With My Jealousy
As we observed, many of the elements of the kingdom of God were testified in the accounts from Judges 19 and 20 and Numbers 25. Both of these accounts are most unusual and quite incredible. Let us quickly summarize these elements.
This remarkable testimony is once again another evidence of the seamless garment of truth that the Remnant truth affords, truth and consistent testimony that is replete throughout the Scriptures. Now for the very important examination of the government of the church as pointed out in the above concluding point.
When Yahshua came to this earth to restore and establish the kingdom of God, very importantly, He set up the government of that kingdom. Government is essential, and the government He set up was a one and twelve government, for a total of thirteen, the number of Yahweh. The “one” of course was Yahshua, and the “twelve” were His disciples whom He chose. It is critical that you understand that this is His irreplaceable government for His kingdom. This is His divine order, and there is no substitute!
That order was followed as long as He was here on this earth. But He warned, and this is essential to note, that He and His disciples were to do the works of the Father while He was here. He would not remain; He was the light of the world, and when He left, there would be darkness and no man could work (John 9:4-5). Though we are brief here in noting this, I hope you grasped this important truth. Read for yourself John 9:4-5.
When Yahshua was resurrected from the dead and walked on this earth during the period of forty days, He did not replace Judas. Why? Because He had already stated quite clearly that that position was occupied by Satan – “Did I Myself not choose you, the twelve, and one of you is the devil” (John 6:70). He was leaving, and the government that He had set up was about to deteriorate and would sadly disappear. The only remnant of it to remain would be the apostleship that belonged to the devil, Satan. While the apostles vainly tried to fill that place by casting lots, it was only one more testimony of the corruption and weakening of that short-lived government that would soon pass away.
In the beginning days of the church, that government was still viable. The people came and laid their possessions at the apostle’s feet. When Ananias and Sapphira were unfaithful, Yahweh killed them right there before the apostles. When Peter walked down the street, people were healed by only his shadow passing over them. But a shadow indeed would soon become the state of that government; only, a shadow with no power or authority. That government soon became a shadow of what it used to be, and was replaced by the government of another.
Stephen was stoned, and the people were disbursed. The concubine was cut into twelve pieces and she was sent out. But the apostles remained in Jerusalem (Acts 8:1), and were eventually killed. A change in the church began to take place, and the breach began.
Paul’s ministry came forth and would soon overshadow and actually replace and even usurp the apostles. Paul’s was not a Jerusalem-based work, but fittingly, it was based in Antioch. Antioch was a city established by the family, Antiochus, and it was Antiochus IV who committed the abomination of desolation of the temple for three years. This is just one more clear testimony of the corruption, the Pauline Antiochus corruption, of the three-part kingdom of God that would take place if Yahshua did not come back early and cut those days short to two. Thus the breach began as the church became an Antiochus-based Saul/Paul work, and no longer Yahshua’s Jerusalem-based apostle work. The government of the church was altered, even replaced, as the apostles faded from the scene.
Paul stated himself his own disregard for that government. Though he was willing to take a matter before them while he was in the beginning of his own work that was embroiled in controversy over the law, and the apostles yet retained a semblance of that diminishing governmental authority, he later wrote disparagingly regarding them – “what they were makes no difference to me” (Galatians 2:6). These men whom he spoke so lightly of were the very disciples of Yahshua the Son of God, personally chosen by Him for a perpetual priesthood, who will some day rule over the twelve tribes of Israel (Luke 22:30), and Paul had the audacity to boast – “what they were makes no difference to me”? Is it any wonder that the church that was raised up by Saul/Paul followed in this continual disregard for authority as well, despite his teachings (1 Corinthians 16:16, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13)? Paul sowed the seed of rebellion in the church, and clearly its fruit has been reaped ever since. In the words of Yahshua, we are to do what Paul said, and in this regard not what he did (Matthew 23:3).
And not only did he disregard and even belittle the apostles chosen and set up by Yahshua, but he even had the audacity to openly rebuke the one upon whom Yahshua said He would build His church – Peter! In that same letter to the Galatians, Paul boasted that when Peter came to visit his work in Antioch and supposedly fellowshipped more so with “those from the circumcision,” he “opposed him to his face” and rebuked him “in the presence of all” (Galatians 2:11-14). This action was once again in violation of his own teachings in which he instructed young Timothy – “Do not sharply rebuke an older man, but appeal to him as a father” (1 Timothy 5:1). How much more so should Paul have respected and honored one of the chief apostles and fathers of the church? Again, Paul sowed tragic seeds of error, and boasted in it as well.
If indeed Paul thought that Peter had done wrong, Yahshua said – “if your brother sins, go and reprove him in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother” (Matthew 18:15). But did Paul follow this instruction given by the Master specifically to the church? Not so. But rather, he took a higher place and rebuked the senior apostle in public, and even publicly broadcasted the occurrence later in his letter. And even so, as a senior apostle, Paul should only have appealed to him, and not even reproved him.
And in this public letter, not only did he once again expose and shame Peter the apostle, but he falsely elevated himself to be equal to him. Strangely, first Paul belittled the apostles by saying – “what they were makes no difference to me,” and even boasted – “those who were reputed contributed nothing to me.” But if what Peter and the apostles were made no difference to him, then why was it necessary for him to next make the point that he was equal to Peter? After saying these disparaging things regarding the apostles, Paul then boasted in a comparison – “But on the contrary, seeing that I had been entrusted with the gospel to the uncircumcised, just as Peter with the gospel to the circumcised (for He who effectually worked for Peter in his apostleship to the circumcised effectually worked for me also to the Gentiles [and I might say here, anointing is fearful, because it is too often equated with approval]), and recognizing the grace that had been given to me, James and Cephas and John, who were reputed to be pillars, gave to me and Barnabas (whom Paul later rejected for having mercy on Mark) the right hand of fellowship, that we might go to the Gentiles, and they to the circumcised” (vss. 7-9).
Paul thus equated himself equal to Peter. And even in his letter to the Corinthians, he boasted – “I consider myself not in the least inferior to the most eminent apostles” (2 Corinthians 11:5). Paul continually espoused himself to occupy a place that he had no right to claim. He continually overestimated his position, claiming to be equal to the eminent apostles. Why did he not say “reputed” here as well? Because he saw himself as eminent.
Again in that same letter to the Corinthians, in 12:11, Paul even restated his belief that he was “in no respect inferior to the most imminent apostles,” but added a point of seeming humility – “even though I am a nobody.” But even so, despite this seeming humility, Paul had no right whatsoever to boast that he had an equal status with the apostles. And looking at his words and actions in Galatians 2, he not only saw himself equal, but he even saw himself above them so as to have the false right to publicly rebuke Peter and then publicly broadcast this in a letter. Paul was clearly out of place in the estimation of himself. As declared by Yahshua, Paul should not have placed himself in a place of honor, for he risked being told in time to go and occupy the last place – Luke 14:7-11.
Why, one should ask, why did Paul once again have to add the word “reputed” in that sentence regarding the apostles – “who were reputed to be pillars”? “Reputed”!? Does this not once again reveal the slighting attitude that he had against the established apostles of the church, and was in fact building up his own “ministry” and calling? “Reputed”!? These were the very men whom Yahshua set up as the apostles of the church, including Peter, upon whom Yahshua said that He would build His church. The three whom he specifically identified as “reputed to be pillars,” were none other than Peter, James, and John, the three most personal and closest disciples there were to Yahshua, and Paul had the audacity to call these three men “reputed”? What was he thinking?
In fact, Paul used the word “reputed” four times to describe the apostles, clearly revealing his disregard of them, and even more so his self exaltation. It is used once in verse 2, twice in verse 6, and again here in verse 9. In verse 6 he said – “But from those who were of some repute (what they were makes no difference to me; God shows no partiality) – well, [and next he even drops the word “some”] those who were reputed contributed nothing to me.” Incredible!
The fact is, Paul repeatedly slighted these apostles whom Yahshua established as the governmental leaders of the church, revealing a very troubling thing about himself, as well as about Christianity.
These men were not just any “reputed to be” apostles! They were established by the Son of God. But Paul not only rejected but even publicly impugned, dismissed, diminished, and belittled them. And you wonder why the church has disrespected church leaders ever since? Despite his teachings, Paul set the tone and the example of disregard for church authority. He sowed the seeds of a Miriam that, like Paul, wanted to be equal to Yahweh’s chosen leaders. Paul and Miriam had the same weakness, and even as Miriam was smitten with leprosy for seven days and put out of the camp, so the church was smitten with the number seven mark of the beast leprosy and has been outside the camp of the pure kingdom ever since.
After shamefully saying – “what they were makes no difference to me,” Paul blindly added – “God shows no partiality.” Anathema! This is precisely a Miriam statement! “Has Yahweh indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?,” asked Miriam (Numbers 12:2). And it is equal to the sin of Korah who likewise viewed himself equal to Moses and Aaron, saying – “You have gone far enough, for all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and Yahweh is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of Yahweh?” (Numbers 16:3). Or in like manner Dathan and Abiram spurned Moses that he wanted to “lord it over” them (vss. 12-14). Even as the ground opened up and swallowed these men and their families and they “descended alive into Sheol,” so the church that has followed Paul in his own like actions has for 2,000 years equally been swallowed into sheol, into the grave. Because of the sins of Korah, and they did not build upon the rock of the first Remnant, in fulfillment of this passage the church has ever since been cut off and died. They have not been and they will not be in the first resurrection and ascend alive.
Paul was dead wrong in disregarding the apostles as he did! God does show partiality when it comes to leadership, and Miriam and Korah discovered this. Leadership, and apostleship, are government, and these are to be respected and held in high regard, unlike what Paul evidenced. You may not honor the man, but you honor the office; and Paul totally blundered in this, NEVER recognizing his failure, and led the church into the ways of rebellion and death.
Yahshua instructed – “The scribes and the Pharisees have seated themselves in the chair of Moses; therefore all that they tell you, do and observe, …” (Matthew 23:2-3). He then went on to extensively castigate the scribes and the Pharisees for their deeds. But, it is critical to note that even so He honored and upheld the office, the seat of Moses, and instructed those who were under that office to obey them. This Paul did not do regarding the established apostles. (And let us add here, likewise the wife is to honor her husband because of the office, and not necessarily because of the man. Thus it is written – “wives are to be (subject) to their husbands in everything” [Ephesians 5:24]. And children are to “be obedient to your parents in all things” [Colossians 3:20]. The lawless one and the Curse of 1920 has gone a long way towards destroying this divine order.)
You may object to what is said here about Paul, and even wonder if we have the right to question his actions and his words; but we do. Is it not with relevance that we are told in Acts 17:11 that the Bereans were more noble-minded because they examined the Scriptures to see if what was being said by Paul was so? If the Bereans were more noble-minded then for seeking the Scriptures to see if what Paul was saying was so, why is it that we today are any less noble-minded to do likewise? Unmistakably, Paul was in great and obvious error to have minimized and dismissed the apostles as he did, and then sought to elevate himself to be one of them, or better. Noble-mindedness requires one to conclude that Paul was in great error regarding this, and it has adversely affected the church ever since! We today would be wise to consider the fate of Korah and equally remove ourselves from the work that Paul began, even as the people removed themselves from Korah and Dathan and Abiram and thereby escaped descending into sheol, into the grave.
But even so, we note that Paul’s teachings were and are otherwise very valuable and critical for the church, while his actions towards the apostles were totally reprehensible. The writings we have from him are those which Yahweh wanted us to have, but they also reveal something about Paul that is nothing short of rebellion. As said earlier, this is a case where we are to do what Paul said, and not what he did. I have tremendous regard for Paul, but what he did to the apostles was reprehensible and placed the church on another foundation.
Paul said twice that he would not boast beyond his measure (2 Corinthians 10:13 and 15), and in regard to his personal apostleship over those whom he had reached, he did not do so; but, to make claim to an apostleship that is equal to the twelve, he had no right whatsoever and in this did indeed exceed his boast. He should have been a man humbly under the apostles, and not have sought to be equal to them. For this reason, Paul removed the church, Christianity, from the apostles, and built it on a foundation in Antioch, which is appropriately called the mother-church of Christianity, and not on Jerusalem and the apostles whom Yahshua Himself established.
What Paul did was wholly inexcusable, but it also showed the weakening paling of that established government, a government that should have filled the earth. But like King Saul, it too was before its time, too early, and like a flower that is brilliant and beautiful when it first opens, but in time withers and looses its glory, so the chosen apostles faded into irrelevance.
We can only imagine what it was like for Peter as he saw this taking place. It had to have been very hard on him. Going from the place to when he stood up on the day of Pentecost and delivered the first soul-convicting message to the church that harvested 3,000 souls and his mere shadow would heal every sicknesses, to the place where he visited the up-and-comer in a foreign city and was publicly rebuked by him, had to have been deeply painful. I would expect that in the end, death was a welcomed relief to Peter, putting him out of the misery of remembering all of his hopes and his anticipations after walking with the Son of God and having such high expectations, watching the death of Stephen and afterwards seeing all of his flock disbursed, and seeing corruption set into the church, and his work come to a waning end – a shadow of the man he used to be. Like John the Baptist, he too had to decrease. This is the man Paul publicly rebuked and recorded it as well for others to read.
I do not despise Paul for his personal insensitivity in this action, but I publicly rebuke him for despising the established government of the church that was set forth by Yahshua. Paul should have humbly submitted himself to that government; he should not have despised it; he should not have publicly rebuked one of its pillars (whom Paul diminished as “reputed”); and of all things, he should not have then sought to elevate himself to be equal to it, or greater. Strange as it is, what he tore down with one breath, he sought to make himself equal to with the next. He rebuked Peter for identifying with the circumcised, yet said that his ministry was to the circumcised. He taught others to honor authority, but vainly failed to practice it when it came to those who were over him. He accused Peter of hypocrisy, but was guilty of the same. By his own words he condemned himself – “Therefore you are without excuse, every man of you who passes judgment, for in that you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things" (Romans 2:1).
As was parenthetically stated, anointing is a very dangerous and fearful thing; because by it men assume that it equates to approval, and it does not! Anointing is often irrespective of approval. Look at Balaam. He was anointed, but he was not approved. The course he took was not pleasing to Yahweh, and He sent an angel to kill him. Likewise, look at Saul. He was anointed. For this reason, David would not stretch out his hand against him (1 Samuel 26:11). But he was not approved! Equally, in fulfillment by more than name, Saul/Paul was anointed, but he was not approved, and his actions and attitude toward the apostles and even Barnabas revealed this. (Could it be that Paul may have even resented Barnabas because he was a part of that work? Irregardless, it is highly relevant that he separated from him.) And look at Christianity. It too is anointed, but it too is not approved, and is in fact the fulfillment of each of these revealing testimonies.
It is already stated here that Remnant men will wear Yahweh’s ordained beard, His appointed covering for the man. It is quite revealing that the first man in the Scriptures to shave was Joseph, and the outcome of that act was that in time it led the sons of Israel into bondage in Egypt. The last man in the Scriptures to shave was Paul, and the outcome of that was that he too was directly led into bondage, but never came out of it (Acts 21:23-36). Such is the state of Christianity. Like its teacher, Paul, who rejected the government set up by Yahshua and never once called men to become His disciples, and cut off his hair and went into bondage, so the church has rejected Yahshua’s government, followed in rebellion, has lost its glory (hair), and has been in bondage to Satan/Rome/Egypt ever since. Is it any wonder that “Korah” means “baldness”?
So with this tragic state of the church to this very day, what is it that we must have now? The answer is quite clear. There is only one way for Yahweh’s kingdom to cover the entire earth. It will not be through Paul, or through Antioch-based Christianity, but it will be through Yahweh restoring the very government that Paul dismissed, despised, and even replaced. Yahweh must reestablish on this earth His one and twelve government!
For 2,000 years, the church has been void of this government that Yahshua established. Paul rejected it and there has been a breach in the church ever since. In order for Yahweh to restore the church, He MUST restore the government. Government is authority, and the only way for the kingdom of God to be restored is for His proper government to be reestablished.
Furthermore, the only way that Satan can be defeated is likewise with proper government. For 2,000 years he has sat in the place of the twelfth apostle. And aberrant Christianity with its government of rebellion (that is the same as witchcraft – 1 Samuel 15:23), neither can nor ever will defeat him, but is defeated by him. Christianity is lawless and was built upon rebellion with its roots in the lawlessness of Saul/Paul who refused to build on the government laid down by Yahshua – the apostles. Thus the very foundation upon which Christianity is built is error, and it cannot and will not stand. The only way that Satan can be defeated is governmentally, and that requires a new government on this earth – the restoration of the government of the kingdom of God that Yahshua laid, the one and twelve government! This is the government that will both defeat and replace him.
Paul instructed men to honor authority, but he rejected and did not honor the authority that Yahshua had established, and started his own separate work. He did not build on the apostles. To restore that government, Yahweh must raise up and establish one who will rebuild it.
How is this to be done? As addressed in The Love of Money, page 14, the “one” in the restored government must be the twelfth apostle who will in fact replace Judas, as well as Satan. By raising up a man in this day to replace Judas, “one of the (original) twelve,” Yahweh in fact repairs the breach between the two Remnant. This too is a legal act, a legal resolution in many regards, and is actually revealed in our man, Phinehas.
We have already noted that, because of specific tenses, the sentence structure of Judges 20:27-28 does not allow the sons of Israel to be praying there, but the singular tense dictates that Phinehas himself prayed that prayer. So one must ask – Since Phinehas lived 350 years earlier, how did he show up to intercede for that third battle?
It has been said before in these writings that the Scriptures do not have to make practical sense, but they MUST make prophetic sense, and this is just one more case of this. The Scriptures have far too many contradictions to be resolved practically; but the fact is, as we have noted so many times before, these contradictions are Yahweh’s divine riddles. And here is yet another.
For the sake of prophecy, let us assume that, in accordance with the text, somehow Phinehas did in fact show up for that vital prayer. What would give him the right to do that? For one thing, because of his jealousy for Yahweh, he was given the promise of “a perpetual priesthood.” Have you heard this term before? In Hebrews 7:1-3 we read of a man who was “without genealogy, having neither beginning of days nor end of life.” This was Melchizedek, Tamar’s grandfather, and we read concerning him that he too “abides a priest perpetually.” So, if Phinehas received a like perpetual priesthood, it goes to reason that he too would have no “end of life.” Therefore, 350 years later, Phinehas could easily have been there praying. Do I think this is the case? I doubt it. It is evident that, more importantly, this verse is prophesying. But who’s to say? Yahshua said to Peter regarding John – “If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?” (John 21:23).
So what does this mean? Does it mean that the real Phinehas, or even John, is going to show up at the beginning of this third day and take the “one” place, the place of the twelfth apostle, so as to prepare the way for Yahshua’s return? No. But if Yahweh raised up a man in this day that would have the anointing and the legal right to fill that place, then legally it would be the same thing.
Who could imagine that one of the original twelve apostles would show up in this day? That would be about as surprising, or might we say shocking, as it would have been for Phinehas to have actually showed up at the end of that second battle. But Yahweh can indeed perform this by opening up the office and placing a man in that place and thus honoring the covenant of the perpetual priesthood belonging to the first Remnant. It does not take a man to bridge that span of time by living that long, but by Yahweh keeping the promise alive, the promise of the “two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie,” the two Remnant (Hebrews 7:18). The fulfillment of the promise of the office, the covenant, accomplishes and effects the same results, and this is precisely that which Yahweh has done. He is providing for this very day a twelfth apostle, even as He provided a Phinehas.
Did Yahshua literally have to go back in time and enter into the garden of Eden so as to restore the garden and mankind? No. The fourth dimension of time forbade that. Then how could He be “slain from the foundation of the world”? That which is not possible in the natural, is possible in the higher dimension of intercession. By intercession this is precisely what He did. Through the Nazirite vow, Yahshua fulfilled all the requirements to intercessorally reenter the garden and restore it. And likewise, by Yahweh taking a man through intercession today, He can do the same once again. He can take that man back to the original beginning of the church and give him the legal right to that place. And this we trust Yahweh has done and is doing. As it is written – “Yahweh your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your countrymen; you shall listen to him” (Deuteronomy 18:15, Acts 3:22). And again, it is all done legally – through the law and through intercession. And He is accomplishing it!
This present-day twelfth apostle thus legally stands in the place of the “one,” and receives the authority to unseal the books that were sealed by the first Remnant. This one likewise has the authority to see the error of Paul in his failure to build on the rock of the first Remnant. This twelfth apostle also has the authority and the responsibility to expose and openly rebuke Paul for despising his fellow apostles and impugning them as he did, and for departing from the way and building on another foundation. For 2,000 years Paul has not been exposed regarding this, but today is the time for his error to be revealed and to call others to come out of the work that has been built upon his rebellious act.
Yahweh thus establishes today one with the authority of the original twelve and will restore the government that was laid down in the beginning of the church. With the establishment of a twelfth apostle, Yahshua’s promise that the gates of Hades will not prevail against the church is already being fulfilled. Equally, the gates of “not seeing” are not prevailing against the Remnant. The Remnant Bride has come out of Hades, out of “to not see,” and is alive and can see. The facecloth is being removed from Lazarus.
The twelfth apostle is being restored today. That which passed away, that which Paul rejected, is being restored in order for the church to defeat Satan and be built upon the rock that Yahshua laid – the twelve apostles. These men cannot be the former twelve, but they are the same government and thereby provide the addition that affords the 24 elders around the throne. Who are the present-day twelve? Their names are already recorded.
As John saw Jerusalem above coming down from heaven with the wall of the city having twelve foundation stones and on them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb (Revelation 21:14), so in this day Yahweh must send the authority for the reestablishment of that government on this earth, as well as the identity of those twelve men. We the Bride wait for that authority to descend with the revelation and the establishment of its latter rain twelve foundation stones, for it is that authority that will restore the one and twelve government of the church here on this earth. And it is upon that foundation that the church will finally be built, even as promised by Yahshua. And those twelve men whose names are written on those twelve stones will be revealed.
The reestablishment of Yahweh’s one and twelve government will be the critical beginning of the restoration of His kingdom on this earth. For 2,000 years that government has not been here, and its restoration is essential for His kingdom to begin to reign on this earth. But it cannot come without authority, and that is what we await. He gave authority to the twelve (Luke 9:1). He gave authority to the seventy-two (Luke 10:19). And He must now fulfill His word and give authority to His Bride, the Elijah. Jerusalem above must bring us authority. The church cannot build on Christianity’s rebellion, it must have authority from above, restoring the rightful honor and place due the government that Yahshua laid.
We close with our man Phinehas, the one who comes at the beginning of the third day of battle in order to effect much needed victory. You will recall that it was his jealousy and his zeal that saved the leaders of Israel, testified even by the 24,000 who died in the plague. And here is our hope and great need – that Yahweh will restore His one and twelve government and thus add the latter rain twelve apostles, the twelve stones that Elijah laid on Carmel for an altar upon which they poured twelve pitchers of water, and with the former rain twelve apostles, Yahweh will preserve His 24 elders.
We have already seen the remarkable significance of the meaning of the names of Baal and Midian and Cozbi and Zimri and even Korah. The name “Phinehas” is no exception in significance. This man who is invoked on the third day to bring the required victory, is no less than a Zechariah or Haggai who prophesied and the temple was completed after a breach period. Such we anticipate in this day, and it is not without significance that “Phinehas” means “mouth of prophecy.”
May Yahweh bring forth His truth in this day and may the foundation that was laid 2,000 years ago with the establishment of the twelve apostles, be restored today; and may Yahweh build upon it His temple
Restore Your government upon this earth, oh Yahweh!
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