TABERNACLES PENTECOST, 2005
In 1994 when I was completing writing Coverings, as I began to consider the remaining matter of the Nazirite vow, the Holy Spirit spoke to me, saying – “You are getting ready to write yourself into the most incredible vista of truth!” I knew nothing about that vow and how it was used by Yahshua to restore the garden of God and man, and the truth He opened my eyes to see at that time was indeed very incredible! But clearly, that incredible vista has not ceased to ever-unfold! What He has shown me since then is profoundly incredible, things that no other person has ever seen before; and I, above anyone else, marvel at them! We are indeed blessed among all people, and even among the angels who longed to see these things (1 Peter 1:12).
As quoted in page 6 of this writing, 1 Chronicles 28:19 describes best this process of learning and revelation that Yahweh has used in my life. David declared – “All this Yahweh made me understand in writing by His hand upon me, all the details of this pattern.” Many times I have equally noted that I write myself into truth. This unceasing flow of revealed seamless truth is one thing that encourages me that Yahweh is indeed performing this work. And, what we are learning about the ark of the covenant and the mercy seat is no exception. I am grateful for Carroll Sanders and David Shepherd who have been used of Yahweh to share in this, evidenced by what you will see and learn in this addendum.
In the previous addendum, we noted – “So per the church, what does the tenth bring? It brings Yahshua Himself, even as we read in 2 Samuel 6:2 – ‘the ark of God which is called by the Name, the very name of Yahweh of hosts who is enthroned between the cherubim.’" This fact that Yahweh is “enthroned between the cherubim” is an oft repeated statement, found as well in 1 Samuel 4:4, 2 Kings 19:15, 1 Chronicles 13:6, Psalm 80:1, and Psalm 99:1, which we will quote here, along with verses 2-5.
Yahweh reigns, let the peoples tremble;
He is enthroned between the cherubim, let the earth shake!
Yahweh is great in Zion,
And He is exalted above all the peoples.
Let them praise Your great and awesome name;
Holy is He.
The strength of the King loves justice;
You have established equity;
You have executed justice and righteousness in Jacob.
Exalt Yahweh our God
And worship at His footstool;
Holy is He.
As you can see from this, clearly this enthronement is speaking of Yahshua actually sitting on the mercy seat, between the cherubim. When one looks at the following ark of the covenant, they can see that it distinctly has the appearance of a throne. The mercy seat is indeed a seat, and the wings in the back actually form a back.
In Exodus 25:21-22 we read Yahweh’s instruction to Moses:
“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.”
Thus it happened, even as we read in Numbers 7:89:
Now when Moses went into the tent of meeting to speak with Him, he heard the voice speaking to him from above the mercy seat that was on the ark of the testimony, from between the two cherubim, so He spoke to him.
The voice of Yahweh was clearly in the place as if He was sitting on the mercy seat, between the cherubim. So what more do we learn about this? In Leviticus 16:2 we read Yahweh’s further instruction regarding the law or Day of Atonement, which is the tenth day of the seventh month. It is quite revealing that Yahweh chose specifically the tenth day as the day in which the high priest would come into the holy of holies and sprinkle blood on the mercy seat. We have already seen that the tenth is the addition of Yahshua to the pattern of the church; and as you will now see, the coming/enthronement of Yahshua is precisely what Atonement looks to.
Of course Atonement came about because of the strange fire that Aaron’s two sons offered before Yahweh (Leviticus 10:1-2, 16:1), looking to the strange fire that Christianity has offered for 2,000 years. Thus, it is indeed time to cleanse the holy of holies by Yahshua’s return. Here is Leviticus 16:2.
Yahweh said to Moses: "Tell your brother Aaron that he shall not enter at any time into the holy place (the holy of holies) inside the veil, before the mercy seat which is on the ark, or he will die; for I will appear in the cloud over the mercy seat (or, the addition of the tenth).”
Yahweh went on to describe how Aaron was to come before Him on the Day of Atonement. In verses 13-15 we further read:
"He shall take a firepan full of coals of fire from upon the altar before Yahweh and two handfuls of finely ground sweet incense, and bring it inside the veil. He shall put the incense on the fire before Yahweh, that the cloud of incense may cover the mercy seat that is on the ark of the testimony, otherwise he will die. Moreover, he shall take some of the blood of the bull and sprinkle it with his finger on the mercy seat on the east side; also in front of the mercy seat he shall sprinkle some of the blood with his finger seven times. Then he shall slaughter the goat of the sin offering which is for the people, and bring its blood inside the veil and do with its blood as he did with the blood of the bull, and sprinkle it on the mercy seat and in front of the mercy seat.”
Thus we see two important things here: the cloud of incense and the sprinkled blood. We have already seen that Yahweh met with Moses as He took His place over the mercy seat, between the cherubim. And we have equally seen in Psalm 99 that this is the very place where Yahshua will sit and execute justice and righteousness before the people. Therefore, is it not obvious that when Aaron sprinkled the blood on the mercy seat, he was foreshadowing the very life and person of Yahshua who would occupy that place?
Christians and Jews alike think that the answer for the world is to find the ark of the covenant, build a temple, and once again sprinkle blood on the mercy seat. That is NOT what the world needs, for that is simply a shadow that points to the fulfillment. What would that do for man today? Nothing! Absolutely nothing! It would do no more than what it did for man during all the years that sacrifices were carried out. They brought nothing! Sprinkling animal’s blood on the mercy seat never solved man’s problems, for it was only a shadow. What is needed, what is truly needed, is that which the sprinkling of that blood foreshadowed – Yahshua sitting on the mercy seat, between the two cherubim!
And when will this take place? Obviously, it will take place on the tenth – the Day of Atonement!
In the writing, Ascending Alive, we note that the second Remnant will ascend alive on Trumpets and remain in heaven for fifteen days. Of course Trumpets is the first day of the seventh month. When we ascend alive, as it is written in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18, the first Remnant and the second Remnant will be united in heaven. We have already seen that the two cherubim are the two Remnant. Therefore, as we see in Ascending Alive, we will be in heaven on the Day of Atonement, making it possible for the first time for Yahshua to actually take His place between the two Remnant. Thus the Scriptures will be fulfilled and the blood/life/Yahshua will indeed be applied to the mercy seat, the earthly being a type of the heavenly. Yahshua will sit on the mercy seat between the two cherubim, between the two Remnant. Is there a literal mercy seat in heaven? Regarding man, this is not as important a question as there being a fulfillment in the tabernacle made without hands – the true sanctuary wherein He may dwell on the earth among man. The earth is desperate for His reign!
Furthermore, it is obviously quite significant that the contract, the “Legal Transfer of the Office of the Twelfth Apostle,” was signed on the Day of Atonement, September 25, 2004. That contract was written in one hour and was not preplanned, and Yahweh ordained that it was to be on that specific day. Considering that that office is the Elijah who prepares the way for Yahshua by standing in His place, it is both confirming and appropriate that that office legally began on the feast day that foreshadows His reign as King of kings.
In like testimony, we just read in Leviticus 16:2 and 13 that the priest would bring incense into the holy of holies and form a cloud over the mercy seat, between the cherubim, and Yahweh would “appear in the cloud.” It is quite significant that man first established the very thing – the cloud – that would bring Yahweh’s presence. Thus it is with the Elijah work. It is a man work that prepares the way for Yahshua, who enters into that work – first in a man, but as well in a people, the cloud of incense. Thus, in Revelation 1:7 we read that Yahshua returns “with the clouds.” Yahshua will return with the two-part Remnant who have prepared the way before Him.
When is it that we see Yahweh will take His place on the throne to rule and reign? We see this specifically attested at the Day of Atonement. And when did Yahweh have us to sign the contract that legally gave us the authority as the Elijah to form the cloud on that place of authority so as to bring Yahshua’s presence on this earth? Quite fittingly, it was on the Day of Atonement! By that contract, men gained the legal right/authority to enter into Yahshua’s place, to form the cloud on the mercy seat that prepares the way for His return! A man work is being formed on the mercy seat.
This is the incredible wonder and effectualness of intercession – a man work that affords the way for a God work. When man walks out a work that is a type of that which is to be, he walks in an Elijah work that prepares the way for the true fulfillment. This is true in all intercession, great or small. All intercession in practice is an “Elijah” that prepares the way for a “Yahshua,” Yahweh’s fulfillment. Yahweh enters into an intercession and becomes the fulfillment – the natural preceding the spiritual. And what we find here with the establishment of the second Remnant as the cloud over the mercy seat, is just one more application of this incredibly vital way of Yahweh. We as the Bride intercede at the man level for the reign of Yahshua, who came to this earth and showed man what it was that He desired. The Bride will now intercede for His return by the restoration of His works. Again, we are a man work that intercedes for the God work.
Thus far we have a man who stands in the place of Yahshua, as well as the identification of twelve apostles. By the equipping power of the Holy Spirit, that intercession will ever increase and develop until we ascend alive. At that point, intercession will become fulfillment, the spiritual fulfilling the natural, when God enters a cloud of intercessoral incense.
Both the first Remnant and the second Remnant intercede for Yahshua’s reign on this earth. But all that was given to the first Remnant was taken away from them, and the church went into the breach. Holding all things in common, the authority of the Spirit, Yahweh’s governmental order, the promise of Yahshua’s soon return, not dying, Yahweh’s glory, were all taken away from the first Remnant. Today we, the second Remnant, claim those rights, and must ever increasingly have them in order to complete what the first Remnant began. That which Satan has taken away from the first Remnant, we the second Remnant ask for its rightful return. They had so very much, and we ask that it be restored to us (even as I had so very much in my family, and ask that it be restored). Likewise, Yahshua must also be praying that what He had while here on this earth equally be restored. The restoration of all things.
Thus we see that on Atonement Yahshua will take His place on the mercy seat of the Remnant, between the two cherubim, between the first and the second Remnant. This is that which was spoken by Yahshua when He told James and John – “My cup you shall drink; but to sit on My right and on My left, this is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by My Father” (Matthew 20:20-23).
This specific design is further confirmed in the vision in Zechariah 4, where we see the two olive trees equally “on the right of the lampstand and on its left.”
While the design given to Moses was that the two cherubim were to be made of gold (Exodus 25:18), it is most revealing that the like two cherubim that were made per Solomon’s temple were made from olive wood, overlaid with gold (1 Kings 6:23-28). These cherubim were larger than the original ones, covering much of the area in the inner sanctuary, or the holy of holies. But in these two olive tree cherubim we see testified that the two cherubim on each side of the ark were in fact the same as the two olive trees. Thus the pattern of the ark of the covenant and Zechariah 4 are the same thing.
Furthermore, the ark between the two cherubim was itself made of a uniquely different wood – acacia wood. The message regarding this is remarkably striking and revealing, and it is worthwhile that we digress here on its clear significance.
As we have seen, the ark was the 7, or cursed Christianity, even the afflicted and crucified body of Christ. Fittingly, acacia bears very stark signs of the original curse – “both thorns and thistles” (Genesis 3:18). Following is the acacia tree, that is profusely covered with thorns and grows in the dry and barren wilderness.
Insomuch that the ark is the afflicted body of Christ, the 7, it is equally fitting that the crown of thorns that was placed upon Yahshua’s head came from the very tree from which the ark was made. From the cursed acacia came forth both the ark and the crown of thorns.
Thus we see that the acacia ark that was between the two golden cherubim, clearly attests to the wilderness period of cursed and afflicted Christianity that separates the two Remnant. We have also noted that the tabernacle in the wilderness is a type of Christianity, most of which was appropriately made of the same wood. The bars (walls), the pillars, the table of showbread, the altar, and the poles, were all made of acacia. In fact, the use of acacia in the Scriptures was unique to this wilderness tabernacle construction. In contrast, Solomon never used acacia in his temple construction, testifying to the removal of the curse and the wilderness wanderings.
In like regard, there was no jar of manna in the ark in Solomon’s temple (1 Kings 8:9). “Manna” was their food in the wilderness and meant “what is it?” Likewise, the food of Christianity is “what is it?” – they do not understand either the Scriptures or the kingdom of God.
Neither was Aaron’s budding rod in the ark in Solomon’s temple. What was that rod? It was “a sign against the rebels, that you may put an end to their grumblings against Me, so that they will not die” (Numbers 17:10). It was a sign against the rebellion of Korah, who was swallowed into the earth. This has been the attesting fate of kingdom men for 2,000 years – the like attesting 2,000 swine that have gone into the sea of death. Neither will there need to be this sign against rebellion in the Remnant temple of Yahweh, for these will be the obedient people who do not go down into the earth but ascend alive.
So what was in the ark in Solomon’s temple? The two tablets only. “There was nothing in the ark except the two tablets of stone which Moses put there at Horeb (Sinai), where Yahweh made a covenant with the sons of Israel, when they came out of the land of Egypt” (1 Kings 8:9). Yahweh will keep and fulfill His covenant and write His law on our hearts.
Of course the picture, or pattern, of the church is both Christianity and the two-part Remnant, the ark and the two cherubim; and this sign of the covenant is located in the holy of holies. It is thus quite fitting that when Yahweh laid out the sons of Israel in a like pattern of holy of a holies east of the Jordan and the holy place west of the Jordan (Shelah and Clay of Spittle, page 3), the city where they camped in the holy of holies before they crossed over the Jordan was Shittim (#7851). This name comes from the word “shittah” (#7848), which is the Hebrew word for the acacia tree. Thus the city, Shittim, means “acacia.” In some translations, the acacia tree is called shittim.
We have already seen the unmistakable association of the thorny acacia with the curse and affliction of the body of Christ that occupies the wilderness period of the church. Therefore, we would expect a like association with this town that bears this tree’s name. And thus we find that it was in Shittim, the very wood used to make the ark, that the sons of Israel played the harlot with the daughters of Moab by the counsel of Balaam (Numbers 25:1, 31:16). Here again we see the testimony concerning the corruption of Christianity.
Another interesting testimony regarding Shittim is found in Joel 3:18, where we read – “a spring will go out from the house of Yahweh to water the valley of Shittim.” It has been noted before in these writings that the Scriptures do not have to make practical sense, but they indeed have to make prophetic sense. Here we find yet another testimony to this, and it confirms that Christianity is Shittim/acacia.
We have already seen that Shittim is east of the Jordan. We also know that the temple is west of the Jordan. Therefore, the obvious question arises – How can a spring coming out of the house of Yahweh water the valley of Shittim, when the Jordan River flows between them? Geographically, it is impossible! Thus, obviously Yahweh is saying something spiritual here that is fulfilled on a level that is not natural. Knowing that Christianity is Shittim, the day is coming when the water from the house of Yahweh will water the valley of Christianity (even as the water that goes out from under the threshold of the temple and the eastern gate heals the sea of death). This completes our consideration of the acacia wood.
In Zechariah 6:12-13 we read:
“Then say to him, 'Thus says Yahweh of hosts, "Behold, a man whose name is Branch, for He will branch out from where He is; and He will build the temple of Yahweh. Yes, it is He who will build the temple of Yahweh, and He who will bear the honor and sit and rule on His throne. Thus, He will be a priest on His throne, and the counsel of peace will be between the two.”’”
Some translations add at the end of this last sentence the word “offices” or “of them.” Like the New Testament passage in Hebrews 6:18 where we read of the “two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie,” and where there is no clear testimony in the account as to what those two things are, so we see here the like mystery. There is no indication in this passage as to what are the “two” between which Yahshua, the Branch, will take His place. Clearly, considering that which is the fulfillment of His throne, the two between which He sits are the two Remnant. Thus this passage could well be written:
“He will be a priest on His throne between the two Remnant, and thus will be the council of peace.”
But let us digress for a moment and take this pattern one step further. Patterns are repeated over and over. They are passageways, if you would, that take each aspect of Yahweh’s work to a higher realm. By far, the most important period of time in mankind is the Millennial reign. That is why it is written – “Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years” (Revelation 20:6). We have already seen the pattern of the church – the two Remnant separated by breach Christianity, or the body of Christ. In the bigger picture, the Millennial period where Yahshua will reign on this earth becomes the mercy seat from which He reigns. So what does this mean for Christianity?
They have already had the first 2,000 year period leading up to the Millennial reign, thereby creating on a higher level the work that sits on His right. As we have seen in the strong messenger, the work on the right speaks of death, the first bird of Leviticus 14, which has been the fate of these 2,000 years. And, as we note in The Issue – II, page 11, Christianity will have another 2,000 years following the Millennial reign, creating a work that sits on His left. This is the left “foot” that receives the promise and does not die. Thus in pattern, Christianity will equally occupy the place of sitting on His right and His left. They too will have to drink the cup.
Moses death work
–> Millennial reign –>
Elijah resurrection work
So what then is this throne upon which Yahshua will sit? We see the governmental pattern that (1) tells us the structure of the church; but also, it is the pattern that (2) tells us the outcome of this work – grace and mercy. By Yahshua sitting on the throne, He atones for man’s sins and will judge righteously.
We have already read in Zechariah 6:12-13 that the priest becomes King and rules the earth – “He will … rule on His throne. He will be a priest on His throne between the two Remnant, and thus will be the council of peace.” Likewise, in Hebrews 4:14-16 we read:
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
When Yahshua soon reigns on this earth, He will do so in the position of the atonement for man’s sins. Yes, even as He declared – “the Son of Man is going to come in the glory of His Father with His messengers (the cloud, the Remnant), and will then recompense every man according to his deeds” (Matthew 16:27). But He will do so with the purpose that men can come before Him, knowing there is “grace to help in time of need.” He will judge righteously from the mercy seat, between the two Remnant.