AND THE REMNANT BRIDE
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WARNINGS AND WITNESSES
You will find that the Scriptures give many warnings concerning one’s failure to be faithful in these last days before Yahshua’s return. Yahweh’s word tends to be this way – laying out His warnings. So as we address what the Scriptures reveal, many of the accounts here will indeed present this message.
These last-days warnings afford a serious call and weighty responsibility, particularly for a generation saturated in wealth, ease, and pleasure – all the dooming elements of Sodom and Gomorrah. In Ezekiel 16:49-50 we read – “Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had arrogance, abundant food, and careless ease, but she did not help the poor and needy. Thus they were haughty and committed abominations before Me. Therefore I removed them when I saw it.”
We see then that this matter of money, or wealth, is highly critical, more critical than any of us fully understand. Recorded only in second Remnant Luke, Yahshua told a very relevant parable that is directly related to His Remnant Bride today. You can read the entire parable in Luke 16, but we will only quote verses 9-13. Read carefully His words. This was not recorded in second Remnant Luke to be read today in vain.
"And I (Yahshua) say to you (Remnant Bride), make friends for yourselves by means of the wealth of unrighteousness; that when it fails (leaves off or ceases), they may receive you into the eternal dwellings. He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. If therefore you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another's (e.g., Yahweh’s tithe), who will give you that which is your own? No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth."
What could be clearer at this time for the Bride than these words written only in second Remnant Luke? Either you will hold onto your wealth and forfeit the eternal dwellings, or you will begin using your wealth by giving a tithe of it in order to be counted faithful.
In the writings under "The Covering For the Bride of Yahshua," three distinct warnings are noted. First, there is the warning – "Remember Lot's wife!," who looked back to that which she had left behind. Significantly, this also was recorded only in Luke 17:32 and is therefore a message to the second Remnant. A second warning is to remember Ananias and Sapphira, first Remnant members who were killed by Yahweh specifically for despising the covering of holding all things in common. A third warning is to remember Achan, who in preluding the acts of Ananias and Sapphira, also took things that were devoted to Yahweh as a covering and he and his entire family were likewise killed. Let us now add a fourth salient warning.
Each of these warnings relate specifically to the Remnant. Each carries with it the example of holding onto the things of this world at the expense of obedience and with ill consequences. This fourth warning tells us what it is that we will miss, and is found in first Remnant Matthew 25:1-13.
Here we find ten virgins, each with a lamp, each having the insight to go out to meet the bridegroom. This parable is regarding the marriage of the Lamb, and is therefore wholly relevant to today.
What did these ten virgins go out from? In truth, they are the second Remnant who are virgins who go out from Christianity in order to meet the Bridegroom. But, further characterization of these ten virgins reveals that five of them were regarded as foolish and five were regarded as prudent. What made the difference? Five of them had exchanged their wealth for extra oil, while five of them had not.
After a period of waiting, the cry came at midnight (when the body of Christ is sleeping) – "Behold, the bridegroom! Come out to meet him." The five foolish virgins requested the benefits of the five who had purchased extra oil, but were told – "go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves." In order to have the oil needed to take them all the way to the bridegroom, they had to depart to buy more.
The five foolish virgins were obviously willing to part with some of their wealth to buy the lamp and a little oil; but like Ananias and Sapphira, still wanted to hold onto it, not committing all to buy the flask of oil as well. Thus, when it was time to greet the bridegroom, their lack became evident. But it was too late! Their hesitancy and lack of complete commitment caused them in the end to miss the wedding. Though they had been willing to come out to meet the bridegroom; like Lot’s wife, in their hearts they were not fully committed. From the beginning they held back some of their wealth, and in the end could not enter into the wedding.
It is obvious from this and the other warnings that there will be some who come out of Christianity, but will not be able to turn away from their personal riches, and in the end will cost them their part in the wedding of the Bride. Coming out of the body of Christ brings with it a GREAT responsibility, which will prove each person's faithfulness to Yahweh.
What is it that this Remnant Bride needs so desperately? As the second son of fresh oil – we need oil! And even as the five prudent virgins recognized from the outset, we will give up whatever it takes of our wealth in order to obtain it. First, we will come under the substitutionary covering and give our tithe to the Remnant Bride, as well as giving our corners. But in our hearts, we are prepared to come under the more perfect covering and will give up everything in order that we may enter in with the bridegroom.
There will undoubtedly be a test for you later whether you will go the second mile and give everything you have to be a part of Yahshua’s Bride – everything! There are too many people who want Yahweh’s blessings, but are not willing to pay the price. This will not be the case with Yahshua's Bride. She must be willing to give up all that is below, in order to receive all that is above. As each of these four testimonies reveal, any attachment otherwise will cause one to fall short and not enter into the wedding.
We now see this fourth warning that Yahweh has given the Bride regarding holding onto wealth. Added to these testimonies of Lot's wife, who looked back; Ananias and Sapphira, who equally held onto some of their wealth for personal gain; and Achan, who hid in his tent some of the riches devoted to Yahweh; we now see the five foolish virgins, who would not part with their wealth beforehand so as to purchase the oil they would need, thereby missing the wedding! Today, just before Yahshua’s return, His words spoken to a rich man will be proven more certainly than ever before – "For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."
The second Remnant will equally face the test evidenced by the widow when Elijah asked her to give all she had. Like Elijah, the first Remnant stayed by the brook where they were fed by the ravens (Satan) until the water dried up. After the breach journey (Christianity) to the place of the widow (the second Remnant), Elijah's initial contact with her was to ask that she give to him first. In fact, when Yahweh told Elijah to go there, before he ever went He identified this woman in a solitary revealing way – "I have commanded a widow there to provide for you." In like manner, before the Bride work was ever formed, even before the first Remnant was completed, Yahshua commanded the Bride to provide for the Elijah.
The widow did as she was commanded, and when she returned to her home with Elijah, whereas before there was an empty bowl and an empty flask of oil, now there was provision that was never exhausted.
Concluding this section, let us likewise consider something that of itself should confirm that this issue of financial responsibility required of the Bride is clearly Yahweh's plan. This passage was quoted earlier, and is the single most acclaimed passage on tithing in the entire Bible. In Malachi 3:10-12 we read:
"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this," says Yahweh of hosts, "if I will not open for you the windows of heaven, and pour out for you a blessing until there is no more need (the latter rain). Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it may not destroy the fruits of the ground, nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes," says Yahweh of hosts. "And all the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land," says Yahweh of hosts.
With great relevance and significance, this hope-filled instruction regarding the tithe is recorded in the book that is devoted to the Elijah work! Malachi means "messenger," and Elijah is the messenger. Malachi 3 begins with this most striking and telling statement – "Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me." How will he prepare the way? All one has to do to answer this is to keep reading that passage: "Will a man rob God?," Yahweh asks. The solution to this question is of course the tithe message we just read.
Not only is this passage regarding the tithe preceded by its specific identification with the messenger, Elijah, but it is concluded with Elijah. In the next and final chapter, we read – "Behold, I am going to send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and terrible day of Yahweh." Thus, sandwiched between these two passages regarding the Elijah is none other than the vital instruction regarding the tithe!
If any single thing should affirm your need for faithfulness with the tithe, it should be this clear association of Elijah with tithing. And if you have any question what Yahweh's response will be to your tithing, then note His promise of the latter rain – opening the windows of heaven and pouring out a blessing you cannot contain. And if you have even further questions as to what Yahweh's response will be to your tithing, then keep reading once again:
Then those who feared Yahweh spoke to one another (even as I am speaking to you), and Yahweh gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear Yahweh and who esteem His name. "And they will be Mine," says Yahweh of hosts, "on the day that I prepare My own possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his own son who serves him." So you will again distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve Him (3:16-18).
Today, before Yahshua’s return, Yahweh is setting forth requirements for obedience that will clearly distinguish between the righteous and the wicked, between the ones who fear Him and esteem His name versus the ones who do not, identifying those who are truly His Bride. Clearly, He is calling the Bride to tithe, evidenced here in these passages regarding Elijah. And He is writing in a book of remembrance all the ones who will be faithful. If one cannot even tithe to the Bride, as clearly instructed here regarding the Elijah work, how can they think they will be favorably recorded in this book? If one cannot be faithful with earthly wealth, how do they think they can be regarded as one to be faithful with that which is above? If one desires to be a part of Elijah, then they will do what they are instructed – tithe to the Bride! Like the widow, they have been commanded to give to Elijah.
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