passage in this chapter for themselves and their works - "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says Yahweh of hosts." - it should be noted that this promise is clearly given to accomplish a work that is nothing less than that which we have seen patterned thus far. Let us take time to look at this. This chapter in Zechariah is quite revealing, particularly in regard to the application of this subject pattern to a specific people.
Zechariah saw in a vision - "a lampstand all of gold with its bowl on the top of it, and its seven lamps on it with seven spouts belonging to each of the lamps which are on the top of it; also two olive trees by it, one on the right side of the bowl and the other on its left side." So once again we see this identical pattern - an olive tree, followed by a seven-branched lampstand, followed by a like olive tree. When Zechariah asked what all of this was, this is when the angel answered with the oft quoted response - This is "Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says Yahweh of hosts." Thus, the seven-branched lampstand as well as the two olive trees on either side are inclusively the work addressed here in this answer. And so it is with the church. The church seen here by Zechariah is composed of essentially three works - a former rain olive tree work, followed by the seven-branched lampstand work, then concluded by the latter rain olive tree work. All of these comprise the "not by might nor by power" work of the Holy Spirit.
The identity of these two olive trees as the former and latter rain works of the Holy Spirit is very explicitly confirmed by the angel explaining this vision to Zechariah. Zechariah asked what specifically these two olive trees were, to which the angel revealingly answered - "These are the two sons of fresh oil." What could be more descriptive of the former and latter rains? These are the two outpourings of the fresh oil of the Holy Spirit! This vision which Zechariah saw (who appropriate for today was one of two prophets urging the completion of the rebuilding of the temple following a delay period, fulfilling the same pattern of - foundation, delay period, completion) was a very clear picture of the pattern we have been examining, with its emphasis on those of whom it will be fulfilled - the former and latter rain "sons of fresh oil," separated by the seven-branched lampstand with its bowl above.
Thus we begin to have an understanding of the fulfillment of this pattern we have seen, here confirmed most clearly by this vision seen by Zechariah. On the day of Pentecost the former rain of the Holy Spirit began a unique and marvelous work of initiating among men the kingdom of God. But that unique Remnant work was cut short at the stoning of Stephen, and the breach period of Antioch-based Christianity began. This 2,000 year long period in which Christians continue to go to the sea of death, despite having the kingdom, will end with a second outpouring of the Holy Spirit - the latter rain. This culminating work of the Holy Spirit will effect what man has needed all along - it will bring a remnant into heaven alive (an Elijah or an Enoch in the seventh generation [per the seven-branched lampstand]) to receive incorruptible immortal bodies. These glorified ones will return with Yahshua to reign with Him for 1,000 years as promised in Revelation 20:6.
What could be clearer? Confirmed in the patterns we see in the unique doubles; confirmed in the vision of Zechariah; and quite frankly, confirmed in innumerable places throughout the Scriptures, the unique Remnant beginning of the church will find its final fulfillment in the latter rain second Remnant work in the church, being separated by the lengthy breach in which men have died in the wilderness and have been tormented and deceived by Satan. This long awaited and much needed latter rain will fulfill:
There are other passages that testify to the value of this double blessing, and the place that the latter rain Remnant will occupy in its receipt. We will provide a brief mentioning of just a few of these.
In Deuteronomy 21:17 we read of Yahwehs law concerning the first born - "But he shall acknowledge the first-born ... by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the beginning of his strength; to him belongs the right of the first-born." The former rain Remnant was the first-born into the kingdom of God; and uniting them with the latter rain Remnant who will receive the promised double portion, these two "sons of fresh oil" will equally be the first-born into incorruptible immortal bodies from above, affording them the double portion "right of the first-born."
Hannah was the favored wife of the two wives of Elkanah. Because of his special love for her, he gave her a double portion (1 Samuel 1:5). Equally, because of the special love that Yahweh has for His latter rain Remnant (who complete the formation of the bride of Yahshua), they too will receive His favor over all men, being given the double portion of His Spirit.
Equally, in the laws of Yahweh we read that when the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they were to gather a double portion of manna on the sixth day (Exodus 16:1f). Every other day they were allowed to gather only the amount of manna they could consume in that day. If they gathered too much, Yahweh promised that it would become foul and worms would get in it (which happened to them). But on the sixth day they were to gather a double portion, and Yahweh promised that it would not go foul and worms would not get in it (which they did not).
Today is the sixth day of man, and soon to be the seventh. It has been 6,000 years since Adam, and man is soon to enter into the sabbath Millennial rest. Under the laws of Yahweh, man can now receive a double portion of the Spirit of Yahweh, without it going foul and getting worms. How many times have we seen the Spirit of God poured out upon men, and shortly thereafter the results begin to turn foul and get those little serpent worms (Satan) in it? Revivals have begun with such purity and marvelous wonder, only to go sour in time. According to the laws of Yahweh, those outpourings could not be kept overnight. Those that were went bad and Satan soon entered in! But, man has lived on those wonderful outpourings, and without them man in the wilderness would have starved.
What will make this double outpouring of the Holy Spirit so special? Man can now legally, at the end of the sixth day, receive the double portion of the Holy Spirit without it going foul and getting those little worms. The purpose of this double portion is to sustain man through the Millennial seventh day rest. The glorified two-part Remnant will be the provision for mankind in the seventh day; they will counsel, teach, rule, and reign with Yahshua for a thousand years. But that provision must be gathered in the preceding sixth day, which will soon be over. The latter rain will be Yahwehs double portion of the Spirit on the sixth day, provided in order to carry man through the seventh day rest.
Finally, in order to get a flavor of the immense importance of this double portion Remnant work, which will rule the nations with Yahshua in the Millennial reign, let us read from Isaiah 61:4-9.
Then they will rebuild the ancient ruins,
They will raise up the former devastations,
And they will repair the ruined cities,
The desolations of many generations.
And strangers will stand and pasture your flocks,
And foreigners will be your farmers and your vinedressers.
But you will be called the priests of Yahweh;
You will be spoken of as ministers of our God.
You will eat the wealth of nations,
And in their riches you will boast.
Instead of your shame you will have a double portion,
And instead of humiliation they will shout for joy over their portion.
Therefore they will possess a double portion in their land,
Everlasting joy will be theirs.
For I, Yahweh, love justice,
I hate robbery in the burnt offering;
And I will faithfully give them their recompense,
And I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
Then their offspring will be known among the nations,
And their descendants in the midst of the peoples.
All who see them will recognize them
Because they are the offspring whom Yahweh has blessed.
The entire book of Isaiah is overflowing with passages like this, telling of the wonders of His double portion Remnant, His double portion bride, His double portion first-born son, and their influence upon the nations of this world. In truth, Yahwehs work in bringing a remnant to immortality, is the beginning of the transformation of all mankind to the immortal life of being born from above.
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