CONT., part 7
SITTING ON HIS RIGHT AND HIS LEFT
As we have just seen by way of several examples, the first will be last, and the last will be first. Man has yet to perceive or understand how oft applied and profoundly impacting this truth is in the ways and works of Yahweh. And undoubtedly, man not only has much more to learn regarding this, but also to experience. What we will examine now was the one item that initiated this entire writing. Upon first seeing this, it was all this writing was to entail, introduced by the preceding section. But as previously stated, the need to examine more concerning Yahweh’s trinities became evident. And fittingly, now at last, let us look at that which was initially first. It is an amazing and revealing truth!
In Exodus 25, we see Yahweh’s clear instructions regarding yet another vital 1 – 2 – 1 Covenant Pattern. The immense value of this pattern is evidenced in the fact that its representation was the sole piece of furniture in the holy of holies, which could be entered into only once a year by the high priest. And most importantly, as noted at the end of section two, the holy of holies evidences the Millennial Reign, when Immanuel dwells among man. This relevance is forthrightly stated in verse 8 of Exodus 25: “Let them construct a sanctuary for Me, that I may dwell among them.” In affirming attesting truth, as you will see, it was above this Covenant Pattern in the holy of holies that Yahweh Himself dwelt. This of course was the ark of the covenant, with the mercy seat and two cherubim that cover it.
The ark was made of acacia wood and was two and a half cubits long and one and a half cubits wide, and was overlaid with pure gold, inside and out. There were four gold rings attached to the four feet of the ark; and two poles of like construction to that of the ark were placed through the rings, and the poles could never be taken out (verses 10-15). In verses 17-22, we read concerning the mercy seat and two cherubim:
You shall make a mercy seat of pure gold, two and a half cubits long and one and a half cubits wide. You shall make two cherubim of gold, make them of hammered work at the two ends of the mercy seat. Make one cherub at one end and one cherub at the other end; you shall make the cherubim of one piece with the mercy seat at its two ends. The cherubim shall have their wings spread upward, covering the mercy seat with their wings and facing one another; the faces of the cherubim are to be turned toward the mercy seat. You shall put the mercy seat on top of the ark, and in the ark you shall put the testimony which I will give to you. There I will meet with you; and from above the mercy seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, I will speak to you about all that I will give you in commandment for the sons of Israel.
For your benefit, following is a representation of what the ark of the covenant with the mercy seat and two cherubim might have looked like (though it seems both wings would have somehow been over the ark):
Do you see the extraordinarily important Covenant Pattern in Yahweh’s design here, upon which He Himself occupied? It was:
Covering cherub – Ark of the covenant – Covering cherub
And, in so much that the natural testimony reveals the true spiritual fulfillment, let us address the fulfillment.
Clearly, the ark of the covenant in the holy of holies looks to the throne upon which Immanuel will sit during the Millennial Reign with the two Remnant—one on His right and one on His left. This is what the mother of James and John eluded to when she petitioned: “Command that in Your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit one on Your right and one on Your left” (Matthew 20:21). But in truth, the two Remnant occupy that place. Thus we see:
Bride – Immanuel – Bride
In the Millennial Reign Immanuel takes the place of the Body of Christ, which is essential. Even as it is true—as went Christ, so goes the Body of Christ—which meant their affliction and death, in equal regard it will someday be true—as went Immanuel, so goes the Body of Immanuel. Undoubtedly, on the other side of the Millennial Reign the Body of Christ will have the right to rule. Here again, just as Yahshua’s first coming as a man had to be a death work, giving Him the right to come again and rule, so the Body of Christ’s 2,000-year death work will give them the right to rule on the other side of the Millennial Reign. (Read “Yahweh’s Desire For His Church.”) But as we have seen, during the Millennial Reign Immanuel will reign with His two-part Bride. “From between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony, I will speak to you” (Exodus 25:22). This is pictured in the above image where Immanuel sits upon the mercy seat with the two covering cherubs on His right and on His left.
Having just noted that the two cherubs provided the covering for the ark, you will find at The Raven, part 2, that Satan is called “the anointed cherub who covers” (Ezekiel 28:14, 16). And as you will also read there, he has in fact been the covering of Christianity for 2,000 years. However, he is not a split work made clean; and his time in that role comes to an end and he is replaced by the two cherubim that cover—the split two-part Remnant Bride. This is what you see here—the Bride becoming the covering over the Body of Christ. And this will most certainly be true in the Millennial Reign when the Bride rules and reigns with Immanuel for a thousand years. It would be most beneficial for you to read part 2 of The Raven.
Also evidencing this order in the Millennial Reign is Revelation 24:4 where we see Immanuel sitting upon His throne, and around Him are twenty-four elders. As addressed in the select portion of Sending Out the Twelve, those twenty-four are the twelve former-rain apostles whom Yahshua chose when He was here, as well as the twelve latter-rain apostles who are established in the concluding Elijah work that prepares His way. Thus, the twenty-four elders encompassed around Immanuel would be the twelve and twelve Covenant Pattern with Him in the middle. This is in fact the same pattern evidenced in Jeremiah 31:22, where it is written: “For Yahweh has created a new thing in the earth—A woman will encompass a man.” Thus we see:
Former twelve apostles – Immanuel – Latter twelve apostles
Having established that the two covering cherubs are the two Remnant who sit on His right and His left, let us also look at yet another most revealing passage regarding the ark and mercy seat. In Leviticus 16, we read about the sacrifices and rites that were to take place on Atonement. Keep in mind, Trumpets was on the first day of that month, followed by Atonement on the tenth, then on the fifteenth was the beginning of Tabernacles, which ran for seven days, and was concluded by the eighth great day on the twenty-second. Thus, all these events are associated with the third-part fulfilling Bride work (versus the Passover/Pentecost two-part Body of Christ work).
On Atonement, first a bull was offered as a sin offering for the high priest and his household, as well as a ram for a burnt offering. The priest would then go into the holy of holies and perform the following:
And he shall take of the blood of the bullock, and shall sprinkle with his finger on the front of the mercy seat eastward. And he shall sprinkle at the front of the mercy seat seven times from the blood with his finger [Leviticus 16:14].
This particular translation is from Green’s Literal Translation, which here reads the same as Young’s Literal Translation, less the King’s English. Next, a goat was slain as a sin offering, and the scapegoat was released in the wilderness, both of which were for the people. Verse 15 then states:
And he shall kill the goat of the sin offering which is the people's, and shall bring in its blood to the inside of the veil, and shall do with its blood as he has done with the blood of the bullock, and shall sprinkle it on the mercy-seat, and at the front of the mercy-seat.
But one needs to ask some most important questions here: In both instances, why did the high priest sprinkle the blood only on the east side of the mercy seat, and at the front, or if you would at the middle of the mercy seat? Why did he not sprinkle it on the west side as well? And why did he sprinkle it in the middle seven times? One can be MOST certain all of this prophesies. And the only way we can know the answers to this prophecy, is in examining this in light of the Covenant Pattern we have seen Yahweh apply over and over and over again with highly impacting and meaningful consequences. And in fact, it was this specific matter that sparked this entire writing.
To begin to understand this, let us ask another question: What direction did the tabernacle and the three temples face? In every case they faced eastward (Numbers 3:38, 2 Chronicles 5:11-12, and Ezekiel 47:1). This is most consistent with the ways of Yahweh, for at Creation in Genesis 2:8 we read: “Yahweh God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man whom He had formed.” So concerning the tabernacle or temple, when anyone walked into it, they walked from east to west.
Now for another question: Was the ark of the covenant diagonal in the holy of holies, or was it along the same lines of the tabernacle or temple? Clearly, it was in line with the tabernacle/temple. First, we read that blood was applied on “the mercy seat eastward.” So lengthwise, it was stationed east-west. Also, in Solomon’s temple, we see that “the poles [of the ark of the covenant] were so long that the ends of the poles could be seen from the holy place” (1 Kings 8:8). With the poles extending into the holy place, again the ark had to be placed east-west.
Now, the next question is: Since the mercy seat is indeed a seat, which way would Immanuel sit on that seat? Facing north or south? There is very little question that He would be facing south. It is interesting that the Hebrew word for “south” has the root meaning of “right.” This is quite logical in that when one faced to the east, the south was to the right. Likewise, the north implies to the left. In Joshua 19:27 where it says, “then it proceeded on north to Cabul,” that Hebrew word is actually “left.” In regard to facing to the south, or to the right, it is most compelling that the right hand of God is exclusively mentioned. There is never any mention of His left hand. So for Immanuel to face to the left, or north, is truly unthinkable. Also, the south is generally thought of as light, whereas the Hebrew word for “north” means “hidden.” Therefore, we can confidently conclude that when Immanuel would sit on the mercy seat, He would be facing south, and His left hand would be to the east, and His right hand would be to the west.
So, what is the meaning of all of this? What conclusions can be drawn from all that Yahweh is saying here in these natural testimonies that have their fulfillment in the spiritual? Seeing His back, what has He done and what is He doing? Remember, this is the Covenant Pattern of the kingdom of heaven, and we will first examine this in regard to the church.
Let us recall the Covenant Pattern we have at hand here. It is:
Covering cherub – Ark of the covenant – Covering cherub
But now we know another piece of information—the directions associated with this. Thus we add:
Covering cherub (west) – Ark of the covenant – Covering cherub (east)
And of course the fulfillment of that natural testimony relative to the church is:
Bride – Body of Christ – Bride
And, let us now apply the added identifying information:
Bride (west) – Body of Christ – Bride (east)
Now, let us add yet another piece of information. We read that on Atonement, blood was sprinkled on the east side of the mercy seat, and seven times at the middle. None was sprinkled on the west side. So, marking in red the parts of the mercy seat that received blood, we see:
Covering cherub (west) – Ark of the covenant – Covering cherub (east)
And let us note, the central portion was sprinkled seven times. Seven times? Do we know of any other Covenant Pattern where the central portion was identified with the number seven? Of course we do, and here it is:
Olive tree – Lampstand – Olive tree
Yes, the lampstand was seven-branched. Thus we see once again the seamless nature of Bride truth. The Body of Christ, Christianity, is continually identified with the number seven. (Read The Issue – II, page 5, for further evidence.) So, let us now take this truth we have seen concerning the ark of the covenant, and apply it to Zechariah 4. Thus we have:
Olive tree – Lampstand – Olive tree
And of course the fulfillment of all these natural testimonies is the two-part Bride, split by the Body of Christ. So let us now apply the same testimony, keeping the same east/west directions established in the holy of holies:
Bride (west) – Body of Christ – Bride (east)
What then are we seeing? The evidence is conclusive. In Zechariah 13:8, we saw that two parts, the first 2,000 years of the church, are cut off and die. These 2,000 years incorporated two of the three works (the Passing Over Principle): the first Bride to the east, as well as the Body of Christ. Both have died! Then, in keeping with the Passing Over Principle, the third part does not die but ascends alive into heaven.
Therefore, do you now see why Yahweh had the east side of the mercy seat, where the first covering cherub was stationed, sprinkled with blood? It was because the first Remnant would be a sacrifice unto Him in their death. And do you see why He had the central portion of the mercy seat sprinkled with blood seven times? Because the Body of Christ would be a sacrifice unto Him with their death as well. And finally, do you see why the west side of the mercy seat where the second covering cherub was stationed, was not sprinkled with blood? Because we, the second Remnant, do not die, but ascend alive.
Keep in mind when examining the above patterns, the Hebrews read from right to left, not left to right as we do. Also, most importantly, this is the course of the sun through the day—east to west. In fact, in Matthew 24:27, we read the words of Yahshua in a literal translation: “For as the lightning comes forth from the east and shines unto the west, so will be the presence of the Son of Man.” What we have just learned brings new meaning to this passage. Why did Yahshua say His presence is specifically identified with first the east, and then the west? Frankly, if this statement was just a matter of suddenness, there would have been no reason to give the east and west. He could have just said, “like lighting.” But no, He identified His presence specifically as being in the east and in the west. And what lightning have you seen travel east to west? Lightning is random. Is it not evident that those two specific directions are indeed the two times in which His presence is upon this earth—first with the first Remnant, and second at His coming at the time of the second Remnant? Here again we see the seamless truth of the Bride—seeing Yahweh’s back!
Let us look further at the testimony of the east and the west. Of course the east denotes the morning, and the west denotes the evening. Most revealing, burnt offerings were required each day at both of those times, whereupon in like manner and testimony Yahweh promised to meet them at the doorway of the tent of meeting (Exodus 29:38-43)—His presence. Relative to His presence with the two Remnant, the morning offering would be at the beginning of the church with the first Remnant. Regarding the evening offering, that would be with the second Remnant.
It is interesting that the Hebrew’s day began at evening, even as the Day of Yahweh, the Millennial Reign, begins at evening in association with the second Remnant. In further affirming testimony, in 1 Kings 18 we read the account of the test of Carmel between the prophets of Baal and Elijah. From morning to evening the prophets of Baal attempted to get their god to receive their offering by fire, but failed. Then in verse 36 we are told that at the time of the evening offering, Yahweh God received Elijah’s offering by fire. This is the evening offering of the Elijah second Remnant Bride who ascends alive.
In equal testimony regarding the second Remnant, in Genesis 24:11 we read that the Bride type, Rebekah, watered Eliezer’s camels in the evening; and it was likewise in the evening when Isaac (the type of Immanuel) was out in the field meditating when Rebekah was brought to him (verses 63f). Upon receiving her at evening, he took her into his mother’s tent, a type of Immanuel taking the Bride into Jerusalem above, the mother of us all.
Furthermore, there are several matters whereby a person was unclean until the evening (Leviticus 11:24-28; 15:5-7; 17:15; Numbers 19:19). This is the evening purification we, the church, even the Bride, need today.
And as our final testimony regarding the evening, we note in Matthew 16:1-3 that the Pharisees and Sadducees came to Yahshua, testing Him, and asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?”
We must ask again: Was Yahshua equally telling us something regarding the two Remnant relative to the morning and the evening? First, with the red sky, possibly we see the scarlet thread testified to. Furthermore, quite relevant to what we have thus far seen evidenced, He relates the morning sky to being “threatening” or “sorrowful”; and in contrast, the evening sky is, literally, “calm” or “good.” Then He asks, “Can you not discern the signs of the times?” If we are discerning this correctly, what Yahshua was saying relative to these two “signs of the times,” is that at the “morning” the scarlet-thread-possessing first Remnant at the time of His first coming as a man, came at a time that was threatening and sorrowful, and He Himself was killed and the Remnant were killed and scattered. In contrast, at the “evening” the scarlet-thread-possessing second Remnant at the time of His second coming as a glorified man, are established in a time of and have an outcome that is calm and good and we do not die but ascend alive.
In conclusion to all these testimonies, let us repeat the Covenant Pattern we see here regarding the church:
Bride (west) – Body of Christ – Bride (east)
With all we have seen being so clearly established, let us conclude this portion with an equally clear and certain testimony specifically regarding the two sitting on the right and the left of Immanuel. To begin with, we have already seen the testimony of the twenty-four elders on each side of Him. However, these were laid out according to our left-to-right thinking. Let us now more correctly lay them out right to left, adding the notations of the right and left sides of Immanuel, who sits upon the mercy seat:
Latter twelve apostles (His right) – Immanuel – Former twelve apostles (His left)
Now, expanding this beyond merely the twenty-four elders, this would be the same pattern for the first and second Remnants:
Second Remnant (His right) – Immanuel – First Remnant (His left)
Adding as well the testimony of the ark of the covenant, we see that the first Remnant sits on Immanuel’s left, which is the east (the side of the mercy seat that was sprinkled with blood), and the second Remnant sits on His right, which is the west (the side that was not sprinkled with blood).
Second Remnant (His right/west) – Immanuel – First Remnant (His left/east)
Knowing all of this, let us now see this clear and telling witness regarding the two Remnant. In Genesis 35:17-18, we read regarding the birth of Benjamin by Rachel: “When she was in severe labor the midwife said to her, ‘Do not fear, for now you have another son.’ It came about as her soul was departing (for she died), that she named him Ben-oni; but his father called him Benjamin.” “Ben-oni” means “the son of my sorrow,” in contrast to “Benjamin,” which means “the son of my right hand.” Therefore, we see that “the son of my sorrow,” evidenced with death, becomes “the son of my right hand,” the place of authority and reigning.
This is precisely what we have seen in the repetitive testimonies of the two works whereby the first dies and the second secures the fulfillment or victory. Yahshua was one such example of this very revealing, consistent, and profound truth. With His first coming He too was a man of sorrows, acquainted with grief, and He died. But the second time He comes, He will rule as King, essentially at the right hand of God—the Son of My sorrow, becoming the Son of My right hand.
In further revealing and noteworthy testimony, we read in Judges 3:15 and 20:15-16 that the Benjamites were left-handed. So, what could this mean? This is most revealing. Regarding the one who sits on the right hand of God, if they extended their hand to Him, then their left hand would touch or take His right hand. Thereupon, their strength would be in their left hand. Thus we see it most fitting that “the son of My right hand,” would be one who is left-handed! In further testimony, Judges 20:16 adds that with that hand the Benjamites could “sling a stone at a hair (not a hare, but a hair on a hare) and not miss.” Thus their left hand was immensely capable—once again a testimony of being at the right hand of God. This is the “son of sorrow” first work, that gains the right to be the “son of the right hand” second work. And of course this is the testimony of the east and west sides of the ark of the covenant—the former receiving the blood, and the latter escaping that death. And is it any surprise that the tribe of Benjamin camped to the west of the tabernacle (Numbers 2:18 and 22); and that Judah, the tribe of Yahshua and the Body of Christ, camped east of the tabernacle (Numbers 2:3)?
This writing is filled with truth regarding the ways and works of Yahweh God; and in closing this section, we will briefly share a most unique and revealing aspect of those ways. We have already noted that Hebrew reads right to left. But it was the Greeks who changed reading to where it was left to right. These opposites cannot be mere happenstance, and you will now see these differences in the ways of Yahweh.
Consider this: we see that Yahshua sitting on the mercy seat in the holy of holies would mean that His left hand would be east, and His right hand would be west. Now, if someone came and stood before Him, which direction would their right hand be located? Just the opposite. Their right hand would be east, and their left hand would be west.
The question concerning this reversal phenomenon came up while writing this section, whereupon two natural but very prophetic testimonies came to my attention that evidenced just the opposite: that the right was loss and death. This puzzled me greatly, and I wondered how right could now be loss? The answer is found in 2 Corinthians 3:18. Here we read: “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 from the Lord, the spirit.”
What does a mirror accomplish relative to one’s image? It reverses it. Write two digits on a piece of paper and hold it up to a mirror and what do you see? The mirror reverses the order of the numbers, and even each number is backwards. It would be the same if you stood before someone, both with arms extended, and your right hand would touch their left hand, and your left hand would touch their right hand. So, when we behold Yahweh as in a mirror, we are in fact opposite of Him in creation and even in order. This is the same truth seen in 1 Corinthians 13:12, which states: “For now we see by a mirror in a riddle, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known.” The mirror riddle is that as the created, we are opposite of Him in our order and in our ways.
Here are some examples of this. We see that for Yahweh, east, and thus left, is death; while west, and thus right, is life. But as a mirror image of Him, for us our right is now death, and our left is life. In reality we saw this with Benjamin. His strength was in his left hand, while the strength of Yahweh is in His right hand—again, just the opposite.
Furthermore, this mirror image that we are as man was explicitly evidenced in that when the high priest came before the ark of the covenant, blood had been placed upon his right ear, thumb, and big toe (Leviticus 8:23, 24 and Exodus 29:20). Once again, this was just the opposite of the ark and mercy seat. Thus, even this mirror image of priestly man as he stood before the ark with his right side sprinkled with blood, maintained the truth that death was associated with the east.
In like testimony, Yahshua instructed man: “If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into Gehenna. If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into Gehenna” (Matthew 5:29-30). Here again, as a mirror image of God, what is right for us, is left for Him. Relative to Yahweh, it was in fact the left work that was cut off and died. As a testimony of this, His left hand is never mentioned. It is as though it too is cut off!
Therefore, we clearly see that that which is right for us, is left for Yahweh. Just as Hebrew and Greek are read in opposite directions, so God and natural man are opposites. Once I saw this I could understand that the two natural prophetic testimonies concerning the right, were in fact man’s testimony of what Yahweh does in the opposite order—to the left. If you would like to read more about this mirror effect as it pertains to the trinity of man, read The Soul.
Adding two revealing testimonies regarding this mirror image, first in 2 Kings 4:32-35 we see a most unusual but hopeful evidence. Elisha laid on a dead child as a mirror image, putting “his mouth on his mouth and his eyes on his eyes and his hands on his hands, and he stretched himself on him . . . .” With this the child became warm. Then upon Elisha forming the mirror image once again, the child sneezed seven times and opened his eyes. This is what Yahweh has to do for man, His mirror image, bringing life and sight to us. And here again we see the number seven, evidencing the dead Body of Christ.
And finally, most interesting, confirming, and significant is that man himself evidences this mirror image, even the flip to make clean. I would well imagine you know that the human brain is two parts—a left side and a right side. And I would imagine that you equally know that the left side of the brain controls the right side of the body, and the right side of the brain controls the left side of the body. So, God actually flips man’s processes. But it makes one wonder: Does He have to flip them back to make us clean or restore us as we have seen? Passover & Pentecost – Tabernacles must be restored to Tabernacles – Passover & Pentecost; and Government & Money – Religion must be restored to Religion – Government & Money. Therefore it makes one wonder if when man is placed into his heavenly body this crossover will be reversed.
Gaining from all we have learned up to now, there is yet one final item that demands to be addressed: Ezekiel’s temple, with special attention given to, of course, the eastern gate.
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