THE ISSUE - II
CONT., page 15
DIVIDING THE KINGDOM
In this section, we will return to the testimony we have followed in the reign of Solomon. Now that we know the timing involved here, as well as what it means per the repairing of the breach, we will further consider the dividing of the kingdom of Yahweh at Solomon's death.
We have mentioned in other writings that Yahweh splits works in order to make them "clean." Two distinguishing qualities were required in order for a mammal to be clean - they had to both split the hoof and chew the cud. We have already mentioned what "chewing the cud" is - resurrection. But for any work to be clean, it must also "split the hoof." Thus we see that Yahweh must "split the hoof" of all His works in man in order to qualify them as "clean."
For example, Yahweh knew that it was not good for the man to be alone - a single hoof - so in order to bring forth the perfect in that perfect garden kingdom, He split him into two works. With the creation of Eve, Yahweh "split the hoof" of mankind. Man became two separate but united works - male and female. By performing this split, Yahweh created the ability for man to bear offspring, or fruit. Without the split, no offspring were possible.
MANY people believe that the body of Christ and the bride are one and the same. But by believing this, they are condemning the body to being an unclean work - an unsplit hoof! In order for the church to be clean, it MUST be a divided work! In order for the church to bear fruit, to bring forth offspring, it must be male AND female. Christians are absolutely and totally unaware of this ESSENTIAL requirement. In ignorance, they object that Christianity is the only hope, not acknowledging that as the Creator declared - "It is not good for the man (the masculine body) to be alone; I will make him a helper corresponding to him." So, Yahweh "split the hoof" of the man, creating a corresponding part - the woman.
With the body of Christ being the masculine work, what then is it that is the required corresponding work? The bride of Yahshua, of course. And when is it that the bride is split from the body? When was it that the kingdom of Yahweh given to Solomon was split? Let us see.
It has been noted that Moses' prophetic 120 year life was divided into three forty year periods - forty years in Pharaoh's house, forty years as a shepherd in the wilderness, and forty years leading the Israelites through the wilderness. At the end of Moses' 120 years, Yahweh refused to allow him to cross the Jordan and enter into the promised land - a most decisive and revealing act! In fact, this was so precise that Moses literally died on the very day of his birth! "I am a hundred and twenty years old today (lit., this day);" said Moses, "I am no longer able to come and go, and Yahweh has said to me, 'You shall not cross the Jordan'" (Deuteronomy 31:2 and 32:48-50). Because Moses' life was precisely 120 years long, to the very day, it bears remarkable testimony to the exacting nature of this 120 period of probation and waiting.
Even as Moses' life was uniquely set forth in pattern so that it was divided into three specific forty year periods, and was to the very day 120 years in length, the second example we have cited earlier of this pattern is equally unique and is very revealing per the question we have at hand about the dividing of the kingdom.
Neither Saul, David, nor Solomon had any control of the duration of their reigns as kings over united Israel. They simple served the number of years that Yahweh gave them. Yahweh ordered the reign of each man, even as He orders the lives of all men. Who could argue the Divine order and testimony of seven Presidents of the United States dying in office at precise twenty year election intervals, with the eighth President defeating death? When events like this, as well as Moses' life, as well as these three Israelite kings occur, men best look to Yahweh for some answers! He is speaking!
The kingdom that Solomon received in prophetic testimony was in fact a continuation of a kingdom that had begun with the reign of Saul. Saul reigned his forty years, followed by David's forty years, concluded by Solomon's forty years, for the total of 120 years. Specifically when was the kingdom divided? At the end of the 120 part period of united Israel! We thus see specifically testified here that the splitting of the kingdom of Yahweh comes at the end of the 120 probation period, which is precisely where the kingdom of God is today - at the end of the 120 Jubilee period as of 1993! It is legally time for a split!
In equal testimony, we have noted that the coming of the flood of the Spirit would be marked by a Methuselah death. This is the same testimony of the sleeping man, Adam, as well as the putting to sleep of Yahshua on the cross. Why? Because the body of Christ must be put to sleep in order to take out the bride. And this sleep has already taken place, testified by the nearly 2,000 years of the body of Christ that is asleep in the grave. The body of Christ has been put to sleep, and it is now time, at the end of this long 120 Jubilee period, to take out a bride from the body. It is time for Yahweh to split the kingdom of Yahweh. It is time for Yahweh to split the hoof of the church to make it "clean." It is time, and has already begun, for the bride of Yahshua to come out of the body.
Continuing in this subject of the kingdom of Yahweh which was taken away from Solomon and given to Jeroboam, let us enter into some extensive and comprehensive information that further evaluates this prophesied split. In 1 Kings 11:31 you will notice that the kingdom of Yahweh given to Solomon was split specifically ten tribes and two tribes. Ten tribes were taken from Solomon's kingdom and given to Jeroboam. One tribe was left with Solomon's son Rehoboam, for a total of two tribes. Solomon's reign over twelve tribes speaks of his reign over the perfect government, which twelve numerically represents. But when his kingdom was split, this yielded two numbers with two very different meanings. Let us see Yahweh's testimonies as to what these two resulting numbers represent.
First, very briefly, two clearly represents the two-part Remnant, as seen in these few examples:
And if we may repeat here, we see these two Remnants as well in the promise that by preserving the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin, David (representing Yahshua, who sits on the throne of David), would "have a lamp always before Me in Jerusalem, the city where I have chosen for Myself to put My name." From the natural standpoint, this promise was only temporarily fulfilled. Has this two-part or two-tribe lamp truly "always" been before Yahweh in natural Jerusalem? Most certainly not! Judah and Benjamin were first partially removed to Assyria, and from there dispersed into Europe. The remainder were taken into captivity in Babylon, or later dispersed into the world. The fact is, this promise of a two-part "lamp always before Me" can only have a fulfillment on a much higher level than natural Jerusalem. Its greater and perfect fulfillment is the New Jerusalem kingdom level, which is of infinitesimally greater importance. Only here can this promise be fulfilled to always have the two-part glorified Remnant before Him. And as we pointed out, this Remnant "lamp" (with Yahshua) is the light that is created on the first day of creation for the new heavens and new earth.
But what of the tribes Jeroboam received - the ten? The ten tribes Jeroboam received at the time of this split represent the kingdom rights going to Christianity. How does the number ten relate to Christianity? Ten is the number of order or responsibility. But as we will see, order can be an earthly representation in the realm of the carnal state, and not heavenly; for we find that even the Greek word "kosmos," translated world, literally means "order."
Interestingly, the breach-church-representing ten is often contrasted with the Remnant two. In addition to the ten tribes and two tribes seen here with Jeroboam and Rehoboam, there are other ten and two, Christianity and Remnant, contrasts. Let us see some of them.
Each one of these contrasts point to a pattern of fulfillment in the kingdom of God that is equally a ten and two division. Let us lay out each of these. Their fulfillment follows the pattern of the two Remnants and Christianity as shown here.
The Preluding Kingdom Patterns
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Now that we have seen this unique and revealing contrast, we will next look at why Yahweh establishes ten as a number to represent Christianity. But before we do, let us note that two plus ten does indeed give the important number twelve, or God's perfect government. Yahweh may "split the hoof" to make something clean, but a hoof divided forever is detrimental. At some point after division, the two "hoof" parts must be united into one hoof, though still separate parts. This is very important!
Concerning divided Israel and Judah, Yahweh spoke in Ezekiel 37:15-25 that He would take the "stick" of Judah and the "stick" of Israel and "join them ... one to another into one stick." Equally, the Remnant "stick" two and Christianity "stick" ten must be made into one "stick" twelve in order to have the perfect government; and equally, this Yahweh will accomplish!
Even as the holy of holies plus the holy place forms the temple of Yahweh, so the reuniting of the Remnant with Christianity will provide Yahweh's perfect and complete temple. And even as the feminine bride must be united with the masculine body, so the Remnant and Christianity must be made into one union, purpose, and sharing one common immortal flesh, thus making it possible to be fruitful and multiply. This is the perfect government Yahweh will have in order to establish His laws and ways to the entirety of all the rest of mankind that will be brought back into carnal bodies. This is the work Yahweh brings forth at the completion of the gestation period of nine "days" of creation, or 9,000 years.
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