THE PASSING OVER PRINCIPLE
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In 2 Kings 1, we find a most interesting account pertaining to the representative whom the second Remnant must fulfill, and that is Elijah. The account opens with a king of Israel by the name of Ahaziah, the son of infamous Ahab, the corrupt king of Israel and husband of Jezebel. Quite prophetically and uniquely, Ahaziah became very ill by falling through the lattice in his "upper room." Already we see here a very telling similarity with the account in Acts where the disciples were gathered together in the "upper room" when Pentecost came. So noting this similarity, why the unique testimony that he fell through the lattice? And frankly, this is only the beginning of this account's uniqueness, for shortly you will witness even further unique and revealing prophetic testimony.
The Hebrew word used here for the "lattice" through which Ahaziah fell is the word "sebakah" (#7639), which more literally means "to intertwine or weave." Quite revealing, this word has the same meaning as the Hebrew word "sukkah" (#5521). "Sukkah" likewise means "to intertwine or weave." What is "sukkah"? It is the word for the Feast of Booths, or the Feast of Sukkah! It is in fact Tabernacles!
So while the disciples in the upper room received their Pentecost, there was a problem - Was that Pentecost experience sufficient to get them into the Tabernacles experience of ascending alive? In the wilderness journeys of the sons of Israel, we know that their Mount Sinai Pentecost experience was indeed not sufficient to get them into the promised land at Tabernacles. We read in The Issue - II that the sons of Israel came up to the promised land the first time specifically at Tabernacles, and there they failed to enter in because of unbelief. Thus they too fell through the lattice of Tabernacles and, like Ahaziah, likewise died (in the wilderness). We therefore see that the sons of Israel in the wilderness and Ahaziah in his upper room, both tell the same story - failure to come under and maintain the covering of Tabernacles leads to certain death!
Who else do we find falling through the lattice? In the literal sense, there was only Ahaziah, but from the standpoint of prophetic testimony and fulfillment, we can name at least three individuals and an entire vital group. Achan was a lattice-breaker, for as we find in the writing, Tabernacles and Devoted Things, he too came short of honoring Yahweh's claim to the devoted things of Jericho, or honoring Tabernacles, and he was stoned and his possessions passed through the fire.
Two other lattice-breakers were Ananias and Sapphira. They too would not keep the covering, the Tabernacles weaving, of holding all things in common, and likewise went to death. This is the death Achan went to, the death Ananias and Sapphira went to, the death the sons of Israel went to, and the death Ahaziah went to when they each fell through the lattice/weaving/Booth of Tabernacles. But most sadly, there is yet another death that took place for the identical reason - the death of the first Remnant!
Most notably, even the upper room Pentecost-Spirit-receiving first Remnant became lattice-breakers. When Stephen was stoned, no longer were they gathered together in Jerusalem holding all things in common, but were disbursed and went back to their old ways of laboring by the sweat of their brow. They too fell through the lattice of holding all things in common and equally died.
And for 2,000 years, Christians have blindly and sadly fallen through the same hole in the lattice that was opened by the first Remnant. Following in the ways of the failure of the first Remnant, Christians have failed to restore the lattice/Booths/covering of holding all things in common and continue to fall through that gaping hole. Today, this is the hole in the lattice through which you too will fall if you will not restore the lost Tabernacles covering of holding all things in common. You will join them in their death if you do not come under this essential Tabernacles booth. It is a proven truth that spiritual rights are gained through identification, and the only way one can participate in the Tabernacles resurrection is to FIRST gain that right by identifying with it through the booth of holding all things in common. Even as Yahshua's "in type" water baptism preceded and effectually secured the legal fulfillment of sacrifices and offerings, which was later openly performed at the cross, so the booth of holding all things in common is an "in type" act that secures the fulfillment of our Tabernacles (at Trumpets) ascension. Spiritual fulfillment can never be obtained without first obtaining it by like identification.
This testimony of the lattice-breakers is a highly important message that cannot be minimized, but for the sake of the writing at hand, let us now look further at this account regarding Ahaziah and see even further evidence regarding the passing over principle.
In Ahaziah's fatal state, he sent messengers to inquire of Baal-zebub as to whether or not he would recover. Yahweh sent an angel to Elijah for him to intervene with a message, and he stopped the messengers and told them that the king would die. When the messengers returned to the king and described the appearance of the one who had spoken to them, a description that was most interesting, the king knew it was the prophet Elijah.
It is here that the account picks up both in drama and prophetic pattern. King Ahaziah sent "a captain of fifty with his fifty" to go and get Elijah, who was sitting on the top of a hill. "O man of God, the king says, 'Come down,'" commanded the captain. To this Elijah declared that if he was a man of God, let fire come down from heaven and consume them. It did!
So, the king sent another "captain of fifty with his fifty," and he likewise called out to Elijah, but even more emphatically - "O man of God, thus says the king, 'Come down quickly.'" Once again Elijah answered that if he was a man of God, then let fire come down from heaven and consume them. Once again, it did!
So what did the king do next? He sent the "captain of a third fifty with his fifty"; but this captain was now getting a little wiser and had some important knowledge. He went to Elijah with humility, bowed down on his knees, and pleaded - "O man of God, please let my life and the lives of these fifty servants of yours be precious in your sight. Behold fire came down from heaven, and consumed the first two captains of fifty with their fifties; but now let my life be precious in your sight." An angel of Yahweh then spoke to Elijah to go down with him to the king, which he did.
We see here a couple of things, really three. First we find the pattern we have been seeing all along, and that is that Yahweh passes over the first, then He passes over the second, and He takes the third. But also to be noted here, especially in light of the testimony we have already seen regarding the Pentecost-receiving upper room gathering and the Pentecost-receiving sons of Israel in the wilderness, we find the obvious testimony once again of Pentecost. Clearly the emphasis in this prophetic event is the "captain of fifty with his fifty," and fifty is the number associated with Pentecost.
Christianity is a Pentecost work, and was supposed to receive a full 3,000 years. So what we are seeing here with these three captains "of fifty with their fifty" is a clear testimony of the three-part (three 1,000 years) period of Pentecost Christianity. And most importantly, like all the other three-part patterns, it too will fulfill the passing over principle. What does this clear testimony hold and what is Yahweh showing us? Let us see.
It has been stated before in these writings that one of the purposes of the kingdom of God is to bring forth the Son of God. Therefore, any effort to do so would clearly be an Elijah work. Thus we must ask concerning this 3,000 year or three-part period - Was the first 1,000 years of Christianity able to produce the Elijah and bring forth the Son of God? Just like we have seen in all of these examples, the first part may have the promise, but it is a failure in its purpose. So we find that the first 1,000 years of Pentecost Christianity were passed over per this fulfillment. And in testimony to this inability, the first attempt to bring down Elijah by the Pentecost captain was likewise a miserable failure.
So then, was the second 1,000 years of Pentecost Christianity able to produce the Elijah and bring forth the Son of God? Once again, in accordance with the pattern of the passing over principle, it too was a failure. Therefore, in like testimony to this inability, despite the heightened emphasis of the second Pentecost captain, he too was an equally miserable failure in bringing down Elijah.
What then is left? What is now in store? Though the first call to bring forth the Elijah work was a failure, as well as the second call, it is the third call that brings him forth. Once again then we see Yahweh passing over the first, then passing over the second, and taking the third.
So what does all of this mean? Remember, the entire purpose of this living prophecy/parable is this matter of bringing forth the Elijah. Who will succeed in bringing forth this Elijah? Christianity has failed for 2,000 years, and if they were given another 1,000 years to themselves, they would equally fail. The only hope for the kingdom is for Yahweh to cut time short and establish the Elijah second Remnant, even the Bride that must come out of Christianity, the body of Christ.
Since the "captain of a third fifty with his fifty" brought back Elijah, does this mean somehow that Christianity can accomplish this? Every other testimony evidences their failure to do this, and the only way Christianity participates in this is that the Bride comes out of them. You will notice here that this third Pentecost captain bowed down before Elijah. This is precisely the same message found in Revelation 3:9 where we read regarding the sixth church of Philadelphia - "Behold, I will cause those of the synagogue of Satan, who say that they are Jews, and are not, but lie - behold, I will make them to come and bow down at your feet, and to know that I have loved you." As has been stated in other writings, Philadelphia is the second Remnant, while Smyrna (the second of the seven churches) is the first Remnant. In this regard, we find that in stark contrast, Smyrna was to suffer death from the synagogue of Satan. Christianity is the synagogue of Satan, and while it kills the first Remnant (remember, death is a prophetic and legal statement, and is thus not concrete; more on this later) and takes over the kingdom, after 2,000 years it will bow down before the second Remnant, even as we see here in Revelation 3:9 and as seen by the third Pentecost captain. Likewise, this is the same message wherein the eleven brothers of Joseph bowed down to him as well. In each case it is Pentecost Christianity bowing down to the Elijah second Remnant.
And might we ask here - When will this humbling posture and awareness by Christianity finally take place? When the second Remnant is taken out of this earth as the Elijah on Trumpets, Christianity will remain here to enter into their Day of Atonement when they will begin to realize that they were wrong and will repent of their sins. Even then they will bow in their hearts before the Remnant, but will surely do so as well in practice when we return with Yahshua.
Since Elijah comes down in the third part of the church, does this mean that the Elijah work will take 1,000 years to bring forth the Son of God? No. Let me ask you a question - How long was the actual Pentecost work that began the church? It was indeed very brief. Pentecost was in fact only one day, and the former rain itself was for only a year and a half. Despite this very brief beginning, the entire work that followed was therefore identified by it. Pentecost itself may have been a brief experience, but because of this beginning, in the long term this initial experience identified the entire period thus far as 2,000 years, or two loaves, of leavened Pentecost bread.
In similar regard, there must be something that happens at the juncture of the second part and the third part of the church that changes it into an effectual Elijah period. That "something" is the establishment of the Elijah work of the second Remnant. With the advent of the second Remnant Elijah, this changes the third part of the church to be identified as the third part Elijah period. Keep in mind that Yahshua said Elijah must restore all things (Matthew 17:11), and there will be much that must be carried out beginning in the Millennial period of Yahshua's reign.
And might we add here as well - concerning that third captain of fifty who did get Elijah to come down, it is very important to note that his success was due only to the fact that he was wise enough to look back at the experiences of the first two captains of fifty with their fifty and see their failure. "Behold fire came down from heaven, and consumed the first two captains of fifty with their fifties;" he recounted, "but now let my life be precious in your sight." In like regard, where are the wise ones today who will equally look back at the last 2,000 years of Pentecost Christianity and see that they likewise have failed to produce Elijah, and that they too have all gone to death? Wake up someone! If the last 2,000 years of Christianity have failed to bring forth Elijah, what makes you think Christianity can and will today? It is a miserable failure, and the only way Elijah will come is to put the body of Christ to sleep (even as this happened to the first two captains) and take the Elijah, the Bride, out of that failed work. "That which has been is that which will be." Where are the wise and discerning captains today?
Thus we find yet another prophetic testimony of the passing over principle in this account regarding Elijah. But even more importantly, by examining this we begin to see how each of these testimonies reveal what is in fact that which must take place in the kingdom of God, the church! Yahweh has passed over the first 1,000 years of the church, and He has passed over the second 1,000 years of the church, but He will take the third 1,000 years per the successful Elijah work. Even as we read in Hosea 6:1-3, for two "days" Yahweh has torn and wounded the church, but on the third day He will bandage it and raise it up. This is equally testified in Zechariah 13:7-9 where we read that two parts of the sheep of the Shepherd will be cut off and die, yet the third part of the sheep will pass through the fire and be refined as silver and tested as gold. They will then call on the name of Yahweh, and He will call them "My people." We find then in these two passages the identical pattern - passing over the first two parts of the church, and then taking the third part and carrying out His promised fulfillment. This third part is that which is in store for the next 1,000 years; but, this transition CANNOT take place unless there is a change, a work that alters what has been going on for the last 2,000 years. This essential change is the advent of the lattice-restoring, Elijah-fulfilling second Remnant.
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