When Yahweh began leading this man into the work with the poor, around 1982 He gave me two stories. Recently I realized how one of those stories was being fulfilled in my own life. This encouraged me, because it involved making a huge sacrifice in my life, and a most painful death. With the realization that the one story was being fulfilled in my own life, and was a reassuring message to me, I then pondered how the other story might be fulfilled as well. Let me tell you the second story.
Yahweh was going to give Adam and Eve a second chance, and if they succeeded, they would be able to redeem mankind. The story took place in today’s time and setting. Yahweh brought both of them back to this earth and gave them a list of things to accomplish. If they succeeded, they would redeem mankind and restore all that they had lost. They had a certain amount of time in which to perform these tasks, and were to report to Him at a given day and time on a top floor of a certain office building in downtown.
Adam and Eve diligently worked on all that they had been given; and with a great deal of excitement, on the day of their planned meeting with Yahweh, they had faithfully completed everything on the list. As the time of their meeting approached, they excitedly ran to the designated office building, past an old man who was sitting outside, and rushed up the steps. Into the elevator they went, up to the floor that Yahweh had told them, and into the room where He awaited them. With excitement that they had redeemed mankind, they told Yahweh that they had completed all the tasks that were assigned to them, to which He replied that, no, they had failed. He pointed back to the old man sitting outside, and that they had ignored him in his need. Once again, Adam and Eve failed.
From time to time I have wondered about that old man, whether I would pass by the unsuspected in my excitement to do Yahweh’s will. And when I recently saw that the other story applied to me, I wondered how this story might apply as well. Who or what would be that old man that I would rush past and ignore, I pondered with concern? Then the old man that Yahweh used in my life to break my heart for the poor came to my mind, the one who was similarly sitting outside on the steps of that apartment complex.
When writing The Passing Over Principle, I was immensely impressed that all of the years and all the efforts with which I was involved in the care of the poor in Dallas, were preludes leading to Yahweh’s true and ultimate fulfillment in the care of the poor second Remnant. All of the work in the previous years happened in order to lead to and prepare the way for the second Remnant, and it all had its origin with the old man at the apartments. Thus, the message from this story to not overlook the old man, became a vivid encouragement to me to not forsake the work that Yahweh began in my life with the old man at the apartments. I must be careful to not overlook that which Yahweh began in my life, and has continued to perform even to this day.
The encouragement that Yahweh has given me in the old man story is to not forsake the course that Yahweh placed me on ever since He brought the old man into my life and broke my heart for the poor. I cannot dare pass by the old man and his needs, even to this day. It is only by entering into poverty that we can have hope to be delivered from the old man of ourselves, and to restore mankind as the redeeming Adam and Eve, evidenced in this story.
And along with this encouragement, recently I have come to understand even further who the old man was in the story and what he more fully represented. The old man, and the broken heart I had for him at the apartment complex, revealed the old man or old self of our own flesh existence. My heart was then, and continues to be even now, broken for the old man of this flesh existence, the old man in which we live who has been cursed, is worn out, disheveled, and addicted to the corruption and deeds of this flesh. He is the old man seen in the message of Isaiah 58:6-7 where Yahweh tells of the true fast for which He desires:
“Is this not the fast which I chose,
To loosen the bonds of wickedness,
To undo the bands of the yoke,
And to let the oppressed go free,
And break every yoke (the bonds and yoke of Satan on mankind)?
Is it not to divide your bread with the hungry
(the bread of truth),
And bring the homeless poor into the house (the house of Yahweh);
When you see the naked, to cover him (the naked who are covered with holding all things in common);
And not to hide yourself from your own flesh?”
Even as we see in the story, and find attested in these verses, the purpose of the Remnant Bride is to restore mankind, to undo what Adam and Eve initially caused, and to accomplish everything that is listed here in Isaiah 58. And in the last statement of the above passage, we find once again the old man – “And not hide yourself from your own flesh.”
Yahshua said that the purpose of Elijah would be to restore all things – “Elijah is coming and will restore all things.” (Stated in Matthew 17:11 and Mark 9:12, but not in Luke. Why? Because the second Remnant work is Elijah and is the fulfillment of these things that have been announced in Matthew and Mark.) This message of restoration is equally presented in Acts 3:19-26 where we read that “times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord” (i.e. – the latter rain), whose coming is preceded by “the period of restoration of all things,” or Elijah, of whom Moses said would be a man like him from the brethren. (Read The Love of Money, page 14, for further explanation of this important passage.)
It needs to be noted that the second Remnant is the work of salvation in and through which Yahweh works for the sake of mankind, whereby He effects the restoration of the old man to Yahweh. As written in Malachi 4:6, this Elijah work turns the heart of the Father to the children, and the hearts of the children to the Father, lest He come and “smite the land with a curse.” The second Remnant makes it possible for flesh man, the old man, to be restored to the Father, and for the Son to come to this earth and abide with him. It is the work that resolves the corrupt “flesh” issue – not hiding from our own flesh. All of this is spoken of in this story, insomuch that it clearly pertained to Adam and Eve and the restoration of mankind from the curse. Thus, most joyfully, Yahweh has answered my prayer for the old man in a way that is so incomparable and so incredible, that I have never before understood or could have imagined – He has shown me “a way to help people like this old man,” and it is through the second Remnant who restore all things!
One of the GREAT errors or ignorances of Paul-following Christianity, is its failure to see that, while Yahshua opened the way for the redemption of mankind, Yahweh continues this process of salvation through mankind as well. Yahshua is the door, but salvation FOR mankind must equally follow in His redemptive work THROUGH mankind. For example, the body of Christ, or Christianity, is just what its name says it is – Yahshua’s body! And even as His body was beaten and afflicted and was crucified for the sake of mankind, so the body of Christ has been beaten and afflicted and crucified for the sake of mankind. Thus, salvation has now reached the second step whereby that which Yahshua provided in His example, is being carried out and fulfilled through man.
Yahshua said – “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go to the Father” (John 14:12). Men tend to think of miracles and such when they read this passage, but how about His works of salvation as well? Yes, Yahweh is working salvation through man as well, for salvation was the major work of Yahshua, and we shall do this work also.
Therefore, do not be offended when it is said here that the second Remnant “restores all things,” even as Yahshua said, and makes it possible for flesh man to be restored to the Father. Salvation is a process, and that process has to have its expression or be carried out THROUGH man. And, if you want to take Paul’s teachings and claim otherwise, then you simply join him in his Arabia revelation and his weak eyes and his bondage leading to death, and remain in the afflicted body of Christ.
Having been made possible through the work of Yahshua, Yahweh is now using His Bride to “restore all things,” to effect salvation to man through our obedience as well. It was the obedience of His Son that satisfied the aching heart of the Father; and in this hour, we have the opportunity to provide that same satisfaction to Yahweh by our own obedience to Him, thus bringing salvation once again to mankind, even to the old man. “The saviors (plural) will ascend Mount Zion to judge the mountain of Esau (Christianity), and the kingdom will be Yahweh’s” (Obadiah 1:21). These “saviors” are those who will once again obey the Father and now do that which the Son commanded – give up everything in order to be His disciple, take up our own cross, and hate all relationships that are based on natural ties. Yes, Yahweh is leading His second Remnant through a very narrow way, but it is the narrow way that leads to salvation for all men, the restoration of all things (including the old man), and gives pleasure to the Father! Hallelu-Yah!
In closing, we find in John 6:59f an account that describes exactly where we are today. Yahshua had been teaching the people, and then began telling some things that were hard for them to understand and accept. “This is a difficult statement; who can listen to it?,” was their response. But, He did not try to explain it further, and let the people act as they would; thus we read that many of His disciples withdrew from Him. Upon their departure, Yahshua turned to the twelve and asked – “You do not want to go away also, do you?” Peter answered – “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.”
So we then ask – Who is it who has words of eternal life? Are they the words of Paul, or are they the words of Yahshua; for as we have seen, there is a great distinction between the two? One invites men to become converts, the other instructs men to become disciples!
Even as we read here in John 6, that which Yahshua is calling His Bride to follow and do is equally “a difficult statement.” But, these are the words of life, for they are nothing less than the words of Yahshua. In this hour before His return, Yahshua is calling His disciples to prepare the way before Him, to be the Elijah and freely lay down before Him their garments and branches, their wealth and their glory. Clearly, this message is different from what we have been taught in Christianity; but, after their message has failed for 2,000 years, is it not time to now do something different – to obey the words of Yahshua?
You now have before you two distinct choices, thus fulfilling the test of Carmel. You can either stay in Christianity with its 22,000 sects and denominations, or enter through the narrow way – give up all of your possessions, your relationships, and your own will and very life, and come under the covering of the Remnant Bride and the one and twelve government. Do not be deceived, there are no other options, other than the world.