AND THE REMNANT BRIDE
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When you give financially, the Scriptures are very clear that you come under the reward of the one whom you thereby receive and bless. Yahshua said – "He who receives you receives Me, and he who receives Me receives Him who sent Me. He who receives a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet's reward; and he who receives a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man's reward" (Matthew 10:40-41).
When you receive the Bride truth and what is required of the Bride, then according to Yahshua’s words, you receive the Bride’s reward. But if you reject the Bride and its government and responsibilities, you will not receive the reward provided through the Bride. Where else can you learn the things Yahweh has revealed to the Bride? Yahweh has chosen to show these things to this man and His Bride; thus, the blessing of hearing, believing, and acting is, of necessity, through faithfulness and obedience in this work.
Equally we read in 3 John 1:8 – "Therefore we ought to support such men, that we may be fellow-workers with the truth." If you support this man and the Bride, you are a fellow-worker; and as a fellow-worker, you will receive your payment in full from Yahweh.
But in equal regard, the promise of the reward you receive relative to whom you receive and give, can be to your ruin! For example, if you receive evil or even self-pleasure, such as evil entertainment or lusts, and give your money to those things, then you will likewise receive the reward of that evil. Or if you give your money to Christianity, likewise you receive the reward of Christianity – which for 2,000 years has been confusion, division, and death. The best way to explain this is – to whatever you give your money, it becomes your governmental covering. This is true whether it be taxes, tithes, or spending. Remember, ten percent of your money belongs to Yahweh God; it is legally His, and what you do with it identifies and establishes your covering.
You can be certain that when Yahweh judges, whatever you have given your money to, whatever you have given His tithes to, you will receive that judgment – for good or ill. This is a vital principle to understand regarding money being a legal covering.
So what covering are you under? If you are investing your wealth in this world, then you will be judged with the world. If you are investing your wealth in Christianity, then you will be judged with Christianity. If you are investing your wealth in the Bride, then you will be judged with the Bride. Remember, your money establishes your covering!
This is likewise the message in Matthew 6:21 and Luke 12:34 where Yahshua declared – “where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Or, to restate this in today’s vernacular – follow the money-trail! Here is a real easy test: follow your money, and you will find evidenced where your heart is . . . and so will Yahweh! What covering are you under?
Today, before Yahshua’s return, Yahweh is accomplishing that which is evidenced in Abraham’s test of faith when he guarded the covenant parts he had laid out as instructed, keeping the birds of prey from stealing them. By Abraham doing so, when Yahweh came He could fulfill the covenant (Genesis 15:9-21). This was the covenant performed when Abraham believed – the second part of faith. As the Elijah company that prepares Yahshua’s way, we have a like responsibility today.
Even as Abraham gathered these parts that prepared the way for Yahweh to come and pass between them, in like testimony the disciples were sent to gather the donkey upon which Yahshua was to make His triumphal entry, and then further prepared His way with their garments (their like coverings) and branches. Both of these accounts speak to the same hope we have today – that what we are effecting as the Elijah company, the Bride, equally prepares His way. This includes both the fig-leaf covering of the tithe, as well as the more complete garments-of-skin covering of holding all things in common – the branches and the garments.
Would you like to have been there on the road to Jerusalem heralding the coming of the King of kings, laying down your branches and garment? If so, this is exactly the opportunity you have today, only greater! Those original disciples were simply a picture of the opportunity we have in reality today. They only momentarily witnessed the coming of the King who would soon die and leave them. You have the opportunity to prepare the way for the King who will reign forever. You have an opportunity like no one has ever had before. What will you do with this opportunity?
Your giving, both the tithe and later giving everything, is equally a covenant part; one that is laid out to prepare the way for Yahshua’s coming. Even as Abraham laid out his covenant parts to prepare the way for Yahweh and guarded them, you too are to exercise complete faith and faithfulness and lay out and guard those things that prepare Yahshua’s return.
Again, as Yahshua said, if you cannot be faithful as the Bride with your wealth which is of this world, why should Yahweh give you that which is above? We must be the Abigail, who upon hearing that her worthless husband (Christianity) would not tithe to David, their protecting covering, immediately gathered the tithe and went to David, averting his wrath. This is the work of the Elijah who will equally avert Yahweh’s wrath before His great and terrible day (Malachi 4:5-6). This is the Bride, even as Abigail became David’s bride because of her faithfulness to give.
The Bride will be comprised of the faithful; and if we cannot be faithful with the tithe, then by what right do we have to be His Bride? Even as the spirit of Elijah in John the Baptist called men to "bring forth fruit in keeping with repentance," let us who have the spirit of Elijah prove so and do likewise – covering ourselves with “atonement money.”
Yahweh indeed assigns money to be a covering, a very important covering. In Coverings we note that money actually served as a vital covering before Him. In Exodus 30:11-16 we read that when a census of the sons of Israel was taken, each one of them counted was to give a ransom for himself. Without the ransom, a plague would come. This is precisely the consequential plague that occurred when David numbered his men and 70,000 of them were killed with a pestilence (1 Chronicles 21:1-14). The ransom money to be paid for being numbered was half a shekel and was called “atonement money” – “to make atonement for yourselves." Of course “atonement” means “covering.” Thus, their money was a vital covering over them to prevent death upon being numbered.
Very significantly, this is the same thing we find when the sons of Israel came out of Egypt at Passover. Once delivered, Yahweh commanded them to give payment for the firstborn who likewise escaped death. This was to be a man-for-man exchange of the Levites for the firstborn; and for those who were not covered by a Levite, they were to pay five shekels for each. This money was similarly called “ransom money” (Numbers 3:40-51).
Finally, as we note in Coverings, when the original covering over the Tabernacle, the cloud by day and fire by night, was removed, the substitutionary covering was the atonement money paid for numbering the priests who transported the tabernacle. In Numbers 4:29-49 we see that these priests were numbered; and as we read in Exodus 30:11-16, necessitated the payment of atonement money. This "ransom" to be paid was "for the service of the tent of meeting." Thus we see that money is indeed a covering before Yahweh when numbering the people – even as He will now number those who are faithful at His coming.
Someone may object and say that men have been tithing for thousands of years; so why is it we think the tithe is so significant now? Tithing has always been significant, evidenced by the first two tithing accounts in the Bible. Let us briefly look at them. But as you will see, our briefness in addressing these has no bearing on their GREAT relevance or significance! In fact, these two examples are added here at the closing because of their immensely revealing message.
The first time we read of a tithe is when Abraham paid a tithe to Melchizedek (Genesis 14:20). What specifically was the occasion of this tithe? Abraham had gone after the Babylonians and regained Lot and all the booty taken from Sodom. To get right to the point, this was a prophetic first Remnant, as “Lot” equally means "covering," and this was the first of two times in which Lot, the covering, was removed from Sodom. (The second time resulted in Sodom being burned with fire.)
This first ever tithe recorded in the Bible was given as a witness of the first Remnant. While in reality the first Remnant, following the teachings of John the Baptist and Yahshua, held everything in common, even so we see here the testimony of the tithe. Of course if you have read very much here, you know that the two Remnant are often prophetically interchangeable.
Next, most significantly, the second account regarding the tithe is when Jacob gave Yahweh a tithe after he received the dream at Haran (meaning, exalted) where the messengers were ascending and descending (Genesis 28:10-22)! This is very important and highly relevant to the Bride! The Hebrew word for "messenger" in Malachi regarding Elijah, is the same word used to identify the "angels" ascending and descending in Jacob's dream.
Why would these messengers be ascending and descending? Because they are the Elijah Remnant who are the first to ascend alive, receive their immortal bodies, and have the capability (not just in reality but also in thought) to ascend to Yahweh to receive His words, and descend to earth to impart them to man. (This is the power of "rumination" that the swine do not possess.) And what was Jacob's response to receiving this Remnant dream? He tithed!
Then Jacob made a vow, saying, "If God will be with me and will keep me on this journey that I take, and will give me food (His truth) to eat and garments (His coverings) to wear, and I return to my father's house in safety, then Yahweh will be my God. This stone, which I have set up as a pillar, will be God's house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You" (Genesis 28:20-22).
This is exactly what we, the Bride, need – to return to our Father’s house, even to be His house. And what must be your response if you too have seen the dream, the vision, of the Elijah second Remnant? The same – you are to tithe!
Thus, both of these earliest accounts regarding tithing are specifically and clearly associated with the two-part Remnant. If Yahweh has given us so great a witness, how can we deny Him?
It is also highly significant that tithing is a part of the Law (Leviticus 27:30-33), containing Yahweh's blessings for those who obey and His warning for those who disobey. Some foolishly, and even perilously, object to tithing that it is Law and therefore has passed away. But Yahshua specifically warns that He will not recognize those who practice such lawlessness (Matthew 7:21-23).
Furthermore, as we see here in Abraham and Jacob, tithing was before the Law. Yes, it was also in the Law; but clearly, tithing existed before the Law and today remains a highly relevant part of the government and ways of Yahweh. And it is quite significant that in this book on tithing, just before Yahweh asked – “Will a man rob God?” – in Malachi 3:6 He confirmed – “I change not”! He does not change. Tithing is a way and order of Yahweh that He will fulfill throughout all time, and will never pass away. To those who object on this count regarding tithing being in the Law, they would be wise to heed Yahshua’s additional words:
"Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:17-19).
Christians are not faithful to tithe. According to the research firm, The Barna Group, only 6% of Christians tithe. And even when they tithe, they are not accurate with it. But the Remnant Bride cannot be so careless and unfaithful. To whom much is given, much is required; and the Bride shall respond in full faith and place upon themselves His required covering.
A woman can use a towel to dry dishes, to place something on it, to block the sun, or wipe away a tear, or any other purpose. It is only a towel, a piece of cloth. But, when a woman places that towel on her head to pray, it becomes more than a towel – it becomes authority, a spiritual covering on her head that allows her to pray or prophecy! Such it is with the tithe. It is only money, even “unrighteousness.” You can take money and do many things with it. You can buy a car, food, health, pleasure, perform good or wickedness with it. But you can take that same money and give it to the kingdom of God, and it too becomes authority, a like spiritual covering.
Giving the tithe faithfully to the Remnant covers one with the blessings afforded to the Remnant. Tithing makes something of money that goes far beyond the natural, becoming a spiritual tie, a directed legal covering, even authority. And remember, by either intention or default, you will determine what your covering will be by what you do with 10 percent of your income. You will give His tithe somewhere; and where you do, that will become your legal covering, and therewith you will be judged. Again, as Yahshua said in second Remnant Luke 16:9-13, and is worthy of rereading:
"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."
In Genesis 49:10 we read in literal translation – “The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until to whom it belongs comes – obedient people.” (This is addressed in Until Shiloh Comes.) If we, the Bride, are to be that promised “obedient people,” then we will obey Yahweh’s ways, His government, and His commands, and come under the covering available to us: first the substitutionary covering of the tithe, as well as the corners of the field; and in hope, then the true covering that Yahshua placed upon the first Remnant – the covering of holding all things in common.
Giving to the Bride is essential to being a part of the Bride. It is the consummation of faith – to hear, to believe, but then to act. This is clearly the hope of and promise to the Elijah-company. May we be found faithful, and may Yahweh pour out a blessing upon us that we cannot contain!
We close with these words of Moses regarding the tithe, and open for you a hope-filled beginning:
"You shall say before Yahweh your God, 'I have removed the sacred portion from my house, and also have given it to the Levite and the alien, the orphan and the widow, according to all Your commandments which You have commanded me; I have not transgressed or forgotten any of Your commandments. I have not eaten of it while mourning, nor have I removed any of it while I was unclean, nor offered any of it to the dead (Christianity). I have listened to the voice of Yahweh my God; I have done according to all that You have commanded me. Look down from Your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless Your people Israel, and the ground which You have given us, a land flowing with milk and honey, as You swore to our fathers (the Millennial reign)'” (Deuteronomy 26:13-15).
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