RETURN OF THE RAVEN
Very significantly, as has been noted thus far, it is an imperfect work when the only option is to relegate something to death. Though it is necessary for a period of time – the death period of the church – that work of its very nature cannot be the ultimate fulfillment and must come to an end. Why? Because it is death, and death is an enemy that must be defeated (1 Corinthians 15:26)! Therefore, the imperfect work must be done away with so that the perfect can come. As we read in Hebrews 9:8, the holy place must come down so the way into the holy of holies can be revealed.
Again, the contrast of these two works is clearly evidenced between the reign of David versus the reign of Solomon. David was a man of violence, of death; therefore, he could not build the temple of Yahweh. Equally, Christianity is a work of violence and death, including the violent death of the old man, and is therefore an imperfect work that cannot build the temple of Yahweh.
What is the answer for the old man? The same as that which happened to the temple. Solomon built the temple and the glory of Yahweh filled it. Is not our body the temple of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 6:19)? The only way for the old man to be changed is for the glory of Yahweh to fill the temple; then the old man will do only the will of Yahweh. Like the law, the old man is weak through the flesh (Romans 8:3), and can only be delivered through the glory of Yahweh, by the oil and the wine that is to be poured into it.
It is equally revealing in regard to this matter that Remnant-representing Solomon was the only king of Israel to occupy all the land that was promised to the sons of Israel. Why is this significant? Because we read in Joshua 23:13 regarding the inhabitants of the land who were supposed to be driven out – “know with certainty that Yahweh your God will not continue to drive these nations out from before you; but they shall be a snare and a trap to you, and a whip on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from off this good land which Yahweh your God has given you.” And in Judges 2:3 we read – "Therefore I (Yahweh) also said (Numbers 33:55), 'I will not drive them out before you; but they will become as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare to you.'"
How then does this prophetic picture relate to man for the last 2,000 years? Carnal man has never been able to take possession of his body, his temple, his possession. Areas of the old man have been left unconquered and have been “thorns in the flesh,” even as Paul equally experienced. Paul’s thorn was left so as to keep him from exalting himself (2 Corinthians 12:7), and such has been the case for all kingdom men. Men up to now have had to try to reckon these areas of the old man as dead, as crucified; but like Paul, and like the sons of Israel, they have found it impossible. Thus one has not been able to wholly put the old man to death, any more than the sons of Israel were able to put the inhabitants of the land to death, and for the same reason.
What then is the answer? As we have noted, the only king of Israel to take possession of the entire land, the representative land of the old man, was Solomon, the man who dreamed. Under him, all the land of promise then submitted to one head. What then is our hope? Yahweh must perform a new work. The period of violent David Christianity must give way to the Solomon Remnant, and Yahweh’s glory come upon us and fill the temple. Only by the abiding presence of His glory will all the land in ourselves be truly conquered, will we truly “know how to acquire (our) own vessel” (1 Thessalonians 4:4). As it is written, it is the fresh oil that breaks the yoke of bondage to sin – “So it will be in that day, that his burden will be removed from your shoulders and his yoke from your neck, and the yoke will be broken because of the oil (shemen)” (Isaiah 10:27). This is the olive tree second son of fresh oil in Zechariah 4, the second outpouring of the Spirit, the second release of the dove that returns with the olive leaf and removes the burden of the old man.
Everything up to now in the kingdom has been a shortfall, inadequate. We must have His glory that fills the temple, the glory seen in 2 Chronicles 7:1-3 where “fire came down from heaven and consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifice, and the glory of Yahweh filled the house. And the priests could not enter into the house of Yahweh, because the glory of Yahweh filled Yahweh’s house. And all the sons of Israel, seeing the fire come down and the glory of Yahweh upon the house, bowed down on the pavement with their faces to the ground, and they worshiped and gave praise to Yahweh, saying, ‘Truly He is good, truly His lovingkindness is everlasting.’” Quite significantly, this is the second time the glory of Yahweh came down in the temple in this Chronicles account, the first being in 5:13-14.
Would it surprise you that this highly significant and obviously dramatic second outpouring of His glory is not even present in the like account in 1 Kings? Compare this yourself. In 1 Kings 8:10-11 we see the identical initial outpouring of His Spirit (the former rain), but in 8:54, when Solomon had likewise finished praying, there was not the dramatic second outpouring where the fire of Yahweh consumed the burnt offering and the sacrifices (the latter rain). This latter rain type is the same thing that happened to Elijah’s offering on Carmel – the ascension of the second Remnant. But in 1 Kings 8:55 Solomon simply blessed the people, and that was all!
As pointed out in The Key to Their Understanding, page 5, we see that the two-part Remnant is revealed in the testimony of Chronicles, while Christianity is revealed in Kings. So, per this unusual difference in these two accounts, what do we see regarding the remarkable difference between these two works? Precisely what we have been saying regarding the salvation of the old man – breach Christianity, that relegates the old man to nothing more than death, lacks the latter rain glory that helps the old man; while the Remnant is a work that is entirely different relative to the fate of the old man, and through the coming much needed latter rain glory provides not only for his restoration and empowerment, but his ascension.
In this same regard and equally revealing, it is significant that all the furniture in the temple was wood covered with gold. What is wood? It is flesh man. Man is often prophetically represented by trees, or wood, even idols made of wood who, in fitting testimony, having eyes cannot see, and having ears cannot hear (Isaiah 44:12-18, Psalms 135:15-18). Truly, men are their own idols. What then is our hope? That Yahweh’s much needed and vital glory will come upon us and qualify us to enter into His temple. The furniture of the temple was not just gold, but there was an old man under that gold; it was the gold overlaid on wood that prepared the furniture to enter into His temple. This is the same testimony when the skins of the two kids (hair speaks of glory) were placed on Jacob so that he could receive his father’s blessing. This is the much needed glory we must have on the old man. When this occurs, the old man will submit to one head, even as all the land promised to the sons of Israel finally submitted to one head – Solomon, the man who dreamed.
Thus we see once again, even as we saw per the corners of the field, that it is the Remnant work that affords the much needed deliverance for the affliction of the old man. (I am most grateful to Yahweh for Mr. Carroll Sanders who saw many of these things shared here which came up as we spoke about this matter. Carroll was a pastor for ten years before he was called out of Christianity.)
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